William B. Pendleton

Graveside inurnment services with full military honors for William Biklen Pendleton will be at 3 pm Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, at Oak Hill Cemetery.

William Biklen Pendleton, of Lawrence, KS died May 15, 2015, at Pioneer Ridge Assisted Living.

Born in Lawrence on October 12, 1920, William (usually known as Bill) was the first son and second child of William Henly Pendleton, Jr., and Marie Biklen Pendleton, both of Lawrence. Bill was predeceased by sister Barbara M. Gilfillan, brother Albert Biklen Pendleton, wife Edith Cottom Pendleton, and son Martin William Pendleton.

Bill is survived by his son Stephen H. Pendleton and companion Cathy Ricketts of Escondido, CA; daughter Helen E. “Hendle” Rumbaut and husband Michael Ambrose of Austin, TX; granddaughter Sasha M. Willingham, husband Jimmie Willingham, and great-grandson Charles A. Clark, all of Leander, TX; sister-in-law Lorita Pendleton, of Lawrence; nephews James B. Pendleton and wife Barbara, of Germantown, TN; John C. Pendleton and wife Karen, of Lawrence; A. Scott Pendleton and wife Cindy, of Orlando, FL; David Gilfillan and wife Sue, of Philadelphia, PA; and Bruce Gilfillan and wife Val, of New Port Richey, FL.

In 1958 he married Edith Cottom Livingston and adopted her two children, Stephen and Helen. He and Edith had a son, Martin William Pendleton, in 1959. Martin and his mother died in 1974 in an automobile collision.

Bill had deep historical ties to his native Lawrence. His great-grandfather, Theodore Poehler, was mayor in 1885. Theodore owned the Poehler Mercantile Company with warehouse and offices on East 8th Street (now the Poehler Loft Apartments); his name is still visible on the east side of the four-story brick building. Bill’s grandfather and father operated the Kaw Valley Cannery, located on East 10th Street, on premises currently owned by Allen Press. Bill worked summers in the cannery and learned many jobs, from gluing cardboard boxes to working in the cook room where steam was used for cooking, as well as in the operation of a hoist.

Bill attended Liberty Memorial High School in Lawrence and graduated from Shattuck School in Faribault, MN in 1939. He enrolled at the University of Kansas that year and was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

He served in the U.S. Army from June 1942 to March 1946. He saw service as a Lieutenant in the 593rd Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment (amphibious engineers), which operated LCM landing craft, in New Guinea and Borneo. His unit was attached to the Australian 6th Division for the invasion of Borneo.

After the war Bill resumed his studies at KU and graduated with an AB in economics in 1946. He then worked for three years in the accounting department of the Link Belt Company of San Francisco, CA. Returning to Lawrence in 1949, Bill farmed with his brother Albert until 1954, when he enrolled in the University of Kansas School of Law. He received his JD (LLB) in June 1957 and opened his law office on July 1, 1957, in the Jayhawker Theater Building (now Liberty Hall). In 1959 he moved to new quarters in the Lawrence National Bank building at 647 Massachusetts Street. Two more attorneys subsequently joined the firm, and the office was moved to 1031 Vermont Street in 2004. Bill retired from the practice of law in 2009. He continued to farm acreage south of the Wakarusa River until his death.

He served as judge of the Municipal Court of Lawrence from 1959 to 1967. At that time the bench was a part-time position, and he maintained his law practice while taking care of court matters. Bill was a member of the Douglas County Bar Association and served as its president in 1981.

Bill was a member of the KU Chancellors Club and of the Elizabeth M. Watkins Society and received the James Woods Green Medallion from the KU School of Law. He was formerly on the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church and served as its treasurer in the 1960s. He was a member of the Lawrence Breakfast Optimist Club for 58 years, receiving the Optimist of the Year award in 1992 and again in 1997.

Bill’s many interests included the collection of one-cylinder antique engines (“hit and miss”), which were used on farms and in oil fields and factories. He was a member of the Midland Railway Historical Association, which operates trains on the old right-of-way of the Santa Fe Railroad from Baldwin City to Ottawa Junction. He was involved with the acquisition of track equipment and served as a director on the Midland Railway Historical Foundation. He owned a Fairmont Inspection Car (section putt-putt), which he enjoyed taking out for rail excursions. He volunteered his time at various organizations, including the Heartland Medical Clinic at the Leo Center and Friends of Hidden Valley, and was a member of the American Legion. Bill held an Amateur Radio license (ham) and qualified for the “General” class license. He enjoyed traveling and rode steam trains around the world, including excursions in South Africa, Europe, and Cuba.

A memorial service, without the Order for the Burial of the Dead or Communion, will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church at a date and time to be announced. The body was donated for medical research.

The family suggests that memorial gifts be given to the American Legion, Dorsey-Liberty Post 14, Lawrence; Trinity Episcopal Church, Lawrence; or the Midland Historical Railway Association, Baldwin City, all c/o Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Maurice Myers Dressler

DresslerA Celebration of Life for Maurice Myers Dressler, 93, Baldwin City, will be at 1 pm Wednesday at Worden United Methodist Church, with Pastor Changsu Kim, Roger Dressler, and J.D. Dressler officiating. Burial will be at approximately 3:30 pm at Highland Cemetery, Iola, Kan. A visitation will be held Tuesday from 5-7 pm at Worden United Methodist Church. Mr. Dressler passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016, at Baldwin Healthcare & Rehab.

He was born June 27, 1923, in Iola, the son of Perl Clyde and Myrtle Fern Myers Dressler. He graduated from Iola High School in 1942, and later served in the United States Army during World War II. He owned and operated H & D Motor Service for many years. He also worked at Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant and a Ford dealership.

Maurice married Helen Louise Howard on Sept. 1, 1942, in Chanute. She preceded him in death on Dec. 15, 2014. Survivors include three sons, Maurice H. ‘Moe’ Dressler and wife Fran, Jacksonville, Fla. Roger Dressler and wife Norma, Baldwin City, and Truman Dale Dressler, Baldwin City; grandchildren Daryl (Mary) Dressler, Teri Dressler, and Tina (Frank) Selvera, Lori (Dennis) Lederer, J.D. (Stacey) Dressler, Rusty (Sharla) Dressler, and Kelly (Mike) Wintermantel; great grandchildren Zachary, Mallory, Emma, and Isabella Selvera, Chelsea Lederer, Whitney (Chris) Brubaker, Johnny Lederer, Macie, Miles, and Millie Dressler, Chase, Kalen, Kelby, and Kynlee Dressler; and Clayton, Carter, and Caden Wintermantel; and two great great granddaughters, Lane and Lacy.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Grace Hospice, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

George Burton Perdue

Perdue PicGeorge Burton Perdue died July 17, 2016 at Winchester Senior Care Center in Winchester, KS.

He was born Feb. 21, 1928 in Lawrence, KS. to George (Jack) & Naomi Perdue.

During the Korean War, he served his country by enlisting in the Navy and received an honorable discharge in 1955.

George, also known as Burton, spent many years working as a supervisor for FMC Corp. in Lawrence before retiring.

In the 1970’s, he and his wife Shirley moved from Lawrence to Perry, KS. They bought a beautiful 1880’s farmhouse with acreage and completely renovated it. It overlooked what was known locally as “Dead Man’s Curve” on Hwy. 24 north of Lawrence. Both loved having land for animals and enjoyed the peacefulness of the countryside.

After retiring, he stayed active by starting Buck Creek Simmenthals to breed and raise Simmenthal cattle. He had an outstanding breeding record which was recognized by and received awards from the American Simmenthal Association.

Over the years they had also several dogs, rescued cats, chickens, and other farm animals as pets.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Perdue, who resides at Winchester Senior Care Center; a daughter and son, Sandra Sailer of Dallas, TX. and husband Bill; Jim Perdue of Oskaloosa, KS; a sister, Doris Bateson and husband Leroy of Lawrence, KS; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Bruce Perdue.

A private interment will take place at a later date.

Amy Louise (Oswalt) Woodmancy

A. Woodmancy PicAmy Louise (Oswalt) Woodmancy, 91, died Thursday, July 14, 2016, at Bonner Springs Nursing Center in Bonner Springs, Kansas.

Amy was born on July 26, 1924, near Elgin, Oklahoma to Nellie Lee (Cox) Oswalt and Gervis E. Oswalt. She is survived by her husband Glenn Covert Woodmancy . They celebrated their 70th anniversary on July 6. She was a much-loved mother and grandmother to daughters and their husbands, Mary-Nell (Mark) Gleeson and Sarah (Michael) Van Horn and grandchildren Ben (Kate) Gleeson, Sam (Megan) Gleeson, Nate (Liz Cooper) Van Horn and Elizabeth Van Horn.

Amy and Glenn’s married life took them all over the United States. They lived in Boulder, CO, Goltry, OK, Wichita, KS(twice), Huntsville, AL (twice), Seattle, WA (twice), Randolph, NY and Lawrence, KS upon retirement to be near family. Amy was a teacher wherever she lived, starting in a one-room schoolhouse in Oklahoma and completing her career teaching English as a Second Language to new immigrants at Jardine Jr. High in Wichita, Kansas.

A memorial service for Amy will be held Saturday, July 30, 2:30 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home in Lawrence.

Donations in her name may be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (https://secure3.4agoodcause.com/afa/fundraisers/memorial1.aspx) or Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St. Kansas City, MO., sent in care of the funeral home.

Jeanne Cooper Glaub

Jeanne Cooper Glaub of Manchester, MO passed away on July 8, 2016 at the age of 90. She was preceded in death by her parents Orin and Edna Cooper; brothers Ed, Glenn and Fred; sisters Esther Mae, Dorothy, Evelyn and Rachel. She is survived by son Thomas Glaub of Farmington, MO; daughter Sally Hahn of Lake St. Louis, MO; son Michael Glaub of St. Charles, MO; grand daughter Stephanie Moran of O’Fallon, MO; grand daughter Emma Glaub of O’Fallon MO; sister in law Dorcas Cooper of Wichita, KS; sister in law Alita Cooper of Lawrence, KS; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She loved all sports, especially the St. Louis Cardinals. She loved her Clayton High School friends and her Church friends. Most of all she loved her family. She cherished the almost 40 years of family reunions in Branson, MO. She will be missed dearly.

Inurnment service will be Saturday July 23, at 3pm, Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence, KS.

Memorials may be made to the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church kitchen fund.

Lance LaVerne Cooper

A memorial service for Lance LaVerne Cooper, 47, Lawrence, will be 2 pm, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at Mustard Seed Church.

On the afternoon of July 14, 2016, Lance passed away in his home after a 3 year battle with brain cancer. Lance was 47.

Lance was born on April 11, 1969, in Santa Maria, CA, the son of John B and H. Kay Taylor Cooper.

He graduated from Belle Fourche High School in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. He furthered his education at Southern Mississippi University while graduating from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Lance worked at Transwest Trucking for over 15 years. He was very proud of being a vital part of the Transwest family.

He called Mustard Seed Church in Lawrence, KS his spiritual home with his spiritual life starting in First Congregational Church in Belle Fourche, SD.

Prior to meeting Hope, Lance had a prolonged fascination with the 80’s, haircut and all. Sports dominated his focus. Softball in the summer, football in the Fall- everything Rams (LA and St. Louis), winter was basketball (the sport he loved the most).

Whether it was sports or other activities (music, cards, games & golf) friends were always a part. Everything revolved around family and friends. Usually making family and friends laugh. The only piece missing was a muse for his songs (great voice he had).

Lance married Hope Kamerzell on 8/30/2008 in Sylvan Lake in Custer, SD. She survives of the home.

Although the 80’s remained close to his heart, Hope really did encourage the transformation of Lance into the next century. Lance was immediately hooked by Hope’s son, Ryder. He was born to be a father and quickly set the expectations to always have a great attitude and give forth 100% effort. Hope and Ryder quickly integrated into the family and friend focus with cards, stories, and laughter. Lance made an about face from dare devil to provider. His days of March Madness in Vegas turned to family trips to Nebraska Football, with the stipulation that the game was against Southern Mississippi. Most of his activity revolved around anything that Ryder was involved in – baseball, basketball, band, school.

Regardless of the phase in his life, Lance was always focused on fun and connection. He loved deeply and his life was lived with conviction and care. What Lance was most known for is his humor and pranks on his family and friends.

Other survivors include his parents John and Kay Cooper, Belle Fourche, SD; stepson Ryder Crafton, Lawrence, KS; brothers Brian Cooper, Westminster, CO, Lynn Budmayr, Rogue River, OR; a sister Lesa Budmayr, Belle Fourche, SD.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the University of Kansas Research Center / Brain Cancer, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Edward August Lunte Jr.

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Edward August Lunte, Jr. passed away July 13th, 2016 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Edward was the son of Edward Lunte, Sr. and Myrtle Betterton. He was born April 28th, 1923 in North St. Louis, Missouri.

Edward was drafted into the military in January of 1942. He was trained as a radar technician and was stationed in Guam as a member of the 315th Bomb Wing. Upon his return home to St. Louis, during the spring of 1946, Edward returned to his job at Mallinckrodt Chemical Company. At that time he became reacquainted with Lois Goltermann, the love of his life. The two were married two years later on June 12th, 1948 at the Salem Evangelical Church in St. Louis. They were married for 65 years. On August 6, 1957, they welcomed a son, Craig Edward Lunte.

Ed graduated from Washington University in St. Louis on the GI bill. He spent most of his career as an internal auditor for Laclede Gas Company in St. Louis. In 2001, Edward and Lois moved to Lawrence to be closer to their son, Craig, daughter-in-law Susan, and his two granddaughters, Alyson and Kathryn. Craig was a professor and Chair of the Chemistry Department at the University of Kansas.

Ed and Lois made many new friends in Lawrence and they will be deeply missed. They were active members of the First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence and were involved in the Longleaf community where they lived in Lawrence. They were also wonderful grandparents. Edward spent a lot of time at St. John’s school with his granddaughters and enjoyed being the taxi service for the girls and many of their friends. He was also an active member of the American Legion, enjoying his Thursday night visits, dancing and watching the Junkyard Jazz Band.

Edward is survived by his two granddaughters, Alyson Lunte and Kathryn Lunte, and by his daughter-in-law Susan (Hommel) Lunte. His wife, son, and brother (Lou) preceded him in death.

In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions in Ed’s name can be made to St. John’s School, the American Legion or the Kansas University Endowment Association Craig Lunte Memorial Fund.

A memorial service will be held on October 1st. (TBA)

Cheryl Anne Musick

A memorial service for Cheryl Ann Musick, 70, Lawrence will be 10 am, Wednesday July 13, 2016, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

She died Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at the DaVita Lawrence Dialysis Center.

She was born March 23, 1946, in Lawrence, the daughter of John William Sr. and Evelyn Frances Markley Musick.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Lawrence Humane Society, sent in care of the funeral home.