John Wesley Clark Jr.

Funeral services for John Wesley Clark Jr. will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Clark died Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born October 8, 1963, in Lawrence, the son of John Wesley Sr. and Martha Mae Watson Clark. He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1982.
Mr. Clark has worked at Berry Global since November 14, 1983. He enjoyed caring for his family, fishing, traveling, and admiring cars and hotrods.

He married Brenda Lee Turner on March 29, 1985 in Lawrence. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include sons, John Wesley Clark III (Danielle Dumortier) and Shawn Wade Clark both of Lawrence; a daughter, Sarah Lee Clark of Lawrence; mother, Martha Mae Clark of Lawrence; brothers, David Clark and Ramus Clark both of Lawrence; sister, Laquita Watson of De Queen, OK; grandchildren, John Wesley Clark IV, Melanie Clark, Gabriella Clark, and Laila Clark.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where the family will receive them from 3:00p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Lawrence Humane Society, sent in care of the funeral home.

Danny Eugene “Gene” Conner

Celebration of Life services with military honors for Danny Eugene “Gene” Conner, 65, Humboldt, will be 2 pm, Sunday, October 14th, 2018, at Restoration Fellowship Church 716 Bridge St. Humboldt, KS.

He was taken home to be with the lord Sunday, September 30, 2018, at Allen County Regional Hospital in Iola, KS.

Gene was born March 5, 1953 in Mattoon, Illinois, the son of Delmar “Bud” and Norma L. Neason Conner. He graduated from Mattoon High School.

He enlisted in the United States Navy on November 7, 1974 and served until July 6, 1981.

His love of God became his number one priority, he always said his greatest accomplishments were raising and loving his kids and grand kids. He enjoyed mowing his yard. In recent years he greatly enjoyed spending a quiet evening watching the beautiful hummingbirds. He met and established friendships throughout the years as a police officer. AutoZone was another enjoyable job for him. He was a die-hard Chicago Bears fan, the day he passed the Bears dominated the Buccaneers 48-10 “DA Bears”

Gene married Joan Elizabeth Rafferty on March 15, 1975 in Santa Cruz, CA, they later divorced. He married Patricia Maree Morris on December 29, 2000 in Iola, KS, she survives of the home.

Other survivors include his son, Danny Conner (Stacie), Chanute; daughters, Laurie Swiler (Bob), Erie, KS, Linda Stange, Grandview, MO, Judy Weide (Eric), Iola, KS, Kathy Sealy (Phillip), Grandview, MO, Tawni Conner (Robert), Gas, KS, Tobi Conner (Brandon), Humboldt, KS, Taray Davis (Christopher), Karigen Conner, of the home; Many grandchildren and great grandchildren who he loved dearly.

He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, father-in-law David Morris.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Danny Eugene Conner Memorial Fund, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Brenda Sue Rice

Funeral services for Brenda Sue Rice, 72, rural Baldwin, will be at 10 am Saturday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, with Dave Olmstead officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Brenda died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, at her home, surrounded by family.

She was born April 7, 1946, in Lafayette, Georgia, the daughter of Temple T. and Irene Hales Hale. She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1964. From 1965 to 1974, she worked at Hallmark Cards as an IBM keypunch operator. She then worked at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor, and later worked for ServiceMaster as an Environmental Services Manager. She enjoyed home decorating and cooking, and watching HGTV and various cooking shows. But most important to Brenda was her family.

She married Frank Molby in 1964. They divorced in 1976. She married Dan Morrow in 1977. They divorced in 1985. She married Virgil ‘Bear’ Rice in 1987. He preceded her in death in 2009. She was also preceded in death by four siblings, Geneva, Jeanette, BettyJo, and Sonny. She is survived by three children, Sean Molby and wife Christy, Grain Valley, Mo., Daniel Morrow, North Kansas City, Mo., and Shawna Vandebuerie and husband Luc, Baldwin City; a brother, Oscar Dee Hale and wife Donna, Burlingame; a sister, Frances Bates, Chattanooga, Tenn.; two sisters-in-law, Carol Hale, Overbrook, and Carol Hale, Kansas City, Kan.; and many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Brenda Rice Memorial Fund, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Jane Elaine Platt

Graveside memorial services for Jane Elaine Platt, 57, Lawrence, will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 12 at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Jane Platt died Saturday, October 6, 2018, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born August 22, 1961, in Lawrence, the daughter of Ervin Dale and Enid Elaine Spielman Eklund. She attended grade school in Tulsa, OK, moving to Derby, KS, Rogers, AR, Lenexa, KS, and back to Lawrence where she went to West Middle School and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1979.

Jane worked as an administrative assistant and accountant. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, caring for her pets, and following KU sports.

She is survived by sons, Nathaniel Demby and wife Kristin of Lawrence, Chris Demby and wife Zoey of Lawrence, and Jordan Platt of Lawrence; mother, Elaine Eklund of Lawrence; brother, Rodney Eklund and wife Melissa of Lawrence; grandchildren, Malayah Demby, Livia Kennedy-Demby, Zayleigh Demby, and Enid Demby; nephews, Skylar Eklund, Elijah Eklund, Alex Eklund, and Erik Eklund.
Her father, Ervin Eklund preceded her in death.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Lawrence Humane Society or Visiting Nurses, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Marilyn Flory Gibbs

Marilyn Flory Gibbs, 72, Suwanee, Georgia, formerly of Lone Star, Kansas died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, Lawrence, KS.

At Marilyn’s request, no public services are planned. In lieu of a public service, Marilyn has asked that you please take this day to remember her and the special times you spent with her. She loved life and was so grateful for any time you shared with her. God bless each and every one of you.

Survivors include her husband, Roy Gibbs, Suwanee, GA; her brother, James (Jim) Flory and wife Donna, Lawrence, KS; her son, Fred Smith and wife Lisa, Austin, TX.; her daughter, Mindi Raby and husband Eric, Overland Park, KS; and grandchildren Lily and George Raby, and Ashley and Alton Chaney.

Christopher A. Finkbiner

Graveside memorial services for Christopher A. Finkbiner, 48, Lawrence, will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Clifton, Kan. and will be announced at a later date. Chris died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.

He was born Feb. 10, 1970, in Topeka, the son of Elmer J. and Tanis A. Marshall Finkbiner. He graduated from Delta High School in Delta, Utah, and later attended Washburn Tech. Chris worked for Kansas University Facilities & Operations for 17 years, and later worked for Lawrence USD 497 for seven years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and enjoyed hunting and travel.

Survivors include his parents, Elmer & Tanis Finkbiner, Lawrence; his brother, Eric Finkbiner and wife Karen, Lawrence; his maternal grandmother, Shirley Marshall, Clifton; two nephews, Ian and Spencer Finkbiner; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Clifton Ambulance Service, or the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Christopher “Scott” Martin

Christopher ‘Scott’ Martin of Lawrence Kansas passed away on Thursday, September 27th at the age of 50.

He was born in Lawrence, Kansas on June 22, 1968.

Scott was a cook at various Lawrence restaurants, he spent many years as an over the road trucker and most recently as a rural newspaper carrier. He enjoyed camping, fishing, softball, golfing and spending time at the lake. He was an avid KU sports and NASCAR fan.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Jones (Steve); father, Jeff Martin (Phyllis); siblings, Mike Martin (Beth Littleton), Theresa Gilges (Les), Mike Jones (Julie) all of Lawrence, and Phil Jones (Linda) of Oak Grove Missouri; nieces, Sarah Gilges and Megan Martin, both of Lawrence.

Scott was preceded in death by his grandparents.

A celebration of life will be held from 6-8 pm, Thursday, October 4th at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory.

Memorial contributions may be made to Douglas County Toys for Tots or Willow Domestic Violence Center, sent in care of the funeral home.

Betty Lou Cobb

NOTICE: The graveside services originally scheduled for Tuesday have been moved to Thursday at 11 am at Union Cemetery. A procession will leave Worden United Methodist Church at 10:30.

Betty Lou Cobb (Martin, Butler), 88, formerly of Baldwin City, Kansas and Lawrence, Kansas, passed away on September 28, 2018.

Betty suffered for many years from Alzheimer’s.

She was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to James and Mildred Martin. She was the youngest of 6 children. Her sisters Erma, Opal, Vera, and brothers, Ray and Lee all preceded her in death.

Betty was a lifelong educator, including teaching music in Lawrence, Kansas for many years. She loved music and played many instruments and particularly enjoyed teaching the special education students.

Betty had many hobbies, including wheat-weaving and painting. She was a member of Worden United Methodist Church.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Gene Orie Cobb.

She is survived by two sons, David Butler of Ozawkie, Kansas and Ken Butler, of Topeka, Kansas; a niece, Jeanne (Barry) of Topeka; brother in law, Marion of Lawrence; step daughter, Cindi (George) of Tonganoxie; step daughter, Jennifer Leach (Coy) of Peoria, Illinois; stepson David Cobb (Carol) of Olathe; twelve grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 11 am Thursday at Union Cemetery in rural Douglas County. A procession will leave Worden United Methodist Church at 10:30 am.

Contributions in the name of Betty Cobb can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3846 W. 75th St. Prairie Village, Kansas 66208 or online at

Jeanne Ellermeier

No services are planned for Jeanne Ellermeier, who died September 16, 2018, at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community. She was born August 15, 1925, in Holton, Kansas, the daughter of Nathan W. and Marguerite Gohlke McGrew, of an old pioneering family in that region. The family moved to Lawrence in 1942, and Jeanne graduated from Liberty Memorial High School and went on to receive Bachelor’s Degrees in both Arts and Medical Technology from the University of Kansas. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma at K.U.

She was married in 1948 to Robert D. Ellermeier, a K.U. Professor and administrator, who died in 1978. Mrs. Ellermeier was also employed at the University, where she worked for 39 years as a medical technologist and research assistant in the Division of Biological Sciences., retiring in 1996. She is survived by a brother, Nathan W. McGrew 1V, of Ft. Worth, Texas, and four nieces, along with several cousins in Lawrence,

Her ashes will be inurned in Pioneer Cemetery on the K.U. campus. Memorials may be sent to the KU Endowment Association, to be applied to the Jeanne Ellermeier Biochemistry Award Fund.

Dorothy Lois Stumbo

Private family services for Dorothy Lois (Settles) Stumbo, 97, Lawrence, will happen at a later date.

She died Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.

Dorothy was born November 17, 1920, near Garnett, Kansas, the daughter of Henry and Jennie (Carleton) Settles.

She graduated from Rockville, Missouri High School in 1938.

During World War II she volunteered to serve in the Women’s Corp of the Navy (Waves). Trained as an Aviation Machinist in Memphis, Tenn. She worked on Naval Air Stations until the end of WWII.

In 1946 she married Fred Stumbo of Lawrence and spent the rest of her life in her chosen career of Faithful Wife and Mother.

Survivors include two sons, Michael of South Freeport, Maine and Donald of Iowa City, Iowa; two daughters, Sandy Low of Las Vegas, NV. Linda Gray of Bakewell, England; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

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