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Robert Lester Gorton

Robert Lester  Gorton Robert L Gorton “Bob”, 86, passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. He left this world the way he lived, with wisdom, humor and grace. Born in Houston, Texas, he resided in Manhattan, Kansas for 56 years.

Bob attended St. John’s High School in Shreveport and earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1953 from Louisiana Tech. He was a proud veteran, stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, and upon his return attended Louisiana State University (MSME) and Kansas State University (PhD Engineering). He worked as a Faculty Associate while studying for his PhD, and realized his love and aptitude for teaching. He remained at K-State as a teacher and was granted a full professorship in 1974. During his illustrious career he earned awards and accolades too numerous to list in their entirety. Some of his most proud accomplishments included: Halliburton Professor, James L Hollis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Amoco Oil Foundation Faculty Fellow, and being elected to Fellow Grade by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1980 and ASHRAE in 1989. After he retired, he became a Docent for the Konza Prairie.

He is survived by his bride: Roz; his daughters: Elaine Kaifes, Catherine Hogan (Jim), and Christine Robinson (Bob) and his son Robert; his brother Bill and sister Mary Ann. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Karen, and his youngest sister Margaret “Muggs”.

He and Roz were just two weeks shy of their 58th wedding anniversary, and were lucky to share many passions outside of their unending love for their family.

He had ten grandchildren and he cherished them all: Katie, Jason, Elizabeth, Sam, Jack, Emma, Caroline, Hannah, Olivia and Lillian.

His joie de vivre was expressed in so many ways. He loved to travel, read, cook, listen to music, entertain, teach himself Italian, watch birds and generally enjoy life with Roz. Later in life, he took the opportunity to enjoy a weekly Friday afternoon beer with the group he creatively referred to as the “Beer Club”.

We are eternally grateful for the loving care that he was provided at Menorah Medical Center in Leawood, Kansas.

Memorial Services will be held at Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas, at 1:30 pm on June 18th. Following the service please join us in celebrating A Life Well Lived at Colbert Hills Country Club. For the adventurous among you, we are also planning a Second Line Parade in New Orleans on his 87th birthday.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s name may be made to Friends of Konza Prairie. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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“Oh what an adventure” Bob Gorton 5.28.18

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