He was in over his head.

A KC cereal heir dies trying to revitalize a desolate part of the city 

He was in over his head.

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Knobtown today offers no visible clues that a cereal-company heir tried to remake it into something more than a place to get a tattoo or admire the ink on an adult entertainer.

One of Uhlmann's companies purchased the Kansas City International Raceway, a drag strip off Noland Road, in 2008. Uhlmann planned to relocate the track to a site where the sound of the engines would not disturb the people who bought homes from him. The collapse of Hillside Village removed the imperative. The track continues to host events, advertising itself as "your home for NHRA drag racing in Missouri."

Uhlmann's largest lender, Bank Midwest (now Armed Forces Bank), has a lawsuit pending against his companies in Jackson County. In Johnson County, the probate court is sorting through claims, including the bank's, that have been made on Uhlmann's estate.

Kevin Thomas is among those who believe that they are entitled to money from Uhlmann's estate. Thomas has asked for $2.2 million, stemming from his purchase of an excavating company that Uhlmann established. Thomas says Uhlmann misrepresented the company's assets and liabilities.

Gary and Terry Watts have made a claim. They are seeking between $3 million and $10 million because of "acts and omissions" related to Crush Tech. Uhlmann's estate is also being pursued by lawyers; the drag strip's operators; and Quality Aggregates, the company that signed a lease to quarry the limestone at what was to become Hillside Village.

With her husband's estate tied up in probate, Patricia Uhlmann needed the court's permission to pay for his funeral. The court allowed her to withdraw $28,229 for the mahogany casket and other expenses.

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