William Glenn Dooley


William Glenn Dooley, 90, a resident of Lakeview Village, Lenexa, Johnson County, Kansas, passed away peacefully at his home on April 8, 2022.

Glenn was born March 9, 1932, near Pittsburg, VanBuren County, Iowa, the son of William Gordon and Wilda Faye (Williams) Dooley.  Glenn was the only child in the family.  He lived on the Dooley Farm until age 9 (5th Grade) when his parents moved to Hot Springs, SD.  They moved several times in the next two years:  Mobridge, SD; Pierre, SD; Gettysburg, SD; Eagle Butte, SD; and back to Mobridge.  At age 11, Glenn’s father took a position with the Bureau of Reclamation in Bismarck, ND and Glenn finished his schooling in Bismarck.  In 1952 he was united in marriage to Vera Carrie Urquhart of Mandan, ND, who passed away in 2000.

Glenn is survived by his companion, Constance “Connie” Andrews of Lakeview Village, Lenexa, KS; two sons and one daughter:  William J (Barbara Aldridge) Dooley of Kansas City, MO (Formerly Richmond); Michael J (Pamela Koerner) Dooley of Lee’s Summit, MO; and Susan Marie (Brian) Stockdell of Scottsdale, AZ.  Glenn is also survived by his grandchildren: Leah (Dooley) Eickhoff (Eric) of Chagrin Falls, OH (Formerly Richmond); Elizabeth (Dooley) Forney (Abraham) of rural St Joseph, MO (Formerly Richmond); Erin (Dooley) Goris (Grant) of rural Wentzville, MO (Formerly Richmond); Karen Dooley of Kansas City, MO; SSgt. David Stockdell of Misawa Air Base, Japan; Ali Stockdell of Phoenix, AZ; and Kelly “Art” Stockdell of Phoenix, AZ; step-grandson James Aldridge (Tracey Duffy) of New York City, NY; and step-granddaughter Michelle Aldridge (Michael Mitchell) of Asheville, NC.  Glenn is also survived by his six great-grandchildren: Lauren Eickhoff, Annelise Forney, Wyatt Forney, Naomi Forney, Ryan Goris, Nathan Goris, and two step-great-grandchildren Natalie Aldridge and Jared Aldridge.

Glenn graduated from Bismarck High School in Bismarck, ND in 1949.  He then graduated from Bismarck Junior College in 1951.  He joined the professional staff of the Boy Scouts of America and moved his young family to Pierre, SD where he was a District Scout Executive.  A move to Beatrice, NE, and then to DeWitt, IA helped further his scouting career.  In 1964, he decided to finish his 4-year undergraduate degree by moving to Iowa City and attending the University of Iowa.  He graduated in 1966 with a degree in Parks and Recreation Administration.  Glenn accepted a position with the St Louis office of the Corps of Engineers in 1967, moving the family to Ferguson, MO.  He soon earned a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning followed by a move to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, working as a community planner throughout the region.  His position moved to the Kansas City office and the family again moved, this time to Raytown, MO in 1975. He retired in 1997.  He and Vera planned and built a home in Raytown, finishing it in 2000.

Glenn was an accomplished woodworker, making walnut furniture, toys, and other items.  He and Vera sold many of these at the Walnut Valley Music Festival in Winfield, KS.  He also became interested in playing and making hammered dulcimers.  After Vera died, he continued his music and became a luthier, making and repairing other stringed instruments.

Glenn met Connie Andrews and they both loved the music and played around the area with the Prairie Dulcimer Club of Kansas City.  Glenn also enjoyed re-building his 1956 Packard Executive “Tessie”.  They took many trips in “Tessie” enjoying the looks of all seeing the beauty in the old car.  Glenn and Connie were active members of the Mid-America Packard Club.  Glenn and Connie moved to the Lakeview Village Retirement Community several years ago, and enjoyed their travels and family events.  In recent years, Glenn took up writing his “True Stories”, with the help of the Lakeview Village Creative Writing Class.  He enjoyed giving these stories to any and all to also enjoy.  The family has several volumes of his stories.


Memorial services will be held on the afternoon of April 23 at Lakeview Village Northpoint Building, Lenexa, KS.  Interment will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Birmingham, IA at a later date.

Memorial Contributions

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to either the Lakeview Foundation, c/o Nelson Ruthmore, 9100 Park, Lenexa, KS  66215, or to Kindred Hospice, Kindred At Home Foundation, www.kindredhf.org




  1. Barb and Charlie Thompson, Missouri-Arkansas Kiwanis on April 15, 2022 at 8:04 am

    So sorry for your loss. While we did not know Glenn personally, We know his son, Bill, and Bill is proof of his father’s outstanding character and is another gift to society. Our sincere sympathies to the entire Dooley family.

    • Susan (Dooley) Stockdell on April 15, 2022 at 11:06 pm

      Thank you, from each of us, we appreciate your support of our family. Susan

  2. Rob Schmitt on April 14, 2022 at 11:30 am

    My condolences to the Dooley family. Sorry for your loss. While I have never met Glenn personally, I have heard of many stories of him from Mike. Prayers.

    • Susan (Dooley) Stockdell on April 16, 2022 at 12:13 am

      Thank you, from our family. The lyrics from “Leader of the Band” was shared by Mike to our Dad. We are Dad’s loving legacy.

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