In Memory

Lawrence McAnany


January 25, 1954 ~ January 23, 2016




Larry McAnany died unexpectedly at home on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. He was 61 years old. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary, of Kansas City, daughter, Erin, son, Elliott, Mother, Beatriz McAnany, brothers Dick (Joanie), of Boston, MA, Pat (Mel), Phil (Barb), Tim (Alesia), and Paul McAnany, and sisters Betsy (Roger) Vossman and Stephanie (Hal) Boyles, all of Shawnee, KS, and many adoring nieces, nephews and friends from all walks of life. He also leaves behind Nick, Joe, and Stephanie DeCamp, Mary's children, who were like children of his own. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard S McAnany Larry was born on Jan. 25, 1954, in Kansas City, MO, to Beatriz and Richard McAnany. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1973, Rockhurst College afterward, and then from The Art Institute of Kansas City with a degree in Fine Arts. He married Mary DeCamp in 2011 after 6 years of courtship. They built their wonderful home in Kansas City, Missouri where they spent many joyful holidays with their children. Larry was an accomplished artist and painter, who was well known and represented in the art community in Kansas City. He was invited to exhibitions in Japan and Italy, where his paintings were warmly received. His works were shown in Boston, San Francisco and many other cities throughout the U.S. Larry was a kind-hearted individual who loved his family immensely, particularly the apple of his eyes, his children Erin and Elliott. He was a passionate father and traveler, and loved to take road trips across country, fly to regions all over the world, hike and explore, and take in the many cultures and sites of the world. But more than anywhere, Mexico lived in Larry's heart and mind. He spent a great deal of his childhood there with his mother's family, and returned as often as he could throughout his adult life. Everywhere Larry went, he made friends. He was a kind, gentle and fun-loving person in his health. His love of knowledge and curiosity were constant, and he read everything from nonfiction and novels to the New York Times and the KC Star. Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. on Friday, January 29th, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Shawnee, and a funeral mass immediately following at 11:00 a.m. Father Mike will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Larry's life. The family would like to thank everyone for all of their love and support. (Condolences may be expressed at: Arrangements: Porter Funeral Homes & Crematory, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, KS (913) 438- 6444) Porter Funeral Homes and Crematory


Published in Kansas City Star on Jan. 28, 2016


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12/15/16 11:57 AM #1    

Ronald Poplau

Death never comes at a good time.  It is especially significant when the deceased was a member of the Shawnee Mission  Northwest High School.  He had much talent and possessed a very questionning mind.  I taught at Northwest since its very beginning so we were mutally part of that fantastic school.  My prayers for him and his suvivors.  The Doer of Good becomes good.

12/16/16 11:33 AM #2    

Marius Starkey

Larry and I had many adventures together, exhibitions in Japan, president, vice president of the Kansas City Artist Coalition, and more. He changed my life with his fearless way of traveling and making art. He will be missed in this world but his zest for life will continue with all the people he touched. 

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