OBITUARY

Lloyd J. "Jim" Kissick, III

September 4, 1950December 8, 2018
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Lloyd James “Jim” Kissick III suddenly passed away at his home in Leawood, KS on December 8th, 2018. He was 68. Jim was born on September 4th, 1950 in Kansas City, MO to Lloyd James Kissick Jr. and Mary Catherine (Bauers) Kissick. He was the only brother to his much-loved sisters Karen, Connie, Susan and Kim. He began working for his father’s construction company, Kissick and Son Construction, at the young age of 12. Through construction and sports, he formed a special bond with his father that lasted until Lloyd Jr’s death in 1974. He attended St. Peter’s Catholic School and Rockhurst High School. While at Rockhurst High School he became a passionate fan and later a valued sponsor of Rockhurst Hawklets sports. After high school he went on to his beloved alma mater, the University of Missouri where he received a master’s degree in civil engineering. In 1976 he met a beautiful blonde named Cecelia Ismert while working as the Director of Public Works for Jackson County (MO). Jim fell head over heels in love with her at first sight and they began their 39 year marriage on June 16th, 1979. He was the proud father of 3 sons, Lloyd IV (Marie), David (Monica) and Patrick and a cherished grandfather to Graciela, Lloyd V, Lucia, Gianna, Charles and Rose. Being a father and grandfather was his greatest joy in life and he always treasured the many moments with them at sporting events and at the Lake of the Ozarks. He was a best friend, mentor and hero to his boys and loved to share stories and pictures of his grandchildren with friends and coworkers. Jim was an avid sports fan. He was a season ticket holder with the Mizzou Tigers, Kansas City Royals and was a Kansas City Chiefs season ticket holder for over 50 years. Often times you would find Jim surrounded by his sons, many of his nieces and nephews and closest friends in parking Lot C of Arrowhead Stadium. Jim was famous for his tailgate parties before Chiefs games.

Jim was the President and Co-Founder of Kissick Construction Company. He and his nephew Peter Browne founded the company in 1994. Taking a gamble on himself, he decided to take a leap of faith and invest nearly every dollar he had into starting the company despite having 3 young children at home. Though he was building a company, he still made time for his most important job: being a father and husband. He would coach his boys in basketball and attend every one of his sons’ sporting events or extracurricular activities, all the while working 14-16 hour days building his company. His passion, hard work, honesty and loyalty helped transform Kissick Construction from a small construction firm with modest roots into a $100 million firm with over 400 employees. Jim was a pillar in the construction community and a mentor to so many. He was highly respected within the industry and was involved in the construction industry through various boards and projects. This included the Heavy Constructors Association, St. Teresa’s Academy Board of Advisors, The University of Missouri Civil Engineering Alumni Advisory Board of Directors, a member of the Civil Engineering Academy Distinguished Alumni at the University of Missouri and the Kansas City Area Development Council. He was an irreplaceable figure in the construction industry.

Along with his family, his friends and his career, Jim had a passion for the NAIA basketball community. Continuing the legacy his father started in the 50s, he supported the NAIA basketball tournament each year through the Honorary Coach Program and sponsored countless NAIA events. He formed a special relationship with Georgetown College, a small liberal arts college in Georgetown, KY. Jim loved to cheer on the Georgetown College Tigers throughout every season and was a prominent figure on the bench during their 2013 NAIA National Championship. Georgetown College honored Jim with his very own championship ring, which was proudly on display in his office for everyone to see. There is a Kissick Construction banner hanging proudly in the Davis-Reid Alumni Gym. Jim Kissick will forever have a special place in the Georgetown College community.

Jim was an avid golfer who always enjoyed playing a round with his sons and many friends. You could often see Jim enjoying a cigar at his lake house at the Lake of the Ozarks aboard his antique Chris-Craft boat. You could also see him at the helm of his Regal run-about with his beautiful wife, his sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren in tow. He was famous for his big bear hugs and his charismatic personality. He was loved and cherished by so many and will be dearly missed amongst his enormous group of family, friends and the entire Kansas City construction industry.

Visitation will be 4-8:00 PM, Friday, December 14th at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 701 E. Meyer Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64131. Funeral Mass will be at Saturday, December 15 at 10:00 AM at St. Peter’s Catholic Church and burial at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery. There will be a Celebration of Life following the burial from 1-4 PM at the St. Teresa’s Academy Gymnasium, 5600 Main St. Kansas City, MO 64113. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Truman Heartland Community Foundation Jim Kissick Memorial Fund. Please share a memory at www.mcgilleystatelinechapel.com.

  • DONATIONS

  • Truman Heartland Community Foundation

Services

  • Visitation Friday, December 14, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, December 15, 2018
  • Committal Service Saturday, December 15, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Gathering Saturday, December 15, 2018
REMEMBERING

Lloyd J. "Jim" Kissick, III

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Fred and Barbara Wiman

December 18, 2018

Prayers from our family to yours! Remembering all the great times, trials of being in the construction business, and the fun times as our friendship continued for many years. Thank you for all you did for the industry and the community as a business and a family.

Hal Cosgrove

December 14, 2018

First met Jim when we were both in our late 20's. Both worked as project managers for RE Wolfe at Tri-City Construction. He always wanted to be a contractor for himself and we both started our own heavy construction firms. Jim was way more successful!! Had many conversations over the years and always looked forward to our meetings. Had dinners with him and colleagues over the years, and saw him at Chief's games and many events. Considered him a true friend! I am truly at a loss for words.

Mac Andrew

December 14, 2018

I met Jim Kissick in the late 60's while Jim was still going to school at MU. He was a huge Tiger fan and a great supporter of athletics. I was in charge of the KCMO paving program and Jim was a superintendent for Tri City Construction Company. One of Jim's best friends, Jim Cook, also worked for Tri City at the time. I will never forget these guys on payday "rolling dice" next to the paving machine on payday while drinking beer. The good old days.

Jim and I became great friends because of Jim's charismatic personality and his genuine honesty in business. We played baseball and basketball together for years and although neither of us was "going pro" we had a lot of fun and it was clear Jim had a passion for sporting events. He had season tickets to the Royals and Chiefs for over 50 years and shared them with friends and family. He was a great supporter of high school football in the metro area.

Jim was super generous guy and shared his success with all those around him. He was what I would term a "giver". What a lost to his family and this community. I am praying for his family and all his workforce at Kissick Construction Company. What a huge lost to everyone. So sad.


Mary Smith

December 14, 2018

Deepest sympathy to the Kissick family. He touched so many lives, he will be missed by all. The kindnesses man in the business, a true blessing to have met him. God Bless

Matt Sweeney

December 14, 2018

Condolences to the Kissick family on the loss of Jim. Jim was a great friend and mentor, and was nice enough to employ me for several summers during college. He was also present at many of my grade school and high school football games, and was always quick to compliment me after the games or offer words of encouragement. I have great memories of Jim and will forever be appreciative for all he did for me...KC has lost a fantastic man we will miss him very much! Thoughts and prayers to the family!

Taylor Cook

December 13, 2018

Jim, thank you for the time I had with you. You were my dads best friend and I learned so much watching you guys interact. I learned how to treat people and how to always put your family and friends first. You worked so hard to make other people’s lives better and you were always interested in what I had to say and what I was doing with my life. I will always remember the lake trips with the guys, the rounds of golf, and Saturday burgers at the Corner Cocktail. I will cherish the Corner the most because it was a time I had with you just being guys drinking beers talking about all that life threw at us. You were a mentor and a friend and I will always miss you.

Mike Thorne Thorne and Son Asphalt Paving

December 13, 2018

We are so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our prayers.

Jim Iliff

December 13, 2018

I knew and liked Jim Kissick, and I was very sorry to hear of his passing; shocked even. I had a somewhat unique perspective on Jim's early career. Jim both proceeded and followed me as Jackson County Public Works Director. That's right, he took two turns in the office. His first time was under County Executive Mike White. Then I took the job when Dale Baumgardner was elected County Executive. Then when Bill Waris came in as County Executive, Jim went back into the role. I remember when I came into the position Jim was very helpful in transitioning; very professional. We stayed in touch. I tired to be as helpful as possible to him when he came back into the role. Though he was as excellent public servant as public works director, I could tell his heart was in the construction business. It was no surprise to me that he went on to be very successful in that realm. More recently our paths crossed when I would see him usually on the front row at a Roos basketball game. We shared an enthusiasm for the sport. RIP Jim Kissick. A really good person.

Judy Euwer

December 12, 2018

Where does one begin to share what a special man Jim is to so many...he is a mentor to many and friend to all who knew him. He is one of the kindest and most caring men I have ever known..
I worked with Jim with a contractor prior to he and Pete starting their own company...Jim was never too busy to help me with a problem and then he would make it seem like I figured it out myself...he had the ability to instill a confidence in myself that I never knew was there..
My heart and prayers go out to Jim's family as they deal with this devastating loss.
It is my honor and privilege to be able to call Jim my dear friend....

Forest Tyson

December 12, 2018

Mr. Kissick is one of the very few people in this world who I genuinely wanted to be like! His level of love of family, his love of community, his love for Kansas City, his work and play ethic are a standard that raised the bar high!

I reached out to him just after New Years this year to thank him for the opportunities he gave my little construction company, and in that letter I expressed to him how blessed I felt that our paths had finally crossed and also how grateful I was to him and the entire Kissick team for letting us join his team. In typical Mr. Kissick form and fashion his reply was “Thank you for letting us on your team”, and all I could say to myself was “Wow”.

The world lost a great human being and Kansas City lost a great ambassador! Mr. Kissick will truly be missed, but one thing is certain, his LIFE, and now his LEGACY has been a blessing from God to us ALL!!!

Thank you Mr. Kissick, yes it’s still Mr. Kissick no matter how many times you told me to call you Jim!!!