Jack Donald Mooney of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away at age 97 at St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri on October 11, 2021, with his son, Steve, and daughter, Cindy, by his side. Jack was born November 15, 1923 in Springfield, Missouri to Charles Harrison Mooney and Vesta Marie (Stuart) Mooney. He was the eldest of three siblings. He spent most of his early years in the Springfield area and was heavily involved in the Boy Scouts, where he was a member of the largest Boy Scout band in history, and where he became an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1940.
Jack enlisted in the United States Navy on October 20, 1942 and served as an Airman1/C, primarily as a Radio Operator in the SBD-Dive Bomber and TBF Avenger-Torpedo Bomber. Jacks tour began in the New Hebrides on the Island of Espiritu Santo in October of 1943, with Scouting Squadrons VS-55 and VS-65. While in the South Pacific, he completed 94 missions. After surviving a plane crash on January 5, 1945, he returned to the United States to recover from two broken legs, where he was hospitalized for nine months. He was honorably discharged on February 3, 1946.
On December 2, 1945, he married Marianna Davis in Springfield, Missouri. Upon graduating from Southwest Missouri State College in 1949, Jack started working for the IRS and the couple moved to Kansas City, Missouri in December of 1949. Together they had 2 children, Cynthia Lynn (Cindy) and Steven Davis (Steve), and they were members of Central United Methodist Church since 1950. Jack retired on January 1, 1979 after 30 years with the IRS. He and Marianna celebrated 66 years of marriage before her passing in 2012.
Jack loved to be active playing baseball, swimming, water and snow skiing, helping with Boy Scouts, building a cabin on Table Rock Lake, fixing things around the home and cabin, volunteering at the Shepherd Center, and most of all spending time with his family. He was an extremely talented trumpet player, and played in the Boy Scout band, in high school, in the Navy, and for much of his life. Jack was hard working, resourceful, dedicated, generous, and loving and he had a big heart and a wonderful smile.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Shirley, and his wife, Marianna.
He is survived by his daughter, Cindy, and husband Jim Culp of Iva, SC; his son, Steven Mooney, and wife Marybeth of Overland Park, KS; a brother, Charles Mooney, of Kirkwood, MO; five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren (with two on the way).
The immediate family had a "Celebration of Life" on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Jack will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.