PENNY CHRISTINE (JONES) POTTER
Penny Potter, age 58, of Strong City, KS, died Saturday, September 27, 2014, at her home in Strong City. The daughter of Kermeth and Charlotte (Fairman) Jones, she was born June 26, 1956, in Dodge City, KS. She and Michael L. Potter were married August 16, 1975, in Cottonwood Falls. She graduated from the Practical Nursing program at Flint Hills Area Vocational-Technical School in September, 1985. She worked as an LPN while she completed the nursing program at Newman Hospital School of Nursing. She graduated in May, 1988, and began working as a Registered Nurse in ICU at St. Mary’s Hospital in Emporia from 1985 until 1991 when the hospital closed. She was the director of nursing at Chase County Health and Rehabilitation Center for ten plus years and worked for Life Plans doing nurse assessments via phone until she was forced to retire, for health reasons, in 2012.
While she was working, she was a member of the Kansas State Nurses Association. She was a hard worker and enjoyed gardening, canning vegetables from her large garden, and sewing. Her family was her life, especially her grandchildren and great-grandson.
She is survived by her husband of the home; a son, Michael Todd Potter of Strong City; a daughter, Tracy (Cortney) Bartley of Lebo; her step-father, Don Dunn and her step-mother, Dianne Dunn of Burton, TX; five grandchildren: Daniel, Nicholas, and Ethan Bartley and Sierra and Hailey Potter; and one great-grandson, Zayden Saavedra. She was preceded in death by her mother and a brother, Billy Jones.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held Thursday, October 2, 2014, at 2:00 P.M., at the First Baptist Church in Cottonwood Falls with Pastor Tim Evans officiating. Inurnment will follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery west of Cottonwood Falls. Penny has been cremated.
The family will meet friends Wednesday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the First Baptist Church. Friends may come to sign the book, Wednesday, from 10:00 until 4:30, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Memorial contributions to Chase County Wishes Project or Penny Potter Scholarship Fund may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
CLIFFORD CHANCE PATTON
Clifford Patton, age 82, of Strong City, KS, died Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls, KS. The son of Marron and Hettie (Ellis) Patton, he was born January 6, 1932, in Clarita, OK. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He was married to Hazel Miller and they had four children: Raymond, Shirley, Sherry, and Sheila before they were divorced. He married Sharon M. Garrison on March 21, 1983, in Council Grove, KS.
Prior to retirement, he was a transport supervisor for Boeing and a transport operator for Consolidated Freight. He attended Flint Hills Community Church and was an avid golfer.
He is survived by his wife, of the home; two sons: Raymond (Brenda) Patton of Blue Springs, MO and Joe (Danetta) Glanville of Gladstone, MO; six daughters: Shirley (Ron) Cobb of Yukon, OK, Sherry (Rob) McGuire of Brighton, CO, Christy Copple (Larry Deering) of Independence, KS, Vickie Peterson (Mark Buell) of Cottonwood Falls, KS, Sheila (Michael) Mayberry of Kansas City, MO, and Carla (Scott) Gallmeister of Cottonwood Falls, KS; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two special family members: David Kiser of OK and Christine Kabler of Solomon, KS. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jerry Patton; and a sister, Dolly Patton.
A celebration of life gathering will be held Saturday, October 11, at 11:00 A.M., at the Cottonwood Falls Country Club with Pastor Rob Claussen and Pastor Bill Damburg officiating.
Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, to CCHS Golf Team Fund or Hand in Hand Hospice may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
WILLIAM E. “GENE” MEYERS
Gene Meyers, age 84, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Monday, September 22, 2014, at his home in Cottonwood Falls. The son of Samuel and Viola May (Brown) Meyers, William Eugene was born October 21, 1929, in Hannibal, MO. He moved to Chase County in 1943. He served, as an Airman 2nd Class, in the U.S. Navy. He and Anna Lee Blount were married May 16, 1953, in Cottonwood Falls.
He worked for the Santa Fe Railroad for years and, as a middle division signal maintainer the last five years, before retiring after 39 years. He was a member of the Russell Blackburn American Legion Post #2 and the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church. He was a “dumpster diver” who collected many items and spent time “tinkering and fixing,” enjoyed his train sets, and he and Anna Lee followed the children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events.
He is survived by his wife of the home; two sons: Larry “Tator” (Linda) Meyers of Cottonwood Falls and Jody (Kim) Meyers of Americus; a daughter, Brenda Meyers, of Cottonwood Falls; four grandchildren: Larry Meyers, Jr., Nicole Meyers Clay, Taryn Meyers, and Joey Meyers; and three great-grandchildren: Zakiah and Xaveon Clay and Chasity Clinton. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Marion Robert Meyers, and his step-father, Guy Lalodge.
A celebration of life service will be held Friday, at 11:00 A.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home with Pastor Rick Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery west of Cottonwood Falls with U.S. Navy military honors.
The family will meet friends Thursday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the funeral home and friends may come by Thursday, from noon until 7:30, and Friday from 9:00 until service time to sign the book. Memorial contributions to the James Jay Redick Playground may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
ILADEAN (FYFE) STUBENHOFER
Iladean Stubenhofer, age 91, of Strong City, KS, died Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls. The daughter of William L. and Mary Gillies Fyfe, she was born December 24, 1922, in Fredonia, KS. She attended Saffordville School until her senior year when she transferred to Strong Rural High School and graduated in the Class of 1939. Immediately after high school, she began working at the Strong City State Bank in Strong City and worked as a teller and, later, was promoted to vice president. She worked at that location, and other locations, in Chase County for over 40 years.
She and Howard Stubenhofer were married May 8, 1943, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Strong City. He preceded her in death on February 10, 2000. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Altar Society. She was active in one of the home demonstration units and was an accomplished seamstress, making quilts and clothing. She enjoyed doing counted cross-stitch and crossword puzzles and followed her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events.
She is survived by two sons: Bill (Linda) Stubenhofer of Strong City and Mike (Kathy) Stubenhofer of Broken Arrow, OK; two daughters: Mary (Ray) Bissa of Phoenix, AZ and Kris (Jay) Talkington of Strong City; nine grandchildren: Matt, Mitch, and Meredith Stubenhofer, Mis Stubenhofer May, Mindy Sherfy, and Megan Stubenhofer-Barrett, Brad Bissa, and Brett and Shawn Talkington; 13 great-grandchildren: Tyler Stubenhofer, Hannah May, Josh and Jordan Sherfy, Mason and Lilly Stubenhofer-Barrett, Hayley Smythe, Allyson and Molly Bissa, Sadie and Tayler Ptak, Tyson Stubenhofer, and Sawyer Ogden; and one great-great-granddaughter, Jenni Stubenhofer. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: Ivan and an infant; and two sisters: Eileen Quinn and “Bunny” Lambert.
A rosary will be recited Monday, September 22, at 7:00 PM, and a mass will be held Tuesday, at 2:00 PM, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Strong City with celebrants Father Theodore Khin and Deacon Buzz Harris. Burial will follow in St. Anthony Cemetery.
The family will meet with friends, following the rosary, at St. Anthony Hall. Friends may come to the funeral home, Monday, from noon until 4:30, to sign the book. The casket will be closed. Memorial contributions to Hand in Hand Hospice or St. Anthony Hall Fund may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
THELMA M. (PRITCHETT) SWIFT
Thelma Swift, age 101, of Clifton, VA , formerly of Matfield Green, KS, died Friday, September 12, 2014, at Birmingham Green in Manassas Park . The daughter of Harry and Sarah (Pyle) Pritchett, Thelma Margerite was born December 10, 1912, in El Dorado, KS. She attended a grade school in Homestead Community and finished eighth grade. She lived in Kansas all of her life and in Clements, the Homestead area, and Matfield Green most of her life. The last few years, she spent in Northern Virginia near her son.
She was the eldest of five children. She and Harold H. Swift were married September 8, 1932, in Emporia, KS. He died January 27, 1993.
She was a member and held many positions in the Matfield Community Church, including Song Leader, Altar Guild, Church Board and Sunday School and Church Treasurer. She served as City Clerk and City Treasurer for many years with several different mayors of Matfield Green, served on many election boards, and collected for many charities, including American Heart Association. She was a member of a singing group of the Matfield Community Church who sang at the Chase County Nursing Facility and of a bridge club in Matfield Green. She drove a school bus for the Matfield Green schools and then the Chase County School System.
She is survived by her son, Roy, and his wife, Susan, Swift of Clifton, VA; four grandchildren: Greg Swift of Greenbay, WI, Holly Curfman of Haymarket, VA, Cheryl Johnson and Anne Swift, both of Gainesville, VA; five great-grandchildren: Brittany Swift, Anthony Swift, Emily Curfman, Ashley Curfman, and Olivia Johnson; one brother: Harry, Jr. and his wife, Lucille, Pritchett of Peabody, KS; and two sisters: Bernice Johnson of Cottonwood Falls and Norma, and her husband, Darwin, Bjorge of Lake Ozark, MO. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Faye Holdeman.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 10:00 A.M., at the Matfield Community Church in Matfield Green, KS. with Pastor Kimberly Shank officiating. Burial will follow in the Matfield Green Cemetery.
The family will meet friends Friday, from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Friends may come Friday, from 10:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions to the Matfield Community Church or the Matfield Green Community Building Fund may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
WALTER E. “WADDY” TALKINGTON
Walter “Waddy” Talkington, age 85, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Monday, September 1, 2014, at his home in Cottonwood Falls, KS. The son of Leslie O. and Edith J. Bechelmayr Talkington, he was born October 8, 1928, in Cottonwood Falls. He graduated from Elmdale High School in 1947 and attended Kansas State University for two years. He returned to Chase County to farm with his brother and mother. After they quit farming in 1989, he worked for the Rogler Ranch for 15 years before retiring. He and Bernadean Christine Scheaffer were married September 21, 1969, in Council Grove, KS. She survives. He enjoyed spending time walking with his dogs, feeding cats and dogs, and working around his yard.
He is survived by his wife of the home; two daughters: Becky Pittman of Ottawa and Vicki (Scott) Lawrence of El Dorado; a son, Ronald Fleshman, of Winston, ND; two sisters: Shirley Smith of Council Grove and Margaret Martin of Topeka; four grandchildren: Travis (Denna) Fleshman, Billy Fleshman, and Taylor and Trinity Lawrence; and seven great-grandchildren: Sissy Huse, Telicia and Daysha Schickel, Clarissa and Marcus Fleshman, and Jacelynn, and Kaden Fleshman. He was preceded in death by his son, Lonnie Gilpin; two brothers: Gerald “Dutch” Talkington and Paul D. Talkington; and a grandson, Johnathan Fleshman.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, September 6, 2014, at 1:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home with Pastor Kimberly Shank officiating. He has been cremated and his cremains will be scattered across the Flint Hills at a later date. The family will meet friends Friday, from 6:30 until 8:00, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions to the Matfield Green Community Building Fund may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
WILLIAM T. “BILL” NORTH
William “Bill” North, age 64, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Saturday, August 16, 2014, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls. The son of Stanley J. and Mildred I. (Sweet) North, he was born February 13, 1950, in Emporia, KS. He graduated from Chase County High School in 1968, Emporia State University in 1972 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, and Washburn University in 1976 with a Doctorate in Jurisprudence. Following graduation, he joined Karl Masoner’s firm, Masoner Attorney at Law, in Cottonwood Falls and, later, became a partner in Masoner and North Attorneys at Law.
He and Ann Katherine Winter were married August 12, 1972, in Emporia. He was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, the Kansas Bar Association, the Kansas District Attorneys Association, Chase County Chamber of Commerce, and the Twin Cities Lions Club. He enjoyed playing golf and played on the North’s All Star softball team for several years. He coached his son, Tom’s 9-10 baseball team and his daughter, Jenny’s softball team during the summer.
He is survived by his wife, Ann, of the home; his son, Thomas A. and Heather North of Lawrence, KS; his daughter, Jennifer A. and James Book of Bolingbrook, IL.; his two sisters: Jeannine Cooper of Saffordville, KS and Corinne and Hank Wilson of Emporia, KS; and two grandchildren: Walker Thomas North and Emma Madison Book. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
A Service of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, August 23, at 10:00 A.M., at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Emporia with celebrant, Father Chris Arnold, officiating. Entombment will follow in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Columbarium.
The family will meet friends Friday, from 5:30 until 7:30 P.M., at St. Anthony Hall in Strong City. Memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
Bill went by many names: Jayhawk, Wild Man, Legal Beagle, self-proclaimed “the jolly old fat man” and many more, but to me he was my Dad. He was the first man to buy me flowers, teach me how to ride a bike, and throw a ball. He always had a huge smile and a ready laugh. He always had time to listen to my “serious” problems and help me celebrate my great triumphs. My dad loved his family and his community. He was a great coach and friend to many. There are no words to express how much I will miss my father, my friend, and biggest fan. Dad, you are loved and I’m glad you are at peace. (Written by Jennifer)
RICHARD D. “RICH” POTTER
Rich Potter, age 78, of Strong City, KS, died Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at his home in Strong City. The son of William A. and Clara Elizabeth (Archer) Potter, he was born December 29, 1935, in Toledo Township, KS. He graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1955. He and Rachel N. Tyler were married May 29, 1957, in Emporia, KS. Rich worked as a truck driver and mower for the City of Strong City and Chase County Road & Bridge before he retired. He was a bull rider in rodeos until he broke his neck in 1963. He coached “kids baseball” for 46+ years and was the President of the Pee Wee Baseball Club. He was an avid Kansas State University fan. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and flower gardening.
He is survived by his wife of the home; two sons: Randy (Lorraine) Potter and Marvin (Jamie) Potter both of Emporia, KS; two daughters: Sandy (Terry) Hanson of Strong City, KS and Christa (Dennis) Whitmer of Urbandale, IA; two brothers: Lee Potter of Harveyville, KS and Robert Potter of Tonganoxie, KS; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; seven brothers: Bill, Carl, Les, Gene, Wilbur “Webb”, Fred, and an infant brother, John; and four sisters: Marie Turner, Letha Applegate, Elreene Cook, and Esther Christlieb.
A celebration of life will be held, at a later date, in Swope Park in Cottonwood Falls. He has been cremated. Memorial contributions to Hand in Hand Hospice, C4 Food Pantry, or the Rich Potter Kids Christmas Fund may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
WILLIAM “BILL” FRANK RIGGS
William “Bill” Riggs, 81, died July 30th, 2014 at Newman Regional Health Hospital in Emporia after months of stubborn reluctance to follow doctors orders (until the last minute) and living life to its fullest. He was born on October 20th 1932 in Emporia, Kansas, to Dewey and Edna (Graves) Riggs. His older brother Jim and younger brother Dan survive Bill, the middle child, who was the renowned “Black Sheep” of the family.
Bill was internationally recognized as a world-class adventurer, racecar driver, aviator, Antarctic explorer, Bigfoot hunter, ladies man, husband, father, mentor, political commentator, gun nut and mechanical genius. It is widely believed that he was the original inspiration for the “The Most interesting Man in the World” character featured in Dos XX commercials. Bill started his professional life as an aviation mechanic on the Boeing experimental flight line in Wichita, Kansas, doing things he claimed were top secret. Bill married his high school sweetheart, Alice McDowell, and had two daughters Aleta and Peggy.
In 1969, after a successful life in the United States and several differences of opinion with the IRS, Bill moved to the remote and austere island of Grand Cayman with his 2nd wife, Margie and son, Scott, where he created the local Evinrude outboard motor empire. In 1980, Bill married his 3rd wife, Ann Smith, and started his third family, knowing that the third time is always a charm. In 2004 Hurricane Ivan completely demolished his beautiful seaside home that was poorly constructed and built in an area locals warned would be deadly during storms. Down, but not out, Bill and Ann returned to the US, settling in Emporia, Kansas, as a base of operations to renew their globe trotting lifestyle.
Bill’s love of adventure and flying, generally within sight of the airport and only on clear days, led him to establish his social network at the Emporia Municipal Airport where he was able to provide hours of political commentary and keen insight to other like minded gentlemen. His favorite pastimes included travel, watching old westerns, visiting with friends at the airport and providing friends and family with daily internet rumors and humorous emails which were normally forwarded from other friends.
He will be missed by his daughters, Aleta Riggs-Harroun of Albuquerque NM, Peggy (Bill) Ritter of Augusta, GA and son, Scott (Michelle) Riggs of Austin TX; grandchildren: Doug and Dennis Harroun, Krishna Dorr, Amanda and Aaron Riggs; three great-grand-children; brothers, Jim Riggs of Lee’s Summit MO and Dan(Carrie) Riggs of Cottonwood Falls, KS. and their children, Kathy Herrera and Brad Riggs of Emporia, KS; as well as willing and unwilling members of his daily email Spam list.
Bill was loved and respected by those he met and will be deeply missed by all, including the local Emporia Braum’s restaurants. A memorial service will be conducted at 10:00 on Tuesday August 5, at the Emporia Municipal Airport with The Rev. Harvey Foyle officiating. A private inurnment will be held at Dunlap Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Bill Riggs Scholarship Fund for Student Pilots may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Messages may be shared at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
KENNETH LOWELL BENNETT
Kenneth Lowell Bennett, 91, left his earthly home on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. He was born December 29, 1923. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl O. and Georgia Bennett; four siblings: Darrell “Bud” Bennett, Keith “Doc” Bennett, Lois Irene Alexander, and Bonnie Carranza; two half-sisters: Hila Martin and Leta Wertz; and one half-brother: Carl A. Bennett. He is survived by three nieces: Vickie (William) Sample and Connie (Dan) Dunn of Haysville, KS and Billie Osterman of Wichita, KS; two nephews: Dennis Alexander of Haysville, KS and Vernon Masqua Bennett of Wichita, KS; six great-nephews: Christopher Hayes of Newark, TX, Phillip “Matt” Hayes, Brett Sample, and Bryan Dunn all of Haysville, KS; Jared Masqua Bennett and Jacob Bennett of Sterling, CO; two great-nieces: Kellie Yarmer of Colorado Springs, CO and Michelle Ward of Clearwater, KS; three great-great-nieces: Makayla Hayes, Megan Hayes, and Haley Hayes of Haysville, KS; and six great-great-nephews: Brennan Hayes of Newark, TX, Mason and Braden Yarmer of Colorado Springs, CO, Grayson Sample and Braxton Dunn of Haysville, KS, and Chase Ward of Clearwater, KS.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 12, at 11:00 A.M., at Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls, KS. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Wilsey Cemetery, Wilsey, KS. Memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
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