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Obituaries Archives for 2018-04

Ivan Lee Benson

Ivan Lee Benson, 80 of Wann, Oklahoma passed away on April 17, 2018 at his home in the presence of his family.


He was born on August 27, 1937 in Chester, Oklahoma to Paul C. and Fern (Floyd) Benson. Ivan was the oldest of ten children and graduated from Wann High School in 1955.


Ivan worked at the flour mill in Coffeyville, Kansas for 47 years.

On April 12, 1957 he married Marjorie Fern Ryan at Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and spent 61 years of married life on their farm near Wann.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul C. and Fern Benson; three brothers, Paul Benson, Lonnie Benson, and Tony Benson; two sisters, Doris Yeubanks and Treva Yeubanks; one sister-in-law, Carolin Benson; and one son-in-law, Roscoe Stevenson.


He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Benson; daughter, Phyllis Stevenson; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Kathy Benson; daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Keith Woolever; and son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Tracey Benson; grandchildren, Sarah Stevenson, Jaclyn Stevenson, Patricia Stevenson, Rebecca Cowan and husband Michael, Jeremy Benson and wife Erica, Kaleb Woolever and wife Marisa, Ethan Woolever and wife Carmen, Chelsea Molskness and husband Dane, Taylor Benson and Jordan Benson; great-grandchildren, Asher Harrington, Jaret Cowan, Weston Cowan and Owen Woolover; and brothers, Bennie Benson, Robert Benson, Clifford Benson and Larry Benson.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Lewark Church of God, 920 Lewark St., Coffeyville, KS. Burial will follow in Robbins Cemetery west of Coffeyville.


Friends may call on Friday, April 20, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.


The family suggests memorials to the Lewark Church of God; 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.


Melvin Alonzo (Bud) Betts

Melvin Alonzo (Bud) Betts, age 92, went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Fredonia Memorial Hospital.  He was surrounded by his loving family.


Bud was born on January 27, 1926 to Benjamin and Gertrude (Glenn) Betts in Loyal, OK.  He attended school in Hennessey, OK then joined the Army and served with the Occupational Forces in Japan after WWII.


Bud married Irene Schafer on January 27, 1948 in Caney, KS.  They recently celebrated their 70th anniversary.  They have resided on the family farm west of Tyro all their married life.


Bud worked in the aeronautics industry, retiring from Rockwell International in Tulsa, OK in 1981.


He was part of the team that made the doors for America's first space shuttle.  After retiring, he did independent carpentry work, raised cattle and took care of the family farm.


Bud is survived by his wife, Irene of the home; 4 children, Kathy (Dave) Bycroft of rural Caney, Karen (Tom) Jabben of rural Independence, Lon (Kim) Betts of rural Caney and Cindy (Kevin) Moyers of Ft. Scott, KS; 12 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren with the 24th and 25th due this year; also 2 nephews and 1 niece and their families.


Bud was a member of the Tyro Christian Church where he served as an elder for many years, was instrumental in many of the building programs there and remembered the most for his 55 years of teaching Sunday School.


He enjoyed gardening, artifact hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.  He constantly had a new project in mind to do!


Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 17, from 7-8 pm at the Tyro Christian Church and the Victory Service will be at 2pm on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Tyro Christian Church under the direction of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel.  Interment will follow at the Sunnyside Cemetery in Caney, KS, with full military honors.  The family suggest memorial contributions be paid payable to the Lamplighters World Ministries, Stephen Bycroft Director.  Contributions may be left in care of the chapel.  To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit



Derek Scott Messner

Derek Scott Messner, 44, of Coffeyville passed away Sunday, April 8, 2018 from injuries received in an automobile accident west of Coffeyville.


He was born on June 14, 1973 at Caney, Kansas to Dwayne and Sonya (Fitchl) Messner. Derek grew up in the Caney area attending Lincoln Memorial Elementary School, Caney Valley Junior High, and graduated from Caney Valley High School in 1991. Following high school he attended Independence Community College and Kansas State University, receiving a Bachelor Degree from Pittsburg State University and a Bachelor Degree from Emporia State University.


On July 20, 2002 he married Courtnee Welton in Jamaica. Following their marriage they made their home in Coffeyville. They were later divorced.

Derek joined the Coffeyville Fire Department where he served the citizens of Coffeyville over 15 years attaining the rank of Lieutenant. 

Derek attended Tyro Christian Church in Tyro, Kansas, he enjoyed hunting, target shooting, collecting guns, car restoration especially muscle cars, and sports especially when his son was playing. But most of all he loved spending time with his family and brother firefighters.


Survivors include his son, Ty Messner of Independence; his mother Sonya Hall and husband, Rick of Havana, Kansas; his father Dwayne Messner and Carlotta Gordon of Caney, Kansas; two brothers, Dustin Messner of Goodman, Missouri, and Matthew Messner and wife, Lyndsee of Copan, Oklahoma; three step-sisters, Tarrah Foulk and husband, Jay of Bronaugh, MO, Hailey Hall of Bartlesville, OK, and Rainey Hall of Owasso, OK; three nephews, Gavin Messner, Braydon Messner and Eli Messner; and one niece, Maysa Messner; two step-nieces, Maurissa Foulk, and Jillian Foulk; and two step-nephews, Henry Foulk and Emmett Foulk.


A Memorial Service celebrating Derek’s life will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2018 at the Tyro Christian Church with Evangelist Nathan Boldt officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Lutheran Cemetery southwest of Tyro, Kansas. Derek will have a full firefighters funeral with honor guard.


The family will greet friends on Friday from 1:00 p.m. to service time at the church.


Memorials are suggested to a fund being established to benefit his son, Ty Messner’s education; 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.



Vertis Dean "Deano" Roberts, Sr.

Vertis Dean “Deano” Roberts, Sr., 84 of Richmond, MO and formerly of Coffeyville, KS died Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at his home.


“Deano” was born on July 10, 1933 in Wann, OK to John C. and Ruby Roberts.

Survivors include; three sons, Jeff Roberts of Richmond, Gary Roberts of Kansas City, MO and Kevin Robert of Roeland Park, MO; one daughter, Sheila Harding of Merriam, KS; one brother and sister-in-law, Allen and Cathy Roberts of OK; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Betty Paul of Independence, MO and Zella and Roy Olson of Porter, IN; 14 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, “Deano” was preceded in death by one son, Dean Roberts, Jr., two brothers, John Ward and Duke Roberts; and two sisters, LaVelma Roberts and Virginia Perkins.


“Deano” was a United States Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the American Legion Post #327 and Lions Club in Shawnee, KS. He was a truck driver for Duff-Reff Furniture Company for several years. He also was owner and operator of Roberts Pest Control. He lived in Shawnee, KS before moving to Richmond in 2006. “Deano” was of the Baptist faith.  


Graveside Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the Robbins Cemetery west of Coffeyville. Military Honors will be conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1022 and American Legion Post #20.

Friends may call on Monday, April 9th from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday April 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.


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


Tony Stafford Doan

Tony Stafford Doan age 51 of Coffeyville passed away on April 2, 2018 at his home.


Tony was born on April 28, 1966 and was gifted into the home of Woodrow C and Vivian Jane (Crisp) Doan in June of 66. Tony attended local schools and graduated from Filed Kindley High School. Tony always enjoyed working on jigsaw puzzles, he was an avid fan of professional sports, basketball, baseball, and football was a favorite. He always cheered on the Kansas City Chiefs and loved attending the local Coffeyville Community College Raven’s games. Never fathering his own children, Tony cherished children and it always brought him joy to play and tease with kids. He was a member of the Emmanuel Southern Baptist Church and loved his church family. Tony was a special gift to his parents whom cared, watched over, and dedicated their entire lives to him.


Tony’s memories will live on with his sister, Joy Featherngill her husband Dennis, five nephews, two nieces, and special longtime friend Christina Moore.


He now rests with his parents, Woodrow and Vivian, brothers John R Doan and Woodrow Doan Jr., sister Janie Caroline and nephew David Felts.


Memorial services will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel at 2:00pm. The family will greet friends immediately following the service at the Chapel. Memorials have been suggested to the American Diabetes Association or to Emmanuel Southern Baptist Church and they 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


Vivian Faye Dunn

Vivian Faye Dunn, aged 93, died peacefully in her sleep at Windsor Place in Coffeyville KS on April 3, 2018.



Vivian was the daughter of Walter Henry and Annie (Stephens) Henry of Washburn, MO.  Her parents and her three brothers, Walter Clyde Henry, Oliver O'Dell Henry and Paul Dexter Henry all preceded her in death.  Vivian married William Arnett Dunn on Oct. 7, 1940, in Independence, KS.  He also preceded her in death on February 6, 1991.  They moved to Coffeyville in September, 1941, where they lived their entire married life, except for the time he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and the U.S. Army, where he earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.



Vivian was a homemaker most of her life, except for the short times she worked in retail at Sears, Newberry's, Kress Co. and H. D. Lee Manufacturing.  Vivian enjoyed many activities including: crocheting, tating, knitting, and especially quilting, winning many Blue Ribbons, Grand and Reserve Champion Ribbons for her crocheting and quilting.  When the weather permitted, she loved tending her flowers and watching the birds from her porch swing.  She was a proud "Granny", attending many ball games and other school activities of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She loved her family, friends, and her special neighbors the Azuara family.



Vivian is survived by her four children, Bobby L. Dunn (Kathleen) of Pittsfield, IL, JoAnn Braschler (Leon) of Coffeyville, William J. Dunn (Karen) of Pittsburg, KS and Gayla D. Wallace (Bob) of Pittsburg, KS.  Survivors also include nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.



Services celebrating the life of Vivian will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, KS with family friend, Ken Henry officiating.  The family will receive friends from 11 am to service time on Saturday.  Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.  The family has suggested memorial contributions be made payable to Coffeyville Friends of Animals or St. Jude in memory of Vivian. Contributions may be left in care of the chapel. To leave a message of condolence for the family visit



Lee Eldo Hurlbutt

Lee Eldo Hurlbutt, 88, Coffeyville, Kansas, passed away Monday, April 2, 2018 at Windsor Place Nursing Home in Coffeyville, KS.


Lee Eldo Hurlbutt was born on May 5, 1929, in Enid, OK, to Lloyd Francis and Daisy Mae (Fuller) Hurlbutt.  He and Marilyn Joan (Rathbun) married in 1947.  Graduating from Phillips University in 1954 with a degree in geology, Mr. Hurlbutt worked for 5 ½ years as a geologist in the oil fields all over  central OK.  In 1960, he accepted a position as a District Representative for APCO Oil Company in numerous OK and KS towns.  He purchased K & S Oil Company in 1970 and moved his family to Coffeyville from Hutchinson.


Mr. Hurlbutt had been active in the community, serving as a member of Ducks Unlimited and as Past President of Money Sunk.  He also was a member of the Kansas Oil Marketers Association (which is now the Petroleum Marketers Convenience Stores Association.)  He was an avid golfer, loved to read and play cards, enjoying a card group who played two days a week for decades, and always took pleasure in working with his family at K & S Oil Company.  Long stays at the family cabin in the Colorado mountains were a special favorite.  An enthusiastic outdoorsman --- hunter and fisherman—Mr. Hurlbutt went on several international fishing trips with his sons.


He is survived by his son Mark Hurlbutt and wife Florrie, grandchildren Matt Hurlbutt (Casey Jo) and Callie Young (Cody) and great grandchildren Charley Ann and Maddie Lue Young.  His is also survived by his daughter in law Shari Hurlbutt, grandchildren Darcy Hurlbutt, Dustin Hurlbutt, Cody Hurlbutt (Tori), and great grandchildren Kyler and Cohen Hurlbutt.  In addition, he is survived by his niece Marilyn Knoll as well as by a host of friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, by his wife Joan, by his sons Michael Lee and Todd Alan, and by his sister Helen Bernice Allison. 


Cremation has taken place under the guidance of the David Barnes Funeral Home.  A private memorial service will be held at a later date.  The family suggests memorials to Coffeyville Friends of Animals.  Contributions may be sent to the Funeral Home at 306 N. Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS  67337.




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