Robert Allen Sperling, age 72, of Garden City, KS, passed away Saturday, December 5, 2020, at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, MO with his wife and children by his side.
Bob was born on December 26, 1947 to Homer and Fern (Schmidt) Sperling in Newton, KS. Bob grew up in Newton where he graduated from Berean Academy in Elbing, KS. He attended Colby Community College where he met Marie Farmer. They were married in 1970.
Bob spent most of his career as an office supply salesman. In Garden City, where they have lived the past 23 years, he was involved in his community through serving as a Chamber of Commerce member, being actively involved in Cornerstone Church, and as a Gideon with Gideons International. His service to his community and his neighbors earned him the 2011 Chamber of Commerce Award of Merit, Ambassador of the Year, and Champion of the Chamber and it’s programs. He was also involved in Business and Visitation Committee, Garden City Cultural Relations Board, Lions Club, Toastmasters Inc, Leadership Garden City and The Every Voice Program.
He is survived by his wife Marie; daughter Tina Eberhard (Eric); son Jason (Kim); brothers Dave (Tammy) and Rich; sister Carol Gilmore (Gary), eight grandchildren (Heather, Josh, Karenna, Micaiah, Sarah, Isaiah, Deacon and Josiah); niece Chandra Doane (Brett); nephew Matt Farmer (Kellie); and numerous other extended family members.
A public viewing will be at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City on Friday, December 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A graveside service will be conducted at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City on Friday, December 11 at 2:00 pm. The graveside service may also be viewed on Facebook Live on the Garnand Funeral Home Facebook page. Face coverings will be required and social distancing encouraged. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bob’s name to Gideons International in care of the funeral home. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date in 2021.