Elizabeth J. ‘Betty’ Foos

Elizabeth J. Foos
Lecompton, KS
May 16, 1963 – October 13, 2019

Known to her friends and family “Betty” has passed. Lover of nature, gardening, children, animals, Hispanic food, things pretty and shiny. We hope she’s enjoying the ever after. Let there be fresh salsa, Pepsi, and sunshine without skin cancer.

She was a gifted practical nurse, who devoted over 35 years of care to many. For 12 years, Betty did not miss one day of work at Women’s Health Care, Lawrence (tardy, eh-probably). She also previously worked for Visiting Nurses, Private Practice, Presbyterian Manor, and most recently, Healthy Solutions and Olathe Health. Most missed will be her skills here at the Homestead.

Survivors include: Husband Rick Foos (of the home) daughter Ashley E Foos (Lawrence); sons Philip H Foos and Evan P Foos, (of the home). Patricia A Smith and Quay H Smith (Loving Parents of the Homestead). Sisters; Lucinda Yother and husband Tom (Lawrence), June Smith and Sheryl Smith-Foster of the Homestead in Quay’s Valley near Lecompton. Nephew; Tommy Yother and Niece; Meredith Revell (Lawrence) many great nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; we will miss her smile, laughter, love and great pies.

After her graduation from Perry-Lecompton High School, she enlisted into the Army National Guard as a Medical Specialist. Her passion for all things healing was then pursued at Kaw Area Vocational School (now Washburn Institute of Technology), in Topeka Kansas. She graduated with honors in January of 1983 and was honorably discharged from the National Guard in 1987.

At her request no public services will be held at this time. Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home has graciously agreed to accept donations in lieu of flowers. We will most likely celebrate her life in her favorite month of May with the clearing of her gardens and scattering of ashes.

Ivan G. Votaw

A Celebration of Life for Ivan G. Votaw, 87, Lawrence, will be held Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at 2 pm at Monterey Village, 3901 Peterson Rd., Lawrence. Mr. Votaw died Sunday, October 13, 2019, at Monterey Village.

He was born November 13, 1932, in Lawrence to Milo and Angie (Vitt) Votaw.

He married JoAnn King, and had two sons, Timothy and Rodney.

Ivan was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his two sons, and brothers Leslie and Lyle.

He is survived by a sister, Darlene Naff, Lawrence, a brother, Merlyn, Quapaw, Okla., and several nieces and nephews.

Burial will be in Whittier, California.

Jimmy LeRoy ‘Jim’ Johnson

Jimmy (Jim) LeRoy Johnson was born September 8, 1939, in Lawrence, Kansas, to Vivian (Markley) Johnson and Frank Johnson. Jim was 80 years of age when he passed from this life on October 13, 2019. Jim was a lifelong resident of Douglas County with the exception of 4 years of service in the United States Air Force. During part of his time in the United States Air Force Jim was stationed in Turkey.

He had worked in his early years as a carpenter and had purchased, remodeled and sold a number of homes in the Lawrence, Kansas vicinity. He worked for Wilson Glass after which he owned and operated Mobile Glass for many years in Lawrence, Kansas and the surrounding area. He had numerous hobbies and loved to fish and hunt as a younger man. He was an expert woodworker, and especially enjoyed gunsmithing work on shot guns. His true passion was his farm where he raised black angus cattle and had a large garden every summer. Jim was also an avid historian knowing the history of the Lone Star area and the genealogy of his family.

His faith in the Lord was deep. Since 2008 Jim regularly attended the Willow Springs Old German Baptist church. He drew closer to the Lord each year and enjoyed the teaching of what the Lord wants.

Jim was preceded in death by his father Frank Johnson in 1991 and his mother Vivian Johnson in 2015. Jim is survived by his wife Etha of Lawrence, KS. Other survivors are his son Franklin (Frank) of Lawrence, KS, step daughter Kimberly Ciccarella (husband Adam) of Olathe, KS, step daughter Christy Hall (husband Clyde) of Crystal Lake, IL, one sister Cheryl Durrant (husband Jerry) of Wildomar, CA, one brother Robert (wife Fran) of Lawrence, KS, 5 grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Friday, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will receive them from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday October 19, 2019 at the Willow Springs Old German Baptist church located at 535 E. 1100 Road, Baldwin City, KS. 66006 with burial to follow at Washington Creek Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Willow Springs Old German Baptist Church or the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS. 66044.

Charles F. ‘Freddie’ Marks

Charles Frederick “Freddie” Marks, Sr, died October 12, 2019. Born August 29, 1929 and raised in Edmond, OK, he was the middle child of five and the third of four boys born to Mary Alice McCaulley Marks and Luther W. Marks II.

Freddie’s early life as part of a third-generation family active in First Baptist Church of Edmond was a foundation for what would later become his life of service to the Church. Freddie’s calling as a Baptist minister was to serve pastorates in areas where few Baptist churches existed. His ministry focused on starting new churches or working with fledgling congregations. Though lacking formal architectural training, he loved design and was a good hand at building things. It was typical for him grow a congregation while at the same time building a place of worship – often one he designed.

He spent his entire ministry in work that was challenging. However, Freddie’s faith remained unwavering, even optimistic, when it would have been easy to give up. His commitment to service and love of the gospel continued after retiring to Lawrence, Kansas. With the support of a loving church family, Freddie taught the Senior Adult Sunday School class – long after being physically unable to engage in most activities.

As a young father, Freddie substituted an active imagination for financial resources. For his children, who rarely had sweets, he created chewing gum parties. His great grandchildren know he was the only person in the family who could summon a flying micro-sized pig and only he could hear the whispered clues the pig shared to tell the where he was hiding.

An important part of Freddie’s legacy to his children was his profound love for their mother, Winona. His life and ministry were enriched and encouraged by the supportive partnership of his beloved wife of more than 70 years. Together they served eleven churches in eleven states.

Preceded in death by his son, Charles F. Marks, Jr., Freddie leaves behind his wife, Winona, and four children: Mary Sallee (David) of Kansas City, MO; Mark (Shanon) of Lawrence; Teddy (Cindy) of New Zealand and Paul (Nicole), of Lawrence. He also leaves wonderful memories for sixteen grandchildren, their spouses and 18 great-grandchildren. He is survived by one brother, Dr. John Marks of Oklahoma City, one sister-in-law, Janette, of Norman, OK and a host of nieces and nephews, each of whom have their own remembrance of their creative Uncle Freddie.

Services will be held at First Southern Baptist Church, Lawrence, KS on October 19, 2019 at 11:00 am. Visitation will be held at Rumsey-Yost Funeral home, Lawrence, KS on October 18, 5:00 – 6:30 pm.

Memorial gifts may be made to First Southern Baptist Church Building Fund, 4300 W. 6th Street; Lawrence, KS 66049.

A graveside service will be held at Gracelawn Cemetery, Edmond, OK at 2:00 pm on October 21, 2019.

John Gregory “Johnny” Green

Funeral services for John Gregory Green, 66, Tonganoxie, will be 10:00 a.m. Friday at St. Luke AME Church in Lawrence, Kansas. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Green died Thursday, October 10, 2019, at Legends Healthcare in Tonganoxie, Kansas.

He was born July 12, 1953, in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of David Vernon Gamble and Verna Stella Vann.

Mr. Green attended Oskaloosa during primary school and secondary in California. He worked as a laborer in the construction industry.

After his return to Kansas from California, Johnny met and married Debra H. Hicks. To this union a son was born.

Johnny joined St. Luke AME Church and was a member of Senior Choir and the men’s chorus until his health began to fail.

Survivors include a son, John O. Green of Lawrence; caretaker and nephew, Michael Folsom; aunt, Reitta; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers; Brian D. Gamble and Darel Green; two sisters, Geri Green and Brenda Howard.

Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will receive them from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Luke AME Church, sent in care of the funeral home.

Loraine Harriet Lindenbaum

Loraine Harriet Lindenbaum, age 84, of St. Louis Park, MN, passed away on October 7, 2019. Preceded in death by parents, Ruth and Michael Berger; and husband, Siegfried Lindenbaum. Survived by son, Jeffry (Joan Sorenson) Lindenbaum of Billings, MT; daughters, Ann (Bob) Gutkin of Falls Church, VA and Beth (Gordon) Gendler of Minneapolis, MN; grandchildren, Benjamin and David Lindenbaum, Natalie Gutkin and Raphy, Esther and Rebekah Gendler; and brother, Alan (Naomi) Berger of Boca Raton, FL.

Graveside service 11:00 am on FRIDAY, October 11th, at B’NAI ISRAEL CEMETERY, 1301 E. 2100 Rd, Eudora, Kansas. A gathering of family and friends to follow graveside service, 12:30 pm at the Lawrence Jewish Community Center. Memorials preferred to the Lawrence Jewish Community Center, 917 Highland Dr., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Joyce Turner Hoffman

Celebration of life services for Joyce Turner Hoffman, Lawrence, will be held at First United Methodist Church, 11 AM, Monday, October 14, private inurnment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery for the family.

Joyce Hoffman passed away peacefully, October 6, 2019 at Pioneer Ridge.

She was born August 30, 1926 in Mitchell, South Dakota to Charles and Lulu Turner.

Joyce was raised and attended Ethan, South Dakota schools and Dakota Wesleyan University and spent her early career as a school teacher.

She married Gerhart “Gary” Hoffman on June 20, 1948 at First United Methodist, Mitchell, South Dakota. To this union five Children were born and they celebrated sixty-four years of marriage until Gary’s passing in 2012.

In 1963 they relocated to Lawrence, KS where Joyce was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, serving as a Sunday school teacher, and on various boards and committees within the church.

Joyce grew up as an only child and her desire was always to have a large family. That desire for a large family blossomed and her unconditional love to all of her children, grand children and great grand children was her focus throughout her life. Her most cherished times were with her family, celebrating the Holidays.

Survivors include her daughter, Becki Barnhart and Mark Eggold of Ottawa,KS., sons Jeff Hoffman and wife Sarah, David Scot Hoffman and wife Donna, Craig Hoffman and Anita Sotomayor, and her daughter Kim Krannawitter and husband Kevin, along with fourteen grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren.

The family will greet friends at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 3-4:30, Sunday, October 13. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Rebecca Anne “Becky” Browning

Rebecca Anne (Hemphill) Browning passed on to be part of nature on Wednesday, October 2, 2019.

She was born July 16, 1954, the daughter of Herschel W. and Anne E. (Kelley) Hemphill (both deceased).

She attended Vinland Elementary School and graduated from Baldwin High School in 1972.

On June 16, 1973 she married Rockie Charles Browning of Lawrence, KS. He survives of the home.

Rebecca, also known as Becky, worked briefly at All Star Dairy in Lawrence, Sears in Ottawa, Maupintour Travel in Lawrence and Lawrence Public Schools from 1994 to 2016. Her favorite part of her secretarial career was at Free State High School helping the counseling staff and students.

Survivors include her daughter Amber Walckner (Wade), Grandchildren Sophia and Silas Walckner and son Ryan Browning all of Lawrence; a brother James Hemphill (Connie) of Tucson, Arizona and Howard Hemphill (Elizabeth) of Baldwin City, as well as cousins Byron Strom (Becky), Des Moines, Iowa and Kathy Renes (Gertjan), The Netherlands as well as all their children and grandchildren and an Uncle, Malcolm Strom of Dwight, Kansas.
Becky loved spending time with her family and enjoying nature. In 2006 she and Rockie moved back to the family home place, “Bittersweet Farm”, south of Vinland and homesteaded in 1866. Her passion became exploring the woods in spring, identifying wild flowers and digging in the family dumpsite and surrounding barnyard area to find old pharmacy bottles and other relics that had been discarded by her ancestors over the years. Her family will scatter her ashes in the woods where she loved to walk.

A celebration of life will be 4:00 p.m. Sunday, October 20, 2019 at the Carnegie Building.

Becky would like to thank her family for all of their love and support through this journey. She would also like to thank her many friends whom she considered her “Band of Angels” because they seemed to know intuitively when she needed a phone call, card or an invitation to coffee or lunch.

The family suggests memorials to be made to the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club, the Stony Point Cemetery Association or Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association’s Catch a Break program, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost funeral home.

Wayne “Butch” McMullen

Services for Wayne “Butch” McMullen, 74, Lawrence, will be 2:30 p.m. Monday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will be at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Wayne’s battle with cancer ended, October 1, 2019, at his home, surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born January 11, 1945, in Carroll, Iowa, the son of Melvin Lee and Dolores Maxine McGee McMullen. He graduated from high school in Chapman, Kansas and received a scholarship to Ford Tech.

Wayne served in the United States Army National Guard and worked for Saunders Leasing, Koch Industries, and retired from Road Builders.

He had a love for adventure and a passion for anything with an engine. Wayne was encouraged at a young age to race Go-carts. He continued racing and winning with Dirt Bikes, Derby Cars, ATV’s, Dwarf Cars and Mod Lites. Wayne and wife Sheryl traveled the U.S. seeking adventure and enjoying the beauty of America. His motto was “Work Hard and Play Harder”.

Wayne and Sheryl were married for 36 years. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include a son, James McMullen and wife Jennifer; daughter, Christine McMechan; adopted daughter, Stacey LeBlanc; sister, Sharon Rockhold and husband Bob; brother in law, Steve Stewart; granddaughter, Tehya Dawn; step grandson, Christopher Houk; nieces, Terrie Reiff and husband Bill, Teresa Kincheloe; nephew, Bob Kincheloe; and many extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, D’Vaughn McMechan.

A visitation with the family will be held from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Monday.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Lawrence Visiting Nurses/ Hospice, www.kansasvna.org or Hope Lodge Memorial Foundation in Nashville, Tennessee, www.cancer.org, or sent in care of the funeral home.