Category Archives: Obituaries

Joy Marie Turek, 70, Caldwell: August 15, 1944 – May 19, 2015

Joy Turek

Joy Turek

Joy Marie Turek, age 70, died unexpectedly on May 19, 2015, at Wesley Hospital in Wichita.  She was born August 15, 1944 at Lyons, the daughter of George and Vera Sargent Moore.

Joy attended school in Chase and was a cheerleader for the Chase Jinx during her high school years.  After graduation on May 17, 1962 she moved to Wichita and worked for Southwestern Bell.  On April 16, 1966 she married Gene Turek and moved to their farm north of South Haven.  As a “small town girl” she knew nothing of the farm.  She adapted quickly and soon became a vital part of the operation.  She eventually helped to raise hundreds of sheep, cattle, acres of crops and took many meals to the field all the while raising four children and never missing an event any of them were involved in.

William “Bill” Dennis, 90, WHS grad: April 21, 1924 – Jan. 5, 2015

Bill Dennis

Bill Dennis

William Eugene “Bill”, “Sonny” (within the immediate family) Dennis died on January 5, 2015 at 90 years of age. Bill was born April 21, 1924 in Anthony to Paul Henry Dennis and Eugenia Charlotte Smith Dennis. Named after both his grandfathers, Bill was always proud of the fact he shared a birthday with naturalist John Muir.

After graduating from Wellington High School in 1942, Bill attended Kansas State University as a freshman, was inducted into the United States Army in 1942, and awarded an Honorable Discharge in 1943. 

Rocky Blockyou, 62, Phoenix: March 21, 1953 – May 11, 2015

Rocky Blockyou

Rocky Blockyou

Rocky Blockyou, 62, of Phoenix, died Monday, May 11, 2015 at his daughter’s home in Wellington.

A celebration of life service will be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Wichita Boat House in Wichita, Kansas. A memorial has been established with the Cancer Hope Foundation and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington.

Arrangements are with the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit

Donita Newlin, 52, Wichita: May 12, 1962 – May 11, 2015

Donita Newlin

Donita Newlin

Donita Newlin, 52, of Wichita died Monday, May 11, 2015 at her home in Wichita.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 15, 2015 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 9 a.m., until 7 p.m. with the family present from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home.

Burial will be at the Jordan Cemetery. A memorial has been established for her granddaughter, Ryder Reust and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit

Patrick Lee Deschaine, 65, Wellington: June 11, 1949 – May 10, 2015

Patrick Deschaine

Patrick Deschaine

Patrick Lee Deschaine, age 65, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away early Sunday morning, May 10, 2015 at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, KS.

Patrick was born on June 11, 1949 in Wellington, KS to Norman Leonard Deschaine and Mary Grace (Fisher) Deschaine.  Patrick was raised in Wellington and graduated from WHS with the Class of 1967.  He was also a graduate of Friends University.

Patrick married Patricia Varner on July 5, 1969 in Wellington, KS at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law, Mabel L. Byers; two brothers-in-law, Carol Nuss and Kenny Adams.

Ursulo Hernandez, Jr., 69, Wellington: Jan. 5, 1946 – May 7, 2015

Ursulo Hernandez

Ursulo Hernandez

Ursulo C. “Fred” Hernandez, Jr., of Wellington, died Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita at the age of 69.

He was born the son of Ursulo, Sr. and Rebecca (Abasolo) Hernandez on Saturday, January 5, 1946 in Wellington.

Survivors include his daughters: Lisa Hernandez and Wendy Hernandez both of Wichita, brother, Alex Hernandez and his wife Hope of Wellington, sisters: Esther Scobee of Wellington, Gloria Huck and her husband John of Branch, Arkansas, Mary Rios and her husband Joe of Junction, Texas, brother, John Robert Hernandez of Wichita and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

Ronald Eggleston, 79, Winfield: March 13, 1936 – May 6, 2015

Ron Eggleson

Ron Eggleson

Ronald Eggleston 79, of Winfield, died on May 6, 2015 at Winfield Senior Living Center in Winfield.

Graveside Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 12th at the Highland Cemetery in Winfield, Kansas. Visitation in will be held Monday from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home, 803 Loomis in Winfield, Kansas. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Winfield Senior Living Center. Contributions can be left with the funeral home. For further information please visit

Delbert Lee Deffenbaugh, Scott City: June 5, 1942 – April 19, 2015

Del Deffenbaugh

Del Deffenbaugh

Delbert Deffenbaugh, born on June 5, 1942 in Scott City to David and Nadine Deffenbaugh. He was preceded in death was his loving wife W. Jean (Faulker) Deffenbaugh.

He is survived by sisters Carol (Jerry) Cutler of Montesano, Wash., and Barbara (Ed) Newberry of Wellington.  Sons Michael (Carol) Deffenbaugh of Rose Hill, Randall Deffenbaugh of Wellington,and Jeffrey (Suzanne) Deffenbaugh of Wichita, 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. 

Leon Golden, 80, Belle Plaine: April 1, 1935 – May 2, 2015

Leon Golden

Leon Golden

Leon Golden died Saturday, May 2, 2015 at his home near Belle Plaine at the age of 80.

Leon was born the son of Theo and Zada (Baldwin) Golden on Monday, April 1, 1935 in Leedey, Oklahoma.

On September 27, 1958, Leon and Mae Hook were united in marriage in Clinton, Oklahoma. Together they celebrated 56 years of marriage.

Thelma ‘Marie’ Creed, 98, Caldwell: Jan. 8, 1917 – May 1, 2015

Thelma Marie Creed

Thelma Marie Creed

Thelma Marie Kibbe was born on January 8, 1917 on a farm southeast of Clearwater in rural Sumner County.  She was born to Flossie (Dunham) Kibbe and Merritt Kibbe.  Marie was the oldest of 7 children.  Marie attended several rural one room schools and then Anson High School.  Marie graduated from Conway Springs High School with the class of 1935.

In May of 1939, Marie married Grant Creed and they made their home on a farm southeast of Conway Springs.  In 1947, Grant and Marie moved to their farm south of Anson.  Their daughter Brenda was born in 1948 and their son Lonnie in 1951. 

Betty Zimmerman, 86, formerly from Wellington: January 1, 1929 – April 30, 2015

Betty L. Zimmerman, age 86, of Strong City, KS, died Thursday, April 30, 2015, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls, KS.  The daughter of Jack and Genevieve Haden, she was born January 1, 1929, in Appleton City, MO.  She graduated from Toledo Township High School in 1946.

She was married to Jerry Mosby (deceased) of Wellington, KS, for 20 years and they were the parents of five children.  She and Robert Zimmerman were married December 13, 1969, in Tacoma, WA.  While they lived in Washington, they raised peacocks, geese, ducks, and hogs, plus had a pack burro to protect the other animals from bears.

Gloria Horsch, 71, Winfield: Sept. 30, 1943 – April 28, 2015

Gloria Horsch

Gloria Horsch

Gloria Horsch, of Winfield (formerly of Wellington), died Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita at the age of 71.

Gloria was born the daughter of Everett and Billie Raycene (Amberg) Wise on Thursday, September 30, 1943 in Wellington.

On June 3, 1961, Gloria and Ronald “Ronny” Horsch were united in marriage in Wellington. They were married over 41 years before his death in 2003. She was blessed to find love again and married Royce Montgomery in December of 2010.

Raymond Wirtz, Winfield: July 15, 1939 – April 21, 2015

Raymond Wirtz of Winfield died Tuesday morning, April 21, 2015 at his home.

Born on July 15, 1939 in Caldwell, he was the son of Roy Orville and Anna Evelyn (Ferguson) Wirtz. He was raised and received his education in Wellington, graduating from Wellington High School in 1958.

A veteran of the Vietnam War, Raymond proudly served his country in the United States Army where he was in the Engineer Corps. He was honorably discharged on April 27, 1964.

Delbert Deffenbaugh died April 19

Delbert (Del) Deffenbaugh died April 19,2015 in Tulsa, Okla.  Services are pending. No other information is available at this time.

Patricia Smith Pruitt, 69, Overland Park: Feb. 28, 1946 – April 19, 2015

Patricia Smith Pruitt

Patricia Smith Pruitt

Patricia L Smith Pruitt, 69, of Overland Park, Kans. died April 19, 2015  in her home.

She was born to Wilbur Smith Sr. and Hazel Smith in Arkansas.  She attended school in Wellington. She formerly worked as an echo-tech at Via Christi/St. Francis in Wichita.

She is proceeded in death by her mother Hazel Smith and her sister Barbara Perrin.

Eunice McMillan, 99, Wellington: June 22, 1915 – April 19, 2015

Eunice D. McMillan, age 99, of Wellington, died early Sunday morning, April 19, 2015 at Winfield Rest Haven Nursing Home in Winfield.

Eunice D. (Ash) McMillan was born on June 22, 1915 in Milan to Ray Ash and Delcie (Chamberland) Ash.

Eunice married Ellis Darwin McMillan on July 22, 1934 in Belle Plaine at the Church of Christ parsonage.  He preceded her in death in on October 22, 2009.

(Updated Monday) Charles Hinson, 82, Wellington: March 8, 1933 – April 17, 2015

Charles Hinson

Charles Hinson

Charles Hinson, 82, of Wellington died Friday, April 17, 2015 at the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita, Kansas.

Memorial Services will be private for the family  No visitation is scheduled. A memorial has been established with the Wellington Humane Society, contributions can be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit

Charles H. Hinson was born on March 8, 1933 the son of Charles Piercy and Mary Francis (Webb) Hinson in Kingman, Kansas. He was a 1950 graduate of the Wichita North High School. On November 4, 1951 he was united in marriage with Lily Howard.

(Updated: Monday) Beverly Ruth Hitt, 76, Wellington: Feb. 8, 1939 – April 15, 2015

Beverly Ruth Hitt

Beverly Ruth Hitt

Beverly Ruth Hitt, age 76, passed away April 15, 2015 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.

Beverly Ruth (Miller) Hitt was born on February 8, 1939 to Maurice Howard Miller and Emma (Laney) Miller in Wellington, KS.  She was a graduate of Wellington High School with the Class of 1957, attended Wichita State University and Kansas State University, and obtained a Counseling Certificate/degree from Kansas State University in 1984.

She was employed as Executive Secretary with R.C.A. Corporation in Kansas City and Purex Corporation, Bellevue, WA until returning to Wellington in 1971.  She was Executive Secretary with the First National Bank of Wellington until accepting employment in 1976 with the State of Kansas – Department of Human Resources – Job Service as Counselor/Office Manager for 22 years, taking early retirement in 1997; and USDd#353 four years as Secretary to the Vice Principal, retiring in 2001.

Lori Anne Russell, 49, Wellington: June 27, 1965 – April 10, 2015

Lori Russell

Lori Russell

Lori Anne Russell  Friday, April 10, 2015 at her home in Wellington at the age of 49.

Lori was born the daughter of Janet Kay Rader and Dennis Horsch on Sunday, June 27, 1965 in Wellington.

Survivors include her son, Mathias Wagoner (Andrea Fox) of Moore, Oklahoma, daughter, Lacey (Wagoner) Haslouer and her husband Rick of Wellington, daughter, Miranda Gandy (Jonathan Krzinowek) of Wichita, father, Dennis Horsch and his wife Cathy of Wellington, sisters: Stacy Migues of Wellington and Gina Brown and her husband Charlie of Wellington, brothers: Jacob Dickinson and his wife Jill of Wellington and Derrick Dickinson (Erienne Cranmer) of Wellington, grandchildren: Skylar and Shyanne Yearout and Keela and Savannah Haslouer, nieces: Katelyn and Tasha Migues, nephews: Richard and Michael Grizzle and Jonathan Migues and her dear companion and friend, Roy Duncan.

John Bissett, 70, Wellington: April 29, 1944 – April 8, 2015

John Bissett

John Bissett

John Bissett, 70, of Wellington died Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at St. Anthony-St. Rose Catholic Church in Wellington. Visitation will be Monday, April 13, 2015 from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington with the family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Shelley Family Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Prairie Lawn Cemetery.   For further information please visit

John Daniel Bissett was born April 29, 1944 the son of James and Mary (Blake) Bissett.  John was united in marriage to Candice Sherwood. John worked for 25 years at Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital in housekeeping. He enjoyed playing poker, reading and guns.

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