Donald Boyd Herron

Celebration of life service for Donald Boyd Herron, 69, Lawrence, Kansas will be held Monday January 14, 2013 at 11 a.m. in Brady Hall at the First United Methodist Church.

Mr. Herron died Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Don was born April 17, 1943, in Dodge City, Kansas, the son of R.Wayne and Marie J. Boyd Herron. He spent many summers working on the family farm near Spearville, Kansas. He graduated from Kinsley High School in 1961. Don, his brother, Bob and their father enjoyed restoring, showing and parading old cars.

Don received a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Fort Hays State University. He married Vae Jene Bowman on August 1, 1965 in Smith Center, Kansas. He worked as a physical education teacher in Mullinville and Harper, Kansas where he coached football, basketball and track.

Working in sales for Farmland Industries took Don to Great Bend, Kansas where he lived for 24 years. During this time, he was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and AMBUCS. While volunteering as a Boy Scout leader for Troop #184 in Great Bend, Don was injured in a bus accident that resulted in quadriplegia. An ever-present positive attitude and loving support of family and friends extended his life beyond what is typically expected in his condition.

Don came to Lawrence in 1998. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and an avid fan of KU football, basketball and volleyball.

Don served in the U.S. Army as a Personnel Specialist during the Vietnam War. He was a life member of the Masonic Lodge, Isis Shriners and American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Jene, of the home; his daughter, Michelle Levy and husband Michael, Lawrence, Kansas; his son, Ty and wife Vickie Herron, Shawnee, Kansas; three grandchildren, Emma Levy, Hannah Levy, and Morgan Herron; and his brother, Bob Herron, Lampe, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to KSDS Assistance Dogs or Lawrence Community Shelter, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.