The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 28, 2013

Teddy "Tater" Watkins


The Joplin Globe

GALENA, Kan. — GALENA, Kan. - Teddy Wayne "Tater" Watkins, age 80, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Freeman West Hospital following an illness.

Ted was born Jan. 29, 1932, in Galena, Kan. His parents were Leo B. and Ida Mae ( Rogers) Watkins. He was a lifelong resident of Galena.

He was a postman, working 32 years at the Galena Post Office. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the U S Air Force from 1951 to 1953. He was a member of the Galena Elks Lodge. Among his interests were playing poker, fishing and hunting.

Surviving is one son, Bradley (and Laura) Watkins, Galena; two step-sons, Mike (and Mecheal) Hopkins, Baxter Springs, Kan. and Bill (and Tanya) Hopkins, Galena; four grandchildren, Amanda Jo Watkins, Dalton Watkins, Josh Hopkins, and Michael Hopkins; two great-grandchildren, Azalee Hopkins, and K C Tyler Hopkins; one brother, Bob Watkins, Galena; three sisters, Doris Scott, Galena, Jane Sturgis, Galena, and Mary Jo Williams, Joplin, Mo.

The body was taken for cremation under the care of Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena, Kan.

A graveside memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at Lowell Cemetery, Lowell, Kan. Pastor Jeff D. Martin will officiate.  Galena Elks Lodge will conduct graveside rites.

Online condolences may be left at

www.derfeltfuneralhome.com