Wilbur Ray Elsea

  • "Always a gentleman, Wilbur influenced my career for which I..."
    - Brian Schoenthaler
  • "Tim was always so fond of Wilbur. He was one of the first..."
    - Sharon Hurley
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Elsea, Wilbur Ray, born March 27, 1926 in Wichita, KS, passed away July 29, 2014 surrounded by family. Wilbur served as a U.S. Marine in the South Pacific during World War II, receiving two Presidential unit citations and a Purple Heart. Notably, Wilbur created the beloved WuShock mascot in 1948 during his time as a student at Wichita State University (then Wichita University). Wilbur was a partner in the advertising agency of Quillen Elsea for several years and was a nationally recognized watercolor artist. Wilbur was preceeded in death by his parents, Wilbur and Frieda Elsea, his first wife, Maxine Marshall Elsea and sisters Betty Elsea Lockhart and Virginia Elsea Greene. Wilbur is survived by his wife, Marilyn Elsea; children Tracie Elsea Johnson (John Woody), Ginger Elsea, Matt Elsea (Tonya), Joel Elsea (Kelly), Lisa Wisooker, Jeff Darge, Darrin Darge (Jill); 16 grandchildren. Services will be held on Saturday, August 2 at the WSU Chapel, 1845 Fairmount Street at 4:00 p.m.. Attire is casual and space is limited. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Kansas Honor Flight P.O. Box 2371, Hutchinson, KS 67504, Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation 5111 E 21st St. N. Wichita, KS 67208, and 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 3 8105.

Published in The Wichita Eagle on Aug. 1, 2014
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