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Marjorie Ruth (Barnard) Whitebird

Marjorie Ruth (Barnard) Whitebird, 91, of Coffeyville passed away Thursday, May 28, 2020 at Hillcrest Hospital South in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 

She was born on January 29, 1929 at the family home at 602 Sycamore St. in Coffeyville the sixth child of George W. and Mary E. (Caulkins) Barnard. Marjorie grew up and attended school in Coffeyville.

 

On March 9, 1956 she married Joseph Anthony Whitebird at Bartlesville, Oklahoma. They made their home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for many years. For several years she owned and operated a home cleaning business in Milwaukee. She also worked at Danner’s Cafeteria in Tulsa. In 1994 she returned to Coffeyville and made her home at Sycamore Landing.

 

Marjorie loved going to Flea Markets, going out to eat and was disappointed when the Covid-19 social distancing began and she was no longer able to go. She was very talented and loved decorating her home for every holiday season throughout the year. She was an excellent cook and her cooking came from the heart.

 

Survivors include four sisters, Leola Walker and Gloria Zimmerman both of Bakersfield, California, Dorothy Edwards of Webb City, Missouri, and Linda (Roger) Patteson  of Moline, Kansas; one brother, James “Jim” (Susan Tuggle) Barnard of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma; six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; niece, Cheryl  (John) Gillman of Coffeyville; numerous nieces and nephews; and her longtime homecare worker, Judy Whitson whom Marjorie considered a daughter and affectionately referred to as “Little Brat”

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, one son, Joseph Anthony Whitebird, Jr.; two daughters, Theresa Smith and Pamela Whitebird; one brother, George Barnard; and one sister, Audrey Reeder.

 

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Fairview Cemetery Veterans Memorial Patio in Coffeyville. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

 

Friends may call on Friday 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.

William "Bill" L. Ruark

William “Bill” L. Ruark, 78. Of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away on Friday, May 15, 2020 at CRMC. 

 

Bill was born on December 4, 1941 in Coffeyville, Kansas to James R. and Jennie E. (Dunn) Ruark.  He grew up in Coffeyville where he attended school.  On his 17th birthday Bill joined the United States Army where he served at Fort Leonard Wood, Fort Chaffee, Fort Sill and

the Army base at Schwabisch Gmund, Germany.  He had earned the rank of RCT E-1 before he was honorably discharged in 1961. 

 

After returning home to Coffeyville, Bill attended NEO College in Miami, Oklahoma.  He moved to Seligman, Missouri and opened his own car lot until 1982 when he moved back to Coffeyville.  Over the years he was self-employed, mostly buying and selling antiques.  He also built several homes in Coffeyville over the years. 

 

Bill is survived by his love and best friend, Vicki Ruark of the home; daughter, Jennie Ruark of Colorado; special niece, Lisa along with several other nieces, nephews, close relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Jennie Ruark; daughter, Roberta “Robbi” Ruark; brothers, James and Carl Ruark and sister, Peggy Barnard. 

 

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

 

The family will hold a private graveside memorial service.  Inurnment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Coffeyville. 

 

Memorials can be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; contributions can be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of David W Barnes Funeral Home 306 N Cline Rd, Coffeyville, KS 67337. 

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

Tommy Lee Church

Tommy Lee Church went home to be with his Lord and Savior on May 26, 2020.

 

 

 

Tommy was born November 18,1937 at Alluwe, Ok the son of Jesse T Church and Ellen A Hollabaugh.

 

He purchased a grocery store in Howard, Ks in 1973. He and his family worked there until 1991. In 1987 Tom purchased a convenience store in Sedan Ks, Tom and Sues Food Mart. This is where many people enjoyed Tommy’s kindnesses and his dry sense of humor. After his retirement, he and Kathryn traveled and dabbled in antiques. He never met a Western movie he didn’t like.

 

 

 

He leaves behind his devoted wife Kathryn (Sue) of 63 years of marriage. His daughters Sheila Kocher of Wichita, Ks. Marci Shubert and Edward of Winfield, Ks. Grandchildren J.C. Kocher and Allyson of Kea’au HI, Angi Kocher of Wichita, Ks, Jena Cummings and Scott of Wichita, Ks. Great Grandchildren Gavin, Gabriel, George, Tommy, Avigail, Gracia, and Judah. Sisters, Margaret Mayo of Dallas Tx, Shirley Brown of Sherman, Tx. Sister in law, Donna Church of Sherman, Tx. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Kenneth Church, son-in-law Jim Kocher and grandson Joshua.

 

Graveside services are to be held at the Fairview Veterans Memorial Patio, 2400 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, Kansas on Friday May 29, 2020 at 2 pm with the Reverend Jerry Seigel officiating. The family will greet friends at 12:30 pm until service time at the Patio.  Tommy will be laid to rest at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery the cemeteries are adjacent to each other. Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel is honored to oversee the service.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the American Cancer Society.  To leave a message of condolence for the family visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

Velta "Jean" (Rogers) Sitsler

Velta “Jean” (Rogers)Sitsler, 80, of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away on May 15, 2020.

 

Jean was born on April 15, 1940 in Garber, Oklahoma to Monty and Roberta (Powell) Rogers.  Jean earned her high school diploma.  She worked for Halliburton as a welder and for numerous years at Alderman Acres as a seamstress.

 

On June 7, 1968 she married A.J. Sitsler, Jr. in Miami, Oklahoma.  The couple made their home in Coffeyville, Kansas where they raised their three children, Michael, Jeffery and Steven.

 

Jean enjoyed crafting, quilting, playing cards, gatherings with friends and family and loved her dogs.

 

Surviving to cherish her memory are her sons, Michael (Barbara) Collins of Peggs, Oklahoma, Steven (Annie) Collins of Arvada, Colorado;a host of  grandchildren; great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Monty Rogers and Roberta Gilson; husband, A.J. Sitsler and loving son, Jeffery Collins.

 

Following Jean’s wishes cremation has taken place under the direction of David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville and no service is planned at this time.

 

Memorials can be made to the charity of the donor’s choice; contributions can be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home 306 N Cline Rd Coffeyville, KS 67337.

 

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

 

Larry David Benson

Larry David Benson, 62, of Wann, Oklahoma passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. 

 

Larry was born on January 2, 1958 in Coffeyville, Kansas to Paul and Fern (Floyd) Benson.  He grew up in Wann where he graduated from high school in 1977.  Larry lived his whole life in rural Wann where he made his way in life as a rancher.  He also spent numerous years serving on the Wann, Oklahoma Volunteer Fire Department.

 

On February 17, 2001 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth (Swart) Richardson.  The couple later divorced. 

 

Larry was a man of strong Christian faith.  He worked at Watco for 20+ years.  He enjoyed fishing and having a yearly hunting trip in Colorado, talking with family and friends and loved being surrounded by his grandchildren. 

 

Surviving to cherish his memory is his companion, Teressa Tickle of the home; children, Marsha Proctor of Talaquah, Oklahoma, Missy Proctor and companion, Joe Templet of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Tiffany Richardson and companion, Brandon Hadley of Nowata, Oklahoma, Matt Richardson and wife, Stacy of Collinsville, Oklahoma, Tracey Lovelace and husband, Jake of Wann, Oklahoma, Danielle Bishop and husband, Anthony of Independence, Kansas; eighteen grandchildren; brothers, Bennie Benson of Wann, Oklahoma, Clifford Benson and wife, Debbie of Wann, Oklahoma; numerous nieces, nephews, close relatives and friends who will miss him dearly. 

 

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Fern Benson; brothers, Ivan, Paul, Lonnie, Tony and Robert Benson; sisters, Doris Yeubanks and Treva Yeubanks. 

 

Graveside Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 30, 2020 at the Robbins Cemetery west of Coffeyville.  Pastor Jimmie Harrington of Ridin for the Brand Cowboy Church in Wann, OK will officiate.  Burial will follow at Robbins Cemetery west of Coffeyville, Kansas. 

 

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 29, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at David W Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville, Kansas. 

 

The family suggests memorial to the Wann Fire Department and can be left at the funeral home or mailed in C/O David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 N. Cline Rd., Coffeyville, KS 67337.

 

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

Dr. Curtiss W George, D.C.

Dr. Curtiss W. George, D.C., 75, of Coffeyville passed away Saturday, May 16, 2020, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.

 

He was born on May 2, 1945 at Cushing, Oklahoma to Dr. Herbert B. and Doris L. (Gray) George. The family moved to Coffeyville when Curtiss was young where he grew up and attended school, graduating from Field Kindley High School in 1963. Curtiss continued his education at Coffeyville Community College graduating 1965 and began his studies at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. After graduating he returned to Coffeyville and joined his father Dr. H.B. George in his Chiropractic Clinic.

 

On June 23, 1967 he married Linda Carol Wood at Coffeyville. Following their marriage they made their home in Davenport, IA while Curtiss was attending Chiropractic School. After completing his education they returned to Coffeyville where they raised their four daughters.

 

Curtiss was a member of the Coffeyville Church of Christ. He was very active in the community serving as president of the Jaycees, Lions Club. Curtiss was an avid photographer, he also enjoyed flying remote controlled airplanes for many years and model train building. He was a certified scuba diver. Curtiss loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Linda of the home; three daughters, Cyndi Weston and husband Paul of Baxter Springs, KS, Misti Secrest and husband, Tim of Newcastle, OK, and Melinda Henry and husband, Raymond of South Coffeyville, OK; one sister, Allene Knedlik and husband, Ron of Gamaliel, AR; four grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. H.B. and Doris George; one daughter Caryn Beth George on March 5, 1998; and one brother, Jeffrey George.

 

A celebration of Curtiss’ life will be held on June 27, 2020 at the Coffeyville Church of Christ, the time will be announced at a later date. Private family inurnment will be next to his daughter in Spring Hill Cemetery.

 

The family suggests memorials to the George Family Memorial Scholarship established at Coffeyville Community College; 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.

Shirley Jeannette Hough

Shirley Jeannette Hough, 74, beloved wife, mother and grandmother,  of Talala, OK passed away May 19, 2020 at Adams Parc in Bartlesville, OK. She was born on August 2, 1945 in Alpena, Arkansas to Lee Roy Jr. and Erma Lou (Stephens) Hensley.

 

Jeannette grew up and attended school in several different towns where her father was a school administrator serving as either a Principal or Superintendent. She attended high school in Partridge, KS, Longton, KS, and graduated as the Valedictorian at Cambridge High School in 1963. After graduation she attended Pittsburg State Teachers College in Pittsburg, KS.

 

On June 7, 1964 she married Robert E. Hough in Longton, KS. Following their marriage they resided in Pittsburg then later moved to Tulsa, OK, where her husband was employed by Skelly Oil Co.. Jeannette was a home maker and they started their family. In 1974, they made their home in Talala, OK along with their home in Talala they also spent a lot of time working abroad in Liberia, West Africa.  In 1993 Mr. Hough passed and their time in Africa was over.

 

Jeannette then completed her college education where she walked alongside her son, Drew. She was later a Coach of the Oologah High School Soccer Team. She was a Member of Talala Christian Church and Order of Eastern Star. Jeannette enjoyed coaching sports and loved watching her children participate, but her greatest joy was cheering her grandchildren on in every activity.

 

Her survivors include her two sons Rob Hough and wife Stacie and Drew Hough and wife Kim, all of South Coffeyville, OK including her eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. Proceeding her in death are her parents, Lee Roy and Erma Lou Hensley, her husband, Bob Hough, and her daughter, Gina Neuhauser, and her one brother, John Hensley.

 

The family viewing will be Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville, KS. The service will be on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at the Talala Christian Church with Pastor Tom Jones affiliating. The burial will be in North Edna Cemetery in Edna, KS.

 

Memorials are suggested to the Talala Christian Church contributions may be left at the funeral home or mailed in care of The David W. Barnes Funeral Home 306 N. Cline Rd. Coffeyville, KS 67337.

Karla "Kim" Soles

Karla “Kim” Soles, 61, of Caney, Kansas passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2020 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 

 

Kim was born on June 3, 1958 in Hugoton, Kansas to Lee Roy and Shirley (Tomlinson) Seibel.  She grew up in Duncan, Oklahoma where she earned her high school education.  She attended and completed Barnum and Bailey’s Clown College and later went on to earn her bachelor’s degree.  She had earned her LPN and before health issues prevented she was studying to earn her RN as well. 

 

On December 16, 1979 she was united in marriage to Robert Frank, Jr.  Of that union two children were born.  The couple divorced in 1997. 

 

On May 14, 2016 she was united in marriage to David Soles in a beautiful park in Edmond, Oklahoma.  They made their home in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Caney, Kansas. 

 

As a teenager, Kim had traveled to Spain and when her daughter was living in England she was able to visit there as well.  She loved the outdoors and camping.  She enjoyed reading, pottery and quilting.  She loved the time she spent as a professional clown and donated her services on countless occasions including helping at Camp Funny Bone.  She also volunteered with the Red Cross Disaster Relief.  Kim was incredibly proud of the fact that she was celebrating 16 years of sobriety and was a strong supporter of AA. 

Kim is survived by her loving husband, David Soles of the home; son, Robert Israel Frank and spouse, Audrey; daughter, Kristy Michelle Vairetta and spouse, Joe; three granddaughters; two grandsons, mother, Shirley Seibel; one sister and three brothers; she was preceded in death by her father Lee Roy Seibel. 

 

Memorial contributions can be made to a fund that has been set up for the family in handling her final expenses at Community National Bank. 

 

Private funeral services will be held with burial to follow at Sunnyside Cemetery in Caney, Kansas. 

 

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of David W Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville, Kansas.  To leave a message for the family online visit www.dwbfh.com

Kenneth Edwin Williamson

On February 14, 1925, Kenneth Edwin Williamson, was born to Lester (Bill) Alonzo, and Myrtle Barnhart Williamson. They lived in a house on 5 acres north of Parsons Kansas.   It was during his grade school years he got the nick name Duke and it stuck with him for life.  He graduated from High School in Altamont in April of 1943. During his high school years Ken majored in Agriculture, was active in FFA and held the office of president for 3 years. Ken played football, basketball and ran track.  He lettered in all of them all 3 years. In his senior year he was elected Captain of the Football team.  They went undefeated that year and he was voted 1st team center. In track he ran the 100 & 220 yard dash as well as the half mile run.   He was also active if 4H from age 8 to 18.  It was during his senior year, on February 14, 1943 that he received his draft notice.  Ken got a six month deferment so he could finish High School.  During that time he also started working for the Katy Railroad. He worked weekends and holidays repairing track and laying new rails. It was during this period he became a blacksmith apprentice.  The Katy Railroad kept his seniority intact when he went off to serve his country.

 

 

 

   On July 15, 1943 Ken was sworn into the US Army in Leavenworth, Kansas and was sent to Camp Bartlett Texas, outside of Abilene, for basic training. After basic ended he went on to Camp Polk Louisiana for assignment to the 84th infantry. While at Camp Polk he was sent to William Beaumont General Hospital in El Paso Texas for 90 days to train as a combat medic.  He then returned to Camp Claiborne Louisiana, where he went through glider training and “marched a lot”.   After his training in Louisiana he was assigned to Camp Kilmer New Jersey until September 20, 1944, then by train he traveled to New York where he boarded a ship arriving in England October 4. The 84th remained in England until the first of November, when they were shipped to France. Ken was assigned to the 335 Headquarter Co as an aid man.  He was in charge of the health of approximately 130 men. He saw his first combat on November 6, 1944, somewhere near the German/Belgium border.  From that time on he was on the front lines of the advancing Allied Forces., and in December, 1944, found himself in what would be known in history, as the Battle of the Bulge.  Ken also saw action in Central Europe and at the Battle of Rhine River.

 

   By the time the war ended, Ken had been in France, Holland, Belgium, and Germany.  After the war ended, he remained in Germany as an ambulance driver till returning home.

 

 

 

 

 

  It was during the winter of 46/47 that he attended an American Legion Dance, in Parsons.  There he met Edna. He gave her a ring on Easter and they were married June 20, 1948. They lived in Altamont so Edna could finish High School. During that year Ken attended trade school on the GI Bill and learned to weld.

 

 

 

  1948-49 he was a Pee Wee Coach for ten boys in Altamont. They called themselves the Cardinals. He left the team when he got a job in Chanute, then he got laid off and went to Coffeyville to work as a blacksmith, welder, and machinist in the ACME cast iron foundry.

 

 

 

 

 

  On Oct 10th 1950 Ken went back into the Army hoping to work as a blacksmith. The Army, however, had other ideas.  He was sent to Camp Louis in Tacoma Washington for a 10 day Rifleman Refresher Course and from there flew to Japan. From Japan he went by boat to Korea where he was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division 7th Regiment then to the 1st Platoon Aid Station in sight of the front lines.  He was in charge of setting up and tearing down the Aid Station as they moved. He remained there till June of 1951 when he returned to the states and was discharged from Camp Carson.

 

   He was now back home, together with his bride in Coffeyville, where he returned to his position at ACME.

 

 

 

  In 1955, with money saved from his service time in Korea, Ken and Edna bought a 40 acre farm in Edna Kansas.   They raised sheep, chickens and ducks and grew wheat on the farm.  They also welcomed their first born.  Their son, Leon, was born in April of 1957.  Followed by a daughter, Vickie, in August of 1959.  They lived there till 1963 when the moved to Coffeyville and purchased a home. There they welcomed their last child, another daughter, Toni, 1966. 

 

 

 

  Ken got into scouting when Leon was a Cub.  Ken was Pack Chairman for Pack 7 and then became Scout Master of Troup 48 at the Presbyterian Church. Ken stayed in Scouting for many years. Ken received the Silver Beaver in recognition for outstanding scouting, as well as Scout Master of the year.

 

 

 

Ken had a love for camping.  Over the years he and Edna had three different camping trailers they pulled around Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas to camp in.  They loved spending the time with their children.  After their children had grown and left home Ken and Edna continued to enjoy the camping life with other family members and old friends.

 

    

 

  Before going into business for himself, Ken worked in Kansas City, Kansas for Harry Darby Boiler Makers, in Tulsa for Crane Carrier Corporation, and in Coffeyville for the Coop Refinery as a Boilermaker.  In 1965 Ken went into business for themselves opening H& W Appliance in Coffeyville.   Ken and Edna worked side by side in this business for many years.    In March 2010 they switched the shop from H&W Appliance to The Tool Shed.  They went from appliance sales and service to a tool and second hand store.  Ken and Edna announced their retirement and closed the shop on June 21, 2014. This date also marked their 66 wedding anniversary.  In August of the same year they moved to Broken Arrow Ok to be closer to their daughters.

 

    

 

Private family services will be held and he will be laid to rest at Pumpkin Creek Cemetery. Friends are invited to sign the register and greet the family on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 2:00pm to 7:00pm with the family greeting from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. To share a memory or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

 

Wanda Elaine Lindesmith

Wanda Elaine Lindesmith, 97 of rural Independence, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2020 at Windsor Place in Coffeyville.

 

She was born on October 17, 1922 in Chautauqua County, Kansas to Harry and Rena (Brown) Austin. When she was young her family moved to Emporia, Kansas where she grew up and attended school. She graduated from Emporia High School and the College of Emporia before continuing her education in Nursing becoming a Registered Nurse during World War II.

On February 16, 1946 he married Charles H. Lindesmith at Bentonville, Arkansas. Following their marriage they made their home in the Coffeyville where they raised their children. Mrs. Lindesmith later was employed as a Registered Nurse with Medicalodges in Coffeyville for many years until retiring. Her husband preceded her in death on June 10, 2006.

Mrs. Lindesmith was a longtime member of Tyro Christian Church; she was a founding member of Senior Saints now known as the Joy Group at her church.

 

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Allen and husband, Blake of rural Independence, Kansas, and Dana Vermeire and husband, Tom of Dewey, Oklahoma; eight grandchildren and twenty eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Charles Lindesmith; one daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Bill Mills; one grandson, Willy Austin Mills and four siblings.

 

Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 14, 2020 at the Tyro Christian Church with David Bycroft and Brian Ingalls officiating. Burial will follow in Fawn Creek Cemetery northeast of Tyro. Casket Bearers will be Mrs. Lindesmith’s great-grandsons, Rex Washburn, Skye Richey, Grant Richey, Trey Richey, Bryce Richey, Kane Allen, Drew Hager and Franco Delpozo.

 

Friends may call on Wednesday 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 Joy Group at Tyro Christian Church; 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.

Russell "Russ" D. Meek

On Sunday May 10, 2020 at 8:22 am Russell “Russ” D. Meek was surrounded by his family when he passed from this life at the age of 45 and entered Heaven’s gates; where he received the gift of enteral life in a  new body free of pain and suffering, a gift he accepted in his faith of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

Russ was born on April 23, 1975 at 8:20 am in Independence, Kansas to Ronald Devore and Cynthia (Heuermann) Meek.  His parents later divorced, and Cindy married Roger (Rocky) A. Meek who adopted Russ.  They too divorced.  Rocky later married his wife, Debbie. Russ attended grade school at Dearing Elementary, Jr. High at St. John’s Military School in Salina, Kansas, then completed his education at Field Kindley Memorial High School in Coffeyville.

 

 

 

Russ and his wife Jennifer (Isle) were just one day short of celebrating their 24th wedding anniversary together.  May 11, 1996, they started their life as a family. Together they made their home North of Coffeyville raising their boys, Lane and Jake.  They quickly realized they needed a little girl in their life which is how they got involved as foster parents, having over 57 children in their home over a 10-year period. They were blessed with Jaycee and Harley forever by adoption.  Being a foster parent gave Russ an additional since of purpose of providing a home to children who needed a safe and secure place to live.  When the phone call came in for a placement Russ always told Jennifer whatever you think. Even if Russ didn’t feel well, he made the efforts to make that child feel comfortable and loved. 

 

 

 

Russ worked at Coffeyville Stockyards, Acme Foundry, Heartland Cement Plant and Spears Manufacturing for a short time before becoming a machine operator on line 1 at AIW (South Wire) for 7 years until he had to stop to have brain surgery to control his seizures, he then worked at Cook Pump with Jennifer where he learned to be a machinist.  Russ and his wife Jennifer then started their own business, Genuine Jacks Manufacturing and he was the shop supervisor before they sold out after owning it for 11 years.  Russ then was self-employed working on his farm raising cattle and doing welding jobs. He continued to do his best even as health declined. 

 

 

 

Hard worker, perfectionist, gentle spirit, loving husband, father and friend are just a few adjectives that describe Russ.  Though life has been challenging throughout Russ’s entire lifetime he found ways to overcome limitations.  Russ built the pipe fence that surrounds the family farm along with the corral, cattle guard, wood splitter, their mailbox and the flagpole in the front yard.  He enjoyed working on his 65 Ford truck, Chevy’s were not acceptable!  The Isle family converted him from being a John Deere tractor guy to the world of Red-International Harvesters his new tractor of choice.   Russ kept a pristine shop, every tool was in its place, floors swept and so well organized and stocked that his father-in-law referred to it as Orschelns. He didn’t loan his stuff out much, but if he did you had to have a permit to check it out! Russ enjoyed watching UFC fights and would often have a group of guys over to join in on the excitement.  Russ’ best friend was Jax an 11 year old boxer that provided lots of comfort and companionship to him often seen in the passenger seat of his truck or walking thru Country Mart looking for him. Russ enjoyed being at home and preferred to eat at home with food prepared by his family, he was easy to please with meat and potatoes. Mexican was his least favorite food.

 

 

 

Just under 2 years ago Russ was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.  Russ and his family weren’t strangers to health issues, but this presented a whole different world to the Meek family.  In addition to his current doctors’ appointments and medications’ Russ would need help with basic daily needs after chemo treatments and added doctors’ visits.  This required Jennifer to take off work and financial hardships followed.  God has provided a way for them as a family to sustain.  The family would appreciate any contributions be made payable to The Meek Family to help with ongoing expenses that are continuing to accumulate; or to the Dearing Christian Church in Russ’ memory.  Contributions may be left in care of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel.

 

 

 

Russ leaves behind his wife, Jennifer of the home; children, Jaycee and her husband Chase Brake, Lane Meek and his wife Kim, Jake Meek and his girlfriend, Madeline Murdock, and Harley Meek; a grandson that he adored, Michael Dean Meek; his father and step-mother, Rocky and Debbie Meek, his mother, Cynthia Meek; father and mother-in-law, Mike and Jana Isle; grandparents, Keith and Norma Heuerman, Norma Robinson and Mary Isle; siblings, Troy Meek and wife Salina, Angela and her husband Dennis Lushbough, Chris Main and his wife Stacy, Troy Main and his wife Shannon, Tina and her husband Jeremy Romines, Samantha and her husband Chad McQuillen, Brandi DeVore, Amanda and her husband Taylor Garnett; sister and brother-in-law, Jared and Jami Vineyard; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, extended family and friends.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lloyd and Betty Meek (who he will be layed at rest next to), and brother-in-law, Chris Isle.

 

 

 

Due to the continued restrictions of public gathering of no more than 10, Graveside Services only will be held on Thursday, May 14 at 1 pm in Robbins Cemetery. Please join us at 1 pm on Ford-Wulf-Bruns Facebook page to watch the service live.  Pastor Jamie Regis will be officiating. Friends may sign the register on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, KS from Noon to 5 pm.  The family will receive friends at a drive by visitation from 6 to 8 pm behind the Chapel under the carport.  Friends are encouraged to leave a message of condolence or simply your name at www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com/obituary/RussellRussMeek  under the tribute wall.

 

 

Floyd Herriman

Floyd was born in Coffeyville on December 26, 1960 to Gary Herriman and Barbara King. Floyd and his siblings were raised in South Coffeyville, he attended school in Lenapah. After school he joined the workforce, Floyd contracted as a laborer for the refinery, Decker Construction, Good Construction, and at Purkey’s Auto Salvage. He was united in marriage to Debbie Cain and they were blessed with a daughter Gena Leann, the couple later divorced. He then married Maria Simmons they were blessed with two daughters Micha and Cheyenne, they later divorced. He has been married to Teresa Good for the past 15 years. Floyd enjoyed being outside tinkering with something, he liked cutting wood, hunting mushrooms, working on cars, and mowing the lawn. Those that love Floyd the most would say he always had a grumpy front but he cared and loved deeply for all his family and friends. He might have been like a banty rooster but he had a heart filled with love.

 

Floyd’s memories will live on with his father, Gary Herriman his wife Leanna, mother Barbara Henry her husband Paul, daughters Micha Herriman and Cheyenne Herriman, brothers, Lloyd Herriman, Doug Herriman, and Boyd Herriman, sister Darla Lohman her husband Chad, grandson Avery, bonus mom Wanda Purkey, and his dog named Fence Post and tom cat named Tom.

 

He now rests with his daughter Gena.

 

Honoring Floyd’s wishes cremation has taken place under the care of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel and a memorial service will be held once the world heals and we can gather and hug the family again. To share a memory or a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

James Z. Marrit

James Z. Maritt, Jr., 97, of Coffeyville passed away Monday, May 4, 2020 at his home.

 

He was born on April 7, 1923 at Bartlesville, Oklahoma to James Z. Sr. and Opal Ruth (Pool) Maritt. When he was young his family moved to the Coffeyville area where he grew up and attended rural schools and graduated from Field Kindley High School.

He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army from February 1943 until receiving his honorable discharge in November 1945. During his service he served in the Rhineland and Central Europe, earning the Bronze Star.

 

On April 18, 1946 he married Virginia Lester at the United Brethren Church in Coffeyville. Following their marriage they made their home in Coffeyville where Mr. Maritt was employed Co-op Refinery, Page Milk Co., and Junge Baking Co., he then became the auto body instructor at SEK Vo-Tech in Coffeyville. Through the years the Maritt’s operated Maritt Vending and Marine Co. and Maritt Car Wash in Coffeyville.

He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, and was a founding member of PINCH. Mr. Maritt served on the U.S.D. #445 School Board for 12 years. He enjoyed doing a good days work continuing to push mow his lawn becaue it looked better than mowing with the riding mower. He

also loved spending time with his family.

 

Survivors include his loving wife of 74 years, Virginia Maritt of the home; three daughters, Mary Lou Maritt, Ruth Ann Landrith and husband, Marc, and Elizabeth Jane Brummer and husband, Bruce; one son, James Richard Maritt and partner Matul Patel; two brothers, Orlin M. Maritt and Dean Maritt and wife, Pat; one sister, Freda Hulet; three grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Robert Maritt and Dan Maritt; and one sister Helen Feeley

 

Private Services will be at the Trinity United Methodist Church with Pastor Cummings officiating. Private family burial will follow in Restlawn Memorial Park.

 

Friends may call on Thursday, May 7th from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville

 

The family suggests memorials to Trinity United Methodist Church or the Veterans Memorial Patio at Fairview Cemetery; 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 arrangments.

Larry Clark Long

Larry Clark Long age 70 of Sand Springs and formerly of Coffeyville passed away on April 26, 2020 at his home.

 

Larry was born in Coffeyville on May 30, 1949 to Robert and Bonnie (Manley) Long. Larry was raised in Angola where he attended grammar school up until 8th grade he then attended Labette County High School up to his graduation. Larry continued his quest for knowledge at Coffeyville Community Junior College where he earned his associates and then on to the Kansas State University where he studied mathematics and architecture. For the longest time while growing up Larry fought with what he really wanted to do, did he want to be a minister or continue his education, although he never became a minister of a church he did get ordained. Larry enlisted in the United States Army National Guard where he proudly served for several years until he was honorable discharged. Larry was united in marriage to Diana Hepner and the couple was blessed with a son and a daughter; the couple later divorced. He later married Candy McKay where he gained another son before they divorced. Larry had worked as a Switchman and a Brakeman of the Union Pacific Railroad and then followed his heart in a different direction where he started his own insurance company Larry Long Insurance of Parsons, Kansas. Larry was very intelligent and loved working with and helping people. The ones that loved Larry the most called him by many names, he was one of the original “Garbitches” that went by Ol Gar, Ed, Eddie, Dad, and Brother.  He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting pheasant, geese, duck, dove, rabbit, squirrel, gigging for frogs where they had a record night of 73. Larry had a natural athletic ability from the beginning, he was recruited by the farm league of the Cardinals as a left handed pitcher but was told by his parents he was to young to go, he rode bull professionally for a few years, was great at water skiing and was probably the best pool player around. He loved lifting weights and just being active and fit, he also loved horses and was a true cowboy. Life wasn’t always the easiest for Larry, but he knew Jesus and accepted him as his savior and even when his health was failing he would do for others as the Bible teaches.

 

 Larry’s memories will live on with his children; Lisa Long Compston her husband Larry, Aaron Long and Shane, his mother Bonnie Long, brother Kelly Long his wife Whanecia Kay, sisters; Cathy Long and Bobbi Jo Sells her husband Ron, grandchildren; Cody, Triston, Bryson, Lindsay, Zayden, Konner, Courtney, Brannon, great-grandchildren; Henley, Layla, and Barrett, and a host of nieces and nephews.

 

Larry now rests with his father Robert.

 

Graveside funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 3:00pm at North Edna Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel from 12:00pm to 7:00pm. To share a memory or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

Roger Dean Janzen

Roger Dean Janzen, of rural Independence, was born on April 16, 1942, and entered his eternal home in the presence of his Savior on May 1, 2020.

 

He was born in Enid, Oklahoma, the fourth child of Dan and Anna Janzen. Roger attended school in Enid, and also in Marshall, Arkansas. He graduated from Oklahoma Bible Academy in Enid, Oklahoma, in 1960. Roger attended Tabor College, where he gave a young lady named Edna Mae Friesen from Garden City, Kansas, a ride back to the dorm in his red VW bug on a particularly rainy day. The two were married in Garden City, Kansas, on May 22, 1964, and enjoyed almost 56 years together.

 

In his college years Roger especially enjoyed singing with a men’s octet and had very fond memories of tours together. One tour took them to Banff National Park, a place Roger loved taking Edna back to see. Married life began in Enid, Oklahoma, were Roger taught music education at Hunter and Jet, Oklahoma, as well as farming in the summers.

 

It was in Enid that a daughter, Kristin Renee, joined the family. Soon afterward, the family moved to Sedan, Kansas, where Roger taught music and two more children, David Scott and Julie Ann joined the family. After a move to Independence, Roger began work with his dad at Janzen Grain & Feed, which led to a long career in agriculture in the Independence area, culminating with Roger D. Janzen Farms, LLC. Roger continued to pursue his love for music by leading music and worship and playing the trumpet.

 

Roger always had a business with a mission and had many friends in his farming and fertilizer operation. He gave everyone a chance to make a good living for their family, while making sure they knew that his goal was not just making a dollar. He shared his life with others and his joy for the Lord was always present. Payday Friday mornings were special because the team made breakfast together to start the day. Even in the last weeks of his life when Roger’s hospice nurse asked him what she most needed to know about him, he replied, “That Jesus loves me.” Roger and Edna were a true example of love and shared commitment in marriage. They enjoyed trips to Branson for anniversaries and to see their kids and grandkids often. When it came time for college, the kids enjoyed having their dad take them to visit Tabor College, where they would each attend. Times growing up were especially fun in the summer waterskiing at the Elk City reservoir or singing and playing music together.

 

In recent years, vacations brought them all together for family reunions in California, Hawaii, Colorado, and Wyoming. Roger is preceded in death by his parents and infant brother Johnny, and sisters Helen Bernice and Mary Lou Nickel.

 

He is survived by his wife Edna Mae; daughters Kristin (Eric) Wiebe of Scottsbluff, NE, and Julie (Tyce) LaQuey of Fort Worth, TX; and son David (Karen) Janzen of Morro Bay, CA. Ten grandchildren: Ben (Katie), Jon, and Anna Wiebe, Alex, Simon, June and Amber Janzen, Caleb, Abby, and Luke LaQuey. He is also survived by his siblings Diane (Dwayne) Claassen, Carol (Dean) Nachtigal, Nita Rae Nirschl, and Danny (Susan) Janzen.

 

Memorial donations can be made to Gideon International and Tabor College, Hillsboro, KS

Ramona Jean Creed

Ramona Jean Creed, 68, of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away on April 27, 2020 at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Missouri. 

 

She was born on May 21, 1951 in Drumright, Oklahoma to William and Norma (Smith) Blanton.  Ramona grew up in El Dorado where she graduated

from high school. She went to college at Kansas State University where she earned her Bachlors Degree. 

 

In 1990 she moved to Coffeyville, Kansas to be the Manager for Medicalodge.  On December 31, 1994 she married Ted Creed in Coffeyville where the couple made their home.  Ramona became the Manager of the Pickwick Apartments in Coffeyville for many years until her retirement in 2014. 

Ramona enjoyed antiquing, gardening, decorating, crossword puzzles and baking cookies with her grandchildren.   She was a member of Grace Fellowship Church in Coffeyville.  Ramona volunteered for Genesis and the Midwest Pregnancy Center in Coffeyville.  She spent her life helping others; she made a choice to be an organ donor. Due to her selfless choice to be a donor, the family was notified that she has already helped to save three lives since her passing.  She was a wonderful person and touched many lives. 

 

She is survived by her loving husband, Ted Creed of the home; children, Amy (Ernie) Macoubrie of Pomona, Kansas, Audra Leigh (Shawn) Palmer of Coffeyville, Kansas, Chadd (Heather) Creed of Temecula, California, Craig (Aishya) Creed of Vista, California; ten grandchildren; four great grandchildren and one on the way; siblings, Wesley Blanton of Liberty, Missouri, Rebecca Catlin of Council Grove, Kansas.  She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Norma Blanton. 

 

Following her wishes, cremation has taken place.  A Memorial Celebration of Ramona’s life will be held at a later date due to the restrictions at this time. 

 

Memorials can be made to Grace Fellowship; contributions can be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home 306 N Cline Rd, Coffeyville, Kansas 67337. 

 

David W. Barnes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  To leave a message for the family online, visit www.dwbfh.com

Keith Orrin Ellison

Keith Orrin Ellison age 96 of Tyro passed away on April 27, 2020 at the Guests Home Estates of Caney.

 

Keith was born in rural Coffeyville on October 2, 1923 to Orrin and Irma (Leslie) Ellison. He went to grammar school at West Brown until the 8th grade; he then finished his high school career graduating from Field Kindley High School. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy where he proudly served until 1946. After his honorable discharge he returned home and was united in marriage to Emma Maude Denny on September 29, 1947. The couple was blessed with a son, Edward. Keith worked some odd jobs at the mill and such before finding employment at Funk Manufacturing as a machinist. He also raised cattle, and managed their farm. During the summer months it would be odd to find him anywhere but on his tractor up until the age of 93, he loved baling hay with his brother every season. Keith also enjoyed playing cards, cooking, going to breakfast with his group of friends, going to the sale barn even though he never bought anything, and mostly he enjoyed spoiling his grandchildren with as much chocolate as he could find. Keith was quick witted, always playing jokes with his family and friends, always gave the best advice like “Don’t take any wooden nickels”, and the competitive daily check of the stock market to see if Emma’s stock was doing better than his cattle investments. Keith was hardworking, fair, honest, and had a great love for his family.

 

Keith’s memories will live on with his daughter-in-law Paula Ellison, grandchildren; Cory Ellison his wife Ana, Zachary Ellison his wife Gail, Tyler Ellison his wife Kelsey, and Kyla Angel her husband Bronc, his brother Dale Ellison, his sister Reba Miller, and great-grandchildren; Gemma, Aaliyah, Mariah, Iris, Keith, Orin, Emma, and Rowan.

 

He now rests with his parents, his wife Emma, his son Edward, siblings; Les Ellison, Kenneth “Porky” Ellison, Alleyne Ellison, Ruth Jabben, and Annabel Westerhaus.

 

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 11:00am at the Robbins Cemetery Patio with Evangelist David Bycroft officiating. Friends are invited to sign the register on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The family suggests memorials be made payable to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and they may be sent in care of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel 2405 Woodland Ave. Coffeyville, KS 67337. To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

Howard L. Cain

Howard L. Cain at the age of 85 passed from this world on April 25, 2020 at the Emporia Presbyterian Manor surrounded by his family.

 

 

 

Howard was one of twelve children born to Virn L. and Mary J. (Timmerman) Cain in Coffeyville, Kansas. Howard grew up in large close-knit family that shared a great love for music.  Many evenings, Sunday afternoons and holidays were spent with each member of the family playing an instrument of choice for hours on end.  Howard's instruments of choice were the Mandolin or Harmonica. Life wasn't always easy for the Cain's during that time, but love was something they were never deprived of.  Howard's love of music continued in his life until the very end.

 

 

 

Howard attended school in Coffeyville and completed his education at Field Kindley Memorial High School.  At the age of 20 on March 1, 1954 he entered the US Air Force and retired with an Honorable Discharge on August 31, 1974.  He served as a Fighter Jet Mechanic; one of his first overseas assignments was in France where he also met a beautiful young woman, Monique.  He and Monique were wed on March 8, 1958 in Herbertville Meuse, France.  The couple returned to the states where Howard was stationed at Victorville, California.  A few years after returning to the states Howard was sent to Vietnam; to ensure the safety of his wife and young children, he moved them back to Coffeyville to be near his family.  Upon his return from Vietnam after serving for a year and a half his youngest children didn't even remember who he was.  After Vietnam, Howard and his family moved to Amarillo, TX to his new assignment. His family moved with him to each base sharing the military life, each base was a new experience.  The next station was San Antonio, TX then to Albuquerque, NM, then on to Spain and back to San Antonio where Howard retired from the Air Force.

 

 

 

Civilian life was quite different for the whole family for the first time in 1974 they had a permanent home in Emporia, Kansas where Howard went to work for meat packing plants and then worked at the Municipal Airport.  Unfortunately, Monique and Howard divorced but shared in having five wonderful children.

 

 

 

Howard relocated back in the Coffeyville area where he met Linda Hull and the two were wed on, October 22, 1988 in Independence, Kansas.  The couple made their home in Independence and Coffeyville.  Howard worked for the Coffeyville Public Library until his retirement.  Linda preceded him in death on September 9, 2009.

 

 

 

In addition to his love for music Howard enjoyed tinkering on things either by building something from start to finish or modifying whatever he thought he could improve the design of. Watching old western movies, most importantly John Wayne. His pug dogs were his faithful companions.  Friendships were formed at the McDonalds' Coffee Group first in Coffeyville and then in Emporia.    Howards family was most important to him; he found it necessary for the legacy to continue by organizing the first family reunion that even his grandchildren remember.  Times were not always easy for the Cain Family, but love has prevailed and is continuing for generations to come.

 

 

 

Howard is survived by his children, David Cain and his wife Kandice, Michael Cain, Christine Larchez, Patricia and husband Joe Chester, and Steven Cain and his wife Julie; eleven grandchildren, many great-grandchildren; brother, Harvey Cain and sister, Hermenia Woodrum.  In addition to his parents and wife Howard was preceded in death by daughter, Debra Cain; brothers, Harold, Harland, Herbert and Herman Cain; sisters, Hester Johnson, Helen Stewart, Herretta "Teny" Friedline, Hazel Purcell and Hilda Hurbenick

 

 

 

Due to the Covid19 regulations a private family service will be held on Thursday, April 30 at Ford-Wulf-Burns, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville.  Pastor Dick Smith of First Baptist Church will officiate.  Burial will follow at Harrisonville Cemetery where Howard will be laid to rest by his wife, Linda.  The family has requested memorial contributions be made payable to June Bug - c/o Central Care Cancer Center (Non-Profit Cancer Patient Assistant Program) 1401 W. 12th Ave., Emporia, Kansas or may be sent in care of the funeral home. Join us at 11 am on Ford-Wulf-Bruns Facebook for live streaming of the service.  To leave a message of condolence for the family visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

William E. "Willie" Stultz

William E. “Willie” Stultz, 83, of Caney, Kansas passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. 

 

Willie was born on December 19, 1936 in Arkansas City, Kansas to Bill Roosevelt and Edna Mae (Moore) Stultz. He grew up in Caney where he graduated from high school in 1955.  He went on to Coffeyville Community College and earned his associates degree. 

 

 Willie was a hard worker. He worked at Phillips Petroleum doing drafting for 10 years. He then worked at Toner Ford, Pendleton Chevrolet dealership, and Wheeler Chevrolet, in Caney, Kansas, until 1974, when he opened his own business, Stultz Body Shop.  He worked at and operated his successful business until his retirement. 

 

On September 27,1993 he married the love of his life, Debrah Harlan  in Miami, Oklahoma.  The couple made their home in Caney, Kansas.   He was a member of the Christian Church.  He also held membership with the Academy of Model Aeronautics Assoc. and Amateur Astronomer. 

 

He enjoyed traveling and riding motorcycles; his hobby for many years was Radio Controlled Airplanes.  Most of all he loved the time he spent surrounded by his family and friends. 

 

Willie is survived by his wife, Debbie Stultz of the home; children, Billie Ann (Laramie) Sallee and their children, Gunner and Gatlin, SueEllen (Chuck) Moss and their children, Blaire, Hannah and Mackenna, Timothy Shaw, Cindy Short, William Stultz, Mike Stultz, Joe Stultz and Jerry Stultz. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Edna Mae Stultz and his sister, Billie Jean Stultz.  


Graveside Services will be held on Friday, May 1, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Havana Cemetery in Havana, Kansas.  Chuck Moss, Willie’s son in-law, will officiate. Visitation will be held through out the day on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at David W. Barnes Funeral home from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

 

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the funeral home to help with expenses.  These can be left with the funeral home, or mailed to David W. Barnes Funeral Home 306 N Cline Rd, Coffeyville, Kansas 67337. 

 

David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville is in charge of arrangements.  To leave a message for the family online, visit www.dwbfh.com

 

 

Roger Alan Palmer

Roger Alan Palmer, 71, of rural Edna, Kansas passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at his home.

 

Roger was born on March 5, 1949 at Webb City, Missouri to Walter Joe and Carol Jean (Gordon) Palmer. He grew up northeast of Coffeyville, Kansas where he attended Clymore School for eight years and graduated from Labette County High School in Altamont.

 

On June 22, 1968 he married Donna Pippin at the Angola United Methodist Church. The couple made rural Edna their life long home.

 

Roger was a jack-of-all trades; he was skilled in many areas of work and could do just about anything. In 1966 he went to work for Muller Construction in Coffeyville where he worked general construction for around three years. In 1969, Roger began his career with John Deere Coffeyville Works (formerly Funk Mfg.) where he was an assembly supervisor before becoming a machinist until his retirement on January 20, 2009.

Roger was of the Baptist faith. He was a member of the Keystone Masonic Lodge #102 A.F. & A.M. and the Scottish Rite Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction in Ft. Scott, Kansas. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being a cattle rancher.

 

Roger is survived by his loving wife, Donna Palmer of the home; son, Robert Palmer and wife Jennifer of Mound Valley, Kansas; daughter, Angela Whicker of Coffeyville, Kansas; siblings, Gene Palmer and wife, Norma of Mound Valley, Kansas, Alice Kirkland and husband, Jim of Edna, Kansas, Jerry Palmer and wife, Linda of Carthage, Missouri, Tim Palmer and wife, Lynn of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; four grandchildren, two grandsons-in-law; two step granddaughters and two great grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Carol Palmer; daughter-in-law, Kandy Palmer and grandson, Briar Palmer; brothers, Joe and Gary Palmer.

 

Graveside Services will be held on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Robbins Cemetery west of Coffeyville. Pastor Brett Rousselle will officiate.

 

Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 26, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.

 

The family suggests memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge - Kansas City, Missouri 1120 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64105 or to the Johnson Cancer Research Center Kansas

State University, 1 Chalmers Hall, 1711 Claflin Rd. Manhattan, KS 66506. Contributions can be left with the funeral home or mailed c/o David W Barnes Funeral Home 306 N Cline Rd, Coffeyville, KS 67337.

 

David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville is in charge of arrangements. To leave a message for the family

online, visit www.dwbfh.com

 

Willard Graham

Willard Graham age 89 of Coffeyville passed away on April 21, 2020 at his home.

 

Willard was born in Coffeyville on March 9, 1931 to Orval and Lillian (Sutton) Graham. He attended local grammar schools and graduated from Field Kindley High School. After graduating he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he proudly served during the Korean War. After being honorably discharged he returned to Coffeyville where he found employment with Sherwin Williams, he devoted over 40 years of dedicated service before his retirement. He was united in marriage to Patricia Masters in 1967 until her passing in May of 2000. Willard enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s wrestling matches and he made it a point to travel to everyone he possibly could. In his younger years he enjoyed bowling and was on local leagues and traveled to many tournaments of the years. He loved playing the slots at the casinos and he absolutely loved hunting geese, pheasant, and dove, and fishing ponds and the river banks.

 

Willard’s memories will live on with his sons; Jeffery Graham and John Douglas Graham his wife Angel, step-children; Patsy Mills and Brent Harris, grandchildren; Sarah Michelle Yates, John Douglas Graham II, Kenneth Lee Graham, Amy Marie Graham, and Lillian Mae Graham, great-grandchildren; Landon Graham, Kailey Graham, Jason Bell, Jake Bell, and Rachel Lynn Graham.

 

He now rests with his parents, wife Patricia, sons; Phillip Michael Graham and Tracy Lee Graham, step-sons; Mike Harris and Steve Harris, brother, Jack Graham, sisters Patsy Norris and Esther Werner.

 

Private family services will be held on Monday, April 27, 2020 join us on Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel Facebook for live streaming of the service at 10:00am at the Veteran’s Memorial Patio. . Friends are invited to sign the register on Friday, April 24, 2020 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. The family suggests memorials be made payable to the Tatman Cancer Center and they may be sent in care of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel 2405 Woodland Ave. Coffeyville, KS 67337. To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel..com

 

Norman Dale Traxson

Norman Dale Traxson age 85, passed away on Friday, April 17, 2020 at his home on the farm in rural Angola, KS.

 

Norman was born on September 16, 1934 on the farm near Angola, KS to Clarence H. Traxson and Inez (Hoobler) Traxson.  He graduated high school from Labette County Community High School in 1952. After high school he attended Coffeyville Community Junior College and obtained an Associate’s Degree. In 1980 he received his Bachelors of General Studies degree from Pittsburg State University.

 

On February 20, 1955 he was united in marriage to Edith Ann Beal in Coffeyville, Kansas. They moved to Wichita, KS where Norman worked at Boeing for eight years before returning to the rural Angola farm, where he and Edith have resided for the past 57 years.

Upon returning in 1963, he farmed/ranched and worked as a machinist for Olin-Dixon in Coffeyville. In 1969 he began teaching machine shop classes at the South East Kansas Area Vo-Tech in Coffeyville. After 27 years teaching at SEK Vo-Tech, he retired to the farm in 1996. For the next twenty years he continued to work the farm/ranch while taking time to travel with their camper-trailer coast-to-coast as well as local events like the annual trip to the state fair and excursions with the Neewollah Camper’s Club.

 

Norman was a man of God who placed his trust and guidance in Jesus Christ. He was always considered a leader in the family, community, and his working relationships. He led by example and instilled a strong work ethic and a sense of service in all his children. He was a lifelong member of the Angola United Methodist Church, and served youth programs throughout his life such as a leader with the Angola Hustlers 4-H, as a SEK Vo-Tech VICA sponsor, and church related youth activities.

 

As his health failed him, his wit and humor did not. You could always count on that unexpected remark that got everyone laughing. He was proud of his family and siblings, and proud of his children and grandchildren and each of their spouses. He thanked the lord that he had the opportunity to watch his grandchildren grow and even witness the addition of great-grandchildren, noting that his father had only held one of his grandchildren before his passing. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

 

Norman was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence & Inez Traxson, and brother Larry Traxson. He is survived by his wife Edith Ann (Beal) Traxson of the home; four children – Ron & Patty Traxson of Peabody, KS, Debra & John Flick of Durango, CO, Tim & Vikki Traxson of rural Edna, KS, and Greg & Julie Traxson of rural Coffeyville, KS; eleven grandchildren - Tyler, Cameron, Courtney, Ross, Mary, Katie, Cole, Luke, Amber, Bryant, and Conner; and eight great-grandchildren; his sister Iris Huddleson (Mike) of Wichita, KS and sister-in-law Norma Traxson of rural Angola.

 

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, a private family graveside will take place at the Richland Cemetery located two miles north of Angola, Friday, April 24, 2020. Friends are invited to sign the register and pay their respects on Thursday, April 23, 2020 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made payable to the Traxson Family LCHS Scholarship Fund in memory of Norman Traxson and they may be sent in care of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel 2405 Woodland Ave. Coffeyville, KS 67337. To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

Maureen Cecelia Hearson

Maureen Cecelia Hearson, 87, of Coffeyville, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Windsor Place.

 

She was born on July 29, 1932 at Oswego, Kansas to Fred A. and Nellie Mae (Tomey) Harris. Maureen grew up on the family farm near Bartlett, Kansas, she attended rural grade school near her home and completed her education at Labette County High School in Altamont.

 

On June 4, 1949 she married Howard Earl Hearson at Parsons, Kansas. Following their marriage they made their home in the Coffeyville area where they raised their two daughters. They later divorced.

 

Maureen was a homemaker; she enjoyed fishing and reading, and loved spending time with her family.

 

Survivors include her daughters, Vicki Grover and husband, Joe of Coffeyville, and Diane Walstrom and husband, Brad of Garfield, Arkansas; one brother, Clifford Harris and wife, Glenna of Enterprise, Alabama; five grandchildren, Greg Grover of Winterville, North Carolina, Lori Wilson of Owasso, Oklahoma, Brad Wilmoth of St. Louis, Missouri, Scott Wilmoth of Wentzville, Missouri, and Kyle Eighmy of Bentonville, Arkansas; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and two brothers, Robert Harris and Kenneth Harris.

 

Following Maureen’s wishes cremation will take place and no public service is planned at this time. Inurnment will be in the Lake Creek Cemetery near Bartlett, Kansas.

 

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

 

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

 

 

Floyd Joseph "Joe" Rinkenbaugh, Jr.

Floyd Joseph “Joe” Rinkenbaugh Jr., 63, of rural Wann, Oklahoma passed away Monday, April 13, 2020 at his home.

 

Joe was born on July 11, 1956 in Coffeyville to Floyd J. and Rita M. (Cillessen) Rinkenbaugh, Sr.  Joe grew up and attended school in Coffeyville, he attended Holy Name Catholic School, Field Kindley High School, and Coffeyville Community College.

 

On July 1, 1977 he married Sandra Perkins at Coffeyville. Following their marriage they made their home in rural Wann, Oklahoma. Joe worked for years in manufacturing before starting Altas Steel Company in Vinita, Ok. More recently he served as Office Manager for South Coffeyville Stockyards.

 

He was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church, and a lifetime member of the Inter-State Fair and Rodeo Board.  In his spare time Joe enjoyed playing pool and loved spending time with his family, friends and canine companion, Poncho. 

 

Survivors include his wife, Sandi Rinkenbaugh of the home; one daughter, Haley Babb and husband Eric of Altus, Oklahoma; one granddaughter, Eleanora Babb; his mother, Rita Rinkenbaugh of Coffeyville; three brothers, John Rinkenbaugh and wife, Diane of Collinsville, Oklahoma, William “Bill” Rinkenbaugh and wife, Teri of Augusta, and Robert Rinkenbaugh and wife, Tammi of Wichita; and three sisters, Mary Ann Dreiling and husband, Criag of Wichita, Rita Taylor and husband, Michael of Independence, and Susan Rinkenbaugh of Coffeyville.

 

He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd Rinkenbaugh.

 

A Private Family Graveside service will be in Calvary Cemetery in Coffeyville with Father Daniel Lorimer officiating.

 

No public service is scheduled at this time. When the time is appropriate Mass of Christian Burial celebrating Joe’s life will be held at Holy Name Catholic Church, the date and time will be announced when the celebration is scheduled.

 

Friends may call on Thursday, April 16, 2020 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 Inter-State Fair and Rodeo Livestock Sale or Holy Name Catholic Church; 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.

James C . McGee

James C. McGee age 76, passed away on April 13, 2020 at Jane Phillips Hospital in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

 

James was born on April 2, 1944, to Charles Henry and Verna May (Weaver) McGee in Liberal, Kansas. While just a young tike he and his family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma where they made their home. James attended his neighborhood grade school and graduated from Webster High School in Tulsa.

 

James was introduced to Patricia Ilene Gowen by his cousin that had married Patricia’s cousin. Patricia had an instant attraction to James because his hair style resembled her favorite member of the Beatles, Ringo Star. James kept the hairstyle over the years just for Patricia. On June 21, 1964, they were united in marriage. The couple made their home in Coffeyville and created a lifetime of wonderful memories. James and Patricia were blessed with two daughters, Lori Ann and Sandra Kay. The couple were members of Emmanuel Southern Baptist Church. Unfortunately, just after their 53rd Wedding anniversary Patricia preceded him in death on June 27, 2017.

 

James was employed by USD 445 and worked as a custodian at Roosevelt Junior High School and then moved over to Community Elementary just a few years prior to his retirement. James enjoyed his job and always thought the kids were the best part about going to work.

 

James enjoyed collecting stamps, coins and anything he considered worthy of being potentially useful. He loved to travel especially with his family. Family was everything to James, he cherished every moment spent with them. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandpa, he was a child a heart and enjoyed having fun with them. James has also cared for his mother-in-law Lenora Gowen with the help of his family since Patricia’s passing.

 

James is survived his daughters, Lori and her husband Rick Bryant of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Sandra and her husband Kelly Wintjen of Brooksville, Florida; brother, Ronnie McGee; sisters, Marsha and husband Wes Kennicutt, Debbie Boyer all of Tulsa, Oklahoma; mother-in-law, Lenora Gowen; six grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and one great-grandchild.

 

Due to Covid19 concerns and restrictions, a memorial service will be scheduled after the restrictions have been lifted. The family has requested that memorial contributions be made payable to American Heart Association and may be sent in care of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, Kansas 67337. To leave a message of condolence for the family visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

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