Robert “Bob” Kingsley 78, died Tuesday April 28, 2015 at St. Francis hospital in Wichita. He was born October 23, 1936 in Perth, Kansas to Charles and Bessie (McEachern) Kingsley. On January 11, 1958 he married Joy Howell in Clonmel, Kansas and she survives of the home. Robert was retired from the Santa Fe Railroad as mechanic and carman. He also spent part of his working life with the Derby/Coastal refinery in Wichita working as a pump mechanic for nearly 33 years. He worked as a school bus driver for the Sedgwick School system and especially enjoyed being a activities bus driver. He was an active member of the Northside Church of Christ in Wichita where he could be found on Sundays greeting folks attending worship. He was especially liked by the little kids in church and looked forward to his hugs. Robert’s biggest joy in life was his family and grandchildren. He could be found following his grandchildren across Kansas to their sporting events and cheering them on. He greatly looked forward to family gatherings and spending time with his loving family and many friends.
He is survived by his wife Joy of the home; sons: Terry (Lori) Kingsley of Park City, KS; Steve (Terri) Kingsley of Sedgwick, KS; Ed (BethAnn) Kingsley of Halstead, KS; Bob (Janet) Kingsley of Wichita, KS; Don (Lori) Kingsley of North Newton, KS and John (Shannon) Kingsley of Newton, KS; sister Verna Welsh of Wichita, KS and 14 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Dale, Paul and Ivan Kingsley and sister Clara Erker.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Northside Church of Christ 4545 N. Meridian in Wichita, KS with Minister Steve Tandy presiding. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday evening at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery, Sedgwick.
Memorials are suggested to Know Your Bible in care of Petersen Funera
I will miss scoping Grpa Bob out at school events to score a big hug. I always thought, if he loves on me & my kids this much the little we see him, how incredibly blessed his actual family is! Prayers of comfort for Joy and whole family.
Praying for the family Bob and me sure did have some fun times at work he will be missed.