Kathryn Sue Winters

Kathryn Winters was born April 17, 1949 in Ottawa, Kansas. She was the middle daughter of George E. and Esther M. (Long) McClure and lived on a farm between Quenemo and Michigan Valley, Kansas. She moved to Lawrence, Kansas in 1983 and lived there until her death at age 68.

She attended Michigan Valley and Appanoose Grade Schools and graduated from Pomona High School in 1967. She continued her education at Emporia State University obtaining a teaching degree in 1971. She taught for two years in Lyndon, Kansas before obtaining her master’s degree and certification as an LD teacher and subsequently taught at Ottawa High School for the next 8 years. She moved to Lawrence in 1983 and worked as an LD teacher at Lawrence High until 1992. She left the teaching profession for a period to work in sales at M & M School Supply Company in Lawrence and then returned to education in 2005 as an LD teacher at Valley Falls and Silver Lake School Districts. She retired in 2012.

She was united in marriage to Jack Winters in 1991. She is survived by two sisters Carol Kneller and Marilyn McClure, a nephew Michael Kneller, his wife Karie, and their two children Emma and Allison all of Overland Park, Kansas.

Other survivors include cousin Peggy (Kelsey) Coen of Ottawa,  Kansas,  John and Cherry Coen of Wellsville, Kansas,  Jim and Ann Coen of Wichita, Kansas, Glen and Janet McMurray of Park City, Kansas, and Carl and Jo Lynn Gasper of Paola, Kansas and their families.

Kathryn’s greatest joy was working with her students and retired only as her health no longer permitted. She enjoyed the vibrancy of living in Lawrence and was an enthusiast of local art. She was also an avid animal lover and loved outdoor activities including walking/biking. She will be deeply missed as a sister, aunt, and cousin by her family.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Appanoose Museum.

Graveside services will be Friday, July 7th at 2:00 PM at Woodlawn Cemetery in Pomona, Kansas. A visitation will be held at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home Thursday, July 6th from 5:00 to 6:00 PM.

Carl E. Rochester

Carl Eugene Rochester went home to be with the Lord on June 26, 2017, at the age of 81. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday, July 2, 2017, at 2:00 pm, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, located at 601 Indiana St, Lawrence, KS, 66044. There will be a time of fellowship and refreshments immediately following the Celebration of Life service.

Carl was born on February 29, 1936, in Clearfield, Kansas, the first of three children of Beatrice Lucille (Johnson) Rochester and Harlan Eugene Rochester. He graduated from Wellsville High School in Wellsville, Kansas, in 1954.

He married his high school sweetheart, Velma Lorene Jones, in 1955. Carl and Velma were married for 61 years. Over the years, they were quite adventurous, pursuing activities such as camping, boating, water skiing, and motorcycle riding.

Carl served as a paratrooper in the U.S Army. After serving in the military, Carl and Velma moved to Eudora, Kansas, and lived there the rest of their lives until now. Over the years, Carl’s places of work included the Kaw Valley School, the U.S.I. Chemical Plant, and the Eudora Nursing Center.

Carl gave his life to Jesus Christ at the age of 43. While facing a number of health challenges in the last season of his life, his faith in Jesus remained…on an almost daily basis, Carl would listen to Velma read the Bible aloud to him.

Carl leaves his wife of 61 years, Velma Rochester; his son, Eric Rochester; granddaughter, Lindsey Rochester; grandson, Cody Rochester; brother, Gary Rochester; sister, Carolee Randel; and a sister and a brother from his Mother’s second marriage, Sheryl Wright and Chuck Stevenin.

Ann Roberts Helm

Ann Roberts Helm, 77, Ozawkie, Kansas, died at Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Monday, June 26, 2017.

Mrs. Helm was born July 15, 1939, in DeSoto, Kansas, the daughter of Charles Rex and Edna Penfold Roberts.   She grew up in Lawrence and worked as a travel planner for Maupintour Travel Agency for many years and then as a legal secretary for the Barber, Emerson law firm.  Her hobbies included camping, fishing, needlework, and gardening.

Survivors include her husband, Monroe, of the home; a son Jason Helm, Lawrence; 3 stepsons and 2 stepdaughters; a sister, Lorene Hawk of Gladstone, MO; a brother, David Roberts of Lawrence; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Helm will be cremated and inurnment will take place in Memorial Park Cemetery, in Lawrence.

Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and no services are planned.

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.

Condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com.


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.

He was born May 31, 1985, in Lawrence, the son of Scott and Leah Hime Hopson. He graduated from Eudora High School, and was working at Honey Creek Disposal and D-Dubs at the time of his death. In his spare time, Bo enjoyed gaming.

Survivors include his father and step mother, Scott and Tina Hopson, Eudora; his mother, Leah Hime; siblings Misty Thakker, Eudora, Jessica Van Meter (Kyle), Eudora, Wesley Bateson, Eudora, and Kasi Katzfey Stevens (Aaron) Parkville, Mo.; paternal grandmother, Delores Hopson, Eudora; maternal grandmother, Sharon Yeahquo, Linwood; aunts and uncles Jim Hopson (Shelly Harper-Hopson), North Carolina, Bobby Hopson (Melissa), Eudora, Kurt Hopson (Patricia), El Paso, Tex., Debbie Hime, and Sharilyn Fulks (Rick); and nieces and nephews Ashlea, Tyler, Parker, Ayden and Alexander. Cousins are Dylan, Jillian, Morgan, Alec, and Chandreah. He was preceded in death by a sister Megan Hopson,  his paternal grandfather Rick Hopson, maternal grandfather Larry Hime, step grandfather Virgil Yeahquo, uncle Brad Hime, and cousin Chad Fulks.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial  contributions to the GoFundMe account established with Kaw Valley Bank of Eudora.

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.