Carl E. Rochester

Carl Eugene Rochester went home to be with the Lord on June 26, 2017, at the age of 81. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday, July 2, 2017, at 2:00 pm, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, located at 601 Indiana St, Lawrence, KS, 66044. There will be a time of fellowship and refreshments immediately following the Celebration of Life service.

Carl was born on February 29, 1936, in Clearfield, Kansas, the first of three children of Beatrice Lucille (Johnson) Rochester and Harlan Eugene Rochester. He graduated from Wellsville High School in Wellsville, Kansas, in 1954.

He married his high school sweetheart, Velma Lorene Jones, in 1955. Carl and Velma were married for 61 years. Over the years, they were quite adventurous, pursuing activities such as camping, boating, water skiing, and motorcycle riding.

Carl served as a paratrooper in the U.S Army. After serving in the military, Carl and Velma moved to Eudora, Kansas, and lived there the rest of their lives until now. Over the years, Carl’s places of work included the Kaw Valley School, the U.S.I. Chemical Plant, and the Eudora Nursing Center.

Carl gave his life to Jesus Christ at the age of 43. While facing a number of health challenges in the last season of his life, his faith in Jesus remained…on an almost daily basis, Carl would listen to Velma read the Bible aloud to him.

Carl leaves his wife of 61 years, Velma Rochester; his son, Eric Rochester; granddaughter, Lindsey Rochester; grandson, Cody Rochester; brother, Gary Rochester; sister, Carolee Randel; and a sister and a brother from his Mother’s second marriage, Sheryl Wright and Chuck Stevenin.

Messages & Condolences

From Marilyn Bray Rannebeck...

Sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. I know your comforted by the fact that Carl is in the arms of his loving God. I will keep you an your family in my prayers.

From Bruce and Dana Pfuetze...

So sorry to hear about your father. May God’s peace be with you all.

From Pam Lake...

We’re so sorry for your lost of Carl. We didn’t know him but if he’s anything like the rest of the family, he was a great friend and a good person.

From Mary Higgins...

I am so sorry for the loss of Carl. He was such a nice and caring man , he will be missed by many. May he RIP in a pain free world now.

From Eldon and Charlene Statler...

Carl was a nice person knowing him way back in school in Wellsville, Ks. Our condolences go out to Velma and all the family.

From Bob Anderson...

I am sorry for your loss as Carl was a great personal friend and very wonderful man to know.My condolences go out to the family and friends as he will be greatly missed.

From Kathy Mallonee (Stevenin)...

So sorry for your loss, I really liked Carl, a sweet man.
So glad he is no longer suffering and is the presence of our Lord.
God bless you all.

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