John Lounsbury

Memorial services for John W. Lounsbury, 77, Lawrence, KS will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence, Kansas.  Private inurnment will be at a later date.  He died on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at Neuvant House of Lawrence.

John was born on May 3, 1935 in Lincoln County, KS, the son of Howard M. and Laura Ruth Watson Lounsbury.

He was a 1957 graduate of the University of Kansas with a B.S. in Education. While at KU, he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

He served his country in the US Marine Corps as a pilot and retired in 1962, as a 1st Lieutenant, after five years service.

During John’s career, he worked in finance and banking. He worked in banks in Beloit, KS, St. Joseph, MO, Kansas City, MO and Lawrence.  In Lawrence, he worked for the University National Bank and retired in 1998 from the US Bank.

He was a member of the First Christian Church in Lawrence and served there as Treasurer on the Board of Trustees and as a deacon. While in St. Joseph, MO, he was a member of the Masonic Lodge and served on the Board of the YMCA. He had served on several savings and loan boards while in Missouri.  In Lawrence, he was a member of the New Generation Society.
He married Nancy A. Deniston on November 23, 1957 in Topeka, KS.  She preceded him in death on March 9, 2004. He then married Susie Madsen on August 27, 2005 in Lawrence, KS.  She survives of the home.

Other survivors include two sons, Todd (wife, Lisa) Lounsbury of Lee’s Summit, MO, Chris (wife, Ann) Lounsbury, of Lawrence, KS; two stepsons, John Madsen of San Diego, CA, Scott, Madsen, of Prescott, AZ; two step daughters,  Kim Beeler, of Lawrence, KS, Kirsten Rysko, of Overland Park, KS; a granddaughter, Sarah Lounsbury; and eight step grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, James C. Lounsbury.

The family suggests memorials in his name to the First Christian Church or to the Neuvant House (for a painting depicting the KU Campus) and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

38 Condolences

  1. Jack and Faith Greenwood on March 25, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Susie: Our deepest sympathy to you, the boys and girls and their families on the passing of John. How well I remember the good ’ol days of finance with John. He will be missed.

  2. Charles E McPheeters on March 25, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    To family,

    John was a good friend. A man I respected for his integrity.

    We miss him.

  3. Janet Blevins on March 25, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    To the family: My deepest sympathy to all of you. John was such a nice person. He would always say hi to me and call me by my name even with his memory problems. I know you will miss him too.

  4. Wade Morehead on March 25, 2013 at 5:16 pm


  5. Pat Laws on March 25, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Sorry for your loss.

  6. Donald E. Parker on March 25, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    As a fellow Marine, I wish you Gods speed. Thanks for all your help during that troubling time I had with my wife,s Alzheimers. Our prayers to your family.

  7. John & Judy Giddeens on March 25, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Our friend, my golf and skiing buddy and one who would drink scotch with me in early life. You will be missed

  8. Gary and Kay Butchart and family on March 25, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Sorry to hear about John. He and Nancy were good neighbors.

  9. Greg Rasmussen on March 25, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    John was a real gentleman and always went out of his way to share a friendly smile and warm greeting. Nancy and I are thinking about you.

  10. Connie Daniels on March 25, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I worked with John at Mercantile Bank. His office was next to mine.. Just always thought he was a real gentleman, and love to give us ladies a bad time… He was from the old school and thought ladies shouldn’t be allowed on the golf course before 3 PM ..
    John RIP , a great man you were.

  11. Jean Bonner on March 25, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Susie, my prayers are with you and all the family at this time. I so enjoyed seeing him at church. We will miss him.

  12. Peggy French on March 26, 2013 at 4:00 am

    To all of you who love John:
    I attended the Caregivers’ Support Group at the Douglas County Senior Center during 18 months that overlapped John’s attendance–he caring for Nancy, I for my husband Jim. His cheerful attitude & deep devotion to Nancy always came through. Some time after I lost Jim, it happened that John & I were both working out at LAC one morning. I was trying to circulate again, looking for a new love. John smiled and said, “Peggy, you keep on kissing those frogs, and you’ll find a prince.” I loved his sense of humor. To Chris, who also worked out when I did, and to the new family he created after Nancy was gone, I send warm vibes of empathy. It hurts to lose someone who was so dear.

    Peggy G French

  13. Ben Marshall on March 26, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I will miss John’s friendship and winning smile, and will always remember our KU basketball afternoons in his basement during Ol’ Roy’s tenure as the Jayhawk basketball coach.

    He was a tremendous human being, caring and generous to all. To me, he represented the epitome of the Lord’s charge to us all—”Love one another, as I have loved you.”

    Rest in Peace, my friend.


  14. Kimberly Adams on March 26, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Todd, Lisa & Sara, So sorry to hear of your loss . My prayers and thoughts are so deeply with you. He was a very nice man and a KU Fan. Believe me as a strong MU fan , for John, GO KU!!!!!!

  15. Kimberly Adams on March 26, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Todd, Lisa & Sara, So sorry to hear of your loss . My prayers and thoughts are so deeply with you. He was a very nice man and a KU Fan. Believe me as a strong MU fan , for John, GO KU!!!!!!

  16. Gary Marci Conner Loree Hazelrigg on March 26, 2013 at 10:52 am

    John was a good friend and will be missed by all. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

  17. Charles/Mary Lou Larson on March 26, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Todd….we were so sorry to hear this news. We have great memories of wonderful times we shared. The “Huge Fearless Ten”….Ski trips…and many, many great parties. It was always great to be with John and Nancy. Sorry we can’t be there.

  18. Bob Brown on March 26, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Fond Memories!

  19. Allan and "Johnnie" Buck on March 26, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Dearest Susie and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. We always enjoying visiting with him on our trips to the Nuevant House to visit my dad, David Johnson. John was always so upbeat and a pleasure to be around. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  20. Charles Casebeer on March 26, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Todd, Chris, Susie & family your Dad, your Husband was one of the great of the greatest GOD put on this earth. He had a passionate concern for everyone he came in contact with and will be missed and remembered by all of us. I too extend my heartfelt symapathy.

  21. John Mullican on March 26, 2013 at 2:08 pm


    So sorry to hear about your father’s passing. He was always very nice to be when we were growing up on Candy Cane Lane. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  22. Ed and Lois Dixon on March 26, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Susie and family: We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was such a great man, and over the years, it was a privilege to get to know him. We love you and are praying for you in your loss.

    Ed and Lois Dixon

  23. Art Marolis on March 26, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    John was my first Racquetball Doubles Partner – he brought alot of class to our team – he will be missed.

  24. Marcia and Demo Cervelli on March 26, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Dear Suzie,
    We were so sad to hear about the loss of your dear John. He will always be remembered as such a kind,compassionate and gentle man. May your beautiful memories sustain you during this difficult time.

    Wit Love,
    demo and Marcia

  25. James and Pat Wistrom on March 27, 2013 at 8:50 am

    So saddened to hear of John passing away. We so enjoyed getting to know him and to witness the love and fun you two demonstrated. Susie you were blessed in that God gave someone so special to spend nine wonderful years with. P and J

  26. Zach Thomas on March 27, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Susie, Chris and Ann. So sorry for your loss. John was a good man. I got to know him better after playing a tournament. Always held him in high regard.

  27. Linda and Fred Shirk on March 27, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you on your loss. May your loving memories help you through this difficult time. We will miss John, his gentle smile, and his friendship.

  28. Lorie and Bob White on March 27, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Dear Todd, Lisa, and Sarah – We are so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers as you get through this difficult time. I know John will be dearly missed and hope you take comfort in the many memories you have with him.

  29. Patti Wertzberger on March 27, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Dear Susie and Family, I was so saddened to hear of your loss. John was such a gentle fine man. My deepest sympathy. Patti Wertzberger and Bud Wheeler

  30. Scott Lounsbury on March 27, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    hello cousins i sure am sorry to hear about your father, i would like to hear from one of you guys to express my sorrow for your loss please feel free to contact me if i can be of assistance in any way

  31. Mark and Sandy Praeger on March 28, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Our thoughts are with you all. John was such a caring and charismatic friend. He always made those around him feel important. We will miss him with you.

  32. Bucky & Georgianna Vicari on March 28, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Dearest Susie & family, So sorry to hear about the loss of your wonderful & dear John. We will keep you & your family in our daily thoughts & prays. Love & Peace, Bucky & Georgianna Vicari

  33. Janet and Don Thomas on March 28, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Chris and Todd. We are so very sorry for the loss of your Father! He and Nancy were one of our best neighbors and friends we could ever have had:)May he rest in Peace. Think of all of you so often.You both were blessed to have such wonderful parents.

  34. Pete Edlund on March 29, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Semper Fi John. Rest in Peace

  35. Lydia and Bob Evans on March 29, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    To the family. We were happy to become acquainted with John and his family while visiting at Neuvvant House. Our condolences to John’s family. He was a very pleasant person and we know he will be sorely missed

  36. Fred & Barbara Clayton on March 31, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. We have fond memories of
    John going back to the 1960’s when we first met in St. Joe, ski trips and other events. We feel blessed to have had him in our lives. He will be
    missed by all who knew him.

  37. Shaun Trenholm on March 31, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Chris-I did not know your Dad, but I do remember how I felt when my Dad died and I feel for you and your family now as you face this sad part of life. You grew up to be such a good person and I can’t help but think your Dad had a lot to do with that. My best wishes to you.

  38. Evonne Cooper on April 2, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    I worked with John a couple of different times while he was at Neuvant House. He was one of those special people that you always wish you had had a chance to meet earlier in his life, but even at the point in time that I met him, his kind and gentle spirit shone through all he was enduring. What a nice man! My sympathy to the whole family. Evonne Cooper

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