Rick Gannon
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Rick Gannon , Age: 56
July 29, 1961 -- February 28, 2018

Rick Gannon, 56, of Leawood, KS died peacefully at home and amongst family on February 28, 2018. Born in Mammoth Springs, AR on July 29, 1961 to Dave and Millie Gannon, Rick was a man with respect and compassion for almost everyone he met. He loved his wife Kirsten, and shared in her love for skiing the mountains of Colorado amongst many other things. He loved each of his children, Matt, Trevor, Megan, and Tommy, acting as a coach and guide in their sports and so much more. He loved his parents and his brother, Mike, and all of the time they spent on the lake. In his life, Rick did not define his family by blood, and he loved and cared for every member of his ever-growing “family”. 

 
Rick Gannon faced and triumphed over uncertainty again and again in his life. There are three tools that he used that we can all learn and become better people from. The first of which was his laugh. The second was his fondness for education. And the third was his heart.
 
Rick’s laugh is one that was able to put everyone at ease, including himself, as he often used it when he was nervous. It was his laugh that reminded us to not sweat the small stuff, and that life has a way of working itself out. Even when he was diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma, he rarely showed weakness to his family and friends. He travelled, he worked, and he continued to enjoy every moment of his life. He struggled with the disease, but he never let it define him, and he was always able to let everyone know it was going to be okay with a laugh. 
 
Rick was a man who placed great value in education, graduating from Winnetonka High School and earning bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Design and Architecture from the University of Kansas. He valued being a mentor to others, as his early career was shaped and fostered in this wayHis belief in education is a part of and appreciated by each of his children. He was always inquisitive, always trying to gain more knowledge whether it be from his colleagues, competitors or his family. His constant quest to learn more led to him becoming a multiple award-winning healthcare architect. When he passed, he was a Principal at TreanorHL, but his mark on the world goes beyond that. He was a man who lived by the motto “read the book” and therefore, was prepared whenever he faced uncertainty. 
 
Rick’s heart was truly something else. There are countless people that he touched with his kindness, compassion and selflessness. There is no better example of Rick’s heart than how he interacted with his son, Trevor Gannon who had severe Cerebral Palsy and passed away in 2005 at the age of 10. The two were always inseparable as father and son. Rick would hold him on the beach as they built sandcastles in Florida, use his left hand to help guide Trevor’s putter at Golf Safari, and chuckle with him, as being quick to laugh was a trait they both shared. After Trevor passed, Rick lived by what he called “Trevor’s Challenge”. The challenge: (1) Start everyday with a smile, (2) Embrace each challenge as an opportunity, (3) The work that you do should not be for personal glory or success, but instead to positively impact another. Rick Gannon lived and died by this challenge, and he has instilled it in all of his family. 
 
Memorial service will be held Friday, March 9 at 11 a.m. at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Rd., Prairie Village, KS 66208. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation for the Rick and Trevor Gannon Access Sport Adventure Fund, 1055 Broadway Blvd. Suite 130, Kansas City, MO 64105.

Additional Service: Memorial Service
Location: Village Presbyterian Church
Address: 6641 Mission Road
City: Prairie Village
State: KS
Zip Code: 66208
Date: March 09, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM
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Condolences

David F Jones March 04, 2018

Friend and fellow architect Memphis , Tennessee

I am very sorry to hear about Rick’s passing. He was always helpful with my architectural practice. I met Rick thru Robert Koenig. He was a wonderful man. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Shane & Lynn Lutz March 04, 2018

Friend/Client Lenexa , Kansas

Kirsten & Family, we were so sad to hear the news about Rick. Please accept our prayers of health and well being for all of you during this difficult time. God Bless.


Jerry Husman March 05, 2018

client and friend Kansas City , Missouri

I have known Rick for nearly 10 years as a client. During that time, I have enjoyed Rick’s camaraderie and counsel. His listening is without interruption or judgement; his advice is thoughtful; his laughter is infectious. I can honestly say I come away from any meeting or outing with Rick feeling better about the day. You leave a proud legacy through your family and your work. You will be missed but not forgotten.


Bob Copeland March 05, 2018

Friend Plainview , Texas

My condolences to the family on Rick's passing. He built our hospital in Carthage, MO and learned along with me the importance of space and co-worker engagement. He was a fine man!


Jody Abbott March 05, 2018

Worked with him at OPMC and NKCH Kansas City , Missouri

Dear Gannon Family, I was so very sorry to hear about Rick. I was so honored to not only work with him over 22 years ago at Overland Park Medical Center but also when we had the need for change at NKCH, his solid reputation for quality and integrity made him our number one choice. He was not only knowledgeable and skilled but also had such a delightful personality--someone you just enjoyed being around. He loved his family and life that was a consistent message that he lived by. Sincerely Jody Abbott Sr.VP/COO North Kansas City Hospital


Erin Mayer March 05, 2018

Enter your relationship with Rick Gannon Lawrence , Kansas

This is so beautiful, love and prayers to a beautiful family that has endured so much.


Deb Renick March 05, 2018

co-worker Lawrence , Kansas

Our thoughts are with Rick's family, friends and co-workers through this difficult time. We will be out of town and unable to attend the services but will certainly be thinking of you all during that time and beyond. Please take care of yourselves.


Therese (Hamtil) Talarico March 06, 2018

Former Employee Goddard , Kansas

My heart goes out to you all! Rick was one of the best bosses that I ever had. He taught me that there was more to life than the job that I had and even encouraged me to look beyond it. He is one of the reasons that I went back to school and began my career as a Speech-Language Pathologist. He would always help me with projects at work, even though he was the boss. He was never above any type of work, helping me punch holes in paper and collate pages. He was a true inspiration to me, as is his whole family! And yes, his laugh is one the things that I most remember! God bless your family, and God rest his soul. Therese (Hamtil) Talarico


Julie Nitzsche March 06, 2018

friend of Kirsten Akron , Ohio

Dear Kirsten and Family, So sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, father and friend. May fond and fun memories carry you through. Julie


Dan Brown March 06, 2018

Worked with Rick (civil engineering consultant) Prairie Village , Kansas

Rick's Family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Rick was one of the Architects I enjoyed working with the most and I will truly miss him. His smile was very infectious and something I will always remember about him. I remember working through difficult design problems with him and he always maintained a sense of calmness and joy. The obituary is spot on! I'm off to serve my clients as Rick did...with compassion and a smile!


vicky matzdorff March 08, 2018

aunt LeMars , Iowa

We love you all and are so sadden to hear about Rick. He was truly a terrific nephew always with a great smile. Our thoughts and prayers go to his wonderful family. LOVE Aunt Vicky and Verle


Debbra Fluette March 09, 2018

Former Co-Worker Kansas City , Missouri

Rick was one of the most amazing people that I've ever met. My thoughts and prayers go out to Kirsten and his children during this difficult time and my heart just breaks for you. But remember you have a wonderful guardian angel watching over each of you now.


Dan Rowe March 09, 2018

Friend and Partner Lawrence , Kansas

Kirsten and family, thank you for sharing Rick with us. He was as true blue as they come, and his heart was big enough to hold everyone he interacted with. He will always be in our thoughts and prayers.