Robert LeRoy Tomlinson Jr.


Robert LeRoy Tomlinson Jr., Osage City, died May 21, 2015, at his home. He was 79.

He was born Sept. 5, 1935, at Osage City, the son of Robert L. and Mildred E. Moore Tomlinson Sr. He attended school in Osage City.

He was employed by Kansas Power and Light Company for 27 years before retiring in 1992. He had also worked at the City of Osage City for 9 years.

He was a member of Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church, Osage City. He served on the Osage City Council for 24 years, Osage City Volunteer Fire Department for 31 years, a charter member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge 3890 for several years and held every office. He was a union stewart for Local 304 Electrical Workers for 21 years before becoming a supervisor for the Kansas Gas Company.

He won Father of the Year, which he was nominated for by his daughter, son, Michael, and niece, Pam Anderson. He enjoyed the outdoors, loved hunting, fishing, trapping and playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He married Mary Katherine Lawless Nov. 17, 1962, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Osage City. She survives of the home.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Gary L. Tomlinson; and an infant daughter, Mina Jean Tomlinson in 1964.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Elaine “Roxane” Duncan and friend, Tim Romine, Lawrence; three sons, Robert L. Tomlinson, III, and wife, Paula, Osage City, Michael G. Tomlinson, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Mark J. Tomlinson and wife, Lisa, Overbrook; six grandchildren, Alicia Duncan, Topeka, Erica Phillips and husband, Anthony, DeKalb, Mo., Tori and Trey Tomlinson, Osage City, and Evan and Owen Tomlinson, Overbrook; five great-grandchildren, Miley and Shaylee Phillips, DeKalb, Mo., and Keelyn, Symiah and Maykiah Duncan, Topeka; and two sisters, Delores Robert and Judith Tomlinson, Osage City.

Family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. May 26 with the Rosary being recited at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Osage City. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. May 27 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Osage City. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Osage City.

Memorial contributions may be made to Robert L. Tomlinson Jr. Memorial Fund to be designated at a later date and may be sent in care of VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, 107 N. Sixth St., Osage City, KS 66523.

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