Donald Bernard Norris 1919 - 2011 Lawrence
Funeral services for Donald Bernard Norris, 92, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at University Community of Christ Church in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence.
Mr. Norris died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
He was born Feb. 15, 1919 in Butte, Mont., the son of Gilson R. and Gertrude Grace Jones Norris.
Mr. Norris lived in Lawrence most of his life. He graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1937. He entered the U.S. Army and served in World War II.
He was an engineer for Lawrence Paper Company for 46 years before retiring in 1983. He was co-founder of Norris Brothers Plumbing & Electrical in 1945.
Mr. Norris was a member of the University Community of Christ Church.
He married Ruth Anna Cripe on July 20, 1941, in Lawrence. She preceded him in death March 7, 1994. He then married Ida Mae Walker on March 3, 1996. She preceded him in death March 6, 1997.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Blanche Norris, on Feb. 25, 1998; a son, Ronald B., on Feb., 3, 2000; one stepson, Gary Walker, on Feb. 15, 2005; and six brothers, Walden, Claude, Gerald, Wayne, Everett and Glendon.
Survivors include two daughters; Pamela R. Cook, Lecompton, and Nikola Osburn, Lawrence; one son, Kenneth, Lawrence; three stepdaughters, Barbara Ott and Betty LaRue, both of Wellsville, and Shirley Walker, Lawrence; 15 grandchildren, Daniel, Richard, Charles, Timothy, Wendy, Bradley, Jill, Keith, Scott, Kirsten, Ryan, Lynley, Ashley, Cameron and Caleb; 20 great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Lorraine Yeubanks, Tulsa, Okla., Lois Brewster and Janice Fountain, both of Independence, Mo., and Donna Sintz, Charlotte, N.C.
The family will greet friends from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.
The family suggests memorials to University Community of Christ Church, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary,120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044.
Online condolences may be sent at warrenmcelwain.com.