Robert Edwin Baldwin, Burlington, Kansas, died peacefully Wednesday afternoon, August 22, 2012, at his home after a courageous battle with prostate cancer, at the age of 72.Bob was born September 5, 1939, at the family farm near Wellsville, Kansas, the son of Robert Roy and Agnes Florene (Higbie) Baldwin.
His dad died when Bob was five years old and he was lovingly raised by his parents, Duane and Agnes Gifford. He grew up in Commerce City, Colorado, and Wellsville, Kansas, and graduated from Wellsville High School in 1958.
On April 29, 1961, he and Marcia Dawn Frank were married at Donnelly, Minnesota. They lived in Denver, Colorado, for five years before moving to Burlington, Kansas. Bob worked for Kiekhaefer Mercury Outboard Motor Co. in Denver for six years, raised cattle and hogs for several years with his dad, Duane, in Burlington, worked for Coffey County rural Electric in Burlington for ten years, and retired as a nuclear electrician after thirteen years from the Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant in Burlington.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Burlington.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Duane and Agnes Gifford, and his sister, Dorothy Ann Hoopes.
He leaves Marcia, his wife of more than 51 years, of the home; his children, Tamera Kay Kiefer, Burlington, Shane Baldwin and wife Jennifer, Aurora, OH, Shawn Fowler and husband Owen, Seattle, WA, and Jason Baldwin and wife Lisa, Overland Park, KS; 8 grandchildren, Chelsea Kiefer, Lawrence, Josh Kiefer, Overland Park, Janelle Birkner, Wichita, Blake Baldwin, Cincinnati, OH, Kyle and Spencer Baldwin, Aurora, OH, and Silas and Sage Baldwin, Overland Park; and two great-grandchildren, Katarina and Evelyn Birkner, Wichita.
Services will be held 10:30 A.M. Saturday, September 1, 2012, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Burlington. Burial will follow in Graceland Cemetery in Burlington.
The family will meet with friends from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. Friday, August 31, at Jones Funeral Home in Burlington.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, the Coffey County Cancer Support Group, or the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation and may be sent in care of the funeral home.