Archive for Thursday, March 18, 2004


March 18, 2004


Graveside services for Howard L. Sawyer, 59, St. Paul, were Wednesday at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. Mr. Sawyer died March 14, 2004, at the Labette County Medical Center, Parsons.

He was born May 15, 1944, at Gardner, the son of Floyd and Zula L. (Larrick) Sawyer. He lived for more than 20 years at Connections Res-Care in St. Paul. He participated in the Sunbelt Special Rodeos and Special Olympics.

Survivors include two brothers, Leon Sawyer and his wife, Marie, Lawrence, and Donald Sawyer and his wife, Willa Lou, Baldwin City; two sisters, Junadah Admire and her husband, Coral, Kerrville, Texas, and Dollie Jean Moore, Baldwin City; several nieces and nephews including Dan DeMersseman, Parsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a nephew, Robert E. DeMersseman, Jr.; two brothers-in-law, Jerry Moore, and Robert E. DeMersseman, Sr.; and a great-nephew, Patrick W. Zachary.

Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. Memorial contributions can be made to Connections Res-Care, St. Paul, and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.


Graveside services for Duane E. Ogle, 76, Lawrence, were Monday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. Mr. Ogle died March 12, 2004, at his home.

He was born July 1, 1927, at Lawrence, the son of Carson W. and Elta Holladay Ogle. He spent his entire life in Lawrence and graduated from Liberty Memorial High School.

Mr. Ogle was in the Merchant Marines from 1944 to 1945. He was the manager and owner of the Lawrence Bus Co. from 1957 to 1987, when he retired. He had earlier worked for the Six-Five Cab Co. from 1954 to 1957, when he went to work for The Rapid Transit. He bought that company and re-named it Lawrence Bus Co. He founded the KU on Wheels bus service.

He had attended the Assembly of God Church and Christian Assembly Church. He was a member of Eagles Lodge, Mt. Oread Aerie 309, and was a charter member of Douglas County Trailriders.

He married Frances Ireland on Sept. 22, 1946, at Lawrence. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include three daughters, Linda Lowman, Janie Norris and Pam Stumbaugh, all of Lawrence; a son, Chris Ogle, Baldwin City; a brother, Oran W. Ogle, Lawrence; six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the American Lung Assn. and sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th, Lawrence, KS 66044.

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