Mark “Papa” Alan Gwaltney was called to serve with God on August 8, 2017. Mark is reunited in everlasting life with his mother, June Dae Gwaltney, and brother Rick L. Gwaltney. Mark, a proud father of three and grandfather of three, is survived by his wife Tamara (Tami) L. Gwaltney of Lawrence, Kansas and his father, Dwight L. Gwaltney of Hutchinson, Kansas. He is also survived by his daughter Malinda and her husband John O’Hara, and grandchildren Ethan, Isaac, and Elizabeth of Overland Park; his daughter Jenny and her husband Alex Sullivan of Chipita Park, Colorado; and his son Kyle Gwaltney of Lawrence. He is the brother of Julie Weigel and her husband Craig of Manhattan; and Patricia Gwaltney of Dodge City.
Mark was born in Cheyenne, WY on Aug 29, 1956. He was raised on a farm in northern Colorado, and graduated from Hutchinson High School. He attended Hutchinson Community College, and Oklahoma City University where he majored in business and played basketball.
Mark was married to the love of his life, Tami Krehbiel, on December 28, 1979. His affection and love for Tami was present every day, always providing a kiss upon greeting, and always making sure he asked about her day.
He was a successful entrepreneur and businessman, having served as President and Owner of Diamond Everley Roofing of Lawrence, Kansas. An avid outdoors and sports fan, “Papa” was a dedicated KU football and KC Royals fan, and put on some of the best KU football tailgates with his best friends and family. A father figure and role model to many, he will be forever missed by so many within the community.
Please join his family as we honor him with a funeral service Monday, August 14 at 2PM in Lawrence Kansas at the First United Methodist Church West Campus. Inurnment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.
The family will greet friends from 1 – 2 p.m. prior to the service on Monday at the church.
All friends are invited to join his family to share their memories of Mark at Johnny’s North (by the River) following the service and burial.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Lawrence Habitat for Humanity and may be sent in care of the mortuary. Funeral services have been organized thru Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence KS.