Category Archives: Obituaries

Marcia Snider, mail carrier, 66, Wellington: May 7, 1948 – Nov. 17, 2014

Marcia Snider

Marcia Snider

Marcia Diane Snider, age 66, longtime Wellington resident, died Monday morning, November 17, 2014.  She was retired as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service.  She also worked part time at El Chile Verde and was a crossing guard at Eisenhower School.

Marcia Diane Snider was born on May 7, 1948 in Wellington, KS to Duane R. Snider and W. Arlene (Kohler) Snider. She graduated from Wellington High School in 1966.

She was an avid bowler and active with the local and state bowling association.

Robert Haley, 35, of Wellington: Nov. 28, 1978 -Nov. 22, 2014

Robert K. Haley, age 35, died Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.  He was a salesman for Verizon.

Robert was born on November 28, 1978 in Fort Worth, TX to Bobby C. Haley and Lynda R. (Heath) Haley.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Eldon Conklin, 84, Argonia: April 18, 1930 – Nov. 22, 2014

Eldon Conklin

Eldon Conklin

Eldon Conklin, of Argonia, died surrounded by his family on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Spring View Manor in Conway Springs at the age of 84.

Eldon was born the son of Emmett and Sarah Pearl (Hopkins) Conklin on Friday, April 18, 1930 on the family farm near Belle Plaine.

On January 26, 1952, Eldon and Helen Neises were united in marriage at St. Mary Catholic Church in Oxford. Together they celebrated 48 years of marriage before her passing. Eldon was a Korean War veteran earning the rank of Staff Sergeant in the US Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged in 1952. He then went on to begin his life long career in the automobile service industry. Eldon started as a service manager in Belle Plaine for several years and then moved to Argonia where he owned and operated Eldon’s Automotive for many years. He also served in both a part-time and full-time capacity as a rural mail carrier for over 30 years. Outside of work, Eldon was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus where he was a 3rd Degree Knight.

Hertha Hale, 98, Winfield: June 7, 1916 – Nov. 16, 2014

Hertha Hale

Hertha Hale

Hertha C. Hale, of Winfield, died Sunday, November 16, 2014 at South Central Medical Center in Arkansas City,  at the age of 98.

Hertha was born the daughter of Emil and Anna Matilde (Haack) Ruhnke on Wednesday, June 7, 1916 in Ray, North Dakota.

On October 6, 1941, Hertha and Merwin F. Hale were united in marriage in Fairbault, MN. Together they celebrated over 40 years of marriage before his passing in 1982.

William Wood, 59, Wellington: Feb. 18, 1955 – Nov. 14, 2014

William Wood

William Wood

William Wood, 59, of Wellington, died Friday, November 14, 2014 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.

Memorial Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. No visitation is scheduled as cremation has taken place. A memorial has been established with the Sons of the American Legion and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit

William Winston Wood was born February 18, 1955 the son of William and Ramona (Patterson) Wood in Wellington, Kansas. He graduated from the Wellington High School. William tended bar, was an over the road truck driver and worked for Midwest in Wellington.

William Clement, 92, Wichita: Feb. 27, 1922 – Nov. 16, 2014

William G. Clement died on Sunday, Nov 16, 2014 at Lakepoint Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wichita, at the age of 92. Clement was born February 27, 1922, the son of Lester and Laura (Lloyd) Clement in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

He was a gentle man who loved fishing and always had a good sense of humor. He was an army veteran serving in the European theater signal corps during WWII. William attended college, graduating with a Masters degree in geology from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

He retired from Rupe Oil Company in Wichita. 

Eureus J. ‘E.J.’ Ford, 81, Wellington: May 12, 1933 – Nov. 14, 2014

Eureus J. Ford

Eureus J. Ford

Eureus J. “E.J.” Ford, age 81, of Wellington, KS, died at home early Friday morning, November 14, 2014.  He was a retired Inspection Records Supervisor for Boeing. He served three years in the United States Army.

Eureus J. “E.J.” Ford was born on May 12, 1933 in Rogers, AR to Eureus J. Ford, Sr. and Cleta Mae (Landers) Ford.

He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter Molly Ford; brother, Billy Don Ford; and his sister, Catherine Robert.

Patricia “Patsy” Seal, 82, formerly of Wellington : July 16, 1932 – Nov. 13, 2014

Patricia "Patsy" Seal

Patricia “Patsy” Seal

Services for Patricia “Patsy” L. Seal have been scheduled for 1 p.m., Friday, November 21, 2014 at Oak Tree Inn, 1177 E. 16th Street, Wellington. Inurnment will follow at Sumner Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Wellington.  Arrangements are under the direction of Hayhurst Funeral Home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Patricia Lee Seal was born July 16, 1932 in Wellington, Kansas the daughter of Harold Pat and Retta (Williams) Fetters.  Patsy died Thursday, November 13, 2014 at The Village at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  She was 82 years of age.

The former Miss Patricia Fetters was married to John N. Seal on December 16, 1949 in Wellington. Patsy moved to Oklahoma in 1968 and was employed in the Medical Field for 25 years and Mapco Oil and Gas for 10 years.

Leonard Deets, 95, formerly of Oxford: Dec. 16, 1918 – Nov. 8, 2014

Leonard Deets

Leonard Deets

Leonard Austin Deets, a man of faith, honor and integrity went home to be with His Lord on November 8, 2014.

Leonard was born December 16, 1918 in La Harpe, Kansas to Austin J. and Ethel Banta Deets.  He was the firstborn of 3 children.  Leonard received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Kansas State College in 1942.  He married Katherine Kirk in 1941 and together they raised 4 children on a farm near Oxford, Kansas.  In addition to farming, Leonard’s love of agriculture eventually led him into a second career in farm credit banking.  He worked with the Federal Intermediate Credit Bank in Wichita, Kansas for 21 years from 1963 until his retirement in 1984.

He and Katherine left the family farm and moved their lives to Wichita in 1972.  They were active members of Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church.  Leonard remained in Wichita until 2006 when he left his beloved Kansas and moved to Warm Beach Senior Community in Stanwood, WA, close to daughter Anne and her family.

Keith Bernard Mortimer, 84, Milan: Dec. 26, 1929 – Nov. 13, 2014

Keith Bernard Mortimer, age 84, lifelong resident of Milan, KS, died Thursday, November 13, 2014 at his home.  He was a farmer and stockman in the Milan area most of his life.  He served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

Keith B. Mortimer was born on December 26, 1929 in Bluff City, KS to Leonard G. Mortimer and Leveta Mae (Brittain) Mortimer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Helen L. Mortimer; daughter, Kathleen Cornwell; and brother, Jack Mortimer.

Karen Lynn Williamson, 52, Winfield: June 17, 1962 – Nov. 9, 2014

Karen Williamson

Karen Williamson

Karen Lynn Williamson, of Winfield, died unexpectedly, Sunday, November 09, 2014 at her home at the age of 52.

Karen was born the daughter of Rachel (Cox) and Richard Rafferty Sr., on Sunday, June 17, 1962 in Denver, Colorado.

She was a wonderful woman that loved her family dearly. Karen especially enjoyed being a grandmother to her six grandchildren.

Roberta Moreland, 82, Belle Plaine: Dec. 22, 1931 – Nov. 5, 2014

Roberta Moreland

Roberta Moreland

Roberta E. Moreland, age 82, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away Wednesday evening, November 5, 2014 at Golden Living Center in Wellington, KS.  Roberta was a resident of Belle Plaine, KS most of her adult life.  She was the former co-owner of the Family Food Center in Belle Plaine.

Roberta E. (Lemon) Moreland was born on December 22, 1931 in Barney, Iowa to Bert L. Lemon and Emma L. (Kiple) Lemon.

Roberta married Dale L. Moreland on January 6, 1950 in Anthony, KS.  He preceded her in death in May of 2000.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dale; daughter, Dalene Moreland; brother, Ray Lemon; and sisters, Hazel Phillips and Dora Gardner.

Erma Berrie, 83, Oxford: Dec. 10, 1930 – Oct. 26, 2014

Erma Berrie

Erma Berrie

Erma Berrie, 83, of Oxford died on October 26, 2014 at her home in Oxford.

Memorial Services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, October 30, 2014 at Oxford Funeral Service Chapel. No visitation is scheduled. A memorial has been established with the Oxford Friendship Center and the Cowley County Humane Society. Contributions can be left with the funeral home. For further information or to leave a condolence please visit

Erma Laurel (Alexander) Berrie was born December 10, 1930 the daughter of John Melvin and Laurel Marie (Peters) Alexander in Winfield, Kansas. She went to Mt. Zion rural school as a young child and later graduated from Oxford High School in 1948. Erma later attended the Colorado Women’s College from 2 years before graduating from Denver University with a degree in business.

Kenneth Henry, 71, Caldwell: January 4, 1943 – Oct. 27, 2014

Ken Henry

Ken Henry

Kenneth Lavern Henry was born as the only surviving triplet to Earl and Lucille Henry on January 4, 1943 at Snyder, Oklahoma and died October 27, 2014 at his home in Caldwell, Kansas.  He graduated from high school at Mangum, Oklahoma in the class of 1961.  During high school he was employed by M. E. Moses Variety Store chain in his home town.

In 1961 he was united in marriage to Carol Ball which later resulted in divorce.  In 1963 he entered the Army and served in the 1st Battalion 245th Armor Division at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  After his service he returned to work for M. E. Moses Co. and served as manager of various stores including Mangum, Borger, Texas and several of their stores in Dallas and Garland, Texas.  He remained as their employee until 1977 when he moved to Caldwell.

Jill Lynn Davis, 56, of Wellington: June 4, 1958 – Oct. 3, 2014

Jill Lynn Davis

Jill Lynn Davis

Jill Lynn Davis, of Wellington, died Friday, October 3, 2014 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 56.

Jill was born the daughter of Mary Lee (Harvison) and Owen Pendarvis on Wednesday, June 04, 1958 in Wichita.

In 1985 Jill and Kenny Davis were united in marriage in Wichita. Together they celebrated nearly 30 years of marriage.

Wayne Harris, 86, retired farmer: Sept. 30, 1928 – Oct. 14, 2014

Wayne Harris

Wayne Harris

Wayne L. Harris, age 86, lifelong resident of Sumner County, died Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at Golden Living Center in Wellington.  He was a retired farmer.

Wayne L. Harris was born on September 30, 1928 in Arkansas City, to Arkle William Harris and Anna Belle (Overholt) Harris.  He was a graduate of Oxford High School.  He also attended Kansas State University and served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

Wayne married Wanda Louise Bursack on August 30, 1952. 

Wally Ferguson, 79, Wellington: January 22, 1935 – Oct. 11, 2014

Wally Ferguson

Wally Ferguson

Wally Ferguson, 79, of Wellington, died Saturday, October 11, 2014 at her home in Wellington, Kansas.

Memorial Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the Calvary Lutheran Church home in Wellington. A memorial has been established with the Calvary Lutheran Church and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit

Walburga “Wally” Zenk Ferguson was born on January 22, 1935 in Toging, Germany, the daughter of Martin and Maria Dineinger Zenk.

Leon Wyckoff, 88, Wellington: Sept. 26, 1926 – Oct. 11, 2014

Leon Wyckoff

Leon Wyckoff

Leon Gale Wyckoff, of Wellington, (formerly of Caldwell) died Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Golden Living Center in Wellington at the age of 88.

Leon was born the son of Russell and Della (McDannald) Wyckoff on Sunday, September 26, 1926 in Caldwell.

On September 1, 1946, Leon and Rose “Dolly” Buresh were united in marriage in Perth. Together they celebrated 63 years of marriage. To this union was born two children: Gale and Janie. Leon was a lifelong farmer that loved his land and his Lord. He was a proud member of the Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Caldwell. 

Amelia Marie Field, 77, Cheney: Jan. 29, 1937 – Oct. 3, 2014

Amelia Marie Field, age 77, died Friday morning, October 3, 2014 at Main Street Villa in Cheney, KS.  She was a homemaker and had also taught elementary school for many years.

Amelia Marie (Slechta) Field was born on January 29, 1937 in Liberal, KS to Joe F. Slechta and Rose Marie (Schlehofer) Slechta.  In 1948 the family moved from Liberal to Sumner County near Anson, KS.  She graduated from Conway Springs High School in 1956 and from Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, KS in 1961.

Amelia married William R. Field on March 27, 1964 in Wellington.  He preceded her in death in 1994.

Doyle Dean Kinyon, 80, Mayfield: Oct. 4, 1933 – Sept. 30, 2014

Doyle Kinyon

Doyle Kinyon

Doyle Kinyon, 80, of Mayfield went to be with the Lord on September 30, 2014 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Hillside Baptist Church in Wellington. Visitation will be Friday October 3, 2014 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 5 until 7 p.m.

Memorials have been established with Gideon’s International or Hillside Baptist Church Building Fund. Contributions can be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit

Doyle Dean Kinyon was born October 4, 1933 at the home place in Cashion Oklahoma to Ralph and Zenith Kinyon. He attended school in Cashion until they moved to a farm northwest of Wellington in 1949. He graduated from Wellington High School and attended Kansas State University for one semester.

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