Category Archives: Obituaries

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.

Evelyn Mae Muhlenbruch Russ funeral is Saturday in Milan

Evelyn Mae Muhlenbruch Russ was born November 24, 1923 at the Jon and Johanna Muhlenbruch homestead, north and west of Argonia. She was the second daughter of three, born to Louie and Margaret Muhlenbruch

She attended Argonia Grade School her first four years, after which the family moved to a farmstead north of Milan. While in High school at Milan, she was a cheerleader and honor student for all four years. She graduated from Milan High School in 1941. After graduation, she reserved an apartment in Wichita and enrolled in the Business Preparatory College with a degree in Secretarial Duties and Business. Evelyn worked as a secretary and bookkeeper in Kansas, California and Texas.  

Patricia Hardin-Ward, 60, Hunnewell: Nov. 13, 1955 – April 10, 2016

Patricia M. Hardin-Ward, age 60, of Hunnewell, died April 10, 2016 at Sumner County District Hospital #1 in Caldwell.  She was a L.P.N. and had worked at various nursing homes in our area.

Patricia M. (Hensley) Hardin-Ward was born on November 13, 1955 in Emporia, KS to Carl Hensley and Margaret (McAuliffe) Hensley.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Chatqua Rosia Youniacutt; and sister, Carolanne Turner.

Kanyian “Tater” Armenta, 8, Wellington: Nov. 15, 2007 – April 11, 2016

Kanyian 'Tater' Armenta

Kanyian ‘Tater’ Armenta

Kanyian “Tater” Armenta, of Wellington, died Monday, April 11, 2016 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, at the age of 8. He was born on Thursday, November 15, 2007 in Wichita. Tater always had a smile and hug to share with his family and friends.

His gift was to make those around him feel better about them selves. He will be missed by many including his mother, Christy Winger; sister, Victoria Winger; brothers, Logan Winger, James Winger and Blaine Guthrie all of Wellington, along with a large extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and his many friends. 

Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 14, 2016 with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m.

Phyllis Helen Mills McClaflin, 83, Milan: Aug. 8, 1932 – April 8, 2016

McClaflin, Phyllis

Phyllis McClaflin

The true essence of Phyllis Helen Mills McClaflin can’t be expressed by mere words.

It is difficult to capture the love and joy she felt for life and family. She was born Aug. 8, 1932 in Wakita, OK and died peacefully at home in Milan, KS with family at her side on April 8, 2016. She married her high school sweetheart on Aug. 8, 1951.

They lived in Arkansas City for about a year and a half, moved to Wichita and in 1963 Harold found a home for them in Milan, KS. She and Harold loved to dance, play cards, camp, go to the lake, bowl and travel. They traveled to all 50 states and 26 countries during their adventures.

Bob Achemire, 76, Wellington: April 20, 1939 – April 6, 2016

Bob Achemire

Bob Achemire

Bobby Achemire, 76, of Wellington died on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family in Wellington.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Hillside Baptist Church in Wellington. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 8, 2016 from 12 until 8 p.m. with the family present from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, April 11, 2016 at the Alva Municipal Cemetery in Alva, Okla. Memorials have been established with the Wellington Fire Department and the Sumner County Sheriff’s Department and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. Arrangements are pending with Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit

Hunter Dennis Lile, 18, Caldwell: Dec. 13, 1997 – March 29, 2016

Hunter Lile

Hunter Dennis Lile

Hunter Dennis Lile was born December 13, 1997 in Wellington to Cynthia Conrady and Dennis Lile.  He entered his heavenly home on March 29, 2016 at the age of 18 years, 3 months and 16 days in Hays.

Hunter started life early, arriving five weeks ahead of schedule at 5 pounds 4 ounces and from that moment on he lived life at an accelerated pace.  Hunter loved to learn and his thirst for knowledge was unquenchable.   From the day he was brought home from the hospital his Mom read to him as she rocked him at night.

This turned into bedtime stories for a toddler to fall asleep to.  Then he began reading for himself before starting kindergarten soon becoming an avid reader like his Dad.  His love of books and words opened his world, not only to stories but to information on countless subjects.  Hunter had endless questions, the more he learned the more questions he found needing answers.

Paul Joy, Jr., 89, Wellington: Oct. 6, 1926 – April 2, 2016

Paul Joy

Paul Joy

Paul Joy Jr, of Wellington, died Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 89.

Paul was born the son of Paul and Flossie (Penwell) Joy, on Wednesday, October 6, 1926 in Coyville, Kans.

He was a proud member of the US Army and served during the Korean War. Paul enjoyed a 25 year career in the aircraft industry and retired from the Wallace Plant at Cessna Aircraft.

On August 19, 1985, Paul and Jovita Lactaoen were united in marriage in New York City.  Together they celebrated over 30 years of marriage.

Emerson Allen, 91, Wellington: May 30, 1924 – April 1, 2016

Emerson Allen

Emerson Allen

Emerson H. Allen, of Wellington, died Friday, April 1, 2016 at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield at the age of 91.

Emerson was born the son of Orville and Ruth (Spry) Allen on Friday, May 30, 1924 in Byron, Okla..

On February 27, 1943, Emerson and Betty Lee Ray were united in marriage in Cherokee, Okla.. Together they celebrated 46 years of marriage before her death in 1989.

As a young man, Emerson served his country in the US Army during World War II. He had a long career in several industries. Emerson was a farmer, oil man and equipment operator for the family business, Allen Trenching. 

Shirley Raney, 84, Winfield: April 12, 1931 – April 1, 2016

Shirley Raney

Shirley Raney

Shirley Raney, 84, of Winfield, formerly of Wellington, died peacefully Friday, April 1, 2016 at the Kansas Veteran’s Home in Winfield surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. Visitation will be held Tuesday, from 9 a.m.., until service time at 11 a.m., no family night is scheduled. Interment will be at the Veterans Cemetery in Winfield. A memorial has been established with the Bryce Day Memorial Fund and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit

Shirley Ann Raney was born on April 12, 1931 the daughter of George R. and Cora (Macklin) Kolb in Kansas City, Missouri. She was a 1948 graduate of Stillwell, Kansas High School. On January 15, 1949 she was united in marriage to Harold L. Raney. Shirley was a homemaker who worked as a legal secretary for Jack Potucek. She was a secretary at the First National Bank and later as secretary for the City Manager of Wellington. Shirley was a member of the Wellington Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed bridge, playing the piano, doing crossword puzzles and loved to travel.

Elnora Donnini Noland, 82, formerly of Wellington: Sept. 19, 133 – March 24, 2016

Elnora Donnili

Elnora Donnini Noland

Elnora M. Donnini Noland, formerly of Wellington, died peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at her daughter’s home in Choctaw, Oklahoma at the age of 82.

Elnora was born the daughter of Charles L. and Maude Estelle (Nelson) Martin on Tuesday, September 19, 1933 in Garfield, New Mexico.

On October 24, 1951, Elnora and Faust L. “Denny” Donnini were united in marriage in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Together they celebrated 35 years of marriage before his passing in Wellington,  in 1987. She was blessed to find love again and married Al Noland. They spent his last years together before his passing in 1996.

Elnora was the Finance Manager for the Sumner County Mental Health Center in Wellington, . She retired in 2000 following a 22-year career. Elnora was an avid gardener who loved nature and spending time outdoors. She was also an accomplished artist who worked in multiple medias including pottery, oils and watercolor. 

Myrtle Jarboe, 93, Oxford: Sept. 13, 1922 – March 26, 2016

Myrtle Jarboe

Myrtle Jarboe

Myrtle Jarboe, 93, of Oxford died Saturday, March 26, 2016 at the William Newton Hospital in Winfield.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 1, 2016 at The Oxford Funeral Service Chapel in Oxford. Burial will be in the Oxford Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Oxford Funeral Service Chapel. Family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. A Memorial has been established with the Oxford Friendship Center or Oxford Cave Park for Children’s play equipment and may be left with Oxford Funeral Service. For further information please visit

Myrtle Mae Jarboe was born the daughter of Thomas and Bonnie (Benge) Hare on September 13, 1922 in Conway Springs, Kansas. She graduated from Wellington High School in 1940 and attended Bethany Nazarene College in Bethany, OK. On June 17, 1942 Myrtle was united in marriage to Donald Eugene Jarboe in Wellington, KS, they celebrated 70 years of marriage. While Eugene was in the service she worked for Clarkson & Startz Defense Plant in Wellington, then Beech Aircraft in Wichita. When Eugene returned to the states still in the U.S. Army she went with him to Fayette, North Carolina where he was stationed for 1 year at Fort Bragg.

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