Brian Patrick Wingerd

Brian Patrick Wingerd, loving son of Elizabeth and Bruce Wingerd passed away on November 6, 2020 among family and friends surrounded by love, laughter, grace and faith.

Brian was born in Clay Center, KS on July 18th, 1972 the brother of two wonderful sisters Susan and Carolyn. His life with his sisters and loving parents set him on the eventual path to Lawrence where he met the love of his life and best friend, Dana. Their life together was filled with too many blessings to count. The greatest of which were his two sons Gabe and Caleb.

Brian was a role model for both of his sons and has set them on the path to becoming empathetic, caring young men of faith. He has set the foundation for them to grow up into the fine young men they are becoming. He was privileged to be an uncle to several nieces and nephews that helped him learn life lessons he later imparted to his sons.

Those who knew and loved Brian whether for a brief time, a season or a lifetime might speak of his humor. But it was his fierce loyalty to those around him that made him special. He always knew where his priorities were; family and faith.

Brian lived with cancer but that was something that did not define him. His love for Lawrence, the Corpus community and especially his family made him a cancer survivor. This was evident to everyone who crossed paths with him over the last 4 years of his journey.

He will be missed by all of those that had the honor and privilege to walk with him on this journey. He is survived by his wife Dana and sons Gabe and Caleb of the home. Bruce and Jackie Wingerd of Clay Center. Susan Wingerd (Goodwin) and Dylan Goodwin of Leawood, KS along with their children Elizabeth, Katherine and Eric. Carolyn Wingerd (Stewart) and Tom Stewart of Lawrence, KS and their children Hannah and Andrew. Stepbrother and sister, Ben and Emily Steinbauer of Austin Texas. He is preceded in death by his mother Elizabeth Whalen Wingerd.

Visitation will be open to all friends and family on Monday, November 9th from 5-8 p.m. at Corpus Christi Church in Lawrence. Due to Covid restrictions, a private Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday morning for the family. The Mass will be available at

In lieu of flowers the family has asked any memorials be sent to Warren-McElwain funeral home, Lawrence KS. Donations will be divided between Camp Kesem and Corpus Christi Church.

28 Condolences

  1. Jaclyn Anderson on November 7, 2020 at 5:49 am

    A good man with a beautiful family who is gone far too soon, but I will always remember Brian as a sweet little boy with every Star Wars toy ever made! Sending much love to the Wingerd clan.

  2. Nancy Hettwer on November 8, 2020 at 6:11 am

    My heart aches for you Dana and your boys! Your many wonderful memories of a great husband and father will be a source of comfort at this difficult time!

  3. Mark Gabrick on November 8, 2020 at 8:36 am

    Brian’s depth of soul was evident from our first meeting. His attributes are too many to list, but his most endearing quality was evident in his fierce loyalty to the loves of his life, his wife and sons. The world is a bit darker today, but the heavens have a bright new star to light up the sky. God’s blessings to Brian’s family and friends to comfort you during this difficult time of grief. You are in my prayers.

  4. Pat Argueta on November 8, 2020 at 10:40 am

    Dana, Gabe & Caleb,
    Brian was a wonderful husband and father. His passion for life and love of his family shined by the sparkle in his eyes and the smile on his face. His spirit will live on through the memories you created. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Jennell Luck on November 8, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Rest In Peace, Brian. Sending much love to your family-I know they will miss you horribly. However, your good natured spirit and fantastic sense of humor will live on. With deepest sympathy, Jennell Luck & family

  6. Jeff Bollig on November 8, 2020 at 11:27 am

    Brian could light up a room. He was a fun co-worker and teammate. He will be missed. My sympathies to his family and may the perpetual light shine upon his soul.

  7. Cathy Clemens on November 8, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    I have many fond memories of Brian, Susan, and Carolyn when the Clemens and Wingerds would hang out on Friday night and it usually turned into some pretty awesome slumber parties for us kids. I always wanted to hold baby Brian.
    We also had some great July 4th parties. Even though it has been years since we actually seen one another, Brian will be missed. Prayers for your loss????

  8. Debbie Lomshek on November 8, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Dear Dana, I’m so sorry to hear about Brian I never got to meet. him . He will be missed dearly May God bless you and your family at this sad time I
    wish that I could be there to give your family some support in this. time of sadness. I will be thinking of all you and your family I love all of you so much hope to see you soon . Once again I’m sorry for your loss take care of yourself May God bless you always. Love and prayers. Debbie

  9. Tom and Kay Gilbert on November 8, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    We are deeply saddened for your families loss. Our prayers are with you all.

  10. Tiffany Beems on November 9, 2020 at 3:41 am

    This obituary is right on…Brian LIVED with cancer. It is clear he was not going to stop enjoying his life, family or friends. He had the same joyful spirit his mother had, so it does not surprise me to see how so many love him. We all can definitely learn something from Brian about truly living.

  11. Diana Walquist on November 9, 2020 at 9:08 am

    So sorry to hear this, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Jim and Eve Cummins on November 9, 2020 at 10:10 am

    We are so very sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. He was a wonderful person and we consider it an honor to have called him our friend. His sense of humor and kindness will never be forgotten.

  13. Deanne and Tim Arensberg on November 9, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Dear Dana and Carolyn,
    While our paths have not crossed in many years, it does not lessen the pain in my heart to hear of Brian’s passing. I pray that God comforts your families in this time of grief.

  14. David Rains on November 9, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are to you and Family, may our Lord lift you in this time of need.

  15. Paul Byer on November 9, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Brian has meant so much to our family and his legacy as a mentor and a teacher will live on in our thoughts for ever.

  16. Eric Rook on November 9, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    Praying for all of Brian’s family. Sorry for your loss. He was such a good friend…I’ll never forget all the time our families spent together growing up together in CC. God bless.

  17. Gary and Judy Gilliland on November 9, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Gary and I were so sad to hear of Brian’s passing. We know how much you loved your baby brother. We didn’t know him, but have heard what an amazing man he was. We are praying for you and your extended family

  18. Ned Valentine on November 9, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    To Bruce and Jackie and all of Brian’s family: I am sharing in your sadness this day and you are in my prayers. I only knew Brian during his childhood but I see by the descriptions of him that the wonderful personality he showed in those days stayed with him through adulthood. Bruce and Jackie I know your pain all too well and I will carry thoughts of you both through this difficult time. God bless you all.

  19. Bill and Debby Kay Altman on November 9, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    Dear Dana,
    We’re so sorry……Your family has touched so many in such a positive way. I remember attending Larson and Tom’s soccer game when they were in preschool. I turned to Whitney and asked “Who are those incredible coaches?!” Of course it was you and Brian. Always volunteering your time and expertise to benefit others.
    Your husband was one of the most generous and kind people anyone could hope to meet. We’re praying for comfort for your entire family.
    In Friendship, Bill and Debby Kay Altman

  20. Mike Willoughby on November 10, 2020 at 7:31 am

    Thoughts and prayers to your family.

  21. Theresa Mackey on November 10, 2020 at 8:16 am

    Dear Dana and boys,
    Even though I never had the privilege of meeting Brian through your stories it was clear what an amazing man, father and husband he was. And it was so apparent your love as a family. That will never ever go away.
    I’m sending my deepest sympathy and love during this difficult time.

  22. Joan Kampschroeder on November 10, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Dana, Gabe and Caleb, So very sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Prayers to you and your entire family.

  23. LeeAnn Hulse on November 10, 2020 at 9:30 am

    Dana and Family, We are so truly saddened by your loss…a loss that no words can heal. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. May your love for each other continue to help get you through this. We know Brian will always be in your hearts. Our deepest sympathy and prayers for you all.
    Chris, LeeAnn and Aubrey Hulse.

  24. Blish on November 10, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your boys. You have always had a positive spirit, and I know that will continue to thread through your life. I promise to keep you close in my heart. Sending love-

  25. from Tricia Hanning on November 11, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    I did not know him very well but have certainly heard through the Blackmans and the Storys what a great father, and husband he has been as well as uncle and son-in-law. Always a great friend to everyone knew. Definitely the Holy Spirit shone through him and glorified God. Thank you God for his life.

  26. Darla, Darylene & Jack Wilder on November 14, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    To all the Wingerd family, our best sympathy. Our comfort is that, while we miss our loved ones sadly, they are at rest, their work on earth is done, and we are sure of the resurrection.

  27. Jennifer Sadler-Lassiter on December 4, 2020 at 10:12 am

    I worked with Brian many years ago at a publishing company in OP. He made every day fun. He was silly, outgoing, passionate, and thoughtful. He loved his family and often shared stories about them. We have been friends on Facebook for years. I have been following Brian’s journey and watching the boys grow up through his posts. I am heartbroken to hear of his passing. He was a special soul. He will be missed.

  28. Steve Milligan on December 6, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    From Steve Milligan

    The very best of the Class of 1991. Always had a great sense of humor and tried to make others feel important. Fun times when we were younger playing Star Wars and made me want to get into skate boarding. Brian was a friend at a distance but always someone that you could count on, that would be there for others, and someone you could look up to even though we were in the same class. Singing in choir together and him singing Don’t Worry Be Happy. And some Metallica. My heart goes out to his family, his wife, his sons, his father, his sisters, his friends, and everyone he touched in his life. I will miss his smile, his humor, and his heart which was bigger than this life could ever be. I will see you again my old friend. You will be greatly missed. Love the Class of 1991. Steve…… Psalm 27

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