George R. “Buddy” Lawrence died Saturday August 29, 2020 at his home in rural Douglas County. He was born January 10, 1943 in Lawrence, Kansas, the son of George Raymond Lawrence and Goldie Wilson Lawrence. His father was killed in France in WW II and he was raised by his mother and stepfather, Herb Schlink, on the family farm south of Lawrence. Buddy graduated from Lawrence High School in 1961 and then attended Kansas State University. After college he became a carpenter and later went on to own and operate his own cabinet shop in Julian, California. His hobbies included gardening, participating in horse events and spending time with his family.
Buddy married Leda Catherine Jackman on July 13, 1975 in Bonita, California. After spending 20 years in southern California, Buddy and Leda moved back to the family farm. He is survived by his wife Leda, stepsons Clarke (Leslie) Jackman, Baldwin and Brad (Karen) Jackman, Oakdale, California; sisters Sandra Patchen, Lawrence and Kay Barngrover, Berryton; and 5 grandchildren, Austin, Tanner, Chase, Shelby and Thandi.
The family will honor Buddy’s wishes of no formal services.