07.28.12

LESLIE F. “LES” COOPER

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:36 am by Sue Alexander

LESLIE F. “LES” COOPER
Leslie F. “Les” Cooper, age 93, of Cottonwood Falls, died Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls. A graveside memorial service will be held Saturday, July 28, at 10:00, at the Bazaar Cemetery. The Rev. Kim Shank of the United Methodist Church of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas will officiate.
Leslie F. Cooper, the son of Frank and Hazel Yeager Cooper, was born February 9, 1919, in Bazaar, Kansas. He worked as a farmer and then as a janitor at the Chase County Courthouse.
He married Virginia Cahoone on September 29, 1961, in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. She died May 5, 2006.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Cottonwood Falls and of the Lions Club.
He is survived by three sons: Michael Cooper of Lawrence, Kansas, Donald Cooper of Des Moines, Iowa; and Dale Starkey of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas; one daughter, Linda Stubenhofer of Strong City; a sister of Phoenix, Arizona; 11 grandchildren: David, Joel, Arlette, Kai, Leslie, Missy, Mindy, Megan, Cole, Deanna, and Paula; 15 great grandchildren: Olivia, Ben, Burke, Willa, Johnathan, Tyler, Hannah, Josh, Jorden, Mason, Lilly, Wyatt, Brody, Macy, and Jake; and one great great granddaughter: Jenni .
There will be no formal family visitation. Memorial contributions to the Chase County Senior Center may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas 66845.
Condolences may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

06.28.12

WILLIAM J. “BILL” LANSBURY

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:44 pm by Sue Alexander

WILLIAM “BILL” J. LANSBURY
William “Bill” Lansbury, age 85, of Strong City, died Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls, KS. A graveside service will be held Friday, June 29, at 10:00, at the Matfield Green Cemetery. The eulogy will be delivered by his son, John.
The son of John T. and Emma L. Kukes Lansbury, Bill was born March 28, 1927, in Pontiac, MI. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Virginia Robinson on May 2, 1952, in Cottonwood Falls. She died in1979. He worked as a ranch laborer. He was a member of the Strong City United Methodist Church and the VFW in Cottonwood Falls.
He is survived by two sons: John D. Lansbury and his wife, Terri, of St. Joseph, MO. and William J. Lansbury of Marysville, WA.; two daughters: Kathleen “Kate” S. Boehler and her husband, Clint, of Walsenburg, CO. and Rebecca J. Swart and her husband, Daniel, of Edmond, OK.; a brother, Carl Lansbury and his wife, Sylvia, of Claude, TX.; a sister, Gladys Stormont and her husband, James, of Versailles, MO.; seven grandchildren: Brian Lansbury, Phillip Swart, Nickalas Swart, Thomas Swart, Jessica Kinninger, Bridgette Varga, Jennifer Lansbury; and three great-grandchildren: Ava Lansbury and Elliott and Ethan Kinninger. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and a daughter, Judy Ann Lansbury.
The family will meet friends Thursday, June 28, from 6:30 until 8:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Friends may call Thursday, 10:00 until 8:00 at the funeral home. Contributions to the Activities Fund at the Golden Living Center of Chase County 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.

06.13.12

CHARLENE LOIS (STROM) GARR

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:44 pm by Sue Alexander

CHARLENE LOIS STROM GARR
Charlene L. Garr, age 89, died Monday, June 11, 2012, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls, KS. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, June 16, 2012, at 10:00 A.M., at the First Baptist Church in Cottonwood Falls. Pastor Steve Strom will conduct the service. Pastor David Hatch will conduct the committal service at the Strong City Cemetery.
Charlene Lois Strom was born June 30, 1922, in Morris County, Kansas to Charley Hugo and Pauline Esther Strom. She attended one room school houses during grade school and went to Parkerville High School for two years. On August 13, 1938, she was married to William T. (Bill) Garr and they shared a life together for 64 years until his death in 2002. Their marriage produced six children: Lloyd Richard, Edward William, Carol Jean, Dallas Lee, Betsy Ann, and Patsy Sue.
Charlene’s early married life was spent helping Bill start a family and working with him at farm life. During the early years of WWII, she worked at the Delavan Army Air Base as a base courier and later as a transport driver hauling supplies from Fort Riley to be loaded on bombers that were destined for duty in the Pacific Theater. One only has to visualize this 5 foot tall, 100 pound, Midwestern girl driving army trucks on a daily basis to realize the total commitment of the nation to winning this war and to appreciate that they are rightfully known as
“The Greatest Generation.”
After the war, she followed Bill to a series of construction jobs, finally settling in Council Grove in 1951, when he went to work for the State Highway Department. In 1956, they relocated to Strong City and she lived in the same house for the rest of her life.
Charlene worked at a number of jobs over the years. She was a waitress at many local cafes, including the Bank Hotel Cafe, The Hillcrest Manor, and The Flints Hills Truck Shop. She, also, worked at Crawford Manufacturing in Emporia for a time. She would always consider her number one job to be that of Wife, Mother, and Grandmother.
The Baptist churches of Cottonwood Falls and of Parkerville have been a huge part of her life. In the early days of living in Strong City, there were weekly trips back to Parkerville to attend church. It became almost a family tradition to expect at least one flat tire per weekend because of the thin tires and the rough roads. From the early days of the Cottonwood Falls Baptist Church, when it held meetings in downtown Cottonwood Falls, through the time of construction of the existing building, until now when the church is still serving the needs of the community, Charlene could always be counted on for moral guidance, administrative leadership, and financial support.
In their later lives, Charlene and Bill enjoyed traveling. They made countless trips to small out-of-the-way towns in Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Their recollections of journeys to the Black Walnut Festival at Stockton, Missouri, the winding streets of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, or the trout hatchery at Roaring River State Park made it obvious to all how much the two appreciated the beauty of the Ozarks and how much they enjoyed spending time with one other.
After Bill’s death, Charlene became a companion with Helmut Holle and they have spent several years as good friends. Helmut very much became part of her family and his presence and attention as made her last years much more enjoyable.
Charlene was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bill, her brother, Billy, her sons Lloyd and Edward, and her son-in-law Robert Fillmore. She is survived by her son, Dallas, and her daughters, Carol Fillmore, Betsy Heathman, and Patsy Readman. She has 15 Grandchildren, 26 Great-Grandchildren, and two Great-Great Grandchildren. She, also, leaves behind her brother, Bob Strom, and a sister, Kathryn Rogers, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends all who are better for having known her.
Memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845.
The family will meet friends Friday, from 6:00 until 8:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Friends may call Thursday, 10:00 until 8:00 and Friday, 10:00 until 8:00.
Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
Charlene’s ultimate legacy will only unfold as people, especially the young ones, travel into the world and share her teachings and ideals to make the world a better place for all.

06.11.12

MARLA J. FULKERSON

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MARLA J. FULKERSON
Marla J. Fulkerson, age 54, of Oakley, KS., died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia, KS. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at 10:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls, KS. Pastor Rick Smith will conduct the service. She has been cremated. Inurnment will be in Prairie Grove Cemetery west of Cottonwood Falls, KS.
The daughter of William Harold and Katherine Elizabeth Marlett Potter she was born December 31, 1957, in Emporia, KS. She was adopted by her aunt and uncle, Charles and Virginia Goad, and they lived in Reno, NV. She attended and graduated from high school in Reno, NV. She completed a computer tech program thru Topeka Tech in 2003. She was a homemaker and a waitress most of her life. She attended the Christian Church in Oakley.
She is survived by a son, Austin Fulkerson and his wife, Ashley, of Emporia; three daughters: Alida Andreasen of Holton, KS., Amber Andreasen Beougher of Colby, KS., and Loeva Mills of Fayetteville, N.C.; four brothers: Dan Potter and his wife, Barb, of Cunningham, KS., Les Potter of Whitewater, KS., Jack Potter and his wife, Beverly,of Colorado, and Rick Potter of Wichita, KS.; two sisters: Joyce Buckridge and her husband, John, of Americus, KS., and Donna Rigsby of Sedgwick, KS.; six grandchildren: Colby Cannon, Logan Cannon, Wyatt Cannon, Bailey Meredith, Savannah Beougher, and Shanlee Beougher; and her former husband, Steven Nosker of Lawrence, KS. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Bill Potter.
There will be no formal visitation. Memorial contributions to help defray funeral expenses may be sent to the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Messages to the family may be sent to www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

05.28.12

RUTHANNE (BROWN) GROKETT

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:07 pm by Sue Alexander

RUTHANNE (BROWN) GROKETT
Ruthanne Grokett, age 89, retired bookkeeper, died Saturday, May 26, 2012, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, 10:00 A.M., at the First Presbyterian Church, USA, in Cottonwood Falls. The Rev. Pat Ireland will officiate. Burial will follow at the Prairie Grove Cemetery west of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.
The daughter of Fred and Jean Leach Brown, Ruthanne was born May 7, 1923, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her family lived in several states before moving to California. She graduated from high school and attended one year of college at Long Beach City College. She and Claude Grokett were married November 6, 1943, in Long Beach, CA.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, USA, in Cottonwood Falls, Presbyterian Women, and taught Sunday School. She served as cookie chairman of the girl scouts for at least one year and had cookies to the ceiling in her dining room. She enjoyed working in her flower garden. She attended her children’s activities and was an avid bridge player. She was a cat lover and worried about her 16 year old cat, Fancy.
She worked as a bookkeeper for several businesses in Chase County during her lifetime, including the Soil Conservation Office, Dr. Leo McKee, Jim Bell & Son (for 30+ years), Croy Furniture Store and Funeral Home, and Scribner Insurance Agency.
She is survived by her son, Tom Grokett, and his wife, Karen, of Cottonwood Falls; her daughter, Phyllis Scott, of Cottonwood Falls; and six grandchildren: Sarah, Connor, Kyle, and Robin Grokett, Amy Scott, and Haley Nurnberg. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and one sister, Betty Williams.
There will be no formal family visitation. Friends may call at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home Tuesday, noon until 7:00 P.M., and Wednesday, 10:00 until 4:00, and at the church, 5:00 until 7:00. Memorial contributions to the First Presbyterian Church, USA, may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Condolences for the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com

05.21.12

EARL “SHORTY” WAYNE BASTIN

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:27 pm by Sue Alexander

EARL “SHORTY” WAYNE BASTIN
Earl “Shorty” Wayne Bastin, age 95, went to be with the Lord, on Monday, May 21, 2012, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia, KS. The son of Joseph Henry and Generva Etta Childs Bastin, he was born December 20, 1916 in Matfield Green, KS. A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at 2:00 P.M. at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Ingram, President of Manhattan Christian College officiating. Interment will follow in Elmdale Cemetery.
He graduated from Elmdale Rural High School with the class of 1937. He was neither absent nor tardy during his four years of high school and was presented a Webster Collegiate Dictionary for his accomplishment. He, also, had the distinction of having a perfect attendance record during his grade school course. The fact that he walked or rode a horse three miles to school each day, made the record very remarkable. He attended Kansas Normal School (now Emporia State University) where he played football one year.
He was a member and elder of the Elmdale Christian Church and, since moving to Emporia, attended the First Christian Church in Emporia.
He served as a Staff Sergeant in the Army Air Force, from November, 1942 until October, 1945, as an airplane mechanic in the Bombardment Squadron 497th Bomb Group. He was stationed in the Mariana Islands and was based in Saipan during WWII where he worked on B29 and B17 aircraft. He received three bronze stars and a good conduct medal.
He and Lowell Lavergn Starks were married July 8, 1939, in Cottonwood Falls, KS. and shared almost 65 years together. What a pair! She preceded him on February 28, 2004.
He spent 83 years of his life in Chase County before moving to Emporia in 1999. He was the custodian and school bus driver for the Elmdale Grade School from 1949 until 1968. He was then the custodian for Chase County High School from 1968 until 1982 when he retired.
He loved sports. A great deal of his time was spent on the baseball field-as a player, coach , and umpire. He umpired many high school, American Legion, and college games. He began umpiring in 1961 for Kansas State Teachers College (now Emporia State University) and continued until the mid 70’s. He loved the Emporia State University women’s basketball teams and softball teams. He attended almost all of his children’s and grandchildren’s games throughout the many years.
He could build anything, fix anything, figure out anything. He was a loving husband, wonderful father, awesome grandpa, great friend, role model, and a practical jokester.
He is survived by three children: Larry Bastin and his wife, Sharon, of St. Louis, MO., Don Bastin and his wife, Almedia, of Derby, KS., and Carol Cooper and her husband, Doug, of Emporia, KS.; seven grandchildren: Diane & Russell Brooks, Julie Ring, Lisa & Mark Woodridge, Darin & Cory Bastin, Dana & Chris Baldridge, Bryan & Natalie Cooper, and Allan & Jamie Cooper; 15 great-grandchildren: Lauren Walker, MiKayla, Megan, and Colten Bastin, Sarah, Anna, and John Brooks, Bo & Kendra Baldridge, Brook & Aiden Ring, Jack & Ben Woodridge, Caeden Cooper, and Wesley Earl Wayne Cooper; and two step great-grandchildren: Dakota & Emily McMillan.
He was preceded in death by his wife; a daughter, Patsy Suzann; a grandson, Luke Brooks; and his brothers: Buford, Clifford, and Ervin Bastin.
The family will meet friends Tuesday, from 6:30 until 8:00, at the funeral home. Friends may call Tuesday, from noon until 8:00 and Wednesday, from 9:00 until service time at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions to the Shorty and Lavergn Bastin Scholarship at Emporia State University or to the Manhattan Christian College 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.

05.18.12

FERNE ROSALIE HINES

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:55 pm by Sue Alexander

FERNE ROSALIE HINES

Ferne R. Hines, age 88, of Huntington Beach, California, died February 23, 2012, at Victoria Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Costa Mesa, California. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 19, 2012, at 11:00 A.M., in the Elmdale Cemetery Chapel in Elmdale, Kansas, with inurnment to follow. The Rev. Pat Ireland, First Presbyterian Church (USA) of Cottonwood Falls will officiate.
The daughter of Joel and Blanche Spiller, Ferne Rosalie was born May 5, 1923, on a farm near Clements, Kansas. She grew up on a farm near Frankfort, Kansas, and attended Frankfort High School. She married George W. Plumb on Valentine’s Day in 1947. After George died in 1952, she moved to Abilene, Kansas, and worked as an administrative assistant at the United Trust Company. She married Paul N. Hines in 1960, and moved to Marysville, Kansas. In 1977, she moved to Huntington Beach, California.
Ferne spent a good portion of her life caring for others. She provided in-home daycare for years and raised a special needs daughter. Ferne enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking and canning, sewing, camping, and the warm weather of sunny California. She was a big California Angels and K-State sports fan.
Ferne is survived by her three daughters: Lynn Williams of Santa Ana, California, Pam Plumb of Westminster, California, and Paula Budris of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; a son, Tim Plumb of Lawrence, Kansas; 8 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by both husbands and a daughter, Angela Hines.
Memorial contributions may be made in the name of the Ferne R. Hines Memorial at Special Olympics www.specialolympics.org/tribute. Messages to the family may be left at brown-bennett-alexander@hotmail.com.
Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls is in charge of arrangements.

05.17.12

DOUGLAS L. JACKSON

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DOUGLAS L. JACKSON
Douglas Jackson, age 59, owner of Doug’s Flowers and Gifts, in Strong City, KS., entered into rest Monday, May 14, 2012, at his home with family and friends present. He had battled bone cancer for nearly a year. There will be a rosary, recited by Father Edmond Kline, Thursday, May 18, at 4:00 P.M., at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Strong City, KS. A celebration of life service, officiated by The Rev. Pat Ireland, will be held Friday, May 18, at 2:00 P.M. at the Chase County Elementary School in Strong City, KS. Interment will follow in the Strong City Cemetery in Strong City, KS.
The son of Ralph E. and Emma (Sissy) Conklin Jackson (Studer), Douglas Lynn entered this world on February 22, 1953, in Strong City, KS. He attended Strong City Grade School and graduated from Strong City High School in the class of 1972. He attended one year of college.
At the age of 10, Winnie and Clarence Conyers of Conyers’s Flowers in Marion, KS. gave him a chance to work weekends and summers for them and in his junior year in high school, he started selling artificial flower arrangements out of the front window of a downtown store. In 1971, he rented space in downtown Strong City and the business grew quickly enough that he rented the first floor and eventually bought the entire building. During this time, he held other jobs such as cooking, waiting tables, assisting at the local funeral homes, and working as an emergency medical technician, instructor and examiner. These jobs helped pay for Doug’s Flowers & Gifts which became one of Chase County’s more successful retail outlets. In the fall of 1988, the shop burnt to the ground and Doug lost his cat, Morris, in the fire. He re-built on the same location. That present building has survived two floods. The shop sells monuments/markers in addition to the usual floral and giftware merchandise, including crystal. He was a licensed assistant funeral director. Many of his friends teased him about adding to the meaning of the phrase “full-service florist.”
Doug was a good friend and took care of others when they needed him.
He celebrated 40 years of business with his annual Open House the Sunday before Thanksgiving in 2011. It was always a festive occasion with 50% off the marked price of giftware and floral designs and plants and cookies and hot spiced cider. Megan, his niece, remembers that he always made jokes when she did something. He wasn’t serious around her. Shawn, his nephew, remembers the flowers, balloons, and Ty beanie babies he gave him.
Doug’s Flowers & Gifts became a member of the FTD network in 1979. He received worldwide attention for his artistry and business skills. In the FTD organization, he was classified as one of FTD’s top ten florists for the member year in 1992. He served on FTD’s Convention Design Teams in Texas, New York, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Canada. He was a FTD Master Florist and Master Florist Manager and has served as National Liaison for FTD. He was one of 25 florists selected to study under Hitomi Gillam and Jack Richards in the 1993 “Floral Interpretation of the Masters” in Bolivar, MO. at the prestigious Dunnegan Gallery of Art. In June of 1998, Doug was awarded the 1998 Business Appreciation Award by Kansas Governor Bill Graves for his contributions, not only to Strong City, but also the State of Kansas. He received the Greater Wichita Florists’ Associations Appreciation Award in 2003.
He was a charter member of the World Flower Council and was selected to represent the U.S. on the design panel in Seoul, South Korea in 1985. He studied floral design in Korea, China, Taiwan, and the British Protectorate of Hong Kong. Doug served as a judge in floral design competitions across the United States. He was a floral designer and assistant floral construction supervisor of several floats in the Millennium Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, CA. He has participated in the America’s Cup Competition and later was in charge of the rules and design committees for the regional competition in St. Louis. He was a current member and past president of the Kansas State Florist Association and the Greater Wichita Florist Association. He was one of 17 florists chosen to create floral arrangements for the Atlanta Olympics. He developed and implemented a delivery system that was able to maximize efficiency in delivering floral arrangements to the different venues. He even designed floral arrangements for President Clinton.
Doug was not only a business owner, but an active participant in the Chase County Community. He served on the Strong City Council and was mayor of Strong City, and with the help of a great council, balanced the budget, lowered taxes, and left the office with excess funds within two years. He was founder of the Strong City Preservation Alliance, served as president of the Strong City Chamber of Commerce, was a founding member of the Chase County Emergency Medical Services, retired Certified and Registered EMT for 15 years, former Emergency Management Director, Hazardous Materials instructor, CPR instructor, assistant EMT instructor at Emporia State University, Certified State EMS state board examiner, and OSHA instructor. He was a fund-raiser for Children’s Miracle Network and co-founder of Strong City Arts in the Park. Doug was honored for public service by governors Docking, Carlin, Finny, and Sebelius and a winner of the State Department of Commerce Award for public service. He sponsored and contributed to such organizations as 4-H, Chase County Days, Annual Christmas Homes Tour and Lighting Festival, Chase County Main Street program, and the YMCA Camp Wood.
He is survived by his brother, Carl, and his wife, Brande, and their two children: Megan Lorene and Shawn Douglas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Anita Jackson, and Roy and Nellie Conklin.
At his request, there is no designated memorial. He prefers that “you send flowers in lieu of memorials.” Friends may call Tuesday, from noon until 8:00, Wednesday, 9:00 until 8:00, Thursday, 9:00 until 3:00 at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls, KS. Following the rosary, the family will meet friends at St. Anthony’s Hall until 7:00. The casket will be open during the visitation hours and during the rosary. It will then be closed. Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

04.26.12

JAMES RAY “JIM” CLUTTER

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:47 pm by Sue Alexander

JAMES RAY “JIM” CLUTTER

James “Jim” Clutter, age 73, of Strong City, KS., died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Morris County Hospital in Council Grove, Kansas.
The son of Ralph and Maxine Hillman Clutter, he was born September 24, 1938, in Hooker, Oklahoma. He graduated from Hooker High School and attended Oklahoma State University. He served in the U.S. Army. He and Algene Blackmore were married December 19, 1972, in Sublette, KS. He owned and worked in farm equipment sales and service in various communities in Kansas.
Cremation has taken place and there will be no service.
He is survived by his wife, of the home; a daughter, Deedee Thompson of Strong City; and two grandsons: Bradley Clutter of Concordia and Devin Thompson of Strong City. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: Donald and Devon Clutter.
Memorial contributions to the Chase County Elementary School Library, to purchase books for the students, 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 brown-bennett-alexander.com.

03.28.12

KEITH VERNON HYNSON

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KEITH V. HYNSON
Keith Hynson, age 78, died Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Holiday Resort in Emporia, KS. There will be no service at this time. He has been cremated and there will be a private inurnment, in Prairie Grove Cemetery, at a later date.
The son of Eugene and Esther Stubenhofer Hynson, Keith Vernon was born July 20, 1933, at the farmstead where his mother and he were born. He graduated from Chase County Community High School and attended one year of college at Emporia State University. He served in the U.S. Army, as an Amphibious Vehicle Driver, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Private 1st Class. Keith and Colleen Hamilton were married December 31, 1964, at the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church in Cottonwood Falls, KS. He and Colleen have continued to live in that same house, in rural Strong City, since their marriage.
He worked for the Santa Fe Railroad, as a Signalman for 46 years. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He collected nails and attended the trade shows where he visited, sold, and bought nails. He spent hours working with the nails and mounting them for display.
He is survived by his wife, of the home; one daughter, Tracy Lynn Hynson of Houston, TX.; one step-daughter, Connie Pretzer, of Strong City, KS.; four step-brothers: Ted Passmore of Deville, LA., Alan Passmore of Little Rock, ARK, Tom Passmore of Boise, LA., and Chris Passmore of Cottonwood Falls, KS.; one brother, Eugene Hynson of Topeka, KS.; nine grandchildren; and one great granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions to the Strong City Depot Restoration Fund 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.

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