Category Archives: Obituaries

W.D. “Budd” Nugen, 72, Wellington: March 16, 1942 – Dec. 19, 2014

W.D. “Budd” Nugen, owner of Nugen & Sons Construction, died Friday, December 19, 2014 at Via Christi – St. Joseph in Wichita, KS at the age of 72.

Budd was born the son of Mary (Michael) and George Nugen on Monday, March 16, 1942 in Cassville, MO.

On December 12, 1960, Budd and Mary Sue Brown were united in marriage in Derby, KS. Together they celebrated over 54 years of marriage.

Berva Phillips, 89, Wellington: June 19, 1925 – Dec. 18, 2014

Berva Phillips

Berva Phillips

Berva Marie Phillips, age 89, long time Wellington resident, died Thursday evening, December 18, 2014 at Sumner County Care Center in Wellington.  Through the years Berva had worked for the Sumner County Welfare Department for 15 years and was also Office Manager at Cedarview Good Samaritan Center for 15 years.

Berva Marie (Miller) Phillips was born on June 19, 1925 in Erie, KS to Rolla Frank Miller and Beulah Luella (Dunham) Miller.  She was a graduate of Baker University.

Berva married Kenneth D. Phillips on April 18, 1948 at the First Methodist Church in Baldwin City, KS.  He preceded her in death on February 6, 2008.

Nancy Keltch, 71, formerly of Wellington: Sept. 24, 1943 – Dec. 16, 2014

Nance Keitch

Nancy Keltch

Nancy W. Keltch, of Owensboro, Kentucky — formerly of Wellington — beloved mother and grandmother, died Tuesday, December 16, 2014 in her home at the age of 71.

Nancy was born the daughter of Walter and Kathleen (Sheedy) Ware on Friday, September 24, 1943 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

On February 25, 1975, Nancy and Jack D. Keltch were united in marriage in Alva, Oklahoma. Together they celebrated over 34 years of marriage.

Official obituary: Caleb Chad Blansett, Feb. 23, 2004 – Dec. 14, 2014

Caleb Blansett

Caleb Blansett

Caleb Chad Blansett died Sunday, December 14, 2014 at his home in Wellington at the age of 10.

Caleb was born the son of Clint and Nicole (Womack) Blansett on Monday, February 23, 2004 in Fairfield, California.

Like most boys his age, Caleb loved spending his days outside. He loved being in sports and being with his friends at school. Caleb was a great kid that did his best to care for those he loved and knew. He will be missed by many.

Survivors include his father, Clint Blansett of Winfield, mother, Nicole Blansett of Wellington, sister, Cadence Blansett of Wellington, grandparents: Mary Keating of Diane, Texas, Hatch Womack of Nocona, Texas and Carrie McMahan-Murphy of Wellington, great-grandmother, Carol McMahan of Wellington, uncle, Chad Blansett of Grafwoher, Germany, uncle, Hunter Womack of Thailand.  

Fern Hobbs, 94, Wellington: April 4, 1920 – Dec. 17, 2014

Fern Hobbs

Fern Hobbs

Fern B. Hobbs, 94, lifelong Wellington resident, died Wednesday morning, December 17, 2014 at Sumner Regional Medical Center.  She was a homemaker and also had worked for the school lunch program for many years.

Fern (Brown) Hobbs was born on April 4, 1920 in Wellington, KS to Edward B. Brown and Sarah Elizabeth Gruber.  She was a graduate of Wellington High School with the Class of 1938.

Fern married David T. Hobbs on December 28, 1944 in Englewood, CA.  He preceded her in death in 1994.

James Robert Chaney, 54, Wichita: April 29, 1960 – Nov. 28, 2014

James Robert Chaney, 54, of Wichita, died November 28, 2014.

James was born April 29, 1960 in Belleville, Kans. He was the son of E.J. and Margie (Hall) Chaney and graduated from Belleville High School in 1977. James enjoyed golfing, watching any kind of sporting event, especially KU sports.

James is survived by his father, E.J. Chaney of Rancho Viejo, Texas; brother Mitchell and wife Susan of Brownsville, Texas; son Kendric Chaney of Wichita, Kansas; special friend Valarie Holmes of Wichita, Kansas.

Caleb Chad Blansett: February 23, 2004 – Dec. 14, 2014

Caleb Blansett

Caleb Blansett

The following information provided on the Day Funeral Home website:

Caleb Chad Blansett died Sunday, December 14, 2014 in Wellington at the age of 10.

A complete obituary will be available Thursday afternoon, December 18, 2014. Please check back for more information.

A visitation will held at the funeral home from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, December 19, 2014 with the family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Funeral services for Caleb will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the First Christian Church, 123 West 9th Street, Wellington.

Nick Ewing, 21, a 2011 WHS Graduate: Feb. 5, 1993 – Dec. 15, 2014

Nick Ewing

Nick Ewing

Nick S. Ewing, formerly of Wellington, died Monday, December 15, 2014 in Pittsburg at the age of 21.

Nicholas Scott Ewing was born on Friday, February 5, 1993 in Wichita. His parents are Brad and Brenda (Balster) Ewing.

Nick graduated from Wellington High School in 2011 and was currently a junior at Pittsburg State University. He also was employed as an assembler at GKN Aerospace for a short time. Nick held many interests including his love of sports. He was a good runner and loved wrestling. Nick also was proud of his time in Boy Scouts where he achieved an Eagle Scout ranking. 

Carole Gasswint, 79, Wellington: Nov. 9, 1935 – Dec. 14, 2014

Carole Gasswint

Carole Gasswint

Carole Jeanne Gasswint, 79, of Wellington died Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Cherished Friends in Wellington.

Funeral Services was on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at the First Christian Church in Wellington. Visitation will be Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m.

A memorial has been established with the First Christian Church and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit

Roger Alan Lintecum, 62, Wellington: Nov. 13, 1952 – Dec. 11, 2014

Roger Lintecum

Roger Lintecum

Roger Alan Lintecum, of Wellington, died Thursday, December 11, 2014 at his home in Wellington at the age of 62.

Roger was born the son of Murl and Lillian (Carithers) Lintecum on Thursday, November 13, 1952 in Hutchinson. He graduated from Wellington High School in the Class of 1970. Roger retired after working over 30 years as an electrician for BNSF Railroad. He began his career with Rock Island Railroad and later transferred to Santa Fe Railroad.

Natalee Goble, 90, Conway Springs: Jan. 18, 1924 – Dec. 11, 2014

Nathalee M. Goble, 90, formerly of Conway Springs, Milan and Wellington, died Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Via Christi-St. Joseph, Wichita, Kansas.

She was born January 18, 1924 at Booker, Texas to Erman Ferguson and Ada Lanor (Evans) Ferguson. She moved with her family to Oklahoma where she attended Blue Mound rural school.  The family moved to Argonia, Kansas in April of 1935 from Gray, Oklahoma.  Nathalee attended the Malaby rural school Northeast of Argonia before attending Milan High School.

Nathalee began working at Clarkson Short Company in Wellington and later worked in a local variety store and restaurant.  She worked at Boeing Aircraft during World War II.

Gayle Gordon, 71, Wellington, March 12, 1943 – Dec. 7, 2014

Gayle Gordon, of Wellington, died Sunday, December 07, 2014 at Sumner County Care Center in Wellington at the age of 71.

Gayle was born the daughter of Truman and Frances (Baker) Pyles on Friday, March 12, 1943 in Argonia.

On November 4, 1960, Gayle and Lloyd C. Lowe were united in marriage and celebrated over 24 years of marriage before his passing in 1985. She was blessed to find love again and on October 24, 1990, she and Henry Gordon were married in Conway Springs. They were married almost 5 years before he passed in 1995. 

Wilma Louise Fisk, 87, Wellington: Jan. 3, 1927 – Dec. 10, 2014

Wilma Louise Fisk, age 87, died Wednesday evening, December 10, 2014 at Sumner Regional Medical Center.  She was a retired sales representative for Hyter Sporting Goods and a distributor for Prestige Coffee.

Wilma Louise (Shaffer) Fisk was born on January 3, 1927 in Dodge City, KS to Emil Shaffer and Florence (Dykeman) Shaffer.

Wilma married John R. “J.R.” Fisk on August 10, 1974 in Perth, KS.

Steve Shea, 60, Oxford: Nov. 16, 1954 – Dec. 8, 2014

Steve Shea

Steve Shea

Steven Shea, 60, of Oxford, died Monday, December 8, 2014, at his home in Oxford.

Graveside Memorial Services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, December 12, 2014 at the First Freewill Baptist Church in Wellington. No visitation is scheduled as cremation has taken place. A memorial has been established with the NRA and may be left with the Oxford Funeral Service. For further information please visit

Cassie Michelle Harbison, 29, Wellington: July 7, 1985 – Nov. 26, 2014

Cassie Michelle Harbison, 29, of Wellington died Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Grace Baptist Church in Wellington. A memorial has been established to help with funeral expenses and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home. For further information please visit

Cassie was born on July 7, 1985 in Frankfort, West Germany to Richard and Janet (Conner) Lowry. She attended High School in Wellington and graduated in 2003. She was united in marriage to her loving husband, Everett on August 27, 2011. She worked at the Wellington Pizza Hut.

Michael Ostrander, 71, Longton: July 19, 1943 – Dec. 1, 2014

Michael Ostrander

Michael Ostrander

Michael Bruce Ostrander, of Longton, Kansas, died Monday, December 1, 2014 near Independence,  at the age of 71.

Michael was born the son of Calvin Bruce Martin and Lois Margaret (Relph) Martin on Monday, July 19, 1943 in Wellington. His father was killed in action during WWII. Following his father’s death, his mother married Tom Ostrander who adopted Michael and raised him as his own.

Michael served in the United States Navy and held many jobs in his lifetime although he worked for many years in the aircraft industry. 

Barbara Jane Leach, 76, Oxford: July 28, 1938- Dec. 3, 2014

Barbara Jane Leach, 76, of Oxford, died, Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

Barbara Jane Leach was born on July 28, 1938 in Three Sands, Oklahoma the daughter of William and Irene (Stewart) Leach.  She graduated from Oxford High School in 1956. She delivered the Wichita Eagle Newspaper. Barbara loved to paint, draw, and enjoyed sewing and puzzles. She held a special place in her heart for her family and especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Donald Favinger, 84, Wellington: May 1, 1930 – Nov. 30, 2014

Donald L. Favinger, age 84, of Wellington, died Sunday morning, November 30, 2014 at Sumner Regional Medical Center.  Don had worked in the oil fields most of his life as a Rig Supervior.

Donald was born on May 1, 1930 in Morland, KS to Abraham L. Favinger and Eva M. (Swisher) Favinger.

He married Ramona K. Geubelle in Wellington, on July 18, 1987 at the First United Methodist Church. 

Russell Junior Craven, 80, Oxford: July 20, 1934 – Nov. 30, 2014

Russell Craven

Russell Craven

Russell Junior Craven went to be with his Lord on November 30, 2014 at Sumner Regional Medical Center. Russell “Junior” was born on a farm in Slate Valley, Kansas on July 20, 1934 to Russell and Ora Mae Craven. Junior attended high school in Oxford, Kansas.

Junior worked at various oil rigs. He started his trucking career driving for A.V. Davis Van Lines. He retired with United Van Lines after 37 years of cross country driving. He later went to work for Price Trucking in Winfield, Kansas. He was a member of Oxford First Baptist Church.

He married Anabell Wilson in 1957, in Great Bend, Kansas. They later divorced. From that marriage they had 3 children. He married his late wife Billie in 1968 and raised her son. He then married Etta Gonzales in 2001. They later divorced. Etta remained his companion for several years.

Mildred Chitwood, 95, Conway Springs: July 25, 1919 – Nov. 28, 2014

Mildred Chitwood

Mildred Chitwood

Mildred L. Chitwood, 95, former Conway Springs resident, died Friday, November 28, 2014 in Clearwater.

She was born July 25, 1919 at Pocahontas, Arkansas the middle child of seven children, to George Timmis and Mary Nettie (Evans) Timmis.Mildred attended Free School in Maynard, Arkansas until the spring of 1929 when the family moved to Wellington. She attended Wellington public schools where she excelled in music education. Mildred joined the first Christian Church in Wellington at age 11. She received Christian education in Bible study at the church once a week after school. The family later transferred their membership to the Church of Christ where Mildred enjoyed fellowship during her teenage years. She graduated from Wellington High School with the class of 1939.

Mildred was united in marriage to George Fredrick Chitwood on February 4, 1940 at Wellington.  They made their home 3 miles East and ¼ South of Conway Springs following their marriage. Fred was engaged in farming with his father and for Mildred, it was the typical life on the farm. Mildred and Fred were blessed with three children: daughter Linda Kathleen, sons: John Frederick and David George.  The family later moved to the Chitwood family farm 4 miles East of Conway Springs in 1957.

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