Robert J. Ybarra

Robert J. Ybarra, age 72 died on 04 November 20 at his home while battling cancer.

Mr. Ybarra was born in Emporia, KS and grew up in Topeka where he attended Hayden High School then joined the Marine Corps Reserves shortly after graduation. Mr. Ybarra spent 8yrs serving his country with a vast majority of his time at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA.

He loved sports, especially playing softball with his childhood friends well into his adult life. After his participation days were over, Uncle Bob enthusiastically attended his nephews’ boxing matches, football games and wrestling matches.

Some of you know he was an avid Miami Dolphins football fan, but you are definitely aware that KU flowed in his veins! In addition to sports, he faithfully watched Gunsmoke, Bonanza, and Lets Make a Deal with his family on a nightly basis. For certain, several of us have “picked up” a Lottery ticket for him here and there over the years!

Mr. Ybarra worked for the City of Topeka as a Procurement Officer where he would retire and live out the remainder of his years in Topeka.

He is survived by his wife Nancy and two sons, Christopher (Heather) and Jesse Ybarra, 4 grandchildren one great grandchild, niece Angela Plakio and grand-nephews Cayden Dominguez and Angelo Plakio. Niece Jamie Brown and grand-nephews Michael and Kylar Brown…. His cherished LARGE family and the friends who were “family” too!

He is preceded in death by his parents Joe and Caroline Ybarra and his oldest son Jason Barnhart.

Arrangements are being made by Midwest Cremation Society and services will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Monday November 16, 2020 at 10:00am. The family requests that you honor Bob by wearing something “KU” to his service.

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  1. Nancy and family,
    Bob and I worked together at City Hall and he was a great office buddy! He was in HRC and I was in HR. We shared so many stories and memories and I was honored to know him. I am truly sorry for your lost and the community has also lost a great man. He was always willing to help and be involved. Sending you guys love and prayers.

  2. Jesse- Sorry for the loss of your dad. I remember meeting him in the cafeteria at St.Francis. Being a big KU fan was an understatement. He had just met me but made sure to say something about my KSU headband. Made me smile. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Nancy and family,
    I am so saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. I worked with Bob many years at the city. We had several discussions about KU vs K-State! Bob was one of the kindest people I’ve ever known. Thoughts and prayers for your family.
    Jan Flesher

  4. So sorry to hear of passing of a awesome man. I do remember him from
    high school days. May the Lord give you peace during this sad time.

  5. Bob was such a good guy!!! I worked for Herrman’s so he would call about our paperwork but after making suggestions we always ended up talking about KU basketball. He said he enjoyed volunteering there and said he could watch the games as well as socializing while he was there. May our dear Lord Jesus be with your family during this difficult time.

  6. Bobby was good human being, as a child, a youg man and finally, as an adult. The world and our lives are better because he was in them.

  7. Nancy and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time, may your memories of Bobby bring you all comfort.

    Rosemary R Gutiérrez and family

  8. Nancy and family so sorry to hear of the loss. I enjoyed working with Bob at the city for many years. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. I worked just down the hall from Bob in City Hall. He was always fun to talk to and share stories with. Quite often we would take breaks together and he helped the time pass. He was a fine man and will be missed.

  10. Sorry to hear of Bobby’s passing. Please except my sincere condolences as I still remember.
    him; I was a Lafayette Grade School classmate and lived nearby in the hood. And, I may have a six grade picture of him I will try and find it. If I find it will forward on to the Midwest Cremation Society.

  11. We’ll miss your enchiladas, But we’ll miss you more! Our prayers are with you and your family. Rest with the angels. We love you.
    Daron (Echo) and Kathy Downs

  12. So sorry to hear of Bobby’s passing. I was one of the kids who played ball with and against him. My deepest condolences. Pete Ramírez, Arvada, Colorado.

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