Category Archives: Obituaries

Mary McKee, 92, Wellington: Oct. 31, 1925 – Nov. 11, 2017

Mary McKee

Mary Ethel McKee was born on October 31, 1925, in Sumner County to Carl and Thelma Wright of Mayfield, KS and died at the age of 92 on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at St. Mary’s Manor in Blue Springs, Mo.  She was married for 67 years to Harold Everett McKee.

She is preceded in death by her husband, father, mother and her brother Kenneth Wright. Survivors include her two sons, Maurice (Mac) McKee and wife Kathie of Blue Springs, MO and Darryl McKee of Blue Springs, Mo.; Three granddaughters, Kimberly Riesberg and husband Michael of  Dallas Center, IA, Lisa Thibault and husband Tom of Blue Springs, Mo. and Shellie Mitchell and husband Paul of Lebanon, MO; two great granddaughters, seven great grandsons and two great-great grandchildren; brother Charles Wright and wife June of Newton, sisters Patricia Graves of Wellington, Shirley Garrity of Oklahoma City, Okla., and sister-in-law Margaret Wolf of Bonner Springs.

Mary was formerly a lifelong resident of Wellington, before moving to Blue Springs, Mo., in 2008 to be near her son and family.  She worked for Lewis Nugen for 29 years, first as a secretary when he was Sumner County Attorney and then at Nugen’s Abstract and Title Company as a legal secretary, office manager and bonded abstracter.

Virginia Opal Bacon, 80, South Haven: May 2, 1937 – Nov. 14, 2017

Virginia Opal Bacon

Virginia Opal Bacon, age 80, lifelong resident of South Haven, died Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.

Virginia Opal (Knox) Bacon was born on May 2, 1937 in Wellington to Harold William Knox and Melba Fay (Church) Knox.

Virginia married James W. Bacon on July 26, 1956 in Winfield, and were life time partners in farming north of South Haven.

She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and enjoyed attending their activities. 

Patricia Montgomery, 89, Wellington: July 9, 1928 – Nov. 13, 2017

Patricia Montgomery

Patricia Helen Montgomery, of Wellington, died Monday, November 13, 2017 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 89.

Patricia was born the daughter of Clyde Forrest Sr. and Pauline Helen (Bessette) Cook on Monday, July 09, 1928 in Topeka.

On March 17, 1962, Patricia and Robert Montgomery were united in marriage in Reno, Nevada.  Together they celebrated 55 years of marriage.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Montgomery of Wellington; son, Howard Montgomery of Des Moines, Iowa; daughter, Cyndee Jones of Summerdale, Alabama; daughter, Jeanette Seatvet and her husband John of Dodge City; brother, Clyde Cook, Jr. and his wife Darlene of Wellington; sister, Kathleen Easterly and her husband Ernie of Wellington.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter, Cecelia Irene Pepin.

Robert Larcade, 81, Argonia: Sept. 27, 1936 – Nov. 11, 2017

Robert Larcade

Robert D. Larcade, known to many as “Bob” or “Sonny”, died Saturday, November 11, 2017 at his home in Argonia at the age of 81.

Robert was born the son of Wallie Earl and Neta Rea (Dooling) Larcade on Sunday, September 27, 1936 in Wichita.

Sonny married Vivian McClintock and they had three children: Theresa, Tim and Tony. They moved to Salt Lake City while Theresa was a baby. His employment included a pie company, Frito Co., and mechanic for a bowling alley. Then he became a brick mason and it became his life’s passion. He was also a skilled mechanic even as a teenager. While living in Salt Lake City he had the privilege of being the mechanic for the owner of several Funny Cars and put his skills to work at several drag racing tracks.

When Sonny returned to Kansas he was reacquainted with and married Jeannette Simon who passed away a few months later. One of the ladies, Bonnie Hoyt, that worked at Jeannette’s dialysis needed a square dance partner and called ‘Bob’. They were happily married for 18 years.

Arthur Eugene Townsend, 76, Caldwell: March 10, 1941 – November 9, 2017

Arthur Eugene Townsend, 76, was born March 10, 1941 in Huntsville, Texas.  He died November 9, 2017 peacefully at home with loved ones.

Arthur Townsend

He was preceded in death by his parents; Charles Townsend and Vinnie Mae (Caskey) Townsend; one brother, Charles Lloyd and one sister, Charlotte.  Gene has one surviving sister, Jessie Huryta of Grand Island, Nebraska and one nephew, Steven Huryta.

Gene married Estilline Gruber April 27, 1959 in McCook Nebraska.

They were blessed with 6 children; Wanda Townsend Ingram of Belle Plaine, Kansas, Rick Townsend and wife Elaine of Derby, Kansas, David Townsend of Caldwell, Kansas, Ginger LeCounte and husband Kevin of Caldwell, Kansas, Teresa McClendon and husband Rex of Cunningham, Kansas, Scott Townsend of Caldwell, Kansas; several grandchildren and great grandchildren which he loved dearly.

Corrine Langley, 83, Wellington: Aug. 12, 1934 – Nov. 6, 2017

Corrine Langley, of Wellington, died Monday, November 6, 2017 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita at the age of 83.

Corrine was born the daughter of Allen and Violet (Geist) Clark on Sunday, August 12, 1934 in Runge, Texas.

On August 15, 1954, Corrine and Leslie Langley were united in marriage in Winfield. Together they celebrated 63 years of marriage.

Survivors include her husband Leslie Langley of Wellington; daughter, Rebecca Langley-Wilson and her husband Ron of Haysville; daughter, Connie Langley of Wichita; granddaughter, Shannon Patterson of Wellington, grandson, Seth Dugan of Wellington, granddaughter, Alison McCloud of Wichita, grandson, Drake Young of Wichita, grandson, Lance Langley of Haysville, granddaughter, Leslie McVay of El Dorado; 12 great-grandchildren and a sister, Vada Sterling of Jacksonville, Florida.

Jamie Lockhart, 53, formerly of Wellington: Dec. 16, 1963 – Oct. 31, 2017

Jamie Lockhart

Jamie Lynn Lockhart, formerly of Wellington, died Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at her mother’s home in Winfield, at the age of 53.

Jamie was born the daughter of Martha (Thompson) and James Woods on Monday, December 16, 1963 in Enid, Okla.

She was a strong and loving mother to her children and an excellent caregiver to her mother. She sang and played the piano beautifully. She will be deeply missed.

Alvin Edward Petrick, 91, Caldwell: Dec. 3, 1925 – Oct. 28, 2017

Alvin Petrik

Alvin Edward Petrik son of Edward and Albie Jindra Petrik, died October 28, 2017 at the Glen Carr House in Derby.  He was born December 3, 1925 on a farm homesteaded by his grandfather, 12 miles northwest of Medford, Oklahoma. Alvin was the oldest of three children and always enjoyed his multitude of cousins.  As a child he helped his parents with farm chores, walking bringing in the cows, milking, caring for chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese, and carrying water into the house.

He also helped his mother till the family garden. Alvin lived through the Great Depression with his parents, who in winter sometimes had little or no money.  He made his own toys, but in about 1934 was given a red fire truck, with hoses, ladders, and a bell.  The well-worn fire truck is today a prized possession. He attended rural school, Dist. 19 Grant County OK, for 8 years, then Medford OK High School where he graduated valedictorian of the Class of 1943. After graduating high school, Alvin enrolled at the University of OK. After one semester at OU, he enlisted in the Navy and successfully passed a battery of tests, which qualified him for the Navy V-12 program.

The Department of Defense organized the V-12 program at universities over the United States to provide technical expertise for the war effort.  In 1946 he was awarded a BS in Mechanical Engineering in the upper 10 % of his class and graduated as an Ensign, US Navy. Just before graduation WWII ended. He then was a member of the Naval Reserve and was later honorably discharged after the Korean conflict.

William ‘Bill’ Henry, 68, of Wellington: June 9, 1949 – Oct. 30, 2017

Bill Henry

William “Bill” Henry, of Wellington, died Monday, October 30, 2017 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita at the age of 68.

Bill was born the son of Lloyd Peter and Katherine Lorraine (Linder) Henry on Thursday, June 9, 1949 in Lexington, Nebraska. On June 8, 1974, Bill and Kathy Marie Koehler were united in marriage in Wellington. Together they celebrated 43 years of marriage.

Bill proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was a retired machinist and Director of Shipping/Receiving at DSI in Wellington.

June Mortimer Wempen Williams, 78, Caldwell: May 2, 1939 – Oct. 27, 2017

June Williams

June Mortimer Wempen Williams was born May 2, 1939 in Everton, Mo. to William and Sarah (Bishop) Mortimer.  She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Donnie, Tommy and Jerry Mortimer and nephew, Douglas Edward Mortimer.

She is survived by her husband, Elroy; children, Donnie Wempen, Roxy Gallardo and her husband Chris, Jolene Williams Marczynski and her husband Larry; three grandchildren, Kayli and Trey Marczynski and Jadyn Gallardo; brother, J. R. (Sharon) Mortimer; sister, Ginny (Rick) Schon and sister-in-law, Ginny Mortimer; nieces and nephews, Marty, Shelley, Tim, Susan, Paul, Jeff, Scott and Kurt and numerous extended family members.

Phillip Vaughan, sr., 84, Wellington: Oct. 3, 1933 – Oct. 24, 2017

Phillip C. Vaughan Sr., 84 of Wellington, died on October 24 in Wellington.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m., October 27 at the First Free Will Baptist Church in Wellington. No visitation is scheduled. Online condolences can be left at

Phillip Charles Robert Vaughan was born on October 3, 1933 the son of Hubert and Eva Mae (Greer) Vaughan in Oak Cliff, Texas. Phillip retired from Coca Cola as an executive having worked his way up in the company for 42 years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Frances Gene, sister Glenda, Betty Joe and brother Hubert Sr.

Rosanna Marie (Ricker) Anton: August, 11, 1931 – Oct. 19, 2017

Rosanna Anton

Rosanna Marie (Ricker) Anton was born August 11, 1931 by Gibbon, Oklahoma to Garfield Samuel and Bernice Leona Ricker.

Rosanna married Joseph Frank Anton on August 16, 1948 in Loveland, Colorado.  They moved to Bluff City, Kansas where they ran a filling station, eventually buying a farm just outside Bluff City.  Joseph and Rosanna had two children Mary Lou and Larry Joe.

Joseph and Rosanna were married for 63 years. During these years, they were active in the ZCBJ Lodge Trocnov #121 and SoKol Lodge and attended many dances at SoKol & ZCBJ Halls.  They did farming, furniture refinishing and upholstering and had a gift shop.

Rosanna worked at the Harper County Extension Office in Anthony.  She also worked at The Fashion Depot in Andover until retirement.

After retirement, Joe and Rosanna traveled south for the winters.  They later moved to Caldwell.  Rosanna was active in the Red Hatters Women’s Club and the Caldwell Library Club, she remained active in the ZCBJ Lodge and SoKol Lodge.  She also volunteered for many organizations and enjoyed spending time with friends and family.

Larry McDonald, 74, Wellington: Feb. 19, 1943 – Oct. 11, 2017

Larry McDonald

Larry S. McDonald, age 74, died on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.  Larry was born on February 19, 1943 in Wellington, Kansas. Larry graduated from Wellington High School with the class of 1961 and then attended Emporia State College.

He and his first wife, Janice. moved to Houston, TX and welcomed their daughter, Melodie, in October 1964. In 1980 he married Wanda and lived in Houston until 2004 when they moved to Las Cruces, NM, where he could play golf almost every day of the year.

Larry worked for Camco and retired in 2004 after 40 years of employment. He loved to travel and visited Canada, Hawaii, and Washington, D.C., a cruise to Alaska, as well as a cruise to Mexico and Jamaica.

Daniel Creed, 85, Sumner County resident: Feb. 16, 1932 – Oct. 14, 2017

Daniel Creed

Daniel Weslie Creed, age 85, long time Sumner County resident, died at St. Francis – Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita, on Saturday evening, October 14, 2017.  He retired after 42 years as a hand fabricator from Boeing. After he retired, he then went to work for USD 353 as a custodian.

Dan was born February 16, 1932 in Rural Anson, KS to Wiley Austin Creed and Dollie Louise (Hare) Creed.  He served in the United States Army from January 9, 1953 – December 8, 1954.

He married Marian E. (Good) Helton on July 2, 1976 in Enid, Okla.

John ‘Jock’ Carson, 92, Oxford: Oct. 18, 1924 – Oct. 11, 2017

John Carson

John “Jock” Carson, 92, of Oxford died Wednesday, October 11, 2017 in Wichita.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., October 17th at the Oxford First Baptist Church in Oxford, KS. Visitation will be held Monday from noon until 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Oxford Funeral Home. Memorials have been established with the American Cancer Society or the Oxford Friendship Center. Contributions can be left with the Oxford Funeral Home, P.O. Box 123, Oxford, KS 67119. For further information please visit

John “Jock” Geddes Carson was born on October 18, 1924 the son of William Geddes and Frances Helena (Rowe) Carson in Oxford, Kansas. Jock served his country during WW II in the United State Army in the Philippines. Jock drove a Jeep for Douglas McArthur while in the Philippines. On May 28, 1950 he was united in marriage with Donella Collene Robertson. He spent his entire life farming. He would also rough neck in the oilfields in the winter. He liked to ride motorcycles and fly planes

Claudine June Bartelson, 87, Wellington: June 21, 1930 – Oct. 11, 2017

Claudine Bartelson

Claudine June Bartelson entered eternal life on Wednesday evening, October 11, 2017, leaving behind her mark on all who knew her.

Born on June 21, 1930 in Douglas, Kansas, she spent nearly all of her 87 years in Wellington, Kansas. On April 23, 1954 in Hobbs, NM, she married Oscar Lee “Swede” Bartelson. He preceded her in death in 1985, but the love she had for him burned bright even 32 years later.

She was a woman with a generous, giving heart, who never let a person leave her home without a full stomach and some candy for the road.

An avid collector of “treasures,” she loved nothing more than a good auction, garage sale and flea market. She was known to rise at 5 a.m. to find the best deals at the garage sale and was always one of the first to arrive at an auction. Trips to the casino and local bingo parlors also brought her great delight, and on occasion, big winnings.

Frances Irene Meyers, 94, formerly of Wellington: Feb. 22, 1923 – Oct. 9, 2017

Frances Meyers

Frances Irene Meyers, 94, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO and formerly of Wellington, died on Monday, October 9, 2017 at Linden Woods Village.  Frances was born February 22, 1923 to Henry Jake and Agnes (Propp) Niedens in Russell, KS.

She was united in marriage with David Carl Meyers in 1942 in Oxford, KS.  In addition to David, she was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Meyers, both parents, and a sister, Doris Smith.

She was devoted to both her faith and her family. Frances was very active in her church, Calvary Lutheran Church in Wellington, KS.  She also enjoyed being a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and spending time with her grandchildren.

Donna Regnary, 67, Wellington: July 27, 1950 – Oct. 7, 2017

Donna Regnary

Donna M. Regnary, age 67, of Wellington, died Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Sumner Regional Medical Center.  Donna worked as a toll collector for the Kansas Turnpike Authority for 28 years.  She has been a Wellington resident since 1989 .

Donna M. (Gale) Regnary was born on July 27, 1950 in Whitewater, KS to Ivan Gale and Margaret (Fenimore) Gale.

Donna married Gary T. Regnary on October 21, 1989 in Mayfield, KS.

Donna enjoyed spending time with family and friends, knitting, and baking.

Linda Willey, 75 Caldwell: August 3, 1942 – Oct. 8, 2017

Linda Willey

Linda Faye Wooderson Willey was born on August 3, 1942 to Roy and Genevie (White) Wooderson in Caldwell.  She had her ultimate “Homecoming” on October 8, 2017 as she passed away at the Oxford Grand in Wichita.

She grew up on a farm in Grant County, Oklahoma and attended country school through eighth grade.  Her freshman year she came to Caldwell for her high school years and graduated with the class of 1960.  Little did Linda know she had already met her future husband, Karl Willey, on trips into town with her parents.  They dated all through high school and after Linda attended Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma for one year they were married in Caldwell at the United Methodist Church on July 9, 1961.  They were blessed to spend almost 52 years of marriage together.

Linda and Karl made their home in Wichita.  She worked outside the home until their first daughter, Kimberly, was born.  Their second daughter, Sherri, completed the family.  The young family moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and later to Oxford, Alabama.  In 1974 the family was fortunate to have the opportunity to return to Caldwell and purchased Detrick’s Grocery Store.  Linda worked alongside Karl to make the business a success.  She enjoyed working in the store and community and was still able to take care of the home and be involved in all of her daughter’s activities.

Betty Jean Thompson, 94, Wellington: April 18, 1923 – Oct. 7, 2017

Betty Thompson

Betty Jean Thompson, age 94, lifelong Wellington resident, died Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Botkin Care & Rehab Center in Wellington.  Betty worked as a Nurse Aide at Cedar View Nursing Home for 22 years before she retired in 1980.

Betty Jean (Washburn) Thompson was born on April 18, 1923 in Wellington, KS to Eugene Washburn and Alverta E. (Mumford) Washburn.

Betty married Carl F. Dwyer in 1939.  He passed away in 1969.  She then married Francis (Mat) Dwyer in 1972.  He died in 1978.  She then married Jack E. Thompson in 1980.  He passed away in 2006.

Betty was a faithful member of the First Christian Church for over 80 years and was a member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Carl Dwyer, Mat Dwyer, and Jack Thompson; son, Rodger Dwyer; daughter, Beverly Griffith; grandson, Christopher Dwyer; great granddaughter, Donna Miles.

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