Howard Kenneth Emery age 89, of Coffeyville passed away on October 3, 2016 at Windsor Place.
Howard was born August 15, 1927 at Fredonia, KS to Otto and Beatrice (Bethard) Emery. When he was two the family made their home in Sedan. That is where Howard attended grade school and graduated from Sedan High School in 1945. He was a veteran of World War II, joining the Navy in 1945 and later transferred to the Seabees, serving in the South Pacific. On June 30, 1946, he married Joycelyn James. In 1948, they moved to Coffeyville where he was an employee and later a manager of Harrison's Shoes and Triplett's shoes. In 1972 he started working at Funk's Manufacturing where he retired in May of 1991.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Coffeyville, a lifetime member of the VFW Post 1022, where he served as Post Quartermaster for 1969 to 1977 and was on the VFW bowling team for several years. He was the National VFW Aide-De-Camp in 1974 and District Three Quartermaster in 1974-1975. Howard was also a member of the Iola and Coffeyville Jaycees, Rotary Club, he was on the board of directors of the Missouri Pacific Industrial Credit Union, a member of the AARP where he served as president in 1999, a member of the Coffeyville Chamber, and he organized the annual Easter Egg Hunt.
Left to honor his memory are his children, son Mike Emery, daughter Nancy Nipper, brother Bob Emery, one grandchild and four step-grandchildren, and four step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Joycelyn, two sisters and a brother.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 7, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave. Coffeyville, KS with Chaplain Mike Graham with Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery. Friends are invited to sign the register and share memories with the family on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 5:00pm to 7:00 pm at the Chapel. The family suggests memorials to be made payable to the American Cancer Society and they may be left with the Chapel. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com