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Obituaries Archives for 2020-06

Calvin Ann (Owens) Burrows

Calvin Ann (Owens) Burrows was born April 27, 1939 between 7:30 and 8:00 on Highway 33 near Sliver Streak Oklahoma in a 1939 Ford coupe. Her baby book says it all “baby had black hair and eyes, very cute, just as brown as a berry and looked plump.”  Calvin Ann, named after her Father Calvin, known as Ann or by most “Neen” continued through life with the same whimsy she arrived.




Ann was raised in Parsons Kansas and graduated from Parsons High School. She married Roscoe Gordon Burrows in July 1966. Gordon was one lucky guy. Ann and Gordon combined forces for a total of five children. The house was always full, and no one was ever turned away. It was in the Burrows house that food became a common thread that still weaves deep throughout the families today. Ann could cook army eggs for an Army on a moment’s notice, literally feed a swim team until they sank and organize the best of yearly mountain oyster fries.  Many family recipes are found only in the hearts and memories of those that shared cooking with her; Ann never used a recipe. The way to her secrets was to join her in the kitchen. Ann was a master of cinnamon rolls and it only seems fitting that each batch baked to this day are still compared to hers.




Ann had a love for gardening, canning, sewing, knitting, camping, traveling.  She had a creative spirit was talented and looked forward to the next challenge or adventure.  Tent camping was practically a luxury vacation with Ann.  She could cook anything on a stick, in a can or wrapped in foil. She loved all things natural and wanted to pass that along to her children and grandchildren.




A honking car horn had a meaning of its own for her grandchildren. It brought a giddy excitement and joy and you knew Neen was doing a drive by throwing candy and coins into the yard.  Neen was the only person that could make a station wagon cool by going faster over street dips for whoopsey dos. Now Gordon knows why so many alignments.




Gordon and Ann retired early in life and took to the road on motorcycles.  They traveled with a custom-made dog box and their beloved dog Mac. Ann and Gordon saw no limits on their motorcycles. Weather only required more gear and the miles were just an opportunity for more memories.  Ann and Gordon were besties, a matched set! Later in life camping turned to trailer camping but the road was no stranger to them they never let time or miles keep them at home. Ann lived life to the fullest with Gordon for 54 years.




Ann passed on June 27, 2020 in her home and is survived by her husband Roscoe Gordon Burrows, 5 children; Roscoe (Ros) Gordon Burrows II (Wife Deanna) of Mannford OK, Alan Lee Burrows (wife Nancy) of Coffeyville KS, Darla Dawn Long (husband Goose) of South Coffeyville OK, Janet Sue Mayes (husband Windall) of Independence KS, Nancy Ann McIntire of Houston TX. There are 19 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild and a sister Jayne Gwartney of Parsons, KS.


Ann is preceded in death by her parents Ane Mae (Hatfield) Owens and Calvin Walter Owens of Parsons KS and a brother Charles Walter Owens of Neodesha KS,




Funeral Services will be held on Friday, July 3, 2020 at 10:30 am at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, Kansas with Harry Hynes Chaplain, Keith Springer will be officiating.  Burial will take place on Monday, July 6, 2020 at 10:30 am at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Humbolt, Kansas.  Due to COVID19 restrictions face mask must be worn by all attending either services as well as social distancing.  Rather than hugs or handshakes please extend your sympathies through a phone call, text message or cards in the days to come.  The book will be available to sign on Thursday, July 2, from Noon to 5 pm.  The family suggest donations be made payable to the Alzheimer’s Association; donations may be left in care of the Chapel. Once you make your donation have a cinnamon roll and think about Ann.  To leave an online message of condolence visit


Eddie Krenz

Eddie Krenz formerly of Coffeyville, KS went to be with the Lord on June 26, 2020 in Texas City, TX.



Eddie was born September 5, 1938 in rural Nowata County, Oklahoma the son of Leo G. and Selma Johanna (Schwan) Krenz.  As a young boy he attended St. Paul's Lutheran School, in Coffeyville, KS and then graduating from Lenapah High School in, Lenapah Oklahoma.   Eddie worked on the family farm in Northern Nowata County all his life, assisting his parents until their deaths.  He enjoyed driving the tractors and was fond of working with the livestock. 



Eddie was Baptized on 9/25/1938 and Confirmed in his faith on 5/24/1953 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, in Coffeyville.   He was faithful in his attendance and enjoyed going to church.  His last 13 years he attended Peace Lutheran Church, Texas City, TX.


Eddie is survived and loved by sisters: Irma Alpers, Selma Bauer, Margarete Wiggins, Esther Smith and Norma Doss plus numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Leo Jr. Krenz, Richard Krenz, and Ernie Krenz; his sisters Gertrude Stager and Dot Whicker.



Memorial Services will be held for Eddie at Peace Lutheran Church, Texas City on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 11 am.   Funeral Service will on Wednesday, July 8 at 1pm at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 506 W 9th Street, Coffeyville KS, under the direction of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. Pastor Tony Fields will be officiating.  Burial will follow in Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.  Due to COVID19 restrictions face mask must be worn by all attending as well as social distancing.  Rather than hugs or handshakes please extend your sympathies through a phone call, text message or cards in the days to come. To leave an online message of condolence visit



Freda Jane Williams (Janie)

Freda Jane Williams, (Janie) age 79, of Coffeyville, passed away with  her beloved husband and family by her side on Wednesday June 24, 2020


Janie was born Oct. 30, 1940, in Parsons to Dale and Carmen Westervelt. She attended Altamont Grade School and Labette County High, graduating in 1958.


Janie married her high school sweetheart, Max Williams, on June 7, 1959, in the Altamont Methodist Church. Max and Janie were the parents of three children, Randy, Roger and Nancy Kay.


Janie worked at Condon National Bank for a few years when they were first married before going to work for Dr. Warren Blaich for 18 years.


She was a member or First United Methodist Church and the choir for 20 years, Beta Sigma Phi, Golden Girls of Labette High School, Tuesday Morning Coffee Group, Birthday Club, was an avid Raven fan and a proud sponsor of the Nado Booster Club.


Janie is survived by her husband, Max Williams of the home; two sons, Randy: Williams of Lees Summit , MO. and Roger Williams of Waco , TX.; one daughter and son in law, Nancy Kay and Todd Mantz, of Olathe Ks.,; five grandchildren, Ryan and Logan Mantz of Olathe; Conner and Natalie Williams of Overland Park; and Max Williams of Waco, TX. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Billy Westervelt.


Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday June 29, 2020 at the First United Methodist Church 304 W.10th, Coffeyville, Kansas. Pastor Nicole Schwartz-Eck and Evangelist David Bycroft will officiate. Interment will follow at the Altamont Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 28, 2020 at Ford Wulf Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland, Coffeyville, Kansas 67337.  The family suggests memorials to be made payable to the Coffeyville Community College Foundation or First United Methodist church and they may be left in care of the Chapel. To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit


Dr. Curtiss W George, D.C.

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


A celebration of Curtiss’ life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday,  June 27, 2020 at the Coffeyville Church of Christ. Private family inurnment will be next to his daughter in Spring Hill Cemetery.


The family suggests memorials to the George Family Memorial Scholarship established at Coffeyville Community College; contributions may be left with or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.

Leora Lorine (Browning) Allen

Leora Lorine (Browning) Allen, 92, of Liberty, Kansas passed away on June 20, 2020 at Windsor Place in Coffeyville. 


She was born on January 11, 1928 in Oilton, Oklahoma to John and Nettie (First) Browning.  She grew up in Oilton where she graduated high school. 


On December 17, 1944 in Oilton, Oklahoma she married Olen G. Allen.  They lived there the first part of their lives.  Later they moved to Liberty, Kansas to raise their family.  Her last few years she lived at Windsor Place Assisted Living; her last days were at Windsor Place. 

Leora was a strong Christian woman.  She attended the Southern Baptist Church in Liberty, Kansas and also the Southern Baptist Church in Coffeyville, Kansas.  She loved doing crafts with her friends, crocheting, playing candy bingo, going to garage sales and spending time with her family. 


Preceding her in death are her parents, Johnny and Nettie Browning; husband, Olen G. Allen; daughters, Barbara J. Allen and Nettie M. Phillips; brothers, J.W. Browning and Bobby Browning; and sisters, Patsy Colberg and Emma Deeds. 


Leora is survived by her children; Carol and Gene Hannah of Liberty, Kansas, Johnnie and Lois Allen of Dearing, Kansas and Leanna and Gary Herriman of Liberty, Kansas; seven grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren. 


Graveside Services will be held on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Liberty Cemetery.  Chaplain Keith Springer of Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice will officiate. 


Friends may call on Thursday, June 25, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville, Kansas. 


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

Kenneth Charles Aduddell

Kenneth Charles Aduddell died June 10th, 2020. Aduddell was born May 31, 1950 to Stephen Edward Aduddell and Jean (Hopkins) Aduddell. Kenneth grew up in the family home at 415 W. 9th with his beloved parents, older brother Stephen Clement, and his grandmother, Mrs. Jessie Hopkins. As a child he was surrounded by family, friends, and employees who gave love and care with every act.


His father was a school teacher, grain merchant, and real estate salesman. His company H.A.M. Grain built the grain elevator downtown and several elevators in the southern states. Steve was active in several state and local organizations.


The Aduddell family made several interesting trips, including the new Disneyland; Havana Cuba during Castro’s takeover; Los Angeles during the Watts race riots in 1965; and Chicago just after the 1968 Democratic Convention. They made many New York theatre trips.


Kenny worked eight summers at the Carnegie Public Library from 1962-1969. He attended Garfield School, Roosevelt and Field Kindley and graduated in 1968. He then spent one year at Boston University.


He entered the US Navy on November 3, 1969 and served for four years. His duty took him to San Diego, the Philadelphia Naval Hospital for two years, and one year with the 3rd Marine Division in Okinawa and the South China Seas.


He was a lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church where he served as a musician, play director, usher and a deacon.


In 1986 he decided to direct one play, the great Our Town by Thornton Wilder. That lead to forty-five plays for Community Theater in the next thirty years. Kenny also played the piano for many musicals in Coffeyville and Independence. His favorites included Life With Father, Picnic, The American Clock, The Grapes of Wrath, Look Homeward Angel, and the musical Follies directed by Mark Frank. He loved theatre and movies, and had a huge collection of books, films, records, and sheet music.


In 2015 he moved back to the 400 block of West Ninth Street with his two cats. Most recently he enjoyed writing the Our Town articles for the Coffeyville Journal. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Steve.


A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Veteran's Memorial Patio at Fairview Cemetery. Social distancing and masks are recommended.  In lieu of flowers the family 

Phyliss Jean Smith

Phyllis Jean Smith of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma passed away on Friday, June 19, 2020 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.


Phyllis was born in Independence, Kansas on February 18, 1932 to William F. and Fern Pauline (Megredy) Noah.  Her mother died in 1936 and her father married Harriett Miller, and they had a girl and two boys.  Phyllis lived with her grandparents Frank and Elnora Noah in Caney and graduated from Caney High School in 1950.  She worked for Sinclair in Independence for four years and then worked for Farmland Industries for 37 years in Coffeyville, retiring in 1994.  She was married to Harry M. Howard and they were later divorced.  They had one son, Harry M. Jr.


Phyllis married J. R. Smith on August 15, 1959 in Coffeyville and they moved to the South Coffeyville area.  J. R. preceded her in death on January 26, 2018.  She was baptized at the Baptist Church in South Coffeyville where they were members for several years before joining Emmanuel Southern Baptist Church in Coffeyville.  She and her family belonged to the Circle C Saddle Club and later the Honeybees Camping Group.  After retirement she delivered “Meals on Wheels” for six years, then volunteered at the gift shop at CRMC Auxiliary for ten years.  She and J. R. enjoyed a number of vacations with family members, playing cards and going to “senior citizen” dances.


Phyllis is survived by a son, Harry M. Howard Jr. and his wife Carolyn, a step-daughter, Margorie Malone; one sister, Kathryn Weitharn; two brothers, Forrest Noah and Bill Noah; four grandchildren, Kristie (Ken) Blagg, Tim (Sharla) Howard, Jim (Kim) Malone, Jon (Jennifer) Malone and eleven great-grandchildren.  In addition to her husband, and parents, Phyllis was preceded in death by stepmother, Harriett Noah and an infant brother.


Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Emmanuel Southern Baptist Church, 416 W 2nd St, Coffeyville. Committal services will immediately follow at the Fairview Veterans Memorial Patio.  Phyllis will be laid to rest next to J. R. in Fairview Cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 5 to 7 pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville.  Social distancing is encouraged and appreciated by the family during this time.  The family has requested memorial contributions be made payable to either Emmanuel Southern Baptist Church or CRMC Auxiliary; and may be left in care of the chapel.   To leave a message of condolence visit



Duane A. "Bub" Angleton

Duane A. “Bub” Angleton, 91, of Coffeyville passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

He was born on May 9, 1929 at Coffeyville to John E. and Nancy Myrtle Angleton. Bub grew up in Montgomery County attending school in Caney and Coffeyville.


On January 23, 1949 he married Betty Lorene Uttley at Parsons, Kansas. Following their marriage they made their home in Coffeyville where they raised their three sons. Betty preceded him in death on July 1, 2019.  Bub and Betty enjoyed a wonderful marriage of 70 years.


Bub and Betty owned and operated the famous Pig Stand on East 8th Street for over 30 years and later owned and operated Angleton Speedy Mart on Northeast St. He enjoyed raising cattle and for many years raised and trained bird dogs.

Bub was recently honored for being the oldest original member of the Coffeyville Boys and Girls Club, a Golden Gloves Boxer, was a member and President of the Coffeyville Field Trials Assoc. enjoyed hunting and restoring antique cars and loved spending time with his family.


Survivors include two sons; Dick Angleton of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and Bob Angleton and wife, Lisa of Coffeyville; one daughter-in-law, Lisa Angleton of Tulsa, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren with another one arriving soon.


He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Betty; one son Jack Angleton on June 6, 2020; and one sister.


A Memorial Service celebrating Bub’s life will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2020 at the Fairview Cemetery Veterans Memorial Patio. Inurnment will be at Restlawn Memorial Park. The family requests casual attire due to the warmer weather.


Friends may sign the register book on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.


In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Coffeyville Friends of Animals; contributions may be left with this funeral home or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.


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


Jimmie "Jim" Allen Gilstrap

Jimmie “Jim “Allen Gilstrap, age 81, went to his heavenly home June 15, 2020, with his loving wife by his side.  Jim was born at the family home in Coffeyville to Raymond and Mary (Toliver) Gilstrap.


Jim attended school in Coffeyville- first at Garfield Elementary (1st-6th grades), then Roosevelt Middle School (7th-9th grades), then Field Kindley High School for the 10th and 11th grades.  Jim later earned his GED at the Naval Night School in Oxnard, California.  Jim formed many close friendships while in school.  His best friend was Chuck Donaldson whom he met when they were in the 5th grade.   They later included Gaila in their little group when they met her in eighth grade.


Jim joined the Navy at age 17, in September of 1956.  After boot camp Jim was stationed at Moffett Field from 1957-1959.  Jim shipped out on the Hornet, a CVA 12- Attack Carrier, for a year-long Far East Cruise.  They visited various ports - including Japan and Hawaii.  Jim received his honorable discharge in February of 1960. 


Upon his return to Coffeyville, Jim went to work for Stapleton’s Products for five years. He then began his long term employments at Pressure Cast Products on March 12, 1965.  Jim worked as the foreman in the Multiple Pattern Match Plate Dept.  He retired in June of 2008 after 43.5 years.


Jim married the love of his life - Donna on October 14, 1990 (the eight year anniversary of their first date).  As a couple, they enjoyed time with their family, dancing, fishing, visiting flea markets/rummage sales, and watching the Western Channel.  Jim loved his family.  He was a wonderful and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather- Papa to all his babies.  Jim loved kids and they LOVED him!


Jim is survived by his wife Donna, his three children – Lorri and Marty Cornelius, Todd and Jackie Gilstrap and Lisa Foster (Jim Wright).  His grandchildren: Cooper Cornelius (Jenny), Kylie and Colt Booth. Keegan and Courtney Cornelius, Shelby Gilstrap (Steven), Colten Foster (Zach), Cami Foster (Jamar), Caden O’Neal.  His great grandchildren:  Jackson and Emma Booth, Sawyer, Baxter, and Clementine Cornelius, and Gracie Cornelius, and JaiLeigh Wilcher.  His Mother in Law- Reta (Sanders) Fields, Sisters in law- Susan Mattix, Joyce Tarter (Steve), and Katherine Gilstrap, brothers in law – Albert Sanders and Steven Sanders. Jim had many nephews and nieces (including greats) that he dearly loved.  His cousins- Mary (Frank) Mansfield, Linda (Jake) Lewis, and Teddy Toliver also survive him.


Preceding Jim in death were his parents, sisters Patricia Caulkins and her husband Ronald, Virginia Tremain and her husband LeRoy, and his brother, Ivan Gilstrap, his father in law- Albert Sanders, brother in law- Mel Sanders, and cousin – Billy Toliver.


Memorial service will be held at the Fairview Veterans Memorial Patio on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 10 am with Pastor Doug Mund officiating. Inurnment will take place at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, KS from 5 to 7pm on Monday, June 22, 2020.  Social distancing is encouraged for the safety of the family.  In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made payable to the Boys and Girls Club of Coffeyville, contributions may be left in care of care funeral home.  To leave a message of condolence visit


Paul H. Crandell

Paul H Crandell age 87 of Coffeyville passed away at his home with his beloved wife at his side on June 13, 2020.


He was born in Coffeyville on January 7, 1933 to Harry M. and Pearl (Thompson) Crandell. He was the youngest of 8 children. Paul never had the chance to know his dad as he had passed before Paul had turned two. Pearl married John Battaglear and the family grew tremendously, no longer was Paul one of eight he became one of 21. He became especially close to Frank and James Battaglear, he credits Frank for getting him interested in sports during school. Paul as an athlete at Field Kindley Memorial High School was all-league and captain of the basketball team. He was all-league and all-state in football and lettered in track two years. He was voted outstanding athlete at Coffeyville his junior and senior years. After graduating high school, he attended Coffeyville Junior College, lettering two years in football, basketball, and track. He was captain of the football team, and was all-state two years in track. He was voted outstanding athlete in both his freshman and sophomore years at Coffeyville Juco. After junior college, he attended Kansas State University, starting for the Wildcat Football Team in 1953. After one season, Paul was drafted during the Korean War. Paul married Irene DeTar December 11, 1953, just three days before leaving for the Army. After serving time in Korea, he decided to finish college at Pittsburg State Teachers College. He played for the 1957 National Champion Gorilla Football Team, scoring two touchdowns in the Holiday Bowl in St. Petersburg, Florida. This is where the top half of his ear was cut off, on the football field when his helmet cracked, the doctor sewed the ear at halftime; Paul went back into the game and caught his second touchdown.


Paul came back to Coffeyville where he began teaching and coaching for USD 445. He had been asked by his former coach Cliff Long who was the principle of Roosevelt Jr. High. Paul had a contract before his graduation earning his BS Degree. He oversaw starting a football program, that had been dropped during the War, and also was basketball and track coach, He taught classes in math, science, and social science, to 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. After three years he took the opportunity to move up to Field Kindley Memorial High School. He remained there for 32 years. He was head coach of boy’s track, girl’s track, boy’s cross country, boy’s swimming, and girls’ basketball. He also was an assistant coach of football and boys’ basketball. He organized and directed an intramural program at the high school. He also organized and directed the Fellowship of Christian Athletes before devoting time to working on his master’s degree in secondary education which he earned in 1980.  Paul taught summer driver’s education and was head fo the physical education department for more than 20 years. He also wrote the revision of the “Purpose” of the high school in the 87-88 year.


He coached 35 league; 22 regional; and 8 state individual champions, as well as two honorable-mention all-state girls’ basketball players. He coached teams to 8 league championships, 4 regional championships and two state championships, the boy’s track team won state championship in 1980. The girl’s track team won state championship in 1987. In 1987 Paul was voted Kansas Coach of the Year. Paul retired in 1993 after 35 years of teaching and coaching. On October 1, 2004 Paul was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at Coffeyville Community College. On October 9, 2009 he was inducted into the first Field Kindley Memorial High School Hall of Fame. Paul was a lifetime member of the American Legion and the VFW. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church.


Paul’s memories live on with his wife of 66 years Irene, his children; Janet Casazza her husband Peter of Columbia, MO, Kathy Thompson of Independence, KS, Roger Crandell of Springfield, MO, and Kenny Crandell his wife Lorie of Kansas City, MO, grandchildren, Mike Owens his wife Sara and Arthur Thompson, great-grandsons; Ethan Owens, Jesse Owens, and Kobe Thompson.


He now rests with his parents and all of his siblings.


Memorial services will be held on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 10:00am at the First United Methodist Church with Pastor Nicole Schwartz-Eck officiating. Friends may greet the family an hour prior to service time. Inurnment will immediately follow at Robbins Cemetery. Attendees will be asked to practice social distancing and masks will be required. Those not able to attend can join a live streaming on the Ford Wulf Bruns Chapel Facebook page at 10:00am. The family suggests memorials be made payable to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or UMCOR 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




Herbert Don Shira

Herbert Don Shira, 92, of Coffeyville passed away Sunday, June 7, 2020 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.


He was born on September 24, 1927 on the family farm near Labette, Kansas. Don grew up in Labette County where he attended rural schools and completed his education graduating from Labette County High School.


Don was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army Air Corp.


On September 24, 1947 he married Evelyn Louise Wheelen. Following their marriage, they made their home in Oswego, Parsons and Coffeyville where they raised their daughters. Evelyn preceded him in death on October 18, 1988.

On November 26, 1989 he married Patty Hart. She survives at the home in Coffeyville.

Don retired as Purchasing Agent for Automotive Control Corp. in Independence. Having previously worked at Haskett & Pedlar Auto Supply, Parsons, KS, Carter Automotive Warehouse and Funk Manufacturing Coffeyville, KS.

Don was a longtime active member of the First Southern Baptist Church. He enjoyed woodworking, he also enjoyed going to sales and buying furniture to repurpose. For many years he was known as the “Man on 3rd St. that sold chest of drawers”. Don loved spending time with his family.


Survivors include his wife, Patty of the home; his daughters, Ruth Bardwell and husband, Steve of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and Carmen Dissing and husband, Dennis of Bella Vista, Arkansas; his step-children, Susan Pipkin of Aurora, Colorado, Marlene Koch of Coffeyville, Becky Chronister and Dale Hart both of Pittsburg, and Ellen Parsons of Reeds Spring, Missouri; one sister, Martha A. Frier of Dallas, Texas; eight grandchildren, Vanessa Wallace, Joshua Pipkin, Daniel Pipkin, Levi Chronister, Kaylee Koch, Aaron Parsons, Jessica Parsons, and Charlie Parsons; and nine great-grandchildren, Alexa Wallace, Ryan Pipkin, Maddie Pipkin, Emma Pipkin, Claire Pipkin, Aubrey Pipkin, Theo Chronister, Johnathan Parsons, and Easton Parsons.


He was preceded in death by grandsons, Aaron Bardwell and Jason Koch.


Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 12, 2020 at the First Southern Baptist Church with Pastor Luke Oldweiler officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Coffeyville.


Friends may call on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.


The family suggests memorials to the First Southern Baptist 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.


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

Richard Douglas Robison, Sr.

Richard Douglas Robison, Sr.

July 18, 1943. –. June 6, 2020


A good son, husband, father, grandfather; and also a proud lifelong Democrat and pipe fitter Union member, certified welding inspector, mentor, veteran, friend, talented dancer, track runner and  football player, champion Navy diver, fast pitch pitcher with a crazy drop ball,  pipe welder, teacher, coach, avid reader, activist, gun collector, skeet shooter, ammo reloader enthusiast, fisherman, blacksmith student of Wayne Joplin,  lover of animals and man, creative cusser, possessor of a million “words to live by,” ( “practice does not make perfect-perfect practice makes perfect,” “You’re no body until you become a welder,” ...,) ornery cuss, and a straight shooter, big hearted and fierce fighter for his loved ones and the underdog, and someone who would do anything he could for anyone in need. He was a man’s man, strong, masculine, athletic.   A man loved and admired by many. A man who loved his family deeply and told them and showed them in the way he lived his amazing life.


 On a scorching hot Sunday afternoon in July 1943, Alberta Jean Mosher Robison gave birth to baby Dickie. He came into this world on Colorado Street in Coffeyville at the home of his beloved grandmother Hattie. His father, Verla Almanzo Robison was in the Marine Corps, stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA and within a year would be involved and wounded in the bloody Battle of Saipan.


 Dickie was surrounded by many women at the beginning of this life. Surrounded by his beloved young mother, grandmothers, whom he adored, doting aunts, and many cousins both related and bonus. Later, dance partners, girlfriends, a wife, daughters, and granddaughters.


 When his dad came home from the war,  Dick traveled the country with his mom and pipefitter welder dad, working on various jobs throughout the country, but he was still surrounded by close friends and family members who also traveled and worked on jobs with his dad.


 When he was school-age he attended a lot of different schools in a lot of different states— five different schools in the third grade.

 In the late 1950s his dad became business manager of Local 339 in Coffeyville and Dick attended local schools where he was active in Field Kindley High School track, football, and the Kindley Kavalcade.


 Graduating in 1961, Dick spent the summer in Aurora, Illinois, with his Uncle Grant and Aunt Colleen Robison and his cousins Taylor and Glennie. He worked at a radiator shop and during his off-work time he would ride his cousins on his shoulders to the ice cream store for a favorite treat.  His cousin Linda Heckman Erickson also lived in Aurora and the four cousins formed a close bond that lasted throughout the years. Dick had a loving relationship with all his cousins on his mother’s side as well.  


 He attended Coffeyville Junior College, as it was called at that time, but he decided to join the navy in January 1962 and did his basic training at Great Lakes, Illinois, and then spent a year in Pensacola, Florida, in  Naval communications training. He had found his calling and loved the navy life. The remaining three years of active duty was at Kamiseya, Japan, and on board aircraft carriers in the Sea of Japan, the Philippines,  and the Gulf of Tonkin of  Vietnam. He received and sent messages through Morse Code and for many years after his military service kept his hand in practicing the “code.”


 Upon his discharge from the US Navy in 1966, he followed in his father‘s footsteps and in January 1967 and became a welder and a proud member of local 339 now Local 441 of Wichita. He loved traveling for work and never met a stranger. His first welding job was in Middletown, Ohio, and he worked there until spring. He then went to work on a job on a remote mountain in southeast Missouri.


 On his 24th birthday he introduced himself to the secretary who was working on that same job, and the rest is history. Less than a year later on June 1, 1968, he married that secretary, Belinda Savage. Just before Dick’s passing, he and Belinda were able to celebrate their 52nd wedding anniversary. During their   marriage, Dick and and Belinda had three amazing and very unique children who he loved with all his heart. Two beautiful daughters who became nurses, Melanie Jean of Coffeyville, and the late Rebecca June, a son Richard Douglas, Jr., an intelligence analyst, and four amazing granddaughters, Murran and Ainsley McKellips and Maggie and Adeen Drysdale. 


 Dick was a connoisseur of all things Braums. He loved his Braums homestyle vanilla ice cream; he only drunk Braums whole milk. He insisted on Wonder Classic white bread—lightly toasted—for his BLTs, heavy on the Braums thin sliced very crispy bacon, a light smearing of Kraft Miracle Whip, and easy on the lettuce. A favorite was ham and pinto beans with jalapeño corn bread, and don’t forget a side of fried red potatoes; he snacked on sardines with mustard and Club crackers, honey roasted peanuts mixed with a can of deluxe mixed nuts,  and German chocolate cake. He enjoyed his fair share of beverages: morning coffee with three creams and six sugars, his afternoon Japanese green tea; 3 sugars, and his ritual evening drink of a shot of Pendleton— exactly 7 ice cubes—and a Mexican Coca Cola or an RC Cola if he was out of Coke, all stirred up in one of his two favorite large green ice tea glasses. He also had to have balsamic vinegar in his chili and balsamic on his spinach, Brooks spicy catchup was a must have, and he made his famous trash bag salad that he literally mixed in a trash bag and shared with neighbors.


 His Fourth of July get togethers were memorable as Dick‘s favorite celebration was to put off a gigantic string of firecrackers. The kids would fight over who got to climb the big elm tree and tie the fireworks high in the tree and run the rest down the driveway. (The wives usually groaned when Dick brought out “his Independence Day highlight,”) but the kids and men were delighted and cheered him on enthusiastically, which only encouraged him!


 Dick wore a few different hats—literally—his canvas Indiana Jones hat he bought while visiting Mt. Rushmore, colorful welding caps, ball caps— and figuratively, Family guy, Welder, and during the Reagan Recession when there wasn’t a welding job to be had, he went to cosmetology school and also became a massage therapist. As luck would have it and much to his relief, when he completed his training, he got a call for a welding job and continued on with his welding career.


 He completed the five-year instructor training programs for his union attending classes at Purdue University and the University of Michigan. There he met many fellow students who became lifelong friends including his two great friends from Canada, Laurie Robichaud the late Paul Beaudreau, and he enjoyed visits to Canada and Paul’s visit to Coffeyville.


 Dick worked at the trade on nuclear and coal fired powerhouses, various refineries, booster stations and many other facilities in his long welding career. In 1988 he worked in Guadalajara, Mexico, as a welding inspector for an international company. In 2000 he began teaching welding night classes at Coffeyville Community College. Two years later he was hired full-time to teach pipe welding. He built the program and was so proud when it became a five-instructor program with satellite classes in area towns.  Prouder still as three of his former students became CCC welding instructors and more students became instructors at other places.


After his retirement, he and Belinda pursued crappie fishing avidly. Dick would have the “fishing wagon” ready to go when Belinda got off work and head for their favorite spot at the Big Hill overlook and fish until dark.  On weekends they headed out early in the morning and fished till they dropped.


 Dick also became an avid gardener after retirement. He planted an acre or two with various veggies, but his passion for Black Diamond watermelons was his favorite thing to grow along with a field of turnips, which he invited anyone to “come help yourself,” Armenian cucumbers he gave away by the five gallon bucketfuls, and burgundy okra—yes, who could forget the long hundred foot rows of okra, the field of cantaloupes, dozens of cabbages, hot, hot peppers, and many varieties of tomatoes, mostly to give away, which gave him great joy to share the bounty of his garden. He was proudest of his crop of huge sweet potatoes in the five-pound range that he shared with family, friends, and neighbors.


 In addition to his 53 year membership in the Steamfitters Union, he was a member of the American Welding Society, Keystone Lodge No. 102, AM&FM, Coffeyville VFW and American Legion, Montgomery County Democrat Club, First Southern Baptist Church, American Welding Society, and a lifetime member of PTA.


 Dick slipped away in his sleep in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 6th. A fitting date as not only was it the anniversary of the WWII D-Day landing at Normandy, but also his late father-in-law Carl Savage’s birthday who was a medic at the D-Day battle on his 27th birthday. Being that both soldier and sailor were such patriotic Americans who served their country proudly, it seems only fitting that Dick’s death would be remembered on this momentous date, along with a man he loved dearly and who returned that love.


 Dick was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved daughter and son-in- law, Rebecca and Andrew Drysdale.


He is survived by his wife Belinda, daughter Melanie Savage of Coffeyville, son Richard Jr., of Belton, Missouri, granddaughters Murran and Ainsley McKellips and Maggie and Adeen Drysdale, former son-in-law Hank McKellips, aunt and uncle Colleen and Grant Robison, his Missouri relatives and in-laws, cousins and many friends.


 Because of the COVID-19 virus and the risk to vulnerable family members, his family will hold a private, immediate  family-only service with a memorial celebration and inurnment to be held at a later time when restrictions allow for a larger gathering. Visitation will be held at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 from 9:00am to 5:00pm and on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 from 9:00am to 5:00pm. 


 In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to donate to Coffeyville Community College (CCC) Welding Technology Scholarship Fund. Dick retired as lead welding instructor there and was very proud of the pipe welding program he built; he was so proud of the many students he taught during his years at CCC.  He delighted in hearing from his former students and learning of their accomplishments. He would be honored by your donation as it would continue to help the lives of others, just like he always did.

Marjorie Ruth (Barnard) Whitebird

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Friends may call on Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.


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William "Bill" L. Ruark

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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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