Kevin Lynn Teel

Funeral services for Kevin Lynn Teel, 52, Lawrence, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. The burial will take place, 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 22, 2023, at Goodland Cemetery in Goodland, KS where he requested to be laid to rest. Kevin passed away Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at The University of Kansas Health Systems in Kansas City, KS. 

Kevin was born on August 22, 1971, in Midland, TX, the son of Dewey Lynn and Carolyn (Williams) Teel.  Growing up in west Texas he developed lifelong friendships and a love of the outdoors, spending time camping, floating, and swimming in places such as Big Bend National Park, Sweetwater, and other rivers, reservoirs, and parks around the state of Texas. After high school, Kevin earned a BBA in Accounting from Southwest Texas State and later a BA in Economics from University of Missouri Kansas City. Always seeking an adventure, Kevin joined the Navy Reserves and was deployed during his service to Dubai, Bahrain, UAE, and other stateside east coast ports in Virginia. Kevin started working at KU in 2006 and advanced to become a Business Manager for KU Center for Research in Lawrence, KS. Throughout the last few years, Kevin was also on the look out for a good side hustle, starting Teel Roll Off Containers and Teel Vending.

Kevin met his life partner, Jeri Ann Blain, in 2000 at a K-State vs Nebraska football game. They made their home in Lawrence, KS where eleven years later their family grew when they welcomed their daughter Brynn. Kevin embraced being a “girl dad” and could be found taking Brynn to school, attending her soccer, dance, and theater events, and going shopping anytime it was requested. Kevin enjoyed chauffeuring both Brynn and Molly (the Pandemic Pup) for treats and pup cups. As a family and during “guy” trips with his Texas friends, Kevin enjoyed traveling to Table Rock Lake, Yellowstone National Park, Denver, CO, and Goodland, KS (Jeri Ann’s hometown). Kevin shared his love of floating, boating, and swimming with Brynn during excursions to outdoor and indoor water venues. Kevin was also known to sneak away and wet a fishing line in lakes closer to home.

Survivors include his parents, wife, Jeri Ann Blain, daughter, Brynn Teel, brothers, Mark (Julia) Teel, Michael (Jaime) Teel, grandmother, Doris Teel, and mother-in-law Virginia Blain.

Memorial contributions can be made to Jeri Ann Blain and in the memo line include Kevin Teel Memorial and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

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  1. Matt, Laura and Grace Mosconi family on November 18, 2023 at 8:59 pm

    We as a family send our deepest condolences. We looked forward to seeing Kevin at soccer while our daughter Grace played with Brynn. Kevin was always so kind and clearly loved watching Brynn play. We are so sorry. Our thoughts are with you. – the Mosconi’s

  2. Suzanne Kerich on November 19, 2023 at 10:16 am

    I am very sorry for your family’s sudden loss of such a special person – I really enjoyed working with Kevin at KU over the years, especially during the pandemic – he was a very devoted father, partner, friend, co-worker, etc…Kevin will be greatly missed by everyone who had the good fortune to enjoy life and/or work with him – Suzanne Kerich

  3. Amy and Steve Oliver on November 19, 2023 at 11:30 am

    We live across the street from the Teels. Kevin was a kind and caring neighbor. He helped us on several occasions carrying heavy furniture etc. We’ll miss his quiet manner and good humor. May he rest in peace. Sincerely, Amy and Steve Oliver.

  4. Michael Blocker on November 20, 2023 at 8:11 am

    My condolences to Kevin’s family and friends. Having worked with Kevin for many years at KU, I can say Kevin was one of those guys who you meet and instantly feel like you had been friends with your entire life. We shared many conversations about various side hustles during our years of working together. He loved his family and talked about his daughter often. He always had something funny to say with his quick witted, dry sense of humor. As a coworker, he was always willing to assist at the drop of the hat even when he had other tasks he was working on. You will be greatly missed, my friend. -Michael Blocker

  5. Laurie White on November 20, 2023 at 10:27 am

    I’m so very, very sorry for your loss, Kevin was a great person to work with at KU, and his sense of humor was hilarious. He loved his family so much and that came across in everything he did.

  6. Kate & Marc White on November 20, 2023 at 10:46 am

    Sending you love and support during this very sad time. Your family are great neighbors, and every encounter with Kevin left me with a smile on my face and sometimes a good story to tell. He will be missed. We are here for you if you ever need anything.

  7. Beth Benfield on November 20, 2023 at 5:02 pm

    Kevin’s passing was a shock and he will be deeply missed. My deepest sympathy for the family losing such a treasured and valued person, friend,son, husband and father. Kevin never had anything mean to say, even when you might be driving him nuts, and quick to throw humor into the mix. It has been a pleasure working with Kevin over the years and he is definitely irreplaceable.

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