Kevin Glen Neuman

Kevin Glen Neuman of Overland Park, KS passed away on Jan. 2, 2024. The witty red-headed guy who loved his family, greyhounds, puns and good, solid work was 75.

Born in Walla Walla, WA in 1948, he spent his childhood in the Pacific Northwest, doing such quirky and novel things as taking accordion lessons and riding (and crashing) a bike with a basket full of Gene Autry albums. His family migrated to St. Louis, MO and then to St. Joseph, MO, when in 1965 he took a warehouse and delivery job at St. Joseph Surgical Supply, a gig that would lead to his lifelong career in the healthcare products and services industry.

As a high schooler in St. Joe, he took one look at a girl and said, “That’s the girl I’m going to marry.” Graduating from Central High School in 1966, he married that girl, Sherry Jackson, in April 1968.

He started his higher education at St. Joseph Junior College, just as it transitioned to Missouri Western Junior College, now known as Missouri Western State University. The young couple moved to Kansas City, MO in 1968, where he began work with Munns Medical Supply. He watched the Truman Sports Complex being built, completed his bachelor’s degree in business from University of Missouri – Kansas City, graduating in 1970, and became a father when his daughter, Holly, was born a few months later.

His career took the family to Topeka, KS, where he worked with Munns Medical until 1985, ultimately as Executive Vice President. Topeka was where he became a father again, as his son, Cameron, was born. Time in Topeka included patio and deck evenings with neighbors and friends; romps and naps with dogs Brandy and Duke; and memory-building early morning outings with his children to the annual Huff ‘n Puff hot air balloon rally and dinnertime rides, which offered one-on-one time with a singular kid at a time, to pick up Pizza Hut.

In 1986, he began work as Director of CIDA (Central Independent Dealer Association), and the family moved to Overland Park, KS and welcomed a black lab mix they named Sydney. After CIDA was acquired by National Distribution & Contracting (NDC), Nashville, TN, he continued with NDC; in 2009 he became vice president of marketing and operations at Innovative Healthcare Corp., Tulsa, OK, where he remained until his retirement at the end of 2018.

In the early 1990s, his wife watched a TV news segment that featured a retired racing greyhound and some of his most meaningful work of greyhound advocacy began. After adopting their first greyhound, the beautiful brindle Penny Smiles, the couple began working with Kansas City REGAP, Retired Greyhounds as Pets, and ultimately adopted 15 greyhounds over the decades. They began dedicating hours of their time at dog washes, parades, adoption clinics and fundraising bowlathons and garage sales. Joining the REGAP Board of Directors on which they served for numerous years, they conducted home visit after home visit, placing many, many greyhounds in loving homes.

He took his greyhound advocacy national, becoming an officer with GREY2K USA, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the cruelty of greyhound racing. He testified before governing bodies in Topeka, was interviewed for and quoted in countless media articles and engaged in efforts to end greyhound racing nationwide. He relished the end of greyhound racing in Kansas.

He was known by many names and nicknames, including Kevin, Kev, Neuman, Daddy and Dad, was Grampy to his granddaughters and Poppers to his granddogs (which included more greyhounds). He could MacGyver with the best of them. He made a mean gin and tonic in the summer, told the same corny joke about the bounty of the stockings every Christmas morning and will be forever remembered and missed desperately.

Family includes: his wife, Sherry (Jackson) Neuman, of Overland Park; daughter Holly Shriner, son-in-law Brian Shriner and granddaughters Leah Shriner and Hope Shriner, of Overland Park; son Cameron Neuman and daughter-in-law Niki Newland, of Portland, OR; his brother, Kirk (Anne) Neuman of Apple Valley, MN; in-laws Jay and Mary Anne Jackson (Fairway, KS) and Willadean Jackson (Jefferson City, MO); and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William L. Neuman and Dorothy Sluman Neuman; parents-in-laws JC and Dorothy Jackson; and brother-in-law James D. Jackson.

No service is planned, but there are suggestions for ways to remember him. Pull a couple of giggling girls in a red wagon. Raise a glass of Dewars and water, with a twist, or a good, cold beer. Peel the potatoes when mashed potatoes are called for, and hide little stick figures on greeting cards and their envelopes. Enjoy the aromas at the spice shop, get into a witty repartee and volley puns back and forth with someone you enjoy. Hug a dog. Adopt a greyhound. Take a good hike in the mountains and then relax by reading a book next to a gurgling Colorado river. Cheer for your sports teams, even in the hard years. Find a cause you’re really passionate about, and do really, really good work.

Financial donations in his name can be made to Kansas City REGAP, Retired Greyhounds as Pets, via or PO Box 27014, Overland Park, KS 66225 or to GREY2K USA via or PO Box F, Arlington, MA 02476.


  1. Jim and Donna Newland. on January 16, 2024 at 10:32 am

    Deepest Sympathy. We have such fond memories.

  2. Sharon Manzella on January 16, 2024 at 12:12 pm

    Love hugs and great thoughts to all. Deepest condolences.

  3. Barb Newland Schaab on January 16, 2024 at 12:21 pm

    Cam and Niki,
    I am sorry I never met him because he sounds like he was a great guy!
    So sorry for your loss! My thoughts are with you and your whole family!

    Love, Aunt Barb

  4. Valerie Miller on January 16, 2024 at 1:21 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Even though he was my cousin we didn’t really know each other which was really sad. Family’s should try to be closer. Looking at his photo he reminded me a lot of my dad.
    He seemed like a very accomplished man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and his family.

  5. Jeff Borgstrom on January 17, 2024 at 1:53 pm

    What a guy!!! He was always a teacher and wanted the best for his pupils. I wish we could have had some time together doing the consulting thing in his beloved medical industry. I wish comfort for the family.

  6. Scott Tubandt on January 17, 2024 at 7:07 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of Kevin’s passing may he Rest in Eternal Peace. I always admired Kevin for his passion for life, business, greyhounds and his family.

  7. Ian Fardy on January 20, 2024 at 2:37 pm

    Beautiful words about a caring and funny man. Smart and gracious, I was lucky to have been able to know him and hopefully he thought of me as a friend. Thoughts and prayers to the entire family. No doubt some added laughs in heaven. ?

  8. Gerry LoDuca on January 22, 2024 at 8:06 am

    Always looked forward to seeing Kevin and enjoyed our friendship in healthcare for well over 30 years. Smart, caring and a lifetime of experience and great stories.
    He’ll be missed by many!

  9. Jack Addicks on January 22, 2024 at 11:00 am

    My sincere condolences to the Neuman Family.
    I knew Kevin through many years at HMMC and I couldn’t have asked for a better colleague- always willing to help, share knowledge, experiences and a laugh!
    A friend to many and a stranger to none.
    God Bless Kevin

    Jack Addicks

  10. Ben St. Jean on January 22, 2024 at 12:46 pm

    Kevin was a medical industry man. He was honest, fair and always gave you the right time of day. Kevin was a straight arrow.

    I met Kevin more than thirty years ago and always enjoyed our dealings and interactions. His sense of humor brought many smiles to many faces a laughter to all.

    Condolences to the Neuman family.

    Rest in Peace.

  11. Karen D'Arcy on January 22, 2024 at 12:53 pm

    Deepest Sympathies.
    Kevin was a wonderful man, and I enjoyed working with him over the years.

  12. Paul Barney on January 22, 2024 at 1:23 pm

    Dear Sherry & Neuman family,
    Kevin was a FUN, WITTY, PUNNY co-worker and mentor who ran the CIDA organization with passion and style. He handed me those reigns in 2009 and we red-headed guys bonded even tighter. I loved sharing success stories and joking with Kevin.

    Cheers to my friend. God Bless.

  13. Brian on January 22, 2024 at 1:57 pm

    Popper’s/Grampy’s obit was linked in a Healthcare related email that I routinely receive and I’m so glad I clicked it to read about Kev. Newman sounds like a wonderful man that we should wish had more time in this world and will no doubt be missed. While I did not know Kevin, I will follow a couple of the suggestions listed above to remember and celebrate his MacGyvering of a life well lived.

  14. Raymond L brown on January 22, 2024 at 6:52 pm

    To Sherry and the Neuman family, thank you for sharing Kevin with us. When I was in my early years starting at NDC, he always had a quick pun or joke that always got a laugh from me that lifted up my spirits. Please accept my condolences.

  15. Danny Adams on February 17, 2024 at 1:56 pm

    So long, my Friend! We had many happy times together in our healthcare endeavors.
    You will truly be missed!

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