The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published May 26, 2016

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Ed Simmelink, Wayne Morgan, John Buster, Bonnie Wicker, Jimmy Webber, Billy Thompson, Fern Shellhase


Ed Simmelink
Edwin Lee "Corky" Simmelink, 77, Salina, died last Wednesday after complications from cancer. He was born Sept. 28, 1938, to Maurice and Pauline (Brinkworth) Simmelink at Ionia.
Edwin worked his entire career as a shop superintendent and parts manager for Foley Tractor Company and Smoky Hill, Inc. He was a member of Church of the Cross United Methodist, Salina, and served in the U.S. Navy.
He is survived by his wife, Diane, of the home; daughter, Teresa Simmelink; son, Brian Simmelink; grandson, Alec Simmelink, all of Wichita; brother, Don Simmelink; sister, Mrs. Jerry Patton (Jane); nieces, nephews and many friends.
His funeral was held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church of the Cross, Salina. Burial followed in Ionia Cemetery. There was a visitation Friday evening with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ryan Mortuary in Salina.

Wayne Morgan
Wayne Alan Morgan died on Monday, May 9, 2016, at the age of 67 years, 10 months and 21 days. He was born on June 19, 1948, in Smith Center, the son of Alan and Leona (Williams) Morgan.
He attended country school, Red Cloud, Neb., schools and graduated from Lebanon High School. Wayne attended a tech college where he studied mechanics and used his knowledge when he was drafted by the army during the war to maintain the equipment. He served from April 11, 1968, to Nov. 7, 1969, where he made the rank of SP4(T) and was honorably discharged because of a hardship release to return back to Lebanon to help his father on the farm. He continued to farm the home place and provided for his parents in their later years. His mechanical training came in handy when keeping his machinery and also the neighbors in good working condition. Wayne enjoyed hunting raccoons with the dogs he trained, going south for harvest for many years, county music and spending time with his niece, Lisa, in California. He was a gifted carpenter which is seen around the farmstead and talented at many other things too numerous to list.
At the age of 65, he met the love of his life, Darlene Chapin, and they were married on Aug. 23, 2013, in the New Covenant Church, Smith Center. From that moment on he experienced some of the greatest joys in his life, especially being a grandpa for the first time and spending as much time as he could with his new family. He was an active member of the New Covenant Church of Smith Center.
Wayne was caring, helpful and always willing to lend a hand to neighbors and friends. After retiring from farming he enjoyed helping his cousins through the harvest seasons. His greatest joy in life was when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Ardyce Ellis.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Darlene Morgan of Lebanon; a sister, Gloria (Gail) Portenier of Wymore, Neb.; three step daughters, Tera (Gabe Roth) Harm of Cheyenne Wells, Colo., Melissa (DJ) O'Neal of Manhattan, Kan., Lindy (Derek) Feldmann of Smith Center, Kan.; two nephews, Lonnie (Chris) Portenier of Miami, Okla., David (Karen) Portenier of Lincoln, Neb.; two nieces, Sandra Portenier of Apex, N.C., Lisa Ellis of Fresno, Calif.; five step grandchildren, Alex Harm, Sophia and Jaxon O'Neal, Haley and Jacoby Feldmann.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at All Faiths Funeral Chapel, Smith Center, Kan., with Pastor Mike Gooder officiating. Burial took place in Fairview Cemetery, Smith Center, with military rites. Memorials may be given to the Wayne A. Morgan Memorial Fund or New Covenant Church in care of the funeral home:

John Buster
John Ernest Buster, 70, died May 12 at Salina Regional Health Center. The son of Earl Wilfred "Willie" and Opal Darlene Newlin Buster, he was born Sept. 13, 1945, in Concordia, one of four children born to this union.
John attended grade schools in Burr Oak and Fountain, Colo., junior high and high school in Salina and graduated from McPherson High School in 1963. Following his graduation, John joined the National Guard for a couple of years prior to joining the US Army.
John was united in marriage to Linda C. Butler. This union brought together three children, two sons and one daughter. John was a member of the Galva Christian Church. He worked as a warehouse manager for Certain-Teed Corp. for several years before starting his own vinyl siding business and later added guttering. The business, Affordable Home Improvement, has been serving the McPherson area for the last 30 years. He was a member of the Canton American Legion and Legion Riders, Abate of Kansas and the Patriot Guard.
John enjoyed his family and friends, anything and everything outside, fishing, hunting, motorcycle riding, camping, softball and boating, to name just a few.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Logan Fishback.
Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Linda Buster, Galva; children, Shon Buster, McPherson, Heath Buster, Aurora, Colo., and Shelby Gering, Beloit; sisters, Kayrene Babcock, Connie Tyler and Lola Fishback; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral was held at 10 a.m. May 18 at Galva Christian Church, with Pastor Robert H. Park officiating. Military honors were presented by members of the American Legion Post 24 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2715, both of McPherson. Graveside services were held May 18, 3 p.m. at Burr Oak Cemetery, with Pastor Robert H. Park officiating. Military honors were presented by members of the Burr Oak American Legion.

Bonnie Wicker
Bonnie Wicker, 83, died Jan. 16 in Superior. The daughter of Joseph and Alice (Bueoy) Culbertson, she was born May 27, 1932, in Oak.
Bonnie was united in marriage to Richard Frank Wicker on July 14, 1978, in Nelson. Together they owned and operated Wicker TV in Edgar.
Survivors include sons, Lynn Holt and David Wicker, both of Hastings, and many other relatives.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Friday) at the Edgar Cemetery. Williams Funeral Home of Edgar is in charge of the arrangements.

Jimmy Webber
Jimmy Lee Webber, the son of Stanley and Beulah (Hines) Webber, was born Oct. 20, 1949, at Hastings, Neb. He died May 4, 2016, at the Brodstone Memorial Hospital, Superior, Neb., at the age of 66 years, 6 months and14 days.
Jim attended school in Superior and in his high school years he was a Golden Gloves boxer. On a football scholarship upon graduating, he attended Fairbury Jr. College.
He worked in the oil fields in Oklahoma and Kansas. Jimmy enjoyed racing, coyote hunting, fishing and watching wrestling with Heath Korb.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Jimmy is survived by his brother, Bob Webber of Narka, Kan., and his sister, Shirley Webber,of Superior; other relatives and a host of friends.
His funeral was held Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at the Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior with Pastor Dorothy Smith officiating.
Music was "Spirit in the Sky," "It's My Life," and "Good Bye Jimmy, Good Bye."
Honorary pallbearers were Heath Korb, Mitch Meyer, Dink Synder, Ivan Young, Don Shellhase and Jim Beard.
Memorials were suggested to go to in care of the family.
Condolences may be sent to Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 750 N. Commercial, Superior, Neb. 68978 or in care of www.pricefuneralhomes .com.
Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior was in charge of the arrangements.

Billie Thompson
Billie Daryle Thompson, the son of Val and Carrie (Wells) Thompson, was born June 12, 1930, in Jewell County, Kansas. He died Thursday, May 19, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Society's Superior Center at the age of 85 years, 11 months and 7 days.
Billie attended grade schools in Kansas, Texas and Nebraska before graduating from Superior High School.
He was united in marriage to Wanda Lee Killough on July 22, 1951, in Red Cloud, Neb. To this union five children were born. On Sept. 6, 1951, he was inducted into the United Sates Army serving during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 4, 1953.
During Billie's lifetime he was engaged in farming, worked for the Superior City Utilities, Ideal Cement Company and for Dr. Hatch attending his horses. Billie enjoyed raising goats and quarter horses, which he raced on the track. He also enjoyed the outdoors and hunting. He was a member of the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert Thompson.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda of Superior; and children, Terry Scott and husband, Dan, of Superior, Neb., Steven Thompson and wife, Roxane, of Oak, Neb., Shari Bergt and husband, Bob, of Deshler, Neb., Pam Brundage of Jonesburg, Mo., and Sandra Oswald and husband, Eric, of Sylvan Grove, Kan.; 11 grandchildren, Corey Scott, Troy Scott, Amber Brown, Ashley Siebenneicher, Leon Love, Melissa Bridwell, Jeffery Korb, Matthew Korb, Christopher Korb, Austin Oswald and Cody Oswald; 21 great-grandchildren, Owen Brown, Ella Brown, Rhett Brown, Paisley Brown, Braylin Siebenneicher, Chastin Korb, Silas Cole, Treyton Korb, Annabale Deloris May Korb, Riley Simms, Samuel Scott, Addison Scott, Case Scott, Cash Scott, Aubree Scott, Marshall Baumbach, Dominique Baumbach, Roscoe Baumbach, James Love, Ryan Love and Haley Love; eight step-great-grandchildren; and his sister, Bettie Kay Isaacson and husband, Bob, of Wichita, Kan.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
His funeral was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 23, 2016, from the Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior with Pastor Dorothy Smith officiating.
Music was "Amazing Grace," and "In The Garden," with Stephanie Thayer as soloist and Carlia Price as organist.
Book signing was held on Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m.
Pallbearers were Billie's grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers were his great-grandchildren.
Inurnment with full military honors was in the Evergreen Cemetery at Superior, Neb.
Memorials are suggested to the Nuckolls County Cancer Stomp or the Kidney Foundation.
Condolences may be sent to Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 750 N Commercial Avenue, Superior, Neb. 68978 or in care of www.pricefuneral
Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior was in charge of the arrangements.

Fern Shellhase
Fern Shellhase, the daughter of Glenn and Lizzie (Rhoads) Kleckner, was born July 13, 1925, on the family farm in Jewell County, south of Hardy, Neb. She died May 17, 2016, at the Tabitha Good House at Lincoln, Neb. at the age of 90 years, 10 months and 4 days.
Fern was a graduate of the Incarnate Word University, San Antonio, Texas. She attended the University of Maryland and received a master's degree from the University of Alabama. She was employed at the Alabama Department of Mental Health, retiring as a statistician.
Fern was united in marriage to Leslie Shellhase on June 6, 1948, in Omaha, Neb. To this union two sons were born.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leslie, on April 22, 2001; and a grandson, Clayton Anthony Shellhase.
Survivors include her sons, Jeremy and wife, Amy, of McKinleyville, Calif., and Joel and wife, Laura, of Boston, Mass.; her sister, Hilma Bidler and husband, William, of Lincoln, Neb.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Her funeral was held at 2 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday, May 25, 2016) at the Megrue Price Funeral Home in Superior, Neb., with Pastor David Johnson officiating.
Music was provided by Rick Brandt as the soloist and Carlita Price as the organist.
Visitation was Wednesday from 9 a.m. until service time.
Pallbearers were Jeremy C. Shellhase, Joel K. Shellhase, Larry Semler, Ken Semler, Rick Brandt, and Larry Hromek.
Interment was in the Rosemound Cemetery rural Hardy, Nebraska.
Memorials are suggested to go to the Bat Conservancy International, the Defenders of Wildlife and the Nature Conservancy.
Condolences may be sent to Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 750 N Commercial, Superior, Nebraska 68978 or in care of www.pricefuneral
Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior was in charge of the arrangements.

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