A&F Newsletter

Winter 2012



Stanley Cook Mohler, Class of 1941, died Wednesday November 14, 2012, at Medicalodges of Arkansas City. He was 91.

Mohler was born November 5, 1921 to Carl Oscar Mohler and Alta Jane (Gillock) Mohler in Arkansas City, Kansas. He lived his entire life in Arkansas City. Beginning his education at Oak Grove School 1st through 8th grade then graduating Ark City High School in 1939 and Cowley County Community College in 1941.

He served in the United States Army from June of 1942 until January 1946. He served overseas, first landing in New Caledonia then to Solomon Islands and on to New Guinea before returning to the States. He returned to work at the refinery after serving in the Army. Stan went to work at Kanotex /Apco/Total Refinery in 1941. He retired after 46 years of service in March of 1987. In the spring of 1953, he met Dorothy Budde in Arkansas City. They married November 15, 1955 in Hutchinson, Ks. The couple made their home in Arkansas City. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Men’s Bible Class, American Legion and V.F.W. Stan served on the Camp Fire Girls Board of Directors and for Ark City’s City Planning Commission.

Survivors include Ann & husband Robert Ragan of Wichita, Ks, son Steve & wife Sharon Mohler of Kansas City, Mo. Eight grandchildren Jason Ragan of Lawrence Ks, Kelli Ragan of St. Petersburg, Fl, Sara Ragan of Manhattan, Ks, A.J. Mohler of Manhattan, Ks, Danny Mohler, Nathan Mohler, Lucy Mohler and Matthew Mohler all of Kansas City, Mo.

Mohler was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy, brother Lehman Mohler, and sister, Sarah Lewis.

Miguel Juan Descartes, Class of 2008, died suddenly on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. He was 37.

Descartes was born Sept. 10, 1975, to Miguel and Miriam (Loyola-Feliciano) Descartes-Vilaro in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He attended local schools in Puerto Rico.

He moved to Tulsa, Okla., where he graduated from Spartan School of Aeronautics. Later, he also graduated from Cowley College with a degree in applied science in engineering.

He met and married the love of his life, Michelle Schindler, on July 14, 2001.

The family relocated to Haysville in 2001, when Descartes accepted a position with General Electric Jet Engine Services in Strother Field.

In 2003, the family moved to Arkansas City, where they made their home.

He worked for GE as a jet engine mechanic for the last 11 years.

Descartes was a devoted, die-hard St. Louis Cardinals fan.

He enjoyed hiking and walking every morning with his four-legged friends, Gracie Lynn, Little Lily and Sir Maxalot.

He loved spending time with neighbors, family and friends.

Descartes had an infectious smile, humor and personality that will be missed greatly by those who knew him.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Michelle, of the home; sons, Joseph, of the home, and Jamil, of Illinois; parents, Miguel and Miriam, of Ponce, Puerto Rico; grandmother, Alicia Feliciano Rivera; sisters, Mariali Descartes-Loyola, and husband, Jorge Roman, and Marielle Descartes-Loyola, and husband, Alberto Sanchez; brother, Miguel S. Descartes-Loyola, and wife, Anelice Santana-Acevedo; and several nieces and nephews, all of Puerto Rico.

Virginia Jane “V.J.” Wilkins, 90 of Arkansas City died Saturday, August 4, 2012 at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

V.J. was born August 27, 1921 to Morris Wilkins and Nola (Beam) Wilkins. She moved to Arkansas City at the age of 9 from St. Louis Missouri and graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1939. VJ continued her education at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri and then at the University of Arkansas where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She worked for a number of years for her father at the Dixie Portland Flour Mill.

VJ was very active in the Women’s Golf Association at the Arkansas City Country Club, a member of Junior Service League and several bridge clubs. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Arkansas City, serving several terms as elder and deacon and also serving on the Finance Committee, the Church Officer’s Nominating Committee, and the Church Renovation Committee and she sang in the Chancel Choir for many years.

Winter 2012