'61er News

May 11, 2019 — Deceased classmate Mel Racy's brother Don passed away on April 5, 2019. Our sympathies go out to Don's family and friends.

Dec. 10, 2018 — Kathy Bowman's brother, John, passed away on Dec. 2. Our sympathies go out to Kathy and her family. HERE for John's obituary.

Oct. 18, 2018 — Charlie Bowen's sister, Linda Bowen Hudson, passed away on October 17 in Lawrence. Our sympathies go out to the Bowen and Hudson families. HERE for her obituary.

May 19, 2018 — Rudolph “Rudy” James Oberzan II, brother of Joe Oberzan, passed away October 4, 2016 at Pioneer Ridge Assisted Living in Lawrence.   HERE for his obituary.

Jan. 20, 2018Bernard Kennedy's mother passed away January 14 in Lawrence. Our sympathies go out to Bernie's family and friends. HERE for her obituary.

Jan. 4, 2018 — Condolences go to Linda Midyett Campbell in the death of her husband Win. HERE for his obituary.

Jan. 2, 2018Garran Allison's sister, Shawna Allison Leslie, passed away Dec. 3, 2017. HERE for her obituary.

Aug. 30, 2017 — For those who may care or just be curious, I'm recuperating well, begin cardiac rehab Sept 8th and may be out from 'house arrest' by Sept 19th and can drive myself again. Best regards to all, Miles (Bob) Gilbert

Aug. 23, 2017 — All, Surgery was two weeks ago today and the check-up with the cardio nurse was very, very encouraging. Physical therapy may begin within two more weeks. I am grateful to you for your expression of concern and your prayer in my behalf. Prayer is work! Grace and peace to you and yours in Christ, Miles (Bob) Gilbert

Aug. 16, 2017Miles (Bob) Gilbert recently had heart surgery and is now at home and doing well.


Nov. 19, 2015Ward Russell now retired from filmmaking career

Nov. 19, 2015 — Class of '61 Lady's Breakfast Group meets.

Nov. 2, 2015HERE is an article about some historic quilts on display at the Territorial Museum in Lecompton.  Shirley Holderman Funk and her mom are mentioned in the interesting article.  Thanks to Kathe White Alkoudsi for the heads up.


In Memoriam 2018

Martha Allen

Martha passed away Saturday, April 28, 2018, in Minnesota. She had been battling cancer. HERE for her obituary.



Rudy Oberzan, brother of Joe Oberzan, died Oct. 4, 2016, in Lawrence. HERE for his obituary.

Brenda Murphy Underwood, wife of Roger Underwood, passed away April 29, 2016. HERE for her obituary.

Robin Campbell, daughter-in-law of Win and Linda Midyett Campbell, passed away Sept. 29, 2015.  HERE for her obituary.

Charlie Joice lost his mother on Sept. 29, 2015. HERE for her obituary.

Robbert Johnson's mother passed away Aug. 9, 2015. HERE for her obituary.

Patricia Nease Dix's husband, Jim, passed away July 25, 2015.

Sandra Jeanne Smith Crandall's grandson, Gage, died in July at the age of 24 in Easley, South Carolina. The funeral is this Thursday.

Phyllis Anderson Norris' husband Darrell on July 21, 2015. HERE for his obituary.

David Weeks' brother, Julian, passed away July 7, 2015. HERE for his obituary.

John Scott's sister, Joan Scott Floyd, passed away May 21, 2015. HERE for her obituary.



Gene Shaughnessy 1943-2020

Gene Shaughnessy passed away June 20, 2020, at his home in Lawrence.

HERE for his obituary.



Russell Tuckel 1943-2020

Russell Tuckel passed away at his home on April 25, 2020. Our sympathies go out to his family.

HERE for his obituary.






Our 60th Reunion

Jan. 29, 2020 — It's that time again for us to get together and compare stories and wrinkles. Your Reunion Committee will be meeting in the near future To start the planning.  If you have some ideas and/or concerns of what you want to do, let us know.  We are flexible! E-mail address: Krich61@gmail.com.

If you haven't seen Lawrence in several years, you will be amazed how large our little town is now. As to whether that is good or bad is another matter.


Photo From Our 50th Reunion

Jan. 29, 2020 — More photos can be found at the "Reunions" tab above.

Start with bottom row:
Jane Tustin, Fred Bramble, Mary Kay Dunlap Lanning, Linda Garcia Rice, Susan Ulmer Snyderman, WynneGoff Brochu, Becky McArthur McMillen, Evelyn Fearing Dvorak, Jim Kring
Jan Loofborrow Richardson, Karen Groh Tesla, Patricia Nease Dix, Grace Roberman Ellis, Bennie Ruth Grewing Gilbert, Sandra Hayes Shawhan, Byron Leonard
Diane Lefholz Kennedy, Rudy Oberzan (Deceased), Roger Underwood, Richard Calvert (Deceased), Connie Carlson Dewey, Gary Knight,
Glen Elliott, Kathe White Alkoudsi, Kathy Dennis Donatelli, Sharon Moon Peine, Linda Midyett Campbell,
Suzanne Mills, Janet Heck Kittlaus, Carol Olson Gardinier,
Sam Garland, Judy Mckinney Pierson, Bob Asher, Larry Colburn, Andy Boyd (Deceased), Larry Stemmerman,
Bernard Kennedy, Luey Bornheim (Deceased), Martin Owens Brian Schweda, Duane Rice, Sam Pugh, Ken Hopkins, Judith Nelson Greer,
Dede Allen Dresser, Carolyn Rogers Buchanan, Joe Oberzan, Cathy Bowman Shuck, Robbie Johnson, Cathy Houk Shook, Judy Dennis Gardner, Patty Palmateer Horton, Norman Puckett, Carol Lemon Burnett, Dale Schneider,
Rich Noever, Joan Oswald Crow, Sanda Smith Crandall, Pat Rappard Linnhoff, Bob Duver, Linda Dehoff Ingalls,
Linda Patterson Harding, Roland Bell, Beck y Frakes Hermann, Patty Atkinson Supancic, Martha White, Judy Kleinberg Harmony, George Osborne
Robert Kimball, Bob Morgan, Gene Shaughnessy, Frank Molby, David Steele (Deceased), Bill Merkel (Deceased), Fred Hartman, Stan Hanson, David Burnett, Jerry Thomas, Carol Rose, Jack Mahoney, Duane Vann


Andy Boyd 1943-2020

Jan. 7, 2020 Andy Cotton Boyd died on January 3, 2020 at his farm in Ottawa, KS two weeks before his 77th birthday.

HERE for his obituary. 



Brooke Beauchamp 1943-2018

July 6, 2019 — Brooke Beauchamp was born on September 29, 1943 and passed away on Friday, March 23, 2018. Brooke was a resident of Missouri at the time of passing.




Everrett Lee Martin 1943-2019

Everett Lee Martin past away Jan. 6 2019 in Casa Grande Az. He and his father had the welding and machine shop in North Lawrence in the building behind Lee's Camper Sales 950 N 3rd street.

HERE for his obituary.






Memory book

Just a reminder that we have the books available. Cost is $10 (includes shipping). Make checks payable to LHS Class of 1961. Mail to Bob Duver, 1256 North 900 Rd., Lawrence, KS 66047.

Photos from the Reunion: Saturday Night

Roger Underwood on left, Andy Boyd on the right.

Photos from the Reunion: Tour of Cordley








Ward Russell now retired from filmmaking career




Nov. 19, 2015 — Our classmate Ward Russell worked in film for over 30 years. Among the directors he collaborated with are Tony Scott and Tim Burton. His film work includes ‘Days of Thunder’ and ‘The Last Boy Scout’. He now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he specializes in still photography.

HERE for an article from 2010 about his film career.





Class of '61 Lady's Breakfast Group


Front Row: LeeAnn Duver (Bob Duver's Wife), Louise Herschel Howard, Linda Patterson Harding, DeDe Allen Dresser, Judy Dennis Gardner, Linda Midyett Campbell, Kathy White Alkouski, Karen Kerr Horne. Back Row: Linda DeHoff Ingalls, Phyllis Anderson Norris, Becky McArthur McMilllan, Sandra Kelley Reed, Kathy Houk Shook, Vicki Emick Howell, Patty Atkinson Supancic, Carol Olson Gardiner/Winters.

We had a total of 19 attend. We were so pleased to have LeeAnn Duver join us  she has been such a gracious hostess to our class.  Two had to leave so aren't in picture. They are Helen Babbitt O'Trimble & Carol Rose. Several responded that couldn't come so we read their responses at breakfast. Everyone wants to have one in January.  A tentative date of January 11 was set. More information will follow after Christmas.

We enjoyed having everyone get together. — Linda Ingalls & Patty Supancic


Missing Classmates

If you have contact information any of the following classmates please send via e-mail to lhsclass61@gmail.com.


Joan Andrews Crane

Diana Hastings Sparks

Robert Osborn


Shelia Conn Forman

Lilian Hector

Dainis Volgasts



Wayne Duncan

Jerry Jones

Mike Wagner



Margaret Eaton Stallknecht

Linda Sue Kramer Houston

James Wortham



Mike Graves

Jack Nash

Beverly Knackstedt Wiggins