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Obituaries

 

 
Diane Mills

Linda “Diane” Mills of Eureka, died on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Via Christi – Saint Francis Hospital, in Wichita, at the age of 62.

She was born on March 15, 1953, in Coffeyville, the daughter of Charles and Wanda (Austin) Lindesmith.  She was raised in Tyro, Kansas and attended school at the Ringo school house until 6th grade, Wayside Junior High School, and Caney High School, graduating with the class of 1971.  She then attended Neosho County Community College to pursue a degree in nursing.  After graduation she was a travelling nurse and lived in Colorado for a number of years.  In the late ‘70’s she moved back to Kansas. 

On June 27, 1980, Diane was united in marriage to William Melvin “Bill” Mills, in Miami, Oklahoma.  They made their home in Sentinel, Oklahoma.  To this union, two children were born.  The family later lived in Tyro, and then moved to Eureka, in the late ‘80’s.  Bill preceded her in death on September 7, 2014. 

She was a member of the Tyro Christian Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Alanna Del Pozzo of Eureka; five grandchildren; mother, Wanda Lindesmith of Tyro; and two sisters, Nancy Allen of Tyro; and Dana Vermeire of Dewey, Oklahoma.  She was preceded in death by her father, husband, and son, Willy.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Koup Family Funeral Home, in Eureka, with Pastor Alan Hunter of the Howard Baptist Church officiating.  Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.  Visitation hours are set 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 Children’s Mercy Hospital.  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.
 



Ernie Drake



Ernest Eugene Drake of Eureka, died on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at Via Christi – Saint Francis Hospital, in Wichita, at the age of 65.

He was born on February 13, 1950, in Toronto, the son of Elmer and Viola (Blevins) Drake.  He was raised in Neodesha and graduated from Neodesha High School.  In 1968, Ernie was united in marriage to Diana Whittner.  They made their home in Independence, and later Neodesha.  To this union, three children were born.  This marriage later ended in divorce and Ernie began living in Neal.

On June 2, 1980, he was united in marriage to Donna Satterfield in Miami, Oklahoma.  They made their home in Neal and later Eureka.  To this union, one son was born.  Ernie worked for Greenwood County Road & Bridge for over thirty years.

He is survived by his wife, Donna of the home; four children: daughter, Tina Drake of Topeka; son, Buddy, and wife, Christi Drake of Chanute; son, Eric and wife, Leonda Drake of Independence; and son, Damon, and wife, Eliz Drake of Emporia; ten grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Richard and wife, Marian Drake of Eureka; and one sister, Susan Wells of Vian, Oklahoma.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, July 31, 2015, at Koup Family Funeral Home, Eureka.  Cremation has been effected.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice.  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.
 

 

 

 

 
 Betty L. Coon

Betty Loraine Coon of Eureka, died on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at the Eureka Nursing Center, in Eureka, at the age of 93.

She was born on November 8, 1921, in Olpe, the daughter of Virgil and Lena (Troll) Bales.  She was raised in Reece, and moved to Eureka in 1933, graduating from the Eureka High School.  On April 12, 1940, Betty was united in marriage to Earl “Dale” Coon in Eureka, where they made their home.  While Dale was serving in World War 2, Betty lived in California and worked in a toy shop.  After his discharge they returned to Eureka and she worked at Brown’s Bakery, Zenishek’s, and Connie’s Fabrics for a time, and then was a homemaker.  Dale preceded her in death on April 1, 2005. 

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Eureka.

She is survived by two children: daughter, Linda and husband, Darby Downard of Eureka; and son, Mike and wife, Ann Coon of Eureka; three grandchildren: Shane Coon, Kim Beets, and Matt Wright; and five great-grandchildren: Marissa Coon, Samantha Coon, Jaxson Coon, Tyler Beets, Olivia Beets.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Karen Martin; son-in-law, Tom Martin; four brothers; and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Koup Family Funeral Home, in Eureka with Mr. Jayme A. Koup officiating.  Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. 

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.
 

 

Ruby Pauline Devroude Stuber

Ruby Pauline Gillan (Devroude) Stuber of Augusta, died on Monday, July 20, 2015 at Kansas Medical Center, in Andover, at the age of 85.

She was born on March 12, 1930, in Essington, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Joseph and Augusta (LeClerq) Devroude.  She was raised in Essington and graduated with the class of 1948.  After her schooling, she worked as a secretary for Westinghouse and later as a bookkeeper in Glen Olden, Pennsylvania. 

On May 17, 1968, Ruby was united in marriage to Harold Leroy Stuber in Essington.  They lived in Pennsylvania for awhile before moving to Eureka.  Harold preceded her in death on January 10, 2012.

Ruby was a member of Saint John's Episcopal Church, and the Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by four children, son, Dennis Stuber of Kingston, Oklahoma; daughter, Debra Elder of Wichita; daughter, Nancy Schubert of Olathe; and son, Kenneth Stahmer of Augusta; seven grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one great-grandchild; and sister, Norma Clupp.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Koup Family Funeral Home, with Mr. Jayme A. Koup officiating.  Cremation will be effected following the service.  Visitation hours are set 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 American Heart Association.  Contributions may be sent in care of Koup Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 595, Eureka, KS  67045, which is in charge of service arrangements.
 

 

 

Carl V. Owen, Jr.

Carl Victor Owen, Jr., of Hamilton, died on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at Via Christi – Saint Francis Hospital, in Wichita, at the age of 77.

He was born on August 9, 1937, in Hamilton, the son of Carl V., Sr. and Minnie E. (Buffington) Owen.  He was raised in Hamilton and graduated local schools.  He worked as a farm hand for a year before moving to New Mexico.  He worked for Farmer's Electric, and Rural Electric Association as a lineman.  After he moved to El Dorado he worked at White & Ellis Drilling Company, and later Donald Dunce Salvage. 

On June 9, 1960, Carl was united to Eloise A. Shepard in El Dorado.  Later the family moved to Clay Center and Carl worked road construction.  He moved to Belleville and worked for North Central Kansas REA.  In 1964, he began farming and worked for Lewis Long Drilling.  In 1972, he began working for KDOT and Bud Shepherd Oil Service before finally opening Owen Tank & Vacuum Service.  He retired in 1999.

He was a member of the Hamilton United Methodist Church and the Masons.

He is survived by his wife, Eloise of the home; two children, son, Matthew Owen of Hamilton; and daughter, Carol Elise Harris of Independence; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one brother, Lloyd Owen of Park City.  He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Kara Lee Owen; four sisters; and two brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, July 24, 2015 at Koup Family Funeral Home with Pastor Warren Olson of the Hamilton United Methodist Church officiating.  Interment will follow at Janesville Cemetery.  Viewing 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 Hamilton Community Center.  Contributions may be sent in care of Koup Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 595, Eureka, KS  67045, which is in charge of service arrangements.
 

 

 

Forest L. Graves

 
Forest L. Graves

Forest Leroy Graves of Eureka, died on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at his home in Eureka, at the age of 88.

He was born on March 10, 1927, in Greensburg, Kansas, the son of Louis and Zelma (Kerrick) Graves. He was raised in Greensburg and graduated from local schools.  After graduating, he served in the United States Army as a trainer in California.  He then moved to Denver, where he attended jewelers school to become a watchmaker.

On, May 29, 1948, Forest was united in marriage to Beverly Carolyn Sprout, in Denver, Colorado.  The family moved to Pratt, then to Sedan, Kansas, where he was a jeweler for 10 years and then a postman for five years.  They finally settled in Eureka in 1966.  Forest became a Farm Bureau adjuster until he retired in the late 1980’s.   

Forest loved to travel, and in his later years, wintered in Mission, Texas.  He was an excellent golfer, and has golfed since the age of 21.  He was  a member of the First United Methodist Church, and belonged to the church choir.  He was also a member of the Eureka Country Club for 49 years.

He is survived by one son, Steve Graves, of Topeka; and one daughter, Cynthia Brubaker of Eureka; four grandchildren: Zachary Graves, Gretchen Reed, Noah Brubaker, and Dakota Brubaker; four great-grandchildren: Maria Graves, Anastasia Graves, Hanna Reed, and Sylas Brubaker; and three sisters, Clorene Smith of Newton; Charlotte Tabor of Lindsay, Oklahoma; and Carolyn Clark of Neodesha.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Beverly; and two brothers, Orie Graves and Paul Graves.

Memorial services will be held 10:00 A.M., Monday, July 20, 2015 at Koup Family Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Lawrence of the Climax United Methodist Church officiating.  Inurnment will follow at 3:00 P.M., at Fairview Cemetery, Greensburg, Kansas. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to Eureka Youth Golf Program.  Contributions may be sent of care of Koup Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 595, Eureka, Kansas 67045, which was in charge of service arrangements.
 

 

 

 

 

Brandi L Colonnese

Brandi Colonnese died on July 10, 2015. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M., on Saturday, July 18, 2015.

 

 

Hazel A. Herold

Hazel Aleta Herold of Neal, died on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at the Eureka Nursing Center, in Eureka, at the age of 82.

She was born on September 2, 1932, in Virgil, the daughter of James and Opal (Megli) Griffith.  She was raised in the Virgil area and attended local country schools.  After her schooling, she was a babysitter and helped raise her brothers and sisters, being the third of twelve children.  On August 6, 1950, Hazel was united in marriage to Robert Dale Herold in Yates Center.  They made their home in Yates Center, and later lived in McCracken, Toronto, and Neal.  The family moved a lot while Bob was working for the railroad for about ten years but they eventually settled back in Neal.

Hazel was a member of the First Christian Church of Toronto.

She is survived by two children, son, Terry Herold of Eureka; and daughter, Charlotte Stiles of Fredonia; five grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and six siblings, brothers, Jim Griffith of Everett, Washington; Leo Griffith of Newton; Richard Griffith of Topeka; Robert Griffith of Scottsbluff, Nebraska; and two sisters, Sharon Beeman of Hamilton; and Mary Ann Thornton of Eureka.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and five siblings.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at Koup Family Funeral Home, Eureka with Chaplain Roger Megli and Pastor Merlin Enabnit officiating.  Interment will follow at Neal 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 Interim Hospice.  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.
 



 

Doris Elaine Burch


Doris Elaine Burch, of Emporia, formerly of Eureka, died at Holiday Resort, in Emporia, on July 2, 2015, at the age of 92.

She was born in Eureka on October 14, 1922, the daughter of Otis and Florence (McCready) Ward.  She attended Eureka schools and graduated from Eureka High School with the class of 1942.  After her schooling, she worked as a PBX Telephone operator.  In the mid 1940’s Doris worked as the receptionist at Basham Hospital.  She was then a homemaker in the early 1950’s while her children were young.  In the early 1960’s she managed Carriage House Motel until her retirement in the early 1970’s.

On June 26, 1942, Doris was united in marriage to Clarence W. Burch in Eureka.  He preceded her in death on July 12, 2005.

Doris was a member of the First Christian Church, Sweet Adeline’s, and the VFW Post 2712 Auxiliary. 

She is survived by one son, Laymon Burch of Box Elder, South Dakota; two daughters, Mindy Sadowski of Emporia; and Marta Harriger; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother, and one sister.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at Greenwood Cemetery, with Mr. Jayme Koup officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the Eureka Junior/Senior High School Music Department.  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.
 
 
 Carolyn “Kay” Knudsen

Kay Knudsen, of Emporia, died at Newman Regional Health on June 22, 2015, at the age of 74.

She was born on August 29, 1940, in Howard, Kansas, the daughter of Frederick and Clarice (Criger) Lilley.  She was raised in Greenwood County, and attended Tonavay grade school, and graduated from Eureka High School with the class of 1958.  She then attended Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia.  After her schooling she worked for the Emporia Unemployment office and Dolly Madison Bakery.  Kay later returned to Eureka and worked as a CNA at Greenwood County Hospital for twenty years.  She then returned to Emporia and worked for Holliday Resort until retiring in 2007.

In 1961, she was united in marriage to Ronald Demler, in Eureka.

She is survived by three sons; Matt Thom of Brownsville, Texas, Jeffrey Demler of Emporia, and Bradley and wife Cara Demler of Emporia, one daughter; Sharon and husband Richard Jr. Vogts of Olpe, seven grandchildren;  Taryn Morris, Cassidy Demler, Krista Vogts, Tate Demler, Madisyn Demler, Brianna Vogts, and Abbie Demler, two sisters;  Helen Butler of Toronto, and Aline McKenzie of Howard, and two brothers;  Ralph Lilley of El Dorado, and Frank Lilley of Fort Collins, Colorado.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Robert Lilley.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M., on Thursday, June 25, 2015, at Koup Family Funeral Home, with Reverend Malonne Davies of the Olpe First United Methodist Church officiating. 

A memorial has been established in her name to the Emporia Friends of the Zoo.  Contributions may be sent in care of the funeral home at P.O. Box 595, Eureka, Kansas 67045.
 


 

 

 

William “Bill” White



William Earl “Bill” White, III of Eureka, died on  Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Greenwood County Hospital, in Eureka, at the age of 51. 

He was born on October 19, 1963, in Portsmouth, Virginia, the son of William Earl, Jr. and Ruth Jane (Blackburn) White.  He was raised in Pennsylvania and New York attending Northwestern Lehigh Valley High School in New Tripoli, Pennsylvania and graduating from Lockport High School in Lockport, New York.  After his schooling, he joined the United States Navy where he served with honor and dignity aboard the U.S.S. Coral Sea, as an Aviation Fire Control Tech.  He served from 1982 to 1986 during the Chadian-Libyan Conflict. 

After his discharge, he lived in Jackson, Tennessee where he was a radio DJ, before going to work for Safety Clean as a salesman.  He later moved to Memphis and worked for a limo service, where he met Michele Elliott.  On May 12, 2001, Bill was united in marriage with Michele in Paola, Kansas.  Bill began working for Mazda\Saturn in the service department.  The family moved to Eureka in 2006 and Bill began working for Eddy’s Toyota in Wichita. He also worked for Clint Bowyer Auto Plex in Emporia, Kansas.

He was a member of the Neal Evangelical Free Church and the National Rifle Association.

He is survived by his wife, Michele of the home; two daughters, Sydney Elizabeth White and Shelby Amanda White of the home; parents, William and Ruth White of Nanjemoy, Maryland; and one sister, Tina Mickowski of Medina, Ohio. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, June 19, 2015, at Koup Family Funeral Home, in Eureka, with Pastor Larry Evans of the Neal Evangelical Free Church officiating.  Interment will follow at Greenwood 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 Sydney & Shelby Educational 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.
 

 
Albert Leon Butler

Albert Leon Butler of rural Neal, went to meet his Savior on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis, in Wichita, at the age of 87.

He was born on July 31, 1927, on his parents farm southeast of Eureka, the son of Harold O. and Hazel (Nelson) Butler.  He graduated from Tonovay High School in 1947.  He was united in marriage to Helen Louise Lilley on February 25, 1950 at the home of Reverend Johnson in Eureka.  They lived for the last 50 years on their farm near Neal.  He worked mainly operating heavy equipment for different construction companies, but his love was farming, ranching, and running his dozer.

He was a member of the Eureka Saddle Club, the Watershed Board, a 4-H horse leader, and the Greenwood County Soil Conservation Board.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Helen of the home; one son, Greg and wife, Ann Butler of Neal; and six daughters, Debra and husband, Bill Weingartner of Madison; Marsha and husband, Terry Dunham of Eureka; Belinda and husband, Larry Mead of Tonovay; Alisa Milner of Neal; Rebecca and husband, Rick Stever of Eureka; and Angela Butler-Clark of Neal; eighteen grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and four siblings, Jack Butler of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Richard Butler of Augusta; Wanda Frakes of Eureka; and Dixie Holm of Denver, Colorado.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and four siblings, Glen, Wayne, Dorthy, and Cap.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at Koup Family Funeral Home, with Pastor Larry Evans of the Neal Evangelical Free Church officiating.  Interment will follow at Star Cemetery.  Visitation hours are set from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the Neal Evangelical Free Church or to the Eureka Saddle Club.  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.
 

 

 

Ray Clifton “Cliff” Alleman, Jr
  
Ray Clifton “Cliff” Alleman, Jr was born in Eureka, Kansas on November 16, 1944, the son of Ray Clifton Alleman, Sr and Muriel A. Scott of Eureka.  He graduated from Virgil High School.  He enlisted in the Navy on October 16, 1965 where he served with dignity and honor aboard the Bonn Homme Richard an attack ship.  He was honorably discharged on November 5, 1968 with medals for National Defense Service, Vietnam Service, and Vietnam Campaign.   After his discharge, Cliff worked for Blackburn Construction all over the United States until he retired in 2005.

After retiring, Cliff worked part-time for Pro Energy of Oklahoma.Cliff raced boats and rode cross-country motorcycles.  He was a member of the Eureka VFW #2712 for more than twenty years.  He marched in parades and honor guard at funerals.

On August 27, 1999, Cliff was united in marriage to Mary Jane Owens in Miami, Oklahoma.  They made their home in Eureka. 

He is survived by his wife, Mary of the home; four stepsons, Fred Lamb of Eureka; Al Owens of Eureka; Kyle Owens of Rosehill; and Toby Owens of Wichita; ten step-grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Korrina Dawn; his parents; and one sister, Patricia Ann.

Memorial service will be 2:00 P.M., Friday, June 12, 2015 at Greenwood Cemetery in Eureka, with Mr. Jayme Koup officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to Ribbons of Hope.  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.

 
Marjorie Matthews

Marjorie Kennedy Matthews of Eureka, died on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Eureka Nursing Center in Eureka at the age of 96.
 
She was born on October 30, 1918 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Roy and Cordelia (Craig) Kennedy. She was raised in Wellington and graduated from Wellington High School. On December 5, 1944, Marjorie was united in marriage to Edwin P. Matthews in Wellington. They made their home in Wellington until he was transferred to Alexandria, Louisiana with the military. After his discharge, they lived in Riverton, Wyoming, Farmington, New Mexico, then returned to Wichita.  They retired to Eureka in 1974. Edwin preceded her in death in August 1, 2002.
 
She was a member of the First Christian Church of Eureka, the Music Club, the Garden Club, and the Altrurian Club, and was a Choir Director for several choirs in the area.  She was also a past president of the Library Club.

She is survived by two daughters, Sally and husband, Michael Taylor, of Arkansas City, Kansas; and Catharine and husband, Wayne Osborn of Shawnee, Kansas; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother, Raymond Kennedy, and two sisters, Ruth Kennedy and Mildred Whomans.
 
Graveside services will be held at  2:00 P.M. Thursday, June 4, 2015 at Greenwood Cemetery with Reverend Kenneth Baker of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Koup Family Funeral Home is in charge of service arrangements.

 

 
Harriet N. Edmondson

Harriet Neoma Edmondson of Eureka, died on Friday, May 29, 2015, at the Eureka Nursing Center, in Eureka, at the age of 94.

She was born on March 6, 1921, in Atchison, Kansas, the daughter of Philip and Susie (Eberly) Riedesel.  She was raised in Nevada and attended local schools.  Just before graduation, the family moved to Sentinel, Missouri.  On August 26, 1941, Harriet was united in marriage to Ray Olen Edmondson in Buffalo, Missouri.  They lived in the Sentinel area until World War II, when they moved to Kansas City.  Later, they moved to Augusta before building a home in Wichita.  In the early 1960’s, they purchased a farm near Eureka, where they both resided until his death 1999.

She is survived by two daughters, Sue Phares of Wichita; and Margery Ramsey of Valley Center; son, Garry Edmondson of Eureka; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one brother, Dean Riedesel of Perry, Kansas.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and five siblings: Jack, Gertrude, Maxine, June, and Katherine.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, June 1, 2015 at Greenwood Cemetery, Eureka, with Mr. Jayme A. Koup officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to Friendship Meals.  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.
 

 

 

Erma J. Smith

Erma Jean Smith of Toronto died on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at her home in Toronto at the age of 86.

She was born on April 25, 1929 in Chase County, Kansas, the daughter of Floyd and Julia (Pritchett) Cook.  She was raised in El Dorado and attended local schools.  On April 25, 1947, she was united in marriage to Clyde D. Smith in Iola.  To this union seven children were born.  The family moved to Toronto in 1977.  Clyde preceded her in death on June 19, 2011.

She was a member of the Good New Baptist Church of Toronto and the American Legion Auxiliary. 

She is survived by three sons, Clyde and wife, Marlene Smith of Toronto; Tom and wife, Tara Smith of Toronto; and Jackie and wife, Nancy Smith of Coyville; thirty-four grandchildren; forty-nine great-grandchildren; and twenty-three great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Lucille King of El Dorado; and two daughters-in-law, Rita and Sharon.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three sons, Donald, Lonnie, and Penny; one sister, and several brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Koup Family Funeral Home with Pastor George Lewis of the Coyville Christian Church officiating.  Interment will follow at Toronto Cemetery.  Visitation hours are set 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 Gentiva Hospice of Parsons.  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.
 

 

 

Edward G. Escareno

Edward Gabriel Escareno of Eureka, died on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Via Christi Hospital, Saint Francis, in Wichita, at the age of 88.

He was born on March 18, 1927, in Pawhuska, Oklahoma to Juan and Inocencia (Elias) Escareno.  He was raised in Oklahoma and Kansas.  He attended Eureka High School.  On November 26, 1952, he was united in marriage to Moetta Herren in Eureka.  To this union, seven children were born.  On September 25, 1982, he was united in marriage to Janice Eddings in Eureka.

He served in the Army during World War II from 1948 to 1951, and was stationed in Germany.  He was an active member of VFW Post #2712 in Eureka.  After his discharge, he returned to Eureka and began working for the Missouri Pacific Railroad which later became the Union Pacific Railroad.  He retired after 43 years.  He also worked part time for Foodtown and Howard’s IGA grocery stores.

He is survived by his wife, Janice of the home; three daughters, Teresa Escareno of Eureka; Roberta and husband, Ron Hawthorne of Eureka; and Katherine Neel of Oxford, Ohio; three sons, John and wife, Marcia Escareno  of Eureka; Tom Escareno of Eureka; and Richard and wife, Debra Escareno of Madison; four step-daughters, Tami Jackson; Amy and husband, Joe Brown; and Leann Eddings all of Eureka; and Brenda and husband, Jeff Stewart of Hamilton; thirteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; ten step-great-grandchildren; one brother, Philip Escareno of Wichita; and two sisters, Beatrice Valverde of Wichita; and Dolores Ball of Eureka.  He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Lucy Lynn Escareno; five brothers; and two sisters.

Memorial services will be held at 2:30 P.M., Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Eureka with Father Stephen Gronert officiating.  Rosary recitation will begin at 2:00 P.M.  Inurnment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church or to the John Escareno Kidney Transplant 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.
 

 

 

Abe Chadderdon

Abe Chadderdon, of Eureka, died on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at the Greenwood County Hospital, in Eureka, at the age of 88.

He was born in Le Seuer County, Minnesota on May 21, 1926, the son of Richard and Mary (Schultz) Chadderdon.  Abe was raised in Le Center, Minnesota, and attended local schools.  At the age of seventeen he enlisted in the United States Army, and served his country during World War II with honor and dignity.  He was discharged in 1946, but was recalled for a year in 1952.

On January 11, 1947, Abe was united in marriage to Mary Lou Rutt in Shakpe, Minnesota. The family farmed in Minnesota until his recall to the Army.  After his discharge he worked in a lumber yard In Minnesota.  In 1954, the family moved to Wagner, South Dakota where he managed a lumber yard.  In 1957, they moved to Chamberlain, South Dakota where he once again worked at a lumber yard.  In 1963, he started his own construction company in Chamberlain.  In 1977, the family moved to Eureka where he and Mary Lou owned and operated the Blue Stem Lodge until 1987, when they retired for the first time, and moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas.  Four years later in 1991, they resumed operation of the Blue Stem Lodge.  In 2002, they retired for the second and final time.

Abe is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, of the home; children, Charlotte Chadderdon of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Donna Loveland of Onalaska, Wisconsin; Bonnie Kaufman of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Abie Chadderdon of Marshalltown, Iowa; Cindy Wood of Ukiah, California; and Marilee Clites of Kansas City, Kansas; eighteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and sisters, Grace Boese of Upland, California; and Ruth Fredrickson of Le Center, Minnesota.  He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, and two sisters.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at Koup Family Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Wood of the First Baptist Church of Ukiah, California officiating.  A private family inurnment will be held at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the United Methodist Women of Eureka or the American Cancer Society.  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.
 

 

 

 
Peggy Pugh-Owings

Peggy Lynn Pugh-Owings of Paola, died on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Medicalodges of Paola, at the age of 73. 

She was born on January 13, 1942, in Eureka, Kansas, to Owen and Teresa (Teter) Pugh.  She was raised in Eureka, and graduated from Eureka High School.  After graduation, she attended Marymount College in Salina, Kansas for two years.  Later she attended cosmetology school in Wichita.  She then worked in Eureka for two to three years in Rachel Clasen’s salon.

Peggy was united in marriage to Richard Owings.   To this union, two children were born. 

She was a member of Sacred Heart Church of Eureka.

She is survived by two children, son, Richard Dwight Owings, of San Diego, California; and daughter, Michelle Rembiszewski, of Hixson, Tennessee; two grandchildren, Lauren Schremp, and Sara Rembiszewski; brother, Jim Pugh of Santa Rosa, California; and sister, Karon Cornett of Eureka.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, David.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at Greenwood Cemetery with Father Stephen Gronert of Sacred Heart Catholic Church officiating.  Visitation with rosary recitation will be 7:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M., Tuesday at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to Medicalodges of Paola.  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.
 


 
Nancy Joan Wilson

Nancy Joan Wilson of Eureka, died on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at her home in Eureka, at the age of 76.

She was born on August 5, 1938, in Wichita, the daughter of George R. and Mary Ann (Parker) Gilbert.  She was raised in Wichita and Fordland, Missouri, and attended local schools.  On October 21, 1956, Nancy was united in marriage to LeRoy Wilson in Wichita.  Nancy began working for Boeing with sheet metal.  To this union, three children were born.  The family moved to Severy in the early 1960’s while still working in Wichita.

She and LeRoy both retired in the mid-1990’s and then began travelling the country in a fifth-wheel.  They travelled nearly everywhere between Arizona and Alaska for thirteen years.  They made their home in Severy with LeRoy’s father to care for him when his health declined.  They moved to Eureka in 2011.

Nancy was a member of the Severy United Methodist Church, the Cosmos Club, and the United Methodist Women.

She is survived by her husband, LeRoy of the home; two children, daughter, Cheryle Joan Edwards of Yates Center; and son, Rick LeRoy Wilson of Leon; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.  Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; son, Tracy Eugene Wilson; granddaughter, Robin Jo Baumgartel; and three siblings, sister, Betty Ann Sarver; brother, George Robert Gilbert, Jr; and sister, Ivone “Sue” Nelson.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, May 14, 2015 at the Severy United Methodist Church with Pastor Stacy Ellsworth officiating.  Interment will follow at South Lawn Cemetery.  Visitation hours are set 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 Greenwood County Relay for Life.  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.
 



 
Margie Zenishek

Margaret Jean Zenishek of Wichita, died on Sunday, May 10, 2015 at her home in Wichita, at the age of 92.

She was born on November 15, 1922, in Eureka, the daughter of E. C. and Leota (Shambaugh) Roby.  She was raised in Eureka and Miami, Florida, and graduated from Mrs. Harris Florida School for Girls.  After her graduation, she attended the University of Southern California. 

On August 9, 1941, Margie was united in marriage to Robert Francis Zenishek in Raton, New Mexico.  To this union three children were born. 

She lived in Los Angeles, California, and Boise, Idaho, before moving back to Eureka in 1950.  Margie was a homemaker.

She is survived by two daughters, Ginny Struble of Topeka; and Bobbi Frank of Wichita; seven grandchildren, Christopher Zenishek and wife, Kristin of Wichita; Shannon Dudley and husband, Adam of Milten Keynes, England; Robyn Sutton of Sedan; Casee Moran and husband, Jake of Bentonville, Arkansas; Jake Sutton of Piedmont; Steve Struble of New Iberia, Louisiana; and Stacy Landis and husband, Curtis of Topeka; 14 great-grandchildren, Kelton, Peyton, Taryn, and Roby Zenishek; Chole, and Maggie Struble; Dain and Dairen Landis; Blake, Willow and Eden Dudley; Grayson and Lakyn Sutton; and Kamden Moran; and sister, Meriem Anderson of Eureka.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Coco Sutton; and sister, Martha Virginia Roby.

Margie was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church of Eureka and Entre Nous.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Friday, May 15, 2015, at Christ Lutheran Church of Eureka with Pastor Tim Meyer officiating.  Entombment will follow at Greenwood Abbey.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to 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.
 

 

 

 
Gayle D. Ashlock

Gayle D Ashlock of Neal, died on Friday, May 8, 2015 at his home in Neal, at the age of 77.

He was born on February 4, 1938, in New Albany, Kansas, the son of Marion William and Delyte Irene (Franks) Ashlock.  He was raised in Neal and graduated fron Tonovay High School after which, he moved to El Dorado to attend Butler County Community College.  After his schooling, he joined the United States Air Force serving from 1960 to 1964.  Upon his discharge he moved to Fredonia and worked for Ladow-Spohn as an artist, and later Kansas Bank Note as a check illustrator.

In 1965, Gayle was united in marriage to Linda Milner.  To this union three children were born.  The family later moved to Independence where Gayle was working for the United States Postal Service as a clerk.  This marriage later ended in divorce.  In 1994, he was united in marriage to Zada Frances “Fran” (Blizzard) Garman in Independence.  They made their home in Sycamore for 15 years.  They then retired to Neal.

Gayle was a member of the First Baptist Church of Independence and the Neal Evangelical Free Church. 

He is survived by his wife, Fran of the home; four children, son, Michael Ray and wife, Brooke Ashlock of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma; daughter, Dedra Kay Ashlock of Stockton, Missouri; son, Stephen Ray and wife, Mica Ashlock of Neodesha; and step-daughter, Ava Sue Green of Saint Petersburg, Florida; twelve grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five siblings, sister, Miriam Jo Jackson of Albuquerque, New Mexico; brother, Otis Ray Ashlock of Neal; sister, Nellene Sandburg of Edmond, Oklahoma; sister, Myonne Borst of Pratt; and half-sister, Betty Leigh Burris of Clovis, New Mexico;  He was preceded in death by his parents, and one great-grandson.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the Neal Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Larry Evans officiating.  Interment will follow at Neal Cemetery.  Visitation hours are set from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to Interim HealthCare or to Samaritan’s Purse.  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.