David G. Laury M.D. 1917 - 2010 Ottawa

Paid family tribute

“Well done, thou good and faithful servant”

David G. Laury, M.D., was born on September 22, 1917 and went home on December 16, 2010.
David was the son of William G. and Phoebe Ellis Laury, who were longtime residents of Franklin County. 
David attended school in Ottawa and graduated from Ottawa University in 1940. He then attended Northwestern University in Chicago and received his medical degree in 1943. While he was in school, he married his college sweetheart, Meldon Henshaw. They shared nearly 67 years together. 
David proudly served with the United States Navy in World War II. He was attached to the 2nd Marine Division in the Pacific Theater. He remained in the reserves and was called up to serve for two years during the Korean Conflict. He retired with the rank of Commander.
David practiced general medicine in Garnett and Baldwin before settling in Ottawa, where he practiced for over 40 years. Specializing in coronary care and obstetrics, he delivered an undetermined number of babies, including both of his grandchildren. He was a member of several State Medical Society committees and served as the Franklin County Health Officer as well as County Coroner.
He was a past president of many organizations including: Kaw Valley Heart Assoc., Ottawa Country Club, Ottawa Lions Club, Ottawa Univ. Alumni Assoc. and the Pan American Medical Society.  He was also instrumental in acquiring accreditation for Ransom Memorial Hospital and the building of the Franklin County Mental Health Center.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters, his beloved wife Meldon, and his precious youngest daughter, Pamela.
David is survived by his son, Thomas David and wife Shannon of Albuquerque, NM, daughter Annie of Denver, Co., son-in-law, John Elliot, Ottawa; grandchildren, Dr. David Elliott and wife Stephanie, Gardner, KS; Krista Russell and husband Shawn, Emporia, KS; great-grandchildren, Hannah and Hudson Laury Elliott, Sydney and Isaac Williams and Issac Russell, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
David loved his family, his medical practice, opera and of course, golf. He also loved his Lord and was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Ottawa.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Dec. 21st from 5-7 p.m. at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home. Services will be at First Baptist Church on Wednesday Dec. 22nd at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. E-mail condolences may be left for the Laury family at our website
The family would appreciate donations to: First Baptist Church in Ottawa, Elizabeth Layton Center in Ottawa, and Ottawa Retirement Village.

This information was provided to the Journal-World as a paid tribute.