OBITUARY

Jerry O. Lawrence

December 5, 1927April 25, 2021
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World War II Veteran, Jerry O. Lawrence, 93 of Wichita was embraced by our Lord and welcomed into his Kingdom on April 25, 2021.

Born on December 5, 1927 to Pearl Morris-Lawrence and Albert E. Lawrence. He joined the military in 1946 and was honorably discharged in 1948.

On February 22, 1948 he married the love of his life, Betty Jo Burns, who survives the home. Their 73 year union created a loving family including two sons, Jerry E. Lawrence (Janice) and Ronald D. Lawrence and a daughter Betsy S. Arnold (Robert), 10 grandchildren, 25.5 great grandchildren and 15 great-great grandchildren.

After acquiring his masters degree in education and administration he spent 40 years shaping young minds. He spent his retirement years flying all over the world without leaving his back porch and admiring, adoring and spoiling his loving wife and beautiful family. Throughout his life he did not let a moment go by that he wasn't showing his family, those close to him and his poodle Sweetie, his endless love for them.

He is proceeded in death by his mother Pearl, father Albert and Son-in-law Robert.

A visitation for Jerry will be held Friday, April 30, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Lakeview Funeral Home, 12100 E 13TH ST N, Wichita, KS 67206. A visitation will be held Friday April 30, 2021 from 4pm - 8pm at Lakeview Funeral Home. A private family service with Military Honors will be held at Lakeview on Saturday May 1, 2021.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MyLakeviewFuneralHome.com for the Lawrence family.

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    Friday, April 30, 2021

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Mark Ysidro

May 1, 2021

My condolences to the family. I had Mr Lawrence as my sixth grade teacher at Funston Elementary School. I learned a lot from him. He was a great teacher and a great man. I look back on my elementary school years fondly and he is a big reason for that. Definitely one of my favorite teachers. He made a big impact on me and so many other students. They don’t make teachers like that anymore. He will be missed.

Jan Hesting

April 29, 2021

There are so many fond memories of Jerry it's hard to pick just one. However there is one that is really special to me, when my grandson Landon became a Boy Scout, he couldn't wait to show his new uniform to Jerry, one afternoon Landon called and asked Betty if he could come over and see Jerry, of course the answer was yes. During his complete car ride Landon was so excited to see Jerry . When we arrived Landon was greeted by Jerry who was standing in the door saluting
Landon, that little fellas chest pushed out with so much pride, Landon immediately held his hand out for Jerry to shake. That day a bond between Landon and Jerry was formed, Jerry had made Landon feel so special, from then on a salute was something often shared between Landon and Jerry so now we salute you Jerry for the love and kindness that came so naturally from you. As we set here sharing this memory of Jerry a little song he would sing to us all keeps going through my mind. We're on our way to San Jose was how he would begin, well Jerry your on your way. We love you so much and we will miss you so. Love to you Jan, Peg and Landon


Harry Simpson

April 28, 2021

Rest Jerry, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation. U.S. Army.

Lisa Dean

April 28, 2021

I had Mr. Lawrence for sixth grade at Funston Elementary. He was one of my favorite teachers ever. Thanks to the family for sharing him with all of us crazy kids. He is fondly remembered.

Wendy Crossman (Taylor)

April 28, 2021

I was so lucky to have Mr. Lawrence as a teacher at Funston. As a young child with a single mother, his role model as a caring male teacher left a lasting impression on me. I am sorry for the loss.

Marilyn McFadden

April 28, 2021

I enjoyed teaching with Jerry at Funston Elementary years ago. Always compassionate with students and coworkers, he was a "no nonsense" kind of man who would offer guidance and support. I can still hear him laugh and talk about his beloved family. My condolences to all who loved him.

Gary Rinehart

April 28, 2021

As much of a character, and as humble a man as Jerry was, his absence will leave a big void in the Lawrence family.

Jerry and Betty have always provided a stellar example of what love is.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

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