JAMES “JIM” RUSSELL THURSTON
Jim Thurston, 79, of Burdick, KS, died Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls. The son of Edward C. and Osha (Jack) Thurston, Jim was born February 5, 1937, in Chase County, KS. He graduated from Elmdale High School in 1955 and attended two years of college at Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia. He and JoAnn Buchman were married November 24, 1957, at the United Methodist Church in Elmdale, KS.
Jim was an entrepreneur, founding Round-up Enterprises in Hillsboro, KS, and Round-up Tank Co in Big Spring, TX, engaged in manufacturing oil field storage tanks and related products. He was a member of the Elmdale United Methodist Church, the Hillboro Development Corporation, and the American Welding Society. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. Jim was a lover of nature and animals, especially his dogs. Over the years there were many: Max, Bloopie, Yogi, Trapper John, and most recently, Sam.
He is survived by his wife; two sons: Lou (Lori) Thurston of Hillsboro and Kirk (Angela) Thurston of Harper; two daughters: Debra (Terry) Scott of Allen, TX and Marty Thurston and Wayne Criger of Plano, TX; a sister, Charlotte Dawson of Marion; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers: Prentice Thurston and Charles Thurston.
Cremation is planned. There will be a service at a later date. Interment of his cremated remains will be in Prairie Grove Cemetery, near Cottonwood Falls, at a later date.
Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolences may be left online at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
DONALD WESLEY STAFFORD
Don Stafford, 91, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Friday, October 7, 2016, at his home. The son of Cecil and Mildred (Reed) Stafford, Donald was born August 2, 1925, in Topeka, KS.
He graduated from Tipton High School in 1943 and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.
He and Elizabeth Ann Ellis were married November 10, 1978, in Miami, OK.
Don was a farmer and later worked construction building bridges and doing carpentry jobs, including work on a Madison school building and Village School. His employment, before he retired in 1990, was as janitor/landscape/handyman at EVCO Foods.
Don was a member of the Flint Hills Community Church and a lifetime member of VFW Post 1980 in Emporia. He enjoyed tinkering with small vehicles such as golf carts and his 1943 Ferguson tractor. His pride and joy was his 1982 Chevrolet pickup. He spent many hours outdoors mowing and helping with the flowerbeds in the yard. Don loved his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Liz, of the home; four daughters: Linda Lyne of Boise, ID, Ces Mallon and Sheila Stafford of Salina, and Les Finley (Randy) of Libby, MT; two step-sons:
Lloyd Taylor (Nancy) of Lincoln, NE and Tom Taylor (Colleen) of Chanute; one step-daughter, Valerie Garrison of Ottawa; numerous grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Patricia Johnson; his parents; a brother, Galen Stafford; and three sisters: Marlene Johnson, Merne Willard, and Glenda Fowler.
A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, at 11:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. A private, family burial in the Cottonwood Cemetery near Emporia will follow with military honors presented by a U.S. Navy Funeral Detail. There will be no visitation.
Memorial contributions to the Chase County Senior Center may be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolences may be left online at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
BRIAN C. GALENTINE
Brian C. Galentine, age 69, of rural Cottonwood Falls, KS died Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, KS. The son of Howard F. and Ida Mae (Chandler) Galentine, Brian Chandler was born May 10, 1947, in Kingsport, TN.
He graduated from Cheney High School in 1965 and attended Machinist School in Wichita before enlisting in the U.S. Army.
He and Beverly Jo (Stroud) Mayes were married October 6, 1971, in Miami, OK.
Brian was an owner/operator truck driver and a machinist. He was a member of the Cheney United Methodist Church. He was also a lifetime member of the American Angus Association, the Owner Operator Independent Truckers Association, and the National Rifle Association. Brian was a member of the Flint Hills Association.
He is survived by his wife and his four-legged baby, Lulu, of the home; a son, Mike Mayes (Jayne) of Matfield Green; a daughter, Shannon Covert (Alan) of Matfield Green; two grandchildren: Josh Mayes (Katie) of Matfield Green and Emily Schoneberg (Cameron) of Cottonwood Falls; three great-grandchildren: Cayden Schoneberg and Axel and Oakley Mayes; three brothers: Shane Galentine of Emporia, Jay Hickman (Twila) of Shawnee, and Ron Hickman (Kathy) of Davenport, OK. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Sharon (Hickman) Love and her husband, Joe Love; Irene Thomas, biological mother; Garnett Betts, adorable mother-in-law; and Maynard, his little four-legged buddy.
There are no services planned at this time. Brian has been cremated. Inurnment in Bazaar Cemetery will be at a later date. Memorial contributions to the Blood and Marrow Transplantation Center at KU Medical Center or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Messages to the family may be left online at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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