Michael Wormsley

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Michael Allen Wormsley, known to many as Mike, Moo, Pops, Coach, Mr. Wormsley, Dad, and Grandpa Woms-a-we was born in Orrick, Missouri on September 15, 1951 to Ann and Al Wormsley and raised in Vandalia, Missouri.

Growing up, he enjoyed playing sports and serving as HS class president at Van Far. After graduating from Mizzou, he became a history teacher & mentor, using simulation learning activities (Greek Days, Oregon Trail, Civil War/Slave Days, Indigenous Walk on Columbus Day) to bring history alive in the classroom. Mike enjoyed coaching Middle School and Special Olympics basketball. He was especially proud of his Lady Blue 8th grade girls' basketball team at Cole Co R1, Russellville, MO where he took them on a 36 game winning streak and 4 conference titles. Being a Mizzou Alma Mater living in Kansas didn't faze him a bit as he proudly wore his gold and black. He is survived by his soul mate/wife, Kea Wormsley, and his mother and father -in-law, LoisKay and Kenneth Metzger. He is most proud of being a Father of his four children, Erin Harrleston (Dillard, husband), Kelly White (Michael, husband), George Wormsley, and Zach Wormsley (Dominique Demmert, significant other). He has 4 grandchildren that brightened his days: Sam, Carly, Ben, and Alex White. He is also survived by his sister, Kristy Hopkins and many nieces and nephews. Gratitude to Scott Forkenbrock for giving Mike a kidney to live another 4 years to the fullest. He died peacefully at home on October 28, 2018. A special thanks to a wonderful Hospice team at Douglas County VNA that made it possible for him to be home as he left this world to begin the next exciting adventure. There will be a Celebration of Life Memorial in the near future. Memorial donations may be made to either Polycystic Kidney Foundation or .
Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Oct. 31, 2018
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