William Frank Augustus

Graveside services for William Frank Augustus, 76, Lawrence, will be 3:30, Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at Memorial Park Cemetery. A visitation will be from 2-3:20 pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

He died August 31, 2018, at his home.

William was born September 1, 1941, in Washington, KS, the son of Guy B. and Martha LaVera Smith Augustus. He graduated from Lawrence High School.

He worked for over thirty years and retired from the Lawrence Paper Company as a Mechanic. He enjoyed amateur radio, guns and targets, shooting pool, going out dancing, farming, cars and miscellaneous fabrication around the house.

William married Dee Randel on May 16, 1985, she preceded him in death in 2008.

Survivors include son, Kevin Augustus, Lawrence; daughter Karen Dirks, Colorado; stepdaughter Heather Ashburn, Lawrence; and four grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife Dee.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions made to the SVS Foundation for Vascular Research, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street Lawrence, KS 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Kathy gillihan...

Bill was a great friend of my brother and his best man. I ran into him years ago at a dance club with my husband and he hadn’t changed a bit…still smiling and crazy, in a fun way. Hopefully he and Larry have met in heaven and talking about the good old days. So sorry to hear of his passing.
Kathy (Dolifka) Gillihan

From Mike Frame LHS Class of 1959...

I am so sorry to learn about Bill’s passing. Bill and I were friends in our youth. He always had a big smile and fun to be around. After leaving the area in 1960 on visits to Lawrence I did connect and visit with Bill a few times. He still had his big smile.

From Judy Demos Crossfield...

My condolences to the family on Bill’s passing. I hadn’t seen Bill in years but remember him fondly from our high school days.

From Dean Dunlap KE0FFA...

I only meet Bill one time – face to face. But I listened to Bill for many years prior. I would listen to Bill on 2 Meters much like I used to listen to Paul Harvey. Men who had a wealth of experience on many things we face during a lifetime.
Way before I obtained my Ham License, I would listen for hours on subjects as diverse as the best weed killer to the mating habits of raccoons.
Most of all – I will miss “Now wait a minute.”

From The Weaver Family...

Our prayers and condolences to all family and close friends.

From Phyllis Richardson-Stadley...

I am so sad for Bill’s passing. He is no longer in pain, so that is good for him. But the world was a better place because he was in it. He used to tell me, “Phyl, Don’t let anyone ruin your day.” He used to say his name was “George Seagram”. Such a jokester. He will surely be missed. My deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones.

From Michael and Miriam Cain...

Bill introduced us. Mike worked with him at LPCo and Miriam knew him through his children being classmates with her brothers. Our thoughts are with you. May memories bring comfort. Remember the laughter and the good natured teasing!

From Leigh & George Diepenbrock...

So sorry to hear about Bill, he was the guardian up the hill watching over of our place for so many years. Healing thoughts for Kevin and the rest of the family

From Steve Richardson...

I met Bill through a CB radio group in the late 70’s. He was definitely one of a kind that can’t be duplicated. He always had a smile and a joke to share. He will be missed and thought of frequently. Catch you on the flip side Farm boy.

From Richard Cur tiss...

I will miss Bill. My wife and I would listen to him and all the ham people on the scanner and just laugh at some of the things that were discussed by Rick and Bill. We will surely miss that voice. y condolence to the family and God speed. My ex-neighbor the paper boy got me in to listening. Thanks for all the memories Bill.

From Claude (ka0eeq) LaVonne kd0lfn) Shawley...

Bill was a tickle in our ribs. I remember how he helped talk me thru getting home from work in a snow storm. Also the talk we had about outhouses. We will miss him and his quirk come backs to all the fellows. You are now in His lap talking away on that ham radio.

From Carol Lemon...

Love and prayers to the family. Bill was a great man.

From JC Cross...

Bill was always there for our family. My kids loved going up on the hill to see Bill and Gus. He will be sorely missed

From Ray Henshaw...

My condolences for your Fathers passing. May he Rest In Peace.

From Gary L Wheeler...

Thoughts and prayers to family, worked with Bill many years at LPC great man always there to help

From Evan Strawbridge...

Bill was a friend and companion on two meters. Sorry for your lost and mine. 73, w0avn

From floy kd0lff...

billwill bhe misd alot as he was always cheerfulli really liked going and visiting him now n then he is one of a kind ham radio wont be the same with out him

From cbwhalen...

Bill was a one of a kind! Although I saw him infrequently he was always a kind and welcoming neighbor. I remember him fondly, ..my best to his family

From Richard Lucas WB0NQM...

Bill was a great friend, we had many great discussions on 2 meter
ham radio. Bill was a giving person and would help any way he
could. The ham radio community lost a good friend.

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