Stephen Wayne Waisner

Graveside services for Stephen Wayne Waisner, 54, Lawrence, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at Clinton Cemetery, 1203 E 500 Rd, Lawrence, Kansas 66049.

Mr. Waisner passed away suddenly and unexpectedly from this world into heaven on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at UnityPoint Health – Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.  He was at peace and surrounded by his family. 

Steve was born December 7, 1968, in Lawrence, Kansas, the youngest son of Earl “Wayne” Waisner and Carol Ann Weaver Waisner. Steve was named after his father.  He attended Wakarusa Valley Elementary, South Junior High and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1986.

Following graduation, Steve worked as a home builder in the Kansas City area for many years.

He was united in marriage with Tiffany Lee Worley on August 14, 1995 in Lawrence. She survives of the home.

Steve was an active baseball player growing up in the Lawrence area where he started playing at DCABA at 5 years old as a catcher and continued playing until high school. 

He was an excellent cook learning this skill from his mother and being known for his famous pancakes and McWaisners for breakfast as well as his fried zucchini.  Steve dearly loved and was especially proud of his successful wife, daughters and young grandchildren.  He was affectionately known as “Popo” to his grandchildren.  He enjoyed planting his vegetable garden and tending the flowers – especially Tiffany’s treasured tuberoses.  He also enjoyed everything outdoors with fishing as his passion.

In recent years, Steve was able to purchase and modify a Jeep TJ of his own which he named “Howler” that accurately described the loud sound the 40” tires made traveling down the road.  Howler rides with the music blaring were one of their favorite things of his two oldest grandchildren, Molly Kate and Gavin, with their Popo.

Survivors include his wife Tiffany Waisner of Lawrence, mother, Carol Waisner of Lawrence, daughters, Christina Black and husband Cody of Des Moines, Iowa, Sarah Waisner of Blue Springs, Missouri, brother Scott Waisner and wife Jeanne of Lawrence, grandchildren, Gavin Black, Molly Kate Black and Collins Black all of Des Moines, Iowa and his trusty dog, Kyra.  In addition, he had a large family of beloved aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins.  Steve will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Steve was preceded in death by his father in 2020; as well as his paternal and maternal grandparents in prior years.

In lieu of flowers, a GoFundMe account has been set up to help with funeral expenses.  Link:

Please click below to view a slideshow of Steve.

15 Condolences

  1. Bonnie Gauna on May 9, 2023 at 5:09 pm

    Carol and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our condolences. May God be with you during this difficult time. We are praying for you and we love you.
    Love, Bonnie McNish Gauna and family.

  2. Michelle, Maleia & Mekhi Byrd on May 9, 2023 at 7:59 pm

    Tiffany and Sarah, please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of Stephen. I don’t think we can say enough nice things about Stephen. We will remember him fondly. All of the time we’ve all spent together at the various events for the girls; oceans of fun, trick or treating, band, dances, school events etc. Thank you for allowing us to share a laugh or two and a piece of candy with your family.

  3. Jan Whitney on May 9, 2023 at 9:34 pm

    So sorry to hear this. I will be praying for your family to find peace in your hearts. Wonderful memories will carry you through. Love & prayers❤️🙏. Jan (Spotts) Whitney

  4. Jill pilch on May 9, 2023 at 10:31 pm

    Tiff… Jim and I are so sorry to have learned of Steve’s passing…Amy let us know a few days ago..
    You and your family are in our thoughts and our hearts hurt for you.
    Hugs to you ❤️

  5. Sara Mullin on May 10, 2023 at 1:31 am

    Mrs Waisner and family I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of our families through DCABA and little league football with my dad. My prayers are sent your way.

  6. Joe and Bev Mater on May 10, 2023 at 10:17 am

    Carol and Wayne, we are so sorry to hear of your son’s death. You are definitely in our thoughts, there is nothing worse than losing a child, it’s just not the way it supposed to be.

  7. Margaret Ellis - Charlton Place MDS on May 10, 2023 at 10:37 am

    Tiffany I’m so sorry for your loss. I pray that God will grant you peace and comfort.

    Isaiah 26:3 Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusts in Thee.

  8. Zee Button on May 10, 2023 at 11:09 am

    Carol and Wayne,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember Steve from “Wakarusa Days” and South Jr. High. Our son, Mark, was in Scouts with Steve.
    Your family has my sympathies and you will be in my thoughts during this difficult time.
    Zee Button

  9. Pete Haney on May 10, 2023 at 5:55 pm

    This is Pete Haney. I knew Steve at Wakarusa. I am sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to everyone in the family. You’re all in my thoughts.

  10. Joyce Halderman. (Zillner) on May 11, 2023 at 6:00 am

    Carol, I am so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. Peace. Joyce

  11. Marian and Joe Tutera , Randy & Dawn Bloom on May 11, 2023 at 12:51 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Sending our thoughts and prayers.
    Tutera Senior Living & HealthCare

  12. Kent Jantz on May 11, 2023 at 10:05 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Prayers from the Jantz family.

  13. Julie Trowbridge VanZandt on May 11, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Carol and family, I am so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. I have so many fun childhood memories of Steve. Prayers and hugs!

  14. Shirley A. Anderson on May 12, 2023 at 7:07 pm

    Carol, I have so many wonderful memories of Steve. Steve and my son, Lawrence, were great friends, classmates and neighbors.
    They along with my daughter, Julie, had some fun times together with our family. Your family and friends will comfort you and keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  15. Billy & Julie Brumley on May 13, 2023 at 5:35 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss.

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