Category Archives: Obituaries

Juanita Samples, 87, Oxford: May 30, 1929 – April 23, 2017

Juanita Samples, 87, of Oxford died Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita, Kansas.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Oxford Christian Church in Oxford, KS. No visitation is scheduled. Memorials have been established with the Oxford Christian Church or the Oxford Friendship Center. Contributions can be left with the funeral home. For further information please visit

Juanita was born May 30, 1929, in South Haven, the daughter of Clarence and Violet (Conwell) Mears. She was a 1947 graduate of Oxford High School. Juanita was united in marriage to Kenneth Samples on June 12, 1949 at the Oxford Christian Church. Juanita enjoyed sewing, cross stitch, gardening and traveling to Texas in the winter with her husband. She loved her family and her dog, Annie.

Richard Hopper, 74, Oxford: Jan. 22, 1943 – April 24, 2017

Richard Hopper

Richard Hopper, 74, of Oxford died Monday, April 24, 2017 in Winfield, Kansas, surrounded by his loving family.

Graveside Memorial Services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 27 at the Oxford Cemetery in Oxford, KS. No visitation is scheduled. Memorials have been established with the Kindred Hospice. Contributions can be left with the Oxford Funeral Home, P.O. Box 123, Oxford, KS 67119. For further information please visit

Richard Joseph Hopper was born on January 22, 1943 the son of Joe and Helen (Miller) Hopper in Winfield, Kansas. He was a 1961 graduate of Grenola High School. Richard worked in the Oil Field his whole life. He enjoyed tinkering and fixing small engines. He liked to camp and fish as well.

Betty June (Ford) Mock, 88, Caldwell: June 1, 1928 – April 23, 2017

Betty Mock

Betty June (Ford) Mock, died surrounded by her loved ones at her home, on Sunday morning, April 23, in Argonia, at the age of 88.

Betty is survived by her son, William & (Rhonda) Mock of Argonia; grandchildren, Richelle and (Galen) Greene of Argonia, William and (Kelly) Mock of Argonia, Raline and (Lincoln) Crampton, of Winfield, Rebecca and (Justin) Payne of Geuda Springs.  She is also survived by great-grandchildren, Lane and (Autumm) Greene, Leander Greene, Laramie Greene, Amber Gelsinger  and (T.J.Collins), Brennon Mock, Seth Butler and (Brandi Regier), Parker Butler, Gabriel Crampton, Laila Crampton, Grace Crampton, Claire Crampton, Danielle Payne and (Alex Jones), Lauren Payne, Addison Payne; great-great grandson, Theo Jones and soon to be great-great grandson Sawyer Collins.

Brandon Moore, 64, Overland Park died at his home on April 3, 2017

Brandon Moore, 64, of Overland Park, KS died at his home on April 3, 2017, after a long battle with liver disease. Mr. Moore was a lifelong educator, teaching for 35 years in Kansas – the last 30 years in the Shawnee Mission School District (Roesland Elementary: 1979 – 1999 and Belinder Elementary: 1999 – 2009). Mr. Moore retired in 2009 but continued to substitute teach and tutor elementary students in mathematics until this past year.

Mr. Moore is survived by his father, Philip D. Moore of Wellington, KS, a sister, Millicent A. Byington of Park Hills, MO, a brother, Tim L. Robertson of Lakin, KS and several cousins, nieces and a nephew.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Rheba M. Moore of Wellington, KS.

Mr. Moore’s passion was teaching and helping young people learn.  He loved all of the children that he taught and developed many lifelong relationships with his students and their parents.  His love of teaching is exemplified by his having established scholarships with Southwestern College, Winfield, and Wichita State University for students entering the field of elementary education.

John Thomas Floyd, 89, Conway Springs: April 13, 1928 – April 19, 2017

John T. Floyd

John Thomas Floyd, 89, loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great grandfather died Wednesday evening, April 19, 2017 at Spring View Manor in Conway Springs, KS.  He was a retired Oil Field Engineer for Dowell.

John was born on April 13, 1928 in Cushing, OK to Charles Floyd and Goldie (Jones) Floyd.  John served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

He married Emma Jean Pettigrew on February 5, 1951 in Pauls Valley, OK. She preceded him in death on September 7, 2010.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Emma Jean Floyd; and one brother, George Floyd.

Virginia Marie Eklund, 92, Wellington: Nov. 24, 1924 – April 14, 2017

Virginia Eklund

Virginia Marie Eklund, 92, peacefully slipped away from the body on April 14, with family by her side. Ginny was born November 29, 1924 in Friend, Nebraska, the third of 3 daughters and a younger brother born to Albert and Bertha (Hansen) Johnsen.

At the age of 11 her family moved to a small homestead near Ault, Colo. Ginny graduated from Ault High School in 1941 at the age of 16. Her parents made her wait until she turned 18, at which time she moved to Denver and worked at Montgomery Wards for 2 years.

Ginny then followed her parents to Ottawa, KS and shortly thereafter  moved to Lincoln, NE where she worked at an unemployment office for 2 years. Returning to Ottawa she worked for the next 6 years at the Ottawa Steel Products company as a secretary.

Elna ‘Katheryn’ Helsel, 73, South Haven: Dec. 10, 1943 – April 10, 2017

Elna Kathryn Helsel

Elna “Kathryn” Helsel, 73, of South Haven, died Monday, April 10, 2017 at Via Christi St. Joseph Hospital in Wichita, KS.

Kathryn was born on December 10, 1943 in Blackwell, OK to Harold Francis Crow and Goldie (DeShazer) Crow.  She graduated from South Haven High School and received her Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University.  She married Alan J. Helsel on February 13, 1965 at the United Methodist Church in South Haven, KS.

Kathryn taught homemaking at South High School in Wichita, KS and worked as an elementary teacher in Seoul, Korea.  She was Head Start Director for Six Sandoval Indian Pueblos while living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Ervin Lee Urban, 88, Wellington: March 7, 1929 – April 10, 2017

Ervin Urban

Ervin Lee Urban departed this life to enter life eternal on April 10, 2017, at the age of 88 years at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 14, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Wellington. Visitation will be Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. Burial will be in the Sumner Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials have been established with the United Methodist Men and Sumner Regional Medical Center Residential Care and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home. To leave online condolences please visit

Loyal Wayne Gaskill services to be held Friday, April 14

Loyal Wayne Gaskill (Pete) died March 30, 2017.

Pete was the son of Loyal M. Gaskill and Leota Dorothea Julia Blunck Gaskill.

Loyal was the brother to six sisters, three of which are surviving along with his two sons: Darrell W. Gaskill of Wellington and Doyle A. Gaskill of Oregon.

Graveside service will be held at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Friday, April 14, 2017 at 1 p.m. The family invites all whom would like to join in this farewell to attend.

Verla Crow, 79, Caldwell: June 7, 1937 – April 8, 2017

Verla J. Crow (Goodrick), 79, was born on June 7, 1937 in Renfro, Okla.  She died Saturday, April 8, 2017.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 14, 2017 at the Central Christian Church, 206 N Market, in Caldwell. Dr. Dan Price will officiate.

She was described by friends and family as a person loving and caring for others on earth who was always available to listen, encourage, offer assistance, and pray for anyone she encountered.

Virginia Winter, 94, Conway Springs: March 6, 1923 – April 10, 2017

Virginia Winter

Virginia C. (Ast) Winter, 94, co-founder of Spring View Manor, Inc., died Monday, April 10, 2017 at Spring View Manor, Conway Springs.

 Virginia was born March 6, 1923, to John and Elizabeth (Irsik) Ast, the ninth of thirteen children, on a farm south of Haven, KS.  She attended St. Joseph School in Ost, Kansas, and graduated from Andale High School in 1941. 

 Virginia was united in marriage to Eugene Leo Winter on August 28, 1945, at St. Joseph Church, Ost, Kansas, while Gene was home on leave during WWII.   They lived briefly in Sea Bright, New Jersey, while Gene finished his Coast Guard duty at Sandy Hook Lighthouse.  They returned to Wichita, lived briefly in Dodge City and moved to Conway Springs in September of 1949 to open the North Side Café.

Glenn Compton, 93, Wellington: Sept. 20, 1923 – April 7, 2017

Glen Compton

Glenn Compton died on April 7, 2017.  He was born on September 20, 1923 on a farm in Sedgwick County to Alson and Zama Compton. He attended school in Anness and Milton, Kansas, graduating from high school in 1943.

He was active in football, basketball, and track. After graduating from high school, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a Gunnersmate First Class from 1944 to 1946. He served in the Pacific Theater.

After his honorable discharge from the navy, he worked with his father and brother, Roy, for a short time in the farming industry.  He then went to work at Boeing in 1948 where he met his future wife Mary Ellen Rains, and they married in 1957. Glenn had three sons: Roger, Scott and Doug and one daughter, Lisa. Glenn spent 51 years in the aircraft industry, 46 of those years at Boeing.

Jim Snow, 73, funeral services to be held Tuesday, April 11

Jim Snow

Jim L. Snow, 73, died April 5, 2017 at home surrounded by family.

He was preceded in death by father Ralph Snow and mother June McClaskey.

Survived by wife Gayle, sons Luke (Amy), Todd (Angie), four grandchildren (Brogan, Reese, Caleb, Avery) and brothers, Gary, David and Bryan Snow.  Jim was a devout family man who cherished his grandchildren and loved the Lord.  He lived by example, will be missed by all and believed “The nicest place to be is in someone’s thoughts.  The safest place to be is in someone’s prayers, and the very best place to be is in the hands ofS God.”

Manuel Soria, 95, Wellington: August 7, 1921 – March 29, 2017

Manuel Soria

Manuel R. Soria, 95, a Wellington resident since 1930, died early Wednesday morning, March 29, 2017 at his home.  Manuel worked as a machinist for Plessey Midwest and was also manager at the American Legion.

Manuel was born on August 7, 1921 in Dallas, Texas to Julian Soria and Estanilada (Rico) Soria.  He was a graduate of Wellington High School.  He joined the United States Army and served in the Philippines during WWII from June 23, 1942 – December 26, 1945.

Manuel married Savina Macias on December 21, 1946 in Wellington.

Manuel was a member of the National Guard from 1947 to 1981.  He served two terms as the Commander of the American Legion and also served as Commander of the Firing Squad for many years. He was also in charge of the Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day programs for many years.  Manuel was also instrumental in coordinating the Avenue of Flags since its inception.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Jacinta Cornejo and Carmen Arebalo; and a great grandson, Michael.

Hub Sawyer, 87, Wellington: Sept. 28, 1929 – March 25, 2017

Hub Sawyer

Hubert L. Sawyer was born on September 28, 1929 on a farm near Sedan, KS the sixth child of Jess B. and Ruth E. (Gilstrap) Sawyer.  He died on March 25, 2017 at the age of 87.

Sawyer was graduated from Greeley County High School, Tribune, KS in May 1947 and attended Baca Powers Junior College at Lamar, Colorado until December 1, 1948 when he joined the United States Air Force and spent four years working in the Pentagon in the machine accounting department.  He spent two years at Holly Sugar Corp. in Colorado Springs, CO in the machine accounting department before moving to Wellington in 1954 to work at the First National Bank, retiring as Executive Vice-President in 1979, after 25 years service.

He married Sherre Harrod on January 10, 1979, and together they pursued his real love of accounting.  He had an accounting business while working at the bank, so he became a financial consultant and accountant for several medical offices.

One of the Doctors was Shelby Rose, M.D. a pathologist in Wichita.  He and Shelby became the best of friends and enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, golfing and flying in much of the United States and Canada until Shelby died in 1995.

Richard Ebersole, 85, Funeral Director of Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs: Nov. 17, 1931 – March 24, 2017

Richard Ebersole

Ebersole, Richard L., 85, longtime Embalmer / Funeral Director and owner of Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs, died Friday, March 24, 2017 in Spring View Manor, Conway Springs.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the United Methodist Church, Conway Springs with interment following in Conway Springs Cemetery.

Richard was born Nov. 17, 1931 to John Olin Ebersole and Mildred (Cline) Ebersole. He graduated from Conway Springs High School with the class of 1950 and continued his education at Phillips University; Kansas University, and later graduated from Wichita University in 1954.

He married W. Jean (Netherton) Flickinger on Aug. 1, 1954. They made their home in Bern, Kansas from 1954 to 1956 where he taught at Bern High School.  Richard attended and graduated valedictorian from the Dallas Institute of Gupton Jones Mortuary School before serving his apprenticeship at the Elliott Mortuary in Hutchinson.  He returned to Dallas Institute in 1958 to join the faculty as an instructor of Microbiology, Pathology and Public Health while also continuing his education at Southern Methodist University.

Ruby Shields, 87, Wellington: March 7, 1930 – March 22, 2017

Ruby Shields

Ruby Shields, 87, of Wellington, died Wednesday, March 22, at Botkin Care and Rehab in Wellington.

Cremation has been entrusted to the Shelley Family Funeral Home. Honoring Ruby’s wishes, no services will be held.

Ruby Shields was born March 7, 1930, the daughter of Geather and Vergie (Lockhart) Walker in Kenver, Ky. She was a high school graduate of Anthony, KS. High School.  She was united in marriage with Max Shields on September 5, 1959 in Anthony. Ruby enjoyed her lifelong career as a beautician. She loved to bowl, play cards and bingo, and especially loved to cook.  She had several highly sought after recipes.  She also loved taking care of her grandchildren and the grand dogs. 

Theresa Sue Kent, 60, Wellington: Sept. 18, 1956 – March 16, 2017

Theresa Kent

Theresa Sue Kent, age 60, loving daughter, mother and grandmother, died Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita.  Through the years, Theresa worked for G.E. at Strother Field for 10 years, owned A Plus Answering Service for several years, and most recently worked at Riverview Manor Nursing Home in Oxford.

Theresa Sue (Wilkerson) Kent was born on September 18, 1956 in Wellington, to Dale M. Wilkerson and Mildred (Pierce) Wilkerson.

Theresa married Thomas Gene Kent on April 26, 1974.  He died in January of 2011.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, raising her dachshunds, cheering on the Denver Broncos and spending time with the residents at the nursing home. She most recently made her home with Norman Morris in Oxford.

Lila Maxine Deffenbaugh, 87, Wellington: Dec. 21, 1929 – March 21, 2017

Lila Maxine Deffenbaugh


Lila Maxine Deffenbaugh, 87, of Wellington, loving wife, mother and grandmother, died Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at Botkin Health & Rehab in Wellington.

Lila Maxine (Wilson) Deffenbaugh was born on December 21, 1929 in Wildhorse, OK to Lyle Oram Wilson and Lois Belle (Springgate) Wilson.

Lila married Eugene M. Deffenbaugh on November 2, 1947 at the Church of Christ in Wellington.

Lila was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Carolyn Ancell; one son, Dave Deffenbaugh; one son in law, Rick Moore; one grandson, Troy Moore; two granddaughters, Gina Ancell and Abby Gail King; one step-granddaughter, Judy Bell Ancell; and one brother Richard Wilson.

Frank Malsom, 82, Wellington: May 7 1934 – March 18, 2017

Frank Maisom

Frank T. Malsom, 82, a Wellington resident since 1966, passed away Saturday morning, March 18, 2017 at Newton Medical Center in Newton, KS.  Frank began working for Sumner Cowley Electric in 1966 and retired in 1989.

Frank was born on May 7, 1934 in Gove, KS to Nicholas Malsom and Marie (Hartman) Malsom.

Frank married Dorothy Hemmert on October 12, 1953 in Oakley, KS.

Frank enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, camping, and his dog, Buddy.  He was grandpa to many.

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