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Patricia Kathleen Mitchell

Patricia Kathleen Mitchell, 99, of Neodesha, KS, passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2024 at the Neodesha Healthcare and Rehab. Patricia was born on November 5, 1924 in Buffalo, KS the daughter of Rosco Gehr and Phyllis Stewart. Patricia dedicated her life to her family and the education of others. Patricia taught school in Decatur, Alabama for many years and had retained a Master Degree in education. She was married to William L. Mitchell PhD, who worked for the Space Center. Patricia loved to read and quilt. Patricia was very independent and always wanted to try new things. Patricia made such an impact on her students throughout the years, that many she had taught over 40 plus years ago, stayed in contact with her. Patricia is survived by: Two Children: Terry Hutchins of Neodesha, KS Sarah Spicer of New York City, NY Patricia was preceded in death by her husband, a son Jerry, and a sister Irene Clairy. Cremation has been requested, burial of remains will be held at a later date at the Fredonia City Cemetery. Memorials have been suggested to either the Veterans Honor Flight or the Episcopal Church of Neodesha and may be left with or mailed to the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at


. Services are under the direction of Countryside Funeral Home 420 S. 20th St., P.O. Box 247, Fredonia, KS 66736


Frankie Mae Goss

Frankie Mae Goss, 82 years, 1 month and 24 days, passed away at Fredonia Regional Hospital on Sunday, January 28, 2024.  Frankie was born on November 4, 1941, in Indianola, Mississippi, the daughter of Ned Fultz and Ethel Ivy Fergeson.

Frankie grew up when times were tough, and everyone worked hard to help support their family.  At a young age she worked in the cotton fields until she moved to California to work at one of the big canning factories.   In 1958, she met and married Edward Arnold Rawski, and to this union they had 3 children, they later divorced.

On July 3, 1970, Frankie married Theron Gale Goss.  During their marriage Frankie worked various other jobs, cooking, waitressing, and at a sewing factory.  Frankie and Gale then became long haul truck drivers and got to travel across the United States together until Gale’s death in 1999.

Frankie is survived by:

Three Children:

Mona Darnold of Fredonia, KS

Cathy Patch of Fredonia, KS

Edward Rawski of Pensacola, FL

Seven Grandchildren and Three Great Grandchildren

Frankie was preceded in death by her parents, husband Gale, and seven siblings.

Cremation has been requested; no other services are planned at this time.  Memorials in her memory have been suggested to either the Autism Speaks Organization and, or Fredonia Pound Pals, and may be left with or mailed to the funeral home.   Online condolences may be left at   Services are under the direction of Countryside Funeral Home 420 S. 20th St., P.O. Box 247, Fredonia, KS 66736


Anthony "Tony" V. Pauzauskie

Anthony “Tony” V. Pauzauskie, 69, of Coffeyville passed away Friday, January 26, 2024, at Post Acute Care in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


He was born on February 5, 1954, at Coffeyville to John M. and Helen E. (Hurley) Pauzauskie. Tony grew up in Coffeyville where he attended Holy Name Catholic School, Roosevelt Junior High School and Field Kindley High School graduating in 1972.  While he was in high school Tony was active in sports, excelling in basketball.


Tony was employed at the Water Department with the City of Coffeyville for many years. He later moved to Granbury, Texas where he was employed by a water district for several years before returning to Coffeyville.


Tony married Joy Grainger in 2015. 


Tony was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church in Coffeyville. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting and fishing, and loved visiting with friends and family.


Survivors include his wife, Joy of the home; three sons, Matthew Pauzauskie of Gainesville, Florida, David Pauzauskie of Tampa, Florida and Joseph Pauzauskie of Boston, Massachusetts; four brothers, John Pauzauskie of Jasper, Texas, Tom Pauzauskie of Tyro, Kansas, Bill Pauzauskie of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Bob Pauzauskie of Three Forks, Montana; two sisters, Mary Blackburn of Elgin, South Carolina, and Julie Junge of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and two grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Helen Pauzauskie.


A Rosary Vigil Service will be Friday, February 2, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Name Catholic Church in Coffeyville.


Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 3rd at Holy Name Catholic Church with Father James Schibi officiating.  Inurnment will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Coffeyville.


Friends may sign the register book on Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.


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


Nellie Elizabeth (Watts) Johnson

Nellie Elizabeth (Watts) Johnson of Severy, Kansas got her wings at the age of 87 two days before her 88th birthday on January 19, 2024, at her home. She was surrounded by family.


Nellie was born on January 21, 1936, to Arthur and Anna (Crouch) Watts in Neal, Kansas. She married Kenneth Dale Johnson on February 27, 1953, in El Dorado, Kansas. They started their home in an old white farmhouse west of Augusta, Kansas. Later, they moved to a chicken house made into apartments. Nellie and husband Kenneth had lived in many places: Alaska, Kansas and California. They settled down in Severy, Kansas. To this marriage 8 children were born.


She had many jobs as a homemaker, farmers wife, bookkeeper for her husband businesses, cleaning military housing and Howard Twilight Manor Nursing Home in the Laundry and Cleaning. She belongs to the First Baptist Church in Howard, KS.


She is preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Johnson, Son in law Mike Shepherd, granddaughter Joy Johnson and step grandson Zachary Beshirs, siblings: brothers; Bert Watts, Walter Watts, Kenny Watts, John Watts, Arthur Ray Watts, sisters; Faye Johnson, Adeline Hobbs, Alma Lee Schlotterbeck, Dolly Ashlock.


Nellie is survived by her son Delane Johnson of the home, Dale (Wayne) McDaniel of Willow Springs, MO; Doyle (Delores) Johnson of Severy, KS; Lynn (Christy) Johnson of Severy, KS; Becky Shepherd of Eureka, KS; Doreen (George) Rogers of Stinnett, TX; Kendall (Melissa) Johnson of Howard, KS; Debra (Scott) Greer of Elk City, KS.; 25 Grand Children and 4 Step Grand Children; 46 Great Grand Children, 4 Step Great Grand Children and 1 on the way; 4 Great Great Grand Children, 2 step Great Great Grand Children and 1 Great Great Grand Child on the way. 3 Sisters Sharon Hellman, JoAnn Ashlock and Anna Mae Hare.


The family will receive friends at visitation from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Friday, February 2, 2024 at Countryside Funeral Home in Howard, KS.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at Countryside Funeral Home in Howard, KS, with interment to follow in Cresco Cemetery.


Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association and can be mailed to or left with the funeral home.

Michael Eugene Huser,

Michael Eugene Huser, 39, a resident of Cherryvale, died Friday, Jan. 19, 2024, at Freeman Medical Center, Joplin, Mo.


He was born Oct. 29, 1984, at Neodesha, the son of David and Robin (Shipley) Huser.


Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Countryside Funeral Home, Fredonia; a rosary will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Fredonia. Fr. Stuart M. Smeltzer and Fr. Jeremy Huser will officiate. Burial will be at the Fredonia City Cemetery. A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Independence Wesleyan Church.


Michael graduated from Cherryvale High School in 2003; he had attended elementary and middle school in Fredonia.


On Sept. 13, 2014, Michael married the love of his life, Brandy Stout, in Independence, and she survives at their home.


He worked at Hackney in Independence for 12 years, starting out as a painter and was a production control supervisor at the time of his death. He was a member of the Independence Wesleyan Church.


Also surviving are his parents David and Robin Huser of Cherryvale; mother-in-law Wendy Sanborn of Independence; sister Amanda (Keith) Kerlin of Fall River; sisters-in-law Miranda Whitson of Independence and Angela Stout, Pittsburg; nieces and nephews Layne, Lilith, Stormi, Cheyenne, and Adrien,  Dalton, Austin, Steven, Cody, Cory, Jacob, Zander, and Rickey.


His grandparents Herb and Ethel Huser, Robert “Mutt” and Marie Shipley; aunt Phyllis Jobe; uncle Mark Huser, and cousin Camron Huser preceded him in death.


Countryside Funeral Home, Fredonia, is in charge of arrangements.

Jimmy Lee Bradshaw Jr.

Jimmy Lee Bradshaw Jr., age 62, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Missouri. We're here to celebrate a life well-lived, a legacy of love, and a man of great resilience and a dedicated pillar of the Coffeyville community.


Jim was born on September 22, 1961, in Coffeyville, Kansas to Jim and Patty (Pogue) Bradshaw. He grew up in Coffeyville where he attended local schools and made many lifelong friends and acquaintances. On October 24, 1980, he married his best friend, Linda Stevens in Coffeyville where they made their home. Together they raised three great children, Dawn, Jimmy and Aaron Bradshaw. Jim was not just a loving husband to his wife Linda, but also a devoted family man who relished in watching his family grow.


He loved living life with Linda by his side, they shared many wonderful adventures, including exciting cruises and trips to Branson, Missouri. He was a talented craftsman, especially woodworking. Jim was also a mild weather motorcycle rider, always waiting for that perfect time and temperature to rev up his engine and hit the open road.


Jim was the patriarch of the Bradshaw family. He was a man of great strength for his family, and a proud supporter for every milestone, big and small, for his wife, children and grandchildren. Their achievements were his achievements, their joys, his joys. His family knew him as their Mr. Fix-It, mediator, landscaper, electrician, mentor and the one to call no matter the situation. His signature phrase, "Now wait a minute..." often accompanied by a unique wrinkle of his nose and a slight sucking of air through his teeth, signaled that he was about to tackle a challenge head-on. You could say he was resilient, but that would be an understatement; this man was practically indestructible.


Nicknamed 'Big Jim' by his co-workers, he was a man who knew how to get things done. His career with the City of Coffeyville began in July of 1981, earning his stripes in the water/wastewater distribution and collection department. His resilience was on full display when he took on the role of Disaster Recovery Coordinator after the 2007 flood, a role in which he truly shined. Jim climbed the ranks reaching the title of Director of Public Works, where he had a knack for turning "public works" into "public miracles". Upon his retirement in September of 2023, his legacy with the city will remain etched in the hearts of those he worked with.


Surviving to cherish Jim’s memory is his loving wife and best friend, Linda Bradshaw of the home, daughter, Dawn Marie Bradshaw of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, sons, Jimmy Bradshaw and wife, Tiffany of Coffeyville, Kansas, Aaron Bradshaw and wife, Adrienne of Independence, Kansas, a bonus son, Mike Burroughs and family of Coffeyville, Kansas, grandchildren, Gabrielle (Dalton) Hoppock, Jacob (Heather) Kimball, Breanna, Jacey, Brooklynne and Avalon Bradshaw, Aondrea, Zachuriah, and Carsyn Adame, Cayden Christopher, Nathan Xavier, C.J., Tres Jeremy and Jentree Nicole, great-grandson, Bentley James, sisters, Kimberly Armstrong, Melissa (Richard) Mattick and Lacey (Brandon) Hix, along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended relatives and so many friends. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Pat Bradshaw, his grandson, Colten Lee Bradshaw, and his brothers, Ricky and Timothy Bradshaw. 


Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2024, 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 29, 2024, at Grace Fellowship Church in Coffeyville. The casket will be open for viewing at 10:00 a.m. The service will begin at 11:00 a.m. 


Following Jim’s wishes, cremation will take place following the service under the direction of David W. Barnes Funeral Home. 


The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Jim’s honor to the (International Association of Firefighters) IAFF Local 265; these may be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home 306 N. Cline Rd. Coffeyville, Kansas 67337. Jim spent his life helping others; he made a choice to be an organ donor. Due to his selfless choice to be a donor, he has saved the life of others since his passing.


The Bradshaw family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the outpouring of love and kindness extended to them during this difficult time. We invite you to remember Jim not with sadness, but with the joy and laughter he brought into our lives. Please feel free to share your favorite memories, stories, and photos of Jim on his memorial page at


Lynette I. Phillips

Lynette I. Phillips, age 73 passed away on January 16, 2024, at St. John’s in Tulsa, Oklahoma, surrounded by her family.




Lynette was born on December 10, 1950, in Coffeyville, Kansas to Roy and Mavis (Mayfield) Thomason. Lynette was one of the terrific trio of girls born to Roy and Mavis. She attended school in Coffeyville, graduating from Field Kindley and Coffeyville Community College.




Lynette’s mother worked at CRMC and introduced her to a handsome young man by the name of Arthur Phillips. Their introduction was love at first sight and after two weeks of courtship they were engaged and soon after married on August 26, 1972, having celebrated 51 years of marriage. Of their union two children were born, Steve and Ann.




Lynette worked for Montgomery County District Court as the District Court where she retired.




To say that Art had the best wife or for Steve or Ann to say they had the best mother ever was an understatement. She was their number one cheerleader, family travel agent planning the family must have yearly vacation, traveling all over the Unted States, she attended every school and sporting event, she always made sure that Thanksgiving and Christmas were memorable. She loved doing things for others and giving gifts and frequenting the Casino. When the grandchildren started arriving her heart was overjoyed. Lynette was such a wonderful “Gare” (grandma) she loved her grandchildren with every ounce of her being. Like when their parents were young, she never missed a school or sporting event. “Gare” became a grandma to many of her grandchildren’s friends, she was just that way always willing love a little more. A little-known fact about Lynette was that she really was not an outdoor person unless her family had an outdoor sporting event. She had a love-hate relationship with water, bugs, and nature in general. She loved it when it involved her family but otherwise it was not for her.




Art’s love of baseball and the Chiago Cubs was contagious, Lynette became a bigger fan than he was, she always knew when and what time the game was to be on tv. She also had a love for Elvis and Scott Bakula.  Elvis’ music never became old to her and if Scott Bakula stared in a movie or tv show she was sure to watch it.


A perfect day for Lynette would be for her family to all be gathered and simply enjoy each other’s company or vacationing together. Family gatherings and vacations will forever look a little different for her husband Art of the home, children Ann and husband Damon Rooks, Steve Phillips and wife Casey, grandchildren Sydney, Cooper and Ava Rooks, Merrick, Lydia, Marley, and Dax Phillips, and brother-in-law Jack Pursley. She was preceded in death by her parents, her two sisters Janet Pursley and Jane “Sissy” Fritz, and granddaughter Logan Phillips.




Friends may sign the register on Thursday, January 25, 2024, from 10am to 5pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, Kansas. Lynette’s family will be honoring her wish to hold a private funeral service on Friday, January 26, 2024, she will be laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery beside her granddaughter Logan. The family request memorial contributions to be made payable to the American Cancer Society and may be left in care of the chapel. To leave an online message of condolence or share a memory visit



David Edwin Gardner

On February 13, 1944, David Edwin Gardner was born to Forrest and Evelyn Gardner.  On Saturday, January 20, 2024, David went home to heaven to be reunited with his parents.  David was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Lavern and Clayton.  On August 7, 1960, David and Mary Ann (Snodgrass) were married, they had three children: David (Jeanette), Sheri (Jesse) and Lani (Bryant) they had 11 grandchildren: Cory Thomas, Jodi Wheeler, Dennis Glimpse, Julene Gardner, Monzeal Gardner, Josiah Gardner, Summer Payne, Jessica Worm, Amber Anderson, Autumn Espinoza, and Anthony Kirkness, 21 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren. 


David is survived by his wife of 63 years and all three children.


David started out as a construction laborer and worked his way up to superintendent.


In 1999 David and Mary Ann retired and moved from their home in Fallon, Nevada to Coffeyville, Kansas where David will be laid to rest at Robbins Cemetery. 


Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. at the New Vision Church 906 Elm St. in Coffeyville, Kansas.  Pastor Gary Close will officiate.  To keep everyone safe and warm, the graveside committal will be held at the church. 


In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions can be made to the family to assist with the headstone. 


Funeral arrangements are under the direction of David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville, Kansas. To leave a condolence online, visit


Larry H. Titus

Larry H. Titus, 83, of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma passed away, Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.


He was born on December 24, 1940, in Coffeyville, Kansas to Lawrence and Mayme (Carnes) Titus.  Larry grew up in the South Coffeyville area and attended Huffman School then later attended school in Lenapah, Oklahoma graduating from Lenapah High School. He also attended and graduated from Coffeyville Community College.


Larry was in the U.S. Navy serving from 1963 - 1968 during his service he was a Fire Control Technician based with the heavy attack squadron 123 out of Oak Harbor, Washington.


Larry was a Union Plumber Pipe Fitter with local 441 for 57 years and later a Master Plumber by trade, owning Industrial Plumbing.


He was a proud member of the VFW Post #1022, American Legion Post #20.  Larry enjoyed taking care of his cattle and planning vacations with his family, a testament to his dedication to both his loved ones and his roots.


Larry is survived by his wife of 60 years, Connie (Walworth) Titus, his son Aaron Titus and wife Peggy, his grandchildren Liam and Teagan Titus, and his sister Cheryl Young and her husband Robert. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Mayme Titus, and his son Brady Titus.


A celebration of Larry's life will take place at Grace Fellowship, 2455 Woodland Ave. in Coffeyville on Friday, January 26, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Doug Mund officiating. After there will be a luncheon at the local VFW.


The family suggests memorials to VFW Post #1022; 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.


His family invites those who knew Larry to share their memories and upload photos to the memorial page at

Patricia Ann McKown Smith

With a sparkle in her eye and a quick wit that could light up any room, Patricia Ann McKown Smith, age 89, passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center with family by her side. Pat was born on March 13, 1934, in Topeka, Kansas to Arch and Janie “Pearl” (Wallace) McKown. Pat was the eldest of six children. At age four, the family moved to Independence, Kansas where she graduated from Independence High School in 1952. In 1955 she married Thomas E. Smith, Jr. and they were blessed with four sons. In 1961 the family moved to Coffeyville, Kansas. They later divorced.


Pat was a resilient and spirited woman who made Coffeyville, Kansas her home for the past 63 years. Once all four sons were in school, she completed an Associate of Science degree at Coffeyville Community College in 1973 and began her career as a medical laboratory technician. She dedicated 38 years of her life to Coffeyville Regional Medical Center, and even in retirement, she continued to serve her community, providing medical lab examinations for personal physicals and at on-site wellness clinics and was well known as the best phlebotomist around. She thoroughly enjoyed doing what she loved while helping to keep her community healthy.


As George Bernard Shaw once said, "Life isn't about finding yourself. It's about creating yourself." Pat did just that, crafting a life filled with love, laughter, and a dash of mischief. Pat was a woman of many talents and interests. She had a love for music, a hand for crochet, and a mind for bridge and card games that would leave even the most seasoned players in awe. She was a devoted caretaker to her beloved cats, a fun friend who loved her neighbors and enjoyed family gatherings, while never missing an opportunity to dress in costume for Halloween or attend a period event at The Brown Mansion.


Pat leaves behind an extensive loving family, including her children Tony Smith and wife, Deana of Copan, Oklahoma, Timothy Smith and wife, Tina of Coffeyville, Kansas, Terry Smith of Wichita, Kansas, and Tad Smith of Denver, Colorado; brother, Chuck and his wife, Kelly McKown; sister-in-law, Carol McKown and brother-in-law Jim Coleman. Her legacy continues through her grandchildren and great-children Tyler and Jenna Smith (Madison and Hunter), Matthew (Haley) Smith (Benjamin and Sophia), and Andrea and Matthew Ollila (Weston and Oliver); nine nieces and nephews; numerous great nieces and nephews; Deborah “Debi” L. McEvoy Harding, who was like a daughter to her; and several other family members and close friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Arch and Janie Pearl McKown; brothers Jon McKown, Mark McKown and Jerry Paul McKown; sister Kathlyn Coleman; daughter-in-law, Diane Smith, granddaughter Sarah LeeAnn Smith; and longtime companion W. G. “Gene” Dodson.


As we remember Pat, we encourage you to leave your memories, stories, or upload photos to her memorial page at Let's celebrate a life lived fully, a woman loved dearly, and memories that will endure forever. Some examples of Pat’s memories that she liked to share:

She met and saw Mickey Mantle play baseball in Independence, KS at the start of his career. She attended The University of Kansas for a year at the same time that Wilt Chamberlain was there and got to see him play basketball. Pat’s sons remember how Pat’s house was always open and welcome to any of their friends when in need.


No services are currently planned, as Pat wished to bequeath and donate her body to The University of Kansas School of Medicine. A celebration of life will be held later this spring.


In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in honor of Patricia A. Smith and contributions may be made to The Brown Mansion; 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 of Coffeyville, KS is in charge of arrangements.


LaverneĀ Schieberl


Laverne Schieberl, a longtime rural Wann, Oklahoma resident passed away on January 27, 2024, at Forrest Manner in Dewey, Oklahoma with her long-time friend by her side.


Laverne was born February 27, 1926, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to John and Lela (Proctor) Schieberl. She moved to Calumet, Oklahoma with her mother, and in 1938 they moved to Dearing, Kansas, and in 1942 they moved to Coffeyville, Kansas. She attended school in Dearing and Coffeyville. After her schooling she worked for Mark Ferrell and later Andy Warren Restaurants. She then worked for Continental Can Company for nine years.


In 1959 she moved to the farm southwest of Coffeyville in Oklahoma with her mother and brother where the family operated a Truck Farm.  After the passing of her mother and brother Laverne continued to maintain and operate the family farm. 


Laverne was a good friend and neighbor to those who lived around her, and they became her family. When Laverne lost her eyesight and living alone with help became too challenging, she became a resident of Forrest Manner in Dewey.


Laverne is survived by her longtime friends and neighbors Janice, Wayne, Alan, Rick, Katherine and Mary.


Funeral services for Laverne will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2023, at 1pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., in Coffeyville with Keith Springer officiating. Friends may call Monday, January 22, 2023 from 5 to 7pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. Laverne will be laid to rest by her mother and brother John Schieberl in Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery following the service. Lavern requested memorial contributions be made payable to the Shriner's Crippled Childrens Hospital and may be left in care of the chapel. To leave an online message of condolence, share a memory or view services visit   



Johnnie E. Peyton

Johnnie E. Peyton, 82, of Coffeyville passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at Ascension St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


He was born on December 19, 1941, in Independence, Kansas to Lloyd and Grace (Mathis) Peyton.  Johnnie attended Liberty Grade School in Liberty, Kansas and completed his education in Coffeyville graduating from Field Kindley High School.


On January 27, 1960, he married Selma Jackman at Miami, Oklahoma.  Following their marriage, they lived in Liberty until moving to Coffeyville in 1963. They later built a home and moved to rural Coffeyville. He was a devoted father to Kelly and Cindi. His love extended beyond his immediate family to his grandchildren Kathryn Cornell, Kristen Sortore, Zane Peyton, Miklaine Peyton, and to his great-grandchildren Cohen Cornell and Lane Sortore.


Johnnie was a Pattern Maker throughout his working years, first at Morrow Pattern Shop, Jencast, and later at JP Pattern Shop with his brother Jerry. His dedication was not limited to his profession but extended to his hobbies as well. Johnnie had a deep passion for country music and played his guitar with joy. He was an avid motorcycle rider, a stock car racing enthusiast, and a keen fisherman. He also had a compassionate heart for animals. However, his greatest joy was spending quality time with his family, especially his grandchildren.


Johnnie is survived by his wife, Selma Peyton; his children, Kelly Peyton and Cindi Davenport and her husband Stan; his grandchildren, Kathryn Cornell, Kristen Sortore and her husband Ray, Zane Peyton and Miklaine Peyton; his great-grandchildren, Cohen Cornell and Lane Sortore; his siblings, Jerry Peyton, James Peyton, and Darlene Inman; and his special friends, Wendy Newberry and Case Newberry. He is preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Grace Peyton, and his brothers, Ralph, Roger, and Ted Peyton.


Visitation will be on Sunday, January 21, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, Kansas. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home.


A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Monday, January 22, 2024, at the First Baptist Church, 300 West 9th Street in Coffeyville, with Pastor Dick Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Robbins Cemetery west of Coffeyville.


We invite you to share your memories of Johnnie and upload photos to his memorial page at


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

Donald Neil Scott

Donald Neil Scott was born September 16, 1927, near South Coffeyville, Oklahoma on the family farm, to Clarence and Bessie Scott.   He passed away on January 15, 2024, at the age of 96.   He grew up on the farm there in Nowata County, attending Snow Creek School through the 8th grade, and then attending and graduating from Field Kindley High School in Coffeyville, Kansas, in 1945.




Shortly after his 18th birthday, Don enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and in fact was on his way by train to Oklahoma City to be inducted when it was announced that the war was over.  As he liked to tell it, when he arrived in Oklahoma City, everyone was partying in the street.  “I was just a little boy from the country; I thought they acted like that in the big city all the time.”  However, he continued on to San Diego, California where he completed his service in the Navy, and possibly partied a little too.




On December 26, 1948, he married Rita (King), and they made their home in Coffeyville where they welcomed their children Linda, Nancy, and Mike.  Don was a hard worker and devoted provider for his family to ensure the ones he loved had everything they needed and more.  He could make or fix about anything he set his mind to, and in most cases was a bit of a perfectionist. He and Rita were married for nearly 75 years before her death in September of 2023.




Don continued to work on the family farm in Nowata County, but also worked as a machinist for Jensen Brothers Manufacturing in Coffeyville for over 20 years before returning to farming full-time.  He raised wheat, corn, and alfalfa while growing the cattle herd. He served a term on the Board of Directors of the Kanoma Co-Op Association, and continued actively farming and raising cattle into his 90’s. He loved the farm and being outside, checking on the cattle and, with Rita by his side, introducing his children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren to the farm and feeding the cattle “cow cookies” while headed to one of the ponds to go fishing.




As far as hobbies go, Don restored a few cars and antique tractors, and as mentioned before could fix just about anything. He liked to hunt and fish too. But Don’s greatest love, by far, was flying.  He obtained his private pilot’s license in 1948 and after joining a local flying club for a while he purchased and restored his first Funk airplane in 1960. Later, he owned and restored a 1947 Luscombe and had a third Funk plane in the project stage at the time of his passing.  Somewhere he picked up the nickname of “Scottie”, and was well known around the Coffeyville Airport, as well as other small airports in the area, fly-ins, and first Saturday breakfasts in Ponca City. He was very involved in the annual Funk Aircraft Reunions that used to take place in Coffeyville and loved every minute of it. He liked to fly over the farm, and at one time had a grass landing strip he named Snow Creek International.  He was a member of the Quiet Birdmen Tulsa Chapter, Experimental Aircraft Association, Funk Aircraft Owners Association, and a board member of the Coffeyville Aviation Heritage Museum.  Rita often accompanied him on his flying trips. On their first date, he asked her if she would like to go flying.  She said she did.  She didn’t know it was his first flight since he had soloed!




Don was also a member of American Legion Post 20, and VFW Post 1022.




Don was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Rita; and a brother, Lee Scott.  He is survived by his children, Linda and her husband, Monte Compston; Nancy and her husband, Stan Cole; and Michael and his wife, Jackie Scott; as well as ten grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Shirley and brother-in-law Ray Welch; and longtime brother-in-law and friend Kenneth King.




Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 22, 2024, at 2pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville.  Beginning at 1pm the family will receive friends until service time.  Don will be laid to rest next to his wife Rita and his parents in Elmwood Cemetery in Coffeyville following services. The family request memorial contributions be made payable to either Parkinson Association, Alzheimer's Association or American Cancer Society. To leave a message of condolence, share a memory or view services visit



Lee Wanda Cooke

God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “The farmer needs a caretaker.” So, on the 9th day, God made a Farmer’s wife.




Little did Howard Meredith and Minnie Beatrice (Oliver) Emery know that their baby girl Lee Wanda born on June 23, 1927, would one day be a farmer’s wife. Lee Wanda was born in Parsons, Kansas where her family resided, later moving to Coffeyville when she was still very young. She attended grade school in Coffeyville and graduated from Field Kindley Memorial High School.  


After graduation, Lee Wanda worked as an operator for Southwestern Bell with no thoughts of ever being a farmer’s wife.  Unbeknownst to Lee Wanda the love story was just beginning when a couple of friends set Lee Wanda up on a blind date with Donald Eugene “Gene” Cooke. After five years of courtship, the couple eloped on March 8, 1947, in Independence, Kansas.  The couple made their home in rural Coffeyville, and she became a full-time farm wife. Gene preceded her in death on February 21, 2021, after 74 years of marriage.


God beautifully and wonderfully created Lee Wanda to be the perfect help mate as a farmer’s wife for Gene. Where Gene was Lee Wanda was right there working beside him on the family farm. After his death, with the help of her children she continued to keep the farm operational and continued to raise their herd of cattle.  Together they harvested pecans and had a pecan cracking business for several years until the flood of 2007. Lee Wanda enjoyed picking the meat from pecans and found it to be quite relaxing. Never setting idle for you could find Lee Wanda mowing the lawn, feeding cattle, in the vegetable or flower garden, driving the grain truck during the harvest season, running for parts, helping in the fields, fixing a favorite harvest meal of Savory Hot Hamburgers, fresh corn on the cob from the garden and Homemade Ice Cream. She also spent countless hours canning and freezing the summer garden vegetables for her family to enjoy all year long. She was a good Cooke and a “good” Cook. The only thing she couldn’t add to her resume was combine operator.


Lee Wanda and Gene were members of the First Baptist Church for their married life, raising their four children in the church. Lee Wanda was a faithful and dedicated Christian woman.  She spent countless hours of servanthood to the children and youth ministry over the years, helping with Vacation Bible School, Sunday services and served as Sunday School Superintendent, and Deacon for many years. 


She was a talented seamstress making many of her family’s clothes, including prom and wedding dresses for their daughters and Barbie and Ken clothes when the kids were little.  Her talents didn’t stop there, she was an accomplished cake decorator, making cakes for all occasions including beautiful wedding cakes.  Other requested specialties were buttercream mints, roasted pecans, and a delicious Jello slush punch. 


Her children, Janet, Peggy, Pam, and Tim will forever cherish their mother who loved, cared and nurtured them.  They don’t ever remember her not being involved and felt she was their best teacher and biggest cheerleader.  She was actively involved with their school activities, volunteering in PTA, serving as PTA President at Lowell school. They have fond memories of her making every holiday and birthday special. Her grandchildren had the best version of Lee Wanda as Grandma!! She made each of them feel special, loved, and valued every second with them. She understood just how fast they would grow.


Lee Wanda gave 110 percent of herself to everything she did, she served the Lord with all of her heart, loved her husband and family fiercely and would help anyone in need.  She was a positive influence in the lives of many people.


Lee Wanda leaves a long legacy of love behind to her children, Janet and husband Danny Groves, Peggy Sandon, Pam Payne, and Tim Cooke and wife Janet; grandchildren Darin Groves and wife Karen, Shannon Groves and Doug Besse, Kevin Groves and wife Kristin, Jennifer Troutman, Kyle Sandon and wife Tyler, Tiffany Wehmeyer and husband Brent, Jared Cooke and wife Kristen; thirteen great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; sister Dortha Mae Hargadine.   In addition to her parents and husband Gene she was also preceded in death by her brothers Meredith (Jack) Emery and Ray Emery, brother-in-law Doyle Hargadine, son-in-law’s Tim Payne and David Sandon, and grandson-in-law Michael Nolen.


Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at 11am at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville with Pastor Dick Smith officiating. She will be laid to rest next to her husband Gene in Fairview Cemetery following services. Friends may call at the chapel from noon to 7pm on Friday, January 19, 2024; the family will receive friends from 5 to 7pm.  Sharing the gospel to young children was so important to Lee Wanda so the family is encouraging memorial contributions payable to First Baptist Church, memo noted Childrens Fund in her memory and may be left in care of the chapel. To leave a message of condolence, share a memory or view services visit



God made a great wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, daughter, and great friend to us all.



Phyllis Ann Hawley

Phyllis Ann Hawley, age 82, passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at her home in Coffeyville, Kansas, surrounded by her beloved husband and sons.  Throughout her life, she was known for her artistic spirit, advocacy for mental health, and boundless love for her family and community. She crafted a legacy of care and compassion that will be remembered by many. 


Phyllis was born on August 28, 1941, in Newton, Kansas to Gale and Lois Williams.  She and her two younger brothers grew up in Newton; she graduated high school in 1959. Furthering her education, in 1963 she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics from Kansas State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Kansas the same year.


On August 25, 1963, she was united in marriage to her beloved husband, Dr. Raymond Hawley.  At the time of their marriage, Raymond was going to med school, and she helped put him through his program.  The couple first made their home in Kansas City, Kansas where Phyllis worked as a nurse at Menorah Medical Center until 1965.  In 1966, they moved to Columbus, Ohio where she worked at Riverside Methodist Hospital until 1967.  In 1970, Raymond, a major in the United States Army, was stationed in Japan at Camp Zama where the family would live until 1973. They returned to Kansas where they lived in Concordia until 1976 when they moved to Wichita, Kansas. They made their home in Wichita for 24 years until moving to Coffeyville in the year 2000. This past August, Phyllis and Raymond celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. 


During her time in Japan, Phyllis unearthed her fascination for ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. This creative pursuit grew into a lifelong passion, with Phyllis becoming a certified instructor of the Ichiyo school. She taught ikebana classes from her studio and grew a panoply of flowers and herbs in her home garden. In 1981, Phyllis returned to her beloved Japan to attend an ikebana conference, and thereafter she traveled to Thailand, Singapore, and Hong Kong. She loved the arts of Asia.


Phyllis' caring nature led her to the career path of nursing, specializing in psychiatric care. Her contributions to the medical community extended beyond her nursing duties; she founded and co-facilitated the Wichita Depressive/Manic Depressive Association, providing a safe space for those with mental health challenges. Her mission was to help destigmatize mental illness.


Her creative talent was also reflected in her 3-year project of transforming a Victorian home here in Coffeyville. This home became affectionately known as "the Lavender Lady," and it was her dream to turn it into a bed and breakfast so that she could continue sharing art, beauty, and her hospitality with others.


Delores LaVae Ferguson

Delores LaVae Ferguson, 88, of Coffeyville passed away Monday, January 8 2024, at Medicalodge Coffeyville on Midland. 


She was born on October 1, 1935, at Coffeyville to Terrell C. and Dorothy E. (Antle) Kimbrel.  LaVae grew up and attended school in Coffeyville graduating from Field Kindley High School in 1954.


On June 29, 1957, she married Frank C. Ferguson, Jr. at Miami, Oklahoma. Following their marriage, they lived in Coffeyville for a short time before moving to Kansas City, Kansas, where they farmed for nine years. In 1968 they purchased their home and farm southwest of Dearing. Shortly after returning LaVae began working in the Guidance Counselors office at Field Kindley High School where she was employed until her retirement.


LaVae was a longtime member of the First Church of God and DAR in Coffeyville. She enjoyed playing cards and domino’s, spending time with family and friends and loved fireworks.


Survivors include her children, Clifford Ferguson and wife Janet of League City, Texas, and Susan Ferguson and companion Larry Mattes of Coffeyville; Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren Darla and Dan Juhl (Hailie  and “DJ”(Daniel James)), Ashley and Brad Killip (Coltin and Hunter), Brandi and Kyle Williams (MacKenzie), Courtney and Anthony Aragon (Amelia, Elijah and Nehemiah; two brothers, Mel Kimbrel of Wichita, and Darrel Kimbrel of Independence; one sister Patricia Kimbrel Smith of Coffeyville; and many nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and sister, Lois Jane Wilkus.


Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 15, 2024, at the First Church of God with Pastor Mark Wilson officiating.  Private family burial will be on Tuesday in Fairview Cemetery in Coffeyville.


Friends may call on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.

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Billy Kenneth Littlepage

Billy Kenneth Littlepage, 72, of Independence, Kansas, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Monday, January 8, 2024..


He was born on February 17, 1951, in Fort Ord, California, to Albert E. and Ruby I. (Baker) Littlepage. Billy grew up and attended school in Peru, Kansas, and completed his education in Sedan with the class of 1969.


In 1972 he married Ginny Beck and they had two sons, Darrin and Billy Don. They later divorced after 18 years of marriage.


In June 1993 he married Louise Beck-Crain and gained three more children.


Billy began his career as a route delivery man for PepsiCo and later found his calling in the fabrication industry. He dedicated 39 years of his life to Hackney in Independence, Kansas, where he retired as a Fabrication Supervisor. Billy's diligent work ethic and unwavering commitment to his role were testament to his humble nature. Outside of his professional life, Billy had a passion for fishing, collecting guns, and watching wrestling. These hobbies brought him immense joy and allowed him to create cherished memories with his loved ones.


Billy is survived by his beloved wife, Louise Littlepage, his sons Darrin (Kelly) Littlepage and Billy Don (Brook) Littlepage; his step-sons, Bobby Crain and Kevin (Stephanie) Crain and step-daughter, Judy (Henry) Shaner. Billy also leaves behind his sisters, Judy (Mick) Palmer, and Connie Floyd, and brother, Johnny Littlepage; his sisters-in-law Kay and Karen Littlepage, thirteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren who held a special place in his heart.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Ruby Littlepage, his brothers Ronnie, Rick, and Steve Littlepage, and his brothers-in-law Rodger Floyd, Ron Siefert, and J.R. Davis; and one great-grandchild.


Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, from 5:00pm to 7:00 p.m. at the First Southern Baptist Church, 918 West Chestnut Street, Independence, Kansas.


Funeral Service will follow at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 11, 2024, at the First Southern Baptist Church in Independence with Chaplain Keith Springer officiating.  Burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery in Independence.


The family suggests memorials in Billy's memory to the First Souther Baptist Church or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice; contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.


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Karen Sue (Bellamy) Bradshaw

In the loving memory of Karen Sue (Bellamy) Bradshaw, born on June 29,1958 to William (Buck) and Wilma Bellamy in Coffeyville, Kansas. Karen peacefully passed away on January 3, 2024, at Ascension St. John Jane Phillips in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.    



Karen was a dedicated and hardworking individual who spent her entire life in Coffeyville. She graduated from FKHS. She married Ricky Bradshaw, and together they had 3 children. Although they later divorced, they maintained a close and enduring friendship.



Karen’s professional journey included various places like Spears, Acme, ACC, and a 15 yr tenure at which she cherished dearly. She also worked with the railroad for long distance transportation and later for Rest-ful inn for local transport. Her strong work ethic was driven by her unwavering commitment to provide for her family.



Known for her warm heart, Karen was always willing to lend a helping hand to others. In her younger years she found joy in her aquarium, tending to plants, working in her yard. As time passed, she cherished moments with her grandchildren, taking them to the park, sharing meals, and attending their ball games.   



She leaves behind a legacy of love and dedication. She is preceded in death by her parents William and Wilma Bellamy. A daughter Jenna Bradshaw, a grandson Conner Hawes. She is survived by her children Jason Bradshaw, Beth Hawes, her grandchildren Lucas and Kori Warner, Karick Bradshaw, Kalvin Bradshaw-Conness, and a sister Linda Jones.



A celebration of Karen’s life will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at 2pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel in Coffeyville, KS. To leave a message of condolence, share a memory or view services visit

. May she rest in peace surrounded by the love she shared with family and friends.



Tom Miesner

George Straight playing on the radio, two stepping around the kitchen with his wife and kids, fishing trips with his siblings, playing the car game and having a chat while swinging on the porch, sharing cold beers out in the garage are just some of what made Tom smile.  He had the best smile.  Tom Miesner was born and raised in Coffeyville, with two great parents, Gene and Pat, who have preceded him in death. He attended Field Kindley High School, graduating in 1973. He later finished his education at Coffeyville Community College.  He met and married the love of his life, Patti, and together with his four kids and her two, they became the modern-day Brady Bunch.


Tom has never met a stranger.  He had a gift of making everybody feel like they too, were part of his big LOUD family.  He spent his career of 40 plus years climbing the ladder at Funks Manufacturing/John Deere.  In the years his kids attended high school, he with Patti by his side prided himself on being the Sideliners President.  As his kids graduated, he took his love for the community and became an active member of the Lions Club.  He had a ball working the booth at the fair and serenading the shoppers while ringing the bells at Christmas.


He was a devout Lutheran, attending church at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.  After earning the trust of the preacher, he worked his way through the ranks, starting as an usher and moving up to President of the Congregation.  If you were lucky enough to get a garage invite, you would know that he lived for his family and his faith. Above all else he loved nothing more than being a Papa, and spending time working in the shop building & painting creations with his 15 grandchildren.  This was where he shined.


He is survived by his wife Patti and his six children, Jill her husband Spencer and their two children Garrett, his wife Lily and Lindsay; Kyle; Kelly and her children Dani and Sol; Kate her husband Bill and their children, Haley, Ella, Claire, Leah, Ethan, Morgan, Ali, Olivia and John; Anne and her husband Wade; Kristi and her husband Tommy with their son Mason, along with his brothers Phil, Ron and sister Sheri and a huge extended family of many nieces, nephews and cousins and friends.


Wednesday, January 10, 2024, the Miesner family will receive friends from 6 to 8pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave. in Coffeyville.  A Celebration of Tom's life will be held on Thursday January 11, 2024, at 10am at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, with Pastor Jon Franson officiating.  Honoring his wishes cremation to take place under the direction of Ford-Wulf Bruns Chapel following Thursday's service.   Tom's request was for memorial donations be made payable to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Coffeyville and may be left in care of the chapel.  To leave a message of condolences or share a memory visit



Melvin C. Rexwinkle

Melvin C. Rexwinkle, age 71, of rural Coffeyville, Kansas passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 2, 2024, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center from a farming accident.


Melvin was born on June 10, 1952, in Wichita, Kansas to Clifford "Bud" and Ruth (Turner) Rexwinkle. He grew up and attended school in Lenapah, Oklahoma where he graduated from Lenapah High School in 1970.  He worked for a brief time in the coal mines and on a hog farm before furthering his education at NEO and Oklahoma State University where he earned his bachelor's degree in animal science.


Melvin owned and operated Beal Feed Store in Coffeyville for 14 years; he then drove a semi-truck for many years. He enjoyed traveling the United States until his retirement from Dahlsten a couple years ago.  He spent his first year of retirement working the wheat harvest, and the past year he's been assisting with local farming.


On July 1, 1989, he was united in marriage to Ann Sharpe at the Oakdale Assembly of God Church in Wann, Oklahoma.  The couple made their home west of Coffeyville.  They shared many of great times together.


Melvin was a simple man with complex ideas and big beliefs. He never completed a single task without attention to detail.  He knew a lot and took time to pass his wisdom along to others.  He loved music, photography, ford trucks and farming. He could spend hours watching nutritional videos on YouTube and gained knowledge whenever he could.  He had a good sense of humor, the gift to gab and loved visiting with people.


Surviving to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Ann Rexwinkle of the home, children, Joe (Amanda) Rexwinkle, Mark (Connie) Rudd, Laurinda (Francis) Hannah, grandchildren, Fable Briggs, Jake Rexwinkle, Nora Rexwinkle, Amanda Rogers, Taylor Rudd, Erin Rudd, Elliot Steward, Patrick Rudd, Colten Reel and Carson Reel, seven great-grandchildren, siblings, David (Geanine) Rexwinkle, Carol Davis, Charles "Butch" Rexwinkle, along with many extended relatives and friends.


Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Ruth Rexwinkle, his daughter, Kate Rewinkle and by his brother, Darrell Rexwinkle.


Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, from 1:00 pm until 8:00 p.m. at David W Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.  The family will be present at the funeral home Wednesday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. to greet friends. 


Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. at Tyro Christian Church in Tyro, Kansas.  Pastor Jimmy Harrington will officiate.  Burial will follow at Robbins Cemetery west of Coffeyville.


The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Tyro Christian Church (Memo: Celebratory Recovery Mike Starnes); Melvin wanted to help prevent others from going through the loss of a loved one to addiction as he did. Contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of David W Barnes Funeral Home 306 N. Cline Rd. Coffeyville, KS 67337.


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Teddy Creed

In loving memory of our father, Teddy Creed, who passed away on December 27th 2023. He was the devoted husband to his beloved wife Ramona Creed who preceded him in death. He leaves behind one sister, Vita Kinsch of Kansas, sons Chadd Creed and Craig Creed of California, daughters Amy Macoubrie and Leigh Palmer of Kansas as well as ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by his family and all who knew him.




Born in Delano, California to Lehman and Mary Creed, Teddy was raised in the Parsons Kansas area. He graduated from Pittsburg State University with a bachelor’s degree, masters of education and educational specialist degree. He was passionate about education and the lives he touched. He started teaching in Coffeyville, Ks in 1976 and retired in 2006 from USD 445 after thirty years.




One of the kindest souls on this planet, our father was a gentle, giving man who worked tirelessly to ensure that his family had everything they needed. He faced every challenge in life with admirable strength, courage and a wonderful sense of humor.




Early in life, our father learned the importance of hard work and he instilled that same work ethic in us. He was always there for us, whether we needed help with our homework or just a shoulder to cry on. He was a man of strong faith and he taught us the importance of family, hard work and doing what is right.




Our father was a true role model who we will always look up to. Father, you are now at peace with Ramona, but you will live on forever in our hearts. We love you so much. Rest in peace.




The memorial service will be held at Grace Fellowship Church in Coffeyville on Saturday January 13th at 1:00 pm under the direction of David W. Barnes Funeral Home. Pastor Doug Mund will officiate. To leave a message for the family online, visit www,



Mary Kathleen "Kathy" (McCarter) Fischer

Mary Kathleen “Kathy” (McCarter) Fischer, 83, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, and exceptional nurse, passed away peacefully December 30, 2023, at the Catholic Care Center in Wichita.


Kathy was born at her grandmother’s home on Martin St. in Coffeyville on June 8, 1940, to Marjorie (Masters) and Earl “Rudy” McCarter, the youngest of two daughters. She lived in Coffeyville for 80 years before moving to Wichita in 2021 to be closer to family. She attended Garfield Elementary School, Roosevelt Junior High, and Field Kindley High School.


Kathy loved growing up on 2nd Street, in a neighborhood with nearly 50 “playmates” within three blocks. She spent a lot of time outdoors with her family camping, fishing, and hiking. She felt fortunate to spend summers with her grandparents in Osawatamie and Beagle KS. She participated in band and sports such as volleyball, basketball, and track.


Following high school graduation in 1958, Kathy was attending Coffeyville Community College when she met the love of her life, Larry Fischer, formerly of Pratt KS. On April 22, 1961, the couple was married at Holy Name Catholic Church in Coffeyville. They were blessed with five children.


Kathy returned to college in her late 30s, once her youngest started school. She graduated from Labette Community College with a degree in nursing in 1982. After working in the Surgery Department at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center and in positions in long-term care and skilled nursing, she spent 12 years in Medical Oncology at CRMC. There she lovingly served cancer patients; patients that she considered family. For several years, she was the only registered nurse in Kansas certified in both geriatric and oncology nursing. She was a member of multiple professional nursing societies, worked Red Cross blood drives, and taught countless CPR and nurses’ aide courses during her career.


Kathy was active in the community including P.E.O., Daughters of the American Revolution Jane Coffey Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi, investment club, Relay for Life, and Friends of the Brown Mansion. She was a longtime member of Holy Name, a member and officer of Altar Society, and a youth group leader while their children were growing up. She was also a Cub Scout Leader and Camp Fire Girl Leader. Kathy supported the Coffeyville Community College Red Ravens, rarely missing a football or basketball game, and regularly hosted players for meals.


A talented quilter, Kathy made hundreds of treasured quilts for family, friends, and for donating. Many of her quilts, as well as cookies and candy, won awards at the Montgomery County Fair. Kathy enjoyed playing bridge, painting ceramics, collecting antiques—and her green thumb produced thriving vegetable gardens, flowers, and plants.


Spending time with family was Kathy’s greatest joy. She was happily married to Larry for 58 years and considered raising their children her “greatest accomplishment.” She loved having a full house for family celebrations, holidays, and special times like hosting their grandchildren in the summer for “Camp Grandma.”


Kathy was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by her children: Steven (Kayla) Fischer of Wichita, KS; Angela (Laurel) Davis of Andover, KS; Cindy Shields of Chanute, KS; Julie (Matt) Filby of Denver, CO; and Daniel (Melissa) Fischer of Lenexa, KS; 10 grandchildren, 3 great granddaughters, and her sister, Margaret “Peggy” Benning of Wichita.


Services will be Monday, January 8, at Holy Name Catholic Church in Coffeyville with a Rosary at 10:00 a.m. and Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., officiated by Father James Schibi. Lunch will follow at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 613 S Elm St., hosted by Holy Name’s Altar Society. All are welcome. Inurnment will take place at a later time at Calvary Cemetery in Coffeyville.


The family suggests memorials to Holy Name Catholic School or Holy Name Catholic Church. Contributions can be dropped off at the service or the funeral home, or mailed to David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.


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Kenneth H. Wilson

Kenneth H. Wilson, of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2023, at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


He was born on May 11, 1930, to Rosetta (Robbins) and Stacy Wilson in Caney, Kansas. Kenneth attended Robbins Elementary School and graduated from Field Kindley High School in Coffeyville. When he was young Ken was active on baseball teams in the area.


Ken was in the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1954. He was a crew leader in aircraft aeronautics.  While stationed in California he met Rita Stone in 1952. After receiving his honorable discharge Kenneth and Rita were married in 1955 in Coffeyville, they were married for 69 years when she preceded him in death on April 7, 2023.


In his early years Ken worked in the oil and gas equipment industry for Cook Manufacturing. In later years he worked in Insurance Sales and Marketing for several large companies.


Ken was a very outgoing and personable man. He had a lot of friends and acquaintances.


Ken was a member of the First Assembly of God Church. He loved music and was a singer with his sisters, they loved to sing at Church and other venues.


He is survived by his daughter, Gina Shafer and husband Bob Shafer of Broken Arrow Oklahoma, his son, Curt Wilson of Coffeyville. His grandchildren, Bobby Shafer and wife Susan Shafer of Gardner Kansas, Brady Shafer of Tulsa Oklahoma, and Brent Shafer of Fort Collins Colorado; five great grandchildren and two sisters, Lois Cook and Maxine Cook both of Coffeyville, Kansas.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Stacy and Rosetta Wilson, and his wife, Rita Wilson.


Funeral Services celebrating Kenneth’s life will be at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, January 4, 2024, at the First Assembly of God, 1504 W. 8th St. in Coffeyville with Pastor Randy DePriest officiating.  Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Coffeyville.


Friends may sign the register book on Wednesday from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.


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