James ‘Jim’ Erland

James F. Erland, 87, Lawrence, died Sunday, February 19, 2017, at his home under hospice care. Jim was born in Ottumwa, Iowa, September 30, 1929, the son of Lucile Karenna Lenore Carlson and John Arthur Erland, who was a partner in the local Tru-Fit Shoe Company, co-founded by his grandfather John Erland in 1935 in Ottumwa. Jim worked many years growing up helping with sales at the Tru-Fit, a prosperous downtown business.

He attended Ottumwa high school, lettering in football and basketball, graduating in 1947. Subsequently, he attended Iowa State University, graduating with an Industrial Economics degree in 1951. At Iowa State University, he played on the college basketball team, and was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity where he served as Rush Chairman, and member of their flying club that owned four aircraft. As a pilot, he frequently flew college mates to the University of Kansas-Iowa State games in Lawrence. He also conducted flying air demonstrations for Iowa State games.

Upon graduating from Iowa State, a fraternity brother, Paul Benke, hired Jim to work in the Purchasing Department at Cline Electric Manufacturing Company, Chicago, IL. The company made machine parts and bomber engine parts for the Korean War. Jim worked there for one year before he was drafted into the US Army Military Corp.

Subsequently, in 1952, Jim served two years in the Army Corp for the Korean War, stationed in the Philippine Islands. Having administration and engineering credentials from Iowa State University, he served with the 29th Topographic Engineering Battalion that reconstructed the islands following World War II.

In 1953, he returned home to work with Conoco Oil Company as a Sales Representative for the Des Moines, Iowa district, transferring to Scottsbluff in 1961, and Lincoln, NE in 1965. In 1969 he was transferred to Kansas City-Overland Park, later living in Lawrence, serving as their Commercial Real Estate Broker. Before retiring with Conoco in 1982, he worked as commercial real estate broker, acquiring land for service stations. Maintaining a real estate broker’s license, he worked with Stephen’s Real Estate until 2008. He maintained this license until 2013.

Jim maintained an active working life-style having been a throat cancer and two open heart surgeries survivor. He was an avid golfer, playing in many golf tournaments in the Midwestern area.

He was a founding partner in 1981, with his wife Jan, of Mem-ExSpan, Inc. cognitive skills advancement training. For many years he worked for Mem-ExSpan with advertising and marketing endeavors, traveling and setting up thirteen national test sites.

In August of 1958, he married Janis Kuyper of Pella, Iowa, still of the home. He is survived by three children Mark James Erland of San Clemente, CA, Christina Lucile Erland Culver of Washington DC, and Cynthia Joy Erland, of South Pasadena, California, and three grandchildren; Estelle Erland Rubin of South Pasadena, and Nicholas and Samuel Erland of San Clemente, CA.

Since 1971, Jim was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, ushering at both churches and for many years as head usher at Trinity Church, and served on their vestry. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge, and the American Legion.

Memorial services will be announced in April.

Constance Ann ‘Connie’ Fisher

Graveside services for Connie Fisher, 45, Lawrence, will be at 11 am Friday at Oak Hill Cemetery. Connie died unexpectedly on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born Mar. 8, 1971, in Crow Agency, Montana, the daughter of Daniel R. Sr. and Delores Headswift Fisher. She graduated from high school, and later earned a bachelor’s degree in Native American studies at Haskell Indian Nations University. She was working as a kitchen assistant at South Middle School at the time of her death. Connie was a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, and enjoyed reading, movies, WWE wrestling, music, relaxing, and spending time with family.

Survivors include two children, Christopher Bedeau II and Cheyenne Fisher, both of the home; her parents, Daniel and Delores Fisher, Lawrence; four siblings, Sheryl Fisher, Lawrence, Danette Fisher, Storm Lake, Iowa, Daniel Fisher Jr., Lawrence, and Lance Fisher, Arlington, Va.; and a niece, Erika Beerbower and husband Chester Jr., Lawrence.

A visitation will be held Thursday from 6-8 pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Connie Fisher Memorial Fund, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com

James Edward (Ed) Dorssom

A memorial service for James Edward (Ed) Dorssom, 68, Lawrence, will be 1 pm Saturday, February 25, 2017, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. A visitation will take place from noon to service time.

He died February 17, 2017, at his home.

Ed was born January 6, 1949, in Atchison, KS, the son of Charles Donald and Virginia Ruth Alban Dorssom.

He graduated from Atchison County Community High School on May 23, 1967. Ed served in the United States Army from 1973-1976. He graduated from Pittsburg State University in May of 1978. After graduation Ed taught Industrial Arts at Basehor/Linwood Schools for ten years. He later went on to work in the console shop at Reuter Organ Company from 1989-2013.

Ed married Martha Valentine on August 5, 1972 in Clay Center, KS, she survives of the home.

Other survivors include his daughter Erin Roberts (Scott), Lawrence; two sons Charles Dorssom (Ashley), Manhattan, KS, Adam Dorssom, Lawrence; four brothers Harold Dorssom (Lou Ann), Lincoln, NE, Bob Dorssom (Freda), Lancaster, KS, Dave Dorssom (Dyna), Warrensburg, MO, Steve Dorssom (Joyce), Praire Village, KS; one sister Mary McQuillen (Roy), Smithville, MO; seven grandchildren Ryan, Jackson, Luke, Henry Roberts, Stella, Vera, James Dorssom.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions made to LMH Oncology Department or Grace Hospice, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Carl Leroy Athey

Graveside services for Carl Leroy Athey, 60, Lawrence, will be 11 a.m. Friday, at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Athey died Monday, February 13, 2017.

He was born May 28, 1956, in Lawrence, the son of Edward H. and Evelyn May Brightwell Athey. He attended Lawrence Public Schools.

Mr. Athey enjoyed fishing, hunting, bicycling, and camping.

He is survived by his mother, Evelyn Athey of Baldwin City; brothers, Larry Athey of Lawrence, Edward L. Athey of Lawrence, William Athey of Richmond, KS, Roger Athey of Lawrence, and Gary Athey of Lawrence.

Mr. Athey was preceded in death by his father, Edward, and a brother, Danny Athey.

A visitation with the family will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Carl Athey Memorial Fund, sent in care of the funeral home.

Floyd (Leon) Sawyer

Funeral services for Leon Sawyer, 89, Lawrence, will be at 2 pm Saturday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. A visitation will be held one hour prior. Burial will follow the service at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. Leon died Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Floyd “Leon” Sawyer was born August 8,1927 near Gardner, Kansas, the son of Floyd Merritt and Zula Lorretta (Larrick) Sawyer. He graduated from Edgerton Rural High School, Class of 1944.

Leon married the love of his life, Rosa Marie (Admire) Sawyer on May 3, 1947 in Edgerton, Kansas. They shared almost 70 years of marriage.

Leon served in the US Navy as a Seabee at the end of WWII in the Philippines. He returned work at the VA in Kansas City and farming until he thought he would be called up to serve in Korea. At that time, he and Marie moved to Lawrence where he began working for Coca-Cola as as route salesman and Regional Route manager.

In 1956, Leon opened Sawyer’s Texaco Service at 23rd and Barker. He closed the Texico Station in 1976 and continued to work in the auto repair industry for several more years.

Leon’s next career change led him closer to the farm when he worked for KU Housing Department as a landscape supervisor. He retired from KU, packed up the motorhome and headed to Florida.

He loved his family, traveling, his camping, fishing and boating, and the snowbird lifestyle. He had a great sense of humor and always enjoyed people.

Leon was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Donald and Howard Sawyer; and great-granddaughter Emily Sawyer.

Leon is survived by his wife, Marie Sawyer; his son Duane L. Sawyer and wife Denise, of Pomona, KS; his daughter Janis E. Miskimins and husband Mike of Lawrence; his daughter Jean M. Rummer and husband Bob of Lawrence; 7 grandsons; 5 granddaughters; and 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild two sisters Junadah Kathleen Sawyer Admire, from Kerrville, TX and Dollie Jean Sawyer Moore of Baldwin, KS

Leon was a loving husband and parent, uncle, brother, grandpa and great-grandpa, and friend. He has left us with many wonderful memories that will be cherished by family and friends forever…

Mary Elizabeth ‘Mary Beth’ Treece

Mary Elizabeth (Mary Beth) Lindsey Treece was born in Carmona, Texas, on November 25, 1924, the daughter of Morris P Lindsey and Gladys Palmer Lindsey. She was a graduate of Corrigan (Texas) High School. She received Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from The University of Kansas. She was a Fulbright Scholar in the Arab Republic of Egypt.

Her early work history included the U.S. Navy Department, in Texas, where she met Richard Foster Treece, Lawrence native, who was serving in the U.S. Navy. They married in Boston Harbor, onboard the Destroyer Escort USS George E. Davis, on October 9, 1944. He preceded her in death in 2009.

Mary Beth worked for The University of Kansas Athletic Department in the Basketball Office for Coach Dick Harp. She was always proud of her association with The University of Kansas.

Fulfilling a lifelong desire to attend college, Mary Beth enrolled at KU after her children all began school. She worked as a teacher at Lawrence High School for 19 years, until her retirement. She also served as an exchange teacher in Bonsall, England.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Richard, a sister JoeAnn Stokes, a brother-in-law Robert Lee Treece, and her son, also named Robert Lee Treece.

Mary Beth is survived by daughters Virginia Treece Crane and Joan Lindsey Treece, and grandchildren: Jill Susan Crane, Jeffrey Stephen Crane, Matthew Daniel Treece Gallegos, and Molly Elizabeth Gallegos.

Great- grandchildren include: Robert Kellen James, Matthew Foster James, and Joaquin Daniel Flores-Gallegos.

Services will be at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street Lawrence, KS 66044, Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., with a social gathering starting at 9:30 a.m.

Donald Wayne ‘Don’ Bergner

Donald Wayne Bergner, 87, of Baldwin City, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 at Baldwin Healthcare & Rehab.

Don was born Nov. 5, 1929, in Pratt, Kansas. He was the son of Rient and Grace (Rosenbaum) Bergner and graduated from Pratt High School. He was a farmer, truck driver, and was active in the American Agriculture Movement. Don was a lifelong member of the Pratt Elks Club.

Don married Jean King on Jan. 17, 1948. They were married 60 years. She preceded him in death, as did his parents, a daughter, Cathy Bergner and a brother, Richard Bergner.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Lees and husband Rick of Baldwin City and Jody Bergner of Boston; three grandchildren, Kyle (Karla) Lees of Gardner, Kelly (Lucas) Yarnell of Olathe and Jon Bergner of Hutchinson; and six great-grandchildren, Kellon and Riley Lees, Dylan and Mackenzie Mabrey, and Kendall Jean and Zack Yarnell.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Vintage Park at Baldwin City, 321 Crimson Ave., Baldwin City, Ks. 66006 or the Pratt Humane Society, 10233 Bluestem Blvd., Pratt, Ks. 67124. Memorial services for Don will be held at a later time.

Donald Wayne “Donnie” Harrell

Donnie Wayne Harrell, 68, a resident of Lawrence, Kansas, left this world peacefully on February 4th, 2017, to meet his Heavenly Father. Donnie was born December 31,1948 and was the son of Arla and Betty Harrell. He attended Blue Springs High School. He was a mechanic, truck driver and ran his own restaurant business prior to sustaining a traumatic brain injury in 1994.

Survivors include his parents, Arla and Betty Harrell; his children, Curt Harrell, Kelly Harrell Scholz, Shawn Harrell, Ryan Harrell, Christopher Harrell, Aaron Harrell; six grandchildren; and his siblings Betty Agan, Ray Harrell, Beverly Howe and Trish Ayers.

Family and friends can celebrate his life at a memorial service on Saturday, February 18 at 11 am, Bevier Baptist Church, 411 N Macon St, Bevier, Mo.

Memorial contributions can be made to ResCare, where he received loving care for 19 years after his head injury, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Melissa Kay Vaughn

Melissa Kay Vaughn, 58, passed away peacefully Wednesday February 8, 2017 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital surrounded by her husband and children. Melissa was born in Wichita, KS to Theodore Loudenback and Mary Slagle. She was the second youngest child in a family of five girls. Melissa met her soulmate, David Vaughn, in Lawrence, KS at their place of work. Together, they had two beautiful children, a daughter Mariah Kathryn and a son David Elliot. She worked as a florist and homemaker. Melissa, will always be remembered for her full of life personality. Her favorite past times were dancing, singing, gardening, and cooking. She had an incredible love for animals and nature. Butterflies were an important symbol in her life, and something she held very close to her heart. Melissa loved her children deeply, and was so incredibly proud of all their accomplishments. Her daughter, Mariah, will graduate in May with her Doctor of Physical Therapy. Elliot, her son, is a deputy sheriff in Shawnee County, KS. She looked forward to being a loving grandmother.

Melissa was preceded in death by her father, mother, and sister. She is survived by her husband, two children, and three sisters. She also leaves behind nieces and nephews, as well as her beloved cats and dog.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 18th at Central United Methodist Church, 1501 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS. The service will be followed by a gathering that will include lots of love, laughter, and sharing of stories.

Condolences and flowers may be sent to Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. www.rumsey-yost.com