Robert E. “Bob” Saathoff

Funeral services for Robert E. “Bob” Saathoff, 72, Lawrence will be at 10am. Monday at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home with Pastor Dan Norwood officiating. Burial will follow at the Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Saathoff died Tuesday at his home. He was born May 11, 1938 in Nevada, Missouri the son of Benjamin L. and Edna Belle Hart Saathoff.

Mr. Saathoff attended Lawrence High School and graduated in 1956. He worked at Morton Block Co., Kansas Color Press, and retired from Lawrence Paper Co. in 2008.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He married Judy A. Hoover on May 30, 1958 in Lawrence, she survives of the home.

Other survivors include sons Larry Saathoff and wife Sheryl and Gary Saathoff all of Lawrence, brother Ben Saathoff, Jr. and wife Rose of Mesa, AZ, step-brother Jerry Petrie and wife Joyce of Lawrence, step-sisters Janice Quintana of Gilbert, AZ, and Shirley Pampus of Lamar, CO, grandchildren Becky, Rachelle, and Renae.

Friends may call at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home Sunday noon to 8pm. where the family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8pm.

Memorials may be made to Douglas County Special Olympics or Douglas County V.N.A., Rehabilitation and Hospice Care in care of the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Online condolences may be made at

Messages & Condolences

From Carolyn Eggert Pannier...

Judy, Gary, Larry and Family:
Remembering fondly how willingly and enthusiastically Bob participated in Cottonwood 4-H activities and was appreciated and respected by club members including my brother Rob and I. His involvement showed how deeply devoted he was to his family. Thinking of you as you reflect and treasure the memories. God bless your family.

From Traci Hurst...

Dear Judy, Larry & Sheryl (and girls), and Gary:
I am so sorry to hear of your husband/father’s/grandfather’s passing. I was shocked to read about Bob. I remember coming over to your house and working on projects for the Cottonwood 4-H Club. I will always remember Bob as a kind man. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Judy, I’m sending you a huge hug from Glendale, AZ. Love, Traci Hurst (the old neighborhood & Cottonwood 4-H Club)

From Lisa Saathoff Funk...

Aunt Judy, Larry, Gary, Sheryl, Becky, Rachelle and Renae –

I am tearing up as I write this. I loved my Uncle Bob very much…. thanks to all of you for making the California girls summer’s fun during our yearly vacations. Uncle Bob treated us like the daughters he never had.

I will never forget that the first (and only time) that Uncle Bob ever got on a plane was to attend my wedding in Phoenix. I cherish that memory and all the memories I have of him.

You will be missed favorite Uncle!

Love you,


From Fred & Linda Shirk...

So sorry to see this in the LJW, we are down in Florida so will not be able to attend the services, but our prayers and thoughts are with all of you, Judy, Larry,Gary, Pete and all the rest. Rest in peace Bob, and no more pain.

From Debbie Shirar...

I remember 4-H, parties in the Hoover barn and that one day when I needed a tree cut down and didn’t have the money . Bob was there! The Shirar’s and Saathoffs have had lot’s of good times ! I know that Bob and my folks are having a good time now! God bless you Judy – I know first hand what a demon you and Bob have been fighting. God bless you and yours and you know where I am!

From Mark & Dawn Lesperance...

Gary and Family,

We were very saddened to hear about the loss of your father. Please know our thoughts are with you and if you need anything in the days, weeks, and months to come we are here for you.

Mark & Dawn

From Denise Moore...

Judy, Gary, Larry, Sheryl, Becky, Renae and Rachelle,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I have many good memories of family dinners, ballgames, etc. with all of you and Bob. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.


Denise, Dennis, Shelby and Kylie Moore

From Ben Worth Family...

Aunt Judy and Family:
Sorry to hear about the loss of Uncle Bob. He was a great husband, father, uncle, and grandpa. He will be missed by many. We know he is in a better place now where he is no longer hurting or sick. We love you all very much and we will see you on Sunday. Thoughts and prayers are being sent your way.
Also, Audree’s family sends love and prayers to each and everyone of the family.

Love~Ben, Audree, Shanaye, & Addison

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