Harold Fred Torneden

Services for Harold Fred Torneden, 94, rural Lawrence will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 28th with a visitation at Rumsey Yost Funeral Home. Graveside service will follow immediately after in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence, Kansas.

Harold died Tuesday, March 22nd ,2023 at his home.

He was born October 8, 1928 in Lawrence, the son of Albert and Gladys Schreiber Torneden. He graduated from Linwood High School in 1946.

He was a lifelong resident of the area, never far from his home or farm. A lifelong farmer, never happier than when behind the wheel of a Tractor or caring for his cows. He never knew a stranger, the most important values for him were always, family and selflessness. If he could help a person, he would. An accomplished cook, he never forgot to celebrate a birthday in the family with a cake or pie usually hand delivered.

Harold was a member of 4-H in his youth and of various churches throughout his life.

He married Melba “Jean” Vantuyl on August 18,1962 in Oskaloosa, Kansas. She preceded him in death on September 30, 2016. He was also preceded in death also by his parents, three sisters, Alice, Reta and Phoebe, a son, Kenny, and a son in law, John Schlicher.

Survivors of the home include a son, Monte and wife, Sarah, Lawrence and a daughter, Tammy Schlicher, Lawrence, two grandsons, Dalton, Lawrence and Dustin and wife, Maria of Lawrence.

Friends may come from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 28th at the funeral home, where the family will receive them. Graveside service will follow immediately after in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence, Kansas.

The family suggests memorials to Elara Hospice, sent in memory of Harold Torneden, Sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260 Lawrence, Kansas 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Rich and Ginny Hedges...

Monte and Tammie and family.
So sorry to hear of Harold’s passing. I remember my Mom and Dad renting the old farm house and Harold and my Dad became good friends. Harold was always friendly and had an kind manner making it easy to talk with. I remember the last time I ran into him at the gas station in Linwood where is was drinking coffee and we spent a few minutes just talking and about family and just things in general. May he rest in peace.

From Jeanne Waisner & Jeanne Torneden...

Monte, Sarah, Tammy, Dustin & Dalton,

Remembering a wonderful man and he will be deeply missed. He always had a friendly smile and was so caring. He was so proud of each of you and his amazing personality lives on through each of you.

From Wanda Torneden Paver...

Monte, Tammy & families,

So sorry to hear of Harold’s passing. He will be missed by the Torneden Family Tree group & the community. Harold was a typical old-time farmer much like my Dad was…..happiest on a tractor and/or helping others. True gentlemen that taught their families strong work ethics and strong life values.

Love and prayers to your families.

From Jalayne Turner...

We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences to you and your loved ones at this time. My husband (Harold Dean Turner) spoke fondly of Mr. Torneden. The Harold D. & Jalayne Turner Family

From Debbie Shafer...

So sorry to hear about your dad. I know he was a great man I know he will be missed.

From Debbie Feist...

Tammy and family, I’m sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family. I had the pleasure of meeting your dad through my dad (Herman LeRoux).

Debbie Feist

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