Francis Wayne Barrow passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2012, prior to his 87th birthday. Born in Bendena, Kansas to Jesse James Barrow and Julia Seever Barrow, he graduated from the University of Kansas where he met Lucile Ralston. They were married in 1948 and moved to Oregon where their five children were born.
Francis worked 37 years for Horace Mann Insurance, advancing to Vice President in the Springfield, Ill. home office. Francis served on the Board of Springfield Housing Authority. He earned an MA in Human Development Counseling from Sangamon State University. In 1993, Francis and Lucile retired to Medford, Oregon. In 2008, they moved to Sacramento, California.
Francis was preceded in death by son, Walter. He is survived by his wife, Lucile; their children and spouses/partners, Leslie and Ralph Palmer, Randy Barrow and Ron James, Ross and Lucia Barrow, Julie Barrow, and JoAnn Semones; grandchildren, Nathan Palmer and Patricia Valenzuela, Anna and Ryan Palmer, and Maia and Jesse Barrow; and great-grandchild, Noah Valenzuela-Palmer.
Interment will be at a future date at Hawthorne Memorial Gardens in Grants Pass, Ore. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the University of Kansas Alumni Association, 1266 Oread Ave., Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-4760, http://www.kuendowment.org/kualumni.