06.24.14

VIOLA ETHEL (INGALLS) YOAKEM

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:53 am by Sue Alexander

VIOLA ETHEL (INGALLS) YOAKEM

Viola Yoakem, age 100, of Weslaco, TX, formerly Cottonwood Falls, died Sunday, June 22, 2014, at John Knox Health Center in Weslaco.  The daughter of George Edward and Flora Alma (Stoltz) Ingalls, she was born July 17, 1913, in El Dorado, KS.  and attended country schools, in Chase County, through 8th grade.  She married Cecil Yoakem on February 10, 1934, in Cottonwood Falls.  He died December 12, 2002. 

She was a member of the First Baptist Church and lived most of her life in Chase County.  They worked with a harvest crew who traveled from Texas to Kansas and, in 1963 and 1964, they worked at a resort in Minnesota.  They lived at Wonsevu until 1970 when she and Cecil moved to Cottonwood Falls.  They operated the Millstream Motel from 1971 until 1996, when they retired.  She moved to Donna, TX to be near her family.

She is survived by her son, Wayne, and his wife, Joan, of Donna, TX; two grandchildren:  Karma Linda Yoakem and Vernon Yoakem; two great-grandchildren: Christopher and Vanessa Yoakem; and a sister, Pansy Oldham of Buffalo, MO.   She was preceded in death by three brothers:  George Edward, Jr., Lee Roy, and Don Ingalls; and two sisters:  Lillie Martha and Dolly Bell.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, June 28, at 1:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Bazaar Cemetery.  There will be no formal visitation.  Friends may come by the funeral home Friday, from 10:00 until 6:00.  Memorial contributions to the Chase County Senior Center may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845-0220.  Messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

06.09.14

GENEVA DIANNE “GENI” (MCNISH) CENTLIVRE

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GENEVA DIANNE “GENI” (McNISH) CENTLIVRE

Geni Centlivre, age 67, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Sunday, June 8, 2014, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls.  The daughter of William Myrl “Bill” and Marjorie Lee “Margie” Pendergraft McNish, Geneva Dianne was born October 8, 1946, in Joplin, MO.  She graduated from Highland Park High School in Topeka and attended one year of college at Washburn.  She and Donald Louis Centlivre were married July 1, 1967, in Topeka.

She worked, as the social service designee, at Beverly Enterprises Nursing Home in Cottonwood Falls for 12 years and at Flint Hills Eyecare in Emporia, as an office administrator, for 12 years.   She was a member of the Strong City United Methodist Church.  Geni was a friendly, outgoing, cheerful person who never met a stranger.  She “saw the good in everyone” and was always there to help others.

She is survived by her husband, Don, of the home; Jeffrey A. (Kathleen) Centlivre of Americus; a daughter, Katherine A. Centlivre of Cottonwood Falls; and four grandchildren:  Darien Levi Centlivre of Cottonwood Falls and Kaitlin Elizabeth, Emily Diane, and Logan William Emmitt Centlivre of Americus.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

A celebration of life graveside service will be held Friday, June 13, at 1:00, at the Strong City Cemetery.  Chaplain Rob Clausen will officiate.  The family will meet friends Thursday, from 6 until 7:30, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home.  Friends may come by Thursday, from noon until 8:00, and Friday, from 9:00 until 11:00.  Memorial contributions to the Aviary (Bird) Project at the Golden Living Center of Chase County may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.  Messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

HUNTER JAY SCOTT

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HUNTER JAY SCOTT

Hunter Scott, age 19, of Strong City, KS, died Thursday, June 5, 2014, in a one-vehicle accident.  The son of Thomas Jay Scott and Charlotte Elizabeth (Spain) Cole, Hunter Jay was born November 30, 1994, in Council Grove, KS.  He graduated from Chase County Jr/Sr High School in Cottonwood Falls in 2013.  He worked for Reyer Pasture Spraying & Tree Cutting. 

He was a member of the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with friends in the outdoors.  He was active in sports, especially football and basketball and was enrolled, for the fall session, at the Flint Hills Technical College in the Automotive Technology program.  He was training his new border collie/blue heeler pup, Pope.

He is survived by his mother, Charlotte (Cliff) Cole, of Cottonwood Falls; his father, Tom Scott, of Matfield Green; a sister, Kylee Ann Scott of Salinas, CA; his grandmothers, Ruby Spain and Linda (Bill) Vanderslice, of Cottonwood Falls; his great-grandmother, Dorothy Dick, of Council Grove;  five step-brothers and their families; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.  He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Donnie Scott and his grandfather, Charles “Bob” Spain.

A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, June 12, 2014, at 2:00 P.M., at the Chase County Jr/Sr High School in Cottonwood Falls with Pastor David Gass officiating.  Hunter will be cremated following the service and inurnment will be in Bazaar Cemetery at a later date.  There will be a family visitation Wednesday, from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls.  Friends may come by the funeral home Tuesday from noon until 6:00 P.M., and Wednesday, from 10:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M., and by the Chase County Jr/Sr High School Thursday, from noon until service time.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Hunter J. Scott Scholarship Fund and sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.  Messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.   

 

 

 

06.03.14

WILLIAM “BILL” LYNN CAHOONE

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:07 pm by Sue Alexander

WILLIAM “BILL” LYNN CAHOONE

Bill Cahoone, age 77, of Strong City, KS, died Monday, June 2, 2014, at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita, KS.  The son of Oliver Howard and Lucille (Allen) Cahoone, William was born April 7, 1937, in Wichita, KS.  He graduated from high school in Wichita.  He served in the U.S. Army and was a marksman (Rifle M-14).  He worked on road maintenance for Chase County Road & Bridge.  Following his retirement, he worked for Clark Farm and Home Store in Strong City.  He, also, owned and operated the Hole in the Wall bar in Strong City.  He was a member of the Russell Blackburn American Legion Post #123 in Strong City.

He is survived by two nieces: Darla (Jon) Weiss of Cottonwood Falls and Debbie (Phil) Bupp of Wichita; two great-nephews:  Tyler Weiss and Seth Weiss; and three great-nieces:  Cassie Shaffer, Kimberly Nickels, and Tamara Moots.  He was preceded in death by his mother and father, and two brothers: Howard Cahoone and Robert Earl Cahoone.

A military graveside service will be held Monday, June 9, 2014, at 2:00, at the Strong City Cemetery.  Military honors will be presented by a U.S. Army Honor Guard from Fort Riley.  Bill has been cremated.  There will be no formal family visitation.  Memorial contributions to the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.  Messages may be left for the family at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

 

 

 

05.12.14

GARY LEE SUFFRON

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:44 pm by Sue Alexander

GARY LEE SUFFRON

Gary Lee Suffron, age 75, of Cottonwood Falls, passed away Sunday, May 11, 2014, at his residence.  He was born September 8, 1938, to Albert and Mary (Ward) Suffron, in Wichita, KS.  He served in the U.S. Army and worked as a Sedgwick County jailer for many years.  He retired in 1976.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon, of the home; four children:  Michael, Kim, Tammy, and Misha; grandchildren; nephews; uncles; cousins; and many friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Andy; uncles; and aunts.

He was cremated and there are no services planned.  Memorial contributions to the Chase County Senior Center 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.

JOHN HENRY BASTIN, SR.

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JOHN HENRY BASTIN

John H. Bastin, age 75, passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014, at his home in Emporia, KS.  The son of Ervin E. and Juanita R. (Brigman) Bastin, John was born May 16, 1938, in Strong City, KS.  He married Nadine M. Kennison on April 4, 1955, in Emporia.  John joined the U.S. Navy in 1955 and served until 1964.  After the service, he worked for Crawford Manufacturing and then went to work for the U.S. Postal Service until he retired in 1992. 

He enjoyed working in the garden and on vehicles.  He, also, enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons and friends.  He was always there if someone needed his help.

He was a member of the American Postal Workers Union AFL-CIO, American Legion Ball-McColm Post #5, Fraternal Order of Eagles, AARP, and National Association of Retired Postal Employees.

He is survived by his wife of the home; a son, Kenneth Bastin, of Emporia; and two daughters:  Patricia Jacob (Steve) and Katherine Bastin both of Emporia; five grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Naomi Leaser and a step-sister, Betty Lusk, both of Emporia.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a step-father, a brother, Robert, and a son, John Bastin, Jr.

A celebration of life graveside service will be held Tuesday, May 13, at 2:00 P.M., at the Elmdale Cemetery near Elmdale, KS.  Military honors will be conducted by a U.S. Navy Funeral Detail.  John has been cremated and there will be no formal family visitation.  Memorial contributions to the Emporia Friends of the Zoo may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.  Condolence messages for the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

05.02.14

GREGORY CHARLES “GREG” JAHNKE

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:49 pm by Sue Alexander

GREGORY CHARLES “GREG” JAHNKE

Gregory Jahnke, age 37, of Toledo Township, KS, died suddenly Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia, KS.  The son of William M. and Marilyn Kay Viets Jahnke, Gregory Charles was born February 10, 1977, in Kansas City, MO.  He graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School in 1995, and attended Kansas State University.  He and Cheryl Kay Budke were married April 6, 2002, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Strong City.  He was the owner/operator of Jahnke Stone rock quarry.  His family was very important to him and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, gardening, and working with technology.  He was a computer expert, a builder, an adventurer, and an entrepreneur.  “He did it all” and was good at everything he did.

He is survived by his wife of the home; three children:  Evelyn Kay, Paden James, and Connor Loren Jahnke of the home; his parents of Shawnee, KS; two brothers:  Steven (Claire) Jahnke of Mission, KS, and Matthew Jahnke of Lawrence, KS; five sisters:  Stacy (Brian) Doyle of Prairie Village, KS, Sara Jahnke of Overland Park, KS, Amanda (John) Simmons of Shawnee, KS, Maggie (Pete) Scaletty of Prairie Village, KS, and Katie (Eric) Dale of Chicago, IL.; and 18 nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents:  Connie and Loren Viets and Charles and Marcellee Jahnke.

A rosary will be recited, by Father Theodore Khin, Sunday, May 4, 2014, at 6:30 P.M. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Strong City.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, at 2:00 P.M., at St. Anthony Catholic Church with celebrant, Father Tom Kearns.  Gregory will be cremated following the service.  Inurnment will be at a later date in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery north of Strong City.

The family will meet friends, following the rosary, at St. Anthony Hall until 8:00 P.M.  Friends may call Sunday, from noon until 4:30, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions to the Greg Jahnke Memorial Fund may be left at gregjahnkememorialfund@g-mail.com (using PayPal) or sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.  Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

 

04.22.14

VICKI ANN CAHOONE

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:19 pm by Sue Alexander

VICKI ANN CAHOONE

Vicki Ann Cahoone, age 60, of Curtis, Nebraska, passed away in her sleep on Monday, April 21, 2014. She had resided with her sister, Terri Jo (Cahoone) Bek since June of 2012.  She was born on October 7, 1953, at Stubenhoefer’s in Strong City, Kansas to Sid and Wanda (Pinkston) Cahoone.  Vicki was a Down’s syndrome baby and was taken home and treated as all babies are treated.  She was able to attend the Lyon County Retarded Children’s Center in Emporia, Kansas, until she was 18. Her dad and mother took turns driving the bus to Emporia with other children from Chase County.  She was able to work in the Hetlinger Sheltered Workshop for a time.  She enjoyed the dances that were held there.  Vicki enjoyed dancing and she liked to sing to George Strait CD’s.  She enjoyed watching soap operas on TV for many years and with the advent of cable, TVLND was her preferred channel. Some of her other favorites were: cherry jello, gravy, dressing, macaroni and cheese, and cherry pie.  She disliked greatly, anything that was green and healthy to eat.

Survivors include her sister: Terri Jo (Warren)Bek, a niece, Paige (Scott) Wood and a niece, Beka Pearl Wood.  She has many cousins, aunts, and uncles. Vicki was preceded in death by her mother, Wanda Lee “Jim” Cahoone; her father; Sidney “Sid” Cahoone; her brother, Sidney “Jess” Cahoone and both sets of grandparents; W.T.”Windy” and Helen “Brownie” (Russell) Pinkston; and Sidney “SJ” Cahoone and Belle (Riley) Cahoone.

A celebration of life graveside service will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014, 11:00 A.M., at the Bazaar Cemetery near Bazaar, Kansas,  with Pastor Kim Shank of Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church in Cottonwood Falls officiating.  The family will meet friends Friday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home where friends may sign the book Friday, from 10:00 A.M. until 7:30 P.M. Memorial contributions to Hetlinger Developmental Services, Inc. may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.  Messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com. 

BETTY M. HASTINGS

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:16 pm by Sue Alexander

BETTY (MCCRAKEN) HASTINGS

Betty Hastings, age 87, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia, KS.  The daughter of Clarence H. and Bessie Pinkson McCracken, Betty was born November 13, 1926, at rural Bazaar, KS.  She graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1941. 

Betty spent her entire life in Chase County and married Kenneth J. Hastings on June 1, 1947, at Cottonwood Falls.  They were married nearly 63 years before his death on April 3, 2010.  The early years of her married life were spent as a homemaker caring for her children and husband.  When her children were in high school, she reentered the workforce as a secretary to the Probate Judge in Chase County.  She continued in that position until the court systems were combined and she became a deputy clerk of the District Court of Chase County.  She was appointed Clerk of District Court in 1981 and continued in that capacity until retiring in 1987, after more that 20 years in the court system.

She is survived by a son, Mike Hastings and his wife, Kathy, of Cottonwood Falls, KS along with four grandchildren:  Shannon Lostutter of Kansas City, MO, Janis Demmitt (Tim) and Shawn Hastings (Jennifer) of Broken Arrow, OK, and Wesley Bruce of Yuma, AZ and five great-grandchildren:  Allie Demmitt, Micheal Hastings, Lindsey Hastings, Nate Demmitt, and Matthew Hastings.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Patricia Jones.

A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, April 24, at 2:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home with Pastor Kim Shank of Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial will follow in Bazaar Cemetery.  The family will meet friends Wednesday, from 6:30 until 8:00 P.M., at the funeral home.  Friends may come by to sign the book Wednesday, from 10:00 A.M.until 8:00 P.M., and Thursday, from 10:00 A.M. until service time.   

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Central Care Cancer Center of Emporia may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.  Messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com. 

 

 

04.18.14

PEGGY L. (JONES) COOPER

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:38 pm by Sue Alexander

PEGGY L. (JONES) COOPER

Peggy L. Cooper, age 76, died Thursday, April 17, 2014, at her son’s residence near Cottonwood Falls, KS.  The daughter of Louie “L.R.” and Martha Haley Jones, Peggy was born September 6, 1937, in Emporia, KS.  She graduated from Emporia High School in 1955.  She worked at Hallmark Cards before her marriage to James “Jim” Cooper on March 8, 1957, in Emporia.  He died March 5, 2008.

She was a homemaker who worked at Iowa Beef and S & S Propane after her children graduated from school.  She, also, worked on the farm and helped Jim with the paint and thorough breed horse operation.  She attended Saffordville United Methodist Church.

She is survived by two sons:  J.E. (Vicky) Cooper of Grandview Community, KS and Clay (Connie) Cooper of Cottonwood Falls, KS; one daughter, Vickie (Bill Timm) Cooper of Laurel, IA; two brothers:  Jack Jones of Lebo, KS and Dick Jones of Garland, TX; one sister, Sarah “Sally” Bowden of Emporia, KS; two grandchildren:  Lacey Dawn Cooper and Christopher Clay Cooper; and three great-grandchildren:  Clark Miller, Alexys Miller, and Cooper Lane Miller.  She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and one brother, Dennis Jones.

A celebration of life memorial graveside service will be held Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 10:00 A.M., at the Bazaar Cemetery with The Rev. Marilyn Christmore officiating.  Peggy has been cremated.  There will be no family visitation.  Friends may sign the register book Tuesday, from 10:00 until 6:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Peggy Cooper Memorial Fund (the family will make a designation at a later date) and sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.  Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.  

 

 

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