Memorial services for Armin V. Landis, 92, Lawrence, KS, will be held 9:30 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2012 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Graveside inurnment with Military Honors will follow at Memorial Park Mausoleum in Lawrence, KS. He died on Monday, July 9, 2012 at Medicalodges of Eudora.
Armin was born on October 6, 1919 in rural Douglas County, KS the son of Virgil and Osa (Churchbaugh) Landis.
He attended High Prairie Elementary School south of Lawrence. He graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1938.
He enrolled at KU in 1939 and joined the Navy ROTC program. He graduated in 1943 with a BS in Business.
As a Navy ensign he attended Notre Dame University at South Bend, IN and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His duty assignment in 1944 was on-board the US Navy’s LCI 955. His tour of duty took him throughout the south Pacific and included a number of troop landings. As the war ended he was given command of his own LCI.
After leaving the Navy in 1946 his first civilian job was with Trans-World Airlines in Kansas City where he first met his supervisor and future wife, Louise Steele. They were married on May 11, 1947. She survives of the home in Eudora.
Together they owned and operated the Landis-Davis Paint Store in Lawrence from 1947 through their retirement in 1983. They also began Landis Frames in 1962 and continued that business through 2002, at first through Quantril’s Flea Market in Lawrence and later through their home.
Other survivors include two sons, Armin Landis, and wife, Nancy, Oskaloosa, Alan Landis, and wife, Carol, Lawrence, KS; five grandchildren, Carrody Buchhorn, Jacob Landis, Jeff Landis, Krista Monroy, and Aaron Landis; three step grandchildren, Jennifer Jewett, Kimberly Bates, Asa Johnson; six great grandchildren and 6 great step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Warren Landis in 2006 and a son, Mark Landis, in 2011, survived by his wife, Renee.
The family suggests memorials in his name to the New Life Christ Church, 619 Vermont Street, Lawrence, KS and may be sent in care of the mortuary.