Koup Family Funeral Home


Audrey F. Morrow

Audrey Faye Morrow of Severy, Kansas passed on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at her son’s home in Eureka, Kansas at the age of 75.

She was born on August 16, 1939 in Tulare, California, the daughter of Albert and Allie (Russell) Donaldson.  At the age of nine, the family moved to Locke Arkansas where she attended Mountainburg schools.  Later she moved to Potwin, Kansas where she worked at the grade school as a cook.  She worked at various jobs including a nursing home in Atchison, Kansas and having her own cleaning business in Neal.  In 1954 she was united in marriage to Roy Leon Henry this marriage later ended in divorce.  On June 24, 1971, she was united in marriage to Gilbert Wayne Hamilton in Wellington, Kansas.  He preceded her in death on June 7, 1988.  In 1992, she was united in marriage to Harold Morrow.  He preceded her in death in 1998.  Her longtime companion since 2002 has been Jim Young he survives her.

She is survived by her children, Stephen Henry of Leesburg, Georgia; Dianna Bartlett of Lenexa; Victor Henry of Cedarville, Arkansas; Shirleena Washburn of Potwin; Janet Henry of El Dorado; Kirby Henry of Toronto; and Rick Hamilton of Eureka; twenty three grandchildren; twenty five great-grandchildren; one brother, Sherman Donaldson of Wichita; and Judith Gregory of Van Buren, Arkansas.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, and six brothers and sisters, Lloyd William Donaldson, Roy James Donaldson, JC Donaldson, Mary Imogene Robins, Fines Lee Donaldson, and Bobby Joe Donaldson.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, December 19, 2014 at Koup Family Funeral Home, Eureka with Pastor Tony Pameticky of Severy Baptist Church officiating.  Interment will follow at Neal Cemetery, Neal, Kansas.  Visitations 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 Eureka Nursing Center Activity 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.


Donald “Don” Jackson Huntington

Sunrise of the life of Donald Jackson Huntington began on August 31, 1938. Sunset came on November 30, 2014, when he passed from this life on earth. He died peace fully at home with his family at the age of 76 years. Don was the second son of Margaret Adelia (Jackson) and Colbert Clinton Huntington and born at the Basham Hospital in Eureka, Kansas. A receipt from that time was itemized that charges from August 31 to September 13, for the 10 day stay in hospital for the mother and baby was $50 and $35 for the delivery.

Don attended many rural schools including Loy School for several years as well as Hawthorne School northwest of the family’s home. He also attended Random school in Eureka. His eighth grade graduation was held at the old Eureka High School. There were quite a few graduates from most of Greenwood County.

Don’s father was a registered Hereford breeder.  In 1947, when Colbert’s Hereford cattle sold, Don and his mother attended the American Royal in Kansas City as guests of Secretary of the Hereford Association R.J. Kinzer. Don bought a “commemorative” cane for himself and his two brothers.

During the 1957-1958 school year, Don went to Kansas City to the National FFA convention and sat next to a former President of the United States, Harry Truman, and got his autograph, which he still has until this day. He also saw President Dwight Eisenhower and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles at the National Convention.

Don was one of seven young men from Kansas among 367 candidates raised to the American Farmer Degree at the 32nd annual convention of FFA in Kansas City held in October 1959.

Don served as the Eureka FFA Chapter Sentinel and as president of the Eureka Chapter during 1955-56. Serving with him were Kent Cornett, Darrell Shaw, Rex Parks, Paul Hendrickson, Bill Sears and Don Adams. In 1957 he was elected and served as Treasurer of the State Association of FFA. He was active in school, including FFA judging contests and other class associations. In 1955, during his junior year, Don was a delegate to Boys State held at North High School in Wichita. He belonged to and held offices in the Upper Fall River Jayhawkers 4-H Club. Later his two children belonged to the same 4-H Club.

Don graduated from Eureka High School with the Class of 1956. He entered Kansas State University the fall of 1957 and he attended school that year on a Sears Scholarship. At the end of the year, he was called home to manage the farm owned by his mother. He then enrolled in Babson Midwest Institute for two years and he received an Associate Degree of Business Management.

During the 1950s there were 22 or 23 different softball teams in Greenwood County. For eight or 10 years, through high school and beyond, Don played baseball on the local teams, mostly playing in the pitcher position. He particularly recalls one game when he pitched 17 “strike outs” in seven innings. This would have been an impressive game. Don has commented that he would have liked to see a tally on that game. He has stated that depending on how it was pitched, the ball could be traveling 60 to 90 miles per hour. The Paul Jones Car Dealership in Eureka had a team. He has commented that whenever they went out of town to play, they drove a new car every time. Don played on Ward McGinnis team for two or three seasons. He related that Ward would treat the players to a steak dinner fairly regular.  

Over the years Don has been a member of the Eureka Jaycees, the Kansas Livestock Association and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. He was a recipient of the Farm Bureau Century Family Farm Award.

Don met Dixie while at Kansas State University when the secretaries of the Education Department were paired with the State FFA officers to collect fees for the State Convention Banquet. The couple were married in Beatrice, Nebraska, on April 29, 1960. To this union a son and a daughter were born. Don worked for Holsom Bakery and spent 30 plus years as a Rainbo bread salesman retiring in 1998. During that time he was given the name “by golly bread man,” which was a name that “stuck.” He also was a part-time Farmer’s Insurance Agent. The couple spent the remaining years of Don’s life raising cattle and custom grazing. During the past several years, he has been assisted by his daughter and son-in-law.

Surviving Don is his wife of 54-plus years Dixie Ralene Huntington; a son Colbert “Justin” Huntington and wife Maretta; daughter Donelda Ralene Perkins and husband Mark; granddaughters Victoria Ralene Perkins and Banff Isabella Perkins; brothers Clint Huntington and wife Irlene; John Huntington and wife Nancy; cousin John Elder; niece Heather Fuesz and husband Cory; nephews Dwight Huntington and wife Teresa; John Huntington Jr. and many cousins and nephews. He was preceded by his parents Colbert Clinton Huntington and his mother Margaret Adelia Huntington-Moore.

Funeral services will be held Friday, December 5, at 2 p.m., at the Koup Family Funeral Home, in Eureka. Internment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, in Eureka.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Don Huntington Memorial Scholarship Fund. Donations will benefit the Eureka FFA Chapter and the Greenwood County 4-H Foundation Building Fund. Contributions may be sent in care of Koup Family Funeral Home, PO Box 595, Eureka, KS 67045, who are in charge service arrangements.



Alberta Van Zant

Our beloved sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Alberta Carol Van Zant left the Eureka Nursing Center to sit at the feet of Jesus on December 4, 2014, at the age of 83 years, and 5 months.  Greeting her was her husband, Fayne; two sons, Randy and Rick; and her parents, Harry and Elizabeth Chichester; whom had preceded her in death.

Alberta was born on July 29, 1931, in Chicago, Illinois.  The family moved to Springfield, Missouri, then to Fredonia, Kansas, where she graduated from high school.  After her schooling, she moved to Wichita and worked at Cessna Aircraft.  On February 27, 1955, she was united in marriage to Fayne Van Zant.  They made their home in Orangevale, California in 1957.  Fayne preceded her in death.  Alberta worked at Spears & Keys Fiber.  She moved to Caney, Kansas in 1994, then to Eureka in 2001.

She was a member of the Tyro Christian Church in Tyro, Kansas.

She is survived by one brother, Richard Chichester, a missionary in Magdalena, Sonora, Mexico; three sisters, twin, Roberta Samuels of Eureka; Nancy Only A Chief of Pawnee, Oklahoma; and Sue Snyder of Eureka; two grandsons, Steven and wife, Michelle Van Zant of Phoenix, Arizona; and Anthony and wife, Laci of Caney, Kansas; three great-grandchildren, Eric, Alex, and Olivia, and a host of nephews and nieces.

Graveside services will be 2:00 P.M., Monday, December 8, 2014, at Greenwood Cemetery, in Eureka, with Reverend Jerry Clark officiating.  Visitation hours are from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Sunday, at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the Alberta Van Zant Funeral 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.



Thelma “TJ” Close

Thelma June Close of Eureka, died on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at the Greenwood County Hospital, in Eureka, at the age of 79.

She was born on August 27, 1935, in Sumner County, Kansas the daughter of George Ernest and Mary Kennith (Whitting) Reynolds.  On July 27, 1952, she was united in marriage to Dick Allen Close in Eureka.  While Dick was serving in the military, Thelma lived in New York for two years.  After his discharge, they moved to Wichita where they lived for 17 years.  They moved to Eureka in May 1969.  Dick preceded her in death on March 31, 1997. 

She was a member of the Bible Baptist Church.

She is survived by six children, son, Dale Close of Mount Hope, Kansas; daughters, Regina Hatcher of Eureka; Lois Stewart of Eureka; Pamela Dawson of Wichita; Michele Hare of Ozark, Missouri; and son, David Close of Newton; fifteen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Stanley E. Reynolds of El Dorado; and one sister, Marjorie Woods of Pratt.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers: Robert, Loren, and Dean; and one sister, Irene.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, December 8, 2014, at the Bible Baptist Church in Eureka with Reverend Lloyd Stewart officiating.  Visitation hours are from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Sunday, at the funeral home.

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



John L. Hamilton

John Lee Hamilton of Reece, died on November 28, 2014 at Greenwood County Hospital at the age of 61.

John was born on September 26, 1953 in Eureka, Kansas the son of Dale and Irene (Petty) Hamilton. He attended local schools and graduated from Eureka High School. After his schooling he worked with his father in construction. Later he worked for Pester Refining and Coastal Refining. John then worked for the El Dorado Correctional Facility before retiring July 1, 2014. He was a true outdoorsman. He loved hunting, fishing, gardening, camping, traveling and cutting wood.

On April 8, 1973 he was united in marriage to Terri Mann in Reece, Kansas making Greenwood County their home.

He was a member of the Reece Christian Church and served as a Deacon.

He is survived by his wife Terri of the home, children, Bridget (Rob) Strickland of Wichita, Jay Hamilton and fiancé Darci Morland of Eureka, Staci (Patrick) Seiter of rural Virgil and Kelli (Chad) Gulick of Piedmont; twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Sisters, Kay Bogle of Eureka, Linda Larcom of Reece and Ronda Gratz of Kansas City, Kansas; brother Don Hamilton of Eureka. He was preceded in death by parents, and brother Ronnie Hamilton.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Reece Christian Church in Reece, Kansas. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Eureka, Kansas.

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