The accomplishments of the affable Olin Petefish have made Lawrence a better place in which to live.
The obituary of Olin Petefish, who died last week, told of many honors, accomplishments and high offices. However, the Lawrence attorney is more likely to be remembered by his affable manner, his wit and his humor and how he used these qualities to solve many potentially ticklish situations.
He was a delightful companion, at ease in about any setting, and was a strong, effective spokesman for Lawrence, the local school system and Kansas University. He could be tough when necessary, but even in these cases, he frequently would tell a story to illustrate the importance of common sense in deciding the best course of action.
Petefish was proud of his rural roots and the values he learned in his early years. He expected people to perform and behave in a proper manner and he didn't suffer fools gladly.
It takes all kinds of people to help a community grow, prosper and improve the lives of its citizens, and Olin Petefish certainly played a pivotal role in a wide range of activities and programs that helped enrich Lawrence and make it a better city.