Funeral services for Gaylen Liska, 74, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Gaylen died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.
He was born Apr. 5, 1939, in Pratt, the son of Peter G. and Mary Gunn Liska. He graduated from Pratt High School. Gaylen worked for John Haddock Ford from 1963-79, and later was the assistant director of the Kansas University Garage & body shop, retiring in 1992 after 21 years of service. He was a ‘Mr. Fix-it’, and enjoyed collecting and restoring cars. He also enjoyed traveling, bird watching, and ebaying.
He married Deronda Meacham in 1959. They later divorced. He married Carlotta Culver in 1985 in Lawrence. She survives of the home. Other survivors include three sons, Nathan Liska, Sterling Eubank, and Bill Eubank, all of Lawrence; two daughters, Dawn Stewart, Lawrence, and Michelle Shanks and husband Scott, Gardner; a sister, Evelyn O’Brien, Superior, Wisc; 19 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sons Dean Liska, Eric Eubank, and Lyle Lee Liska; daughters Robin Liska and Carleen Eubank; brothers Willard Liska and Larry Liska; and sisters Marvel Combs and Shirley Liska.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions to the LMH Endowment Association, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.