Sheila Ann Pelletier, 49, of Dawson, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. She was born in Falls City on Nov. 26, 1965 to Oscar and Wilma (Cope) Mackey.

She was raised in Spokane, WA, and Falls City. On May 12, 2012 she married Terry R. Pelletier. The couple established their home in Dawson.  

During her life, Sheila enjoyed many outdoor activities and was especially fond of fishing and bargain hunting with her husband.

Sheila is survived by her loving husband; sisters, Jean (Carl) Nichols, of Pawnee City, Marjie (Terry Feighner) Mackey, of Falls City, Robin (Robert Hillard) Watson, of Falls City, and Penny (Tom Auxier) Pfohl, of Dawson; brother, Steve (Billie) Mackey, of Auburn; many nieces and nephews, including special young nieces, Aaluxus Haug and Mckenzie Nichols, both of Falls City, and Mariah Snider, of Pawnee City; special nephews, Jaxx Morehead, Karter Holbrook, Brayden Nichols and Alex Pelletier, all of Falls City; mother-in-law, Edna Austin, of Falls City; one brother-in-law and four sisters-in-law.
Sheila was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, David and Oscar Mackey.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at Northridge Church, 1820 Morton St., Falls City, with Pastor Ryan Weaver officiating. A light lunch, hosted by the churches’ ladies ministry, will follow. Per Sheila’s wishes, cremation services were administered; Aspen Cremation and Burial Services of Lincoln was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Northridge Church.


Rev. Henry Wagoner, 89, of Wichita, KS, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 in Wichita. He was born on Aug. 10, 1926 at Elkhart, KS, the son of Hank and Dorothy (Percival) Wagoner.

Henry served in the US Army during WWII and married Eleanora Posey on Sept. 23, 1947. He attended Bethany (OK) Nazarene College and served at a small congregational church, as well as the Oklahoma City jail. Following graduation, Henry, with his wife, served at three Kansas Nazarene churches in Concordia, Severy and Hoisington. The family then moved to Falls City, where he served at the Bethel EUB Church for three years. His longest pastorate was 11 years at Rose Valley EUB in Down, KS. Henry and Eleanora made many mission trips to Costa Rica and made two trips to Guatemala with his son’s medical team.

Henry is survived by sons, Dr. Jack Wagoner, of Ann Arbor, MI, and Jerry (Terri) Wagoner, of Lucas, KS; daughters, Linda Gros, of Wichita, and Tricia Rotman, of Clearwater, KS;

He is preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 at the Clay Center (KS) United Methodist Church, with Pastor Ryan Lynch officiating. Memorials to the Michigan Medical Helps Team, in care of the Neill-Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home, 918 7th St., Clay Center, KS 67432. Online condolences may be made at


Carl L. Romine, 88, Falls City, died Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 at Falls City. He was born on Nov. 15, 1927 at South Bend, NE, to the late Henry and Katherine (Schroeder) Romine.  

Carl was raised at Rulo and attended country school. Following his schooling, he worked various places until enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard on Feb. 7, 1945 as a Steward’s Mate, Third Class. Carl served on the USS General A. W. Brewster and was honorably discharged on May 8, 1946 at St. Louis, MO.

On June 15, 1947 he married Ella Mae Boyer at Hiawatha, KS.

He attended school for auto body repair in Kansas City. He first worked for Mitchel Ford in Falls City before moving to Wichita, where he worked as an auto body repair technician. He returned to Falls City and continued in the business until 1962, when he purchased his auto body repair business from Lewis Dodson. He worked there until retiring in 2014 and he continued to help his grandson, Mitchel, who owns the shop now.

Carl was a member of the First Christian Church in Falls City.

He is survived by his wife, Ella Mae Romine, of FC; sons, Alan (Freeda) Romine, of FC, and Paul (Linda) Romine, of Columbia, MO; 13 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Dana and Kevin Romine; and a granddaughter, Emily Romine.

Carl’s funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 at First Christian Church, with Rev. Fay Ann Blaylock officiating. Interment at Steela Cemetery with graveside honors by the Falls City Ceremonial Honor Guard. The family received friends Sunday at Dorr and Clark Funeral Home.


Melba D. Rowell, 91, of Falls City, passed away Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 at Falls City. She was born Nov. 23, 1924 at Barada to the late Joseph and Alice (Sailors) Ramer.

She was raised Barada and on Sept. 27, 1940 married Harold Rowell at Falls City (Mr. Rowell passed away on Nov. 1, 1996). The couple first established their home west of Barada, but moved into Falls City in 1955 and remained throughout their lives. Melba worked for the Creamery and the Garment Factory, both in Falls City, and the Mid-Central Egg Plant in Hiawatha, KS, from which she retired.

Melba was a member of the Baptist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Shirley (James) Allgood, of Falls City; brothers, Gary Ramer, of Reserve, KS, and John Ramer, of Falls City; sister-in-law, Dolly Bridgmon, of Tucson, AZ; grandchildren, Todd Noll, Shane Alexander, Harold (Deb) Nussbaum and Vicki Rowland, all of Falls City; two great-grandchildren.

Melba was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four brothers; two sisters; daughter, Lois Nussbaum; and her precious dog, Haley.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 at Dorr and Clark Funeral Home, with Rev. Fay Ann Blaylock officiating.Interment will be in Harris Cemetery. Open visitation will begin Monday afternoon at the funeral home.


Lawrence W. Strecker, 93, formerly of Rulo, passed away Friday, Nov. 13, at Milford. He was born  in Barada on Jan. 15, 1922 to Charles J. Strecker and Julia (Schawang) Strecker.
When he was young his family moved to a farm north of Rulo. Lawrence was united in marriage to Betty Jane Olson on Feb. 3, 1943 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rulo. The couple made their home on a farm north of the brick school house. Together they raised five children.
Lawrence loved the farm raising cattle and working the land. He loved fishing and had a commercial license - it was also his favorite hobby. Lawrence drove a truck, hauling livestock for many years. Lawrence was a faithful man, very active in his service to the church. The couple moved to Lincoln to be closer to their children, and for the last year, due to ongoing illness, they had lived at the Sunrise Country Manor in Milford.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Elmer and Clarence Strecker; sisters, Marie Nugent, and Julia Mae Strobel.
He is survived by his wife; children, Gerald Strecker, of Primghar, IA, Linda  (Harvey) Lile, of Lincoln, Mary Lynn Burnett, of Wichita, KS, William (Diana) Strecker of Crook, CO, Allyn (Sue Ann) Strecker, of Des Moines; grandchildren, Tracy Strecker, Christopher (Tamera) Strecker, Renee (Scott) Floracek, Paul (Margaret) Strecker, Laura Strecker, Stephen Strecker, Patrick Strecker, William Strecker, Jennifer (Allen) Brown, Lisa (Michael) Rea II, Keith (Melissa) Lile, Jason Burnett, Jeremy Burnett and Mathew Burnett; 18 great-grandchildren other relatives and many friends.
A funeral mass for Lawrence will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rulo. Burial will follow at the Rulo Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon-5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Hall Funeral Home in Falls City. A Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Falls City