Robert Rye Jr. 1958-2020

Robert Rye Jr. 1958-2020

Robert Lee Rye Jr., 62, of Holton, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, after a six-month battle with cancer.

He was born July 17, 1958, in Lynwood, Calif., the son of Robert Lee Rye Sr. and Rozann (Martin) Rye.

Robert proudly served in the U.S. Navy and retired as a command sergeant major in the California State Military Reserve.

Before moving to Kansas in 2006, Robert worked as a certified food and beverage executive and chef at many prestigious hotels and famous restaurants in southern California. In more recent years Robert worked for the Sac & Fox Tribe as gaming commissioner. He worked at Valeo Recovery Center and as a corrections officer in Topeka.

Robert also did custom leather work on the side. He was a creative man of many talents who loved music and fishing.

Robert is survived by the love of his life, Jinnie M. Rye; his mother, Rozann Martin; his daughter and son-in-law, Season and Daniel M. Brown; a son, Robert Lee Rye III; three sisters, Rebecca A. Rye, Rosalie M. Rye and Mary K. Alford; two brothers, Thomas D. Rye and Richard B. Marx; and five grandchildren, Chloe, Jack, Cash, Carson and Robert Lee Rye IV. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lee Rye Sr.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Mercer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To express your condolences to the family, please visit


The Holton Recorder

109 W. Fourth St.
Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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