Ralph Leonard Davis, Jr.

Graveside services for Ralph Leonard Davis, Jr., 83, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Davis died Sunday, September 25, 2016, at his home.

He was born October 1, 1932, in Flippin, Arkansas, the son of Ralph Leonard Davis, Sr. and Dorshia Queary Davis. He has lived in the Lawrence area since 1959.

Mr. Davis worked for the city of Lawrence as a mechanic. He was a member of the Assembly of God church. He enjoyed working in the garage, doing yard work, traveling, and spending time with family.

He married Lily Louise McCracken on December 24, 1959, in Lawrence. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include sons, David Davis of Lawrence, and Ronnie Davis and wife Bonnie of Perry; daughters, Vicky Rousselo and husband Earl of Lawrence, and Brenda Davis-Miller and husband Mike of Lawrence; brothers, Bill Davis of California, Gerald Davis of Arkansas, Otis Davis of Arkansas; sisters, Nina Ray of Lawrence, Wilma of Bonner Springs, Shirley of Arkansas, Dorothy of Arkansas; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren.

Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will receive them from 10 a.m. until service time of Thursday.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Ralph Davis, Jr. Memorial Fund, sent in care of the funeral home.

Surendra Bhana

Surendra Bhana passed away at his home on Saturday, September 24th at the age of seventy-seven after battling cancer. He is survived by Kala, his wife of fifty years, his children Hershini, Hemant and Palvih, his daughter-in-law Angie, and his grandchildren Kiri, Aiden and Idris. A deeply reflective and spiritual man, Suresh often described his life as a series of journeys. Born in Sisodra, a small village in India, Suresh journeyed as young boy to South Africa which became his home for many years. Those years in South Africa awakened in him a keen sense of justice and a never-ending search for elusive truths. Suresh came to Lawrence in 1966 as a graduate student where he earned his Ph.D. in History at KU. In 1987 he returned to Lawrence with his family to teach in the History department. These many journeys, Suresh wrote, convinced him that buildings and places do not change but the people who live in them do. He believed that it was in the inward journey, the search for home buried in oneself, that true freedom could be found.
The many successes and accolades he garnered over the years—including five books that made him an innovator in his field, his stellar reputation as a teacher and mentor, and his charismatic eloquence—all fade in comparison to his compassion and humility. The number of lives he touched reflected his unique ability to listen, to understand other people and to accept them for where and who they were. The outpouring of love and support from family and friends all over the world, in particular Haskell Springer, Steve Fawcett, Doni Mooberry and the extended Bhana family is a testament both to their kindness and his. A private funeral will be held on Tuesday September 27th. It will be followed by a celebration of his life on Saturday Oct 1st at the KU Alumni Center from 3pm to 5pm where all are welcome. Please join us as Suresh begins his next journey. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Visiting Nurses Association. Online condolences may be sent at www.rumsey-yost.com

Betty A. Reid

Services for Betty A. Reid, 75, DeSoto, will be 10 a.m. Monday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Reid died Thursday, September 22, 2016 at her home.

She was born September 7, 1941, in Ottawa, the daughter of Russell and Juanita Griffin Collins.

Mrs. Reid worked for Kinedyne and Daisies as an assembly worker. She enjoyed playing solitaire, “Squish the Ant”, and watching NCIS and Law and Order. She raised 6 children mostly by herself.

She married Charles Place, he died in 1971. She married Sparlin Reid, and he died in 1990.

Survivors include children, Sheryl Stottlemire and husband Dennis of Olathe, Lori Maberry and husband Bill of Lawrence, David Place of Lawrence, Nita Osburn and husband Jimmy of Lawrence, Cindy Place and husband Joe Kleuenstein; a sister, Joyce Crenshaw of Lawrence; 16 grandchildren; and 26 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; a son, Dane Place; and brothers, Leonard Collins, Nicky Collins, and Eddie Collins.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home, where the family will receive them from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Helen Louise Hodson Bates

Graveside services for Helen Louise Hodson Bates, 92, Lecompton, will be at 11 am Tuesday at Maple Grove Cemetery, Lecompton. A visitation will be held from 6-7 pm Monday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Mrs. Bates died Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Helen was born September 3, 1924, in Lawrence. She was raised on a farm in the Lakeview area. She married Virgil Lee Bates on June 3, 1944. Together they raised five children – three daughters and two sons. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, and her two boys, Gilbert Wayne and Larry Leroy. She leaves behind three daughters, Edna Lee (John) Curran, Judith Ann (John) Bryant, and Rita Marie (Steve) Fisher; nine grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Midland Hospice, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Norma Evelyn Jarrett

Funeral services will be held for Norma Evelyn Jarrett, 89, Lawrence, at 11 am on Friday, September 23, 2016, at First Baptist Church of Lawrence, with the Rev. Matt Sturtevant officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Norma was born Feb. 18, 1927, in Bessie, OK, the oldest child in the family of Leonard and Miriam Witzke. She was a Registered Nurse, working in SW Kansas in the OB-GYN field, and was nominated by her peers and listed in “Who’s Who in American Nursing” in 1991. She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother and great grandmother.

Norma married Jerry Jarrett in 1952 in Liberal, KS. They were married for 63 years, and she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, parents and brother Ben Witzke. She is survived by her sister, Lavona Gaylord; brothers Don (Kay) and Leo (Pat) Witzke; children Jan (Bill), Mike (Kim), and Dale; grandchildren Timothy (Amber) and Katie (Tim), and her great granddaughter, Caroline, and two step-grandsons, Dashiell (Brianna) and Spencer.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Baptist Church, 1330 Kasold Dr., Lawrence, KS, 66049, or in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com

Ruth J. Wingert

Graveside inurnment services for Ruth Joyce Wingert, 85, De Soto, will be 10 am, Tuesday September 27, 2016, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

She died Sunday, September 18, 2016, at Hillside Village of De Soto, KS.

Ruth was born December 12, 1930 in Lawrence, the daughter of Orval and Nyanzia Freeman Gulley.

She attended Lawrence High School. Ruth worked for Peter Pan Ice Cream Parlor in Lawrence. Later she catered and baked cakes for many weddings and events. She owned and operated Ruth and Kids Floral Shop.
Ruth and Nolan were Campground Hosts and custodians at Bloomington campground at Clinton Lake.

Ruth married Nolan Eugene Wingert, August 25, 1949 in Lawrence, he preceded her in death on June 17, 1996. They both resided at 1723 Brook St. before she moved to the nursing facility in De Soto.

Survivors include daughter Sherrie and Husband Alvin James, Lawrence; sons Mike Wingert , Lawrence, Scott Wingert and wife Amy Wyckoff, Lawrence; grand children Cassandra Schultz and significant other Matt Wilson, Baldwin, Angie and husband Shawn Hackathorn, Colorado Springs, CO, Brandon Wingert, Jashua and Susanna Calvet; step grand children Marcel, Violet, Luke Wyckoff, all of Lawrence; great grand children Kennith and Debra Schultz, Baldwin, Nolan, Mercedes and Hayley Hackathorn, Colorado Springs, CO.

She is preceded in death by her husband Nolan and her daughter Debra Wingert who died May 4, 1959.

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

Dona Lee Grace Brown Wilson

Memorial services for Dona Lee Grace Brown Wilson, 84, Lawrence, will be at 11 am Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, with the Rev. Pieter Willems officiating. Burial will be at 3:15 pm Saturday at Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Atchison, Kan. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the memorial service Saturday at the funeral home.

Dona met Dick when they were 14-years old. She was a cheerleader and American Royal beauty candidate who caught the attention of an attractive young athlete, whom she would later refer to as a “hotdog”. Little did she know, that “hotdog” would become the love of her life, the center of 51 years of marriage, five children, Terry (Barb), Richard Troy III, Michele (late husband Rocky), Mark and Tim (Carla); seven grandchildren Zachary, Joshua, Deon, Michael, Kendall, Leah, and Abby; and ten great grandsons, Riah, Rade, Logan, Treson, Levi, Caleb, Remington, Jorey, Miles and Rowan and welcomed an orphaned whippet dog “Baby”.

While in high school, Dona worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor at the YMCA. She later worked for FP Gehring Construction and Dr. Spencer Fast as a secretary. Dona was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. All the while she helped Dick with their plumbing business, answering the phones and scheduling customers, and later helped Dick and customers with designing the interior decor for their custom built homes. Dona was an avid swimmer, golfer of which she competitively played for fun and won many tournaments. She learned her technique and love for golf by private coaching during special time with Dick. Dona continued her unique gift in design through floral arranging and managing West Ridge Floral until its closing and proceeded with managing Michael’s Furniture Store assisting customers with unique interior furnishings. In retirement she enjoyed marshaling at Alvamar Golf Course, participating in Bible study groups at the Mustard Seed Church, attending her yearly class reunions reconnecting with new and old friends which she always anticipated months in advance, following her grandchildren in their school and sporting activities, enjoyed family gatherings, cooking, knitting, and crocheting for family, friends, and special occasions.

Dona was the strong Matriarch of the family. She lived life to the fullest, always trying her best to live by the morals and values passed down by her parents. She instilled those same morals in her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren through her constant support, ongoing communication and unconditional love. She led by example, knowing that her actions spoke louder than her words. Dona was a strong woman who loved nothing more than to spend quality time with her loved ones. Dona firmly believed in the power of prayer, she brought forth any need or concern that her family encountered before God in trusting that He would hear.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends but welcomed with open arms in the Kingdom of Heaven by the Lord and those whom have gone before her. We celebrate that she is set free and rejoicing in Jesus in everlasting life with Him. And from all of us, your family and friends, we will miss the huge family gatherings you loved and cherished, Friday night dinner dates, your detailed stories of family memories over donuts and a cup of coffee on Saturday mornings and long conversations in the evening on the front porch. We look forward to being together again, with you welcoming us at the pearly gates. We love you, Dona, Dona Lee, Mom, Ma, Mama, Nona, Nonee, Grandma, Favorite Sister-in-Law and Aunt Dona.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Mustard Seed Church, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Sherry Kay Holmes

A Celebration of Life service for Sherry Kay Holmes, 77, Prairie Village, will be 3 pm, Monday September 26, 2016, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral home. The family will receive friends following the service.

She died Wednesday September 14, 2016, at her home.

Sherry was born January 20, 1939, the daughter of Joseph Monroe McCanles and Helen Norma Winters. She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1957. She later earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kansas in Microbiology. She worked at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Cancer Research and the National Institute of Health in Washington DC.

She married Deane R. Holmes Sr. in June, 1961, in Lawrence. He preceded her in death on July 3, 2015.

Survivors include a son Deane R. Holmes Jr. and wife Aimee, Lawrence; a grandson, Adam J. Holmes, Gardner; sister-in-law Deanna Marquette and husband Dick, Overland Park; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to University of Kansas School of Microbiology, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.