08.16.17

Gloria Jean (Wodke) Potter

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Gloria Jean (Wodke) Potter
Gloria Potter, 68, of Marion, KS, formerly of Strong City, KS, died Saturday, August 12, 2017, at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. The daughter of Leland “Bud” and Lola M. (Galemore) Wodke, Gloria was born December 23, 1948, in Austin, TX. She graduated from Council Grove High School in 1966. Gloria and Floyd Lee Potter were married May 25, 1968 in Council Grove, KS. He preceded her in death on July 5, 1996.
She owned and operated the Wagon Wheel Café in Strong City for over 20 years and had a smile for everyone who frequented her restaurant. She loved to cook and enjoyed preparing holiday meals for family and friends. She had an incredible work ethic and made helping others a priority. She enjoyed making ceramics, crocheting, camping, biking, swimming, and fishing. Sports were also an important part of her and her family’s life with her coaching her daughter’s softball team and attending all activities of her children and grandchildren. She had a special place in her heart for animals, especially her beloved dogs. She loved country and Christian music that she enjoyed singing at Grace Lutheran Church in Strong City where she, Floyd, and the kids were members during their childhood.
Gloria is survived by a son, Brian Potter and Rhonda of Strong City; a daughter, Lori Wheeler and Jason of Marion; a sister, Patricia Blount and Calvin of Council Grove; brother-in-law, Jim Kahle of Emporia; Grandchildren: Misty Brewer and Chris, Brendan Potter and Savannah, Brianna, Brylee, and Brant Potter, Corbin Wheeler, and Burton Harshman; Great-grandchildren: Macie, Kenzlie, Alexis, and baby boy Brewer; along with many loved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her sister, Brenda Kahle.The family will meet friends on Friday, from 6 until 7:30 P.M. at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, August 19, at 2:00 at the Marion Presbyterian Church in Marion. Burial will follow in Strong City Cemetery in Strong City.
Memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association may be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 200, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. An online message may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

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07.25.17

Robert E. “Bob” Coyle

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Robert E. “Bob” Coyle
Bob Coyle, age 80, of Strong City, KS died Monday, July 24, 2017 at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita, KS. The son of Joseph Clark and Mary (Douglas) Coyle, Robert was born August 12, 1936 in Tucson, AZ. He served in the U.S. Army.
He and Lois Marie Jewel were married June 1, 1957 in Wichita, KS. They celebrated their 60th anniversary this June. Bob was a hard worker. He started working at a bakery and then at a hog serum manufacturing company in Arizona. When they moved to Kansas, Bob worked at IBP and in his and Marie’s janitorial service. He spent much of his time reading the Bible and watching FOX news. He was active in his church and enjoyed time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Marie, of Strong City; a son, Scot Coyle (Darlene) of Fredonia; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Sandra Lawyer; a brother, Eugene Coyle; and three sisters: May Coyle, Barbara Ann Fox, and Mildred Jewel.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, July 29, at 1:00 P.M.at the Bethel Baptist Church in Emporia, KS. with a dinner at 11:00. Burial will follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery west of Cottonwood Falls. There will be no formal visitation time. Memorial contributions to the Bob Coyle Education Fund (for his grandchildren) may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home or in care of Citizens State Bank in Cottonwood Falls. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com or on the funeral home Facebook page.

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07.12.17

Lawrence Richard “L.R.” Foose

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Lawrence Richard “L.R.” Foose
Lawrence Foose, 90, of rural Cedar Point, KS died Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at his home in rural Cedar Point. The son of Elmer Ray and Ella Birdie (Stevenson) Foose, Lawrence was born May 14, 1927, in Matfield Green, KS. He graduated from Matfield Green High School and served in the US Army during World War II. Lawrence started working with his dad on the railroad during high school. When he returned after serving in the Army, he worked for the Santa Fe Railroad for 45 years as a machine operator-group 5.
Lawrence married Hope Bastin and she preceded him in death in 1958. He and Harriette Louise Ayers were married December 23, 1977 in Cedar Point. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Lodge #2045. He enjoyed gardening including planting trees and fishing. After his retirement he spent many hours working on his woodworking projects.
Lawrence is survived by his wife, Harriette, of the home; a sister, Verla McCabe of Topeka; two stepsons: Timothy Starkey of Rio Rancho, NM and Paul “P.R.” Starkey of Goessel; three stepdaughters: Sharon Williams and Sue Markley and her husband, Darvin, both of Marion and Rene Starkey of Florence; 10 step grandchildren; and 15 step great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; and a brother, Donald Foose.
A celebration of life graveside service, with military honors, will be held Saturday, July 15, at 10:00 A.M. at the Matfield Green Cemetery in Matfield Green, KS. There will be no visitation prior to the service. Memorial contributions to Amedisys Foundation may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com or on Facebook at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home site.

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05.19.17

Esther Ellen (Ames) Eusey

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Esther Eusey, age 92, of Emporia, KS, formerly of Pasadena, CA, died Friday, May 12, 2017 at the home of her daughter. She was born March 25, 1925 in Pasadena, CA to Edwin Neal and Esther Pamilla (Brown) Ames. She attended Pasadena Jr. College for one year. Esther and Don Hansen Eusey were married October 10, 1947 in Pasadena, CA. He preceded her in death on January 22, 2009.
She was a member of the Methodist church and taught Sunday school. She also was a Boy Scout leader for several years. Esther was a teacher’s aide, grades K-6, at Riverside Elementary from 1967 until 1983, when she retired to Oceanside, CA. She moved to Santa Barbara, CA after her husband’s death to be closer to two of her daughters. In 2012, she moved to Emporia, KS to spend time with two of her other children.
She is survived by two sons: Patrick M. Eusey of Santa Monica, CA and Don H. Eusey, II and his wife, Lucie of Emporia; four daughters: Christine Matson and her husband, Larry of Emporia, Diane Deal and her husband, Michael and Lauren Eusey and her husband, Paul Deal both of Santa Barbara, CA, and Linda Phillips and her husband, Harvey of Hong Kong, China; one brother, Edwin Neal Ames, Jr and his wife, Blanche of San Fernando Valley, CA; nine grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Elizabeth Pauline Williams.
A memorial service will be held in Riverside, CA at a later date. Interment of her cremated remains will be in the Riverside National Cemetery on the base.
Memorial contributions to Hand in Hand Hospice may be sent in care of Christine Matson, 810 E. South Ave, Emporia, KS 66801. Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls is in charge of arrangements.
Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com or on the funeral home Facebook page.

05.11.17

Patsy J. (Archer) Johnson

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Patsy J. (Archer) Johnson
Patsy Johnson, 86, of Whitewater, formerly of Matfield Green, KS died Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Wheat State Manor in Whitewater, KS. Patsy was born November 5, 1930 in Saffordville, KS to Jackson Leroy and Gertrude (Selves) Archer. She and Ira Frank Johnson were married July 12, 1953 in Cottonwood Falls. He preceded her in death on November 11, 2007.
Patsy was a homemaker and a workaholic. She was very particular about cleaning her house on a schedule and worked as a housekeeper and caregiver for others in the community. She helped Frank haul hay and cleaned parts when he was working on machinery. They loved to dance and would glide across the floor doing the two-step. She also had a garden when she was younger.
She is survived by her son, Cecil Johnson of Belle Plaine; a brother, Leroy Archer and his wife, Doris of Council Grove; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers: Rob, Bill, Jacob, John, and Jim Archer; and two sisters: Fern Moore and Betty Meyers.
A visitation will be held Friday from 7:00 until 8:00 at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, at 2:00 in the Matfield Community Church with burial to follow at Matfield Green Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Matfield Community Church 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.

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05.06.17

RONALD E. “RON” SPARKS

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Ronald E. “Ron” Sparks
Ron Sparks, 71, of Strong City, died Thursday, May 4, 2017 at his daughter’s home in Cottonwood Falls. The son of Ned Sparks and Velma (King) Warren, Ron was born April 1, 1946 in Emporia, KS. He served in the United States Army. He and Sharon K. Butter were married April 20, 1968 in Cottonwood Falls. She preceded him in death on February 5, 2016.
Ron was a member of the American Legion. He was happy when he could be outdoors. His favorite pastimes were fishing and working on lawn mowers and cars. Ron loved his family and spent as much time as possible with them.
He is survived by his daughters: Kim Walker and her husband, James, of Strong City, Kerry Sparks of Kansas City, KS, Kelly Sparks of Oskaloosa, Kathy Mullins and her husband, Danny, of Cottonwood Falls, and Mel Butter of Strong City; a sister: Nellie Beyer and her husband, Larry, of Emporia; eight grandchildren: Matthew and Michelle Givens, Tyler Mullins, Danielle Townsdin, Megan, Dillian, and Madison Grother, and Alec Keller; and six great grandchildren: Avery, Raiden, and Orion Givens, Stella Mullins, Sophia Townsdin, and Eleanor Mullins. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: James and Ned Sparks; a half-brother, Jr. Warren; nephews, Chad Butter, Braysen Butter, and Beau Wallace.
A celebration of life graveside service will be held Monday, May 8, at 2:00 PM at the Strong City Cemetery in Strong City followed by a gathering time to share memories of Ron at St. Anthony Hall at 3:00. His eight grandchildren will serve as casket bearers. Military honors will be conducted by a Fort Riley honor detail. There will be no visitation and the casket will be closed. Memorial contributions to the Chase County Recreation Commission for the Fishing Derby or to the funeral home to assist with expenses may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Online messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

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05.04.17

WILLIAM “BILL’ GEORGE

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William “Bill” George
Bill George, age 63, of Strong City, KS died Monday, March 27, 2017 at his home in Strong City. The son of Harold E. and Marjorie (Kimberlin) George, William Edward was born February 17, 1954 in El Dorado, KS. He graduated from Strong City High School in 1972.
He and Cynthia Snead are the parents of Nathan and Kelly George. They later divorced.
Bill worked as an aircraft sheet metal specialist for Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita for many years. He enjoyed his family and hunting, fishing, watching movies, and camping.
He is survived by his two children: Nathan George of Strong City and Kelly Fontenot and her husband, Thomas of Summerset, S.D; his mother, Marjorie George of Strong City; two sisters, Karen O’Neil of Wichita and Donna Hardiger of Strong City; two grandchildren: Ryan Flanigann and Jolie Fontenot; and relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father. A family gathering will be held at a later date to celebrate his life.

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04.12.17

GLENDON EUGENE BARRETT

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Glendon Barrett passed away April 10, 2017, at his home east of Cottonwood Falls.

Glendon Eugene Barrett was born May 5, 1923, west of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, the youngest of five children, to Raymond John and Mabel Hunter Barrett.

He attended grade school in Cottonwood Falls and graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1941 as co-valedictorian of the class. He received the State Farmer degree in Future Farmers of America in high school and was awarded a trip to the National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago. He attended one semester of college at Kansas State University where he was in ROTC, but returned home to help his dad farm during World War II.

Glendon was a devoted husband. He first met Eula Burton at the skating rink. They were married on October 20, 1944. They farmed and ran a dairy for 35 years, selling gallons of milk on the honor system. In addition, they enjoyed clerking auctions.

Glendon made a priority of church and community leadership. He was active in the United Methodist Church and served on the Church Board. He was on the school boards for both the grade school and high school and on the Exchange National Bank Board. He served in several offices in Zeredatha Lodge #80, including two terms as Master.   He was also a member of Falls Chapter #25 Order of the Eastern Star, holding several offices. He was on the Chase County Farm Bureau Board and was president for two years, which allowed Glendon and Eula the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. on the County Presidents’ trip.

Glendon was a 4-H Club leader for 25 years, and was on the Chase County Extension Council Board. While serving on the Chase County Fair Board, he was instrumental in the construction of the Community Building and was Superintendent of Crops and Gardens at the County Fair. He was Chairman of the Chase County Rural Water District #1 Board and assisted in a ten mile extension in 2000.

Glendon is survived by his wife of 72 years, Eula; two daughters, Glenda Priest and husband Eric of Emporia, and Jana Wise and husband Harold of Chillicothe, Illinois; and one son, James Barrett and wife Melinda of Cottonwood Falls; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Beverly Slabaugh; two sisters, Bernice (Bee) Nelson and Dorothy Nixon; and two brothers, Richard Barrett and Russell Barrett.

A visitation will be held Friday, April 14, from 7 until 8:30 pm at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls.  A celebration of life memorial service will be conducted Saturday, April 15, at 11:00 at the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church.  A family inurnment will be at Miller Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to the Chase County Wishes Project or the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church may be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.  Condolence messages may be left online at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

 

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04.05.17

David H. Ramsey, Jr.

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David Henry Ramsey, Jr.

David Ramsey, Jr, 87, of Strong City, KS died Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at the Chase County Care & Rehabilitation Center in Cottonwood Falls. The son of David Henry, Sr and Leona (Varelman) Ramsey, David was born April 27, 1929 in Hymer, KS. He worked as a section hand for the railway. He served in the US Army and was honorably discharged.

He and Zetta Hall were married June 13, 1949 in Summersville, WV. They had celebrated their 67th anniversary. David worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Santa Fe Railroad for 47 years. He was a member of the Flint Hills Community Church.

He is survived by his wife, Zetta; son, Clarkie David Ramsey and his wife, Ardith of Elmdale; daughter, Loretta (Ramsey) Hamilton and her husband, Gale of Omaha, NE; sister, Dorothy Arnold of Salina, KS; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Laura Baker and Martha Steavenson; and a half-sister, Hazel Deemy.

A visitation will be held Saturday, April 8 at 1:00 pm followed by a celebration of life service at 2:00 at the Flint Hills Community Church in Cottonwood Falls. Military honors will be presented by a Fort Riley honor guard following the service. Interment will be in Strong City Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Flint Hills Community Church may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left for the family at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

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03.20.17

Linda Lea (Lutt) Potter

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Linda Lea Potter, 64 of Dallas, TX passed Saturday, March 18, 2017 in Dallas. The daughter of John William and Lela May (Oehlert) Lutt, Linda was born December 31, 1952 in Marion, KS. She and Donald Wayne Potter were married in Cottonwood Falls, KS in August, 1968.

Linda is survived by her husband Donald Wayne of the home, her son Donald Wayne Potter, II and his wife Kerry of Neodesha, KS, granddaughters Kelsey & Alyson Potter, and sister Leola Kay Conklin of Kingman, KS. She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Lynn Marie Potter, in-law’s Fred & Marge Potter, brother in-law Doug Potter and sister in-law Rhonda Reyer. Visitation for Linda will be held on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 9:30-10:30am at the Flint Hills Community Church, Cottonwood Falls, KS with the service following the visitation and beginning at 11:00am. Burial will follow at the Prairie Grove Cemetery in Cottonwood Falls. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Linda’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845

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