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July 27, 2014

Ethel V. Basham

 

Ethel Virginia Basham, of Eureka, died on July 25, 2014 at Wilson Medical Center in Neodesha at the age of 91.

Ethel was born on November 10, 1922 in Bronx, New York. She was the daughter of Richard Armand and Nellie Harriet (May) Mariani.  She attended school in the Bronx attending Ursaline Academy and in the winter months in Florida she attended Miss Harriett’s School for Girls. Later she attended college at National Park College in Forest Park, Maryland before getting her teaching degree at Washburn University when the family moved to Kansas.

On January 1, 1944 she married John Henry Basham in Eureka, Kansas where they made their home. He preceded her in death on April 23, 1979.

Ethel was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and the Sacred Heart Altar Society and the music club.

She is survived by her sons, John H. Basham of Great Bend, Richard Basham of Emporia and Dr. Mark Basham of Eureka; daughters, Margaret Basham of Eureka and Katherine Basham of Duluth, Minnesota; brother Ted Mariani of Eureka and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Tim Basham; two brothers, Eugene and Robert.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Steve Gronert officiating. Rosary will be at 10: 15A.M. Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M., Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established her name to Sacred Heart Catholic Church and left in care of the funeral home at P.O. Box 595, Eureka, Kansas 67045.

 

 

 

 
Thomas H. Burrus

Thomas Henry Burrus of Eureka died on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita at the age of 82.

Tom was born on November 15, 1931, in Decatur, Illinois the son of Oscar Augusta and Anita Marie (Dalby) Burrus.  He moved to Severy when he was eight and attended school in Fall River.  After his schooling, he joined the National Guard.  After his discharge, Tom moved to California.  Later he moved to Plainville where he opened his own welding business.  Tom then moved to Cheney and became an over the road truck driver working for various companies such as Halliburton and Young’s Construction.  Tom also lived in various parts of Oklahoma before moving to Eureka in 1998 after his retirement.

In 1955, he married Vera Graham in Fall River.  This marriage later ended in divorce.  Then in 1972, he married Joyce Sprick in Plainville.  This marriage later ended in divorce.

He is survived by his sons, Tony Bahr of Severy; and Justin Burrus of Colby; long-time companion, Barbara Smith; and two sisters, Patty Strickler of Eureka; and Karen Ebberts of Eureka.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one sister, and one grandson, Maverick Thomas Burrus.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Friday, July 25, 2014 at Koup Family Funeral Home with Pastor John Craighead of the Jefferson Street Baptist Church officiating.  Interment will follow at South Lawn Cemetery, Severy, Kansas.  Visitation hours are from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Thursday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the Eureka Nursing Center.  Contributions may be sent in care of Koup Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 595, Eureka, KS 67045, which was in charge of service arrangements.
 
 
Anita Bjorling

Anita Marie Bjorling of Eureka died on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at the Greenwood County Hospital, in Eureka, at the age of 68.

She was born on June 6, 1946, in Wamego, the daughter of Warren and Bernedene (Lamarr) Hill.  On April 9, 1964, Anita was united in marriage to Paul Boyd Bjorling.  They made their home in Wamego and later moved to Eureka.  To this union, three children were born. 

She is survived by one daughter, Lori Ford of Eureka; one son, Mark Bjorling of Wichita; one grandson, Michael; two sisters, Betty Lough of Hutchinson; and Sandi Jones of Olathe; and one brother, Alan Hill of Wamego.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one son, Michael Paul Bjorling.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Wabaunsee Cemetery. 

The family has requested that memorials be made to the Kansas Specialty Dog Service.  Contributions may be sent in care of Koup Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 595, Eureka, KS 67045, which was in charge of service arrangements.
 

 

Lee Roy Nowell

Lee R. Nowell of Hamilton, died on June 29, 2014 at his residence in Hamilton at the age of 63.

He was born on July 7, 1950, in Holden, Missouri the son of Roy Oscar and Hazel (Crabtree) Nowell. Lee grew up in Holden and attended local schools. After his schooling he worked as machinist, carpenter and house painter. In the 1980’s he moved to Hamilton, Kansas and worked as a handy man around Hamilton.

He is survived by his sons, Brian Nowell of Hamilton, and Jeff Nowell of Fredonia; daughter, Lee Ann Covey of Richmond and a sister Connie Linder of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; eleven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Carol Selby and daughter Shelly Riddle; two sisters, Donna Nowell and Darlene Nowell; two brothers, Billy Nowell and Eddie Nowell.

Memorial services will be held on 2:00 P.M., July 20, 2014 at United Methodist Church in Hamilton, Kansas.

 

 

 

 

 


Larry R. Birkholz, Jr.

Larry Ray Birkholz Jr., of Eureka, died on July 1, 2014 in rural Eureka at the age of 44.

Larry was born 4 March 1970 in New Milford, Connecticut. After his father was killed in a plane crash in Valley View, Texas, I had gone to my parents home to await his birth. His father and I had our blood work done for our marriage license at this hospital (1967) and although it wasn’t the closest to my parents’ home, I chose it for his birthplace. His father Larry Ray Birkholz, his paternal grandparents were Everett and Pauline Birkholz of Eureka. His maternal grandparents were Gaetano “Tom” and Gladys Florio of Davenport, Ny.

Larry spent the first 4 years growing up in Denton, Texas. I joined the US Army when he was 4 and he became an “Army Brat” living at Fort Rucker, Al., Fort Eustis Va., Fort Campbell, Ky., and Fort Hood, Texas. At age 9 we moved to Hemsbach, Germany and were there for 2 years. We came back to the states again to Fort Campbell, Ky and then to Schofield Barracks, Hi. He eventually moved to Eureka to complete his senior year of high school living with his grandparents and graduating from Eureka High School in 1989.  He attended K State in Manhattan completing work there at Butler Community College and graduating from Highland College.

He married Kelly Kirkpatrick in Las Vegas on October 28, 2000 with dearest friend Dave Samsel as his best man. They settled in Manhattan prior to later moving to the Birkholz farm north of Eureka. He established Birkholz Construction while in Manhattan and moved it to Eureka.

He was exceedingly proud, supportive father of daughters Chandler Brooke and Reese Beverly Birkholz.

Larry was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing, playing golf and, in general, having a good time while working and relaxing.

He is survived by his former wife, Kelly Birkholz; daughters Chandler and Reese Birkholz; step-daughter, Leslie Kirkpatrick, mother and step-father Beverly and Mike Noland; brother Damon Noland; sister Deadra Keener and her family; Uncle Tommy Florio, Uncle Ron Holland, several nieces and nephews and more people than I can count whose lives  he affected and who loved him.

Funeral services were held at 3:00 P.M., Sunday, July 6, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Kenneth Baker officiating. Interment followed at Greenwood Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in his name to the Eureka Junior/Senior High School Athletic Program and left in care of the funeral home at P.O. Box 595, Eureka, Kansas 67045.

July 3, 2014

Harold S. Winn

Harold Stanley Winn of Eureka, was pronounced dead at Greenwood County Hospital on July 1, 2014, at the age of 85.

Harold was born on June 6, 1929 in Eureka, Kansas the son of John S. and Irene Winn. He was raised in Eureka and attended local schools.  After his schooling he joined the Army during the Korean War.  After serving his country he farmed near Eureka. Later he went to work for the El Dorado School District for 20 years before returning to Eureka.

He is survived by his sister; Hazel Winn of Eureka. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother John Winn.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Monday, July 7, 2014 at Greenwood Cemetery in Eureka.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be to the Eureka Senior Center and left in care of the funeral home at P.O. Box 595, Eureka, Kansas 67045.