Archive for Sunday, April 25, 2004

Bob Gelain Surber

April 25, 2004


Services for Bob Gelain Surber, 71, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Lawrence Funeral Chapel. Burial, with military honors by Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14 of the American Legion, will be in the veterans section of Oak Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Surber died Saturday, April 24, 2004, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born June 18, 1932, in Glen Lyn, Va., the son of Paul and Mary Jane Brown Surber.

Mr. Surber served in the U.S. Air Force from December 1950 to December 1954 in the Korean conflict.

He graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1959 and entered the radio business at WMEV in Marion, Va., that year.

Mr. Surber's career took him to seven radio stations in Virginia, Tennessee, Texas and Kansas, where he worked as staff announcer and news director.

In 1961, he joined KTVC-TV in Dodge City, where he was anchor and news director. In 1964 he was named general manager of KUPK-TV in Garden City, where he remained until his retirement in 1990.

At KUPK-TV, Mr. Surber served as vice president of the parent organization of KAKE-TV/radio in Wichita and was general manager of the Western Kansas division of the KAKE stations.

A Lawrence resident for the past 13 years, he was a freelance radio and TV announcer for his agency, Surber Broadcasting, until his death.

Survivors include two daughters, Cindy Sue Surber, and Becky Gelaine Gonzales; a brother, O.F. "Chip" Surber; and two granddaughters.

Friends may call from 8 a.m. Monday until the service hour at the funeral chapel. Family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday.

The family suggests memorials to the Zoie Foundation, sent in care of the funeral chapel.

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