Bernard Domann

Bernard E. Domann, Lawrence, KS passed away on his birthday, April 11, 2012 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence.

“Bernie” as he was known, was born April 11, 1925 in Mooney Creek, Kansas and was one of 10 children of Albert and Mary Domann.  He was very proud of his heritage in the Mooney Creek Community and was very close to his seven sisters.

He graduated from Winchester High School and received a degree in pharmacy at the University of  Kansas School of Pharmacy in 1949.  Domann served briefly in the Korean War and later moved to Atchison where he worked at Schmierer Drugs.  Bernie married Mamie Irene Turner in 1952 in Atchison, KS.  He purchased the drugstore in 1953 and following the flood in 1958, Domann was of several individuals who led the Atchison urban renewal effort when he built a new drugstore, Domann Drug Inc., on the Atchison Mall.  Many a high school kids in the Atchison area were hired by Domann for their first job.  The drugstore became known for its great service and especially for its fountain that served their famous tenderloin sandwich, and was a gathering place for coffee clubs.  He expanded his business to include the Wishing Well a children’s store and the Clothes Vault, both on the downtown mall.  Their six children all worked at the family businesses as they were growing up.  He retired from the business in 1992.

Bernie was active in the community and served on the board of the City National Bank and the Atchison Hospital and served as President of the Atchison Chamber of Commerce.

Bernie loved to teach and taught dozens of children to water ski at the family summer home at Bean Lake Missouri and was especially fond of teaching children and adults to ball room dance.

In 1987, Bernie married Kay Fowler Shipman and they adopted a son Mikel where they have lived in Lawrence, since 1999.

Bernie was an avid Jayhawks fan and attended basketball games for numerous years.

Survivors include his wife, Kay Domann and son Mikel of the home, his sisters: Helen Domann, Lenexa, KS, Aletha Domann, Lenexa, KS, Grace Curran, Centerville, OH, Kay Johnson, Minneapolis, MN, Gerry Nicholas, Blue Springs, MO, Darlene Domann, Lee’s Summit, MO.  Also surviving are his children, David (Libby) Domann, Doylestown, PA, Patricia Domann, Lawrence, KS, Joseph (Sherry) Domann, Atchison, KS, Sara (Jeff) Ryan, Overland Park, KS, Grace (Les) Burchett, Atchison, KS, and John (Maria) Domann, Everett, Washington, two stepsons, Jon (Sheryl) Shipman, Houston, TX, Steve Shipman, Atchison, KS.  He leaves 3 great and 12 grandchildren.
Bernard was preceded in death by a sister, Irene Evans, two brothers, Clarence and Herbert Domann.

Join us in a Celebration Mass for Bernie’s Life, Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Atchison, KS.  A visitation and luncheon will follow the Mass in the church basement.

The family suggests memorials in his name to Atchison Catholic Elementary School (ACES), Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association, or to Lawrence Humane Society and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

19 Condolences

  1. Gail Beaty Ellis on April 12, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Kay, Mikel, and Dooman family,

    Mom (Evelyn Beaty) and I want you to know that you will be in our thoughts as you celebrate Bernie’s contributions to others and his many kindnesses to others throughout his life during the service on Saturday.

  2. Dorothy Gardner and Kirk, Jody, and Laura Gardner on April 12, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Grace and Les, We offer you our humble expression of sympathy. May the grace of God be with you to ease your sorrow. Bernie was a pillar of the community.

  3. Scott, Kathy, Michael and David Gates on April 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    We are so sorry to hear about Bernie. David says “he was awesome and cool and a great dancer.” One of Michael’s favorite memories from Quail Run is Bernie teaching his class ballroom dancing. Wishing you and Mike comfort in your memories.

  4. Harold & Diane Heidrich on April 12, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Our hearts are with the family. Bernie was a special man and a valued friend.

  5. Diane and Mike Perkins on April 12, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Our prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family. So many fond memories of you and Bernie.
    Diane and Mike

  6. Jack and Maurine (Kuhnert) Rollins on April 12, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Our prayers go out to you and the family.
    You have our deepest sympathy.

  7. Joyce (Harden) Smith on April 12, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Kay, so sorry to learn of the passing of Bernie. My prayers are with you and your son.

  8. Leon, Michelle and Adam Fales on April 12, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Jon, Sheryl, Kay, and Family, We are so sorry to hear about Bernard’s passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Cherish the memories.

  9. June Morton on April 13, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Kay and family,

    I am so very sorry to hear of Bernie’s passing. He taught Ball Room dancing many years for the Parks and Recreation Department at South Park. He and Kay were always so nice. They were missed when they left us. Please know that you all are in my prayers.

    June Morton

  10. Carol and Cliff Blond on April 13, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Kay so sorry to hear about Bernie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Mikel and all the family for your loss.

  11. Denise Rutledge Bolin on April 13, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I remember your father fondly as well as the rest of your family. God be with you at this time.


  12. Sherri Spanier Heald on April 13, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I have so many wonderful memories of times spent with Bernard and his family. I was one of the lucky ones to have worked at the drug store fountain, which has become one of my fondest memories. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

  13. Debbie Kuckelman McLaughlin on April 13, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Dear Domann Family:
    My deepest sympathy to all of you in this time of loss.
    I still picture your Dad in Domanns Drug Store in his white lab coat in the Pharmacy! He was a true gentleman. He and your Mom raised a great family!
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Regards, Debbie Kuckelman McLaughlin

  14. Billie Zeek McClure on April 13, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Bernie lived his life well, and did much for so many others. His is a life that deserves celebrating.

  15. George Bilyk on April 13, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Sending you our best wishes. George & Sharon

  16. Elaine Gerbert on April 14, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Dear Pat,

    We’ve been thinking of you these past weeks while you were with your father. We look forward to having you in the group again.

    How wonderful to have a Dad who loved to dance!

    I sympathize with your loss.

  17. Kathie (Price) Stovall on April 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Dear Kay and Jon and Steve,
    Bernie was such a well liked person, I’m sure there are many many people who will miss him. You are in my thoughts. Kathie (841-7150)

  18. Amy Harris on April 17, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Kay and Mike, I just found out about Bernie’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great man and will be missed.

  19. Debi Lambert on November 4, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I recently purchased a large box of buttons, many of which were sorted in baby food jars. A few, however, were in glass RX bottles, dated from 1968-1971.They were prescribed to a Diane, Jeanette and Mrs. Bishop. I googled the Domann Drug out of curiosity and found the answer to my questions. Just wanted to share that with you.

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