In Memory of




Obituary for Donald L. Funk

Donald Lee Funk
Donald “Don” Lee Funk of Evergreen, Colorado passed away on May 19, 2023.
Don was 90 years old.
Don was born on June 13, 1932 to his parents Adolf and Olga (Weinbrenner)
Funk at their home in Hope, KS
He graduated from Hope High School in 1950. Following high school, he
attended Kansas Wesleyan and then transferred to the ROTC program at Kansas
State University. He graduated from the ROTC program in 1955. He was
commissioned into the United State Air Force as a pilot and was honorably
discharged after 9 years of service.
Following his discharge, he flew for Pan American World Airways for 28
years. San Francisco was his home base until November 1989 when he retired
to Evergreen, Co. During his years at Pan American, he met his future wife,
Hannelore “Lore” Busse, who was serving as an airline purser. Don and Lore
were married in Germany on February 11, 1983. They were married for 32
Don loved the outdoors and his favorite pastimes of hunting, fishing,
boating, golfing, and working in his yard reflected that enjoyment. For most
of his life he had Yellow Labs or Golden Retrievers by his side.
He was a member of the Masons Cyrus Lodge #288 in Hope, KS from 1963 to
2021. He held the rank of Master Mason. He was also an active volunteer and
member of the Blue Spruce Kiwanis located in Evergreen, CO. He was a
supporter of higher education for many years by funding scholarships for
Hope High School graduates and for students at Kansas State University. He
also funded college saving accounts for all of his great nephews and nieces.
Don was preceded in death by his wife Lore, his parents, and brother Willis
Lloyd Funk.
Don is survived by a sister-in-law Shirley Funk of Oakley, KS, a nephew,
Doug (Kathy) Funk of Lawrence, KS, and nieces Terri (Chris) Albers of
Oakley, KS, Susan (David) Molstad of Ellis, KS, and Kathy (Blake) Arnberger
of Colby, KS. He had 11 great nephews and nieces and 1 great- great nephew
and 3 great-great nieces.
A graveside service will be held at the city cemetery in Hope, KS on
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 11 a.m. A celebration of life service will be
held at Mount Vernon Canyon Club in Evergreen, CO on Friday, June 16, 2023
at 1 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to Mount Evans Hospice or the Blue Spruce Kiwanis
both in Evergreen, CO