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Larry Winn, Jr.
Aug 22,1919---Dec 31,2017

Larry Winn, Jr., 98, of Prairie Village, passed away Sunday, December 31 at Brighton Gardens. He was born August 22, 1919 in Kansas City to Larry Winn, Sr. and Gertrude Shepherd Winn, and attended public schools in Kansas City.  


At Southwest High School, Larry was a talented athlete like his father, but at age 16 he lost a leg in a boating accident at Lake Lotawana. He and his parents were forever grateful to the many students at Southwest who donated much-needed blood at St. Luke’s Hospital. Larry went on to become an Eagle Scout, graduated in 1937 and never let his handicap get in the way of a long and distinguished career.  He attended the University of Kansas where he studied journalism, joined Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, served as sports editor for the Daily Kansan, and met his wife-to-be, Joan Elliott, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. He graduated with a B.A. in 1941 and spent two years as a sports announcer at WHB radio station in Kansas City. When the war started, he did his part by working for North American Aviation, which built B-25 bombers in KCK, and by serving as public relations director for the Red Cross helping with blood donation solicitation.


Larry’s father and grandfather were both successful builders active in Republican politics and community service, so it was natural he would follow in their footsteps. After the war, he became a home builder, served 14 years as VP of Winn-Rau Corporation and as a National Director for the NAHB and President of the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Kansas City.  He soon became active in politics and was selected as the Kansas Third District Republican Chairman. In 1966, Larry was elected to the US Congress to represent the Third District and went on to serve 18 years in office, well known for excellent constituent services in Washington and out of his KCK office. He served on the Science and Technology Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee and the District of Columbia Committee. In 1977, he was appointed by the President to be the Congressional Ambassador to the United Nations in New York. He was a strong supporter of the Peace Corp and the Agency for International Development, and received awards for fiscal responsibility all 18 years of service.


Larry and Joan loved their time in Washington and the friends they made on both sides of the aisle, but after the death of both his father and his son Robert in 1983, Larry retired and they returned home to spend more time with family and friends in the Kansas City area. He continued to be active in the community and served in an advisory capacity with the Heart of America Boy Scouts, the University of Kansas, Shawnee Mission Hospital, and his fraternity at KU. He also served on the Board of Directors of Kansas City Life Insurance. Larry continued his longstanding work with the Boy Scouts and was the recipient of the Silver Beaver and Outstanding Scout awards, served as Honorary Chieftain of Mic-o-Say and was a member of the Order of the Arrow.  Larry and Joan liked nothing better than having their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren drop by for a visit. They were avid KU fans and had fun watching basketball games with family. (Football was another story.) They loved their dogs and could often be seen driving to Winstead’s with the dog in the backseat eager for her burger and ice cream cone.


Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Larry and Gertrude Winn, his sister Barbara Barton, son Robert, and his wife of 73 years, Joan. He is survived by his children and their spouses: Larry Winn III and Jill, Douglas Winn and Julee Granger, Janet Payne and Tim Hinds, Cynthia Burr and Gary; and daughter-in-law Francine and her husband Ralph Schmidt. He also leaves eight grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.  


Services will be held at Country Club Christian Church on January 26, 2018 at 2:00 pm.  Reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Heart of America Boy Scouts (Arr. Cremation Society of KS & MO).

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Memorial Service
Country Club Christian Church
6101 Ward Parkway
Kansas City
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Date of Service:
Jan 26 ,2018
Time of Service:
2:00 pm
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