Betty Lee Wapp

Betty Lee (Eden) Wapp, 78, passed away January 27, 2024, at her home in Lawrence, KS.

She was born April 24, 1945, in Frankfort, KS and later adopted by William T. and Viola P. (Pilant) Eden. She was raised in a loving home with two other children for which the Eden’s were court appointed guardians. They were all fortunate to travel the United States for two weeks each summer. Betty graduated from Marysville High School in 1963. She graduated from the Lincoln School of Commerce, Lincoln, NE in 1964 with a degree as an executive secretary. She was employed as secretary for the manager at Nemaha-Marshall Electric, Axtell, KS until 1969.

In September 1965, she met the love of her life, William Anthony Wapp of Frankfort, KS. They were married on November 26, 1966, at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Marysville, KS. They had three children: son, Cory Anthony Wapp, and daughters, Crystal Lynne Herschell and Charity Monae’ Wapp, all of Lawrence, KS. She was blessed with two loving grandsons, Matthew Meseke, Manhattan, KS, and Nathan Herschell, Lawrence, KS.

Betty helped William on the family farm until 1970 when they opened the Variety Boutique in Frankfort, KS, the store closed in 1979. In 1980, Betty and her family moved to Saudia Arabia, where she taught painting classes at the rec center, and was a girl scout troop leader. The family’s time in Saudia Arabia provided them with the opportunity to travel to other countries such as Italy and Thailand. The family returned to Frankfort in 1984, to the family farm. In about 1985, Betty started working at the Frankfort Community Care Home until 1987 when she started with Sallie Mae Loan Servicing and the family relocated to Lawrence, KS. Through her career she was employeed with Hall-Kimbrell Environmental Services as a data entry supervisor, TFH & then Shaw Environmental until retirement, then Lawrence Memorial Hospital to stay busy.

Betty enjoyed life; family and friends were especially important to Betty. She showed her children and grandsons how to be caring people, to love life and to cherish each other. Betty enjoyed planning and going on family vacations, game nights and dinners. She enjoyed the holidays because they always brought the family together. Betty touched lots of lives over the years. She was always available to anyone to help or just someone to talk to. Betty treated her friends as family. She shared lots of memories with many people during her life. Her family remembers how so used to get extremely tickled at a funny card or situation that she would end up crying.

Betty was a thirty-two-year survivor of breast cancer. Her faith in God never wavered. She believed God never gave us more than we could manage.

Betty built a strong legacy for her family to cherish forever. She taught us to love and treasure our family and friends. May she rest in peace beside her husband, William. Betty’s love will light our way, her memory will be with us forever.

Preceding her in death were her husband, William Wapp; her parents William & Viola Eden; her sister Joan Davis and her brother James Richardson; and niece Heather Dills.

Betty is survived by her loving children, grandsons, and many nieces and nephews.

A prayer service will be held on February 24, 2024, at 11 a.m. at Annunciation Catholic Church, Frankfort, KS with a luncheon to follow at the Cigna Center. Cremation is planned.

The family suggest memorials in Betty’s honor be made to Susan G. Komen in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS. 6644.

William Anthony Wapp

William Anthony Wapp, 83 passed away November 19, 2023 at LMH Health in Lawrence, KS. He was born January 17, 1940 to John David, Sr. and Marie Ellen (Mangan) Wapp. He was raised in Frankfort and graduated from Frankfort High School in 1958. He farmed with his father on the family farm until he joined the U.S. Army in 1962. He went through training at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland, and then worked as an overseer at Leavenworth Penitentiary in Leavenworth, KS. He was deployed to Germany through the Vietnam era. When he returned in 1965 he worked on the family farm. In September 1965 he met the love of his life, Betty Lee Eden of Marysville, KS. They married on November 26, 1966 at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Marysville, KS. They had three children: son, Cory Anthony Wapp, and daughters, Crystal Lynne Herschell and Charity Monae’ Wapp, all of Lawrence, KS. His life was blessed with two grandsons, Matthew Meseke, Manhattan, KS and Nathan Herschell, Lawrence, KS.

In 1980, Bill and his family moved to Jeddah, Saudia Arabia where he was an aircraft welder for TWA American Contractors. The family returned to Frankfort in 1984. Bill farmed for a few years before the family moved to Lawrence, KS in 1988. He was employed by AeroQuip then E&E Display until retirement, and later he was a delivery driver for Advanced Auto Parts to stay busy.

Bill was always there to love and help his family in whatever they needed. He especially loved making family memories with his wife, children, and his two favorite grandsons. He enjoyed many family trips, daily outings, family dinners, parties and family game nights. He made many cherished memories while taking his grandsons to daycare and school when they were little. He made lots of memories with his nieces and nephews as well. Bill built a strong legacy for his family to cherish forever. May he rest in peace.

Preceding him in death was his parents, John and Marie Wapp; sisters, Eleanor Coe, Mary Schreiner; brothers, Edward, John Jr., Arthur, and Joseph; and nephews, Richard Wapp and Mark Coe. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, his son and daughters, grandsons, and many nieces and nephews.

A prayer service will be held on December 9, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Annunciation Catholic Church, Frankfort, KS with lunch to follow in the Cigna Center. Cremation is planned. Memorials may be made to “Wounded Warriors” and condolencences to Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence, KS