Delbert E. “Dez” See

Delbert Earl ‘Dez’ See passed away November 13, 2020 in Lawrence, Kansas, after a recent cancer diagnosis.

The youngest of four boys born to Leota Hyer See and Robert Merl See, Dez came into this world on January 23, 1957 in Ponca City, Oklahoma. The nurse suggested that ‘Dez’ was a better name to go by and this is how he was known throughout his life. His unusual name fit his outgoing personality and sometimes quirky sense of humor. His easy going nature resulted in many long-time friendships.

Dez enjoyed nature, animals, and working with computers and tools. He took a special interest in politics, and one of his last outings was a trip to cast his ballot in the 2020 presidential election.

Dez attended schools in Ponca City and lived abroad in London, England during his high school years. While there, a diagnosis of dyslexia explained some of his early school difficulties. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. Upon moving to Lawrence, he worked for the University of Kansas for over 20 years and retired as a supervisor of Facilities and Operations.

Dez will be missed by the family and his many friends in both Oklahoma and Kansas. He is survived by brothers Robert D. See of Wichita, and William ‘Bill’ See (Sandy), niece Alison See Gaxiola (Demian) and nephew Benjamin See (Kelsey Williamson) all of Norman, Oklahoma, step-daughter Risa Williams and four step-grandchildren of Lawrence. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother James R. See, and step-son Rex Senseman.

An online memorial will take place at a later time. Donations in his memory can be made to the Lawrence Humane Society or a charity of your choice and may be sent in care of the mortuary.


4 Condolences

  1. Keith Robison on November 14, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    The kindest, most gentle of souls … and a wicked sense of humor. I miss you, Dez

  2. Rebecca Moeller on November 14, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    Condolences family. Have been having conversations with Dez for many years. His wit and sarcasm were always greatly appreciated.

  3. Craig & Melissa Pickens on November 14, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Our most sincere condolences to Dez’s family. Dez was always such a kind soul, funny as heck too. One of the original “wig brigade “ in high school. This is very sad news indeed. We are so sorry.

  4. David Kimbrell on November 17, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    What a down to earth, honest and kind human being. I am so sorry to have not reconnected once we moved back to Lawrence. What wonderful memories I have of Dez.. May he rest in peace.

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