Dr. Robert Lewis Onello passed away on April 29, 2020. While saddened by his passing, we celebrate our
Dad’s amazing 94 years of accomplishments. Robert was born in San Francisco, California on May 31, 1925. His childhood was spent in California and Hawaii. Dad was on the Island during the bombing of Pearl Harbor and those memories stayed with him forever.
After a brief stint in the Army, Dad attended Creighton Dental School, where he met his dear, sweet Kathleen
Monroe. After a double wedding with mom’s sister Ruth and fellow dentist, Ed Brown, they moved to
Mobridge, South Dakota and opened Dad’s first dental practice. It is in Mobridge that their children Jim, Ann,
Maureen and Danny were born. In early 1960, Dad and Mom moved his dental practice to Leavenworth, Kansas
where their fifth child, Monica was born.
For the next 40+ years, dad ran a successful dental practice in Leavenworth. His patients loved him, as he was
honest, fair and talented. He had a soft heart for those in need and endeavored to support them as they moved
ahead in life. His children are immensely proud of the man he was and the service he provided for his
After our brother Danny and Mom passed away (1999 & 2003), Dad moved to Columbia, Missouri in May 2005, where Monica and Darrell were raising their family. It was a blessing for Dad to be a part of his three
granddaughters, Morgan, Riley and Logan lives. His son-in-law, Darrell, was Doc’s right-hand man. Robert’s
son, Jim and his daughter, Katie Mae, moved to Columbia in 2012. As the ‘Onello Hub’ was now in Columbia,
it provided great holiday memories when daughter Ann and son-in-law, Gary, visited with their children, Kaelyn
and Justin. His daughter, Maureen and her husband, Eddie, run a family business that keeps them in Illinois. Her
daughter, Jeanine and husband Randy, provided Dad with his only great-grandchildren, Layla and Randy Jr.
Maureen’s daughter, Monica, previously passed away, which was a great sadness for Dad and Mom.
Dad’s storytelling abilities were legendary!! His memory was razor sharp and he loved to share stories of his
life. We will miss those the most. Dad left this earth knowing that he was fiercely loved and respected. To
Bobby, Robert, Dad, Bob, Doc O, Grandpa and Papa O: You were and are the cutest, sweetest man…you will be
missed and forever remembered in our hearts.
Robert will have a private burial at Leavenworth National Ceremony. A funeral mass and celebration of life will
follow in Columbia, Missouri, once COVID restrictions allow. If desired, donations in Dad’s name can be made to Sacred Heart Parish, 1401 2nd Ave, Leavenworth, KS 66048.
Online condolences and tributes may be shared with the family at www.bachyager.com.