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Marjorie Ruth Whitebird, age 91, of Coffeyville, Kansas, passed away on May 28, 2020 at Hillcrest Hospital South in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  She was born on January 29, 1929 at the family home in Coffeyville, Kansas, the sixth child of George and Mary E. (Culkans) Barnard.

Marjorie grew up and attended school in Coffeyville.  On March 9, 1956, she married Joseph Anthony Whitehead in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.  They made their home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for many years.  For several years, she owned and operated a home cleaning business in Milwaukee.  She also later worked at Danner's Cafe in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  In 1994, she returned to Coffeyville and made her home at Sycamore Landing.

Marjorie loved going to flea markets and going out to eat, and she was disappointed when the Covid-19 social distancing began and she was no longer able to go out.  She was very talented and loved decorating her home for every holiday season throughout the year.  She was an excellent cook, and her cooking came from the heart.

Survivors include four sisters, Leola Walker and Gloria Zimmerman, both of Bakersfield, California, Dorothy Edwards of Webb City, Missouri, and Linda (Roger) Patteson of Moline, Kansas; one brother, James "Jim" (Susan Tuggle) Barnard of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma; 6 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; a niece, Cheryl (John) Gillman of Coffeyville, Kansas; numerous nieces and nephews; and her longtime homecare worker, Judy Whitson, whom Marjorie considered a daughter and affectionately referred to as "Little Brat".  Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Joseph Anthony Whitebird, jr. ; two daughters, Theresa Smith and Pamela Whitebird; a brother, George Barnard; and a sister, Audrey Reeder.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Fairview Cemetery Veterans Memorial Patio in Coffeyville, Kansas.  Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.  Friends may call on Friday, June 5, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 N. Cline Road, Coffeyville, Kansas 67337 which is handling arrangements.

(taken from the David W. Barnes Funeral Home website)
Jack Robinson Blankenship, age 96, of Fall River, Kansas, passed away on May 28, 2020 at Via Christi-St.Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kansas.  He was born on February 15, 1924 in Wichita, Kansas, the son of Claude and Alta (Robinson) Blankenship.  Jack took his first and last breath at St. Francis Hospital.

Jack grew up in Fall River, Kansas with his parents, and they had a local gas station and farm where they sold eggs at the local train station.  Jack worked as a paper boy, saving his money to buy his first clarinet. He had a love for music by learning to play the piano, trumpet, and clarinet.   Jack worked for a short time at Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita where he met his love, Helen (Thome) Wolford, and they were married in Wichita on November 29, 1959.  They were married for 61 years until Helen's passing in 2011.

Jack had a love for farming the ground and raising cattle, swine, and chickens.  He was very talented in making equipment by welding and manufacturing almost anything he needed on the farm.  He taught his children how to make auto repairs by using resources that were available on the farm.  If there was a way, he would find it to fix almost anything.  He also had a love of flying.  He was a licensed pilot that used his plane mostly for pleasure.  He introduced all of his children to flying.

Jack always loved to go on family vacations every summer.  After the wheat harvest was done, it was time to go on vacation.  He had the love of Colorado, but the majority of the trips were always educational, to museums or historical places, always teaching his children.  He always loved riding his motorcycles and sometimes would take his motorcycle on vacation to go up trails only accessible by cycles.  He was an advent woodworker as well.  He made his own lathe and made several wood projects with each of his children. 

Jack was an active member and board member of the Fall River United Methodist Church throughout his life.  He was a back-up pianist for the church and played on multiple occasions.  When not working on the farm or taking care of his family and home, Jack was active with the Fall River City Council, Fall River 4-H Club, Fall River Booster Club, Fall River Over 55ers Club, Grand Masonic Lodge of Fall River and Neodesha, Fredonia Promenade Square Dancing Club of Fredonia, Do-Si-Do Square Dancing Club of Chanute, and the Square Stoppers Square Dancing Club of Independence.

Jack is survived by his four children, Jackie (Ronaldl) Hale of Liberty, Kansas, Kim (Joleen) Blankenship of Valley Center, Kansas, Eric (Marie) Blankenship of Carbondale, Kansas, and Melody (Ronald) Billings of Fall River, Kansas; 32 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Grace Hansen of Illinois.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; his parents, Claude and Alta Blankenship; his sister, Valasta; his baby brother; his sons, David Wolford and Alex Blankenship; and his in-laws, Arthur and Esther Secha, Susan and Ralph Thome, and Carl Hansen. 

Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 8, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Christ Church of Neodesha, Kansas with Pastor Susan Galvan officiating.  Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Eureka, Kansas.  Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 7, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Loran Fawcett Funeral Home in Neodesha, Kansas.  Memorials have been suggested to the Fall River United Methodist Church nd may be left with or sent to Loran Fawcett Funeral Home, 704 Indiana Street, Neodesha, Kansas 66757 which is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be left for the family at

(taken from the Loran Fawcett Funeral Home website)

Obituaries / ROE, Donald Eugene "Don" - b. September 5, 1938 - d. June 2, 2020
« Last post by patyrn on June 03, 2020, 09:19:38 pm »
Donald Eugene Roe, age 82, of Grenola, Kansas, passed away on June 2, 2020 at his home.  He was born on September 5, 1938 in Arkansas City, Kansas to George and Margie (Gotchel) Roe.  He was raised alongside three brothers.

After high school, Don enlisted in the United States Marine Corps serving three years active duty and two years in the Reserve.  On March 3, 1962, he married Edwanna "Sue" Hyatt in Grenola, Kansas.  They recently celebrated 58 years together, raising one son, Steve.

Don spent his life as a cowboy working on several different ranches over the years.  He spent 30 years working for the Eagle Head Ranch near Grenola while also working his own ranch raising cattle.  In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He will be remembered by all that knew him as a real cowboy and a man of his word.  He was loved by many and will be dearly missed.

Don is survived by his wife, Sue; his son, Bret Roe of Wichita, Kansas; and his brother, Robert (Marlys) Roe of Winfield, Kansas.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, George and Clyde. 

Cremation has been requested with no services at this time.  Memorial contributions in Don's name can be made to the Howard Senior Center Friendship Meals and can be mailed to or left with Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, Howard, Kansas 67349 which is in charge of arrangements.

(taken from the Countryside Funeral Home website)
Obituaries / THOMAS, Charles Clifford - b. June 19, 1927 - d. May 31, 2020
« Last post by patyrn on June 03, 2020, 09:14:41 pm »
Charles Clifford Thomas, age 92, a rural Fall River, Kansas resident, passed away May 31, 2020 at his home.  He was born June 19, 1927 in rural Fredonia, Kansas to Grover and Alta (Ghrist) Thomas.

Charles graduated from Fall River High School in 1945.  On May 2, 1964, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Irma "Liz" Penner in Fredonia, Kansas, and she preceded him in death on May 15, 2009.  Charles was a rancher/farmer and enjoyed ranching, investing, and working and plowing the ground.  He served in the United States Army in Germany during the Korean War.  He was a member of First Christian Church of Fredonia, Odd Fellows Society, and the REC board.

Survivors include his son, Jon (Shannon) Thomas of Fredonia, Kansas; his sister, Mary Viola "Vi" Welch of Moline, Kansas; his sister-in-law, Beulah Thomas of Longton, Kansas; his granddaughter, Samantha Thomas of Kansas City, Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, Liz, Charles was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Bob Thomas; his sister, Estel Wilson; his brother-in-law, Leo Welch, and his brother-in-law, Lawrence Wilson.

The family will greet friends on Thursday, June 4, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Wickham Family Funeral Home, 501 N. 7th, Fredonia, Kansas 66736.  Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, June 5, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church, 303 N. 7th, Fredonia, Kansas.  Interment will follow services at the Fredonia City Cemetery.  Memorial remembrances are suggested to the Fall River BBQ, and they may be left with or mailed to Wickham Family Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.

(taken from the Wickham Family Funeral Home website)

Obituaries / CODY, Nikki Lee (Bland) - b. October 9, 1954 - d. May 26, 2020
« Last post by patyrn on June 03, 2020, 01:04:45 am »
Nikki Lee Cody, age 65, formerly of Longton, Kansas, passed away on May 26, 2020 at her home in McPherson, Kansas.  She was born on October 9, 1954 in Halstead, Kansas, the daughter of Wilbur Lee and Colleen Pearl "Lee" (Nichols) Bland.

Nikki graduated from Halstead High School.  She had been a bookkeeper at the Citizens State Bank, formerly Home State Bank, in Longton, Kansas.  She was a member of the First Christian Church in McPherson, Kansas.

Survivors include her husband, William "Bill" Janssen of McPherson; her daughter, Kendra (Blayne) Murphy of Centralia, Missouri; her granddaughter, Kensley Murphy of Centralia, Missouri; her stepdaughters, Taysha Yowell and Tannah Janssen, both of McPherson, Kansas; her stepson, Blane Janssen of McPherson, Kanss; her sister, Shelley Beezley of Minnesota; and numerous nephews and a niece.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur Bland and Lee Rush.

A graveside service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at the McPherson Cemetery in McPherson, Kansas with Rev. Joe Nichols officiating.  Memorial donations may be given to the Giving Hope Cancer Fund in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 N. Chestnut, McPherson, Kansas 67460.  Condolences may be left for the family online at

(taken from the Stockham Family Funeral Home website)
Obituaries / BEEM, Dallas - b. March 3, 1948 - d. June 1, 2020
« Last post by patyrn on June 02, 2020, 12:46:17 am »
Dallas Beem, age 72, of Longton, Kansas, went eternally fishing on June 1, 2020.  He passed away at his home with his loved ones by his side.  He was born in Fort Collins, Colorado on March 3, 1948 to Rolland and Norma (Knedlik) Beem.

The family made Longton their home when Dallas was in the 6th grade after moving from Haysville, Kansas.  Dallas was a talented athlete and played basketball and baseball.  He graduated from Longton High School with the Class of 1966.  It was during this time that he met Judy Rothgeb, and the high school sweethearts were united in marriage in 1967.

Dallas continued his education at Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas and Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas, and earned his degree from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas.  He began teaching at El Dorado Springs, Arkansas in 1971.  He taught there for four years before moving to the Belle Vista, Arkansas area.  He and Judy would spend the next 20 years in Arkansas.  They started their family in 1973 with the birth of their oldest son, Darin, followed by Jake in 1975.

Dallas was the owner and operator of a contracting company in Arkansas specializing in excavation.  He and Judy then moved back to the Longton area where he built his final home.  In his semi-retirement, he still operated a backhoe, dump truck, and carpentry business.  Over the years, Dallas raised many barns, put in many septic systems, hauled countless loads of rock, remodeled numerous homes; and anything else someone needed done.  When he wasn't working, you could bet he would be in one of the following  4 places: fishing, hunting, watching his children and grandchildren's sporting events, or watching the Kansas City Royals and the Kansas City Chiefs.  Even through their bad years, he remained a loyal fan.  Dallas has won many trophies over the years in various bass tournaments.  He hosted the archery shoot at his home for a number of years.  He also enjoyed golfing if he wasn't in the mood to fish.

Dallas was Dallas - a "what you see is what you get" kind of man.  He was intelligent, hard-working, fair, honest, and always willing to help if there was a need.  He liked figuring out a challenge and always wanted his work to be of quality.  He never cut corners.

Dallas's memories will live on with his wife of 52 years, Judy; sons, Darin (Jennifer) Beem and Jake (Rachele) Beem; brother, Bruce Beem;  sisters, Sharon (J.R.) Ferguson and Mona (Ken) Cody; grandchildren, Cassidy, Coti, Joseph, and Emerie Beem; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.  He now rests with his parents, his brother, Errol Beem; and his sister, Joyce McBeath.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Longton Cemetery in Longton, Kansas with Pastor Randy Beemer officiating.  The family suggests memorials in place of flowers which may be made to either Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or the Longton Christian Community Church.  Contributions may be sent in care of Webb & Rodrick Chapel, 306 E. Main, Independence, Kansas 67301 which is in charge of arrangements.  To share a memory or leave a condolence, visit

(taken from the Webb & Rodrick Funeral Home website)
Obituaries / CHURCH, Tommy Lee "Tom" - b. November 18, 1937 - d. May 26, 2020
« Last post by patyrn on May 28, 2020, 09:40:13 pm »
Tommy Lee Church went home to be with his Lord and Savior on May 26, 2020.  He was born on November 18, 1937 at Alluwe, Oklahoma, the son of Jesse T. and Ellen A. (Hollobaugh) Church.

Tommy purchased a grocery store in Howard, Kansas in 1973.  He and his family worked there until 1991.  In 1987, he purchased a convenience store in Sedan, Kansas, Tom & Sue's Food Mart.  This is where many people enjoyed Tommy's kindnesses and his dry sense of humor.  After his retirement, he and Sue traveled and dabbled in antiques.  He never met a Western movie he didn't like.

Tommy leaves behind his devoted wife of 63 years, Kathryn "Sue"; his daughters, Sheila Kocher of Wichita, Kansas and Marci (Edward) Shubert of Winfield, Kansas; his grandchildren, J.C. (Allyson) Kocher of Kea'au, Hawaii, Angi Kocher of Wichita, Kansas, and Jena (Scott) Cummings of Wichita, Kansas; great-grandchildren, Gavin, Gabriel, Gorge, Tommy, Avigail, Gracia, and Judah; his sisters, Margaret Mayo of Dallas, Texas and Shirley Brown of Sherman, Texas; and a sister-in-law, Donna Church of Sherman, Texas.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Kenneth Church; his son-in-law, Jim Kocher; and his grandson, Joshua Kocher.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Fairview Veterans Memorial Patio, 2400 Woodland Avenue, Coffeyville, Kansas with Rev. Jerry Seigel officiating.  The family will greet friends at 12:30 p.m. until service time at the Patio.  Tommy will be laid to rest at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery (the cemeteries are adjacent to each other).  Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel of Coffeyville, Kansas is honored to oversee the service.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the American Cancer Society.  To leave a message of condolence for the family, visit

(taken from the Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel website) 
Politics / “Necessary” Is Not a Constitutional Argument
« Last post by redcliffsw on May 28, 2020, 10:23:02 am »

So yes – a lot of things are “necessary.” But that doesn’t mean the federal government can do them. The federal government remains limited by its delegated powers. “Necessary” isn’t a constitutional argument.

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Politics / Re: The Size Of A Virus
« Last post by upoladeb2 on May 24, 2020, 05:38:35 pm »
and if you wear a mask you don't have to brush your teeth or in the case of dentures you dont have to wear them.I wear my mask so i dont give my germs to anyone else,I dont for 1 second think that any mask is going to protect me.I'm anti social so ive never liked anybody around me!
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