Obituaries for Aug. 24

August 24, 2004

Jim Trachsel

Jim Trachsel, 63, of Boone Trail, died Sunday at his home.

Born Feb. 9, 1941, in Akron, Ohio, he was the son of Shirley Fislar Trachsel of Waverly, Ohio, and the late Claire Bonn Trachsel.

He was a member of First Christian Church and a graduate of Waverly High School, where his track record still stands. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Eastern Kentucky University. He started his teaching career at Somerset High School where he was a teacher and football coach.

He was a principal at Versailles High School and worked in the Danville school system from 1973-2001. He was an assistant principal at Danville High School, followed by 14 years as principal at Jennie Rogers Elementary School. Trachsel also worked as a correctional officer at Northpoint Training Center for a year and was a member of the Civil Air Patrol.


Other survivors include his wife, Bonnie Goodpaster Trachsel; two sons, Ryan Trachsel of Wemberley, Texas, and Tyler Trachsel of Los Angeles, Calif.; three sisters, Carol Trachsel of Florida, Louisa Jackson of Akron, Ohio, and Irene Schiele of Kent, Ohio; and a grandson.

Services will be 3:30 p.m. Friday at First Christian Church. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Memorials may go to Danville Schools Scholarship Endowment Fund, c/o Patsy Clevenger, 152 E. Martin Luther King Blvd., Danville.

Stith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Coolie Wells

MOUNT VERNON - Coolie Wells, 70, of Brodhead, died Saturday at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset.

Born Feb. 23, 1934, in Letcher County, he was the son of the late Arthur and Polly Cornett Wells. He was a veteran of the Korean War, a retired carpenter and a member of Kings Tabernacle in Richmond.

Survivors include two sons, Coolie E. Wells and John Wells, both of Greenfield, Ind.; a daughter, Judy Engleking of Greenfield; two stepdaughters, Leigh Ann Zaring Ledford of Mount Vernon and Alice Ledford of Dublin, Va.; two brothers, Leroy Wells of Waynesburg and Bobby Wells of Oxford, Ohio; two sisters, Iva Cheatem and Lavina Hamm, both of Waynesburg; nine grandchildren; a stepgrandchild; and three stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three wives, Mary Lou Wells, Joyce A. Parker Ledford Wells and Ardella Furmon Wells.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Livingston Pentecostal Church by Greg King. Burial will be in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

Cox Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


John Russell

MORELAND - Services for John Russell, 83, of Lexington, will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at W.L. Pruitt Funeral Home by the Rev. Dale Denton. Burial will be in Reed Cemetery with military rites by Caswell Saufley Post 18, American Legion.

He died Sunday at Northpoint Christian Health Center.

Born Sept. 3, 1921, in Casey County, he was the son of the late Edward and Sarah Smith Russell. He was retired from Corning, Inc., and attended Church of God. He also was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of American Flint Glassworkers Union Local 1009. He was the widower of Helen Carey Russell.

Survivors include two sons, Norman Russell of Mitchellsburg and Kenny Russell of Danville; a daughter, Carol Lamb of Lexington; a brother, Carl Russell of Hustonville; two sisters, Elizabeth Hulett of northern Kentucky and Nancy R. Dakin of Indianapolis; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, John "Danny" Russell.

Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today.

Wilma M. Wells

LANCASTER - A memorial service for Wilma Mae Wells, 79, of Harmon's Lick Road, will be held at a later date.

Born Sept. 28, 1924, in Denver, Colo., she was the daughter of the late Ora B. and Mary Ellen McGennis Moritzky. She was the widow of Harry H. Wells, a member of North West Baptist Church and past president of Village Violet Club.

She died Sunday at her home.

Survivors include two daughters, Claudia Peterson of Garrard County and Janet Krause of Castle Rock, Colo.; a son, Donald Moore of Westminster, Colo.; a sister, Delilah Denning of Denver, Colo.; a brother, Donald Moritzky of Denver; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Ramsey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Carolyn Winchester

LANCASTER - Services for Carolyn Winchester, 59, of Kennedy Bridge Road, will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ramsey Funeral home by the Revs. Keith Weldon and Larry Harris. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery.

She died Monday at her home.

Born July 23, 1945, in Jessamine County, she was the daughter of the late Cecil and Hazel Brooks Cooley. She was a homemaker and a member of Buena Vista Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Johnny Winchester; a son, Charles Isaacs of Garrard County; a daughter, Leslie Ackerman of Greenville, Ind.; a stepson, Artie Winchester of Garrard County; a stepdaughter, Cassie Brummett of Danville; two sisters, Maxine Mulcahy of Nicholasville and Patricia Adams of Woodford County; and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Jim Bob and Kevin Adams, Artie Winchester, Ansel Brummett, and Shawn and Nolan Bruner.

Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today.

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