Robert Monroe Sykes Sr.

Robert “Bob” Monroe Sykes, Sr., 80, Lawrence, died Saturday, September 15, 2018, at Pioneer Ridge Assisted Living.

He was born July 30, 1938, in Brandon, Mississippi, the son of Tobie and Frances (Kahn) Sykes. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi College and a Master’s degree from the University of Houston. He also attended and taught at the University of Kansas.

Bob served in the Navy from 1962 to 1966. He was a real estate broker and property manager.

He married Sallye Lou Atkinson in 1966 in Houston, Texas. She survives in the home.

Other survivors include sons, Toby Sykes and John Sykes; grandchildren, Jack, Dominick, Anabelle, and Gracelyn.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Sykes and sister, Lucretia Connell.

June Lederer Pine

Funeral services for June Lederer Pine, 91, Lawrence, will be at 1 pm Friday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, with the Rev. Steve Koberlein officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Pine died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, at Neuvant House West in Lawrence.

She was born Dec. 28, 1926, in rural Douglas County near Baldwin, the daughter of Earle Norwood and June Edith Newland Lederer. She graduated from Baldwin High School in 1944 as the class valedictorian. She worked for many years at Pine’s Greenhouse (later renamed Ralph’s) and at the Lawrence Journal World. She retired in 1990 from the office of the Clerk of the District Court in Douglas County. June was an accomplished seamstress, and was well-known as an excellent pie baker. She was a 70-year member of Centenary United Methodist Church where she sang, played the organ, and was involved in United Methodist Women. She was also active in the Jayhawk 4-H Club and the EHU.

June married Ralph Edward Pine on June 3, 1948, in Danforth Chapel on the KU Campus. He preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 2007. She was also preceded in death by five siblings, Arley, John, and Glen Lederer, Thelma Randel, and Doris Blevins. Survivors include three children, Carol Kissack and husband Clayton, Wichita, Sandy Biggerstaff and husband Dwane, Lawrence, and Scott Pine and wife Karen, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; a brother-in-law, Wayne Pine and wife Ruth, Lawrence; six grandchildren, Jessica, Charlie, Phil, Bryan, Kyle, and Sara, and eleven great grandchildren.

Friends may call from 9 am to 8 pm Thursday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will receive them from 5 to 6 pm. Memorial contributions are suggested to Vitas Hospice, or a charity of the donor’s choice, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com

Charles W. ‘Chuck’ Bevens

Services for Charles W. ‘Chuck’ Bevens, 60, Lyndon, will be at 10 am Friday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow at Eudora City Cemetery. Chuck died Friday, September 14, 2018, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Shawnee Mission, Kan.

A visitation will be held Thursday from 6 to 7 pm at the funeral home.

He was born May 3rd 1958 in Lawrence, the son of Zelma Eugene Bevens and Carol Darlene (Parker) Bevens. They preceded him in death along with his sister Carol Jean “Jeannie” Bevens

He spent most of his childhood in the Lawrence area and graduated from Lawrence High School. He enjoyed casual sport, fishing and family time.

He enter the Navy after school. He married once before and then met Tammy Shockley; they were married for fourteen years and gave life to five boys

Charles was a kind and loving son, brother, father and uncle. There were good times and bad times like any family but in the end he would give the world to the people he loved. His fighting spirit and strong will lives within us and a piece of him will always brighten for what the future has in store

He survived by his brother Guy Edwards from Texas and his sister Nancy Asher (Gary) of Lawrence, his sons Justin Wesley (Bevens) Thompson, Jason Lee (Bevens) Thompson, Jacob Allen (Bevens) Thompson, Jordan Eugene (Bevens) Thompson, Jesse (Bevens) Veer; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Chuck Bevens Memorial Fund, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Donald Charles “Don” Hall

A memorial service for Donald Charles “Don” Hall, 69, Lawrence, will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 20th at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Mr. Hall died Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at his home.

He was born December 30, 1948, in Long Island, New York, the son of Donald D. Hall and Mary Gargagliano Hall. He graduated from Atchison High School in Atchison, Kansas in 1966.

Mr. Hall worked as a printing press operator for Hallmark Cards, Meseraull Printing, and Trabon. Most recently, he was a call center representative for General Dynamics. He enjoyed motorcycles, cars, target shooting and collecting firearms, and fishing. Most importantly, he was a loving husband and father.

He married Gina Marie Lowe on February 18, 1978, in Lawrence. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include sons Jon Hall, his wife, Michelle and their daughter Charlsee, and Conner Hall, all of Lawrence; sisters, Donna Torskey-Hall and husband Eric of Seattle, Washington, Karen Marks and husband Bob of West Palm Beach, Florida.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Lawrence Humane Society, sent in care of the funeral home.

Serenity Marie Mersman

Memorial services for Serenity Marie Mersman, infant daughter of Monique Mersman, will be at 4 pm Saturday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory. Serenity passed away Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, at Children’s Mercy Hospital South in Overland Park, Kan.

Survivors include her mother, Monique Mersman, Lawrence; grandmother Misty Shambaugh, Lawrence; great grandparents Wanda and David Pollock, Mannford, Okla.; aunt Alexis Stambaugh, Lawrence; aunt Haylee Stambaugh, Lawrence; uncle Keiton Stambaugh, Lawrence; grandpa Eric Mersman, Ellsworth, Kan.; grandpa Travis Shambaugh, Lawrence; great grandpa Robert Mersman, Gardner, Kan.; great great grandma Jane Wall, Greeley, Kan.; great great grandma Carol Jane Mersman, Garnett, Kan.; great great grandma Eva Warson, Richmond, Kan.; and many cousins and other relatives and friends.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Serenity Mersman Memorial Fund, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044

Tanner Patrick Smith

A Celebration of Life service for Tanner Patrick Smith, 21, Lawrence, will take place on Saturday, September 15th, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St, Lawrence, KS.

Tanner was a KU student majoring in mechanical engineering.and is the beloved son of Patrick Smith & Kelley White-Smith of Lawrence, KS, and brothers to Taylor Smith and Keifer Smith also of Lawrence, KS. He is survived by his grandmother, Kaye White and many aunts and uncles including Wayne and Jennifer Kelly (Lawrence) with cousins Rachel , Emma and Nicole. Kevin White and Kathy Crosby-White (Gardner) with cousins Brandy and Britain. Travis Manual and Erin White Manual (Olathe) with cousins Sarah and Scott. Rosemary and Bob Smith (Shawnee) with cousin Tara. He was born February 22nd, 1997 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital along with his twin Taylor in Lawrence, KS.

He had been battling some chronic conditions including fibromyalgia, erythromyalgia and chronic insomnia for about 2 years. He passed away on September 10th, 2018 in Lawrence, KS

Thoughts from Taylor (Tanner’s twin brother)

We were born to our parents, Kelley White-Smith and Patrick Smith. He and I went to school together since kindergarten, and were later joined by our little brother Keifer Smith. We all attended Sunflower Elementary and Southwest Jr. High School as those schools were but a simple walk from our backyard. Tanner and I then later attended Lawrence High School, part of the first class of 9th graders to attend the school, which was a part of a larger restructuring of the district at the time. There Tanner continued to excel in the math and sciences, and confirmed his interest in engineering. We also participated together on the cross country team together. He hated it. And with good reason. I think he found himself asking “what reasonable person would do this to themselves?” I asked myself that nearly everyday as well. Come senior year, our younger brother Keifer made it to Lawrence High as a freshman. Tanner and I graduated at the end of that school year as part of the class of 2015.

Tanner and I then went our separate ways academically. He began studying mechanical engineering at KU within KU’s School of Engineering. It was while attending KU that Tanner began to experience what would later be diagnosed as chronic insomnia, erythromyalgia, and fibromyalgia.

Outside of school Tanner liked to build. He built his own 3D printer and even used it for an engineering competition while in high school. We were both working together to build a CNC router, though it never came to total fruition. He would often help me in my own home renovations or in my work as an apartment maintenance man. Whether I needed an extra hand or just a friendly and intelligent mind to pick, discuss, or laugh with. Of late, Tanner had developed a passion for a certain video game, Halo Wars 2. I think it’s worth noting that he had managed to become a top 200 player globally. I personally thought this to be absolutely badass. I will certainly miss my brother dearly. He will be missed by so many. He is loved by so many still. After spending 21 years with him, he naturally left his mark on me, like so many others. My newest challenge is to somehow become used to life without a brother and a friend that I have always had. A task that for my family and I seems nearly, if not absolutely impossible. Tanner, we love you so much.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the Lawrence Free Methodist Church, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Albia Arron ‘Al’ DeMaranville Jr.

With his family at his side, Albia “Al” Arron DeMaranville Jr. passed away in the early morning hours of September 8, 2018, at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor where he resided with his wife and love of his life, Janet.

Al was born on September 2, 1934, the fifth of ten children to Mary Evelyn (Runkles) and Albia Arron DeMaranville Sr.

He grew up on family farms in Linwood and Bonner Springs, KS, where when something needed fixing, you fixed it. Where if you didn’t have the tool to fix it, you made the tool. Where strength, hard work and perseverance made the difference between “making it” or not. Where going “the extra mile” was an everyday reality.

To Al, “going the extra mile” meant attending to farm chores, learning everything he could in school, leading his basketball and football teams while always making time to be kind to others.

Al met the love of his life, Janet Fischer on the steps of Kansas City Kansas Junior College. He loved her even temperament, her creativity and beauty. She was immediately attracted to the way he listened to what others had to say and his honest nature. But it was a hayride at Wyandotte County Lake and a waltz that sealed the deal. Al and Janet were married on August 21, 1955.

A big man, with hands to match, Al was one of the best at precision – down to one thousandths of an inch, a skill that served him well in his career as a machinist. With a career spanning 53 years, Al began his work career at Loring Quarries. After seven years, he joined Griffin Wheel Company where he worked for 28 years. Al continued his work as a tool and die man at Champ/GM for another 18 years before retiring. In desiring a fair and just workplace, throughout his career, he was a member and officer of the United Steelworkers Union.

While Al wanted his family to experience it all in summer vacations, it was their yearly getaways to Colorado in the green Mercury Country Commuter station wagon that stand out.

Making “fun” and making space for his children to be creative was important to Al.

Blessed with creativity, practicality and an enthusiasm for encouraging his children, he made them a “maker’s studio, complete with artist’s chalkboard” right in the middle of his own creative passions – rock and gem collecting, lapidary and silversmithing – hobbies that he approached with same precision, dedication and generosity he displayed with his work and much-loved sports. Seldom did friends or family leave his house without a gift from Al of a beautiful gem or stone.

Al was a strong, sincere, resourceful, committed, hardworking and pragmatic man who equipped himself with knowledge. He could make anything out of anything. He loved to teach “how things worked” to those around him, especially his children and grandchildren.

His kind and generous spirit will be missed by all who knew him but follows those who went before him. Al was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Evelyn and Albia Arron DeMaranville Sr.; brothers, Dennie, Harold and Donald and grandson, Aaron Calovich.

He is survived by his wife, Janet, of 63 years; his three children, Joy DeMaranville (Frank Norman) of Lawrence, KS; Susan Frager (Gary) of Lawrence and Albie DeMaranville III (Holly) of Seattle. Al was a fabulous and especially tender grandfather and is survived by five grandchildren: Paul Calovich, Charles Frager, Thomas Frager, Kaiser DeMaranville and Coen DeMaranville and two great-grandchildren, Zada Calovich and Mazzy Calovich. He is survived by siblings: Betty Ann Honeywell, Charles Leroy DeMaranville, Robert Allen DeMaranville, Mary Nadine McNay, Nettie Maxine Johnson and Carolyn Ruth Zimmerli.

The family would especially like to thank the staff at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor for their excellent care and kindness.

Visitation and celebration of Al’s life will be held on Saturday, September 15 at 1:00 pm at the chapel in Lawrence Presbyterian Manor at 1429 Kasold Dr., Lawrence, KS 66049, with private inurnment at a later date.

Memories and condolences for the family may be left at rumsey-yost.com Contributions can be made c/o Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home at 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence KS 66044. Family suggests memorial contributions made to Grinter Chapel United Methodist Church, Grinter House Museum or a simple act of kindness towards others.

Nancy Jane Reynolds

Services for Nancy Jane Reynolds, 88, Lawrence, will be 10 am, Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be at Fairmount Cemetery in Denver, Colorado on Friday, September 21 at 10 am.

Jane died on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Bridge Haven Care Facility in Lawrence.
She was born September 8, 1930, in Lincoln, Nebraska, the daughter of Mel Gates and Bernice Crone Montgomery. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1948 and attended the University of Nebraska.

Jane worked in the insurance industry, and married Charles William Reynolds in October of 1956. Together, Jane and Charlie had three sons. Charlie perished in a commercial airplane crash in January of 1969. Jane focused her energy on raising her three young sons, with the help of her beloved sister, Jean.

She is survived by her three sons and their wives: Dave and Lindy Reynolds, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Tim and Kathy Reynolds of Lawrence, and Jim and Denise Reynolds, of Sioux City, Iowa. Other survivors include her brother John and his wife Carol, of Overland Park, Kansas, and her younger brother Jerry and his wife Judy, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Also surviving are her 18 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Jane was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie, her parents, Mel and Bernice, and her sister, Jean, who passed in January of 2013.

Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, where family members will receive them from 6 to 7 p.m.

The family suggests donations to the The Willow Domestic Violence Center for those in Kansas and to the Alzheimer’s Foundation (alzfdn.org) for those in Colorado in lieu of flowers.

Benny & Patsy Rosell

Memorial Services for Benny, 84 and Patsy, 76 Rosell, Shawnee, will be 10:30 am, Friday, September 14, 2018, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. A visitation will take place from 9:30 to service time.

Benny Rosell Obituary

Benny Tupas Rosell was born on January 17, 1934 in Sindangan, Zamboanga, Philippines. His parents, Eliza and Hilario Rosell, both deceased, were active in Christian ministry. Benny came to the United States in 1952 by ship in order to attend a small Bible college in Stanberry, MO. He then transferred to Phillips University in Enid, OK, where he received his baccalaureate degree in 1956, majoring in Bible Studies. He also attended Wichita State University, majoring in secondary school administration and earning his teaching certification. Benny was honored to become naturalized citizen of the United States in 1968.

He began his teaching career at Florence High School in 1962 and then transferred to Hoxie High School in 1964 where he spent 32 years teaching language arts and coaching forensics and debate, enabling his students to become a state champions numerous years. After retiring, Benny continued to substitute teach as he loved mentoring students. His teaching career culminated with an induction into the Kansas High School Hall of Fame in 2006.

Benny felt God’s call to ministry and became the pastor of the First Christian Church of Hoxie in 1975 and retired in 1998. He continued to preach at various churches and serve as interim pastor for many years.

He was married to Patsy Blain of Cherokee, OK in 1959, celebrating over 58 years of marriage. Pat passed away only 16 hours after Benny on September 9, 2018. They are survived by their children, Yolanda Hargett (Husband Cole) of Olathe, KS and Michael Rosell (Wife Katy) of Lee’s Summit, MO. They have 5 grandchildren ~ Jason, Jonathan & Senna Hargett and Alexandra & Benjamin Rosell.

Other survivors include three sisters, Betty White, St. Joseph, MO, who came to America with Benny, and Elena and Elsie, still in the Philippines, and two brothers, Eddie Rosell, also in the Philippines, and Ernest Rosell of Hackettstown, NJ.

Benny was an avid bass fisherman and spent a great deal of time at local fishing lakes. He also enjoyed working in the yard and gardening.

Pat Rosell Obituary

Patsy Jane Blain was born on November, 18, 1941, in Cherokee, OK. Her parents were Ramona Campbell and Ellsworth Blain, both deceased. Pat graduated from High School in 1959 and promptly moved to Wichita, KS, where she met the love of her life, Benny Rosell, and they married on October 24, 1959, celebrating over 58 years of marriage.

She was a wonderful mother and homemaker. She and Benny had two children: Yolanda Hargett of Olathe, KS and Michael Rosell of Lee’s Summit. They also have five grandchildren: Jason, Jonathan & Senna Hargett and Alexandra & Benjamin Rosell.

Pat worked for several years as a pre-school teacher in Hoxie, KS as well as a home health aide in Salina, KS. She also served tirelessly beside her husband, Benny, supporting him and the church family in any way needed.

A talented painter working primarily with oil paints, Pat created beautiful landscape paintings, including many of local settings where they lived. Pat’s paintings recently won 1st Place and Best in Show in a Lawrence, KS, “Art is Ageless” competition in 2017. She was very passionate about her paintings, considering them her “babies”! Her other “baby” was her dog, “Puffy”, whom she doted on along with numerous stray cats that she and Benny would adopt.

Pat is survived by one brother, Bob Blain of Wichita, KS.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research as this was the disease that ravaged both Benny and Pat’s earthly bodies.