Category Archives: Obituaries

Ronald ‘Bub’ Lewallen, 61, Wellington: Sept. 19, 1957 – April 16, 2019

Ronald “Bub” Lewallen, 61, of Wellington, died Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at his home in Wellington.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 22, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church in Wellington. Burial will be at the Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington. Visitation will be Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m. A memorial has been established with the Wellington Golf Course and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home 704 N. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152. To leave an online condolence please visits

Wanda (Gilges) Roths, 83, Wellington: Oct. 21, 1935 – April 18, 2019

Wanda Roths

Wanda Evelyn (Gilges) Roths, 83, of Wellington died April 18, 2019, in Wellington.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rosary will be Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 23, 2019, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington.

A memorial has been established with the St. Anthony Altar Society may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home 704 N. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152. To leave an online condolence please visits

Wanda Evelyn (Gilges) Roths was born October 21, 1935, in Maysville, AR to her parents Waldo Gilges and Grace (Moomey) Gilges. Wanda and her family moved to Kansas where she attended Conway Springs schools and was Homecoming Queen and graduated in 1954. She met and married the love of her life Cyril Roths on August 18, 1954, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church by Father Tareline.

Savina Soria, 93, Wellington: Oct. 27, 1925 – April 17, 2019

Savina Soria

Savina H. Soria, 93, Wellington resident for most of her life, died Wednesday afternoon, April 17, 2019 at her home.  Savina worked as a nurse aide at Wellington Hospital for 23 years.

Savina was born on October 27, 1925, in Wellington to Alberto P. Macias and Teodora (Bernal) Macias.  She was the oldest of 13 children.

She married Manuel R. Soria on December 21, 1946, in Wellington.  Manuel preceded her in death on March 29, 2017.

Savina was an active member of the St. Rose Catholic Church and Parish Circle and the American Legion Auxiliary.  She helped with Bingo at the Legion for many years.  She enjoyed working at the Thrift Shop and was an excellent cook, wife, mother, and grandmother.

Carol Atchley, 90, Amarillo, Texas: August 12, 1928 – March 6, 2019

Carol Atchley

With family by her side Carol L. Atchley, of Amarillo, Texas, died Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at the age of 90.

Carol was born the daughter of Floyd and Mabel (Sears) Jones on Sunday, August 12, 1928, in Milan.

On August 30, 1950, Carol and Thurston L. Atchley were united in marriage in Mena, Arkansas.  Together they celebrated 47 of years of marriage.

Carol enjoyed sewing all through her life. She would sew, make wedding cakes and do ironing for income. Carol loved to create porcelain Victorian dolls. She was quite the artist. She took after her father in that way. They were both very talented. She painted beautiful oil paintings and chalk art. 

Holland Monrow Creed, 96, Wellington: Feb. 14, 1923 – April 13, 2019

Holland Monrow Creed

Holland Monrow Creed, age 96, a Wellington, resident for the past 65 years, died April 13, 2019, at his home.  He was a farmer and a welder.

Holland was born on February 14, 1923, on a farm in rural Anson to Wiley Austin Creed and Lola (Hare) Creed but was raised by Wiley and his step-mother, Dollie Creed.  Holland served in the United States Army with the 24th Medical Battalion during WWII.

He married Velma Evelyn Finley on October 20, 1943, at the Antlers Hotel in Wellington, KS.  She preceded him in death on June 20, 2010.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Marvin Creed, and Clarion Creed; four sisters, Flora Standridge, Mary Warren, Emma Riggs, and Necia Bilson; three brothers, Kerry, Eliga, and Dan Creed; one grandson, Jason Creed.

Tammy Friesen, 47, Wellington: Dec. 3, 1971 – April 12, 2019

Tammy Friesen

Tammy Friesen, of Wellington, died on Friday, April 12, 2019, at Sumner Regional Medical Center at the age of 47.

Tammy was born the daughter of Ray and Becky (Crossno) Vizner on Friday, December 3, 1971, in Belleville.

On August 17, 1996, Tammy and George Friesen were united in marriage in Wichita. Together they celebrated over 22 years of marriage.

She was a Para Professional at Lincoln Elementary where she loved and specialized in working with special needs children. Tammy was very gifted at this and enjoyed lifting their spirits and confidence. She will be missed by all that knew her. 

Floyd Oliver Mardis, 85, Caldwell: March 5, 1934 – April 9, 2019

Floyd Oliver Mardis

Floyd Oliver Mardis was born March 5, 1934 in Bluff City, KS to Oliver Leroy and Louise (Chamberlain) Mardis. He attended Bluff City schools graduating in the Class of 1952.

He was inducted in the US Army in Feb. 1957 and served during the Korean Conflict. After returning from Korea he was transferred to the Army Reserves until receiving his Honorable Discharge in January 1963.

Floyd was united in marriage to Barbara Smith on Dec. 23, 1956 in the Anthony Christian Church.  To this union was born four children; Kenny, Debbie, David and Richard.

Following in the family footsteps, Floyd returned in Caldwell in 1958 working for his father at L & L Electric.  For over 45 years, Floyd serviced appliances and did numerous wiring jobs.  He served on the Caldwell volunteer Fire Dept. retiring in 1992 after 30 years of firefighting. He was a Past Master of Sumner Lodge #203 serving in every chair and was Secretary for several years; served as elder and deacon of the Presbyterian Church and was on the Library Board for many years.

Opal Lois Oathout White, 93, Caldwell: Oct. 2, 1925 – April 8, 2019

Opal Lois Oathout White

Opal Lois Oathout White was born on October 2, 1925 on the home place in Grant County, Okla. She was the seventh of eight children born to Minnie and J.L. Oathout.  She and her younger sister Eva were “PaPa’s Little Girls.”  She died on April 8, 2019 at the Botkin Care & Rehab Center in Wellington.  She was 93 years, 6 months and 6 days old.

During her senior year of high school, Opal married her high school sweetheart Harold White on March 2, 1943.  Three days later he left for the Army. After graduation from Caldwell High School in 1943 and while Harold was away, Opal was a school teacher at New Hope, Fairview District 22 and Bailey Schools.  After that, she became a bookkeeper at the Kircher-Beham Ford Garage and later at Scribner’s 5&10. She also was a telephone operator for a brief period.

When Harold returned from World War II, they began their family. To this union came four children, Kenton Eugene, then exactly 1-year later came Byron Lee, followed by Rodney Clark and Terre Lynne.

In 1966, her dream job came along and she became the Deputy City Clerk under Carolyn Glover. In 1969, she became the City Clerk and held that position for 19 years.  She retired in 1988. She always said that she had to be City Clerk to keep her eyes on her cousin and Police Chief, Max Scribner.  The city commissioners needed to fill the term of Mayor and it was a “no brainer” to them that Opal should be appointed.  So in 1993, she became the first woman Mayor of Caldwell.  She then went on and was elected to that office until 1998.  She was one proud lady of the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Main Street Improvement Project in 1994.

Wanita Brown, 99, Wellington: June 9, 1919 – April 7, 2019

Wanita Brown

Wanita E. Brown, of Wellington and formerly of Belle Plaine, died on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at Brookdale Senior Living at the age of 99.

Wanita was the daughter of Earl and Ona (Dittmeyer) Arthur. She was born on June 9, 1919, in Ringwood, Okla. On March 19, 1937, Wanita and Leo W. Brown were united in marriage. They celebrated 70 years of marriage before his passing in 2008. 

John and Belle Arthur, Wanita’s grandparents, made the Oklahoma Cherokee Strip Run of 1893 and settled East of Ringwood. Wanita’s parents raised their family on what was part of the strip. 

Wanita retired from Cessna Aircraft after many years working in the Upholstery Department. She was a member of the Belle Plaine United Methodist Church. 

Gary Lee Rowe, 71, Brentwood, Tenn.: Sept. 24, 1947 – April 1, 2019

Gary Lee Rowe

On Monday, April 1, 2019, Gary Lee Rowe, loving husband of 52 years, father of three children and grandfather of eight, died at the age 71.

Gary, was born on September 24, 1947 in Winfield, KS to Clarence and Delberta Rowe. He served in the US Army and completed a tour in Vietnam with the Big Red 1 infantry in 1969. He earned his Master’s degree in healthcare administration from George Washington University in 1973 and a bachelor’s degree from Southwestern College in 1971. Gary spent his professional career working to improve health care for patients in each of the hospitals where he served as Chief Executive Officer.

On November 24, 1967, he married Ruby Rae McCall and together, they raised three sons, Chris, Aaron and Jeff.

Gary had a passion for Christ, he loved his family and would play golf any chance he had. He loved to travel with his wife to spend time with family, friends and play golf courses all over the world. He was known for his loving personality, his sense of humor and his desire to help people.

Thomas Steve Powell, 72, Okemah, Okla.: Feb. 23, 1947 – March 31, 2019

Thomas Powell

Thomas Steve Powell died Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Okemah, Oklahoma at the age of 72.

Thomas was born the son of John J. and Lynn (Black) Powell on Sunday, February 23, 1947 in Salina.

Thomas served his country in the United States Army and later joined the United States Air Force Reserves. He retired from the Reserves as a Staff Sergeant in 1994. Thomas was employed as a Trackman with BNSF Railroad and retired in 2008 following a 30 year career. He enjoyed living in Oklahoma where he would fish and hunt with family and friends. Thomas enjoyed working on old vehicles and going to swap meets with his brother and kept his mind sharp studying history. 

Lillian Baker, 90, Winfield: Feb. 9, 1929 – April 3, 2019

Lillian Baker

Lily C. Baker, 90 years young of Winfield, KS died in her home April 3, 2019.  She was born February 9, 1929 on a farm in Bluff City, Kansas to Charles Anton and Carrie Jelinek Anton.

Lily attended Bluff City High School class of 1948, where she was a proficient trombone player and singer.

Lily married Edwin Baker on November 3, 1948.  They had four children, Mary L Waters-married to the late Ronnie Waters of Winfield, Kansas, their son Charles M. Waters of Winfield, Kansas; Norma J. Baker of Englewood, Colorado; Betty A. Baker married to Peggy Brady of Englewood, Colorado; and Martin L. Baker married to Donna Baker of Winfield, Kansas, their son Keith Baker, his wife Angela and great grandsons, Jordon and Brett Baker of Arkansas City, Kansas.

Matthew Ast, 52, Belle Plaine: March 25, 1967 – April 4, 2019

Matthew Ast

Matthew Wayne Ast, of Belle Plaine, died Thursday, April 4, 2019 at his home in Belle Plaine at the age of 52.

Matt was born the son of Beverly (Neises) and Daniel Ast on Saturday, March 25, 1967 in Wellington. Matt graduated from Belle Plaine High School in 1985. Following high school, he attended Wichita Area Vo-Tech and graduated with a mechanic degree.  Matt served his country in the United States Marine Corps from January of 1991 to January of 1997. Farming was a large part of Matt’s life. He farmed as a child through college and continued after his military service. On October 29, 2000, Matthew and Tina Caudell were united in marriage in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  Together they celebrated 18 years of marriage.

Richard LeJuerrne, 68, formerly of Wellington: Dec. 20, 1950 – April 2, 2019

Richard LeJuerrne

Richard Joseph LeJuerrne, age 68, died peacefully at his home in Augusta, on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carol LeJuerrne; son, Richard “Rick” LeJuerrne, Jr. and wife Martha of Topeka, KS; daughter, Shelly Anderson and husband Lance of Wichita, KS; grandchildren, Bella, Caroline, and Joe LeJuerrne, Natalie, Josie, and Pierce Anderson; brother, Kenneth LeJuerrne and wife Jenny of Wichita, KS; beloved dog, Scout.

Richard was born in Wichita, on December 20, 1950. During his childhood, he lived in Seattle, Wa., St. Louis, Mo., Macon, Ga., and Wichita, Kans. His family settled in Wellington. His father, Roland Joseph LeJuerrne “Joe”, mother, Rosie LeJuerrne, and sister, Connie Jones preceded him in death.

Charles Barton, 80, Wellington: June 29, 1938 – April 1, 2019

Charles Barton

Charles L. Barton, 80, died April 1, 2019, at his home in Wellington.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Christian Family Ministry 4502 S. Seneca St., Wichita, KS 67217. To leave an online condolence please visits

Charles Leroy Barton was born on June 29, 1938, the son of Frank and Ruby (Hutchinson) Barton in Pitcher, Okla. Charles served his country in the United States Navy. He was united in marriage with Linda Calloway on July 29, 1969 in Wichita, KS. Charles worked for the Richie Brothers in Wichita, KS.

Delores Miller, 97, South Haven: Nov. 25, 1921 – April 2, 2019

Delores Miller

Delores Fay Miller (“Dee”), 97, of South Haven, died on April 2, 2019, in Oklahoma City, Okla.  Dee was born the daughter of Clifford A. Robinson and Effie May (Hamblet) on November 25, 1921.

Dee was raised on a family farm north of South Haven, graduating from South Haven High School in 1940.  She married Ralph Miller on December 3, 1941, in Wichita, and together they created a life through hard work, devotion, grace and giving, whose impact will endure well beyond her passing.

Dee kept the books and ran the register for several service station businesses that they owned over the years in the South Haven area. She was an accomplished quilter, excellent cook (specialty – chicken and noodles) and an active member of the South Haven community and South Haven United Methodist Church. She loved to read, play cards, watch baseball (Cardinals and Royals), a Kansas Jayhawk sports fan and quietly kept Ralph inline.

Eldon Leroy Gould, 69, Wellington: April 10, 1949 – April 1, 2019

Eldon Leroy Gould

Eldon Leroy Gould, age 69, of Wellington, died April 1, 2019, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, KS.  He was the former President of Metal Forming, Inc. in Belle Plaine.  He retired in 2012.

Eldon was born on April 10, 1949, in Nashville, KS to Virgil Gould and Dorothy (Withers) Gould.  Eldon was raised in the Pratt, area and graduated from Pratt High School in 1967.

He married Deanne Marie Dugan on December 6, 1974, in Wichita, KS.

Venita Goodnight, 86, Oxford: Dec. 10, 1932 – March 31, 2019

Venita Goodnight, 86, of Oxford, died Sunday, March 31, 2019, at the Joy Home in Oxford.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 4, 2019, at the Oxford Funeral Service Chapel in Oxford. No visitation is scheduled. Memorials have been established with Alzheimer’s Association and the Diabetes Association.  Contributions can be left with the Oxford Funeral Home, P.O. Box 123, Oxford, KS 67119. For further information please visit

Venita Rae Goodnight was born December 10, 1932, the daughter of Floyd and Thelma (Bradford) Ramsey in Winfield, KS. She graduated from Winfield High School in 1950. Venita was united in marriage to Claude Goodnight on August 27, 1953, in Arkansas City. Venita enjoyed antique shopping, quilting, painting and owned Goodnight Gifts in Oxford. She also enjoyed fishing and camping with her husband.

Carter Moser, 85, Wellington: May 3, 1933 – March 29, 2019

Carter Moser

Carter Harris Moser (85) was born in Saint Louis, Mo. on May 3, 1933, and died in Wellington, on March 29, 2019.  

He married Janice Kay Donathan in Tulsa, Okla. on April 2, 1960.

Carter exemplified a life of service and devotion to his family and country.  He grew up in Wellington, KS and graduated from Wellington High School, Class of 1951, before attending Kansas State University.  In 1954, he joined the United States Navy as a Naval Aviation Cadet (NavCad). Upon completion of NavCad training, flying the SNJ, T-28 and S-2, he was commissioned as a Naval Officer and Aviator in 1956.  

He had a rich and diversified 24-year career as a Naval Aviator.  Early in his Navy career, he flew helicopters including the Bell HTL, Piasecki HUP, Sikorsky H-34 (HUS) and Kaman UH-2, completing multiple deployments around the world.  Most notably, he traveled to Antarctica on an early expeditionary phase of Operation Deep Freeze. He also survived a HUP crash in the South Pacific, subsequent to an engine failure.

Margaret Horton, 73, Wellington: Nov. 26, 1945 – March 29, 2019

Margaret Horton

Margaret Horton, of Wellington, died Friday, March 29 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice after a short illness. Margaret loved spending time with her family, traveling to Texas and North Carolina to visit her beloved grandchildren. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed attending summer musicals and movies with her close circle of friends. Margaret’s joys also included reading, gardening and working on her house.

Margaret embraced others. She spent 15 years working as the administrative coordinator for UKSM, a Ryan White program. Her key responsibilities included organizing the dental clinic, where she made many friends, and playing a significant role in planning and executing fundraising events. She valued the time spent and relationships made through her work. She was a hard worker who was never afraid of a challenge.

As a resident of Wellington for more than 50 years, she made a positive impact on many lives, especially her daughters’. She was very active in her community, volunteering for many organizations including First Christian Church, the Chisholm Trail Museum, the Wellington Planning commission, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters among others. She was a member of the Kansas Heartland Girl Scout leadership, youth softball coach, Sunday school teacher, and school secretary. Every year, she looked forward to her role in hiding the Wheat Festival Medallion.

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