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Lloyd Durow, 93 died Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Winter Meadow Homes in Topeka.
He was born September 18, 1920 in Big Springs, Kansas, the son of Charles and Demma Wise Durow. Lloyd attended Topeka public schools, Lafayette Grade School, Lincoln Jr. High and graduated from Topeka High in 1938. He attended Washburn College two years and transferred to Kansas State University, graduating with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.
At the start of WWII he worked at Boeing Aircraft in Wichita as a Tooling Engineer, in the tooling department for mass production of the B-29. In WWII he served in the 20th Airforce as a B-29 senior gunner on 31 combat missions from India, China and Tinian over Japan as well as occupied territories of China and Burma. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, four Air Medals and the Pacific Campaign ribbon with four battle stars.
Mr. Durow was the Director of the Physical Plant at Washburn University for 38 years, retiring in 1985. He was a licensed engineer and member of numerous professional organizations. Lloyd was a member of the Mater Dei Parish and a fourth degree Knights of Columbus member.
On May 3, 1942 he was united in marriage to Germaine Dohrman in St. Marys. She preceded him in death on June 17, 2012.
Survivors include two sons, Richard (Bobbie) Durow and Terry (Lois) Durow all of Topeka; five grandchildren, Susan (Scott) Hodges, Topeka, Brian (Shannon) Durow, St. Louis, Andrea Durow, Oklahoma City, Mike (Renee) Durow, Spring, TX, and Heather Durow, Tulsa, and five great-grandchildren.Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M.Monday, February 24, 2014 at Mater Dei Holy Name Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Mt.CalvaryCemetery, St. Marys. Mr. Durow will lie in state at the church after 6:00 P.M.Sunday, February 23, 2014 where there will be a rosary recited at 7:30 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made to the Winter Meadow Homes and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714, Maple, St. Marys, Kansas 66536.
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