Dr. Ronald Miriani, Age :83

Apr 15,1937---May 19,2020

Dr. Ronald Miriani 83, peacefully passed away May 19, 2020. He was born to Joseph Aloysius Miriani and Catherine Alice Conlen in Detroit, MI on April 15, 1937. His father would become a banker, his uncle the mayor. Ron attended De LaSalle Catholic High School and the University of Michigan, a constant source of pride.


Ron moved his family from Michigan to the Kansas City area to teach at Park College (Park University) in 1964. Except for teaching high school for a short period, Ron devoted his entire career to Park University where he earned his PhD and both the Outstanding Professor in 1997 and the Torchlighter Award in 2003. His love of history was infectious. Ron was a beloved professor who would spontaneously move class outside on a nice day, or convene at a historic destination. Working as the Chairman of History for a private Liberal Arts College provided opportunity to teach a wide variety of subjects, but the American Frontier was his specialty. During his teaching career, Ron wrote two books; The Heroic Frontiersman: An Evolving American and Walking Tours of Historic Kansas City. In retirement, Ron worked as a local historian leading hundreds of Kansas City visitors on tours of the city. 

Ron nearly loved the arts as much as history -- especially music. He played several instruments and had a passion for Irish folk songs. His spontaneity also extended to travel; eclectic interests might call him to travel the west, research military battles back east, interview elders on a reservation, or study at a monastery while befriending the monks. Ron was a student of the world's religions but he was active with Meals on Wheels at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. He also appreciated the friendship and camaraderie of his men’s bible study at Platte Woods United Methodist Church.



He is survived by his wife Tammy Tucker Miriani, his daughters Julie (Vincent) Cirlincuina, Paula Miriani, Samantha (Chris) Price, his sons Joseph (Holly) Miriani, Andrew (Debbie) Miriani, and Kenneth Gorman. His grandchildren Nicholas, Logan, Matthew and Maci. His sisters Barbara (Don) Kasler and Penney Kennedy live in Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Mary Alice (Don) Byrne.

A Memorial Service is being planned at Park University campus for September.

Additional Service:
Services at Later Date


Kay Kallauner Ernst May 25 ,2020

Co-worker at Park University ,Kansas City ,Missouri

I worked with Ron at Park For 10 years when he was my History Program Coordinator for School for Extended Learning. We had lunch frequently and I took his History of Kansas City Class as I finished my degree. Ron was a friend and always the educator. He almost blew up our office microwave several times trying to cook metal containers. He called himself the absent minded professor. Ron will be missed and was one of the good ones. My prayers to his wife and family.