About Kansas

Kansas is named after the Kansa Native American tribe, which inhabited the area and the meaning of the word Kansas is “people of the wind.” Kansas is known for their agriculture and produces a large volume of wheat, corn and soybeans. Kansas is home to the aerospace companies Spirit AeroSystems and Cessna and is also the home of wireless communications giant Sprint. Kansas City spreads out in both Kansas and neighboring Missouri. The multi-cultural city was very instrumental in the history of Jazz music. Legendary bebop jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker is a native of the city and many historians claim Kansas City is where bebop jazz originated. Kansas City is also known for the barbeque which features a thick tomato and molasses based sauce. One of the best is Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que housed in an old gas station and which is a favorite of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. The University of Kansas has been a college basketball powerhouse. The Jayhawks have won five NCAA titles including one in 2008.


In 2016, there were 18,761 obituaries reported in the state of Kansas on Legacy.com. This is a 21% increase from 2015 when 15,452 obituaries were reported in Kansas. You can browse through the full list of Kansas obituaries to find life stories that may be of interest to you.