A Dreamer, Believer, and Loving Soul
Carl Wayne Maasdam, age 49, of Chillicothe, Missouri, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Monday, August 3, 2015. Surrounded by his loving family, Carl passed away after a valiant battle with Glioblastoma Stage 4 cancer at Hedrick Medical Center.
Carl was born on January 6, 1966, to Robert and Mary (O’Neal) Maasdam at Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe, Missouri. Carl married Cinda (Larson) at the New Life Fellowship Church on September 11, 1993. This year they celebrated 21 years of marriage. To this union, they were blessed with four wonderful children, Jessica (20), Ridge (18), Tyler (15), Spencer (13), and a nephew that was loved like a son, Austin Morse.
Carl graduated from Tina-Avalon High School in 1984. After graduating he chose to continue his education at Missouri Western State College, then transferred to Central Missouri State University receiving his Bachelors of Science Degree in Education in 1990. While working on his bachelors, he became a member of Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity and was able travel to Sweden as part of a student exchange program. Carl grew up working on the family farm and always had a love for learning. He was continually in search of new information. Whether it was planting and growing the perfect tomato or mastering the perfect seasoning for his food creations, he was continually looking for a way to better himself, his food and those around him. In 2003 he received his Masters of Education Degree from Williams Wood University.
Carl had a very strong bond with his children and his church. Carl was a devoted and active member of the New Life Fellowship Church, in Chillicothe. He served as a deacon and drove the children's bus for years.
Carl was a true entrepreneur, starting CAREEC (SATOP) drunk driving programs in Livingston County for 24 years until selling this year due to illness. He worked with a number of school districts in the state of Missouri teaching drivers’ education using his traveling Computer Mania transport. Carl was an educator for 10 years in the public school system of Missouri with his first teaching job in Wheatland. Carl worked for the Missouri Department of Corrections for 10 years until 2014. As an entrepreneur, Carl started an electronics recycling business, Reclaim, Recycle, Reuse LLC. Carl’s true work passion was his search for the perfect recipe and running his “Flavor Burst" with the help of his wife, children and extended family. Carl strived to make the perfect curly fries, funnel cakes and experimenting with the latest fried delicacies. Another one of Carl’s favorite activities was going to the Farmers Market in Kansas City and sharing with family and friends all the food treasures he purchased. Most of all, Carl loved to play the card game Rook with anyone that was up for the challenge.
Carl is survived by his wife, Cinda, his daughter Jessica, and his sons Ridge, Tyler and Spencer all of the home and nephew Austin; parents Robert and Mary Maasdam of Tina, MO; brother David and wife Nancy, of Tina, MO; sister Susan and husband Marty Rucker, of Tina, MO; and many nieces and nephews.
Carl was proceeded in death by his grandparents, George and Thelma (Howe) Maasdam; Rube and Glaphy (McCracken) O’Neal; and father-in-law Paul Larson.
Visitation will be held for Carl on Saturday, August 8 at the New Life Fellowship Church, Chillicothe, Missouri, from 12:00-2:00. Funeral Services and Celebration of Life will follow at 2:00. Burial will take place at the Wheeling Cemetery on US-36 Wheeling, Missouri. Memorial funds are to be made to the Maasdams’ Children Education Fund.
Arrangements are under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home, Chillicothe, MO.