Funeral Services for Norman Eugene Leary, 82, Lawrence will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 17, 2017 at Warren McElwain Mortuary. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. Norman passed away Sunday November 12. 2017 at Bridge Haven Assisted Living.
Norman was born August 28, 1935 in Lawrence, KS, the son of Eugene Marshal and Dorothy Josephine (Pine) Leary.
Norman graduated from Lawrence Memorial High School in 1953. He was a member of the First Methodist Church in Lawrence. He was a member of the Lawrence Jaycees, he served as a leader in the Meadowlark 4-H club for several years, a member of the Lawrence Sertoma club as well as serving on the Wakarusa Township Board, the ASCS committee and various county and state committees. He served his community well.
Norman farmed South of Lawrence with his brother Ralph for over 60 years and loved every minute of it. In their spare time they decided to develop Fairview Estates (the Leary brothers thought maybe the land would grow better houses than crops).
Norman married Norma Sharp on May 6, 1956. She survives of the home. Other survivors include his brother, Ralph Leary (Leila), daughters, Denise Britto (Gio) and Meredith Leary all of Lawrence; grandson, Chad Britto Basehor, KS., granddaughter, Christa Britto of Lawrence; great granddaughter, Avery Britto, along with several nieces and nephews.
The family will welcome family and friends Thursday November 16, 2017 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bridge Haven Village in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.