John Henry Atchison, 88, Osage City: Sept. 26, 1930 – Feb. 18, 2019

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – John Henry Atchison, 88, passed away Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at his home in Osage City, Kan. He was born Sept. 26, 1930, in Osage City, the son of John H. and Florence Gunterman Atchison.

John enlisted in the United States Army on May 8, 1952,  and served during the Korean War. He would receive an honorable discharge as a sergeant in May 1954. He married Marguerite Schnoor in the summer of 1961, in Oklahoma. After several years of marriage they were later divorced.

Following his military service, John began a career in construction. He would go on to manage the Hankamer Ready Mix Plant, Osage City, for almost 20 years. He later operated a mower for the township.

John was a member of Robert Heizer American Legion Post 198, Osage City, for 49 years. He also held membership in the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Emporia, Kan., for many years before having a dual membership in Osage City, totaling more than 60 years combined.

John will live on in the hearts of his daughter, Vanessa Burkdoll (Brett), of Beloit, Kan.; son, John H. Atchison III (Sandra), Raytown, Mo.; sister, Betty Reece, Topeka, Kan.; brothers, Robert Atchison, Topeka, and Charles Atchison, Wakarusa, Kan.; 12 grandchildren and 23 great- grandchildren; stepson, Richard Ashby (Kathy) of Grandview, Mo.; and a  son-in-law, Dave Stubby, Wamego, Kan.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sarah Stubby, and a brother, Bill Atchison. John was also preceded in death by his companion of 15 years, Ramona Woods, on Nov. 1, 2006. Other survivors include Ramona’s children; Sheryl Bowers, Willa Winsky, Elizabeth Griffin, Christiann Rimbey and Charley Gunterman.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church, Osage City. Burial will follow in Osage City Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, at the VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, Osage City.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Robert Heizer American Legion Post 198, and sent in care of the funeral chapel at 107 N. Sixth St., Osage City, KS 66523. Condolences can be left at

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