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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.

 

 

 

 
John Walter Russell

John Walter Russell of Eureka, died on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at the Eureka Nursing Center, in Eureka, at the age of 83.

He was born on August 20, 1930, in Fall River Township, Greenwood County, the son of John William and Velma “Bernadine” (Wright) Russell.  He was raised in Climax and graduated from Climax High School.  He then attended Kansas State University.  On April 20, 1952, John was united in marriage to Maxine Lena Hamm in Yates Center.  They made their home seven miles east of Eureka on the farm they have lived on ever since.  Maxine preceded him in death on April 22, 2012. 

John was a farmer, rancher, dairyman, and raised and trained horses all of his life.  He was an active member in Greenwood Chapter, Order of DeMolay, Fidelity Masonic Lodge #106, Greenwood County Farm Bureau Board, Extension Office/4-H Volunteer and board member, and refereed football, basketball, and volleyball, earning a 50-year pin.  As a youth, he was active in the Climax Wonder Workers 4-H Group.

He is survived by five children: daughter, Kathy Barr of Lebo; son, Leroy Russell of Auburn; son, Larry Russell of Emporia; daughter, Cindy Russell of Parsons; and daughter, Nancy Clites of El Dorado; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one brother, Roy C. Russell of Hutchinson.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and one brother, William “Bill”.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Eureka with Reverend Kenneth Baker officiating.  Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.  Visitation hours are set from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Monday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to Greenwood Chapter, Order of DeMolay or 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.
 
 
Juanita Curley

Juanita Faye Curley of Eureka, died on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Galichia Heart Hospital in Wichita, at the age of 74.

She was born on April 9, 1940, in Woodward, Oklahoma, the daughter of Oscar L. and Millie Marie (Hermanel) Howland.  At a young age the family moved to Wichita where Juanita was raised and attended local schools.  After graduating high school she lived in various places in Kansas and Missouri.

She worked as an LPN for many hospitals and nursing homes and was a member of the Prince of Peace Pentecostal Church of Eureka.

She is survived by two sons, Alan Sickles of Eureka; and John Sickles of Eureka; and one daughter, Kathy Flemister of Eureka; five grandchildren; and two brothers, Delbert Howland of Wichita; and Wesley Howland of Clearwater.  She was preceded in death by her parents and three husbands.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Koup Family Funeral Home, in Eureka with Pastor Larry Moore of the Eureka Community Church officiating.  Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.  Visitation hours are from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the American Heart Association.  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.
 
 
Paul Bjorling

Paul Boyd Bjorling of Eureka, died on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at his home in Eureka, at the age of 74. 

He was born on May 5, 1940, in Topeka, the son of Dorothy Bjorling.  He was raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Blue Rapids High School.  After his schooling, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving his country with honor and dignity.  After his discharge, he began working for Boeing and Cessna in Washington state.  On April 9, 1964, he was united in marriage to Anita Hill.  They made their home in Wamego, and later moved to Eureka in 1993.

Paul was a member of the New Life Assembly of God.

He is survived by his wife, Anita of the home; one daughter, Lori Ford of Eureka; one son, Mark Bjorling of Wichita; and one grandson.  He was preceded in death by his mother, and one son, Michael Paul Bjorling.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, May 30, 2014 at the New Life Assembly of God with Pastor Ray Frye officiating.  Inurnment will follow at Wabaunsee Cemetery.

The family has requested that memorials be made to the New Life Assembly of God.  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.
 
 
Joyce Richardson

Joyce Richardson of Eureka, died on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at the Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka, at the age of 74.

She was born on August 27, 1939, in Smithville, Arkansas the daughter of Joe and Ina (Dennis) Elliott.  Joyce was raised in Eureka and attended local school graduating from Eureka High School.  After her schooling, she worked at various banks before retiring from Cox Communication in Augusta. 

On May 7, 1964, she was united in marriage to Melvin Lee Richardson in Eureka, Kansas.  He preceded her in death on August 28, 2009.

Joyce is survived by her daughter, Cristy Howard of Eureka; stepsons, Kevin Hensley of Thousand Oaks, California; and Brent Hensley of Encinitas, California; two grandchildren; numerous step-grandchildren; and one sister, Judy Jordan of Arkansas City.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one brother, Wilbur.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Koup Family Funeral Home with Pastor John Craighead of the Jefferson Street Baptist Church officiating.  Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to Jefferson Street Baptist Church Youth Group.  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.
 
 
Bernadine Bradford

Bernadine Bradford of Eureka passed away on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka at the age of 90.

She was born on February 20, 1924, in Greenwood County, the daughter of Raymond and Gwendolyn (Pugh) Lacy.  She was raised in Eureka and Madison and graduated from Madison High School.  On January 27, 1942, Bernadine was united in marriage to Ralph Birkett Bradford in Cottonwood Falls.  She worked at the courthouse in Eureka until RalpH returned from serving in WWII.  They eventually made their home in Madison, and later moved back to Eureka.

Bernadine was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Mother’s Club, Rebekah’s Lodge, and PTA.  She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt.  Bernadine will always be remembered for her glowing smile, wit, friendly outgoing personality, and loving devotion to her family and friends.  The family would like to thank the staff at Vintage Park and the medical team at Greenwood County Hospital for their attentive and considerate care of Bernadine during her final golden years.

She is survived by her son, Ron Bradford and his wife, Barbara, of Mission Viejo, California; three grandchildren, Audrey Fils, John Bradford, and Allison Leyland; four great-grandchildren, Sydney, Jacob, and Mason Fils, and Benton Bradford, all living in California; and sister, Pat Krumme of Emporia.  She also is survived by sister-in-law Joan Buckle, and brother-in law Ed Buckle of Eureka who generously gave invaluable support and care to Bernadine.  Additionally, she is survived by three nieces, Cathy McCarthy, Debra Berry, and Cyndi Alford, and two nephews, Mike Storrer and David Buckle.  Bernadine was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and daughter, Linda Kay Bradford.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, May 30, 2014, at Koup Family Funeral Home in Eureka, with Reverend Kenneth Baker of the First United Methodist Church officiating.  Cremation has been effected.  A private family inurnment will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church.  Contributions may be sent in care of Koup Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 595, Eureka, KS 67045.
 
 
Robert B. Carpenter

Robert Barclay Carpenter of Hamilton, died on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at the Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka, at the age of 99.

He was born on December 21, 1914, in Hymer, Chase County, Kansas, the son of Edward Loring and Ada Ethel (Barclay) Carpenter.  Upon the death of his mother, he lived with his grandmother in Pennsylvania for 5 years before returning to Chase County and then moving to Hamilton.  On May 13, 1950, Robert was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Chance in Wichita.  They made their home in rural Hamilton.

Robert was a member of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons #301 of Hamilton, Eureka Chapter RAM #55, Eureka Commandery #45, Emporia Council, Hamilton Lions Club, GAZA Chapter 373 Order of the Eastern Star of Hamilton, Madison #350 Order of the Eastern Star, Gridley Order of the Eastern Star, the Hamilton School Board, Soil Conservation Board, the Farm Bureau Board, and the Madison Masonic Lodge where he achieved Master Mason in 1996.

He is survived by his wife, Mary of the home; two sons, Bill Carpenter of Saint John; and Cary Carpenter of Hamilton; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Helen Carpenter, Olive Greenwood, and Pearl Tyson; and one brother, Harold Carpenter.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at the Hamilton United Methodist Church in Hamilton with Pastor Warren Olson 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 the Hamilton United Methodist Church.  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.
 
   
Laura E. Walker

Laura Ellen Walker, 90, of Eureka, died on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Greenwood County Hospital, in Eureka.

She was born on March 16, 1924, the daughter of Howard and Isal (Powell) Pontious, in Fowler.  She was raised in Fowler, and later lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In March of 1942, she was united in marriage to Albert Palmer “A.P.” Sears in El Dorado.  To this union, three children were born.  This marriage later ended in divorce.

On February 26, 1974, she was united in marriage to Herbert Floyd Walker in Wiley, Texas.  He preceded her in death on February 6, 2002.

She was a homemaker and worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Phil Elliott, in Eureka.

She is survived by two sons, Roy Sears of League City, Texas and Eddie Sears of Springfield, Missouri; one daughter, Linda Wunderlich of Piedmont; eight grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings: Hazel, Roy, Mabel, and Ila Rose.

Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M., Thursday, April 24, at Koup Family Funeral Home, in Eureka, with Pastor Alan Hunter of the First Baptist Church of Howard officiating.  Interment will follow at Piedmont Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the Greenwood County Hospital.  Contributions may be sent in care of Koup Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 595, Eureka, KS 67045, who are in charge of service arrangements.
 
 
Bobby “Jack” Lewis

Jack Lewis, of Eureka, died on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at the Eureka Nursing Center, at the age of 88.

He was born in Eureka on September 26, 1925, the son of Minnie Mae (Souders) and William Brook Lewis.  He attended Eureka schools before enlisting in the United States Army Air Corp.  Jack served his country with pride and dignity during World War II.  On January 19, 1949, Jack was united in marriage to Bessie Smith in Iola, Kansas.  After his discharge, he worked for Hayes Brothers Welders in the Eureka/Madison area until the early 1960’s.  He and Bessie then moved to El Dorado where Jack worked for Kaneb Pipeline.  He retired in 1975, and the family moved back to Eureka.

Jack was a member of VFW post #2712 of Eureka, a 50-year member of Madison Masonic Lodge #196, and a 40-year member of the Topeka Scottish Rite of Free Masonry.

Jack is survived by his wife, Bessie, of the home, son, James Lewis of Seattle, Washington, daughter, Jerri Barton of Tulsa, Oklahoma, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by one son, Donald Lewis, his parents, seven brothers, and seven sisters.

Funeral services will be held at Koup Family Funeral Home on Friday, April 18, 2014, at 2:00 P.M., with Mr. Jayme Koup officiating.  Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to VFW Post #2712 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.