Henricus Maria Adrianus Winnubst

September 7, 1952May 1, 2021
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Henricus Maria Adrianus Winnubst, 68, passed away on May 1, 2021. Henry was born on September 7, 1952, in Arnhem, The Netherlands, to Mimi and Adrianus Winnubst. After losing his father at age seven, he grew closer to his aunts and uncles, coming to consider them as brothers and sisters. Mimi married Frans Zwiers in 1962. Frans (“Pa”) easily fell into the role of father to Henry, Ron, Marian, and shortly thereafter, Nickie. Henry and Ron grew up getting into the kind of trouble that young boys do, Nickie joined in as soon as she was old enough, and all the while Marian ensured no one got into TOO much trouble. After graduating high school, Henry was accepted into the military academy and ultimately became a Dutch Commando.

Henry then attended the University of Nyenrode and came to the United States in 1975 as an exchange student. When given his choice of locations, Henry decided that the Midwest was the only place to receive the true American experience. Henry met his wife, Julie, at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. After college graduation, Henry went on to earn his masters in international business from Arizona Thunderbird School of Global Management in 1977. He and Julie married a few weeks later, in January 1978.

One of Henry’s greatest achievements was raising two children, Adrian and Kimberly. He taught them never to take life too seriously, to laugh at themselves, and a thing or two about gardening and home repair. Henry often expressed how happy he was that his children had found their lifelong partners, Andrea (married to Adrian since October 17, 2020) and Nick (engaged to Kimberly since December 21, 2018), whom he also loved dearly.

Henry’s battle with cancer was brief but difficult. As he did with everything, he faced this battle with incomparable strength. He spent his final days surrounded by his family as they exchanged great stories and memories of Henry. While tears were to be expected, there was also a great deal of laughter. He passed peacefully with Julie by his side.

Henry is survived by his wife Julie Winnubst, son Adrian and wife Andrea, daughter Kim and fiancé Nick, father Frans Zwiers, brother Ron and wife Gemma, sister Marian, sister Nickie and husband Willem, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and a great-nephew.

A visitation will be held at 11:00am followed by a Memorial Service / Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm at Church of the Ascension, 9510 West 127th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66213.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Henricus' memory may be made to the Go2 Foundation for Lung Cancer in loving memory on behalf of Henry Winnubst.

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

  • Memorial Service / Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, May 8, 2021


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Marijke Canlon

May 8, 2021

Dear Henry,
After your father's dead you became the little brother of all your aunt's and uncle's. We all are so proud how you grew up to become such a great, loving Family Man. When you talked about Julie, Adrian, Kim [Andrea,Nick] your eyes lighted up. It seems you gave that special "being loved feeling " to everyone you met.
Its incredible, I can not imagine, no new stories will be added. But so many happy memories will always bring a smile to my face whenever I think about you.
Greating's to all of you in Heaven. Aunt Marijke

Mariëlle Winnubst

May 8, 2021

Thank you, Henry, for a very remarkable ability you had: making people around you feel they were special to you. The thought that “the life of the party” will no longer be present at any family gathering is unbelievable. We will keep in mind your impressive words at our last gathering: to cherish the warmth, humor, music and good will to each other, that runs abundant with the ‘Winnubsten’. Something we tend to take for granted so easily. Thank you, cousin. Thank you.

Verena Röher-Wunden

May 8, 2021

Henry was the "magic" nephew from the U.S., popping up al of a sudden in front of the grocery store started up by our grand parents in Heerlen, the Netherlands.
He was married to a beautiful american woman (who was really nice, too!) and his son Adrian was dressed up like Humphrey Bogart, looking cool (but not so comfy), when the family came over to the old continent.
At our family reunions he always was including everybody in the fun - a skill my german husband will miss a lot.
Where ever you are today, I envy everyone or -thing meeting you there !!

marga Winnubst

May 8, 2021

One of my cousins called Henry a social butterfly and somehow this sticks in my kind when I think of him. Whenever he was in Holland he tried to visit as many of his aunts, uncles and cousins as possible. He went from one house to the next always bringing stories, laughter and 'gezelligheid'. He was genuinely interested in everyone he met, and could get along with everybody.
Julie, Kim and Adrian, the distance and corona made it impossible to visit him during his illness and makes it impossible to visit you now in your loss. Know that our heart is with you.

Ron Winnubst

May 8, 2021

I fully agree with the words of my sister Marian and I was also proud to be his brother. The one I brought in some difficult or stupid situations when we where young. But we had a lot off fun together. He was great in bringing people together with his spoken words, but also had the capability to let us flee out off our home when he tryed to practicing or playing violin. (terrible noise).
I also was verry proud that he choosed me as his best men for his wedding.

Dear July, Adrian and Andrea , Kim and Nick. I love you all .

Kiaya Knoop

May 8, 2021

Henry was my uncle living in the far far America. Every now and then he came to visit us in the Netherlands. And we always had the greatest fun. You always made me laugh, charmed me with your wonderfull stories and gave life- advice when necessary when I was in my teens. You always told me just enjoy the things how they came. You were proud that i'm a midwife and you told me often that working hard is a good thing. On the video you met Keda and I saw a very proud great- uncle. Makes me sad you won't meet him for real but henry stays and lives on in our hearts. I will tell him the same stories.

He will be missed. Julie, Adrian, Andrea, Kim and Nick. My thoughts are with you, sending you all my love and strength.

Marian Winnubst

May 7, 2021

It is heartening to read and hear what an impression Henry has made on so many people. He has given the concept of family man an extra dimension.
I am proud that he was my brother. There are no words to express how much I will miss him.

As a small child I had a nickname: Abbertje. He was the only one who still called me that.

Love tot Julie, Adrian & Andrea, Kim & Nick

Nickie Knoop

May 7, 2021

Henry was my big brother. When I was young I looked up to him. He studied and went to America. My brother so far away.
As the years passed, that age gap narrowed and we got closer. We had a lot to talk and laugh about We went on until the "early" hours and the whiskey smeared the voice. Henry could really talk about anything. I'm going to miss him. Luckily I still have my memories and part of him lives on in his children. I am grateful for that.

-Time is too short to share with the people you love -

I wish we had more time. Love Nickie.

Susan Banach

May 6, 2021

Dear Winnubst Family,
Our paths and friendship crossed in early school days with Adrian and my son Brian as it continues today.
Henry was always a special part of this bond with our families.
Our love,
Sue Banach and Family

Geerie Winnubst

May 6, 2021

Every year he visited us, his family in the Netherlands. His warmth, love, jokes, playing piano...
He was the eldest of our generation, my eldest Cousin.
I will forever remember his visits in may at my birthday. I always had a bottle of red wine waiting for him in my cellar. My daughters and I enjoyed wunderful evenings at our fireplace with him. So lovely memories. At my birthday, the day of his funeral, I will drink the wine that is waiting for him in my cellar in memory of a wunderful man. We the family will mis him so much.
Dear Julie, Adrian, Andrea, Kim and Nick. Our thoughts are with you. 🙏❤️🤗