Category Archives: Obituaries

June Lucille Hearlson, 88, Wellington: Sept. 9, 1930 – Feb. 15, 2019

June Hearlson

June Lucille Hearlson, of Wellington, died Friday, February 15, 2019 at Botkin Care and Rehab in Wellington at the age of 88.

June was born the daughter of Leo and Bessie (Iller) Ingels on Tuesday, September 9, 1930 in Atchison.

On June 4, 1953, June and Everett Hearlson were united in marriage in Winchester. Together they celebrated 56 years of marriage before his passing in 2006.

Survivors include her sons: Steven Ingels of Wellington, Alan Hearlson and his wife Kim of Wellington and Alvin Hearlson and his wife Junell of Haysville, daughters: Evelyn Hearlson of Wellington and Beverly Garcia and her husband John of California, step-daughters: Barbara Smith of Cedar Vale and Mary Elaine Talkington and her husband Ken of Emporia along with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Jason Lavon Ferguson, 39, Collierville, Tenn.: April 7, 1979 – Feb. 9, 2019

Jason Ferguson

Jason Levon Ferguson, age 39, of Collierville, Tennessee, died Saturday, February 9, 2019. Jason was born April 7, 1979 in Wellington, Kansas, to David and Lana (Whited) Ferguson. He grew up in Wellington, and graduated from Wellington High.

A Life Celebration Memorial for Jason Lavon Ferguson will be Saturday, February 23, 2019 at The Venue Distillery, 244 Old Town, at 3:15 p.m.

Jason was united in marriage to Krystal Brack on December 28, 2012 in Wichita. The couple was blessed with the birth of their son Brady. Jason and Krystal have made their home in various places as Jason pursued his career with AutoZone.

Karon Josephine Miller, 74, Wellington: July 31, 1944 – Feb. 11, 2019

Karon Miller

Karon Josephine Miller, of Wellington, died on Monday, February 11, 2019 with her family by her side at the age of 74.

Karon was born the daughter of Jule Dee and Dahmie Seals (Cooper) Smith on Monday, July 31, 1944 in Newport News, Virginia. Her parents precede her in death.

Survivors include her daughter, Kelli Rae Sewell of Wellington, grandchildren: Chelsea Rae Owens of Wichita, Kaycee Leigh Goans and her husband, Marcus Dylan Espinosa and Avery Michael Sewell all of Wellington, great-grandchildren: AJ Talancon, Raeleigh Jo Espinosa and Zaiden Dylan Espinosa; sister, Cynthia Stevens of Newaygo, Michigan; brother, Dale Smith of Blairs, Virginia; sister, Naomi Crowel of Danville, Virginia and brother, Matthew Smith of Providence, North Carolina and sister-in-law, Cecelia Gore of Danville, Virginia. 

Marjorie Mae Falkenberg, 85, Rogers, Ark.: August 21, 1933 – Feb. 11, 2019

Marjorie Mae Falkenberg, age 85, of Rogers, Ark., formerly of Wellington, KS, died February 11, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers, Ark.

Marjorie was born on August 21, 1933 in Corbin to Forest Mason and Maurine (Judd) Mason.  She was raised in the Corbin and Caldwell area.

Marjorie married Ronald E. Falkenberg on October 16, 1955 in Caldwell. They moved to Wellington in 1958. They celebrated 47 years of marriage before Ronald died on June 24, 2003. Four years ago, she moved to Rogers, Ark. to be close to her daughter.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and photography.

Mary Madeline Tredway, 96, Oxford: June 17, 1922 – Feb. 8, 2019

Mary Madeline Tredway

Mary Madeline Tredway, 96, of Oxford, died Friday, February 8, 2019.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 16 at the Oxford Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Arkansas City. Visitation will be Friday, February 15 with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Rivercross Hospice, donations may be left in care of the Oxford Funeral Service – P.O. Box 123 Oxford, KS 67119. To leave an online condolence, please visit

Madeline was born June 17, 1922, the daughter of Mort and Bertha (Sweet) Dwyer in Cambridge, Kanas. Madeline was united in marriage to Roy Tredway on May 3, 1941. She was a cook for the Winfield hospital as well as a cook for the Oxford School District. Madeline enjoyed sewing, crafts, spending time with friends and especially loved her family.

Tom Ostrander Sr., 96, Wellington: August 11, 1922 – Feb. 6, 2019

Tom Ostrander

Thomas Earl Ostrander Sr, a life time resident of Sumner County, died Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Ascension St. Joseph’s Hospital in Wichita at the age of 96.

Tom was born August 11, 1922, on a farm near Clearwater. He was the son of Oley E. and Velma (Smallwood) Ostrander. He attended 76 Rural grade school and graduated from Wellington High School in 1940.

Tom enlisted in the U.S. Army on September 20, 1942. He served three years, three months in the Army of which 26 of those months were spent in the European Theater of England, France, Belgium and Germany attaining the rank of Technical Sergeant, acting 1st Sergeant.

(Updated with service information) Rod Lungren, 66, Caldwell: April 23, 1952 – Feb. 5, 2019

Rod Lungren

(Updated, 1:15 p.m.) Rodney Glenn Lungren was born April 23, 1952.  He was the third child born to Clifford and Ruth Lungren, and lived on a farm north of Corbin with his older sisters Adonna and Amy.

In 1960, the family moved to a farm on Highway 49, northwest of Corbin. Rod loved to farm and worked beside his dad in all aspects of farming. He joined the freshman class of Caldwell High School and during the next four years, played trombone in the CHS Band, as well as participated on the CHS football, basketball and track teams. Rod graduated with the CHS Class of 1970.

After graduation, Rod earned a football scholarship to Wichita State University. During that fall, he made good friendships with two other freshmen, John Potts and Ric Dvorak.  Red shirt and freshman players did not travel with the teams.  On October 2, 1970, one of the two planes carrying the WSU Shocker Football team en route to play at Logan, Utah, crashed in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Rod and the remaining freshman players finished the season for their lost teammates. Every time the young team entered a stadium after the crash, there was a standing ovation. This was clearly a life changing event for Rod.  

Dolores Earles, 87, Argonia: July 21, 1931 – Feb. 4, 2019

Dolores Earles

Dolores Ann (Stork) Earles, of Argonia, died on Monday, February 4, 2019 following a lengthy illness at the Sumner County Hospital District No. 1 in Caldwell at the age of 87.

She was born on July 21, 1931 in Harper, KS.  Dolores was the only child of Edd and Alvina (Brase) Stork.  The family moved to a farm north of Argonia when Dolores was two years old.  She attended Argonia Schools.  Dolores was baptized and confirmed at St Paul’s Evangelical Church.  She later transferred her membership to the Argonia Methodist Church.

After moving to town, she met Bill Earles, a handsome young man who won her heart.  They were married on December 12, 1947.  To this union two children were born, Lana and Denny.  Bill died in 1982 and after that time she enjoyed spending time with both her children and their families.  The temperature dictating whether she was in Kansas or Florida.  Her cooking and decorating skills were always welcomed as well as her love.  She was a loving wife, Mother, Grandma and Grandma GiGi .

Dorothy Zeitlow, 89, formerly of Wellington: Oct. 13, 1929 – January 30, 2019

Dorothy Zeitlow

Dorothy Ann Zeitlow, formerly of Wellington, died Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at her home with family by her side.

Dorothy was born the daughter of Edward and Maude (Holder) Elkins on Sunday, October 13, 1929 in Wichita.

She graduated at Wellington High School in 1948. She married Bert Miller in June of 1948. To that union they had a son, Dale Miller born September 23, 1961. In 1984, she married Richard Zeitlow. She flew to Paris and they were married on a cruise ship. They had the greatest life until his passing in 2006.

Vernie Albert Simmons, 85, Wellington: Oct. 1, 1933 – Jan. 31, 2019

Vernie Albert Simmons, age 85, longtime Wellington resident, died January 31, 2019.  He had worked as a Planner at Boeing Aircraft for many years.

Vernie was born on October 1, 1933 in Kay County, Okla. to Jesse Franklin Simmons and Florence May (Gardner) Simmons.  He was raised in Oxford, and graduated from Oxford High School. Vernie served in the United States Air Force from January 1953 – December 1956.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Tammy Sue Putter and Debby Lee Simmons; three brothers; and five sisters.

Alan Rowan Sr., 94, Wellington: Sept. 20, 1924 – Jan. 27, 2019

Alan Rowan

Alan Rowan Sr. died January 27, 2019 at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, February 1, 2019 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home Chapel in Wellington, KS. Visitation will be Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established with the Kansas Veterans Home Memorial Fund in Winfield and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home 704 N. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152.    To leave an online condolence please visits

Alan Dwight Rowan Sr. was born September 20, 1924 the son of Arthur B. and Callie Hazel (Graybeal) Rowan in Renfro, OK. He graduated from Wellington High School in 1943. Alan was a tech sergeant in the army from 1943-1947 during WW II.

Charles ‘Sid’ Nichols, 70, Wellington: August 31, 1948 – January 26, 2019

Sid Nichols

Charles “Sid” Nichols, of Wellington, died Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Botkin Care and Rehabilitation in Wellington at the age of 70.

Sid was born the son of Charles Franklin and Sydney Lyndell (Hollis) Nichols on Tuesday, August 31, 1948 in Wellington.

Following high school, he attended four years at Hillsdale College in Oklahoma City. He later went into the aircraft industry and retired from Tect Aerospace following at 38 year career. Outside of work, Sid was a quiet man that enjoyed fishing. 

Survivors include his son, Bryen Nichols and his wife Collette of Haysville; step-daughter, Karen Hensley of Missouri; son, Frankie Nichols and his wife Renee of Wellington; former wife, Sherry Nichols of Wellington; brother, John Nichols of Arizona and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Larry Nichols and his family.

Dorothy Hansel, 94, Wellington: Nov. 29, 1924 – January 21, 2019

Dorothy Hansel

Dorothy Jean Hansel, of Wellington, died Monday, January 21, 2019 at Spring View Manor in Conway Springs at the age of 94. Dorothy was born the daughter of Henry and Rose (Subera) Wencl on Saturday, November 29, 1924 in Caldwell.  She grew up on the family farm northwest of Caldwell, attended Caldwell High School and graduated from Wichita Business College.

Dorothy married Francis Patrick Driscoll on Nov. 6, 1943 and together they had four children, Dennis Alan, Patricia Jean, Pamela Jean and Dee Ann.  She later married John G. Hansel on Nov. 26, 1965, in Waynoka, Okla. Two years later, they had their daughter Shelley Renee Hansel. Together they celebrated 31 years of marriage before his passing in 1996.   

Dorothy worked for Clark Manufacturing as the Office Manager and Executive Assistant to Ted Clark for many years.  She was a Member of the First Christian Church and Christian Women’s Fellowship, Beta Sigma Phi, Rebekah Lodge, American Legion Auxiliary, 8 & 40 organization, and member of the Wellington Women’s Golf Association. She loved KU Basketball and Crusader Football and followed her grandchildren’s activities whenever possible.  She enjoyed playing bridge and loved to dance. She was known by “mom”, Grandma and Granny D by many of those who knew her.

Pam Rogers, 62, Wellington: May 24, 1956 – Jan. 17, 2019

Pam Rogers

Pamela Jo Rogers died Thursday, January 17, 2019 at her home in Wellington at the age of 62. Pamela was born the daughter of Paul Eugene and Marie Delores (Graybeal) Rogers on Thursday, May 24, 1956 in Wichita.

She retired from Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita following a 30 year career. Pam treasured her family above all and will be dearly missed by many. 

Survivors include her daughter, Lindsay Castaneda (Mike) of Wellington; daughter, Deona Madrigal (Steve) of Wichita, grandchildren: Summer Madrigal, Sierra Madrigal and Ricky Madrigal all of Wichita, Emery Castaneda, Brady Castaneda and Roman Garton all of Wellington and Douglas Garton, IV of Derby. She is also survived by her sister, Carolyn Hartman (David) of Clearwater; brother, Paul Eugene Rogers, Jr. (Janet) of Goddard; sister, Diane McLaughlin (Don) of Chetopa; sister, Deborah Rogers (Rodney Earnest) of Chetopa along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers: Gary and Tony Rogers.

Eldora Donley, 99, Oxford: August 20, 1919 – January 19, 2019

Eldora Donley

Eldora (Edye) Donley of Oxford died at Cumbernauld Village on January 19, 2019 at the age of 99. Edye thought she was 100 so we celebrated her 100th birthday in August. She had a great day with so many coming to wish her happy birthday and she received many cards. She said she had a wonderful day and the best birthday ever.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, January 24, 2019 at the Oxford Funeral Service Chapel. No visitation is scheduled as cremation has taken place. Memorials have been established with the Oxford United Methodist Church and the Oxford Food Bank.

Contributions can be left with the Oxford Funeral Home, P.O. Box 123, Oxford, KS 67119. For further information please visit

Charles Ellis, 85, formerly of Conway Springs: Oct. 25, 1933 – Jan. 19, 2019

Charles Ellis

Charles W. Ellis, 85 formerly of Conway Springs, died Saturday, January 19, 2019 in Wichita, KS.

He was born October 25, 1933 at Haviland, Kansas to Howard Robert Ellis and Eva May (Griffin) Ellis. Charles grew up in Haviland where he attended the local public schools. He graduated from Haviland High School with the class of 1951 before attending Kansas State University for three semesters.

On January 29, 1953, he was inducted into the U.S. Army where he served his country as a member of the Signal Corp as a Field Radio Repairman and in Wing Aircraft repair. He was honorably discharged on January 13, 1956 and returned to continue his education at Wichita University.

David Ward Nance, 72, Wellington: April 1, 1946 – January 17, 2019

David Nance

David Ward Nance, age 72, Wellington resident since 1984, died Thursday, January 17, 2019, at his home. He was a retired truck driver.

David was born on April 1, 1946 in Madera, Calif., to Robert Ward Nance and Irene (Leonard) Nance.

Nance married Roxi Schlater in York, Neb.

David enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.  He attended the Council Hill Christian Church in Peck, and was a youth director, along with Roxi for many years at the First Southern Baptist Church of Wellington.  He enjoyed spending time at the Wellington Lake with his family.

Mary ‘Mickie’ Alderdice, 95, Conway Springs: Feb. 7, 1923 – Jan. 17, 2019

Mary “Mickie” Alderdice, 95, of Conway Springs, died Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Spring View Manor, Conway Springs.

Mickie was born February 7, 1923 near Mayfield, Kansas the daughter of Milton Henry Ross and Ethel Laura Porter Ross. She grew up in the Mayfield area and attended Union District #103 rural school.  She later attended Milan High School and graduated with the class of 1940.  She attended Sterling College and Wichita Business College and taught in the language arts, speed writing and in court reporting for WBC for 20 years.

Mickie was united in marriage to Dale Eugene Alderdice on September 20, 1941 at Enid, Oklahoma.  They made their home in Wellington, Kansas for their first five years of marriage.  They lived in Milan, Kansas from 1946 – 1966 and then moved to Wichita.  In 1978 they made their home on the river south of Peck, Kansas.  Dale died on July 25, 1989.  Mickie moved to Conway Springs in April of 1990.

Linda Diane Moore, 73, Wellington: April 21, 1945 – Jan. 14, 2019

Linda Moore

Linda Diane Moore, age 73, loving wife, mother, and grandmother died Monday morning, January 14, 2019 at her home in Wellington.

Linda Diane (McDonald) Moore was born on April 21, 1945 in Wellington, to J. A. “Jake” McDonald and Dora Mildred (Larimore) McDonald.  Linda was raised in Wellington and graduated with the Class of 1963.  She then attended Emporia State.

Linda married Robert Moore on April 11, 1981 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mary Joann McCracken Granner, 84, Wichita: Sept. 30, 1934 – Dec. 31, 2018

Mary Joann (Ratliff) McCracken Granner

Mary Joann (Ratliff) McCracken Granner died on Dec. 31, 2018 at Wynhoven Healthcare Center in Harvey, Louisiana.  She was born Sept. 30, 1934 to Lucille (Sparman) and Truman Ratliff and graduated from Wellington High School.

Joann, as she was known, was a homemaker for many years and supported all her children in their endeavors in music, ballet, theater, sports and a myriad of other pursuits.  As her children grew, she worked outside of the home, first for Rogers Abstract in Wellington and then at Security 1st Title in Wichita, KS.  Her work was well respected.  She loved arts and crafts, particularly sewing, crocheting and in her later years painting.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Dana McCracken White and sons Curtis and Mark McCracken, her husband Robert Granner and her sister Martha (Ratliff) Shofner.

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