05.10.16

ROBERT LEE “BOB” CAMPBELL

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:02 pm by Sue Alexander

ROBERT LEE “BOB” CAMPBELL

Robert Campbell, age 81, a lifetime resident of Chase County (Cottonwood Falls, KS), died Friday, May 6, 2016, at Kansas Medical Center in Andover, KS. The son of Louis Zechariah and Lila Belle (LeMay) Campbell, Robert was born at Miller’s Crossing in rural Cottonwood Falls.  He graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1953, and served in the U.S. Navy.

He and Marian June Fischer were married December 8, 1956, in Alameda, CA.

Following his retirement from the Navy, they moved back to Chase County. He worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation, as an equipment operator, for 20 years.

He was a member of the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church, the American Legion, and the Zeredatha Masonic Lodge #80 A.F. & A.M. in Cottonwood Falls.

He is survived by his wife, Marian, of the home; a son, Robert (Linda) Campbell, of Cottonwood Falls; two daughters: Sheryl Fournier of Riverside, CA and JoAnn (Robert, Jr.) Feldman of Rutherford, VA;  a sister, Barbara Alexander, of Abilene, KS; 13 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Louis Zechariah Campbell, Jr. and his parents.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held Thursday, at 1:00, at the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church. Following the service, military honors will be presented by a U.S. Navy Funeral Honor Detail.  A private family interment of his cremated remains will be held at Prairie Grove Cemetery. 

A visitation will be held Wednesday, from 6:00 until 7:30, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, in Cottonwood Falls. Memorial contributions to USD 284-CCES Teachers’ Fund may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.  Messages to the family may be left online at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

 

04.11.16

BENJAMIN “BEN” RUSSELL MILLER

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:45 pm by Sue Alexander

 

BENJAMIN “BEN” RUSSELL MILLER

Ben Miller, age 27, of rural Emporia, KS, died Saturday, April 9, 2016, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, following an accident during pasture burning. The son of Brian and Pamela (Eidman) Miller, Benjamin Russell, was born July 22, 1988, in Emporia, Kansas.  He was a 2007 graduate from Reeds Spring High School in MO. He worked for Unit Corp, drilling gas wells, for several years.  He was a farmer/rancher with Eidman Farms, LLC, at the time of the accident.  

He was baptized at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Emporia. He enjoyed nearly all outdoor activities including fishing and hunting arrowheads and woodworking.  He was a member of the “Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club” and was always willing to help anyone.  He was a friend to all.

Ben is survived by his mother, Pam (Kevin) Burnett of Cape Fair, MO; his father, Brian (Frances) Miller of Allen; five sisters: Amanda (Jared) Huckleberry and Samantha Miller of Springfield, MO, Tyan Burnett of Cape Fair, MO, and Faith and Hope Miller of Allen; his grandparents:  Morris (Janett) Eidman of Toledo Township and Larry and Sylvia Miller of Olpe; and his dog, Pepper.  He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Mary Jo Eidman, and his uncle, Russell D. Miller.

A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, April 14, at 2:00 P.M., at the Saffordville Community Building (schoolhouse) in Saffordville. Interment will follow in Hillside Cemetery in Toledo Township, KS.  The casket will be closed.

A visitation will be Wednesday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls.

Memorial contributions to the Ben Miller Memorial Fund 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

 

 

04.08.16

JOLENE F. (PINKSTON) HEATHMAN

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:38 am by Sue Alexander

JOLENE F. (PINKSTON) HEATHMAN

Jolene Heathman, age 65, of rural Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia. The daughter of Hugh “Cobby” and Mildred “Millie” (Mock) Pinkston, Jolene was born January 7, 1951, in Marion, KS.  She graduated from Strong City High School in 1969 and completed the Licensed Practical Nurse program at Newman School of Nursing.  She worked at the Cottonwood Falls nursing home and Dr. Jimmie Browning’s medical office.  Later, she cooked at the Elementary and Middle School in Strong City.  She and Gordon Heathman were married in October of 1984, in Miami, OK.

Jolene was a member of the Elmdale United Methodist Church. She loved her animals which included Guineas, dogs, cats, and even skunks and raccoons.  She  worked many hours outdoors, planting flowers and mowing the yard.  She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and, even when she was in pain, she never complained.

She is survived by Gordon of the home; a sister, Linda Yette, of Cottonwood Falls; a step-daughter, Diane Kampff (Richard) of Cottonwood Falls; a nephew, Steve Fillmore; a niece, Taylor Fillmore; and a step-grandson, Jacob Kampff. She was preceded in death by her parents and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mock and Mr. and Mrs. Levi Pinkston.

Her family is honoring her request not to have a service. Cremation is planned and she will be inurned in a private burial site overlooking the Flint Hills.  Memorial contributions, to Elmdale United Methodist Church or to Chase County EMS, may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.  Online condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

 

04.02.16

PATSY (GARR) READMAN

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:45 am by Sue Alexander

Patsy (Garr) Readman

Patsy Readman, age 60, of Leavenworth, KS, died Friday, April 1, 2016 at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, KS. The daughter of William & Charlene (Strom) Garr, Patsy was born on October 27, 1955, in Council Grove, KS. She attended Strong City High School in Strong City, KS. She married Doyle Potter and two daughters were born of this union. They were later divorced. She married Tim Readman on April 22, 2006.

She worked at CF Sauer West Holdings in Gardner, KS for almost 15 years. She enjoyed spending time with family, reading books, crocheting, and watching KU basketball.

She is survived by her husband of the home; two daughters: Cheri Wilson of Leavenworth, KS and Laci Jacques (Paul) of El Paso, TX; one brother: Dallas Garr (Joyce) of Emporia, KS; two sisters: Carol Fillmore of Strong City, KS, Betsy Heathman (Terry) of Gardner, KS; three grandsons: JD Loving (Aliana), Ricky Loving (Amanda), and Carson Jacques; one granddaughter: Caitlin Jacques; and three great-grandchildren: Abel Loving, Makayla Loving, and Kylie Loving. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: Lloyd Garr and Eddie Garr; Brother-in-Law, Robert Fillmore.

A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, April 5, at 2 pm, at the First Baptist Church in Cottonwood Falls, KS. Pastor Steve Strom will be officiating. The remains will be scattered at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to be used for the grand-children and great-grandchildren’s education may be sent to the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Messages to the family may be sent in care of the funeral home at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

KYLE WILLIAM SMITH

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:41 am by Sue Alexander

KYLE WILLIAM SMITH

Kyle Smith, age 28, of Strong City, KS, died Thursday, March 31, 2016, as the result of a one-vehicle accident in Morris County. Kyle William, the son of Troy Blankley and Lori Smith, was born July 27, 1987, in Emporia, KS.  He graduated from Chase County High School in 2005.  He and Trista L. Benjamin were married June 20, 2009, in Saffordville.  He worked for Pierson Wireless as a tower hand.  He spent many hours with a close friend, Dennis Varelman, and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He is survived by his wife of the home; two sons: Chaz Smith and Hunter Smith of the home; a daughter, Ralissa Smith of the home; his father, Troy Blankley, of Lyons; his mother, Lori Smith, of Strong City; and two sisters:  Peyton Schroeder (Justyn) of Hartford and Paige Blankley of Council Grove.  He was preceded in death by Dennis Varelman.

A memorial gathering will be held Wednesday, April 6, at 11:00 A.M., at the Saffordville Community Building. His family will scatter his cremains at a later date.  There will be no visitation.  Memorial contributions, to Kyle Smith’s 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.    

03.24.16

NELLIE LOUISE (SMITH) COOPER

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:30 pm by Sue Alexander

LOUISE (SMITH) COOPER

Louise Cooper, age 85, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls. The daughter of Thomas A. and M. Eunice (Traner) Smith, Nellie Louise was born November 20, 1930, at Hymer, KS.  She graduated from Strong City Rural High School in 1948.  She and Ivan LeRoy Cooper were married July 15, 1950, in Augusta, KS.  He preceded her in death on September 27, 2002.

She worked at the nursing home for 18 years, in the dietary department, and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church.  Louise enjoyed sewing, embroidering, and watching KSU ballgames and she made the best chocolate chip cookies ever!

She is survived by two sons: Donald Cooper (Vista) and Wendell Cooper (Cindy) of Cottonwood Falls; one daughter:  Linda Chancey (Larry) of Sapulpa, OK; four grandchildren:  Joshua Fraser (Misti), Todd Fraser, Amber Schlup (Brent), and Travis Cooper; and four great-grandchildren:  Rustin Fraser, Fiona Fraser, Eva Schlup, and Harvey Schlup.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a sister, Evelyn Jackson.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, at 2:00 P.M., at the Bazaar Schoolhouse with officiate, Pastor Kimberly Shank. The family will scatter her cremains at a later date.

There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, to the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church 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

 

 

03.16.16

JAMES L. “JIM” KEWLEY

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:54 pm by Sue Alexander

JAMES L. “JIM” KEWLEY

Jim Kewley, age 83, of Emporia, died Sunday, March 13, 2016, at his home. The son of William and Mary (Schultz) Kewley, James LaVerne was born February 18, 1933, in Persho, SD.  He served in the US Army during the Korean War.  He and Alma Jean Brown were married October 5, 1959, in Pierre, SD.  He was a farmer/rancher while they lived in Tripp County, SD.  After they moved to Chase County, he worked for Neosho Construction as a truck driver until his retirement in 2000.  He was a member of the American Legion.  He enjoyed the company of his dogs and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of the home; three sons: Michael Kewley (Gina) of Burlington, Bill Kewley (Janell) of Cottonwood Falls, and Greg Kewley (Carolyne) of Wellsville; two daughters:  Kay Smith and Terry Hensley of Emporia; a brother, Robert Kewley (Judy) of Emporia; three sisters:  Phyllis Talkington and Delores Conley of Matfield Green and Jean McElfresh of Emporia; nine grandchildren:  Sara Ochs, Nathan Smith, Nichole Armstrong, Michael Kewley, Chase Kewley, Madison Kinkaid, Colton Kewley, Easton Kewley, and Annalise Kewley; and five great-grandchildren:  Allison Ochs, Calvin Ochs, Genevieve Smith, Ava Gormley, and Mesa Armstrong.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jimmy Kewley; a sister, Carol Horton; and a son-in-law, Bob Hensley.

A celebration of life service will be held Friday, March 18, at 11:00 A.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery.

A visitation will be held Thursday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the funeral home. Memorial contributions to the David Traylor Zoo of Emporia 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.

 

 

03.12.16

Rhonda Kay (Potter) Reyer

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:08 pm by Sue Alexander

RHONDA K. (POTTER) REYER

Rhonda Reyer, age 62, of rural Strong City, KS, died Thursday, March 10, 2016, at her home. The daughter of Frederick D. and Marjorie L. (Thornton) Potter, Rhonda Kay was born October 30, 1953, in Emporia, KS.  She married Cecil R. Butter and to that union was born two children, Tom and Tammy.  They later divorced. She and Corwin L. Miller were married and to that union was born Tiffany.  They were divorced.  When she and Craig Reyer were married on February 14, 1996, in Emporia, she was blessed with two more children:  Justin Reyer (Shelly) and Karen Schuckman (Jeff). 

Rhonda worked in several restaurants and owned and operated the Flint Hills Restaurant in Strong City. She was a member of the Baptist Church.  She loved to play bingo; however, she most enjoyed her family and being there for anyone who needed help or support.  She was a fun-loving and giving person.

She is survived by her husband, Craig, of the home; a son, Thomas Butter of Strong City; two daughters:  Tammy Jellison (Ken) of Topeka and Tiffany Harshman of Cottonwood Falls;  three brothers:  Gary Potter of Emporia and Donald Potter (Linda) and David Potter of Dallas, TX;  four sisters:  Sheryle Baker of Emporia, Nancy Weikle of Cottonwood Falls, and Debra Schroer (Ace) and Denise Bradshaw (Bobby) of Strong City; and 12 grandchildren:  Kendra and Taryn Jellison, Izak Butter, Chelsea Kelly, and Dawson Butter, Maci, Reace, and Knox Harshman, Danae and Rhett Reyer, and Lexi and Kinley Schuckman.  She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Braysen Butter; and a brother, Fred Douglas Potter.

A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, March 15, at 2:00 P.M., at the Flint Hills Community Church in Cottonwood Falls. Burial will follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery.

A visitation will be held Monday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the church. Memorial contributions to Hand in Hand Hospice 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.  

 

 

02.18.16

LUBETH (COOPER) WHITAKER

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:11 pm by Sue Alexander

LUBETH (COOPER) WHITAKER

LuBeth Whitaker, age 60, of Toledo Township, KS, died Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri.  The daughter of Edgar V. “Puncher” and Florence Jeannine (North) Cooper, LuBeth was born August 29, 1955, in Strong City, KS.  She graduated from Chase County High School in 1973.  She and Harry Whitaker were married and to that union were born three children: Dakota, Cheyann, and Denver.  They later divorced.

LuBeth was a child care provider and worked in the deli department of Reebles Country Mart.  She spent many hours working and raising quarter horses for the family business, Cooper Quarter Horses.  She enjoyed reading, dancing, farming, making ceramics, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by two sons: Dakota Whitaker (Sylvia Swain) of Eudora, KS, and Denver Whitaker (Jennifer) of Colorado Springs, CO; her daughter, Cheyann Whitaker of Eudora, KS; her mother, Jeannine Cooper of Strong City, KS;  a brother, Jim Cooper (Michielle) of Emporia, KS; three sisters:  Janet Cannon (Larry) of Emporia, KS, Wanda Macy (Carey) of Alta Vista, KS, and Nancy Holland (Joe) of Redlands, CA; and seven grandchildren: Daniel Whitaker, India Whitaker, Dakota Whitaker, Cooper Whitaker, Kaden Bender, Caitlynn Whitaker, Ireland Whitaker.  She is preceded in death by her father, Edgar V. “Puncher” Cooper; and her “partner in crime” Lisa Ann Miller.

A celebration of life service will be held Sunday, February 21, 2016, at 2:00 P.M., at Saffordville United Methodist Church.  Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery.

There will be a visitation Saturday, from 6:00 until 7:30, at Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions to the Kansas City Hospice House 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.   

02.17.16

H. RAY “RACEHORSE” MCCLELLAN

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:21 pm by Sue Alexander

H. RAY MCCLELLAN

Ray “Racehorse” McClellan, age 82, of Elmdale, KS, died Monday, February 15, 2016, at Flint Hills Care Center in Emporia, KS. The son of Carl Newton and Malinda Lee (Anderson) McClellan, Henry Ray was born August 20, 1933, in Peacock, TX.  He and Judy Mildward met and just celebrated 50 years of working together and enjoying their family.  He was an independent truck driver who hauled for many people and Judy accompanied him on some of the trips.  He worked for many local businesses and individuals, including Steadman Construction and LUCO.  He worked as a jailer at the Chase County Detention Center and as a first responder with the Chase County Emergency Medical Service.  Ray was the fire chief and mayor of Elmdale for 17 years.  In his spare time, he enjoyed shooting pool, fishing, hunting, and spending time at Chase County State Lake taking pictures of the outdoors and animals.  He spent as much time as possible with his family and would help anyone who needed his help.

He is survived by his wife, Judy, of the home; a son, Joe Reynolds (Terri) of Toledo Township; four daughters: Cathy Reynolds Sumon of Elmdale/Canada, Cindy Potter (Gary) of Cottonwood Falls, Malinda Collier (Steve) of Reed Springs, MO; and Kim Meyers (Jody) of Americus; a brother, Dusty McClellan of College Station, TX; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Doyle McClellan; three brothers:  Dale, Walter, and A.J. McClellan; and three sisters: Zella Mae Maile, Dean Candanious, and Winona Downs.

His family will celebrate his life and share memories during a gathering to be held at a later date. They will scatter Ray’s cremains at a later date.  Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, to the Strong City Park Playground may be sent in care of the family.  Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com. Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, Cottonwood Falls is in charge of arrangements.

 

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