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Koch, Delmar  
Military graveside for Delmar Michael Koch, 86, Lawrence will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Memorial Park Cemetery in Hutchinson, KS. He passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017 at his home. Delmar was born December 26, 1930 in Spearville, KS the son of John Michael Koch and Elizabeth Ann (Mellecker) Koch. He graduated St. Theresa High School in Hutchinson, KS. He served his country in the United States Marines during the Korean War and was a member of "The Chosin Few". He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, was a past president of the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 765 for three years, a member of Lawrence Flying Club, Cub Scout Pack 376, and was a Hunter Safety Instructor. He was a plumber for school district USD #497. He married Evelyn Fae Shenold September 11, 1954 in Hutchinson, KS. She preceded him in death May 16, 2000. Survivors include two daughters, Sharri Ann Patton, De Soto, KS, Teresa Marie Odell, Lawrence; two sons, David Mark Koch, Derek Michael Koch, both of Lawrence; eight grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Agnes Kalevik, Salt Lake City, UT; and brother, Tom Koch, CA. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Betty Ann Shaull; and three brothers, John Koch, Jim Koch, and Bernard Koch. A rosary will be recited at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence with a visitation to follow until 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be made in his name to Crossroads Hospice for Children's Summer Camp and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044. Online condolences may be posted at warrenmcelwain.com .
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Jan. 24, 2017
Morey, James  
James Virgil Morey, 78, Tonganoxie, KS, passed away Monday January 16, 2017 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Memorial service will be at 1:00 PM, Saturday February 11, 2017 at Camp Naish, Bonner Springs, KS. Jim was born February 9, 1938 in Beatrice, NE, the son of Virgil I. and Ethel A. (Hackbarth) Morey. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1958-1962. He was a photographer in the Navy. And later for North American Rockwell working on the Apollo program. He also worked as a photographer at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He spent several years traveling and presenting educational lectures at schools in Kansas and Missouri. Later in his career he established a company producing computer simulations for the allied health careers. Jim was active in the Boy Scouts of America mentoring young leaders. He was also very active with the Tonganoxie Public Library. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Earleta Mae (Stucker), on August 3, 1961. She survives of the home. Other survivors include; three sons, Burt Morey, Linwood, KS, Thomas Morey, Tonganoxie, Pat Morey, Tonganoxie; one brother, Kent Morey, Redlands, CA; and 6 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions C/O Quisenberry Funeral Home 604 E 4th Street, Tonganoxie, KS 66086. www.quisenberryfh.com
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Jan. 24, 2017

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Preston, June  
After a 10-year struggle with Parkinson's disease and dementia, June Daus Preston passed away peacefully on January 13, 2017 with family, friends and her beloved husband Floyd by her side. June was born June 16, 1923 in Los Angeles to Paul Harold Daus and Daphne Fortney Daus of Los Angeles, California. While in high school and during the first two years of college, she served as a Girl Scout counselor. In September 1941, she entered UCLA, majoring in astronomy. While a sophomore and later as a junior, she published two papers on the orbit of the newly discovered ninth satellite of Jupiter. In April of 1943, while a sophomore at UCLA, she met her future husband, Floyd Preston. She transferred to Berkeley to complete her astronomy degree and upon graduating in June of 1945, she returned to Los Angeles where she married Floyd on July 8, 1945. They honeymooned in Yosemite where she took up Floyd's hobby of butterfly collecting which instantly become a joint avocation which they pursued together for the rest of their 71 year marriage. Within a month of returning from their honeymoon, World War II ended and they moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where Floyd pursued his Master's in Chemical Engineering. While at Ann Arbor, June worked in the lens design section of Argus Camera, on the soon to be produced C3 Model. They returned to southern California where Floyd worked at Standard Oil of California as a research engineer. Their first child, Carl Bruce Preston, was born in Whittier in 1949. In January 1951, the family moved to State College, Pennsylvania where Floyd started on his doctorate in petroleum and natural gas. Their second child, Harold Wayne Preston, was born there in 1951. The family moved to Lawrence, Kansas in 1955 where Floyd had accepted a position as assistant professor of petroleum engineering. That year, their third son, Donald Floyd Preston was born. In 1958, their fourth son, Steven Dean Preston, was born. Shortly after Floyd was appointed associate professor of petroleum engineering, the family moved to Caracas, Venezuela in 1959 where Floyd had accepted a two-year appointment as an adviser to the Venezuelan Oil Ministry. While in Caracas, June served as a cub scout den mother and again in Lawrence. The family's return to the United States in January of 1961 turned out to be the adventure of their lives as they were taken hostage for two weeks by Portuguese Nationalists when the cruise ship the family was on, the Santa Maria, was hijacked. Fortunately, for the Preston family, the adventure ended safely in Recife, Brazil. Once back in Lawrence, their lives quickly returned to normal. June became active in Plymouth Women at Plymouth Congregational church as well as the local chapter of the social sorority, Beta Sigma Phi. She joined the Green Thumb Garden Club of which she was still a member, though inactive, at the time of her death. Foreign service called Floyd again, and in 1981, Floyd accepted a Fulbright Senior Lectureship in petroleum engineering at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and June and Floyd moved to Trinidad in 1981. Upon their return to Lawrence in 1982, June was appointed Editor of "NEWS of the Lepidopterists' Society" where she served for nine years. Her outstanding service and leadership for the Lepidopterists' Society earned her the John A. Comstock award. The Preston family was honored by a butterfly recently named for them, "Anthocharis julia prestonorum" commonly known as the Western Colorado Orangetip. While Floyd was teaching, their summers were taken up with family travel including searching for butterflies to add to their growing collection. Upon Floyd's retirement in 1991, they travelled extensively throughout the United States, including Alaska and Canada. They also made short trips to Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil and Spain. At the honeymoon start, there were 400 specimens in the collection. The collection grew to 4,000 by the time Floyd retired in 1991. The collection was donated to the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity at the University of Florida in Gainesville in 2010. The collection had grown to almost 100,000 specimens. The McGuire Center said, "The Lepidopera collection assembled by June & Floyd Preston is without doubt one of the most significant collections of North America species ever assembled. It not only represents two lifetimes of passionate pursuit of North America butterflies, but it represents the best possible example of a thorough and well organized collection. And its incredible organization is a large part of why it is so important to the scientific community. They should be extraordinarily proud of their incalculable contributions to the science of Lepidopterology." In 2007, June was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Their last year of travel was 2008. June is survived by her husband, Floyd W. Preston of the home; four sons, Bruce Preston (Linda), Fort Collins, CO, Harold Preston (Kathy) Carrolton, TX, Donald Preston (Bobbie Chapman) Kenmore, WA, Steven Preston (Sonia) Port Orchard, WA; 6 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren. June was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Lorel Lu. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in her name to Parkinson's Disease Foundation (Albert Lea, MN) or Racial Justice Fund at Plymouth Congregational Church and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Celebration of Life service for June Preston, 93, will be held 2:00p.m. Friday, February 3, 2017 at Plymouth Congregational Church. Private family inurnment will be held at Pioneer Cemetery in Lawrence. Online condolences may be posted at warrenmcelwain.com .
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World from Jan. 19 to Jan. 23, 2017
Walker, Verna Mae  
Memorial Service 7pm Oskaloosa United Methodist Church. Visitation 5-7pm Friday at Church. Memorials to Hailey Walker Education fund www.barnettfamilyfh.com
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Jan. 23, 2017

Obituaries from Two Days Ago

Harrison, Todd  
A memorial service for Todd David Harrison, 54, Lawrence, will be at 11am Saturday, January 28, 2017, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. He died January 10, 2017. rumsey-yost.com
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World from Jan. 12 to Jan. 22, 2017
Jacob, Jeffrey  
Memorial services for Jeff Jacob, 45, Lawrence, will be at 2 pm Thursday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, with Chaplain Paul Taylor officiating. Visitation following. Obituary at rumsey-yost.com
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World from Jan. 18 to Jan. 22, 2017
Knetsch, Dorothy  
Service of Celebration & Thanksgiving for Dottie will be held a 11 a.m. Sat., Jan. 28th at Central United Methodist Church. For Dottie's full obituary go to warrenmcelwain.com .
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Jan. 22, 2017
Nutter, Matt  
Mass of Christian Burial for Matt Nutter, 29, Lawrence will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Lawrence. He passed away Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Matt was born July 9, 1987 in Parsons, KS the son of David and Ann (Scaletty) Nutter. Matt graduated from Free State High School in 2005 and later graduated from Pittsburg State University in 2013. He was a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and worked at Pinnacle Ridge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Olathe, KS. He was an avid sports fan and always enjoyed the Chiefs, Jayhawks, and Royals. He enjoyed playing golf. Survivors include his parents, David and Ann Nutter, Lawrence; his sister, Meghan Nutter of Lawrence; his maternal grandmother, Pat Scaletty, Lawrence, KS, his paternal grandparents, Gary and Bev Nutter of Parsons, KS. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jim Scaletty. A Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. followed a visitation until 7:30 p.m. Monday, January 23rd at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Memorials may be made in his name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary 120 W. 13th St. Lawrence, KS 66044. Online condolences may be posted at warrenmcelwain.com .
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Jan. 22, 2017

Obituaries from the Past Three Days

Ray, Edna  
Funeral services for Edna Mae Ray, 92, Edgerton, will be 1 pm, Monday, January 23, 2017, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. She passed away January 18, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Edna was born February 3, 1924 in Cole Camp, Missouri. She was the daughter of Alfred and Myrtle Faler. On November 10, 1983, she married John H. Ray in Green River, Wyoming and were long time residents of Rock Springs, Wyoming. They moved back to Baldwin City, KS, due to health. She is preceded in death by her loving husband John, her son Raymond Tate, Her maternal grandson Jonah Tate and her daughter in law Anna Tate. Survivors include five children, Alvie Tate Jr, Ottawa, KS, Keith (Marty), Pomona, KS, Lawrence (Linda), Lawrence, Michael (Carolyn), Edgerton, Patty (Brad) Lawrence, KS; stepchildren John, Lonnie, Angie, and Jerry; Twelve grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren. Friends may call from 3-8 pm Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Visiting nurses, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St. Lawrence, KS 66044. Online condolences made at rumsey-yost.com
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World from Jan. 19 to Jan. 21, 2017
Raybern-Richards, Margaret  
Arrangements for Mickey, 88, will be announced in February by Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. She died Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at Medicalodges Eudora. rumsey-yost.com
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Jan. 21, 2017
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