Alfredo Cruz (Alfred) Hernandez

Alfredo Cruz “Alfred” Hernandez, age 76, of Lawrence, Kansas passed away surrounded by his family on Monday, March 27, 2023 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Alfred was born on December 7, 1946, in Selma, California to Sylvestre Hernandez and Benita Cruz Hernandez. He was the fourth of 12 siblings. He met and married Bonnie Sue Hernandez and they were together for 48 years before his death.

Alfred worked at Smoot Green Company and also managed Big D’s Carwash for much of his life. He loved Alaska and loved to watch shows about Alaska. Alfred enjoyed fishing with his brothers and his children and was an avid Chiefs, Jayhawks, and Royals fan. Even up until recently he would always tell his children he was going out for jogs and would jog to Eudora, Olathe, or any other place…but no one ever actually witnessed him jogging! He always had a great sense of humor and loved to tell tales. We will all miss his silly stories!

Alfred is survived by his wife, Bonnie (Susan) of the home, daughter Sylvia Avey (Bret) of Anchorage, Alaska, daughter Melissa (Missy) Hernandez (Larry) of Winchester, Kansas, son Richard Wise of Lawrence, Kansas, son Al Hernandez of Lawrence, Kansas, and daughter Chastity Lattin (Todd) of Blue Springs, Missouri, 15 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his four loving sisters and one brother.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Sylvestre and Benita Hernandez, his son Jackie Wise, his brothers Julian, Junior, Frank, Eleno, Guadalupe, and Ramiro Hernandez.

Services for Alfred will be held Sunday, April 2, 2023 at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044 at 2:30 pm. There will be a potluck dinner following with the location to be announced at a later time.

Flowers and cards may be sent to Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044.

Harold Fred Torneden

Services for Harold Fred Torneden, 94, rural Lawrence will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 28th with a visitation at Rumsey Yost Funeral Home. Graveside service will follow immediately after in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence, Kansas.

Harold died Tuesday, March 22nd ,2023 at his home.

He was born October 8, 1928 in Lawrence, the son of Albert and Gladys Schreiber Torneden. He graduated from Linwood High School in 1946.

He was a lifelong resident of the area, never far from his home or farm. A lifelong farmer, never happier than when behind the wheel of a Tractor or caring for his cows. He never knew a stranger, the most important values for him were always, family and selflessness. If he could help a person, he would. An accomplished cook, he never forgot to celebrate a birthday in the family with a cake or pie usually hand delivered.

Harold was a member of 4-H in his youth and of various churches throughout his life.

He married Melba “Jean” Vantuyl on August 18,1962 in Oskaloosa, Kansas. She preceded him in death on September 30, 2016. He was also preceded in death also by his parents, three sisters, Alice, Reta and Phoebe, a son, Kenny, and a son in law, John Schlicher.

Survivors of the home include a son, Monte and wife, Sarah, Lawrence and a daughter, Tammy Schlicher, Lawrence, two grandsons, Dalton, Lawrence and Dustin and wife, Maria of Lawrence.

Friends may come from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 28th at the funeral home, where the family will receive them. Graveside service will follow immediately after in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence, Kansas.

The family suggests memorials to Elara Hospice, sent in memory of Harold Torneden, Sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260 Lawrence, Kansas 66044.

Sandra Kay (Herschell) Adams

Sandra was born on Oct. 5th 1958 in Lawrence KS and passed away March 17th 2023 in Merriam KS.

She was the daughter of Elvin C Herschell Jr. (of Perry KS) and Juanita Basinger (of Lyndon KS). Sandra graduated from Lawrence High School in 1976, married Robert E. Skaggs II (of Scranton KS), and was the mother of 4 sons, Robert “Robbie” Skaggs III (of Menifee CA), Rodney Skaggs (of Shawnee KS), Broc Skaggs (of Denver CO), and John Skaggs (of Wichita KS). She was very proud of her sons and their accomplishments. She loved her 5 grandchildren, Alexandria, Braden, Zaylinn, Ruth, and Arya. Sandra also leaves behind a sister, Susan Herschell (of Osage City KS) and a brother Steve Herschell (of Great Bend KS).

Sandra was a homemaker for 14 years, then worked at Hallmark Cards in Lawrence for 11 years. She was a den mother when her boys were young. She was an avid believer in the metaphysical and loved animals. She married Robert Adams and moved to Oklahoma before returning to Kansas in 2012. In her last decade she lived a quiet life with her beloved Chihuahua “Mikey” who she treated as a 5th son.

Sandra requested a private ceremony with family. Any cards or condolences may be sent to Rumsey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260, Lawrence KS 66044. The family requests friends to honor her with a donation to an animal charity.

William Robert (Bill) Brady

Memorial services for William Robert (Bill) Brady, 66, Lawrence, will be 10 am, Saturday, March 25, 2023, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. A reception will follow the service at 11 am, at Six Mile Chophouse, 4931 W 6th St. Lawrence, Kansas 66049.

William (Bill) Robert Brady passed away on Sunday, March 19, at the age of 66. Bill was born and raised in Parsons, Kansas, the only son and youngest child of William F. and Mary Brady. Bill was very fortunate to have loving parents and five terrific sisters; Rosemary, Kathy, Margaret, Mary and Alyce. His parents were education advocates, and every Brady sibling got at least one college degree thanks in part to their support.

Following college at Pittsburg State, Bill returned to Parsons and was elected to the Kansas Legislature in 1980. Bill served 10 years in the House of Representatives and six years in the Senate. His major accomplishments were issues that were most important to his constituents, such as advancements in public education finance, improvements to state employee pay and working conditions, and adopting a non-partisan closure commission to identify existing mental health and development service facilities for closure to expedite the move of clients into community settings.

Midway through his legislative career, Nancy Rogers moved to Parsons to work at the KU Bureau of Child Research and completed her Ph.D. Bill successfully convinced Nancy to make Kansas home and they married in 1988. Shortly after, Kevin (1991) and Maureen (1992) joined the family.

In 1999, Bill began a 23-year association with John Peterson and Capitol Strategies, a governmental relations business focusing on Kansas state government. Two specific issues stand as highlights of his career: Passing the 2010 clean indoor air act and serving as the lead advocate for a coalition of Kansas school districts that successfully sued the state twice in the Montoy and Gannon cases – leading to a more equitable school finance system.

Beyond his work accomplishments, Bill was the absolute best husband, dad and papa in the entire world. He is survived by his wife Nancy, daughter Maureen, son Kevin, daughter-in-law Michelle, and granddaughter Helen. Bill is also survived by four sisters, three brothers-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Rosemary, and son Fred.

Public service was extremely important to Bill and in addition to his elected career he served as President of the board of the Youth Crisis Shelter in Parsons, co-chair of the Labette County Hospital fundraising campaign, an appointee to the Kansas State Library and a member of the recent search committee for Pittsburg State’s president. The family suggests memorials to the Douglas County Foundation.


Misty Dawn Nichols

Misty Dawn Nichols was born January 29, 1980 to JoLee Elston and Calvin Nichols.  She had two children that were her life, Seth Michael  and Brooklynne Jo Dawn.  On May 1, 2017, Seth was killed in an accident.  On March 11, of the same year, her mother died.  She grieved their passing every day.

Misty and Brooklynne were a dynamic duo!!  Misty fought a great fight for many years with so many health issues, Brooklynne was an amazing caregiver!

On March 15th Misty’s battle ended.  She has all her limbs now and is completely well!!  She leaves behind her daughter, Brooklynne, as well as her Dad, Calvin, and her three brothers Jeremy, Justin and Dominik.

Celebration of life for Misty Nichols will be Noon Sat. March 25 at Eagles #309. Contributions welcome at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Fly high, Misty!!!!  Nothing can stop you!