John Mark Washburn

John Mark Washburn, 73, Auburn, passed away Sunday, June 25, 2017.

He was born July 20, 1943, in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, the son of Palmer and Elsie (Hannis) Washburn. He graduated from Bethlehem Center High School and attended Bacone College, William Jewell College and Washburn University.

In the early 1970’s John ran a Conoco Gas Station in Osage City. He was later employed with the Insurance Department for the State of Kansas, retiring in 2008. He volunteered for the Auburn Fire Department where he retired as a chief.

He was a member of Gage Park Baptist Church, where he served on the church board. He was also a member of ROMEO’s. He previously served on Auburn City Council and volunteered with the Patriot Guard.

John married one terrific lady, his best friend, Lois Haslett on May 21, 1965 in Topeka, Kansas. She survives. Other survivors include two daughters: Shari Washburn-Irish and Misti (Mark) Strole; brother, James (Katsuko) Washburn and five grandchildren: Brandyn Irish, Jordon Irish, Ryan Irish, Kaylene Strole and Hannah Strole.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Gage Park Baptist Church. Interment will be at Penwell-Gabel Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Auburn Township Volunteer Fire Department, 110 SE 10th Ave, Auburn, KS 66402, NE Kansas Parkinson Association, PO Box 67342, Topeka, KS 66667or Gage Park Baptist Church, 3601 SW 10th Street, Topeka, KS 66604.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
KSFFA’s Fire News Blog Home Page

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