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.
ROBERT LEE “BOB” CAMPBELL
Robert Campbell, age 81, a lifetime resident of Chase County (Cottonwood Falls, KS), died Friday, May 6, 2016, at Kansas Medical Center in Andover, KS. The son of Louis Zechariah and Lila Belle (LeMay) Campbell, Robert was born at Miller’s Crossing in rural Cottonwood Falls. He graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1953, and served in the U.S. Navy.
He and Marian June Fischer were married December 8, 1956, in Alameda, CA.
Following his retirement from the Navy, they moved back to Chase County. He worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation, as an equipment operator, for 20 years.
He was a member of the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church, the American Legion, and the Zeredatha Masonic Lodge #80 A.F. & A.M. in Cottonwood Falls.
He is survived by his wife, Marian, of the home; a son, Robert (Linda) Campbell, of Cottonwood Falls; two daughters: Sheryl Fournier of Riverside, CA and JoAnn (Robert, Jr.) Feldman of Rutherford, VA; a sister, Barbara Alexander, of Abilene, KS; 13 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Louis Zechariah Campbell, Jr. and his parents.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held Thursday, at 1:00, at the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church. Following the service, military honors will be presented by a U.S. Navy Funeral Honor Detail. A private family interment of his cremated remains will be held at Prairie Grove Cemetery.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, from 6:00 until 7:30, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, in Cottonwood Falls. Memorial contributions to USD 284-CCES Teachers’ Fund may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Messages to the family may be left online at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
BENJAMIN “BEN” RUSSELL MILLER
Ben Miller, age 27, of rural Emporia, KS, died Saturday, April 9, 2016, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, following an accident during pasture burning. The son of Brian and Pamela (Eidman) Miller, Benjamin Russell, was born July 22, 1988, in Emporia, Kansas. He was a 2007 graduate from Reeds Spring High School in MO. He worked for Unit Corp, drilling gas wells, for several years. He was a farmer/rancher with Eidman Farms, LLC, at the time of the accident.
He was baptized at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Emporia. He enjoyed nearly all outdoor activities including fishing and hunting arrowheads and woodworking. He was a member of the “Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club” and was always willing to help anyone. He was a friend to all.
Ben is survived by his mother, Pam (Kevin) Burnett of Cape Fair, MO; his father, Brian (Frances) Miller of Allen; five sisters: Amanda (Jared) Huckleberry and Samantha Miller of Springfield, MO, Tyan Burnett of Cape Fair, MO, and Faith and Hope Miller of Allen; his grandparents: Morris (Janett) Eidman of Toledo Township and Larry and Sylvia Miller of Olpe; and his dog, Pepper. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Mary Jo Eidman, and his uncle, Russell D. Miller.
A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, April 14, at 2:00 P.M., at the Saffordville Community Building (schoolhouse) in Saffordville. Interment will follow in Hillside Cemetery in Toledo Township, KS. The casket will be closed.
A visitation will be Wednesday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls.
Memorial contributions to the Ben Miller Memorial Fund 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.
JOLENE F. (PINKSTON) HEATHMAN
Jolene Heathman, age 65, of rural Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia. The daughter of Hugh “Cobby” and Mildred “Millie” (Mock) Pinkston, Jolene was born January 7, 1951, in Marion, KS. She graduated from Strong City High School in 1969 and completed the Licensed Practical Nurse program at Newman School of Nursing. She worked at the Cottonwood Falls nursing home and Dr. Jimmie Browning’s medical office. Later, she cooked at the Elementary and Middle School in Strong City. She and Gordon Heathman were married in October of 1984, in Miami, OK.
Jolene was a member of the Elmdale United Methodist Church. She loved her animals which included Guineas, dogs, cats, and even skunks and raccoons. She worked many hours outdoors, planting flowers and mowing the yard. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and, even when she was in pain, she never complained.
She is survived by Gordon of the home; a sister, Linda Yette, of Cottonwood Falls; a step-daughter, Diane Kampff (Richard) of Cottonwood Falls; a nephew, Steve Fillmore; a niece, Taylor Fillmore; and a step-grandson, Jacob Kampff. She was preceded in death by her parents and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mock and Mr. and Mrs. Levi Pinkston.
Her family is honoring her request not to have a service. Cremation is planned and she will be inurned in a private burial site overlooking the Flint Hills. Memorial contributions, to Elmdale United Methodist Church or to Chase County EMS, may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Online condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
Patsy (Garr) Readman
Patsy Readman, age 60, of Leavenworth, KS, died Friday, April 1, 2016 at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, KS. The daughter of William & Charlene (Strom) Garr, Patsy was born on October 27, 1955, in Council Grove, KS. She attended Strong City High School in Strong City, KS. She married Doyle Potter and two daughters were born of this union. They were later divorced. She married Tim Readman on April 22, 2006.
She worked at CF Sauer West Holdings in Gardner, KS for almost 15 years. She enjoyed spending time with family, reading books, crocheting, and watching KU basketball.
She is survived by her husband of the home; two daughters: Cheri Wilson of Leavenworth, KS and Laci Jacques (Paul) of El Paso, TX; one brother: Dallas Garr (Joyce) of Emporia, KS; two sisters: Carol Fillmore of Strong City, KS, Betsy Heathman (Terry) of Gardner, KS; three grandsons: JD Loving (Aliana), Ricky Loving (Amanda), and Carson Jacques; one granddaughter: Caitlin Jacques; and three great-grandchildren: Abel Loving, Makayla Loving, and Kylie Loving. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: Lloyd Garr and Eddie Garr; Brother-in-Law, Robert Fillmore.
A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, April 5, at 2 pm, at the First Baptist Church in Cottonwood Falls, KS. Pastor Steve Strom will be officiating. The remains will be scattered at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to be used for the grand-children and great-grandchildren’s education may be sent to the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Messages to the family may be sent in care of the funeral home at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
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