Verla Mae LaRue


Verla, the daughter Edwin and Juanita Carswell, was born March 7, 1928 in Alton, KS and passed away July 4, 2020 at Baldwin Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center. After graduating from Alton High School in 1946, she became a beautician. She married Darrell LaRue on February 5, 1950 in Alton. The couple moved to Topeka in 1951. They lived in Texas from 1999 until moving to Lawrence in 2015. She worked for Hiller’s Dairy for many years before working at the Kansas Corporation Commission, retiring in 1992.

She leaves behind, daughter Carol, son Vance, sisters-in-law Mary Jo Carswell and Gwen Strong, 4 grand children, and 5 great grand children. She was preceded in death by son David and husband Darrell. No services are planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers send donations to Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vermont St, Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Deanna Louise McWilliams

Deanna Louise McWilliams, 82, passed away on July 1, 2020 at her home in Lawrence, KS and finally reunited with her one true love and husband of 45 years, Terry E. McWilliams. She was preceded in death by her parents, Troy Workman and Madeline Sheffer Workman, and her brother, Mick Workman. She is survived by her sister, Marilene Alford of Lawrence, KS and her sister-in-law Mary Ann Suppes and her husband, Larry, both of Shawnee, KS.

Deanna was a devoted Mother to her four children: Troy McWilliams (Roy, UT); Teri Ann McWilliams-Williams and her husband, Lance (Lawson, MO); Shannon McWilliams (Tonganoxie, KS); and Matthew McWilliams and his wife, Jennifer (Basehor, KS). She loved and adored her beautiful and smart grandchildren: Corey McWilliams, Levon Buschhorn, Logan McWilliams, Laila McWilliams, Kaiden McWilliams, Sadie McWilliams, her bonus grandchildren – Mya, Taelor, and Maxwell Williams; and her bonus great grandchild, Oliver. She was a loving Aunt to many nieces and nephews.
Deanna was a Kansas Jayhawks, Chiefs, and Royals fan! Throughout her life, she loved watching her children and grandchildren play many sports. She loved her family so much and enjoyed all the time she could spend with them.

Deanna will be greatly missed, but anyone who knew her would tell you she is finally at peace with her husband, Terry. Her wishes are for everyone to keep their memories close to their hearts and embrace them every day. She did not wish for any funeral service or celebration of her life. She did not want any tears, but sincerely wanted everyone to continue being the close family and network of friends she loved – and to love one another.

As there are no services or celebrations planned.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in honor of “Terry and Deanna McWilliams (Lawrence, KS)” to Children’s Mercy – Kansas City

Benjamin Kunde Levy

Benjamin Kunde Levy, 33, passed away on June 29, 2020, at his home in Lawrence, Kansas, after a difficult battle with cancer. Throughout his ordeal, Ben showed amazing courage and grace. He died peacefully and surrounded by family.

Ben was born on April 8, 1987, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, Kansas. He attended Quail Run Elementary School, graduated from Bishop Seabury Academy, and earned a degree in economics with a minor in business at the University of Kansas. Following his graduation, Ben worked in the field of data analysis, primarily in the Lawrence and Kansas City areas. Ben is survived by his parents, Richard Edwin Levy and Kathleen Ann Kunde Levy, his sister Erin Kunde Levy, and his cat, Reid, all of whom live in Lawrence. He also leaves behind an extended family that includes five aunts and uncles—Shari Brush (Madison, Wisconsin), Melissa and Paul Hungerford (Topeka, Kansas), and David and Toby Levy (Parker, Colorado), his step-grandmother Kathleen Hunter Levy (Topeka), and many cousins and their children. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Clifton and Isla Kunde, Edwin Levy, and Nell Levy, and his cousins Edward and Daniel Brush. He will also be missed by his many friends, who offered great comfort to him during his illness.

Ben was an intelligent and thoughtful young man who loved sports. He started playing sports as a kindergartner, and played youth soccer, basketball, baseball, and football. He continued playing soccer on the Bishop Seabury team in high school and as an adult he was a member of the FC Velociraptor team in the Lawrence Adult Soccer League. He also loved rooting for the Jayhawks and the Kansas City area professional teams, watching games on TV, playing sports video and computer games, and participating in fantasy leagues. When he was interested in something, Ben had a tremendous capacity to acquire, store, and synthesize complex information. He had a stubborn and independent streak as well, which gave him a unique (and at times contrarian) “take” on events. He could not be made to do things if he saw no value in them. Ben was also a kind and loving man, who cared deeply about his friends and family. At the end of his life, he continued to show his concern for others, not only those near to him, but in relation to matters of social justice and the state of our society.

A private virtual gathering of family and friends is planned.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions to Kansas Appleseed, Bishop Seabury Academy, or the LMH Health Foundation, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Bruce Anthony Mensie

Private family services for Bruce Anthony Mensie, 69, Lawrence, will take place at a later date.

Bruce Mensie, 69, died Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at home from cancer.

He was born January 11, 1951 in Independence, Missouri, the son of Vern and Jean (Reiss) Mensie. He graduated from Rockhurst High School and a lacked about 4 hours from graduating from the Journalism school at KU. He worked as a transmitter engineer for KANU while in school, an electronics repairman, a mechanic, a bus driver, a market gardener and again a broadcast engineer for KPR and Audio Reader. He found great joy canoeing with his Girl Scout troop and learning to fly airplanes.

He leaves his wife, Mary Jo of the home; brother, Jon of Leawood; and best friend, A. K. Bailey of western Douglas county.

Memorial contributions may be made to Audio Reader, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street Lawrence, KS 66044.

Vivian Arlene Ryan

A visitation for Vivian Arlene Copp Ryan, 77, Lawrence, will be 6:00-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory.

Ms. Ryan died Saturday, June 27, 2020, at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.

She was born June 23, 1943, in Lawrence, the daughter of Melvin Anthony and Anna Grace Holladay Copp. She attended Lawrence public schools and has lived in Lawrence all of her life.

Ms. Ryan was a homemaker and enjoyed eating with friends, taking walks, and attending family functions. She also attended Lawrence Baptist Temple.

She is survived by two daughters, Lori Scully and husband Chuck of Thomasville, Georgia, Christina Iwaida of Honolulu, Hawaii; brothers, Melvin Copp of Lawrence, Ronnie Copp and wife Patty of Lawrence, Richard Copp and wife Linda of Lawrence, Larry Copp and wife Linda of Lawrence, Guy Copp of Topeka; sisters, Sandy Mock and husband Dale of Lawrence, Linda Buckner and husband Stanley Sr. of Lawrence, and Charlotte Vick and husband Bill of Dardanelle, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Marvin Copp and Gary Copp.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Elara Caring Hospice, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Jeanine E. Lienhard

Jeanine E. Lienhard passed away on Saturday, June 27, at home surrounded by her family. She was 85 years old. She is preceded in death by her son Eric Lienhard and grandchildren Kelsey Kivisto and Kyle Scott. She is survived by her husband Bill of the home and daughters Julie Kivisto, KC MO; Betsy Scott (Bruce), Hurricane, UT; Amy Lienhard (Jack Smithback) Niedermohr, Germany. She is also survived by her grandchildren Blake & Lissa Kivisto, Jessica (Tim) Joyce, Ryan & Cody Scott, Sebastian & Chelsea Smithback and great-grandchildren Landon and Piper Joyce.

She was born in Kansas City, MO on August 29, 1934. She was adopted by Paul & Esther Joseph who gave her the name Jeanine Elizabeth Joseph. Jeanine grew up in Wichita, KS attending Cathedral high school graduating in 1952. She then attended Wichita State University majoring in English. She graduated Magna cum Laude and was a member of many other Honor Societies. She was also Homecoming Queen in 1954 the same year she graduated.

She Married Bill Lienhard on August 27, 1955 at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Wichita. Bill and Jeanine would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in August of 2020. They lived in Wichita for 10 years before moving to Lawrence, KS in 1965 where Bill went to work for US Bank. They raised 4 children in Lawrence, Julie Kivisto, Betsy Scott, Eric Lienhard and Amy Lienhard.

Jeanine and Bill enjoyed traveling, spending much of the time in Europe visiting her daughter Amy and her family.

Jeanine was involved with the community as well as helping with the start of Corpus Christi Parish. She spent many hours volunteering her time in the office and various duties. She was also involved in various committees at Lawrence Country Club, PEO and loved to play bridge. She also played tennis and golf, even winning the Women’s 9-hole championship at LCC.

All 4 children were active in a variety of sports which required Jeanine to chauffeur her children all over the state. Her day would often start at 5:00 am transporting kids to swim practice, or another group of kids to tennis tournaments. As the children got older, she spent many hours on bleachers watching them all play sports at Lawrence High. Jeanine also had an entrepreneur side, as she and a couple of friends had a needle point shop on 23rd street for 5 years. Jeanine loved her grandchildren and spent many years attending their activities and traveling to Germany to spend time with her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren there.

Jeanine was a loving and devoted advocate for her son Eric after a car accident resulted in a severe brain injury requiring 24 hour full service care. She was frequently seen at the nursing homes where he lived decorating his room or taking him out for walks. She also took good care of his caregivers with wonderful handwritten notes, baked goods and small thoughtful gifts of thanks.

Jeanine and Bill lived in Lawrence for over 55 years and enjoyed being a consummate hostess, she provided many gourmet meals for her loving friends and family. Many of their wonderful friendships have lasted over 50 years.

We also want to give a special thank you to Lana Neir with Visiting Nurses for her early care giving and Beth Robbins who was Jeanine’s devoted caregiver allowing her to remain in the home until her passing.

A mass and funeral will be held at 10 am, at Corpus Christi Parish on Thursday, July 2nd, Please arrive before 9:40, Covid related documentation will need to be completed. After the service she will then be laid to rest at Memorial Park Cemetery where her son Eric and grandchildren Kyle and Kelsey are buried.

In lieu of flowers, the family would encourage donations to the Visiting Nurses Association and Corpus Christi Parish, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street Lawrence, KS 66044.

Keith Allen White

A memorial visitation for Dr. Keith Allen White, 64, Lawrence, will be from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday, June 28, 2020 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory. At a date to be determined, there will be a graveside memorial at Belleville, Kansas.

Dr. White died Monday, June 22, 2020, in Lawrence.

He was born March 19, 1956, in Wichita, Kansas, the son of Bobby Lee White and Edith Louise McConnaughey White. He graduated from Belleville High School in 1974, graduated from Hutchinson Community College in 1976, and graduated Cum Laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1979.

Dr. White worked as a chiropractor in Lawrence since 1980. He enjoyed racquetball, playing board and card games with his family, working on projects around the house, and was an avid fan of the Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas City Chiefs. He especially loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He married Kay Marie Canfield on May 22, 1976 in Belleville, Kansas. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his children, Chase White of Shawnee, Kansas, Mitchell White and wife Katie of Waxahachie, Texas, Sommer Barker and husband Chad of Wichita, Kansas, Kim Frank and husband Jacob of Terlton, Oklahoma, Julie White of Lawrence, Kansas; brothers, Kevin L. White and wife Terrie of New Braunfels, Texas, and Steve White; grandchildren, Zoë, Landon, Sadie, Charles, Aiden, Evelyn, Sydney, and Rachel.

During these last years of health complications Dr. White accepted Jesus Christ as his savior. We have peace and confidence knowing he is no longer in pain and is with Jesus until we meet again.

Ruby May Puckett

Graveside services for Ruby May Puckett, 93, Lawrence, will be 10:00 a.m. Monday at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Ms. Puckett died Monday, June 22, 2020, at The Windsor of Lawrence.

She was born February 27, 1927, in Lawrence, Kansas, the daughter of William McKinley and Lillie Marie Bond Puckett. She graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1945.

Ms. Puckett worked at Maupintour Inc. and Lawrence Memorial Hospital as a switchboard operator. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, butterflies, little dogs, and traveling.

Survivors include a daughter, Cheryl Mooney and husband Ken of Lawrence; grandchildren, Michelle Lown, Dana Mooney, Shane Whitaker; great grandchildren, Peyton Whitaker, Billy Lown, Cody Lown, Mackenzie Lown; great great grandchildren; Hunter Lown, Landry Lown, and Harper Lown.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Teresa Whitaker; and brothers, William McKinley Puckett Jr., and Richard Keith Puckett.

The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to The Kansas Society for children with challenges, sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Nickolus Ray Barnhill

Graveside services for Nickolus Ray Barnhill, 25, McLouth, will be 2pm Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at Oak Hill Cemetery. His celebration of life will begin shortly after.

Nickolus passed away on Sunday June 21st, 2020 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born on July 8, 1994, in Topeka, the son of Laura Jensen and John Barnhill. He graduated from Fremont Mills in 2012 in Tabor, IA. From there he shifted around a bit until landing in Bellevue, NE where he worked at Google as a security guard and he loved his job(and their food). From this job he was able to purchase his first new vehicle, which he was very proud of. In 2018 he decided to move to Lawrence, Ks to better his health.

Nickolus touched so many lives wherever he went. Simply because he was such a sweet, caring, understanding, amazing individual. He was an astounding listener, advice giver, brother, friend, cousin, nephew, grandson, and uncle. All he ever wanted was for his friends and family to be happy and content with whatever they chose to do with their life. His support touched all.

He is survived by his mother; Laura Jensen and father; John Barnhill; three sisters, Mariah Barnhill-Goben, Aleaha Barnhill, Alayna Barnhill; three brothers, John Trieu, Jacob Glaspie, Jesse Jensen; aunt and uncles, Diana Brauer, Kevin Brauer, Duke Barnhill, Lixel Barnhill, Mark Livengood, Yoriko Livengood, Jesse Jensen, Cheryl Viergever, Bill Viergever three grandparents; Ed Lannan, Nora Lannan, Helen Mattock; Cousins, Brandon Neill, Mitchel Jensen, Lacey Steinbach, Travis Brauer, Trevor Brauer, Donna Brauer, Vincent Brauer, Destiny Barnhill, Danny Barnhill, Matthew Barnhill, Myra Carrillo, Mariah Carrillo, Michael Villarruel, Anthony Livengood, Kenny Livengood; two nieces, Mia Barnhill, Sophia Trieu one nephew; Alex Trieu; Bonus brothers; Zach Keene, Benjamin Keene, Trent Johnson, Cody Johnson;Bonus sisters, Taylor Hummel

The Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street Lawrence, KS 66044.

Online condolences may be sent at or directly to Mariah Barnhill-Goben and Diana Brauer.

F. DuWayne (Pat) Patterson

F. DuWayne (Pat) Patterson, 84, died Sunday, June 21, 2020, at Baldwin Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Baldwin City, KS after a short illness. He was born December 20, 1935, at Copeland, KS to Frank D. and Maurietta J. Patterson. He graduated from Copeland High School in 1953 and then attended Oklahoma Panhandle State College in Goodwill, OK.

He married Janice Feese on January 1, 1956 in Liberal, KS. Pat farmed with his father in Copeland, KS, and was also a butcher in Montezuma, KS. They moved to Hutchinson, KS in 1970 where he worked at Kingsley-Wagner Supply Company as a tool repairman for many years. Pat retired from Walmart Corporation in 2001, where he was a department manager. He and Janice moved to Baldwin City, KS in 2017.

He is survived by his wife, Janice, four children – Dennis (Kala), Lawrence, KS; David (Carol), Centennial, CO; Darren, El Dorado, KS; and DeAnn, Hutchinson, KS — his brother, Fred (Trini), Hutchinson, KS, and sister, Carol (Vernon) Hedrick, Derby, KS. Pat is also survived by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson.

Cremation has taken place and there will be a private family Celebration of Life at a later date. The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society, sent in care of the funeral home.