Posted in Uncategorized at 10:33 am by Sue Alexander


Dallas Eugene Burton, age 65, of Berryton, Kans., passed away Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. He died as a result of a single-car accident near his home. He was wearing his seatbelt.

Dallas was born Aug. 22, 1950, at the Stubenhofer Home in Strong City, Kans., to John E. and Eldora Mae (Sherffius) Burton. He grew up on a dairy farm in rural Cottonwood Falls, Kans., and graduated from Chase County High School in 1968. He graduated from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kans., in 1972, with a degree in Biology and Physics. He married Jill Staton on Feb. 14, 1970. They had two children, Shawn and Kevin.

After graduation, he worked as the Secretary of the Kansas Holstein Association and also, as the editor of the Kansas Holstein Quarterly magazine. He eventually started his own business selling dairy cattle, which led to a sale he conducted with another dairyman, Ed Fellers. The one-time partnership led to a 30-year business relationship as Burton-Fellers Sales, LLC. The company specialized in one-of-a-kind sales that were innovative to the dairy industry and revolutionized genetics and breeding. One of their early ventures, the Holiday E. T. Extravaganza, was held annually for more than two decades and was one of the industry’s premier events. Burton-Fellers Sales, also, managed the annual National Convention Sale for many years, as well as other prominent dairy events.

Dallas, later, started his own sales company, Burton Consulting, LLC. He continued to manage dairy sales until his passing. He recently managed the National Holstein Convention Sale in June, 2015.

He started a successful dairy website, www.DairyAgendaToday.com. The site features industry news and commentary, and has live-streaming sales online.

Dallas was admired and well respected in the dairy industry. He took pride in everything he accomplished, from hand-picking cattle for his sales to personally designing almost every sale catalog he produced. He, also, worked to preserve the history of the industry, including many important documents and photos. His reach crossed generations, and he will be long-remembered for his vast contributions and love of dairy cattle.

He married the love of his life, Linda Parsons, on Sept. 19, 1992. At the Kirby House in Abilene, KS. The couple lived in Abilene before moving to Berryton in 1996. As a couple, they enjoyed hosting parties and family get-togethers, and traveling and spending time with dear friends.

A practical joker, Dallas always loved sharing a laugh with friends and family. He was an understanding, thoughtful, patient man who knew life was a “do-it-yourself job.” He was a skilled woodworker and loved crafting unique items for his six grandchildren. He will be forever remembered by those he touched.

Dallas is survived by his wife, Linda, of Berryton, Kans.; two sons: Shawn Burton (Debra) of Basehor, Kans,. and Kevin Burton (Alleyn) of Phoenix, Ariz.; two step-sons: Shawn Forsberg (Michelle) of Rose Hill, Kans., and Shae Forsberg of Salina, Kans.; a sister, Velva Burton Carter (John) of LeCompte, LA; two brothers: Vaden L. Burton (Sharon) of Sloan, Iowa, and Delwin K. Burton (Sharon Lea) of Emporia, Kans.; a sister-in-law, Deanna K. Burton of Emporia, Kans.; six grandchildren: Garrett and Hunter Forsberg of Rose Hill, Kans., Kyleigh Forsberg of Salina, Kans., Andrew and Maya Burton of Overland Park, Kans., and Maris Burton of Phoeniz, Ariz.; nine nieces and nephews: Lori Vanderlick (Thomas), Jim Carter (Pixie), Kristi Butler (Ricky), Sarah Harvey (Andrew), Kyle Burton (Michelle), Matt Burton (Markie), Renae Fletcher (Jeff), Adam Hagemann (Stacey), and Jared Hagemann (Abby); and 20 great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John E. and Mae Burton, and a brother, Dennis D. Burton.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Flint Hills Community Church in Cottonwood Falls, Kans. Cremation will follow the service and inurnment will be in Prairie Grove Cemetery at a later date.

There will be a visitation from 6-7:30 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 25, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Memorial contributions to the Dallas Burton Memorial Scholarship can be sent c/o Marty Matlock, 9997 Allisonville Rd., Suite A, Fishers, IN 46038 or to the funeral home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Online condolences and memories can be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com and www.dairyagendatoday.com.




Posted in Uncategorized at 4:39 pm by Sue Alexander


Dorothy Crowell Dick, age 96, died Monday, September 14, 2015, at Diversicare of Council Grove in Council Grove, KS. The daughter of Thomas Christopher “T.C.” and Lena Mae Ballew Crawford, Dorothy was born August 16, 1919, in Elmdale, KS. She graduated from Elmdale High School in 1938. She and Gene Henry Crowell were married October 28, 1939, in Cottonwood Falls. He was a Captain in the Air Force, stationed in Germany with his family, when he died suddenly November 22, 1958. She married B.L. Dick January, 6, 1961, and he preceded her in death 2005.

She was a homemaker and a talented seamstress. She made her children’s clothes, Chase County High School cheerleader uniforms, and did alterations for people in the community. She, also, spent hours crocheting. The family travelled all over the United States while Gene was in the service.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter Linda (Bill) Vanderslice of Cottonwood Falls; three grandchildren: Tom Scott, Deb Scott, and Denise Scott Pruner; one great granddaughter, Kylee Scott; and several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands: Gene and B.L.; a daughter, Betty Jean Crowell Scott; a granddaughter, Sheri Lynn Scott Beattie; a great-grandson, Hunter J. Scott; a sister, Lila Haskell; and a brother, John “Jr.” Crawford.

She has been cremated and there will be a private, family graveside, as she requested, at a later date. Her cremated remains will be interred in Prairie Grove Cemetery west of Cottonwood Falls.

Memorial contributions to the Hunter J. Scott Scholarship Fund (in memory of her great-grandson) may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Memories and condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.






Posted in Uncategorized at 12:08 pm by Sue Alexander


Don Potter, age 40, of Cunningham, KS, died Wednesday, September 2, 2015, in an accident west of Hutchinson, KS. The son of Dan and Barbara (Thompson) Potter, Don was born June 25, 1975, in Fort Morgan, CO. He and his family lived in Colorado until 1992 when they moved back to Kansas.

He could do about anything he wanted to do and did it well. He was a good truck mechanic and he, his dad, and other family members worked together and built a truck. He was an artist who was talented enough to draw cars, horses, and trucks on paper and pinstripes on semi-trucks.

He is survived by his parents of Cunningham; two sons: Jesse Lewis-Potter of Denver, CO and Devin Dewater-Potter of Cunningham; a daughter, Katelyn Potter of Chase; a brother, Allen Scholes of Akron, CO; a sister, Leslie Scholes of Cunningham; and a granddaughter, Alice Marie Dewater. He was preceded in death by his brother, Billy Potter. His Jack Russell dog, Rooster, was his constant companion and died following the accident.

A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, September 8, at 1:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. Burial will be in Prairie Grove Cemetery following the service.

The family will meet friends and family, prior to the service, from 11:00 until service time, Tuesday. Memorial contributions, to assist with funeral expenses, 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.  



Posted in Uncategorized at 11:15 am by Sue Alexander


Ken Studer, age 62, of Elmdale, KS, died Saturday, August 22, 2015, at Rolling Hills Health Center in Topeka, KS. The son of John and Marellene (Long) Studer, he was born January 25, 1953, in Bazaar, KS. He grew up in Chase County and graduated from Chase County High School in 1971 . He, also, attended Emporia State University for two years. He and Deborah Lee Schafer were married January 24, 1983, in Wichita, KS. She preceded him in death on March 7, 1996. He was a self-employed welder who created many of the metal silhouettes of horses, cattle, and other objects seen in the pastures and yards in this area. He enjoyed gardening and raised watermelons, tomatoes, and other produce which he shared with others.

He is survived by two sons, Kevin Studer of Emporia and Derrick (Jennifer) Teufel-Studer of Haysville; a daughter, Julie Studer (Sabor) of Springfield, MO; three brothers: William Studer of Burlington, Mike (Debbie) Studer and Carl (Brande) Studer of Cottonwood Falls; a half-brother, Jim (Debbie) Hall of Emporia; a half-sister, Mary Browning of Burlington; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and Doug Jackson.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held Saturday, August 29, at 2:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Ken was cremated, which was his request. Inurnment will be in Elmdale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to Rolling Hills Health Center in Topeka may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages for the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.





Posted in Uncategorized at 4:47 pm by Sue Alexander


Dale Starkey, age 74, of rural Cottonwood Falls, KS, died near his home Tuesday, August 18, 2015.

The son of Kermit and Virginia M. (Cahoone) Starkey, Dale was born July 29, 1941, at the Stubenhofer home, in Strong City, KS. He graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1959, and was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1963 serving with the 509th Engineering Company. He was honorably discharged in 1965 after having served in Vietnam. He and Linda Riniker were married December 5, 1987 and divorced in 2010.

Dale was a cow-calf rancher in the Bazaar area. He previously worked, operating heavy equipment, for George Yeager, and later, Harold Steadman in and around Chase County. He served on the Flint Hills Rodeo Board of Directors for many years and was a current honorary member, where he still served by working behind the chutes and assisting with the annual rodeo parade. In his younger years, Dale was a bronc rider, winning a championship buckle at Phillipsburg in 1969. After his rodeo days of riding, he turned to breaking colts that he raised.

He is survived by his son, Cole Starkey of Strong City; one sister, Linda (Bill) Stubenhofer of Strong City; a brother, Vernon (Hattie Rosa) Starkey of Cottonwood Falls; two step-brothers; Mike (Julie) Cooper of Lawrence, KS and Don (Judy) Cooper of Des Moines, IA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his step-father, Leslie Cooper.

A graveside celebration of life service will be held Saturday, August 22, at 10:00 a.m., at the Bazaar Cemetery near Bazaar, KS. Military honors will be conducted by the Chase County All-Veterans Honor Guard. Dale has been cremated as was his wish.

The family will meet friends Friday, from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Flint Hills Rodeo Association or the Chase County All-Veterans Memorial may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at: www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.


Posted in Uncategorized at 4:45 pm by Sue Alexander


Eric Richard Olson, age 28, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Sunday, August 16, 2015, at his home. The son of Warren and Karen (Steen) Olson, Eric was born May 30, 1987, in Santa Barbara, CA. He graduated from Emporia High School in 2005 and completed automotive classes at the Flint Hills Technical College. He had worked as a mechanic at Koch ‘66 Service Station and as an electrician at Tyson in Emporia. He was currently working at LMI, in Cottonwood Falls, as a mechanic.

Eric attended the Hamilton United Methodist Church. He loved to read and enjoyed music. From an early age, he would dis-assemble and re-assemble any object that interested him. He, also, tinkered with electronics and loved to build.

He is survived by his son, Maxamis Lee Olson and his daughter McKenzie Marie Olson of Emporia; his father and step-mother, Warren and Elizabeth Olson of Hamilton; his mother, Karen and step-father, Paul Stephens of Loomis, CA;  three brothers: Joseph (Jessica) Olson of Hartford, Micheal (Brailee) Turner of Wichita, and Timothy (Alycia) Turner of Emporia; a sister, Patricia Stephens of Loomis, CA; grandparents: Joseph Richard Steen of Santa Barbara, CA, Sondra Sue Baugher of Garnett; and Vern and Betty Sell of Crane, MO. He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Diane Steen and two grandfathers: Herbert Olson and Mick Baugher.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held Tuesday, August 25, at 2:00 P.M., at the Flint Hills Community Church in Cottonwood Falls with Pastor Kimberly Shank officiating. Eric has been cremated. Inurnment will be at a later date.

Memorial contributions to the Olson Children’s Education Fund may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.




Posted in Uncategorized at 2:46 pm by Sue Alexander


Leola Ruth (Childs) Evans, age 98, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, left this life Tuesday, July 28, 2015. The daughter of Chauncey D. and Pearl (Green) Childs, Leola was born April 29, 1917, at Elmdale, KS. She attended the Neva Grade School, graduated from Elmdale High School in 1934, and finished courses at Salt City Business College in Hutchinson, KS. She and Paul W. Evans were married September 23, 1940, in Kansas City, MO. He preceded her in death on March 18, 2002.

Leola was employed by Cahoone Grocery, Chase County Welfare Office, Exchange National Bank, Conners Abstracting, and Chase County Farm Bureau. While Paul was in the Navy during World War II, she was employed at the Bank of America in San Diego, CA. After the war, Paul and Leola moved to Lyon County and farmed near Americus from 1948 until 1960, when they moved back to Chase County to a farm on Peyton Creek which was to be their home from then on. She worked for Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company in Emporia until May, 1956. Leola retired, as Assistant Vice-President in Administration, on April 30, 1982, after working for 26 years at the Federal Land Bank in Emporia.

Leola was a member of the Americus Eastern Star, of which she was Worthy Matron in 1959. She belonged to the Elmdale Methodist Church and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, and needle crafts. She worked beside her husband in the farming operation when her help was needed. She spent many volunteer hours, particularly at the Nursing Center in Cottonwood Falls, and was honored with a reception recognizing her service. She truly enjoyed the outdoor life and picked many gooseberries on Peyton Creek.

She is survived by two sisters: Helen Dull and Elizabeth Crawford, both of Cottonwood Falls; a sister-in-law, Ruth Childs, of Cottonwood Falls; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and brother, Wayne Childs. She was a wonderful daughter, wife, aunt, sister, and friend. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, August 1, at 10:00, at the Elmdale United Methodist Church with Pastor Kimberly Shank officiating. Burial will follow in the Prairie Grove Cemetery near Cottonwood Falls.

The family will meet friends Friday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Memorial gifts to the Elmdale United Methodist Church or to the Chase County Historical Society may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.





Posted in Uncategorized at 11:33 am by Sue Alexander


Olivia Kaye Maresh passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 16, 2015, surrounded by family.  Olivia was born on January 26, 1976.

Olivia spent the early part of her life growing up in Parkville, MO, until her family moved to Overland Park, KS, in 1986, before the start of her 5th grade year and she graduated from Shawnee Mission South in 1994.  Following high school graduation, Olivia attended the University of Kansas.  She graduated from KU in May of 1998 with a BS in Journalism.  During her time at KU, Olivia had the honor of working as a student manager for the KU men’s basketball team under Coach Roy Williams during her junior and senior years.  While at KU, she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.  Following college, Olivia began working as an editor for the medical journal, Family Practice Management (American Academy of Family Physicians).  She worked for the journal until her “retirement” in 2005, when she was able to follow her true love in life – staying home and raising her family full time.  Olivia’s true passion in life was raising her 2 beautiful children.  She was an active member in the PTA and spent the majority of her free time volunteering at their school.  She was a loving mother and wife, who always put the needs of her family first and took tremendous pride in her children and their accomplishments.  Olivia loved to travel, especially when a beach was involved and her goal was to always “show her children their world.”

 Olivia is survived by her husband, Ian,and her children, Luke and Lindsay; her parents, Walter and Kaye Thompson of Overland Park; brother, Brett Thompson, sister-in-law, Teri Thompson; and nieces: Taylor and Bailey of Overland Park; brother, Doug Thompson of Independence, MO; father-in-law, Richard Maresh and mother-in-law, Mary Beth Maresh of Cottonwood Falls, KS; brother-in-law, Ryan Maresh, sister-in-law; Nikki Maresh and nieces: Ashlyn and Lauren of Del Rio, TX; brother-in-law, Craig Matlock; sister-in-law, Sherri Matlock and nieces and nephews: Ava, Jordan, Nen and Braxton of Shawnee, KS.

 A celebration of Olivia’s life will be held at the Ritz Charles, 9000 W. 137th St. Overland Park, KS 66221 on July 27, 2015, at 6:00, with a reception until 8:00 PM.  In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that a donation be made to an education fund being established for Olivia’s children.  If you wish to make a donation, please direct your donations to Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.  Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.johnsoncountychapel.com or www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.





Posted in Uncategorized at 4:55 pm by Sue Alexander

David J. Rettiger, 80, of Strong City, KS, died Sunday, July 19, 2015, at his home.  The son of Irvin Joseph and Gertrude Cecilia (Stubenhofer) Rettiger, David was born September 18, 1934, in Strong City.  He graduated from Strong City Rural High School in 1952.  He then attended St. Benedict’s College in Atchison and graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  After college, he began work at Arthur Anderson and then moved on to a successful career as an audit manager for the General Accounting Office (GAO).  He and Donna Faye Balsiger were married August 14, 1967, in Miami, Oklahoma and their marriage was blessed in the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Lenexa, KS.  They lived in Overland Park until 1980 when they moved their family back to Strong City, establishing Rettiger Realty, Tax and Accounting, developing other family businesses, and managing the Rettiger farm.  David held fond memories from his youth and of his family heritage, and he loved fishing, hunting and spending time with his family and friends.  He often spoke of the Rettiger stone industry accomplishments and was proud to restore the David and Rose Rettiger farmhouse and to receive Farm Bureau Century Farm designation for the family farm and homestead.

He is survived by his wife, Donna, of the home; three sons:  John D. (Kelly) Rettiger of Flowery Branch, GA, Charles J. (Anne) Rettiger of Madison, GA, and William I. (Tristan) Rettiger of Gainesville, GA; two daughters:  Cecelia L. Rettiger of Liberal, KS, and Elena D. (Maco) Lincoln of Strong City; and eleven grandchildren:  Norris and Madison Rettiger; Nicholas, Irvin, and Eloise Rettiger; Emma, Isabel, and Katherine Rettiger; Wes Rettiger; and Nora and Mena Lincoln.  He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers:  Irvin and George Rettiger.  A rosary will be recited Wednesday, July 22, at 6:00 PM and a Mass of Christian Burial held Thursday, July 23, at 10:00 AM with burial to follow.  Services will be at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Strong City and burial at St. Anthony’s Cemetery.

The family will meet friends and family following the rosary service on Wednesday until 8:00 PM at the St. Anthony Hall in Strong City. Memorial contributions to St. Anthony Catholic Church or to Strong City Preservation Alliance 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.



Posted in Uncategorized at 3:52 pm by Sue Alexander


Tony Francka, age 77, of rural Strong City, KS, died Monday, June 15, 2015, at his home.   Tony Charles, the son of Mike and Anna Francka, was born September 18, 1937, on the home farm near Brighton, MO.  He attended school in Morrisville, MO, and Southwest Missouri State College.  He served in the U.S. Air Force for two years and was then requested to take a hardship discharge to help on the family farm.  Later, he attended Body and Fender School in Kansas City and worked in several body shops around Kansas City and Springfield, MO.

He began working for MoorMan Mfg. and was later transferred to Chase County as District Manager.  After leaving MoorMan, he became part owner of Stubenhofer Plumbing for a time, sold memberships for Farmers Union, and then started TOKA Refuse Service for Chase County.  After retiring from the trash service, he did odd jobs along with painting and tree trimming, until 2010, when he officially retired to enjoy life on his acreage outside of Strong City.

Tony served as president of the Chase County Jaycees, was a board member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, a member of the Strong City Council, and served as Strong City fire chief.  He was a member of the Flint Hills Rodeo, serving as president for five years, was nominated as Grand Marshall in 2005, and held an honorary membership until his death.  He was a member of the local golf country club and the Chase County Chamber of Commerce.  He coached little league baseball and loved to hunt and fish.  Tony was, also, a licensed pilot and enjoyed flying private planes.  His greatest pleasure was helping people. 

Tony and Diane Van Hooser were married September 8, 1962, in Springfield, MO.  He is survived by Diane of the home; three children:  Ted Francka (Denise) of Strong City, Anthony Francka (Karensa) of Norton; and Tammy Romani of Peoria, AZ.; two brothers:  Mike Francka (Carol) of Bolivar, MO and Joe Francka (Patty) of Jefferson City, MO; two sisters: Helen Stander (Ronnie) of Bolivar, MO and Ann Griesemer (Regis) of Springfield, MO; six grandchildren:  Jace, Trey, and Danika Francka of Strong City and Amanda, Giovanna, and Matthew Romani of AZ; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, and a sister. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, June 20, at 12:00, at the Chase County Junior/Senior High School in Cottonwood Falls, KS.  Celebrants will be Father Theodore Khin, Father Edmond Kline, and Deacon Buzz Harris.  Military honors will be presented by an Air Force Honor Guard.  Tony chose to have a natural interment, at St. Anthony Cemetery, which was held Tuesday, June 16. 

There will be no visitation.  The family requests that family and friends join them for a community dinner following the service. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the St. Anthony Altar Society or the Chase County Senior Center may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.  Condolences messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.    



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