Archive for Monday, February 5, 2001


February 5, 2001


Mr. Wilson died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at his home in Lawrence.

He was born Jan. 23, 1928, in Lancaster, the son of Frank Elmer Wilson and Beulah M. (Dunham) Wilson. He was a lifelong Kansas resident and moved to Lawrence in 1969 from Fredonia.

Mr. Wilson served in the U.S. Marines during World War II.

He was a senior geologist for the Kansas Geological Survey for more than 26 years. He retired in 1994.

He was adjunct professor for the Department of Geology at KU from 1979 to 1986 and received the Kansas State University Distinguished Service Award in 1995. He was a fellow of Geological Society of America, past president of National Organization of Association of Engineering Geologists and past chairman of Division of Engineering Geology of the Geology Society of America.

Mr. Wilson graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor's degree in geology in 1951 and a master's degree in geology in 1957.

Survivors include two sons, Jeffrey D., Poulsbo, Wash., and Joseph L., Lawrence; a brother, David E., Nampa, Idaho; a sister, Dorothy Slentz, Prairie Village; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at a reception from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, Lawrence.

The family suggests memorials to Operation Wildlife or Salvation Army, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

Klopfenstein services

Hesper -- Services for Larry Willard "Bill" Klopfenstein, 79, Oklahoma City, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hesper Friends Church, three miles south of Eudora. Burial will follow at the Hesper Cemetery.

Mr. Klopfenstein died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, at Integris Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City.

He was born June 25, 1921, in Eudora, the son of Luther and Laura E. (Stanley) Klopfenstein. He spent his early life in Eudora and Lawrence. He moved to Oklahoma City in 1956.

He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War.

Mr. Klopfenstein was a truck driver for Safeway and Lawrence Laundry. When he moved to Oklahoma City, he worked for van line companies until he retired June 13, 1987.

He was a member of Britton Baptist Church, Oklahoma City.

He married Edith Boswell on Oct. 6, 1946, in Lawrence. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include a daughter, Janyth Brown, Oklahoma City; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter in 1951.

The family suggests memorials to Hesper Friends Church and Hesper Cemetery, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

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