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Thursday, December 24, 2020

Obituary - Joyce Ann (Klotz) Gundy

Joyce Ann (Klotz) Gundy, 78, of Nevada, MO, passed away on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospice House, Kansas City, MO. Joyce was born on June 18, 1942 in Walker, KS to Herman Klotz, Sr. and Betty M. (May) Klotz. She married the love of her life, Ronald L. Gundy, on October 19, 1962 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Nevada and he preceded her in death on June 30, 1969.

Joyce grew up on a farm in Walker, KS with her parents and siblings. At the age of eight the family moved to a farmstead east of Nevada where her father continued to farm and her mother worked as a waitress and nurse assistant. Until her sixth grade year when she was bussed to Jefferson Elementary School in Nevada, she walked to a little country schoolhouse down the road from her home. Joyce graduated from Nevada High School Class of 1960.

Following graduation, she worked at SH Kress Dime Store in Nevada as a cashier before accepting a seamstress position with the Nelly Don Factory. She dated and soon married Ron who died as the result of being struck by lightening while fishing with his father L. B. Gundy in Walker, MO. Joyce and Ron had two daughters, Ronda Jo and Crystal Renae. While Ron completed his Mechanical Engineering Degree at the Rolla School of Mines, Joyce stayed at home to care for their daughters. After Ron’s graduation he accepted an engineering position with Hallmark and the family moved to Lawence, KS. After Ron’s death, Joyce and her daughters moved back to Nevada where the girls began elementary school and Joyce enrolled in Cosmetology School, graduated, and became licensed. She began working at various salons which she continued until her retirement.

Joyce was very involved with her daughters’ activities. She did everything from Brownie (Girl Scout) Leader, to Room Mother, to attending every game her daughters cheered at or any function they participated in. She was always there in the audience to support her daughters. Too many to name them all, but she was always there. Joyce enjoyed going to church, spending time with family and friends, watching birds, working in her yard and flower beds, traveling, dancing, sewing and crafting.

Survivors include her two daughters, Ronda Johnson (Russell), Deerfield, MO and Crystal Garver (Kevin), Raymore, MO; six grandchildren, Reanna Villagomez (Greg), Nevada, Ron Johnson (Mandy) Kansas City, MO, Rusty Johnson (Hailee), Deerfield, Cory Garver (Bree), Kansas City, Chad Garver (Bailey), Springfield, MO, and Matthew Garver, Springfield, four great grandchildren, four sisters, Fern Dolezal (Don), Great Bend, KS, Shirley Vincent, Nevada, Anna Lee Bloesser, Nevada, Marjorie Johnson (Walt)), Nevada, three brothers, Marvin Klotz(Linda), Nevada, Morris Klotz(Betty), Nevada, and Albert Klotz, (Mary), Bella Vista, AR, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Ron, she was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson Cameron Garver in 1997, and brother Herman Klotz, Jr.

No services are planned at this time. A memorial service will be held at a later date.