Drew Anderson

May 24, 1989October 1, 2011

Drew Ryan Anderson, 22, of Kansas City, KS., passed away Saturday, October 1, 2011 at K U Medical Center in Kansas City, KS. He will forever be remembered as a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend to everyone he met. Drew was born on May 24, 1989 in Neu-Ulm, Germany to Kent and Wendee (Kost) Anderson. He suffered from muscular dystrophy since childhood. Drew graduated from Piper High School in 2007, and attended The University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a degree in May of 2011. During college, Drew also served as Copy chief for the University Daily Kansan, and intern for the Lawrence Journal World. Drew was a crazy, die-hard KU sports fan. and kept himself very active with the Muscular Dystrophy Assoc. He was also a member of VFW Post #6654 auxiliary in Desoto, KS. Drew is preceded in death by his grandfather; Richard Kost, and his faithful companion Cleo. Survivors include his parents; Kent and Wendee Anderson of the home, along with his brother; Tanner Anderson, grandmother; Frances Kost, grandfather; John Rosenbaum and his wife Ellen of Metamora, IL., grandparents; Gary Anderson and his wife Marilyn of Lawrence, KS. and Virgil Newell and his wife Alice of Baldwin City, KS., great grandmothers; Beulah Anderson, Lenora Crumet both of Lawrence, KS., and Shirley Rosenbaum of Metamora, IL. Drew is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral Services will be 9:30 a.m. Thursday, October 6, 2011 at St. Patrick Catholic Church 1086 N. 94th Street Kansas City, KS. Burial in Gate Of Heaven Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at the Chapel Hill-Butler Funeral Home. In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: The Muscular Dystrophy Association 8700 Indian Creek Pkwy. Suite #340 Overland Park, KS. 66210. Condolences may be left at


  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 6, 2011
  • Visitation Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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Emily Potter

April 6, 2012

I have known you since we were little, little. You leaving us makes me more sad that I moved to CO in 3rd grade. That was the last time I saw you, but I remember so much of you, still! I remember you were always a sweetheart and had a great sense of humor. You were always happy to be with everyone. You are an amazing person. So much love to you, Drew.

Diane, Gary, Matthew, Marissa Smith

October 23, 2011

We last saw Drew at the KU graduation in May. Gary and I always loved seeing him wherever we it while he was growing up at the elementary school

Ashlynn Puterbaugh

October 12, 2011

RIP Drew we will miss you

Mary Jo Turner

October 12, 2011

Kent, Wendee, and Tanner....So sorry for your loss. When I met Drew at Jennifer and Stu's wedding I knew he was an extraordinary person. I am sure he is looking down on you now with a smile on his face.

October 10, 2011

Kent and Wendee,
Pat and I just heard about the loss of your son. I just saw him at KU a couple of weeks ago and we spoke for a few minutes about his graduation from KU.

Our family recalls many memories of your family at the softball games. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you during this time of great loss.

Peggy Callahan

Garot Pflumm

October 8, 2011

Dear Wendee & Family:
There are, I'm positive, 1000 reasons why the loss of your son is, to say the least, a travesty. I certainly wouldn't mention those that come to my mind, in case it might add to the list in yours.
My wife and I lost our 5-month old son 2+ yrs. ago. I never had a chance in only five months to know, grow, create memories, or the million other things you've experienced in his lifetime, together. I know you will always cherish those moments in your heart. Keep him alive in your thoughts. He will always be smiling from above, thinking of you and yours. He is now in utter peace; running, jumping, free and able to do all and anything that he may have been limited from while here on Earth.
Our deepest sympathy to you and your Family,
Garot & Marisol Pflumm, & family

Larry Lindstrom

October 7, 2011

I'ts always gratifing to hear about people like Drew who not only brought joy into other peoples lives after knowing him,but also left a positive and lasting imprint on them.

I did'nt know him personally but based on what others have written about him it reinforces the idea that I hope to make a positive impact on the people I know.
It seems that he had a firm grasp on the thought "PAY it FORWARD"
TO quote another famous author,"Well done good and faithful servant"

Rollie & Stephanie Cain

October 7, 2011

Sorry for your loss... Thinking of you guys during this difficult time..

Susan Roberts

October 7, 2011

Drew worked for me as an intern at the Lawrence Journal-World. He was remarkable for his ability to get things done. He maneuvered through snowstorms to get to his bus stop, he made it to work in pouring rain, and once he had to wait out the St. Patrick's Day parade downtown to get to the Journal-World. His neck was a little sunburned that day, but he was on time! I always wanted to write a letter of recommendation for him that included "Neither rain nor sleet nor snow nor a St. Patrick's Day parade will stop Drew from getting to work on time."

He was a careful and conscientious copy editor. I loved his work ethic -- once I asked him, 'Would you rather proofread the weekend editorial pages or put together the puzzle page?' His reply: "What would be most helpful for you?" (!!!)

I'm so glad I got to work with Drew!

Jason Stary

October 7, 2011

I'm glad I got to meet Drew and spend some time with him. His courage and determination are inspirational.