Travis Duane Graham

Graveside inurnment for Travis Duane Graham 51, Belle Chasse, LA will be announced at a later date at Mount Hope Cemetery, Humboldt, KS where he will be laid to rest with his predeceased son.

He died unexpectedly on Saturday, November 25, 2017 in Belle Chasse, Louisiana as a result of cancer.

Travis was born August 10, 1966, in Fresno, CA the son of Kathryn Grace Spangler Bullis and Bennie Aubry Graham. He attended Iola High School with the Class of 1985.

Travis worked as a Certified and Licensed HVAC Technician for more than 20 years and spent the last 7 years at Belle Chasse Marine Transportation as a heavy machine maintenance technician and operator. Travis was an avid sports fan; he spent over 40 years as an active soccer player, was a lifelong fan of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, and a huge fan of the New Orleans Saints. He also loved riding motorcycles.

Travis is survived by his 20 year old son Logan Hetherly of Belle Chasse LA, Parents-Kathy and Kirk (step father) Bullis of Iola KS, One Aunt-Joanna Baric of Belle Chasse, LA, Two Sisters-Shanna Sue Wilson and Angel Heffington, Brother in law-Ross Heffington all of Belle Chasse LA, Four Nephews-Corey Wilson, Zack Wilson, Trevor Barrett and Ross Matthew Heffington, and Two Nieces-Courtney Barrett and Alexis Heffington. He also leaves behind numerous cousins in California, including Scott, Mark, Leslie and Greg (Stephanie) Spangler.

He is preceded in death by his father, cousin Jason Baric, and son Daniel J Graham.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Travis Duane Graham Memorial Fund sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Lura I. McAlexander

Lura Irene Holloway McAlexander, 94, Lecompton, died Dec. 11, 2017, at her home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John, daughter Vera, sisters Geraldine and Doris, and brother Eugene.

She is survived by her daughter, Janice, grandsons Bill (Christi) and John, and four great grandchildren.

Services will be Saturday, Dec. 16th at 1 pm at Lecompton United Methodist Church. Family dinner to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to Lecompton United Methodist Church or the Lecompton Historical Society, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Melody D. ‘Mel’ Skinner

Funeral services for Melody Skinner, 60, rural Lawrence, will be at 10 am Friday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Melody died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born Jan. 8, 1957, in Herington, Kan., the daughter of Victor R. and Marilyn J. Adams Will. She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1975. Mel was employed by Maupintour from 1974-1988, by LRM Industries from 1990-2009, and by Sunflower Paving from 2009-2014. She enjoyed traveling, camping, and spending time with family.

Melody married Ronald D. Skinner on Dec. 17, 1977. He survives of the home. Other survivors include a daughter, Amber Skinner, Lawrence; a son, Jeremy Skinner and wife Marci, Baldwin City; her mother, Marilyn Will and friend Max Lingenfelser, Lawrence; siblings Garth Will and wife Laura, Topeka, Tim Will, Lawrence, Victoria Will, Lawrence, Jamie Pettengill and husband Bill, Lawrence, and Jalayne Turner and husband Harold, Linwood; and four grandchildren, Tyler, Lawrence, and Brendan, Madysin, and Kinsley, Baldwin City. She was preceded in death by her father, Victor Will, a nephew, Jamie Lee Pettengill, her grandparents, and many aunts and uncles.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to The National Stroke Association, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. 

Robert J (Bobby) Williams Jr

Funeral services for Robert J (Bobby) Williams Jr, 56, Perry, will be 10 am, Wednesday December 13, 2017, at the Free Methodist Church in Lawrence, Ks. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Perry, Ks.

He died Wednesday, December 06, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family.

Bobby was born November 12, 1961, in Lawrence, KS, the son of Robert J and Betty Ann Nichols Williams. He graduated from Perry-Lecompton High School in 1980.

He worked for Jefferson County Sheriffs Dept for 6 years. University of Kansas Public Safety Office for 28 years. Hobbies included collecting sports memorabilia, trading challenge coins with other departments, collecting law enforcement patches from other agencies, he was an avid Star Trek and K-state fan.

Bobby married Tamara A Cumpton on September 20, 1986, she survives of the home.

Other survivors include, a daughter, Whitney Brown, son in-law, Steven Brown, both of Lawrence, a daughter, McKenzie Williams, son in-law, Joseph Morris, both of Lawrence; a sister, Marlene Blosser, (Tim Blosser), both of Perry, a brother, Bryan Williams, (Wendi Williams), both of Perry; two granddaughters, Kayleigh Brown, and Harlee Brown of Lawrence.

Friends may call from noon to 8 pm, Tuesday December 12, 2017, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. A visitation will take place from 6-8 pm.

The family suggests memorial contributions made to the Fraternal Order of Police, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Virginia Jane Ashlock

Passed December 8th, 2017, at Brandon Woods

Born Virginia Jane Harris, to Abram Winegardner Harris III and Lucille Clark Harris in Southwest Harbor, Maine, Jinny grew up in Marathon House, near Bar Harbor Maine on Mt. Desert Island. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Peter Dunning Ashlock, brothers and sisters Steven Hamlin, Robert Hamlin, Abram (Beany) Harris, and Shayla Harris Weeks. She is survived by two sons, Daniel Abram Ashlock of Guelph, Ontario, Canada and Joseph Warren Ashlock of Naperville, Illinois, a daughter-in-law, Wendy Cole Ashlock (Guelph, Ontario, Canada), three grand children Charlotte Rachel Ashlock (Oakland, California), Peter Cole Ashlock (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), and Richard Isaac Ashlock (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada), and her co-grandmother, Marjorie Cole of Lawrence.

As a teenager, Jinny moved to Greensboro, North Carolina. She attended the North Carolina Women’s College, majoring in Art and English. She was a talented sketch artist and maintained a lifelong interest in literature. She loved historical novels, fantasy, and mystery stories. At the time of her passing, her library included more than two thousand volumes ranging from the Oxford History of the World to J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

Jinny met her husband Peter while working on a Master’s degree in English at the University of Connecticut where Peter was working on a Masters degree in entomology. Jinny’s Master’s topic was the connection between Tolkien’s Middle Earth (the Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings, the Silmarillion) and Icelandic Myth. Jinny was an admirer of Tolkien and maps of Middle Earth as well as character studies of Tolkien’s places and characters adorned her home.

After marriage, Jinny lived in Berkeley, California where her husband earned a Ph.D. in Systematics. She worked as an editor at the California University Press and had her first child, Daniel. After Berkeley, Jinny lived for a time on the Hawaiian island of Oahu while her husband was a curator of the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. Her second child, Joseph, was born there. After a brief stay in Storrs, Connecticut, where her husband held a temporary faculty position, she moved to Lawrence, Kansas where her husband had a permanent faculty position at KU.

In Lawrence Jinny volunteered in the Lawrence school system and served as President of the League of Women Voters. She worked as an editor at the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology at the University of Kansas. She was certified as a Master Gardener by the Douglas County extension. Jinny’s last position was editing and organizing the papers of Professor James Mitchner, a noted expert on bees at KU. Jinny was active, through the League of Women Voters, in local and state politics. She was someone who made sure things got done and finished on time.

Jinny’s sons grew up in Lawrence, attending Lawrence High and the University of Kansas. She lived for many years in Old West Lawrence at 800 Indiana Street. Her house was a block from Joe’s Donuts and she often dispatched her sons to retrieve freshly prepared glazed doughnuts. She transformed the yard at 800 Indiana from something of a jungle to a beautiful garden full of flowers and trees. Her favorite restaurant was the Chinese restaurant at the Virginia Inn.

Jinny had planned to retire to Inverness, California, to a house she helped construct while living in Berkeley, but after the passing of her husband, Peter, in 1989, she decided to remain in Lawrence where she had many friends. The house is set in a bay tree forest above a small lake adjacent to the Golden Gate National Seashore. Once, upon opening a jar of bay leaves, Jinny exclaimed, “It smells like Inverness!”

Jinny moved from the Indiana Street house to Brandon Woods in 2015 along with her many books. Her major pastime there was reading her library, particularly collections of poetry, the works of Rudyard Kipling, Patrick O’Brien’s historical novels, Shakespeare’s history plays, Trollope, the science fiction and fantasy of Lois McMaster Bujold, the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Harry Potter series. At the end of her life, she entertained herself and visitors by reciting the many poems she had stored in her memory over her lifetime. She passed in her sleep on the afternoon of December 8th, peacefully and in the company of family.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the League of Women Voters of Lawrence/Douglass County c/o the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. A service will be held in Inverness California in 2018. Please contact Daniel Ashlock ( if you would like details about the service.

Elegy,from Jinny’s granddaughter, Charlotte:

You never really know someone
until you meet their family.

A tender eye may trace between
those who share a blood,
those sweet and hidden lines of harmony or pain–

Understand the child’s laugh the better
for seeing it on the parents face.

Although apart, we walk in step
our hearts beating a music that distance dims
but rarely breaks.

I salute the ones who have gone before,
both named and nameless, knowing:

I hold a part of you inside of me,
your wit on my lips,
your stubbornness in my grip,
your courage in loneliness, that is with me also.

Rest in peace, though I cannot–
may the elves welcome you in the West.

Bonnie Bell Bruner

Funeral services for Bonnie Bell Bruner, 81, Lawrence, will be 10:30 am, Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at St. Cornelius Episcopal Church, Dodge City. Burial will follow at the Kansas Veteran’s Cemetery at Ft. Dodge. Visitation is Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 3:00 to 5:00 at Rumsey-Yost funeral home in Lawrence.

She died Thursday, December 7, 2017, at Presbyterian Manor, Lawrence.

Bonnie was born January, 7, 1936, in Collyer, Kansas, the daughter of Virgil Theodore and Naomi Helen Brown Chapman. She graduated from Scott County High School, attended Southwestern College and graduated from Charles Denver Beauty School.

What she loved most was taking care of her loved ones. She showed this in so many forms…preparing holiday celebrations, providing haircuts and perms, singing and playing piano together, and sharing her love of Life and music.

She married Bernard “Buck” Baxter Bruner on October 30, 1969 at Ft Dodge. He preceded her in death on February 18, 1989.

Survivors include son Rick Bruner and wife Mary Jo of Duluth, MN; daughter Mary Koehn and husband Leroy of Lawrence; step-daughter Jeniene Benedict and husband Mark of Apple Valley, MN; and step-daughter Julie Chenoweth and husband Rich of Steamboat Springs, CO; one sister Connie Kessler and husband Hilary of Scott City; one grandson Jon Benedict and wife Megan of St Paul, MN; a great-grandson, Louis and a great-granddaughter, Edie.

Bonnie is preceded in death by her husband and parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to Band of Angels, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence or Swaim Funeral Home, Dodge City.

Janet F. Myers

Janet Myers, 73, of 550 Stoneridge Drive, Lawrence, Ks 66049, died in her home.

She was born July 6, 1944 in Stoutsville, Mo, to Thomas and Norene (Houghs) Abell. Janet had one son, Logan Myers.

Janet retired as a Lieutenant from Lansing Correctional Facility and currently worked security at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was passionate about her spirituality, loved socializing and going to the gym. She would frequently drive around Clinton Lake and liked to travel. She was so full of life and loved to help others. She always knew the right thing to say at just the right time.

Janet is survived by Logan, Annie, Robbie and Joey Myers. She was proceeded in death by her parents.

A Visitation will be on Monday December 11th at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home from 6-8 pm at 601 Indiana, Lawrence Ks.

Memorial Donations can be made to Haskell Indian Nation, any battered woman’s shelter or human society.

Mary Elizabeth Meyer

Funeral services for Mary Elizabeth Meyer, 66, Lawrence, will be at 10 am Saturday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mary died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at Midland Hospice House in Topeka.

She was born Sept. 29, 1951, in Lawrence, the daughter of Marvin and Gladys Elston Guthrie. She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1970. She had worked at Sunset Hill Elementary, Davol, Regis Inventory Co., Subway, and Dillon’s. She was a member of the Pentecostal church, where she taught Sunday School. Mary was a Girl Scout and Brownie troop leader at Kennedy School. In her spare time, she enjoyed bingo, country music, singing, and watching KU basketball.

She married Gary D. Meyer on July 3, 1971, in Lawrence. He survives of the home. Other survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Meyer, Lawrence; four siblings, Sharon Barrand, Springfield, Mo., Margie Ray and husband Don, Lawrence, Ron Guthrie and wife Ann, Lawrence, and Joe Guthrie, Kansas City; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Guthrie, Carbondale, Kan. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Gladys Guthrie, and a brother, David Guthrie.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 9 am until service time at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to Midland Care Day Care Center, or A Helping Hand of Lawrence, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044

John Steven Duval

Graveside services for John Steven Duval, 53, Lawrence, will be 2, pm, Thursday, December 7, 2017, at Clinton Cemetery.

He died Sunday, December 3, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, MO.

John was born February 2, 1964, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the son of Steven and Edith Steinhubel Duval.

He worked as a lineman and worked with Fiber optics for AT&T for many years. In his free time he loved to fish, target practice and watch TV Westerns.  John enjoyed the holidays. His favorite holidays were Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving and any holiday he could blow stuff up, like 4th of July, birthdays and New Year’s Eve, ect.

John tolerated Linda’s cats, but through the years he always had a dog. They were true friends to him and when they would pass he would mourn. Linda has his border collie Sadie, she will truly miss him.

He lived in Arlington TX, from the age of two until he was thirty. John moved to Lawrence, KS in 1994, fell in love with Kansas, and made it his forever home. Linda has found comfort in the fact that John will rest in peace in the grave spaces he picked out and bought at Clinton Cemetery sixteen years ago.

Hot Rod, Bam-Bam, Gary, family and friends will all mourn John’s passing.

John Married Linda Duval on June 26, 1991, she survives of the home.

Other survivors include his children Jarrod Munoz, Frisco, TX, Lindsey Munoz, Topeka, KS; brother in law Doug Stone, TX; nephew Steven Stone and niece Julie Renfro, both of TX; grandchildren Brendan Caughron, Jacob Munoz, Isabelle Munoz, Claire Munoz, and Cherish Harvey.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and sisters, Shirley Stone and Kathy Duval.

Friends may pay their respects from noon-8pm Wednesday, at the funeral home.

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