Philip Ross Love

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Philip Ross Love was born to Jim and Bette Love on October 15, 1949, in Springfield, Missouri. After a life filled with learning, achievements, adventure, and family, Phil, 72, died peacefully on October 14, 2022.

Growing up in Kansas City, Missouri, he graduated from Oak Park High School in 1967. In 1971, Phil graduated from William Jewell College with a B. A. in Philosophy. He earned an M.A. in Counseling from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1975. 

On March 17, 1979, he married Patricia Beard. Phil and Patty loved raising their two children, Mathew and Emily; and they especially enjoyed time with their seven grandchildren. 

Phil’s zest for learning paired with his entrepreneurial spirit led him to be CEO of Pryor Resources, Inc. Before his retirement in 2000, the company was conducting approximately 20,000 business training seminars annually throughout North America and beyond. 

Following retirement, Phil began his seminary studies at Central Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned a Master of Arts degree in 2004. After graduation, Phil joined the board of trustees at Central and was elected Chair of Trustees in 2009. He served in that capacity through 2013. 

Phil joined the Advisory Board of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture in 2012 and also served as managing director. 

In 2014, he received a postgraduate diploma in Bible and Contemporary World from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. 

A licensed minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Phil served in various capacities at Country Club Christian Church in Kansas City, Missouri, including adult education teacher; deacon; member of the personnel, finance, and nominating committees; chair of the board and adult education council; and as an elder. 

For many years, Phil’s interest in flying and charitable aviation led him to serve on the board of Angel Flight Central, a non-profit organization arranging free flights for people in need.

In addition to serving on the boards previously mentioned, Phil served as a director for the Kansas City Association for Mental Health, the Mental Health Association of Missouri, and on the advisory board of Midwest Christian Counseling Center. He was also a former director of Lambda Chi Alpha Education Foundation. 

Phil’s prowess as a leader and his giving spirit led him to be recognized by several institutions. 

  • William Jewell College—Citation for Achievement, 1999
  • Central Baptist Theological Seminary—Presidential Citation for highest grade point average, 2004; Alumnus of the Year, 2012; and Distinguished Service Award, 2013
  • Angel Flight—Volunteer Pilot of the Year, 2007, and Distinguished Service and Leadership award, 2018



We celebrate Phil’s full and multi-faceted life on Tuesday, November 22, at 2 pm at Country Club Christian Church located at 6101 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64113. A reception in the church parlor follows from 3 to 4 pm. Live-stream link:

Memorial Contributions

Phil’s generosity inspired all who knew him. To honor Phil, please consider making a donation to Angel Flight Central (, Bethel Neighborhood Center (, Country Club Christian Church (, or Yale Center for Faith & Culture (


  1. Rochinda Pickens on November 22, 2022 at 11:19 am

    My sincerest condolences! Phil was such an amazing husband and father. A man with so much wisdom. He always made my daughter Brittany feel at home. Rest In Peace my friend. Love Rochinda, Alan, Brittany, Darrell and Andrea.

  2. Tom Robinett on November 20, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    I have lost a friend that I have been blessed to know since grade school; I will miss him. It is hardly necessary to say that Phil was a very respected and accomplished man, but I’ll say it anyway – he was that and more.

    I understand that physical pain was not really a problem for Phil, but I think that pain and suffering can manifest itself in many ways, so the following is something that I think is appropriate and hope that Patty and Phil’s family appreciate the thought.

    God saw that he was getting tired and a cure was not to be.
    So He put his arms around him and whispered “Come with Me.”
    With tearful eyes we watched him suffer and saw him fade away.
    Although we loved him dearly, we could not make him stay.
    A golden heart stopped beating. Hard working hands came to rest.
    God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best.

    Phil you will be missed.

  3. paul VanOsdol on November 16, 2022 at 8:09 am

    Sad to lose such a wonderful mentor. Being in his company was always enjoyabe. I remember what a great cook he was. At Beth and Dale,s wedding he kept over 400 chicken brests grilling at once. and how many Thanksgiving dinners were prepared for everyone who came to Phil and Patt’s great condos on the plaza to see the Lights be turned on.
    He was also a great boat captain, taking eveeryone water skiing. We caugh many, many crappie atTable Rock lake. He would cook them with all the side dishes. His deep faith
    in God kept many of his friends in line. At all the Ross family rejunions he always brought all his children and Grande children.

  4. Gina Bowman on November 16, 2022 at 8:03 am

    Phil was such a gentle man. He was a very thoughtful minister and a wonderful example of a Christian leader. I’m blessed to have called him friend. Blessings to the Love family.

  5. Ruth-Ann Clurman on November 14, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    Boss, friend, pastor, person who married my husband and I and much more. One of the most brilliant people I’ve ever known. Loved husband, son, father, brother. All around best guy!

  6. Adra Johnson Burks on November 14, 2022 at 11:58 am

    All of us who knew Phil were blessed in one way or another. His spirit was unique. His attentiveness beyond measure. Such a loss.

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