Mary Jane Wempe

Graveside inurnment services for Mary Jane Wempe, 39, Lawrence, will be 11 am, Monday, August 28, 2017, at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. A visitation will be Friday, August 25, 2017 from 5-6 pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

She died Monday August 21, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Mary was born December 8, 1977, in Lawrence, the daughter of Donald Louis and Mary Cathleen Pfantz Wempe.

She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1997. Mary was a cashier at Wal-Mart on Iowa street here in Lawrence.  Mary enjoyed watching anime and loved her cats.

Survivors include her parents, Donald L. Wempe, Osage City, KS and Mary Cathleen Wempe, of the home; siblings Laura Fingers, Mo, Fred Wempe, Lawrence, John Wempe, Lawrence, Naomi Smith, Lawrence; several aunts and uncles and six nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents Francis and Frances Wempe, George and Virgie Pfantz.

Memorial contributions may be made Mary Jane Wempe Memorial Fund, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Mary F. Williams

Services for Mary F. Williams, 73, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday September 9 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home in Lawrence.

Mrs. Williams died August 15, 2017 after a short illness at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born March 10, 1944 in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated from Tonganoxie High School in 1962 and briefly attended Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas.

She married the love of her life, John Williams on September 7, 1963 in Tonganoxie, Kansas. He preceded her in death in 2008. They resided in Tonganoxie for many years before moving to Lawrence.

She retired from the University of Kansas after serving in many departments as an administrative assistant. She was a charter member of Bethel 67, International Order of Job’s Daughters and a member of the Eastern Star. She was a member of the Tonganoxie United Methodist Church. She enjoyed creating crafts and sharing those creations at local craft shows, bowling and reading. But most of all she enjoyed her family.

Survivors include two sons, John and Wife Dawn, Golden Co. Scott and wife Karen, Olathe; two daughters, Jeanne Goodrich and husband Barry, La Junta Co, and Stephanie Givens and partner Chris Rusin, Lawrence. 10 grandchildren, Jeremy, Steven, Katie, Arielle, Connor, Matthew, Christopher, Brandon, Ryan and Ashley. Mary had 6 great grandchildren.

Other surviors include brothers/sister in-laws; Jim and Krystal Williams, Baldwin. Ken and Jeanne Doege, Springhill, Jan Williams Omaha, Nebraska.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, John; her father, Charles E. Clark; mother Mary Grace Clark; and four brothers, Alvin Werbe, Don Werbe, Charles Clark, Jr., and Harold Clark.

The family suggests memorials to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital sent in care of the funeral home.

Rose Eugenia Lawson

Memorial services for Rose Eugenia Lawson, 97, Vinland, will be 11 am, Saturday, August 26, 2017, at the Vinland United Methodist Church. A visitation will be from 10 am until service time.

She was born December 28, 1919 near Vinland, Kansas. She was the oldest of five children born to Clyde Eugene and Minnie Sarah (Hoskinson) Nichols.

Rose was raised in the Harmony and Coal Creek school districts. She was the valedictorian of her class of 10 at Vinland Rural High School in 1938. To help pay for her further schooling, she worked at the Star Cash grocery store in Vinland which included selling gas from an old-fashioned gravity-fed pump. She attended Emporia State Teachers College and then taught in one-room schoolhouses at Pleasant Valley and Wakarusa Valley.

During World War II, she became engaged to Murray Eugene Lawson who had been a high school schoolmate and was serving in the U.S. Navy. They were married on Sept. 23, 1945 in her parents’ living room near Vinland. After their marriage, Murray served as a deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. In 1948, they moved to Vinland and became partners in the Stevens dairy farm. They eventually bought this farm and lived there together for more than 40 years.

After her children were grown, Rose worked as a secretary at Baker University.

She enjoyed gardening, quilting, cooking for family, reading, Royals baseball and KU basketball. She attended Vinland United Methodist Church and was involved in the Vinland PTA.

After Murray’s death on May 3, 1989, Rose continued to manage the family farm for 16 years. In 2005, she moved to Baldwin City, where she died August 18, 2017. She also was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and one brother.

Survivors include one daughter, Anne Bunch and husband Rob, Terre Haute, Ind.; four sons, Dennis and wife Sandra; and Gary and wife Karen, of Vinland; Eric and wife Jean Ann; and Stanley, of Kansas City, Mo.; nine grandchildren, Jennifer (Matthew) Blann, Abigail (Josh) Hinds, Kevin Lawson, Sam Bunch, Luke Bunch, Brandon (Myka) Lawson, Sarah (Kevin) Keim, Brent (Rachel) Lawson and Kyle Lawson (Evan Dahlgren); and ten great-grandchildren, Carter and Easton Blann; Brie, Emma and Adlar Hinds; Hadley Lawson; Kaitlyn and Benjamin Keim; Makenna and Ashlyn Rose Lawson.

The family suggests memorial contributions made to the Vinland United Methodist Church, Vinland Cemetery or Visiting Nurses, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

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Mark Marshall Hulse

Mark Marshall Hulse, 78, of Lawrence died August 17, 2017.

He was born September 11, 1938 in St. Louis, MO to Marcus Lafayette Hulse and Marjorie French Hulse.

Mark started the Electronics Instruments Laboratory at the University of Missouri and worked for the University for 42 years.

He had a passion for music that lasted most of his life and was actively touching people with his trombone and banjo playing Ragtime, Dixieland and Jazz for over 50 years. He also had a lifelong interest in operating ham radio.

Mark is survived by his wife Nora Hulse, brother John Hulse, Daughters Jane Morrison, Sue Nanninga, sons Bryan Hulse, Michael Hulse and Matthew Hulse and grandchildren Andrew Hulse, Shelby Politte, Jared Hulse and Benjamin Hulse.

A celebration of life for Mr. Hulse will be held from 3:00pm-5:00pm, Sunday, at the American Legion in Lawrence.

Food and drink will be served, the Junkyard Jazz band will be playing, and Pastor Paul Gray will officiate.

Friends and all American Legion Members are welcome.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Wray Allen Spooner

A Visitation for Wray Allen Spooner, 77, Lawrence, will be from 10-11 Saturday Aug 19, 2017 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Tonganoxie at 11:30 am.

Mr Spooner was born January 15, 1940 in Lawrence, Ks to Paris Jason and Anna Mae (Mason) Spooner. He graduated Schloco Indian School in Oklahoma in May, 1958.

He retired as Senior Engineer from Kansas University Power Plant in 1996 after serving 31 years. He was a proud Sand Rat . He loved antique tractor shows and was an avid collector of model trains.

Wray is survived by his wife, Sondra Spooner of the home. He is also survived by 2 daughters Becky Taylor (Johnny) of Rose Bud Arkansas and Pamela Snow (Tony) of Las Vegas, Nv. 2 step children, Frank Smith (Jeanne) of Tonganoxie, Ks and Della Smith of Overland Park, Ks.

He is also survived by 5 grand children , Garret Taylor and Libby Taylor, Anthony Alcorn, Aaron Alcorn and Trevor Alcorn. Also 5 step grandchildren Jordan (Tracey) Smith, Brandon Smith, Justin Smith, Austin (Kayla) Smith, and E. J. Walter.

Wray is also servived by 3 great-grandchildren Treydan Smith, Coleton Smith and Jordi Smith. 5 step grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the charity of your choice, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Marilyn J. Crenshaw

Marilyn Crenshaw, a former resident of Anthony, KS, and since 2009, living in Lawrence, KS, died August 16, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. A celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday Sept 16, 2017 at Anthony United Methodist Church, Anthony KS.  As Marilyn donated her body for medical study to the KU Medical School, inurnment of her ashes at the Harper Cemetery will occur at a later date.

Marilyn was born Nov. 20, 1925 in rural Kennedy, N.Y., daughter of Harold W. and Helena Williams Spencer. She graduated from Randolph Central School, Randolph, N.Y. in 1943 and attended Buffalo State Teachers College, Buffalo, N.Y., receiving her B.S. degree in 1947 and her M.S. degree in 1956.

Marilyn taught home economics in schools in Cattaraugus, NY, and was teaching at Randolph Central School when she met Howard Crenshaw, who was at that time a student at Wesley Seminary in Washington, D.C. and serving a small student pastorate in Sharptown, N.J. Howard and Marilyn were married at the Kennedy Methodist Church July 3, 1960, following Howard’s graduation from seminary.

Upon returning to the Kansas West Conference of the United Methodist Church in May of 1961, Howard and Marilyn served churches in Turon/Langdon, Haven, Wichita East Heights, Oakley, Anthony, and Wichita-Dellrose. Upon Howard’s death in 1990 from leukemia, Marilyn returned to live in Anthony for 19 ½ years before moving to an apartment in Lawrence, to be near her son and her grandchildren.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her only sibling, Iris Hamilton of Bath, N.Y. She is survived by one son, Wesley, his wife Lucinda, and two grandchildren, Alyssa and Alexander, Lawrence, KS. Other survivors are a nephew, Michael Hamilton and niece, Martha Biener, both of Bath, N.Y., as well as several cousins and a host of friends.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be sent to the Howard Crenshaw scholarship fund at Southwestern College, Winfield, KS., Anthony United Methodist Church, or Youthville.

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James Arthur Taylor

James Arthur Taylor, 91, Lawrence, died Monday, August 14, 2017, at the University of Kansas Hospital.

Mr. Taylor was born August 24, 1925 in Washington, Kansas, the son of Arthur George and Edith Selmer Taylor. He earned a B.S. at the University of Kansas in 1950 and went on to earn his D.D.S. at the University of Missouri in 1954.

He served during WWII as a member of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Sea Bees, and received a commission in the U.S. Infantry in 1950. Mr. Taylor practiced dentistry in Ft. Scott, Kansas from 1954-1985. He was a member of the American Dental Association, Lawrence Country Club, past member of various civic groups, and the Episcopal Church. Mr. Taylor enjoyed playing golf, bird watching, and fishing.

He married Delia Ann Neuitt in 1948; she preceded him in death in 1980. He married Sally Ann Kay and moved to Lawrence in 1986. She survives in their home.

Other survivors include 2 nephews, Dennis Tinkham of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Steve Taylor of Houston, Texas; niece, Susan Peters of Scandia, Kansas; and a step son, Brad Kay of Evergreen, Colorado.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Hubert Jacob Taylor of Houston, Texas; a sister, Vivian Tinkham of Washington, Kansas.

Inurnment will take place at Ft. Scott National Cemetery in Ft. Scott, Kansas.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the ALS Association, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.


Monte Allen Virtue

Funeral services for Monte Allen Virtue, 53, Eudora, will be 10 am Friday, August 18, 2017, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.Burial will follow at Hubble Hill Cemetery, Tonganoxie. Monte died Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at his home from respiratory complications. He was born May 26, 1964 in Lawrence the son of Jack Louis and Beverly Jo Foley Virtue.
Monte was a 1982 graduate of Lawrence High School. Heattended diesel mechanic school in Wichita. He worked at several diesel shops and was working for Wilson Transport and Rock ‘N’ L Truck ‘N’, Eudora.
Monte was counted on by many and always went out of his way to help. He loved to fish,hunt, and anything outdoors. He raced modified stock cars in Kansas and Missouri during the 90s. He lived in the moment like there was no tomorrow. He never met a stranger and was always the life of the party. He found happiness in spending time with his daughters and was very proud of them. He was their world.
Survivors include his father Jack of Eudora, daughters Beverly Jo Virtue of Eudora, Sophia Klemme of Eudora, Natasha Lathrom of Lawrence, sister Tammy Wilson (Stan) of Eudora, brother Rick Virtue (Sheryl) of Lawrence, his companion Sandy Poeverlein of Eudora, nephews Chris Wilson, Bryon Virtue and niece Jessica Veit. He was preceded in death by his mother Beverly Jo Virtue on July 27, 1988.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 8 pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Cottonwood Inc. incare of the funeral home, PO Box 1260 Lawrence KS 66044.
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Peter Thomas Dougherty

Peter T. Dougherty, 80, Lawrence, KS, formerly of Prairie Village, KS, passed away peacefully on August 9, 2017 at the home, surrounded by family.

He was born in Kansas City, MO, and was a graduate of Rockhurst High School and College.  He participated in and enjoyed all sports.

Pete was preceded in death by his brother, James Dougherty SJ, sister Margaret Hodes and his son, Kevin.

Survivors include his loving wife, Ernestine (Ernie), son Patrick (Kathy), daughter, Deanne Arnote (Jay), step children, Janice Early, Nancy Spiegel, Neil Early, Keith Early, Chris Early, Teresa Riley, and sixteen grandchildren.

Pete willed his body to the University of Kansas Medical Center program. A memorial mass will be celebrated on August 19th at 11 am at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Prairie Village.

No flowers requested. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Lawrence Visiting Nurses Hospice, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street Lawrence, KS 66044.

Janice Ann Dey

A Memorial service for Janice A. Dey, 79, Lawrence, will be 2 pm, Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Janice Dey passed away on 08-09-2017 in Lawrence, Kansas.  Cremation was chosen.

She was born to L. E. and Myrtle Merklin in St. Francis, Kansas.  Janice grew up in St. Francis and attended local schools.

Janice grew up as one of nine children, six brothers and 2 sisters.  Nadine (Miller), Leon, Dale, Charles and William Merklin and Janice (Dey), Gary and Marlin Merklin and Lenna (Studer).

She was married to Vernon Jarvis on October 1, 1956 in Colby, Kansas.  Six children were born from this union:  (Brenda Leigh, Kathleen Renae, Kent Edmond, Scott Alan, Carla Nadine and Charles Ray.  They divorced in 1970.

Janice enrolled in Colby community College in 1970 and continued in and graduated from Emporia State University College in 1975.

She married Delmar Dey in Strong City, Kansas in 1975.  They were divorced in 1992.

Janice retired from Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) after 28 years of service.

Preceding Janice in death were three children, Brenda, Scott and Charles, her parents and two sisters, three brothers and three nephews.

She is survived by three children, Kathleen & Denton Lehmann, Kent, and Carla & Bob Geddings, 5 grandsons, 7 granddaughters, and 14 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society or Visiting Nurses, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street Lawrence, KS 66044.