Category Archives: Obituaries

Jack Mitchell, 82, Wellington: May 1, 1935 – May 18, 2017

Jack L. Mitchell, retired owner of Mitchell Trucking, died Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Sumner Regional Medical Center at the age of 82.

Jack was born the son of W.L. and Georgia (Stamm) Mitchell on Wednesday, May 1, 1935 in Wellington, Kansas.

Survivors include his children, grandchildren and extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.

Kamron Lee Vaughn, 43, Wichita: May 14, 1974 – May 16, 2017

Kamron Lee Vaughn, age 43, died at Via Christi – St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, KS on May 16, 2017.

Kamron was born on May 14, 1974 in Hutchinson, KS to Galen R. Vaughn and Sharon J. (Howe) Vaughn.

Kamron is preceded in death by his father, Galen R. Vaughn.

He is survived by his mother, Sharon Vaughn of Wellington; brother, Kerry Vaughn of Ft. Worth, TX; and many extended family members and friends.

Mary ‘Louise’ Burkhart, 91, Wellington: January 16, 1926 – May 19, 2017

Mary “Louise” Burkhart

Mary “Louise” Burkhart, 91, loving mother and grandmother, died Thursday morning, May 19, 2017 at her farm home of over 68 years in rural South Haven.

Mary “Louise” (Thomas) Burkhart was born on January 16, 1926 in rural Wellington, KS at her Grandparents home to Cecil Eli Thomas and Anna Florence (Headly) Thomas.  She attended country school in Perth, KS and graduated with the Wellington High School Class of 1945.

Louise married Elvin “Elmer” Burkhart on May 15 1948 in Waterloo, IA. They celebrated 55 years of marriage before Elmer passed away in 2003.

Debbie (Kern) Volavka, 65, Caldwell: Dec. 24, 1951 – April 16, 2017

Debbie Volavka

Debbie (Kern) Volavka died on April 16, 2017 in Wheeler, Texas at the age of 65.

Debbie was born on December 24, 1951 to Carl and Wanda Kern in Winfield.

Her mother died when she was 3 years old and she moved to Caldwell to live with her grandparents, Curly and Opal Kern.

Debbie graduated from Caldwell High School with the class of 1971.  She married Dennis Lile right out of high school and they had a son, Jason.  She later married Garold Volavka and they had a son Jody.  After the death of her husband Garold, Debbie moved to Texas where she had various jobs and enjoyed crafting in her spare time.

Ellsworth ‘Marty’ Sickles, 71, Wellington: Nov. 30, 1945 – May 14, 2017

Marty Sickles

Ellsworth Martin “Marty” Sickles died peacefully in his home in Wellington, on May 14, 2017 at the age of 71.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Wellington on Thursday, May 18, 2017. A meal will then be served at the Church in Wellington following the funeral service. The graveside service and burial will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Derby, Kansas at 2 p.m.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington with no family night scheduled. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to St. Jude’s children’s hospital and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home. Condolences and cards may be sent to 805 E. 4th, Wellington, Kans. 67152. To leave an online condolences please visit

Charles ‘Mike’ Booth, Sr., 64, Wellington: Aug. 18, 1952 – May 7, 2017

Charles ‘Mike’ Booth

Charles “Mike” Booth, Sr., of Wellington, died Sunday, May 7, 2017 at his home at the age of 64.

Mike was born the son of Ivan and Doris Mae (Patton) Booth on Monday, August 18, 1952 in Wellington.

He was a master plumber that worked for many years in the family business, Booth Plumbing and later in life operated his own business, Mike’s Handyman Services. Mike also was proud of the 17 years of service he gave to the Sumner County Sheriffs Reserve. 

Survivors include his son, Bryan Booth and his wife Lisa of Olathe and their daughters: Aryana, Isabella and Ivana; son, Chris Booth of Wichita and his daughter, Alexandria Booth; son, Charles Booth, Jr. and his wife Amber and his children: Shawn, Tayla, Shauntaye, Mataya, Evin and Angel; other grandchildren include Larissa Booth, Lynna Herring and Leanna Herring; a great-grandson that is on the way, Ivan Booth.

Centenarian Edna (Granny) Clarice Moore, 101, Caldwell: Oct. 31, 1915 – May 3, 2017

Edna (Granny) Clarice Moore died peacefully on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 surrounded by her daughter, Carolyn and granddaughter, Priscilla.  She was 101 years old.  Mom was born the daughter of Joel and Thelma (McColgan) Conner, October 31, 1915 in Big City, West Virginia.

Mom was a widow at age 27, with four young children.  She worked for General Motors of Dayton, Ohio and also had Child Care Services.  She was a volunteer for Goodwill Industries of California, Help Inc. Organization of Beaumont, California and Home Health Provider of San Jacinto, California.

She loved to travel and was always ready to go at a moments notice. She and Dad visited a lot of Indian Reservations and Pow Wows.  She said she believed her head was on a swivel stick, because she loved to look and browse at a variety of things.  She loved to crochet, sew and quilt.  In the last few years she made trips to California and Ohio.

Raymond Lewis, 92, Wichita: Feb. 10, 1925 – April 26, 2017

Raymond Pierce

Raymond Lewis, age 92, a retired Lear Jet cabinet maker, died Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Ray was born February 10, 1925 in Wichita, the son of Lewis and Genevieve Pierce.  On June 30, 1945, Ray married Wanda (Meredith) in Haysville.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sister, Betty Hatfield.  Survivors include:  daughter, Becky and husband, Arthur Caudillo, Wellington; brother, Bob Pierce, Mulvane; sister, Jeannene Dodson, Sacramento, CA; 6 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; 1 great-great granddaughter. 

Juanita Samples, 87, Oxford: May 30, 1929 – April 23, 2017

Juanita Samples, 87, of Oxford died Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita, Kansas.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Oxford Christian Church in Oxford, KS. No visitation is scheduled. Memorials have been established with the Oxford Christian Church or the Oxford Friendship Center. Contributions can be left with the funeral home. For further information please visit

Juanita was born May 30, 1929, in South Haven, the daughter of Clarence and Violet (Conwell) Mears. She was a 1947 graduate of Oxford High School. Juanita was united in marriage to Kenneth Samples on June 12, 1949 at the Oxford Christian Church. Juanita enjoyed sewing, cross stitch, gardening and traveling to Texas in the winter with her husband. She loved her family and her dog, Annie.

Richard Hopper, 74, Oxford: Jan. 22, 1943 – April 24, 2017

Richard Hopper

Richard Hopper, 74, of Oxford died Monday, April 24, 2017 in Winfield, Kansas, surrounded by his loving family.

Graveside Memorial Services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 27 at the Oxford Cemetery in Oxford, KS. No visitation is scheduled. Memorials have been established with the Kindred Hospice. Contributions can be left with the Oxford Funeral Home, P.O. Box 123, Oxford, KS 67119. For further information please visit

Richard Joseph Hopper was born on January 22, 1943 the son of Joe and Helen (Miller) Hopper in Winfield, Kansas. He was a 1961 graduate of Grenola High School. Richard worked in the Oil Field his whole life. He enjoyed tinkering and fixing small engines. He liked to camp and fish as well.

Betty June (Ford) Mock, 88, Caldwell: June 1, 1928 – April 23, 2017

Betty Mock

Betty June (Ford) Mock, died surrounded by her loved ones at her home, on Sunday morning, April 23, in Argonia, at the age of 88.

Betty is survived by her son, William & (Rhonda) Mock of Argonia; grandchildren, Richelle and (Galen) Greene of Argonia, William and (Kelly) Mock of Argonia, Raline and (Lincoln) Crampton, of Winfield, Rebecca and (Justin) Payne of Geuda Springs.  She is also survived by great-grandchildren, Lane and (Autumm) Greene, Leander Greene, Laramie Greene, Amber Gelsinger  and (T.J.Collins), Brennon Mock, Seth Butler and (Brandi Regier), Parker Butler, Gabriel Crampton, Laila Crampton, Grace Crampton, Claire Crampton, Danielle Payne and (Alex Jones), Lauren Payne, Addison Payne; great-great grandson, Theo Jones and soon to be great-great grandson Sawyer Collins.

Brandon Moore, 64, Overland Park died at his home on April 3, 2017

Brandon Moore, 64, of Overland Park, KS died at his home on April 3, 2017, after a long battle with liver disease. Mr. Moore was a lifelong educator, teaching for 35 years in Kansas – the last 30 years in the Shawnee Mission School District (Roesland Elementary: 1979 – 1999 and Belinder Elementary: 1999 – 2009). Mr. Moore retired in 2009 but continued to substitute teach and tutor elementary students in mathematics until this past year.

Mr. Moore is survived by his father, Philip D. Moore of Wellington, KS, a sister, Millicent A. Byington of Park Hills, MO, a brother, Tim L. Robertson of Lakin, KS and several cousins, nieces and a nephew.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Rheba M. Moore of Wellington, KS.

Mr. Moore’s passion was teaching and helping young people learn.  He loved all of the children that he taught and developed many lifelong relationships with his students and their parents.  His love of teaching is exemplified by his having established scholarships with Southwestern College, Winfield, and Wichita State University for students entering the field of elementary education.

John Thomas Floyd, 89, Conway Springs: April 13, 1928 – April 19, 2017

John T. Floyd

John Thomas Floyd, 89, loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great grandfather died Wednesday evening, April 19, 2017 at Spring View Manor in Conway Springs, KS.  He was a retired Oil Field Engineer for Dowell.

John was born on April 13, 1928 in Cushing, OK to Charles Floyd and Goldie (Jones) Floyd.  John served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

He married Emma Jean Pettigrew on February 5, 1951 in Pauls Valley, OK. She preceded him in death on September 7, 2010.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Emma Jean Floyd; and one brother, George Floyd.

Virginia Marie Eklund, 92, Wellington: Nov. 24, 1924 – April 14, 2017

Virginia Eklund

Virginia Marie Eklund, 92, peacefully slipped away from the body on April 14, with family by her side. Ginny was born November 29, 1924 in Friend, Nebraska, the third of 3 daughters and a younger brother born to Albert and Bertha (Hansen) Johnsen.

At the age of 11 her family moved to a small homestead near Ault, Colo. Ginny graduated from Ault High School in 1941 at the age of 16. Her parents made her wait until she turned 18, at which time she moved to Denver and worked at Montgomery Wards for 2 years.

Ginny then followed her parents to Ottawa, KS and shortly thereafter  moved to Lincoln, NE where she worked at an unemployment office for 2 years. Returning to Ottawa she worked for the next 6 years at the Ottawa Steel Products company as a secretary.

Elna ‘Katheryn’ Helsel, 73, South Haven: Dec. 10, 1943 – April 10, 2017

Elna Kathryn Helsel

Elna “Kathryn” Helsel, 73, of South Haven, died Monday, April 10, 2017 at Via Christi St. Joseph Hospital in Wichita, KS.

Kathryn was born on December 10, 1943 in Blackwell, OK to Harold Francis Crow and Goldie (DeShazer) Crow.  She graduated from South Haven High School and received her Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University.  She married Alan J. Helsel on February 13, 1965 at the United Methodist Church in South Haven, KS.

Kathryn taught homemaking at South High School in Wichita, KS and worked as an elementary teacher in Seoul, Korea.  She was Head Start Director for Six Sandoval Indian Pueblos while living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Ervin Lee Urban, 88, Wellington: March 7, 1929 – April 10, 2017

Ervin Urban

Ervin Lee Urban departed this life to enter life eternal on April 10, 2017, at the age of 88 years at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 14, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Wellington. Visitation will be Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. Burial will be in the Sumner Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials have been established with the United Methodist Men and Sumner Regional Medical Center Residential Care and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home. To leave online condolences please visit

Loyal Wayne Gaskill services to be held Friday, April 14

Loyal Wayne Gaskill (Pete) died March 30, 2017.

Pete was the son of Loyal M. Gaskill and Leota Dorothea Julia Blunck Gaskill.

Loyal was the brother to six sisters, three of which are surviving along with his two sons: Darrell W. Gaskill of Wellington and Doyle A. Gaskill of Oregon.

Graveside service will be held at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Friday, April 14, 2017 at 1 p.m. The family invites all whom would like to join in this farewell to attend.

Verla Crow, 79, Caldwell: June 7, 1937 – April 8, 2017

Verla J. Crow (Goodrick), 79, was born on June 7, 1937 in Renfro, Okla.  She died Saturday, April 8, 2017.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 14, 2017 at the Central Christian Church, 206 N Market, in Caldwell. Dr. Dan Price will officiate.

She was described by friends and family as a person loving and caring for others on earth who was always available to listen, encourage, offer assistance, and pray for anyone she encountered.

Virginia Winter, 94, Conway Springs: March 6, 1923 – April 10, 2017

Virginia Winter

Virginia C. (Ast) Winter, 94, co-founder of Spring View Manor, Inc., died Monday, April 10, 2017 at Spring View Manor, Conway Springs.

 Virginia was born March 6, 1923, to John and Elizabeth (Irsik) Ast, the ninth of thirteen children, on a farm south of Haven, KS.  She attended St. Joseph School in Ost, Kansas, and graduated from Andale High School in 1941. 

 Virginia was united in marriage to Eugene Leo Winter on August 28, 1945, at St. Joseph Church, Ost, Kansas, while Gene was home on leave during WWII.   They lived briefly in Sea Bright, New Jersey, while Gene finished his Coast Guard duty at Sandy Hook Lighthouse.  They returned to Wichita, lived briefly in Dodge City and moved to Conway Springs in September of 1949 to open the North Side Café.

Glenn Compton, 93, Wellington: Sept. 20, 1923 – April 7, 2017

Glen Compton

Glenn Compton died on April 7, 2017.  He was born on September 20, 1923 on a farm in Sedgwick County to Alson and Zama Compton. He attended school in Anness and Milton, Kansas, graduating from high school in 1943.

He was active in football, basketball, and track. After graduating from high school, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a Gunnersmate First Class from 1944 to 1946. He served in the Pacific Theater.

After his honorable discharge from the navy, he worked with his father and brother, Roy, for a short time in the farming industry.  He then went to work at Boeing in 1948 where he met his future wife Mary Ellen Rains, and they married in 1957. Glenn had three sons: Roger, Scott and Doug and one daughter, Lisa. Glenn spent 51 years in the aircraft industry, 46 of those years at Boeing.

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