Kenneth “Ken” Leroy Spurling

Funeral services for Kenneth “Ken” Leroy Spurling, 77, Lawrence will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 19, 2021 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. The service will be live streamed on our website. Burial will follow at Clinton Cemetery. Ken passed away on August 14, 2021 at his home.

Ken was born on October 31, 1943 the son of Elbert and Ruby (Mallory) Spurling.

He was a maintenance worker for Westar Energy for 40 years. He served in the National Guard.

Ken married Diane Marie Martin on May 27, 1977 in Lawrence, KS. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his two sons, Troy Spurling, Lawrence, Kevin Spurling, Eudora; twin-brothers, Earl Spurling, Liberal, MO, Merl Spurling, Grantville, KS; sister, Betty Reagan, Pittsburg, KS; three grandchildren, Travis Spurling, Kansas City, MO, Devyn Spurling, Eudora, Morgan Clark; one great-granddaughter, Dallis Doty. He was preceded in death by his brother, Bill Spurling and son, Paul Martin.

The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to

or may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary 120 W. 13th Street Lawrence, KS 66044.

14 Condolences

  1. Rita Trybom on August 16, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    Dear Kevin and family,
    Robert and I send our deepest condolences regarding the loss of your dad. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Robert and Rita Trybom

  2. Jimmy Teague on August 17, 2021 at 9:15 am

    Kevin and family,
    We’re very sorry to hear about your father passing. Our prayers are with you.

    Jimmy and Paulette Teague

  3. Kellie Dickerhoof on August 17, 2021 at 10:51 am

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    With deepest sympathy-
    Kellie Langley Dickerhoof

  4. Derek & Brenda Welsh on August 17, 2021 at 11:13 am

    Sorry to hear about Ken. I always enjoyed talking to him when we would see each other. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Peg Brown on August 17, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    So very sorry Diane, my heart aches for you.

    Peg Brown

  6. Brad Hemel on August 17, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    Kevin. So sorry for your loss

    Brad Hemel

  7. Marge Hoffman on August 17, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    My dear Diane,
    I am so sorry for your loss of your man. I am here for you!

  8. Sharon Farr on August 17, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    Diane and family. Ken was the salt of the earth and certainly left his mark. A kinder more generous person you could not find. My heart goes out to all of you in this time of mourning and loss. Sharon Farr.

  9. Chuck Wingebach on August 18, 2021 at 9:23 am

    Diane my sincere condolences, I worked with Ken at Westar. His sense of humor was sometimes devastating. Im so sorry for your loss.

    Chuck Wingebach

  10. Kristi Collins on August 18, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    I’m very sorry for your loss
    Kristi (Martin) Collins

  11. Kevin Hay on August 18, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    Diane, I am sorry for you loss. Ken was was one of the kindest, friendliest people I have ever met. I will always remember his great sense of humor and the two of you cheering us on at the softball games!

  12. Leslie Lopes on August 18, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Kevin and family,

    My deepest condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  13. Dave Davison on August 19, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    My sincerest condolences for your loss. Kenny was a great guy and you always knew where you stood with him. His ornery sense of humor will be greatly missed!

    Dave Davison

  14. Richard Finger on August 19, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    Dear Diane and family,
    I remember working with Ken at LEC back in the 70s and 80s. He was a great guy and someone I have remembered through all the years for his sense of humor and dedication to duty. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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