Kenneth “Kenny” Layne Wyrick

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Memorial services for Kenneth “Kenny” Layne Wyrick, 64, from Lawrence, KS will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 3, 2016 at Christ Community Church in Lawrence, Kansas. He peacefully passed away Sunday with Cathy at his bedside singing the song “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” followed by “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston, on May 29, 2016 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, after a long battle with Amyloidosis, a rare disease.

Kenneth was born November 6, 1951 in Kansas City, KS the son of Clinton and Ina Mae Wyrick (Wallace). Kenny went to a one room school house through 6th grade with all 3 brothers, and attended Tonganoxie High School in Tonganoxie, Kansas. He was united in marriage to Cathy S. Morken December 3, 2001. She survives at their home. Kenny retired in 2001 after 30 years as a firefighter EMT for the city of Lawrence, KS. Growing up Kenny enjoyed playing baseball, living on a farm, wagon trail riding , and playing blue grass with his parents. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, baling hay, four wheeling, skiing, baseball, raising cows, morel mushroom hunting, and cutting and splitting wood to keep the home fires burning.

Along with his wife Cathy, Mother Ina Mae Wyrick, and brother Danny Wyrick (Claudia) he is survived by his children Phillip Wyrick, Tennille Tegeler (Jeff), Jennifer Ball (Nick), Matt Palmer, Lisa Wagner (Dan) and Sara Reinert (Jason), and 13 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father Clinton Wyrick, 2 brothers Terry Wyrick, and James (Gary) Wyrick.

The family will greet friends from 10 a.m. until the service begins at 11 am on Friday at the church.

Memorials may be made in his name to the Kenneth Wyrick Memorial Fund and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

12 Condolences

  1. Donna Black Ketchum on June 1, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    My sympathies go out to Kenny’s wife and family at their loss. I went through grade school, junior high and high school with Kenny. Kenny was a very nice person and was well liked by so many in his class. I was really saddened to see the obituary in the Lawrence Journal World this morning and simply want all his family to know that they will be in my thoughts and prayers over the days and weeks ahead.

  2. Michael Vestal on June 1, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of my Tonganoxie High classmate and fellow graduate. He was a great guy. Always had a smile on his face. My prayers to his family.

  3. Dale Creed on June 1, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    ALWAYS a smile, a joke, a laugh. Focused when called for and a fun co-worker.
    The world is more gray without you.

  4. Midge & Mark Grinstead on June 1, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    So very sorry to hear of Kenny’s passing. Kenny introduced Mark and I and joined our family in many outings and celebrations. Even helped us when we built our home. I am so very sorry for Cathy and his family. Kenny was a lot of fun and he will be missed by so many.

    He will always be in our hearts and minds and every anniversary, we celebrate knowing that because of him we are together. Our prayers are with his friends and family.

  5. Michael W Guthrie on June 1, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    So very sad to learn of Kenny’s passing. Unable to attend service, but my condolences go out to his family. He was a great guy.

  6. Anonymous on June 2, 2016 at 8:49 am

    My heart aches for all of you! There are no words that can make it better. Know I’m here if I can help in any way. Try to turn your pain over to our father and find peace he is no longer suffering. Your reunion with him will be glorious.
    Mary Kay

  7. Fawn and Bob Cadue on June 2, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Philip and Tenile and your families, sincere condolences.

  8. Michael & Michelle Cantrell on June 3, 2016 at 3:59 am

    We are so saddened to hear of Kenny’s passing. Our hearts go out to you Cathy and to the Wyrick family as well as to Matt, Lisa & Sara and their families. We never had the honor of knowing Kenny but have heard so many wonderful things about him from many people. We can only imagine the loss you all must be feeling. Please know you are in our prayers and we send you our love and deepest sympathies. Michael & Michelle Cantrell

  9. Dennis Wedel on June 3, 2016 at 8:40 am

    I was saddened to here about Kenny’s passing. He was one who made me feel welcome to high school for I came from a two room grade school. He was a good friend during those years. God bless and keep everyone that he touched in his life. He will be missed!

  10. glenn bohmann on June 3, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Keep on truckin, buddy. Sorry for your loss Kathy.

  11. Bill West on June 5, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    It was difficult to read Kenny’s obituary because it was difficult to believe he passed. Kenny had such a positive outlook at every turn in high school, and I am confident that quality continued throughout his life. Kenny grew up in a great family. It was always such a supporting family too. I’ll bet he was a wonderful first responder in his work. So sorry. Bill West, Fort Collins, CO

  12. Tracy Rose on June 6, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Dear Wyrick Family,
    I am so very very sorry to hear of Kenny’s passing. I grew up with Phillip and knew his dad. He was such a kind and caring man and was always smiling. May he RIP. God Bless.

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