Richard Lee Constance
1950 - 2020

Constance, Richard Lee

died suddenly due to complications from COVID-19 on November 23, 2020. Born on June 22, 1950 in Independence, Missouri. Rick grew up in Kearney, Missouri and was a graduate of Kearney High School.

He moved to St. Louis when he married Susan (nee Lauman), his wife of 43 years. Rick is survived by his wife, his father, Dean Constance, his brother and sister, Robin Constance and Deb (Constance) Harris.

Rick was the proud uncle of Jodi Rever, Kristal Blessing, Nick Lauman, Emily (John) Kresyman and the newest addition, Mathilda. He was also a generous and supportive brother-in-law as well as irreplaceable friend, to Ric (Rose) Lauman and Ray (Julie) Lauman.

A graduate of UMKC School of Law, he was a practicing attorney and member of the Missouri Bar Association for over 45 years. He was an ardent supporter of city living and was an urban dweller that entire time. He loved being six minutes away from his two favorite sports teams - The Cardinals and the basketball SLU Billikens.

He was a longstanding member of the Missouri Athletic Club, as well as an avid golfer and tennis player. He always had a smile on his face and never met a person he would not greet and then strike up a conversation. He enjoyed life to the fullest each and every day. He is heartbreakingly missed by so many but leaves behind treasured memories.

Services: Due to the pandemic, there will be no service at this time. Rather a celebration of his life will be held in late spring or early summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Compton Heights Neighborhood Betterment Association at 3026 Geyer, St. Louis, MO 63104.

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Published by St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Dec. 13, 2020.
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I was deeply saddened to learn of Rick´s passing when I received the Mo Bar Journal today. I did not know many details of his life. I´d had a couple cases with him. But I saw him at docket calls throughout eastern Missouri quite frequently for the last 33 years. He´d always go out of his way to exchange a few words with me in the hallway. He was one of my favorite lawyers. Always pleasant. He truly brightened my day. One of the old school lawyers , He was honest and forthright. And he was a very fine lawyer. I will very much miss seeing you around Richard Constance. My sincere condolences to his family. He really was the best of the best.
William Hollander
February 22, 2021
Sue, I too just learned of Rick´s passing. Rick and I rented a house together on the Country Club Plaza, for two years, during law school in 1974 and 1975. He was a dear friend and mentor. He was a brilliant student and helped me get through 1L. I will miss him. Condolences to your family.
Steve Burmeister
February 12, 2021
I´m so sorry he was my lawyer and my mom he will truely be missed Rip praying for the family
Sonya Williams
February 7, 2021
Sue, how sad that Rick´s life was shortened by this relentless virus. He was such a good friend in law school. Such a kind and honorable guy. Take care.
Karen Plax
February 5, 2021
I just heard the sad news about Rick, which is why these condolences are so belated. Rick was a classmate at UMKC Law School and a wonderful man. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Please accept my deepest condolences.
Michael W. Manners
February 4, 2021
My condolences this is beyond heart breaking,praying for you Mrs.Constance
Korletta Mack
January 29, 2021
Anne and I are so sorry for your loss, Sue. Rick was a great guy. Peace be with you.
January 23, 2021
I knew Rick for close to 25 yrs. and for 5 of those years we spoke every day. I felt his loss deeply and will miss him at Glen Echo. Sorry for your loss.
Wes Bell
December 27, 2020
We play golf together a few times but will miss you. RIP.
Enrique Perinetti
December 16, 2020
Susan, we are so sorry for your loss. Our group at Glen Echo was shocked and shaken by his sudden departure. In the many rounds of golf we played he was always a joyful addition to our group. The flag at GECC was at half mast for a week for Rick. Our sincerest condolences and we will miss Rick. Mark Todorovich
Mark Todorovich
December 16, 2020
Dear Susan, I still remember when we talked about you and Rick at your mom's house many years ago. I am so glad you were able to share many years of happiness with him. And I am so sad for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless and comfort you. Love , your friend, Janice
Janice Cendroski Blank
December 15, 2020
Sue, I am sorry very sorry to hear of the passing of Rick. Kathy and I were looking forward to getting together and talking about our travel experiences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Nick Ohlman
Nick Ohlman
December 14, 2020
Although we never met or crossed paths, it is always sad to hear of the passing of a great SLU man and fan of the Billikens. Eternal rest to you, sir. Prayers for your family and friends and those who knew you.
Bobby Metzinger
December 14, 2020
Dear Sue and family, I still cannot process the fact that Rick is gone from all of us. Such a dear friend and always positive with a smile on his face each and every time I would encounter him. Rick was a genuine friend and always had great stories and could immitate mutual friends even better than they could do themselves. Please know that we are here for you, Sue, and if there is ANYTHING that we can do for you, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thinking of you, Sue!!
Steve Crouch
December 13, 2020
My aches. I´ve known Sue & Rick for MANY years. We met playing tennis, and also enjoyed theater, symphony, concerts and more. He was truly a "great guy" and friend. May the good memories last a lifetime. He lived and loved life. But, his was cut too short. May it be of some comfort to know your friends care, He may be gone, but never forgotten.
Phyllis Siegel
December 13, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the family. Didn´t know Rick well. One of the last tennis´ matches I won was with Rick. I will miss him!
Bob jurczyk
December 13, 2020
Most of our family referred to him as Richie I think because it sounded playful and youthful which is what he was. He could put a smile on anyone´s face, and he will forever.
Rose Lauman
December 13, 2020
The last time I saw him I saw him playing basketball and he looked so happy and that made me happy.
Ari Baker
December 13, 2020
Sue, I am sorry for your loss and I am sorry for all of our loss. Rick was a great guy and it is a terrible shame we lost him so early. We will certainly remember him fondly. Dan
Dan McMichael
December 13, 2020
Rick was a trusted friend and colleague. He had a great life with his wonderful wife, Sue. I will miss him greatly.
Gerald Tanner
December 13, 2020