'61er News

September 16, 2021 — Ward Russells's wife Mary Cay Hollander-Russell pased away September 10, 2021. HERE for her obituary.

March 2, 2021Our sympathies go to Richard Noever whose sister Rhetta passed away Jan. 5, 2021. HERE for her obituary.

March 2, 2021 Bob Asher's daughter Amy passed away Dec. 9, 2020. HERE for her obituary.

March 2, 2021 Marjorie Anderson Nelson's husband Bob passed away on November 20, 2020. HERE for his obituary.

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 2020

Sharon Pettengill Abram

Sharon passed away Oct. 27, 2020,

HERE for her obituary.



Gene Shaughnessy

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

HERE for his obituary.


Russell Tuckel

Russell passed away on April 25, 2020.

HERE for his obituary.



Andy Boyd

Jan. 7, 2020 Andy died on January 3, 2020 at his farm in Ottawa.

HERE for his 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.



History of LHS

October 11, 2021 — Lawrence High School has a rich and proud heritage. Its history is one of excellence in academics and extracurricular activities.

HERE to download a pdf of "The History of Lawrence High School" from the Lawrence High School Web site.



Marjorie Anne Fischer Dozier 1943-2021

October 4, 2021 — Marjorie Anne Fischer Dozier passed away on August 23, 2021. She was a kindergarten teacher for 32 years.

HERE for her obituary.




Elaine Hickock Rogers 1943-2021

September 16, 2021 — Elaine Hickock Rogers passed away on September 8,2021. Our sympathies go out to her husband Bill, five children, 16 grand children, and 14 great-grand children.

HERE for her obituary.






60th Reunion Canceled

August 26, 2021 — First of all, thank you so much for those who responded to the Reunion Letter. The response was very light. We have decided that this is not the right time to have the reunion. Hopefully, we can reschedule the reunion for as early as next spring. In the mean time, if you want to come to Lawrence in the future and want a little "meet and greet", let me know and I can probably arrange it. Rich Noever


Fred Booth Bramble 1943-2021

July 27, 2021 — I have sad news. Fred died July 11, 2021, in Tulsa, Okla. His burial was July 15. There will be a memorial service this fall in Tulsa. He’s survived by wife, Barbara; sons David (Melissa), Matthew and Sean; brother John; sisters Mary and Ruth; and two grandchildren, Kyle and Olivia. — Ruth Bramble Humphrey

HERE for his obituary.


Robert "Bob" Shenk 1943-2021

March 2 2021 — Sorry to report that Bob  passed away on Jan. 30, 2021 in New Orleans. Our sympathies go out to Bob's family.

HERE for his obituary.





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




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