Category Archives: Obituaries

Caralee Earline White, 83, Oxford: Feb. 11, 1937 – July 31, 2020

Caralee White

Caralee Earline White, 83, died peacefully on July 31, 2020, at the Eureka Nursing Center.

Caralee Earline (Hahn) White was born in Shattuck, Oklahoma on February 11, 1937, to Earl and Sadie (Dunnihoo) Hahn. She attended Oxford High School where she met Darrel White. The two were united in marriage in 1955.

Caralee was a wife, mother and homemaker who could cook, bake, clean and provide comfort with the best of them. She loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren, including hosting family dinners and celebrations. Caralee was lovingly known as ‘Grandma’ to not only her family but all those that took care of her. Caralee is survived by her children Annette McBee, Belinda Meyer, Lonnie White, Lawava Swaney as well as her sister, Betty Skinnell, and nine grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Caralee is proceeded in death by her husband, Darrel Wayne White, her great-granddaughter Stella Joy Swaney, and her parents.

Floyd Edward Mowbray, 78, South Haven: Oct. 23, 1941 – July 30, 2020

Floyd Mowbray

Floyd Edward Mowbray, 78, of South Haven, died peacefully on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at his home.   

Graveside Military Funeral Services will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery in South Haven, KS at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 3, 2020.  A visitation and viewing service will be held on Sunday, August 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Shelley Family Funeral Home in Arkansas City.  

A memorial has been established in Floyd’s name with the VFW Post 1254 of Arkansas City and the Music Department, South Haven USD 509.  Contributions can be made through Shelley Family Funeral Home. Online Condolences at   

Robert ‘Bob’ Eugene Dickson, 92, Wellington: Dec. 27, 1927 – July 29, 2020

Robert Dickson

Robert “Bob” Eugene Dickson, age 92, died Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at his home in Wellington, KS.  Bob worked for the Santa Fe Railroad for 25 years and also as Chief Engineer for St. Lukes Hospital for 25 years.

Bob was born on December 27, 1927, in rural Anson, KS to Jess Albert Dickson and Edna Lucile (Fado) Dickson.  He served in the United States Navy from April of 1946 to January of 1948.

Bob married Wanda G. Kimple on March 17, 1950, at the Methodist Church Parsonage in Wellington.  She preceded him in death in August of 2006.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and woodworking.  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Wellington American Legion Post #90, Wellington V.F.W. Post #881 and the Wellington Masonic Lodge #150 A.F.&A.M.

Robert ‘Bob’ Lockwood, 65, Wellington: Oct. 6, 1954 – July 23, 2020

Bob Lockwood

Robert (Bob) Lon Lockwood of Wellington was born on October 6, 1954, in Sterling, Colo. and died July 23, 2020, at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.

Born in Sterling, Colo. to Victor and Betty Lockwood, Bob graduated from Greeley High School, Greeley, Colo. in 1973.

Bob and wife Karilyn (Jones) met while working at Hewlett Packard in Loveland, Colo.

Bob worked at Big Dog Motorcycles and with security at the Kansas Star Casino for many years.  Bob had just started working at the First Christian Church when he became sick.  He transferred his membership to this church when they moved to Wellington and said many times it was one of the best things he had ever done, he felt at home.

Lee Stoner, 87, Oxford: March 3, 1933 – July 26, 2020

Lee Stoner

Lee Stoner, 87, of Oxford, died July 26, 2020 at his home in Oxford with his family by his side.

Cremation has taken place and private family services will be held at a later date. Memorials have been established with the Wellington Humane Society PO Box 494, Wellington, KS 67152 and the Wellington Church of Christ 217 W. 13th, Wellington, KS 67152. To leave an online condolence please visit

Travis Schneider, 34, Wellington: Sept. 18, 1985 – July 22, 2020

Travis Schneider

Travis A. Schneider, of Wellington, died tragically on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at the age of 34. He was born the son of Roger and Tobe (Standley) Schneider on Wednesday, September 18, 1985, in Wellington. Travis was raised in Wellington and graduated from Wellington High School with the Class of 2004.

He was a longtime manager at the local Taco Bell. Travis enjoyed staying close to home and loved any chance he could gather with his friends and family. More than anything, he loved being a father.

Marjorie (Rose) Gift, 95, formerly of Wellington: August 27, 1924 – July 8, 2020

Marjorie Gift

Marjorie Gift (Rose), age 95, died on July 8, 2020 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Marjorie was a Wellington resident for 53 years. She was born on August 27, 1924, in Wichita, and was adopted at the age of 6 months by loving parents Walter and May Rose, farmers in Anson.

She attended school 10 years in Anson and graduated from Wellington High School in 1942.

She married Wayne Gift on October 25, 1942. They were residents of Corbin for a few years as her husband was employed by the grain elevator.  Two of their children, Judy and Gary, were born during that time. Donna and Lois were born after moving to Mayfield in 1950. While living there, Marjorie wrote the Mayfield Weekly News printed in the Wellington Daily News.

Marjorie lived in Wellington from 1960-2013, was a member of the First United Methodist Church, and worked at the St. Lukes and Wellington Hospitals as a nurse aide.

Norman ‘Phil’ Harris, 79, Caldwell: Sept. 25, 1940 – July 8, 2020

Norman Phillip Harris

On July 8, 2020 Norman Phillip Harris, a loving husband and father of 3, died at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield, Kansas following a lengthy illness.

Phil was born September 25, 1940 in Caldwell, to Norman Keith Harris and Lola Gale Volk. He attended South Haven schools and graduated High School in 1958. After graduation he attended Ark City Junior College. In 1964 Phil was drafted to the United States Army where he was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. He remained in the Army Reserves until 1988.

On March 20, 1966 he married Jacquie Koblitz in Wellington. Phil and Jacquie adopted 3 children: Rebecca Sue, Darren Phillip and Joshua Paul. They raised their family in South Haven, where the couple resided for 54 years of marriage.

Louis Arebalo, 97, Wellington: June 18, 1923 – July 18, 2020

Louis Arebalo

Louis Arebalo, 97, of Wellington, died peacefully, at his home with his family by his side on Saturday, July 18, 2020.

Louis Marshall Arebalo was born June 18, 1923, the son of Antonio and Pascula (Lopez) Arebalo in Wellington. He joined the US army at a young age and served in the USAAF serving from November 1942 until November 1946 as a vehicle mechanic, infantry September 1947 to September 1951 as a motor sergeant; infantry March 1952 until March 1961 as a forward observer. He received the following decorations: marksman, rifle, gunner, and mortar.

Louis also served in the National Guard from March 1961 to March 1964 where he worked as a truck driver. After his career in the military, Louis worked for the city of Wellington, the street department, and the water department, retiring in 1985 after 31 years of service

Lacy Alan Simmons, 64, South Haven: May 16, 1956 – July 11, 2020

Lacy Alan Simmons

Lacy Alan Simmons, age 64, of South Haven, died Saturday, July 11, 2020, at the Sumner County District Hospital #1 in Caldwell.

Lacy was born on May 16, 1956, in El Dorado, KS to Kenneth Simmons and Ruby (Dodson) Simmons.

He moved to South Haven when he was in the seventh grade.  He ruled the football field during his high school years.  He met his wife, Susan while working at Welco in 1979.  They were married for 37 years and raised two children, Kim and Jake.

Lacy was a simple man who loved his family and friends dearly.  He was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend.  He was usually quiet, but once you got him started, he could talk your ear off.

Donald DeVore, 92, Littleton: Feb 6, 1928 – July 5, 2020

Donald DeVore

Donald Clair DeVore, age 92, died peacefully in Littleton, Colo. on July 5, 2020.  Don was born at home in Wichita, KS on February 6, 1928 to Chester Clay and Stella Gregory DeVore.  Following graduation from high school in 1946, Don enlisted in the U.S. Army where he was stationed in Guam at the tail end of WWII.  Upon discharge in 1948, Don enrolled in Wichita University (now Wichita State) on the GI bill, where he studied business and finance.

While a student in Wichita, Don met the love of his life, Lavona Marie Frieouf, on a blind date.  They married in November 1952 and moved to Casper, WY, where Don worked in the accounting office of Standard Oil Company.  Don and Lavona moved to Denver, CO in 1954, where he helped raise three children and worked as a securities analyst for several investment firms, including Financial Programs, Inc., Investment Management Sciences, and Founders Funds.  Don’s professional specialties were oil, energy and medical companies.  He enjoyed researching companies and collecting antique mining stock certificates, which he continued as a hobby into retirement.

Dorothy Guthrie Zoglmann, 91, Dallas, Texas: Oct. 5, 1928 – June 28, 2020

Dorothy Zoglmann

Dorothy Guthrie Zoglmann passed peacefully on June 28, 2020, at Faith Presbyterian Hospice in Dallas Texas at the age of 91.

She was born the daughter of William Guthrie and Gladys (Clewell) Guthrie on October 5, 1928, in Belle Plaine Kansas. On September 6, 1948, she and Herman G. Zoglmann were united in marriage at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Wellington. Herman died October 14, 2002, just after celebrating 54 years of marriage to Dorothy. She lived most of her life in Wellington, moving to Dallas, Texas after Herman’s death to be near family.

Dorothy was a wonderful mother and a successful small business owner. She founded and co-owned The Fashion clothing business located on Main in Wellington from 1967 to 1987 before retiring.

A devout Catholic, after retirement she volunteered at St. Luke’s Hospital as a Pink Lady, as well as volunteering at St. Anthony/St. Rose thrift shop. Dorothy will be remembered for giving of her time generously for both those in need and for her family and friends.

Dr. Howard ‘Doc’ Schneider, 87, Wellington: Oct. 6, 1932 – July 11, 2020

Dr. Howard Schneider

Dr. Howard “Doc” Schneider died on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at the age of 87 years old.

Dr. Howard Schneider was born on October 6, 1932, to Harold and LeVada Schneider in Wichita. At the age of 2, he moved to a farm near Douglass, where he attended high school. On January 22, 1951, he married Patsy Ruth Mitchell of Augusta.

Together they owned a farm outside of Douglass until moving to Kansas City, Kansas where Doc was accepted into UMKC to pursue his degree in Dentistry. Upon receiving his DDS degree in 1969, he moved the family to Wellington, Kansas in July 1969. Doc bought the practice of Dr. Floyd Hollingsworth above the Security State Bank where he began his 30-year practice in dentistry. He then relocated the practice to an office on Lincoln Street.

Billy Dean Burrow, Sr., 71, Hickory, Ark.: April 10, 1949 – July 9, 2020

Billy Burrow

Billy Dean Burrow, Sr. was born April 10, 1949, in Hickory, Arkansas to Cleveland and Ethel (Pankey) Burrow.

Bill did a lot of carpentry and other jobs, but his life work was in ministry.

He was united in marriage to Betty Martin on August 12, 1969, in Cuba, Mo.

His hobbies were fishing, hunting, junking, and restoring old tractors, but he really enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bill went to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 9, 2020, at the age of 71.

Centenarian Roberta May Henton, 100, Wakita, Okla.: Dec. 1, 1919 – July 8, 2020

Roberta Henton

Roberta May Henton died on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at the Community Health Center in Wakita, Okla. at the age of 100. Born on December 1, 1919, with an official birth certificate stating December 3, 1919, the story is that she was born at home on the family farm north of South Haven on the first.

There was a blizzard in progress and the doctor could not make it to the farm. On December 3, the doctor arrived and dated her birth on that day. Roberta graduated from South Haven High School in 1937. She married LeRoy Henton on April 29, 1947, and became a mother to LeRoy’s three sons: Eugene Abbott, Donald Henton and Robert Henton. Roberta and LeRoy had three children: Nancy (Henton) McCarren and her husband Tom of Crossville, Tenn., Thomas Henton and his wife Sherry of Lamont, Okla. and Aaron Henton and his wife Susie of Kansas City, Mo.

Charles ‘Chuck’ Seal, 69, Wellington: August 15, 1950 – July 6, 2020

Charles “Chuck” Seal

Charles “Chuck” Howard Seal, age 69, died Monday afternoon, July 6, 2020, at William Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield.  He was a brakeman for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. He retired in 2010 with over 40 years of service.

Chuck was born on August 15, 1950, in Wichita, KS to Howard H. Seal and Cora Isabel (Blake) Seal. He was a 1968 graduate of Wellington High School.

Chuck and Carole were married on January 7, 1993, in Wellington.

He enjoyed spending time with his family.  He was an avid golfer.  He loved reading, fishing, gambling, and all animals.

George S. Harris, 90, Rockdale, Texas: March 9, 1930 – June 24, 2020

George S. Harris

George S. Harris, age 90 of Rockdale, Texas, owner and operator of the Rock House R.V. Park near Rockdale passed away Wednesday evening, June 24, 2020 at his home.

George was born March 9, 1930, in Wellington, to George Samuel and Hazel Pearl (Myers) Harris. He worked as a land surveyor for Sedgwick County. On November 17, 1972 he and Vernie Graham were married in Haysville, Kansas. They moved to Rockdale, Texas and became the owner of Rock House R.V. Park 23 years ago. George enjoyed bowling, basketball, and most sports like the Kansas City Chiefs.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Vernie Harris on August 27, 2019; his parents; four brothers and three sisters.

Peggy A. Ledesma, 85, Wellington: July 10, 1935 – July 4, 2020

Peggy Ledesma

Peggy A. Ledesma died on Saturday, July 4, 2020, at Botkin Care and Rehabilitation in Wellington at the age of 85. She was born the daughter of Martin and Mary Connick on Tuesday, July 10, 1934 in Plattsburgh, New York. Her parents preceded her in death. Following high school, Peggy enlisted in the United States Navy eventually becoming an officer.

She was a longtime business owner that operated a popular bar in Hawthorne, California known as the “The Irish Den.” Eventually, Peggy returned to Wellington in 1985 where she has resided since. Peggy dearly loved her grandchildren and treasured anytime that she was able to spend with them.

Jennifer Ann (Gutknecht) LaFond, 53, Wellington: Oct. 18, 1966 – July 1, 2020

Jennifer Ann LaFond

Jennifer Ann (Gutknecht) LaFond, 53, of Wellington died Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at her home.

No services are scheduled at this time. Memorial contributions for Jennifer may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, contributions may be left in the care of the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington – PO Box 555 Wellington, KS 67152.

Jennifer was born on October 18, 1966, in Arlington Heights, IL the daughter of John Gutknecht and Marilyn (Ayer) Lovett. She attended the Manitowoc, WI Lutheran High School and later earned her GED. Jennifer was a homemaker and loved caring for her family, she also enjoyed makeup and took cosmetology courses from Estee Lauder. Some of her favorite hobbies were horseback riding, crocheting blankets, creative writing and gardening; Jennifer was very devoted to the Lord, she enjoyed going to Bible studies, reading devotions and spending time in prayer.

Clara Zimmerman, 92, Wellington: May 16, 1928 – July 1, 2020

Clara Zimmerman

Clara Frances Zimmerman, 92, of Wellington, died on July 1, 2020.  Clara was born on May 16, 1928 in Wichita, to John Mathias and Ernestine (Schwenker) Neises. 

When Clara was a child the family moved to the rural Belle Plaine area where she grew up participating in the family farming operation until she left home for college.  She attended Mount Zion rural school and graduated from Belle Plaine High School in 1946. She was a member of the Cicero 4-H club where she met her future husband, Reitzel. 

She attended Kansas State University during which time she studied horticulture and homemaking.  She married Reitzel Howard Zimmerman on May 16, 1949 and settled on the Zimmerman family farm where they raised their eight children. Clara was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oxford until the early years of her marriage when she and Reitzel began attending Mass at St. Anthony’s in Wellington. 

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