Alan Roy Monken

Monken, Alan

Alan Roy Monken, 59, of Overland Park, Kansas passed away in his home, surrounded by loved ones, on the morning of June 15, 2015, after a battle with esophageal cancer. A source of inspiration to those around him, Alan spent his life committed to the things and people he loved. His enthusiasm, thirst for knowledge, and love of learning were infectious.

Alan was born in 1955 and graduated from Lebanon High School in 1974. In 1977, he graduated from Illinois State University with his Bachelor’s Degree, and from Washington University in St. Louis with his Master’s of Business Administration in 1985.

Alan is preceded in death by his father, Melvin R. Monken. Alan is survived by his mother, Shirley M. Monken; his brother, Kent G. Monken; his wife, Cathy J. Monken; his two sons, Joshua A. Monken and Jeremy C. Monken; his daughter-in-law, Rachel N. Monken; and his first granddaughter, Charlotte A. Monken.

The things he loved most were never kept to himself. Those close to Alan are thankful for a lifetime of shared enthusiasm, whether it be for comic books, music, science fiction, classic movies, video games, or Sherlock Holmes (among many other things). Alan was most thankful during his final two years of the time he was able to spend with his granddaughter Charlotte, who has given him so much joy. When he was diagnosed, his wish was to live long enough to hear her call him Grandpa, which she has done many times in the past few months.

A time of remembrance and celebration of Alan’s life will be held at his home on Thursday, June 18 from 6 – 8 p.m. at 10103 W. 97th Terrace, Overland Park. . Memorial and funeral services will be held in Alan’s hometown of Lebanon, Illinois, on Saturday, June 20th, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 123 East Dee Street, Lebanon, Illinois, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Cancer Action or Good Shepherd Hospice (, both of which were crucial to Alan’s comfort.

Every kind word, thought, or prayer from friends, family, medical staff, and hospice workers over the past year and a half has been appreciated immensely not only by the family, but by Alan himself. He was and always will be loved.

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  1. Marge Groom on June 18, 2015 at 8:25 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Alan’s passing. He was a great man and I am sure you and the boys your daughter-in-law and granddaughter will miss him greatly. The next two weeks will almost seem like a dream and then reality slowly seeps in. On April 13th Dan entered Heaven after only a short, but courageous battle with renal cancer. If you ever need to talk or just need some one to listen to you, reacn out to me at and we can share phone numbers.
    In Christ, Marge Groom

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