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1934 James 2016

James Abbey

August 13, 1934 — October 31, 2016

Longtime former Goodland, Kansas resident James Wayne Abbey, 82, passed away on Monday, October 31, 2016 at Good Samaritan Society – Decatur County, in Oberlin, Kansas.

James was born on August 13, 1934 in Mountain View, Missouri to Emmitt and Frieda (Belew) Abbey.  He was one of 14 children.  He spent his childhood growing up in Mountain View and graduated from Mountain View High School in 1952.

On August 15, 1954, James married Patricia Ann Widows in Garden City, Kansas.  To this union four children were born; Jim, Pam, Vicki, and Mike.

James worked for the Century Refining Company in Shallow Water, Kansas. After the refinery closed, James moved his family to Goodland where they purchased the Dairy Queen. After selling the Dairy Queen, James went to work for Sherman County as the director of the noxious weed department. After retiring in 1998, James and Patricia moved to Oberlin, where he resided until his death. In Oberlin, his love was spending time working on son Jim's farm and ranch. The highlight of his life was spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Preceding James in death was his parents, five brothers; Bill Abbey, Jack Abbey, Jerry Abbey, John Abbey and Mike Abbey, two sisters Mary Koonce and Delores Holden, and one grandson Brian Phillips.

He is survived by his wife Patricia of Oberlin, Kansas, his children Jim Abbey and his wife Denise of Oberlin, Kansas, Pam Wright and her husband John of Castle Rock, Colorado, Vicki Phillips and her husband Randy of Burlington, Colorado, and Mike Abbey and his wife Lorie of Goodland, Kansas; nine grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.  He is also survived by three brothers; Joe Abbey and his wife LaRee of Willow Springs, Missouri, Rod Abbey and his wife Gail of Gage Oklahoma, and Steve Abbey of Woodward, Oklahoma, three sisters; Pat Brown and her husband Carl of Lawton, Oklahoma, Wanda King and her husband Ken of Woodward, Oklahoma and Diane Cowan of Springfield, Missouri; as well as two sister-in-laws Sandy Abbey of Salisaw, Arkansas and Ann Abbey of Woodward, Oklahoma.

Visitation for James will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Koons-Russell Funeral Home in Goodland.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 10:00 AM MT also at the funeral home with Pastor Gordon Pettibone officiating.  Burial will follow in the Kanorado Cemetery, Kanorado, Kansas.

Memorials may be designated to Northwest Kansas Hospice Services and may either be left at the service, or mailed to Koons-Russell Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Goodland, KS 67735-1555.

Online Condolences may be left at www.koonsfuneralhome.com.

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