History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Our History

For more than eighty years, our facility has been serving the Greenwood County community providing care, compassion and guidance for individuals in their time of need.

Lyle C. Baird

Lyle C. Baird

Our facility began in September 1934 as Baird Funeral Home owned and operated by Lyle C. Baird of Eureka.  Mr. Baird had come to Eureka in 1922, from La Junta, Colorado, with his wife, Verda, to operate the furniture department of the Evans Hardware and Furniture Company.   On their way from Colorado they stopped in Kansas City to purchase a new hearse and furniture for the "undertaking department."  The furniture and mortuary business separated in 1934, allowing Baird to build a new facility from a remodeled residence at our current location at 2nd and Oak Streets.  Mr. Baird was a native of Malvern, Iowa and a veteran of World War I.  Mr. Baird died on February 11, 1958.  (Photo taken September 15, 1934)

Baird, Leila Mae. "Lyle C. Baird." The History of Greenwood County, Kansas. Ed. Greenwood County Historical Society. Wichita, Kansas: Kelly Wright, Josten's Publications, 1986. 121. Print.

Elmer Wedelin 

With the retirement of Mr. Baird in 1950, the funeral home was sold to Elmer Wedelin, a native of the Climax area.  Mr. Wedelin had previously owned a mortuary in Topeka and thus was not new to the business.  The Wedelins had been residents of Greenwood County since 1900 when Elmer's father, Peter purchased a farm near Climax.  Elmer lived on the family farm until he decided to pursue a future in embalming in 1923.

Moore, Iveta. "Pete Wedelin Family." The History of Greenwood County, Kansas. Ed. Greenwood County Historical Society.  Wichita, Kansas: Kelly Wright, Josten's Publications, 1986.  355.  Print.

Francis Campbell

Francis Campbell

Francis Campbell purchased the funeral home from Elmer Wedelin in July of 1962.  At first he operated the funeral home as Baird-Campbell funeral home but eventually changed the name to Campbell Funeral Home.  He brought about a complete remodel and expansion of the funeral home into its current structure.  Campbell operated the funeral home for thirty years and was still one of the most respected members of the community for many years after his retirement.  Francis passed away on September 5, 2015.  (Photo taken 1974) In 1992, the funeral home was sold to the Kelley family, who owned and operated the Campbell-Kelley Funeral Home until 2002.

Clasen, Richard "Dick". "Funeral Home Changes Hands." The Eureka Herald [Eureka, Kansas] 1 Aug. 2002. Print.

Jayme & Sheila Koup

Jayme & Sheila Koup

Current owner, Jayme Koup, began working for Campbell-Kelley in 1995 and continued to do so until  2002.  At that time, Jayme, his wife, Sheila, and his mother, Norma purchased Campbell-Kelley Funeral Home  to open Koup Family Funeral Home.  The Koups replaced the carpet and furniture and began to bring the funeral home into the digital age.  Norma passed away July 19, 2012.  Jayme and Sheila, with two of their children, continue to operate the business today. (Photo taken July 20, 2010)

Our Valued Staff

  • Matthew W. Thompson

    Matthew W. Thompson Manager - Funeral Director/Embalmer

    He is married to Trystan, and they have three sons, Indy, Liam, and Lochlan. When he isn’t working at the funeral home, Matthew spends his time at Boy Scout and Cub Scout events and enjoying family and friends.

  • Sherry L. Stapleford

    Sherry L. Stapleford Office Manager - Assistant Funeral Director

    Our office manager, Sherry Stapleford, began working for Koup Family Funeral Home in March of 2015 and has already proven herself to be a valuable asset to the firm. As the office manager, Sherry stands on the front lines ready to assist anyone who might need it. She works side-by-side with the funeral directors in arranging and directing funerals, handling phone calls, greeting visitors at the door, maintaining the organization of the office, generating notices and folders, making various deliveries, and anything else we might need. Prior to her employment with the funeral home, Sherry spent much of her adult life working in the pharmaceutical industry as a Certified Pharmacy Technician. She is married to David and they have two daughters and four grandchildren, all of whom bring great joy to their lives.

  • Jayme  A. Koup

    Jayme A. Koup Funeral Director / Embalmer

    AS in Mortuary Science from Kansas City Kansas Community College 1995After working for the previous owner for seven years, Jayme, together with his wife, Sheila, and Norma Koup (his mother who is now deceased), purchased the funeral home in August of 2002. When he isn’t working as a funeral director/embalmer, Jayme enjoys spending time working at home raising chickens. In addition, he maintains a yearly garden and orchard where he grows fruits and vegetables, which he subsequently cans. Also an avid woodworker, one can often find Jayme working in his shop on a woodworking project. He and Sheila have three children and six grandchildren. Much of their time is spent enjoying family.

  • Sheila E. Koup

    Sheila E. Koup Bookkeeper

    Sheila Koup serves as Vice President and bookkeeper for the funeral home. She is responsible for payroll and accounting, as well as purchasing. In addition to her role at the funeral home, Sheila is a high school English teacher. Together with Jayme, she has one son and two daughters. They also have six grandchildren who provide countless hours of fun and enjoyment.