Martha A. Hayden Milleret

Funeral services for Martha A. Hayden Milleret, 97, Lawrence, will be 10 am, Thursday January 25, 2018, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

She died Saturday, January 20, 2018, at Presbyterian Manor.

Martha was born November 5, 1920, in Lawrence, the daughter of Willard Henry and Mary Rosanna Hanna Hayden.  She graduated from Liberty Memorial High School and later went on to get her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kansas.

She lived most of her childhood and adult life in rural Douglas and Leavenworth counties.  She managed her family’s farm in Linwood for many years.

Martha married Louie John “Pete” Milleret on April 18, 1948, in Lawrence. He preceded her in death on July 12, 2009.

Survivors include a son Mark Milleret (Melinda), Linwood; a daughter, Phyllis Reeves (Howard), Kansas City, MO; three sisters, Lucille Hansen, Della Hadley and Vera Dellwig; three grandchildren, Jack Reeves, Sherry Swagman and Nancy Hultgren; and five great grand children.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Pauline Nunemaker and grandson David Milleret.

A Visitation will be 6-7pm, Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Douglas County Visiting Nurses or the Salvation Army, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Shirley Rae Perdue


Shirley Perdue died Jan. 17, 2018, one day after her birthday. She was residing at Winchester Senior Care Center in Winchester, KS.

On Jan. 16, 1933 she was born in Des Moines, Iowa, to parents Lila & John (Johnny) Miller.

Her family moved to Lawrence when she was a child. As an adult, she worked many years with Southwestern Bell in Lawrence, and then Topeka until she retired.

She and her husband, George, moved to Perry, KS. in the 1970’s and bought a 1880’s farmhouse with acreage. They completely renovated. It was well known by the locals, as it overlooked what was known as “Dead Man’s Curve”. They both loved caring for their pets and farm animals after retirement and the peacefulness of the countryside.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, George Burton Perdue.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Sailer and husband Bill of Dallas, TX; son, Jim Perdue of Oskaloosa, KS; two grandchildren & four great-grandchildren.

A private internment will take place at a later date.


Pauline Mary Nunemaker

Pauline Mary Hayden Nunemaker passed away January 17, 2018 at Presbyterian Manor, Lawrence, Kansas at the age of 93.

She was born March 21, 1924 in Lawrence to Will H. and Mary R. Hayden.

She grew up on a farm at Hayden’s corner with her four sisters. She attended Oak Ridge School in Grant Township and Graduated from Liberty Memorial High School, Lawrence KS in 1941.

Pauline married Eugene (Gene) W. Nunemaker on December 20, 1941.

Pauline held many clerking positions while Gene was stationed in Northern Africa and Italy during WWII. After his return, Pauline and Gene, along with Pauline’s parents, purchased Bismarck Grove and began farming and cattle feeding. Pauline did the farm recordkeeping for Bismarck Grove Feedyards, Hayden & Nunemaker, and Nunemaker-Ross, Inc. She also helped form and manage Bismarck Gardens. She and Gene were co-owners of the Lawrence Livestock Sale Barn where Pauline was a clerk.

Pauline was never idle. She painted lovely landscapes and was an avid quilter and made hundreds of quilts that she gave to her friends and family. When her children were young she sewed all the clothing for herself and her daughters and was proficient at tatting and needlepoint. Pauline and Gene hosted a Norwegian couple attending the University of Kansas, Arvid & Irmelin Skjold who they considered their Norwegian kids. She traveled extensively with Gene and later with her sisters and children throughout the United States and many overseas destinations including Norway, Russia, China and much of Europe. She was a skilled and serious bridge player belonging to many clubs and greatly enjoyed her nightly games of bridge after supper with her sisters.

Pauline faced great tragedy in her life including the 1951 flood when Gene and Pauline lost nearly all their possessions. The greater tragedy was the death of her daughter, Virginia in 1969 of leukemia.

4-H and the Extension service were important to her. Pauline belonged to Jayhawk 4-H Club as did her children, grandchildren and now her great-grandchildren. Pauline and Gene were 4-H community leaders, Douglas County 4-H Family of the Year and were proud to present the Nunemaker Citizenship award to honor their daughter, Virginia, at the Douglas County Fair. Pauline was a 50 year member of Oak Ridge Extension Homemakers and held many county offices and served as Kansas President of Extension Homemakers.

Pauline is survived by 3 of her children Diane Nunemaker, Mary Ross (Pat), Kent Nunemaker (Debra), Grandchildren, Virginia Meyer (William), Karen Bray (David), Krystale Neitzel (Lowell), Lyle Nunemaker (Shelley). Great Grandchildren are Evan and Wyatt Sutton, Jerod and Nathan Bray, Tuff and Mayson Neitzel and Curtis Hasbrouck. She is also survived by her four sisters Martha Milleret, Lucille Hansen, Della Hadley and Vera Dellwig, and many nieces and nephews.

Pauline is preceded in death by her daughter, Virginia, husband, Gene, grandson, Steven Derouin and great-grandson Gus Neitzel.

A visitation will be Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 3-4 pm, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Private family burial will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Douglas County 4-H Foundation or Douglas County Visiting Nurses, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St. Lawrence, KS 66044.


Kent Michael Smalter


 Kent Michael Smalter, 67, Lawrence, passed away Monday, January 15, 2018.

Kent lived his final 13 years with A.L.S. His grace, dignity, kindness and gentle humor remained intact throughout.

He was born November 29, 1950, in Ottawa, Illinois, the son of Donald and Barbara Smalter.

He is survived by his daughter Kendra Smalter and her husband Cale Parks; a grandson, Florian Smalter Parks; a large family, and a sizeable community of steadfast friends.

Friends and family,  please join us for Kent Smalter’s “Life Well Lived Rally” on Saturday January 27th, 12 to 4pm, at 721 E 9th Street, Lawrence Kansas.


Bernice F. Kennedy

Bernice F. Kennedy, 93, died on January 14, 2018 to be with her true love of 65 years.

She was born November 25, 1924, in Lawrence, the daughter of Roy L and Faye Petefish Goff.

A lifetime resident, Bernice was very active in school activities as well as 4-H competitions. She graduated from Liberty Memorial High School where she had met her future husband Bernard Kennedy Sr. They were married July 5, 1942, before he left to serve in World War II. Upon his return they spent many happy years together.

Always a hard worker and exceptional cook, her most valued treasure was her family.  She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

In 2006 Bernice’s husband preceded her in death followed by her son Rory Kennedy Sr.

She is survived by daughter Carolyn Kirby (John), son Bernard Kennedy Jr. also brother George Goff, Sisters in law Jackie Kennedy and Gay Rofkahr.  Bernice had ten grandchildren Lora, Stacey, Steven (Brandi), Chris (Deb), Andy (Ellie), Amy (Logan), and Kelli, Bryan, Rory Jr. (Sheera), Randa. Bernice also had nineteen great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.

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

Private family services will take place at a later date.

Barbara Sue Roper

A visitation for Barbara Sue Roper, 70, Lawrence, Kansas. Will be at 10 am Friday January 19, 2018 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home followed by a burial at 11 am at Oak Hill Cemetery.

She passed away Thursday January 11, 2018 at her home in Lawrence, Kansas.

Barbara was born June 21, 1947 in Vinita, Oklahoma. She is the daughter Jasper Roland Nall and Mary Maud Piquard. Mrs. Roper moved to Lawrence, Kansas as a teenager from Vinita, Oklahoma.

She worked for the visiting nurses for 23 years. She loved her clients as if they were her family. She loved fishing, camping, and just plain being outdoors. She had a big heart that she wore on her sleeve. Her children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews meant the world to her, she loved them all very much.

Barbara married Fred Patterson in Lawrence, Kansas they got divorced after about 10 years. Mrs. Roper married Eugene Leroy Roper on February 23, 1985. He passed away 5 years later on February 20, 1990 in Lawrence, Kansas. She did not remarry.

Survivors include 3 sisters Rosemary Bryant of Eudora, Judy Kay of Perry, Jane of Tulsa, 1 sister in law Debbie Nall of Lawrence,  2 sons Fred Patterson and wife Sandy of Lawrence, Roland Roper  and wife Catie of Lawrence, daughter Jeannine Moore of Lawrence, and daughter Ava Frazier of Lawrence, 6 grandchildren Annette Patterson 20 Topeka,  Angel Patterson 19 Lawrence, Elexis Moore 17 Olathe, Daylynn Moore 15 Olathe, Khristian Moore 13 Olathe, and Devon Moore 10 Olathe, and close family friend Jan, and many other family and friends not listed.

She is being reunited with her loved ones that have went to be with the lord.

Shirley Christine Bennett

Funeral services for Shirley Christine Bennett, 75, Louisburg, will be 1:00 p.m. Friday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory with visitation from Noon to 1:00. Cremation will take place after the service and inurnment will be held at a later date.

Ms. Bennett passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018, at Olathe Medical Center.

She was born July 29, 1942, in Lawrence, the daughter of Everett and Agnes Nowak Shockley. She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1960. She was also a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

Ms. Bennett worked at the Sunflower Ammunition Plant.   She then attended cosmetology school and became licensed in the early 1970’s. She owned and operated Charm Beauty Salon on Massachusetts Street for many years, and later owned A-1 Cab Company. She was a very hard worker sometimes working two jobs to provide for her only son.

She attended the Lawrence Free Methodist Church before moving to Louisburg. Shirley enjoyed playing dominoes, crocheting, reading, crafting with beads, and being on the go and was an avid shopper on QVC. She wasn’t one to sit still for very long. Shirley very much enjoyed her time with her daughter-in-law and three granddaughters where she created many lasting memories. She adored her dog Ali and mostly her only son, Chris, whom she would always lovingly refer to as her “baby boy”, even at 54 years of age and often telling him, “it’s just you and me, babe”.

Survivors include her son, Chris Bennett and Robyn Yung of Gardner, Kansas; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Bennett of Baldwin City; brother, Johnson Shockley and wife Nancy of Lawrence; grandchildren, Ashley Bennett of Austin, Texas, and Emily and Danielle “Dani” Bennett of Baldwin City, her cousin Anne Dornberger of Louisburg and many other cousins, nieces and nephews along with her many friends at WEA Apartments in Louisburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Jackie Powers and Louise Holyfield.

Friends may call from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday, where the family will receive them from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday.

The family would like to thank the nursing and physician staff at Olathe Medical Center CCU for the impeccable care Shirley received in her final days. The family suggests memorial contributions to Rumsey-Yost in Shirley’s name.

Patricia Kay Harrop

A memorial service for Patricia Kay Harrop, 73, Lawrence, will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Inurnment will be at a later date.

Mrs. Harrop died Friday, January 5, 2018, at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community in Lawrence.

She was born December 8, 1944 in Topeka, Kansas, the daughter of Keith D. and Doris Marjorie Ross Graham. She graduated from Wichita East high school, attended the University of Kansas, and went on to earn a master’s degree in software design.

Mrs. Harrop worked in IT as a computer programmer. She enjoyed reading, knitting, traveling, cooking, and watching KU sports.

She married David Wayne Harrop in August of 1969. He survives of the home.

Other survivors include a son, Matthew Harrop and wife Elise Waldron of Lawrence; and a granddaughter, Emma Harrop of Lawrence.

The family suggests that memorial contributions to the Lawrence Public Library, sent in care of the funeral home.

Dr. Bruce David Auchard

Dr. Bruce David Auchard (known as David) passed away Thursday, January 4, 2018, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.  He was born December 20, 1934, in Lawrence, the son of Virgil Marion Auchard, MD, and Mildred Leota Coker Auchard.  He  graduated from Lawrence High School in 1953 and the University of Kansas in 1957 with a major in physiology.  He obtained his medical degree at the University of Kansas in 1961, and did internship  as well as 1 1/2 years of residency in general surgery at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, before completing two years of orthopedic residency and an additional year as Chief Resident  at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.  After his residency, he remained on staff of Henry Ford Hospital and later became Board Certified. In 1967 he was sent with wife and children to Fifth Field Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, where he served as an orthopedic surgeon in the US Army.  He continued to serve through 1969 as a Major after transfer to DeWitt Army Hospital in Ft. Belvoir, VA.  In his medical practice in Mansfield, OH, from 1969 to 1993, at  a time when arthroscopic surgery was in its infancy, he was the first to introduce it to his area in Ohio.  As team physician for local high school football teams, he developed a special interest in Sports Medicine, and became Board Certified in that specialty.  After closing his practice, he was plant physician for General Motors from 1993 to 1995.  While there, he spoke at a national conference regarding need for rotation of jobs to avoid injuries caused by repetitive motion in the workplace.  After retirement, he returned to Detroit to conduct training of representatives from all plants on the same topic.
He held a pilot’s license as a young adult, and was an avid golfer.  He was champion of an Ohio state medical golf tournament in 1974.  In 2001, his team won the cup in a Kansas state seniors’ game.  He is remembered for his lively sense of humor, uncanny sense of geographic location (even into advanced Alzheimer’s), knowledge of history, and voracious reading of scientific and medical journals. In his retirement he retired also some of his outdated orthopedic tools.  He used old cast saws for removing sheetrock, as well as trimmed windows, doors and built cabinets for his own home.
He married Carol Anne Schowengerdt on July 3, 1957, at Danforth Chapel on KU campus, Lawrence.  She survives him, as well as his sister, Adrienne I. York of Council Bluffs, IA.  Other survivors are: a son, Greg A. Auchard of Bellville, OH, his son, Nicholas David Auchard of Cary, NC, and Greg’s wife, Sarah Maschke Auchard with two daughters, Audrey, and Amelia of Bellville.  David  is also survived by:  daughter, Kerry M. Auchard married to Bruce S. Miller, their son, Colten A., and daughter, Emmarie K. Miller of Kansas City, MO; a daughter Kymari A. Auchard-Smith married to Grant A. Smith, their son, Cameron T., daughter, Rachel L., and son, Conner A. Smith of Overland Park KS; and a daughter, Amy C. Blaufelder of Oskaloosa, KS, Erik Blaufelder, and sons, August K. and Kyan A. Blaufelder. David and Carol also have two grandchildren “by claim:” Jerrard Tucker and Alicia Tucker, children of Greg’s first wife, Lisa.
David was preceded in death by his parents, as well as a sister, M. Maurine Jost; a sister, Arlene E. Anderson; a sister, R. Rosemary Harris;  his brother, V. Allen Auchard, MD; and a grandson, Clayton W. Miller.
The family wishes to  thank especially Jefferson County Health and the staff of Lawrence Memorial Hospital for their caring support.  A service in David’s memory was held privately at the home by immediate family.  A gathering in the home for family and friends will be in three months on Sunday, April 8, 2018, from 2 to 4 pm.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions made to “Insightful Minds Legacy Fund” in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 6601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS 66044. Online condolences can be made at