Marjorie A. Schick

Funeral services for Marjorie Ann Schick, 83, Lawrence, will be at 10 am Tuesday at Lone Star Church of the Brethren. Burial will follow in Washington Creek Cemetery. Mrs. Schick died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born May 17, 1934, in Lone Star, the daughter of Murray E. and Florence Kingery Bond. She graduated from Liberty Memorial High School. Marjorie worked at Lawrence National Bank, and as a bookkeeper for her husband’s business – Don Schick Auto Parts. She also helped on the farm, and in her spare time enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading, and following KU sports. She was a lifelong member of Lone Star Church of the Brethren, where she taught Sunday School and prepared the weekly bulletins.

Marjorie married Donald D. Schick on Apr. 10, 1955, at the Lone Star Church. He preceded her in death in 2012. Survivors include two sons, Jerry Schick, Chillicothe, Mo., and Larry Schick and wife Kathy, Meadow Grove, Neb.; four grandchildren, Valerie Gould and husband Zach, Bradley, Kendall, and Joshua Schick; and two great grandchildren, Esther & Samuel Gould.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Lone Star Church of the Brethren, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be sent at

Vera D. Neal

Memorial services for Vera Neal, 84, Williamsburg, will be from 2-4 pm, Saturday, March 31, 2018, at the Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 211 E South St, Williamsburg, KS 66095.

She died Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at Bridge Haven Village, Lawrence, KS.

Vera graduated from Williamsburg High School.

She married Charles Lester Neal on June 21, 1952, in Williamsburg, Kansas, he preceded her in death earlier this year.

Survivors include her Daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and George Swisher; grandson and his wife, Hayden and Krystina Swisher; her granddaughter and her husband, Lindsey and Sean Deaton, and grandson, Wesley Hoffman.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and a daughter Connie Hoffman.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions made to Bridge Haven, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St. Lawrence, KS 66044.

George W. Byers

George William Byers, retired professor of entomology at the University of Kansas, died at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital on 1, January. He was born on 16 May 1923, in Washington, D.C., son of George and Helen (Kessler) Byers. The family moved to Lafayette, Indiana, where he attended grade school and high school. He was second of eight children. During high school years, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout (BSA), served a year as editor of his high school’s newspaper, and was chosen an outstanding high school student of the midwest, by the Chicago Tribune.

Early in 1942, when a student at Purdue University, he enlisted as a private in the Army, in field artillery, later attended officer training (OCS), and by the end of World War II was a first lieutenant. Following college training in biology and specializing in entomology at the University of Michigan, he was recalled to active duty, transferred to the Army’s Medical Service Corps, and sent to Korea to head a research unit to study a regional disease called epidemic hemorrhagic fever, to determine its cause in military personnel and how it could be controlled. After a few other, brief periods of active duty, he retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel.

He married Lt. Gloria B. Wong, an Army nurse, on 16 December 1955, and together they raised three sons, in Lawrence: Bruce A. (born 28 Dec. 1958), Brian W. (14 May 1964] and Douglas E. (24 Dec. 1965). From a previous marriage, to Martha Esther Sparks, on 25 Feb. 1945, came son George W. (born 25 Feb. 1946, died 29 Apr. 2009) and daughter Carolyn S. (16 April 1948),

In 1956, he joined the Department of Entomology, at the University of Kansas, teaching systematic entomology, medical entomology, and some other courses, and curating the insect collection in the Snow Entomological Museum (later named the Entomology Division of the Biodiversity Institute of the University). He also taught a summer course in general entomology, alternate summers from 1961 to 1992 at Mountain Lake Biological Station, University of Virginia, and once at the University of Minnesota biological station, Lake Itasca. For more than 30 years his research was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation.

Twice he served as department chairman, 1969-1972 and 1984-1987. He retired in 1988 but retained office and laboratory space, where he continued research on crane flies and scorpionflies until the time of his death.

The family will welcome friends at a reception Saturday, 6 January, 2-4 p.m. at 2707 Oxford Rd. The family requests no flowers, but contributions in memory of George may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Marcia Elaine Hutson

Services for Marcia Elaine Hutson, 75, Eudora, will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Hutson died Friday, December 29, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born October 21, 1942, in Pontiac, Michigan, the daughter of Freeman Laurence and Bertha Lucille Olin Spurlock. She graduated from high school and attended some college.

Mrs. Hutson worked as a computer programmer for a pharmaceutical company. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting, making jewelry, bowling, and playing bingo.

She married James Daniel Hutson on June 2, 1960 in Texas. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include a daughter, Jeanette Ayala and husband Richard of Lake Oswego, OR; sons, Jim Hutson and wife Sabrina of Lawrence, Scott Hutson and wife Teresa of Parkville, MO; sister, Phyllis Ballard of Payson, AZ; brother, Jim Spurlock and wife Sue of West Jefferson, NC; grandchildren, Dani Hutson of Omaha, NE, Jessica Hutson of Riverbank, CA, Ryan Hutson of Riverbank, CA, Richard Ayala of Portland, OR, and Lauren Ayala of San Diego, CA.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, where the family will receive them from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday.

Ralph Winfield (Win) Campbell

Memorial services for Ralph Winfield “Win” Campbell, 75, Lawrence, will be at 10 am, Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at First Southern Baptist Church.

He died Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Win was born August 15, 1942, in Lawrence, the son of Ralph Golden and Ruth Hayes Peck Campbell. He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1960.

Win was the owner of multiple Downtown Lawrence businesses since 1964. Most notable: Campbell’s Clothing and Winfield House. He was a former Downtown Lawrence President and Board Member, and Former Vice-Chair of the Douglas County Republican Party. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and John Wayne fan. Win’s passion after his wife, Linda, was gardening – we’re not sure which came first.

Win married Linda Sue Midyett on July 16, 1963 in Wichita, Kansas. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include Daughters: Carrie Gerace, Merritt Island, FL and Megan King, Lawrence, KS; Son: Ken Campbell, Olathe, KS; Sisters: Susan Noon, Spotsylvania, VA and Nancy Byers, San Antonio, TX; and 8 Grandchildren

A visitation will take place at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home from 5-6 pm Monday, January 1, 2018.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions made to the Veritas Christian School or Cottonwood Inc, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Bernadine Hall Burton

Bernadine Hall Burton, 97, Lawrence, passed away December, 26, 2017, at Brandon Woods.

She was born in 1920 in Kansas City, Kansas, to Challis A. and Nelle Johnson Hall. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Kansas and enthusiastically pursued art and design all her life.

On February 26, 1944, in Meridian, Mississippi, she married John T. Burton, Sr., while he was on leave from naval duties in South America. He preceded her in death.

Bernadine loved her family and enjoyed spending time with children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren all of her life. She was also an active and devoted member as a deacon and elder at the Village Presbyterian Church, her local Garden Club, and Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association.

Survivors include daughters, Linda Burton of Lawrence, Kansas; Kristin Johnson of Austin, Texas; Bernadine Brown of Perry, Kansas; a son, John T. Burton, Jr. of Austin, Texas; 7 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Declan Lawrence Brown.

A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to The Nature Conservancy in Kansas, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, Kansas, 66044.

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Wanda G. Knapp-Howard

Graveside services for Wanda G. (Knapp) Howard, 71, Lawrence, will be at 2 pm Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Howard died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born February 22, 1946, in Leavenworth, Kansas, the daughter of Clarence and Garnett (Hillix) Knapp. She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1964. Wanda worked at Raney’s Drug, Hallmark Cards, Round Corner Drug, and the University of Kansas where she retired after working in the Comptroller’s office and the Spencer Museum of Art.

Wanda and Dean enjoyed traveling and spent the winters with friends in Bandera, Texas.  They traveled to several places around the country and especially loved Colorado and the mountains.

Mrs. Howard was a member of Central United Methodist Church in Lawrence.

She married Melvin E. Copp on June 25, 1965, in Garnett, Kansas. They later divorced.

She married Dean Howard on December 1, 1988 in Miami, Oklahoma.  He survives of the home.

Other survivors include a daughter, Tammy (Copp) Barta and husband Jon, Lawrence; a son, Timothy Copp, Lawrence; a sister, Dianna Raybern, Lawrence; a stepdaughter, Jama Howard and companion, Jeff, of Ottawa; a stepson, Todd Howard of Lawrence.  Grandchildren Timothy, Tia, Taylor, Maddison, Hannah, Jacey, Jenna, Sydney and husband Kevin, Tanner and Justin, great-grandchildren Hadden, Brennan and Ainsley, and her beloved dog Bandi.

The family suggests memorials to Arms of Hope – Medina Children’s Home in Medina, Texas or a charity of the donor’s choice, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS 66044.


Ann S. Conley

Ann S. Conley died at the age of 81 at midnight on Christmas morning 2017. She was born on January 1, 1936 being the first baby born that year in her town. She was the daughter of Ellsworth Spencer and Margaret Ethalind Gray who were born in the Boston, MA area. They moved to Columbia, MO where Ann was born, but later moved to Lawrence, KS where her father was a professor at the University of Kansas in the Mechanical Engineering department. He passed away when she was a pre-teen and she realized the need to help support her family, so she went to work for the Castle Tea Room at the age of 11 serving coffee and water in the ballroom. She attended Lawrence High School where her class was the first to graduate from the new school at 19th and Louisiana St. She later attended the University of Kansas on an academic scholarship. She was active in many activities while at KU including being President of LaTertulia Spanish Club, President of the Christian Science organization and worked part-time in the Registrar’s office in Strong Hall while going to classes. It was there that she met her future husband, Harold L. Conley. She boasts of having Wilt Chamberlain in her biology class who sat in front of her in Lindley Hall. She also participated in ballet swimming while at KU. In the summer she was water-front counselor at Sea Pines camp on Cape Cod and while there she got to teach Gypsy Rose Lee’s son, Eric, to swim. Her grandparents had a house on Cape Cod just down the beach from the camp where she would go every Thursday on her day off.

She married Harold on November 6, 1955. They were busy travelling, attending KU basketball games, attending shows at the New Theatre in Overland Park, KS, the Lied Center in Lawrence, KS and Topeka Civic Theatre in Topeka, KS where they had season tickets to all of them. For a number of years, they also had season tickets to the College World Series of baseball in Omaha, Nebraska. They had been members of FSBC since 1978. On many of their long trips before and after their marriage, they often would sing their favorite theme song, The Bible Tells Me So. She was also a busy mother of 3 children. Harold preceded Ann in death in 2005.

She is survived by her brother, David Gray (Ella) of Ft. Worth, TX; daughter Cindy Lakey (Barry) of Overland Park, KS; son David Conley of Tonganoxie, KS; son Steven Conley (Rosalyn) of Lawrence, KS; granddaughter Sarah Conley of Lawrence, KS; step granddaughter Amy Navarro (Matt Huss) of Lawrence, KS; step grandson Erik Slan (Meredith) of Topeka, KS and two great grandsons Martin Navarro and Brian Navarro of Lawrence, KS. There are also numerous nieces and nephews from Texas, Kansas, New England and England. She leaves behind many dear friends, some of whom she has known and remained friends with since her elementary school days. She also leaves a long-time friend, Dottie Matthew whose 4 children are her God children.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Christian Higher Education Endowment Fund of the Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptist Foundation at 5410 W. 7th st., Topeka, KS 66606.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, January 6th at 11:00 am at the First Southern Baptist Church in Topeka, KS. That evening a Celebration of Life open house will be held at the Castle Tea Room in Lawrence, KS from 6:00-8:00 pm for friends and family to come. Beverages and snacks will be served as we share memories.