Elroy Washington

Funeral services with military honors for Elroy Washington, 101, Lawrence will be 9 am, Friday, April 21, 2017, at St. Luke A.M.E. Church, 900 New York Street, Lawrence, KS 66044. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

He died Sunday April 16, 2017, at Ottawa Retirement Village, Ottawa, KS.

Elroy was born December 13, 1915, in Clinton, KS, the son of Lewis and Belle M. Washington. He graduated from Lawrence High School.

He enlisted in the United States Army in 1943. During his service he lived in various states Colorado, Georgia, California and Missouri. He retired from the army in 1969 and settled back in Kansas. He then worked for Kenworth for 12 years before retiring.

Elroy enjoyed spending his time fishing, working with model trains and transferring his records and cassette tapes to cds.

He married Cora Mae Todd on November 17, 1979, she preceded him in death in 2002.

Survivors include a son Freddie Todd; four daughters, Vanesta Todd, Melrene Todd, Anna Acker, Tomiacener Todd.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Cora

A visitation will take place Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

William Berry “Bill” Commings

A viewing for William Berry “Uncle Bill” Commings, 73, will be held from 4-6PM, Saturday April 22, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be on Sunday at the family cemetery on Prairie Lovesong Farm in Linwood, KS., beside his sister.

Bill passed peacefully away at the Kaw River Nursing Home in Edwardsville, Ks on April 12, 2017, three years to the day after his sister, surrounded by her daughters Bonnie and Maryam, his great nephew Tim, and his many friends and caregivers there.

Bill was born in Fort Worth,TX, August 3, 1943 was the youngest of 5 adopted children of William Lendrum Commings and Anna Beatrice Mauldin. He attended Oak Lawn and Glen Park Elementary, and Forest Park Jr. High. His mother passed away when he was 6 and his father re-married to Doris Tarbox in 1953, and in 1955 he moved with his parents and step sister Patricia to Banning, CA., where he was a member of the St. Andrews Episcopal Church and graduated from Beaumont high in 1960. He studied one year at The College of the Desert. He then moved to Palm Springs and worked at the Riviera Club. His made his career at Southwestern Bell working 20 years for them as an operator and party and event planner, in St. Louis, Kansas City, MO, and Dallas, TX.

He lived many years with his best friend Stephen Gebhart and his sister Mary Ellen. After an early retirement at 62 he did volunteer work at homeless shelters, and received an award for most valued volunteer from the United Way, he then moved to Kansas to be near his sister Mary Ellen, and lived with his nieces Maryam and Bonnie, and their children Tim Hjersted and David Barnes, and he made many friends here. He loved to entertain, play Uno, loved fine food and wine, Native American art, and especially wolves. He never met a stranger, could talk to anyone and remember the name of anyone he ever met. He was generous and kind, he entertained with stories, loved to shop, loved to eat, wear Flashy shirts, and occasionally get a rise out of people with off- color jokes. He was our “Mr. Bill.”- sweet and tart!

He is preceded in death by his parents, four sisters Francis Bradley, June Meyer, Mary Ellen Graham, and Linda Ray Villarreal, and by his step sister Ercell Tarbox Wood, and step brothers Franklin C. and Fred W. Tarbox Jr., his nephews Forest Wood and Charles Hines, and niece Becky Konradi.

He is survived by his sister, Patricia Tarbox Hines of Bradford Vermont and her sons Greg Hines and Jimmy Hines and daughter Kimberly Patton of North Haverhill, NH; his beloved nieces, Bonnie Graham Henning and her son David Barnes of Kansas City, MO, Maryam Carol Hjersted of Linwood, KS, and her son Tim Hjersted of Lawrence, KS; nephew, Donald Lloyd Graham and his sons Eric Graham, Jason Graham, and Ryan Graham of Texas; niece, Ann Marie Meyer of California; and many grand nieces and nephews in Vermont and California.

Elizabeth (Bette) M. Lukens

Elizabeth (Bette) Lukens was born Jan. 19, 1922, in Valley Falls, KS. Her parents were Bess Edmonds McLeod and Fred McLeod. She had two sisters, Martha Shultz and Mary Poole. She met the love of her life, Bud Lukens, in high school. After attending KU, Bette joined Bud in CA and they were married in 1942. Bud was drafted and sent to Manila, but luckily he returned unharmed and their marriage lasted 67 years before he died six years ago. They had two daughters, Kathleen Mellor and Cindi Miller; 4 grandchildren Molly Nespor, Betsy Mellor, Brandon Hopkins and Holly Renbarger; eight great-grandchildren; and many close nieces and nephews. Besides family, Bette loved Lawrence, bridge, KU basketball, philosophical discussions and Democrats. We will miss her.

No public services are planned.

Barbara Jo Willits

Graveside services for Barbara Jo Willits, 76, Lawrence, will be 2:30pm Saturday, April 15th at McLouth Cemetery.

Mrs. Willits died Wednesday April 12th at her home.

She was born April 26, 1940, in Tonganoxie, Kansas to George Ambler and Virginia Mary Moore. She graduated from McLouth High School in 1956, and moved to the Lawrence area in 1961.

Mrs. Willits worked at FMC/Peak/ChemTrade from May 1980 to June 2007.

Barbara enjoyed flower gardening and bird watching in her free time. She enjoyed traveling, specifically taking road trips with her husband, Jack. She was an active member of the Lawrence Friends Church for many years, a Girl Scout leader, and was active with the East Lawrence Neighborhood Association.

She married Jack on July 9, 1956 in Lawrence. He died in 1997.

Survivors include daughters, Cheryl Spencer and husband Walt of Lawrence, Kim O’Bryon and husband Dennis of Lawrence; son, John Willits of Lawrence; grandchildren, Russell Spencer, Ryan Spencer, Lanae LaBonte, Jason O’Bryon, Makayla Willits, Jakob Willits, Asheli Barfield, Tristan Willits, Camdon Willits, Caden Willits; great-grandchildren, Kymiah Willits and Ja’nyah Willits.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Jack Willits; children, Deon Willits and Shannon Willits; and grandsons, Jake Spencer and Jack O’Bryon.

A visitation with the family will be held at Rumsey- Yost Funeral Home from 1pm – 2pm on Saturday.

Marion Alberta Thornton

Funeral services for Marion Alberta Thornton, 101, Lawrence, will be at 2 pm Thursday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. The casket will remain closed. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Thornton died Friday, Apr. 7, 2017, at her home.

She was born July 19, 1915, in Bonner Springs, Kan., the daughter of Glenn S. and Lenna Mae Cady Seamans. She graduated from Liberty Memorial High School, and later earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas. She was a homemaker, and had taught school in Henley, Neb. She also had worked for KU Alumni, Dillons, and KU Endowment. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and watching news and talk shows on TV, and had previously enjoyed square dancing.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Thornton, Lawrence; a son, Howard Thornton, Colorado Springs, Colo.; a cousin, David Seamans, Pullman, Wash.; and David’s children, Ruth Devlin and John Seamans.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Special Olympics or Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 852 Lawrence, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Anna Dell Davidson

Services for Anna Dell Davidson, 75, of Lawrence, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Anna Dell Davidson passed away on Friday, April 7, 2017, at her home.

She was born July 6, 1941, in Bethel, Kansas, the daughter of Lester Elijah and Edna Mae White Hartford.

Anna married Charles Davidson in August of 1962. They had 3 daughters. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1981, However they remained close friends until his death in 2001.

Ms. Davidson worked as an assembler for Brahler Products. She was a member of Armourdale Trinity Church of God. She enjoyed working, watching CSI Miami, and soap operas.

Survivors include daughters, Sharon Fultz of Lawrence, Joyce Sharon and husband Jr. of Lawrence, Brenda Reyes of Lawrence and sister Betty Reid of Kansas City Kansas; 7 Grandkids, Christina Smith of Lawrence, Tisha Diaz and husband Ernie of Lawrence, Billy Sharon of Oskaloosa, Michael Reyes and wife Cassandra of Overland Park, Chico Reyes of Lawrence, Grace Sharon of Lawrence and Leslie Reyes of Lawrence; 6 Great Grandkids, Walker Renne of Rich Hill MO, Austin Renne of Rich Hill MO, Alexis Reyes of Baldwin, Isaiaha Reyes of Overland Park, Jasmine Sharon of St. Joseph MO and Sabastian Reyes of Overland Park; 9 step grandkids and 5 step great grandkids.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and daughter Linda Smith also preceded in death by 8 brothers Walt, Bill, Alan, Less, and Bob Hartford, Jim, Lou and John White. 3 sisters Maemie Stobaugh, Mable Conklin and Bess Turner.

Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, where the family will receive them from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday.

The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society, sent in care of the funeral home.

Ruth Ann Beebe

Ruth Ann “Ruthie” Windheuser-Beebe of Lawrence, KS passed away April 8, 2017 at her home in Lawrence surrounded by family and with her beloved cat, My Girl, at her side. She was 62.

Ruthie was born July 26, 1954 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the second daughter of Teresa and John J Windheuser of Kenilworth, New Jersey. Ruthie moved with her family in the mid 1960’s to Madison, Wisconsin where she graduated from James Madison Memorial High School and grew to adulthood.

She moved to Lawrence, KS in 1976 to be near her mother Teresa. Ruthie was a devoted daughter and became her mother’s main companion and constant caregiver in her mother’s later years, eventually moving into the duplex owned and occupied by her mother to make care giving easier. Ruthie did not have an easy path through life. She always worked to provide for herself and her son Sam Beebe, born in 1984. To those she worked with she was known as “Chef Ruthie” because she worked as a cook for several KU fraternities/sororities as well as for Presbyterian Manor and Brandon Woods.

Ruth loved to read and watch mysteries, do daily crossword puzzles from the newspaper, and cook with her mother. She had a flair for decorating and surrounded herself with artwork and knick-knacks that gave her joy. Although she never had much money, Ruth was a generous and giving person. She understood being in need and helped others in need with gifts of food, clothes or even tires for their car. She enjoyed shopping for funny gifts for her nieces and nephews and was blessed with many friends from her various workplaces who will miss her no nonsense style and attention to detail.

Ruth is survived by her son Sam, Lawrence, her older sister Christine Windheuser, Washington, DC, her younger brothers John E Windheuser, Des Moines, IA and Michael Windheuser, Lawrence; her nieces Lydia White, Laura Nordgren, Kate Rodriguez-Windheuser, and Beth Windheuser, nephews Matthew Windheuser, Andrew Windheuser, and John B Windheuser. She was preceded in death by her parents Teresa and John J Windheuser, Lawrence.

A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held on a future date.

The family suggests memorials to the Lawrence Humane Society or the ASPCA, sent in care of the funeral home.

Lorenz E. Ochs

Lorenz E. Ochs, 92 of Lawrence, KS, passed away on April 6, 2017, beside his loving wife Norma of 69 years. He was born into a large German family with many aunts, uncles, and cousins on Dec. 20, 1924 in Hoisington, KS. He was the youngest child of Jacob and Lena (Krug) Ochs.
Mr. Ochs was drafted into the Army in June of 1943 and served with the 792nd Anti Aircraft Battalion, which served with the 9th Air Force in England, France, Belgium & Germany. He was discharged on Jan. 1, 1946. Lorenz graduated from Hoisington High School in 1947, and attended Bailey Technical School in St. Louis, studying the electrical trade. He moved back to Great Bend and went to work for Western Power in 1949. He retired in 1985 after 35 years of service as Line Foreman.
Lorenz married Norma Ackerman on Dec. 7, 1947 in Eureka, KS.
They raised their family in Great Bend, KS where he was active in Boys Scouts, The American Legion, and the Methodist Church. The family enjoyed summer vacations which usually involved a camping trip, and visiting with family. After retirement, he and Norma moved to Yates Center, KS and traveled the Southwest in an RV, their home away from home. They moved to Lawrence in 1994 and continued to travel the open road, and visit their extended family.
Survivors include his wife Norma of the home, and their children; Mitchell (Jeanette) Ochs of Great Bend, KS, Stephan (Judy) Ochs of McLean, VA, and Jeanette Ochs of Lawrence, KS. Grandchildren include Andrew Ochs, Cliffie (Derrick) Ives, Rebecca (Shawn) Probst, and Philip Ochs. Great-grandchildren include Darrin, Brady, Riley, and Presley Ives.
Funeral services for Mr. Ochs will be at 10:30 am Wednesday, April 12, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, with Rev. Dr. Tom Brady officiating.
The family will receive friends from 10 am to service time. He will lay in state on Tuesday from noon to 8 pm.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church or Great Lakes Caring (formerly Grace Hospice) in care of the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.
Online condolences may be sent to www.rumseyyost. com.

Ida Jane Newell

Graveside services for Ida Jane Newell, 90, Wellsville, will be 11 am, Monday, April 10, 2017, at Oak Lawn Cemetery, 13901 South Blackbob Rd, Olathe, KS 66062.

She died Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park.

Ida was born June 16, 1926, in Kansas City, KS, the daughter of John Leo and Minnie Jane Howard Brown.
She married Ralph Bustard from Pennsylvania, They were married for 25 years. She married Merle Newell on April 7, 1969 in Kansas City KS. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include a daughter Bonnie Logan, De Soto, KS, a son Charles Newell, 7 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents and brothers Raymond Brown and John Brown.

Friends may call from 1-8 pm on Sunday April 9, 2017, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lawrence Humane Society sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St. Lawrence, KS 66044.