Category Archives: Obituaries

Dianne Church, 70, Sumner County resident: June 16, 1946 – Sept. 22, 2016

Dianne Church

Dianne Church

Dianne Church, age 70, resident of Sumner County since 1972, died September 22, 2016 at her home.  Dianne worked as a USDA/Farm Loan Program Technician from October 4, 1987 to December 31, 2008.

Dianne (Fuller) Church was born on June 16, 1946 in Fulton, KY to William Douglas Fuller and Mabel E. (Snyder) Fuller.

She married Larry Joe Church on August 20, 1977 in Wellington.

She enjoyed being a farm wife; spoiling her grandchildren; cooking for her family for holidays and harvest meals, and cooking for many, many dinners at the Church of Christ; and KU basketball.  Dianne was known for remembering dates and attention to detail.

Willard Webster, 81, Caldwell: Sept. 16, 1934 – Sept. 11, 2016

William Weber

Willard Webster

Willard Leroy Webster, age 81, of Caldwell, KS, longtime resident of Corbin, KS, died Sunday, September 11, 2016 at his home.  Willard was the owner of the Day & Night Food Market located on North “C” Street in Wellington.  He was also an employee of many grocery stores in Wellington and he also was an employee of Sunflower Mobile Homes in Wellington.

Willard was born on September 16, 1934 in Wellington, KS to Jay D. Webster and Mabel C. (Stewart) Webster.

He married Pamela MauRie McKnight on July 28, 1955 in Wellington.  They were the 1955 Wheat Festival wedding couple.

Willard loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.  The great grandchildren called him “Hot Dog.”  He loved fishing, gardening, and finding treasures with his metal detector.

Charlene Mannon, 77, Burden: Nov. 27, 1938 – Sept. 4, 2016

Charlene Mannon

Charlene Mannon

Charlene M. Mannon died Sunday, September 4, 2016 at her daughter’s home in Burden, at the age of 77.

Charlene was born the daughter of Dale and Luella (Alcorn) Millen on Sunday, November 27, 1938 in Mulvane.

Charlene enjoyed her free time by quilting, sewing, doing yard work and decorating cakes. She loved any time spent with her grandchildren and looked forward to attending their various school functions. Charlene was an Avon Lady and sold their products for many years. In fact, she sold so much perfume that she was awarded a trip to the Bahamas. Charlene was a member of the First Baptist Church in Burden, Kansas and belonged to the church quilting group. She will be missed by all that knew her. 

Survivors include her daughters: Michele Mannon and Christie Weber (Leonard) all of Burden; sister, Beverly Jenkins (Ronnie) of Winfield; brother, Gary Millen of Colorado, grandchildren: Jason Mannon (Jody), Nicholas Bowman (Kaycie) all of Burden, Levi Weber (Brittney) of Arkansas City, Amanda Weber, Shannon Mannon and Caitlin Mannon all of Burden, great-grandchildren: Jaydan Mannon, Kysen Mannon, Abbi Bowman, Sam Bowman, Greg, Emily, Ricki and Averi Hilario along with many nieces and nephews.  

Barbara Coats, 65, Wellington: Jan. 16, 1951 – Sept. 6, 2016

Barbara Coats

Barbara Coats

Barbara Ellen (Coulter) Coats died on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at Golden Living Center in Wellington at the age of 65.

Barbara was born the daughter of James and Lois (Crane) Coulter on Tuesday, January 16, 1951 in Wichita.

Survivors include her daughter, Robin Creamer of Wellington; son, Ken “Allen” Davis of Colorado; granddaughters, Joslyne Creamer of Wellington and Sophia Davis of Texas: sisters, Carol Slovacek of Dodge City, Patty Coulter of Wichita, Ruth Coulter of Wichita and many nieces and nephews.  

Weston Heath Farley, 24, Wellington: April 12, 1992 – Sept. 4, 2016

Weston Farley

Weston Farley

Weston Heath Farley, 24 of Wellington died Sunday, September 4, 2016 at his home in Wellington.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, September 8, 2016 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. A memorial has been established with the Future Farmers of America in Wellington and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. For further information please visit

Weston Heath Farley was born on April 12, 1992 in Wellington, Kansas the son of Dennis and Dotty (McKellip) Farley. He enjoyed being outdoors hunting and fishing. He enjoyed guns, tinkering and loved his dogs.

Ella Ann-Marie Leonard, 3 months, Wichita: May, 31, 2016 – Aug. 31, 2016

Leonard, Ella AnnMarie

Ella AnnMarie Leonard

After three short months in our world, Ella Ann-Marie Leonard died in her mother’s arms on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. She was born on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 10 a.m., weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and was 18 inches long. She was eagerly welcomed by her loving mother, Melissa Nicole Leonard. Although she was little in size, Ella made an enormous impact in the lives of those who knew her.

She leaves behind her mother, Melissa Leonard of Wichita; father, Kyle Sanderson of Wichita; her brother and sister, Blake and Brianna Burris; grandparents, Kathleen and Dale Havens of Wichita and Pamela and Marty Dobson of Derby, Kansas. She was also loved by her aunt, Carrie Howard of Belle Plaine, and godfather, Larry Cox of Udall.

Bonnie Landes, 90, Wellington: June 23, 1926 – Sept. 1, 2016

Bonnie Landes

Bonnie Landes

Bonnie Faye Landes, age 90, resident of Wellington, died Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Golden Living Center.  Bonnie worked side by side with her husband in the family business of the gas and oil stations, farm fuel transport, bait house, ice house, and café.

Bonnie Faye (Riggs) Landes was born on June 23, 1926 in Geuda Springs, KS to Raymond R. Riggs and Ida Olive (Baker) Riggs.  Bonnie was a Wellington High School graduate with the Class of 1944.

She married Merle Leon Landes on March 11, 1946 in Newton, KS.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, dancing with Merle, camping and traveling with family, cooking, and sewing.  Bonnie was a care giver for anybody in need her entire life.  She also enjoyed hosting large family and friends’ holiday get-togethers.

Robert Dare, 88, Wellington: Feb. 3, 1928 – August 29, 2016

Robert Dare

Robert Dare

Robert L. Dare, age 88, lifelong Wellington resident, died Monday, August 29, 2016 at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield, KS.  He worked as a salesman for Jostens for over 30 years.

Robert L. Dare was born on February 3, 1928 in Wellington, to William H. Dare and Frances F. (Smith) Dare.  He was raised in Wellington and was a WHS graduate with the Class of 1946.  Bob then joined the United States Army and served from September of 1946 – March of 1948.  After active duty, he then served in the United States Air Force Reserves.  Bob graduated from the University of Kansas in 1952.  He was a member of the Beta Theta Phi Fraternity.

Robert married Patsy Jean Gault on July 20, 1958 in Wellington, KS.  Together they celebrated 57 years of marriage.

Cassandra Cay (Wood) Hibbs, 73, Wellington: Jan. 17, 1943 – Aug. 29, 2016

Cay Hibbs 2

Cay Hibbs

Cassandra Cay (Wood) Hibbs, 73, of Wellington died Monday, August 29, 2016 at Wellington Health and Rehab in Wellington, Kansas.

The family will have a time to remember Cay at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, September 1, 2016 at the American Legion in Wellington. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established with the Wellington Humane Society PO Box 494, Wellington, KS 67152 and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. For further information please visit

Cay was born the daughter of William and Ramona (Patterson) Wood on January 17, 1943 in Wellington. On April 11, 1960 Cay and Richard Hibbs were united in marriage in Wellington, KS. Cay wore many hats in her life time. For many years she was employed by Walmart. Cay was an avid reader and enjoyed the company of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Marvin Leroy (Marty) Walton, 52, Wellington native: July 9, 1964 – July 27, 2016

Marvin Leroy Walton, Jr.

Marvin Leroy Walton, Jr.

Marvin Leroy (Marty) Walton, Jr., 52, gained his Angel Wings at this home in Longview, Wash. on July 27, 2016 after a short battle with cancer.

Marvin was born in Wellington, on July 9, 1964 to Marvin L. Walton, Sr. and Janice (Engelhardt) Walton.  He attended schools in Deer Creek-Lamont, Okla.

Marvin served 21 years and retired, with the Blackwell, Okla. Army National Guard.  Marty loved to cook, fish, garden, build things, and spend time with his family and his beloved dog, Diva.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Walter and Mildred Winchell and Richard and Grace (Bestwick) Walton; step-father, LeRoy Engelhardt; and step-sister, Kim Rogers.

Vaunda Day, 78, Wellington: Jan. 31, 1938 – Aug. 26, 2016

Vaundalia Day

Vaunda Day

Vaunda Day died on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Serenity Senior Retreat in Wellington, Kansas at the age of 78.

Vaunda was born the daughter of J. Eugene and Bertha H. (Dwyer) Wartick on Monday, January 31, 1938 in Wellington, Kansas.

On February 5, 1956, Vaunda and Russell Dean Day were united in marriage in Wellington, Kansas. Together they celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Vaunda was first employed as a Teller at First Federal Savings and Loan; however, many will remember her from a 25 year career as a Para Educator in the Wellington schools. She really enjoyed working with students in the expanded skills classes. Outside of work, Vaunda held many interests such as genealogy where she spent many hours researching and assembling books about her family history.

Laurel Snide, 52, Wichita: Jan. 17, 1964 – August 24, 2016

Laurel Snide, 52, of Wichita died Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the Oxford Christian Church. Burial will be at the Oxford Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 26, 2016 at Oxford Funeral Service from 1 until 8 p.m., with the family present from 6 until 8 p.m.

A memorial has been established with the Wellington Humane Society PO Box 494, Wellington, KS 67152 and may be left with Oxford Funeral Service. For further information please visit

Patty Jo (Keely) Hedden, 72, Udall: May 4, 1944 – August 22, 2016

Patty Hedden

Patty Hedden

Patty Jo (Keely) Hedden, 72, died Monday, August 22, 2016 at her home in Udall, KS surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m., Friday, August 26, 2016 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Udall. Visitation will be held at the church Friday, prior to the service, from 9 to 10 a.m. Private family burial will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made out to “Patty J. Hedden” to help defray the funeral expenses and may be left in care of the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Winfield. Condolences may be left online at

Patty Jo Hedden was born in Winfield, KS on May 4, 1944 the daughter of Ella H. and Marion Wayne Keely. She graduated from the Udall Rural High School in 1962 and enjoyed living in the Udall area for many years. Patty was a hard worker, she was a waitress at the Big Dog Diner in Rock, KS and the Bankroll Café in Udall, KS; she was also employed at Cessna Aircraft Co. in Wichita, KS.

Carroll Todd, 87, formerly of Wellington: August 4, 1929 – Aug. 13, 2016

Carroll Todd

Carroll Todd

Carroll Dale Todd, 87, died Saturday, August 13, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City surrounded by his family.  He was born in Woods County on August 4, 1929 to Clara Belle Haltom Todd and Robert Floyd Todd.  He was raised on a farm near Carmen.  He attended the Lone Star grade school, Waynoka High School and graduated from Dacoma High School.  On his 18th birthday he went to work the Santa Fe Railroad.  On February 9, 1951 he married Waneta Jo Ferguson at the Free Methodist Church parsonage in Carmen. 

To this union four children were born: Robert Lynn Todd, Luther Wayne Todd, Larry Don Todd and Sandra Kay Todd.  Carroll worked on the Plains Division out of Amarillo until he was promoted to Road Foreman of Engines of the Southern Division at Houston.  He worked in that area until he was transferred to Wellington as a road eoreman.  He retired in Wellington after 37 years.  He also served in the 81st Reconnaissance Division U.S. Army at Fort Hood.  Carroll and Waneta moved to a retirement center at Edmond in 2015.

 He served on the Board of Panhandle Credit Union, volunteered for meals on wheels in Wellington, was a member of Whirl A Way Square Dance Club, Wellington Art Association, Wichita Great Plains Wood Carvers Association and the American Legion.  His hobbies included carpentry work, wood carving, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.  His children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were so very special to him.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. 

Ralph Louis Pingry, 64, Wichita: January 3, 1952 – August 16, 2016

Ralph Pingry

Ralph Pingry

Ralph Louis Pingry died on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at Via Christ-St. Francis Hospital in Wichita at the age of 64.

Ralph was born the son of Claude Darius and Dora Melissa (Wyatt) Pingry on January 3, 1952 in Arkansas City, Kansas. He and Barbara Ann Barnes were married on October 4, 1975 in Arkansas City. They raised their two sons, Mac and Ralph, in Wellington, Kansas. After living the country life in Oxford, Kansas for 11 years, they chose to move back to Wellington in 2013.

He spent most of his younger years in Arkansas City until moving to Globe, Arizona where he graduated from high school. Ralph held various jobs: construction work, semi truck driver, hauling for Budweiser, Cessna Aircraft for 3 years and Boeing Aircraft for 22 years as an aircraft mechanic, retiring in 2007. He loved fishing and hunting, pitching softball and hitting home runs, bowling, golfing and spending time with his family and good friends. Ralph was a member of the VFW in Wellington. 

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Barbara Ann Pingry; two sons, Mac Louis and Ralph Lee Pingry both of Wellington, Kansas; sister, Claudet Scott of Arkansas City, Kansas and grandchildren: Amaya, Makenna, Jaydon, Aaron and Ashlyn Pingry and Marissa Mayo.

Lestle Joyce Hollingsworth, 80, Belle Plaine: Dec. 4, 1935 – August 9, 2016

Lestle Hollingsworth

Lestle Hollingsworth

Lestle Hollingsworth was born Dec. 4, 1935 in Tulsa, Okla. to Velma Conklin and Joyce Randall Hollingsworth. He was the second of their four sons.

His family also lived in Colorado Springs, Colo. for a year before returning to their family farm in Belle Plaine where Lestle spent most of his school years. In 1953 he was a second generation graduate of Belle Plaine High School. He then attended Wichita State University, majoring in music education and voice. He was proud of his years as a drum major both in high school and college.

He traveled the world extensively working as a church missionary. His Campaigns for Christ included trips to Bogota, Columbia, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg, South Africa, Adelaide, Australia and Wellington, New Zealand. Lestle and Mary Hollingsworth, his wife of 13 years, later returned to New Zealand for six months. Even well into his seventies, Lestle continued his mission work in Mexico and Guyana. He also worked for Church of Christ congregations in an educational role for churches in La Cross, WI, Pittsburgh, PA and Monroe, LA.

Beverly Tackett, 85, formerly of Wellington: Dec. 6, 1930 – Aug. 13, 2016

Beverly Tackett

Beverly Tackett

Beverly Tackett, 85, formerly of Wellington, died Saturday, August 13, 2016 at the Villa Maria Nursing Home in Mulvane.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 5 p.m., Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at the St. Anthony-St. Rose Catholic Church in Wellington. No Visitation is scheduled.  A memorial has been established with the Villa Maria Nursing Home and may be left with Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit

Beverly Tackett was born on December 6, 1930 the daughter of Timothy and Violet (Stockman) Reichenberger in Andale. She was a 1947 graduate of Andale High School before graduating from St. Francis Nursing School in Wichita. On June 10, 1966 she was united in marriage with Gordon Tackett in Sacramento, CA.

After her nursing career Beverly worked as a secretary at Boeing and McDonnell-Douglas. Later she helped run a plumbing business and was the second female to have earned her plumbing license in the state of Kansas. Beverly loved to cook and made her family a priority. She loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren.

Neleta Fryman, 79, Wellington: Jan. 20, 1937 – Aug. 8, 2016

Neleta Fryman, 79, of Wellington died Monday, August 8, 2016 at her home in Wellington.

Cremation has taken place and no services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are with Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit

 Neleta Ann was born January 20, 1937, the daughter of Fred and Ethel (Root) Behner in Cherryvale, KS. She graduated from Atchison High School in 1955. On November 23, 1977 Neleta was united in marriage to David Fryman. Neleta worked as a psych tech in Pueblo, CO and an LPN at the Winfield State Hospital and area nursing homes. She enjoyed raising her children and traveling with her husband.

Sharon (Kraus) Callender, 71, Wellington: Rosary is Friday, Funeral is Saturday

Sharon Callender

Sharon Callender

(Updated: Wednesday, 9:45 a.m.) Sharon (Kraus) Callender would like you to know her work here is complete. It was an exhausting but exciting life, she accomplished so much. But now she’s off to bigger and better things.

Rosary will be held on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony – St. Rose Catholic Church. Family and friends will gather together for a remembrance ceremony at the Raymond Frye Complex in Wellington, KS on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. A light lunch will be served following the celebration.

Sharon was born in 1945 to John (Jack) and Eileen (Hebbe) Kraus of Wellington. She graduated from Wellington High School in 1963 and then attended nursing school at St. Johns College in Winfield, KS. She received her BSN in nursing and Masters Degree in Gerontology from Wichita State University. Sharon devoted her life to improving the life of the elderly in skilled nursing homes in both Sedgwick and Sumner Counties.

Jerry Evans, Sr., 83, Wellington: August 7, 1932 – August 4, 2016

Jerry Evans

Jerry Evans

Jerry Evans, sr. 83, of Wellington died Thursday, August 4, 2016 at his home in Wellington.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. Visitation will be held Monday, August 8, 2016 at the Shelley Family Funeral home of Wellington from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 5 until 7 p.m.. A memorial has been established with Gentiva Hospice and may be left with Shelley Family Funeral Home. For further information please visit

Jerry was born August 7, 1932, the son of Robert and Margaret (Brown) Evans in Wellington, Kansas. He graduated from the Wellington High School and earned a Bachelor in Engineering from K-State. Jerry was united in marriage to Muriel Green in 1957, after her passing in 1983 he was united in marriage to Juanita Thomas in 1984. Jerry worked as a Civil Engineer for KDOT. He enjoyed farming and his family very much.

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