Terry James Lemon

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Terry James Lemon, 61, passed away August 10, 2021, in his hometown of Kansas City, Kansas. His battle with serious medical issues over the last year showed his courage in facing life challenges with humor and laughter. Despite the pain, Terry continued to share his witty jokes and banter until the end. When asked about his profession, he would joke that he was a “magician” and if you knew Terry, you’d know he was just getting warmed up and ready to share his funny and playful personality.

Terry was born to Audra James and Barbara Lemon, October 16, 1959, in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Terry graduated in 1977 from Turner High School in Kansas City, Ks. and soon began working at Southwest Marina. He was an avid bowler and often joined different leagues at Tower Lanes Bowling Alley located in Kansas City, Ks. Not long after graduating high school, he met his future wife and mother of his three children, Sheila K. Lemon. They married in 1980 and lived together in Overland Park, Ks.

Terry worked at ARMCO Steel, Inc. in Kansas City for over 13 years, was a member of the Carpenters Union of Greater Kansas City. During his career as a union carpenter, Terry worked for J&L Sheet Metal and later became the superintendent at Delta Innovative Services, Inc. In total, he was an active union member for over 30-years.

Terry is survived by his three children, Michael Lemon, of Merriam, David, and Jessika Lemon, of Tonganoxie, and Kellie and Jeremiah Manning, of Shawnee; former wife and mother of children, Sheila Lemon of Overland Park; grandchildren, Wyatt and Waylen Lemon; his mother, Barbara Lemon; brothers, Duane & Jeannette Lemon, of Smithville, Mo., Bob & Lisa Lemon, of Merriam, and sister, Pam Lemon, of Lawrence; and, significant other & best friend, Mary Cochran, of Leavenworth; children, Tia & Ryan Bennett; granddaughters, Sage and Ember Bennett; as well as several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Mr. Lemon is preceded in death by his father, Audra James Lemon.


A memorial service will be held, Thursday, September 9th, 2021 from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm at the James P. Davis Hall located inside Wyandotte County Lake, 91st & Leavenworth Rd, KC, Ks. Please note, friends may greet the family from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Memorial service 5:00pm – 5:30pm. Refreshments served 5:30pm – 6:30pm.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to KU Endowment for the benefit of Lemonade For Life – CPPR.  Please make checks payable to KU Endowment and mail to P.O. Box 928 Lawrence, KS 66044-0928 or give securely online at kuendowment.org/givenow.



  1. Emily Baker on September 6, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    He will be so missed. My heart goes out to his children, family, and friends.

  2. William J Fry on September 6, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    Wow I’m so sorry for your loss of a true Friend Terry Lemon and for his Good people family he’s right with the lord now. Love you all see you soon God bless.

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