Category Archives: Obituaries

Ethel Bodge, 82, Wellington: February 22, 1938 – May 21, 2020

Ethel Bodge

Ethel was born on February 22, 1938, in Caldwell, Kansas. She grew up in Caldwell, Kansas, graduated high school in Caldwell in 1956, and went on to attend Emporia State University where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. It was while she was in college, she met the love of her life, Marion, to whom she was married for 43 years.

They lived at the same address in Wellington, Kansas, where they raised their two children. She was a third-grade teacher in Wellington for six years. They were very active members of their church and enjoyed working with Awana Club taking care of children after school. They enjoyed traveling and volunteering with Campers on Mission in the United States and in Mexico.

John Robert (JR) Fisk, 87, Wellington: Nov. 18, 1932 – May 20, 2020

John Robert ‘JR’ Fisk

John Robert (JR) Fisk, age 87, Wellington resident since 1951, died Wednesday evening, May 20, 2020 at his home in Wellington. JR worked as a Conductor for the Santa Fe Railroad for 47 years before his retirement.

Fisk was born on November 18, 1932 in Wichita to John Robert Fisk and Mabel (Chaplin) Fisk. He graduated from South Haven High School with the Class of 1950.

He married Wilma L. Shaffer on August 8, 1974, in Wellington.  She preceded him in death on December 10, 2014.

JR was a 32nd Degree, 50 year Mason, Knights Templar Mason, Shriners, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, York Rite College.  He was a significant collector of Santa Fe historical and memorabilia items. He was a member of the First Christian Church.

Lawrence Alvin Durant, 90, Wellington: Nov. 17, 1929 – May 18, 2020

Lawrence Alvin Durant

Lawrence Alvin Durant, age 90, of Wellington since 1955, died Monday morning, May 18, 2020, at his home.

Lawrence was born on November 17, 1929, in St. John, Kans. to Robert Eugene Durant and Mildred Irene (McAllister) Durant.

Lawrence worked in the oil field from 1955-1962; from 1962-1974 he was a freight contractor for the Santa Fe Trail Truck Line; from 1974-1985 he unloaded piggyback trailers for the Santa Fe Railroad; from 1985-1995 he was a truck driver for GEC Welco; from 1996- 2004 he worked from U.S.D. #353.  He farmed most of his adult life and retired in 2005. Lawrence was born on November 17, 1929 in St. John, to Robert Eugene Durant and Mildred Irene (McAllister) Durant.  He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War from October of 1948-October of 1952.

He married Virginia L. Winn on April 16, 1955, in Wellington.  She preceded him in death in 2001.

Clinton Ray ‘Bear’ Kindy, 65, Hutchinson: June 28, 1954 – May 14, 2020

Clinton Ray Kindy

Clinton Ray ” Bear ” Kindy, 65, of Hutchinson died May 14, 2020 at his home.  Clinton was born June 28, 1954, to Ray Raleigh Kindy and Mary Ann Kirkpatrick Kindy in Wellington.

Clinton graduated from Wellington High School in 1972.  After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served from 1972- 1978.  He was stationed in Vietnam.  Clinton served on the Intrepid aircraft carrier as a gunner.

After returning home, Clinton worked numerous jobs.  He found his passion in the wrecker business, especially in the heavy wreckers.  No job was too big for him.  Clinton retired in 2013.

Larry Heter, 69, Wellington: Jan. 27, 1951 – May 11, 2020

Larry Heter

Larry Heter died Monday, May 11, 2020, at his home in Wellington at the age of 69.

He was born on January 27, 1951, in Wellington to Duane “Bo” and Wanda (Kile) Heter.

On August 19, 1988, Larry and Ellen Mack were united in marriage in Newkirk, Okla. Together they celebrated 31 years of marriage. Larry was a bartender for many years.

He then worked at GEC/Midwest, Elkhorn Valley Processing and then retired from Farmers Co-Op in 2017. Larry was the Commander of the Sons of the American Legion Tom Schwinn Post 90 and a member of the VFW.

Susan (Williams) Dunlap, 73, Wellington graduate: Sept. 8, 1946 – May 10, 2020

Susan Dunlap

Susan L. (Williams) Dunlap, 73, of Valparaiso, Ind. died Sunday, May 10, 2020.

Susan, better known as “Susie,” was born Sept. 8, 1946, in Wichita, and was raised in Wellington, graduating from Wellington High School with the class of 1964.  She then attended Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg,  and was a long-time resident of Tulsa, where she raised her family.
She was preceded in death by her mother, M. Ruth Williams, Edmond, Okla.; father, Samuel O. Williams, Grove, Okla.; infant brother, Samuel O. Williams, Jr., and a step-grandson, Mickey Dunlap.

Betty Zoe Grimm, 93, Caldwell: Nov. 22, 1926 – May 11, 2020

Betty Zoe Waters Grimm

Betty Zoe Waters Grimm was born November 22, 1926 in Davenport, OK and departed this life on May 11, 2020, at the Homestead Assisted Living in Wellington, KS.  She was 93 years old.

Betty, the daughter of Alfred Parks and Mildred Leona (Townsley) Waters.

Betty attended school in Davenport, Okla., graduating in 1944.  She married her high school sweetheart, Ronald (Mac) in December 1946.  They resided in California, Caldwell, KS., Kentucky, and Kingfisher, OK. To this union, a daughter Debbie and son Denny were born.

Betty was a remarkable Mom and homemaker.  She worked for State Farm Insurance before having a long career in the People’s National Bank in Kingfisher, OK.  After she retired, she moved back to Caldwell where she was very active in the United Methodist Church and the Senior Citizen’s Center.

Brenda Carson, 56, Oxford: Feb. 16, 1964 – May 11, 2020

Brenda Carson

Brenda Carson, 56, of Oxford, died Monday, May 11, 2020, at her home in Oxford, Kansas.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial gathering will be held at a later date. To leave an online condolence please visit

Brenda Kay Carson was born on February 16, 1964, the daughter of Larry and Annabelle Martindale in Oklahoma. She graduated from Wellington High School in 1982 and attended Coffeyville Community College.  Brenda worked as a janitor for the school system, at Rubbermaid, the casino and at Casey’s Store in Oxford.

Marie N. Ellis, 66, Argonia: August 26, 1953 – May 5, 2020

Marie Ellis

Marie N. Ellis died on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at her home in Argonia at the age of 66. She was a loving mother and a wonderful friend to many. She loved crafting and putting a smile on the faces of others.

She was born the daughter of Douglas Theodore Nielson and Neita Dale Devee on August 26, 1953. Survivors include her son, Robby Douglas Martin of Kansas; son, Jimmy Ray Martin of Texas; daughter, Christy Marie Persichini (Anthony) of Texas; grandchildren: Courtney Martin, Elena Martin, Hailey Persichini, Austin Martin, Aidan Martin and Aubrey Persichini; great-grandchildren, Addy Martin and Ciana Martin; mother, Neita Hoskins, sister, Linda Ackerson and brother, Bobby Nielson.

Rodger Dale Doherty, 71, Wellington: Dec. 18, 1948 – May 4, 2020

Rodger Doherty

Rodger Dale Doherty died on Monday, May 4, 2020, at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita, at the age of 71.

He was born the son of Charles and Ethel (Skaggs) Doherty on Saturday, December 18, 1948, in Chetopa, Kans. Rodger served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Era. He operated Portraits by D in Topeka, Kans. for many years and in 2008 moved to Wellington and combined the business with Susan’s Portrait Designs.

On February 13, 2016, Rodger and Susan Bauler were united in marriage in Wellington. Together they celebrated four years of marriage. Rodger was a skilled carpenter and enjoyed building photography sets. He used his creativity as an inventor and was particularly proud of a photography posing table that he patented and used for school photography.

Lettie Robson, 62, Wellington: January 16, 1958 – May 1, 2020

Lettie Robson

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our daughter and sister Lettie L. Robson on May 1, 2020. She was 62.

Lettie lived for a time in Denver, Colo. and later moved to Phoenix, AZ where she had a growing business in interior design and faux finishing until injuries from an accident forced her to close her company. It was then that she became a guidance counselor and teacher. Due to her declining health and wanting to support her mother, Lettie moved back to Wellington.

Though her health continued to decline, she pursued her work as a teacher, counselor, and mentor. As her physical strength declined, her mental and spiritual growth continued. She took delight in her hobbies, painting, crafting, gardening, and decorating to celebrate the holidays. For all her physical frailty, she was our rock as well as a daughter, a sister, and a friend.  She will be sorely missed.

Tim Nance, 67, Wellington: Dec. 13, 1952 – April 27, 2020

Tim Nance

Timothy Lee Nance, 67, General Manager of Wellington Steakhouse until it closed 2010, died Monday, April 27.  He was born December 13, 1952, in Sabetha to Robert and Irene (Leonard) Nance.  Many years of his childhood were spent in Panama where his parents were missionaries.

His children and grandchildren loved hearing stories of his years in Central America.  He returned to the U. S. as a freshman to attend high school and graduated from North Central H. S. in Morrowville, KS.  He attended Emporia State University where he met and married Susan Adkins in 1973.

Monte Eugene Stucky, 69, South Haven: Nov. 21, 1950 – April 26, 2020

Monte Stucky

On April 26, 2020, heaven gained another great cowboy. Monte Eugene Stucky, 69, died at his home in South Haven, surrounded by his wife and children.

He was born the son of Harry Stucky and LaRue Cornelison on November 21, 1950, in Kingman.

Monte lived in Pretty Prairie, Kans, before moving to Blackwell, Okla., and graduating from Blackwell High School. He worked alongside his father running the Blackwell Livestock Auction during his teenage and young adult years. He served in the Army National Guard out of Blackwell and was married to Donna Jean Shoffner of Braman, Okla. on February 7, 1970.

Altalie Fay Houch, 92, Oxford: Dec. 23, 1927 – April 25, 2020

Altalie Fay Hoch, age 92, of Oxford, formerly of Wellington, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, died Saturday evening, April 25, 2020, at Joy Home in Oxford.

Altalie Fay (Cunningham) Hoch was born on December 23, 1927, in Hartford, KS to Harry Chester Cunningham and Iva Oleva (Coburn) Cunningham.

Fay was a homemaker and also worked as a cook in the school cafeteria for the Alta Vista, Kans. school system for many years.

Fay married Warren Leroy Hoch on October 19, 1946, in Hartford.  He preceded her in death in October of 2009.

LeNora Davidson, 90, Wellington: March 27, 1930 – April 4, 2020

LeNora Davidson

LeNora Stumpf Davidson died on April 4, 2020, at Homestead Assisted Living in Wellington. She was 90 years old. Her daughter Sally Amberg was with her.

LeNora was the second child born to the family of Edward and LeNora Stumpf on March 27, 1930, outside of Pittsburgh, Pa. One of LeNora’s fondest memories as a child was being selected in the sixth grade to attend art classes at the Carnegie Museum. This inspiration helped her with a love of art throughout her life. She loved acrylics, watercolor, chalk and china painting. She loved painting children at community events and sharing her artwork with her friends and family.

After high school, while working at Carnegie Tech, she met Burton Davidson, a graduate of Carnegie Tech. They were married in February 1953. LeNora had two children, Douglas and Sally. During the years, Burt’s jobs took them from Pittsburgh, Penn. to Cleveland, Ohio; to Wadsworth, Ohio; to St. Louis, Missouri; to Falls City, Neb.; and finally to Wellington. They moved to Wellington in 1967, and LeNora told Burt that they were done moving. In Wellington Burt managed/ owned several trailer companies. Champion Homes, Mobile Villa, Sunflower, and Mayflower. While in Wellington, LeNora went back to school at Wichita State University and got her bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and drawing after her kids had moved on to college.

Richard Leroy McConnell, 70, Wellington: Feb. 21, 1950 – April 19, 2020

Rick McConnell

Richard Leroy McConnell was born on February 21, 1950, in Wichita to Alice Mae Stam and Jewell Dean McConnell.  He died very early morning of April 19, 2020.

He attended school in Wichita and Halstead, where he met his wife of 51 years.  Gaylene Farber and Rick (as everyone called him) were married on August 23, 1968, at the First Presbyterian Church in Derby.  This union created three beautiful children.

Rick was a hard worker all his life.  The past 30 years were spent in some capacity in the oilfield.  He retired six years ago but continued to keep involved in the oil business in one form or another.

Rick loved to play pitch, go to the casino, go fishing, but most of all to spend time with family.  He loved those Sunday afternoons when everyone would come home.

Darlene (Cowell) Huffman, 90, Wichita: Feb. 8, 1930 – April 17, 2020

Darlene Huffman

Darlene Rosetta (Cowell) Huffman, 90, of Wichita, died Friday, April 17, 2020, after her extended battle with cancer.  Darlene was born February 8, 1930, in Caldwell to William and Iva (Davis) Cowell.  She was the eighth of Bill and Iva’s nine children.  Darlene married her high school sweetheart, Gene Huffman on January 15, 1950, in Caldwell.  Gene and Darlene recently enjoyed celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary among many friends and family.

After Darlene retired from Sears in 1990, she and Gene enjoyed traveling. They lived the lake life on Table Rock Lake in summer and spent winters in Arizona enjoying dancing and other activities with their friends. 

Dennis D. Eagle, formerly of Perth, 68: Sept. 15, 1951 – April 10, 2020

Dennis Eagle

Dennis D. Eagle, formerly of Perth, died on Friday, April 10, 2020, at his home in Tampa, Fla. at the age of 68.

He was born the son of Charles and Naida (Mangold) Eagle on Saturday, September 15, 1951, in Norton. Dennis graduated from Norton Community High School in Norton. Shortly after completing high school, Dennis went into the military. He served in the Navy from 1972-1975. He was employed in the aircraft industry and retired in 2017 from Spirit Aerosystems, Wichita. He enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Charlene Fisher, 83, Wellington: Oct. 18, 1936 – April 13, 2020

Charlene Fisher

Charlene Fisher, 83, of Wellington died Monday, April 13, 2020 at her home in Wellington.

In keeping with Charlene’s wishes, no services are being held. A memorial has been established with the Sumner County Veteran’s Memorial and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home PO Box 555, 704 N. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152. To leave an online condolence please visit

Tommy ‘Buddy’ Ray Ingram, 84, South Haven: June 13, 1935 – April 9, 2020

Tommy Ingram

Tommy “Buddy” Ray Ingram, age 84, of South Haven, died Thursday, April 9, 2020, at Sumner County Hospital District #1 in Caldwell, KS.  Buddy was a retired office equipment salesman and veteran.  He served in the United States Air Force from September 18, 1952 – September 17, 1956.

Buddy was born on June 13, 1935, in Sherman, TX to Willie Langford Ingram and Lottie Willie (Cook) Ingram.

Buddy married June Garnett on December 13, 1957, in Dallas, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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