Leon Francis Kutz, 85, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away peacefully on October 4, 2015 with family at his bedside. Leon was born in McCune, Kansas on July 1, 1930 to Merle and Dora Lavon Kutz. On December 30, 1950, Leon married his soul mate Lou Hopkins Kutz where they spent the next 62 years together as husband and wife until she passed away two years ago. Leon was never the same without Lou and is now at peace reunited with his bride.
After he served in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954, Leon worked in airport operations at TWA for 37 years, where he was the 1994 Award of Excellence Winner. His devotion and love for his children Michaela and Gregg, and his grandchildren was all-encompassing. His love of baseball is evidenced in coaching his son’s baseball team for over a decade and coaching his granddaughter’s softball batting practice years later. Right before his daughter was born, Leon pitched a no-hitter. He was an ace at playing checkers and doing one-armed push-ups. A dedicated parishioner of the Parkville Presbyterian Church for over 60 years, Leon loved contributing his time to this community. Leon also cherished his time being part of the Silver Sneakers program at the Parkville YMCA.
Leon is survived by his daughter Michaela (Steve) Nollau; son Gregg (Judy) Kutz; granddaughters Courtney (Patrick) McAllister, Hilary Nollau (Matt) Mika and Whitney Nollau; great-grandchildren Kai and Lennox McAllister, sister-in-law Thelma Kutz, and nephew Charles Kutz.
Leon is preceded in death by his wife Lou Kutz; his parents Merle and Dora Lavon Kutz; and brothers Melvin Kutz and Eldon (Sue) Kutz.
The memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on October 6, 2015 at Parkville Presbyterian Church, 819 Main St, Kansas City, MO. A luncheon will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, donations to Parkville Presbyterian Church or NorthCare Hospice at https://www.kchospice.org/donate-northcare/ would be much appreciated.
The family of Leon Kutz wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the wonderful nurses and staff at NorthCare Hospice for making Leon as comfortable as possible, and their compassion and support during this time. Memories of Leon may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.