Category Archives: Obituaries

Monty Lynn Troutman, 68, Wellington: Oct. 12, 1951 – April 7, 2020

Monty Troutman

Monty Lynn Troutman, 68, of Wellington, died peacefully at his home on April 7, 2020.  He was born on October 12, 1951, in Wellington to Arlis and Dorothy (Nichols) Troutman.  Monty graduated from Belle Plaine High School in 1969 and Kansas State University in 1973 with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting.

When Monty was younger, he was involved in 4-H, sports, and helping his dad on the farm.  He told many stories of building hog houses and doing whatever he needed to do to help on their family farm. In high school, he played football and basketball, he was named homecoming king, and was the top of his class. When he went to Kansas State, he played football in 1969 for the Wildcats.

Monty married the love of his life, Carol Nichols, on June 5, 1971.  They celebrated almost 49 years of marriage.  When they were married, they moved to Manhattan to live and work while Monty finished school.  They enjoyed going to Vista Burger on Friday nights and they have many wonderful memories with family and friends.  Monty and Carol loved taking road trips to Las Vegas.   

Chester Royce Cook, 84, formerly of Wellington: Feb. 22, 1936 – April 3, 2020

Chester Royce Cook

Chester Royce Cook, age 84, Wichita resident and former Wellington resident, died April 3, 2020 at Wellington Health & Rehab.  Royce was a retired realtor and insurance agent.

Royce was born on February 22, 1936, in Winfield to Chester William Cook and Dorothy L. (Connett) Cook.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Melba Jo Cook.

Royce was a member of the Celebration Baptist Church in Wichita.

Cory Dean Scott, 45, Wellington: Dec. 7, 1975 – April 4, 2020

Cory Scott

Cory Dean Scott died Saturday, April 4, 2020, at his home in Wellington at the age of 45. He was born the son of Larry and Christy (Forbeck) Scott on Saturday, December 7, 1974, in Wellington. Cory graduated from South Haven High School in 1993 and later graduated from Barton County Community College in Great Bend where he was a member of the Livestock Judging Team.

Cory loved farming with his grandpa Tom and his dad and was especially fond of showing livestock with his children and livestock families. He and his daughter, Macy, showed from Arizona to New York. He was an active member of the Kansas Farm Bureau and many livestock boards. Cory enjoyed traveling to Roaring River, Missouri and trout fishing with his family.

Survivors include his children: Macy Scott of South Haven, Ainsley Scott of Meriden and Boede Scott of Meriden; parents, Larry and Christy Scott of Wellington; grandfather, Tommy Forbeck; grandmother, Virginia Rickards; sister, Lisa Dry and her husband Justin of Wellington; sister, Cami Scott of Wellington; brother, Shane Kelly Meek and his wife Stephanie of McKinney, Texas and an extended family of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Barbara Jean (Daniels) Stonehocker, 85, Wellington: April 6, 1934 – April 2, 2020

Barbara Jean (Daniels) Stonehocker, age 85, died April 2, 2020, at Botkin Care and Rehab in Wellington, KS.

She was born on April 6, 1934, in Wellington, KS to Estus Cecil “Jack” and Pauline (McDonald) Daniels.

She was a 1952 graduate of Wellington High School receiving her LPN license in 1979, working in various nursing homes both in Wichita and Wellington.

She married Roy Stonehocker, Jr. in Newkirk, OK on October 5, 1953.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Virginia Jacobs and Helen Jones.

Mary Jane Appel, 86, Corbin: June 2, 1933 – March 31, 2020

Mary Jane Appel

Mary Jane’s life began on June 2, 1933, in Wichita. She was the daughter of Lester and Margaret (Baker) Bowles. Mary Jane was welcomed home by her older sister, Helen. She was educated in Wichita and Friendswood, Texas, and was a graduate of Wichita North High School. After high school, she continued her education and graduated from Friends University. Mary Jane was united in marriage to the love of her life, Raymond L. Appel on August 28, 1954, in Wichita at Friends University Church.

Mary Jane was employed as a kindergarten teacher until she was ready to begin their family. After starting her family, she and Raymond moved to Raymond‘s family farm near Corbin. They raised three sons and one daughter there. Her life was filled with caring for Randy, Steven, Karen and Roger. The one thing Mary Jane valued besides Jesus was family. She hosted numerous family Thanksgiving dinners over the years that included her sister, Helen and her family. These get-togethers created life long memories for all.

Robert ‘Bobby’ Nelson, 85, Wellington: Dec. 15, 1934 – March 31, 2020

Robert “Bobby” Nelson, age 85, died Tuesday evening, March 31, 2020, at Botkin Health & Rehab in Wellington.

Bobby was born on December 15, 1934, in Wellington to Theodore Nelson and Viola (Haskins) Nelson. He married Amy Ethel Atwood on April 20, 1953 in Wellington, KS.  She preceded him in death in 1972.

Bobby worked for the City of Wellington and was also a self-employed tree trimmer.

Survivors include his children, Francis, Chris, Mark, Kelly, Judy, Cheryl, Naomi, step-daughter, Kathy; sisters, Alice and Carolyn; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dale Hines, 86, Wellington: March 27, 1934 – March 28, 2020

Dale Hines

Dale Hines, age 86, of Wellington, died Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the VA Nursing Home in Winfield.  He was born March 27, 1934 in Granola, Kans. to Dorsey and Nola (Crozier) Hines.

After graduation from Winfield High School, Dale attended a year of college and then enlisted in the US Army in 1954. He was stationed in Fort MacArthur, Calif. and was discharged in 1956.  After he left the Army he worked for the Sumner County Road & Bridge and shortly after that began working for the Santa Fe Railroad until his retirement in 1999.

On July 31, 1954, he married Janice Porter in Milan, Kans.  They made their home in the Wellington area for many years. They were married 42 years when Janice passed away.

Jack Heuback, 86, Winfield: July 24, 1933 – March 29, 2020

Jack Heuback

Jack Heuback, 86, of Winfield, died peacefully Sunday, March 29, 2020, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

Private graveside services will take place at the Winfield Veterans’ Cemetery. A public viewing will be held from 12 to 6 p.m., Sunday, April 5 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Winfield. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, contributions may be left in the care of the funeral home.

Born on July 24, 1933, in the countryside of Viola, Kansas to parents George and Marjorie (Troyer) Heuback. He attended West Union Rural School near Sedgwick, Kansas until his sophomore year when he quit school to start working. He worked various jobs in Wichita until joining the Navy in March 1951. After boot camp, he was stationed at the Naval Air Station Cabaniss Field in Corpus Christi, Texas where he spent two years being an airplane jockey. During that time, he joined the Catholic Church and received his high school diploma through the GED program at Sedgwick Public School.

Ruth Larimore, 96, Wellington: Dec. 4, 1923 – March 23, 2020

Ruth Larimore

Ruth Crane Larimore, 96, formerly of Wellington, died Monday, March 23, 2020, at the Wichita Presbyterian Manor in Wichita, KS.

Private family graveside services and burial will soon be held at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington. No visitation is scheduled. Memorials have been established with American Legion Post 90, Avenue of Flags and the Wellington Humane Society PO Box 494, Wellington, KS 67152. Contributions can be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home 704 N. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152. To leave an online condolence please visit

Ruth Crane Larimore was born on December 4, 1923, the daughter of Joseph and Florence (White) Crane in Wichita, Kansas. A graduate of Wichita North High School, Ruth was a veteran of WWII and a registered x-ray technician. She was united in marriage with Kenneth C. Larimore on June 10, 1961, in Wichita, Kansas.

Louise Baker, 88, Wellington July 4, 1931 – March 28, 2020

Louise Baker

Louise Baker, of Wellington, died on Saturday, March 28, 2020, in Derby at the age of 88. Louise was born the daughter of William T. and Laura R. (Cowen) Bowman on Saturday, July 4, 1931, in Mammoth Springs, Arkansas. On April 1, 1950, she and Rev. Hoyle D. Baker were united in marriage in Depew, Oklahoma. Together they celebrated 61 years of marriage before his passing in 2012. Louise and her husband served as a Pastor and Pastor’s wife in many communities for many years.

Her faithfulness to the Lord and her church were hallmarks of her life. Once settled in Wellington, Louise worked as a secretary for many years at Stalcup Realtors. Louise enjoyed playing cards, her favorite game was Phase 10 (she wasn’t a good loser) and she was a dedicated fan of the Price Is Right to the point of scheduling appointments around its showing. She will be missed greatly by her loving family.

Eva Runan, 69, Winfield: June 28, 1950 – March 28, 2020

Eva Runyan

Eva Marie Runyan, 69, of Winfield, died, March 28, 2020, under the care of her loving family.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at the Highland Cemetery in Winfield. Visitation is Tuesday, March 31, 2020, from noon until 7 p.m.. with the family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m. at Oxford Funeral Service. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established with Oxford Christian Church and the Harry Hynes Hospice.  Contributions can be left with the Oxford Funeral Home, P.O. Box 123, Oxford, KS 67119. For further information please visit

Cy Roths, 90, Wellington: April 9, 1929 – March 26, 2020

Cy Roths

Cyril Joseph (Cy) Roths, 90, of Wellington died March 26, 2020, at Wellington Health & Rehab under the care of hospice in Wellington.

Due to social precautions, a private family service will be held.   A memorial has been established in Cy’s name with the Knights of Columbus may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home PO Box 555, 704 N. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152. To leave an online condolence please visits

Cy was born to Margaret and John Roths April 9, 1929, at St. Marks. He attended school at St. Marks through the second grade and moved to Conway Springs, and finished his schooling there graduating from Conway Springs High School in 1947. He married the love of his life Wanda (Gilges) Roths at St. Joseph’s Church in Conway Springs on August 18, 1954, by Father Tareline.

Barbara Sandborn, 79, South Haven: Dec. 31, 1940 – March 25, 2020

Barbara Sandborn

Barbara A. Sandborn, age 79, of South Haven, previously of Braman, Okla., died Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at her home.

Barbara was born on December 31, 1940, in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, England to Joseph Jones and Annie (Stanley) Jones.

Her greatest joy in life was being a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bobbie Sandborn; one son, John Poole; grandson, Kade Bergman; one granddaughter, Megan Alford; and two brothers.

Derek Scott Martin, 32, Lincoln, Calif.: July 16, 1987 – March 17, 2020

Derek Martin

Derek Scott Martin, 32, died on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Lincoln, Calif. Derek was born in Wellington on July 16, 1987. He is a graduate of Wellington High School, class of 2005.

Derek excelled at academics, technology, and sports, including baseball, basketball, and his passion—golf. He was on the high school golf team and worked at the golf course. As a child, Derek was very silly, energetic, and extremely outgoing; he would make friends on vacation that may be decades older than him. He will be remembered by childhood friends as “D-Money,” the guy who loved playing poker and had an infectious laugh.

Elma Aileen Stroad, 86, Wellington: June 27, 1933 – March 21, 2020

Elma Stroad

Elma Aileen (Johnson, Anderson, Mercer) Stroad died on Saturday, March 21, 2020, in Wichita at the age of 86.

She was born to Samuel P. and Laura E. (Stoner) Stroad on Tuesday, June 27, 1933, in Eldon, Missouri.

In 1966 became the first female bus driver for Wichita schools, the following year became the first female bus driver for Haysville schools. In 1972 opened the first self-serve gas station in Wichita.

David Nulik, 89, Caldwell: August 25, 1930 – March 22, 2020

Fredrick David Nulik died on March 22, 2020, at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield. He was born on August 25, 1930, in Wellington, to Fredrick W. and Pauline (Jenista) Nulik.

David graduated from Caldwell High School in 1948 and farmed with his dad until he entered the Army in March 1952 and served in Korea for approximately one year in the Quartermaster. He was honorably discharged in March 1954.

When David returned from the Army he returned to farming. He loved to garden and planted a tree every year he lived at his farm. If you drove by his place in the country, you were impressed with how meticulous it was.  He retired at the age of 65 and moved to Arkansas City, Kansas. In Arkansas City, David became a member and was baptized at the Random Road Church.

Georgenia Storts, 84, Belle Plaine: Dec. 17, 1935 – March 16, 2020

Georgenia Storts

Georgenia Storts died Monday, March 16, 2020, at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield at the age of 84. She was born the daughter of Goldie Rae (King) and Daniel Lee Hayes on Tuesday, December 17, 1935 in Arkansas City, Kansas. On May 17, 1955, she and Jimmy Storts were united in marriage in Oklahoma. Together they celebrated 55 years of marriage before his passing in 2010.

Her family and her faith were the most important things in her life.

Survivors include her daughter, Debra Neal and her husband Tim of Oxford, Kansas; son, Raye Storts of West, Texas; son, Rick Storts and his wife Phila of Belle Plaine, Kansas, grandchildren: Jeremy Neal (Julie) of Texas, Amanda Meranto-Neal (Gianna) of Oklahoma, Cory Storts of Texas, Sara Lenox (Dylan) of Texas, Rick Storts (Cindy) of Derby, Kansas, Chalisa Lynn of Wichita, Kansas, Lynessa Roberts of Belle Plaine, Kansas, David Storts (Mallory) Belle Plaine, Kansas, Kristen Storts of Colorado, Tiffany Epley (Curt) of Wichita, Christopher Pate of Texas and Jessica Pate of Texas, great-grandchildren: Brittany McDaniels (Devon), Tyler Neal, Seth Neal, Jillian Neal, Lelend Meranto-Neal, Zayla Meranto-Neal, Kevin Isham, Paige Isham, Mallory Girton, Carsen Girton, Lexi Lynn, Maddie Storts-Roberts, Emma Roberts, Brantley Roberts , Maverick Storts, Molly Storts Maverick Berry, Willow Megnon, Tatum Lenox and Liam Lenox, great-great-grandchildren: Lillyn and Cayden McDaniels and Brooks Dunham, siblings: Norma Akers of Wichita, Kansas and Daniel Hayes of Missouri.

Robert ‘Bob’ Myrick, 75, Oxford: June 6, 1944 – March 23, 2020

Robert Myrick

Robert “Bob” Myrick, 75, of Oxford, died Thursday, March 19, 2020, at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis with his family by his side.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 23, 2020, at Oxford Christian Church. Burial will be at the Oxford Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, March 22, 2020, from 12 until 6 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 3 until 5 p.m. at Oxford Funeral Service. Memorials have been established with Oxford Christian Church and the Kansas Honor Flight.  Contributions can be left with the Oxford Funeral Home, P.O. Box 123, Oxford, KS 67119. To leave an online condolence please visit

Delva ‘Dee’ Palmer, 68, Oxford: Oct. 8, 1951 – March 10, 2020

Dee Palmer

Delva “Dee” Palmer, 68, of Oxford, died, Tuesday, March 10, 2020.  She was able to spend her last hours peacefully at her home in Oxford with her entire immediate family by her side.

Cremation has taken place. No services are scheduled at this time. The family will have a memorial shindig to celebrate Dee’s life at a later date.  To leave an online condolence please visit

Dee was born three months premature on October 8, 1951, the daughter of Lawrence Shobe, Sr. and Betty Irvine in Wellington. She fit into the palm of a hand at birth.  She was not expected to survive, so she was taken home and cared for by her grandmother, Mildred Irvine.  Mildred kept Dee warm in a shoe box in an oven in the early days after birth. 

Margaret Chisham, 52; James ‘Kevin’ Chisham, 48, Wichita died together on March 4, 2020

James and Margaret Chisham

(Update: March 19, 1 p.m.) The families have decided to postpone services until further notice. The following is a note from the families involved:

“The Chisham and Kreifels families appreciate the support offered to them and ask for your understanding as they have decided to postpone services until further notice. A private interment will be held.”


Margaret Ann Chisham, age 52, and James “Kevin” Chisham, age 48, died together on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at their home in Wichita. Margaret was born on Wednesday, February 14, 1968, in Wellington to Hank and Pat (Parker) Kreifels.

Kevin was born on Friday, January 7, 1972, in Wellington to James and Phyllis (Oliver) Chisham. Both Margaret and Kevin graduated from Wellington High School. Margaret went on to earn a Bachelors Degree in Nursing while Kevin graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business.

When Kevin’s health allowed, he was employed as a business administrator. Margaret enjoyed a 25+ year career as a registered nurse where she spent the past 22 years as a school nurse for USD 259 in Wichita. Margaret and Kevin were united in marriage on June 7, 1997, at the First United Methodist Church in Wellington. They celebrated over 22 years of marriage.

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