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Visitation is tonight for former KC councilman Evert Asjes

11/27/2013 12:44 PM

11/29/2013 10:03 AM

We have some extraordinarily bad news this morning.

Former Kansas City councilman

Evert Asjes III,

has passed away at the age of 77.

Asjes was an important member of the council during the

Kay Barnes administration. He also became entangled in the Mark Funkhouser

mayoral campaign, which he later regretted.

Said his widow, Susan, in a statement: “He really loved Kansas City, and he believed he did important things for the city — and loved doing it.”

He was long connected with

Rosehill Gardens

. He had been ill for some time.

UPDATE, from the family:

“A lifelong Kansas City resident, Evert treasured all good things about His Town, including the Royals, Chiefs and every persuasion of BBQ. He was better than Google maps about giving good directions and loved to expound on the city’s landmarks and history...

“Evert was one of the world’s loveliest human beings, quick with a smile, a joke and a laugh. A favorite bon mot was ‘I’ve been about as good as I can be for about as long as I can be.’ He enjoyed life tremendously and hated leaving the party.

“He will be remembered and mourned and missed.”

Visitation will be Friday, November 29, 6 to 8 p.m., Stine and McClure Chapel, 3235 Gillham Plaza. A celebration of Evert’s life will be Saturday, November 30, 2 p.m., Unity Temple on the Plaza.

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