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McGilley & Hoge Johnson County Memorial Chapel

8024 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS

OBITUARY

Donald Eugene Urich

October 24, 1932March 1, 2020

Donald Eugene Urich, 87, of Overland Park, KS, passed away on March 1, 2020 in the comfort of his home from a courageous battle with lung cancer. Visitation will be from 10:00 am – 11:00 am on Friday March 6th at Bethany Lutheran Church, 9101 Lamar Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66207. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 am. There will be a private ceremony at Johnson County Memorial Gardens at a later time. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Korean War Veterans Association and Bethany Lutheran Church in his name.

Don was born on October 24th, 1932 in Kansas City, MO. He graduated from Shawnee Mission High School in 1951. After high school, Don joined the Army and proudly served in the Korean War as a Staff Sargent in the 7th Division Motor Pool Maintenance. Post military, he attended Stevenson Autobody School and began his career in the automotive industry spanning 40 plus years. Don retired in November 2005 and spent his days “piddling” in the garage and back yard shed, playing MacGyver and fixing anything that was broken, becoming an active member in the Korean War Veterans Association, and spending quality time with the love of his life, Mary Lou. From the New Dinner Theater, to the Casinos, to breakfast with “the group”, enjoying numerous McKenzie bus tours to just simply enjoying each other’s company, their love for one another was one for the storybooks. Their faith has always been an important part of their life together as well and they are charter members of Bethany Lutheran Church.

There are many words to describe Don: caring, calm, cool, collected, gentle, witty, charming, handsome, ornery, courteous, respectful, loving, honorable and patriotic to name a few. One thing is certain: you left a conversation with Don Urich feeling happier. He had that affect. Don, you will be missed by many. Memories of you will be cherished forever!

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Urich and Marie Ussery and his brother, Dale Urich.

Don is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Urich; children, Donna McDaniel (Richard) of Ozawkie, KS, Debbie Rose (Don) of Olathe, KS and Doug Urich (Shani) of Overland Park, KS; in addition to 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Condolences may be left for the familiy online at www.mcgilleyhoge.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Albert Urich, Father (deceased)
  • Marie Ussery Urich, Mother (deceased)
  • Dale Urich, Brother (deceased)
  • Mary Lou Kent Urich, Wife
  • Donna McDaniel (Richard), Daughter
  • Debbie Rose (Don), Daughter
  • Doug Urich (Shani), Son
  • Don is also survived by9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
  • DONATIONS

  • Korean War Veterans Association #181
  • Bethany Lutheran Church

Services

  • Visitation Friday, March 6, 2020
  • Memorial Service Friday, March 6, 2020

Memories

Donald Eugene Urich

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Carol Reese Kelly

March 5, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss of a great man. Mr. Urich was a fantastic neighbor! He was always there when most needed. I will always be grateful when as an eight year old he took me up to his house after my family had a house fire. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Your Foster Lane neighbors, The Reese Family.

Joann Turner

March 4, 2020

Mary Lou and the Urich Family,
So very sorry to read of your loss, my prayers for God to give you strength at this very saddened time. May your fond memories of Don bring you comfort.

Your Friend,
Joann Turner

Judy Elliott

March 4, 2020

Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. Don & I worked in the car business & shared many memories of the “old days”. He was a joy to be around & truly will be missed. Just had knee replacement surgery, so unfortunately, will not be able to attend visitation or service. My thoughts & prayers are with MaryLou & the family

Pamela Treakle

March 3, 2020

He will always be in my memories as a cherished neighbor of my parents since before I was born. I’ll never forget how he took care of me after I was hit by a car as a little girl, until the authorities could get there. He will always be thought of fondly and my heart goes out to his friends and family. Take care.

Sharon Young

March 3, 2020

Our Foster Lane neighbors always used to have a lot of laughs together for over 50 years. As we have aged the togetherness has waned but memories are still with us. It is sad to lose a neighbor but we don’t forget. Bless the family. Sharon

Dennis & Karen Miller

March 2, 2020

Dennis and I are sorry for your loss. Don was one of the sweetest, caring men I had ever met. He will be missed by all. The entire Urich family is in our thoughts and prayers .

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY