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Waymire, Frances A. - Lawrence  
Frances A. Waymire Frances A. (Neal) Waymire, 61, of Lawrence, passed away Sunday, August 30, 2015 surrounded by her loving family at her home. A Celebration of Fran's life will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 3 at Kaw Prairie Community Church, 9421 Meadow View Drive, Shawnee, Kansas 66227. The family suggests memorial contributions in Fran's honor be made to the Lawrence Humane Society, 1805 E. 19th St., Law-rence, KS 66046. Fran was born June 13, 1954 to the late Joe and Anna Bross and grew up in Shawnee, Kansas. Fran worked for AT&T for over 25 years before retiring in 2000. Later, Fran went to work as an office manager for Shelter Insurance. She was an active member of Kaw Prairie Community Church. Fran is survived by her loving husband of 16 years, James Harvey Waymire; daughter, Julie Strain (Daryl); 2 sons, James R. Waymire (Leah); Jo-seph T. Waymire (Cassidy); 2 sisters, Joanne Berns (Bill); Judith Barbara; 5 grandchildren, Emily, Molly, Luke, Ellie, Lily and her beloved pet, Tony. Condolences may be left at www.amosfamily.com (Amos Family Funeral Home and Crematory 913-631-5566) Please sign this guestbook at Obituaries.LJWorld.com .
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Sept. 1, 2015

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McKee, Shirley M.  
Shirley M. McKee Shirley M. McKee, 93, Lawrence, died Friday, August 28, 2015, at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor. She was born March 6, 1922, in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Orville W. and A. Louise (Mathonet) Snyder. She graduated as valedictorian from Westport High School in 1939 and then attended Kansas City Kansas Community College before transferring to the University of Kansas, where she was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma, an honorary society that recognizes top students in the School of Business. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1943, and as a fifty-year member of the KU Alumni Association, she proudly wore her Gold Medal Club pin. Shirley married David E. McKee on May 22, 1943, in Kansas City, Missouri. In 2010 they celebrated their sixty-seventh anniversary. After living in Kansas City, Kansas, and Wichita, the couple moved to Topeka. She was a church secretary for Westminster Presbyterian Church, and in 1964 was the first woman ordained there as a ruling elder. She was initiated into Chapter DF of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, served as a Girl Scout troop leader, and became a season ticket holder for Kansas University football and basketball games. During ten years of residence in Hutchinson, Kansas, she worked for Reno County Abstract and Title Company. She was a charter member of P.E.O. Chapter HP. Upon moving to Lawrence in 1984, she joined First Presbyterian Church. She belonged to P.E.O. Chapter GQ, which she served as president on two separate occasions; she later became a charter member of Chapter JU. Shirley loved to read, to piece quilts, and to play games of all kinds. She also enjoyed cooking and was famous for her pies. As the owner of a cabin in Allenspark, Colorado, she served as president of the Estes Park Summer Residents Association. Her husband David preceded her in death on December 4, 2010. Survivors include her daughter, Kathryn M. Stover (John) of Lawrence, KS; a son, Dr. Douglas E. McKee (Margie) of Visalia, CA; four grandchildren: Dr. Mark C. Stover (Emily) of San Francisco, CA; Joy Stover Halgren (Steven) of Overland Park, KS; Meghan McKee Finn ( Kevin) of San Francisco, CA; and Kaitlin McKee of San Francisco, CA. Memorial service arrangements are pending. Contributions may be made in her honor to the First Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund or to the Good Samaritan Fund at the Lawrence Presbyterian Manor. Both may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Online condolences may be sent to www.warrenmcelwain.com Please sign this guestbook at Obituaries.LJWorld.com .
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Aug. 31, 2015

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Brown, Marjorie Louise "Marge" - Lawrence  
Marjorie Louise "Marge" Brown Graveside services for Marjorie Louise "Marge" Brown, 90, Lawrence, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Brown died Friday, August 28, 2015, at Pioneer Ridge Nursing Facility. She was born January 25, 1925, in Brookville, Kansas, the daughter of Floyd and Nettie Rist Curtiss. She has lived in Lawrence all her life. Mrs. Brown worked as a machine fold operator at Hallmark Cards for 24 years. She enjoyed bowling leagues and loved camping with family and friends. She married George Edward Brown on August 17, 1943 in Lawrence. He died in 2000. Survivors include a son, Larry Brown of Lawrence; daughter, Karen Wadkins of Lawrence; grandchildren, Deanna Brown, Michael Brown, Cathy Brown, Russ Guenther, Jennifer Gentry, Jodie Meyersick, and Melissia Janke; 16 great grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Harold Brown; brothers, Earl Curtiss, Robert Curtiss, and Marvin Curtiss; and great-great granddaughter, Zoey Brown. Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. Monday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will receive them from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. The family suggests memorial contributions to Visiting Nurses, sent in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com . Please sign this guestbook at Obituaries.LJWorld.com .
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Aug. 30, 2015
Jennings, Mary Yvonne  
Mary Yvonne Jennings A gathering of family and friends of Mary Jennings will be held from 2 to 4 PM on Sunday, Sept. 6 at Alvamar Country Club, 1800 Crossgate Drive, Lawrence, KS. Please sign this guestbook at Obituaries.LJWorld.com .
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Aug. 30, 2015

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Berry, Lt. Col. James L. - Lawrence  
Lt Col (Ret) James L. Berry Lt Col (Ret) James L Berry passed away peacefully at his home in Lawrence KS August 25 of natural causes with family by his side. A private military burial with honors will take place at the National Cemetery in Leavenworth KS. Visitation for friends and family will be Sunday August 30th, 6-7pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana, Lawrence KS. A visitation is also planned for Wednesday September 2 from 6-8pm at Brenner Mortuary, 114 E 4th St Pittsburg KS He was born May 19, 1939 in Hollywood CA, the son of professional wrestler Ralph "Wild Red" Berry and Lillie (Pilkenton) Berry. Jim's youth was spent in Hollywood and Pittsburg KS. Jim graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1957, obtained his degree in education from Pittsburg State University in 1961 and later obtained Masters Degrees in Education and Business Administration. Jim also briefly followed in his father's footsteps as a professional wrestler under the name of Jim Brady. He served Active Duty in the United States Army Military Police from 1962-1982. Jim served in Korea and Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star as well as other awards during his career. He was stationed in numerous locations including France, Missouri, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, California and Kansas. Jim graduated from the Command and General Staff College. After his retirement from the Army, he was a Special Agent for the Department of Defense and later served 15 years as the Senior Military JROTC Instructor for the Northeast Military Magnet High School in Kansas City. His JROTC Unit was designated Honor Unit with Distinction, awarded only to top Units in the nation. Numerous National Championships were also awarded to the drill, color guard, rifle and weightlifting teams. Jim also volunteered during his summers as a coach for the Junior Olympic National Shooting Team. Jim retired in 2000. During retirement, he enjoyed multiple trips with family to Europe and California. He leaves behind his loving wife of 52 years, Sharon Joyce (Hess) Berry of the home, a stepson Alden Cooper, three children, Jamie (Rick) Davidson, Diana Berry, and Daniel (Nicole) Berry as well three grandchildren. The family would like to thank the caregivers of St Luke's Hospice, the staff at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and St Lukes Hospital. Online condolences at rumsey-yost.com Please sign this guestbook at Obituaries.LJWorld.com .
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Aug. 29, 2015
Campbell, Delbert R. "Del" - Lenexa  
Delbert R. "Del" Campbell Delbert R. "Del" Campbell, 82, Overland Park, KS, passed away Thursday, August 27, 2015. Visitation will be held from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Sunday, August 30, at the Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia Lenexa, KS. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, at Valley View United Methodist Church, 8412 W. 95th St. Overland Park, KS. Burial in Holy Family Cemetery, Eudora, KS. Memorial contributions may be made to: Valley View United Methodist Church or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Del was born December 9, 1932, in Hays, KS, the son of Page and Marguerite (Clark) Campbell. Del was a veteran serving from 1955-1957 in the United States Army. He worked for Boeing for 13 years before moving to Overland Park. He worked for the IRS as a Auditor for 12 years before retiring in 1984. Throughout his life he enjoyed managing and maintaining his rental properties. After retirement Del and Lois enjoyed traveling, and wintering in Arizona. He also had the pleasure of riding his motorcycle in 48 States. Del is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lois, son, Richard (Janet), daughter, Sheila (Calvin) Treybig, 5 grandchildren, Sam (Diana) Campbell, Kelly (Jake) Jones, Max Campbell, Calvin Treybig and Carly Treybig, 4 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, Dean and Craig Campbell, and a sister, Nira Jones. (Condolences may be expressed at: www.porterfuneralhome.com Arrangements: Porter Funeral Homes & Crematory, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, KS (913) 438-6444)
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Aug. 29, 2015

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Archer, Theodore Eugene "Gene"  
Theodore Eugene "Gene" Archer Memorial services for Theodore Eugene "Gene" Archer, 81, Lawrence, will be held 10:30 am Saturday at Lawrence Free Methodist Church. He died August 22, 2015 at Medicalodges in Eudora, KS after a chronic illness. He was born May 25, 1934, in Knoxville, Iowa, the son of Walter and Florence Fleming Farmer. At his birth mother's death, Gene and his sister, Rosemary, were adopted by E.A. and Nelly C. Archer of Waterloo, Iowa. He had lived in Lawrence since October of 2009; he formerly lived in Dallas, TX and Bastrop, LA. He worked in computer operations. He was an avid sports fan and although his roots were in Texas, he loved the Kansas Jayhawks even before he moved to Lawrence. In his younger days, he played in a church softball league. He also enjoyed gospel music and sang in a men's quartet while living in Louisiana. He married Joyce Ann Bounds in December, 1958; they were married 33 years before divorcing. He married Anna Marie Jones on June 15, 2000 in Duncanville, Texas. She survives of the home. Other survivors include a daughter, Vonda Carney and husband, Richard, of Woodland, GA; a son, Delwin Archer and wife, Jean, of Duncanville, TX; three step-daughters, Carolyn Heacock and husband, Doug, of Lawrence, KS; Cheryl Ott and husband, Tom, of Ellensburg, WA; Mary Fairburn and husband, John Brothers, of Lawrence, KS; one sister, Rosemary Freed; 10 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; 10 step-grandchildren and 5 step-great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Project Lively and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Online condolences may be sent to www.warrenmcelwain.com . Please sign this guestbook at Obituaries.LJWorld.com .
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Aug. 25, 2015
Boyer, Carol A. - Baldwin City  
Carol A. Boyer Carol A. Boyer, age 87, Baldwin, Kansas passed away on Friday, August 21, 2015. She was born on November 2, 1927 at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin the daughter of Paul and Mabel Stoughtenberg Alm. During her working career, she was employed as a bookkeeper in several different businesses. Carol was very active in the Lion's Club, Methodist Church and Hope House. She married Larence "Tiny" Boyer on December 6, 1975. He preceded her in death on March 8, 2011. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Joyce Howell and Claire Chapman. She is survived by a son, Dwight Sare and wife Kathy, two daughters, Linda Litke and husband Carl and Charlie Higby and husband Dave, a sister, Peggy Cramer, seven grand, eleven great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Following cremation Carol will be inurned at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the Hope House c/o Schneider Funeral Home, P.O. Box J, Mound City, KS 66056. On line condolences for the family can be left at www.schneiderfunerals.com . Please sign this guestbook at Obituaries.LJWorld.com .
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Aug. 27, 2015
Else, Aileen Phyllis - Eudora  
Aileen Phyllis Else Funeral services for Aileen Phyllis Else, 91, Lawrence, will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday August 28, 2015, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, the Rev. Dr. Shannah McAleer officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. Aileen passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at Medicalodges in Eudora, surrounded by family. Aileen was born July 11, 1924, in Lawrence, KS, the daughter of Oliver Henry and Bessie Maude Wilson Evans. She attended Barker School in Lawrence. During WW2 she worked at the Hercules Powder Company where she met William L. Holliday and they were married in 1955. He preceded her in death in 1967. She later married Roy Coffman, who died in 1969. In 1971, she married Wendell Else, who preceded her in death in 1977. From 1944 to 1999, she was self-employed in several different businesses. Aileen grew up on a farm during the Great Depression. She had an incredibly clever mind and a wild, adventurous spirit. She began a lucrative, albeit underground bootlegging operation during Kansas prohibition days. After the sale of alcohol was legalized, she turned that bootlegging ring into a successful business with Holliday Liquor Store then later Else's Liquor store. She successfully ran these businesses for 40 years with only an 8th grade education. She endured the heartache of losing 3 husbands, 2 sisters and 1 brother. She was strong, generous, honest, beautiful and fierce. She loved dogs, bluebirds, and cowboys, especially John Wayne. She had movie-star beauty and impeccable business sense, but she was also incredibly humble, vulnerable and kind. In the end, there are really no words to do her justice. An indescribable force has left this world and those of us who knew her will miss her forever. Survivors include two daughters: Phyllis Payne and husband, Ed Payne, Lawrence; Toni Neff and husband, Jamie Neff, Reno, Nevada; five grandchildren: Yara Nielsenshultz, Maya Vance, Zabrina Doerck, Laurel Douglas and Tyler Neff; 3 siblings: brother Philip Evans, sisters Doris Marshall and Virginia Curtis; 6 step-children: Carol Holliday Williams, Michael Holliday, Wendell Robert Else, Jr, Kaye Exler, Delores Ortega and Dennis Else. She was also proud to have lived to see the births of 7 great grandchildren and 16 step-grandchildren. Preceding her in death are sisters Olive Maude Pickett, Mary E Clark, brother, Elmo Forest Evans; and 3 step-children, Duaine Else, Sheryl Parks, Danny Else and 2 step grandchildren and 1 great grandson. Friends may call from noon to 8 pm Thursday, where the family will receive them from 6:30 to 7:30, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Family suggests memorial contributions made to the Lawrence Humane Society, Grace Hospice, or American Lung Association, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St. Lawrence. Please sign this guestbook at Obituaries.LJWorld.com .
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Aug. 26, 2015
Kobialka, Margarete H. "Mama Kobi" - Bonner Springs  
Margarete H. Kobialka Margarete H. Kobialka "Mama Kobi", age 87, a longtime resident of Bonner Springs, Kansas passed while surrounded by her loving family, at her home, on Friday, August 14, 2015. Funeral Mass Service was 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 20, at the St. Patrick Catholic Church (1086 N. 94th St. Kansas City KS.) burial followed in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery. A Rosary Service was 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, also at the church, followed by the visitation at 7:30 p.m. Memorial Contributions can be made to the Blessed Trinity Home Health Care or Hospice Partners of Kansas, both in care of the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home. Margarete was born on December 14, 1927 in Wurpenthal "Prague", Czechoslovakia. She married Frank Kobialka in Germany on March 12, 1948. Together, with their first child Franz, they immigrated to the U.S. in 1951, through Ellis Island, New York. She was a member of the German-American Club, with whom she traveled abroad to many countries. She also was a member of the Polish Club, St. Joseph Catholic Church, on Strawberry Hill, and a current member of the Saint Patrick Parish. Together with her family, she opened Kobi's Bar & Grill in 1986, and was proud to be known as "Mama Kobi" in the Bonner Springs Community. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank Kobialka, of 36 years, who passed in 1984; one brother, Eric Peter Benz of Cologne, Germany and one grandson Derek Granzella. Survivors include her seven children; Franz Kobialka (Donna), Frances Granzella (Daryl), Vicki Freeman (Eric), Steve Kobialka (Julie), John Kobialka, Theresa Buehler (Joe), and Tommy Kobialka; ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Please sign this guestbook at Obituaries.LJWorld.com .
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World from Aug. 20 to Aug. 26, 2015
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