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Mr. Richard W Lundy

March 4, 1935November 12, 2020

Mr. Richard W Lundy, age 85, of Wichita, Kansas passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2020. Richard was born March 4, 1935 in Ellsworth, Kansas to Gwendolyn Schultz-Lundy and Marvin E Lundy.

Richard’s father was a barber in Ellsworth, Kansas. It was from his dad that Richard got the idea to become a barber. Richard always used to say that he became a barber because he wanted a career where he wouldn’t have to work too hard. So as a young man he set off to Kansas City where he attended barber college and then returned to Ellsworth to apprentice with his father for a year. He first started his barbering career in Hutchinson, KS and was there for about a year when a great opportunity came up for him and his family to move to Wichita where he started Richard’s Barber Shop on East Kellogg near Grove in the late 1950’s. A Kellogg expansion project forced him to move farther out east on Kellogg to a location adjoining the Rose Bowl East bowling alley. This is where he spent the majority of his career until another Kellogg expansion project forced him to move again. He thought about retiring but his loyal customers wouldn’t hear of it so they helped him find another location. This time on east Central. Richard didn’t know what he would do if he ever quit cutting hair. But he did retire at the age of 80 after 60 years of barbering. Richard had a great following of customers and was cutting the hair of second- and third-generations of families.

Richard had a few passions and hobbies; one being his love of “B” Western Movies. As a young lad in a small town with little else to do he frequented the Bell Theatre on Saturday afternoons to watch his favorite Western Stars such as Tim Holt, Rocky Lane, Wild Bill Elliott and The Durango Kid among others. He also liked to collect western comic books and was fascinated with the features of the characters’ faces. Between his love of movies and comic books he took to trying to draw his favorite characters with a pencil and typing paper. Even though his first drawings were very crude, Richard stuck with it well into adulthood and spent many hours between customers at the barbershop honing his masterful skill. He drew strictly for personal fulfilment and his extraordinary skill with a pencil evolved without any formal instruction. Years of quiet moments at his Barber Shop produced an impressive collection of hundreds of drawings of even some of our favorite stars like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and Kirk Douglas. Another hobby of his was building plastic models. He mostly liked to build airplanes and shared this passion with his grandsons.

Richard was a faithful family man and devoted father of five children. Even though he led a very quiet and simple life he was very generous and helped his children in times of need and just because… that was his way of showing love.

Richard is survived by sons Kevin Lundy (Anne), Kendall Lundy (Janice), and Kent Lundy (Marti); grandsons Weston Lundy, Ashton Lundy, Joshua Lundy and Nathan Lundy.

Richard was preceded in death by son Kenneth Lundy and daughter Kathleen Lundy; father Marvin E Lundy and mother Gwendolyn Schultz-Lundy; brother Duane Lundy and brother Keith Lundy.

A graveside service for Richard will be held Monday, November 16, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Lakeview Cemetery, 12100 E 13Th St N, Wichita, Kansas 67206.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Richard's memory may be made to Home Health and Hospice of Kansas, 7607 E Harry ST, Wichita, Kansas 67207 US, https://www.kansashomehealth.com/home-health-care-about-us.

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

  • FAMILY

  • Marvin E Lundy, Father (deceased)
  • Gwendolyn Schultz-Lundy, Mother (deceased)
  • Kenneth Lundy, Son (deceased)
  • Kathleen Lundy, Daughter (deceased)
  • Kevin Lundy (Anne), Son
  • Kendall Lundy (Janice), Son
  • Kent Lundy (Marti), Son
  • Duane Lundy, Brother (deceased)
  • Keith Lundy, Brother (deceased)
  • Weston Lundy, Grandson
  • Ashton Lundy, Grandson
  • Joshua Lundy, Grandson
  • Nathan Lundy, Grandson

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Jess Wright

November 17, 2020

I knew Richard from the "old neighborhood" in Wichita. I was in the sixth grade when I moved into the neighborhood. I soon met the Lundy family and was thrilled with all the kids to meet and play with. I knew of Kathleen and her illness and then passing. A sad time for my new friends in the neighborhood. I got to know Ken quite well and spent much time with him. He had the best Military collection I had seen. It was a very sad time for me when I lost my friend Ken, even though he was younger than me, we "clicked." I knew Kendall and Kent, but they were much younger so I did not play with them as much. Everyone had a great time playing together and I could tell that Richard was beaming over his Family with pride. When I got older Richard cut my hair too. I knew Kevin, he painted a Corvette picture for me in his early days of becoming an Artist. I still have that painting on the wall at the house. After many, many years of not seeing Richard's family, I reconnected with Kevin in Wilson, Kansas. That is where I met Anne. Lots of Memories about Richard and his Family for me. Rest in peace, Richard. God speed . . . thanks for the Memories . . .

Ed Lindeman

November 14, 2020

My first barber...very early 60's...and continued to be my barber until about in the mid 80's. Knew it was my turn back when Richard's Barber Shop was on Kellogg and I was a wee lad when he reached back and got the board to put across the arms of the barber chair for me to sit on. Then there was the penny afterwards to go put into the gumball machine. We moved in 1970 into the same neighborhood as the Lundy's, and there I met my second family. I was the same age as Ken, and we became inseparable friends, and also friendships with Kevin, Kendall, and Kent.

Richard always presented such a friendly attitude, and an incredible dry humor that I know exemplified a way to live life to so many. It was surreal to have a friendship with a guy you've known literally for all your life as your barber, but also the father of your best friend. And oh, that ornery smile.

My life has most assuredly been shaped in part by what I learned just by being around Richard. It's a blessing that makes it hard to consider him no longer with us here on earth. I cherish the fact that I will see him again in Heaven.

Praying for God to bring comfort and heal the hurting hearts of all family and friends. Healed completely, and with Christ.

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Dad's Loving Family!

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