Archive for Friday, April 6, 2001


April 6, 2001


Mr. DaVatz died Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at his home.

He was born July 15, 1923, in Iola, the son of Christian R. and Lois Rowden DaVatz. He moved to Lawrence in 1951.

Mr. DaVatz was employed by the Lawrence Journal-World as a printer for 37 years, from 1951 until his retirement in 1988.

He was a member of the Kansas Association of the Deaf and the National Association of the Deaf, the Greater Kansas City Association of the Deaf, the Olathe Club for the Deaf and the Topeka Club for the Deaf. He was also a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lawrence.

He married Dollie E. Smith June 18, 1950. She died Feb. 5, 1976. He then married Helen Stutheit; they later divorced.

Survivors include three daughters, Judy E. Stone and Peggy Edgerton, Lawrence, and Susan Nichols, Mulino, Ore.; two sons, Terry D. DaVatz and Mark I. DaVatz, Lawrence; and eight grandchildren.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, where the family will greet them from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

The family suggests memorials to the American Heart Assn., sent in care of the mortuary.

Luella Saathoff

Funeral services for Luella Saathoff, 87, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Burial will be at Clinton Cemetery in Clinton.

Mrs. Saathoff died Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at her son's home in rural Lawrence.

She was born Aug. 31, 1913, in Topeka, the daughter of Charles and Sarah (Iwig) Herschell.

She lived in and around Topeka and Lawrence most of her life. From 1957 to 1971, she lived in California.

She was a member of the Central United Methodist Church, Retired Eagles Club No. 309 and Rebekah Lodge No. 4, all of Lawrence.

She married Bennie L. Saathoff July 16, 1955, in Lawrence. He died Dec. 7, 1998.

Survivors include a son, Gerald Elvin Petrie, Lawrence; two daughters, Janice Marie Quintana, LaJara, Colo., and Shirley Elaine Pampus, Lamar, Colo.,; two stepsons, Bennie L. Saathoff and Robert Eugene Saathoff, both of Lawrence; two brothers, Kenneth Herschell, Lawrence, and Charles Herschell, Overbrook; nine grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-granchildren; and her caregivers, Laura Petrie, Rose Saathoff and Judy Saathoff.

The family will greet friends from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today at the mortuary.

The family suggests memorials to the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Assn., sent in care of the mortuary.

Wilbur Marckley

Memorial services for Wilbur R. "Bill" Marckley, 84, Lawrence, are pending and will be announced by Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

Mr. Marckley died Thursday, April 5, 2001, at Midland Hospice, Topeka.

Ford services

Services for Raymond C. Ford, 78, Eudora, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be in Eudora Cemetery.

Mr. Ford died Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born April 17, 1922, in Deepwater, Mo., the son of Bertha L. Ford. He moved to Eudora in 1977 from Tonganoxie.

Mr. Ford served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945, and worked for Hercules, DeSoto. He retired in 1984. He was a member of Family of Faith Church.

He married Margie L. (Welch) Coleman on Sept. 20, 1942, in Adrian, Mo. She died Aug. 4, 1977.

Survivors include two sons, Gene R., Kansas City, Mo., and Roger A., Lawrence; two daughters, Carol K. Smith and JoAnn Cook, both of Eudora; a brother, Harley A., Adrian, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

A grandchild died earlier.

Friends may call from noon to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home, where the family will greet friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.

The family suggests memorials to American Cancer Society or Family of Faith Church, sent in care of the funeral home.

l Additional obituaries appear on page 4B.

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