Kristopher John Showers, 39, of Olathe, passed away on August 19, 2019. He was born on April 24, 1980 to Richard and Sharyl (Meyer) Showers in Waconia, MN.
Kristopher moved to Olathe, KS with his family when he was only two years old. He attended BlackBob Elementary School, Frontier Trail Jr. High, and Olathe South High School. He graduated from Olathe South in 1998. He also attended Johnson County Community College where he earned an Associates Degree.
As a young man Kristopher had a love for airplanes. He had a license for two gas engine model planes that he would fly at designated areas, one being at Shawnee Mission Park. He could always identify older or newer planes by make and model. Out of high school he worked as a line-man at New Century Airport, Gardner, KS and later at Johnson County Executive Airport, Olathe, KS. It was while he was at the Executive Airport that he pursued his dream of flying. He took classes and eventually was able to take his first solo flight in a small single engine airplane. It was a joyous, proud, but nervous day for us. He passed with “flying” colors and was especially thrilled at his accomplishment, as were we. Kristopher had a very inquisitive mind. It wasn’t unusual to find he had taken something apart in his room or the garage just so he could see how it worked. However, he didn’t always want to put them back together. Kristopher also enjoyed working on his car. He inherited his keen talent to figure things out and fix them from his Grandpa Showers and his Dad. With Dad’s guidance to help along the way he was able to accomplish many repairs. Kristopher’s interests as an adult turned to computers. Eventually this became his prime focus. He worked in technical support for all of his career. Kristopher was currently employed by TeleTech as a Tech Support mngr. This was his passion and he was in his element whenever computers were involved.
As a little boy Kristopher was always a joy. His big blue eyes, smile, and giggles melted our hearts. He had an adventurous soul, always searching for more information, looking for answers and experimenting. Sometimes this was a good thing and sometimes not. Like the time he and a friend set up a zipline from our fort to the deck. I came out just as Kris set off towards the ground. Thank goodness it was a slow ‘flight’ as the rope bent to the ground and he landed halfway to the deck laughing. Mom, however, was not laughing so much. He and his sister Kristina enjoyed many hours playing together. They made an undersea adventure on the lower bunk one time. It was complete with cutout fish on string and they wore goggles as they ‘swam’ among them. Very smart. Winter sledding with brother Brandon was a blast. They would always see who could go farther. Fishing was fun for them all too. Even if the fish was too small to keep Kristopher delighted in the fact that he had caught one. He loved riding Dad’s homemade go-cart on the cul-de-sac with Brandon and Kristina. He was our very own Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Kristopher and his Mom shared a love for music. He would listen to his favorite songs every day enjoying the rhythms, beats, and different sounds. He would often say, ”Hi Mommy. I love you.” I’d say, “Me too Kris.” Kristopher, his brother, Brandon, and his brother-in-law, Clint, enjoyed talking about computers and gaming. They all like that fast paced action. Kris also loved spending time with his nieces, Harper and Reagan. He was always happy to see them when they visited. Spending time when he could with Grandparents, Uncles, Aunts, and cousins was special to him.
Kristopher was a very loving, caring young man. He had a heart of gold. His smile would light up a room and you would find yourself smiling too. When he laughed you just had to join in with him. We will all miss those wonderful attributes. Kris was also a very intelligent person. He was so knowledgeable on many things. He always astonished us with all the things he would talk about in detail. He was continually researching things on the computer to gain new knowledge and he remembered it all. That desire to know about things, the ability to retain what he learned, and wanting to share that, will always amaze us and make us proud. It will also make us miss him all the more. Kristopher brought joy to our hearts and everyone who knew him. He leaves behind a void that will never be filled. However, he also leaves behind joy, delight, wonderful memories, and love for having had him in our lives. He was a blessing from the first time we held him. He will be remembered with love forever and for always.
Kristopher is survived by his loving parents Richard and Sharyl Showers, Jr.; brother Brandon Showers, Olathe, KS; sister, Kristina (Clint) McCabe and nieces Harper and Reagan, Kansas City, MO; Maternal grandmother Siv Ann Meyer (Nana), Westby, WI; Paternal grandmother, Betty Easton (Grammie), Janesville, WI. Uncle Steven (Jane) Meyer, Westby, WI; Aunt Signe (Russell) Haakenson, Westby, WI; Aunt Susan (Suzy) Showers, Janesville, WI; Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and dear friend Lisa Loney, Shawnee, KS.
He was preceded in death by his Paternal Grandfather, Richard J. Showers, Janesville, WI; Paternal Step-Grandfather, Clifford Easton, Janesville, WI; Uncle, Stig E. Meyer, Onalaska, WI.
The family will receive guests for a visitation from 1:00 - 2:00 pm on Monday, August 26, 2019, at Penwell Gabel's Olathe Chapel, a memorial service will follow at 2:00 pm.
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