Bob (Hummer) D. Humiston


Bob (Hummer) D. Humiston

August 1, 1937-July 3, 2020

On August 1, 1937, on a day when the temperature topped 108 degrees, Bob Humiston was born in Emporia, KS.

Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Kansas City, MO. After graduating from Northeast High School, Bob attended/graduated from Emporia State University with a degree in Biology. He married Donna in 1962 and they enjoyed almost 58 wondrous years of marriage. During a stint with the National Guard, Bob picked up culinary skills serving as a cook. He worked part time as a fireman for the Santa Fe Railroad before joining Shawnee Mission School District. Bob survived teaching 8th grade classes at Hillcrest (Westridge) Middle School for 37 years.

Bob cherished time spent with family/friends. Many wonderful memories were made at Bob and Donna’s vacation cabin and Pelican Beach Resort on Pelican Lake in north-central Minnesota. He enjoyed taking a dip in the crystal clear lake water, fishing with the family favorite gold bug fishing lure, searching the shore for Lake Superior agates, eating Canadian bacon and pineapple pizza or just relaxing at lakeside while enjoying a favorite beverage. Before heading out for a boating adventure, everyone always would seek Bob’s opinion on the ever-changing weather conditions.

In his “younger” days, he enjoyed collecting/trading gems/minerals with his brother-in-law. Oh, the stories those two could tell of their rock hunting adventures. Bob passed down his love of gem/minerals to his family as all are “addicted” to the “hunt” for the elusive agate.

Bob enjoyed many decades of duck hunting with family and friends at Welda, KS. His most recent trip occurred in Nov, 2019. Two days after being released from hospital, he was back in the duck blind enjoying another successful hunting trip.

He was a huge sports fan. During high school, Bob excelled in track activities and later in volleyball. His volleyball team was league champs for multiple consecutive years. He spent many an afternoon cheering on his favorite pro teams. Bob and several of his friends purchased season tickets during the Kansas City Chiefs inaugural season and retained their tickets for several decades. He was so happy when the Chiefs won the Super Bowl, the Royals won the World Series or the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team won a National Championship! (Don’t ask what happened to the transistor radio when the Jayhawks football team lost the Orange Bowl!)

Recently, Bob was able to meet his cousin, Traci Daniels, for the first time. He was so thankful to have the opportunity to share family stories with her.

While he always let the spotlight shine on others, Bob thoroughly enjoyed trying out new jokes he unearthed on his family and friends. His most recent joke was, “Think like a proton, be positive”.

Bob leaves his wife, Donna, of the home. Children; Roberta (Jerry) Judson and Jennifer (James) Goering, four grandchildren; Stephen (Annie) Montemayor, Kevin Montemayor, Daniel (Kendal) Goering and Emily Goering and a host of additional family members and friends. All will forever be blessed to have been loved by such a wonderful man.

The family would like to thank Kansas City Hospice for being so incredibly kind.


Plans for a celebration of life will be made at a later date when it is safe for family/friends.

Bob would like you to “please spend the time you would have taken to attend my funeral with your family and loved ones, especially your children and grandchildren. Let them know how much they mean to you while you are still able to do so. Thank you for your friendship while I was with you in this life.”

Memorial Contributions

Bob was a lifelong member of Ducks Unlimited. Donations in his memory may be made at

“I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one, I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.”


  1. Jerry Bradford on July 13, 2020 at 9:35 am

    Bob and I were classmates and fraternity brothers at Emporia State. I have great admiration for Bob and his contribution of 37 years teaching our nation’s youth. What a glorious honor!!

    May fond memories provide comfort and friends and family support during this difficult time. Bob is at peace in his Eternal Home. A Job Well Done, Robert. God Bless You!!!

  2. Bob Heide on July 9, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    The “Hummer” and I were fraternity brothers at ESU. Phi Sigs, Farmers Ball, intramural basketball champions—lots of great memories. I’ve informed Jerry Bradford and Ray Feltner of Bob’s passing. Sorry for your loss.

    • Julie Crain on July 11, 2020 at 5:45 am

      What a nicely written tribute to a memorable person who positively impacted his family. Take comfort in those memories.

  3. Clayton & Jackie Gillespie on July 9, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    We enjoyed Bob, as a neighbor and a friend here at the Lake. He will really be missed for the knowledge and love of the Lake. We will always remember Bob sitting down by the Lake in his UTV in the evening watching for animals across the water.

  4. Donald A. Payne on July 9, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    I met Hummer at KCK Jr College. He lived for awhile in the dorm I lived in at Kansas University; Old Templin Hall, the Governor’s Mansion when Lawrence was the Kansas Capitol. This was 1958-59. Templin was torn down my last semester at KU in 1959. I remember Hummer’s droll sense of humor and his love of creating hilarity from real life occurrences. His speciality: Politics. I’ll bet he’s been pretty busy with that the last 3 years. I’ll never forget him.

  5. Bob Long on July 8, 2020 at 9:56 am

    I met Bob in junior college and we became great friends. We enjoyed many great times together. I could not have asked for a better friend.

  6. Carl Bolton on July 7, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    I have many great memories of my time with Bob. We hunted ducks together at Welda. shared season tickets at the chiefs, taught together at Hillcrest, and enjoyed many good times. He and I shared being only children who had a close relationship with their parents. I have so many happy memories of our times he was a big part of my life that I will always cherish. Thanks for the memories,Bob.

  7. roberta judson on July 7, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    So, so true! You have stiff competition this year hunting for agates. I bet Dad will cut you a break and leave a few agates for you. LOL!!

  8. roberta judson on July 7, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Dad was such an incredibly awesome person. So incredibly smart, kind, generous and witty. He loved entertaining us with a joke or two or three. Dad would say or do something and get Mom laughing. They would practically be rolling on the floor laughing at each other. Omgosh, those two could always be counted on for a good laugh or two or three!! Dad loved all of us and we loved him. He will always be missed and always remembered. And when we remember him, we will remember the laughter and so many wonderful moments shared with such a great dad. Love always, Roberta

    • Teresa Stewart on July 8, 2020 at 11:25 am

      I met Bob and Donna through my good friend Roberta around 40 years ago. I knew him to be a very smart, insightful, quiet and humble man who was loved by many friends and his family. I always enjoyed being around Roberta’s family – they were kind and a lot of fun. Bob and Donna had a beautiful friendship and love – you could feel it when you were around them. I remember Donna calling Bob “Hummer” and he would sit back and watch her and the girls and grand kids just enjoying being together. This is the most beautiful memorial I have ever read and brings thoughts of joy and happiness when reading. I know Donna, Roberta, Jennifer and their families can feel his presence with them now until they meet again. I am thinking of you all with love.

  9. Jennifer Goering on July 7, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    Could not have been blessed with a better father – many, many happy times will always be remembered & cherished. Such a special person – might have been quiet at times but one never knew when one of his witty comments/jokes was just waiting to be shared! Dad will definitely be missed each and every day – but the love he had for each of us will always remain. I know he has already gotten the jump on us agate hunting at Pelican – not just at the dock but walking the entire beach!!

    • Dick and Vickie Meck on July 8, 2020 at 3:36 am

      We are so sorry for your loss Jennifer. Hugs and prayers for you and your family.

      • Cletson Cox II on July 9, 2020 at 9:19 am

        I taught with Bob at Hillcrest for three years. He had a great sense of humor. Every year at the beginning of school he would greet me with his “ welcome back to reality.”Enjoyed knowing him. Enjoy the memories.

    • Judy Leckie on July 11, 2020 at 9:51 am

      I enjoyed working with Bob at Westridge and later visiting with Donna when I subbed at SMWest. Duncan was a fraternity brother of Bob’s at Emporia State. He recalls Bob stuffing a prairie chicken for biology class. Duncan was from Long Island and had never seen that done before.
      Two such wonderful people that have added so much to our lifes. God bless you both. Judy and Duncan Leckie

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