Michael ‘Mike’ Paul Kyriakos obituary

Michael “Mike” Paul Kyriakos, 65, Lawrence, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021.

His family hopes to celebrate his life this summer, date to be announced, services are pending. Condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com.

He was born on June 10, 1955, to Jamie and Donald Bales in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

After the passing of Donald Bales, Jamie married Dr. Michael Kyriakos, who lovingly adopted and raised Mike. The family resided in Kirkwood, Missouri, where Michael attended Kirkwood High School, graduating in 1973. Mike briefly attended the University of Washington in St. Louis. He later transferred to the University of Kansas and graduated with a degree in secondary education.

Mike began teaching in the Ottawa school district. He taught at Ottawa Middle school and later transferred to the Ottawa High school where he taught Sociology and American History. During his time at both schools, he coached volleyball, cross country, track and field, and assisted with basketball and wrestling. Mike was the sponsor for the Ottawa High School Key Club.

Mike was very active with his children’s sports coaching them in both softball and volleyball. He was an avid music lover and enjoyed attending concerts through the year. He loved sports of all kinds, especially the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas University Jayhawks basketball team.

Mike was preceded in death by his mother and father, Donald Bales and Jamie (Bales) Kyriakos; his aunt, Jeanette Jordan; his uncle, Richard Edwin Jordan, and his brother-in-law, Dr. Gary Vinyard.

Mike is survived by his wife, Sara (Vinyard) Kyriakos; his daughters, Paula Forsythe [Noland] and Ellen Kyriakos; his brothers, Edwin Matthew Kyriakos [Paula McAfee] and Kelly Kyriakos [Danielle]; his father, Dr. Michael Kyriakos; his aunt, Ann Jessen [Hans]; his aunt, Irene Jordan; and his six nieces and nephews, Zach Vinyard, Morgan Vinyard, Alex Kyriakos, Ashley Kyriakos, Noah Kyriakos and Jake Kyriakos.

Published on January 27, 2021