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106 South Center
PO Box 192
Gardner, KS 66030
Phone: 913-856-7111
Fax: 913-884-7009
Kent McMeen

Kent W McMeen

Thursday, March 31st, 1949 - Thursday, June 20th, 2019
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Surrounded by the love of his wife and daughters, Kent McMeen passed away at home on June 20, 2019, after a one year battle of Glioblastoma brain cancer at the age of 70. A celebration of life will take place at Journey Bible Church, 13700 W. 151st St., Olathe, KS 66062 on Saturday, July 27 at 11:00 AM. A light lunch will follow with time to greet the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Kent was born on March 31, 1949, in Lincoln, NE to Warren and Margaret (Hart) McMeen and was raised in the KC area. He graduated from Ruskin High School and Longview Community College. Kent was drafted and served honorably in the US Army at Ft. Lewis, WA. Kent married Judy Barrow on Oct. 10, 1986, creating a family that included Heather McMeen and Buffy Barrow.
He was employed by Deluxe Corp in Lenexa for 38 years where he served as a department manager and project specialist throughout his career before retiring in July 2009. He was always willing to share his expertise and prided himself in mentoring new employees. He was known for his keen sense of humor and quick wit. After retiring, Kent enjoyed a life of leisure maintaining his 3 acre yard on his John Deere tractor and checking off his honey-do list until Judy retired in 2012. Once Judy retired, the two of them set off on amazing road trips traveling from east to west coast, Canada and Mexico. One of their more memorable trips took them to Moab, Utah where they conquered hiking to the Delicate Arch.
Kent enjoyed the Royals, Chiefs, and Mizzou Tigers but more than anything he loved his family. His greatest joy right up to the end was being “Papa” the Ultimate Fan, along with Grammy, at all the grandchildren’s’ school and sporting events.
He had a strong desire to help others who have received a difficult diagnosis and bequeathed his body to the University of Kansas School of Medicine. At the time of his diagnosis, Kent along with his wife Judy, had been participating in an Alzheimer’s study at KU Medical Center.
Survivors include his devoted wife of 32 years Judy McMeen; two daughters: Heather Cooke (Brent) of Phoenix, AZ, Buffy Hilton (Sean) of Edgerton, KS; three wonderful grandchildren: Gressa Cooke, Brady and Carson Hilton; and a sister, Shannon Taylor in TX. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Peggy.
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    Saturday, July 27th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, July 27th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Journey Bible Church
    Address
    13700 W. 151st Street
    OLATHE, KS 66062
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    A Light lunch will follow with time to greet the family.

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Ivory Williams

Posted at 08:38pm
God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put his arms around you and whispered, "Come to me." A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.
Rest in peace. You will be missed.
LL

Lisa Lauver

Posted at 08:57am
It was a joy working with Kent. I loved his humor and his one liner timing was impeccable. Kent was a great mentor and helped me tremendously with numbers. I would have him check over my figures. He will be missed.
LT

Liz Tyler

Posted at 05:45pm
Dear Kent,

This world has lost a good human-being, the devil never stood a chance, and Heaven gained a worthy man. I had the good fortune to work with and know you for 28+ years as part of the Deluxe family. I like to believe I was your favorite employee. Whether this was based on my sparkling personality, exceptional performance value, my unapparelled taste in earrings, or your love of my homemade cookies, it matters not one iota. Lord knows you’re ONE of mine. (Hang in there, Chad.)

You were always a quiet man but when you spoke, much like my dad (who I compared you to often), people listened as it was always worth hearing. You both proved the adage “those who speak the least - say the most”. Besides being a strikingly handsome man and lucky Judy’s husband, you were intelligent, humble, open-minded, humorous, and kind. I recall one occasion, at Deluxe, when money had been stolen from the reception desk and the receptionist was greatly upset by this. You asked me how much had gone missing. I told you and with no hesitation you pulled out your wallet, handed me the amount mentioned, and made me swear a blood oath never to tell anyone who it came from. Why? Because you wanted to correct the WRONG, not get a pat on the back in the break room. There are other stories I could share but those require a security clearance and the release of tax statements. Let’s just tell everyone the RUSSIANS did it!

Kent. You will always be my dear friend, caring mentor, and a helluva great boss. Your dry sense of humor was pretty darn funny. Ask anyone about your spot-on impression of Johnny Carson as the Great Carnac! Another anecdote, for me personally, was when you gave me free-reign to rearrange the department knowing this was right up my alley and directly in my wheel-house. (Ask my KIDS! I’m always calling them to come see where I moved the toaster.) I remember that a co-worker asked, “why LIZ?” You sidled up beside me, put your arm around my shoulder and countered, “Is this a good-enough reason?” Oh, and this one’s my favorite: remember when you needed to interview that legally blind young lady who had applied as a PROOF READER? Following what must have been a most interesting round-table with the applicant you walked out on the floor, deadpan, with a straight face, and never made eye-contact with any of us. You said, dry-as-dirt, “If anyone says one word, I’ll fire you on the spot” and kept on walking! Here’s the kicker: YOU HIRED HER!

You did not allow pettiness, bullying, false accusations/ true-but-mean-spirited accusations, or self-inflicted stupidity to go unchecked. Not from other departments and certainly not from within our department. You were always fair, ethical, and stern when needed and subscribed to the ‘what’s-sauce-for-the-goose-is-sauce-for-the-gander’ philosophy. We had a wonderfully diverse pool of talented women in our department but there were times (of-the-month) that needed more than a pan of brownies or a WhINE-fest to soothe ruffled feathers. Thank you, Kent, for being my champion and protector 24/7-365.

I have a laundry list of things I respect and admire about you, Kent, but the top honors would include you were a good enough boss/friend to nail my slats to the wall when I messed up, patient enough to allow me to learn from my own mistakes, wise enough to own up to yours, and gracious enough to praise me when I EARNED the credit. This meant a lot – as your employee, friend, and evolution as a human. What I truly appreciate deeply, from both you and Chad, is you always bolstered my self-esteem. You taught me, through your actions, friendship, and unconditional acceptance, that I could be myself and that I had WORTH as a contributing member of our team and your extended family. You liked me as ME and made me realize I didn’t have to be loud and obnoxious to be taken seriously or accepted. Your genuine gift of friendship is a ‘forever’ treasure. Rest in peace, my friend. You have earned it. I’m baking cookies in your honor this week. I’ll lick Chad’s on BOTH sides.

Love, Liz
KH

Kevin Hoesch

Posted at 04:09pm
Judy and family, My wife and I are so sorry to hear of Kent’s passing. I worked for Kent at Deluxe and later received mgr. training from him. He was highly respected at Deluxe. His humor, wisdom and dedication was known by all. Our thoughts are with you..
GS

Gloria Smith

Posted at 05:44pm
Sorry Judy, and family,
I am so glad you had the wonderful life together. Kent was so much fun to be around, he brought a lot of laughter to the company
With his creative sense of humor.
God Bless
Gloria Smith
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