Bruce Funeral Home, Inc.
106 South Center
PO Box 192
Gardner, KS 66030
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Darin William Kleinsorge, 53, Carl Junction, Missouri passed away Sunday, April 16, 2023 in Joplin, Missouri. Darin loved his family and friends so deeply that it radiated in everything he did. He is a Gardner native who spent many summer days run... Read More
Darin William Kleinsorge, 53, Carl Junction, Missouri passed away Sunday, April 16, 2023 in Joplin, Missouri. Darin loved his family and friends so deeply that it radiated in everything he did. He is a Gardner native who spent many summer days running the yards with his sister, Stacey, and neighborhood kids and biking to the pool. He could be found at the ball field, school track, and wrestling mat with his parents, John and Lillian cheering him on. He met his wife, Jo, at Gardner high school and they had a circle of friends that enriched their lives and filled their minds with memories of spillway parties, playing pitch and high school drags. Darin didn't have hobbies, he had passion. Passion for helping others and experiencing life. He and his wife built their family home together in Carl Junction where he worked tirelessly, with the help of his father, to create a home that was his family's safe haven and backdrop to paint unlimited memories with friends that became family. On any given day Darin could be found; helping his neighbors set fire to the Millers' tree with a few impressive flaming lanterns after a dazzling array of fireworks on Ruby Rd, sitting alongside his wingman pulling the CJ trailer for his daughter's HS band competition, or challenging his friends to a (mostly) friendly ping-pong tournament. He took pride in passing his ping-pong skills on to his son and working on shooting pool together at their family home.
Darin's smile beamed as he rode his Harley, with his wife on the back, to explore the beautiful backroads of SWMO with his posse of friends. He loved traveling back home to get beat at golf by his father and brother, Jason, or to watch the Royals in the World Series. Darin is a man who created a legacy and built an opportunity for his family to travel the world with him. Photos capture moments of sipping wine with his wife in Tuscany and showing his children the awe-inspiring beauty of the Swiss Alps. He opened his home to exchange students Glenda and Iva and loved seeing them experience the US and having them show him their own cultures. He was a lucky man who had a lifelong career at Sugar Creek Packing Co. since earning his Bachelor of Science degree from Pittsburg State University. Sugar Creek not only provided for his family but also gave him the opportunity to join his corporate family on numerous adventures including his dream of seeing the Chiefs win the super bowl in person. Darin’s career allowed his wife to have her dream job as a stay-at-home mom and to eventually build a real estate team of amazing women and their families to serve their community. Darin had a life full of joy, love, and adventure. Unfortunately, he physically left us too soon, but he can live on each time you love those around you and ask for help when you need it. Darin was born in Kansas City, Missouri on June 28, 1969, to John William and Lillian (Gordon) Kleinsorge.
Darin is survived by his wife Jo Lynn of the home; parents John and Lillian, Olathe, Kansas; children Mason and Aubry Kleinsorge, Carl Junction, Missouri; sister Stacey (Andrew) Capps, Laguna Vista, Texas, and brother Jason (Kathryn) Kleinsorge, Agency, Missouri. Rosary will be 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2023, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00 p.m. at Divine Mercy Parish, 555 W. Main, Gardner, Kansas 66030. Inurnment at Prairie Center Cemetery, Eudora, Kansas. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com. Please click the following link to live stream the service https://www.youtube.com/channel or https://www.divinemercyks.org.
Donations in lieu of flowers will go to UMKC University Health Foundation, where Darin's daughter attends school, to assist others with mental health.
Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, 106 S. Center, Gardner, Kansas (913) 856-7111
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