Gerald W. Vidan, D.D.S.

Gerald W. Vidan, D.D.S., 50, of Eudora passed away on July 3, 2019 at his home.

Gerald was born May 22, 1969 in Granite City, IL, the son of Walter Charles and Janet Kay (Line) Vidan. He was raised in Little Rock, Arkansas and Overland Park, Kansas.

He completed his Bachelor’s degree and Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Missouri Kansas City. After completing his degrees, he started his first assignment as the dentist at the Federal Correctional Institution Lompoc in Lompoc, California. After five years, he started his own private practice in Eudora, Kansas. Upon returning to Kansas he became a beloved member of multiple communities, strengthening the bonds and faith of those at Bethany Lutheran Church. Before moving back to Kansas he was a young elder for the church. Jerry played many roles at Bethany from digging deep into faith to simply washing the dishes. His heart was filled with the desire of the outdoors. From the top of Colorado’s 14ers to the shores of Kansas’ lakes he was always active. Jerry loved to bike, climb, run, kite board, orienteer, and the list goes on. However, for him all was second compared to the love he had for the Lord and his family.

He married Gina Hahn on June 25, 1994 in Kansas City, MO. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his son, Christian and daughter, Alexandria both of the home; parents, Walter and Janet Vidan, East Highland Ranch, California; sister, Kristi (Vidan) Rowan and Todd Rowan, California; sister, Kay Vidan, Wichita, KS; and nieces and nephews, Ryan, Spencer, Nicholas, Ricky, Brittany and Zachary.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 12, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Warren-McElwain Mortuary – Eudora Chapel 1003 John L. Williams Dr. in Eudora.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Bethany Lutheran Church 9101 Lamar Ave, Overland Park, KS. Burial will follow at Eudora Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Gerald’s memory to Gina Vidan to further his children’s education and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

71 Condolences

  1. Sean Fay on July 9, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Godspeed my friend. You were the best friend anyone could ever ask for in this life, even during the many times I didn’t deserve that. Thank you for everything.

  2. Robin Starling on July 9, 2019 at 9:57 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of sorrow. He will be greatly missed by many.

  3. Jill Freisberg on July 9, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Amazing man who will be missed immensely! He was a fabulous dentist who my family & I adored. Sending love & hugs to his family & staff.

  4. Rebecca Yother Shockley on July 9, 2019 at 10:21 am

    So sorry to hear this terrible news. My prayers for his family. He was a great guy and a wonderful dentist! I will miss seeing his smiling face! He was so wonderful to my Mom during her sickness and would come and visit her which was the highlight of her week!

  5. Brandi McNish on July 9, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Vidan family, friends and staff,
    So very sorry to hear this horrific news.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  6. Cindy Baethke on July 9, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Dr. Vidan was such a wonderful guy. He made going to the Dentist so comfortable. It was like visiting a friend. I will miss him so very, very MUCH! Rest in peace Doc. Prayers to your family.

  7. Suzanne, Cooper’s Mom on July 9, 2019 at 10:29 am

    This is such a loss for the EUDORA community. My kiddos all went to Doc for their dental needs. He had a special way with my son Cooper. He allowed Coop his quirks and found a way to connect with him. Cooper will feel the loss of Doc for a long time and will process in his own way. Thank you Doc for being kind to our family and I pray your family finds the same kindness from the Community you served!

  8. Pamela Longacre on July 9, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Totally heartbroken. Such a tragedy. Eudora has lost a wonderful dentist and friend. Praying for peace and comfort for his family and also his work family, Amanda, Debbie and Bailey.

  9. Cynthea Lavery on July 9, 2019 at 10:49 am

    I have no words to express the tragedy of this loss. Prayers to the family, friends, and staff. Doc will be truly missed by so many.

  10. Patrick Jankowski on July 9, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Our heartfelt condolences from Dr. Jankowski and Jayhawk Dental to the Vidan family and staff. Dr. Vidan was always a pleasure to talk to and work with he will be missed by our profession.

  11. Shaun & Kathy Huffman on July 9, 2019 at 11:15 am

    My heart goes out to his family and entire staff. This is such heartbreaking news I never met such an amazing dentist who was more gentle and comfortable then Dr. Vidan. He always had a smile on his face the community lost a wonderful man. God bless his family and heaven gained a wonderful angel.

  12. Cheryl LaFrenz on July 9, 2019 at 11:18 am

    I am just shocked to hear this. Dr Vidan was such a wonderful person. He is definitely going to be missed. Our condolences to his family and staff. Prayers to all.

  13. Kim and Mark Lauber on July 9, 2019 at 11:25 am

    This was such a terrible loss. Dr. Vidan was an amazing man. He always made you very comfortable in that chair. He will be so missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

  14. Heather Akers on July 9, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Our Condolences from the Akers Family. He was best dentist! Caring and always so wonderful with my kids. Prayers for his family and friends. He will be greatly missed!

  15. Sue Cooper on July 9, 2019 at 11:50 am

    My heart breaks for all that loved him. He was so kind, gentle, through & soft spoken. My grandkids loved going to him. This is how kind he was, my elderly sister was in the hospital & the staff threw her false teeth in the trash by accident. She hated people seeing her without them. We called Debbie to see about getting an impression made so a friend of mine (a dental tech) could make her new ones. Dr Vidan & Debbie came to her house that afternoon and made the impression. I’m sure he’s the only dentist that would make a house call. Wishing his loved ones Peace, Love & Strength. Sue, Tim, Zach & Kyle Cooper

  16. Shannon E Sewell on July 9, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Oh my you have been a wonderful dentist to my children.
    You will be missed

  17. Hillary, Calee and Sage on July 9, 2019 at 11:55 am

    So sorry for your loss. He was amazing Dentist and made his patients feel comfortable. He will be greatly missed by everyone.

  18. The Blaisdell Family on July 9, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    So very sad…Dr. Vidan was one of the best dentists my family had ever been too!! Condolences to his family!

  19. Kathleen Chronister on July 9, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to this awesome man we all know as a dentist family.We all know Dr Vidan as our dentist but he always made you feel welcome and like family congratulations to my daughter for with the birth of her twin girls always joking you know Gerald is a awesome name when he found out she was pregnant so we all lol cause that is my dads name and he said like your mom would love that one even though we knew him as a Dentist we have lost a great friend rest easy my friend that made us all smile you will truly be missed a bunch by my family and a small town called Eudora

  20. Amber Grant on July 9, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. He was such a great guy, always upbeat when I saw him in the office. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  21. Diana Evans on July 9, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    It takes alot for my special needs son to trust anyone. He found trust in Dr Vidan. Dr Vidan always had a smile, would crack jokes, and made my boys feel at ease every single time we visited his office. My heart sank upon hearing this news. Eudora lost an amazing Dentist. The world lost an amazing man. My thoughts and prayers go to his family.

  22. Lee Trimble on July 9, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Omg i don’t know what to say. My heart broke when I do this! I loved Jerry! He would walk in the room and his smile would light up the room! He was my families dentist and was amazing!!!! I am so sorry for your loss Gina! He will be missed! He was an amazing guy!

  23. Deborah Davis on July 9, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    What a wonderful man, always smiling and full of joy, only knew him as my dentist, very kind..

  24. Anonymous on July 9, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Amazing Man. Always seen him smiling. I hear stories if he he worked patients in and sponsored charities. Just heartbroken to hear the news. If we can take anything its seeing him smiling all over town and just an exceptionally kind person he was. Our thoughts and prayers to his family at this time. We will surely miss his smiling presence in Eudora.

  25. Anonymous on July 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Amazing Man. Always seen him smiling. I hear stories of how he worked patients in and sponsored charities. Just heartbroken to hear the news. If we can take anything its seeing him smiling all over town and just an exceptionally kind person he was. Our thoughts and prayers to his family at this time. We will surely miss his smiling presence in Eudora.

  26. Anonymous on July 9, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Amazing Man. Always seen him smiling. I hear stories of how he worked patients in and sponsored charities. Just heartbroken to hear the news. If we can take anything its seeing him smiling all over town and just the exceptionally kind person he was. Our thoughts and prayers to his family at this time. We will surely miss his smiling presence in Eudora.

  27. Lou Ferguson on July 9, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    So sorry for your loss and mine as a patient..he was a very nice man and was great when he fixed my granddaughters broken front teeth, they were beautiful and no one would ever know how bad they were. I know I will miss him but not half as much as his family again so very sorry for your loss. Prayers

  28. Woodward's on July 9, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    We are so sorry to here this. He was such a kind man. Your in iur thoughts and prayers .

  29. Carol J Wilcox on July 9, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Our thoughts are with the family. He was a great dentist.
    Always tried to help in any way. He was our dentist and always did a wonderful job.
    I had been a patient for a few years,and I know he was always upbeat and he had a smile on his face when he greeted you.
    Prayers to his family. He will be missed.
    Ruth Schneider
    Carol Wilcox

  30. Addison on July 9, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    I’m so shocked in finding out this heart-wrenching news today. Dr. Vidan will be so terribly missed. I hope that family and friends can find the peace they need during this difficult time. He was a fantastic dentist, and I will miss seeing him during my 6 month dental cleanings. It won’t be the same without him! R.I.P Dr. Vidan!

  31. Kathy Wilson on July 9, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    We were lucky to have Dr Vidan in our community a long as we did. I will remember his smile, humor and laughter. Thoughts and prayers for his family as well as his work family.

  32. Robyn Peterson on July 9, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Dr. Vidan was an amazing dentist and such a kind man! Our dearest condolences to his family and dental staff. He will truly be missed in our community.

  33. Heather Abernathy on July 9, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    My deepest sympathies to his family and staff. He was the best dentist I have ever gone to, always smiling and happy and never would force any dental work unless it was absolutely needed. We will miss him terribly and pray for some peace for his family, staff and friends.

  34. Delores Stiffler on July 9, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    My heartfelt condolences to Dr Vidan’s family and staff. He was a great dentist and cured my fear of dentists with his gentle and pain free approach. This is a big loss for our community. Offering up prayers for his family.

  35. Lavon Gryska on July 9, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    I remember what a nice kid he was. My son Andy and Gerry worked so hard mowing lawns, to help pay their college fees.
    I’m just so sorry to hear of his passing at such a young age.
    Our sincere condolences to his family.
    Lavon & Bill Gryska

  36. Linda Scribner on July 9, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    My condolences to the Vidan family and dental staff. I am so sad. Eudora has lost a great dentist. Rest in peace, my friend.

  37. Rachael Steffen on July 9, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Words can not express the feelings of loss for Doc’s family, friends, work family, and the Eudora community. It wasn’t always an easy journey for me to go see any dentist, from a young age I became very fearful of going. However, from the first time I met this great man, he’d always make me feel as easy as possible. Usually by cracking some joke, while my mouth was wide open, and full of instruments, where I couldn’t laugh or say anything until he removed whatever was in the way of me being able to answer him. Many a time, Debbie, would tell me I should just bite him, which would maybe us all laugh. He’d then pull his face mask down, and with that ornery grin if his, make some other joke. It’ll not be the same with another dentist, he truly was one of a kind, and will be missed by all that knew him, and had the pleasure of him being in our lives. Rest in paradise Doc.

  38. LANORA E BROWN on July 9, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    You will be missed. My prayers for you and your family.

  39. Vickie & John Burggraf on July 10, 2019 at 12:04 am

    The world lost an incredible man but heaven gained one. Doc made everyone feel at ease. Even after moving to Ottawa we continued coming to him as patients. We just couldn’t imagine finding a better dentist. He will be missed by so many. So sorry for his families’ and his staff’s loss.

  40. Paula and Leona Mason on July 10, 2019 at 12:28 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  41. Gary Scott on July 10, 2019 at 10:48 am

    This amazingly patient dentist will be missed in Eudora. Remember the great memories, smiles, and comfort he shared with all. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

  42. Karen and David Brichoux on July 10, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    We were so sorry to see Dr. Vidan’s obituary in the LJW. What a wonderful, kind man and dentist. What a terrible loss for his family. We are thinking of you and hoping support and kindness will help you through this awful time.

  43. Terri Long on July 10, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Dr Vidan was the best! My family will miss him greatly. Condolences for his home family and work family. My son Christian cannot walk or talk and Dr Vidan always took extra time with him. One time Christian was running a fever for a couple of days and he finally pointed to his mouth when I asked him where he was hurting. I ran him over to the office and Dr Vidan came out to the van to look in his mouth…..he had an infected tooth. He never made it feel like Christian got any other treatment than any other patient did….but he did!!! So much so that sometimes when we would drive by his office Christian would point there and I would ask “What? You want to go to the dentist?” he would shake his head yes…..they didn’t care how long it too him to go thru the treasure chest finding that cool toy. We will miss him so much.

  44. Kirk Vincent on July 10, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    What a truly great individual. It was a pleasure to be counted as one of his friends.

  45. John Farrell on July 10, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    I had the pleasure to get to know Jerry (Dr. Vidan) many years ago. So sorry to hear about his passing! He was a great guy!

  46. Melissa Behrens on July 10, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    This is the saddest thing I’ve ever heard, he will be gravely missed by our family. He has been our family dentist for as long as I can remember and just recently started on the third generation my son and daughter. My thoughts and prayers to the staff and family. He was an amazing man.Funny, Talented and always took good care of us.

  47. Randy Killingsworth on July 10, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    Dr. Vidan was the best dentist I had in all My life! Very caring, polite, a wonderful Man! He is sorely missed! “Thank You Dr. Vidan for everything!
    Randy Killingsworth

  48. Beverly Cadue on July 10, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    My heart is heavy. He touched so my lives. He will be greatly missed by my entire family.
    My prayers to his family.

  49. Christine Hoang on July 10, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Our deepest condolences to the Vidan’s family and staff. Jerry was a very kind, caring friend and talented dentist. He will be greatly missed.

  50. Anna Cu on July 10, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Gerald was such a genuine, kindhearted man. He will be greatly missed. My family’s deepest condolences to Gina and the family.

  51. David Quigg on July 10, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    With deepest sympathy im very saddened by the passing of Jerry, he was such a inspiration im my teenage years . Very strong , very loving , very compassionate in everything he did , his ingenuity was out of this world from putting a sail on a skateboard to installing his cool stereo in his nissan to making his famous fried rice,and much much more. His standards and goals were always top notch . Such a heartbreaker . R.I.P. Jerry . Much love to all his Family.

  52. Robert J Steinlage on July 10, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    Bob Steinlage
    Condolences to the family and friends of Dr Vidan. He was a great neighbor and I enjoyed watching him with different projects. We will surely miss him .

  53. Viki Flessner on July 11, 2019 at 9:42 am

    I am in awe, but not surprised of the outpouring of love for Jerry. We have known him and his family for a long, long time. Our kids went to school together, we attended church together, but my favorite memories of our 4th of July celebrations at their home. Awesome food, great fireworks, and the best friends anyone could ever ask for! Jerry always made me laugh. I rarely saw him without a smile. My heart is heavy for a man who left us all too soon! Love you so much and I will be there for your beautiful family!

  54. Danielle R on July 11, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    You don’t have to know Dr. Vidan well to know that he was a compassionate, authentic and caring individual. It is apparent that he left a legacy, having made an impact on many. He was one of those honest, loving souls who made all those he interacted with feel safe and comfortable. He was perfect for his career as a dentist, since his presence was that of benevolence.

    Prayers, condolences and love to all of his friends and family.

  55. james o'berg on July 11, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    so sorry to hear of the fantastic Dentist, Gerald Vidan’s passing. how terrible and unexpected. always happy and smiling and left the patient feeling the same way. His chairside manner cannot be replaced.

  56. David and Patty Chastain on July 12, 2019 at 7:24 am

    David and Patty Chastain:

    Just learned of Dr. Vidan’s passing. Patty and I will greatly miss him, he was by far the best dentist we ever had. May the Lord bless and uphold his family and work family.
    Dr. Vidan reminds me of one who gave a cup of water to a thirsty child. It brings to mind that Jesus said that insomuch as you did it to the least of these, you did it to ME.

  57. Janet and Walt Vidan on July 12, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Our hearts are overwhelmed with sadness and tears with your passing from this life and going home to the arms of our Savior Jesus Christ. We can not convey how proud we were of you and so fortunate to be your parents. Everything about you became Christ centered. You were a Christian Warrior at work and at home. Dear son, you walked the talk. You were a wonderful husband to Gina, an amazing father to your children and a remarkable son to us. So long Jerry till we meet again, and we will! With greatest love, Mom and Dad

  58. Dr James Otten on July 12, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    I didn’t know Gerry well but had the privilege to work with him on several occasions with patients having complex dental problems. Dr Vidan was a true professional always holding out for the best interests of his patients. His kindness and empathy were evident in every interaction I had with him and while he is physically gone those things we will always hold in our hearts. We have suffered a significant loss in our profession but will try to honor his memory by caring for our patents in the way he did. Our heartfelt condolences to the family, staff and friends for the sorrow and loss you now feel and prayers that God’s love will ease your pain and bring you peace. James and Vickie Otten and staff.

  59. Kay Marie on July 12, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    My dearest brother…I will miss you more than words can ever express. You brought nothing but light into a dark world. You had an impact on so many people. You truly walked your talk in every aspect of your life. You were a devoted christian, husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend. Your wittiness made for an awesome sense of humor. I truly looked up to you as my older brother! You were always there for me. My heart is very heavy but I know you are in heaven with our Lord. I can’t wait till I see you again. I love you! your little sister, Kay

  60. Zach on July 12, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    God could not of created a more fun man. You’re gone, but your memories will last forever; and every single one of them are unmatched. Rest easy, unc.

  61. Brittany Reel on July 12, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Uncle Jerry, I love you more than I can figure out how to express. I’m flooded with emotions. All the years I got to experience with you. I might be bias but I had the BEST UNCLE in the WORLD. You were/are a remarkable man. My only regrets are thinking I had more time. I all I want is the chance to tell you how much I adore you. How proud I am of you! You’re the definition of a true man of God. I love you so much. Watch over our family. We miss you! See you when I get there.


  62. Kara O on July 13, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    I’ve only lived in Eudora a few years and had left my dentist behind where I had moved from. A friend of mine suggested Dr. Vidan and said what a great dentist and man he is. I have never felt so comfortable and at ease by a dentist from my first visit with him. I immediately could feel the goodness and kindness that exuded from this man and dentist. And his a gentle soul. My prayers for his family. I’m sure all of you are filled with so much grief. I also want to send my condolences to the ladies in his office. And thank you Dr.Vidan for your smile and genuine heart.

  63. JoAnn Johnston on July 15, 2019 at 7:38 am

    My heart is broken. Dr. Vidan was such a wonderful Man and I was so blessed to have gotten to know him and work for him for over 5 yrs. There will never be a more genuine, honest, caring person like him again. My heart hurts for Gina and the kids and his Family. RIH Doc till we meet again. Sending my love and prayers to all his Family!!????????

  64. Roscoe W Scott DDS on July 15, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    So sorry to see the news about Jerry. I haven’t seen him in several years but always enjoyed him as a patient and was so proud of him going to dental school! Seeing this as I am about to retire made me feel so said for his family. Give my warmest regards to his parents.

  65. Denny, Darlene, Lori and Tyler Holstrom on July 15, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    We are very sadden by this news. Denny just saw him and seemed in good spirits and health. He gave the best service as our dentist, and will be greatly missed. Praying for all the family.

    The Holstrom Family
    Basehor KS

  66. Your Bible Fellowship Class at Immanuel Baptist, Highland Ca on July 16, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    Our hearts are grieved at the loss of Gerald, we are asking God to comfort & ease the heartache that is surrounding Walt , Janet, Gerald’s wife Jina & their children…

    We know that we can’t soften the blow that has hit you all unexpectedly, but we do know that this pain is not new to our loving Father who lost his son too, it’s during these times, we can only imagine God’s heart being torn in two because of what was happening on the cross – his only beloved son dying an unworthy death and of the price being paid for our forgiveness.

    We don’t often think about the anguish of God. At Jesus’ death there was such a dramatic event that even the earth reacted to it, as the earth shook, trembled, & shuddered at the death of its Creator, because it instantly felt its loss. We will never know the pain in our Father’s heart or fathom it’s depths, except through the loss of a loved one.

    Please know how deeply you all are loved & we will always be here for you.
    Holding you close in our hearts & prayers,

  67. Andrew J Williams on July 16, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Today is July 16th 2019.

    I haven’t lived in Eudora for many years, and Dr. V wasnt accepted by my insurance for a long time and i have seen many dentists since. He is the ONLY dentist I have ever seen that I trusted completely. And,like many people here have commented, he was always smiling. You will be missed deeply Dr. V.

  68. Brenda Schultz on July 19, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    So sorry
    Was a sweet funny guy
    That enjoyed life
    Love you Gina

  69. Dana & Mark Bolar on July 19, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Gina and kids – my heart truly is broken and I’m so sad for you all. Jerry was one of the kindest, humblest, funniest, and selfless human beings. He had a way of making you feel comfortable and totally at ease when you were around him. I have fond memories of him hanging out with Christian & Graham and always being a patient and daring dad. I can’t even imagine the hole you must feel in your lives now. You are on my heart and in my prayers. God blessed us with an amazing man! Love, Dana, Mark & the kids

  70. Cindy Bryant on August 19, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Dear, Mrs. Vidon and family.
    I am deeply saddened for your loss. I apologize I would have been there at the funeral, but I didn’t find out until later. Dr. Vidon was one of the nicest persons I have ever known. You could tell he genuinely cared about his patients. I always enjoyed going and getting my yearly checkups. He make going to the dentist fun, if going to the dentist can be fun and it was. A few years ago he saved my life. I had had an allergic reaction to a medication not knowing what it was I was thinking I had a bad tooth I went to see him. Right away he sent me to the ENT specialist and literally saved my life. I was always proud to say he was my doctor. I love to brag on Facebook that I had no cavities and that was because of the wonderful dental care that I got. My sincerest condolences to all of you. The Lord must of needed him pretty bad to take someone so wonderful and soon. Keeping you all in my prayers. God’s speed, and RIP, Dr. Vidon.

  71. Susan Shaw on July 3, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Just found about about Dr. Vidan as I had moved away! My condolences to family and friends. He was an awesome dentist and I always looked forward to seeing him! Continuous prayers!

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