Philip LeRoy Weishaar passed away peacefully from colon cancer on April 7, 2019, at Chapman Valley Manor in Chapman, Kansas, at the age of 72. Born on July 14, 1946, to Elizabeth “Bess” Weishaar and LeRoy “Pike” Weishaar in Leavenworth, Phil grew up in Nortonville. The oldest of 3 children, Phil attended St. Joseph’s Grade School and Nortonville High School, and received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Kansas State University. Phil married Marilyn Johnson on July 26, 1975, in Chapman. They have two daughters, Jennifer and Melissa.
Phil taught Biology and Anatomy at Chapman High School beginning in 1970. He enjoyed both because the material was always changing as the fields evolved. He was nominated as a Kansas Teacher of the Year (1997) and selected as a Master Teacher by the Chapman Education Association (2003).
He also coached Football, Basketball, and Track & Field for 32 years. He was awarded Kansas Coach of the Year in Boys’ Track (1992) and Coach of the Year for Kansas 4A Boys’ Track & Field (1990). He coached 22 individuals to State titles, 6 NCKL Team titles, 3 Team State Runners-up, and 2 Team State Championships. He retired from teaching and coaching in 2005.
After retirement he became very active in the community. He was elected to the Chapman City Council in 2007 and Mayor from 2010 to 2016. Phil was integral to helping the community recover from the 2008 tornado, serving as the head liaison with FEMA. He belonged to many organizations, the board of Chapman Valley Manor for 36 years (33 as President), Chapman Lions Club, Chapman Trail Association, Chapman Area Preservation Society, and the Chapman United Methodist Church. He stayed connected with the Track community through the Kansas Track and Field Association and organized the annual Kansas Track and Field Coaches Association Clinic.
In his free time he loved playing golf, judging BBQ contests, thoroughly researching Weishaar family genealogy, and an avid K-State football and basketball fan.
He was always full of life and loved keeping in contact with many people throughout his life, including family, high school and college friends, and fellow educators.
Phil was a husband, father, and friend who was caring, loving, respected, supportive, patient, intelligent, organized, kind hearted, and very willing to help. He was loved by many and will be missed by many more.
Survived by wife Marilyn, daughters Jennifer, Lawrence, and Melissa, Shawnee, sister Laura Keirns, Kansas City, Missouri, sisters-in-law Anne Weishaar, Nortonville, Gloria Jacob, Valley Center, and Susan Johnson (Mike Farley), Lawrence, and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents and brother David Weishaar (2012).
Visitation will be Friday, April 12, from 5:30 to 7:30. A celebration of life will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 13. Both services will be held at the Chapman United Methodist Church, 426 Sheeran St, Chapman KS 67431.
Memorials to be made to the City of Chapman Historical Trail Committee or to Chapman High School Athletic Department in care of Londeen Funeral Home.