Donald Charles "Pete" Gwartney

Donald Charles “Pete” Gwartney, 96, of Easton, KS passed away on April 15, 2019 at Brookdale Shawnee, Shawnee, KS.

Don Gwartney

Pete was born May 30, 1922 to Rose Marie (Lynn) and Jesse Gwartney. Pete married his high school sweetheart, Mary Louise Herken on June 30, 1942. They celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary shortly before her death in July 2017. He was a dedicated father to his four children, David, Kathy, Douglas, and Dennis, and “Pop” to his 13 grandchildren, and 22 great grandchildren.

Pete was a lifelong Easton resident. After high school he was a truck driver hauling livestock and grain until 1942 when he enlisted in the Army Air Force serving three years during WWII as an airplane mechanic in Del Rio, Texas. When he returned to Easton after the war, he worked as a Standard Oil agent hauling fuels to the farming community. He and his friend, Bill VanTuyl began the first bus service transporting students living in the rural areas to Easton schools. In 1963 he was hired as a rural mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Easton and retired after 22 years of service. Never one to be idle long, he bought an old dump truck and would pick up gravel at Hamm’s Quarries and deliver to anyone needing rock well into his 80s.

He was very civic minded and was involved in many organizations during his lifetime such as the Easton Lions Club, Easton Lumber Company, Easton Fire Department, Easton City Council, Knights of Columbus #2885, American Legion Post 23, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 55, and Easton Township. He was always one to be of service to others.

Pete and Mary enjoyed many years as members of the Greater Kansas City Jim Beam Bottle Club and McCormick Bottle Club. They loved the fellowship and the many places they traveled throughout the United States. Their high school friendships were ones that would span a lifetime filled with many treasured “good time” memories.

He was a very involved member of St. Lawrence Church. His wife, parents, brothers Lloyd and Marvin Gwartney, sister Doris Robinson and great-grandchildren Justin Johnston and Alyssa Hutchens preceded Pete in death. He is survived by his children, David (Juanita) Gwartney, Kathy (Ben) Tarbe, Douglas (Jacque) Gwartney, and Dennis (Cheryl) Gwartney, Mary’s brothers, James Jr. and Richard Herken, sisters-in-laws Doris and Stella Herken, and many nieces and nephews.

The family thanks the staff of Brookdale Shawnee for the kindness, activities, and support shown to our dad and our families during his 18-month residential care. Ascend Hospice has a special place in our hearts as well for the care, kindness, professionalism and support given to him these past several months.

Visitation will be on Monday, April 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. with the rosary being recited at 7:30 p.m. at St. Lawrence Church. A mass of Christian burial will be at the church on Tuesday, April 23 at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Lawrence Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to St. Lawrence Church, Remembering Justin, Inc. or Remembering Alyssa, Inc.