Robert Lee Etherton 1925 - 2008 Lawrence
Double funeral services for Robert Lee Etherton, 83, and his wife, Jean Etherton, 81, Lawrence, will be at 4 p.m. Friday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. The full obituary for Mrs. Etherton appeared in the Lawrence Journal-World on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Mr. Etherton died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.He was born July 13, 1925, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Arda R. and Vesta Gail Goodeyon Etherton.He graduated from Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kan. He attended Kansas City Kansas Junior College, the University of Idaho in Pocatello, Helena College in Helena, Mont., and the University of Washington in Seattle. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from Kansas University.Mr. Etherton served in the U.S. Navy in World War II.He was an engineer for Hercules Powder Co. from 1952 to 1958. He worked in the State Architect's Office in Topeka from 1958 to 1964, and for the U.S. government and U.S. Air Force at Richards Gebaur. He was an engineer/safety manager for the Federal Aviation Administration in Kansas City, Mo., when he retired Aug. 15, 1982.Mr. Etherton was a master Mason for 25 years, and a member of Lawrence Lodge No. 6 AF & AM, Lawrence Scottish Rite Bodies, Lawrence White Shrine No. 11. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite Mason, 33rd degree, Lawrence Shrine Club and Abdallah Shrine. He was a member of the First Christian Church, where he was active in the Home Builders Sunday school class and had been a deacon, an usher and decorated the church sanctuary.He married Helen Jean Kratky on Oct. 15, 1948, in Kansas City, Mo. She preceded him in death Nov. 9, 2008.Survivors include two sons, Scott Allan, Eudora, and Mark Robert, Ponder, Texas; two daughters, Diane E. Page and Robin Ann Holladay, both of Lawrence; and five grandchildren.The family will receive friends from 2:30 p.m. until service time Friday at the mortuary.The family suggests memorials to the Masonic Temple, sent in care of the mortuary.Online condolences may be sent at warrenmcelwain.com; subject: Etherton.