Terrence Patrick Duggins

September 22, 1935June 8, 2021

Terrence Patrick Duggins 85 of Independence, MO passed peacefully in his sleep on June 8, 2021.

Terry was born in Independence MO on September 22, 1935 to Carrol Joseph Duggins and Eva Agnes Murphy Duggins. He attended St. Mary’s College (Missouri) prior to sharing the joy of having 4 strong willed Irish children that mirrored his stubborn ways and sense of humor. Terry served 4 years in the Marine Corps Reserve during the Korean War. He sold pharmaceuticals for many years then designed and built homes, was an auctioneer and a mortgage broker. He made the front page of the KC Star by auctioning off the entire town of Podunk Center, Iowa. Terry’s sense of adventure didn’t end there…

He met the love of his life Martha Sue Nichols, and they were married in 1977 and began of a life of love and adventure. The two to relocated to Minneapolis, MN in the early 80’s. An avid outdoorsman, he loved hunting and fishing with his father and his son. Being an entrepreneur at heart, he owned a ranch in California, invented and patented the Rhino Punch Press in 2002 which led him to his Irish roots where he began partnerships with punch press companies in Ireland. At 58, he chose to become a Criminal Defense Attorney so he returned to college and attended the University of Minnesota. He graduated two years later at the University’s 100th anniversary as the oldest graduate ever!

Oh but wait.. He is not one to settle, so on to William Mitchell College of Law where he received his JD in just over 2 years. He passed the Minnesota Bar in 2002 and started the Duggins Law Firm LLC and pursued justice for all for the next 18 years. He was recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the country for 2013, 2014 and 2015 and was named Attorney Of The Year for 2021. Terry returned to Independence, MO after Martha Sue passed in December 2019 and enjoyed time with family, friends and BBQ – lots of BBQ!

Terry is survived by children; Mary Lu Ragar (Bob), Thomas Joseph Duggins, Kathleen Brown (Curtis), and Eileen Fields (Jim). Seven grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, one sister, Patricia Walcott and the Walcott tribe of Independence. He is preceded in death by his loving wife Martha Sue Duggins

Celebration of Life 2:00 to 4:00pm, Tuesday June 15, 2021 at McGilley & Shiel Funeral Home (11924 E 47th Street, K.C. MO 64133). Reception to follow at the Moose Lodge (2537 Blue Ridge Blvd KC, MO 64129).


  • Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, June 15, 2021


Terrence Patrick Duggins

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Errin Stowell

June 24, 2021

I was so very sorry to hear about Terry's passing. Terry Duggins was a mentor to me and helped me get my law firm started during some pretty lean times in Minnesota. I'll never forget his kindness and good humor. He was a joy to be around and I'm a better person and better attorney for having known him. I knew his devoted wife, Martha, as well and they were both so very wonderful. Terry helped many people during his legal career, often at severely discounted rates. He was a gentleman and a tremendously generous human being. The world needs more people like Terry, but I can understand why God wanted him back.

Richard Dahl

June 14, 2021

I knew Terry as a fellow attorney. He was as good a friend as he was a fellow attorney. He almost always had good advice on how to handle a criminal matter. I will miss his fun cheerful personality and his good heart. I know that he is now reunited with his lovely wife whom I know that he loved dearly. Rest in peace my loyal friend. I wish all of Terry's family and friends my sincere condolences at his passing.

Richard Dahl