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.
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.
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.
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.
WALTER E. “BUTCH” BUTCHER
Walter Butcher, age 89, of Strong City, KS, formerly of Toledo Township, died Friday, June 24, 2016, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia, KS. The son of William A. and Mary E. (Hamel) Butcher, he was born January 7, 1927, in Chase County, KS, in a farmhouse on Buck Creek. This would be his home for 16 years. He went to Buck Creek School for eight years (eight months each year). His mother died when he was 13 and his family sold out and moved to town in 1943. He quit school and went to work at the Cottonwood Falls elevator and then, in 1943, he worked for the county bridge gang. He went into the Army on March 29, 1945, and served until November 13, 1946, during which he spent 11 months in Japan. He returned home to care for his Dad, for nine years, until he died on January 18, 1952.
He and Sylvia E. Shepard were married June 15, 1955, in Tucumcari, NM, and she preceded him in death on September 16, 1989. He and Lois E. McFadden were married June 24, 1991, in the Saffordville United Methodist Church and she preceded him in death on May 14, 2010.
He worked as a drill stem tester for Halliburton Petroleum Co., for 20 years. He was a member of the Saffordville United Methodist Church and the Zeredatha Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed spending time at the Chase County Senior Center and was famous for his homemade noodles and pies. Even though he never had children of his own, he was blessed with many extended family members and friends.
He is survived by three nephews and a niece: Morris Eidman (Janette) and Gene Eidman (Gwen) of Chase County, Francis Morgan of Emporia, and Linda Bledsoe (Paul) of Cottonwood Falls, and their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; a step-son, Ken Lundgren (Tena) of Marion; a step-daughter, Sue McDermeit of Winter Haven, FL; and step-children: Bree Ann McDermeit, Jennifer Lundgren, Tyler McDermeit (Addie), and Renae Lundgren Plett (Josh). He was preceded in death by two sisters: Anna Lee Lamb and Ella Mae Eidman; two brothers: Raymond and John Butcher, and a niece, Sheila Morgan.
A visitation will be held Monday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, at 2:00, at the funeral home with burial at the Hillside Cemetery in Toledo Township.
Memorial contributions to the Saffordville United Methodist Church or the Chase County Senior Center may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Online condolences may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
MICHAEL TODD POTTER
Todd Potter, age 45, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Saturday, June 18, 2016, at Via Christi Hospital-St. Francis in Wichita, KS. The son of Pam and Jack Potter, Todd was born August 26, 1970, in Garden City, KS. He attended Chase County High School and graduated from HVAC school at Wichita Technical Institute in Wichita, KS.
Todd enjoyed fishing and spending time with family and friends. He, also, enjoyed watching football and KU basketball. He was a big, tough guy with a big, soft heart.
Todd is survived by his mother and father; brother, Tony Potter of Blue Springs, MO; a sister, Tanya White of Leavenworth, KS; brother, Artie Potter of Colorado; brother, John Potter of Allen, KS; sister, Kana Brammell and brother, Tyson Brammell, both of Vermont. Todd was preceded in death by his favorite aunt, Lordy, who was like a grandmother to him.
A celebration of life memorial service was held Tuesday, June 21, at 4:00, at the Community Building in Swope Park in Cottonwood Falls. The family will hold a private family inurnment at a later date.
Memorial contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project 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.
MARGARET ALICE “PEGGY” MILLER STEPHENSON
Margaret Alice “Peggy” Miller Stephenson, 94, died Friday, June 3, 2016. Peggy, the daughter of George McNee and Pearle Evans Miller, was born February 21, 1922, at her parents’ home three miles east of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.
She attended elementary school at Vernon, District 13, and Chase County Community High School in Cottonwood Falls. She attended college at Baker University and graduated from the University of Kansas.
Peggy was a member of Alpha Chi Omega and PEO Chapter BZ. As a young college graduate, she was employed by Braniff Airways as a transportation and ticket agent at the airport in Kansas City, Missouri, and a Flight Hostess in Dallas, Texas. Peggy worked for many years as the Secretary to the Superintendent for the Unified School District No. 284, retiring in 1984.
Peggy married T.G. Stephenson in the United Methodist Church in Cottonwood Falls on December 1, 1946. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Elmdale, Kansas.
T.G. and Peggy lived in Kansas City, Missouri, Salina, Kansas, and Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1956, the family moved to their farm seven miles southwest of Elmdale, Kansas. In 1994, they moved from the farm to Cottonwood Falls.
Peggy is survived by her children: Tanner Gay Stephenson, III (Joan), Sally Pearle Sauceda (Ralph), and Betsy Gay Stephenson (Jill Ellis) and six grandchildren: Sarah Stephenson Gray (Major Walter Gray), Maggie Stephenson, Valerie Stephenson, Holly Welter Davidson (Seth), Derek Welter (Maggie), and Lily Stephenson-Ellis. She was a great-grandparent to Drew Asher Davidson, Stella Kate Davidson, and Jackson Tanner Gray.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three siblings, and her daughter, Celia Ann Stephenson.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 8, at 2:30 P.M., in Ritchie Lodge at Camp Wood YMCA near Elmdale, Kansas. She bequeathed her body to the Willed Body Program at KU Medical Center to advance medical education and research. Interment of her cremated remains will be held at a later date in Miller Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to the Elmdale United Methodist Church or to the American Cancer Society may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas 66845. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
SANDRA DEE (COYLE) LAWYER
Sandra Lawyer, age 56, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Saturday, May 27, 2016, at Stormont-Vail Health Care in Topeka. The daughter of Robert and Marie (Jewell) Coyle, Sandra was born May 18, 1960, in Wichita, KS. She was married and divorced. She was physically and mentally challenged and had several chronic medical problems.
She is survived by her parents of Strong City; a son, Matthew Coyle of Muscatine, IL; two daughters: Mandie and Shardea Lawyer of Mulvane; a brother, Scot Coyle, of Fredonia; and other relatives and friends.
Cremation is planned and a memorial service will be held Saturday, June 11, at 2:00 pm, at First Baptist Church in Cottonwood Falls. Memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Messages to the family may be left online at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
GARY WAYNE BAKER
Gary Baker, age 69, of Topeka, KS, formerly of Cottonwood Falls, died Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at his home. The son of George Washington and Verda Jane (Hager) Baker, Gary was born September 8, 1946, in Wichita, KS. He and Sheryle Potter were married and to that union were born Curtis, Theresa, and Camille. They later divorced. When he and Vicky Freeman were married, he gained another daughter, Angie, and to that union was born a daughter, Jennifer. Vicky preceded him in death. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was wounded and honorably discharged.
He is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Baker and Camille (Jim) Kelly both of Strong City and Theresa (Dave) Simmons of Elmdale; a son, Curtis Baker, of Vero Beach, FL; a step-daughter, Angie Potter, of Cottonwood Falls; two sisters: Lorraine and Loretta of CO; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his ex-wife, Sheryle Baker, of Emporia. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Vicky.
A celebration of life service will be held Friday, July 1, at 2:30 P.M., at the Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, KS, with Chaplain Floyd Sullivan officiating. Military honors will be provided by a Fort Leavenworth Honor Guard. Online condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
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