Harold Alan Heath

Harold “Alan” Heath, 89, Lawrence passed away peacefully Friday, May 1, 2020.

Alan was born October 7, 1930 in Salina, Kansas, the son of Earl and Florence Heath. He graduated Valedictorian from Salina High School in 1948 and was winner of the Bausch Lomb Science Award. His love of the game of golf started early in high school, and he won the Central Kansas League Golf Championship his senior year.

In 1953, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of Kansas. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and Honor Initiate of his Pledge Class. Attending KU football and basketball games and playing intramural basketball with his fraternity brothers were favorite activities through college.

Following graduation, Alan moved to Salina and worked for the Heath Holsum Bakery in the administrative office. In 1955 the family business sold to C. J. Patterson, where he continued his administrative work in the company’s Wichita office.

Alan moved to Lawrence in 1957 and accepted a position at Lawrence Paper Company in the Sales Service Department, later becoming manager. After completing computer programming training with IBM in Chicago, he wrote and maintained the computer programs to control factory data collection and product pricing for Lawrence Paper until retirement in 1982. He appreciated the work and dedication of his co-workers and customers throughout his 25 years at Lawrence Paper and mentioned it many times over the years.

In 1952, Alan married Barbara Zimmerman. They had three sons: Thomas Alan Heath, Gary Charles Heath, and David Walter Heath.

Alan married Marilyn Blubaugh on June 15, 1985. They cherished time with family and their dog, Molly; traveling together (and with sister Helen Heath); cooking together; watching college sports, especially KU football and basketball; playing bridge; watching period piece films, TV series, Masterpiece Theatre, cultural specials, and the history channel. Alan was an avid reader, especially mystery novels, thrillers, and history. He enjoyed golf, fishing and hunting; music, especially classical and easy listening; and drawing and painting landscapes and flowers. And he loved ice cream!

Alan was a man of honor with unquestionable honesty, integrity, and wisdom. He had a kind and loving heart that was always there for others. He was greatly loved by his family and all those who knew him.

Alan was preceded in death by his parents, his son, David Walter Heath, his sister, Helen Elaine Heath, his daughter-in-law, Debbie Heath, and his stepson, Jon Allan Blubaugh.

He is survived by his wife and companion of 34 years, Marilyn; his brother, Don Heath and wife, Mary Jo and their children, Kevin and wife, Meagan and children, Allie and Owen, and Elizabeth Ann Heath; his son, Tom Heath and wife, Pamela and their children, Josh Heath and Chris Heath and wife, Ellie and their children, Reagan, Austin and Owen; son, Gary Heath and daughter, Cara; and granddaughter, Kelly Griffin Westin and husband, Andrew and their son, Griffin of Oakdale, MN; step daughter, Kate Blubaugh and children, Brian, Alissa, and Mallory; step daughter, Karen Evans and husband, John and children, Jennifer, Kelsey and Morgan; step daughter, Carol Zoellner and husband, Win and children, Adam and Eric; and step son, Michael Blubaugh and wife, Lori and daughter, Caroline.

The family would like to thank the competent, loving staff at the Neuvant House for their tireless compassionate care. Special thanks also to Dr. Don Hatton for his dedicated care and regard for Alan over many years.

There will be a private Mass for the immediate family. The burial will be Friday, May 8, at 11:00 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, KS. Guests are welcome to attend the burial, however, due to the current mandate of social distancing, guests must remain in or near their vehicle.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Lawrence Humane Society or to Catholic Charities which may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

8 Condolences

  1. Lois Clark on May 3, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Marilyn: Just a note to tell you I’m thinking of you. Condolences to you and all your family members. I’ll always remember Alan as a kind and gentle man.

  2. Jacob Olds on May 4, 2020 at 2:59 am


    It was really great getting to know you and Alan while he was at Neuvant. I always had fun talking, and listening to the stories he had to tell. He will be missed by all the staff. I will always remember him as the funny, kind, and ice cream loving man that I had the pleasure of getting to know.

  3. Angel (Clowers) Gillaspie on May 4, 2020 at 8:37 am

    Hi, Marilyn – I am so sorry for your loss. I will never forget how highly you spoke of Alan, always with a smile upon your face and a sparkle in your eye. May he rest in peace.

  4. Saundra Pichelman on May 4, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    to Alan’s family I’m so sorry for your loss. I worked for Alan at the Lawrence Paper Company for several years in the late 60’s early 70’s. He was a very wonderful boss so helpful and kinds. He was a good friend during this time also.
    I also love ice cream
    Again, I’m so sorry for your loss, he will be missed. He was a wonderful Kind man.

  5. George & Sherry Catt on May 6, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    Mariilyn, Tom and family: Our thoughts and concerns are with you at this time.

  6. Connie and Kevin Griffin on May 7, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Marilyn, Tom, Gary and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We wish we could be with you during this difficult time.

    Love you all.

  7. Amy Warren on May 12, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    Marylyn and family,
    I can not express the love for you both . I was blessed at Neuvant to become a daily part of your lives and Jeff and I saw you as great inspiration. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your beautiful lives and thank you for allowing us to really get to know you both, I’m sorry for your and your families loss and I pray that you all will be continued to be in gods mercy and prayers.
    with all my love -Amy Warren and family

  8. Lydia Neu on May 18, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    Marilyn… no greater love have I ever witnessed through your eyes to my heart! I am so sorry and feel your pain and sadness. I am thinking of you and praying for you!

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