Leon P. Flappan

January 20, 1929December 17, 2012

Lee Flappan (Coach) was born January 20, 1929 and passed away December 17, 2012. He had a wonderful marriage with his wife of 63 years Mary Lou. He had three sons Ken, Bob (wife Susan), and Jim and four grandsons: Jason, Michael, Bradley and Daniel Flappan. Other survivors include many beloved nieces, nephews, and their families. He grew up in Kansas City. He was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He worked his way through college, graduating from William Jewell College, where he lettered in football and track. He was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. Lee also had a Master’s Degree from Central Missouri State University. He enlisted in the Coast Guard and was Assistant Director of basic training. He taught at Southeast High School, where he was an assistant football, basketball, and track coach. He taught science at Pembroke Country Day School, where he was head football coach and athletic director. He is in the Faculty Hall of Fame at Pembroke Country Day. He was head football coach at Lee’s Summit High School and retired from Ruskin High School where he also coached football. He taught swimming to thousands of kids and managed various pools in the Kansas City area. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. Everyone called him ‘Coach’. Family meant everything to him. After Lee retired, he volunteered at St. Joseph Emergency Room for 15 years. He was active in the ROMEOs organization and SMART men at the Jewish Community Center. He loved to work-out and kibbitz with his friends six days a week. He always had a positive attitude and lived many of the quotes he often repeated like: “Everything I had I gave, what I did not give was lost forever”. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 19, at Congregation Beth Torah, 6100 W. 127th St., Overland Park, KS 66209. The family suggests donations to the Sports Facility at the Jewish Community Center or the charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 19, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Leon P. Flappan

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David Gaston

January 8, 2013

David Gaston

January 8, 2013

RIP to my first coach ever. Coach Flappan first taught me how to swim at Blue Hills Country Club at 2 years old. Was a great man, who touched many lives. He will be missed and remembered.

Thoughts and Prayers with Coach and his family.

"Take a Breath Blow It Out"

Ken Cheves

December 23, 2012

Mr. Flappan coached me in three sports in the mid to late 50s at Southeast High School. He was a wonderful coach and human being. I once wrote about him that he had more confidence in me when I was a young man than I had in myself. That's what great teachers do--they believe in others and inspire them to reach their potential and most importantly to be better human beings. Mister Flappan will be missed but never forgotten by those of us who were fortunate enough to have benefitted from his guidance. My condolences to the family.

December 20, 2012

I have always felt blessed to have Coach Flappan in my life. He always
taught you more than just the fundamentals of football. He not only made you a better player but a better person and I still carry has teachings in
my life today. We at Northeast were a good team because of him. God
must need some help and called him home.

Al Maddox- N.E.1951-52, Raytown. Mo.

December 19, 2012

I had the privilege of having Mr. Flappan as a coach from 1957 to 1958, I was not a star, but Mr. Flappan never knew that because he treated me just like I was one. He was a great guy. Joe Hall

john phillips

December 19, 2012

Gone, but not forgotten; thanks Coach, for all of your assistance and directions....

John Phillips.....Southest High....Class of 1957

Mike Howell

December 19, 2012

I played football for Coach Flappan at Southeast High School. He was a great coach and one of the finest men I have ever known. My deepest sympathy to his family. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Richard Linville

December 18, 2012

I am very grateful to Coach for the positive impact he had on my life. He was a motivator and a person of trust. "Get your tails working together." , "As easy as gravy.", and of course "What I have I gave. What I did not give I've lost forever" are a few of his sayings which are vivid in my mind. My condolences to his family. Dick Linville PCD '66


December 18, 2012

I am grateful for the life of Mr. Flappan. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

Tom Bednar '75

December 18, 2012

My sympathies and and prayers for Jim, Bob, Ken and Mrs. Flappan as you mourn Coach's passing. I am grateful for the life lessons that he shared and helped me grow as a person.