Randy James Burchett

Randy Burchett passed away on Monday, March 30, 2020 at his home in Lawrence Kansas. Randy was born May 15, 1961 in Kansas City, Mo. He was the son of Nancy Burchett of Lawrence, KS and James Burchett of Enterprise, AL.

He graduated from Enterprise High School in 1979. Soon after, he joined the Navy and became an Avionics Technician serving aboard the USS Enterprise and USS Ranger. After the military he continued in the avionics field with Northrop Grumman. Randy eventually decided on a different career path and began work as a youth counselor for at risk teens and adolescents. He finally made his way back to Lawrence where he worked various jobs while taking care of his mother.

Randy is remembered by his mother Nancy Burchett, Lawrence, KS; father James Burchett, Enterprise, AL; a sister Jan and her husband Mike Kern, Dallas, GA; nephew Chris Shouse and his wife Rebecca, Dallas, GA; nephew Stephen Shouse, Ft Walton Beach, FL; and a great-niece Elora Shouse, Dallas, GA; There is also extended family in Kansas, Missouri, Georgia, and Wisconsin.

Private family services for Randy will take place at a later date.

Brenda Kaye Shawley

Brenda Kaye Shawley passed away on Sunday, March 29 at her home in Lawrence, Kansas, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Brenda was born on February 15, 1969, in McPherson, Kansas, to LaVonne and Claude Shawley. She is survived by the love of her life Kala Loomis, her parents Claude and Lavonne Shawley, brother David and his wife Gabriella, nieces Alexandria Flory (Matthew), Amanda Patneaude (Nicholas), Analeesa Shawley, nephews Hunter Shawley, Chandler Shawley and great nephew Truman Flory.

Brenda and her family moved to Linwood, Kansas early in her life where she grew up and graduated from Linwood High School. Brenda’s love for athletics started at a very young age when she used to play catch with her dad and race him until she could finally beat him. She was a basketball, track and volleyball standout in high school and went on to play basketball at Emporia State University where she earned a degree in Physical Education/teaching. Her first teaching job was in Independence, KS but Brenda missed home and decided to return to the Lawrence area without a job just so she could be close to family and friends. She soon obtained a PE teaching position at Baldwin Junior High School where she taught and coached for 20+ years.

Words cannot do justice to Brenda’s positive approach to life and influence on those around her. She never met a stranger and her infectious smile would light up a room. She always made people feel like she had known them forever and there was nothing she wouldn’t do for you.

Brenda’s influence as a teacher/coach/mentor to 20 years worth of students was shown through the testimonies and support for her as she faced her health battle. She was a successful coach and in 2019 Brenda was named Middle School Coach of the Year by the Kansas Coaches Association.

Brenda loved sports, being outdoors and doing things with family and friends. She was an avid softball player and was a member of the Women’s USSSA Class C National Championship team. Her mom said she could “run like the wind” and no ball player better try to run on her as she could throw anyone out. She also inherited the love of music from Claude as he taught her to play the guitar. A love of cooking passed down from her Grandma Homeier and her mother LaVonne made many people happy with the fruits of their labor.

In 2006 after being softball teammates for a few seasons, she started a relationship with Kala. For 14 years, they were best friends and constant companions. They both loved the Jayhawks and spent many nights in Allen Fieldhouse. Whether they were playing basketball together (“I was open”), golfing, fishing, driving around Clinton Lake, going to family gatherings and niece/nephew activities, they were together showing what true soul mates and love could be. In 2019, they took a dream trip to Hawaii together. Brenda was loved by all of Kala’s family and was such an important part of every family gathering.

Brenda will be missed by all her family and friends, but her legacy will live on for a long time. We have been blessed by knowing her and are comforted in the knowledge that she is now in her heavenly home, running free. In lieu of flowers, a memorial scholarship will be established in Baldwin and can be sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

A Celebration of Life for Brenda will be announced at a later date once the public gathering restrictions are lifted.

Marjorie Arline (Stamm) Kincaid

Marjorie Arline (Stamm) Kincaid passed into the loving arms of her Savior and Lord on March 26, 2020 at Pioneer Ridge Healthcare Center in Lawrence, Kansas. She was born on June 28, 1924 to Oscar and Hazel (Elder) Stamm of rural Washington, Kansas.

She attended grades 1-8 at Victory School, a one-room schoolhouse SE of Washington. It was there that she rode her pony to and from school each day. Grades 9-12 were completed at Washington High School. Upon graduation she worked at the court house in the draft office. She met Clifford Kincaid when he was on leave from the Navy, they fell in love, and were married on June 1, 1947. They moved to Fairbury, NE where they raised 3 children: Timothy, Julie, and Laurel. In 1957 they moved to Lincoln, NE where Marjorie was a homemaker and later worked as a secretary in the Lincoln Public School system. After Clifford died in 1999, she moved to Lawrence, KS. She was a member of the Adventist Church there.

Marjorie had a heart for others, especially children. She held a Good News Club for neighborhood children to come to her home and she would share the Bible and the love of Jesus with them. Some of those kids sought shelter at Clifford and Marjorie’s home when their own home life was in chaos; sometimes in the middle of the night. She sewed outfits for the same kids so they would have period clothing to wear to school for the Nebraska Centennial. Several of these kids kept in touch with her into adulthood. A neighborhood bully who scared and threatened her own children was invited into the home (much to her daughters’ chagrin) but the same love and attention was given to him and the bullying stopped. Marjorie enjoyed international students that attended Union College not far from their house and frequently had them over for meals and conversation. One of those students kept in touch with her until the end of her life, calling her “Mom.” She cared for the downtrodden and befriended them “because they have no friends”. She taught her children and grandchildren what it meant to love unconditionally.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and her brother, Donald. Survivors include 1 brother, Malcolm (Norma) Stamm, Washington; son, Timothy (Sue) Kincaid, Mentor, OH; daughters, Julie (Mike) Fuhrmann, Lawrence, KS; Laurel (Vernon) Volpe, Kearney, NE; five grandchildren, Elizabeth Kincaid, Adele Bisel, Cara Brown, Vernon & Nicholas Volpe; and five great-grandchildren, Anna, Phoebe, Moses, Mallory, and Lucille; and her beloved nieces and nephew.

Memorials to God Makes It Grow 24/7 (Honduras mission teaching locals subsistence agriculture and providing safe water), or to the charity of choice in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence KS 66044.

Debra S. ‘Deb’ Davis

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date for Deb Davis, 68, rural Lawrence, who passed away Monday, March 23, 2020, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka.

She was born Feb. 10, 1952, in Topeka, the daughter of Robert and Dorotha Draper Heath. She graduated from Topeka High School.

Deb married George B. Davis and was a partner in their business, Clock House Antiques.

Survivors include her husband George, a daughter, Katie Plante and husband SFC Joshua Plante, and granddaughter Zoeii, Franklin, Indiana, and a bonus daughter, Kelli Robinson, Topeka.

Glen F. O’Connor

Glen F. O’Connor, 94, died on March 23, 2020, at the Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, KS. A private family service will be held at the Stull Cemetery.

He was born Oct 10, 1925, to Jesse and Beulah Armstrong O’Connor. He graduated from Liberty Memorial High School, Lawrence, KS. He was a member of the Stull United Methodist Church, also Sunday School Teacher, and Trustee of the church. He also served on the Lawrence Farmers Coop Board, Douglas County Fair Board, Kanwaka Township Board and Deer Creek School Board.

Glen married Elizabeth “Betty” J. Wulfkuhle on January 1, 1945. Glen and Betty made their home on their farm west of Stull for 67 years. Betty died on April 26, 2018. He was also preceded in death by his parents and brother Everett. Glen is survived by a son, Kenneth O’Connor and wife Patty, Lecompton, a daughter, Brenda Sexton and husband, Mitch, Berryton, two grandsons, Mitchell Sexton and wife, Nancy and their children and grandchildren, Michael O’Connor and wife, Tara and great-granddaughters Cassody and Logan O’Connor.

The family suggest memorial contributions to Stull United Methodist Church Capital Campaign Fund, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Larry Arthur Tuckel

Arrangements for Larry Arthur Tuckel, 75, Lawrence, are pending at this time.

Mr. Tuckel died Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at his daughter’s home in Linwood, Kansas.

He was born December 23, 1944, in Lawrence, the son of Ernest A. and Opal Mae Dietz Tuckel. He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1962. He has been a lifetime resident of Douglas County.

Mr. Tuckel served in the Army National Guard and worked as a farmer.

He is survived by his wife LaCreisha Harris Tuckel of the home; daughter, Tomi Tuckel and husband John Bumgarner of Linwood; son, Matt Tuckel and wife Penny Strasser Tuckel of Lawrence; stepson, Hayden Elijah Newton of Lawrence; sister, Virginia Hare of Prairie Village; brothers, Terry Tuckel of Lawrence, and David Tuckel of Lawrence; grandchildren, Kali Jacobson, Karsen Jacobson, Kaden Jacobson, Eve Tuckel, Eli Tuckel, and Oliver Tuckel.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Visiting Nurses, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Gail J. Dimick

Gail Dimick, 74, of rural Jefferson County, Ks. passed away after losing her battle with cancer on Thursday March 12, 2020, surrounded by her family. She was a Jefferson County resident for over 40 years.

Gail was born January 19, 1946, in Brooklyn, New York. She was the daughter of Edward and Shirley Anderson. At 9 years old was adopted by her stepfather Robert Busch.

She was a 1965 graduate of South High school in Wichita.

She married Lloyd Dimick on September 28, 1968 in Lawrence Ks. He preceded her in death on June 25, 2013.

They moved to rural Jefferson county in 1971, where they farmed and raised black angus cattle. Her hobbies were gardening, raising pigeon and growing flowers

She was a member of the North Lawrence Christian Church.

She is survived by four siblings: Marquetta Martin, Wichita Ks, Deborah Rice, Wichita Ks, Larry Busch, Wichita Ks and Maureta Busch of Bloomington, Minnesota. She also is leaving behind two very lucky young men Jason and Tracy Dover whom for over 40 years she considered her sons.

Funeral services will be at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home on March 20, 2020, at 11:00 am. Visitation will be held Thursday, March 19, 2020, from 6:00-7:30 pm. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence Ks. THE ATTENDANCE AT THE FUNERAL SERVICE AND GRAVESIDE COMMITTAL SERVICE AT MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY WILL BE LIMITED TO 50 PEOPLE. THE VISITATION WILL BE LIMITED TO 50 PEOPLE IN THE BUILDING AT ANY ONE TIME.