Christopher "Chris" Paul Kueter, Age: 52
Jun 18, 1967 -- Feb 11, 2020

Christopher ”Chris” Paul Kueter, of Lenexa, KS, passed away suddenly on February 11, 2020. Chris took great pride in his strong work ethic; he was even more proud of the life he created with his wife and his three children.

Chris was born in Des Moines, Iowa on June 18, 1967, to Gary & Ellen Kueter. From an early age, Chris had a love for all things Fire and Rescue, perseverance, and working hard. Whether it was selling balloons on the 4th of July or delivering papers as a young child, Chris enjoyed working hard. As a young adult, it was not uncommon for him to hold down several part-time jobs throughout high school. He graduated from Urbandale High School in Urbandale Iowa in 1985 and obtained his EMT license. He became a member of the Urbandale Volunteer Fire Department where his father, Gary was also a long-time member. Not knowing exactly what he wanted to do, he attended the University of Iowa (go Hawkeyes!) for two years before moving to Lenexa, Kansas in 1988 and began his lifelong career with Lenexa Fire Department. While at Lenexa Fire Department, Chris’s pursuit for both personal and professional success grew as he attended the Fire Academy, worked various part-time positions such as clinical research technician at Quintiles, Medic and Field Operations Supervisor and Paramedic at AMR Ambulance. He completed both a degree in Fire Science at KCKCC and later graduating from Park University with a degree in Public Administration in Fire Service Management. He also became Vice President of Business Development with DeGoler Pharmacy. 

Chris was promoted to the rank of Fire Lieutenant in 2008 and then Fire Captain in 2012. Chris retired from Lenexa Fire Department in June of 2017. After 29 years of public service, career dedication and personal growth, Chris successfully transitioned into his new career becoming a VP of Business Development with Symbria Pharmacy. Chris’s personality was a natural fit as a true salesman, storyteller, prankster and persistence to the end. If he wanted to convince you of something, he didn’t stop until you agreed. Chris enjoyed being a” news junkie” and enjoyed classic cars, NASCAR, watching the KC Chiefs with his sons and listening to podcasts. A devoted family man, the love for his children and wife were evident to all who knew him. Chris was taken way too soon, but the impact he had on all who knew and loved him will never be forgotten

Christopher was survived by his wife, Dawn “Shell” Michelle Kueter of Lenexa, KS, children, Mary Catherine, Benjamin Paul and Luke Alexander of Lenexa KS,, son-by-love, Zachary Bailey of Colorado Springs, CO and daughter-by-love, Meghan Buckley(Andrew) and a granddaughter, Harper Buckley of Shawnee, KS. father, Gary Paul Kueter of Kansas City, mother, Ellen Marie Kueter of Kansas City, grandmother, Armella Kueter, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, sister Dana Bishton (Craig Bishton) of Kansas City, brother Ryan Kueter of Kansas City, nieces Ashley and Megan Bishton, and nephews Collin Bishton, Noah Kueter, all of Kansas City and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Chris was preceded in death by Henry Christensen (grandfather) Marie Christensen (grandmother), Paul Kueter (grandfather).

Rosary will be 3:30 PM followed by visitation from 4-7:00 PM, Monday, February 17, 2020 at the Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia Street, Lenexa, KS. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM Tuesday at Holy Family Catholic Church, 409 East 8th Street, Eudora, KS. Burial in Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa, KS. 



Condolences

David Hudson Feb 14 ,2020

Co-worker of Dawn's ,Leavenworth ,Kansas

Praying for strength for you to get through this. Remember the great times you had.

Mike Runyan Feb 14 ,2020

friend ,San Marcos ,Texas

It has been my good fortune to consider Coot-dawg a friend for nearly 40 years...from the time that we were thrust together as locker partners at Urbandale HS, Chris has always been someone whom you could count on when ya needed him...or just needed a little bit of mischief in your life. Despite the physical distance and time, his friendship was always present. I have been honored to call ya a friend. God bless and God speed, Coot-dawg. You will always been remembered.

Teresa Jenson Feb 14 ,2020

Co-worker and friend ,Gladstone ,Missouri

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. If there is anything you need, your FDA family is here for you all. tight hugs...Teresa

Mona Torchio Feb 14 ,2020

Co worker ,Lansing ,Kansas

Dawn, continue prayers and strengthen for you and your family. Always remember to take your time to heal and know your loving husband is in heaven watching over his family and protecting you all. Hugs

Tammy Lemke Feb 14 ,2020

Friend ,Leavenworth ,Kansas

Hugs and prayers for you and your family!😥♥️🙏

ROBERT LIGHT Feb 14 ,2020

Long ago co-worker ,URBANDALE ,Iowa

To the whole Kueter family, my thoughts and prayers go out to you in this time of grieving. Chris left Urbandale a long time ago but is well remembered along with his mom and dad. I am very sorry for your loss. Chris was a prankster 30 years ago and brought smiles and laughs to many. The fire service was in his blood his whole life. Asst. Chief Light-EMS Urbandale Fire Department

Julie Stuckle Feb 15 ,2020

friend ,Urbandale ,Iowa

Prayers to all the Kueter family. Chris was a great guy and fun to be around. I enjoyed knowing him with his time at the Urbandale Fire Dept.

Terri Walker Feb 15 ,2020

Friend ,St. Louis ,Missouri

Valerie my heart goes out to you and your kids. You all are in my prayers.

Heather Buehlman Feb 15 ,2020

Friend ,Bonner Springs ,Kansas

My deepest sympathy to you Shell and the entire family. May Chris rest in eternal peace. Sending my love and peaceful prayers to you all. Heather & Travis McGhee

Larry and Sharon Dedeke Feb 16 ,2020

Chris was our son-in-law ,leavenworth ,Kansas

We were not privileged to know Chris for long, but on our first meeting, we knew our daughter would be happy with this man. We so enjoyed his strength and humor and knowing him and getting to have him as our son. We will be forever thankful that he brought Shell so much love in the short time they were together. We are especially thankful that he was raised a Christian and because of his faith he is in heaven awaiting the time when we will be together again. We wish his family peace .

Mike Allen Feb 17 ,2020

Friend ,Lenexa ,Kansas

I'm so proud to have known and been a friend to Chris since we were 7 years old at St. Pius. His wit, passion and drive were all equal within Chris. Pretty much Superhuman at all levels. I'm so sorry for your loss. Prayers to all of you. Mike Allen

Salvador E Feb 17 ,2020

Friend ,Kansas City ,Kansas

Thoughts and prayers going to the Kueter Family. Chris was fun to be around and was extremely engaging. When I met Chris it was in the pharmacy capacity. Imagine my surprise when I learned Degolers wasn't his primary job! He was a longtime firefighter AND he was married & had little ones! Chris was a man who wore many hats! Taken far too soon. Sorry for your loss.

Joy and Jeff Hall Feb 18 ,2020

Family ,St.Louis ,Missouri

We had the pleasure of knowing Chris for 25 years. My kids had an awesome fire fighter uncle. They will never forget the private ride in the fire truck! May Chris Rest In Peace. Our hearts are with Valerie and Mary, Ben and Luke. Love, The St. Louis Halls

Sharon Edgar Feb 19 ,2020

Fellow parishioner at Holy Family ,Eudora ,Kansas

Valerie and Family, My heart breaks for you all. Although, I didn't know him intimately, I observed the way he was with his family and the community. He will definitely be missed in the pew at church. Prayers for you all, Sharon

Event:
Rosary
Location:
Porter Funeral Home
Address:
8535 Monrovia St.
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66215
Date:
Feb 17 ,2020
Time:
3:30 PM
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Event:
Visitation
Location:
Porter Funeral Home
Address:
8535 Monrovia St.
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66215
Date:
Feb 17 ,2020
Time:
4:00 PM
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Event:
Funeral Mass
Location:
Holy Family Catholic Church
Address:
409 East 8th Street
City:
Eudora
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66025
Date:
Feb 18 ,2020
Time:
10:30 AM
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