Dr. Howard Joseph

Memorial services for Dr. Howard F. Joseph, 84, Lawrence, KS, will be held at a later date. He died on Tuesday, June 07, 2011 at his home.

He was born on November 14, 1926 in Kansas City, MO, the son of Donald Burdett & Florence Fuqua Joseph.

Dr. Joseph was a graduate of Whitewater High School in Butler County, KS, a graduate of the University of Kansas in 1947, and the University of Kansas Medical School in 1951.  He served his residency in Urology at the KU Medical Center.  He also served as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Dr. Joseph was a retired Urologist and had practiced medicine in Lawrence from 1957 until October 1992, when he retired.  During this time, he also served an additional practice at Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa, KS.

He was a member of the Kansas and American Medical Societies, the Certified American Board of Urology and the Lawrence Country Club. He was also a member of Beta Theta Pi Social Fraternity and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society.

He was married to Shirley Sudendorf on September 11, 1949 in Concordia, KS.  She survives of the home.
Other survivors include a son, Marc Joseph, of Scottsdale, AZ, two daughters, Margie Joseph Kuhn (husband, John Kuhn), of Lawrence, KS, Marie Joseph (husband, Randy Gfeller), also of Lawrence.  a brother, Bruce Joseph, of Kailua, Hawaii, a sister, Ginny Hilbe, of Schaan, Liechtenstein, and four grandchildren; Laura Bell, Amy Karnaze, Cindy Karnaze, and John Joseph.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Jan Joseph Williams.

The family suggests memorials in his name to the charity of the donor’s choice and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

12 Condolences

  1. Mr. & Mrs. Frank S. Day on June 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    He was our boss, our Dr. and most importantly, our friend. So very sorry to hear of his passing. He lived a long and productive life and will be missed.

  2. Robin Fuqua on June 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    He will be terribly missed by my daughter, Lynnette, and I. Traveling together was so much fun. Shirley is so great at planning fantastic trips.

  3. Sabra Ohlsen on June 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Howard was one of those bigger than life people to me. I still remember the stories of him driving around the hills surrounding Lawrence in his little Porsche…chocolate bars tucked in the glove compartment. He was an incredibly intelligent man who would still come home and brush a dog at the end of the day. I’ve been very privileged to have known Howard and send my sympathy to his family. I know he will be terribly missed.

  4. Laura Fix on June 8, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Dear Shirley,
    I was so sorry to hear of Howard’s illness. He was always so sweet to Dale.
    Laura Fix

  5. Bruce Joseph on June 8, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I remember Howard best from our childhood days. Younger brothers are often tolerated rather than loved, but Howard was the exception. He served as my mentor and put up with a lot from me. I’ll miss him.

  6. Gregory L. Moore on June 8, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Marie, I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

  7. Bruce Joseph on June 8, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I remember Howard best from our childhood. Younger brothers are usually tolerated rather than loved, but Howard was an exception. He was kind and served as my mentor.
    I’ll miss him. Bruce

  8. Cynthia Lewis on June 8, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    I did not have the privilege to know Dr. Joseph, but I know well and love his daughter, Marie, who is a dear friend. I’m certain such a special lady had a very special father. My prayers for peace are sent to all of you, most especially you, “Founder” 🙂

  9. Pam and Carl Bulger on June 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Dear Shirley,Marc,Margie and Marie,
    Thinking of all of you during your farewells to such a wonderful man. He was a very special person – the kind of person that always brought fond thoughts to mind !

  10. Lynnette Johnson on June 10, 2011 at 12:41 am

    To an uncle I thought the world of – so super intelligent with a great sense of humor. Howard was a very kind, loving, soft spoken man who could get his point across. It was a joy and a pleasure to have had Howard for an uncle when I was growing up…I always told him that he was one of my favorite uncles. Until we see each other again one day..it will be a happy reunion.

  11. Lynn Williams on June 11, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Dear Shirley, Margie, Marie and Marc,

    I was so sorry to hear about Howard’s death. My strongest impressions of him were the way he paid complete attention whenever I talked to him, and never patronized me. Also, I liked the fact that he laughed so easily.

    L:ynn (Williams)

  12. dee hutchison on June 11, 2011 at 10:29 pm


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