After my post this morning, I did some more searching in the google box. I stumbled onto a Wikipedia instructional on tearing down a Kitchenaid dishwasher to clean it out.
With that new knowledge I dove deeper into the guts of it to see what I could see. Low and behold I found gobs of sludge in various crevices. But the real culprit was the disposal / peller area in the very bottom. It was packed with broken bits of wine glasses and plastic pieces like the seals on a drink bottel. (Note to self, 12 year old boy may not do a great job rinsing dishes before starting dishwasher.
) There was no way the propeller was moving so the pump had to be sucking the water through the already clogged sieve. The pump was strong enough to move a good deal of water and operate the lower jets but the clog did not leave enough power to get water to the top rack. After carefully cleaning it out, I put it back together and it works like a champ.
Though I didn't find the answer here, this board did peek my interest in looking for the solution. So thank you for your time. I hope this post helps someone with a simular issue in the future.