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Leland (Pete) A. Lawson


Leland (Pete) A. Lawson died on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at the Eudora Medicalodges.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, December 27 at the Eudora Methodist Church burial will follow at the Eudora City Cemetery. Visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday December 26 at the Eudora Chapel.

Pete was born in Vinland, Kansas the second of three sons born to Wesley E. and Crilla (McQueen) Lawson on May 2, 1921. He attended Stony Point grade school and Eudora High School.

Pete was married for 71 years to Arlene Westerhouse, she survives at the home. During WWII He served in the Navy stationed on Saipan and Tinian Islands. He worked as an auto mechanic for Rothberger Chevrolet and later Broers Chevrolet both located at 736 Main in Eudora. Upon the closure of the dealership, he continued to work at the same location first with Ray Warmker at Pete & Ray’s, then later Pete’s Garage. Pete served as Eudora volunteer fireman and later fire chief and he volunteered with the Sherriff Auxiliary.

Pete enjoyed fishing, hunting and wood carving as a hobby and was a member of the Kansas City Wood carvers club. He worked many hours at the C. W. Parker Carousel Museum in Leavenworth helping to restore the 1913 carousel.

Other survivors include Ken (Sharon) Lawson and Kaye (John) Spitzi all of Eudora, half brother Tom (Barbara) Snow, Chula Vista, CA and half sister Joyce (Ben) Way, Lee Summit, MO. Four granddaughters, Shawnua Stover, Noblesville, IN, Jamie Lacy, Jacksonville, FL, Kendi Baker, Flower Mound, TX, and Jacque McClaskey, Eudora. Six great grandchildren, Dylan Scribner, Joe Lacy, Tyler Stover, Kade Baker, Mindy and Mike McClaskey.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his uncle, Glen McQueen and two brothers Murray and Bob Lawson.

The family request memorials in his name be sent to Eudora Methodist Church, Eudora Medicalodges or Douglas County Visiting Nurses.


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  • Lois Mersmann says:

    We are sorry for your loss. You’ll be in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

    May God grant you peace,

    Lois and Fred Mersmann

  • Connie Snide4 says:

    What a nice man Pete was. Our condolences to your family.

  • Elvie Kindred says:

    I’m thinking of each of you. My God be with you with his great love & saving grace. Pete gave all of us much with his wonderful friendship and love. I’m at Laura’s. Blessings.

  • Elvie Kindred says:

    What a wonderful christian man who now is with the Father. You and family are in my prayers that you feel God’s love and comfort at this time.

  • Bill Enick says:

    I worked as a cook serving Pete and the rest at Medicalodges. Pete was a very kind man, he took care of life and was an appreciator of It. His smile was infectious and will be he missed. Thank you Pete…

  • Rob and Eula Lang says:

    You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Praise God for he wonderful memories you are left with and the great expectation of seeing Pete again!

  • Janet & Roger Crabill says:

    Ken and Sharon: So sorry for your loss. Sounds like he was a great man. Our prayers are with you.

    Janet and Roger

  • Becky & Carl Sasse says:

    Carl and I loved playing cards with Pete and Arlene. He was a good man and we are blessed to have known him. Arlene, you are in our prayers. We can’t be at the funeral, we’re in PA for Christmas.
    Love, the Sasse’s

  • Eudora Area Historical Society says:

    We would like to send our condolences to Pete Lawson’s family. Pete was an active member of the Eudora Area Historical Society. We were grateful for his contributions and the many artifacts he donated to our museum collections.

    -Eudora Area Historical Society

  • Joyce Clowser says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I so enjoyed our talks at Cedar Crest Lodge. He was a wonderful human being. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Dale and Joyce

  • Barbara Archer says:

    I was sorry to hear of your loss of Pete. He will be missed by all who were priviledged to have known him. He was a very talented man that had a wonderful smile. I was at Wichita and just returned home Friday afternoon. Sorry that I was not able to attend the service. My thoughts and prayers for your comfort will continue. Barbara Archer