RONALD W. LAKE
Ron Lake, age 61, died Monday, June 3, 2013, at his home in Strong City, KS. The son of Clifford Lee and Lucille Irene Anderson Lake, Ronald W. was born February 11, 1952, in Herington, KS. After he and his family moved to Cottonwood Falls in 1958, he was active in Boy Scouts, various school activities, and Young Republicans. He graduated from Chase County High School with the Class of 1970. He attended Butler County Community College and took accounting classes before moving to Wichita.
After he returned to Chase County, he took classes and earned numerous Certifications from the State of Kansas including Operator and Manager of Water, Waste Water, and Pond Stabilization. He worked as the Supervisor of the city crew for the City of Cottonwood Falls and operator of the Water Treatment Plant for 21 years and, for the last three years, he worked as the certified water and waste water operator for the City of Strong City. He worked at the Slabaugh Liquor Store and was always ready to help friends and neighbors if they needed “an extra hand.” He enjoyed fishing, hunting, driving the country roads to see the beauty of the Flint Hills and visiting with anyone along the way.
He and Collene Slabaugh have been companions for 28 years. He and Collene spent many hours gardening, mowing, and landscaping their yard and making improvements to their house and his rental properties. He was a member of the Uptown Theater Restoration Alliance and the Cottonwood Falls Country Club.
He is survived by Collene of the home; a son, Brandon Lake of Los Angeles, CA.; a daughter, Amy Lude (Frank) of Van Cover, WA.; a brother, Mark Lake (Denise) of Overland Park, KS.; two sisters: Connie Slater (Dan) of Emporia, KS. and Janice Harris (Bud) of Alamosa, CO.; and nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
A celebration of life service will be held Monday, June 10, 2013, at 10:30 A.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Bennie Holtsclaw will officiate. Burial will follow in Strong City Cemetery. There will be a visitation, with the family, Sunday, from 4:00 until 6:00 P.M., at the funeral home. Friends may call Friday, noon until 5:00 P.M., Saturday, 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M, and Sunday, 1:00 until 6:00 P.M., at the funeral home. Memorial contributions to the Chronic Illness Assistance Fund (This is a not-for-profit fund used to financially assist families, of Chase County, during times of serious illnesses.) may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Condolences may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
LINDA KAY (WESSEL) STROUD
Linda Stroud, age 60, of Wichita, Kansas, died Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Via Christi Hospital-St. Joseph in Wichita. The daughter of Robert Lee and Sarah Belle Edie Wessel, Linda Kay was born April 5, 1953, in Wichita, Kansas. She graduated from South Garland High School in Garland, TX. and attended Texas Women’s University in Denton, TX. She graduated from Newman Hospital School of Nursing in 1977 as a Registered Nurse. She and Jimmy Stroud were married August 28, 1999, in Wichita, KS. They enjoyed camping at Spring Lake near Halstead. He died in April, 2010. She was a member of the Haysville Christian Church in Haysville. She was an avid pet lover and loved to square dance. In the late 1970’s, she was a member of the Jomaria Chapter #378 of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by two brothers: Jerry Cooper of Cottonwood Falls, KS. and Kevin Cooper of St. Joseph, MO.; two sisters: Judy Cooper Welch of Emporia, KS. and Janice Cooper Taylor of Amarillo, TX.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A celebration of life service will be held Sunday, June 2, 2013, at 10:00 A.M., at the Grandview Cemetery on the Lyon/Chase County Line Road near Emporia. There will be no formal family visitation. She has been cremated. Memorial contributions to the Kansas Humane Society in Wichita may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Condolences may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
AUDREY E. (VANDYKE) BINNS
Audrey E. Binns, age 90, of Cottonwood Falls, died Sunday, May 26, 2013, at her home in Cottonwood Falls, KS. The daughter of Harvey Vernon and Mary Margaret Hall VanDyke, Audrey Ellen was born August 10, 1922, in Cleveland, TN. She graduated, from The Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia on July 30, 1943, with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She had a Lifetime Teaching Certificate from the State of Kansas Department of Education. She and Clifford LeRoy Binns were both teachers and were married December 25, 1944, at the Epiphany Episcopal Church in Independence, KS. He died April 7, 1984.
She and her husband managed a grain elevator business where she was the bookkeeper and, at one time, she and her mother owned and operated a boutique, VanDyke’s Fashions. When she was teaching, she particularly enjoyed teaching fifth through eighth grade girls. She was an excellent musician, an artist, and a talented seamstress, wrote poetry and book reviews which she presented for various community clubs, and was a bookkeeper for several businesses. She read a variety of books, including historical fiction and mysteries. She was on the staff at the Wichita Eagle-Beacon during World War II. While attending college, she was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority. She was one of 1,200 people who were in attendance for a baseball game featured in the Independence, KS. newspaper which reported-“City of David plays in first night baseball game, April 17, 1930, against the Independence Producers before 1,200 fans. Headline: “First Professional Baseball by Electric Lights.” Independence witnesses world debut of night baseball.” (Her father was a “KG&E promoter of electricity.”) She was a KU fan and especially enjoyed watching KU basketball games. She was a member of the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church (former member of the Hugoton United Methodist Church) and a member of BZ Chapter of PEO. She was a woman who lived in the current and was forward-thinking and independent. She had one goal she never reached: When they had the bazaar each year, she wanted to get to the age when she could roll the silverware; however, she never reached that stage because she was always part of the group who did the decorating, etc. She enjoyed being a “behind the scenes” person. If she said she would do something, she would do it-you could count on it.
She is survived by her son, Gregory Van Binns and his wife, Debbie, of Hutchinson, KS; a daughter: Pamela Binns Wilson Palmer and her husband, Leo, of Strong City, KS.; a step-daughter, Kaye Binns Moore and her husband, Jim, of Christmas, FL.; niece-daughter: Donna Scott Newsom of Lewis, KS.; four grandchildren: Whitney Wilson of Albany, NY., Lindsee Wilson of Kansas City, MO., Kyle Binns of Overland Park, KS., and Brad Binns of Hutchinson, KS.; two step-grandchildren: Lorraine Wilson Kellner of Bucklin, KS. and Robert N. Wilson, Jr. of Elkhart, KS.; one great grandchild: Alexia Jane Wilson of Albany, NY.; and two step great-grandchildren: Trey Kellner of Ames, IA, and Macee Kellner of Chadron, NE. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Clifford Binns; and her son-in-law, Robert N. Wilson, Sr.
A celebration of life graveside service will be held Saturday, June 1, 2013, at 1:00 P.M., at the Hugoton Cemetery, with co-officiants, The Rev. Harry Cross and The Rev. Kim Shank. There will be an informal visitation Thursday, from 1:00 until 3:00 P.M. at the funeral home and Saturday, at 10:00 A.M., at the Hugoton United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions to the Chase County Senior Center may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Messages/condolences may be left for the family at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
VERNON WALTER KINSEY
Vernon Kinsey, age 77, of Matfield Green, KS., died Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Rochester Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN. The son of Virgil Wesley and Hattie Pearl (Cooper) Kinsey, Vernon Walter was born September 23, 1935, at Bazaar, KS. He graduated from Matfield Green High School in 1953. He and Judith Ann Neuenschwander were married April 19, 1958. He served in the U.S. Army from 1958 until 1960. He was a self-employed rancher and a livestock truck driver for Hunt Transportation in Omaha, NE.
He is survived by his wife, Judy, of Emporia, KS.; four children: Verlin Kinsey of Olpe, KS., Deborah Barclay of Woodbridge, VA., Jerry Kinsey of Matfield Green, KS., and Brian Kinsey of Ormond Beach, FL.; two sisters: Bobbie Hammond of Olpe, KS. and Patti Ungeheuer of Topeka, KS.; two grandchildren: Teresa Parnell of Americus, KS. and Vincent Kinsey of Emporia, KS.; four great-grandchildren: R.J. and Tyler Parnell of Americus, KS. and Vance and Landree Kinsey of Emporia, KS.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters: Belnah June Kinsey and Elizabeth Schroeder; and a son, Bradley David Kinsey.
A celebration of life service will be held Friday, May 17, 2013, at 3:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. The officiant will be The Rev. Doug Montgomery. Burial will follow in the Bazaar Cemetery in Bazaar, KS.
There will be no formal family visitation. Memorial contributions to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Friends may come by the funeral home Thursday, 10:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M., and Friday, 10:00 A.M. until service time. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
WILLIAM R. “BILL” EDIE
Bill Edie, age 90, of Emporia, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia, KS. The son of Chauncey Orville and Ida Williams Edie, William was born July 11, 1922, in Topeka, Kansas. He graduated from Emporia High School. He and Emma Marsh were married and they lived and farmed in the Toledo area. She died in August of 1982. Bill was proud to be a farmer and he managed apartments in the Emporia area. He was a member of the Saffordville United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Saffordville Masonic Lodge #395 and the Jomaria Chapter Order of the Eastern Star until they disbanded and he transferred his memberships to the Zeredatha #60 Masonic Lodge and Falls Chapter #25 of the Order of the Eastern Star in Cottonwood Falls. He was, also, a member of the Arab Shrine in Topeka, KS.
He served as the sexton of the Grandview Cemetery for many years and was a member of the Jacob’s-Phenis Creeks Watershed #94 board. He was an honorary member of the Toledo Township High School Alumni Association. He enjoyed constructing and refinishing furniture. He built many items for the Masonic and OES organizations, including furniture and gavels.
He is survived by two sons: John Edie and his wife, Judy, and Jack Edie and his wife, Jolene, both of Emporia, KS.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren: Jana Smart, her husband, Josh and their children: Courtny, Caleigh, and Hunter, Emmy Edie, Lori Edie, Melissa Johnson, her husband, Jayson, and their children: Layla and Jett, and Jeremy Edie; and a sister-in-law, Dema Marsh of Emporia, KS. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a brother, Ernest Calvin Edie, and a sister, Sarah Belle Cooper.
A celebration of life graveside service will be held Friday, May 10, at 1:00 P.M., at the Grandview Cemetery, with officiant, Pastor Susan Daniel-Brey of Grace Methodist Church. Bill has been cremated. There will be no formal visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Toledo Township Community Center may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
ROBERT EARL “BOB” CARTER
Robert “Bob” Carter, age 81, of Plymouth Community, KS., died Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at his home in Plymouth Community, KS. The son of Glenn Putnam and Jessie “Marjorie” Kelley Carter, Robert was born December 30, 1931, in rural Lyon County. He played basketball and graduated from Emporia High School in 1949 and attended Kansas State University. He and Iyla May Parkman were married January 18, 1953, in Emporia. She died November 28, 2009. He was self-employed with Shown/Carter Construction and was a farmer/stockman. He had worked for Emporia Plumbing/Heating and was a welder for the construction of the Arch in St. Louis. He was a previous supervisor of Lyon County Road & Bridge and worked at the Peak-Hatcher Salebarn. He taught Vo-Ag, as a substitute at Flint Hills Vocational-Technical School, was a member of Model Booster 4-H, and was a long-time supporter of 4-H. He attended Saffordville United Methodist Church and was a member of Ducks Unlimited and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.He was an avid gun collector and enjoyed watching the National Finals Rodeo. He was President of TIGG Cattle Co.
He survived by two daughters: Debra Byarlay (Dan) of Salina, KS. and Barbara Henson (Darl) of Emporia, KS.; two sisters: Phyllis E. Wright of Junction City, KS. and Belinda F. Wille of Topeka, KS.; five grandchildren: Jessica Ardery, Amber Pracht, Megan Henson, Jarrett Henson, and Aaron Byarlay; and four great-grandchildren: Acacia, Eian, Cade, and Makennah,. He was preceded death by his parents, his wife, and a son, John, on May 15, 2007.
A celebration of life service will be held Monday, April 29, 2013, at 2:00, at the Saffordville United Methodist Church. Pastor Alan Vancil will conduct the service. Bob will be cremated following the service and there will be a private inurnment service at Grandview Cemetery at a later date.
There will be a formal family visitation Sunday, from 5:00 until 7:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Friends may come by Sunday, from noon until 7:30, at the funeral home and Monday, from 10:00 until service time at the church.
Memorial contributions to the Saffordville United Methodist Church or Lyon County 4-H-Carter Memorial Fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Messages to the family may be sent to www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
EDYTHA HELEN (SLAYDEN) MILDWARD
E. Helen Mildward, age 90, of Cottonwood Falls, KS., died Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County, in Cottonwood Falls. She has been cremated and there will be no service.
The daughter of Dallas and Grace Lanniger Slayden, Edytha Helen was born September 25, 1922, in Ottawa County, MO. She and Francis E. “Dick” Mildward were married June 22, 1940, in Oregon, MO. He died August 4, 2000. They moved from Marysville, MO. , to Kansas City where he worked for Dolly Madison Bakery and then moved to Emporia when the bakery opened in Emporia. She was a homemaker and enjoyed the outdoors. She had beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. She raised long-horn cattle for years. She worked as a certified nurse aide at the nursing home in Cottonwood Falls. She enjoyed all animals and nature.
She is survived by a son, Richard Mildward of Excelsior, Springs, MO; a daughter, Judy McClellan of Elmdale, KS.; and many grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, and many great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Les Slayden, and a daughter, R. Debbie Rollins.
Memorial contributions to Hand in Hand Hospice may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Condolences may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com
PHILIP E. HAINLINE
Philip Hainline, age 72, of Cottonwood Falls, formerly of Clements, died Monday, April 8, 2013, at his home in Cottonwood Falls, KS. A celebration of life service will be held Friday, April 12, 2013, at 3:00 P.M., at the Flying W Ranch Lodge (the old Hainline place). The family requests casual attire for the service. Philip has been cremated and his children will scatter his ashes along the Cache La Poudre River near Fort Collins, CO.
The son of Menzo F. and Myrtle S. Shircliff Hainline, Philip was born September 28, 1940, at Kirksville, MO. He graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1958. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Colorado State University and a Master of Science in Biology from Emporia State University. He was a rancher.
He is survived by five children: Andria J. Odrowski of Kansas City, MO., Amy Tyrrell and Becky A. Crichton of Cottonwood Falls, KS., Ben K. Hainline of Tonkawa, OK, and Matt Hainline of Fort Worth, TX.; 13 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Ann Talarico.
There will be no formal family visitation. Friends may call Thursday, 10:00 A.M. until 3:30 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Memorial contributions to the Kansas Humane Society may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Condolences may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
ROBIN R. ROBERTS
Robin R. Roberts, age 55, of rural Cottonwood Falls, died Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia, KS. The Rosary will be recited Thursday, April 11, at 7:00 P.M., at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Strong City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, April 12, at 11:00 A.M., at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with Celebrant, Father Edmond Kline. Burial will follow in St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in rural Strong City, KS.
The son of Howard L. and Connie E. Holmberg Roberts, Robin was born January 25, 1958, in Strong City, KS. He graduated, with the Class of 1976, from Chase County High School and attended and completed welding classes through the Flint Hills Vo-Tech School in Emporia. He and Becki M. Barger were married November 10, 1984, in Strong City. He was a member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church. He was a farmer and mechanic. He was an innovative thinker and could build and “ do anything.” He collected and restored John Deere toys, including “pedal tractors.”
He is survived by his wife, a son, Kristopher B. Roberts, and a daughter, Morgan J. Roberts, of the home; four sisters: Terri McKee (Leonard) of Lenexa, Jerri Mushrush (Emil) of Strong City, Carole Miser (Tim) of Cottonwood Falls, and Jill Allen (Karl) of Humbolt; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.
The family will meet friends, following the Rosary, at St. Anthony Hall until 8:00 P.M. Friends may call Thursday, from 10:00 A.M. until 3:30 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home and after 5:00 until the Rosary at St. Anthony Catholic Church. The family requests casual dress for the services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the St. Anthony Altar Society may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Condolences may be left for the family at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
CHERYL R. (WILSON) GOWEN
Cheryl Gowen, 67, of Cottonwood Falls, died Friday, March 22, 2013, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County.
Cheryl Rae Wilson, the daughter of Ray and Elaine Wilson, was born in Emporia, Kansas, November 2, 1945. She and Richard O. Gowen were married at Madison, Kansas, on October 29, 1961. He died at their home March 9, 2006.
Surviving family members include a son, Darren Gowen of Fredericksburg, Va; daughter, Dana M. Gowen of Emporia; mother, Elaine Wilson and a sister, Lana Schindler, both of Madison; a brother, John Wilson of Elmdale; three grandchildren: Rose Correa, Oliver Gowen, and Heidi Gowen and two great grandchildren: Ivy Correa and Jonas Correa. Cheryl was preceded in death by her father, husband, and a granddaughter, Doris E. Gowen.
Cheryl graduated from Hartford High School in 1964 and Flint Hills Vocational Technical School in 1975. Over the years, Cheryl worked at TG&Y, Harder’s Market, Jim Bell & Sons, and Gowen Chiropractic with her daughter, Dr. Dana Gowen. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Cottonwood Falls and Order of Eastern Star. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and embroidery, and was an Elvis fan.
Funeral Services will be held at the United Methodist Church in Cottonwood Falls on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at 2:00 pm. The service will be conducted by Rev. Kim Shank. The family will receive friends at Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls Tuesday evening from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm.
Memorial donations to the United Methodist Church in Cottonwood Falls may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
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