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Richard L. “Dick” Lockhart

November 14, 2016

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.

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5 thoughts on “Richard L. “Dick” Lockhart

  1. May God comfort your hearts today and bless you with wonderful memories that your hearts will always treasure.
    With our sincere sympathy and prayers,
    We love you,
    Judy and Charlotte

  2. Gayle and I always looked forward to spending time with Richard and Rollande. We enjoyed many hours of sharing meals, playing cards,
    walking on the beach, and, as the Ekhoffs say, visiting. We were always struck by Richard’s kindness and generosity, and a special blend of intelligence mixed with good country sense. I think everyone who met Richard felt the same way. The world could use a lot more people like Richard.

  3. We are going to really miss Richard & our many visits & card games. We always enjoyed our visits at the beach house – he will be missed! Sorry we couldn’t be there. Our condolences & prayers are with you.

  4. We were very blessed & privileged to get to know Richard & Rolland- they are the best kind of people. After meeting Richard & Rolland it was such a blessing, an honor and pleasure to know them; Richard was a man of high integrity & generosity. If the world was full of Richards there would be no problems;) As most of us know any time spent with him he made you feel like you were important & special. We will truly miss him! Rolland, we love you and are praying for you and hope to spend some time with you soon!! Love Mert & Becky

  5. Condolences to the Lockhart family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Psalms 147:3 says God, “heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds.” May God bring you comfort and peace.

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