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Robert Phinisey

Robert Phinisey
Robert Phinisey (James Earl), age 63, of Manhattan, Kansas, died Sunday morning February 12, 2017.

Robert was born on December 3, 1953 in Columbus, Mississippi, the son of John L. Phinisey Sr. and Lillie Mae (Allen) Phinisey.

Robert was deeply loved by his family and church family. He and his wife Joan (Bridges) celebrated 38 years of marriage on September 9, 2016.

He enjoyed cooking, fishing and audio books but he proudly enjoyed his three beautiful grandchildren most of all. He always had a smile for the smallest baby to the oldest adult. Those who knew him knew his contagious laugh and giving heart. He always would tell memorable stories with his motivating voice. Robert let the Spirit of God’s love guide him to unintentionally inspire and encourage those around him. His life and love will live on thru our memories.

In addition to his wife Joan, Robert is also survived by his daughters: Charity Ehrenreich (Thomas), Albuquerque, New Mexico and Hope Chesang (Azeez) of Tianjin, China; three grandchildren: Oliver, Sofia, and Vivienne; three brothers: John L. Phinisey Jr. of Jacksonville, North Carolina, Earnest Phinisey (Sherry) of Tacoma, Washington, and Tony Phinisey (Mary) of Columbus, Mississippi; his four sisters: Luberta Taylor (Bernard) of Columbus, Mississippi, Willie Mae Phinisey of Columbus, Mississippi, Rita Jones of Columbus, Mississippi, and Debra Phinisey of Columbus, Mississippi; he is also survived by his many nieces and nephews; and his great childhood friends, Butch Jones of Eatontown, New Jersey.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother; his little brother Winston Allen Phinisey and his big sister, Katie Phinisey; and also his sister-in-law Mary Phinisey.

The family will greet friends during a visitation on Thursday February 16, 2017 from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan, Kansas.

Funeral Services for Mr. Phinisey will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday February 17, 2017 at the Calvary Tabernacle of Manhattan, 2740 Pillsbury Drive, Manhattan, Kansas, with Pastor Robert Berry officiating. Interment with military honors will follow the service at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley, 5181 Wildcat Creek Road, Manhattan, Kansas.

Memorial funds in memory of Robert can be made to the Calvary Tabernacle of Manhattan. Contributions may be sent in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

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