Clela Fae Vaupel, 78, of Russell, Kansas, died on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at the Russell Regional Hospital.
Fae was born on November 14, 1936 in Sylvan Grove, Kansas, the daughter of Harold and Inez (Yarnell) Bates. She grew up in Bennington, Kansas and graduated from Bennington High School in 1954. She met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Richard Raymond “Dick” Vaupel on May 27, 1956 in Bennington. From this union, Fae and Dick were blessed with three children Steve, Rick and Arlene. When first married they lived in Beverly, KS., then moved to Clyde, KS for a number of years before moving to Russell in 1970. Fae worked as a telephone operator for many years but her full time job was taking care of her family as a wife and mother. She enjoyed doing crafts and fishing with Dick.
Surviving family are her two sons, Richard Vaupel and wife Phyllis of Lucas, Kansas and Steve Vaupel and wife Deb Snook of Russell, sister, Joyce Wilcox (David) of Tonganoxie, Kansas; two grandsons, Michael Vaupel (Cammie) and Matthew Vaupel (Erin); and a great granddaughter, Chloe Vaupel.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 52 years Richard, daughter Arlene Vaupel and sister Fern Speath.
A Memorial service to celebrate Fae’s life will be held at 2:30 PM Monday, March 16, 2015 at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell. Visitation will be Monday from 9:00 AM to Service time at the mortuary. A private family service and burial of ashes will follow at a later date. Memorials have been established with the American Diabetes Association or Golden Living Center in Wilson. Contributions and condolences may be sent in care of Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell who are also in charge of the funeral service arrangements.