Robert Burton (Bob) Evans

Graveside services for Robert Burton Evans, 81, Lawrence, will be 2 pm, Monday, August 10, 2020, at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence.

He died August 6, 2020, at Midland Care Hospice House in Topeka.

Bob was born October 18, 1938, at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. He served in the Marine Corp 1954.

He Married Loretta Marian McGawgh in 1976.

Survivors include Loretta Evans and family.

Gerold L. ‘Jerry’ Goforth

Inurnment services will be held at a later date for Gerold L. ‘Jerry’ Goforth, 85, who passed away August 5, 2020, at his home.

He was born December 24, 1934, in Winfield, Kan., the son of Leo E. and Gladys Barker Goforth. He graduated from Arkansas City High School, and later attended Arkansas City Junior College. He served 20 years in the 226th Engineering Battalion of the Kansas National Guard, attaining the rank of Captain. Jerry retired as a District Operations Manager from Southwestern Bell in 1990 after 38 years of service, notably being recognized for perfect attendance his entire career. Jerry served on the board and as chairman of the board of both Nekan Bell Credit Union and Delta Dental of Kansas. In retirement, he was active in the Kansas Golf Association serving as president in 2003 and became a golf rules official volunteering at amateur tournaments across the state. The KGA presented him the Virgil Parker Award in 2010 in recognition of his ‘unselfish contributions to the game of golf and people who play and enjoy the game.’ He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Military Officers Association, and the Hereditary Neurological Support Group.

Jerry married Barbara L. Reinking on December 26, 1953, in Arkansas City. She survives of the home. Other survivors include three sons, Greg Goforth and wife Mary, Wells, Maine, Todd Goforth and wife Yvette, Peoria, Illinois, and Clay Goforth and wife Debbie, Topeka; a sister, Carol Hadorn, Wellington, Kan; a sister-in-law Naomi Goforth, Salem, Ore.; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a stepfather, Charles Brooks, a brother, Charles Goforth, and two sisters, Joan Pyer and Darlene McGee.

Memorial contributions in honor of Jerry are suggested to Hereditary Neurological Disease Center or Immanuel Lutheran Church, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Christopher D. ‘Chris’ Parker

Christopher Dean Parker, 71, of Lawrence, passed away August 6, 2020, at his home surrounded by family.

He was born in Lawrence, Kansas on April 28, 1949, the son of Leland E. and Virginia Vantuyl Parker. He attended Lawrence schools. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1968 and was medically discharged in 1970. He retired from Del Monte Pet Food Products after 35 years as a maintenance mechanic.

Christopher married Terry Bair on June 29, 1980. They recently celebrated 40 years of marriage. Together they have three sons: Christopher of Kansas City, Missouri, Jason (Bailey) of Lawrence, and William (Cherokee) of Lawrence. He also had seven grandchildren he loved and enjoyed spending time with: Ryan, Keely, Grace, Kyler, Berkley, William Waya, and Peter.

Christopher is survived by a sister, Donna Parker Lichte (Ron) and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Harry, and a sister-in-law Peggy.

He was a great cook, friend, and father figure to many.

A visitation will take place Sunday from 6-8 pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 pm Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Rod Hinkle officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Visiting Nurses, in care of the funeral home. Social distancing and gathering limits will be observed. Online condolences may be sent at

Phyllis Ann Ogburn

Graveside services for Phyllis Ann Urbanek Ogburn, 86, will be Wednesday August 12 at 10:00 AM, at the Clinton Cemetery, 500 N 1200 Rd. Lawrence, Kansas 66047.

Phyllis passed quietly surrounded by family on Tuesday August 4th at her home at Pioneer Ridge Independent Living in Lawrence, Kansas. She was born July 15th, 1934 To Frank and Mary Urbanek in Ellsworth, Kansas. She graduated from Marymount College in Salina, Kansas and entered her nursing career.

Phyllis married the love of her life, Don Ogburn, On January 7th 1956 at St Bernard’s Catholic Church in Ellsworth, Kansas. They had 5 children, Mike Ogburn (Annette), Chris Ogburn, Pat Ogburn (Karen), Tony Ogburn, Lisa Watkins (Dale). They have 7 fantastic grandchildren – Clinton Snead, Nolan Ogburn, Charlie Snead, Jake Ogburn, Alan Ogburn, Joe Ogburn, Mary Ogburn; and one great granddaughter, Kennedy Jane Snead.

Phyllis will be missed by all who met this truly lovely and caring person. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association or The Palliative Support Team at LMH in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent at

Dennis Lee Brown

Graveside service for Dennis Lee Brown, 68, will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, 2020 at Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home on that same morning at 10:00 a.m.

Mr. Brown died on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at his residential home, Cottonwood, Inc. of Lawrence. Where he also worked until his health would not permit him to continue.
Dennis Brown was born February 13, 1952 in Lawrence, the son of David E. and Dorothy B. (Porter) Brown.

Dennis graduated from Lawrence High School in 1970. He was a member of Second Christian Church of Lawrence.

He is survived by his sisters: Nadine Brown, Geraldine Brown, Barbara Walker (Steven), Gloria Davis (Elbert), all of Lawrence, Nancy Williams, Jo Ann Brown, both of Emporia. KS, Brenda Nunez, Missouri City, Texas, and Betty Brown Anderson, Ottawa, KS, a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Dennis Brown is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Wayne and David, Jr. and his sisters Shirley Brown and Alice Williams.

The family suggests memorials to Cottonwood, Inc of Lawrence, sent in care of the funeral home.

Nelda Lorraine Hodson

Nelda Lorraine (Easum) Hodson, 88, passed away August 4th 2020.

Nelda was born March 19, 1931, in Quincy, Kansas, to Allan Clyde and Hildred (Carlisle) Easum. She was the sixth of nine children and outlived them all.

She graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1949 and married Philip E. Hodson on December 20, 1952. The couple lived on Indiana Street until building a home at Lakeview in the ‘70s. They belonged to the Lakeview Club for years, and she would always take covered dishes and one of her pies to the club and to many family events.

All her life, Nelda enjoyed cooking. She was especially known for canning green beans and tomatoes, for pickling and for baking great pies. Her nieces enjoyed getting cooking tips and recipes which she took great enjoyment in sharing.

Nelda grew tomatoes for years and sold them to the old Rusty’s IGA and other grocery stores around Lawrence, where she was known as “The Tomato Lady.”

Nelda worked 27 years at the Lawrence Paper Company. She also cleaned houses for many people around Lawrence, sharing her friendship, recipes and her pies with them. Nelda always greeted everyone with a pleasant smile and a hello. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Philip E. (December, 1995); the couple’s daughter, Teresa (June, 2001); sisters Donna and Eva, and brothers Allan, Charles, Norman, Darrell, Roy and Cloyce.

She is survived by her son, Philip A. Hodson of the home; two grandsons, Justin and Grat, both of Lawrence; one granddaughter, Jessica, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Brennan Center for Justice, 120 Broadway, Suite 1750, NY, NY 10271

No service or visitation planned, due to COVID.

Thelma Mae Dietz

Graveside services for Thelma Mae Dietz, 96, will be at 10am Friday August 14, 2020 at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Thelma died Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Medicalodges in Eudora, Ks.

She was born March 8, 1924 in Lawrencce, Ks, the daughter of Merritt and Gertrude Hadl Wooddward. She graduated from Liberty Memorial High School.

Thelma married Linas Dietz on July 30th, 1941 in Douglas County Kansas. Linas died in 2000.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and sister Betty Woodward Russell and son-in-law William Wilson.

Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Wilson, Lawrence and a son Ron Dietz and wife Annette also of Lawrence.

She had four grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She was also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Thelma and Linas enjoyed camping and playing cards with their close friends. She enjoyed painting and became quite an accomplished painter watching Bob Ross. Thelma and Linas had a booth at the Maple Leaf Festival for many years selling their crafts. Thelma painted many beautiful Christmas tree ornaments, especially her angels.

She was raised on a farm southwest of Lawrence. After marriage she and Linas lived on a farm just east of the Clinton Lake Dam. Their farm was flooded in 1951 at which time they moved to Lawrence.

Thelma worked at the Kansas Colorpress and at the First National Bank for many years retiring in 1987.

Thelma was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and auntie. She will be sorely missed.

Memorials may be made to Medicalodges of Eudora sent in care of the funeral home.

Ralph M. King Jr.

Ralph M. King, Jr, 89, of rural Lawrence passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, August 2, 2020. He was born August 28, 1930 in Stuttgart, Arkansas. He is predeceased by his parents, Ralph M. King Sr. and Ruth Kennedy King. He is survived by his wife, Mary Anne, and children, Ruth Anne Sneegas (Randy), Kathy King (Larry Chance), and Steve King, all of Lawrence. He is also survived by four grandchildren, John Sneegas (Dr. Liz Pollock) of McAllen, TX, Jason Sneegas (Alex) of Overland Park, Dylan Hedges of Vail, Colorado, Apryl Kincaid (Sam) of Mission KS, and two step grandchildren, Nick Chance of Mission, KS, Daniel Chance (Brittney) of Wildamor, California. There are three great-grandchildren, Park Kincaid, Olive Sneegas and Ireland Chance and three more will make an appearance before the end of the pandemic.

Ralph spent his childhood in Stuttgart, Arkansas, the rice and duck capital of the world. His family moved to Memphis,Tennessee, where he attended secondary schools. One of his last reminiscences was of sitting in a dull class on a hot day and hearing the animals calling out from the zoo across the street from the junior high. Ralph maintained friendships from his high school days in Memphis and he and Mary Anne traveled to the Georgia coast for many years to reunite with them. Visits home from college were to Stuttgart as his parents had moved again. While never an avid hunter, he enjoyed the outdoor hunting experience with family and watching the sky, dark with ducks flying over the rice fields. Duck memorabilia permeated the household over the years and these items remain on the shelves of his children today.

Ralph graduated from Kansas University in 1952 as a proud third generation Jayhawk, earning a degree in industrial management. While at KU, he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. He took a music history class, joined a choral group and fell in love with music, filling the halls of the fraternity with classical recordings on red vinyl 45’s. He then fell in love with his wife, Mary Anne Forman of St. Joseph, MO when they were both in the cast of The Bartered Bride. Mary Anne was a dancer, and he played the role of Micah, the landowner. The leading man of this production was James Ralston, the future director of the KU choirs. Ralph then graduated from the KU law school in 1954. After college, Ralph and Mary Anne married in St. Joseph, MO on September 11,1954. They spent two years in Springfield, Massachusetts where Ralph was in the army as a lieutenant stationed at the Springfield Army Ordnance District. The Korean War ended, and he and Mary Anne returned to Lawrence with a six month old, where he began his private law practice. They eventually fulfilled their dream of living out in the country and Ralph was able to live his last days where he wanted to be, in his rural home south of town on his historic family homestead.

He was an assistant Lawrence city attorney from 1958 to 1961, assistant Douglas County attorney from 1961 to 1963, and Douglas County attorney from 1963 to 1966. He was appointed to the bench in 1978 by Gov. Bennett and served as a district court judge for 17 years until 1996. For several years after retirement he filled in as needed. He was always proud that he was selected as a candidate by his peers in the bar association. Ralph appreciated his retirement celebration and joked that he was fortunate to hear his eulogy ahead of time.

Judge King had a “Matlock” style, as described by his colleague, Robert Fairchild, which put people at ease. Ralph practiced law in a house on Kentucky St, sharing the space with fellow lawyer Mike Elwell, who became a lifelong friend. He then officed with George Melvin and Wes Norwood in a downtown building upstairs over the King of Jeans. This wonderful, classic, colorful atmosphere was worthy of a scene in a John Grisham novel, however the stairs were difficult for clients so Ralph and Wes built a lovely office building which is now the Mathews Center next to Trinity Episcopal Church. Ralph had tremendous respect for and friendships with his former law partners, all co-workers, law enforcement and all with whom he shared office space.

Ralph was a member of the Lions Club, Plymouth Congregational Church, and was very involved with the early days of the Lawrence Aquahawks, often announcing at local swim meets. Ralph supported all athletic endeavors for the family including swimming, gymnastics and snow skiing. Family ski trips to Breckenridge and the condominium in Dillon, CO are priceless memories. Ralph earned quite a few medals of his own, swimming and throwing the discus in the Senior Olympics. He participated in the national event in San Antonio in 1995.
Ralph enjoyed traveling in the later years with his wife to places including the British Isles and Paris. They frequently went to Estes Park, Colo in September to celebrate their anniversary. He enjoyed the company of his Target coffee group, the Perkins Breakfast Club, and bridge club. Family was always the most important thing in his life and he never missed a sporting event to watch his beloved grandchildren. He made friends sitting in a chair at the ballparks, in the bleachers, and the fields of cross country.

A graveside service for the family is being planned at Oak Hill Cemetery. We can’t pack a church at this time, but we can pack our hearts with good memories and not let Covid-19 be that cruel spoiler of closure. We are grateful for the numerous kindnesses shown by health care providers and friends throughout this past year. Our father had a calming presence and voice and he will be missed.

If you would like to send a memorial, the family suggests Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association (LMHEA), Boys and Girls Club, Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) or the Senior Center sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Carol V. Turrentine

Funeral services for Carol Virginia Turrentine, 77, Lawrence, will be 2 pm, Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. A visitation will be from 6-7 pm, Monday.

Carol passed away at her home in Lawrence, KS, on July 28th, 2020.

Carol was born on March 8, 1943 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas to Roger and Lana Baskin, and spent most of her early years living in Hartman, Arkansas, with the exception of a two-year stint in San Francisco, California after WWII ended. In 1951, the Baskin family moved from Hartman to Pine Bluff, Arkansas. There she attended White Hall High School and graduated at the top of her class in 1961. She attended Arkansas State Teacher’s College (now the University of Central Arkansas) in Conway and graduated in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in French and a minor in Spanish.

While teaching at Pine Bluff High School, she attended St. Luke United Methodist Church where she was introduced to a fellow Sunday school classmate named Jim Turrentine. He asked her out to lunch after church one day and they continued to date for several months. During that time, Jim was drafted into the Army, and Carol received a National Defense Education Act (NDEA) fellowship to attend the University of Arkansas where she earned a Master of Arts degree in Spanish. Because of Jim’s engineering background, he wasn’t sent to Vietnam, but rather to Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. The couple was married on January 23rd, 1969 at that same church they met, and after completing her studies at the U of A, she joined her husband in Huntsville and taught Spanish at Grissom High School. The couple remained there until Jim’s discharge in 1970 and then moved back to Pine Bluff, where she taught at two junior high schools. In 1971, she became pregnant and gave birth to her first son (Clayton) in December 1971. In 1974, Jim landed a better engineering job at Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant, and the family moved to Lawrence, Kansas, where her second son (Edward), was born in November of that year. Then in March 1976, her third son (Michael) was born.

In 1987, she received a Master of Science in Education degree from the University of Kansas, with a focus on literacy. For a short time she tutored junior high students who had problems with reading.

In addition to reading, Carol also had a love for house cats, especially calicoes. Despite battling multiple sclerosis most of her adult life and the physical limitations that resulted, she was still able to swim 2-3 times a week.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Turrentine of Lawrence, KS, her three sons, Clayton Turrentine and his wife, Shirley, of Overland Park, KS, Edward Turrentine of West Palm Beach, FL, and Michael Turrentine and his wife, Susan, of Basehor, KS, and granddaughter Sarah Turrentine.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044.