McGilley State Line Chapel

12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO


Larry D Fears

April 3, 1943January 1, 2014

Larry Douglas Fears, 70, of Leawood, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at home from natural causes. Visitation will be held Sunday, January 5th, at McGilley State Line Chapel, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held Monday, January 6th, 3:00 p.m., at Church of the Resurrection, Wesley Chapel, 13720 Roe, Leawood, KS. Larry was born April 3, 1943 in East St. Louis, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, Associate Editor of the Illio and named to “Who’s Who” at the university. He was a retired Major in the Air Force Reserves. He was Vice President of Information Technology for Kemper Service Company and Director of Operations within the Scudder/DWS group at DST Systems in Kansas City. He was a member of Church of the Resurrection. In retirement, Larry devoted his energies to his family, his church, the Village Presbyterian Food Pantry and his love of model trains through volunteerism at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Larry was preceded in death by his father, Melvin Fears and his brother, James Fears. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, their children, Kimberly (Brian) Brooke, Jeffrey (Jacalyn) Fears, his grandchildren, Brandon, Aidan and Katherine Fears, and mother, Josephine Fears. He is also survived by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Greg (Nancy) Nieland, their children, Christopher and Stephanie and cousins, Robert, Jim and Steve Blodgett. Condolences may be left online at www.mcgilleystatelinechapel.com. Arrangements, McGilley State Line Chapel, 12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, January 6, 2014


Larry D Fears

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Richard Mason

February 21, 2015

I am so sorry I just found out about Larry from Jonathan Boehm yesterday. We worked together for 6 years at Kemper. I am always grateful for him helping me to find a job at DST when I was unemployed. I am so happy I was able to share with him my train layout when he had the chance to come over a couple of times to see it and play with the trains. I've been trying to email him over the past year and had not heard from him. I will miss his humor and laughter and wisdom. He was a mentor for me. I'm sorry I missed him when he came to see our Christmas lights. I will remember him fondly....always. God Bless you, Larry, and thank you for everything.

Bob Sazama

March 30, 2014

My family will always remember hearing him practice playing his trumpet each afternoon. I played whiffle ball in his back yard with his Dad and brother jimmy.

Don Wales

January 12, 2014

Bonnie and Family,
I just learned of Larry's passing today pray that God will comfort you in your time of loss.
Don Wales

January 9, 2014

My condolences to all of Larry's family. I went all through elementary school and highschool with Larry. I remember him fondly. With sympathy, Dorothy Elliott Needles, St. Louis, Mo

Janet (James) Brown

January 8, 2014

My deepest sympathy is sent to Larry's family. I attended Rosemont Baptist church with the Fears Family many years ago. Melvin, Jo, Larry, and Jim were very special, loving, and kind. I will always remember them with love. God bless all of you.

Melanie Steinle Watson

January 6, 2014

Bonnie and family- my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Jonathan Boehm

January 6, 2014

Larry was a great guy, a good leader and a wonderful friend. He was always so full of happiness and joy and his smile was infectious. He was like a gig kid and brought out that quality in all of us. He will be greatly missed. His family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Jonathan Boehm

January 6, 2014

Larry was such a great guy, a good leader and a friend. I will miss him. He was always so full of life and joy. As others have said, he was like a big kid that helped bring that joy to others. You are all in my thoughts and my prayers.

Nancy Wilson

January 5, 2014

Larry was such a wonderful man He always had a smile on his face and kind words for you He will be deeply missed by many My thoughts and prayers are with you all

Geri Collecchia

January 5, 2014

I worked with Larry at Kemper. I still smile when I think of his phrases - "bleeding edge" of technology, "bladder buster" meetings, and "yeah, but". He was a wonderful manager and human being.