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Centenarian Ruby Eschelman, 100, Caldwell: July 21, 1918 – Nov. 17, 2018

Ruby Eschelman

Ruby Thelma (Stewart) Eshelman, 100 years of age, of Caldwell, died November 17, 2018 at Sumner County Hospital District #1.  Ruby was born July 21, 1918 on a farm north of Renfrow, Okla. to Sam and Ina (Williams) Stewart.  She graduated from Caldwell High School in 1935.

She married Earl Eshelman December 11, 1937. They celebrated 73 years of marriage.

Ruby was a homemaker busy raising four boys and one girl, helping Earl on the farm, a 4-H leader, member of Eureka Star EHU, Spring Creek Cemetery Club and a member of the Caldwell Church of God.

After Earl and Ruby retired, they liked to travel, and Ruby found she really liked to fly thanks to her sister Opal and her husband Vernon.

Norma Jo Miller, 91, Wellington: August 29, 1927 – Nov. 15, 2018

Norma Jo Miller

Norma Jo Miller, of Mayfield, died Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita at the age of 91.

Norma Jo was born the daughter of John B. and Edna Mae (Johnson) Wade on Monday, August 29, 1927 in Wellington.

On July 7, 1944 Norma Jo and Dean Albert Miller were united in marriage in Wellington. Together they celebrated 61 years of marriage before his passing in 2005.

Her faith and church were important to her and Norma Jo enjoyed participating in the United Methodist Women, the Bell Choir, Ruth Circle among other things. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, sewing and going to craft shows. Above all, Norma Jo loved being a mother and grandmother. She will be missed by all that knew her.

Billie Wheeler, 89, Oxford: Nov. 9, 1929 – Nov. 15, 2018

Billie Wheeler

Billy Byron Wheeler, 89, of Oxford died on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

Billy was born on November 9, 1929 in Western Grove, Arkansas, to Carl and Jessie (Jones) Wheeler. Billy was united in marriage to Bernice Waters on August 25, 1951 in Oxford. They had recently celebrated 67 years of marriage. Billy worked at Boeing as a Fabrication Manager. He enjoyed fishing, carpentry, food and the boy scouts. He loved his family very much.

Billy is survived by his wife, Bernice of the home; children, Billie Rivers, Bobby Wheeler, and Byron (Diana) Wheeler all of Oxford; sister Jane Krafels of Hutchison; grandchildren, Jennifer Rivers, Crystal Williams, Joshua Wheeler, Benjamin Wheeler, Melissa Linot, and 12  great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Janet ‘Jan’ Cubbage, 75, Wellington: July 26, 1943 – Nov. 13, 2018

Jan Cubbage

Janet “Jan” Kathleen Cubbage, age 75, Wellington resident for most of her life, with a short time in Wichita and Georgia, died Tuesday morning, November 13, 2018 at Sumner Regional Medical Center.  She had worked as a typesetter for Fullerton Printing for many years and also at Sumner Mental Health for several years before retiring to be a full time “Mimi” to Sienna.

Jan was born on July 26, 1943 in Wellington, KS to Anderson Davis Trotman and Esther L. (Kitterman) Trotman.  She was raised in Wellington and was a graduate of Wellington High School with the Class of 1961.

Jan was very active in the community with BPW, Women’s Chamber, Soroptimist, DWF, and also had co-chaired the Sumner County Wheat Festival. She loved spending time with her family and friends.

M. Pauline Pope, 83, Wellington: March 5, 1935 – Nov. 6, 2018.

M. Pauline Pope, 83, died on Nov. 6, 2018. She is the daughter of William C and Thelma C Linder, which precedes her in death.

Pauline was united in marriage to Raymond Pope on June 5, 1954 which he precedes her in death.

They had five children: R, Mark Pope, which also proceeds her in death; four daughters: Kammi (Larry) Eady, Wilma (Tom) Miller, Karla (Dean Kimper) Schwind, all of Wellington, and Teresa (Scott) Blake of Milan; one foster son: Mike (Dawana) Grow of Kechi; two sisters: Nadine Herschenhofer of Arizona and Macel Dickey of Oregon; two brothers, Marvin Linder of Nebraska; and Larrry Linder of Kansas; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and two great grandchildren. 

Clifford Kirk Williams, 66, Caldwell: Nov. 2, 1952 – Nov. 6, 2018

Clifford Kirk Willams

Clifford Kirk Williams died November 6, 2018 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.  He was admitted with an acute case of pneumonia.

Kirk was born in Caldwell, Kansas on November 2, 1952 to James (Jim) and Kathryn (Carter) Williams.  He was the second of five children born to this union.  He had a big brother Steve, younger sister Tonya, little brother Jimmy and really younger sister Lori.  He grew up on the family farm west of Caldwell and attended Bailey School during his childhood and went on to Caldwell to finish his education.  He was baptized in the Caldwell Presbyterian Church where he attended Sunday School during his youth.  He graduated from Caldwell High with the Class of 1970.

Hazel Rosazella (Harth) Wagoner, 99, Wellington: Feb. 18, 1919 – Nov. 6, 2018

Hazel Wagoner

Hazel Rosazella (Harth) Wagoner, age 99, Sumner County resident since 1945, died Tuesday afternoon, November 6, 2018 at her home in Wellington.  She was a homemaker and a farmer.

Hazel was born on February 18, 1919 to Huebert William Harth and Fern Alice (Morland) Harth on the family farm in rural Alva, OK.

Hazel married Vernie Delbert Wagoner on November 15, 1935 in Alva, OK.  He preceded her in death in 1980.

Hazel enjoyed spending time with her family, dancing, and quilting.

John David Diebold, 64, Wellington: July 29, 1954 – Nov. 6, 2018

John Diebold

John David Diebold, of Wellington, died Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at his home in Wellington at the age of 64.

John was born the son of Francis and Patsy (Hodgkiss) Diebold on Thursday, July 29, 1954 in Kansas City.

Survivors include his sons: David Diebold and his wife Lacey from Wichita, James Diebold and his wife Erren from Clearwater; grandsons: Austin Diebold  and Andrew Miller; granddaugher, Genevieve Diebold and his brother, Jim Diebold and his wife Susie of Lenexa.  He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Carolyn Diebold.

Gail Shore, 80, Wellington: March 6, 1938 – Nov. 5, 2018

Gail Shore

Gail M. Shore, of Wellington, died on Monday, November 5, 2018 at his home in Wellington at the age of 80.

Gail was born the son of Marion Henry and Ada (Allen) Shore on Sunday, March 6, 1938 in Milan. He graduated from Wellington High School in 1956. 

On February 7, 1959, Gail and Sallie Ann Pennock were united in marriage at the First Christian Church in Wellington. Together they celebrated nearly 60 years of marriage.  Gail farmed his whole life on the family farm south of Wellington. He served 20 years on the Farmer’s Cooperative Board, 12 years as President. He also served on the Jackson Township board for many years. 

In addition to growing wheat, grain sorghum and soybeans, he had stock cattle and later moved into a cow/calf operation. He loved working with animals and never went far without a dog at his side. He loved to hunt and enjoyed spending time with his family at the farm and the lake. He served 18 years on the Farmer’s Co-op board and 14 years as president.  

Philip Edward Castillo, 58, Wellington: June 2, 1960 – Nov. 2, 2018

Philip Edward Castillo, of Wellington, died Friday, November 02, 2018 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 58.

Philip was born the son of Gomesindo and Lucille (Gomez) Castillo on Thursday, June 02, 1960 in Wellington.

Survivors include his daughters, Rebecca Eastman of Ark City and Shauna Castillo of Winfield; his sister, Elisa (Alvarez) Ramirez and her husband Joe of Goddard; brothers Ralph Alvarez of Palo Alto, California; Joe Alvarez of Wichita; Tony Castillo and his wife Sheryl of Kansas City, Missouri; Al Castillo of Wichita; Jesse Castillo and his wife Pam of Hutchinson; John Castillo of Wellington; Jim Castillo of Eureka and Manuel Castillo of Las Vegas, Nevada, along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters: Fran Fehrenbach, Bea Blondell, Mary Alvarez Toote and Ruth Alvarez Young; brother, Andrew Alvarez.

Donald Dean Brawdy, 81, Wellington, Belle Plaine: March 15, 1937 – Oct. 31, 2018

Donald Dean Brawdy, age 81, Wellington and Belle Plaine resident most of his life, died Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at LakePoint Wichita in Wichita.  He was retired conductor for the AT&SF Railroad.

Donald was born on March 15, 1937 in Wellington, KS to Harvey Luther Brawdy and Bessie M. (Curry) Brawdy.  He graduated from Wellington High School and then served in the United States Navy from November of 1954 to January of 1958.

He married Sue Jean McEwen on August 16, 1969 in Arkansas City, KS.  She passed away in 1995.  He then married Carol Rowan on May 23, 1998 in Wichita.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife Sue Jean Brawdy.

Joan Elaine Biggerstaff, 85, Wellington: April 19, 1933 – Oct. 31, 2018

Joan Biggerstaff

Joan Elaine Biggerstaff, of Wellington, died Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita at the age of 85.

Joan was born the daughter of Joseph and Emma (Svacha) Ciskowski on Wednesday, April 19, 1933 in Enid, Oklahoma. She went on to graduate from Medford (OK) High School. On December 28, 1951, Joan and Jack Biggerstaff were united in marriage in Medford, Okla.

Together they celebrated 36 years of marriage before his unexpected passing in 1987. Joan was blessed to find love again and married Gordon Robare on December 7, 1991 in Wichita. The couple enjoyed 21 years of marriage. Gordon passed in 2013. 

Margaret Seal, 95, Wellington: June 12, 1923 – Oct. 25, 2018

Margaret Seal, 95, of Wellington, died on October 25, 2018 at the Brookdale Senior Living Center in Wellington.

Graveside Memorial Services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington with the Rev. Andy Hargrove of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington is in charge of arrangements. To leave an online condolence please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.

Margaret was born June 12, 1923 in Wellington. She graduated from Wellington High School in 1941.  Upon graduation she moved to New York City to work for American Airlines.  She then moved to Midland, Texas in 1955 to work for Continental Oil Company and moved back to New York in 1958 to work for John B. Hewett, Inc. and worked there until she retired in 1992, then she moved back to Wellington.

Edith Johnson, 93, Wichita: Jan. 25, 1925 – Oct. 17, 2018

Edith Johnson

Edith E. Johnson, age 93, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother, died Wednesday evening, October 17, 2018 at Via Christi St. Joseph Hospital in Wichita, Kansas.  She was a homemaker and had been a Wichita, KS resident most of her adult life.

Edith was born on January 25, 1925 in Wellington, KS to Roy McDonald and Mrytle (Sidebottom) McDonald.  She was raised in the Wellington, KS and was a graduate of Wellington High School with the Class of 1943.

Edith married Stanley Johnson on June 22, 1973 in Wichita, KS.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Janet Wright; sister, Pauline Daniels; and two brothers, Amos McDonald and Glen McDonald.

Josephine McIntyre, 92, Wellington: January 18, 1926 – Oct. 12, 2018

Josephine McIntyre

Josephine McIntyre died Friday, October 12, 2018 at her home in rural Wellington at the age of 92.

Josephine was born the daughter of Joseph and Helen (Talman) Corr on Monday, January 18, 1926 in Clearwater.

On January 14, 1945, Josephine and Wayne H. McIntyre were united in marriage in Clearwater. Together they celebrated 63 of marriage before his passing in 2008.

Survivors include her sister, Carol McIntyre of Wichita; son, Bob McIntyre and his wife Gerri of Beaver Crossing, Nebraska; son, Kent McIntyre and his wife Paula of Wellington, granddaughters: Jennifer Drew and her husband Chris of Kearney, Nebraska, Cole McIntyre of Raleigh, North Carolina, Lauree Young and her husband David of Augusta, Chaney Kraft and her husband Damon of Clearwater, Stacey Winter and her husband Dane of Clearwater, Katie Duncan and her husband Aaron of Mulvane, grandsons: Mike McIntyre and his wife Evette of Wellington, Greg McIntyre and his wife Lisa of Wellington, Bobby McIntyre and his wife Sarah of Wellington, Drew McIntyre of Wellington, Clayton Campbell of Pittsburg, Kyle Campbell of Wichita; many great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Lynn FitzSimmons, 73, Wellington: May 29, 1945 – Oct. 11, 2018

Lynn FitzSimmons

Lynn D. FitzSimmons, 73, died on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Westview Manor in Derby.

Lynn was born the son of Vernon and Carrie (Poland) FitzSimmons on Tuesday, May 29, 1945 in Pratt. He was raised on the family farm in Cunningham. Lynn farmed for many years and continued to farm after selling his land. Outside of the farm, Lynn was the Director of Vocational Education for USD 619 in Wellington. 

On May 24, 1992, Lynn and Jan Kay (Querry) Mackender were united in marriage at the First United Methodist Church in Wellington. Together they celebrated 26 years of marriage.

Gloria Ann Roberts, 73, Wellington: July 13, 1945 – Oct. 11, 2018

Gloria Roberts

Gloria Ann Roberts, age 73, lifelong Wellington resident, died Thursday morning, October 11, 2018 at Sumner Regional Medical Center.  Gloria retired from working at Sumner Regional Medical Center after a long career in medical records.

Gloria Ann (King) Roberts was born on July 13, 1945 in Wellington, KS to James E. King and Mary Lee (Gaskill) King.  She was raised in Wellington and was a WHS graduate with the Class of 1963.

She married Maurice D. Roberts on July 1, 1982 at the First Christian Church in Wellington, KS.

Gloria was a lifelong member of the First Christian Church.  She loved her horse and riding, camping, spending time with her family, playing cards, and dominos.

Patricia Pfanenstiel, 59, Wellington: Nov. 8, 1958 – Oct. 4, 2018

Patricia Pfanenstiel, 59, of Wellington, KS, died, October 4, 2018 at her home with her loving husband by her side.

Memorial Services will be held 10:30 A.M. Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the First Christian Church in Wellington. No visitation is scheduled as cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers memorials have been established with the Wellington Food Bank and the Blessing House and may 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 www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.

Patricia Ann was born November 8, 1958 in Wellington, KS, the daughter of Billy and Mary Ann (Coslett) Love. She graduated from Clearwater High School in 1977. On March 11, 1983 Patricia was united in marriage to Jacob Pfanenstiel. She was a para at the Wellington High School and loved spending time with the students.

Mildred ‘Beth’ Reimer, 84, formerly of Wellington: July 8, 1934 – Sept. 30, 2018

Beth Reimer

Mildred E. “Beth” Reimer, formerly of Wellington, died Sunday, September 30, 2018 at Kindred Home in Yuma, Arizona at the age of 84. 

Beth was born the third daughter of Charles and Josephine (Tredway) Thresher on Sunday, July 8, 1934 in Jetmore. On June 14, 1953, Beth and Donald L. Reimer were united in marriage in Hillsboro. Together they celebrated 65 years of marriage.

The Reimers made their home in Wellington for many years. She was involved in many activities but loved being a Troop Leader with the Girl Scouts. Beth was the owner of The Sewing Box Fabric Store and was an avid quilter. She was the chairman of the Yuma Chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild. Beth and her husband enjoyed traveling and their time spent in Arizona as her health declined. She will be missed by all that knew her. 

Rex Moser, 83, Mayfield: July 27, 1935 – Oct. 4, 2018

Rex Moser

Rex Moser, 83, of Mayfield, died from this earthly realm, October 4, 2018 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, October 8, 2018 at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints 1003 W. 22nd Street in Wellington. Memorials have been established with the Wellington Humane Society P.O. Box 494, Wellington, 67152 and the Shriners Children’s Hospital and may be left with Shelley Family Funeral Home, 704 N. Washington, Wellington, Kans. 67152. For further information or to leave an online condolence please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.

Rex Fred Moser was born July 27, 1935 in Mayfield, the second son of Charlie and Ira (Chiles) Moser. Rex was raised on the farm in the small town of Mayfield. He always commented on what a great childhood he had, along with his older brother, Dean.

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