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OVERLAND PARK, Kan.-Services were held at 12 noon Monday at Floral Hills Funeral Home for Thomas D. Gault, 87, Overland Park, who died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, City Union Mission of Kansas City or the Lions Club Eye Bank, in care of the funeral home.


Condolences may also be left at www.floralhillsfuneralhome.com.


Survivors include his wife, Bettye Jo Gault; his children, Jo Marie Cox, Ruth Gault Allen, Kelly King and husband Brian and daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Gault; grandchildren, Megan and Nathan Allen, Holly and Jesse Gault, Samuel and Anna Lee King and seven great-grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by a son, Gordon Dean Gault.


Mr. Gault was born July 1, 1926, in Independence, Mo., and grew up in Lamar, Mo., where he worked in his father’s meat and grocery store, attended school and was an avid basketball player since the age of 15. He married Bettye Jo Hoover of Carthage in 1949 and in 1951 they opened their first restaurant, The Blue Top Café in Lamar. The family moved to Kansas City in 1956, where he opened and operated Joe’s Restaurant & Bar BQ, along with Joe’s Catering in 1962 and in 1970 he also opened and operated famed Joe’s Barn Restaurant in Stanley.


He was a member of Olathe Christian Church, Leawood Lions Club for over 50 years and served as a member and on the boards of both the Kansas City and Missouri State Restaurant Associations. In 1977 he was honored as Kansas City Restaurateur of the Year by his peers. Before retiring in 1991 he partnered in inventing and founding Power Soak, Inc., featuring a commercial food service pot and pan washer now sold worldwide and can be found in the White House and Buckingham Palace.


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