Harold Lynn Lake, 72 of Lawrence died Monday, August 11, 2014 at Medicalodge in Eudora.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 15, 2014 at the Plymouth
Congregational Church in Lawrence. The Reverend Dr. Peter Luckey will officiate.
Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery.
Harold Lynn Lake was born February 11, 1942, at Haven, Kansas, to John Albert and
Arlie Wanda (Webster) Lake. He was reared in Haven and graduated from Haven High
School in 1960. He continued his education at Cowley County Community College in
Arkansas City, Kansas, on a basketball scholarship, and began working as a garage
boy for Jess Rindt Mortuary, which sparked an interest. He continued his education at
Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in Dallas, Texas. After graduation from Dallas, Harold
moved back to Arkansas City where he was again employed by the Jess Rindt Mortuary
which later became the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home. On January 1, 1982, Harold bought
the controlling interest in the funeral home and became the general manager. In 2008,
Harold sold the funeral home and retired to Lawrence, Kansas, where he could be
closer to his beloved Kansas Jayhawks basketball team.
Harold held memberships in the First United Methodist Church of Arkansas City, Arkansas
City Rotary Club (past president), Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce (past
chairman), Ark City All Sports Booster Club, Tiger Booster Club, Crescent Lodge #133
A.F. & A. M., Bennett Chapter # R.A.M., Saints John Council #23, Arkansas City
Commandry #16 K.T., Midian Shrine and Victory Chapter #151 O.E.S. and Plymouth
Congregational Church in Lawrence, Kansas. He belonged to these professional
organizations: Kansas Funeral Directors Assoc., National Funeral Directors Assoc.,
and The Order of the Golden Rule (past state chairman & board of directors). Other
boards he served on include Hospice, Inc., Arkansas City Community Health Foundation,
Arkansas City Day Care Center, and the Salvation Army.
Harold married Linda Green in Oxford, Kansas, in 1969, and together they reared
three sons. They divorced in 1996. In 1997, after being introduced by mutual friends,
Harold and Mary (Schaechtele) Phillips were married in Lawrence, Kansas, where they
maintained a second home to be close to children and those Jayhawks, until they retired
to a permanent home there.
Survivors include wife, Mary of the home; three sons, Michael Lynn and his wife Trina
and their son, Jack of Camby, Indiana; Matthew Lowell and his wife Kechia and their
children, Sydney, Dawson and Colton of Olathe, Kansas; and Mark Stephen and wife
Tabatha and their children Dirk and Alexandria of Edmond, Oklahoma; one stepson
Andrew Schaechtele Phillips and his wife, Kara, and their children, Chris, Myles,
Maleena, and Cole of Lawrence, Kansas; one stepdaughter, Lei Anh and her husband
Benjaman Russell, and their son, Blake of Pace, Florida; one brother, Dr. Orley L.
and wife Margaret Ann of Evergreen, Colorado; two nephews, John M. Lake and his
family of Charlestown, Rhode Island; and Andrew C. Lake and family of Westwood,
Preceding him in death were his parents and grandparents.
Memorials may be made to the Cowley County Humane Society or Plymouth
Congregational Church through Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home, P. O. Box 756,
Arkansas City, Kansas 67005. Online condolences may also be made
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