Category Archives: Obituaries

Mildred Ramsey, 95, Ponca City, Okla.: Dec. 13, 1920 – Feb. 1, 2016

Mildred Ramsey

Mildred Ramsey

Mildred M. Ramsey, age 95, of Ponca City, Okla., formerly a long time Wellington resident, died Monday, February 1, at the Kansas Medical Center in Andover.

Mildred M. (Helms) Ramsey was born on December 13, 1920 in Geuda Springs, KS to Orin J. Helms and Elsie L. (Malone) Helms.  Mildred was raised in the Geuda Springs area and was a graduate of Geuda Springs Rural High School, Arkansas City Junior College, and Southwestern College in Winfield.

Mildred married Lloyd J. Ramsey on May 1, 1943.  He preceded her in death in 2009.

Mildred was a retired school teacher.  She had taught first grade at Washington Elementary School in Wellington for 30 years.  She was a life member of N.E.A. and K.N.E.A., P.T.A., retired Teachers Association, Kappa Kappa Iota Sorority, a member of the First Christian Church and the Christian Woman’s Fellowship.

Charles Ray Harris, 84, Wellington: June 29, 1931 – Jan. 30, 2016

Charles Ray Harris

Charles Ray Harris

Charles Ray Harris, age 84, of Wellington, died Saturday morning, January 30, 2016 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.  Charles began working for the Santa Fe Railroad in 1955 as a switchman and retired in 1987 as a Yard Master.

Charles was born on June 29, 1931 in Wellington, KS to George S. Harris and Hazel Pearl (Myers) Harris.

He married Louise Evelyn Slack on February 6, 1954 in Wellington.  She preceded him in death on November 7, 2003.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Louise; two sons, David Harris and Clark Harris; two daughters, Debbie Pilens and Barbara Ann Harris; two brothers, Eddie and Byrl Harris; three sisters, Alice Day, Bonnie Ratley, and Marge Shaddix.

Walter James Johnson, 87, Oct. 26, 1928 – Jan. 23, 2016

Walter James Johnson, age 87, died January 23, 2016 at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield.

Walter James Johnson was born on October 26, 1928 in Wellington to Daniel James Johnson and Susie Ellen (Ballard) Johnson.

Walter was raised in Wellington and graduated from Wellington High School.  He spent 26 years in the United States Army.  He resided in Germany for 45 years before moving back to our area this past fall.

Kandis Goforth, 60, Kingman: March 1, 1955 – Jan. 21, 2016

Kandis A. Goforth, 60, died Jan. 21, 2016, in Wellington.

She was born March 1, 1955, at Kingman the daughter of Barney and Delores Beuhler Barnes. A longtime resident of Wellington, previously of Kingman, she was the Assistant Vice President of Fidelty Bank, Wichita.

On April 9, 1984, she married Scott Goforth at Wellington. Other survivors include a son Eric Roe and his wife Jenny; daughter Lacy P. Goforth; brother Randy Barnes and campanion Richard; and 3 grandchildren, Cabreil, Trenton and Jaxon. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother Belmar; a sister Brenda Toto; and a granddaughter Oriana.

Paul Clark, 80, Oxford: July 26, 1935 – Jan. 17, 2016

Paul Clark

Paul Clark

Paul Clark, 80, of Oxford died after a short illness on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at the William Newton Hospital in Winfield, Kansas.

Memorial Services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Oxford Funeral Service Chapel. No visitation is scheduled. A Memorial has been established with the New Hope Fellowship and may be left with Oxford Funeral Service. For further information please visit

Paul Edward Clark was born July 26, 1935 the son of Thomas and Vena (Pitt) Clark in Cowley County. After High School, Paul served his country in the United States Marine Corps. On September 1, 1962 Paul was united in marriage to Patricia Moore. With a career beginning in 1953, he became a master of all types of floor covering, and in 1993 was certified as an instructor of F.I.T.C. He enjoyed building and working with his hands and could fix anything. He loved God, church, his county and his family.

Virginia Watson, 86, Wellington: 1929 – Jan. 14, 2016

Virginia Watson

Virginia Watson

Virginia A. Watson, 86, a long time resident of Wellington, died peacefully January 14, 2016, at Conway Springs. She was born in 1929 to John F. and Margaret Lawless, the first of six children, all of whom survive her.

On September 12, 1953, she was united in marriage to Charles E. Watson at Denver, Colo. She is survived by her husband, Charles; her daughters Anne and Allison; her sons Evan and Christopher, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Virginia was a devoted homemaker who loved cooking, baking and hosting social gatherings. She liked reading mysteries and romance novels, and watching mysteries.

Susan Russell, 59, Wellington: Feb. 19, 1956 – Jan. 14, 2016

Susan Russell

Susan Russell

Susan Elaine Russell, age 59, of Wellington, died on January 14, 2016, at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.  She had been the Manager of the Lancome  Cosmetics Department at Dillard’s for 21 years before retiring.

Susan Elaine (Wulf) Russell was born on February 19, 1956 in El Paso, TX to Woodrow Wilson Wulf and Elizabeth Ann (Regnary) Wulf.  She was a lifelong resident of the Wellington area and was a graduate of Wellington High School with the Class of 1974.

Susan married Dean B. Russell on September 10, 1977 in Mayfield.

Susan bravely battled health issues for the last few years.  She cared for others more than herself.  She enjoyed cooking and caring for her grandchildren. 

Nathan Doll, 10, Conway Springs: Oct. 11, 2005 – Jan. 15, 2016

Nathan Doll

Nathan Doll

Nathan Lee Doll, age 10, a fourth grade student in Conway Springs, died Friday, January 15, 2016 at his home west of Conway Springs as a result of an ATV accident.

 He was born October 11, 2005 at Wichita. Survivors include his parents Darrin and Jennifer (Rau) Doll; three brothers: Brandon, Aaron and Gavin; two sisters: Miranda and Audrina; his grandparents: David and Beth Rau of Garden Plain; Suzanne Rau of San Diego, CA; great grandmother Patricia Rau of Garden Plainand a number of other relatives and many friends.

Geraldine Adkins, 86, Wellington: June 23, 1929 – Jan. 14, 2016

Geraldine Ruth Adkins, age 86, of Wellington, died on January 14, 2016, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.  She was a homemaker and had been a dental assistant for many years.

Geraldine Ruth Adkins Picture

Gerry Adkins

Geraldine was born on June 23, 1929 in Herington, Kans. to Harold H. Rindt and Leona Katherine (Stover) Rindt.  She was a graduate of Herington High School with the Class of 1947.

Gerry married Donald F. Adkins on October 2, 1949 in Herington, KS.  Don preceded her in death on May 13, 2001.

Ivan Wiley, 74, South Haven: May 17, 1941 – Jan. 14, 2016

Ivan Wiley

Ivan Wiley

Ivan E. Wiley, of South Haven, died surrounded by his family on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at the age of 74.

He was born the son of Ivan Harold and Alta Jewell (Cochran) Wiley on Saturday, May 17, 1941 in Wellington, Kansas. Ivan graduated from South Haven High School and received a basketball scholarship to Oklahoma State University, where he played four years for Coach Henry Iba. 

On January 22, 1971, Ivan and Evelyn Bilyeu were united in marriage in Miami, Oklahoma. They would have celebrated 45 years of marriage on their upcoming anniversary. Ivan was a lifelong farmer along with having a 40 year career as a rural mail carrier in South Haven. 

Virginia Elaine Lovell, 99, Wellington: Dec. 5, 1916 – Jan 12, 2016

Virginia Elaine Lovell

Virginia Elaine Lovell

Virginia Elaine Lovell, age 99, of Wellington, died January 12, 2016, at Serenity Senior Retreat in Wellington.  She was a homemaker and had been a resident of Wellington since 1981.

Virginia Elaine Lovell was born on December 5, 1916 in Cape May, New Jersey to Clarence Virgil Bishop and Eleanor May (Bishop) Hackney.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Woodrow Lovell; and one son, Morris.

Survivors include her son, Daniel Lovell and his wife Betty of Wellington; two grandchildren, Sarah Morales and her husband Len of Phoenix, AZ and David Lovell and his wife Laura of Temperance, MI.

Diana Page, 68, Wellington: Dec. 21, 1947 – Jan. 9, 2016

Diana Page

Diana Page

Diana Page, 68, died on January 9, 2016 after a prolonged battle with a sudden illness. She was fortunate to be in the presence of her beloved family at her passing.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church in Wellington. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. A memorial has been established with Safe Homes and contributions may be left with Shelley Family Funeral Home. For further information please visit

Ruth Smith, 96, Argonia: March 12, 1919 – Jan. 5, 2016

Ruth Smith

Ruth Smith

Ruth M. Smith, of Argonia, died Tuesday, January 05, 2016 at Spring View Manor in Conway Springs at the age of 96.

Ruth was born the daughter of Elmer and Emma (Kuhns) Taton on Wednesday, March 12, 1919 in Trinchera, Colorado. Shortly after her birth, the Taton family moved to Argonia. As a young woman, Ruth moved to Wichita for employment. While there, she met a man at a dance who cut into line just to be with Ruth. The two became engaged and on February 22, 1939, Ruth and M.L. “Ray” Smith were united in marriage in Galveston, Texas.

The young couple moved from Texas to Kansas to California to Mississippi to Washington to Canada and even Alaska. In Alaska they owned Blue Fox Fountain and literally sold ice to Eskimos. Ray’s employment took he and Ruth to Colorado. It was there where they joyfully adopted their son, Stan.

Ed Sutton, 62, Anthony: Feb. 16, 1953 – Jan. 4, 2016

Ed Sutton

Ed Sutton

Ed Sutton, 62, of Anthony died Monday, January 4, 2016 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.

Memorial Services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, January 15, 2016 at Prairie Rose Funeral Home in Anthony, Kansas. Arrangements are with the Prairie Rose Funeral Home of Anthony. A memorial has been established with the Ed Sutton FFA memorial scholarship. Contributions can be left with the funeral home. For further information please visit

Edwin Paul Sutton was born February 16, 1953, the son of Lloyd and Maxine (Moad) Sutton in Hardtner. He graduated from Hardtner High School in 1971. Ed received an Associate’s Degree from Pratt Junior college, his Bachelor Degree from Ft. Hays State College, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Georgia in Animal Science.

James (Jim) Clary, South Haven graduate: July 16, 1953 – Jan. 1, 2016

James A. Clary (Jim) 7-16-53 – 1-1-16:

Born to Oren and Wilma (Reed) Clary, Jim grew up on a farm near Ashton, Kans.  Hunting and fishing was a big part of his life as a boy.  He graduated from South Haven High School in 1971 and Cowley County Community College in 1973. Jim worked for Quality Chevrolet, Snap-on Tools, Rockmount Welding Supplies, and Mac Tools.  Jim was blessed with three children: Amy, Tracy, and Matthew, all of whom he was very proud.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents.  He is survived by his long time friend Luetta Duerkson, his daughters Amy Proctor (Michael), Tracy Clary-Bengtson  (Adam), son, Matthew Clary, grandson Jackson Berlin Bengtson, sisters Sandra Beggs (Robert), Ada Fox, Linda Schmidt (Robert), Amy Allan, and brother George Clary.

Matt Bertrand, 38, formerly of Wellington: April 4, 1977 – Jan. 1, 2016

Matt Bertrand

Matt Bertrand

William “Matt” Bertrand, formerly of Wellington, died Friday, January 1, 2016 at his home in Aurora, Colo. at the age of 38.

Matt was born the son of Alan and Teresa (Ricke) Bertrand on Monday, April 4, 1977 in Wellington. He graduated from Wellington High School in 1995 and then attended Wichita Area Technical College. He was an HVAC technician in Wichita for a few years; however, he followed his dream to live and work in Colorado. Matt loved Colorado for many reasons; but, especially loved snow boarding and golfing. He will be missed by many.

Survivors include his parents, Alan and Teresa Bertrand of Wellington, Kansas; sister, Samantha Heasty and her husband Travis of Wellington, Kansas; sister, Tracy Jarrett and her husband Jim of Shawnee, Kansas; nieces, Reese Heasty, Taylor Heasty and Abriel Jarrett; nephew, Ryder Jarrett; grandmother, Clara Ricke of Wellington, Kansas; grandmother, Dorothy Bertrand of Arkansas City, Kansas and a large extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins.  

Charles Crow, 81, Caldwell funeral services set for Jan. 4

On Wednesday, December 30, 2015, Charles L. Crow, 81, closed his eyes at home, surrounded by his loved ones, and opened them again in glory. His love of family and Heavenly Father, flavored everything he enjoyed in life while his infectious smile and wit gained him countless friends. His grandchildren, whom he always provided a welcome lap or cheer from the stands, adore him.

With the love of his life, Verla (Goodrick), raised four children, ensuring the Crow legacy continues. Relationships, memories and the best of stories, keep Charles memory radiating with all who knew him. Signature, were his hugs, from a heart bigger than life. A man great in stature; a great man in memory.

Chris Dwyer, 39, Kansas City: Jan. 1, 1976 – Dec. 21, 2015

Christopher James Dwyer

Chris Dwyer

Christopher James Dwyer, 39, of Kansas City, Mo., died December 21, 2015.

Chris was born on January 1, 1976 in Wellington to Rodger F. Dwyer and Brenda M. (Green) Dwyer.  He was a graduate of Argonia High School.

He was preceded in death by his father, Rodger; grandparents, Ray and Delores Green and grandfather, Jack Thompson; uncles; Tim and Karl Green; and aunt, Beverly Griffith.

Survivors include his mother, Brenda Dwyer of Wellington; brother, Ryan Dwyer and his wife Lori of Olathe, KS; grandmother, Betty Thompson of Wellington; aunt, Pam Brocius of Hanford CA; uncle, Kim Green and his wife Virginia of Kechi, KS; niece and nephew, Lauryn and Dylan Dwyer of Olathe, KS; and many cousins.

Martha Cole, 78, Wellington: June 30, 1937 – Dec. 27, 2015

Martha A. Cole, age 78, of Wellington, died Sunday morning, December 27, 2015 at Sumner Regional Medical Center.  Martha was a retired Nurse’s Aide.

Martha A. (Jones) Cole was born on June 30, 1937 in Wellington to Russell Jones and Geneva (Hull) Jones.  She was raised in Wellington and graduated with the WHS Class of 1956.  She lived most of her adult life in Winfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Betty Jones; two nephews, Mike and Bobby Jones; and a close friend, Elvee Hall.

Harold Raney, 89, Winfield: Jan. 15, 1926 – Dec. 25, 2015

Harold Raney

Harold Raney

Harold Raney, 89, of Winfield, died peacefully Friday, December 25, 2015 at the Kansas Veteran’s Home in Winfield, surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. Visitation will be held Monday, from 9 a.m., until 6 p.m., no family night is scheduled.

Interment will be at the Veterans Cemetery in Winfield. A memorial has been established with the Bryce Day Memorial Fund and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit

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