Category Archives: Obituaries

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. 

Sondra Cole, 77, Arlington, Texas: March 9, 1939 – April 30, 2016

Sondra Cole

Sondra Cole

Sondra Cole, 77, died peacefully in her sleep, her family by her side on April 30 in Arlington, Texas. Cole was the daughter of Dr. Youle and grew up in Wellington and married her high school sweetheart George Cole, who was the son of Dr. Cole.

She is survived by her sisters Judy Jones and Tyann Youle, son Spencer, daughter Melissa, and grandsons Ty and Alex Cole. Memorial services will be performed at Moore Funeral Home (N Davis location), Arlington, Texas, on Saturday, May 14 at 11 a.m.

Norman Fuhrmann, 90, Wellington: Jan. 1, 1926 – May 5, 2016


Norman Fuhrmann

Norman E. Fuhrmann, age 90, of Wellington, died May 5, 2016 at Sumner Regional Medical Center.  He was a retired farmer and stockman.

Norman was born on January 1, 1926 on a farm near Hennessey, OK to John H. Fuhrmann and Flora Iva (Whittenmeyer) Fuhrmann.  He was a 1943 graduate of Hennessey High School.

He married Gloria A. Wilson on November 13, 1949 in Caldwell.

Norman was President of Sumner County Farm Bureau for several years.  He served on the State Farm Bureau Resolutions Committee and was also an active member of the Corbin United Methodist Church.

Berry Hutsler, 85, Caldwell: Dec. 16, 1930 – May 2, 2016

Berry Hutsler

Berry Hutsler

Berry D. Hutsler, of Caldwell, died on Monday, May 2, 2016 at Sumner County Hospital District #1 in Caldwell at the age of 85.

Berry was born the son of Homer and Mamie (Berry) Hutsler on Tuesday, December 16, 1930 in Drury.

Berry was a proud member of the United States Marines Corps having served in the Korean War. While home on leave, Berry and Tommie L. Massey were united in marriage in Bentonville, Arkansas. Together they celebrated 57 years of marriage before her passing. 

David Hollis, 66, Caldwell: July 12, 1950 – April 11, 2016

David Hollis

David Hollis

David Hollis was born July 12, 1950, in Caldwell, to Dr. Paul D.  Hollis, and Vivian (Cowell) Hollis, and died April 11, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

A native of Caldwell, David was in the Caldwell 12 year club, having attended school there from kindergarten through his High School graduation. During his High School days he played all sports enthusiastically, pitching for the baseball team and setting several long-standing records in track. Although not a stellar student, he was an avid reader and developed a love of history that continued throughout his life.

The town swimming pool was built during his younger years and early on the pool became his second home for many summers. His family always had a large vegetable garden, and the rule was you had to work in the garden before you could go to the pool. Even though he deemed it awful at the time, it was the gardening that stuck with him, and he was an enthusiastic and life-long gardener. Later in life he worked a shared garden for Geraldine Williams, and spent many happy hours sitting on her porch, trading cooking secrets and making hot pepper jelly with her.

(Updated Tuesday) Irene Josephine Ybarra, 88, Wellington: March 19, 1928 – April 30, 2016

Irene Ybarra

Irene Ybarra

Irene Josephine Ybarra, loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother, died on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at her home in Wellington at the age of 88.

Irene was born the daughter of David and Eusebia (Ramirez) Jaramillo on Monday, March 19, 1928 in Somerville, Texas.

On April 19, 1952, Irene and Paul Ybarra were united in marriage in Wellington. Together they celebrated 64 years of marriage.

Survivors include her husband, Paul Ybarra of Wellington; daughter, Veronica Triana of Wichita; daughter, Paula Campa (Casimiro) of Wellington; son Stephen Ybarra (Florence) of Wellington; brother, Robert Jaramillo of Wichita; brother, Andrew Jaramillo of Wichita; sister, Rosa Jaramillo of Wellington; sister, Carmen Jaramillo of Wichita; grandchildren: Stephanie Hopper (Joe) of Colwich, Janelle Triana of Seattle, Washington, Ricki Camargo (Jamie) of Austin, Texas, Nick Ybarra of Wellington, Natalie Santonil (John) of Park City, Nathan Ybarra (Jodi) of McKinney, Texas, Noah Ybarra of Newton, Carlos Moran of Wichita; great-grandchildren: Joshua Hopper of Colwich, Samuel Hopper of Colwich, Braeden Ybarra of Wellington, Olivia Hopper of Colwich, Knox Santonil of Park City, Leo Santonil of Park City and Graciella Camargo of Austin, Texas.  

Dixie Kay Bright, 68, Wellington: Nov. 15, 1947 – April 26, 2016

Dixie Kay Bright, age 68, of Wellington, died Tuesday evening, April 26, 2016 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Dixie Kay (McQain) Bright was born on November 15, 1947 in Wellington to Eli McQain and Geneva (Baughman) McQain.

Dixie was a retired bus driver for the Naples, Fla. school district.  She had lived in Naples, FL for several years before moving back to Wellington last summer.

Georgia Jeanne Meyer, 90, Wellington: July 3, 1925 – April 22, 2016

Georgia J. Meyer

Georgia J. Meyer

Georgia Jeanne Meyer, age 90, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, died Friday afternoon, April 22, 2016. She was surrounded by her daughters and family. Georgia worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone for 42 years and retired in 1981.

Georgia J. (Shields) Meyer was born July 3, 1925 in Wellington, KS to Sidney J. Shields and Malinda (Schultz) Shields. Georgia grew up and lived in Wellington her entire life. She graduated from Wellington High School with the class of 1943.

On September 3, 1946 in Wellington, Georgia married Dale Duane Meyer, beginning a 69 year union filled with joy, friendship and happiness. Together they raised three daughters. He preceded her in death on September 3, 2015 on their 69th Anniversary.

Georgia’s lifelong needlepoint and embroidery hobby resulted in many years of beautiful gifts that will be cherished by family and friends.

Edna “Merlene” Pohlenz, 79, Wellington: May 26, 1936 – April 20, 2016

Edna Merlene Pohlenz

Edna Merlene Pohlenz

Edna “Merlene” Pohlenz, age 79, of Wellington died April 20, 2016 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, KS.  She was a homemaker.

Edna Merlene (Brundage) Pohlenz was born on May 26, 1936 in rural Milan to Bert Brundage and Bertha (Pearce) Brundage.

Merlene married William A. Pohlenz on June 4, 1954 in Newton.  Merlene and William lived in Colorado for 42 years before moving back to Argonia 10 years ago. They have lived in Wellington for the last three years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Irvin and Elden Brundage; and one sister, Nina Allen.

James Edward Lammy, 85, Yellville, Ark.: April 2, 1931 – April 19, 2016

Lammy James

James Lammy

James Edward Lammy, 85, formerly from Yellville, Arkansas, died Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at the Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, Kansas.

James was born on April 2, 1931, to Gilbert and Charlene Lammy in Wellington, Kansas.  He graduated from Wellington High School in 1949 and attended college at Fort Hays.  After college he spent most of his life in the Navy aboard ship as a Senior Chief Electrician stationed in the Far East and the Mediterranean.  He also served with the Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG) in Formosa.  After retiring from the military, he purchased a farm near Yellville, Arkansas, where he spent most of the remainder of his life.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed doing both on and around his farm which bordered the Buffalo River and Bull Shoals Lake.  He also spent time working for the Forest Service as a Fire Spotter.

Carl Stiles, 80, Corbin: Oct. 9, 1935 – April 17, 2016

Stiles, Carl

Carl Stiles

Carl Leon Stiles, 80 of Corbin died Sunday, April 17, 2016 at his residence.

Graveside services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Corzine Cemetery in Corbin.

Carl was born October 9, 1935 in Rural Chautauqua County, Kansas to Elmer Stiles and Viola M. (Gore) Stiles. He graduated from Caldwell High School in 1953. Carl served in United States Army for 21 months. On September 1, 1956 he married Delece Smith. She preceded him in death in 1999. Carl worked for the grain elevator in Corbin for 27 years and owned and operated Stiles Liquor for 21 years retiring in 2008.

Frances Evans, 91, formerly of Oxford: Dec. 29, 1924 – April 16, 2016

Frances Evans

Frances Evans

Frances Evans, 91, of Wichita, formerly of Oxford died Saturday, April 16, 2016 at her daughter’s home in Wichita, Kansas.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 20th at the Oxford Funeral Service Chapel in Oxford.  Visitation will be held Wednesday morning from 9:00 A.M. until service time. Interment will be at the Oxford Cemetery. A memorial has been established with the Humane Society and may be left with Oxford Funeral Service 104 N. Sumner, Oxford, KS 67119. For further information please visit

Frances Jeane Evans was born on December 29, 1924 the daughter of Miles “Shorty” and Wilma Frances (Lambert) Turner in Three Sands, Oklahoma. She graduated from Oxford High School in 1942. After High school Frances worked on the bombers for the United States during World War II as a “Rosy the Riveter”. She was united in marriage with Bobby B. Evans in 1948. Frances was also a homemaker who was a great cook and loved her family.

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