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REEVES, JANE CLAIR (SINGER)

Jane Clair (Singer) Reeves, 86, a resident of Port Orchard, Washington passed away 9 December, 2009 while staying with her daughter after battling a terminal illness.

She was born on September 24, 1923 in Westfield, New Jersey to Fredrick B. and Marie T. (Shubert) Singer.

She grew up in Westfield, NJ and graduated from high school in June of 1941 and worked in New York City until she met Walter A. Reeves Jr. They were pin pals in high school and met face to face in New York when Mr. Reeves was joining the Coast Guard during World War II and months later were married on March 25, 1944 in Westfield, New Jersey. They lived in Independence, Kansas before moving to Port Orchard, Washington in 1967.

Survivors include her four children; Jane Culbertson of Cherryvale, Kansas, Patrick Reeves of Port Orchard, Washington, Walter A. Reeves III of Port Orchard, Washington, and Marcia Burnett of Norman, Oklahoma; two brothers, Herb Singer of New Jersey and Bobby Singer of North Carolina; six grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband Walter A. Reeves Jr., one son, Jeffery L. Reeves, and her parents Fredrick and Marie Singer.

Cremation has taken place and the family will be having a memorial service in Washington at a later date.

David W. Barnes Funeral Home of Coffeyville is in charge of arrangements. (submitted by Freda Webb)

ADINOLFI, MARSHA DIANNE

Marsha Dianne Adinolfi - Died January 8, 2010

Marsha Dianne Adinolfi was born on August 2, 1943 to Robert Earl “Jack” Orsbern and Gladys Lucille Roeser in Manhattan, Kansas. She was raised by her paternal grandparents, Claude and Amanda Magnolia Orsbern, in Manhattan after her parents divorced. She graduated from Manhattan High School in 1961 and attended the Colorado Women’s College (CWC) in Denver for a year and a half. There she met cadet Jerry Adinolfi at the U.S. Air force Academy in Colorado Springs and they were married at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Manhattan, Kansas on June 8, 1963. Marsha followed Jerry in his 30-year Air Force career throughout the continental United States and overseas as a homemaker and Air Force wife. She continued serving as a Pastor’s wife for 14 years when Jerry became an Episcopal priest following retirement from the Air Force. She had two children, Marcus Adinolfi of Overland Park, Kansas who was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1965 and Christina Aldrich of Coffeyville, Kansas who was born in Agana, Guam. In turn, she has seven grandchildren: Domenick and Sofia Adinolfi; Andrew and Kristin Stanley and Anthony Aldrich; and Stephen and Nicholas Erickson through Mark’s second marriage. She leaves her husband of 46 ½ years, Father Jerry Adinolfi of Coffeyville; daughter Tina Aldrich and her two sons Andrew and Tony of Coffeyville and daughter Kristin of Parsons; son Mark Adinolfi and wife Karen and his son Domenick and daughter Sofia, and her sons Stephen and Nickolas, all of Overland Park; a half sister, Leslie Thomas of Manhattan and her family; a cousin Kristin Markel of Dodge City and her husband Charles. She was preceded in death by her parents Jack Orsbern and Gladys Thomas, her step-parents Helen Orsbern and Walter Thomas, a half-brother John Thomas, her brother-in-law John Adinolfi, her mother and father-in-law Rose and Jerry Adinolfi, and her Aunt Helen Guertner and husband Gene of Dodge City. Marsha spent most of her adult life as a paraplegic in a wheelchair as a result of Tuberculosis Meningitis in 1964, yet this did not deter her from living a full and happy life. Marsha loved to water color and completed a wonderful series of Native Americans paintings that are proudly displayed at the Coffeyville Title and Abstract Company at the corner of 8th and Maple. She was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Coffeyville and for years sung in choirs at various Episcopal and Air Force base chapels where she also taught Sunday school classes. Marsha loved to cook in later years and was a solid fan of TV’s Iron Chef. She had tons of cookbooks at home, some with her own recipes. Marsha enjoyed playing cards with her friends and also worked with the Bluebirds, Brownies, and Girl Scouts when Tina was young. She loved the two cruises she went on in the eastern and western Caribbean. Memorial gifts may be sent in her name to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 613 Elm Street, Coffeyville, KS 67337. Marsha has been cremated and a service of the Burial Office Rite II with Holy Communion will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. The Rt. Rev. Dean Elliott Wolfe, Bishop of Kansas, will officiate and preach the homily. The committal will be held at the Veterans’ Pavilion immediately following the service. "She fought the good fight, she finished the race, she kept the faith.” (Submitted by Freda Webb)

VAN PELT, BARBARA O.

Mrs. Barbara O. Van Pelt, 73, of Independence, died Tuesday evening, January 19, 2010, at Via Christi St. Frances Medical Center in Wichita. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 10th and Mulberry with Brother Leonard Weaver, officiating. Interment will be at the Mt. Hope Cemetery. Friends may call at the Penwell-Gabel Webb & Rodrick Chapel from 12 noon until 8:00 p.m. Sunday. The family will receive friends at the chapel from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. The family has suggested memorial remembrances to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and remembrances will be received at the funeral home. Barbara Jo Van Pelt was born December 25, 1936 at St. John’s Arizona the daughter of Edgar Pratt Overson and Alice (Whiting) Overson. She attended and graduated from high school in St. John’s. She worked for a time as a telephone operator in Tacoma, Washington. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and was active in genealogy. She played the organ and piano and loved music. On November 2, 1957 in Tacoma, Washington , she was united in marriage to Bob C. Van Pelt and he survives at the home. Additional survivors include: two sons, Michael Van Pelt and his wife Rene of Springfield, Missouri and Robert A. Van Pelt and his wife Marka of Muskogee, Oklahoma; five daughters, Tracy and her husband Brad Oakes of Independence, Kelli and her husband John Medlin of Gaffney, South Carolina; Jeri Lynn and her husband Seth Farmer of Independence, Kansas, Jennifer Denise Van Pelt of Gastonia, North Carolina, Ceairra Denise Van Pelt of Independence; 17 grandchildren, Tyson Oakes, Kyndon Oakes, Ashly Brilke, Jessica Medlin, Kristen Medlin, Zach Medlin, Celeste Van Pelt, Kristin Van Pelt, Brittney Mitchell, Daniel Mitchell, Michael Farmer, Zachary Farmer, Christopher Farmer, Megan Fountain, Morgan Fountain and Conner Van Pelt; 5 great grandchildren, Bryson Frazier, Leila Van Pelt, Grace Medlin, Sarah Medlin and James Medlin.; 3 brothers, Paul Overson of Orem, Utah, Dick Overson of Seattle, Washington and Christian T. Overson of Phoenix, Arizona. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Leland Overson and two sisters Betty Stewart and Jeanne Mangum. (Submitted by Freda Webb)

COLDWELL, MARY R.

Mary R. Coldwell, 92, former Independence resident, died Thursday evening, January 21, 2010, at Carmel Hills Health Care Center in Independence, Missouri. Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at the First Christian Church, 319 W. Laurel, Independence, Kansas at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2010 with the Reverend Terry Hatfield, pastor, officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 10 o’clock a.m. until Noon on Saturday. Inurnment will be at the Mt. Hope Cemetery under the direction of the Penwell-Gabel Webb & Rodrick Chapel. The family has suggested memorial remembrances to the First Christian Church of Independence and the Independence Historical Museum and remembrances will be received at the funeral home. Mary Rebekah Coldwell was born August 18, 1917 at Lebanon, Missouri, the daughter of Thomas Gilmer and Jean (Mustard) Gilmer. She attended Lebanon, Missouri schools and graduated from Lebanon High School. She graduated from Iberia Junior College in Iberia, Missouri and Drury College in Springfield, Missouri. She was employed as a Science Teacher at Lebanon High School for seven years. In 1945 and 1946, Mary served with the American Red Cross in France. Mrs. Coldwell and her husband Robert owned and operated Coldwell Drug Store for many years and she worked as a substitute teacher in the Independence Public School, volunteered as a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader as well as other community activities. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Independence, Stephen Ministries, P.E.O, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, the Independence Museum and Mercy Hospital Auxiliary. On March 20, 1946 at Lebanon, Missouri, she was united in marriage to Robert E. Coldwell. Mr. Coldwell preceded his wife in death on September 21, 1986. In addition to her husband, Mary was preceded in death by three brothers and two sons. Survivors include three sons, William L. Coldwell (Debi) of Orem, Utah, David M. Coldwell (Jeri) of Wichita, Kansas and James E. Coldwell of Independence, Missouri; a daughter, Delia Smart (David) of Olathe, Kansas; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. (Submitted by Freda Webb)

SINGLETON, BILL G.

Bill G. Singleton, 78, of Independence died Friday morning, January 15, 2010 at his home. Funeral services will be held at First United Methodist Church, 200 South Pennsylvania Avenue on Thursday, January 21 at 2:00 PM with the reverends Marilyn and Jack Gregory officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends may visit at Penwell-Gable Funeral Home from noon until 7:00 PM on Wednesday, January 20. Family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 PM. The family has suggested memorials to First United Methodist Church of Independence, Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, or Independence National Education Association Scholarship Fund. Remembrances will be received at the funeral home. Bill G. Singleton was born November 15, 1931 to Gideon and Ruthe Singleton. He graduated from Westville High School in Westville, OK. He attended Connors State Junior College in Warner, OK, and attained a bachelor’s degree in history and physical education from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK. He received a masters degree in education from the University of Oklahoma. He played football during eight years of high school and college. He was an all-conference center in high school and at Connors. He was an all-conference linebacker at Northeastern when NSU won its first and second Oklahoma Collegiate Football Championships in 1951 and 1952. Bill was a lifetime member of the NSU Letterman’s Club and Alumni Association. He was inducted into the NSU Athletic Hall of Fame in January 2000. Bill served in the United States Marine Corp from 1953-1955. He came to Independence in 1963 as assistant football coach at Independence Community College. He had a 25-year football and track coaching career and a 37-year teaching career in Kansas junior colleges and high schools, retiring in 1993 following 30 years at Independence High School. He also served in various other capacities with the ICC Pirate and IHS Bulldog sports. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #76 in Erie, KS. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. On March 23, 1951 he was united in marriage to De Lois Spears. She survives at the home. Additional survivors include one son, Joe Singleton of Olathe, KS; two daughters, Jeanie Ater and her husband Bob of Overland Park, KS, and Jill Jackson and her husband Dennis of Windsor, Ontario. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Brandon Ater and his wife Abbey, Aaron Singleton and his wife Riki, Jared Ater, Brett Ater, and twins Audrey and Claire Jackson. There are also two great-grandchildren, Parker and Meyer Ater. Also surviving are half-sister, Neila Lee Page of Fayetteville, AR and a half-brother, Andy John Akin of Gentry, AR. His parents preceded him in death. He was deeply loved and will be deeply missed. (Submitted by Freda Webb)

CROMWELL, JIM TED

Jim Ted Cromwell, 45, of Independence, died Tuesday, January 12, 2010, at his home. Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Penwell-Gabel Webb & Rodrick Chapel with the Reverend Terry Hatfield, pastor of the First Christian Church of Independence, officiating. Friends may call register at the funeral home from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the service. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12 noon until service time on Saturday. The family has suggested memorial remembrances to the American Diabetes Association or the American Kidney Foundation and remembrances will be received at the funeral home. Jim Ted Cromwell was born January 16, 1964 at Elk City, Oklahoma, the son of Jimmie Ted Cromwell and Mary Sharon (Crabtree) Cromwell. He attended school in Merritt, Oklahoma and later moved to Independence where he graduated from Independence High School in 1982. Mr. Cromwell worked for his father at Teds Club in Independence for several years. He later worked at Heartland Cement Company before moving back to Oklahoma. He drove for the Dolese Company before moving to Ohio where he worked for Chappell and Zimmerman Concrete Company. He then worked for the Republican Party as a fundraiser with Infocision. He returned to Independence about four years ago. Survivors include: two daughters, Kayla Jo Cromwell and Savannah Renee Cromwell, both of Independence; his father and stepmother, Ted and Sandy Cromwell of Independence; his mother Mary Sharon Nutt of Salineville, Ohio; one sister, Cindy Cook of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; a step brother, Bill Thomison of Lawrenceberg, Indiana; and a step sister, Lauri Thomison of Kalamazoo, Michigan; and several nieces and nephews. (Submitted by Freda Webb)

CRAVER, JEAN MARIE

Jean Marie Craver of Independence, KS, died Wednesday, January 13, 2010, at Jane Phillips Hospital in Bartlesville, OK. She was 81. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Penwell-Gabel Webb & Rodrick Chapel. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Private inurnment will take place at a later date.
The daughter of Emmett and Dorothy (McGuire) Craver, she was born July 6, 1928, in Los Animas, CO. She graduated from high school in Colorado. She was united in marriage to Ronald Edward Hansen in Colorado. They were later divorced. Jean was a waitress at the Vinton Café in Omaha, NE, for nearly 30 years. Following her retirement, she moved to Independence to live with her daughter, Rhonda Jabben. Survivors include her daughter, Rhonda Jabben of Independence, KS; three brothers, Larry Craver and Lloyd Craver, both of Littleton, CO, and Edwin Craver of Waco, TX; and one sister, Joan Sharp of Belmont, CO. (Submitted by Freda Webb)

MATTERS, BETTY JO

Betty Jo Matters, 57, of Havana, died Friday morning, January 8, 2010, at her home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Lone Cherry Southern Baptist Church with the Reverend Kris Smilko, pastor and Jeff Wyrick, officiating Interment will be at the Rutland Cemetery southwest of Independence under the direction of the Penwell-Gabel Webb & Rodrick Chapel of Independence. Friends may call at the funeral home from 12 noon until 8:00 p.m. on Monday. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday. Betty Jo Matters was born August 9, 1952 in Mary’s County, Missouri, the daughter of Virgil L. Pierce and Ethel E. (Hayes) Pierce. She attended school in St. James, Missouri. Mrs. Matters worked as a Certified Medication Aide and a Certified Nurses Aide in the Johnson County, Kansas area for many years. Mrs. Matters moved to the area in 2004 from Edgerton, Kansas. On June 10, 1979 at Oswego, Kansas, she was united in marriage to Delbert Matters. Mr. Matters survives at the home. Additional survivors include: three sons, Nicky Matters of Huxley, Iowa, Jeff Matters of Des Moines, Iowa and David Matters of Kansas City, Missouri; two daughters, Betty Sue Kozarenich of Dallas, Texas and Kimberly Sue Bullington of Havana, Kansas; 18 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild; two brothers, Grover L. Pierce of Willow Springs, Missouri and David L Pierce of St. James, Missouri; and one sister, Darlene E. Skyles of Rolla, Missouri. (Submitted by Freda Webb)\

FERGUSON, PEARL

Ms. Pearl Ferguson, 96, of Independence, died Sunday evening, January 31, 2010, at Mercy Hospital in Independence. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday at the Penwell-Gabel Webb & Rodrick Chapel with the Reverend Gerald Eytcheson, pastor of the Church of the Epiphany, Episcopal, officiating. Interment will be at the Hale Cemetery. Friends may call at the Penwell-Gabel Webb & Rodrick Chapel from 12 noon until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday. Intha Pearl Ferguson was born May 13, 1913 at Hale, Kansas, the daughter of William Ayleette Ferguson and Adry I. (Garst) Ferguson. She attended Hard Rock, Kansas schools near Hale, Kansas. Ms Ferguson worked for many years for the Buckles Locker Plant in Independence and in later years worked at various restaurants in the area. Survivors include several nieces and nephews, including Gary and Donna Dexter of Winfield; Jane Dexter of Winfield; Ken and Ruth Dexter of Haven, Kansas; and Kathy and Ron Newkirk of Independence. She was preceded in death by a nephew Bill Dexter of Winfield and a brother and sister in infancy. (Submitted by Freda Webb)

SACK, MARY E.

Mrs. Mary E. Sack, 88, of Independence, died Tuesday afternoon, January 26, 2010, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center in Coffeyville, Kansas. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday at the Penwell-Gabel Webb & Rodrick Chapel with the Reverend Marion Neighbors, officiating. Private interment will be at the Liberty, Kansas Cemetery. Although the casket has been closed, friends may call to register at the funeral home from 12 noon until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. Mary Elizabeth Sack was born December 4, 1921 at Liberty, Kansas, the daughter of Raymond Rice Trimble and Myrtle (McKellips) Trimble. She attended Liberty, Kansas schools. She worked for a time with for the Fram Corporation, Electra Manufacturing Company, Automotive Controls Corporation and later worked at Reed’s IGA and the local Gibson’s Store. In 1949 at Independence, Kansas, she was united in marriage to Eugene J. Sack. The couple were later divorced. Survivors include: a son, Tim Sack of Independence, Kansas; two daughters, Karen Stewart of Joplin, Missouri and Cindy Martinez of Independence; six grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and one great great grand child. (Submitted by Freda Webb)

ZIMMERMAN, NANCY

Miss Nancy Zimmerman, 61, of Independence, died Thursday afternoon, January 21, 2010, and Jane Phillips Memorial Medical Center in Bartlesville. Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Penwell-Gabel Webb & Rodrick Chapel with the Reverend Benjamin Shocky, pastor of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church of Independence, officiating. Inurnment will be at the Mt. Hope Cemetery. The family has suggested memorial remembrances to A.W.O.L. and remembrances will be received at the funeral home. Nancy Caine Zimmerman was born April 24, 1948 at Leeds, Alabama, the daughter of Alfred H. Zimmerman and Nancy Caine (Thomason) Zimmerman. The family moved to Independence where Nancy attended Independence schools, graduating from Independence High School in 1966. She attended the University of Kansas for time, the attended the University of Tulsa. She received her Bachelors and Master’s Degree’s Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. She taught school for a time in Holton, Kansas and Cherryvale, Kansas for a time. She taught in the Caney School system for 16 years. She taught at St. Andrew’s School in Independence until her retirement. She was united in marriage to Phil Goodson and the couple were later divorced. Survivors include a brother, Charley Zimmerman of the home. (Submitted by Freda Webb)

HUTCHISON, MARY MARGARETTE

Mrs. Mary Margarette Hutchison, 82, former Independence resident, died Wednesday evening, January 20, 2010, at the Claremore Nursing Home in Claremore, Oklahoma. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church with the Reverends Jack and Marilyn Gregory, pastors, officiating. Interment will be at the Mt. Hope Cemetery. Friends may call at the Penwell-Gabel Webb & Rodrick Chapel from 12 noon until 8:00 p.m. Monday. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday.
The family has suggested memorial remembrances to the First United Methodist Church and remembrances will be received at the funeral home. Mary Margarette Hutchison was born April 11, 1927 at Pond Creek, Oklahoma, the daughter of Hiram Floyd Otis and Susan Clara (Scherich) Otis. She attended Pond Creek schools, graduating from high school in 1945. She attended and graduated from Moore’s Beauty College in 1946. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Independence, the United Methodist Women’s Organization, Mercy Hospital Auxiliary, the Monday Music Club and the Friday Study Club. On August 25, 1946 at Stillwater, Oklahoma, she was united in marriage to William Armstrong Hutchison. Mr. Hutchison survives at the home. Additional survivors include: two daughters, Michal Marie and her husband Gary Oplotnik of Claremore, Oklahoma and Karen Kaye Heath of Guymon, Oklahoma; a son Robert Ray Hutchison of Bacliff, Texas; three grandchildren. William Armstrong Heath, Katrina Margarette Wilke and Kristy Marie Hutchison; two great granddaughters and two step granddaughters; and five step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, William Floyd Hutchison and two brothers, Lloyd and Gloyd Otis. (Submitted by Freda Webb)

WILKERSON, LINDA K.

Linda K. Wilkerson of Dodge City, KS, formerly of Independence, KS, died Friday, February 12, 2010, at her home in Dodge City. She was 66. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at Penwell-Gabel Webb & Rodrick Chapel in Independence. Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Friends may call to register on Monday from 1-7 p.m. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. on Monday. The daughter of LeRoy and Alene (Carpenter) Corn, she was born April 28, 1943, in Cherryvale, KS. She graduated from Cherryvale High School in 1961. She worked in the Montgomery County Clerk of the Court Office and for the Montgomery County Abstract Company. On May 15, 1971, she was united in marriage to Charles Wilkerson at the First Baptist Church in Independence, KS. She was a resident of the Independence area most of her life. She also lived in Texas, California, Alaska and Florida. She and her husband made their home on Marco Island, FL, from 1999 to 2008. In 2008, they moved to Dodge City, KS. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Lori Sawyer and her husband Steven of Dodge City, KS; five brothers, Charles Corn and his wife Irene of Stonington, CT, Larry Corn and his wife Gay of Brentwood, TN, David Corn and his wife Mary, Terry Corn and his wife Sharon and Danny Corn and his companion Kim Adams, all of Independence, KS; one sister, Elaine Glines and her husband George of Independence, KS; and one grandson, William Sawyer of Dodge City. She is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Gary Martin Corn. Memorial contributions may be made to The Breast Cancer Society, Inc., 6859 East Rembrandt Ave, STE 128, Mesa, AZ 85212 or the Hospice of the Prairie, PO Box 1298, Dodge City, KS 67801 and may be left at the funeral home. (Submitted by Freda Webb)

WILLIS, SHIRLEY P.

Mrs. Shirley P. Wills, 75, of Jonesboro, Georgia and former Independence resident, died Monday evening, February 1, 2010, at the Putnam Community Medical Center in Palatka, Florida. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday at the Penwell-Gabel Webb & Rodrick Chapel with the Reverends Jack and Marilyn Gregory, pastors of the First United Methodist Church of Independence, officiating. Interment will be at the Mt. Hope Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9:00 a.m. until service time on Monday. Shirley Porterfield Wills was born June 12, 1934 at Independence, Kansas, the daughter of Harvey Porterfield and Emily (Ross) Porterfield. She attended various schools and Mrs. Wills traveled with her family in the military. On November 24, 1963 at Reno Nevada, she was united in marriage to Walter Wills. Mr. Wills preceded his wife in death on December 28, 1998. Survivors include: three sons, John Godwin of England; Ricky Godwin of Jonesboro, Georgia and Charles Wills of Palatka, Florida; two daughters, Carol Lurch of Stafford, Virginia and Elaine Conkling of Jonesboro, Georgia/ eleven grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; and a sister Virginia Meserve of Phoenix, Arizona. (Submitted by Freda Webb)

STEDDUM, GEORGE CLIFFORD

George Clifford Steddum of Elk City, KS went to be with his heavenly father on January 28, 2010, at the Golden Living Center in Fredonia, KS. He was 93. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Penwell-Gabel Webb & Rodrick Chapel in Independence, KS. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 6, 2010, at the First Christian Church of Elk City, KS. Pastor Jim Wilburn will officiate. A private inurnment of the ashes will take place at a later date. George was born March 6, 1916, in Oklahoma City, OK, to Grover C. and Mary Ann (Warren) Steddum. He attended school in the Chouteau, OK, area. On September 6, 1935, he was united in marriage to Vanita Zelma Covey, his childhood sweetheart, in Watonga, OK. She preceded him in death in 2005. George operated a Texaco service station and garage in Chouteau, OK, until 1950 when he moved his family to Wichita, KS. He was employed at Boeing Co. as a machinist for 19 years before retiring in 1979. He then moved to the rural Elk City area where he was a farmer and cattleman until his death. He is survived by one son Garry L. Steddum of Elk City, KS; two daughters, Judy K. Doty of Elk City, KS, and Janet S. Tague of Torrance, CA; 13 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Clifford E.; two daughters, Linda and Anna Marie; three brothers, Floyd, Clarence and Walter; and three sisters, Dorothy, Velma and Bertha; and one granddaughter, Julie Anne; and one great-granddaughter, Mariah. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the First Christian Church in Elk City. (Submitted by Freda Webb)


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