Richard “Dick” Bond

Dick Bond, 84, of Overland Park, Kansas, died on July 23, 2020, of natural causes.

He was born September 18, 1935, to Ivy and Florine Bond. He graduated from Shawnee Mission High School, KU and KU Law School. He married Sue Sedgwick in 1958 and they have two children, Amy Bond of Fairway, Kansas, and Mark Bond of Tennessee. He is also survived by his grandchildren Spencer Davis, John “Patrick” Sokoloff and Eden Sokoloff.

He was an Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow. At KU, he was President of his social fraternity, President of his honorary fraternity and a member of the All Student Council. In law school, he was President of the Student Bar Association and a member of the National Moot Court team. After law school, he practiced law in Mission, Kansas, and became the first City Attorney of Overland Park. He became Chief of Staff for Congressman Robert Ellsworth for six years, Congressman Larry Winn, Jr., for 18 years and then Congresswoman Jan Meyers.

Dick was appointed to the Kansas Senate in 1986 and then elected to three four year terms. He served as Senate President from 1997 until 2001. As President, he was the principal catalyst for the major Capital Restoration Project.

He has served on numerous corporate boards including five bank boards, the most recent being Bank of Blue Valley and two boards for Midwest Trust Company. His interest in education included 5 years on the Kansas Board of Regents and served one year as chair. He served many years on the KU Edwards Campus Advisory Board and as its chair. He was the originator of the Education Research Triangle that has raised millions for KU Cancer Research, KU Edwards Campus and K-State Olathe Campus. He served on a KU Chancellor Search Committee and a Vice-Chancellor Search Committee. From KU Law School, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award and the James Woods Green Medallion. From the KU Alumni Association, he was awarded the Fred Ellsworth Medallion. He was also awarded KU’s highest award, the Distinguished Service Citation and from KU Endowment Association named an Honorary Life Trustee. On the Johnson College Community Foundation, he served as its chair and received numerous awards including Johnson Countain of the Year. He was the founder of the Some Enchanted Evening annual fundraiser for students’ scholorships. Dick served KVC for many years in their capital fundraising, raising over 10 million dollars.

He was President of Kansas City, Kansas Rotary and a member of Overland Park Rotary and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a Board Member of KCPT, Shawnee Mission Hospital Foundation and received the Richard Edmonds award. He was also a Board Member of the Overland Park Chamber, KU Medical Center Advancement Board, Youth Friends, Kansas Action for Children, United Way, United Community Services, Safehome, KU Gold Medal Club, YMCA, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, KU Law Society Chair and many others. He was also a member of the Kansas Bar Association and the Johnson County Bar Association where he received their highest award, the Justinian Award.

Dick was a long time active member of Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church as a trustee, choir member, ordained elder and served on many committees.

 

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to:

 

Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church

9300 Nall Avnue

Overland Park, KS 66207

or

his last fundraising effort was to benefit:

KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center

3901 Rainbow Blvd., Mail Stop 3012

Kansas City, KS 66160

Please indicate donations are for the Dick Bond Memorial

 

Services

Services are pending.

 

 


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23 Comments on “Richard “Dick” Bond”

  1. Shirley Allenbrand Says:

    Sue, I’m so sorry for your loss and prayers for you and your family. Dick will always hold a place in my heart for his outstanding work in Kansas . He was always eager to help and give advice and write that check to help win that race. Sue, what a great outstanding wife and partner to Dick. Always at his side taking his notes and helping him carry out his next cause. Your love for each other is to be admired.

  2. Jamie Lane Says:

    Sue and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Dick was a wonderful man and I so enjoyed getting to know him while working on Senate leadership staff. I will always remember him fondly. He was one of the best!

  3. Charles and Colleen Templer Says:

    We are very sorry to learn of Dick Bond’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the extended Bond family.

  4. Linda Carlsen Says:

    Dick was a visionary who carried out his visions and made the world a better place for everyone. Even those who did not know him personally benefited from his persistence and dedication.

    We were very fortunate to call him a dear friend, mentor and an honorable man. This community, state and government has lost a remarkable person who leaves behind an everlasting legacy.

    To Sue, who was always by his side, you were with him to the end and made his last days meaningful. Our lose is nothing compared to your lose and we pray your days are filled with knowing you did everything you could to give him the dignity and love you both deserved.

    To Dick’s family, your presence was his joy and your relationship to him was so special. Chuck and Linda Carlsen

  5. Michael Braude Says:

    My deepest sympathy to Sue and the family.Dick was a wonderful man and a great friend.

  6. Tom Carrico Says:

    It has been a privilege to know and call Dick & Sue friends for the past 35 + years. Dick was a fun tennis partner or opponent every Mon. eve. for 25 years & this brought such enjoyment & knowledge to myself. Dick was one of a kind who along with Sue helped so many special causes. My prayers & condolence to Sue & their family. We lost a great one.
    Tom Carrico

  7. Peg Bradley Says:

    Dearest Sue…hearing of “Senator” Bond’s passing not only brought a tear to my eye, but as well, a smile within my heart! So many beautiful memories Ed and I shared about you and Dick! Because of Dick’s kindness and mentoring, Ed saw the importance of giving back! Thank you, Senator Bond! He will be so very missed! But…I know that Ed will warmly be waiting to greet Senator Bond! Sue…my every thought and prayer will be with you and your beautiful family.

  8. Lori MacCurdy Rodgers Says:

    Sue, condolences to you and your family on Dick’s passing. Thinking of you all at this sad time. Lori (MacCurdy) Rodgers

  9. Mark & Stacy Parkinson Says:

    Dick Bond was brilliant, hilarious, and had a profound impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands across the state. Stacy and I are two of those people.

    We can’t capture how brilliant and funny Dick Bond was. All of you who knew him, know exactly what we mean and how terrific it was just to be around him.

    Dick’s impact on people is easier to explain. Dick and Sue have led countless campaigns in Kansas City and across the state for any number of deserving groups. Their passion to help anyone who needs help, has led them to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for important causes. Stacy and I made the decision when we were young that we wanted to be like the Bonds. We wanted to use whatever political capital we developed to raise money for groups and people who need it. We watched them and learned from them, and they motivated us to lead the various capital campaigns we’ve been involved with.

    Dick Bond’s impact on public policy was immense. Politicians for 50 years sought his guidance and support. Candidates from both parties understood the enormous respect Dick carried in Johnson County and the smart ones sought his endorsement. Most notably, he was a key part of Governor Graves efforts, but he also had an outsized role with many other Governors, both Republican and Democratic.

    And Dick Bond was kind. Dick had a disability with his hands that was initially very noticeable, but quickly forgotten. We just never thought of him as a person with a disability. But one day while we were serving in the State Senate together, Dick had a young page, a little boy, who was probably 12 years old or so. This young man had the exact same disability that Dick had. They spent the day together. Dick treated him with an endearing level of respect and care that we remember 30 years later. This young page was beaming. Dick made him feel special, and okay, and it was a beautiful, unforgettable day.

    But mainly, we will remember Dick Bond as brilliant and hilarious. We wish we had the talent to explain. For those who knew him, no explanation is needed. What a life. What a Kansan. We will miss Dick Bond.

  10. Mark S Hauber Says:

    Dear Sue & Family, I am so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. I enjoyed working with You & Dick on financial matters and enjoyed a beer after tennis with Dick & our Homestead Country Club group. Everyone would agree that Dick was one of the toughest competitors on the court. GodSpeed, may Dick Rest in Peace.

    Mark Hauber

  11. Eric R. Yost Says:

    I had the honor of serving with Dick in the Kansas Senate many years ago. We did not agree on everything; no two people ever do. But I had as much respect for Dick as any person I ever served with. He had great personal integrity, and he was always true to his own principles. He was easy to work with, and always put the best interest of Kansas ahead of everything else. We often lament that there are few real leaders left in public service, but Dick Bond was certainly one. It was a great privilege and pleasure to know and work with Dick. To Sue Bond, especially, I wish you the very best, and please know that my thoughts prayers are with Dick Bond and the entire Bond family.

  12. Terry Hawks Says:

    Sue
    So sorry to hear about the Senator. I remember how intimidated I felt when we first met him in his Senate office and I was going in to explain a bill to him. He put me at ease and listened to my story. He also proved to be a man of his word, which I didn’t always find to be the case in politics. I highly respected him and am honored to have called him a friend. Teresa and I enjoyed seeing him at church, as he always had something entertaining to say. He will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Let me know if there is anything we can do for you. Terry and Teresa Hawks

  13. Howard Mick Says:

    Sue and Family,
    Pat and I were vert saddened to learn of Dick’s passing. Not many of us are blessed with his combination of wisdom, compassion, talent and energy. Our state and community are much better places because of Dick. You were also the perfect wife and helpmate. Together you created a wonderful and lasting legacy. Please know that we will hold you in our prayers.
    Howard Mick

  14. Kala Mays Stroup Says:

    Dear Sue,
    Dick will be missed by your KU Alumni Friends. I respect the work you and Dick did for your communities, for Kansas, and for KU. He was the “Dole” type of public servant that many of us respected and cherish. I know you are proud of his leadership stances and his contributions. Please know that I am thinking of you. Kala Mays Stroup

  15. Elaine Claiborne Says:

    Sue and family…So many attributes will be missed with the passing of this wonderful man. Ron and I enjoyed his acquaintance at KU and were proud to call him a fellow Jayhawk. Especially appreciated in recent years were the friendliness and bear hugs he always shared with Billy, my special needs brother. Sue, you were the perfect choice for Dick. The state of Kansas will miss him, too.

  16. Mark and Sandy Praeger Says:

    We are so sad to hear of Dick’s passing. It was such a pleasure to serve in the Kansas Senate with Dick. He was a strong and compassionate leader who helped his fellow senators find their voice. I never doubted for a moment that his motivation was centered on doing what was best for his constituents and for Kansas. And he loved the Jayhawks. Our hearts go out to Sue, his family and to his many loyal friends who all have lost a dear friend, parent and grandparent and most importantly a devoted and loving husband. He will be missed.

    Sandy and Mark Praeger

  17. Mary Amino Sullivan Says:

    Sue and family. I am so sorry for your loss. There are so many good memories of Dick and my uncles. I will never forget when he would walk in the office and with the unforgettable smile say “Hello Miss Muncie. He was always a good friend and many times when I would see him in Topeka he always would go out of his way to say hello. He was a true Kansan.

  18. Steve and Carol Rose Says:

    Sue and family,
    The Rose family offers our deepest regrets on this terrible loss, both to you and the entire community. I will miss our regular lunches together, where I learned so much from Dick and so admired his knowledge and his thinking. Dick was a giant of a man, in every way.

    The Steve, Carol, and Shirley Rose family

  19. Alicia Chidsey Says:

    Sue and Amy,

    From our family to yours, I offer our deepest sympathies for the loss of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and so much more. I know only a small fraction of the positive impact Dick had on his family, community, church, and all those who were fortunate enough to interact with him throughout his full life. However even though I know only a fraction of the many things Dick did to improve the lives of others, including mine, I know that his influence and the impact of his presence will be known and felt for many generations.

    He was a brilliant man with a kind heart and sharp wit. I thank both of you for sharing him with the world and with every person who has felt his grand presence in their life. I will keep the memory of him alive by always remembering him with his wise words, sweet smile, and gentle way. May his love be felt by you always.

    Love, Alicia Chidsey

  20. Natalie Haag Says:

    Sue and family:

    Dick was a great leader and a true statesman. He provided thoughtful guidance and direction to other political leaders, often with an large dose of humor. My prayers are with you.

  21. Rev. Dr. Clayton L. Smith Says:

    I am so grateful for my Rotary friendship with Dick. He always greeted me at our Rotary meetings with a smile and addressed me as, “Rabbi”!

    He was a man of faith. He loved people. Dick’s legacy of faith and love will continue to bless our Overland Park Rotary!

  22. Karen M Arnold-Burger Says:

    Sue and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Dick had many encouraging words for me over the years and the way the two of you dove into important causes to propel the changes that you knew were necessary was inspiring to me and many others. If you wanted to get something done, everyone knew you “Call the Bonds and see what they think!” Dick’s opinion was highly respected and often sought. And you and Dick always shared your thoughts and ideas freely. I looked forward to attending Johnson County Bar luncheons and reconnecting with Dick whenever I could. Sue I know you will continue his legacy!

  23. Bob and Mary Fry Says:

    Dick Bond was a true friend of this great country, our local community, his colleagues and friends and especially the Fry Family! His legacy includes: Vision, Work Ethic, Service and Compassion for others. His accomplishments are enormous, his friendship greatly appreciated!
    Rest well dear friend! Blessings to Sue and family….
    Bob and Mary Fry

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