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Harold Eugene Keene


Harold Eugene Keene, 93, passed away Friday, August 17, 2018 at John Knox Village in Lee’s Summit, MO.

 

He was born on August 30, 1924 at Coffeyville, KS to Alford Roland and Ora Mae (Goodpaster) Keene. Harold grew up and attended school in Coffeyville graduating from Field Kindley High School.

 

He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army from May 1943 until receiving his honorable discharge in February 1946. He received the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. After being discharged from the Army he returned to Coffeyville.

In 1946 Harold married Nellie Jo Hedges. Following their marriage they made their home in Coffeyville where Harold at the Co-op Refinery in the Coking Unit. While living in Coffeyville Harold and Jo were members of the Emmanuel Southern Baptist Church. After 22 years of working at the refinery Harold took early retirement and the couple moved to Denison, TX to become owners and managers of three laundry businesses.

Harold and Jo sold their very successful businesses after 10 years of ownership and retired to Grand Lake. Making their home in the Grove, OK area where they were members of the Baptist Church and Harold worked part time at the True Value Hardware store.

In May 1997 they decided to move to Joplin, MI to be closer to doctors and hospitals. They were members of the Forest Baptist Church. Jo preceded him in death on June 21, 2004 from cancer. Harold continued to live in Joplin until September 2015 when he moved to John Knox Village, a retirement  community in Lee’s Summit, MO to be closer to family.

 

His hobbies included restoring 1930 Model A Ford’s, playing cards with his grandsons and great-grandkids, having eating contests with the great-grandkids at Golden Coral, restoring antique furniture and watching NFL football.

Harold is survived by two sons, Gary Keene and wife, Nicki of Lee’s Summit, MO, and Don Keene and wife, Louise of Houston, TX; two grandsons, Chad Keene and wife, Jennifer, and Ryan Keene and wife Sara; and six great-grandchildren, Cale, Camden, Elena, Reigh, and Rowdy.

Harold was the best father, grandfather and great-grandfather any family could have ever asked for. We all loved him and will miss him very much, but we know he is no longer suffering and is in heaven with his wife Jo, and son Jerry.

 

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 25, 2018 at the Fairview Cemetery Veterans Memorial Patio in Coffeyville with military honors conducted by V.F.W. Post #1022 and American Legion Post #20.. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

 

Friends may call on Friday, August 24th from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.

 

To leave a message for the family please visit www.dwbfh.com.

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

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David Lee Warren


David Lee Warren, 63, of Coffeyville passed away Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, OK.

 

He was born on January 18, 1955 at Coffeyville to Norman D. and Helen Louise (Richards) Warren. David grew up attended school in Coffeyville.

David worked at Donaldson Feed Store, and for several years was employed as a hazmat worker at RSI and later as a painter for Hackney in Independence.

 

He enjoyed collecting coins and knives, fishing, hunting, and drawing. David loved spending time with his family.

 

Survivors include three sisters, Karen Herriman of South Coffeyville, OK, Cheryl Warren of Coffeyville, and Kimberly Pasquale of Independence, MO; numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and David loved all of them.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Warren; father, Norman Warren; and two brothers, Richard Warren and Jerry Warren.

 

A Memorial Service celebrating David’s life will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 25, 2018, at Emmanuel Chapel in South Coffeyville, OK.

Following David’s wishes cremation has taken place.

 

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

 

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Sarah Lynn Ernzen


Sarah Lynn Ernzen, 65, of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at her home. 

 

Sarah was born on July 14, 1953 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Bill and Martha (Thueson) Montgomery.  She graduated from Field Kindley High School in Coffeyville, Kansas. 

 

On July 3, 1978 she was united in marriage to Richard Ernzen in Miami, Oklahoma.  The couple made their home in Coffeyville until moving to Woodward, OK where they lived for 23 year before returning to Coffeyville.

Sarah was a member of Holy Name Church and was active in the Faith and Light and Altar Society.  She was a Home Health Care provider. But her greatest joy was spending time with her family especially her grandchildren

 

Surviving to cherish her memory are her husband, Richard Ernzen of Coffeyville; children, Jasie Garner-Moseley or Nowata, Oklahoma, Jacob Ernzen of Yukon, Oklahoma, Joshua Ernzen of Yukon, Oklahoma; sisters, Caroline Kitchens of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Marty Montgomery-Ortega of Beeville, Texas; three grandchildren, Tim Moore, Brynn Ernzen, Bryson Ensminger, and Saber Miller.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Martha Montgomery, a sister, Marilyn Hoggatt, and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank and Jo Ernzen.

 

A Rosary Vigil Service will be at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at Holy Name Catholic Church.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at Holy Name Catholic Church with Father Daniel Lorimer officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.

 

Friends may call on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home.

 

The family suggests memorials to Holy Name Catholic Faith and Light; 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.

To leave a message for the family please visit www.dwbfh.com

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

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Betty (Trotter) Rice


Betty (Trotter) Rice age 91 passed away with her daughter by her side on Monday, August 13, 2018 at Medicalodge Nursing Home in Coffeyville, Kansas.

 

Betty was born on August 20, 1926 to Robert and Rosie (Tatum) Trotter in Coffeyville, Kansas.  Betty was of six children.  On September 29, 1952 she married William "Bill" O. Rice in Bentonville, Arkansas.  Following their marriage they made their home in Coffeyville.  Betty worked in retail sales at JC Penny. She was a devoted wife always willing to help her husband, together they owned and operated the Rice Auto Repair, and Betty was often picking up parts, delivering cars to their owners, bookwork and various other task until their retirement in 1984.  Bill preceded Betty in death in 1999.  Betty was also a supportive and very loving mother to their daughter, Jody. She never missed a school activity and supported Jody in every way to succeed in life. She also enjoyed singing in the church choir, teaching Sunday school at the Bible Baptist Church and later at Emmanuel Southern Baptist Church.

 

Betty's legacy and memories will carry on with her daughter, Jody Rice, nephew, Don Simmons and his wife Linda, great nephews, Curt, and Tony Simmons.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers, Virgil, Dick, Paul, and Jimmy Trotter, and sister, Delphia Simmons and her husband Paul, great nephew Donald Simmons Jr.

 

Funeral services will be held on Friday, August, 17, 2018 at 11 am at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, Kansas 67337. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Independence, Kansas.   Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 5 to 7pm at the chapel.  To leave a message of condolence visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com 


Betty Jean Unruh


Betty Jean Unruh, 84, of Coffeyville, KS passed away Friday, August 10, 2018.

 

She was born on February 5, 1934 at Red Oak, OK to Taylor E. and Dona Belle (Hilburn) White. She attended school in Red Oak, graduating in May 1952.

 

Jean worked as secretary to the Superintendent of Schools at Red Oak. She also worked for Weinberg’s Western wear in Coffeyville from 1964 – 1977 and Bank IV from 1977 until her retirement in 1991.

 

On August 30, 1953, she married Milford Allen Unruh in Red Oak, OK. Following their marriage they made their home in Coffeyville, KS, where they raised their family. Milford preceded her in death on March 30, 2010.

After retiring she enjoyed time at the lake and her grandchildren. She was an outstanding seamstress and quilter.

Jean served on the committee for the Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall in 1996. She also served as Chairperson for the Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Banquet to raise money for scholarships for veterans and their family members.

She was an avid supporter of Coffyville Community College Red Raven basketball.

 

Jean was a Life Member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #20.

 

Survivors include two sons, Tony Unruh and wife Jeanie of Coffeyville, and Kelly Unruh and wife Laura of Plainfield, IL; one sister, Billie Lewark-Woods of Dearing, KS; four grandchildren, Tony D. Unruh and wife, Katie of Overland, MO, Jennie Thompson and husband, Tony of Kansas City, MO; Josh Unruh of Emporia, KS, Tabitha Unruh of Wichita, KS, Kimber Unruh and fiancée, Travis Beebe, and Kelsey Unruh all of Arkansas; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and brother, Lloyd Lee White.

 

Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 14th at the Fairview Cemetery Veterans Memorial Patio with Father Dan Lorimer officiating. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park.

 

Friends may call on Monday, from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.

 

The family suggests memorials to Holy Name Catholic School or the Vietnam Veterans Scholarship Fund at Pittsburg State University; 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.

To leave a message for the family please visit www.dwbfh.com.

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

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Jayne Irene (Wiley) Dodder


Jayne Irene (Wiley) Dodder, age 92, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2018 in Topeka, Kansas.  
 
She was born May 26, 1926 in Coffeyville, Kansas, the daughter of Veryl Otis Wiley and Nan (Myrtle) Heilemann Wiley.  She attended school in Coffeyville until 1937 when her family moved to Topeka, Kansas.  In 1938 the family moved to California, living in Long Beach and Lakewood, until returning to Coffeyville in 1941.  
 
She attended Field Kindley High School where she was Editor of the 1943 yearbook, the Twister, on the Tornado Times newspaper staff, a member of the Tornado Tillies, and a member of Student Council, graduating in 1943.  Following graduation she attended Kansas State University, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.  
 
She married Lt. Paul Dodder of the United States Army Air Corps, on March 24, 1945, having met him when he was stationed at the local air base.  Following his graduation from Kansas State University after the war, the family lived in Manhattan, Kansas and Enid, Oklahoma, and from 1964 to 1992 lived in Emporia, Kansas where she was an officer and branch manager for Lyon County State Bank for 20 years, until her retirement in 1985.  In 1992 she and her husband returned to Coffeyville to make their home.  
Jayne was a member of Delta Delta Delta alumna, P.E.O., Chapter EZ in Coffeyville, P.E.O. Chapter DN in Topeka, member and past president of Research Study Club, Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, past president of the Board of Trustees of the Coffeyville Public Library, and member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she had been baptized as an infant.  
 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Dodder; parents, Veryl and Nan Wiley and brother, John Kendall Wiley.  She is survived by her daughter, Terri Kaye Warrem and husband, Calvin Warrem of Topeka, Kansas; son, Steve H. Dodder and wife, Nancy Dodder of Sun City, Arizona; six grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.  
 
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Coffeyville, Kansas.  Pastor Diane Massey will officiate.  Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Coffeyville.  
 
Friends may call on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville to sign the guest register from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
 
The family suggests memorials can be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Coffeyville or to the charity of the donor’s choice; 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.
To leave a message for the family please visit www.dwbfh.com.
David W. Barnes Funeral Home of Coffeyville is in charge of arrangements.

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Jimmie Dee Atkinson


Jimmie Dee Atkinson age 89 passed away on August 11, 2018 at St. Frances Hospital, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Jim was born on December 26, 1928 in Coffeyville, Kansas to Marion and Elsie Sarah (Lowe) Atkinson.  He attended school in Coffeyville graduating from Field Kindley Memorial High School.  Jim worked for Coop now known as CVR Energy until his retirement he was a very dedicated employee.  He enjoyed reading western books, mowing, car rides, everything chocolate particularly milk shakes. Jim also enjoyed building things, he built their family home that was just north of Dearing.  Most of all Jim really enjoyed his family.  Jim shared 70 years of marriage with his bride Mary Wanda (Hepner) Atkinson, together they had four children.

Those left to share memories of Jim, are his wife, Pinky Atkinson of the home, daughter, Kristi Gay Howard and her husband Norman; sons, James Joel "Joe" Atkinson and his wife Hope, Charles "Chuck" Arthur Atkinson and his wife Angie; three grandchildren, Angie Barrow, Kassy Howard, Daniel Atkinson and his wife Amber, eight great grandchildren, Colsen, Ayden, Braylen, Bynlyn Barrow, Karyssa Hall, Bryce, Brayden and Kinsley Atkinson; sister, Kathryn Lucille Wise.  He was preceded in death by his son, Dan Lee Atkinson and his parents.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 11 am at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, with Pastor Jamie Regis of Dearing Christian Church officiating.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at the Chapel from 6 to 8 pm.  Burial will take place at Robbins Cemetery west of Coffeyville.  The family has requested memorial contributions be made payable to First Baptist Church of Coffeyville, contributions may be left in care of the chapel.  To leave a message of condolence for the family visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

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Robert G. "Bob" Mecum


Robert G. “Bob” Mecum, 83, of Coffeyville passed away Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.

 

He was born on July 17, 1935 at Coffeyville to Ralph and Mildred (Tyler) Mecum. Bob grew up in Coffeyville attending Whittier School, Roosevelt Junior High School, and graduated from Field Kindley High School.

 

Bob was a skilled tool and die maker working in Kansas and Oklahoma before returning to Coffeyville to work at Morrow Foundry where he was employed until his retirement.

 

On September 9, 1969 he married Sharon Samuel at Hutchinson, KS.

Bob was an avid fisherman and hunter, he loved all things outdoors, and was an avid Cardinals fan. One of his greatest joys was spending time with his grandsons, Jesse, Jordan, Tyler, Trevor, Michael; and his extended family and friends.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his wife, Sharon of the home; son, Robert Douglas Mecum and wife, Barb of Alaska; daughter, Darla Yvonne Wilde and husband, Kendell of Texas; seven Grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ralph Jr, and his sister's Maggie and Shirley.

 

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 11, 2018 at the Fairview Cemetery Veterans Memorial Patio. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, Bob would be honored to have donations made to the Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Foundation; contributions may be left at the funeral home or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.

His greatest wish would be for all to remember him as the funny and loving man that he was.

 

To leave a message for the family please visit www.dwbfh.com.

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

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David Castle Page


David Castle Page, 86, of Coffeyville, KS, passed away on August 3, 2018 in Tulsa, OK.

 

David was born in Merrill, WI to William O. and Virginia Castle Page on May 24, 1932.  He went to high school in Merrill and graduated in 1950.  He earned a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Animal Husbandry from the University of Wisconsin in 1959 following four years of service in the United States Air Force.  In the Air Force, David was a radio operator and served two years in Japan during the Korean War.

 

He held a number of executive positions with the Page Milk Company in Coffeyville and Tulsa.  Later in his career he was a human resources executive with Dixon Industries also in Coffeyville.  David was very involved in Rotary International where he held a variety of offices including chapter president.  He was also involved in numerous other charitable endeavors including President of the Coffeyville Fair and Rodeo, Coffeyville Red Cross Board, Coffeyville Hospital Foundation Board, Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce and Meals on Wheels.

 

David is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jeanne Schram Page of Coffeyville. He is also survived by his son, Alan W. Page of Dallas and his wife, Kimberly M. Page; his daughter Sarah P. Wells of Oklahoma City and her husband, Bryan J. Wells.  David has four granddaughters:  Lauren Page Coffman of Dallas (and husband John), Kathryn C. Page of Dallas, Hayden Wells Deberry of Oklahoma City (and husband Indigo) and Chandler Wells Pope of Dallas (and husband TJ).  He was preceded in death by his parents.  His sister Ann P. Kittell resides in Lincoln, NE.  He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Coffeyville on August 7 at 10:00 AM with Reverend Nicole Schwartz-Eck officiating.  A reception will immediately follow the service and be held at the Coffeyville Country Club.  Burial will be private and held in Tulsa.  Visitation will be held at First United Methodist Church in Coffeyville on August 6 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.  Ford-Wulf-Bruns Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements.

 

Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Coffeyville or to the Coffeyville Rotary Club Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

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Merle Robert Witwer


Merle Robert Witwer age 85 of Tulsa, OK passed away with his family at his side on Friday, August 3, 2018 at the Wildwood Care Center.

 

Merle was born on June 22, 1933 in Wann, OK to Samuel Harrison and Maude Marie (Eden) Witwer. He attended school in Wann. After school Merle found employment with the Munitions Plant in Parsons, KS, Pepsi Cola, Page Milk in Coffeyville KS, and Sears in Coffeyville where he worked in sales for a number of years and then transferred to Sears in Tulsa, OK where he retired from Sears in 1995. While at sears he met Barbara Anita Davis and the couple was united in marriage on March 3, 1991 in Mound Valley, KS. The couple has made their home in Tulsa since 1991.

 

Merle was a talented craftsman and had a deep passion for woodworking, he also enjoyed restoring antique cars and tractors. Spending time on the farm was another favorite of Merle’s, there was plenty of work between the farm and working cattle. Merle’s greatest moments was the time he had with his family, he adored his children and that love only grew with the addition of grandchildren, great-grandchildren. Family was everything to Merle.

 

Merle’s memories will live on with his wife, Barbara of the home, daughters, Mary Ann Greenfield her husband Rick of South Coffeyville, OK, Debra Merlene Cramer her husband Jerry of Mound Valley, KS, and Regina Lynn Collins of Bartlesville, OK, 7 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren.

 

He now rests with his parents, brother John Al Witwer, sister Vera Marie Witwer and a great-grandchild.

 

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the First Southern Baptist Church in Coffeyville, KS. Interment will immediately follow at Robbins Cemetery west of Coffeyville. Friends are invited to sign the register and greet the family on Monday, August 6, 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel 2405 Woodland Ave. Coffeyville, KS 67337. The family suggests memorials be made payable to the First Southern Baptist Church and they may be sent in care of the Chapel. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit  www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

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Carolyn Sue Pope


Carolyn Sue Pope age 77 of Coffeyville, KS gained her wings on Thursday, August 2, 2018, with her family by her side.

 

Carolyn was born on March 23, 1941, in Coffeyville, KS to Lawrence “Bud” and Ruby (Cherry) Kaufman. She grew up in Coffeyville where she attended Robbins School and Field Kindley High School.  On March 23, 1966, she married John Pope in Miami, OK. They made their home in Coffeyville. From this union three children were born - Becky Sue, Randy D, and Ricky Allen. They later divorced.

 

Carolyn worked at many businesses in the Coffeyville area but enjoyed working Home Health Care services.  She was a member of the SOS and Women’s Circle at the First Baptist Church in Coffeyville and was Madam President on the London and Cambridge Activity Boards at Windsor Place.

 

Carolyn enjoyed collecting snowmen and the Pillsbury Dough Boy. She loved playing bingo and spending time with her family; especially the grandkids and great grandkids as she was known as Gma Honey. She was always willing to help and had a very kind and loving heart, with her dimple and her smile, she will be missed by many.

 

Survivors include her daughter, Becky and Rick Crain of Battlefield, MO; two sons, Randy and Cassie Pope of Coffeyville, Ricky Pope of Coffeyville; grandchildren, Brandy Pope and Jeremy Gillispie of Chelsea, OK, LaShawnda and Grant Oglesby of Odessa, TX, Samantha Duden-Holliday of Battlefield, MO, Brock Pope of Los Angeles, CA, Tyler Pope of Coffeyville, KS and Laci Pope of Newton, KS; great grandchildren, Sarah, Adam, Cadance, Ethan, Spencer, Rayson, Klaire; sisters, Joy Wittner of Enumclaw, WA, Ruth Griffin of Springfield, MO; many nieces, nephews and a dear friend, Fern McDaniels along with the London Unit staff at Windsor Place that she thought of as family.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Bud and Ruby Kaufman; two sons, Danny and Tony Pope; grandson, Zachary; granddaughter, Ashley; brother, Clark Kaufman and four sisters, Genievie Dixon, Dorthy Nowadzy, Fern Henson, June Burdick.

 

Friends may call on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville to sign the guest register.  The family will greet friends Wednesday evening at the funeral home from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

 

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Coffeyville, Kansas.  Chaplain Mike Graham will officiate.  Interment will follow at Robbins Cemetery west of Coffeyville, Kansas.

 

The family suggests memorials to Autism Awareness or Children of Wounded Warriors; 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.

 

To leave a message for the family please visit www.dwbfh.com

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Beverly Arlene Brakhage


Beverly Arlene Brakhage age 83 of Coffeyville, passed away on August 1, 2018 at Windsor Place.

 

Known as Arlene to most was born on August 28, 1934 in Coffeyville to Earl and Lydia (Beam) Lewis. The family lived on a farm outside of Coffeyville; that is where hard work was instilled that would stay a constant in Arlene’s life. She would help with milking and driving the tractor out in the field from a very young age. As a family they always enjoyed gathering to sing and play, Arlene played the mandolin. She attended Coffeyville schools and graduated from Field Kindley High School where she was a member of the Robed Choir, drum and bugle corps and the academic honor society. Arlene worked in various roles for different companies in the bookkeeping, administrative, and accounting. She retired from the Morrow Foundry as an accountant. She was united in marriage to Everett Brakhage on November 14, 1969 at St Paul’s Lutheran Church. Arlene was a quiet and reserved lady who always had her house in order, everything had its place. She enjoyed reading, sewing, embroidery, and loved taking the boat out with Everett to go crappie fishing. Arlene cherished her grandchildren and always made sure to get everyone together for holidays.

 

Arlene’s memories will live on with her children, Danny Brakhage his wife Paula, Debbie Garner her husband Jay, Robin Garrison her husband Ron, daughter-in-law’s Susan Brakhage and Carla Brakhage, brother, Kenneth “Buck” Lewis, sister, Shirley Brown her husband Don, Niece, Debby Brown, nephew Rick Brown, grandchildren, Aaron Garner, Benjamin Garner, Shane Brakhage, Craig Brakhage, Joshua Brakhage, Seth Garrison, Jacob Garrison, Levi Garrison, John Garrison, Caleb Garrison, Sherri Baxter, Terri Pineda, Shawna Givens, Cami Brakhage, and Alicia Dean, and 18 great-grandchildren.

 

She now rests with her parents, her husband Everett, sons, Ron Brakhage and David Brakhage and grandson Philip Garrison.

 

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery at 10:00am. Friends are invited to sign the register and greet the family on Friday, August, 3 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. The family suggests memorials be made payable to St Paul’s Lutheran Church and they can be sent in care of the Chapel. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwuklfbrunschapelk.com

 

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Jean Leadove Brewer-Smith


Jean Leadove Brewer-Smith passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at CRMC in Coffeyville, Kansas.

 

Jean was born on June 3, 1921 to Robert R. Brewer and Mary Jane Roberts in Montgomery County southwest of Dearing, Kansas. Jean attended school in Dearing, Kansas and went to High School at Field Kindley Memorial High School in Coffeyville, Kansas.  She attended and graduated from Coffeyville Junior College and from Pittsburg State College in Pittsburg, Kansas.  Jean taught school for 38 years in Montgomery County.  She taught at Dearing School, Robbins School and 28 years at Garfield School in Coffeyville.  She was a past member and officer of the Coffeyville Teachers Association and NEA. She was a member and first president of the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority-Teachers for over 50 years.   Some of her precious memories were the children she taught.   She served as teacher, officer and directed Bible School for 11 years at Dearing Christian Church where she was a member for 86 years. Served as the organist for Dearing Christian Church for 20 years and served as organist for Caney Church.

 

On July 19, 1944 she was united in marriage to Murrel Smith at her parents’ home.  Murrel preceded her in death on December 3, 2003. In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Mary Jane Brewer; son, Roger D. Smith in 2009; brothers, John and Robert Brewer; sister, Julia Brewer.  Jean is survived by many nieces and nephews.

 

Memorial Services will be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Dearing Christian Church.  Pastor Jamie Regis will officiate.  Inurnment will follow at Robbins Cemetery west of Coffeyville, Kansas.

 

The family suggests memorials can be made to the Dearing Christian Church; contributions can be left with or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.

 

To leave a message for the family please visit www.dwbfh.com

 

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

 

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