FRANK L. MATSON
Frank L. Matson, age 65, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died suddenly Sunday, February 16, 2014, at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital in El Dorado, KS. The son of Warren F. and Agnes L. Houk Matson, Frankie Lee was born February 9, 1949, in Emporia, KS. He graduated from Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley, CA. He served in the U.S. Army, during the Vietnam War, as a helicopter mechanic and as a door gunner. He worked as a tool and die maker for Boeing. After he moved to Chase County, he attended the Bazaar United Methodist Church and the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church and was active at the Chase County Senior Center where he shared his large collection of music. He was a “handy man” and spent much time making improvements to his home.
He is survived by his mother; a brother, John Matson, of Desert Hot Springs, CA.; a sister, Linda Fowler, of Raleigh, NC; a cousin, Larry Matson and his wife, Chris, of Emporia, KS and their children, John Michal Matson and Mary Matson Hunter; and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father.
A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, February 20, at 11:00 AM, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls with Pastor Kim Shank officiating. Military honors will be presented by a Fort Riley Honor Guard. He has been cremated. Memorial contributions to the Chase County Senior Center may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
LINDA C. PRIDDY
Linda Carol Priddy, age 64, of Independence, KS, passed away Monday, February 10, 2014, at her residence.
The daughter of Earl and Wanda (Christensen) Priddy, Linda was born November 8, 1949, in Salina, KS. She was raised in Lincolnville, KS and graduated from Centre High School. She attended Emporia State and Brown Mackey College. She and Steve Collett were married in 1969.
She was a legal secretary for Masoner & North and an administrative assistant to Lyon County District Court Judge John O. Sanderson. She was a past president of that district’s Legal Secretary Association. She was a member of the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church and was a youth leader and Sunday School teacher. She was a Girl Scout Leader and active in her children’s educational activities.
She is survived by her mother, Wanda Priddy, of Strong City, KS; three children: Amy (Stephen) Connolly of Tinley Park, IL; Ryan (Jessica) Collett, of Independence, KS, and Mary Collett of Overland Park, KS; one sister, Ellen Lynch of Sea Drift, TX, and six grandchildren: Elizabeth, Henry, Margaret, Makayla, Hudson, and Emma. She was preceded in death by her father and a brother, Dale Priddy.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held 11:00 A.M., Friday, February 14, 2014, at the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church with Pastor Kim Shank officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church and sent in care of the Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS 67301. Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com. or www.webbfamilyfuneralservice.com.
COLLENE (BLACKMORE) SLABAUGH
Collene Slabaugh, age 66, of Strong City, died Thursday, January 2, 2014, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls, KS, after a valiant battle with cancer. The daughter of William Mason and Myrtle Lorene Potter Blackmore, Helen Collene was born January 17, 1947, in Strong City, KS. She attended grade school at Saffordville Grade School and graduated from Strong City High School in 1965. She and G. Roy Slabaugh were married July 1, 1967, at the Strong City United Methodist Church in Strong City. He preceded her in death March 31, 1988. After Roy’s death, she and Ron Lake were companions until his death June 3, 2013.
She worked at Clark Farm & Home, Chase County Extension Office, Citizen’s National Bank in Emporia, and Strong City State Bank as a clerk and teller. In April of 1979, she and Roy bought the liquor store in Strong City and she owned and operated Slabaugh Liquor Store until her retirement in June of 2010.
She was a member of Strong City United Methodist Church, helped raise the funds for the organ, and played the piano and organ for church and funerals. She was an avid supporter of the Flint Hills Rodeo Association, serving the remainder of Roy’s Vice-President term, as past Secretary/Treasurer, painting rodeo signs, and working during the year to promote the rodeo. She was instrumental in bringing the Budweiser Clydesdales to Chase County for the rodeo parade two years. She was the Grand Marshal for the Flint Hills Rodeo Parade in 2012. She served as a Strong City Commissioner and was one of the founders of the Uptown Theater Preservation Alliance where she spent hours helping organize the “Raise the Roof” project to fund the restoration of the theater. She was active in the American Cancer Society and was a team captain for a Relay for Life team. She was a member, and past president, of the Strong City High School Alumni Association and a past member of the Russell Blackburn VFW auxiliary.
She had many talents and hobbies including sewing, quilting, knitting, dancing, and painting and sketching. She enjoyed fishing, hunting, cutting wood, playing cards, working cattle, camping, golfing, working in the yard and driving the country roads, with Ron, to visit friends and enjoy the beauty of the Flint Hills.
She is survived by her sister, Lynette Blackmore, of Strong City; and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her two grandmothers: Estella Potter and Mame Golden Blackmore.
A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, at 1:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home with The Rev. Pat Ireland officiating. The family will meet friends Tuesday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M. at the funeral home. Friends may come by to sign the book Monday from noon until 6:00, Tuesday, from 10:00 until 7:30, and Wednesday, from 10:00 until service time. The casket will be closed. Memorial contributions to the Flint Hills Rodeo Association and to the Chronic Illness Assistance 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.
HAROLD KIPLING “KIP” WELLS
Harold Kipling “Kip” Wells, age 86, of rural Elmdale, KS, died Saturday, December 14, 2013, at his home. The son of Macy Kipling and Leona Hyle Wells, he was born March 12, 1927, in Emporia, KS. He graduated from Elmdale High School in 1945 and from Washburn University School of Law with a Doctorate in Juris Prudence. He served, in the United States Army, as an airplane and engine mechanic 747, and was discharged, with the rank of Corporal, in 1946.
He and Barbara J. Chapman were married August 15, 1947, in her parents’ home in Elmdale. He owned his own private law practice in Kansas City for 25 years and then he was an attorney for the Department of the Interior in the state of Alaska for two years. He was an entrepreneur all of his life. In his retirement, he spent many working hours at his business, The Trading Post, in Elmdale. He was a lifelong private plane pilot.
He was a member of the Elmdale United Methodist Church and served on the Board of Trustees several times. He served on the Elmdale Cemetery Board, was President of the Middle Creek Watershed Board for 17 years, and was a Chase County Commissioner. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Zeredatha #60 A.F. & A.M. and the local American Legion Post until it disbanded. He was a lifelong Republican and served as Chairman of the Kansas Day Committee.
He is survived by his wife, of the home; a son, Harold Kipling Wells, II, and his wife, Sherry, of Elmdale; a daughter, Janna G. Hancock and her husband, Paul, of Strong City; six grandchildren: Kipling Macey Wells and his wife, Heather, Melanie Ann Brown and her husband, Mike, Bradley C. Wells and his wife, Traci, Patricia M. Falwell, Cory R. Falwell, and Laura I. Anderson and her husband, Aaron; 12 great grandchildren: Brooklyn Falwell, Zach, Alicia, and Drew Brown, Brooke Wells, Robin Covington, Luke Wells, Kenzie Anderson, Morgan Anderson, Madi Smedra, and Elijah and Noah Anderson. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at 1:00 P.M., at the Elmdale United Methodist Church with officiant, The Rev. Kim Shank. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Elmdale Cemetery. The family will meet friends Tuesday, from 6:00 until 7:00 P.M., at the church. Friends may come to the funeral home Tuesday, from 10:00 A.M. until 4:30 P.M.
Memorial contributions to the Elmdale United Methodist Church, Elmdale Cemetery Association, or Christian Mission Ministry may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry St., Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
EDWIN GILLETT GIGER
Edwin G. Giger, age 92, of Elmdale, KS, died at his home Wednesday, November 27, 2013. The son of Leroy “L.M.” and Aletta Inez Gillett Giger, Edwin was born August 22, 1921, at Elmdale. He graduated from Elmdale High in 1938 and attended Emporia State Teachers College for two years. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He and Dorothy Grace Willey were married August 24, 1947, in Seiling, OK.
He was a farmer and retired in 1989. While farming, he worked, for a short time, at the Strong City Bank and at the Chase County Courthouse in the County Clerk’s Office.
He was a member and trustee of the Elmdale United Methodist church. He served on the Elmdale School Board, the Chase County Extension Board, and was a 4-H leader. He was a member of the Chase County Historical Society Board and the Elmdale Cemetery Association. He was a perfectionist woodworker and made items for his children and their families. He enjoyed “repurposing things.” He was very proud of his family.
When he looked at the picture board with everyone’s picture on it, he would say, “It’s just a mess” and “Look what we started.”
He is survived by his wife of the home; a son, Alan Dean (Carol) Giger, of Elmdale; three daughters: Joyce Anne (Robert D.) Whitehead of DeSoto, KS, Alice Jean (Michael F.) McDaniel of Longmont, CO, and Debra Lynn (Richard A.) Irby of Valley Center, KS; 13 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters: Irma Shehi, Julia Whitney, and Lela Christlieb.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, November 30, at 1:00 P.M., at the Elmdale United Methodist Church with The Rev. Kim Shank officiating. Burial will follow in Elmdale Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by a Fort Riley Honor Guard.
The family will meet friends Friday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the Elmdale United Methodist Church. Friends may sign the book Friday, from noon until 4:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Memorial contributions to Camp Wood, Elmdale United Methodist Church, or Harden 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.
RONALD J. “RON” MAYO, JR.
Ron Mayo, age 83, of Elmdale, KS, died Thursday, November 7, 2013, at Via Christi Hospital at St. Francis in Wichita. The son of Ronald John and Mary Emily Miller Mayo, Sr., Ronald John, Jr., was born November 2, 1930, in Hutchinson, KS.
He graduated from Wichita High School East in 1950. He served in the United States Navy. He attended Purdue University, Kansas State University, and graduated from Wichita University in 1959. He and Myrna Ure were married June 12, 1957, in Wichita. He taught in Colby, KS and in Chase County at Cedar Point, Elmdale, and Cottonwood Falls. He retired in 1993, from USD 284, after teaching 28 years. He was a coach for football, track, and wrestling and taught driver’s education, history, and current affairs. He and Myrna lived on a farm in rural Chase County.
He was a member and an elder of the First Presbyterian Church, USA, in Cottonwood Falls and served on Middle Creek Watershed and Farm Bureau Boards.
He is survived by his wife, Myrna, of the home; four sons: Mark R. Mayo of Ottawa, KS, Tim S. Mayo of California, David D. (Kim) Mayo of St. Joseph, MO, and Chris M. (Janet) Mayo of Gardner, KS; a brother, James M. (Ann) Mayo of Elmdale, KS; and six grandchildren: Zackary, Tyler, Max, Ben, Rachel, and Luke. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration of life service will be held Monday, November 11, at 3:30 P.M., at the Chase County Junior Senior High School Gymnasium in Cottonwood Falls. The Rev. Pat Ireland will officiate at the service. Burial will follow in Miller Cemetery in rural Cottonwood Falls with military honors conducted by the United States Navy Honor Guard.
The family will meet friends Sunday, from 6:30 until 7:30 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Friends may sign the book from noon until 8:00 P.M. Memorial contributions to the First Presbyterian Church, USA or to the Ron Mayo Scholarship 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.
RONALD B. REED
Ronald Reed, age 73, of Cottonwood Falls, died Monday, October 21, 2013, at Flint Hills Care Center in Emporia, KS. The son of B.A. and Wilmuth Mormon Reed, Ronald Benjamin was born August 17, 1940, in Marceline, MO. He served in the United States Air Force. He worked as a construction foreman for Daniels Corp. during the building of Wolf Creek Power Plant and then he worked as a truck driver for United Van Lines and Frito-Lay. He and Gail were married December 30, 1981, in Cottonwood Falls.
He is survived by his wife of the home; three sons: Scott Zaffarano of Upstate New York, Chris Zaffarano of Derby, KS and Tim Yette of Derby, KS; two daughters: Rhonda Potter of Strong City, KS and Melissa McElfresh of Wichita, KS; one brother: Gary Reed; one sister: Marjorie K. Risch; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: John Reed and Michael Reed.
Ron has been cremated and there will be no service. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
Gary Peterson, 73, of Bazaar, passed away early Tuesday, October 15, 2013, in Wichita at Oxford of Broadmoor where he was a resident.
Gary Eugene Peterson was born August 6, 1940, in Council Grove; his parents lived at Dunlap. He was born on his father’s 29th birthday. Gary graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1958 after attending grade school at the Bazaar Schoolhouse. Gary always bragged about being the smartest kid in his class when he was in grade school….but neglected to tell he was the only student in the class.
Gary went on to attend Bethany College where he played basketball. He then transferred to Kansas State University and became a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. He was a member of the KSU four-man National Championship Wool Judging Team. In 1963, he graduated with a degree in Animal Husbandry.
He married Virginia Jones, his high school sweetheart and bride of over 51 years, on June 10, 1962, at the United Methodist Church in Cottonwood Falls. They are the parents of three children and have spent their married life at Bazaar, KS, where Gary was a farmer and rancher. He was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Strong City and was confirmed on Palm Sunday 1982.
Gary was a member of the Bazaar 4-H club and later was a Bazaar 4-H Club leader with Ginny for many years. He was instrumental in getting the Chase County 4-H Fair Livestock sale started. In 1993, he was an instigator of planning and carrying out the layout of the Bazaar rock sign on Roniger Hill. Gary served on the ASC and SCS Boards.
Gary enjoyed watching and playing sports of all kinds including township basketball and slow pitch. He felt privileged to have attended a World Series game when the Royals beat the Cardinals. Until a year ago, Gary was still farming and ranching. He very much enjoyed teaching the grandkids the skills of the trade. Gary took great pride in his family. He loved the Strong City Flint Hills Rodeo and riding his horse in all the rodeo parades until a couple of years ago.
In his younger years, Gary enjoyed weekend hunting with cousins. Later, he and Ginny made several snow skiing trips to Colorado with family and friends. In recent years Gary enjoyed watching Randy compete as a contestant in the World Championship Ranch Rodeo in Amarillo, Texas. He was fortunate enough to vacation with Connie and Kelly and their families on three Caribbean cruises in the last few years. An additional vacation highlight includes a reunion trip to California with the Class of 1958.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Berthabelle (Mercer) Peterson. He is survived by his wife, Ginny, of the home; his brother Max of Strong City; his children: Randy & Cindy Peterson, Connie & Matthew Whitcomb, Kelly & Kevin Tastove; and his grandchildren: Nathan & Candice Whitcomb, Jared Eugene Whitcomb, Bryan Tastove, Bradley Tastove, Joshua Tastove, Sammy Jo Peterson, and Regan Peterson.
A celebration of life service will be held Friday, October 18, at 10:30 A.M. at Grace Lutheran Church in Strong City with Pastor David Hutson and Pastor Alan Stahlecker officiating. Burial will follow in Bazaar Cemetery at Bazaar, KS.
The family will meet friends Thursday, from 6:30 until 8:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Friends may come by the funeral home, to sign the book, Thursday, from noon until 8:00 P.M. Known to be thrifty, in lieu of flowers, Gary would appreciate memorial contributions to the Gary Peterson Memorial Fund which will be used to support Chase County USD 284 Ag Programs. These 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.
CHERYL A. (DALL) HOLDER
Cheryl Ann (Dall) Holder, 63, of Strong City, KS, passed away on Thursday, August 29, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, KS, after a long and courageous fight against cancer.
Cheryl, the daughter of Melvin and Betty Dall, was born January 22, 1950, in Burlington, KS. She graduated from Derby High School in 1968. She married her high school sweetheart, Mike Holder, on August 16, 1969, in Derby, KS. They graduated from Kansas State University and moved to Chase County where she taught middle school for 34 years. She found great joy in being the Student Council sponsor and the pep club sponsor for many years. She was an active member and past president of P.E.O. (Chapter BZ), member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, and the Altar Society.
Survivors include her husband, Mike, of the home; daughter, Kellie (Jake) Tindle; grandchildren, Hannah and Cooper of Windsor, CO.; son, Scott (Amanda) Holder of Wichita, KS.; mother, Betty Dall; brother, Jim (Carol) Dall; sister, Sandy (Frank) Barnett; and sister-in-law, Marilyn Dall. Preceding her in death were her father, brother, Randy Dall, and her special Aunt Melba.
Some things most of us did not know about Cheryl are that she was a freshman cheerleader at Emporia State University, was a member of the ESU gymnastics team and was named a varsity ESU Cheerleader before transferring to Kansas State University. Cheryl, later, tried out for the varsity cheerleading squad at KSU before being informed that she was ineligible because cheerleaders weren’t allowed to be married in those days. At KSU, while working on her master’s degree, Cheryl administered physical fitness tests to 4,000 freshman PE students for her master’s thesis. Cheryl graduated magna cum laude with her undergraduate degree in education in 1972 and her masters in 1973.
A Rosary will be recited Tuesday, September 3, at 6:30 P.M., at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Strong City followed by a time to share memories at St. Anthony’s Hall until 8:00 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, September 4, at 3:30 P.M., at the Chase County Elementary School (former Chase County Middle School) in Strong City. Father Theodore Khin will officiate at both services. Burial will follow in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in rural Strong City. Friends may come by the funeral home, Tuesday, from 10:00 until 4:00, to sign the register book. The casket will be closed. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, to the Cheryl Holder Student Council Activity and Scholarship Fund, may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
VIRGINIA (YBARRA) EYE
Virginia Eye, age 76, of Warner Robins, GA., died Friday, August 23, 2013, in Warner Robins, GA. The daughter of Nasario and Juana Gomez Ybarra, Virginia was born April 21, 1937, in Cottonwood Falls, KS. She graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1955.
She worked as a Civil Servant with the United States Air Force for thirty-two years and was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. An avid exerciser, Virginia loved running, going to the gym, and doing water aerobics. She once ran the Mayor’s Race in San Antonio, where she won first place in the senior division.
Her memory will forever be treasured by her children, Kenneth L. Eye (Elizabeth) of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Sherryl Cicone (John) of Solana Beach, California; Gordon C. Eye (Kelly) of Albuquerque, New Mexico; eight grandchildren: Jacob, Nathan, Jordan, and Kenneth Eye, Leah and Jessica Richardson, and Marcus and Rory Eye; nine great- grandchildren: Brianne, Clayton, Jacob, Amaryllis, Lumidee, Nathan, Jr., Maverick, Jasper, and Zyan; brothers: Ralph Ybarra of Temecula, CA., Robert Ybarra, Detroit MI., Raymond Ybarra (Gloria) of Kansas City, KS., Edward Ybarra, Albuquerque, NM.; and sisters: Tommi Guardado (John) of Westminster, CA., Mary Johns (Jack) of Fallbrook, CA. and Connie Butter (Cecil) of Cottonwood Falls, KS.
Her parents, one sister, Dolores Ybarra, one brother, Fidel Ybarra, and two sisters-in-law, Angela Ybarra and Teresa Ybarra, all preceded her in death.
A Rosary will be recited Friday, September 6, at 7:30 P.M., and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, at 1:00 P.M., at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Strong City. Father Theodore Khin will officiate. Inurnment will follow in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in rural Strong City.
There will be no formal family visitation. Memorial contributions to St. Anthony Catholic Church 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.
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