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Stanley Allen Reigel

January 29, 1943October 16, 2020

Stanley Allen Reigel January 29, 1943 - October 16, 2020

Stan Reigel, 77, passed away Friday, October 16, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri due to complications following a surgical procedure. He was born January 29, 1943 to George and Dorothy Reigel in Louisville, Kentucky. Stan went on to earn his B.S. and Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louisville, Masters in Environmental Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri, KC. He was intellectually gifted and received many prestigious honors and awards. He chose to begin his distinguished careers at American Air Filter, then moved on to Standard Havens. It was at this time he switched career paths from Engineering to practicing law at Morrison & Hecker (now Stinson) in Kansas City. He knew he had found the best and most talented partners and law firm to work with. Into retirement, he continued to enjoy conversation and fellowship at their luncheons.

On April 20, 1968 he was united in marriage to the love of his life Sandra Gower after having been introduced by Sandy’s sister Pat Reinhart and Pat’s husband Greg. Stan and Sandy went on to have two daughters Melissa Schmidt (Brian) and Amanda Parr (Kerry). One of his greatest sources of pride was being "PaPa" to his three grandchildren Haden, Bennett and Logan Schmidt. He took great joy in fishing with them and spending time at the lake together. Stan could often be heard bragging about their academic accomplishments. Listening to them play their instruments was a tremendous source of pride for him, as well.

His dedication and resolve for hard work continued throughout the course of his life, but he also loved to travel and have fun. He would often speak of the value of friendship and how he treasured the people in his close circle of friends. Stan and Sandy loved to travel with their lifelong friends and family and would often go on cruises to see the world together. Trips to Canada and Hawaii were among his favorites. Sometimes his joy would be found in the simple pleasure of spending time on his friend's farm or land and enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. Every year he looked forward to celebrating New Year’s Eve in black tie with the people he liked to party with best. After fun times in Las Vegas, he could be quoted reminding us all, "What happens in Vegas...stays in Vegas". He loved to indulge in rich foods and some would consider his tastes to be adventurous! He also enjoyed southern comfort food, especially meals spent by the Ohio River at the King Fish celebrating with family.

Stan had a great sense of humor and nothing brought him joy and laughter quite like spending time with his sisters Pam Glotzbach (Bernie), Cheri Volpert (John), and the late Betty Hall (Miles). Many hours were spent together reliving family memories long into the night with the backdrop of a little rock-n-roll music supplied by his brother-in-law's extensive collection.

Stan could also often be found golfing at Blue Hills Country Club, reading, gardening, baking or cheering on his favorite teams. He especially enjoyed rooting for the Royals baseball team or KU Jayhawks basketball. The family always came together to enjoy food for the holidays. He often baked with his daughters. Among our favorites were his cinnamon buns, Easter Bread, flourless chocolate torte, Apple Dumplings, Flower Pot Bread, and his famous Steak Pot Pie. We will miss the chance to win "anything our hearts desire" when playing his favorite game: Three Questions.

Stan is survived by his loving wife Sandy, daughters Melissa Schmidt (Brian) and Amanda Parr (Kerry), and his sisters Pam Glotzbach (Bernie) and Cheri Volpert (John). A private Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas More Church on Friday, October 23rd at 10:30 am. The service will be live-streamed at https://facebook.com/116568315070671. A celebration of his life will follow this spring.

Nightsville Stan!

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Dennis Wright

October 28, 2020

I got to know Stan as his friend and law firm partner. We spent a lot of time traveling together talking about things big and small. Stan would stand by his friends. Years ago I required extensive care at home after a hospitalization. To my great comfort, Stan would come by at home and sit with me while I nodded off and on. I’m sure it was boring but Stan did it anyway. Stan was a smart guy and a good guy.

Darlys Dennert

October 23, 2020

Stan had a great sense of humor. I have many fun memories of him during our time with the Firm. I especially enjoyed visiting with him during the partner lunches we shared after our retirements. We both love those Jayhawks!!

Phyllis and Kent Sullivan

October 23, 2020

Stan was a brilliant lawyer, but more importantly, a man of good humor and a friend to all. Who else do we know that fought Cassius Clay? He was most proud of his family, Sandy, Melissa, Amanda and their spouses and children. It has been our privilege to spend many New Year's Eves with a special group of friends enjoying amazing food, drink, games and laughter. That event will not be the same with an empty chair this year. We will miss you dear friend and our hearts go out to your friends and family.
Love,
Phyllis and Kent Sullivan

Karl Zetmeir

October 22, 2020

Dear Sandy ...

My sincere condolences for your loss.

I have nothing but fond memories of when we were exploring all of Kansas City's restaurants together.

Stan certainly emboldened a Life well Lived!

Karl Zetmeir

Meredith Kirby (Gardner)

October 21, 2020

I've been trying to remember my first memory of Mr. Reigel. I think I was around 9 years old when he first let my siblings and me attempt "Three Questions" at Christmas. I remember thinking, we can do this! It's hard to believe we won't get the chance to compete for "anything our heart's desire" this year and beyond. I know Sandy was nervous more than once that we got close! See pictures of some attempts.

Stan was fascinating and so gifted - I will never forget the sound of his voice...even though it was used for purposes to trick me as a kid. He and his wonderful daughters helped make Santa and the elves a very real experience for us.

We spent many an Easter celebrating with the Reigel family and many family dinners were shared. His pot pie is truly amazing and he has very discerning tastes - still use his restaurant recommendations! His friendship with my dad was a special and wonderful bond and we will all miss him so.

We already miss you so much and feel your absence in this world. Sandy, Missy and Manda, heartbroken for you all and sending love your way.

David Tripp

October 21, 2020

To Sandy, Amanda, Melissa, and all family and friends, my condolences on the loss of a wonderful husband, father, relative and friend. Stan had many lovable characteristics and we share in the knowledge the world has lost a rare human being.
To say Stan had a zest for life is an understatement. His midlife conversion from a successful science and engineering career to an accomplished legal career, led to becoming a respected leader in the Kansas City Environmental Law bar. In 2002 our professional lives were joined at the hip when our law firms merged. We worked happily side-by-side until his retirement.
Stan unfolded the amazing scope of his expertise and accumulated experience to solve complex legal issues. He was revered by his clients and served them well. While we stood together on the 8th level of a gigantic power plant and looked out at our client's massive coal pile which fueled it, Stan pronounced "This process is like burning dirt, and it cannot stand. They need to settle." Later, in a presentation to a large audience on litigation against coal-fired plants, Stan said "These cases will end up in the Supreme Court."
He was right on both counts, and his clients were well served.
Stan's zest for life was equally strong when it came to food and wine. Our first strategy meeting following our firm merger was at Morrison Hecker. Stan sat the two of us a table with 2 legal pads, 2 pencils and the biggest pizza ever seen. A Double Supreme from D'Bronx. I remarked there would be lots of left-overs. Stan stared at me like I had said a bad word and shook his head "No." There were none.
Lidia's Italian Restaurant was close to our office. Sometimes it was Lidia's 2 or 3 times a week. Stan bought most of Lidia's cook books and could recite recipes. Chubby's on Main, Arthur Bryant's BBQ, the Chinese Buffet on Westport Road, the Thai Palace on 39th all filled the gaps.
There are many more vivid memories and I miss Stan. Hope we can all share more stories soon!

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Michael Pateidl

October 20, 2020

Stan Reigel was a role model for me growing up. Kind, loving, generous, and everything else a good man should be.

I’m forever grateful for the love and compassion Stan and the rest of the Reigel family has given to me and my family for all these years.

God bless Stan and God bless the Reigel family.

FROM THE FAMILY

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