Oscar Lee Gardner

A visitation for Oscar Lee Gardner, 81, Lawrence, will be 11-12, Saturday, February 27, 2021, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Words from Rev. Dulin will begin at 11 am.

Oscar Lee Gardner came in to this life, July 28, 1939, parents of Mr. and Mrs. H.E. and Beatrice Gardner Sr.  He is the oldest of 10 siblings. He has memories of his father telling him that he spoke the blessing of Abraham over him at birth. He was raised under Christian and godly parents.

He received Jesus Christ as Savior at age 14, and often spoke of an encounter with the Holy Spirit in the field while working with his two brothers, Rodger and Ernest.

He graduated Bochito High School as Class Valedictorian in 1959 in Bokchito, OK.  A few years later he enlisted in the Air Force where he served 8 years. He then re-enlisted again a few years later in the Army National Guard.

He is a Retired Sergeant who served in support of Operation Desert Shield, and received National Defense Service Medal, and 2 good Conduct Medals.  He was a Military Policeman, Air Force and Army. He retired from Missouri Energy.

He loved military which he often spoke of in his many adventures.  He enjoyed taking care of his first family. He loved going, attending church gatherings and anniversaries in church settings with our church family, Calvary Church of God in Christ, of which he joined in 2004.  He was also the last to leave at these gatherings. He had a great passion and love for his siblings, in gathering together at the home place in “Blue Branch”.

Oscar loved much the Choctaw Nation of which he is a tribal member, and attended the veteran’s Day and Trail of Tears Walk.  He studied his family genealogy and found a direct link related to Choctaw Chief, the late Greg Pyle as a distant cousin.  He also loved visiting with family, cousins, friends from Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri.

He recommitted his life to the lord October 2019.

He has 4 children; Nadia Gardner, La Veta Gardner, Stepson Eric Strickland Sr, from previous marriage with Naomi Anderson Gardner, a stepdaughter, Rondalyn Henly with his spouse Gloria Gardner of 22 years. Nine grandchildren, Jerrille, Jerron, Rudolph, Eric Jr., Lexus, Tionne, Taya, Tia and Erieus. Siblings Rev. Ernest Gardner of Baton Rouge, LA and Henderson Gardner Jr, of Muskogee, OK, Era Bell Gardner , Carlene G. Gardner and Maude E. Gardner of Bokchita, OK, and  a host of other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: Jerry Joe and Rodger Lavern Gardner and two sisters, Juanita Gardner and Gussie Strong

Sandra Sue ‘Sandy’ Edwards

On Monday, February 22nd, 2021, Sandra Edwards, sister, mother of 3, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away at the age of 78.
Sandra was born on May 25th, 1942, to Howard and Gene Hooper. On December 1st, 1966 she married Donald Edwards. They raised two daughters, Carrie and Tracy Marquette, and one son, Rodney Edwards.
Sandra loved to spend her time gathering with friends and family. She was quite known for her leisure activity of going to the casinos, one of her favorite places to spend time with her mother, and her drive for politics. Sandra was quite the collector, anything ranging from jewelry to Beanie babies.
Sandra was preceded in death by her father, Howard, and her mother, Gene, husband, Donald Edwards, and brothers James Jr. and Dan. She is survived by her brother David, children Carrie, Tracy and Rodney, grandchildren Denny, Toni, Eric, Ashley, James, Rhonda, Chase, Tiffany, Kyle, Shelby and Dalton, and 12 great grandkids.
A private grave side service will be held . Flowers or Donations may be sent to 1337 E. 16th St. Lawrence, Ks 66044.

Dennis James Wells

No services are planned at this time for Dennis James Wells, 59, Valley Falls.

He died February 20, 2021, at his home.

Dennis was born July 16, 1961, in Lawrence, the son of Vernon H. and Cleta A Statler Wells. Dennis was an Eagle Scout with Troop 60.  He was also a member of First Baptist Church in Lawrence.  Dennis was a member of the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Union #441, as a Journeyman pipe fitter.

When he was not working Dennis enjoyed spending time in the Woods.  Dennis enjoyed cooking baking for those he loved and he was an avid sportsman.

He married Carolyn K. Dye on June 18, 1988 in Alam Colorado. She is the soul survivor of the home.

Other survivors include his mother Cleta Wells, sister Mary C. Hopkins (Don) niece Nora lives in North Pole, Alaska. Son Brandin M. Lightsey (Annabelle) grandkids Garrett, Dayanaira, Tristin, Skyla live in Hazen, North Dakota. Daughter Desaree J. Florea (Friedrich)  grandkids Dean, Lillie, Samuel live in Germany.

Memorial contributions can be made to Masonic-Eastern Star Home For Children 2415 N. Main St. Fremont, NE 68025.

James Ernest (Jim) Klosterman

Mr. James “Jim” Klosterman passed away peacefully on February 15, 2021 in Lawrence, Kansas at the age of 90.

Jim is survived by his wife, Betty along with her two daughters, Virginia (Alfred) Ho and Vanessa (Paul) Hines. He is also survived by his 5 daughters, Kathy (Tim) Herrmann, Mary (Steve) Haun, Jane (Steve) Beers, Jenny (Doug) Munson, and Laura (Paul) Bascom. He is survived by 19 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his five daughters, R. Joanne Klosterman of Dayton, Ohio in 1992.

Jim was born on 10/20/1930 in Columbus, Ohio to Ernst and Gertrude Klosterman. They later moved and settled in Dayton, Ohio. He attended Greenbrier Military Academy during high school and post high school as Commander before heading to Kenyon College. He graduated from Kenyon College in 1953. He married Joanne in December of 1952, whom he had met while lifeguarding at Old River Park. Jim began his career at NCR in 1953 and later struck out with his entrepreneurial spirit in growing his father’s binder and advertising specialty company named E.S.Klosterman Company, later renamed ESKCO. His creative spirit often began with the words, “I have an idea”. As a result, he pursued multiple patents, inventions and other endeavors including Kinder Binding, PEO Yearbook Binders, and Stock Watch. He also envisioned and successfully ran the Cross Country Ski Shop located at Community Golf Course in Kettering.

A private family service will take place later this year where he will be interred at Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio. An open house will be held scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Christ Community Church, 3526 Detroit Ave, Dayton, OH 45416.

Troy Solomon Watts

A visitation for Troy Solomon Watts, 85, Lawrence, will be Thursday from 6 to 8 pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held Friday at 2 pm at Osage American Cemetery, Osage City, Kan. Troy died Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at his home.

He was born January 26, 1936, in Bruno, Ark., the son of Alfred and Nancy Begley Watts. He attended schools in Pea Ridge, Ark. Troy worked as a logger and milk truck driver in Arkansas, for Rodney Milling Co., Cook Conoco, and Hankamer Ready Mix in Topeka, and later bought a dump truck and started TW Trucking Co. He enjoyed tinkering in the garage, doing handyman work, and gardening.

Troy married Shirley Ann Roberts of Osage City. She passed away in 1982. He then married Vickie Nelson. They later divorced. He later married Rebecca Tingle on August 2, 2003. She survives of the home. Other survivors include son Robert Watts, Scranton, Kan., daughter Deborah Watts and husband Russell Shults, Dover, Kan., and Roy Watts and wife Sherry, Topeka; stepchildren Danny McAlister, Tina Mayo, Angela Brandon and husband Bill, Randy Tingle and wife Carol, Thelma Wise and husband Jim; grandchildren Topainga, Nikita, Roy Jr., Dezera, Brina, Christina, Ricky, Alfred Jr., Crina, and Brandy, and many great grandchildren, step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Midland Hospice, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Carrie Lynn Read Waln

Graveside services for Carrie Lynn Read Waln, 57, Eudora, will be 1:30 pm, Thursday, February 18, 2021, at Oak Hill Cemetery.

She passed peacefully February 10, 2021, at her home in Gardner, Kansas, surrounded by her loved ones.

Carrie was born July 18, 1963, in Colorado Springs, CO, the daughter of Robert Warren and Teresa Lee Parmley Read.

She graduated from Osawatomie High School in 1981. Later went on to become a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked around Kansas for nearly 20 years.

Carrie enjoyed sewing and quilting. She always loved to make beautiful gifts for family, and teaching others to sew. You could also find her in the kitchen baking and sneaking her grandkids a sweet treat.

She married Daniel Waln on June 11, 1983, in Osawatomie, Kansas. He survives of the home.

Other survivors include her parents, children, Emily Aronhalt (Matt), Eudora, Chadwyn Waln (Danielle), Broken Arrow, OK, and Mallory Beasterfeld (Clinton), Eudora; siblings Dan Read (Denise), St. Roberts, MO, Annie Surber (Scott), Franklinton, NC, Patty Cutshaw (Travis), Paola, KS; eight grandchildren – Abigail, Isaac, Trinity, Fiona, Amelia, Madeline, Charles, and Jonah.

Memorial contributions may be made to Battle Boutique, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Virginia Lee White

A memorial visitation for Virginia Lee White, 97, Lawrence, will be held Saturday, February 20, 2021, from 11 am to 1 pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Inurnment will take place at about 3 pm at Horton Cemetery, Horton, Kan.

Virginia Lee White, born April 19, 1923, in Powhattan, Kan., passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2021, at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, Lawrence. She was 97 years old and the daughter of Orland J. and Helen Hunsaker Williams. Attending grade school in a one-room school near her family farm at Powhattan, she graduated from Horton High School in 1941, then graduated from Highland Junior College near Hiawatha.

Mrs. White taught elementary grade in a one room school in Horton.

She married Robert (Bob) White of Willis, Kan. on January 16, 1946, in Horton. He passed away on May 7, 2004, at the age of 81.

Mrs. White lived in Evansville, Ind. From 1949 to 1966, when the Whites with their three children, Sheryl, Lonnie, and Randall moved to Lawrence, Kansas.

As a member of First United Methodist Church for many years, she held several positions, and was active in Women’s Society of Christian Service (WSCS) and United Methodist Women.

Joining the No Name Literary Club in 1968, she was a member for many years, served as president three times, and held several other offices. She was a member of the University Dinner Bridge Club. She enjoyed working parttime in Ladies Ready to Wear at Weaver’s Department Store in downtown Lawrence for 11 years, retiring in 1985.

Survivors include children Lonnie White and Randall White. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bob, a daughter Sheryl Stewart, and siblings Clyde, Lorraine, and Betty.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the First United Methodist Church, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Kimberly Ann Turner

No public services are planned at this time for Kimberly Ann Turner, 59, Eudora, who passed away Monday, February 1, 2021, at her home, surrounded by family.

Kim was born September 10, 1961, in Topeka, the daughter of Augusta Edward and Ruby Rae Jackson Ramey. She did administrative work in the health care industry.

Her husband Adrian and daughter Haley Turner survive of the home. Other survivors include her mother, Ruby Ellis, Lawrence; her father, Augusta Edward Ramey, Lawrence; brother Ray Ramey, Lawrence; sister Rene’, Eudora; brother John Grimes, Salina; and sister Niki Kihm, Bentonville, Ark.; and many nieces and nephews.