Obituaries Joseph B. Coursen

Joseph B. Coursen


Joseph B. Coursen

Jan. 18, 1958 – Nov. 10, 2020

WICHITA — Joseph B. Coursen died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. He was 62.

He was born Jan. 18, 1958, in Topeka, the son of Fred and Toni Link Coursen. Joe attended Burlingame High School and graduated with the class of 1976. He briefly attended Butler County Community College before taking a position with the Santa Fe Railroad as a welder on March 17, 1977.

Joe married Brenda L. Seifert Nov. 4, 1978, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Scranton. She survives of the home, in Halstead.

Joe’s career with the railroad took them to Moore, Okla., for three years and Emporia, for six years. Following the merger of the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroads, Joe was promoted to track supervisor and he and Brenda settled down in Lebo, in 1987. In 2006, Joe received a promotion to road master and he and Brenda made their home in Halstead. He continued with the railroad for 10 more years before his retirement in 2016.

During their time in Lebo, Joe volunteered on the local fire department and served as Scout leader and baseball coach for his sons, Jacob and Justin. He enjoyed bow hunting, fishing and attending family sporting events for his sons and eventually his grandchildren.

Joe loved riding his Harley with his wife and taking vacations to the mountains. He was known for his work ethic, family devotion and keen sense of humor. As one friend put it, he was a “true gem of a human being.” When Joe would hear a song or music that he liked he would not hesitate to share it by sending it to his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Wally Whittington.

Besides his wife, he will live on in the hearts and memories of his two sons, Jacob Coursen, Emporia, and Justin “Roo” Coursen and wife, Meghan, Ottawa; three grandchildren, Madison, Monica and Jonah; two brothers, Bill Coursen, Burlingame and Tim Coursen, Waverly; numerous extended family, former co-workers and countless close friends.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Osage City. The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 at the church. Burial will follow services at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, north of Osage City.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and sent in care of the VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, 107 N. Sixth St., Osage City, KS 66523.

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