McGilley State Line Chapel

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Michael John Peppard

April 3, 1947May 13, 2020

Although difficult to condense a life into a few paragraphs, Michael John Peppard knew how to cut to the quick of a situation. He got a call that he had to take on Wednesday morning. An opportunity arose to join loved ones who went before, to laugh and to tell long stories.

Our brother, friend, husband, father, and grandfather was born on April 3, 1947. He was a great big brother to Jackie and Kevin. Mike loved to play sports, was a national honors student, and really an all-around guy. He attended Our Lady of Good Counsel grade school and Rockhurst and Bishop Lillis High Schools; in 1965 his Lillis football team was number one in the KC Metro area. Mike earned a football scholarship to K-State, met and married Kathleen Hogerty, had Jennifer and Michael II, and graduated from UMKC. Football never left him; he coached Mikey’s St. Thomas More football team and continued to coach there for the next 15 years.

Dad spent his mid-life years as the proprietor of the one and only Bigger Jigger on Troost, an establishment of local Irish lore. He was at home behind the bar, regaling to all who would listen with his tales and views. Here he developed a second family of lifelong friends. Dad loved to play golf on Sundays with his buds. He told the best stories and was the best friend you could know.

After surviving cancer and open-heart surgery, his grandkids gave him a renewed purpose. Poppy doted on his grandchildren and attended all his grandkids’ school and sporting events. At 8:00 in the morning or under the lights, basketball or soccer games, he was there, cheering on Ayla and Aidan’s victories and consoling them in their losses.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Louise Miller Schinze and Jack Peppard; his in-laws Lillian and Dan Hogerty; brothers in-law Dennis Hogerty and Cy Perkins; and nephew David Hogerty.

Mike is survived by his wife Kathy, children Michael and Jennifer (Craig Napier), grandchildren Aidan and Ayla; sisters Jackie (Doug) Bailey and Lori (Jim) Evans; brothers Kevin (Gail) Schinze, Mark (Andrea) Peppard, and Scott (Kerry) Peppard, and many loved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

In light of the current pandemic, there will be a family mass to be announced. There will be a celebration of Mike’s life a year from now in May 2021. Please check the website Mikepeppard.com for more information.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer's Association in honor of brother in-law Dennis Hogerty (act.alz.org/goto/HogertyCrew ).


  • Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.


Michael John Peppard

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Steve Wubbenhorst

May 25, 2020

Just now hearing about Mike. My family was close with his family. My mother and Mike’s mother were very close and my brother John and Mike were good friends. Many memories at OLGC. I was coached by his step dad. Spent many nights at his bar as it was a gathering place for rugby players. RIP Mike. You will be missed.

Tom and Connie Salmon

May 22, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers to Kathy and all their family. Remember Mike always as friendly, smiling, laughing and telling a story or two about his past adventures. Probably with a cigar or pipe in his hand. I met Kathy in grade school at St. Peter's and have enjoyed a lasting friendship ever since. Mike came into her life in high school, always funny and friendly to everyone. What can I say, Mike was full of fun and lived life to the fullest. His family and friends will miss him.
Connie & Tom Salmon

Kevin Regan

May 21, 2020

Mike was a great man and dear friend to all. He loved his family above all. God bless and slainte to Mike and the Peppard clan.

Michael Layne

May 21, 2020

RIP Michael. It's been so many years since our time at Good Council. But I remember you as a dynamic force with impish humor even then. You were definitely one of the good guys, and your friends and family have much to celebrate as they share memories of your life.

JT Alphonsa

May 20, 2020

Oh Mike, a mountain of a man. remember him well from his year at Rockhurst. he was loved and admired. Class of 65, he was a treasure. my condolences Kathleen. Love you guys.

Carol Lillis

May 20, 2020

I’m sorry to hear about Mike. He was such a big personality and never knew a stranger. I remember after my dad and Tim died, Mike gave me this big bear hug and told everything will be fine.
Mike you’ll be missed by so many, but one thing I do know ..... you were in heaven before the devil knew you were dead!
Sending prayers and hugs during this difficult time. 🙏🏻🍀🙏🏻😢

Linda Vielhauer

May 20, 2020

On Kathleen, So sorry to. hear this news. I remember our early days at St Peter's and then again at the wrestling matches at Aquinas. Mike was a larger than life presence in everything he did. Offering prayers in this difficult time. Fondest regards,
Linda Wyatt Vielhauer

Susan Marshsuzyq1936@gmail.com

May 19, 2020

Kathleen and family
So very sorry to hear about Mike. He was a great guy and I remember him fondly from Christmas Eve gathering
May God grant you the grace to get thru this time of sorrow
Know that you are in my prayers

Susan marsh

Mary Clare Tallman

May 19, 2020

Kathy and family
So sorry to hear of Mike's passing. We all have fond memories when we were growing up in Redemptorist and Good Council
parish. Days of CYC dances and the fun we had.
My prayers and love,
Clare Tallman

Barbara Thompson Guinn

May 19, 2020

Dear Peppard Family,
Mike was always kind to people. I attended OLGC and Lillis with Mike. I might not see him for years, but he always treated me as though it was yesterday. Such a smart and generous person.
May perpetual light shine upon him.


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