Gwendolyn M. Johnson

Graveside services for Gwendolyn M. Johnson, 94, Lawrence, will be held on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at 10 am at Lake Wales Cemetery in Lake Wales, Fla. Ms. Johnson passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at Bridge Haven.

Her husband John D. Johnson preceded her in death in 1987.

Local survivors include her son, Dave Johnson (Maureen), Lawrence.

Raymond H. Wilbur

Raymond Harvey Wilbur, 88, of Lawrence, Kansas, passed away on Thursday, August 18, 2022.

Ray was born in Salina, Kansas, on January 11, 1934, to Teresa and Oscar Wilbur. He was the third of their five sons, which also included Robert, Roy, Richard, and Roger.

He attended Salina High School where he was president of the senior class as well as representative boy. He then earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Kansas Wesleyan University and played varsity football and basketball. His 1954 basketball team was inducted into the Kansas Wesleyan University Athletic Hall of Fame.

After college he served two years in the United States Army and then taught and coached in Goodland and Moundridge, Kansas.

He married Marian Mathews on June 4, 1960. After spending a year in Lincoln, Nebraska, the couple moved to Ohio, where Ray used his National Science Foundation Grant to complete a master’s degree in mathematics at Bowling Green State University.

Upon graduation, Ray and Marian moved to Lawrence, where Ray went on to teach at Lawrence High School for the next thirty years, while also earning his doctorate in math education at the University of Kansas. During his tenure at LHS, the student body voted him Teacher of the Year five times.

After retirement from LHS, Ray volunteer taught at Bishop Seabury Academy. In 2006, Ray was elected to the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed on only a few hundred educators in the state’s history.

Ray was a rabid sports fan dedicated to supporting the Chiefs, Royals, and Jayhawks.

Survivors include his wife of sixty-two years, Marian, his two sons and their wives, Mike and Katie of Wilton, Connecticut and Patrick and Candi of Lawrence, his three grandsons, Davis of San Francisco, Jackson of Atlanta, and Weston of New York City, and his brother Richard, and wife Jody, of Colorado Springs.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry, Meals on Wheels, and/or Bishop Seabury Academy.

A celebration of life will be held at a date to be announced.

Ivy Marie Kauppi

Graveside services for Ivy Marie Kauppi, age 41, Lawrence Ks, will be at 11 am, Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at Maple Grove Cemetery.

Ms. Kauppi died peacefully Friday, August 5, 2022 at her home in North Lawrence, Ks.

She was born July 15, 1981, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is the daughter of Leslie Alan Kauppi and Tammy Ann Newberry, and was raised by Tammy and Mitchell Newberry. Ivy spent her life in Rosemont and Hastings, Minnesota until moving to Lawrence, Ks in 2012 with the love of her life, Mr. Shawn Maki
of Bloomington, Minnesota.

To have known Ivy was to love her and everyone who met her felt her warm welcome. She had a way about her that inspired others, and led others to want to be near her.

Ivy had multiple passions throughout her life. She was a beloved hostess at the American Legion in Hastings, where she faithfully served veterans who appreciated her service so much as to hand deliver Christmas gifts to her home.

Ivy loved to be creative and always had an art project in the works, inside her home or out. She had a lovingly sarcastic sense of humor woven into her crafts and style. Her art included painting and styling some of the items Shawn would bring home, hanging a full-sized moose in their bedroom, and sewing a constellation of stars made from multi-colored yarn from the ceiling.

She dearly loved her two daughters, Grace and Ariana, and slept every night underneath a hand painted family tree where their two photos hung above her bed.

Ivy and Shawn enjoyed each other so much. They had sarcastic pet names for each other: Qbert and Gummie Bear. Shawn called her Qbert because she loved to keep busy, and “bounce around.” Shawn has a tattoo of Qbert on his leg in Ivy’s honor. Ivy called Shawn “Gummie Bear” because he looked like a bear to the rest of the world, and would come home to her, where her mere presence would make him a soft and sweet Gummie Bear.

Ivy will be missed by all of those who knew her. She is survived by her husband, Shawn Maki, her daughters, Grace and Ariana Paschka, her mother and father, Tammy and Mitchell Newberry, her grandmother Bernadine Johnston, her brothers, Aaron Kauppi and Andrew Newberry, and her sisters Anna and Makayla Newberry.

Susan Elaine Meuffels-Hatfield

Services for Susan Elaine Meuffels-Hatfield, 66 of Tonganoxie, KS will be at 12pm, Monday, August 15, 2022, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. The visitation will be from 11am to 12p.

Susan passed away at her home on Sunday, August 7, 2022 peacefully surrounded by loved ones.

She was born May 30, 1956, in Lawrence, KS. The daughter of Lewis and Grace Meuffles. She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1974. Susan worked for Farmland for 18 years. After Farmland she was a property business management for 25 years and a successful business owner operator of Hatfield Property Management.

She married Terry Joe Hatfield on September 1, 1990, in Lawrence.

Susan played softball, ran in track in school and had a love for animals, taking in wildlife that was displaced and needed a loving home. She had a love for horses, her beloved cats, and Rocky Joe.

She is proceeded in death by her father Lewis Meuffels, husband Terry Hatfield and cousin Rita West.

Survivors include her mother Grace Mueffels, brother Mike Meuffles and his wife Cindy Vervynck, all of Lawrence. Alania Heavin, her daughters Shaina and Angel Maxwell and their families of Missouri. Andy Kelly, her sons Dusty Kelly and family and Jimmy Jenkins also of Missouri. Larry and Gary Hatfield and their spouses, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Following the service there will be a gathering at Calvary Temple, 606 w 29th Terrace in Lawrence, KS. Friends and family welcome. Online condolences may be sent at www.rumsey-yost.com.

Carl Edward Guggisberg

Celebration of Life Services for Carl Edward Guggisberg, 97, Lawrence, will be 2 pm,  Sunday, August 28, 2022, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.  A visitation will follow the service.

He died June 16, 2022, at his home.

Carl was born on a farm July 28, 1924, in rural Burns, Kansas, the youngest of five children to Fred and Leola (Stebbins) Guggisberg.  His father passed away when he was eight months old and his mother raised five children during the depression and dust bowl years of the 1930’s.  Carl attended grade school in a one room country school and graduated from Burns High School in 1942.  He worked at Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, California before entering the Navy in May 1943.  After boot camp and Gunner’s mate school in Farragut, Idaho and electric hydraulic school in San Diego, California he was sent to Norfolk, Virginia where a ship’s crew was formed and then sent to Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York where his ship the destroyer USS Ault was commissioned.  After commissioning and shakedown, the ship set sail down through the Panama Canal and on to San Diego and the South Pacific.  His ship took part in the Luzon, Iwo Jima and Okinawa campaign. They also observed the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri and drew occupation duty in Japan until January 1946 when they returned to the United States.  His awards include Pacific Theater (4 stars), WWII Victory, Navy Occupation, Philippine Liberation and other awards.  He was discharged in February 1946 in Bainbridge, Maryland.  Later that year he enlisted in the Naval Reserve where he remained until 1978.  He retired in 1984 as a Senior Chief Storekeeper.

Carl worked as a Ford Automotive partsman for over 40 years in dealerships in Topeka, California and Lawrence.  He was parts manager in Lawrence for 24 years. He retired from Laird Noller Ford.

Carl married Doris Roberts on June 13, 1948 in Burns, Kansas.  They have two daughters Carol Martindale (and husband Steve of Lenexa, Kansas) and Kimberly Rayton (and husband Clarence of Lawrence), five grandchildren; Elizabeth (Martindale) Ortin, Menomonee Falls, WI., Josiah Martindale, Belton, MO., Janel (Martindale) Wakefield, Olathe, KS, James (Kristy) Rayton, Chicago and Kayla Rayton, Lawrence, great grandchildren, Sloan and Enzo Ortin, Tyreece, Jordan and Destiny Rayton, and Brooklyn and Hudson Wakefield.

Carl was a member of the First Baptist Church in Lawrence for over 50 years where he served in numerous positions.  He enjoyed helping to keep the yard mowed for many years.  He was also a member of the American Legion Post # 14 where he served as part of the honor guard for several years, the VFW Post 852 and the Fleet reserve Association.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents, brother Harry, sisters Clara Allsopp and Olive Rowland.

Survivors include his wife Doris of 70 plus years, daughters Carol (Steve) Martindale, Kimberly (Clarence) Rayton, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  Sister Lela Virgil and many nieces and nephews.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Carl’s name to Cottonwood Inc., LMH Cardiac Rehab or Dorsey-Liberty Post 14 American Legion, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260 Lawrence, KS 66044.

Marjorie Alice Cooley

Services for Marjorie Alice Cooley, 98, Lawrence, will be 11 am, Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at Maple Grove Cemetery, Lecompton. A visitation will be from 6-7 pm Monday, August 8, 2022, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

She died August 2, 2022, at her home.

Marjorie was born October  21, 1923, in Manhattan, Kansas, the daughter of Delbert Burtruam and Florence Margrett Hunter Ward.

She married Joseph C Cooley in on January 22, 1942 in Manhattan.  After they were married they moved to Washington State to do construction work on Dams.  Later they moved back to Kansas and bought a farm.  She worked as a butcher for Harwood Meats for 38 years and Dillions for 25 years before she retired.  In her free time she enjoyed being with kids and grandkids, working on the farm and being around nature.

Marjorie is preceded in death by her husband Joseph (died 1992), daughter Joyce McClenton (Died 2004), Son Le Roy Cooley (Died 2013).

Survivors include grandchildren, Bobbie Jo Smith, Joey Lipp, Eric Lipp, Tye Cooley, Tony Cooley, Clayton Cooley; ten plus great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

 

Shelby Len McCoy

Memorial services for Shelby Len McCoy, 52, Lawrence, will be 2 pm, Monday, August 8, 2022, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

He died July 31, 2022, at the University of Kansas Hospital.

Shelby was born August 18, 1969, the son of Donald Wayne McCoy and Judith Irene Shirk Mayes.

He is survived by his Mom and Pops Judy and Larry Mayes, brothers; Mitch and Chuck McCoy, sister; Trina Medine, children; Christian McCoy and Brandy Jeposon and 4 grandchildren, one sister in-law, one brother in-law,  many nieces and nephews, and many great nieces and nephews.

James Richard (Jim) Womack

James Richard Womack passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 30th, 2022.
He was born on May 1st, 1951 to Charles and Marie (Roos) Womack.
Jim married his wife of forty-seven years, Kathleen Boos, in January, 1975.

Jim attended Bishop Ward High School and graduated from The University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.
He worked at Black & Veatch in Kansas City for thirty-five years, retiring in 2008, and
as an independent contractor for several years after retirement.

Jim lived a life of integrity and generosity. He took great pride in his work and always insisted that a job be done correctly. He would go out of his way to help a friend or an organization he believed in. He once worked nights donating his time to redesign the dining hall at Theodore Naish Scout Reservation. Jim was always there with a quick smile, a kind word, a helping hand, or one of his many jokes. We will miss the joy he brought to our lives.

Jim was a devoted Boy Scout and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He was heavily involved with Scouting while his sons were in the BSA. He was Cubmaster for Pack 3265 for eight years and dedicated tremendous time and energy to ensure that all of his scouts had positive experiences and got the most they could out of Scouting. He truly loved working with the scouts and their families.

Jim enjoyed travel by car and visiting national parks. He once drove his family from Kansas City to Alaska in order to drive the ALCAN highway, visit parks and wildlife sanctuaries, and stick his toe in the Arctic Ocean. Jim was an avid fan of the Chiefs, Royals, and Jayhawks. After moving to Lawrence in 2002, he was a season ticket holder for KU sports for several years. He held large tailgate parties for home football games and traveled with friends to the Big 12 and NCAA basketball tournaments.

Jim is survived by his wife Kathleen, daughter Catherine and husband Cameron Knight of Kansas City, son Andrew of Bloomington, Indiana, daughter Mary and granddaughter Kassidie of Lawrence, daughter-in-law Jennifer, grandsons Ethan and Brady, and granddaughter Ella of Olathe, brother Walter and wife Sheri of Kansas City, niece Alison and husband Christian Dirscherl of Herzogenaurach, Germany, niece Kelly of Santa Cruz, California, and nephew James of Kansas City. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Marie, brother Kenneth, son Charles, and nephews Steven and Michael.

Burial at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Kansas City, KS on August 20th at 10:00 a.m. and celebration of life at 6:00 p.m. at the Carnegie Building at 209 W 9th Street in Lawrence, KS. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jim’s memory to the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence, Attn: Megan Hill, P.O. Box 748, Lawrence, Kansas 66044, or at bgclk.org/donate.

Iva Dean Kilburn

Iva Dean Kilburn (Dean), 86, passed away July 29, 2022 at his home. He was born September 3, 1935 in Gassville, Arkansas to Herman and Rosy Kilburn. She later married Russell Bowen.

Dean joined the Army in June 1954 and served until 1957. He married Dolores Husted on March 19, 1957. He worked for Santa Fe railroad and then later became a meat cutter for Falley’s where he retired in 1990. In his spare time he enjoyed playing golf, fishing and hunting.

He is survived by his wife Dolores of the home, two sons Steve Musselman, Travis Kilburn (Terri), both of Lawrence, three brothers, Donald (Donny) Kilburn, Lawrence, Robert (Bobby) Kilburn of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, George Bowen, Lawrence, two grandchildren Lance Kilburn (Devyn), Lenexa, Kansas, Kelsey Kilburn, Melbourne, Florida, 1 great grandchild Colten Dean Kilburn, Lenexa and several nephews and nieces. Dean was preceded in death by his parents, Herman Kilburn, Rosy and Russell Bowen, sister, Freida Zornig and a brother James (Jimmy) Kilburn.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friday, August 12th, 2022 at the Eagles Lodge at 530 Wisconsin Street, Lawrence, KS 66044

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Dean’s memory to the Eagles Lodge #309 sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260 Lawrence, Kansas 66044.