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Robert Eugene Johndrow

June 18, 1931 ~ June 23, 2019 (age 88)


Robert Eugene Johndrow, 88, of Winfield passed away quietly Sunday, June 23, 2019 at Winfield Senior Living Community with his family at his side.

According to Robert’s wishes, no services are scheduled and cremation and private internment will take place at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Cowley County Humane Society or Harry Hynes Hospice.  Contributions may be left in care of the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Winfield.

Robert Eugene Johndrow was born at home on a farm in Hunter, Oklahoma on June 18, 1931 the son of Leo L. Johndrow and Elsie M. (Campbell) Johndrow. He attended grade school and high school in Perry, Oklahoma. Robert was united in marriage with Susan Therese Heppler on May 27, 1951 in Perry, she preceded him in death on August 2, 1978. He later married Vada Marie (Sloan) Postelwait on January 8, 1983 in Arkansas City, she preceded him in death on November 9, 2016.  Robert worked for Ditch Witch in Perry and moved to Winfield in 1956 where he worked as a welder for Smith Moon Steel, Gordon Piatt and Webster Engineering, from which he retired.

Robert loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them and taking them to music practice and going to all of their activities.  Robert was an avid outdoorsman, he raised cattle, chickens and goats, was a bird watcher and a very successful gardener; he enjoyed woodworking, especially building grandmother and grandfather clocks and refurbishing antique furniture; Robert was very passionate about antique Allis-Chalmers tractors, he loved restoring them, going to tractor shows and was a member of the K&O Steam and Gas Engine Club.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wives Susan and Vada, son James Leo Johndrow, daughter Sandra Kay (Johndrow) Dubach, and siblings: Sarah, Julian, Earl and Melvin Johndrow. Survivors include sister Enid Heppler (Bernard) of Perry, OK; children: Margaret Ann Burlingame (Bill) of Pittsburg, Sharon Marie Neighbors (Kevin) of Winfield, Rebecca Lynn Groene (Kirk) of Winfield, and Mark Alan Johndrow (Rhonda) of Arkansas City; step-children: John Postelwait (Linda) of Arkansas City, Mark Postelwait (Carlie) of Edmonds, WA, Dale Postelwait (Sandra) of Winfield, and Carla Courtland (Robert) of Winfield; son-in-law Ronnie Dubach of Arkansas City; 22 grandchildren, as well as numerous great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.


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