Obituaries Brown Bennett Alexander Funeral Home

January 9, 2018

Ruea O. (Pendergraft) Thurston

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Ruea O. (Pendergraft) Thurston

Ruea Thurston, 96, of Cottonwood Falls died Monday, January 8, 2018 at the Sunset Manor in Waverly, KS. The daughter of Asa and Sybil Caroline (Hays) Pendergraft, Ruea Orissa was born August 2, 1921 in Bazaar, KS. She graduated from Strong City High School in 1939. She graduated from College of Emporia with a Bachelor of Science degree and a lifetime teaching certificate. She taught school before and after her marriage to Richard “Dick” Thurston on December 26, 1945 at her parents’ home east of Strong City. He preceded her in death December 13, 1993.

Ruea was a business teacher at Chase County High School District #284 for 40 years, retiring in May of 1989. She was active in the First Presbyterian Church, USA, the Presbyterian Women’s organization and served as a Sunday school teacher. She received the R.B. Russell Outstanding Business Teacher Award in 1986 sponsored by Delta Phi Epsilon which she was a member. She was inducted into The Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame in Dodge City June, 1990. She was a member of Business Professional Women and a Girl Scout leader.  November 1, 1992 was proclaimed Ruea Thurston Recognition Day by the City of Cottonwood Falls.  She was a member of Priscilla Club, Justamere Club, and bridge club. Ruea was president of Delta Kappa Gamma and a member of KNEA.

Ruea is survived by a daughter, Rita Dawson of Lebo; two grandsons: George Ray (Ehrin) Dawson and Ryan (Julie) Dawson; and two great grandsons: Wyatt Dawson and Owen Dawson. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

There will be a visitation Thursday, from 5:30 until 7:00 at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. A Witness to the Resurrection service will be Friday, January 12 at 2:00 at the First Presbyterian Church in Cottonwood Falls. Burial will follow in Bazaar Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to The Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame in Dodge City or to Camp Wood YMCA may be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Messages for the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

Dennis A. Walker

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Dennis A. Walker

Dennis Walker, age 72, of Emporia, KS died suddenly Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Newman Regional Health in Emporia. The son of Allen F. and Gladys (Jones) Walker, Dennis was born September 6, 1945 in Florence, KS. He graduated from Strong City High School in 1963.

Dennis drove a truck hauling cattle for many years. He retired from Branson Trucking. He was a member of ABATE-American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (a not-for-profit organization to improve motorcycle awareness, safety, and education). He enjoyed riding his bike with his favorite destinations being cafes in the surrounding areas. He spent hours reading and watching television.

Dennis is survived by two brothers: Darrell and Kevin Walker of Emporia and two sisters: Trudy Walker of Lawrence and Karen Pope of Gillette, WY. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Aaron Walker.

No services are planned at this time. Memorial contributions to ABATE may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.

Messages for the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

December 19, 2017

Mary R. Van Buren

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Mary R. Van Buren

Mary Van Buren, age 80, of Cottonwood Falls, formerly of Clements, died Friday, December 15, 2017 at the Chase County Care & Rehabilitation Center in Cottonwood Falls. The daughter of Paul and Rachel Irene (Cheesman) Stackley, Mary was born February 8, 1937 in Matfield Green. She graduated from Matfield Green High School.

She and Richard D. Van Buren were married July 5, 1955 in Florence, KS. He preceded her in death on November 12, 2013.

Mary was a homemaker and enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and embroidering. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cottonwood Falls.

She is survived by two sons: Gerald Van Buren and Richard Van Buren of Emporia; a daughter, Sandy Van Buren and her partner, Jim Carrillo of Clements; two sisters: Marjorie Scobee of Cottonwood Falls and Paula Fruci and her husband, Richard of Londonderry, NH; and two grandsons: James Van Buren and Tobias Van Buren. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Richard Stackley; and a sister, Wilma Hamilton.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held Thursday, December 21 at 2:00 P.M. at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. Inurnment of her cremains will be at a later date. There will be no visitation.

Memorial contributions to the Hand in Hand Hospice may be sent in care of the funeral home. Online messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

December 13, 2017

Daniel E. Klamm

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Daniel E. Klamm

Daniel E. Klamm, age 60, of Tulsa, OK, died Friday, December 8, 2017, at Hillcrest South Hospital in Tulsa. The son of Charles “Charley” and Carol (Remy) Klamm, Daniel Eugene was born September 18, 1957 in Emporia, KS. His family moved to Topeka and he graduated from Seaman High School in 1975.

He had a daughter from his marriage to Ruth Ann Oathout and a son from his marriage to Bettina Hunden. He was the owner and operator of his own company, Enviromed Services. He also enjoyed making homemade root beer as Doc Dan the Medicine Man. He was an active participant in the Ft. Washita, the Chase County Folk Life Festival, and many other historic reenactment and educational events, annually.

Dan attended the Core Church of the Nazarene in Broken Arrow, OK and his faith was very important to him. He was very proud of his family and spent as much time as he could with them. He was a skilled leather worker, creating things from bags to clothing. Dan was an outdoorsman and survivalist, who enjoyed sailing, scuba diving, fishing, and was a noted marksman. Many will remember him as a gifted harmonica player, and he also played the drums for the gospel group, The Messengers Quartet.

Dan is survived by his son, Joel Isaac Klamm and his partner, Alexandria, of Denver, CO; his daughter, Melissa Joy Wright and her husband, Terry, their children and his grandchildren: Taylor, Brett, and Baylor Wright of Topeka; his mother, Carol Klamm of Cottonwood Falls; two brothers: David Klamm and his wife, Regina, of Furley and Kenneth Klamm and his wife, Trish, of Topeka; a sister, Kaylene Campbell and her husband, Charles of Topeka. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Klamm.

A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, December 14, at 12:30 at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. Burial will follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions to Core Church of the Nazarene may be sent in care of the funeral, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Friends may leave messages for the family at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

December 4, 2017

Donald Orval “Don” Pracht

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Donald Orval Pracht

Donald “Don” Pracht, 86, of Cottonwood Falls, formerly of Wichita, KS died Friday, December 1, 2017 at the Chase County Care and Rehabilitation Center in Cottonwood Falls. Donald Orval, the son of Orval and Agnes (Bechelmayr) Pracht, was born April 27, 1931 at his parents’ home on Middle Creek in Chase County, KS. He graduated from Americus High School in 1950.

Donald served in the U.S. Army from April 1957 through March 1963. He and Lois Jean Kelsey were married in Marion on June 12, 1960. She preceded him in death on May 29, 2010. Don and Lois raised their family in Maize, KS.

He worked as a welder/fabricator for VIM Trailer Manufacturing for many years and retired from Brenner Tank . He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, watching sports and attending his grandchildren’s activities/sporting events.

He is survived by a son Jim Pracht and his wife, Michelle, of Wichita; a daughter: Sharon Esposito and her husband, Paul of Andover and another daughter from a previous marriage, Donna Jean Pracht. He is also survived by three brothers: Dan Pracht and his wife, Anna Mae, of Goddard, Dick Pracht and his wife, Martha, of Marion, and David Pracht of Grove, OK; two sisters: Pearl Wilt and Ethel Kufahl and her husband, Ron, both of Topeka; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Brunner; a brother-in-law, Junior Brunner; a sister-in-law, Vivian Pracht; and a brother-in-law, Rex Wilt.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held Friday, December 8 at 10:30 a.m., at the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church in Cottonwood Falls. Inurnment will follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery.

There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions to the Chase County Care and Rehab (specify Activities Department) or the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. Online condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

 

December 2, 2017

Robert McClory Stilley

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Robert McClory Stilley

Robert McClory Stilley, “Little Mac”, 64, Strong City, KS, entered into his eternal rest, November 22, 2017. Robert was born at Cedarvale, KS on January 27, 1953 to McClory Stilley and Linnie Isabel (Barber) Stilley.

During his younger years Robert lived at various residences in Southeast Kansas where his father worked as a quarryman. He attended Winfield High School and graduated from Chase County High School in 1971. He married Claudine Turner of Cottonwood Falls, KS in 1972. They later divorced. After high school Robert worked as a meat cutter for Iowa Beef Processors in Emporia, KS for 23 years and as a frozen food supervisor for EVCO Foods for 13 years.

He is survived by his mother, Linnie I. Stilley of Cottonwood Falls, KS, his children, Catherine Stilley, Kansas City, MO, Robert Stilley, Pennsylvania, brother William Kenneth Stilley, Cottonwood Falls, KS, sister Terry Dorsey and husband Scott, Fort Scott, KS, half-brother Donny Stilley and wife Kathleen, Auburn, CA, and half-sisters Dorothea Sieber, Nampa, ID, Shirley Palmer and husband Kenneth, Miami, OK. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, McClory Stilley in 1988, a half-sister Thelma Torres in 2014 and a half-brother James Stilley in 2015.

No services or memorial will be held at this time.

He bequeathed his body to the University of Kansas School of Medicine for teaching purposes. Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

November 23, 2017

Earl Elmer Bailey

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Earl Elmer Bailey

Earl Bailey, age 94, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, formerly of Park City, died Saturday, November 18, 2017, at the Chase County Care and Rehabilitation Center in Cottonwood Falls. Earl Elmer, the son of Pop and Iona (Mast) Bailey, was born May 24, 1923, in Emporia, KS. He was a high school graduate. He was extremely proud of serving his country as a U.S. Marine Corporal. He served during WW II and the Korean War. As a result of his action, he was awarded the Silver Star and received two Purple Hearts. He was a member the Marine Revolver Team.

Earl worked for the Sutton Ranch as the wildlife/game manager for many years. He retired from Fruehauf Trailer Manufacturing building semi-truck trailers and filling parts orders. Earl and Lola Brenton were married in Rogers, AK. She preceded him in death January 11, 1994.

He and Lola were both CB radio operators and CB Club members. His handle was Red Man and her handle was River Rat. They made many long-time friends through this connection attending CB Jamborees all over. As part of this organization, they spent time volunteering at the service area north of Wichita on Labor Day weekend passing out free donuts and coffee to travelers and wishing them a safe trip. He loved to camp, fish, and hunt and he shared all of these pastimes with his children and grandchildren. He had three favorite hunting dogs: Pistol, Vic, and Captain. In later years he took up woodworking building furniture, chess boards, and doll houses for his children and grandchildren. He had a passion for baseball, watching the Kansas City Royals anytime he was near a television.

He is survived by his step-son, Norman Wilson and his wife, Sue, of Strong City; a daughter, Louise Edwards of Ohio; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lola; son, Gary Bailey; brothers, Paul, Frank, and Farris Bailey; and a sister, Inez.

A celebration of life graveside service is Friday, November 24, at 2:00 at the Greenwood Cemetery in Eureka. Military honors will be presented by a U.S. Marine Funeral Detail. Memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls, KS. Online messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com or Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home on Facebook.

November 17, 2017

Trista LaShell (Benjamin) Smith

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Trista LaShell (Benjamin) Smith

Trista Smith, age 28, of Strong City, died Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Stormont Vail Health in Topeka, KS following a vehicle accident. The daughter of Richard Lee “Tex” and Mary Lisa (Michael) Benjamin, Trista was born on November 30, 1988, in Emporia, KS. She was a year younger than her classmates and was an honor student throughout her school years. In 2005, as an honor student Trista travelled with a People to People group to Australia. She graduated from Chase County High School in 2006. In high school she was a member of the National Honor Society and KAYS, participated in basketball and was a cheerleader. Trista attended Emporia State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. When she decided to do anything, she didn’t quit until she reached her goal. She and Kyle Smith were married June 20, 2009 in Saffordville. He preceded her in death on March 31, 2016. She and Dalton Johnson were engaged to be married.

Trista had worked as an administration assistant in the Emporia State University Copy Center and was currently working at the Chase County Elementary School as an inter-related paraprofessional. She loved being a mom and attending all her children’s activities. They raised animals and spent much time outside enjoying friends and family. She touched all those around her with her enthusiasm, infectious smile, and genuine caring. She was there for everyone who needed her. Because of her love and concern for others, she chose to donate her organs and tissues so others could live.

Trista is survived by her children, Chaz R. and Hunter P. Smith, and Ralissa M. Smith of Strong; parents, Tex and Mary of Toledo Township; brothers, Gus Benjamin (Morgan) and Trey Benjamin of Emporia and Garrett Benjamin (Caitlin) of Council Grove; grandmothers, Charlotte Benjamin of Emporia and Louise Michael of Topeka; fiancée, Dalton Johnson of Strong City; nephews: Layton Benjamin and Maddex Gurley; niece, Makinley Benjamin; and family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kyle and her grandfathers, Roy Benjamin and Paul Michael.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held Wednesday, November 22, at 2:00 in the Chase County Jr/Sr High School in Cottonwood Falls. There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions to the Kyle Smith’s Children’s Education Fund may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com or at Brown-Bennett-Alexander on Facebook.

 

November 15, 2017

Dolores N. (Maxwell) Mann

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Dolores N. (Maxwell) Mann

Dolores Mann, 84, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, formerly of Cedar Point, died Monday, November 13, 2017 at the Chase County Care and Rehabilitation Center in Cottonwood Falls. The daughter of Vernon and Lois (McAuley) Maxwell, she was born July 11, 1933, in Americus, KS. She graduated from Admire High School in 1951 and attended Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia where she earned her teaching certificate. She taught first and second grades at Cedar Point Grade School for five years.

Dolores and Richard Mann were married May 19, 1957 in Admire, KS. She and Richard farmed in the Cedar Point area before moving to Cottonwood Falls. She drove a school bus to Cedar Point and worked at Western Associates as a secretary for 23 years. Dolores was a member of the Homestead Church and the Friends Women (Quaker Bonnets) group and later the Elmdale United Methodist Church. She was a member of University Women and an extension unit. She and Richard spent many hours traveling and watching their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren play sports.

Dolores is survived by her husband, of the home; son, Tony Mann of Cottonwood Falls; daughters, Sonia Koslosky and John of Aurora, IL, and Tammy Jirak and Jeff of Marion; brother, Dean Maxwell of KC., MO; sisters, Sandra Schroeder of Cottonwood Falls and Judy Moore and Jim of Emporia; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Don Maxwell.

There will be a visitation Wednesday from 6 until 7:30 at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. A celebration of service will be held Thursday, at 1:00 at the Elmdale United Methodist Church in Elmdale with burial in Cedar Point Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to the Elmdale United Methodist Church or Alzheimer’s Association may be sent in care of the funeral home. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

October 26, 2017

PAUL IRVING MAGATHAN

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Paul Irving Magathan

Paul Irving Magathan was born on July 17, 1921, at home in rural Lyon County, Kansas, the only son and firstborn of four children to Emmett Monford Magathan and Frances Agnes (nee Rippert) Magathan. He attended Badger Creek country school, Sacred Heart Grade School and Emporia High School, graduating with the class of 1939. The same year, at the age of 18, he moved with his family to rural Clements in Chase County. He resided on the same land thereafter until his death on October 23, 2017 at the age of 96 in Cottonwood Falls.

On June 12, 1945, he married Lorena Marie Ludwig of Homestead at St. Anthony’s Church of Strong City. Paul and Lorena were married for 72 years. To this union were born five children: Emmett, Charles, Jo, Mary Ann, and Imogene., Except for his devotion to God through his Church and his love for Lorena, nothing was more important to Paul than his family. Nothing. At his death, he had 13 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. He loved them all and prayed for each daily.

Paul is survived by his wife, Lorena, of the home; his children: Emmett (Mary Beth) of Harvest, Alabama, Charles (Mary) of Cedar Point, Joe (Cheryl) of Peabody, Mary Ann (friend, Bernie Lundy) of Independence, Missouri, and Imogene (Mike Devlin) of Goddard; his sister, Patricia Stunkel (Bill) of Andover; and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Paul received many recognitions. He was quick to point out that none were possible without the help of Lorena and his children. The Magathans won the 1973 Chase County Banker’s Award and 1989 Chase County Conservation Award, all for exceptional conservation practices. They were the 1998 Chase County Farm Bureau Farm Family of the Year.

Paul and Lorena hosted more than 20 exchange students from many different countries.

Paul was very active in the Knights of Columbus, holding all council offices including that of Grand Knight.

 

The family will meet friends on Thursday, from 6:00 until 7:30, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. A Rosary will be recited on Friday, at 10:30 with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Emporia. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to St. Anthony Catholic Church may be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com or at Brown-Bennett-Alexander on Facebook.

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