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Ravi Sachdeva

Ravi Sachdeva Ravi Sachdeva, 63, passed away on Tuesday, December 14th, 2021 at the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri following complications due to a stroke.

Born in Shimla, India on July 11th, 1958, the middle son of a quality assurance officer and an English teacher, a passion for life, history and the natural world were instilled in Ravi from a young age.

On hikes and hunts with his father, Avtar Sachdeva, was where his passion for insets began. He learned about insect life and the micro-environments they like to inhabit. He still recalled being 12 years old, bending over a slow-moving stream and finding pebble-encased larvae and being fascinated that they developed into dragonflies.

His mother, Sudarshan Sachdeva, taught English as a second language at high schools in New Delhi, India. She gave him the love of history and poetry through her fascination with the world of literature. She provided the template of kindness and compassion he would carry with him every day.

Ravi’s parents sent him and his two brothers, Devinder and Inder, to top-rated schools in India, so they would learn to be self-reliable and self-determined — qualities deemed to be essential in any leader. They never hesitated from self-sacrifice for the sake of a better future. He said that is why his father never hesitated to give up his comfortable, secure life in India to forge better opportunities in the USA for his family.

On December 31st, 1977, Ravi moved from the bustling metropolis of New Delhi to the quiet college town of Manhattan, Kansas and fell in love with his new home, eventually becoming an American citizen. While working for Dining Services at the Kansas State University Student Union, he would also go on to meet his partner in life and love until the end of his days, his wife, Elaine (Fazel) Sachdeva, whom he married on May 29th, 1982.

Ravi graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in marketing and would later return for his masters in entomology, which would come in handy when he succeeded his father at the head of the family business, American Pest Management, Inc in 2002. Ravi, along with Elaine and their Vice President Travis Aggson, were able to lead American Pest into a prosperous new era as one of the most successful pest control companies in Kansas.

For all his accomplishments in business, he was most proud of his two children, Jesse, (born 1985, lives in Kansas City, Missouri) and Amanda (born 1991, lives in New York City, New York). With Jesse, he shared a love of baseball, travel and podcasts. With Amanda, he shared a love of animals that she passes on to her dog, Minnie. Ravi will also be missed by his constant walking companions, his dogs, Bella and Chyanne.

Ravi was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral and visitation services will be held at Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan, Kansas on Monday, December 20th at 6:00 PM until 7:30PM(Visitation) and Tuesday, December 21st at 10:30 AM (Funeral).

A service followed by cremation will also be held in the Kansas City area on Wednesday, December 22nd at 10:00 AM at Amos Funeral Home in Shawnee, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to the University of Kansas Medical Center Neurology Residency Program - https://www.kumc.edu/school-of-medicine/academics/departments/neurology/about/make-a-gift.html, KPCA (Kansas Pest Control Association) Scholarship Foundation - https://www.kansaspest.com/KPCA-Cares
NPMA (National Pest Management Association) Pest Management Foundation - https://npmapestworld.org/foundation/

Contributions may be sent in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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