Terry Robert (Rob) Land, Jr. 58, of Leawood, KS, passed away from a sudden cardiac arrest on February 4, 2024. He is survived by his loving husband and partner of 30 years, Daryl Marmon; his mother Cecelia Land; his sister, Michelle Land; brother-in-law, Kevin Winn; niece Eliza Winn-Land and nephew, Luke Winn-Land. Rob was preceded in death by his father, Terry Robert Land, Sr. Daryl’s sister Yvette (Marmon) Harris, her husband, Skip Harris, and their sons Jason and Kyle Harris are also Rob’s surviving family.
Rob was born on June 8, 1965, in Evansville, Indiana. He graduated from Southwood Secondary School in Cambridge, Ontario and attended the University of Alabama for Economics where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
After several years working for the airlines industry as a ticketing agent and baggage handler, Rob transitioned into the banking field. He worked as a manager for retail business clients at Boatman’s Bank and quickly advanced into positions related to software quality assurance, systems testing and troubleshooting for multiple banks and consulting companies, including UMB, Exchange National Bank, CBSI/Covansys, JP Morgan Chase, TEKsystems, and Etelligent Consulting Inc..
For the last 20 years, Rob worked alongside Daryl at Wald & Co. as a contract pyrotechnician. Though he loved working the music concert shows, Rob was especially proud of their involvement in the annual Kansas City Plaza Lighting Ceremony on Thanksgiving and the Kansas City Symphony Memorial Day Concert.
Rob was an avid volunteer, dedicating his creativity, expertise and energy to non-profits whose mission was to enhance the quality of health services, especially in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention and patient support. Among the organizations Rob was most proud to serve were the State of Kansas Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, which he co-chaired; Positive Connections as a member of the Board; and the Douglas County AIDS project in the role of Support Group Facilitator. Though Rob was involved in many other important organizations, his time at Hope Care Center in Kansas City as the Resident Activities Volunteer was most dear to him.
Rob enjoyed multiple hobbies. He had excellent self-taught culinary skills, no doubt inherited from his mother’s talent and advising. Rob loved entertaining and sharing his painstakingly prepared meals. More recently, Rob had developed a passion for woodworking, following in his father and grandfather’s steps. His workshop was a source of well-earned pride, and he completed many impressive furniture refurbishes, including century-old family heirlooms. Rob was also known for rescuing animals, especially dogs that were found stray and needed someone with compassion and understanding.
A Celebration of Life gathering to honor Rob will be held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Rob’s memory to the animal rescue organization, Wayside Waifs, Inc.. Rob and Daryl’s dog, Carma (and their dogs before her) were adopted from Wayside.