Richard M. Haun 1917 - 2009 Lawrence
Funeral services for Richard M. Haun, 92, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Dr. Gary W. Teske officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Dr. Haun died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at Olathe Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 11, 1917, in Galatia, the son of John and Pauline Strecker Haun. He attended elementary school in Galatia and high school at Hebron Academy in Nebraska.
Dr. Haun attended Kansas University, and later transferred to Kansas City Western Dental College, now the University of Missouri School of Dentistry, and graduated in 1943, with the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery.
In April 1943, he was called to active duty as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Dental Corps and served with the 40th (Sunburst) Division in Hawaii, Guadalcanal (in the Solomon Islands), New Britain, the Philippines and Korea.
Dr. Haun began his civilian dental practice in Ottawa in 1946. He moved his practice to Lawrence in 1947, above the Round Corner Drug Store at Eighth and Massachusetts streets. In 1954, he moved to the Lawrence National Bank building at Seventh and Massachusetts streets. After selling his dental practice to Dr. Allen Kelley and Dr. “Buzz” Hampton in 1983, he continued to work for their practice until he retired in 1994.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, a life member of the Sertoma Club, a past Sertoman of the Year. He also was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Alford-Clarke Post 852, American Legion Dorsey-Liberty Post 14 and the Douglas County Dental Society.
He volunteered at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and was active in Boy Scouts, Douglas County Senior Center and Lawrence Visitor Information Center. He received the Community Cornerstone Award in 2003 for his civic contributions.
He married Marian Jane Sphar on Feb. 9, 1947, in Lawrence. She died Oct. 7, 1990.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Ronald, on Nov. 24, 2006; and a sister, Elsie Blackwood.
Survivors include a sister, Doris L. Haun, Lawrence; a brother, John Milton, Latham, N.Y.; several cousins; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will meet them from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The family suggests memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church, sent in care of the funeral home, 601 Ind., Lawrence, KS 66044.
Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com.