David John Pellett

Visitation Services for David John Pellett, 70, Lawrence, will be from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Friday May 20 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

David passed away Monday, May 2, 2022, at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City.

He was born November 16, 1951, in Fort Scott, Kansas, the son of Harry and Mable (Poe) Pellett. He had fond memories of childhood years spent in Rainier, Oregon before moving back to Kansas to live with his aunt Louise. He went on to graduate as valedictorian from Fort Scott High School in 1969. He would eventually earn a degree in General Studies from the University of Kansas in 1980. David lived in Dodge City and learned to fly airplanes for a hobby, then met his wife in Wichita. He married Mary Pat Stech on April 15, 1989. They settled down in Lawrence, spending 33 blissful years of marriage together. David was always in a good mood. His smile captivated Mary Pat when they first met and continued to charm her, even if she had to remind him to smile for photographs.

David, who went by ‘Dave’ to friends and family, worked for the Kansas Department of Agriculture for 35 years before retiring in 2017. He spent his time in the company of friends and family, traveling, and riding bikes around Lawrence. He appreciated cold beer and live music. He was passionate about Jayhawk sports, Chiefs football, and Royals baseball and had a sweet golf stroke. A lover of astronomy and Roman history buff, he was the best Jeopardy! contestant to never appear on the show. Dave knew how to enjoy life. He was everybody’s friend.

He was a man of the outdoors who yearned to camp, backpack, and see the world. In his youth he traveled the globe, finding himself as a mail courier in the Empire State Building to help fund his traversal of Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. He appreciated being exposed to other cultures and maintained contact with friends in Norway and Japan.

His wife, Mary Pat, survives the home along with two sons, William and Nicholas. Other survivors include two brothers, Michael (Pearl) of Pocatello, ID, and Terry (Tary) of Muskegee, OK. Dave cherished the friendships of his in-laws, especially his father-in-law, Dr. J.M. Stech, and his late mother-in-law, Mary K Stech. Dave will affectionately be remembered by his nieces and nephews as ‘Uncle Ankle Grabber.’

Online condolences may be sent at www.rumsey-yost.com. In lieu of memorials, the family suggests donations be made to Saint Luke’s Hospice House or Lawrence Unchained Bicycle Co-op.

Messages & Condolences

From Kylie Waite (Hunter)...

Mary Pat, Will, and Nick, I am so sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you all in this difficult time. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with you all and Dave playing trivia and drinking a few cold beers. Sending you all the love your way.

From Gary & Deb Carter...

Mary Pat, we were so sorry to read about Dave’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Will & Nick during this very sad time.

From Stanley Weil...

I will miss our bicycle rides around Lawrence.

From Janice P Crowley...

Mary Pat, our condolences to you during this very sad time. We enjoyed our times together with you and Dave. He was such a kind, smart, fun-loving person. He loved you, Nick and Will with all his heart. We hope the found memories will carry you through this difficult time. Love, Janice and John

From Genelle Denneny...

I was so sorry to see that Dave had passed……it’s been a long time but I still remember his smile….and fun nature

From Louise Smith...

Dear Mary Pat I am sorry for your loss. Sending love and comfort to you, Will and Nick.

From Susie Miller...

Mary Pat ~you and the boys are in my deepest thoughts and prayers. Good memories of our times together! So grateful to call Bryce his God son.

From Tammy Becker...

MaryPat, I am so heartbroken for you, Will and Nick. Dave was such a good man. Colin & I sent our deepest sympathy. May his love & your memories provide you with some comfort during this time. Keeping you all in my thoughts.

From Tracy Dethloff...

So sorry Mary Pat and family. Only knew Dave from Dawg and coed softball. Well and maybe a few parties. I was surprised to learn he was 7 yrs older than me. He was such a kid at heart and a really good man.

From Kelly Hearnen...

Mary Pat, Will and Nick, our hearts go out to you. Dave was a thoughtful, caring person with a lot of fun to share. Our deepest sympathies,
Kelly and Boone

From KATHLEEN FIRNS-HUBERT...

I’m so sorry about Dave’s unexpected passing. My heart hurts for you, Mary Pat, Will & Nick. May the love of friends & family provide support for you in this most difficult time.

From Katie Martin...

Mary Pat and boys, I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a nice guy. I always enjoy him.

From Khalila Binns...

Mary Pat I’m so sorry for this loss to you and your family. I didn’t know Dave well, but I can see his smiling eyes. I am holding you in my heart.

From Gary Webber...

Mary Pat and family, I was so sad to read the news. I will miss playing poker with Dave. He seemed hopeful at Gary Jennings’ memorial, but perhaps he was just being strong and positive. Love to all.

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