Frances Ruth Dent

Funeral services for Frances Ruth Dent, 101, Lawrence, will be at 11 am Friday at Central United Methodist Church, with the Revs. Piet Knetsch and Noel Stephens officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow the service at Oak Hill Cemetery. Ruth died Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Tonganoxie Nursing Center.

She was born April 10, 1915, in Altona, Mo., the daughter of John and Myrtle Beaman. She attended schools in Osage County at Patterson #4 County Grade School until third grade, then moved to Vassar until seventh grade, and attended Michigan Valley High School. She was baptized in the Vassar Evangelical Church, Ruth was a homemaker, and worked at Pippert’s Auto Parts from 1942-53. She was a longtime member of Central United Methodist Church and its United Methodist Women Circle.

She married Harry Dwight Dent on Aug. 15, 1953, in Santa Ana, Calif. He preceded her in death in 1989. She was also preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Oliver, Clarence, Howard, and Wendall, and two sisters, Mabel Pettengill and Grace Wrightsman. Survivors include twelve nieces and nephews and their families

Friends may call from noon to 8 pm Thursday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. The family suggests memorial contributions to Central United Methodist Church, or the Lawrence Humane Society, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be sent at

Carol Sedlak

Carol L. Sedlak, age 59 of Kincaid, KS, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Anderson County Hospital, after a long illness.

Carol was born on October 6, 1956, to Pearl Mitchell and Lester Harmon.

Carol was preceded in death by her mother, Pearl Dillon; two sisters, Tauna Capps and Debbie Flint; two brothers, Buddy Halderman and Gene Dillon; two stepdads, Glen Halderman and Pee Wee Dillon; and nephews, Jason Alexander and David Deshazer.

Carol is survived by Don Sedlak, husband of the home; daughter, Kristi Stephens and husband Scott Stephens of Kincaid, KS; grandson, Dylan Sedlak of Baldwin, KS; two granddaughters, Shandra Sedlak of Ottawa, KS, Cheyenne Stephens of Westmoreland, KS; two great grandsons, Stetson Anderson of Ottawa, KS, Wayde Sedlak Marckmann of Sarasota, FL; great granddaughter, Addison Becker of Westmoreland, KS; sister, Brenda Dillon of Kansas City, KS; brother, Bill Dillon of Blue Springs, MO; two nieces, BJ Deshazer of Otterville, MO, Meshel Adams of Lee’s Summit, MO; nephew, Troy Sedlak of Galveston, TX; great nieces and nephews; and great great nieces and nephews.

There will be a celebration of life for Carol, June 18, 2016 at Clinton State Park, campground 3, Shelter 6 at 5 p.m.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Theodore Coleman ‘Jr’ ‘Ted’ Denney III

Funeral services for Theodore Coleman ‘Jr.’ ‘Ted’ Denney III, 55, Lawrence, will be at 2 pm Saturday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory. A visitation will follow the service, and cremation will follow the visitation. Jr. died Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, following a battle with cancer.

He was born Jan. 16, 1960, in Ulysses, Kan., the son of Theodore Coleman II and Alice Mae Harrison Denney. He attended schools in Greeley, Kan. Jr. worked for Douglas County in the road maintenance department from 1995-2005. He began working for the Lawrence school district last year, and was employed there at the time of his death. He enjoyed fishing, riding and working on motorcycles, constructing model cars, the outdoors, and his grandchildren.

Survivors include a daughter, Brenda Dawn McAuliffe and husband Christopher Dye, Lawrence; a sister, Betty Jolene Ohmes and husband Tony; a brother, Jerry Duane Denney, Richmond, Kan.; an aunt, Karen Harrison, Topeka; an uncle, Leroy Denney and wife Elsie, Richmond; two grandchildren, Seth Dye and Lilith Dye; a niece, Crystal; several cousins, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant sister, Sharon Irene Denney.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Jr. Denney Memorial Fund, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Winnifred “Winnie” L. (Hagberg) Getto

Winnifred “Winnie” L. (Hagberg) Getto, 98, passed away from natural causes at Bridge Haven Care Cottage in Lawrence, Kansas May 15, 2016 surrounded by her family. A memorial service will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 18 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vermont Street, Lawrence. A reception at the church will immediately follow the service.

Winnie was born August 5, 1917 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Gustaf and Mona (Weston) Hagberg. Her father was born in Sweden and immigrated to the United States in 1909 as a boy of thirteen along with a younger sister. Winnie’s mother was born in Oklahoma. Her ancestors included six of the original passengers, or “Pilgrims”, on the Mayflower, who founded the Plymouth Colony in 1620 in what is now Massachusetts, and at least three soldiers who fought in the American Revolutionary War (on the winning side). After her mother died an early death in 1932, Winnie and her three younger sisters were sent to separate homes. Winnie lived with Rudolph and Fanny Glatthaar, a loving couple who farmed near Lawrence, and who raised her as their daughter. Winnie graduated from Lawrence High School and from the Lawrence Business College.

Winnie met her future husband, Paul Getto, D.D.S., while both worked at the Eldridge Hotel in Lawrence and he attended the University of Kansas. After KU, Paul graduated in 1942 from the University of Kansas City School of Dentistry (now UMKC Dental School). Paul and Winnie were married October 10, 1942 in Montgomery, Alabama, where Paul served four years in the U.S. Army Air Force Dental Corps. Following his military service, Paul and Winnie lived two years in DuBois, Pennsylvania while Paul practiced dentistry. In 1948, they returned to Lawrence where Paul continued to practice dentistry and oral surgery for 38 years until his retirement in 1986. In 2011, Paul and Winnie celebrated their sixty-ninth wedding anniversary, two months before his death on December 21 of that year.

Winnie was active in her church, in the P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter FZ, the Douglas County Dental Auxiliary, in volunteer work for the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, the Trinity Episcopal Church Interfaith Food Pantry and many other charitable organizations. Winnie was a wonderful, cheerful woman, as beautiful inside as out. She was loved by all who knew her. Besides her husband, parents, and foster parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters Mildred Williams, Florence McKinney and June Phillips. Winnie is survived by her son Paul, and wife Kathy, of Niceville, Florida; her son Charles, and wife Carol, of Lenexa, Kansas; her daughter Jane Getto, and husband Stephen Allen, of Lawrence; and seven grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vermont Street, Lawrence 66044. The family wishes to thank Sara Randolph and all the wonderful nursing staff at Bridge Haven Care Cottage for the excellent care they provided Winnie.

Donald K. Spring

Donald Keith Spring passed away on Thursday, April 21st, 2016, surrounded by those who loved him, from complications of cancer. Donald lived a remarkable life. Born on July 22, 1929, in Sabetha, Kansas, to Glenn Wesley Spring and Dorothy Wilson Spring, he was preceded in death by both of his parents and his younger brother, Richard Spring. His loving wife, Beverly, survives; last December, Donald and Beverly celebrated 59 years of marriage. Daughters are Janet Schmidt of Overland Park and Carol Spring of Lawrence. Donald was the proud grandfather of Phil Schmidt of Chicago, Stephanie Schmidt Hein of Lawrence, Kayla Thawnghmung of Independence, Missouri, and Steven Thawnghmung of Lawrence.

Donald grew up in St. John, Kansas, where he played every sport he could: football, basketball, and track. Donald enjoyed growing up in a small community where neighbors all knew one another and opportunities to participate in the life of his high school abounded. His first job was at the small Dillon’s Market in St. John. He enjoyed playing the saxophone and was a proud member of the school band from seventh grade through his senior year. Family members noticed that model airplanes were drawn all over his band music; apparently Don was obsessed with machines of all kinds, leading to his choice of vocation.

Donald attended Kansas State University graduating in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Following his college days, Don served in the Army from 1952 through 1954 at Ft. Bliss, Texas. First Lieutenant Donald Spring related many adventures to his family in his later years, some humorous and some serious. He coached the all-Cajun volleyball team, winning a regional championship. He also participated in the testing of the atomic bomb in the Nevada desert. Although dangerous work, he always stated that he felt in serving his country in this manner, many others are safer today because of what was learned there.

Donald worked as a mechanical engineer for Cardwell Manufacturing Company of Wichita and then the Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company in Topeka. Upon his retirement, he worked part-time for Greenbrier Real Estate, earning a reputation for personal integrity and excellence in customer service. Then he retired for good to enjoy being a grandpa. Don’s grandchildren were truly his pride and joy.

A lifelong American Baptist, Donald, Beverly, and their daughters attended First Baptist Church of Topeka. Don enjoyed music of all kinds and sang in his church choir for thirty years. He also sang with the Topeka Barbershop Chorus and spent many summer evenings listening to the Topeka Jazz Workshop or Marshall’s Band concerts. When Don and Beverly moved to Lawrence in 2013, they joined First Baptist Church of Lawrence.
Faith and music were central to Don’s life.

A memorial celebration of his life will be held at 10 am on Saturday, May 21st at First Baptist Church, 1330 Kasold Drive. Memorial contributions may be made to the church in the name of Donald Spring in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana, Lawrence KS 66044.

Charles L. Stansifer

A Celebration of Life service for Charles Lee Stansifer, 85, Lawrence, will be 2pm, June 11, 2016, in the Carnegie Building in downtown Lawrence.

Charles Lee Stansifer, long-time resident of Lawrence and Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Kansas, died Thursday, February 4, 2016. He was born December 13, 1930 in Garden City, Kansas, the second son of Benjamin Harrison Stansifer and Berenice Arlene Isabel Lucas.

He was married to Mary Ellen Love on August 21, 1954; she died in 2001. He is survived by their four children and their families — Ryan and Betsy Stansifer of Melbourne Beach, Florida, Mary Lee Stansifer and Jim Collins of Denver, Colorado, John Stansifer of Malibu, California, and Karen Stansifer and Jean-Yves Sabot of Thornton, Colorado. Seven grandchildren and four nephews and nieces also survive.

In 2015 his second partner in life, Mary Miller, died. Professor Stansifer is survived by three of her children and their families — Dianne Miller of Nehalem, Oregon, Kim Miller of Manzanitas, Oregon, and Byron and Ann Miller of Lawrence, Kansas.

Professor Stansifer graduated from Garden Plain High School in 1948 where he played on the football, basketball, and baseball teams. He participated in track, sang in the boys’ quartet, acted in all the high school plays, and edited the high school newspaper. He graduated from Wichita State University with a major in Spanish and master’s degree in history. He began to work on a doctorate in Latin American history at Tulane University under the direction of William Joyce Griffith. He finished his Ph.D. in 1959. He came to the KU as an Assistant Professor of History in 1963. A specialist in Central America, Professor Stansifer taught the first course specifically on the history of Central America in the USA and was a frequent visitor to all the Central American countries, especially Costa Rica. He was director of the Junior-Year program in Costa Rica in 1966 and 1974. He served as the Director of the Center of Latin American Studies from 1975 until 1989, and was Chair of the Department of History from 1993 to 1996. He retired from teaching in 2004.

Until dementia limited his independence, Professor Stansifer traveled all over the world for fun and in pursuit of his many interests. He helped strengthen the KU Library’s collection on Central America to become one of the best in the country. His humorous lectures on the subject of bananas and his extensive collection of banana-related things are well-known. He served for over twenty years on the board of directors of the Kansas-Paraguay Partnership and negotiated the first university exchange agreements between universities in Paraguay and the state universities of Kansas.

The family wishes to express its great appreciation to Byron Miller and to Gail Zukav-Ross and David Ross of At Home, Inc., for making it possible for Professor Stansifer to live in Lawrence close to KU which he loved. The family suggests memorials to the Stansifer Scholarship Fund at the KU Endowment Association, P.O. Box 928, Lawrence, KS 66044 for the benefit of students of Central American Studies.

Vickie Ann Scruggs

Graveside memorial services for Vickie Ann Scruggs, 62 of Baldwin City, Ks, will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Ms. Scruggs passed away on May 6, 2016 in her home.

She was born January 29, 1954 in California to John & Doris Scruggs. They later as a family moved to Lawrence, Ks. She was a well known resident of Lawrence, Ks
for many years until her retirement.

She was a devoted mother to her two children and a devoted grandmother (Granny) to her grandchildren. She was a graduate of Lawrence High School and was a member
of the F.O.E. Arie #309 of Lawrence for many years.

She was a hairdresser for most her working years. After no longer cutting hair for the general public her door was always open for family and friends to come in for a
“cleanup” and a few laughs.

She loved sewing, crotcheting, cooking, and family. But most of all, her grandbabies. She had a sharp sense of humor that will be greatly missed by all her knew her. If you
ever met her you would like her, if you got to know her you would love her.She had a beautiful smile and a wonderful laugh.

She leaves behind her two children, Lucinda Orth (Schafer) and her husband Clark, John “J.C.” Scruggs and his wife Julie. Six grandchildren (Abby, Lilli, Cain, Avery, Stephanie,
& Jamie). Two great grandchildren Addy and Savannah. Two brothers and one sister and many nieces and nephews.