Allene Coffman Hesseltine, 97, Overbrook: Feb. 19, 1922 – July 29, 2019

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Allene Coffman Hesseltine, 97, died July 29, 2019, at home in Overbrook, Kan. She was the daughter of Ross A. Coffman and Maudie E. (Radcliff) Coffman. She was born Feb. 19, 1922, on a farm one mile south of Overbrook.

She had two brothers, Gerald Coffman and Albert Coffman, and two sisters, Marjorie Coffman and Doris Marshall. She attended Overbrook Rural School, graduating from high school in 1939. She worked in Kansas City.

She started dating Ralph Hesseltine, whom she had known since the eighth grade and had been good friends. He was in the Navy training to be a pilot. After he graduated, they were married on July 1, 1944, in the chapel of the First United Methodist Church, Topeka, Kan.

Ralph was sent to Florida and she joined him there in August and then on to California to await overseas orders. They lived in Almeda. He went overseas in February 1945, and she came home and went back to work at Fitts Dry Goods Company. Ralph was discharged in December 1945. They moved to Topeka. They lived in Peabody, Kan., where Ralph worked on a daily newspaper for a while. They moved back to Topeka later, and then to Overbrook in 1957. She worked as a secretary at the Overbrook Grade School. When the school district unified and a new high school was built, she went to work there until 1972. In 1973, they moved to Tulsa, Okla. When Ralph passed away in 1975, she and David came back to Overbrook and she went back to work at the high school in the superintendent’s office; she retired in January 1987.

Allene is survived by her three sons, James (Karen) Hesseltine, Overbrook, Scott (Marie) Hesseltine, Topeka, and David Hesseltine, Overbrook; four grandsons, Tim (Beth) Hesseltine, Kevin (Shawna) Hesseltine, Travis Hesseltine, and Ryan (Nicole) Hesseltine; and six great grandchildren.

She was a member of the Overbrook United Methodist Church and the UMW Women. She was also a member of the Amaranth Club and Fidelis Club.

Services were Aug. 2 at the Overbrook United Methodist Church. Burial was at Overbrook Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Osage County Help House, sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 268, Overbrook, KS 66524. Condolences can be left at

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