Military veteran

Lawrence Durbin, 84, passed away at his home Feb. 14, 2014.

He was born Aug. 10, 1929, near Oilton, Okla., to EL Durbin and Ruth (Kilpatrick) Durbin, the third of nine children. He married Nancy Ellen Griffith in 1952 in Omaha, Neb. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Paul, Lloyd, Mortie and James; and sisters, Mary, Pearl and Katie.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy of the home; brother, Kenneth of Louisana; four children, Deborah Durbin of Lee’s Summit, Earl Durbin and Sandy of Neosho, Edward Durbin of Denver and Cheryl Kidwell and Dave of Bucyrus; his grandchildren, Bethanny, David, Jackie, Amelia, Jonathan, Elias and Nile; and several great-grandchildren.

Lawrence accepted Christ as his Savior when his friend, Percy, took him to a Billy Graham crusade at Fort Worth, Texas, in 1951. He was a faithful follower the rest of his life.

Lawrence joined the Air Force in 1950. While in the Air Force he was stationed in Japan, Florida, Texas, California and Washington, always taking his growing family where he went. He did two tours in Vietnam –– the first in Saigon in 1962. The second he was a load master and was a member of the Son Tay prison raid in 1971. He retired as Master Sergeant in 1972 and moved his family to Bucyrus.

After retirement, Lawrence ran the contract mail route through Bucyrus, Bendavis, Huggins and White Rock for 20 years, enjoying all the weather of the Ozarks. He retired from that in 1994.

Lawrence liked to travel and golf. He and Nancy traveled from Australia to Alaska and British Columbia. He often took his golf clubs with him and would find a course.

Some of Lawrence’s other hobbies were playing cards and dominos with family and friends. He was always a fierce competitor and played to win. After a family dinner, there was usually a game to be had.

After moving around so much, Lawrence often said the only place he wanted to move again was the Emory Cemetery on the next hill from his house. God granted him this wish. He was a great husband and father, always making sure his family was taken care of. He will be greatly missed.

Services were 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at Bucyrus Baptist Church with the Rev. Gordon Rhodes officiating. Pallbearers were Dave Kidwell, Zach Hohlt, Earl Durbin, Ed Durbin, Jonathan Durbin, Elias Durbin, Dean Neal and Nile Durbin. Burial was in Emery Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Texas County Hospice of Care. Online condolences may be made at


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