Category Archives: Obituaries

Golda Juanita Jenkins, 82, of Wellington: Dec. 29, 1934 – July 19, 2017

Golda Jenkins

Golda Juanita Jenkins, of Wellington, died Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at her home in Wellington at the age of 82.

Golda was born the daughter of Milo F. and Etta Elizabeth (Angle) Briles on Saturday, December 29, 1934 in Amorita, Oklahoma.

She owned and operated the Pee Wee Lounge in Haysville for many years and after selling the business, Golda enjoyed a 20+ year career in the Haysville School District at Oatville Elementary School.

Survivors include her nephew, Kevin Phillips and his girlfriend Melody Goodman. She is also survived by many other nieces, nephews and their families.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Dean and Garold Briles, sisters: Imogene Ramey and Lois Phillips and nephew, Kelly Phillips.

Pastor Robert Nickel, 71, Wellington: May 20, 1946 – July 15, 2017… Memorial Service is Saturday

Robert Nickel

Pastor Robert Nickel, age 71, of Wellington died Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Select Specialty Hospital, Springfield, Missouri.

Bob was born May 20, 1946 in Goessel, Kansas to Frank and Eva Nickel. Bob graduated from Central High School, Springfield, Missouri and Calvary Bible College, Kansas City, Missouri, with a bachelors degree in Pastoral and Biblical Studies. Bob pastored several churches in Southwest Missouri and Central Kansas for the last fifty-five years, he was the founding Pastor at Grace Calvary Fellowhip in Wellington, Kansas and Mission Director of Grace To Ukarine Mission. His passion was serving as the hands and feet of Jesus in many ministries, including Grace To Ukraine, the Salvation Army, and prison and nursing home ministries. He loved to sing, laugh, and build relationships with people. He will always be remembered for his great sense of humor.

Diana Hutchison, 63, Wellington: Feb. 16, 1954 – July 19, 2017

Diana Hutchison

Diana Lee (Davis) Hutchison, of Wellington, died Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at her home in Wellington at the age of 63.

Diana was born the daughter of James P. and Doris (Merrick) Davis on Tuesday, February 16, 1954 in Wellington. She graduated from Wellington High School in 1972. On October 20, 1990, Diana and Dale Hutchison were united in marriage in Wellington. Together they celebrated 26 years of marriage. Many will remember Diana from her 8 years as a Sales Associate at Tibbs Furniture and more recently as a sales associate at Mill Creek Lumber. Outside of work she enjoyed attending all of her daughters sporting events and art shows and she never missed one. She also enjoyed maintaining her beautiful garden and sitting on the patio visiting with friends. Diana had a contagious smile that lit up the room which will be missed by many.

Survivors include her husband, Dale Hutchison of Wellington; daughter, Hannah Hutchison of Wellington; daughter, Sadie Hutchison of Emporia; stepson, Blake Hutchison of Kansas City, Missouri; mother-in-law, Alois Hutchison of Wellington and brother, Brian Davis and his wife Kristye of Dexter.  She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Stephan Davis.

Billy Jester, 82, Wellington: August 29, 1934 – July 15, 2017

Billy Jester

Billy D. Jester, of Wellington, died Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Via Christi – St. Francis in Wichita at the age of 82.

Billy was born the son of Thomas V. and Martha (Toland) Jester on Wednesday, August 29, 1934 in Anadarko, Oklahoma. On January 20, 1957, Billy and Sandra Jones were united in marriage in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Together they celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Billy retired as a manager for Kansas Gas Services following a 30+ year career.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Jester of Wellington; son, Steve Jester of Killeen, Texas; daughter, Becky Jester of Wellington, grandchildren: Eric Jester, Chris Jester, Shayna Templeton and Emily Templeton along with two great-grandchildren, Patton and Roger Jester. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Clyde and Lloyd Jester.

Dollie Martin, 84, formerly of Argonia: June 15, 1933 – July 14, 2017

Dollie Martin

Dollie D. Martin, formerly of Argonia, died Friday, July 14, 2017 at Schowalter Villa in Hesston at the age of 84.

Dollie was born the daughter of Guy Vernon and Pearl Ellen (Draper) Newberry on Thursday, June 15, 1933 near Bluff City. On January 31, 1954, Dollie and C. Donald “Don” Martin were united in marriage at the Methodist Church in Argonia. Together they celebrated 48 years of marriage before his passing in 2002. 

Dollie retired from Horton Furniture in Wichita after a 29 year career as an office administrator. Outside of the office, she enjoyed flower gardening, cooking, and was a sports fan that followed basketball, football, baseball, and golf. Dollie was a loving person that will be missed by many.

Survivors include daughter, Terry Taggart and her husband Ernie of Wichita; daughter, Kay Javor of Huntsville, Alabama; son, Brian Martin and Cynthia Rhodes of Hesston, grandchildren: Nathan Shaw and his wife Kara, Jerod Shaw, Erik Javor, Alex Javor and his wife Pallavi, Brandi Javor, Ryan Martin, Ashley Martin, great-grandchildren: Emma, Gavin and Tessa Shaw; sister, Hazel Swingle; brother-in-law, Kenneth Martin and his wife Betty, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Karen Chew, 76, Wellington: Oct 2, 1940 – July 12, 2017

Karen Chew

Karen Ethel Chew, age 76, lifelong Wellington resident passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at her home.  She was a homemaker.

Karen Ethel (Brown) Chew was born on October 2, 1940 in Wellington, KS to John Dee Brown and Eula (Jackson) Brown.

Karen married Robert G. Chew on May 2, 1959 in Wellington, KS.  He preceded her in death in 2003.

She enjoyed reading, quilting, and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was an active member of PTA, Girl Scouts, and Wellington Community Theater.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob; and three sisters, Shirley Richardson, Barbara Benson, and Mary Martin.

Susan Spoon, 63, Oxford: Feb. 17, 1954 – July 11, 2017

Susan Spoon, 63, of Oxford, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Derby Health and Rehab in Derby.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m.,  Saturday, July 15 at the Oxford First Christian Church. Memorials have been established with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund and Assisted Technology for the Visually Impaired Students at the Derby School USD 260. Contributions can be left with the Oxford Funeral Home, P. O. Box 123, Oxford, KS 67119. For further information please visit

Susan Marie Spoon was born February 17, 1954, the daughter of Arthur and Margaret (Leach) Johnson in O’Neill, Neb. She graduated from Cap Rock High School in Amarillo, TX. She graduated from Newman University and received her Masters of Special Education from Emporia State.

Philip Dale Moore, 96, Wellington: Nov. 9, 1920 – July 7, 2017

Philip Dale Moore

Philip Dale Moore, age 96, lifelong resident of Wellington, died at his home on Friday, July 7, 2017.  He was a retired insurance agent for New York Life.
Phil was born on November 9, 1920 in Wellington, KS to Clyde F. Moore and Nora M. (Braun) Moore.  He was a graduate of Wellington High School and Southwestern College.  He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II from 1942 – 1945.

He married Rheba M. Helm on September 5, 1940 in Newkirk, OK.  She preceded him in death on July 5, 2008.

Phil enjoyed fishing and traveling in the RV with Rheba.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rheba; son, J. Brandon Moore; four brothers; and three sisters.

Survivors include his children Mindy Byington of Park Hills, MO and Tim Robertson and his wife Sharron of Peabody, KS; four grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Tiffani (Callaway) Santana, 32; Phoenix Santata, 10; Jackson Venneman 2 services to be held July 11

Tiffini Danette (Callaway) Santana, Phoenix Scott Callaway Santana and Jackson Sparrow Venneman died Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in Dunklin County, Missouri. Tiffini was 32 years old, Phoenix was 10 years old and Jackson was 2 years old.

Tiffini was born the daughter of Scott and Teresa (Pierce) Callaway on Thursday, December 13, 1984 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Phoenix was born to Tiffini and Jason Santana on Thursday, March 29, 2007 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Jackson was born to Tiffini and Darren Venneman on Saturday, July 4, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Tiffini, Phoenix and Jackson were part of a loving family that meant everything to each other. Their unexpected deaths will leave them being missed by many

Survivors include parents/grandparents, Scott and Teresa Callaway of Adrian, Missouri; daughter/sister, Tayhlar Santana of Butler, Missouri; son/brother, Justin Micah Claibourn of Butler, Missouri; Phoenix’s father, Jason Santana of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Jackson’s father, Darren Venneman of Broseley, Missouri and his sons: Brook, Maverick and Strickland, grandmother/Mema, Patsy Pierce of Wellington; grandfather/great-grandfather, Curtis Callaway of Yulee, Florida; grandmother/great-grandmother, Janet Callaway of Adrian, Missouri; step-grandmother, Jan Copher and her husband Paul of Spiro, Oklahoma; sister/aunt, Tasha Stone and her husband Clint of Conrad, Montana; sister/aunt, Patricia Scott and her husband Brick of Drexel, Missouri; brother/uncle, Hunter Callaway of Adrian, Missouri; great-aunt, Bonnie Tirey of Wellington along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Brian Weikal, 44, formerly of Wellington: March 19, 1973 – June 22, 2017

Brian Weikal

Brian Keith Weikal, formerly of Wellington, died Thursday, June 22, 2017 at his home in Rock Island, Illinois at the age of 44.

Brian was born the son of Robert “Bob” and Karla (Jordan) Weikal on Monday, March 19, 1973 in Hutchinson, Kansas. He attended schools in Wellington, Kansas and enjoyed a long career managing various fast food restaurants. 

Survivors include his mother, Karla Weikal; sister, Lori McCanse and her husband Caesar; sister, Michelle Weikal all of Wellington, Kansas; brother, Chris Weikal and his wife Megan of Wichita, Kansas, nieces and nephews: Spencer Weikal of Wellington, Kansas, Ceontez McCanse, Caeressa McCanse both of Wichita, Kansas, Chaviyah McCanse of Wellington, Kansas, Nicholas Weikal and his wife Kendra, Marissa Brown, Brooke Brown and Triston Brown all of Wellington, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert “Bob” Weikal. 

Wilbur (Wil) Ford, U.S. Navy LCDR Ret: Nov. 20, 1933 – July 6, 2017

Commander Wilbur (Wil) Ford, 83 of Baldwin City, died Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence.

He was born November 30, 1933 at Medicine Lodge, Kansas, the Son of John H. and Ethel (Carlisle) Ford.  He grew up in Medicine Lodge Area and Graduated from Medicine Lodge High School in 1951.  He then Graduated from Kansas State University in 1955.

Wilbur joined the United States Navy in 1955 as an Naval Aviator and had flown 8,000+ flight hours in 9 different types of aircraft.  A great number of these flights flown were Classified Missions, meaning that he could not tell family or friends about the flights.

So when he was assigned with the Pacific Fleet Manned Spacecraft Recovery Team out of Hawaii, where he helped recover Astronauts from Apollo 9 thru Apollo 15 Moon Missions, he was able to talk about the Missions as they were unclassified.

Colletta Fern Dawson, 86, Wellington: Dec. 25, 1930 – June 30, 2017

Colletta Dawson

Colletta Fern Dawson, of Wellington, died Friday June 30, 2017 at Reflections Living in Wichita, KS at the age of 86.

Colletta was born December 25, 1930 in Halstead KS, the daughter of Jett and Myrna Curtis.

She married Alvin Dawson on June 5, 1949 in Raton, New Mexico.   They had two daughters and lived their entire lives in Wellington.

Colletta was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Alvin and brother, Rex Curtis.

She is survived by daughters, Renea Leahy (Don) of Wichita, KS, Lannie Dawson (Caryn) of Minneapolis, MN, granddaughter Stephanie Leibengood (Bill) of  Frisco, TX and grandson Jeff Leahy(Brooke) of Topeka KS , three great-grandchildren; Alyssa Leibengood of Lawrence, KS,  Lexi Leibengood of  Frisco,  TX and Dawson Leahy of Topeka, KS.

Joseph Shaffer, Jr. 90, Anthony: Sept. 8, 1926 – June 27, 2017

Joe Shaffer

Joseph Calvin Shaffer, Jr, a longtime resident of Caldwell, died Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Anthony.  He was 90 years old.

Joe and his twin sister, Alma, were born September 8, 1926 to Joseph Calvin and Melicca Myrtle (Magee) Shaffer at Fairfax, Okla.

Joe was raised in the Doggie Creek community on a farm and attended the Fairfax Schools.  When he was a young boy he trapped animals and sold the pelts for spending money.  As a teenager he came to the Blackburn area and worked for Fred McClafkin and Arthur Covey during the wheat harvest.  He was hired by Sean Young International Harvester as a mechanic. 

After he returned to Fairfax he was drafted into the Army in 1952.  He served in Panama where he finished his education.  In 1954 he was honorably discharged.

L.E. May, 88, Cassville, Mo.: May 17, 1929 – June 29, 2017

L.E. May

L.E. May of Cassville, Mo. died Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Roaring River Health and Rehabilitation Center at the age of 88.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 3 at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington. Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, July 2 with family greeting friends from 2-3 p.m. at the Shelley Funeral Home at 704 N. Washington Ave. Wellington, KS 67156.

L.E. was born May 17, 1929 in Exeter, Missouri to Rob and Goldie May. On March 3, 1950 he was united in marriage to Thelma Jean Long at the First Baptist Church in Cassville, Missouri. They moved to Wellington in 1951.

L.E. went to work at Boeing for the next 25 years. He then worked at the City of Wellington water department until his retirement in 1991. L.E and Thelma moved back to Missouri to spend their retirement years at the home they would call “Journey’s End.”

Donald Wilkie Nusbaum, 77, Wellington: March 8, 1940 – June 24, 2017

Donald Wilkie Nusbaum, age 77, of Wellington, died at Wellington Health and Rehab on Saturday, June 24, 2017.  Donald owned and operated an architectural models company in California for many years.  He retired in 2000.

Donald was born on March 8, 1940 in Sacramento, Calif. to Robert L. Nusbaum and Dorothy (Wilkie) Nusbaum.

He married Judith Muncey on September 1, 1962 in Portland Oregan.

Donald is preceded in death by his parents; son, Donald W. Nusbaum, Jr.; and brother, Richard L. Nusbaum.

Warren Gene Weiss, 80, Winfield: Jan. 19, 1937 – June 26, 2017

Warren Gene Weiss, age 80, died in Winfield, at Easter Seals Capper Foundation Care Home on Monday morning, June 26, 2017.

Warren was born on January 19, 1937 in Albuquerque, NM to Martin Weiss and Martha J. (Wahl) Weiss.

Warren is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Donald Weiss; and one sister, Barbara Bishop.

He is survived by his sister, Gloria Gray of Derby, KS.

Donna Barker, 85, Wellington: April 13, 1932 – June 24, 2017

Donna Barker

Donna Barker, 85, of Wellington, died Saturday, June 24, 2017, at her home.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. June 27, 2017, at the Oxford Cemetery in Oxford, KS.

 Donna Jean Dudley was born on April 13, 1932, the daughter of Charles and Garnet Dudley in Wichita. She was a graduate of Wellington High School. Donna earned a bachelor of fine arts from the University of New Mexico. She was a professional artist for 35 years, creating sculptures in bronze, steel and stoneware.

P.C. Oliver, 91, Oxford: Sept. 8, 1925 – June 23, 2017

P.C. Oliver

P.C. Oliver, 91, of Oxford, died Friday, June 23, 2017 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, June 26, 2017, at the Oxford United Methodist Church in Oxford. Burial will follow at the Oxford Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington from 12 until 6 p.m. with the family present from 4:00 until 5:00 P.M. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington.  In lieu of flowers memorials have been established with the Oxford United Methodist Church and the Wellington United Methodist Church. Contributions can be left with the Oxford Funeral Home, P. O. Box 123, Oxford, KS 67119. For further information please visit

 P.C. Oliver was born on September 8, 1925, in Oxford, the son of Phillip and Esther (Salazar) Oliver Sr. He graduated from Oxford High School in 1943 and joined the United States Navy, serving his country from 1943 until 1946. On January 18, 1945 P.C. was united in marriage to Elmeree Kleier. P.C. also graduated from the St. Louis Mortuary College in 1947 and apprenticed at Swisher-Taylor Morris Mortuary in Winfield, KS. P.C. returned to Oxford to help his father in Oliver Furniture and Mortuary in Oxford. He served the people of Oxford as a third generation mortician until 1991. He and Elmeree moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico and worked part time as a funeral director for 15 years and before returning to Wellington in May of 2006.

Richard ‘Dick’ LeMaster, 91, Wellington: Nov. 8, 1925 – June 23, 2017

Dick LeMaster

Richard L. “Dick” LeMaster, of Wellington, died Friday, June 23, 2017 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 91.

Dick was born the son of Everett and Alice (Wright) LeMaster on Sunday, November 8, 1925 in Portsmouth, Ohio.

On March 25, 1949, he and Norma J. Tomlins were united in marriage in Derby, Colorado. Together they celebrated 67 years of marriage before her death in 2016. Dick and Norma were blessed with four sons and their families. He was the General Manager of GEC-Welco and retired in 1993 after a nearly 40 year career. Outside of the office, Dick held memberships in many organizations: Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Shriners, Royal Order of Jesters and the Order of Elks Lodge to name a few. His free time was spent enjoying his family and their many activities along with golfing, traveling and spending winters in Phoenix with his wife and family.

Helen McDonald, formerly of Wellington, 100: February 12, 1917 – June 21, 2017

Centenarian Helen M. McDonald, formerly of Wellington, died Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Winfield Rest Haven in Winfield at the age of 100.

Helen was born the daughter of James Bert and Emily Ella (Page) Harrison on Monday, February 12, 1917 in Wellington.

On January 11, 1947, Helen and Everette McDonald were united in marriage in Wellington. Together they celebrated 34 years of marriage before his death in 1981. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Wellington for many years. 

Survivors include her daughter, Karen Sandstrum and her husband Phil of Rock; granddaughter, Penny Lister and her husband Kelly of Winfield, step-grandchildren: Jimmy McDonald and his wife Lois, Sharon Cocker and her husband Oma, Phyllis Hall and her husband Chip, great-grandchildren: Matt Nelson, Shawn Nelson and his wife Linda, Jacob Nelson and his fiance Bethany Bolton, Courtney Goode and her husband Cody and four great-great-grandchildren along with an extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins.

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