Helen A. Nation

A Celebration of Life for Helen A. Nation, 92, Lawrence, will be at 10 am Tuesday at Redeemer Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Robert Leiste officiating. Inurnment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Nation died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born Nov. 8, 1924, in Cogar, Okla., the daughter of Adolph and Erna Leus Wegner. She graduated from Great Bend High School in 1942. She worked at Smoky Hill AFB in Salina before marrying and moving to Lawrence in 1950. She worked at Haskell and the United States Postal Service, where she was the first female letter carrier in Lawrence. She retired as a financial secretary at Bert Nash in 1988 after 18 years of service. Helen was a board member of Douglas County Trailriders Association, and was involved in Girl Scouts, PTA, and church activities at Redeemer, where she was a member.

She married Oscar C. ‘Bud’ Nation on Sept. 26, 1948, in Great Bend. He preceded her in death in 2014. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Vinson Wegner, and a brother in law, Dean Tittel. Survivors include three children, Debra Schmidt and husband Timothy, Wichita, Barbara Nation-Jackson and husband Bruce, Phoenix, and David Nation, Wellington, Fla.; three siblings, Richard Wegner and wife Jeanne, Lake Quivira, Kan., Irene Tittel, Odessa, Tex., and Kenneth Wegner and wife Ruth, Needham Heights, Mass.; a sister in law, Virginia Wegner, Houston, Tex.; six grandchildren, Andrew and wife Kristin, Nathaniel Herren, Susannah Carnegie, Rebecca Carr and husband John, Laura Friedberg and husband David, and Matthew Schmidt and wife Alexandra; and thirteen great grandchildren, Malik Craven, Rorie, Ariella, Zechariah, and Gabriella Carnegie, Jack, Ever, and Sunny Carr, Adessa and Tylis Herren, Annistyn and Ellington Friedberg, and Gabriella Villacana.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm Monday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory. Memorial contributions are suggested to Redeemer Lutheran Church or Lutheran Hour Ministries, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

George Vorovka

A Celebration of Life for George Vorovka, 94, Lawrence, will be at 2:30 pm Saturday at Smith Center at Brandon Woods at Alvamar. Mr. Vorovka died peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at his home.

He was born Mar. 4, 1922, in Hemingford, Neb., the son of Alois and Marie Stumpf Vorovka, who were immigrants from Czechoslovakia. He graduated from high school in Hemingford, and later served in the United States Navy during World War II, stationed in Pensacola, Fla. George was an officer in the Navy during World War II serving as a Naval Aviator and flight instructor, flying SNJ’s and PBY’s. He served in the Naval Reserves until 1955. He continued his love for flying as a commercial charter pilot. George farmed, and worked for Investors Diversified before joining AAA as a travel insurance agent. He retired in 1986 after 19 years of service. He was a member of the Shriners, Masons, and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. George enjoyed flying, travel, Ham radio, carpentry, polka dancing, and spending time with grandsons.

George married Evelyn L. Lange on June 29, 1945, in Hemingford. She survives of the home. Other survivors include a son, David Vorovka, Lincoln, Neb.; a daughter, Cheri Thompson and husband Mike, Lawrence, and two grandsons, Tony and Tim Thompson. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Louise Nekuda.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Brandon Woods Employee Recognition Fund, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com

Virgie Leona Haggerty

Virgie (Orram) Moody Haggerty, age 85, passed away February 9, 2017 in Eudora, KS. She was born December 10, 1931 to Virgil and Corabelle (Lawhorn) Orram in Wichita, KS. She graduated from Wichita East High School. She was united in marriage to Martie Moody in 1950 and together they raised 6 children in Moundridge, Florence, and Marion, Kansas. There, Virgie enjoyed raising quarter horses and cooking for her family. The couple would later divorce and in 1982, Virgie married Leonard “Pete” Haggerty in Wichita at which time their adventures together began. She enjoyed her job as an activities director in the Kansas Masonic Home in Wichita until 1985 when they moved to San Diego where they flew ultralight planes and traveled the United States and parts of Europe. Virgie and Pete continued their adventures after a move to Homosassa, Florida, where they kept company with good friends, enjoyed boating and taking helicopter rides, and sought out treasures at neighborhood garage sales. Virgie took great pride in her children and grandchildren. Through life’s many challenges and achievements, she loved her family dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Pete, sisters Naomi Roth and Mavis Friesen, son John Moody, grandson Michael Moody, and Pete’s son Shawn Haggerty. She is survived by her children Cheri Thompson, Eudora, KS, Kim (Carolyn) Moody, Ulysses, KS, Chris (Allen) Radtke, Marion, KS, Konnie Hamilton, Loomis, CA, Cindy (Mark) Naff, Lawrence, KS, also Pete’s children whom she loved: Sharon Haggerty, Scott Haggerty, Sheryl Lashway and Patrick Haggerty, seventeen grandchildren and twenty-two great grandchildren. She will be missed by all.

Virgie will be laid to rest next to Pete at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. The family will have a private celebration of her life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Virgie’s honor to Grace Hospice, Lawrence, Kansas.

Mary R. Worley

Graveside service for Mary R. Worley, 59, Gardner, will be 10 am. Monday, February 13, 2017 at Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Sunday, February 12, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Mary died Wednesday, February 8, at University of Kansas Hospital. She was born February 21, 1957, the daughter of Robert W. and Erma V. Conner Payne.

Mary graduated Lawrence High School in 1975. She worked for Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Lad-Law as a bus driver for several years. She went to dietary school and became dietary manager for several schools and nursing homes.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include sons Ray of Ft. Wayne, IN, David of Gardner, John of Olathe, sisters Sharon McNish of Gladstone, Roberta Moore of DeSoto, brothers Mike and Robert Payne both of Lawrence, 10 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter.

Memorials may be made to Donate Life, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Suzanne E. McColl

Visitation for Suzanne Eleanor Ecke McColl will be Sunday, February 12, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at Bella Sera at the Preserve, 4500 Bob Billings Parkway, Lawrence. Additional parking is available next door at the Police Department and Office Complex. Private family inurnment will be in Pioneer Cemetery.

After a long illness, Mrs. McColl, of Lawrence, Kansas, died on Monday, February 6, 2017, at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.

Suzanne was born to the late Rollin and Eleanor Ecke, in 1937, in Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from Pomona College in 1959 with a BA in Sociology, married and had two sons. She moved to Lawrence, Kansas in the mid 1960’s and worked for awhile as secretary to the Aerospace Engineering Department at KU.

Among her hobbies were knitting, reading and playing bridge. She also enjoyed walking with a group of friends known as the “Jabberwalkers”, as well as traveling, visiting many countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and South America.

For most of her life Suzanne was very active, enjoying playing golf and tennis, and swimming. She enjoyed golf so much that she was one of the regular players of Wii Golf at Brandon Woods.

Suzanne was known and appreciated by her friends as being a polite, considerate, and gracious lady with an endearing smile. She was a generous person with family, friends, and a variety of charities, including giving large donations to the Bob J. Dole Institute, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and the University of Kansas for the Suzanne Ecke McColl Nature Reserve.

She was also active in many groups, including the University Women’s Club, her Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and the Zodiac Club in addition to volunteer work with such organizations as Brandon Woods nursing home, Meals on Wheels, and Trinity In-Home Care.

She was loved by many and will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to one of Suzanne’s preferred charities below or a church or charity of your choice.

Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation for scholarships (or The Suzanne Ecke McColl, Colorado College, Memorial Scholarship). Checks should be made payable to the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 38, Columbus, OH 43216-0038. Or www.kappa.org/donation.

Pomona College (“In memory of Suzanne E. McColl” in the memo line). Checks can be sent in care of Don Pattison, 550 North College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711, or be arranged online: www.pomona.edu/give.

Online condolences may be sent at www.rumsey-yost.com.

Kelley Jean Curtiss

Kelley Jean Curtiss, 87, passed away in Lawrence, KS, on February 5, 2017. Kelley was born on March 28, 1929, to Cleo and Naomi (Robinson) Curtiss of Hutchinson, KS. His beloved wife of 60 years, Eva Louise (Lawson) Curtiss, preceded him in death in 2013.

Kelley was raised in Hutchinson and graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1947. He received an associate degree from Hutchinson Community College and served four years in the Naval Reserve. Kelley worked in the family-owned paint store in Hutchinson and later in Colorado Springs. For many years he was a route man for Betts Bakery Rainbow Bread. He was also a sales representative for General Portland Cement, Machinery and Supply Co., Midwest Fly Ash, and LaFarge North America. During his career, the family lived in Hutchinson, Salina, Pittsburg, Topeka, and Guthrie, OK.

The most treasured gift Kelley shared with his family and friends was his love of music. A life-long member of the United Methodist Church, Kelley’s beautiful Irish tenor was heard in churches across Kansas. He was a choir director in Hutchinson and sang in the Messiah in Lindsborg. Also, he and Eva sang in the Country Spirit Band. The family often gathered at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS. In Guthrie, Kelley was a member of the Okie Dokie Banjo Band and helped found the Banjo Jazz Festival and the Banjo Hall of Fame. Kelley and Eva enjoyed dancing together throughout their marriage. In addition to music, Kelley loved sailing, fishing, and being with his family.

Kelley is survived by seven children, Ronald (Amelia) Curtiss of Guatemala City, GT; Cleon Curtiss of Colorado Springs, CO; Melody Curtiss (Jamie Beletz) of Washington, D.C.; Kelley (Myra) Curtiss of Colwich, KS; Kevin (Darcy) Curtiss of Kansas City, KS; Patrick (Martha Coffman) Curtiss of Lawrence, KS; and Lyric (Larry) Bartz of Lawrence, KS. His quirky humor will be particularly missed by his thirty-six grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. He also leaves behind two sisters, Patricia Trantham, Valley Center, KS, and Donna Adcock, McPherson, KS, as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family will gather for a private celebration of life that will include lots of singing, stories, and laughter.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Ave. 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

Pamela J. Post-Helm

Graveside services for Pamela Jean Post-Helm, 60, Lawrence, will be 11 am, Thursday, February 9, 2017, at Oak Hill Cemetery. A visitation will take place from 6-7 pm Wednesday, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. A memorial Mass will take place after the burial at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1234 Kentucky St. Lawrence, KS 66044.

She died February 3, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Pamela was born November 08, 1956, in Lawrence, the daughter of Alfred Frank Post and Mabel Jo Smith Weeks.

Nothing was more important to Pamela than spending time with her children and grand children. She enjoyed family reunions and often journeyed to Arkansas to attend them. She loved watching KU basketball games, collecting precious moments and listening to Elvis Presley. She played softball for GBK and participated in a bowling league for many years.

She worked for Honeywell for 28 Years and later went to Pinnacle Career institute to become a Medical Assistant.

Pamela married Jimmy Helm in 1974, they later separated.

Survivors include two daughters Angela D. Helm, Andrea D. Helm, Lawrence; a son Ryan J. Stellwagen, Lawrence; two brother Gary W. Post (wife Lori), Cape Girardeau, MO, David L. Weeks (wife Renee), Eudora; five
grand children Ki’esha R. Mumford, Alexis K. Mumford, Christopher L. Mumford II, Ontareo X. Jackson, Frankie Ayala, all of Lawrence, numerous nieces and nephews and many more that called her granny.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pamela J. Post-Helm Memorial Fund, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street Lawrence, KS 66044.

Ella Margaret Steffek Hyatt

Graveside services for Ella Margaret Steffek Hyatt, 99 Lawrence, will be at 10 am Wednesday at McLouth Cemetery. A procession will leave Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home at 9:30 am. A visitation will be held Tuesday from 6-7 at the funeral home. Ella died Thursday, February 2, 2017, at Baldwin Healthcare & Rehab Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Asera Care Hospice or Baldwin Healthcare & Rehab, in care of the funeral home. 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

A full obituary will appear here later.

Keith LeRoy Thomas

Services for Keith LeRoy Thomas, 85, Lawrence, KS, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Vinland United Methodist Church, Baldwin City, KS.

Mr. Thomas died of Congestive Heart Failure, in his sleep, at his home with family on Sunday, January 15, 2017.

He was born on May 2, 1931 in Ft. Scott (Bourbon County), KS, The only son of Kenneth and Edna (Farmer) Thomas. He graduated from Ft. Scott High School in 1949, and then attended Fort Scott Community College majoring in Sociology.

On March 11, 1959 he married his great love, Georgia Lee Bailey also of Ft. Scott.

From 1951 to 1953 Mr. Thomas was known as Pastor Keith Thomas whilst serving as a clergyman for the Methodist Ministry, Ottawa District, KS. He and his wife served three churches one each in Hiattville, Gerard and Pawnee.

In 1953 Mr. Thomas joined the United States Army and left in 1955 as a Corporal with an Honorable Discharge. He then went on to complete 8 years with the Army Reserves.

In 1955 Mr. & Mrs. Thomas settled in Lawrence, KS where Keith found work as an Auto Parts Manager for BF Goodrich. He then moved onto Dale Willey Automotive and then retired from Larry’s Auto Supply in 1993.

Mr. Thomas joined the Kansas Free Masons where he was a member for 65 Years. Keith was a firm believer of helping others and of those in need.

Among his patrons were the Disabled American Veterans (DAV.org), Paralyzed Veterans of America (supportveterans.org), Easter Seals (easterseals.com), St Jude Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org) and Habitat for Humanity (habitat.org).

Mr. Thomas had a great love for his family and his country. He liked the outdoors and country music. He had an affinity for a good box of Russell Stover Chocolates, Cookies and Coconut Cream Pie. He took great joy in visiting the National Parks like Yellowstone National Park, Redwood National Park, Pikes Peak National Forest, Disney Land and camping in Denver, CO. He was equally fond of Zoo’s and Museums.

Survivors of the home include his wife of 66 years Georgia Lee (Bailey) Thomas, Lawrence, KS, his son, Dwayne K. (Elisa) Thomas of Lawrence, KS, his daughter Debra L. (Bruce) Thomas of Louisville, MS, 8 Grandchildren, Daniel (Kristine) Thomas, Lawrence, David (Leah) Thomas, Lawrence, Michael (Jackie) Thomas, Lawrence, Cary Smith, Lawrence, Seth Thomas, Kansas City, MO, Jennifer and Heather Burke, Salina, KS. Mr. Thomas also had 12 Great Grandchildren.

Mr. Thomas is preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Edna (Farmer) Thomas, his only sister Beverly Arlene (Thomas) Davis, his brother-in-law Conrad (Connie) Davis, granddaughter Heather and great granddaughter Gabriella.

Cards and letters can be sent to the family at 660 E. 1450 Rd., Lawrence, KS 66046.

The family suggests memorials to the church and/or his favorite charities sent in care of the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Clarence Raymond Pobjoy Sr.

A memorial visitation for Clarence Raymond Pobjoy Sr., 74, Lawrence, will be from 11-12pm Monday, January 30, 2017, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

He died Thursday, January 26, 2017, at the Tonganoxie Nursing Center in Tonganoxie, KS.

Clarence was born January 27, 1942, in Lawrence, KS, the son of Harold and Bertha Reed Pobjoy Sr. He worked for Quaker Oats in Lawrence for 26 years.

He married Shirley Bailey on a 15th in 1969 , they later divorced.

Clarence enjoyed fishing,camping and playing cards

Survivors include a sister Shirley Brouhard, three sons Brian Pobjoy and his wife Tracy, Jason Pobjoy, Clarence Pobjoy jr, 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

He is proceeded in death by Two Brothers Harold Pobjoy and Glenn Reed a brother in law Loren Brouhard.

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