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JEFF JERNIGAN Jeff Jernigan died in his own style and time, peacefully and elegantly at the Kansas City Hospice House on January 8, 2018. He was 66. Jeff is survived by his wife of nearly 45 years, Cheryl; three brothers, Doug and wife Soni of Canada; Tom and wife Diane of Council Grove, KS; Randy and wife Linda of Durango, CO; and an abundant tribe of loving nieces, nephews, as well as grand nieces and nephews. His devoted parents Derald and Mary Ellen, and adorable younger sister Heidi preceded him in death. Jeff was born and grew up in Council Grove, KS. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1973 with a degree in political science. Cheryl and he lived in Topeka for 13 years where he began his career in banking. In 1986, they relocated to Kansas City where he nurtured his career as a banking executive and community leader. His most cherished work and accomplishments were in championing women in business. Throughout his life, Jeff enjoyed being involved in non-profit and community organizations. . .often in leadership roles. The current ones include KU Cancer Center, Turning Point, Girl Scouts, Epic, Research College of Nursing, Research Medical Center, and Rotary. His loves (besides family and friends) through the years were golf, long distance bicycle rides, even longer Harley rides, music (he was an amazing drummer and singer), mentoring start-ups through Growth Mentoring Services, and serving as a resource for newly diagnosed cancer patients. His Celebrations of Life are scheduled for Saturday, January 13 at 10 AM at the Unity Temple on the Plaza, Kansas City, MO; and 3:30 PM at the Council Grove/Dunlap United Methodist Church, Council Grove, KS. Receptions will follow both. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to KU Endowment to support metastatic cancer research at the University of Kansas Cancer Center, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Mail Stop 3012, Kansas City, KS 66160. Of course you are welcome to make a contribution to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be left at

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Published in Kansas City Star on Jan. 11, 2018.
Celebration of Life
10:00 AM
Unity Temple on the Plaza
Celebration of Life
03:30 PM
Council Grove/Dunlap United Methodist Church
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January 16, 2018

I didn't know Jeff very well at all, and only recently met him as part of our dealings with the ECJC Mentor Program. I was aware of his health challenge and was very impressed by his courage, kind and friendly persona, as well as, his fearless nature to not allow something to interfere with his zest for life and to be a positive influence in helping others.

God Bless Jeff and his family. May God hold all of you and protect you.
Michael P
January 13, 2018
Thinking of you and holding you close in our hearts at this difficult time. Blessings to you and your family. John and Joyce Wright
Joyce Wright
January 11, 2018
My "KC Dad"...made an imprint on my heart that can't be matched. So so grateful for the years spent together and the connection we had and will continue to have for the rest of time. <3
Paul Jernigan
January 11, 2018
Jeff has forever made his mark on this earth. He will surely be missed by all his family and many friends. Cheryl, I will keep you in my prayers for peace, strength and comfort during this difficult time.
Grisel Wiley
January 11, 2018
Jeff was a dear friend growing up. We spent years water skiing on Council Grove lake with the Haileys. I have many wonderful memories of his family at their beautiful house. Will always remember his constant smile and fabulous laugh. So many condolences and prayers for his dear family . May God wrap you all in his arms. All my love, Robin Robertson Kueser
Robin Kueser
January 11, 2018
Prayers of comfort for you Cheryl and your entire family. Hold your memories close.
Susan Melton
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