Wendell Tobaben

Obituary of Wendell Tobaben




Wendell D. Tobaben, beloved son of Horst and Marilyn (Poppe) Tobaben, was born in Cozad, Nebraska on March 29, 1962, and passed away August 6, 2018 at the Decatur Health System in Oberlin, Kansas, at the age of 56.

Wendell attended schools in Eustis, Nebraska and later received his GED and Tech Certificate. On May 11, 1984, Wendell married the love of his life, Deborah Kugler in Eustis, Nebraska. They lived in Cozad, Nebraska before moving to Norton, Kansas in February to make it their forever home.

Wendell was a Harley-Davidson mechanic and loved his motorcycles. He greatly enjoyed going on road trips with his wife and dogs, visiting art museums, and anything that had to do with art or history. His greatest love was his dogs and his soul mate, Deborah.

Survivors include: his loving wife, Deborah Tobaben of their home in Norton; two brothers, Dave, and wife, Kim Tobaben, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Doug, and wife, Sue Tobaben, Plattsmouth, Nebraska; one sister, Lori, and husband, Kevin Welch, Leigh, Nebraska; one sister-in-law, Marilyn, and husband, Rich Twehous, Maricopa, Arizona; several other relatives and friends.

Wendell was preceded in death by his parents.


Deborah would like to express her heartfelt gratitude for everyone who took the time to try and help save her husband. A very special thank you to the Decatur EMS, Decatur Health System Staff, and especially Dr. Jeffrey McKinley for everything he did.


FUNERAL SERVICE – Saturday, August 11, 2018 – 10:30 A.M.

PLACE – Enfield Funeral Home – Norton, KS

VISITATION – Friday, August 10, 2018 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM

at the Enfield Funeral Home in Norton.

INURNMENT – Private inurnment will take place at a later date.

MEMORIALS – Wendell Tobaben Memorial Fund

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