He was born Aug. 14, 1919, in Parsons to John Sylvester and Mary (Steils) Daley. During World War II, he served in the United States Army and, upon his honorable discharge, returned to his hometown of Parsons.
He was employed by the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, also known as the Katy Railroad, and retired as head yard clerk in August 1980 after 43 years of service. He was instrumental with helping usher in the use of computers for the railroad in the 1970s. This experience inspired him to audit every course available at Labette Community College which dealt with computer programming and usage. He authored eight books on the history of the Katy Railroad listing the employees and positions over the years for the Parsons Katy hub.
Tennis was another lifelong passion, and through the years he taught many of the young children in Parsons to enjoy the game. In his honor, the John Daley Tennis Tournament is held each summer in Forest Park in Parsons.
He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Parsons and a 3rd-degree member of the Knights of Columbus.
On June 10, 1946, he married Mary Catherine “Kitty” Altepeter at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Parsons. The couple were blessed with four children, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In 2004, they moved to Overland Park to be near family. She preceded him in death on July 8, 2009.
Survivors include a daughter, Cathy Wood and her husband, Jerry, of Bluffton, S.C.; three sons, John Daley Jr. of Prairie Village, Dennis Daley and his wife, Shelley, of Georgetown, Texas, and Patrick Daley and his wife, Karen, of Overland Park; five grandchildren, Scott and Eric Boyce and Matthew, Megan and Margaret Daley; four great-grandchildren, Bailey, Abigail, Kevin and Madison Boyce; and numerous nieces and nephews
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Rita Daley Bash, Margaret Lansdowne and Mary Williams; and three brothers, Nicholas, Michael and Bernard Daley.
The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Parsons. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons, where the family will receive friends immediately following the rosary.
Memorials are suggested to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.