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Obituaries Archives for 2020-07

Virgil Lee DeCow

Virgil Lee DeCow age 92 passed from this life and was reunited with his beloved wife on July 28, 2020 which would have been their 74th wedding anniversary 

 

Virgil was born on January 28, 1928 just outside of Oswego to Clyde and Maggie (Mozino) DeCow. He was raised in the Bartlett area and attended local schools, graduating from Labette County High School. During a basketball game in Vinita, Oklahoma he met Martha May (Monroe), after dating for a period the couple was united in marriage on July 28, 1946. It was during high school that Boeing had reached out to Virgil’s shop instructor and told him that anyone he recommended would get hired on, while standing in line for an interview he was told all positions had been filled and he and a friend he made in line went to see if Cessna had any openings and they hired both of the men on the spot. This would be the start a 40 year career for Virgil as a machinist for Cessna. A testament to his devotion and skill is that during that span he was never laid off. Virgil and Martha were blessed with three sons and a daughter. In his spare time he enjoyed going to garage sales, going to the dump to reclaim others trash and make them work again, building dog houses to sale at the local lumber yard, hunting quail and pheasant, and a favorite was fishing; setting tout lines, taking the boat on the pond, from catfish to bass he loved it all. In addition to being a devoted husband, employee, dad, and grandpa, Virgil loved his church. He was a member of the Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder, deacon, and the custodian. Virgil and Martha had a group of friends that took turns hosting card night every two weeks for over 20 years; his love for games was still with him in the assisted living where he was one to watch for during dollar bingo and candy bar bingo.

 

Virgil’s memories will live on with his children; Glenn DeCou his wife Shelley, Greg DeCow his wife Stephanie, and Janet Yost her husband Terry, grandchildren; Joshua Yost his wife Violeta, Nicole Tidwell her husband Adam, Molly Hunt her husband Bryan, Christina Armstrong her husband Ty, and Elisabeth Frisbie her husband Jake, great-grandchildren; Alejandra Garza, Alex Yost, Nicholas Yost, Malissa Armstrong, and great-great-grandson Luciano.

 

He now rests with his parents, his wife Martha, son James DeCow, and granddaughter Melissa Yost.

 

Graveside services will be held on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 11:00am at Lake Creek Cemetery outside of Bartlett with Pastor Diane Massey officiating. The family suggests memorials be made payable to the Melissa Yost Scholarship Fund and they may be sent in care of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel 2405 Woodland Ave. Coffeyville, KS 67337. To share a memory or a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

Jewell W. Hartzell

Jewell W. Hartzell, 79, of Coffeyville, Kansas went to be with the Lord on Monday, July 27, 2020.  He passed away peacefully at his home.

 

Jewell was born on October 30, 1940 in Enid, Oklahoma to Carl and Laura (Frazee) Hartzell.  When he was young his family moved to a farm near Tyro, Kansas where he attended Tyro elementary school he then went Field Kindley High School in Coffeyville where he graduated in 1959.  Jewell furthered his education in Kansas City where he went to GM Training Center.  He became an accomplished mechanic. 

 

On January 11, 1970 he was united in marriage to Vicki Strickland in Havana, Kansas.  The couple made their home in Coffeyville, Kansas.  Jewell worked for several years at Wheeler Chevrolet in Caney and worked 25 years for Perl Chevrolet in Coffeyville. He then spent 25 years as an instructor at the Coffeyville Vo-Tech.  This allowed him to pass along great wisdom and help others establish their career in life as well. 

 

Jewell was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council #991, Joyce Kilmer Assembly 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Council #0281, serving two terms as Grand Knight. He was also a member of the V.F.W. Post #1022 Auxiliary, and Coffee Grinders Car Club. Jewell enjoyed fishing, hunting and was an airplane enthusiast.  Most of all he loved the time he spent surrounded by his family and friends. 

 

Jewell is survived by his loving wife, Vicki Hartzell of the home.  Sons, Jason Hartzell and wife, Amy of Coffeyville, Kanas, Josh Hartzell of Kansas City, Missouri; two grandchildren, David and Juliana Hartzell; special newphew Allen Strickland and wife, Dawn of Grove, Oklahoma; brother, David Hartzell of Coffeyville, Kansas; half-sister, Carla Andres of Independence, Kansas.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Laura Hartzell and one brother, Forrest Hartzell. 

 

A Rosary Vigil Service will be at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 30th at Holy Name Catholic Church in Coffeyville.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 31st at Holy Name Catholic Church with Father Daniel Lorimer officiating.

 

Following the service cremation will take place and inurnment will take place in Calvary Cemetery in Coffeyville.

Friends may call on Thursday, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.

 

The family suggest memorials to Holy Name Catholic Church or Holy Name Catholic School; 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.

 

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

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

 

Robert William "Bill" Gentry

Robert William “Bill” Gentry passed away Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Windsor Place in Coffeyville, KS.

 

He was born on November 22, 1922 at Nowata, Oklahoma to Avis S. and Julie L. (Webb) Gentry.  Bill grew up in the Nowata and Coffeyville area graduating from Field Kindley High School and Coffeyville Community Junior College.

 

Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a member of the First Baptist Church, V.F.W. Post #1022 and the Keystone A.F. & A.M. Lodge #102.

He married Betty Thomas in 1951 and had 2 children.  They later divorced.   In 1970, he married Norma Bishop at South Coffeyville, Oklahoma.  Following their marriage, they made their home in Coffeyville.

 

Bill was preceded in death by wife, Norma on February 17, 2020, his parents, his son Robert William II, and one sister, Genevieve Gentry.

He is survived by his daughter, Jean Lardy of Lakeland, FL, step-children Sharon Allen and husband, John of Hope Mills, NC, Larry Young and Edward Young, both of Coffeyville, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

 

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Patio in Fairview Cemetery with Pastor Dick Smith officiating.

 

Friends may sign the register book on Friday, July 31, 2020 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 is in charge of arrangements.

 

Shirley Jo Miner

Shirley Jo Miner of Coffeyville, Kansas passed from her earthly home Monday, July 20, 2020 surrounded by family; in the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Claremore, Oklahoma.

 

On April 1, 1936 in Noxie, Oklahoma Joe and Pauline (Walters) Majors welcomed their first born into this world, a baby girl, Shirley Jo.  The Majors family later moved to Coffeyville area where they raised Shirley Jo and her siblings.  Shirley attended school in Coffeyville, graduating from Field Kindley High School.  She attended Coffeyville Community College graduating with an associate degree.

 

On Sunday, June 26, 1955 Shirley Jo and Milton Miner were united in marriage.  The couple’s desire was to wed on the anniversary date of her parents of June 25, however, Milton’s employer wouldn’t allow him to take the day off.  Despite the obstacle, the couple just celebrated their 65th Anniversary together.   After Milton’s honorable discharge from the US Army the couple made their home in Coffeyville raising their two daughters, Amy and Denise.  Shirley was a devoted wife and mother, a wonderful cook always trying a new recipe.  Shirley alongside her husband, were deeply devoted to each other and in raising their daughters, instilling strong Christian values.

 

Shirley had a love for children, having grown up in a time that children were seen and not heard she had a deep desire to make each child know their value.  When her daughters were older, she became a Paraprofessional in the Coffeyville School district, encouraging students to do their very best.  Shirley Jo was very talented, creative and artistic.  She taught her grandchildren who were homeschooled how to paint among other artistic projects.   She made beautiful quilts making sure that each grandchild and great grandchild had a quilt made with love. Shirley made sure that each grandchild knew they were loved, so much so that they just knew they were the favorite!  She made Holidays whimsical and magical for her grandchildren, making hand dipped candies especially sweetened with love, her home was filled with the smell of baked good and the best part was the joy that was in her smile when they arrived.  Every focus was around her family and grandchildren.  Camping trips involved a bag of goodies including games, special snacks, making sure that everyone’s favorite in the bag.

 

Shirley and Milton have been long time members of the First Southern Baptist Church where they served together.

 

Wonderful memories will be cherished by her devoted husband, Milton of the home; daughter, Denise and her husband Cliff Krumwiede of Claremore, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Cassie Romberg, Jacob Krumwiede, Kara Peters, Kelsie O’Brien, Kala Schneider, Benjamin Krumwiede, Kristi Abbey, Katie Krumwiede, Jedidiah Krumwiede, Kale Krumwiede, Kwinn Krumwiede, Erik Blagg, Andy Blagg, Brandon Blagg and Tara Blagg; sister Patricia and her husband, Jim Wilson of Coffeyville. In addition to her parents, Shirley is also at rest with her daughter, Amy Blagg; grandson, Kyler Blagg; siblings, Darrell Majors, Rosa Rose, Margarette and Majors, Nancy Slayton.

 

Due to COVID 19 it is requested that all wear a face masks for all events.  Services celebrating Shirley’s life will be held on Monday, July 27, 2020 at First Southern Baptist Church, 2701 W 8th St., Coffeyville, with Pastor Rich Jenkins officiating.  The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 pm on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland, Coffeyville.  Shirley will be laid to rest in Spring Hill Cemetery near her daughter, Amy following the service. The family has suggested memorial contributions be made payable to First Southern Baptist Church for future “Senior” trips, contributions may be left in care of the chapel.  To leave an online condolence visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

Sharon Flo (Tatman) Russell

Sharon Flo (Tatman) Russell, 74, of Coffeyville passed away Friday, July 17, 2020 at Windsor Place in Coffeyville.

 

She was born on May 16, 1946 in Coffeyville to William J. and Ola A. (Archer) Tatman. Sharon grew up and attended school in Rogers, Arkansas graduating from Rogers High School. After graduating she attended the University of Arkansas where she received her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in History. She continued her education receiving an additional Master’s Degree in Psychology and Counseling.

 

She married Jim Russell and he preceded her in death on July 24, 2012.

 

Sharon was a counselor at Four County Mental Health and later moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where she was a counselor.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Coffeyville.

 

Survivors include one half-brother, Thomas Ballew of Carlsbad, California; one sister-in-law, Darlene Tatman of Coffeyville; niece, Linda (Carl) Voss of McAlester, Oklahoma; nephews, Tom (Melinda) Tatman and Jim (Denise) Tatman both of Coffeyville, and Jeff Mansfield of Kalona, Iowa and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, one half-brother, Richard M. “Dick” Tatman and one sister, Gayle Mansfield-Miller

A private family memorial service will be at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Coffeyville. Inurnment will be in the The Chapel of Resurrection Columbarium at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

 

Friends may sign the register book on Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.

 

The family suggests memorials to St. Paul’s Episcopal 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 of Coffeyville is in charge of arrangements

Gary Baker

Gary Baker age 79, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2020 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center in Coffeyville, Ks from complications due to Covid-19. Gary was born on September 6, 1940 to Charles (Chick) and Nina Baker. He attended Coffeyville schools and graduated from Field Kindley High School in 1958.  He married his High School sweetheart, Barbara Jean McKellips in 1961. They had two wonderful children; Kimberley Jo and Travis Lynn. Gary was very active in his church, the Coffeyville Seventh Day Adventist Church, where he was head elder for many years as well as handy man and grounds keeper.

 

Gary grew up in a large family of 10 children. 4 boys, Jim, Buford, Darrell and Gary and 6 girls, Lorna, Mary, Sharon, Charissa, Linda and Judy. Growing up in a family that large, Gary got away with lots of mischief that he loved telling stories about when family got together. One time, when Gary was around 11 years old, he wanted to see what was down in the bottom of a sewer hole, so he lit a match and threw it down into the hole. The next thing he knew, he was laying on the side of the street with the sewer cover beside him and a nice sized hole in the street. He ran straight home and ran up the stairs to his room. His mother had no idea until years later when he told the story. When all the kids would get together the boys would all tell their version of a fishing story. It was the same fishing trip with 4 different versions. We will never know the REAL story, but it was always fun to hear. Gary loved his family so much and spent as much time as he could with them. He had small odd jobs as a young boy such as a paper route with 100+ customers, he set pins at the bowling alley and he worked as a sack boy at Food Town.

 

 

Gary worked at Pressure Cast Products for most of his adult life. He also worked many side jobs, such as unloading sandbags from train cars, mowing cemeteries, mopping the floors of Kiwk Stop and many more. He worked hard to provide for his family. He made many friends at Pressure Cast and in the last few years, he and his friends would meet every Monday morning at Braums for breakfast. He enjoyed that more than anyone could ever know. He was known at Pressure Cast as “Doc Baker” because he would perform first aid on cuts and minor burns or take hurt work mates to the hospital for treatment. “Baker”, as he was also known, was very loyal to Pressure Cast and was one of the last ones there when they shut down.

 

 

 

Gary loved playing slow pitch baseball. He met a lot of great guys that way.  He also loved volunteering to work at many haunted houses in the past. He would come home late at night and laugh and tell stories of all the people he scared. He really enjoyed that.

 

 

 

Gary loved going on adventures and later in life would travel more than he ever thought he would. From trips down the Grand Canyon to going to “HI Waii” to going on a couple of cruises, he enjoyed his time with his wife and sisters and nieces.  For many years he would take his family on camping trips to Beaver Lake in Arkansas where they would boat and fish and feel like they were living the good life. This year was the first time in over 50 years that they would miss camping at Beaver and that is because of the deadly disease that took his life. If you were to ask him, camping was the best vacation you could take. Spending time with family around a campfire eating burnt marshmallows or playing a favorite card game, there is nothing like it. He did love driving to Grand Junction, CO to visit his sisters and nieces and eating Olathe Corn, fresh tomatoes and bringing back a truck load of fresh peaches that he would sell to friends to enjoy. One of Gary’s favorite sayings was “there is only 2 things in life that money can’t buy, True love and home-grown tomatoes” and he lived that life to the fullest with his 1 true love and ate plenty of homegrown tomatoes, especially with homemade gravy.

 

 

 

Gary was a Christian and he lived his life showing his love of the Lord. He helped as many people as he could, whether it was monetarily or just lending a shoulder. On Father’s Day several years ago, a client came to town to tour Pressure Cast. He was traveling with his wife in an RV from FL and just stopped in Coffeyville briefly. The client had a heart attack and died. Gary was called by the doctor on call as the only contact the couple had in Coffeyville. Gary spent the whole weekend with the grieving wife until her family could come to Coffeyville and be with her. That’s just the way he lived his life. Loving God and giving to others.

 

 

 

Gary’s memories will live on thru his wife of 59 years, Barbara Baker and his children; Kimberley Jo Jones and Charlie of Coffeyville and Travis Baker of Owasso; his Grandsons, Nicholas Johnson and his wife Shania of Coffeyville and Brandon Baker of Owasso and his 4 sisters; Linda Britton of Grand Junction, CO, Sharon McSpadden of Grand Junction, CO, Mary Morris of Farmington, NM and Judy Scears of Canonsburg, PA , Sister In law Georgia  Baker of Coffeyville and many nieces and nephews. His many friends and church family.

 

 

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Jimmy Baker, Buford Baker, Darrel Baker, Lorna Breese and Charissa Balcom.

 

 

 

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel.  Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 11 am at the First Southern Baptist Church, 2701 W 8th, Coffeyville, KS 67337.  The family has requested memorial contributions be made payable to Seventh Day Adventist Church and may be left in care of the chapel.  To leave an online message of condolence for the family visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

Jo Ann Spradlin

Jo Ann Spradlin, just shy of her 87th birthday was greeted by her Lord and Savior at the Mansion He built for her on July 16, 2020 at Windsor Place in Coffeyville, Kansas.

 

Jo Ann was born on July 26, 1933 to Jay and Eleanor (Townsend) Bentley in rural Coffeyville in Old Park District, in the home she grew up in.  Jo Ann attended Old Parker Grade School and high school at Field Kindley graduating in 1951; after graduation she attended Coffeyville Community Jr. College.  On December 31, 1951 she married the love of her life, James O. Spradlin.  Jo Ann and James made their home in Caney and Coffeyville. Jo Ann and James loved to do just about anything together, they made the perfect team.  James preceded her in death on November 25, 2009.  They enjoyed opening their home up to family and friends to share in a meal and to gather for Holidays.   James and Jo Ann were long time members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

 

Jo Ann worked for Electra in Independence, Dolly Madison in Coffeyville prior to her employment with SEK Senior Services as the Executive Director for 20 years, retiring from that position in 1999.

 

Jo Ann enjoyed reading and spending time with her family.  Jo Ann had a warm smile and an infectious laugh. After James’ passing, she was a volunteer at CRMC Auxiliary and could be found serving in the Gift Shop.

 

Jo Ann is survived by her children, Danny Spradlin and his wife Debbie of Mountainburg, AR, Donna and her husband Chuck Manley of Coffeyville, KS; six grandsons, seventeen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; sister, Barbara Groh of Wichita, KS; nieces, nephews and friends.  In addition to her parents Jo Ann is now at rest with her husband and one great granddaughter.

 

Due to Covid19 restrictions the family has decided to hold a private Memorial Service.  Jo Ann will be inurned at Fairview Cemetery next to her husband and parents.  A Book Signing will be held at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel on Thursday, July 23, 2020 from 10 am to 5 pm at the chapel.   The family has requested memorial contributions be made payable to CRMC Auxiliary in Jo Ann’s memory and may be left in care of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, Kansas.  To leave an online message of condolence for the family visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

Sharon Flo (Tatman) Russell

Sharon Flo (Tatman) Russell, 74, of Coffeyville passed away Friday, July 17, 2020 at Windsor Place in Coffeyville.

 

She was born on May 16, 1946 in Coffeyville to William J. and Ola A. (Archer) Tatman. Sharon grew up and attended school in Coffeyville graduating from Field Kindley High School. After graduating she attended the University of Arkansas where she received her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in History. She continued her education receiving an additional Master’s Degree in Psychology and Counseling.

 

She married Jim Russell and he preceded her in death.

 

Sharon was a counselor at Four County Mental Health and later moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where she was a counselor.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Coffeyville.

 

Survivors include one half-brother, Thomas Ballew of Carlsbad, California; one sister-in-law, Darlene Tatman of Coffeyville; niece, Linda (Carl) Voss of McAlester, Oklahoma; nephews, Tom (Linda) Tatman and Jim (Denise) Tatman both of Coffeyville, and Jeff Mansfield of Kalona, Iowa and numerous great-nieces and grea-nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Richard M. “Dick” Tatman and one sister, Gayle Mansfield-Miller

A private family memorial service will be at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Coffeyville. Inurnment will be in the The Chapel of Resurrection Columbarium at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

 

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

David W. Barnes of Coffeyville is in charge of arrangements

Rita F. Dixon

Rita F Dixon age 73 of Howard passed away on July 17, 2020 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

 

Rita was born in Winfield on April 10, 1947 to Newell “Cherry” and Fern (Stewart) Douglas. She attended Grenola schools and graduated from Grenola High School. She continued her education at Emporia State University. She met Jim Dixon and the couple was united in marriage on March 9, 1971. They were blessed with two daughters and a son before they later divorced. Rita was the definition of a farm wife, she took care of all the needs of the farm and raising the children. She loved spending time with her children and making sure everyone had what they needed. Rita found employment as a caregiver at the Winfield Nursing Home, a bus driver for the West Elk School District, New Beginnings, EMT for Elk County, and as a dispatcher for the Elk County Sheriff’s Office. When she wasn’t working, she enjoyed sewing, painting, crocheting and attending her children’s activities and later her grandchildren’s events. Rita loved her dogs, more like children to her they were a major part of her life. Rita could be found at one of the local restaurants visiting with friends over coffee. She was one to always have a smile and bring out the best in her friends. Rita was never a stranger; she could have a lengthy conversation with someone she had never met. Rita was a member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary and the Royal Neighbors of America.

 

Rita’s memories will live on with her children, Curtis Dixon, Julia Fechter her husband Richard, Kristy Hanks her husband Doug, grandchildren Rocky Hanks, Wyatt Fechter, Peyton Fechter, Gypsy Hanks, and Richard Hanks his wife Nicole, great-grandchildren Malcom Raynor, Remington Hanks and River Boetefuer,  many cousins and dear friends.

She now rests with her parents and her aunt Lorene Douglas.

 

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 10:00am at the Howard United Methodist Church. Friends are invited to sign the register and greet the family on Monday, July 20, 2020 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the church. The family suggests memorials be made payable to the Women’s Auxiliary Scholarship fund 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 www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

Amelia Ann Lang

Ameiia Ann Lang, 99, passed away Saturday, July 11, 2020 at her daughter’s home.

 

She was born on September 28, 1920 at Crivitz, Wisconsin to Joseph and Klementine (Ozga) Zedekski. Mrs. Lang grew up and attended school in the Crivitz area. After graduating from high school she moved to Chicago, Illinois.

 

In 1940 she married Donald Arthur Lang at Chicago. Following their marriage they made their home in Chicago later moving to Wheeling, Illinois where they raised their family. Mrs. Lang worked as a waitress for several years at O’Hare Airport and later at a drug store in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Her husband preceded her in death in 1989. After her husband’s death she continued to make her home in Wheeling until moving to Coffeyville six years ago to live with her daughter.

 

She was a member of the Catholic Church. Mrs. Lang was an excellent cook and baker, an avid bingo player, enjoyed crocheting and making quilts. She made blankets for all of her children and grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son, Art Lang; three brothers and 2 sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Dore of Frankford, Illinois, and Barbara Holler of Coffeyville; one son Paul Lang of Illinois; eleven grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

 

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

The family suggests memorials to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or the Alzheimer Association; contributions may be left with or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337

 

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

Lavonna Alice Rauch

Lavona Alice Rauch known by the ones that loved her most as Bonnie, age 87 of Coffeyville, passed away on July 15, 2020 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.

 

Bonnie was born on February 11, 1933 in Coffeyville to Noah L and Murel F. (Smart) Morris. She attended local schools and graduated from Field Kindley Memorial High School with the class of 51. She continued her education at Coffeyville Junior College where she earned her associates degree. Bonnie began working for First Federal. She met Carl Rauch and the couple was united in marriage on July 8, 1954, they were blessed with a son and two daughters. Bonnie stayed home to care for the children until 1970 when she began working part time for H&R Block, a few years later she began working for USD 445 as an assistant librarian. She would devote the next 20 years to the district until her retirement in 1994. When Bonnie had free time she loved any type of crafting. She and husband Carl loved traveling the country and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bonnie was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church and a courageous breast cancer survivor. Anyone that knew Bonnie knew she was ready to visit, she loved catching up and just talking with friends and family.

 

Bonnie’s memories will live on with her husband of 66 years, Carl Rauch, children; Ralph A Rauch his wife Becky, Becky R Griffiths, and Karla D Cambron her husband Joel, grandchildren; Isaac Cambron his wife Anjali, Isaiah Cambron his wife Alyssa, and Rachel Wagonknecht her husband Xavier, great-grandchildren; Quasar Cambron, Phoenix Cambron, Naomi Cambron, Lila Cambron, William Wagonknecht and one on the way.

 

She now rests with her parents, son-in-law Rick Griffiths, siblings; Roy Morris, Carl Morris, Gene Morris, Dub Morris and Lucille Smith.

 

A private family graveside will be held and a memorial service will be planned at a later date when the world heals and we can gather to embrace and support each other again. Friends are invited to sign the register on Thursday, July 16, 2020 and Friday, July 17, 2020 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. The family suggests memorials be made payable to the First Southern Baptist Church 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 www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

 

Tarry Linn Bechtel

Tarry Linn Bechtel age 66 of Coffeyville passed away on July 5, 2020 at St Johns Medical Center in Tulsa.

 

Tarry was born in Harrisburg, PA on September 23, 1953 to Taylor and Cordia (Varner) Bechtel. He attended local schools and graduated from high school in the Harrisburg area. He joined the United States Marine Corps and worked for a sanitation company. Tarry made Coffeyville his home in 1998 and found employment at Purkey’s Auto Salvage. He enjoyed going to races, drawing, watching WWE, and building model cars. He was blessed with a son and a daughter.

 

Tarry’s memories will live on with his daughter, Angela Brown her husband Bobby, his mother, Cordia, his brothers, Dennis Bechtel his wife Jill, Rick Bechtel his wife Karen, and Douglas Bechtel, grandsons; Bobby Brown Jr and Derrick Bechtel and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his father and son Tarry Jr.

 

Honoring Tarry’s wishes cremation will take place under the direction of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel and the family will hold a small inurnment service at a later date. To share a memory or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

Ronald Ray Songer

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord - Joshua 24:15b. These words best describe the life of Ronald Ray Songer, who went to be with the Lord July 8, 2020. He departed this life at his home in rural Caney, Kansas, surrounded by his wife and children. His love and commitment to God, family and country made him a giant of a man wrapped in strength and integrity.

 

Ronald Ray Songer was born February 11, 1941 in Wichita, KS, the son of Walter “Ray” Songer and Ivy “Irene” DeMoss Helton. He spent the first four years of his life living primarily with his grandparents on the farm and other relatives in various towns; as his father spent two years hospitalized with tuberculosis, and his mother worked miles away during World War II.

 

After his parent’s divorce and his mother’s remarriage to Ora Aaron Helton, the family moved to California. During his childhood and teen years, Ron divided his time living with his mother in Bell Gardens, CA, his father in Wichita, KS and his Uncle Paul in Horseshoe Bend, ID. He spoke often of his adventures with his dad and also with his uncle, including attending a one room school house, camping and fishing the Elk River and sledding down the Idaho mountains on the inverse hood of a Ford.

 

Ron returned to California, finished his high school education, graduating from Bell Gardens High School in 1959, while living on his own and working to support himself. In September, 1961, Ron enlisted in the United States Army, as a Material Supply Specialist. He served primarily at White Sands Missile Range, in New Mexico and was honorably discharged in September, 1964 as a Sergeant.

During Ron’s time in the military, he was most proud of the time he spent as Commander of the Color Guard , always proudly carrying the United States flag. He also received a Good Conduct Medal, an Expert – Rifle Badge and a Sharpshooter – Carbine Badge. Throughout his life, Ron continued to love his country, to speak boldly in support of this great nation and was a lifelong Republican.

During his early twenties, Ron’s life took a dramatic change, when he dedicated his life to the Lord, was baptized, and strived to live by God’s Word each day of his life. He served the Lord as Spiritual Board Chairman, Christian Education Board member, Singles Minister, Young Married’s Sunday School teacher, as well as teaching other adult classes, Choir member, Soloist, and Evangelism Director. His greatest desires were to help someone come to accept Jesus as their personal Savior, and to help them grow in their faith. Ron was also a member of the Gideon organization. He especially enjoyed the time he spent with fellow Gideon members for prayer and passing out Bibles at area schools and colleges.

 

Since his service to the Church was volunteered, he made a good living for his family by working at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company (now Boeing) for 20 years, where he was part of the DC 10 Flight Test team. Ron took early retirement and after much prayer, moved his family to Caney, Kansas in 1984 to provide a more wholesome environment for his wife and children. The early years in Kansas were tough financially. Ron worked various jobs; barely scraping out a living. He continued to have a strong faith, which was rewarded when the family moved to Independence, Kansas in 1987, where Ron became the first Manager of Montgomery County, Rural Water District #6. He then formed his own company, American Extinguisher Service & Fire Supply Company, in 1991. He loved seeing and talking to his “friends” each year when he would inspect and service their fire extinguishers. He also loved being able to set his schedule around his family and church activities, which came first in his life. Ron built his company over a period of 25 years, only retiring, due to the battle he would begin with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), which ultimately took his life.

 

Ron shared this life with his wife, Valerie Gravett Songer. They were married on December 1, 1973 in Bell Gardens, CA. She survives at the home. Ron is also survived by his children, Douglas Paul Songer (Shyra), Ronda Songer Bradbury (Max), Teresa Songer Crupper (Alan), Darren Ray Songer, bonus daughter, Amber Nading-Gass (Steve). He is also survived by grandchildren, Taylor Crupper, Grant Crupper, Anthony Siebels, Harmony Songer, Jade Songer, Cadence Songer, Ali Bradbury, Zac Bradbury and bonus grandchildren, Clifton Sinclair, Jentry Gass, and Baylee Gass.

 

Ron has successfully fought the good fight, finished the course and kept the faith – II Timothy 4:7a. That would be the desire of his heart for you as well.

 

Services for Ron will be held Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., at Tyro Christian Church with burial at Robbins Cemetery, with full military honors.

 

Visitation will take place at David W. Barnes Funeral Home, Coffeyville, Kansas on Monday, July 13, 2020 from 12-8 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to Gideons International or Venture Christian Church and 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 of Coffeyville is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

Thomas Wayne Pullins

Thomas Wayne Pullins, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday July 8, 2020 at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, OK. Born Feb 22, 1960 in Phoenix, AZ to Harold “Red” Pullins and Hazel (McCarty) Pullins. The family resided in that region until they moved back to Coffeyville when Tom was in early high school and he would call it home for the remainder of his years. If you ever wonder if you met Tom, then you didn’t, because you would have remembered him as no one was a stranger to him. A regular patron to all the downtown restaurants and Chicks pool hall. You could usually catch Tom sitting for hours at one of these establishments with his “Jug” of tea and a contagious smile. He never seem to let the craziness of this world get him down and if it did he sure was good a hiding it. 

 

Uncle Tom, as known to so many of us, was poster child for Hell on Wheels, from the stories I’ve been told and witnessed, that’s possibly a strong understatement. In 1960 he hit the ground running 100 mph with Red and Hazel on his tail. I believe, if Uncle Tom had been her first born he’d have been her only. There is a reason God made her his mother, with the patience of Job. The old homage, "I brought you in to this world, I can take you out…” I imagine was on Hazels mind many a times with him. From his love for horticulture in high school. To the idea of getting some “ink”, which she would revoke that idea very quickly… with the help of 80-grit sand paper.  I’m pretty certain Uncle Tom wrecked more cars than Evel Knievel, whether they were his own or someone else’s. From borrowing Debi’s car while she was out of town only to return it home with a "slight” door adjustment. To being the only person I know attempting to conquer Killer Hill with his Dad's 2-ton dump truck. Only with the assistance of a dozer were they able to get it home in one piece. The adventures of Uncle Tom, seem to go on and they all bring a smile to your face. He always had a positive outlook on life and anyone he encountered. Never one to complain, except about the food, and only with a mouthful of his second serving!

 

As a result of a serious car wreck at the age of 17, Tom, truly was walking miracle. Years of recovery, love and dedication from his parents and the fighter within him, Tom recovered to become a fully independent person. Something the Dr said should not have been possible due to the injuries he sustained, but I know God had bigger plans for him. Tom would develop a passionate relationship and a love for Christ, his Savior that rivaled many and Gods love showed thru Toms “street ministry”. I know he touched the lives of so many that others wouldn’t given a second look. He knew the power of Gods love and sharing that with others was very important to Tom. As anyone who met him knows, you didn’t’part ways without a big hug or fist bump followed by “God Bless You!” That same love was also reflected toward his family. Second only to his Faith was his Family. He loved each and every one of us unconditionally and with everything he could give. Growing up with Uncle Tom in my life was like having that much older brother that you could harass and joke with but you always knew you were loved. God Blessed us with Uncle Tom for more years than we deserved and if you weren’t family he still treated you so. If I could sum up his life in one statement, undeniably it would be, “Faith, Family and Freedom” these 3 things were most important to him and his daily actions proved tha

 

Tom was preceded in death by his father, Harold “Red” Pullins and brother Samuel “Eddie” Pullins.  

He is survived by his mother Hazel Pullins, of Coffeyville KS; sister Debi Goodwin (Rowel) of South Coffeyville, OK ; Harold Jr “Pepper” Pullins (Tammie), Fresno, CA; Becky Dill (Dennis) Chino, AZ; Janet Egermeier (Richard) Childers, OK;  Multiple nieces, nephews as well many great nieces and nephews all of whom he profoundly loved!

 

Tom was a member of the Southern Baptist Church, in Coffeyville, KS. 

 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 13, 2020 at the First Southern Baptist Church, 2701 W, 8th St. in Coffeyville with Pastor Budg Riekeman officiating. Burial will be in Robbins Cemetery west of Coffeyville.

 

Friends may call on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.

 

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

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

Larry Michael Smith

Larry Michael Smith known to his friends as Mike passed away on July 3, 2020 at Via Christi Saint Francis with his wife by his side.

 

Mike was born in Russell, KS on October 3, 1939 to Robert and Leoti (Tague) Smith. The family made their home in Winfield where he attended school and graduated from high school with the class of 57. Mike was a lifelong musician, music was his passion and he still wanted to get home from the hospital to finish recording more music. Mike worked for many different employers over the years; he worked in plastics, picked fruit in California, Walmart, and Country Mart. Mike reunited with a classmate that he used to date during high school, Sheilah Feeler and the couple was married on November 22, 1992. Mike enjoyed writing and currently in the process of writing a novel and a script for a movie. Mike had a spiritual understanding of God and studied the Bible in depth. He wanted to help the world be a better place, it hurt him to see people struggle. He often donated to Smile Train and Heifer International. If he were a millionaire he would have been broke in a week making life easier for his fellow humans. Mike was reserved almost to the point of being antisocial but he still wanted to see people prosper.

 

Mike’s memories will live on with his wife and true friend Sheilah, two sons, 3 daughters, sister Michelle Smith and grandchildren. He now rests with his parents and brother David Smith.

 

Honoring Mike’s wishes, cremation will take place under the direction of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel and a private memorial will take place at a later date. To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

      

 

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