John Douglas “Doug” Compton, 70, Ottawa, died Feb. 21, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at the Centropolis Christian Church, 1104 Barnes Avenue, Centropolis. Burial will follow at the Union Cemetery. The family will accept visitors 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

John was born Dec. 23, 1942, to Henry Shelby and Marjorie Trennery Compton in Kansas City, Mo.

He married Roberta LaVelle Oct. 22, 1965, at the Hickman Mills Community Christian Church, also in Kansas City, Mo. They enjoyed more than 47 years of marriage before John’s death.

John served in the U.S. Army Security Agency from 1962 to 1972 as a radio operator. He served two tours in Vietnam in 1965 and 1968. John was awarded the Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 devices, Vietnam Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and two Overseas Bars.

During his civilian career, John held a number of sales and sales management roles with Columbian Hog and Cattle Powder Company, Moorman Manufacturing Company, J&R Compton Fencing, J&R Compton Suffolks and WHB Radio. He also worked as a bank courier with Peoples Bank before his retirement in 2004. John was a stockman and enjoyed raising hogs and backgrounding cattle, but his pride was his Suffolk sheep flock.

John graduated from Ruskin High School in 1960 and Kansas City Junior College in 1962. He also received extensive military training during his service in the Army.

John was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter No. 912 (Franklin County Chapter), National Rifle Association and the Kansas Rifle Association. He also was very active in a number of 4-H activities including the Outerbelt 4-H Club Drill Team, Franklin County 4-H, Junior Judgers, horse leader, sheep leader and tractor leader. He served as the president of the Kansas Sheep Association in 1994 and was manager of the KSA Spring Sale in 1994 and 1995. He was a member of the National Sheep Association American Royal in 1993.

Survivors include his wife, Roberta, of the home; a son, James Compton, Olathe; a sister, Donna Davis and her husband, Donald, Raymore, Mo.; a brother, Richard Compton and his wife, Alice, Cibolo, Texas; a number of nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans or Centropolis Christian Church through Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa KS 66067.

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