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February 10, 2005


Funeral services for Floyd H. Coffman, 86, Lawrence, were Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, Overbrook. Mr. Coffman died February 2, 2005, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence.

He was born July 6, 1918, on a farm south of Overbrook, the son of Clyde and Minerva (Bragg) Coffman. He graduated from Excelsior Country School and from Overbrook Rural High School in 1936. He graduated from Emporia State Teachers College in December 1940, and attended Washburn Law School, Topeka, where he became a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

He married Geraldine Crawford Jan. 11, 1942, at the Methodist Parsonage, Overbrook. She died Sept. 16, 2004.

Mr. Coffman entered the United States Army in February of 1942. He served in the Fourth Port of Embarkation at Liverpool, England, before transferring to Allied Headquarters in Algiers, North Africa. He relocated to Caserta, Italy, in June of 1944 and was discharged in October of 1945.

He returned to Washburn Law School and graduated in 1948. The family moved to Ottawa where he practiced law. After a year as a law clerk with Federal Court in Kansas City, Kan., he was elected Probate Judge of Franklin County. In 1952, he was elected District Judge of the Fourth Judicial District comprised of Douglas, Franklin and Anderson counties. He was retained as District Judge until retirement in 1983.

He was president of the Kansas Probate Judges Association in 1953 and the Kansas District Judges Association in 1957. He was a member of the Kansas Bar Association for more than 50 years.

He was active in the First United Methodist Church. He served as president of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce; Master of the Ottawa Lodge No. 18, A.F. & A.M.; a member of the Ridgeway Lodge No. 62, A.F. & A.M., Overbrook; president of the Ottawa Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International Foundation; a leader of Rambling Ranchers 4-H Club at Ottawa, and was a State 4-H leader.

Survivors include two sons, Bruce C. Coffman and his wife, Sandra, Silver Lake, and H. Hurst Coffman, Topeka; two daughters, Martha J. Coffman and her husband, Patrick Curtiss, Lawrence, and Geraldine A. Coffman, Overbrook; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and his wife.

Burial was at Union Cemetery, Centropolis. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas 4-H Foundation, Camp Chippewa or the Kansas Bar Foundation and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067.


Funeral services for Theresa "Terri" Marie Johnson, 53, Baldwin City, were Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, Baldwin. Mrs. Johnson died Feb. 6, 2005, at her home.

Mrs. Johnson was born Feb. 20, 1951, at Salina, the daughter of Joe and Ida Knoll. She graduated from Solomon High School in 1970. She worked as publicity and continuity director at KINA radio station in Salina. She moved to Lawrence in 1980 where she pursued an English degree at Kansas University and was an underwriter at KANU public radio station. She moved to Syracuse, N.Y. in 1987 where she was a professional writer for O'Brien and Gier engineering firm. She later moved to Nashville, Tenn., and was a fund-raiser for Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music.

She moved back to Kansas in 1991 and worked for KU Endowment Association as director and senior director for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and special projects. She volunteered at Headquarters Counseling Center and was on its board of directors.

She married John Kelly Johnson Aug. 22, 1981. He survives of the home.

Other survivors include a daughter, Cheri Marie Thomas, Camas, Wash.; two sons, Lucas Kelly Johnson, Lawrence, and Alex Michael Johnson, of the home; a sister, Shirley Knoll, Wichita; two brothers, Tom Knoll, Salina, and Mark Knoll, Baldwin; and two granddaughters.

Burial will be later at Deerfield Cemetery, Deerfield. Memorials may be made to Douglas County Visiting Nurses Assn. or Hospice Care of Douglas County and sent in care of Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, KS 66067.

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