Michael Rory McCabria

Michael Rory McCabria was born on May 10, 1960, in Lawrence, Kansas. He died on June 10, 2024, in Topeka KS. Rory was born with intellectual and developmental disabilities and for 64 years, his kindness and gentleness were a blessing to those who knew him.

After completing his high school equivalency education, Rory initially moved to Pittsburg KS to work and live at the New Horizons Center.  When a spot became open at Bethesda Lutheran Communities in Overland Park, KS, Rory moved there and was there until the center closed in 2018.  Following that, he moved to Lawrence Kansas where he resided with the Rising Phoenix community and attended Day Services at Cottonwood, in Lawrence, KS. 

Rory died peacefully in the presence of family, as well as devoted staff from Rising Phoenix and Midland Hospice. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Bob and Cherry Koch McCabria and is survived by his siblings: Robyn McCabria Kelso (Mike) of Eudora KS; Russ McCabria (Cheryl) of Riley, KS, nieces and nephews: Dr. Matthew Kelso (Eudora KS), Mason Kelso (New York City), Cheyenne, Seonna and Sierra McCabria (Riley, KS) 

Rory loved outings with his family and will be remembered for having a sly wit and sometimes macabre sense of humor and a fascination with machines and all things mechanical.  He was especially fascinated by all thing’s organ related and particularly the organ at St. Paul United Church of Christ.

Graveside services will be at 10 am on Saturday July 6, 2024 at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence. Via the Warren McElwain Mortuary, suggested memorials include: Cottonwood Work Enrichment Services in Lawrence KS or St. Paul United Church of Christ of Eudora KS in care of the mortuary.

2 Condolences

  1. George & Cheryl Hunsinger on June 14, 2024 at 3:38 pm

    Robyn, Russ, and family thoughts , prayers, and lots of hugs to you.

  2. Felisha Graham on June 21, 2024 at 8:19 pm

    Rory was a great guy he was smart kind and really loveable person very quiet but he was great

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