Damon Alfred Willbern Jr
December 30, 1925  -  October 26, 2018

Damon Alfred Willbern Jr


Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel
2405 Woodland Ave
Coffeyville, KS  67337
Monday, October 29, 2018
6:00pm to 8:00pm
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FordWulfBruns Chapel
2405 Woodland Ave
Coffeyville, KS  67337
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
11:00am
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Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery
2000 Woodland Ave.
Coffeyville, KS  67337
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American Legion Post 20
Coffeyville,   67337

Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice
Wichita, KS  


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Damon Alfred Willbern, Jr. age 92, passed away at his home in Coffeyville, Kansas with his family.

Damon was born in St. Louis, Missouri on December 30, 1925 to Damon Alfred Willbern, Sr. and Zelma (Stevens) Willbern. He moved to Coffeyville as a child and made his home with his father and step-mother Marjorie Miller Willbern. He graduated from Missouri Military Academy in 1944 and served in World War II in the Army 329th Infantry Regiment 83rd Division. After his honorable discharge he returned to Coffeyville and attended Coffeyville Community College.

On September 5, 1947 he married Esther Jo Livingston. The couple made their home in Texas before returning to Coffeyville to raise their family. Mr. Willbern was the Vice President and manager of The Music Box. Upon the closing of that business he made his living as owner and operator of Red Nose Sam’s Pawn Shop until retirement.

Damon was proud of his service to his country, never met a stranger, enjoyed Big Band music and traveling. He believed travel to be one of the best forms of education. He most desired to make a difference for his family and loved to share his experiences and advice with them and everyone he met.

Damon’s family who continue to cherish his memory are: daughter and son-in-law Connie and Jon Graham of The Woodlands, Tx; brother David Willbern and wife Margo of New Mexico; grandchildren Daniel Atkinson of Coffeyville, Jocelyn Larson of Dallas, Haley Arizmendi of Houston, Jeremy Willbern of Fayetteville and Andrew Jerrid Cook of Tulsa; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Esther Jo, infant son Steven, daughter Marcia Atkinson, son Marc and step-sister Patricia McKay.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 11 am at the Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, Kansas with Chaplain Mike Graham officiating. Military Honors will be provided by Ft. Riley Big Red One and Coffeyville VFW Post 1022 and American Legion Post 20. The family will receive friends on Monday, October 29, 2018 from 6 to 8 pm at the Chapel. The family has requested memorial contributions be made payable to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or Coffeyville American Legion Post 20. Contributions may be left in care of the chapel. To leave the family a message of condolence visitwww.fordwulfburnschapel.com


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  1. Glenda Williams
    Coffeyville, KS

    I have fond memories of going to the music box store as a teenager. This was at a time when African Americans weren’t always welcome in a lot of places. Mr Wilburn was always friendly and treated everyone with respect. He had a positive impact on a lot of people . My sincere condolences for your loss. God bless you.

  2. Suzy & Trent Sedberry
    Spring, TX

    We pray the love of God enfolds you during this difficult time.

  3. Kathy McKay Keith
    West Hartford, CT

    Connie, all of my Coffeyville memories include your dad. Although I hadn’t seen him in awhile, we did have a great phone conversation a few years ago. He was so very proud of you and Jon and your girls. Every year, he called my mother on her birthday - and of course my dad got an enormous kick out of him! My husband, kids and I will always remember Uncle Ginger with love.

  4. Everett and Pat Hanna
    Grove, OK

    Connie, you know you’re in our thoughts and prayers. Damon has been in our lives since we were kids. He touched so many lives during his time here. He will be missed by many. Now he can tell his stories to the angels and make them laugh. May he Rest In Peace. We loved him, and we love you!

  5. Lynn Powers
    The Woodlands, TX

    My sincere condolences to the Graham and Larson families in the loss of your father and grandfather. May he Rest In Peace.

  6. Mary Hayes
    Coffeyville, KS

    So sorry for you loss. Damon touched many lives, and will not be forgotten.

  7. Cheryl Ricketts Voris
    Goshen, AL

    Lifting your family in my prayers. God bless.

  8. Timothy Luckey
    Northglenn, CO

    He was an awesome man I’ve known him since I was 18 he was alway full of life and always had a story he will be missed and always in my heart. God bless you Damon you may now rest in piece and be with your son Marc

  9. Jim and Jo Lynn (Owen) Falkner
    Coffeyville, KS

    Damon was known by so many of us. We go back to child-hood. We remember him most from time at the Music Box where we could go in and request a record and go into one of the sound booths and listen to it as many times as we wanted! We would always see him around town, especially football and basketball games. We pray you have many wonderful memories to hold dear to your hearts. God be with you during these days ahead.

  10. Sally Hollidsy
    Liberty, KS

    Damon's love of music never showed more than in his phone call to offer my "budding musician" children a tenor saxophone to play in Field Kindley band, jazz band, pep ensemble, & Coffeyville City Band...at a reasonable enough price that we could afford it. They had so many wonderful experiences playing that tenor sax...I am ever grateful. Condolences to all of Damon's family & close friends!

  11. Nancy Walterscheid
    Coffetville, KS

    Your dad was one in a million, Connie. So many great childhood memories growing up next door. He took us to my first Coffeyville Municipal Band concert on Big Hill. I know you will miss him. May God bless your family with strength during this time of sadness and may your dad rest in peace. Love to all.

  12. Linda (Benning) Soard
    Coffeyville, KS

    So sorry for your loss.

  13. Jann Brooks Pendry
    Wichita, KS

    Dear Connie, I’m so sorry to hear about your father. We were living out of the country when Marcy passed away, and I believe Marc died around the time my dad did in 2012. I saw him sitting in a lawn chair in his yard one day when I was home and stopped to talk with him. We had a very nice visit. Before I left I asked him about Patty & Pete and he told me they had passed also, dad never told me that. I know you have a lot to do, and I know Jon and your children will be a big help. Please know I’m thinking of you and your lovely family.💕

  14. Michael Brown
    Kansas City, MO

    Connie, I pray God's blessings and comfort on you and your family. It has often been said that time heals the brokenhearted. It has been my experience that time does not heal the broken heart, but it does make it more bearable. You are in my thoughts my friend.

  15. John and Hazel Vest
    Coffeyville, KS

    You will be so missed. Enjoyed your company always.
    Prayers for you Connie and all the family.

  16. John and Hazel Vest
    Coffeyville, KS

    You will be so missed. Enjoyed your company always.
    Prayers for you Connie and all the family.

  17. John and Hazel Vest
    Coffeyville, KS

    You will be so missed. Enjoyed your company always.
    Prayers for you Connie and all the family.

  18. Mark Hilyard
    Ponca City, OK

    So sorry to hear about “Ginger “! I always thought of him when I watched the “Most interesting man” commercials. Super nice man. Loved his family. He will be missed in Ctown !

  19. Travis Letterman
    Hutchinson, KS

    You will be missed Sir.

  20. Verlyn and Anna Bolinger
    Branson West, MO

    So sorry to hear of Damon passing. We always enjoyed visiting with him. He was always helpful for our Hardee's Haunted House. He will be missed around town

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