Nora Louise Hulse

Nora Louise Hulse, 88, of Lawrence, Kansas passed peacefully at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor on July 24, 2020. Her daughters were by her side.

Nora was born on February 27, 1932, in Clay Center, Kansas to Andrew and Nora Carlson. Her older half-brother, Leroy, predeceased her.

Nora’s first love was music. She began playing piano by ear at the age of 3. At age 4, her mother–a graduate of Chicago’s American Conservatory of Music in the 1900s–began formally teaching her piano, then taught her pipe organ and violin. She soon became an in-demand piano/organ accompanist and piano instructor. After listening to Hit Parade on Saturday night radio in high school, she began playing Boogie Woogie for her friends in high school–against her mother’s wishes.

A lifetime of juggling jazz and classical music followed. During early adulthood, Nora played ragtime music in Cripple Creek, Colorado, then studied at the Interlochen National Music Camp in Michigan, the Kansas City Conservatory of Music, and K-State University. She later earned a Bachelor of Science in music education in 1973, a master’s in music performance in 1976, a master’s in pipe organ performance in 1979, and a Doctorate in Music Curriculum and Education in 1988.

By the end of her career, Nora was a retired music professor, performer, writer, researcher, and expert in female ragtime composers. She produced five CD’s and companion music folios of womens rag, performed at ragtime festivals across the country, did ragtime lecture recitals, co-authored an annotated ragtime lexicon, and earned countless awards and certificates, including the prestigious Scott Joplin Award for her extraordinary contribution to ragtime music at the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, Missouri.

After moving to Columbia, Missouri in 1966, Nora met her husband Mark while playing music at Shakey’s Pizza Parlor. They quickly fell in love, and married the following year. While in Columbia, they performed for 15 years on “Pepper and Friends,” a live talk show broadcast on KOMU-TV. For years, their duo, Ragtime Razzmataaz, performed at ragtime societies and jazz banjo festivals all over the country.

Nora and Mark moved to Lawrence, Kansas in 2006 to be closer to family. In the following years, they spent every Thursday evening playing in the Junkyard Jazz band at the American Legion with many close friends and their daughter, Sue Nanninga, who contributed vocals and played ukulele. They continued to live full, busy lives together until Mark passed in 2017.

Nora is survived by her daughters Jane Morrison, and Sue Nanninga; sons Bryan Hulse, Michael Hulse, and Matthew Hulse; and grandchildren Andrew Hulse, Shelby Politte, Jared Hulse, and Benjamin Hulse.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Legion, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Donald Frank ‘Don’ Ogden

Private family services for Donald Frank Ogden, 83, Lawrence, will be 10 am Saturday, July 25, 2020, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Live streaming will be on Rumsey-Yost Facebook Page. Streaming will be broadcast at Victory Bible Church. Everyone is welcome to attend the burial at Oak Hill Cemetery following. A visitation will be 6-7:30 pm, Friday, July 24, 2020, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Don passed on July 20, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born October 26, 1939 in Cairo, Kansas, the son of Frank “Ervin” and Christina Elizabeth Wilbanks Ogden. He spent the first three years of schooling in a one room school house in Cairo, KS. The rest of his schooling took place in Preston, Kansas. He graduated from Preston High School in 1954.

During high school he worked for Simmons Grocery in Preston, KS. Later he worked at the Pratt Tribune in 1954 as ad salesman and page composition for the next 8 years. On May 7, 1962, Don worked as the ad and page composition person for the Lawrence Journal World and would do this for the next 45 years. During this time he worked part time at Outlook Weekly in 1962.

Don married Dolores Jean Sparks on December 27, 1959, at the Church of God in Pratt, KS. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his son, Derk Leon Ogden and wife Hope, grandchildren Joshua Luke, Ashley Nicole, C. Trey, step grandchildren, Nicole Risi, Cami Jo Ford, Colton Staus, great grandkids Jeffrey Espinosa and Kaylee Ogden, Vonn and Nikaia Risi, son D. Christopher Ogden, granddaughter Jun A. Ogden and her mother Jun Liang.

He accepted Jesus Christ at the Church of God in Pratt, KS. October 1958. His commitment to ministry began at that time and has never wavered. Don has worked in all aspects of ministry: janitor, youth leader, board member, Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, and Lay Minister (Preached his first sermon at the old Church of God on New Hampshire St.) He also preached the first sermon at Indian Hills Church of God. Don was ordained by International Ministers Forum in April 6, 1987, ministering in the Garnett Area and Louisburg KS., Word of Life Church. He helped start Bethel Fellowship in Cleveland, Mo for 22½ years.

Fulfilling a 45 year old desire to work at a funeral home, he helped with services at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home until the fall of 2019.

Ministering to Don was not just within the walls of the church. He has shared his home with countless persons who needed a place to live. Sunday dinners were provided for a group of KU students after Church. Lots of food was enjoyed. Still in contact with several after 50 years. Don was privileged to perform several weddings and funerals for some Journal World employees. He was on assignment to his fellow dialysis patients and staff, giving them an encouraging word and praying for them. As one of his doctors said, “Don you are living your faith.”

Don attended regularly and preached on occasion at Victory Bible Church until his health made him unable to do so.

In lieu of flowers Don suggested memorial contributions in his name made to Victory Bible Church, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Maurice Eugene (Reece) Thomas

Maurice Eugene Thomas, a navy veteran and lifelong resident of Kansas, died accidentally on Sunday July 5th at the age of 54.

Maurice leaves to cherish his memory: daughters Tashawna Thomas, 34, and Shakerah Thomas, 29, granddaughter Carliyah Evans, 14, brother Lester Thomas, sister Tamasha Foster, 1st Ex-wife Kelly Thomas, mother of his daughter Tashawna, Shirley Thomas, mother of his daughter Shakerah, 2nd ex-wife and love of his life and soul-mate Phyllis Wilson-Thomas as well as a host of nieces, nephews as well as his dog, Lady Lily. Maurice is preceded in death by his parents Joyce A. Foster and Charles Allen both of Kansas City, KS, his step-father Leonard Foster as well as his aunts and uncles on his mother’s side.

He was born in Kansas City, KS at Bethany Medical Center Hospital on December 13, 1965 to Joyce A. Foster and Charles Allen. He graduated from F.L. Schlagle high school class of 1984. The following year Maurice enlisted in the US Navy July 25, 1985 serving active duty until February 17, 1993; he was honorably discharged then served 4 more years in the US Navy Reserves. During his time he earned a Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (1 Star).

Maurice was an avid angular who loved catching catfish in particular which he called the “Big Daddies”. Maurice was also a sports fanatic; following the KU Jayhawks, KC Chiefs, KC Royals, and Sacramento Kings. He claimed there was “no bigger fan in the land” and that he bled “red and blue”, “Hello Dice, you better ask somebody, rolling 7 and 11”. He confessed his belief in Christ at a young age and was baptized at Pleasant Green Baptist Church in KCK. At the time of his passing, he was a member of Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church here in Lawrence, KS. His favorite book of the bible was Matthew, in particular The Lord’s Prayer; he cared for his brothers and sisters in Christ and so always prayed for them. Maurice’s smile, laughter, humor and his love for life, family and sports will be greatly missed. We thank him for his service to this country and his love for God and his creations.

A viewing will be held at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home 601 Indiana Street Lawrence. KS on Saturday July 18th, 2020 from 3:30pm-5pm. Interment at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery TBD.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260, Lawrence, Kansas 66044.

H. Lee Zimmerman

No services are planned for H. Lee Zimmerman, 94, Lawrence, who died on Sunday, July 12, 2020, at his home.

Mr. Zimmerman was born Nov. 30, 1925, and raised in Eudora. During World War II, he served as a Merchant Marine. After returning to Lawrence, he married Kathy Broers. They later divorced.

Mr. Zimmerman was the longtime owner and operator of Zimmerman Steel in Lawrence.

Survivors include a son, Kim Lee Zimmerman (Karen), Lenexa; a daughter, Nancy Zimmerman Roberts (Tony), Venice, Fla.; and two sisters, Kathryn Heylman, Spokane, Wash., and Carolyn Engelken, Denver.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Holy Family Catholic Church in Eudora, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence KS 66044. Online condolences may be left at

Jeanette Rector Schoen

Jeanette Rector Schoen died peacefully of natural causes on July 13, 2020. The daughter of Frank and Evelyn John of Ft. Worth, TX, was born March 6, 1926. Because Jeanette was a transplanted Texan, she always reminded us that she was born on the anniversary of the day the Alamo fell, but was not responsible. Though she had lived in Lawrence and Leavenworth since 1964, she never lost her love of her home state or for yellow roses.

Jeanette married Bill Rector in 1946, and together they had six children – Jennie Crews, Kathy Hetu, Robin Muir, Penny Sage, Dick Rector and John Rector. The family later increased with grandchildren circling the earth from Japan to Virginia.

Those grandchildren include Doug Black, Amy Black, Shanda Bearden, Erin Fitzgerald, Jaime Sage, Alan Rector, Toni Miller, Jenelle Bean, Billy Miller, Jessica Hemmy, David Muir III, Joey Rector, Jim Rector, Julie Thompson, and Jay Rector. There are also fifteen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill, Robin, Penny, Toni and Joey who are all fondly remembered.

Jeanette attended Texas Christian University, graduating in three years at age nineteen and being listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. After Bill’s death she received her Master’s degree from the University of Kansas. She taught learning disabilities in Leavenworth and other area schools until her retirement.

She was known for her humor and was always a teacher. When the girls were little, she slayed a water moccasin and opened it to show everyone why the snake was so fat. One time, a grandchild complained that it was hard going to visit “Grandma JJ” because she always made you think.

Jeanette enjoyed bridge and book club with her many friends in Lawrence and Leavenworth. She loved travel and held membership in many organizations. Jeanette was never without a book. The family learned that, if she said, “I have a few pages left”, she was finishing a chapter. However, if the message was, “I have some more to read,” it meant the kids should cook dinner because she wanted to finish the book. She was an avid reader until the day she died.

Though there were ‘only’ six children, others were held close as what she called ‘outlaw’ relatives. While many, the closest include Cindy Mullican, Rob Rector, David Muir, Jr., and the Miller Boys – Rob, Keith, and Gary.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In the meantime, you may remember Jeanette by donating to the American Association of University Women, Friends of Leavenworth Library, the Leavenworth Hospice, or the charity of your choice, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260, Lawrence, Kansas 66044.

Jeanette’s last home was at Neuvant House, and the family thanks everyone there who took such good care of her.

Remember Jeanette with love and fondness.

Gerald D. Warren

Gerald Dean Warren passed away unexpectedly at his home on July 10, 2020 in Overbrook, KS, at the age of 91. He was born June 18th of 1929, in rural Douglas County, the son of Thelma Elizabeth Woodruff Warren and Leonard Quito Warren.

Gerald is survived by his wife, Catherine Warren, Overbrook, KS; children, Peggy Warren, Overbrook, KS, Brenda Cordts, Lenexa, KS, Kelly Coleman (Bret), Lecompton, KS; siblings, Larry Warren (Judy), Lawrence, KS; Gayle Warren (Emma), Overbrook, KS; Sherry Tuckel (Emmett), Lecompton, KS; Betty Schirmer, Overbrook, KS; as well as, grandchildren, Bridgett Reed (Nathan), Marissa Mauszycki (Nick), Cameron Coleman (Montana), Cory Coleman, and many friends. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Cynthia Harris, Russell, KS, siblings, Gary Warren, Overbrook, KS; Darrel Warren, Hutchison, KS, and parents Thelma and Leonard Warren of Overbrook, KS.

Gerald completed junior year at Overbrook High School. Gerald was active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps between the years of 1951-1953. He was a lifelong farmer and tended to his land for many years. Allis-Chalmers sure appreciated his business. Gerald married Catherine Estelle Warren, the love of his life, in 1956. He then proceeded to work for Marion Township and The University of Kansas Facilities & Operations over the years and retired in 1994. Over six years, the couple welcomed four children (all girls) into their home and Gerald set about teaching them about the value of hard work and perseverance. His children remember him as an endearing father who encouraged them to pursue their goals.

Gerald was a generous, witty, and dedicated individual who loved people and who was passionate about his family. Gerald never met a stranger, always had a story to share, and loved to share in moments of laughter with others.

The visitation is scheduled for July 14, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home in Lawrence, KS. The following day, July 15, the funeral is scheduled for 11:00 am, at Washington Creek Church. Reverend John Klaassen will officiate the ceremony. Burial will follow in Washington Creek Cemetery. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Gerald’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to Overbrook Library at 317 Maple St. Overbrook, KS. Condolences can be sent to his widow at 535 N 500 Rd. Overbrook, KS 66524

Fern E. Johnson Henderson

A visitation for Fern E. Johnson Henderson, 92, Lawrence, will be held Saturday, July 18th from 1:00 – 2:30 pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Private entombment will be at a later date at Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum.

Mrs. Henderson died Friday, July 10, 2020, at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community.

She was a longtime secretary at M & M Office Supply and served as organist and pianist at Clinton Parkway Assembly of God. She recently attended Cornerstone Southern Baptist Church.

Fern was preceded in death by a son, Terry E. Johnson, her first husband, Eugene P. Johnson, and her second husband, Richard Henderson.

Survivors include a son, Robert E. ‘Bob’ Johnson and four grandchildren.

Elizabeth Louise Ward Lutz

Elizabeth Louise Lutz (nee Ward) passed away of natural causes on July 6, 2020, at her home in Lawrence, Kansas. Beth, as family and friends knew her, was born on May 6, 1954 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Hamilton and Margaret Ann (Curry) Ward.

Beth was raised in Clermont, Florida, a wholesome, small town where you knew everybody—and everybody knew your parents. She graduated from Clermont High School in 1974 and moved to Winter Park, Florida, where she lived, worked, and met her husband, David Lutz.

Beth and Dave were married in July 1989 at the Minneola Baptist Church in Minneola, Florida, and were happily married for over 30 years until her untimely passing. Beth was a person of deep faith. She enjoyed the outdoors, sunsets, and reading.

Beth was preceded in death by her parents, Ham and Maggie Ward.

Beth is survived, and will be sadly missed, by her husband David Lutz of Lawrence, Kansas, her two sisters, Ann Rossini of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Layne Ward of Gainesville, Florida, three brothers, Steve Ward of Clermont, Florida, Keith Ward of Vero Beach, Florida, and Scott Ward of Cape Canaveral, Florida, fifteen nieces and nephews, and more cousins than we can count.

Visitation will be held at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home in Lawrence, KS, on Monday, July 13th from 5:00-7:00 pm. A private burial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Clermont High School Scholarship Fund, c/o Karen Clay Newman, 1270 4th Street, Clermont, FL 34711.

Verla Mae LaRue


Verla, the daughter Edwin and Juanita Carswell, was born March 7, 1928 in Alton, KS and passed away July 4, 2020 at Baldwin Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center. After graduating from Alton High School in 1946, she became a beautician. She married Darrell LaRue on February 5, 1950 in Alton. The couple moved to Topeka in 1951. They lived in Texas from 1999 until moving to Lawrence in 2015. She worked for Hiller’s Dairy for many years before working at the Kansas Corporation Commission, retiring in 1992.

She leaves behind, daughter Carol, son Vance, sisters-in-law Mary Jo Carswell and Gwen Strong, 4 grand children, and 5 great grand children. She was preceded in death by son David and husband Darrell. No services are planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers send donations to Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vermont St, Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Deanna Louise McWilliams

Deanna Louise McWilliams, 82, passed away on July 1, 2020 at her home in Lawrence, KS and finally reunited with her one true love and husband of 45 years, Terry E. McWilliams. She was preceded in death by her parents, Troy Workman and Madeline Sheffer Workman, and her brother, Mick Workman. She is survived by her sister, Marilene Alford of Lawrence, KS and her sister-in-law Mary Ann Suppes and her husband, Larry, both of Shawnee, KS.

Deanna was a devoted Mother to her four children: Troy McWilliams (Roy, UT); Teri Ann McWilliams-Williams and her husband, Lance (Lawson, MO); Shannon McWilliams (Tonganoxie, KS); and Matthew McWilliams and his wife, Jennifer (Basehor, KS). She loved and adored her beautiful and smart grandchildren: Corey McWilliams, Levon Buschhorn, Logan McWilliams, Laila McWilliams, Kaiden McWilliams, Sadie McWilliams, her bonus grandchildren – Mya, Taelor, and Maxwell Williams; and her bonus great grandchild, Oliver. She was a loving Aunt to many nieces and nephews.
Deanna was a Kansas Jayhawks, Chiefs, and Royals fan! Throughout her life, she loved watching her children and grandchildren play many sports. She loved her family so much and enjoyed all the time she could spend with them.

Deanna will be greatly missed, but anyone who knew her would tell you she is finally at peace with her husband, Terry. Her wishes are for everyone to keep their memories close to their hearts and embrace them every day. She did not wish for any funeral service or celebration of her life. She did not want any tears, but sincerely wanted everyone to continue being the close family and network of friends she loved – and to love one another.

As there are no services or celebrations planned.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in honor of “Terry and Deanna McWilliams (Lawrence, KS)” to Children’s Mercy – Kansas City