McGilley Memorial Chapel-Midtown

20 West Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO



July 26, 1937August 3, 2019

Mariano Morales, 82 of Kansas City’s Westside, died August 3, 2019. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am Friday, August 9, 2019 at Sacred Heart/Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 2544 Madison, KCMO. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, 6901 Troost. KCMO. Visitation will be 6-8 pm Thursday at the McGilley Midtown Chapel, 20 W. Linwood, KCMO. Mariano was born July 26, 1937 in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico to Manuel and Francisca Morales. He came to the United States and Kansas City In 1952. Mariano was a truck driver for Allied Systems and later Jack Cooper Transportation that delivered new Fords off of the assembly line in Claycomo to the dealerships. He retired in 2018. He was an avid Chiefs fan, a 16 year season ticket holder. He was first in the gates to tailgate and was the chief cook and griller; and he was training an apprentice, his grandson, Nicholas Garcia, III. Mariano loved his salsa music. Mariano was preceded in death by his wife Agustina 2014; two daughters, Martha Collins and Anna (Anita) Esparza; one sister, Antonia Gallardo and three brothers, Mariano Cortez, Dolores Cortez and Sebastian Cortez. Mariano’s survivors include two daughters, Linda Raya (Roman) of KCK and Gloria Cervantes of KCMO; one brother, Leondro Cortez, KCK; ten grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.


  • Visitation Thursday, August 8, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Committal Friday, August 9, 2019



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Pat LaCapra

August 9, 2019

I worked with Mariano for 16 years at Allied and Cooper. He was a class act , enjoyed working with him and talking sports especially about the Chiefs. He would always tell us what he had planned for his menu for tailgating every week. May he Rest In Peace, and all of his family cherish the wonderful memories!

Samantha Buehrig

August 6, 2019

You've always brought a smile to my face. You've always shown us love even when we just met. You've given us a family that will always be there. You've taught me that no matter how bad things may seem, we will make it through.

I will be forever grateful for the time we had with you, even though it feels too short. You've brought so much happiness into this world and my only hope is that we can carry on that legacy.

I was so blessed to know you and call you Grandpa.

May you rest in peace and know you will be missed by so many. Love you Grandpa!

Roman Jr.

August 5, 2019

I remember when I was first introduced to your dad, Mariano. An impressionable name, that soon would be replaced. Someone we would come to love and honor as simply, Grandpa. I honestly dont know how it was decided, or who started in first, but it was obvious to anyone who knew - "Grandpa" just fit best. Of course everyone enjoyed his jokes and laughter, as did I. He always had the best stories and many times, he would effortlessly become the life of the party. But aside from all of this, he was more to me. He believed in me. There was never a doubt. And thats how he'll remain with me. He always saw the best in me and always wanted the best for me. And I know he still does. He sticks with you like that. It'll always be his stories, the laughs, the Sunday Fundays, and all the good times spent making memories, but while his body may rest, his presence is unending. His legacy lives on through those lessons, his love in our hearts, and his spirit - forever. From all accounts, he was a good man, a great dad, and an even better Grandpa, when he never had to be.

Raul Duenas

August 5, 2019

MARIANO was a very caring and generous man. Always welcomed my family and I with open arms. I always felt like you were my grandfather as well. I will watch over my brother your grandson Nick. Thank you for all the memories. Love you grandpa, we will miss you.

Raul,Hannah, Jeffery, Kenzie & Baby Oaklynn