Bud S. Steinle, 84, Osage City: Jan. 7, 1935 – June 20, 2019

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Buddy Stuart Steinle, 84, of Osage City, Kan., passed away June 20, 2019, at home. Bud was born Jan. 7, 1935, in Burlingame, Kan., the son of Ernest and Anna Steinle.

Bud attended school in Burlingame, graduating in 1953. He was very athletic and participated in football, basketball and track during high school. Following high school he attended Emporia State University, graduating with a degree in business education. In June 1957, he joined the Army Reserve, serving six months active duty followed by six years in the Osage City Reserve Unit under the command of Capt. Earl Meyer. Following his return from active duty, he went to work for the state of Kansas in the Highway Right of Way Division.

On Dec. 28, 1958, he married Janet Whalen, at the Methodist Church in Osage City. Bud and Janet had two daughters, Kim and Leslie.

In August 1960, Bud began his first teaching and coaching job at Virgil, Kan. Beginning his career in Virgil was special to both Bud and his parents as Virgil was where his father first began working in the United States after he arrived from Germany.

In June 1961, Bud and Janet moved back to Osage City. Bud taught business classes at Osage City High School for 20 years. In addition to teaching, Bud also drove a school bus. He thoroughly enjoyed the connections he made with the many children who rode his bus throughout their school years. In 1980, he took a position with Hallmark Cards. When the factory in Osage City closed, he transferred to Leavenworth where he remained until he retired in 1994.

Upon retirement, he remained active doing many different jobs, including carpentry and farming. Bud was an avid outdoorsmen and grew a large garden every year. His love for hunting, especially deer hunting, fishing, golfing, and card playing were all part of his everyday life.

His wife, children and grandchildren were the loves of his life. Over the years they enjoyed many family vacations. Bud and Janet celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family vacation to Taos, N.M., and most recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family vacation to Hawaii. Over the years, Bud and Janet also had the opportunity to travel to many countries, including several trips to Germany to visit his aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was a member of the Osage City First United Methodist Church and a member of the VIM Mission team. He went on several mission trips, including to Mexico to build houses and to New Orleans following hurricane Katrina.

Bud is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Anna Steinle, and his sister, Heide Cramer.

Bud is survived by his wife, Janet; daughters, Kim Ewing, Manhattan, Kan., and Leslie (Martin) Weishaar, Topeka, Kan.; grandchildren, Dane Boyd, Manhattan, Audrey (Jesse) Davis, Honolulu, Hawaii, Louis (Sydney Ho) Weishaar, Topeka, and Avery Weishaar, Topeka; great grandchild Atley Davis; and eight nieces and nephews. Other surviving family members include Tara Ewing Jackson and family, Manhattan, and Jenny Ewing Shanks and family, Salina, Kan.

A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at First United Methodist Church, 219 S. Sixth St., Osage City. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 28, at VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, Osage City. Interment will follow the service at the Osage City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist High School Scholarship Fund, Osage City Ecumenical Christian Action Team (ECAT) food and clothing pantry, or Midland Care, and sent in care of VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, 107 N. Sixth St., Osage City, KS 66523. Condolences can be expressed at vanarsdalefs.com.

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