Joshua (“Josh”) Kenneth Allen, age 46, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away peacefully and unexpectedly on Saturday, December 9, 2023.
The third child of Jim and Jennifer Allen, Josh was a proud native of Coffeyville, Kansas. His experiences at Holy Name Catholic School and later Field Kindley Memorial High School created incredible friendships that Josh cherished throughout his life. In high school, Josh thrived as the editor of the school paper, pitcher on the varsity baseball team and an honor student. His achievements earned him a Presidential Scholarship to Coffeyville Community College. After a year at CCC, he transferred to the University of Kansas where he found a new family with the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and became a lifelong Jayhawk fan. Josh was the first person in his family to graduate from college and he paid his own way working multiple jobs at a time.
In 1999, Josh was accepted to the University of Kansas School of Law where he met his future wife, Kate Benson, a fellow first year law student. In law school, Josh participated in the Defender Project and later was hired as an intern with the Johnson County District Attorney’s office. This was a formative experience that cemented his interest in criminal law and the courtroom setting. Josh and Kate were married in 2002 and in the same year Josh began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Wyandotte County. In 2005, Josh opened his own private practice which prospered until his passing. He served as a prosecutor and substitute judge in several jurisdictions, as an appointed attorney for indigent defendants, and represented thousands of individual clients throughout the region. Being part of the Kansas City legal community and the relationships he built with judges, fellow attorneys, court and corrections staff brought him great joy and pride.
Josh had a dynamic and charismatic presence, with a love for others that radiated from his warm, welcoming smile and trademark humor. He emanated kindness and inclusiveness to all and was at ease with people from every walk of life. He enjoyed many passions from music to reading to sports – but nothing compared to his love for his children. He was intensely proud of Luke, Ben, and Abbey’s accomplishments and collective talents. He reveled in every inning of baseball, quarter of basketball, each play and dance recital, cheering on his children with unwavering pride and support. They were the light of his life.
Heartfelt appreciation is extended to all members of Josh’s family, ‘Nado Nation, KU friends, the Trailwood/Raider community, Colony West, JCCC colleagues and everyone in his legal circle who made Josh’s life so special. He cherished all of you and will be missed beyond measure. Josh is survived by his wife Kate Benson Allen, children Luke, Ben, and Abbey, sister Jamie Wise, brother John Allen, niece Mandy Harris, aunts Janice Elmore and Judy Arbeiter. In memory of Josh, please consider a gift to NCircle, a local organization Josh loved. NCircle works to give guidance and training to our justice-involved neighbors, many dealing with the disease of addiction, who are fighting to stabilize their futures: NCircle, 1707 E. Cedar Street, Suite 103, Olathe, KS 66062. https://ncircle.org/.
A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, December 20 at 2:00 p.m. at The Church of the Resurrection, Main Sanctuary – Building A, 5009 West 137th Street, Leawood, Kansas 66224, with a reception immediately following the ceremony.