Walter Allen Stroker

Walter Allen Stroker, 83, Lawrence, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at his home.

He was born January 10, 1937, in Williamsburg, Missouri, the son of Charles and Elsie Hopper Stroker.

Mr. Stroker worked as a loan officer in the banking industry. He enjoyed reading and studying the bible.

He married Charlotte Joyce Kentzler on August 27, 1958, in Shawnee, Kansas. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include a son, Allen Stroker and wife Evelyn of Atlanta, Georgia; daughters, Shelley Ezell and husband Neal of Lawrence, Kansas, Tonia Anderson and husband Morgan of Lawrence, Kansas, and Collette Manzanares and husband Carlos of Topeka, Kansas; a brother, Ben Stroker and wife Elaine of Shawnee, Kansas; a sister, Mary Jane Fernandez of Roland Park, Kansas; and 10 grandchildren.

Catherine Ann (Cathy) Skrtic

A Visitation for Catherine Ann (Cathy) Skrtic, 70, Lawrence, will be 6-8 pm, Thursday, February 20, 2020, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

She died February 17, 2020, at LMH Health.

Cathy was born February 8, 1950, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Paul G. and Caroline D’Annunzio Skrtic. Cathy graduated from Mon Valley High School in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, in 1969, and was employed for 20 years at the Eldridge Hotel in Lawrence until her retirement in 2012. She was a member of the Natural Ties student organization at the University of Kansas, a member of the THRIL Horseback Riding Club, and a member of St. Mark Parish in Port Vue, Pennsylvania.

Survivors include her brother Tom Skrtic, Lawrence; aunt, Judy Kapuska of Brainerd Minnesota; many cousins; and her many, many friends in Lawrence and around the country and world.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Arc of Douglas County, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044.

Arrangements are also made at Strifflers of White Oak Cremation and Mortuary Services, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131.

Roxand Marie ‘Roxie’ Sumner

Roxie Sumner, 53, Lecompton, lost her fight with cancer in the early hours of Sunday, Feb.16th, 2020. She was born in Topeka, KS. and lived her entire life in Lecompton. She was the daughter of Gerald Powell and Mary Walter Powell. They both preceded her in death.

Roxie graduated from Perry Lecompton High School in 1984. After high school she was employed by Reser’s Fine Foods for several years where she met the love of her life, Teddy Sumner. They were joined in marriage in 1996. Later she was employed by the Kansas Turnpike Authority for many years.

Roxie was a huge race fan and raced street stock cars at Topeka Raceway for a number of years.

She is survived by her husband Teddy of the home. Roxie had 2 sons, Jordan Sumner of the home, and Teddy Sumner of Lawrence, and a daughter, Becky Sumner of Ottawa. She survived by 2 brothers, Gary (Deb) Powell and Kevin Powell, both of Lecompton. Roxie had 2 grandsons and 2 granddaughters. They were the light of her life. Roxie was full of life and fun. Always a smile on her on face. She will be greatly missed by all.

The family will receive friends and family Thursday, Feb. 20th, from 5 till 7 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Services will be Friday Feb. 21st at 10:00 at the Lecompton United Methodist Church, with Pastor Rob Ernest officiating, Interment will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Lecompton, KS. Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Kevin Lee Rainbolt

Kevin Lee Rainbolt was born October 28, 1972 in Lawrence, Kansas. He is the son of Robert M. and Rosalee (Willoughby) Rainbolt. Kevin attended McLouth and Lawrence Schools, graduating from Lawrence High School in 1991.

He passed due to an accidental death at his home, on January 21, 2020

Kevin worked at Allen Press in the IT Department for many years. He was a computer genius and could solve nearly any computer problem. Many family members and friends often sought his assistance with their computer-related problems because we knew he wouldn’t quit until he’d figured it out – and he always did.

He and Christine Fosher have two children together, Brodey and Brenna. His children were one of the greatest joys of Kevin’s life. Anyone who had been inside Kevin’s house knew this within moments of stepping inside the door from the stacks of games, puzzles, critters, and other child-related items that filled his home. Kevin frequently enjoyed many outdoor activities with his kids. They maintained vegetable gardens in the back yard and often preserved their harvests by canning and fermenting foods. Kevin and the kids loved to play in a creek behind his sister’s house near McLouth and always went home with new additions to their collections of critters, rocks, fossils and other interesting finds. They were always seeking out new adventures and experiencing nature together. Kevin loved warm weather, fishing, and camping at Clinton Lake, biking Clinton Lake trails, and watching Chiefs football. He would also ride the Lawrence bike trails with Brodey and Brenna. He never met a hot sauce that was too spicy or a steak that he couldn’t grill.

Kevin was preceded in death by his brother David M. Rainbolt. He is survived by his children Brodey and Brenna Rainbolt of Lawrence; parents Robert M. and Rosalee (Willoughby) Rainbolt of Arkansas; sisters Tonya (Dave) Ketchum of McLouth, Sonya Rainbolt of Utah; a number of nieces and nephews, Matt (Amber) Tate of Oklahoma; Mike (Sunnie) Tate of Texas; Morhia Rainbolt of Washington; Meaghan Tate of Tonganoxie; Alexus (Jesse) McAfee of Wellsville, along with a seven great-nieces and nephews. A celebration of life is to be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 with visitation at 10:00 a.m. and service at 11:00 a.m. at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home in Lawrence, Kansas.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Lawrence Humane Society or Lawrence Memorial Hospital, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Stanett Louise (Hipsher) Torneden

Services for Stanett Louise Torneden (Hipsher), 79, Overbrook, KS, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 18th at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home in Lawrence, KS. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence, KS.

Stanett Torneden died Friday, February 14th, 2020, at Olathe Health Hospice. She went to the Lord after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, surrounded by family and loved ones.

She loved knitting afghan blankets for all her kids, baking with her grandchildren and gardening. She loved large family gatherings with all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.

Stanett, born to Stanley and Ethel Hipsher of Linwood, KS, was married to the late Carl Torneden on December 28, 1957. Together they had 8 children; Rodney, Wellington; Gregory, Overbrook; Leticia (Tisa) (Pelton), Kingston, OK; Troy, Winchester; Jerry, Ottawa; Sherry (Sajkowski), Shelby Township MI; Darren, Baldwin; and Rebecca (Becky) (Johnson), Lawrence; and 27 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Other survivors include 4 sisters; Sandie, Shirley, Sherry, Reta and 2 brothers Ronnie and Roger. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Torneden and her sister Nancy Bryant.

Friends and family may call from noon to 8:00 p.m. Monday, February 17th at the funeral home where the family will receive them from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Family suggests memorials to Morningstar Care, 232 Elm Street, Baldwin KS and Olathe Health Hospice, 15310 Marion Street, Olathe KS, or in care of the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence KS 66044.

Pallbearers will be Matthew Torneden, Bryce Torneden, Trevor Rasmussen, Jesse Torneden, Tyler Torneden, Brandon Torneden, Caleb Torneden, Casey Torneden, Jacob Torneden and Tanner Torneden.

Stephen Holless Allen

Stephen Holless Allen passed away February 13, 2020 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was born May 31, 1942 in Kansas City, Mo. Steve loved his life. He loved his family. He loved God. He aimed to impart who He was and who God was into everyone he met, but most especially his family. As an Eagle Scout, he first embodied the Scout motto to be prepared and upheld that motto throughout his life.

Steve graduated from North Kansas City High School in 1960. He earned a bachelor’s degree of science in wildlife techniques and conservation from South Dakota State University in 1964. He earned a master of arts in zoology from the University of Missouri in 1968. After graduation, he moved to North Dakota and became the state furbearer biologist at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, a position he held for 33 years until retirement. He was world-renowned in his field and published in numerous scientific journals. He also served in the Army Reserves where he became a cook, a skill he used to feed his family every holiday and develop his famous sourdough biscuits and fried walleye fish, just to name a few.

Steve married the love of his life Beverly (Storlie) Huettl in 1971. He is survived by Beverly; his brother Greg Allen; his children Elizabeth Allen Koepp (Jason), Michelle (Huettl) Herst (Stan)and Mike Huettl; his grandchildren Katie Herst, Amy Herst, Jake Huettl, Pete Huettl, Kari Huettl, Jonas Koepp, Sophie Koepp, Lucy Koepp.

He was preceded in death by his parents Wilbur Holless Allen and Elizabeth Tracy Allen; his brother Doug Allen; his sister Laurie Allen.

Steve was a member of the Bismarck Mandan Rifle and Pistol Association.

The funeral is at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be at Floral Hills Cemetery in Kansas City, MO.

Tammy Lou Helm

A visitation for Tammy Lou Helm (Aka Marilyn Monroe), 56, Lawrence, will be 6-8 pm, Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

She died Thursday February 13, 2020, at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka.

Tammy was born September 19, 1963, in Lawrence, Kansas the daughter of Oliver and Geneva Helm.

She attended Lawrence public schools. Tammy held a Housekeeping job for many years.

Tammy loved playing lottery scratch offs, Bingo, going to the casino. She enjoyed spending time with friends and family playing games. She thoroughly enjoyed being with her grand children.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and her son Justin who passed February 12, 2004.

Survivors include son James Helm (Isabella), grandchildren Arieanna, Keyona, Shane, Christian, Megan, Dakota, Zack, Josh; two great grand children, James and Paisley; siblings Bobby (Rhonda), Jimmy, Glenn (Carla), Roger (Lucinda), Mary Montgomery, Skip, Judy Sheley (Marty), Rita Calef (Alan), Freida Houk (Gary), Jeanetta Nichols (Kent), and very close friend Tom McKay; many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to send a special thank you to all the Nurses and Doctors at Stormont Vail who assisted in helping make Tammy’s final hours comfortable. Also a special thanks to all the friends and family who have supported us with all the actions thoughts and prayers.

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

Mary “Suzanne” Gilbert

Mary “Suzanne” Gilbert, 81, of Lawrence, Kansas, passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at The Windsor of Lawrence.

Services for Suzanne will be held at the First Baptist Church, 1330 Kasold Drive in Lawrence, Kansas at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 18, 2020. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. at the church. Rev. Dr. Matthew Sturtevant will be officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Suzanne was born February 16, 1938 in Cassville, Missouri the daughter of Ralph and Susie Sandusky. She graduated from Canoga Park High School in California in 1956 and earned an Education Degree from the University of Kansas in 1977.

Suzanne married Verlin Gilbert on June 28, 1957 in Woodland Hills, California. Verlin survives at the home.

They settled in Lawrence and joined the First Baptist Church in 1957. With the help of the church, she was able to fulfill her lifelong passion for early childhood development by establishing the Johnnie Appleseed Preschool in 1980, utilizing Montessori teaching methods. Suzanne was loved by all the children that attended. She also volunteered for the Lawrence Public Schools. In 1995, the Lawrence Education Association presented her with the Friend of Education Award.

Suzanne was preceded in death by her daughter Dana Marie Hammond Knappenberger on February 22, 2004.

She is survived by a daughter, Sharna Miller and husband Dale and a son, Darren Gilbert and wife Gaila, siblings: Ralphetta Gibbons, Roy Short and wife Elvie and Margo Ary, seven grandchildren: Tyler Hammond, Dustin Gilbert, Alex Miller, A.J. Gilbert, Kaylea Knappenberger, Dale Miller, III and Grayson Gilbert, and two great grandchildren: Martin Hammond and Bronson Gilbert.

Suzanne was a member of the Lawrence Civic Choir for over 25 years and a board member of Mother to Mother.

She will be remembered as a beautiful woman who had a kind and nurturing heart, a soft-spoken and calming presence, a natural gift for storytelling, a passion for music and writing, and the deepest love for her husband, children and grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to the First Baptist Church, Lawrence, Kansas.

The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to Visiting Nurses Hospice and The Windsor of Lawrence, Memory Care.

Dane Wesley Offutt

A Celebration of Life for Dane W. Offutt, 68, rural Lawrence, will be 1:00 pm, Saturday, February 22, 2020, at Lawrence First Church of the Nazarene, 1470 N. 1000 Rd. Lawrence, Kansas 66046.

Dane died peacefully Monday, February 10, 2020, in his home, surrounded by his wife and children, following a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He was born June 26, 1951 in Durant, OK, the son of D. Haskell and Bonnie (Davidson) Offutt. He graduated from Drumright High School (1969), earned his Bachelor’s of Business Administration at Bethany Nazarene College (1974), and his Master’s of Healthcare Administration from Trinity University (1981). He worked as a hospital administrator and medical practice administrator of radiology groups until he retired from Radiologic Professional Services (RPS) in Lawrence, KS in 2017.

He married Brenda Fortner on December 30, 1971, in Mitchell, South Dakota. He is survived by his wife, Brenda, his children Aaron & Stephanie (Lincoln, NE), Cara & John (Easton, KS), and Evan, and his grandchildren: Bryce, Allison, Loralai, Aubree, John Marcus, and Mayleigh + many “bonus” kids and grandkids including Rob & Shelly Needham (Sam, Isaac, Lydia, and Rachel). Other survivors include his siblings David & Renita (Cushing, OK), Susie (Oklahoma City, OK), and Don & Glynda (Oklahoma City, OK), along with their children and grandchildren.

In the course of their 48 years of marriage, Dane & Brenda spent time living all over Oklahoma, as well as in San Antonio, TX; Amarillo, TX; Lincoln, NE; Cabot, AR; and Lawrence, KS. Dane was a faithful follower of Christ, loving and beloved husband, father, grandpa, son, and brother.
He was a committed congregant at Lawrence First Church of the Nazarene and a man of integrity in all areas of his life.

Financial gifts in Dane’s memory may be directed to:
Lawrence First Church of the Nazarene (
Visiting Nurses Hospice (

James Randel (Randy) Gebhards

James Randel (Randy) Gebhards died Monday, February 10, 2020 in hospice care at his home in Lawrence, Kansas after several years of pain and struggle with prostate and bone cancer.

Randy was born August 21, 1952 in Tribune, Kansas, the son of Jim and Sheila Dobbs Gebhards. After graduating from Weskan High School in 1970, he attended Fort Hays State University for 2 years, then took some time off to help on the farm, before heading back to school at Kansas State, graduating from there in May, 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in Crop Protection in the school of Agriculture.

On June 4, 1977, Randy married Lou Ann Bruey Gebhards. She survives of the home in Lawrence. Additional survivors include his mother, Sheila, also now in Lawrence; his sisters-in-laws and brothers-in-law (Patty Bruey Tidwell and her husband Mickey of Lakeland, Florida) and Shirley Bruey Sweetman and her husband Jim of Castro Valley, CA; five loving nieces and nephews (Symphony Tidwell, Tina Tidwell Bedore, Amy Sweetman Buller, Robbie Sweetman and Mitchell Sweetman) and one great-niece (Charlotte Rose Bedore). Randy was preceded in death by his father, his brother Rex, grandparents on both sides and many aunts and uncles on both sides.

In June, 1977, Randy joined Lou Ann to serve as a staff member for a Christian student group – Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC and now Cru) on the campus of Iowa State in Ames, Iowa. They were there for 3 years and then moved to Hays, KS to serve at Fort Hays State University, also with CCC. They made many good friends and had several nice summer “postings” to vacation areas – Branson, MO; Lake Tahoe, CA; Ft. Collins, CO; and Oahu, HI.

In fall of 1982, they left their CCC staff positions to move to Lawrence, KS so that Randy could get a second bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Kansas. After obtaining that, he worked for the State of Kansas, Department of Revenue in tax, audit and budget departments from 1988 until he retired in January, 2015. During the years at KU, he also worked at Alvamar Golf Course – mainly for the free golf, a sport he learned to play in Iowa. He enjoyed watching golf on television as a youngster, even tried to make his own clubs from some scrap iron on the farm. He said they were pretty bad. He had several other “real” clubs after that but was very happy to get his first set of Ping clubs when he graduated from KU in 1988.

Randy had many interests and passions other than golf – fly fishing; watching humming birds, orioles, chickadees, blue birds, cardinals and wrens on the back yard feeder; learning about computers and open source software; airplanes; cars; photography (before we all started using our phones); snorkeling; and even Facebook “discussions”. He had basic skills in electrical and carpentry work from jobs during the time off from college, plus just being a farmer who fixed things.

After retiring he brought his dad to Lawrence to care for him when he needed therapy support after a fall, until his dad passed in July, 2015. He also helped his brother Rex on the family wheat farm for a couple of planting seasons. He felt badly that it seemed whenever he came to help, he brought the opposite weather needed – too much rain or not enough. They persevered together, despite health problems for each. Randy said that between them, they didn’t even make a healthy 50-year old.

Randy had an eye and heart for needs in lives that others might overlook. His sensitivity seemed to increase as his body declined. In his last days he asked often about the health and welfare of family members.

He was a tender–hearted, strong man until the cancer took the strength away. The tender heart remained until his last breath on February 10, 2020.

The family wishes to thank the caring and supportive nurses at Elara Caring Hospice, oncology staff at Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Menorah in Overland Park, Kansas and the Lawrence Douglas County EMS response teams who helped Randy and Lou Ann a great deal in his final days at home.

Randy was cremated as he wished. Services are scheduled for Sunday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m. at Rumsey Yost Funeral Home in Lawrence. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wallace County Ambulance Service in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260, Lawrence, KS, 66044.