Norman Eugene Eberhart

Norman Eugene Eberhart, 93, Lawrence passed away, Friday, September 4, 2020 at Pioneer Ridge Health & Rehab. Norman was born on May 24, 1927 in Lawrence, KS, the son of Harold and Estella (Hausman) Eberhart.

Norman attended Cordley Elementary School and graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1945. He enlisted in the United States Navy Air Corps after high school during WWII. Trained as a combat air crewman in Norman, Oklahoma, he then was assigned to San Diego at the end of WWII and honorably discharged after two years. After attending the University of Kansas for one year, he trained to became a journeyman electrician and worked out of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 226 for 43 years. During the last 24 years of employment, he worked for Huxtable & Associates of Lawrence and retired in 1990. He was a member of IBEW L.U. 226 for 71 years.

He married Lora Lee Bass on February 13, 1955 at KU Danforth Chapel in Lawrence, KS. She preceded him in death on January 4, 2006. Together they appreciated many years of listening to jazz musicians in Lawrence and Kansas City and collecting antiques. Norman enjoyed tinkering around the house and fixing things. During his retirement, he liked to attend daily coffee groups at McDonald’s. He especially loved his granddaughters and was always delighted to see his great-granddaughter. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #6 of Lawrence for 68 years, Zeta Iota chapter of Lambda Chi fraternity, and First United Methodist Church since 1949.

Survivors include his daughter, Charlene Simmons (David), Prairie Village, KS; sister, Carolee Caylor (Howard), Novi, Michigan; two granddaughters, Rachel Schaumburg (Adam), Kansas City, Missouri, Sarah Simmons, Brooks, Maine; one great-granddaughter, Emerson Schaumburg; niece, Lori Beth McDaniel, Farmington, Michigan; nephew, Sheldon McDaniel, San Diego, California; niece, Chris Pool (Al), Battle Creek, Michigan. He was preceded in death by a nephew, Scott McDaniel.

Graveside services will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at Memorial Park Cemetery.

With social distancing in place and masks required, family and friends are welcome to attend in person or while listening to the service from their vehicles on a radio station provided by Warren McElwain. In lieu of hugs and handshakes, please give a simple nod or wave.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to First United Methodist Church and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

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  1. Lois Groh on September 13, 2020 at 9:23 am

    Charlene and family–
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this challenging time. May you always remember the good times you had as a family.

  2. Judy Benjamin Fraley on September 17, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  3. Nancy McDaniel on September 18, 2020 at 6:02 am

    No matter how long we have our parents it’s still difficult to say goodbye. My sympathies to you and your Charlene. Nancy McDaniel.

  4. Jeff and Kathy Morelock on September 18, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Condolences to your family Charlene,

  5. Jeff and Kathy Morelock on September 18, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    So sorry for your loss Charlene

  6. Randall Williams on September 18, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    I worked with Norman at Huxtable and always enjoyed being around him.Your Mom and Norman were a cute couple.He was a good man and the world could used more people like him.Im so sorry for your loss

  7. Rhonda Mundy on September 18, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Charlene, I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Please know you’re in my prayers. Your friend, Rhonda

  8. Kate McLaury on September 19, 2020 at 8:19 am

    Dear Charlene, I am so sorry to read of your loss of you father. How fine to see the grand smiles on the current portrait and in his military era photo. That more recent smile certainly reflected his joy in grand and great grandchildren. An admirable fellow and a long life well lived…KateMcLaury

  9. Susie Lawler on September 19, 2020 at 10:44 am

    I’m sorry to hear of your loss, Charlene. As you grieve, I hope that you will be comforted by fond memories of your father and the pride you must certainly feel for his life – lived well, and admirably. So much respect for “the Greatest Generation!”

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