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Obituaries Archives for 2020-02

JoAnne (Page) Houisel

JoAnne (Page) Housel, 81, Kansas City, Missouri, passed away Friday, January 17, 2020.


She was born September 8, 1938 in Coffeyville, Kansas.


JoAnne married William Housel April 5, 1958. He preceded her in death January 15, 2008.

She was an active member of Victory Hills Church of the Nazarene, Kansas City, KS since 1958 and was also the church organist for 44 years.

JoAnne enjoyed crafts, needle work, playing the piano and organ, but most of all loved her wonderful Lord and her family.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Audra (Littrell) Page; sister, Jean Shelton; and brother, Harold Everett Page.

Survivors include daughters, Cindy Turley (Randall), Cheri While, Camie Hoffman; 8 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; special niece, Carolyn Sue Overstreet (Ernest) and other nieces and nephews.


Memorial services will be held at 12:00 Noon Saturday, Victory Hills Church of the Nazarene, Kansas City, KS.

Local services under the direction of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel will be held on February 29, 2020 at 12:00 pm at the Veteran's Memorial Patio.  The family suggests memorials be made payable to Victory Hills Church of the Nazarene, Kansas City, KS. To share a memory or a message of condolence, please visit


Earlene Shafer

Earlene Shafer of Coffeyville passed away on February 22, 2020. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 2:00pm at the First Church Of God. Friends are invited to sign the register and greet the family on Tuesday,  February 25, 2020 from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm at the First Church of God.  To share a memory or leave a message of confidence,  please visit


Gerald Richard Wisely

Gerald Richard Wisely, 89, of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2020 in Coffeyville. 


Gerald was born on July 5, 1930 in Coffeyville, Kansas to Charles and Florence (Mooneyham) Wisely.  He grew up in Coffeyville where he attended local schools and graduated from Field Kindley High School in 1949. 


He studied agriculture, and started farming after high school.  He worked for Sherwin Williams for 15 years.  He operated a Greenhouse on Overlook for 30 years and also operated Wisely Garden Center, he also owned apartment houses. 


In 1955 he was united in marriage to Beulah McClure.  The couple made their home in Coffeyville and attended the First Southern Baptist Church. 

After retiring he enjoyed camping, gardening and visiting with and drinking coffee with a Senior Group at McDonalds. 

Gerald is survived by his wife, Beulah Wisely of the home; his children, David Martin of Coffeyville, Kansas, Kathy Moore of Cherryvale, Kansas and Linda Wisely of Olathe, Kansas; nine grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. 


He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Florence Wisely as well as one daughter Patti Detar. 


Following Gerald’s wishes, cremation has taken place under the direction of David W. Barnes Funeral Home.  Memorial services will be held at a later date.


To leave a message for the family online, visit


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



Nina LeeAnn Lee

Nina LeeAnn Lee age 50 of Coffeyville tragically passed away from the hands of another on February 15, 2020 in Parsons.


Nina was born on May 16, 1969 in Coffeyville to Virgil and Alice (Orms) Riley. Nina was raised in the Coffeyville community and attended local schools. After school she started working for various employers finding joy working for the elderly at Windsor Place and Asbury Village. She was blessed with three sons. She loved cooking and keeping a clean home. Nina enjoyed playing bingo, finding buys at thrift stores, flea markets, and yard sales. She was a kind soul to everyone she met.


Nina’s memories live on with her sons; Jeffery Carpenter his wife Bonita, Jared Carpenter, and Justin Carpenter, sisters; Teresa Carpenter, Christine Allison, Linda Smith, and half-sister Sharon Conner, half-brother Eugene Riley, and 13 grandchildren.


She now rests with her parents, brother Virgil Orms, sister Ruby Riley, and half-sister Diane Riley.


Friends are invited to share memories and support the family on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel from5:00pm to 7:00pm.


The family would graciously accept memorials to help with expenses and they may be sent in care of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel 2405 Woodland Ave. Coffeyville, KS 67337. To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit


Clark L. Pool II

Clark L. Pool  II age 72 of Coffeyville retired his rope for the final time on February 13, 2020 surrounded by the ones he loved most at Jane Phillips Medical Center.


Clark was born on May 6, 1947 in Coffeyville, to Max and Clara (Vaughn) Pool. He was raised in Coffeyville with his two sisters. He attended local grammar schools and high school at Field Kindley. He was a very active member of the FFA and the Montgomery County 4-H. After graduation he continued his education at K-State and earned his associate's degree from Coffeyville Community College. Clark joined the workforce where he dedicated many years at Dollar Tire, he then owned and operated Plattner Welding Supply, and then went to work for Thompson Brothers Welding and Industrial Supply, and later retiring from Darwin Industries. Clark was united in marriage to Judith Lewis and the couple was blessed with two children and they later divorced. Clark was always busy with some activity whether it be; softball, golf, team roping, ranching where he raised Herford cattle and his many horses, he was a member of the Masons where he earned his 32nd degree, and mostly he enjoyed his family his children, grandchildren, and dog Dixie were his pride in life. Clark went to all his grandchildren’s activities that he possibly could and he cherished every moment of it. He was a man that could build or fix anything which always came in handy working livestock. Clark might have been known to be ornery from time to time or maybe even all of the time. He was a man of his word, believed in hard work, and was always devoted to spending what time he could with his family.


 Clark’s memories will live on with his children, Kevin Pool his wife Jamie, Kimberly Kimrey her husband Todd and Step-daughter Kelsi Strickland her husband Tyler, sisters, Marilyn Todd her husband Ed and Saundra and Don Lind, grandchildren; Anna and Emma Pool, Jack Johnston and Baby Ryker, and a great-granddaughter Hadley scheduled to make her appearance in March. 


He now rests with his parents.


A memorial service celebrating Clark will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel with Justin McKee officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday, February 17, 2020 at the Chapel from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. The family suggests memorials be made payable to Shriners Hospitals for Children and they may be sent in care of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel 2405 Woodland Ave. Coffeyville, KS 67337. To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit


Eleanor Downing

Mrs. Eleanor Downing, age 78 of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away peacefully after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease on February 5, 2020 in Maple Crest Nursing Home in Omaha, Nebraska.


Eleanor was born in Coffeyville, Kansas to Charles French and Lilly Mae (Perry) French on January 10, 1941.  She went to school and graduated from Field Kindley Memorial High School in Coffeyville.  Eleanor married Clay Russell Downing on June 17, 1962 in Coffeyville at the First Church of God in Christ.


Elanor has always kept very busy.  While young, after school, she worked as a housekeeper cleaning homes and as an elevator operator.  As an adult, she has worked as a ward clerk for Coffeyville Memorial Hospital, as a bookkeeper and an intake clerk for SEK Women’s Shelter.  However, most of her time was spent as an accountant, bookkeeper, receptionist and shipment preparation worker for Downing’s Roots and Herbs, her husband’s home business.


She loved her family, her church and church family and has been active in Bible Band, Sunday School, Home and Foreign Missions and Hospitality Committee.


Eleanor is preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, husband, Clay, a daughter, Karon Fay Downing, a son, Randy Allen Downing, a son, John Russell Downing, a brother, James French, and sisters Ella Jean Hayes, Shirley Page and Charlsetta Wilson.


Eleanor is survived by a daughter, Deborah Hardimon, a granddaughter, Pamela Hardimon Walden, a great-granddaughter, Maxine Walden all of Omaha, Nebraska, a grandson, Stephen Hardimon of Mission, Kansas, a daughter, Sharon Ugochukwu of Kansas City, Missouri, a grandson, Anthony Downing of Topeka, Kansas and many nieces and nephews, cousins and loving friends.


The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 pm on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, Kansas.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 14, 2020 at Church of God in Christ, 2010 W. 1st St., in Coffeyville at 11 am; committal services will be held at the Fairview Veterans Memorial Patio prior to interment at Fairview Cemetery.  The family has requested memorial contributions be made payable to Church of God in Christ and may be left in care of the chapel.


The family of Eleanor Downing wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Maple Crest nursing staff, Hillcrest Hospice nursing staff and workers and to all of those who have offered help, thoughts and prayers.

William J. Cothern

William J Cothern age 75 of Mound Valley passed away on January 31, 2020 at Labette Health in Parsons.


Honoring William’s wishes, cremation under the direction of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel will take place and the family has held a memorial service to celebrate his life. To share a memory or to leave a message of condolence, please visit


William was born on April 28, 1944 in Coffeyville to Vern and Mary Ann (McNamara) Cothern. He attended school in Caney and Coffeyville. William enlisted in the United States Army where he proudly served until being honorably discharged. When he returned home he worked as a laborer for various factories the latest being M & M Moulder Grandview Products. William attended Independence Community College later in life, always wanting to learn more. William married Pam Sumner and they were blessed with 2 children and then later divorced. He met Cindy Lou Byrd in 1972 and the couple was united in marriage on June 1, 1978. To this union the couple was blessed with 3 children.


William was a member of various local bands always playing lead guitar, music was a very strong passion and something he loved doing. He enjoyed the outdoors; fishing, shooting his rifle, get-togethers with family and friends, and gatherings of his muzzle loading association. William was a longtime member of the NRA, muzzle loading association, the Cherokee Nation, and the First Baptist Church of Mound Valley.


William’s memories will live on with his wife Cindy, children; Vicki Hanner, Joshua Cothern, Mark Cothern, Nicholas Cothern, and April (Cothern) Proctor, 8 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild on the way, as well as many children he considered his own even if they were born of different parents they were adopted in his heart.


He now rests with his parents, brother Anthony Mitchell, and his mother-in-law Ethel Byrd.

Laura B. Walker

Laura B. Walker age 75 unexpectedly passed from this life on February 3, 2020 at Windsor Place Home N Sight.


Laura was born on February 23, 1944 on the family farm in Angola to Frank and Addie (Taylor) McCartney. She attended grammar school in Angola and graduated from Altamont High School. After high school Laura joined the workforce; working for H D Lee in Chetopa, Western Publishing, and many years she treasured caring for children at the day care. She married the love of her life in 1968 Steven Walker at the family farm. To this union the couple was blessed with a daughter Stacy Isle. Together they enjoyed going to auctions, refreshing their booths at the area flea markets but most of all they shared a love for their daughter and her children. Laura loved sewing and completing many sewing crafts. She also loved her gardens both flower and vegetable. Laura would do anything for anyone that needed an extra hand, she was known as being sweet but yet she had a stern side if she needed. Some of Laura’s most cherished times was that surrounded by her closest friends and family.


Laura will be forever missed by her daughter Stacy Isle, brothers Clifford McCartney his wife Carolyn and Kenneth McCartney, sister Peach Newton her husband Tom, and grandsons, Dakotah Walker his wife Amy, Cody Isle his wife Julia, and Casey Isle.


She now rests with her parents, sister Sharmalee McCartney, and granddaughter Alishia.


Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 7, 2020 at Grace Fellowship Church at 2:00pm With Pastor Doug Mund officiating. Burial will immediately follow at North Edna Cemetery. Friends are invited to sign the register and greet the family on Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. The family suggests memorials be made payable to the Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Tatman Cancer Center and they may be sent in care of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel 2405 Woodland Ave. Coffeyville, KS 67337. To share a memory or to leave a message of condolence, please visit



Donna Lee Plummer

Donna Lee Plummer, 79, Independence, Kansas passed away on Monday, February 3, 2020 at ST. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Graveside services will be 1:00 on Friday, February 7, 2020 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Elk City, Kansas. Memorials may be made to AWOL and may be left with the chapel.


Donna was born September 7, 1941 in Lenexa, Kansas to Marin and Opal (Ledford) Nalley. She attended Lenexa, Kansas school and the family moved to Coffeyville, Kansas where Donna attended and graduated from Coffeyville, Kansas Schools. I.C.C. Cosmetology School where she received her Cosmetology License. Donna worked for The Main Event before opening and operating her own shop with her daughter Toni Classy Clippers until her 2019. Donna married John Carson Purdunn in 1958 in Kansas City, Kansas John passed away in 1966. Donna later married Robert E. Plummer in 1968 in Tulsa, Oklahoma he passed away in 1996-2016


Donna was well loved by all her customers and will be remembered for her commitment and compassion and understanding to her family and customers. Donnas hobbies include digging in the dirt, gardening and fishing.


Donna was preceded in death by her parents and twelve siblings, husbands John Carson Purdunn, Robert E. Plummer, and one stepson, Tad Plummer.  Those left to cherish her memory include Ronald E. ( Connie) Purdunn, Independence, Kansas; Christin Ann Mayhood, Corpus Christi, Texas; Toni ( Steve) DeBo, Independence, Kansas;   Michel(Tausha) Purdunn, Independence, Kansas; one sister Betty Montoya, Kansas City, Missouri; three step children, Lew Plummer, Lacresent, Minnesota; Teri Eckley, Riverside, California, eleven grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren. 1 turtle = 2 fish.


To leave a special message for the family please visit Arrangements have been entrusted to Webb & Rodrick Chapel and Crematory.

Diedra L. Michel

Diedre L. Michel, 57, formerly of Coffeyville passed away January 27, 2020, at Via Christi Village in Wichita, Kansas.


She was born in Coffeyville on November 17, 1962 to Charles E. and Ella Monalou (Evans) Michel. Diedre grew up in Coffeyville and attended Garfield Elementary School, Roosevelt Middle School and completed her education graduating from Field Kindley Memorial High School.

In 1984 Diedre moved to Wichita. She enjoyed doing crafts, loved to dance, eat pizza, and spend time with her family especially her nieces and nephews.


Survivors include one brother, Michael E. Michel and wife Janet of Topeka, Kansas; two sisters, Julia M. Wiles of Coffeyville, and Linette M. Tipton and husband, Tom of Coffeyville; nieces and nephews, Erin (Jeff) Fischer of Plano, Texas, Adam (Kathy) Michel of Denver, Colorado, Cooper Michel of Basalt, Colorado, Libby (Drew) Ridley of McKinney, Texas, Eric (Kari) Wiles of Independence, Kansas, Sarah (Matt) Zschoche of Kansas City, Kansas, Greg (Brianna) Wiles of The Colony, Texas, Katie (Nate) Martin of Swan Point, Maryland, and Ben (Kara) Tipton of Mulvane, Kansas; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Mike Fisher, Plano, TX, Anna Michel, Denver, CO, Catherine Ridley, McKinney, TX, Creighton, Reagan, Charlea and Quincee Wiles, Independence, KS, Ella Grace and Reed Zschoche, Kansas City, KS, Oliver Wiles, The Colony, TX, August and Max Martin, Swan Point, MD, and Colten Tipton, Mulvane, KS


She was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister, Nikki Lynne Michel.


A private family inurnment will take place at a later date next to her parents in Restlawn Memorial Park in Coffeyville.


The family suggests memorials to Good Shepherd Hospice; 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

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

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