Terrence Andrew Byrnes, age 64, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 4th, 2023 surrounded by his family and friends, after a long hard-fought battle with cancer. Terry was born on April 20, 1959, the eldest of two sons, and was a proud lifelong resident of Overland Park, Kansas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Andrew and Dixie Carol (Payne) Byrnes, and his parents-in-law V. LaDean Lenninger and Maurice Michael Lenninger. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend Tama Marea Byrnes, son Tyler Andrew Byrnes (Julia), daughter Cora Rae Johnson (Jared), younger brother Timothy Edward Byrnes, and numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, & nephews.
After attending Queen of the Holy Rosary through the eighth grade, he attended Rockhurst High School for three years, before graduating from Bishop Meige High School in 1977. He eventually landed his dream job at Black & Veatch and retired from there after 30 years as an Electrical Engineering Technical Designer. He continued his engineering career at Power Engineers for an additional year.
Terry’s proudest roles were that of husband, father, son, brother, friend, and neighbor. Terry was married to the love of his life and high school sweetheart for almost 36 years, and loved his two children with his whole heart. Those who knew Terry knew that he was always ready with a joke or witty comment, even if he had shared it before, and was eager to lend a helping hand.
Terry’s adventurous spirit led him to becoming a licensed single-engine pilot with over 1,500 hours logged, a Master scuba diver, and an avid outdoors man. He was also involved in Boy Scouts of America in his youth and played an active role in his son’s scouting experience. Through aviation, he was drawn to the open sky, proudly obtained his instrument rating, and gained one of his dearest friends. He enjoyed the sound of airplanes flying overhead and could identify them with a quick glance skyward. His favorite outdoor activities include regular fishing trips to Canada with his father, brother, and son, and weekend camping trips with his family at Pomme De Terre Lake.
In the principle of bringing people together and embracing a larger community, Terry loved family BBQ’s, music, and sports. One of his favorite ways to spend a day was a family cookout, regardless of size or weather. It was always a special occasion when Terry was firing up the grill for a week-day meal with his family or preparing a feast for a larger gathering. He also utilized this BBQ experience by entering BBQ contests with his brother.
A fan of KU sports, he instilled the passion of Jayhawk basketball in his son. When his daughter Corey enrolled at K-State University, he added the Wildcats to his passion list. Terry had the bobble heads and apparel to prove it.
Sports were a big part of Terry’s life. Auto racing, particularly IndyCar, combined his love of sport with engineering. Ultimately baseball ranked highest, as he could frequently be found, with a scorecard in-hand, watching the Royals throughout the summer, win or lose.
Music played a significant role in Terry’s life, from the simple act of sharing a song with someone (or a specific part of a particular song), to joining the board of the Kansas City Spiritfest Music Festival, from 1994 to 2002.
A visitation will be held on Friday, June 9, 2023, beginning at 2:00 PM at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 11300 W 103rd Street, Overland Park, Kansas, 66214. A Rosary will be prayed at 3:15 PM followed by the Mass of Christian burial at 3:30 PM. Burial will follow on Saturday, June 10th at Lynn Creek Cemetery in Berryton, Kansas at 2:00 PM.
The mass will be live-streamed beginning at 3:15pm at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/@HolySpiritOnline/streams