Category Archives: Obituaries

June (Russell) Jones, 68, Wellington: June 13, 1951 – October 13, 2019

June Jones

June (Russell) Jones, 68, of Wellington, died, Sunday, October 13, 2019 at the Sumner Community Hospital in Wellington with her family by her side.

June Russell Jones was born June 13, 1951, the daughter of Cecil (Rusty) and Betty Jane (Fountas) Russell in Wellington. She graduated from Wellington High School in 1969. June was united in marriage to John Jones on November 17, 1992, he preceded her in death on December 2, 2014. June worked as a legal secretary in Silver City, NM for many years and moved to Wellington after her husband’s death.  June enjoyed hiking, camping, cooking and collecting Indian artifacts. She loved spending time with her family.

June is survived by her siblings: Margie Prewitt (Bob) of Garden City, Russell (Elizabeth) of Wellington, Colleen Norris (Jim) of Wellington, Dean Russell of Wellington, Jeff Russell (Peggy) of Wellington and Bob Russell (Dana) of Wellington; step children: Diana Wolf of Phoenix and Christopher Jones of Phoenix; and 3 step grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  

Madalyn Weathered, 94, Oxford: August 30, 1925 – October 13, 2019

Madlyn Weathered

Madlyn Weathered, 94 of Oxford, died Sunday, October 13 at the Medical Lodge Care Center in Oxford.

Madlyn Gladys Weathered was born on August 30, 1925 the daughter of Jesse Charles (J.C.) and Odessa Nevada Vosburgh Weathered in Brookville, KS. She was a 1943 graduate of the Salina High School before the family moved to Hutchinson where she and Harold met. She was united in marriage with Harold Weathered on August 9, 1944 in Hutchinson.

After marriage the couple moved to Oxford where they farmed and raised their family. Madlyn enjoyed playing cards, painting, collected dolls and did leather work.

Clara Ricke, 91, Wellington: July 13, 1928 – October 10, 2019

Clara Ricke

Clara Martha Ricke, of Wellington, died Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Sumner Community Hospital in Wellington at the age of 91.

Clara was born the daughter of Albert and Clara Marie (Stuhlsatz) Ternes on Friday, July 13, 1928 in Wellington.

On July 15, 1947, Clara and Sylvester Ricke were united in marriage in Conway Springs.  Together they celebrated 47 years of marriage before his passing in September of 1994.

Raymond Campbell Jr., Wellington graveside services are Friday, October 11.

Raymond Campbell

Raymond Eldridge Campbell Jr, died after a long and very brave battle with Lewy Body Dementia.

Raymond was born the son of Raymond Eldridge and Lena Marietta (O’Dell) Campbell on Wednesday, December 11, 1946. He was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Riverdale, Maryland where he graduated. Raymond served his country in the United States Air Force from 1965 to 1969.

On February 10, 1971, Raymond and Donna Bowser were united in marriage in Muskogee, Oklahoma.  Together they celebrated 48 years of marriage.

Virginia Elizabeth (Neumann) Fitch, 91, Manhattan: June 8, 1928 – September 28, 2019

Virginia Fitch

Virginia Elizabeth (Neumann) Fitch, 91, of Manhattan, Kans., died on Saturday, September 28, 2019, with her daughter Julie and son Greg at her side.  Virginia was born to Henry P. Neumann and Elizabeth (Janzen) Neufeld Neumann in Grant County, Oklahoma, on June 8, 1928, on a farm a few miles east of Medford.  She was the last of eight children born to Elizabeth. Virginia grew up on a farm southeast of Medford with three older brothers, where she performed farm chores such as milking the cows and watering the chickens.  (Three older siblings were already living away from home by this time, and one had died as an infant.)

Virginia attended Mount Vernon District #69 grade school, usually walking to school and back each day, until 1942, at which time she entered Medford High School, graduating in 1946.  Her family attended the Medford Mennonite Church as she was growing up, where she was baptized on June 18, 1944 and where she played the piano for the church choir, the men’s quartet, the men’s chorus, and the congregational singing for several years.

Marion Dean Atkinson, 75, Caldwell: July 20, 1944 – October 7, 2019

Marion Dean Atkinson died on October 7, 2019, in Caldwell. Dean was born on July 20, 1944, to Marion and Florence (Struble) Atkinson in Caldwell.

Dean is preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister.

He is survived by his wife Connie of the home; sons Sean and David and his wife Shelley; four grandchildren and four brothers Jim, Burton, Kent and Terry.

Per Dean’s wishes, no services will be held.

Hazel Oathout, 81, Welington: August 17, 1938 – October 3, 2019

Hazel Oathout

Hazel M. Oathout, of Wellington, died Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Sumner Community Hospital in Wellington at the age of 81. 

Hazel was born the daughter of Hawley Llewellyn and Arilla Mae (Bates) Needham on Wednesday, August 17, 1938 at home on the farm in Conway Springs. 

On December 31, 1961, Hazel and Bill Oathout were united in marriage in Wichita.  Together they celebrated 49 years of marriage before his passing in April of 2011. Hazel was director and teacher for many years at Wee Too Preschool at the Methodist Church in Wellington. She then went to work at the USD 353 District Office as a Special Education Administrative Assistant. She retired in 2003 after 18 years of employment.

Claudia Peck, 76, Wellington: November 5, 1942 – October 2, 2019

Claudia Peck

Claudia Peck, 76, of Wellington, died October 2, 2019, at the Botkin Care and Rehab in Wellington.                   

Memorial Services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. A memorial has been established with the Wellington Humane Society PO Box 494, Wellington, KS 67152 and may be left with Shelley Family Funeral Home PO Box 555, 704 N. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152. To leave an online condolence please visit

Claudia Kay Peck was born November 5, 1942, in Harper, the daughter of Marvin and Velma (Olmstead) Sellers. She graduated from Argonia High School in 1960. On September 16, 1961, Claudia was united in marriage to Claud Myrl Peck at the First Christian Church in Wellington.  She worked at Bank of America for over 40 years. Claudia enjoyed gardening, camping, craft shows and making and selling porcelain dolls.

James Berrie, 91, Oxford: April 20, 1928 – September 25, 2019

James Berrie

James Albert Berrie, 91, died at his home in Oxford, Wednesday, September 25, 2019, under the care of his son, Steven A.J. Berrie and his cats that he loved so much.

Private family services will be at a later date. A memorial has been established with the Oxford Friendship Center and the Cowley County Humane Society. To leave an online condolence please visit

Bert was born April 20, 1928, the second born son of a set of twin boys. First born John Robert Berrie and 2 minutes later “Bert” to join the older brother Donald Richard. For a trio of boys for their parents Mr. James H. Berrie and Mrs. Alda E. (Newman) Berrie.

Timothy Joel Hunt, 39, Belle Plaine: November 21, 1979 – September 20, 2019

Timothy Hunt

Timothy Joel Hunt, Belle Plaine, died on Sept. 20, 2019. He was born Nov. 21, 1979 to Rex Danny Hunt and Kelly (Kile) Williams in Wellington.

Tim was preceded in death by: grandparentsJames Hunt; Leroy Kile, Sr.; Larry Jackson; uncle, Leroy Kile, Jr.

Addie Mae Hiatt, 97, Wellington: April 6, 1922 – Sept. 23, 2019

Addie Hiatt

Addie Mae Hiatt, age 97, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, died Monday evening, September 23, 2019 at The Renaissance of Stillwater in Stillwater, OK.  Addie had been a Wellington resident for most of her adult life.

Addie Mae (Riecker) Hiatt was born on April 6, 1922 on the family farm near Capron, OK to Christian William Riecker and Emma Bertha (Erdmann) Riecker.

She married Edwin C. Hiatt on March 31, 1940 in Mooreland, OK.  He preceded her in death in 1993.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edwin; three sons, Edwin, Stanley, and Robert; and four sisters and their husbands. 

Iva Renee Prouse, 54, Wellington: April 9, 1965 – September 17, 2019

Iva Prouse

Iva Renee Prouse was born April 9, 1965 in Attica, Kansas, the only daughter born to Herbert Leroy and Edythe Irene (Hall) Prouse.  She grew up on the family farm northeast of Anthony, Kansas.

For 35 years, Iva had been a part of the Futures fold, receiving case management, residential and day services.  She was always outwardly expressive of her appreciation to staff.

Iva was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church of Wellington and loved attending church.  She enjoyed dance and music, especially KISS.  She was sassy and liked to laugh, an all around cheerful woman, although those who could coax the biggest smiles out of Iva seemed to be the male variety!  Many will take comfort in the fact that Iva and her very best friend, Jane Baker, have now been reunited since Jane’s passing last year. 

Josephine (Sneeringer) Mercer, 92, Conway Springs: November 9, 1926 – September 23, 2019

Josephine Mercer

Josephine (Sneeringer) Mercer, 92, of Conway Springs, died Monday, September 23, 2019 at Sug’s Home Care, Conway Springs.

She was born November 9, 1926 at Conway Springs, Kansas to Joseph and Adrian (Fisher) Sneeringer. Josephine grew up in Conway Springs and attended Conway Springs public schools.  She graduated from Conway Springs High School with the class of 1944 and began working as an operator for the local telephone company.

John Potucek III, 51, Wellington graduate: March 29, 1968 – May 25, 2019

John Potucek III

(Update Sept. 23, 2019) A gathering celebrating John’s life will be held at the Potucek Home (1023 N. Washington Ave., Wellington, KS) on Sunday, September 29, from 3 to 6 p.m. A scholarship has been established with Cowley College in John’s name, the fund to be used to assist students pursuing a culinary career or the study of the visual arts. Donations to the fund can be made as follows: John A. Potucek III Scholarship Cowley College Foundation in care of the Shelley Family Funeral Home 704 N. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152.    To leave an online condolence please visit


Original obituary

John A. Potucek III, 51, died Saturday, May 25, 2019, at the University of Kansas Medical Center due to complications following open heart surgery earlier in the week. John was surrounded by loving family and special friends.

John was born on March 29, 1968, at Loring Air Force Base Hospital, Limestone, Maine. He attended public schools in Wellington, and the University of Kansas, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity. He later graduated from the Johnson and Wales Culinary Institute in Rhode Island. Although a gifted artist his first love was working the galleys of the fine restaurants of Kansas City, Cape Cod, the Miami Area, and Key Largo. His culinary journey began at the Slate Creek Depot in Wellington in the late 1970s.

Wilma Tryon, 96, Wellington: August 2, 1923 – September 21, 2019

Wilma Tryon

Wilma L. Tryon, age 96, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, died Saturday evening, September 21, 2019 at Wheatlands Health Care Center in Kingman, KS.

Wilma L. (Hutchison) Tryon was born on August 2, 1923 in Wellington, to Charles Craig Hutchison and Hazel Faye (Knox) Hutchison.  She was raised in South Haven, and lived most of her adult life in Wellington.

Wilma married Edwin L. Tryon on October 19, 1947 in South Haven.  He preceded her in death on March 1, 2002.

Don Rager, 94, Wellington: January 24, 1925 – September 19, 2019

Don Rager

Don Edward Rager, a Wellington resident for 54 years and a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather died on Thursday, September 19, 2019, at Ascension Via Christi – St. Francis in Wichita at the age of 94.

Don was born the son of Arthur Wayne and Selena Rachel (Kyles) Rager on Saturday, January 24, 1925, on a farm four miles south of Gordon, Nebraska. It was here that Don was raised by his mother after his father died when he was only 1 1/2 years old. His mother continued the family farming business using their six horses. Don helped on the farm and attended a country school through the eighth grade and then high school in Gordon, graduating in 1941. During this time, Don and his family were members of the Presbyterian Church.

Roberta Suhler, 84, Oxford: March 19, 1935 – September 18, 2019

Roberta Suhler

Roberta Suhler, 84, of Oxford, died, Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at the Joy Home in Oxford.

Funeral Services will be held on at 11 a.m., Monday, September 23, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Winfield. No visitation is scheduled. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Haven.  Memorials have been established with the Trinity Lutheran Church in Winfield and St. Paul Lutheran in Haven. Contributions can be left with the Oxford Funeral Home, P.O. Box 123, Oxford, 67119. To leave an online condolence please visit

Nancy Lou Ella Boyd, 72, Wellington: July 29, 1947 – September 14, 2019

Nancy Lou Ella Boyd

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Nancy Lou Ella Boyd (Williams), 72, of Wellington, will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at the Free Will Baptist Church, 802 East 16th Street, Wellington with Pastor Zane Brooks officiating

Surrounded by her family, Nancy died on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 in Wichita, under the wonderful care of Harry Hynes Hospice Nursing Staff.

Nancy was born in Wewoka, Okla., on July 29, 1947, the daughter of the late Exie Leon and Jane Elaine (Jones) Boyd.

Francis Carr, 94, Wellington: January 31, 1925 – September 14, 2019

Francis Carr

Francis Carr, 94, of Wellington, died Saturday, September 14, 2019, at his home in Wellington.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, September 21, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church in Wellington. Interment will be at the Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington. Visitation will be Friday, September 20, 2019, from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington with the family receiving friends from 5 until 7 p.m. 

Memorials have been established with the First Presbyterian Church in Wellington and the KU Endowment Association and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home, 704 N. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152. To leave an online condolence please visit

Donna Furman, 64, Wellington: Oct. 9, 1954 – Sept. 13, 2019

Donna Furman

Donna Furman, of Wellington, died Friday, September 13, 2019, at her home in Wellington at the age of 64.

Donna was born the daughter of Donald and Dorothy (Ping) Arnett on Saturday, October 09, 1954 in Wellington. Donna took pride in her career at Futures Unlimited; where she touched the lives of every individual she worked with.

Memorial services for Donna will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 21, 2019, in the chapel of Cornejo|Day Funeral Home in Wellington.

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