In-person services and mass are for immediate family only. Please do not attend in person unless you have been directly contacted by the family. We welcome your attendance and prayers by joining the virtual services at the following link starting at 9:30am Tuesday, February 23 https://www.facebook.com/MuehlebachFuneralCare
Please visit the following link to view the graveside service and military honors on Wednesday, February 24 at 11:00am: https://www.facebook.com/MuehlebachFuneralCare
Joseph A. Gawron, 74, passed away February 19, 2021. He was born September 10, 1946 in Susquehanna, PA to Alex R. and Mary M. Gawron. He graduated from Laurel Hill Academy High School in Pennsylvania. Joe served in the US Army during the Vietnam War as an E-6 Staff Sergeant and earned the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement. After military service, he completed a Bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri and a Masters degree in business administration from Central Missouri State University. His working career spanned 44 years in the energy and utilities industry managing transmission power line construction, maintenance, and storm restoration. He lived in Kansas City, MO for 56 years and was a lifelong parishioner and man of faith of St. Thomas More Catholic Parish. Joe was a devoted husband of 51 years to his wife Mary, the love of his life and best friend.
Joes love of people was tremendous, and he would drop anything he was doing to help out others in a time of need. He was a truly generous soul, and everyone knew that he would be there for them. He also loved to attend a good party hosted by Mary, and everyone that came into his home immediately felt welcomed. He loved the outdoors and spent almost all of his vacations taking his family camping, fishing, and hunting. He never minded a "Gear Check" when the fish werent biting or the animals not moving.
Joe was a great teacher and talented handyman. He would spend hours teaching these skills to his 4 sons and 10 grandkids whom he loved dearly. He also served as the Scoutmaster of Troop 601 for 10 years teaching youth to live with integrity and honor. Many of his friends and family affectionately knew him as Big Joe or Sweet Joe, and he lived up to that name in every way. He will be missed by everyone, and we are all better people for having known him as a husband, brother, father, and friend.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents and 3 sisters (Jeanna, Susan, and Janet). Survivors include his devoted wife Mary (Taylor) Gawron; sons, Andrew and wife Lori, Nathan and Jessica, Mark and wife Kristi, and Joseph and wife Carrie; grandchildren, Kaya, Gretel, Alex, Ava, Sebastian, Daphne, Dominic, Olive, Zachary, and Joseph; a sister, Alexis Martin and husband Don; a brother, John and wife Connie; and beloved in-laws, nieces and nephews and much loved friends. Due to COVID precautions, a private Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial will be held with immediate family only at St. Thomas More Church. The family welcomes all other friends and family to attend virtually via a live stream link found at www.muehlebachchapel.com. Interment with military honors will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas More Church, 11821 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, MO 64131
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SERVICES Mass of Christian Burial
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
St. Thomas More Church 11822 Holmes Road Kansas City, MO 64131