Our staff's commitment to you

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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Chad Wickham Funeral Director

Chad Wickham is a licensed funeral director and embalmer graduating from Kansas City Kansas Community College in 1994.

 

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Angela Wickham

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Jim Lickteig

I have lived in Cherryvale all of my life, graduating from Cherryvale High School and attending Independence Community College. As a teenager I worked locally for Tri-State Scale Company, Vallis/Wngroff and drove for a local trucking company before working for the Kansas Gas Service Company for 38 years. I married the greatest woman in the world 37 years ago and am still in love with her. I am fortunate to have 2 wonderful children and 3 grandchildren who give me constant joy. I have been retired for 3 years now and enjoy working for a great family owned business - Wickham Family Funeral Home. I love living and working in a great small town with my family and friends. I am so blessed!

 

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Phyllis Blake

Phyllis Blake is a lifetime resident of Cherryvale. She graduated from Cherryvale High School while the mascot was the Fighting Cherries. She also attended ICC. Phyllis enjoyed her school years and kept busy as a cheerleader and drum major in the band. She is now an active CHS Alumni board member and enjoys planning the high school reunions. Phyllis has 3 children who either attended or graduated from Cherryvale High School: daughter Lisa and son Tim. Her son Jeff died in 2011. In addition to her children, Phyllis has 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren! Phyllis worked for Cherryvale schools for 28 years. She was CHS secretary for four years, then District Treasurer, retiring in 2009. An active member of the Cherryvale Methodist Church, Phyllis plays the organ and acts as the secretary/treasurer as well as holding other positions. Phyllis' dad Bob Eikenberry worked for a Cherryvale funeral home for 12 years. Phyllis seems to be following in his footsteps working for WFFH since opening in July 2012. Her mother Louise Eikenberry is 96 years old and still resides in Cherryvale. Phyllis enjoys reading, playing the piano, sewing, making quilts for friends and relatives, taking care of her home and walking. She has enjoyed many bus trips and is a big Elvis fan.

 

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Barry Staton

I was born October 27, 1951 at Mercy Hospital in Independence, Kansas. I graduated from Cherryvale High School in 1969. I went on to graduate from Coffeyville Community Junior College then attended Pittsburg State University. Carol A. Benning and I were married on October 25, 1975 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Cherryvale by Reverend Daniel Mulvihill. Carol and I have resided here ever since. We have two sons: Mark and David. I retired from Union Pacific Railroad in 2011 after 35 years of service. I am a parishoner of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, and a member of Knights of Columbus Council 8893 and Fourth Degree Assembly 0281 Joyce Kilmer.

 

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Sam Atherton

I was born in Neodesha, Kansas, November 26, 1948 to Fred and Violet Atherton. I graduated Fredonia High School in 1966 and was very active in FFA and 4-H. I attended Independence Junior College for two years and then transferred to Fort Hays State University graduating in 1970, ending up with a BS in Agriculture majoring in Animal Husbandry. I met my wife Tonya at Junior college and we were married June 14, 1970. She is from Neodesha which is Fredonia's biggest rival. Love does strange things. Tonya retired from working at USD 447 in 2011 after 24 years with the school district, working as Secretary in the Central Office. My daughter Amy came along October 20, 1972. My second child Stacy was born October 26, 1976. He was good looking just like his daddy. I am an avid K-State fan as both of my children and their spouses are K-State grads. I have 6 grandchildren and believe what the big ol' boys say: "grand children are GREAT." I am now employed part-time by Wickham Family Funeral Home as a Funeral Attendant. Who knows when we will be called home so we must just live our lives as our Lord would want us to. God bless to all.

 

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Todd Kessler

I was born in Coffeyville on January 28th 1968. My parents live in Cherryvale where I was raised. I went to Cherryvale schools and graduated in 1986. In 1985 I enlisted in the Army through the Army National Guard, spending 9 years in the 891st Engineer Battalion based in Cherryvale, Kansas. I attended Coffeyville Community College. I now work as an official, where I umpire baseball/softball and officiate football. I am married to Brandy (Hestand) Kessler and reside in Cherryvale, Kansas. We enjoy our children, DJ (14), Dalton (12), Kylie (8) and Zoey (7.) They keep us very busy with their activities in wrestling, basketball, soccer, baseball, football, etc. My family enjoys playing softball, golf, camping and boating when we get the chance. We coach the youth summer activities as volunteers for Cherryvale Recreation. I've also enjoyed coaching for the Independence Wrestling Club.

 

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Chad Wickham

Funeral Director

Chad Wickham is a licensed funeral director and embalmer graduating from Kansas City Kansas Community College in 1994.

 

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Angela Wickham

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Jim Lickteig

I have lived in Cherryvale all of my life, graduating from Cherryvale High School and attending Independence Community College. As a teenager I worked locally for Tri-State Scale Company, Vallis/Wngroff and drove for a local trucking company before working for the Kansas Gas Service Company for 38 years. I married the greatest woman in the world 37 years ago and am still in love with her. I am fortunate to have 2 wonderful children and 3 grandchildren who give me constant joy. I have been retired for 3 years now and enjoy working for a great family owned business - Wickham Family Funeral Home. I love living and working in a great small town with my family and friends. I am so blessed!

 

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Phyllis Blake

Phyllis Blake is a lifetime resident of Cherryvale. She graduated from Cherryvale High School while the mascot was the Fighting Cherries. She also attended ICC. Phyllis enjoyed her school years and kept busy as a cheerleader and drum major in the band. She is now an active CHS Alumni board member and enjoys planning the high school reunions. Phyllis has 3 children who either attended or graduated from Cherryvale High School: daughter Lisa and son Tim. Her son Jeff died in 2011. In addition to her children, Phyllis has 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren! Phyllis worked for Cherryvale schools for 28 years. She was CHS secretary for four years, then District Treasurer, retiring in 2009. An active member of the Cherryvale Methodist Church, Phyllis plays the organ and acts as the secretary/treasurer as well as holding other positions. Phyllis' dad Bob Eikenberry worked for a Cherryvale funeral home for 12 years. Phyllis seems to be following in his footsteps working for WFFH since opening in July 2012. Her mother Louise Eikenberry is 96 years old and still resides in Cherryvale. Phyllis enjoys reading, playing the piano, sewing, making quilts for friends and relatives, taking care of her home and walking. She has enjoyed many bus trips and is a big Elvis fan.

 

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Barry Staton

I was born October 27, 1951 at Mercy Hospital in Independence, Kansas. I graduated from Cherryvale High School in 1969. I went on to graduate from Coffeyville Community Junior College then attended Pittsburg State University. Carol A. Benning and I were married on October 25, 1975 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Cherryvale by Reverend Daniel Mulvihill. Carol and I have resided here ever since. We have two sons: Mark and David. I retired from Union Pacific Railroad in 2011 after 35 years of service. I am a parishoner of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, and a member of Knights of Columbus Council 8893 and Fourth Degree Assembly 0281 Joyce Kilmer.

 

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Sam Atherton

I was born in Neodesha, Kansas, November 26, 1948 to Fred and Violet Atherton. I graduated Fredonia High School in 1966 and was very active in FFA and 4-H. I attended Independence Junior College for two years and then transferred to Fort Hays State University graduating in 1970, ending up with a BS in Agriculture majoring in Animal Husbandry. I met my wife Tonya at Junior college and we were married June 14, 1970. She is from Neodesha which is Fredonia's biggest rival. Love does strange things. Tonya retired from working at USD 447 in 2011 after 24 years with the school district, working as Secretary in the Central Office. My daughter Amy came along October 20, 1972. My second child Stacy was born October 26, 1976. He was good looking just like his daddy. I am an avid K-State fan as both of my children and their spouses are K-State grads. I have 6 grandchildren and believe what the big ol' boys say: "grand children are GREAT." I am now employed part-time by Wickham Family Funeral Home as a Funeral Attendant. Who knows when we will be called home so we must just live our lives as our Lord would want us to. God bless to all.

 

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Todd Kessler

I was born in Coffeyville on January 28th 1968. My parents live in Cherryvale where I was raised. I went to Cherryvale schools and graduated in 1986. In 1985 I enlisted in the Army through the Army National Guard, spending 9 years in the 891st Engineer Battalion based in Cherryvale, Kansas. I attended Coffeyville Community College. I now work as an official, where I umpire baseball/softball and officiate football. I am married to Brandy (Hestand) Kessler and reside in Cherryvale, Kansas. We enjoy our children, DJ (14), Dalton (12), Kylie (8) and Zoey (7.) They keep us very busy with their activities in wrestling, basketball, soccer, baseball, football, etc. My family enjoys playing softball, golf, camping and boating when we get the chance. We coach the youth summer activities as volunteers for Cherryvale Recreation. I've also enjoyed coaching for the Independence Wrestling Club.