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Edmond Kinch

Lee Kinch

Monday, May 15th, 1939 Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

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Obituary for Lee Kinch

Edmond Leroy "Lee" Kinch, 81, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2020. He was born May 15, 1939 to Homer Leroy Kinch and Ellen Francis Shaner in Topeka, Kansas. He graduated from WSU and from Kansas University School of Law. He practiced law for fifty years plus in Wichita. Lee was known and respected for his honor, integrity, generosity, compassion and love for his fellow man. He has worn many hats over the years including Sedgwick County Democratic Party Chair (12 years), KDP 4th District Chair, Kansas Democratic Party National Committeeman, Delegate to DNC Conventions (always), Kansas House candidate, Kansas Democratic Party Vice Chair, Kansas Democratic Party Chair, ultimate Democratic Party fundraiser extraordinaire, and a steadfast Democratic Party leader. Lee is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; daughter, Kim (Dan) Stiffler; granddaughters, Madison and Annie Stiffler; son, Wade (Beth) Kinch; grandson, Aidan Kinch; step-sons, Larry Wilson and Rusty Wilson; sister, Audrey Unruh; and brother, Gene Kinch. Visitation: Friday, May 29, 2020, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Smith Mortuary, Derby 1415 North Rock Road Derby, Kansas 67037. Memorial contributions may be made to Kansas Democratic Party, 501 SE Jefferson St, Suite 30, Topeka, KS 66607 or Derby Community Foundation, 946 N Buckner St, Derby, KS 67037 or Derby Education Foundation, P.O. Box 557, Derby, KS 67037.

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    Friday, May 29th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Smith Mortuary, Derby
    1415 North Rock Road
    Derby, Kansas
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    Friday, May 29th, 2020
    5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Ginger Barr

Dear Elizabeth:
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May many happy memories sustain you at this time and the months to come.
Ginger Barr
Comment | Posted at 05:32pm via Condolence
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Jenifer Pierce

Dear Kim and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Though I did not know him, he sounds like an outstanding person, who touched many lives through his deep commitment to his community. Keeping you and yours close in thought and prayer.
With Sympathy,
Jenifer Pierce & Family
Comment | Posted at 12:27pm via Condolence
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Ryan Weltz

Lee was one of the most gracious attorneys I ever had the pleasure of meeting. In 2006, he was my opponent in my very first contested hearing. The issue was not significant and the facts were on my side. After the judge ruled in my favor, he approached me following the docket and congratulated me and asked that I tell my dad "hi" for him. He and my dad had known each other for a long time practicing in Wichita. Over the next 14 years, my interactions with him were always with him presiding over one of my settlement hearings as a special administrative law judge. He remained as friendly and genuine throughout the entire time that I knew him. He presided over what was a difficult settlement for me earlier this month and I am profoundly sad to know that was the last time I would ever speak to him. He enriched the lives of many and will be greatly missed. My family shares your sorrow. Ryan Weltz and Kenneth L. Weltz
Comment | Posted at 07:57am via Condolence
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Guy McCormick

We are so very sorry to hear of Lee's passing. One of the best things about Susan's campaign for State Representative in 2016 was getting acquainted with Lee, who helped persuade her to run.
He was a terrific guy and a true leader among Democrats. Our best wishes go to the family; we are sorry we cannot come to the visitation.
Guy McCormick & Susan Osborne
Wichita
Comment | Posted at 05:26pm via Condolence
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Marvin Barkis

To Elizabeth and the rest of the Kinch family--
It has been a great privilege to know Lee and to have him as a friend. We shared a common love of life and a desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others. In addition to the many ways he made a difference--as a lawyer, a citizen, a friend, a family man ( I have great respect for Elizabeth and was very happy that they became a couple), and as an outstanding Democrat. His steadfast support of the goals and principles of the Democratic Party was exemplary. Over the years I appreciated our lengthy conversations, and his eloquence was a rare skill--what a wordsmith!
Lee's life was a rich life, a well-lived life, and he will be sorely missed. Kay joins me in offering our heartfelt condolences to Elizabeth and all of the Kinch family and friends.

Marvin Barkis
Comment | Posted at 05:03pm via Condolence
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