Sean David Atchley, 44, of Garden City, passed away on December 13 at his home surrounded by family.
Graveside service will be held 3:00 pm, Saturday, December 26 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence. Arrangements are by Warren-McElwain Mortuary. With social distancing in place, and masks being required, family and friends are welcome to stand near the graveside or listen to the service from their vehicles on the radio station 89.7 FM provided by Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Sean was born in Council Grove to William and Nancy (Bowen) Atchley on September 14, 1976. He attended school in Lawrence. Sean married Beth Hilbish on December 28, 2002 in Topeka. He graduated from Emporia State University with two bachelor’s degrees and nearly finished his master’s degree in education. Sean worked as a teacher for Garden City Public Schools for 10 years. Sean was involved in youth work with the Kansas East Conference of the United Methodist Church. He received the Doc Wollen Award for work with campers at Camp Chippewa in 2020.
Sean is preceded in death by his father and grandparents.
Sean is survived by his wife, Beth; children, 13-year-old Joshua and 5-year-old Owen; mother, Nancy; sister, Rebecca; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bryan Weiss, Matthew Miller, Brandon LaBarge, Jeff Howle, Jeff Cunningham, Ron Whited, Russ Tidwell, and Lyle Sobba.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Sean’s name to Camp Chippewa, 2577 Idaho Road, Ottawa, Kansas 66067 and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044. The family of Sean wishes to extend our sincere thanks to our supportive friends and family, Dr. Thomas Hegarty of Heartland Cancer Center, and Hospice of Saint Catherine Hospital.