Rev. Robert Brown Pflumm, Age :90
Dec 16,1929---Oct 12,2020

Fr. Robert Pflumm, a beloved and faithful priest, died on October 12th, 2020 in Overland Park after a brief battle with pneumonia.  He was comforted as he entered the Lord’s embrace by several family and friends, including his twin sisters Jane Kelly and Janet Lillis.  

Fr. Bob was born December 16, 1929 in Shawnee to Louis and Margaret (Hill) Pflumm.  He is one of four siblings, having been preceded in death by his brother Joseph.  He is survived by his twin sisters, his sister-in-law Doris Pflumm, 15 nieces and nephews and numerous grand nieces and nephews.  He often spoke affectionately about his family, who were a frequent topic of his well-loved homilies.  He deeply missed his parents and brother.  

Fr. Bob received a Catholic education at St. Joseph Grade School (Shawnee), Rockhurst High School, and Rockhurst University.  He went to seminary at St. Thomas in Denver, Colorado.  He was ordained a Catholic priest on June 4, 1960.

Fr. Bob served the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas faithfully as a priest for 60 years.  His service included time at Christ the King (KCK), St. Peter’s Cathedral (KCK), Holy Family (Summerfield), St. Theresa’s (Westphalia), Sacred Heart (KCK), St. Patrick’s (KCK), Holy Spirit (Overland Park), Holy Cross (Overland Park), and in retirement Holy Trinity (Lenexa), St. Michael’s (Leawood), St. Ann’s (Prairie Village) and Sacred Heart (Shawnee).  He was a devoted shepherd. 

The lives Fr. Bob touched are known only to God.  He was known for his fast, direct, witty, and punchy style, that delivered the truth and love of Jesus Christ in a personal, compassionate and compelling way. .  He lived a very full life, loving to exercise, looking his best, traveling and golfing.  In his spare time, Fr. Bob loved every minute he could spend in the sun or in his car or with his family and friends.  You never knew what car he would pull up in next, you just knew it would be clean!

Memorials may be made in his honor to the Priest retirement fund at the Archdiocese, 12615 Parallel Pkwy, KCK 66109. 

Friends may visit Fr. Bob’s body at St. Joseph’s in Shawnee from 3-6pm on Thursday, October 15th.  The family plans to be present but will be unable to have close contact with visitors.   A rosary will conclude the visitation at 5:30pm.  His funeral Mass is limited to family and priests.  St. Joseph will livestream the 10am funeral on Friday, October 16th on its parish channels.

Drive fast to heaven, Fr. Bob.  We love you and you will be greatly missed.



Condolences

Debbie and Mike Danley Oct 13 ,2020

Cousin ,Fort Myers ,Florida

Jane and Janet oh, my heart goes out to you at this time. I am heartbroken over the death of father Bob but I am so thankful that we got to have dinner with him the night at Mom's 90th birthday. We had so much fun and I will hold those memories in my heart. He was such a kind loving man and I am so thankful that he got to be in my family and that I had the pleasure of getting to know him. He will be greatly missed by everyone. When this covid-19 is over with I want to give you both a big hug. I will be back in Kansas City 1st of November and hopefully we can hug then.

Vicky Burch Oct 13 ,2020

2nd cousin, Mom was Virginia Pflumm, ,shawnee ,Kansas

My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. My Mother was Virginia Pflumm, daughter of Paul Pflumm. That would make us second cousins to Fr. Bob. He will be missed dearly. I remember the first time meeting him at our home in Merriam, Ks for a party. I loved that he was present when we buried my grandparents Paul and Lollie. He was also there when we lost our Mom Jenny Lee. All our Love for the family, especially Doris who keeps in touch with us all! Love, Vicky Siblings: Edward, Vicky, Cheryl, Frederick, Timothy, David, and William.

Stan & Becky Piernick Oct 13 ,2020

Parishioner ,New Braunfels ,Texas

Bob, always had a warm smile and embrace that helped us raise six children in the faith. Live of family was a constant topic as we were parishioners at St. Michaels in Leawood. God speed for you have done great work Robert.

Barry and Nancy Schneider Oct 13 ,2020

Former parishioner ,Bonita Sorings ,Florida

We came to know Fr. Bob as parishioners of Holy Trinity in Lenexa. He was an inspiring priest and a gentle soul, and a man my family and I admired greatly. We are saddened by his passing and offer our deepest sympathy to his family and many friends.

Patsy Byrnes Oct 15 ,2020

St. Michael the Archangel parishioner ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Janet, I have fond memories of your brother Bob as a parish priest during his time at St. Michael the Archangel. Loved it when he asked us in the choir to accompany his procession with song. He was a delight to be around. Patsy Byrnes

John and Joyce Burns Oct 15 ,2020

friends ,Olathe ,Kansas

It was our privilege as young grade school children to have Father at Cathedral and Christ the King in the 60's.He was so kind to everyone, especially, to all grade school children. It was great to see him over the years. He touched so many lives. Father will really be missed. Thank you to all his family for sharing Father with us. Blessings !

kathleen hampton Oct 16 ,2020

second cousin ,Olathe ,Kansas

I wanted to let you know my mother, Bettie Mccarthy, and her children, Brian, Dan, and John send their love and condolences. Father Bob was a cherished relative of ours and his presence will be missed in our lives. We will all remember him and continue to share the memories with each other. We especially appreciate and remember Father Bob saying such kind words at the funeral for our father, Jack McCarthy, several years ago. God bless and God speed, Father Bob.

Event:
Visitation
Location:
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Address:
11311 Johnson Drive
City:
Shawnee
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66203
Date:
Oct 15 ,2020
Time:
3:00 PM
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Event:
Rosary
Location:
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Address:
11311 Johnson Drive
City:
Shawnee
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66203
Date:
Oct 15 ,2020
Time:
5:30 PM
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