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Evelyn Wykes

April 17, 1908 ~ July 4, 2015

Evelyn N. (Bobek) Wykes of Caldwell, Kansas, died Saturday, July 4, 2015 at Spring View Manor in Conway Springs, Kansas. She was 107 years old.

Evelyn was born the daughter of Edward and Bessie (John) Bobek on April 17, 1908, on the family farm 10 miles west of Caldwell. She attended Scott school and graduated from Caldwell High School in the Class of 1927.

She married James L. Wykes of Caldwell on June 6, 1927 in Derby, Kansas. They moved to California and to this union two daughters were born, Joyce and Marlene. They remained in California until 1958, when they returned to Caldwell, where they lived until their deaths.

Evelyn worked as a waitress and was head cook at the Caldwell Leisure Center until her retirement. She enjoyed the clubs she was a member of including the Czech Chapter, A.T.A. Aux., B.P.W., The Red Hat Club, Busy Hands Club, Senior Citizen Center and Arts and Crafts Guild. Her passions were cooking, gardening and family functions.

Survivors include her daughters, Joyce Heller of La Verne, CA and Marlene Savage of Caldwell, KS; grandson Craig Heller, CA; granddaughters Gayle (Heller) Cundari, CA; Ronda (Heller) Bakkedahl, CA; Cristy (Savage) Twombly, NE, Class of 1971; Cindy (Savage) Bailey, CO, Class of 1976; Laurie (Savage) Tomko, CA, Class of 1977; Jana Savage, CO, Class of 1979, 18 great grandchildren and 20 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Howard, William J. and Jack Bobek, her husband James L. Wykes and grandson Dale A. Savage, Class of 1974.

Service and interment will be July 9, 2015, in Covina, California.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Caldwell High School Alumni Association or Caldwell Senior Citizen Center.

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louise mcgregor

Family and Friends - 07/05/2015

what a long life our Evelyn lived. Now she is with my little momma ... they were such good friends... I have one of her throws on our bed and I think of her so often... she would hollow at me to stop and get magazines for momma.. then they were both in Goodrick home ... and don't forget busy hands... they loved that club.. now she is going to calif. she told me she was going back and now is .. love to all the family. louise and gary


Carol Bobek

Family and Friends - 07/06/2015

Through the years I enjoyed my friendship with Evelyn very much. She helped me keep track of the Bobek family history. What a strong person she was. She has touched many lives. My condolences to all the family members in Kansas and California.


Jessica Houseman

Family and Friends - 07/08/2015

Every time I saw my great grandma from the time I was five I remember my mom saying "go say goodbye to grandma, this may be the last time you see her" then when I became a mom and my kids were old enough I said the same thing to them. Eventually they just laughed like I did and thought she would always be around. I received the call this morning that she passed away in her sleep at the wise old age of 107. What an amazing life she had. I'm not going to be able to make the trip to California to see her put to rest, but I know even with her passing a part of her lives on and she will always be remembered.


Kathie Keown Henton

Family and Friends - 07/09/2015

Marlene, Joyce, Cristy, Gayle and families; Fond memories of Mrs. Wykes! So sorry for your loss; may your memories bring you comfort. You are in my thoughts and prayers.



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