Barbara Jean Sufian

Funeral services for Barbara Jean Sufian, 67, Lawrence, will be 10 a.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in Lawrence. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Sufian died Saturday, October 1, 2016, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Barb was born in Springfield, Mo. on Sept. 27, 1949, to Melburn N. and Eleanor Carnegie Washburn. As part of a military family, she traveled frequently and graduated from Frankfurt American High School in Frankfurt, Germany in 1967. She earned a degree in education from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Mo.

As a young girl, she enjoyed helping with her father’s military parties and spent her life entertaining family and friends. People were her hobby. She loved to travel, to learn about other cultures and make friends across the globe.

She settled in Lawrence and helped raise many children – including her four grandchildren — in a home-based daycare. She helped abused children as a longtime social worker. Most recently she helped students with special needs as an attendant on First Student buses in Lawrence.

Her passions were cooking and celebrating life with family and friends in her home.
Survivors include husband, Abdella (Ochaala) Sufian Amin, they were married Feb. 17, 2005, in Lahor, Punjab, Pakistan; daughter, Pat (Webster) Ozaki; brothers, Lloyd Washburn and wife Nancy (Davis), of Kansas, City, Mo., and Robert Washburn; brother in law, Stan Feldman; step sister, Chong Yoon; grandchildren, Steven, Caitlyn, Daniel and Megan Ozaki; nephews, Eric, Robert, Yamin and Yaujan; nieces, Valerie and Vicky (husband Martin)

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Sharon Ann Washburn Feldman; and son-in-law, David Ozaki.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, where the family will receive them from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Pinckney Neighborhood Association, sent in care of the funeral home.

Austin V. Newell

Funeral service for Austin V. Newell, 18, Baldwin City will be 10 am Thursday, October 6, at Worden United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Sutton Cemetery, southern Douglas County. Austin died Friday in Cloud County, KS. He was born July 27, 1998 in Lawrence, the son of Shane and Tracie L. Guenther Newell.

He was a 2016 graduate of Baldwin High School where he played football, baseball, and Baldwin Bulldog Trap & Clays. He was in Vinland Valley 4-H for many years participating in the Douglas County 4-H Horse Group. He was a volunteer coach for Douglas County Special Olympics for several years. He loved the outdoors, trail riding, working on the farm, welding, family, friends, and showing horses on the Kansas State Horse Circuit. Austin was attending NCK Technical College in Beloit studying welding.

Survivors include his parents, brother Cody of Baldwin City, maternal grandparents David & Debbie Guenther, many aunts, uncles, cousin, and friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Vernon & Karen Newell.

Family will meet with friends on Wednesday from 6 to 8 pm at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Memorials in his name may be made to Douglas County 4-H Foundation or Baldwin High School Programs (Football, Baseball, and Trap and Clays) in care of the funeral home, Box 1260, Lawrence KS 66044. Online condolences may be made at

Melba Jean Torneden

Funeral services for Melba Jean Torneden, 82, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Torneden went home to be with the lord, September 30, 2016.

She was born January 28, 1934, the daughter of Warren and Louise Vantuyl.

Mrs. Torneden had a long walk with the lord as a mother, wife and grandmother. She liked movies and music especially gospel songs.

She is survived by her husband, Harold of the home; a daughter, Tammy (John Schlicher); a son, Monte (Sarah); two grandsons, Dalton and Dustin Torneden; three brothers, Bill, Ronald, and Jerry Vantuyl; including many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a Son, Kenneth.

A visitation with the family will be, Tuesday, October 4th, from 5:30 – 6:30.p.m at the funeral home.

Donations are welcomed for the Heart of America Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association, sent in care of the funeral home.

Richard ‘Beau’ Romstedt

Funeral services for Beau Romstedt, 31, rural Douglas County, will be at 2 pm Friday at Lawrence First Church of the Nazarene, 1470 N. 1000 Rd., with Pastor Mark Halford officiating, Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City, after a stop at the dirt track in Vinland. Beau died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, at 3:57 pm, at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

He was born Apr. 10, 1985, in Lawrence, the son of Randy and Connie French Romstedt. He graduated from Baldwin High School in 2004. Beau owned and operated New Era Roofing since 2009, and also began Romstedt Acquisitions last year. He enjoyed riding his Harley, motocross racing, and going on spontaneous vacations with his wife and children.

Beau met Niki eight years ago, and they were married Aug. 8, 2015. She survives of the home. Other survivors include sons Cash James Romstedt of Frontenac, and Kaleb Gardner of the home; his parents, Randy and Connie Romstedt, Baldwin City; a brother, Brodie Romstedt, Baldwin City; a sister, Brijette Pena, San Diego; two grandmothers, Marjorie French, Baldwin City, and Donna Romstedt, Wellsville; mother-in-law Trish Eckart, Topeka; and father-in-law Chris Eckart and wife Delaine, Topeka. He was preceded in death by two grandfathers, Richard French and Jack Romstedt

Friends may call from 9 am to 8 pm Thursday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will receive them from 5-7 pm.

Melissa Montgomery Arnett

Melissa Montgomery Arnett aged 66, of Lawrence, Kansas, was surrounded by her family when she succumbed to cancer on Tuesday September 27, 2016, at her home.

Melissa was born July 2, 1950, in Albany, Georgia, the first of Dorothy and Walter “Wolf” Montgomery’s four children. She grew up in Leavenworth, Kansas, and Lawrence, and married Carl Arnett in 1967. She stayed home with their two sons, teaching herself to cook and bake by watching Julia Child on TV. She spent the early 1980s learning commercial baking at a downtown Lawrence restaurant and in 1984 opened Goodies Gourmet in a Lawrence shopping center with Carl and the boys and ran it until 1986. The deli featured home made bread, sandwiches, pasta salads, and elegant desserts.

In the early 1990s, Melissa brought her bread and cookies to the Lawrence Farmer’s Market, where she had a popular stall for several years.

The matriarch of the family, Melissa loved the visual arts, gardening, and music. She encouraged these interests in her children and grandchildren, whom she doted on. Her interests varied widely and she loved Lawrence, but her heart belonged to the mountains of Colorado. Holiday dinners were events filled with laughter and stories. She made birthdays special by baking your favorite dessert.

Melissa is survived by her husband, Carl, her son Jason Arnett and wife Bobbi Lara, Lawrence; her son Nathaniel Arnett, Topeka; her sister Nancy Montgomery, Lawrence; brother Scott Montgomery and wife Jana, Lawrence; brother Matthew Montgomery and wife Tina, Eudora; brother-in-law Robert Arnett and wife Kimberlee, Lawrence; Sherrie Born, Eudora; grandchildren Randy, Callahan, Wilson, Paige, Eli, and Natalee; and many cousins, nephews and nieces, as well as an extended family scattered across the United States.

The family will receive friends at 1215 Rhode Island St on Sunday October 2, 2016, from 2 – 4 pm. Private services will be held at a later time.

Lorraine Jane Volker

A memorial service for Lorraine Jane Volker, 84, of Lawrence, Kansas, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3rd, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory.

Mrs. Volker died peacefully on Monday, September 26, 2016 at Brandon Woods at Alvamar in Lawrence.

She was born January 5, 1932, in Stafford, Kansas, the daughter of Marion and Altha Reed Mather.  She grew up in Stafford and graduated from Stafford High School.  She went on to the University of Kansas where she was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority.  She later attended Kansas State University and received a Masters in Education from Ft. Hays State University.

Mrs. Volker taught as a elementary school teacher for over 30 years.  She was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence and the First Presbyterian Church in Hays, Kansas.  She treasured getting together with family and friends and was an avid sports fan who loved her Kansas Jayhawks and The Kansas City Royals. She was involved with PEO, DAR, Women League of Voters and enjoyed playing bridge.  

She married Donald D. “Don” Volker in August of 1952 in Hutchinson, Kansas.  They lived together in Manhatttan, Kansas;  Weisbaden, Germany; Hays, Kansas, and Lawrence, Kansas, until his death in 1982.

Survivors include daughters, Laura Saryerwinnie of Lawrence, Susie Corbin and husband Tom of Kansas City, Missouri; sisters, Carol Frisbie of De Soto, Kansas, Sharon Wagner of Edwards, Colorado; grandchildren, Bethany Saryerwinnie of Wichita Falls, Texas, Ali Corbin of Kansas City, Missouri; and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister, Melba Swain.

Because of Jane’s love of reading and education, the family suggests memorials to the Lawrence Public Library or the public library in Hays or Stafford, Kansas. To be sent in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044.

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

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.