Peggy K. Parker

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

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 “Bob” Bloom

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)
We will Love You Forever

Ronald W. Heape

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.

Daniel Dean Sawyer

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.

Darrell Dean Saile

Private family services for Darrell Dean Saile, 92, Lawrence, will take place at a later date.

He died October 31, 2019, at LMH Health.

Darrell was born September 30, 1927, in Douglas County, the son of Joseph Henry and Fanny Rachel Reusch Saile.

He married Darlene J. Brecheisen on July 22, 1951, she preceded him in death.

Darrell drove for Greyhound line for 31 years and retired in 1989. He moved many places before returning to Baldwin City, then to Lawrence for his grandkids.

Survivors include daughters; Diana Duver (Nick Raulsten), Deena Jensen (Steve); grandkids Jenna Duver, Chris Duver, Hollie Masten (Robert), Samantha Harvey (Rusty); great grandkids, Lila Linn Masten, Cheyenne Marie Masten, Kayla AnnMarie “Red” Melton, Thad Robert Masten and Emma Elizabeth Harvey; brother, Bobby Jay Saile; and several very special nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife, brothers Clifford Junior, Jack Felix and Billie Ray, a son in law Robert Duver and brother in law Donald Brecheisen.

Darrell’s family would like to thank David Saile (Wanda) for the use of the family book.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vinland Cemetery, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Leslie Duane Evans

Known to childhood and young adult friends and family as “Duane,” but to made-later adult friends as “Leslie,” he passed on October 30 at age 82 following multiple brain bleeds.

Duane was an artist, a teacher, a social worker, a runner, a Citizen Band Potawatomi and a Marine. Although he was quiet by nature, he had a delightful but quirky sense of humor enjoyed by his family, friends and colleagues. He and Betsy Franken Evans noted their 60 years of marriage in August of this year.

Upon receipt of his BFA from Oklahoma State University, Duane taught for a few years at St. Gregory’s High School in Shawnee, Oklahoma, the school from which he graduated. He spent a year in the National Teacher Corps in rural Kentucky while pursuing a graduate degree. The Prairie Band Potawatomi benefitted from his efforts in and around Mayetta before he enrolled in a second master’s program at Kansas University. He and his family farmed for several years on an organic farm near Tonganoxie; he worked briefly as a consultant for Native American Research Associates as well as a social worker at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center in Lawrence. Duane finished his professional life after 15 years of teaching art at Haskell Indian Nations University.

In retirement, Duane and Betsy traveled, kept a busy social schedule and cared for their pets. Montana, Glacier Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area were his favorite destinations.

Duane was preceded in death by his son, Josh, his mother, father, two sisters and a brother, two aunts and a grandmother who raised him, and his best friends Jim Spurr and Ed Hays.

He is survived by his wife Betsy, daughter Jadee, son and daughter-in-law Rafe and Donna, sister Kayelynne, grandchildren Matthew, Leslie, Neshe, Shadusa and Sebastian, eight great grandchildren, much-loved cousins, nieces and nephews, and his faithful, best-friend cats, Wile E. and Hela.

A service for Duane will be on Saturday, November 2 at Rumsey-Yost. Viewing at 2:00; service at 3:00; reception to follow at a venue to be announced.

Memorials will be welcomed in the form of funds to install a bench in Duane’s memory at the Rotary Club’s arboretum. Donations to be made to Lawrence Parks and Rec, the stewards of the arboretum, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Shorty Yost

Funeral Service for Fleda Ann (Shorty) Yost, 87, Lawrence, will be 11:00 am Friday, November 1, 2019, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. She was born July 13, 1932, in Ottawa, the daughter of Harry Max and Fleda Lenora (Bogardus) Drake. She died Sunday October 27, 2019, at her home.

Shorty grew up in Ottawa and attended Ottawa schools, graduating from Ottawa High School. She attended and graduated Ottawa University with a Teaching degree. Shorty worked for her father at Drake Bakery in Ottawa. She was crowned Miss Football her senior year at Ottawa High School. She taught for a few years and then stayed home with their children.

She married Alfred J. Yost on June 5, 1955, in Ottawa. He died January 14, 2006. She and her husband owned Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home for the last 40 years. They had lived in Ottawa, Wichita, Wellington, and Lawrence. She was an avid bridge player and loved to exercise.

Survivors include two sons, Brad (Kimla), Fairway, and Bart (Georgette), Lawrence; a sister-in-law, Martha Nemeth, Topeka; two grandchildren Drake and Taylor, and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by sister Dorthea Miller and brother Harry Max Drake Jr.

She will lay in state Thursday noon to 8 pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church or the charity of the donors choice, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence KS 66044.