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John David Spahn
(September 21, 1977 - August 5, 2012)

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John David Spahn

John David Spahn, 34, of Weir, passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2012 at his home. He was born September 21, 1977 at Columbus, Kansas, the son of Larry and Kathy (Short) Spahn. He graduated from Southeast High School in 1996 and then attended Pittsburg State University. As a young teenager, he began involvement with railroad history and preservation with Heart of the Heartlands Railroad Club in Cherryvale, Kansas and Carona, Kansas, and began work with WATCO, Inc. short line railroads. He continued to work with WATCO in many capacities – engineer, conductor, customer service, assistant trainmaster, etc. – for most of his working life. He was also involved with Cub Scouts as a Pack Leader for his sons and their peers, and enjoyed assisting with his wife’s day care during his hours off work. On April 26, 1997, he was united in marriage to Deidre Johnston at First Church of the Nazarene in Pittsburg. John’s favorite activities included spending time on family vacations, “Boys’ Night” with his sons, and “Daddy-Daughter Date Night”. He also played “Taps” with the American Legion at Hosey Hill and other area cemeteries every year from Junior High age to last May on Memorial Day. John enjoyed driving his father’s 1928 and 1930 Model A Fords in the Weir Homecoming every year with his dad. He also enjoyed playing the guitar in his free time. He attended the First Church of the Nazarene in Pittsburg. Survivors include his wife, Deidre Spahn of the home; two sons, Bryson and Kyler Spahn of the home; a daughter, Karlena Spahn of the home; his parents, Larry and Kathy Spahn of Weir; a sister, Susan Bestor, and her husband, Randy of Arma, KS; his maternal grandmother, Maxine Short of Marshall, MO; his mother-in-law, Karen Johnston of Pittsburg; two sisters-in-laws, Miranda Caskey and her husband, Joey of Pittsburg and Andrea Howell and her husband, Greg of Springfield, MO; nieces and nephews, Samantha and Ryan Bestor, Brooklyn, Haylee and Leah Caskey; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents-in-laws, and numerous friends. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Jeff Johnston. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday (Aug. 9) at the First Church of the Nazarene of Pittsburg with Pastor Kyle Rogers officiating. Burial will follow in the Hosey Hill Cemetery, west of Weir. The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Brenner Mortuary. A memorial has been established for the Children’s Education Fund. These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. 4th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762. Friends may leave condolences online at www.brennermortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, KS.

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