OBITUARY

Andrew Hector Reyes

June 15, 1980July 17, 2021

Andrew Hector Reyes, age 41, of Overland Park, Kansas passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Andrew was born June 15, 1980 in Smithville, MO. Andrew, or “Drew” was the second born son of Damian Reyes and Rosa Noyola. Ultimately, Andrew would wind up the second of six boys. His brothers Damian, Luke, Simon, Jacob and Thomas were the light of his life and he relished growing up in the busy home that was his.

As a small child, it was easy to see that Andrew had an affinity to attract others. His positive attitude, radiant smile and relentless sense of humor brought joy to everyone around him. Beginning with his family, he would constantly make his brothers, cousins and other family members laugh hysterically. We could always depend on Drew to make us happy. No matter what.

As he grew in his adolescent and teenage years, his natural ability to make people laugh grew as well. Quick-wit and ability to find hilarity in any situation were hallmarks of Drew’s humor. This talent coupled with a developing self-awareness and emotional intelligence helped foster so many beautiful friendships for him.

Following graduation from Bishop Miege high school, God granted Andrew a calling that he would fall in love with. He was able to secure a highly competitive position as an anesthesia technician for Children’s Mercy Hospital. And, he loved working there. Sure he was proud of the job. But he loved working with children; and the kids seemed to love the big kid in him too. His kind heart and gentle spirit were perfect qualities for this mission. Later, he would use the training and experience to land similar positions within operating rooms around the city.

If you knew Andrew, you also know that he loved his sports. I mean really loved his sports. He was a die- hard Mizzou and Chiefs fan and he would defend those teams to the end. Win or lose. No matter what. You were not winning an argument or swaying his mind. He was loyal that way.

You also know that Drew didn’t just love cheering and watching sports. He loved, loved, loved to play them as well. Especially as a kid. He would spend hours and hours outside, in the comforting neighborhood of Westport playing basketball, baseball, football- it didn’t matter. At the “Red Church”, GA parking lot, or some random field somewhere behind an apartment complex. He just loved playing. His true love though was basketball. As an atypical short-stuff guard, he possessed an uncanny ability to hit 3s- right in your face! He didn’t care if you were taller than him or not. He’d pull up and knock it down. His freshman coach once said he was the best shooter who never got the chance to play Varsity. Stories vary but I personally witnessed a game where he made 9 threes!

More than anything, Andrew loved life and everything that it brought. I mean everything. He would dance his little dances, jam out to his favorite songs on repeat, walk and run at the park because he loved nature and being around people. He loved attending Catholic Mass and the listening to the stories of the Bible. He loved being around friends. Loved his family. He was proud of his Mexican heritage and would balance that with his love to be an American. It was all love, all the time for Drew.

There are so many stories unwritten. Stories that can only be told word of mouth. Stories about Drew that will last a lifetime. This is the way he lives on through us.

Toward the end he loved watching video clips of old movies. I think in final that he wouldn’t mind leaving you with one of his favorite movie lines. One he’d watch over and over recently.

“Remember, my sentimental friend, that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others” – The Wizard of Oz

A visitation for Andrew will be held Wednesday, July 28, 2021 from 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM at Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 7023 W. 71st Street, Overland Park, KS 66204. A rosary service will occur Wednesday, July 28, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 10:15 AM, 7023 W. 71st Street, Overland Park, KS 66204. A Mass of Christian Burial will occur Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 10:30 AM at Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 7023 W. 71st Street, Overland Park, KS 66204. The committal service will occur immediately following the Mass on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, 8321 Quivira Road, Lenexa, KS 66215.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.mcgilleyhoge.com for the Reyes family.

Services

28 July

Visitation

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church

7023 W. 71st Street
Overland Park, KS 66204

28 July

Rosary Service

10:00 am

Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church

7023 W. 71st Street
Overland Park, Kansas 66204

28 July

Mass of Christian Burial

10:30 am

Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church

7023 W. 71st Street
Overland Park, Kansas 66204

28 July

Committal Service

Resurrection Catholic Cemetery

8321 Quivira Road
Lenexa, Kansas 66215

Memories

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Debra Roa-Rufo

July 25, 2021

Our condolences to you and your family, what beautiful tributes to your son and speaks of you as well Cuz.

Laura May

July 22, 2021

Prayers are with your family,

Andrew "Drew" was always smiling and happy at Children's Mercy. Please take comfort in knowing he was well admired and loved by us all.

Prayers of comfort during this loss. May the grace and love of God bring you comfort.

Jesse and Rebecca Flores

July 22, 2021

The loss of someone dear to us is never easy.
Words may not suffice to express the heartfelt sorrow we feel inside for the loss of someone very special to us.
Andrew will forever remain in our hearts and continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
In this sorrowful time we would like to extend our sincere condolences to his father Damian, his mother Rosa, and to his brothers Damian, Luke, Simon, Jacob and Thomas.

Jesse, Rebecca, Stephen, Kim and David Flores and family.

Andrea Klayton (Lucas)

July 21, 2021

I knew Andrew growing up as kids. We went to the same school Guardian Angels. I really got to know him in the summer of 91 during Parks and Recreation behind the school. I remember him being funny, and active. He was great at basketball and always jumped in when we played music on the playground and danced...us young ladies on the playground always showed him different dances. He was trooper. I moved to New Hampshire for 20 years and came back in 2015. I started at Saint Luke's. One afternoon to my surprise I ran into him in the cafeteria. I called out to him, he turned around and before I could say anything he gave me a huge hug. That smile was incredible. Last time I saw him was at work...he asked me how I was, and I said I was having an off day. Then he said to me...every day we wake up it's a new chance to start over. I think about that all the time. Its amazing how a person can leave an impression on your heart. I will always remember that. Thank you Andrew.

Joanna Zaldivar

July 21, 2021

Joanna Zaldivar

July 21, 2021

Joanna Zaldivar

July 21, 2021

My best memories of Andrew are when we were all young. We had a tight group of cousins and we were all the same age so we bonded over Mutual things in common. I also spent a lot of time with Andrew and my 20s we had a lot of Mutual friends and saw each other quite often just by chance while we were out. But no matter what when Andrew was around we would always end up sitting down talking and laughing. He tell me some stories that were just hilarious. I’m so glad I got to spend time with him before he passed. I will always be grateful for that. His light will be greatly missed. But I’m glad he will be in peace with our heavenly father now.

Maureen Shaw

July 21, 2021

A couple summers ago I was able to really get to know Andrew pretty well. I was visiting my son Rory and his family and Andrew and his mom Rosa were visiting next-door with hisTia Sara and Tio Pepe’ who was also his Godfather. We were visiting on and off over a period of a few days and on one those days I told him about a movie called “ Astral City” which is a very spiritual movie about what happens to us after we pass. It’s a long movie and we watched every bit of it together with his mom and Tia Sara. After the movie we had deep discussions about our faith in God, spirituality and life in general. What I learned from spending that time with Andrew is what an incredibly kind and beautiful person he was. He told me how much he loved his family and his faith in God as well as how difficult his life journey was at times. I developed such a strong emotional bond with him and we must’ve had hugged a million times during and after our conversations. The last time I saw Andrew was at his Tio Pepe’s memorial service. He spoke a beautiful eulogy about him and I know how difficult it was for him. After the service, I was able to talk to him for a few minutes, and I told him what a beautiful job he did and how incredibly proud I was of him. I gave him a hug and a kiss and that was the last time I saw him. My memory of Andrew will be what a beautiful, intelligent and kind soul he was and I hope everyone that knows him is blessed with the same memories.
God Speed sweet Andrew💙

Jesse Ibarra III

July 20, 2021

You DID do it! You DID provide Experience, Strength & HOPE to many! Your story WILL help others! I LOVE YOU CUZ! Besos y AMEN

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