Mike was absolutely adored by his family and friends. Many will remember Mike by his incredible laugh, his charming smile and excellent sense of humor.
Michael was born May 17,1959 in Warren, Ohio. The fourth child of Thomas Eugene Gerrity and Helen Cecelia Battle Gerrity. In July of 1959 the family relocated to Overland Park, Kansas.
He graduated from Shawnee Mission South High School in 1977. Mike attended Kansas State University where he joined Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. He graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. While at Kansas State, he met Judy Buzzard and they married in 1989. They welcomed their only daughter, Kayla, in 1990.
In 1989, he founded Metro Collision Repair in Olathe, Kansas. Mike was greatly blessed to have wonderful, loyal employees by his side over the years. He was smart, generous and had an entrepreneurial spirit.
Mike was humble and kind. He did not like to be the center of attention, yet everyone simply wanted to be around Mike. Judy and Mike hosted many gatherings over the years for family and friends. Pool parties, poker nights and holidays were a commonplace and the motto was always “the more, the merrier”.
Mike was an incredible skier. He shared his love for skiing by teaching his family and friends the sport. In 2005, Judy and Mike built a second home in Avon, Colorado. Wonderful memories were shared at the mountain house. Mike’s spirit will forever be remembered in the mountain house for generations to come.
Mike was an easy going guy who enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, like a glass of Coca Cola and Bryers strawberry ice cream. Always asking “Do we have something sweet?”
Mike and his daughter Kayla were two peas in a pod. They shared the same sense of humor and knew exactly how to make each other laugh. Mike was so proud of Kayla’s accomplishments and the life she has built in Denver.
For the past 10 years, Mike faced health challenges with courage and grace. Never a single complaint. Judy worked tirelessly to provide Mike with the best treatment and care possible, of which the entire family is grateful for. He was a wonderful man, a great father, and will be deeply missed by all.
Michael is survived by his wife Judy Lynn, his daughter Kayla Nicole, Kayla’s fiancé Hank Lee. His sister Mary Ellen Alagna, her husband Dana, and their three children Jennifer, Tony, and Nick and their spouses and children. His brother Thomas, his wife Ruth, and their three children Tom, Michael, and Laura and their spouses and children. Michael was preceded in death by his brother Patrick Brian Gerrity, his father Thomas Gerrity, and his mother Helen Gerrity.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Access Unbound in Vail, CO. www.accessunbound.org. PO Box 5372, Vail, CO 81658
A Celebration of Life will be held for Mike at Eagle’s Landing at Lake Olathe on Sunday, April 24th, Open House from 4-7pm The family will offer special remarks at 5:30 pm Eagles Landing 475 S Ward Cliff Drive, Olathe, KS 66061.