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Jerry Don Gaston

Jerry Don Gaston age 61 of rural Coffeyville passed away on August 2, 2021 at Saint Francis in Tulsa, OK.

 

 

Jerry was born December 21, 1959 in Enid, OK to Don and Leola (Baldwin) Gaston. As a member of a military family, Jerry called many places home. He was a graduate of Caney Valley High School and Tulsa Welding School. He worked many different places as a welder. He also worked for Dixon Industries and was most recently a pumper for RedBud Oil and Gas Jerry met Beverly Humphrey almost like she fell out of the sky. The couple knew they were perfect for each other and made their commitment official on July 24, 1982. They were blessed with two sons and a daughter. Jerry enjoyed spending his time with whatever activity his family was doing. He liked fishing, his dogs, working his cattle, Nebraska football, and traveling when he could actually get away. Jerry will be remembered for his orneriness, his love of teasing and giving people a hard time, how boisterous he was, and his contagious, raspy laugh. Above all, his family was the center and highlight of his life. He made sure to never miss a Friday date night with Beverly or Sunday family dinner.

 

Jerry’s legacy will live on with his wife, Beverly, son Jeremy Gaston and wife Amber, son Justin Gaston and wife Megan, daughter Brooke McClure and husband Clint, and eight grandchildren, Jacen Gaston, Jevin Gaston, Marlee McClure, Lincoln Gaston, Jett Gaston, Noah McClure, Colton Gaston, and Oliva McClure.

 

He now rests with his parents, brother Terry Gaston, and sister Beverly Freeman.

 

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, August 6, 2021 at Tyro Christian Church at 3:00pm. Burial will immediately follow at Fawn Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Memorials are suggested to the family to offset final costs. To share a memory or to leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

Connie Jean Cox

Connie Jean Cox, 73, passed from this world to the next on Monday, August 2, at Windsor Place. She was born on September 5, 1947, to Ruth Lorene (Crittenden) Elliott and Ralph Edgar (George) Elliott in Coffeyville, Kansas. She was a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Wolf Clan.

 

Connie lived in Coffeyville her entire life, graduating from FKHS in 1965 where she participated in student council and Tornado Tillies. In 1967 she earned an Associate of Arts degree from Coffeyville Junior College and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the CJC cheer squad. While at PSU, she was selected as one of the education students to speak to future teaching classes. After graduating from Pittsburg State University in 1969 with a BS in Education, Connie became an elementary teacher, first at Lowell and then at Edgewood. She and her mother both obtained their Masters in Primary Education degrees at the same time in 1979 from PSU.

 

A teaching career was one she thoroughly enjoyed for a total of 34 years, finally retiring in 2003.

 

Connie married Douglas McArthur Miller in 1983 but later divorced. In 1990 she married Michael Cox and was later divorced.

 

Much of Connie's retirement was taken up with caring for her mother until July 2017. She and her mother were often seen in Coffeyville and Bartlesville on shopping expeditions. Favorite hobbies included cooking and reading. She always enjoyed visiting with former students and friends around town.

 

Connie was baptized in the First United Methodist Church. She was a member of the local Salvation Army Community Service Volunteers, CRMC Auxiliary, Phi Theta Kappa Alumni, Kansas Association of Retired School Personnel, and the National Education Association.

 

Connie was preceded in death by her grandparents, Lee and Gertrude Crittenden, of Wann, OK; her parents, George and Lorene Elliott, of Coffeyville; and her first husband, Douglas Miller.

 

Surviving to honor her memory is her sister, Carolyn Sue Staudt (Joe) of Coffeyville; a niece, Kimberly Sue Ree Gonzalez (Mateo) of Flower Mound, TX; a niece, Holly Joelle Hee Staudt of Pittsburg, KS; a great-niece, Audrey Elizabeth Gonzalez; a cousin, Frances Felts of Liberty, KS; and cousins Nolen, Rick, and Suzanne Smith of Bartlesville, OK.

 

Arrangements are made by Ford, Wulf, Bruns Chapel. The memorial book may be signed at the funeral home from 9-5 on Thursday, August 5. A private graveside service will take place on Friday, August 6, at Restlawn Garden of Peace Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Coffeyville Fire Department, the First United Methodist Church, Harry Hynes Hospice, or the Coffeyville Friends of Animals. To share a memory or to leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschaspel.com

 

Betty Seetin

On March 4, 1928 a baby girl was born at home on a rented farm in rural Lyndon, Kansas and she died 93-years later on July 31, 2021 in her own home in Tulsa, OK.  Betty Lenore Schrader was the oldest of three children born to Claude and Halcie Schrader.  Betty married Howard Seetin on November 20, 1949 and they had a very happy 44 years until Howard’s untimely death in 1994.  Together they had three children, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

 

Betty is survived by one sister, Alice Roberson.  She also leaves behind daughters Dian (Tom) Bright and Janice (Tom) Leonard and son Galand (Kathy) Seetin; granddaughters Juliana Bright, Lindy (Adam) Musial-Bright, Briana Brzezinski, Kristi (Chance) Uhrich, and Cooper Hornback; and great-grandchildren Tylin, Kyson and Atley Brzezinski, Zoe and Orion Uhrich, and Nora Musial-Bright.  She also is survived by Howard’s brothers David Seetin, Roy (Mary Jo) Seetin, and sister-in-law Hazel Seetin.  Betty will also be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews including one special niece, Reverend Patricia Warden, who will be leading the graveside service.

 

As seen in the rear-view mirror, several themes are apparent in Betty’s life: family; a sunny disposition; living within her means; and art.

 

Betty loved making friends and being part of a community. Over the years, she was a leader and member of Girl Scouts, Jaycee Jayne’s, bridge, dance, garden clubs; PTA, Coffeyville State Fair, and a poll worker. She grew up Methodist and lived her faith, confident that she experienced Jesus take her hand on the stairway of her home at age five and he remained with her throughout her life.

 

Family was her foundation and focus. She steadfastly supported and showed up. She especially adored being part of the Seetin clan. After graduating high school, Betty moved in with a group of girls in Topeka and worked as a bookkeeper. As fate would have it, one was Reba Seetin, the only girl in a family of 11 children. Reba was a matchmaker at heart and she had 10 brothers to marry off. She introduced Howard to Betty and we are… to quote Paul Harvey … the rest of the story.

 

Once a month we made the weekend journey to Perry to see the Seetins or to Olivet for Schraders.  At the Seetins, Howard hung out with his brothers, Mom with the wives.  With 29 cousins, we were in the barn, grain car, tire swing or climbing on the rusted combine. At the Schraders, we had fewer cousins but freedom to play in the hayloft, dig worms, fish, play in the shack or fruit cellar. Grandma Schrader met us at the door with a comb and a deck of cards. Call for your partner pitch was a family affair.

 

As adults, Betty followed the example set by her mother and remained involved. She aided her daughters as they became mothers – in London or Bartlesville – guiding when asked. She shared her time and skills sewing, crafting and attending their events.

 

As a Depression-era baby, Betty’s farm family had to make the best with what they had. Her mother had anxiety issues and at age 7 or 8, her mother had what was termed a “nervous breakdown.” Betty had to step into the role of homemaker and caregiver for herself, brother and sister. Rather than considering her start poor or pitiful, she responded with a sunny disposition. It would all be OK. No need to look around and worry. No looking back with regret. Face forward, push forward.  It was a philosophy that guided her life.  Every day she opened the window shades and proclaimed “Good morning! We are going to have a wonderful day.”  It was infectious. Her daughters and now granddaughters do the same.

 

Betty and Howard chose to have Betty be a stay-at-home mother. That meant strict budgeting to live within their means. Betty made it happen with skill and style. This is where living within her means merged with her creativity, tenacity and craftiness.  She sewed clothes, bought auction furniture and reupholstered it, painted walls and woodwork, and tailored drapes. She sewed Barbie clothes and sold them. She sewed her daughters’ wedding dresses. She crocheted an Afghan for every niece and nephew. She took up canvas painting, throwing pottery and creating crafts to sell at area craft fairs.

 

The children named themselves the “scratch and dent family.” Howard’s job managing the Capitol Truck Lines terminal meant damaged freight was available for employees to buy at deep discount. Betty saw no problem with a dent in the refrigerator door, cases of instant potatoes that stunk when cooked, or having every decorative item in the house be a glued/retouched item from local stores such as Gibson’s.

 

On a budget, restaurant dining only included early morning pancakes at a café on the way to Perry or Olivet. Betty more than made up with balanced meals, homemade cookies and desserts with a side of ice cream from the surplus store. She carefully cut away the freezer burn or sticky melt to get to the part of the ice cream that was still delicious. If she and dad could grow it, pick it, pop it, crack it, clean it, can it or cook it, we ate it.

 

There were advantages to Betty being a stay-at-home mother. Her children had the time and safety to play with neighbor kids, using imagination, physical activity, cooperating and fighting to work out relationships. Ask them and they’d tell you that they were raised by Ozzie and Harriet.

 

Betty tired of clubbing and took a part-time job at Walmart at age 64 to keep her mind alert, herself active and earn a lifetime Walmart discount card. Betty’s life pivoted when Howard’s health began to fail. She dedicated her energy and optimism on his recovery. It was not to be and Howard passed in 1994. With resolve to push forward, on the drive from the hospital the night Howard died, Betty told Janice, “I guess I am a widow now. I will figure out what is next.”

 

At age 65, Betty took less than a year to collect her possessions, sell the Coffeyville house and move to Tulsa to be closer to her children, continuing to work at Walmart until she retired at age 79.  She had three houses while she was in Tulsa, continually making improvements and enjoying the ability to decorate each home. Even if that meant pouring concrete into molds and building sidewalks or completely gutting a landscape to start over. She joined Asbury UMC and treasured the friends she made and her Hats Ministry work.

 

A fall resulting in a broken hip at age 84 led Dian to leave teaching in Texas to return to Tulsa to care for Betty for her recuperation.  Betty’s desire to remain in her home led Dian and Tom to a decision to share a roof – and their lives – in Tulsa.

 

Dian lived up to granting Betty her wish. And not surprisingly, Dian made it happen with determination to honor family, keep a sunny disposition, live within her means, anduse their time together to create art; Dian, beading; and Betty, creating greeting cards. 

 

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Ford-Wulf-Bruns in Coffeyville, Kansas. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 10 a.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church, Tulsa, OK.  Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Coffeyville, KS at 2:30 p.m.

 

 

Mary Ann Hannah

Mary Ann Hannah, age 62, of Neodesha, Kansas passed away on Sunday, August 1, 2021 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas.

 

Mary was born on June 28, 1959 in China Spring, Texas to Fred and B. June (Schroeder) Bell.  She grew up around Houston and Huntsville in Texas.  She later earned her high school diploma and completed some college courses. 

 

Around 1977 Mary moved to southeast Kansas to be closer to her grandmother, Margaret Marriott.  Mary was united in marriage to W.F. "Bill" Hannah.  Of that union two children were born, Billy Hannah, Jr. and Amanda Hannah.  The couple later divorced.  Mary later met her companion of 12 years, Richard Scott.  The couple separated but remained close friends ever since.  Later on she met her longtime companion, Paul Hinkle.  The couple spent around 20 years together until he passed away on November 24, 2013.  

 

Mary enjoyed going to the Rendezvous in Chanute, Kansas when she was younger along with camping and fishing.  She enjoyed watching her soap operas and game shows.  Mary collected all things Elvis Presley.  She  loved animals and had a special long hair chihuahua named Axel.  Most of all Mary loved the time she spent surrounded by her family; especially her grandchildren. 

 

Surviving to honor her memory are her mother, June Statham of Romayor, Texas; children, William "Billy"   Hannah, Jr. and wife, Bobbi of Coffeyville, Kansas; Amanda Hannah and fiance', Adam Bowey of Neodesha, Kansas; grandchildren, Emily Hannah of Kountze, Texas, Nicholas Hannah of Coffeyville, Kansas, Alexus McKinnis of Cherryvale, Kansas, Alyssa Swartz of Neodesha, Kansas, Brittany Bowey of Neodesha, Kansas; sisters, Melinda Martinez of Romayor, Texas, Patricia Kay Guidry of Silsbee, Texas, Sheila Sanders and husband, Marshall of Huntsville, Texas, Penny Hernandez and husband, Jose of Huntsville, Texas; brothers, Buddy Bell and wife, Tracey of Mineral Wells, Texas, Alvin Bell and wife, Kim of Romayor, Texas, Mark Bell of Romayor, Texas; many nieces, nephews, close relatives and friends.  Mary was preceded in death by her father, Fred Bell; sister, Becky "Diane" Lesak and longtime companion, Paul Hinkle. 

 

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Agape' Fellowship Church in Coffeyville, Kansas.  Pastor Kevin O'Connor will officiate.  Burial will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery north of Coffeyville. 

 

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 6, 2021 at David W Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville from 1pm until 8pm.  The family will greet friends at the funeral home from 6pm-8pm Friday evening. 

 

The family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the Coffeyville Friends of Animals; these may 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

Ronald Clyde Dick

 

Ronald Clyde Dick passed away at the age of 58 on July 22, 2021, in his home in Coffeyville, Kansas.

 

Ronald was born on March 26, 1963, to Buddie and Maxine (Reed) Dick in Coffeyville. As a young boy he attended grade school in Liberty, Kansas and as a young teen he came “town” in Coffeyville to attend Field Kindley High School. 

 

In 2007 Ronald set out to travel across the United States as a long-haul truck driver.  Recently he returned to Coffeyville to make his home.

 

He is survived by his mom, Maxine Dick; brother, Michael Dick, sister-in-law, Julia Dick; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his dad, Buddie and brother, Allen Dick. 

 

Cremation will take place under the direction of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel and no services are planned at this time.  To leave an online condolence or share a memory visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

Donna S. Kinsch-Abaloz

Donna S. Kinsch-Abaloz passed away June 3, 2021, in Phoenix, Arizona. At the age of 64.

 

 

 

Donna was born January 5, 1957, at the Coffeyville Memorial Hospital in Coffeyville, Kansas. She was the fourth daughter of Edward and Effie Kinsch.  She attended local elementary schools and graduated from Field Kindley High.  Donna was a cheerleader while attending the schools in Coffeyville.

 

 

 

She studied at Coffeyville Community College and graduated in the class of 1983.  She continued her studies and graduated from Pittsburg State University. She worked at the CO-OP refinery for many years.

 

 

 

Donna then moved to Bentonville, Arkansas, where she worked in the Corporate Office of Walmart for over 10 years. Following her son Eric and her new granddaughter, Jennie, to Phoenix, Arizona, she continued working for Walmart retiring in January of 2021

 

 

 

Donna was a Christian and attended several churches.  An avid lover of cats she was known for taking care of the stray cats in her neighborhood.  Other than her family and grandchildren, Donna’s greatest love was watching and cheering for her favorite team, the Kansas City Chiefs!

 

 

 

Donna is survived by her two sons, Eric, and Gabriel Abaloz. Her husband, Drew Rosholm and her eight grandchildren: Jennie, Eowyn, Sloan, Daxon, Riker and Remy Abaloz; Alexiss Vasquez, and Eddy Blanco.  Her sisters, Janice (Bill) Bryant, Jane (Jim) Bales, Doris (Jeff) Wilson Holste, and cousin, Kenneth Henderson.

 

 

 

A Graveside Memorial service will be held Saturday, August 28, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Fairview Memorial Veterans Patio and will be inurnment will be in Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Ford-Wulf- Bruns Chapel 2405 Woodland Ave. Coffeyville, Kansas.

 

 

 

 

Chester L. Stevens

Chester L. Stevens of Caney, Kansas passed away at the young age of 97 at Jane Phillips Hospital in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on July 21, 2021.

 

 

 

Chester Leo Stevens, Sr. was born January 9, 1924, along with his twin brother Lester, to Stephen Edgar and Faleutus Viola (Sheets) Stevens at the family home 5 miles west of Bartlesville. He was the 6thchild of 14.

 

 

 

He attended Butler Creek School until the 8th grade when he went to work for a neighbor driving a tractor for a dollar a day. It was the first time he had ever driven a tractor. When he was 17 or 18, he moved to Argentine, KS to work in a steel mill reading blueprints and bringing bills of material to the assembly line to be riveted to make big guns.

 

 

 

He was drafted in 1943 and went to Ft Leonard Wood for Basic Training and then to the Caterpillar Company in Atlanta, GA to be a Diesel Mechanic. From there he went to Cummins Diesel learning more about diesel engines. After his training he boarded the SS Pasture to Liverpool England and landed there on D-day. Thirty days later a personnel carrier landed them on Omaha Beach and then they marched on to Cherbourg, a French Port that was completely destroyed and booby trapped by the retreating Germans. He was assigned to the 337th Harbor Craft in the 3rd Army. As a Tech Sergeant Marine Engineer (E7), Chester helped run a tugboat and was also a heavy crane operator unloading war material and rebuilding the destroyed port. He was in Cherbourg for 10 months.

 

 

 

From there he went to Regensburg, Germany and patrolled the Danube River by boat. His job was to intercept refugees from Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary who were fleeing the Russian occupation. He had 5 soldiers under him whose job was to inventory every ship and boat and the refugees living on them.

 

 

 

He confiscated a jeep at one point and drove through the bombed-out roads across Germany to see a relative stationed in Northern Germany and got detoured a couple times when he encountered Russian troops.

 

 

 

As part of the Army of Occupation, he was there to encourage people to work at factories in Regensburg building civilian boats.

 

 

 

During this time, he had known that his twin, Lester, was in Europe and when Chester walked up the plank of a Liberty Ship to leave for stateside, surprisingly, Lester was the first face he saw.

 

He was discharged in March 1946.

 

 

 

He was awarded the WWII Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Medal, European- African- Middle Eastern Campaign Theater Ribbon, and a Bronze Service Star. He also received a Letter of Commendation from Field Marshall Montgomery, the highest-ranking British Officer for his tugboat’s rescue of many British Soldiers who's ship was sinking.  When he got home, he went to Coffeyville and worked in a smelter and then to the refinery.

 

 

 

He met Norma Owens when her father asked him to pick her up along with some feed in Bartlesville. By the time they got to her house he had asked her out on a date but ended up having to take the whole family. He met her in May, and they were married in November 1946. She passed away in Dec 2004 after 58 years together.

 

 

 

Chester had purchased a farm north of Tyro in 1963 and worked at the COOP Refinery for 35 years. Chester was a Deacon at the First Baptist Church in Caney, KS, a member of the Tyro School Board,      

 

a Boy Scout Leader, and member of The Masonic Lodge.

 

 

 

He is survived by his four children, son Leo Stevens and wife Debbie, daughter Judy Thomas, daughter Marlene Smith and husband Mike, and Brad Stevens and wife Sherry, 12 grandchildren, and 33 great grandchildren, he is also survived by 3 brothers and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents and wife, Chester was preceded in death by 10 siblings, and son-in-law, Larry Thomas.

 

 

 

Funeral services celebrating Chester’s life will be held on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at 1:00 pm at First Southern Baptist Church, 2701 W 8th, Coffeyville, Kansas.  Pastor Luke Oldweiler will be the officiant. He will be laid to rest next to his wife at the Sunnyside Cemetery in Caney, Kansas. The family will receive friends on Friday, July 30, 2021, from 6 to 8:00 pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville.  To leave an online message of condolence for the family or share a memory visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

 

David G. Sandon

David G. Sandon of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away at the age of 67 on July 23, 2021, at CRMC after several years of failing health.

 

 

 

David was born on July 7, 1954, to Herbert “Bud” and Betty Jo (Neese) Sandon in Coffeyville, Kansas.  David attended grade school at Garfield and graduated from Field Kindley Memorial High in 1972.  He attended Coffeyville Community Junior College prior to his employment with Roadway where he retired  after 25 years of services. He was a proud and active member of the Teamsters Union.

 

David married the love of his life Peggy Cooke on November 2, 1979, in Coffeyville in their home, of that union two children were born, Jennifer and Kyle.  After his retirement Peggy and David traveled to several places of interest taking full opportunity of enjoying retirement. In November of 1998 they moved to rural Labette County to fulfill their dreams of life back on the farm where they could be found working side by side with each other.  David thoroughly enjoyed being outdoors if he wasn’t working in the hay field, feeding cattle, or mending fence he was out hunting or fishing.

 

 

 

David was one in a million, he was tougher than a leather boot and the nails that holds the soles together.  David was first dedicated to his wife and family, he would have given the shirt off his back to anyone who needed it, and often helped people when they least expected it.  He has spent a lifetime of dedication to the Coffeyville Fair and Rodeo Association.  He was that no filter kind of guy that worked hard his entire life right up until his death.   David wouldn’t have called himself a teacher, but he was just that!  He enjoyed teaching the younger generation about the outdoors; teaching anyone who wanted to learn about hunting, fishing, raising cattle, farming, haying, working on farm equipment, anything they wanted to learn.

 

 

 

Family and friends often gather at David and Peggy’s house to share in a holiday, game night or just for conversation.  David was quite onery and you knew he liked you if he gave you a hard time.  A perfect example is he always wanted to make sure that no one left hungry from their home but would then razz you about eating all his food.

 

 

 

Family gatherings, a time to celebrate holidays, birthdays,  and anniversaries will never be quite the same for his wife, Peggy of the home; daughter, Jennifer Troutman and her husband Rick, son, Kyle Sandon and his wife, Tyler; grandchildren, Ashlie French and her husband Zach, Nick Nolen, Michaela Nolen and boyfriend, Gilbert Brignoni, Cooper Sandon, Claire Sandon, Corbin Sandon, Gunner Troutman and fiancé Ashleigh Dangerfield, Johnathan Troutman; great-grandchildren, Michael French, Benny Troutman; brother, Mark Sandon and his wife Tracy; sisters, Janet Wall; brother-in-law, Joel Leedy; mother-in-law, Lee Wanda Cooke, brother-in-law Tim Cooke and his wife Janet; sisters-in-law, Janet Groves and her husband Danny, Pam Payne; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.   David was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Jean Leedy, his father-in-law, Gene Cooke and brother-in-law, Tim Payne.

 

 

 

A Graveside Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, July 29, 2021, at 10:30 am at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, 2000 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville with Pastor Dick Smith officiating.  A viewing will be held on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, from 5 to 7 pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., also in Coffeyville.  Per David’s request make memorial contributions payable to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Shriners Hospital for Children and they may be left in care of the chapel.  To leave an online condolence or share a memory visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

James Matson "Matt" Clabough

James Matson “Matt” Clabough of Coffeyville passed from death into life eternal in the presence of his Savior on Wednesday 21 July 2021. He was 89.

 

James Matson Clabough was born on 17 December 1931 at Winfield, Kansas to James L. and Ruth Lorene (McKay) Clabough. He attended school at Winfield through his high school sophomore year in 1947 at which time the family moved to Coffeyville. He was a 1949 graduate of Field Kindley High School, where he earned letters for football and participated in track and field athletics. He then attended Coffeyville Community College where he continued his athletic career, playing football for the Red Ravens during the 1949 and 1950 seasons and earning letters both years. He was a student at the University of Kansas from 1951-1953, where he majored in Business and graduated with a bachelor’s degree. He was inducted into the U. 5. Army in 1953, attaining the rank of Sergeant and serving in the Corps of Engineers on Okinawa.

 

Mr. Clabough left military service in 1955 and returned to Coffeyville, where he joined the Brewer-Clabough International Harvester farm equipment and truck dealership established in 1947; the Clabough family later became sole owners of the business, which operated in Coffeyville for 50 years. On 02 August 1959 he married Elizabeth Jeanette "Peggy" Kiddoo, also of Coffeyville; the couple would make Coffeyville their home for nearly 62 years and were members of the First Presbyterian Church, where Mr. Clabough was deacon, elder, Sunday School teacher, and member of the chancel choir. After retirement, he worked for Ford-Wulf-Bruns Funeral Service and delivered flowers for Jan-L's Flowers and Gifts.

 

Mr. Clabough is a past president of the Coffeyville Jaycees and Coffeyville Boys Club. He was a charter member of the Bulls & Bears Investment Club. He received an award from the American Red Cross for lifetime blood donations exceeding 20 gallons. Later he was a member of the Coffeyville Men’s Chorus. He was a long-time booster of both Coffeyville High School and Coffeyville College athletic and music programs.

 

Outside of work and civic interests, Mr. Clabough enjoyed spending time with family, was an enthusiastic fan of the Kansas Jayhawks, and followed several professional sports teams. He enjoyed travel, once winning a trip to the United Kingdom as part of a sales contest. He also was an avid fisherman and maintained interests in Civil War history and antique International Harvester farm equipment. His booming bass voice, vibrant sense of humor, and colorfully unique way of expressing himself all are well-known and well-loved by his family and friends.

 

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Clabough, son Michael, granddaughter Allyson, grandson Zachary, three nieces, two nephews, and an extended family of great-nieces and great­ nephews related by marriage. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother Eric Clabough.

 

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM Tuesday 27 July 2021 at the First Presbyterian Church, 402 W 8th St, Coffeyville, KS, Pastor Diane Massey will be officiating.  Services are under the direction of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville.  Friends are welcome to sign the register on Monday, July 26 at the chapel from 10 am to 5 pm. The family has requested Memorial Contributions to be made payable to the First Presbyterian Church.  To leave an online message of condolence or share in a memory visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

 

Jon Ronald Jabben

Jon Ronald Jabben, age 71, of Tyro, Kansas passed away on Monday, July 19, 2021 at his home. 

 

Jon was born on February 2, 1950 in Coffeyville, Kansas to Werner and Ruth (Ellison) Jabben.  He grew up in rural Jefferson, Kansas where he attended school and graduated from Wayside High School.  Jon furthered his education at Coffeyville Community College where he earned his Associates Degree. 

 

On July 11, 1975 he married the love of his life, Cheryle Kay Mason in Tyro, Kansas at Tyro Christian Church.  The couple made their home in Dearing, Kansas for two years until moving to Tyro where they made their forever home.  The couple had two children that Jon adored, Josh and Kylee.  The family were members of the Tyro Christian Church and attended church regularly. 

 

Jon was a hard worker and was good with his hands.  He spent his career at John Deere Works (formerly Funk Manufacturing) in Coffeyville, Kansas where he worked as a skilled fabricator and machinist.  He retired on May 30, 2014 after 44 years of service. 

 

Jon loved the outdoors and nature.  He enjoyed camping, spending time on the farm, hiking, and most of all bow hunting.  He ran a bowhunting supply shop "Jon's Bowhunting Supply" for several years out of his workshop in Tyro where people would come to have custom arrows, bow strings, etc., or just to chat and admire his craftsmanship.   He was a member of the Oklahoma Longbowmen club for more than 38 years.  The group got together for outings, camping and hunting trips and much more.  He was proficient in all things archery and made all his own archery equipment and materials.  This included making longbows, arrows, quivers, etc.  He was a very gifted craftsman and was also great with metal work and fabrication.  He was quick witted, funny and loved telling corny "dad jokes".  He was an avid reader and enjoyed country music and bluegrass festivals.  Most of all Jon loved surrounding himself with his family and friends.  In addition to the bond he shared with Cheryle, being a dad and papa was of the upmost importance.  With that, came a special relationship with each of his kids and grandkids.  He loved them unconditionally and cherished those relationships.  Jon touched the lives of all those who knew him and will be deeply missed. 

 

Surviving to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Cheryle Jabben of the home; son, Joshua Jabben and wife, Jennifer (Fowler) of Deerfield, Illinois; daughter, Kylee (Jabben) Stallsmith and husband, Mark of Havana, Kansas; grandsons, Noah Jabben, Owen Jabben; granddaughters, Emma Jabben, Harper Stallsmith, Jentry Stallsmith; brother, Joe Jabben and wife, Toni of Golden, Missouri; sister, Susan (Jabben) Rea and husband, Marc of Coffeyville, Kansas; several nieces, nephews, cousins, extended relatives and close friends like his Oklahoma Longbowmen brothers.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Werner and Ruth Jabben. 

 

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Tyro Christian Church in Tyro, Kansas.  Pastor Brad Sanders and Minister Jeff Davis will officiate.  Burial will follow at the Harrisonville Cemetery north of Tyro. 

 

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 23, 2021 at David W Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.  An evening visitation will take place at Tyro Christian Church on Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with the family present to greet friends. 

 

The family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the TCC "Hide Them in Your Heart" Children's Ministry; these may 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

 

Wayne Franklin Jones

Wayne Franklin Jones, age 79, of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away on Monday, July 19, 2021 in Independence, Kansas. 

Wayne was born on November 26, 1941 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma to William "Bill" F. and Mary M. (Wright) Jones.  He grew up in Coffeyville where he attended school and graduated from Field Kindley Memorial High School in 1959. 

Wayne proudly served his country in the United States Navy.  He served twenty years during his career and earned the rank of Chief Petty Officer E-7.  During his time in the service he served on the U.S.S. Ranger, the U.S.S. Saratoga and the U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Prior to his retirement he was stationed at the McAlester Ammunition Plant.  After receiving his honorable discharge he returned to Coffeyville where he made his home.  He had a career with the City of Coffeyville Electrical Department where he served as a boiler fireman and operator. 

On May 8, 1969 he was united in marriage to Waymeth A. Hoobler in Pasadena, Texas.  The couple made their home in Coffeyville. His marriage to Waymeth also included her son from a previous marriage, Richard "Wayne" Joplin that Wayne loved and adored like he was his own.  In time, the couple had two more children, Anthony "Tony" Wayne Jones and Angela Jones.  Waymeth preceded him in death on July 29, 1994. 

Wayne later fell in love with his longtime companion, Shirley Webber.  They have spent many wonderful years together and Wayne became close with Shirley's family as well.  Countless family events, gatherings and holidays have been spent with the blended families all enjoying one another for years.  He will be missed by so many. 

Wayne was of the Protestant faith and in previous years with Waymeth he attended the Presbyterian Church and in more recent years he attended the Methodist Church with Shirley.  Wayne was a member of the local V.F.W. Post #1022, the American Legion Post #20 and a member of the Navy Nuclear Weapons Association.  His hobbies included fishing, bird hunting and skeet shooting.  He enjoyed trips to Bartlesville, Oklahoma to visit and catch up with his cousin, John Jones.  He had a special cat named "Dude" and a special bird dog "Mike". 

Surviving to cherish his memory are his children, Wayne Joplin and wife, Susan of Coffeyville, Kansas, Anthony "Tony" Jones and wife, Annie of Independence, Kansas, Angela Whitmore and husband, John of Overland Park, Kansas; loving companion, Shirley Webber and her family; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; a brother, Robert Jones and wife, Phyllis of Alabama; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended relatives and close friends. 

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Mary Jones; wife, Waymeth Jones; sisters, Bonnie Gilfillan and Lynne Vandermark and a brother, John Jones. 

Following Wayne's wishes, cremation has taken place under the direction of David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.  A Graveside Memorial Service will be scheduled for a later date with inurnment in Fairview Cemetery in Coffeyville. 

A Visitation with the family present to greet friends will be held on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

The family suggests memorial contributions can be made to Peyton Joplin's college fund; these may 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

 

Rickey Gene Bryant

Rickey Gene Bryant age 64 of South Coffeyville passed away on July 13, 2021 at St John’s Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 

Rick was born in Waukesha, WI on November 7, 1956 to Gene and Maxine (Whinery) Bryant. Rick enjoyed the simple things in life, hunting for deer, fishing the rivers and spending time with family. Rick worked several places over the years most recently at Cessna but his favorite job was driving a big rig over the road. Rick married Elizabeth (Lewis) on April 30, 2016 where he gained three stepchildren. 

 

Rick’s memories will live on with his wife Elizabeth of the home, brothers; Dennis Bryant his wife Bonnie of Winfield and Terry Bryant of Coffeyville, his sister Karen Smith her husband Dana of Benton, stepchildren John Baumgartle, Abby Baumgartle-Abott, and Amanda Baumgartle, 10 grandchildren and nephews Jeffery and Michael Dobson.

 

He now rests with his parents, Gene and Maxine and sister Shirley Renee Dobson.

 

Graveside services will be held on Friday, July 23, 2021 at 3:00pm at the Robbins Cemetery Shelter with Pastor Randy DePriest officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. To share a memory or to leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

James Clifford "Cliff" Bale

James Clifford “Cliff” Bale, 85, of Coffeyville passed away Friday, July 16, 2021 at his home.

He was born on October 25, 1935 in Dewey, Oklahoma to John Thomas and Sylvia Audrey (Bonham) Bale. Cliff grew up and attended school in Dewey graduating from Dewey High School. After completing high school Cliff attended Oklahoma State University graduating in 1957 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. He later went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Physical Science at Emporia State University.

In the fall of 1957, Cliff moved to Caney, Kansas where he taught Chemistry and Science at Caney High School.

On June 30, 1961 he married Luella Earhart at Dewey, Oklahoma. Following their marriage, they made their home in Caney where Cliff continued to teach until the end of the 1969 school year. Cliff began teaching at Coffeyville Community College in the fall of 1969 and continued as an instructor of Physical Science classes for 31 years retiring in 2000.

Cliff was a longtime member of the First Church of God in Coffeyville. He was a very active member of Gideon’s International, and loved cheering on his two favorite teams the Oklahoma State University Cowboys and the St. Louis Cardinals. While living in Caney he was a Scout Master for several years. He loved mentoring young people and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Luella Bale of the home; his daughter, Melanie Stokesberry and husband, David of Coffeyville and his son, Derek Bale and wife, Lorie of Coffeyville; one brother, Larry W. Bale and wife, Sandra of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; five grandchildren, Brandon, Lanelle and husband Jay Darla, Shanna, Austin and Leanne and husband Logan Burrus; and great-grandson, Isaac.

He was preceded in death his parents, John Thomas, and Sylvia Audrey Bale; two brother, Leland Dean Bale, and John Thomas Bale, Jr.; and three sisters, Dorothy Hansen, Judith Elaine Bale, and infant sister, Mattie Sybil Bale.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 24, 2021 at the First Church of God, 2010 W. 5th St., in Coffeyville with Pastor Mark Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Sunnyside Cemetery in Caney, Kansas.

Friends may call on Friday, July 23rd from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville. The family will receive friends on Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorials in Cliff’s memory to Gideon’s International; contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of the David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, Kansas 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.

Mary Crites

Mary Crites, age 76 of Coffeyville, KS went to meet the Lord on July 16, 2021 at her home. Mary was born August 10, 1944 in Coffeyville to Ansel and Ethena Howard. She married Robert M. Crites on May 12, 1962 in Coffeyville.

 

Mary was a foster parent for 17 years. She loved people and did her best to be helpful to those around her. She enjoyed going to church all her life and was attending New Vision of Coffeyville, KS and Emmanuel Chapel of South Coffeyville, OK until she became too ill to attend.

 

Mary leaves behind her husband Robert M Crites, her sons Robert L. Crites and wife Tina of Great Bend, KS and Michael Crites of Coffeyville, Roberts first wife Brenda Crites of Independence, KS, daughters; Beth Jones, Becky Crites both of Coffeyville, sisters; Helen Dake and husband John of Coffeyville, and Margaret Higgins of South Carolina, brothers; James Howard and Leonard Howard of Coffeyville, seven grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren.

 

Mary is preceded in death by her parents, daughter Pamela Crites, and bother Harry Crites.

 

Funeral services will held on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Emmanuel Chapel South Coffeyville, OK at 10:00am. The service will be live streamed on Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel Facebook page. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 19, 2021 at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. 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 to leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

Lee Edwin Harris

 

Lee Edwin Harris passed to his eternal home on July 14, 2021, at his home in Independence, Kansas, surrounded by his loved ones. He lived with a brain tumor, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), from January 2019, until the Lord called him home. He leaves behind his wife, Stephanie (Plute) Harris; two sons and their families, Adam and Chelsea Harris and grandsons Ethan, Nolan and Jordan of Broomfield, Colorado; Austin Harris and granddaughter Teagan of Independence, Kansas; brother Gary and wife Debbie Harris of Lansdale, Pennsylvania; sister Donna (Don) Delp of York, Pennsylvania, and one sister-in-law, Stacy (Rob) Works. He also leaves behind nieces and nephews, cousins, and uncles. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Ruth Elaine (Overholt) Harris; grandparents Olin and Flora (Layman) Harris; Horace and Margaret (Schmell) Overholt; father-in-law Doyal R. Plute, and brother-in-law Stephen R. Plute. 

 

Lee was born on May 14, 1954, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, where he grew up. He graduated from Central Bucks East High School in Pennsylvania in 1972, and then attended John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas where he graduated with a degree in Construction Management in 1976. He met his wife Stephanie at JBU, and they were married on February 11, 1978. They made their home in Chanute, Kansas, before moving to Independence and began raising a family. 

 

Lee worked in construction his entire life, and loved working with his hands, building and renovating structures. His first job after graduation from JBU was for DeMerritt Construction in Chanute, then worked for Guaranty Performance and Midland Construction of Independence. He took a position at Decker Construction, Inc. of Coffeyville, Kansas as VP and Project Manager where he worked from 1983 until his retirement in 2019. In the Southeast Kansas area, a few of the projects he managed were the construction of the two Appletree Inns, Sleep Inn, and Best Western; Veterans Memorial Stadium, CRMC, and Memorial Hall in Independence, other projects included Oklahoma Union, AmericInn of Hesston, doctor’s offices, school buildings, and hotels throughout Kansas and Oklahoma. 

Lee enjoyed raising his family, and helped his boys participate in playing sports, and being involved in school and church programs as well as 4H. He set an example by his actions more than his words. He was a perfectionist in the craft of building, and had little tolerance for a job not well done. He took great satisfaction in each project he did, and especially his own. He preferred to renovate than remodel, and everything had to be done “right”. 

 

When he wasn’t involved in construction, he and his wife enjoyed playing cards in weekly games with friends; and traveling. 

Lee grew up attending First Baptist Church of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and later was a member of the First Southern Baptist and First Baptist Churches of Independence, and Bolton Friends Church of Bolton, Kansas. Although Lee was not ready to leave his family, and his wishes were to have lived awhile longer to see his grandchildren grow up and enjoy his retirement years, he was a Christian, and ready to meet his Maker. It is with both sadness and assurance that we let him go. 

 

Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 19, 2021 at 11:00 am at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel 2405 Woodland Ave. Coffeyville, KS 67337, with Pastor Grady Miller officiating, burial will immediately follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends are invited to sign the register Friday, July 16, 2021 from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the Chapel. To share a memory or to leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com 

Monty Ray White

 

Monty Ray White passed away at the age of 74 in Tahlequah Oklahoma. Olen "Happy" White and Grace Truman (Yoeman) White welcomed their 6th baby boy on March 13, 1947. He was welcomed by his 5 older brothers in Coffeyville Kansas. He attended Altamont High School where he graduated and continued work on the family farm near Coffeyville. 

 

In 1961, through a blind date arranged by mutual friends Monty met Norma Jean Rogers. The two were married in 1966 and welcomed their first child a year later. They lived in Coffeyville Kansas where Monty continued to work the family farm, drive trucks and work at Haliburton. Jean drove a school bus and worked at Walmart. 

 

Upon their divorce twenty-seven years later, Monty moved from the family farm to over the road trucking. He had a love for doing his own thing and being his own boss.

 

Monty is preceded in death by his father and mother, his brothers, Bill White and Tommy White, and grandson, Timio White.

 

Monty had two children Montica Jan White and Thomas Olen White. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.  Montica remembers during her teenage years her father telling her "Remember who you are, " whenever she left the house. His son Thomas speaks of how he taught him to farm and love the land. 

 

He never met a stranger and counted many among his friends. 

 

A book signing and Memorial Service will be held July 15, 2021, at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville at 10am. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Wounded Warriors Project by phone at 855.448.3997 or their website at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/ or consider a donation at www.tunnel2Towers.org  or donations may be left in care of the chapel.  To leave an online condolence or to share a memory visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

Douglas Paul Miller

Douglas Paul Miller passed away on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at his home in Coffeyville, Kansas. 

Doug was born on January 18, 1943 in Long Beach, California to VG "Jack" Miller and Bertha (Baker) Miller.  He graduated from Beaumont High School, where he played a lot of football that he loved.  His class had reunions after graduation.  Doug always enjoyed his high school reunions and tried to attend each year.  He really enjoyed seeing all his friends and catching up.  His classmates said he was a fine friend.  He also had some college credits. 

Doug served honorably in the United States Navy.  He received his honorable discharge but always remained active in support of the local American Legion Post #20 and VWF Post #1022.  He worked tirelessly supporting the American Legion Post # 20 of which he was a very active member.  He served in many offices including 3rd District American Legion Commander and Post Commander.  He was Post Adjutant for many years, just giving it up in 2021 due to ill health.  Doug was in charge of the "Avenue of Flags" for many years when it was at "its best".  He was also a member of the 40/8. CORR VOITURE #186 and the VFW Auxiliary #1022, he served on the joint funeral detail for many years until recently. 

Doug had many things he enjoyed throughout his life.  He had a pilot's license and enjoyed scuba diving when he could. He was a fantastic dancer and his favorite song to sing was Marty Robbins' "A White Sports Coat and a Pink Carnation".  Doug worked all his life and was a hard worker; he had many kinds of jobs, mostly driving trucks.  He was a self-proclaimed "Truck Driver".  

He drove cement trucks in California for some time.  When the Alaskan Pipeline started, he went to Alaska and drove all kinds of trucks, hauling various materials, and other vehicles for 20 years.  Doug then retired and returned to Coffeyville, Kansas where he bought his folks place where he raised cattle and again drove a cement and sand truck for years. 

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the staff members that took such incredible care of him.  There is truly "Angels That Walk Among Us" and that is who they are.  Also to his military family for the many years of fun, friendship and so many good times.  Doug has left an imprint in the hearts of all those that knew him and will be missed by so many. 

Doug was preceded in death by his dad, VG "Jack" Miller; mother, Bertha Anderson and step dad, Andy Anderson and by his brother, Dennis Miller. 

Surviving to honor his memory are his son, Rod Miller and wife, Chris and their daughter, Jessie and son, Ryan Paul of Victorville, California; daughter, Kim Johnson and husband, Ernie of Las Vegas, Nevada; granddaughters, Jennifer Doering and fiance Dustin, Heather Doering and fiance, Ocean Green; great grandchildren, Lillie, Hazen and Cameron of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; nephew, Tim Miller of Weaver, Alabama; cousin, Diane Watson of Fulton, Missouri; his loving companion, Charlene Wilkinson. 

The family suggests in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions can be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice; these may be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of David W Barnes Funeral Home 306 N. Cline Rd. Coffeyville, KS 67337. 

 

Following Doug's wishes, cremation has taken place under the direction of David W Barnes Funeral Home. 

Graveside Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Patio at Fairview Cemetery in Coffeyville.  The American Legion Riders will escort the funeral coach to the Veterans Patio and the American Legion Post #20 and VFW Post #1022 will be providing the Military Honors.  Chaplain Keith Springer will officiate.  Private inurnment will take place in Fairview Cemetery. 

Following the graveside memorial service, a lunch is being provided by the American Legion Post #20 in Coffeyville. 

Laura Kay Heidenreich

Laura Kay Heidenreich, age 61, formerly of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Neodesha Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Neodesha, Kansas. 

 

Laura was born on July 27, 1959 at Lackland Airforce Base in San Antonio, Texas to Vernon and Peggie (Dunn) Heidenreich.  She graduated from Wasson High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado then attended Missouri State University where she earned her BA in English. 

 

Laura lived in Bolivar, Missouri then moved to the Coffeyville, Kansas area in 2006.  She worked in Administration for the Health Care industry.  Laura attended church at Holy Name Catholic Church.  She went on mission trips to Canada.  Laura could speak four different languages; she enjoyed puzzles, music, trivia and loved to travel. 

 

Surviving to honor her memory are her siblings, Jo Ann Green of Texas, Michael Burr of Michigan; nieces, Katrina Altenreid, Selene Heidenreich; and nephew, Alexander Heidenreich; several great-nieces, great-nephews and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon and Peggie Heidenreich; grandfather, Merle Dunn; grandmother, Ardith Cunningham; siblings, Linda Heidenreich, Stephen Heidenreich, Matthew Heidenreich. 

 

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

 

A Rosary Vigil will be at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 13th at Holy Name Catholic Church.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 14. 2021 at Holy Name Catholic Church with Father James Schibi officiating. Inurnment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Coffeyville.

 

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

 

Ethan Michael Smith

On April fools of 1991 Ethan Michael Smith's parents found out that he would be making his arrival into this world as their second born child. Grady A. Smith and Donna (Littlejohn) Smith welcomed Ethan into this world on Tuesday, November 19, 1991, in Coffeyville, Kansas.

On July 4, 2021, at the age of 29 Ethan's journey on earth ended unexpectedly in an auto accident near Tyro.

 

Everyone has a God given talent and Ethan's was the gift of compassion for people.  Upon his arrival he brought such joy to his family as he grew, he shared an infectious smile and such a big heart.  As a first grader he started playing organized sports and he developed into a tremendous athlete, excelling in football but was also very valuable as a teammate in basketball and baseball. After graduating from Caney Valley High School, he went on to play football for Coffeyville Community College as a guard then transferred to the University of Sioux Falls as an offensive lineman. Transferred to Pittsburg State University, to play football but the Rugby team saw him and recruited him to play Rugby.  Ethan fell in love with Rugby and continued to play until graduation.  After completing his bachelor's degree in Physical Education, head coach Trenton Kallenbeger chose him in the draft pick for the Green Country Phoenix Football Team a Semi-Pro Football team as a full back and middle linebacker; he helped the team win the championship game that year.  The team moved to Tulsa as the Tulsa Gators, and he continued as a full back and added position of defensive end.   If Ethan was not on the field, he was in the gym developing strength and endurance.

 

Ethan and his brothers could have WWE front room battles, arguments, knock down drag outs but the loved they shared was deep and they were always there for each other no matter what.  Blood is so much thicker than water.

Not often in life are you fortunate to have a good friend but to have a whole group of friends that stick together through life is often not heard of but, Ethan had just that.  In the middle of small-town Caney, Kansas USA a young group of teen boys developed a tight knit bound, those guys could still be found hanging out sharing stories and life together and Ethan valued each of their friendships.

 

On November 26, 2016, Ethan married his best friend, Jena Standlee and in addition to her becoming his wife, he gained Rhett Baker a child he has loved as his own.  Ethan has been active in coaching Rhett's little league soccer, baseball, and football teams.  A very important game will be played on Wednesday July 7, where Rhett and his teammates will play in a play-off game in position to advance to the championship game. Hot off the press is the news that Rhett Baker first at bat and he hits a HOME RUN! In addition to a season of great teamwork that has advanced them to this position they will dedicate the game to Coach Ethan.   Ethan and Jena's little girl Kamdyn arrived five years ago introducing Ethan to the world of little girls.  This was something he was totally unfamiliar with coming from a household of all brothers and sharing life with Rhett.   Ethan took the title of "Dance Dad" with pride, he could be found playing dress up and having tea parties but he was Kamdyn's #1 fan on the T-Ball Field too.

 

After Semi Pro Football Ethan started working for CVR Nitrogen in Coffeyville in the Maintenance Department, where he was currently employed until his death.  He was also a part of the Emergency Response Team at CVR and the Volunteer Fire Department in Caney.  Ethan and Jena are the owners and operators of Raising the Bar Fitness in Caney where they shared the love of physical fitness, not only for themselves but with the community.

 

Beloved son, husband, father, friend is how most will remember Ethan. His first love was for his family, his friends, football and working out.  He loved family game nights, hanging out with friends, and cooking on the grill to share a meal with them.  His family and friends lovingly referred to him as "Big E" and his infectious smile and big heart just drew people to him; the kind of man anyone would be proud to call "friend."

 

The family that will forever cherish the time they had with Ethan is his wife, Jena of the home; children, Rhett Baker, Kamdyn Smith; father, Grady A. Smith and step-mom, Debbie; mother Donna Hawthorne and a man that has accepted him as his own, David Phillips; step-dad, Gary Hawthorne; brothers, Grady L. Smith, Brycen Hawthorne and Brandon Hawthorne and his wife Wendi; extended family and a host of friends.  He is now at rest with his maternal and paternal grandparents and he and Jena's baby that they loved.

Funeral services Ethan's life will be held on Saturday, July 10, 2021, at 2:00 pm at Tyro Christian Church with friend, mentor, pastor and coach, Jeff Wyrick officiating, burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Coffeyville.  The family will receive friends on Friday, July 9, 2021, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., in Coffeyville.  The family has requested memorial contributions be made payable to the Ethan Smith Children's Education Fund and those contributions may be left in care of the chapel or taken to Community National Bank in Caney or Coffeyville.  To share a memory or to leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

Dennis Wayne Garr

Dennis Wayne Garr age 63 of Springdale, AR passed away July 1, 2021 at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, AR.

 

Dennis was born on September 4, 1957 in Coffeyville, KS to Steve and Betty (Pittman) Garr. He was raised in Coffeyville and attended local schools graduating from Field Kindley High School with the class of ‘75. He then attended Coffeyville Junior College where he met the love of his life: Sheryl Manley. The couple was united in marriage on August 8, 1976 and would enjoy the next 44 years together. Dennis continued his education at Kansas State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree. They made Dewey, OK their home where Dennis began working as an agent with the 4-H Extension then transferring to Great Falls, MT, then North Carolina where they were blessed with the birth of their son Andy. The three then moved to Stillwater, OK where Dennis earned his master’s degree from Oklahoma State University, and they were blessed with the birth of their second son, Dillon. The family would then move to Nevada, MO before calling Springdale, AR home, where Dennis was currently managing the Orscheln’s Farm and Home.

 

Dennis loved being a dad and keeping up with his boys made him complete. Even though Dennis lived in many places, he always found his family to be his home. Having spent much of his life working in western stores, building custom cowboy hats, and team roping in his youth, his wardrobe was consistent: he wore jeans and boots no matter the occasion, even on the beach or at the lake. He was quick with a joke and anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him would agree he was a good, kind-hearted man. His life was a living example of Ephesians 4:32 - “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.” Dennis’ smile, laugh, and pleasant disposition were infectious and will be greatly missed by those blessed enough to have experienced them during his life.

 

Those who will miss Dennis most is his wife Sheryl of the home, his sons, Andy Garr his wife Jessica of Edwardsville, IL, and Dillon Garr his wife Amanda of Springtown, TX, his brother Bill Garr his wife Misty of DeLeon, TX, his sister Cathy Cain her husband Eddie of St. Pauls, NC, granddaughters Kailey and Riley Garr of Edwardsville, IL, mother-in-law Judy Manley of Afton, OK, brother-in-law Barry Manley and family of Topeka, KS, and sister-in-law Joyce Helms and family of Webb City, MO.

 

He now rests with his parents and his father-in-law, Bennie Manley.

 

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 10:30 am at the Elm Grove Cemetery in Edna, KS with Pastor Dick Smith officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 5, 2021 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel in Coffeyville, KS. The family suggests memorials be made payable to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and they may be sent in care of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel 2405 Woodland Ave Coffeyville, KS 67337. To share a memory or to leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel,com

William A. "Bill" :Long

William A. “Bill” Long, 92, of Coffeyville passed away Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at Windsor Place Home N Sight in Coffeyville.

 

Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, July 4, 2021 at Grace Fellowship, 2455 Woodland Ave., in Coffeyville with Pastor Doug Mund officiating. Burial will be at a later date in North Edna Cemetery in Edna, Kansas.

 

Friends may call on Saturday, July 3, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.

 

The family suggests memorials in honor of Bill to Grace Fellowship; 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.

 

Full obituary information will be added at a later date.

 

Gary W. Stevens, Sr.

Gary W. Stevens Sr, age 77, of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.  

Gary was born on March 28, 1944 in Coffeyville, Kansas to Wayne and Pauline (Walker) Stevens.  He grew up in Coffeyville where he attended school.  He owned and operated Midwest Fence Company for over twenty years.  Gary also felt led to start Coffeyville Street Ministries, and participated in Middle Man Ministries in Mexico. He founded and Pastored Amazing Grace Ministries on East 9th Street in Coffeyville for several years which was a part of the Independent Assemblies. In recent years due to health, he had been attending Grace Fellowship Church in Coffeyville.  

On April 7, 1962 he was united in marriage to Judith Diane Cessna in Miami, Oklahoma.  The couple made their home in Coffeyville where they raised their two children, Gary Jr. and Kimberly.  Judi preceded him in death on July 26, 2008.

Gary met and fell in love with Gail Chrismore and on May 22, 2009 the couple were married in Coffeyville where they made their home.  Just as he had fallen in love with Gail he also fell in love with her daughters, Michelle and Melissa and extended family.

Family meant everything to Gary, he loved the time he spent surrounded by his family, church family and many friends.  He touched the lives of so many throughout his years of ministry and will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.  

Surviving to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Gail of the home; children, Gary (Lori) Stevens, Jr. of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma, Kimberly (David) Nash of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma, Michelle (John) Harrison of Pittsburg, Kansas, Melissa White of Corvallis, Oregon; eighteen grandchildren; thirty one great-grandchildren; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ron (Jan) Clark; mother-in-law, Lucille Chrismore; sister-in-law, Joyce Ehmke; brother-in-law, Danny Chrismore; and sister-in-law, Eula Mae Stevens.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Pauline Stevens; wife, Judi Stevens; brother, Everett "Pete" Stevens; sister and brother-in-law, Rita (Clyde) Stansbury; daughter-in-law, Margaret Stevens; father-in-law, Bill Christmore; and great-grandson, Jawaun Marqeuse Thompson III.  

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Fellowship Church in Coffeyville.  Pastor Doug Mund will officiate.  Cremation will take place and a private family inurnment will be held in the garden of Devotion at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.  

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 2, 2021 at David W Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville from 1pm until 8pm.  The family will greet friends on Friday evening at the funeral home from 6-7:30 pm.  

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Middle Man Ministries in Mexico or to Hope For All Nations Ministries; these may 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 

 

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

Delores Johnson

Delores Johnson, age 92, of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at Windsor Place Nursing Home in Coffeyville. 

 

Delores was born on November 11, 1928 in Coffeyville, Kansas to E. A. and Clara (Ambrose) Johnson.  Delores grew up and attended school in Coffeyville, graduating from Field Kindley. 

 

Delores enjoyed working throughout the years.  She was employed by Carter's Automotive, Sherwin Williams and Community State Bank, She also enjoyed volunteering her time at the Dalton Museum in Coffeyville, as secretary for the United Way, and as a poll worker for the Montgomery County Board of Elections. 

 

She was an active member for many years of the First United Methodist Church in Coffeyville.  She enjoyed growing in her faith and serving her church and community. 

 

Delores loved spending time with family and friends.  She was an avid fan of Coffeyville Community College sports and often attended basketball, volleyball and football games.  She was always overjoyed to attend any kind of family get together or an outing with friends.  Those closest to her knew her as "Dodie" .

She leaves behind her brothers, Larry Johnson and wife, Beverly of Coffeyville, Kansas, Gary Johnson and wife, Dana of Hutchinson, Kansas; sister, JoAnn Garrison and husband, Jim of Coffeyville, Kansas.  She had many nieces and nephews as well as great and great-great nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents, E.A. and Clara Johnson, sister, Beverly Johnson; brothers, Jim Johnson and Robert Johnson. 

 

Following Delores' wishes, cremation has taken place under the direction of David W. Barnes Funeral Home. 

 

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel at the First United Methodist Church in Coffeyville. 

 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Dalton Museum; these may 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

 

Darin L. Bidleman

Darin L. Bidleman, age 55, of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away on Monday, June 28, 2021 at his home. 

 

Darin was born on July 27, 1965 in Coffeyville to Jerry L. and Carol (Cox) Bidleman.  He grew up in Coffeyville where he attended local schools and graduated from Field Kindley High School and Coffeyville Community College. 

 

Darin grew up attending church at the First Baptist Church in Coffeyville.  He enjoyed hunting, building guns, fishing, camping and was a great storyteller.  In the 1980's he moved to Sapulpa, Oklahoma.  Darin was employed at Amaco for many years he also was a jockey and a well known horse trainer in the horse racing business.  In July of 2005 he moved back to Coffeyville. 

 

On February 14, 2014 he was united in marriage to Eraina "Rae" Kingsley. She survives of the home.  Darin loved the time he spent surrounded by his family and friends.  He touched the lives of all those that knew him and will be missed by so many. 

 

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife, Rae Bidleman of the home; his mother, Carol Bidleman of Coffeyville; sons, Tucker (Kayla) Bidleman and Gunnar (Kalie) Enlow-Bidleman both of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and Ty Hunter of Nowata, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Casen, Brooks, Kennet and twin girls, Blakley and Collins; brothers, David (Reeda) Bidleman of Coffeyville and Derrick (Angie) Bidleman of Nowata, Oklahoma as well as several nieces, nephews, extended relatives and close friends.

 

Darin was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents and by his father, Jerry Lee Bidleman. 

 

Cremation is to take place under the direction of David W Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.  No public memorial service is scheduled at this time. 

 

The family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the funeral home to help defray the cost of final expenses; these may be left with the funeral home or mailed to David W. Barnes Funeral Home 306 N. Cline Rd. Coffeyville, KS 67337.

 

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

 

Gene R. Wheeler

Gene R. Wheeler, 82, of Gooding, Idaho, formerly of Coffeyville went home to be with the Lord on June 16, 2021 at Gooding, Idaho.

 

Gene was born on July 29, 1938 in Coffeyville to George R. and Leila Juanita (Slaton) Wheeler. Gene grew up and attended school in Coffeyville graduating from Field Kindley High School.

 

He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Navy.

 

On March 3, 1967 he married Charlotte Anne Starkey in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Following their marriage they lived in several different locations including overseas while Gene served his country. After receiving his discharge Gene worked for Norfolk Southern Railroad as freight car inspector and repairman until retiring in July 2000. Following his retirement they moved to Coffeyville.

Gene attended Dearing Christian Church. He enjoyed visiting with friends and spending time with his family.

 

Survivors include his children, Teresa Bosteder of Gooding , Idaho, Lewis Wheeler of Gooding, Idaho and Juanita Cline of Alamogordo, New Mexico; three brothers, Lauren Wheeler of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma, Charles Wheeler of San Diego, California, and Patrick Wheeler of Layton, Utah; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Charlotte on July 13, 2019..

 

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in the Robbins Cemetery west of Coffeyville with Military Honors conducted by V.F.W. Post #1022 and American Legion Post #20.

 

Friends may call on Monday, June 28th from 1:00 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 arrangments.

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