Robert Lee “Bob” Topham, 83, of Wichita, World War II veteran and retired Boeing Transportation employee of 43 years, passed away Dec. 17, 2010. Visitation was 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday with family present 1 to 3 p.m. Services were 2 p.m. Monday at Webb-Shinkle Mortuary.
A memorial has been established with American Lung Association, 2024 N Woodlawn St, Suite 114, Wichita KS 67208.
Bob was born June 15, 1927, in rural Hesston, to John and Gertrude Topham. At age 22, Bob enlisted in the Navy. Stationed at Fort Robbins, Long Beach, Calif., Bob served aboard the USS Tatnuck Mine Sweeper along the Pacific coastline as he was not allowed to serve overseas because he had four older brothers already serving overseas.
After his discharge from the Navy, he married Fern L. Shaffer and joined the staff of Boeing. Together they raised Bruce, Dennis, Debbie, and Kevin. Bob retired from Boeing Transportation after 43 years.
Bob is survived by his wife of 58 years, Fern; his children; his brother John Topham of Peabody; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers Wayne, Howard, and James; and sisters Audrey, Doris, Eula, Olive, and Emma.