Sondra Lee “Soni” Harrison

Harrison, Sondra Lee “Soni”, 79, Tucson, Arizona, formerly of Lecompton, KS, was born June 3, 1940 to Philip Gordon Wizer, Sr. and Margaret Helen Madden Wizer in Topeka, Kansas.

In 1948, the family moved to the family homestead in Lecompton, Kansas where she attended elementary and high school until, in 1956, they moved to Shawnee Mission, Kansas where she graduated from high school in 1958.

She married John Henry Betsill, Jr. in Old Mission Methodist Church, Shawnee Mission, KS on January 14, 1961. They later divorced. On October 20, 1978, she married Francis Eugene “Frank” Harrison in Virginia. They enjoyed almost 27 years of marriage until his death September 3, 2005.

Soni loved having fun, travel, family get-togethers, playing cards and bowling. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. As a military wife, she made a home in many new locations in the United States and Germany.

For many years, she fought a battle with breast cancer and Lupus, working long, hard hours in spite of her health problems. Through it all, when asked, she would always say, “Oh, I’m fine!”.

Her parents and great grandson, Jess David Michael Arnold, predeceased. Soni is survived by her children, Elizabeth M. Betsill and John H. Betsill, III, granddaughter, Renee Sandy Dykes, great granddaughter, Rebecca Rose Renee Arnold, and two great grandsons: Trent David Dykes and Ryan William Dykes, all of Tucson. Az; brothers: Philip Gordon Wizer, Jr., California, Robert William Wizer, Sr., Georgia, and sister, Catherine Ann Farrell, Buckeye, AZ and two nieces and four nephews.

Memorial service will be at 1:00 p.m., Thur. June 13, Lecompton United Methodist Church. Inurnment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Lecompton, Kansas and Black Hills National Cemetery.

Fred E. Shirk

Memorial Services for Fred E. Shirk will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church, 1000 Kentucky, Lawrence.

Fred E. Shirk, 80, Lawrence, passed away peacefully in the early morning at Lawrence Memorial Hospital on June 1 with loved ones by his side. He was born September 27, 1938, in Lawrence to the late Fred W. and Maxine (Taylor) Shirk. He was dearly loved and respected by his family and a multitude of friends.

Fred started and attended school in North Lawrence until his parents moved to a small farm in the country located where Clinton Lake is today. He then attended Sigel, a one-room school with grades one through eight. Afterwards, he went on to attend and graduate from Lawrence High in 1958.

While in high school, Fred worked for Bismarck Feed Yards located in North Lawrence. Four years after putting his application in at FMC – known as ICL today – Fred got the call to come work at the plant. With the encouragement of his then boss, he took the job. After 37 years of service for FMC, working several jobs in the plant for 25 years before spending 12 years as Maintenance Planner and Scheduler, Fred left the work force. He retired to spend time with family, enjoy the outdoors, travel, and hone his craft as a knife maker.

Fred married Sue Bartz on September 17, 1960. They were married for 32 years before ovarian cancer took her from him on January 1, 1993. During their marriage, they had 3 sons: Fred Jr., Mike, and David. On June 11, 1994, he found love again in his marriage to Linda Mills who brought 3 more children into his life: Michelle, David and Tim Brundage, finally blessing Fred with a daughter.

Fred was preceded from the earth by his late wife Sue, father Fred W. Shirk, mother Maxine Taylor Shirk, father-in-law Clarence Bartz, mother-in-law Laura Bartz, and second father-in-law Willard Mills. He is survived by his wife Linda of the home, his children: Fred Jr. “Butch” & Kim Shirk (Fort Collins, CO); Mike & Kathy Shirk (Paola); David W. & Esla Shirk (Estes Park, CO); Michelle Toutges (Olathe); David S. & Cathy Brundage (Solomon); and Tim & Amy Brundage (Purcellville, VA).

Fred was also blessed with 23 grandchildren, all of whom survive: Nicole & Jamie Brothers (Lee’s Summit, MO); Katelyn & Katie Shirk (Hamburg, NY); Bailey & Dakota Hollingsworth (Raymore, MO); Curtis & Renee Shirk (Independence, MO); Lindsey Shirk (Cole Camp, MO); Ella Shirk (Des Plaines, IL); Hilary Shirk ( Estes Park, CO); Olivia Shirk (Estes Park, CO); Michael Toutges (Olathe); Dustin Toutges (Kansas City); Jordan & Rachel Toutges (Overland Park); Bryan Toutges (Olathe); Timmy Toutges (Olathe); Zach Toutges (Olathe); Tyndol & Michael Turkovic (Manhattan); Lydia Brundage (Salina); Jonathan; Micaela Brundage (Solomon); Rose Brundage (Solomon); Everett Brundage (Solomon); Josiah Brundage (Solomon); and Micah Brundage (Solomon); Sarah Brundage (Purcellville, VA); Nate Brundage (Purcellville, VA); and 8 great-grandchildren: Carson, Paisley, Sawyer & Bentley Brothers; Charlotte Sue Hollingsworth; Cohen Toutges; Christian Turkovic; and AnnaMae Brundage. Fred will also be greatly missed by his two sisters, Judy (Larry) Mayes (Lawrence) and Pat Shirk (Libby, MT), and by his mother-in-law Mildred Mills (Moran).

Visitation with the family will be held on Friday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at First Christian Church, where Fred was a long-time member. The family suggests memorials to the church be sent directly to the church.

Donald Gene Hattabaugh

Visitation for Donald Gene Hattabaugh, 62, Lawrence will be held from 7-8pm Friday May 31, 2019 at Rumsey-Yost funeral home in Lawrence a private Inurnment will occur at a later date. Donnie passed away on Saturday, May 25th, 2019 at his home.

Donnie was was born November 15th, 1956 in Drexel Missouri, the son of Otis and Alma (Poynter) Hattabaugh.

He worked for Bricklayers local 18 and H&H Waterproofing and Restoration. Donnie enjoyed spending time watching dirt track racing and demolition derbys with his brothers. Donnie took all of the memories of this time with his brothers and enjoyed sharing all of them with his children. Scott, his eldest son, took to it and raced for a few years. One of our favorite memories of dad is sneaking him and his brothers into the racetrack in the trunk of the car to avoid paying added admissions. Tyler, his youngest son, spent many nights with his dad at the demolition derbys. Tyler picked up the love for it and has been running in them for four years.

He married Susie Bryant-Case in 1976, they later divorced. He then married Tonya Hunsaker in 1991, they later divorced.

Survivors include his Children, Scott Hattabaugh, Misty Hattabaugh-Grube (Adam), Stacey Byers (Brandon), Tyler Hunsaker; grandchildren, Landon, Milly, Cooper, Cayden, Madison, Caleb, and Jace; Brother Kenny Hattabaugh and sisters, Connie Stroda, Judy Holder (Richard), Joyce Anderson (Kenny), Linda Hibner (Buck), Kathy Stephens. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Velma Estes and Wanda Shackelford; brothers James Hattabaugh, Harley Hattabaugh, Leon Hattabaugh, Wayne Hattabaugh

Memorial contributions may be made to Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Charles Henry Souders

A pot luck dinner celebrating the life of Charles and Juanita will be from 5-9 pm, Sunday, May 26th, 2019, at Dad Perry Park North Shelter, 1200 Monterey Way, Lawrence, KS 66049.

Charles died Sunday November 25, 2018 at K.U. Medical Center.

He was born on July 15, 1944, in Lawrence, to Leo Arthur and Florence Eleen Tryon Souders.

He had several jobs thru the years while having his own lawn mower repair business also.

Charles married Ella Marie Holladay on March 13, 1964. She died October 26, 2003. He later married Juanita M. Clark Payne, on September 7, 2004. She died May 20, 2018.

Charles and Ella had daughters, Sondra L. Souders Gillenwater and Jess Eugene Souders (died November 20, 1990).

He loved seeing, playing with, and LOVED being a grandfather to Robert A. Gillenwater (Mary Chance) of Wellsville, Kansas and Kathleen M. Gillenwater (Dana Croft) of Lecompton, Kansas, and great grandfather to Chyanne, Dixie, Dakota, Brayson, Jr, Raylyn, Sarinity Rain, and Gypsy.

Services will be announced at a later date.

Sara Ellen Schmanke

Funeral services for Sara Ellen Schmanke, 57, Baldwin City, will be 11 am, Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Calvary Chapel Olathe, 500 South Lee Ave, Olathe, KS 66061. A visitation will begin at 9am. Burial will take place at 10 am, on June 3, 2019, at Oak Wood Cemetery, Baldwin City, KS.

On May, 21, 2019, Sara Ellen Schmanke went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Sara was born into this world April 13, 1962 at Wichita, Kansas, the daughter of James E. and Doris M. (Shearer) Noonan. She grew up in Wichita and graduated from Bishop Carroll High School. She graduated from Emporia State University and then moved to California, where she worked for Mazda Research & Development.

Sara married Dean Schmanke on September 10, 1993 at Lake Arrowhead, CA. In October 1994 she and Dean moved to Kansas where she worked for Allen Press in Lawrence until 2002.

She was born again on September 19, 1999, hearing a gospel message at a horse clinic. She served in the church as Greeter and as the Cupcake Sunday overseer for the children’s birthdays. She loved to read her Bible, worship and praise, attend conferences, retreats, and faithful church attendance. When she could no longer read for herself, she always enjoyed someone reading to her, either Scripture or the Christian classics. She also enjoyed worship music.

Sara was preceded in death by her parents, by three sisters, Judy Reichenbeiger, Teri Wasinger and Christine Harrison and by three brothers, Tim, Robert and Tom Noonan.

She is survived by her husband, Dean, one sister, Mary “Cate” Pyke and her husband Tom of Baldwin City; two brothers, John Noonan and wife Mariann of Indio, CA., and Pat Noonan and wife Theresa of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and of course many brothers and sisters in Christ, friends and other relatives.

Sara’s new address is:

Sister Sara
All Golden Streets
Heaven of Heavens, Eternity

Her deepest desire is that all would join here there.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any of the following:
Visiting Nurses Assoc., Hospice Care in Lawrence, KS
Living in Christ Ministries –livinginchrist.org
Hereditary Neurological Disease Center, Wichita, KS.

Jacob E. Bowen

A Celebration of Life for Jacob E. Bowen, 26, Lawrence, will be at 2 pm Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory. Cremation will follow the service. Jacob died Monday, May 20, 2019, in Lakewood, Colorado, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was born April 25, 1993, in Loveland, Colorado, the son of Irvin R. Bowen. He graduated from Ottawa High School. Jacob had worked at Printing Solutions in North Lawrence, and was working at Jet.com in Gardner at the time of his death. He enjoyed all sports, playing Fortnight, participating in pickup football games, and was a big fan of the Denver Broncos, the Jayhawks, and the Royals.
Survivors include his fiancé, Bailey Nichole Myers and their two children, Declan and Olivia, of the home; his parents, Irvin Bowen & Brenda Bowen, Lawrence; siblings Levi Bowen, Lawrence, Lisa Black and significant other Stephen Griffith, Kansas City, Mo., Lori Rachelle and husband Eric, Gardner, Gabby Garcia and husband Giles, Lawrence, Joni Ridinger, Lawrence, Carrie Black, Ottawa, and Jason Black, Alabama.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 to 8 pm at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, memo: Jacob Bowen, and sent to 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Frank A. Weeks

A celebration of life for Frank A. Weeks, 51, Lawrence, will be 4-9 pm Saturday, June 8th at Clinton Park, 5th & Maine in Lawrence.

Mr. Weeks died Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at his home.

He was born February 18, 1968, in Lawrence, the son of Dianne Wiggins and Jim Weeks. He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1986.

Survived by mom and dad, Dianna and Jim Wiggins of Lawrence; two sons, Luke and Jonathan Weeks of Lawrence; long time companion, Debbie Long of Lawrence; brother, Jim of Texas; two sisters, Brandy and Misty; and 3 grandsons, Keenen, Cain, and Cannon.

He was preceded in death by his father James Weeks.

Anna Marie Archer (Ruth Fairburn)

A private memorial service for Anna Marie Archer (also known as Ruth Fairburn), 86, Lawrence, will be Saturday, May 18 at Lawrence Free Methodist Church.

Mrs. Archer died Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Bridgehaven Village in Lawrence.

She was born December 4, 1932, in Lima, OH, the daughter of Harry Fred and Gladys Marie Bowsher. She graduated from high school in Lima, Ohio, and attended St. Paul Bible College in Minneapolis, MN and Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS.

Mrs. Archer worked in the restaurant industry most of her life. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and attending church. She was passionate about missions and volunteered with Wycliffe Bible Translators.

She married Robert Alan Fairburn Sr. in 1952. He died in 1977. She later married Theodore Eugene Archer in 2000. He preceded her in death in 2015.

Survivors include daughters, Cheryl Ott and husband Tom of Ellensburg, WA, Mary Fairburn and husband John Brothers of Lawrence, Carolyn Heacock and husband Doug of Lawrence; a sister, Mina Wisener of Sedalia, MO; a brother, Fred Bowsher of Evans, Georgia; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; sons, Robert Allen Fairburn Jr. and Daniel James Fairburn; and brothers, Norman Bowsher and Roger Bowsher.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Just Food – The Douglas County Food Bank.