Category Archives: Obituaries

John Knox, 89, Wichita: Dec. 27, 1929 – Aug. 19, 2019

John Knox

John William Knox died on Monday, August 19, 2019, at his home in Wichita at the age of 89.

John was born the son of Clarence F. and Gretchen (Ramsey) Knox on Friday, December 27, 1929, in South Haven.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine Knox of Wichita; daughter, Lisa Niehoff of Huxley, Iowa; grandchildren, Holly Caicedo and Ryan Niehoff; great-grandchildren, Monica, Andre and Alexander Caicedo, Skyla Niehoff and his sisters, Donna Jean Staggs and Judy Daub.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Gretchen Knox; brothers, Richard and Kendall Knox; sisters, Iris Whitley and Mary Howsden and his first wife, Ruby Lee. 

Ralph Bevan, 100, Sherman, Texas: Nov. 15, 1918 – August 18, 2019

Ralph Bevan

Ralph Wesley Bevan, of Sherman, Texas, died Sunday, August 18, 2019, at Texoma Healthcare in Sherman, Texas at the age of 100.

Ralph was born the son of Herbert E. and Percis Rose (Hollowell) Bevan on Friday, November 15, 1918, in Wichita. As a young boy, Ralph enjoyed caddying at a local golf course and did so after graduating from high school. He then worked for a few months at a drug store but quit the job because of the escalating conflict in Europe. So against his family’s Quaker religious beliefs he and three of his brothers joined the military. “We hated to see what was going on over in Europe with Hitler and everything,” he said. “We thought that if we could help get this thing over with, we would help.” Ralph was a member of the US Navy where he specialized in servicing radios.

His experience served him well after his military service. Ralph moved back to Wichita, married Isabel A. (Smith) and began work for an aircraft company. He eventually built a name for himself and started his own aircraft radio business, Bevan Rabell, which still operates today under the name Bevan Aviation. He eventually sold the company and, following his wife’s death, moved to the Texoma area. His wonderful spirit will be missed by those that knew him.

Dr. Jack M. Rudd, DDS, 85, Wichita: May 9, 1934 – Aug. 14, 2019

Jack Rudd

Dr. Jack M. Rudd, DDS, of Wichita, died Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at the  Catholic Care Center in Bel Aire at the age of 85.

Jack was born the son of Harold and Vivian (Phares) Rudd on Wednesday, May 9, 1934, in Wellington. He graduated from Wellington High School and went on to graduate from the University of Kansas. Jack then received his post-graduate degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Dr. Rudd operated a dental practice in Wellington and later in Derby.

Johnathon Boyd Hunsucker, 39, Newton: July 16, 1980 – Aug. 6, 2019

Johnathon Hunsucker

Johnathon Boyd Hunsucker, 39, Newton, died August 6, 2019.

He was born July 16, 1980 in Wellington. He is survived by his parents Donita and Dave Shaw and Claude Hunsucker; daughters Savannah Hunsucker; Releigh Hunsucker; Lily Hunsucker; sisters Jennifer Hunsucker; Rachel Murphy; Casey Park; Mariah Hammann; Cheyene Shaw; nephews, Malachi; Austin; Sebastian; Brantley; Nices: Natalee; Janesa; Miranda; Adalynn cousins and many others he called family and friends.

Johnathon’s family will have a celebration of life for him. His family will post on Johnathon’s Facebook for information at a later date and time. 

Doris Edeline ‘Dot’ Wolf, 88, Caldwell: Sept. 7, 1930 – August 11, 2019

Doris ‘Dot’ Wolff

Doris Edeline “Dot” Wolff was born Sept. 7, 1930 in Covington, Oklahoma to Edder Buntzen and Sara M. Shaffer.  At a very young age, Sara and Dot moved to Kansas and Sara married Oscar Kucera.   Oscar adopted Doris and became Doris Kucera throughout her school years.  Dot attended Caldwell Schools and graduated from CHS in the Class of 1948.

On November 14, 1948, Dot was united in marriage to Lewis Edward “Buster” Wolff.  They made their home on the farm west of Caldwell until Buster’s passing on Oct. 23, 1985.  Dot then moved into Caldwell at her little house on West Ave. A.  Dot met Jack Mardis and the two spent many years traveling around and going to Arizona or maybe into Mexico for the winters until Jack passed away.

Doris Fleming, 65, Wellington: June 30, 1954 – Aug. 11, 2019

Doris Fleming

Doris Evelyn Fleming, of Wellington, died Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Lakepoint of Wichita at the age of 65.

Doris was born the daughter of James and Nellie (Brake) Mashburn on Wednesday, June 30, 1954 in Steele, Missouri.

Survivors include her sister, Diana Jones of Winfield; brother, Barry Keith Mashburn and his wife Kim of Wellington; brother, Gary Mashburn and his wife Janice of Duncan, Oklahoma; sister, Carolyn Wiley of Wellington; sister, Debra Silva of Wellington; brother, Joseph Mashburn of Winfield and an extended family of sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.  

Paul Terrel, 53, Wichita: Jan. 14, 1966 – Aug. 6, 2019

Paul Terrel

Paul R. Terrel, of Wichita, died Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita at the age of 53.

Paul was born the son of Thomas and Maxine (McConaha-Shaw) Terrel on Friday, January 14, 1966, in Wichita.

He was proud of his time spent as an EMT and volunteer Firefighter in Mulvane. Paul currently worked as a Chef in Wichita. Outside of work, he loved writing poetry and sharing it with his family, church and friends. Paul also enjoyed fishing along with playing and watching basketball. He was a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan. 

Thomas Murphy, 72, Wellington: April 3, 1947 – August 7, 2019

Thomas Murphy

Thomas M. Murphy, of Wellington, died Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at Wellington Health and Rehab at the age of 72.

Thomas was born the son of Michael and Sylvia (Hobson) Murphy on Thursday, April 3, 1947 in Tacoma, Washington. He and his mother returned to Wichita when he was about 5 years old. She went to work in the aircraft industry and Thomas was cared for by his aunt and uncle, Gladys and Alva Inscho of South Haven.

Jasen Shinn, 8 months, Wichita: Nov. 15, 2018 – Aug. 4, 2019

Jasen Shinn

Jasen Leo Shinn, 8 months old, died unexpectedly Sunday, August 4, 2019, at his home in Wichita.

Jasen was born the son of Justin Shinn and Alexia Arguello on Thursday, November 15, 2018, in Wichita.

In his 8 short months, Jasen received love and gave love to all he came in touch with. He loved lots of different animals but his favorite of all was the sloth. Jasen will be missed dearly by all that knew him.

Adda ‘Sis’ Metzen, 97, Wellington: July 4, 1922 – August 4, 2019

Sis Metzen

Adda Elizabeth “Sis” Metzen died on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at her home at Wellington Health and Rehab in Wellington at the age of 97 and 1 month.

“Sis” as she preferred to be called, was born in Winfield on July 4, 1922, to William and Elizabeth “Jennie” (Lacey) McCreary. Sis had three older brothers and a younger brother and sister. She graduated from Milan High School in 1941.

She married Clarence “C.J.” Metzen on February 25, 1954, and to this union C.J. brought four children, Sis brought two children and together they had three more.

They farmed for many years in the Mayfield area and in 1974 they moved to Wellington to retire but Sis could not be idle. At one time she worked three part-time jobs as well as volunteering at the Mission Thrift Shop. One of her favorites was to keep the score at the Meadow Lanes Bowling Alley until she was replaced by the automated scorekeepers. Baseball was her favorite sport. She enjoyed sitting at Sellers Park or watching it on TV, many times watching a re-run and not realizing it.

Daryl Yearout, 90, South Haven: Nov. 3, 1928 – Aug. 1, 2019

Daryl Yearout

Daryl D. Yearout, age 90, of South Haven, died on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, KS.  Daryl was a retired farmer and owner/operator of Yearout Trucking Company for over 70 years.

He was born on November 3, 1928 in South Haven to Harvey Leonard (Jack) Yearout and Gladys Fern (Owen) Yearout.

He married Colleen June Mansfield on August 29, 1948 in Wellington.  

John Rothrock, 86, Wellington: Feb. 1, 1933 – Aug. 1, 2019

John Rothrock

John G. Rothrock, 86, died on Thursday, August 1, 2019.

John was born on February 1, 1933, in Wellington, KS, to Kenneth M. and Burchie (Hodges) Rothrock. He graduated from Wellington High School in 1952 where he was senior class president and was chosen to play for the All-State High School football team. 

John attended the University of Kansas and was a member of the KU football team.  He married his high school sweetheart, Janet Fisher on August 14, 1955, at First United Methodist Church in Wellington.

Jack Biddle, 70, Ark City: May 21, 1949 – July 31, 2019

Jack Biddle

Jack Homer Biddle, 70, of Arkansas City, died at his residence on July 31, 2019.

Graveside Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 5, 2019 at Oxford Cemetery.  A memorial has been established in Jack’s name with the Cowley County Humane Society.  Contributions may be made through Shelley Family Funeral Home of Arkansas City.    

Jack was born on May 21, 1949, in Arkansas City, the son of Homer Cecil and Thelma Dorine (Simmons) Biddle.  He was educated in Oxford, KS.  He retired from Plessy Midwest in Wellington as a sheet metal worker.  Jack enjoyed fishing, Rodeo, coyote hunting, westerns and family gatherings. 

Phyllis Gaddie, 92, Wellington: Feb. 1, 1927 – July 31, 2019

Phyllis Gaddie

Phyllis Gaddie, of Wellington, died Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at Sumner Community Hospital at the age of 92.

Phyllis was born the daughter of Norris O. and Mabel (Beckett) Palmer on Tuesday, February 1, 1927 in Greensburg.

On March 10, 1945, Phyllis and  Kermit “Pete” Gaddie were united in marriage in Wellington.  Together they celebrated 68 years of marriage before his passing in 2013.

Mary Louise (Reyes) Perez, 83, Wellington: Oct. 26, 1935 – July 29, 2019

Mary Perez

Mary Louise (Reyes) Perez, age 83, of Wellington, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, died Monday morning, July 29, 2019 at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita, KS.  She worked for St. Lukes Hospital and St. Francis Hospital as a CNA for many years.

Mary Perez was born on October 26, 1935 in Wellington, to Lorenzo Cornejo and Antonia (Macias) Cornejo.  

Michael Givens, 72, Wellington: May 5, 1947 – July 26, 2019

Mike Givens

Michael Givens, 72, of Wellington died Friday, July 26, 2019 at Ascension Via Christ-St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, KS.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 1, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church in Wellington. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. at Hope Cemetery in Arkansas City, KS. Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 31, 2019 from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington.  To leave an online condolence please visits

Dorothy McComb, 82, Wellington: March 28, 1937 – July 27, 2019

Dorothy McComb

Dorothy (Dottie) McComb, of Wellington, died Saturday, July 27, 2019  in Wellington at the age of 82.

Dorothy was born the daughter of John Thomas and Emma Ella (Henchel) Twigg on Sunday, March 28, 1937, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Dottie treasured her family and enjoyed spending time with them. Dottie served our country in the United States Airforce where she met and married Jerry McComb. Her interest was her children and grandchildren. Dottie enjoyed gardening, crocheting and the Kansas City Royals. She also had a passion for investigating genealogy. Dottie will be missed by so many and the memories she has left us all are treasures we will keep with us the rest of our lives.

Donna Jean Hollingsworth Troutman, 90, Arkansas City: January 30, 1929 – July 21, 2019

Donna Troutman

Donna Jean Hollingsworth Troutman, of Arkansas City, died Sunday, July 21, 2019, at Alderbrook  Village Assisted Living in Arkansas City at the age of 90.

Donna was born the daughter of Clifford J. and Effie Mae (Hamblet) Robinson on Wednesday, January 30, 1929, in South Haven.

On January 12, 1947, Donna and Delbert Hollingsworth were united in marriage in South Haven.  Together they celebrated 50 years of marriage before his passing in May of 1997. Donna and Delbert were very active and respected in the South Haven community. They owned and operated South Haven LP Gas until they retired. After retirement, they opened Grannies Chuck Wagon in Grove, Oklahoma. Donna would teach sewing lessons and had a fabric shop she ran out of her house. Delbert and Donna were members of the United Methodist Church and she was a member of the Eastern Star. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, knitting and crocheting.

Irvin Byers, 86, Wellington: November 22, 1932 – July 17, 2019

Irvin Byers

Irvin L. Byers, 86, of Wellington, died Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at his home with his family.

Graveside Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, July 22, 2019, at the Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington. Visitation will be held Sunday, July 21 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. No family night is scheduled. To leave an online condolence please visits

Irvin Lee Byers was born on November 22, 1932, the son of Wesley and Maurine (Boyle) Byers in Arkansas City Kansas. Irvin was a graduate of the Wellington High School before serving his country in the United States Army in the Korean War. Irvin was united in marriage with Carol Woodring on May 1, 1961. He worked as a car inspector for the Sante Fe Railroad for over 39 years. Retiring in 1994.

Karla K. Schwind (Kemper), 55: April 27, 1964 – July 17, 2019

Karla K. Schwind (Kemper) died after losing a long battle with cancer on July 17, 2019 at her home surrounded by family. Karla was born on April 27, 1964, to Raymond and Pauline Pope which precedes her in death.

She is survived by her significant other of 28 years Dean Kemper; children: Clifford (Heather) Rebold, Neosho, Mo.; Laura (Brett) Heilig of Pierce City, Mo.; Charice and Kellie (Loren) of Wellington. Her pride and joys, her grandchildren, Hailey, Gatlyn, Breckyn, Silas, Blayne, Brooke, Blaire – all of Missouri. Other survivors include: Sisters Kammie (Larry) Eady, Wilda (Tom) Miller of Wellington; Teresa (Scott) Blake of Milan; and brother Mike (Dawana) Grow of Kechi.

She is also preceded in death by a brother R. Mark Pope and many others.

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