Vic Harrod was born in Yates Center, Kansas, in 1931, the son of Geneva Pearl and Floyd Andrew Harrod. He graduated from Yates Center High School in 1949 and graduated from Ottawa University in 1953, with a degree in Chemistry. He was a member of the championship basketball team at Ottawa, and lettered in track and football. Vic excelled in baseball and pitched for many semi pro teams throughout Kansas.
In 1952, he married Norma Ralph Harrod, his wife of fifty-seven years. She survives of the home.
In 1953, he joined the United States Navy, graduated from Officer Training School in Newport, Rhode Island, and for four years served as a Gunnery Officer on a destroyer in the West Pacific. He finished service as a Lieutenant JG and he and his wife moved to Lawrence to begin their lives as a family in Lawrence.
Vic operated the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company warehouse in Lawrence and was manager of the Schlitz Brewing Company for twelve years. At that time, he decided to return to Kansas University and become a Certified Public Accountant. He joined the firm of Lesh, Bradley and Barrand and retired from the CPA profession as a partner in the firm of Scherer Harrod and Bennett in 1991. For a brief time, he served as Accountant for the Trinity Lutheran Church.
Vic was active in the community of Lawrence and served the community in many ways. He was a lifetime member of Sertoma, and served in many capacities in the local club, including President. He was on the American Cancer Society, the advisory Council for Louie Holcom Sports Complex, The Lawrence Country Club Board, baseball coach in the Holcom and Recreation Leagues, active in PTA in all levels holding numerous offices, the Navy League, United Way the Senior Center Advisory Council and for many years served as Treasurer for the Watkins Museum. He was a Member of Braves Incorporated, Ottawa University, Kansas AICPA the American Legion, and the Chamber of Commerce.
Vic was a family man and put much pride in this family. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Blaine Ralph Harrod.
He is survived by his wife, Norma M. Harrod, of the home; daughter, Laurie M Boyd; son Victor Lynn Harrod and his wife Lisa; sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Richard Slane, of Wichita; and three nieces, Vickie, Melinda and Terri; grandson, Andrew Crosby Boyd; step grandchildren, Bree Ashley Gorynski and husband Kyle, Britten Joseph Beasley, and Bailey Christine Beasley.
The family will receive friends Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. The family will celebrate Vic’s life at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral home and meet with friends immediately following the ceremony at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials be sent in care of the funeral home to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Online condolences may be left at www.rumsey-yost.com.