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.

Sandra Kay (Herschell) Adams

Sandra was born on Oct. 5th 1958 in Lawrence KS and passed away March 17th 2023 in Merriam KS.

She was the daughter of Elvin C Herschell Jr. (of Perry KS) and Juanita Basinger (of Lyndon KS). Sandra graduated from Lawrence High School in 1976, married Robert E. Skaggs II (of Scranton KS), and was the mother of 4 sons, Robert “Robbie” Skaggs III (of Menifee CA), Rodney Skaggs (of Shawnee KS), Broc Skaggs (of Denver CO), and John Skaggs (of Wichita KS). She was very proud of her sons and their accomplishments. She loved her 5 grandchildren, Alexandria, Braden, Zaylinn, Ruth, and Arya. Sandra also leaves behind a sister, Susan Herschell (of Osage City KS) and a brother Steve Herschell (of Great Bend KS).

Sandra was a homemaker for 14 years, then worked at Hallmark Cards in Lawrence for 11 years. She was a den mother when her boys were young. She was an avid believer in the metaphysical and loved animals. She married Robert Adams and moved to Oklahoma before returning to Kansas in 2012. In her last decade she lived a quiet life with her beloved Chihuahua “Mikey” who she treated as a 5th son.

Sandra requested a private ceremony with family. Any cards or condolences may be sent to Rumsey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260, Lawrence KS 66044. The family requests friends to honor her with a donation to an animal charity.

William Robert (Bill) Brady

Memorial services for William Robert (Bill) Brady, 66, Lawrence, will be 10 am, Saturday, March 25, 2023, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. A reception will follow the service at 11 am, at Six Mile Chophouse, 4931 W 6th St. Lawrence, Kansas 66049.

William (Bill) Robert Brady passed away on Sunday, March 19, at the age of 66. Bill was born and raised in Parsons, Kansas, the only son and youngest child of William F. and Mary Brady. Bill was very fortunate to have loving parents and five terrific sisters; Rosemary, Kathy, Margaret, Mary and Alyce. His parents were education advocates, and every Brady sibling got at least one college degree thanks in part to their support.

Following college at Pittsburg State, Bill returned to Parsons and was elected to the Kansas Legislature in 1980. Bill served 10 years in the House of Representatives and six years in the Senate. His major accomplishments were issues that were most important to his constituents, such as advancements in public education finance, improvements to state employee pay and working conditions, and adopting a non-partisan closure commission to identify existing mental health and development service facilities for closure to expedite the move of clients into community settings.

Midway through his legislative career, Nancy Rogers moved to Parsons to work at the KU Bureau of Child Research and completed her Ph.D. Bill successfully convinced Nancy to make Kansas home and they married in 1988. Shortly after, Kevin (1991) and Maureen (1992) joined the family.

In 1999, Bill began a 23-year association with John Peterson and Capitol Strategies, a governmental relations business focusing on Kansas state government. Two specific issues stand as highlights of his career: Passing the 2010 clean indoor air act and serving as the lead advocate for a coalition of Kansas school districts that successfully sued the state twice in the Montoy and Gannon cases – leading to a more equitable school finance system.

Beyond his work accomplishments, Bill was the absolute best husband, dad and papa in the entire world. He is survived by his wife Nancy, daughter Maureen, son Kevin, daughter-in-law Michelle, and granddaughter Helen. Bill is also survived by four sisters, three brothers-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Rosemary, and son Fred.

Public service was extremely important to Bill and in addition to his elected career he served as President of the board of the Youth Crisis Shelter in Parsons, co-chair of the Labette County Hospital fundraising campaign, an appointee to the Kansas State Library and a member of the recent search committee for Pittsburg State’s president. The family suggests memorials to the Douglas County Foundation.


Misty Dawn Nichols

Misty Dawn Nichols was born January 29, 1980 to JoLee Elston and Calvin Nichols.  She had two children that were her life, Seth Michael  and Brooklynne Jo Dawn.  On May 1, 2017, Seth was killed in an accident.  On March 11, of the same year, her mother died.  She grieved their passing every day.

Misty and Brooklynne were a dynamic duo!!  Misty fought a great fight for many years with so many health issues, Brooklynne was an amazing caregiver!

On March 15th Misty’s battle ended.  She has all her limbs now and is completely well!!  She leaves behind her daughter, Brooklynne, as well as her Dad, Calvin, and her three brothers Jeremy, Justin and Dominik.

Celebration of life for Misty Nichols will be Noon Sat. March 25 at Eagles #309. Contributions welcome at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Fly high, Misty!!!!  Nothing can stop you!

Gary Lee Kennedy

Gary Kennedy, 79, Lawrence, KS, passed away Friday, March 3, 2023 at his home. Private graveside services were held at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

He was born October 2,1943 in Lawrence, KS to Richard and Elsie Kennedy. Elsie died shortly after giving birth. Richard then married Beverly, who lovingly raised him. The Kennedy family owned and operated Kennedy Glass together for over 68 years.

He married Karon Sommer on November 27,1963 in Lawrence, KS, sharing nearly 60 years of marriage, she survives of the home. Other survivors include a son, Michael Kennedy, Lawrence, daughters Angela (Adam) Drybread, Kansas City, KS and Amy (Joe) Barnes, Lawrence, seven grandchildren, Nicole, Kelsey, Ashley, Emma, Christian, Joey and Evan, his brother Marty Kennedy and lifelong friend, Larry Stemmerman.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Nicole Kennedy and his brother John Kennedy.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Lawrence Visiting Nurses Association, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260 Lawrence, KS 66044.

Jeanne Lee Cunningham

Loving Mother, Grandmother,  and Great-Grandmother, Jeanne Lee “Chic” Cunningham died peacefully of natural causes on 6 March, 2023 at her home in Lawrence, Kansas.

Jeanne was born on 10 September, 1948 in Ellsworth, Kansas. She was the first of Maynard and Norma Jean Cunningham’s four children. Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Mark.

Jeanne grew up in Wilson, Kansas and graduated from Wilson High School in 1966. Until her death, Jeanne was her high school alumni association coordinator.

She married Donald Barta on 11 March, 1967 in Ellsworth, Kansas. They divorced in 1974.

Jeanne attended The University of Kansas. She “walked down the Hill” in 1978, and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Education in 1989.

Jeanne was employed at The University of Kansas Computing Services for 35 years and retired in 2011.

On 20 August, 1977, Jeanne married William “Bill” Lee in Lawrence, Kansas. They divorced in 1989. Bill died in 2015.

Jeanne was a genealogical detective, tracing her family back generations, and always happy to do the same for others. She was a passionate KU sports fan, always cheering on her Jayhawks.

Jeanne is survived by her children: Jon Barta (Tammy), Myk Barta (Kelly), Lea (Barta) Morris, Beth Lee (Mike Tennyson Jr.) , Dayna Lee (ex Ben Gibler) , Kent Lee, Amanda (Lee)Terrazas (Jaime), Teresa Lee, Mark Lee and Heather Lee, all of Lawrence, Kansas; grandchildren: Timothy Barta, Tia Barta, Anthony Barta (Hayley), Tyler Barta (Janelle), Amanda Morris, Jeanne Lea Morris, Dusty Morris, Grace (Goodwin) Hallinan, Darcy Johnson, Michael Tennyson III, William Tennyson, Kansas Gibler (bf Jack Hoy), Abby Gibler, Lucy Gibler, Keegan Lee, Kaylan Lee, Kayden Lee, Keyrra Roberts, Christian Miller, Jaime Terrazas, Jr., Malyssa Terrazas, Angelina Terrazas, Kymberly Bernard, Alexandria Bernard, Isabell Bernard, great-grandchildren: Huckleberry, Jack, Delilah, Holden and Lowen Barta, Jaimeson Flummerfelt, Justin and Jackson Hallinan; and Jeanne’s brothers: Brent Cunningham and Kent (Janelle) Cunningham, of Ellsworth, Kansas.

Jeanne was cremated and will be buried at the family grave in the Wilson, Kansas cemetery on 10 September 2023. A memorial gathering will be held at Venue 1235, 1235 N 3rd, Lawrence, Kansas, from 3PM to 7PM on April 8th. All are welcome. Dress will be casual. Potluck dishes are welcome but not expected.

Jeanne requested that memorial donations be sent to the DNC or your favorite Democratic candidate.