Joel Heider was born, January 3, 1950. He died due to complications of a fall on August 21, 2018.
Joel grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, where he attended Wyandotte High School. He played basketball at Wyandotte during the basketball dynasty era, graduating in 1968. After high school he attended Kansas City Kansas Junior College on a basketball scholarship, and was later awarded a basketball scholarship to the University of Arkansas where he played as the point guard and served as the basketball captain for the Razorbacks. Joel received his undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the University of Arkansas and his Education Administration degree from Emporia University.
Joel devoted himself to teaching and coaching basketball as a career. He taught and coached basketball at Turner High School in Kansas City, Kansas for several years, and later at Bishop Ward High School for almost thirty years. During his coaching years at Bishop Ward, Joel was appointed Vice Principal and Dean of Students as well as Athletic Director. He was so proud of the many letters he received after retirement from former students and basketball players expressing their appreciativeness to him as a teacher, coach and caring disciplinarian. In 2014, Joel received the Tom Colwell Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Greater Kansas City Basketball Coaches Association. Joel will be deeply missed by family, friends, and all that knew him.
His father, Alfred Heider, his mother Hope Rider Heider, predeceases Joel. He leaves his wife, Victoria Monslow Heider, two sons, Richard and Justin Heider (Julie), his daughter, Jill Heider Draper (Ben), grandsons Nickolas and Jackson Blancarte, and granddaughters, Kennedy, Hayden, and Logan Heider. Surviving are also three sisters, Carole Lever, Janis Mikesic (Dave), and Ann Heider as well as brother-in-law’s H. Vincent Monslow (Susan) and Joseph Monslow, (Carol), and sister-in-law, Janice Monslow Gillette.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 31 at the Community Covenant Church, 15700 W. 87th Street, Lenexa KS, followed by a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Hospice, 11316 W. 98th St., Lenexa KS 66214, or the Razorback Foundation at the University of Arkansas at www.razorbackfoundation.com.