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Obituaries


 
Horace F. Holmes

Horace F. Holmes, 92, passed away on September 26, 2014.  Entombment in family plot 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at Greenwood Cemetery, Eureka, KS, with Reverend Kenneth Baker of the First United Methodist Church of Eureka officiating.

He leaves behind a devoted family and many friends who celebrate his life even as they mourn his death.  Born in Greenwood County, KS, January 26, 1922, he graduated from the local schools and later from Emporia State University where he was a member of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity, and he was a lifelong Methodist.

Mr. Holmes had lived in Kansas City since 1948 where he was a popular and successful hair stylist in South Kansas City, for more than 40 years.  Even after retirement, he unselfishly assisted many of his long-time and supportive clients as they became confined to their homes or care facilities.  He and his late companion, Robert C. Hoel, frequently opened their home over a period of nearly 50 years to many friends for memorable Seasonal and Anniversary celebrations

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII, having served on the U.S.S. Haines, D.E. 792, and later in the offices of the Commander Service Force, Atlantic Fleet in Norfolk, VA and New York City.  He remained on the staff when Admiral Sherwood A. Taffinder was promoted to Commandant of the 14th Naval District, Honolulu, where he stayed for the remained of his active duty.  On the day of his discharge, he was presented the seldom-given Admiral’s Commendation Award for Excellent Performance of Duty.  For this recognition he was enormously proud for the remainder of his life.

Horace was preceded in death by his parents, H. Frank Holmes and Hazel O. Smith Holmes, and a brother M.D. Holmes.  Survivors include a brother Phillip D. Holmes, Chanute, KS; two sisters Elsa (Mrs. Raymond L. Denny), Baton Rouge, LA and Mardelle (Mrs. James I. Clogston), Montgomery, AL; and two generations of nieces and nephews.
 
 
Iola Ruth Chambers

Iola Ruth Chambers of Eureka, died on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at her home in Eureka, at the age of 98.

She was born on December 18, 1915, in Okeene, Oklahoma, the daughter of Jacob and Lydia (Diel) Oblander.  She was raised in Eureka and graduated from Eureka schools with the class of 1935.  On July 19, 1937, she was united in marriage to Robert F. Chambers in Eureka.  Iola and Robert worked a variety of jobs and moved to many different places including, El Dorado, Marion, Wichita, California, Nebraska, and Kansas City.  Iola worked at Macy’s in Kansas City and returned to Eureka upon her retirement.  Robert preceded her in death on December 17, 1970. 

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Eureka, and former member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Girl Scout leader.

She is survived by her daughter, Carol Fowler of Eureka; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Helen Bland of Des Peres, Missouri.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, and two sisters.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, September 19, 2014, at Greenwood Cemetery, in Eureka, with Reverend Kenneth Baker of the First United Methodist Church of Eureka officiating.  Visitation hours are from 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M., Friday, at the funeral home preceding the graveside.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church of Eureka.  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.
 
 
Patricia Jo Stevenson

Patricia Josephine Stevenson of Haysville, died on Friday, September 12, 2014 at Via Christi – St. Francis Hospital, in Wichita, at the age of 81.

She was born on December 22, 1932, in Pheifer, Kansas, the daughter of Jacob and Mary Dome.  She was raised in Pheifer and Wichita, graduating from Sacred Heart High School of Wichita.  After her schooling, she worked at her parents restaurant and boarding house.  On January 3, 1953, she was united in marriage to John Wesley Stevenson.  They made their home in Wichita until John’s retirement in 1988.  They then moved to Fall River, living on the family farm.  John preceded her in death on January 11, 2001.  Patricia continued to live on the farm until her health forced her to move to Haysville to be closer to family.

Patricia was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Eureka.

She is survived by four children, Mark Stevenson of Augusta; David Stevenson of El Dorado; Theresa Davis of Charleston, South Carolina; and Colette Maybrier of Haysville; eleven grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother, and six sisters.

A memorial mass will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, September 15, 2014 at Saint Michael’s Catholic Church, in Mulvane with Father Mike Maybrier officiating.  Cremation has been effected.  A private family inurnment will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to Saint Cecilia Catholic Church of Haysville.  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.
 

September 8, 2014

Bill Mills

 Bill Millls of Eureka, died on September 7, 2014 at Greenwood County Hospital at the age of 54.

Bill was born on October 20, 1959 in Iola, Kansas the son of Vernie Lee and Nancy Faye (Hayden) Mills. The family moved to Eureka in 1966 where Bill attended local schools graduating from Eureka High School. After his schooling he worked for Pizza Hut and Blackburn Construction. Later the family moved to Sentinel, Oklahoma where Bill went to work for Parker Drilling. The family later moved back to Eureka where Bill returned working for Blackburn Construction.

On June 27, 1980 he was united in marriage to Diane Lindesmith in Miami, Oklahoma.

Bill is survived by his wife Diane of the home; daughter, Alanna DelPozzo and husband Franco of Eureka; grandchildren, Nicholas DelPozzo, Ryleigh Smalley, Reganne Smalley, Kasen DelPozzo and Cooper Delpozzo; siblings, Sam Mills and wife Anita of Overland Park, Linda Criswell and husband Jim of Eureka, Kathy Earnest and husband Wayne of Pleasanton, Bob Mills and wife Vicki of Garnett and sister-in-law Lucille Wright of Shawnee. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Willy and brother Cecil Wright.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Koup Family Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5-7 Friday. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.

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

 

 

 
Corky Barg

Lois Corriene “Corky” Barg of Eureka, died on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at the Eureka Nursing Center, in Eureka, at the age of 85.

She was born on February 12, 1929, on the family farm northwest of Eureka, the daughter of James Harvey and Leta (Wallace) Gray.  She attended the Highland and Holverson grade schools and graduated from Eureka High School with the class of 1947.  She then went to work at the extension office and a year later at the ASCS office.

On September 13, 1949, she was united in marriage to Frank “Ben” Lore, Jr.  They ran the West Side Café and Motel for 15 years until their marriage ended in divorce.

In 1964, she moved to Wichita and attended Central Business College.  In July 1965, she went to work for Collingwood Office Systems as secretary and bookkeeper.  On October 18, 1969, she was united in marriage to David Barg at the First United Methodist Church in Eureka.  They made their home in Eureka buy Corky continued to commute to Wichita to work.  She retired in 1992.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Eureka, the Order of the Eastern Star, and the United Methodist Women’s Group.  She was an avid golfer at the Eureka Country Club and held the title of Club Champion for nine different years.

She is survived by her husband, David of the home; and one sister, Virginia Glasco of Eureka.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Louise Olmstead, and Denzell Handley; and five brothers, Wallace Gray, Wesley Gray, Robert Gray, Glenn Gray, and Franklin Gray.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church of Eureka with Reverend Kenneth Baker officiating.  A private family inurnment will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church of Eureka.  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.
 
 
Jewell McCaslin

Jewell Leise McCaslin of Eureka, died on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at Howard Twilight Manor, in Howard, at the age of 94.

She was born on August 2, 1920, in Okeene, Oklahoma, the daughter of Dee Oliver and Rosa Nell (Reimer) Giggy.  She attended school in Shattuck, Oklahoma, graduating from Shattuck High School.  In 1938, she was united in marriage to Festus Leon Perkins in Higgins, Texas.  They made their home in Perryton. 

She worked as a bookkeeper for a hatchery and later purchased inventory for a men’s wear store.  She later moved to Wichita and worked for Cessna and Wesley Hospital.  Festus preceded her in death.  Later, Jewell was united in marriage to John J. McCaslin.  He preceded her in death.

She is survived by one step-son, Gene Perkins of Liberal; and one step-daughter, Virginia Hibbs of Liberal; two step-grandchildren; nephew, Nathan Fuqua; good friend, Norma Alexander; and her nursing home family.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, and two sisters.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, September 5, 2014 at Greenwood Cemetery in Eureka with Mr. Jayme A. Koup officiating.   

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to Howard Twilight Manor.  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.
 
 
Virginia L. Connell

Virginia Lucile Connell of Eureka, died on Monday, August 18, 2014 at the Eureka Nursing Center, in Eureka at the age of 93.

She was born on April 22, 1921, in Greenwood County, the daughter of Elmer and Ethel (Andrew) Larcom.  She was raised in Greenwood County and attended Reece schools.  She then attended Emporia State Teachers College, graduating with a teaching certificate. 

On March 8, 1946, Virginia was united in marriage to Jack Connell in Wichita.

She taught school in rural Greenwood County and later as Principal in Fall River.  During World War II, she was a draftsman for Boeing in Wichita.  She worked in Eureka at Zenishek’s, the Eureka Mill, and served Greenwood County as Treasurer for 15 years.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Matron, a mentor in Rainbows, and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Eureka.

She is survived by two children, daughter, Andrea Effertz of Lafayette, Colorado; and son, Johnney C. and wife, Bev Connell of Lenexa; six grandchildren, Craig and wife, Adrienne Foster of Fairfax, California; Jeffrey and wife, Elizabeth Connell of Lenexa; Justin Eli Effertz of Lafayette, Colorado; Erin and husband, Dave Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Ambrea and husband, Sylas Cooley of Denver, Colorado; and Kyle and wife, Klaudia Effertz of Westminster, Colorado; and four great-grandchildren, Jackson Connell; Callie Connell; Jordy Johnson; and Kayden Effertz.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, August 22, 2014 at Koup Family Funeral Home, in Eureka with Pastor Tim Meyer of Christ Lutheran Church officiating.  Interment will follow at Reece Cemetery.  Visitation hours are set 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 American Cancer Society Relay for Life or the Midian Shrine Plane of Mercy.  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.
 
 
Geraldine Gilmore

Geraldine E. Gilmore of Eureka, died on Thursday, August 7, 2014, at Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka, at the age of 94.

She was born on July 5, 1920, in Elk Falls, Kansas, the daughter of Ray and Josephine (Smith) Keath.  She was raised in Independence and graduated from local schools.  On July 30, 1938, Geraldine was united in marriage to Cecil Gilmore in Columbus.  She worked in the Parsons Armory during World War II, moving to Independence afterwards.  The family later moved to Illinois, where she worked for Illinois Bell Telephone.  Upon her retirement, the family moved back to Eureka.

Geraldine was a member of the Jefferson Street Baptist Church, the Independent Order of Foresters, the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post #2712 Auxiliary, and the American Legion Auxiliary, and was a lifetime member of the National and Eureka Bowling Association.

She is survived by her husband, Cecil of the home; son, Charles Gilmore of Eureka; and daughter, Karen Stonebraker of New Castle, Oklahoma; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, William R. Gilmore, two brothers, and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Koup Family Funeral Home, in Eureka.  Cremation will be effected following the service.  Visitation hours are from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Friday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the Bobbie Brooks Trust Fund.  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.
 


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.