Robert ‘Bob’ Leroy Tomlinson Jr., 79, Osage City: Sept. 5, 1935 – May 21, 2015

052715-tomlinsonOSAGE CITY- Robert LeRoy Tomlinson Jr., 79, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015, at his home.

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

Robert 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, in Osage City. He served on the city council for 24 years and the Osage City volunteer fire department for 31 years, and was a charter member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge 3890 and held every office. He was a union steward for Local 304 Electrical Workers for 21 years before becoming a supervisor for the Kansas Gas Company.

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

He married Mary Katherine Lawless on Nov. 17, 1962, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, in Osage City.

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

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

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, in Osage City. Family will receive friends Tuesday evening at the church from 5-7 p.m. with the Rosary being recited at 7 p.m. Burial will be in the 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. Condolences may be expressed at

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