Jul 03, 1944---May 08, 2024

Raymond Charles Kirtland, age 79, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away on May 8, 2024.  A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday May 18, 2024 at 6 pm at The 180 Room. 11944 S Strang Line Rd. Olathe KS 66062.  The family requests no flowers and suggests memorial contributions to the Blessings Abound Fund.  

Raymond is survived by his sisters Patricia Crowle, and Marilyn Zweig; his brother Jack Kirtland; his son Mark Kirtland and his wife Autumn, and daughters Megan Kirtland and Melissa Hershey and her husband Brandon; and 5 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jim Kirtland.  

He was born on July 3, 1944, in Gary Indiana. He grew up in a neighborhood with his cousins. As a young man he was interested in boating on Lake Michigan, scuba diving, and was on the swim team. He attended Indiana University and received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. During his time at Indiana University, he was elected Student President of the Teter Quadrangle Association Residence Halls, Co-founder of a campus student political party, and Co-founder of a campus wide radio station.  He volunteered for the draft and was selected to serve in the Army intelligence in Vietnam. He lived and raised his 3 children in Overland Park, KS surrounded by lifelong friends and neighbors. His career involved technology, computer networking, and commercial asset management of real estate properties. 

In his retirement years, he enjoyed learning to speak and write Chinese, collecting watercolor paintings, discussing politics, discovering new vocal talents, and sharing his love of movies with friends.  

Raymond Kirtland was a dynamic man who lived life his way. Guided by a strong moral compass he made an impact on so many people throughout his life. His proudest achievements were his 3 children. There was not a person he met that he did not share about Mark, Melissa, and Megan and their personal and professional successes.  

He had been recently diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome. This severe, fast acting blood cancer caused him to pass just 2 months after he received his official diagnosis. His family is very grateful for the care he received from everyone at the KU Cancer Center and KU hospital. He also received excellent loving care from Premier private duty care givers and Brighton Hospice.  


Susan Pytynia May 12, 2024

Friend ,Hendersonville ,Tennessee

Extending sincerest condolences to Ray's entire family. He left an amazing footprint on this earth, and many of us will never forget his intelligence, humor, and kindness. Rest in peace, dear friend.

Rickie Beth Borton Hodges May 15, 2024

Friend ,Circleville ,Ohio

Remembering Raymond The last time ,which was only the second time ,that I saw Raymond he was 15 and I was 14. He was my escort for what was to be our first formal ball, commencement for Culver Summer School. He was a handsome and gentlemanly escort. Fast forward 60 plus years later Raymond initiated a renewal of our friendship by text. He asked me to proofread his AB which he had been intending to write for some time. So it was that I became acquainted with the intellectual well informed man who was interested in everything worth knowing. He was gifted with words, honest ,sincere, humorous and always kind. My heartfelt condolence to his beloved family. He will be missed aways for no one could replace Raymond Charles.

Catherine DaCosta May 17, 2024

Sponsored Family ,Murfreesboro ,Tennessee

Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Celebrating the life of a wonderful man and mourning his passing with you. There are no words for the legacy Raymond Kirtland, has left on our families lives. We will always be greatful to have known such a heartfelt person. Praying for you and your family. Our deepest sympathy. Love always, Tuyet Mai, Catherine and Daniel


Celebration of Life
The 180 Room
11944 S Strang Line Road
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May 18, 2024
6:00 PM
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