James Lawrence Newton, 79, Ellis, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at his home.

He was born Oct. 12, 1940, in Stafford to Ralph Newton and Belva (Bealby) Newton. He was a graduate of Codell High School.

He married Elizabeth A. Schuster on June 11, 1966, in Ellis. He worked in the oilfield a majority of his life.

He was an avid KU Jayhawks fan, NASCAR fanatic, and enjoyed anything on television.

Survivors include his wife, Ellis; three sons, Randy Newton and Eric Newton, both of Hays, and Ryan Newton, Wichita; a daughter, Pamela, Ellis; and his pet dog, Jack.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; a stepfather, Robert Vonfeldt; a half sister, Carla (Vonfeldt) Detherage; and a niece, Lori Francis.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Ellis; burial in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Keithley Funeral Chapel, Ellis.

A rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral chapel.  

Memorials are suggested to Hospice – Hays Medical Center, Cancer Council of Ellis County, or St. Mary Church, in care of the funeral chapel.

Condolences can be left by guest book at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or by email at keithleyfuneralhomes@gmail.com.