Deerfield- Richard Ervin (Rich) Landon, 94, died on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at High Plains Retirement Village in Lakin. He was born on May 4, 1924 in Deerfield the son of Jay & Ruby (Miller) Landon. He married V. Nadine Mathias on August 18, 1946 at Deerfield. They were married for 72 years.
Rich graduated from Deerfield High School in 1942. He served in the United States Army Air Force from 1943 to 1945. He undertook pilot’s training while stationed in Garden City, Liberal, Pampa, Texas and Barksdale, Louisiana, culminating in Co-Piloting B-29 domestic support missions.
After his discharge he returned to Deerfield and began his career as a builder by building a new home for his wife and continued for over 60 years, constructing many beautiful homes, two churches and many concrete work projects in Deerfield and neighboring communities. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Deerfield and a Charter Member of the Deerfield Lions Club. He was preceded in death by his Parents, 2 Brothers- Jay Dean Landon and Bob Landon and Grandson- Aaron Anderson.
He is survived by his Wife- Nadine Landon of the Home, Daughter- Joleen (Dale) Anderson of Buhler, Son- Kent (Bobbie) Landon of Deerfield, Foster Son- Gene (Analisa) Ames of Oregon , 3 Sisters- Delores Paris of Dighton, Pat (Cliff) Gruver of Dodge City & Peggy Shipp of Napa, California, 3 Grandchildren- Justin Anderson of Wichita, Teal (Matt) Sander and Jade (Brent) Like both of Lakin and 4 Great- Grandchildren.
Funeral Service will be at 10:30 AM Wednesday at United Methodist Church of Deerfield with Rev Doug Olson officiating. Burial will be in Deerfield Cemetery with military honors by Kansas Army National Guard Honor Guard. Memorials are suggested to United Methodist Church, Kearny County Historical Society or High Plains Retirement Village in care of Garnand Funeral Home. Friends may call from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM Tuesday at Garnand Funeral Home in Lakin. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com