Obituaries

Obituaries

Willard Blair Esplin 1931 - 2006

A celebration of life for Willard Blair Esplin, 74, Lawrence, will be at a later date. Cremation is planned.Mr. Esplin died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006, at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.He was born April 13, 1931, in San Francisco, the son of Randolph Johnston and Agnes Valborg Lane Esplin. He received a journalism degree from the University of Nevada in 1953.Mr. Esplin served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1974 and retired as a lieutenant colonel. He moved to Lawrence in May 2005.He married Sharon Greiveldinger on Dec. 29, 1956, at Fort Riley. They later divorced.Survivors include a daughter, Holli Joyce, Lawrence; and two grandsons.