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Obituary for Kevin Glynn

Kevin Glynn
Kevin Eric Glynn, 71, died peacefully April 3rd at Kansas City Hospice House surrounded by family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father James and mother Catherine (Audley), brother-in-law Tony Rinella, sisters-in-law Barbara Latenser, Mary Franzen, and Sharon Marsee. Kevin is survived by his wife, Judith; his son, David and wife Kerry and their children, Henry and Ellen; daughter, Sarah LaSala and husband Brandon and their children, Eric, Owen, Matthew and Lily; and son Philip and wife Elizabeth and their children, Maeve and Ezekiel. Kevin is also survived by his sisters, Susan Rinella and Nancy Rottinghaus and husband Elmer; brothers, Leo and wife Kathy and Terence and wife Kathy; brothers-in-law, John Latenser, James Marsee and wife Ellen, and Ron Franzen. He had 47 nieces and nephews.

Kevin was born January 18th, 1941 at St. Mary’s Hospital and grew up at 4232 Harrison. After attending grade school at St. James and high school at Bishop Lillis, he graduated from the University of Kansas—having benefited from the Evans caddie scholarship.

After college, Kevin worked for the Folgers Coffee Company downtown for one year. In 1962 he joined the U.S. Navy and became a commissioned officer. He served on the U.S.S. Bainbridge and in the Vietnam War in command of a swiftboat. Kevin married Judy Marsee in 1970 at St. Agnes. Their son David was born in 1972—Judy already an experienced teacher and Kevin beginning a four decade career in the law. Sarah and Philip followed in 1979 and 1980—Kevin having built a reputation as a successful trial attorney.

As a lawyer, Kevin tried hundreds of cases nationwide. He treasured the advice of his mentors, was an example to younger lawyers and ably represented countless clients. His private practice focused on construction litigation, his pro-bono work on family law. Most recently he was a partner with the law firm of Van Osdol & Magruder. His career was defined by a respect for and ability to connect with jurors.

His Catholic faith inspired him to support various causes. Kevin and Judy have been Visitation parishioners for more than 30 years. Kevin valued his friendships with other dedicated lay people, priests and nuns across the Kansas City area.

Whether you called him Grandpa Kevin, Uncle Kevin or Big Kevin, he cherished the time he spent with family and friends throughout his life. The end of his life was marked by simple grace and gratitude. A visitation will be held on Monday, April 9th from 5:00 to 8:00pm at Visitation Church, 5141 Main Street. We will celebrate his life with a Mass of Christian Burial at the church on Tuesday April 10th at 10:00 am. Entombment will immediately follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Lenexa, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Visitation Church, Benedictine Sisters of Mt. St. Scholastica, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence or Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care.

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