Denfred Ola “Dink” Watskey, 90, of Derby, KS, passed away Monday, August 29, 2011, at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita, KS. 

Denfred Ola “Dink” Watskey, 90, of Derby, KS, passed away Monday, August 29, 2011, at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita, KS.  

Mr. Watskey, who was born October 29, 1920, in Marceline, Missouri, lived 60 years in Independence.  He was a proud veteran of the US Army Air Corps who served 3-1/2 years in North Africa during WWII.  He was a tool and die maker for 35 years, until he retired.  He was an outstanding rosarian, who won many prizes and awards for his beautiful roses, including the Nicholson Bowl, the highest award presented to amateur rosarians.  He was an Accredited Rose Judge and a Consulting Rosarian for the American Rose Society.  He was a founding member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church, and a 15-year National Park Service volunteer who cared for the rose garden at the Truman home in Independence.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Margaret Watskey, of their home in Derby, KS; a daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Steve Wright, Derby, KS; granddaughter and husband, Diana, and Omar Olivares, Olathe, KS; granddaughter, Jennifer Wright, Derby, KS; great-grandchildren, Ryan and Megan Olivares; brother, Wilfred Watskey, Kansas City, MO; sister, Barbara Cooper Browning; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Friday, September 2, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 3601 Sterling Ave., Independence, MO, 64052, with funeral to follow at 11 a.m.; burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery South.  

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Paul United Methodist Church.