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106 South Center
PO Box 192
Gardner, KS 66030
Phone: 913-856-7111
Fax: 913-884-7009

Richard "Dick" Newton

Wednesday, May 21st, 1924 - Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
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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: Chris, Andy, Tiffany, Tracy, Dale, Chad , Matt, Brett; 6 Great-Grand Children: Hannah, J.R, Ryder, Tristan, Talan, Harper. Sister Dorothy O’Brien, in Georgia.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Bruce Funeral Home Spring Hill
    712 South Webster
    SPRING HILL, KS 66083
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  • Service

    Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 10:00am
    Spring Hill Cemetery
    750 W Lawrence St
    SPRING HILL, KS 66083
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  • Interment

    Spring Hill Cemetery
    750 W Lawrence St
    SPRING HILL, KS 66083
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Posted at 01:27pm
I’m so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. A significant loss for the entire community. I never would have made it through my first year of teaching at Spring Hill Middle without him. He took it upon himself to make sure I knew the ins and outs of the schedule. I had my classes where they were supposed to be because of Dick. If nothing special was going on for the day, he still came by to wave and say hi. What a sweet man. Betty Bartel-Davis Seiffer Hines

Debi (Polfer) Price

Posted at 09:14pm
Newton family no one ever made more of an impact on every life he touched than Dick. I am just glad I and my family were a few of them. we loved him dearly. I know he is in heaven looking for a ditch to mow in the dark just to aggravate me. RIP Dick you will be missed. Sorry for your loss.

Keith Stiles

Posted at 07:46am
I will sure miss getting to deliver the mail to Mr. Newton, I always looked forward to visiting with him. I don’t remember how many times Dick gave me a ride or pulled my broken down truck in off the road into his barnyard. Of course, he always told his dog to keep an eye on me, but I appreciated his hospitality. My condolences to the family.

Sidney Muphy

Posted at 08:03am
So sorry to hear hear of Dick's passing. Thoughts and prayers to his family at this difficult time. I remember Dick fondly from his days when Cheryl still worked in the lab.


Posted at 03:03pm
Dick was always just like my dad, calling me "VICTORIA! whenever he saw me. Actually, he was my weekend dad, since this city girl spent so many weekends growing up, bugging him, because I stole away his girls to go ride ponies for hours upon hours. I so admired his outlook on life, the love he gave his family, and the friend he was to most everyone he met. Another of that special generation gone... So lucky I was to be one of the one's whose life he touched and shaped with his own. Hugs to my Newton family.

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