Octavio B. (Obie) Bautista


Octavio B. (Obie) Bautista passed away February 18 at Kansas City Hospice House. A celebration of his life will be held at Country Club United Methodist Church, 400 W. 57 St., Kansas City, MO on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 3p.m. Visitation and a reception will follow in the Fellowship hall.

He was born October, 15, 1928 in the Philippines where he lived until 1962 when he and family moved to Norman, OK to pursue graduate studies. He retired as Professor of Economics and Finance from Central Missouri State University in 1992.

He married Leticia (Letty) in April 1950 and had 3 children; Orlando (Rachel), Edwin and Liza (Gary Crumley). He is also survived by his only sister, Nora B. Consunji, and 8 grandchildren, J.J., Mark, Susanna, Daniel and Catherine Bautista; Cara and Allison Crumlen; and Michael Bautista, and a lovely great-granddaughter, Nani Lee Mae.

He was a member of Country Club United Methodist Church for 50 years where he served on the Board of Trustees and as Treasurer for three terms. He was a valued member of the Chancel Choir. He was very active in the Heart of America Cursillo movement where he served as chief cook for many weekends. He volunteered at KU Medical Center and Trinity Lutheran Hospital.

Obie and Letty traveled extensively, most notably a 10-day trek in the Himalayas when they were in their early 70’s. They also took their entire family on 4 cruises in his later years when Parkinson’s Disease limited his mobility.

The family wishes to extend thanks to his church family and the wonderful, caring staff at Menorah Medical Center, KU Medical Center, and Kansas City Hospice House.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Country Club United Methodist Church, 400 W. 57 St., Kansas City, MO.


  1. Dean E. Johnson on February 28, 2013 at 9:46 am

    My sincere condolences to the family, with special emphasis to Leticia. It was my privilege to be the principal at SM West High
    school where she worked.

  2. Gregg Coonrod on February 20, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Mrs. Bautista,

    I wanted to extend my condolences on the loss of your husband. I am sure he was a fine man, as you were a fine chemistry teacher back at SM West in 1977.

  3. Allison on February 20, 2013 at 2:53 am

    Miss you grandpa . Thank you for being such a sweet man. I’m grateful that you got to enjoy playing with Nani and being silly with her these last 6.5 years. Love you lots.

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