Bobby Dean Gibbons
Mar 02, 1931 - Feb 04, 2024
Bobby Dean Gibbons, age 92, of Osawatomie, was surrounded by family and friends as he prepared for his departure to Heaven. He arrived at his Heavenly Home on Sunday Morning February 4, 2024. Bobby Dean was a ‘Twin’ born on March 2, 1931. He was ‘born first’ and his sister Dorothy Jean came minutes later. Bobby and Dorothy were the youngest, ‘the babies’, of ten children born to John Marvin Gibbons and Minerva Kathleen Gibbons. He was born in the Township of Autauga County, Alabama. The county is mostly located in the Gulf Coastal Plain region, with a few rolling hills and forests with many small towns connected. Bobby and Dorothy were best buddies and were inseparable. They were opposite in looks as he had blonde hair & blue eyes and she had brown hair & brown eyes. But they were very connected emotionally. Bobby’s twin sister passed away on Christmas Day in 1934 when they were three years old. She had contracted Osteomyelitis due to a sore on her foot. It was a devastating time for the family and that was one of his first memories of how Faith in God held their family together. The only picture that they had of the twins, was sadly, a picture of Dorothy in her casket and Bobby standing next to it. Bobby had always hoped he had another picture of them together. In 1999 the family surprised him with a Christmas gift and hired an artist to take ‘their features’ from the photo and bring it to life by painting ‘the twins’ walking barefoot in the woods. Bobby was overjoyed to receive this painting and he hung it on the wall in his home office. In 1937 Bobby and his family moved to Thorsby, Alabama. Bobby attended Autauga County Elementary School and Junior High. Bobby’s Family attended The Liberty Baptist Church in Autauga County, Alabama. Bobby was nine years old when he went to the altar (the same time as his big brother, Earnest) and gave his life to Jesus! Bobby attended Thorsby Institute Private Catholic High School during his High School Years graduating with the Class of 1949. After Graduation Bobby moved to Birmingham, Alabama and then took a Construction Job in 1951 that sent him to the Paola, Kansas area. This is where he met the love of his life, Mary Louise Evinger, as she was a college student at Ursuline Academy and a waitress at The Palms Malt Shop located on the Paola square. Love at first sight. They were married June 29, 1952 in Osawatomie at The Pilgrim Holiness Church and were married sixty-eight years! Three weeks after their wedding day; Bobby was Drafted and served in The United States Army. He excelled quickly and made rank of ‘Sergeant’ in less than one year of his service. After Basic Training Bobby & Mary made their home in a small modest trailer in Columbia, South Carolina. While living there they welcomed their first born son, Gary Dean, to their little family. Bobby received an Honorable Discharge in 1954 and he moved his family to Osawatomie, Kansas. He began working for Taylor Forge in Paola, Kansas as a Purchasing Agent. In 1959 their little family grew and they welcomed their second born son, Larry Gene. In 1962 Bobby was offered a position and Apprenticeship at Smith & Loveless in Lenexa, Kansas as a Senior Purchasing Agent. Bobby attended night classes at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri for many years while working full time and caring for his family to receive his Business Degree. While he was attending college and working in 1963 they welcomed their third and youngest child (only daughter), Angela Louise. Bobby retired early in 1990 from Smith & Loveless but helped out as a Part Time Consultant for the company. Since he was semi-retired he started a new venture with his Real Estate Business which he had for thirty years. Bobby was very active in his home church, The Well Wesleyan Church of Osawatomie, Kansas; where he attended Faithfully and was a member from 1954-2024. He was recently honored by his church family for 70 years of faithful service. Bobby served as Music Leader, Church Treasurer, Teen Sunday School Teacher, Vice Chairman of the Church Board, and currently was The Adult Sunday School Teacher. Bobby was a Pillar of his church and many would go to him for wise counsel. He always had the time to talk to you! Bobby was a faithful man of God and made it a priority to bring his family to church. He was also a Coach for Osawatomie Little League Boy’s Baseball from 1967-1971. He taught great sportsmanship and treated the boys and their families with the utmost respect. Bobby made it a priority to plan summer beach vacations with his family and many wonderful memories were made at ‘their home away from home” in Panama City Beach, Florida. Bobby loved the ocean and loved to sit on the sand and gaze out over the beauty and awe of the water and God’s Creation. He equally loved the trees, mountains, and nature. There was a season that he would ride his 4-Wheeler down to the woods and pray in the mornings. He loved all animals. Domestic and wild. And enjoyed watching televised Documentaries of the Jungle and The Amazon. He loved to garden and watch things grow. Nothing was tastier to him than to take a ‘salt shaker’ to his tomato garden, pull one off the vine, salt it, and enjoy! He loved being outside and working in his yard. Bobby was a very meticulous and organized person. He would get teased about it often by his family and friends. Everything had its place! He was a snazzy dresser and made a habit of ‘dressing for success’ as a Purchasing Agent over the years. He also had a love for shoes. But his favorite and most comfortable thing to wear were his overalls-and to go barefoot. Just like when he was a kid. After his wife, Mary, passed in 2021; Bobby found a new hobby of cooking. He made delicious Banana Bread! And he loved to make and share his favorite meal to cook; Ham & Beans, Cornbread, and of course his favorite Southern Turnip Greens. Bobby loved and adored his children, his bonus ‘in law’ children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He never forgot a birthday and loved mailing greeting cards. Bobby was ready for his journey to Heaven and spoke about it often to his family during his last few weeks of earthly life. Those family members that welcomed him to Heaven were his beautiful wife Mary, his parents John & Minerva Gibbons, his twin sister Dorothy Jean, sisters Ida Mae & Hattie Maude, brothers Bernard (Bunny), George, Kenny, Chester, and an Angel Baby Sibling. Bobby has many loving family that will be joining him in Heaven one day: He loved them so much and was so proud of each one of his Children; Gary (Evelyn) Gibbons, Larry (Charissa) Gibbons, and Angela (John) Wastlund. His seven beautiful Grandchildren Joshua (Joanie) Gibbons, Jessica (Steve) Mallow, Jared Gibbons, Hadley Gibbons, Madoline Gibbons, Joel (Lisbeth) Wastlund, and Hannah (Nathan) Schad. His Fourteen Adorable Great-Grandchildren kept him young-at-heart; Lillie Bea, Elijah, Twin Girls Iris & Eva, Noah Christine, Gideon, Lucy, Twin Girls Harper & Shiloh, Micah James, Eli Thomas, Amos Matthew, Ivy Mae Lillian, and Ira Ezekiel. Bobby has one sibling remaining; his brother Earnest Gibbons of Pleasant Grove, Alabama. Bobby and Earnest were buddies and would talk on the phone multiple times each day. Bobby also loved his many Nieces and Nephews. Family was important to Bobby and each year he would make it a priority to attend The Gibbons Family Reunion every summer over the past 70 years. This tradition has been carried down to his children. Bobby was a strong solid man with a very tender compassionate heart. He loved Jesus with his entire being. He will be greatly missed but Bobby’s Legacy will live on through his family and the many lives that he’s touched and influenced over his lifetime. Memorial can be given to The Well Wesleyan Church of Osawatomie
Sep 15, 1947 - Dec 16, 2023
The beloved “Queen Mother” of our family, Shirlene Flaxbeard, 76, passed away on December 16, 2023 in Osawatomie, Kansas. She was the widow of Dale Flaxbeard and they lived 37 happy years together in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Overland Park, Kansas. Born in Bishop, California, she was the daughter of Paul and Margie Vaughn. She was a member of the Berryhill High School Class of 1965 in Berryhill, Oklahoma. She had many lifelong high-school friends who she enjoyed visiting. Following high school, Shirlene went to Oklahoma State University. She worked as a legal secretary and was known for her efficiency with her shorthand note-taking and excellent organizational skills. Her organizational skills carried over into her home life as a mother, wife, and homemaker. Shirlene belonged to the Overland Park Church of Christ. She also belonged to a special group of ladies from across the country who called themselves the “Sea Sisters”. Shirlene enjoyed the time spent with her Sea Sisters and loved them dearly. She also looked forward to the many family gatherings at Twin Rivers on Table Rock Lake. Family was an important part of her life and she made sure they knew they were loved. Shirlene was also an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan and attended many of their games, including one of their Super Bowl Championships. Shirlene could light up a room with her bright smile and infectious laugh. She had a way of making others feel welcome and valued in her presence. She is survived by her three children, Becki Brown (Mark), Beth Grounds (Dave), and Chuck Flaxbeard (Mandi), 7 grandchildren, Joshua Brown, Jennifer Brown, Zach Flaxbeard (Laura), Zoey Davis (Tommy), Emily Sullivan (Carl), Kristen Durning (Ryan), and Dale Flaxbeard II. She is preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Margie Vaughn, her husband, Dale Flaxbeard, and her sons, Tom Flaxbeard and Larry Flaxbeard. The memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 11:00 AM at Mt. Moriah Chapel, 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri, 64131.
Montra Sue Logan
Apr 07, 1940 - Dec 26, 2023
Montra Sue (Nichols) Logan was born April 7th 1940 in Aurora, Missouri to Glen and Pearl Nichols. Montra passed away on December 26th 2023 at the age of 83. She is preceded in death by her husband Curtis and her grandson DaCota DeRemus. She is survived by her brother Joe and his wife Mary Lou Nichols and their children Michael and his daughter Kalli, and David and his wife Beth and his daughters Claire and Gail. Montra’s daughter Jennifer and her husband Scott Deremus and their daughter Krystal and her son’s Dakota and Bentley. Her son Jeffrey, his ex-wife Jacqueline and their children Gunder, and his wife Callie, and daughter Luna, Ariane and her husband Stephan Robison and their son Roman, and Curtis Logan. Montra loved her children, grandchildren and was blessed to live long enough to see her great grandchildren. She loved sports especially the Chiefs, Royals, and Grand Slam Tennis. Montra also had a deep faith and loved the Lord Jesus with all her heart. The last several years of her life she lived with Jennifer and Scott and besides spoiling her great grandchildren she love playing with the dogs and cats. After suffering a stroke in December of 2021 she lived the rest of her days at Promise Assisted Living in Overland Park, Kansas.
James Willis Peterson
Mar 24, 1945 - Dec 31, 2023
James Willis Peterson age 78 died Sunday December 31, 2023 at his home. Full obituary will follow when available.
Sep 05, 1930 - Dec 18, 2023
Wayne H. Wheeler, 93, passed away on December 6th, 2023. Wayne was born September 5th, 1930 in Larned, Kansas to the late Frank Crozier Wheeler and EleanorHougland Wheeler, and grew up in the vicinity of Osawatomie, Kansas. He enlisted in the US Navy assoon as he graduated from Osawatomie HS, Osawatomie Kansas, in 1948, and embarked on anadventure of a lifetime. Wayne rose through the enlisted ranks to Chief Radioman. He later wasPromoted to Warrant Officer, and subsequently promoted to Chief Warrant Officer and Ensign, LimitedDuty Electronics concurrently. He later was moved to the unrestricted USN line and retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander of the line. He fought in the Korean War, during which he was the only sailor on the USS Gunston Hall to receive a "Combat Letter of Commendation" for his service while in Korea. He served our country for twenty two years of active duty with honor, integrity and civility. While in the service, he completed his Bachelor and Master degrees. Upon retirement from the Navy in1970, Wayne became Supervisor (Dean) of Technical Education at the Lincoln Nebraska TechnicalCollege. Following a move to Winter Haven in 1974, Wayne became a JROTC Commander atAuburndale High School and in 1974 became the Ridge Vocational Technical Center BusinessAdministrator. He retired from the Polk County Public School System in 1989. As Wayne used to laugh and say "Not bad for a poor Kansas farm boy"Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, a grandson and many other relatives, includinghis first wife, Theresa. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Jacquelene "Jackie" C. Wheeler,along with his six children: Bruce (Terry) Wheeler of Greensboro, NC, Steven (Charles Cormick) Wheeler of London, England, Dennis Wheeler of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Thomas (Kathy) Wheeler of Lincoln, NE,Monica (Robert) Steiner Wheeler, of Pisgah, IA, and Kevin (Jossie) Wheeler of Nocotee, FL, nineGrandchildren and five great grandchildren, as well as two stepchildren: John (Debi) Walton of Lakeland,FL, and Janet C. Walton of Winter Haven, FL, three step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren, none of whom ever felt like "steps"!Wayne enjoyed many activities in addition to his family. He was a Master Bridge player and later in lifeenjoyed Golf and traveling with Jackie. Wayne was an admired, appreciated and loving husband, father,guide and raconteur; with many stories of his travels and military career. Wayne's family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to all of the members of staff at theFlorida Presbyterian Home for their dedicated support through the many years of Wayne and Jackie'sresidence. Jackie will continue to reside at Florida Presbyterian Home. In addition, Home Instead has provided comfort, caring and attention for Wayne and Jackie for several months. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a date to determined in the Florida Presbyterian HomesChapel, Lakeland. Inurnment at Florida Natonal Cemetery, Bushnell Florida, will take place at 1:00 pm, on Thursday, January 11, 2024. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Wounded Warriors in Wayne's memory, as this is an organization that he and Jackie, his wife, have supported for many years.
Feb 12, 1942 - Dec 10, 2023
Rhoda May Sutherland, 81, of Paola, Kansas, passed away on December 10, 2023, at Vintage Park of Osawatomie surrounded by her family. She was born on February 12, 1942, to Roger and Norma (Byman) Perle in Littlefork, Minnesota. On December 28, 1963, she was united in marriage to Kenneth (Butch) Sutherland. They resided in International Falls, Minnesota where they established their business and raised their family. Butch and Rhoda owned a service station and a cold weather testing business where Rhoda was the bookkeeper. In addition, she worked at Island View Reality as the office manager for several years prior to retirement. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, son, Randy Sutherland, and sister, Rosemary (Jackie) Markland. Rhoda is survived by her daughter, SuAnne Herman (James) of Paola, KS; son, Ronald Sutherland (Sandy) of Ray, MN; grandchildren, Abigail Herman (Morgan Shirley) and Christian Herman; her beloved friend, Jerry Schmidt; and her many very close friends. While living in Minnesota, she was very active with her children's activities, including leading their 4-H club for many years. She loved spending her summers on Grindstone Island, fishing and gardening. In 2005, she moved from Minnesota to Paola, Kansas to be closer to her grandchildren. Rhoda continued to spend her summers on Rainy Lake near International Falls until 2014. Rhoda was a very skilled and avid card player, playing weekly with friends and family. She enjoyed Bingo, which is where she met Jerry, and would take her grandchildren to play as well. Rhoda had a love for crafting, with jewelry making being her favorite. She also enjoyed to scrapbook and to make wreaths. Her passion was in the kitchen, cooking and baking for her loved ones. She was well known for her cookies, lefsa, cabbage rolls and hors d'oeuvres. Rhoda filled her home with warmth and kindness, always eager to share her favorite recipes to anyone who shared her passion for the kitchen . She loved the special times spent with her Grandchildren and cheer them on in all their endeavors. She will be dearly missed. A celebration of life will be held January 11, 2024 in Paola, KS as well as in Minnesota in August.
Oct 02, 1936 - Dec 11, 2023
Jeris Leneal Coffelt age 87 of Osawatomie, KS died Monday December 11, 2023 at Vintage Park of Osawatomie. Full obituary will follow when available.
Jan 30, 1960 - Dec 11, 2023
Janet Annette Santana age 63 of LaCygne, KS died Monday December 11, 2023 at her home. Full obituary will follow when available
Perle Patrick Jr
May 07, 1956 - Dec 03, 2023
Perle David Patrick Jr. , age 67, Osawatomie, Kansas passed away Sunday, December 3, 2023. He was born on May 7, 1956 in Newton, Kansas the son of Perle David Patrick Sr. and Carol Mitchell Patrick. He was most recently employed as a care giver. He enjoyed doing arts and crafts. He was preceded in death by his father. David Jr. is survived by his mother, Carol, an uncle, Calvin Mitchell and wife Sherry. Funeral service will be held 2 pm Friday, December 8, 2023 at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, La Cygne Chapel. Burial will be in the Parker Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1 pm to service time at the La Cygne Chapel. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association. Online condolences can be left at www. schneiderfunerals. com.
Nov 18, 1929 - Nov 30, 2023
Pauline Frances Pretz age 94 of Osawatomie, KS passed away Thursday November 30, 2023 at Vintage Park Assisted Living. Full obituary will follow when available.