'61er News

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 2016

Gerald "Jerry" Ice
Nov. 6, 2016

Gerald "Jerry" Ice passed away Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. HERE for his obituary.


David G. Steele
Oct. 6, 2016

David Steele passed away Oct. 6, 2016, at Labette Health in Parsons, Kans. HERE for his obituary.


Robert "Bee" Newman
April 13, 2016

HERE to download a pdf file of Bee's funeral program.

HERE for his obituary from the Lawrence Journal-World. 

Gerald "Jerry" Alan Starr
March 9, 2016

starr HERE for his obituary. Gerald "Jerry" Alan Starr
March 9, 2016




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.






Joel Fritzel 1943-2017

May 10,, 2017 — Joel Fritzel passed peacefully in his sleep on April 26, 2017.

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