Obituary: Eula K. (Harrison) Ham


Eula K. (Harrison) Ham, 98, of McPherson, KS and formerly of Fort Collins, CO and Benkelman, NE, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 4, 2020, surrounded by her family at The Cedars, McPherson.  Eula was a homemaker, farm wife, and co-owner and operator of Lincoln Lanes, a bowling alley in Limon, CO.

Eula was born on May 17, 1921, in Benkelman, NE, the daughter of Ivan Victor and Ruby Adelia (Pickens) Kirkman.  Eula was united in marriage to Robert Francis Harrison on October 2, 1944.  He preceded her in death on July 26, 1970.  She married Byron Oliver Ham on February 6, 1972.  He preceded her in death on November 13, 1997.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Benkelman, NE and First Baptist Church in Limon, CO.  Eula served her church and community in many capacities.  She was also a member of Eastern Star.

Survivors include: three daughters, Nancy Harrison of Wellington, CO, Susan Hawley of McPherson, KS, and Linda Allen of Galva, KS; three step-daughters, Charline Gerdes (Jerrell) of Franklin, NE, Phyllis Daugherty-Bowling (Mike) of Casa Grande, AZ, and Carla Deidrich (David) of Arvada, CO; sister, Bonita Randall of Houghton Lake, MI; 12 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, Ivan and Ruby Kirkman; husbands, Francis Harrison and Byron Ham; three brothers, Leslie, Quentin, and Ashley Kirkman; three grandchildren, Michael David Widlund, Robert Alan Peterson, and Angela Stamm; and son-in-law, Kermit Hawley.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at The Cedars Conference Center, McPherson.

Memorial donations may be given to the McPherson County Humane Society in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.  Personal condolences may be sent to the family at


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