Robert Duane Wittman, 76, Lawrence, will be in state from 8am-8pm, Monday, November 18, 2019, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Family will be here to greet friends from 9-10am.
Private family services for Thelma Helyar, 90, Lawrence, will take place at a later date.
She died November 16, 2019, at Presbyterian Manor.
Services for Terry Dean Scearce III (TJ), 30, will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory.
Mr. Scearce died Monday, November 11, 2019, at The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas.
He was born September 7, 1989, in Lawrence, the son of Kristi Suzanne Gentry and Terry Dean Scearce II.
He worked as an in home caregiver. He liked working on cars, taking his children to Worlds of Fun, out to dinner, and spending time with them and other family and friends.
Survivors include his mother, Kristi Gentry of Oskaloosa; sister, Wendy Scearce of Oskaloosa; nephew, Makyah Brockman of Oskaloosa; ex-wife, Brooke Freeman of Lawrence; their children, Amaya and Alec Scearce of Lawrence.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, memo: TJ Scearce, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.
A memorial mass for Albert Jones, 72, Lawrence, will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, at St. John the Evangelist Church.
Mr. Jones died Sunday, November 10, 2019, at LMH Health.
He was born September 1, 1947, in Ganado, Arizona. After graduating high school, he moved to Lawrence in 1968 where he earned a degree from Haskell University.
Mr. Jones worked for Haskell University for over 30 years in food service, and for 28 years working as a part time cook for Gamma Phi Beta at the University of Kansas. He enjoyed golfing, watching his grandchildren play sports, baking for family and friends, and playing in the Duffer’s golf league at the Orchards golf course.
He married Juanita Claudia Herrera on September 5, 1970 in Cochiti, Pueblo, New Mexico. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include four children, Michael Jones of Lawrence, Cheryl Cahwee and husband Brent, of Lawrence, Matthew Jones and wife Kim of Lawrence, Carrie Jones of Lawrence; brothers and sisters in Arizona; grandchildren, Brent, Moises, Kassidi, Caylor, Jocelyn, AJ, and Devin.
A visitation with the family will start at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, at St. John the Evangelist Church, and Rosary will be begin at 7:00 p.m. Thursday.
The family suggests memorial contributions to St. John the Evangelist Church, sent in care of the funeral home.
Services for Hazel Marie Davis, 80, Lawrence, KS, will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, 14 November 2019, at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Mrs. Davis died Thursday, November 7th, 2019.
She was born, December 14th, 1938 in Kansas City, Kansas, the daughter of James Oliver Tarwater and Hazel Benskin. Mrs. Davis was a devoted homemaker.
She married Gary Paul Davis on March 14, 1956. Mr. Davis, and their granddaughter Amanda Davis survive of the home.
Other survivors include four daughters, Kathyrn Heaton married to Alden, Van Horn, Texas; Christine Pennewell married to James, Lawrence; Jennifer Davis, Lawrence; Paula Bradley married to Damon, Eudora; three sisters, Susan Ann Tarwater-Woods, Wellsville; Judy Degenstein, Independence, Missouri; Nancy Tarwater Freeman, Wellsville; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by a sister, Lori Lynn Tarwater; and a brother, James Tarwater.
Friends may call from noon to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 13 November 2019, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will receive them from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Funeral services for Peggy Kay Parker, 64, Lawrence, will be at 10 am Tuesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, with Celebrant Carmen Hocking officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Peggy died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at her home, surrounded by family.
She was born July 21, 1955, in Lawrence, the daughter of Bob and Ada Hodges Atwell. She attended Jefferson County schools and Perry-Lecompton High School. Peggy worked at Lawrence Laundry for 12 years before beginning work as a custodian at Kansas University, and retired after 29 years of service. In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening, her dogs, watching westerns, and playing Yahtzee with her grandkids.
She married Harry Lee Parker Sr. on Jan. 21, 1972, in Lecompton. He preceded her in death on Nov. 15, 2004. She was also preceded in death by two siblings, Ronald Hollandsworth and Rodney Atwell. Survivors include four children, Robert Dean Parker, Lawrence, Donald James Parker, Phoenix, Michael Ray Parker and wife Salena, Perry, and Larry Wayne White and wife Martha, Van Buren, Ark.; her father, Bob Atwell, California, Mo.; three siblings, Debra Griffith, Pomona, Marsha Petral, Topeka, and Curtis Atwell, California, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Alicia, Mikey, Christopher, Bryna, Steven, Raylin, and Remington; her special friend, Walter Maddox, and her dog, B.B.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or Lawrence Humane Society, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.
Barbara Lee Freix died Monday, November 4, 2019, at KU Medical Center at the age of 66.
She was born June 29, 1953, in Dayton, Ohio, the daughter of William H. and MaryAnn Armstrong. She was one of 10 siblings, and when they weren’t terrorizing the kind people of Hudson Avenue, they enjoyed extended camping trips to the Outer Banks.
She met Greg Freix in Dayton on a blind date while he was stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. They were married March 4, 1978. In 1980, they welcomed their only son, Matthew. Together, they travelled the world, living in the Philippine Islands, South Korea and South Carolina, among others, then settled in Kansas.
Barb was a devoted Air Force wife, homemaker, retail worker, school aide, and QVC and Amazon shopper. Barb never met a UPS driver or mail carrier she didn’t like. Barb worked for Mid America Bank in Baldwin City since 1999.
Barb was known for her sweet, gentle, giving spirit, her love of family, and her wonderful sense of humor. Her laugh was contagious. Lovingly known as “Aunt Weepy,” she made sure to attend every family event. The number of on-going jokes and stories with the family is countless.
She is survived by her husband Greg Freix of Baldwin City, son Matthew, daughter-in-law Lisa and granddaughter Jillian Marie Freix of St. Louis.
Other survivors include: siblings Suzanne (Ron) Smith of West Manchester, OH; Kathy Clark of Pittsburgh; Martha (John) Martin of Pittsburgh; James (Donella) Armstrong of Huber Heights OH; Ann (John) Sullivan of Dayton; Mark (Peggy) Armstrong of Cummings, GA; more nieces and nephews than you can shake a stick at, and her 2 granddogs, Phoebe and Eli.
Barb was predeceased by her parents, William and MaryAnn Armstrong of Dayton; brothers John Armstrong of Dayton; William H. Armstrong of Walled Lake, MI, and Steve Armstrong of Manns Harbor, N.C., as well as Jodi the duck, D.D. the family dog, and Jasper, her first granddog.
A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, November 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home in Lawrence, Kansas.
Donations in Barb’s name may be made to The University of Kansas Cancer Center or The American Cancer Society, sent in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.
Robert Eugene Bloom passed away Monday Nov 4, 2019 after a courageous battle with diabetes and other related health issues.
Bob was born in Garden Grove, Iowa in 1939 to Earl and Maggie Bloom.
He is survived by his loving wife, soulmate and best friend of 60 years Norma Nickell Bloom. They were married May 31, 1959 in Burlington, Iowa at The First Presbyterian Church.
Survived by his children: Bradley Bloom and Tim Butt, Brenda Craig, Bryan and Julie Bloom.
Barbie and Greg Yowell, Brent and Susie Bloom.
Eleven Grandchildren and their spouses:: Lori and Chris Diehl, Tyler and Annie Craig, Trey Craig, Katey Craig and Cody Babcock, Justin and Lisa Bloom, Jeremy and Sarah Bloom, Jordyn Bloom, Jenna Bloom and Monique Iron Whiteman Jaimez, Eric Yowell . Ryan Yowell, Drake and Corina Bloom
Twelve great Grandchildren: Jacky and Maddy Diehl, Ethan and Natalie Craig, Cohen and Davis Craig, Owen Little, Sorrel Weil, Mira Bloom, Atlas Marshall Bloom. Kensely and Cameron Babcock. He loved having the whole family around even with the noise and commotion.
He is also survived by his brother,Delbert Barber and his sister Delane Overton. Two of his sisters preceded him in death. Many nephews and neices that he loved.
Bob and his family moved to Lawrence, Kansas in February of 1969 from Knoxville, Iowa. He traveled on the road for O’ Bryan Brothers, a lingerie company, and sold through out the states of Kansas ,Missouri ,and Colorado.
In 1977 he formed Jayhawk Siding and Guttering Inc. and was in business for over 35 years.
Bob was a true salesman and loved meeting and interacting with his customers.
He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved trying new and different endeavors.
He especially loved his dialysis Nurses and Doctors at Da Vita where he spent most of his time the last ten years.
A celebration of his life will be November 23, 2019 at The Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania, Lawrence Ks. 2-4 pm.
Memorials may be made to Save a Life Foundation, advocating donor kidneys to Renal patients.
PO Box 3073, Lawrence, Ks 66046
God saw he was getting tired and cure was not to be. So he put his arms around him and whispered “Come with me.” With tearful eyes we watched him suffer, and saw him fade away. Although we loved him dearly, we could not make him stay. He played many roles throughout his life, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather Uncle and Friend. There is an empty place in our lives as we see such an important life end. A loving heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest, but our sorrow is softened in knowing, trusting in Christ, Jesus, he is blessed. (Author known)
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Ron W Heape, 71, passed away Monday, November 4, 2019 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was born October 27, 1948 in Pratt, Kansas at Ninnescah Hospital. He is the son of Vernon and Betty Heape. He is survived by his mother Betty Heape, Pratt; his wife Rose Mulally-Heape, Lawrence; son Ryan Heape (Melissa) and granddaughter Margaux Heape, Owasso Oklahoma; daughters Jennifer Heape, Medford Oregon; and Allison Heape, Austin Texas. Ron was preceded in death by his father Vernon Heape and maternal grandmother Madeline (Mimi) Simmons.
He was a loving father, husband, son and friend. He was a Kansas University School of Law graduate and a member of the KU Endicott Society. As a teen he was the drummer with the band Captain Crunch and the Quakers. He facilitated singer song writers for years on his KJHK radio show, The Lawn Chair Review. He was a frequenter of the Lawrence Public Library and the La Prima Tazza. He volunteered at the Spencer Art Gallery. He was a volunteer at the Ecumenical Campus Ministries for the last three years making close friends with Meredith, Amy, Claudia, and Kim. His friends and family will miss him dearly.
The family asks that flowers be withheld and that instead donations be given directly to the Lawrence Humane Society or ECM in Ron’s loving memory. Ron is survived by his beloved three cats who will be in need of a home together.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Ecumenical Campus Ministries (ECM) on KU campus at 3pm on Saturday November 9th. We ask that you bring your thoughts, prayers and fondest memories of Ron. Memorial services held in Pratt as well with a date to be determined.
Funeral services for Daniel Dean Sawyer, 92, Lawrence, will be at 10 am Wednesday at First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Matt Sturtevant officiating. A visitation will be held from 9:30 am until service time. Burial with military honors will be in Leavenworth National Cemetery on Friday at 10 am.
Daniel died Saturday, November 2, 2019, at Legacy Nursing Home, Topeka.
He was born May 9, 1927, in Lawrence, the son of Lloyd and Ruth Sawyer. He graduated from Liberty Memorial High School, and later served in the United States Army. He worked in maintenance at Trinity Episcopal Church and the Lawrence Police Department. He was a member of First Baptist Church.