Robert Eugene Steinhardt

Robert Eugene Steinhardt, age 71, of Tampa, Florida passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Robert was born May 25, 1950 at Cook County Hospital, Chicag. His parents were Milton and Ilse Boral Steinhardt.

Milton, a music professor and Ilsa, a clothing purchaser for I. Magnin, moved to Lawrence Kansas in the summer of 1951.  Milton eventually became the Chairman of the Music History and Literature Department at Kansas University.  Ilsa staying home to take care of her “little boy”.
Because of Milton’s profession they traveled to Europe where Robby attended school learning the violin.
Joining KANSAS in 1973, Robby became a noticeable figure as the bands front-man.
During his hiatus between 1982 and 1997, Robby formed Steinhardt Moon with Rick Moon touring Florida.
Robby returned to KANSAS in 1997 retiring in 2006.
Robby suffered a major heart attack in August 2013.  He underwent a quadruple bypass, spending 52 days in the hospital. Not sure if he’d ever sing or play the violin again, Stormbringer (formerly Steinhardt Moon) encouraged Robby to do guest appearances with them at local venues which proved that Robby never missed a step!

He is survived by his wife Cindy and a daughter Becky, of Tampa, FL.


Reda Glenice Snodgrass

Graveside services for Reda Glenice Harmon Haworth Snodgrass, 83, Eudora, will be at 2 pm Wednesday at Eudora City Cemetery. Reda passed away July 24, 2021, in Eudora, Kansas. She was born in Melbourne, Arkansas, July 22, 1938, to Ina Bone Harmon and Henry Harmon.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Daniel Snodgrass, sons Walter Haworth, Jacksonville Florida, James Snodgrass, Chanute, Kansas, and daughter Joyce Snodgrass, Eudora; five granddaughters, Erin Haworth and Sarah ‘Katie’ Haworth, Jacksonville, Florida, Audrey and Grace Snodgrass, Tonganoxie, and Emily Snodgrass, DeSoto, Kansas; sisters Elree Haworth, Trenton, Michigan, Ardis Gay Connor, Lawrence, and brother Clee Harmon, Aurora, Colorado.

Harold Michael ‘Mike’ Patchen

A Celebration of Life and remembrance will be held for Harold Michael (Mike) Patchen on  Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at 10 am at the Washington Creek Church of the Brethren, 604 East 550th Road in rural Douglas County. Mike died on July 21, 2021, after a two-year battle with cancer.  His family welcomes friends, colleagues and neighbors to celebrate with them. The family suggests casual attire.

Mike was born in Lawrence, Kansas, on July 1, 1947, to Harold Eugene Patchen and Mary Merlene (Ridgway) Patchen.  The family lived in Junction City and Ottawa before moving back to Lawrence in 1955.  Mike attended Pinckney Elementary School, Central Junior High and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1965.  He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Steven Patchen, his brother-in-law John Rooney and his brother-in-law George (Buddy) Lawrence.

Mike began his working career at age 12 delivering newspapers in the neighborhood and doing odd jobs for his older neighbors.  He worked part time for Ship Winter Chevrolet as a mechanic while in his senior year of high school.

After graduation, he worked a short time at Tempo in their automotive department.  In 1966, he began his career as a diesel mechanic for Lawrence Freight Line until the freight line closed in 1993.  He then went to work as a diesel mechanic for Penske Truck Leasing that same year.  He transitioned to working for Koch Industries when they took over the K-Mart truck leasing from Penske and retired from Koch in 2009.

He joined the Army National Guard in 1965 and served on active duty during the Vietnam War.  He married his high school sweetheart, Sandra Sue Schlink, on April 9, 1967. They lived in Lawrence until he left for active duty in April of 1968.  Upon his return, they moved to the country southwest of Lawrence and have lived in that area for over 50 years. His love of rural life grew as the couple ventured into a small farming and cattle ranching operation.

Mike was happiest when he was working on the farm.  He enjoyed being on a tractor doing whatever needed to be done, watching the young calves venture the fields, mowing and baling hay, fixing and getting the farm equipment ready to use.  He enjoyed helping others and doing things with his family, friends and neighbors.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra, his daughter Michelle Patchen Wasson (David), his son John Patchen, and his grandchildren Kathryn Anne Freidl, Kaylah Marie Patchen, Roman Patchen as well as his sister Mary Rooney, his sister-in-law Betty Grems, his sister-in-law Kay Barngrover (Rick), his sister-in-law Leda Lawrence, as well as 13 nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held Monday from 5-7 pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association, the American Cancer Society, or the Washington Creek Church, in care of the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P. O. Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.





Janice L. Dick


Inurnment for Janice L. Dick, 82, Lawrence, will be 11am Monday, August 9th, Oak Hill Cemetery.

Janice passed away Monday, July 27, 2020, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born February 21, 1938 in Lawrence, the daughter of Gertrude and Vernon Cook. Born in Lawrence, KS, her family moved to Chico, CA where they lived for a few years during Jan’s early childhood before they returned to Lawrence.

As a young adult Jan enjoyed water skiing, and all the joy and laughter and aliveness that brought. She and her first husband, Eldon Davis (deceased), who had his pilot’s license, once flew in a small twin engine plane over the Grand Canyon. They had two children together, Steven and Diana (DeeDee). They divorced in 1972.

In December of 1973 Jan married LaVern Dick. They enjoyed 46 years together which included a motorcycle ride camping trip to the Colorado Rocky Mountains in which they stayed at a motel every night, numerous trips to Branson and several to Florida with their good friends Connie and Owen (Owen now deceased).

Jan worked at a Dillon’s Bakery for years. She didn’t like getting up at 4am but she seemed to enjoy the job and was proud of being the manager.

Jan was also a hairstylist. Steve’s Salon was a source of pride for our family. It was a venture that bonded Jan and her son, Steve, as hair stylists, and Vern as the business owner and manager. Later, Jan cut and styled hair at a nursing home and also in her home as opportunity allowed.

Jan was best known for being an artist. Anyone who saw it always marveled at the forest scene she painted on the wall by the staircase in her parents’ home on New Hampshire Street when she was just a teenager. She also painted many portraits and other peaceful outdoor scenes that she gave away as gifts.

Jan adored her grandchildren from the start. She and Vern once made a puppet show theater out of a large discarded cardboard box by painting it red, cutting out a window and attaching curtain. She did puppet shows for young Cierra and Skyler on a family trip at Winter Park. The puppet theater and the puppets were kept for many years afterward. Jan would also swing with her grandkids, go down slides, and even ride a scooter alongside them. She always laughed at the memory of young Cierra and Skyler putting their fingers under the bathroom door, wiggling them and asking through the door, “Grandma, what are you doing in there?” Another favorite memory was of young Caden coming down to the basement early in the morning when they were visiting and climbing in bed with them. The TV would be on; they would watch the news together while Jan and Vern would leisurely get ready for the day, savoring these special moments alone with their grandson. She also did art projects with them and was an early artistic influence on Cierra who won awards for her art in high school.

She was preceded in death by her Mother: Gertrude A Pickett, Father: Vernon T Cook, Brother: Bill Cook, Sister: Donna Durrant, and Son: Steven Davis.

She is survived by her Husband: Vern Dick of Lawrence, KS, Daughter: Diana (DeeDee) Kriese (Jeff) of Castle Rock, CO, Grandchildren: Cierra Kriese of San Diego, CA, Skyler Kriese of Chico, CA, and Caden Kriese of Castle Rock, CO, Stepdaughter: Mary Cooper (Lloyd) of McKinney, TX, Step-granddaughter: Emily (Tyler) McLaughlin of Anna TX, Step-great grandchildren: Ian and Owen, and Stepson: Mike Johnston of McKinney, TX.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St, Lawrence KS 66044.

Shirley Marie Ruddy

Shirley Marie Ruddy, 95, of Lawrence Kansas, passed away on July 15, 2021. She was a longtime resident of Kansas City, Kansas and worked as a nurse – first in surgery at Providence Hospital and then at a private office in Kansas City for 20 years before retirement. She was a devout catholic and a member of St Patrick’s parish in Kansas City, Kansas, then Corpus Christi Catholic Church after she moved to Lawrence in 2006 to be near her grandchildren. She enjoyed all sports, being an avid athlete while growing up, and later enjoyed watching sports, especially KU basketball.  One of her greatest joys in life was spending time with her two grandchildren and watching them perform in music and theatre.

Shirley was born on June 28, 1926, to Julia Marie (Riordan) Medill and George Tabor Medill, Sr. near Tonganoxie, Kansas.  She attended Leavenworth area schools and graduated from St Mary’s Academy in Leavenworth before graduating with a nursing degree from St Mary College in Leavenworth, Kansas.  She married Thomas Richard (Dick) Ruddy on July 29, 1950.  Shirley is survived by her son, Thomas Richard Ruddy II (Sharon Soule), grandchildren Julia Ruddy and Sean Ruddy, and many beloved nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sisters Charlotte Powell, Monica Russell and Lorraine Medill and her brother George Tabor Medill Jr.

Visitation will be at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence on Saturday July 24th at 11:00 AM.  Mass of Christian Burial will begin at noon at the church after the visitation.  Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Lansing, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Corpus Christi Catholic Church.


Katherine M. Percifield

Katherine M. Percifield, daughter of Carl ( Shorty) and Mary (Liz) Newell was born January 10th, 1928. She lived her life in the Lawrence/Leavenworth area. She was 93 years old at her passing. Funeral service will be 12pm Saturday, July 17, at  Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends from 11am until service time.

In 1946, She married John D North. Katherine and Don North had one daughter, Patricia (Patti) Hatch. Katherine had three step daughters in her marriage to John D North, Glenda A. Channel who resides in Edwardsville Kansas, Ronda J. Juoni and Shirley E. North, both of whom proceeded her in death. Katherine leaves behind a granddaughter, Terri L. Clark, a grandson, Ronald (Jimmy) Flint, six great-grandsons, Cory Clark, Jimmy Flint, Preston Flint, Matthew Flint, Austin Flint, and Hunter Flint, a great-granddaughter, Morgan Clark, and a great-great-granddaughter, Dalis Dotie.

Katherine worked for over 50 years in the Lawrence and Leavenworth area as a hairdresser. She was owner of Cathy’s Hair Fashions. Later in life she decided to add to her profession taking care of the elderly in need as a CNA and CMA.

The last four years she spent living in Warsaw Missouri with her daughter. She enjoyed going riding, out to eat, shopping and going on picnics. Oh how she loved frog legs at her favorite Cajun restaurant in Sedalia, Missouri.

Katherine’s favorite days of the week was Sunday, Wednesdays and Thursdays when she could attend church services at Victory Temple Cowboy Church in Cross Timbers, Missouri, where she was an active member. One of Katherine’s biggest fears was finding a church that she really enjoyed and loved. She loved the old gospel hymns and over the years she watched the hymns and the church change so drastically, it became very difficult for her to be content. Katherine embraced the church family at Victory Temple, along with the hymns and preaching. There was so much love returned back to her from them. Katherine would sing periodically at the church when she felt up to it. She is definitely a jewel to the family at Victory Temple, that will always be remembered, and missed. The children would always make sure they had a conversation with her sometime before, during or after services. They loved her, and she loved them. Her desire was to work in the children’s ministry at Victory, but she was too weak and frail to get up and do the things that she wanted to do. She was a lifetime member of the VFW.

Katherine leaves behind one daughter, Patti Hatch, and a son-in-law, Leonard (Bud )Hatch of Warsaw, Missouri. A stepdaughter, Glenda Channel of Edwardsville Kansas. One brother, Ray Newell of Lawrence, Kansas. From her stepdaughters Katherine had four grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and a number of great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Family was a highlight of Katherine’s life.

In 1965, Katherine married Donald Percifield of McLouth Kansas, who became the love of her life. He proceeded her and death in 1969.

Memorials may made to the children’s room renovation & ministry at Victory Temple Cowboy Church in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence KS 66044.

Judy Schmitz

Funeral services for Judy Kathryn Schmitz, 62, Lawrence, will be 10 a.m. Friday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Eudora City Cemetery.

Mrs. Schmitz died Sunday, July 11, 2021, at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas.

She was born December 8, 1958, in Lawrence, the daughter of Le Roy and Mary Frances Drinnon Campbell.  She graduated from Tonganoxie High School in 1976.

Mrs. Schmitz worked for Hallmark, as a babysitter, at Maupin Tour, and State Farm Insurance.  She worked for three agents, over the 30 plus years at State Farm.

She was an animal lover and liked rabbits, squirrels, birds, and dogs.  She loved spending time with her grandchildren and family, traveling places while going to bowling tournaments, painting yard ornaments, and being outside.

She married James Schmitz on March 12, 1977, in Lawrence after meeting for the first time only two months prior.  They have been blessed with 44 years together.  He survives of the home.

Other survivors include a son, Jason Schmitz of Lawrence; mother, Mary Schmitz of Lawrence; siblings, Steven Campbell and wife Patty of Eudora, Pam Alt and husband Dean of Lawrence; grandchildren, Isaac, Aidan, and Lilly Schmitz all of Lawrence; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father in 1986.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, where the family will receive them from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

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


Frances Ruth “Teddy” McGraw

Frances (Teddy) McGraw, age 88, of Lawrence, KS died Monday, July 12th, 2021 at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, Lawrence.

A memorial and burial service will be held this fall in Clyde, KS.

She was born December 21, 1932 in Junction City, KS, the third daughter of Theodore and Ruth Egbert Steinmetz. Teddy graduated from high school in Junction City, KS in 1950. Later years she took several college courses through Highland Community College.

She began working for Civil Service at Ft. Riley after high school. Teddy married Jeremiah Walter McGraw on July 12th, 1952 and lived in Alton, IL.

Teddy later worked for the Ramada Inn in Junction City, and Larned State Hospital in the Juvenile Ward. After moving to Sabetha, KS in 1970 with her five children, she worked at the Bauerle Nursing Home. She worked for the Area Agency on Aging in Hiawatha Ks for seventeen years. After retirement, she later worked for Northridge and  Gingerbread Daycares.

Teddy enjoyed a lifelong love for reading, the outdoors and animals, especially cats. She was a former member of Northridge Church in Sabetha and the First United Methodist Church in Lawrence, KS.

She is survived by her five children, Bernard McGraw of San Rafael, CA, Mike McGraw (Sandy) of White Cloud, KS, Patrick McGraw of Sabetha, Tom McGraw of Bern, KS and daughter Carolyn (John) Krehbiel of Lawrence, KS, eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Teddy was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jerry (July 28th, 1998), daughter-in-law Cathy Robidoux McGraw, sisters Carolyn Selwyn and Martha Molonari.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Mary Cotton Public Library, Sabetha, KS or the First United Methodist Church, Lawrence, KS sent in care of the funeral home.