Gene Ray Waisner

Graveside Services for Gene Ray Waisner, 77, Eudora KS, will be held on Monday, January 3, 2022, 1:00 p.m. at Clinton Cemetery, Clinton KS. Gene passed on December 28, 2021 at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, KS.

Gene was born February 19, 1944 in Sedalia Missouri to George Roe, and Luella Lorraine (Neffendorf) Waisner. He was the oldest son of their five children.

In his early years, Gene enjoyed Square Dancing and was active in FFA. He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1962. Shortly after graduation, while working on a construction site with his cousin Rod Culley in Moberly Missouri, Gene began learning how to Survey. Thus began his lifelong passion and trade. Shortly after enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1965, Gene served in 1966 and 1967 in the Navy Construction Battalion #5 surveying in the Danang region in Vietnam and received a Bronze Star. Upon his return from the Vietnam War, he continued honing his surveying skills, receiving from the State of Kansas Board of Engineering Examiners his Registered Land Surveyor certificate on Feb. 3, 1970. During his years as a Surveyor, he was delighted to be involved in some of the biggest surveying projects in the State of Kansas including survey work on the State of Kansas Capitol.

Gene married Taunya S. Powell (Div.) They had two sons Darren and Devin.

On March 15, 1985 Gene married his soul mate Bonita “Bonnie” Louise (Perry) Sato, and his family grew by two step sons Brian Sato and Richard Sato.

Gene liked spending time outside, enjoying Pheasant hunting with his dad and brothers in Western Kansas, Duck hunting, and Fishing. Gene loved racing, when his son’s Darren and Devin were young, he built and maintained their quarter midget cars. Later, Gene along with wife Bonnie enjoyed indoor dirt track RC Racing in Topeka KS inviting their children to join them and happily sharing their cars and Bonnie’s delicious homemade Chili. Gene enjoyed attending the Chili Bowl races in Tulsa, OK annually with family and friends. Gene was a member of the Topeka Treasure Hunters Club, he enjoyed hunting and showing friends and family found “treasures”. He had a true gift of the ability to make most anything he thought of using his wood working skills. He had a talent and true enjoyment of small engine repair. He happily helped family, friends, and neighbors with their repairs.

Gene was helpful, kind hearted, and made friends wherever he went.

He is survived by his family:
son, Darren Waisner & wife, Fitsame, children, Eric & Isabelle of Lawrence, KS.
son, Devin Waisner & wife Amy, of Edna, KS. children, Zoe Waisner of Pittsburg, KS. Bronte’ (Waisner) Baze & husband, Bradley stationed in S. Korea
son, Brian Sato, children, Jaron Sato, Sara (Sato) Ozuna & husband, Josh
son, Richard Sato & wife Mindi, children, Alyssa, Austin & Branden of Panama City, FL.
brother, John Waisner of Eudora KS, sisters, Irene Wissler & husband, John of Lawrence KS, Barbara Rollins of Lawrence KS, and sister-in-law, Carol Waisner of Lawrence KS.
four great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Bonita Waisner Dec. 7, 2002. father, George Roe Waisner May 11, 2003. mother, Luellla Lorraine Waisner Aug. 15, 2011 and brother, Earl Wayne Waisner May 15, 2020.

Memorial Contributions may be made in Gene’s name to LMH Oncology Center or the American Cancer Society and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

11 Condolences

  1. Brian Barland and Family on December 30, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    Sorry to see Gene passing. Enjoyed working with him and knowing him later in life. Condolences to the whole family.

  2. Mulu Alemu on December 30, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    My condolences to Darren and all Gene’s family.

  3. Tom Walburn on December 30, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    Gene was a brother that I never had. Thru our years in High school we could always find something to get in trouble with. He had a need for speed; as I remember traveling down some of the rural gravel roads at close to 100mph. Always enjoyed duck hunting and spent a lot of time quail and dove hunting around the town of Clinton before the dam went in. we spent many hours together with our wives in hot games of canasta and pitch. I miss those times we were together but the memories will last forever. Very seldom do true friends come into ones life, we may have many acquaintances but to have a true friend is priceless. Gene was a true friend. Good by my dear friend.

  4. Sharon Thurber on December 31, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Prayers for all of Gene’s family. I remember him from my growing up days in Clinton. God’s blessings and comfort to the entire family.

  5. Tommie F Jr and Loretta Klein on December 31, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    Tommie and I are so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. Your family is in our prayers.

  6. Kathe Benschoter Clark on January 1, 2022 at 11:56 am

    Deepest sympathy Irene and Barb on the loss of your brother and prayers for your family.

  7. Susan Metzger on January 1, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    Irene, so sorry to hear of your brother’s passing. Our prayers and condolences to you, John and family.

    Lynn and Susan Metzger

  8. Frank Molby on January 1, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    Rest In Peace my old friend. Gene will be fondly missed by all who knew and loved him.
    Prayers and condolences to the family

  9. Shirley Shirk Anderson on January 1, 2022 at 11:01 pm

    Another one of our classmates ascended to a better place. RIP Gene. You will be missed by your family and friends.

  10. Dr Charles Kincaid and Staff on January 3, 2022 at 10:41 am

    We were so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. He was a wonderful patient. May his memory forever be a blessing.

  11. Carol Oneslager on January 13, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Barb and Irene,
    I’m so sorry for your loss!!

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