Richard “Dick” Newton, 94, Spring Hill, Kansas passed away Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Wellsville Retirement Center, Wellsville, Kansas. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Bruce Funeral Home, 712 S. Webster, Spring Hill, Kansas (913-592-2244). Graveside Service will be at Spring Hill Cemetery, Spring Hill, Kansas, Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Spring Hill Rustlers 4-H Club, Spring Hill, Kansas. Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, Spring Hill, Kansas.
Dick was born in Spring Hill, Kansas on May 21, 1924 to Bush and Gladys (Young) Newton. Dick graduated from Spring Hill High School in 1942. He was in the Army for two years. Dick married Esteleen Downs on November 3, 1949. Dick and Esteleen raised four children: Cheryl, Marsha, Rick and Dale. Dick spent most of his life farming, focusing on raising cattle and hogs. He also worked for RO Products of Olathe for 18 years and later as a custodian at Spring Hill Middle School. He enjoyed helping children. Dick loved animals, especially his dog, Liz. Dick was a member of the Spring Hill Cemetery Board for many years, Spring Hill Ruritans, and Spring Hill Citizen of the Year in 2017. Dick never met a stranger and loved sharing stories. He will be missed by family and friends.
Dick was preceded in death by his wife Esteleen; son Dale; grandson Jeff Franseen; siblings: Tom, Bill, Joe, Bob, Jim, Karl, Betty, Martha and Mary. Dick is survived by son Rick Newton (Janet), Spring Hill, Kansas; daughters Cheryl Emmot, Spring Hill, Kansas and Marsha Hale (Ed), Olathe, Kansas; nine grandchildren and sister Dorothy O’Brien, in Georgia.