Barry W. Luck


Barry W. Luck, 76, passed away peacefully on January 20, 2011. He was diagnosed with metastatic brain cancer in September and slowly slipped away at home. Cremation.

Barry is survived by Elizabeth (Alfes) his wife of 48 years; daughter Jennifer, her husband Dan Bowersock and their children Lauren and Danny of New Jersey; son Barry D., his wife Jennell and their children Caleb and Brandon of Manhattan, Kansas. Barry is also survived by his sister Barbara Frisosky and her family in Florida; brother Tom Luck, his wife Peg and family in Michigan; and sister Maggie, her husband John Janick and their daughter in Colorado. Also surviving are his wife’s three siblings their spouses and children.

Barry grew up in Lansing, Michigan and spent summers enjoying the family cottage at Higgins Lake. Barry graduated from Central Michigan University and Michigan State University with undergraduate and master’s degrees in bio-chemistry. In the early years he worked for Dow Chemical Company, the Michigan Health Department and Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Company in Michigan. He later joined Xerox in sales and moved his family to Sioux Falls, SD and finally to Overland Park, Kansas where he eventually retired from Xerox. After that he joined Municipal Leasing Credit Corporation as a financial broker and enjoyed many years there.

Barry loved life, his family and travel. He had a passion for

University of Michigan football and enjoyed playing golf and poker with friends. He was a communion minister for the homebound and organized food drives for Catholic Charities of Johnson County.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 from 10:00a.m – 11:00 at Cure of Ars Church, 9401 Mission Rd., Leawood Kansas. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00a.m. Followed by a luncheon at the church. Internment in Lansing, Michigan.

In lieu of the flowers the family suggests memorial gifts be sent to a charity of your choice or to Cure of Ars Vianny Fund for the Poor; Catholic Charities Food Pantry, 9806 W. 87th St., Overland, Park, KS 66212; or Catholic Community Hospice, 9740 W. 87th St., Overland Park, KS 66212.


  1. Jim Borthwick on January 27, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Although Sharon has already sent a note, I want to add my own. When I became acquainted with Sharon a decade ago, I was soon introduced to Liz and Barry. Even though Barry already had lots of friends and had little reason to do anything more than tolerate me, he immediately reached out and we became good friends. (Perhaps it didn’t hurt that I was a Michigan graduate.) It was a privilege and a pleasure to know him and play golf with him. He was a good person, fun to be around. Sharon and I will miss him.

  2. Stephen Searcy on January 26, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Barry was a champion to my family. Not only his friendship, but his help to both of my daughters in securing solid career opportunities after they graduated. I too have missed the fun of playing occational golf with him. Barry was a gem who left a wake of good will and genuine care in his path. He will be missed and remembered dearly by our family. Thank you for sharing him with us.

  3. Sabra & John Wiegers on January 24, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Liz and Family,
    Our deepest condolences to all of you. Barry was such a great guy. We are sure he and Al are together in Heaven.

  4. Janet Francis on January 23, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Dear Liz and family: My heart aches for all of you. I treasure all the wonderful times we had together. Barry is safe in God’s arms now. I hope that in time you will all find peace in your hearts. I love you. Janet

  5. Janet scott on January 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Liz & family,
    I’ll treasure the times Bob and I had with Barry and you, and your later visits to Wy. after my move. Barry loved the scenic beauty of the West. He fought a courages battle & now rests with his Father in heaven. We had a prayer for you & your family in church this morning,that you may be comforted by Jesus our Savior. Love Janet

  6. Juanita Offutt on January 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Dear Liz and family my heart goes out to you.God be with all of you. He will truly missed.

  7. Lisa Landry on January 23, 2011 at 10:04 am

    To the greatest uncle who truly loved life. You will be missed! Aunt Liz, Jen & Barry, so glad we were able to come spend some time together. May you all have peace in your hearts!

  8. Jim and Deanna Bell on January 22, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Dear Liz and Family: We want to express our deepest sympathy. Barry had a great sense of humor and enjoyed life. We visited with him in line for the presidential election and had a nice visit. He loved his family and was so proud of all of you. He talked about you often. He will be missed by many.

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