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Michael Joseph "Mike" Kanies, 48, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born Tuesday, August 14, 1962 in Owensboro, Kentucky, the Son of Jerry and Pat Kanies. He departed this life at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at the Kansas City Hospice House.
He was a 1980 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School. Following graduation he moved to Oklahoma where he worked the oil fields. After his time in the fields he became an ASE Certified Mechanic and went work for Kennedy Tire & Auto in Edmond, Oklahoma; later he went to work for Lee's Summit Muffler & Automotive and worked their until failing health forced him to quit earlier this year.
On February 14, 1986, Michael was united in marriage to Sunnye Scott in Miami, Oklahoma; they divorced in 1997, but still remained friends.
He is survived by his parents Jerry and Pat of Pleasant Hill; two sisters Vicky VanLue and her husband Brad of Rayville, Missouri, and Nancy Laning and her husband Clifford of Pleasant Hill; two brothers Tony Kanies of Blue Springs, and Bobby Kanies and his wife Renea of Lee's Summit; six nephews; two nieces; other relatives and many friends. He will be especially be missed by his best friend and companion "Brute", Mike's 90 pound pitbull.
Funeral services were held on Monday, August 1, 2011, at the funeral home. Pastor Tony Reynolds of the Appleton City First Christian Church officiated. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were John Kanies, Caleb VanLue, Travis Kanies, D.J. McConville, Jacob Laning, and Michael Kanies.
Visitation was held Sunday, July 31, 2011, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Kansas City Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.