Phillip A. Fisher, of Argonia, Kan., died Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 at the Harper Hospital District in Harper at the age of 45.
Phillip was born the son of Phillip R. and Carolyn (Montgomery) Fisher on Wednesday, June 5, 1968 in Wichita. He was raised in Wichita and graduated from Wichita North High School.
On June 1, 2002, Phillip and Molly Pike were united in marriage in Argonia. Together they celebrated 11 years of marriage. They have made their home in Argonia since 2003. Phillip worked for more than 15 years at Betts Pest Control in Wichita. He later enjoyed doing maintenance for the City of Argonia while operating his own business, Elite Pest Management. Phillip enjoyed coaching his sons’ teams, watching KU basketball and Kansas City Chiefs football. He was an avid hunter.
Above all, Phillip adored his loving family. Survivors include his wife, Molly Fisher, sons, Riley and Grant Fisher, and daughter, Faith Fisher, all of Argonia; parents, Phillip and Carolyn Fisher of Wichita; sister, Sherri Black and her husband Ben of Wichita; and his grandmother, Virginia Montgomery of Wichita. He also leaves behind many extended family members and numerous friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James Everett Montgomery, Ann and Virgil Haze and Phillip R. Fisher, Sr.
Visitation was held at the funeral home from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6, with family present from 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services for Phillip will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, at Argonia Friends Church, Argonia. Interment will follow at the Argonia Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established in his loving memory with Phillip A. Fisher Children’s Fund or American Heart Association. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.
To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info. Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home and Crematory, Wellington.
Charles ‘Fred’ Palmer
Charles Fredrick “Fred” Palmer, age 79, retired Teamster, passed away Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013.
Funeral service is 1 p.m. Thursday at Smith Mortuary, 7031 S. Broadway, Haysville.
Fred was involved for many years in several community activities in Haysville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Estes Palmer, Curtis and Mary Burchett. Fred is survived by his wife of 57 years, Naomi Palmer; children, Randy Palmer, Kim Rose and Tricia (Darrell) Johnson; grandchildren, Sharla Rose, Justin (Casey) Rose, Leah Griep and Krystal Rose; great-grandchildren, Kira, Jaidyn, Khloi, Kaleah, Gibson and Jordyn; half siblings, James (Barbara) Palmer and Phyllis Snow; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and an uncle.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice or American Cancer Society. Send condolences via www.smithfamilymortuaries.com.
I was born April 27, 1939 in Norfolk, Neb., and was baptized and confirmed at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wayne. I lived at 412 E 13th St., Wayne, for 16 years and attended school at H.H. Hahn Campus School, on the campus of Wayne State Teachers College for 13 years and Wayne State Teachers College in Wayne, for four years. During that time I graduated college with a BFA Ed degree in 1961.
I was preceded in death by my parents, Edwin and Lydia (Most) Bahe; grandparents William and Ella Bahe of Davenport, Neb.; brother, Thomas Bahe and wife, Bonnie Faye (Thurman). Following Bonnie’s death I moved to Cheney from Wichita.
I am survived by: my first wife, Maralee (Handke) Bahe and our children: daughter, Leanne J. and husband Ronnie Plankenhorn of Pink Hill, N.C.; son, Bret R. Bahe and wife Shawn Cannon Bahe and grandson Aydan C. Bahe of Pepperell, Ma.; daughter, Pamela J. Veach; grandsons: Hayden C. Veach, Cameron J. Veach, Quinn M. Veach and granddaughter Taylor L Veach. Pamela’s fiancé, Michael D. Day with his three daughters, Miranda, Kaitlyn, Allison Day and granddaughter, Aubree, of Cheney.
From my marriage to Bonnie Faye (Stark) on Nov. 27, 1987 are granddaughters Kaitlyn L. Stark and Kamryn R. Stark, daughters of Thomas Stark, Bonnie’s son, and Bonnie’s younger son Brian Stark; sister-in-law Mary J. Bahe (brother Tom’s widow), nephew Stephen Bahe, nieces Debra Pastor and Patrice Bahe of Burbank, Calif.
I enjoyed the banking business for 39 years in Nebraska, Oklahoma and Kansas and stayed involved with my Insurance Agency for 50 years, as able, until my death.
My hobbies were reading and music - playing the French horn, violin, piano and organ. Also I played piano and organ for the churches attended in Nebraska and Kansas for 35 years.
Family requests memorials to Congregational United Church of Christ in Kiowa, Kan., in lieu of flowers.
Matthews, Doris E. (Hukle), age 99, passed away Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. Services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Clearwater Church of Christ. Doris was born on June 14, 1914 in Deer Creek, Okla., to her parents, Frank and Anna Hukle. She moved to Peck, Kan., when she was nine months old. Doris was united in marriage to Carl W. Matthews on Oct. 20, 1935.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; daughter, Vicki Johnson; parents; siblings, Eugene Hukle, Marvin Hukle, Vivian Shore, Crystal Mowrer, Clela Millard, and Frank Hukle.
She is survived by her children, Jacqueline Matthews and C.W. (Mary) Matthews, all of Clearwater; son-in-law, Gary Johnson, Sr. of Topeka; grandchildren, Gary Johnson of Dallas, Texas, Cherie (Todd) Moenster of Overland Park, Kan., Angie (Kelly) Heinrich of Gardener, Kan., and Curtis Matthews of Clearwater; four great-grandchildren.
Memorials: Clearwater Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 453, Clearwater, KS 67026 or Clearwater Church of Christ, 13900 Diagonal Road, Clearwater KS 67026. Webb~Shinkle Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Ollie M. (Pruitt) Robbins, age 89, died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. Service was 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 at Webb-Shinkle Mortuary Chapel, Clearwater.
She was preceded in death by first husband, Willard Lee Bentley; parents, seven sisters and two brothers and one great-granddaughter. Survivors: husband, Bobby B. Robbins; children, Carol Bentley, Randy (Lora) Bentley; step-children, Delores Robbins, Joe Robbins and David (Carla) Robbins; two grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials: Clearwater Ambulance Service or Clearwater Fire Department, P.O. Box 453, Clearwater KS 67026. www.wsmortuary.com.
Craig L. Roberts, 71, owner of Craig Roberts Co., passed away Oct. 23, 2013. He was born Jan. 12, 1942 to Delano and Henrietta Roberts at Solomon, Kan.
Craig and family moved to Cheney as a child and spent most of his lifetime living and working in Cheney and surrounding area, where he operated his business. He will forever be remembered for his strong work ethic, his honesty and integrity, and a caring demeanor toward friends and family.
He was devoted to his parents’ care and well-being for many years, supported by his wife Carolyn. Craig was a self-described jack-of-all-trades. He relished the challenge of anything mechanical, and was a master at engineering solutions to mechanical problems, especially those related to his business of windmill service and water-well drilling. He carried on these family trades, passed down from his father and maternal grandfather, a tradition that endured for nearly 100 years.
He enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine of a summer day, and although he never admitted it, he most likely enjoyed it best while perched on top of a windmill overlooking a wide-open Kansas pasture.
Craig is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Carolyn; children, Amy (Matt) Hotmar and Brian (Mendi) Roberts; stepchild, Barbara (Mike) DeBey; brother, Stuart Roberts; sister, Janeen (Gene) Long; five grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents Delano and Henrietta Roberts; brother, Darrell Roberts; sisters-in-law, Jan Roberts and Judy Roberts; brother-in-law Ray Blankenship.
Service was Monday, Oct. 28 at Wulf-Ast Mortuary. Graveside service followed at Fairview Cemetery, Cheney. Memorial has been established with Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 Market, Wichita.
Geraldine M. (Morgan) Wilcox, age 86, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. Service was held on Thursday, Oct. 24 at Webb-Shinkle Mortuary Chapel in Clearwater, Kansas.
Geraldine was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Zelda (Smith) Morgan; son, Dewayne Beard; siblings, Glenn, Cecil, Leon, and Roy Morgan, Maxine Wolf, Patty Washburn, and Nelda Bowen.
She is survived by her husband, Merle D. Wilcox; children, Joyce (Art) Marker and Gary Beard; step-children, Merle “Buddy” Wilcox, Jr., Melodie (Wilcox) Jones, and Paula Wilcox; sister, Mary Allen; four grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.
Webb-Shinkle Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Forrest Pontious, Jr.
Forrest K. Pontious, Jr., of Argonia, Kan., died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice – St. Francis in Wichita, at the age of 85.
He was well known as a teacher, a coach, and an avid sportsman. He was the much loved patriarch of a large family tree. He was a dear friend to many.
Forrest was born the son of Forrest K. Pontious and Helen May (Womeldorff) on Jan. 26, 1928, in Savonburg, Kan. Growing up in the small towns of southeastern Kansas, he learned to love fishing and hunting, baseball and basketball. Upon graduating from Desoto (Kansas) High School in 1945, he volunteered for the U.S. Navy at the age of 17, and served through the end of World War II.
Upon his return, he entered college, first at Pittsburg State College (Pittsburg, Kan.), then onto Baker University (Baldwin, Kan.). While at Baker, he married Alverna Lea Hume in Desoto, Kan., on June 19, 1948. Together they raised five children and shared 59 years of marriage.
After graduating from Baker in 1950, he began his teaching and coaching career with assignments at several northeastern Kansas high schools. In the summer of 1956, he and his family moved to Argonia, where he taught and coached for a total of 36 years. He was serving in the role of high school principal at the time of his retirement in 1988, continuing as girls’ basketball coach for another four years.
During his coaching tenure at Argonia High School, he led the Red Raiders to innumerable conference championships, and he brought home the Boys 1-A State basketball championship trophy in 1969. He loved children, and he loved coaching and teaching them. He positively impacted hundreds of young people’s lives.
Survivors include his sons, Steve Pontious and wife Kay of Katy, Texas; Rick Pontious and wife Tammy of Milan, Kan.; Dave Pontious and wife Brenda of Traverse City, Mich.; his daughter Jana Baker and husband Rick of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; his sister Joan Cole and husband Ben of Bristol, Tenn.; 15 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, one niece and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Alverna, and his son Mike Pontious.
His surviving family and friends will miss him greatly. However, his children are very happy knowing he has gone to be with Mom, and that they are living in a place where the Red Raiders, the Jayhawks, and the Yankees win all their games, and where the fish never stop biting.
Visitation will be held at the Day Funeral Home in Wellington from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, with family members present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Funeral services for Forrest will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday Oct. 25, at the Argonia United Methodist Church, 307 North Main, Argonia. Interment will follow at the Argonia Cemetery.
Memorials are being established in his loving memory with Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 South Market, Wichita, KS, and also for the Forrest and Alverna Pontious – Argonia High School Memorial Fund. Contributions should be left at or mailed to Day Funeral Home and Crematory.
To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.
Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home and Crematory, Wellington.
Phyllis May Southworth, 80, died Sept. 26, 2013, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. She was born Oct. 20, 1932, in Harper County, Kan., to Charles Edgar and Olive Gertrude Collumber Cole.
She was a 1950 graduate of Argonia High School, Ottawa University of 1955, and she received her master’s from Western State, Gunnison, Colo., in 1969.
Phyllis was retired from McCandless Grade School as a teacher and taught for 40 years. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma for 40 years, National Education Association in the Hutchinson area, Retired School Personnel and Silver Leaf Chapter #464 Order of Eastern Star.
On June 11, 1983, she married James Riley Southworth in Hutchinson, Kan. He survives. Other survivors include: a brother, C.R. Cole and wife Ilona of Logan, Utah; nieces, Teresa Cole-Das of Oveida, Fla., Marie Meadows and husband Jerry of Greensburg, Ky.; nephews, Gene Jackson and wife Debbie of Wichita, Everett Neuhauser of Greensburg, Ky., Billy Neuhauser and wife Martha of Albuquerque, N.M.; five great-nieces and nephews, seven great-great-nieces and nephews, and many cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral service was Sept. 30, at Elliott Chapel, Hutchinson, with Chaplain Bob Phipps presiding. Burial followed in Fairlawn Burial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to Order of Eastern Star in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.
James G. “Smiley” Martin, age 48, maintenance supervisor with the City of Colwich, died Oct. 20, 2013 in Colwich.
A rosary was held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23 and the funeral service will be Thursday, Oct. 24, at St. Mark Catholic Church in St. Mark, Kan.
Survivors include his wife Treasa of Colwich; mother, Jane Martin of Colwich; son, Clay Blades of Wichita; daughters, Tressann (Andy) Tanges, Winter (Jeremy) Jay, both of Wichita; brothers, David (Janelle) Martin and Doug (Kristy) Martin, both of Conway Springs; sister, Ann Howe, of Colwich; six grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jared, and his father, Leo.
Interment is at St. Mark Cemetery. A memorial has been established with St. Mark Parish.
Arrangements are being handled by Wulf-Ast Mortuary, Colwich, Kan.
Mary E. (Daniels) Plummer, age 76, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. A memorial service will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 at Clearwater United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fredrick and Gladys (Wilson) Daniels. Survivors include her husband, George; children, Bruce Plummer of San Diego, Calif., Paul (Kathy) Plummer of Escondido, Calif., and Jennifer (Todd) Clark of Clearwater; siblings, Patsy, Betty, Dorothy, and Fred; three grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association Central and Western KS Office, 347 S. Laura, Wichita, KS 67211, and Clearwater United Methodist Church, 130 N. 1st, Clearwater, KS 67026.
Webb-Shinkle Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
B. Clarene Weaver, 85, Wichita, formerly of Clearwater, was admitted to heaven on Oct. 19, 2013 after a valiant battle with cancer. Visitation, 9 a.m, to 8 p.m., Friday, with family present, 5:30-7 p.m., Webb-Shinkle Mortuary, Clearwater. Service, 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct 26, First Christian Church, Clearwater.
Clarene began her full and adventurous life when she was born to Leonard and Sophie Waln on a farm just north of Canton, Kan. She was soon joined by two sisters, Leanna Loy (Waln) Harrison now of Sunrise Beach, Mo., and Verla Jane (Waln) Saunders now of Simpsonville, S.C. Clarene attended the country school in Canton along with many cousins, prior to the family moving to McPherson where she attended and graduated High School in 1945. While attending a USO dance at the Smokey Hill Air Force Base, she met her future husband – Carlton F. “Joe” Weaver who hailed from Baltimore, Md. The couple was married at the First Christian Church of McPherson on Sept. 26, 1948 (exactly 2 years from the date they first met). This year, they were happy to celebrate a rare 65 years of marriage.
After the wedding, Clarene and Joe lived in Baltimore for a few years where their first child was born, daughter, A. Denise (Weaver) Morehead. In May of 1950, Joe graduated from the Maryland Art Institute and the couple headed back to Kansas where Joe found good work and Clarene was closer to her family. Throughout the next several years, a few more children were born: son, Jon Carlton Weaver; son, Leonard Ross Weaver; and daughter, Katherine E. “Kit” (Weaver) Slater. Clarene was active in the kids’ schools, scouting, church, and the ESA (Epsilon Sigma Alpha) Sorority which she had previously joined in 1946.
In 1972, Clarene and Joe moved to Clearwater when they purchased the Clearwater Greens Golf Course along with daughter Denise and son-in-law, Gary Morehead. Clarene and her family worked long, hard hours at this business and took great joy in watching it grow over the years. She enjoyed golfing, bridge, and spending time with her growing family – both her immediate family swelling to nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, as well as with the many customers that had become good family friends.
Clarene began another adventure when she and Joe “retired” from the golf course in 1987 and began traveling extensively.
She was preceded in death by parents, Leonard and Sophie (Brucker) Waln. Survivors: husband, Carlton F. “Joe”; children, Denise (Gary) Morehead of Clearwater, Jon (Loretta) Weaver of Wichita, Ross Weaver of Clearwater, and Kit (Dan) Slater of Wichita; sisters, Leanna (Merle) Harrison of Sunrise Beach, Mo., and Verla (Gerald) Saunders of Simpsonville, S.C.; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Memorials: Victory in the Valley, 3755 S. Douglas, Wichita, KS, or First Christian Church, 524 E. Wood, Clearwater, KS, 67026 or Wichita Junior Golf Foundation, 5729 E 10th Circle N, Wichita, KS.
Webb-Shinkle Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Geraldine M. (Morgan) Wilcox, age 86 of Clearwater, passed away Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. Service is 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, at Webb-Shinkle Mortuary, Clearwater, Kan.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Zelda (Smith) Morgan; son, Dewayne Beard; siblings, Glenn, Cecil, Leon, and Roy Morgan; Maxine Wolf, Patty Washburn, and Nelda Brown. Survivors: husband, Merle Dee Wilcox; children, Joyce (Art) Marker of Wyandotte, Okla., Gary Beard of Danbury, Wis., sister, Mary Allen of Knob Knoster, Mo., four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.
Webb-Shinkle Mortuary, Clearwater, is in charge of arrangements.
Horace ‘Pat’ Patterson
Horace E. “Pat” Patterson, 71, of 1171 N. Conway Springs Rd., died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 at his home north of Conway Springs, Kan.
He was born August 7, 1942, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Horace Elvin Patterson and Mary Louise (Whaley) Patterson. Horace was a young child when his father was killed in the Pacific during WWII. At the age of 24, his mother became a widow, with a four-year old, three-year old, and two-year old to raise. In 1952 at the age of 10, he and his family moved from California to Wichita, Kan.
He often spent summers with his grandparents Elvin and Lena Patterson in Talihina, Okla., his father’s birthplace.
Shortly before his high school graduation (April 27, 1960), he decided to join the Navy, subsequently receiving his GED in the military service. He served his country abroad as a photographer’s mate on board the USS Oriskany, taking photos for the Navy in the Philippines, Japan, and Hawaii. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 14, 1964.
He was united in marriage to Janet Ellen Andra on Dec. 27, 1966 at St. Joseph Church in Conway Springs.
In 1967 he and his wife moved to Burbank, Calif., where their daughter Becky was born. They moved to Sylmar, Calif., in 1969 and their son Eric was born in 1970. Horace was employed by Lockheed in Burbank for eight years, working as a technical writer and in advertising.
In 1974 they moved to Conway Springs where their son Luke was born in 1978 and daughter Catherine was born in 1983. Horace worked at Kreonite, a photo processor manufacturer in Wichita for eight years. He traveled extensively throughout the U. S., Canada, and Europe setting up convention exhibits for his company. In 1980 he worked for five weeks in Moscow setting up the photo processing room for the Associated Press for the Olympics.
In his work at Circuit City in Wichita for seven years he was a successful salesman, winning a top salesperson award. 1999 his son Eric, who also worked at Circuit City, died at the age of 29.
He then worked for Boeing as a technical writer for eight years, retiring at age 66. At Boeing he worked writing instruction manuals for Boeing military planes.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and playing cards. Two summers ago he had trot lines at Cheney Reservoir where he caught fish up to 30 pounds, plus. His dream was to go one more time this summer but his health prevented that. He took pictures of the family at events and celebrations, leaving them with a wealth of photos of the family life. He spent the last two years working on getting all the family photos and videos onto hard drives so each of the children could have a complete set to enjoy through the years.
He was a member of the Wichita Gem and Mineral Society for six years and with his wife formed “Majestic Rock,” a lapidary business which involved tumbling and polishing rocks and petrified wood.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters Rebecca (Curtis) Leddy and Catherine (David) Poland of Conway Springs; son Luke (Luisa) Patterson of Overland Park, seven grandchildren; a sister Betty (John) Porubski of Goddard and a brother Lynn (Linda) Patterson of West Richland, Wa.
He will long be remembered for his devotion to God, family, and country. He will be greatly missed and his family celebrates his reunion with his son Eric and other cherished family members.
Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, from the United Methodist Church, Conway Springs, with the Rev. Michael W. Roberts, pastor, officiating. Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery, Conway Springs. Arrangements were by Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs. Online condolences and guest book are available www.ebersolemortuary.com.
Memorials have been established with the Wounded Warrior Project or the Conway Springs Mission Mart.
Clayton R. Matzen, age 17, died Sunday, Oct 13, 2013. Visitation will be 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, with funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, both at Calvary Baptist Church in Derby.
Survivors include his parents, Kenneth D. and Hillary S. Matzen; siblings, Shana Matzen of Clearwater, Matthew (Jamie) Matzen of Independence, Mo., Kimberley Matzen of Wellington, and Nathan Matzen of the home; grandparents, Bill and June Matzen of Bucklin, Kenneth Akers of Walton, and Victoria Akers of Wichita.
A memorial has yet to be determined; check www.wsmortuary.com for more information.
Webb-Shinkle Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Frances E. (Girrens) Robben, age 91, of Viola, farmwife, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. Vigil/Rosary, was held at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15, both at St. John’s Catholic Church, Clonmel.
She was preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Gertrude (Kuhn) Girrens; husband, Paul Robben; brothers, Leroy Girrens and Joseph Girrens; grandson, Heath Ahne. Survivors: children, Virginia Ewertz of San Marcos, Calif.; Donna (Michael) Ahne of Conway Springs; Harvey (Laura) Robben of Cheney; Sheila (Virgil) Robben-Guerra of Rochester, NY; and Paul Robben of Garden Plain; sister, Joyce Stump of Viola; four grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, 10 step-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established with St. John’s Catholic Church, 18630 W. 71st. So., Viola, KS 67149. Webb-Shinkle Mortuary, Clearwater, was in charge of arrangements.
Carl J. Shackelford, age 79, of Clearwater, founder/co-owner of Shackelford Machine, Inc., passed away on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013.
Service was held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 14, at First Baptist Church of Clearwater.
Carl was born on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 1934 in Crosses, Ark. He was one of 12 children born to his parents, Floyd Abraham Shackelford and Dilla Etta Hollingsworth Shackelford. He was united in marriage to Carol Aline Anderson on July 14, 1956, in Wichita.
He was preceded in death by parents, Floyd and Dilla (Hollingsworth) Shackelford; siblings, Wade W. Shackelford, Wilma E. Shackelford, Albert W. Shackelford, Orville O. Shackelford, Mary Shackelford, and Ray Shackelford.
Survivors: wife of 57 years, Carol; daughter, Carla (Nick) Kakoulias of Conway Springs; son, Jay (Tracy) Shackelford of Clearwater; siblings, Velma Shepherd of Springdale, Ark., Martha (Glen) Shackelford of Hazel Valley, Ark., Flora Shepherd of Wichita, Floy (George) Robbins of Elkin, Ark., and Dora (Nathan) Jordan of Wichita; grandchildren, Tommy Kakoulias, Ryan Shackelford, Steve Kakoulias, Rachelle Shackelford, Janelle Shackelford, and Nikki Kakoulias; one great-grandchild, Aden Shackelford.
Memorial: Clearwater Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 453, Clearwater, KS 67026. Webb-Shinkle Mortuary, Clearwater, was in charge of arrangements.
Greta B. Sullivan, 82, homemaker died Oct. 1, 2013. Greta was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Barney.
She is survived by her daughters, Darcy (Bill) Foster of Park City, Kan., and Lisa (Jerry) Reddell of Cheney, Kan.; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and memorial service is 3 p.m. Saturday Oct. 19 at Resthaven Mortuary. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be offered at www.resthavenmortuary-cemetery.com.
Doris Birdine Bachelder was born the youngest daughter of Floyd Eleazer and Hazel Kate (Wait) Bachelder on Dec. 1, 1927 at Brainard, Kan. She died on Oct. 12, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital, Wichita, with her family at her side.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Harriett (Warren) Corbin and Vivian Simpson.
She married Quinten Delmar Young on May 23, 1948. They resided on the Young Family Farm until their deaths. Doris was bookkeeper and manager of Young Construction including the farming and livestock operation. She was a member of the Cheney United Methodist Church and Vinita Friendship Club.
Survivors include children: Joyce (Fred) Foley, Allen (Corliss) Young, and Jeff (Sharen) Young.
Grandchildren and great grandchildren: Clint (Stephanie) Foley, Cassidy and Sam; Ross (Kelby) Foley, Kendall and Reagan; Chad (Brooke) Young, Chloe and Colton; Abby (Branden) Bock-Ava, Brody, Bowen; Cody (Danielle) Young, Cash and Autry, Austin Young and Kayla Gammill and Cooper Bryant; Ashley (Stephen) Granberry, George Stephen V, Aaron Young and fiancée Anna Govert, numerous family and friends.
A service was held Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. at the Cheney United Methodist Church, 406 W. Third. Memorials may be made to the Cheney United Methodist Church.
Wulf-Ast Mortuary, Garden Plain, was in charge of arrangements.
Susan McNeil, of Argonia, Kan., passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 at the age of 59.
Susan was born the daughter of Ed and Letha Saunders on, May 10, 1954 in Wellington, Kan.
On Jan. 10, 1981, Susan and Mike McNeil were united in marriage in Wellington. Together they celebrated 32 years of marriage.
Susan was a loving mother, wife, grandmother, daughter and sister. Before Susan attended nursing school, she worked at the Slate Creek Depot in Wellington. She later worked 10 years as a registered nurse at the former Wellington St. Luke’s Hospital. She later joined with her husband to work at the family business of McNeil Woodworks in Argonia, Kan.
Susan’s greatest joys in life were her children and grandchildren; she loved them greatly. She enjoyed gardening and loved antiques.
“You’ve taught me so much, I’ve watched how you live, how you chase after life, you inspire me to greater things.”
Survivors include her husband, Mike McNeil of Argonia; mother, Letha Saunders of Wellington; brother, Michael Saunders and his wife Kelly of Lafayette, Colo.; daughters, Brynn Richardson and her husband Tim of Wichita; Kelsey Curry and her husband D.J. of Wellington; son, Brett McNeil and his wife Julie of Andover; grandchildren: Alex Richardson, Samuel Richardson, Jackson Curry, Makenzie Curry, Elizabeth Curry, Elliott McNeil and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father Ed Saunders.
Visitation will be held at the Day funeral home from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5, with family present from 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services for Susan will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 6, at the First United Methodist Church, 202 West Harvey in Wellington.
Interment will follow at the Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington.
Memorials have been established in her loving memory with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road Suite 200 Bethesda, Maryland 20814. Contributions may be mailed or left with the funeral home.
To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.
Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.
Frances E. (Girrens) Robben, age 91, of Viola, farm wife, died on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013.
Vigil/Rosary, was held at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14, and Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m., Tuesday Oct. 15, both at St. John’s Catholic Church, Clonmel.
She was preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Gertrude (Kuhn) Girrens; husband Paul Robben; brothers, Leroy Girrens and Joseph Girrens; one grandson. Survivors: children, Virginia Ewertz of San Marcos, Calif., Donna (Michael) Ahne of Conway Springs, Harvey (Laura) Robben of Cheney, Sheila (Virgil) Robben-Guerra of Rochester, NY, and Paul Robben of Garden Plain; sister, Joyce Stump of Viola; four grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, 10 step-great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. John’s Catholic Church 18630 W. 71st. So., Viola, KS 67149. Webb-Shinkle Mortuary, Clearwater, was in charge of arrangements.
Juanita Van Winkle
Juanita Van Winkle of Salina, Kan., formerly of Argonia, Kan., died on October 11, 2013 at the age of 93. She was born on Nov. 16, 1919 on the family farm near Vandalia, Ill.,the daughter of Homer Erastus and Leah Ceora (Lousignot) Guffey. She was one of nine children.
She attended country schools and was a graduate of Vandalia High School where she developed her love of bookkeeping which lasted her entire life. At the age of 19 she met Merle “Rip” Van Winkle, a young oil field worker from Kansas on New Year’s Eve Dec. 31, 1938 and married him on July 5, 1939 in Vandalia, Ill.
During the early years of their marriage they traveled together for his job in the oil fields of Illinois, Wyoming,and Missouri among other states.
When Rip enlisted in the service of his country for WWII, Juanita did not stay behind in the Midwest. Instead, after he shipped out of San Francisco she drove their car down Highway 1 to Los Angeles where she independently rented an apartment and got a job working in a bank for the duration of the war. When Rip returned home she would have liked to stay in sunny California. However, his Kansas roots ran deep and she helped him to achieve his dream of becoming a custom cutter, traveling through Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana and Canada, following the harvest trail.
This work was mainly in the summer and fall so Rip signed up for auctioneer school to help provide for his family during the other months of the year. They worked as a team and she was his faithful companion until his death June 8, 1998 after being married 59 years.
Juanita stayed at the family home in Argonia until the fall of 2004 when she moved to Salina to be closer to family and got to live in a brand new apartment, the first time in her life she had ever lived in anything that was brand new. It was as if Juanita had moved into a great sorority house with girls who came to be lifelong friends.
Having her hair done and dressing sharply was important to her after growing up in poverty during the great Depression, which she said wasn’t so great. She proudly said “I would never wear a pair of blue jeans if I don’t have to.”
Throughout her entire life a weekly color, cut and set was a highlight. After moving to Salina she stopped the color and her family loved the beautiful white hair that resulted. Although Juanita was the ultimate hostess for many parties and holiday gatherings, after cooking in the harvest fields for 37 years her favorite quip was “don’t mess up the kitchen, let’s go out to eat.” She would always enjoy shopping and then taking everyone out to eat.
As people who knew her would attest, Juanita loved to get a bargain. Shopping was one of her favorite sports and back in her younger days she wouldn’t leave home without the stiletto heels that she in later years scolded her granddaughter for wearing.
It comforts us to know she went to the big shopping mall in the sky. Juanita’s devotion to her Christian faith was evident to those that knew her. She has read the Bible in its entirety every year since the mid 1970s and completed this year’s reading of the Bible just a few weeks ago.
Juanita is survived by her daughter, AnitaGae Van Winkle Huntley (Jack Sheahon) of Salina; grandson, Zachary Douglas Huntley of Los Angeles; granddaughter, Jessica Rose Sheahon of New York City; and sister Doris Bruce of Sun City, Arizona.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings; sisters: Darleen Pruett in 2006, Clara Bunyard in 2006, Alberta Bruce in 2010; brothers: Dale in 1943, Nelson in 1991, Erin in 1993 and Laurel in 2006.
Graveside services for Juanita will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 18 at the Argonia Cemetery in Argonia.
A memorial has been established in her loving memory with the Women Helping Women, c/o Greater Salina Community Foundation, P.O. Box 2876, Salina, KS 67401.
To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info. Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.