St. Joseph’s Cemetery
in Shawnee, Johnson County, Kansas


Submitted by Oz


Name Birth Date Death Date Other Information
Bichelmeyer, John Floyd
7-18-1916 12-21-2004 b. Eudora ks  douglas co, d. Shawnee KS  Johnson co, Passed away peacefully in his home. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, businessman, community leader and friend to many.  He was the fourth of 10 children of George M. and Antonia (Madl) Bichelmeyer. He graduated from Belleview School in 1930 and immediately began work in the meat industry, holding numerous jobs in markets and packing houses of Eastern Kansas. John married Mary Helen Matson in 1937 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Kansas City, KS. They lived on Strawberry Hill until 1950, when they moved to Shawnee, where their family joined St. Joseph's Catholic Church. John founded Bichelmeyer Meat Co. in Armourdale, KS in 1946, which grew and flourished, despite being wiped out in the 1951 flood, because of his legendary approach to customer service and the high quality of his products. When he retired in 1975, John sold the meat business to his sons, and the business continues to flourish. After retirement, John continued to pursue business interests in the meat industry and the acquisition of real estate in Wyandotte, Johnson and Douglas counties. John was influential in helping many people in Eastern Kansas to purchase homes and land and to open businesses in the meat and agricultural industries. Bichelmeyer Meats was honored as the Armourdale Business of the Decade in 2000. John and his wife were instrumental in the early development of the St. Joseph Catholic Parish and the Shawnee Community. They received numerous awards in recognition of their participation in church and community activities, including the Excellence in Education Award from St. Joseph School in1986, and being named Grand Marshalls of the 15th Annual Shawnee St. Patrick's Day parade in1996. Bichelmeyer/Pflumm Park was named in part honor the contributions of John and Mary to the community. John and his family were also featured in an article about the modern American family in the Nov. 1999 issue of Life Magazine. John was briefly survived by his oldest daughter, Joan Bichelmeyer Grimm, who passed away just 14 hours after her father. John is also survived by eight children ; 31 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren. John was preceded in death by his wife, Mary H. (Matson) Bichelmeyer; his son, John G. Bichelmeyer and son-in-law, C. Louis Grimm; his grandsons, Ricky Sumpter and Justin Bichelmeyer; his parents and siblings, Barbara Bichelmeyer of Slater, MO, Matt Bichelmeyer of Eudora, Anne Lewis of Los Angeles, CA, Mary Parish of Petaluma, CA, George Bichelmeyer of Bonner Springs, Agnes Cram of Los Angeles, CA, Leo Bichelmeyer of DeSoto. A double funeral mass will be held for John and his daughter, Joan.
Grimm, Joan (Bichelmeyer)
3-23-1938 12-22-2004 b. Kansas City ks Wyandotte co, d. Shawnee ks johnson co, Passed away at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday at Lakeview Village in Lenexa. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend and a patron of the arts throughout the State of Kansas. She was the first of 10 children of John F. and Mary H. (Matson) Bichelmeyer. She graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1956, and attended Loretto Heights Academy in Denver, CO. Before she began her marriage and family, Joan worked as a stewardess for TransWorld Airlines. Joan married C. Louis Grimm on Dec. 27, 1958 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Shawnee, KS, where they were faithful members throughout their lives. Joan was an avid photographer and lover of music. She was a member of the St. Joseph's Catholic Church Resurrection Choir, a benefactor of the Ottawa Suzuki Strings and the Kansas City Youth Symphony and supported KANU Public Radio Station in Lawrence through service and contributions. She was also co-author of the book "Country Boy, City Boy," which was a chronicle of her father's life. Joan is survived by five children ; 9 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by eight brothers and sisters. Joan was preceded in death by her husband; mother and brother, John G. Bichelmeyer and her father who passed away 14 hours before her. A double funeral mass will be held for Joan and her father, John.

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