Richard Melchior

On Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 Richard Melchior was called by Jesus Christ to come home. Born March 10, 1928 in Algoma, Wisconsin, he was one of nine children, eight of them boys. “Dick” served in the United States Army from 1946 through 1947, and trained to be a baker at the Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. He moved to Kansas City in 1952 to open the Lucy Lynn Bakery and Party Shop. He met his wife, Mary Ann, at St. Agnes bowling alley. On July 31st, 1954 they became the first couple ever married at Christ the King Catholic Church in Kansas City. Dick was a humorous, humble, and very charitable man. He loved to make people laugh. He was an avid fisherman, a fierce cribbage competitor and sports fan. He loved going to garage sales. After his wife died in 1990, he learned to paint, and excelled in this. He volunteered at St. Joseph Medical Center for over 25 years as well as delivered meals on wheels until he was diagnosed with cancer in early 2016.He always tried to make everyone he met feel special, and when they would ask how he felt, he always said “glorious”. Dick was a member of the Fatima Choir, Knights of Columbus, and a lifelong active member of his church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann, his parents Leo and Petronella, his sister Jeanette Knipfer, brothers James, Father Frank and Jerome, grandson Richard Weber and great-granddaughter Lainey Knudsen. Surviving are his sons Mark (Jan) and Greg (Colleen), daughters Jan (Bob) Weber and Mary (Phil) Knudsen, grandchildren Sarah (Shawn) Estes, Mike (Jill) and Mark Knudsen, Scott (Alana) and Joe Melchior, Robert and Maridee Weber, his great-grandchildren McKenna, Carson, Luke, and Sutton, and another baby girl Knudsen due in July. Also surviving are brothers Robert (Dorothy), Leo, Tom (Marilyn) and Peter Melchior as well as a brother in law Francis (Betty) Boeding, many nieces and nephews, a host of wonderful friends, neighbors and church members.
The family requests that no flowers be sent. Visitation will be from 2-5PM on Sunday, February 5th, and viewing from 9:15 to 9:45 On Monday, February 6th, followed by Mass at Christ the King Catholic Church, 85th and Wornall, Kansas City, Missouri.
We will miss you dearly “Papa Dick”.


  1. Martha and Doug wilmoth on February 3, 2017 at 10:32 am

    So sorry for your loss.

  2. Kandace Lantz on February 3, 2017 at 11:11 am

    So sorry for your loss. Sending ?????? and a lot of hugs.

  3. Jessica on February 3, 2017 at 11:27 am


    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m thinking of you and your family
    Jessica Stevenson

  4. Rita Kelly on February 3, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Such a happy man who brought such joy. He always made me
    comfortable when I talked to him. He will be missed.

  5. Tim Culbertson on February 3, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Dick never greeted me without a smile and a firm handshake. Always asked how I was doing. He will be missed.

  6. Rick and Kelly Showalter on February 3, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    So sorry for your loss.He will surely be missed.Our prayers are with you and the rest of your family.

  7. Felici & Jeannie Giordano on February 3, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family! Dick was a great man!

  8. Eddie Rawson on February 3, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Very sorry for your loss. Good thoughts and prayers to the entire Melchoir family.

  9. Thomas Ferry on February 3, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    So sorry Janet, and sorry for all who loved him, that he lost the fight in the end. And yet he won…because when God finally calls a just person home for their reward of Eternal Life with Him, they have truly won. Blessings to you, Janet, and all who loved him.

  10. Marsha Graber on February 3, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Jan, I am so sorry for your loss. May the many happy memories of your dad warm your heart. He was a very caring loving person. Prayers of comfort for you and your family.

  11. Nancy Ottinger on February 3, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Blessings to you Janet, and all those who loved your sweet father. I know you’re confident in the knowledge that he truly is “glorious” now and forevermore. With love,

  12. Donda McLaughlin on February 3, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We will miss “Dad” and even though we can’t make the funeral we will be thinking of you. Love, the Comptons.

  13. Debbie Kingrey on February 3, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Mary, Sarah, Mike, and Mark, We are so sorry for your loss and hope you find great comfort in the many wonderful memories you hold dear. The Kingreys

  14. Chuck and Cindy Bohman on February 4, 2017 at 9:58 am

    What a wonderful obit. Describes Dick perfectly. We always looked forward to his visits to Algoma and enjoyed hearing him share a bit of his life in Kansas City. You were so lucky to have such a great role model. Our sympathy to your family. Charlie and Cindy

  15. Steve & Mary Davis on February 4, 2017 at 10:50 am

    I feel inspired by the love you had for each other. I mostly know I have your dad through you. He was a great man Who well have a great place in heaven. God bless

  16. Ellen Cohen on February 4, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    My heartfelt sympathy to you Jan and all the family. Your Dad was a terrific man and very loved by many. There is nothing anyone can say to make things better but I hope you take some time for yourself to grieve and start the healing process. We had many good times with your Mom and Dad growing up. My prayers and love go out to you and your family.

  17. Nancy Yocum Huffman on February 4, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Jan and all those who so loved your father. I am so very sorry for your loss. Memories are a wonderful thing to have at this sad time. Keeping you in my thoughts.

  18. Terry (Davis) Jones on February 5, 2017 at 6:40 am

    so sorry for your loss my prayers are with you

  19. LeVerle (Zimmerman) Koenig on February 6, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Sorry to hear of Dick’s death. Now he is at peace.

  20. Elizabeth on April 22, 2023 at 2:41 pm

    Hello, I’m very sorry for your loss. You don’t know me but I live in the house Richard’s parents used to live in. While cleaning around I found an old letter that Richard sent to his parents in 1953. If you would like, I can mail it back to you.

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