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In Memory

Dan Northrop

Dan Northrop

Danny Joe Northrop, 74, retired Boeing Aircraft Personnel Manager of Wichita, KS, passed from this life into eternal life on June 13, 2019 at Wesley Medical Center. Danny was born on July 1, 1944 at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, the son of Harold and Margaret Northrop. He went to West High School and graduated in 1962. In 1965, Danny was called upon to serve his country in the Vietnam War. Danny was deployed for Vietnam in February of 1966 as a member of the United States Army. He served for two years prior to receiving honorable discharge due to medical reasons. Although his service was not a common topic of conversation for Danny, he held great pride in the fact that he served his country. Once returning from the Vietnam War, he began active employment in Wichita after initially considering options in Colorado, his favorite vacation destination. Ultimately, he made the decision to further his education, in order to expand his career options and ultimately earned his college degree from Wichita State University in 1972, while also working at Beech Aircraft Corporation. His passion for Wichita State University and the sports programs is something he maintained throughout his lifetime. Danny was a fan of many sports and fitness in general. He was an avid golfer, skier, biker, and bowler for many years. He was an adventurous individual that truly loved the outdoors and the opportunity to be one with nature. Danny met his wife Teresa in February of 1991 and they were married in January 2000. Other family members Danny is survived by include sons, Eric (Jessica) Northrop of Denver, CO, Thomas (Elena) Northrop of Denver, CO; granddaughter, Morgan Merino; grandsons, Beau Merino, Isaac Barrow, J.T. Northrop. Memorial Service will be held at Downing & Lahey East Mortuary, 6555 E. Central, Wichita, KS at 11:00 am on June 28, 2019. Immediately following the memorial service will be a burial with military honors at White Chapel Memorial Gardens, 1806 N. Oliver Ave., Wichita. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established with: Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N. Hillside, Wichita, KS 67219. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants.” Psalm 116:15.

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06/28/19 03:35 PM #1    

Marjorie Wright (Stephans)

Remembering Dan Northrop, he was such a great reunion committee member. I really cherish the time we spent renewing a friendship from long ago.  We need to keep in touch with all of our classmates. RIP good friend 

06/28/19 04:32 PM #2    

Judith (Judi) Fellers

Dan was so good to us.   Whether we had seen us recently or months before, he would give the ladies a huge hug.   We had known him for years.  

Last week one of our classmates sent me a message that she could not attend the services, sadly, because she already had reservations for a cruise.  I told her not to worry, Dan would have encouraged her to keep her plans.    He was that just that kind of a guy.  

 She paused and then said, “I will really miss Dan.  I will miss his hugs.  He gave the best hugs”.  That he did and we will all miss them.  :(


I tutor in Middle School.  Several years ago after our 50th Reunion,  I had decided to change schools.  John and Karen Kelly opened their home to us for a cookout.  We all scattered around the house to visit with everyone.  This night, a group of us were in the living room.  

Dan wanted to mingle and talk to all.  He came in and sort of squatted down beside my chair.  He asked where I was going to tutor in the Fall.  I told him I had been offered going to “X” school.  He got serious.   “No you are not going to “X”.  I have been there and I won’t go back”.  

In the mean time, one other Teacher was there too.  She confirmed the same.  Needlless to say, I found a new school. :) 

We will miss you, My Friend.  



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