A Memorial Gathering for James E. Putthoff, 79, Lawrence, KS will be held from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Thursday, August 30, 2012 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Rev. Jerry Kazmaier will be the officiant. Private inurnment will be held at a later date at Antioch Cemetery southwest of Ottawa, KS. He died on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at the Midland Hospice House in Topeka, KS.
He was born on December 13, 1932 in Montrose, MO, the son of Edward J. and Josephine Arens Putthoff. He moved to Lawrence from Bartlesville, OK in 2001.
Jim formerly owned the Tri-State Electrical Supply in Bartlesville. He retired in December 1994.
He was married to Wanda J. Howell on June 13, 1953 in Tonganoxie, KS. She preceded him in death.
Survivors include his fiancé, LaDonna Laing, of the home; a daughter, Lynette Dunkin, of Sand Springs, OK; a son, Bradley W. Putthoff (wife, Gloria), of Broken Arrow, OK; two step-daughters, Jody Larison of Parkville, MO, Janet Harnar, of Lawrence; two step-sons, Rodney Laing and Michael Laing, both of Lawrence; a sister-in-law, Connie Putthoff of Tonganoxie, KS; two grandchildren, Amy VanderMeer and Stephen Putthoff; nine step grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.
The family suggests memorials in his name to the Midland Hospice or to the Lawrence Humane Society and may be sent in care of the mortuary.
We are saddened to hear of his passing. Our prayers are with the family at this time.
We are so sorry for your loss.
Sam and Teri Smith
LaDonna, Brad and Lynette,
We are so sorry for your loss. Jim was such a sweetheart. We will miss him.
I read with sadness the death of your father. Please accept my deepest condolences. May your cherished memories sustain you during these difficult days. May the peace of God dwell in your heart and comfort you. May the words of our Heavenly Father’s Son be a strengthening force for you. “I am the resurrection and the life. He that exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.” John 11:21-26; Revelation 21:3,4. As we await paradise, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Psalms 37:11; Matthew 5:5.