Fred ‘Wes’ Coker


DIGHTON — Fred W. “Wes” Coker, 84, died Thursday, March 27, 2014, at his home in Dighton.

DIGHTON — Fred W. “Wes” Coker, 84, died Thursday, March 27, 2014, at his home in Dighton.

He was born Dec. 18, 1929, in Jetmore, to Fred Lawrence and Emma Irene Fercking Coker.

On Jan. 14, 1955, he married Vi Lashell in Utica. They later divorced.

In 1972, Mr. Coker went to work in the maintenance department at Mumma Feed Yard which later became Ranger Feeders, retiring after 22 years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.

Survivors include a son, Leroy Coker of Bullshoals, Ark.; a daughter, Vera Coker of Dighton; four sisters, Arlene Cline of WaKeeney, Connie Wagner of Ellis, Frona Nickels of McPherson, and Linda Chambers of Washington, Calif.; two grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Michelle Coker; five brothers, William, Thomas, Laverne, Gary and Terry; and three sisters, Henrietta Wilkison, Freda Coker and Erma Morath.

Funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at First Christian Church in Dighton. Burial will be at Dighton Memorial Cemetery with graveside honors conducted.

Memorials are suggested to First Christian Church, in care of Boomhower Funeral Home, Box 891, Dighton, KS 67839. Condolences may be emailed to


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