Marion- Kathryn Mae Lunderman, 93, peacefully passed away Friday July 20th, 2018 at the Salina Regional Medical Center in Salina, Kansas. She was the fourth of five children born to John Tillman and Cora Bell Boitnott Webster in Quinter, Kansas, on May 1st, 1925. She attended school in Quinter and graduated from high school in 1943. Kathryn moved to Wichita Kansas and went to work at Boeing as a riveter on the B29s and as a nail spitter. She was proud of her service at Boeing.
She met Sterling Roy Lunderman while she was working at Boeing. They were married November 26, 1944, shortly before Sterling reported to the Army Air Corp. They made their home in LaRussell, Missouri, for two years when their first son, Karol Lee Lunderman, was born in Carthage, Missouri. They moved to Wichita, Kansas, and built a home at 1521 E. MacArthur Road where they had three more children, Duane, Les, and Joann. They then lived in Fairfield, California, for two years working for Boeing. They met many wonderful friends there. Ruby, her dear friend, came to see her on her last birthday May 1st this year.
In 1962, they moved to Marion, Kansas, where they took ownership of the Western Auto Store on Main Street. Kathryn loved her family and was a wonderful homemaker; a seamstress (sewing anything from scrubs for her daughter, work shirts and suits for her sons, and prom dresses for granddaughters and a wedding dress for her daughter), a wonderful cook, a baker, and a candy maker. She loved her gardens and could be seen working in them often. She enjoyed going fishing with family. They retired in 1985 and spent the remaining years with each other and their family. She developed many good friends in Marion and especially loved her neighbors; Edith Helmer, and Keith and MaryAnn Conyers. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and followed their lives with great pleasure.
Kathryn was a member of the Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion, Kansas,
Kathryn was proceeded in death by her husband Sterling Roy Lunderman; parents, John Tillman and Cora Bell Boitnott Webster; two brothers, Wilbur Franklin Webster and Lloyd Joseph Webster; two sisters, Edna Elfreda McClure and Mary Josephine Hattan; one son, Duane Lynn Lunderman; and one grandson, Jeremy Roy Staley.
She is survived by three children and their spouses, Karol Lee Lunderman and wife Janet of Salina; Leslie Dale Lunderman and wife Linda of Park City; and Joann Sue and husband Ken Staley of Salina. Grandsons Michael Dale Lunderman of Furley, Kansas, and Cody Lee Lunderman and wife Katie, and their children, Claire, Alice and Jonas of Battle Mountain, Nevada. Grandson Craig Allen Eddis and wife Lisa and sons, Nicholas Ray and Joseph “Joey” Merrell Eddis of Lawrence Kansas. Grandson Jeffrey Phillip Haase and wife Anne, and their daughter Brooke, of Mesquite, Texas. Grandaughters Stacy Marie Ashley of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Kendra Nicole Staley-Dunn and husband Robert of Boulder, Colorado; Megan Kathryn Staley and significant other Ken Williams, of Manhattan, Kansas; and Marcilene Dawn Martin and husband Terry and children, Dominic Alejandro, MaKayela Danielle, and RayLynn of Valley Center, Kansas.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions in Kathryn's name be made to Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion.