Category Archives: Obituaries

Eugene Ralph ‘Huey’ Hubbard, 88, Wellington: March 4, 1928 – Jan. 16, 2017

Eugene Ralph “Huey” Hubbard died Monday, January 16, 2017 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 88.

Huey was born the son of Gobel and Minnie Hubbard on Sunday, March 4, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois. His mother died when he was just two years old. Huey and his brother then moved to California and were raised by their grandmother, Mary Hill. Following graduation, Huey joined the United States Army and served overseas.

Once discharged, he returned to California and began his career at the City of San Diego and retired in the 1980’s. Huey and his wife, Sandra Lee Hubbard, enjoyed many years of marriage before her passing in 1994. He then began a friendship with Geri McClung and eventually decided to move to Kansas in 1999. Huey loved that Kansas allowed him to experience all four seasons of the year and he particularly enjoyed golfing any chance he had. 

Survivors include his dear friend, Geri McClung of Wellington and her children: Robert McClung of Mina, Nevada and Sena Knudsen of Siloam Springs, Ark. along with his cousin, Dorothy Miller and her family of San Diego, Calif. 

Jaunita Troutman Gerdes, 99, Wellington: Feb. 22, 1917 – Jan. 17, 2017

Jaunita Troutman

Jaunita Troutman

Jaunita F. Troutman Gerdes, age 99, Wellington resident for over 60 years, passed away early Tuesday morning, January 17, 2017 at Brookdale Senior Living in Wellington.

Jaunita F. (Tracy) Troutman Gerdes was born on February 22, 1917 in Carmen, OK to Charles Tracy and Edith (Beadles) Tracy.  Jaunita was raised in Oklahoma.  She had resided in South Haven, KS for 10 years before moving to Wellington.

Jaunita Tracy married Glen E. Troutman on June 8, 1935.  He preceded her in death in 1985.   She then married Olen Gerdes on July 17, 1993.  He preceded her in death in 2011.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, and the great outdoors.  She loved living in Wellington.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her two husbands, Glen Troutman and Olen Gerdes; son, Donald Troutman; daughter, Jana Troutman; granddaughter, Donna Troutman Crozier; and 12 brothers and sisters.

Mary Katherine Brockleman, 87, Wellington: July 3, 1929 – Jan. 16, 2017

Katherine Brockleman

Katherine Brockleman

Mary Katherine Brockleman, 87, died Monday, January 16, 2017, at Golden Living Center in Wellington.

Katherine was born to Adelbert and Ona (Fent) Disney on July 3, 1929, in a farmhouse near Madison, Kans.  Katherine and her six siblings developed a strong work ethic while working on the family farm.  She learned how to make delicious meals for large groups of people.  Katherine made the best potato salad, fried chicken, and meringue pies.  She attended Madison public schools and graduated in 1947.

After graduation, Katherine worked at a cafe in Emporia where she met her husband, Floyd.  He was serving in the Air Force and home on leave.  After several days of coming into the cafe, Katherine was dared to put salt in his coffee.  Fortunately, Floyd thought the prank was funny and waited outside the door that afternoon to offer to escort her home.  They were married on June 19, 1948, in Kansas City, Missouri.  They had one daughter, Marsha.

Berniece Daphne Hass, 89, Wellington: May 30, 1927 – Jan. 10, 2017

Berniece Daphne Hass

Berniece Daphne Hass

Berniece Daphne Hass, 89, of Wellington, Kansas passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017 in Kansas City.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home – 704 N. Washington Wellington,

Kansas 67152. Burial will follow at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington. Visitation will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, January 13, 2017 at the funeral home, family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m.

Berniece Daphne Hass was born on May 30, 1927 in Bonham, Texas to proud parents Joe and Ellie (Langham) Easley. She grew up and attended school in Texas. On February 14, 1964 she married the love of her life, Oscar L. Hass Jr. in Howe, Oklahoma. They enjoyed many wonderful years together before his passing on August 4, 2012. 

James Baumgarner, 78, formerly of Wellington: Dec. 28, 1938 – Jan. 2, 2017

James Baumgarner

James Baumgarner

James Baumgarner was born on December 28, 1938 in Wellington.  He died of pneumonia on January 2, 2017 in Bedford, Pennsylvania, after having defeated cancer (prostate, tongue, throat, lung) nine times.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Ani, of Bedford, Pennsylvania, his brother David of Wellington, Kansas, his sister Sue Freemyer and husband Howard of Jayton, Texas, his brother Johnnie Mack of Wichita, Kansas, his sister-in-law Teresa Baumgarner of Hilo, Hawaii, many nephews and nieces in Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Hawaii, North Carolina, California, and many lifelong friends, with whom he kept in touch through the years.  He was preceded in death by his parents James and Clara (Ogle) Baumgarner, one brother, Richard, and three sisters, Margaret Rayl, Mary Anice Turley, and Jane Bennett.

Jim was enthusiastic about life.  He was a loving, talented, and passionate man who was always there to help family, friends, and strangers alike.  He was an encouragement to all and his family will always be thankful for his loving guidance and help.

(Updated with service information) Megan JoLynn Cabrera, 23, Wellington: May 26, 1993 – Dec. 25, 2016

Megan Cabrera

Megan Cabrera

Megan JoLynn Cabrera of Wellington, died on Sunday Dec. 25 ,2016. She was 23 years old.

Megan was born the daughter of Christina Logue of Hutchinson and Bob Ray of Parsons on May 26, 1993 in Wichita.

She attended Wellington High School.  On March 18, 2014, Megan and Jeremy Cabrera were united in marriage. On this day they became a family, full of love and hope with their three children. Her spirit is carried on by JaquLynn Saqqara Cabrera,  Ja’Lynn Olivia Cabrera, and Jordan James-Robinson Cabrera.

Al Amberg Jr., 93, Wellington: Feb. 18, 1923 – Jan. 7, 2017

Al Amberg

Al Amberg

Albert Sidney Amberg Jr. died Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 93.

Albert was born the son of Albert, Sr. and Bessie Lee (Stephens) Amberg on Sunday, February 18, 1923 in Wellington, Kansas.

Following high school graduation, Albert enlisted in the US Army and served in the South Pacific during WWII. After his discharge, Albert attended college where he played football at Fort Hays State University and Emporia State University. He later began his career in the railroad industry and retired from AT&SF Railroad after a 36 year career. 

On November 4, 1950, Albert and Doris L. Dorr were united in marriage in Wellington, Kansas. Together they recently celebrated 66 years of marriage.

Guy Ann ‘Lusk’ Branham, 80, Wellington: April 14, 1936 – Jan. 4, 2017

Guy Ann Lusk

Guy Ann Lusk

Guy Ann “Lusk” Branham, age 80, died in Wellington, on January 4, 2017 two months after she lost her husband of 60 years.

Guy Ann was born on April 14, 1936 in Shelbiana, KY to Grover Cleveland Lusk and Opal Lillian (Burke) Lusk.  She graduated from Virgie High School.  She married Sam “Bolden” Branham Jr. on December 10th, 1955 in Richmond, IN.  Together they had 3 children.

Guy Ann is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Samuel Branham Jr; one son, Brian Keith Branham; and 10 brothers and sisters.

David Lowry, 47, Oxford: Jan. 1, 1969 – Dec. 30, 2016

David Lowry

David Lowry

David Lowry, 47, of Oxford, died Friday, December 30, 2016 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 7, 2017, at the Oxford Cemetery in Oxford, Kansas. A memorial has been established for the Cowley County Humane Society. Contributions can be left with the Oxford Funeral Home, P. O. Box 123, Oxford, Kans. 67119. For further information please visit

Harold David Lowry was born January 1, 1969, the son of Ronald Roy and Elizabeth Dianna (Coate) Lowry in Wellington. He graduated from Oxford High School in 1987 where he was a good athlete and enjoyed football. He was a self-employed carpenter, landscaper and painter.

Mildred Hainsworth, 90, Wellington: Jan. 3, 1927 – Jan. 3, 2017

Mildred Hainsworth

Mildred Hainsworth

Mildred Pauline Hainsworth, of Wellington, died Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington on her 90th birthday.

Mildred was born the daughter of John H. and Della (Pitman) McCort on Monday, January 3, 1927 in Wellington.

Mildred and Harold Hainsworth were married on June 21, 1945 on the last day of Harold’s Army leave. Harold left that same afternoon to return to his post in Hawaii, during WWII. For their 50th anniversary Harold took Mildred on their honeymoon to Hawaii. 

Following Harold’s work they raised their family primarily in Kansas with moves to Michigan and Alabama before finally returning to Kansas to farm. To help to support the family farm Mildred worked a variety of jobs. But, the lifework she was most proud of was that of wife, mother and grandmother. Her family was her most prized possession. She loved to sew and cook even winning a ribbon at the state fair for her beloved jelly. Mildred was also an active farm wife, driving wheat trucks to the Co-Op and cooking wonderful meals. 

Donna Jean Hubbard, 70, Wellington: Oct. 5, 1946 – Dec. 26, 2016

Donna Jean Hubbard, lifelong Wellington resident, went to heaven on December 26, 2016 at the age of 70.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Vlasta (Stejskal) Hubbard and her father, Cecil Hubbard and her sister-in-law, Kathy Hubbard.

Donna was born October 5, 1946 in Wellington, Kansas.  She was a 1964 graduate of Wellington High School.  She began working in high school at the Wellington Hospital in the kitchen and continued her career with the move to Sumner Regional Medical Center with over 50 years service.

Donna was devoted to her family and church.  She was a loyal, faithful member of the First Christian Church and been involved in many committees and groups at the church through the years from singing in the choir to arranging the peace lilies for Easter Sunday.  Donna adored her nieces, Jennifer and DeeAnna and her nephew, Clinton. 

Alvin D. ‘Al’ Herrington, 86, WHS graduate: Sept. 23, 1930 – Dec. 23, 2016

Alvin Herrington

Alvin Herrington

Alvin D. “Al” Herrington, 86, attorney, died Friday, December 23, 2016. Alvin was born September 23, 1930, in Wellington, to Ethel (Britt) and Joseph Herrington. He graduated from Wellington High School in 1948, received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas in 1955 and graduated from the University of Kansas Law School in 1957 as a member of the Order of the Coif.

Al served 3 years in the United States Army in the Counter Intelligence Corps. Mr. Herrington practiced law with the law firm of McDonald, Tinker, Skaer, Quinn and Herrington from 1957-2011. He enjoyed a distinguished career and was an accomplished trial and appellate attorney.

Bob Holdaway, 88, Wellington: May 24, 1928 – Dec. 22, 2016


Bob Holdaway

Bob F. Holdaway, 88, of Wellington died Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., January 2, 2017, at the Free Will Baptist Church in Wellington. Arrangements are with Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. A memorial has been established for the Babe Ruth Baseball. Contributions can be left with the funeral home. For further information please visit

Bob Franklin Holdaway was born May 24, 1928, the son of Luke and Hettie (Brown) Holdaway in Wellington, Kansas. He graduated from Wellington High School in 1946 and joined the United States Navy serving his country from 1946 until 1948. On June 13, 1948 Bob was united in marriage to Joy Rains.

Russell Lee Whorley, 75, Belle Plaine: Dec. 2, 1941 – Dec. 22, 2016

Russell Lee Whorley, age 75, a resident of Belle Plaine, KS since 1956, died Tuesday evening, December 22, 2016 at Sumner Regional Medical Center.

Russell was born on December 2, 1941 in Lewisburg, TN to Howard Richard Whorley and Nannie Baxter (Hardison) Whorley.  He lived in Mayfield, KS from 1943-1956 then moved to Belle Plaine.  He was a graduate of Belle Plaine High School.

Russell attended a trade school in Kansas City, MO studying Airline Operations, where later he became an Air Traffic controller at Mid-Continent Airport.  He joined the United States Army and served from 1968-1969.  Through the years he attended several Law Enforcement Schools and Emergency Management Schools.  He served in the Kansas Army National Guard from February of 1964 until March of 1992. He worked for the Belle Plaine Police Department for several years in the 1950’s. He also worked for the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office for 40 plus years.

Monika Ingrid (Weufen) Stayton died on Dec. 12, 2016

Monika Ingrid (Weufen) Stayton died of pancreatic cancer on December 12, 2016.

Monika was born on February 2, in Meiningen, Thuringia, in what was then East Germany.  She is the daughter of Harry and Erika (Oppelt) Weufen.  On April 19, 1997, Monika and Robert (Rob) G. Stayton were united in marriage in Bavaria, Germany.

After high school, she received further education and earned a certificate as a secretary and worked in her hometown.  After her marriage, she moved to Gollachostheim, Bavaria, Germany.  In 1998 she moved to Manhattan, KS, and remained there until Rob left the Army in 2001.  They moved to Maryland until 2010 when they achieved Monika’s dream of moving to Florida.  However, Rob’s work required another move and with great disappointment she moved to Virginia in April 2016.

Jayne Schalk, 92, Wellington: May 12, 1924 – Dec. 20, 2016

Jayne Schalk

Jayne Schalk

Jayne (Phelps) Schalk, of Wellington, died Tuesday, December 20, 2016 surrounded by her family at Brookdale Assisted Living of Wellington at the age of 92.

Jayne was born the daughter of Otto and Althea (Schmidt) Samuelson on Monday, May 12, 1924 in Topeka.

On April 4, 1948, Jayne and Howard Phelps were united in marriage in Topeka.  Together they celebrated 42 years of marriage before his passing in January of 1991. Jayne married Raymond Schalk on May 6, 2001 in Wellington. They were blessed with 15 years of marriage.

As a young woman, Jayne attended Clark’s Secretarial School in Topeka and began her administrative career soon after. Jayne worked in many offices over the years and retired from Plessey Midwest. Jayne was an active member of First United Methodist Church for nearly 50 years and especially enjoyed her time in the Ruth Circle group and the Searchers Sunday School Class. She was a proud member of the Wellington Lions Club. 

Alan Eugene Roberts, 90, Newton: March 29, 1926 – Oct. 27, 2016

Alan Eugene Roberts, 90, of Newton, died Oct. 27, 2016 at Brookdale East Assisted Living in Wichita.  He was born March 29, 1926 near Corbin, Kansas to Frederick William Roberts and Bertha Anna (Mock) Roberts.  Alan graduated from Caldwell in 1944.  Alan farmed north of Caldwell for several years and later farmed north of Dodge City.

Alan was very proud of his father’s accomplishments of playing and coaching football at the University of Oklahoma at Norman, around 1899 to 1902.  Fred Roberts was one of four inductees into the Wellington High School “Wall of Recognition” in 2012.

Jack Lee Howell, 76, formerly from Wellington: March 7, 1940 – Dec. 6, 2016

Jack Lee Howell

Jack Lee Howell

Jackie L. Howell, 76, died peacefully on December 6, 2016 in Rogers, Minn.

Jack was born on March 7, 1940 to Wythal and Wanda Howell in Wellington, where he grew up with his brother Wayne, and graduated from high school.  Soon after high school, Jack, moved to Kansas City where he served in the Army and later worked for International Harvester.

While in Kansas City, he met his wife, Jennifer, and had three sons.  In 1979 Jack was transferred to Minnesota by International Harvester where he lived for the remainder of his life.

Jack is preceded in death by his father, Wythal; stepfather, Bill Spainhour; and nephew, Brent Howell.

Betty (Phillips) Hickman-Kemp, 89, Wellington: Jan. 17, 1927 – Dec. 14, 2016

Betty (Phillips) Hickman-Kemp, formerly of Goodland, died Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at Wellington Health and Rehab in Wellington at the age of 89.

Betty was born the daughter of Paul Lincoln and Blanche (Deane) Phillips on Monday, January 17, 1927 in Bird City.

In 1945, Betty and Charles E. Hickman were united in marriage in Atwood.  Together they celebrated 13 years of marriage before his passing in 1958. She later married Floyd M. Kemp, Jr. in August of 1966. 

Betty was a caregiver at heart as she spent her lifetime taking care of others. Whether it was in-home care of the elderly or providing meals from a kitchen, Betty was helpful to all that she knew.

Survivors include her son, Charles Hickman and his wife Deborah of Belle Plaine; son, Kenneth Hickman and his wife Patricia of Canon City, Colorado; grandchildren: Devine Church, Charles Hickman, III, Jonathan Hickman, Jennifer Hughes and Terry Purcell; 10 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; brother, Don Phillips and sisters, Agnes Henderson and Clarice Machal-Titus.  

Justin Greeno, 48, Oxford: Sept. 29, 1968 – Dec. 12, 2016

Justin Greeno

Justin Greeno

Justin Greeno, of Oxford died on Monday, December 12, 2016 at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita at the age of 48.

Justin was born the son of Irene (Ferguson) and Bob J. Greeno on Sunday, September 29, 1968 in Wellington.

Justin was well known, loved and always ready to share a laugh or lend a helping hand. On June 18, 2011 after a thorough and heartfelt study of the bible, Justin was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He enjoyed sharing the hope he discovered in his study of God’s word with others!

He will be remembered as a generous, kindhearted man! Justin is resting safely in Jehovah’s memory waiting for the coming resurrection to paradise here on earth. (John 5:28,29; Psalms 37:29)

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