It is with great sadness that the family of Stephen Watson announces his passing after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer, on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018, at the age of 67. Steve will be lovingly remembered by Kate, his wife of 32 years, Jake his son, Sophie his daughter-in-law and Obi his beloved dog. A native of Kansas City, KS Steve was raised by his parents, Forrest and Margaret who predeceased him – as did his brother Thomas Watson.
Steve began working for Santa Fe Railroad at age 16 loading materials onto boxcars and worked his way up to becoming an International Representative for Transportations Communications Union retiring from there at age 60.
Steve was known for his dry wit and loving heart. Steve enjoyed playing pool and reading books with his son, Jake. They were best friends. Sophie, Jake’s wife, was the daughter Steve never had. Steve spent his retirement with his wife house-boating on Lake Ouachita in Arkansas.
A celebration of Steve’s life will be held at 2pm, On Saturday, April 14th, at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, at 1321 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604, with Steve’s Cousin, Pastor Kent Hackathorn, officiating.
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