Vicente S. “Bernie” Escobar, 94, of Topeka, passed away on December 10, 2022, at the House at Midland Care surrounded by his family.
He was born in Topeka, Kansas on March 24, 1928, the son of Ysaias Demetrio and Maria M. (Barron) Escobar.
He was retired from Santa Fe Railway Company where he was a carman/welder.
Bernie played Fast Pitch Softball and was inducted to the Hall of Fame in Newton, Kansas in 2004. He was an usher for KU Basketball and Football for over 40 years. Bernie enjoyed reading, dancing, going to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren’s sporting events, and working at the Fiesta Mexicana. He was a handyman and was also a good car mechanic.
Bernie was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
He married Beatrice “Sally” Ramos and later divorced, and married E. Terri Guadian whom he also later divorced. Bernie is survived by his children; Ronaldo Escobar (Mary Lou), Mario Escobar (Loretta), Richard Escobar (Ana Marie), Daniel Escobar (Sharon), Ana Maria Escobar, Roberto Escobar (Debbie), and Jaya Bhattacharjee (Sudhansu), his siblings Louisa Ramirez (Carmen), Juanita Toledo, Juan “John” Escobar, and Pedro “Pete” Escobar (Rosemary), 15 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild with one on the way.
Bernie is predeceased by his parents, two children, Michael Escobar on January 16, 2018, and Teresa “Tessie” Escobar on June 8, 2020, his siblings, Lucia Martinez, Pauline Sauseda, Gregorio Escobar, Eusebia “Peggy” Barranco, and Daniel Escobar, and a great great grandson.
Bernie will lie in state at the Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home on Monday, December 19, 2022, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary prayed at 6:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church or to Midland Hospice Care, and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66603.
Online condolences and fond memories may be left at www.brennanmathenafh.com.