Longtime Wallace County, Kansas resident Evelyn Marie (Stetler) Bricker, 105, died Friday, May 15, 2015, which was nine days before her 106th birthday, at Wallace County Community Care Center in Sharon Springs, Kansas.
Evelyn was born May 24, 1909, at Washington, Kansas, the daughter of Creta (Fromm) and Amos Stetler. The family moved to Wallace County in March of 1920. When Evelyn was very young, her mother passed away, so Evelyn, being the oldest, helped her dad raise her two brothers and two sisters. After she graduated from Wallace County Community High School in 1927, she earned her teaching certificate and began teaching in a country school.
On February 19, 1930, she and Irvin Bricker were married, and she became the mother of Irvin’s two children Ronald and Ileene. Irvin and Evelyn were lifelong members of the United Methodist Church. Evelyn was active in many clubs and organizations: Social Hour Club, founded by her mother Creta in 1921; Garden Club; Rebekahs; Eastern Star; United Methodist Women and United Methodist Women Circle; Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary; Dover Grange; Business and Professional Women; 4-H club leader, which she founded in 1934; Senior Center; and Alumni Association. She so enjoyed attending every Alumni Reunion, and she and her family were honored as the first “five generation family” to graduate from Wallace County High School.
After her marriage to Irvin, they lived on Bricker Stock and Grain Farm, south of Sharon Springs. Her duties of a farm wife kept her busy: cows to milk, chickens to raise, and gardens to grow. She and Irvin moved to Sharon Springs, when Ronald’s family moved to that farm. She and Irvin still had a large herd of cattle on pasture that they took care of daily.
Preceding her in death were her husband of sixty-one years Irvin Bricker, who died February 12, 1991; son Ronald Bricker and his wife Amelia; daughter Ileene Hoover and her husband Don; granddaughter Sherry Hoss; her parents; brothers Maurice Stetler and his wife Penny; Bob Stetler and his wife Louise; sisters Ruth Greenle and her husband Otis; and Helen Pratt and her husband Mike.
Surviving family includes grandchildren Charlotte Hagen and her husband Jerry, Laura Cloyd and her husband Bill, Elizabeth Hooper and her husband Jim, Donnie Hoss, Roxie Hoss and her husband Ronnie, Roger Hoover and his Missy; great-grandchildren Beverly Hagen, Angie Hoss and her husband Brian Raney, Jeff Hagen and his wife Juliet, Len Cloyd, Chad Hoss and his wife Sandra, Don Wayne Hoss, Lance Cloyd and his wife Miranda, Shane Bowman and his wife Misty, Tiffiny Bond and her husband Trevor, Quincy Hoss, Jeremy Miles and his wife Carrie, Jericho Hoover and his wife Amanda; great-great grandchildren Danielle Cloyd and her Bobby Schnug, Amber Cloyd, Trey Raney, Cody Hoss, Ronald Cloyd, Dale Cloyd, Destiny Cloyd, Austin Bond, Gage Bond, Sterling Bond, Jerry Jeff Hagen, Cameron Miles, Cade Miles, Jordanne Hoover, Ethan Hoover, Alexia Hoover, Haven Hoss, D.J. Hoss; and step-grandchildren; great-great -great-granddaughter Aliessa Cloyd; nieces, nephews and many, many friends.
The funeral will be Wednesday, May 20, at 10:30 AM MT, at United Methodist Church in Sharon Springs with Pastor Keith Anglemyer and Reverend Paul McNall officiating. Burial will follow in the Sharon Springs Cemetery.
Friends may share their respects on Tuesday, from 3:00 until 6:00 PM MT, at Koons Funeral Home in Sharon Springs.
Memorials may be designated to the Sharon Springs United Methodist Church, and may be left at the services, or mailed to Koons Funeral Home, 211 N Main, Goodland, KS 67735-1555.
Online condolences: www.koonsfuneralhome.com