Category Archives: Obituaries

Vaunda Day, 78, Wellington: Jan. 31, 1938 – Aug. 26, 2016

Vaundalia Day

Vaunda Day

Vaunda Day died on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Serenity Senior Retreat in Wellington, Kansas at the age of 78.

Vaunda was born the daughter of J. Eugene and Bertha H. (Dwyer) Wartick on Monday, January 31, 1938 in Wellington, Kansas.

On February 5, 1956, Vaunda and Russell Dean Day were united in marriage in Wellington, Kansas. Together they celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Vaunda was first employed as a Teller at First Federal Savings and Loan; however, many will remember her from a 25 year career as a Para Educator in the Wellington schools. She really enjoyed working with students in the expanded skills classes. Outside of work, Vaunda held many interests such as genealogy where she spent many hours researching and assembling books about her family history.

Laurel Snide, 52, Wichita: Jan. 17, 1964 – August 24, 2016

Laurel Snide, 52, of Wichita died Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the Oxford Christian Church. Burial will be at the Oxford Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 26, 2016 at Oxford Funeral Service from 1 until 8 p.m., with the family present from 6 until 8 p.m.

A memorial has been established with the Wellington Humane Society PO Box 494, Wellington, KS 67152 and may be left with Oxford Funeral Service. For further information please visit

Patty Jo (Keely) Hedden, 72, Udall: May 4, 1944 – August 22, 2016

Patty Hedden

Patty Hedden

Patty Jo (Keely) Hedden, 72, died Monday, August 22, 2016 at her home in Udall, KS surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m., Friday, August 26, 2016 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Udall. Visitation will be held at the church Friday, prior to the service, from 9 to 10 a.m. Private family burial will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made out to “Patty J. Hedden” to help defray the funeral expenses and may be left in care of the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Winfield. Condolences may be left online at

Patty Jo Hedden was born in Winfield, KS on May 4, 1944 the daughter of Ella H. and Marion Wayne Keely. She graduated from the Udall Rural High School in 1962 and enjoyed living in the Udall area for many years. Patty was a hard worker, she was a waitress at the Big Dog Diner in Rock, KS and the Bankroll Café in Udall, KS; she was also employed at Cessna Aircraft Co. in Wichita, KS.

Carroll Todd, 87, formerly of Wellington: August 4, 1929 – Aug. 13, 2016

Carroll Todd

Carroll Todd

Carroll Dale Todd, 87, died Saturday, August 13, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City surrounded by his family.  He was born in Woods County on August 4, 1929 to Clara Belle Haltom Todd and Robert Floyd Todd.  He was raised on a farm near Carmen.  He attended the Lone Star grade school, Waynoka High School and graduated from Dacoma High School.  On his 18th birthday he went to work the Santa Fe Railroad.  On February 9, 1951 he married Waneta Jo Ferguson at the Free Methodist Church parsonage in Carmen. 

To this union four children were born: Robert Lynn Todd, Luther Wayne Todd, Larry Don Todd and Sandra Kay Todd.  Carroll worked on the Plains Division out of Amarillo until he was promoted to Road Foreman of Engines of the Southern Division at Houston.  He worked in that area until he was transferred to Wellington as a road eoreman.  He retired in Wellington after 37 years.  He also served in the 81st Reconnaissance Division U.S. Army at Fort Hood.  Carroll and Waneta moved to a retirement center at Edmond in 2015.

 He served on the Board of Panhandle Credit Union, volunteered for meals on wheels in Wellington, was a member of Whirl A Way Square Dance Club, Wellington Art Association, Wichita Great Plains Wood Carvers Association and the American Legion.  His hobbies included carpentry work, wood carving, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.  His children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were so very special to him.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. 

Ralph Louis Pingry, 64, Wichita: January 3, 1952 – August 16, 2016

Ralph Pingry

Ralph Pingry

Ralph Louis Pingry died on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at Via Christ-St. Francis Hospital in Wichita at the age of 64.

Ralph was born the son of Claude Darius and Dora Melissa (Wyatt) Pingry on January 3, 1952 in Arkansas City, Kansas. He and Barbara Ann Barnes were married on October 4, 1975 in Arkansas City. They raised their two sons, Mac and Ralph, in Wellington, Kansas. After living the country life in Oxford, Kansas for 11 years, they chose to move back to Wellington in 2013.

He spent most of his younger years in Arkansas City until moving to Globe, Arizona where he graduated from high school. Ralph held various jobs: construction work, semi truck driver, hauling for Budweiser, Cessna Aircraft for 3 years and Boeing Aircraft for 22 years as an aircraft mechanic, retiring in 2007. He loved fishing and hunting, pitching softball and hitting home runs, bowling, golfing and spending time with his family and good friends. Ralph was a member of the VFW in Wellington. 

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Barbara Ann Pingry; two sons, Mac Louis and Ralph Lee Pingry both of Wellington, Kansas; sister, Claudet Scott of Arkansas City, Kansas and grandchildren: Amaya, Makenna, Jaydon, Aaron and Ashlyn Pingry and Marissa Mayo.

Lestle Joyce Hollingsworth, 80, Belle Plaine: Dec. 4, 1935 – August 9, 2016

Lestle Hollingsworth

Lestle Hollingsworth

Lestle Hollingsworth was born Dec. 4, 1935 in Tulsa, Okla. to Velma Conklin and Joyce Randall Hollingsworth. He was the second of their four sons.

His family also lived in Colorado Springs, Colo. for a year before returning to their family farm in Belle Plaine where Lestle spent most of his school years. In 1953 he was a second generation graduate of Belle Plaine High School. He then attended Wichita State University, majoring in music education and voice. He was proud of his years as a drum major both in high school and college.

He traveled the world extensively working as a church missionary. His Campaigns for Christ included trips to Bogota, Columbia, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg, South Africa, Adelaide, Australia and Wellington, New Zealand. Lestle and Mary Hollingsworth, his wife of 13 years, later returned to New Zealand for six months. Even well into his seventies, Lestle continued his mission work in Mexico and Guyana. He also worked for Church of Christ congregations in an educational role for churches in La Cross, WI, Pittsburgh, PA and Monroe, LA.

Beverly Tackett, 85, formerly of Wellington: Dec. 6, 1930 – Aug. 13, 2016

Beverly Tackett

Beverly Tackett

Beverly Tackett, 85, formerly of Wellington, died Saturday, August 13, 2016 at the Villa Maria Nursing Home in Mulvane.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 5 p.m., Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at the St. Anthony-St. Rose Catholic Church in Wellington. No Visitation is scheduled.  A memorial has been established with the Villa Maria Nursing Home and may be left with Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit

Beverly Tackett was born on December 6, 1930 the daughter of Timothy and Violet (Stockman) Reichenberger in Andale. She was a 1947 graduate of Andale High School before graduating from St. Francis Nursing School in Wichita. On June 10, 1966 she was united in marriage with Gordon Tackett in Sacramento, CA.

After her nursing career Beverly worked as a secretary at Boeing and McDonnell-Douglas. Later she helped run a plumbing business and was the second female to have earned her plumbing license in the state of Kansas. Beverly loved to cook and made her family a priority. She loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren.

Neleta Fryman, 79, Wellington: Jan. 20, 1937 – Aug. 8, 2016

Neleta Fryman, 79, of Wellington died Monday, August 8, 2016 at her home in Wellington.

Cremation has taken place and no services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are with Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit

 Neleta Ann was born January 20, 1937, the daughter of Fred and Ethel (Root) Behner in Cherryvale, KS. She graduated from Atchison High School in 1955. On November 23, 1977 Neleta was united in marriage to David Fryman. Neleta worked as a psych tech in Pueblo, CO and an LPN at the Winfield State Hospital and area nursing homes. She enjoyed raising her children and traveling with her husband.

Sharon (Kraus) Callender, 71, Wellington: Rosary is Friday, Funeral is Saturday

Sharon Callender

Sharon Callender

(Updated: Wednesday, 9:45 a.m.) Sharon (Kraus) Callender would like you to know her work here is complete. It was an exhausting but exciting life, she accomplished so much. But now she’s off to bigger and better things.

Rosary will be held on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony – St. Rose Catholic Church. Family and friends will gather together for a remembrance ceremony at the Raymond Frye Complex in Wellington, KS on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. A light lunch will be served following the celebration.

Sharon was born in 1945 to John (Jack) and Eileen (Hebbe) Kraus of Wellington. She graduated from Wellington High School in 1963 and then attended nursing school at St. Johns College in Winfield, KS. She received her BSN in nursing and Masters Degree in Gerontology from Wichita State University. Sharon devoted her life to improving the life of the elderly in skilled nursing homes in both Sedgwick and Sumner Counties.

Jerry Evans, Sr., 83, Wellington: August 7, 1932 – August 4, 2016

Jerry Evans

Jerry Evans

Jerry Evans, sr. 83, of Wellington died Thursday, August 4, 2016 at his home in Wellington.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. Visitation will be held Monday, August 8, 2016 at the Shelley Family Funeral home of Wellington from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 5 until 7 p.m.. A memorial has been established with Gentiva Hospice and may be left with Shelley Family Funeral Home. For further information please visit

Jerry was born August 7, 1932, the son of Robert and Margaret (Brown) Evans in Wellington, Kansas. He graduated from the Wellington High School and earned a Bachelor in Engineering from K-State. Jerry was united in marriage to Muriel Green in 1957, after her passing in 1983 he was united in marriage to Juanita Thomas in 1984. Jerry worked as a Civil Engineer for KDOT. He enjoyed farming and his family very much.

Kathy Hubbard, 64, Wellington: Nov. 26, 1951 – Aug. 3, 2016

Kathy Hubbard

Kathy Hubbard

Kathy Kay Bernhardt Hubbard, 64, passed peacefully from this life at her home on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 in Wellington.  She was born in Herington on November 26, 1951, the child of Theodore and Adeline Bernhardt.  On December 16, 1951, Kathy received the gift of holy baptism.  Kathy received her undergraduate degree from Emporia State and her master’s degree from Wichita State.  

Kathy was a woman of strong faith, dedicated to the Lutheran church.  She also had a passion for education and touched many lives through her 41 year teaching career, 30 of those years spent as a third grade teacher at Eisenhower Elementary in Wellington.  She was honored as a teacher with the Richard LeMaster Outstanding Teacher Award, the Wellington G.E.M. and NEA awards, and was a Golden Apple nominee.  Kathy lived life to the fullest and will be remembered for her unwavering faith, love for her family and friends, her thank you cards, party planning abilities, and her cheerleader spirit.

Secundino ‘Andy’ Castaneda, Jr., 86, Wellington: October 19, 1929 – July 23, 2016

Secundino Andy Castaneda Photo

Secundino “Andy” Castaneda, Jr.

Secundino “Andy” Castaneda, Jr., age 86, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and Wellington resident, died Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Sumner Regional Medical Center. Andy retired from the Santa Fe Railroad Bridge Department after 41 years as a carpenter.

Secundino “Andy” Castaneda, Jr. was born on October 19, 1929 in Chicago, IL to Secundino Castaneda and Cristina (Artega) Castaneda.

Andy married Teresa M. Rubio on January 23, 1961 in Tototlan, Jalisco, MEX. Together they celebrated 55 years of marriage.

Andy enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was an active volunteer for the Mission Thrift Shop, a member of the Knights of Columbus and was a Eucharistic Minister for St. Anthony-St. Rose Catholic Church.

Ethel Evelyn Scheurer Zeka, 92, Wellington: Feb. 23, 1924 – July 24, 2016

Ethel Zeka

Ethel Zeka

Ethel Evelyn Scheurer Zeka, 92, of Wellington died from this life on Sunday, July 24, 2016.

She was born to George and Pearle (Bradford) Sheurer on February 23, 1924 at the family farm near Watonga, Okla. Ethel was the oldest daughter, the third child of seven siblings in the family and the last surviving sibling.

On July 6, 1941 she and Frank Martin Zeka were united in marriage at Geary, Okla. They began their married life on the family farm at Eagle City, Okla. In 1968, she and Frank and the six youngest of their nine children moved to Wellington and continued farming in that area. 

Ethel was a devoted wife and mother. She was a woman of faith. She provided examples of that faith throughout her life by attending church regularly, being an active member of her faith community and supporting various worthy programs. 

She will be remembered for acts of thoughtfulness like crocheting afghans for many family members, making blankets for the many babies in the family, and for the quilts she made for her children and grandchildren.

(Updated Monday) Kenneth Hallman, 76, Wellington: March 5, 1940 – July 21, 2016

Hallman, Kenneth plus Dog

Kenneth Hallman

Kenneth R. Hallman died Thursday, July 21, 2016 at his home in Wellington at the age of 76.

Kenneth was born the son of Franklin and Bertha (Rush) Hallman on Thursday, March 04, 1940 in Hunnewell.

Survivors include his children: Stephen Hallman of Hunnewell, Lisa Hallman of Texas, Gary Hallman of Blackwell, Oklahoma, Franklin Hallman of Wichita and Kevin Bowen (Courtney) of Goshen, Indiana, sister, Kay Bigler (Bob) of Wellington; sister, Geri DeBuhr of Green Valley, Arizona; twelve grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren, his dear friends, Jim and Donna Newell; sister-in-law, Debbie Hallman of Hunnewell and his faithful companion, Izzy the Pomeranian. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Henry E. Hallman.

Kenneth Rothrock, 76, WHS graduate: Aug. 24, 1939 – July 17, 2016

Kenneth Rothrock

Kenneth Rothrock

Kenneth Martin Rothrock, 76, died peacefully early Sunday July 17, 2016 at The Wood County Hospital after a battle with an aggressive form of lung cancer. His wife, son, and step son were at his bedside.

He was born in Caldwell, August 24, 1939 to Kenneth Marvin Rothrock and Burchie (Hodges) Rothrock. He grew up in Wellington, attended Wellington High School where he excelled academically and served as the student body president.

Kenneth went on to obtain a Bachelors of Science in Education and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Kansas. He was a member of ATO Fraternity and enjoyed their reunions over the years.

After earning his PhD he taught Sociology at Bowling Green State University for 28 years, including time as the assistant dean of Arts and Sciences.

In retirement, he and his wife Joan operated the Silver Spoon Antiques business. He also supported and volunteered for the Toledo Metro Parks and the Toledo Botanical Gardens.

Jane Robinson, 74, Oxford: Oct. 11, 1941 – July 16, 2016

Jane Robinson

Jane Robinson

Jane Robinson, 74, of  Oxford died Saturday, July 16, 2016 at her home under the care of her loving family in Oxford.

Graveside Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 20, at the Oxford Cemetery. No public visitation is scheduled.  A memorial has been established with the local food bank and the Salvation Army and may be left with Oxford Funeral Service. Burial will be at the Oxford Cemetery. Arrangements are with Oxford Funeral Service. For further information please visit

Mary Jane Robinson was born on October 11, 1941 the daughter of Tracy and Leona (Holowell) Gogley. Jane was a 1960 High School graduate in Bolsa Grande, CA. On January 30, 1961 she was united in marriage with  Doy Robinson. Jane was a homemaker who also worked for the City of Gravette, Arkansas as well as the school cafeteria in Conway Springs and Wellington, KS. Jane enjoyed birds, plants and gardening. She dearly loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Dianne Gray, 71, Winfield: Oct. 3, 1944 – July 8, 2016

Diane Gray

Diane Gray

Dianne Gray, 71, of Winfield, died Friday, July 8, 2016 at the Serenity Senior Retreat in Wellington.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 15, at the Oxford Funeral Service Chapel. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 14, from 12 to 8 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Oxford Funeral Service Chapel. 

A memorial has been established with Serenity Senior Retreat in Wellington and may be left with Oxford Funeral Service. Burial will be at the Oxford Cemetery. Arrangements are with Oxford Funeral Service. For further information please visit

John Nickel, 90, Wellington: Dec. 4, 1925 – July 1, 2016

John P. Nickel, 90, of Wellington, died early Friday morning, July 1, 2016 at Golden Living Center in Wellington. He was a retired aircraft machinist.

John Peter Nickel was born on December 4, 1925 in Fairview, Okla. to Peter P. Nickel and Mary H. (Loewen) Nickel.  He served in the United States Marines Corps during WWII from 1944-1948.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother and four sisters.

Survivors include his son Mark Nickel; and many nieces and nephews.

Robert ‘Bob’ Meridith, 78, Wellington: Dec. 17, 1937 – July 6, 2016

Meridith, Bob

Bob Meridith

Robert “Bob” Meridith, of Wellington, died Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita at the age of 78.

Bob was born the son of Lois (Olmstead) and Jasper Meridith on Friday, December 17, 1937 in Hutchinson.

On February 23, 1957, Robert and Sandra Adams were united in marriage in Argonia. Together they celebrated 59 years of marriage.

Bob owned a Mobil service station in Wichita and was later the service station mechanic at Texaco in Wellington. Bob then went on to be the Shipping/Receiving Manager for Precision Machining in Wellington and retired after 23 years. He was a car enthusiast all his life, enjoyed working in the garage and NASCAR on Sunday afternoons. Above all, Bob was a devoted family man that loved his grandchildren and the time he spent getting them to and from events and appointments. He will be missed by many.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Meridith of Wellington; daughter, Lisa Meridith of Wellington; daughter, Laura Anderson (Nathan) of Halstead; son, Brian Meridith (Marci) of Oxford; brother, Bill Meridith (Judy) of Wellington; sister, Janet Leddy (Andy) of Conway Springs; sister, Judy Casner (Jack) of Milton, grandchildren: Brendan, Jenna, Tia, Kalin, Ashtyn, Adam, Dray, Brittin, Elizabeth, Taylor and Cayden along with many nieces and nephews.

Wanda May (Stanford) Kerr, 82, Anthony: March 4, 1934 – July 4, 2016

Wanda Kerr web picWanda May (Stanford) Kerr, age 82, went to be with the Lord on Monday evening, July 4th, 2016 in Anthony, Kansas.

Wanda was born on March 4, 1934, 6 miles southwest of Cherokee, Oklahoma, the daughter of Alpha and Anna May Stanford.  She graduated from Capron High School, Capron, Oklahoma in 3 years and went off to college at Northwestern in Alva, Oklahoma.  She graduated from college in 1955 with a Bachelors of Science degree in education.  She wanted to be a teacher!  Wanda taught 4th grade in Caldwell, Kansas for 12 years and taught 1st and 2nd grade in Haysville, Kansas for 22 years.

Wanda was married to Willis Kerr on July 26th, 1959 in Caldwell, Kansas.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Caldwell, Kansas and served there as a Sunday School  teacher.  She was also a member of Eastern Star and served in many leadership roles.

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