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
Laveta Eberhart, 96, formerly of Deerfield and Garden City, KS died Thursday, March 2, 2017 in Wichita, KS. The daughter of George and Lizzie (Claycomb) Hartsell, Laveta was born December 9, 1920 in Pratt County, KS. She graduated from Preston High School in 1937 and from Emporia State Teacher’s College in 1939 with a teaching certificate. She was a member of the Alpha Sigma Tau sorority. She and Vernon Eberhart were married November 8, 1941 in Topeka, KS and he died December 18, 2011 after 70 years of marriage. They farmed in the Deerfield/Lakin area until their retirement in 2000.
Laveta was a member of the Toastmasters National Organization and enjoyed giving speeches to various groups. She enjoyed her family, traveling with Vernon, and spending time creating items for her family including ceramics, paintings, knitted, crocheted, and cross-stitch keepsakes, and hand quilted quilts. She was raised in the Quaker church and became a member of the United Methodist Church in Valley Center.
She is survived by three children: Frank LaVern Eberhart and his wife, Joyce, of Buena Vista, CO, Keith Eberhart and his wife, Carol, of Edgewood, WA, and Susan Stratton and her husband, Bill, of Wichita, KS; six grandchildren: Brian and Lacey Stratton, Stacy and Aaron Alexander, Chad and Desiree Eberhart, Casey Eberhart, Tammy and Bill Barb, and Sherry and Jason Pierce; and eleven great grandchildren: Anna, Kate, and Joel Stratton, Andrew and Allison Alexander, Hunter and Bridger Eberhart, Molly and Michelle Barb, and Kyle and Kaleb Pierce. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: Orville and Clarence Hartsell; one sister: Bell Block; and two great-grandchildren: Tosha Danae Reese and Christopher Jason Pierce.
A private family service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions to the Edna Buschow Memorial Library in Valley Center may be sent in care of Susan Stratton, 2454 W. Timbercreek Ct, Wichita, KS 67204-2568.
Maxine Pinkston, 93, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Chase County Care and Rehabilitation in Cottonwood Falls. The daughter of H. Thomas and Sarah (Leaphule) Pinkston, Maxine was born December 7, 1923 near Bazaar, KS.
Maxine attended rural schools in Chase County. She graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1941. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees at Kansas State Teacher’s College in Emporia. She earned all her college hours attending summer school and night classes.
Maxine was the first secretary at the Chase County Community High School.
She began her teaching career in 1943 at Pleasant Hill School near Saffordville, KS. She taught two years at Miller School east of Cottonwood Falls. She taught second grade at Cottonwood Falls for 41 years. In 1988, she retired from teaching after a total of 45 years in education. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday school for many years.
Maxine is survived by nieces, nephews, and a sister-in-law, Betty Pinkston. She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers: Gilbert “Gibb”, Walter “Windy”, Harold, Dudley “Slim”, and Phill “Sam”; and one sister: Bessie “Dutch” McCracken.
A graveside service will be held Wednesday, March 8 at 11:00 AM at the Bazaar Cemetery near Bazaar, KS. There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions to the First Presbyterian Church or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845 who is in charge of arrangements.
Life of Janice Elizabeth Nuttle McNee, 1927-2017
Janice Elizabeth Nuttle McNee passed away in Council Grove, KS, on February 24, 2017, from complications of Lewey Body dementia. She was born to James Robert Nuttle and Frances L. McCoin Nuttle on November 30, 1927, in El Dorado, KS. She graduated from Snow School, El Dorado High School (1945), and attended Kansas State University. At KSU she met and soon married J.C. (James Campbell) McNee of Cottonwood Falls, KS, on June 2, 1946. She said, “I knew with J.C., life would never be boring.” They made their home in Cottonwood Falls until they moved to the country where they raised their family.
She worked in her home and community all her life. She and J.C. were owner managers of the Flint Hills Trucking, McNee Hardware, and for many years helped raise and sell Appaloosa horses. She also milked cows, kept a garden, knitted, sewed, and painted. She was bookkeeper for McNee Drilling and Metals. She worked at Virgiline’s Ladies Wear, and later as a legal secretary for Masoner and North, until her retirement in 1990. She continued proofreading the Chase County Leader-News long into her retirement.
Janice loved her family and her community. She was active in the First Presbyterian Church of Cottonwood Falls, where she served in any role she was asked to fill. Her PEO sisters were near her heart. She looked forward to Embroidery Club, Social Circle, Presbyterian Women, Republican Women, DAR, Eastern Star, and played bridge as long as she was able, taking leadership roles “in her turn” in every aspect of her life. It was a sad day when she was no longer able to give blood to the Blood Drive after giving gallons in her life time. She believed in service and sharing.
Helping people make their lives better was important to Janice. Her family and the people she met every day grew from the listening ear and caring love she shared. She took in foster children and anyone else in need of help. Alanon, Alateen, and OA members are all friends for life to Janice.
Janice is survived by her husband of 70 years, J.C.; three children: Janet (Preston) Harness, Highland, KS, John (Valerie) McNee, Jacksonville, AR, and Jerry (Sallie) McNee, Stillwell, KS; seven grandchildren: Emily (Russell) Roberson, Merideth (Shane) McEntire, Elaine (Beau) Kemp, Wesley McNee, Courtney Harness (Niels Klok), Hilary (Daniel) Roberto, Jerriann (Anthony) Yorkovich; ten great-grandchildren; brother, Jim (Mary ) Nuttle, El Dorado, KS; sisters, Gretta (Albert) Ross, Mission, KS, and Eda (Jim) Woolf-Nixon, Sawyer, KS, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and son, James N. McNee.
A celebration of life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Cottonwood Falls on March 11, 2017, at 1 p.m. with visitation beginning at noon. Inurnment will be in Prairie Grove Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, H. Dale Buck Animal Welfare Memorial Fund (animal shelter in Emporia), or the charity of your choice in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845 who is in charge of arrangements.
Elizabeth Ellen (Childs) Crawford
Elizabeth Crawford, age 97, of Cottonwood Falls, KS died Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Chase County Care & Rehabilitation in Cottonwood Falls. The daughter of Chauncey and Pearl (Green) Childs, Elizabeth was born March 7, 1919 in Elmdale, KS. She graduated from Elmdale High School in 1937 and attended two years of training at Wichita Business School.
Elizabeth and Carson Crawford were married June 25, 1939 in Wichita, KS. He preceded her in death on January 26, 2009. They farmed in Marion County, west of Florence until their retirement in 2000 when they moved to Cottonwood Falls. She was a homemaker and attended Elmdale United Methodist Church. She was the state treasurer for the Women’s Christian Temperance Union for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her family.
Elizabeth is survived by two sons: Michael C.(Arlene) Crawford of Topeka and Mark L.(Marianna) Crawford of Moundridge; a daughter, Deborah K.E. Crawford of Colorado Springs, CO; a sister, Helen Dull of Cottonwood Falls; a sister-in-law, Ruth Childs of Cottonwood Falls; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Philip S. Crawford; brother, Wayne Childs; and sister, Leola Evans.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, at 2:00 P.M. at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. Burial will follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery.
There will be no formal visitation. Memorial contributions to Newman Regional Health Foundation may be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Online condolences may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
Richard C. Stackley
Richard Stackley, 82, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Diversicare of Council Grove. The son of Paul and Rachel Irene (Cheesman) Stackley, Richard was born July 18, 1934 at Burns, KS. He graduated from Matfield Green High School in 1953 and he served in the U.S. Army.
He and Myrna L (Cleaver) were married March 12, 1960 in the Baptist Church in Homestead Community, KS. He worked as a field auditor for Williams Natural Gas for 48 years, retiring in 1996. He was a member of the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and woodworking.
Richard is survived by his wife, of the home; two sons: Donald Stackley of Emporia, KS and Byran (Michele) Stackley of Cottonwood Falls a daughter, Chyenne Pauley; three sisters: Marjorie Scobee and Mary Van Buren of Cottonwood Falls and Paula (Richard) Fruci of Londonderry, NH; six grandchildren: Paul (Heather) Stackley, Adam (Madison) Hunt, Marie (Treaver) Johnson, Brooke Young, Joshua Stackley, Sharanda Stackley, Corbin Newton, and Chase Pauley; and nine great-grandchildren: Tristen, Alliegh, Gracie, Braylon, Amelia, Trinity, Tatum, Grayson, and Caleb. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Wilma Hamilton; and a brother, Paul Stackley.
A visitation will be Tuesday, from 6:00 until 7:30 at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. A celebration of life memorial service will be held Wednesday, at 3:00 at the funeral home. His cremains will be scattered by his family at a later date.
Memorial contributions to the Chase County Senior Center or Diversicare of Council Grove may be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Online messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
Charles F. “Charley” Klamm
Charles Klamm, 85, of Cottonwood Falls, KS died Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at his home. The son of Ralph H. and C. Mildred (Greene) Klamm, Charles was born September 23, 1931 at home near Cottonwood Falls. He graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1949 and from College of Emporia in 1953 with a BS degree in biology and a minor in Theology. He served in the U.S. Army where he was a Chaplain’s Assistant from 1953 until 1955. He married Carol J. Remy December 3, 1955 in Strong City.
Charles was employed as a photographer with the Kansas Highway Commission from 1961 until 1978. From 1978 until his retirement in 1992, he was employed as a Forensic Photographer for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. He was active in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He and his wife, Carol, have owned and operated the Fiber Factory in Cottonwood Falls for 21 years.
He was a lifetime member of the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church and a member of the Zeredatha Chapter of the Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. He was the past president of the Kansas Division of the International Association for Identification, past director of the Cottonwood Falls Airport, and past president of the Chase County Historical Society. Charles has served on the Cottonwood Falls Council including when the Cottonwood Falls Bridge was restored, the Board of Directors for North Central Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging, and the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway Committee from 1996 until 2016. He was a founder and organizer of the Folk Life Festival for the past 12 years and it continues today. He was a member of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association. He cleaned many of the sidewalks of Cottonwood Falls following snowfalls.
He is survived by his wife, Carol, of the home; three sons: David (Regina) Klamm of Furley, Daniel Klamm of Tulsa, OK, and Kenneth (Trish) Klamm of Topeka; one daughter, Kay (Charles) Campbell of Topeka; one sister, Loeva Bernard of Manhattan, NY; eight grandchildren: Melissa (Terry) Wright, Christopher (Danielle) Klamm, Joshua (Heather) Klamm, Bradley Klamm, Benjamin Klamm, Joel Klamm, Alexander Deiter, and Quinlin Deiter; and five great-grandchildren: Taylor, Brett, and Baylor Wright and Weston and Adeline Klamm. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration of life service will be held Monday, at 2:00 at the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church with burial in Prairie Grove Cemetery. A visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 until 6:00 at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions to the Chase County Historical Society or the Chase County Senior Center may be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Online condolences may be expressed at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
Florence Jeannine (North) Cooper
The family of Florence Jeannine (North) Cooper, 83, announces the passing of this special woman on January 20, 2017 at her home in Toledo Township, KS. She will be missed.
She was born to Stanley Jackson and Lucile Virginia (Albin) North on July 29, 1933 in their home on the Chase/Lyon County Line Road, two miles east of Saffordville. She started school at Pleasant Hill Grade School, but transferred to Saffordville Grade School when her folks moved to that community. She graduated from Toledo Township High School in 1950.
Jeannine attended Kansas State Teachers College for one year and then worked for two years at the Kansas Methodist Home for Children in Newton, KS. She served as secretary, tutor, and accompanied the Home’s choir when they sang at various events.
On May 24, 1953 she married Edgar Vinson (Puncher) Cooper of Grandview. They moved to San Diego, CA to live while he finished his tour of duty in the Navy. In 1955, they moved back and lived in the Saffordville area raising kids, horses, crops and helping neighbors the rest of their lives.
Music was a part of her life since childhood. She led the choir and played the organ and piano for the services at Saffordville United Methodist Church for over 60 years. Jeannine played at numerous gathering, weddings, Christmas programs and funerals. She gave piano lessons and played at the rest homes in this area.
She wrote a column with the local news for the Chase County Leader News for several years. She was employed at the Chase County Nursing Center as an aid and then as Social Director for 10 years. She worked at Newman Regional Health for 15 years before retiring in 2004. For over 25 years Puncher, Jeannine and their family and friends held the annual production sale of foundation bred quarter horses.
She is survived by her children: Nancy (Joe) Holland of Redlands, CA, Janet (Larry) Cannon of Emporia, Wanda (Carey) Macy of Alta Vista and James (Michielle) Cooper of Emporia; her sister, Corinne (Hank) Wilson of Emporia; sister-in-law, Ann North of Cottonwood Falls; local cousins, Edith Garrison of Saffordville and Robert (Jolynn) Sweet of Emporia; 11 grandchildren: Benjamin Holland, Daniel Holland, Dakoka (Sylvia) Whitaker, Cheyann Whitaker, Denver (Jennifer) Whitaker, Cory (Jessica) Cannon, April (Joe) Tucker, Angela (John) Parriott, Cody Cannon, Colter (Megan) Macy, and Coy (Geneva) Macy; 16 great-grandchildren: Daniel Whitaker, India, Dakota, and Ireland Swain-Whitaker, Cooper and Caitlynn Whitaker, Kaden Bender, Joseph, Alexandria, and Camden Cannon, EV Cannon and Brooklyn Tucker, Wyatt Parriott, Castan and Cutter Macy, and Cambrie Macy; one aunt, many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by Puncher, her husband of over 50 years; her parents and second mom, Mildred I. (Sweet) North; her brother, William Thomas (Bill) North; one daughter, Lu-beth Cooper Whitaker and one niece, Lisa Ann Wilson Miller.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, January 28, 2017, 11:00 at the Saffordville United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery in Toledo Township.
A visitation will be held Friday, from 6-7:30 at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Saffordville United Methodist Church Music Fund 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.
David Simmons, age 67, of Elmdale, KS died suddenly Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, KS. The son of Robert Lyel and Mary Bell (Johnson) Simmons, David Lyle was born April 6, 1949 in Independence, KS. He graduated from Eureka High School in 1967 and attended Allen County Community College. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
David and Debra S. Fritch were married December 21, 1968 in Carthage, MO.
He was employed as a jailer at the Chase County Detention Center. He enjoyed spending time with his family and reading western novels.
David is survived by his wife, Debra, of the home; two sons: David Simmons, II (Theresa) and Joshua Simmons and his fiancée, Misty, both of Elmdale; a daughter, Sarah Parker (Kevin) of Springfield, MO; a brother, Robert Simmons (Sandy) of Yates Center; two sisters: Loretta Hershberger (Lyman) of Toronto and Marcia McNitt (Gordon ) of Yates Center; seven grandchildren: Andrea Annette Jackson, Matthew Wade Simmons, Cody Joe Parker, Tyler James Parker, Tagan Michelle Ward, Talan Terry Ward, and Ally Rea Simmons; and one great-grandchild, Oliver Scott Jackson. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, LeVern Simmons.
The visitation will be Friday, from 6 until 7:30, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. A graveside celebration of life service will be held Saturday, January 14, at 2:00 at the Elmdale Cemetery. A U.S. Army detail from Fort Riley will present military honors.
Memorial will be designated at a later date. Please make checks payable to Debra Simmons and sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.
John L. “Jack” Potter
John L. Potter, age 67, of Allen, KS died Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at his residence in Allen. The son of William H. and Katherine (Marlett) Potter, John Lynn was born January 23, 1949 in El Dorado, KS. He married Beverly A. Kissell December 11, 1982 in Rockvale, CO.
John was a life time self-employed roofing contractor and also a co-owner of a construction company. He was an avid Denver Broncos fan and enjoyed golfing, fishing and yard work.
John is survived by his wife Beverly of the home; sons Tony Potter of Kansas City, KS, Tyson Brammell (Karen) of Bradford, VT, Artie Potter of Florence, CO and John L. Potter (April) of Allen; daughter Kana Johnson (Calvin) of Chelsea, VT; brothers Dan Potter (Barbara) of Cunningham, Rick Potter of Allen; sisters Joyce Buckridge (John) of Americus and Donna Slade of Allen; 16 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, son Michael Todd Potter; brothers Bill and Les Potter and sister Marla Fulkerson.
A celebration of life service will be held Friday at 11:00 at the Flint Hills Community Church with burial following at Prairie Grove Cemetery, Cottonwood Falls. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 6:00 until 7:30 at the church in Cottonwood Falls. The family is respectfully asking for donations toward the funeral expenses which may be sent to Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Online messages may be left at brown-bennett-alexander.com.
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