Robert Charles DesMarteau

September 18, 1926April 28, 2021

Robert Charles DesMarteau was born September 18, 1926 to Evelyn Thibault and Al DesMarteau, Sr., and died April 28, 2021.

Bob DesMarteau was a jack of all trades who lived and worked in Hays, KS; Salina, KS; Sydney, NE; Tulsa, OK; Kansas City, KS & MO; Lamar, CO; Wichita, KS; Oklahoma City, OK; and finally Overland Park, KS.

Bob married Marigene Phillips on Easter Monday, March 29, 1948 in Kansas City, MO, and they lived 63 loving years together until Marigene passed February 13, 2011.

Most of Bob’s lifelong friends sadly have passed on, including his best friend Phil Froeschl who died May 16, 2007. Both of Bob’s sisters, Bette and Pat, and his brother, Al Jr., preceded him in death.

Bob and Marigene’s eldest son Phillip DesMarteau died September 25, 2014. They also mourned two grandchildren, two-day-old Maria Finch, November 25, 1980, and 18-year-old Bobby Poland, September 1, 2002.

Bob’s children Jean (Ray Finch), Lawrence, KS, Patricia (Kevin) Leeper, Chelsea, OK, and Steve DesMarteau, Wichita, KS, his 9 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren carry on his life and legend in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Bob loved doing all sorts of puzzles, designing buildings, entertaining lively discussion, and playing a good game of poker with close friends. He could out-bartend his peers, fix electronics, sew drapery, do carpentry, and make the best-ever peanut brittle.

Bob was unmoving in his principles. He was a strict Catholic and true to his friend and mentor Fr. Francis Broderick, O.S.B. Bob knew his own mind and he readily shared his honest opinions. Above all, Bob was a sincere, good, and generous man who markedly has left this world a better place.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.


  • St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church


  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Monday, May 3, 2021


Robert Charles DesMarteau

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Jean Collins

May 3, 2021

I have so many fond memories of times spent with Bob and your mother. I was first introduced to them byFred who filled me in on so many memories he had and passed them on to me. Our ‘old crowd ‘ is dwindling down to very few . My sympathy and prayers . Jean Collins

Ann (Schaefer) Abel

May 2, 2021

Rest in peace, Mr. DesMarteau. May God's love comfort your wonderful family.

Brian Van Buskirk

May 1, 2021

I remember playing with Steve at the house in Prairie Village. Uncle Bob and Aunt Mary were my surrogate parents and I loved them very much. Dad said Bob was the smartest man he knew, taught him how to make a Gimlet. RIP Uncle Bob.

Harry Simpson

April 30, 2021

Fair winds and following seas sailor.
"Boatswain... Standby to pipe the side... Shipmate's going Ashore..."

Thank you Robert for your service to this nation. U.S. Navy.

Jeff Van Sickle

April 30, 2021

Bob was a one-of-a-kind human being. He was interesting and smart. He taught me a lot. May he rest in the eternal arms of God.

Jeff Van Sickle

Eileen Van Buskirk Krebs

April 29, 2021

Uncle Bob & Aunt Mary were not related by blood, but I always felt so privileged to call them Uncle & Aunt! I can still hear Uncle Bobs voice in my head! A man of conviction, steadfastness and true to himself! He helped fix so many things in my folks house.
Many a fond memory I hold dear to my heart. Poker nights in our basement with the laughter of good fine friends joking it up! No kids allowed!
New Year’s Eve parties, that me as a child could only wish for one day , to have laughter and fun friends, like the group those fine people had!
A true generation of genuinely good people!
My sincerest condolences to you and yours:
Jeannie, Trish, Steve!💫

Julia Salmon

April 29, 2021

Wonderful tribute to a staunch member of the “greatest generation.” Prayers you are reunited with your true love, Marigene, right now. XO

Rex & Diane O'Brien

April 29, 2021

Thinking of you and your family with love and prayers, Jean.