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Obituary for Angelo Juarez

The world lost a kind, ornery soul whose many mijas and mijos will miss dearly.
Angelo Juarez, 61, of Tonganoxie, Kan., died Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at his home.
He was born May 30, 1962, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Joe and Dolores (Acosta) Juarez.

Mr. Juarez grew up in the Roanoke neighborhood of Kansas City, Mo. He attended Westport High School. In his younger years he worked at Pizza Hut and Rosedale Bar-B-Q.

He saw his fair share of rock concerts in the 1980s, including Journey and Lynyrd Skynryd. His signature wardrobe for those concerts were sleeveless T-shirts, cut-off shorts with striped tube socks and Nike Cortez shoes.

Mr. Juarez completed an apprenticeship as a wireman journeyman electrician in 2000 and then worked in IBEW Local 124 in that role until 2007, when he had to stop working due to health issues.

He moved to Tonganoxie several years ago to be closer to his niece, Erica Colvert and her children, Andrew, Holly, Journey and Michael. Erica's family began taking care of "Uncle" several years ago and remained his caretakers until his death.

Mr. Juarez made frequent trips to the doctor for dialysis in his later years, but always had a glowing disposition. He wore Hawaiian shirts to many of his dialysis treatments. His great-niece Journey ironed those vibrant shirts weekly in preparation for his clinical trips.
Mr. Juarez’s kindness shined through frequent cookie-baking dates with nephews, nieces and their friends, along with a slew of kickball games in the Tonganoxie Public Library parking lot with some of those same youth. One could hear his favorite Motown tunes playing as he whipped up baked goods with family and friends. Mr. Juarez unofficially provided free trash service in his residential development. He picked up neighbors’ bags on his motorized scooter and dropped them in the complex’s Dumpster. His mischievous side also made appearances. Mr. Juarez told of a teacher duct-taping him to a desk for misbehaving when he was in school. In his later years he liked to tease youths and on occasion would follow them on his scooter while holding out his prosthetic eye.

Though Mr. Juarez never experienced a safari, he did encounter his fair share of zebra cakes, as they were his favorite Little Debbie snack.

He was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings, an infant brother, sisters, Eva Juarez, Anna Lupercio, Magdaline Garcia, Barbara Mata and brother, Ricardo "Ricky" Juarez.

Survivors include his former wife, Debbie Pacheco; sister, Christina (Jose) Ponce, Kansas City, Mo.; and brother, Raymond (Nancy) Juarez, Excelsior Springs, Mo.; 18 nieces and nephews; and 33 great-nieces and nephews.

A GoFundMe account has been established in Mr. Juarez’s name to cover funeral costs at Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.