Coffeyville Celebrities

Wendell Willkie
Wendell Willkie, who was defeated by Franklin Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election, taught school in Coffeyville.

Walter (Big Train) Johnson
Walter (Big Train) Johnson, former Washington Senators pitcher and one of the first inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame, lived in Coffeyville during the off-season.

Reb Russell
Reb Russell, early western movie star, called Coffeyville home.

Johnny Rutherford
Johnny Rutherford, race car driver and winner of the Indianapolis 500, was born in Coffeyville.

Gary Busey & Buster Douglass
Gary Busey, movie and television actor, attended Coffeyville Community College as did Buster Douglass, former heavyweight boxing champion.

Verna Hall Linzey

Verna Hall Linzey, starred in the major motion film "Iniquity," sang The Rose for the Soundtrack, and received a Gold Record Award for her album Oh Blessed Jesus. She was born in Coffeyville.

Phillip W. Ehart

Phillip W. Ehart, drummer in the rock band Kansas, was born in Coffeyville.