Ronald W. ‘Ronnie’ Thornton III

Ronnie passed away peacefully in his sleep the morning of November 26, 2018. He was born December 10, 1963, in Pittsburgh, Pa.,  the son of Ronald William Thornton, Jr and Sandra Kay (Smith) Thornton. The family moved to Lawrence in July, 1966. He attended Broken Arrow and Deerfield elementary schools, and Lawrence High School. He had many jobs over the years, and most recently repaired small engines.

He is survived by his parents, a sister Ronda Rene Barta, a brother Michael Evan Thornton (Lisa), his maternal grandmother, and three nephews.

An informal celebration of Ronnie’s life will be held at 2 pm Sunday, December 9, 2018, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1149 E. 1500 Rd., in the barn building.



Charles Henry Souders

Charles died Sunday November 25, 2018 at K.U. Medical Center.

He was born on July 15, 1944, in Lawrence, to Leo Arthur and Florence Eleen Tryon Souders.

He had several jobs thru the years while having his own lawn mower repair business also.

Charles married Ella Marie Holladay on March 13, 1964. She died October 26, 2003. He later married Juanita M. Clark Payne, on September 7, 2004. She died May 20, 2018.

Charles and Ella had daughters, Sondra L. Souders Gillenwater and Jess Eugene Souders (died November 20, 1990).

He loved seeing, playing with, and LOVED being a grandfather to Robert A. Gillenwater (Mary Chance) of Wellsville, Kansas and Kathleen M. Gillenwater (Dana Croft) of Lecompton, Kansas, and great grandfather to Chyanne, Dixie, Dakota, Brayson, Jr, Raylyn, Sarinity Rain, and Gypsy.

Services will be announced at a later date.

Lois J. Weeks

Lois J. Weeks, 71, of Lawrence, KS, died on November 23, 2018, following a valiant battle against pancreatic cancer.

Lois was born in Beloit on January 6, 1947, to James Leland Bartley, Sr., and Doris Eileen Miller Bartley.  She grew up on a farm in the West Branch community of Jewell County.  She graduated from Esbon High School and later from Fort Hays State University.  Following her graduation from college Lois moved to Downs, teaching at Esbon High School before working at the Downs National Bank for several years.

In 1991, Lois moved to Lawrence.  She worked for the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (now the Department for the Children and Families) in multiple capacities, rising to the position of budget director prior to her retirement in 2017.

Lois loved spending time with children and grandchildren and was a diehard KU Jayhawk sports fanatic.  She also had an especially close bond with her siblings and enjoyed traveling with them on many special adventures in her later years.

She is survived by her son, Lance, and his wife, Rebecca, Lawrence, Kansas, her daughter, Laurie, and her husband, Luke Whittemore, Tampa, Florida, six grandchildren, Judson, Ashton, Avery, Samuel, Nathan, and Benjamin.  She is also survived by three sisters Nancy (Roger) Nitsch of Hunter, Janice (Joe) Arneson, of Lawrence, Geneva (Tom) Tucker, of Lawrence, and a brother Jim (Kathy) Bartley of Grand Island, Nebraska.

A memorial service celebrating Lois’ life will be held on Tuesday, November 27, at 10:30 a.m. at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS, 66604.  There will be a visitation on Monday, November 26, from 7-8 p.m., also at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, the family recommends memorial contributions be made to the Visiting Nurses Association and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Alvis Keithen Osburn

Graveside services for Alvis Keithen Osburn, 57, Windsor, MO, will be 1 pm, Monday, November 26, 2018, at Clinton Cemetery. A visitation will be 11:30-12:30 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

He died Sunday, November 18, 2018, at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, MO.

Keithen was born November 30, 1960 in Gardner, KS, the son of James Alvis and Barbara May Keller Osburn.

His kids meant the world to him. It brought him great joy taking care of them.  He loved to cook, hang out and have a really good time. On occasion he would howl at the moon.

Survivors include his children, Robert Lee Osburn, Windsor, MO, Mary Peck Cameron, MO, Jason Peck (Rachel) Cameron, MO, Amanda Edens (David), Sugar Hill, GA, Stephen Peck, Osborn, MO; siblings, Bobby Osburn (Della), Lawrence, James Osburn (Nita), Lawrence, Jesse Osburn, Leeton, MO, Ira Osburn, Leeton, MO, Emma Osburn, Windsor, MO, Ellen Osburn, Topeka; ten grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and niece Bonnie May and nephew Christian Osburn.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.


Karen Stohner Zimmerer

Karen Stohner Zimmerer died unexpectedly Friday, November 16 at the University of Kansas Hospital.

She was born August 12, 1945 in Camden New Jersey, the daughter of Donald and Elizabeth Stohner. She graduated from Haddon Heights High School in 1963 and earned a degree in Spanish from Lake Forest College in 1967.

Karen worked as a teacher, estate administrator at a bank, librarian, manager of the Nautilus Museum gift shop, but most importantly as a wife and mother.

She married Rupert (Roz) Zimmerer on June 22, 1968 in Barrington, NJ. He survives of the home. Other survivors include two daughters, Janet Zimmerer, Norwich Connecticut; Gail Zimmerer-Bonsall, (Scott Bonsall) Ada, Michigan; two brothers, Paul Stohner (Andrea), Ocean City, NJ; Jerry Stohner, (Debbie) Ormond Beach, FL. She also leaves behind four beloved grandchildren; Jayden, Paige, Rowan and Reese Bonsall; two nieces; Amy Debye-Saxinger (Gerhard); Darby Stohner; two nephews Matthew Stohner (Carrie), Zachary Stohner and two grand-nieces and two grand-nephews. She was pre-deceased by her parents and a niece Allison Stohner.

Karen loved her family, friends and animals, especially giraffes and had a room dedicated to her collection. She also enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and traveling. Since moving back to Lawrence from Connecticut, she became a Jayhawk and KC sports fan, without ever losing her fondness for her Philadelphia teams. Her love of life shone brightly whenever she competed, be it word games, sports, or in her many bridge groups with friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Friday, December 7th at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

The family suggests memorials to Theater Lawrence or the Giraffe Conservation Foundation sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St. Lawrence, KS 66044.

Patricia Ruth Coffelt

Graveside memorial services for Patricia Ruth “Patty” Coffelt, 84, Lawrence, will be held at a later date.
Patty died Sunday, November 18, 2018, at the Pioneer Ridge Nursing Facility.
She was born December 22, 1933, in Stull, Oklahoma, the daughter of Richard and Alta Marie Williams Hollon. She spent her childhood in Milfay, Oklahoma and moved to Lawrence as a teenager and graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1951.
Patty worked as a waitress at Drake’s for many years. She enjoyed going to McDonald’s to meet friends, shopping, listening to country music, collecting recipes, following KU basketball and playing pitch.
She married Gerald Owens on her 18th birthday. Patty later married Charlie “Chuck” Coffelt who preceded her in death.
Survivors include, a daughter, Gera Owens Elliott (Kirby) of Lawrence; three grandchildren (Kristin Vickers, Lynzee Backus and Brett Elliott) and five great-grandchildren (Jordan and Cooper Avery, Ellie Vickers, and Alexis and Lucy Backus).
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Pioneer Ridge Activity Fund, sent in care of the funeral home.

Lloyd Harold Northrop

Services for Lloyd Northrop, 77, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m., Monday, November 26, at First United Methodist Church.

Lloyd died Saturday, November 17, 2018.

He was born March 21, 1941 near Pratt, KS, the son of Harold and Margaret Northrop. He graduated from West High in Wichita in 1959, earned a degree from Southwestern College in 1964, and a master’s from Oklahoma State University in 1965.

He married Connie Burnell on August 16, 1964 and together they moved to Iowa then Wichita and Lawrence in 1970 where he managed VA offices as a vocational counseling psychologist and helped guide veteran’s training for their new future.

Lloyd logged 31,000 miles on bicycles with Connie on a tandem across Kansas, Iowa, numerous other states, Ireland & Holland. His family camped in numerous national parks and other destinations. He and Connie were avid square dancers and founding members of the Happy Time Square Dance club going to many national conventions.  Other pastimes included fishing, hunting and riding his motorcycle.

Survivors include his wife, Connie; two sons: David and wife Kayla, Shawnee, and three daughters: Addie, Bria & Caymen; Larry and wife Amy, Lawrence, and four children: Max, Griffin, Carter and Piper; his brother Dan, Wichita; sister in law Joyce, Wichita; brother in law Jerry and wife Johnna Burnell.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Leon, and sister Donna.

The family suggest memorials to Southwestern College Endowment or LMH Oncology Center sent in care of the funeral home.



Terry Douglas Waggoner

Terry D. Waggoner left this earth to meet his lord and savior on November 15, 2018 surrounded by family and friends at his home.  Terry was born on October 10, 1959. He was nearly a life-long resident of Lawrence Kansas where he attended Lawrence public schools and was a 1977 graduate of Lawrence High School. He often spoke of the many good times he had playing in the LHS Marching Band.He also attended Emporia State University and The University of Kansas.
Terry was a model employee for Westar Energy for 39 years. He held many positions with the company including most recently in management until his retirement.
Terry enjoyed music and playing his guitars as well as watching spectator sports where he was an avid fan of the Jayhawks, Royals & Chiefs.
Terry loved the water and could often be found at the lake with family and friends on his boat named “Jus Deck’n Around.”
He married Jacqueline (Jackie) Mileski on June 9, 1979. They had one son Christopher William Waggoner who survives.
Terry is also survived by one sister Judy Holland and her husband Jerry of Springfield MO. He is also survived by many relatives in Kansas, North Carolina, and Washington State.
He was preceded in death by his father William (Billy) Waggoner and his mother Imogene Waggoner both long time Lawrence residents.

Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on December 8, 2018 at Lawrence Heights Christian Church, 2321 Peterson Road.  A Celebration for Life will follow the service (1:00-4:00) at Maceli’s, 1031 New Hampshire, Lawrence, KS 66044.

In lieu of flowers or donations, the family of Terry Waggoner has requested all funds be directed to the Tammy Harris Fund at for the care of her son who suffered a traumatic injury in a car accident.