Miguel Angel Gonzalez-Ayala
Miguel Angel Gonzalez-Ayala
  • September 23, 1948 - June 24, 2017
  • Kansas City, Missouri

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Miguel passed away at the NorthCare Hospice House at the NKC Hospital on June 24th of gastric cancer. He was sixty-eight years of age.

Visitation will be Friday July 7, 2017 from 10-11 AM at White Chapel Funeral Home with a graveside service and inurnment to follow in White Chapel Cemetery.

Miguel was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico on September 23, 1948 to Antonia and Ernesto Gonzalez. His parents moved him to Chicago six years later in order to have a better life. Both parents did not speak English very well and after a year of playing in the streets of Chicago, Miguel learned enough English to enable him to enroll in elementary school and become the family’s interpreter. At 12, he had his first job working in a neighborhood candy store. He earned $25.00 a week, in which he gave all his earnings to his parents. His parents were Pentecostal and made sure all their children attended church at least four times per week. This kept them from getting in too much trouble on the streets of south side of Chicago. He attended Marshall High School but was forced to drop out to help support his family. He signed up for military duty at 17 but was sent home because he was too young. The next year, he signed up again and completed his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. He completed his Military Police training at Ft. Benning, GA. He served two tours in Viet Nam and received the Bronze Star.

He met his 2nd and last wife, Nancy Sue Stokes at Worlds of Fun, working part time as a security guard as well as working full time as a staff sergeant at the USDB at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. He earned his GED while on base, as well as an associate degree in Criminal Justice through a program with Park College in Parkville, MO. He completed his education with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Business Management through Park University. He left the military in 1977 and began working for the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prison Systems. He put in twenty one years of service starting as a Correctional Officer at USP Leavenworth and ending as an Associate Warden at USP Leavenworth. In between, his duty assignments were Austin, Texas, Seagoville, Texas, Englewood, Colorado, and Pekin, Illinois. He retired in July 2000 and immediately went to work for the Park Hill School District as an In School Suspension Supervisor at Park Hill South High School. Seven years later, he switched to Campus Supervisor because he liked to move around a lot. He never officially retired. He worked seventeen years for the Park Hill School District.

Besides working, he coached both his son and daughter’s soccer teams from 1st grade through 8th grade. He also served many years as a high school soccer referee in Illinois as well as Missouri.

Miguel is survived by his wife, Nancy Sue Gonzalez, as well as children, Antonia “Cookie” Brooks, Leonardo “Lenny” Ernesto Gonzalez, Marc Anthony Gonzalez, and Michele Angeline Veatch, their spouses, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is also survived by four brothers, Joe, Angelo, David, and Tony and one sister, Dorcas, their spouses and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by one child, Michael Angel Gonzalez as well as his parents.