Alan Earl WellmanJanuary 4, 1959 ~ July 17, 2021 (age 62)
Alan Earl Wellman was born to Richard Gale and Myrtle Belden Wellman on January 4, 1959, in Sterling Kansas. Alan attended Lyons Grade School and graduated from Sterling High School in 1977. He attended Hutchinson Community College and graduated from the University of Kansas in 1992. By the time Alan was six, he wanted to make music and, for over 50 years, that’s just what he did. A Beatlemaniac from the start, he could perform any Beatles tune. He was a very accomplished guitarist and played with many bands in central Kansas and Kansas City over the years: Ozone, The Shapes, Film @ 11, and X-Ray Glasses. He most enjoyed being featured at the Surf Ballroom’s Winter Dance Party in Clear Lake, IA, the annual memorial to Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and Jiles Richardson. Alan was a member of the Hole in the Wall Gang and enjoyed several years of trail rides and campfire songs in the Wyoming Tetons, as well as the Gang’s annual entry in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Denver. Alan married June Goering on July 5, 1984, in Pretty Prairie, KS. They later divorced. Alan married Lora Lee Stewart on October 25, 2005, in Marble Hill, Missouri. They later divorced. Alan was co-owner of JasTax Services and was employed by Process Equipment and Controls, both of Olathe. In 2019, Alan returned to Sterling. Recently, he suffered two severe strokes, was hospitalized, then transferred to the Good Samaritan Home in Lyons, where he was under the care of Serenity Hospice. He died on July 17, 2021. Alan has been preceded in death by his parents; his nephew, Jesse Wellman; his cousin, Alice Wellman Mattson, and her husband, Royce Mattson. Alan is survived by his significant other, Susan Reed; his siblings Emily Wellman of Alden; Greg Wellman of Sterling, and Brad Wellman of Alden; his nephew, Jesse’s, widow, Karen Wellman and their three children of Holton, and his nephews John (Carrie) Wellman and their three children of Alden, Michael (Susan) Wellman and their daughter of Hutchinson, and Brody Wellman of Wichita. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, August 14, at the Sterling Reformed Presbyterian Church followed by a social gathering. A private family burial will be at Sterling Community Cemetery at a later date. The family suggests memorial donations to Rice County Thrift Shop and Rice County Friends of Animals in care of Birzer Funeral Home.