Chris Huck, 47, passed away on November 19, 2013 following a courageous battle with Prostate cancer.
He is survived by his loving wife of 18 years Nancy, and their daughters, Lauren and Emma. Chris is also survived by his mother Jeanne Huck, siblings Mark, Michael (Kim), and Kathleen (John), Nancy’s parents Gordon and Carol Rosenthal, siblings Lon, Lori, Leanne Knutson (Kurt),and nieces and nephews: Jonathon Huck, Tina Huck, Rebecca Rosenthal, Katie Knutson and Jack Knutson. Also, several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Chris was recently predeceased by his father Clemence Huck.
Chris graduated from Union-Endicott High School in Endicott, New York and the University of Illinois at Chicago, receiving his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Marketing. He was employed as a Systems Analyst with Ascend Learning in Leawood Kansas.
Chris was a wonderful father and husband who loved spending time with his wife and girls. Among their many fun trips were the annual treks to Clear Lake, Iowa to celebrate the 4th of July with Nancy’s family. Chris encouraged the girls’ love of sports, cheering them on from the sidelines, practicing with them in the backyard, and teaching them to ski which he loved throughout his life. He also enjoyed watching The Royals and Chiefs and Nancy’s alma mater, Iowa State. He loved an underdog.
Chris lived his life with enthusiasm and a great sense of humor. His friends and family will miss his casual, carefree spirit and fierce determination and grace in spite of an aggressive cancer diagnosis and difficult course of treatment.
Two organizations that gave Chris’ life meaning during the past 18 months are Faith, Hope, Love,Win(flhw.org), an organization founded by David Emerson to raise funds and awareness to battle advanced metastatic prostate cancer and Church of the Resurrection’s Congregational Care ministries. The family suggests either of these organizations for anyone wishing to make a memorial.
A funeral service will be held at The Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Avenue, Leawood, KS on November 23rd at 2:00PM. The family will greet friends immediately following in the youth center at the church.
Larry Dean Rutter, formerly of Marion, Iowa, passed away peacefully at home in Leawood, Kansas, on August 23, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Larry was born on February 6, 1941, in Ames, Iowa, to Vincil and Katherine Rutter. He graduated from McCallsburg High School, in Story County, Iowa, where he spent much of his time kicking around on the sandlot. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy during wartime.
After his service, Larry settled back in Iowa, where he dedicated his professional career to helping at-risk children throughout Iowa’s youth residential treatment system. The caring, respectful, and innovative programs Larry developed and coordinated enriched the lives of thousands of our most vulnerable children, and had lasting, positive impacts on the lives of many employees and volunteers. After his retirement from Four Oaks, Larry was honored with the 1998 Tom Lewis Award, acknowledging his outstanding service, dedication, longevity and diversity in duties to children and families in the State of Iowa.
Larry will be remembered by all for his humor, caring spirit, sense of duty, humility, outlandish stories, practical jokes, and his love of sweets, “Matilda,” coffee-filter bowls, bad movies, pie, duct tape, “big butter,” enormous pumpkins at Halloween, hustling friends in pool, checkers, and cards, as well as the beautiful luster of black and gold throughout Kinnick on a crisp fall day.
Larry was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He is survived by Anne, his loving wife of 23 years, of Leawood, Kansas, his daughter Chris (Mindy) Rutter of Sarasota, FL, three step-children, Angie Balius of Eagan, Minn., Kirk (Diane) Marty of Leawood, Kan., and Eric (Dina) Marty of Greensboro, NC. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Pat, Emily, Max, George, Alexi, Kyra, and Emersen, in addition to his many loving brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews.
The family would like to thank the many friends, volunteers, and professionals who assisted and comforted Larry throughout his last years, in particular Anna, Hospice RN, Iesha, Hospice Aide, and Doug, Hospice Chaplain.
A private service will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Luke’s Home Care Services and Hospice, c/o St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation, 4225 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, MO 64111.
Jung Hee Moon, 78, of Leawood, Kansas, passed away August 15, 2013 at the KC Hospice House.
Jung was born February 3, 1935 in Suwon City, Korea.
She is survived by three sons, Ji, Do and Tae Young Moon.
KEITH GENE JOHNSTON
July 19, 1952 – July 19, 2013
After a brave, long battle with cancer, Keith passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on his 61st birthday.
He touched many lives with his openness, positive attitude and sense of humor to the very end. He will be greatly missed. He was a loving father, son, brother and friend to many.
Survivors include his mother, Colleen Johnston, children; Misty O’Healy, Aimee Cardozo, Jennifer Johnston and Jimmy Weber, grandchildren, Avery and Lennah Cardozo (his “sweeties”) and Peyton and Kendal Neal, his sister, Claudia Johnston, brothers James and Eric Johnston, and nephew Erik Johnston. He was preceded in death by his father, James Paul Johnston, his grandparents, John Edgar and Ruby Johnston and Herbert and Pauline Kaiser and his aunt, Carol Hunter.
Services will be held at 10 AM, Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at Lord of Life Church, 3105 West 135th St., Leawood, KS 66224.
The family will be accepting donations to the Audubon Society in lieu of flowers.
Jeffrey Michael Long, 68, of Leawood, Kansas, took the hand of the angels on May 18, 2013 at the Kansas City Hospice House.
He was born March 26, 1945 in Los Angeles, CA, son of Connie and Gene Long. Growing up in California, he loved the ocean and the mountains.
Jeff married Karen Syverud, the love of his life on May 20, 1972 in California. They moved to Leawood in 1987 to open the Ringler Associates Kansas City Office. Jeff retired in 2010, turning the business over to his son, Ryan. He was President of the Board of Directors of Brookridge Country Club where he met friends who became a second family to Jeff and his family. Upon retirement, Jeff became a Starter and Marshall at Brookridge. He enjoyed golf, camping, traveling, fishing and sharing time with friends.
Jeff was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Kelly. He is survived by his wife, Karen, son Ryan and his wife, Kristin and their family, Parker and Connor of Overland Park and his daughter, Cori and husband Matt Gillispie and their family, Drew and Alli of Shawnee. He is also survived by his brothers, Gene of Boca Raton, Fl and Dan of Chico, CA, his sister, Kathy Long of Huntington Beach, CA and his extended family in California.
Jeff’s grandchildren were the twinkle in his blue eyes and they adored their Papa. He was a selfless person, always ready to help other people and listen to their needs. He had a wonderful sense of humor that lasted through out his courageous journey. Jeff and Karen were fortunate enough to travel the world, play golf in Scotland and watched many sunsets over several oceans.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 am, Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Church of the Nativity, 3800 West 119th St., Leawood, KS 66209. A Celebration of Life will be held immediately following the Mass at Brookridge Golf and Fitness, 8223 W. 103rd Street, Overland Park, KS 66212. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to KC Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Rd or to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, www.pcf.org.
Charles (Chuck) M. Gathright passed away peacefully at Garden Villas on May 14 at the age of 89. A longtime Leawood resident, he was married to the love of his life Lucille for 55 years until she passed away in 2006. Chuck served in the Army Air Corps in WWII. He was a pilot who taught his sons to fly. He retired from Gathright Sales Co. in 2001 and loved nothing more than taking his grandchildren to the lake.
Chuck is survived by son Jon and his wife Dessie as well as son Mike and his wife Shelley. His 3 grandsons Cory, Dustin, and Derek Gathright along with granddaughter Julie Estrada, husband Gabe and their 2 children Kaelyn and Gabriel.
A family celebration of life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to
Alan Skinner, 77, Lenexa, Kansas, passed away April 22, 2013 at Delmar Gardens of Lenexa.A memorial service will be held at Christ Community Church, 14200 Kenneth Road, Leawood Kansas on Sunday May 5 at 1:30 pm.In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Mercy & Truth Medical Missions.
Octavio B. (Obie) Bautista passed away February 18 at Kansas City Hospice House. A celebration of his life will be held at Country Club United Methodist Church, 400 W. 57 St., Kansas City, MO on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 3p.m. Visitation and a reception will follow in the Fellowship hall.
He was born October, 15, 1928 in the Philippines where he lived until 1962 when he and family moved to Norman, OK to pursue graduate studies. He retired as Professor of Economics and Finance from Central Missouri State University in 1992.
He married Leticia (Letty) in April 1950 and had 3 children; Orlando (Rachel), Edwin and Liza (Gary Crumley). He is also survived by his only sister, Nora B. Consunji, and 8 grandchildren, J.J., Mark, Susanna, Daniel and Catherine Bautista; Cara and Allison Crumlen; and Michael Bautista, and a lovely great-granddaughter, Nani Lee Mae.
He was a member of Country Club United Methodist Church for 50 years where he served on the Board of Trustees and as Treasurer for three terms. He was a valued member of the Chancel Choir. He was very active in the Heart of America Cursillo movement where he served as chief cook for many weekends. He volunteered at KU Medical Center and Trinity Lutheran Hospital.
Obie and Letty traveled extensively, most notably a 10-day trek in the Himalayas when they were in their early 70’s. They also took their entire family on 4 cruises in his later years when Parkinson’s Disease limited his mobility.
The family wishes to extend thanks to his church family and the wonderful, caring staff at Menorah Medical Center, KU Medical Center, and Kansas City Hospice House.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Country Club United Methodist Church, 400 W. 57 St., Kansas City, MO.
Laura Rigsby Daniel, 65, passed away December 31st, 2012 at her home in Leawood, Kansas. In her final hours she was surrounded by the family she loved as they shared scripture, sang hymns and read aloud her favorite childhood book, Little House on the Prairie. Outside her window a soft, peaceful snow was falling.
Laura was born to Clayton and Bernadine Hunt in St. Louis, Missouri in 1947. Laura is survived by her husband Dale Daniel, brother Clayton Hunt of Dallas, TX, daughter Teresa Sneed of Duncan, OK, son Travis Daniel of Overland Park, KS, and two grandchildren Gwyneth and Garrett Sneed of Duncan, OK.
Laura was a faithful wife of 41 years, a devoted mother, and a joyful grandmother. She loved a brisk walk in the morning and evening with her dog Watson. She enjoyed traveling, reading a good book in her favorite chair and most of all, spending time with her family. She fought breast cancer for 15 years without a single complaint. Laura’s quiet, steadfast love and servant heart will be missed by all who knew her.
A memorial service and visitation will be held at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in the Wesley Covenant Chapel (13720 Roe Ave. Leawood, KS). Visitation will be held at 10:00am on January 3rd, 2013 and the memorial service will follow at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Church of the Resurrection Backpack Ministry. Laura spent her retirement years volunteering with this ministry to provide weekend meals for grade school kids in need. Checks can be made out to the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection with “Backpack Ministry” in the memo line.