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Kiwanis mourns passing of 1984-85 president

Jack Brockley | Sep 10, 2019

Raymond W. Lansford, 1984-85 Kiwanis International president

Raymond W. Lansford, Kiwanis International’s 1984-85 president, passed away September 9. He was 98.

As president, Lansford adopted the theme “Build Better Lives” and promoted a program called “Uplift Underprivileged Children.”  

“Every underprivileged child deserves the opportunity to explore the world, find his own place in it and fully experience all that life has to offer,” he once wrote.

A professor of finance at the University of Missouri, he joined the Columbia, Missouri, Kiwanis Club in October 1959. He climbed the leadership ladder from club president to lieutenant governor to 1974-75 governor of the Missouri-Arkansas District. He was elected to the Kiwanis International Board of Trustees in 1977 and served as a Kiwanis Children’s Fund trustee (then Kiwanis International Foundation) from 1982 to 1984.

Kiwanis mourns Lansford’s passing “We are grateful for the leadership Ray gave us as Kiwanis International president and within his district,” said Stan Soderstrom, executive director of Kiwanis International. “It’s leaders like Raymond who have made our organization strong and vibrant and encouraged us to always return our focus to children.”  

His wife, Beuna, passed away in 2012.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, September 13, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia, Missouri.

Memorials may be sent to the Raymond and Beuna Lansford Scholarship Fund at the University of Missouri or the Columbia Area Older Adult Ministry. Both may be sent in care of the Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia MO 65202.

Kiwanis mourns Lansford’s passing Cards and letters may be sent to his nephew: 

John Krieg
P.O. Box 7399
Breckenridge, CO 80424

and Kiwanian and close family friend:

Rev. Sally Robinson
3402 Wakefield Drive
Columbia, MO 65203

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