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Rick Sevra Rick Sevra, 68, passed away at home Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. He was born in Long Beach, CA to Stan and Celeste Sevra. Soon after his birth the family moved back to the KC area where Rick and his siblings were raised. He graduated from Shawnee Mission East and was an alumnus of Macalester College, St. Paul, MN. After college, he was accepted into Tufts University School of Diplomacy (with an eye on state dept work). Instead life routed him to the Minnesota State Senate where he worked as a research analyst, often focusing on social justice issues concerning the state's prison system. He returned to the KC area in the early 80's to work with his father in the family mortgage business and he was President of Mid-Continent Investments of Kansas at the time of his death. For many years Rick and Parry enjoyed their summer home in coastal Maine where he was an accomplished sea kayaker and where both enjoyed all that Maine has to offer. To those who love him, the greatest loss will be his strong sense of loyalty and his wit. He was, in the truest sense, the consummate gentleman. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife of 32 years, Parry Hagen Sevra, sister, Sue Mackenzie and her daughters, Becca Bowen and Brooke Johnson and their families, brother, Robert Sevra and his wife, Rita Gardner. In addition, many in-laws, nieces and nephews on Parry's side and his K-9 kids, Jinx and Cosmo and many, many friends. Please, no flowers. A private gathering for family and friends will be held at a later date to celebrate Rick's life. For those who wish to honor Rick, please consider a donation to Amethyst Place, a KC organization providing services for women and children (specific info at amethystplace.org), or a donation to the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) who work tirelessly to defend individual rights and liberties. ACLU donations may be mailed to ACLU Gift Dept., 125 Broad Street, NY, NY 10004.

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Published in Kansas City Star on Feb. 24, 2019.
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February 19, 2020
Oh I will never forget him. He was great friend, I miss playing guitars together. Here's to you Rick!
Dick Kerr
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May 13, 2019
A kind, funny, witty man. So very sad to hear of his passing. A friend from post Macalester years.
Pamela Capriotti Martin
April 1, 2019
Hi Parry,

So sorry to hear about Rick's passing. We were just planning a trip to Maine this fall and thinking about the two of you. We are remembering all the good times we had together. We also are spending a couple of months in Vero Beachin the winter and think of you and your and your wonderful sister when we are near Melbourne. Love to you and RIP Rick.

Jerry and Iris Postma
February 27, 2019
I remember Rick and Dick Kerr playing guitar together at the Our House coffee house. He had a playful, great spirit that he shared with those around him. I'm sorry to hear of his passing.

Anne Montello Walker
anne.walkersa@gmail.com
February 26, 2019
I too worked with Rick at the MN legislature. He was a fun and funny guy! So sorry to hear of his 4-year struggle and death. My heartfelt condolences to all who love him.

Terri Hyduke
February 26, 2019
Rick was just the best, across the board. So very sorry to learn of his passing. Much love to all. He is in the light.
Catherine Joslyn
February 26, 2019
Wow, what sad news. Rick and I were very close in high school. Played guitars together at 'Our House' coffee house, learned Kingston Trio songs from his brother Bob, even played at some of his parents cocktail parties. (His parents were great people). We played soccer together with his exchange student Jen from Denmark. I remember Jen's first night in KC, we took him 'dryer riding' (just hop in a dryer at a laundry mat, scared the ==== out of Jen!) we took some wild 'rides' in his parents car, of course his parents didn't know about it. Getting to know his family was fun, somehow they nicknamed me 'Clutz', I still don't know where that came from. Rick and I got to play tennis together about 2 years ago, it was great to see him, of course we planned to do more but you know how that goes. Now I really wish we had done more.
When you have the 'life celebration' I would be honored too show my respects if you are so inclined.
Sincerely,
Dick 'Clutz' Kerr
816.896.0790
dkerrly7@gmail.com
February 24, 2019
We are so very sorry to hear of Rick's passing. Many great memories of his time in MN and periodic returns to visit friends...
Gary and Luci Botzek
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