Michael B. Edwards

Michael Brian Edwards, 58, Shawnee, KS passed away surrounded by his immediate family on July 20, 2020. 

Mike was born June 2, 1962 in Joplin, MO to John and Evelyn Louise Edwards. He was a graduate of Iola High School, received his Pharmacy degree from the University of Kansas and his PharmD degree from the UMKC.

Mike started his career as a pharmacist at KU Medical Center and went on to pursue a successful career in clinical research for 30 years. During those years, he helped bring several new life changing medications to market.  Mike most recently went back to his true passion and started a business of helping people with their medication management.

Mike loved coaching teams in and out of work and was a true inspirational leader. He always said, “ chasing and coaching his daughters were some of the best memories of his life.” He also loved his silly Jeep and off roading. Mike was a king master backyard griller/smoker. He encouraged everybody to be their best and was a  true friend. He absolutely adored his granddaughter, Lydia, who called him Mike and he loved it.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Cari Edwards; three daughters, Alex (Cory) Thompson, Kansas City, KS, Makenzie (John) Neill, Manhattan, KS and Abbey (Austin) Willard, Overland Park, KS; two sisters, Susan (Terry) Hernstrom, Frisco, TX and Mary Edwards, Liberty, MO; two brothers, Richard (Becky) Edwards, Smithville, MO and Paul (Patty) Edwards, Rogers, AR; mother-in-law, Susan Chesney, Medina, OH; sister-in-law, Cindy (Brian) Carver, Medina, OH;  two grandchildren, Lydia Gale Thompson and Logan Alexander Thompson and soon to arrive, Lucas Michael Thompson. Mike also leaves his eight nieces; six nephews and many other family and friends.  

Funeral and Visitation

Visitation will be 3-4:00 p.m. followed by a service at 4:00 p.m. Monday, July 27 at the Amos Family Funeral Home. Current COVID-19 Social Distancing guidelines will be followed. 

Memorial Contributions

Memorial contributions may be made to the research of mental health of your choice.


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Posted in Kansas City Obituaries, Obituaries | on Friday, Jul. 24th 2020 | 20 Comments »

20 Comments on “Michael B. Edwards”

  1. Bill Byrd Says:

    So very sorry for the loss of a bright and funny friend. God rest his soul.

  2. Carol Lehman Says:

    Cari,
    I am so sorry to hear about Mike.
    My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.
    Carol Lehman

  3. Erin Luby Says:

    I am saddened to hear about Mike. Makes me think back to the old KU days when we all met, worked and played together. I always thought Mike was a great guy. Handsome, kind, funny, gracious. I’ll always think of him that way. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts. Erin

  4. Curt Fehr Says:

    Mike was a great guy. So sorry to hear about this. Much love to his family.

  5. Scott Fehr Says:

    So very sorry to hear the news about Mike. I have so many great memories of high school and Jr. college with Mike. He was a true friend and will be missed greatly. My thoughts and prayers are with all his family.

  6. Tom Mecca Says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Mike. We work very closely together for a number of years at Marion Merrell Dow and related companies. We always enjoyed working together and talking about a number of things, especially our daughters as we both have three about the same ages. I so much enjoyed when Mike and I were able to get together for lunch and beer, although I wish we were able to do it more often over the past few years. Unfortunately, I will be out of town on Monday on a family vacation, but please know that my thoughts and prayers are with Cari, the girls and all of Mike’s family.

  7. Ellen Vigdorth Says:

    Dear Cari and family,
    I also worked with Mike at MMD/Quintiles. He had great enthusiasm and a ready smile. A good guy who will be remembered for that wide smiling face you can see in his pic and his love of family.
    Thoughts and prayers for you.
    El

  8. Lutrecia Church Says:

    I Wal so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. We worked together at Marion Labs and other mergers. I lived to hear him laugh at work. I know he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  9. Judy Burge Says:

    I also worked with Mike on many of the same projects as Tom Mecca. I especially remember Mike’s engaging laugh! He was a smart and caring man. He often spoke about how much he loved his family. He will be missed so much.

  10. Judy Burge Says:

    I also worked with Mike on many of the same projects as Tom. I especially remember Mike’s engaging laugh! He was a smart and caring man. He often spoke about how much he loved his family. He will be missed so much.

  11. Marie Rakiec Says:

    I worked with Mike and I too have wonderful memories of his dedication, sincerity, and that friendly laugh that many of us have mentioned. With deep sympathy and caring thoughts to his family.

  12. yogini amin Says:

    I am lost for words. Mike was a beautiful Soul had pleasure and joy to get to coach our girls soccer team Tigers with him and got to know him personally. Always very caring and loving and always happy that is how we remember him. He will be missed.
    Saying we are sorry doesn’t seem to cover all our thoughts and emotions. Prayers to all of your loved ones Kari, Alex, Abbey and Mackenzie and hope that you all find peace. and Mike hoping you are at peace too. With all pryaers and love from Amin Family

  13. Jane Starr Says:

    I have known Mike since his early days as a pharmacist at KU Medical Center where I also worked with his wife Cari on a cardiac unit. Our children were very close in age and even though they had 3 girls and we 3 boys, our families spent lots of time together in our younger days. Mike always kept us in stitches laughing at his silly jokes and funny stories. I loved him like a brother and wish I had visited more often in the last few years. One of my best memories of Mike was when him, Cari and the girls went on vacay with us in Cancun and he entertained the boys with his antics and foosball/ping pong skills. The boys always compared his humor to Jim Carey ‍♀️ Love you Mike and I know you are entertaining everyone in heaven

  14. Stan McDermott Says:

    I am deeply saddened to learn of Mike’s passing and will always treasure his friendship. My thoughts and prayers are with him and certainly with his dear wife, Cari, along with Alex, Makenzie, Abbey and your families. A beautiful person and wonderful husband, father and friend that so many will miss and long for. I hired Mike back in/around 1988 at Marion Laboratories into our Clinical Research department. He was a dedicated and highly productive professional in the drug development group going on to a fine career in pharmaceutical development. Mike was a genuine person and became a dear friend of mine, as he was also a close and valued colleague and friend to so many of us. Mike was so much fun to work with and be around; he really cared for others and deeply loved his family. I will always remember the fun and antics he and I shared in and around the KU – MU rivalry. Mike and I were on opposite sides of this basketball issue and gave one another lots of trouble plus great memories regarding whose was the best university and team. All in good fun I will add.

    Rest in peace, Mike, and God’s speed and blessings to Cari and your dear family. Mike brightened my life and that of so many, many others. Mike was and is one of the good ones. To all those that Mike loved, take good care.

  15. Cory Thompson Says:

    THE DASH
    the poem by Linda Ellis

    I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning… to the end.

    He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

    For that dash represents all the time they spent alive on earth and now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.

    For it matters not, how much we own, the cars… the house… the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

    So think about this long and hard; are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left that still can be rearranged.

    To be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.

    If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile… remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.

    So when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash, would you be proud of the things they say about how you lived your dash?

  16. John Richard Edwards Says:

    A Man can only be so much but Mike was EveryThing To this Brother.When I spoke of him it was with the utmost respect and Love..I was amazed buy his Brilliance.He Strived to be the best at everything he did.An incredible Brother.Father.Husband.Grandfather.
    He is at Peace now and that Makes My Heart Full.ILove You My Brother

  17. Kay Turman Says:

    Deepest condolences to Cari and the rest of the family. I worked with Mike at MMD for many years. He was known for his smile and his love for his family. Rest In peace.

  18. Debbie McMorris Says:

    I’m so sorry Cari and family. You will be in my prayers. Peace and love to you all.

  19. Steve Starr Says:

    Every once in a great while a person comes along that can brighten your day. Mike was that person. I always looked forward to getting together with him. I didn’t get a chance to see him in several years but kept track of his family through his parents when they were living. My heartfelt condolences to Cari and his girls. The world lost a bright, funny and caring man.

  20. Melinda Settlemyer Says:

    Sending thoughts and prayers to the family. Sincere condolences.

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