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Mary Ethel Thomas


Mary Ethel Thomas, age 95, of Coffeyville passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at Windsor Place.

 

 

She was born April 19, 1923 in Tulsa, OK to Daniel Lewis and Barbara Ruth (Sheddrick) VanWinkle. She grew up in Wayside, KS where she graduated high school. She then attended and graduated from Tulsa Business School.

 

On September 8, 1946 she married Ralph Raymond “Doc” Thomas. The couple made their home in Coffeyville, where they raised their family.

 

When their children were young Mary worked from home as a seamstress. She could sew anything from silk dresses to upholstering car seats. She was known as “The Cake Lady” for many years because of the fabulous cakes she baked for hundreds of people in the community and surrounding areas. In her younger years, Mary worked for Continental Can and Parkersburg. After their children were older she worked for Jolly Kids, Coffeyville Packing Plant, and Automotive Control Corporation (now Standard Motor Products) where she was employed until her retirement.

 

She was Den mother for each of her sons’ Boy Scout Troops and scout leader for both her daughters’ Girl Scout Troops. Mary enjoyed sewing, Knitting, crocheting and decorating cakes. She was a member of Tyro Christian Church.

 

Mary is survived by her children Ricki Hanna her husband Jim, Bill Thomas his wife Vicky, Harry Thomas his wife Karen, Kathy Argent her husband Jim, and Dave Thomas his wife Toni. She is also survived by a sister-in-law Barbara Jordan, 12 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, four brothers, Howard, Dave (Roberta), Harold (Betty), and Bill (Wilma); one brother-in-law Albert Jordan.

 

A celebration of Mary’s life will be held on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel 2405 Woodland Ave. Coffeyville, KS 67337 with Evangelist David Bycroft officiating.  Interment will immediately follow at Robbins Cemetery West of Coffeyville. Friends are invited to sign the register on Thursday January 31, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The family suggests memorials be made payable to the Tyro Christian 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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Pauline R. Mowder


Pauline R. Mowder, 93, former longtime Coffeyville resident passed away Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Shawnee, KS where she’d made her home the last three years.

 

She was born on January 10, 1926 at Freeport, Illinois to Paul and Olga Deininger. Pauline grew up and attended school in Freeport graduating from Freeport High School.

 

In 1945 she married Warren L. Mowder at Salina, Kansas. They moved to Coffeyville shortly after their marriage where they raised their children. When Pauline’s children were older she was employed at the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce, Winston Realty and later at BANK IV where she worked until her retirement. Her husband preceded her in death on June 28, 1996.

 

She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Coffeyville and Beta Sigma Phi. Pauline enjoyed playing cards especially Bridge, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

 

Survivors include two sons, John Mowder and wife, Jackie of Shawnee, KS and Pat Mowder and wife Lynn of Hutchinson, KS; grandchildren, Chis Mowder and wife, Alicia, Karen Mowder, Doug Mowder and wife, Ashley, Craig Mowder, and Mike Hudson; and great-grandchildren, Ellie Mowder, Hannah Mowder, and Trinity Hudson.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Warren; one daughter, Susan Mowder, and two brothers; George Deininger and Calvin Deininger.

 

Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, January 31, 2019 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Tony Fields officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

 

Friends may sign the book on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 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 arrangements.

 

 

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Carlton "Sonny" Parsons


Carlton “Sonny” Parsons, 77, of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at CRMC in Coffeyville, Kansas.

 

Carlton was born on March 3, 1941 on a farm west of Delaware, Oklahoma called Cocklebur Hill, to Hugh Parsons and Juanita (Keithley) Parsons.  As a young boy he moved to Nowata with his family to 803 Seneca in 1942.  He was educated in Nowata School System and graduated in 1960.  In the fall of 1961, he met the love of his life, Mary Sue White.  They were married in April of 1963 in Coffeyville, Kansas.  He and Mary Sue were the parents of one son, Terry Wayne Parsons.

 

He is survived by his son, Terry Parsons and wife, Kathy; grandchildren, Jessyka Sue, Kelsy Lyn;  grandson, Jozey Lee; five siblings, Mabel Root of Edmond, Oklahoma, Mary Dick of Tuttle, Oklahoma, Virginia Lemmons of Hesperia, California, Roberta Hughes of Edmond, Oklahoma and Bill Parsons of Fontana, California. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Juanita Parsons and by the love of his life, Mary Sue Parsons.

 

As a young boy, Sonny loved to hunt and fish.  He truly loved the outdoors.  He played softball and baseball well into his 40’s.  He also coached for 18 years and after that his was an umpire.  Sonny traveled with his granddaughters from Grand Junction, Colorado to Richmond, Virginia where Jessyka played for the Babe Ruth Little League Softball World Series.

 

He was a member of the South Coffeyville Lions Club, the Nowata Bass Club and the Nowata Archery Club.  He also served on the board of directors for the Ball Cemetery for more than 20 years.  He was a perpetual life member of the Masonic Lodge #477 in Delaware, Oklahoma.  He went through the chairs and served as the Worshipful Master.

 

Sonny worked for Parmac for 30 years.  He retired from Parmac and went to work for Thompson Brothers Welding Supply in 1996.  He retired from Thompson Brothers in 2003 and went to work part time until 2014.

 

He was always a generous, friendly man and would never hesitate to help a friend.

 

Following Sonny’s wishes, cremation has taken place under the direction of David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville, Kansas.

 

Memorial Services will be held on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Chapel in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma.  Pastor James Feltner will officiate.

 

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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Ruby Jo Browning


Ruby Jo Browning passed away Friday, January 18th.

 

Ruby Jo Browning was born Sept. 9, 1937, the thirteenth child of Robert Lee Brooks and Mabel Roberts Brooks, in Nowata County Ok, September 9th, 1937.

 

Ruby Jo, known by most as “Jo”, is survived by her husband Stanley,

son Scott and his wife Tia, two grandchildren Hunter and LaurenSage,  sister Ida Lee Rosson, many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and cousins.

 

She graduated from Wann high school in 1955.

 

Jo married her husband of nearly 60 years, Stan Browning, of Caney Ks, on May 30th 1958.  Jo and Stan moved to Kansas City, Ks area to be near family where they resided for the past several years.

 

Jo was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, she will be dearly missed.

 

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

 

A Memorial Service celebrating Jo’s life will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Coffeyville.

 

The family will host a reception following the service from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

 

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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Richard William Henry


Richard William Henry age 69, lifetime resident of Coffeyville passed away unexpectedly on January 18, 2019 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center. He was surrounded by his family. 

Rickey was born in Coffeyville on July 21, 1950 to Robert and Thelma (Thomason) Henry. He attended local grammar schools and graduated from Field Kindley High School. He continued his education at Coffeyville Community College. Rickey was united in marriage to Evelyn “Sue” (Woodall) on August 29, 1970 in Caney. Rickey started working at the family business, Henry’s Auto. He continued working in auto parts at car dealerships. He had a passion for the 57 Chevy, Oldies Rock music, and drinking Coca Cola. Rickey was funny, always telling jokes, and teasing his family and friends. At the age of 49 Rickey lost his sight, you would never guess that his vision was impaired as he never let it define him.

Rickey’s memories will live on with his children, Richard W. Henry Jr his wife Lori and Monica Hart her husband Bret brothers Terry K Henry, Dee D Henry, sisters Candace Bliss her husband Ray and Sherry Ellis her husband Rick, sister in law’s, Patty Samson, Debra Evensvold, and Becky Wheatley, grandchildren, Haylie Dixon, Drew White, Callie Hart, Allica Henry, Taylor Henry, and Drew Henry, great-grandchildren, Caydin, Masen, and Maeve. Foster children Aubrey and Eddie Cauley,

He now rests with his parents, his wife Sue, and brother Dana R Henry.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 3:00 pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. A private family burial will follow. The family suggests memorials to the Coffeyville Meals on Wheels 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 www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

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Sonja Charlene (Sunny) Payden


Sonja Charlene(Sunny) Payden age 76 passed away on January 18, 2018 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center with her family by her side.

 

Sonja was born on February 9, 1942 in Coffeyville to Noel Rufus and Madeleine Blanche (Mosteller) Mayfield. She attended local Coffeyville Schools. Right out of school she met Emerald Dale Payden and the couple was united in marriage on February 17, 1958. Sonja found employment with the Caney Box Factory, she was the floor manager at TG&Y, she was manager for KFC, and she was night clerk for the Townsman Motel, her greatest career was raising her children. Sonja loved being a mother and a wife and when the grandchildren started arriving her joy only tripled. She was the glue that bonded the family together, a true matriarch, the one everybody turned to. But they also knew she wouldn’t think twice about lining one of them out.   Sonja enjoyed reading,camping, bowling, ice skating, swimming, and crocheting. She not only enjoyed crocheting, she was very skilled in the art and made afghans for everyone. It was part of her nature, she always worried about everybody. Sonja had a house at Grand Lake and she loved the times spent there.

 

Sonja’s memories will live on through her children, Emerald Douglas Payden his wife Donna, Noel Richard, Jeffrey Dale his significant other Lori, brother, William David Mayfield his wife Jami, sisters, Patricia Marie Ervin,  Carol Ann “Kay” Boswell and Sondra Felts Mayfield, 14 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren.

 

She now rests with her parents, her husband Emerald Dale Payden, son, Ronald Ray Payden, daughter, Rhonda Gay Follis, brothers Clifford Dale and Robert Leroy Mayfield, sisters Betty June Lowder and Clara Jean Davis.

 

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel with Chaplain Keith Springer and Steven Foraker with Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice officiating. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

 

The family suggests memorials be made payable to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice 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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Kenneth Dean Sullivan


Kenneth Dean Sullivan, 67, of rural Havana, Kansas passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from injuries received in an accident.

 

He was born on December 19, 1951 at Independence, Kansas to Harold and Goldena (Eversole) Sullivan. Kenny grew up on the family farm in eastern Chautauqua County and attended grade school in Niotaze, Kansas, and went on to attend Caney Junior High and graduated from Caney Valley High School in 1969, he then attended Kansas State University, receiving his degree in Agronomy.

 

On June 5, 1971 he married Carla Folk at the Tyro Christian Church in Tyro, Kansas. Following their marriage they lived in Manhattan, Kansas while they both completed their degrees, after graduation they returned to rural Havana where Kenny farmed and ranched.

 

During his early years of farming, Kenny enjoyed being mentored by Russell Powell. As he grew older Kenny mentored several young people involved in agriculture in Chautauqua and Montgomery Counties. These opportunities evolved into long term friendships. 

Kenny was a member of the Tyro Christian Church, where he served as the child security guard. He loved spending time on the farm, caring for his cows and improving the land. Ken’s hobbies included his catfish ponds and gardening with Carla.  Ken started a labor of love when he and Carla designed and constructed their dream home which helped to host High School Reunions, large family gatherings, bible studies and hunting trips. He was known for being creative in his agriculture ventures, being the one of the first to raise Sunflowers in southeast Kansas. He also designed and brought to life the metal horse silhouettes that are located at the US 166/Hwy 75 intersection.  One of Ken’s greatest gifts was the ability to sense need and be one of the first to offer assistance. His greatest joy though was spending time surrounded by his family and friends.  He was especially fond of spoiling his only grandchild, Sullivan Max. 

 

Survivors include his wife, Carla of the home; daughter, Micca Brown, husband, Craig and grandson, Sullivan; sister, Patty Fields, husband, Loyd, and their sons, Kelly Fields and wife, Sara  and Shane Fields and wife, Marisha; brother-in-law, Richard Brant of rural Havana and his children, Juli Brant and Jason Brant and wife, Miranda; and brother-in-law, Richard Folk and wife, Debbie..

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Marianna Brant.

 

A Celebration of Kenny’s life will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January  22, 2019 at the Tyro Christian Church with Evangelist David Bycroft officiating.

 

The family will receive friends on Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Tyro Christian Church.

 

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials in Kenny’s memory to the Caney Valley High School F.F.A. or Tyro Christian Church; contributions may 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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Tommy Joe Strickland


Tommy Joe Strickland age 57 of Coffeyville passed away on January 16, 2019 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.

 

Tom was born in Coffeyville on October 31, 1961 to Judy (Oja) Taylor. He attended local grade schools and graduated from Field Kindley High School. He continued his education at Coffeyville Community College where he earned his EMT certification and later his paramedic. He worked for the EMS in Caney, Frontenac and Garnett. Changing careers, Tom most recently worked for B&W Hitches in Humboldt as a machine operator. Tom always enjoyed listening to music, spending time with family, fishing, and spending time with friends. He was most known for his cooking, usually on the BBQ grill. Concocting new recipes and then calling his mom to tell her about them was a norm. Tom’s outward appearance one would think he was tough as nails but deep down he was just like a stuffed teddy bear which could be the reason that he was always the favorite uncle to all the nieces and nephews. Tom could always be found helping a friend in need.

 

Those left to cherish Tom’s memories are his sons, Joseph Metcalf of Caney and Kyle Barrett of Pittsburg, mother Judy Taylor her husband John of Iola, brothers, Mike Shook his wife Dalena of Coffeyville, Mark Weeks his wife Kristen of Ft. Scott, David Weeks of Paola, step-sister Jessica Baker her husband Sam of Sycamore, and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He is preceded in death by his grandparents Damon and Dot Strickland, brother Stacy Shook and step-brother Gene Taylor

 

Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 11:00 am at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel with Pastor Matt Bycroft officiating. Inurnment will follow in Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be made payable to St Jude Children's Research Hospital 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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Steven Charles Tate


Steven Charles Tate of Independence, Kansas passed away unexpectedly on January 14, 2019 due to an automobile accident. He led a full, interesting life and will be missed by the many people he touched and influenced in his nearly 75 years.

 

Steve was known as a loving brother, a wonderful father, a caring companion, an awesome grandpa and a great friend to many.  He was born to Merle and Mable Lucille (Wright) Tate on February 14, 1944, in Coffeyville, Kansas.

 

Steve grew up in Coffeyville, graduating from Field Kindley Memorial High School. Steve loved to learn. He was a self-motivated individual that had many interests that required intelligence and attention to detail such as building his own television, stereo, and obtaining his pilot’s license flying small Cessna planes for many years.  As a young boy, he and his brothers, David and Phil built a Rocket together.  He often mentioned how much he loved spending time with his sister, Lou Ann, simply visiting.

 

He had an amazing passion for music and was often accused of having the music too loud, especially Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac, but that's how he enjoyed it best.  He enjoyed the outdoors, Freewheeling across the state of Oklahoma as a member Oklahoma Bicycle Club of Bartlesville, and also loved motorcycling. 

 

He was a dedicated hard worker!  He worked in the oil fields in Montana, 26 years at Orval W. Carter Automotive in Coffeyville, 6 years at Emerson Electric in Independence, and his final 15 years at Amazon.com.   Steve was one of the original 50 employees hired by Amazon when they opened.  He retired just before they closed the Coffeyville location.

 

Steve married Joyce Deal on January 30, 1966 sharing over 20 years of marriage together in which they had two children, Keith and Kelli.  Steve then shared his life with Cheryl Betts for many years, making their home in Independence.  Steve's favorite sidekick, after his family, was his dog, Marley.

 

Steve was a thoughtful, quiet individual.  Though his personality was somewhat of an introvert, he spoke loudly through his photographs.  He developed a huge passion for photography where he won several awards.  However, his favorite subjects were his grandchildren! He would often be found entering a sporting event with his equipment in hand, looking as though he was with a major news media.  With the lens positioned just right he captured perfect shots of his grandchildren in each of their interests, whether it be a sporting event, a pig show, or a musical performance he was always there.  Most recently Steve and his grandson built a drone that was equipped with a camera. This led to yet another opportunity for Steve and his grandson to capture the perfect photograph.  His grandchildren were truly his pride and joy.

 

Steve's family will continue to share a lifetime of memories in the days ahead.  He is survived by his children, Keith Tate and his wife Heather of Kansas City, Missouri, Kelli and her husband Danny Drews of S. Coffeyville, Oklahoma; his companion, Cheryl Betts of the home; his grandchildren, Hannah Baker, Savannah Drews, Cam Tate and Carson Tate; brother, Phil Tate and wife Laura of Cortland, New York; sister, Lou Ann Granning of Enid, OK; his nephews David Tate, Michael Granning, and John Tate; his nieces Linda Bolt, Lori Fisher, Melissa Bell, Anna Tate, and Susan Tate; and his sidekick, Marley. Steve is also at rest now with his parents, and his brother David Tate.

 

Funeral services celebrating Steve's life will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, Kansas with Evangelist David Bycroft officiating.  Cremation will take place following the service with inurnment taking place at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date.  The family will receive friends also on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 11 am to service time.  Contributions may be made payable to AWOL of Independence, 116 S 23rd, Independence, Kansas 67301 in Steve's memory, contributions may be left in care of the chapel.  To leave a message of condolences for the family visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

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Velma Wright


Velma Wright, 75 of Coffeyville passed away Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.

 

She was born on August 19, 1943 at Live Oak, Florida to William George and Bertha Mae (Sauders) Voyles. Velma spent her early years in Florida where she started school, her family later moved to Coffeyville where she completed her education.

 

On October 2, 1959 she married Wilbur Dale Wright in Coffeyville. Following their marriage they made their home in Coffeyville where they raised their family. Velma was employed at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant in Parsons for several years.

 

Velma enjoyed gardening, going to the casino, riding motorcycles, and traveling. But her greatest pleasure was spending time with her family.

Velma was preceded in death by her father and mother and siblings, son-in-law, Danny White and grandson, Dayton Christmore.

 

Survivors include her husband, Wilbur of the home; five children, Debra Ulibarri, Coffeyville, Cheryl Christmore, Portland, OR, Kevin Dale Wright and wife Irene, Coffeyville, Iris White, Adair, OK and Teresa and husband Tony Brizendine, Portland, OR; fifteen grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren.

 

Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home, with Pastor Mark Wilson of the First Church of God officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

 

Friend may call on Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.

 

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

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

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Emma Janette Johnston


Emma Janette Johnston age 80 passed away on January 11, 2019 in Wichita, KS.

 

Emma was born on June 28, 1938 in Britton, OK to Dale and Della (Wardlow) Bryan. She attended the rural Deer Creek School until the she moved to Sedan where she graduated from Sedan High School with the class of 57. Shortly after graduation Emma moved to Coffeyville where she began working as a switchboard operator for Southwestern Bell. She retired from ACC in Independence after several devoted years of service. On a blind date in 1958 Emma accompanied Thomas (Bud) Johnston to an American Legion Dance. On August 7, 1959 the couple was united in marriage, they were blessed with two sons and a daughter.  Emma enjoyed cooking, quilting, sewing, cross-stitching, embroidering, and going to the casinos where she would play the penny slots and the occasional nickel slot on a big night. Bud and Emma were inseparable, where one was the other wasn’t too far away. They enjoyed playing cards with friends, pinochle, canasta, and pitch were some favorites. After the children were out of the house they loved traveling, whether it be bus trips or an Alaskan cruise they were always ready for the next destination. Emma was a member of the First Baptist Church and the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary. When Emma started quilting, Bud would make comments about her needing another machine or more material but shortly was hooked on helping make the quilts for all their children and grandchildren.

 

Emma’s memories will live on with her children, Dale Johnston his wife Jenni, Tom Johnston, and Barbara Osborn her husband Tim, sister, Vicky Stapp, grandchildren, Paige White, Kimberlin Johnston, Zackary Osborn, and Brett Johnston, great-grandchildren, Camden White and Caelor White.

 

She now rests with her parents, her husband Bud, brothers Herbert Bryan, Leon Bryan, Bill Bryan, and Clyde Bryan, sisters, Bonnie Cooper, Linda Floyd, and Alice Marie Hall.

 

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 11:00 am at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. The family suggests memorials to the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary 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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Charles R. "Chuck" Donaldson


Charles R. “Chuck” Donaldson, affectionally known to his grandchildren as “Pah”, died Saturday, January 12, 2019 at his home. He was 79. Chuck was born in Coffeyville, Kan. on August 20, 1939 to Frank L. and Lillie A. Donaldson (Waddle).

 

He was raised in Coffeyville and attended Coffeyville schools, graduating from Field Kindley High School in 1957.

 

On September 13, 1954 he married the love of his life Gaila L. Gooding. They were married until her death on November 16, 2016. They had three

children.  Chuck was the proprietor of Donaldson Exchange “The Feed Store” until the business closed in 1983. He then worked in the insurance business, trucking and heavy equipment until his retirement in 2005.

 

He was an avid motorcyclist his entire life. Racing in events in different disciplines around the country, including flat track, hillclimb, road race, motocross and enduro. Along with multiple first place finishes, trophy’s and medals, he also earned the silver medal at an enduro in Potosi, Mo. in 1972 which qualified him to race the coveted International Six Days Trials held in Dalton, Mass. Later he and his wife enjoyed touring the country on their Honda Goldwing riding thousands of miles either alone or in the company of their great friends. He also enjoyed continuing to ride by attending numerous Poker Runs where, more often than not, he would win the “Oldest Rider” award.

 

He is proceeded in death by his parents, wife, and son Randy Donaldson.

Survivors include daughter Jamie Dean and husband Larry of Coffeyville, son Jason and wife Vonda also of Coffeyville, granddaughter Sarah Butler, husband Lance, great-grandchildren Rowan and Ryker Butler of Tulsa, Okla., and grandson Matthew Dean and his wife Samantha of Coffeyville.

 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday January 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home 306 N. Cline Road, Coffeyville. Services will be held Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 10:00 am at Grace Fellowship Church 2455 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville.

 

Memorials are suggested to Harry Hines Memorial Hospice www.hynesmemorial.org/donate/   or Grace Fellowship Church www.gracefellow.net; 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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Beverly Sue York


Beverly Sue York, 80, of Coffeyville passed away Saturday, January 12, 2018 at Windsor Place.

 

She was born on July 12, 1938 at Mound City, Kansas to Herchel and Lavina (Pritchett) Robinson.  Beverly spent her early years in the Mound City area where she began school, her family later moved to Coffeyville where she completed her education graduating from Field Kindley High School.

 

On April 15, 1958 she married Kenneth York at Wichita, Kansas. Following their marriage they lived in Wichita until returning to Coffeyville in 1968. Beverly was a homemaker until her children were older and she began working as a Payroll Clerk at Coffeyville Regional Medical
Center and later for Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Service where she worked until retiring. Kenneth and Beverly were also foster parents to many young children.

 

She was a member of the Church of God. In her spare time she enjoyed crocheting, sewing, collecting Angels and Wizard of Oz memorabilia, playing the piano, singing, and baking bread. But her greatest joy was spending time with her family especially her grandchildren. 

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth York of the home; one daughter, Becky Prather of Coffeyville; three sons, Michael York and wife, Athena of Pueblo, Colorado, Greg York and wife, Merriam of Coffeyville, and Scott York of Atlanta, Georgia; three sisters, Sandy Gregg of St. Louis, Missouri, Marydel Aspedon of Florida, and Debbie Ross of Coffeyville; eleven grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

 

Funeral Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, January 17, 2019 at the First Assembly of God with Pastor Randy DePriest officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

 

Friends may sign the register book on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville. Following Beverly’s wishes the casket will be closed.

 

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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Merry Jovalene Heaton


On January 9, 2018 Merry Jovalene Heaton moved from her local residence to her heavenly mansion, built especially for her by her lord and savior Jesus Christ.

 

 She was born on December 9, 1933, in Bethel, NM to Harve A, and Gladys Tobin Redburn. She was born again, when she accepted Christ as her savior and became a child of God, at the age of 13 at the Christian Church in Erie, KS. She dedicated her life to service of the Lord.

 

On August 16, 1976 she and her husband Grafton Heaton were married in Miami, OK. He preceded her in death on December 9, 1997.

 

She attended the Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO and served the Lord in secretarial and book keeping capacities in Cincinnati, OH and Indianapolis, IN. She also learned sign language and ministered to the deaf in Indianapolis, IN.

 

It is my desire that as you read this you will search your heart and if you have not already done so, you will accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, as Merry has, so that one day we can meet her in Heaven.

 

She is survived by one sister, Martha Hyatt, and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She now rests with her grandparents, Phillip and Elizabeth Tobin, her parents Harve and Gladys, husband Grafton, and three brothers, Harold, Ray, and Rollo Redburn, and sister Freda Lindquist.

 

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 10:30 am at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. Burial will follow at Shaw Cemetery in Shaw, KS. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

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David Lewis Evitts


David Lewis Evitts of Coffeyville, Kansas, passed away at the age of 76, on December 31, 2018 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center unexpectedly.

 

 

David was born on October 30, 1942 to Robert G. and Evelyn L. (Hoggatt) Evitts in Wichita, Kansas.  At a young age David's family moved to Coffeyville where he attended school and graduated from Field Kindley Memorial High School.

At an early age David showed a great interest in music.  As a young boy, in the Methodist Church where he grew up David started singing solo's.  Wearing the uniformed pink choir robe as a young boy and not being of the adult stature, they would stand him on an orange crate to sing.  David starting sing soprano in a boys' choir and sang on the radio from Wichita.  His interest grew and after completing high school he went on to study at Pittsburgh State University in Kansas, where he played violin in the orchestra and began to study voice seriously as a bass baritone.  His professional debut was with the national collegiate chorale that performed in Europe on an USO tour, as well as a summer job with the Funtastics, a group that sang and waited tables in a lounge and restaurant in South Yarmouth on Cape Cod.  That summer introduced him to Mark Person and John Moriarty who were influential in his studies in the opera program at the Conservatory in Boston.  David won second prize in the Metropolitan Opera's New England Regionals Auditions in 1969.  He remained in Boston for 10 years.  While in Boston he sang at Emmanuel Church, MIT Choral Society, the Masterworks Chorale, the Boston Cecilia, the Handel & Haydn Society, and with Sarah Caldwell at the Boston Opera and just about every other organization in town.  After leaving Boston he pursued a busy career in American regional opera in New York where he made occasional performances in Europe.  David was one of the funniest men ever, very generous, warm and energetic; and one of the finest singing actors ever. 

 

David's parents were able to see their son perform in Coffeyville when he returned to a sold out recital. Several years later his mother who had not ever been on an airplane nor having ever really traveled, flew to New York to see David perform with Pavarotti in "Tosca" at the Metropolitan Opera.

 

Some of David's biggest fans were his brother, Donald G. Evitts of Overland Park, Kansas; sister, Judith A. (Evitts) Furry of Glenpool, Oklahoma; uncle, James Hoggatt and wife Darlene of Coffeyville, Kansas as well as a host of cousins and extended family. David's last bow also leaves behind a whole community of performers who were very near and dear to his heart and his life accomplishments.  He is preceded in death by his parents.

 

David's final wishes were for cremation to take place under the direction of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel of Coffeyville, and his remains to be scattered in a private service at one of his favorite places as a child.  The family sees it only fitting for David's legacy to continue through donations that can be made in David's name to the AGMA Relief Fund American Guild of Musical Artist, 1430 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10018.  To leave a message of condolence for the family visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel

 

 

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Kaci Ann Mellen


Kaci Ann Mellen known by those who know her best as Grammy Kaci of Edna, Kansas passed away on January 4, 2019 at her home with her family by her side.

 

Kaci was born on September 20, 1948 in Omaha, Nebraska the first of ten children to Bettie (Pangle) Clements. Kaci’s childhood as a military brat gave her and her siblings the opportunity to see much of the world as they were never in one place for too long. After high school she continued her education at Creighton University where she majored in Respiratory Therapy. Kaci made Coffeyville her home in 1979 where she quickly became instrumental in founding the Emergency Medical Services at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center. She also began teaching EMT/Paramedic courses for the hospital until founding the courses at Coffeyville Community College where she was the instructor for over 25 years up to her retirement in 2006. It was during one of her classes in 1990 that she met Curtis Mellen, the couple was together for over 10 years when they made their unwavering love for one another legal on paper when they were married on July 19, 2001. You would never earn the name Grammy Kaci without the grandchildren, her pride and joy other than her QUILTING. Kaci loved being Grammy and she loved quilting, dedicating a full room of the house specifically for her beloved hobby. Kaci was outgoing, strong-willed, always there for everybody, and no matter what was going on she was going to feed you, even if you weren’t hungry she was going to feed you.

 

Kaci’s memories will live on with her husband Curtis Mellen, daughter Tanya Gath her husband Erik, brothers, Kevin Clements, David Clements, and Donald Clements, sisters, Peggy Clements, JoAnne Ziegler, Bonita Rouse, Theresa Carr, and Mary Clements, Grandchildren, Zack Pearson, Joely Gath, and Summer Stimpson, great-grandchildren, Olyvia Pearson and Lane Pearson,many, many nieces and nephews, and her two dogs Lucy and Ginger.

 

She now rests with her mother, Bettie, sons Daniel Keith Stimpson and Thomas Christopher Stimpson, brother, Vincent Clements, grandson Garrett Stimpson, and Chance Pearson.

 

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 1:00pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel with Pastor Travis Modesitt officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Fairview Cemetery. Friends are invited to sign the register and greet the family on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Chapel. The family suggests memorials be made payable to the American Cancer Society 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 www.fordwulfbrunschaspel.com

 

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Lilith Arya Anderson


Lilith Arya Anderson, infant daughter of Alexander Anderson and Micaela Webber was stillborn on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.

 

Survivors include her parents of the home; one sister, Kayedince Webber of the home; maternal grandparents, Dana Bechtle of Coffeyville and William Webber of Caney; paternal grandparents, Joy Smith of Coffeyville and John Anderson of Roosevelt, OK; maternal great-grandparents, Marilyn Means of Coffeyville and David Camren of Coffeyville; paternal great-grandparents, Jack Gregory and the later Janis Gregory and Ralph and Mary Anderson; maternal great-great-grandmother, Francis Wooten of Coffeyville and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

A Memorial Service will be at 3:00 p.m. Thursday at Emmanuel Chapel in South Coffeyville, OK with Pastor James Feltner officiating.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6:00 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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Kathryn Sue Thomas


Kathryn Sue Thomas, 72, of Coffeyville passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Windsor Place.


She was born on January 7, 1946 at Kansas City, Missouri to {hil and Genevieve (Richardson) Blakey. Kathryn grew up and attended school in the Kansas City area graduating from Shawnee Mission High School. Following high school she attended the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO, Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS, Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL and Canon Bible College in Orlando, FL.

On April 22, 2000 he married Paul Thomas at Overland Park, KS.

 

Kathryn was an Ordained Minister, and received an Honorary Doctorate Degree. She served as a missionary in Jamaica for one year, and an Indian Reservation in New Mexico for five years. She also served as Chaplain at a hospital in New Mexico and later at Minidoka Hospital in Idaho. Kathryn also was a foster parent to 87 children over the years.

She was a member of the First Assembly of God in Coffeyville, the American Association of Christian Counselors. She was also a NRA rifle instructor and a aerobics instructor.


Survivors include her husband, Paul of the home; three sons, Michael Vore of Tulsa, OK, Charles Vore of Altamont, KS and John Vore of Oswego, KS; one step-daughter, Kira Lillie of Raytown, MO; one sister, Carol Rotach of Kansas City, MO; and seven grandchildren.

 

A Memorial Service celebrating Kathryn’s life will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the First Assembly of God in Coffeyville with Pastor Randy DePriest officiating. Follow Kathryn’s wishes cremation has taken place.

 

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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Karon Jean Allison


Karon Jean Allison of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma passed from this life on January 2, 2019 at the age of 60 from injuries sustained in an auto accident. 

 

Karon was born on April 9, 1958 in Coffeyville, Kansas to James and Frances Alene (Martin) Bishop, the couple later divorced. Karon's family extended beyond her parents and two siblings, Sharon and Greg. Also loving Karon as their own child, were Fred and Velda Lamb who became like second parents, she was also loved and accepted by their sons, Robin, Wade and Tony. Karon attended school in Coffeyville, having graduated from Field Kindley Memorial High School.  On July 2, 1977 she married her best friend, Rockey Allison, the couple made their home in rural South Coffeyville, of that union two children were born, Brian and Sarah.

 

 Karon was a remarkable wife, mother, grandmother, friend and co-worker, who loved Jesus and was a true example of the Proverbs 31 woman. Her home was always open to family, friends and neighbors. She was known as the perfect hostess, finding great joy in preparing meals and planning parties. An annual Easter Celebration held at their home grew from a close family gathering to a soiree of over 50 guests with more than 300 hidden eggs. She had the gift of encouragement, always finding the best part of a person and helping them to find it, too. Her servants heart led her to teach children both in Sunday School and VBS, making sure each child knew that she and Jesus loved them.

Karon loved being a mother and grandmother and was often accused of spoiling them, assuring each one knew they were "well loved".    Karon and Rockey shared a love of travel, visiting every light house between Lincoln City, Oregon and California, traveling to Alaska, many other states and putting her feet in the streams along the way. Karon loved spending the simple everyday moments with Brian, Mendy and Nathan. Nathan was always ready for an adventure with "Ammaw". Each fall she traveled with her daughter Sarah, son in law Larry and her three W's (grandchildren) to Pensacola, Fl where she could be found in her favorite flip-flops, walking the beach and soaking up the sun. The moments with family were some of her most cherished times.

 

 Karon started each day with a grateful heart and thanked God for her family that now is left behind. Memories and love were shared with her husband, Rockey of the home, children, Brian Allison and his wife Mendy; daughter, Sarah and husband Larry Mattox; grandchildren whom she adored, Nathan Allison, Willow, Wiley and Whitley Mattox; second parents, Fred and Velda Lamb; siblings, Greg Bishop, sister, Sharon and husband Steve Khoury, bothers, Robin Lamb and wife Tammy, Wade Lamb and wife Tia, Tony Lamb and wife Pam; sister and brother in law, Vicky and Bill Thomas; sister and brother in law Pam and Michael Blackburn; grandmother, Maxine Bishop; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephew and a whole host of extended family and friends.  Karon is also at rest with her parents, James Bishop and Frances Alene Walraven, mother and father in law, J. L. and Dott Allison, and brother in law, Tony Allison.

 

 Funeral Services celebrating Karon's life will be held on Monday, January 7, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the First Baptist Church, South Coffeyville, OK located at 506 Shawnee Street with Pastor Jonathan Filson officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Washington Cemetery in Lenapah, Oklahoma. The family will receive family and friends on Sunday, January 6 from 4 to 6 pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, Kansas.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the First Baptist Church, South Coffeyville, in honor of Karon Allison.

  To leave a message of condolence for the family visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

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Jose Ortiz


Jose Ortiz, 79, of Coffeyville passed away Monday, December 31, 2018 at his home.

 

He was born on July 1, 1939 at Cortazar, Guanajuato, Mexico to Narciso and Maria (Godinez) Ortiz. Jose lived most of his life in the Cortazar area.

He married Maria Luisa Curreño on May 16, 1962 following their marriage they lived in the Cortazar area for many years where Jose farmed. They moved to Coffeyville several years ago to be closer to their children.

 

Jose was a member of the Catholic Church in Cortazar, while living in Coffeyville they attended Holy Name Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife Maria Luisa Ortiz; his children, daughter, Maria Ramirez and husband, Francisco, son, Narciso Ortiz and wife, Maria Luisa, son, Fabian Ortiz and wife Maria del Carmen, son, Delfino Ortiz and wife, Julie, daughter, Maria Guadalupe Martinez and husband, Pablo de Jesus, son, Jose Carmen Ortiz and wife, Maria Raquel, daughter, Maria Luisa Dominguez and husband, Juan Carlos, son, Alejandro Ortiz and wife, Maria Guadalupe, daughter, Maria del Rayo Ortiz, son, Mauricio Ortiz and wife, Maria Ascencion, son, Juan Ortiz and Alma Rosa Piña; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

A Spanish Rosary Vigil led by Father Dan Lorimer will be at 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 4, 2019 at Holy Name Catholic Church in Coffeyville. The family will greet friends following the Rosary until 8:30 p.m. at the Church.

 

After the Rosary Vigil, Mr. Ortiz and his family will return to Cortazar, Guanajato, Mexico for Mass of Christian Burial and Interment.

 

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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Rosemary Long


Rosemary Long, 89, of Coffeyville passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018 at her home.

 

She was born on June 21, 1929 at Coffeyville to Roland and Melva P. (Hepner) Bowman. Rosemary grew up in Coffeyville where she attended Longfellow School, Roosevelt Junior High and graduated from Field Kindley High School.

Om June 21, 1947 she married Buford M. Long at Wichita, KS. Following their marriage they made their home in Coffeyville where they raised their family.

 

Rosemary worked at Butcher’s Grocery, NuWay Foodliner for many years until going to work at Funk Manufacturing Co. (now John Deere Coffeyville Works) where she was employed until her retirement.

She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Coffeyville. Rosemary was among the first women to serve on the U.S.D. #445 School Board. She  enjoyed cooking and attending sporting events the her children and later her grandchildren were involved in, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

 

Survivors include her husband, Buford of the home; three sons, Terry Long and wife, Kathy, Goose Long and wife, Darla, and Crickett Long and wife, Lynette; one daughter, Pam White; one brother, Butch Bowman and wife, Lisa; grandchildren, Carrie Long, Kerrie (Andrew) Dodd, Eric Fritz, Charlie Cantrell, Jessi Cantrell, Amber (Zack) Wade, Zack (Kerrie) Long, Jake (Tasha) Long, Jerome Longacre, Lacy (Aaron) Gittinger, Lisa White, Brandie White, and Becki White; great-grandchildren, Taylor Robbins, A.J. Dodd, Kylee Fritz, Keira Fritz, Aliyah Fritz, Lilee Wade, Luke Wade, Lauren Wade, Anna Cantrell, Wyatt Cantrell, Haven Long, Haizlee Long, Brennan Longacre, Ava Longacre, Ivy Gittinger, Bradley White, Emmalee White, Brody Woody, Gavin Woody, and Kord Woody; and one great-great-grandchild, Meelah Robbins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son-in-law, David White; two grandsons, Ernie Fritz, and Michael White; one sister and brother-in-law, Marie (Gene) Vertrees; and one brother and sister-in-law, Johnny (Paula) Bowman, .

 

A Memorial Service celebrating Rosemary’s life will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 4, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Coffeyville with Pastor Jimmy Harrington of Ridin for the Brand Cowboy Church in Wann, OK officiating.

 

The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Coffeyville.

 

The family suggests memorials to the First Baptist Church or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice; contributions may 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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