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Obituaries

Obituaries

Clarence Richard Stewart Jr. 1933 - 2008 Lawrence

Funeral services for Clarence Richard Stewart Jr., 75, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Lawrence Free Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.Mr. Stewart died Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, at Rolling Hills Health Center in Topeka.He was born Jan. 3, 1933, in Lawrence, the son of Clarence Richard Sr. and Gladys Geneva Bernhardt Stewart. He graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1950 and attended Kansas University. Mr. Stewart served in the U.S. Air Force. He worked at Kansas Color Press, Winter Chevrolet, Yellow Cab, Union Cab and Lawrence Public Library. He also worked at the Boys Club of Laguna Beach, Calif.He was a musician with many local bands and played the tenor and alto saxophones, flute and clarinet. He played jazz music for 60 years with the Lawrence Horizons Band, the Dick Stewart and Seven Guys band, which he founded and led, and the Jazz Haus Swing Band. Mr. Stewart was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a member of the American Legion, where he played Thursday nights with the Junkyard Jazz band, and Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.He married Mary Ellen Dolifka on June 13, 1964, in Lawrence. She survives, of the home.Other survivors include two sons, Kevin M. and wife Jennifer, Lawrence, and Jeffrey K. and wife Stella, Lawrence, currently on active duty with the U.S. Army in Malvern, England; and six grandchildren, Emersen "Emme" Kate, Cameron, Agnes, Bunty, Beatrice and Oscar.Mr. Stewart was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Shirley Stewart Givens.Friends may call from noon to 9 p.m. Thursday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will receive them from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.The family suggests memorials to the church, Heart of America Hospice or Veterans of Foreign Wars Alford-Clarke Post 852 in Lawrence, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.Online condolences may be sent at <a href="http://www.rumsey-yost.com">www.rumsey-yost.com</a>.