Loren Bob Whetzell, 81, died Friday, Nov. 18, 2022 in Pittsburg, KS.
He was born Oct. 3, 1941 in Mulberry, KS, the son of John & Bertha (Turlot) Whetzell.
He married Audrey Clark and had two children, Pamela and Kelly.. Audrey passed from an illness May 15, 1967. Bob married Karen O’dell and had one child, Troy. Karen passed on Jan. 30, 2016.
He worked in the printing industry with FMI and Perfection Forms in Girard, KS. He would laugh telling how he’d print his own grade cards to fool his parents.
He cherished family. He was a wonderful dad and grandpa. It was a great joy to play and sing to the grandkids and great grandkids with his booming voice. Bob truly had the gift of gab and a tear jerking wit; he never met a stranger. A compelling storyteller, loved ones struggled to get a word in as he bellowed on. He will be sorely missed. As one grandson said, “it’s like losing a superhero.”
He loved music (country, polka, gospel), singing, dancing, bingo, stock car races, Chiefs football, Royals baseball, and attending church.
He’s preceded by his parents; sisters, Delores Johnson, Ramona Smith; brother, John “Junior”
Whetzell; grandson, T.J. Whetzell, and great granddaughter: Arriana.
Bob’s survived by sister, Daisy Jones; children, Pamela Whetzell, Kelly (Karen) Whetzell, Troy Whetzell; grandkids, Travis and Kara Redlon, Samantha, Nicholas (Tara), Audrey, and Zachary (Katie) Whetzell, Lisa Whetzell, Ashleigh (Steven) Baker; 19 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and beloved poodle, Bella.
Memorial services are Monday, Nov, 28 at 10am at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home with Pastor Scott Bennett officiating. Burial will follow at Garden of Memories. Memorials can be left in the name of Lighthouse Church, 604 S 200th St, Pittsburg, KS 66762. Services are under the direction of the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 522 S. Broadway Pittsburg, KS.