Robert “Bobby” J. Huninghake, 61, died unexpectedly on July 27, 2018, at his home in Fairview.
He was born on Sept. 20, 1956, in Axtell to August and Frances Stegeman Huninghake Jr. His father died when Bobby was very young. He grew up in the St. Benedict community and attended St. Mary’s Grade School, graduating from B&B High School in 1974.
On Dec. 9, 1974, Bobby joined the United States Marine Corps, in Kansas City. While in service, he was a Telecom Maintenance Man and earned the rank of an E-2. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 19, 1975 from Palms, Calif.
After his service to his country, he went to work for MAC Equipment in Sabetha until 2011. After “retiring” at an early age, Bobby was “self-employed,” doing welding and handy work, to pass the time and keep busy.
Bobby enjoyed being outdoors, boating and socializing. He loved KU basketball. He could not sit idle and was always tinkering with anything to keep him busy. He loved gardening and canning his produce, picking up walnuts and giving away the fruits of his labor. He always had a positive outlook and was willing to share time with others. Bobby’s many qualities included his positive outlook on life without judgment and sharing time helping and advising others.
He was a member of the Fairview American Legion.
Bobby is survived by his mother, Frances Kramer; three sisters, Jane Strathman and Debbie Stallbaumer, both of Seneca, and Lori Huninghake of Bern; brother, Kevin Kramer of Topeka; and 16 nieces and nephews.
A Prayer Service was held on Sunday, Aug. 5, at Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Fr. Reggie Saldanha on Monday, Aug. 6, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Benedict. Gift bearers were his nieces, Tricia, Janelle, Sharon, Sarah, Kayla, Saige, Heather and Kaylynn. Lectors were Eric Strathman and Janelle Wenzel. Communion distributor was Sharon Nations.
Bobby was laid to rest in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Cemetery. Doug Stallbaumer carried his uncle to his resting place. Honorary pallbearers were his nephews, Eric, Brent, Doug, Matthew, Jeremy, Derick, Patrick and Bret. Full military honors were provided by the Seneca Memorial Post No. 7458 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Earl W. Taylor Post No. 21. Memorials are for the Earl W. Taylor Post No. 21 of the Seneca American Legion, sent in care of the family. To express your sympathy and for more information, visit www.lauerfuneralhome.com.
The Sabetha Herald 8/8/2018