Clayton Gene “Skeet” Nuss

Clayton Gene “Skeet” Nuss, 89, of Lawrence, Kansas. Born in 1932 at home in Hoisington, Kansas to Henry W and Amalia Nuss. His parents were both “Volga Germans” who were immigrants to the United States from Russia.

Gene joined the U.S. Navy immediately after graduation in 1950 from Hoisington High School. He served on the USS Sperry, a submarine tender, and in Guam during the Korean War from March 1951 to February 1955.

Gene attended the University of Kansas using the GI Bill from 1955-1959. He graduated obtaining a BA in English and a minor in Art History.

Gene worked in various office positions at the H.D. Lee Company in Kansas City and Presbyterian Hospital Center and Plastic Surgery Associates in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Gene retired in 1993 from his “dream job” as a paraprofessional at the Fines Arts Library at the University of New Mexico.

Always an avid reader, Gene’s mantra was, “So many books, so little time.”

In 1994, Gene married Mary Jane Lybolt in Albuquerque. They moved to Lawrence, Kansas, in 1995.

Gene served as an usher at Trinity Episcopal Church and the Lied Center (from 1996 until about 2011), both of which fed his love of music and language. Gene was one of the first group of volunteer greeters at the Union Pacific Depot Visitor Center. His love of trains made that particularly easy duty as he’d count them as they came through Lawrence.

Mary Jane survives of the home. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, and two sisters.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 21st at 10:30 am at Trinity Episcopal Church, with Fr. Rob Baldwin officiating. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Gene’s life can make a donation to the Trinity Episcopal Food Pantry, the Lawrence Humane Society or the Hospice division of the Visiting Nurse Association.