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340 North 6th Street
Kansas City, KS 66101
(913) 371-1404

OTTO M. VERBANIC Jr.

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Otto M. Verbanic, Jr., 86, Kansas City, KS, passed away Friday, December 28, 2012, at Providence Medical Center. Visitation will be Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, 4-6 p.m., with the rosary prayed at 5:30 at Skradski Funeral Home, 340 N. 6th St., KCK. Visitation will also be held Thursday, Jan. 3, 10-11 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, 54th & Leavenworth Rd., KCK. The Funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. Burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church or to The , PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Otto was a Navy veteran and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was a third class petty officer and served as signalman and quartermaster. He primarily served on the USS Saginaw Bay [CVE82] and the USS Barnes [CVE20], both of which were escort aircraft carriers also known as "baby flat tops." He also served on the USS Cadmus [AR14], which was a repair ship. Otto worked at Farmland Industries for 15 years and at Phillips Petroleum for over 30 years. He formerly served on the school boards for Christ the King Catholic School and Bishop Ward High School. Otto is a former CCD director for Junior and Senior High at Christ the King Church. He was a member of the Nocturnal Adoration Society and the Croatian Fraternal Union. Otto played football and ran track at Wyandotte High School. After graduation from Kansas City, KS, Junior College, he attended the University of Kansas. In his younger years, he enjoyed tennis and bowling. Otto loved watching sports, especially KU Basketball. He was an avid reader and enjoyed working crossword puzzles and growing roses. Otto was interested in the study of foreign languages, including Spanish, German, Russian and Portuguese. He even subscribed to the Spanish edition of Reader's Digest. Otto was a loving and a devoted father and grandfather. Preceding him in death were his wife, Lucille (Theno) Verbanic, and his parents, Otto M. and Anna Verbanic. He is survived by daughters: Terese and husband Jim Brophy of Lenexa, KS, and Patrice and husband Jim Barber of Fort Smith, AR; and son Timothy Verbanic of the home; seven grandchildren: Rob, Ryan, Kevin and Amanda Barber, and Katie, Meggie, and Matt Brophy; a sister: Rose Verbanic; and a sister-in-law, Mildred V. Theno. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Providence Medical Center, Providence Place, Sweet Life at Rosehill, Blessed Trinity Home Health Care, Overland Park Regional Hospital, KC Cancer Center, and KU Cancer Center. A Special Thank You to Dr. Nalini Premsingh for your many years of devotion, to Sandy from Providence Hospital Physical Therapy who would always bring a smile to Otto's face during difficult times, and to Matt from Providence Hospital 2 South who went the extra mile and was with him during his final hours and passing. Arr: Skradski Funeral Home, KCK 913- 371-1404, www.skradskifh-kc.com
Published in Kansas City Star from Jan. 1 to Jan. 2, 2013
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