Roy Edward Deel

Services for Roy Edward Deel, 67, Baldwin City, will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday January 26, at the First United Methodist Church in Baldwin City KS. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home in Lawrence KS, with the family greeting friends following the service at the Lumberyard Arts Center in Baldwin City.

Roy died Monday January 21, 2019 at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born May 31, 1951, in Lawrence, the son of William Glanville and Betty Jean Coleman Deel. He graduated from Baldwin High School in 1970 and attended Emporia State University and Manhattan Area Technical School.

After some summers of ‘building’ the Eisenhower tunnel Roy worked at Baldwin Grain Company and then at the Chemtrade plant in Lawrence KS for over 30 years, before retiring in 2017. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Baldwin City. He enjoyed watching his children play sports and music, watching the Jayhawks, Chiefs, and Royals, driving his MGB GT, canoeing trips to Canada, his long line of dogs and being outdoors.  He especially enjoyed spending time with family.

He married Connie Ann Fothergill on May 3, 1980, at the Baldwin First United Methodist Church. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include children Chapin (Marie) of Albuquerque NM, Nathan (Holly O’Neal) of Lawrence, Mattie Cooper (Kayla) of Tijeras NM; grandchildren Araceli, Lorena and Avilynn; brother Sam Deel (Margy); mother-in-law Ann (Pud) Fothergill; sisters-in-law Ronda Deel, Kathy Deel and Lynne Fothergill; brothers-in-law Wade Fothergill (Michelle), Cody Fothergill and Forrest Fothergill (Missy); nieces Sarah (Sean), Railey, Katie, Emy, Emelia, Macey and Nora; nephews David, Hunter, Max and Elliot.

Roy will be received in heaven by his parents; brothers Jim and Bill; father-in-law Chuck Fothergill; niece Susan and nephew Jeff.

Roy suggested memorials to Lumberyard Arts Center, Inc., sent in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Lelon Roger “Lee” Capps

Memorial services for Lelon Roger Capps, 88, Lawrence, will be 11:00 a.m. Friday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2104 Bob Billings Parkway. Inurnment will be in Pioneer Cemetery.

Lee went to be with his Lord after a short stay at Lawrence Memorial Hospital on January 19. Lee was born on August 6, 1930 in Alma, Wisconsin.

He served in the United States Army in the Korean War from 1951-1953 in the intelligence area dealing with code development and use.

He was married to the love of his life, Lois Emelia Plank on June 5, 1954.

Following the completion of his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Lee began his career at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1960. In 1962 he accepted a position at the University Of Kansas School Of Education, providing over 50 years of service. His teaching and scholarship focused on mathematics and specifically the language of mathematics. For many years he also provided professional development for teachers of mathematics, presenting well over 600 lectures and workshops within the U.S. and many international locations. Lee was a Million Miler with Delta Airlines during his career. While at KU, Lee served as director of elementary education, assistant dean and associate dean for the School of Education. Lee was instrumental in initiating the Kansas University School of Education 5-year program. “A tougher program means better teachers.” Lee co-authored a mathematics textbook series published by Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company that was used by 70% of the schools in the U.S. and also in many foreign countries. He continued to support KU School of Education students through his Mathematics Education Scholarship and The Lelon Capps Lecture Series which was initiated in 2018 by former students. This lecture series is supported by a fund established through KU Endowment and is hosted by the Department of Curriculum & Teaching, with support from the School of Education and Department of Mathematics. These lectures honoring Professor Capps, is to bring nationally recognized speakers in Mathematics to KU. His mantra for math education was “Language connections help students acquire mathematics literacy.”

He was a humble man of integrity and many accomplishments, and will be remembered for his devotion to family, and to the improvement of mathematics education for children around the world.

Lee is survived by his wife, Lois; children, Karlin Capps and Kandis (Timothy) Taylor; grandchildren, Emily (William) Moorkamp, Kristiana Capps, Laura (Philip) Makarewicz, and Shirin (David) Gulledge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Lenora Capps; brothers, Willis, Ambrose, and Dean (Bonnie) Capps; and a sister, Evangeline (Mel) Butzman.

The family will receive friends following the memorial service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Lelon & Lois Capps Mathematics Scholarship Fund at KU Endowment, and The Lelon R. Capps Lecture Series at KU Endowment, sent in care of the funeral home.


Rev. Ernest L. ‘Ernie’ Scott

A memorial visitation for Ernie Scott, 80, Ozawkie, will be held Saturday, January 19, 2019, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory.

His Heavenly Father ended the suffering from Parkinson’s Disease so that Ernie would be in the presence of the Lord beginning on Saturday, January 12, 2019.

Ernie was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 7, 1938, to Leroy Austin Scott and Mary Ann Scott (nee Goforth).  In school, he was in singing competitions, receiving 1’s in every performance.  His rich, bass voice was in high demand, and he performed at concerts, weddings, and other special occasions.  He was also an Eagle Scout as the Assistant Troop Master.  As a junior in high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve.  Upon graduating from Spring Hill High School with honors and numerous awards, he was offered a 4-year full scholarship to The Julliard School of Performing Arts in New York.  Choosing a different path, he started working for Walt Boyle Toys and Games in an executive position.  Ultimately, he was transferred to Chicago, where he earned his accounting degree from LaSalle University.  There, he started praying “for the right girl” to marry when God “hit him hard right between the eyes” as Barbara Gylund walked in front of him.  After agreeing to marry within 2 days of meeting, marrying four months later, raising five children, they remained together for more than 60 years.

Receiving the call to the ministry at an early age, Ernie willingly accepted the duty of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

During their marriage, God directed their footsteps nationwide and to Canada, South Africa, Mexico, and Europe, where they preached and witnessed many healings, miracles, and salvation. While singing his favorite songs, including “How Great Thou Art,” “I Am Not Ashamed Of The Gospel,” “The Love of God,” and “My Tribute,” the anointing ministered to the hurting, and people wept.  As shepherd he mentored many young couples.  As a prophet, he obeyed the Holy Spirit.  He also served several churches in a presbytery capacity.  His popular radio program “Word of Life” was broadcast in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, and Marquette, Michigan,

Ernie was a craftsman, and his beautiful work is spread all over the world, including Africa, where he helped build a Christian school.  In Mexico, he labored physically as well as spiritually after earning his Master’s Certificate in Spanish at Kingsway in Mission, TX.  As a father, he was attentive and the star of the neighborhood as activities were always going on at the Scott house.

To describe Ernie, it could be summed up in saying he was not ashamed of the gospel.  He constantly prayed for people to know Jesus, to gain a rich relationship with Him, and to witness to others.  He never boasted of his natural gifts and talents, but he always boasted of the goodness of the Lord.  He spent his life as a servant in the highest calling.

Ernie is survived by his brother, Frank J. Scott (Paola, KS), his beautiful bride, Barbara, five children: Steven Scott (Mary) of Gardner, KS, Leslie Anderson of Columbia, MO, Robert Scott (Suzanne) of Franklin, TN, Matthew Scott of Galveston, TX, and Denise (Mike) Valkar of Lawrence, KS; 7 grandchildren: Mitchell, Nicholas, Jennifer, Taylor, Maddison, Trinity, Veronica, Bennett, and Garrett; and 2 great-granddaughters: Jenna and Teghan.  Ernie joins both his parents, other family, and friends in the Kingdom of God.

Memorials may be made to Midland Care in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence KS 66044.

Ernie’s legacy to share is “Don’t give up.”

The family will host a Celebration of Life and Ministry on his birthday, April 7, 2019, in Ozawkie, Kansas, where he and Barbara resided.  We ask you to join us in giving God the glory.

Clara Joan Arnold

Clara Joan Arnold, 94, of Lawrence, Ks died Sat Jan 12, 2019, at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born March 17, 1924 in Coalgate Oklahoma to Walter Travis and Chistena Mae Green. She moved to Tupelo, Oklahoma as a young child with her parents and siblings, Walter Green, John Green and Nona Milestone. She graduated from Tupelo High School.

On July 1, 1943, she married Milton B. Arnold. She had 3 children. Ron K. Arnold (Leanne), Karen L. Miller and Lesa G. Chamberlin (Schuyler Lister). They moved to Washington, DC after marrying where they resided for several years during World War II while Milton worked for the FBI. They returned to Ada, Oklahoma where they lived until 1963. Clara and family moved to Lawrence in 1963 so Milton could pursue his teaching career at Haskell University. She was a homemaker for many years while raising children and participating fully in many volunteer activities. She was President & Treasurer for the PTA in both Ada and Lawrence and Den Mother for the Cub Scouts. She was involved at many levels in the First United Methodist Church in Lawrence, Circle, No Name Club, March of Dimes and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. After raising her children she began working at Weaver’s Dept. Store from 1982-1997. She often spoke of how much she enjoyed helping and meeting those who shopped at Weaver’s. She volunteered at Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) for 17 years, her last day being just the week before she left this earth. She loved connecting with people, those she knew well and those she didn’t. She always felt a strong desire to give back and truly lived that life completely, as a true Christian.

Clara was a wonderful daughter, wife and amazing mother, grandmother, great grandmother and loyal friend. She had the most beautiful laugh and endearing hello. She understood the power of a smile. She was savvy with tools, could sew a beautiful garment and cook a wonderful meal. To know her was to love her. Clara will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her brother, John Green (Mariuse) of Stillwater Oklahoma, sister in law Doris Green of Stillwater, Oklahoma, her 3 children and their respective spouses, 4 grandchildren, Kelsey Hoobler (Evan), of Baldwin City, Ks. Anthony Arnold (Kayle), Alex Chamberlin, Kathleen Chamberlin, of Lawrence and 6 great grandchildren, Ryder, Brantly, Trace and Rowen Hoobler and Nova and A’mariana Arnold.

Memorial services for Clara will be January 20, 2019 at 1:30 pm at Rumsey Yost Funeral Home. Internment at Oak Hill Cemetery will be announced at a later date.

We sincerely appreciate all the wonderful and kind people from VNA Hospice Care. Thank you all for your loving help and guidance. You are truly special people.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Visiting Nurses Association (VNA), First United Methodist Church, or March of Dimes, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.


Geoffrey Christopher Lutz

Geoffrey Christopher Lutz, 46, died unexpectedly January 10, 2019, at his home in Lawrence, Kansas, following a rich life and a late, fierce struggle against diabetes.

Geoff was strong and brave, kind and true, quick-witted and fun to be near. A tender husband and steadfast parent, he was a defender of the weak and needy, gentle with children and dogs, and impatient with fools. Many, many people counted him as a true friend.

He was born in Atchison, Kansas, where he attended Catholic schools, fished with his buddy at a nearby pond, and was a protective big brother to two sisters. The family moved to Lawrence in 1986.

Topped in youth by a flowing, flaxen mullet, Geoff in later years fancied himself “the best looking bald guy ever.” (Oh, was he handsome!)

He loved to bowl. He enjoyed playing golf with his dad, Larry, who passed in 2000 when Geoff was a new father, and treasured their times together. And he was crazy about football. Though he was just a midweight, Geoff was tall and fast and strong—and he worked hard to excel. All three years Geoff was on the Lawrence High School team, the Chesty Lions were state champs. He played both offense and defense and told his coach, “Put me where you need me, and I’ll do the job.” That philosophy carried forward.

At Fort Scott Community College and Ottawa University of Kansas, Geoff suited up for more football and studied sociology. He was instrumental in starting a local program to help older teens find financial independence. After school he worked for Milspec Security and the Amarr Garage Door Group.

In 2002 Geoff met Lina Lutz, his “bright, shiny coin.” He was, to her, both spark and grounding wire—and came with the added bonus of his young son, Brock. Married in 2008, Geoff and Lina spent their years together appreciating their good fortune to have found each other. As Lina says, “We were the only two people on earth that really, honestly found the other one funny.”

They made too many memories to recount, but one stands out: A 2012 trip to Key West, Florida, where the ocean waters had a soothing effect on Geoff’s feet, and they enjoyed a break from the cold (which he hated).

Geoff was especially proud of his son. They would spend hours tinkering on cars talking about Brock’s dreams and plans. He had mixed feelings about Brock’s ambition to join the Marines, but respected his son’s goals. Geoff was “proud he raised a man who could make decisions for himself and stick with them,” Lina recalls.

Geoff’s pleasures were simple: Hanging out with friends, cooking on the grill, drinking beer, and cheering on the Royals, KU, and the Kansas City Chiefs. He loved to draw and he loved to dance, boasting about his groove. Geoff sang made-up songs and brilliant rap lyrics to anyone who would listen—including his beloved oversize canines, Max and Maggie.

In recent years, Geoff had battled a seemingly unending run of diabetes-related health problems, but always with bravery and good humor. After learning that his disease had forced an amputation, he dubbed himself “Nine Toes.”

There were other setbacks, all them affecting something he loved. His vision came and went, sending him to an e-reader with extra-large type, and forcing him to suspend his drawing for a time. Vertigo made it difficult to deal with crowds and shadows. Nausea limited his travel. And he suffered recurring and debilitating pain.

Yet he took every setback in stride, handling them with grace and humor. Always sensitive to others, he tried to make sure those around him were comfortable with each new reality. Privately, though, he would sometimes rage against the unfairness of the universe. And then he would accept it, and continue with his life.

Through it all, Geoff found ways to be useful. Partially blind, he took a job as a stocker at Dillons, where he quickly became a most valued employee. Told that he could no longer work shifts on his feet, he took over housekeeping duties at home and became caregiver for Darla, the toddler daughter of their friend Autumn. Their relationship was a source of joy for them both, and for anyone watching the towering man and teeny girl together.

Survivors include his wife, Lina; son, Brock; mother Marsha Myers-Lutz and her partner, Jeff Edwards, of Ottawa; sisters Chanda and Becky, with partner Reggie Mayo, nephews Jordyn Martin and Isaiah and nieces Braelynn and Kyzia Mayo, and goddaughter Darla, all of Lawrence; fond in-laws; and an extensive Lutz family. He was preceded in death by his father, Larry.

A service is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., with a memorial gathering starting 3 p.m. at Wayne & Larry’s Sports Bar, 933 Iowa St.