Chalmer Dale Moran

December 5, 1935March 25, 2020

Chalmer Dale Moran, age 84, of Lee’s Summit, MO passed away March 25th at John Knox Village Care Center in Lee’s Summit, MO. Dale was born in Boonville, MO in 1935 and later moved to Kansas City while a young child. He is preceded in death by his parents, Father (Edward Joseph Moran) and Mother (Grace Mae Moran).

Dale grew up in the south Kansas City area, graduating from Southeast High School in 1954. Throughout high school, Dale was dubbed “Dale Duck” or as his Sister Evelyn lovingly called him, “Ducky” in reference to the Green Duck Tavern (26th and Prospect, KCMO) owned at that time by his father, Ed Moran. Before graduation, Dale worked part time for the US Postal service on what later turned out to be a 38 year career. He was most recently honored in October 2019 for having completed 60 years of loyal and dedicated service to the National Association of Letter Carriers.

During his employment with the US Postal Service, Dale also enlisted in the US Naval Reserve and proudly served under mobilization orders for active duty in August 1959 until March of 1965. Dale and family then departed for Lee’s Summit in 1968 having to stay temporarily with “Uncle” Hal and “Aunt” Lori Cook (Danny, Wanell & Tammy) while awaiting construction of the family’s new home at 801 NE Balboa Ave.

Throughout his adolescence and adult life, Dale enjoyed hunting and fishing in Arkansas with his infamous “Uncle Herb” (Herbert Mitchell of Melbourne, AK). He also enjoyed his hobby of building and flying “fly by wire” airplanes (which later during his retirement years, he returned to this passion with modern “wireless” models). He was also a self-taught guitar player and song writer finding a unique way to incorporate family, friends and neighbors into all his songs and music including his one hit wonder entitled “You Left Me Crying”.

While serving as a role model and father figure for neighboring youth and relatives, Dale was active in little league baseball during the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s coaching championship teams in the Southeast Baseball League (Wornall Bank with Matt Rizzo Sr. & Larry Kinnison), the 3&2 Baseball League (Raytown Bank) and SKCAA (Jerry’s Sport Shop).

He was a co-founder of the South Kansas City Athletic Association (SKCAA) in Martin City, MO with Norman Sousley and former Southeast Baseball League founders. He also worked for the Kansas City Chiefs at the old Municipal Stadium when they first relocated to Kansas City and also worked for the KC Blues minor league hockey team at the Municipal Auditorium in the 1960’s.

After retirement from the US Postal Service in the early 90’s, Dale embarked on “part-time” job that turned into a 20+ year career while working with the ADESA Auto Auction in Lee’s Summit. He loved driving customers from KCI to the auctions before succumbing to Dementia in 2014. Prior, Dale enjoyed attending Royals games with family and especially loved sitting in the “Crown Seats” and the Royals Stadium Club.

Dale is survived by his Wife of 62 years, Catherine (Cathy) Moran, 2 Sons: Lawrence Moran (spouse Janet) of Leawood, KS and Patrick Moran (spouse Cheryl) of St. Louis, MO; 2 grandchildren (Rachel Nicole & Thomas Dale); and 2 Sisters: Evelyn Clemence (husband David) of Kansas City, MO and Beverly Michael (husband Dennis) of Grandview MO; along with many extended family members throughout the greater Kansas City area.

At this time, no service or visitation will be held. However, a “Celebration of Life” is planned for a future date and time (TBD), the family requests that all condolences be directed to the online memorial page hosted with Floral Hills Funeral Home and The Dignity Memorial at:


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Star Jones

March 29, 2020

Dale had a smile that would light up the room. He made us laugh all the time. We were so lucky to have known him. Condolences to you Mrs. Cathy, Larry, Pat and the whole Moran Family. Love you Mrs Cathy...I’m here for you ❤️

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