Richard L. “Dick” Lockhart 87, died Monday, November 14, 2016 at Newton Medical Center in Newton, Kansas. He was born August 2, 1929 in Liberal, Kansas to Cecil and Ella (Ekhoff) Lockhart. On October 26, 1980 he married Rollande Comeau in Denver, Colorado and she survives him. Dick was a graduate of the University of Kansas earning a degree in Engineering and Geology and he retired as a Geophysicist for Lockhart Geophysical which he founded in 1978. He was a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicist (SEG) and Rocky Mountain Association of Geologist (RMAG). He enjoyed hiking, travel and photography. He also enjoyed fine art especially pastoral and natural scenes. Dick moved to Newton from Denver and with his wife by his side developed their rural property into a park like setting where they spent many hours together. He had a passion for and was a student of the commodities trading market where he made many friends. One of the most important parts of Dick’s life was his family. He encouraged frequent visits and socialization with his family and many friends. He also looked forward to family reunions that were scheduled every three years at different Western US locations.
Dick is survived by his wife Rollande of Newton, Kansas; daughters Connie Ellefson of Denver, Colorado and Janice Mueller of Oneonta, New York. He is also survived by three grandsons Ian and Ben Ellefson and Max Mueller and two great granddaughters Sophie Mueller and River Ellefson.
He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter Dawn Marie Adams; sister Luella Mayer and brother David Lockhart.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 18, 2016 at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel with The Reverend Donna Voteau presiding. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday evening at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Private family burial will be in the Norwich, Kansas Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Nascence Fund in care of Petersen Funeral Home.