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Margaret Younger, 82, Wellington: Sept. 21, 1939 – Jan. 12, 2022

Margaret “Margie” Younger, of Wellington, died on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at her home at the age of 82.

Margaret was born the daughter of Everett “Bus” and Grace (Disney) Schlotterback on September 21, 1939, in Hays. Margaret had a passion for many things in her life such as gardening, cooking, sewing, and reading. Those close to her knew she was always working on one of her crossword puzzle books. Margaret loved and spoiled her pets, especially her dog Hank. She had a great sense of humor and was always being ornery in one way or another. But the thing she cherished most in life was her family and all the time she had to spend with them.

Survivors include:

Barbara J. Law, 76, Wellington: June 12, 1945 – Jan. 7, 2022

Barbara Laws

Barbara June (Lewis) Laws was born June 12, 1945, in Salem, Oregon.  She was the second daughter of Benjamin J. Lewis and Matilda “June” (Drew) Lewis.  Barbara died on Friday, January 7, 2022 after many years of fighting multiple health issues.

Barbara was married to Ben Campbell in December 1962.  They had four children.

Barbara was always a hard worker, taking pride in her lifelong career as a CMA in many nursing homes, retiring from Southpark Skilled Nursing Facility in Oklahoma City, Okla.  She always said she felt needed by her patients but more than that, she needed them.  She was a caring and compassionate nurse, mother, wife, grandma, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend.

Harold Little, 78, Wellington: March 15, 1943 – Jan. 3, 2022

Harold Little

Harold Little, age 78, died of natural causes on Monday, January 3, 2022.

Harold was born in Wellington to Jimmie Little and Ada (Bates) Little on March 15, 1943.  He attended Wellington public schools, graduating with the class of 1961.  An accomplished musician and vocalist, Harold dedicated his entire life to a career in music and show business.

While still in high school he began his professional career as the show-stopping drummer for The Fantabulous Jags, a popular local band formed in 1957, literally on the vanguard of what was becoming known as rock-and-roll.  Harold and The Jags made an eight-year run, covering the Mid-West from their hometown bandstand at the It-ll Do Club in Wellington, with club venues in five states, including major cities such as Wichita, Kansas City, Denver, and eventually Las Vegas.

Paul Weber, 81, Derby: July 30, 1940 – Dec. 27, 2021

Paul Weber

Paul R. Weber, 81, son of Anthony and Anna (Rohling) Weber, was born in Wellington, KS on July 30, 1940. He died peacefully at home on Dec. 27, 2021, due to viral pneumonia. 

He was preceded in death by his wife Neila (Scott) Weber and son, Scott Weber. He then found happiness again and married Marylyn (Grubb) Weber. His surviving family are: daughters; Dr. Lisa Weber and Susan Weber; step-son; Jay Haen; two grandchildren; Shannon Stockton and Abby (Joe) Stockton-Cooper and one great-grandchild; Cash Cooper. He is also survived by brothers, sisters, and many nieces and nephews that he loved dearly.

Mary Lee King, 93, Wellington: October 22, 1928 – January 6, 2022

Mary Lee King

Mary Lee King, age 93, Wellington resident, died on Thursday, January 6, 2022, at Homestead Assisted Living of Wellington where she had been a resident for the past month.  Her husband was by her side.

Mary Lee (Gaskill) King was born on October 22, 1928, in Mayfield, KS to Loyal M. Gaskill and Leona (Blunk) Gaskill.

Mary Lee Gaskill married James E. King on February 26, 1944, at the First Christian Church Parsonage in Wellington.

Harley Rex Freeman, 84, Wellington: Nov. 4, 1937 – Jan. 3, 2022

Harley Freeman

Harley Rex Freeman, of Wellington, died with his family by his side, Monday, January 3, 2022, at Ascension Via Christi – St. Joe in Wichita at the age of 84.

Harley was born the son of Herbert G. and Ruth E. (Payne) Freeman on November 4, 1937, in Minneapolis.

On November 6, 1960, Harley and Lucille Bergstrom were united in marriage in Clyde. Together they celebrated 61 years of marriage.

Survivors include his loving wife, Lucille Freeman of Wellington; son, Herbert (Bert) Freeman of Wellington; daughter, Dixie Pennington of Wellington; son, James (J.R.) Freeman of Wellington; brother, Arthur Freeman (Marge) of Abilene; brother, Jon Paul (Pat) of Tallahassee, Florida; sister, Marvel Ann Province of Panama City, Florida; grandchildren: Justin Roberts of United States Air Force; Christopher Doty (Erica) of Purdy, Missouri; Corey Doty (Amanda) of Mannford, Oklahoma; Crystal Mears (Mark) of Mesa, Arizona; KayCee Pennington of Wellington; 7 great-grandchildren: Molly, Harley, Uriyah, Lucy, Jocelyn, Bentley and Baby Doty on the way.

Porter Eugene (Gene) Sawyer, 92, Wellington: July 15, 1929 – Dec. 27, 2021

Porter Eugene Sawyer

Porter Eugene (Gene) Sawyer died on December 26, 2021, in Wellington.

Sawyer was born July 15, 1929, in Caldwell to Robert Porter Sawyer and Myrtle Io Snowden Sawyer.  As a youth, he spent his years in both Kansas and Oklahoma.

He was a graduate of Blackwell High School, Blackwell, Okla.  He also attended Cowley County Junior College, Phillips University, and Manhattan Christian College.

 On May 29, 1952, he married his beloved Helen Louise Boody in Enid, Okla.

Over the years, his interests included being a Sunday School teacher; Boy Scout leader; a Church Elder; School Bus Driver, for South Haven USD #509; a Garage Tinkering Hoarder: and Volunteer Firefighter, where he was Chief for the South Haven fire department. 

Marjorie Schmidt, 95, Caldwell: April 12, 1926 – Dec. 27, 2021

Marjorie Schmidt

Marjorie Jenavee was born April 12, 1926, the oldest daughter of James H. and Alta (Gailey) Davis in Hooker County, Nebraska, where she grew up attending District #6, Seneca and Mullen Schools.

She met Bud Edelman at a basketball tournament in Seneca, fell in love, and was married on November 19, 1942. Their union brought four daughters.  She was a loyal and devoted wife for 51 years.  Bud died on February 25, 1994. On October 21, 2000, she married Robert F. Schmidt, where they had three short years together when Robert died on November 13, 2003.

Among her tributes was her love of family.  Cooking was a joy for her. She held big family dinners all of her life.

Children were her special love and she worked in Girl Scouting many years,  holding the office of neighborhood chairman and forming a lone troop in Nebraska.  She taught Sunday school, bible school, and was a member of the United Methodist Church serving on the Council of Ministries several times, and was an active member of United Methodist Women. She belonged to Extension Home Makers for 28 years and also helped organize and form the senior center in Maize, KS, “Young at Heart”.

David Kogel, 83, formerly of Oxford: May 18, 1938 – Dec. 29, 2021

David Kogel

David Lee Kogle, age 83, formerly of Oxford, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, died early Wednesday morning, December 29, 2021, at his home in Wichita, KS.  He went to work for Santa Fe Railroad in 1964 and retired from BNSF Railroad in 1999 after 35 years as a conductor.

David Lee Kogle was born on May 18, 1938, in Wellington, to Cecil L. Kogle and Luella E. (Beatty) Kogle.  

He joined the United States Army Reserves and served from 1954-1998, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.

On June 10, 1955, he married Marie Brown in Wichita Falls, TX. They celebrated 66.5 years of marriage.

Delores Smith, 95, Wellington: Aug. 14, 1926 – Dec. 18, 2021

Delores Smith

In the late-night hours of December 18, 2021, Delores Smith died. She was born in Wellington, on August 14, 1926.

She was one of five children born to Daniel Johnson, and Susie E. (Ballard) Johnson. She leaves to mourn her four children, Johnnie M. Taylor, Beverly L. Hatcher, John D. Smith Jr. III (deceased), and Deanna S. Griffin.

“God’s finger of love touched her, and she slept . . . .

Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 29, 2021, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Frank Funeral Home, 417 N. Washington.

A viewing will be held Thursday, December 30, from 9 to 10 a.m.

Ester Carol Scobee, 77, Wellington: Nov. 7, 1944 – Dec. 24, 2021

Ester Scobee

Ester Carol Scobee died on December 24, 2021 in Wichita at the age of 77. She was born the daughter of Ursulo, Sr. and Rebecca (Abasolo) Hernandez on November 7, 1944, in Wellington. Ester’s life revolved around caring for others, especially her family.

When employed, she typically held jobs where she took care of others. Once retired, Ester was able to focus on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Grandma Ester always stayed up to date with great-granddaughters dance competitions and traveled to all that she could. She also looked forward to traveling to Texas and Arkansas to visit her sisters and their families. Ester loved getting together and making enchiladas and tamales for her family.

Luther ‘Wayne’ Todd, 67, Amarillo, Texas: Oct. 23, 1954 – Dec. 9, 2021

Luther ‘Wayne’ Todd

Luther “Wayne” Todd, age 67, died peacefully at home on December 9, 2021. He was born on October 23, 1954, at Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Amarillo, Texas. He attended school in Canyon, Texas, and after graduation went to work for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad and retired after 39 years of service. Wayne was very kind, generous, and a gentleman. He was deeply devoted to his family and friends and will be greatly missed.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, father Carrol D. Todd, and daughter Bridget Bailey Nesbit. He will be dearly missed by his mother Waneta Todd, brothers Robert, Larry and wife Christina Todd, sister Sandra Brinkmeyer, grandsons Aaron and Quincy Nesbit, close family friend Dieter Ahrens, many nephews, and nieces as well as his longtime companion Joyce Wilson and her grandaughters, Tyana and Chardazia.

Elizabeth Ann Mitchell, 52, Belle Plaine: Jan. 5, 1969 – Dec. 20, 2021

Elizabeth Mitchell

Elizabeth Ann Mitchell, of Belle Plaine, died on Monday, December 20, 2021, at her home in Belle Plaine at the age of 52.

Elizabeth was born the daughter of Robert and Donna (Shipman) Mitchell on January 5, 1969, in Gardner. Elizabeth was a very intelligent and well-read individual. She was a lover of art in all of its many forms. Elizabeth was also very passionate about animals and cared for them deeply.

Jeremy Paul Davis, 36, Wellington: Sept. 4, 1985 – Dec. 21, 2021

Jeremy Davis

Jeremy Paul Davis of Wellington, died unexpectedly on December 21, 2021, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita at the age of 36.

Jeremy was born the son of Brian Davis and Teri Patterson on September 4, 1985, in Wellington. 

On August 20, 2005, Jeremy and Apryl Brown were united in marriage in Wellington. Together they celebrated 16 years of marriage.

Jeremy was passionate about life and everything in it. His love for his family was evident in everything he did. He had the personality that set a room on fire with shenanigans and fun the minute he entered, earning the much-loved title of “Favorite Uncle” to all his nieces and nephews. His love of the Dallas Cowboys falling only behind his family. Win or lose if they were playing on TV he was watching.

Jeremy also loved his cars and motorcycles, often taking off just because. He started working at Tramec Plastics in the spring and was so happy, he wanted this to be his career and often told lunchtime stories about the adventures he had with his coworkers to make the evening fun and productive for everyone. Jeremy will be dearly missed by everyone. 

Max Howard Cochran, 70, formerly of Wellington: Nov. 14, 1951 – Nov. 19, 2021

Max Howard Cochran died Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, of Covid-19 in Colorado at the age of 70.

He was born Nov. 14, 1951, in Enid, Oklahoma. He was a 1970 graduate of Wellington High School.

Max worked for many years for the U.S. Forest Service, then as a building contractor.  He was a U.S. Army Veteran.

Max is preceded in death by his parents Howard (H.P.) and Ruth (Gelvin) Cochran, a brother Michael Kent Cochran and a brother-in-law Robert E. King.

Clara ‘Terry’ Irey, 88, Fountain, Colo.: May 6, 1933 – Dec. 12, 2021

Clara Irey

Clara “Terry” B. Irey, age 88, loving mother, grandmother and GG, passed peacefully on December 12, 2021 surrounded by her family.

Clara B. (Haines) Irey was born May 6, 1933 in her family farm home in Anson, Kansas, to Everett Haines and Winnie (Wegand) Haines.

She married Robert L. Irey on June 17, 1951. To this union, they had a son, Gary L. Irey on August 17, 1952.

She enjoyed square dancing, keeping, and traveling with her husband. She also loved baking, gardening, canning, spending time with her family, and most importantly her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She knew no stranger and always had a smile on her face. She will be deeply missed.

Allie ‘Faye’ (Thompson) Teter, 91, Augusta: June 11, 1929 – Dec. 14, 2021

Allie Faye Teter

Allie “Faye” (Thompson) Teter, age 92, died peacefully at Homestead Care Home of Augusta, KS on Tuesday, December 14, 2021.  She retired as a Supervisor with Binney Smith Crayola Company after 25 years of service.

Allie “Faye” (Thompson) Teter was born on June 11, 1929, in rural Rome, to Jacob M. Thompson and Ollie Fay (Jones) Thompson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles Phillip Teter; daughter, Bonnie Kay (Teter) Creed; nine brothers and seven sisters.

Evelyn Yvonne ‘Penny’ French, 69, Haysville: January 5, 1952 – December 13, 2021

Penny French

Evelyn Yvonne “Penny” French, of Haysville, died on Monday, December 13, 2021, in Wichita at the age of 69.

She was born the daughter of Eddie L. (Jett) Smith and Ray Wilson on January 5, 1952, in Richmond, Texas. Penny, her mother and sister relocated to Wellington which is where she attended and graduated from high school.

As a young girl, Penny met her sweetheart, Virgil French, at the age of 10. The two were eventually united in marriage on August 6, 1984, in Wichita and celebrated 36 years of marriage.

Kenneth Laurel Updike, 56, Oklahoma City: Nov. 19, 1965 – Dec. 14, 2021

Kenneth Updike

Kenneth Laurel Updike died on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, in Oklahoma City, Okla. He was born on November 19, 1965, in Madison, Wisc. to Ralph Laurel and Linda Jane Massengill Updike. After his parent’s death, Kenneth and his brother, Jonothon Earl were raised by their aunt and uncle in Oklahoma City. Kenneth graduated from U.S. Grant H.S. and then from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture.

During his time at Oklahoma State University, he also earned an officer’s commission in the United States Army. Kenneth went on to serve his country through deployments to Desert Storm and then New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

In 1996, Kenneth married Dawn Balis Updike, and their union was blessed with their only child, a daughter Lauren Jayne Updike Bradley. Lauren was her father’s pride and joy, and he often voiced that she was “his greatest blessing”.

Centenarian Maxine Martin, 103, Conway Springs: Nov. 19, 1918 – Dec. 16, 2021

Maxine Martin, 103, of Conway Springs, died Thursday, December 16, 2021, at Spring View Manor, Conway Springs.

Maxine was born November 19, 1918, in Wellington to Charles Lauck and Emma (Daniels) Lauck. She moved with her family numerous times as a child and attended 13 different schools.  She attended school at South Haven, Kansas before attending Geuda Springs High school; Geuda Springs.  She graduated from Geuda Springs High School with the class of 1936.  She continued her education at Cowley County Junior College, Arkansas City, Kansas, and graduated in 1940.  She taught in the Ashton, Kans. rural school from 1941 to 1942 and the Green rural school near Oxford in 1943.

Maxine was united in marriage to Lloyd Laverne Martin on July 5, 1942, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  They moved to Conway Springs, Kansas in 1945.  Maxine worked at Kyle Trueblood Elementary school as a teacher’s aid for 16 years.  She retired in 1984.  Lloyd died on September 26, 1990.

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