Lewis “Burt” Jolley, Kansas City MO., passed away peacefully on November 6, 2023 in Hospice at N. Kansas City Hospital. He was 101 years old.
He was born in Topeka, KS. on July 29, 1922, attended schools in Topeka, and Beatrice, Nebraska, and graduated from Topeka High School in 1940. After attending Washburn College for one year, he moved to North Kansas City, MO. in the fall of 1941 where he found employment with Trans World Airlines.
On October 20th, 1949, he married Dorothy Jean Hofmann of Clay Center Kansas. At the time of her death in 1997 they were married nearly 47 years.
He worked his way up through the Aircraft Maintenance department, to Mechanic, Inspector and Foreman, before being promoted to Engineer and transferring to the Engineering department in 1956 where he would help plan for facilities and ground equipment to support the advent of Jet aircraft.
His first major assignment was as Liaison Engineer between private contractors and TWA for completion of an aircraft engine test facility at the MCI overhaul base.
Burt was employed by TWA for 42 years. In addition to his regular duties he represented TWA at numerous airline industry meetings and seminars in the US and oversees. He retired November, 01, 1983 and was a member of the three TWA retiree clubs.
Burt became a member of the Platte Woods Methodist Church in 1960 and early on, served as Committeeman as well as a term as Sunday School Superintendent. In 1990 he accepted leadership duties of the “Questors” Sunday school class, serving until 2020. He was an active man, who enjoyed dancing and playing the organ at home.
He is preceded in death by his father Robert, mother Anna, sister Florence, three brothers, Weldon, Robert and Mel, his wife Dorothy and stepson Michael. Survivors include his son Robert, grandson Alex and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, November 16th, with a visitation at 1:00 PM, at the Platte Woods Methodist Church, 7310 N.W. Prairie View Road, Platte Woods, MO. 64151. Private Interment at Terrace Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donation mays be made to the church.