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Beverly Ruth Hitt, 76, Wellington: Feb. 8, 1939 – April 15, 2015

Beverly Ruth Hitt

Beverly Ruth Hitt

Beverly Ruth Hitt, age 76, died April 15, 2015 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.

Beverly Ruth (Miller) Hitt was born on February 8, 1939 to Maurice Howard Miller and Emma (Laney) Miller in Wellington, KS.  She was a graduate of Wellington High School with the Class of 1957, attended Wichita State University and Kansas State University, and obtained a Counseling Certificate/degree from Kansas State University in 1984.

She was employed as Executive Secretary with R.C.A. Corporation in Kansas City and Purex Corporation, Bellevue, WA until returning to Wellington in 1971.  She was Executive Secretary with the First National Bank of Wellington until accepting employment in 1976 with the State of Kansas – Department of Human Resources – Job Service as Counselor/Office Manager for 22 years, taking early retirement in 1997; and USD 353 four years as Secretary to the Vice Principal, retiring in 2001.

Lori Anne Russell, 49, Wellington: June 27, 1965 – April 10, 2015

Lori Russell

Lori Russell

Lori Anne Russell  Friday, April 10, 2015 at her home in Wellington at the age of 49.

Lori was born the daughter of Janet Kay Rader and Dennis Horsch on Sunday, June 27, 1965 in Wellington.

Survivors include her son, Mathias Wagoner (Andrea Fox) of Moore, Oklahoma, daughter, Lacey (Wagoner) Haslouer and her husband Rick of Wellington, daughter, Miranda Gandy (Jonathan Krzinowek) of Wichita, father, Dennis Horsch and his wife Cathy of Wellington, sisters: Stacy Migues of Wellington and Gina Brown and her husband Charlie of Wellington, brothers: Jacob Dickinson and his wife Jill of Wellington and Derrick Dickinson (Erienne Cranmer) of Wellington, grandchildren: Skylar and Shyanne Yearout and Keela and Savannah Haslouer, nieces: Katelyn and Tasha Migues, nephews: Richard and Michael Grizzle and Jonathan Migues and her dear companion and friend, Roy Duncan.

John Bissett, 70, Wellington: April 29, 1944 – April 8, 2015

John Bissett

John Bissett

John Bissett, 70, of Wellington died Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at St. Anthony-St. Rose Catholic Church in Wellington. Visitation will be Monday, April 13, 2015 from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington with the family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Shelley Family Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Prairie Lawn Cemetery.   For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.

John Daniel Bissett was born April 29, 1944 the son of James and Mary (Blake) Bissett.  John was united in marriage to Candice Sherwood. John worked for 25 years at Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital in housekeeping. He enjoyed playing poker, reading and guns.

Steve Colwell, 62, Wellington: Feb. 22, 1953 – April 3, 2015

Steve Colwell

Steve Colwell

Steve Colwell, 62, of Wellington passed quietly into his next life Good Friday morning, April 3, 2015 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.

Stevie Ray Colwell the son of Bill and Dorthy (Cruson) was born February 22, 1953 in McAlister, OK. Steve graduated from Wellington High School in 1971.

Margaret (Hermes) Ast, 92: May 31, 1922 – April 5, 2015

Margaret Ast

Margaret Ast

Margaret G (Hermes) Ast, loving wife and mother, born May 31, 1922, died April 5, 2015 at the age of 92.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and the Mass of the Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday April 8, 2015, both at St. Peter Catholic Church in Schulte, KS.

Margaret was born in Mt. Vernon, KS to the late Joseph and Catherine (Schmitz) Hermes. She was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Francis Ast, son: Gene; daughter-in-laws, Debra Ast and Wanda Ast; 7 sisters and 1 brother. Survived by brother, Lawrence (Donna) Hermes, sons; Vernon, David, Ron and Mike all of Monett, MO. Melvin (Gwen) of Wellington, Stan of Cheney, Glenn (Sarah) of Avon, CO; daughters; Judy Mertes of Wichita and Linda (Mike) McFerrin of Ft. Collins, CO. 28 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.

Johnny Miller, 50, Wellington: May 18, 1964 – March 30, 2015

Johnny Miller

Johnny Miller

Johnny Miller, 50, of Wellington, died, Monday, March 30, 2015 at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington, Kansas.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 3, 2015 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. No visitation will be held. A memorial has been established to assist with funeral expenses and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home 704 N. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152. For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.

Johnny Ray Miller was born on May 18, 1964, the son of Kenneth and Oma (Graham) Miller in Wellington, Kansas. He was a 1982 graduate of Wellington High School. Johnny worked as a machinist for Boeing for 17 years as well as an oilfield worker.

Ella Anderson, 82, formerly of Wellington: July 24, 1932 – March 29, 2015

Ella Anderson

Ella Anderson

Ella Jean Anderson, formerly of Wellington, died Sunday, March 29, 2015 at her home in Wichita at the age of 82.

Ella was born the daughter of John and Rebecca O. (Hayes) Cook on Sunday, July 24, 1932 in Marshfield, Missouri.

Survivors include her sons: Ronnie Anderson and his wife Odawayne of Wellington, Roger Anderson and his wife Lori of Wellington, Steven W. Anderson and his wife Carol of Wichita, Jeffery Anderson and his wife Lauri of Wichita, daughter, Rebecca Anderson Denton of Wichita, sisters: Leta Rollison of South Carolina and Maxine Allison of Wichita, twelve grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Johnny D. Williams, daughter, Betty A. Williams and her brothers: Robert, Harold, David, Jerry and Elston Cook.

Dallas Christopher Payne, 35, Wellington: Oct. 4, 1979 – March 28, 2015

Dallas Payne

Dallas Payne

Dallas Christopher Payne, of Wellington, age 35, died on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

He was born on October 4, 1979, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the son of Howard Fredrick Payne Jr. and Theresa Ann Johnson.

On October 1, 2012, he married Nicole Renée McEachern in Hondo, Texas, and she survives. 

Wilbur Arthur ‘Jess’ Jesseph, 76, Conway Springs: Oct. 18, 1938 – March 28, 2015

Wilbur Jesseph

Wilbur Jesseph

Wilbur Arthur “Jess” Jesseph of Conway Springs,  died Saturday, March 28, 2015 at AMG Hospital in Wichita at the age of 76.

Jess was born the son of William and Alma May (Kimberlin) Jesseph on October 18, 1938 in Argonia.

Jess was a truck driver for 50 years before retiring.

Survivors, include son, Jimmy Jesseph and wife Carla of La Vernia, Texas, son, Michael Jesseph of El Dorado,  daughter, Julie Gentry of Harrah, Oklahoma, son, Jeffrey Jesseph and wife Tena of Hollis Oklahoma, son, Allan Rasco of Garland, Texas, daughter, Anita Eichelberger and husband Doug of Hydro, Oklahoma, son, Gary Rasco and wife Beth of Garland, Texas, 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren and sister Shirley Stansbury and husband Ralph of Argonia.

Henrietta Reheard: March 20, 1923 – March 29, 2015

Henrietta Reheard

Henrietta Reheard

Henrietta R. Reheard, departed this life to be with her husband, March 29, 2015.

Henrietta was born March 20, 1923.  She had been a Quality Control Inspector at Boeing for many years before retiring.

Henrietta met Dwaine in grade school and they married August 1, 1942.  She was a devoted wife and mother who enjoyed crafting, doing her family tree, photography, and visiting with her family and friends.  She will be greatly missed.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dwaine M. Reheard; her parents, Royal H. and Etta Palmer; brothers, Raymond V. Palmer and Roy H. Palmer, Jr.; her sister, Roberta E. Palmer; one granddaughter; and one great grandson.

Jon Kreifels, 54, Wellington: March 19, 1961 – March 27, 2015

Jon Kreifels

Jon Kreifels

Jon Kreifels, 54, of Wellington, died on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at the First Freewill Baptist Church in Wellington. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 until 8 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. A memorial has been established for his children’s education and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home 704 N. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152. For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.

Jon Mark Kreifels was born March 19, 1961 the son of Hank and Pat (Parker) Kreifels in Syracuse, Nebraska. He was a 1979 graduate of Wellington High School. On August 22, 1987 he was united in marriage with Lauree McIntyre in Wellington. Jon was a tool designer and CNC programmer for HM Dunn-AEI in Wichita for the past 16 years. Jon enjoyed smoking meats, hunting and was a avid Nebraska Cornhuskers fan. Most of all Jon loved his family.

Katherine Wheeler, 53, Oxford: Jan. 18, 1962 – March 26, 2015

Katherine Wheeler

Katherine Wheeler

Katherine Wheeler, 53, of Oxford, died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Oxford Funeral Service Chapel in Oxford. Visitation will be Monday, March 30, 2015 from 12:00 until 8:00 P.M. with the family receiving friends from 5 until 7 p.m. at Oxford Funeral Service. Burial will be in the Oxford Cemetery.

James Martin, 58, Oxford: Feb. 9, 1957 – March 26, 2015

James Martin

James Martin

James D. Martin, 58, of Oxford, died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the Riverview Manor in Oxford, KS.

Graveside Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, March 30, 2015 at the Oxford Cemetery in Oxford. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 29th from 1 to 6 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Oxford Funeral Service Chapel. A memorial has been established to help with funeral expenses and may be left with Oxford Funeral Service. For further information please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.com.

James Dwayne Martin was born on February 9, 1957 in Knob Noster, Mo. the son of Tom and Bessie (Brooks) Martin. Jim worked as a heavy equipment operator. He ran a sand dredge for Aggregate Sand Company. Jim enjoyed playing poker and Nascar Racing.

Margaret Holman, 97, Oxford: Nov. 11, 1917 – March 26, 2015

Margaret Holman, 97, of Oxford, died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the Joy Home in Oxford, KS.

Margaret Holman

Margaret Holman

Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Oxford. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 1 until 6 p.m., no family night is scheduled. Burial will be in the Oxford Cemetery.

A memorial has been established with the First Baptist Church in Oxford and may be left with Oxford Funeral Service. For further information please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.com.

Jerry Tooman, 61, Wellington: May 5, 1953 – March 23, 2015

Jerry E. Tooman, age 61, died Monday evening, March 23, 2015 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington, KS. He was a driver for Futures Unlimited, Inc. for many years.

Jerry E. Tooman was born on May 5, 1953 in Ponca City, OK to Jerry E. Tooman, Sr. and Sharlene A. (Abel) Tooman.

He married Leota R. (Bush) Holdaway on September 9, 1988 in Wellington, KS. Together they celebrated 26 years of marriage.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and was passionate about riding motorcycles. He loved riding to Sturgis with Leota, fishing and hunting.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Russell Brown, 53, WHS graduate: April 18, 1961 – March 16, 2015

Russell (Russ) Brown, 53, of Champaign, Ill., died at 9 p.m. on March 16, 2015 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, following a lengthy and courageous battle against cancer.

Russell was born on April 18, 1961 in Wellington to Ralph and Velda Brown. He graduated from Wellington Senior High School in 1979, and then attended Wichita State University where he graduated in May, 1984 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science.

After graduation from college, he held positions at Excel Corporation and the Wichita Public Schools and A.B. Chance Company in Centralia, Missouri. He joined Communications Data Group in Champaign, IL on September 11, 1995, where he was currently employed as a software developer.

John A. Peck, 97, Wellington: Feb. 4, 1918 – March 16, 2015

John Peck

John Peck

John A. Peck, age 97, longtime resident of the Wellington and Belle Plaine area, died early Monday morning, March 16, 2015 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.  John was a retired farmer and stockman.

John A. Peck was born on February 4, 1918 in Clarion, IA to F. Myrle Peck and Minnie J. (Niebuhr) Peck.  He was a 1936 graduate of Wellington High School.  He served in the United States Army during World War II from March 25, 1942 – December 14, 1945.

Besides farming he served the community as a Board Member of Avon Township and Avon School District.

Harold Gilges, 81, Conway Springs: Oct. 18, 1933 – March 11, 2015

Harold Gilges

Harold Gilges

Harold Gilges, 81, retired Haviland Telephone Technician and Manager, of 504 S. Church St, Conway Springs, died Thursday, March 11, 2015 at Via Christi- St. Francis, Wichita, Kansas.

He was born on October 18, 1933 at Maysville, Arkansas to Waldo Harold Gilges and Grace Mildred (Moomey) Gilges. Harold started school in Maysville and moved with his family to Conway Springs at a young age. He attended Conway Springs public schools and was active in sports at Conway Springs High School. Harold was a member of the Conway Springs High School, 1951 State Championship Track Team. He graduated from CSHS with the class of 1953.

Robert Vincent Long, 93, Wellington: April 12, 1921 – March 10, 2015

Robert Vincent Long

Robert Vincent Long

Robert Vincent Long, age 93, Wellington resident since 1951, died Tuesday morning, March 10, 2015 at Sumner County Care Center.  Bob was a retired electrician for Boeing Aircraft.

Robert was born on April 12, 1921 in Anthony, KS to George W. Long and Elberta (Countryman) Long.  He served in the Army Signal Corp during WWII.

Robert married Glennys C. Powers on March 31, 1951 in Omaha, NE.  She died on August 13, 1981.  He then married Hazel (Wygle) Wescott Sims on April 23, 1983 in Wichita, KS.  She passed away on April 3, 2002.

Harold Koehler, Wellington: January 24, 1936 – March 5, 2015

Harold Koehler

Harold Koehler

Harold Koehler, of Wellington, died Thursday, March 05, 2015 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita,  at the age of 79.

Harold was born the son of Johnny and Abbie (Feist) Koehler on Friday, January 24, 1936 in Manchester, . He graduated from St. Gregory High School in Shawnee,  and originally planned on becoming a priest but changed his mind. Harold went on to serve his country in the United States Army from 1955-1957.

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