Norman Eugene Leary

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.

8 Condolences

  1. Julie Wyatt on November 14, 2017 at 8:27 am

    So sorry for your family’s loss. I always enjoyed seeing Norman when I visited my mom at ‘Oma’s House’. May you rest in peace Norman.

  2. Brenda Vantuyl on November 14, 2017 at 9:05 am

    So sorry for your loss. The Leary family is in my thoughts.

  3. Karen VanMeter on November 14, 2017 at 9:09 am

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Very sorry for your loss.

  4. Teresa Bratton Peterson on November 14, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Norma, Denise, Meredith and all the rest of the Leary family; I am so sorry to hear of Norm’s passing. I so loved growing up around all of you and have such fond memories of everyone. I hope my Dad was nearby to welcome Norm as he entered heaven. With all my love, Teresa

  5. Kimberly Boyd Wasson on November 15, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    So Sorry to hear of Normans passing. Prayers to all the family. Doyle and Kim Wasson

  6. Lois Mersmann on November 16, 2017 at 7:35 am

    So sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Mary Demeritt Gordon on November 16, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Dear Norma and family,
    I was very saddened to hear of Norman’s death. My thoughts go way back to 4-H days of Norman. I always thought that your similar names, Norman and Norma, were unique. May happier remembrances ease your grief. Love, Mary Demeritt Gordon

  8. Lynn Votaw on November 16, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Norman was one of the best neighbors a person could ask for and he will be missed.

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