McGilley Antioch Chapel

3325 Northeast Vivion Road, Kansas City, MO


Joseph E. Presko Sr.

October 7, 1928February 5, 2019

Joseph Presko, 90, passed away peacefully on February 5, 2019, at his home in Kansas City, MO.

Joe was born on October 7, 1928 to Catherine and George Presko in Kansas City, MO. He graduated from North Kansas City High School in 1946. A devoted husband and best friend to his childhood sweetheart, Kathleen O’Laughlin Presko, with whom he celebrated over 70 years of marriage. Joe was a major league baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Detroit Tigers in the 1950’s.

A dedicated father to his four sons Joe Jr. (Laura), Terry (Gina), Tim (Sherri), Robert (Julie) and three daughters Barbara Hughes, Nancy Schmitz (Kevin) and Dr. Kim Presko. Amazing grandfather to his nine grandsons Brett, Cam, Casey, Nick, Bryce, Andrew, Garrett, Luke Presko and Jeremy Schmitz and four granddaughters Hilary Miller, Angie Dust, Jillian Sansone and Kaitlyn Presko. Joe was the great-grandfather of 17 and the favorite uncle and friend to many. He leaves behind his siblings Mary Ann Stock, Sandy Schunck, Janet Schuchard, and Dr. John Van Hevel. He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings George Jr., Marianne Horn, Jim and Tom Van Hevel.

Joe truly loved spending time with his family especially attending sporting events and activities of his children and grandchildren. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing games, painting, fishing and watching sporting events. Joe dedicated his talents by coaching and mentoring many northland youth baseball players for over 20 year and volunteering at the St. James Food Pantry. Joe enjoyed the daily mail requesting autographs of baseball cards and memorabilia. Through life and death, Joe was a competitor and did not give up, but always remained humble and kind. Joe was fortunate to travel the world and pray at the Vatican and Fatima. He created memories with his family and friends traveling to Australia, Europe, Branson and spring training. Joe and Kathleen were founding members of the St. Charles and St. Andrews Catholic Churches in the northland.

Visitation will be from 9:00-11:00am followed by a Catholic Mass on Saturday, Feb. 9 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 900 NE Shady Lane Drive, KCMO 64118. Burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church Restoration Project.


  • Kathleen Presko, Wife
  • Joe (Laura) Presko Jr., Son
  • Terry (Gina) Presko, Son
  • Tim (Sherri) Presko, Son
  • Robert (Julie) Presko, Son
  • Barbara Hughes, Daughter
  • Nancy (Kevin) Schmitz, Daughter
  • Dr. Kim Presko, Daughter
  • Brett Presko, Grandson
  • Cam Presko, Grandson
  • Casey Presko, Grandson
  • Nick Presko, Grandson
  • Bryce Presko, Grandson
  • Andrew Presko, Grandson
  • Garrett Presko, Grandson
  • Luke Presko, Grandson
  • Jeremy Schmitz, Grandson
  • Hilary Miller, Granddaughter
  • Angie Dust, Granddaughter
  • Jillian Sansone, Granddaughter
  • Kaitlyn Presko, Granddaughter
  • Mary Ann Stock, Sister
  • Sandy Schunck, Sister
  • Janet Schuchard, Sister
  • Dr. John Van Hevel, Brother
  • 17 great-grandchildren

  • Renovation Fund of St. Charles Catholic Church


  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 9, 2019

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, February 9, 2019

  • Commital Service

    Saturday, February 9, 2019


Joseph E. Presko Sr.

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Joe Foertsch

February 9, 2019

If you were a boy growing up north of the river and enjoyed playing baseball, you knew who Joe Presko was. He was my coach in the late 1960s and early 70s. To me, even though he was somewhat of a quiet man, when he did speak I always listened. He would help each of us with equal parts patience and enthusiasm. However, and most important, Joe was a good man whose fine qualities carried beyond the baseball field. A positive influence in any situation. My sincere condolences to the entire family and especially Joe Jr. who was a teammate of mine on his dad’s team.

Joe Foertsch

Pauline Van Horn

February 8, 2019

My deepest sympathy to my cousin Joey's family for their great loss. I regret that I will not be able to attend due to health and transportation issues but pray that the peace of Christ will rest upon you all and give you the strength to carry on beyond this trying time. 🙏 (submitted by her son Tim)

Charlie Mixon

February 8, 2019

Without a doubt the quintessential uncle. I have been thinking of Joe and old memories all week, mostly from my childhood and too numerous to mention. But as I got older, he never failed to ask how you and your family were doing. Our prayers are with Kathleen and her family. Rest easy uncle. You will be missed.

Mike Haynes

February 8, 2019

So very sorry for the loss of a great man and coach .Due to health reasons i will be unable to attend services for Coach Presko.please accept my deepest condolences. Mike Haynes