Category Archives: Obituaries

Wanda Louise Harris, 84, Wellington: August 14, 1932 – Dec. 5, 2016

Wanda Louise Harris

Wanda Louise Harris

Wanda Louise Harris, age 84, loving wife, mother and grandmother, died Monday, December 5, 2015 at Golden Living Center in Wellington, KS.

Wanda Louise (Bursack) Harris was born on August 14, 1932 in Winfield, to Earl Bursack and Daisy (Behymer) Bursack.  She was a graduate at Oxford High School with the Class of 1950.

Wanda married Wayne L. Harris on August 30, 1952.  They were married 62 years before he passed away on August 14, 2014.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Wanda was a longtime member of Wellington Church of Christ and was active in local women’s clubs and Sumner County Extension activities.

Rolando Sauceda, 63, Wellington: Jan. 28, 1953 – Dec. 4, 2016

Rolando Sauceda

Rolando Sauceda

Rolando Sauceda, 63, of Wellington died Sunday, December 4, 2016 at Via Christi St. Frances Hospital in Wichita.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, December 9, 2016 at Spiritual House of God in Riverdale, Kansas. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington with the family present from 5 until 7 p.m.

Interment will be the Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington. A memorial fund has been established to help with funeral expenses. Arrangements are with Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit

Rolando Sauceda was born January 28, 1953, the son of Alfredo and Ofelia (Alverez) in Mercedes, TX. He graduated from Mercedes High School and received a Bachelor’s degree in Micro Biology from the University of Texas. Rolando was united in marriage to Anita Padilla on June 7, 1975.  Rolando was a chemist for the City of Dallas and microbiologist for St. Francis hospital in Wichita for many years. He owned and operated Morning Star Sprinkler Systems, doing residential and commercial irrigation since 1985.

Henry Ancell, 84, formerly of Wellington: Sept. 8, 1932 – Dec. 2, 2016

Henry Ancell

Henry Ancell

Henry Marvin Ancell, 84, died peacefully at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita on December 2, 2016. Henry was a lifelong farmer, and additionally had owned a tire store and machine shop in Wellington. Henry was born in Wellington on September 8, 1932 to George Carson Ancell and Rosa Jane (Love) Ancell. Henry grew up at Stoney Castle south of town and helped with daily chores on the farm. It was on this farm that he developed his love for nature and animals.

Henry graduated from Wellington High School in 1951. He was drafted in 1953. Later that year, he married his high school sweetheart, Joyce Wilson. After Army Basic Training, Henry was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and served as a Staff Sergeant. He taught infantrymen how to operate the teletype communications equipment used in combat. Henry was honorably discharged from the service in 1955, and returned to live in Wellington.

Henry was always a great provider to his family, and a doting father–even after long days of working at more than one job. In addition to wheat farming, he had worked over the years for the local International Harvester dealer, three machine shops, Montgomery Ward and Rusk Brothers. In 1963, he was picked to open a Firestone dealership– Henry’s Tire Service–which he owned for several years. In the 1980s, he operated his own machine shop.

Tim and Cheryl Baumgartner, 60, Wellington: 1956 – Dec. 3, 2016

Cheryl and Tim Baumgartner

Cheryl and Tim Baumgartner

Cheryl and Tim Baumgartner, of Wellington, died, Saturday, December 3, 2016. They were both 60 years old.

Timothy was born the son of Charles Alfred and Gladys Fern (Anthony) Baumgartner on Friday, May 18, 1956 in Wellington. Cheryl was born the daughter of Arthur and Marlene (Knox) Dunn on Tuesday, August 14, 1956 in Wellington. Cheryl and Tim met in middle school after the Riverdale School Tim attended closed.

It was love at first sight for Tim and Cheryl eventually agreed and the two became high school sweethearts. On February 9, 1974, Cheryl and Tim were united in marriage in Belle Plaine, and started their family soon after. Together they celebrated 42 years of marriage. 

Tim has been in the aircraft industry for many years and spent the last ten as a machinist for Spirit Aerosystems. Cheryl has been the store manager at Smokers Choice for many years. They were loving parents, grandparents, siblings and friends. They will be missed by many.

Ray & Marcia Waugh, both 77, of Wellington: 1939 – Dec. 3, 2016

Ray and Marcia Waugh

Ray and Marcia Waugh

Marcia and Ray Waugh, of Wellington, died on Saturday, December 3, 2016. They were each 77 years of age.

Marcia was born the daughter of Byrl and Mary (McLaughlin) Carter on Tuesday, March 7, 1939 in Wichita A few months later, Carl Raymond Waugh, Jr. was born to Carl, Sr. and Ruth (White) Waugh on June 26, 1939 in Ashland, Kansas. Clearwater is where Ray and Marcia met and became high school sweethearts. Following graduation, they briefly attended K-State University but decided to get married and start a family.

Ray and Marcia were united in marriage on August 16, 1959 in Clearwater. The couple recently celebrated 57 years of marriage. Ray went on to be a farmer and continued farming until his passing. Marcia went back to college when her children started school.

Wanda Kimbel, 84, Wellington: July 7, 1932 – Nov. 30, 2016

Wanda Kimbel

Wanda Kimbel

Wanda Kimbel, 84, of Wellington died Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at her home in Wellington.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 10:00 A.M. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. Interment will be at the Mound Ridge Cemetery in Moundridge. Visitation will be on Monday, December 5, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington.

A memorial has been established with the American Diabetes Association and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home 704 N. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152.  For further information please visit

Donna Renn, 92, Wellington: Jan. 6, 1924 – Dec. 2, 2016

Donna Renn

Donna Renn

Donna Miller Renn died on Friday, December 2, 2016 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington, at the age of 92.

Donna was born the daughter of Luther and Ethel Hoffman Miller on Sunday, January 6, 1924 in Blackwell, Oklahoma. She attended grade school in a one room schoolhouse in Hunnewell, and later graduated from Wichita East high School in 1942. Donna attended Texas A & I University in Kingsville, Texas and graduated in 1946 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. She then worked for two years as a flight attendant for Braniff Airlines.

On June 30, 1948, Donna and Robert James Renn were united in marriage in Wellington. Together they celebrated 39 years of marriage before his passing in 1988. At a young age Donna commenced a lifetime appreciation and enjoyment for sports as she watched numerous semi-pro baseball games in the late 1930s at Lawrence Stadium. She continued watching sports throughout her life and never missed any of the hundreds of baseball, football and basketball games of her family.

Virginia Campbell, 84, Oxford: January 27, 1932 – Nov. 28, 2016

Virginia Campbell

Virginia Campbell

Virginia Campbell, 84, of Oxford died Monday, November 28, 2016, at her home in Oxford.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 1, 2016 at the Oxford First Baptist Church. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from 12 until 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Oxford Funeral Service Chapel. Interment will be at the Oxford Cemetery. A memorial has been established with Kindred Hospice and may be left with Oxford Funeral Service 104 N. Sumner, Oxford, KS 67119. For further information please visit

  Virginia Louise was born on January 27, 1932, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Paxson) Ginder in Oxford, Kansas. She graduated from Oxford High School in 1950. On June 12, 1965 Virginia was united in marriage to Gordon Campbell at the Oxford First Baptist Church.  Virginia worked at Montgomery Wards, was a cook at the Oxford Friendship Center and later she cooked at Emerald City of Oz until retirement.

Sandy Weckner, Mayfield, 77: April 16, 1939 – Nov. 25, 2016

Sandy Weckner

Sandy Weckner

Saundra (Sandy) Weckner, longtime resident of Mayfield died Friday, November 25, 2016 at Clearwater Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Clearwater at the age of 77.

Saundra was born the daughter of Eugene and Joyce (Kelley) Foy on Sunday, April 16, 1939 in Wellington. She attended West High School in Wichita. Sandy later began a career at Slate Creek Good Samaritan Center in Wellington and retired after 38 years.

On June 16, 1957, Saundra and Kenneth Weckner were united in marriage in Wichita. Together they celebrated 43 years of marriage before his passing in 2000.

Survivors include her brother, Stuart Foy and his wife Carol of Rock; sister, Hazel Robb and her husband Bert of Arkansas City along with numerous nieces and nephews. 

Raymond Cassel, 61, Wellington: May 29, 1955 – Nov. 14, 2016

Raymond Cassel

Raymond Cassel

Raymond Cassel, 61, left Wellington on Sunday, November 14, 2016 to make music with the angels. Awaiting his arrival was his dad, Paul Cassel, step father, Dr. William King, grandfather, Harrison Julian; brothers: Dwight and Jim Rice; sister-in-law, Paula Rice.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., December 3, 2016 at Wellington Baptist Temple Church. Pastor John Clayton will officiate. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established with the Wellington Baptist Temple 222 North Plum, Wellington, KS 67152 and may be sent to the church. Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington is in charge of arrangements. For further information please visit

Raymond Anthony Cassel was born May 29, 1955, the son of Paul and Blanche (Julian) Cassel in Emporia, KS. He lived in Texas for a short time, and then moved to California where he started acting at the Children’s Playhouse. He graduated from Americus High School then joined the US Navy. After basic and medical training he was based in Corpus Christi.

Pedro Gonsalves, 52, Belle Plaine: Nov. 5, 1964 – Nov. 22, 2016

Pedro Gonsalves

Pedro Gonsalves

Pedro A. (Tony) Gonsalves died on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at his home in Belle Plaine, at the age of 52.

Pedro was born the son of Joseph and Victoria (Thomas) Gonsalves on Thursday, November 5, 1964 in Sanford, FL.

On January 4, 1997, Pedro and Stephanie Harp were united in marriage in Council Grove, KS. Together they celebrated 19 years of marriage.

Pedro served his country in the United States Navy, Air Force and Army. He was a retired MSGT in the USAF. 

Shirley (Dowers) Biller, 85, Oxford: Jan. 12, 1931 – Nov. 18, 2016

Shirley Biller

Shirley Biller

Shirley Ann (Dowers) Biller, 85, was born, raised, and spent most of her adult life in Oxford. After the death of her husband, Fred O. Biller, in 1992, Shirley moved to Topeka, in 1994 to be closer to daughters and grandchildren. For over two decades, she was an enthusiastic participant in life, including active membership at Fairlawn Church of the Nazarene, spending many hours as a volunteer in the Topeka community, enjoying time with family and friends, homemaking and gardening, and spreading the Good News through thought and deed.

Shirley was born on January 12, 1931, the daughter of C.W. and Marion Victoria (Ginder) Dowers in Oxford. She was a 1949 graduate of Oxford High School before attending Southwestern College in Winfield where she studied business. On December 21, 1955 she was united in marriage to Fred O. Biller in Newkirk, Okla. To the couple, three daughters were born: Susan, Sheryl and Sharon.   

Ronald Roop, 75, Caldwell: July 30, 1941 – Nov. 17, 2016


Ron Roop

Ronald Mack Roop, 75, of Caldwell died Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the Sumner County Hospital in Caldwell.

Ron was born to Ernest Morton Jr. and Ramona Roop on July 30, 1941 in a farmhouse north of Ford, Kans. He attended Ford public schools and graduated in 1959. He worked at his parents’ grocery store while growing up. He also farmed, ranched, and loved to play all sports while in school. His claim to fame was that he was a 1959 basketball team all-state basketball player.

He met the love of his life, Nancy Thompson, at a dance in Protection in 1963. They continued to date and were married August 14, 1965 in Coldwater. They had two sons, Mike and Aaron.

Kenneth Lee Kollmorgen, 81, South Haven: Nov. 22, 1934 – Nov. 16, 2016

Kenneth Kollmorgen

Kenneth Kollmorgen

Kenneth Lee Kollmorgen, son of Conrad and Opal Kollmorgen, was born on November 22, 1934 at home in Bluff City, Kansas. He died at 1:50 p.m., Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at the age of 81 years, 11 months, and 25 days, at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.

On December 28, 1971 he was united in marriage to Judy Elaine Dyck.  To this union was born one daughter, Karen LaVon.  He also had a daughter, Audrey Delene, and two sons, Mark Conrad and Mardy Ray, from a previous marriage.  Kenny and Judy were foster parents for five years.  They had about 30 children through the home during that time period.  They also adopted their first grandchild, Kevin Dakota, as one of their own.

Jimmie Gilbreth, Jr., 53, Wellington: July 30, 1963 – Nov. 8, 2016

Jimmie T. Gilbreth, Jr. age 53, of Wellington, died Tuesday morning, November 8, 2016 at his home.  Jim worked for several years as a mechanic for Federal Tire and then at Triumph Assessory Services as a machinist.  Jim had been a resident of Wellington since 1974.

Jim was born on July 30, 1963 in El Dorado to Jimmie T. Gilbreth, Sr., and Betty Louise (O’Bleness) Gilbreth.

Jim enjoyed working on cars and OU Football games.

Anna Belle Kern, 89: May 16,1927 – Nov. 7, 2016

Anna Belle Kern

Anna Belle Kern

Anna Belle Kern died Monday November 7, 2016, she was 89 years old.

Anna Belle was born in Arkansas City to William and Anna (Moncravie) Hardy on May 16, 1927. Anna Belle grew up in many parts of the country including Arkansas City, KS, Chicago, IL and Winslow, AZ as her step father worked for the Sante Fe Railroad.

When she grew up she worked as a waitress and an accountant’s assistant before getting married and devoting her life as a farmer’s wife and mother.  She spent many hours cooking and hauling food to the fields to make sure all of the farm workers were well fed and taken care of. 

Kenneth Kiser, 74, Anthony: March 6, 1942 – Nov. 13, 2016

Kenny Kiser

Kenny Kiser

Kenneth Dale Kiser was born March 6, 1942 in Anthony

to Walter G. and Willma M. (Foster) Kiser.   He attended Harper High School and worked in highway maintenance for Kansas Department of Transportation in Anthony.

Kenny was an avid hunter, trapper and fisherman.  He would drive many miles and spend many days hunting and fishing.  He was a man of few words  but could tell hunting and fishing stories for hours.

Kenny died early Sunday morning, November 13, 2016 in the Anthony Community Care Center in Anthony, KS at the age of 74.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Mildred Esparza and her husband Angel Esparza; brother Delmer Kiser and his wife Betty Lou Kiser; and daughter-in-law Sherri Kiser and nephew John Kiser.

Helen Virginia Slothower, 96, Wellington: Nov. 14, 1919 – Nov. 8, 2016

Helen Slothower

Helen Slothower

Helen Virginia Slothower, age 96, lifelong Wellington resident, passed away Tuesday morning, November 8, 2016 at Joy Home in Oxford, KS.  Helen worked for many years for the USD #353 Food Service Department.

Helen (Long) Slothower was born on November 14, 1919 in Wellington to Elmer Long and Bonnie Belle (Trant) Long.

Helen married Kinard N. Slothower on September 11, 1955 in Wellington.  He preceded her in death in 1981.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kinard; son, Marc Slothower; daughter, Becky Kilgore; son-in-laws, Justin Gober and Mel Kilgore; two brothers; and one sister.

Samuel ‘Bolden’ Branham, Jr., 85, Wellington: June 5, 1931 – Nov. 6, 2016

Samuel Branham Jr.

Samuel Branham Jr.

Samuel “Bolden” Branham, Jr., age 85, died in Wellington, on November 6, 2016.

Samuel was born on June 5, 1931 in Virgie, KY.  He graduated from Virgie High School after which he served in the Korean War as a member of the United States Army.

He married Guy Ann Lusk on December 10, 1955 in Lebanon, IN.  They were married for 61 years.

Samuel is preceded in death by his mother, Gusta Branham Martin; father, Samuel Branham, Sr.; and one son, Brian Keith Branham.

Margaret Mae Frazier, 97, Wellington: April 3, 1919 – Nov. 5, 2016

Margaret Frazier

Margaret Frazier

Margaret Mae Frazier, age 97, lifelong resident of Wellington, died on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.  Margaret was a homemaker, railroader wife, and mother.

Margaret Mae (Antill) Frazier was born on April 3, 1919 in Wellington, KS to George Antill and Nellie Eliza (Wright) Antill.  She was a 1937 graduate of Wellington High School.

She married Francis E. Frazier on December 24, 1939 at Hillside Christian Church in Wichita, KS.  They had been married for 65 years when Francis passed away in April of 2005.

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