Brandon Michael Whetsel, 37, of Lee’s Summit, MO, passed away on November 11, 2018, at home with his family after an 18-month battle with peritoneal mesothelioma. He was born on January 16, 1981, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, MO, and was an only child to Tonya and Jim Whetsel. Brandon was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching the Chiefs, Royals and Missouri Tigers. He played baseball, basketball and football while growing up and through his years at Raytown High School. Brandon was employed by Teva Pharmaceuticals/AssistRX. He was a member of Summit Park Church in Lee’s Summit. Brandon’s engaging smile and fun-loving personality drew people to him. He loved his family and friends deeply, and we will miss him every single day.
Brandon will be lovingly remembered by his wife and best friend, Kristen, and daughters, Avery and Kayleigh. He also leaves behind his parents, Tonya and Jim; his parents-in-law, Debbie and Greg Cardona; his grandmother, Marge Whetsel; and many other family members and friends.
Brandon was preceded in death by his Granny and Papa, Dorothea and Roy Pendergist; his grandmother, Adalyn Holdshoe; and his grandfather, Ray Whetsel.
A family-friendly celebration of Brandon’s life will be held on Friday, November 16, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Yellow Rock Barn, 8307 Westridge Rd, Raytown, MO 64138. Family and friends are invited to wear their favorite Chiefs, Royals or Mizzou gear in his memory. (No KU gear, please. ?) Memorial donations may be made to the Brandon Whetsel Memorial Fund (for the benefit of Avery Whetsel) at UMB Bank by visiting any branch or by mail at UMB Bank, Mailstop 1020601, PO Box 419226, Kansas City, MO 64141-6226; to Summit Park Church at 2818 NE Independence Ave, Lee’s Summit, MO 64064; or to the cancer organization of your choice.
We would like to thank Brandon’s care team at KU Cancer Center and at KC Hospice and Palliative Care. Special thanks to his nurse, Kim, who cared for him in his final weeks.