Butler  County,  Kansas


Charles R. "Bob" Wescott, 67, of El Dorado, died Thursday morning, Dec. 29, 1994, at his home. Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Carlson Funeral home. Burial will be in Walnut Valley Memorial Park.

He was born April 15, 1927, in Lyon County, the son of Charles Earl and Velma Pearl Basinger Wescott. He worked as a "gang" pusher for Oxy, USA, and had lived in El Dorado for 13 years after moving from Towanda.

On Dec. 31, 1949, he and Joan Cox were married in Lyon county.

Survivors include: wife, Joan, sons, Chuck Stewart of Pensacola, Fla., Larry Wescott, John Wescott, both of El Dorado, daughters Karen Arnold, Lorna Kasner, Shelly Wheeler, all of El Dorado, Patricia Hess of Madison; two brothers, five sisters, 12 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

Memorials are to Hospice Inc. (El Dorado Times, Dec. 29, 1994)


Dr. Christina Copeland Wetekamp of Lee's Summit, Mo., died Tuesday, March 15, 1994, at home. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Noland Road Chapel in Independence, Mo.

She was born Dec. 13, 1956, in Kansas City, Mo., to Dr. Leon H. Copeland and Margie Lou Langley Copeland, both formerly of El Dorado. She graduated from Truman High School in Independence, Mo., in 1975 and received a degree in geology from UMKC in 1979. In 1984 she received a Doctorate of dental Surgery degree from UMKC and began dental practice with her father in Raytown, Mo. After his death in 1993, she operated the dental practice in the Plaza in Kansas, Mo.

In October 1986, she and Bodo Wetekamp were married in Lee's Summit.

Survivors include: husband, Bodo, brothers, L. Gregory Copeland of Columbia, Mo., Dr. Michael Copeland of Nashville, Tenn., stepdaughter, Monica Wetekamp of Kansas City, Aunt Euda (Copeland) Mosier of El Dorado.

She was preceded in death by her mother. Memorials are to the RA Bloch Cancer Foundation Inc., 4410 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. 64111. (El Dorado Times, Mar. 18, 1994)


Leona Whipple, 81, retired nurse's aide, from Eureka, died Friday, May 20, 1994. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Campbell-Kelley Funeral Home.

Survivors include: son, Dale of Duncan, Okla., Allan of El Dorado, Larry of Eureka, daughter, Carol Ann Sears of Harvey, N.D.; brother, Arthur Purkeypile of Pontiac, Mo., sisters, Leta Bessie of Apache Junction, Ariz., Eileen Lynch of Edmond, Okla., Gladys Coffman of Topeka, ten grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with the Greenwood County Hospital Auxiliary. (El Dorado Times, May 21, 1994)


William J. "Bill" White, 57, of Towanda, died Friday afternoon, March 25, 1994, at Susan B. Allen Hospital. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Sunset Lawns Cemetery. Graveside Masonic services will be held.

He was born Nov. 29, 1936, in Buffalo, N.Y., the son of William J. and Virginia (Bunting) White II. He graduated from Burns High School in 1956. He served in the U.S. Army. In 1967 he and Amelia "Joyce" Sargeant were married.

For more than 36 years he worked as a machinist in the valve shop at Texaco Refinery. He was a member of the Methodist Church and Patmos Masonic Lodge No. 97 AF&AM.

Survivors include: wife, Joyce, son, William White IV of Denver, Colo., stepson, Michael Worley of Buckley, wash., stepdaughters, Dana Kling of Towanda, Tonia Horn of Emporia, Marcia Norton of Wichita, sisters, Faye Romaine of Indianpolis, Ind., Barbara Davis of Emporia; 12 grandchildren.

Memorials are to Hospice Inc. Kirby-Morris Funeral Home has the arrangements. (El Dorado Times, Mar. 26, 1994)


Bertha C. (Nye) Widick, 93, of Benton, died Thursday, April 28, 1994 HCA Wesley Medical Center. Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Carlson Funeral Home. Private burial will be held.

She was born March 23, 1901, in Furley, the daughter of Leroy G. and Jennie B. Whiteside Nye. On Nov. 18, 1920, she and Cecil Widick were married. He died July 16, 1986. She had lived in Benton for 65 years after moving from north of Towanda. She was a member of Towanda Chapter 88, and Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include, son, Bud of Valley Center, daughter, Luetta Haas of Benton, Leitta Gragg of Valley Center, Celia Penner of Douglass, sister, Eugenia Varner of Arkansas city; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, one sister and one grandson.

Memorials are to Benton Methodist Church. (El Dorado Times, Apr. 29, 1994)


Agathe Hulda Wiebe, 91, of Whitewater, died Thursday, March 17, 1994, at Wheat State Manor. Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at Emmaus Mennonite Church. Whitewater. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

She was born Sept. 18, 1902, near Whitewater, the daughter of John and Anna (Regier) Epp. On June 17, 1926, she and Jacob H. Wiebe were married. He died in 1989. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include sons, Delmer of Newton, Delbert of Whitewater, brother, John Epp, of Whitewater, sister, Agnes Regier of Whitewater, 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren.

Memorials are to Gideon Bibles and Missionaries, John Epp, Linda Harder, Wilfred Thiessen, Martha Epp and Elfrieda Harder. Lamb-Nutter Mortuary has the arrangements. (El Dorado Times, Mar. 18, 1984)


Hedwig Weibe, 78, homemaker, of Burns, died Monday, March 28, 1994. Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Emmaus Mennonite Church in Whitewater. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

She was born Aug. 18, 1915 in rural Whitewater to John and Justine (Wiebe) Busenitz. On May 31, 1939, she and Alfred H. Wiebe were married in rural Whitewater.

Survivors include: husband, Alfred, sons, DuWayne, Ted, both of Burns, Kerwin of Omaha, daughters, Evangeline Roth of Grand Rapids, mich., Delores Harman of Omaha, Bernice Penner of Butterfield, Minn., Maxine Unruh of Valley Center, Brothers Ben Busenitz of Whitewater, Art Busenitz of Benton, sisters, Margaret Thiessen of Whitewater, Elizabeth Unruh of Marion; 21 grandchildren, one great-grandchild.

Memorials are to Gideons International. Lamb-Nutter Mortuary in Whitewater has the arrangements. (El Dorado Times, March 30, 1994)


Roland Ralph "Mick" Wiley, 72, of El Dorado, died Wednesday, March 9, 1994 at Susan B. Allen Hospital. Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Presbyterian Church. Rev. John Enwright will officiate the services. Burial will be in Belle Vista Cemetery.

He was born Sept. 30, 1921, in El Dorado, the son of Roland Ralph and Bernice Elvira (Benson) Wiley and graduated from El Dorado High School in 1939. He attended Butler County Community College. During WWII he served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps and attained the rank of Captain. He lived in this area all his life. In 1942 he and Gladys Spurgeon were married. She died in 1974. In 1976 he and Lorena Hofstetter were married.

He was owner and operator of Wiley Shoe Stores in El Dorado and Wichita. His membership included the Presbyterian Church, founding member of the Young couples church group, V. F. W., American Legion, El Dorado County Club and chaired many Chamber of Commerce committees. He was past chairman of the Red Cross and a charter member of Jaycees. For many years he coached Little League Baseball and the Wiley softball team.

Survivors include: wife, Lorena, sons, Rod of Wichita, Greg of El Dorado, daughter, Kathy Wood of Wichita, stepdaughter, Cindy Wilson of El Dorado, sisters, Margaret Stafford of Nickerson, Susie Sterling of Hardtner, nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Mike and grandson Sam.

Memorials are to Hospice Inc., and the Mick Wiley Scholarship Fund. The casket will not be open at the service. Kirby-Morris Funeral Home has the arrangements. (El Dorado Times, Mar. 10, 1994)


Services for Jay H. Williams, 66, of Ponca City, Okla., formerly of El Dorado, were held at Trout Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Heslip officiating. Burial was in Blankenship Cemetery, Rosalia. He died Saturday, Oct. 23, 1994.

He was born Jan. 11, 1928, in Council Grove, the son of Elmer Leroy and Anna Caroline Young Williams, and attended Coffee County schools. He graduated from Westphalia Rural High School in 1945. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1946 to 1947 and received a good conduct medal. In 1950 he and Margaret Louise Browning were married. On July 14, 1973, he and Mary Jane Worrell were married in Ponca City.

He worked for radio stations in Missouri and Kansas. In 1953, he helped build KBTO in El Dorado and served as the chief engineer. He also worked for Graham Two Way Radio for 18 years. Until retiring in 1990, he owned and operated Jay's Two Way.

He was an amateur radio operator and was recognized as Amateur of the Year by the Flint Hills Amateur Radio Club in 1988. He was an instructor for novice courses and was active in Storm Spotters. He was president of the Kay County club in 1986 and was communications officer for the Kay County Civil Defense program and had been a member of the First Baptist Church where he served as secretary/treasurer and youth counselor.

Survivors include: wife, Mary, daughters, Cathy Dunn of El Dorado, Shirley Little of Wichita, Janet Williams of Ulysses; stepson Richard Keating of Ponca City, brother, Elmer Williams of Waverly, seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren.

Memorials were to Hospice of Ponca City. (El Dorado Times, Nov. 1, 1994)


Devin Blake Wilson, infant son of Kevin and Aimee (Biggs) Wilson, died Saturday, Aug. 27, 1994, at Wesley Medical Center. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in Lakeview Cemetery. Mark Hayward will officiate the services.

He was born Aug. 27, 1994 in Wichita.

Other survivors include: sister, Caitlin Wilson of Wichita, grandparents, Bruce and Carolyn Wilson of Wichita, Robert and Glenda Mulch of Scott City, Dean and Susan Biggs of Ulysses, great-grandparents, Charlotte Harmon of Andover, Ralph Biggs of Garden City, Phyllis Bruce of Lindsborg, Atha Mulch of Scott City.

Kirby-Morris Funeral Home has the arrangements. (El Dorado Times, Aug. 29, 1994)


Services for Chelsea Watson Winters, 81, of Wichita, homemaker, were held Friday at Hillside Funeral Home. She died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 1994 at St. Francis Regional Medical Center. Burial was in Kechi Cemetery.

She was a former resident of Herington and a member of the Herington Baptist Church and the Square Dance Club.

Survivors include: sons, Dennis Watson of Wichita, Alan Watson of Missoula, Mont.; daughter, Wilma Hensley of Valley Center, sister, Prudence Phillips of El Dorado, 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Grover Gardner and Thressa Bates and one son, Gary Watson. (El Dorado Times, Feb. 11, 1994)


William F. "Bill" Winzer, 70, farmer/stockman, Butler County resident, died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 1994 at HCA Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church in Augusta with Pastors Howard Friesen and Mike Omundson officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.

He was born July 19, 1924, the son of R. O. "Dick" and Grace Carder Winzer. On May 16, 1948, he and Virginia Long were married. She died in 1989. In 1990, he and Mary Schnable were married.

He was a member of the Cumberland community church and Gideons International, president of the Augusta camp, past president and board member for the Butler County Farm Bureau, past president and charter member of the Augusta Iris Society, and a member of the Wichita and American Iris Societies.

Survivors include: wife, Mary, sons, Scott of Augusta, David of Grand Coulee, Wash., daughter, Karla Nuce of Bel Aire, stepson, Kenneth Bohon of Augusta stepdaughters, Cathy Wheeler of Glendale, Ariz., Connie Dean of Gardner, brother James R. of Augusta, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, six step-grandchildren.

Memorials are to Gideons International and the Augusta Camp. Dunsford Funeral Home has the arrangements. (El Dorado Times, Oct. 14, 1994)


Services have been held for Fred Woelk Sr., 80, of Pasco, Wash., who died March 12, 1994 in Harborview Burn Center, Seattle.

He was a long time resident of El Dorado and Towanda and had worked for several years for Kansas Gas & Electric Company.

Survivors include: wife, Mary, daughters, Marsha Carter of Pasco, Shirley Ricker of El Dorado, sons, Fred Jr., of Pasco, Darrell of El Dorado. (El Dorado Times, May 10, 1994)


Bonnie June (Hendricks) Wolf, 70, of Salina, died at her home Sunday, Dec. 18, 1994. Services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Potwin Methodist Church with Dr. David Branson officiating. Burial was in McGill Cemetery.

She was born Dec. 13, 1924, in Potwin. She was a beautician and a member of the Potwin Methodist Church and the FCE Club. She moved to Salina in October after living in Marion for 18 years.

Survivors include: husband, Claude, son, Carl of Salina; daughter, Lora Kowach of Silver Lake, brothers Jim Hendricks of Potwin, Denny Hendricks of Bentonville, Ark., sisters, Betty Smith of Milan, Mo., Frances Oblander of Marion, two grandchildren.

Memorials were to Hospice of Salina and the Marion City Library. Zeiner Funeral Home had the arrangements. (El Dorado Times, Dec. 20, 1994)


Rev. Letha Wood, 78, of El Dorado, died Monday, Nov. 28, 1994 at St. Luke's Hospital in Marion. Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Carlson Funeral Home. Burial will be in Sunset Lawns cemetery.

She was born march 4, 1916, in Pryor, Okla., the daughter of Wiley E. and Hattie E. Cox Wood. She graduated from El Dorado High school in 1935 and attended Wichita Business College, the Nazarene Bethany College in Oklahoma and the Electrical Blueprint College in Kansas City.

She had lived in El Dorado for 76 years and was pastor of the Living Water Chapel for many years. She was also a broadcaster and had worked at the Beech Aircraft during WWII.

Survivors include: nieces and nephews including Phillip Carter of El Dorado. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and four sisters.

Memorials are to the First Church of the Nazarene. (El Dorado Times, Nov. 29, 1994)


Claybel Houston Woods, 79, of El Dorado, died Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, 1994. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday at the Presbyterian church.

Entombment will be held in the Belle vista Mausoleum. Rev. John Enwright will officiate the services.

She was born Nov. 13, 1915, in Malta Bend, Mo., the daughter of Clay and Florence (Lloyd) Houston. On Feb. 1, 1936, she and Charles E. "Chuck" Woods were married. She moved to El Dorado in 1937 from Ft. Scott. Her husband owned and operated Woods Lumber Company. He died April 15, 1992.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, the El Dorado County Club and a former member of the Logopedics Auxiliary.

Survivors include: son, Ray of Independence, daughter, Judy Marshall of Wrightsville Beach, N.C. five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren. Memorials are to Hospice Inc., and Bradford memorial Library. Kirby-Morris Funeral Home has the arrangements. (El Dorado Times, Nov. 9, 194)


Donald L. Worthingon, 59, of Towanda, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 1994 at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. Services will be announced later by Carlson Funeral home. (El Dorado Times, Feb. 14, 1994)

Donald L. Worthington, 59, of Towanda, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 1994 at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Carlson Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Towanda Cemetery.

He was born Nov. 9, 1934 in Furley the son of Carroll and Ruby Nace Worthington. He spent his youth in the Benton area, and was a long time Towanda resident. He was semi-retired and was owner and operator of Worthington Paint & Body Shop in Towanda. He had also worked for Beech Aircraft for 23 years. He was the former Body Shop manager for Vantage Ford in El Dorado and Swinson Cadillac in Pratt. He attended the Nazarene Church in Towanda.

On July 15, 1955, he married Iris P. Riggs in Towanda.

Survivors include: wife, Iris, sons, Donald D. of Rush Springs, Okla., Terry W. of Towanda, brother, Norman "Tip" of Eagle River, Ala., twin sister, Donna Cunningham of Lenexa; five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and one brother.

Memorial in his memory for the Towanda church of the Nazarene may be left at Carlson Funeral Home. (El Dorado Times, Feb. 15, 1994)


Margaret M. Wurtz, 90, of Clifton, homemaker died June 29, 1994 at St. Joseph Hospital in Concordia. Services were held Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Clifton and burial was in the church cemetery.

She was born June 17, 1904 in Morrowville, to John and Theresa (Boerner) Hauschel. On July 31, 1928, she and Peter L. Wurtz were married in Clara. He died Feb. 11, 1981. They farmed in the Clara area until 1946 when they moved to Clifton where they farmed until retiring in 1966.

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Altar Society.

Survivors include: daughters, Javene Blecha of Munden, Betty Tighe of El Dorado, sister, Lucille Rusch of Russell, 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.

Memorials are to St. Mary's Catholic Church. Turner Funeral Home had the arrangements. (El Dorado Times, July 6, 1994)


Billie Joanne Wagner, 52, of El Dorado, died Sunday at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital after a lengthy Illness. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the First Baptist Church. Burial will follow the services in Elmwood Cemetery in Augusta.

She was born Sept. 7, 1933 at Augusta, the daughter of William David and Sarah Louise Elliott Fudge. She had lived in the El Dorado and Augusta areas for most of her life. She worked as an accountant for IPS until Ill health forced her retirement in 1979.

She served in the U.S. Navy for two years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Americal Legion and was a former member of the El Dorado BPW.

Survivors include two sisters, Jean Plummer and Patti Mulvaney, both of El Dorado. ( El Dorado Times, El Dorado, Kansas ~ Monday, Sept 30, 1985 ~ Transcribed by Judy Mayfield)


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