Luther Wayne Gladney
Luther Wayne Gladney of Columbia died Wednesday, June 8, 2011. He was 83.
Mr. Gladney was born Sept. 27, 1927, to Luther and Willa Gladney.
Mr. Gladney’s daughter, Suzanne Gladney, said he owned and operated a variety of Columbia restaurants, including Max’s Campus Snack, Farmer’s Cafe, White House, Salt and Pepper Lounge and Ernie’s Cafe and Steakhouse.
“He owned a lot of the places where students went, so lots of students ate in the restaurants and worked for us as well,” Suzanne Gladney said.
Although he interacted with students on a regular basis, his daughter said that his close family was the most important thing to him.
“I think many people in Columbia knew my dad because of the restaurants; Ernie’s is right downtown,” she said, “but his family was the most important.”
Mr. Gladney is survived by his wife, Betty Gladney; two daughters, Suzanne Gladney and Rebecca Fahrendorf; three grandchildren, Charlie, Elizabeth and Sarah; and five great-grandchildren, Mary, Patrick, Joseph, John and Ruth.
Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 18, 2011, at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth Street. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Meals on Wheels, 800 Hospital Drive, Columbia, MO 65201, or to Ronald McDonald House, 2501 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO 64108.
Condolences can be left online at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.