Funeral service for Wilbur Rothwell, 86, Lawrence, will be 2 p.m. Monday, April 27, 2009, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. He died April 22, 2008, at his home.
He was born July 19, 1922, in Jefferson County, KS, the son of Thurman Allen and Mable Florence Carr Rothwell. He was raised in Lecompton but lived most of his life in Douglas County.
Mr. Rothwell was a veteran of WW II, and the European Theater while serving in the U.S. Army 87 Signal Corps.
He worked at E & E Display Group for 19 years. He retired in 1987. He was also an auto mechanic and farmer. He bought, repaired and sold old tractors and antique tractors. He was a member of Mt. Oread Aerie #309, FOE, Lawrence.
He married Velma McKenzie on July 3, 1946. They later divorced. He later married Donna Evans on December 1, 1980, in Miami, Oklahoma. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include three sons, Steve and companion, Marlene Humphrey, Don and wife, Kenna, and Tim and wife, Lani, all of Lawrence; two sisters, Ruth Vervynck, Lawrence, and Jane Childs, Belleview, NE; and grandchildren, Dustin, Michael, Jessica, Lynne, Becky, Jennifer, Heather, Paige, Whitney; great grandchildren,, Zander, Isabella, Piper, Gracelynne, Calvin, Avery and Alaric; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by 5 brothers and 1 sister.
The family will greet friends from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the mortuary.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care and sent in care of the mortuary.
Online condolences may be sent to www.warrenmcelwain.com; Subject: Rothwell.