OBITUARY

Robert Max Weaverling

June 28, 1926July 12, 2020

If one were to run into Robert “Bob” Max Weaverling on the street and ask how he was doing this day, he might respond with “I’m runnin’ about a quart low.” However, those who knew him best understood that Bob’s sincerity, integrity, support, good humor, and high morals set him far more than ‘a quart’ above other men. Born in Hunter, Mitchell Co., Kansas on June 28, 1926 as the first son, third child, to Archie Ruben and Vera Marie (Martin) Weaverling, Bob graduated Mankato (KS) High School at the age of 16 and then attended Fort Hays State University and played football for a year eating “tomato soup” by way of water and ketchup before enlisting into the US Navy in April 1944. Stationed in Bremerton (WA), due to his one year of college and part-time high school job at the local druggist, Bob served as a corpsman (3rd class Petty Officer, HM3) and once helped a civilian woman to deliver her twins. When he met the love of his life, Doris Christine Goodwin, he had to salute her, as she, a Naval officer and nurse, outranked him. After the war, Bob and Doris united in holy matrimony on September 3rd, 1948 in Daytona Beach, Florida. In the years immediately after the war, Bob completed an architectural engineering degree in 1951 from Kansas State University, and then after working a few years for a railroad, he went to work for Phillips Driscopipe Petroleum. Due to his employment, he and his family were able to live in places such as Shreveport, LA, Caney, KS, Watsonville, CA, and Dallas, TX. It was with Phillips where he had a significant impact in helping bring plastic pipe into the world’s economy. In 1985, Bob retired as Vice President of Operations for Phillips. Soon afterwards, he and his wife, Doris, retired to Hot Springs Village, AR and then to Kingswood Senior Living Center (Kansas City, MO) where he passed away on July 12, 2020. Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Doris Christine (Goodwin) Weaverling, his parents, and his siblings Betty Jane Walker, Lois Jean Hill, Norma Camille Beasley, Rex Dale Weaverling, and Joyce Ann Weaverling, and one grandchild, Jonathan H. Schnepp. He has survived by his brother Darrell Keith Weaverling, his four children: Nancy W. Merryman (Randy), Susan W. Simpson (Richard Barber), Jack Benson Weaverling (Lynne), and Jamie W. Prescott (Mike); eight grandchildren: Kelly C. Tovar (Mark), Taylor D. Merryman (Allison), Story R. Simpson (Kelsie), Matthew S. Gann, Kristin N. Prescott (Josh), Lucas R. Weaverling, Kalyn M. Weaverling, and Connor J. Weaverling; and twelve great-grandchildren. He was proud to be a Mason as his father before him, as well as a devout K-State fan. Bob was a dedicated member of the Methodist faith, and he and Doris were long-time members of the Walnut Hills United Methodist Church (Dallas, TX), Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church (Hot Springs Village, AR), and St. John’s United Methodist Church (Kansas City, MO). He will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him best, and he wanted to be remembered for loving his family above all else. The most important role he had, in his eyes, was as a husband and a father, and so for us, we might respond to his “quart low” comment, “No, Dad, you never ran a ‘quart low.’ In our eyes, you always gave us gallons of your best.”

Funeral and interment services for immediate family only will be held on July 31st, 2020 at Leavenworth National Cemetery on 150 Muncie Road in Leavenworth, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to:

Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church

700 Balearic Road

Hot Springs Village, AR 71909

Memo: Weaverling Memorial Fund

or

Kingswood Foundation

10000 Wornall Road

Kansas City, MO 64114

Memo: Weaverling Memorial Bench

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