Thomas E. Deacy, Jr.

Thomas E. Deacy, Jr., a trial lawyer, of Mission Hills, Kansas died on September 23, 2013, three weeks before his 95th birthday. He was born to Thomas E. and Grace Deacy in Kansas City, Missouri on October 14, 1918.  Educated at Border Star School and Southwest High School, he received an L.L.B. from the University of Missouri (Columbia) in 1940, where he was on the Missouri Law Review and a member of Sigma Chi, QEBH Senior Honor Society and the President of the Inter-fraternity Council. Deacy served as a Captain in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945.  He received an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1949 and was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.  He practiced law in Chicago as partner in Taylor Miller, Busch & Boyden, from 1946 to 1955; he joined his father Thomas E. Deacy in 1955 to form Deacy & Deacy, Kansas City, Missouri and practiced there until 2013.  He served as President of the Juvenile Protective Association of Chicago; the Kansas City Philharmonic Association.; the University of Missouri Law School Foundation; the American College of Trial Lawyers. He was Chairman of Conservatory of Music of Kansas City and a Director of St. Louis-San Francisco Railway and Burlington Northern, Inc.  He was also a Trustee of Sunset Hill School, University of Kansas City, Chicago Council Boy Scouts of America, and the Nature Conservatory.  Deacy was a member of the Illinois and Missouri Bars; the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary and Commission on Standards of Judicial Administration; the American Law Institute; the Missouri Bar Commission on Judicial Selection; the Judicial Conference of the U.S. Committee on Standards for Admission to Practice in the U.S. Courts. In 1973 and 1977 he was a Member U.S. Team for the Anglo-American Legal Exchange.  He was a member of Country Club Christian Church, Kansas City Country Club, River Club, Kansas City Club, Racquet Club, Oxbow Club, La Jolla Country Club, La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club.

He loved his family ski trips to Colorado and summer trips to Michigan. He loved golfing with his friends and family as long as they could hit the ball more than 100 feet and he was a passionate and skilled duck hunter, always claiming, “No, I got that one.”

He married Jean Freeman Deacy in 1943 who predeceased him in 1993. They had five children all who survive him including: Bennette D. Kramer (Eliot Long) of New York, Carolyn Deacy of San Francisco, Margaret Deacy (Scott Vickrey) of Los Angeles, Thomas M. Deacy (Mary) of Kansas City, and Ann Krause (Bill) of Jacksonville, Florida. He also leaves behind his sister, Barbara Breece of Kansas City and seven grandchildren: Carolyn Kramer (Alex Shapiro), Peter and Alice Vickrey, Sarah Deacy (Adam Billington), Bennett Deacy (Amanda), William and James Deacy. He also leaves behind four great grandchildren: Natasha and Owen Shapiro, Arlo Billington and Marshall Deacy.  He married Jean Holmes McDonald Deacy in 1988. She predeceased him in 2010.

There will be a memorial service on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 2:00pm at the Country Club Christian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Legal Aid of Western Missouri, 1125 Grand Avenue, Suite 1900, Kansas City, Missouri, 64106.


  1. Jim and Darlene Wyrsch on September 30, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Tom was a first-rate lawyer, a true gentleman, and a good friend. He will be greatly missed.

    Jim and Darlene

  2. Bob Brown on September 30, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    We have lost a true gentleman and an inspirational leader.

    Bob Brown
    St. Joseph, MO

  3. Jaromir and Magda Born on September 30, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Tom and Mary,
    our sympathy to your family. We are really sorry and our thoughts are with you.
    Jaromir and Magda

  4. jane Gilkey on September 29, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    With sympathy to from my late father Dr Harry M gilkey who took care of the family. 118w 47 Kansas city mo 64112 816 561 0994

  5. Linda Anderson on September 27, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Mr. Deacy will be sadly missed. He was such a joy and I looked forward to him coming into the office. He was a blessing to everyone that knew him.
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Love to you all.

  6. Jacki Belfonte on September 27, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Getting to know and work with Mr. Deacy was a privilege. His is truly missed. His presence will forever be carried in my memory.

  7. Bob in Grandview, Missouri on September 27, 2013 at 7:45 am

    I am grateful for the life of Mr. Deacy. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

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