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Jeffrey David Schilling

July 19, 1978 — April 15, 2022

Jeffrey David Schilling of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away on April 15, 2022, surrounded by family and friends after a 19 year battle with chordoma; he was 43.
Jeff was born on July 19, 1978 in the Chicago suburb Park Ridge, Illinois, the second of three brothers. He was a beloved and loving son and an amazing brother. Jeff cherished the lifelong friendships he made in his neighborhood and competing in sports. He graduated from Libertyville High School in 1996 and attended the University of Kansas where he received a Bachelors degree in Journalism and Marketing in 2001. While at KU, Jeff became an active member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, developed a life-long passion for Jayhawk basketball, and met the love of his life, Erin (Duensing), whom he married in 2005. Jeff was known at KU for his staunch friendships, killer dance moves, and sense of inclusiveness that won people over. While in college Jeff first discovered his love of travel, with memorable trips to Las Vegas and Florida. Following graduation, Jeff became a successful IT sales representative with CDW in Chicago. The Windy City will always be a special place for Jeff because of the friendships that felt like family. After moving to Kansas City, Jeff joined Cisco Systems, where he worked for 11 years. He supported some of Kansas Citys most prominent companies and developed relationships with customers and colleagues that came to mean so much more than business. Jeff succeeded in his career because he succeeded with relationships.
Beginning with the birth of his oldest daughter Claire in 2009 and followed by Kate in 2010 and Anna in 2013, Jeff found his true passion as a proud and loving father. Whether at ballet recitals, swim meets, volleyball matches, soccer or softball games, Jeff was always his girls biggest fan and most vocal supporter, on and off the field.
Upon moving to Brookside and starting a family, Jeff and Erin became active members of the Visitation Community. Always a friend bringing people together, Jeff knew how to throw a party, select the best music and coach a softball team. Some of his favorite nights were spent playing cards with friends or at the boats. Jeff was vibrant, hilarious, caring and knew how to have fun. His beautiful family and wonderful numerous friends meant so much to him.
Jeff especially cherished his time with Erin and the girls. In particular, he loved family summers at the lake where he spent hours throwing the girls off the dock, jet skiing and enjoying long boat rides. Some of his other favorite family memories were made traveling with Erin to any beach, Italy and their favorite, Napa. As a family Jeff, Erin and the three girls vacationed to Belize, Anna Maria Island, Mexico and Chicago. He loved showing the girls everything he loved about his hometown of Chicago: the Cubs and Wrigleyville, the vibrant downtown, the Lake Michigan beaches, and of course his favorite dishes at Portillos.
Determined to beat chordoma and help others with cancer, Jeff channeled his time and talent into fundraising for the Chordoma Foundation. Jeffs golf and bowling fundraising events were successful and unforgettable. Jeffs tremendous generosity and leadership over years has and will have an impact on the lives of countless other chordoma patients.
In addition to his adored wife and daughters, Jeff is survived by his parents Helene (Trubakoff) and Mark Schilling; his brothers Kevin (Marcia) and Brad (Jenna) Schilling; seven nieces and nephews; his in-laws William and Deborah Duensing and an extended family across the country. Jeff is preceded in death by his grandparents Lainie and Babe Trubakoff and Anne and Jack Schilling.
A memorial visitation will be held at Visitation Church on Monday, April 18th from 5:00 7:00 pm with a rosary at 4:30 pm. A funeral prayer service will be held at Visitation Church on Tuesday April 19th at 10:00 am followed by a burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Lunch will be provided at Tighe Hall Visitation Church, all are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, an education fund for Claire, Kate and Anna has been set up. Please email [emailprotected] with your contact information to receive instructions. Contributions may also be made in Jeffs name to the Chordoma Foundation. More information on the Chordoma Foundation and how to donate can be found on their website https://www.chordomafoundation.org/
The Schilling Family is forever grateful for their generous and caring communities: their family, their friends, the Chordoma Foundation and all the dedicated healthcare workers across the country.
"Life doesnt come with a guarantee, and no one knows what tomorrow will bring. But a strong mindset is one of the most powerful tools we can deploy so rather than dwell- I choose to act, and I hope you will join me"-Jeff Schilling
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Rosary
Monday, April 18, 2022
4:30 PM

Visitation Church 5141 Main StreetKansas City, Missouri 64113

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Monday, April 18, 2022
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Visitation Church 5141 Main StreetKansas City, Missouri 64113

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Prayer Service
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
10:00 AM

Visitation Church 5141 Main StreetKansas City, Missouri 64113

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Burial
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
11:15 AM

Mount Olivet Cemetery 7601 Blue Ridge BlvdKansas City, Missouri 64138

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