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.
JULIE ANN POTTER
Julie Potter, age 54, of Emporia, KS, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at her home in rural Emporia. The daughter of William “Bill” Harold and Cecile B. (Graham) Potter, Jr., she was born September 20, 1959, in Emporia. She graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and worked as an accountant.
She was an avid reader, enjoyed watching movies, knitting, making jewelry, and going camping with her granddaughters. She and her mother enjoyed flower gardening.
She is survived by her mother of the home; two sons: Josh (Faith) Turner of Valdosta, GA and Scott Turner of Emporia; one daughter, Lacey (Don) Kohlman, of Emporia; two brothers: Wm. “Chauncey” (Cheryl) Potter of Fulton, MO and Brian (Christy) Potter of Omaha, NE; eight grandchildren: Malikai and Dahlia Turner, Allison, Kellie, Mariah, and Chelsey Kohlman, and Megan and Alicia Gutierrez. She was preceded in death by her father, Bill, her brother, Bradley, and her grandparents, and a granddaughter, Ashlin Turner.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held Monday, July 7, at 11:00 A.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home with Pastor Rick Smith officiating. Inurnment will follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery west of Cottonwood Falls. She has been cremated. The family will meet friends Sunday, from 4:00 until 5:30, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions to Hand in Hand Hospice 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.
EMMALULIA MARGARET (JOHNSON) REED
Emma Reed, age 84, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, formerly of Wichita, KS, died Thursday, June 26, 2014, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls. The daughter of Ben and Edith (Melton) Johnson, she was born July 14, 1929, in Evansville, IN. She and Albert Oubrey Reed were married April 12, 1947, in Albuquerque, NM. He preceded her in death on October 28, 2005.
She was a homemaker and a member of Cathedral of Immaculate Conception (St. Mary’s Cathedral) in Wichita, KS where she was a sacristan for many years.
She is survived by her daughter, Toni (William “Bill”) Halvorsen, of Elmdale, KS; nine grandchildren: Lea Austin, Chris Roth, Marie Halvorsen-Ganepola, Frances Unruh, Anne Hillman, William Halvorsen, Erica Knee, Geneva Cahoone, and Alan Halvorsen; and seven great-grandchildren: Eric Roth, Amanda Perser, Elizabeth Unruh, Bria Knee, Roland Knee, Ellen Knee, and Declan Cahoone.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Connie Roth, in 2009, and two brothers: Bud Johnson and Ben Johnson.
The rosary will be recited Tuesday, July 1, at 7:00 P.M., at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Strong City, led by Frances Unruh, her granddaughter. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, July 2, at 10:00 A.M., at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Wichita with celebrant, Father John Sherlock. Entombment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. There will be no formal visitation. Friends may come by the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home Tuesday, from 10:00 until 4:30, to sign the book. Memorial contributions to the Catholic Diocese of Wichita-Seminarian Education Fund may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry St., Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
VIOLA ETHEL (INGALLS) YOAKEM
Viola Yoakem, age 100, of Weslaco, TX, formerly Cottonwood Falls, died Sunday, June 22, 2014, at John Knox Health Center in Weslaco. The daughter of George Edward and Flora Alma (Stoltz) Ingalls, she was born July 17, 1913, in El Dorado, KS. and attended country schools, in Chase County, through 8th grade. She married Cecil Yoakem on February 10, 1934, in Cottonwood Falls. He died December 12, 2002.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church and lived most of her life in Chase County. They worked with a harvest crew who traveled from Texas to Kansas and, in 1963 and 1964, they worked at a resort in Minnesota. They lived at Wonsevu until 1970 when she and Cecil moved to Cottonwood Falls. They operated the Millstream Motel from 1971 until 1996, when they retired. She moved to Donna, TX to be near her family.
She is survived by her son, Wayne, and his wife, Joan, of Donna, TX; two grandchildren: Karma Linda Yoakem and Vernon Yoakem; two great-grandchildren: Christopher and Vanessa Yoakem; and a sister, Pansy Oldham of Buffalo, MO. She was preceded in death by three brothers: George Edward, Jr., Lee Roy, and Don Ingalls; and two sisters: Lillie Martha and Dolly Bell.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, June 28, at 1:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Bazaar Cemetery. There will be no formal visitation. Friends may come by the funeral home Friday, from 10:00 until 6:00. Memorial contributions to the Chase County Senior Center may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845-0220. Messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
GENEVA DIANNE “GENI” (McNISH) CENTLIVRE
Geni Centlivre, age 67, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Sunday, June 8, 2014, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls. The daughter of William Myrl “Bill” and Marjorie Lee “Margie” Pendergraft McNish, Geneva Dianne was born October 8, 1946, in Joplin, MO. She graduated from Highland Park High School in Topeka and attended one year of college at Washburn. She and Donald Louis Centlivre were married July 1, 1967, in Topeka.
She worked, as the social service designee, at Beverly Enterprises Nursing Home in Cottonwood Falls for 12 years and at Flint Hills Eyecare in Emporia, as an office administrator, for 12 years. She was a member of the Strong City United Methodist Church. Geni was a friendly, outgoing, cheerful person who never met a stranger. She “saw the good in everyone” and was always there to help others.
She is survived by her husband, Don, of the home; Jeffrey A. (Kathleen) Centlivre of Americus; a daughter, Katherine A. Centlivre of Cottonwood Falls; and four grandchildren: Darien Levi Centlivre of Cottonwood Falls and Kaitlin Elizabeth, Emily Diane, and Logan William Emmitt Centlivre of Americus. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A celebration of life graveside service will be held Friday, June 13, at 1:00, at the Strong City Cemetery. Chaplain Rob Clausen will officiate. The family will meet friends Thursday, from 6 until 7:30, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Friends may come by Thursday, from noon until 8:00, and Friday, from 9:00 until 11:00. Memorial contributions to the Aviary (Bird) Project at the Golden Living Center of Chase County 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.
HUNTER JAY SCOTT
Hunter Scott, age 19, of Strong City, KS, died Thursday, June 5, 2014, in a one-vehicle accident. The son of Thomas Jay Scott and Charlotte Elizabeth (Spain) Cole, Hunter Jay was born November 30, 1994, in Council Grove, KS. He graduated from Chase County Jr/Sr High School in Cottonwood Falls in 2013. He worked for Reyer Pasture Spraying & Tree Cutting.
He was a member of the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with friends in the outdoors. He was active in sports, especially football and basketball and was enrolled, for the fall session, at the Flint Hills Technical College in the Automotive Technology program. He was training his new border collie/blue heeler pup, Pope.
He is survived by his mother, Charlotte (Cliff) Cole, of Cottonwood Falls; his father, Tom Scott, of Matfield Green; a sister, Kylee Ann Scott of Salinas, CA; his grandmothers, Ruby Spain and Linda (Bill) Vanderslice, of Cottonwood Falls; his great-grandmother, Dorothy Dick, of Council Grove; five step-brothers and their families; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Donnie Scott and his grandfather, Charles “Bob” Spain.
A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, June 12, 2014, at 2:00 P.M., at the Chase County Jr/Sr High School in Cottonwood Falls with Pastor David Gass officiating. Hunter will be cremated following the service and inurnment will be in Bazaar Cemetery at a later date. There will be a family visitation Wednesday, from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. Friends may come by the funeral home Tuesday from noon until 6:00 P.M., and Wednesday, from 10:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M., and by the Chase County Jr/Sr High School Thursday, from noon until service time. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hunter J. Scott Scholarship Fund and sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
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