Don Mayberry

Don Mayberry

Saturday, February 10th, 1940 Monday, September 21st, 2020

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Obituary for Don E. "Don" Mayberry

Don E. Mayberry
Donald Eli Mayberry, age 80, of Basehor, Kan., passed away on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 at his home. His daughters will greet friends and family at a drive-through visitation from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27th at the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home in Bonner Springs, Kan. In addition, they encourage Don’s car friends to drive their street rods, a gesture Don would have loved! A private graveside funeral service will be held on Monday, Sept. 28, at the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Don was born on February 10, 1940 in Tonganoxie, Kan., and was the only child of Arthur “Don” & Lena (Rosebaugh) Mayberry. He was raised in the Bethel area of Kansas City, Kan., and graduated from Washington Rural High School in the Class of 1957. He went on to attend Kansas City Kansas Community College where he obtained his Associate’s Degree. Don married Joyce Elizabeth Sackman on April 15, 1961, and together they made their home in Kansas City, Kan., where they raised their two daughters. In 1966, he went to work for TWA as a ticket agent and retired from World Span as a customer service agent 33 years later. He worked for the Basehor-Linwood School District for five years before retiring. He and Joyce moved to Basehor in 1978.
Don enjoyed a number of hobbies and activities throughout his life. He loved to fly his dad’s single engine airplane, collect model trains, fly radio-controlled airplanes, cruise nights with his street rods, traveling, swap and shop, BLHS softball and spending time with his family, friends and neighbors. The advent of Facebook gave Don a whole new avenue to connect with friends and family near and far and he loved sending laughs and positive messages via emails on a regular basis. While the internet increased his reach to friends and family across the country, he still very much valued connecting with people in person. His circle of friends was large and spanned several generations. He was eager to share a smile or joke as well as wisdom gained from a life of experience. His gentle manner and genuine interest in others was a gift to his friends and family.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Joyce, and close family friend Mary Nutter.
Survivors include his two daughters: Traci Mayberry of Basehor, Kan., and Susan Mayberry of Overland Park, Kan., close family friends Janice Loudon, Jill Hackett and daughters, and Lorna Davis and family, cousins Marjorie Ann Egloff of Titusville, Fla., and Warren Lee Schooley of Fort Scott, Kan., as well as extended family and many, many friends.
Following Don’s example of loving your neighbor, the family encourages you to help those in our community who are struggling by considering a donation to Harvester’s Community Food Network at

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, September 27th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Alden Harrington Funeral Home
    214 Oak Street
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    Sunday, September 27th, 2020
    4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Don's daughters will greet friends at a Drive-Thru Visitation on the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home parking lot, they encourage all of Don's Car friends to drive their street rods, which Don absolutely loved.
  • Service

    Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens
    701 North 94th Street
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    Private Graveside services

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Brandy Spencer

Just heard of Don’s passing via a friend on Facebook. Sad to hear of his passing. He was such a nice man and I had the honor of caring for his mother during her time in the nursing home and enjoyed when he and his daughters would come visit. They were regular visitors. Will miss his hellos while I was roaming around Walmart as well. Rest easy Don.
Comment | Posted at 11:17pm via Condolence

Ronald Grover

Susan and Traci, I can't think of words to express my sorrow for you. About the only thing I can think to offer you is a simple remembrance. Your dad was one of those rare men that caused an outbreak of smiles by simply entering a room.
Comment | Posted at 08:53pm via Condolence

Robert Dobbe

Traci and Susan, I worked with your Dad at TWA starting in 1966 as ticket agents and later at PTIS/Worldspan. I have a lot of memories of him but one that first came to mind when I read your email of his passing was when the then new airport (KCI) was opened in I think 1971? We went to work the first day it opened, a Saturday, we were walking up the concourse (terminal B) to the ticket office carrying our stuff, lunches in brown paper bags etc. and he said to me, "here, hold this" (his lunch) and he ran ahead and did a forward somersault, he was excited, much more so than me! We had some great times. God bless you in this rough time and may he rest in peace.
Comment | Posted at 02:16pm via Condolence

Connie Hundley

Connie and Roger Hundley—Roger and I met Don through Roger’s brother, J.T. We all had an interest in cars. We went to several swap meets together, and of course, we almost always went to the cruise night that Don and J.T. hosted in Basehor once a month on a Friday night. Our most fun trip with Don was when we went to Moore, Okla. to pick up one of our Nomads. Don and J.T. we’re pulling a trailer, and we were following behind in our truck pulling another trailer. We were all unaware that their trailer had a “square tire” until we we were going down the highway. Of course we had no spare. We got a phone call from Don complaining about how bad they were “b-b-bouncing” down the road. We were under a time crunch, so we could not stop. After all it wasn’t flat! Don said “it will be ok”, so we went on. About every fifty miles, we got another call from Don reminding us how much he was b-b-bouncing. We loaded the car on our trailer, and the extra chassis was loaded onto Don and J.T.’s trailer. We headed for home, getting Don’s phone calls about every fifty miles, letting us know he was still b-b-bouncing. Trip was successful, but, we heard about it for years! Don sure knew how to make even bad situations fun. We sure will miss him.
Comment | Posted at 08:30pm via Condolence

Lee Burrell Schindler

My husband and myself first met Don in Omaha working for TWA..there were four of us that didn't really want to be in Omaha and away from our families.....but we made the most of it. Don was one of the funniest people I have ever known. He would send the funniest messages to the computer while you were trying to check people in for their couldn't dare look at his messages or you would burst out laughing...We wish to express our condolences to his daughters and any other family members. But everytime I think of Don a smile creeps on my face..sincerely Lee Burrell Schindler
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