Darlene Mae Sheriff

Graveside services for Darlene Mae Kuhlman Sheriff, 86, Lawrence will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 16*, 2018 at Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, Kansas. Darlene passed away Friday, November 2, 2018 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Darlene was born April 4, 1932, to Wilbur and Alice Bailey Kuhlman in Kansas City, Kansas. Darlene grew up in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Colorado. She graduated high school in Cambridge Nebraska. In the eighth grade, in Wakita, Oklahoma, Darlene played in the state final basketball game.

She married Don Sheriff on October 12, 1950, in Fort Collins, CO. Don was in the Air Force. They spent another 17 years in the Air Force before Don retired. While at Offutt Air Base, Omaha, NE. Darlene started a library system in the Bellevue Grade School. She raised the money, bought the books, and gathered volunteers to maintain the library. She was named the Nebraska PTA Member of the Year for this event.

After retirement, they moved to Kansas City, KS. Darlene became a ten-year Advertising employee for the Woolworth Company. In 1977, Don and Darlene moved in with Darlene’s mother, Alice, on the family farm in southern Leavenworth County. They built a log house themselves, next to Darlene’s mother. Darlene took care of her mother until her death.

She was preceded in death by her oldest son, R. Earl Sheriff; and her parents, Wilbur and Alice Kuhlman; and a sister, Betty Dee Mohler.

Survivors include her husband, Don; two daughters, Melanie Proctor, Four Seasons, MO, Kathy Lathrom, Boston, MA; son, Howard Sheriff, Denver, CO; a sister, Barbara Lee Johnson; a brother, Howard Kuhlman; five grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

Memorial Contributions may be made in her name to American Cancer Society and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

5 Condolences

  1. Dan Heptig on November 4, 2018 at 6:13 am

    Don, I am so very sorry to hear of Darlene’s passing. I know the two of you shared an extraordinary marriage and bond. May God’s love be with you and your family always.

  2. Jane Harris on November 6, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Don & Family,
    Darlene was loved by so many people & her love reached out in many capacities. May the wonderful memories of your 68 years together bring you comfort. May God’s hands be upon you & your family.

  3. Chambers Family on November 7, 2018 at 10:04 am

    My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your dear loved one. Losing a loved one is a distressing and painful time. We have assurance from God’s word at Psalm 34:18 that he is near to those brokenhearted and he saves those crushed in spirit. It is my hope that your family will find strength to endure during the days ahead.

  4. Mike and Judy Artherton on November 8, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    So sorry to hear of Aunt Darlenes passing. You are in our prayers.

  5. Sharon Reynolds on December 3, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of Darlene’s passing. She was a sweet lady and you were a wonderful couple.

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