Joseph Earl Donaway Sr., 72, of Kansas City, Kan., passed away Jan. 16, 2019, surrounded by his family. A celebration of life will be 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at the Amos Family Funeral Home, 10901 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kan., 66203
Joseph was born in Bettendorf, Iowa, on Dec. 28, 1946, to Earl and Helen Donaway. Joseph was raised in Houston, Mo.
He is survived by his wife, Debbie; daughter, Heather and Ted King; son, Joe Donaway and Chelsey; granddaughter, Lilly King; and siblings, Fred, Ann, Liz and Earl.
Joseph was the owner of Total Concept Pest Control in Mission, Kan. He enjoyed gardening and growing food for those in need. He was the definition of a green thumb, able to grow anything. In his prime, he worked five gardens concurrently. He also enjoyed canoeing and camping.
Joseph was a graduate of the Houston High school class of 1964 and graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s of science degree in horticulture and entomology.
He was a skilled wood worker and built beautiful pieces ranging from jewelry boxes to garden sheds.
He loved to travel and visited every state in the continental U.S. He collected rocks as souvenirs from every place he went and stacked Cairns every place we he went. He always took the road less traveled and loved the scenic route.
Joseph was an honorable family man and never met a stranger. He will be missed by everyone that knew him.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Kansas City Community Gardens, 6917 Kensington Ave., Kansas City, Mo., 64132 or Cross Points Ministries, 3006 S. 34th Street, Kansas City, Kan., 66106.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.amosfamily.com (arr. The Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee, Kan. 913-631-5566).