BELTON, MO (WDAF) – The daughters of a long-suffering Chiefs fan who passed away last week say their father is getting the last laugh on the poor performing team. In an obituary published Sunday, the death of 81-year-old Loren “Sam” Lickteig is blamed in part on “heartbreaking disappointment caused by the Kansas City Chiefs.”
“My dad, he loved the Chiefs, but he was a big prankster,” said daughter Diana Hennessey. “He liked his jokes. And he just needed the last laugh.”
Lickteig battled Multiple Sclerosis for 27 years. He hadn’t driven in years, so he spent a lot of time at his Belton home rooting for his favorite team, the Kansas City Chiefs. His daughters say Lickteig used humor to help him get through nearly everything in his life. They say the only thing he was dead serious about was his football team.
“He would start out with his red shirt, Kansas City Chief, shirt on, on game days,” Hennessey said.
“Then if the team was doing okay, it would move, he would literally change during the game, change to his yellow or gold shirt. And then once they started doing bad, he would have the black T-shirt come on.”
His daughters say Sam wore a lot of black in recent years. After his wife died in July, his family feared that heartbreak combined with the disease he battled would do him in. When the Chiefs lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football in overtime, Lickteig passed away two days later.
“If the Chiefs want to beat something, obviously it’s not a team at this point, then they can support the MS Society and help support MS,” Hennessey said. “We can beat the disease.”
His daughters gathered to write an obituary for the former Grandview city councilman and real estate broker, and they realized they needed to employ some of their dad’s humor to help get them through it. That’s why the obituary says Lickteig died from MS and heartbreaking disappointment caused by the Chiefs.
“I feel bad for the Chiefs players,” said daughter Amy Turner. “I don’t want them to think we’re making fun of them. I believe they are trying. It’s just not working very well for them right now.”
Three daughters say all the attention the obituary is getting is a fitting tribute to their dad.
“I know he is smiling down,” said Turner. “He is laughing at us. He is smiling and getting a very good kick out of this.”
Lickteig’s funeral is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Coronation of Our Lady Catholic Church in Grandview. The family asks memorial contributions be made to the MS Society.
By John Pepitone