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Category Archives: Obituaries

Larry Davis Biles, 72, Wellington: March 3, 1942 – Jan. 27, 2015

Larry Davis Biles, age 72, died Tuesday afternoon, January 27, 2015 at his home in Wellington.  Larry was a retired custodian for the Argonia School System USD #359.

Larry was born on March 3, 1942 in Clearwater, KS to Arvin Henry Biles and Nellie Pauline (Chiles) Biles.  He was raised in Mayfield, KS but lived most of his adult life in Argonia, KS.  He was a graduate of Wellington High School.  He served in the U. S. Navy from 1960-1964.

He married Theressa E. Snider on June 10. 1961 in Berkeley, CA.

Kenny Adams, Jr. 66, avid Crusader fan, Wellington: Jan. 31, 1948 – Jan. 25, 2015

Kenny Adams Jr.

Kenny Adams Jr.

Kenneth L. Adams, Jr, age 66, long time Wellington resident, died January 25, 2015 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington. Kenny was a brakeman/conductor with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad where he retired after 38 years of service.

Kenny was born on January 31, 1948 in Liberal to Kenneth L. Adams, Sr. and Beverly Jean (Hall) Adams.  He was raised in Liberal and graduated from McPherson High School with the Class of 1966.

He attended Hutchinson Junior College for one year.  He then served for three years with the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1970.  He served two tours in Vietnam earning two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star.

Basilisa Lopez, 87, Wellington: Jan. 9, 1928 – Jan. 25, 2015

Bess Lopez

Bess Lopez

Basilisa Lopez, age 87, long time Wellington resident, died Saturday, January 25, 2015 in Wichita, KS.

Basilisa (Montenegro) Lopez was born on January 9, 1928 in Newton, KS to Hermenegildo Montenegro and Manuela (Ledesma) Montenegro.

Basilisa married Frank Lopez on January 19, 1952 in Wellington at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.  He preceded her in death in 2008.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank; brother, John Montenegro; and sister, Mary Reyes.  

Bobby Lee Purdy, 76, Hunnewell: August 14, 1938 – Jan. 22, 2015

Bobby Lee Purdy

Bobby Lee Purdy

Bobby Lee Purdy, 76, long time South Haven and Hunnewell resident, died January 22, 2015 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.  Bobby retired from Cessna Aircraft after 34 years working as a Welder, Inspector, and Crew Chief.

Bobby was born on August 14, 1938 in Blackwell, OK to Reuben Edward Purdy and Cora C. (Kuehn) Purdy.   He was raised in Blackwell and served as an electrician in the U. S. Navy from 1955-1959.

He married Agnes L. Korbel on January 15, 1960 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blackwell, OK.

Wanda “Merlene” Basinger: Feb. 25, 1926 – Jan. 14, 2015

Wanda Marlene Basinger

Wanda Marlene Basinger

Wanda “Merlene” Basinger died on January 14, 2015 at Redlands, Calif. at the age of 88.  Merlene was born on Feb 25, 1926 at Wellington, Kansas.  She was the daughter of John H. Walker and Edna Hurt Walker.  She was married to Lewis Tobe Basinger on April 20, 1947 at the First Baptist Church.

Merlene was employed by the First National Bank for 6 years as Bookkeeper and Asst. Teller.  She was also employed by International Harvester as a Bookkeeper for 7 years and as Secretary at the Junior High School for 3 years and a bookkeeper for USD 353 at the Central Office for 20 years before retiring on July 1, 1988.

Merlene was a member of the First Baptist Church since December 1935.  She started playing the organ when a Freshman in High School.  She directed the Senior Choir for a few years; then became church organist for some 50 years; was also Sunday School Secretary; served as church clerk two different times, then served as church clerk and treasurer for 10 years.  The serenity Prayer was her favorite one.

Olivia Ellen Davenport, 98, Wellington: October 5, 1916 – Jan. 18, 2015

Olive Davenport

Olive Davenport

Olive Ellen Davenport, 98, died January 18, 2015.

Born October 5, 1916 in Lincoln, Kans, Olive was the oldest of eleven children by Alvin and Edith (Barnhill) Bird. Preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Davenport, she is survived by Harold Davenport, Steve Bird (Deborah) and Bill Wright (Bonnie). Grandchildren include Aaron Davenport, Jennifer Palmer, Angela Bird-Meyer, Racheal and Casey Bird. She leaves many nieces and nephews and two sisters: Opal Baker and June Cheek.

Deanna Kay Stambaugh, 57, Lincoln Elementary teacher: Jan. 27, 1957 – Jan. 17, 2015

Deanna Stambaugh

Deanna Stambaugh

Deanna Stambaugh,  57, Lincoln Elementary teacher in Wellington, died Saturday, January 17, 2015.

Survivors include husband, James “Jim”; sons, Eric (Amanda) of Hutchinson, Dru of Arkansas City; parents, Kenneth and Maudene Stinnett of Belle Plaine; brother, Jim Stinnett (Linda) of Belle Plaine; sister, Jane Kelley (Brian) of Emporia; grandchildren, Ethan and Haven Stambaugh; nieces; nephews; and all of her “Mom 2” children. Viewing will be 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday with family greeting friends 6-8pm at Smith Mortuary, 1415 N. Rock Rd., Derby.

Loue Farley, 86, Wellington: Aug. 29, 1928 – Jan. 17, 2015

Loue Farley

Loue Farley

Loue Farley, 86, died Saturday night, Jan. 17, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22 at the St. Anthony-St. Rose Catholic Church in Wellington. Burial will follow at Sumner Memorial Gardens Cemetery.  Visitation will be held at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21 with the family present from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21 at the St. Antony-St. Rose Catholic Church.

Memorials have been established with Wellington Future Farmers of America and Avenue of Flags and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home.  For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.

Gertrude Lee, 85, formerly of Wellington: Nov. 24, 1929 – Jan. 15, 2015

Gertrude Lee

Gertrude Lee

Gertrude Lee, 85, of Derby, formerly of Wellington died Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.

Following cremation with the Shelley Family Funeral Home & Crematory of Wellington, it was Gertrude’s wish that there be no services held in her honor. For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.

Gertrude May Lee was born on November 24, 1929, the daughter of Charles and Hattie Porter White in South Haven, Kansas. She was raised and educated in the South Haven and Wellington area. 

Melissa Pelkey, 29, Wellington: March 30, 1985 – January 10, 2015

Melissa Pelkey

Melissa Pelkey

Melissa Lucinda Pelkey died unexpectedly, Saturday, January 10, 2015 at her home in Wellington at the age of 29.

Melissa was born the daughter of Darryl and Karen (Kirstatter) Pelkey on Saturday, March 30, 1985 in Wichita.

Survivors include her parents, Darryl and Karen Pelkey of Wellington, sister, Shauna Cline of Wichita and brother, Dane Kirstatter of Waco.  

Narciso “Chicho” Garcia, Wellington: Nov. 2, 1952 – Jan. 14, 2015

Chicho Garcia

Chicho Garcia

Narciso “Chicho” Garcia, of Wellington died Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas at the age of 62.

Narciso was born the son of Julia and Ismael Garcia Cano on Sunday, November 02, 1952 in Montemorelos, Mexico.

On April 20, 1979, Chicho and Maria Cortez were united in marriage at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Wichita. Together they celebrated 35 years of marriage.

In 2000, Chicho and Maria moved their family from the Houston area to Wellington to own and operate Fabiola’s Mexican Restaurant. Whether in Wichita or Wellington, Chicho and his family were loved and respected by many.

Robert Kern, 65, Udall: April 20, 1949 – Jan 13, 2015

Robert Kern, 65, of Udall, died Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at the Wesley Rehabilitation Hospital in Wichita.

Funeral Services will be held 1 p.m., Monday, January 19 at the Oxford Funeral Service Chapel of Oxford. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday January 18th with the family receiving friends from 3:00 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to assist with funeral expenses. Contributions can be left with the funeral home. For further information please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.com.

Robert Elijah Kern was born on April 20, 1949 the son of Dillard and Lillian Flandery Kern in Mabe, Virginia. After High School he joined the United States Army where he served in the 21st Cavalry. He served in Vietnam where he earned a purple heart and was also a P.O.W. Bob later joined the Navy and served on the USS Saratoga.

Cora Ritter, 98, Winfield: Oct. 9, 1916 – Jan. 13, 2015

Cora Ritter

Cora Ritter

Cora Ritter, 98, died January 13, 2015 at the Cumbernauld Village in Winfield, KS.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m.., Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. Visitation will be held Friday, January 16, 2015 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., no family night is scheduled. Burial will be at the Rose Hill Cemetery in South Haven. A memorial has been established with Samaritan’s Purse and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home.  For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.

Cora Emma McGregor Ritter was born in South Haven, on October 9, 1916 to Viola (Kufus) and Floyd McGregor. She and her four brothers, Manley, Harold, Donald and Ronald, grew up on a farm east of South Haven School, known as the “Blank” farm, now the Wolf farm. After graduating from South Haven in 1936, Cora attended Wichita Business College, and during those years she sang in a trio called “The Modernettes”.

Donald Hesket, Geuda Springs: July 21, 1926 – Jan. 11, 2015

Donald Hesket

Donald Hesket

Donald Hesket, of Geuda Springs, KS, died Sunday, January 11, 2015 at the St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kansas.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, January 15th at the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Arkansas City, Kansas. Burial will be in the Tannehill Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:00 A.M until 8:00 P.M. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. A memorial has been established with the Gideon’s International or the Slate Valley Baptist Church. Contributions can be left with the funeral home. For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.

Donald Vernon Hesket was born on July 21, 1926 the son of George Wayne and Velma L. (Condit) Hesket in Oxford, Kansas. He attended Oxford High School before working in the Oil Fields and later worked for Cessna. Don also farmed his entire life. On November 19, 1946 he was united in marriage with Alice Harding in Arkansas City, Kansas. Don enjoyed gardening and working with his hands. He could fix or build anything.

Dr. Warren Cellers, 92, Arkansas City: Aug. 24, 1922 – Jan. 7, 2015

Dr. Warren Cellers

Dr. Warren Cellers

Dr. Warren G. Cellers, 92, of Arkansas City, Kans. died peacefully on Wednesday morning, January 7, 2015 at Presbyterian Manor of Arkansas City.

Graveside Military Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Riverview Cemetery of Arkansas City.  Friends may call at Shelley Family Funeral Home from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday.  A memorial has been established in W.G.’s name for Presbyterian Manor of Arkansas City, Kansas.  Contributions may be made through the funeral home.  For more information or to send a condolence, please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.

W.G. “Doc” was born August 24, 1922 in Auburn, KS to Harold and Lois (Moore) Cellers relocating to Carbondale, KS, where he completed his early education.  At age 17, with parental consent, he enlisted in the United States Army. 

Lillian Lola Lintecum, 93, Winfield: Sept. 25, 1921 – January 2, 2015

Lillian Lola Lintecum

Lillian Lola Lintecum

Lillian Lola Lintecum, age 93, of Winfield, formerly of the Mayfield and Wellington area, died  at William Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield on Friday, January 2, 2015.

Lillian Lola (Carithers) Lintecum was born on September 25, 1921 in Pretty Prairie, KS to Calvin J. Carithers and Edith (Harter) Carithers.  She was raised in Pretty Prairie and was a graduate of Pretty Prairie High School.

Lillian married Murl O. Lintecum on November 1, 1941 in Hutchinson.  He preceded her in death in 2004.  

Gayle Gordon, 71, Wellington: March 12, 1943 – Dec. 7, 2014

Gayle Gordon, of Wellington, died Sunday, December 07, 2014 at Sumner County Care Center in Wellington, at the age of 71.

Gayle was born the daughter of Truman and Frances (Baker) Pyles on Friday, March 12, 1943 in Argonia, .

On November 4, 1960, Gayle and Lloyd C. Lowe were united in marriage and celebrated over 24 years of marriage before his passing in 1985. She was blessed to find love again and on October 24, 1990, she and Henry Gordon were married in Conway Springs, . They were married almost 5 years before he passed in 1995.

Dale Robinson, 53, Oxford: Dec. 10, 1961 – Dec. 27, 2014

Dale Robinson

Dale Robinson

Dale Robinson, 53, of Oxford, died on December 27, 2014 at the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita, KS.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Oxford.  Burial will be in the Oxford Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Oxford Funeral Service Chapel with the family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m.  A memorial has been established with the Cancer Treatment Center of America. Contributions can be left with the funeral home. For further information or to leave a condolence please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.com

Lynn Dale Robinson was born on December 10, 1961 the son of Glenn Dale and Mary Jane Crawford Robinson in Winfield, Kansas. He attended Oxford High School and later earned an electrical degree from Cowley Community College. Dale worked for Benny & Smith in Winfield from 1978 to 1997.

Bill Miller, Wellington, 88: July 29, 1926 – Dec. 24, 2014

Bill Miller

Bill Miller

Bill Miller, of Wellington, longtime local businessman, died Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at his home at the age of 88.

Bill was born the son of Floyd and Byrd (Thompson) Miller on Thursday, July 29, 1926 in Wellington.

On August 9, 1949, he and Donna Katzenmeier were united in marriage in Craig, Colorado.  Together they celebrated 65 years of marriage.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Miller of Wellington, son, Bryon Miller (Susan) of Wellington, daughter, Carmen Davis (David) of Derby, granddaughter, Brandy Sutton of Lawrence, granddaughter, Breeanna Malik (Trent) of Sugar Land, Texas, grandson, Myles Miller of Wellington, great-grandchildren, Boston and Acea Malik of Sugar Land, Texas and Raynee Miller of Wellington.

Craig Boatright, 55, Wellington: July 10, 1959 – Dec. 23, 2014

Craig Boatright

Craig Boatright

Craig Boatright, 55, of Wellington, died Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at the K.U. Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, December 29, 2014 at the Presbyterian Church in Wellington. Visitation will be Sunday from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. No family night is scheduled. A memorial has been established with the Red Cross and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.

Craig Riley Boatright was born on July 10, 1959 the son of Lawrence L. and Mary Cole Boatright in Wellington. Craig was a 1977 graduate of the Wellington High School and later earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from K.U. In his younger years Craig enjoyed long distance running, swimming and tennis.

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