Richard Edward Koenig

December 25, 1957October 15, 2020

Richard Edward Koenig “Rick,” age 62 of Leawood, KS, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on Thursday October 15, 2020.

Rick was born on December 25, 1957 in Independence, Iowa to Clem and Hope Koenig. He was a 1976 graduate of Chillicothe High School. He went on to pursue a degree in Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri – Columbia. He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity while at Mizzou. After undergraduate studies, Rick completed his Juris Doctorate at the University of Tulsa School of Law. That is where he met his wife of 36 years, Catherine (Witterholt) “Kate.” Kate and Rick settled in Sedalia, Missouri where Rick had a thriving law practice for 23 years. Rick’s sense of humor and smile were contagious. He set an example of a strong work ethic and determination. On January 11, 2020 Rick suffered from a spinal cord injury. His dedication and resolve for hard work continued throughout the course of his injury complications. He was a selfless man and always put others first. He continuously gave back to the community and any one in need. He was passionate about the environment and Native American artifacts. He spent much of his free time collecting and studying artifacts. He enjoyed hunting and fishing at his farm, being with his pugs and his 5 grandchildren. When he was with his grandkids you would always find him on the floor playing barbies, dinosaurs, super heroes or trains.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clem and Hope Koenig. He is survived by his wife Kate, son Gabe and his wife Jess of Franklin, Indiana, daughter Anna and husband Rigo Ramirez of Overland Park, KS, and son Edward and Katie Grunik of Colorado Springs, CO. He is also survived by his sister Julie Cooper of Columbia, MO and brother Mike Koenig of Cameron, MO. He is deeply missed by his 5 grandkids – Gaby, Eddie, Veronica, Connor and James Elliott.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bishop Sullivan Center at the website: or by mail 6435 Truman Road Kansas City, MO 64126.


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Patricia Lonardo

October 25, 2020

Rick was a year ahead of me. Our families have a long history...between going to St. Columban's, my working two summers at U of Mo Extension with his dad, and my mom working for his mom at her dress shop, it seemed we knew each other forever. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a great guy. My love and prayers are with all of you.
Pat (Bonderer) Lonardo

Jack Menges

October 25, 2020

I worked at Open Door Service Center next door to Rick’s office.
In the winter when it would snow he won’t get there early clean his sidewalk and clear from our door to the street.
He helped many very quietly.

Ashley Goodman

October 22, 2020

Kate and Family, So very sorry to hear about your loss. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

From your friends at the Sedalia UPS Store
Mark, Shan & Ashley

Sherry Sumner

October 22, 2020

Dear Kate,
My sympathy and prayers go out to you and your family. May your many good memories of Rick come to mind often and remind you of all the happy times that you had together. I am sorry for your loss.

cindy cramer

October 21, 2020

May calm be his sleep, and sweet his rest. Cindy Cramer

Mike and Charli Ackerman

October 20, 2020

Kate and family,
Much love, hugs, prayers and comfort.
Rick helped us with an injury claim many many years ago and did a wonderful job. We will always remember him as kind, soft spoken but fierce for justice.
God's Peace.
Mike and Charli Ackerman

Richard Bahner

October 20, 2020

Our prayers and sympathies go out to Kate and the kids. We are deeply saddened by Rick's passing. We have many good memories that we shall carry always.

Susan Mergen

October 19, 2020

My deepest sympathies to Kate and the family.

Charles Ruppel

October 17, 2020

Rick was a fine Eagle Scout in Scout Troop 121 in Chillicothe, Mo. He was also a member of the Tribe of Micosay. I was proud to be his Scoutmaster and good friend. And he sure did love to do bead work on a haddle board. He will be missed by my Scouting family. My 2 sons new him and were also Eagle Scouts. Charlie

Sr. Kathleen Reichert

October 17, 2020

Rick was an 8th grade student my first year as principal of Bishop Hogan in Chillicothe, MO. You might say they began my training as principal, and oh what a year it was! I will always remember him and his other strong, smart and ornery classmates! I know he will be missed. My prayers and the prayers of our sisters are with his family.


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