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 Harvesters.org
We will not have a register book at the drive-through visitation. Please share your condolences and memories of Don on the condolence page.