David Willard Larkins

David Willard Larkins, 70, of Lawrence, KS, passed away on Monday, July 30, 2018.

David was born on September 24, 1947, to Bill and Wilma Larkins. He spent his early childhood in Agenda, KS. The family eventually relocated to Concordia, KS where David completed his high school education. He went on to play football at Wichita State, eventually graduating from University of Kansas where he attended classes alongside his daughter, Crishna.

Lawrence, KS was home for David for 40+ years. He was an avid reader and gifted conversationalist. David could turn a stranger into a friend in a matter of minutes. He was also a sports fan, committed to his Jayhawks, Chiefs and Royals.

David will be remembered as a loving and devoted father, brother, uncle and friend.

He is survived by his daughter, Crishna Vossman and husband Matt, of Denver; sister, Lynnette Caldwell, of Salina; niece, Katy Caldwell; niece, Summer St. Louis and husband Spencer; great-nieces, Larkin and Greer.

A memorial gathering will be held on a later date.

 

Messages & Condolences

From Ron Pleis...

David you will be missed. So many fond childhood memories and experiences on the farm. We always had wonderful time filled with adventure. To Lynnette, Chrishna, Summer, Katy my deepest condolences

From Mike Fraser...

I have a lot of great memories of conversations and fun with Dave in High School. I especially will remember the conversation on the afternoon of our 50th class reunion.
Rest in peace, Dave.

From Kay Berk...

Lynette, Katy, Summer and family and Crishna- I am so so sorry to hear of David’s passing. My thoughts and prayers have been with all of you. I know David will be deeply missed by all of you. You are such a close family and I am sure the heartache is most unbearable. I only visited with David a few times when he would come to see Wilma. From those visits what I knew about him was he was a gentle man who loved his Mom, sister, nieces and daughter more than anything!!! (well I think more than the Jayhawks anyway). He is at home once again with Willard and Wilma and I know they are all rejoicing. Please know I continue to pray for all of you for peace and comfort. A friend always.

From John Freeman...

David was a wonderful team mate and a good friend. We sat next to each other in band and had many laughs at the mistakes we made trying to play the songs. I regret that I did not get to know him as an adult but I can see that the spirit that he was developing in high school blossomed into a truly wonderful person who enhanced to lives of those who knew him. I am deeply saddened by his passing. Please accept my condolences for his loss from your lives.

From Charlotte and Jerry Hartley...

We’ll miss David. I have a lot of memories of him at Christmas when the whole Larkins family came home to celebrate Christmas. Last saw him at Mom’s 90th birthday. He was so jovial and full of life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you on your loss.

From Dr. William A. Miller...

David always would put a smile on my face. He was a font of information and loved to share it along with his definite opinions. What a great guy to have known and to have called him my friend.

From Barbara Lauter...

Have loved Dave since first knowing and working with him in 1969-70 at the Carriage Lamp, where he taught me how to make the best (and award-winning) Bloody Mary ever. Will truly miss his big heart, big smile and big laugh.
RIP big guy!

From Rosie Pleis...

David was a great guy to have as a cousin. He had a wonderful sense of humor and his laughter was infectious. I am sure he will rest in peace now with no suffering. I will always remember his riding out to Colorado with me when I was moving to Denver. Grandpa Lee Larkins insisted he go with me to be sure I got there safely. We had a blast laughing and carrying on about life while driving. What a great guy he truly was. You are missed already!

From Pleis Family...

From Hazel Pleis Family
Oh we are going to miss him. He was such a great guy. Every time he came to see Crishna in Denver, he would come by and visit with his old Aunt Hazel and family. We so enjoyed those visits. Rest in peace David. We are so sorry for your loss Crishna, Lynnette and Family Love to you all.

From Cheryl Bowers...

So sorry for your loss. Sometimes god takes the best! Butch will have a good friend with him again!

From Jason Hammond...

Crishna and Family,

What a sad loss for so many of us that were fortunate to have known Dave and I am so sorry to hear of his passing . He was always a good friend and neighbor from the old neighborhood. He helped me as a kid, could always make me laugh, and could always put a smile on anyone’s face. Sure miss the hunting days with him and his big heartwarming laugh. Such a good and gentle giant of a man and he was so proud of you all of his life, Crishna. My heart and prayers go to Dave, you, and family. This is a sad day and I am so sorry for your, and all that knew Dave, loss. God Bless you, Dave.

From Mary Lou...

Dave had a wonderful laugh & that big smile he always had. He was always so interesting to talk with. So knowledgeable and we had great fun just sitting & talking. My thoughts are with his family.

From Rick Reeves...

David was one of the nicest men I had ever know. He will be missed.

From Tim Brady...

Lot’s of memories of Dave from the high school years. He was truly a good guy. Rest in peace old friend.

From Brenda@Stephen McComasbrenda...

So very sorry .we both liked David so much.

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