Jul 12, 1982---Jul 20, 2022

Kevin Michael Joyce, 40, died in a motorcycle accident on Wednesday evening, July 20, 2022.

Kevin was born in Shawnee, KS on July 12, 1982 to Dennis and Patti Joyce. 

Following in his grandfather and father’s footsteps, Kevin devoted his career to being a Union Millwright, and served for 19 years. He was passionate about helping his fellow brothers and sisters advance in the trade and in life.  Throughout his time in the Union, Kevin was an Apprenticeship Instructor, a Delegate to the Regional Council, and became a Business Representative in June 2018.  He’s the true personification of brotherhood. 

In 2006, Kevin married Laurel Joyce (Davis) and they welcomed three beautiful daughters soon after.  Of all things Kevin enjoyed and loved the most, at the top of the list would be his girls; Izzy, Emma and Molly.  There’s no doubt if there’s a way to make sure they’re safe from the afterlife, Kevin will find a way.  A fierce and loyal protector in every sense of the word.

Kevin also enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, and camping.  You never knew when he’d decide to go on an outdoor adventure with his daughters, nieces, or nephews.  These memories will be held tight for years to come.  Kevin had a soft spot for animals and loved having every kind of pet or creature by his side -most important being; Bear, Diamond, Thor, and even a cat named Stimpy. 

Kevin might have left us early, but he still managed to have a significant effect on so many people around him. He generated countless stories of what it means to be a friend, father, brother, son, cousin, uncle and husband.  Most of these stories will stay between close friends and family, but let’s just say that they are filled with pride, courage, laughter, toughness, sadness, love and heroism.  Stuff that legends are made from, and Kevin was just that – legendary.

Visitation will be 4-7:00 PM on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at the Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia Street, Lenexa, KS.  Funeral Service will 10:00 AM, Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 12800 West 75th Street, Shawnee, KS.  Burial to follow at Shanwee Mission Memory Gardens.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to Joyce Family Fund.  A reception will follow the graveside service at the VFW Hall, 9550 Pflumm Road, Lenexa, KS 66215.


scott j harding Jul 22 ,2022

Friend ,Bonner Springs ,Kansas

So Sorry to hear about Kevin, Kevin will Be Truly missed, Millwright's of Kansas City is in Shock. He has touched so many People's life's, great friend, and was always there to help the people in need. Sad Time for all.

James Lyle Jul 22 ,2022

Even though I am not a millwright anymore, when Kevin was my instructor, he tought me a great deal what it was to be a millwright. He always had stories that were relatable. Always a smile even when things were down. He was a great man and brother! Rest now, your work is done, your time with us was short, but your memory will live on. Happy to meet, sorry to part, happy to meet again.

Kyle Billings Jul 22 ,2022

Friend ,Gravois Mills ,Missouri

I was saddened to hear the news of Kevin passing. He was One of a Kind guy and will be missed by all. Thanks for the great memories Kevin!

Tia and Bart McGivern Jul 22 ,2022

Kevin was soooo kind growing up! He was tough, funny, and great to be around. As a matter of fact we just ran into him and he couldn’t stop telling stories to our son about his “strong” daddy and “super athletic” parents. He spoke of his sweet daughters with hearts in his eyes. I’m so sorry Joyce family! Rest easy Kevin, you will be missed!

Tom Ihnat Jul 22 ,2022

Union Millwright Brother ,Kirksville ,Missouri

I’m gonna miss seeing you at the training. You helped me a lot when I was frustrated going through the rigging course. The Knowledge you shared to everyone will be missed as well. RIP brother.

Joe Campbell & Family Jul 22 ,2022

Fellow Millwright ,Warsaw ,Missouri

Sending prayers and our condolences to the Joyce family. Kevin will be missed by all who knew him.

Levi Ritter Jul 22 ,2022

Millwright brother ,Strong city ,Kansas

You couldn't have asked for a better guy than Kevin. He'd do whatever he could to help his union brothers and sisters. He will be greatly missed. I send my condolences to the Joyce family.

Josh Jul 22 ,2022

Millwright brother ,Bonner springs ,Kansas

Kevin was the man in every way shape and form. He taught me so much throughout my apprenticeship. I can remember him telling stories about my family like they were legends just wish he knew that when I told stories of millwrights he was the legend I spoke of. Probably one of the toughest dudes I knew but at the same time I felt I could talk to him about the most delicate subjects and he would give me true from the heart advice. I truly feel he was the backbone of our local. He literally lifted me up after my accident on the 4th and said we don't let our own fall.. shook me to my core that a week after speaking to him he is gone. I will cherish the memories I had with him. The local wont be the same without him. He will forever be missed.

Cori Stout (Zipp) Jul 22 ,2022

Friend ,Shawnee ,Kansas

Kevin was such a kind person with a beautiful heart. We were neighbors growing up and I can remember playing Mario Bros. on NES with Kevin, having bottle rocket wars with Kevin and Kyle Billings, and Night Tag at The Joyce’s with Kevin and I teaming up to find Pat and Derek Tate. So many fond memories with his smile and his laugh. God has received an angel.

Trudi Glor Jul 22 ,2022

Cousin ,Macks Creek ,Missouri

My heart is so broken our love and prayers to his family

Ruth Crigger ( Hancock) Jul 22 ,2022

I'm so sorry for your loss, my kids grew up with all the Joyce's. My god bless you all and sending prayers your way. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Chris Diebold Jul 22 ,2022

Brother ,Kansas city ,Missouri

“Deep breath” Kevin impacted my life so much it’s hard to put into words. He was a great friend, mentor, millwright, and when needed to be a boss. Call you out on your shit. Such a great man and union brother. It’s a hard loss. RIP KJ You’ll be lost but never forgotten. Rest easy brother.

Martha Jul 22 ,2022

Cousin ,Roach ,Missouri

My thoughts and prayers are with you all I am so saddened to hear of your loss.. He sounded like an incredible man and how proud you must be of him. May God Grant you all the Peace, Love and grace that you need at this time. With my deepest sympathy.

Diane Miller Jul 22 ,2022

Kelsey’s mom (friend of Megan) ,Sioux Falls ,South Dakota

Megan & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. So sad to lose a loved one at a young age. Sending my sympathy. Diane Miller

Kris VanLerberg Jul 22 ,2022

Friend ,Gardner ,Kansas

I will miss Kevin he has been a good friend and around my family becoming a part of my family for a long time. It’s a true tragedy what has happened here. to such a wonderful person at that, my heart and prayers are with everyone here especially his girls.

Pete Leon Jul 22 ,2022

Family Friend ,Lee summit ,Missouri

Kevin was one of a kind! My dad ran a boxing club for 35 years on the other side of town that Kevin as a kid wanted to fight for about 45 min drive one way. Dennis after a working all day as a millwright would load him up and take him to the club after work. At that time Kevin had several medical conditions but that never stopped him. He just kept going. My dad Esteban said if he could just have a team with the heart Kevin had they would be unstoppable. For someone like coach Esteban to talk about you like that you had to be a Special person period! He loved Kevin. As he joined the millwrights I always loved having him on the crew all the customers loved him. I was amazed on how he had a gift with helping and helping people that more and likely never would get the help the push to make it Wright! Keven turned to teaching then as a business agent always working and never afraid to speak up, he had the Mojo for sure. I can’t even remember how many letters of intent to hire he ask he to write for people to get a start. I’m sure he hit a lot of people up for that. Most of all he was a great friend/little brother Family. My family prays for healing to the mom/dad/brother/wife and kids. We was lucky to be friends! Mr. and Mrs.Joyce you did a amazing job teaching him on his way to become who he became as a man. Pete

Austin Jul 22 ,2022

the apprentice that almost didn’t finish ,Full-Time Traveling Millwright ,Missouri

The news I received through a phone call had me shook up, vomited, & cried like a baby. Locked up in my room, sick at my stomach for a solid day…. And then I could just hear a Kevin Joyce voice in my head say.. “Get out of bed you sissy.” (PG13 version) “Go enjoy life & continue to be successful, kick ass” Kevin helped me through a lot of shit… and it wasn’t all just learning how to be a Millwright. I’ll continue to be devoted on being a reputable Millwright and a good person with a heart of gold. That he had. He will be missed, & his friends & family will be in my heart!

Zach Place Jul 23 ,2022

Union brother and friend ,Sibley ,Missouri

As i sit hear struggling with the words I want to say about Kevin and coming to terms with this tragic loss, I'm reminded of the times we worked together. Kevin never gave me a hard time about being a carpenter on a millwright job, as that sometimes happens in the trades, always treating me with respect...Kevin was a craftsman at his trade and was a true brother in the field. When Kevin was an instructor, he along side another teacher, stayed late so i could finish my welding certification. He didn't have to, but he knew it would benefit me and my families income because that's the kind of man he was, family first...My love goes out to all of the Joyce family along with the brothers and sisters of local 1329. My friend and brother you will be missed and I will say your name out loud often...KEVIN JOYCE.

Zach Place Jul 23 ,2022

Union brother and friend ,Sibley ,Missouri

As i sit hear struggling with the words I want to say about Kevin and coming to terms with this tragic loss, I'm reminded of the times we worked together. Kevin never gave me a hard time about being a carpenter on a millwright job, as that sometimes happens in the trades, always treating me with respect...Kevin was a craftsman at his trade and was a true brother in the field. When Kevin was an instructor, he along side another teacher, stayed late so i could finish my welding certification. He didn't have to, but he knew it would benefit me and my families income because that's the kind of man he was, family first...My love goes out to all of the Joyce family along with the brothers and sisters of local 1529. My friend and brother you will be missed and I will say your name out loud often...KEVIN JOYCE.

Jim and Isabel McMillin Jul 23 ,2022

Millwright ,Blue Springs ,Missouri

Just letting you all know that we are so sorry to hear about Kevin. Don't know what to say, just God bless him and his family. He's in our prayers.

Sarah & Josh McCreary Jul 23 ,2022

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Sarah & I were so sad to hear of Kevin’s passing. Condolences to Patty, Dennis, and the entire family. As I thought about the various times I spent with Kevin when we were young, it’s funny, everything and everyone else just sort of fades to the background. Kevin stands out because his personality and actions were so strong. And I mean that in the best possible way. Everything he did and said cut through…it left an impression. He didn’t do anything half-way. We were all blessed to have known him, regardless of when in time or how long. Being a dad I can’t imagine the void he will leave in his wife and girls’ life, but I know that each of those memories they had with Kevin will stand out, and make them better for having experienced them.

Terry & Gail Jaremko Jul 23 ,2022

Friend & Coach ,Punta Gorda ,Florida

Please accept our deepest condolences. I feel pride when I coached Kevin & more knowing what a exceptional person & leader he became as an adult. Our thought & prayers are with you all. Terry & Gail Jaremko

Michael coppock Jul 23 ,2022

Friend ,Kansas city ,Missouri

My heart goes out to kevin,s family I have know Kevin since he was a young man. I always liked and respected him. He will surely be missed may my thoughts and prayers go with him

Courtney Saye (Rich) Jul 23 ,2022

I’m so sorry to hear about Kevin’s passing. We went to school together and ran with the same group of kids around the neighborhood in middle school. Kevin was always funny and lighthearted and caring. Sending the family love and peace.

Carl Woodall Jul 23 ,2022

Millwright Brother ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Much Love and Respect my Brother until we meet again . Thank you Kevin

Frank and Linda Landino Jul 23 ,2022

Nephew-in-law ,Sandown ,New Hampshire

We are saddened and heartbroken to hear the devastating news of Michael’s Passing. Our Love, our Prayers, our Support in whatever we can do, we offer to his Young Family. A Life Well Lived makes His Loss so Great. May You All find Peace. Frank and Lin Landino

Glenda (Hale) Spellerberg Jul 23 ,2022

Friend of tsmily ,St Joseph ,Missouri

Dearest Famiky, I am so sorry for your loss. I’ll keep all of you in my prayers.

John W Schulze Jul 23 ,2022

coworker ,Foley ,Missouri

Deepest sympathies to the family, Worked with him and his father, He will be missed dearly!

Lucy DeWitt Jul 24 ,2022

This is a tough one. Kevin was a bright spot in the life of everyone he met. I went to high school with Kevin and I always remember how kind and nice he was. Always a big smile. Always a kind word. May his memory be a blessing.

Jerry Moore Jul 24 ,2022

Friend of Kevin’s father Dennis ,Camdenton ,Missouri

Barbara and I are very sorry to hear about Kevin at such a early life We always wonder why We hope that all in the family will help Kevin’s immediate family get through this loss God Bless to All

Joe Uman Jul 24 ,2022

Millwright brother ,Polo ,Missouri

I worked with Kevin & Dennis many times over the years and have the highest regards for the Joyce’s. I was saddened to hear about Kevin’s passing, my thoughts and prayers are with the Joyce family.

Steven Hill Jul 24 ,2022

Friend ,Pleasant Hill ,Missouri

I don't really have the proper words to even explain at how just lost and devastated I am by this! Kevin has always been a family friend and has done so much for me and my brother coming up in the millwrights! He was the epitome of what s MAN should be, what a FATHER should be, and what a MILLWRIGHT should be! I'll never forget you brother, I love you and until we meet again. I will always keep you in my heart my friend. The world lost one of the best! I'm going to miss you bro! 😔

Stephanie Uhde Jul 24 ,2022

Family Friend, our daughters played basketball together ,Lenexa ,Kansas

My daughter Briana played basketball and been friends with daughter Izzy for many years. I had the pleasure of getting to know all the Joyce family during that time going to weekly practices, games, traveling tournaments, cheering on our kids from the sidelines. Kevin was always so friendly and pleasant to chat with. Loving and supportive father to his beautiful girls. It breaks my heart how much I am certain his girls will miss having their Dad there for them physically. I also believe he will always be watching over them. The Joyce family have always been great people to know and supportive to me and my daughters when my family went through some tough times. Sending my condolences, prayers, and hugs.

Tanya Coons Redig Jul 24 ,2022

Great-Aunt ,White City ,Kansas

Mollie, Emma,Isabelle, Laurel, you are loved. Please keep us close to your hearts, let us know in any way if you need anything. We want to help. Your Great Grandpa Jim's sister- Aunt Tanya

Maggie Rupe Jul 25 ,2022

My deepest condolences go out to his family. He was a one of kind old friend. Thank you for the memories. Fly high.

Sam Longstaff Jul 25 ,2022

President Local #1445 ,Topeka ,Kansas

My condolences go out to the Joyce family; to Kevin's friends, to the Union Brothers/Sisters he worked with, and to everyone he positively impacted throughout his life. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Danny and Teri Bu Jul 25 ,2022

Friend ,Independence ,Missouri

Our deepest condolences to your family at this very sad time. A great brother, mentor and friend Mike was. He will be sorely missed.

Seth Leon Jul 25 ,2022

I’ve known Kevin practically my whole life. Growing up, as my dads a millwright and a great friend of Kevin’s. I really got a feel for what it meant to be apart of 1529. Something I never had experienced anywhere in life. That we aren’t just any local, but a real brother and sisterhood. Ones that have your back no matter the challenges or mistakes you get thrown at in life. Kevin knew exactly what 1529 represented. A family. These are things we tend to fall short of and neglect now days, but if there’s one thing to know. Is that Kevin was not one of these people to fall short of. His family was everything whether you where blood or not. I know I wouldn’t of made it to where I’m at today. If it wasn’t for him. He was much more then just a millwright, teacher and business agent, but a friend and life mentor. Someone that You could call any hour of the day or night and speak your mind too. Even if it’s been months or years since you last spoke it would feel as if not a day has passed. I’m great full for the time I was able to have with Kevin and more then blessed to be apart of something he worked endless hours to build. For that I thank you for your service and dedication. Rest In Peace Kevin. You will be missed.

Aaron Mccarroll Jul 25 ,2022

Union Brother ,Lexington ,Missouri

Best BA, brother a guy could ask for, Above and beyond in every aspect of life. Just talked 2 you at the hall, NVR failed to answer a call or text, NVR missed a holiday wish or veteran salute. you will be missed but your memory will live on in 1529 for decade's ! 💚

Wallace schermerhorn Jul 26 ,2022

Family ,Newton ,Iowa

I am so sorry, my thoughts and prayers to the whole family.

Cathy Forgét Jul 26 ,2022

Neighbor / friend ,Lenexa ,Kansas

I am so sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed talking to Kevin mostly about work related things and whatever. I admired him so much! Although I haven't gotten to know you much, Laurel, or the girls please know that I am here to support you as you go through this very difficult time. I have been praying for you all daily.

Kevin Riley Jul 26 ,2022

I always enjoyed speaking with Kevin during soccer games. Watching Zia and Izzy play together for so many years has been a blessing.

John Reardon Jul 26 ,2022

Union Brother/friend ,Excelsior Springs ,Missouri

I retired a couple of months after he became a business representative. The last time i saw him @ the unionhall, this young man had grown from a wide eyed apprentice into a newly appointed business representative. I got to tell him how proud I was of him.and teased him about the gray hair the stress of his new job was already glistening in the light. I will forever miss you and will always think of you around St.Patricks Day,Brother! I'm unable to attend the services but my thoughts are with your family through this most difficult time.

Brian Morris Jul 26 ,2022

Millwright Local 1529 retired ,Ozark ,Missouri

Dear Dennis and Patty I am so sorry for your loss. I understand it my 36 year old daughter Bridget was hit by a car and died instantly. This was just about a year ago August 4th. I don’t know if you remember me Dennis but we met many times in Springfield. I won’t lie to you as time passes it gets a little easier, but never easy. Put your faith forward knowing your son Kevin is with his Heavenly Father.

Stephanie Bull (Burgen) Jul 26 ,2022

Thinking about all of Kevin's family and friends. So very sorry for your loss.

Troy Wilson Jul 26 ,2022

1529 Brother ,Kansas

Kevin was a man this world is short of now a days. He brought me into 1529 and I owe him a debt of gratitude for putting my family and myself ahead in this life financially and to be apart of this brotherhood in which I am forever grateful. I know what his family is going trough and can promise that he has made them strong enough to get through this till they meet again, so hold your heads high knowing he's waiting for you. God bless my friend.

Kathryn Rumsey & Mike Rumsey Jul 26 ,2022

Sending our prayers & thoughts. May the Entire family know many care for you during your loss of Kevin. The Rumsey Family

Jackie and Rob Morris Jul 27 ,2022

Friend ,Olathe ,Kansas

Mourning your loss. May the peace of Jesus surround your family.

MariJo O’Malley Jul 31 ,2022

Friend ,Greenwood ,Missouri

Kathy, I was so sad to hear of Kevin’s death and the unfortunate timing that cut your pilgrimage so short. Kevin ,you andyour family are in our prayers Marijo

Bruce Bisby Aug 15 ,2022

Union Brother ,Merriam ,Kansas

So very sorry to hear about Kevin's death. Our deepest sympathies to all the family. Remembering the last job that I worked with Kevin, Iatan, I think I told him that he could go home if he couldn't follow instructions. He had a good soul and a great sense of humor. I'm certain that he is home, now. Bruce and Vicki Bisby

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