John Falconer Keck

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John Falconer Keck, of Leawood, KS passed away peacefully at St Luke’s Hospice House on April 29, 2021 after a valiant battle with cancer. John always faced the challenges of life with grace and humility, and faced this, his final challenge, in the same way. John graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School in 1967 and eventually Southwestern College (3rd college is a charm!). John was a true Kansas City kid. From working at Calvin Communications, a forgotten icon of Kansas City business specializing in industrial film production, to knowing everything there was to know about the Chiefs and Royals, to eating enough Gates BBQ to support his own franchise, this loyal Kansas City son loved his hometown.

John was born in Kansas City, KS on August 25th, 1949 to Leonard and Norma Keck. His younger brother Richard Keck completed the family in 1952. They moved to Johnson County in the 60’s and in 1978 he married Patricia Angela Koetting and they purchased a cute little cottage in Old Leawood where they raised their son Adam.

An avid golfer and softball player with the High Drivers, John spent many an afternoon or evening enjoying friendly competition with good friends. The fact that he never had a hole in one seemed to bother his son more than it did him. John always considered his extensive trivia knowledge to be a useless talent. But those who knew him were always impressed at his ability to access random facts at a moments notice, particularly anything involving popular music.  

After a successful career at DSI Systems, John retired in 2007, and embarked on 15 fun years exploring America and Europe with his wife Patti and numerous friends and family. As a history major he appreciated visiting the historic locations he had previously studied. A favorite travel pastime was enjoying a large glass of beer served at an outside cafe. A summer spent as a young man living in Estes Park, Colorado established his love of the Colorado mountains and the crisp alpine air.

As a rabid Kansas City sports fan John received a special treat when the 2015 Royals won the World Series followed by the 2020 Chiefs winning the Super Bowl. This provided a well earned reward for years of dedicated sports fandom, however the passionate fantasy GM who forever lived in his heart couldn’t be stopped and he quickly returned to second guessing team decisions. Being a KC sports fan will do that to you.

John is survived by his wife Patti, son Adam and his wife Aubree, and grandchild Theodore. Patti will miss her soulmate but cherishes the wonderful memories they made during 43 years of marriage, Adam has accepted the fact that he’ll never be the confident craps player that his dad was but has vowed to carry on his love of bad action movies, and Theo will simply miss his Pepa. John is also survived by his brother Dick (Cindy) Keck and nieces, Beth and Sarah Keck, along with grandniece AnnaLee.

There will be no service but next time you are hiking in the Colorado mountains please stop and take a deep breath of that fresh mountain air and remember John Keck, an honorable man who loved his family. John’s ashes will be spread in those mountains, among the high alpine meadows and aspen groves. Also, remember this loyal Kansas City son the next time you cheer on the Royals, Chiefs, or enjoy some fine KC barbeque. Hi may I help you? Indeed!

 

4 Comments

  1. JimHolst on May 9, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    I was raised in Kansas City, Kansas and attended Roosevelt grade school. At that time my best grade school friend was John Keck. John’s Family moved and we lost that connection. I went to Wyandotte high school, but still remember my grade school friend. My best wishes are with John’s family.

    Jim Holst
    Lenexa, KS

  2. Nancy Gossett on May 7, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    I wish I had meet this John. He sounds like someone John and I would have had fun with.

  3. Ricky Glover on May 5, 2021 at 7:38 am

    Adam and Patti- thank you for sharing this. My heart goes out to you in this time of loss. But Know this John my be physically gone but he will forever live in your heart and mind. As I have lost my parents I am constantly remined of the great times and fun Memories from my parents and what I just read John left you both with plenty of great memories to cherish. Thinking of you both and want to say if I can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

  4. Patti Keck on May 4, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    I will miss my hubby, but am so grateful for the wonderful years she shared.

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