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Wellington Fire/EMS weekly log report: Oct. 12 – Oct. 18, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for Oct. 12 to Oct. 18, 2020 is as follows: 

Bernard Edward Tencleve, 87, Mayfield: Feb. 18, 1933 – Oct. 12, 2020

Bernard Tencleve

Bernard Edward Tencleve, also known as Father, Gramps, Papa Ten, Juddy, Junior and friend, died Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 on National Farmers Day, after a brief illness at the age of 87, surrounded by his family in his Mayfield, home.

He was born Feb. 18, 1933, in New Blaine, Ark., but resided in the Mayfield community since his teenage years with the exception of time serving in the Army (1953-1961). His service included a tour in Germany and service with the Reserves. He was honorably discharged after returning to his Kansas home.

He left Arkansas at the age of 13, landing in the Mayfield community where he found work on a farm.  He worked “sun up to sun down” since that time, providing a legacy and a work ethic for his children and grandchildren and beyond.  He first working for others, and then with his wife established their own farm operation in the Mayfield community. The Tencleve Farms continues today run by his son, Dennis, and grandson, Jed Tencleve.  His son paid tribute to his father in a video (Salty Media House) “Four Generations of Family Farming Grandpa Tencleve”   https://m.youtube.com/watch?v+1sS-8NPIgXQ

Rex Wise, 21, South Haven: October 14, 1920 – December 7, 1941 (services Oct. 14, 2020)

Rex Wise

A graveside service with full military honors will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 14 at Braman Cemetery in Braman, for Navy Fireman 1st Class Rex E. Wise, 21, of South Haven, Kan., killed during World War II, and was accounted for on Oct. 17, 2019.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced in February that Wise was accounted for.

In a press release, the DPAA reports that On Dec. 7, 1941, Wise was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Wise.

Arnold Scheerger, 87, Clearwater: Dec. 12, 1932 – Oct. 3, 2020

Arnold Scheerger

Arnold J. Scheerger, age 87, died Saturday, October 3, 2020.

Services, Wednesday, October 7, 10 a.m., Webb-Shinkle Mortuary Chapel, Clearwater.

Arnold was born on Monday, December 12, 1932, in Tilden, Nebraska. He was united in marriage to Joycelyne “Joyce” Rubrecht on April 4, 1953, in Canton, Oklahoma.

Carolyn Yvonne (Underwood) Stewart, 85, Harper: Aug. 21, 1935 – Oct. 2, 2020

Carolyn Stewart

Carolyn Yvonne (Underwood) Stewart was born on August 21, 1935 in rural Cherokee, Oklahoma to George Carol Underwood and Vera Edna (Hatfield) Underwood.  The family lived near Driftwood, Oklahoma where Carolyn attended school.  She graduated from Byron-Driftwood High School with the Class of 1953.

On July 10, 1954, Carolyn was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Everett Stewart, in Cherokee, Okla.  This union was blessed with three children: Sherri, Kathy, and Randy.  They moved to Sand Springs, Oklahoma in 1955 for Everett to begin his career with the C. R. Anthony Company.  Carolyn was a homemaker and also worked alongside Everett in the store for many years as a cashier in Hutchinson, Kansas, Winfield, Kansas, and Garden City, Kansas before retiring in Harper, Kans. in April of 1995.

Billy L. Taylor, 78, Belle Plaine: Nov. 6, 1941 – Sept. 23, 2020

Billy Taylor

Billy L. Taylor, 78, died Sept. 23, 2020.  Born Nov. 6, 1941, to Lloyd Taylor and Irene (Thomas) Taylor. B.T. was preceded in death by his parents. Married to Jane Dill on Dec. 24th, 1960 for 59 years.

B.T. was a family man, avid horseman and an automotive painter for over 40 years. He was also active for many years in the community of Belle Plaine, serving in Lions Club, USD 357 Booster Club, long time board member of Sumner County Fire District Number # 9 and Buckaroo Saddle Club.

Survivors include his loving and devoted wife Jane Taylor, twin sister Sammie Blasdel of Owasso, OK, 3 children, Todd Taylor (Mary Jo) of Stafford, Tomma (Victor) Shamburger of Belle Plaine and Tim (LeAnn) Taylor of Park City as well as 8 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. 

Crystal A. Hargraves, 88, Wichita: May 22, 1932 – Sept. 26, 2020

Crystal Hargraves

Crystal A. Hargraves, age 88, retired elementary school teacher died on September 26, 2020.

She is survived by her sisters, Lois Barton and Phyllis (Bob) DuBois; nieces and nephews, Donna Durrin, Bob Barton, Tom Barton, Jim Barton, Ann DuBois and John DuBois; stepdaughters, Carolyn (Bob) Stude, Nancy (Kelly) Kenyon and Linda (Robby) Cleary; six step-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Marion A. Hargraves and parents, Robert and Martha Anderson.

Terry Hollman, 63, Wellington: July 16, 1957 – Sept. 28, 2020

Terry Hollman

Terry L. Hollman died on Monday, September 28, 2020, at his home in Wellington at the age of 63. He was born the son of Jerry and Mary Jane (Adams) Hollman on July 16, 1957, in Lincoln, Nebraska. After graduating from high school, Terry and his mother relocated to Wellington.

He eventually began employment at Pre-Mac and has been a diligent employee for 31 years. On November 11, 1989, Terry and Alice Horsch were united in marriage in Wellington. Together they celebrated nearly 30 years of marriage before her passing on September 5, 2019.

Doris Aubert, 82, Wellington: July 17, 1938 – Sept. 24, 2020

Doris Aubert

Doris P. Aubert, age 82, of Wellington, died Thursday, September 24, 2020, at Diversicare in Haysville, KS.  Through the years she worked as a riveter for Cessna Aircraft and as a machinist for Oxwell, Inc.

Doris P. (Bowman) Aubert was a triplet born on July 17, 1938 to Leonard Bowman, Sr. and Blanche (Clinkingbeard) Bowman in Little Rock, Ark.

She married Delbert Duane Aubert on May 15, 1961 in Newkirk, OK.  Delbert and Doris moved from Arkansas City, KS to Wellington in 1965.

She was a member of T.O.P.S. and was baptized at the Salvation Army Church in Arkansas City.  She enjoyed crafting and plastic canvas.  She also bowled for many years on a league in Arkansas City.

Maxine LaVerne White, 98, Caldwell: August 27, 1922 – Sept. 27, 2020

Maxine White

Maxine LaVerne White of Grapevine, died on Sunday, September 27, 2020.  She was 98 years old. Maxine was born on August 27, 1922, to Jennie Ethel (Templeton) Rains and Leslie Creed Rains on a farm outside of Caldwell Kansas. She attended Caldwell Schools and graduated from Caldwell High School where she met the love of her life, Marvin E. White.

They were married in San Antonio, Texas on August 14, 1944, while Marvin was in the Army Air-Corp.  After Marvin’s service, the young couple returned to the Caldwell area where they spent their lives farming and raising their beloved daughters.

Maxine, known to her family as Mackie, mom, grandma, and Gg, was a faithful servant of Christ. Her one true wish for her family was for each of them to know Jesus and honor Him. Maxine devoted her life to her husband and her family.  She was always ready to serve cake, cookies and candy to those who walked through her door.  She loved cooking fried chicken and making homemade malts to take to Marvin and whomever else was working the fields. 

Cody Lee Havner, 40, Wellington: Feb. 7, 1980 – Sept. 26, 2020

Cody Havner

Cody Lee Havner died unexpectedly on Saturday, September 26, 2020, at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita at the age of 40. He was born the son of Jarel and Rhonda (McCutcheon) Havner on February 7, 1980, in Wellington.

Cody attended schools in and graduated from South Haven High School. He worked in various jobs and was most recently employed at the Co-Op in Wellington. Cody enjoyed fishing with family and friends.

Linda Ann Briley, 70, Wellington: July 9, 1950 – Sept. 24, 2020

Linda Briley

Linda Ann Briley died on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita at the age of 70. She was born the daughter of Harold and Winifred (Wonderly) Van Pelt on July 9, 1950 in Greeley, Colorado. On November 2, 1968, she and Lin M. Briley were united in marriage in Wellington.

Together they celebrated 51 years of marriage. Linda worked for many years as an office administrator at Sumner Regional Medical Center. Linda loved being a wife, mother and grandmother and enjoyed anytime spent with her family. She will be missed by all that loved and knew her. 

Janet Vandruff, 60, Caldwell: Sept. 14, 1960 – Sept. 22, 2020

Janet Vandruff

Janet Vandruff died at the age of 60, on September 22, 2020 at Springview Manor in Conway Springs, Kansas following a struggle with cancer. Janet Elaine Clow was born September 14, 1960 in Caldwell, to Alfred and Harriett Clow. She attended Caldwell High School and later obtained her GED.

Growing up Janet’s mother would purchase tickets to Joyland for the family. Janet liked playing games such as Wahoo and Monopoly and growing herb gardens. Janet like to ride bikes with her sister Linda and running around the house driving her mom nuts.

Janet was united in marriage with Claude Vandruff on December 27, 1977 and they enjoyed 43 wonderful years together. She loved her two daughters, Aimee and Stephanie. They enjoyed fishing, camping and hiking together.

Arthur Robert ‘Bob’ McClure, 94, Ark City: May 24, 1926 – Sept. 20, 2020

Arthur “Bob” McClure

Arthur Robert “Bob” McClure, 94, of Arkansas City, passed away Sunday, September 20, 2020, at the William Newton Hospital in Winfield. Private family interment will be held at a later date.

Bob was born May 24, 1926, to Arthur G. and Fletah C. (Jenkins-Woodyard) McClure in Wichita. Bob attended schools in Wellington and graduated from Wellington High School in 1944. After high school he joined the U.S. Navy and served his country until his honorable discharge in 1946. After his discharge Bob went to school at Kansas State University where he earned his Bachelors Degree and graduated in 1950.

In November of 1946, Bob married Mickey Helm. The couple made their home in numerous places due to his job. Bob worked for Retail Credit Company in 1950. He then went to work for Standard Oil in 1952 till 1957, when the couple moved to Arkansas City. Bob worked for New York Life, United Agency, then General Electric. He then attended South Western College where he earned his teacher certification. Bob taught 8th grade Social Studied for 21 years until his retirement in 1989. After his retirement, he and Mickey loved to go RVing. They moved to the Ark City Presbyterian Manor in 2005.

Adam Wayne Ricke, 34, Wellington: August 12, 1986 – Sept. 20, 2020

Adam Ricke

Adam Wayne Ricke died unexpectedly on Sunday, September 20, 2020 in Wellington at the age of 34.

He was born the son of Harry and Vickie (Bartlow) Ricke on August 12, 1986, in Wellington. Adam was the youngest of three children and the only boy. He graduated from Wellington High School in the Class of 2004, attended K-State and then went on to graduate from Wichita State University. Adam then worked as a credit analyst at Meritrust Credit Union in Wichita. On December 14, 2018, Adam and Jessica Yunker were united in marriage in Wellington, and on March 3, 2020, they welcomed their daughter, Claire Suzanne into the world.

As a young child, Adam was adored by his two older sisters Kelsi and Karissa.  They thought the world of their baby brother.  They carried him around and always played games with him. His favorite games were “sumo wrestler” and locking them in the house while holding them hostage inside with the garden hose.  His love for reading was developed at a very young age.  He would often spend Saturdays with his mom and sisters at the mall… reading a book outside the store. He gained two brothers when his sisters got married.  Greg was a role model and someone he looked up to and respected, and Gary was more than a brother, he was a best friend.  He will forever be Gary’s favorite golf partner.

Bernadine ‘Bernie’ Crittenden, 85, Wellington: Nov. 22, 1934 – Sept. 22, 2020

Bernadine Crittenden

Bernadine “Bernie” Crittenden, age 85, died early Tuesday morning, September 22, 2020, at her home in Wellington.  Bernie was a long time Wellington resident and a retired United States Postal Service Clerk.

Bernie was born on November 22, 1934, in North Platte, Nebraska to Alex and Zoe McKiernan.

Bernadine McKiernan married Max Crittenden on July 22, 1955, at the First Baptist Church in Wellington, KS. They had celebrated 58 years of marriage before Max passed away in March of 2014.

She loved spending time with her family and friends and enjoyed attending and supporting her children and grandchildren’s activities. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and was the pianist for many years.

Alice M. Wampler, 93, Mayfield: Sept. 3, 1927 – Sept. 20, 2020

Alice M. Wampler

Alice Murial Wampler, age 93, of Mayfield, died on September 20, 2020.  Alice was born on September 3, 1927, in Beaumont, Calif.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Neal; daughters, Vicky and Trudy; parents, Charles and Bertha Hemsley; brother, Charles Hemsley; and sister, Evelyn (Leo) Lindner.

She is survived by son, Alex (Desiree) Wampler, son, Curtis (Edie) Wampler, Son, Doug (Monique) Wampler; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and dozens of cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Alice grew up in St. Helena, Calif. and served during the Korean War in the U.S. Navy where she met Neal and raised their children in Southern California.  She was active in Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Lion’s Club, and Mayfield Federated Church.  She loved reading and traveling with Neal in their RV with family and friends.

Betty L. Cox, formerly of Winfield, 83: May 4, 1937 – Sept. 20, 2020

Betty Cox

Betty L. Cox, formerly of Winfield, died Sunday morning, September 20, 2020, at Wellington Health and Rehab in Wellington, at the age of 83.

She was born the daughter of William B. and Mary Frances (Hain) White on May 4, 1937 in Waldron, KS. Betty was a retired nursing home medical records administrator.

Lane Hallman, 23, South Haven: March 12, 1997 – Sept. 15, 2020

Lane Hallman

Lane Daniel Hallman, 23, of South Haven, KS, died September 15, 2020.

Lane is survived by his parents, Daniel Brett and Katrina (Conley) Hallman of South Haven, KS; sister, Jordan and husband Reese Blaylock of Wellington, KS; sister, Sydney Hallman of the home; grandmothers, Debbie Hallman of Braman, OK and Barbara Conley of South Haven, KS; nephew, Reed Blaylock; niece, Scarlett Blaylock; aunt and uncle, Sheila and Chad O ‘Trimble of Hunnewell, KS; cousins, Derek, Darcie, Tanner and Trista O ’Trimble; and many extended family members and several friends.

He was preceded in death by grandfathers, Henry Hallman and George Conley and his great grandparents.

Don Strong, 84, Caldwell: June 30, 1936 – Sept. 16, 2020

Don Strong

Don Strong, of Caldwell, died on September 16, 2020, at the age of 84.

Don was born the son of Elvin and Lenora Strong on June 30, 1936, in Sumner County. On July 4th, 1963, Don and Janice Strong were united in matrimony; together they enjoyed over 57 years of marriage. Don is survived by his wife, Janice Strong; his son Donnie Strong; his daughter and son-in-law Melody and Bobby Shaw; his daughter Janelle Strong; his sister Patsy Cink; his brother and sister-in-law Merv and Bernie Strong; his sister Connie Strong, his ten grandchildren Arinda and her husband Jordan, Levi and his wife Sarah, Emily and her husband Jon, Gabe, Jacob, Kaden, and Cheyenne; and his four great-grandchildren Camden, Adderly, Verity, and Lainey.   

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