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McGilley State Line Chapel

12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO

OBITUARY

Michael K. Darby

September 30, 1955May 18, 2017

Michael K. Darby, 61, of Kansas City, passed away May 18, 2017. He was born in Kansas City, MO on September 30, 1955, to Charlie and Bonnie Darby.

Mike went to school at Visitation and later graduated from Rockhurst High School. He attended Mizzou, and was a lifetime Tiger fan. He was a charter member of the Tuesday night card group, an avid lover of dogs, and co-owner of Coach’s Bar & Grill with Chrissy for the past 34 yrs. During his “semi-retirement”, Mike enjoyed his time as the Mayor of Sagamore, cycling, breakfast with his nine grandchildren, and tipping people in $2 bills.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Aucoin Darby, and his brother David Darby.

Mike’s loved ones who are continuing to enjoy the ride are: his mother, Bonnie Jean Darby; son, Brian (Kristie) Darby; daughter Alison (Corey) Boddicker; daughter Jennifer (Kevan) O’Shea; nine grandchildren; beloved dogs Coach and Sadie; siblings Susan (Don) Curless, Bob (Diane) Darby, Bill (Michelle) Darby, and Liz (Rick Rumford) Darby; and countless employees he considered as family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, May 22, at Church of the Ascension, Overland Park, KS. Visitation will be Sunday evening, May 21, 6:30–8:30p.m., at the Church. The Rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to some of Mike’s favorite causes: The Hope Center, 2800 E. Linwood Blvd., KCMO 64128, (hopecenterkc.org), or Phoenix Family, 3908 Washington St., KCMO 64111 (www.phoenixfamily.org). “Thank you, Dad, we love you.” - JAB

Services

  • Rosary Service Sunday, May 21, 2017
  • Visitation Sunday, May 21, 2017
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, May 22, 2017

Memories

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Shannon Leitzke

August 31, 2017

Truly an approachable, kind, gracious, welcoming individual in the community.

Jeffrey Bink

June 7, 2017

Mike's was a class act business personality and genuine character. One of the kindness unique individual to have as a friend. Our condolences to the family.

Tom Gonterman

June 4, 2017

Mike was a fun next-door neighbor to our family, I would help him with his home computer when problems came up (a lot!), and our parents used to eat at Coaches every week, way back in the 90s. Our dad used to tease Mike all the time about having no dessert items on the menu, so one time when Mike saw them coming in, he ran down the street to the grocery store, bought some fancy ice cream, and just served it to them without a word after dinner. Mike always took great care of our family, setting up our large parties in the back room, whether for a joyous family celebration or as a gathering spot for not-so-joyous ones. Mike always had good wishes and kind words for us.
You will be missed friend, by all the Gonterman kids - Tom, Marty, Pam, Kathy, and Bill, and we have made a donation to Hope Center in your honor.

Sean & Cathy Mulcahy

May 29, 2017

We pray that we we can understand what we are given. Sean & Cathy Mulcahy.

Cathy Mulcahy

May 29, 2017

I first met Mike when we were 14 years old. He was like the junior mayer of Visitation parish. I had just arrived from Lawrence Kansas and already knew many parishioner families already from my parents school associations. Mike took me under his wing, introduced me to life from his vision of Visitation School life! He was a spectacular guide, a wonderful friend and he taught me about big city life in an innocent way. We rode bikes and walked through Loose and the plaza in great and bad weather. We ate stale animal crackers till we were full! He was kind and taught me an immense amount regarding connecting with other people. He was charming and an immense influence in my youmg life, especially to this new city. We once talked about delevoping our friendship into a boyfriend/girlfriend kinship. We both agreed thar "you"ll have to sweep me off my feet." He responded .. ""You will have to also," He found a push broom at my moms house, and we laughed and laughed unable to sweep each other off our feet! You kids had a great kind dad, your mom was lucky enough to marry him. Bonnie, you were a total crackup and thank you for the great left handed golf tips you taught me when I was young. God bless you Mike.
Cathy Mulcahy

Pat and Vicki Saviano

May 28, 2017

There are so many wonderful memories that our families shared throughout the years. These continued whenever we ate at Coach's. Definitely a loss for us, but a gain for heaven's bountiful kitchen. With special thoughts and prayers for Bonnie.

Dave Flessner

May 25, 2017

I'm listening to Rawhide and Battle of New Orleans in honor of Mike.

Got to know Mike as for 18 years after my wife had a massive heart attack. The cardiac care nurse at St Joseph's Medical Center introduced me to Coach's as the Illinois Fan's Watch Party site for football and basketball games. Mike when come by and engage conversation with me and our Illini fans asking questions about our team having knowledge of our players even though he was a Missouri Tiger fan, a rival of the Illini. He had a way of talking to you as if you were the only one around. That was one of his many gifts.

Once I joined Prospectors I was so blessed to get to know Multiple Mike. Will always cherish those memories.

Laurie Chipman

May 24, 2017

Mike and I met because of bicycling. While, I didn't know him well, I could tell he was a kind and generous heart.

I'm so sad about his death. My deepest condolences to his family.

May 24, 2017

To Bonnie, Mikes mother our thoughts are with you from your "golfing girlfriends " at Drumm Farm our thoughts are with you if there is anything we can do we are here for you.
Jacki Kendall

Dan Sanders

May 24, 2017

I remember Mike from Coach's . I worked for his brother Billy at His restaurant in Prairie Village. Both of them were very nice to me and I had a great time during my teenage years. I learned the value of hard work and thank the Darby family for being good to me as I was growing up. So saddened by the news.

FROM THE FAMILY