Warren O. “Blue” Barrand

Warren O. (Blue) Barrand, 97 Lawrence KS, died Saturday February 1st at Monterey Village Arbors Memory Care.

Blue was born January 11, 1923 in Leona, KS, the son of Ralph and Edith Hazen Barrand. After graduating from Powhattan HS in 1941, he studied aircraft mechanics in Wichita and worked for Beechcraft. He enlisted in 1943 in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during 1944-45.
On his return, he moved to Lawrence and attended KU on the GI Bill earning a degree in accounting and his CPA. He started his over 50 year career in accounting with Merle Beale in Lawrence and later started his own firm with Frank Bradley and Warren Lesh. They were the first accounting firm in Kansas to use computers. Five years before he retired, the Barrand-Egan firm merged with Mize Houser.

Blue married Shirley Robertson in 1974 in Wichita. They were avid ballroom dancers and enjoyed cruising all over the world. Blue also enjoyed flying his private aircraft and restoring vintage Cadillacs.
Blue was predeceased by his parents and sister Norma Bartley. He is survived by his wife Shirley; children Don Barrand (Martha) of Lenexa; Christie Curtis (Steve) of Lawrence; and Dennis Dupont (Nikki) of Kansas City as well as two grandchildren Jessica Barrand of Denver and Jeff Barrand of Omaha.

Blue will be lying in state from 2 – 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 5, 2020 and friends are welcome to stop by and sign his book.

Services will be at held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 6, 2020 at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America and sent in care of the mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

11 Condolences

  1. Helen Pendleton Rumbaut on February 4, 2020 at 11:32 am

    My heart goes out to Don and Martha, on the passing of Mr. Barrand. My dad, Bill Pendleton, knew Blue and spoke highly of him. May the Lord Jesus comfort you and give you His peace. Big hugs.

  2. Sheila Warren on February 5, 2020 at 7:03 am

    Christie, I’m thinking of you and am so sorry for the loss of your father. I know you enjoyed him and especially dancing with him.

  3. Connie Warkins on February 5, 2020 at 11:10 am

    I’m sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed working with Blue on projects and as my tax prep man. He always had a warm smile and kind word.

  4. Sarah St. John on February 5, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    I met Mr. Barrand through the Zimmerman family when I worked at the steel company; I also lived in Blue’s neighborhood. He was very kind to me and always had interesting stories… and I always admired his dancing abilities! I’m so sorry for your loss.

  5. George Elliott on February 5, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Sorry to hear of Blue’s passing. Our mom (June Eberhart) thought the world of him and are sending prayers to the family.

    June Eberhart family

  6. Angela Posch on February 5, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    I am sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting your Dad. What a sweet man.
    Deepest sympathy

  7. Debbie Kornbrust on February 6, 2020 at 12:35 am

    Christie ~
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know how fortunate you are to have been blessed by his longevity all these years. You and your family are in my prayers, take care. With much sympathy ~ Debbie Sale Kornbrust

  8. Deb Rawlings on February 6, 2020 at 7:22 am

    My condolences to your family. I only got to know Blue in this past year, while visiting my mom at Monterey Village. I enjoyed visiting with him & his smile always brightened my day. He will be missed.

  9. Sue Davis McDaniel on February 6, 2020 at 7:29 am

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers…..

  10. Janet Burnett Huchingson on February 6, 2020 at 9:16 am

    Sorry to hear of Blue’s passing. He, Lee Capps and my dad, Gene Burnett, were “fly buddies” There are many memories of their adventures in the air. My sympathies to the family.

  11. Terry Jacobsen on March 15, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    My wife and I had the privilege of being taught to waltz by Mr. and Mrs. Barrand. We took our lessons in the basement of their home. To this day, we love to waltz and have remembered those lessons fondly. Our deepest condolences to the family of this fine man.

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