Jul 10,1924---Jul 03,2021

George Gorman was born on July 10, 1924 to Ann Car and Nicholas Gorman. He graduated from St. John the Baptist grade school in 1938 and from Wyandotte High School in 1942.

In 1943 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and assigned to the Air Force. He was sent to Texas Tech as an aviator student for pre-flight training. After graduating he was assigned to a Flying Fortress (B-17) crew as a gunner and sent to England with the 8th Air Force. He flew on 14 missions and was awarded 2 Air Medals, 5 Battle Stars and the French Legion of Honor Medal. When the war was over in Europe, barely 21 years old and without any legal training, he was appointed the non-commission office of the Courts and Boards of the 96th Bomb Group where he served until, he was discharged in January of 1946.

He enrolled at the University of Kansas in the fall of 1946 where he served as the first president of the new Oread Hall, a dormitory of 160 veterans of World War II. He was also the left field starter of the KU baseball team. He received a letter from the Kansas governor thanking him for signing the petition that allowed black students to participate in Big 7 athletics.

 

After two years he left KU for a sales position with Swift and Company. In 1947 he was introduced to the love of his life, Kathryn Sambol. They were married in 1949 and were blessed with 5 daughters and a son. It was a happy marriage with trips to Hawaii, Spain, North Africa and family vacations to Disneyland, Disneyworld, Grand Canyon, Mexico and the California Coast. Kathryn died in 1985 from ovarian cancer.

 

He left Swift and Company in 1954 for the position of Sales Manager and eventually plant manager of Sambol Packing Company. In 1980 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Brotherhood Bank and Trust where he served as chairman of the Loan and Discount Committee for 40 years. George was always grateful to the bank for the strong support they gave to him and his many charitable endeavors. George also served on the Board of Providence Hospital and the greater Kansas City Hospital Association. He served as a governor of the American Royal. He was civic minded and sat on the committee for the unification of the Kansas City Kansas and Wyandotte County governments.

 

George was a proud, devoted Catholic. He was past president of St. John Catholic Club, past president of the Serra Club, Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order Knights of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, a member of the men’s club of the Sisters Servants of Mary, and also served as a lay minister and lector.

 

George had close ties and affection for Strawberry Hill, but his first love was for historic James Street and the West Bottoms where he grew up and had many friends of all backgrounds and nationalities.

George loved all sports and played baseball at the parochial, high school, legion, college, and semi-pro level. His first love was golf where he had a couple holes-in-one and a number of club tournament trophies to his credit.

 

In 1989 George married Virginia Buford. She preceded him in death in August of 2016.

 

George was preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers, Tony, Joey, Mickey, Johnny and Mike and six sisters, Rose Harris, Mary Czarlinsky, Louise Lastelick, Catherine Brunski, Barbara Kolich and Anna Zeleznak, and son-in-law David Dickey.

 

George is survived by his children Jeanne Gorman, Joan Dickey, Janet Hoven (Don), June Gorman, Jackie Kindred (Doug), and George Patrick Gorman (Cadey); his grandchildren Zachary Gorman Rau, David (Stacey) Jackson, Michael (Trudi) Jackson, Kathryn, William and Gorman Thomas Hoven, Rose Kindred, Abby and Caroline Gorman and his great grandchildren, Brenden Dawley, Trella, Charles and Collin Jackson. He is also survived by a ton of nieces and nephews who he loved and rejoiced in their many accomplishments.

 

A Rosary will be prayed at 3:45 PM with a visitation to follow from 4-7:00 PM, Wednesday, July 7, at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 416 N. 14th St., Kansas City, KS.  Funeral Mass will be 10:00 AM Thursday, July 8, at the Cathedral of St. Peter.   Donations may be made in his memory to the Cathedral of St. Peter or Bishop Ward High School, Kansas City, Kansas.  



Condolences

Jeff Sturm Jul 04 ,2021

Cousin to Janet ,Leland ,North Carolina

My deepest condolences for your loss. I never knew anything about your dad. As I Read through the Obituary I found myself just astounded with his accomplishments. In this day and age to think of how forward thinking he was. Such amazing leadership.I'm sure you feel lucky to have had him as a Dad. I feel lucky to know a little bit of his story. Ask our best to all of you during your time of loss. Jeff and Genell

Amanda Shriwise Jul 04 ,2021

Friend of Kathryn Hoven ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Dear Kathryn and family, My condolences for your loss. It was an inspiration to read about George’s many accomplishments, and my thoughts are with you all. With love, Amanda

Tammie Cheek Jul 05 ,2021

Friend of daughter, Janet Hoven ,Denville ,New Jersey

My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May your dad Rest In Peace. I pray for peace and comfort for you and the family during this difficult time. God Bless you all.

Lida Osbern Jul 05 ,2021

Friend of Joan ,Lawrence ,Kansas

Dear Joan and family, sorry to hear of your dad‘s passing. Truly lovely obituary with so many interests and accomplishments. Take care! Lida and Mike Osbern

Rachael Johnson Jul 05 ,2021

FRIEND OF GEORGE GORMAN SR ,Kansas City ,Kansas

I HAD THE PLEASURE OF TAKING CARE OF GEORGE GORMAN AT PARK MEADOWS. WE WOULD SIT AND TALK ABOUT HIS UPBRINGING AND THE MANY THINGS HE DID THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE. HE REALLY LOVED HIS FAMILY AND TALKED ABOUT THEM ALOT. I AM SO SORRY TO THE LOSS OF GEORGE GORMAN CAUSE HE WAS A VERY GOOD MAN WITH A HEART OF GOLD. TO THE FAMILY I PRAY YOU ALL FIND PEACE.

Kathy Hintz Jul 05 ,2021

friend of Joan ,OVERLAND PARK ,Kansas

Your dad modeled a marvelous legacy of faith, fidelity, and service for his family. My sincere condolences on his passing. May he rest in eternal peace and may your family be comforted by your memories of your dad.

Wenndy Carrasco Jul 06 ,2021

Jackie's coworker ,Martinsburg ,West Virginia

To Jackie and Family, Nothing is harder than losing someone you love. My deepest sympathies during your time of loss, my thoughts/prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. If there is anything I can do to help during this difficult period, please let me know. Wenndy

Jim and Ann Roberts Jul 06 ,2021

Ann's cousin ,Kansas City ,Kansas

We wish to offer you our sincerest condolences on behalf of us and our entire family. We were well acquainted for many years with the Gorman family, with Ann being related to George. May he rest in peace.

Mel and Pat McAnany Jul 06 ,2021

Holy Sepulchre Group ,Lake Quivira ,Kansas

Dear Gorman family, On behalf of the Kansas Council of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of George— May he rest in the arms of our Heavenly Father. Pat and Mel McAnany

Rose Andrisevic-Sampson Jul 07 ,2021

Close Friend of Family ,Kansas City ,Missouri

George was as close as an Uncle to me. Katie and George were best friends to my mother and father. I so loved spending time with all of you and there was never a day over this past year that I didn't remember George and pray a rosary for him. He was so loving and kind. I am so sorry you all have lost him physically but I can promise he will console you all everyday in spirit as you remember all the good times. All the dinners and gatherings, golf tournaments and even quiet times. He could always make everyone feel good. I am sorry I can't be with you all in your time of grief but I am thinking of you all and praying for comfort for all of you.

Lesley Pollock Jul 16 ,2021

Coworker/Friend of Jackie ,Lee's Summit ,Missouri

Jackie & Family, Goodness, what a beautiful life your father lived. I thoroughly enjoyed reading everything written describing his life. It seems everything George did prospered and went well. What a wonderful family heritage. Bless you through this season of grief. I pray you enjoy all the wonderful family memories created and may you receive the comfort that only God Himself can give. Lesley

Event:
Rosary
Location:
Cathedral of St. Peter
Address:
416 North 14th Street
City:
Kansas City
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66102
Date:
Jul 07 ,2021
Time:
3:45 PM
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Event:
Visitation
Location:
Cathedral of St. Peter
Address:
416 North 14th Street
City:
Kansas City
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66102
Date:
Jul 07 ,2021
Time:
4:00 PM
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Event:
Funeral Mass
Location:
Cathedral of St. Peter
Address:
416 North 14th Street
City:
Kansas City
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66102
Date:
Jul 08 ,2021
Time:
10:00 AM
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