E. Dale Kearney

Funeral services for E. Dale Kearney, 88, Lawrence will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 26, 2010, at First Southern Baptist Church in Lawrence, KS.  Mr. Kearney died March 22, 2010 at Presbyterian Manor in Lawrence, KS.  Military graveside will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, in Humansville Cemetery, Humansville, MO. 

He was born September 1, 1921 in Humansville, MO the son of Fred and Maude  (Burchett) Kearney.  He had lived in Lawrence since 1964.

Mr. Kearney served in the Marines during WWII on Midway Island.  He purchased the Ben Franklin store in 1964 in Lawrence after a successful career with FW Woolworth.  He also owned the Pier I Imports stores in Lawrence and Topeka until 1998 when he retired. 

He was an active member of the First Southern Baptist Church and served many years as a deacon in the church.  Other memberships included, the Kiwanis Club and spanned 55 + years and included a term as president.  He was also a member of the American Legion, Dorsey-Liberty Post #14.

He married Helen Crawford, childhood sweetheart, March 4, 1944 in Humansville, MO.  She preceded him in death, February 6, 2001.

Survivors include two sons, Jim Kearney, and wife Corky, Lawrence, KS, Bill Kearney, and wife Denise, of Wichita, KS; two grandsons, Ryan, Manhattan, KS, and Shane, Lawrence; two brothers, Virgil Kearney; Bolivar, MO Kenneth Kearney, Rogers, AR; two sisters, Venita Davis, Kansas City, KS, and Ada O’Rear, Lee’s Summit, MO.  He was also preceded in death by his parents; a son, Danny Richard Kearney; one brother, Granville “Ted” Kearney; and a sister, Opal Fern Kearney. 

The family will meet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 25, 2010 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. 

A memorial in Dale’s name has been established at the First Southern Baptist Church in Lawrence and contributions may be sent in care of the mortuary.

9 Condolences

  1. Daniel Gaumer on March 22, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Dear Jim,
    I was just informed of Dale’s death. It is impossible to adequately express my sincere sympathy at this most difficult time.
    I enjoyed your father’s wit and humor. He made our Kiwanis meetings a lot more interesting. My life has been enriched by knowing Dale and he will truly be missed.
    Please pass my sincerest condolences on to your family.
    Daniel Gaumer

  2. Guy Garrison on March 23, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Jim, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  3. Bob Salemi on March 24, 2010 at 12:00 am

    With deepest sympathies,
    Bob Salemi

  4. Georgia Saunders Kearney on March 25, 2010 at 12:00 am

    I didn’t know him well, but he always made me feel welcome at the family reunions. It was an honor to have met him.

    Greg and I will be keeping you all in our prayers.

  5. Barbara Kearney- Harolds daughter on March 25, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Jim, Bill. and Family
    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of you at this sad time. Your dad was a real treasure. I am also offering my dads condolences since he does not have email. God Bless all of you

  6. Holly (Brown) Stanford on March 26, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Dear Jimmy & Corky, Billy & Denise, Virgil & Betty,

    I just read the Bolivar paper and learned of your loss. I thought so much of Dale & Helen–they were so much a part of our church life in Lawrence (Helen even gave us the baby shower for our firstborn!) and so much a part of our lives even as we moved to Bolivar because of Virgil& Betty. They were both special people. I know you will miss them, but may you find comfort in knowing that they are resting with their heavenly Father.

  7. Marv & Deanne Amerine on March 27, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Jimmy, Billy & Families,

    We just happened to check Leota’s old email address today, and found out about Dale. We are so sorry to have heard of his suffering & his death & are so sorry for your loss. He was s good man. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.
    With loving thoughts & prayers,
    Deanne & Marv Amerine

  8. Lew Faust on March 29, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Jim, Bill and families: My mother contacted me on Saturday (3/27) and notified me of Dale’s passing. I have often thought back about my year’s at Ben Franklin in Lawrence and how Dale & Helen became surrogate parents for me during those years. They always will have a special place in my heart, as they were not only employers, but provided support, love and guidance in an unconditional and caring manner. Besides my parents and immediate family they had the largest impact on my life, during the time I was fortunate enough to work with them.

    Our thoughts are with you as you reflect on not only the loss, but the many lives Dale and Helen touched over the years.

  9. Al and Sandy Davis on March 29, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Jim and Corky,
    We are very sorry for your loss. If you need anything, you know whee we are just call or come by.
    Al, Sandy and Jacob Davis

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