Group: Mission Community Events
Campus: TLC – Mission Campus
10am, Saturday, June 16
Robert Woods Mann passed away early in the morning of Thursday, February 8, 2018, at Vintage Park in Gardner, Kansas. He was 90 years old.
Bob was born on March 8, 1927, in Wellington, Missouri. He was the second of the four children of John Corse and Edna Howe Mann. He attended elementary school in Wellington and graduated in 1944 from Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri, where he played baritone in the marching band.
Following graduation, Bob enlisted in the United States Navy. He was set to join the fleet marine when World War II ended, so he completed his enlistment as a pharmacist mate at Great Lakes Naval Air Station near Chicago.
After his honorable discharge from the navy, Bob enrolled at Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas. He earned a bachelor degree in chemistry in 1951. At Baker, Bob shared a lab table with Elizabeth Ann Olin who found him very cute and quite entertaining. They were married in 1950. Bob worked at the Sunflower ordnance plant until the end of the active Korean conflict. He enrolled at the University of Kansas City (now UMKC) and earned a degree in pharmacy in 1960. He worked at ECO Pharmacy at 18th and Central in Kansas City, Kansas, for many years, and at the Sam’s and Walmart pharmacies for a short time before he retired in 1990.
Bob and Elizabeth lived in Lawrence, Baldwin, and Sunflower before moving to Shawnee in 1954. In 1966, they moved to Merriam where they lived for 30 years. They retired to a cottage at Lakeview Village in Lenexa and had many happy years there before Elizabeth passed away on September 18, 2014. Bob moved to Vintage Park Assisted Living in Gardner in July, 2016.
Bob and Elizabeth were long-time members of Hope Lutheran Church in Shawnee and members of Trinity Lutheran Church for the rest of their lives. They shared a love of music and especially enjoyed the organ music before and after church services at Trinity.
Bob was an Eagle Scout, and during his adult years, he was a merit badge counsellor for several scout troops in Merriam and Shawnee. He enjoyed camping trips with the Merriam Christian Church troop when his boys were scouts.
Bob loved working in his flower beds and “puttering” with his indoor plants. He enjoyed woodworking and made several pieces of furniture for his family to use. He and Elizabeth often joined concert audiences around the Kansas City area, their especial favorite being the annual Bachathons at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. He was a lifelong baseball fan, learning love of the game from his grandmothers and passing it along to his children. He followed the Athletics and the Royals. One of his most memorable times was having a seat at the final game of the 1985 World Series. He was a Chiefs fan from the first game in 1960 and eagerly seized the rare opportunity to attend a game at Arrowhead Stadium. Bob loved to hunt and fish in his younger years. He was funny and kind and thoughtful and much loved by everyone who knew him.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth, his parents John and Edna, his older brother John Alexander Mann II, and youngest sister Mary Elizabeth Mann Huenefeld. He is survived by his children: Sally (Patrick) Sughroue of Hay Springs, Nebraska; Kenneth (Terry) Mann of Fairway; and Drew (Kim) Mann of Gardner; three granddaughters: Jessica (Reed) Johnson of Monte Sereno, California; Sara Mann (Eric Mai) of Overland Park; and Melanie Mann of McPherson; and two great-grandsons, Carter and Chase Johnson. Also surviving are his sister and lifelong best friend, Carol Stroud of Eugene, Oregon; sister-in-law Marilyn Olin of Mendota Heights, Minnesota; special friends Diane Mares of Prairie Village and Jackie Mares of Dayton, Ohio; and nieces and nephews to whom Robert was their much-loved Uncle Bob.
The family extends deepest appreciation to the Vintage Park staff who took such loving care of Bob during his time there, and to VITAS hospice for their care and concern and communication during his time of transition. His passing was exactly as he wanted, and for that we are deeply grateful.
A memorial service for Bob will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 5601 West 62nd Street (corner of Nall and Shawnee Mission Parkway) in Mission, Kansas, with lunch following the service. As he wished, Bob and Elizabeth’s ashes will be interred that afternoon at the Wellington City Cemetery in Wellington, Missouri, next to his parents. Bob mowed and cleared snow at that cemetery as a Boy Scout – and so life comes full circle.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Music and Worship fund at Trinity Lutheran Church, 5601 W. 62nd, Mission, KS 66202.