12.05.16

HELEN L. (BRECHT) GREEN JOHNSON

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Helen L. (Brecht) Green Johnson

Helen Green Johnson, age 97, died Friday, December 2, 2016 at Chase County Care & Rehabilitation at Cottonwood Falls, KS. The daughter of Henry C. and Martha (Wehrenberg) Brecht, Helen was born November 18, 1919 at the family home on Rock Creek Road in the Bazaar area of Chase County. She graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1937. She and Howard C. Green were married on June 9, 1941 in Emporia. He preceded her in death on July 22, 1976.

She and Howard Johnson were married November 2, 1991 and he preceded her in death on April 15, 2006.

Helen worked as a cook for the Strong City Grade School and at Newman Hospital prior to her retirement. Helen was a lifetime member of Grace Lutheran Church and a member of the Lutheran Ladies Aid. She loved having her family together, enjoyed walking, and spent much time making embroidery and ceramic gifts for her family. Helen sang and enjoyed dancing, especially square dancing. She traveled to Hawaii and Canada and even rode motorcycles.

Helen is survived by her son, Barry Green (Carol) of Shawnee; two daughters: Judith Gordon and Angie Thompson (Tom) of Strong City; a daughter-in-law, Ruth Green of Elmdale; a brother, Wayne Brecht (Nellie) of Crane, MO; two sisters: Ella Mae Schroer of Strong City and Selma Nelson of Bolivar, MO;  15 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; a son, Gerald Green; three brothers: Henry, Martin, and Milton Brecht; two sisters: Anna Bastin and Lena Rucker; and three grandchildren: Cindy and Darryl Gordon and Jake Thompson.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11:00 at Grace Lutheran Church in Strong City. No visitation is planned. The family will have a private family committal service in Strong Township Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to Grace Lutheran Church, the Strong City Park Project, or the Chase County Senior Center may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Online messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

 

11.26.16

GLADYS FAYE (BALDWIN) BIGGS

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GLADYS F. (BALDWIN) BIGGS

Gladys Faye Biggs died in her pink robe, Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at home in the presence of her two daughters, a granddaughter, and the Holy Spirit. She was one of seven daughters born to Clara and Charles Baldwin on January 1, 1921 in Potwin, KS. She lived her early years in the Potwin and Oxford areas of Kansas. She was raised by an older sister and husband, Mae and Jim Robbins, after the death of her father when she was 11. She graduated from Oxford Rural High School in 1938 and El Dorado Junior College. She is the last of an era of strong generation women who had a strong work ethic.

She married Howard Biggs on October 11, 1940 and had three children: Sharon, Sue, and Larry. After Howard’s death on March 23, 1997 Gladys moved to Cottonwood Falls from their home outside Strong City. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Strong City, the Methodist Women’s group, and the Hillside Country Club. When her children were younger, she was one of the sponsors of MYF. She sold Avon for many years and won many awards in this regard. She always had a huge garden and was half of the Biggs & Biggs farming team. She was a good cook and made the best orange rolls.

She is survived by her two daughters: Sharon French of Georgetown, TX, and Sue Mountain of Cottonwood Falls; seven grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Larry Biggs.

A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday at 10:30 at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. Burial will follow at 2:00 P.M. in the McGill Cemetery in Potwin. There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions to the Chase County Senior Center may be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

11.17.16

HARRY HOUSTON HEMBREE

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HARRY HOUSTON HEMBREE

Harry Hembree, age 87, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Sunday, November 13, 2016, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia, KS. The son of Harry G. and Letha Ann (Porter) Hembree, Harry Houston was born August 10, 1929, in Springfield, MO. He graduated from high School in Springfield in 1947 and completed some college hours. He and Jerry Lou Rice were married April 30, 1949, in Seguin, TX.

During the following years, he worked for Johns Manville, a commercial pipe insulation company, in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, OK, and in Houston and San Antonio, TX. as a bids, submission manager for commercial accounts. He was a member of the First Methodist Church in Cottonwood Falls and a previous member of the Rotary Club in Tulsa.   He was an avid golfer and would play golf in any weather.

Harry is survived by his wife, Jerry Lou, of the home; four daughters: Patricia Leigh Sandidge of LaMarque, TX, Sharon Kay Clute (Richard) of Cottonwood Falls, Carol Sue Boshears (Bill) of Oak Harbor, WA, and Tammy Jean Ginn (Randy) of Longview, TX; a sister, Charlotte Patricia Brewer of Galveston, TX; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Wayne Hembree; and a sister, Martha Lou Dingman.

There will be a private, family gathering following cremation. Memorial contributions to the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Online messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.         

 

11.09.16

BERNICE B. (PRITCHETT) JOHNSON

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BERNICE B. (PRITCHETT) JOHNSON

Bernice Johnson, 90, of Cottonwood Falls, formerly from Strong City, died Sunday, November 6, 2016, at Chase County Care & Rehabilitation in Cottonwood Falls. The daughter of Harry and Sarah (Pyle) Pritchett, Bernice was born February 28, 1926, in Homestead Community, KS. She graduated from Strong City Rural High in 1944. She and Roy Johnson were married June 7, 1944, in Newton, KS. They celebrated 55 years of marriage prior to his death on June 13, 1999.

Bernice worked as a waitress in local restaurants and was a cook at the nursing home in Cottonwood Falls. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and volunteered at the Chase County Senior Center until her health started failing. She and Roy played cards with other couples and they enjoyed their children’s sporting events.

She is survived by her son, Doug Johnson (Lynette) of Emporia; her brother, Harry “Jr” Pritchett (Lucille) of Newton; her sister, Norma Bjorge (Darwin) of Lake Ozark, MO; 15 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three daughters: Linda Sue Garr, Myrla Dawn Nigh, and Lela Ann Smith; two sisters: Faye Holderman and Thelma Swift; and one grandson: Darrin Counseller.

A celebration of life service will be held Friday, November 11, at 11:00, at the First Baptist Church in Cottonwood Falls with burial in Strong City Cemetery. The visitation will be held Thursday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the First Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions to the Chase County Senior Center or to the First Baptist Church may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Online messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

 

10.25.16

WILLIAM TERRANCE “BILL” LAMEY

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WILLIAM T. LAMEY

Bill Lamey, age 72, of Elmdale, KS, died Wednesday, October 19, 2016, in a two vehicle accident on US Highway 50 just east of Strong City, KS. The son of Karl, Jr. and Nettie (Harmon) Lamey, William Terrance was born December 7, 1943, in Titusville, PA. and graduated from Titusville High School.

He was a self-employed truck driver until his retirement. He and Kathleen Bedow were married and to that union were born three children: Billy, Karey, and Stacy before they divorced. He and Donna (Barby) Starks were married May 4, 2006, in Miami, OK. She preceded him in death on July 3, 2016.

Bill loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter. He spent time rebuilding antique cars.

Bill is survived by one son: Billy Lamey (Michelle) of Greensburg, PA; two daughters: Karey Burton of Atlanta, KS and Stacy Long (Rob) of Charlotte, NC; one brother: Rev. Karl Lamey (Sharyn) of Titusville, PA; four grandchildren: Wil Lamey, Jordan, Alexis, and Sydney Long, and Payton Burton; one step-son, Brad Starks (Pam) of Blue Jacket, OK; three step-daughters: Beth Vogel (Alan) of Wright, KS, Cathy Schlup (Steve) of Cottonwood Falls, and Jayne Mayes (Mike) of Matfield Green, KS; 10 step-grandchildren; and 16 step-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters: Debbie McCandless and Karol McClellan.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held Wednesday, at 11:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. A service will be held in Titusville at a later date.

Bill has been cremated. In lieu of flowers, please give to the memorial. Memorial contributions to the Chase County All Veterans Memorial may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Online condolences may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

10.16.16

JAMES RUSSELL THURSTON

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JAMES “JIM” RUSSELL THURSTON

Jim Thurston, 79, of Burdick, KS, died Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls. The son of Edward C. and Osha (Jack) Thurston, Jim was born February 5, 1937, in Chase County, KS. He graduated from Elmdale High School in 1955 and attended two years of college at Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia. He and JoAnn Buchman were married November 24, 1957, at the United Methodist Church in Elmdale, KS.

Jim was an entrepreneur, founding Round-up Enterprises in Hillsboro, KS, and Round-up Tank Co in Big Spring, TX, engaged in manufacturing oil field storage tanks and related products. He was a member of the Elmdale United Methodist Church, the Hillboro Development Corporation, and the American Welding Society. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. Jim was a lover of nature and animals, especially his dogs. Over the years there were many: Max, Bloopie, Yogi, Trapper John, and most recently, Sam.

He is survived by his wife; two sons: Lou (Lori) Thurston of Hillsboro and Kirk (Angela) Thurston of Harper; two daughters: Debra (Terry) Scott of Allen, TX and Marty Thurston and Wayne Criger of Plano, TX; a sister, Charlotte Dawson of Marion; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers: Prentice Thurston and Charles Thurston.

Cremation is planned. There will be a service at a later date. Interment of his cremated remains will be in Prairie Grove Cemetery, near Cottonwood Falls, at a later date.

Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolences may be left online at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

10.09.16

DONALD WESLEY STAFFORD

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DONALD WESLEY STAFFORD

Don Stafford, 91, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Friday, October 7, 2016, at his home. The son of Cecil and Mildred (Reed) Stafford, Donald was born August 2, 1925, in Topeka, KS.

He graduated from Tipton High School in 1943 and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.

He and Elizabeth Ann Ellis were married November 10, 1978, in Miami, OK.

Don was a farmer and later worked construction building bridges and doing carpentry jobs, including work on a Madison school building and Village School. His employment, before he retired in 1990, was as janitor/landscape/handyman at EVCO Foods.

Don was a member of the Flint Hills Community Church and a lifetime member of VFW Post 1980 in Emporia. He enjoyed tinkering with small vehicles such as golf carts and his 1943 Ferguson tractor. His pride and joy was his 1982 Chevrolet pickup. He spent many hours outdoors mowing and helping with the flowerbeds in the yard. Don loved his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Liz, of the home; four daughters: Linda Lyne of Boise, ID, Ces Mallon and Sheila Stafford of Salina, and Les Finley (Randy) of Libby, MT; two step-sons:

Lloyd Taylor (Nancy) of Lincoln, NE and Tom Taylor (Colleen) of Chanute; one step-daughter, Valerie Garrison of Ottawa; numerous grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Patricia Johnson; his parents; a brother, Galen Stafford; and three sisters: Marlene Johnson, Merne Willard, and Glenda Fowler.

A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, at 11:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home.  A private, family burial in the Cottonwood Cemetery near Emporia will follow with military honors presented by a U.S. Navy Funeral Detail. There will be no visitation.

Memorial contributions to the Chase County Senior Center may be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolences may be left online at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

09.29.16

BRIAN C. GALENTINE

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BRIAN C. GALENTINE

Brian C. Galentine, age 69, of rural Cottonwood Falls, KS died Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, KS. The son of Howard F. and Ida Mae (Chandler) Galentine, Brian Chandler was born May 10, 1947, in Kingsport, TN.

He graduated from Cheney High School in 1965 and attended Machinist School in Wichita before enlisting in the U.S. Army.

He and Beverly Jo (Stroud) Mayes were married October 6, 1971, in Miami, OK.

Brian was an owner/operator truck driver and a machinist. He was a member of the Cheney United Methodist Church. He was also a lifetime member of the American Angus Association, the Owner Operator Independent Truckers Association, and the National Rifle Association. Brian was a member of the Flint Hills Association.

He is survived by his wife and his four-legged baby, Lulu, of the home; a son, Mike Mayes (Jayne) of Matfield Green; a daughter, Shannon Covert (Alan) of Matfield Green; two grandchildren: Josh Mayes (Katie) of Matfield Green and Emily Schoneberg (Cameron) of Cottonwood Falls; three great-grandchildren: Cayden Schoneberg and Axel and Oakley Mayes; three brothers: Shane Galentine of Emporia, Jay Hickman (Twila) of Shawnee, and Ron Hickman (Kathy) of Davenport, OK. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Sharon (Hickman) Love and her husband, Joe Love; Irene Thomas, biological mother; Garnett Betts, adorable mother-in-law; and Maynard, his little four-legged buddy.

There are no services planned at this time. Brian has been cremated. Inurnment in Bazaar Cemetery will be at a later date. Memorial contributions to the Blood and Marrow Transplantation Center at KU Medical Center or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Messages to the family may be left online at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

09.26.16

EUGENE EARL TALKINGTON

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Eugene Earl Talkington

Eugene Talkington, 95, of Matfield Green, KS, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2016 at his home. Eugene Earl was born on July 5, 1921 in Olpe, moving to the Matfield Green area at the age of 2. He was the 3rd of seven brothers born to Ralph Kenneth and Margaret Mockery Talkington.

Eugene graduated from Matfield Green High School in 1941. He worked for Boeing in Wichita before being drafted in WWII. He served in France and Germany with the Army’s 7th Regiment 3rd Division Company B. After the war, Eugene returned to Matfield Green where he farmed and ranched for the rest of his life.

Eugene served on the Matfield Green School Board and was a member of the Pork Producers. He attended the Flint Hills Community Church.

Eugene married Mary Ellen Anderson in 1955. They divorced and he married Marcella Hollar in 1971. She preceded him in death in 1989.

He liked to fish, hunt, and entertain his children and grandchildren. He was always in “perpetual motion”.

Eugene is survived by one son, Keith Talkington of Matfield Green; four daughters: Susan Dryden of Newkirk, OK, Shirley Collins (Dennis) of Strong City, Nancy Brewer (Doyle) of Ponca City, OK, and Judy Wagner (Mike) of El Dorado; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren, and his best friend, Delores Conley. He was preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter, Jody Lea; and his six brothers: Donald, Harold, Merton, Charles, June, and Wilbur.

A celebration of life service will be held Friday, at 1:00 P.M., at the Flint Hills Community Church in Cottonwood Falls. Burial, with military honors, will follow in the Matfield Green Cemetery. The visitation will be Thursday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the church.

Memorial contributions to the Chase County Fair Association or the USD 284 FFA (Future Farmers of America) may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Messages may be left online at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

09.22.16

WAYNE LEE SCHWILLING

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WAYNE LEE SCHWILLLING

Wayne Schwilling, 82, of Strong City, KS, died Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at Wesley Medical Center. The son of Joseph V. and Esther (Twining) Schwilling, Wayne was born December 13, 1933, in Burns, Kansas. He graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1952, and served in the U.S. Army following graduation.

He and Alexia Gibb were married September 14, 1957. She preceded him in death on November 18, 1974. Wayne and Sue Cox were married December 24, 1975, in Wichita, KS.

Wayne worked for Quality Chevrolet in Wichita for 22 years, Jarvis Motor Company for two years, and Longbine Auto Plaza in Emporia, as a service writer and assistant service manager, from 1984 until he retired in 2000. He was a member of the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church and the Cottonwood Falls Country Club.   He played golf in the summer and was a member of the bowling league during the winter. He loved spending time with his family and playing mexican train dominoes and visiting at the Chase County Senior Center. He was a farmer who enjoyed driving his tractor.

Wayne is survived by his wife, of the home; one daughter, Cynthia L. Kelsheimer (Ron) of Strong City; two step-sons: Kevin Cox (Rachel) of Kansas City, MO and J.R. Cox (Clarissa) of Augusta; a brother, Harry Schwilling (Dee) of Wichita; two sisters: Bernice Weamer of Kansas City, KS and Shirley Cowdrey of Olathe, KS; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his four brothers: Howard, Lyle, Marvin, and Russell; one half-brother, Joseph, Jr.; and three half-sisters: Dorothy Wagner, Janette Duke, and Mary Shehan.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, at 11:00 A.M., at the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church. Cremation will follow the service with burial in Strong City Cemetery at a later date. There will be a visitation Friday, from 6:00 until 7:30, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions to the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church or the Cottonwood Falls Country Club may be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Messages may be left online at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

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