Archive for Thursday, March 17, 2005

Kenneth O. von Achen

1916-2005

March 17, 2005

Services for Kenneth O. von Achen, 88, Eudora, were Friday, March 11, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary Eudora Chapel. Inurnment will take place later.

Mr. von Achen died Monday, March 7, 2005, at his home.

He was born Nov. 28, 1916, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of John and Suda Proctor von Achen. He attended Kansas University. He moved from Kansas City, Mo., to Eudora in 1950.

Mr. von Achen became a registered architect in 1943 and established his own practice in Kansas City, Mo., in 1945. He moved his practice to Eudora in 1962 and retired in 1995.

He was a board member of the Builders Association of Kansas City, Mo. and Johnson County Parks and Recreation and was treasurer of the International Brangus Breeders Assn. He also was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence.

He married Dorothy Elizabeth Paffen on Jan. 7, 1938, in Kansas City, Mo. She died Jan. 5, 2005.

Survivors include two daughters, Suzy Miller, Wichita, and Vestana Ahlen, Eudora; a son, J. Kurt von Achen, Eudora; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Eudora Public Library or the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary Eudora Chapel, 1003 John L. Williams Drive, Eudora 66025.

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