Wednesday, December 19, 2007

John A. Moritz services

Lawrence Journal World
Memorial visitation services for John A. Moritz III, 61, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Cremation is planned.Mr. Moritz died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, at his home.He was born Sept. 23, 1946, in Gary, Ind., the son of John A. II and Hallie L. Zapp Moritz. He graduated from high school in Chicago in 1964 and later attended Kansas University.Mr. Moritz was a printer and publisher, and founded Tansy Bookstore on the KU campus. He later worked for Kansas Key Press and House of Usher. He worked for Kingston Printing at the time of his death. He was also an accomplished poet and had published many books, the most recent of which was “Mayaland/Catfish Frenzy.”He married Margaret Capolello. They divorced. He married Helen Kelly. They divorced. He married Sharon G. Hoffman on July 16, 1992, in Sitka, Alaska. She survives, of the home.Other survivors include three stepsons, Curtis and Kevin Dillon, both of Lawrence, and Christopher Knief, Madison, Wis.; a stepdaughter, DeeDee Leon, Lawrence; a brother, David Moritz, Gainesville, Fla.; and six grandchildren.The family suggests memorials to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Oncology or Radiation Department, sent in care of the funeral home.Online condolences may be sent at