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Donald Eugene Whitcomb, age 79, of Centerville, Kan., passed away on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at Residential Living Center, Garnett. He was born April 21, 1937, in Xenia, Kan., the son of Charles Melvin and Ruth Alberta (Main) Whitcomb. He graduated from Blue Mound High School with the Class of 1956.
Donald married Wanda Sutton on May 28, 1960, in Carlyle, Kan. This union was blessed with three children.
He was a mechanic and a farmer most of his life.
Donald had a love of the outdoors; he enjoyed hunting and fishing, camping, and visiting with friends and neighbors.
His greatest joy was his family, especially his children and grandchildren. Donald was well-known for his soft-spoken and easygoing nature, always willing to lend a hand to help anyone. He enjoyed his dogs, Susie and Missy, and often found them sitting with him in his chair.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother Melvin Dwayne; two sisters, Sandra Ruth in 1956 and Debra Kay Stewart in 2006.
He is survived by his wife Wanda Whitcomb of the home; two sons, Kevin Whitcomb and wife Jackie, and Danny Whitcomb, all of Centerville; one daughter, Karen Frazier and husband David of Rose Hill, Kan.; 11 grandchildren; three and soon-to-be four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Charles Robert “C.R.” Whitcomb and Susan White of Kincaid, Kan., David Whitcomb and wife Carolyn of Kincaid, and Wayne Whitcomb and wife Susie of Kincaid; two sisters, Phyllis Jackson and husband Darrell of Mound City, Kan., and Cheryl Moore and husband Rick of Kincaid; brother-in-law Mark Stewart of Bronson, Kan.; and a host of other family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at the Old Centerville Pump House, Centerville, with burial following in the Centerville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Centerville Community Church, Residential Living Center Activity Fund, or to the donor’s choice. You may send your condolences to the family at


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