Category Archives: Obituaries

Jerald Schmidt, 84, Caldwell: Dec. 13, 1932 – Sept. 21, 2017

Jerald Schmidt

Jerald Schmidt of Caldwell was always proud that he was born on a farm on the Chisholm Trail, during a blizzard, on December 13, 1932.  He died at age 84.  He attended the Greenman Country School for several years before coming into town school and graduated the class of 1950 at Caldwell High School.

Farming was his passion and worked hard all his life trying to improve his farming methods and his cattle herd.  When he was a young man and the farm work was finished in the fall, he would head to Wichita or Oklahoma City to work thru the winter months and head back to Caldwell in the spring.  While in Oklahoma City, he met his bride, Joellen, who was teaching in the Oklahoma City Catholic School system.  They married on July 20, 1963, in Yonkers, New York, then headed back to Caldwell.

Jerald was active in NFO – National Farmers Organization with farmers all over the country, who worked together to improve prices for the farm crops.

Kendrick Lee Chapman, 79, Wellington: May 27, 1938 – Sept. 19, 2017

Kendrick Lee Chapman, age 79, a Wellington, KS resident since 1974, died Tuesday evening, September 19, 2017 at Wellington Health and Rehab.  He was a retired farmer.

Kendrick Lee Chapman was born on May 27, 1938 in Beattie, KS to Clarence Raymond Chapman and Esta May (Winney) Chapman.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his brother, Dean Chapman of Humboldt, NE and two sisters, Karon Phillips of Roanoke, VA and Mary Saunders of Tigard, OR.

Glen White, 82, Caldwell: July 17, 1935 – Sept. 18, 2017

Glen White

Glen Eugene White, age 82, of Caldwell, died on Sept 18, 2017.   Services will be held at the Ponderosa, one of Glen’s most cherished farms, at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 23, 2017.  Following the service there will be a celebration, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., at Sugar Sister’s located at 20 S. Main in Caldwell where family and friends will join to honor “The Glen White Life”…honoring Faith, Family and FUN.

Glen was born in Caldwell, Kansas on July 17, 1935, to John Alva and Jeanette Elizabeth (Nettie) Tibbits White. He was the youngest of five children born to this marriage and the first to be born in Caldwell Hospital, the others being born at home.  His siblings were Genevieve (White) Wooderson, Maxine (White) Stewart, Phyllis (White) Cadek, and Richard White.

Glen graduated from Caldwell High School in the Class of 1953 and went onto complete two years of college education, the first at Ark City Junior College (ACJC) and the following year at Kansas State University.  Glen began his education in a country school, where he would ride his horse to school and was taught by his sister Maxine (White) Stewart.

He served his country for two years, serving in the United State Army.  Upon leaving the service he returned to Caldwell where he farmed and ran cattle with his brother Richard… the ‘R&G White Brothers’, until his retirement in 1999. 

George Davis, 85, Wellington: Feb. 19, 1932 – Sept. 16, 2017

George Davis

George N. Davis, age 85, long time Wellington resident passed away September 16, 2017 at Sumner Regional Medical Center.  Through the years he worked as a machinist for Machine Products and GEC.  He retired from GEC in 1994.

George N. Davis was born on February 19, 1932, in Kansas City, MO to George Nelson Davis, Sr. and Genieva (Trocosso) Davis.

George married Opal L. Crewse on October 18, 1952 in Clinton, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jack and Marion Davis; one sister, Leona Hoover, and one granddaughter, Tina Clow.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Opal Davis of Wellington; three sons, Doyle Davis and Kenny Davis of Wellington, John Davis of Ohio; two daughters, Karen Metz and her husband C. B. of Oxford, KS and Irene Andrews and her husband Philip of Arkansas City, KS; 13 grandchildren; and 29 great grandchildren.  

Karen Imsdahl, 60, Wellington: May 2, 1957 – Sept. 17, 2017

Karen Imsdahl

Karen Nola (Witham) Imsdahl, of Wellington, died on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita at the age of 60.

Karen was born the daughter of Lawrence E. and Shirley (Watkins) Witham on Thursday, May 02, 1957 in Dover Foxcroft, Maine.

On December 20, 1999, Karen and William “Bill” Imsdahl were united in marriage in Wellington. Together they celebrated 17 years of marriage.

Karen was employed at Halibrand Engineering for over 10 years, where she and Bill met, and spent time in nearly all parts of the company. She then spent time in maintenance and custodial work at the local hospital and library. Her jobs allowed her to meet and make friends with many people. She will be dearly missed by them and her family.

William Lindley Diacon, formerly of Wellington: Sept. 13, 1951 – Sept. 10, 2017

William Lindley Diacon

William Lindley Diacon was born September 13, 1951,  in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to James Louis Diacon and Dorothy Ann Hoch Diacon.  He died Sunday, September 10, 2017, at Circle of Life Legacy Village in Bentonville, AR.

At age 2, he moved to Wellington, where he resided until graduating from Wellington High School in 1969. In 1965 he received his Eagle Scout award.  He attended the University of Kansas from 1969-1973, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Microbiology.  

He received his medical doctorate degree from the University of Kansas in 1976. He was a diagnostic radiology resident at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, from 1976 through 1980, serving as chief resident from 1979-1980. Following completion of his residency, he moved to northwest Arkansas, where he was medical director of the mobile ultrasound laboratory that brought the first ultrasound services to Carroll, Madison, and Benton counties.  

He was a staff member of St. Mary’s/Mercy hospital from 1980 until 2017, and was on the staff of Bates Hospital, Eureka Springs Hospital, Carroll General Hospital and Huntsville Hospital from 1980-1986.  In 1989, he joined the Rogers Medical Center, where he continued to practice until 2017.  In 1996, he was the medical director of the first ultrasound department in Arkansas to become accredited by the American Institute of Medicine (AIUM).  

Elaine Freeman, 71, Wellington: Feb. 2, 1946 – Sept. 12, 2017

Elaine Freeman

Elaine Ruth Freeman, age 71, long time Wellington resident, died Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at her home.

Elaine R. (Winchell) Freeman was born on February 2, 1946 in Wellington to Walter E. Winchell and Mildred M. (Long) Winchell.  She was a 1964 graduate of Wellington High School and Hutchinson Community College.

Elaine married Wendell J. Freeman on October 21, 1967 in Wellington.

Elaine was an avid gardener, proud member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha service organization, and longtime crochet enthusiast.  Above all, her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family and friends.  She and Wendell opened the Daylight Donut Shop in Wellington, KS in August of 1980.  Owning the donut Shop, where so many folks start the day and celebrate special occasions, has been a source of tremendous pride for both she and Wendell.  She was a proud resident of Wellington, and thankful to have been able to raise her family here as well.

David Van Baumgarner, 74, Wellington: June 7, 1943 – Sept. 8, 2017

David Van Baumgarner, 74, of Wellington, died on Friday, September 8, 2017 at Sumner Regional Medical Center.  He worked for Boeing for 31 years and retired as a Supervisor.

Our beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend was born June 7, 1943 in Wellington, KS to James D. Baumgarner and Clara E. (Ogle) Baumgarner. He graduated from Wellington High School and enlisted in the United States Army. He served as a member of the 82nd Airborne from 1962 – 1968. He served his country in Panama during the Panama crisis. He was honorably discharged and remained faithfully devoted to his country.   

 He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, James, Richard and Johnnie Mack Baumgarner; three sisters, Margaret Rayl, Mary Anice Turley and Jane Bennett.

Veloris Chamberlain, 82, Winfield: Feb. 21, 1935 – Aug. 31, 2017

Veloris Chamberlain

Veloris S. Chamberlain, 82, of Winfield died August 31, 2017, at the William Newton Hospital in Winfield.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the Oxford Funeral Service Chapel. No visitation is scheduled. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, contributions may be left in care of the Oxford Funeral Service – PO Box 123 Oxford, Kans. 67119.

Veloris was born February 21, 1935, at home in Chautauqua County, to Chauncey I. and Olyve James Nicholson. The family moved to Oxford and after graduating from Oxford High School, she and G. Norman Chamberlain were married August 5, 1953. Veloris was the office manager for Professional Bank Forms from 1990 until 2008. They retired to Cumbernauld Village in 2015.

Gladys McCoy, 94, Wellington: Dec. 13, 1922 – Aug. 29, 2017

Gladys McCoy

Gladys M. McCoy, of Wellington, died Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Botkin Care and Rehab in Wellington at the age of 94.

Gladys was born the daughter of John J. and Cherity (Howard) Williams on Wednesday, December 13, 1922 in Center Ridge, Arkansas.

On February 15, 1939, Gladys and Ira McCoy were united in marriage. Together they celebrated 49 years of marriage before his death in 1988.

Survivors include her daughter, Carolyn Kelley and her husband Mike of Wellington, grandchildren: Scott Percival and his wife Amber of Wichita and Lori Robinson and her husband Jay of Wellington; great-grandchildren: Zachary Percival, Jordyn Clark and her husband Danny, Taryn Bulger and her husband Ryan and Devin Robinson and his wife Hannah; great-great-grandchildren: Anthony Percival, Kayden Clark, Kolton Clark, Aubree Robinson, Evelynn Robinson, Wesley Bulger, Calvin Bulger and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ira Mccoy; brother, Sonny Williams and sister, Zola Dusher.

James Paul Hess, 89, Caldwell: Nov. 29, 1927 – Aug. 27, 2017

James Paul Hess

James Paul Hess, of Caldwell, died on August 27, 2017 at the age of 89.  Paul was the seventh child born to James George and Leona Hess on November 29, 1927 in rural Corbin, Kansas.  Paul attended a one-room schoolhouse down the road from his family farm and attended Caldwell High School.  Paul would tell about how his father came and picked up the children from the schoolhouse one day during the dust bowl.   Paul married his high school sweetheart, Carol Hoyt, on February 2, 1951.

Although Paul was disqualified for the draft into the U.S. Army for WWII, due to a previous farm accident that affected his right hand, he was drafted into the Korean Conflict as a sniper in the 179th Regiment Infantry, 45th Division in 1950.  On January 17, 1952 while on a night patrol preparing for an ambush, a member of the infantry triggered a landmine, wounding all in the party.  While seriously wounded in the abdomen and legs, Corporal James P. Hess crawled his way over frozen, mine-covered ground to a field telephone and called for urgent medical assistance.  Paul was recognized and honored for his heroism and devotion to duty as a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart Award.  After a lengthy stay at army hospitals in Japan and Denver, Colorado, he returned home to his bride, Carol. 

WHS Daily Bulletin: Picture Day is Sept. 6

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, August 28, 2017:


•No event listed.


•Tennis at Wellington High School, 3 p.m.

•Volleyball at McPherson, 5 p.m.


•No event listed.


Louise Poovey, 97, Wellington: March 20, 1920 – August 24, 2017

Louise Poovey

Louise Helena Poovey, of Wellington, died Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 97.

Louise was born the daughter of Gustave and Helena (Schmitz) Schultze on Wednesday, March 24, 1920 in Sacramento, California.

On April 18,1943, Louise and Orlo Poovey were united in marriage in Sacramento, California. Together they celebrated 58 years of marriage before his passing in 2001.

Survivors include her children: Deena Horst and her husband Gordon of Salina, Joanne Covington and her husband David of Rogers, Arkansas, John Poovey and his wife Judy of Loveland, Colorado, Kirt Poovey and his wife Judy of Wichita, Ted Poovey and his wife Darice of Shawnee; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Orlo Poovey, brothers: Albert, Henry, Paul, Carl and Herman Schultze and her sister, Anna Allen.

Mildred Blanche Thomas, 93, Wellington: March 17, 1924 – Aug. 26, 2017

Mildred Blanche Thomas

Mildred Blanche Thomas, age 93, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, died Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Serenity Senior Retreat in Wellington.

Mildred Blanche (Harris) Thomas was born on March 17, 1924 in Wellington, KS to Verner George Harris and Gladys May (Davis) Harris.

Mildred married Glen Henry Edward Thomas on December 11, 1941 in Wichita, KS.  He preceded her in 1978.

She enjoyed spending time with her daughter and grandchildren.  Mildred was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Trainman Auxiliary.

VaLeta Mae Brown, 81, Wellington: August 2, 1936 – August 23, 2017

VaLeta Mae Brown, age 81, long time resident of Wellington died at her home Wednesday evening, August 23, 2017.

VaLeta Mae (McMillen) Brown was born August 2, 1936 in Osborne, KS to Robert Lee McMillen and Alice Belle (Minor) McMillen.

She married Edwin G. Brown on July 25, 1954 in Osborne, KS.  He preceded her in death in 1998.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edwin; and son, Eddie.

Edwin Lee Hiatt, 73, Wichita: July 12, 1944 – Aug. 24, 2017

Edwin Hiatt

Edwin Lee Hiatt, age 73, of Wichita, KS, died at his home early Thursday morning, August 24, 2017.  He worked for Plessey Welco for 48 years and retired as an estimator.

Ed was born July 12, 1944 in Alva, Okla. to Edwin C. Hiatt and Addie M. (Riecker) Hiatt.  He was raised in Wellington and was a 1962 graduate of Wellington High School.  He graduated from Southwestern College in 1997.

He married Sue Ann Murray on September 6, 1963 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wellington.

Ed enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren; he was an avid golfer, loved all sports, and enjoyed vacationing at Disney World.  Ed was a people person who never met a stranger.  He was a member of the Wellington Masonic Lodge, Wichita Consistory, Midian Shrine, American Legion, and the Sons of the American Revolution.

Royce Edward Tatum, 78, Hollister, Mo.: Oct. 23, 1938 – Aug. 22, 2017

Royce Tatum

Royce Edward Tatum, age 78, of Hollister, Missouri, died August 22, 2017. He was born October 23, 1938, in Carthage, Missouri, to Edward and Elsie Tatum. Royce was joined in marriage to Paula on October 15, 1960. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.

Royce proudly served in the U.S. Army. He loved his work as a mechanic. Royce retired from the Kansas Turnpike Authority and the Unified School District #353 in Wellington. His pastimes included fishing and spending time with family. In all that he did, he was personable and positive. His beloved dog Deacon will miss him. Most notably, Royce will be missed as a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard Tatum; two sisters: Lavon Vonier and Jane Lawrence; a sister-in-law, Marsha Tatum; and a brother-in-law, Bill Goodnight.

Felica Ferguson, 30, Wellington: Sept. 1, 1986 – Aug. 20, 2017

Felicia Ferguson

Felica Ferguson, 30, of Wellington, died Sunday, August 20, 2017.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 25 at the First Free Will Baptist Church in Wellington. Memorials may be made out to the Laila Lott Benefit fund and can be deposited at the Security State Bank, 101 N. Washington Ave, Wellington, KS 67152. To leave an online condolence, please visit

Felica LeAnn Ferguson was born September 1, 1986, the daughter of Larry and Jackie (Barnhouse) Ferguson in Wellington. She attended Wellington High School. Felicia was a medical aid at Golden Boomers Home Plus in Wichita. Felica enjoyed the outdoors especially Colorado.

She was a hard worker who helped her Dad cut wood and work on cars. She was outgoing and vivacious. Felica enjoyed taking care of the elderly at work. Most of all she loved her daughter, Laila.

Dustin Hiebert, 37, Wellington: Aug. 23, 1979 – Aug. 21, 2017

Dustin Hiebert

Dustin Wayne Hiebert, of Wellington, died Monday, August 21, 2017 at his home at the age of 37.

Dustin was born on Thursday, August 23, 1979 in Wichita. He was raised by his grandparents Leroy and Nancy Maxwell in Caldwell where he attended school.

He went to Cowley County Community College to become a machinist. He was employed at PCC in Wichita. Dustin loved being outdoors. He enjoyed riding ATVs with his family.

Dustin is survived by his grandmother, Nancy Maxwell of Wellington; the love of his life Donna Hodges; his children: Malachi Hodges and his finance Regan Pourner of Arkansas City, Kansas; Ivory Yoakem of Benton, Kansas; Katelynn Newsome of Salina, Kansas; Troy Hodges of Caney, Kansas; Tahlia Mendia, Anthony Mendia, Issaick Sanchez, Aiden Sanchez and Zayne Sanchez of the home; siblings, Steven Hiebert of Wichita, Kansas; Micheal Hodges of Wichita; Donny and Jennifer Hodges of Havana, Kansas; Malinda and Michael Simpson of Caney, Kansas; Mykel and Tomy Atkinson of Bartlesville, Oklahoma and Tori Hodges; mother-in-law, Evelyn Rose of Wellington, Kansas; father-in-law, Dennis Hodges of Havana, Kansas; mother, Debra Maxwell and many nieces and nephews he loved as his own. He was preceded in death by his grandpa, Leroy Maxwell and brother, Richard Maxwell.

Daryl Wayne Wescott, 69, Wellington: Nov. 15, 1947 – August 22, 2017

Daryl Wayne Wescott

Daryl Wayne Wescott, age 69, long time Wellington resident, died at his home on Tuesday evening, August 22, 2017.  He was a retired structural bond inspector for Boeing Aircraft.

Daryl was born November 15, 1947 in Eureka, KS to John Wescott and Hazel (Wygle) Wescott.  He served in the United States Army from June of 1967 to June of 1969 and was a Vietnam War veteran.

He married Deborah Ann Dark on June 28, 1975 in Attica.  She died in 1995.  He then married Billie Jean Moody on March 17, 2000 in Wellington.

Daryl was a life member of the V.F.W. and an avid KU Jayhawks (Rock Chalk) fan.  He loved spending time with his grandchildren and boating.

He is preceded in death by his parents; John Wescott and Hazel Long; loving wife, Debbie; and brother, Donald Wescott.

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