Gordon Lee Robare, 85, of Wellington, died January 22, 2013 at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington, Kansas.
The Holy Rosary will be recited at 9:00 A.M. on Friday, January 25th at the St. Anthony/St. Rose Catholic Church in Wellington, Kansas with the Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:00 A.M. Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 A.M, Saturday at the St. Joseph's Cemetery in Geneva, Nebraska. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 9:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M., at the Hawks-Shelley Funeral Home in Wellington, Kansas with the family greeting friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. A memorial will be established with the St. Joseph's Cemetery in Geneva, Nebraska. Contributions can be left with the funeral home. For further information or to send a condolence please visit www.hawksfuneralhome.com.
Gordon Robare was born on July 31, 1927, on a farm southeast of Strang, NE in Fillmore County. He was the son of David Hamilton Robare Jr. and Alma Marie(Zimmerman) Robare and fifth born of six siblings. At the age of two, he was baptized a Christian in the United Brethern Church at Strang, NE. Gordon attended school in Fillmore County. At the age of four he started at District 84, and graduated from the eighth grade at District 45. He attended Geneva High School and was a 1944 graduate in Geneva, NE, at the age of 16. Gordon enlisted in the United States Navy on July 16th, 1945 at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Chicago, IL. He faithfully served his country spending most of his time on the USS Bunker Hill Naval ship as a Seaman and Boiler Tech. He served in the Asiatic Pacific American Theatre, received a Good Conduct WWII Victory Medal, and was awarded a Honorable Discharge on July 28th, 1948 in Seattle WA. Gordon joined the Catholic Church and married Julia Rose Kamler at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Shickley, NE. on August 10, 1950 until her passing in 1990. Together, they raised their family. Gordon worked for the Kaneb Pipeline for 36 years enjoying each challenge and opportunity. He started his gainful employment as a Terminal Operator in 1953, spent four months in England on Pipeline Operations in 1973, was Chief Engineer for the Eastern Half of the construction of the North Platte Pipeline in 1981, and served as Area Superintendent in Wolsey, Aberdeen and Huron, SD, Geneva, NE and ElDorado, KS from 1975-1989. During that time he also mastered being an electrician, sold insurance, obtained a certificate in Industrial Supervision from Central Nebraska Technical Community College in 1975, was a volunteer fireman, served his church, and was elected to the Geneva City Council serving for several years. His belief in a strong commitment, solid work ethic, and frugal lifestyle lead to a rewarding career and comfortable retirement in 1989. On December 7, 1991 he was united in marriage with Joan Elaine Biggerstaff at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Wichita KS. They were able to enjoy traveling, playing cards, volunteering and time spent with family and friends, and have lived in the Wellington KS area since their union. Gordon was member of the American Legion, the V.F.W and the Knights of Columbus.
Gordon used his God given talents in many aspects of his life to achieve his accomplishments. He was known to his family as "Mr. Fix It", using not only his hands, but his head and heart. In his own loving way he reached out to family and friends that were not as fortunate as he in spirit for help and guidance. Gordon will be most remembered for his strong faith in God, being a devout husband, a great dad and fun grandpa and great grandpa. Gordon had enough tears to make him tender, enough hurts to make him compassionate, and enough failures along the way to keep his hands clenched tightly with the Lord by helping others.
Surviving to honor his memory is his wife Joan Robare of Wellington, Kansas, daughters, Marla Messman and husband Jerry of Ft. Collins, CO and Shirley Hafer and husband Bruce Geneva, NE, son, Richard Robare and wife Corinne of Draper, UT, sisters, Doris Weber and husband Don of West Palm Beach, FL, and Lois Owings of West Columbus, S.C. and Dona Leininger and husband Gene of Claremore, OK, 4 stepchildren, Danny Biggerstaff and wife Mary of Medford, OK, Kent Biggerstaff and wife Teresa of Arkansas City, KS, Bernadette Osburn and husband Terry of Inver Grove Heights, MN and John Biggerstaff and wife Candy of Collinsville, OK, 19 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.
Preceding him in death are his parents, wife Julia Rose, 2 brothers Kenneth and Dean Robare and 2 great grandsons, Kurt Biggerstaff, and Carson Potter.