Archive for Saturday, October 12, 1996


October 12, 1996


Services for Leo Raymond Payton, 72, Lawrence, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church, Lawrence. Burial will be in Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Mr. Payton died Friday, Oct. 11, 1996, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born Aug. 20, 1924, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Raymond Lorenzo and Alice Bryant Payton.

Mr. Payton grew up in Kansas City, and lived in Salt Lake City. He served in the U.S. Marines in the South Pacific during World War II.

He attended Kansas University from 1948 to 1952. He worked for the Hercules Powder Co. in DeSoto, Hopewell, Va., and Rocky Hill, N.J. He returned to the Sunflower ordnance plant, DeSoto, in 1966, where he was maintenance superintendent until he retired in 1971.

He lived in Overland Park and Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., before he moved to Lawrence in 1990.

Mr. Payton managed 3-2 League Baseball in Overland Park in the 1960s, bowled in Overland Park for many years and was a Toastmaster's Club member. He was also a Cub Scout master and a member of First Presbyterian Church, Lawrence.

He married Eleanor L. "Polly" Peterson Nov. 18, 1946, in Salt Lake City. She survives at the home.

Other survivors include a son, Kenneth B., North Kansas City, Mo.; a daughter, Leslie A. Cowart, Lawrence; a sister, Eleanor Briggs, Independence, Mo.; and four grandchildren.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will meet with friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Memorials are suggested to the Good Samaritan Fund at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor, in care of the funeral home.

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