Sam V. Dixon

Sam Vickroy Dixon, owner of Dixon Financial and Insurance Services, died Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Sam was born April 17, 1928, in St. Louis, Mo., to Arthur and Hester Vickroy Dixon. He lived in Granite City, Ill. until moving to St. Louis in 1941, when his father passed away. He was then raised by his father’s sister and husband, Hazel & Harry Malseed until 1948, when he went to the New York Giants Minor League training site in Stanford, Fla. Previously, Sam was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1946 while playing for Harris Teacher’s College. Sam had three children, Bruce, Mark, and Karen, and five siblings, Anabel, Norman, Susan, Arthur, Hester, and a half brother, Charles. After playing four years of Minor League Baseball, he worked for the Santa Fe Railway in Chanute, Kan. In 1958, he entered the insurance business. While in Chanute, Sam managed the American Legion Baseball Team for many years. He and his wife, Babs, were Neosho County Chairmen of the Cancer Crusade for several years.

Sam and his family moved to Lawrence in 1963 to be the Home Office Agent for Standard Life Insurance Co. for one year. He then became an Independent Agent and Broker for the rest of his insurance career. In 1976, he and his beloved wife Babs were chairmen of having the fire hydrants in Lawrence painted as Revolutionary Soldiers for the Bicentennial.

Memorial services will be held at 11 am Saturday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, with Don Cunningham officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions are suggested St. John Catholic School or Senior Wheels, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be sent at

Joan Swanson Scannell

Joan Patricia Swanson Scannell died peacefully in her sleep on March 13, 2017. Jo was born on December 3, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois to parents Walter C. and Susan Blake Swanson, and later moved to Akron, Ohio. Jo married Dale Scannell in February 1952. She is survived by her children: Steve and spouse Lynn, grandchildren Sara and Daniel; Jeff and spouse Kathy, grandchildren Travis, Jeremy and Kelly, and great-grandchildren Julian and Jordan; Susan and spouse Teri; Janet and spouse Beth, grandchildren Allison and Brian; and by her ex-husband Dale and his wife Marilyn. She was preceded in death by her parents, her maternal aunt Gertrude Neudeck, and by paternal aunts Grace Trafford and Florence Swanson.

Jo attended Shimer College and graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech/Drama, with a minor in English/Education. She earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of Kansas in Radio/TV/Film with a focus on education. She taught English and Latin at Lawrence-area schools, and speech and debate at Iowa City High School. She worked as Assistant to the Dean at Baker University in Baldwin City for five years. She served as Program Assistant for the KU Department of Chemistry for sixteen years, where she was responsible for coordinating the confidential review and publishing of several hundred technical manuscripts per year in the prestigious Journal of the American Chemical Society. She was highly respected and renowned for her attention to deadlines, details and accuracy.

Jo was also a licensed real estate salesperson, and over the years owned and renovated many rental properties near KU and in other Lawrence neighborhoods. She was an active member of the Lawrence Board of Realtors.

Jo was active in a number of social organizations. She served as Cubmaster for her sons’ Cub Scout pack, and as a Troop Services Director and member of the Lawrence Girl Scouts Committee overseeing the Hidden Valley camp. Jo was an active and proud member of the Delta-Delta-Delta sorority, and of the KU University Women’s Club. Jo served on the Centennial Elementary School PTA and was active in numerous fund drives, including the United Fund.

Jo was a long-time member of Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence, and served the church on many committees and as a member of the Board of Deacons. She was a co-chair of the Pastoral Search Committee that successfully hired long-time Pastor Butch Henderson in 1972.

Jo was widely admired for her skills planning and hosting social events for the KU School of Education faculty and staff while Dale served as Dean of Education, and for her multi-tasking abilities while she juggled the simultaneous demands of mother, wife, teacher, committee member, realtor, administrator and volunteer. She also enjoyed organizing pot luck dinners and playing in bridge clubs for many years, where she frequently served as a ‘rules moderator’ for those groups.

Jo loved the theater, and performed in several local community theater plays. She also assisted with writing and directing numerous volunteer theatrical productions for church and other social groups. Jo also loved entering contests. In 1960 she was a contestant on both Truth or Consequences and the Price is Right, winning an oven, a mink stole and a trampoline. Soon after that she won a Popsicle Red Ball Express ride-on electric train and track. In the mid-1960’s she won the Lawrence Journal-World’s weekly football contest three times in one season, for a free turkey each time and a family photo-op in the paper.

A memorial service will be held at Plymouth Congregational Church on March 22nd at 10am. Private family graveside services will be held in Strawberry Point, Iowa. The family encourages memorial donations in her name to Theatre Lawrence or Plymouth Congregational Church, in care of the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Clyne Emerson Foust

Clyne Emerson Foust, 72, surrendered to God’s whisper and went home to our Lord on 13 March, 2017.

He was born 28 December, 1944 in Hutchinson, KS., son of Milton Emerson Foust and Dorothy Rose Lyon Foust. He lived in Hutchinson until the early passing of his father wherein he and his mother moved to live in Lawrence, KS. He graduated from Lawrence High School and went on to graduate from the University of Kansas with a bachelors degree in Psychology. He was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He was a member of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Thomas Jefferson chapter with a family line dating back to 1633 in this country.

After college he lived, and boy did he live, in Georgetown, Colorado where he met and married his wife Laura Elizabeth Jensen Foust on 1 April, 1973. He is survived by Laura, his wife of 43 years, sons Russell Emerson Foust(wife Rhiannon) and Owen Clyne Foust(wife Lisa) and sister Janenne Clark Welchons. He lovingly left 2 grandsons, Clyne and Jayce, and 3 grand daughters, Kate, Claire and Elle.

Clyne was a faithful member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lawrence. Clyne was retired from, but the founding owner of Foust Fleet Leasing in Topeka and was happy to have his sons take over where he left off and continue his legacy.

Clyne was a rock, had an exceptional sense of humor, loved life and family, loved the mountains and defined unconditional love. Family first with our Lord as his guide, a good and faithful servant. He was loved by all. Loved old Porsches, restoring International Scouts and breathing the good Colorado air next to a stream in the mountains.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on 31 March, 2017 at 3:00. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Second Chance Animal Refuge Society, Salvation Army or the Wounded Warriors sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O.Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Lela Catherine (Cathy) Thomas

Lela Catherine Thomas (Cathy), 84, of Lawrence, KS, passed away peacefully during the afternoon of February 27, 2017, at her home in Brandon Woods at Alvamar, with family at her bedside.

Cathy was born April 7, 1932, in Long Beach, California, the daughter of William Wesley Davis Bailey and Nellie Mae McLaughlin Bailey. She grew up on a small farm in Marshall, MO, among her siblings, Clifton D. Bailey, Joanna Grandbouche, Mary Ellen Brown, and her eldest brother, the late John W. Bailey. The stories of their adventurous childhood were always entertaining.

Cathy graduated from Marshall High School in Missouri. She later married William Gerald Hunt and was blessed with two daughters, Patricia Meadors, and Pamela Neugebauer.

Cathy spent more than 30 years in Kansas City before relocating to Lawrence 32 years ago.

She worked as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell for 22 years and later worked for the Pelathe Community Resource Center before retiring.

Cathy was a caring and loving mother. She was very proud of her family and was even more thrilled to be a grandmother to her 5 grandchildren, Melanie Hunt-Miller, Rudolph C. Neugebauer III, Dejon Brown, Natalie Stewart, and George L. Meadors II. She was also blessed with 5 great-grandchildren, Trey and Noah Miller, Emma, Keira, and Declan Stewart. She was grateful to have two loving son-in-laws, Rudy C. Neugebauer II, and the late George L. Meadors. She also had many close, and very loving nieces and nephews. A true matriarch.

Cathy made many dear friends throughout her long and eventful journey. She loved the holidays, birthdays, and family get-togethers; any chance to spend time with her family was important to her. She loved to celebrate life and have fun. She helped make so many good memories for those who had the joy of knowing her. A good friend, Larry, recently said “she always had a smile for me.”

Cathy was known for her feisty, yet good sense of humor. With that twinkle in her eye, she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. Still, she always had a warm place in her heart for everyone. She will be missed by all that knew and loved her.

Family and friends will gather at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home for a memorial service, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044, on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

Scott Michael Hedges

Scott Michael Hedges passed away at his home on March 12, 2017. He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1977 and played football at Coffeyville Junior College before attending the University of Kansas in the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and then attended the University of Texas.

He and his loving wife of thirty years, Paula ran Hedges Realty Management Company in Lawrence. Scott was a member of the first AquaHawks Swim team and enjoyed sports and was a natural at most everything he touched from bowling to water skiing. He was an avid Jayhawks fan and had a passion for music.

Scott was preceded in death this past year by his father Charles Hedges. In addition to his wife Paula, Scott is survived by his three children he adored, Anna Hedges (Topeka), Kayla Hedges (Lawrence), and Michael Hedges (Lawrence); mother Yvonne Hedges (Lawrence); sister Laura Hedges Burney and her husband Frank (San Antonio); brothers Blake Hedges and his wife Kris and Bryan Hedges and his wife Laura (Lawrence); sister-in-law Marianne Armagost and husband Roger and brother–in-law Michael Wolownik and wife Stacy and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Scott received a kidney transplant on October 18,1998 and was grateful everyday for the sacrifice of the donor’s family.
Scott was an avid supporter and fan of Donate Life. Donations are encouraged to Donate Life America at: in memory of Scott M. Hedges or in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana, Lawrence, KS 66044.

His memorial services will be at Corpus Christi Church on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 1 p.m.

Robert E. (Bob) Mellon

Memorial services with military honors for Robert E. (Bob) Mellon, 95, Lawrence, will be 3 pm Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory.

Mr. Mellon died Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Twin Oaks Health and Rehab, Lansing, KS.

Bob was born January 17, 1922, in Elmira, MO, the son of Eugene John and Nellie Cates Mellon.

He enlisted in the United States Army and was a Combat Engineer in World War II, serving in the Hawaiian Islands, Gilbert Islands, Saipan, New Hebrides and Okinawa. Later he joined the United States Air Force from 1948 until retiring in 1964 and was proud of his service as an airplane mechanic and later a Staff Sergeant on the Missile Maintenance Squadron at Francis E. Warren AFB, Wyoming.

Bob regaled us with his stories from his time in the service and his time at various jobs throughout the country. He enjoyed fishing trips to Arkansas with his aunt and told of many adventures pulling his travel trailer to various destinations. He never met a stranger, and loved to laugh, tease, tell a tall tale or a silly joke. Several Bob “isms” include “it’s good enough for who it’s for”, “if I can’t fix it with this, I’ll use a bigger hammer” and many more.

Two things that Bob would want us to know — be good to people and they’ll be good to you, and go and do and see it while you can.

Survivors include daughter Kathy Thompson, Chino Valley AZ, son Dave Mellon, 8 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and a sister Lois O’Dell of Excelsior Springs, MO. He will also be missed by his good friend and care giver Paula Zimmerschied of Leavenworth, KS.

He was preceded in death by son Jim Mellon, daughter Dawn Bezeek, and longtime companion, Jean Brothers.

Paula is very grateful for the kindness and care provided by the staff of Twin Oaks in Lansing KS.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Pets for Vets, KC Chapter, and sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Chun Hung Wong

Private family services for Chun Hung Wong, 99, will take place at a later date.

He died on March 5, 2017 at his home in Lawrence, Kansas.

Chun Hung Wong was born on July 4, 1917 in Shandong, China. Wong was the owner of Royal Peking Restaurant, the first Chinese restaurant in the city of Lawrence. The restaurant became a staple of the community in its over 30 years of operation, and it was there where Wong enjoyed spending most his time, serving its customers alongside his family.

He is survived by his wife Lau Yum Wong who he married on July 26, 1976.

Other survivors in the family include his children Jim, Ursula, Diana, Connie, Judy and Doris. He also, had 10 grandchildren and two great granddaughters.

Jo Lee Elston-Erskin

Graveside memorial services for Jo Lee Elston-Erskin, 56, Lawrence, will be at 2 pm Friday at Oak Hill Cemetery, with Terry Jacobsen officiating. Jo Lee passed away Friday, Mar. 3, 2017, at University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, Kan.

She was born Mar. 11, 1960, in Lawrence, the daughter of Duane A. and Mary Jo Brittain Elston. She graduated from Lawrence High School. Jo Lee was a machine operator at Printing Solutions for the last seven years. She previously had worked at Penn House.

Survivors include Calvin Nichols, Lawrence; four children, Misty Nichols, Jeremy Nichols, and Justin Nichols, all of Lawrence, and Dominik Theilmann, Springfield, Mo.; three siblings, Larry Elston and wife Peggy, Joplin, Mo., Michelle Elston and Bill Nichols, Tonganoxie, and Scott Elston, Lawrence; nine grandchildren, Seth Quick, Brooklynne Quick, Cody Nichols, Caden Nichols, Devon Nichols, Gabby Nichols, Justin Nichols Jr., Gracelynne Rothwell, and Shauna Brown; and an aunt, Imo Kilgore, Lawrence. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Rick.

Jo Lee loved spending time outdoors, either sitting outside or going camping at her favorite spot at Lone Star Lake. She loved to entertain, and never did a stranger leave a stranger – she welcomed everyone. Jo Lee loved playing softball, especially her favorite – GBK – Great Big Kids. She was a team member of many bowling teams and enjoyed traveling state to state for the National Bowling Tournaments. She played on multiple volleyball teams within the community. She enjoyed growing her tomatoes and peppers each summer for her salsa makings (always trying to improve each one year to year.) She participated many years in the March of Dimes and Relay for Life events.

Jo Lee had a deep love for her family and was always the ‘go to’ person – she made all things possible to overcome. She lived her life to the fullest and gave back to the fullest. Jo Lee’s life will continue on through her selflessness act of her donating organs to others.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 8 pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory. Memorial contributions are suggested to Relay for Life or March of Dimes, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044

On behalf of Jo Lee (aka Odie), the family wishes to express enormous gratitude to everyone for your love and support.

Cody James Young

A Celebration of Life for Cody James Young will be at 3PM Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center with Jill Jarvis, Minister, officiating. Cody passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at his home. Cody was born October 9, 1985, in Lawrence, Kansas, the son of James and Linda (Moon) Young.

Cody graduated from Lawrence Free State High School in 2004; from the University of Kansas in 2009 with Bachelor degrees in History and Political Science; and from Keller Graduate School of Business in 2013 with a Masters degree in Accounting. He enjoyed lifeguarding, working at the Douglas County Courthouse, Douglas County Bank and most recently, State Street Bank.

Cody is survived by his parents; a sister: Randi Harms (Rory) and niece, Lillian Harms; two brothers: Jeremy Young and Nick Green (lifelong friend). Other survivors include his grandfather: Duane Moon; aunt: Brenda Hardtarfer (Dan); uncle: Randy Moon (Raelynn); cousins: Brandon Hardtarfer, Jaymie Hardtarfer, and Baylie Moon. Cody was preceded in death by his grandmother: Dorothy Moon and grandparents: Cy and Ruth Young.

Cody loved being an uncle to his niece, Lillian. He was frequently a volunteer at the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center; he enjoyed sharing his love of nature with others and easily engaged visitors in conversation.

Cody deeply loved his pets and had a variety over the years, including Muddy, the salamander; Sparky, the lizard; rabbits, especially Peppermint; Kitty, his cat; and most recently, his rescue pup from the Lawrence Humane Society. He loved to cave with his Dad and best friend, Nick Green; and hike, especially in the Colorado mountains. Cody traveled extensively, his favorite vacation was spent exploring Civil War sites back east; history was his greatest love.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Baker Wetlands Discovery Center or Lawrence Humane Society, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.