Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory & Memorial Park Cemetery/Columbia
1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO
Dr. Raymond W. Lansford
September 25, 1920 – September 9, 2019
On September 9, 2019, Dr. Raymond W. Lansford passed away just two weeks before his 99th birthday.
Dr. Lansford was born on September 25, 1920 in Judge, Missouri. He was one of six children, and attended a one-room country schoolhouse before graduating high school in Belle, Missouri in 1939. Thanks to the generosity of a salesman in the general store in which he worked, he was able to enroll in college at the University of Missouri, Rolla. Raymond’s studies were interrupted by WWII, for which he volunteered in 1942. He served overseas for the duration of the war, earning the rank of Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps as an aerial gunner. He was awarded three Bronze Stars for distinguished service as well as the Air Medal and was honorably discharged in 1945.
Raymond married his childhood sweetheart, Beuna Ridenhour of Belle, Missouri, on May 25, 1945. They made their home in Springfield, Missouri, where Raymond attained a Bachelor’s degree from Southwest State College in 1947. In 1948 he received a Masters from Northwestern University and in 1954 he earned his Doctorate from New York University.
Dr. Lansford joined the University Of Missouri College Of Business in 1957 as Professor of Finance. He held the position of assistant dean, with one of his responsibilities being to oversee Placement Services, and continued teaching in the Business School until his retirement in 1984. After his distinguished career, during which he authored three books and founded the Educational Program for Realtors in America, he was so beloved and respected by his former students that they established a Distinguished Professorship in Leadership in his name.
After retiring, Raymond continued a life of service as Professor Emeritus, serving as Vice Chair on the committee to establish the Children’s Hospital in Columbia. He also was elected President of Kiwanis International to serve during 1984-85. Raymond and Beuna traveled to 62 countries while representing Kiwanis and met with heads of state in many of them. In 1995 a grateful Columbia, Missouri Kiwanis chapter established a scholarship at the University of Missouri in the name of Raymond and Beuna Lansford.
Dr. Raymond Lansford lived an extraordinary life for a poor country boy who grew up in the depression years. His greatest hope was that he could aid others without the means to attend college in their pursuit of higher education. He achieved that goal and has gifted the University of Missouri with an additional endowment.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beuna, as well as his parents and siblings. He is survived by a nephew, John Krieg (Betsy Ross) of Breckenridge, Colorado; a niece, Mary Ann Burns (Jim Burns) of Linn, MO; a sister-in-law, Juanita Lansford of Alta Loma, CA, as well as 8 nephews and 3 other nieces.
Visitation will be from 10:00 am – 11:00 am at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop70 West, Columbia, MO on Friday, September 13, 2019. Funeral service will follow at 11:00 am with Chaplain Sally Robinson officiating. Burial with fully military honors will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Columbia, MO.
In lieu of flowers, tributes may be sent to either the Kiwanis Raymond W. or Beuna Lansford Scholarship Fund at the University of Missouri (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by calling 866-267-7568; or to the Columbia Area Older Adult Ministry at 101 N. 10th St., Columbia.
- He is survived by a nephew, John Krieg (Betsy Ross) of Breckenridge, Colorado; a niece, Mary Ann Burns (Jim Burns) of Linn, MO; a sister-in-law, Juanita Lansford of Alta Loma, CA. as well as 8 nephews and 3 other nieces.
- Elliot Bentley
- Dave Cox
- Jason Simmons
- Marlowe Schlegel
- Bruce Walker
- James Lee
- Roy Overacre, Honorary
- Eric Cunningham, Honorary
- Dan Geiske, Honorary
- Dave Whalen, Honorary
- All past MO-ARK Kiwanis District Officers, Honorary
- Kiwanis Raymond W. or Beuna Lansford Scholarship Fund at the University of Missouri
the Columbia Area Older Adult Ministry
101 N. 10th St., Columbia, MO 65201
- Visitation Friday, September 13, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, September 13, 2019
Dr. Raymond W. Lansford
September 11, 2019
I met Ray and Beuna when I worked at Lenoir in the Administration Office. They were both wonderful, caring people. I will certainly miss him. We shared the same birthdate, not year, but the day and it will sure be sad this year when I don't send him a card. RIP Ray. I know Beuna was waiting for you. Love you so much.