EUREKA — Junior Raymond Watts, of Eureka, died at his residence on Aug. 13, at the age of 84. Born in Quincy on Feb. 3, 1928, he was the son of Charlie Otho and Ruby Marie (Crouch) Watts. Junior was raised in Quincy and attended school there. After his schooling, he went to work in the oil fields as a truck driver. His truck driving nickname was “Big Iron.” He retired in 1990, due to poor health.
On Aug. 10, 1950, he was united in marriage to Ruth Schwintz in Yates Center. They made their home in Eureka, then Great Bend, before moving back to Eureka.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth of the home; one son, Ronald “Butch” (Connie) Watts of Great Bend; two daughters, Geneva “Sue” Stanley (David) of Russell, and Christina “Chris” Beakey (Kenny) of Great Bend; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one brother Wayne Watts of Wenatchee, Wash.; and two sisters, Wilma McAllister of Bartlesville, Okla. and Wynona Heinz of El Dorado. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Koup Family Funeral Home, with Mr. Jayme A. Koup officiating. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date. A memorial has been established in his name to Hospice Care of Kansas. Contributions may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Koup Family Funeral Home#
P.O. Box 595
Eureka, KS 67045
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Aug. 15, 2012