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Robert Magness

March 17, 1946 — August 6, 2022

Overland Park

Robert (Bob) Lee Magness, 76, passed away suddenly on August 6, 2022 at home in Overland Park, Kansas.  He was born in Warrensburg, Missouri to Donald and Hazel Magness.

Bob is survived by his wife, Catherine (Cathy) Magness and his two children, Joe Magness (Courtney) and Pat Magness; grandchildren, Hayden, Skylar (Lennon), Sailor, Brighton, Boston, Peyton, Maylee, Julian; and one great granddaughter Scout; two nephews and a niece that knew him as “Uncle Bobby”.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather William (Bill) Reichel, his sister Donna Petersen, and his parents-in-law Clarence (Sheldy) and Lola Browning.

Bob was someone who was loved by all and will be greatly missed.  He was cheerful, kind, selfless, talented, “strong and quiet”, fearless, and was known as “one of the good guys”.  He had a sense of purpose and “was comfortable in his own skin”. He was unshaken in the trials of life.

He cherished his marriage and life experiences with Cathy for over 50 years, she was always #1.  He supported her career as a flight attendant for decades yet he was fiercely protective of her.  He shared responsibilities at home and respected her opinion. One of his children said “I never heard my parents raise their voices or argue in front of us.”  He supported his children in whatever they pursued (unless it was jumping or messing around in the house because the house was “not a gymnasium” haha).

Bob adored his family and they all knew it.  He leaves a legacy of “family first” and being an example of doing the right thing, even if it is not easy.  He first learned this from his mother, and then continued to be inspired by Cathy and lived this way to the end of his mortal life.  He was an example of what marriage and fatherhood is all about. He and Cathy were a team and they made this world a better place.

His accomplishments were many and he could do anything.  He excelled in school, sports, and much to his chagrin, even music (at a young age).  He was a leader in high school and was “the best representative” of his class. He used his influence in the business world to build up and start businesses and he did it right. He had a passion for history, aviation, and golf.  But most importantly, he was successful in his home life.

Bob’s funeral service will be held at Johnson County Funeral Chapel: 11200 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66210 on Friday, August 12 at 11:00am.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions to Wayside Waifs,3901 Martha Truman Road, Kansas City, MO 64137 or City Union Mission, 1100 E 11th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106, Attention: Bookkeeping.

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Friday, August 12, 2022

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Johnson County Funeral Chapel

11200 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66210

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