Eldon Vern Wellman, 86, of McPherson, entered peacefully into his heavenly home on Thursday, March 21, 2019, surrounded by family at McPherson Hospital. He was a retired plumber and HVAC technician, owning and operating Wellman Plumbing & Heating. He was a United States Army Veteran, having served during the Korean War.
Eldon was born on March 23, 1932, in Mitchell, South Dakota, the son of Leo Vern and Esther Ellen (Andrews) Wellman. He graduated from high school in Wessington Springs, South Dakota in 1950. Eldon was united in marriage to Arlis D. Ruedebusch on August 11, 1957, in Ortley, South Dakota. She preceded him in death on July 30, 2003.
He was a member of McPherson Free Methodist Church and Light Capital Kiwanis Club.
He is survived by: two daughters, Brenda Frank (Tim Proffitt) of Phoenix, and Barbara Buchner (Tom) of Tomball, Texas; sisters, Lola Baker of Phoenix and Beth Mattix of Phoenix; sister-in-law, Karen Akslen of Rosemount, Minnesota; seven grandchildren, Justin Frank (Jessica Eilertson), Christopher Frank, Brandi Johnson (Jayce), BrieAnna Frank, Nathan Buchner (Tori), Jordan Buchner (Shelby), and Jessica Buchner; four great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Frank, Everett, Reagan, & Cash Johnson; and one great-granddaughter to be born in June; and several nieces & nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.
Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 24, 2019, at Stockham Family Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, March 25, at McPherson Free Methodist Church. Burial with Military Honors will follow at McPherson Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Arlis & Eldon Wellman Scholarship Fund at Central Christian College in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 N. Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460. Personal condolences may be sent to the family at www.stockhamfamily.