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Obituaries Archives for 2023-05

Archie W. Riley

Archie W. Riley, was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away at the age of 86 on May 28th, 2023, in Coffeyville, Kansas at Medicalodges on Midland.  Born on September 9th, 1936, in Rural Welch Oklahoma to Ernest and Hattie (Hubbard) Riley, Archie grew up to be a hardworking man who always put his family first. Archie was a lifelong resident of Edna, Kansas.


Archie graduated from Edna High School in the class of 1957 and after being drafted in the US Army and serving in Ulm, Germany for 18 1/2 months he continued to serve in the Kansas National Guard of Coffeyville for seven years. Archie was known for his dedicated work ethic having worked at the flour mill for four years before accepting employment with Funk Manufacturing now known as John Deere where he worked for thirty-one years before his retirement. Even after retiring from John Deere, Archie continued to work at SEKTAM for another four years.


Aside from his career achievements, Archie took pride in being a loving husband to Mary Olehy who was also his high school sweetheart. The couple got married on July 1st, 1961 in Miami, Oklahoma and were about to celebrate their sixty-second wedding anniversary when Archie passed away. Together they made their home in Edna where he served on the city council for seventeen years, a member of First Southern Baptist Church in Coffeyville where he remained an active member until his death.


Archie's greatest passion was spending quality time with his family; he cherished his wife and daughter Karen and loved spoiling them both whenever he could. His love did not stop at Mary and Karen; then grandchildren Jacob and Kyla arrived; Archie's joy knew no bounds! Every evening after work would find Archie walking to Karen's house to play with the grandchildren while Karen tended to a few needs. Not to mention the phone call from Mary who checking to see if he had stopped by because he hadn't made it home yet.  And then later came great-grandchildren Ella Mae Smith, Gideon Pearce and Charlotte Pearce; they were just like the cherry on top his joy was complete.


Archie was a man of his word, known to always fulfill his promises and never put anyone else's need before his family's. He was an avid tinkerer, always doing the maintenance on all his vehicles, lawnmowers and other machinery around the house. Archie left nothing to chance and was self-sufficient with every machine that came through his hands.


Archie Riley is survived by his wife Mary Riley, daughter Karen and her husband Denzil Smith whom he loved dearly. He is also survived by grandchildren Jacob Smith and wife Michelle, Kyla and husband Nathan Pearce; great-grandchildren Ella Mae Smith, Gideon Pearce and Charlotte Pearce who brought him joy beyond measure. In addition to these loved ones, Archie leaves behind nieces, nephews and friends who he impacted during his lifetime.  Archie's passing was preceded by brothers Marvin Riley and Willard Riley as well as sister Norma Duvall.


Friends and family will be received at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave. in Coffeyville on June 4th, 2023 from 5 pm to 7 pm for visitation and First Southern Baptist Church will host Archie's funeral service at 10 am on June 5th with burial following at North Edna Cemetery, Edna, Kansas where Pastor Matt Friese will officiate and Miliary Honors will be provided by Ft. Riley's Big Red One.


To honor Archie’s legacy, donations can be made to First Southern Baptist Church or Edna Volunteer Fire Department and may be left in care of the chapel.


If Archie were here today, he would encourage everyone that Heaven is very real and moving forward one should make a conscious effort to accept Jesus as a personal Savior. Rest in Peace Archie Riley; you have impacted the world around you immeasurably yet left the world brighter with your light. You will truly be missed but forever remembered – your life serving as fiery motivation for us all to live better lives!

Gale A. Whitaker

Gale A. Whitaker, a thoughtful and compassionate soul, was born on January 6, 1952, in Independence, KS, and passed away on May 26, 2023. Throughout her life, Gale touched the hearts of many with her loving and supportive nature. A dedicated mother, sister, and grandmother, she was the epitome of strength and courage, always putting her family first. As a proud resident of Coffeyville, Kansas, Gale found immense joy and satisfaction in her work as the owner of her own kennel. Her passion for caring for dogs was evident to all who knew her, and her gentle, nurturing spirit made her a beloved figure in the community. Even after her retirement, her contagious enthusiasm for her hobbies never waned. Those who were fortunate enough to know Gale will remember her for her unwavering kindness and her infectious love for life. Gale Whitaker is survived by her daughter Christina Hillyard, son David Hillyard, brother Dean Crawford, and grandson Brandon Hillyard. She was preceded in death by her father, Guy Crawford, and mother, Leona Crawford, one son, Buddy Dale Hillyard, and one brother, Dale Crawford. Friends and family are invited to attend a visitation at David W. Barnes Funeral Home, located at 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, Kansas, 67337, on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, frp,1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at Pumpkin Creek Cemetery in Coffeyville, Kansas. We encourage you to leave memories, stories, and upload photos of Gale Whitaker on her memorial page to celebrate her incredible life and the impact she made on those around her.


Norma Gail Briggs

Norma Gail Briggs, 97, died Thursday, May 25, 2023 in Carthage, Texas. She most recently was a resident of Carthage Healthcare Center (CHC). Before she moved into CHC, she lived with Elizabeth and Jim Taylor and they were her primary healthcare givers.




Norma (Pinky to many friends), was born November 30, 1925 in Coffeyville, Kansas to Elmer and Sara (Froman) Morgan. She grew up in the Coffeyville area where she graduated from Field Kindley High School in 1942.




She married Francis Thompson in 1943 and they had one child together, Doris Louise. They divorced and he later passed away.




On August 24, 1951, she married Roger Max Briggs (Max) in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.  The couple made their home in Coffeyville, Kansas and Max adopted Doris and they had 4 more children together. Max worked for the Missouri-Pacific Railroad until he retired. After Max passed away in 1994, she moved to Carthage Texas.




Her faith and being active in the church was very important. She was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Coffeyville, Kansas and many summers organized its Vacation Bible School. She was also active at the state and national level and served as President of the WMU (Women’s Missionary Union) of the Southern Baptist Convention. The latter service resulted in many trips to the Glorieta Baptist Conference Center in Glorieta, New Mexico in which she brought her family who vacationed while she worked. After her move to Carthage, Texas, she was a member of the First Baptist Church in Carthage.



Besides being active in church activities, she loved to travel. Max and she had travel trailers and would use them to go across the country to visit family. They also went to Branson, Missouri many times. After Max passed away, she still traveled; sometimes alone but sometimes she would travel with a grandkid in tow and if there was Shoney’s around that is where they would have breakfast. As her grandchildren grew up, they sometimes included her in their travel adventures and she was treated to a wonderful vacation in Hawaii. With her love of travel, she took cruises with family to Alaska as well as the Caribbean and a fond memory is a picture of her in the Caribbean waters holding a stingray. Her daughters did many trips with her as special Mother’s Day outings that included going to Chicago, Colorado, New York, and even stomping grapes at a winery in Texas. She also took a trip to the Holy Lands as part of a tour group and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the sites there.


Norma was an avid fisherwoman and spent many hours at the Taylor’s pond and many times a family member was with her. She especially loved trout fishing at White River in Arkansas. Other hobbies included making ceramics/pottery and quilting. Many of the ceramic pieces and quilts were made for her family. She also enjoyed spirited games of ‘42’ and it was best if you knew the rules because at times it seemed she would make up some while playing based on what some of her children would say. She was very competitive; to say the very least.




She also loved baseball and the Texas Rangers was her favorite team. Her family knew not to call her while she watching them play as she might yell in the phone if the Rangers did something she did not like. Her knowledge of the players and their stats was quite remarkable.


She was able to see the Rangers play in person several times and also with her daughters was able to go to Chicago and watch the Cubs play at Wrigley Field and go to New York to see the Yankees play at their original stadium in the Bronx. One of her favorite players early on was Sammy Sosa and she went to Arizona to watch spring baseball and got to see him play. Her love of baseball wasn’t just for the professionals as anytime she was in the Austin area; she would always love to take in a game to watch the Round Rock Express. You can tell, she liked to be active especially with her family.




She was preceded in death by her husband, her brothers and their spouses, Donald Morgan (Margie), Dr. Darold Morgan (Elizabeth), Harold Morgan (Lila), her only sister Doris Kendrick (Scott), daughter-in-law Deanna Briggs, and sons-in-law Elvis Allan and Jim Taylor.




She is survived by her children and their spouses, Doris and Dan Lyons of Granbury, Texas; Sarah and Jim Duncan of Crestview, Florida; John Briggs and Charlene D’Avanzo of Yarmouth, Maine; Elizabeth Taylor of Gary, Texas; and Mary and Allen Regehr of Liberty Hill, Texas; along with 10 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, 10 great great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Her grandchildren/great grandchildren are widely dispersed from Arkansas, Arizona, Australia, Florida, Italy, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, and Texas and she always loved hearing from them or finding out what they were doing.




She will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her. A graveside service will be held under the direction of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel of Coffeyville at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Coffeyville, Kansas on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at 2:00 pm.  To leave a message of condolence, share a memory or view live streaming of the service under her obituary page visit






In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Missions in Carthage (checks may be sent to First Baptist Carthage, PO Box 548, Carthage, Texas 75633 and designate it for their Mission in Norma’s name) or The Gideons International,

Rickie "Rick" Lynn Long

Rickie “Rick” Lynn Long of rural South Coffeyville, Oklahoma fought the good fight, and finished the race on Friday, May 26, 2023, at Ascension St. John in Nowata, Oklahoma with is family by his side.




Myron William and Frances (Blome) Long welcomed their son Rickie into this world on July 5, 1950, in Coffeyville, Kansas.  He almost always got to celebrate his birthday with a big boom.




Rick attended grade school at Cedar Bluff School in rural Coffeyville. Middle school, junior high and high school years meant having to go to town.  Rick received his high school diploma from Field Kindley High School.  During his high school years, Rick, his brothers and friends could be found cruising 8th street or drag racing on south Buckeye.




On July 3, 1970, he married the love of his life, Alice O’Neill at Coffeyville Bible Baptist Church. The couple made their home in a small apartment in Coffeyville. Shortly after Rick and Alice were married, they purchased a 1970 Cuda.  Rick continued to drag race at MoKan and various other undisclosed locations.  A few years into their marriage they purchased a home in South Coffeyville where they raised their three children, Angela, Kimberlee and Rickie.  In 1994 he and Alice built their forever home in rural South Coffeyville where they still reside.




Rick has had several working careers over the years. He was a skilled butcher working for Hosney’s, Elmores IGA and Homeland before going to work at Sherwin Williams Smelter and then for the railroad.  Fed Ex is where Rick spent over 24 years driving a truck, and with a true blessing in disguise he had a career change.  He began working at Lowes in Owasso where he also retired from.  This career change was totally unexpected, it was truly by God’s design that all of that took place. 




Rick and Alice are longtime members of First Southern Baptist Church where Rick was a greeter and Alice a pianist.  Rick greeted all who entered with a warm smile and a friendly hello.


Rick’s racing days were over but his love for fast cars was not. He always tuned in on every televised NASCAR race. He also enjoyed watching westerns even if was the umpteenth time he had seen that episode.  Rick loved animals and always had a dog; his favorite grand dog was Mitzi and the best dog he ever had was Purcey.  Raising cattle was more like raising pets for Rick, each cow had its own name and they followed him just like a dog.  He even raised Emu’s for a while carefully caring for the incubated eggs until they became healthy hatchlings.




Other favorite pastimes were hunting deer, camping, fishing and the best part was baiting the hooks for his grandchildren so he could watch them try and catch the big one.  Rick was a good, good man; he loved the Lord and kept the faith that he would be in the presence of his Heavenly Father one day by accepting Jesus as his personal Savior and having a personal relationship with Jesus.  He was a wonderful husband, dad, grandpa, brother, and friend.  He will be missed more than words can ever express.




Rick is survived by his wife Alice of the home; children Angela Denise McRay (Mark), Kimberlee Diane George (Justin), Rickie David Long (Amanda); grandchildren Alexis Dunsing (Blake), Kaitlynn George, Emily and Bryce Long; great grandchildren Paislee Dunsing, Oaklee and Landree Dunsing; sister Jennifer Ray (Ron); brothers Ronald Long, Randall Long (Patty), Donald Long (Rhonda); nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents.




The family will receive friends on Friday, June 2, 2023, at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, KS from 5:30 to 7:30pm.  A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2023, at First Southern Baptist Church, 2701 W. 8th Street, Coffeyville, Kansas at 1:30pm with Pastor Matt Friese officiating.  Rick will be laid to rest in a private inurnment at Mount Washington Cemetery, Lenapah, Oklahoma.   To leave a message of condolence, share a memory or view live streaming of the service under his obituary page visit

Donald Grant Le La Cheur

Donald Grant Le La Cheur, age 89, of Coffeyville, Kansas, passed away on May 22, 2023, at his home surrounded by his loving family.


He was born on November 13, 1933, in Scotts Bluff Nebraska to Elisha “Pete” and Fern (Evans) Le La Cheur. Donald grew up in the Hot Springs, South Dakota area where he attended school graduating from Hot Springs High School in 1953. In 1954 he was drafted into the United States Army stationed in Germany and Ellsworth Air Base in Rapid City, South Dakota. He was honorably discharged in 1957. 


Donald married Joan Elliott on November 10, 1953, and together they built a life centered around their love for family. He was a dedicated and thoughtful man who spent much of his life supporting his family and community. He resided in Coffeyville for 50 years after moving from northeastern Wyoming in August 1973.


He was a owner and operator of D & D Equipment with his sons, a John Deere Implement Dealer in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma, and retired in 1996 after many years of reliable service and hard work. In his spare time, Donald enjoyed mowing and working in his yard, and treasured moments spent with his family. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Shrine and was known for his supportive nature and commitment to those around him.


Donald is survived by his wife, Joan Le La Cheur of the home, two sons, Dean Le La Cheur and wife Carla, and Jeff Le La Cheur and wife Janine all of Coffeyville, grandchildren, Aaron Le La Cheur and wife Melissa of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma, Erica Matthews and husband Jerry of Gilbert, Arizona, Jason Le La Cheur, of Coffeyville , Justin Le La Cheur and wife Colleen of Alpharetta, Georgia, Jared Jones and his wife Jena Beth of Tulsa Oklahoma, Tony Jones of Coffeyville , Julie Laflen  and her husband John of Pittsburg, KS and Josh Bristow of Coffeyville. Seventeen great-grandchildren, Alissa Pfister and husband Colton, of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma, Michael Gill, Matthew Gill, Jerry Matthews, Lincoln Matthews, Phae’Lynn Matthews, Joel Le La Cheur, Briseis Le La Cheur, and William Le La Cheur, and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.


He was preceded in death by his parents Elisha and Fern Le La Cheur, two brothers, three sisters and great-granddaughter Aniston Le La Cheur


Visitation for Donald will be held on Monday, May 29, 2023, from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, Kansas, 67337. The family will be present to greet friends from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the funeral home.


The funeral service will take place on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at 10:00 am at Grace Fellowship, 2455 Woodland Avenue, Coffeyville, Kansas, with Pastor Doug Mund and Pastor Daniel Knight officiating. Burial will follow in Robbins Cemetery west of Coffeyville with Military Honors conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1022 and American Legion Post #20. Masonic Rites will be presented by Keystone Masonic Lodge #102 A.F. and A.M.


Memorial to Shrines Children Hospital and can be left at David W. Barnes Funeral Home.


We encourage you to share memories, stories, and photos of Donald on the memorial page to celebrate his life and the impact he had on those around him.


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Walter Irvin Chronister


Walter Irvin Chronister, age 96, passed from his earthly life into the presence of his Heavenly Father on Friday, May 19, 2023, at his home in Collinsville, Oklahoma with family by his side. He was born on May 29, 1926, in Doniphan, Missouri to Verble Marie (Mathis) and George Washington Chronister.  He graduated from Field Kindley High School in 1944. After graduation, he immediately enlisted in the United States Army and served under General George S Patton.  Among many military honors, he received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his World War II service in Europe.  After returning from service, he attended Coffeyville Community College and the University of Tulsa before beginning his 38-year employment with the Farmland Coop Refinery in Coffeyville as a machinist.




Walter met his future bride, Marjorie Jolene Gott, through mutual friends at the Pig Stand in Coffeyville.  Walt and Marge married September 9, 1949, and celebrated their 70th anniversary in Collinsville with family and friends. They had 3 children, Walter Dale, Danny Clyde, and Kathy Jo.




During his younger years, Walt played basketball for the high school and college teams and in industrial league competitions. In addition, he played football and baseball for the high school team. Walt and Marge enjoyed spending time at Grand Lake fishing and boating.  Walt spent over a year helping his father-in-law, “Pinky” Gott develop their property at Grand Lake.  There are many examples of Walt providing help to family and friends over the years including caring for his niece when she suffered from a life-threatening disease.




Walt enjoyed coaching his sons’ baseball teams and playing golf with family and friends. After retirement, Walt and Marge would spend several weeks in Arizona every winter with his brother Floyd, sister-in-law Joan, and other friends playing golf.  Walt and Marge were active bowlers for many years along with Walt’s mother, Verble.  Grandpa Walt was always available to take care of his grandchildren whenever needed. He loved to tell stories, listen to funny jokes, and had a wonderful smile.




Walt was preceded in death by his parents, George and Verble Chronister; daughter, Kathy; sister, Laura Shoemaker, brothers; Floyd, Clyde, and George Chronister. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Marjorie, their children; Walter and Danny; grandchildren, Aaron, Scott, Alexis, and Eric; and five great-grandchildren.




Memorial services will be held at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2400 Woodland Ave, Coffeyville Kansas at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, the family will receive friends from Noon until service time also on Wednesday. Walt will be honored with Military Services provided by Veterans that are close to the family. The family request memorial contribution to be made payable to DAV (Disabled American Veterans) or WWII National Museum and those may be left in care of the chapel.  To leave a message of condolence, share a memory or to view services streamed live, please visit under his obituary page.





Donnie Miller

After a courageous battle against cancer, Coffeyville’s own Donnie Miller, age 64, passed away on Monday, May 15, 2023, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center. 


Born Kerry Duane Johnson in Kansas City, MO on August 14, 1958, Donnie was adopted by Wilbur and Velma Miller at 4 days old and renamed Donald Dean Miller.  They raised him in and around Coffeyville, KS.  At the age of 4 he began singing on stage at his parents’ church.  His parents bought his first drum kit at age 7 and his first guitar at 13.  He was playing in bands for money at age 14.  Donnie switched to playing guitar full time at the age of 18.


Donnie was a part of several bands including the Cosmic Cowboys and Bandit among others playing locally.  His band Leotus and the Unknowns toured the Midwest.  The band Donnie and the Rock was formed in 1981 and opened for the Kinks on their 1985 summer tour and was instrumental in landing him a SONY record contract in 1987.  His first album, One of the Boys was released in 1990 which included contributions from Cyndi Lauper and Tommy Shaw.  In 1992 a devastating injury to his left hand left him unable to play for almost a year.  He started playing simple blues music as therapy.  He began playing live concerts again as Donnie Miller and Rude Awakening.


He moved to Nashville in 2000 and his first night there found a blues jam.  For the next 22 years he hosted the World-Famous Thursday Night Blues Jam, where he met and mentored many young musicians. He founded the National Blues Network which currently has almost 5000 members.  Donnie was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in 2020.


Donnie created 4 blues albums independently after moving to Nashville.  His final album Dig is filled with raw emotion.  It was written and recorded while enduring chemo sickness and pain.  The release of this album is pending.


Donnie enjoyed fishing in his spare time and always had his pole and tackle with him in his travels.  He knew all the best farm ponds in and around Coffeyville.  He also enjoyed assembling guitars.  He turned this passion into a business called Cheapocasters.  He collected guitar parts and built 200 Cheapocasters that he customized by distressing the wood and/or paint. He used paint, wood dye and even old license plates to make unique instruments that he sold for reasonable prices.  He always took care that these guitars left his hands sounding and playing better than the ones sold in music stores for 3 times the amount he charged.


On May 17, 2020, he married Deanne (Turney) Maxwell in Dowelltown, Tennessee.  Although they found one another later in life they fell in love and had an unbreakable bond.  They had many adventures and loved traveling together.  They moved back to Coffeyville late in 2021.  Soon after that the Coffeyville Coffee Company released its first small batch roast called Brewed Awakening featuring Donnie’s picture and biography on the bag. 


Surviving to cherish Donnie’s memory is his loving wife, Deanne Miller of the home; daughters, Brittnay Bryant and husband, Rich Pefley of Del Mar, California, Alexis “Alex” Moellering and spouse, Wendy of St. Louis, Missouri; grandkids, Maddie Bryant and Jack Bryant of St. George, Utah; his bonus family, Deanne’s four kids, five grandkids and 6 great-grandkids; his bandmates; several special lifelong friends; extended family, friends and fans that will all miss him dearly.  Donnie was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur and Velma (Holdubaum) Miller and by his brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Beverly Miller.  Those who knew Donnie will remember him as a creative, dedicated, talented, and inspiring individual, whose love for music and the people around him touched countless lives. 


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


A Celebration of Life for Coffeyville’s own Donnie Miller will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2023, at The Yoke Bar & Grill from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.  The family invites everyone to attend.  We’ll tell stories, have some light snacks, and listen to some live music played by some of Donnie's friends and former bandmates.


Leave your memories and upload photos of Donnie to his memorial page at  as we come together to celebrate the life of this truly remarkable man.

Darrell Lynn Atkins

Darrell Lynn Atkins, 69, of Coffeyville passed away Monday, May 15, 2023, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.


He was born September 24, 1953, at Coffeyville to Charles and Mary (Vaughn) Atkins. He grew up in the Timberhill community of rural Wann, Oklahoma where he attended Oakdale School and completed his education at Wann.


He married Kathy and they had two children. The couple later divorced.


Darrell worked at several different jobs until becoming disabled.  He loved to spend his time fishing.


Survivors include his children, Brian, Joseph and Joshua, his siblings, Wormy Glen Atkins of Noxie, Oklahoma, Sherry Dawn Beard of Wyandotte, Oklahoma, Johnny Lee Atkins of Leon, Kansas, Tammy Dean Atkins of Coffeyville and Barbie Sue Reeves and husband Bob of Coffeyville, and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.


He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Atkins, his mother Mary McAfee, son Justin, brothers Billy Ray, Dennis, and Ricky Dale.


Cremation has taken place under the direction of David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville. The family will have a celebration of Darrell's life at a later date.


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Ethel Ann Currier

Ethel Ann Currier, a loving and supportive mother, passed away peacefully on May 16, 2023, at the age of 91.


Born on April 4, 1932, in Coffeyville, Kansas, to Bert and Eva Katherine (Richarz) Chaney.  Ethel was a proud lifelong resident of her hometown, graduating from Field Kindley High School and attending Coffeyville Community College. Her humble and thoughtful nature touched the lives of many who knew her.


Ethel married the love of her life, William "Bill" Currier, on June 30, 1951, and together they built a beautiful life in Coffeyville where they raised their three children. When she was young, she worked at the movie theaters. she later worked in the gift department at Read's, worked at Layton Bauer Drug Store, was secretary at the First Presbyterian Church, and retired as a Teacher’s Aide at USD #445.  Ethel was an active member in the First Presbyterian Church and enjoyed playing cards, especially Bridge, with friends at local clubs and gatherings.


Ethel is survived by her daughter, Kathy Henderson and husband Gary, granddaughter Heather Lowrance and her husband Jeff, great-grandchildren Max Lowrance and Wyatt Lowrance, and brother Bert Chaney and wife Marilyn. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Eva Chaney, her husband, William "Bill" Currier, and daughter Ann Currier, son Bill Currier, and fifteen siblings. Ethel will be greatly missed by her family and friends, who will carry her memory in their hearts for years to come.


Following Ethel's wishes cremation has taken place under the direction of the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.  A graveside memorial service will take place at a later date. 


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James "Jim" Douglas Burnham

James "Jim" Douglas Burnham, a resilient, loving, and creative spirit, passed away on Thursday, May 11, 2023, at The Journey Home in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.


Jim was born on November 21, 1947, in Newberg, Oregon to Richard and Lorraine (Schneller) Burnham. He grew up in Labette County, Kansas, where he attended school in Angola and graduated from Labette County High School. He furthered his education by earning his bachelor's degree from Friends University.


On March 11, 1978, Jim married the love of his life, Connie Long at the First Baptist Church in Coffeyville, Kansas. Jim and Connie raised three wonderful children, James II, Timothy(Chris) and Lisa. They made their home in Labette County, Kansas.


Jim’s passion for life was evident in his love of the outdoors. He enjoyed working on the farm, traveling, and attending his children’s activities. Jim was known for his dedication to his work at John Deere Coffeyville Works, where he retired in 2004 after working there for 38 years.


Jim is survived by his wife Connie Burnham of the home; children, James D. Burnham II of rural Coffeyville, Kansas, Timothy(Chris) C. Burnham of Chetopa, Kansas, Lisa Marie Burnham of rural Coffeyville, Kansas; grandchildren, Tristan and Chloe; and brothers, Richard Burnham of Spokane, Washington and Russell Burnham of Kansas City, Missouri. He is preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Lorraine Burnham and three sisters.


A Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, from 1:00 pm until 8:00 p.m. at David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.


Funeral Services will be held at the First Assembly of God Church, 1504 West 8th Street, Coffeyville, Kansas, on Thursday, May 18, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. followed by interment at the North Edna Elm Grove Cemetery north of Edna, Kansas.  Pastor Randy DePriest will officiate.


The family has entrusted arrangements to David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville, Kansas. We encourage friends and family to share memories and upload photos on Jim’s memorial page at Your heartfelt tributes will serve as a reminder of the incredible life Jim led, and the love he shared with those around him.

Eddie Don Howard

Eddie Don Howard, age 66, of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 3, 2023. 


Eddie was born on January 30, 1957, in Independence, Kansas, to Edward and Patricia (Wilson) Howard.  He grew up in the Coffeyville area and Normal, Illinois.  He was raised by his parents, Jim, and Patricia Fritz. Eddie graduated from Caney Valley High School. He proudly furthered his education at Pittsburg State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. 


Eddie had an impact on so many lives of people, young and old.  He was a schoolteacher in Altoona-Midway 6th, 7th, and 8th grade and taught P.E. for grades Kindergarten through 8th grade; he then taught 6th grade in Caney, Kansas.  He also coached football, basketball, and track.  Eddie continued his teaching at Coffeyville Community College, where he taught Firefighter One and Two. He was a loyal firefighter with the South Coffeyville, Oklahoma Fire Department.  Eddie further served as a certified F.E.M.A. responder.  His life was filled with teaching the youth of the future and providing selfless community service to protect and serve his community. 


On May 29, 1981, he married his best friend, Diana Marie Keene.  The couple made their home in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma.  They had two children, Jeremy and Shelby, whom they adored.  Eddie and Diana were members of Holy Name Catholic Church.  Eddie was a member of the Knights of Columbus; he was a member and leader in the Boy Scouts of America. A few of his hobbies were being a part of the Coffeyville Amateur Radio Club, woodworking, sailing, traveling, and racing motorcycles.  He was proud to have served and retired as Department Chief of the South Coffeyville Fire Department. 


Surviving to honor his memory are his loving wife, Diana Howard; son, Jeremy Howard and wife, Jessica of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma; daughter, Shelby Howard of Owasso, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Dustin, Jaylyn, and Delaney; brothers, Jeff Fritz of Edna, Kansas and Jeral Fritz of Independence, Kansas; sisters, Kathy Sroufe of Ocala, Florida, Biz Hansen of Rochester, New York, Jill Fritz of Coffeyville, Kansas and Jane Fritz of Lincoln, Nebraska; numerous nieces, nephews, extended relatives, and many friends.  Eddie was preceded in death by his father Edward Howard, and his parents, Jim, and Patricia Fritz.


The rosary will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2023, at 7:00 PM at Holy Name Catholic Church in Coffeyville, Kansas. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 19, 2023, at 10:00 AM. at Holy Name Catholic Church in Coffeyville, Kansas.  Father James Schibi will officiate.  Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Coffeyville.  Family and friends are invited to gather in celebration of Eddie's life at the Holy Name Gymnasium following the funeral service. 


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


The family has entrusted arrangements to David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville, Kansas.  To leave a message for the family online, visit www,


Helen Joyce (Huddleston) Bierbrodt

Helen Joyce (Huddleston) Bierbrodt age 77 or rural Angola, Kansas entered her eternal resting place on Thursday, May 11, 2023, at CRMC in Coffeyville, Kansas.


Helen was born to Carril and Marion (Hadley) Huddleston on March 12, 1946, in Nowata, Oklahoma.  She grew up in Wann, Oklahoma, graduating from Wann High School in 1964. Helen enjoyed playing point guard for the basketball team, she seemed to be very good at it.  She attended Success Secretarial School in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.  She was employed by Funk Manufacturing for 5 years prior to her 19 plus years of employment at Windsor Place where she also retired from.  She enjoyed her family and especially all her grandbabies. She was a very loving lady who never turned away any of her girls’ friends from their home and always offered to let them stay for dinner.


Helen met the love of her life Jerry, while cruising 8th street back in the day.  Jerry saw a beautiful girl who he didn’t recognize and waved.  He turned around and followed her to Shorty’s drive in and struck up a conversation that led to asking her on a date.  Jerry was being drafted into the Army and was leaving in 2-weeks, so it was a short courtship, and the couple were married on June 30, 1966, at First Christian Church in Coffeyville at 6pm.  They lived in Fort Bliss for 2 years where they had their first child and they later returned home to Coffeyville where they have made their home near Angola and welcomed two more daughters.  Jerry and Helen were just short a few weeks of celebrating 57 years of marriage.  


Helen is survived by her husband, Carl “Jerry” of the home, three daughters, Tonya Farley of Ellinwood, Kansas, Christina and her husband Robert Crites of Great Bend, Kansas, Karla Crawford of Lyons, Kansas, one brother-in-law Bennie Benson, seven grandchildren, Amanda Moore (Stacy) of Great Bend, Kansas, Mikayla Miranowski(Josh) of Wichita, Kansas, Nathan Monday (Ashton) of Chase, Kansas, Chesney Crawford, Lyons, Kansas, Jeri Bierbrodt of Ellinwood, Kansas and Joey Crawford of Lyons Kansas, six great grandchildren and one on the way, six nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents, one sister Carol Benson, mother and father’s-in-law Carl and Mary Bierbrodt, one grandson William Moore, sister and brother’s in-law Robert “Merle” and Pat Bierbrodt. 


Graveside services will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2023, at 10:30am at Spring Hill Cemetery on Pratt Road south of Parsons, Kansas.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, Kansas from 5 to 7pm.  For those who wish to leave a memorial contribution in Helen’s memory those can be made payable to the American Cancer Society and left in care of the chapel.  Visit to leave a message of condolence, share a memory or view the streaming of the service under her obituary page.

Kieth Allen Fouts


Keith Allen Fouts, age 84, passed from this earthly life into the presence of his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma with family by his side. He was born on April 14, 1939, in Mound Valley, Kansas to Lillie Pearl (Raymond) and John Allen Fouts. He graduated from Field Kindley High School in 1957. He graduated with an Associate’s degree from Coffeyville Community College in 1960. In 1959, he began as a draftsman at Funk Manufacturing Co. He spent 42 years with Funk before retiring in 2001.


He met the love of his life Barbara Sue (Thurman) in 1958 at Carl’s Service Station where Keith was working. Barbara was babysitting her niece, Cathy Joseph. Keith approached Barbara and asked if he could help her push the stroller and that was the start of their lifelong love story. On October 3,1959 Keith married Barbara. Together they had 3 children, Greg, Bruce and Gina.


While Keith was dating Barbara, he survived a major car wreck that put him in a full body cast. He always felt that by surviving the wreck, God had given him a second chance at life. He used this story as his testimony to share his faith with others around him. He was a passionate believer in Jesus Christ and loved to talk about the return of the Lord. He was known for his gentleness, patience, comfort, and servant heart.


In his younger years, Keith loved the steel guitar and enjoyed playing. He loved riding his motorcycle and his kids love to tell stories of taking bike trips with him. Alongside his career at Funk, Keith and Barbara also owned and managed the Peacock Apartments and other rental properties. Together they enjoyed looking after their tenants and maintaining their rentals.  He devoted the first few years of his retirement to his mother, Lillie. He moved her into their home and became her primary caretaker. During his retirement, he also enjoyed traveling with his wife Barbara and spoiling his grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing and rooting for the Chiefs and the Royals. He always had a joke to tell and a smile to share. His jokes often began with uncontrollable laughter that prevented him from ever making it to the punchline. He never made it through a family meal without letting everyone know he stopped eating chicken because it always “left a fowl taste in his mouth”.


Each time his family visited his earthly home, he would stand at the door and wave to them as they drove out of sight. His family will miss him dearly but know without a shadow of a doubt he is eagerly waving to them from Heaven until they too are called to their heavenly home.  


He was preceded in death by his parents Lillie and John Fouts, his nephew Rob Fouts, and his niece Stacy Fouts. Keith is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara, their children; Greg, Bruce and wife Denise, Gina Graham and husband Jon, grandchildren; Jennifer (Fouts) Wright and husband Justin, Sarah (Graham) Jaynes and husband Parker, Zachary Graham and wife Kaitlyn, Hannah Graham, Joshua Fouts, Katelyn Fouts, great-grandchildren; Novalie Wright, Kohen Wright, bonus-great-grandchild; Brantley Thurman, great-great-grandchild; Hudson Aleman, brother; Leland and wife Linda Fouts.


Funeral services will be held at Coffeyville First Nazarene Church, 2300 W. 1Street, Coffeyville, Kansas at 10:30am on Saturday, May 20, 2023, Letsinger and Ford Hall will officiate, and committal services will be held at the Veterans Memorial Patio and he will be laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery following the committal.  The family will receive friends on Friday, May 19, 2023, at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave. Coffeyville, Kansas from 6 to 8pm.  The family request memorial contributions to be made payable to Coffeyville First Nazarene Church and they may be left in care of the chapel.  To leave a message of condolence, share a memory or to view services streamed live visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel under his obituary page.

James "Jim" A. Sterk,

James “Jim” A. Sterk, 88, of Coffeyville passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2023, at his home.


He was born May 27, 1934, at Parsons, Kansas to Joseph and Mary Gertrude Sterk.  Jim spent his early years in Parsons where he attended grade school and junior high school, when he was a freshman in high school his family moved to Coffeyville where he completed his education graduating from Field Kindley High School.


On November 28, 1962, he married Beth Elaine Burns in Miami, Oklahoma.  Following their marriage, they made their home in Coffeyville where Jim was employed as a cabinet maker.  He worked for Bob Hulet for many years making wood furniture parts for Rok-A-Chair, Jim later worked for American Craftsman until retiring.  His wife preceded him in death on February 13, 2016.


Jim was a longtime member of Holy Name Catholic Church in Coffeyville.  In his free time, he enjoyed fishing, working in his yard, and was an avid Kansas University Basketball and Notre Dame Football fan.  But his greatest pleasure was his family, especially his grandchildren.


Survivors include his children, James Sterk and wife Charity of Coffeyville, Julie Dodson and husband Drew of Summerfield, NC, and David Rice of Little Rock, Arkansas. eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Elaine Sterk, two brothers and five sisters.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 12, 2023, at Holy Name Catholic Church with Father James Schibi officiating. Private interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Coffeyville.


Friends may call on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.


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


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Joyce Ann (Kimrey) Bever

Joyce Ann (Kimrey) Bever age 76 of Liberty, Kansas passed away at home on May 5, 2023.


Joyce was born on February 12, 1947, in Coffeyville, Kansas to Virgil and Florence (Curry) Kimrey.  She attended Edna schools and Coffeyville Community Junior College.  In her early years she worked as a secretary for various churches and local businesses.  She was a talented musician, playing both the piano and organ and shared those talents in ministry at church for many years.


On June 2, 1967, she was united in marriage to Robert Bever.  The couple have three children, Melissa, Shelly, and Robert II.  They lived a short time in Kansas City and Eighty-Four Pennsylvania and the rest of the time was spent in Montgomery County, Kansas.


Joyce and Robert attended First United Methodist Church in Liberty.  In the 80's they were foster parents to several children.  Joyce enjoyed sewing, bead work, quilting, cooking, cross stitch, playing cards, puzzles, word search and she most enjoyed watching her grandchildren and spending time with her family.


Surviving to cherish her memory is her husband, Robert, her three children, Melissa and her husband Rodney Lester of Independence, Shelly and her husband Joe Corbin of Overland Park, Robert Bever II and Kristi of rural Liberty; her mother, Florence Kimrey of Pittsburg; five grandchildren and one great grandchild; sister Deanna and her husband Tom Loughmiller of Pittsburg.


She was preceded in death by her father Virgil Kimrey and her granddaughter, Avery Corbin.


The family of Joyce has entrusted the arrangement of services to Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel.  Services will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at First United Methodist Church with Pastor Bill Booe officiating.  The family will receive friends from 10 am to service time at 11. Joyce will be laid to rest in Liberty Cemetery following the services. Viewing and Book signing will be Monday, May 8, 2023, at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel from Noon to 5pm.  The family encourages memorial contributions to be made payable to either St. Judes Childrens Hospital or Liberty First United Methodist Church Missions and those can be left in care of the chapel or mailed to Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, KS 67337.   Visit  to view live streaming of her services under her obituary page where you can also leave an online condolence or share a memory for the fam

Vincent P. Thompson, Sr.

Vincent P. Thompson, Sr. age 73, of Independence, Kansas passed away on Monday, April 24, 2023, at his home in Independence. 


Vincent was born on August 7, 1949, in Independence, Kansas to Donald and Ruby (Reeves) Thompson.  He attended Independence Schools. He owned Wichita Insurance Pool working as broker for insurance companies until 1995 when he sold his business and retired.


On November 8, 1975, he was united in marriage to Nancy Schlegel.  The couple lived in Holdenville, Oklahoma for two years in Wichita, Kansas for five years, and the rest of the time they lived in Independence, Kansas.  He attended First Southern Baptist Church.  Vincent enjoyed building homes, woodworking and rebuilding cars. 


Surviving to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Nancy Thompson of the home; children, Vincent Thompson Jr. and wife, Lotus, Michelle Tunnell and husband, Troy, Bryan Thompson and wife, Kathy, April Thompson; eleven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; brother, Michael Hancock, sisters, Dena Greer and Machell Hastings along with numerous extended relatives and close friends.  He was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Ruby and George Bullock. 


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


A Memorial Service will be held by his family on Friday, May 5, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Southern Baptist Church, 918 W Chestnut St, Independence, KS.  Pastor Todd Peebles will officiate.  The family will also be having a visitation on Thursday, May 4, 2023, from 5:30-7:00 at First South Baptist Church.


The family suggests memorial contributions can be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 1503 W. 11th St., Coffeyville, KS 67337 or in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 N. Cline Rd., Coffeyville, KS 67337.


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Patsy D. Maritt (Pat),

Patsy D. Maritt (Pat), age 90, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 26, 2023, at her home in Coffeyville, Kansas embracing her husband Dean, with whom she shared 69 years of marriage.


Pat was born July 22, 1932, in Coffeyville, Kansas to Edward Harry Mills and Jessie Myrl (Pettit) Mills. She attended McKinley Elementary School in Coffeyville and graduated from Field Kindley Memorial High School in 1950. She lived her entire life in the Coffeyville area. Pat married David Dean Maritt (Dean) on November 6, 1954, at Evangelical United Brethren Church. Soon after they were married, Dean built their home in rural Coffeyville where they raised their family and still reside to this day.


Pat worked for North Planing Mill, KGGF Radio, and was secretary at Trinity United Methodist Church for 20 years until her retirement in 1991. She was an exceptionally speedy typist and could do so with amazing accuracy. She was known for keeping meticulous records and after retirement she was the recordkeeper for Robbins Cemetery. She would tell you that her lifelong career was raising her family, which meant the world to her. Whether it be school or sports or community related, she never missed an event for her children or grandchildren if she could help it. She loved entertaining her grandkids by greeting trick or treaters at her front door wearing a costume, or at least her favorite pig snout mask, doing her hysterical “Lambchop” impression, or kicking off Christmas Eve gift unwrapping with her famous “123 Go” starter command. Pat was a lifelong avid reader and Dean was always finding her latest stash of books stuffed into the couch cushions. She was a fantastic speller and was a whiz at word puzzles. After they retired, Pat and Dean enjoyed taking bus trips as part of a local travel club with family and friends.


Pat was a humble person. She was always a champion of, and rooted for, the underdog. Never pretentious, if she was shopping and saw a shirt, she thought you would like, she would buy it for you, and it didn’t matter to her if it was name brand or not, or from Wal Mart or from Dillards. As she had great taste in picking out gifts, it was certain you would like it. Pat will be missed beyond belief.


She is survived by her husband Dean of the home, three daughters – Debbie Grisolano and husband Joe, of Pittsburg Kansas, Laura Joseph and husband David, of Stillwater, Oklahoma and Lisa Wright and husband David of Coffeyville, Kansas; and one son David Maritt and wife Lori, of Coffeyville; grandchildren Brian Grisolano, Tony (Kadey) Grisolano, Zachary (Samantha) Maritt, Joshua Maritt, Matthew Joseph, Brandon Joseph, Ben Wright, Eric Wright, Julia Wright; and great-grandchildren Luke Grisolano, Landon Grisolano, Ellie Grisolano, Brantley Maritt and Tayler Maritt.


She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Virginia Fontenot and Marjorie Harriman, and an infant sister, Dorothy Mills.


The family will receive friends from 3 to 5pm on Sunday, May 7, 2023, at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave. in Coffeyville. Services will be held on Monday, May 8, 2023, 1pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1001 W 8th St in Coffeyville, followed by burial at Robbins Cemetery.  The family request that you make a contribution to the charity of your choice in Pat’s Memory and those maybe left in care of the chapel.


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