Don Huebner
1927 - 2020
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Don C. Huebner, 92, passed away January 1, 2020.

A celebration of life will be Monday, January 27, 2020 at 11 am at the Tonganoxie Christian Church, 204 Washington street, Tonganoxie, KS.

Don was born in Louisville, Kentucky to Don and Maude Louise Huebner on April 5, 1927. Upon graduation from Valley High School, Don enlisted in the Army Air Force in May 1945. Don married his high school sweetheart, Patti Rosenberger, on November 24, 1945. Don began his career with the Hartford Insurance Company in Louisville before being transferred to Kansas City. He expanded his business to include the Huebner Insurance Agency. From his office in the Livestock Exchange Building, Don traveled the Midwest calling on truckers and cattlemen. After 40 years of service, retired from the Hartford, selling his agency to Cline Wood. Retirement was filled with golf vacations, a lake home, family ski trips and international travel. In addition to KU basketball tickets, Don maintained season tickets to the Chiefs and Royals. Don was the master of ceremonies at every event, often entertaining the crowd with the Tennessee Wigwalk; always gregarious with a special charm. As one wise grandchild noted, "giving people guff was his primary love language".

In 1963, Don and Patti settled their four children on their beloved farm outside Tonganoxie, Kansas where they enjoyed a life filled with family and community. Don and Patti were faithful and active members of the Tonganoxie Christian Church. Don was a deacon, a member of the board and always and enthusiastic volunteer-often volunteering Patti in the process. He was a founding member of the Tonganoxie Recreation Commission, and the Tonganoxie Historical Society. Don was a loyal booster of the Tonganoxie Chieftains and served as the basketball announcer for many years.

Don took great pride in the lovingly restored century old farmhouse which provided the setting for eight family weddings and celebrations. Don and Patti shared the gift of generosity and hospitality often hosting family and friends at their farm and lake home. Pig roasts, hay rides, sleigh rides, wave runners and sunset cruises are all remembered fondly. His greatest joy was gathering his family for annual trips, the last being a Caribbean cruise to celebrate Don's 90th birthday with family members joining him.

Don was preceded in death by his brothers, Norman and Glen and his wife of 67 years, Patti. He is survived by his sister, Joan Leslie, Denver, CO; his children, David (Vicki), New Hope, PA, Jill Giddings (Monte), Olathe, KS, Larry (Pam) Overland Park, KS, Donna Klinock (Mike), Leawood, KS; 8 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

The family thanks the caregivers at Vintage Park, Tonganoxie, where Don lived his final years; and the staff of Hillside Village, DeSoto, KS where Don spent the last months of his life. Your thoughtfulness and loving care are much appreciated. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions in honor of Patti Huebner to the Heart of America Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association 3846 W 75th Street, Prairie Village, KS 66208.

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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Jan. 10, 2020.
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January 23, 2020
I just want all of you David, Jill, Larry and especially you Donna that you are all in my thoughts and prayers, your Mom and Dad were family to me and i know that they are looking down on all of you together and saying how proud they are of each and every one of you. Their love for each other and for all of you made all of you so much stronger. They will continue to live on in your hearts and in every decision that you make moving forward because you are a part of them and everything they taught you. Don and Patti, you are together again, holding each other, looking down on the wonderful kids you raised and smiling. Soar with the angels, thank you for the memories i will always hold close to my heart.
Lynn Thomas
January 14, 2020
So very sad and sorry to hear of the passing of such a remarkable man. Our parents, Harry and Betty Tilden, adored their lifelong friends Don and Patti Huebner and their children, as did we. Our sincere sympathy goes to David, Jill, Larry, and Donna who blessed our family throughout our lives with so many happy memories and fun times. We are very grateful to have experienced the Huebner family's friendship and love. We understand how much Don and Patti are missed. Love and condolences to you all.
Linda Thompson
January 14, 2020
To all of my cousins and second cousins. Uncle Don was so much fun and we loved him dearly, although our times together were few and far between. What a great life he had. He will be missed greatly
Terri Bassett-Pavy
January 12, 2020
Prayers are lifted up for all of you. Your family had a special place in our hearts especially you Donna. Much love.
David Hallenbeck
January 11, 2020
I remember Don from my days at the Livestock Exchange building. Don was 'the insurance man" at the stockyards and was very well liked by everyone at the yards. He was a true professional and high class guy. In later years I had the pleasure of visiting with him at KC Chiefs games as my season tickets were right behind Don & Patti. He kept up with a lot of the old guys and always had a funny story or two to share. may he rest in peace and his memory be a blessing to your family.
Alan Neuberger
January 10, 2020
Don was a great person and friend. I worked in the exch bldg where his company was. He will be missed, prayers to the family
Barney Barnhart
January 10, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your parents had a wonderful life and I know you all will miss them both.
Donna Black Ketchum
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