William "Bill" Charles Kitchen 1924 - 2011 Lawrence
A memorial service for William Charles “Bill” Kitchen, 87, Lawrence, will be held at a later date.
He died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at Pioneer Ridge.
He was born May 3, 1924, in Hays, where he grew up.
Mr. Kitchen graduated from Hays High School in 1942 and then joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was stationed in England during World War II, serving as a radar technician.
After his discharge from the Army, he attended Fort Hays State College, where he met his future wife in the cast of a college theater production.
Mr. Kitchen earned undergraduate degrees in physics and chemistry and a master’s degree in clinical psychology, all at Fort Hays State.
He taught in several small Kansas towns, including chemistry and physics at Columbus High School. He was a physics instructor and later served as chairman of the science department at Hutchinson Community College, where he also coached tennis.
Mr. Kitchen and his family lived in Columbus, Hutchinson, Lindsborg and Manhattan over the years before he spent his final years in Lawrence.
He worked professionally as a photographer in his younger years, and enjoyed photography as a serious hobby throughout his life. He also was a hi-fi audio consultant. He enjoyed fishing, bicycling and golf.
He married Doris Jean Barry in 1951. She preceded him in death.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, George and Barbara; a brother, Robert; and a sister, Patricia.
Survivors include a sister, Mary Jane Roper, Dallas; a brother Don, Hays; children Colleen Dick, Corvallis, Ore., Kirk, Ypsilanti, Mich., Todd and Jocelyn, Lawrence, and Sara, Austin, Texas; eight grandchildren, Jean, Connor, Eamon and Eleanor Dick, Mulligan Greenwell, Ida Greenwell and Keegan and Eleanor Matheis; and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews.
The family suggests memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044.
Online condolences may be sent to warrenmcelwain.com.