Archive for Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Winterburg services

January 13, 2004


Memorial services for Francis M. Winterburg, 82, Lawrence, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church. Inurnment will be in Pioneer Cemetery.

Mr. Winterburg died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community. His body has been donated to Kansas University Medical Center.

He was born Aug. 15, 1921, in Carmen, Okla., the son of Edward Francis and Jenny Honor (Hall) Winterburg. He was raised in Oklahoma and moved to Leavenworth, where he graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1939. He received a degree in engineering physics from KU in 1948 and a master's degree in management from Florida State University in 1967.

Mr. Winterburg was an engineer with the U.S. Bureau of Standards. He then closed down the Defense Early Warning System and worked on the Apollo Space Program in instrumentation, calibration and measurement project. He taught in the KU engineering department until 1970. He then worked for Phillips Petroleum in Stavanger, Norway, until he retired in 1987. He was a blimp pilot for the U.S. Navy in Cuba during World War II.

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and served in the vestry while in Norway as part of the Anglican Church. He also was a member of the Noon Kiwanis Club and was a longtime volunteer for the KU Relays. He tutored math at the Juvenile Detention Center.

He married Ardella LaVerne Offen on Nov. 12, 1944, in Topeka. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include three daughters, Vashti Winterburg, Martha Chapin and Marie Mack, all of Lawrence; a son, Roy Edward, Batavia, Ill.; and seven grandchildren.

Family will receive friends after the service at the church parish hall.

The family suggests memorials to the church, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

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