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August 20, 2021 — Memorial services for Jerry Rogers, favorite teacher and coach of many of our classmates, will be held on August 25. HERE for his obituary. 

July 27, 2021 — Condolences go to Ruth Bramble Humphrey in the death of her brother, Fred, a 1961 LHS graduate. HERE for his obituary.

May 25, 2020 — Our condolences go to Mary Alice Speicher James in the death of her husband James on May 16, 2020. HERE for his obiturary.

Dec. 7, 2019 — Mary Alice Gordon, our Jr. High PE teacher passed away Nov. 29, 2019. HERE for her obituary.

Oct. 26, 2019 — HERE for Reunion Re-cap and photos.

July 10, 2019Our condolences go to Mary Kirby LaRue whose husband, Darrel, passed away July 3rd. HERE for his obituary.

June 18, 2019 — An EF-4 tornado struck rural Lawrence on May 28. HERE for the story.

April1, 2019 — Connie Lipp Pritchett's husband, Hubert Harvy Pritchett (LHS Class of '55), passed away March 30, 2019 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. HERE for his obituary.

Feb. 9, 2019 — Bill Hodge (LHS Class of '58), husband of Kay Franz Hodge passed away this morning. HERE for Bill's obituary from the Journal World.


Sept. 16, 2014 We just celebrated our 55th High School Reunion and many were taking photos! To share your photos send via email to


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Condolences to...

Oct. 17, 2018 — Condolences to Mary Hammig whose sister-in-law, Jeri Hammig, died Friday, Oct. 5. HERE for her obituary.

Nov. 1, 2016 — Shirley Grammer Harris' brother Darrell passed away Oct. 28, 2016 in Baldwin. HERE for his obituary.

Nov./Dec., 2014 — Vida Ingerson Death's stepson, Byron, passed away Nov. 1 in their home in Eudora. HERE for his obituary.

Vida's brother, Kenny, died Dec. 11, 2014. He had been ill for a long time and the the family knew his death was coming. HERE for his obituary.

Nov. 2, 2014 — Janet Burnett-Huchingson's 17-year-old grandson, Devin Andre Wolfe, died Oct. 21, 2014. HERE for his obituary.

July 15, 2014 — Judy Demos Crossfield hiram writes: My son-in-law, Hiram Salvini, passed away July 4th. He was given his ALS diagnosis just as we were having our 50th reunion. Here it is almost 5 years later. So many people ask about him. HERE for his obit on the Rumsey-Yost Website.

Janice Deatheridge Stumpfhauser in the death of her husband, Laszlo, Feb. 28, 2014. HERE for his obituary.

Karron June Schwarz in the death of her father, Raymond June, who died March 14, 2014. HERE for his obituary. His obituary brought to our attention the death of Karron's husband, Kenneth Schwarz, who passed away March 31, 2012. HERE for his obituary.

Fred Adamson in the death of his older brother Jim, who died February 4, 2013. HERE for the obituary.

Tony Estelle in the death of his brother, Kenneth, January 21, 2013. HERE for the obituary.

Jim Freeman in the death of his wife, Carolyn Mae Freeman, who passed away Oct. 31, 2012.

Barbara Ludvecek Penning in the death of her mother, Sarah Ludvecek, who passed away Aug. 25, 2012

Robert Wilson in the death of his brother, Bill Wilson, who passed away Sept. 5, 2012.

Don Broyles in the death of his brother, Homer Lee 'Bob' Broyles, on Aug. 28, 2012.

Raybert Thornton, Jr., in the death of his father Raybert H. Thornton, Sr., on May 25, 2012, in Lawrence.

Sherri Dobbins Milsap in the death of her mother, Betty Dobbins, who died Feb. 29, 2012, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital..

Janice Stewart Houk in the death of her father, Robert Stewart who died Feb. 8, 2012. He also was Sandra Hick Stewart's father-in-law.

Janet Burnett Huchingson in the death of her father, Gene Burnett, who died June 15, 2011.

Jim Riley in the death of his mother Pauline Ikenberry Riley.

Ingrid Vosper McCarroll in the death of her mother Loraine Gjording Vosper.

Linda Norris Kohlman in the death of her son, Bradley Kohlman, who died April 25, 2011. There will be a service in Lawrence, but that date hasn't been announced.

Jim Freeman in the death of his father, Glen E. Freeman Sr, who died Jan. 25, 2011.

Helen Chavez Martinez in the death of her daughter-in-law, Teresa Martinez, who died Jan. 19, 2011.

Condolences of spouses, siblings and children can be posted if notices are sent to

Class member addresses can be found in the 50th Reunion Book. If you need a copy of the book send an email to



*Jerry Rogers (teacher)
*Mary Alice Speicher James

*Ruby Stone Freels

*Bill Hargrove
*Mary Alice Gordon (teacher)
*Janice Smith Orlowski
Larry Englehaupt

*Geraldine Baker Payne
*Mary Helen Dorsey Bashlor
*James “Jim” V. Hoover
*William Frank Augustus


*JoAnne Waters Mitchell
*Robert "Bob" Merkel
*Fred Adamson
*Rosemary Hamilton Hines
*Marcia Davis Young Mattson

*Joy Todd Boltz

*Nancee Grinstead
* Frank Martinez

*Henry Asher
*Wilbur West (teacher)
*Larry Dolifka

* Phil Comstock

* Roy K. Cropp (Teacher)
* Perry "Omer" Buck
Larry McWiliams

* Max Rife (Teacher)
* Leo Souders
* Joe Chaney
* Bennie Stewart (Teacher)space

* Ron Landon
* Marvin Hubbard
* Norman Daniel
* Bob Kimbrough
* Garnett Shook
* Charles Morris
* Alan Hardtarfer
Davis Leckron
* Judy Marsell Rider
* Lester Altenbrernd
* William E. Lassman (Teacher)
* Herbert Thoren
* Carol McMillin Hacker
* Charles "Charlie" Kassinger (Teacher)
* Ann Bee Edwinson
* Donna Collins Sinks
* Mary Margaret Maertens-Pearson
* Eugenia Holliday Mullin
Ray Reed
Before 2004
Elwin Carter
Harrell Conley
* Carolyn Eacock Darby
Carol Eagle Brown
Richey Evans
Mary Lou Growden
* Sharral Hargadine Andrews
* Larry Heeb
Shirley Higgins
* Leatrice Lewis Hamm
* Janet McFarland Comstock
* Alyce Metsker Larson
* Marvin Mumford
* Joan Myers Hollingshead
Vera Neal
Gene Noble
* Karen Ott Jackson
* Judy Pearson LaFollett
Jim Powell
Dale Robinson
Joe Romero
* David Rood
Julie Russell
* Charles Saunders
* Oakley Schweda
Connie Smith
Jeannie Stewart
Joe Transue
* Jeannie Wheeler Chambers
* Chris Whitenight
Jim Wingert

* Obituaries listed. If you have information about classmates who have passed away, please send information to

Bits 'n Pieces

May 20, 2018To join Lawrence High School KS Class of 1959's Facebook page: 
From your Facebook page search for the "Lawrence High School KS Class of 1959" page, open it and click on "Join". " Join" requests go to the Administrator who OKs the request. Members will be able to view messages posted to the page and will receive notifications when new posts--including Live Streaming--are posted.

OR: Here's a direct link to the Facebook page:



From Ron and Linda Garrett Wright:
Above is the rural schoolhouse near our home that Ron’s mother, grandmother and aunts attended when they lived in the house we now live in, in the Clearfield area. Ron and I have been working for years to save this beautiful building. We’ve recently been given grants by Douglas County...HERE for more.


Many of you may remember Marilyn Chamney Lee's family home and dairy farm west of KU. Family members came together this past week (Oct. 10-15, 2010) for a reunion at the old dairy farmstead, which was acquired by the Kansas University Endowment in 1963. HERE for the LJW article and videos.


A look at LHS today: A video class at LHS made this "LHS Winter Court Lip Dub". Though the music may not be familiar this is a wonderful opportunity to see what the interior of LHS is like today. Only some scenes outside the windows look familiar. Go to


Questions, suggestions or comments? Send an e-mail to

80th Birthday Celebration Canceled

August 26, 2021 — After considering the present and predicted circumstances involved with Covid-19 and the Delta variant, we have decided to cancel the current plans to have our "80th Birthday Party" on October 16th. At the time it was planned, we thought the country would have moved on and that we would be safe to gather again. But, being 80 or almost 80, we are a vulnerable population. So my dear friends, get the booster when your time comes, wear a mask to keep you and others safe. We'll hope to see you where and when we celebrate the "Magnificent Lawrence High School Class of 1959" one more time!

All the best, Sherri Dobbins Millsap


Mary Alice Speicher James 1940-2021

March 2, 2021 — Mary Alice Speicher James passed away peacefully in her sleep in the presence of her family Feb 13, 2021 at Neuvant House of Lawrence after a long and valiant battle with Alzheimer’s dementia.

HERE for her obituary.



Bill Hargrove 1941-2019

March 2, 2021 — Thanks to Tom Palmerlee and Bill Paden, I was recently notified of Bill Hargrove's death on Dec. 19, 2019. The obituary is minimal, but we all have good memories of Bill from our own experiences in Lawrence. —Sherri

HERE for his obituary.




2019 Lawrence Tornedo



June 25, 2020 — From Karen Stuart Heeb — One year ago today (May 28, 2019) an EF 4, 170 mph, 1-mile-wide tornado stormed through our property and we were thankful, by the Grace of God, that no people nor the horses were harmed physically. The trauma of the event, however, has had a lasting impact on the humans and animals. We had so many people show up to help clear and clean up the devastation—family, friends, and many volunteers that I did not know. Again, another huge THANK YOU to all of you.


Ruby Stone Freels 1940-2020

June 3, 2020 — Our classmate Ruby Stone Freels passed away May 29, 2020, at her home in Lawrence.

HERE for her obituary.






A Note From Sherri

May 25, 2020 — Dear friends, Just because I’m not sending out invitations for our get-togethers doesn’t mean that I don’t think of you often. In this crazy time, you ARE on my mind … hoping and praying each of you is safe and feeling well. Please take care of yourselves. There will be a day when COVID is no longer a danger, when we have all received the vaccine and are safe. THEN we will party like we did in 1959.

Which brings up all the seniors of 2020 who didn’t have the chance to have the celebration we did. They are entering a very different world and I know we all wish them the best as they go forward. So if any of them are your grandchildren, please tell them … Congratulations from the LHS Class of 1959!

:-) Take care my friends!!! Sherri

Greetings LHS Class of 1959!

March 30, 2020 — We were born during WWII, tough times for our parents. We have lived through other tough times both personally and as a country. I just wanted to let you all know that you are never alone. Reach out to your friends, family and community ... keep in touch. If you need food or services, contact those in your community who can offer help and assistance. There was a time in our lifetime when this time of quarantine would have been so much more difficult. Now, we can communicate through so many avenues ... thanks to our grandchildren who can explain it!
Take care ... we have an 80th Birthday Party to attend in 2021!!  
— Sherri

March Gals Get Together Cancelled

March 19, 2020 — LHS GALS: With all that is going on with the virus and the concerns it has brought to “people our age”, I’m cancelling our gathering scheduled for this coming Saturday (3/21/20).  Take care of yourselves … be cautious, but not fearful.  We were raised with common sense, we just need to use it!  (Sometimes easier said than done!)
Love to you all, Sherri

October Get Together Photo

Nov. 12, 2019 — Ten 1959ers met Oct. 19, 2019 at Bon Bon in East Lawrence for brunch, lots of talking, and celebrating Sherri's birthday.
Above from the left: Gwen Altic Leckron, Ruth Bramble Humphrey, Karen Stuart Heeb, Sue Squires Midyett, Julia Walker Magana, Debbie Grinstead Beene, Judy Demos Crossfield, Janet Burnett Huchingson, Mary Kirby LaRue, and Sherri Dobbins Milsap.


60th Reunion Recap

Oct. 26, 2019 — Our 60th Reunion was September 28-29, 2019. A big THANKS goes to Janet Burnett Huchingson, Mary Kirby LaRue, Sherri Dobbins Millsap and Roger Scott for their work to make the reunion a success.

The two-day activities planned by the reunion committee kept classmates busy: Friday evening for an informal gathering at Johnny's West, a Saturday morning tour of historic downtown Lawrence followed by lunch at the old Merchnts Bank, and a Saturday night buffet dinner at Union Train Station (now the Welcome Center in North Lawrence).

Below are photos from the reunion. Thanks to Joanne Okamoto Munger and Janet Burnett Huchingson for sending photos. If you took photos and want to share, please send via email to Check back soon for more photos.

If you can identify the missing names or find corrections to identifications or spellings, send an email to



Saturday Night Dinner at Union Train Station

John Hines, Shirley Grammar Harris, Leon Kimball, Janet Burnett Huchingson, Griffith and Nancy Price


Nancy Miller Reiling, Doug Lockwood Marie Johnson Harding, Nola Morgan Riggs

Linda Garrett Wright, Louis McCorkill, ?, Ron Wright, Julia Walker Magana, ?, ?


John Huchingson (Janet Burnett), Ida Johnson Jeppesen, Mary Ann Scott (Roger), Linda Norris Kohlman, Jim Riley

Carolyn and Ray Thornton, Larry Schaake


?, ?, ?, Warren Hall, Otis Vann

Katy Wright Young, Ruth Bramble Humphrey, Bruce Humphrey (Ruth Bramble), Ron Wright, Linda Garrett Wright, Nancy Vogel


Vida Ingerson Death, Karen Stuart Heeb, Linda Norris Kohlman

Paul Rogers, Mary Lockwood (Doug), ?, Sue Squires Midyett


Jim Freeman, Louis McCorkill

Warren Hall, Warren's brother, Carol Hall


John Huchingson (Janet), Ida Johnson Jeppesen

Sherri Dobbins Millsap, Nancy and Griffith Price


Carol Hall (Warren), Doug Lockwood, Sue Squires Midyett, Mary Lockwood (Doug), Gloria Leonard (Ralph)


Elvis (Bob Lockwood '56) Joins Friday Night Activities


Elvis serenades Otis and Bessie Vann


Shirley Grammar Harris and Elvis — her new BFF

Joanne OKamoto Munger, Shirley Grammar Harris, Nancy and Griffith Price, Tom Munger (Joanne)


Linda Garrett Wright, Julia Walker Magana, ?, Julie Jackson (Gene), Gene Jackson

Elvis, Warren Hall and Warren's brother


Ralph Leonard, Paul Rogers and wife, Nancy Miller Reiling, Roger Scott, Jim Riley

Elvis, Gene Jackson, Ralph Leonard, Otis and Bessie Vann, Paul Rogers and wife, Nancy Miller Reiling, Tom and Joanne Okamoto Munger, Roger Scott, Jim Riling


Sherri Dobbins Milsap, Mary Ann Scott (Roger), Nancy Vogel, Jim Bosze Rainwater, John Hines, Ida Johnson Jeppersen

Jim Bosze Rainwater, Ron Wright, Elvis


Tom and Joanne Okamoto Munger


Friday Night at Johnny's West

Friday Night at Johnny's<td width=Background: Warren Hall (middle), Ida Johnson Jeppesen (right) and Warren's wife. Foreground from the left: Ruth Bramble Humphrey, Katy Wright Young and Linda Garrett Wright.







Saturday Morning Tour of Downtown Lawrence

L to R: Bill Young (Katy Wright Young's husband), Jim Riley, Janet Burnett Huchingson, Brenna Buchanan Young (tour guide), Pricilla Camp and Nancy Miller Reiling


L to R: Nancy Miller Reiling, Brenna Buchanan Young, Bonnie (Pricilla Camp's partner), Janet Burnett Huchingson, Pricilla Camp, Jim Riley and Katy Wright Young

Original storefront


Original elevator in the Ernst Hardware store building — now a T-shirt shop. L to R: Janet and John Huchingson, Jim Riley.

Original drawers and shelves at the old Barteldes Seed Store.



After the tour we had lunch in the old Merchants Bank. Katy Wright Young and Janet Burnett Huchingson


Brenna Buchanan Young, Architectural Historian, and tour guide extraordinaire!

Jim Riley and John Huchingson (Janet Burnett Huchingson's husband)


Nancy Miller Reiling and Ruth Bramble Humphrey


Janet Burnett Huchingson writes:

Feb. 5, 2018 — I went to a PEO meeting in Whitefish, Mont. and, in the elevator to the meeting room, the PEO next to me asked me where I was from, and I said Lawrence Kansas. She said I “lived in Lawrence Kansas.” My uncle was the dean of the business school for many years and lived in Lawrence until he died. Frank Pinet. I said I went to school with Linda Pinet (photo left), and she said I am Linda!!! She was only in Lawrence for two years for eighth and ninth grade. Then they moved back to Ottawa where they were from and she graduated from Ottawa high school. She was Initiated into her mother's chapter in 1962 and she went to Cottey College. She said her three cousins graduated from LHS. I remember only Chris, who died a couple of years ago but was a professor in Bozeman, Mont. and Amanda (Carolyn Shull Cater) knew him. She had trouble recalling any other classmates, so I threw out a few names. Then she said she remembered Jeannie Schultz and the one with the pony tail — Jeannie Wheeler. I told her when I got home I would look in my eighth and ninth grade yearbooks and send her some photos.

Pat Niemoeller Lay (photo right) lives in Buena Vista, Colo., but gets back to Lawrence about once a year or so because her mother still lives there. I had lunch with her last winter when I was skiing at Monarch Mountain near Salida, Colo.



Debbie Beene Has Been Delivering
Meals on Wheels For 45 Years

May 23, 2017 — Debbie [Grinstead] Beene has delivered well over 10,000 meals during the 45 years she has been a Lawrence Meals on Wheels volunteer. After two years of teaching fourth grade in Eudora, Debbie became a full-time wife, mother and volunteer. In addition to delivering meals to elderly and/or disabled individuals, she has served the organization as a multi-year board member and as president for three years simply because she “felt like there was a need to feed people.” As so often happens when one spouse becomes deeply involved with a volunteer cause, Debbie’s husband Daryl also became motivated to help, serving as the group’s treasurer for five years. He says that his wife “enjoys talking to people and stays involved. She still stays in contact with many people to whom she delivered meals many years ago.” HERE for the article from Amazing Aging! by Marsha Henry Goff Class of '56.


janetwalksJanet explores Lawrence

Check out an article from the Lawrence Journal-World about Janet Burnett-Huchingson.

Janet is working on a goal of walking along every street in the Lawrence city limits....Janet walks during the daytime hours when most of us are working, at school or taking care of other business. HERE for the article.