Details Released about Buck O'Neil's Memorial
By Laura Ziegler
Kansas City, Missouri – Officials at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum announced plans Saturday for how the public could pay last repsects to Kansas City Monarchs legend Buck O'Neil. Less than 18 hours after O'Neil's death, the Museum's Bob Kendrick said details for funeral services are still being worked out, but the public would have a chance to say good- bye to the charismatic sports icon:
Kendrick "This Friday, October 13th, Buck's body will lie in state from 8-9 P.M. so folks in the area will have an opportunity to come by and pay respects"
Kendrick said O'Neil had died peacefully from congestive heart failure and complications from recently diagnosed bone cancer. He said he did not know when the bone cancer had been detected. Kendrick also said in lieu of flowers O'neil wished contributions to the Buck O'Neil Education and Research Center. The Center will be an expansion of the Baseball Museum and will be an interactive facility expected to feature a baseball academy, a conference center, state of the art research capabilities.