Kevin Terrance Lillis (68) died December 16, 2020 at Research Medical Center. Kevin was born October 3, 1952 to Mary Louise and James Patrick Lillis in Wichita Kansas. He graduated from De La Salle High School and went on to spend many years in the golf industry including Mission Hills Country Club, Swope Memorial, and Oakwood Country Club. Many in the family learned both skill and the love of golf because of him. Later, after helping care for our Aunt who had Alzheimer’s he developed a passion for caring for the elderly as a personal attendant. He had a gift for listening to their stories, caring, and wanting to help them with all their needs.

Kevin was preceded in death by his parents, Aunt MargieMcConnell, and great-nephew Kyle Anthony Lillis. He was also preceded in death by his fiancée Dee (Donna) who, although many of us never got a chance to know, he cared very deeply and is now with her.

He is survived by a host of people who loved him including his brothers and sisters Jim (Carol), Tim (Margot), Chuck (Liz), Mary Rose Edwards, Molly (Pat) Cahill, and Margie (Brian) Daly. He loved all his nieces and nephews Katie, Kyle, Blair, Jenny, Shanna, Evan, Ben, Patrick, Shane, Mike, Jeff, Beth, Rachel, Kevin, Megan, Kelly, Shannon. There was a growing list of greats; George, Charlie, Louisa, Jasmine, Elan, Emmanuel, Corey, Vera, Evan, Nick, Gabby, Simon and Riley who he loved hearing stories about.

Kevin lived his life to the fullest. He was an avid sports enthusiast including an occasional bet, even in the last weeks. To quote him “it’s always more fun to watch if you have some action on the game”. If anyone knows his secret passwords, there may be an offshore account.

The last few years Kevin’s health was limited but his spirit was large. He lived and cared deeply for the residents and staff at Redwood KC South and the family wishes to send our gratitude to them for caring for and loving our brother, especially in the past 9 months when for many reasons it was challenging at best. Special thanks to Sharee, Angie, Carlton, Chi Chi, Maureen Barbara, Betty and all the staff and residents. Thank you for loving our brother!

The family will be having a post COVID Mass of Resurrection and Celebration of his life at a future time. In the meantime, in lieu of flowers the family requests that in Kevin’s honor you

A) Do a good deed for someone
B) Make a bet – and make sure it’s a good one! Donate your winnings to your church
C) Once it’s safe to gather again, host a poker game in his honor

As many hundreds are receiving the vaccine we are hopeful of a day to celebrate his life. The family is planning a post COVID Mass of Resurrection and Celebration of his life. Today as many hundreds are celebrating the family is hopeful that we can plan to gather and remember him all together!


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