Mulford Eugene Gentry

Mulford Eugene “Gene” Gentry, 86, departed this life on February 3, 2024, after a battle with Parkinsons and a stroke, surrounded and comforted by his family. Gene entered the world on November 8, 1937, in Pittsburg, Kansas, one of five children between Mulford and Evelyn (Elston) Gentry. He was their only son. In the early 1940s, the family planted roots inLawrence, Kansas. Gene relished growing up in North Lawrence, graduating from Lawrence High in 1956.In 1960, Gene was drafted into the US Army and spent two years traveling the world before returning to Lawrence. He worked for Rusty’s IGA for several years before finishing his career at Dillon’s, where he was the head of several different departments over the years. He was proud of his long career in the grocery business and retired after 47 years.

Gene was united in marriage to his beloved Margie on July 19 th , 1959. Their 65-year union welcomed two daughters, four grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. “Pop” enjoyed attending every ballgame, play, and dance recital he could, and took special pride in recording player stats during his grandsons’ games throughout the years.

An avid bowler, Gene played league for several years, acquiring many trophies he proudly displayed. He also enjoyed his outings with the guys from work to the casinos where he especially liked trying his luck with the slot machines. He was a bit of a homebody and was not much for travel, but he took special pride in keeping his lawn and home in good condition, spending hours outdoors mowing, trimming, painting and talking to neighbors over the fence.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Dottie Coffman and Sue Gibbons. He is survived by his wife, Margie, of the home; two daughters Lori Moon (Michael) of Osawatomie and Marcie Hadl (Darin) of Eudora; four grandchildren, Amanda Lewis (Clifton) and Samantha Moon of Osawatomie, Tyler Hadl (Nadia) of Lansing, and Randy Hadl of Tonganoxie; and several great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Mary Gray of Topeka, Ks and Janie Daniel (Harold) of Lawrence, and numerous nieces and nephews.

There is a correction to the Lawrence Journal World announcement on February 6th: Funeral services for Mulford Eugene Gentry will take place at 10:00am on Friday, February 9th at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home with a graveside service to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. A visitation will take place the night before, on Thursday, February 8th from 6:00-8:00pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Jo Nell Proctor

Mrs. Jo Nell Proctor passed away Wednesday, December 17, 2023 at LMH Health.

She was born November 29, 1951 in Sayre, Oklahoma to Lovelle and Bill Dunsworth. She graduated from Wilson High School in Wilson, Oklahoma in 1970. She then attended Northwestern State University in Alva, Oklahoma and graduated in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree.

She eventually moved to Newton, Kansas, where she met her husband Jack A. Proctor Jr. They were married on March 29, 1980. In 1982 they both moved to Lawrence, Kansas. She worked for the University of Kansas for over 30 years and retired in 2015 as an accountant as Watson Library. Her friends and co-workers remember her as friendly, happy, and always having a smile on her face. She was the type of person who could make friends easily.

After retirement she enjoyed simple pleasures. She liked to read a lot which she frequently enjoyed with Dr. Pepper and Cheetos. She enjoyed being home in the country helping her husband with outdoor projects. It has been said that her and her husband were joined at the hip. They loved doing things together and were seldom apart.

She is survived by her husband of over 43 years Jack A. Proctor Jr.

No services are planned at this time.

Anne Gorbutt Adams

Anne Gorbutt Adams, of Lawrence, passed away peacefully at the age of 91 in her own home on November 7, 2023. She was born on March 21, 1932, in Topeka, Kansas to John Detweiler and Doris Ash Gorbutt. She attended Topeka High School where she was a cheerleader. She then went on to Washburn University where she joined the Pi Beta Phi sorority. In 1951 in Omaha, Nebraska, she married Raymond E. Adams, Jr. of Maple Hill, Kansas. After raising her six children, she completed a bachelor’s degree and graduate level courses at the University of Kansas. Additionally, she studied yoga and meditation with mentors like Judith Lasater and Shinzen Young. She taught and researched the positive effects of yoga in classes convened at the University of Kansas. She also held yoga classes at Alvamar Country Club and other locations in Lawrence, where she lived for the last four decades of her life. She always welcomed her family and friends graciously into her home and lived there until her last breath.

She is survived by her five living children: Marie Adams Dolembo (Tom), Jessie “Sally” Bitar, John Adams (Lisa), Clay Adams, and Charlie Adams.  She is also survived by her eight living grandchildren: Janne Robinson (Aaron), R. E. “Pete” Adams IV (LeAnn), Rebecca Witmer (Greg), Lacy Berryman (Jay), Emily Gropper (Max), Jack Adams (Stefanie), Katy Adams, and Will Adams.  As well, she is survived by her nine great-grandchildren: Lauren Newell, Hadley Schreiner, Autymn Schreiner, Meredith Denton, Sarah Denton, Amelia Denton, John Witmer, Daniel Witmer, and Mackenzie Gropper. She was preceded in death by her son, R. E. “Eddie” Adams III (Peggy), and granddaughter, Rhiannon Meier.

Edna J. Van Schmus

A memorial service for Edna J. Van Schmus will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 15 at Plymouth Congregational Church, Lawrence. Edna passed away in her home in the presence of family on Thursday morning, February 23, 2023, after a prolonged illness.

Edna was born in July of 1938 to Arthur and Elizabeth Evison. She grew up in Liverpool, England during and following WWII. Although the years were difficult, Edna had fond memories of growing up surrounded by a close-knit extended family. Edna did her primary and middle schooling in Liverpool, then emigrated with her family to Montreal, Canada and then Chicago, where she graduated from Kelly High School.

After graduation, Edna worked for United Airlines, then transferred to Los Angeles where her father moved the family once again. In 1959 Edna resumed schooling, enrolling in the Nursing School at Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena & Pasadena City College. At this time, Edna also became a U.S. Citizen

In 1960 Edna met her future husband, William R. (Randy) Van Schmus, who was a Senior at Caltech in Pasadena. They were married in Monterey Park, CA on June 30, 1961, and made their home in Pasadena where Edna completed her schooling in 1962. She then worked as a Registered Nurse for Huntington Memorial Hospital while Randy finished his PhD at UCLA. In 1964 the couple moved to Bedford, Massachusetts where Randy served on active duty as a research officer in the United States Air Force and Edna enjoyed the comradery of the other young Air Force families.

In August 1967 they moved to Lawrence where Randy took a faculty position in Geology at the University of Kansas. Edna became an active member of the community lending her time and talents to local schools, scout troops, the university, and Plymouth Church. She also enjoyed several social groups, through which she made many treasured friends. She resumed her professional career as a nurse at the Pediatrics office of Drs. Branson & Gilles and continued pediatric nursing until 1996, when she retired after more than 20 years.

Edna was a woman of many talents and interests. She was a skilled craftswoman and is especially remembered for her beautiful needle work, including knitting, crocheting, embroidering and quilting. She also enjoyed both cooking and baking and took great pride in entertaining and serving traditional holiday meals. An avid traveler, Edna enjoyed adventures throughout the U.S. and England in addition to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil.

Edna was beloved by many and is survived by her husband, Randy, of the home; daughter-in-law Nina Van Schmus; son, Derek (Pam) VanSchmus; daughter Jennifer (Michael) Chartier; grandchildren Emily, Anthony, Devin, Molly, and Olivia and a brother-in-law, sisters-in-law and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by son Brian Van Schmus, sister Pauline Dolinski, and her parents.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to VNA & VNA Hospice of Douglas County or Lawrence Habitat for Humanity sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044. Online condolences may be left at rumsey-yost.com

Steven Jewell Bruce

A Celebration of Life for Steven Jewell ‘Steve’ Bruce, 58, Lawrence, will be at 2 pm Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory.

Born in 1964, son of Anita (Crewe) and J Bruce.  Preceded in death by his father, J Marshall Bruce.  Survived by mother Anita Moske of Lawrence; son Todd Bruce, daughter in law Sara Bruce, and grandchildren Addison Tyler and Ryder Steven all of Lansing; also an uncle, James Crewe of Lynchburg, VA; an aunt Ellen Becker and uncle Darryl Becker, cousins Theresa Teufel, and her husband Will Teufel, of Nickerson KS, Mica Stites, and her husband Britain Stites, of Junction City, KS and Mallory Teufel of Nickerson, KS.

Raised in Junction City, Steve moved to Salina for a number of years before settling in the Lawrence area.

Steve had many talents, interests, hobbies and enterprises.  Beginning young, he raced moto-cross – stopped by a compound fracture, he moved on to his passion for music.  Joining local bands just wasn’t enough – he became the impetus to start new bands and outfit them with sound systems. Band life was replaced by his obsession for racing, when son Todd was of age to begin racing quarter midgets.

Steve was a self-made man, building upon his dreams and aspirations.  Racing in his bloodstream, Steve built the SBRC company, building high performance custom race cars and racing his own, and then joined by son Todd and his own car, when time and money allowed.  As Steve always said, “racing is a lifestyle, not a hobby.”

Always on the lookout to maximize his business, Steve began Steve Bruce Welding and Fabrication, serving the Lawrence area, closely followed by Bruce Precision Arms Company.

Steve greatly enjoyed time outdoors, stocking and fishing his pond, taking care of the property, target shooting and being with the people he loved.  The arrival of his granddaughter Addie brought new joy and sparkles to his eyes, and then when his grandson Ryder arrived, he was overjoyed.  These youngsters were a source of joy in his last years, as were his mother, son and daughter in law.

Steve will be missed.  His love of life, his laughter, his complex knowledge – his love for his family – there is now a void that cannot be filled.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Jack Ray Snodgrass

Graveside inurnment at Memorial Park Cemetery for Jack Ray Snodgrass, 66, Eudora are pending and will be announced at a later date.

Mr. Snodgrass died Friday, Dec 10, 2021, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born May 29, 1955 in Lawrence, the son of Barbara Simmons (Wise) and Ellis Snodgrass.  He was a lifelong resident of Lawrence until he moved to Eudora in 2021.

Mr. Snodgrass enjoyed playing drums in a band alongside a group of friends, operating dump trucks, and spending time at his favorite coffee shop in downtown Lawrence.

He is survived by 3 daughters and 2 sons, Jenta Connor, Hillsboro (Andy-husband); Josh Snodgrass, Festus; Jessica Davidson, Bonne Terre (Harley-husband); Jacob Snodgrass, Festus (Crystal-wife); Susan Snodgrass, St Louis; 8 grandchildren, Brendan, Brayden, Tyler, Kassidy, Cijae, Jacob, Isaac, and Shelby; 2 sisters, Roxie Todd, Lawrence and Arlene Woods, Gaines, MI.

He is preceded in death by his mother Barbara Wise and a brother Glen Snodgrass.

Jaime Ignacio Terrazas

Jaime Ignacio Terrazas, 40, passed October 8, 2021, at his home in Lawrence, Kansas. He is being cremated at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Memorial Services for Jaime Ignacio Terrazas will be Saturday, October 23, 2021 , at the W Banquet Hall, 704 Connecticut, Lawrence, KS at 5pm. Dinner will be provided following the Memorial Service.

Family and Friends will honor Jaime with a Celebration of Life directly following the services. Everyone is welcome to stay and celebrate his life with the family.

Jaime was born on November 19, 1980, in Escondido, California to Penny Terrazas Hughes and Keith Pedersen. He later moved to Lawrence, KS where he resided most his life. Jaime’s passions were his wife, his kids, family, the CHARGERS, BBQ, mechanics, spending time at the lake with family and friends, and people in general. He was a “social butterfly”, a selfless man, & would always help anyone who was in need.

On September 4, 1999, he married Vilayvanh “Maly” Rattanavongsy in Lawrence, Kansas. They later divorced in 2007.

On July 4, 2014, he married Amanda Kate Lee in Maple Hill, Kansas. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his Great-grandmother, Clara Truelson Smith;

Grandparents, Ignacio and Connie Smith Terrazas, Eleanor Agnes Salcido Pedersen;

Parents and Stepparents, Mark and Penny Hughes, Keith and Vanita Pedersen;

Siblings, Kory Pedersen, Kyle Pedersen, Joshua Terrazas, Brandie Lynn Mann and Nicole Moore;

Children include, Keyrra Roberts, (daughter of Heidi Roberts); Christian Miller, (son of Cheryl Miller); Jaime Terrazas Jr., Malyssa Terrazas, Angelina Terrazas, Kymberly Bernard, Alexandria Bernard, and Isabell Bernard.

The Family suggests any memorials be sent to the Go-Fund Me, created to support the families unexpected expenses. Memorials can also be sent to Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, In care of Amanda Terrazas.  https;//gofund.me/1c42d8d9

The Family requests that any Flower donations be sent to the Funeral Home closer to the Memorial Services on Saturday, October 23, 2021

Caisen Alan Hatch

Caisen Alan Hatch, 1, Lawrence, KS services will be held on Friday, October 8 at 3pm at Rumsey Yost Funeral Home  with cremation afterwards.

Caisen Hatch peacefully passed away October 1, 2021 at his home surrounded by family and friends.

He was born August 26, 2020 in Lawrence, the Son of Crystina Hatch (Gonce) and James Hatch.

Caisen is survived by both of his parents of the home, a brother Chase Derby (5) of the home. Other survivors include  grandparents Tim Gonce(Lawrence), Ernest Hatch(Topeka), Lonnie Ray(Lawrence), Kimberly Norton & Bobby Goins (Wamego, KS), Lisa Rothwell (Lawrence),  great grandma’s Margret Herzog (Lawrence) and Bonnie Rothwell (Lawrence),  Great grandpa Sidney Gonce(Lawrence). Caisen also has other survivors that include  uncles Justin Hatch(Mindy), Shaun(Wanda) McKenzie , Steven Sorenson (Dana), and Bubby Mike,  aunts Samantha Gonce, Brandy (Lester) Coble, and Amy (Lee) Doudna, and 21 cousins.

He was welcomed to Heaven with open arms by Sara Harris,  Robert Rothwell, Casey Anzek, John Herzog, Leroy Hatch, Gertie Heston.

Caisen was one of a kind boy that was always happy, loved to be with his brother and do everything with him nothing stopped the two of them from doing anything. Caisen would learn everything from his brother and he thought he had to teach his cousin (Bentlee) that he was very close with how to do it. Caisen was very intelligent and such a little racer to everything that he thought he had to beat you too.

A visitation will be from 6pm to 8 pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home on Thursday, October 7, 2021.

Any Donations can be made to Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260 Lawrence, Kansas 66044.

Melsena Ann Stowe

A celebration of life service for Melsena Ann Stowe, 44, Lawrence, will be 3-10 pm Saturday, September 18, 2021, at the VFW Post 852, 1801 Massachusetts St. Lawrence, 66044.

She died August 20, 2021, at her grandparent’s home.

Melsena was born December 28, 1976, in Lawrence, the daughter of Ronald Dean and Joyce Ann Morris Stowe.

She attended Lawrence High School.

Survivors include her children, Landon Dean Stowe, CA, Kenyan Ronald Vernon, Lawrence; mother Joyce Stowe, Lawrence; grandparents Shirley Weeks and Ed Ramey; sister Lisa Stowe, CA; uncle Gary Stowe; nieces and nephews Evin Sullivan, Terrin, Cynclaire, Brynlee.

She is preceded in death by her father Ronald Dean Stowe and numerous family members.

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