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Donald Edwin Ellerman

Donald Edwin Ellerman, age 81, of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away on Monday, September 11, 2023, at Medicalodges of Coffeyville on Midland. 


Don was born on February 28, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky to Jack and Katherine (Hobbs) Wallin.  He grew up in Bardstown, Kentucky where he graduated from Bardstown High School.  Don then graduated from the University of Louisville where he was a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity.  After that he graduated from Patterson School of International Diplomacy and Economics. 


On August 12, 1967, he married the love of his life, Helen Cochran in Marion, Kentucky.  Following their marriage they made their home in Lexington, Kentucky.  From this union a daughter, Sarah, was born. 


In 1975, Don had the opportunity to teach Economics and U.S. Government at Coffeyville Community College where he enjoyed a 30-year teaching career.  At his retirement, it was estimated that he had taught 16,000 students.  Don was a devoted husband and father.  He loved traveling and history. 


He leaves his loving wife of 56 years, Helen Ellerman and his daughter, Sarah (Ellerman) Smith and husband, Brad of Alexandria, Virginia. 


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


A Memorial Service will be held at a future date.  Details will be announced at a later date. 


The family suggests memorial contributions can be made to Coffeyville Community College Foundation; 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. 


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