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Obituaries Archives for 2022-01

Joyce Arlene (Coffey) Heacock

Joyce Arlene (Coffey) Heacock, age 78, of Altamont, Kansas passed away on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at Labette Health in Parsons, Kansas.

 

Joyce was born on December 22, 1943, in Coffeyville, Kansas to Raymond and Ethel (Ransom) Coffey.  She attended Field Kindley High School in Coffeyville and graduated from Labette County High School in 1961.

 

Joyce married Lyle Heacock on September 6, 1968. They made their home in Wichita, Kansas. In 1973, they moved to Coffeyville. Together they managed their business of Greenacres Mobile Home Park for 18 years. She was a life member of the Lowell school PTA.  She, along with her sister-in-law Susie Coffey, organized and led the First Baptist Church Brownie Troop 54. For many years, she organized and taught Bible School. In 1996, she was recognized by the First Baptist Church for her 23 years of Sunday School Service in the Nursery and Pre-School Department. She organized and taught Pre-School at the First Baptist Church with the support of Carolyn Muncy.

 

Hobbies: Sewing clothes for herself and family, canning food from the family garden and orchard, creating rugs with latch-hook, painting many paint-by-number pictures, playing the piano for an audience of few, reading, crossword puzzles, hiking, fishing, and camping, babysitting, and growing African Violets.

 

Collections: Coins, music boxes, bells, clown figurines, and commemorative plates.

 

Surviving family: Husband Lyle Ray Heacock. Daughter Kimberly Kay Sherwood, husband Travis, and their children David, Robert, Joshua, Isaac & his wife Brook. Daughter Linda Lea Benning, husband Bryan, and their children Donovan & his wife Pauletta, Diamond & her husband Triston, Logan, Patricia, Brooke and Christopher. Great grandchildren: Laikyn and Jordan (David's), Parker and Melody (Isaac and Brook's), Alexander and Tahlia (Donovan and Pauletta's). Multiple nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents. brothers: Jack, Wayne, and Larry. sister: Kathy. granddaughter: Stephanie Ann.

 

Cremation has taken place under the direction of David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.  Services will be scheduled at a later date.

 

The family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the First Baptist Church in Coffeyville; these may be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home 306 N. Cline Rd. Coffeyville, KS 67337.

 

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

 

 

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Ferd E. Estes

Ferd E. Estes was called by his Lord and Savior to his eternal home on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at the age of 88. He was surrounded by his many family members in his home. His bible was always close at hand, even more so since the passing of his beloved wife, Sylvia, in July 2020. He would say he was quietly waiting on God for his time to come. Ferd will be greatly missed, but always remembered for many things; none more important than being a man that loved and honored God, cherished his wife and children, and valued everyone. His heart for Jesus guided his life, and his faith in the resurrection sealed his salvation. He was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

 

Ferd was born on March 17, 1933, in Independence, Kansas to Everett E. Estes and Ruth (Dougherty) Estes. He was raised in Caney and graduated from Caney High School in 1951.

 

He attended St. Benedict's College in Atchison, Kansas from 1952-1953. He then entered the Army in September 1953 where he was trained as a medic in the 8th Infantry Division, stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. He received his honorable discharge in September 1955.

 

He married the love of his life, Sylvia Waggoner, on August 16, 1955. With a new and growing young family, they returned to Caney where Ferd joined with his dad and grandad in the family’s long-time grocery business. He spent most of his adult working life as a grocer in the Caney community and local area.

 

Ferd loved the Caney community and held dear the personal relationships he had with his many friends, customers, and fellow businessmen that he shared an active 4th Avenue with. He considered it a privilege to serve his hometown and was a member of the Caney Fire Department for many years, leading as Fire Chief from 1972 to 1981. Though he never talked about it, his family knew that he was a regular visitor at the Caney Nursing Home. He prepared food baskets from the grocery store’s inventory for the residents, and spent time with them, especially those that were without family.

 

Ferd was an avid golfer and outdoorsman. He loved sharing these activities with his children and grand-children, enjoying one final duck hunt as recently as last year.  Ferd coached all levels of local baseball and softball as his three sons and two daughters grew up. Our lasting memory of that time was how he would come home from work for lunch, always willing to take the time for a game of “catch” in the front yard for whichever of his children wanted to don a glove and throw the ball.

 

He is survived by his five children: Michael Estes and wife, Cathy, of Caney, Kansas; Patricia Horton of Wayside, Kansas; James Estes and wife, Karen, of Kansas City, Kansas; Elizabeth Anderson and husband, Kenny, of Caney, Kansas; and David Estes of Caney, Kansas; ten grandchildren: Michelle Kraus and husband, Tyler; Caitlin Ramsey and husband, Chris; Rachel Renfro and husband, Marc; Jonathan Estes and wife, Kolbi; Lindsay Cacozza and husband, Joe; Jacqueline Horton; John Horton and wife, Natalie; Brandon Higday and wife, Melissa; Ashley Beurskens and husband, Brett; and Kyler Estes; eleven great-grandchildren; and several much loved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 

In addition, he is survived by his brother James D. Estes of Jacksonville, Florida; sister Mary Ann Franklin of Benton, Arkansas; and sister-in-law Wilna Waggoner of Caney, Kansas.

 

Ferd is preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 65 years Sylvia; one sister Patricia; sister-in-law Judy Estes; brother-in-law Wirt Franklin; brother-in-law Jim Waggoner; son-in-law Jack Horton; and several dear aunts, uncles, and cousins.

 

For those that loved him, heaven is just a little closer now.

 

A Rosary Vigil will be at 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 4, 2022 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Caney.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 5th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Trevor Buster officiating. Inurnment will be in Sunnyside Cemetery.

 

The family suggests memorials to The Journey Home in Dewey; 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.

 

May the road rise up to meet you.

    May the wind be always at your back.

    May the sun shine warm upon your face;

    the rains fall soft upon your fields

    and until we meet again,

    may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

 

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

 

Odessa Broadway Thompson Starr

Odessa Broadway Thompson Starr, 73, of Wichita, Kansas, passed away on January 27, 2022, after a brief battle with dementia that accelerated her deteriorating health.

She was born on January 9, 1949, in Marked Tree, Arkansas to Ophelia Johnson Doss and George Broadway.  She attended public school in Hughes, Arkansas. She confessed a hope in Jesus Christ and was baptized at the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Osceola, Arkansas.

Her maternal sojourn began with the birth of daughter Ronda Stokes Davis. In 1970, Odessa met and married Hubert Thompson, Sr. To this union, three children were born, James Thompson, Wendy Thompson McCreary, and Hubert Thompson, Jr. before the untimely death of Hubert, Sr. She also was blessed to give birth to Tanisha Thompson and Sasha Thompson. In 1992, Odessa met and married Dorse E. Starr, who also preceded her in death. To this union, no children were born.

Odessa was also predeceased by her parents, four sisters, Bessie Woodson, Georgia Broadway, Elizabeth Broadway, and Mamie Rollen; three brothers, Charlie Doss, Virgle Broadway, and Roger Robinson; one daughter, Ronda Davis; one son, James Thompson; one grandchild, Odell McCreary; and two great-grandchildren, Jawaun Thompson, Jr. and Darrel McCreary, Jr.

She is survived by her siblings, Martha Moore of Kyle, Texas, Nathan Broadway and Shirley Dunomes of Aurora, Colorado, Carolyn (Robert) Thompson of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Johnny Woods of Coffeyville, Kansas, Anita (Clyde) Hudnall of Coffeyville, and Diane Jones of Wichita, Kansas; her daughter Wendy McCreary and son Hubert E. (Cheryl) Thompson both of Coffeyville; and daughters Tanisha Thompson and Sasha Thompson both of Wichita with special companions Jacob Henderson and Kevin Harris. She also leaves to cherish her memory 26 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends.

Home Going Services will be held on Friday, February 4, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the St Johns Church of Faith in Coffeyville, Kansas.  Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Coffeyville. 

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 3, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville. 

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

 

Howard D. "Bud" Smith

Howard D. "Bud" Smith, age 84, of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away on Friday, January 28, 2022 at Medicalodges in Coffeyville. 

 

Bud was born on March 31, 1937 in Noxie, Oklahoma to Ralph annd Ella (Robinson) Smith.  He grew up and attended school in Lenapah, Oklahoma where he graduated high school. 

 

He was united in marriage to Kathrine Mae Bruce, the couple later divorced.  He later married Connie Harrington Allison and the couple later divorced. 

 

Bud worked more than 25 years at Morrow Foundry.  He was more commonly known for being the guy to go to for fixing your lawn mower down in the flats on the south side of Coffeyville.  He enjoyed fixing mowers and all the people he met through those encounters.  Bud also enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and liked to raise rabbits.  Most of all he loved his family and the time he spent with them. 

 

Surviving to cherish his memory are his children, Diana, Howard Jr., Nancy, Anita, Robbie, Toby, Joe Smith and wife, Sheri, Larry Allison and wife, Tracy; and Jenny Hoggatt and husband Dale; six brothers, six sisters, numerous grandkids and great grandkids along with many other extended relatives and friends. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sons, Tim and Bradley.

 

Cremation has taken place under the direction of David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville. 

 

Friends may sign the guest register on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville. 

 

The family will be holding a Memorial Service on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ridin' For The Brand Church in Wann, Oklahoma.  Pastor Jimmy Harrington will officiate. 

 

The family suggests memorials in Bud’s memory to Joe or Jenny to help with expenses; 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.

 

Karla L Blackburn

Karla L Blackburn age 78 of Longton, KS passed away in the early hours of January 24, 2022 at her home.

 

Karla was born May 26, 1943 in Winfield to Karl Raymond and Lillian Lucille (Hastings) Kill. Karla and her siblings were raised in the Elk Falls area where she attended school and graduated from Elk Falls High School. She continued her education at where she earned her certificate in cosmetology in Lawrence. Karla worked at the Stevie-Togs Factory in Neodesha, she worked for Elk Valley USD 283 as a custodian, the Powder Puff as a cosmetologist, and many years as a reserve deputy for the Elk County Sheriff’s office, and as a first responder for Elk County EMS.  Karla met Roland “Glen” Blackburn and they were united in marriage on August 9, 1975. The couple was blessed with two sons; Tyson and Scott. Karla loved being a mom and her boys were her world. Anytime the boy’s team needed sack lunches or if Glen was out fighting fire Karla put her magical kitchen skills to work and would prepare a feast in no team to make sure the entire time was fed or the entire county fire volunteers. She made some mean dishes and her baked goods are famous around the county. Karla liked fishing, she loved horseback riding, and always enjoyed the shooting range and was one of the better shots on the department. Karla had a heart of gold and was willing to help her entire community wherever and however she was needed, she took many kids in as her own and was always looking out for everybody’s best interest. She did have a mind of her own and never was shy to speak what might be going on in her mind. She was one in a million and a true friend to many.

 

Karla’s memories will live on with her husband Glen, sons, Tyson Blackburn and Scott Blackburn and his wife Tina, her brothers, Brad Kill and his wife Debbie, and Nick Kill his wife Linda, granddaughters; Cassidy, Kimberly, and Cheyenne, 11 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and a community that was made a better place because Karla called it home.

 

She now rests with her parents and Nephew Thomas Kill.

 

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 29, 2022 at the Longton United Methodist Church at 10:00am. Burial will immediately follow at Longton Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2022 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the church. The family suggests memorials be made payable to the Longton United Methodist Church 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 the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

Paul Leon Robson

Paul Leon Robson, age 77 passed away on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at The Legacy on 10th Ave in Topeka, Kansas where he has resided for the last several years.

 

Paul Leon was born on December 28, 1944, in Neodesha, Kansas to Paul Wilford and Dollie Ann (Boyd) Robson.  He was one of eight children.  He attended school in Neodesha completing his education in just the 8th grade.  Paul Leon entered the US Army on December 16, 1962, in Kansas City, Missouri and received his honorable discharge in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma on December 16, 1964, holding the rank of Cpl. E-4 at time of discharge.  He was proud of his service to his country.

 

After discharge Paul Leon moved to Texas where he began working on the railroad as a conductor, he was quite proud of being able to drive a train; one hand on the throttle and one on the brake.   He had several other jobs throughout the years of employment.  Throughout his life he had a true nomad spirit, he didn’t settle in one place for long.  He enjoyed camping and the great outdoors.

 

As a young man he married a young lady, Bonnie.  Unfortunately, their marriage didn’t last and later divorced.

 

Paul Leon is survived by his sister, Marge and brother, Ted, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.  Nephews, Russell, and Rob came to his aide when he needed help when he could no longer care for himself.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Don, Rex and Ray, sisters, Sharon, and Francie.

 

Funeral service will be held under the direction of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel.  The family request that you join them in celebrating Paul Leon’s life at the Loran Fawcett Chapel, 704 Indiana, Neodesha, Kansas on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at 2:00 pm.  The family will receive friends from Noon to until service time at 2pm.  Burial will follow at the Neodesha City Cemetery where full Military Funeral Honors will be conducted. To leave an online message of condolence or to share a memory visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

Elizabeth (Liz) A. (Lamar) Tickle

Lifetime Dearing resident, Elizabeth (Liz) A. (Lamar) Tickle 82, passed away peacefully, January 19, 2022, at her daughter's home in Tyro, Kansas.

 

 

Elizabeth was born outside of Dearing, Kansas on November 19, 1939, to Kenneth Paul Lamar, Sr. and Effie Ellen (Bellamy) Lamar. The 7th of 8 children.

Elizabeth attended Coffeyville Schools, include Vo-Tech, where she received certificates in welding and machine shop classes.

 

 

She was employed at Goldie's Pie Shop in Coffeyville when she met Henry. She also worked at Emerson Electric, The Box Factory, and American Craftsman. She retired from American Craftsman in September 2001.

 

 

She married Henry Lee Tickle Sr. On February 8, 1969, in Dearing, where they made thier home together until his passing on May 1979.

Elizabeth had 7 children, Henry Tickle, Luther Tickle, James Tickle, Jack Tickle and Albertis (Tickle) Bray from Henry's previous marriage, as well as Allen Lee Tickle, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma and Ellen Marie (Tickle) McDown of Tyro, Kansas.

 

 

Elizabeth would often say that she became a wife, mother and grandmother with her "I do."

 

 

Elizabeth loved many different arts and crafts, and was a veracious reader. However she loved her family more than anything.

 

 

Survivors include, Henry Tickle Jr., James Tickle Sr. and wife Carol,  Jack Tickle, all of Coffeyville, as well as, Allen Tickle and wife Kathie of Bartlesville, Oklahoma and daughter's Albertis (Tickle) Bray of S. Coffeyville, Oklahoma and Ellen (Tickle) McDown and husband Brian of Tyro. Elizabeth had 23 grandchildren, including Melvin, Elvin and Theresa Tickle, Carol Ann, Christie and Raymond Tickle, John, Donna Roberts, Lisa Mellen, Jimmy Tickle, and Vickie Sutton Tickle, Martha, Mona Duvall, Marion, Austin and Bobbie Anna Tickle, Cindy Coward, Tammy Huff, Aaron and Josh Meisner, Anthony Banzet, Kimberly Banzet, Michaela Buchholz, Brianna McDown and Justin Wertz.  She has many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

 

She is preceded in death by her loving husband Henry Tickle Sr., her son Luther Tickle, parents Kenneth and Effie Lamar, her brother Paul, Gerald (Gene) and Carl Ray Lamar, Sisters Mary Grossman, Caroline Brower and Peggy Lamar, as well as her granddaughters, Carol Ann Tickle and Theresa Tickle and Daughters in law Jean Tickle and Nola Tickle.

 

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, Kansas at 2:00 pm with Pastor Tom Barton of Caney Church of Christ officiating.  Elizabeth will be laid to rest next to her late husband, Henry in Fairview Cemetery in Coffeyville.  The family will receive friends at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel on Tuesday, January 25 from 5 to 7pm.  The family has request memorial contributions be made payable to: Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and may be left in care of the chapel.  To share a memory or leave an online condolence visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

 

 

 

Frances L. (Adams) Felts

Frances L. (Adams) Felts, 94, Liberty, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, at her home, surrounded by loved ones.

 

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Frances was born Oct. 26, 1927, at home in Tyro, Kansas, to Charles Perry and Katie (Elliott) Adams. The family later moved to Caney and then

 Dearing, Kansas.

 

 

She graduated in 1945 from Field Kindley High School in Coffeyville, where she was a member of the Tornado

 Tillies pep squad. She graduated with honors at age 19 from Coffeyville Junior College in May 1947.

 

 

Frances married Wayne Felts June 15, 1947. They made their home in Coffeyville, before moving to their longtime farmstead in rural Liberty. Frances

 and Wayne enjoyed 65 years of marriage before his passing Jan. 23, 2013. The family received the Kansas Farm Bureau Century Farm Award in 2021.

 

 

She started working at 14, helping at her father’s grocery store. In college, a business teacher encouraged her to get a higher-skilled job and

 she found work as a bookkeeper at the local prescription shop. She later worked at JC Penney in Coffeyville before starting her family with

Wayne.

 

 

After bookkeeping for Kugler Implement in Coffeyville in the late 1950s and working as a rural mail carrier, Frances began full-time employment

 in 1966 at the Social Rehabilitation Services office in Independence, Kansas, until 1976. She then worked in Child Support Enforcement until she retired from SRS in 1992.

 

 

She was a longtime community leader for the Peppy Progressive 4-H Club, served on the Liberty election board, and was financial secretary for

 the Liberty United Methodist Church, where she and Wayne were lifetime members.

 

 

Frances and Wayne also were avid square dancers and longtime members of the Promenade Square Dance Club in Independence. She enjoyed watching

 her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s sports and other activities, as well as crocheting, traveling, fishing and camping with family.

 

 

Survivors include her sons, Richard Felts and wife, Shirley, Liberty, and Larry Felts, and wife, Ruth, Liberty; daughter, Mary Schaplowsky and

 husband, Gary, Coffeyville; grandchildren, Mike Felts and wife, Patty, Liberty, Cindy DeTar and husband, Darrell, Coffeyville, Darren Felts and wife, Jacquelyne, Liberty, Ryan Felts and wife, Raegan, Shawnee, Kim Spillman and husband, Mike, Coffeyville, Kristi

 Ewing and husband, Adam, Liberty, Kelly Smasal and husband, Mike, Baldwin City, Tommy Felts and wife, Cassie, Overland Park, Brian Schaplowsky and wife, Krisa, Coffeyville, Kevin Schaplowsky, Boca Raton, Florida; 22 great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren;

 and four great-great grandchildren.

 

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; son, Tom Felts; and brothers, Charles Adams, Gene Adams and Albert Adams.

 

 

 

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 10:00am at the Liberty United Methodist Church.  Burial will immediately follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.  Friends are invited to sign the register at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel on Monday prior to the visitation. Visitation will be held on Monday,  January 24, 2022 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the church. The family suggests memorials to the Liberty

 United Methodist Church and Wildcat Extension District 4-H Foundation.To share a memory or to leave a message of condolence, please?visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

Neil Deion Vernon

Neil Deion Vernon of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away peacefully in his home on Thursday, January 6, 2021.

 

 

 

Neil was born on November 18, 1968, in Coffeyville, Kansas.  He was preceded in death by his mother, father, brothers, Michael and Gary, and sister, Charlene.

 

 

 

Neil attended Job Corps where he received his High School Diploma and masonry certification.  He later worked in construction.

 

 

 

Neil's hobbies included swimming, fishing, going to the casino with his sister, Nae and niece, Crystal, spending time with family and friends, cooking, and dancing. If there was a party, Neil was there dancing.  He was "the life of the party'' known to be the first one on the dance floor and the last one to leave it.  He was full of life and always brought joy to any room he entered.  He left many positive marks on this earth.  Like anyone else, Neil was not perfect, but he was the best brother, uncle, and friend anyone could hope for.  He was someone you could always depend on.  Neil was and will always be known for being friendly and fun-loving.  The community along with his friends and family will truly miss him.

 

 

 

Neil leaves to cherish his memory his sisters, Latecia (Jerry) Springer of Coffeyville, Kansas, Valeta Thomas of Kansas City, Missouri and Deborah (Cordell) Reed of Wichita, Kansas, brothers, Darryle Vernon of Coffeyville, Kansas, Tony Vernon of Coffeyville, Kansas and Eric Hare of Coffeyville, Kansas, many nieces and nephews that he treated as his own, and a host of relatives not mentioned nor forgotten.

 

 

 

Friends may sign the guest register throughout the day on Friday, January 21, 2022, at David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

 

 

 

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Johns Church of Faith in Coffeyville.  Pastor Purely Wilson will officiate.  Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Coffeyville.

 

 

 

David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville is in charge of arrangements.  To leave a message for the family online, visit www.dwbfh.com

 

Ralph Edward Anthony

Ralph Edward Anthony passed away January 14, 2022 at his home in Caney.

 

Born July 24, 1937, in Independence, MO to Dorothy Basil who worked as a restaurant waitress and Arley Anthony, an express messenger for Railway Express Agency, the oldest of five siblings; one sister, Martha Sue, three brothers Richard, Lee, Larry Dean, and Johnny Ray.

 

In 1959, he married Susan Donna Howe of Marshall, MO they divorced after 18 years of marriage they had three sons, Alan Shawn deceased, Mark Shane deceased, and Patrick Neal. On June 9, 1982 he married Jonina Karol Lytle who passed away July 10, 2017. There is one son Kennen Lewayne Simmons. Ralph graduated from Northeast High School in Kansas City, MO in 1955. In later years he returned to education and obtained an Associate’s Degree from Independence Community College and was awarded a scholarship from Friends University and graduated in 1999 and was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management. Ralph has had an extensive and varied employment history, starting as a clerk in a pharmacy at the age of 15. In 1960 he joined in the Kansas City, Mo Police Department where he served in various positions, patrolman, dispatcher, and predominate role as an Accident Investigator. In 1968 he left the police department and became a manager for Red Barn Drive Ins. After a short time he became an agent for a major multi-line insurance company and was later promoted to district manager for the Southeast Kansas district and he resided in Pittsburg. His last full-time employment before retirement was with Southeast Kansas Independent Living where he was an advocate for persons with disabilities, senior citizens, and an ADA compliance specialist. He was assigned to the Fredonia KS office and later was responsible for opening and establishing a new office in Sedan, KS. After retirement he was elected to the Caney City Commission.  He and his son Kennen enjoyed building and racing mini stock dirt track cars.

 

 

 

Those left to cherish Ralph’s memories are his sons; Kennen Simmons and his wife Cyndi and Patrick Anthony. 

 

Ralph now rests with his parents, his wife Jonina, and sons Alan and Mark.

 

 

 

Honoring Ralph’s wishes cremation will take place and a private family burial will take place. Friends are invited to sign the register and support the family on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. The family suggests memorials be made payable to Coffeyville Friends of Animals 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 the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

  

Ronald (Ron) Whayne Neidigh

Ronald (Ron) Whayne Neidigh, 71, of Edna, KS, peacefully passed away on January 12, 2022 at his home.

 

Born at CRMC to Dale and Ruby Neidigh, and raised on the family farm where he lived his entire life. Ron attended Trenton for elementary school then Edna High School until it closed its doors and finished his high school education at Labette County. Ron was a Coffeyville Community College and Pittsburg State University Alumni with a Bachelor of Science in Education. After he graduated, Ron spent most of his years in education as a substitute teacher for many of the area schools including Coffeyville, Labette County, Parsons, and Oswego. On April 7, 1986, Ron married his best friend, Ann Marie (Becker) Neidigh and went on to havethree children.

 

In his youth Ron was a volunteer firefighter for the Edna fire department, and for many years President of the Labette County Historical Society, served various offices in the Edna lion’s club, was an active member of the community, along with being a lifetime member of the masonic lodge. Ron was also a passionate genealogical researcher and local historian; he spent most of his retirement helping deliver meals on wheels, working on the family farm, enjoying spending time with friends, family and his many beloved cats, especially JiJi.

 

Ron leaves behind his wife Ann, children; Samuel Neidigh, Sydney Neidigh, Sara Neidigh-Gibson and her husband Matthew, and grandchild; Solomon Gibson.

 

No services will be held at this time and the family requests donations be made in lieu of flowers to help cover expenses. They may be sent in care of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel 2405 Woodland Ave. Coffeyville, KS 67337.

 

To share a memory or to leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

Bradley Eugene Stevens

Bradley Eugene Stevens age 65 of rural Caney, KS went home to be with his Lord and Savior after a courageous battle with cancer. He passed away January 13, 2022 at his home surrounded by loved ones who will continue to honor his legacy by living their lives to the fullest.

 

Brad was born in Coffeyville on January 16, 1956 to Chester L and Norma M. (Owens) Stevens. He attended Caney schools and graduated from Caney Valley High School, he continued his education at McFarland Trade School. Brad was united in marriage to Sherry A. Robertson on April 15, 1976 and to this union the couple was blessed with two daughters and a son. He was an extremely hard worker and began his own business in the 80’s Stevens Well Pulling; he then went to Boeing of Wichita where he was a vibration analysis expert for 16 years, and then CVR Energy as a Sr. Inspector for 10 years before retiring to the farm, where the real work began.  Brad had a deep passion for the farm and loved raising cattle and sharing his love of his farm with his friends and family. He was a member and deacon of the First Baptist Church of Caney and First Baptist Church of Oxford and he also served as a youth leader for several years in Oxford. He was most recently a member of the First Southern Baptist Church of Coffeyville. 

 

Brad’s memories will live on with his loving wife of 45 years, Sherry of the home, his children; Kendra Potucek and her husband Ryan of Melissa, TX, Kari White and her husband Jeremy of Derby, KS, and Chet Stevens and his wife Katie of Manhattan, KS, his siblings; Leo Stevens and his wife Debbie of Owasso, OK, Judy Thomas of Carl Junction, MO, and Marlene Smith and her husband Michael of Skiatook, OK, grandchildren; Jake, Jared, and Jentry Potucek, Reese, Blake, and Brody White, and Adeline Anderson, nine nieces and nephews and his faithful farm dog Mickey.

 

He now rests with his parents, his father and mother-in-law Kendall and Louella Robertson, and brother-in-law Larry Thomas. 

 

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 1:00pm at the First Southern Baptist Church 2701 W 8th St, Coffeyville, KS 67337. Burial will immediately follow at Sunnyside Cemetery in Caney, KS. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 21, 2022 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. The family suggests memorials be made payable to the First Southern Baptist Church or to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice 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 the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

 

Sharon Kay Coons

Sharon Kay Coons, age 78, of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center. 

 

Sharon was born on January 15, 1943, in Coffeyville, Kansas to Hank and Mary Elizabeth (Roberts) LaForte.  She grew up in Coffeyville where she attended local schools and graduated from Field Kindley Memorial High School. 

 

Sharon met and fell in love with Harold Coons.  The couple were married on June 30, 1979, in Coffeyville, Kansas where they made their home.  Sharon stayed busy with several different jobs, including managing KFC for several years, working at K & S part-time and still found time to do her friends’ and family’s hair.  She enjoyed bowling and shooting pool; for years she was active in pool league. 

 

The majority of Sharon and Harold's time was spent at the local V.F.W. Post #1022.  For over 20 years, she worked as club manager of the "V" and volunteered alongside Harold in the V.F.W. Auxiliary for most of those 20 years.  For Sharon it wasn't just a job, it was more of a calling.  Her selfless generosity to those around her was apparent.  The people who spent time at the "V" weren't just patrons of the club, they were people Sharon grew to care about and treat like they were family.  She touched the lives of all the people around her and will be missed by many. 

 

Surviving to cherish her memory is her loving husband of 42 years, Harold Coons of the home, children, Tim Pitts of Tyro, Kansas, Dan Pitts of Coffeyville, Kansas, Michael Coons of Charlotte Michigan, Mark Coons of Coffeyville, Kansas, fifteen grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, brother, Wilfred "Red" LaForte, sister, Beatrice Cox, numerous nieces, nephews, extended relatives and close friends. 

 

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Hank and Mary LaForte, son, Eric Pitts, daughter, Mary (Pitts) Thornbrough, brother, Gordon LaForte and two sisters. 

 

Following Sharon's wishes, cremation will take place under the direction of David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville. 

 

There will be a graveside Memorial Services at a later date, with details to be announced. 

 

The family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the local V.F.W. Auxiliary and may be left 

Cassandra (Robertson) Thornbrugh

It has been said that eternity is just a heartbeat away.  Life is short, so don’t take anything for granted.   The family of Cassandra (Robertson) Thornbrugh want to make sure you take those words to heart.

 

On Thursday, January 11, 2022, Cassandra passed away at the age of 43 unexpectedly at CRMC in Coffeyville.

 

Cassandra was born on December 19, 1978, in Chanute, Kansas to Arthur Robertson and Deborah (Brown) Hill. She and her sibling were raised in Chanute most of their childhood until her early teens when they packed up and moved to California.  The family only spent a few years in California, and they moved back to Jenks, Oklahoma where she completed her education, graduating from Jenks High School.  Shortly after graduating she and her family moved back to Coffeyville to be near family. Cassandra attended Coffeyville Community College.  She has worked in health care and several other positions, and her last place of employment was with Dollar Tree where she was an assistant merchandising manager.

 

Cassandra was an amazing mother to her children, loved people and had a very caring heart.  She cared so deeply that her family said she had a bleeding heart for people.  She was always willing to help and always put the needs of other before her own.  If she loved you, she loved you, if she didn’t like you there were no hard feelings it was just a fact.   Those who knew her best knew that she could be fashionably late, but she would always be there.

 

Cassandra married Dewey Thornbrugh and they have two sons, Damien and Gabriel.  Though the couple have never divorced, they remain best of friends.  Cassandra and her life partner, Chris DeGood have spent the last 14 years together and have one son, Joshua together.  Cassandra’s two brothers Chad Robertson and Terry Nading loved their sister.  She was preceded in death by both parents.

 

Memorial service for Cassandra will be held on Friday, January 21, 2022, at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville at 3:00 pm and Pastor Kevin O’Connor will officiate.  The family has requested memorials be paid to the family to help to defray the unexpected expenses and may be left in care of the chapel.  To share a memory or leave a condolence visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

 

 

 

Floyd E. Pitman

Floyd E. Pitman left this world to go be with his Lord and Savior with his wife and daughter by his side at the age of 73 Bartlesville, Oklahoma on Thursday, January 13, 2022, at the Journey Home.

 

New Year’s Day seventy-three years ago, in 1949 Floyd Edward Pitman made his grand entrance to this world in Henryetta, Oklahoma to his proud parents, Edward Albert and Dorothy June (Morgenson) Pitman. Floyd grew up playing and attending school in the Henryetta and Dewar, Oklahoma area.

 

In Muskogee, Oklahoma in June of 1968 at just nineteen years of age Floyd entered the United States Air Force.  He proudly served his country until September of 1969 where he received his honorable discharge holding the rank of Airman 1st Class at Tinker Airforce Base in Oklahoma City. Floyd was stationed in California at the time of his release, he was the only son, and his dad was fighting cancer, so he was discharged to be able to help his mom care for his dad.

 

Floyd asked Sherry Wakefild to be his wife, and her son, Chris who he dearly loved if he could be a part of his life.  The couple welcomed a son, Chad Pitman to their family.  Though the couple later divorced their children were loved by their parents.

 

Floyd found love again when he met Thelma Brown the couple married. Thelma had two children; Susan Lawson and Spike Lawson that Floyd adored. Soon after he and Thelma married, he officially made them his own by adopting them. Then he and Thelma were blessed with Brian Pitman between them.  After fourteen years of marriage unfortunately their marriage ended in divorce.

 

Floyd began attending church and became rather smitten with a lady, Sandra C. (Reeves) Kastler that was also attending there. Well, the couple started a courtship and in 1993 he and Sandy were married. Sandy had three children that he now became “Dad” to: Gayla, Shonna, Glen.  Floyd loved all his kids, and the “step” word was never used in his home.  Floyd and Sandy said God put us together to love each other not walk on each other so they didn’t allow the word “step” to exist.  The love between the whole family was and is of God.

 

Floyd and Sandy often shared a funny little story from a discussion on the way home from the Wedding Chapel the day they were married.  He looked over to Sandy and said, “God has blessed me with a loving wife but now, God has blessed me with grandchildren and I’m a “Grandpa”!!! Until their marriage he hadn’t experienced grandchildren but boy, oh boy he was thrilled to have that title and he has forever since loved them babies and other grandchildren that have been born since.

ard work was something that Floyd wasn’t afraid of.  He worked several different jobs before his long-time employment with the Union Pacific Railroad where he worked as a train conductor.  He retired after 42 years of dedication to the railroad.  Floyd dearly loved to hunt and fish with his best friend; Harry Keith and we just know that the two of them are in Heaven fishing now.

 

Floyd and his wife Sandy of the home have a blended family of seven children, Chad Pitman, Brian Pitman, Susan Greenfield, Spike Pitman, Gayla Garrison, Glen Kastler, Shonna Dickinson, seventeen grandchildren; Kara, Courtney, Rachalle, Dakota, Kelsey, Matthew, Levi, Mason, Lilli, Paityn, Shantel, Chelsea, Hanna, Karter, Taylor, Eric, Josh, thirteen great grandchildren; Kaidence, Jaelyn, Lance, Andre III, Kamberlyn, Brooks, Kennedy, Tatum, Addie, Kesleigh, Sawyer, Hayley, Layton, Austyn, Aurora, Josiah, Hayley and baby Lindesmith on the way; Floyd was blessed with one sister in law Norene Pitman, niece Kelli Pitman Phillips and nephew Cory Pitman.  In addition to his parents Floyd’s baby brother, older brother, and one great grandson preceded him in death.

 

Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at 2:00 pm at First Southern Baptist Church, 2701 W. 8th, in Coffeyville, with pastor Luke Oldweiler officiating. Floyd will be laid to rest in Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be held at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville on Monday, January 17, 2022, from 5 to 7pm.  The family has requested memorial contributions be made payable to The Journey Home, 900 Washington Blvd., Bartlesville, OK or may be left in care of the chapel.  The service will be streamed through the First Southern Baptist Church website: www.firstsouthern.net

 To leave a online message of condolence or share a memory visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

Patricia Jo Freel

Patricia Jo Freel, age 64, of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away on January 10, 2022 at the CRMC Emergency Room. 

 

Pat was born on August 18, 1957, in Kanopolis, Kansas to Floyd F. and Anne Marie (Patronella Kamphuis) Kasiska.  She grew up in the Ellsworth area where she attended school and graduated from Ellsworth High School.  She furthered her education at Coffeyville Community College where she studied bookkeeping. 

 

On January 10, 1994, she was united in marriage to her loving husband, Richard Freel in Miami, Oklahoma.  The couple made their home in Coffeyville.  Pat enjoyed bowling, traveling and was a lifelong member of the Methodist faith. 

 

Surviving to honor her memory are her husband, Richard Freel of the home; stepdaughter, Erica Freel of Coffeyville, Kansas, step grandchildren, Kayla and Damon Freel, a brother, Ernst Kasiska of Ellsworth, Kansas along with several nieces, nephews, extended relatives and close friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents Floyd and Anne Marie Kasiska and by her stepson, Bo Freel. 

 

Following Pat's wishes, cremation has taken place under the direction of David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville, Kansas.  No public services are scheduled at this time. 

 

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

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Michael Dean "Mike" Wilson

Michael Dean "Mike" Wilson, age 72, formerly of Coffeyville, Kansas, passed away on Monday, January 10, 2022, at Windsor Place Home N Sight in Coffeyville. 

 

Mike was born on July 6, 1949, in Neodesha, Kansas to Dean C. and Dolores (Ross) Wilson.  He grew up in Neodesha where he attended local schools and graduated from Neodesha High School in 1967.  Mike furthered his education in Wichita, Kansas where he graduated from the Douglas Barber College.  He returned to southeast Kansas where he made Coffeyville his home for the next 45 years and spent his career as a barber at the 9th Street Barber Shop in Coffeyville until his retirement in 2013. 

 

On November 18, 1977, he married the love of his life, Alyson Thygerson at her parents home in Labette County.  They made their home in Coffeyville. Mike was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene, the Kiwanis Club, the Jaycees and the Red Raven Men's Basketball Booster Association.  He coached little league baseball and refereed high school basketball for over 20 years.  Mike was an avid sports fan, his favorite teams were the KU Jayhawks, CCC Red Ravens, Wichita State Shockers and the Kansas City Royals.  In 2013, after retiring, Mike and Alyson moved to Wichita to be closer to family until 2020, when they moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma and have resided there ever since. 

 

Surviving to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Alyson Wilson of the home, son, Eric Wilson and wife, Courtney, grandchildren, Jack and Luke Wilson all of Wichita, Kansas, along with Reggie "Bull" and Molly Britt, Colin Colbert, Mackenzie and James Bauer, all of whom Mike and Alyson treat like they are their own children, Mike's sisters, Betty Wilson of Neodesha, Kansas and Kim Wilson of Altoona, Kansas as well as numerous extended relatives and close friends.  Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Dean and Dolores Wilson and by his son, Jason Lincoln Wilson. 

 

Friends may call on Thursday, January 13, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville to sign the guest register. 

 

Family will greet friends on Thursday evening, January 13, 2022, at the First Church of the Nazarene in Coffeyville from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. 

 

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, January 14, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene in Coffeyville.  Pastor Ford Hall and Pastor Luke Letsinger will officiate.  Interment will follow at Robbins Cemetery west of Coffeyville. 

 

The family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the CCC Red Ravens Basketball Boosters or to the American Cancer Society; these may be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home 306 N. Cline Rd. Coffeyville, KS 67337. 

Laura J. Robson

Laura J. Robson passed at the age of 74 in Coffeyville, Kansas at CRMC after a brief illness.

Laura was the first-born child to Edward "Lee" and Betty J. (Taylor) Brooks in Coffeyville on May 4, 1947, in Coffeyville.  Laura attended school in Coffeyville graduating from Field Kindley Memorial High School and completed her education in Business Management. Laura worked for CRMC for 35 years retiring as the Quality Assurance Risk Manager. She only took a year off before she began volunteering with the Hospital Auxiliary, she was currently the treasurer at the time of her passing.

Saturday, April 24, 1971, was a day never forgotten by Laura, she married her best friend and soul mate Robert Robson.  Robert was serving in the US Army at the time of their marriage.  Serving in the Army meant moving where they tell you. Rob was sent to Augusta, Georgia for a training where they resided for one week, he couldn't complete the training because he is color blind. Shirley, Massachusetts was his next assignment. They had 3 days to pack up, travel and find a place to live.  Now just imagine, two newlyweds, their funds were limited and needing to finding not one but two places to live in just a week and a half. One thing a young service man does not have is a large income, so having enough money for two deposits on places to rent, gas money and food was a real challenge.   Just after the arrival of the first child Heather, Rob was stationed in Germany. Laura and Heather joined Rob shortly after her birth.  Christmas was approaching and with just $2 in their pocket Laura was worried about not having a tree for their daughters first Christmas.  Rob set out to find a tree with the last $2 (exchange of 3 DEM at that time) to their name, just when things seemed impossible, God answered their prayer; a friend of their' s came pulling up to their efficiency apartment with a Christmas tree just for them.  Rob and Laura learned a lot about survival, saving and creating budget in their early years of marriage, that would also explain how they have celebrated 50 years of marriage.

Laura and Rob loved to travel and go on adventures.  She was always up to travel if it didn't involve riding on Rob's motorcycle no matter if it had two wheel or his newer purchase of a trike.  She also was not a fan of his bass boat, but she loved cruise boats.  She often spoke of their trip to the Boston War Memorial where she climbed to the top even pregnant with Heather to be able to see the view and to honor those soldiers who had sacrificed their life for freedom. She also hiked up Mt. Washington with Rob on another trip.   Other adventures that Rob enjoyed while waiting on a bench waiting for Laura included flying over the Grand Canyon, and conservatory elevators.

Laura started playing the piano as a young girl on a piano that was given to her.  When Laura was finally able to afford to purchase a new piano, she gifted her old piano to another little girl so she could learn to play as well. Laura has always had a great concern for children, being the oldest child, she was little Momma to her sisters. Their parents worked shift work often leaving little time to prepare meals so as a young teen Laura always prepared the evening meal for, she and her sisters. Laura was a very literal thinker, but books were a way to expand those thoughts. She has always been an avid reader, riding her bike as a young girl to the library weekly to check out new books, as technology advanced, she purchased a Kendall so that she could always have a book readily available.  Reading was a way to learn of places she dreamed of traveling to until it was later afforded, learn of cultures and for her personal knowledge and entertainment. When Laura's children were school age, she became very active in PTA, she was the leader behind starting the Latch Key Kid program at Whittier School. She later served several years on the USD 445 School Board. Laura and Rob are members of Coffeyville First Nazarene where Laura taught Sunday School.

Laura adored her children and spoiled her grandchildren rotten.  Every day she packed Heather and Eric's lunch before work and taking them to school.  She made them soup for their thermos, carefully place a Little Debbie treat or homemade no-bake cookie and a drink for them daily. Laura loved to cook and bake and always provided a nutritious meal for her family. Her grandchildren hold special memory of their grandma and will never question her love for them.

All that speak of Laura have a common memory that she was so loving, energetic, honest and loads of fun person to be around.

Though loosing Laura is the hardest thing her husband Rob has experienced, he will forever treasure the love, the life shared and their adventures; children who adored their mother and morn her loss, Heather and her husband Xavier Hernandez and Eric Robson and his wife Rhonda; grandchildren who loved her so; Sierra Hernandez, Breanna Hernandez and Liam Robson; forever little sister, Rita and her husband David Hanna; numerous nieces, nephew and friends that treasure her in their live as well as extended family, friends, co-workers and acquaintances.  Family that we are confident were there to help welcome her to her eternal home in Heaven are her parents Lee and Betty Brooks, second born sister, Lelia and her husband Tom Polk.

Funeral services to celebrate Laura's life will be held on Friday, January 14, 2022, at 10 am at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville with Pastor Joel Thompson of Central Nazarene will be officiating, burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 13, 2022, from 5-7pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel.  The family has requested that memorial contributions be made payable to the CRMC Auxiliary and may be left in care of the chapel.  To share a memory or to leave an online message of condolences visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

Shirley Ann McRay

Shirley Ann McRay, age 85, of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away on Monday, December 27, 2021, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Shirley was born on July 5, 1936, in Anderson, Missouri to Robert and Veda (Sherman) Childers. She grew up in Anderson and attended local schools until the family moved to Coffeyville, Kansas in 1952. Shirley graduated in 1954 from Field Kindley Memorial High School.

In June of 1954 she was united in marriage to Bill Bromley. Of that union five children were born. The couple made their home in Coffeyville where they raised their children. The two later divorced.

Shirley was a very hard worker, over the years she worked for various places that included JCPenney, Continental Can, Sears, Western Southern Life Insurance, George Realtors along with owning an antique store known as "The White House '' located at 6th & Union. In 1961 she was crowned the Coffeyville Centennial Queen.

On May 23, 1980, she married her loving husband Cecil Lawrence "C.L." McRay in Coffeyville where they made their home. In addition to raising kids, keeping track of all the kids' events and hobbies, and taking care of the home, Shirley and C.L. owned and operated two local businesses, Sunflower Cleaners and Edgewood Flowers for several decades until retirement in 2007. C.L. preceded her in death on July 25, 2021.

Shirley was a member of the First Baptist Church in Coffeyville where she was baptized. Her hobbies were quilting, sewing, reading, gardening, family trips to the creek, and anything that allowed her to be outside, family get-togethers, she loved hosting a Christmas Eve gathering every year, canning, going to flea markets, auctions, rummage sales, traveling with C.L. around the country, prospecting and panning for gold and seeing new places.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her children, Teresa Osborne and husband, Kevin, Kyle Bromley, Dirk Bromley and wife, Kathy, Kwin Bromley and wife, Sarah all of Coffeyville, Kansas, grandchildren, Sarah Pursley and husband, Brandon, Cole Osborne, Kirk Bromley and wife, Whitney, Krista Bromley, Kelli Bromley, Braylee Bromley, honorary grandchildren, Nick and Taylor Baxter, great grandchildren, Makayla Ross, Jaida Pursley, Sylas Osborne, Carter Bromley, Peyton Bromley, Parker Bromley, Pryor Bromley, a brother, Don Nash and wife, Carol, and her sister, Peggy Lee and husband, Ken along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended relatives and friends.

Shirley was preceded in death by her father, Robert G. Childers, mother, Veda D. Nash, husband, C.L. McRay, son, Kirk W. Bromley, grandson, Zach Bromley, and her brother, Richard Childers.

Following Shirley's wishes, cremation will take place under the direction of David W Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.

The family will be holding private inurnment services at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Coffeyville at a later date.

The family suggests memorial contributions can be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or to the Coffeyville Friends of Animals; these may be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home 306 N. Cline Rd. Coffeyville, KS 67337

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

Rebecca "Becky" Sue Prather

Rebecca “Becky” Sue Prather, 63, of Coffeyville, passed away Saturday, January 8, 2022, at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born on November 15, 1958, in Wichita, Kansas to Kenneth Dale and Beverly Sue (Robinson) York. Becky spent her early years in Wichita until moving with her family to Coffeyville, Kansas in 1968 where she completed grade school and attended Roosevelt Jr. High School and graduated from Field Kindley Memorial High School.

Becky married Donald Ross; they were later divorced.

Becky was employed as a paraprofessional at Independence High School for 20 years until retiring due to her health in 2018.

She was a member of Southview Church of God in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma. Becky and her mother participated in the Relay for Life for many years. She was a fan of Kansas University Jayhawk Basketball watching as many games as she could on television, but her greatest joy was spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Melissa Ellis and husband, Chad of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Sarah Ross and husband, Jeff Dunning of St. Peters, Missouri, Melanie Foster and husband, Travis of Coffeyville, and Shawn Ross and wife, Blythe of Erie, Kansas; her father, Kenneth York of Coffeyville; three brothers, Michael York and wife, Athena of Pueblo, Colorado, Greg York and wife, Merriam of Coffeyville, and Scott York of Atlanta, Georgia; twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Beverly York, and her paternal  grandmother, Georgia Rose York.

A Memorial Service celebrating Becky’s life will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 13, 2022, at the Southview Church of God in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma with Pastor Albertis Bray officiating. Followng Becky’s wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may sign the register book on Wednesday, January 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the David W Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.

The family suggests memorials in Becky’s memory to American Cancer Society; 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.cpm

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

Larry L Traxson

Larry L Traxson age 79 of Loma Linda, Mo and formally of Coffeyville, KS passed away January 6, 2022 at Mercy Hospital in Joplin.  

Larry was born May 19, 1942 in Enid, OK to Lovell and Eva (Crown) Traxson. He was raised in Coffeyville and attended local schools graduating from Field Kindley High School. He then continued his education at Coffeyville Junior College where he earned his associates degree. Larry then attended Texas Tech where he studied engineering before returning to home to Coffeyville where he began his career with Funk Manufacturing in 1962. Larry would devote the next 38 years with Funk, even partnering with John Deere on a patent on the transmission. In 1991 he was united in marriage to Gail Stewart and the two were inseparable from that day on. Together they have off-roaded in their Jeep across Colorado and Utah, and pounded the pavement at countless car shows across the local states. Larry loved restoring, showing, and driving classic cars. He also loved people; he was without a doubt a people person and considered all of his friends more like brothers. He was creative, talented, smart, funny, and more ornery than most. Larry was always active in his children’s lives and the community as a whole; he served as the president on the Cherryvale School Board, he was a board member of the Rural Water District, the 1500 club, the stock club, the Dalton Gang Car Club, he coached the Cherryvale youth softball, and the Montgomery County 4-H leadership, and was a member of the Coffeyville United Methodist Church. He was a terrific husband, a great dad, and the best “Grandpoop” you could have asked for. Larry was a Christian and a True American Patriot.  

Larry’s memories will live on with his wife Gail, children; Dustin Garrett his wife Shari, Will Traxson his wife Shannon, Melinda DeTar her husband Dwayne, and Jamie Traxson and Curtis Payne, grandchildren; Ben DeTar, Katie DeTar, Jadeyn Traxson, Makayle Fisher, Grace Garrett, Torryn Traxson, and Kensley Traxson, great-grandchildren; Elsie DeTar and Ralph DeTar. 

He now rests with his parents. 

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 2:00pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 10, 2022 from 5:00 to 7:00pm at the Chapel. The family suggests memorials be made payable to the Larry Traxson Car Show Award 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 the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com        

Larry Joe Coffey

Larry Joe Coffey, age 72, of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at CRMC in Coffeyville, Kansas. 

Larry was born on July 15, 1949, in Coffeyville, Kansas to Raymond and Ethel (Ransom) Coffey.  He grew up in the Coffeyville area where he attended local schools and graduated from Lenapah High School.

On June 8, 1969, he married the love of his life, Laurel Sue “Susie” Sleeper at the Cherryvale Christian Church in Cherryvale, Kansas. The couple made their home in Cherryvale until 1973 when they moved to Coffeyville, Kansas. Together they had three children, Jason, Tommy and Jay Ann. Susie preceded him in death on February 9, 2017. 

Larry enjoyed raising cattle, going to local auctions, and crossword puzzles.

Survivors include two sons Jason Coffey and wife, Mendy of Owasso, Oklahoma, and Tommy Coffey of Coffeyville; one daughter, Jay Ann Thompson and husband, Brian of Altamont, Kansas; five grandchildren, Casey Thompson, Jonathan Coffey, Joey Coffey, Jamie Thompson and Madison Coffey; one brother, Gary Coffey; and sister, Joyce Heacock; and many nieces and nephews.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one sister, and his wife, Susie.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville, Kansas. No public services are scheduled at this time. 

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

 

Sue Ellen Miller-Hunt

Sue Ellen Miller-Hunt age 67, passed away on Monday, January 3, 2022 at her home.

Susie was born October 10, 1954 in Coffeyville to Eddie and Virginia Miller. She was raised in Coffeyville, and attended Cedar Bluff School and graduated from Field Kindley High School with the class of 1972. Susie started working for Emerson, then found what she loved to do, cook. She worked at the Pig Stand for over 20 years. She then worked as the cook for Asbury Village. Susie was united in marriage to Stanford Hunt in 1991. She was a selfless, loving, caring, proud mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and wife. Susie loved going on vacation with the grandkids, going to dance recitals, games, and graduations. She loved music, Christmas, Donald Duck, shopping, word puzzles, going to the casino, and her Dr Pepper. 

 

Susie’s memories will live on through her husband Stanford Hunt, daughter Heather Johnson, son Shawn Miller, son-in-law John Johnson daughter-in-law Kathy Harding, daughter Britney Abell, her brothers; John Miller, Bruce Miller, Jimmy Miller, and Richard Webb, grandchildren; Hayley Miller, Elijah Miller, Gabriel Harding, Jerzie Harding, Dre Harding, Hannah Johnson, Christian Johnson, Seth Johnson, and great-grandson Abel Shawn Miller, and many nieces and Nephews.

 

She now rests with her parents, brother Edward Miller, sister Nancy Wilson, and nephews Chad Miller and Danny Miller.

 

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 10, 2022 at 2:00pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel with Pastor Kevin O’Connor officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 9, 2022 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the Chapel. The family suggests memorials be made payable to the Ronald McDonald House of Wichita 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 the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

 

James (Jim) Elmer Barrett

James (Jim) Elmer Barrett of Coffeyville, KS passed away at the age of 73 on December 12, 2021, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.

 

Jim was born in Coffeyville on December 30, 1947, to Elmer Lee and Delilah Francis (Marang) Barrett. Jim spent his entire life living in Coffeyville and was a well-known, well-loved member of the community. He attended local schools and graduated from Field Kindley High School in 1965, which resulted in great celebration by the teachers!

 

Jim served his country as a Marine from August 1966 until his honorable discharge in June of 1969 with a rank of Sergeant. He served in Vietnam from 1968 – 1969. Shortly after his discharge from the Marines, he married Patricia K Lucas on August 1, 1969, in Bartlesville, OK. They had one child (Casey) before the marriage ended in divorce. A common law union with Becky Hosfelt resulted in the addition of two children to the family (Tom & Traci).

 

In 1976, Jim began what would be a lifelong career with United States Postal Service in Cherryvale, KS. From the time he started to the time he retired from the Coffeyville branch in 2007, he held just about every possible position at the USPS…except for Postmaster. He made entirely too much fun of middle management to ever be considered for or aspire to landing that role. In addition to the countless friendships, the greatest thing that came from his career with the USPS was his 30+ marriage to Terri (Fitzgerald) Barrett, whom he met very early on during his tenure. They were married on October 31, 1988 and lived an extremely full life together. If he were writing this, he would say that “She’s the one I couldn’t get rid of!” and laugh out loud when what he really meant was, “She’s the love of my life.” And that was the truth. In addition to his work at the USPS, he spent many years running his own business as a part-time Journeyman Plumber. Whenever there was a “smell” in the air, he would always say, “Smells like money!”

 

In addition to Terri, his kids, and Colorado, Jim’s other loves were fishing and coaching. It was not unusual to go crappie fishing with Jim and watch him catch one after another while you sat staring, waiting, and wondering if you were ever going to get a bite while he cackled and pointed at you. He laughed so hard at your misfortune that it’s a wonder he never fell out of the boat. The man was legitimately the “Crappie Whisperer”. Jim coached baseball and softball for a combined 17+ years and had a lasting effect on countless kids. He didn’t just love the games. He loved seeing the kids learn the games, and he really loved being the teacher. He used his platform as a coach to foster growth and make kids proud to be a part of something bigger than themselves. He taught life lessons. He created teams that were families. He was always joking around, teasing, etc., but behind that was love and pride and the desire to make others around him better people…and he did. #diamondsforever

 

Jim’s quick wit and ability to befriend anyone was something to behold and made being the Post Office Ambassador (aka the guy who looked like Kenny Rogers in a postal uniform leaning against the stamp machine chatting up everyone who walked in) the perfect occupation for the man. Endless pranks (you should hear about how he got his boss to eat tree bark disguised as beef jerky in front of the entire post office crew at a party), endless jokes (legit dad jokes), uber

 

amounts of charm, a sucker for wiener dogs and cats, a serious love for baseball, and an unrivaled work ethic. A relentless giver of “the business”, we can almost guarantee he is up there making fun of Jesus’s sandals and robe right now directly to his face.

 

Jim is survived by his wife, Terri Barrett, son and daughter in law, Casey & Regan Barrett of Prairie Village, KS, son, Tommie of Lansing, KS, and daughter, Traci of Wellington, KS. He is survived by his granddaughters, Emerson and Laine of Prairie Village, KS, and his grandson, Bash of Wellington. He is survived by many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great, great nephews. He also survived by his sister, Delores Adams of Bartlesville, OK. Jim is preceded in death by his parents, his uncles Tom and Bill, and his brother Dick.

 

The family would like to thank the ER staff at CRMC for taking such good care of Jim and for doing everything in their power to keep him around for us. Your grace and professionalism will never be forgotten.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that those who wish to give donate in memory of Jim Barrett to Coffeyville Friends of Animals or Salvation Army Community Service Volunteers.

 

There will be a memorial service at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel on January 22nd at 1:00 immediately followed by a Celebration of Life at Pappy’s State Line BBQ in downtown Coffeyville.

 

 

Patty Hart Shira

Patty Hart Shira went to be with the Lord on January 3, 2022.  She was born in Parsons, Kansas, onJune 28, 1931, to Gladys and Raymond Sears.  She lived in Parsons, Kansas until her marriage to Marlin Hart Sr., on January 2, 1949.  They settled in the Coffeyville, Kansas area.  After Marlin’s death on September 26, 1983, she married Herbert Shira on November 26, 1989.

 

She was preceded in death by her mother, Gladys Sears; brother, Mirl Sears; sister, Ruth Hodge; first husband, Marlin Hart Sr.; grandson, Jason Koch; step-grandson, Aaron Bardwell; second husband, Herbert Shira.

 

She is survived by her children, Susan Pipkin (Gale), Aurora, Colorado; Marlene Koch, Coffeyville, Kansas; Becky Chronister (Craig), Pittsburg, Kansas; Marlin D. Hart Jr., Pittsburg, Kansas, Ellen Parsons (Chuck), Reeds, Missouri; stepdaughter Ruth Bardwell (Steve), Bartlesville, Oklahoma; stepdaughter Carmen Dissing (Dennis), Bella Vista, Arkansas.  Grandchildren, Levi Chronister, Joshua Pipkin, Daniel Pipkin, Kaylee (Liam) Koch, Aaron Parsons, Jessica Parsons, Charlie Parsons, and step-granddaughter Vanessa Wallace, and twelve great grandchildren.

 

She was a loving, devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  She devoted her life to her faith and family.  She was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church and former member of the First Baptist Church, both of Coffeyville.  She was active in PTA, Brownies, Campfire Girls, Boy Scouts, multiple church groups and a life-long member of TOPS.  She enjoyed sewing, cooking, reading and travel.

 

Visitation for friends and family to view and sign the guest register will be held throughout the afternoon on Sunday, January 9, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at David W Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.

 

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, January 10, 202, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Southern Baptist Church in Coffeyville, Kansas.  Pastor Luke Oldweiler will officiate.  Burial will follow at Richland Cemetery near Angola, Kansas.  The family requests that masks be worn at the service.

 

The family suggests memorial contributions can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice in her honor; these may be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home 306 N. Cline Rd, Coffeyville, KS 67337.

 

David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville is in charge of arrangements.  To leave a message for the family online, visit www.dwbfh.com

Mark Douglas Gofourth

Mark Douglas Gofourth, age 64, passed away on Sunday, January 2, 2022, at Ascension St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 

Mark was born on October 24, 1957, in Parsons, Kansas to Delbert and Barbara (Shepard) Gofourth. He and his brothers were raised in Parsons, and he graduated from Labette County High School in 1975. Mark was an accomplished high school wrestler, and he carried this love of sports throughout his life.

 

Mark began his career at the Coffeyville Oil Refinery in 1981 where he amassed an impressive 40-year career with the last 27 as part of the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters L.U. 441. Through all those years, there was never a job worth quitting and never a day worth calling in sick for. The workday never ended when he punched the clock at 3:30, as he would put his many skills to use fixing not only his own kids’ cars (and their lawnmowers), but the neighborhood kids’ cars too. Mark was always partnering with his family to replace roofs and lay carpet, while always looking for the next project in his garage.

 

Retirement was right around the corner (or so he said), which surely would have led to him showing up unannounced to help his friends and family with the projects they couldn’t do on their own.

 

On October 23, 1998, Mark married Teresa (Hill) Gofourth in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Since then, they have raised their children and grandchildren in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma. Over the last 23 years, if you had walked into their home, you would have found it full of love, passion, and laughter.

 

Mark lived his life intentionally, passing along strong morals, unwavering work ethic, and genuine selflessness. His favorite stories were always about the times he had spent with family and friends. He loved to listen, but when he spoke, it was always the answer you needed.

 

Those surviving to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Teresa Gofourth; mother, Barbara Gofourth of Parsons, Kansas; children, Jordon Gofourth and wife, Stephanie of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Dylan Gofourth and wife, Tia of Hondo, Texas, Jason Kelley of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma, Christina Kelley of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Alex, Eli, Isaac and Sylvia Kelley; brothers, Rodney Gofourth and wife, Ramona of Edna, Kansas, Scott Gofourth and wife, Brenda of Parsons, Kansas; numerous nieces, nephews, extended relatives and close friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Delbert Gofourth.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held by the family on Friday, January 7, 2022, at 1:00pm at the First Baptist Church in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma. Services will be officiated by Wade Lamb.

 

Friends may sign the guest register at the First Baptist Church in South Coffeyville before and after the Celebration of Life.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Mark Gofourth Scholarship Fund. Please visit https://everloved.com/life-of/mark-gofourth/ to make your contributions to the memorial fund.

 

David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville assisted with arrangements.  To leave a message for the family online, visit www.dwbfh.com

 

Marsha Allen

Marsha Allen, age 76, of Caney, Kansas formerly of Moline, Kansas passed away on Wednesday December 29, 2021, at Grove Nursing Center in Grove, Oklahoma. 

 

Marsha was born on October 26, 1945, in Independence, Kansas to John F and Loretta Mae (Hopper) Clark.  She grew up in Moline, Kansas where she attended local schools and graduated from Moline High School.  Marsha furthered her education at Southwestern College in Winfield, KS where she earned her bachelor's degree. 

 

On December 27, 1969, she married the love of her life, James "Jim" Allen in Moline, Kansas.  The couple made their home in Caney, KS.  They had two children, Michael and Sharawn.  Marsha filled her days taking care of the home and the children.  She was very active in all their events and hobbies and did a wonderful job taking care of her family. 

 

Marsha was of the Methodist faith.  She was a member of Moline United Methodist Church where she attended church for many years.  Her other hobbies were attending baseball card conventions with her son, Michael, baking, reading mystery novels, and working puzzles.

 

Surviving to cherish her memory are her children, Sharawn Rose and husband, Eddie of Grove, Oklahoma, son, Michael Allen of Caney, Kansas, a granddaughter, Kayla Conway and husband, Blake, great grandsons, Landon and Cayden Conway, along with several nieces, nephews, extended relatives and friends. 

 

Following Marsha's wishes, cremation is to take place under the direction of David W Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville, Kansas. 

 

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 7, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Chapel in Coffeyville.  Reverend Yves Kinangwa will officiate.  A family inurnment will take place at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Moline, Kansas at a later time. 

 

The family suggests memorial contributions can be made to Alzheimer’s Association; these may be made online at alz.org, left with the funeral home or mailed in care of David W Barnes Funeral Home 306 N. Cline Rd. Coffeyville, KS 67337.

 

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

 

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