Merna K. Eckman Dean

A Celebration of Life for Merna K. Eckman Dean, 70, Lawrence, will be held at 11 am Monday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, with the Rev. Lisa Setty officiating, Burial will follow in Vinland Cemetery. Mrs. Dean died Wednesday, Feb. 13. 2019.

She was born July 10, 1948, in Lawrence, the daughter of Edward and Helen Zink Eckman. She grew up on the family farm in the Vinland area and attended Lawrence High School for three years and graduated from Baldwin High School in 1966. Merna worked at Hallmark Cards for several decades before retiring in 2009. In her retirement, she enjoyed gardening and taking care of her yard. She also enjoyed getting together with her coffee friends, and was a member of the Lawrence Pilot Club.

Merna married Andy Dean on June 30, 1972. He preceded her in death in 2007. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Richard and Vincent Eckman. Survivors include her brother, Steven Eckman and wife Nancy, Baldwin City; a sister-in-law, Linda Eckman, Baldwin City; and several nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Douglas County Hospice, or Vinland Cemetery Association, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

George McGarland France III

Funeral services for George McGarland France III, 87, Lawrence, will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Mr. France died Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.

He was born October 8, 1931, in Huntington, West Virginia, the son of George McGarland France Jr. and Aneda Erva Tarrer France. He graduated from college with a Bachelor’s degree in science, majoring in chemistry.

Mr. France served in the United States Army during the Korean War attaining the rank of First Lieutenant. After being discharged from the Army, he served in the Army Reserves achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Mr. France loved talking to people and enjoyed jazz music, football and basketball, and photography. He was a member of a book club and attended Trinity Episcopal Church. He was very charismatic, charming, and a true gentleman.

He married Rhuea Marie Patton in 1959 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include children, C. Renay France Esq. of Silver Spring, MD, George France IV and wife Cora of Oklahoma City, OK, Pierre A. France and wife Dr. Christine Jenkins D.V. M. of Morris Plains, NJ; grandchildren, Kathryn France of Morris Plains, NJ, Cameron Johnson and wife Tiffany of Irving, TX, Andre Davis and wife Jennifer of South Orange, NJ; great grandchildren, Courtney Johnson of Irving, TX, Quenton Davis of South Orange, NJ, Sydney Davis of South Orange, NJ; brother, Craig Patton and wife Sarah of Oklahoma City, OK; aunt, Jacquline Tarrer of New York City, NY; cousins, Cicero Fain of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Wallace Hayden of Maryland; sister-in-laws, Maggie Louie Johnel of Temple, TX, and Beverly Smith of Oklahoma City, OK.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. France will lie in state from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorial contributions to The American Cancer Society, sent in care of the funeral home.

Willard Leroy “Bill” Hodge

Graveside services for Willard Leroy “Bill” Hodge, 78, Overbrook, will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Hodge died Sunday, February 10, 2019, at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.
He was born September 29, 1940, in Lawrence, the son of Willard H. and Vera Marie Bryan Hodge.
Mr. Hodge worked at a clerk for the United States Post Office in Lawrence for 29 years. He later worked for Stanion Wholesale Electric for 12 years and was a volunteer fireman. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, dancing, and old hot rods.
He married Melva “Kay” Franz on January 9, 1959, at the First Christian Church in Lawrence. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include, a daughter, Elizabeth Kay Stradley of La Grande, OR; son, Douglas Wayne Hodge of Berryton, KS; grandchildren, William Allen Gaines, Jessica Marie Hadl, Kyle William Hodge; great grandchildren, Chassity Marie Hadl, Jaden Marie Hadl, Jessica Church, Dakota Gaines, Hadley Cait Hodge; and five nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Gladys Morris; and brother, Robert Hodge.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, where the family will receive them from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, sent in care of the funeral home.

David Alan Chipman

David A. Chipman of Lawrence, KS, passed away on February 9, 2019 after a lengthy illness.

David was born on June 12, 1948, at Harrington Memorial Hospital in Southbridge, Massachusetts. He was born to Oliver G. and Winnifred (Fish) Chipman, both of whom proceeded him in death.

David leaves two sons, Andrew (Jennifer) Chipman of Appleton, Wisconsin and Christopher Chipman of Raleigh, North Carolina. He also leaves a brother, Brian Chipman of Florence, AZ, and an ex-wife Margaret Chipman of Lawrence. David also leaves 4 granddaughters, Elleson, Finley, Claire and Margo.

David lived his first 13 years in Southbridge, Massachusetts before moving to Overland Park, Kansas graduating from Shawnee Mission West High School in 1966. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1970. He received a Masters Degree from Kansas University in 2001.

Dave’s interests included bridge, traveling, writing, fantasy baseball and coffee. He was an avid bridge player and attained a Gold Life Master ranking. He was heavily involved in the Kaw Valley Bridge Club.

He realized a lifelong dream by traveling overseas (by freighter) to visit Italy and Istanbul.

He spent countless hours enjoying coffee at several local coffee houses, his favorite being Java Break.

Dave’s family would like to thank all that were part of his life. In addition, we wish to thank the people at Great Lakes Caring Home and Hospice and Brandon Woods at Alvamar for their help.

Friends are invited to a reception honoring Dave’s life on Sunday, February 17th from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the Kaw Valley Bridge Club, 1025 N 3rd St #120, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Janet (Jan) Katherine Blubaugh

Janet (Jan) Katherine Blubaugh died peacefully at home in Lawrence, KS at the age of 80.

Jan is survived by her husband, Jon Blubaugh, son, David Lamb of Houston, daughter, Dana (Tom) Magnusson of Cypress, TX, son, Don (Jamie) Lamb of Austin, TX, and sister, Laura Freeman of Wichita. She was preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Peggy Linden, step-son, Jon Allan Blubaugh, and half-sister Elizabeth (Betty) Clair.

Jan was born on April 22, 1938 in McPherson, KS to Raymond and Peggy Linden. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Wichita, KS in 1956. She married Bob Lamb and was blessed with three children and six grandchildren, Travis, Chelsea, Cheyne, Chloe, Ben and Daniel, whom she adored. After many years, she married her former high school classmate, Jon Blubaugh, and spent her final 35 years with him. She welcomed her step children Kate, Karen, Carol, and Michael into her heart enthusiastically as well as their children Brian, Alissa, Mallory, Jennifer, Kelsey, Morgan, Adam, Eric and Caroline. She was a successful business woman in Houston owning her own hair salon for several years. She loved to travel and enjoyed trips to Asia, Europe, Alaska and South America. She was also an accomplished sailor with adventures on Lake Superior, the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Coast.

Jan loved her family immensely. She was a lovely person who welcomed everyone into her circle.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Lawrence VNA Hospice, in memory of Jan. The family would like to thank all of her dear Brandon Woods friends for their support.

M. Jean Collins

Corbet Collins passed on Tuesday, January 22. He was born December 5, 1934, in Baxley, Georgia, to Rebecca and Sam Collins. He was the youngest of ten children. One sister remains, Arlo Collins Eagleson, 92, of St. Augustine, Florida.

Jean Collins followed Corbet Tuesday, February 5 while at Lawrence Memorial Hospital surrounded by family. Melvie Jean Wynn was born near Baxley, Georgia, August 29, 1936, to Ethel and Robert Wynn. She was the youngest of ten children as well. All of her siblings have passed.

Corbet attended Appling County High School in Georgia. The first time he met Melvie Jean, he was on crutches after a car accident. Although she was just 5’4”, Jean played on the high school basketball team, excelled academically and graduated second in her class of 77 students in 1954. Corbet was scouted for a professional baseball team while in high school. The injury from the car accident prevented him from pursuing his dream of being a major-league player.

Corbet married Melvie Jean in 1956. He served in the Air Force 1954-1959 finishing up at Chanute Air Field in Rantoul, Illinois.

After a short stint managing restaurants in Illinois, Corbet and Jean moved to Lawrence in 1962 to manage Sandy’s Drive-In. In 1964, they bought Henry’s Hamburgers where all 5 of their kids learned the restaurant business. They sold the property to Burger King in 1984. Jean became a realtor with Stephens Real Estate and retired in 2016. They divided their time between their cattle farm, gardening and remodeling rental houses.

Corbet was active in local politics and at one time served on the public safety committee. He loved sports. He played and coached softball for countless teams over the years. Corbet and Jean were avid bowlers and enjoyed the Lawrence leagues.

Corbet and Jean’s five kids and 11 grandkids will miss them. Please join the family to remember them both at Wayne and Larry’s on Saturday, March 2 for an open house 4-8 p.m.