In Memory of




Obituary for Daniel Leroy Bixenman

Daniel Leroy Bixenman was born on October 12, 1950, in Denver, CO. At age five Dan found himself in St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Eldorado, KS with his siblings. In 1958, he and his three siblings were adopted by Bob and Mary Helen Bixenman. That was his introduction to farm life, on the family place near Levant, KS. The remaining years of Dan’s life would be centered in and around Thomas County.

Dan spent time in the service, both in the United States Navy and Airforce, but always returned home. It was a full life he lived in Northwest Kansas. He worked as a farm hand and a harvest hand for several local farmers. He worked for the railroad and on oil rigs. He also painted houses. Dan had one short marriage and a longer deep friendship with his ex-wife. Dan became sober and at his death had been 30+ years sober.

Dan ultimately found his home at Sacred Heart Parish, in Colby. He worked in the Parish for years, both in the school and in the church. Parish life was a touchstone for him. The Parish supported and cared for him, and in turn, he made important contributions to the Parish.

Dan died peacefully on Thursday morning, April 13, 2023, at the age of 72. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Mary Helen and his sister Pauline. He is survived by his sister Maureen; his brother Louis; numerous cousins and many good friends.

The family will receive friends from 4-6:00 p.m., with a Vigil at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, April 16, 2023, at Baalmann Mortuary, Colby. A Memorial Mass will take place at 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 17, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Colby, with inurnment in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Parish and sent in care of Baalmann Mortuary, PO Box 391, Colby, KS 67701. For information or condolences visit