Archive for Thursday, February 26, 1998


February 26, 1998


Private graveside services for Richard A. ``Dick'' Barber, 86, Lawrence, will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence.

He died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1998, at his home in Lawrence.

He was born March 30, 1911, in Oklahoma City, the son of John W. and Edith Jones Barber.

Mr. Barber was a longtime Lawrence attorney and founder of the Barber, Emerson, Springer, Zinn and Murray firm. He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1928, Kansas University in 1932 and earned his law degree in 1934. He was a member of the Order of Coif.

He served in the U.S. Army in the Aleutian Islands during World War II and received the rank of lieutenant colonel.

He served on the nominating committee on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1962-1964. He was a member of the Kansas and American Bar Assns., American Judicature Society, University Club and River Club, Kansas City, Mo. He was a former member of the Federation of Insurance Counsel and Association of Insurance Attorneys; a charter member of the National Counsel; and a fellow member of the American Bar Foundation. He was listed in Who's Who in American Law, 3rd edition, and an author of legal publications.

He taught law classes at Kansas University. He chaired the N.T. Veatch Scholarship Fund, which annually provided scholarships to more than 50 students in the KU School of Engineering. Since 1971, he had served as a trustee and executive committee member of the University's Center for Research Inc. He received the Fred Ellsworth Medallion in 1987 for service to KU.

He was a life member of the KU Alumni Association and served as the national vice president and on the board of directors. He served on the nominating committee, long-range planning committee, and was chairman for KU Alumni Board of Directors. He was also a life member of the KU Endowment Association and served on the Council for Progress. He was a member of the Chancellor's Club and the Williams Fund. He helped establish two scholarships, the Richard A. Barber Scholarship Fund and Barber, Emerson, Six, Springer & Zinn Scholarship Fund, both at the KU Law School.

Mr. Barber was director of the Lawrence Industrial Development Co. Inc. since 1949. He served on the Lawrence Library Board, and was director of the First National Bank of Lawrence. He was president of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce in 1949, and also served as director. He was a member and served on the founding committee of the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Assn. He served as director in 1970. He had also served on the Burn Center Committee of the KU Medical Center in 1978.

He received the Citizen of the Years from the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce in 1990. He was head of the 1951 Lawrence Flood Task Force. He served on the board of directors of the Lawrence Industrial Corporation and helped recruit many of the businesses that came to Lawrence from World War II until the 1970s.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Lawrence, Delta Chi social fraternity, Lawrence Country Club, Alvamar Country CLub, Learned CLub, Garden of Gods Club, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Douglas County Bar Assn., Board of Directors and CRINC.

He married Jane Veatch Murray on Dec. 10, 1960, in Kansas City, Mo. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include a stepson, Tom Murray, Lawrence; a stepdaughter, Stephanie Murray, Lawrence; and two grandchildren.

The family requests memorials to Hospice Care of Douglas County or to the American Cancer Society and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

Mary F. Wilson

Services for Mary F. Wilson, 82, Lawrence, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church, Lawrence.

Mrs. Wilson died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born Sept. 21, 1915, in Pittsburg, the daughter of Tant and Lelia Johnston McDonald.

Mrs. Wilson moved to Lawrence in 1936. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and LMH Endowment Assn. She had been an active volunteer for many community service organizations.

She married Joe J. Wilson on March 4, 1936, in Lawrence. He survives of the home.

Other survivors include two daughters, Linda S. Wilson, Houston, Tex.; and Cathy L. Irmen, Fairway; and two granddaughters.

Private family burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends following the service at the First United Methodist Church.

The family suggests memorials to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Auxiliary or the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Assn. and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, which is in charge of arrangements.

Irvin Sutton Jr.

Graveside services for Irvin B. (Jesse) Sutton Jr., 72, Lawrence, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Sutton Cemetery near Baldwin.

Mr. Sutton died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1998, at Brandon Woods Retirement Community.

He was born April 24, 1925, in Tonganoxie, the son of Irvin Benson Sutton Sr. and Doris May Roberman Sutton.

Mr. Sutton served in the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Camp Robinson in Little Rock, Ark., as a master sergeant. He later enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Hawaii, Tawara, Iwo Jima, Yousaki, Korea, Bihini, Boring Straits. He was a gunnery sergeant with Mag 12 -- Marine Area Group 12 Squadron 224 -- Boxer Ship. After his retirement from the Marines, he attended Texas A&M; Radio School, learning the Morse Code. He graduated as technical sergeant. He then worked for 20 years for the federal government as a correctional officer at several prisons, including Lompoc, Calif.; Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; and Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

He married Marzelle Roberts on Aug. 2, 1947. She died on April 8, 1995.

He also was preceded in death by a son, Jesse Duane Sutton, on Aug. 23, 1988.

Survivors include two sisters, Betty Spencer, Shawnee, Lavere Husted, Lawrence; a half-brother, Lyle Sutton, Lawrence; a stepson, Delano Roberts, Everett, Wash.; a grandchild; a great-grandchild and two stepgrandchildren.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Friday.

The family suggests memorials to Sutton Cemetery in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.

Tommy Ray Allen

Miami -- There will be no local services for Tommy Ray Allen, 46, Miami. His body was cremated in Miami.

Mr. Allen died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1998, in Miami.

He was born April 14, 1951, in Lawrence. He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1969.

Survivors include his mother, Wanda May Gonuslin and stepfather, Ellis Gonuslin, Lawrence; two sisters, Susan (Connie) Shaw, Kansas City, Kan., and Eva May Baniels, Lawrence.

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