09.26.16

EUGENE EARL TALKINGTON

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:18 pm by Sue Alexander

Eugene Earl Talkington

Eugene Talkington, 95, of Matfield Green, KS, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2016 at his home. Eugene Earl was born on July 5, 1921 in Olpe, moving to the Matfield Green area at the age of 2. He was the 3rd of seven brothers born to Ralph Kenneth and Margaret Mockery Talkington.

Eugene graduated from Matfield Green High School in 1941. He worked for Boeing in Wichita before being drafted in WWII. He served in France and Germany with the Army’s 7th Regiment 3rd Division Company B. After the war, Eugene returned to Matfield Green where he farmed and ranched for the rest of his life.

Eugene served on the Matfield Green School Board and was a member of the Pork Producers. He attended the Flint Hills Community Church.

Eugene married Mary Ellen Anderson in 1955. They divorced and he married Marcella Hollar in 1971. She preceded him in death in 1989.

He liked to fish, hunt, and entertain his children and grandchildren. He was always in “perpetual motion”.

Eugene is survived by one son, Keith Talkington of Matfield Green; four daughters: Susan Dryden of Newkirk, OK, Shirley Collins (Dennis) of Strong City, Nancy Brewer (Doyle) of Ponca City, OK, and Judy Wagner (Mike) of El Dorado; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren, and his best friend, Delores Conley. He was preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter, Jody Lea; and his six brothers: Donald, Harold, Merton, Charles, June, and Wilbur.

A celebration of life service will be held Friday, at 1:00 P.M., at the Flint Hills Community Church in Cottonwood Falls. Burial, with military honors, will follow in the Matfield Green Cemetery. The visitation will be Thursday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the church.

Memorial contributions to the Chase County Fair Association or the USD 284 FFA (Future Farmers of America) may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Messages may be left online at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

09.22.16

WAYNE LEE SCHWILLING

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WAYNE LEE SCHWILLLING

Wayne Schwilling, 82, of Strong City, KS, died Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at Wesley Medical Center. The son of Joseph V. and Esther (Twining) Schwilling, Wayne was born December 13, 1933, in Burns, Kansas. He graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1952, and served in the U.S. Army following graduation.

He and Alexia Gibb were married September 14, 1957. She preceded him in death on November 18, 1974. Wayne and Sue Cox were married December 24, 1975, in Wichita, KS.

Wayne worked for Quality Chevrolet in Wichita for 22 years, Jarvis Motor Company for two years, and Longbine Auto Plaza in Emporia, as a service writer and assistant service manager, from 1984 until he retired in 2000. He was a member of the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church and the Cottonwood Falls Country Club.   He played golf in the summer and was a member of the bowling league during the winter. He loved spending time with his family and playing mexican train dominoes and visiting at the Chase County Senior Center. He was a farmer who enjoyed driving his tractor.

Wayne is survived by his wife, of the home; one daughter, Cynthia L. Kelsheimer (Ron) of Strong City; two step-sons: Kevin Cox (Rachel) of Kansas City, MO and J.R. Cox (Clarissa) of Augusta; a brother, Harry Schwilling (Dee) of Wichita; two sisters: Bernice Weamer of Kansas City, KS and Shirley Cowdrey of Olathe, KS; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his four brothers: Howard, Lyle, Marvin, and Russell; one half-brother, Joseph, Jr.; and three half-sisters: Dorothy Wagner, Janette Duke, and Mary Shehan.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, at 11:00 A.M., at the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church. Cremation will follow the service with burial in Strong City Cemetery at a later date. There will be a visitation Friday, from 6:00 until 7:30, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions to the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church or the Cottonwood Falls Country Club may be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Messages may be left online at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

09.12.16

JAY W. O’DANIEL

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JAY W. O’DANIEL

Jay W. O’Daniel, age 60, passed away May 23, 2016 at his home in Tucson, AZ, his residence for the past nine years.  Jay was born December 7, 1955 in Emporia, KS to James W. O’Daniel and Wilma (Stout) O’Daniel.  They predeceased him.

He graduated from high school in Cottonwood Falls, KS and then graduated from Oral Roberts University with a BSN Degree in 1980.

His work opportunities took him to several cities.  He spent 13 years in Emporia, KS as director of Hand in Hand Hospice, and then IBP/Tyson as Occupational Health Manager.  He was director of Golden Living Center in Cottonwood Falls, KS.

Jay loved to travel, was an excellent cook, enjoyed photography, was an amateur meteorologist, loved animals and rescued several in his lifetime.  He, also, spent many happy and fun times at Lake Kahola.

Jay is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, DeAnne and Tom Peterson; his niece, Kelly Scott (Steven); two nephews: Eric Peterson (Maggie) and Joshua Peterson (Darren); a great niece; five great nephews; a dear aunt; several special cousins; and a godson.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, September 17, 2016, 11:00, at Hillside Cemetery in Toledo Township, KS.  Memorial contributions would be appreciated to Hand in Hand Hospice or the H. Dale Buck Animal Welfare Memorial Fund, Inc. and may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845 who is charge of arrangements.  Messages may be left online at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com

08.30.16

LINDA SUE (STARKEY) STUBENHOFER

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LINDA S. (STARKEY) STUBENHOFER

Linda Stubenhofer, age 71, of Strong City, KS, died Monday, August 29, 2016, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls, KS. The daughter of Kermit and Virginia (Cahoone) Starkey, Linda Sue was born October 29, 1944, in Strong City.

She graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1962. She and Bill Stubenhofer were married July 21, 1962, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Strong City. She attended and graduated from the Emporia School of Cosmetology in 1972.

She and her mother, Virginia, owned and operated Virginia’s Beauty Shop in Cottonwood Falls for many years and she continued to operate the shop until 2005. She was a member of the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church.

Linda was also a member of the Kansas Rural Letter Carriers Auxiliary and the district president for the last 30 years and a member of the national auxiliary. She especially liked spending time at Council Grove Lake and traveling, including several cruises and a trip to Ireland. She crocheted many baby blankets and enjoyed the KSU women’s basketball games.

She is survived by her husband, Bill, of the home; three daughters: Missy Stubenhofer-May (Steve) of Marion, Mindy Sherfy (Mark) of Shawnee, and Megan Stubenhofer-Barrett (Jeremy) of Gretna, NE; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father; her mother, Virginia Cooper; her step-father, Les Cooper; and her brother, Dale Starkey.

A visitation will be held Friday, September 2, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the Flint Hills Community Church in Cottonwood Falls. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, at 11:00 A.M., at the church with burial in St. Anthony Cemetery, Strong City. Memorial contributions to Hand in Hand Hospice may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls.

The casket will be closed. Messages for the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

 

08.25.16

GEORGE LEE SWIFT

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GEORGE LEE SWIFT

George Swift, 88, of Council Grove, formerly of Matfield Green and Strong City, KS, died Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at Morris County Hospital in Council Grove. The son of Fred and Jennie (Cox) Swift, George was born August 11, 1928, at his parents’ home in Matfield Green. He and Harriett Arnold were married February 25, 1949, in Emporia, KS and she died October 9, 1997.

During his early years, he worked on his family’s farm as a farmer/rancher. Later, he worked for the railroad, in construction of the turnpike, IBP, and for the City of Cottonwood Falls in the “Green Thumb” program. He was a member of the Christian Church in Matfield Green and enjoyed spending time with his family. He liked coon hunting, playing poker and bingo, fishing, camping, and shoeing and training horses. He had been a member of the Eagles Club and the men’s and mixed league bowling teams.

He is survived by his four sons: Larry (Gloria) Swift and Virgil (Stacy) Swift both of Emporia, Steve (Virgilene) Swift of Wellsville, and David Swift of Strong City; five daughter: Linda (Larry) Meyers, Gayla Swift, and Peggy Ziesmer of Cottonwood Falls, and Rita Sanders and Connie Taylor both of Strong City; two brothers: Robert (Charlotte) Swift of Colony and Charles (Betty) Swift of Matfield Green; one sister: Ruby Everett of Cottonwood Falls; 20 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Crystal Smith; five brothers: Harold, Jewell, Fred, Ralph, and Forrester Swift; and a great-grandson, Johnathan Fleshman.

A visitation will be held Sunday, from 6:00 until 7:30, at the Flint Hills Community Church in Cottonwood Falls. A celebration of life service will be held Monday, 11:00, at the church. Burial will follow in Matfield Green Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to the Matfield 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 at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.  

08.07.16

BETTY LOUISE (WIEBRECHT) DAVIS CLARK

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BETTY L. (WIEBRECHT) DAVIS CLARK

Betty Clark, 96, of Strong City, KS, died Saturday, August 6, 2016, at her home in Strong City.  The daughter of Henry G. and Katherine (Gamer) Wiebrecht, Betty Louise was born May 18, 1920, in Strong City.  She attended school in Chase County and graduated from Yates Center High School in 1938. She and Ernest Davis were married December 9, 1942, in Cottonwood Falls, and he preceded her in death on January 20, 1965.  She and Lloyd Clark were married August 30, 1973, in St. Anthony Catholic Church and he preceded her in death on September 17, 2000.

She was a homemaker and worked at the Strong City High and Elementary schools, as a secretary, from 1970 until 1982.  She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Altar Guild.  She was, also, a member of the Rainbow Garden Club and the American Legion and VFW Auxiliaries.  She had a “green thumb” and cooked the best fried chicken and angel food cakes.  She was an avid supporter of the humane society and Kansas State University Wildcats; however, she was happiest when she was with her family as a mother, grandma, great-grandma, and great-great-grandma.  She had a smile and made everyone feel special.

She is survived by three sons: Mark (Barbara) Davis and Joseph (Terri) Davis of Strong City, and Ken (Jeanette) Clark of Shawnee; five daughters: Diane (Gerald) Sanders, Jane (Ron) Scott, Alexia (Howard) Taliaferro, Vicki (Marvin) Adcock, and Gayle (Gerald) Ingalls all of Strong City; a sister, Norma McPhail of Houston, TX; 26 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a son, Gregory Gerard Davis; a daughter and her husband, Judith and Ron Meyer; a daughter, Betty Roberson; a great-granddaughter, Kendall Grace Mein; and a great-great-granddaughter, Jocelyn Stevens.

A Rosary will be recited Wednesday, at 10:30, at St. Anthony Catholic Church with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:00.  Interment will be in St. Anthony Cemetery north of Strong City.  There will be no visitation.

Memorial contributions to the Grandma Betty Park Fund or to St. Anthony Cemetery Flagpole Fund may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. Online messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

07.19.16

RICHARD LEON “DINK” MCCORGARY

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RICHARD LEON MCCORGARY          

Richard “Dink” McCorgary, 74, of Strong City, KS, died Saturday, July 16, 2016, at Stormont-Vail Healthcare in Topeka, KS. The son of Thomas and Devora Agnes (Younger) McCorgary, Richard was born June 12, 1942, in Arkansas City, KS. He graduated from Wichita North High School and served in the U.S. Army. He and Nancy L. Ingalls were married August 7, 1971, in Strong City.

Richard was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Cottonwood Falls County Club. Prior to his retirement, he worked, as a heavy equipment operator, for Chase County Road & Bridge. He enjoyed tinkering with lawn mowers and mowed lawns for several years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and driving around the area to have coffee with friends. Richard’s family, especially his grandchildren, was very important to him.

He is survived by his wife of the home; two sons: Jason (Maudi) McCorgary of El Dorado and Marvin (Gara) McCorgary of Strong City; two brothers: Marvin (Anita) McCorgary of El Paso, TX, AND Robert McCorgary of Phoenix, AZ; one sister: Arlene (Arthur) Capper of Enid, OK; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Mary Ann McCorgary and Ellen May; and two brothers: Thomas and Eugene McCorgary.

The rosary will be recited Friday, at 6:30 P.M., at St. Anthony Catholic Church with celebrant Father Theodore Khin and a celebration of life gathering will be held Saturday, at 2:00, at St. Anthony Hall. Inurnment, with military honors, will be held at St. Anthony Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to the Richard McCorgary Memorial Fund, to be used for his grandchildren’s education, may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Online condolences may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

 

 

07.08.16

BRUCE ALLEN CAHOONE

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:49 pm by Sue Alexander

BRUCE A. CAHOONE

Bruce Cahoone, age 56, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia, KS. The son of Howard A. and Zelma M. “Micky” (Livesay) Cahoone, Bruce was born December 19, 1959, in Wichita, KS. He attended JCCC and completed the Heating and Cooling program. He, also, completed a waste water treatment program and spent two years with the Job Corps in Ogden, UT. He and Darla T. Hogan were married for 19 years.

He worked for a basement/foundation repair company, IBP, a heating and cooling company, and worked at a waste water treatment facility. He was forced to retire due to ill health. He was a Universal Life minister. Bruce enjoyed cooking and attended a culinary arts program at one time. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, barbequing, and diving. He loved animals and trained dogs for a while. Jeopardy was his favorite show and he was a big fan of the group, KISS. In his early years, he rode unicycles and did gymnastics, and as he got older, he rode Harley Davidson motorcycles.

He is survived by his wife of the home; two sons: Bruce Allen Cahoone, II of Oswego, KS and Brett Allen Cahoone of Illinois; and two sisters: Darla Weiss of Cottonwood Falls and Debbie Bupp of Wichita, KS. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Tom Barlow.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held Saturday, July 16, at 2:00, at the Strong City Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Emporia Animal Shelter may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Online condolences may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

07.04.16

DONNA C. (BARBY) STARKS LAMEY

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DONNA C. (BARBY) STARKS LAMEY

Donna Lamey, age 83, of Elmdale, KS, died Sunday, July 3, 2016, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls. The daughter of Louis and Edith (Stewart) Barby, Donna Carrol was born August 31, 1932, in Laverne, OK. She graduated from Laverne High School. She and Harvey Starks were married October 15, 1950, in Laverne, OK. He preceded her in death on July 2, 2004. She and William Lamey were married on May 4, 2006, in Miami, OK.

Donna was a homemaker and worked at several businesses, including Virgilene’s Ready To Wear, Peoples State Bank, Ludwig Trucking, and Elmdale Post Office. She was a member of the Elmdale Christian Church where she was the pianist for years. She served on the Farm Bureau Board, the County Extension Board, and the Kansas State Board of Family Consumer Education. She was a 4-H leader in the Emerald 4-H Club, a cub scout den mother, and was a member of the Friendly Circle and Alpha Study Club. She was involved with her children’s school activities and enjoyed the rodeo where she took tickets for many years. She loved to dance and spend time with her family.

She is survived by her husband, Bill, of the home; a son, Brad Starks (Pam) of Blue Jacket, OK; three daughters: Beth Vogel (Alan) of Wright, KS, Cathy Schlup (Steve) of Cottonwood Falls, and Jayne Mayes (Mike) of Matfield Green; a step-son, Billy Lamey (Michelle) of Greensburg, PA; two step-daughters: Karie Burton of Leon and Stacey Long (Rob) of Charlotte, NC; two sisters-in-law: Goldie Barby of Knowles, OK and Anna Marie Green of Cottonwood Falls; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey; her parents; three brothers: Alfred, Albert, and Russell Barby; and a sister, Ruth Lenz.

There will be a visitation on Wednesday, from 6:00 until 7:30, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, at 2:00, at the Elmdale United Methodist Church with burial in Elmdale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to the Chase County Fair Association or the Elmdale Cemetery 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.

 

VERLAN FRANCIS DEEMY, JR.

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VERLAN FRANCIS DEEMY, JR.

Verlan Deemy, age 68, of Strong City, KS, died Friday, July 1, 2016, at his home in Strong City, KS. The son of Hazel Pauline (Varelman) and Verlan Francis Deemy, Sr., Verlan was born May 19, 1948, in Salina, KS. He graduated from Wilsey High School in the class of 1966, and served in the U.S. Air Force, as a jet engine mechanic. When he returned, he attended two years of college at Kansas State University.

He and Margaret Jean Rangel were married April 2, 1976, in Miami, OK. He was a truck driver for 44 years and retired after he received the “One Million Miles Without an Accident” award. He was a member of Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association.   He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the American Legion. He enjoyed spending time with his family and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, of the home; five sons: Verlan F. Deemy, III (Dana) of Prairie Village, KS, John Deemy of Strong City, Xaviar Gutierrez (Dena) of San Antonio, TX, Kevin Lopez of Temecula, CA, and Kenneth Lopez (Hulya) and children of Los Angeles, CA; two daughters: Denise Lockwood (Ken) of Navarre, FL, and Shannon Lopez and children of Boston, MA; a brother: Daniel Deemy (Mary) of Waxahachia, TX; and 11 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Richard Deemy; a sister, Myrna Deemy; and a grandson, Ian Lockwood.

A rosary will be recited Friday, at 6:00, at the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Strong City with a visitation following at St. Anthony Hall until 7:30. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, at 1:00, at the church. Inurnment, with military honors, will follow in St. Anthony Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society or to the family may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

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