Archive for Thursday, March 4, 2004


March 4, 2004


Memorial services for James W. Davis, 49, Lawrence, were Friday at Clinton Parkway Assembly of God Church. Mr. Davis died Feb. 24, 2004, in Lawrence.

He was born Sept. 29, 1954, at Medford, Ore., the son of Warren G. and Mary Jo Davis. He graduated from Lawrence High School and attended the University of Kansas. He was employed by the Douglas County Appraisers Office and prior to that the University of Kansas Athletic Dept. He was a published fiction writer and artist.

Survivors include two sons, Jeffrey P. Davis and Matthew B. Davis, Baldwin City; his father, Lawrence; his mother, Spokane, Wash.; three brothers, Tim Davis and Kelly Davis, Lawrence, and Mike Davis, Eudora; one sister, Debbie Davis, Spokane, Wash.

Online condolences may be sent to Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Memorial services for David Graves Sears, 59, who died Jan. 22, 2004, in Lewiston, Idaho, following a brief fight with cancer, were Jan. 31, 2004. He was cremated.

He was born in Grenada, Miss., Oct. 3, 1944, the son of Robert W. and Iola Graves Sears. He was a long-time resident of Kansas.

He graduated from Shawnee Mission East in 1962. He attended Baker University where he received 12 varsity letters in three sports and his B.S. in Physical Education. He received a M.S. from Pittsburg State University in 1967. He was assistant basketball and football coach at Kansas Wesleyan University from 1968 to 70. He played football for the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1968. He received his Ph.D. in Physical Education and Recreation from the University of Kansas. He served as head baseball coach at Baker University from 1970 to1974, head J.V. basketball coach and assistant varsity football coach. He was assistant baseball coach at K.U. in the fall of 1975.

In 1976, he accepted a position at Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho, where he became a full professor. He was chairperson of the Sports Art Division of the American Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance from 1978 to 1982. He was a nationally recognized sculptor, commissioned for both public and private collections. In 1983, he was inducted into the Baker University Sports Hall of Fame. From 1978 to 2003, he worked as a whitewater guide and became active in the U.S. Senior Olympics.

He married Cindy L. Finney in Lawrence in 1973. They divorced in 1987. He married Margo Aragon at Lewiston, Idaho, in 1996.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include two sons, Jesse Sears, Moscow, Ind., Zak Sears, Flagstaff, Ariz., and a daughter, Cassie Mae Sears, Moscow, Ind.; one brother, Michael Sears, Portland, Ore.; two sisters, Sara Sears-Kilmer, Westwood, and Susan Sears-Gabel, Overland Park.

Memorials may be made to the David Sears Children's Education Fund and sent in care of Douglas County Bank, PO Box 429, Lawrence, KS 66044-0429.


Graveside services for Myrnice "Noreen" Williams, 87, Baldwin City, were Wednesday at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. Mrs. Williams died Feb. 28, 2004, at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, Lawrence.

She was born Sept. 27, 1916, at Baldwin City, the daughter of O. Scott and Myrnice (Crysler) Morgan. She was a life long resident of Baldwin City. She graduated from Baldwin High School and attended Baker University.

She married Oscar E. Williams June12, 1944, at Baldwin City. He died in 1973.

She was a switchboard operator in Baldwin City and later worked at Baker as switchboard operator for 27 years. She was a member of the Baldwin First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, PEO Sisterhood and Hopewell Country Club.

Survivors include three sons, Jeffery Brian Williams, Texhoma, Okla., Paxton M. Williams, Lawrence, and Kermit E. Williams, Lawrence; two brothers, O. Scott Morgan, Baldwin City, and I. Jay Morgan, Fort Collins, Colo.; five grandchildren and one great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sisters, Buena Vista Ulrich and Priscilla Jane Cross.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church or the Baldwin City Library and sent in care of Lamb Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.


Funeral services for Robert W. "Bob" Merrifield, 66, Eudora, were Wednesday at Clearfield United Methodist Church, Eudora. Mr. Merrifield died at his home Feb. 28, 2004.

He was born June 24, 1937, in Kansas City, the son of Milton and Pansy (Leadbetter) Merrifield. He graduated from Wellsville High School in1955. He worked for the Missouri Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads for 37 years retiring on Dec. 31, 1992. He was active in the Traffic and Transportation organizations.

He married Deanna Sturm June 22, 1958, at Clearfield. She survives.

Other survivors include one son, Richard Merrifield, Chicago, Ill.; one daughter, Lori Hernandez and her husband, Joe, Baldwin City; one brother, William Merrifield and his wife, Marie, Ozawkie; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Burial was at Clearfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Clearfield United Methodist Church and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.


Funeral services for Beatrice A. Shotwell, 85, Ottawa, were Tuesday at the Town & Country Church of Christ, Ottawa. Mrs. Shotwell died Feb. 27, 2004, at the Olathe Medical Center, Olathe.

She was born Sept. 3, 1918, at Barron, Wis., the daughter of Oscar H. and Clara M. (Toreson) Evenson. Her family moved to Kansas in 1931. She graduated from Baldwin High School in 1936.

She married Orville C. Shotwell on Feb.15, 1937, at Butler, Mo. He died July 17, 1977.

They lived in Baldwin City before moving to Ottawa in the1940s. She worked as a nurse's aide and in laundry at the Cedar House and Ottawa Retirement Village nursing homes for over 40 years. She retired in Feb. 2003.

She was a long-time member of Town & Country Church of Christ, Ottawa.

Survivors include her daughter, Judy Greisen and her husband, Clyde, Ottawa; a son, David Shotwell and his wife, Carolyn, Lebanon, Mo.; a brother, Bernard Evenson and his wife, Betty, Kansas City; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother, Lawrence Evenson and a granddaughter, Sherri Salas.

Burial was at Highland Cemetery, Ottawa. Memorial contributions may be made to the Town & Country Church of Christ and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067.


Funeral services for Robert Dallas Hoff, 75, Ottawa, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Annunciation Catholic Church, Baldwin City. Mr. Hoff died March 1, 2004, at the Hospice Center, Topeka.

He was born June 27, 1928, at Geneva, the son of Harry and Ruth (Wonnell) Hoff. He graduated from Grinnell High School and attended Fort Hays State University.

He married Ruth Krannawitter at Hoxie on Nov. 18, 1950.

Mr. Hoff was an independent insurance salesman for 43 years before retirement. He served in the Army during the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth, of the home; five daughters, Sally Brackney, Hammonton, N.J., Kathleen Harvey, Lawrence, Roberta Lamoreux, Baldwin City, Beverly Shawn, Americus, and Cynthia Taylor, Topeka; two sons, Patrick Hoff, Prairie Village, and Roger Hoff, Scranton; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Patrick Hoff and one sister, Norma Plummer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Andrew Hoff, and one sister, Donna Beckman.

Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Baldwin City, following services. Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, Baldwin City. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.

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