Husband of Helen M. Templar
Wichita Eagle, The (KS) - August 8, 1988
Deceased Name: RETIRED U.S. JUDGE TEMPLAR DIES AT 83 HE HANDLED CLUTTER APPEALS
George Templar, a retired U.S. district judge and former member of the Legislature, died Friday at a Wichita hospital. He was 83.
Templar, appointed to the bench by President Kennedy in 1962, heard most of his cases in Topeka. Among matters he considered were appeals of Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, convicted in Garden City in the 1959 murders of four members of the Clutter family of Holcomb. The murders were the subject of the book "In Cold Blood," by Truman Capote.
Templar remained an active judge until 1974, when he took senior status, continuing to hear cases occasionally. In 1985, he closed his Topeka office and moved back to Arkansas City in his native Cowley County.
He was born on a ranch in Cowley County After graduating from Washburn University at Topeka in 1927, he began practicing law in Arkansas City. In 1933, he was elected to the Kansas House, where he served until 1941. He was elected to the Kansas Senate in 1944 and served several terms.
In 1953, President Eisenhower appointed him U.S. attorney for Kansas. The next year, Templar resigned to run for the Republican nomination for governor. He lost to Fred Hall, who became governor.
Templar is survived by his wife, Helen; a daughter, Joan Smith of Norman, Okla.; a son, Ted of Arkansas City; five grandchildren; and one great- granddaughter.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Arkansas City.
Helen Marie Bishop Templar
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