February 8, 2023

Jean M. Koelling, 95, died December 27, 2015 at Western Plains Medical Complex, Dodge City. She was born on November 29, 1920 at Bucklin, Kansas the daughter of G.T. and Margaret (Dykes) Emmons. 

She and her family moved to Copeland in 1923, she attended and graduated from Copeland High School in 1938. Jean furthered her education by attending and graduating from Dodge City Community College in 1940, and went on to earn a Degree in English from Fort Hays State University in 1942. Mrs. Koelling taught English at the Dodge City Middle School for many years. 

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, UMW, and the Dodge City Country Club all of Dodge City. 

Survivors include a daughter Sue Ann Soto of Dodge City; Foster Child Margo Puls of Lexington, Nebraska; four grandchildren Carol, Jason and wife Shana, Gary and wife Alyssa, JoAnna. She is also survived by eight great grandchildren Koal, Lillian, Henry, Zachary, Isaac, Jessalyn, Ethan, Brooke and two sister-in-laws Adabelle Koelling and Vede Koelling. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and several special cousins. 

Funeral service will be held at Swaim Funeral Home on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 2:00 PM with Mr. Jeff Hiers presiding. Burial will follow at Bucklin Cemetery in Bucklin. Visitation will be at Swaim Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Memorials are suggested to Manor of The Plains in care of the funeral home.