Category Archives: Obituaries

Nona Frances Schmitz, 93, Wellington: Dec. 12, 1924 – July 18, 2018

Nona Schmitz

Nona Frances Schmitz, of Wellington, died Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 93.

Nona was born the daughter of Stephen Robert and Sarah Pearl (Dieffenderfer) Garrity on Friday, December 12, 1924 in Wellington.

On June 11, 1946, Nona and Henry Joseph Schmitz, Jr. were united in marriage in Andale. Together they celebrated 32 years of marriage before his passing in 1978. She later moved from Andale to her hometown of Wellington and has lived here since 1982. Nona was a parishioner of St. Anthony-St. Rose Catholic Church in Wellington and was a faithful member of the Altar Society. 

Thomas ‘Tom’ Lieurance, 68, Anthony: January 14, 1950 – July 17, 2018

Thomas Lieurance

Thomas R. “Tom” Lieurance, of Anthony, died on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at Anthony Hospital District #6 in Anthony at the age of 68 following a nine month battle with Pancreatic Cancer. He was unwavering, brave, quiet and lived with dignity. 

Tom was a good man whose warmth, wisdom, and humor have earned him the respect of his friends and family. He made this world a better place in which to live. Tom was the kind of man who made a positive difference with his family and all who knew him. 
Tom was born the son of Dale C. and Elizabeth L. “Betty” (Brattin) Lieurance on Saturday, January 14, 1950 in Hardtner. Growing up, he worked on the family farm with his Dad. Tom graduated from Kiowa High School in 1968 where he excelled in sports and joined the glee club and band.

He attended Fort Hays State University for two years and graduated from Southwestern State College in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. Following graduation, Tom moved to Virginia but eventually returned to Kansas to be closer to family. He worked at a pharmacy in Wichita and later operated his own Pharmacy in Harper.

Beverle Knoeppel, 94, Wellington: Oct. 22, 1923 – July 15, 2018

Beverle Knoeppel

Beverle Mary (Jordan) Knoeppel died on July 15, 2018. Beverle was born October 22, 1923 at the “old” St Luke’s Hospital in Wellington, Kansas to Neal Dow and Mildred Marion (Naylor) Jordan. In the early years of her life the family moved to the Jordan farm near Freeport, Kansas where she attended a two-room school with talented and encouraging teachers. Perhaps the seeds of her future profession were planted in this environment as she recalled her love of school.

After graduating from Harper (KS) High School she attended Kansas State Teachers College majoring in Education and Psychology with Elementary Education as her career path. In 1945 she met Paul Edward Knoeppel, and in June 1946 they were married at the Freeport Presbyterian Church. After a short time in Emporia, they moved to Wichita where Beverle began teaching at Plainview Elementary. The family relocated to Belle Plaine in 1954, and then to El Paso,Texas in 1959.  Beverle returned to the classroom teaching 1st, 7th and 8th grades at Dolphin Terrace Elementary School. In 1967 she and Paul returned to Kansas both taking teaching positions in Wellington. Beverle taught at Madison and Kennedy Elementary schools.

Beverle was active as a member and/or officer in multiple community and educational organizations including, Sweet Adelines Inc, Wellington Teachers Association, Kappa Kappa Iota, PEO, Order of the Eastern Star, Grandmothers Club Xclusive (Freeport), Wellington Senior Center, National Education Association, Wellington and Kansas Education Associations.

Tammy Herrington, 49, Wellington: Oct. 29, 1968 – July 16, 2018

Tammy Herrington

Tammy R. Herrington, age 49, of Wellington, died early Monday morning, July 16, 2018 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital – Harry Hynes Hospice Unit.  She worked as a mortgage loan assistant for Verus Bank in Derby.

Tammy R. (Wilkerson) Herrington was born on October 29, 1968 in Sterling, KS to Allen R. Wilkerson and Vickie L. (Neal) Wilkerson.  She graduated from Valley Center High School with the Class of 1987.

She married Michael Herrington on June 18, 2003 in Wellington.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, running, and exercise.

Toby Farley, 36, Wellington: Sept. 26, 1981 – July 7, 2018

Toby Farley

Toby L. Farley, of Wellington, died Saturday, July 7, 2018 at the age of 36.

Toby was born the son of Tom and Terry (Haskin) Farley on Saturday, September 26, 1981 in Wellington.

Toby was employed in the aircraft industry for 12 years and most recently worked as a machinist at GKN Aerospace. 

Outside of work, he enjoyed spending time at the Kansas Badlands. Toby loved to make people laugh and was known to do it in an “explosive” way. Above all, he loved spending anytime he could with his children. He will be missed by many.

Survivors include his daughter, Jewels Farley of Wellington; son, Kage Farley of Wellington; daughter, Aarilyn Farley of Benton; daughter, Davlyn Farley of Benton; daughter, Rayna Farley of Benton; mother, Terry Farley of Wellington; brother, Tommy Farley (Channity) of Wellington; brother, Tony Farley (Ashley) of Wellington; sister, Terri Ross (Shaun) of Wellington and sister, Tiffany Castaneda (Pete) of Wellington; many nieces and nephews and his grandmother, Gayleen Haskin in Wellington. 

Wilberta ‘Billie’ Kelly, 77, Winfield: August 11, 1940 – July 4, 2018

Wilberta Kelly

Wilberta “Billie” Jane Kelly, 77, of Winfield, died Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at William Newton Hospital in Winfield

A celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the Geuda Springs Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Geuda Springs Museum, contributions may be left in care of the Shelley Family Funeral Home – PO Box 555 Wellington, KS 67152.

Wilberta was born on August 11, 1940 in Winfield  to parents Wilbert and Irene (Culver) Peters. She raised in Geuda Springs and graduated from Geuda Springs High School. She was united in marriage to John Joseph Kelly Jr. on March 1, 1957 in Miami, Okla. When their children were in grade school they moved to Oxford and in 1980 they moved to Hackney, Kans. Billie loved country music and enjoyed going to concerts and line dancing, she was also a fantastic cook. She loved going to her grandkids events and games. Billie and John also enjoyed taking family vacations all over the country.

Jannis Amelia Mullin, 67, Caldwell: Feb. 1, 1951 – June 21, 2018

Janice Mullin

Janice Amelia Mullin was born February 1, 1951 to Elmer N. and Gladys Marie (Cole) Lawrence at Wellington.  She died June 21, 2018 at Sumner County Hospital District #1.  She was 67 years old.

Janice was a member of the Caldwell High School class of 1969.  She married James “Moon” Mullin April 19, 1969 and they made their home in Florida.  When James returned from Viet Nam the family made their home in New Mexico.  From there they moved to Okinawa, Japan for three years and then to Bossier City, La. and then to Korea where James was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease.  He moved his family to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita and in 1983 they returned to Caldwell.

Janice held various jobs over the years including working on McConnell Air Force Base, Duckwall’s in Caldwell, Snooks Pool Hall and she worked for Damon Weber at the Grainery.

Pamela Kern-Vaughn, 63, Oxford: March 8, 1955 – June 28, 2018

Pamela Vaughn

Pamela Kern-Vaughn, 63, of Oxford, died Thursday, June 28, 2018 at William Newton Hospital in Winfield, Kansas.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at the Oxford First Baptist Church. Visitation will be Monday, July 2, 2018, from 1 to 7 p.m. with the family present from 5 until 7 p.m. at Oxford Funeral Service Chapel. Interment will be at the Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to help with funeral expenses. Contributions can be left with the Oxford Funeral Home, P.O. Box 123, Oxford, Kans. 67119. For further information please visit

Pamela was born March 8, 1955, the daughter of Gerald and Evelyn (Sorrow) Vaughn in Wellington, KS. She graduated from Oxford High School in 1973. Pamela was a home health aide.

Ronald Walton, 81, Wellington: July 2, 1936 – June 29, 2018

Ronald Walton

Ronald A. Walton of Wellington, died Friday, June 29, 2018 at Via Christi – St. Francis in Wichita at the age of 81.

Ronald was born the son of George and Nina (Johnson) Walton on Thursday, July 2, 1936 in Burden.

On January 22, 1960, Ronald and Glenda Scott were united in marriage in Wellington. Together they celebrated nearly 54 years of marriage before her passing in 2014. 

Ronnie served in the US Army from 1954-1957, graduated from the NCO Academy and was Sergeant Reserve for five years in the Kansas National Guard from 1975-1981. After 30 years of service, Ronnie retired from USD 353 in Wellington as the Maintenance Director.

Merle Robert Walcher, 83, South Haven: March 8, 1935 – June 27, 2018

Merle Walcher with his wife Joann.

Merle Robert Walcher, age 83, of South Haven, KS, died at his home on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 2:20 p.m. surrounded by his family.  He was a loving son, brother, husband, dad, grandpa, great grandpa, and great great grandpa.

Merle was born on March 8, 1935 on his parents’ farm northwest of South Haven, KS to Robert A. V. and Geraldine Walcher.  Merle went 12 of his school years to South Haven School, where he met his wife and lifelong partner, Joann Spencer.  He married his sweetheart on August 16, 1953.

Soon after their marriage, he joined the Air Force.  During his 10 year career in the Air Force, he served as a Russian Linguist, taught English Grammar and served with the United States Security Services.  While in Germany, Merle worked for the Communications Intelligence with the USAF National Security Agency. 

Ruth A. Blodgett, 85, Derby: Feb. 8, 1933 – June 24, 2018

Ruth A. Blodgett

Ruth Annabelle Blodgett, age 85, of Derby, KS, formerly of Wellington, KS, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Homestead of Derby. Ruth was a homemaker and was known as the “cake lady.”

Ruth was born on February 8, 1933 in Ponca City, OK to Charles “Virgil” Stingley and Mary “Ethel” (Tapp) Stingley.

Ruth was a member of the First Christian Church in Wellington where through the years she served as Deacon and CWF Treasurer.  She was also active in Girl Scouts for 26 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, sewing, cake baking and decorating, and arts and crafts.

William Bennett, 94, Conway Springs: Sept. 1, 1923 – June 23, 2018

Lawrence Bennett

William Lawrence Bennett, 94, of Conway Springs, died Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Spring View Manor, Conway Springs.

He was born September 1, 1923 near Newton, Kansas, to parents William W. and Estelle (Biggerstaff) Bennett. He was raised in his early years on a farm near Halstead, KS and attended elementary school at district No. 15 for a few years. The family moved to a farm southwest of Conway Springs, Kansas in 1932, where Lawrence attended Springhill rural school and graduated from Conway Springs high with the class of 1941.

He attended Kansas State University, and in November of 1942 married his high school sweetheart, Leila R. Lewis and they were fortunate to be with one another for 75 years. To this union three sons were born.

Larry Marsh Sr., 86, Wichita: March 16, 1932 – June 21, 2018

Larry Marsh Sr.

Larry Marsh Sr., 86, died June 21, 2018 at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Memorial Services will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 26 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home, 803 Loomis St., Winfield, Kansas. Graveside Services will be held at the Memorial Lawn Cemetery.   A memorial has been established with the Wounded Warriors Foundation. Contributions can be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Winfield.

Larry Stephen Marsh, Sr. was born in Wichita, on March 16, 1932.  He is survived by Jimmie Sue Marsh, his ex-wife, good friend, and mother of his children:  Kim Marsh Hulsey, Ray Marsh, Becky Marsh Moore (Alan).  He is also survived by nine grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and six step-children. 

J.R. Jenista, 87, Caldwell: Sept. 30, 1930 – June 18, 2018

J.R. Jenista

J.R. Jenista of Caldwell died on June 18, 2018. He was the only son of Joseph and Annita Wiedmann Jenista and was born September 30, 1930 at the old St. Lukes Hospital in Wellington.

J. R. attended grade school at rural Scott School, District 110 and graduated from Caldwell High School in 1948.

After high school he farmed with his father on the family farm at Doster, Kans., until being drafted into the Army Sept., 1953.  He took basic training at Ft. Riley, Kansas and Fort Leonardwood, Mo.  He finished his duty with the Army Engineers at Fort Benning, Ga.

J.R. was an assistant to an instructor, teaching military officers of foreign countries, the way of making land mines. Years later, J. R. always believed some of those officers were from countries we later had conflicts with. J. R. was honorably discharged September 1955 and resumed farming.

Neva May (Glenn) Fausett, 69, Wellington: June 15, 1948 – June 7, 2018

Neva Mae (Glenn) Faussett, of Wellington,  died Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Wellington Health and Rehab in Wellington, Kansas at the age of 69.

Neva was born the daughter of Fred M. and Clara Belle (Fuller) Glenn on Tuesday, June 15, 1948 in Wellington, Kansas.

On November 2, 1977, Neva and Chuck Faussett were united in marriage in Wellington. Together they celebrated 37 years of marriage before his passing in May of 2015.

Neva retired from the aircraft industry after a 40 year career.

Wellington Fire/EMS weekly log report: June 4 – June 10, 2018

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for June 4 to June 10, 2018 is as follows: 

Norma Hasz, 89, formerly of Oxford: Sept. 2, 1928 – June 8, 2018

Norma Hasz

Norma Hasz, 89, of Wichita, formerly of Oxford, died Friday, June 8, 2018 at Lake Point in Wichita.

Graveside Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday June 12 at the Oxford Cemetery.   A memorial has been established in her name with the American Cancer Society. Contributions can be left with the Oxford Funeral Service, P.O Box 123, Oxford, KS 67119. To leave an online condolence please visit

Norma Dean Hasz was born on September 2, 1928 the daughter of Ed and Eva Storts in Oxford. She was a 1946 graduate of Oxford High School. On January 20, 1947 she was united in marriage with Ray L. Cline. Norma was a waitress most of her working life who enjoyed fishing and camping.

Herb Lacey, 79, Wellington: April 26, 1939 – June 5, 2018

Herb Lacey

Herb Lacey, of Wellington, died peacefully Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at his home in Wellington at the age of 79.

Herbert Leslie was born the son of Everett L. and Dora (Froze) Lacey on Wednesday, April 26, 1939 in Caldwell.

On June 10,1969, Herb and Carol Marie Lawrence were united in marriage in Miami, Oklahoma. Together they celebrated 36 of years of marriage before her passing in October of 2005. Herb was blessed to find love again and married Sharon Kay Russow on September 24, 2011 at Wellington Free Will Baptist Church in Wellington.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Lacey; daughter, Leslie Dawn Lacey, step-children: Kimberly Williams, Kelli Kister, Larry Arterburn, Kathryn Vasquez, Karen Sprague, Erin Shore, Susan Auten; brother, Larry Lacey (Becky); sister, Shirley Wenner (Jim), sister, Karen Barker (Bob) and sister-in-law, Janice Lacey along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Merlin Troutman, Sr., 81, formerly of Wellington: Sept. 16, 1936 – June 7, 2018

Merlin Troutman

Merlin Glen Troutman, Sr, age 81, of Wichita, formerly of Wellington, died early Thursday morning, June 7, 2018 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.  He worked for many years as a real estate investor.

Merlin was born on September 16, 1936 in Alva, OK to Glen E. Troutman and Jaunita F. (Tracy) Troutman.

On September 20, 1979 he married Deloris J. Dieball Grable in Wellington.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Don Troutman; and one sister Jana Troutman

Robert “Chopper” Gaddie, 94, Wellington: April 1, 1924 – June 4, 2018

Chopper Gaddie

Robert “Chopper” Gaddie, 94 of Wellington, died Monday, June 4, 2018 at Sumner Regional Medical Center.

Memorial Services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday June 9 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington.   A memorial has been established in his name with the Avenue of Flags. Contributions can be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home 704 N. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152. To leave an online condolence please visit

Robert Eugene Gaddie was born on April 1, 1924 the son of Robert W. and Elizabeth (Sidebottom) Gaddie in Wellington. He was a 1942 graduate of the Wellington High School. Bob served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. After the war he helped his father with the Gaddie Dairy. He was united in marriage to Glenna Kibbe on February 14, 1948.

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