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Katie J. Tomlin

Katie J. Tomlin age of 81 passed away at the Guest Home Estates with her family by her side on February 20,2024 in Caney, Kansas.

 

 

 

Wilse and Beulah (Nolan) Snell welcomed their daughter Katie J. into this world on July 14, 1942, she was born in the family home in Schaburg, Arkansas. Growing up in Chester, Arkansas offered a simple life and splendor of the mountainous region of Arkansas. Katie attended school in Chester, Arkansas where she completed her education.

 

As young women, she and her sister decided to move to Fort Smith, Arkansas to seek employment and shortly after their arrival they began working as waitresses in a local diner where the owner’s son Tommy stopped in one day and the two were instantly attracted to each other… it was love at first sight.  After a few short months of courtship Katie married the love of her life, Orville E. “Tom” Tomlin, on May 10, 1962.  Katie and Tom started their lives together and they moved to Kansas, settling in Coffeyville to raise their three children, Wendell, Kim, and Shelly. They were deeply in love for over 60 years, he preceded her in death on October 8, 2022.  The day he passed he took a big piece of Katie’s heart with him.  Katie was also preceded in death by her sister and best friend Dixie Smith(Snell), and her parents.

 

There were many things that Katie enjoyed in life….she loved good food especially sweet desserts, chocolate/candy, word and  jigsaw puzzles, crocheting, and camping, but mostly just being with her husband and family. Family recalls fun memories of Katie and Tommy putting on a record and dancing in the living room, everything from the Twist to a beautiful Waltz. Christmas was her favorite time of the year; she loved her family coming together no matter the time of the year.  Her relationship with her grandchildren was unique, special, and individual to each of them, all of whom she always loved.

 

Katie was a stay-at-home mom until her children were in grade school.  She began her outside the home employment at Gibsons, JCPenny, Dairy Queen and then Wal-Mart where she worked until her retirement after 17 years of dedication. After both Katie and Tom retired, they moved to Altamont near their daughter, Shelly. They resided there for 18 years until their health began to fail, they moved closer to Kim in Tyro.

 

Katie longed for the day to join her husband in Heaven and her family sat beside her side as she entered the presence of Jesus. She leaves behind her children; Wendell Rigsbee and wife Cathy, Kimberly Betts and husband Lonnie, Shelly Wiley and husband Scott. Grandchildren: Wendell Rigsbee Jr.,  Shawn Rigsbee and wife Andrea, Nikki Pease and husband Mark, Crystal Jusino and husband Michael, Zach Reeves and wife Tiffany, Carrie van Andel and husband Hayden, Dakota Wiley, Dalton Wiley, ShyAnne Wiley and Dawson Wiley.  Great grandchildren: Zaylie, Trinity, Gunnar, Piper & Raiden Rigsbee, Whyatt Cates, Emery Pease, Brock Mejia, Adrian, Penelope, Piper & Poppy Jusino, Isabella Reeves, Mylan, Justin & Jackson Wiley. 

 

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 2:30pm at Tyro Christian Church with Evangelist David Bycroft officiating. Thursday the family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 1pm until service time, at Tyro Christian Church.  The burial will take place at Harrisonville Cemetery north of Tyro where she will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband Tom.  The family request memorial contributions payable Guest Home Estates memo marked Activities and may be left in care of the chapel.  Services are under the direction of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel in Coffeyville.  To leave an online condolence, share a memory or view services visit Katie’s obituary page at www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

Elizabeth Ann (Jontra) Keene,

Elizabeth Ann (Jontra) Keene, more commonly known as Betsy, Bep-Bep, Momma, and her favorite; Nene, was born on October 12th, 1982 in Coffeyville, KS and she left this earthly home on February 22nd, 2024.

 

Smart and compassionate, Betsy was a registered nurse in the healthcare field, where she made a significant impact on countless lives and was pursuing her Master's Degree. She was well-known for her amazing cooking, meat judging in her youth, love for 4-H, fat fluffy steers, Tom Petty and George Strait. Betsy's world revolved around her children and grandkids. She loved her people with her whole entire being and if you were one of them, you knew. Betsy could always be found at a game, rodeo, or school event that her kids or grandkids were competing in.

 

Betsy leaves behind a beautiful legacy through her mother, Mary Kay Jontra; her husband, Jimmy Keene; her children Madison (Jonathan) Simmons, Morgan (Lane) Ewing, Kadyn Covey, Heidi Keene, Emery Keene, and Arley Keene; her grandchildren, Boady Simmons, Korde Simmons, and Maverick Ewing; her siblings, Melissa (Steve) Hannah, Melanie (Duane) Stewart, and Travis (Abby) Jontra; many loved nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her loving father, Roy Melvin Jontra.

 

The family invites you to celebrate Betsy's life on Saturday, March 2nd, 2024, at 2:30 p.m. at the Tyro Christian Church, located at 301 South Market Street, Tyro, Kansas 67364. Graveside Service to immediately follow at Robbins Cemetery. Prior to the service, a visitation will be held on Friday, March 1st, 2024, from 12:00pm to 5.00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home, located at 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, Kansas. The family will greet friends later that evening from 6:00pm to 8:00 p.m. at the Tyro Christian Church.

 

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Heidi, Emery, and Arley's college fund. Donations can be left with or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.

 

In honor of Betsy's memory, we encourage you to share your stories, memories, and upload photos to the memorial page at www.dwbfh.com. Celebrate Betsy, remember her love, her laughter, and the joy she brought into our lives. Let us remember her not with sadness, but with the same warmth and love she so generously gave to us.

 

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

 

Kasey Anne Hoggatt,

Kasey Anne Hoggatt, 52, of Coffeyville passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at Ascension St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 

She was born on August 27, 1971, in North Hollywood, California, to Edwin and Janet (Dickeson) McGarvey.  Kasey brought a radiant light into the world that illuminated the lives of all those who had the privilege to know her. For over 52 years, Kasey's loving nature, supportive heart, and talented spirit graced the lives of her loved ones and created countless cherished memories.

 

She married Kevin Hoggatt on June 23, 1990, at Holy Name Catholic Church in Coffeyville. Following their marriage Kasey and Kevin made Coffeyville their home where they raised their children Raisa and Larson,

 

Kasey was a treasured presence in Coffeyville, Kansas, where she resided and worked as an Administrative Assistant at the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce. She was dedicated not only to her work but also to her family, which was the center of her world. Kasey made every moment count.

 

She passionately supported her children in all their school activities and sports, a testament to her unwavering dedication as a mother.

 

An avid runner, Kasey often participated in local 5K runs with her family, adding yet another dimension to their shared experiences. Her talent for photography was another aspect of Kasey's multifaceted personality. Operating 'Kasey's Photography' for many years, she captured moments of joy, love, and life with her unique eye. Not just a hobby, but a passion, her photography offered a glimpse into Kasey's perception of the world, filled with beauty and warmth.

 

Survivors include her husband, Kevin, children, Raisa Hoggatt and Larson Hoggatt; her mother, Janet McGarvey, her brother, Mark McGarvey, and her sister, Corinne McGarvey. Her father, Edwin McGarvey, preceded her in death.

 

Visitation for Kasey will be held on Monday, February 26th from12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road in Coffeyville.

 

A Rosary Prayer service will also be held on Monday at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Name Catholic Church in Coffeyville.

 

Mass celebrating Kasey's life will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, 27th at Holy Name Catholic Church with Father James Schibi officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Coffeyville.

 

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Holy Name Catholic School 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 in Coffeyville is in charge of arrangements.

 

Jerry Douglas Smart

Jerry Douglas Smart, 79, a lifelong resident of Sedan passed away Friday, February 23, 2024, at Sedan City Hospital.

 

He was born on November 16, 1944, at Cedar Vale, Kansas to Harry Conner and Madge (Council) Smart.  Jerry grew up and attended school in Sedan.

 

On July 10, 1964, he married Loma Stone in Sedan.  Following their marriage, they made their home in the Sedan area where Jerry was employed at Bilt-Rite Construction, Shull Electric and later for Chautauqua County in the Sanitation Department and they raised their sons Dale, Randy, Bill, and Dusty.

 

Jerry attended the Methodist Church.  In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, hunting mushrooms and loved spending time with his family. He was always there to cheer on his sons in their sporting activities.

 

Survivors include his wife Loma of the home; and three sons Dale Smart of Sedan, Randy and wife Melissa of Holcomb, Kansas and Dusty Smart and partner Toni Storm of Emporia, Kansas; fifteen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Madge Smart; one son Bill Smart; one brother and one sister.

 

A Memorial Graveside service will be on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at the Riley Cemetery east of Sedan with Pastor Dale Stone officiating.  Inurnment will follow the service.

 

The family suggests memorials in Jerry’s memory to the Wauneta United Methodist 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 in Coffeyville is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Connie Lynn (Fisher) Phifer

Connie Lynn (Fisher) Phifer, 75, of Coffeyville passed away Sunday, February 11, 2024, at her home.

 

She was born on February 14, 1948, at Coffeyville to Charles Fredrick and Billy Jean (Middleton) Fisher.  Connie attended school in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma and Lenapah, Oklahoma, graduating from Lenapah High School.

 

Following high school Connie married Greg Berry and they had three children.

The couple later divorced.

 

Connie was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army for four years.

 

She married Phillip Eugene Phifer on August 17, 2007. Connie and Phillip were together 17 years prior to their marriage.  Phillip preceded her in death on November 28, 2015.

 

Survivors include three children Joan Tallhamer, Meissa Hanzelka, and Greg Berry; one step-daughter Desirae Blythe; three sisters, Cheryl Green, Patty Kucyk, and Shelia Morales; numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and siblings, Bobby Fisher, Sandy Phillips, and Tammy Knisley.

 

Following Connie’s wishes cremation has taken place.  A Memorial Service celebrating her life will be on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1022, 1714 West 8th St., Coffeyville.  Military Honors will be conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1022 and American Legion Post #20.

 

The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the VFW Post #1022 Ladies Auxiliary; 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 please visit www.dwbfh.com

 

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

Thomas "Tom" L. Moley

Thomas “Tom” L. Moley known by his family as the best husband, dad, papa, brother, uncle and friend God could have ever given them passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at CRMC in Coffeyville, Kansas.  

 

December 15, 1957, marked the day that Joseph Benjamin and Dorothey Mae (McNeil) welcomed their son Thomas L. Moley into this world in Pittsburg, Kansas. The Moley family moved to Coffeyville when he was about 5 years of age.  He began school attending Garfield grade school and completed his education at Field Kindley Memorial High School.  After high school he enlisted in the US Navy where he received an Honorable Discharge. Upon his return home to Coffeyville, he attended SEK Trade School enrolling in carpentry, upon completing the course, he began working as a carpenter. 

 

Tom had a good friend that happened to be a girl by the name of Terri Hamlin all through Jr. High School.  As each of them pursued different interests that led to different friendships, the two simply went separate ways after high school. Fast forward a few years later after Tom was out of the service, he decided to change jobs from being a carpenter and obtained employment at what became a lifelong career at OK Electric.  Mr. Hamlin, his boss was his Jr. High friend, Terri’s dad.  That is where the next chapter of his life began, the two fell in love and were married on November 15, 1985, and just celebrated 39 years together.  Tom always told Terri she was his first and forever love.  Tom and Terri eventually became the owners of OK Electric. Tom continued to operate OK Electric with the same integrity as his father-in-law always had.  

 

People traveled from all over Southeast Kansas and Northern Oklahoma to bring motors, pumps, alternators, and any other type of electrical component to OK Electric because of his knowledge and ability to repair or redesign almost anything.  He was a man of his word, if he said he would do it he followed through with it.  He helped countless customers with midnight repairs of blower mowers to heat or cool their homes in extreme conditions.  He always kept his charges at a minimum never wanting to price gouge his customers.

 

He was “Mr. Fix It” if he didn’t know how to fix a carpentry need, automotive repair, motor repair, he would put great thought and self-taught engineering into it until he came up with a solution. He put the same efforts into his personal relationship with his family and friends.  He always put his wife before his own wants or needs, teaching the importance of being a good husband and father to his sons, also teaching them to love and to put others before themselves, he led by example not just in talk.  He also knew that there were some things in life he couldn’t fix but he could be a good husband, dad, grandpa, friend, or neighbor by spending time with that person and simply listening to them.  That is what made Tom compassionate, caring, giving, loyal and a fair businessman but most importantly a good family man.  

 

Our community will miss Tom Moley but no one more than his wife Terri of the home; his children Jason Nash and wife Shallon, Jesse Moley and wife Carrie; his siblings Joe Moley, Linda Moley, Cathy Moley and Becky Simpson; grandchildren Jaylin Nash, Mercedes Nash, Brieah Nash, Hadley Moley, Thomas Moley, Charlotte Moley; bonus grandchildren Raskan Lindsey, Kiara Lindsey, Aubrey Battaglear, Sophie Battaglear; bonus great grandchildren Kiya Neal, Darius Lindsey and Milo Neal. He also leaves extended family and longtime friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Dorthy, father and mother-in-law Dale and Patricia Hamlin, and son Joey Moley.

 

 

 

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville at 2:00 pm, Pastor Gary Davis will be officiating.  Graveside services will follow with Military Honors at the Fairview Veterans Memorial Patio.  Tom will be laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery near his son. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, from 6 to 8pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel.  The family request memorial contributions to be made payable to the Jaylin Nash Medical Fund established at Equity Bank and may be left in care of the chapel.  To leave an online condolence, share a memory or view services visit Tom’s obituary page at www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

Paul E. Wilson Sr.

Paul E. Wilson Sr. passed away on February 18, 2024. He was born in Coffeyville, Ks on October 4th, 1946, Paul attended Coffeyville Public Schools and graduated from Field Kinley High School in 1964.  He then attended Coffeyville Junior College, transferring to Kansas State Teachers College where he was drafted/enlisted to the Air Force for the Vietnam War. After receiving an honorary discharge in 1970, Paul completed his education with a B.S. degree in Law Enforcement Administration and completed hours towards a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Oklahoma.

 

 

 

Paul became the Director of Intramural Sports at the Huston Huffman Center in 1976, also working an adjunct instructor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science, teaching Sports Officiating courses for 35 years. He was an avid OU sports fan. He loved watching Sooners football, holding season tickets for over 40 years. He also loved refereeing basketball, traveling to several states as well as within the state of Oklahoma for over 30 years. He also umpired softball and was inducted into the Oklahoma Softball Hall of Fame. He was also later inducted into the OU Football Club Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

Paul was very active in the Norman community, serving on several committees and boards, including but not limited to, Norman Regional Hospital IRB Board, Norman Regional Hospital Foundation Board, O.U. Federal Credit Union Board member, Oklahoma Sports Officials Association, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association- NIRSA. Paul was also an active member of Rotary Club International, proud of more than 25 years of perfect attendance until Covid-19.

 

 

 

Paul was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather Cora and Joe Hubbard, brother Charles Wilson, granddaughter Khloe Washington and sister-in-law Barbara Homer. He is survived by his wife Charlotte, sons Paul (Ravon), Emmanuel and Marlon Wilson, daughter Payge, stepdaughters Angela Washington and Kristi Dixon, grandchildren Liliana, Kylie, Kiara, Kolbi and Elijah and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

 

 

 

The family will receive friends on Friday, February 23, 2024 from 5pm – 8pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, Kansas. Paul’s Homegoing Service will be at St Johns Church of Faith, 602 W. Marting in Coffeyville, on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at 10 am. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, share a memory or view services visit Paul’s obituary page at www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

Dennis D. Hughes

Dennis D. Hughes, 72, of Fall River, Ks passed away Tuesday February 13, 2024, in his home. Dennis was born on October 1, 1951, to his Father George Wesley Hughes and Mother Bessie Wall.

Dennis graduated from Fredonia High school and later attended Wichita State University which made him a huge WSU Shockers fan. He also had a truck that he had built and competed with great success. Dennis worked for Cobalt Boats in the wood shop for over 30 years where he retired. Dennis was the biggest Chicago Bears fan.  Dennis carried his passion beyond where he worked and enjoyed woodworking at home as well. Dennis loved being outdoors where he also enjoyed Yard Work. Most of all though Dennis loved his family, he loved traveling and spending time with his family but most of all loved spending time with his daughters and was extremely dedicated to being a father.

 

Dennis is Survived by:

Daughters-

Laura Hughes and Life partner Tony Fuller

Beth Espinosa and her husband Derek Espinosa

Siblings-

Lynn Hughes and his wife Karen

Paul Hughes

Kenny Hughes and his wife Sharon

Howard Hughes and his life partner Dosky Russell

Grand Children Chloe and William

He also had 4 Nephews and 3 Nieces

 

Dennis is Preceded in death by his Father George Wesley Hughes and Mother Bessie Wall.

Memorials in memory of Dennis can be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital and may be left with or mailed to the Funeral Home.

Service Details are as follows. Visitation will be held Friday February 23, 2024 at Countryside Funeral Home From 5:00PM-7:00PM. A Funeral Service will be held February 24,2024 at Countryside Funeral Home at 10:00 with Burial to follow at Mt. Zion in Fall River, KS. Services are under the Direction of Countryside Funeral Home 420 S. 20th St. P.O Box 247 Fredonia, KS 66736

William "Bill" E. Raasch

William “Bill” E. Raasch, 74, of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma passed away Saturday, February 3, 2024, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.

 

He was born on July 17, 1949, in Coffeyville, Kansas to Erwin and Christine (Klindworth) Raasch.  Bill grew up in Nowata County Oklahoma where he attended Snow Creek Grade School and completed his education graduating from Lenapah High School in Lenapah, Oklahoma.

 

Bill farmed and ranched for many years in Nowata County. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

 

Survivors include one sister, Jane Tatum of rural Wann, Oklahoma; niece and nephews, Jennifer Tatum, Justin Tatum, and Todd Tatum, six great nieces and great nephews, numerous cousins and many friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Erwin and Christine Raasch; and an infant sister, Susan Elizabeth Raasch; brother Jerold “Jerry” Raasch; and brother-in-law Randy Tatum.

 

Following Bill’s wishes cremation has taken place.  A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 27, 2021, at the Fairview Cemetery Veterans Memorial Patio in Coffeyville. Inurnment will follow in Restlawn Memorial Park.

 

The family will greet friends on Monday, February 26th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 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.

Billie L (White) Lewark-Wood

Billie L (White) Lewark-Wood was born January 21, 1925, to Taylor E and Dona (Hilburn) White in Red Oak, Oklahoma.  She attended schools there and was active in basketball, baseball, track, band, Glee Club, Girls Quartet, and she was valedictorian of her class.

 

After graduation, she married William H (Bill) Lewark of Coffeyville, Kansas on August 23, 1942, where she inherited a 6-year-old son that she raised as her own, William H (Bill) Lewark, Jr.  Together they owned and operated the Lewark Welding Service, trailer rental, auto tag and tax agency at 707 Spring Street in Coffeyville.

 

To this union were born two children, Michael H Lewark and Janet Lewark.  They were active with their children in all the school activities, and she was home room mother for many years.

 

Following the death of her husband, Bill, on October 28, 1978, she continued operating the family business until she decided to enter the world of politics.  She ran for Montgomery County Treasurer in 1980 and was seated in office in October of 1981.  She maintained that position for six terms when she decided to change course and ran for the office of County Commissioner.  She was elected by a good majority in November 2004 and was sworn into office in January 2005.  She was the first woman to hold the office of Montgomery County Commissioner.  She retired January 13, 2009, thirteen days before her 84th birthday.  She was a great believer in public customer service and lived by the Golden Rule treating others courteously, friendly, and respectfully, and always with a smile and usually a hug.

 

On November 26, 1999, she married Louis B. Wood and she moved from her home of 58 years to rural Coffeyville, KS.

 

She was active in the Emmanuel Baptist Church where she served on the finance committee and sang in the choir.  She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, White Shrine of Jerusalem, Daughters of the Nile, Coffeyville Women’s Republic Club, and the Kansas Southeast District County Treasurers Association where she served as president two terms.  She belonged to Preceptor Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, Salvation Army Auxiliary, Friends of Brown Mansion, CAP Committee at Coffeyville Resources, Coffeyville Cultural Arts Council and served on the Alamo building committee.

 

She was preceded in death by her husbands, William H. Lewark and Louis B. Wood, her parents, an infant brother, a sister, Jean Unruh, two sons, William H. Lewark, Jr. and Michael H. Lewark.

 

She is survived by her daughter, Janet Lewark Tongier of Pittsburg, Kansas, daughter-in-law, Mary Lewark of Pittsburg, Kansas, grandchildren, Terry Hogue, Larry Lewark, Mary Reising, Brock Lewark, Sarah Cantu, Susan Fleming and Paige Bryant Jones, great grandchildren Billy and Rachel Lewark, Nathaniel and Austin Reising, Grace Lewark, AJ, Sadie and Winnie Cantu and Liz and Jake Fleming.

 

Visitation will be held February 16, 2024, from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Avenue, Coffeyville, KS 67337, followed by funeral services at 2:00 PM by Reverend Wayne Martin.  A private burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her late husband, Bill.  The family request memorials to be made payable to either the Emmanuel Baptist Church discretionary fund or Shriners Crippled Childrens’ Hospital and may be left in care of the chapel.  To leave an online condolence, share a memory or view services visit Billie’s obituary page at www.fordfwulfbrunschapel.com

 

 

Michael Smith

 

Mike Smith, an expert machinist at Solar Technologies and long-time Tulsa resident, died unexpectedly on February 7, 2024, at the age of 52.

 

Mike is survived by his mother, Judy Smith; his sister, Stephanie Phipps and her husband Rand; his brother, Grady Smith and his wife Debbie; and nephews Grady Lee Smith and his wife Kristin and Taylor Whiteside; aunts and uncles and many cousins. He is preceded in death by his father, Stephen Smith; his grandmother, Bernice Allen; his grandfather, Harold Allen; his grandfather, Ira Lee Smith; his grandmother, Jessye Smith; and nephew, Ethan Smith.

Mike was born in Lawrence, Kansas on March 5, 1971, to Stephen and Judy Smith. He graduated from Field Kindley High School in Coffeyville KS in 1989. Mike attended Emporia State University for 3 years and then began his career as a machinist. Mike married Kelli Voelzke in 1994 and then later divorced.

 

Who was Mike Smith? If you knew him well, or in many cases, were just an acquaintance, you know he was a devoted son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. You also know that he had a warm heart. He would do anything anytime for (almost) anyone without expectation. You would also know that he was a humble spirit. His quiet accomplishments during his life and career were without boastfulness or the need to take credit.

 

A more complete picture of Mike Smith must also include mention of his dry, sharp-witted sense of humor, his fun-loving nature (not all of which will be chronicled here), and his work, where he made lifelong friends and was a very humble chili cookoff champion.  Final mention must definitely be made of what are probably Mike’s favorite pursuits – music and sports.  Mike had a broad range of music appreciation from Willie Nelson to Rage Against the Machine.  He particularly enjoyed catching his favorites live and adding new acts to his library.  Sometimes, while combining music trips with an annual pilgrimage to Colorado.

 

Likely without argument, Mike’s biggest love outside of family and friends was sports. He was a great source of knowledge on a number of sports-related subjects. He was an active fantasy sports participant with a good eye for talent. While managing to follow many sports and teams, there was no doubt in anyone’s mind who knew Mike that his beloved Kansas City Chiefs were the premier franchise on the planet. A walkthrough Mike’s house was a walk down Chief’s memorabilia lane and it was a rare occurrence when Mike was not wearing at least one piece of Chief’s gear. To miss a Chief’s game on radio, TV or in person was considered sacrilege. Interestingly, Mike claimed credit (through his lifetime of support) for the Chief’s recent success. This seems to reveal a chink in his humbleness armor – so what. Way to go Mike!

 

Services celebrating Mike’s life will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2024, at 1pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., in Coffeyville, Kansas. His family welcomes friends to stop in to share a fond memory or pay your respects on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, from 5-7pm also at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. Following services Mike will be cremated and will be laid to rest in his favorite spot in Colorado and in Fairview Cemetery near his family.  To view services or to leave an online condolence or share a memory go to his obituary page by visiting www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com .

Eugene Arthur Brady

Eugene Arthur Brady, age 91, of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center. Leaving behind a legacy of love, service, and dedication that will live on in the hearts of those he left behind.

 

Born on February 11, 1932, in Fredonia, Kansas, to John and Florence (Douglas) Brady. He grew up in Fredonia where he graduated high school.  In May of 1950 Gene enlisted in the United States Army where he proudly served his country, receiving his honorable discharge in May of 1953.

 

Gene was a man of many talents - his creativity shone in his love for classic cars and trucks, which won him numerous ribbons at local car shows. His joy was infectious as he would drive in the local parades in his prized vehicles, sharing his passion with all of Coffeyville. His generous spirit was evident in his love for camping, attending auctions, and his extensive collection of old country music on cassette tapes, a testament to his appreciation for the simpler joys of life. However, it was his uncanny ability to fix anything and everything that truly set him apart. Gene had the kind of ingenuity that could breathe life back into the most stubborn of machines, a trait that served him well in his career as an auto body repair specialist at Gene's Automotive for many years.

 

Gene's deep faith was the bedrock of his life. A lifelong member of the Church of Christ in Coffeyville, he married his beloved wife, Judy, in the very same church on June 14, 1959. Together, they served their community wholeheartedly, often volunteering for various church activities. Gene's faith was not passive; he was the reliable hand that kept the church bus running, embodying the servant's heart that he believed in so deeply. Yet, above all, what mattered most to Gene was God and his family.

 

He is survived by his loving wife, Judy Brady of the home; his son, Rod Brady and his wife Diane of The Woodlands, Texas; grandson, Grant Brady of Dallas, Texas; his sister, Barbara Boston and husband, Bob of Oregon and his half-sister, Sherri Verlanga and husband, Ruban of Texas along with many nieces, nephews, extended relatives, church family and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, John R. Brady; mother, Florence Brady-Patterson; and brother, Bob Brady.

 

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

 

A Celebration of Life service will be held by the family and church in honor of Gene on Thursday, February 8, 2024, at 1:00 pm at the Church of Christ, 1005 Siggins Street, Coffeyville, Kansas, 67337.

 

The family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the Church of Christ in Coffeyville; 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.

 

We encourage all who knew Gene to share their stories and photos on his memorial page at www.dwbfh.com

 

Patricia Kathleen Mitchell

Patricia Kathleen Mitchell, 99, of Neodesha, KS, passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2024 at the Neodesha Healthcare and Rehab. Patricia was born on November 5, 1924 in Buffalo, KS the daughter of Rosco Gehr and Phyllis Stewart. Patricia dedicated her life to her family and the education of others. Patricia taught school in Decatur, Alabama for many years and had retained a Master Degree in education. She was married to William L. Mitchell PhD, who worked for the Space Center. Patricia loved to read and quilt. Patricia was very independent and always wanted to try new things. Patricia made such an impact on her students throughout the years, that many she had taught over 40 plus years ago, stayed in contact with her. Patricia is survived by: Two Children: Terry Hutchins of Neodesha, KS Sarah Spicer of New York City, NY Patricia was preceded in death by her husband, a son Jerry, and a sister Irene Clairy. Cremation has been requested, burial of remains will be held at a later date at the Fredonia City Cemetery. Memorials have been suggested to either the Veterans Honor Flight or the Episcopal Church of Neodesha and may be left with or mailed to the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com

 

. Services are under the direction of Countryside Funeral Home 420 S. 20th St., P.O. Box 247, Fredonia, KS 66736

 

Frankie Mae Goss

Frankie Mae Goss, 82 years, 1 month and 24 days, passed away at Fredonia Regional Hospital on Sunday, January 28, 2024.  Frankie was born on November 4, 1941, in Indianola, Mississippi, the daughter of Ned Fultz and Ethel Ivy Fergeson.

Frankie grew up when times were tough, and everyone worked hard to help support their family.  At a young age she worked in the cotton fields until she moved to California to work at one of the big canning factories.   In 1958, she met and married Edward Arnold Rawski, and to this union they had 3 children, they later divorced.

On July 3, 1970, Frankie married Theron Gale Goss.  During their marriage Frankie worked various other jobs, cooking, waitressing, and at a sewing factory.  Frankie and Gale then became long haul truck drivers and got to travel across the United States together until Gale’s death in 1999.

Frankie is survived by:

Three Children:

Mona Darnold of Fredonia, KS

Cathy Patch of Fredonia, KS

Edward Rawski of Pensacola, FL

Seven Grandchildren and Three Great Grandchildren

Frankie was preceded in death by her parents, husband Gale, and seven siblings.

Cremation has been requested; no other services are planned at this time.  Memorials in her memory have been suggested to either the Autism Speaks Organization and, or Fredonia Pound Pals, and may be left with or mailed to the funeral home.   Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com.   Services are under the direction of Countryside Funeral Home 420 S. 20th St., P.O. Box 247, Fredonia, KS 66736

 

Anthony "Tony" V. Pauzauskie

Anthony “Tony” V. Pauzauskie, 69, of Coffeyville passed away Friday, January 26, 2024, at Post Acute Care in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 

He was born on February 5, 1954, at Coffeyville to John M. and Helen E. (Hurley) Pauzauskie. Tony grew up in Coffeyville where he attended Holy Name Catholic School, Roosevelt Junior High School and Field Kindley High School graduating in 1972.  While he was in high school Tony was active in sports, excelling in basketball.

 

Tony was employed at the Water Department with the City of Coffeyville for many years. He later moved to Granbury, Texas where he was employed by a water district for several years before returning to Coffeyville.

 

Tony married Joy Grainger in 2015. 

 

Tony was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church in Coffeyville. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting and fishing, and loved visiting with friends and family.

 

Survivors include his wife, Joy of the home; three sons, Matthew Pauzauskie of Gainesville, Florida, David Pauzauskie of Tampa, Florida and Joseph Pauzauskie of Boston, Massachusetts; four brothers, John Pauzauskie of Jasper, Texas, Tom Pauzauskie of Tyro, Kansas, Bill Pauzauskie of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Bob Pauzauskie of Three Forks, Montana; two sisters, Mary Blackburn of Elgin, South Carolina, and Julie Junge of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and two grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Helen Pauzauskie.

 

A Rosary Vigil Service will be Friday, February 2, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Name Catholic Church in Coffeyville.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 3rd at Holy Name Catholic Church with Father James Schibi officiating.  Inurnment will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Coffeyville.

 

Friends may sign the register book on Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 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 in Coffeyville is in charge of arrangements.

 

Nellie Elizabeth (Watts) Johnson

Nellie Elizabeth (Watts) Johnson of Severy, Kansas got her wings at the age of 87 two days before her 88th birthday on January 19, 2024, at her home. She was surrounded by family.

 

Nellie was born on January 21, 1936, to Arthur and Anna (Crouch) Watts in Neal, Kansas. She married Kenneth Dale Johnson on February 27, 1953, in El Dorado, Kansas. They started their home in an old white farmhouse west of Augusta, Kansas. Later, they moved to a chicken house made into apartments. Nellie and husband Kenneth had lived in many places: Alaska, Kansas and California. They settled down in Severy, Kansas. To this marriage 8 children were born.

 

She had many jobs as a homemaker, farmers wife, bookkeeper for her husband businesses, cleaning military housing and Howard Twilight Manor Nursing Home in the Laundry and Cleaning. She belongs to the First Baptist Church in Howard, KS.

 

She is preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Johnson, Son in law Mike Shepherd, granddaughter Joy Johnson and step grandson Zachary Beshirs, siblings: brothers; Bert Watts, Walter Watts, Kenny Watts, John Watts, Arthur Ray Watts, sisters; Faye Johnson, Adeline Hobbs, Alma Lee Schlotterbeck, Dolly Ashlock.

 

Nellie is survived by her son Delane Johnson of the home, Dale (Wayne) McDaniel of Willow Springs, MO; Doyle (Delores) Johnson of Severy, KS; Lynn (Christy) Johnson of Severy, KS; Becky Shepherd of Eureka, KS; Doreen (George) Rogers of Stinnett, TX; Kendall (Melissa) Johnson of Howard, KS; Debra (Scott) Greer of Elk City, KS.; 25 Grand Children and 4 Step Grand Children; 46 Great Grand Children, 4 Step Great Grand Children and 1 on the way; 4 Great Great Grand Children, 2 step Great Great Grand Children and 1 Great Great Grand Child on the way. 3 Sisters Sharon Hellman, JoAnn Ashlock and Anna Mae Hare.

 

The family will receive friends at visitation from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Friday, February 2, 2024 at Countryside Funeral Home in Howard, KS.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at Countryside Funeral Home in Howard, KS, with interment to follow in Cresco Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association and can be mailed to or left with the funeral home.

Michael Eugene Huser,

Michael Eugene Huser, 39, a resident of Cherryvale, died Friday, Jan. 19, 2024, at Freeman Medical Center, Joplin, Mo.

 

He was born Oct. 29, 1984, at Neodesha, the son of David and Robin (Shipley) Huser.

 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Countryside Funeral Home, Fredonia; a rosary will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Fredonia. Fr. Stuart M. Smeltzer and Fr. Jeremy Huser will officiate. Burial will be at the Fredonia City Cemetery. A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Independence Wesleyan Church.

 

Michael graduated from Cherryvale High School in 2003; he had attended elementary and middle school in Fredonia.

 

On Sept. 13, 2014, Michael married the love of his life, Brandy Stout, in Independence, and she survives at their home.

 

He worked at Hackney in Independence for 12 years, starting out as a painter and was a production control supervisor at the time of his death. He was a member of the Independence Wesleyan Church.

 

Also surviving are his parents David and Robin Huser of Cherryvale; mother-in-law Wendy Sanborn of Independence; sister Amanda (Keith) Kerlin of Fall River; sisters-in-law Miranda Whitson of Independence and Angela Stout, Pittsburg; nieces and nephews Layne, Lilith, Stormi, Cheyenne, and Adrien,  Dalton, Austin, Steven, Cody, Cory, Jacob, Zander, and Rickey.

 

His grandparents Herb and Ethel Huser, Robert “Mutt” and Marie Shipley; aunt Phyllis Jobe; uncle Mark Huser, and cousin Camron Huser preceded him in death.

 

Countryside Funeral Home, Fredonia, is in charge of arrangements.

Jimmy Lee Bradshaw Jr.

Jimmy Lee Bradshaw Jr., age 62, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Missouri. We're here to celebrate a life well-lived, a legacy of love, and a man of great resilience and a dedicated pillar of the Coffeyville community.

 

Jim was born on September 22, 1961, in Coffeyville, Kansas to Jim and Patty (Pogue) Bradshaw. He grew up in Coffeyville where he attended local schools and made many lifelong friends and acquaintances. On October 24, 1980, he married his best friend, Linda Stevens in Coffeyville where they made their home. Together they raised three great children, Dawn, Jimmy and Aaron Bradshaw. Jim was not just a loving husband to his wife Linda, but also a devoted family man who relished in watching his family grow.

 

He loved living life with Linda by his side, they shared many wonderful adventures, including exciting cruises and trips to Branson, Missouri. He was a talented craftsman, especially woodworking. Jim was also a mild weather motorcycle rider, always waiting for that perfect time and temperature to rev up his engine and hit the open road.

 

Jim was the patriarch of the Bradshaw family. He was a man of great strength for his family, and a proud supporter for every milestone, big and small, for his wife, children and grandchildren. Their achievements were his achievements, their joys, his joys. His family knew him as their Mr. Fix-It, mediator, landscaper, electrician, mentor and the one to call no matter the situation. His signature phrase, "Now wait a minute..." often accompanied by a unique wrinkle of his nose and a slight sucking of air through his teeth, signaled that he was about to tackle a challenge head-on. You could say he was resilient, but that would be an understatement; this man was practically indestructible.

 

Nicknamed 'Big Jim' by his co-workers, he was a man who knew how to get things done. His career with the City of Coffeyville began in July of 1981, earning his stripes in the water/wastewater distribution and collection department. His resilience was on full display when he took on the role of Disaster Recovery Coordinator after the 2007 flood, a role in which he truly shined. Jim climbed the ranks reaching the title of Director of Public Works, where he had a knack for turning "public works" into "public miracles". Upon his retirement in September of 2023, his legacy with the city will remain etched in the hearts of those he worked with.

 

Surviving to cherish Jim’s memory is his loving wife and best friend, Linda Bradshaw of the home, daughter, Dawn Marie Bradshaw of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, sons, Jimmy Bradshaw and wife, Tiffany of Coffeyville, Kansas, Aaron Bradshaw and wife, Adrienne of Independence, Kansas, a bonus son, Mike Burroughs and family of Coffeyville, Kansas, grandchildren, Gabrielle (Dalton) Hoppock, Jacob (Heather) Kimball, Breanna, Jacey, Brooklynne and Avalon Bradshaw, Aondrea, Zachuriah, and Carsyn Adame, Cayden Christopher, Nathan Xavier, C.J., Tres Jeremy and Jentree Nicole, great-grandson, Bentley James, sisters, Kimberly Armstrong, Melissa (Richard) Mattick and Lacey (Brandon) Hix, along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended relatives and so many friends. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Pat Bradshaw, his grandson, Colten Lee Bradshaw, and his brothers, Ricky and Timothy Bradshaw. 

 

Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville. 

 

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, January 29, 2024, at Grace Fellowship Church in Coffeyville. The casket will be open for viewing at 10:00 a.m. The service will begin at 11:00 a.m. 

 

Following Jim’s wishes, cremation will take place following the service under the direction of David W. Barnes Funeral Home. 

 

The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Jim’s honor to the (International Association of Firefighters) IAFF Local 265; these may be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home 306 N. Cline Rd. Coffeyville, Kansas 67337. Jim spent his life helping others; he made a choice to be an organ donor. Due to his selfless choice to be a donor, he has saved the life of others since his passing.

 

The Bradshaw family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the outpouring of love and kindness extended to them during this difficult time. We invite you to remember Jim not with sadness, but with the joy and laughter he brought into our lives. Please feel free to share your favorite memories, stories, and photos of Jim on his memorial page at www.dwbfh.com

 

Lynette I. Phillips

Lynette I. Phillips, age 73 passed away on January 16, 2024, at St. John’s in Tulsa, Oklahoma, surrounded by her family.

 

 

 

Lynette was born on December 10, 1950, in Coffeyville, Kansas to Roy and Mavis (Mayfield) Thomason. Lynette was one of the terrific trio of girls born to Roy and Mavis. She attended school in Coffeyville, graduating from Field Kindley and Coffeyville Community College.

 

 

 

Lynette’s mother worked at CRMC and introduced her to a handsome young man by the name of Arthur Phillips. Their introduction was love at first sight and after two weeks of courtship they were engaged and soon after married on August 26, 1972, having celebrated 51 years of marriage. Of their union two children were born, Steve and Ann.

 

 

 

Lynette worked for Montgomery County District Court as the District Court where she retired.

 

 

 

To say that Art had the best wife or for Steve or Ann to say they had the best mother ever was an understatement. She was their number one cheerleader, family travel agent planning the family must have yearly vacation, traveling all over the Unted States, she attended every school and sporting event, she always made sure that Thanksgiving and Christmas were memorable. She loved doing things for others and giving gifts and frequenting the Casino. When the grandchildren started arriving her heart was overjoyed. Lynette was such a wonderful “Gare” (grandma) she loved her grandchildren with every ounce of her being. Like when their parents were young, she never missed a school or sporting event. “Gare” became a grandma to many of her grandchildren’s friends, she was just that way always willing love a little more. A little-known fact about Lynette was that she really was not an outdoor person unless her family had an outdoor sporting event. She had a love-hate relationship with water, bugs, and nature in general. She loved it when it involved her family but otherwise it was not for her.

 

 

 

Art’s love of baseball and the Chiago Cubs was contagious, Lynette became a bigger fan than he was, she always knew when and what time the game was to be on tv. She also had a love for Elvis and Scott Bakula.  Elvis’ music never became old to her and if Scott Bakula stared in a movie or tv show she was sure to watch it.

 

A perfect day for Lynette would be for her family to all be gathered and simply enjoy each other’s company or vacationing together. Family gatherings and vacations will forever look a little different for her husband Art of the home, children Ann and husband Damon Rooks, Steve Phillips and wife Casey, grandchildren Sydney, Cooper and Ava Rooks, Merrick, Lydia, Marley, and Dax Phillips, and brother-in-law Jack Pursley. She was preceded in death by her parents, her two sisters Janet Pursley and Jane “Sissy” Fritz, and granddaughter Logan Phillips.

 

 

 

Friends may sign the register on Thursday, January 25, 2024, from 10am to 5pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, Kansas. Lynette’s family will be honoring her wish to hold a private funeral service on Friday, January 26, 2024, she will be laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery beside her granddaughter Logan. The family request memorial contributions to be made payable to the American Cancer Society and may be left in care of the chapel. To leave an online message of condolence or share a memory visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

 

David Edwin Gardner

On February 13, 1944, David Edwin Gardner was born to Forrest and Evelyn Gardner.  On Saturday, January 20, 2024, David went home to heaven to be reunited with his parents.  David was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Lavern and Clayton.  On August 7, 1960, David and Mary Ann (Snodgrass) were married, they had three children: David (Jeanette), Sheri (Jesse) and Lani (Bryant) they had 11 grandchildren: Cory Thomas, Jodi Wheeler, Dennis Glimpse, Julene Gardner, Monzeal Gardner, Josiah Gardner, Summer Payne, Jessica Worm, Amber Anderson, Autumn Espinoza, and Anthony Kirkness, 21 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren. 

 

David is survived by his wife of 63 years and all three children.

 

David started out as a construction laborer and worked his way up to superintendent.

 

In 1999 David and Mary Ann retired and moved from their home in Fallon, Nevada to Coffeyville, Kansas where David will be laid to rest at Robbins Cemetery. 

 

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. at the New Vision Church 906 Elm St. in Coffeyville, Kansas.  Pastor Gary Close will officiate.  To keep everyone safe and warm, the graveside committal will be held at the church. 

 

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions can be made to the family to assist with the headstone. 

 

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

 

Larry H. Titus

Larry H. Titus, 83, of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma passed away, Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.

 

He was born on December 24, 1940, in Coffeyville, Kansas to Lawrence and Mayme (Carnes) Titus.  Larry grew up in the South Coffeyville area and attended Huffman School then later attended school in Lenapah, Oklahoma graduating from Lenapah High School. He also attended and graduated from Coffeyville Community College.

 

Larry was in the U.S. Navy serving from 1963 - 1968 during his service he was a Fire Control Technician based with the heavy attack squadron 123 out of Oak Harbor, Washington.

 

Larry was a Union Plumber Pipe Fitter with local 441 for 57 years and later a Master Plumber by trade, owning Industrial Plumbing.

 

He was a proud member of the VFW Post #1022, American Legion Post #20.  Larry enjoyed taking care of his cattle and planning vacations with his family, a testament to his dedication to both his loved ones and his roots.

 

Larry is survived by his wife of 60 years, Connie (Walworth) Titus, his son Aaron Titus and wife Peggy, his grandchildren Liam and Teagan Titus, and his sister Cheryl Young and her husband Robert. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Mayme Titus, and his son Brady Titus.

 

A celebration of Larry's life will take place at Grace Fellowship, 2455 Woodland Ave. in Coffeyville on Friday, January 26, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Doug Mund officiating. After there will be a luncheon at the local VFW.

 

The family suggests memorials to VFW Post #1022; 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.

 

His family invites those who knew Larry to share their memories and upload photos to the memorial page at www.dwbfh.com

Patricia Ann McKown Smith

With a sparkle in her eye and a quick wit that could light up any room, Patricia Ann McKown Smith, age 89, passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center with family by her side. Pat was born on March 13, 1934, in Topeka, Kansas to Arch and Janie “Pearl” (Wallace) McKown. Pat was the eldest of six children. At age four, the family moved to Independence, Kansas where she graduated from Independence High School in 1952. In 1955 she married Thomas E. Smith, Jr. and they were blessed with four sons. In 1961 the family moved to Coffeyville, Kansas. They later divorced.

 

Pat was a resilient and spirited woman who made Coffeyville, Kansas her home for the past 63 years. Once all four sons were in school, she completed an Associate of Science degree at Coffeyville Community College in 1973 and began her career as a medical laboratory technician. She dedicated 38 years of her life to Coffeyville Regional Medical Center, and even in retirement, she continued to serve her community, providing medical lab examinations for personal physicals and at on-site wellness clinics and was well known as the best phlebotomist around. She thoroughly enjoyed doing what she loved while helping to keep her community healthy.

 

As George Bernard Shaw once said, "Life isn't about finding yourself. It's about creating yourself." Pat did just that, crafting a life filled with love, laughter, and a dash of mischief. Pat was a woman of many talents and interests. She had a love for music, a hand for crochet, and a mind for bridge and card games that would leave even the most seasoned players in awe. She was a devoted caretaker to her beloved cats, a fun friend who loved her neighbors and enjoyed family gatherings, while never missing an opportunity to dress in costume for Halloween or attend a period event at The Brown Mansion.

 

Pat leaves behind an extensive loving family, including her children Tony Smith and wife, Deana of Copan, Oklahoma, Timothy Smith and wife, Tina of Coffeyville, Kansas, Terry Smith of Wichita, Kansas, and Tad Smith of Denver, Colorado; brother, Chuck and his wife, Kelly McKown; sister-in-law, Carol McKown and brother-in-law Jim Coleman. Her legacy continues through her grandchildren and great-children Tyler and Jenna Smith (Madison and Hunter), Matthew (Haley) Smith (Benjamin and Sophia), and Andrea and Matthew Ollila (Weston and Oliver); nine nieces and nephews; numerous great nieces and nephews; Deborah “Debi” L. McEvoy Harding, who was like a daughter to her; and several other family members and close friends.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arch and Janie Pearl McKown; brothers Jon McKown, Mark McKown and Jerry Paul McKown; sister Kathlyn Coleman; daughter-in-law, Diane Smith, granddaughter Sarah LeeAnn Smith; and longtime companion W. G. “Gene” Dodson.

 

As we remember Pat, we encourage you to leave your memories, stories, or upload photos to her memorial page at www.dwbfh.com. Let's celebrate a life lived fully, a woman loved dearly, and memories that will endure forever. Some examples of Pat’s memories that she liked to share:

She met and saw Mickey Mantle play baseball in Independence, KS at the start of his career. She attended The University of Kansas for a year at the same time that Wilt Chamberlain was there and got to see him play basketball. Pat’s sons remember how Pat’s house was always open and welcome to any of their friends when in need.

 

No services are currently planned, as Pat wished to bequeath and donate her body to The University of Kansas School of Medicine. A celebration of life will be held later this spring.

 

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in honor of Patricia A. Smith and contributions may be made to The Brown Mansion; 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

 

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

 

Laverne Schieberl

 

Laverne Schieberl, a longtime rural Wann, Oklahoma resident passed away on January 27, 2024, at Forrest Manner in Dewey, Oklahoma with her long-time friend by her side.

 

Laverne was born February 27, 1926, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to John and Lela (Proctor) Schieberl. She moved to Calumet, Oklahoma with her mother, and in 1938 they moved to Dearing, Kansas, and in 1942 they moved to Coffeyville, Kansas. She attended school in Dearing and Coffeyville. After her schooling she worked for Mark Ferrell and later Andy Warren Restaurants. She then worked for Continental Can Company for nine years.

 

In 1959 she moved to the farm southwest of Coffeyville in Oklahoma with her mother and brother where the family operated a Truck Farm.  After the passing of her mother and brother Laverne continued to maintain and operate the family farm. 

 

Laverne was a good friend and neighbor to those who lived around her, and they became her family. When Laverne lost her eyesight and living alone with help became too challenging, she became a resident of Forrest Manner in Dewey.

 

Laverne is survived by her longtime friends and neighbors Janice, Wayne, Alan, Rick, Katherine and Mary.

 

Funeral services for Laverne will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2023, at 1pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., in Coffeyville with Keith Springer officiating. Friends may call Monday, January 22, 2023 from 5 to 7pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. Laverne will be laid to rest by her mother and brother John Schieberl in Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery following the service. Lavern requested memorial contributions be made payable to the Shriner's Crippled Childrens Hospital and may be left in care of the chapel. To leave an online message of condolence, share a memory or view services visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com   

 

 

Johnnie E. Peyton

Johnnie E. Peyton, 82, of Coffeyville passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at Ascension St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 

He was born on December 19, 1941, in Independence, Kansas to Lloyd and Grace (Mathis) Peyton.  Johnnie attended Liberty Grade School in Liberty, Kansas and completed his education in Coffeyville graduating from Field Kindley High School.

 

On January 27, 1960, he married Selma Jackman at Miami, Oklahoma.  Following their marriage, they lived in Liberty until moving to Coffeyville in 1963. They later built a home and moved to rural Coffeyville. He was a devoted father to Kelly and Cindi. His love extended beyond his immediate family to his grandchildren Kathryn Cornell, Kristen Sortore, Zane Peyton, Miklaine Peyton, and to his great-grandchildren Cohen Cornell and Lane Sortore.

 

Johnnie was a Pattern Maker throughout his working years, first at Morrow Pattern Shop, Jencast, and later at JP Pattern Shop with his brother Jerry. His dedication was not limited to his profession but extended to his hobbies as well. Johnnie had a deep passion for country music and played his guitar with joy. He was an avid motorcycle rider, a stock car racing enthusiast, and a keen fisherman. He also had a compassionate heart for animals. However, his greatest joy was spending quality time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

 

Johnnie is survived by his wife, Selma Peyton; his children, Kelly Peyton and Cindi Davenport and her husband Stan; his grandchildren, Kathryn Cornell, Kristen Sortore and her husband Ray, Zane Peyton and Miklaine Peyton; his great-grandchildren, Cohen Cornell and Lane Sortore; his siblings, Jerry Peyton, James Peyton, and Darlene Inman; and his special friends, Wendy Newberry and Case Newberry. He is preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Grace Peyton, and his brothers, Ralph, Roger, and Ted Peyton.

 

Visitation will be on Sunday, January 21, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, Kansas. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Monday, January 22, 2024, at the First Baptist Church, 300 West 9th Street in Coffeyville, with Pastor Dick Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Robbins Cemetery west of Coffeyville.

 

We invite you to share your memories of Johnnie and upload photos to his memorial page at www.dwbfh.com

 

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

Donald Neil Scott

Donald Neil Scott was born September 16, 1927, near South Coffeyville, Oklahoma on the family farm, to Clarence and Bessie Scott.   He passed away on January 15, 2024, at the age of 96.   He grew up on the farm there in Nowata County, attending Snow Creek School through the 8th grade, and then attending and graduating from Field Kindley High School in Coffeyville, Kansas, in 1945.

 

 

 

Shortly after his 18th birthday, Don enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and in fact was on his way by train to Oklahoma City to be inducted when it was announced that the war was over.  As he liked to tell it, when he arrived in Oklahoma City, everyone was partying in the street.  “I was just a little boy from the country; I thought they acted like that in the big city all the time.”  However, he continued on to San Diego, California where he completed his service in the Navy, and possibly partied a little too.

 

 

 

On December 26, 1948, he married Rita (King), and they made their home in Coffeyville where they welcomed their children Linda, Nancy, and Mike.  Don was a hard worker and devoted provider for his family to ensure the ones he loved had everything they needed and more.  He could make or fix about anything he set his mind to, and in most cases was a bit of a perfectionist. He and Rita were married for nearly 75 years before her death in September of 2023.

 

 

 

Don continued to work on the family farm in Nowata County, but also worked as a machinist for Jensen Brothers Manufacturing in Coffeyville for over 20 years before returning to farming full-time.  He raised wheat, corn, and alfalfa while growing the cattle herd. He served a term on the Board of Directors of the Kanoma Co-Op Association, and continued actively farming and raising cattle into his 90’s. He loved the farm and being outside, checking on the cattle and, with Rita by his side, introducing his children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren to the farm and feeding the cattle “cow cookies” while headed to one of the ponds to go fishing.

 

 

 

As far as hobbies go, Don restored a few cars and antique tractors, and as mentioned before could fix just about anything. He liked to hunt and fish too. But Don’s greatest love, by far, was flying.  He obtained his private pilot’s license in 1948 and after joining a local flying club for a while he purchased and restored his first Funk airplane in 1960. Later, he owned and restored a 1947 Luscombe and had a third Funk plane in the project stage at the time of his passing.  Somewhere he picked up the nickname of “Scottie”, and was well known around the Coffeyville Airport, as well as other small airports in the area, fly-ins, and first Saturday breakfasts in Ponca City. He was very involved in the annual Funk Aircraft Reunions that used to take place in Coffeyville and loved every minute of it. He liked to fly over the farm, and at one time had a grass landing strip he named Snow Creek International.  He was a member of the Quiet Birdmen Tulsa Chapter, Experimental Aircraft Association, Funk Aircraft Owners Association, and a board member of the Coffeyville Aviation Heritage Museum.  Rita often accompanied him on his flying trips. On their first date, he asked her if she would like to go flying.  She said she did.  She didn’t know it was his first flight since he had soloed!

 

 

 

Don was also a member of American Legion Post 20, and VFW Post 1022.

 

 

 

Don was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Rita; and a brother, Lee Scott.  He is survived by his children, Linda and her husband, Monte Compston; Nancy and her husband, Stan Cole; and Michael and his wife, Jackie Scott; as well as ten grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Shirley and brother-in-law Ray Welch; and longtime brother-in-law and friend Kenneth King.

 

 

 

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 22, 2024, at 2pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville.  Beginning at 1pm the family will receive friends until service time.  Don will be laid to rest next to his wife Rita and his parents in Elmwood Cemetery in Coffeyville following services. The family request memorial contributions be made payable to either Parkinson Association, Alzheimer's Association or American Cancer Society. To leave a message of condolence, share a memory or view services visit www.fordwulfbrunschapl.com

 

 

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