Alex Matthew Staton

On June 10, 2022, Alex Matthew Staton, loving husband, son, and brother passed away at the age of 30. Alex was born on July 26, 1991 in Salina, Kansas to Clayton and Fran Staton. He attended Sacred Heart High School where he excelled in Quiz Bowl and 4H. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2014, and he worked as a mechanical engineer for Kiewit Engineering until his death. Alex truly loved his job and was proud of the power projects he worked on. He married the love of his life, Bethany Eden Olson on September 18, 2021.

Alex was a loyal, loving, passionate man who never hesitated to lend a hand to someone in need. He was a skilled mechanic and woodworker who loved cars, especially his Mustang. He loved his family with all of his heart, and would do anything for them. He loved his wife Bethany, and spent countless hours with her traveling, working on their home, and adventuring outdoors with their puppy Echo. He liked to show his love for others by cooking for them. His specialties included mega breakfast, smoked meat, and sous vide steak. He enjoyed sharing his humor through memes and stories, and while he showed his love in many ways, one could always count on him to be there for them.

Alex was preceded in death by his grandparents, Buddie and Wanda Staton, Leo and Genrose O’Halloran, and Charles and Martha Nell Kingry. He is survived by his wife Bethany, his parents Clayton and Fran, his siblings, Becky (Rick) Commerford, Joseph (Megan) Kingry-Staton, Katherine (Charles) Stoltenberg, as well as his nieces and nephews Charlie, Jett, Elise, River, and Vivian. Father and mother-in-law David and Linda Olson, his wife’s siblings, James (Katie) Olson, Ben (Alison) Olson, Kent Olson, as well as her nieces and nephews, Luke, Hannah, Elizabeth, Rebekah, Sarah, Matilynn, Lexi, Grant, and Emmett Olson.

Visitation will be held from 5:00pm – 8:00pm on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence, KS, with a memorial service held at 7:00pm.

A Funeral Mass will be held 11:00am on Friday, June 17, 2022 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence, KS.

Memorial contributions may be made in Alex’s name to NuHope Services and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St. Lawrence, KS 66044.

33 Condolences

  1. Mutoloki Miyoba on June 13, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    My Heartfelt Condolences

  2. Amy Shane on June 13, 2022 at 5:06 pm

    Sending you, and all who loved Alex, hugs and prayers for peace. Know that I am holding you close in mine.
    Much love,
    Amy Shane

  3. Moira Beach on June 13, 2022 at 5:06 pm

    Oh, Beth, I am so sorry to read this news. May God give you peace as you remember the fun times together.

  4. Teresa Janzing on June 13, 2022 at 5:18 pm

    I am so sorry to read this! My heart aches for you , Beth , and all your family!!
    May you feel love and support surrounding you and giving you strength.

  5. Rod and Thyra Strate on June 13, 2022 at 5:35 pm

    We are so sad to hear of Alex’s passing-we loved him so much and will miss him like crazy. Alex had a giant heart and the most amazing smile! He would do anything for you at anytime day or night. We will always remember his very tight hugs he liked to give us!! Rest is peace sweet nephew-we will never forget you! Prayers for you Bethany and all of Alex’s family. We love you!!

  6. Sharon Babl on June 13, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    Beth. I loved that boy dearly. I am having trouble accepting this..My deepest sympathy to you and the rest of his family. Love, Grandma Babl

  7. Diane Ketola on June 13, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    Dear Fran and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. God bless and comfort you.

    Diane Ketola (cousin)

  8. Katrina Gray on June 13, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    Beth, sending Love and prayers to you and all of yours and Alex’s family. I always had such fun talking and joking with him. Such a smart and generous heart. God bless you all, Katrina Gray

  9. Calvin and Cathy Dobias on June 13, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Our sympathy to all of you. You are in our prayers. Calvin and Cathy

  10. Nikki Davenport on June 13, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    We are so sorry to hear about Alex. Sending you hugs and prayers during this difficult time. He was always smiling and a positive influence to the younger ones during our 4-H days. Our heartfelt sympathies, Nikki, Morgan and Nick Davenport

  11. Jeanne Johnson on June 13, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    Our sympathies to you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jeanne Johnson

  12. Pam Johnson on June 13, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    Fran Clayton Beckie Joe & Katie
    The Johnson family & Brechesien family are sending our deepest sympathies for the loss of Alex. We are heartbroken to hear this sad news and our thoughts & prayers are with you & may the Lord keep all of you in his loving arms & give you all the strength you need to get through these sad times
    Pam & Gary Johnson
    Chris Mindy Drake Kyler Kinleigh & Karlyn Brechesien

  13. Susan Braun on June 13, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family how heartbreaking this is for you hugs to you.Wayne and Susan Braun

  14. Caroline on June 13, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    I was lucky to work with Alex for a year on my first project at Kiewit. He was a hard worker, a team player, and he could always make us laugh with his dry sense of humor. He will be greatly missed. Sending all my best to Beth and Alex’s family.

  15. Fred Metzger on June 13, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    Fran and family, we were so sorry to hear about Alex. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God comfort and bless you.
    The Metzger and Brinkman families.

  16. Susan Rossman on June 13, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. May God hold you tight and help you find peace. All our Love, prayers, and hugs.
    Mark and Susan Rossman

  17. Pam Wetzel on June 13, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    Staton Family,

    We will sure miss Alex on the 4th of July at Strate’s annual sandpit gathering.

    Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

    Steve & Pam Wetzel

  18. Sam and Suzanne Welling on June 13, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    Bethany and Alex’s family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss! The first thing I saw when I opened up my Facebook this afternoon was your husband’s wonderful wedding picture and your mom’s words “We are heartbroken.” I immediately burst into tears. I am so sorry! It is so hard to understand why these things happen. Put your trust in our Heavenly Father to comfort you and eventually heal your heart. Love and prayers! Sam and Suzanne (Olson) Welling and family

  19. Aaron & Emily Chohon on June 13, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    Our most heartfelt condolences to you & all who loved Alex.
    Aaron & Emily Chohon

  20. Jacque Frye Webb on June 13, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    Heartbroken for your loss. Holding you up in prayer. Alex was always a very special neighbor boy.

  21. John Quinley on June 13, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    Your friendly smile will certainly be missed Alex! Our prayers are with you Bethany, and all of Alex’s family.

    John & Mary Quinley

  22. Bryan on June 14, 2022 at 7:23 am

    Friend, there are no words for something as heartbreaking as this. I wish you didn’t have to know this pain. We never would have felt ready to say good-bye to someone as special as Alex, but this timing feels especially tough. Sending you and both families comfort and strength for the days and weeks ahead. I will be keeping you in my warmest thoughts as you navigate this difficult time, and wishing you hope and healing when you’re ready.

  23. Linda Wismar on June 14, 2022 at 10:56 am

    To Bethany and Family,
    We are heart broken to hear of Alex’s passing. Our prayers are with you and our entire family. Alex was such a loving, kind and helpful person. Full of joy. We will all miss him greatly!! Walt and Linda Wismar

  24. Rachelle King on June 14, 2022 at 11:52 am

    Fran, Clay, and Family…my heartfelt sympathy on the death of Alex. My best friend assisted in opening the door at Kiewit. I heard he was an asset to the company! I know he loved his Mustang, as I do mine. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

  25. Tressa & Tim Heyde on June 15, 2022 at 8:35 am

    Fran, Clayton & Family,

    So very sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all the family. God Bless.

  26. Elaine Gross on June 15, 2022 at 1:53 pm

    Fran, Clay, and Family:
    I am at a loss for words to express my feelings to all of you. Knowing Alex from childhood brings to light a fair-haired, smiling, energetic little guy who grew in to a young man who was gifted in so many ways. We all will miss him. May you all find strength in each other. Always……Elaine Gross

  27. Tarry Weese on June 15, 2022 at 3:04 pm

    I am so sorry to hear that Alex passed away. He was such a
    wonderful student for me at Sacred Heart and he loved
    Scholars Bowl SO much.

  28. Edward March on June 15, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    Fran, Clay and Bethany
    I am deeply saddened by the loss of Alex. He was a wonderful “hands-on” engineer. I will cherish memories of Alex for the knowledge and enthusiasm he conveyed about his projects. The technical discussions we had were always a delight. May he remain in God’s peace.
    With love, Edward

  29. Jan Woita & family on June 16, 2022 at 12:19 pm

    Beth, to you, your family, and Alex’s family,
    When they say “words cannot convey our sincere condolences”, this must be what they are talking about. Losing someone so young, loving, smart, and good just shouldn’t happen to any wife or family. During these hard times hold on tight to all those memories and good times, lean hard on friends and family, and always turn to God to help you through this heartbreaking time. When those who are there for you say call me if you need anything, just call them…they are there to help.
    Our family is so very sorry for your heartbreaking loss…

  30. Ron n Karen Stelter on June 17, 2022 at 10:07 am

    Clay and Fran
    We can express how much sympathy there is for your loss. Karen and I would be there but for Karen’s mother passing yesterday morning. Hugs and prayers to your family ❤️❤️

  31. Lindsay Buck on June 17, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    Dear Katie,

    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your brother. May his memory be a blessing to all he knew.

    My deepest condolences to the family,
    Lindsay Buck

  32. Dennis and Roxanne Ryan on July 12, 2022 at 7:17 am

    Sending our deepest sympathy and prayers to all the family. May God wrap his loving arms around you and give you comfort and peace.
    Love and prayers,
    Dennis and Roxanne Ryan, Havranek and Gotschall families.

  33. Jim Rostine on August 4, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    Dear Clay and Fran, so sorry to learn of your son’s passing.
    May God comfort you in this difficult time, and may you find comfort and solace in the memories you have made during his lifetime.

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