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Terrence Duggins

September 22, 1935 — June 8, 2021

Terrence Patrick Duggins 85 of Independence, MO passed peacefully in his sleep on June 8, 2021.

Terry was born in Independence MO on September 22, 1935 to Carrol Joseph Duggins and Eva Agnes Murphy Duggins. He attended St. Mary’s College (Missouri) prior to sharing the joy of having 4 strong willed Irish children that mirrored his stubborn ways and sense of humor. Terry served 4 years in the Marine Corps Reserve during the Korean War. He sold pharmaceuticals for many years then designed and built homes, was an auctioneer and a mortgage broker. He made the front page of the KC Star by auctioning off the entire town of Podunk Center, Iowa. Terry’s sense of adventure didn’t end there…

He met the love of his life Martha Sue Nichols, and they were married in 1977 and began of a life of love and adventure.  The two to relocated to Minneapolis, MN in the early 80’s.  An avid outdoorsman, he loved hunting and fishing with his father and his son. Being an entrepreneur at heart, he owned a ranch in California, invented and patented the Rhino Punch Press in 2002  which led him to his Irish roots where he began partnerships with punch press companies in Ireland.  At 58,  he chose to become a Criminal Defense Attorney so he returned to college and attended the University of Minnesota. He graduated two years later at the University’s 100th anniversary as the oldest graduate ever!

Oh but wait.. He is not one to settle, so on to William Mitchell College of Law where he received his JD in just over 2 years. He passed the Minnesota Bar in 2002 and started the Duggins Law Firm LLC and pursued justice for all for the next 18 years. He was recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the country for 2013, 2014 and 2015 and was named Attorney Of The Year for 2021. Terry returned to Independence, MO after Martha Sue passed in December 2019 and enjoyed time with family, friends and BBQ – lots of BBQ!

Terry is survived by children; Mary Lu Ragar (Bob), Thomas Joseph Duggins, Kathleen  Brown (Curtis), and Eileen Fields (Jim). Seven grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, one sister, Patricia Walcott and the Walcott tribe of Independence. He is preceded in death by his loving wife Martha Sue Duggins

Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday June 15, 2021 at McGilley & Shiel Funeral Home (11924 E 47th Street, K.C. MO  64133) from 2-4pm. Reception to follow at the Moose Lodge (2537 Blue Ridge Blvd KC, MO 64129).

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

2:00 - 4:00pm (Central time)

McGilley & Sheil Funeral Home

11924 E 47th St, Kansas City, MO 64133

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Starts at 4:00pm (Central time)

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