Donald Louis Komer passed away peacefully on April 29, at Olathe Medical Center, surrounded by friends and family.
Don was born July 13, 1935, in Saint Joseph, Mo. to Louis and Evelyn Komer. He spent most his childhood in Kansas City, Kan.; attended Ward High School and later received an Associate’s degree from Donnelly College.
Don married Patricia Costigan in 1963. They would have celebrated their Golden Anniversary in February 2013. They lived in Merriam, Kan. for 32 years and moved to Spring Hill in 1995.
Known as “Mr. Fix-it”, Don repaired small electronics for friends and family. He enjoyed building model airplanes, fishing, and watching television in his armchair.
When he was younger, Don played steel guitar in country bands around Kansas City and Lawrence.
He was an inventor, a musician, and a loving husband.
Don contracted polio at 18 and wore a leg brace the rest of his life; it slowed him down but never stopped him.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Harry.
Don leaves behind his wife, Patricia; brother, Terry; sons, Christopher and Joseph (Katie); daughter, Ann Schumacher; and grandchildren, Brianna, Lauren, Isaac, and Sarah; as well as many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial mass will be held 7 p.m., May 2, 2012 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 555 W Main, Gardner, KS. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m., before the service at the church. Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, (913) 856-7111. The family suggests donations be sent to March of Dimes, 4400 College Blvd. #180, Overland Park, KS 66211. Condolences may be left at