Elizabeth Ellen (Childs) Crawford
Elizabeth Crawford, age 97, of Cottonwood Falls, KS died Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Chase County Care & Rehabilitation in Cottonwood Falls. The daughter of Chauncey and Pearl (Green) Childs, Elizabeth was born March 7, 1919 in Elmdale, KS. She graduated from Elmdale High School in 1937 and attended two years of training at Wichita Business School.
Elizabeth and Carson Crawford were married June 25, 1939 in Wichita, KS. He preceded her in death on January 26, 2009. They farmed in Marion County, west of Florence until their retirement in 2000 when they moved to Cottonwood Falls. She was a homemaker and attended Elmdale United Methodist Church. She was the state treasurer for the Women’s Christian Temperance Union for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her family.
Elizabeth is survived by two sons: Michael C.(Arlene) Crawford of Topeka and Mark L.(Marianna) Crawford of Moundridge; a daughter, Deborah K.E. Crawford of Colorado Springs, CO; a sister, Helen Dull of Cottonwood Falls; a sister-in-law, Ruth Childs of Cottonwood Falls; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Philip S. Crawford; brother, Wayne Childs; and sister, Leola Evans.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, at 2:00 P.M. at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. Burial will follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery.
There will be no formal visitation. Memorial contributions to Newman Regional Health Foundation may be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Online condolences may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
Richard C. Stackley
Richard Stackley, 82, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Diversicare of Council Grove. The son of Paul and Rachel Irene (Cheesman) Stackley, Richard was born July 18, 1934 at Burns, KS. He graduated from Matfield Green High School in 1953 and he served in the U.S. Army.
He and Myrna L (Cleaver) were married March 12, 1960 in the Baptist Church in Homestead Community, KS. He worked as a field auditor for Williams Natural Gas for 48 years, retiring in 1996. He was a member of the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and woodworking.
Richard is survived by his wife, of the home; two sons: Donald Stackley of Emporia, KS and Byran (Michele) Stackley of Cottonwood Falls a daughter, Chyenne Pauley; three sisters: Marjorie Scobee and Mary Van Buren of Cottonwood Falls and Paula (Richard) Fruci of Londonderry, NH; six grandchildren: Paul (Heather) Stackley, Adam (Madison) Hunt, Marie (Treaver) Johnson, Brooke Young, Joshua Stackley, Sharanda Stackley, Corbin Newton, and Chase Pauley; and nine great-grandchildren: Tristen, Alliegh, Gracie, Braylon, Amelia, Trinity, Tatum, Grayson, and Caleb. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Wilma Hamilton; and a brother, Paul Stackley.
A visitation will be Tuesday, from 6:00 until 7:30 at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. A celebration of life memorial service will be held Wednesday, at 3:00 at the funeral home. His cremains will be scattered by his family at a later date.
Memorial contributions to the Chase County Senior Center or Diversicare of Council Grove may be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Online messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
Charles F. “Charley” Klamm
Charles Klamm, 85, of Cottonwood Falls, KS died Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at his home. The son of Ralph H. and C. Mildred (Greene) Klamm, Charles was born September 23, 1931 at home near Cottonwood Falls. He graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1949 and from College of Emporia in 1953 with a BS degree in biology and a minor in Theology. He served in the U.S. Army where he was a Chaplain’s Assistant from 1953 until 1955. He married Carol J. Remy December 3, 1955 in Strong City.
Charles was employed as a photographer with the Kansas Highway Commission from 1961 until 1978. From 1978 until his retirement in 1992, he was employed as a Forensic Photographer for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. He was active in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He and his wife, Carol, have owned and operated the Fiber Factory in Cottonwood Falls for 21 years.
He was a lifetime member of the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church and a member of the Zeredatha Chapter of the Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. He was the past president of the Kansas Division of the International Association for Identification, past director of the Cottonwood Falls Airport, and past president of the Chase County Historical Society. Charles has served on the Cottonwood Falls Council including when the Cottonwood Falls Bridge was restored, the Board of Directors for North Central Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging, and the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway Committee from 1996 until 2016. He was a founder and organizer of the Folk Life Festival for the past 12 years and it continues today. He was a member of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association. He cleaned many of the sidewalks of Cottonwood Falls following snowfalls.
He is survived by his wife, Carol, of the home; three sons: David (Regina) Klamm of Furley, Daniel Klamm of Tulsa, OK, and Kenneth (Trish) Klamm of Topeka; one daughter, Kay (Charles) Campbell of Topeka; one sister, Loeva Bernard of Manhattan, NY; eight grandchildren: Melissa (Terry) Wright, Christopher (Danielle) Klamm, Joshua (Heather) Klamm, Bradley Klamm, Benjamin Klamm, Joel Klamm, Alexander Deiter, and Quinlin Deiter; and five great-grandchildren: Taylor, Brett, and Baylor Wright and Weston and Adeline Klamm. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration of life service will be held Monday, at 2:00 at the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church with burial in Prairie Grove Cemetery. A visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 until 6:00 at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions to the Chase County Historical Society or the Chase County Senior Center may be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Online condolences may be expressed at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
Florence Jeannine (North) Cooper
The family of Florence Jeannine (North) Cooper, 83, announces the passing of this special woman on January 20, 2017 at her home in Toledo Township, KS. She will be missed.
She was born to Stanley Jackson and Lucile Virginia (Albin) North on July 29, 1933 in their home on the Chase/Lyon County Line Road, two miles east of Saffordville. She started school at Pleasant Hill Grade School, but transferred to Saffordville Grade School when her folks moved to that community. She graduated from Toledo Township High School in 1950.
Jeannine attended Kansas State Teachers College for one year and then worked for two years at the Kansas Methodist Home for Children in Newton, KS. She served as secretary, tutor, and accompanied the Home’s choir when they sang at various events.
On May 24, 1953 she married Edgar Vinson (Puncher) Cooper of Grandview. They moved to San Diego, CA to live while he finished his tour of duty in the Navy. In 1955, they moved back and lived in the Saffordville area raising kids, horses, crops and helping neighbors the rest of their lives.
Music was a part of her life since childhood. She led the choir and played the organ and piano for the services at Saffordville United Methodist Church for over 60 years. Jeannine played at numerous gathering, weddings, Christmas programs and funerals. She gave piano lessons and played at the rest homes in this area.
She wrote a column with the local news for the Chase County Leader News for several years. She was employed at the Chase County Nursing Center as an aid and then as Social Director for 10 years. She worked at Newman Regional Health for 15 years before retiring in 2004. For over 25 years Puncher, Jeannine and their family and friends held the annual production sale of foundation bred quarter horses.
She is survived by her children: Nancy (Joe) Holland of Redlands, CA, Janet (Larry) Cannon of Emporia, Wanda (Carey) Macy of Alta Vista and James (Michielle) Cooper of Emporia; her sister, Corinne (Hank) Wilson of Emporia; sister-in-law, Ann North of Cottonwood Falls; local cousins, Edith Garrison of Saffordville and Robert (Jolynn) Sweet of Emporia; 11 grandchildren: Benjamin Holland, Daniel Holland, Dakoka (Sylvia) Whitaker, Cheyann Whitaker, Denver (Jennifer) Whitaker, Cory (Jessica) Cannon, April (Joe) Tucker, Angela (John) Parriott, Cody Cannon, Colter (Megan) Macy, and Coy (Geneva) Macy; 16 great-grandchildren: Daniel Whitaker, India, Dakota, and Ireland Swain-Whitaker, Cooper and Caitlynn Whitaker, Kaden Bender, Joseph, Alexandria, and Camden Cannon, EV Cannon and Brooklyn Tucker, Wyatt Parriott, Castan and Cutter Macy, and Cambrie Macy; one aunt, many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by Puncher, her husband of over 50 years; her parents and second mom, Mildred I. (Sweet) North; her brother, William Thomas (Bill) North; one daughter, Lu-beth Cooper Whitaker and one niece, Lisa Ann Wilson Miller.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, January 28, 2017, 11:00 at the Saffordville United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery in Toledo Township.
A visitation will be held Friday, from 6-7:30 at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Saffordville United Methodist Church Music Fund may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
David Simmons, age 67, of Elmdale, KS died suddenly Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, KS. The son of Robert Lyel and Mary Bell (Johnson) Simmons, David Lyle was born April 6, 1949 in Independence, KS. He graduated from Eureka High School in 1967 and attended Allen County Community College. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
David and Debra S. Fritch were married December 21, 1968 in Carthage, MO.
He was employed as a jailer at the Chase County Detention Center. He enjoyed spending time with his family and reading western novels.
David is survived by his wife, Debra, of the home; two sons: David Simmons, II (Theresa) and Joshua Simmons and his fiancée, Misty, both of Elmdale; a daughter, Sarah Parker (Kevin) of Springfield, MO; a brother, Robert Simmons (Sandy) of Yates Center; two sisters: Loretta Hershberger (Lyman) of Toronto and Marcia McNitt (Gordon ) of Yates Center; seven grandchildren: Andrea Annette Jackson, Matthew Wade Simmons, Cody Joe Parker, Tyler James Parker, Tagan Michelle Ward, Talan Terry Ward, and Ally Rea Simmons; and one great-grandchild, Oliver Scott Jackson. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, LeVern Simmons.
The visitation will be Friday, from 6 until 7:30, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. A graveside celebration of life service will be held Saturday, January 14, at 2:00 at the Elmdale Cemetery. A U.S. Army detail from Fort Riley will present military honors.
Memorial will be designated at a later date. Please make checks payable to Debra Simmons and sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.
John L. “Jack” Potter
John L. Potter, age 67, of Allen, KS died Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at his residence in Allen. The son of William H. and Katherine (Marlett) Potter, John Lynn was born January 23, 1949 in El Dorado, KS. He married Beverly A. Kissell December 11, 1982 in Rockvale, CO.
John was a life time self-employed roofing contractor and also a co-owner of a construction company. He was an avid Denver Broncos fan and enjoyed golfing, fishing and yard work.
John is survived by his wife Beverly of the home; sons Tony Potter of Kansas City, KS, Tyson Brammell (Karen) of Bradford, VT, Artie Potter of Florence, CO and John L. Potter (April) of Allen; daughter Kana Johnson (Calvin) of Chelsea, VT; brothers Dan Potter (Barbara) of Cunningham, Rick Potter of Allen; sisters Joyce Buckridge (John) of Americus and Donna Slade of Allen; 16 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, son Michael Todd Potter; brothers Bill and Les Potter and sister Marla Fulkerson.
A celebration of life service will be held Friday at 11:00 at the Flint Hills Community Church with burial following at Prairie Grove Cemetery, Cottonwood Falls. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 6:00 until 7:30 at the church in Cottonwood Falls. The family is respectfully asking for donations toward the funeral expenses which may be sent to Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Online messages may be left at brown-bennett-alexander.com.
Lois I. (Osborne) Hannigan
Lois I. Hannigan, age 85, of Cottonwood Falls, KS died Monday, December 12, 2016 at Chase County Care & Rehabilitation Center in Cottonwood Falls, KS. Lois was a long time Miller, KS resident. The daughter of William G. and Margaret Ann Nettie (Bolinder) Osborne, Lois was born March 7, 1931 at the family farm near Admire, KS. She graduated from Admire High School and married Patrick M. Hannigan March 16, 1957 in Emporia. He preceded her in death in 1985.
Lois worked at a bank in Wichita prior to her marriage. She was a homemaker until her husband’s death when she went to work at Burlingame Apparel. She moved to Cottonwood Falls in 2000 and worked at several local restaurants until her retirement. Lois attended the Miller United Methodist Church, and enjoyed gardening, cooking, canning, sewing and embroidery.
Lois is survived by her sons Kevin Hannigan (Lynnette) of Strong City and Myron Hannigan (Amelia) of Lawrence; sister Arlene Hopper of Emporia; grandchildren Kyle Hannigan(Emily) and Kelly Hannigan, and a great granddaughter Ellis Hannigan. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and four sisters Gerry Jones, Wilma Conway, Helen Redeker and Dorothy Goodell.
A celebration of life service will be held Friday, December 16 at 11:00 at the Miller United Methodist Church, Miller, KS and burial following at Ivy Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, December 15,
6-7:30pm at Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. Memorial contributions to Chase County EMS can be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.
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.
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.
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.
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