Kermit D. Aldridge
Kermit Duane Aldridge was born July 30, 1963, in Fort Worth, Texas, the son, of Cornelius Aldridge Jr, and Sharon L. Greene Aldridge. He lost his battle with cancer on Saturday, March 8, 2014, surrounded by his family at the age of 50.
As the son of a military father, he resided in various places in the U.S. and abroad. He was a multisport athlete throughout his school days and he graduated from Lawrence High School in 1981. He worked for LRM Industries for 15 years in various capacities. He was inspired by his late uncle Bill Greene to become a teacher and a coach.
He was united in marriage to Laura A. Glass in 1990 and divorced in 2010.
Kermit received his BS degree in sport science with an emphasis on coaching from the University of Kansas in 2002. He went on to work three years as a strength and conditioning coach for the Jayhawks. He began a career as a para-educator at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School where he was currently employed. He served as an assistant football coach at LHS for four years. He was in his third season with the basketball program.
Throughout his life he was a volunteer coach for many years for his children’s teams as well as community programs. He also volunteered for the Can We Talk Program at Central as a mentor. He received a coach of the year award when coaching the 7th grade football team at South Middle School.
He was preceded in death by his father and brother Derrick Hardy.
He is survived by his fiancé Lisa Shields of the home, mother Sharon Aldridge, daughter Erica Lee Aldridge, and son Travis Jordan Aldridge, all of Lawrence; a brother Cornelius Aldridge III of Kansas City, Missouri, a sister Allison Ann Aldridge of Silver Spring, Maryland; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Kermit loved spending time with his family and friends. His hobbies included golf, music, fishing and travelling. He enjoyed watching all types of sport events but was always loyal to the Jayhawks.
His Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, March 14, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. at the Lawrence High School Cafeteria. The family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Kermit D. Aldridge Memorial Scholarship Fund. Checks can be made out to the Lawrence Schools Foundation in care of Warren McElwain Mortuary.
Our sincere condolences to Travis and Family. Kermit was a good man and always willing to help Lawrence youth. His contributions to the youth of Lawrence and the community will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Kanitha, Adriana, Michael, Nick and Stuart Englebert
Our hearts and thoughts go out to Lisa, Logan, Taylor, the Aldridge family and all the players/coaches he worked with. Kermit was a wonderful man who has done so much for so many students in Lawrence. He will be missed greatly as such a devoted individual is hard to replace, but we know his efforts and accomplishments will live on through all the people and students he has touched!
I send my deepest condolences to you all at this most difficult time. May you be comforted by the promise of the resurrection, and the end to sickness and death forever. God makes this wonderful promise to us at Revelation 21:4 and Isaiah 25:8. So soon death will be no more, and we wont have to bury our loved ones ever again. At John 5:28, 29 God promises that all those in the memorial tombs will hear the voice of his Son Jesus, and come out of their memorial tombs. May you find comfort in these wonderful promises from Jehovah God and keep your loved one close in mind as you await the fulfillment of Gods promise. For more information on the hope for those we have lost in death go to jw.org.
Lisa, Taylor, Logan, and the Aldridge family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Coach Aldridge was such a positive influence and made a difference in so many youth’s lives. He will be remembered for all of his kind and encouraging words. May the memories you have comfort you at this difficult time.
My deepest condolence to the Family of Coach Aldridge. He was a mentor and positive role model for my son whom he coached for several years. May God comfort you all during this difficult time.
We know that no words can help ease the pain and loss that you are feeling right now. You are in our every prayer and thought
Aldridge Family, Sharon, Allison, Sandy, Erica, Travis and Lisa. My deepest condolences are out to you all. I have been keeping you all in prayer and pray that God will provide some comfort in this hardest hour. I am glad that you are remembering Kermit with such love and joy. God’s continued blessings be upon all of you and all of your families.
My Deepest Sympathy to the Aldridge Family.
I feel very honoured to have been one of his students. During my days at Central Junior High, Mr. Aldridge was always there to lend a helping hand in my education. Unlike many other teachers, he was unique. And I hope that time will permit me to remember him!