Lawrence “Larry” Roland Brunick

Funeral services for Lawrence “Larry” Roland Brunick, 63, Eudora will be held 11 a.m. Friday, March 20, 2020, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary – Eudora Chapel in Eudora. Burial will follow at Eudora Cemetery. Larry passed away Friday, March 13, 2020 at LMH Health.

Larry was born on January 17, 1957 in Vermillion, South Dakota, the son of Wilbur Wayne and Laura (Girard) Brunick.

He married Darlene McNamara on November 9, 2007 in Lawrence, Kansas. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his children; Jennifer (Jason) Dempsey, Josh (Nicole) Bowser, Jamie (Ryan) Boden, Jesica (Bernnie) Simpson, Jennifer (Josh) Hoffman, brothers; Doug (Rena) Brunick, Paul (Ann) Brunick, sisters; Mary (Chuck) Taggart, Trish (Leo) Taggart, five grandchildren; Zach Dempsey, Colton Bowser, Camryn Bowser, Blake Simpson, and McKenzie Simpson.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers; Don, Tom, and Bruce Brunick.

The family will greet friends prior to the service at 10 a.m. until service time at McElwain Mortuary – Eudora Chapel in Eudora.

In honor of our celebration of life. Larry was a huge Notre Dame fan and, in his honor, the family is encouraging you to wear your favorite Notre Dame apparel or colors. Navy blue, gold, or Irish green.

Larry grew up in Vermillion, SD where he was surrounded by amazing friends and family. You could catch Larry out playing adult softball leagues and embracing watching every sporting event out there. Larry moved to the Kansas City area and was a maintenance supervisor for his career until he retired in 2019. He was known as the ultimate man of all trades and never turned down the opportunity to make a project happen. He took pride in all his work and was truly a man known for getting things done right the first time.

One of the things Larry brought to our family was called water tower hopping. We would drive the country roads until you would see a water tower and then pull in at the local tavern.

Larry was also known as the man who could break a room of silence with the crack of a joke, his one liners and his out of the blue toast. He had a smile that never faded. He welcomed everyone with an open heart and knew how to turn any moment positive. He was a man of so many words and was always humming or whistling to a tune.

Larry spent a lot of his time attending his grandkids sporting events and was known for having snacks in his pockets.

Guinness his charcoal lab was his sidekick and they went everywhere together.

Larry was the ultimate dad and grandpa and enjoyed getting the family together by going out on the boat fishing or camping at many different lakes around the area.

Larry enjoyed smoking BBQ with the family and was always up for finding the next restaurant to try out. He enjoyed spending afternoons playing cards, attending Royals games or enjoying a round of golf. He had a passion for the Cincinnati Reds, KU basketball, Notre Dame, & Raiders football.

A few items on Larry’s bucket list was to travel to as many MLB stadiums and to go to a Notre Dame football game which he was able to accomplish in November of 2019.

Our family toast to him: Until we meet again

“We think about you always. We talk about you still. You have never been forgotten, and you never will. We hold you close within our hearts and there you will remain. To walk and guide us through our lives until we meet again.”

27 Condolences

  1. Barb Mount on March 14, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about Larry my heart aches for you guys your in my prayers love you kids

  2. Rick Mangelsdorf on March 14, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Larry was a great boss and a dear friend. He will be missed by many.

  3. Rick Steenholdt on March 14, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    Will miss Larry. He was a great friend. We grew up in the same neighborhood in Vermillion. So sorry for your loss. I will miss him dearly.

  4. David Miller on March 15, 2020 at 7:43 am

    My condolences go out to the extended Brunick family during this very difficult period. Larry was a first cousin and our mother’s were very close sisters. I spent a lot of time in my early childhood in Vermillion SD mostly at the Brunick home! I will always cherish those special days growing up with the Brunick and Girard families! God bless the extended Brunick family during this very difficult period!
    Your cousin, David Miller

  5. Jay Emerson and family on March 15, 2020 at 8:30 am

    Condolences to the Brunick family growing up in Vermillion I know the family my favorite memories of Larry are of him eating hot ???? wings at the Varsity god bless and keep our friend safe !

  6. Orion Young on March 15, 2020 at 8:50 am

    Sorry for your loss, Larry was not only a great boss but a great person. He cared about how you were doing. Even when I didnt work for him anymore, he got together with the rest of the maintnace crew to send us a card when our son was born. He will forever be remembered, rest in peace Larry you’ll be missed. Sending prayers to you and your family.

  7. Dwight and Mari Miller on March 15, 2020 at 10:54 am

    Thoughts and prayers to the Brunick family. Sorry for your loss. Its never easy to lose a love one. With love Dwight and Mari Miller

  8. Carol Thompson on March 15, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Bill and Carol Miller Thompson:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Brunick family. As cousins, the Miller kids and the Brunick kids share many great memories together. God bless, Carol & Bill

  9. Patti(kissick)Hausladen on March 15, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Sorry for your loss

  10. Tom and Gerri Dooley on March 15, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    We are so sorry to hear this Larry was a great guy. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. God Bless

  11. Joe Bryant on March 15, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    Our prayers are with you. Larry will be greatly missed. He was a friend and a mentor to me. Save me a Pork Chop Buddy.

  12. Joyce Hawley on March 15, 2020 at 4:35 pm


  13. Darl and Elaine Miller on March 15, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Darl and Elaine Miller

  14. Doug and Cindy Miller: on March 16, 2020 at 7:32 am

    We would like to offer the entire Brunick family our deepest and most sincere condolences. Truly sorry for your loss.

  15. Carol Meiners on March 16, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Larry always had a smile on his face and a great joke to tell. We have all missed him after retirement. We at First Management, Construction & Property Management would all like to send our thoughts and prayers to the Brunick family. RIP Larry, You were one of the GOOD GUYS!

  16. Michelle Peterson on March 16, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Darlene and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you warm hugs and peaceful prayers of strength and courage to help guide you through this difficult time.
    Love to All- Michelle Peterson

  17. Stacey and Debby Singleton (Simons) on March 16, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Darlene and family, so very sorry for your loss and condolences to all. May God wrap his loving arms around you and comfort each one.

  18. Jacque Hertel on March 19, 2020 at 11:59 am

    Your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers. We are so very sorry for your loss.

  19. Sherry Couch on March 19, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    Thoughts and prayers for the family at this time. So very sorry for the loss of your loved one.

  20. Ron Hupp on March 19, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    I want to reach out to the whole Brunick family and express my grief for your lose. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for your family.

  21. Patrick and Sharon Simons on March 19, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Darlene, the family, and to all of Larry’s extended family. Larry was such a great human being. Sharon and I always looked forward to spending time with him and Darlene when we were in town. We are so sorry for the loss. They sure got a good one up there in heaven with Larry. God bless all of you.

  22. Keith and Francine Steiner on March 19, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    Darlene we just can’t believe this. He was the sweetest guy. And that smile,that smile. Wow. He will be missed so much by so many. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. We are here for you lady. Any time
    Love you

  23. Donna Frentrop on March 19, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    Darlene and family, so very sorry for your loss. I hope you all can find some comfort knowing Larry always talked about his wife, kids and grandchildren with such pride and happiness. Oh the stories he told and how his face just lit up and he smiled whenever he talked about his family. He was truly a great guy and his family he loved so much was the most important part of his world. Everyone loved Larry for the thoughtful and caring person he was. He had no problems expressing his opinion if he felt something wasn’t right. And most the time he was right! I worked with Larry many years and when we parted ways I still reached out to him to him for advise. He was a humble intelligent guy. RIP Larry
    Donna & Bill Frentrop

  24. Glenn Sealey on March 19, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Doug and family, so sorry to read of the loss of your brother.
    My prayers are with you.
    Take care,
    Glenn Sealey
    Colome VFD

  25. Sheryl Sabin on March 20, 2020 at 6:49 am

    Sorry for your loss , my thoughts and Prayers are with the family at this time of loss.


  26. Sandy Lambirth on March 20, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Darlene , I am so sorry for your loss. Your entire family is in my prayers

  27. Duane and Teresa Miller on May 7, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    Duane has so many wonderful memories of Roland, and we are so sad at his passing.

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