Richard Ray Danner

Richard Ray Danner Richard R. Danner, 77, passed away Wednesday, July 19th, in Abilene. He was born June 9, 1940 in Abilene, the son of Raymond A. "Ray" and Sylvia S. (Headley) Danner. Growing up in Abilene, Richard attended local schools, graduated from Abilene High School with the class of 1958, attended Baker University, graduated from Washburn University with a degree in business administration and graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. After completing his apprenticeship in Topeka, Richard returned to Abilene to work with his father until taking over the business at his father's death in 1968. On May 18, 1985, he married Willa K. Thompson. All of their married life has been spent in Abilene. Richard enjoyed raising bird dogs and Missouri Fox Trotting horses. Along with being a life time businessman in Abilene, Richard was a member of the Abilene First United Methodist Church, served six years in the Army Reserves, was past President of Rotary and the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Eisenhower Foundation Board, the Kansas Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association and served on many committees in the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association. He is preceded in death by parents; brother-in-law, Vince Gurucharri; father and mother-in-law, George and Ruth Thompson and brother-in-law, Morris Thompson.
He is survived by: wife, Willa Danner of Abilene; three daughters, Angela Danner of Prairie Village, Amy (Steve) Flinn of St. George, Nicki (John) Anderson of Phoenix, Arizona; four grandchildren, Landon Flinn, Hayden Anderson, twins Millie and James Homer; twin sisters, Jean Gurucharri of Columbia Missouri, Jane (John) Inman of Virginia Beach, Virginia; five nieces and sister-in-law Georgia (Tom) Mead.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Tuesday, July 25th, at the Abilene First Presbyterian Church with Dr. J. Tal Tittsworth officiating. Interment will follow in the Abilene Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5:30 - 7:00 PM Monday, July 24th, at the Danner Funeral Home. The family suggests memorial contributions in his name be made to Hospice of Dickinson County. They may be left at or sent in care of the Danner Funeral Home POB 758 Abilene, Kansas 67410.

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