Donald Charles “Pete” Gwartney, 96, of Easton, Kansas, passed away, April 15, 2019, at Brookdale Shawnee, Shawnee, Kansas.

Donald Charles “Pete” Gwartney, 96, of Easton, Kansas, passed away, April 15, 2019, at Brookdale Shawnee, Shawnee, Kansas. Pete was born May 30, 1922, to Rose Marie (Lynn) and Jesse Gwartney.

On June 30, 1942, Pete married Mary Louise Herken. They celebrated 75 years of marriage before her death in July 2017. He was a dedicated father to David, Kathy, Douglas and Dennis; and “Pop” to all his grandchildren.

Pete was a lifelong Easton resident. He graduated from Easton Rural High School in 1939. He was a WWII veteran. After the war, he returned to Easton and worked as a Standard Oil agent selling fuels to the farming community.  Pete and his friend, Bill VanTuyl began the first bus service in 1958 transporting students living in the rural areas to Easton schools.  He retired as a rural mail carrier in Easton after 22 years of service.

He was a member of St. Lawrence Parish, Easton Lions Club, Easton Fire Department, Easton City Council, Knights of Columbus #2885, American Legion Post 23, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 55 and Easton Township.  Pete & Mary were members of the Greater Kansas City Jim Beam Bottle Club and McCormick Bottle Club.

Pete was preceded in death by his wife; parents; brothers; Lloyd and Marvin Gwartney; a sister, Doris Robinson; and two great-grandchildren, Justin Johnston and Alyssa Hutchens.

He is survived by his four children, David (Juanita) Gwartney, Kathy (Ben) Tarbe, Douglas (Jacque) Gwartney and Dennis (Cheryl) Gwartney; his brothers-in-law, James Jr. and Richard Herken,  his sisters-in-law,  Doris and Stella Herken; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The family thanks the staff of Brookdale Shawnee and Ascend Hospice for the care, kindness, and support given to him.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2019, with the rosary at 7:30 p.m. at St. Lawrence Church. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m., at the church. Burial will follow at St. Lawrence Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Lawrence Church, Remembering Justin, Inc. or Remembering Alyssa, Inc.  Arrangements entrusted to R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.