Kathryn ‘Kathy’ Stauffer, 61, Fordland, Mo.: Dec. 8, 1958 – Aug. 27, 2020

FORDLAND, Mo. – Kathryn “Kathy” Stauffer, 61, passed away peacefully at her home in Fordland, Mo., on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, after a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Kathy was born Dec. 8, 1958, the daughter of Duane Edward Wills and Patricia “Pat” Ann (Abraham) Wills, in Emporia, Kan. Her father, Duane, passed away on November 27, 1965. At the age of 7 she gained her second dad when her mom remarried to Joseph Robert “Bob” Nelson, April 29, 1967.

Kathy was raised in Osage City, Kan., and graduated from Osage City High School in 1976. She remained in contact with many of her classmates and was extremely grateful for their support these past months.

On March 30, 1976, she married Gregg Allen Ruby. They had one son, Christopher “Chris” Allen Ruby. Kathy and Gregg were later divorced. Kathy married Zane Allen Walstrom on Nov. 1, 1980. To this union a daughter was born, Katie Renee Walstrom. After 17 years of marriage, Zane died of cancer March 26, 1997. Kathy married Robert Steven “Steve” Stauffer, Nov. 15, 2002. Steve and Kathy would have celebrated 18 years of marriage this year.

Kathy worked various jobs outside of the home utilizing her exceptional organizational strengths. She worked at Professional Printing and then Martin Tractor, both in Emporia. After her marriage to Steve and their relocation to Missouri, she worked in banking at Great Southern Bank and Metropolitan Bank for many years. The last few years she was finishing her employment in medical facilities, most recently at CoxHealth Center Steeplechase. Kathy loved the camaraderie she found in the workplace. No matter where she worked, she made many great friends. They also provided great support and comfort to her during her illness.

Kathy was preceded in death by her father, Duane Wills; her stepfather, Bob Nelson; her maternal grandparents, Horace Abraham, Irene (Reichardt) and Alvin Morgan; her paternal grandparents, John and Gladys (Bloomquist) Wills; and her step-grandparents, Martin Nelson, Lucille (Thompson) Getsinger and Joe Getsinger.

Kathy is survived by her husband, Steve Stauffer, of the home; two children, Chris Ruby and Katie (Aaron) Whiteaker; mother, Patricia Nelson; brothers and sisters, Mark (Jan) Nelson, Terri (Mike) Stout, Steve (Christie) Nelson and Karen (Raylen) Phelon; grandsons, Kyler Ruby and Zane Whiteaker; mother-in-law, Rosemary “Rosie” Stuffer; sisters-in-law, Terry (Dave) Jones and Tammy (Ron) Wilson; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at Feltner Funeral Chapel, Lyndon. Kathy will lie in state 4-6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, and the family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Masks are recommended. Burial will be in the Osage City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Friends of the Emporia Zoo or ALS, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Condolences can be left at feltnerfuneralhome.com.

One Response to Kathryn ‘Kathy’ Stauffer, 61, Fordland, Mo.: Dec. 8, 1958 – Aug. 27, 2020

  1. Jonie Keysser says:

    Kathy, was a good friend and excellent co-worker. That smile and laugh she had will so much be missed, I will miss her dearly.

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