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Joyland owner and operator dies

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, July 13, 2010, at 5:51 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, July 1, 2012, at 6:44 p.m.


Stanley Nelson, the owner and operator of one of Wichita's most iconic landmarks — the Joyland Amusement Park — died Tuesday. He was 87.

Family visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Broadway Mortuary, 1147 S. Broadway. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at First Evangelical Free Church, 1825 N. Woodlawn; a graveside committal is at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Resthaven Cemetery.

Mr. Nelson and his wife, Margaret, have been the owners of the park for more than half a century. The park closed in 2006.

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