CHRIS ANTHONY PASSMORE
Chris Passmore, age 57, of Allen, KS, died Friday, November 13, 2015, at Stormont Vail Health Center in Topeka, KS. The son of Harold Ted and Colleen (Hamilton) Passmore, Chris was born May 31, 1958, in Strong City, KS. He graduated from high school in Fort Smith, AR and completed a heating and air conditioning program at Flint Hills Vo-Tech. He and Gina Doolittle were married and had two sons: Jason and Nathan before they were divorced. Chris and Yvonne Gillispie were married July 28, 1995, in Emporia.
Chris worked for Dolly Madison and Safeway in Emporia before owning his own business, Passmore Home Improvement. He enjoyed working with his hands building and fixing anything and everything. He enjoyed making others happy and often put other’s needs ahead of his own. He loved the outdoors, including water skiing, fishing, and quail hunting. He and his family spent many happy days at Lake Kahola and he lived for his grandchildren. He was a member of the Antique Tractor Club in Emporia.
Chris is survived by his wife, Yvonne, of the home; his mother, Colleen Hynson, of Emporia; two sons: Jason Passmore (Linda) of Emporia and Nathan Passmore (Ashia) of Cottonwood Falls; a step-daughter, Heather Hardin (Dustin) of Emporia; six grandchildren: Halle and Macy Hardin, Lahna and Blaze Passmore, and Zoe and Mayah Passmore; three brothers: Ted Passmore (Carol) and Tom Passmore (Barbara) of Alexandria, LA and Alan Passmore (Enny) of Little Rock, AR; one sister: Connie Pretzer (Terry) of Strong City; and two half-sisters: Ann Passmore of Fort Smith, AR and Tracy Hynson of Houston, TX. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Passmore and his step-father, Keith Hynson.
A celebration of life memorial gathering will be held Monday, November 23, at 2:00, at the Cottonwood Falls Community Building. Inurnment will be at a later date.
Visitation will be Sunday, from 4:00 until 7:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Memorial contributions to an education fund for his grandchildren may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolences for the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
CHARLES D. SIGLER
Charles “Chuck” Sigler, age 50, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Friday, October 30, 2015, at his home. The son of Terrel M. and Opal (Williams) Sigler, Charles David was born May 4, 1965, in Strong City, KS. He graduated from Chase County High School in 1984 and majored in Journalism and Mass Communication at Cowley County Community College. He was an outgoing person who was there whenever anyone needed his help. He was an artist and a good friend to many people. He had a variety of employment opportunities including driving a truck, working in a grocery store, a liquor store, and the Tallgrass Antiques, and producing videos promoting the local Chase County businesses. He worked as a concierge in several hotels in the Midwest area.
He is survived by his parents, Terry and Barbara Sigler of Diamond Creek Road, Chase County; three brothers: Jay Sigler of Little Rock, AR, Jeremy Sigler of Cottonwood Falls, and Jeremy Hoffman of Chanute; a sister, Tonya Hoffman of Diamond Creek Road, Chase County; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Opal Sigler.
Services are pending at this time and the location, date, and time will be published at a later date. He will be inurned at Diamond Creek Cemetery. Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls is in charge of arrangements.
EDITH LAVERNE (DANIELS) GILKEY
Edith Gilkey, age 87, of rural Emporia (Grandview Community), KS, formerly of Chanute, KS, died Saturday, October 10, 2015, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County, in Cottonwood Falls, KS. The daughter of William and Loreen Atteberry Daniels, Edith was born May 18, 1928, in Savonburg, KS. She was the eldest of seven children and grew up on the farm near Elsmore. She graduated from Elsmore High School in 1946 and taught grades one through eight, in Old Elsmore Grade School for one year. She and Melvin Ard were married and four children were born to this union prior to their divorce. She and Melvin owned and operated a trailer park in Chanute for many years. She enjoyed people and was always there to help others. Most Sunday’s, the family gathered at the home of her parents and spent many cherished times together. This was a time that everyone looked forward to and this closeness still remains today. She cherished her family.
She and Robert Gilkey were married and later divorced.
Edith worked in the health care system at Neosho Memorial Hospital as a radiology assistant for ten years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Chanute. She loved to square dance and Christmas was her favorite holiday.
She is survived by a son, Alan Ard of Iola, KS; three daughters: Gail Nurnberg (Ron) of rural Emporia (Grandview Community), KS, Barbara Brittingham (Bassett) of San Diego, CA, and Lori Blackwood (Tim) of Louisburg, KS: two brothers: Paul Daniels (Helen) of Tampa, FL, and Jim Daniels (Liz) of Ottawa, KS; one sister: Sandra Robertson of Wichita, KS; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Melvin Ard and Robert Gilkey; one sister, Shirley Price; two brothers: Don Daniels and William Daniels, Jr., a great-grandson, Matt Nurnberg; and a great-granddaughter, Sierra Pinkston.
At her request, there will be a private family gathering to celebrate her life, at a later date. Inurnment will be in the Elsmore Cemetery, Elsmore, KS. Memorial contributions to the Golden Living Center of Chase County’s Christmas Fund, to provide gifts for the residents, may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Condolences messages for the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
LOIS E. (SHEPHERD) WHEAT
Lois Eleanor Wheat, age 95, of Strong City, KS, died Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at Diversicare of Council Grove in Council Grove, KS. Lois, born June 19, 1920, in Miller, KS, was the daughter of Franklin Thomas and Maud Elizabeth (Higgins) Shepherd. She graduated from Miller High School in 1938, and started teaching, at the age of 19, after receiving her normal training at Eskridge, KS. She taught, all eight grades, at Ozark School, a one-room schoolhouse between Admire and Allen, KS. She, later, received her master’s degree in elementary education from Kansas State Teachers College, now Emporia State University and taught various grades in the schools of Cottonwood Falls, Elmdale, and Strong City. She retired in 1982.
She and Harold Henry Wheat were married August 1, 1945, in Admire, KS. He preceded her in death February 10, 1996. They had two children: Bill and Arlene. Lois enjoyed dancing, crocheting, reading, playing cards and travel. She and Harold always enjoyed trips to California to visit his sister and her family. Branson, MO, was another of her favorite destinations, especially when they could take their grand-kids along for the outing. Additionally, she had a passion for attending her grand-kids baseball, basketball, and volleyball games and equine events. In her later years, she enjoyed spending time with Lawrence Gerstner of Topeka, enriching both of their lives.
Lois is survived by a son. Bill Wheat and his wife, Susan, of Hot Springs Village, AR, and a daughter, Arlene Bailey of Matfield Green, KS; three grandchildren: Cheryl Bailey of Strong City KS, Kim Andrews (Greg) of Lee’s Summit, MO, and Tanner Wheat (Kalley) of Erie, CO; five great-grandchildren: J.D. Sheetz of Eddyville, NE, Justin and Cole Andrews of Lee’s Summit, MO, and Bodey and Brinley Wheat of Erie, CO. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Franklin, and two sisters: Mary Smith and Martha “Poke” Gerstner.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held Friday, October 9, at 10:30, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Cremation has taken place and burial will be in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery near Admire.
A visitation will be held Thursday, from 6:00 until 7:30, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions to the Chase County EMS may be sent in care of the funeral home in Cottonwood Falls. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
DALLAS EUGENE BURTON
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.
DOROTHY MAY (CRAWFORD) CROWELL DICK
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.
DONALD LEE POTTER
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.
KENNETH R. STUDER
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.
DALE N. STARKEY
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.
ERIC R. OLSON
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.
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