George Willard Yeubanks age 82 of Coffeyville passed away on February 10, 2018 at Windsor Place.
Willard was born on April 10, 1935 in Dearing to Floyd Arvel and Virgie Lois (Frye) Yeubanks. He attended school in Coffeyville until the eighth grade when he left school to help out his family of 12 siblings. Willard began working as a butcher for the Coffeyville Packing Company and later at Hoseney’s. He met Lorena Mae Grabham and the couple was later married in Coffeyville on November 17, 1956. To this union they were blessed with two sons and a daughter.
After retiring his butcher’s knife, Willard and Lorena owned Dearing Family Delight for many years. They later purchased the Country Time Mall and added the Music Theater where his love for music came alive. Lorena would often play the piano and you would find Willard playing his fiddle. He truly had a passion for music, playing the fiddle was his happiness. He even holds 13 Kansas State Fiddle Players Championships to prove his passion. Willard used his fiddle music talent playing dances in area country bands for 50 plus years He also enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing, camping, horseshoes and playing fast-pitch softball.
He will be remembered for his friendly demeanor and his willingness to help where he could, always making sure his guests were fed was important to him. Willard and Lorena were members and baptized at the Central Baptist Church, where Lorena would often play the piano and Willard on the Fiddle. Willard was an avid fan of KU Basketball and the Coffeyville Community College Red Ravens Basketball and Football Games, but he was truly the greatest fan of his children, they were his pride.
Willard’s memories will live on with his wife Lorena, his sons, Ricky Lee Yeubanks his significant other Lisa Palmer, and Benny Ray Yeubanks his wife Kay, his daughter Debra Kay Thompson her husband Nicky, brother Ronald Yeubanks, sister Gloria Kuehn, grandchildren, Ashley Horick her husband Ryan, Amy Jantz her husband John, Abby Jontra her husband Travis, Kristina Thompson, Cody Thompson, Bradley Yeubanks his wife Hannah, Brandon Yeubanks, Brett Yeubanks, step-grandchildren Sara Sisco and Blake Davis his wife Kylie, great-grandchildren, Owen Horick, Weston Jantz, Brexlyn Jontra, Brycen Yeubanks.
He now rests with his parents, 5 brothers and 5 sisters.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 1:00pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. Interment will immediately follow at Fairview Cemetery. Friends are invited to sign the register and greet the family on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at the Chapel. The family suggests memorials be made payable to Coffeyville Community College Foundation Basketball or Football Scholarship Programs and they may be sent in care of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel 2405 Woodland Ave. Coffeyville, KS 67337. To leave a message of condolence, please visitwww.fordwulfbrunschapel.com
Debbie and family, I am so sorry to only today, read of your fathers death. He touched so many lives and will be missed by all who knew him. Kimberly and I will keep you all close in our hearts and our prayers.
Mark Myers FKHS Class of '78
Sorry to hear of Willards passing. Loved to hear him play and he always had a smile. Much prayers for the family and many friends that will miss him dearly.
Harry LawsonOchelata, OK
I just found out that Willard died. I am so sorry . My prayers and sympathy to Debbie and the rest of his family. I loved to hear him play the fiddle and have missed not hearing him for quite some time.
Kathy and Larry SeigelCoffeyville, KS
he was a really great guy and will be missed ...and I no my mom really like him a lot and sorry for your loss.....
keith shepardcherryvale, KS
I will always have my many memories of Willard starting back when they owned Family Delight in Dearing. I worked for them for many years up until the day sold it to my parents. I enjoyed going to Country Time Theater and listing to him play the fiddel. I also enjoyed the family reunions listening to Willard and his boys and the rest of the family play music together. He will always be remembered through those memories. Heaven gained a very special angel. You all are in my thoughts and Prayers.
Kim McKinley YeubanksCoffeyville, KS
So sorry for your loss my friend, thinking of you and your family, Willard will be missed. This world lost another good one....
Robin LambSouth Coffeyville, OK
I am sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family. May all the great memories help heal the pain. Thinking of you.
Kathy McNamara SpohnBartlesville, OK
I loved George since day one when we meet. He was always very nice and helpful. I always wanted you to hear him play the fiddle. I didn’t get to say goodbye. I will miss him so
TeresaS Coffeyville, OK
So sorry for your loss .
Roger and BonniePetaluma, CA
Another one of the old friends that ran around that area in the late 40s and 50s in my day. He was popular then and well liked just one of the good old boys from a good old family and was a great fiddle player. I was around a lot of good fiddle players all my years in Nashville but none any better.
Charles and Marylin AlexanderPort Saint Luci, FL
Prayers for family
Dewayne NewtonTyro kansas, KS
Our condolences to your family. He was such a nice man and I'm glad to have met him. TH
Melissa & Tom HallacyBartlesville, OK
Rest in love Uncle Willard. You will always be loved and missed by many.
Teresa Parrish (Yeubanks) and FamilySouth Coffeyville, OK
Sorry to hear about George "Willard" passing. First met him at Bible Baptist Church back in the early 70's. Later at Dearing Drive In, then our paths have crossed over the years. He was always such a wonderful person to be around.
Gretchen RutherfordCoffeyville, KS
Benny I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful, talented good man your daddy was. I remember watching him with your mama at Windsor and it was just the sweetest thing ever, I would always think now that is love. Prayers of peace, love and comfort to you and your family.
Terri HargisCoffeyville, KS
Condolences to your family on George's passing. Your family will be remembered for all the music shared with the community.
Joan Elsheimer DarbyCoffeyville, KS
I was so sorry to hear of Willard's passing. He was a great guy. I have fond memories of him at the show. You are in our prayers
Anna BolingerBranson West, MO