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Robert L. Funk

July 24, 2014

Robert L. “Bob” Funk 87, died Thursday July 24, 2014 at Asbury Park in Newton, Kansas.  He was born November 21, 1926 in Newton, Kansas to Theo and Lydia (Hiebert) Funk.   He lived in Hillsboro, Kansas where his father owned and ran a Meat Market and Slaughtering House. He attended public school and graduated from Hillsboro High School. He grew up and was baptized in the First Mennonite Church of Hillsboro.

He served in the US Navy during World War II where he was a Pharmacist’s Mate for two years.  After the war he attended Bethel College for one year while lettered in football and was a yell leader.  He went to Kansas State University where he graduated with a degree in Architecture in 1953. During his career he worked for the railroad, was the Park Superintendent, retired from Beech Aircraft as Plant Manager and owned the Architectural Services Company where he worked with contractors on residential and commercial construction.

While attending Kansas State University, he married Phyllis Hanneman in 1950.  After graduation they moved to Newton.  They were married for 58 years prior to her death on May 4, 2008. Bob and Phyllis were very active in the community. They had been involved in the following organizations: Elk’s Club, Lions Club, American Legion, VFW, City Planning Commission, Republican Precinct Chairman, Toastmaster’s and the Harvey County Historical Society.

 Robert was a Midian Shrine and Grand Mason of the Harvey County Shrine Club.  He served in the Shriners Harvey County Caboose Hobo’s, Lodge 142, for 40 years. He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason. Robert and Phyllis were founding members of Trinity Heights United Methodist Church in Newton, Kansas. They truly loved God and the church was very important to them. They served on Mission Trips to Guatemala, Haiti and Samoa where they built churches.

He is survived by three sons: Jon and Mary Funk of Manhattan, Kansas, Lyle and Debbie Funk of Huber Heights, Ohio and Mike Funk of Houston, Texas;  three grandsons: Josh and Mackenzie Garcia; Nathan and Tiffany Garcia and Ryan & Jared Walter; Granddaughter Lindsay Funk and Great Grandson, Kaleb Walter.

 He was preceded in death by his wife: Phyllis Funk; parents: Theo and Lydia Funk; brother: Rolf Lee Funk and sister: Rosana Lee Funk.

 A Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 30th, at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church of Newton.  A visitation is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, July 29th, at Petersen Funeral Home. The family will be present from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to greet friends.  Burial will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 30th at the Haven of Rest Cemetery in Rural Hillsboro, Kansas.

Memorials are suggested to Trinity Heights UMC, 1200 Boyd Avenue, Newton, KS. 67114 or Asbury Park, 200 SW 14th, Newton, KS. 67114, or the Vince Garcia Fund. 

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