Albert Lawrence (Larry) Racunas of Leawood, Kansas, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at the age of 83. Larry was born in Port Allegany, Pennsylvania on August 29, 1938 to Albert Thomas and Mary Jane (Lalich) Racunas. In 1950, his father accepted a job transfer to Sedalia, Missouri, where Larry lived through his high school years. He attended Sacred Heart School, the University of Central Missouri and the University of Missouri. In 1974, Larry co-founded the Great American Basketball League that now serves over 8,000 boys and girls annually in the Kansas City area. Larry was a sales representative in the gift and hospitality industry.
He loved and cherished Cynthia, his children, grandchildren, brothers, nieces, and friends. He had a passion for writing prose and poetry, and for photography. He loved playing golf, listening to music (especially jazz and salsa), dancing with Cynthia, reading, traveling, having family dinners and conversations with his children, and cheering on his grandchildren. Larry was always caring, witty, and energetic.
He is pre-deceased by his mother, father and brother, Bob. He is survived by his sweetheart, Cynthia Lieberman of Leawood, Kansas; son, Mark Racunas (Donna) of Hermosa Beach, California; son, John Racunas (Andi) of Newport Coast, California; daughter, Nancy Saugstad (Lee) of Overland Park, Kansas; his grandchildren: Brooklyn Racunas, Haley Racunas, Reid Saugstad, Riley Saugstad and Drew Saugstad; Taylor Jennings (Jon and children Charlie and Scottie); Cody Longwith; the mother of his children, Linda Racunas Jantsch of Leawood, Kansas; two brothers, Mike Racunas (Dottie) and Tom Racunas (Becki) both of Overland Park, Kansas; Cynthia’s sons, Zach Lieberman (Amy) of Leawood, Kansas, and Jay Lieberman (Izzi) of Portsmouth, New Hampshire; and her grandchildren Jacob Lieberman, Caroline Lieberman, Anna Lieberman, and Joe Lieberman.
Larry died while doing one of the things he loved – playing golf. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at Vista 154 at Ironhorse Golf Course in Leawood from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Business casual attire. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or City Union Mission.