Richard Abel

Richard Abel

Saturday, August 26th, 1944 Saturday, May 16th, 2020

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Obituary for Richard Landon Abel

Derby - Abel, Richard L.
75, of Derby died at home on May 16, 2020 of complications from leukemia. Richard was born on August 26, 1944 to Pearl and Landon Abel in Clovis, New Mexico. He graduated from Wellington High School in 1962 and Emporia State University in 1967. After completing Aviation Officer Candidate School, Richard was commissioned as a Naval Officer, serving in Vietnam and later in the Pentagon. Following military service, he worked in the computing industry and earned a masters degree in engineering from the University of Texas, Arlington. He spent most of his working career with the Boeing Company in Wichita. After retirement, Richard represented the conservation interests of Kansas as one of the first Kansas Master Naturalists. He became an accomplished beekeeper and helped many new beekeepers in the craft. His other love was music, playing double bass in the Friends Community Orchestra and several jazz and bluegrass bands over the years. He was especially proud of starting the youth soccer program in Rose Hill years ago and watching it turn into a perennial state power. He is preceded in death by his parents; infant brother; and older brother Jim. He is survived by Sue Ellene, his beloved bride of nearly 54 years; son, Scott and his wife, Kristel of Tallinn, Estonia; daughter, Dr. Jennifer Jackson and her husband, Aaron Jackson of Douglass; grandchildren, Lennart Abel, Kyler, Lauren, and Brett Jackson; and sister, Betty Olson and her husband, Bud of The Villages, Florida. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Derby Public Library or the First Presbyterian Church of Derby. A Celebration of Life will be held later in the year.

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Delores (Dee) Simpson DeMoss

Richard was one of the kindest guys that I knew in high school. I was the class ahead of him, but he was one of the best. My deepest sympathy for his family!
Comment | Posted at 01:49pm via Condolence

Lisa D Riley

Rich was such a wonderful person to talk to. He knew so many things. I cherish the time he spent teaching me about honey bees! Our conversations never ended; we just ran out of time.
Comment | Posted at 05:22pm via Condolence

Harry Simpson

Fair winds and following seas sailor.
"Boatswain... Standby to pipe the side... Shipmate's going Ashore..."

Thank you for your service to this nation.
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