McGilley State Line Chapel

12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO


Christopher Matthew Kenny

9 janvier , 19555 novembre , 2019
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Christopher Matthew Kenny, of Kansas City, Missouri, left this earth on November 5, 2019 at St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City. Memorial services will be held at McGilley State Line Chapel on November 9 from 3pm to 5pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Special Olympics, an organization close to Christopher’s heart.

Christopher was born on January 9, 1955 to Elizabeth and Robert Kenny in Jersey City, NJ. With many trips and wonderful memories, Christopher emphasized family, friends and spending quality time. He was a renowned special educator at Morris County School of Technology in Denville, NJ before becoming a Supervisor of Special Services at Madison High School in Madison, NJ. During his career he served as the vice president the Morris County Education Association and volunteered to organize events for the Special Olympics. Following retirement he continued to substitute teach in the Shawnee Mission School District, where he was recognized as the Kansas State Substitute Teacher of the Year in 2019. He will be survived by his wife, Suzanne; his eldest son Matthew, wife Paige Perrin, and their daughter Clare; his youngest son Christopher and wife Sophia; his daughter Elizabeth, her husband Nick Knutsen, and their two children Colin and Beatrice Elouise; his brother Robert Kenny, his son David, and his wife Patricia Brinton. His sister Clementine Scheideler preceded him in death.

Christopher will be greatly missed but we know his spirit will be with all of us.

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Christopher Matthew Kenny


Margaret Crilley

13 novembre , 2019

As I write about Chris my heart is heavy... It has taken me some time to put to words what I can say about him.
For all of us who knew Chris, he will be remembered as a kind and gentle man. A loving husband, a wonderful father and a devoted grandfather....a brother's best friend.
To me he wasn't just my cousin but a dear friend, a "brother "
who I could always count on for a laugh or an ear to listen or a shoulder to lean on.
Our mothers were the best kind of sisters and we were the best kind of cousins.... always available when you needed a kind word or some advice.
Chris did the eulogy when my mom died... such a difficult task....but as only Chris could, it was done with love,grace and humor.
The baton was now being passed from one generation to another. That generation gone too soon and now part of my generation, my cousin, "brother " and friend certainly gone too soon.
My love, support and friendship will always remain for those left behind....my "sister" Suzanne and her loving family and my cousin and friend, Charlie.
Chris once told me he was "paying it forward " from his family to mine... How I will miss that kind and gentle man.

Love, Margaret

Katie Lemerich

11 novembre , 2019

I worked with Chris as a colleague in Madison for four years and fondly remember him as being gentle, patient, supportive and kind. He was an excellent listener and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He spoke fondly of his family and looked forward to spending his retirement with them. He loved his grandchildren, and when he spoke about them his face would light up! Chris was taken too soon from this earth. My sincerest condolences go out to the family. Chris will forever be in our memories and hearts.

Brett Levine

11 novembre , 2019

I was fortunate enough to work with Chris Kenny for over 10 years at Madison High School. Chris ALWAYS put the needs of students first and foremost. He always kept his cool and was always willing to lend a helping hand
He was compassionate, kind and generous.
I will always remember the amazing speech he gave at his retirement party at Charlie Browns in Chatham. It was gracious, funny and humble.
I just learned that Chris won an award for his work as a substitute teacher in Kansas. I’m not surprised.
I’m proud I knew Chris as a colleague, mentor, and friend.

My deepest condolences to his family that he absolutely loved to the moon and back.

Stacy Snider

11 novembre , 2019

Chris was such a kind and thoughtful person. I loved working alongside him in Madison. It was a sad day when he retired, but he was so excited to spend more time with his grandchildren. My heart breaks for his family. His wife, children and grandchildren were his whole life, he was so proud and spoke of them often. Chris was a great man, gone too soon. He made such a positive impact on those who knew him and he will be greatly missed.

Frances Caporaso

11 novembre , 2019

Chris was one of the kindest gentlemen I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I enjoyed many a conversation with him in special services. My love goes out to all his family at this sad time. He will always be in my fondest memories.

Sherise Wenzel

10 novembre , 2019

While I only knew Mr. Kenny for a few years, I will always remember the kindness and hospitality he extended towards my daughter, Harmony and me.

“Big Chris” will never be forgotten.

My prayers and thoughts are with the entire Kenny family.

Gary & Harriet Wallace

9 novembre , 2019

Christopher had such a warm & welcoming spirit. We are blessed to have known him for the season that God placed us in each other’s lives. He will always be remembered for his graciousness shown toward us & receiving our daughter Sophia into their family.

Steve Hughes

9 novembre , 2019

Chris - a great guy, a guy’s guy, a friend, a leader, Kansas Jayhawks, a supporter, a thinker, a problem solver, smile, easy to talk to, I enjoyed everyday working for/with him, will be missed by everyone he came in contact with, a role model, somebody to try to emulate. Thanks for EVERYTHING.

Those we love don’t go away.
They walk beside us everyday.
Unseen, unheard, but always near.

Melissa Elias

9 novembre , 2019

Chris was a very special educator who loved our kids, empowered so many to succeed. His work, love for and dedication to the Special Olympics was inspiring. God bless you Chris💜 you touched us and will live forever in our hearts. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Matt Gertler

9 novembre , 2019

A great, great man who will be greatly missed. I am heartbroken. My deepest condolences to the family and especially to the grandchildren, a role he truly relished. I love you like a brother and will miss you.