Robert Lee Wirthman

Robert “Bob” Lee Wirthman, 72, Lawrence, KS, died on March 7, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church 6001 Bob Billings Parkway, Lawrence, KS. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Kansas City, KS. Friends may call from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary 120 W. 13th St. Lawrence, KS. The rosary will be said at 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Sister Servants of Mary, 800 N. 18th St. Kansas City, KS or Corpus Christi Catholic Church.

Bob was born October 7, 1941 in Kansas City, KS the son of Michael and Marie Wirthman. He attended Tonganoxie High School and was in the Steel Business. He worked for Havens Steel Co. for 33 years until retiring in 2003. He was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, and Iron Workers Local 10. His life was all about family, the KU Jayhawks and using his numerous skills to help everyone.

He leaves his wife, Carol; his brother, Henry Wirthman, Tonganoxie, KS; his children, Christopher Wirthman (Danielle) Lawrence, KS, Kari Abraham (Stan) Phoenix, AZ, Mischel Baccabino (Charles) Glendale, AZ, Gail Kelsey (David) Lawrence, KS; Albert Colnar, Lenexa, KS, Deborah Smith, Lawrence, KS, Ralph Seutter (Ruth) Virginia Beach, VA and Sherry Colnar, Kansas City, KS; thirteen grandchildren, Michal Wirthman, Christian and Jeremiah Barbe, Rachel and Wesley Abraham, Stephanie and Adam Wirthman, Jack and Charlie Kelsey, Kyle and Erin Colnar, Joel and Ashley Seutter; a niece, Vicki Kinkade (Bill) and children; nephews, Craig Janes (Denise) and John Janes and children. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Joshua Seutter.

We will all miss Bob’s helpful, loving attitude and his wonderful smile.

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8 Condolences

  1. janice melland on March 9, 2014 at 11:27 am

    All blessings to Carol and the extended family at this difficult time. May happy memories of this good man sustain you through grief to the acceptance and peace that will surely come.

  2. ken wertzberger on March 9, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    I am sorry for the Wirthman family loss. I am sure the memories will sustain you.

    Best wishes in this difficult time.

    ken and annette wertzberger

  3. Becky Mondi on March 9, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Chris and all of your family..I am so very sorry to learn this. Godspeed for your peace and healing in the days ahead.

  4. Rick Schwebel on March 10, 2014 at 10:29 am

    To the family : my sincere condolences. There is no greater pain than the death of a loved one. Sometimes it seems almost more than a person can bear. Jehovah God helps us with this in His word, He promises us that He will put a stop to all sickness and death will be no more (REV 21;3.4) Jehovah also shows His love for us through the ransom sacrifice of His beloved son Jesus Christ. What a wonderful gift to be given ! Then the hope of seeing our loved ones again on this earth, transformed into a paradise. The Bible tells us this was Jehovah’s will when He created Adam & Eve. Please take your Bible and read: (Genesis 1:26,27; John 5: 28,29; Psalms 37:11,22,29). If you have any questions or comments, you can contact me at: Sincerely: Rick Ruiz Schwebel.

  5. Paul Morte on March 10, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Gail and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. Although I do not know your family, if they are like you then your dad had a very successful life.

  6. Cristy Harris on March 12, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Nature’s first green is gold
    Her hardest hue to hold.
    Her early leaf’s a flower;
    But only so an hour.
    Then leaf subsides to leaf.
    So Eden sank to grief,
    So dawn goes down to day.
    Nothing gold can stay.

  7. Cristy Harris on March 12, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    ~~Robert Frost

  8. Chris Wirthman on April 21, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Thank you all

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