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Vickie Sue Tredway, 72, Oxford: June 3, 1948 – Feb. 24, 2021

Vickie Tredway

Vickie Sue Tredway, 72, of Oxford died Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, March 1 at the Oxford Funeral Service Chapel, the family will greet friends at the funeral home from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to services. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and Rivercross Hospice, contributions may be left in the care of the Oxford Funeral Service.

Vickie was born June 3, 1948 in El Dorado, KS the daughter of Tom Junkins Jr. and Phyllis (Cain) Junkins. She graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1966. Vickie was united in marriage to Bill Tredway on October 22, 1971 in Arkansas City, the shared 49 wonderful years together.

Paula Deanne Ramsey, 62, Wellington native: April 15, 1958 – Feb. 23, 2021

Paula Ramsey

Paula Deanne Ramsey died with her husband Tim by her side Tuesday evening, February 23, 2021, at the age of 62 years.

Paula was born on April 15, 1958 in Wellington, KS to her parents, Chester and Edna (Techau) Ramsey. She spent her childhood growing up in Wellington and graduated from Wellington Senior High School as a member of the Class of 1976.

Tim and Paula met in junior high school and were friends from the start. After high school, life took them down separate paths. It wasn’t until 2002, when they reconnected on Paula’s 44th birthday. A relationship blossomed and they were married on March 20, 2004 in Fulton, Mo.

Richard Rettig, 70, Wellington: March 27, 1950 – Feb. 21, 2021

Richard Rettig

Richard A. Rettig, age 70, died February 21, 2021, at his home in Wellington.  He was a machinist at Welco and TECT for 40 plus years.

Richard A. Rettig was born on March 27, 1950, at St. Lukes Hospital in Wellington to Ross Edward Rettig and Constance Joy (Tarrant) Rettig.  He was raised in the Riverdale and Belle Plaine area.  He attended school in Riverdale through eighth grade and graduated from Belle Plaine High School in 1969.  He graduated from Cowley County Community College.

Richard was very active in the First United Methodist Church where over the years he served as Trustee, Chairman, and Usher.  He was also very involved with the Wellington Food Bank and grew food in the Community Garden.

Ramona Geubelle, 84, Wellington: April 7, 1936 – Feb. 20, 2021

Ramona Geubelle

Ramona K. Geubelle Favinger died February 20, 2021, at the Wellington Health and Rehab.  She was born April 7, 1936, to Roman and Alice (Tenbarge) Geubelle.  She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Norman, sister Jeanette Kenney, nephew David Kenney and Husband Don Favinger.  She is survived by her sister Margaret Schultz, nieces Cindy (Tim) Mullen, Pam (Hugh) Ryono, and nephews Brad (Barbara) Schultz and John Kenney.

She worked in the ASCS offices for many years and at Oxwell manufacturing, but her true love was the land.  She took over the workload of the family farm after the passing of her father.  She did it all, from working on tractors to planting and harvesting.  She always said the hotter the better and spent hours under the sun on the tractor, no air condition cab for this woman.  This continued for her entire life until she left the home place in 2017.

Ronald Dean ‘Ron’ Hutchison: March 5, 1956 – Feb. 7, 2021

Ron Hutchison

Ronald Dean “Ron” Hutchison passed away following a brief battle with cancer on Sunday, February 7, 2021, in Wichita at the age of 64.

Ron was born the son of Harlan and Alois (Heeney) Hutchison on March 5, 1956 in Wellington. He was a graduate of South Haven High School and then went on to attend both Cowley County and Coffeyville Community Colleges to earn his EMT Certification. Ron then went on to enjoy a 25-year career as an EMT and spent a majority of his time in Harrison, Arkansas and Hartshorne, Oklahoma.

After retiring as an EMT, Ron lived in Murray for 7 years before eventually relocating to Wellington where he worked doing facility maintenance at First United Methodist Church and at Sumner Mental Health Center. Ron purchased an old church in Wellington and turned it into Ron’s Man Cave. He was very passionate about music and this served a place where he and friends would gather together for monthly jam sessions. It was also a place for Ron and his family to spend time together. The last several years Ron developed a love for drone photography and videography. He captured images and videos all around the area and especially enjoyed wildlife and farmsteads. Ron was a wonderful family man and friend that will be missed by all that knew him.

Philip Thomas Perry, Caldwell: Dec. 13, 1942 – Feb. 22, 2021

Phil Perry

Philip Thomas Perry was born December 13, 1942, to Lee and Addie Perry in Caldwell.  Phil often spoke of childhood memories which included the South Osage gang playing kick the can, going to little Grandma Dora’s for a poached egg and tea breakfast, carrying out groceries for Deitrich’s Grocery and Little League Baseball.  While at CHS, he played on the basketball team.  One of his favorite stories took place his senior year when Caldwell played Medicine Lodge in the first game in the new high school gym.  The game was in overtime. Phil passed the ball to his best friend, Joe Norton, who went up for the winning basket. Phil always joked that they almost named the gym, “Perry Fieldhouse”.

After graduating from CHS in 1960, Phil attended the University of Kansas for 2 years and graduated from Emporia State University in 1965 with a BS in business management.  After graduation, he became a national bank examiner for 10 years and was then appointed a regional director in the 10th National Bank Regional Headquarters in Kansas City.  In 1968, following the “Pueblo” incident, Phil’s Air National Guard unit was activated. He spent one year in Kun San, South Korea.  After his tour of duty, he returned to Wichita resuming his job as a bank examiner.  He was later transferred to Columbia, MO.

Rita Annette Freeman 60, Wichita: April 22, 1960 – Feb. 11, 2021

Rita Annette Freeman, of Wichita, died unexpectedly on February 11, 2021, at the age of 60. She was born on April 22, 1960, in Edgewater, Florida, and was adopted as a teenager by Harley and Lucille Freeman.

Rita was raised in Wellington and moved to Wichita, as a young woman and has resided there since. She enjoyed spending time writing and will be missed by her family.

Survivors include her parents, Harley and Lucille Freeman of Wellington; brother, Bert Freeman of Wellington; sister, Dixie Pennington of Wellington; brother, JR Freeman of Wellington, Kansas along with a large extended family of cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends.

Allan Sam Davis, 77, Wichita: Died Feb. 16, 2021

Allan Davis

Allan Sam Davis, age 77, died peacefully the evening of February 16, 2021, at Regent Park Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Wichita, with his daughter, Jordan, and his son, Zach, by his side.

He married Cheryl E. Davis (Gracy) on August 30, 1964. They were married for 56 years. Together, they raised Jordan and Zach and loved enjoying their grandchildren Chase, Charley, Makaela and Evan. Allan and Cheryl met at the Caldwell swimming pool during Cheryl’s senior year where Allan lifeguarded and worked on his envied suntan that he managed to keep over the many years spent at either the pool, lake or golf course.

Born in Eureka, Kansas, to parents Harry and Frances Davis, he was raised with his sister Carol (Davis) Wiens.

Karen Dean (Chilton) Smith, 89, Enid: Oct. 27, 1931 – Feb. 16, 2021

Karen Pearce

Graveside services for Karen Dean Smith-Peirce, age 89, of Enid will be held Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at the Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington.

Arrangements are under the direction of Amy Stittsworth Funeral Service. Karen was born October 27, 1931, in Wellington, to Dean Winfield and Irene Ethel Mosby Chilton and passed away February 16, 2021, in Oklahoma City. She graduated from Wellington High School in 1949. During high school, she worked at the Regent Movie Theater and in the lab at the Hatcher Hospital.

After graduation, she married Robert Lee Smith, Jr. To this union were born three children Vicky LeAnn, Marcia Jean, and Robert Lee. She worked part-time with her husband in their clothing and shoe stores at various locations all while raising their family. In later years, she worked for the Kansas SRS in Wellington where she retired.
Karen was an avid reader her entire life and no matter where she lived she was the library’s best patron.

James L. Lauterbach, 61, Wellington: Aug. 15, 1959 – Feb. 13, 2021

James L. Lauterbach

James L. (JL) Lauterbach, age 61, of Wellington, died early Saturday morning, February  13, 2021 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

James was born on August 15, 1959 in Wellington, KS, to Neel A. Lauterbach and Dorothy May (Morrell) Lauterbach.  He attended Wellington High School with the Class of 1977.

Jim enjoyed his pilot days as he delivered planes all over the world. He loved the farm life and never knew a stranger. Anyone who crossed paths with “Uncle Jimmy” was a forever friend.  He will be missed by many.

Diane Lucile LaRose, 78, Wellington: April 26, 1942 – Feb. 3, 2021

Diane LaRose

Diane Lucile LaRose died on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at her home in Wellington at the age of 78.

She was born the daughter of Ramon Bryant Cypher and Estella Lucile (Perrill) Cypher on April 26, 1942, in Salina, Kansas. Diane attended college as an adult finishing her education program. At one point in time, her and her children were attending the same college. She then became a substitute teacher and was also a case manager for the Early Head Start Program and The Breakthrough Club.

Diane was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She attended every event for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren rain or shine. Diane was an excellent cook. She loved hosting the holidays and made her special sugar cookies that the children all loved. Diane was also very close to her brothers and mother, Lucile and Lucile’s husband, Bill Henderson “Grandpa Bill”.

Daniel Frank Stringer, 82, formerly of Argonia: Dec. 8, 1938 – Jan. 29, 2021

Daniel Stringer

Daniel Frank Stringer, 82, formerly of Argonia passed peacefully Friday, January 29, 2021, in Haysville.

Dan was born in Kiowa on December 8, 1938, to J.N. and Elane Stringer of Mullenville. He graduated from Emporia State Teachers College with a degree in Graphic Arts and Design. He worked for Cessna before opening Stringer Graphic Arts in Wellington. 

He also obtained an Associate of Arts in Law Enforcement from Cowley County Community College and was associated with the Wellington Police Reserve. He later worked for GEC Aerospace before retiring and spent most of his time in the ministry, counseling those around him and building Countryside Christian Ministry in Attica.

Ed Staley, 70, Wichita: April 6, 1950 – February 2, 2021

Ed Staley

Edward Wayne Staley, age 70, died on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at St. Francis Hospital, Wichita. Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2021, from 1 to 5 p.m. with the family being present from 3 to 5 p.m. in the chapel of Cornejo Funeral Home in Wellington.

The Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday, February 8, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Calvary Fellowship, Wellington. Ed was born in the Hatcher Hospital in Wellington to Eddie W. Staley and Dona Joan (Jones) Staley.

He and his four sisters were raised on the family farm in Milan. He attended grade school in Milan and graduated from Argonia High School. While in high school Ed worked on harvest crews with Jay Moyer traveling from Texas to North Dakota for four years. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army and was trained as a heavy equipment mechanic.

Dr. Dennis Gayle Thompson, 75, Caldwell: Sept. 12, 1945 – Feb. 1, 2021 (updated with service time change)

Dr. Dennis Thompson

Dr. Dennis Gayle Thompson, age 75, of Caldwell died on Monday, February 1, 2021 in Wichita with his family close by.

Dennis was a beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, who went out of his way to always help others.

Dennis was a man of faith and in recent years attended the Central Christian Church in Caldwell. Prior to that, he was an active member at Open Door United Methodist Church in Blue Eye, Mo. for several years.

Dorothy ‘Dottie’ Shaw, 90, Wellington native: August 17, 1930 – January 28, 2021

Dorothy ‘Dottie’ Shaw

Dorothy “Dottie” Shaw, 90, of Henderson, Nevada died January 28, 2021.

Born August 17, 1930, in Wellington; she was a loving mother and grandmother and an avid sports fan. Her home was filled with sports memorabilia and pictures of her children and grandchildren covered her walls. In later years, she received great joy from following the antics of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s lives via social media that they taught her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Leroy Marvin and Thelma Rose Miller, her husband, Archie E. Shaw, and her siblings; Billie Doris Kabureck, and Kenneth Leroy Miller, and her granddaughter, Michelle Dawn Carey.

Jerry Lewallen, 88, Wellington: Dec. 24, 1932 – Jan. 30, 2021

Jerry Lewallen

Jerry Lewallen died on Saturday, January 30, 2021, at his home in Wellington at the age of 88.

He was born the son of James and Irma (Thompson) Lewallen on December 24, 1932, in Paige City. Jerry graduated from Dodge City High School and continued his education at Dodge City Junior College. He then transferred and graduated from Ft. Hays State University. On August 2, 1953, he and Betty J. Perkins were united in marriage in Kingsdown. Together they celebrated 50 years of marriage before her passing in 2003.

Jerry was employed as a meat cutter at numerous Dillon’s Food Stores in Kansas and retired from the Wellington store following a 43-year career. In retirement, Jerry and Betty enjoyed traveling the country and going on cruises. He looked forward to the annual ski trips to the mountains with his family and friends. Jerry loved wood carving and was known for his duck carvings. He and his son remodeled many houses together. Jerry was a loving husband, father and grandfather that will be missed by all that knew him.

Randy Dieker, 70, Anthony: Feb. 26, 1950 – Jan. 25, 2020

Randy Dieker

Randy Dieker, of Anthony, Kansas, died peacefully in his home on the morning of Monday, January 25 at the age of 70, with his wife Karen by his side.

He was born the son of Gerald and Marietta Dieker on February 26, 1950, in Iola, Kans.  He attended and graduated from Chase County High School in 1968.  Following high school, he attended Emporia State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Education.

On May 21, 1971, he and Karen Regier were united in marriage in Newton, Kans.  Together they celebrated 49 years of marriage.  They moved to Anthony in 1976 after he accepted a position teaching fourth grade.  Karen and Randy made Anthony their home where they eventually raised six children.

Delores (Bramlage) Schmitz, Caldwell, 94, : Sept. 10, 1926 – Jan. 25, 2021

Delores Schmitz

Delores Marie Bramlage was born on September 19, 1926, on a farm near Herkimer, Kans. in Marshall County, and died January 25, 2021, at the Community Health Center in Wakita, Okla., a life that spanned 94 years.

Her parents were Ferdinand John and Hilda Marie (Meyer) Bramlage.  She grew up on a farm near Frankfort, Kans. and attended Allison, rural school, and graduated as salutatorian of the 1944 class of Frankfort High School.  Her senior year, Delores and her best friend, Renee Donahy, were recruited to become teachers due to the war-time shortage.  They attended Kansas State in Manhattan that summer and earned Emergency Wartime Teaching Credentials. 

Janis Ruth Scott, 86, Wellington: Feb. 17, 1934 – Jan. 19, 2021

Janis Scott

Janis Ruth Scott, age 86, lifelong Wellington resident, died Tuesday afternoon, January 19, 2021, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.  Through the years Janis worked as a secretary for the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office and Oxwell, Inc.

Janis Ruth (Harrell) Scott was born on February 17, 1934, in Wellington to Otho Allen Harrell and Lorene R. (Mosby) Harrell.  She attended Wellington schools and was a 1952 graduate of Wellington High School.

Janis married Robert D. Scott on August 11, 1961, in Argonia.  He preceded her in death on September 13, 1999.

Robert Leroy McWithey Sr., 83, Winfield: Oct. 20, 1937 – Jan. 18, 2021

Robert McWithey

Robert Leroy McWithey Sr., 83, of Winfield died Monday, January 18, 2021, at William Newton Hospital.

Bob was born on October 20, 1937, in Meade, KS to Harry and Vera (McKinnis) McWithey. He graduated from Winfield High School in 1956 and in 1957 married the love of his life Zelta Ruth Creamer in Winfield. Bob worked in manufacturing and spent most of his career at Clark Manufacturing in Wellington, KS. Bob enjoyed playing golf, especially at Springhill Golf Course in Ark City, fishing, and animals, he was very proud to be the first member of his family to graduate from high school.

Surviving to honor his memory are his sons: William (Rebecca) McWithey of Winfield, Robert (Cheryl) McWithey of Winfield, sister Micki Philpot and 3 grandsons.

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