Category Archives: Obituaries

Jimmy Alley Reed, 911 Director of Emergency Services in Sumner County, dies Saturday

Jimmy Allen Reed

Jimmy Allen Reed

James “Jimmy” Allen, 57, Reed died Saturday, August 30, 2014. He was the 911 Director of Emergency Services for Sumner County.

Allen held several positions including KEMA representative to the State Interoperability Executive Committee; KS 911 Coordinating Council board member Governor Appointed for the Operations-Subcommittee; past President (board member) for Kansas Chapter of APCO; South Central Homeland Security communications sub-committee; South Central Region Vice-President to KEMA board; Sumner County Incident Dispatch Team; and Hutchinson Community College Advisory Board (dispatch program).

State certifications were held with IMT (Incident Management Team); COML (Communications Leader); COMT (Communication Technician); KCEM-KS Certified Emergency Manager and Mulvane Fire Department Volunteer.

Evelyn Diebolt, 56, Wellington: March 6, 1958 – August 28, 2014

Evelyn M. Diebolt, of Wellington, died Thursday, August 28, 2014 in her home at the age of 56.

Evelyn was born the daughter of Joe and Christina (Ronspey) Diebolt on Thursday, March 06, 1958 in Iola. Her parents precede her in death.

Following high school, Evelyn continued her education by briefly attending college. She then began at local nursing homes by providing maintenance and cleaning services. Evelyn eventually moved away from the Iola area and settled in Sumner County where she spent several years residing in Wellington. She was involved with the Sumner County Mental Health Center where she was part of the gardening group and helped as a dishwasher. Evelyn loved animals and was particularly fond of chickens and roosters as they reminded her of growing up on a farm. 

Susan Wampler, 66, Wellington: June 3, 1947 – Dec. 19, 2013; services Saturday

Susan Wampler

Susan Wampler

Susan Wampler, 66, loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away in Oregon on December 19, 2013.

Graveside Memorial Services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the Osborne Cemetery in Mayfield.  Arrangements are with the Shelley Family Funeral Home. For further information please visit

Susan Kay Wampler was born June 3, 1947 the daughter of Floyd and Leona (Nuttle) Wampler in Wellington. The family moved to Anaheim, CA and she graduated from the Anaheim High School.

Darl Parsons, 86, Geuda Springs: Nov. 15, 1927 – August 24, 2014

Dari Parsons

Dari Parsons

Darl Parsons, 86, of Geuda Springs died August 24, 2014 surrounded by his family at his home and residence for the past 49 years. He was born November 15, 1927 in Hugoton, Kansas. He was the son of Ted and Bess (Beach) Parsons.

His family moved to the Winfield, Kansas area in 1937. Graduating from Oxford High School in 1945, Darl joined the US Navy Jan. 1, 1946. He spent the majority of his service in the Pacific and was honorably discharged as Seaman 2nd Class Nov 24, 1947. Upon discharge, Darl assisted his Father in farming. Darl continued his life as a farmer until his death.

On May 2, 1953 he married Jo Ann Patton. He continued farming as well as working at the GE plant at Strother Field. He worked at the GE engine rebuilding facility for 20 years retiring in 1990. He continued his farming post-retirement of cattle, sheep and wheat. A lover of animals, he always had a dog and many cats for companionship.

Max Roger Simpson, 81, Bushnell, Fla.: Nov. 19, 1932 – Monday, Aug. 11, 2014

Max Roger Simpson, 81, of Bushnell, Fla. died Monday, August 11, 2014 at Bushnell, Fla.

He was born on Nov. 18, 1932. Mr. Simpson was a member of the Masonic Lodge and was retired from the Jimmy Dean and Sara Lee Corp. in Osceola, Iowa.

He is survived by his step-daughter, Jacqueline Hansen of St. Michael, Minn.; stepson John Bromley of Bushnell, Fla.; sons, Roger Simpson of Oregon, and Dennis Simpson of Gilbert, Ariz.,; sister Paula Tatum of Branson, Mo.; brother Corky Simpson of Phoenix, Ariz.; and three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Max Earl Bretches, former Wellington athletic director, 78: Sept. 10, 1935 – Aug. 18, 2014

Max Bretches

Max Bretches

Max Earl Bretches, age 78, died Monday morning, August 18, 2014 at Kansas Medical Center in Andover, surrounded by his loving family.

Max was born on September 10, 1935 in McPherson to Stanley Bretches and Alice (Anderson) Bretches.

Max graduated from McPherson High School in 1953 and from Wichita University in 1957 where he was the football tri-captain.  His picture appeared in the 1957 Sports Illustrated issue. 

Max Bretches, an icon with WHS athletics, has died

Max Bretches

Max Bretches in the center.


By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is with heavy hearts to report that Max Bretches, a longtime Wellington High School teacher, coach, athletic director, athletic supporter and friend to many in the community has died. We have no details but hope to have an obituary soon.

Bretches is shown above in the middle playing as a lineman for the Wichita University football team featured in the Sept. 24, 1956 edition of Sports Illustrated.

Claude Stanley Rice, Wellington: Feb. 3, 1931 – Aug. 17, 2014

Claude Stanley Rice

Claude Stanley Rice

Claude Stanley Rice was born on February 3, 1931 in Wellington, KS.  He died on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at the Life Care Center in Wichita, KS.

He was baptized at the First Baptist Church in Wellington.

Claude served in the United States Army from 1947 to 1950 as a Military Policeman.  He joined the Boeing Airplane Company on January 3, 1951 and retired as a General Supervisor on June 1, 1988 at the age of 57 so that he and his wife, Lucille, could spend more time together.  He beloved wife and best friend, Lucille Rice, for 43 ½ years preceded him in death on August 17, 2003.

Rodger Dwyer, 67, Wellington: Nov. 1, 1946 – Aug. 15, 2014

Rodger Dwyer

Rodger Dwyer

Rodger Frank Dwyer, age 67, lifelong Wellington resident, died early Friday morning, August 15, 2014 at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita, KS.  He was a retired Manufacturing Manager and had worked at GEC for 34 years.

Rodger was born on November 1, 1946 in Wellington, KS to Carl F. Dwyer and Betty J. (Washburn) Dwyer.  He attended school in Wellington and was a 1965 graduate of Wellington High School.  Rodger also received an Associate’ s Degree from Butler County Community College in Engineering.  He served in the United States Army with 101st Airborne Division from 1967 – 1970 and was a Viet Nam Veteran.

Rodger married Brenda M. Green on June 3, 1972 at the First Christian Church in Wellington, KS.

James “Jim” Marsh, former Wellington City Engineer, 80: Aug. 7, 1935 – August 10, 2014

Jim Marsh

Jim Marsh

James “Jim” Marsh, of Haysville, died Sunday, August 10, 2014 at his home in Haysville at the age of 80.

Jim was born the son of Gordon and Ginny (Smitley) Marsh on Tuesday, August 07, 1934 in Terril, Iowa.

On June 5, 1954, Jim and Wynona “Noni” Palmer were united in marriage in Mulvane. Together they celebrated 48 years of marriage before her passing in 2002. He was blessed to find love again and married Nancy (Hoefer) on September 12, 2003 in Derby. 

Wesley Holman, 83, formerly of Oxford: July 1, 1931 -Aug. 6, 2014

Wesley Holman

Wesley Holman

Wesley R. Holman, Sr., 83, formerly of Oxford and Arkansas City died on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Riverview Manor of Oxford.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Oxford, Kansas with Pastor Glendon Epp presiding.  Military Committal Services will follow at Oxford Cemetery. The visitation service will be held  from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday evening, August 11th at Oxford Funeral Service.

Born July 1, 1931, in Oxford, Kansas, Wes was the eldest of two children born to Raymond C. Holman and Helen G. (Hoover). He grew up in the Slate Valley area of Kansas until he joined the Air Force in 1948. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan after the Korean War. Returning to the states, Wes met Ruth Louise Holloway and they wed in 1956 in Kansas. Wes worked at the Boeing Plant in Wichita for several years, just as his father and father-in-law had.

Claud ‘Myrl’ Peck, 73, formerly of Wellington: March 15, 1941 – July 29, 2014

Myrl Peck

Myrl Peck

Claud “Myrl” Peck, 73, of Wichita, formerly of Wellington, passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Center in Wichita, Kansas.

Memorial Services will be at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the First Christian Church in Wellington. Inurnment will be at the Prairie Lawn Cemetery.  Memorials have been established with the Crohns Foundation or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. Contributions can be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit

Irene Naasz, 94, Wellington: Feb. 15, 1920 – July 29, 2014

Irene Naasz

Irene Naasz

O. Irene Naasz, age 94, died Tuesday morning, July 29, 2014 at Golden Living Center in Wellington.  She was a retired R.N., farmer, and business manager for Naasz Trucking.

O. Irene (Wohlschlegel) Naasz was born on February 15, 1920 in Harper to Benjamin Wohlschlegel and Mary Evelyn (Hooper) Wohlschlegel.  She was a 1938 graduate of Manning High School in Scott County and a 1941 graduate of St. Francis School of Nursing in Wichita.

Irene married Elmer J. Naasz on October 2, 1943 in Phoenix City, Ala.

Edward Weisharr, 87, Argonia: Jan. 7, 1927 – July 29, 2014

Edward Weishaar

Edward Weishaar

Edward William Weishaar, of Argonia, died on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at the Spring View Manor in Conway Springs at the age of 87.

Edward was born the son of Elmer F. and Edith (Fitts) Weishaar on Friday, January 7, 1927 in Argonia.

On May 12, 1971, Edward and Florence Elizabeth Schick were united in marriage in Miami, Oklahoma. Together they celebrated over 39 years of marriage before her death in 2010.

Edward loved the land that he farmed with his family. He began farming with his parents and four brothers as a young child and continued well into his later years. Edward was also employed by Boeing and retired after 30 years of service. He was an inspector that received special security clearance, worked for the Paved Tigers and finished his career servicing Air Force One.

Mary (Kincaid) (Stewart) Murphy, formerly of Wellington: June 6, 1925 – June 30, 2014

Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy

Murphy, Mary F. (Kincaid) (Stewart), born June 6, 1925, died June 30, 2014.

Preceded in death by parents, brother Bill, husbands John Stewart and Al Murphy, children Becci and David, granddaughter Erika Bennett.

Survived by daughters Marilyn (Ron) Deckert and JoAnn “Jodie” Bennett, 8 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and many friends. Mary loyally served her God Jehovah for many decades.

Ruth Bailey, 81, Wellington: June 16, 1933 – July 16, 2014

Ruth Bailey

Ruth Bailey

Ruth Lucille Bailey died on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at her home in Wellington at the age of 81.

Ruth was born the daughter of Irvin and Stella Lucile (Wilson) Brill on Friday, June 16, 1933 in Isabel.

On July 15, 1954, Ruth and Willard “Bill” Bailey were united in marriage in El Dorado. Together they celebrated 61 years of marriage before his passing in May of 2013. 

Donald Eugene Warner, Caldwell: Feb. 22, 1936 – July 17, 2014

Donald Eugene Warner

Donald Eugene Warner

Donald Eugene Warner was born Feb. 22, 1936 in Arkansas City  to John Carrol

Warner and Sylvia Alice (Wilson) Warner.  He passed from this life on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at the Caldwell Hospital, in Caldwell, with his wife and daughters at his side. He spent his first years in Arkansas City attending his first half of the first grade there.  The family then moved to Palacious, Texas. When Don was in the third grade they returned to Arkansas City, where he attended the next four years of school. During this time he made his life long friend Wesley Hickey.

Kurt Klein, 51, formerly of Oxford: June 20, 1963 – June 13, 2014

Kurt Klien

Kurt Klein

Kurt Klein, 51, of Waynoka, OK, formerly of Oxford, KS, died Saturday, July 13, 2014, in Waynoka, Oklahoma.

Graveside Memorial Services will be at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the Oxford Cemetery. A memorial has been established with the Waynoka Ambulance Service 1759 Cecil St., Waynoka, OK 73860 or may be left with the Oxford Funeral Service. For further information please visit

Kurt Douglas Klein was born June 20, 1963, the son of Lloyd Dean and Lodean (Lofton) Klein in Winfield, KS. He graduated from Oxford High School and attended Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City.

William “Bill” Lacey, 67, Arkansas City: Jan. 15, 1947 – July 12, 2014

Bill Lacey

Bill Lacey

William “Bill” Lacey, 67, of Arkansas City, KS passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Graveside Memorial Services will be held at 10 A.M., Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the Geuda Springs Cemetery. Following services the family will gather to receive friends at the Geuda Springs Community Building. A memorial has been established with the Geuda Springs Museum and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Arkansas City. For further information please visit

William “Bill” Ray Lacey was born January 15, 1947 the son of Milo “Wayne” and Minnie “Midge” (Brewer) Lacey in Arkansas City. He graduated from Oxford High School in 1965. After High School he served his country in the United States Army. On January 3, 1966 Bill was united in marriage with Pamela Rush and three children were born to this union.

Shirley Jean Craig, 87, co-KOA Campground owner: Aug. 22, 1926 – July 11, 2014

Shirley Jean Craig

Shirley Jean Craig

Shirley Jean Craig, age 87, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away Friday morning, July 11, 2014 at Cherished Friends in Wellington, KS.  Shirley and her husband, Bob, owned and operated the KOA camp ground for many years.

Shirley Jean (Bedwell) Craig was born on August 22, 1926 in Wellington, KS to Clark W. Bedwell and Nellie E. (Hall) Bedwell.

Shirley married Bob Craig on September 28, 1947 in Wellington, KS.  He preceded her in death on June 23, 2003.

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