Category Archives: Obituaries

Grace Malcolm, 92, Wellington: January 6, 1926 – Sept. 20, 2018

Grace Malcolm

Grace Rose Will Malcolm, of Wellington, died Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 92.

Grace Rose was born the daughter of Ernest and Evelyn (Guss) Will on Wednesday, January 06, 1926 near Manning, Iowa. When she was very young the family moved to rural Irwin where she grew up. Grace Rose was baptized in the Christian Church and graduated from Irwin High School. She started class with Commercial Business College while still in High School and finished the following year in Omaha while working at Mutual Benefit Insurance Company. 

In 1945 Grace Rose moved to California and in 1947 she married Lew Malcolm. In 1949 they returned to Harlan, Iowa where their two sons were born. Lew’s vacation as a Chamber of Commerce Manager moved them every 5 years from Harlan to Sioux City, Faribault, Minnesota, Joplin, Missouri and Wichita.

Albert Sauceda, 69, Riverdale: Sept. 2, 1949 – Sept. 14, 2018

Albert Sauceda

Albert (Alberto) Sauceda, 69, of Riverdale, died, Friday, September 14, 2018 at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m., Friday, September 21, 2018 at the Free Will Baptist Church in Wellington. Visitation will be Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 9 until 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. Interment will be at the Veterans Cemetery in Winfield. To leave an online condolence please visit

Albert was born September 2, 1949 in Mercedes, Texas to Alfredo and Ofelia Sauceda. He was one of 10 children. He went to work in a grocery store at age 8 because he wanted to help provide for his family. The owner of the store did not want to hire him because of his age, but Albert persistently stood outside his office until the man gave him a small job.

Donald Jones, 79, Oxford: Dec. 1, 1938 – Sept. 15, 2018

Donald Jones

Donald Jones, 79, of Oxford, died, Saturday, September 15, 2018 at his home in Oxford.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, September 21, 2018 at the Oxford Funeral Service Chapel. Visitation will be Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 12 until 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Burial will be at the Oxford Cemetery. To leave an online condolence please visit

Donald Neil Jones was born December 1, 1938, the son of Tippee and Thelma (Engalhardt) Jones in Booneville, Ark. He attended Arkansas City High School and joined the marines and served his country during Vietnam War. Donald was united in marriage to Opal Whaley on February 6, 1970. He retired from G.E. in 1995. Donald was an avid hunter of elk, deer and moose in Colorado. He also enjoyed fishing, bow hunting and painting. His family was very important to him.

Eileen Andra, 87, Conway Springs: March 21, 1931 – Sept. 13, 2018

Eileen Andra

Eileen T. Andra, 87, of Conway Springs, died Thursday, September 13, 2018 at Via Christi-St. Teresa, Wichita, Kansas.

Eileen was born March 21, 1931 at Colwich, Kansas to Nicholas Albert Freund and Adelheid Laurine (Dold) Freund.  She attended elementary school in Colwich and later attended Andale High School where she graduated with the class of 1949.

She was united in marriage to Elmer Edward Andra on July 11, 1949 at Andale, Kansas.  They made their home in the Conway Springs area their entire married life.  They moved into town in 1959 and made their home at 120 S. 5th Street. Elmer died on June 16, 1998.  Eileen later moved to 118 W. Wichita in 2004. She had been a resident of the Mount Hope Nursing Center since April.

Eileen was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Conway Springs, KS and the Altar Society.

Gary L. Roth, 80, Wellington: Dec. 18, 1937 – Sept. 12, 2018

On Wednesday, September 12, 2018, Gary L. Roth died at the age of 80.

Gary was born on December 18, 1937, in Wellington, to John and Ophelia (Wright) Roth. He graduated from Wellington High School in 1955. While in his teens, he began working for Wright Dairy in Wellington. When Wright Dairy became part of Steffen’s Dairy in Wichita, he continued his employment with them until he retired.

Gary married Nancy Hopkins Goodman in 1970. He moved to Belle Plaine, where he raised his children. He enjoyed collecting antiques and refinishing furniture, which he became quite accomplished at. Gary is remembered for his orneriness, as evidenced by the twinkle in his eye, which stayed with him to the end.

Naoma Sawyer-Reed, 74, Winfield: March 23, 1944 – Sept. 7, 2018

Naoma Sawyer-Reed

Naoma Sawyer- Reed, 74, of Winfield died Friday, September 7, 2018 at Winfield Senior Living Community with her family by her side.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 15 at the First Baptist Church of Oxford.  Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Winfield. The family will have a time of visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, September 14 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Winfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oxford First Baptist Church General Fund or the Winfield Food Pantry. Contributions may be left in care of the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Winfield.

Mabel LoRee Goodrum, 95, Mayfield: July 19, 1923 – Sept. 6, 2018

LoRee Goodrum

Mabel LoRee Goodrum, age 95, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother, passed away Thursday evening, September 6, 2018 at Sumner Regional Medical Center.  She was a homemaker and had been a Mayfield, KS resident since 1949.

LoRee was born on July 19, 1923 in rural Oxford, KS to Robert Charles Brown and Honora Mabel (Tate) Brown.  She was raised in the Dalton, Kans. area and was a graduate of Wellington High School.

LoRee married Vernon Edgar Goodrum on July 21, 1940 in Oxford.  He preceded her in death in 2009.

Maxiene Erwin, 97, Wellington: May 4, 1921 – Sept. 5, 2018

Maxiene Erwin, age 97, longtime Wellington resident, died Wednesday morning, Sept. 5, 2018 at Sumner Regional Medical Center. She was a homemaker.

Maxiene was born on May 4, 1921 in rural South Haven to Elgin Martin and Mary (Case) Martin.  She was raised in the South Haven area and graduated from South Haven High School.

She married Vincent H. Erwin on May 3, 1942 in Conway Springs.  He preceded her in death in 1996.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Vincent; two brothers, Lloyd and Elburn ; and one sister, Ila.

Michael Keith ‘Bo Dean’ Jackson, 62, Wellington: July 10, 1956 – Aug. 26, 2018

Michael Keith ‘Bo Dean’ Jackson.

Michael Keith “Bo Dean” Jackson, 62, born July 10, 1956 in Wellington to Melvin and Sally Jackson, died on August 26, 2018.

Jackson is the son of Melvin and Sally Jackson. He is survived by his mother Sally, brothers Rod Jackson and Greg Jackson, and sisters Susan Jackson and Jan Marple.

He is preceded in death by his dad, Melvin Jackson; his grandma, Sylvia Townsend; sisters Debbie and Judy; daughter Nikki, nephew Joe Scott and his loving dog “Cochise.”

Rachel Clayton, 48, Pont-A-Mousson, France: Oct. 9, 1970 – Aug. 23, 2018

Rachel Clayton

Rachel Dawn Clayton died August 23, 2018 in Pont-a Mousson, France.  Rachel, the beloved daughter of John and Sandy Clayton of Wellington, was born in Wellington on October 9, 1970.

She spent the first nine years of her life in Wellington.  At the age of 9 she moved to France with her family where she lived until she graduated from high school.  Upon graduation she returned to Kansas to pursue College studies at Sterling College.  She was a literature major.  She loved literature especially poetry, and she wrote beautiful poetry.  For a good part of her adult life she lived in Denver, Colorado where she worked for New York Life Insurance Company.  Rachel had returned to France in 2013 where she lived in the city of Pont-a-Mousson. 

Sheila Renee Grable, 41, Wellington: May 16, 1977 – Sept. 1, 2018

Sheila Grable

Sheila Renee Grable, 41, went to be with the Lord and her three children: Cristian, Gage and Katlynn on September 1, 2018.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 6, 2018 at the Free Will Baptist Church in Wellington. Visitation will be Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6 until 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to help with funeral expenses. Contributions can be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home, 704 N. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152. For further information or to leave an online condolence please visit

Sheila was born May 16, 1977, the daughter of Tom and Wilda (Pope) Miller in Wellington. She graduated from Wellington High School in 1996. Sheila was a home health care provider and a homemaker. On June 10, 2000 Sheila was united in marriage to Patrick Grable. Sheila dearly loved her family.

Helen Williamson, 85, Caldwell: July 22, 1933 – Sept. 2, 2018

Helen Williamson

Helen Louise (Pryor) Williamson, 85, of Caldwell died on September 2, 2018 at the Mount Hope Nursing Home in Mount Hope.

Helen was born on July 22, 1933 in Caldwell to Jack and Mabel (Builta) Pryor.

On September 23, 1951, she married Roy D. Williamson.  Together, they celebrated over fifty-six years of marriage and raised three children: Connie, Karen, and David, who were the joy of her life.

Helen was a homemaker and mother who worked on the family farm in Renfrow, Oklahoma alongside her husband Roy.  Helen loved birds and began a business with her son David on the family farm where they raised and sold game birds such as pheasants, quail, peacocks, turkeys, and chickens.  Helen also raised domestic caged birds such as parakeets, canaries, finches, cockatiels, and parrots which she sold to individuals and pet stores.  Upon retirement in 1985, Helen and Roy moved from their farm to town in Caldwell, where she continued to keep a few birds as pets along with raising her beloved Chihuahua dogs. 

Farrel Oard, 86, Winfield: Sept. 21, 1931 – August 30, 2018

Farrel Oard

Farrel M. Oard, Sr. 86, of Winfield, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, August 30, 2018.

Memorial services will be held at 10 AM Wednesday, September 5 at Grace United Methodist Church; burial will follow at 1 PM at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington. The family will greet friends from 5-7 PM Tuesday, September 4 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Winfield. Memorials may be made to Southwestern College and Grace United Methodist Church; contributions may be left in care of the funeral home.

Roger Sellers, 57, Lenexa: Aug. 7, 1961 – Aug. 29, 2018

Roger Sellers

Roger Dean Sellers of Lenexa died Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at his home. He was 57.

Roger was born to Oran and Freda Mae (Rose) Sellers on Monday, August 7, 1961, in Wellington. He was raised on the family farm in Argonia and graduated from Argonia High School. Roger went to college and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wichita State University. After graduation, he moved to St. Louis, Mo. where he was employed by Emerson Electric and later McDonald Douglas where he specialized in electrical engineering. 

He had a desire to be closer to home and family and relocated to the Kansas City area where he was employed by Honeywell for 17 years. Outside of work he enjoyed fishing the Gulf of Mexico and the White River in Cotter, Ark. Roger also liked hunting with family and friends. He was looking forward to the opening weekend of dove season and never missed an opening day of pheasant season. He loved his children more than anything and is with his daughter, Hannah, now.

Corinne (Davis) Caples, 90, Wellington: Nov. 19, 1927 – Aug. 21, 2018

Corinne Caples

Corinne (Davis) Caples died on August 21, 2018 at 90 years of age. She was born on November 19, 1927 to Hattie Cox Davis and Henry Davis in Norton County Kansas. She moved from Norton County to Harper County as a child and graduated from Attica High School. Corinne married Warren Gift Caples on December 8, 1946 in Wellington where they lived, raised their family and celebrated 64+ years of marriage. She was a lifetime resident of Kansas.

Corinne worked at Slate Creek Manor nursing home as an office clerk from 1967 until she retired in 1987. She was active in the First United Methodist Church in Wellington. She loved working in her garden growing and canning green beans and tomatoes. She also loved her flower garden of roses and flower baskets. In retirement she kept Warren busy building containers to grow her flowers. She loved to fish and was very active in a bowling league after retirement. They also loved to travel, often visiting their daughters at wherever their lives took them.

She is survived by three daughters, Pat Diem of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Carol Wells and her husband Jay of Wichita, and Pam Caples and her husband Bill Carpenter of Springfield, Oregon; three grandchildren, Morgan Wells Stremmel and her husband Josh of Wichita, Aaron Carpenter and Kelsey Caples of Springfield, Oregon; three sisters, Betty Totten Kernohan of Wellington, Delores McDaniel of Attica and Pauline Hacker of Derby; and a host of nieces and nephews. Corinne was preceded in death by her husband Warren Gift Caples in 2011; her parents; three sisters Lorraine Wolfe, Louise Applegate and Iola Dupey; and three brothers Harvey Davis, Richard Davis and Orland Davis.

Larry Huddleston, 72, South Haven: Nov. 23, 1945 – July 11, 2018

Lawrence Huddleston

Lawrence (Larry) Huddleston, 72, of South Haven, died Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Haysville.  He was born to Francis and Lela (Mantooth) Huddleston in Wellington on November 23, 1945.   He was raised on the farm west of South Haven where he attended elementary and high school.  In his early years, he found a love of music which lasted through his life.

L.B. to his family and friends, earned his teaching degree in music from Bethany College and went on to teach in Kansas and Colorado.  Helping students express themselves through song was a joy in his life.

L.B. retired from teaching and returned to South Haven to help his mother and brother.  He worked at the Kansas Welcome Center.  He enjoyed welcoming visitors and answering questions to make their travels easier.

He had a special place in his heart for his nephew and nieces, and he was very proud, displaying and sharing their pictures.

James Francis Patton, 67, Caldwell: July 14, 1951 – August 23, 2018

Jimmy Patton

James Francis Patton, named after his paternal grandfather, was born July 14, 1951 in Wellington to James E. and Lela M. McGrew Patton.  Jimmy grew up in the North Star Community in Northern Grant County, Okla.   He attended Almony Grade School, District 21 until he graduated from the eighth grade.

Jimmy then went to Deer Creek High School where he participated in football, 4-H and enjoyed Industrial Art classes.   He graduated with the class of 1969.  He spent two years at Northern Oklahoma Junior College in Tonkawa, Okla.  While attending NOC, he assisted the industrial arts teacher teaching night adult welding classes.  Jimmy attended Panhandle State College in Goodwell, Oklahoma for 1 year, before returning home to help his dad farm.   He spent one year working at the Caldwell Coop.

Jimmy loved hunting and was especially fond of his Bluetick dogs.  He always had a good story about his escapades during his outings.  Usually there was a lot of embellishment in his recounting of what happened.  Everyone knew they could get Jimmy wound up by speaking ill of his Shorthorns or International equipment.   He thought everybody should embody the cowboy way of life.

Delbert Dean Heuszel, 86, South Haven: Dec. 15, 1931 – August 23, 2018

Delbert Dean Heuszel, age 86, lifelong South Haven, KS area resident, died Thursday evening, August 23, 2018 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.  Delbert was a retired farmer.

Delbert was born on December 15, 1931 in rural Hunnewell, KS to Henry A. Heuszel, Sr. and Eleanor G. (Hassebroek) Heuszel.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Henry A. Heuszel, Jr. and Lewis Gaylord Heuszel.

Survivors are numerous friends, including Jay and Susan Rinehart and family of South Haven.

Centenarian Helen Margaret Jenista, 101, Caldwell: Oct. 29, 1916 – August 19, 2018

Helen Jenista

Helen Margaret Jenista, 101, died August 19, 2018 at the Caldwell Hospital Sunflower Cottage where she resided.

She was born to John and Rose Conrady Ciskowski on October 29, 1916 in Clyde OK.  She was the second of six girls.

She married Alvin J. Jenista on February 9, 1937.  To this union two daughters were born, Judy Roberts and Arlene Terrell.

She was a homemaker and farm wife wearing many hats daily.  She had a green thumb for house plants and always had many different colored irises in her yard.

She was a long-time member of Central Christian Church serving in many positions throughout the years.  She was honored with Deaconess Emeritus for her years of service as a Deaconess.  She was a member of Lodge Trocnov #121, ATA and the Busy Bee club.

Gloria Freeman, 89, Wellington: Oct. 22, 1928 – August 17, 2018

Gloria Freeman

Gloria N. Freeman, of Wellington, died Friday, August 17, 2018 at Botkin Care and Rehabilitation in Wellington, at the age of 89.

Gloria was born the daughter of George G. and Nettie (Clement) Jones on Monday, October 22, 1928 in Hazelton, Kansas. She later graduated from Sharon High School in Sharon, Kansas. On February 28, 1946, Gloria and Theodore E. Freeman were united in marriage in Medicine Lodge, Kansas. Together they celebrated 55 years of marriage before his passing in 2001. She was employed as an Installer at Boeing Aircraft Company and retired in 1994 after a nearly 30 year career. Outside of work, Gloria loved being a homemaker and mother. She shared her love of the outdoors with her family and took them on many camping and fishing trips.

Survivors include her son, Theodore S. Freeman of Wellington; daughter, Sherrel Neely and her husband Ron of Douglass, along with several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

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