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Category Archives: Obituaries

Edward Palmer, 96, Winfield: May 6, 1924 – Oct. 22, 2020

Edward Palmer

Edward Hoyt Palmer, Jr. died Thursday, October 22, 2020, in Winfield at the age of 96. He was born the son of Edward H. and Helen (Van Houten) Palmer on May 6, 1924, in Paterson, New Jersey. As a young man, Edward faithfully served his country during WWII as a flight officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Following his service, Edward began a career in sales.

At age 38, he shifted professions, earned a law degree from the University of Iowa, and then held posts as Assistant Dean at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Dean of Oklahoma City University School of Law, and eventually retired as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation. On August 2, 1947, he and Doris Marilyn Ruzek were united in marriage in Chicago, Illinois. Together they celebrated 64 years of marriage before her passing in 2012. 

Gary Gilpin, 81, Hooker, Okla.: Jan. 30, 1939 – Oct. 14, 2020

Gary Gilpin

Gary Dayne. Gilpin, 81, of Hooker, Okla. died on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Gary was born in Grand Island, Nebraska on January 30, 1939, to Oral and Lillian (Williams) Gilpin. He graduated from Grand Island High School in 1957.

He went on to attend and graduate from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering. Whether the football team was having a good year or not, he remained a committed Cornhusker fan for life. He became a father in 1965 and raised four beautiful daughters. He married his wife, Glenda (Humbert), in 1991.

Robert Dale Ramey, 76, Wichita: Dec. 20, 1943 – Oct. 20, 2020

Robert Ramey

Robert Dale Ramey died at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita on October 20, 2020, at the age of 76. Bob was born December 20, 1943, in Newton to William E. and Mildred L. (Johnson) Ramey. He attended elementary school in South Haven where his parents ran a service station. When his parents moved their business to Wellington he attended school here graduating with the class of 1963.

Bob served his country in the Army from October 1964 to May 1967 serving in Vietnam where he was exposed to Agents Pink and Purple and DDT. On March 29, 1972, Robert and Karen Quinalty were united in marriage in Pawhuska, Okla.

Bonnie Skrdla, 91, Caldwell graduate: Feb. 28, 1929 – Oct. 19, 2020

Bonnie Skrdla was born February 28, 1929 southwest of Caldwell, KS in Grant County, Oklahoma at the home of her parents, Lennie and Mildred McAdams Oathout. She died October 19, 2020 at the Wakita Community Care Home, Wakita, Okla., where she chose to make her home the last several years of her life at the age of 91. She lived in Grant County entire her life. She was a CHS graduate and loved attending her class events and Homecoming.

She married Frankie Skrdla November 17, 1949. They lived on a farm southeast of Renfrow where they engaged in farming wheat land. Frankie died October 2, 1997 from a farming accident  They had two sons, Wayne and Glen. Glen passed away July 28, 1975 due to an unknown disease of the heart muscle. Wayne, his wife Rhonda and grandson, Zack live in the Norman, Okla. area.

Wellington Fire/EMS weekly log report: Oct. 12 – Oct. 18, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for Oct. 12 to Oct. 18, 2020 is as follows: 

Bernard Edward Tencleve, 87, Mayfield: Feb. 18, 1933 – Oct. 12, 2020

Bernard Tencleve

Bernard Edward Tencleve, also known as Father, Gramps, Papa Ten, Juddy, Junior and friend, died Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 on National Farmers Day, after a brief illness at the age of 87, surrounded by his family in his Mayfield, home.

He was born Feb. 18, 1933, in New Blaine, Ark., but resided in the Mayfield community since his teenage years with the exception of time serving in the Army (1953-1961). His service included a tour in Germany and service with the Reserves. He was honorably discharged after returning to his Kansas home.

He left Arkansas at the age of 13, landing in the Mayfield community where he found work on a farm.  He worked “sun up to sun down” since that time, providing a legacy and a work ethic for his children and grandchildren and beyond.  He first working for others, and then with his wife established their own farm operation in the Mayfield community. The Tencleve Farms continues today run by his son, Dennis, and grandson, Jed Tencleve.  His son paid tribute to his father in a video (Salty Media House) “Four Generations of Family Farming Grandpa Tencleve”   https://m.youtube.com/watch?v+1sS-8NPIgXQ

Rex Wise, 21, South Haven: October 14, 1920 – December 7, 1941 (services Oct. 14, 2020)

Rex Wise

A graveside service with full military honors will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 14 at Braman Cemetery in Braman, for Navy Fireman 1st Class Rex E. Wise, 21, of South Haven, Kan., killed during World War II, and was accounted for on Oct. 17, 2019.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced in February that Wise was accounted for.

In a press release, the DPAA reports that On Dec. 7, 1941, Wise was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Wise.

Arnold Scheerger, 87, Clearwater: Dec. 12, 1932 – Oct. 3, 2020

Arnold Scheerger

Arnold J. Scheerger, age 87, died Saturday, October 3, 2020.

Services, Wednesday, October 7, 10 a.m., Webb-Shinkle Mortuary Chapel, Clearwater.

Arnold was born on Monday, December 12, 1932, in Tilden, Nebraska. He was united in marriage to Joycelyne “Joyce” Rubrecht on April 4, 1953, in Canton, Oklahoma.

Carolyn Yvonne (Underwood) Stewart, 85, Harper: Aug. 21, 1935 – Oct. 2, 2020

Carolyn Stewart

Carolyn Yvonne (Underwood) Stewart was born on August 21, 1935 in rural Cherokee, Oklahoma to George Carol Underwood and Vera Edna (Hatfield) Underwood.  The family lived near Driftwood, Oklahoma where Carolyn attended school.  She graduated from Byron-Driftwood High School with the Class of 1953.

On July 10, 1954, Carolyn was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Everett Stewart, in Cherokee, Okla.  This union was blessed with three children: Sherri, Kathy, and Randy.  They moved to Sand Springs, Oklahoma in 1955 for Everett to begin his career with the C. R. Anthony Company.  Carolyn was a homemaker and also worked alongside Everett in the store for many years as a cashier in Hutchinson, Kansas, Winfield, Kansas, and Garden City, Kansas before retiring in Harper, Kans. in April of 1995.

Billy L. Taylor, 78, Belle Plaine: Nov. 6, 1941 – Sept. 23, 2020

Billy Taylor

Billy L. Taylor, 78, died Sept. 23, 2020.  Born Nov. 6, 1941, to Lloyd Taylor and Irene (Thomas) Taylor. B.T. was preceded in death by his parents. Married to Jane Dill on Dec. 24th, 1960 for 59 years.

B.T. was a family man, avid horseman and an automotive painter for over 40 years. He was also active for many years in the community of Belle Plaine, serving in Lions Club, USD 357 Booster Club, long time board member of Sumner County Fire District Number # 9 and Buckaroo Saddle Club.

Survivors include his loving and devoted wife Jane Taylor, twin sister Sammie Blasdel of Owasso, OK, 3 children, Todd Taylor (Mary Jo) of Stafford, Tomma (Victor) Shamburger of Belle Plaine and Tim (LeAnn) Taylor of Park City as well as 8 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. 

Crystal A. Hargraves, 88, Wichita: May 22, 1932 – Sept. 26, 2020

Crystal Hargraves

Crystal A. Hargraves, age 88, retired elementary school teacher died on September 26, 2020.

She is survived by her sisters, Lois Barton and Phyllis (Bob) DuBois; nieces and nephews, Donna Durrin, Bob Barton, Tom Barton, Jim Barton, Ann DuBois and John DuBois; stepdaughters, Carolyn (Bob) Stude, Nancy (Kelly) Kenyon and Linda (Robby) Cleary; six step-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Marion A. Hargraves and parents, Robert and Martha Anderson.

Terry Hollman, 63, Wellington: July 16, 1957 – Sept. 28, 2020

Terry Hollman

Terry L. Hollman died on Monday, September 28, 2020, at his home in Wellington at the age of 63. He was born the son of Jerry and Mary Jane (Adams) Hollman on July 16, 1957, in Lincoln, Nebraska. After graduating from high school, Terry and his mother relocated to Wellington.

He eventually began employment at Pre-Mac and has been a diligent employee for 31 years. On November 11, 1989, Terry and Alice Horsch were united in marriage in Wellington. Together they celebrated nearly 30 years of marriage before her passing on September 5, 2019.

Doris Aubert, 82, Wellington: July 17, 1938 – Sept. 24, 2020

Doris Aubert

Doris P. Aubert, age 82, of Wellington, died Thursday, September 24, 2020, at Diversicare in Haysville, KS.  Through the years she worked as a riveter for Cessna Aircraft and as a machinist for Oxwell, Inc.

Doris P. (Bowman) Aubert was a triplet born on July 17, 1938 to Leonard Bowman, Sr. and Blanche (Clinkingbeard) Bowman in Little Rock, Ark.

She married Delbert Duane Aubert on May 15, 1961 in Newkirk, OK.  Delbert and Doris moved from Arkansas City, KS to Wellington in 1965.

She was a member of T.O.P.S. and was baptized at the Salvation Army Church in Arkansas City.  She enjoyed crafting and plastic canvas.  She also bowled for many years on a league in Arkansas City.

Maxine LaVerne White, 98, Caldwell: August 27, 1922 – Sept. 27, 2020

Maxine White

Maxine LaVerne White of Grapevine, died on Sunday, September 27, 2020.  She was 98 years old. Maxine was born on August 27, 1922, to Jennie Ethel (Templeton) Rains and Leslie Creed Rains on a farm outside of Caldwell Kansas. She attended Caldwell Schools and graduated from Caldwell High School where she met the love of her life, Marvin E. White.

They were married in San Antonio, Texas on August 14, 1944, while Marvin was in the Army Air-Corp.  After Marvin’s service, the young couple returned to the Caldwell area where they spent their lives farming and raising their beloved daughters.

Maxine, known to her family as Mackie, mom, grandma, and Gg, was a faithful servant of Christ. Her one true wish for her family was for each of them to know Jesus and honor Him. Maxine devoted her life to her husband and her family.  She was always ready to serve cake, cookies and candy to those who walked through her door.  She loved cooking fried chicken and making homemade malts to take to Marvin and whomever else was working the fields. 

Cody Lee Havner, 40, Wellington: Feb. 7, 1980 – Sept. 26, 2020

Cody Havner

Cody Lee Havner died unexpectedly on Saturday, September 26, 2020, at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita at the age of 40. He was born the son of Jarel and Rhonda (McCutcheon) Havner on February 7, 1980, in Wellington.

Cody attended schools in and graduated from South Haven High School. He worked in various jobs and was most recently employed at the Co-Op in Wellington. Cody enjoyed fishing with family and friends.

Linda Ann Briley, 70, Wellington: July 9, 1950 – Sept. 24, 2020

Linda Briley

Linda Ann Briley died on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita at the age of 70. She was born the daughter of Harold and Winifred (Wonderly) Van Pelt on July 9, 1950 in Greeley, Colorado. On November 2, 1968, she and Lin M. Briley were united in marriage in Wellington.

Together they celebrated 51 years of marriage. Linda worked for many years as an office administrator at Sumner Regional Medical Center. Linda loved being a wife, mother and grandmother and enjoyed anytime spent with her family. She will be missed by all that loved and knew her. 

Janet Vandruff, 60, Caldwell: Sept. 14, 1960 – Sept. 22, 2020

Janet Vandruff

Janet Vandruff died at the age of 60, on September 22, 2020 at Springview Manor in Conway Springs, Kansas following a struggle with cancer. Janet Elaine Clow was born September 14, 1960 in Caldwell, to Alfred and Harriett Clow. She attended Caldwell High School and later obtained her GED.

Growing up Janet’s mother would purchase tickets to Joyland for the family. Janet liked playing games such as Wahoo and Monopoly and growing herb gardens. Janet like to ride bikes with her sister Linda and running around the house driving her mom nuts.

Janet was united in marriage with Claude Vandruff on December 27, 1977 and they enjoyed 43 wonderful years together. She loved her two daughters, Aimee and Stephanie. They enjoyed fishing, camping and hiking together.

Arthur Robert ‘Bob’ McClure, 94, Ark City: May 24, 1926 – Sept. 20, 2020

Arthur “Bob” McClure

Arthur Robert “Bob” McClure, 94, of Arkansas City, passed away Sunday, September 20, 2020, at the William Newton Hospital in Winfield. Private family interment will be held at a later date.

Bob was born May 24, 1926, to Arthur G. and Fletah C. (Jenkins-Woodyard) McClure in Wichita. Bob attended schools in Wellington and graduated from Wellington High School in 1944. After high school he joined the U.S. Navy and served his country until his honorable discharge in 1946. After his discharge Bob went to school at Kansas State University where he earned his Bachelors Degree and graduated in 1950.

In November of 1946, Bob married Mickey Helm. The couple made their home in numerous places due to his job. Bob worked for Retail Credit Company in 1950. He then went to work for Standard Oil in 1952 till 1957, when the couple moved to Arkansas City. Bob worked for New York Life, United Agency, then General Electric. He then attended South Western College where he earned his teacher certification. Bob taught 8th grade Social Studied for 21 years until his retirement in 1989. After his retirement, he and Mickey loved to go RVing. They moved to the Ark City Presbyterian Manor in 2005.

Adam Wayne Ricke, 34, Wellington: August 12, 1986 – Sept. 20, 2020

Adam Ricke

Adam Wayne Ricke died unexpectedly on Sunday, September 20, 2020 in Wellington at the age of 34.

He was born the son of Harry and Vickie (Bartlow) Ricke on August 12, 1986, in Wellington. Adam was the youngest of three children and the only boy. He graduated from Wellington High School in the Class of 2004, attended K-State and then went on to graduate from Wichita State University. Adam then worked as a credit analyst at Meritrust Credit Union in Wichita. On December 14, 2018, Adam and Jessica Yunker were united in marriage in Wellington, and on March 3, 2020, they welcomed their daughter, Claire Suzanne into the world.

As a young child, Adam was adored by his two older sisters Kelsi and Karissa.  They thought the world of their baby brother.  They carried him around and always played games with him. His favorite games were “sumo wrestler” and locking them in the house while holding them hostage inside with the garden hose.  His love for reading was developed at a very young age.  He would often spend Saturdays with his mom and sisters at the mall… reading a book outside the store. He gained two brothers when his sisters got married.  Greg was a role model and someone he looked up to and respected, and Gary was more than a brother, he was a best friend.  He will forever be Gary’s favorite golf partner.

Bernadine ‘Bernie’ Crittenden, 85, Wellington: Nov. 22, 1934 – Sept. 22, 2020

Bernadine Crittenden

Bernadine “Bernie” Crittenden, age 85, died early Tuesday morning, September 22, 2020, at her home in Wellington.  Bernie was a long time Wellington resident and a retired United States Postal Service Clerk.

Bernie was born on November 22, 1934, in North Platte, Nebraska to Alex and Zoe McKiernan.

Bernadine McKiernan married Max Crittenden on July 22, 1955, at the First Baptist Church in Wellington, KS. They had celebrated 58 years of marriage before Max passed away in March of 2014.

She loved spending time with her family and friends and enjoyed attending and supporting her children and grandchildren’s activities. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and was the pianist for many years.

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