George F. McCleary Jr.

George Franklin McCleary, 85, passed away Sunday, June 26, at Neuvant House in Lawrence.

George was born April 9, 1937, in Springfield, Ohio, the son of George and Timmer McCleary. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1955 and then attended Yale University on a Naval ROTC Scholarship. He graduated from Yale with a bachelor’s degree in geography in the spring of 1959 and was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy. After leaving the Navy, he earned his master’s degree and his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He taught at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., before becoming an associate professor at the University of Kansas, where he worked for more than 35 years. During his tenure at KU, he was also heavily involved with freshman advising and commencement ceremonies for several years.

He married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Baldwin, in June 1959. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, Lawrence; his sister, Ann Shuttleworth, Springfield, Ohio; three sons, Joe, and his wife, Heather, Centennial, Colo., John, and his wife Zoe Ann, Woodbridge, Va., and Frank, Blue Springs, Mo.; one grandson, Eli, three granddaughters, Evan, Audrey and Sydney; and two nephews, Eric and Joel.

George was involved for several years with the Boy Scouts of America, including planning camping trips and organizing pine wood derbies. He traveled the world for work, visiting Antarctica while in the Navy, and presenting papers at international cartographic conferences. He also traveled for pleasure with his family. He was also a connoisseur of wine, frequently visiting wineries during his travels and bringing home a case or two of wine. That passion also led him to work with friends in Lawrence to produce their own wine.

He also was a fan of the fine arts and frequently attended concerts at the Lied Center at KU.

The family encourages donations to the Friends of the Lied to help support the performing arts.

Services will be announced at a later date. Online condolences may be left at www.rumsey-yost.com.

Sergey Nazarenko

Sergey Nazarenko of Lawrence passed away on June 21, 2022, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

Sergey was born July 10th, 1960, in Krasnodar, Sherbenovka Russia to Nikifor Nazarenko and Anna Nazarenko. He graduated from school #13 before achieving his diploma in coal mining. After moving to the United States, he worked as an auto mechanic in Lawrence, Kansas until an early retirement.

Sergey was a man of peace who embraced it through gardening and his love for nature. He will be remembered for his unparalleled loyalty, selflessness, nurturing spirit and ingenuity.

Sergey is survived by his dog, Ruben and 5 children. Dennis, Dasha, Oleg, Yaroslav and Galina Nazarenko, as well as his 9 grandchildren, Andre and Katy Nieder-Nazarenko. Neiva, Wriley, and AubriAnna Courter. Anastasiya and Milania Ayala. Alexis and Nicholi Nazarenko. He was predeceased by his life partner Luybov Chayka and his beloved dog Durby.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday June 29 at 11:00 am at Oak Hill Cemetery, 1605 Oak Hill Ave., Lawrence, KS, 66044. A visitation will be held on Tuesday June 28th from 6 to 7 pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St,, Lawrence, KS, 66044.

 

Barbara May Chang

No public services are planned at this time for Barbara May Chang, 72, Lawrence, who passed away Saturday, June 18, 2022, at The Windsor of Lawrence.

She was born May 13, 1950, in Aurora, Mo., the daughter of Joe and Mary Satnes Swadley. She graduated from high school and later served her country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.

She married Edward Kuwn-chir Chang on Sept. 19, 1977, in Independence, Mo. He preceded her in death, as did her parents and three sisters, Frances Ann Davis, Martha Alice Majors and Margaret Joe Parker. Survivors include two children, Victoria Lowe, Lawrence, and Alexander Chang, Kansas City, Mo.; and a brother, Richard Swadley, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; and a granddaughter, Emma Mei Lowe.

Monty R. Amick

Monty Ray Amick, 53, of Lawrence, KS, passed away May 17, 2022. He was born July 9, 1968 in Emporia, KS to David and Donna Amick (Dillon). He attended elementary school in Cunningham, KS and high school and university in Pittsburg, KS, graduating from Pittsburg High School in 1986 and from Pittsburg State University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. He participated in marching band, concert band,  and jazz band at PHS and PSU. Although Monty could play several instruments, his primary instrument was the trombone. Monty married Stephanie Nichols on March 10, 1991. Of this union two children were born. They later divorced. He married Megan Hulse on April 13, 2010. Monty worked for the Reuter Organ Company in Lawrence for 24 years as a cabinet maker and finisher. He was the supervisor of the case and finishing departments at the time of his passing. Monty produced many  beautiful wooden parts for pipe organs. He pursued his interest in law enforcement by attending the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. He then worked for the cities of Scranton, KS and Carbondale, KS as a part time patrolman. Monty attended the Lawrence Seventh-day Adventist Church and was an elder at the time of his passing. In his free time, Monty enjoyed being outdoors, hunting or cycling and when he was indoors he enjoyed making items for family and friends such as wooden pistol grips, wooden wallets, knives, tools, leather holsters, and leather gear for a renaissance festival. Monty was preceded in death by his grandparents Betty Amick of Cunningham and Vernon and Margaret Dillon of Topeka. He is survived by his wife Megan of the home, two children; Morgan (Oliver) Amick and Kathryn Jacobson (Amick) and husband Griffin, father David Amick, brother Michael Amick and his sons Finley and Sawyer Amick, and by the mother of the children, Stephanie Swan, all of Lawrence, mother Donna (Lance) Sheldon, sister Maggie Amick and her children Lola, Cade, and Connar Southard all of Pittsburg. Celebration of Life service will be 5 pm, Monday, June 27, 2022 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home rumsey-yost.com  in Lawrence. The family invites memorial contributions to the Lawrence Humane Society https://lawrencehumane.org/ and the Lawrence SDA Church https://www.lawrencesda.org/. These may be sent to Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Julia Ann ‘Julie’ Rector

Arrangements for Julia Ann ‘Julie’ Rector, 60, Lawrence, will be at 10 am Wednesday, July 13th at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory. Steve Steinbach will officiate. Julie passed away Sunday, June 19, 2022, at LMH Health.

She was born May 2, 1962, in Wheatridge, Colorado, the daughter of Robert and Peggy Sue Ann Speer Rector. She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1982 and was a longtime client of Cottonwood, Inc. She was an avid Jayhawk sports fan.

More information will appear here later.

Carl Edward Guggisberg

Celebration of Life Services for Carl Edward Guggisberg, 97, Lawrence, will take place at a later date.

He died June 16, 2022, at his home.

Carl was born on a farm July 28, 1924, in rural Burns, Kansas, the youngest of five children to Fred and Leola (Stebbins) Guggisberg.  His father passed away when he was eight months old and his mother raised five children during the depression and dust bowl years of the 1930’s.  Carl attended grade school in a one room country school and graduated from Burns High School in 1942.  He worked at Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, California before entering the Navy in May 1943.  After boot camp and Gunner’s mate school in Farragut, Idaho and electric hydraulic school in San Diego, California he was sent to Norfolk, Virginia where a ship’s crew was formed and then sent to Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York where his ship the destroyer USS Ault was commissioned.  After commissioning and shakedown, the ship set sail down through the Panama Canal and on to San Diego and the South Pacific.  His ship took part in the Luzon, Iwo Jima and Okinawa campaign. They also observed the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri and drew occupation duty in Japan until January 1946 when they returned to the United States.  His awards include Pacific Theater (4 stars), WWII Victory, Navy Occupation, Philippine Liberation and other awards.  He was discharged in February 1946 in Bainbridge, Maryland.  Later that year he enlisted in the Naval Reserve where he remained until 1978.  He retired in 1984 as a Senior Chief Storekeeper.

Carl worked as a Ford Automotive partsman for over 40 years in dealerships in Topeka, California and Lawrence.  He was parts manager in Lawrence for 24 years. He retired from Laird Noller Ford.

Carl married Doris Roberts on June 13, 1948 in Burns, Kansas.  They have two daughters Carol Martindale (and husband Steve of Lenexa, Kansas) and Kimberly Rayton (and husband Clarence of Lawrence), five grandchildren; Elizabeth (Martindale) Ortin, Menomonee Falls, WI., Josiah Martindale, Belton, MO., Janel (Martindale) Wakefield, Olathe, KS, James (Kristy) Rayton, Chicago and Kayla Rayton, Lawrence, great grandchildren, Sloan and Enzo Ortin, Tyreece, Jordan and Destiny Rayton, and Brooklyn and Hudson Wakefield.

Carl was a member of the First Baptist Church in Lawrence for over 50 years where he served in numerous positions.  He enjoyed helping to keep the yard mowed for many years.  He was also a member of the American Legion Post # 14 where he served as part of the honor guard for several years, the VFW Post 852 and the Fleet reserve Association.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents, brother Harry, sisters Clara Allsopp and Olive Rowland.

Survivors include his wife Doris of 70 plus years, daughters Carol (Steve) Martindale, Kimberly (Clarence) Rayton, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  Sister Lela Virgil and many nieces and nephews.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Carl’s name to Cottonwood Inc., LMH Cardiac Rehab or Dorsey-Liberty Post 14 American Legion, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260 Lawrence, KS 66044.

Georgia Jean Porter

Georgia Jean Porter of Lawrence died Wednesday June 15th, at Baldwin Healthcare and Rehabilitation.

She was born September 9, 1947 in Iowa City, IA. She was the Daughter of George and Gladys Bell.

She was an Administrative Assistant for over 30 years for the Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Department at KU until she retired.

She was to married to James E. Porter in 1975.

Survivors include a son, Scott Bain, and two daughters, Cheri’ Bain, and Crystal Porter-Faler, a son-in-law Henry Faler, 3 grandchildren, Darren Faler, Shanna Bain and Wyatt Faler and 4 great grandchildren, Trevor, Cole, Harper, and Nikolai.

She was proceeded in death by her husband James, her parents, her older sister Nancy Payne and a granddaughter Cassandra Anderson.

A Celebration of Life for Georgia will be planned later this year.

Ruth Ann Paddock

Private family services for Ruth Ann Paddock, 94, Lawrence, will take place at a later date.

Ruth Ann Paddock died Thursday June 16 at her home in Lawrence.

She was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters. A private graveside memorial service will be held at a later date.

She was born December 6, 1927 in Carlyle, Illinois, the daughter of William Edmond and Lessie Irene (Gillett) Davenport. She attended McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois. She also attended National College (now St. Paul’s School of Theology) in Kansas City.

She married James William Paddock on November 5, 1951. He survives. They celebrated their 70th anniversary last November. Other survivors include two sons and two daughters-in-law, Jim and Debbie Paddock and Joel and Elizabeth Paddock.

Mrs. Paddock was hired as the first director of religious education at the First United Methodist Church in Lawrence in the early 1950s. She later became the first woman to chair the Nominating Committee of the Methodist Kansas Conference. She was the first president of Chapter HZ, P.E.O. She was also active in the Jayhawk Audubon Society, Garden Club, Ladies Literary League, and a number of other community and voluntary organizations.

Ruth Ann was a kind and loving person who devoted her life to serving her family, friends, and community. She will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.

The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260 Lawrence, Kansas 66044.