Welcome to the forum David, and thank you for your service to our country!
I lived in Kansas City from '95 to '04, but was on the road most of that time with my job, an as a result I never really explored the lakes around there as well as I would have liked.
Blue Springs Lake is close and holds some decent fish. Truman Lake is a bit further away but also has pretty decent fishing at times. Definitely would be worth checking out.