Share |

Willie Stolhand

Willie Adam Stolhand, 95, Towanda, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Lakepoint Nursing Center, El Dorado. Services will be at 1:30 p.m., Thursday at Towanda United Methodist Church. Visitation with the family present will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at Carlson Funeral Home, El Dorado. Interment will follow the funeral in Towanda Cemetery.
Willie was born on Jan. 7, 1918, in Maize County, Okla., the son of John Austin and Nancy Alifair (Seymour) Stolhand. He was drafted into the Army in 1942. He worked as a Santa Fe Freight agent in Iola, and then in 1951 moved to Towanda where he worked for Boeing and then took a job at Beech Aircraft. He started at Beech at 95 cents an hour. He worked as a tool crib attendant; expediter and tool scheduler. On Feb. 12, 1981, Willie retired after 30 years of working for Beech Aircraft.
He was a member of Towanda Methodist Church and the American Legion Post 406. He enjoyed spending time with his family, and working on his hobbies which included woodworking, leatherwork, bird watching, feeding his birds, fishing, camping, doing crossword puzzles and chewing tobacco.      
On April 15, 1949, Willie and Wilma Wells were united in marriage in Iola.
Survivors include his wife and nine children and their spouses, Lucille Thomas, El Dorado, Frank Schomaker and wife Janice, Humboldt, Mary Young and husband Darrel, Garnett, John Schomaker and wife Betty, El Dorado, Louise Campbell, Bella Vista, Ark., Brenda Dodson and husband Marvin, Towanda, Willey Stolhand and wife Kenetha, El Dorado, Judy Edwards, Ponca City, Okla., Carol Lauver and husband Bill, Ponca City, and two honorary sons and their spouses Gene Thomas and wife Joyce, Towanda, and Don Arnold and wife Vicki, Towanda. In addition they have 34 grandchildren, 79 great-grandchildren and 30 great-great-grandchildren. Willie’s family totaled around 180 counting all his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and their spouses.
Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation and left with Carlson Funeral Home, El Dorado, which is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences to the family can be sent to


Joyce Teter


Joyce Marie Teter, 74, Ottawa, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2016.She was born in Iola on Sept. 5, 1942, to Alfred and Mary Willett Stevenson, and lived her entire life in Ottawa.Memorial services are at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel, Garnett. Visitation... [More]

Paul Scheibmeir


Paul R. Scheibmeir, 85, of Iola, passed away Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 at Allen County Regional Hospital, Iola.Paul was born on May 27, 1931 at Neosho Falls. He was the first of two sons born to Herman J. and May C. (Henson) Scheibmeir. Paul grew up in the Neosho Falls and Piqua... [More]

Jimmy Jones


Iola native Jimmy Jones, 70, Salina, died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Ryan Mortuary, Salina.    Memorials are suggested to the Salina Animal Shelter or Hospice of Salina, in care of Ryan Mortuary, Salina.

More Obituaries


Adopt-A-Child sign-up slated for next week


Next week, Christmas begins.Signup is next Tuesday for this year’s Adopt-A-Child program at Iola’s First Baptist Church, 801 N. Cottonwood.The outreach is for low-income families who struggle to provide gifts under the tree come Christmas morning.Organizers Cheryl... [More]

Site plan approved; G&W Foods construction to begin


A site plan has been approved by the Iola City Council, clearing the way for construction to begin on a G&W Foods grocery store in Iola.City Council members voted, 7-0, (Austin Sigg was absent) to adopt the site plan for the 17,000-square-foot facility at the old Allen County... [More]

Candidate forum Wednesday


A candidate forum for local, state and federal races will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Iola High School.Slated to participate are:Allen County Sheriff Bryan Murphy, a Republican, and his challenger, Mike Aronson, an independent.Caryn Tyson, a Republican from Parker, seeking re-election... [More]

More News

AP Video


Prep playoff scenarios as final games come closer


The postseason fate of several area high schools — Iola included — will be decided this week.The regular season wraps up Thursday and Friday, with high school playoffs beginning next week.The top two teams from each district will earn playoff spots, with each district’s... [More]

PARTY LIKE 1989: Cubs to state; end 27-year drought


ARMA — Well, we’ve seen it before, but just not in the lifetime of this sportswriter or any member of the 2016 state-bound Humboldt Cubs volleyball team.In 1989, the second-seeded Cubs upset Southeast (Cherokee) in the sub-state final to advance to the state volleyball... [More]

More Sports

Register Online Edition Renew your subscription