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Raymond R. Brock, Jr.

Raymond R. Brock, Jr.

July 14, 1930 — September 30, 2022

Raymond R. Brock, Jr., 92, a longtime Liberty resident, beloved family man, patriarch, accomplished businessman and admired community leader, passed away peacefully on September 30, 2022, at home with loved ones at his side.

A native of Lathrop, Missouri, Ray was born July 14, 1930, the only child of Raymond R. and Dorothy Owen Brock. Following the death of his mother and the employment of his father as superintendent of Liberty Schools, Ray moved with his father to Liberty when he was seven years old. Ray Sr. was soon remarried to Mary Ruth Millen, who became Ray Jr.'s loving mom for the rest of her years. He graduated from Liberty High School and later received his Bachelor's degree from William Jewell College, where he served as senior class president as well as president of his fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta.

Throughout his school years, Ray’s penchant for business showed as he thrived in a variety of jobs including paper delivery for the Kansas City Star and Times, sales at Brants Menswear and Shoes, Safeway Grocery Store, managing the college bookstore and building and operating a miniature golf course among other things.

We don’t know how he found the time, as Ray spent most of his college senior year courting his love-at-first-sight sweetheart, Linnea Kenney, of Cranston, RI, then a freshman at Jewell.

Following their marriage on September 13, 1952, Ray and Linnea spent the next two years in Norman, OK where he served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean era. They were blessed with four daughters of which, all were his favorites. Ray and Linnea fully embraced and loved their sons-in-law as their own.

Ray joined Charles F. Curry Real Estate Company in 1954 where he worked on buying land, construction, brokerage and property management. He was instrumental in the development of Antioch Shopping Center, the first mall north of the river among many other notable developments throughout the KC Metro. Ray’s storied career would span more than six decades, ultimately serving as Chairman Emeritus of what is now known as Curry Real Estate Services.

Active in the community, Ray served on numerous boards and commissions giving generously of his time, talent and treasure. Committed and compassionate, he championed initiatives too many to mention receiving honors and awards from multitudes of organizations. He was a mentor, leader and role model to all of us.

We are all better people for having known him.

Ray was involved in and dedicated to the Liberty Christian Church. He served in many roles and particularly loved rolling up his sleeves to do service projects with his friends there.

Ray and Linnea raised their four daughters in Liberty and lived in the home they built for more than 60 years. Above all, Ray loved his family. Nothing made him happier, was more important or gave him more pride than his big, happy family.

He had some of the greatest friends in the world and was a great friend to multitudes of folks. Ray made everyone he was with feel comfortable, important and special. He always asked about others first before starting a meeting. With a quick wit, twinkle in his eye and keen interest in people, he brought energy and life to any party or business event. He was always the last to leave any gathering. A lifelong learner, he read everything he could get his hands on and then cheerfully passed stacks of articles to anyone he felt would benefit from the information.

Ray leaves his wife of 70 years, Linnea; daughters, Carol Ann Brock (Robert Weagley), Amy Clements (Conn), Ellen Todd (Chris) and Lisa Lowe (Mike); grandchildren, Shelly Carenbauer (Zach), Byron Trotter (Kristen), Kennedy Brock, Annie Marino (Taylor), Gretchen Adams (James), Justin Clemens (Juli), Hillary Harbor (Matt), Aaron Todd (Debra), Hannah Kavookjian (Haik), Raymond Lowe, Brock Lowe (Jessica), and Michaela Lowe; and great grandchildren, Austin, Charlie, Grey, Sophie, Elijah, Brayden (Morgan), Grace, Clara, Henry, Mabel, Zachary, Joshua, Owen and Raymond. Raymond also leaves other family members, including very special nieces and nephews who he loved very much.

Ray had a special relationship with each and every one of his family members and they all adored him.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 am, followed by a service celebrating Ray's life at 11:00 am, on Thursday, October 13, at Liberty Christian Church, 427 East Kansas Street, Liberty, MO. All are welcome to the church fellowship hall following services for a bite to eat and good conversations. Private burial will be at Mount Memorial Cemetery on the William Jewell campus.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Liberty Christian Church and Kansas City Hospice. Or feel free to give to one of the many other causes you may have supported with Ray.

The family is so appreciative of all the wonderful caregivers that have been and continue to be cherished by the whole Brock family.

Service Information

Visitation will begin at 9:30 am, followed by a service celebrating Ray’s life at 11:00 am, on Thursday, October 13, at Liberty Christian Church, 427 East Kansas Street, Liberty, MO. All are welcome to the church fellowship hall following services for a bite to eat and good conversations. Private burial will be at Mount Memorial Cemetery on the William Jewell campus.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Liberty Christian Church and Kansas City Hospice. Or feel free to give to one of the many other causes you may have supported with Ray.

The family is so appreciative of all the wonderful caregivers that have been and continue to be cherished by the whole Brock family.

Raymond R. Brock, Jr.'s Guestbook

When Bridget and I moved to Liberty in 2000 we joined started attending events and fundraisers in Liberty. Ray made a point to welcome us and introduce us around the room to many people. We will never forget his kindness. He was such a warm inspiring fun person to be around. Always positive with a smile and strong handshake. We will miss him.

Bob & Bridget Bagby

So very sorry to learn about Ray's passing. I've known Ray my entire life as he was one of Dad's very best friends and their friendship was inspiring to watch. My own relationship with Ray as an adult was also very meaningful to me as he filled in for my dad as a main cheerleader for my career. The obituary was wonderful and caught his essence perfectly. I will miss his friendship, smile and that twinkle in his eye. He was one the the good ones!! My deepest and sincere sympathy goes out to the family.

Buzz Willard

I met Ray while performing at Jazz on the Square at the Corbin Theater. He had a genuine appreciation of the music and a marvelous wit. Ray said he taught me how to play the trumpet and continued to give me lessons. His presence always brightened the evening. Getting to interact with Ray and his lovely family gave me great pleasure which I dearly miss.

Michael Szczygiel

As often happens, there are not enough words to describe a person like Ray. We will simply say that he was a caring and involved individual that accomplished much and made a difference. Kandy and I would like to express our deep sympathy to Ray's family and to simply say that we only wish there were more people like him in this world.

Larry and Kandy Wepler

Growing up as a young girl in a family of 8 Ray's name was often mention through my dad. They were neighbors who lived on the lower road. This is a community of lots of family's and lots of kids, and the lower road brought us all together, rather riding bikes or playing in the woods. What a wonderful way of growing up, it was care free. I felt it was a blessing that I should be one of four ladies that would be there for them and care for them. It was easy with Ray and Linnea. Linnea always had a warm smile when you enter and Ray with his sense of humor kept you on your toes. He dearly loved every one of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. When they came to visit he had a big smile, and always looked forward to seeing them. He definitely made a difference in everyone who knew him. We will miss you Ray, God Bless

Susan Lober Brown and family

Linnea and ladies, My heartfelt condolences go to out to you and your families in the passing of such a wonderful man. He always had a funny line and a smile for me whenever I would get to see him whether in the dining room or in the apartment. He treated us as friends not staff and hassled us like we'd known him for years. Ray always had a huge smile when talking about his family! Thank you for sharing him with me. Sending love and comfort to you all.

Shelli Catalano

Best wishes to ALL the family members. He was always kind, thoughtful to our Father, Jewett Fulkerson! Great pleasure to join your group on Tuesday evenings! Prayers for each one of you!

Janet Fulkerson Boisseau

Ray was a great supporter of Historic Downtown Liberty, Inc., serving may years on the Economic Vitality Team. His business experiences proved invaluable to the organization. Off course this was only one of many organizations that benefited from his service over many years. Ray was a truce gentleman and will be missed by me and others. Condolences to his entire family and prayers for healing of hearts over time. Gordon Hadden

GORDON HADDEN

Ray was one of the nicest kindest person we ever knew. We will always treasure the times we shared at the family lake house playing games and taking happy hour boat rides. We send our love to the girls and all of Ray’s wonderful family.

Deborah and Lanny Bell

What a wonderful man! He found a way to make everyone feel special, and that's a talent few people have. I know how terribly he will be missed. My heart goes out to all his "best girls!"

Christy Jones Barrett

Mr. Brock is one of those people that, met early in life, is remembered for the rest of it. My condolences to the Brock family. My prayer is that Raymond Brock will rest in peace, rewarded for a life well lived.

Jackie Weakley Stock

Raymond Brock was the gentleman of gentlemen. No matter where you ran into him, he always had a smile and something kind to say. He imparted wisdom in a humble manner and left people feeling better with grace, humor, and humility. He made the world a better place as does his whole family. We grieve with you as you gather together to celebrate his life.

Ben & Terri Chlapek

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