Matthew Kevin “Zero” Magee

Matthew Kevin “Zero” Magee, 58, of Shawnee, Kansas passed away November 15, 2013.  A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, November 23, 2013, 4-6 pm at Longbranch Saloon, 9095 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, Kansas.

Affectionately known as “Zero”, Kevin was born on June 27, 1955 in Kansas City.  He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and was a proud member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.  He graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School in 1973.

Kevin graduated from Kansas State University in 1979 with a degree in Elementary Education.  He logged thousands of miles as a devoted fan of the Kansas State Women’s basketball program in the 1970’s.

His journey as a Kansas City sports fan began as a youngster in the Chiefs Huddle Club at Municipal Stadium in the mid ‘60s. As an adult he was a season ticket holder for the Royals, Chiefs, Blades and Sizzlers.

Kevin devoted his work life to the hotel, pool and restaurant industry,  He had a deep appreciation and respect for people in the service industry.  He loved his interaction with customers.

Kevin played softball, frisbee golf and was an accomplished juggler.  He enjoyed music and attended hundreds of concerts.  A tuxedo wearing Kevin would sing the National Anthem at fantasy football drafts.

Kevin “Zero” Magee lived life to the fullest.  He had a heart of gold and a steel trap for a mind and will be remembered by everyone that crossed his path.

Kevin is survived by his sister, Maura Mae Schroeder (Loren) of Lynn Haven, FL and his nephews, Shamus (Hillary) of Jacksonville, FL and Ian of Yokoska, Japan and niece Caylen Schroeder Williams (Robbie) and their daughter Marlee of Asheville, NC.


  1. Maura Magee Schroeder on February 12, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Henry, is that why his townhome is full of elephants?? I knew there had to be a story there!! There are a ton of them!

  2. Henry B Tilson on February 10, 2014 at 4:23 am

    I have just learned of “zero’s” passing.
    Many memories I have of him, but the one:
    I fondly remember happened at Crown Center and an “elephant” call. The surprised look on the guest face’s not knowing the hows, whys, or therefore’s was absolutely priceless. And something
    I will never forget. The world has lost
    a true free soul but will live on in the annuals of H Roe Bartle scout camp. And
    Heaven has gained back the call of the wild Zero Magee and his infamous elephant call.

  3. Maura Magee Schroeder on January 23, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    All of the condolence messages have warmed my heart more than you will ever know! I love hearing the stories…I was not aware of so many of them, since most of my life has been spent overseas in the Air Force. Keep them coming! I miss him so much!

  4. Wendell Evans on November 27, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    I attended KSU with Zero. We lived in the same dorm. I’m not sure how we crossed paths. He seemed to know everyone and it didnt matter what color you were. Another friend of mine found out that Earth Wind & Fire were scheduled to perform at Kemper Arena but we had no car. Zero volunteered to drive announcing that he was so into EWF!!! Fast forward its one of the coldest nights in KC and the heater in the car does not work…we seemed to not mind because all we’re thinking about is EWF and I happen to be friends with some of the opening act group members “Pockets” as they were from my home town. Now I had been to many concerts as a teenager in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. Our other pal was from Newark, NJ. Imagine circa 1978 two black guys and a white guy checking out EWF. The music begins everyone is standing on the chairs and Zero is no where to be found. We looked around expecting the worst only to find an impromptu circle of people had formed around Zero and this girl as he was dancing his assed off! Its something I will never forget. We made that long car trip back to Manhattan just shaking our heads all smiles. God Bless Zero.

  5. Garry & JoAnn McCormack on November 23, 2013 at 10:45 am

    We were very sad when we read about Zero’s death even though we only knew him a short time. He seemed to light up a room and make you feel so special with his sweet personality. He will be truly missed by anyone who ever met him. He is in God’s hands now and I am sure they are enjoying him in heaven the same way we enjoyed him on earth.

  6. Lisa Beck on November 22, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go to all of the family. Zero was a man with a beautiful soul. I met him at a Royals game in Right Field G.A. 30 years ago. When he found out my name was Lisa he decided he needed to sing Mona Lisa to me. I will always remember the smiles he could put on my face. I am truly blessed to be able to call him a friend. God Bless Zero..Love you!

  7. joe weber on November 22, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    To all remaining Zero family members, I offer you all my thoughts and prayers at this time. Zero was going to go to the upcoming KU vs. KSU footbal game with me. A few years back we went and Z man was purple from head to tow and I was not. We had a blast as rivals that day and shared many good times over the 20+ years we have known each other. Miss you already Z man–God’s speed!!!!!

  8. Jim & Vada Westhues on November 22, 2013 at 10:09 am

    We wanted to give our deepest condolence to “Zero’s” family for such an untimely loss to all who felt very much for him.
    We only knew him for a few short months and yet felt like we knew him all our lives. He will be solely missed by us and all who knew him. God Bless “Zero” and all you represented in this life.

  9. Terry Wright on November 22, 2013 at 6:36 am

    My heart is heavy with the news of Kevin’s passing, and my life enriched from counting Kevin among my friends. So many great memories and stories from Scout camp, Big 8 Basketball Tournaments, opening day at the Royals, parties at the Magee home with Mom & Dad Magee. My sympathies to Maura and your family.

  10. Larry G on November 21, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    I was introduced to you by a friend named “Beebs” 30 years ago. Said you liked to throw darts. I had just discovered the game and also liked darts. Our lives, my wife and children included, have been intrinsically entwined for ever since. You are a hero of wisdom, trivia, folk lore, survival, camping, hiking,canoeing,hockey….Need I go on?
    “The world was a better place when you, Mr Magee, were in it.”
    I love you.
    The kids send their love.
    Hugs and kisses from Candyce.

  11. Larry G, Candyce, Gunnar, Hunter & Forrest Smith on November 21, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    My children, my wife, our entire life has had you in it. The joy of Zero is not lost on us. One last hug would have been nice.
    it was larry

  12. Mark Gotzon on November 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I had the pleasure of working with Kevin as a staff member at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation. It was truly his native element back in the day. He continued to maintain many of his Scouting friendships throughout the years and I’m happy I was one of those lucky fellows. He touched many lives and he will be missed greatly.

  13. Mary Shugrue on November 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Zero was a great friend and a beautiful soul. I am so very sorry for your (our) terrible loss. I worked with him at Suzi’s (my Mom’s) restaurant, he and my brother Jimmy Estabrook were friends for many years, from the days at Crown Center. I will miss him greatly and hope you find Peace and Condolence in knowing how many people he touched, and who loved him so.

  14. Kurt Huffman on November 21, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    The life of Zero is well stated in the obituary in the KC Star. But, these are just words. I had the pleasure of experiencing Zero frequently and am better for it. His enthusiasm for life was amazing. He was amazing. He was energy. He was passion. He was life. He was unique. He was one of God’s great creations. Thank you Zero. Thank you God.

  15. J.Garcia on November 21, 2013 at 7:42 am

    I would like to convey my sympathies to the Magee family. May the God of all comfort and hearer of prayers be with you at this time.( 2Cor1:3&4 ; Ps.65:2) We look forward to the time when God will bring our loved ones back to life and eliminate death forever. Isaiah 25:8 tells us ” He will actually swallow up death forever.” Then tears of sadness will turn to tears of joy.May you find comfort and Peace in God’s words.

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