PERRY LEWIS DAINS
Perry Dains, age 82, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Saturday, March 14, 2015, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia, KS. The son of Walter G. and Martha L (Craig) Dains, Perry Lewis was born August 2, 1932, in Emporia, KS.
He worked in construction as a heavy equipment operator and served in the U.S. Army for 17 years.
He is survived by his companion of 25 years, Barbara May, of the home; a brother, Paul Dains of Cottonwood Falls; a sister, Norma June Cunningham, of Emporia; and three children. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Mike Dains.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home of Cottonwood Falls is in charge of arrangements.
GERALD E. JOHNSON
Gerald Johnson, age 92, of Topeka, died Thursday, March 5, 2015, at Midland Hospice Care in Topeka. The son of Eugene and Inez (Foxworthy) Johnson, he was born November 20, 1922, at the Crocker Ranch home near Matfield Green, KS. He graduated from Matfield Green High School in 1940 and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He and Virginia VanSickle were married May 26, 1946, in Strong City at her parents’ home. They moved from Chase County in 1957, but kept their ties in this area.
Gerald worked construction before his employment with Peabody Coal Company. He was a foreman for the reclamation department of the company, who was responsible for filling the pits and returning the land to be used for agriculture. He retired in 1987.
He was a member of the Strong City United Methodist Church. He was, also, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1980, the American Legion Ball-McColm Post #5 in Emporia, and the Zeredatha Masonic Lodge #80 AF & AM in Cottonwood Falls.
He is survived by his wife of the home; two daughters: Geralyn Ament (Mike) of Mesa, AZ and Lucinda Borra (John) of Hays, KS; four grandchildren: Joseph Borra, Matthew Ament (Mary), Aaron Ament (Casey), and Sarah Wisda (Bryan); and four great-grandchildren: Colby Ament, Cale Wisda, Dane Wisda, and McKenzie Ament. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Betty Cramton.
A graveside service will be held Friday, March 13, at 2:00, at the Strong City Cemetery in Strong City, KS. Lee Hoskins will officiate and military honors will be presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1980 and the American Legion Ball-McColm Post #5 honor guards.
He has been cremated and there will be no formal visitation. Memorial contributions to Midland Care Hospice 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.
VIOLET E. (RENDLE) DICKE DRINKWATER
Violet Dicke Drinkwater, age 96, of Emporia, KS, formerly of Cottonwood Falls, KS, passed away Friday, February 6, 2015, at Holiday Resort in Emporia. She was born February 23, 1918, near Emmett, KS, the first child of William P. and Wilmina Kirkpatrick Rendle. The family moved to Pryor, OK, and farmed there two years, before returning to Emmett. After Violet’s mother died in 1922, Violet and her brother, Marvin, were cared for by her father and grandparents, Charlotte and William Rendle of Topeka, and an aunt and uncle, Lena and Burton Clark of Edgerton. Her infant sister, Evelyn, was adopted by George and Elsie Rendle of Pomona, CA. She attended schools in Topeka, KS.
Violet and Arnold Dicke were married May 31, 1936, in St. John’s Lutheran Church, Topeka, and made their home in Topeka until 1947, when they moved to Cottonwood Falls to operate A.W. Dicke Livestock Truck Line. He preceded her in death February 2, 1986. Violet sold Avon products for 16 years. She was active in her community where she volunteered in church and children’s activities. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, several women’s groups, Kensington Club, and several bridge clubs. She played bridge for over 60 years. She cared for her three grandsons when they were small. She was a self-taught seamstress and quilt maker. She loved to dance and her picture was in The Emporia Gazette when she was a resident at Holiday Resort. During the 1980’s, Violet was a Chase County Courthouse tour guide, an activity she found interesting. She loved meeting new people and showing the beautiful courthouse to them. She loved preparing many dinners her family and extended family. After Arnold’s death, she traveled to Hawaii and enjoyed several bus tours. On March 22, 1992, she and Harold Drinkwater were married at the Congregational Church in Emporia. They traveled in Kansas and enjoyed family and friends. He preceded her in death on April 14, 2003.
She is survived by a daughter, Carol Dexter ( Floyd) of Emporia; a daughter-in-law, Jane Dicke of Cottonwood Falls; three grandsons: Mikel Dexter (Jeanne) of Broken Arrow, OK, Mitchell Dexter of Paradise Valley, AZ, Todd Dicke (Dana) of Emporia, and three great-grandchildren: Paige, Aubrey, and Reagan Dicke; two step-daughters: Jane McAdoo of Wichita and Winnie Endly of Emporia; four step-grandchildren: Anita Spainhoward of Topeka, Brett Pippin (Janet) of Milford, Eric Pippin (Nicole) of Silver Lake, and Dustin Pippin (Suzanne) of Topeka; seven step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by her mother in 1922; her father in 1989; her grandparents, William and Charlotte Rendle andWilliam and Leota Kirkpatrick; Lena and Burton Clark who helped care for her and her bother George Marvin; her brother, G. Marvin; her sister, Evelyn D. Miller; her son, Gary A. Dicke on January 25, 2003; and a step-great-granddaughter, Alicia Jo Pippin.
A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, at 2:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Keller officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery near Cottonwood Falls. There will be no family visitation.
Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, to Grace Lutheran Church or Gentiva 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
JANE MARIE (CLARK) MEYER
Jane M. Meyer, age 76, of Wichita, KS, formerly of Strong City, KS, died Thursday, February 5, 2015, at Meadowlark Adult Care Home in Wichita. The daughter of Kenneth and Florence “Flo” (Crum) Clark, she was born October 17, 1938, at Fort Smith, AK. She graduated from Strong City High School in 1957 and attended Emporia State College for one year. While she was there, she was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority. She and Raymond L. Meyer were married August 31, 1958, in Strong City. He preceded her in death on June 17, 2010.
She and Ray owned and operated the Strong City Grocery for 16 years. She worked at Strong City State Bank, at Newman Hospital, in the personnel department, and at Sheplar’s and Wescon Products as the Human Resources Manager. She was a homemaker and enjoyed her children’s and grandchildren’s school events including baseball and football games and wrestling matches. She always had time to play catch and spend time with them. She was a member of Strong City United Methodist Church and was active in the church and United Methodist Women.
She is survived by two sons: Steve Meyer (Jackie) of Wichita, KS and Gary Meyer (Nancy) of Monett, MO; one brother: Keith Clark of Salina, KS and his four children: Crista (Clark) Dorsey, Jan (Clark) Miller, Cam Clark, and Stacy (Clark) Driver; five grandchildren: Levi Meyer, Dalton Meyer, Kyle Meyer, Elise Meyer, and Ian Meyer; and one great-grandson: Hadler Meyer. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Clark.
A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, February 10, at 10:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls with Mr. Floyd Dorsey officiating. Burial will follow in Strong City Cemetery.
The family will meet friends Monday, from 6:00 until 7:30, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, to Amedisys Hospice of Wichita may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry St., Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.
Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
HELEN G. (CROFOOT) WEALAND
Helen Wealand, age 95, of Cedar Point, Kansas, died Tuesday, February 3, 2015, in her home at rural Cedar Point, Kansas. The daughter of John F. and Augusta Peterson Crofoot, she was born October 11, 1919, in her family home at Canton, KS. Her family moved to Cedar Point when she was 2 ½ years old. She attended school there until they moved to Wichita. She attended Sunnyside Elementary School, Roosevelt Jr. High School and Wichita East High School. She was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated in 1937. Following graduation, she attended the Venus Beauty Academy. She worked in Wichita where she met Howard at 1st Evangelical Church. She and Howard S. Wealand were married June 24, 1939, in Ponca City, OK. When they returned to her family’s farm at Cedar Point, in 1940, they lived in a boxcar on the farm. They eventually moved into the farm house where they reared their family. Howard preceded her in death on April 18, 2001.
She was a member of the Cedar Point Community Church. She was a homemaker and a great cook/baker. She made the best peanut brittle, chocolate chip cookies, and pies. Everyone looked forward to receiving her peanut brittle at Christmastime. She shared generously with family, neighbors, and friends. Helen was, also, a beautician and “did many women’s hair” in the Burns and Cedar Point area. She was always there to help if someone needed anything. She and Howard enjoyed square dancing and made many friends throughout their square dancing years. They were even on the “Max Sanders Show” which aired on television.
She is survived by three sons: Dale Wealand (Kay) of Elmdale, KS, Kenn Wealand (Judy) of Cedar Point, KS, and Jay Wealand (Pam) of Lincoln, NE; a daughter, Deanna Bruce of Wichita, KS; a son-in-law, John Hinnen; seven grandchildren: Kerry Brown of Emporia, Amy Taylor (Andy) of Independence, Renee Hinnen Tillotson (Brent), Toben Wealand of Cedar Point, Tim Wealand (Lauren) of Walton, Kyle Wealand, and Kelsey Wealand; five great-grandchildren: Lillie Grace Taylor, Maddie Elizabeth Conley, Kasey Wealand Keys, Josephine Elizabeth Wealand, and Logan Howard Wealand; one great-great-granddaughter, Jenna Mae Conley; a nephew, Jay Crofoot (Ginny) of Lubbock, TX; and a long-time friend, Pat Sauble of Cedar Point, KS.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter, Christa Hinnen; three brothers: Glen Crofoot, Ray Crofoot, and Ervin Crofoot; and a sister, Lillie.
A celebration of life service will be held Monday, February 9, 2015, at 11:00, at the Cedar Point Community Church. Pastor Dallas Evans will officiate. Burial will follow in Cedar Point Cemetery.
The family will meet friends Sunday, from 5:00 until 7:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Friends can come by Sunday, from 1:00 until 7:00.
Memorial contributions to Cedar Point Community Church or Good Shepherd Hospice may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry St., Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolences may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
AARON HUGH WALKER
Aaron “Big A” Walker, age 67, died Friday, December 26, 2014, at the Flint Hills Care Center in Emporia, KS. The son of Allen F. and Gladys (Jones) Walker, he was born November 23, 1947, in Abilene, KS. He graduated from Strong City High School and worked in the Shipping Department of Dolly Madison Bakery for 38 years.
He is survived by three brothers: Dennis Walker, Darrell Walker, and Kevin Walker of Emporia; and two sisters: Trudy Walker of Lawrence and Karen Pope of Gillette, WY. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Aaron has been cremated and there are no planned formal services. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com. Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home of Cottonwood Falls is in charge of arrangements.
LILLIE HESTER (ESTEP) BARNES
Hester Barnes, 90, passed away peacefully early Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 2014, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls, KS, where she had been a resident. Hester Estep was born Sept. 7, 1924, to Harvey Sims and Lizzie (Ford) Estep in Weston, TX. She graduated from Anna High School and was an Honor Graduate with a B. S. Degree in Elementary Education from Texas Women’s University. She married Sam P. Barnes on Nov. 13, 1943, and they were married for 61 years before his passing on Oct. 31, 2004. She was a past member of the Texas State Teachers Association and a member of Flint Hills Community Church in Cottonwood Falls.
Hester taught in the Dumas and Lazbuddie school systems for 23 years. The Barneses retired to Muleshoe in 1983, before moving to Whitesboro in 1989. She moved to Cottonwood Falls in 2004.
Hester is survived by three sons and one daughter: Ronny and Cindy Barnes of Lubbock, Monte and Delayne Barnes of Buffalo Gap, Mark and Karen Barnes of Farwell, and Frank and Marilyn Hinkson of Cottonwood Falls; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three sisters: Oleta Self of Dumas, Una Van Hoozer of Weston, and Audrey Stembridge of Gilmer; and one brother: Aubrey “Bud” Estep of Van Hoover, Washington. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Pearl; and five brothers: Charlie, Vance, Robert, Fred, and Evans “Sas.”
A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 11:00 A.M., in the Celina Chapel of the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Cottage Hill Cemetery in Celina.
A visitation will be Monday, from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M., at the funeral home. Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the charity of the donor’s choice may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. To convey condolences or to sign an online registry, please visit www.brown-bennett-alexander.com or www.turrentinejacksonmorrow.com.
RUFUS D. ALCORN
Rufus Alcorn, age 76, of Bazaar, KS, died Thursday, December 11, 2014, at Galichia Heart Hospital in Wichita. The son of Clell and Alberta (Hancock) Alcorn, he was born December 28, 1937, in Wichita, KS. He graduated from Valley Center High School in 1956. He and Caroline Steele were married May 23, 1975, in Miami, OK. He was a machinist for Boeing in Wichita for 38 years. He was Past Master of Masonic Lodge #364 in Valley Center and was a member of Sunflower Woodworkers Guild and the Chairman of the Toy Committee. He enjoyed making toys for less fortunate children. He was always there to help anyone who needed him.
He is survived by his wife, Caroline; two sons: Jeff (Shelly) Alcorn of Andover and Mike (Brandy) Alcorn of Wichita; a daughter, Trisha Alcorn of Valley Center; a sister, Judy (Kenny) Hill of Wichita; a step-son, Robert Newton of CO; three step-daughters: Suszanne Miller of Wichita, Gerre (Tom) Heathman of Bazaar, and Nicole (Richard) Cook of Abilene, TX; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Larry Alcorn.
A celebration of life gathering will be held Monday, December 15, at 11:00 A.M., at the Bazaar Schoolhouse in Bazaar. Burial will follow in Bazaar Cemetery. The family requests casual dress. Memorial contributions to the Salvation Army 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.
REX MARTIN BISHOP
Rex M. Bishop, 83, of Lebo, Kansas, died Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at Council Grove, Kansas. He was born January 28, 1931, at Lamar, Kansas, to Cecil Bishop and Pauline Standolf Bishop.
He joined the army during the Korean War serving two years. Upon his return from the Army, on June 10, 1954, he was married to Earline M. Gordine of Solomon, Kansas. To this union two children were born: Ronald R. Bishop and Kimberly S. Bishop. This marriage ended in divorce.
He started his service with General Service Administration in Abilene, Kansas, at the Eisenhower Library in 1956. In 1963, he was transferred to Emporia, Kansas, as Building Superintendent of the Post Office, where he retired in 1986. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion in Emporia, Kansas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Pauline Bishop; a step-mom, Muriel Bishop; a son, Ronald R Bishop; a brother, Edgar Bishop; a sister, Madeline Walker; and a nephew, Norman Walker.
He is survived by his companion of many years, Pauline (Joan) Burkhart of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas; a daughter, Kim Vering and her husband, Bob, of Salina, Kansas; and a granddaughter, Kiley Meyer and her husband, Chris, of Salina, Kansas.
His request was to be cremated. A private service is planned at a later date. Condolence messages may be left to www.brown-bennett-alexander.com
Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, is in charge of arrangements.
CALVIN LEROY NIGH
Calvin Nigh, age 90, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Saturday, November 29, 2014, at Morris County Hospital in Council Grove, KS. The son of Harry H. and Bertha (Lee) Nigh, he was born November 4, 1924, in Longford, KS. He married Betty Lou Marple on March 27, 1959, in Cottonwood Falls, KS. He was a heavy equipment operator and a truck driver for much of his life. He was a minister for 55 years, with affiliations with Pentecostal churches in Council Grove and Junction City, KS. In his later years, he salvaged scrap metal. He enjoyed auctions and never really retired.
He is survived by his wife of the home; a son, James H. Nigh, of Strong City, KS; two daughters: Mary Ann Paris and her husband, Martin, of Newton, KS and Linda S. Freeman and her husband, Bobby, of Benton, AR; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Vernon Marple, of Emporia; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers: Marcus Nigh, Harry Nigh, James Nigh, and Eddie Nigh; three sisters: Mary Ann Nigh, Jo Ann Nigh, and Erma Hoffner; and a great-granddaughter, Brooklynn Faith Burnett.
He has been cremated and the family will have private services at a later date. Inurnment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Council Grove, KS. Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls is in charge of arrangements. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
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