Ryan Nathan

No public services are planned for Ryan Nathan, 42, Lawrence, who passed away Sunday, May 24, 2020, at his home.

He was born January 27, 1978, in Leesville, Louisiana.

Ryan was a cook at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.

He enjoyed working out and playing guitar.

Survivors include his parents and a brother.

Albert (Wayne) Thomas

A. Wayne Thomas, 90, Lawrence, was born December 27, 1929 in his family home in Emporia, KS to Blanche and Albert H. Thomas and passed away on May 23, 2020 in his daughter’s home in Lawrence, KS.

Wayne graduated from Emporia High School in 1948, then joined the U.S. Navy to serve his country. He was stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Midway from 1948 through 1952.

Upon his return to Emporia, he met and married Carole Ann Turney in Emporia. They were wed for nearly 50 years until her death in 2003.

Wayne graduated from Clark’s Business College in Topeka, KS in 1954. He was the Purchasing Agent and Personnel Manager at American Yearbook Co., the Purchasing Manager and Production Manager at Seymour Foods in Topeka, & Vice President of Food Pak, Inc. in Tulsa, OK. Upon retirement, Wayne sold real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks for several years.

In 2004, Wayne married Betty Richardson in Emporia. She passed away in 2011.

Wayne was a 67-year member of the Masonic Lodge.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, a brother Jarrett Thomas and a sister, Barbara Albee.

Wayne is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Lisa Thomas, Sarasota, FL, daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Rod Bittel, Lawrence, KS, and grandchildren, Zach Thomas, Pompano Beach, FL, Ben Thomas, North Platte, NB, and Scott Thomas, North Port, FL, Alex Bittel, Lawrence, KS, Jessica Bittel-Zweygardt, Topeka, KS, Kaitlin Bittel, Lawrence, KS, Daniel Bittel, Yosemite National Park, CA, step-grandson, Sam Bittel, Leawood, KS, a great grand-daughter, Naomi Bittel, Lawrence, KS, and several nieces & nephews.

Graveside services will be held at a later date in Emporia, KS.

The family wishes to share its love and gratitude to the staff at Monterey Village, Lawrence, KS for being Wayne’s loving and caring family for his last several years. Much gratitude and appreciation are also given to Nancy and Lana from Douglas Co. Visiting Nurses Assoc. for their skill and compassion to Wayne and his family which allowed him to enjoy his final days with his family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Monterey Village activity fund, 3901 Peterson Rd Lawrence, KS 66049, or to Douglas Co. Visiting Nurses Assoc., 200 Main St. Suite C Lawrence, KS 66044.

Jackie L. Eller

Per her request, there are no public services planned for Jackie L. Eller, 67, Tecumseh, who passed away Thursday at Midland Hospice House, Topeka.

She had worked at Walmart and later at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Survivors include her husband, Ken, of the home.

Her family suggests memorial contributions to Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, memo: Jackie Eller, for assistance with expenses.

Naida J. Krause Jimenez

Naida J. Krause Jimenez, 90, passed away last month at Saint Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, MO. She was born in 1929, in Waverly, KS, to Fred and Melba Keys Krause. She is preceded in death by her husband of nearly 69 years, John Jimenez. She is also preceded in death by her brother, Dr. Gary F. Krause, Columbia, MO. She is survived by two daughters, Pamela J. (John) Harrell of Paxton, MA; Elise J. (Timothy) DiLiberti of Oklahoma City, OK; and one son, Mark A. Jimenez of Shawnee, KS. Two grandchildren Joanne L. (Sean) Parker of San Antonio, TX, and Jeffrey B. (Melissa) Harrell, of Rolesville, NC, and three great grandchildren, Bryson and Alexis Harrell and Liam Parker also survive her. Other survivors include her sister, Carol M. Simmons, Wadsworth, OH; her sister-in-law Janet D. Krause, Columbia, MO; and several nieces and nephews whom she treasured.

She was raised on a farm in Coffee County, KS and graduated as valedictorian of her class at Burlington High School. She was the first winner of the Porley-Bell Scholarship and attended The University of Kansas on a Miller Hall Residence Scholarship for one year. She later returned to the university and graduated with a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a minor in Chemistry.

She was employed as a Research/Administrative Assistant in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, The University of Kansas, under the direction of Professor Takeru Higuchi, for many years, and then she served as Manager of Research Administration until her retirement in 1994. In 1996, at the dedication of the Simons Hall for Biomedical Research, she was honored by a plaque outside the Drug Delivery Laboratory which was funded by the contributions of friends and alumni of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

Naida and John enjoyed traveling and visited many foreign countries in addition to all of the states in the U.S. She loved flowers, trees and gardening. Major interests included reading, playing bridge,

K.U. Men’s Basketball, genealogy and maintaining family records. She was active in Boy Scouts,

Four-Leaf Clover 4-H Club, square-dancing, and music (piano). Above all, her family was foremost in her life. She was a life member of Beta Sigma Phi. She and John lived in Lawrence most of their married life and enjoyed many friends and neighbors there.

While her death was not caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the family, like many others, are affected by the travel restrictions in place and will hold a memorial service at a future date. Private burial occurred at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence, KS.

To post a condolence please to go to rumsey-yost.com. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in her name be sent to KTWU or your favorite PBS station.

Earl “Wayne” Waisner

Private graveside services for Earl “Wayne” Waisner, 73, Lawrence, will be held at Clinton Cemetery.

Mr. Waisner went to be with his heavenly father, parents and grandparents on May 15, 2020 surrounded by his loving wife of 54 years, his family and his loyal dog, Oliver, at his home.

Wayne was born November 10, 1946, in Sedalia, Missouri, the second son of George Roe and Luella “Lorraine” Neffendorf Waisner. Wayne attended the one room school house at Clinton School, West Junior High and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1964. While in school, he was greatly involved with FFA.

Following graduation, Wayne worked for LRM Industries as an asphalt plant operator and dispatcher for 43 years until his retirement in 2010.

He was united in marriage with his high school sweetheart Carol Ann Weaver on July 25, 1965 in Lawrence. She survives of the home.

Wayne attended Clinton Presbyterian Church as a child and continued to be supportive of the church throughout his life. He was a faithful member of the Lone Star Church of the Brethren where he served on the Stewards Committee and was a Deacon. He was an avid dirt track racing fan traveling to races in many states including attending the Knoxville Nationals for over 30 years and Chili Bowl for 27 years. He coached baseball for many years for his two sons, Scott and Steve, and enjoyed helping his grandsons, Joe and Josh, with quarter midget racing, cheering his granddaughter Sarah throughout her volleyball career and following all of the sports his grandchildren and great grandchildren participated in. Wayne dearly loved his family and would not miss any event that included his grandchildren or great grandchildren.

Survivors include his sons, Scott Waisner and wife Jeanne of Lawrence, Stephen Waisner and wife Tiffany of Lawrence; brothers, Gene Waisner of Eudora, John Waisner of Eudora; sisters, Irene Wissler and husband John of Lawrence, Barbara Rollins of Lawrence; 4 grandchildren, Christina Black and husband Cody of Mound City, Kansas, Joseph Waisner of Lawrence, Joshua Waisner of Lawrence, Sarah Waisner of Lawrence; 3 great grandchildren, Gavin Black, Molly Kate Black, and Collins Black all of Mound City, Kansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

At Wayne’s request, there will be a closed casket. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 am to 8 pm Wednesday at the funeral home. The family will receive friends to celebrate the life of Wayne from 4 to 7 pm Wednesday on the grounds of Lone Star Church of the Brethren. To the safety of all attendees, the family asks for everyone to maintain social distancing and to wear face coverings. In the event of inclement weather, there will be a drive thru visitation.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Lone Star Church of the Brethren or Clinton Presbyterian Church, sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Please click below to view a slideshow of Wayne.

Wesley Benson ‘Bence’ Williams

Wesley Benson Williams “Bence” of Lawrence died peacefully in his home May 10, 2020. He was born to Paul and Doris Williams on September 26, 1941.

Bence attended and graduated from Burlington, Kansas High School and Emporia State University. He was a proud Kansan who enjoyed his family, music, and the outdoors. He valued education and pursued knowledge throughout life. Bence was a funny man who told wonderful stories and never met a stranger.

Bence was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Kathleen Butcher, whom he married in 1969.

Survivors include his four children, Dan Bruch, Emporia, Rob Land, Katy, TX, Deb Rogers, Lawrence and Amy Parise, Leawood. Six grandchildren, Jake, Piper, Darian, Jimmy, Olivia and Hayden.

A private graveside service was held May 12, 2020, in Waverly, Kansas.

Dorothy Jean Coffman Ertl

Graveside services for Dorothy Jean Coffman Ertl, 87, Linwood, will be 11 am, Monday, May 18, 2020, at Oak Hill Cemetery.

She died May 9th, 2020, at her daughter’s home in Lawrence KS.

Dorothy was born September 16, 1932, the daughter of Arthur Pine and Velma Faler.

She retired from Hallmark Cards in Lawrence after 39 years of service.

Dorothy Married Gene Coffman in August 1950, he preceded her in death in 1976. She married Al Ertl in 1991 and he died in 1994.

Survivors include three children, Linda Radford, Lawrence, Judi McCartney (Richard), Perry, Randy Coffman (Shirley), Topeka; her sister Donna Turner, Lawrence; brother Arthur Pine (Margie), Olathe; Five grandchildren, Eleven Great Grandchildren, and a Great Great Grandson.

Friends may call from 9am-8pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

James Allen “Jim” Schneider

James Allen Schneider, 77, of Lawrence, KS, passed away on May 5, 2020 in the comfort of his family. Jim was born August 10, 1942 in Green Bay, WI, the son of Allen and Harriet (Van Den Eng) Schneider. In the early years of his life, Jim grew up on a farm that his father share cropped, initially having no running water or plumbing. From age 8 through nearly 18, he lived in the small farming community of Forest Junction, WI (population 300). Alongside his father, he worked in his grandfather’s blacksmith shop and hardware store. Jim graduated from Brillion High School in 1960 and shortly after, just before his 18th birthday, joined the Navy serving three years as an electrician’s mate on the USS Fulton (AS-11).

Following the Navy, Jim traveled throughout Europe and later attended mixology school in Milwaukee, WI. Jim treated his friends and family to specialty cocktails utilizing his mixology skills for years to come. Escaping the Wisconsin winter, Jim, just 23, relocated to Santa Barbara, CA in 1965 where he worked for Bell Phone Company and focused on earning a higher education. Jim earned a degree at Santa Barbara City College, as well as a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State. Jim was awarded a full ride scholarship to Kansas University’s graduate program to study clinical psychology, earned his Ph.D. in 1974, and served as staff psychologist and managed the intern training program at the VA Medical Center in Leavenworth, KS from 1974 until 1986.

Jim had the education and mind of a psychologist, but at his core was an entrepreneur with an eye for possibility. Just after completing his Ph.D., Jim came across the opportunity to own his first property in Lawrence, KS. He followed his newfound passion of the rehabilitation and preservation of older homes with an intention to rent to individuals and families with shared appreciation for the historic structures. Jim had a unique ability to not only see potential, but he had the capacity and drive to execute his vision and bring it to life. He was not afraid of hard work and his passion always left him looking for where he could add character and functionality to each of his projects. In 1977, despite Jim canceling their first date due to a rental emergency, Jim and Lois began dating. They married on June 15, 1980 and have built and managed Schneider Family Rentals for more than 40 years. Together, they purchased and renovated 18 houses containing 43 apartments while raising two daughters, Michelle and Jessica. Jim took great pride in his work and cherished the close relationships formed with local business owners, suppliers, craftsmen, and tenants. It was common to spot Jim in his loaded work truck, at the hardware store, or riding on his lawnmower from property to property.

Not only did Jim have a talent for remodeling, he was also a gifted storyteller. He could use his sharp wit, intellect, and humor to charm loved ones and strangers alike. Jim adored his wife and daughters and lived his life to provide happiness and security for them. He valued their minds and interests. Whether he was passionately researching the family’s next vacation, leaving Aladdin’s Castle Arcade with half the toys in the grab machine, playing contract rummy, or assisting both girls in the process of buying their first homes, his empathy and connection with his daughters and their goals provided him a sense of gratification. He celebrated their successes as if they were his own, instilled a work ethic in them, and assured them they could do anything they set their minds to.

Jim is survived by his wife, Lois, and his daughters, Michelle and Jessica. Jim recently passed the reigns of the family business to Michelle, while Jessica resides in New York City. He is also survived by his brother Don and his sister-in-law Karen of Appleton, WI.

Remember as Jim would say “don’t let the naysayers get you down” (although Jim would have used another choice word that would not be appropriate for print). We will miss you Jim!

Memorial donations in Jim’s name may be sent to the ReStore, 708 Connecticut St, Lawrence, KS, 66044, with checks made payable to ReStore or the Jewish Community Congregation, 917 Highland drive, Lawrence, KS, 66044 memo line reading “In memory of Jim Schneider.”

A service in Lawrence celebrating Jim’s life will be announced and conducted at a future date for family and friends.

Kenneth E. ‘Ken’ Fisher

Memorial services for Kenneth E. (Ken) Fisher, 93, Lawrence, Kansas will be announced at a later date once gathering restrictions are lifted. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery with military services provided by the American Legion. Ken died peacefully on May 6, 2020, at Bridge Haven in Lawrence.

Ken was born January 6, 1927, the son of Samuel and Lilias Fisher. He was raised in the Alta Vista, Kansas community. He served 2 years in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war he used the G.I. Bill and secured his first college degree in education from Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina.

His first year of teaching was in a one room school in Morris County, Kansas. He then moved to Council Grove, Kansas and while there for 10 years he was a teacher, a principal, and the Superintendent of the city school system. While in Council Grove he attended Emporia State Teachers College and secured his Master’s degree in Education.

Ken moved to the Lawrence School system in 1961 and was principal of the Sunset Hill Elementary School for 7.5 years; principal of Central Junior High for 2.5 years and Assistant Superintendent for Business and Facilities of the district for 19 years. During his time in Lawrence he secured his Specialist in Education Degree from Kansas University.

He retired from the Lawrence School System in 1990 and then taught Kansas Public School Finance and School Management classes in the Graduate School at K.U. for 5 years. During his 45 years in education he served on many state committees. He was president of the Kansas Association of School Business Officials (KASBO) during the 1981-82 school years and awarded their Distinguished Service Award in 1992. He was on many of the legislative committees of the United School Administrators of Kansas (USA) during the 1970s and 1980s. He also served on many local civic committees in both Council Grove and Lawrence.

Ken was preceded in death by 3 of his four siblings, and by his son Michael. He is survived by his high school sweetheart Helen, his wife for 73 years; his son Kenneth Joel and wife Denise; Mike’s wife Linda; 6 grandchildren, Laben, Jess, Jared, Makayla, Ashley, and Tyler; 4 great grandchildren, Kaden, Connor, Miles, and Wyatt; one step great grandchild, Kylie; and a loving network of extended family and friends.

Ken liked to play golf with his friends. And on special occasions he would write poems about his family and friends, and then read the poems at their gatherings. During the past few years Ken stated several times that he has been a lucky and fortunate person in that he has lived a reasonably long and healthy life; has worked in a vocation which he enjoyed very much; and has been blessed with a good and wonderful family.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Lawrence Schools Foundation, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.