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Robert Thomas Waisner

March 9, 1931 — December 23, 2023

Robert Thomas Waisner

Robert (Bob) Waisner 92 of Overland Park, Kansas passed away while recovering in Shawnee PARC rehabilitation facility.  He was scheduled to be released to his home on the day of his death.  God took him to his heavenly home instead.

Services will be held at the Johnson County Memorial Gardens on Friday the 29th of December.  Visitation will be at 9 AM followed by the service at 10:00.

 

Bob and his twin brother were born during a rare March blizzard in California, Missouri.  They were transported by horse and wagon to the hospital due to the snow.

Bob was one of 5 children born to Lena and Tom Waisner.  He spent his life in both Missouri and Kansas.  Bob entered the Air Force after graduating high school.  He was stationed in Germany for 4 years after WWII.  He thoroughly enjoyed his time in the military.  He was the supervisor for the motor pool.  Bob was always full of stories about all his adventures in Germany.  

 

After returning to the states, Bob joined the Postal Service.  Not long after returning to the United States, Bob was introduced to the love of his life by his father.  Bob’s father was the custodian at Santa Fe Trail Elementary School.  He introduced Bob to his sweet wife Betty.  Bob’s father always said she was the only daughter in law that he got to pick. Bob and Betty were married on March 9th, 1957.  Bob wanted to get married on his birthday.  That way he could never forget their anniversary.  Bob never failed to get his lovely wife roses on their anniversary or her birthday.  He always said the phrase he learned in Germany, “ Iche Liebe dich von ganzem Herzen”  This phrase meant “I love you with all my heart.”

 

Bob worked for the postal service for many years.  He retired from the postal service in 1986.  Bob received many awards and recognitions in his career.  On one of his routes he encountered a little girl that had fallen and was in need of medical attention.  The mother had no car, so he put them in his mail truck and raced to the hospital.   This was not uncommon for Bob, He was always finding people that needed a helping hand.

 

After retiring from the post office, Bob spent many hours going to garage sales or going to auctions.  He was a master negotiator.  Bob educated himself in many antiques and their value.  Bob and Betty also were able to take many trips.  They traveled to Alaska, Germany, and Hawaii.  They also were known to take many road trips all over the United States. 

 

 Bob loved to spend time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was nicknamed Grandpa Barbie because he had so many Barbie dolls he had acquired from garage sales.  He even started the love of music by buying an old violin for his granddaughter.  Bob never had formal music lessons, but loved to play the harmonica.  He entertained the grandkids for hours with his singing and harmonica playing.

 

Bob loved his family dearly.  He is preceded in death by his parents Lena and Tom Waisner, his twin brother Bill and his sister Norma Hayes. 

 Bob leaves behind his wife of 67 years, his son Bret and son in law David.  Their daughter Melissa and her husband Matt Moss, their children Aubrey and Jacob. He also leaves behind his daughter Beth Osborne, her husband Greg Osborne and their children Sarah and Jessica Osborne.  

 

Bob will be remembered as a man that always had a story or joke to tell. He loved to help others, He loved to spend time with his family.  We have solace that he is now with his heavenly father and family members that have preceded him in death. He will be greatly missed. 

 

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Visitation

Friday, December 29, 2023

9:00 - 10:00 am (Central time)

Johnson County Funeral Chapel

11200 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66210

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Funeral Service

Friday, December 29, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Johnson County Funeral Chapel

11200 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66210

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