Category Archives: Obituaries

Jerry Tooman, 61, Wellington: May 5, 1953 – March 23, 2015

Jerry E. Tooman, age 61, died Monday evening, March 23, 2015 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington, KS. He was a driver for Futures Unlimited, Inc. for many years.

Jerry E. Tooman was born on May 5, 1953 in Ponca City, OK to Jerry E. Tooman, Sr. and Sharlene A. (Abel) Tooman.

He married Leota R. (Bush) Holdaway on September 9, 1988 in Wellington, KS. Together they celebrated 26 years of marriage.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and was passionate about riding motorcycles. He loved riding to Sturgis with Leota, fishing and hunting.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Russell Brown, 53, WHS graduate: April 18, 1961 – March 16, 2015

Russell (Russ) Brown, 53, of Champaign, Ill., died at 9 p.m. on March 16, 2015 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, following a lengthy and courageous battle against cancer.

Russell was born on April 18, 1961 in Wellington to Ralph and Velda Brown. He graduated from Wellington Senior High School in 1979, and then attended Wichita State University where he graduated in May, 1984 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science.

After graduation from college, he held positions at Excel Corporation and the Wichita Public Schools and A.B. Chance Company in Centralia, Missouri. He joined Communications Data Group in Champaign, IL on September 11, 1995, where he was currently employed as a software developer.

John A. Peck, 97, Wellington: Feb. 4, 1918 – March 16, 2015

John Peck

John Peck

John A. Peck, age 97, longtime resident of the Wellington and Belle Plaine area, died early Monday morning, March 16, 2015 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.  John was a retired farmer and stockman.

John A. Peck was born on February 4, 1918 in Clarion, IA to F. Myrle Peck and Minnie J. (Niebuhr) Peck.  He was a 1936 graduate of Wellington High School.  He served in the United States Army during World War II from March 25, 1942 – December 14, 1945.

Besides farming he served the community as a Board Member of Avon Township and Avon School District.

Harold Gilges, 81, Conway Springs: Oct. 18, 1933 – March 11, 2015

Harold Gilges

Harold Gilges

Harold Gilges, 81, retired Haviland Telephone Technician and Manager, of 504 S. Church St, Conway Springs, died Thursday, March 11, 2015 at Via Christi- St. Francis, Wichita, Kansas.

He was born on October 18, 1933 at Maysville, Arkansas to Waldo Harold Gilges and Grace Mildred (Moomey) Gilges. Harold started school in Maysville and moved with his family to Conway Springs at a young age. He attended Conway Springs public schools and was active in sports at Conway Springs High School. Harold was a member of the Conway Springs High School, 1951 State Championship Track Team. He graduated from CSHS with the class of 1953.

Robert Vincent Long, 93, Wellington: April 12, 1921 – March 10, 2015

Robert Vincent Long

Robert Vincent Long

Robert Vincent Long, age 93, Wellington resident since 1951, died Tuesday morning, March 10, 2015 at Sumner County Care Center.  Bob was a retired electrician for Boeing Aircraft.

Robert was born on April 12, 1921 in Anthony, KS to George W. Long and Elberta (Countryman) Long.  He served in the Army Signal Corp during WWII.

Robert married Glennys C. Powers on March 31, 1951 in Omaha, NE.  She died on August 13, 1981.  He then married Hazel (Wygle) Wescott Sims on April 23, 1983 in Wichita, KS.  She passed away on April 3, 2002.

Harold Koehler, Wellington: January 24, 1936 – March 5, 2015

Harold Koehler

Harold Koehler

Harold Koehler, of Wellington, died Thursday, March 05, 2015 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita,  at the age of 79.

Harold was born the son of Johnny and Abbie (Feist) Koehler on Friday, January 24, 1936 in Manchester, . He graduated from St. Gregory High School in Shawnee,  and originally planned on becoming a priest but changed his mind. Harold went on to serve his country in the United States Army from 1955-1957.

Sharon Goodrum, Tucson, Ariz.: Nov. 9, 1950 – Feb. 19, 2015

Sharon Goodrum

Sharon Goodrum

Sharon K. Goodrum, of Tucson, Ariz., died Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona at the age of 64.

Sharon was born the daughter of Richard N. and Mary Lou (Ternes) Goodrum on Thursday, November 09, 1950 in Wellington. Her parents and her brother, Chris Goodrum precede her in death.

Larry “Delbert” Horn, Wellington: June 6, 1939 – March 3, 2015

Larry Horn

Larry Horn

Larry “Delbert” Horn, of Wellington, died Tuesday, March 03, 2015 at Life Care Center of Wichita at the age of 75.

Delbert was born the son of Edward B. and Susie (Hayden) Horn on Tuesday, June 06, 1939 in Wellington.

On September 1, 1972, Delbert and Wanda Faye Hunt were united in marriage in California. Together they celebrated over 22 years of marriage.

Delbert retired from Boeing Aircraft after many years of service. He was happiest when he was with his friends and family either fishing or shooting pool. 

Seth Mott, 40, formerly of Wellington: May 9, 1974 – Feb. 27, 2015

Seth Mott

Seth Mott

Seth Alan Mott, age 40, formerly of Wellington, died on Friday, February 27, 2015 in Derby.

Seth Alan Mott was born on May 9, 1974 in Wellington, KS to William E. Mott and Mary Ann (Edwards) Mott. He was raised in Wellington and attended Wellington schools except for one year in Albuquerque, NM. He was a graduate of the Wellington High School Class of 1992.  He was active in baseball, football, basketball and tennis. Seth was an avid fan of sports. He worked for UPS for the last 17 years.

Seth was an animal lover, took up guitar, and loved playing golf. He was a devoted son and friend. Friends will tell you he was that wild and crazy guy but he was sensitive and was always there for you and could bring a smile to your face.

Barbara Riggs, 83, Conway Springs: Feb. 3, 1932 – March 2, 2015

Barbara Riggs

Barbara Riggs

Barbara L. Riggs, 83, of Conway Springs departed this life March 2, 2015 at her home following a brave battle with breast cancer.

She was born February 3, 1932 at Conway Springs, Kansas; the youngest daughter of Jacob Arthur Plaugher and Frances Willard Reeves Plaugher. Barbara was raised in Conway Springs and attended the Malaby Rural School through the 8th grade. She attended Conway Springs High School where she enjoyed playing basketball and was the Homecoming Football Queen her senior year. She graduated with the class of 1950. After high school, Barbara began working as the elevator operator at Buck’s Department Store in Wichita. She also worked in a local insurance office in Wichita.

Barbara was united in marriage to Charles Ray Riggs on December 3, 1950 at the First Christian Church in Conway Springs. They built a home southwest of Conway Springs in 1954 where they farmed and raised their family of three daughters.

Donna Michele Raschke, 54, Wellington: Dec. 31, 1960 – Feb. 22, 2015

Donna Michele Raschke - with grandson.

Donna Michele Raschke – with grandson.

Donna Michele Raschke, age 54, longtime Wellington resident, passed away on Sunday, February 22, 2015 in Oklahoma City, Ok surrounded by her loving family.  She worked at First National Bank for over 18 years and at Future’s Unlimited for over 15 years.

Donna Michele (Craig) Raschke was born on December 31, 1960 to Bobby Dick Craig and Shirley Jean (Bedwell) Craig in Wellington, KS. She was a 1978 graduate of Wellington High School.

Donna loved spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandson, Brohnson.

Andrea Elizabeth Hartman: Sept. 2, 1919 – Feb. 22, 2015

Andrea Hartman

Andrea Hartman

Andrea Elizabeth Hartman died Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Via Christi Village in Wichita at the age of 95.

Andrea was born Tuesday, September 02, 1919 in Conway Springs. She was one of 4 children (3 daughters and 1 son) born to Andrew G. and Margaret A. (Leddy) Small. Andrea spent 50 years of her life in Conway Springs.

It was in her hometown where she met and fell in love with Clyde M. Hartman. They were married on April 1, 1944 when he was home on leave from the US Navy.

Carolyn Nelson, 70, Wellington: Jan. 17, 1945 – Feb. 19, 2015

Carolyn Nelson

Carolyn Nelson

Carolyn Nelson, 70, of Wellington died Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the Church of Christ in Wellington. Visitation will be held on Monday, February 23, 2015 from 9:00 until 8:00 with the family present from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. For further information please visit

Carolyn Nell Nelson was born January 17, 1945 the daughter of Cloford Lee and Mary Nell (Hunter) Newcomb in Tucson, AZ. She graduated from Perryton, Texas High School in 1963 and earned her B.A. from Broadfield Social Science at Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas and was a Texas Tech Red Raider. ON May 29, 1965 she was united in marriage to Lindal Nelson in Perryton, Texas. Carolyn worked at her church as the secretary and was a homemaker and teacher throughout her life; she was also the best cook ever.

Arnold Watts, 75, formerly of Wellington: Sept. 3, 1938 – Feb. 23, 2015

Arnold Watts

Arnold Watts

Arnold Watts, 75, of Diamond City, Arkansas, formerly of Wellington, died Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 23, 2015 at the First Christian Church in Wellington, KS. Visitation will be held Sunday from 1:00 to 6:00 P.M. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. A memorial has been established with the First Christian Church of Wellington. For further information please visit

Arnold Glen Watts was born on September 3, 1939 in Perth, KS to Lorane Milton Watts and Edra Beatrice (Smith) Watts. After pursuing an education in the Wellington school district (WHS class of 1957) and at Pittsburg State University (graduated in 1961 with B.S. in Mathematics) he entered the U.S. Army and served primarily in Europe for two years. He worked for Boeing Aircraft in Wichita when he met and married Margie Marie (Slack) Watts on May 22, 1966 in Wellington, KS.

Cecil Reid, 82, Wellington: Nov. 24, 1932 – Feb. 20, 2015

Cecil Reid

Cecil Reid

Cecil Reid, 82, of Wellington died Friday, February 20, 2015 at his home in Wellington.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. with the family present from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. A memorial has been established with Heartland Hospice and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home 704 N. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152. For further information please visit

Cecil Earl Reid was born November 24, 1932 the son of Clarence and Zula (Walker) Reid in Dennard, Arkansas. He served his country in the United States Air Force. Cecil worked at the Wichita Eagle for 37 years as a mailer. On August 13, 1958 Cecil was united in marriage to Mary Catherine Lewis. Cecil enjoyed fishing, camping and playing his guitar as the lead guitarist.

Gladys Faye Ingle, 93, Wellington: April 14, 1921 – Feb. 20, 2015

Gladys F. Ingle

Gladys F. Ingle

Gladys Faye Ingle, age 93, of Wellington, died Friday morning, February 20, 2015 at Sumner Regional Medical Center.  Through the years she worked as a Postal Clerk and a Hardware Store Clerk in Howard, KS and also as a Dispatcher for the Elk County Sheriff Department.

Gladys Faye (Waller) Ingle was born on April 14, 1921 in Moline, KS to John David Waller and Mary Edna Elizabeth (Venning) Waller.  She graduated from High School in Moline, KS.

Gladys married William Theodore Ingle on November 7, 1942 in Howard, KS.  He preceded her in death in April of 2002.  

J.D. Watts, 91, Wellington: Dec. 13, 1923 – Feb. 18, 2015

J.D. Watts, age 91, longtime Wellington resident, died Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at Fountainview Nursing and Rehab Center in Rose Hill.  He was a retired Engineer with the Santa Fe Railroad.

J.D. Watts was born on December 13, 1923 in Guthrie, OK to John Daniel Boone Watts and Rosa Nell (Austin) Watts.  He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II.

He was united in marriage to Elota Marie Blehm on March 3, 1950 in Oklahoma City, Okla.  She preceded him in death in November of 2013.

J.D. was a member of the Wellington Masonic Lodge, American Legion, and the V.F.W.

Arnold Watts, 75, formerly from Wellington died Tuesday, Feb. 17

Arnold Watts, 75, of Weslaco, Texas formerly of Wellington died Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas.

Funeral arrangements are pending with the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit

Barbara Moorhouse, 72, Winfield: April 6, 1942 – Feb. 12, 2015

Barbara Moorhouse, 72, of Winfield, died Thursday, February 12, 2015, at the William Newton Hospital in Winfield.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 16, 2015 at the Oxford Funeral Service Chapel in Oxford. Visitation will be Sunday, February 15, 2015 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Oxford Funeral Service Chapel. A memorial has been established with the Parkinson’s Foundation and may be left with Oxford Funeral Service. For further information please visit

Jeanice Rose, 76, Wellington: Aug. 5, 1938 – Feb. 10, 2014

Jeanice Rose

Jeanice Rose

Jeanice M. Rose, of Wellington, died Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at her daughter’s residence in Harper, at the age of 76.

Jeanice was born the daughter of Bert and Vera Mae (Heathcote) Mahanke on Friday, August 05, 1938 in Florance, South Dakota.

On April 15, 1967, Jeanice and Jerry L. Rose were united in marriage in Omaha, Nebraska.  Together they celebrated 15 years of marriage before his death in 1982.

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