Donald Russel Caruthers, age 83 of Wellsville, KS passed away Friday, October 8, 2021 at Wellsville Health and Rehab. Funeral services will be 10AM, Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Wilson’s Funeral Home in Wellsville. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 5-8PM. Interment will follow services in the Wellsville Cemetery. Memorials contributions may be made to the WHS Athletic Dept., Wellsville United Methodist Church or Wellsville Health & Rehab in care of Wilson’s Funeral Home, PO Box 486, Wellsville, KS 66092.
Donald Russel Caruthers was born July 10, 1938; in Wellsville, KS,the son of Russel Leonard and Hannah Marie (Hess) Caruthers. He grew up in Wellsville and graduated from Wellsville High School. Don joined the US Marine Corp in 1955 and served 8 years. On June 3, 1956, he married Wilma Kay O’Connor at the Wellsville United Methodist Church. They shared 65 years of marriage before his passing. She survives at the home. Don worked for AT&T and retired after 32 years of employment. He was known for being the town carpenter and handy man, and did many projects in and around his community.
Don was a member of the Wellsville Masonic Lodge and served as a Boy Scout leader. He loved being outdoors, fishing, hunting, gardening, camping and wood carving. Don was an avid Wellsville Eagles fan and was a consistent fan and supporter at sporting events.
Don is survived by his wife of the home; son, Donald “Donnie” Ray Caruthers (Sharon) of Wellsville; son, David Leonard Caruthers (Kerri) of Gardner; brother, Marvin Caruthers (Joyce) of Wellsville; sister, Barbara Barnhill and her husband, Bob of Ottawa; grandchildren, Amy Glinka (Brad) of Ottawa; Debbie Ambrose of Lawrence; Christopher Caruthers (Alli) of Wellsville; Susan Stueve (Dustin) of Wellsville; Megan Seaton (Cory) of Olathe; Jaclyn Bauer (Jake) of Wellsville; 12 great grandchildren, 1 great great granddaughter with another on the way; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Melvin and Harold and a great great grandson, CJ Ambrose.
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