Robert Eugene Steinhardt

Robert Eugene Steinhardt, age 71, of Tampa, Florida passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Robert was born May 25, 1950 at Cook County Hospital, Chicag. His parents were Milton and Ilse Boral Steinhardt.

Milton, a music professor and Ilsa, a clothing purchaser for I. Magnin, moved to Lawrence Kansas in the summer of 1951.  Milton eventually became the Chairman of the Music History and Literature Department at Kansas University.  Ilsa staying home to take care of her “little boy”.
Because of Milton’s profession they traveled to Europe where Robby attended school learning the violin.
Joining KANSAS in 1973, Robby became a noticeable figure as the bands front-man.
During his hiatus between 1982 and 1997, Robby formed Steinhardt Moon with Rick Moon touring Florida.
Robby returned to KANSAS in 1997 retiring in 2006.
Robby suffered a major heart attack in August 2013.  He underwent a quadruple bypass, spending 52 days in the hospital. Not sure if he’d ever sing or play the violin again, Stormbringer (formerly Steinhardt Moon) encouraged Robby to do guest appearances with them at local venues which proved that Robby never missed a step!

He is survived by his wife Cindy and a daughter Becky, of Tampa, FL.


Paul Matthew (Matt) Weidenbach

Matthew Weidenbach, known to everyone as Matt.  Matt was born on May 30, 1983 and passed away on July 25, 2021 at Olathe Regional Medical Center. He is survived in life by his wife Kristin Birk, his daughter Haylee Weidenbach (19), son Cody Weidenbach (18), son Gage Birk (15) and daughter Elaine Bennett (13), his brother Brandon Weidenbach, sister-in-law Samantha Weidenbach, nephew Caden Weidenbach and niece Alexis Weidenbach.

He is preceded in death by his grandmother Cora McClanahan, mother Marcia Weidenbach, father Paul Weidenbach and sister Angela McClanahan.

Family request any donations to be sent to Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260, Lawrence, Kansas.

A small intimate service will be held on Saturday, August 7th, 2021 at 6340 SE Shadden Road, Berryton, KS  66409 at 10:00 a.m.

Reda Glenice Snodgrass

Graveside services for Reda Glenice Harmon Haworth Snodgrass, 83, Eudora, will be at 2 pm Wednesday at Eudora City Cemetery. Reda passed away July 24, 2021, in Eudora, Kansas. She was born in Melbourne, Arkansas, July 22, 1938, to Ina Bone Harmon and Henry Harmon.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Daniel Snodgrass, sons Walter Haworth, Jacksonville Florida, James Snodgrass, Chanute, Kansas, and daughter Joyce Snodgrass, Eudora; five granddaughters, Erin Haworth and Sarah ‘Katie’ Haworth, Jacksonville, Florida, Audrey and Grace Snodgrass, Tonganoxie, and Emily Snodgrass, DeSoto, Kansas; sisters Elree Haworth, Trenton, Michigan, Ardis Gay Connor, Lawrence, and brother Clee Harmon, Aurora, Colorado.

James Elwyn Stanton

James Elwyn Stanton, 75, Lawrence, passed away Friday, July 23, 2021, at LMH Health.

He was born August 7, 1945, in Freeport, IL, the son of Raymond Charles and Alice Lenore Lindeman Stanton.  Mr. Stanton graduated from high school in New Ulm, MN and later received a bachelor’s of science.

Mr. Stanton served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, stationed in Thailand.  He enjoyed writing books and was published on Amazon.  He also enjoyed collecting stamps.

He married Si Namontri in Thailand in 1969.  She survives of the home.

Other survivors include a son, John Stanton and wife Maricel of Vail, AZ; a sister, Rebecca Stanton of Lawrence, Kansas; and three grandchildren, Samantha, Jett, and Jaden Stanton.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Richard Allen Rist

Memorial services for Richard Rist, 66, Lawrence, will be 1 pm, Sat., July 31, 2021, at River City Church. He died Friday, July 23rd, 2021, in Lawrence, KS at his home.

He was born on April 18th, 1955, in Lawrence, KS, the son of Floyd and Lottie Rist. He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1973, and started his career at Hallmark shortly after. In 2007 he went out on long term disability due to health concerns, and he retired in April 2020.

Mr. Rist was a member of River City Church in Lawrence, KS. He and his wife Janene Rist enjoyed volunteering through their church, he was always a man to give.

He married Janene Rist on August 22, 2011 in Lawrence, KS. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include three stepsons, Brandon, Dustin, and Sean Reese all three of Lawrence; a brother, John Rist, Sister in law, Terri Rist, and niece Lauren Rist, of Arizona; two nieces Katy and Kristina Foster of Overland Park, KS; grandson Liam of Tulsa, OK and six grandchildren of Lawrence.

A son, Jake Barnes, died August 5th, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the Family will receive them 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the funeral home.

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Harold Michael ‘Mike’ Patchen

A Celebration of Life and remembrance will be held for Harold Michael (Mike) Patchen on  Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at 10 am at the Washington Creek Church of the Brethren, 604 East 550th Road in rural Douglas County. Mike died on July 21, 2021, after a two-year battle with cancer.  His family welcomes friends, colleagues and neighbors to celebrate with them. The family suggests casual attire.

Mike was born in Lawrence, Kansas, on July 1, 1947, to Harold Eugene Patchen and Mary Merlene (Ridgway) Patchen.  The family lived in Junction City and Ottawa before moving back to Lawrence in 1955.  Mike attended Pinckney Elementary School, Central Junior High and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1965.  He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Steven Patchen, his brother-in-law John Rooney and his brother-in-law George (Buddy) Lawrence.

Mike began his working career at age 12 delivering newspapers in the neighborhood and doing odd jobs for his older neighbors.  He worked part time for Ship Winter Chevrolet as a mechanic while in his senior year of high school.

After graduation, he worked a short time at Tempo in their automotive department.  In 1966, he began his career as a diesel mechanic for Lawrence Freight Line until the freight line closed in 1993.  He then went to work as a diesel mechanic for Penske Truck Leasing that same year.  He transitioned to working for Koch Industries when they took over the K-Mart truck leasing from Penske and retired from Koch in 2009.

He joined the Army National Guard in 1965 and served on active duty during the Vietnam War.  He married his high school sweetheart, Sandra Sue Schlink, on April 9, 1967. They lived in Lawrence until he left for active duty in April of 1968.  Upon his return, they moved to the country southwest of Lawrence and have lived in that area for over 50 years. His love of rural life grew as the couple ventured into a small farming and cattle ranching operation.

Mike was happiest when he was working on the farm.  He enjoyed being on a tractor doing whatever needed to be done, watching the young calves venture the fields, mowing and baling hay, fixing and getting the farm equipment ready to use.  He enjoyed helping others and doing things with his family, friends and neighbors.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra, his daughter Michelle Patchen Wasson (David), his son John Patchen, and his grandchildren Kathryn Anne Freidl, Kaylah Marie Patchen, Roman Patchen as well as his sister Mary Rooney, his sister-in-law Betty Grems, his sister-in-law Kay Barngrover (Rick), his sister-in-law Leda Lawrence, as well as 13 nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held Monday from 5-7 pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association, the American Cancer Society, or the Washington Creek Church, in care of the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P. O. Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.





Earl Eugene (Gene) Curl

Earl Eugene (Gene) Curl, 83, passed away on December 4, 2020 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital while recovering from kidney cancer surgery. He was born on July 30, 1937 to Earl Curl and Rowena Nottingham Curl. After going to a one room schoolhouse for eight grades, he graduated from Oskaloosa High School in 1955 at the top of his class.

Gene lived in the same area of Jefferson County his entire life except for two years in the Army. While in the service he was stationed in Korea in the DMZ zone. His job there was to transport entertainment groups to different locations.

Gene worked for the U.S. Post Office in Bonner Springs, Kansas as a letter carrier for 33 years. He also farmed part time with his father until his father’s death in 1984. His hobbies included collecting and building model planes and trains. He also enjoyed reading the history of just about everything.

A big part of his life was a devoted, lifelong member of Lawrence Masonic Lodge #6, joining in 1978 and holding many positions there.  As a Scottish Rite member, he was endowed with the 33rd degree in 2017. A special, thank to his many lodge friends and coffee buddies.

Survivors include his sisters Mary (Paul) Runyon, Raleigh, North Carolina and Betty (Jay) Wagner, Lawrence, Kansas, one niece and 4 nephews.

Gene had chosen to be an organ donor. Private interment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Janice L. Dick


Inurnment for Janice L. Dick, 82, Lawrence, will be 11am Monday, August 9th, Oak Hill Cemetery.

Janice passed away Monday, July 27, 2020, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born February 21, 1938 in Lawrence, the daughter of Gertrude and Vernon Cook. Born in Lawrence, KS, her family moved to Chico, CA where they lived for a few years during Jan’s early childhood before they returned to Lawrence.

As a young adult Jan enjoyed water skiing, and all the joy and laughter and aliveness that brought. She and her first husband, Eldon Davis (deceased), who had his pilot’s license, once flew in a small twin engine plane over the Grand Canyon. They had two children together, Steven and Diana (DeeDee). They divorced in 1972.

In December of 1973 Jan married LaVern Dick. They enjoyed 46 years together which included a motorcycle ride camping trip to the Colorado Rocky Mountains in which they stayed at a motel every night, numerous trips to Branson and several to Florida with their good friends Connie and Owen (Owen now deceased).

Jan worked at a Dillon’s Bakery for years. She didn’t like getting up at 4am but she seemed to enjoy the job and was proud of being the manager.

Jan was also a hairstylist. Steve’s Salon was a source of pride for our family. It was a venture that bonded Jan and her son, Steve, as hair stylists, and Vern as the business owner and manager. Later, Jan cut and styled hair at a nursing home and also in her home as opportunity allowed.

Jan was best known for being an artist. Anyone who saw it always marveled at the forest scene she painted on the wall by the staircase in her parents’ home on New Hampshire Street when she was just a teenager. She also painted many portraits and other peaceful outdoor scenes that she gave away as gifts.

Jan adored her grandchildren from the start. She and Vern once made a puppet show theater out of a large discarded cardboard box by painting it red, cutting out a window and attaching curtain. She did puppet shows for young Cierra and Skyler on a family trip at Winter Park. The puppet theater and the puppets were kept for many years afterward. Jan would also swing with her grandkids, go down slides, and even ride a scooter alongside them. She always laughed at the memory of young Cierra and Skyler putting their fingers under the bathroom door, wiggling them and asking through the door, “Grandma, what are you doing in there?” Another favorite memory was of young Caden coming down to the basement early in the morning when they were visiting and climbing in bed with them. The TV would be on; they would watch the news together while Jan and Vern would leisurely get ready for the day, savoring these special moments alone with their grandson. She also did art projects with them and was an early artistic influence on Cierra who won awards for her art in high school.

She was preceded in death by her Mother: Gertrude A Pickett, Father: Vernon T Cook, Brother: Bill Cook, Sister: Donna Durrant, and Son: Steven Davis.

She is survived by her Husband: Vern Dick of Lawrence, KS, Daughter: Diana (DeeDee) Kriese (Jeff) of Castle Rock, CO, Grandchildren: Cierra Kriese of San Diego, CA, Skyler Kriese of Chico, CA, and Caden Kriese of Castle Rock, CO, Stepdaughter: Mary Cooper (Lloyd) of McKinney, TX, Step-granddaughter: Emily (Tyler) McLaughlin of Anna TX, Step-great grandchildren: Ian and Owen, and Stepson: Mike Johnston of McKinney, TX.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St, Lawrence KS 66044.