Carole Sue Hodges

A memorial visitation for Carole Sue Hodges, 77, Lawrence, will be from 2pm to 4pm, Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Inurnment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Topeka, Kansas.

Mrs. Hodges died Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at The University of Kansas Hospital.

She was born June 20, 1939, in Topeka KS, the daughter of Chester and Freda Wray Whitebread.

Mrs. Hodges was an avid KU and Kansas City Royals fan and also enjoyed quilting, sewing and crocheting.

She married Harold Dean Hodges Sr. on September 25, 1958. He survives of the home.

Other survivors include three brothers; Chester, Mickey, and Ted; son, Harold Dean Hodges Jr. (Gina), Two daughters, Cindy Hilt (Matt), and DeeDee Butler (Ron); five grandchildren, Jessica Hilt, Emily Hilt, Brittney Pursel, Dena Hodges, and Christopher Hodges; two step-grandchildren, Kacie Beachler (Brad), and Jake Butler (Kim); and six step great-grandchildren, Kenny, Katelyn, Abigail, Lincoln, Ivy, and Sky.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Arthritis Foundation in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Eric Edward Scott

A Celebration of Life for Eric Edward Scott, 54, rural Lawrence, will be at 2 pm Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Kent Winters-Hazelton officiating. Eric died Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, at his home with his family by his side, following a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Apr. 30, 1962, in Winfield, Kan., the son of C. Larrie and Brilla Ann Highfill Scott. He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1980, attended Friends University in Wichita where he was a member of Singing Quakers, and later graduated from Southwestern College in Winfield. Eric was an assistant manager with Meritrust Credit Union. He was a 2001 graduate of Leadership Lawrence, and a member of the Lawrence Lions Club. He was active in Junior Achievement, and in the Rock the Block fundraising event for Lawrence Memorial Hospital Oncology. He enjoyed vocal music and horses.

He married Diane Jolee Cole on Aug. 20, 1983, in Ulysses, Kan. She survives of the home. Other survivors include four children, Faryle Scott, Kansas City, Mo., and Colter Scott, Calihan Scott, and Brogan Scott, all of Lawrence; and his parents, Larrie and Brilla Scott, rural Lawrence;

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Friday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Rock the Block, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. The family wishes to express its appreciation to LMH Oncology for their compassion and care of Eric during his illness.

“Courage is being scared to death… but saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne

Aaron Nicholas Calovich

Aaron Nicholas Calovich’s memorial service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 3 p.m., Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, followed by a 5:30 p.m. dinner at the Six Mile Chophouse and Tavern, 4931 W 6th Street, Lawrence, KS. Aaron died Dec. 3 due to injuries from an accident.

Born Dec. 27, 1977 in Denver, CO, Aaron grew up in Lawrence, where he was a student at Pickney Elementary School, Central Junior High School, and Lawrence High School. He graduated from Johnson County Community College, and attended the University of Kansas, majoring in biology, which grew out of his life-long love of nature.

As a kid, Aaron loved the Kansas Area Watershed Council gatherings, bird-watching (especially raptors), swimming and diving, camping, canoeing, and hiking, and immersing himself in the natural world. He played soccer as a kid, and softball when he was older. As he grew up, he fell in love with downhill skiing, especially the more challenging slopes in the Rockies. He also reveled in fishing at Clinton Reservoir and Lone Star Lake, going dancing (he had his own unique style), and especially cooking.

Aaron was born to feed people. He started cooking at age two when he would sit on the kitchen counter to stir pancake batter, and he went on to become one of the best chefs, entirely self-taught, in the region. He worked at Shalor’s (Eldridge House), RND Corner, and recently, the Six Mile Chophouse, all in Lawrence; JJ’s Restaurant, the Drum Room (President Hotel), and La Bodega in Kansas City; and the Holiday Inn in Dillon, CO. Friends, family, and customers regularly praised him for the “best food ever,” and marveled at his magic ability to turn simple ingredients into memorable meals.

Aaron was deeply beloved for his big and open heart. A good listener with the most beautiful smile, he was a man of unusual and expansive compassion. Aaron recently took a year off from being a chef to live with and care for his father who was suffering from Alzheimer’s. He was extremely close to his big brother Paul, and he adored children, particularly his nephews, nieces, and his cousins. He was devoted to his maternal grandparents and would regularly watch KU basketball, Kansas City Chiefs, and Kansas City Royals games with his grandpa in between cooking for his grandparents and mowing their lawn. When he was younger, he, Paul and their cousins would play ball for hours in his Grandpa and Grandma Calovich’s yard while the family watched from the porch. His family – including his circle of friends gathered over many years – meant the world to him.

Aaron is survived by his mother Joy deMaranville and stepfather Frank Norman of Lawrence; his father Paul Calovich, Sr., Oskaloosa; his stepmother Pam Calovich, Kansas City, MO.; his brother Paul Calovich, Jr., and Paul’s children Mazzy and Zada Calovich of Trinidad, CA.; his brother Brett Calovich, Peoria, AZ; his stepsister Lesley Couch, her husband Rob Couch, and their children Timothy, Nicholas, and Julia, Buckner, MO.; and his grandparents Albia and Janet DeMaranville of Lawrence. He will also be lovingly remembered by many aunts and uncles: Susan and Gary Frager, Lawrence; Al and Holly DeMaranville, Seattle; Jean Anne Calovich Sullivan, Tonganoxie; Dan Calovich, Edwardsville; Nick and Marsha Calovich, Tonganoxie; Matt Calovich, Princeton; Jim and Renee Calovich, Gardner; Joan Calovich Wood and David Wood, Tonganoxie; Christine Calovich Burns, Tonganoxie; Bill and Carmen Calovich, Kirbyville, MO.; Mark and Sherri Calovich, Hollister, MO.; Jenny Norman, Austin, TX; and Sue and Bruce Donaldson, Houston, TX; and many beloved cousins. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Nick and Marie Calovich, and his aunt DeeDee Calovich.

Memorial donations can be sent to the “Aaron Calovich Memorial Fund,” First State Bank and Trust, P. O. 219, 1525 Highway 24-40, Tonganoxie, KS 66086 (donations can also be dropped off at the Basehor, Lawrence, Perry, Tonganoxie, or Kansas City, Kansas bank branches), or Just Food in memory of Aaron Calovich through the website or at 1000 E. 11th St., Lawrence, KS 66046.

Donna Edgin

No public services are planned for Donna Edgin, 83, Lawrence, who passed away Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, at her home. Cremation is planned.

She was born Apr. 13, 1933, in Linwood, the daughter of Edgar and Nell Hovey Duncan. She graduated from Linwood High School. Donna was an Avon representative for 59 years. She enjoyed going to garage sales and flea markets.

She married Robert James Edgin, and together they enjoyed 64 years of marriage. He preceded her in death on Oct. 23, 2015. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Dianea Edgin.

Survivors include a daughter, Debra Edgin, Lawrence; a son, Dale Edgin, Florida; a brother, Duane Duncan, Lenexa; three grandchildren, Robbin, Scott, and Brody; two great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.

Hunter James Sharp

Services for Hunter James Sharp, 18, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be private in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Hunter died Monday, November 28, 2016, at his home.

He was born March 6, 1998, in Merriam KS, the son of Wayne and Debbie Ann Velasquez Sharp. He graduated from Lawrence High School in 2016.

Hunter enjoyed riding his motorcycle, being outdoors, watching scary movies, playing Xbox, as well as attending and watching sporting events, with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Cleveland Indians being some of his favorites. He was very close with his sister Savana, and was often the life of the party with his infectious sense of humor. He had a gift of being able to make anyone laugh.

Survivors include his parents, Wayne and Debbie Ann Sharp of Lawrence; sister, Savana Sharon Sharp of Lawrence; paternal grandfather, Claude Sharp and significant other Linda Liegel of Las Vegas, Nevada; maternal grandfather, Joe Velasquez and wife Linda Velasquez of Rancho Cucamonga, California; aunt and uncle, Karen and Gene Kolar of Priest River, Idaho; aunt, Yvonne Sharp of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and cousin, Brittany Kolar of Priest River, Idaho and many more friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Wanda S. Collins and husband Larry; maternal grandmother, Pat Oscarson; and uncle, Todd Sharp.

Friends may come by the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, where the family will receive them from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Blaine H. Miltner

A memorial visitation for Blaine H. Miltner, 57, Lawrence, will be held from 1:00 – 2:00 pm Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory. Inurnment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Blaine died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born Jan. 21, 1959, in Sheboygan, Wisc., the son of Hugh F. and Dorothy H. Dicker Miltner. He graduated from Lawrence High School, and later from Pittsburg State University Vo-Tech. He owned and operated Air Control Plus LLC for many years. Blaine was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, and enjoyed gardening.

Survivors include his mother, Dorothy Miltner, Lawrence; three siblings, Mark Miltner and wife Rose, Chapin, S.C., Myron Miltner and wife Dorothy, Lawrence, and Marge Lause and husband Mike, Waukee, Iowa.

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

D. Leon Curtis

D. Leon Curtis spent his lifetime helping people in need, taking his ministry on the road in dozens of states throughout his more than 29 years as a minister for Community of Christ.

Mr. Curtis died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease on Nov. 24, 2016, in Lawrence, Kan., where he has lived for the past 27 years. A memorial service will be held Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. at University Community of Christ, 1900 University Drive, Lawrence.

He loved his family, horses and singing, appreciated good humor, and gave of himself generously to anyone who asked for help. He had a special love for children, responding with light in his eyes when they came to visit him. His devotion to the Community of Christ church (formerly Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) was legendary, leading to successive missionary appointments in Michigan, Montana, Tennessee, Connecticut, Maryland, South Carolina, Illinois and Kansas among others.

Mr. Curtis often said that compassion was the measure of a good life. He practiced that belief in his many years in the church, often structuring his sermons to teach about peace, hope, love, faith and forgiveness. He performed numerous blessings of children, funerals to help grieving families in their last goodbyes, and weddings to celebrate joyful beginnings. He officiated the weddings of his daughters and his granddaughters.

Mr. Curtis was born June 17, 1929, in Blue Springs, Mo. He was raised in a farm family. He worked for Montgomery Wards, Sears Roebuck, Herald Publishing House and Missouri Office Equipment before joining the U.S. Air Force. Those four years included a deployment to Germany. Mr. Curtis was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant. He worked for AT&T before becoming a full-time minister.

He graduated from high school in Lee’s Summit, Mo., in 1947. He studied at colleges in Kansas City and Warrensburg, Mo. and at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. He took many courses in theology and was a certified Temple School instructor.

He married Ardith Reynolds in 1950 in Independence, Mo. She survives him in Lawrence. They had five children, all of whom survive: Rebecca Giles (Kevin) of Stillwater, Minn.; Philip Curtis, Jeffrey Curtis and Randall Curtis, all of Lawrence; and Lianna Corteville (Timothy) of Chesterfield, Mo. He also has five grandchildren: Heather Peacock (James) of Columbia Falls, Mont., Harmony MacDonald (James) of Lincoln, Neb., Hillorie Giles-Brauch (Dwayne) of Cottage Grove, Minn., Erin Corteville of Chesterfield, Mo., and Austin Corteville of Chesterfield. Mr. Curtis also is survived by seven great grandchildren: Haylie and Kimberly Peacock of Columbia Falls, Kazin Giles and Kyleigh and Kayde Brauch of Cottage Grove, and Seanna and Liam MacDonald of Lincoln.

Mr. Curtis is survived by a brother, George Curtis, Jr., of Kansas City, Mo., and a sister, Mamie Marie Johnson of Kansas City. Three other sisters preceded him in death: Hazel Remington, Elsie Aline Willoughby and Mildred Curtis.

Cremation has taken place. Honorary pallbearers are James Peacock, James MacDonald, Dwayne Brauch, Austin Corteville, Kazin Giles, Liam MacDonald and Kayde Brauch.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials be made in care of the University Community of Christ memorial fund in Lawrence, the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Shonee Metcalf

Shonee Metcalf passed from this life on November 20th, 2016 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

An eternal mind-over-matter optimist. She loved her husband Ken unreservedly for 56 years and found great joy and pride in her children Kim and Shonee, grandchildren Graham and Grace and son in laws Leif and Greg.

A city girl, she embraced the dream of farm life and learned to drive big tractors, chase wayward cattle and taught her daughters they could do anything they set their minds to. She powered through several medical conditions to live a life filled with gentility, positivity and an indomitable spirit. It’s hard to let you go Mom. But we know that your work here is done and you are ready for your next assignment in a place where there are no more tears and no more pain.

Friends and Family please join us December 3rd between 1:00 and 4:00 to an Open House celebrating her life at the family home 1799 E 1675 Road, Lawrence Ks.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

Herbert Lester Poulsen Jr.

Herbert Lester Poulsen, age 86, died on November 20, 2016, in Lawrence, KS.
Visitation is scheduled for Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 10am with memorial service & Military Honors immediately following at 11am at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Herb is survived by his wife Janet Poulsen, of Lawrence, KS, his sons, Keith Poulsen (Christy), Eric Poulsen, of Lawrence, KS; his daughters, Pam Kincaid (Steve) of Lawrence, Cindy Merkel (Pete) of Mooresville, NC and his grandchildren, Kevin Calton, Courtney Hill (Ethan), Alexandra Kincaid, Kara Poulsen, Katrina Poulsen, Brad Kincaid, Kyndall Merkel and Grant Merkel.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Herbert Lester and Margaret Michels Poulsen of Northbrook, IL; his sisters, Margaret Miller, of Barrington, IL, Dorothy Johnson, of Pullman, MI and Donna Christensen, of Pullman, MI.

Herb was born on August 16, 1930 in Chicago, IL. He served in the Navy on a minesweeper during the Korean War and maintained friendships with his fellow service men up until his death. He attended Valparaiso University in Indiana with a focus on mechanical engineering. Herb worked for Aeroquip/Eaton, for over 30 years as a quality control manager and plant manager.

He was a great family man and a loving father. He married Janet Ethel Drum, August 20, 1960, after meeting her on a blind date in college.

Herb was a social, active man who was deeply involved in many volunteer organizations including Kiwanis, where he was instrumental in building over twenty-five wheel chair ramps and many houses for Habitat for Humanity. He enjoyed carpentry, woodworking, canoeing in the BWCA, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.