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The Western Star, February 15, 1990.

Weldon Emil Trummel

Weldon Emil Trummel was born Nov. 8, 1931 in Wilmore, the son of Alva Ernest and Irene (Sailor) Trummel. He died Feb. 8, 1990 at Comanche County Hospital in Coldwater at the age of 58.

At age 4 Weldon moved with his family to the present family ranch east of Wilmore. He attended Ridge Summit country school through the eighth grade and graduated from Wilmore High School in 1949.

In October of 1952 Weldon entered the army, serving in the Korean Conflict until his discharge in October of 1954. He then returned to the family ranch at Wilmore.

Weldon married Lila Williams on May 27, 1956 in Shawnee, Kansas. They first lived in Wilmore, then moved to the Lester Larimer farm. All of their daughters were born while they lived there: Janelle in 1957; Luann and Jolynn in 1958; Kelly in 1961.

Weldon farmed the Larimer place until 1963 when the family moved to the former Ord Trummel home where Weldon worked with his father, Alva.

After Alva's death, Weldon continued the farm and ranch operation until his death.

In 1964 Weldon was elected to the Wilmore school board, serving on that board and on the Unified School District Board No. 300 for 17 years.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Alva and Irene Trummel, and daughter, Jolynn, who died in infancy.

He is survived by his wife, Lila; daughters, Janelle Trummel of Westmoreland, Luann Trummel of Topeka, and Kelly Trummel of Wilmore; his foster daughter, Susan Koger, of Wilmore; one brother, Dr. Clarence Trummel of West Hartford, Conn., one sister, Marie Hormann of Lenexa. Weldon is also survived by several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and many friends.

Weldon was a worthy son, husband, father, brother, friend and member of this community. He loved his family, his home, and the land. He loved being a rancher and farmer and was proud to be one. He loved his friends and was there for them when needed. He loved his community and served it long and well.


Burial Information:

TRUMMEL, Lila C.: May 13, 1936 - October 15, 1997
Note: Wife of Weldon Emil Trummel. Daughter of Ruth and George Williams, granddaughter of Stella Inez Rogers and Pirl Warden Baker.
Obituary: The Western Star, October 23, 1997.
Comanche County History, p. 724
Comanche County in Pictures, p. 44
Lot #85, Powell Township Cemetery, Wilmore, Comanche County, Kansas.

TRUMMEL, Weldon E. : November 8, 1931 - February 8, 1990
Note: Son of Alva and Irene (Sailor) Trummel; husband of Lila C. Williams.
Obituary: The Western Star, February 15, 1990.
Comanche County History, p. 724
Lot #85, Powell Township Cemetery, Wilmore, Comanche County, Kansas.

TRUMMEL, Jolynn Rae : April 13, 1958 - March 3, 1959
Note: Daughter of Lila and Weldon Trummel; twin sister of Luann.
Comanche County History, p. 724
Lot #85, Powell Township Cemetery, Wilmore, Comanche County, Kansas.


A Tribute to Weldon Trummel by Jerry Ferrin

Weldon Trummel, Wilmore, Comanche County, Kansas. Weldon Trummel is the handsome guy who is second from the left in the photo at the top of the Report of the Wilmore Church of Christ, August 23, 1953 web page.

I'd be remiss in mentioning Weldon Trummel on this website without also mentioning that I personally believe he was one of the finest men who ever walked.

Grandma Nellie and I were talking one time about gentlemanly behavior, and she mentioned Weldon as an example of a man who had a naturally gentlemanly character. Weldon offered to give me a ride from Grandma Nellie's funeral service in Coldwater to the burial service at the Wilmore cemetery, and it was a real comfort to me that he did so. I could have ridden with family members, but I chose to ride with Weldon. Weldon has always been a personal hero of mine, and I've always felt honored for having been someone he apparently liked. Weldon Trummel was a genuinely decent, dedicated and honest man.

When Grandma Nellie died, all of her pallbearers were her grandsons except for Weldon Trummel, and I believe that she requested that Weldon be one of her pallbearers. My family honors and respects his memory. Weldon Trummel was a very good man.


Also see:

Alva & Irene (Sailor) TRUMMEL
Surnames: Barrow, Parker, Sailor, Saving, Sombart, Trummel & Williams.

Alva Trummel Kidnapped (by Bonnie & Clyde), The Western Star, 8 Sept 1933.

Report of the Wilmore Church of Christ, August 23, 1953   This page features a group photo of the church congregation taken in 1952 which includes Weldon Trummel.


Thanks to Shirley Brier for finding, transcribing and contributing the above news article to this web site!

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