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Arthur Johnson, 87, Oxford: Feb. 4, 1929 – June 25, 2016

Arthur Johnson

Arthur Johnson

Arthur M. Johnson, 87, of Oxford died Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at the Oxford Christian Church. Visitation will be held on June 28, 2016 from 12 until 8 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m. at Oxford Funeral Service Chapel. Memorials have been established with the Kansas Veterans Home and Oxford Church of Christ 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

Arthur Milton Johnson was born on February 4, 1929, the son of John and Ruth (Putnam) Johnson in Spencer, NE. He was known to his family and friends as Art or Johnny. He graduated from Spencer Nebraska High School in 1946 and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1948 and was a training mechanics instructor. Following service he worked briefly for O’Neill Outlaw Grocery and then for H.C. Leach Oil Field Construction. He worked on in-flight refueling and rebuilding helicopters during the Vietnam War.

Ila Mitchell, 95, Wellington: July 21, 1920 – June 16, 2016

Ila Mitchell

Ila Mitchell

Ila M. Mitchell, age 95, of Wellington, died early Thursday morning, June 16, 2016.  She was a homemaker and lifelong Wellington resident.

Ila M. Mitchell was born on July 21, 1920 in Wellington, KS to William A. Bowman and Coral L. (Rowe) Bowman.

Ila married William A. “Bill” Mitchell on April 27, 1942 in Newkirk, OK.  He preceded her in death in 1990.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill; two brothers, Bert Bowman and Bill Bowman and one sister, Shirley Romig.

Tom Countryman, 68, Drury: Jan. 15, 1948 – June 9, 2016

Tom Countryman

Tom Countryman

Thomas Leigh Countryman was born January 15, 1948 in Wellington, to Cliff and Velma Countryman.  He died June 9, 2016 at the Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita at the age of 68.

He is a 1966 graduate of Caldwell High School, and his class will celebrate their 50th reunion this October.

Tom married Nancy Lea Stewart on May 31, 1968 at the Central Christian Church in Caldwell.  To this union, a daughter Amber Lee, was born.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Humanities and Religion from Phillips University, Enid, Okla. in 1970, and served as youth minister in Burbank, Calif. in the early 1970’s.

Tom and Nancy lived in Enid, Okla. when they first married, until moving to California in the 1970’s and eventually moved back to Kansas.

In 1984, they fell in love with and moved to Drury

Stephen Allen Drumhiller, 61, Wichita: August 6, 1954 – June 4, 2016

Stephen Allen Drumhiller departed this life on June 4, 2016 in Wichita at the age of 61.

Steve was born in Wellington on August 6, 1954, the son of Dean Signor Drumhiller and Veralita Fay (Wager) Drumhiller. Steve graduated from the Argonia school system, and then attended Kansas State University, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in 1976. He graduated from law school at Kansas University, and worked as a law clerk for a federal judge. Steve returned to school at KU and got an additional bachelor’s degree in accounting. He worked as an accountant for small businesses until the time of his death. He was also owner of Wichita Duplicate Bridge Center.

Steve was a man of many “likes”. He enjoyed a number of outdoor activities including hiking, running, biking, canoeing, mountain climbing, geocaching, and munzeeing. He liked the Patriots and the Shockers. He was an avid bridge player. Steve liked game nights with friends, and enjoyed teaching new games. He was a master of trivia and word games–many family members would no longer play those games with him because you knew Steve would always be the winner. Any visit with Steve’s brothers or sister was incomplete without at least one round of geocaching. Steve always had the stamina to “look for one more”, even when tromping through snow in the cold in Massachusetts.

Steve was a member of the West Douglas Church of Christ, where he served the Lord as treasurer. He had put on Christ in baptism at an early age, and remained faithful to death.

Marcia Abasolo, 72, Wellington: Jan. 31, 1944 – June 6, 2016

Marcia Abasolo

Marcia Abasolo

Marcia L. Abasolo, of Wellington, died Monday, June 6, 2016 at Wellington Health and Rehab at the age of 72.

Marcia was born the daughter of Marion and Inez (Whitten) Krumrey on Monday, January 31, 1944 in Wichita. Her parents preceded her in death. 

Her caring and loving nature served her well as a CNA for many years in the home health industry. She will be missed by many.

Survivors include her son, Kevin Pruitt and his wife Joanna of Wellington; daughter, Rhonda Owens of Wellington; daughter, Andrea McCarty of Wichita; son, Scott Pruitt and his wife Shannon of Wellington, Kansas, grandchildren: Emma Carpenter, Dusttin Norton, Mallory Norton, Sean Owens and his wife Jewell, Stephanie Beauchamp, Evyn Beauchamp, Sierra McCarty, Eric Pruitt and Mariah Pruitt; 5 great-grandchildren and her brother, Ken Krumrey and his wife Nancy of Longmont, Colorado.  

Richard Eugene Shofner, 73, Wellington native: Oct. 12, 1942 – June 5, 2016

Richard Shofner

Richard Shofner

Richard Eugene Shofner, age 73, of Blue Eye, Missouri, died at home Sunday, June 5, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. He was born October 12, 1942, in Wellington, the son of Robert and Bernice Shofner. Richard was joined in marriage to his loving wife Delores on September 4, 1985. Arrangements are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks. In following with Richards wishes, he has donated his body to the Genesis Program’s Medical Education and Research Institute.

Richard served our nation in the U.S. Navy. He was a firefighter and EMT with the Wellington, Kansas Fire Department for 31 years. He enjoyed fishing, mini golf and playing games, especially Sequence and Phase-10. Most of all, Richard loved his family, his churches in both Hollister and Wellington, and serving God. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Richard is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Delores Shofner of the home; his children, Robert Joe Shofner and wife Kim of Cameron Park, California, Lenora Davis and husband Chuck of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Clayton Dodds of Hollister, Missouri, Viola Evans and husband Dean of Towanda, Kansas and Kevin Dodds and wife Jami of Wellington, Kansas; 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.

Florence Ruth Titus, 93, Mulvane: Jan. 20, 1923 – June 5, 2016

Florence Ruth Titus, age 93, of Mulvane, died Sunday, June 5, 2016 at her home.  Florence was a homemaker and had been a resident of Mulvane since 2000.

Florence Ruth Titus was born on January 10, 1923 in Wellington, to Edwin Dailey and Ruth (Ready) Dailey.

She married James Robert Titus on March 8, 1941 in Newkirk, OK.  He preceded her in death in 2004.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James; and an infant sister.

Lowell Thomas ‘Junior’ Coggins, 80, Oxford: Feb. 6, 1936 – May 31, 2016

Lowell Coggins

Lowell Coggins

Lowell Thomas “Junior” Coggins, 80, died May 31, 2016 at his home in Oxford surrounded by his loving family.

Graveside services will be held at the Oxford Cemetery on Friday, June 3 at 2 p.m. No visitation is scheduled. Memorial contributions for Lowell can be made out to the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and may be left in care of Shelley Family Funeral Home of Winfield.

Lowell Thomas “Junior” Coggins was born on February 6, 1936 in Cowley County to proud parents Thomas Lowell and Agnes (Dennett) Coggins. Lowell graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1953, after graduating he joined the National Guard and served from 1953-1956. On December 27, 1970 in Miami, Okla. Lowell was united in marriage to the love of his life, Marrietta (Whaley). Lowell loved staying busy, he was a hard worker and after spending 15 years in South Texas in the seafood industry, he worked in a variety of trades such as: maintenance for schools in the area, the Shangri La, Okla. golf course, the oilfields, and for Skyline Corporation. When he wasn’t working Lowell like to play Texas Hold ‘em, he enjoyed being a member of the Arkansas City American Legion Post #18, and he loved to fish. But most of all he loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Malissa (Hernandez) Smith, 47, Wellington: Dec. 11, 1968 – May 29, 2016

Marissa Smith

Malissa Smith

Malissa Ann (Hernandez) Smith died Sunday, May 29, 2016 at her home in Wellington at the age of 47. She was a Certified Nurses Assistant for several years in the healthcare industry.

Malissa was born on Wednesday, December 11, 1968 in Wellington. Her parents are Deloris “Bobbi” (Gifford) Bradford and Bernardo “Joe” Hernandez. 

On January 7, 1991, Malissa and Corey D. Smith were united in marriage in Newkirk, Oklahoma.

Survivors include her daughter, Megin Bannister and her husband Colby; daughter, Molly Smith; son, Levi Tate; mother, Deloris “Bobbi” Bradford; sister, Cindy Martin and her husband Rick and grandchildren: Trenton, Dustin, Colton and Karstin Bannister all of Wellington.  

She was preceded in death by her father, Bernardo “Joe” Hernandez; step-father, Major Wayne Bradford and husband, Corey Smith.

Iris Darlene Whitley, 92, Sumner County resident: Feb. 23, 1924 – May 30, 2016

Iris Darlene Whitley

Iris Darlene Whitley

Iris Darlene Whitley, age 92, life time resident of Sumner County, died Monday morning, May 30, 2016 at Medical Lodge of Oxford.  Iris was a homemaker.

Iris Darlene (Knox) Whitley was born on February 23, 1924 in South Haven to Clarence Knox and Gretchen (Ramsey) Knox.

She married Ernest E. Whitley on February 28, 1942 in South Haven.  He preceded her in death in 2004.  They had lived in the Wellington area for 70 years.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, attending church and its various functions, and making baby quilts, and caring for her cats.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ernest; two brothers, Richard and Kendall Knox; and one sister, Mary Howsden.

Doroteo ‘Gabby’ Zavala Jr., 85, Wellington: Feb. 21, 1931 – May 29, 2016

Doroteo Zavala

Doroteo Zavala

Doroteo “Gabby” Zavala Jr., of Wellington. died Sunday, May 29, 2016 at Wellington Health and Rehabilitation at the age of 85.

Gabby was born the son of Doroteo, Sr. and Julia (Ramirez) Zavala on Saturday, February 21, 1931 in Wellington, Kansas.

On November 19, 1966, Doroteo and Elisa Corona were united in marriage in Wellington, Kansas. Together they celebrated 49 years of marriage.

Gabby retired from the City of Wellington where he served as Sanitation Foreman for over 17 years. 

Survivors include his wife Elisa Zavala of Wellington, Kansas; daughter, Socorro “Coco” Anguiano (Ramon) of Wellington, Kansas; daughter, Maria Lujan (Nicasio, Sr.) of Wellington, Kansas; grandchildren: Sofie Lawless (Greg) of Derby, Kansas, Angelica Lujan of Wichita, Kansas, Teresa Branine (Josh) of Andover, Kansas, Jessica Williams (Aaron) of Andover, Kansas, Celia Lujan Sanchez of Wichita, Kansas, Elisa Lujan Gonzalez (Roberto) of Wichita, Kansas, Nicasio Lujan, Jr. of Wichita, Kansas, Raymond Anguiano (Megan) of Wellington, Kansas and Miguel Lujan of Wellington, Kansas; seventeen great-grandchildren and his brother, Elias Zavala of Wichita, Kansas.

Christeen Williams, 83, Wellington: Oct. 6, 1932 – May 19, 2016

Christeen Williams

Christeen Williams

Christeen F. Williams, of Wellington, died Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 83.

Christeen was born the daughter of Elmer and Genevia (Lee) Taylor on Thursday, October 06, 1932 in a log cabin near Wilson, Oklahoma.

On November 19, 1950, Dean and Christeen Fay Taylor were united in marriage in Hobart, Oklahoma. Together they celebrated over 59 years of marriage before his passing in 2010.

Tomas Jimenez, 68, Wellington: July 7, 1947 – May 13, 2016

Tomy Jimenez

Tomy Jimenez

Tomas Jimenez, of Wellington, died Friday, May 13, 2016 at his home in Wellington at the age of 68.

Tomas was born the son of Carlos and Jesusita (Martinez) Jimenez on Monday, July 7, 1947 in Wellington.

Tomy was a member of the Bridge Gang at Burlington Northern Santa Fe and retired after a 25 year career. During that time he also owned and operated Tomy’s Bar, Bottoms Up, the Harvest House and others. Tomy enjoyed music and people which served him well as a local DJ at weddings and dances for many years.

Betty Jean Lowder, 86, Wellington: June 12, 1929 – May 17, 2016

Betty Jean Lowder, age 86, long time Wellington resident, died early Tuesday morning, May 17, 2016 at Golden Living Center in Wellington.  Betty was a homemaker.

Betty Jean Lowder was born on June 12, 1929 in Dill City, OK to Theodore Browning and Minnie (Felinda) Browning.

She married Virgil E. Lowder on November 25, 1946 in Winfield, KS.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Virgil; daughter, Susie Stover; one brother; and two sisters.

Centenarian Winnie Lou Howard Nelson, 100, Wellington: May 17, 1915 – May 15, 2016

Winnie Lou Howard Nelson, 100, of Wellington died on May 15, 2016 at the Golden Living Center of Wellington.

Memorial Services will be at 1 p.m., Monday, June 6 at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Coldwater. Memorials have been established with the Wellington Humane Society. Contributions may be made through Shelley Family Funeral Home.

Winnie Lou Howard Nelson was born on May 17, 1915 the daughter of Benjamin and Lillian (Matthews) Tandy in Coldwater, Kansas. She graduated from high school in Catarina, Texas. Winnie was united in marriage to Floyd Howard in 1932 and after his passing was united in marriage to Allen Nelson in 1989. She was a country singer and the last Rancherett with the KFH ranch boys of the 1940s, granddaughter of one of the first horse back Methodist preacher. Winnie also enjoyed dancing at the KFH building and gardening and loved spending time with her family.

Bill Sirmons, 52, Wellington: April 20, 1964 – May 15, 2016

Sirmons, Bill

Bill Sirmons

Bill Sirmons died on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at his home in Wellington at the age of 52.

Bill was born the son of Fred and Martha J. (Wells) Sirmons on Monday, April 20, 1964 in Windsor, Missouri. His father precedes him in death.

Many will remember Bill as a musician and songwriter with the band Tempest and Phat Black Willie. His gift of music was something that he loved sharing with others and allowed him to establish lifelong friends. He will be missed by many.

Survivors include his daughter, Jennifer Sirmons and her fiancé Sparks Leighty of Ponca City, Oklahoma, grandchildren: Krystine Sirmons, Tandym and Journey Wheeler and Braidyn Hampton; his mother, Martha Sirmons of Derby; brother, Skeet Sirmons and his wife Mardon of Wellington; sister, Barbara Coulson and her husband Mikel of Wichita; nephew, Chris Case and great-niece, Brees Case of Derby.  

Kalum Lake Marshall, 23, Udall: August 30, 1992 – May 13, 2016

Kalum Lake

Kalum Lake

Kalum Lake Marshall, age 23, of Udall, died May 13, 2016 in rural Milan.  He was a machinist at TECT Aerospace in Wellington.

Kalum was born on August 30, 1992 in Wichita, KS to Lorena G. Marshall.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Kima Butler.

Survivors include his two sons, Hayden and Holden Marshall of Wellington; one daughter, Kima Marshall of Arkansas City, KS; mother, Lorena Marshall and her husband, Chris Creed of Milan, KS; two sisters, Loren Marshall and Madison Streif Marshall; two step-brothers, Cody Creed of Winfield, KS and Tyler Creed of Cimarron, KS; grandfathers, Edwin Butler of Udall, KS; and Robert Marshall of Benson, AZ.

Graveside Services will be held at the Udall Cemetery in Udall, KS on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 11 a.m. Pastor Ray Melugin will officiate.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, May 20, 2016 from 1 to 8 p.m.

George “Bud” McConnell, 83, South Haven: Jan. 11, 1933 – May 11, 2016

Bud McConnell

George “Bud” McConnell

George “Bud” McConnell died on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at his home in rural South Haven at the age of 83.

Bud was born the son of Frank and Velma (Heuszel) McConnell on Wednesday, January 11, 1933 in South Haven.

On November 11, 2011, Bud and Virginia Lee Anderson were united in marriage in Winfield. Together they celebrated nearly 5 years of marriage.

Bud was taught to operate a dozer by his father and grandfather at a young age. He spent the rest of his life in the Soil Conservation industry and retired following a career of over 70 years. 

David Lawrence Donnini, formerly of Wellington, 51: Nov. 16, 1964 – April 27, 2016

David Donnini

David Donnini

David Lawrence Donnini, formerly of Wellington, died unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 in Wichita at the age of 51 due to an undiagnosed heart condition.

David was born the son of Faust L. “Denny” Donnini and Elnora Martin Donnini on Monday, November 16, 1964 in Las Cruces, New Mexico where the family lived until 1976, then making their home in Wellington.

David graduated from Wellington High School and attended Kansas State University. He attained professional success that allowed him to travel and live in several states and Canada.

He was currently employed at Cessna Aircraft in Wichita. David achieved a long, multifaceted career as a Planner, Designer, N/C Programmer, and Operations Manager in the North American Aerospace industry. Nearly every commercial, business, and military aircraft currently flying contains parts produced by his programs.

Sebastian “Tano” Ramirez, 78, Burbank, Calif.: Jan. 20, 1938 – May 4, 2016

Tano Ramirez

Tano Ramirez

Sebastian “Tano” Ramirez, of Burbank, Calif., died Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at his home in Burbank at the age of 78.

Sebastian was born the son of Tobias and Tiburcia (Venegas) Ramirez on Thursday, January 20, 1938 in Somerville, Texas.

On February 21, 1976, Sebastian and Marie Miller were united in marriage in Las Vegas, Nev. Together they celebrated 50 years of marriage. 

Tano was employed in the aerospace industry for over 42 years. 

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