Category Archives: Obituaries

Helen Russell, 80, Wellington died Nov. 25, 2015

Helen M. Russell, of Wellington, died Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at her home in Wellington, Kansas at the age of 80.

Following cremation, a private interment will be held at the Rye Cemetery in Rye, Colorado.

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Janet Janney, 59, Wellington: Nov. 12, 1956 – Nov. 23, 2015

Janet Janney, 59 of Wellington, died on Monday, November 23, 2015 at the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita.

Memorial Services will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 2 at the First United Methodist Church in Wellington. Private family graveside services will follow at the Caldwell Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established with the First United Methodist Church of Wellington.

Arrangements are with the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. To leave an online condolence please visit

Joseph Andra, 62, Wellington: June 24, 1953 – Nov. 23, 2015

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Joe Andra

Joseph A. Andra, 62, of Wellington, formerly of Conway Springs, died Monday, November 23, 2015 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice at Via Christi-St. Francis, Wichita.

Joe was born June 24, 1953 at Wichita, Kansas to Elmer Edward Andra and Eileen (Freund) Andra. He grew up in Conway Springs where he attended St. Joseph Catholic School.  He later attended Conway Springs public schools and graduated from Conway Springs High School with the class of 1971.

Joe attended computer technical school before working at Cessna aircraft in Wichita, Kansas. He later worked a number of years at Myer’s Nursery on South hydraulic in Wichita.

Darrel Helton, 83, Wellington: March 3, 1932 – Nov. 20, 2015

Darrel Helton

Darrel Helton

Darrel G. Helton, of Wellington, died Friday, November 20, 2015 at Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita at the age of 83.

Darrel was born the son of William L. and Rachel E. (Barnes) Helton on Thursday, March 03, 1932 in Sun City.

Darrel was employed for many years with the Road Department in Jetmore. He later moved to Wellington where he worked at the local flour mill. Outside of work, Darrel loved fishing and was an auto enthusiast. He was very passionate about Ford Mustangs and loved spending time at Koehn Motors talking cars with their staff and customers. Darrel will be missed by many. 

Survivors include his brother, Vern L. “Tiny” Helton of Wellington; sister, Darlene Gibson and her husband Gail of Aurora, Colorado along with numerous nieces, nephews and their families. 

David Cole, 81, Argonia: Sept. 16, 1979 – Nov. 20, 2015

David Cole

David Cole

David Cole, of Argonia, died Friday, November 20, 2015 at Golden Living Center in Wellington at the age of 81.

David was born the son of Thomas and Clara D. (Hester) Cole on Friday, May 04, 1934 in Independence, Missouri.

On September 16, 1979, David and Helen (Rutledge) were united in marriage in Grandview, Missouri. Together they celebrated 36 years of marriage.

David retired after an over 30 year career as a ARMCO Steel machinist. Locally, many will remember him as the owner of the Play-Mor Pool Hall in Argonia.

Survivors include his wife Helen V. Cole of Argonia; daughter, Pamela S. Cole of Tucker, Georgia; son, Douglas Cole of Raytown, Missouri; step-daughter, Patricia L. Ford (Mark) of Parkland, Florida; step-son, Robert W. Pohlenz (Susie) of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; grandchildren: Derek A. Ford (Katarina) of Jacksonville, North Carolina, Conor J. Ford of Parkland, Florida, Amber Cole of Raytown, Missouri and Lauren Cole of Raytown, Missouri; brother-in-law, Harold Rutledge (Judy) of Argonia; sister-in-law, Nova Searcy (Ray) of Topeka along with numerous nieces and nephews.  

Aubrey “Gene” McCoy, 89, Oxford: Nov. 29, 1925 – Nov. 19, 2015

Gene McCoy

Gene McCoy

Aubrey “Gene” “Mac” McCoy, 89, of Oxford, formerly of Belle Plaine, Thursday, died November 19, 2015 at the Joy Home in Oxford.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, November 23 at 2 p.m. at the Oxford United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Belle Plaine Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Oxford Funeral Service Chapel with the family greeting friends from 3 to 5 p.m. A memorial has been established with the Oxford United Methodist Church. Contributions can be left with the funeral home. For further information please visit

David Wahl, 73, Wichita: May 3, 1942 – Nov. 19, 2015

David Wahl, formerly of Arlington, Virginia, died Thursday, November 19, 2015 at Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita, at the age of 73.

David was born the son of Jacob and Olga (Rosenau) Wahl on Sunday, May 03, 1942 in Harvey, North Dakota. His parents precede him in death.

On May 29, 1964, David and Christine E. Withrow were united in marriage in Los Angeles, Calif. 

Betty Cornett, 72, Wellington: Jan. 1, 1943 – Nov. 13, 2015

Betty Cornett

Betty Cornett

Betty Cornett died on Friday, November 13, 2015 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 72.

Betty was born the daughter of John and Lois (Annen) Green on Friday, January 01, 1943 in Topeka.

Many will remember Betty from her 30+ year career at Burlington Northern Sante Fe where she was one of just a few female trainmasters.

Ben Moring, 90, Wichita: June 30, 1925 – Nov. 7, 2015

Ben Moring

Ben Moring

Ben E. Moring, Jr. died on Nov. 7, 2015 at the age of 90.

He was born to Ben and Pearl (Michaels) Moring on June 30, 1925 in Anthony, KS. On April 27, 1944 he and Thelma Rose Wassenberg were married in Wichita, KS. He was a retired Boeing Aircraft engineering draftsman.

Almete Fortmeyer, 85, Caldwell: April 16, 1930 – Nov. 11, 2015

Almeta Fortmeyer

Almeta Fortmeyer

Almeta May Herridge Huntley-Fortmeyer died November 11, 2015 at the age of 85 years, 6 months and 26 days.

Almeta May Herridge was the beautiful daughter and seventh born of eight children on April 16, 1930 to James Walter Herridge and Eva Lydia Huston Herridge of Bluff City.

Almeta had five sisters and two brothers; Jennie Louise Herridge, Bessie Evalene Herridge (Wilmarth), Ruth Helen Herridge (Snyder), Dorothy Herridge, Maurice Herridge, Juanita Clara Herridge (Hudson) and Cecil Herridge.

Steve Taylor, 61, Caldwell: Sept. 6, 1954 – Nov. 7, 2015

Steve Taylor

Steve Taylor

Steve A. Taylor succumbed to injuries sustained from a motor vehicle accident on Saturday, November 7, 2015 in Newkirk, Okla.  Steve was born September 6, 1954 to Keith and BettyJo Taylor of Caldwell.  Steve graduated from Caldwell High School, went to Pratt Community College, and then later transferred to Pittsburg State University. 

During his time in Pittsburg, Steve met and married Margaret Minton and had two children.  They later divorced.  Steve made his living as a mechanic, weatherization contractor, and a handy man. 

Jennifer (Isaacs) Foster, 41, Wellington: May 20, 1974 – Nov. 9, 2015

Jennifer Foster

Jennifer Foster

Jennifer R. (Isaacs) Foster died unexpectedly Monday, November 9, 2015 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 41.

Jennifer was born the daughter of Willard and Bonnie (Adams) Isaacs on Monday, May 20, 1974 in Winfield.

She was a gifted interior designer and worked commercially and residentially. Jennifer specialized in faux-finishing, was featured in a local design magazine and co-owned the Finishing Touch in Wellington.

Survivors include her daughter, Madison Foster; son, Ben Foster; son, Caleb Foster; parents, Willard and Bonnie Isaacs; sister, Dena Guthrie; brother, Tim Isaacs and his wife Robyn all of Wellington; niece, Abby Martinez and her husband Aaron of Wellington; niece, Adrienne Guthrie of Wichita; nephew, Travis Isaacs of Wellington; niece, Tyann Isaacs of Wichita; niece Tegan Isaacs of Wellington; great-niece, Emma Martinez and a large extended family.

Rosalee McCoy, 83, Caldwell: Oct. 1, 1932 – Nov. 7, 2015

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Rosalee Shoffner

Rosalee Ruth McCoy was born October 1, 1932 at Wellington.  She was the second child born to Fred J.  and Olive (Babcock) McCoy.    Rosalee grew up in Wellington with her siblings, Mary Marcelyn, Fred Elwyn and Kenneth Edwin.  She attended Wellington High School graduating with the Class of 1950.

Rosalee met Leonard Earl Webster who had returned from  WW2 and returned to Wellington.  They were married October 15, 1950 and made their home in Wellington.   After marriage, Rosalee went to work for the telephone company as an operator.  Four children were born to Leonard and Rosalee:  Cathy Lynne,  Brad William, Jeffrey Lee and Randall Earl.

After Cathy was born Rosalee quit her job and stayed home to raise her family.   In 1956,  the young  family moved to Wichita where Leonard worked for a produce company.   The family returned to Wellington in 1960 and Leonard started a new produce company.

Jennifer (Isaacs) Foster dies unexpectedly Monday

Jennifer (Isaacs) Foster died unexpectedly Monday, November 9, 2015 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 41.

Services are pending and will be announced at a later time.

Arrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington. 

Arlis Dale Barker, 75, South Haven: Oct. 13, 1940 – Nov. 8, 2015

Artis Dale Barker

Arlis Dale Barker

Arlis Dale Barker, age 75, died on November 8, 2015 at Golden Living Center in Wellington, KS.  He was born October 13, 1940 at South Haven, KS the son of Dale and Nina (Creed) Barker.

Arlis attended school in South Haven and was very active in football, basketball, and track.  After graduation, Arlis went on to college at Cowley County in Arkansas City.  On April 11, 1964 he married Diann Briggs and eventually moved to South Haven, KS.  Arlis worked at Beech Aircraft and then went to work for Plessey Welco.  After awhile Arlis went to work for the Santa Fe Railroad as a machinist.  Arlis worked for them for 15 years and then retired.

Arlis thoroughly enjoyed his two daughters, Dana Diann and Deborah Elaine.  He always went to all of their activities and sporting events that they were involved in.  They both went fishing with their daddy and occasionally Dana went hand fishing with him.

Anita Stone, 86, Wellington: Dec. 1, 1928 – Nov. 3, 2015

Anita Stone

Anita Stone

Anita Stone, of Wellington, died Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Spring View Manor in Conway Springs at the age of 86.

Anita was born the daughter of Jose and Delores (Reeze) Ledesma on Saturday, December 1, 1928 in Cicero.

Many will remember Anita from her over 20 years of employment at the Wellington Memorial Auditorium. 

Survivors include her son, Sean Stone and his wife Dana of Wellington; daughter, Heather Jensen of Wellington; grandchildren: Lindsey Stone, Molly Stone both of Wellington; Megan Donnellan and her husband Taylor of Bellevue, Nebraska, Nicole Stone of Wellington, Brandon Stone and his wife Hunter of Arkansas City, Elisha Stone, Catherine Stone, Stefany Bissell, Bryce Martin and Jennifer Jenson all of Wellington along with her 11 great-grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jose and Delores Ledesma; sister, Manuela Montenegro; brothers: Manuel, Joe and Lupe Ledesma; son, Larry Joe Stone and great-grandson, Blake Conrad.

Stephen ‘Lane’ Hunt, Oklahoma City: November 1, 2015

Stephen “Lane” Hunt, infant son of Brad and Rebecca (Erickson) Hunt,  was born on November 1, 2015  then departed this life on November 1, 2015, in Oklahoma City, Okla.

His grandfather, Richard Erickson preceded Lane in death.

Survivors include his parents, Brad and Rebecca Hunt of Meeker, Oklahoma, three sisters, Courtney Rose Hunt, Roselynn Jane Hunt, and  Lillee Marie Hunt, grandparents, Stephen Wade Hunt of  Wanette, Oklahoma, Marilyn June Hunt of Cushing, Oklahoma, and Brenda Erickson of Wellington. Other relatives and many friends of the family.   

Titus Michael Ryberg, 2 months, Wellington: Aug. 24, 2015 – Oct. 28, 2015

Titus Ryberg

Titus Ryberg

At the early age of just 2 months, Titus Michael Ryberg died on Wednesday, October 28, 2015. He was born weighing 8 pounds and 11 ounces at 12:49 p.m. on Monday, August 24, 2015 to Katie Ryberg and Gary Palmer in Wellington. Titus was all boy and loved being able to move around. He just started rolling over and kicking his legs like a runner. Titus had big smile and he wore it often. Although he only had 2 months, it was spent with lots of smiles and lots of love. He will be deeply missed.

Ruth (Gelvin) Cochran, 86, Wellington: Nov. 21, 1928 – Oct. 28, 2015

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Ruth Cochran

Ruth Delores (Gelvin) Cochran of Wellington died at the age of 86, Wednesday, October 28, 2015.

Ruth was born in Seminole, Okla. on November 21, 1928 to Jacob Henry and Myrtle Mae (Bryant) Gelvin. She attended school in Arkansas City, KS and married Howard P. Cochran on November 13, 1945 in Port Orchard, WA.

They are the parents of Meryl King of Winfield, Gerald Cochran (Liz), Loveland, CO, Michael Kent (Mary), Max (Dana) Lochbuie, CO, Steven (Susie) and John all of Wellington. Upon retirement Ruth and HP spent part of the year in South Texas where Ruth was involved in shuffleboard, dominos and cards.

Theressa Elaine Biles, 72, Wellington: April 4, 1943 – Oct. 25, 2015

Theressa Elaine Biles, age 72, of Wellington, KS died Sunday afternoon, October 25, 2015 at the Attica Long Term Care facility in Attica, KS.  Through the years she had worked in the marketing division for Cessna Aircraft.

Theressa “Tess” Elaine (Snider) Biles was born on April 4, 1943 in Blackwell, OK to Duane R. Snider and W. Arlene (Kohler) Snider.  She was raised in Mayfield, KS but lived most of her adult life in Argonia, KS.  She was a graduate of Wellington High School.

She married Larry Davis Biles on June 10, 1961 in Berkeley, CA.

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