Dorothea Jean Christofferson

Dorothea Jean Arends Christofferson, 87, of Lawrence, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. Memorial services will be 11 am, Saturday April 27, 2019, at Family Church of Lawrence, 906 1464 Rd. Lawrence, KS.

Dorothea was born September 12, 1931 in Brookings, SD, the daughter of Henry O. and Emma Graves Arends. She was one of twelve children and grew up in rural Okoboji, IA, where she graduated high school.

She attended Iowa State Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls, IA, graduating in 1950, and went on to teach kindergarten in Forest City, IA.

She married Wayne I. Christofferson on August 3, 1951 in Charleston, SC, while Wayne was serving in the United States Navy. He survives of the home.

They returned to Iowa, and in 1955 they bought the Renwick Times. In 1958 they purchased the St. Ansgar Enterprise and settled in St. Ansgar, Iowa where they raised their five children. They were members of the St. Ansgar United Methodist Church where Dorothea sang in the choir and taught Sunday school for many years. She was also active in Cub Scout leadership and the Legion Auxiliary.

Dorothea was a devoted and wonderful wife and mother whose greatest joy was spending time with her family. She spent countless hours enthusiastically attending school and athletic events for all of her children and many grandchildren. In October, 2003, she and Wayne moved to Lawrence, KS where they now reside.

Her many interests included gardening, canning, golfing, swimming, sewing and multiple textile arts. Her passion in retirement was becoming a master weaver. She owned several looms and created beautiful rugs, scarves, clothing and uniquely designed baby blankets for each new addition to her family.

Survivors include her husband, Wayne; children Debra Kubicek, Randal (Jean), Joel (Darlene), Lana (Claude Williamson), Amy (Jeff Cuttell); grandchildren Jenny (Phil), Lonny (Susan), Taylor (Lindsay), Ben (Nicole), Tom (Missie), Joe (Ellen), Adam, Haley (Mason), April, Emily

(Derek), Jordan (Jovita), and Ashton as well as twenty five great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter; siblings Henry Arends Jr. (Lillian), Patricia (Ed Morisch), Diann Naber, Tom Arends (Sheri), Jim Arends, Larry Arends (Jann), Vernon Stykel (Pat) and many nieces and nephews.

Dorothea was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Emma, her stepmother, Florence Arends, 2 infant siblings, brothers Kenneth Arends, Russell Arends and Lawrence Stykel, and sister Thelma Eichman, son-in-law Kent Kubicek, and great grandson William Fiala.

Memorial contributions may be made to Great Lakes Caring Hospice, Sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO box 1260, Lawrence KS 66044

Willard (Bill) Jennings Guy, Jr.

Willard (Bill) Jennings Guy, Jr., 88, of Lawrence, died on the morning of April 15, 2019, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Bill was born on April 19, 1930, in Denver, Colorado, to Willard J. Guy, Sr. and Evelyn Kathryn Guy. Bill was married to two beautiful wives: Barbara (Yates) Guy from 1954 until her death in 2002, where their focus was on their three children and grandchildren; and Patricia (Pauley) Guy, a Presbyterian pastor, from 2004 until her death in 2018. He is survived by his three children: Pam (Bob) Romanko of Coos Bay, Oregon; Cyndi Guy of Casper, Wyoming; and David (Ingelise) Guy of Truckee, California; three step children: John (Rita) Holmes of Stratham, New Hampshire; David (Irene Alarcon) Holmes of Mequon, Wisconsin; and Amy (Jeff) Hargroves of Kansas City, Missouri; eight grandchildren: Ally Romanko and Katie (Matt) Freeman, Eric, Logan and Abrienne Vierkant, and Nielsen, Maren and Andersen Guy; four step-grandchildren: Samara and Annika Holmes, and Jackson and Katie Hargroves; one great-grandson: Jaxson Vierkant; and Perry Dickey of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, his boyhood friend of over 80 years. He was preceded in death by his three siblings: Shirley, Barbara and Michael, and his legendary Cocker Spaniel Rocky.

Bill has lived in Lawrence, Kansas, for the past 29 years. He was a geologist for the Kansas Geological Survey. He was very active in the community, where he enjoyed theatre, lectures at the Bob Dole Institute, observing orangutans at the Topeka and Kansas City Zoos, learning about the Negro Baseball Leagues in Kansas City, eating Swedish pancakes at IHOP and Greek salads at the Mad Greek, visiting his friends at Saffee’s clothing store to make sure they were working hard, attending Plymouth Congregational Church, visiting National Parks, and volunteering at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He actively researched and wrote about the Swedish National Sanitorium in Denver (which his grandparents helped found) during this time.

Bill spent 25 years in Casper, Wyoming, from 1962 to 1987, where he worked for Union Oil Company and Kirkwood Oil and Gas. He was very passionate about geology and received the Frank Morgan Award for outstanding contributions to geology in Wyoming. He was an avid skier and volunteer ski patrolman at Hogadon (now Casper Mountain) Ski Area, where he served as Head Patrolman for several years. He organized the Casper Figure Skating Club; coached youth baseball for 20 years, serving as the manager for the Casper Oilers and Drillers and several Babe Ruth baseball teams; and volunteered for the Girl Scouts and the Friends of the Library. He played handball several times a week at the YMCA for more than twenty years and was a devout fan of the Casper College Thunderbirds and Wyoming Wildcatters basketball teams.

Bill and his wife Barbara also lived for shorter times in Denver; Wichita, Kansas; Newark, Ohio; and San Diego, California.

Bill served two tours in the U.S. Navy and was a proud veteran of the Korean Conflict, where he was a radarman on the destroyer escort USS Hanna and the carrier USS Bairoko.

He graduated from the University of Colorado in Geology in 1955 and East High School in Denver, Colorado, in 1948.

The family will have a celebration of life in Colorado this summer. Memorial contributions may be made directly to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Health Foundation at www.lmhendowment.org. His family thanks Bill’s friends, former colleagues, his long-time physician Dr. Richard Sosinski, the amazing staff at Lawrence Memorial and nursing staff at Pioneer Ridge, who all showed so much kindness and compassion to him in his final months.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Ann Cantrell

Elizabeth (Betsy) Ann Cantrell of Lawrence, KS, loving mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend to many, died peacefully surrounded by loved ones on April 16, 2019. A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 on Saturday, April 27th, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. It will be officiated by Associate Pastor Don Lewis, (Cross Points Church, Shawnee, Kansas). A reception will follow at the Adams Alumni Center at the University of Kansas.

Betsy was born March 20,1953, the daughter of Leonard and Mary Fleske, in Larned, Kansas. She met her husband Dennis Cantrell while both were students at the University of Kansas in the early 1970’s where she studied and received her degree in Liberal Arts. She later earned a Master’s in Psychology from Avila College in Kansas City. They lived in Olathe, Kansas for much of their life and later divorced. They have a daughter, Lindsey Elizabeth Cantrell of Charlotte, North Carolina whom she loved and supported unconditionally. Betsy was known for her loving kindness and her ability to connect with individuals on a deeper level.

Other survivors include: her father, Leonard Fleske, Lawrence, brother Leonard T. and wife Sheila Fleske, Great Bend, Kansas, sister Linda and husband Randy Swain, Lawrence, niece Wendy and husband Keith Hansen, Atlanta, Geogia and their sons Dane and Erik, nephews Carey and wife Jennifer Fleske, Kansas City, Missouri and their children Lyndie and Samuel, Jamie and wife Mimi Swain, Los Angeles, California, Kit Swain, Santa Monica, California and her uncle, Tom Boyd, DePere, Wisconsin, also several cousins. She is preceded in death by her mother, Mary Fleske, Lawrence.

Betsy started her career doing research for a child psychologist. Subsequently she was a counselor for young unwed mothers at Light House, Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri, but spent most of her early career working for Fireman’s Fund Insurance as a claims adjuster. When she moved to Lawrence in 2012 she worked in the Lawrence school district as a Para in the special needs program for several years before joining General Dynamics.

Betsy had a special relationship with her sister, Linda, and had several close friends that she enjoyed spending time with and who provided tremendous encouragement, love, and support – Betty, Carol, and Kat. She loved the Lord and enjoyed sharing Jesus with everyone she met. One of her favorite scriptures was Jeremiah 29:11. While she is gone in body, she is more alive than ever in spirit with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Revolution Church sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Betty Chalender

Gravesides services for Betty Jean Chalender, 81, Baldwin City, will be 11 a.m. Monday at Reno Cemetery in Reno, Kansas.

Mrs. Chalender died Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at Baldwin Healthcare & Rehab.

She was born May 26, 1937, in Lawrence, Kansas, to Aloysius and Josephine Kerr Powell.

Mrs. Chalender was a homemaker for most of her life and also worked as a custodian at The University of Kansas. She enjoyed feeding birds, gardening, fishing, and boating, traveling, and watching KU basketball.

She married Robert R. Chalender, October 12, 1953, in Lawrence, Kansas. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include four children, James Chalender of Topeka, Kansas, Dale Chalender and wife Krista of Big Lake, Alaska, Debbie Schlesener and husband Kenny of Redding, Kansas, and Richard Chalender and wife Debbie of Baldwin City, Kansas; sisters, Rosemary Robinson of Oklahoma, Judy Johanning and husband Orville of Baldwin City, Kansas, Darlene Schwartz and husband Allan of Baldwin City, Kansas, Dorothy Johanning and husband Richard of Baldwin City, Kansas; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers, William Powell, Allen Powell, Robert Powell, and George Powell, and a grandchild.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where the family will receive them from 3-4 p.m. Sunday.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Lawrence Humane Society or the Alzheimer’s Association, sent in care of the funeral home.

Peter Gerard Kitos

Peter Gerard Kitos, 62, Lawrence, was born March 29, 1956, Corvallis, OR; he died March 21, 2019, Lawrence, KS. Beloved and missed by his parents, Paul and Gwenyth, and siblings: Theresa (Andrew), John (Christiana), Anne Marie (Paulo), Richard (Ashley) and Emily (Brandon) and his children: Marcus (Minelli), Jody, Casey and Neil and 5 grandchildren. Predeceased by brother Daniel. Peter grew up and attended schools in Lawrence, and worked at KU for many years until his retirement. He shared fond memories of early family adventures like camping trips in the 1958 VW bus, and remained close to his family.

Larry Kent Ledbetter

Larry Kent Ledbetter, son of the late Melvin and Lucy (Lathrom) Ledbetter, passed away Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019, in Wichita, Kansas. Larry was born September 16th, 1955, in Lawrence, Kansas. He graduated from Tonganoxie High School in 1973.

Larry married Victoria Will, August 5th, 1977, in Tonganoxie, Kansas. They gave birth to a son, Lance Lee, in 1981. Larry and Victoria divorced in 1999.
Throughout his life Larry worked at numerous locations to include Kaw Motors, Jayhawk Tow, Thorne’s Tree Service, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Amarr Garage Doors. He also lived in Oregon for several years where he owned a tire shop and gas station.

Larry married Kathy Louise Layton on March 17th, 2000, in Tonganoxie, Kansas and gained two more sons, Michael and Rob.

Larry loved hunting, fishing, working on cars, target shooting and spending time with his family. He never knew a stranger and welcomed everyone into his home.

Larry is preceded in death by his brothers, Rocky Dwayne and Gary Ledbetter and his grandson, Devin Hunter.

Larry is survived by his wife Kathy of Garden Plain, KS, his sons, Lance Ledbetter of Whitewater, KS, Michael (Amy) Hunter of Garden Plain, KS and Robert (Melissa) Hunter of DeSoto, KS, his 6 grandchildren, Lasun, Alyssa, Kylee, Maddux, Blake, Trinity and one more on the way, and his two sisters, Teresa Glass of DeSoto, KS and Shellia Will of Lawrence, KS, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home in Lawrence on Saturday, April 13th at 1:00 pm with a Memorial Service following at 2:30 pm.