Dean Burkhead

A Mass of Christian Burial for Dean Burkhead, 80, Lawrence, KS, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, November 21, 2011 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence.  Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Lawrence. Dean passed away on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at his home.

Dean was born on April 27, 1931 in Quinter, KS, the son of Clyde and Hattie McQueen Burkhead.  He grew up in Monument, KS and graduated from Monument High School in 1949.

Dean came to Lawrence in 1949 to attend the University of Kansas and later, the University of Kansas Law School.  After his law school graduation in 1955, he worked in the governor’s office.  Thereafter, he worked in the legal department of the Kansas Department of Revenue.  In 1967, he was appointed as an Assistant Attorney General to Robert C. Londerholm.  In 1968, Dean joined the Lawrence law firm of Riling and Riling (now Riling, Burkhead, and Nitcher) as an attorney and partner.  Dean continued to help Lawrence residents with their legal needs until he retired in 1994 due to a stroke.

An active civic participant in Lawrence affairs, Dean was a member of the Corpus Christi Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the Kansas and Douglas County Bar Associations, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the KU Alumni Association, the National Rifle Association, the Kiwanis Club and the Optimist Club.  He was also a life member of the Kansas Historical Society.

He married Rosalie Weigel on January 29, 1953 in Oakley, KS. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include six children – Deanna Lowe (Marc), of Topeka, KS, Patsy Huffman (Steve), of Lawrence, KS, Kim Lewis (Joe), of Lawrence, KS, Pam Burkhead, of Lawrence, KS, Terri Cooper, (Scott), of Garnett, KS, and Tom Burkhead, (Leah), of Leawood, KS; a brother, Donnie Burkhead, of California; a sister, Carole Jo Ralston, of West Virginia; thirteen grandchildren – Lindsey Kaminski, Brooke Lowe, Mallory Lowe, Kayla Altman, Kasey Gryszowka, Megan Lewis, Tyler Lewis, Kelsey Cooper, Cameron Cooper, Katelin Cooper, Carston Cooper, Charlie Burkhead, and Jack Burkhead; and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers – Richard Burkhead and Delmar Burkhead.

The family will greet friends from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, November 20, 2011 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary with a Parish Rosary being recited at 5 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be sent in Dean’s name to St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center, Southern Care Hospice of Lawrence, or Saint Luke’s Brain and Stroke Institute.

9 Condolences

  1. Steve Ramirez on November 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Condolences to the entire family for your loss.

  2. Ola Faucher on November 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Sending the whole family caring thoughts and prayers as you deal with your loss.

  3. Madi Vannaman on November 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    As you mourn your tremendous loss, I pray you will know the comfort and presence of Almighty God as He is with you during this season of sorrow.

  4. Orville & Mary Church on November 19, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Our sincere sympathy to you and your family.

  5. Kent Kummer on November 19, 2011 at 10:17 am

    My Thoughts and Prayers and Condolences for your loss. I have such fond memories of Dean, growing up as the kid next door. He was always kind and patient. He is a good man that will be greatly missed.

  6. Gary and Linda Smith on November 19, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    For Rosalie and all the Burkhead family—-we are so sorry for your loss. We will miss Dean. We are thinking of you.
    Gary and Linda

  7. Sue Davis McDaniel on November 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    My deepest sympathy to all of you, I know your hearts are breaking, he will be in your hearts forever. My prayers are with you.

  8. Leonard & Laurine Cullison on November 20, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    We have wonderful memories of our times together as neighbors on Virginia. We once again live in Topeka and drive by “our” street often. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Vicki also sends her condolences.

  9. Jessica, Mike & Lydia Hensley on November 22, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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