A Celebration of Life for Gary Saathoff, 46, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at First Church of the Nazarene, 1470 N. 1000 Rd., with the Revs. Brad Cooper and Dan Norwood officiating.
Gary died Thursday, Mar. 22, 2012, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Sept. 7, 1965, in Lawrence, the son of Robert E. ‘Bob’ and Judith A. ‘Judy’ Hoover Saathoff. He graduated from Lawrence High School.
Gary was a self-employed contractor in the construction industry. He had previously worked for Rusty’s IGA and Kring’s Interiors. He has organized the Fourth of July fireworks display for the Lawrence Jaycees for many years, and served as the chairman of the annual Christmas auction and did other volunteer work on behalf of the Jaycees. He also served as horticulture superintendent at the Douglas County 4-H Fair.
Survivors include his mother, Judy Saathoff, Lawrence; a brother, Larry Saathoff and wife Sheryl, Lawrence; and three nieces, Becky and Rachelle Saathoff, and Renae Walters and husband Nick.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bob, in 2011..
The family will receive friends Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory
Memorials contributions may be made to LMH Oncology, or Health Care Access, in care of the funeral home, 601 Ind., Lawrence, KS, 66044.
Messages & Condolences
Judy, I am so sorry to hear of your son’s passing. I’m also very sorry to have just learned of your husband’s passing last year. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through these difficult times. My thanks to you and your husband for being such great neighbors while I lived on Maple Ln. God Bless you…. Kathy
We know that God has been with you and will continue to give you the stength to continue. Your family has always been strong in helping others through 4H and just being a good friend.We have had your family in our prayers and will continue to pray for Gods comfort. We are here if you need us!
Gary was a great guy and we are honored to have known him. Very special memories especially the Lawrence Christmas Party auctions. We are sorry for your loss and you will all be in our thoughts and prayers.
Dear Judy and Family:
My heart and prayers go out to all of you.
I know you will all miss him very much but know at this time we must find comfort in knowing he is with Our Lord.
God Bless You all,
Dear Judy, Larry and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all today and for the future as we all remember Gary. He was always such a hard-worker and a really good friend of mine. No matter what, he always had an upbeat attitude and saw the best in everyone, sometimes when they didn’t even deserve it. I will always value all he did for me and my family and the Lawrence Jaycees. He will be missed.
Sometimes not even all your love and caring
can make another person’s life easier.
Knowing that doesn’t take away your sadness
in losing someone special,
But in days to come may it comfort you to know… you gave all you could
with all the love you had,
and no one can do more than that.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal-
Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
For those who believe, no proof is necessary.
For those who doubt, no proof is possible.
Gary will live on in the hundreds of hearts
he has touched.
Thoughts and prayers,
Gary is the son of my dear second cousin Judy Saathoff. And though I only met him once I amd so sorry and the family have my thoughts and prayers. Delma Hepner
Judy, Larry & Sheryl and family:
I just read about Gary. Gary’s smile is attached to my grade school and 4-H memories. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Judy, I’m sending you a hug. Traci Hurst
I was honored to know Gary through the Kansas Jaycees. He was a fun, happy, tireless worker for the cause of assisting others. I am sorry for yur loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
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