Christopher Storm was born on September 4, 1959 in Kansas City, MO, to Frank and Patricia Storm. He was the 9th of their 12 children, and the perfect addition to their lively household. He grew up in the Waldo neighborhood, attenting Hale Cook Elementary and Bingham Middle School. He enjoyed an idyllic Baby Boomer childhood runnimg the neighborhood with his 11 siblings and 18 first cousins. He attended and played football at Southwest and Grandview High Schools, graduating in 1977.
He began working as a dishwasher at Waldo Astoria when he was still in Junior High. It was impossible to have known at the time, but this small summer gig kickstarted his illustrious career as a professional chef. He got his brother Frank a job as well, and brothers Kevin and Mike followed in suit. Before long, it was a true family affair. While Chris loved to make comforting and delicious food for people, the true joy in his career is that he was able to share it with his best friends, his brothers.
Chris married the love of his life, Letty, in October 1981. They had 4 children in 7 years and Chris was thrilled that the house he created was just as high spirited as the one in which he was raised. Allison, Sara, Pat & Joe were his favorite adventure and he and Letty created a very happy home. He was a busy man, but was always available to be a good father to his children and always found a way to let them know that they were loved.
Chris was involved with the American Culinary Federation and Chefs’ Assosciation of Kansas City, St. Elizabth Catholic Church, The Knight of Columbus, Boy Scout Troop 150 and was an (easy way) Warrior, Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He was helpful when his brothers Frank and John founded Max’s Autodiner, and enjoyed many positions as an Executive Chef in every capacity from small fine dining restuarants to large scale banquets.He participated in culinary competion early in his career, and garnered many awards. He was especially proud to be Grand Champion of Smokin’ In Waldo BBQ competion in 2015. His truest talent, other than cooking was mentoring. He helped dozens of young people find their way in this world and we are all better because he lent himself to others so often.
Chris never met a stranger and considered everyone a friend. He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Patricia Storm, sister Mary Storm, brothers John Storm, Ed Storm and Frank Storm, and countless dogs that were, of course, family. He is survived by his wife, Letty, of the home. Daughter Allison, her husband John Keeling and their daughters Georgia and Tallulah. Daughter Sara, her partner Heather and their son Luca Storm, and sons Pat Storm and Joe Storm.
The family has planned a visitation for Friday, July 23 from 5-7 at St Elizabeths Catholic Church 2 East 75th st Kansas Foty, Mo 64114. The rosary will begin the visitation at 5:00. There will be a funeral mass on Saturday, July 24 at 11:00 am also at St Elizabeth’s The family will host a gathering following the service at the church
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, 12000 Wornall Rd, KCMO 64145. He was loved and he will be missed.