Dick was born on October 19, 1932 in Kansas City to Joe Enna and Corrine (Hentzen) Enna. He grew up in the Westport area and was a member of Guardian Angels parish. He graduated from Guardian Angels Grade School, and Rockhurst High School. He attended Donnelly College, and after he took leave to serve his country in the Coast Guard, he came back and graduated from Rockhurst College as a marketing major. Dick met Mary Lou Leavitt within a couple of years of graduation at the Rockhurst discussion club and it was love at first sight. They dated every day during the month of December and at the end of the month Dick proposed, and they became husband and wife a few months later on May 28, 1960.
Dick leaves behind his wonderful family. First and foremost his soulmate and wife of almost 62 years Mary Lou, sons Rick (Jeanne), Jeremiah (Mona) and Joe Enna, and foster daughter Cassie Clark; grandchildren Emily Schmitz (Jake), Elizabeth Tujague (Andrew), Steven (Summer Brills, fiancé) and Samuel Enna; Niko, Iris, Noelle and Richard Enna; Katlyn and Halli Enna; Natalie Clark; and great grandchildren, Declan, Liam and Fulton Schmitz, and Tommy Tujague.
He also leaves behind his beloved sister June and is reunited with all of his family and friends who predeceased him, including his other sister and June’s identical twin, Jean. He loved and greatly cherished his friendship with all his nephews, nieces, cousins, and the many friends he had along the journey.
Dick was an amazing role model and always present to us as husband, father, grandfather, sibling, uncle and friend. He was a private person but had a huge faith that he made sure was instilled in his family, and drilled it home through his actions. He was blessed with huge gifts as an athlete, musician, artist, entrepreneur, but his number one passion and commitment, was being present always for his family. He sacrificed time he would otherwise have spent enjoying many things he did well, and used it instead to form his boys, teaching us to pray, work, and play, and respect and love our mom. He taught through his actions and at times through his words, whether as a coach, on camping trips, playing sports together, or just hanging out.
He did all of this while suffering from chronic illness for over 45 years. He never used his illness as an excuse, but rather thrived in spite of it and most never knew he was sick. In spite of this he certainly had nine lives, making health come back after come back, until God called him home. He wasn’t perfect, but he has left his family crying tears of joy for the amazing man who now is perfect in heaven.
We would like to thank all of our family and friends who have been praying for Dick and all of us.
We want to thank the brilliant and wonderful KU Med doctors and their staffs who have cared for dad over these last number of years.
We are thankful for the compassionate care provided by the nurses and team from Catholic Community Hospice in his final days.
Finally, words cannot express enough our thanks to without a doubt the most amazing friends and care givers ever at Villa St. Francis in Olathe. How they embraced our dad and family from day one years ago to his final days kept Dad and all of us joyful throughout dad’s final journey.
Dick, Dad, Pappaw, we love you and will miss you, immeasurably. The great story teller has gone home to be with his Creator, and the Community of Saints.
For those who wish to donate to charity in memory of Dick, the family requests donations to Villa St. Francis Catholic Care Center, 16600 W. 126th Street, Olathe, KS 66062.
Funeral – Holy Spirit Catholic Church 11300 W 103rd Street Overland Park, Kansas 66214
Visitation will be at 9:30am Friday October 1, 2021; rosary will be said at 10:15am followed by the funeral mass at 10:30am. The funeral will be live streamed:
There will be a light reception immediately following the funeral at the church. There will be a private family burial.