Memorial services for Tom Huntzinger, 69, Lawrence, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 3, 2017, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Private family burial will be at a later date. He died January 27, 2017, at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas.
Tom was born April 25, 1947, in Flagler, Colorado, the son of Ivan and Mamie (Kyle) Huntzinger.
He graduated from Colorado State University with a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering.
He worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, Kansas Department of Agriculture, and Applied Ecological Services. More recently, he was a private consultant working with Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams (KAWS), which coordinates the watershed restoration and protection efforts for Clinton reservoir. He was a passionate environmentalist.
He was a member of numerous organizations, including the American Society of Professional Engineers, Sierra Club and Friends of the Kaw. He was president of the local chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Associations. He enjoyed sailing, kayaking, painting and gardening, and he was an avid bicyclist. He adored his four grandchildren and shared a love for KU Soccer with his oldest granddaughter.
He married Patty L. Basler on February 2, 1974, in Choctaw, Oklahoma. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include his daughters, Amber (Jeff) Randel and Erin (Mike) Oliva all of Mission, KS; one brother, Larry Huntzinger of Rocky, OK; and four grandchildren, Anna, Samantha, Alexander and Lucy.
The family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Kansas City Hope Lodge (American Cancer Society) or to KAWS, and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.