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Donald Vosburgh

February 9, 1938 — November 30, 2021


Donald Merle Vosburgh, age 83, passed away on Nov.  30,  2021 at Grand Plains, Pratt, KS.  He was born a twin Feb. 9, 1938 at Dodge City, KS.  The son of Edward E. and Alice E (Smith) Vosburgh.  He married Sybil R. (Cummins) on Sept. 2, 1961 at Macksville, KS. She survives of the home.  He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, Macksville, KS.  Other survivors include his son Justin (Karen) Vosburgh, Macksville, KS daughter Winona (Chuck) Perkins, Colby, KS, 5 grandchildren and their spouses.  14 great grandchildren, brothers-in-law Homer Compton, R.E. Markham and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by both parents, his sisters JoAnn, twin sister Donella Pearl Markham and Helen Pat Compton.   Visitation will be from 1-7 PM, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021 at Minnis Chapel, Macksville, KS. Funeral service will be at 10:30 AM Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 at Grace United Methodist Church Macksville, KS with pastors Brian Blackburn and Tom Walters presiding.  Burial will follow in Farmington Cemetery Macksville, KS.  Memorials may be given to Macksville Grace United Methodist Church, Grand Plains Skilled Nursing Pratt, KS, Interim Hospice in care of Minnis Chapel, PO Box 34 St John, KS 67576.

*******Eulogy as read during Don's service............................

Donald Merle Vosburgh was born a twin at Dodge City, Kansas Hospital on February 9, 1938. He was the son of Edward E. Vosburgh and Alice E. (Smith) Vosburgh.  His twin sister Donella Pearl was born first, and he always said he was a gentleman and ladies first.  They were living in Lewis, KS and later moved to Centerview, KS.

Don had rickets at a young age so his mother would fry hamburger and give him the liquid off of it for the iron content.

JoAnn was Don’s oldest sister and she died at 5 years of age with dust pneumonia in 1935.  The family later moved from Centerview to Cheney, Kansas when the twins were two.

During Don’s younger years, he was engaged in farming during the summer months for his Uncle Harley and Aunt Faye Beaver, St. John, Kansas.

Don Graduated from Cheney High School in May 1956.

In September of 1956 Don and his classmate John Rosenhagen enlisted in the Army.  They were at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for basic training.  Don was transferred to Fort Lewis, Washington and never saw John again until discharged from the service.

In September 1958 Don attended college at Fort Hays State.  He graduated in May 1962 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture.

In 1961 Don rented farm ground around Macksville and became a farmer.

He was united in marriage to Sybil Cummins September 2, 1961.

While Sybil finished her Senior year at Fort Hays State, Don was a mud tender for a brick layer at Hays, constructing McMindes Hall.

Two children were born to this marriage; Justin Karl and Winona Lee.

Don was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Macksville.  He served as a Trustee for several years and the Sunday School Treasurer.

Don served as a Director on the Dillwyn Coop Board and was employed by the Stafford County ASCS Office as a measurement service technician.

Don was a Dekalb/Asgrow dealer for 20 plus years.

Don and Sybil lived on a farm Northeast of Belpre, Kansas from 1965-1975.  They later moved to the East edge of Macksville to the farm house where Sybil was born and raised.  In 1995 they moved into the smaller brick home on the same quarter.

Don enjoyed hunting birds and deer.  His favorite dog was Sarge.

He was an avid John Deere collector of small items.

Don is survived by his wife, Sybil of the home, son Justin Vosburgh and wife Karen Macksville, KS, daughter Winona Perkins and husband Chuck of Colby, Kansas.  5 grandchildren Molly (Steven) Weiss, Bethany (Jared) Loomis, Andrew (Katie) Vosburgh, Alex (Karlee) Vosburgh and Olivia (Brett Schroeder).  There are 14 great grandchildren.  Mason, Ayla, Emera, Silas, Lincoln, Declan, Elliott, Lydia, Gracyn, Wade, Sloan, Hallie, Hudson and Zelie.  Two brothers-in-law survive: Homer Compton and R.E. Markham, many nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his oldest sister, JoAnn, his mother Alice, his father Ed, twin sister Donella Markham and sister Helen Pat Compton.

Don will be remembered for his lasting dedication to God, family, friends and his love of farming and hunting.

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Thursday, December 2, 2021

10:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

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Friday, December 3, 2021

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