|Birth: ||Jun. 7, 1942|
|Death: ||Dec. 11, 2007|
Dr. William Durnil , beloved husband, chiropractor and gifted artist passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 from complications following surgery. He practiced chiropractic in Derby for more than 38 years and was well known for his many works of art. He is survived by his wife, Norma; his sister-in-law, Betty Carr of Raymore, MO; 2 nieces and 3 nephews; 9 great nieces and nephews; 2 great-great nieces. A memorial has been established with the Derby Community Foundation, P.O. Box 372, Derby, KS 67037 to be used to purchase a public bronze art piece to commemorate his life. No visitation. A celebration of life will be at 10am Tuesday, December 18 with a Gallery Reception of his art following the service, at Pleasantview Baptist Church, 1335 North Buckner, Derby. Smith Mortuary, Derby is in charge of the arrangements.
Dr. William Durnil, a well-known chiropractor and artist in Derby for the last 38 years, died last week from complications following surgery and was remembered this morning at a celebration of life service at Pleasantview Baptist Church.
Durnil, a husband, chiropractor and gifted artist, was well-known throughout the Derby community for his many works of art.
"He always donated artwork to Chamber fundraisers,"?Rhonda Cott, Derby Chamber of Commerce president, said. "Every year, his wife, Norma, and he, generously donated art for as long as I can remember."
His painting of Derby's water tower surrounded by sunflowers is in many homes and businesses throughout the community.
Durnil's foray into fine art began in 1993 when he did a painting for a friend, but his interest in art was life-long.
He told DerbyNow magazine early this year that as a child, he loved to draw and designed original cartoons.
He even designed his own cartoon character, "Little Martian."
In college, Durnil majored in fine arts at Wichita State University.
While there, he decided to go to Cleveland Chiropractic College.
It was during this time he worked at Midwest Research Institute as an illustrator, doing medical and lab work illustrations for medical groups and publications.
Durnil has said that the work involved a variety of sciences and was a good experience for him.
He went on to work on the Apollo space program.
"We did illustrations of the landing on the moon before it happened by what they were telling us," Durnil told DerbyNow magazine earlier this year. "We just made a pictorial."
In 1969, Durnil moved to Derby with his wife Norma to establish his private practice as a chiropractor, a business that was still thriving up until Durnil fell ill.
While many of his paintings can be viewed in the waiting room of his office at 828 Nelson?Dr. in Derby, he also participated in about two art shows a year, including the Gallery in the Gardens at Botanica and the Wichita River Festival show at Century II.
When asked what advice he would give to aspiring artists, Durnil told DerbyNow, "Do it. Do it. Do it. You just have to do it...You don't just start painting and they turn out beautiful. You've got to make some mistakes along the way."
Durnil is survived by his wife, his sister-in-law, two nieces and three nephews; nine great nieces and nephews; two great-great nieces.
A memorial has been established with the Derby Community Foundation, P.O. Box 372, Derby, KS 67037 to be used to purchase a public bronze art piece to commemorate his life.
(bio by: Kyle)
Created by: Bill Pennington
Record added: Oct 20, 2012
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