Michael Shawn Kennaley (42) was born August 12, 1980 the youngest of 8. He went into the Lords arms February 22, 2023. He was the sweetest little boy-I never saw him mad and that’s saying something when you’re from a large Irish Catholic family. He struggled in school but he could survive any element presented.
He loved the outdoors, as a child he’d fill his short’s pockets with frogs from Migliazzo Park then throw them running up the hill when mom called from the car. He joined the Boy Scouts so he could go camping because his siblings were too old and busy to do family camping trips. He was an avid and expert fisherman. While others were using hundred dollars rods & reels he’d out fish you with his bamboo pole. Very rarely would he keep his catch except one time he had to keep his albino trout. Growing up he and his buddies rode bikes all over the back woods of south Kansas City. When his grandfather was in a nursing home he and a friend would ride to Metcalf to visit and then when the friend’s grandpa was there they’d hop the bikes to ride again to visit.
While his dad was out doing HUD inspections, Michael was his “wing-man”
soaking in a vast array of construction knowledge from making sure a door was square to replacing decks and building condos in Florida. South Kansas City was Mikes stomping ground. He work many places in the area, Leawood Country Club, RC, The Limit, and St Thomas More being a handyman was the last place he worked. He took a mission trip with his mom to Guatemala with the church a few years ago. If he could help he would. He was a friend to many and loved to laugh.
Mikey was an avid golfer-frisbee golf that is and a pool shark. He loved to win but was always happy if his opponent won as well. He always wanted to make sure everyone got a good deal. At a family garage sale he was offered $50 for a saddle. The lady walked away paying $35
Michael loved anything family and believe in the midst of all the Kennaley chaos he got lost in the partying that comes with our heritage. But he was a child of God and we loved him so much.
Sometimes our demons become our best friend. Mikey is no longer struggling and appeared like an angel after he passed. Please keep those in all our families struggling with addiction and the families who watch it happening in your prayers
Michael was preceded by his father Daniel Kennaley III and his brother Danny Kennaley IV. He leaves his mother Kitty Kennaley, 6 siblings, Bob(Cindi), Karen Byrnes (Joe), Jimmy(Pam), Diane Hirt(John), Billy and Patrick. At two years old Mike became an uncle to two of his oldest nieces and they all grew up more as siblings, Mary Lipari and Jackie Nelson he then had 13 more nieces & nephews, Christopher, Katie, Kimberly Kennaley, Meagan Byrnes, Heather Bentley, Jonathan (Hannah) Kennaley, Amanda, Jenna, Sophia Hirt, John(Brittney)Hirt, Samatha(Derik) Harper, Sam Schultz, Marley Kennaley. 15 great nieces & nephews
He also leaves a plethora of aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends.
Please join us to celebrate Michael
March 11, 2023
St Thomas More Catholic Church
11822 Holmes Rd. KCMO
9:30-Rosary followed by visitation then eulogy
Private family burial
God bless you & may you be forever held by our loving Father in heaven, Michael. I’ll do look forward to fishing with you in heaven & having lots of laughter around a warm campfire so I can get to know you better!!! You will be very missed here but I’m reading a beautiful book about heaven right now; you are having the most indescribable joy our Father has waiting for us !!! 🤍
When I was in my 20s and Mike was about 2 years old, someone had a break with reason and left me alone with him – AND tiny, infant Mary Kay. When Mary woke up from her nap needing a diaper change, I panicked. What to do? Mikey, with those big blue eyes and dimpled chin, hurried to my rescue. He stood on a chair and leaned over the crib. While Mary giggled and cooed, Mike told me how to unsnap her garment, clean the baby, place her over a clean, dry diaper and attach the adhesive. It was the first diaper I’d ever changed and I was so proud!
Mike laughed. I’d put it on her backwards.
I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family. 🙏