Romaine Douglas Taylor

Romaine Douglas Taylor, 85, died June 25, 2017 in Lawrence. A private burial has been conducted in the green section of Oak Hill Cemetery.

Romaine was born January 20, 1932 to Murl E. Douglas and M. Christina (Pelton) Douglas in St. Joseph, Missouri. She was a near lifelong resident of Lawrence and earned her Bachelor’s degree and her PhD from the University of Kansas.

Romaine was a beloved first grade teacher devoted to her students, and taught for many years at Pinckney and Quail Run Elementary Schools. When she retired from the classroom she supervised student teachers at Baker University. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Romaine was active in the community, serving as a volunteer for the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library, serving meals at LINK, and volunteering at The Salvation Army. She also supported The Animal Shelter and adopted several rescue poodles. Romaine enjoyed traveling, reading, and gardening.

Romaine was married to James Bennett on December 21, 1952. They divorced in 1977. She married Robert Taylor on August 28, 1978 in Valley Falls.

Survivors include her daughter, Claire and husband, David Oxtoby of Claremont, CA; three grandchildren, Mary Christina Szafraniec and husband John of Chicago, IL, John Oxtoby of Chicago, IL, and Laura Oxtoby of Fairbanks, AK; one sister Marian Mead (Bill) of St. Joseph, MO; a niece, Lea Ann Peetz (Lonnie) of St. Joseph, MO, and a nephew, Doug Mead (Barb) and their two children, Alex and Lauren Mead of Overland Park, KS; a stepson, Kent Taylor of Lawrence, KS, a stepdaughter, Susan Grier of Chula Vista, CA; five step grandchildren and one step great grandchild.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 19th at the Eldridge Hotel in Lawrence.

The family suggests memorials to Friends of the Lawrence Public Library, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St. Lawrence, KS 66044.

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Bo Matthew Hopson

A Celebration of Bo’s life will be held on July 15, 2017, from 5-10 pm at Fall Leaf Farms, in the Fall Leaf area north of Eudora.

Graveside memorial services will be held at Holy Family Catholic Cemetery sometime after the celebration of life, and will be announced later.

Bo died Sunday, June 25, 2017, at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., from injuries sustained while attempting to keep the patrons of D-Dub’s Bar in Eudora safe from an armed assailant.

Survivors include his parents, Scott and Tina Hopson, and his grandmother, Delores Hopson.

More information will appear here later.

Bahman Pakravan

Mr. Pakravan died Friday, June 23, 2017, at Pioneer Ridge Nursing Center.

He was born August 11, 1955 in Tehran, Iran, the son of Akbar and Zehra Pakravan. He has lived in Lawrence since he was seventeen years old.

Mr. Pakravan earned his B.A. in business and worked in retail for many years. He worked in the photography department at Gibson’s as his first job. Most recently he dedicated twelve years as the manager of Tuesday Morning.

He was a very positive and happy person. He enjoyed music, movies, and spending time with his beloved wife and son. He loved cookies and candy and would always have them at his bedside. He loved his son, Babak more than anything else and cherished the time he had with him.

Mr. Pakravan married Mitra Seyedhashemi on January 8, 1987. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his son, Babak, of Lawrence.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 1st, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Southside Church of Christ 1105 W. 25th St. Lawrence, KS. A remembrance meal will follow.

Michael Frances Paver

Michael Paver passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Providence Medical Center.

He was born January 16, 1949 in Kansas City, MO son of Jennie F. & Michael M. Paver.  He graduated from Washington High School in 1968 and was a life-long resident of Kansas City, KS.

Michael began his adult working career as Rust Door & Window, which filled his love of working with wood.  Unfortunately, due to corporate lay-offs he had to find a different job.  He worked at Alex Masson Greenhouse in Linwood, KS as a truck-driver for 30 years until his retirement in 2011.  This job fulfilled his love of driving and working semi-independently.

His first marriage result in two lovely young daughters, Erica & Michelle.   In August, 1981 he met Wanda Lynn Torneden at a swimming pool party in Kansas City, KS & they married 4 months later on December 11, 1981 at the Stanwood Friends Church in Tonganoxie.  During their 35 years of marriage they traveled extensively and enjoyed many trips to area lakes fishing.  Wanda survives in the home.

Other survivors include his daughters:   Erica Simpson of Piper (her husband Jim and their 3 beautiful children Harker, Eli, Lexi) and Michele Paver of Kansas City (her husband Burt Appleby), and sister, Rita Tyner of Eugene, Or.   Another sister Becky Beach (her husband Jim), and brother-in-law Jack “Chip” Tyner preceded him in death along with his parents, Genvieve F Wilkoszynski-Paver & Michael Mither Paver.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Reno Cemetery Association where Michael’s remains will be laid to rest along with many of his loving in-laws.  The donations will be used to help maintain and up keep this beautiful country cemetery.  Donations can be sent to:  Reno Cemetery Association 23182 Linwood Road Linwood, KS 66052 or sent in care of the funeral home.

Samuel F. ‘Sam’ Crawford Sr.

Memorial services for Sam Crawford Sr., 90, Eudora, will be at 10 am Monday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, with the Rev. Glenn Weld officiating, Inurnment will follow at Eudora City Cemetery. Mr. Crawford died Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Wellsville Retirement Center.

He was born Jan. 16, 1927, in Eudora, the son of John N. and Georgia Bryant Crawford. He graduated from Eudora High School and later served in the Army of the United States attaining the rank of Corporal and earning a Victory Medal and Army of Occupational Medal Germany. Sam worked as a construction superintendent in the Kansas City area for 45 years. He was a member of the Carpenter’s Union. In his free time, Sam enjoyed fishing, KU basketball games, and bird hunting.

He married Susan Raybern on Sept. 6, 1952, in Eudora. She survives of the home, Other survivors include three children, Sam Crawford Jr., Eudora, Linda Abel and husband Danny, Eudora, and Richard Crawford and wife Cathy, Great Falls, Mont.; five grandchildren, Wesley, William, Eric, Audrey, and John; and seven great grandchildren, Brooke, Kyle, Raegan, Kaylee, Colton, Kate, and Samuel. He was preceded in death by two brothers, John and William Crawford.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Compassionate Care Hospice, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Allan Conrad Pippert

Allan Conrad Pippert, 65, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017 at Aldersgate Village in Topeka, Kansas after a brief, but valiant battle under hospice care.

He was born at Lawrence Memorial Hospital during the ‘51 flood on July 10th.  He was the oldest of four children born to Albert and Betty Pippert.  As a child he grew up on a farm north of Midland Junction and attended Lawrence Public Schools, where he later graduated from Lawrence High in 1969.

His passion for airplanes led him to join the United States Air Force where he was honorably discharged but continued his passion by joining the Air Force Reserves.  He attended NCK Technical School in Beloit, school for Heavy Equipment Operators.  He worked for many years as a heavy equipment operator which he had a passion for as well as being a truck driver.

Allan was a member of The Wheelsport Motorcycle Club.  Allan was an avid reader and particularly enjoyed reading about airplanes, World War II and science fiction.

He later married Cindy Caleb on October 22, 1982 in Topeka, Kansas. They would have celebrated 35 years later this year.  During this union they had a son, Joel, who preceded him in death as well as a daughter, Jessica.

Allan was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Betty Pippert.

Survivors include wife Cindy; daughter Jessica (Derrick); brothers Bill (Terri) all of Lawrence, Daren of Eudora; sister  Denise Willits (Richard) of Netawaka; 3 grandchildren Kylyn, Trenton, Kaitlyn, many aunts, cousins and their families.

The family will receive family and friends from 6 to 7 pm on Friday evening.  Services will be held Saturday June 24, 2017 at 10 am at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home in Lawrence, Kansas.  Burial will immediately follow at Sutton Cemetery in Baldwin Junction.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to The Honor Flight Network in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Mary Lou Vaughan

Memorial services for Mary Lou Vaughan, 71, Lawrence, will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Lawrence.

Mrs. Vaughan died June 19, 2017, at her home.

Mary was the fourth child born to Mark and Kathleen Maas May 22, 1946 in Dubuque, IA. She attended The Academy of The Visitation High School of Dubuque and her sophomore year at the high school in Key West, FL. After graduation, she attended St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Cedar Rapids, IA. earning the degree of LPN. After nurses training, she and Larry Spoon married and had a daughter, Jennifer Spoon in 1967. Mary worked in nursing in the OR at Cedar Rapids and Dubuque and they moved to Lawrence, KS in 1978. She continued in the nursing field in a Lawrence day care center and two Topeka elementary schools through 1995.

Mary and Robert Vaughan were married at the First United Methodist Church in Lawrence in 1984. She enjoyed flower gardening, bird watching, camping at Clinton Lake, fishing, tandem bicycling, day trips, reading, and vacationing at rivers, lakes, and the ocean at North Padre Island, TX.

Robert and Jennifer survive at home. Other family includes Matt and Amy Vaughan with two sons in Prairie Village, KS, and Alex and Janel Vaughan with a daughter and son in Phoenix, AZ. She is also survived by her brother, Dale Maas and his wife Karen of Topeka along with cousins, nieces and nephews. Sisters Nadine Kieffer and Joan Hoffman preceded her in death.

Mary requests that any donations be given to Douglas County Visiting Nurses, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.


Beverly A. Gist

Funeral service for Beverly A. Gist, 74, Lawrence, will be 10 am Friday, June 23, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. Reverend William A. Dulin will officiate. Mrs. Gist died Friday, June 16, at Brandon Woods. She was born June 11, 1943 in Lawrence, the daughter of William F. and Doris June Crane.

She was a homemaker. She worked as a babysitter, and South Junior High in food service for several years. She was a member of V.F.W. Alford-Clarke #852, and the Centennial Grange, where she and her husband  were named the “Kansas State Young Couple of Grange” in 1975.

She married Willis Homer Gist on July 6, 1962 in Lawrence. He preceded her in death on March 15, 2008. Other survivors include two daughters, Shelly Lauber, Topeka, and Linda Bascom, Fort Worth, TX; two sons, Mark Gist, Meriden, and Lee Bouchard, Olatha; two brothers, Robert C. (Patsy) Crane of Colorado Springs, CO, and Sheldon (Debbie) Crane of Bennington; 7 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.

She will lay in state Thursday noon to 8 pm. The family will receive friends Friday from 9 am to service time at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Great Lakes Hospice or American Heart Association in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence KS 66044.

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Mary E. Wilson

Funeral service for Mary E. Wilson, 62, Perry, will be 10 am. Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Cross Roads Cowboy Church, Perry, KS. Burial will follow at Buster Cemetery. Pastor Terry Newell will officiate. Mary died Tuesday at her home. She was born April 21, 1955 in Parsons, the daughter of Chester Lee and Mary Holden Erskin.

Mary worked for King Radio for several years and was a homemaker. She was a member of Cross Roads Cowboy Church.

She married Thomas B. Wilson Sr., they were married for 45 years. He survives of the home. Other survivors include a son Spank (Rhonda) Wilson of Winchester, daughters Brandy Wilson, Kiley Wilson both of Lawrence, brother Tommy Erskin of Eudora, grandchildren Sophia, Jasper, and Victoria Wilson.

The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8:00 pm at Cross Roads Cowboy Church.

Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association or Jefferson County Hospice, in care of the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence KS 66044.

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