WALTER W. “JACK” MARKSBURY, JR.
Walter W. “Jack” Marksbury, Jr., 89, of Gardner, Kan., passed away Oct. 27, 2010 at Olathe Medical Center.
Jack was born July 11, 1921 in Slater, Mo., to Walter W. Marksbury, Sr., and Nellie (Howard) Marksbury. He graduated from Central Missouri State College with a teaching degree and went on to earn his master’s degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He moved to Gardner from Broken Bow, Neb. in 1962. He taught vocal and instrumental music, retiring from Gardner Edgerton School District in 1987. After his retirement, he continued to offer music lessons from his home, to teach himself woodworking, and to sing barbershop with the Overland Stage Chorus. He served as director of the Chancel Choir of Gardner’s First Presbyterian Church for 47 years.
Despite a childhood bout with polio that left him with a limp, Jack’s determination and strength were on display his whole life, particularly when he would lead the marching bands he conducted through the streets of Kansas City on parade, never falling out of step. He will be remembered for his quick wit, infectious laugh, inspirational teaching, independent spirit, vast array of musical talents, and selfless commitment to his students, his church, and his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Dorothy Marksbury. Jack is survived by his wife Wyona; their son John and his wife Sandy; grandchildren Erika and Paul; great grandsons Oscar and Beckett; and three nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral service in his honor at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 at the First Presbyterian Church of Gardner, 138 E. Shawnee. Burial will follow at Gardner Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. before the service at the church. Memorial Contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir. Condolences may be sent to www.brucefuneralhome.com
Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner (913) 856-7111.