Norraine Amerine

Norraine Amerine, 90, peacefully passed away in her home surrounded by her devoted family on April 3, 2018. She was born to Charley and Della (Norton) Roll in Elkhart, Kansas. Nicknamed Waynie, she was the youngest of eight children and the only one born in a hospital.

Friends may call Friday from noon to 8 pm, and the visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 6th at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home in Lawrence, Kansas. Private graveside services will be held later.

She grew up on land that her parents homesteaded near Point Rock and the Cimarron River in Morton County, Kansas, until suffering through the Dust Bowl when they moved the family and their cattle to Thedford, Nebraska for relief from the harsh environment. Her family would tell of walking to school holding onto a fence rail because they could not see for the dust which covered everything. Times were hard for most during the Great Depression and their family was no exception, but Norraine often recalled her mother making things seem wonderful, especially a birthday celebration which consisted of a biscuit with a few red hot candies on top for decoration. Norraine thought that was magnificent. That ability to make anything and everyone seem special was one she carried on with her own family and friends.

Later, her family moved to Lawrence, Kansas where they raised dairy cattle on a farm west of town. Norraine attended Kanawaka School with her older brother, Lee, and remembered fondly her teacher Mrs. Springer. Deciding upon hearing the news that Lee — who could be ornery — was not going to move on to high school without his little sister, Mrs. Springer pushed Norraine through two years of school in one! She graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1945. During her school years she had many jobs, two of which intersected when a movie called “Dark Command” starring John Wayne and Claire Trevor was premiering in Lawrence at what is now Liberty Hall. She worked at Alexander Flower shop and was thrilled to have delivered flowers to Miss Trevor and then worked at the theater as an “usherette” and walked John Wayne to his seat. However, her favorite place to work during that time was the Green Lantern — a restaurant owned and ran by Chris and Ann Williams — who would become lifelong friends.

It was shortly after graduating high school that she met Carl Amerine and they married in 1948. They shared a love for dancing and swing music, especially Glenn Miller tunes. They worked together farming and raising their children in Jefferson County. Later, in 1960 they moved to Lawrence where, as the children got older, Norraine worked with Dr. John Albers, Dr. George Brahler, Dr. Mitchell, and for many years with great pride for Drs. Jones, Manahan, and Reese. Later, as all of her children were raised, she went back to her restaurant background and worked as a manager of the Village Inn for two years — where she thoroughly enjoyed meeting people everyday. She was an active member of the community volunteering as a Den Mother for Cub Scouts, a volunteer at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and many activities for Plymouth Congregational Church where she was a member since 1950.

She loved her family and thoroughly enjoyed her grandchildren who were blessed to have her as their devoted and loving grandmother. She had an unyielding faith in people that made everyone around her better for it. Norraine possessed tremendous generosity, vitality, and a love for life that was evidenced by her beautiful smile — which she gave freely.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl, and her son, Rance. She is survived by her son, Michael Amerine, her daughter, Carla (Murl) Westheffer, and her three grandsons, Murl Westheffer Jr., Michael Westheffer, and Chase Westheffer. She was also blessed to have many nieces and nephews.

We want to express tremendous gratitude for the staff at the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association, particularly Juls, Joanne, Lana, and Christina. We also want to thank Dr. Molly Imber and her staff for their wonderful attention, empathy, and patience in caring for Norraine.

Memorial contributions to Douglas County Visiting Nurses or a charity of the donor’s choice and may be sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory, 601 Indiana Street,Lawrence, KS 66044.

We remember her for her sense of style, elegance, and grace that was represented by her often complimented signature string of pearls.

Claudine “Scottie” Lingelbach

Scottie Lingelbach passed away peacefully on April 3, in Lawrence, Kansas, after almost 96 years of an energetic life.

She graduated from Topeka High School in 1940, and from the University of Kansas in 1944 with a Business Degree. After graduation, she enlisted in the Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service), and attained the rank of Ensign.

Her experiences as a courier of Top Secret documents for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, DC during WWII were included in Tom Brokaw’s book The Greatest Generation.

In 1945, Scottie married Dale Lingelbach who later became the Vice President of Marketing for Smith Brothers Manufacturing Company (Big Smith), headquartered in Carthage, Missouri. He preceded her in death in 1967.

A longtime resident of Carthage, she was proud to have been a teacher, real estate agent, and Deacon and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church. Always a die-hard Jayhawk, in 1987 she moved to Lawrence, Kansas and became a docent at the Spencer Art Museum, Chancellor’s Club member, Williams Fund contributor, and recipient of the Mildred Clodfelter Award for her longtime KU volunteer service. She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church, PEO, Tennola Study Club, and enthusiastic patriot.

She leaves two children, two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a niece and many friends to be inspired by her story.

A memorial service will be held on April 10, at the First United Methodist Church in Lawrence at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, please direct any donations to the First Presbyterian Church in Carthage, Missouri, or to your favorite charity, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Lyle D. Hettinger

Memorial services for Lyle D. Hettinger, 80, Lawrence, will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 7 April 2018, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lawrence.

Mr. Hettinger died Sunday, April 1, 2018, at Select Specialty Hospital of Kansas City.

He was born May 20, 1937, in Windsor, CO, the son of Henry D. and Leona Jacoby Hettinger. He graduated from Windsor High School in 1955; Colorado State College –now University of Northern Colorado; and Colorado University-Boulder.

Mr. Hettinger served in the United States Navy on a submarine tender from 1955 to 1959. Lyle taught high school German in Worland, WY for one year, then taught at Montana State University in Bozeman. He worked for and retired from K-Mart Distribution Center, as a food safety inspector. Following retirement he continued working for Manpower, at Del Monte.

He moved to Lawrence, KS, to pursue his doctorate in German literature, and was A.B.D. (all but the dissertation). For Lyle, education was life-long journey…he was always learning through voracious reading and research; he was multi-lingual, a purveyor of hymnody, and he never met a stranger, as he loved learning about everyone and their stories.

Lyle had a keen sense of humor, and loved word play. Lyle also loved his dogs and they each had a special place in his heart. Known for his thirst for knowledge and his kind and gentle ways, this homebody also enjoyed Vermont treks in presidential election years, and annual visits to see family in Colorado and Michigan.

In 1970 he married Bonnie Mitchell and they had two children; they later divorced. He married Sharon L. Simons, May 14, 1988, in Lawrence; she survives of the home.

Other survivors include sons, Michael Hettinger and wife Cheryl (Yemen) of Brampton, ON, Timothy Hettinger and wife Susan (Lee) of Ozone Park, NY; mother, Leona Hettinger of Windsor, CO; brothers, Charles Hettinger and wife Donna of Greeley, CO, Ronald Hettinger of Windsor, CO.

He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Hettinger.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Immanuel Lutheran Church, or the charity of your choice, sent in care of the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Edwin Dale Hundley

Ed Hundley, 92, Overland Park, Kansas, died March 28, 2018, in Overland Park.

He was born December 19, 1925, in Lawrence, Kansas, to Overton Ellis Hundley and Stella Wilson Hundley.  He enlisted in the Army Air Corps while a senior at Lawrence High School and was called to active duty in January 1944.  He served as Radio Operator and Gunner on a B-24 crew and was discharged in April 1946.  He returned to Lawrence and took classes at the University of Kansas, having graduated from high school by taking correspondence courses.  He then attended school in Port Arthur, Texas, where he became a licensed First-Class Radio Engineer.  In 1951, he helped with the start-up of KLWN-AM in Lawrence, working as a sportscaster, salesman, and assistant manager.

It was while he was working at KLWN that he met Zora Belle Robertson.  They married on June 27, 1954.  Together, Ed and Zora Belle built and managed radio stations in Trenton, Missouri (KTTN-AM), Nebraska City, Nebraska (KNCY-AM), and Wellington, Kansas (KLEY-AM and KZED-FM).  In 1985, Ed and Zora Belle received the Grover C. Cobb Award from the University of Kansas “for excellence in broadcasting and public service.”  They are the only husband and wife to have been honored jointly with this award.  In 1989, Ed received the Distinguished Service Award from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters and was inducted into the Kansas Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Ed served as chairman of the board of First Christian Church in Nebraska City and First Christian Church in Wellington.  In Trenton, Nebraska City and Wellington, Ed served as president of the Rotary Club and as president of the Chamber of Commerce.  He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Wellington Chamber of Commerce in 1988.

Ed is survived by his wife, Zora Belle, by his son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Molly Hundley (Leawood, Kansas), by his daughter, Teresa Watson (Overland Park, Kansas), and by four grandchildren: Katharine Marshall (Hudson, Wisconsin), Anne Hundley (Omaha, Nebraska), Megan Watson (Overland Park, Kansas), and Evan Watson (Macon, Georgia).  Ed is also survived by his sister, Doris Johnson (Lawrence, Kansas).

Visitation will be from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM on April 2, 2018, at Hillcrest Christian Church, 11411 Quivira Road, Overland Park, Kansas.  A Service of Thanksgiving will follow at Hillcrest Christian Church at 11:00 AM.  Interment will be at Lawrence Memorial Park, Lawrence, Kansas.

Memorial donations may be made to KU Endowment in support of the Ed and Zora Belle Hundley Scholarship or the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center.  Send donations to KU Endowment, P.O. Box 928, Lawrence, KS 66044 or give online at

Rosella Frances Beers

Memorial services for Rosella Frances Beers, 87, Lawrence, will be at 2 pm Monday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Mrs. Beers died Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at her home.

She was born August 16, 1930, in Lawrence, the daughter of Harvey Albert and Lydia May Farmer House. She graduated from Liberty Memorial High School. Mrs. Beers was a homemaker, and enjoyed painting and reading. She was a member of Southside Church of Christ for nearly 70 years.

She married Glen M. Beers on April 20, 1947, in Lawrence. They would have celebrated their 71st anniversary next month. He survives of the home. Other survivors include two daughters, Linda Stanwix and husband Gary, Lawrence, and Marsha Farrier and husband Dan, Georgetown, Tex.; four grandchildren, Shelley Tindel, Emily McGhee, Kyle Stanwix, and Jennifer Hamon; seven great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four siblings, Jimmy House, Lloyd House, Maxine Ridgeway, and Ray House.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Robin Sue Kidney

Funeral services for Robin Sue Kidney, 58, Lawrence, will be 11 am Monday, April 2, 2018, at Unity of Lawrence. Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery, Topeka, KS.

She died Monday, March 26, 2018, at Pioneer Ridge Nursing Facility.

Robin was born May 13, 1959, in Kansas City, MO, the daughter of Howard Keith Kidney and Rosemary A. Schmidt. She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1978.

She worked at the University of Kansas for 30 Years in the Dining Hall as a pot and pan washer. She earned her picture on the wall of fame for her 30 years of service.  Robin held an officer position, as a Madam Conductor for the Fraternal Eagles Organization of Lawrence.  She was a long time member of the Electric Car Association. Robin belonged to the Unity Church of Lawrence for 20 years and did all the recordings of the Sunday services.

Robin did score keeping at Conroy’s pubs Trivia on Wednesday nights for 15 years. She loved to go to various car shows, hang out at the Merc with friends and enjoyed playing scrabble with friends on Tuesday nights. She was also a storm chaser for Douglas County.

Survivors include three siblings, Patricia L Beaver, Oskaloosa, KS, Thomas Ford, San Diego, CA, Michael Ford, Holton, KS; niece Holly Jo Beaver, Topeka; nephew Michael Ford, Topeka.

Friends may call from 12-8 pm Sunday, April 1, 2018, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.  A visitation will take place from 5-6 pm. The family suggests all who attend the funeral and visitation please wear your KU gear in her honor.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Great Lakes Caring Hospice, Unity of Lawrence or American Cancer Society, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Michael Gale ‘Mike’ McManness

Funeral services for Michael McManness, 64, Lawrence, will be at 2 pm Saturday at Cornerstone Southern Baptist Church, with the Revs. Gary O’Flannagan and Don Cunningham officiating. A visitation will follow the service. Michael died unexpectedly on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Michael Gale McManness was born October 28, 1953 in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri to Soney Anthon and Erma Glea Cobb McManness.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Rene Page McManness and children Rebecca Glea McManness, David Anthon and Sarah Elizabeth McManness all of Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas, and Matthew Buler McManness of Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, and one granddaughter, Gracelynn Dawn McManness of Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas.

He was proceeded in death by his parents and brother Darrell Anthon McManness.

Michael graduated from Lawrence High School in 1971. He worked for Francis Sporting Goods as a teenager, then as a commercial and industrial Sheet Metal Worker for Sheet Metal Workers, Local No. 2 for 44 years. He retained his license to sell Real Estate for 35 years. He was a partner in McManness Brothers Real Estate Management for 20 years, continuing to own and manage Real Estate until his death.

Michael was a Southern Baptist, attending First Southern Baptist, Grace Baptist, Cornerstone Southern Baptist, and Antioch Baptist Church during his lifetime.

He loved his God, his family, and his country. He was a life-long Kansas University Basketball and Football fan, and spent many happy hours watching them play and following the recruiting. As a young adult, he became fascinated by Geneaology, eventually tracing his family line back to Daniel Boone and the early settlers.

Friends may call Friday from 8 am to 8 pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association, in honor of the struggle of his mother and other family members with diabetes, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.