Kara Rebekah Niemeir, a resident of Lenexa, Kansas, age 37, beloved daughter of Doug and Diana Niemeir, and beloved sister of Kristin Niemeir passed away unexpectedly on Friday morning, September 13, 2019, at Ascension Via Christi emergency room in Fort Scott, Kansas. At the time, Kara was staying with her parents in their home for a few days in Fort Scott as she recuperated from a knee surgery.
Kara was born on August 27, 1982, in Newton, Kansas. She was welcomed home by one sister, Kristin, 4 years her senior, and immediately they became “best buds”, despite the age difference. This never changed and not a day went by that they didn’t talk, no matter how many miles separated them. At the age of 2, Kara moved with her family to Fort Scott, where she attended the public schools and graduated from Fort Scott High School in 2001. After high school graduation, she attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska, and graduated with honors from there in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Systems Engineering; then in 2007 a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering. Kara enjoyed school and always excelled in her studies.
After college, Kara began working at Agricultural Engineering Associates, Inc. in Uniontown, KS. She worked there for 11 years, from 2007 until 2018. During that time, she had the opportunity to advance her engineering knowledge in many areas as well as work with some wonderful colleagues. Also during that time, in 2009, she passed her state boards qualifying her as a licensed professional engineer.
In September, 2018, she began work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Hydrology section of the Kansas City district. She had just completed a year of working there and was very happy, feeling she had found her niche in the Corps and some really special colleagues with whom to work. She had also recently found and purchased a home in Lenexa, Kansas — a home in which she was looking forward to living for many years.
Kara turned her life over to Jesus when she was only 3 years old, and she followed Him faithfully, never looking back, for the rest of her life. Wherever she moved, whether in Lincoln, Nebraska as a college student; in Iola, Kansas, where she lived while working at Ag Engineering; or most recently, in the Kansas City area, she looked immediately for a “Bible believing church” with which to become involved. It is a wonderful blessing to her family, in the tremendous pain of her loss, to know they will see her again when it is there time to follow her home to Heaven.
Kara leaves behind her immediate family, whom she cherished and loved deeply: her mother and father, Doug and Diana Niemeir of Fort Scott, Kansas, and her sister, Kristin Niemeir of Oak Point, Texas. She further leaves behind numerous much-loved aunts, uncles, and cousins, and a plethora of well-loved friends.
Rev. Kevin Moyers will conduct funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, September 21st at the Rinehart Christian Church, 9443 S. 900 Rd., Richards, Missouri. Burial will follow in the Deerfield Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M. Friday at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to Cru Missions; the ministry of Anne and Ryan Mansfield, missionaries and dear friends of Kara, whom she loved and financially supported. They work in mission fields around the world under the auspicious of Global Aid Network (GAiN). Donations may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.