Ronald D. Durflinger

Ronald Dean Durflinger, 71, of Lawrence, Kansas passed from this earth on Saturday, September 16, 2023, at Bridge Haven in Lawrence, Kansas.

Ron was born on June 19, 1952 in Hutchinson, Kansas. He was born to Irvin and Margaret (Butler) Durflinger. During his early years of school, he was showing signs of superior intellect, especially in mathematics and literature. Due to this, he was able to move up a grade. He adapted well with his peers despite being younger than them.

Ron attended Hutchinson High School (The Salt Hawks). During Ron’s high school years, he understood that he was responsible for his college education. He decided he was going to focus on his strengths, which was academics rather than athletics. His plan worked and he rose from complete anonymity to being recognized academically, not only locally, but statewide and nationally. In the Spring of 1969, he was accepted to Yale University with a full scholarship. He then graduated from high school a few short months later.

Ron saw that the Yale experience was not for him and left after 3 semesters. He then hitchhiked to Lawrence to begin the next chapter of his life. Upon arriving to Lawrence, Ron took up multiple different jobs with humble means which afforded him the opportunity to develop self-sufficiency. Ron then decided to focus on writing novels and working in the home building industry. After a few short years of working as a framing contractor, he started his own framing contracting company.

After a successful run as a framing contractor, Ron decides to make the leap and opens Durflinger Homes. His business became a successful and well-known home building company. “At first, I envisioned Utopia. I wanted to accept nothing less than personal monuments although I knew that to be an impossible dream. In the end I was content with the knowledge that I had provided, on my own small scale, a competitive value, a product in which I believed and of which I was proud. Luckily, at the same time I was able to develop a rapport with those both above and below me that would sustain business, friendship, and respect. Were it not for the industry’s current economic position, particularly in the area of my involvement, I may have continued. Regardless, the ideals and questions of that portion of my life are now satisfied. It is time to move forward.” Ron was very active and held positions in the Lawrence Homebuilders Association and was a member of the Douglas County Planning Commission.

Ron is survived by 2 children, Ronald and Ami. He is preceded in death by his father Irvin, his mother Margaret, and 3 brothers, Brad, Ray, and Corky.

Memorial contributions may be made in Ron’s name to Lawrence Humane Society and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

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  1. Stan J Tiemeyer on September 22, 2023 at 2:42 pm

    Ron was a great guy and i enjoyed doing his concrete for years. He was easy to work with and didnt get upset about anything. We were sitting on a basement wall one day watching my son-in-law finish the concrete below . My son -in -law looked up to us and said i sure like finishing floors when they dont have any plumbing pipes in them. Ron and i both looked at each other and we realized the plumber hadnt put the plumbing in yet lol . We worked it out after alot of jackhammering and laughed about it for years. I fished with Ron alot and he loved to flyfish for monster bluegill in a farm pond we fished at. He will be missed. Rest in peace Ron .

  2. David Kuhn on September 27, 2023 at 11:19 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing away. Although Ron and I had only seen each other a few times in the last 40 years or so, we were good friends growing up together in Hutchinson. Ron was always great fun to be around and very intelligent and well spoken. We had some great times together in our younger years and I am sure he will be missed by all his family and friends. Kathy and I want to offer our sympathy and condolences to his family.

  3. Tom Stevens on October 18, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    I was Ron’s roommate during those three semesters of college. Over the years, we would touch base from time to time, keeping each other up on the ups and downs in our lives. One doesn’t forget Ron – always full of life, ideas, and a positive attitude. At my recent 50th reunion, Ron’s name came up regularly and everyone remembered him with a smile. Ron, you will be missed.

  4. Elliott Middleton on April 8, 2024 at 11:00 pm

    My room was just down the stairs from Ron’s freshman year at Yale and we hung out quite a bit and tripped together at least once that I remember. Ron was a free spirit and returned to the heartland in the middle of sophomore year. We would call one another occasionally over the years, as we were both writers and had demons to deal with. I was going to call him when I searched for him and learned of his death. Rest in peace, brother.

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