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Norma Banzet

Norma Banzet of Edna returned to her heavenly home on February 21. 


Norma was born on September 22, 1924 in Wichita, Kansas to William Del and Gladys Aubertine Linnabary Ingram.  She returned to her Heavenly Home on February 21, 2018.  Bill and Brenda were there with her holding her hands while she slipped out of her earthly body and made her way through the veil and into Heaven.


She attended High School in Wichita, Kansas graduating from North High.  On May 29, 1943 she was united in marriage to William Andrew Burroughs.  To this union three children were born Vicki Lou, JoLene and William Andrew Jr.  After the death of her husband William she married Verl Banzet.  The couple later divorced.


Norma and Bill operated a donut shop in Valley Center, Kansas and also in Wichita, Kansas.  Later they owned and operated a full service gas station in Edna, Kansas.  Later she worked for Medicalodge, Inc. where she handled the Insurance.  She worked there for 25 years retiring on her 75th birthday.  She also decorated cakes, loved to travel, loved her religion and especially spending time with her family.


She is survived by her daughter, Vicki (Ed) Skaggs of LaVista, Nebraska; son, Bill (Brenda Boswell) Burroughs of Dearing, Kansas; son in law, Warren Nielsen of Valeda, Kansas; grandchildren Lynn King, Jason Layman, Brad (Jacqueline) Robison of Wichita, Kansas, Brian (Anita) Burroughs of Brierley Hill, England, Michael (Rhonda) Burroughs of Overland Park, Kansas; great grandchildren, Shaylin King, Dustin (Taylor) King, Erin King, Ariel (Jake) Wilkin, Blair Robison, Carter Robison of Wichita, Eli Burroughs, Faye Burroughs of Brierley Hill, England, Lane Burroughs, Haylie Burroughs of Overland Park, Kansas; great great granddaughter Briar Rose Wilkin; grandchildren Jamie Brannan and family, Suzuanne Bryant and family, Diana Harrison and family of Alabama, Berry Nielsen and family of Wyoming; sister in laws, Ilah Ingram and Bea Ingram and a host of other relatives and friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents William and Gladys; husband, Bill; daughter JoLene; brothers Harmon, Reuben and Paul; sister in laws, Ruth Morgan, Nellie Ingram; brother in law, Andy Morgan.


Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 and 11:00 a.m. at the North Edna Cemetery in Edna, Kansas.  Bishop Jeff Hogge will officiate.


Friends may call on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. to sign the guest register at David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville, Kansas.


The family suggests memorials can be made to the LDS Missionary Fund, contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of David

W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.


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David W. Barnes Funeral Home of Coffeyville is in charge of arrangements.

JoAnn (McCoach) Shaffer

JoAnn (McCoach) Shaffer of Valeda, KS rural Coffeyville, passed away on Wednesday February 21st at Coffeyville Regional Medical center surrounded by her loving family.



She was born in Olney Springs, Colorado on October 22, 1937 to Omer J. Wilcox and Madge (Peery) Wilcox. As an infant she moved with her family to Linn County, KS in Rural Centerville/Parker Kansas.



She graduated from High School from Parker Kansas. She then married Richard E. McCoach in Centerville Kansas, where they had seven children. They later divorced. She was briefly married to Joe Shaffer and they later divorced.


In her earlier years she loved gardening, roller skating and camping and fishing. She worked most of her life as a Certified Medication Nurses Aide at Medicalodges and did retire from that occupation. She also loved to trade cooking recipes with people.



Survivors include two sons of rural Edna, Kansas : Michael and Beverly McCoach and Dennis McCoach. Five daughters: Lori and Scott Garton of Edna Kansas , Kimberly and Bradley Volmer of Parsons Kansas, Cynthia and Bill Shearhart of Coffeyville Kansas, Tereasa and Doug Stanley of Coffeyville and Bobbie and David Stroud of Raymore, MO. One Brother, Ralph and Sue Wilcox of Liberty Missouri and one sister Juanita and Loran Wilson from Garnett, Kansas. 20 Grandchildren: Wyat Tomlinson, Shannon Noble, Joe Stanley, Shelli Stanley, Brad Stanley, Terrie Wiley, Emily McCoach, Aaron McCoach, Brock Volmer, Brianna Volmer, Erica Dixon, Courtney Garton, McKenzie Garton, Zane Garton, Tyler Garton, Jordan Garton and Zack McCoach, Colton McCoach and Blake McCoach 9 Great Grandchildren: LeAnna Tomlinson, Rowdy Noble, Bailey Morris , Owen Stanley, Adam Stanley, Brody Volmer, Delaney Volmer, Beckett Volmer, Milan Wiley and one Great Grandchild due in June.


Preceded in Death by her parents, and three sisters: Margaret McDowell, Louise Eddens, Jewell Featherstone and one step-grandson Tim Garton


Honoring JoAnn’s wishes cremation has taken place under the direction of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel and memorial services will be held on Monday February 26, 2018 At Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel with Evangelist David Bycroft officiating. The family will greet friends immediately following. The family suggests memorials be made payable to the American Heart Association and they may be sent in care of the Chapel. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit


Robert Donald "Don" Somerset

Robert Donald “Don” Somerset, 84, recently of Coffeyville, KS, passed from this life at home, surrounded by family, on February 19, 2018.


He was born June 25, 1933 in rural Pike County, near Troy, AL. Intrigued by science as a teenager, he and his brother, Jim, built a HAM radio set and talked to people all over the world.  As television became more and more popular, Don installed TV antennas on the roofs of many Troy homes.  He served in the Army National Guard during the Korean war. He met Anne Thomley of Wicksburg, AL, while attending Troy State Teachers' College, and they married on August 23, 1953. Around this time, he and Jim bought a tattered Aeronca Chief airplane, installed a new fabric skin, and learned to fly out of their back pasture. He transferred to Auburn University as a junior and was graduated in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Making their home in Ft. Walton Beach, FL, Don was employed by Eglin AFB, Vitro Services, and Metric Systems, eventually founding Datacom, Inc., with his brother in 1969.


Don had many interests and hobbies, including flying, gardening, quantum physics, contemplating the square root of negative 1, and reading voraciously. One summer he took a photo a day of a banana tree to document its phenomenal growth, which fascinated him.  Another time he analyzed how much energy each electrical appliance in the house was consuming.

Don enjoyed restoration projects especially, whether it was a temperamental 1965 Austin Healey, a 1948 wooden Chris Craft, or a neglected 1948 Ford 8N tractor.  He was a proud believer in regular maintenance of machinery and assured his children constantly that if they maintained it properly, it should last a lifetime, whether it was a lawnmower or a handgun.  He was distressed to recognize in the 1970s what he termed, the "built-in obsolescence" of the American car industry and carefully instructed his children in how to avoid it.  "Buy a Volvo," he advised.  "It will last forever if you take care of it."


A serious lover of animals, Don once nursed an injured hawk back to health and in later years allowed a domestic goose to chew his cheek regularly while he held it in his arms because, he said, “That’s the only way he has to communicate.”  Don loved the outdoors and working with the soil, growing a massive garden in the family's acre-plus suburban yard. His daughter Beverly remembers him saying, very earnestly, “You girls need to know where your food comes from!” And as usual, he was right.


Don is preceded in death by his parents, James Alfred and Mary Olive Crowe Somerset, and his brother, James Bruce “Jim” Somerset and grandson, Stephen Corey Wittkop. He is survived by his wife, Anne Thomley Somerset, daughters Beverly Wittkop (Stephen), Wendy Haught (Herb), Lisa Somerset, grandchildren Devin, Caitlin, Nathaniel, Emmaline, Kaley, and Tucker, great-granddaughter Melody Kent, as well as his sister, Mary Jo Nelson (Dick).


Visitation will be from 5 pm - 6 pm on Friday, Feb. 23, followed by the Rosary, in the chapel at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Funeral Home, Coffeyville, KS. A Requiem Mass will be offered in the same chapel by The Reverend Father Timothy Geckle, CMRI, on Saturday, Feb. 24th, at 10 am.  Don will be buried beside his father, mother, and brother at Pleasant Hill Primitive Baptist Church cemetery, Troy, AL, at 1:00pm on



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Sigrid Maria Thiel Nodine

Sigrid Maria Thiel Nodine, 76 of Coffeyville, passed away Sunday, February 18, 2018 at her home.


She was born on May 20, 1941 at Nassau, West Germany to Adolf Karl Wilhelm Erich Thiel and Margrit Anna Pauline Emelie (Richtbeg) Thiel. When she was young her family moved to Wiesbaden, Germany where she grew up and graduated from high school.

In January 1958, she married Kenneth D. Nodine at Wiesbaden, Germany, shortly after their marriage they moved to the United States when her husband was transferred to Ft. Sill, OK where they began their family. In 1961 they moved to El Paso, TX, in 1963 they returned to Germany stationed at Nuremberg until 1966 when they returned to Ft. Sill, OK, in 1970 they were transferred to Bad  Kreuznach, Germany until 1973 when they moved to Ft. Hood, TX.  After her husband retired from the U.S. Army in 1975 they moved to Tampa, FL where the couple later divorced but remained lifelong friends.


Sigrid was employed as a receptionist at Sypris Electronics in Tampa, FL for 30 years until retiring in 2011, in 2013 she moved to Coffeyville to be closer to her daughters. She was an avid reader and enjoyed studying different cultures of the world; she also enjoyed gardening, and crossword puzzles. She loved to watch birds and all animals and really, anything wildlife related.  But her greatest joys in life were her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include three daughters, Margrit Nodine, Sharon Adamson, and Monika Myers all of Coffeyville; seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; also, many nieces and nephews, both in Germany and throughout the United States. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Peter Thiel and Uli Thiel; one sister, Gisela Doyle; and one son-in-law, Michael C. Adamson.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville. Burial will be Fairview Cemetery.


Friends may call on Friday, February 23rd from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Friday from 6:00 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.


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Susan Fay George

Susan Fay George age 66 of Coffeyville passed away on February 17, 2018 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.


Friends are invited to sign the register and greet the family on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. Cremation will then take place and a memorial service will be held at a later date at the Lewark Church of God. The family suggests memorials be made payable to Muscular Dystrophy Association and may be sent in care of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel 2405 Woodland Ave. Coffeyville, KS 67337. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit

Julia May Smith

Julia May Smith, 84, of South Coffeyville, OK passed away Sunday, February 11. 2018 at Journey Home in Bartlesville, OK.


She was born on May 19, 1933 in Coffeyville, KS to Shelley K. and Julia May (Knisley) Smith. Julia grew up in rural South Coffeyville and attended school at Lenapah, OK.  She was employed as an Inspector at Halliburton in Coffeyville and later at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant in Parsons where she worked until retiring.  Julia enjoyed attending the First United Methodist Church in Coffeyville and the Tri M Sunday School Class with her sister. She enjoyed horseback riding and loved caring for horses.


Survivors include her sister Joyce Banta and husband Michael A. of Coffeyville; nephews, Michael Banta, Mark Banta, Bob Maggard, Ronnie Maggard, Dean Maggard, Darrell Maggard, Larry Smith, Jerold Smith, Charles Smith, and George Smith; and nieces, Patsy Brooks and Shelley Maggard.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Shelley William Smith and Anzel Eugene Smith; and one sister, Peggy Lorene Lundberg.


A Memorial Service celebrating Julia’s life will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Coffeyville with Pastor Nicole Schwartz-Eck officiating.


Friends may sign the register book on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.


The family suggests memorials to the First United Methodist Church, Coffeyville Friends of Animals or The Journey Home in Bartlesville, OK; contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.

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Leon Wayne Butterfield, Sr.

Leon Wayne Butterfield Sr., 101, of Fayetteville, AR, formerly of Mtn. View, AR and Coffeyville, KS, passed away Tuesday, February 6, 2018, in Arkansas.


He was born on March 31, 1916 to John Lafayette Butterfield and Myrtle Mae (Dennis) Butterfield, in Golden City, MO.  Leon was one of the youngest of eight siblings.  Growing up, he worked for Crown Drug Stores, while he also had a paper route.  While collecting subscription dues for his paper route, he met his future wife.  Leon married Irene Mabel McCroskie in 1938.  They would have celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary in a few days on March 2, 2018.  Leon and Irene relocated from Coffeyville, KS to Mtn. View, AR in 2007 and later moved to Fayetteville, AR in 2017.

Leon joined the US Navy in 1945.  Prior to going into Naval service, Leon taught all eight grades at a rural school in Golden City, MO., and later was an elementary principal in Cedar Vale, KS and Sedan, KS.  He also served as County Superintendent of Schools for Chautauqua County, KS.  Leon retired from education in 1982 after serving 28 years as principal of Edgewood Elementary School in Coffeyville, KS

Leon obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Pittsburg State College in Pittsburg, KS.  He earned an education specialist Ed. D degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.  He also pursued additional studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, CO, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, and Kansas University, Lawrence, KS.

Leon’s hobbies included bike racing, watching auto racing, gardening, playing chess, and stamp and coin collecting.  While in Sedan, KS, he was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons.  In Coffeyville, he was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving as both Elder and Deacon.  He was widely recognized for his volunteer work.  During the Christmas holidays, his annual passion was being a bell-ringer at one of the Salvation Army red kettles.  He was a member of the Black Dog Camping group.  For the Coffeyville Lions Club, he was the Secretary for many years, and was later elected as Lions Club District Governor.  Meals on Wheels was another passion to which he dedicated countless hours, and he was an active participant at Coffeyville City Council meetings.


Survivors include wife Irene (Mtn View, AR), Connie King (Fayetteville, AR), Leon “Lonnie” Jr. (Visalia, CA) and Russ Ann Shannon (Mtn. View, AR), six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Coffeyville, KS with Pastor Diane Massey officiating.


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     David W. Barnes Funeral Home of Coffeyville is in charge of arrangements.

George Willard Yeubanks

George Willard Yeubanks age 82 of Coffeyville passed away on February 10, 2018 at Windsor Place.


Willard was born on April 10, 1935 in Dearing to Floyd Arvel and Virgie Lois (Frye) Yeubanks. He attended school in Coffeyville until the eighth grade when he left school to help out his family of 12 siblings. Willard began working as a butcher for the Coffeyville Packing Company and later at Hoseney’s. He met Lorena Mae Grabham and the couple was later married in Coffeyville on November 17, 1956. To this union they were blessed with two sons and a daughter. After retiring his butcher’s knife, Willard and Lorena owned Dearing Family Delight for many years. They later purchased the Country Time Mall and added the Music Theater where his love for music came alive. Lorena would often play the piano and you would find Willard playing his fiddle. He truly had a passion for music, playing the fiddle was his happiness. He even holds 13 Kansas State Fiddle Players Championships to prove his passion. Willard used his fiddle music talent playing dances in area country bands for 50 plus years He also enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing, camping, horseshoes and playing fast-pitch softball. He will be remembered for his friendly demeanor and his willingness to help where he could, always making sure his guests were fed was important to him. Willard and Lorena were members and baptized at the Central Baptist Church, where Lorena would often play the piano and Willard on the Fiddle. Willard was an avid fan of KU Basketball and the Coffeyville Community College Red Ravens Basketball and Football Games, but he was truly the greatest fan of his children, they were his pride.


Willard’s memories will live on with his wife Lorena, his sons, Ricky Lee Yeubanks his significant other Lisa Palmer, and Benny Ray Yeubanks his wife Kay, his daughter Debra Kay Thompson her husband Nicky, brother Ronald Yeubanks, sister Gloria Kuehn, grandchildren, Ashley Horick her husband Ryan, Amy Jantz her husband John, Abby Jontra her husband Travis, Kristina Thompson, Cody Thompson, Bradley Yeubanks his wife Hannah, Brandon Yeubanks, Brett Yeubanks, step-grandchildren Sara Sisco and Blake Davis his wife Kylie, great-grandchildren, Owen Horick, Weston Jantz, Brexlyn Jontra, Brycen Yeubanks.


He now rests with his parents, 5 brothers and 5 sisters.


Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 1:00pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. Interment will immediately follow at Fairview Cemetery. Friends are invited to sign the register and greet the family on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at the Chapel. The family suggests memorials be made payable to Coffeyville Community College Foundation Basketball or Football Scholarship Programs and they may be sent in care of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel 2405 Woodland Ave. Coffeyville, KS 67337. To leave a message of condolence, please visit



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