TROY, Kan. Robert C. (Bob) Wayman, 74, of Troy, died Monday, May 23 at Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Bob was born on July 28, 1947 in Evanston, Illinois, the son of Charles A. and Betty (Crane) Wayman.
He grew up in Des Plaines, Illinois and graduated from Maine Township High School West in 1965.
In 1971, he married Patti Drake, originally from Wichita, Kansas.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in speech correction from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois in 1974, and earned a master of science degree in speech therapy from Wichita State University in 1976. He later earned a second master’s degree, this time in speech administration. Kansas State Special Education. University, in 1988.
After graduating from Wichita State in 1976, Bob accepted a position as a school speech therapist with the then Troy-based Doniphan County Education Cooperative and he and Patti moved to Troy. Bob was the first speech therapist the co-op ever had, so he was tasked with designing and implementing the speech therapy program from scratch. During his employment, he helped form the NEA chapter and served for a time as president and negotiator. Bob was a longtime member of the Kansas Speech, Language and Hearing Association, having joined while in grad school. He retired from the Cooperative in 2008, having taught there for 32 years.
He served 7 years on the District No. 1 Library Board and 35 years on the Board of Kanza Mental Health and Counseling Center, with several terms as Chairman of the Board.
He was a member of the Atchison United Methodist Church.
In 1983 Bob trained to become an Emergency Medical Technician and in 1984 he became a volunteer with the Troy Community Ambulance and worked on the ambulance for 24 years until the end of 2008. During many of those years he was a training officer and was also a certified CPR instructor.
Bob was a longtime member of the Masonic Lodge in Troy, serving four times as Venerable Master and Deputy Grand Master of the District from 2009 to 2011. He was also a 32nd Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite and a Nobleman of the Moila Shrine in Saint Joseph.
After retiring in 2008, Bob volunteered with the Doniphan County Medical Reserve Corps. He also volunteered with the Midland Empire, later Northwestern Missouri, American Red Cross chapter in St. Joseph. He received a special citation for outstanding volunteer service from this organization in 2015.
He has taught a number of CPR/First Aid courses for the Red Cross. In addition to deploying nationally and regionally and installing smoke alarms locally. Bob was a presenter for the Pillowcase Project. This program taught disaster preparedness skills to students in grades 3-5. Bob and the other presenters and assistants traveled throughout northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri to present these programs. During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, he also served as a donor selector at several American Red Cross blood drives.
Bob enjoyed golfing, watching sports on television, sewing, collecting pins and traveling.
Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, Patti (Drake) Wayman. They were married on November 7, 1971 in Des Plaines, Illinois.
Additional survivors include: a girl, Eve, Dodge City, Kansas; one brother, Tim (Connie) Wayman, Arlington Heights, Illinois; and his nephew, Alexander, Chicago, Illinois.
There is no scheduled service.
Visiting hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 2, 2022, at Harman-Rohde Funeral Home in Troy.
Friends can call after 9 a.m. on Thursdays.
Masonic service at 8 p.m.
Interment at White Chapel in Wichita, Kansas at a later date.
Memorials are suggested at Atchison United Methodist Church, County Doniphan Ambulance District No. 1 in Troy, or the American Red Cross.
www.harmanrohde.com As published in the Atchison Globe.