03.31.11

FIDEL G. YBARRA

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:54 pm by Sue Alexander

FIDEL G. YBARRA
Fidel Ybarra, age 85, of Emporia and formerly of Cottonwood Falls, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia. A rosary will be recited Sunday, April 3, 2011, at 6:30 P.M., at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Strong City, KS. with Father Nicholas Voelker. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, April 4, 2011, at 11:00 A.M., at the church with Father Theodore Khin. Burial will follow in St. Anthony Cemetery north of Strong City.
The son of Nasario and Juana Gomez Ybarra, Fidel was born February 8, 1926, in Guanajuayo, Mexico. He didn’t complete high school; however, he, later, went back and completed his GED. He and Teresa L. Luna were married December 13, 1948, at a judge’s home in Cottonwood Falls. She preceded him on May 1, 2003. He worked as a track laborer for Santa Fe railroad, starting March 13, 1944, and retiring July 8, 1988. After his retirement, he worked as a school janitor at the grade school in Cottonwood Falls and as a lawn maintenance man. He drove a little yellow pickup with a lawn mower in the back and he enjoyed helping others. He always had a smile and spoke to everyone.
He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Brotherhood union with the railroad.
He is survived by three sons: Stephen Ybarra of Topeka, Fidel Ybarra, Jr. of Emporia, and Nicholas Ybarra of Wichita; three daughters: Lisa Lewis of Wichita, Bernadette Gutierrez and Linda Woodling, both of Emporia; four brothers: Raymond Ybarra of Kansas City, KS., Robert Ybarra of Detroit, Mich., and Refugio Ybarra and Edward Ybarra, both of Temecula, CA.; four sisters: Mary Johns of Fallbrook, CA., Tomasa Guardado of Westminster, CA., Virginia Eye of Warner Robins, GA., and Connie Butter of Cottonwood Falls; 13 grandchildren: Carmen Costillo, Charles Woodling, Nicholas Hurst, Lauren Hurst, Adrian Ybarra, Andrea Ybarra, Arianna Gutierrez, Marcus Cook, James Cook, Noah Ybarra, Elijah Ybarra, Gabriella Ybarra, and Jonas Ybarra; and seven great grandchildren: Brennan Cook, Delanie Benitez, Teresa Costillo, Javier Costillo, Sierra Martinez, Lilliana Martinez, and Tony Ramirez. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a baby son, Nicholas; a daughter, Rosemary Cook, a sister, Delores Ybarra, and a grandson, Timmy Surprenant.
After the rosary, the family will meet friends at the Anthony Hall until 8:00 P.M. Friends may call Saturday, noon until 5:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home and Monday, 9:00 until service time at the church.
Memorial contributions to the American Heart Association may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com

03.10.11

LORAN RICHARD HOUK

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:17 pm by Sue Alexander

Loran Houk, age 73, of Strong City, died suddenly Wednesday, March 09, 2011, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia, Kansas.  There will be no formal service.  Cremation has taken place.

The son of Loran Michael and Margaret Hill Houk, he was born December 28, 1937, in Emporia, Kansas.  He graduated from Chase County High School.  He had worked as a foreman for a mobile home manufacturing company until he was injured.  He loved to fish and, not  only bought fishing poles for his children and his grandchildren, but taught them how to fish and how to love fishing.

He is survived by two sons:  Richard B. Houk of Strong City, KS. and Patrick Houk of El Dorado, KS.; two daughters:  Carolyn Christine Ellis of Pittsburg, KS. and Cheryl Ann Brown of Strong City;  two sisters:  Shirley Wills of Wichita, KS. and Suzy Weidenbener of Belle Plain, KS.; nine grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be given to assist in payment of the funeral expenses and sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845.  Messages may be left to the family at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

EARLENE GRACE CLEETON LIND

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:15 pm by Sue Alexander

Earlene Lind, age 76, of rural Strong City, Kansas, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at her daughter’s home in Edmond, Oklahoma.  A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, March 12, 2011, at 2:00 P.M., at the Saffordville United Methodist Church.  Pastor Lori Schwilling will conduct the service.  Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Toledo Township, Kansas.

The daughter of Earl and Mae Jenuine Cleeton,  Earlene Grace was born January 11, 1935, in Chase County, Kansas.  She graduated from Saffordville High School.  Prior to her marriage, she lived in North Dakota and studied meteorology.  She moved to Chicago where she provided weather analysis and support for United Airlines at their O’Hare facility.  While in Chicago, she met Robert Gene Lind and they were married in Emporia, KS.  He died December 25, 1963.

After his death, she remained at home to care for her children.  She lived in Denver and she and the children moved back to Chase County after nine years.  She graduated from Flint Hills Vocational Technical School with her Licensed Practical Nurse license and worked at Newman Hospital in the pediatric area for two years.  She was the director of nursing for seven years at the Chase County Nursing Home.  She returned to school and earned her Nursing Home Administrator’s license.  She was the Administrator at the nursing home for more than 30 years.  She considered both the residents and the staff to be family.

She had a special place in her heart for children and flowers.  She spent hours planting and caring for her flowers on her farm.  Each of her grandchildren has special memories of time with her on the farm.
She loved music and won the Kansas state piano competition during high school.  She loved animals, including her horse, JuJu, and cats and dogs.

She is survived by three daughters:  Debbie Little of Lawrence, KS., Cindy Fransen of Edmond, OK., and Sandra “Sam” Cahoone of Cottonwood Falls, KS.  and seven grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Betty Owings.

There will be a formal family visitation Friday, March 11, from 6:00 until 7:30 at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls.  Friends may call Friday, noon until 7:30 P.M. at the funeral home and Saturday, 10:00 A.M. until service time at the church.  Memorial contributions to the Earlene Lind Nursing Scholarship through Chase County High School may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS.  66845.  Messages to the family may left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

RONALD GENE MCCOMBER

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:47 pm by Sue Alexander

Ron McComber, age 67, of Strong City, Kansas, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at his home in Strong City.  There will be a celebration of his life March 17, 2011, at the family farm.  Cremation has taken place.  The family will have a private inurnment service at a later date.

The son of Roy and Mary O’Hara McComber, he was born November 9, 1943, in Quincy, Illinois.  He attended Davenport, Iowa, high school and completed his GED.  He served in the United States Air Force.
He and Marilyn Sigler were married November 25, 1977, in Cottonwood Falls, KS.  He was a Union Sheet Metal Worker/Welder and, later, he farmed and raised pigs.  He and Marilyn delivered the Topeka Capital Journal newspaper.

He is survived by his wife, of the home;  two sons:  Ronald (R.J.) McComber and Thomas (T.R.) McComber of the home;  three brothers:  Robert McComber of Phoenix, AZ., Russ McComber of Davenport, Iowa, and Dick McComber of Tiskilwa, IL.;  two sisters:  Marsha Alison of San Diego, CA. and Sue Dillon of Davenport, Iowa; and three grandchildren:  Chancellor McComber, Avery McComber, and Vance McComber.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Ralph McComber and a sister, Carol McComber.

There will be no formal visitation.  Friends and family may come by, to sign the funeral book, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, Wednesday, March 16, 9:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M.
Memorial contributions to the Strong City Preservation Alliance or the Beau Arndt Foundation 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.

02.28.11

WILBUR DOYLE POTTER

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:31 pm by Sue Alexander

DOYLE POTTER

Doyle Potter, age 57, of Strong City, died Saturday, February 26, 2011, at his home in rural Strong City, Kansas.  A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, March 3, 2011, at 2:00 P.M., at the First Baptist Church in Cottonwood Falls.  Inurnment will follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery west of Cottonwood Falls, KS.  Pastor Rick Smith will conduct the service. Cremation has taken place. 

The son of Wilbur “Webb” E. and Reba “Louise” Snyder Potter, Wilbur Doyle was born May 26, 1953, in Grandma Potter’s house in Cottonwood Falls, KS.  He graduated from high school in Chase County.  He and Patsy Garr were married and later divorced.  He and Jennifer S. Creager were married August 1, 2008, at the First Baptist Church in Cottonwood Falls, KS.  He worked as a ranch hand for Palenske Ranch.  He was a member of the Baptist Church.  He was an avid coon hunter and liked to fish.  He was a good friend and liked to tell jokes and laugh.

He is survived by his wife of the home; three daughters:  Laci Mulder and Cheri Wilson of Leavenworth, Ks. and Madison McGill of Emporia, KS; one brother: Mike Potter of Strong City, KS.; three sisters:  Melinda Barrett and Mary Blount of Cottonwood Falls, KS. and Reba Belderes of Dover, FL.; and two grandchildren: J.D. and Rick Loving.  He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

The family will meet friends Wednesday, from 6:00 until 7:30, at the First Baptist Church in Cottonwood Falls.   Friends may call Wednesday, from 9:00 until 4:30, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls, KS.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Chase County Wishes Project may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845.  Messages to the family may be sent in care of the funeral home at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

JOHN RUSSELL JACKSON

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:30 pm by Sue Alexander

RUSSELL JACKSON

Russell Jackson, age 89, formerly of Strong City, died Friday, February 25, 2011, in Overland Park, Kansas.  A celebration of  life service will be held Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at 10:00 A.M., at the Strong City United Methodist Church in Strong City.  Pastor Warren Olson will officiate at the service.  Burial will follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery west of Cottonwood Falls.  A Fort Riley funeral detail will present military honors. Cremation has taken place.

The son of Roy and Alice Steadman Jackson. John Russell was born September 23, 1921, in Cottonwood Falls.  He graduated from Chase County schools and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He and Evelyn Smith were married September 25, 1946, in Strong City.  She preceded him in death March 20, 2009.  He worked as a signal maintainer with Santa Fe Railroad and retired after 44 years.

He was a member of the Strong City United Methodist Church, the VFW and American Legion in Chase County, Zeredatha Masonic Lodge, and O.E.S. Falls chapter #25.

He is survived by a son, Larry Jackson of Kansas City, MO.; two daughters:  Joyce McCabe of Corinth, TX, and Sallie McNee of Stilwell, KS.; a sister, Irene Schwilling of Sedona, AZ.; six grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Leroy Jackson.

The family will meet friends Monday, 6:30 until 8:00 at the Strong City United Methodist Church.  Friends may call Monday, 9:00 until 5:00 at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions to the Strong City United Methodist Church  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.

IRMA PEARL SMITH ROBERTS

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:28 pm by Sue Alexander

IRMA PEARL SMITH ROBERTS

Irma P. Roberts, age 91, of Cedar Point, Kansas, died Sunday, February 6, 2011, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.  A celebration of life graveside service will be held Wednesday, February 9, 2011, at 2:00 P.M., at the Strong City Cemetery, Strong City, Kansas.  Pastor Larry Timm will conduct the service.

She was born December 27, 1919, in Hymer, Kansas, to George Ode and Della May Hamilton Smith.  She attended school in Hymer and  Elmdale, Kansas.  She lived in Chase County most of her life.  On February 13, 1939, she married Samuel Fredrick Roberts, of Bazaar, in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.  They lived most of their life in Elmdale, Hymer, Cottonwood Falls, and Cedar Point.  Cedar Point was their home for years.  He preceded her in death May 19, 2008.

She loved to work in her garden and flower beds.  She, also, loved to read, quilt, crochet, ride horse back, skate, and dance.

***Please add “She was a member of the Cedar Point Community Church.”

She is survived by her son, Samuel Fredrick Roberts of Cedar Point, two granddaughters:  Trudy L. Byer and her husband, Elmer, and Tina L. Turner and her husband, Keith; four great-grandchildren, five great great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her daughter, Joyce Ann Cummings, her grandson, Thomas Lee Roberts, three sisters:  Ethel McVicker, Cecile Bastin, and Evelyn Werries; and three brothers:  Loren Smith, George Smith, and Elmer Smith.

 The casket will remain closed and there will be no formal family visitation.  Friends may call Tuesday, noon until 5:00 P.M. and Wednesday, 9:00 A.M. until noon, at the funeral home.   Memorial contributions to the Cedar Point Community Church may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas 66845.  Messages for the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.    

 

 

 

01.25.11

NAOMI ELIZABETH PARSCALE SAMPLES STENZEL

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:19 pm by Sue Alexander

NAOMI “OMA” ELIZABETH PARSCALE SAMPLES STENZEL

Naomi “Oma” Stenzel, age 98, of Cottonwood Falls, died Saturday, January 22, 2011, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls.  A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, January 29, 2011, at 10:00 A.M., at the Matfield Community Church.  Pastor Rick Smith will conduct the service.  Burial will follow the service in Matfield Green Cemetery, Matfield Green, Kansas

The daughter of John and Stella Austin Parscale, she was born March 31, 1912, in BoliverMO.  She and John W. Samples were married October 5, 1948, and lived in Matfield Green, KS.  until his death.  He died January 3, 1973.  She remarried in 1977, to L.W. Stenzel.  They lived in Cottonwood Falls.  He preceded her in death.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Strong City.

She is survived by a son, John W. Samples, of Burlingame, KS. and nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by three brothers:  Oren Parscale, Lowell Parscale, and Jr., in infancy; and one sister, Estelle Lindsay.

There will be no formal family visitation the night before the service.  Friends may call at the funeral home Friday, 9:00 until 7:00, and at the church Saturday, 8:30 until service time.

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 may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

 

 

01.19.11

ROBERT “BOB” LEE NICHOLS

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:36 pm by Sue Alexander

ROBERT “BOB” LEE NICHOLS

Robert Nichols, age 76, of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, died at his home in Cottonwood Falls on Tuesday, January 18, 2011.  A graveside celebration of life service will be held Friday, January 21, 2011, at 2:00 P.M., at the Prairie Grove Cemetery west of Cottonwood Falls, KS.   Chaplain Hal Lewis will conduct the service.  Military honors will be conducted by a Fort Riley Honor Detail.

The son of Elmer and Alta Jane Thurman Nichols, Robert Lee was born June 5, 1934, at Chanute, KS.  He graduated from Chanute High School.   He served in the U.S. Army.  He and Elma Louise Bruce were married August 4, 1961. at the manse of the First Presbyterian Church in Cottonwood Falls, KS.  He worked at Crawford Manufacturing, Montgomery Ward, and retired from Evco in 2004 as a shipping and receiving clerk.  He and his wife did furniture restoration and upholstering. 

He is survived by his wife, Elma, of the home; a son, Rick L. Nichols of Dell Rapids, South Dakota; two daughters:  Sandra “Sandy” K. Nichols and Connie L. Colbruno both of Cottonwood Falls, KS.; five grandchildren:  Jennifer Swift, Jacob Colbruno, Ryan Nichols, Brett Nichols, and Jeremy Green; and two great grandchildren:  Sierra Potter and Nathaniel Green.  He was preceded in death by two brothers:  Ernest Nichols and Chester Nichols; and a sister, Ruby Sharp.

The casket will be closed.  There will be no formal family visitation.  Friends may call Thursday, noon until 5:00 P.M. and Friday, 9:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions to Hospice Care of Kansas or the American Cancer Society 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. 

 

 

 

 

01.12.11

ROBERT JOHN GAMER

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:04 pm by Sue Alexander

ROBERT JOHN GAMER

Robert J. Gamer 77, of Albuquerque, NM, passed away on January 06, 2011 at Lovelace Medical Center.  He was the son of John and Mary (Scheve) Gamer and was born February 01, 1933 in Chase County, KS.  He graduated from Elmdale Rural High School in 1950.

 He served in the Army in Japan during the Korean War, railroaded in Alaska and worked on construction and mining before graduating from Emporia State College in 1960.  He was a ranger in the National Park Service for 27 years and served in parks in Kentucky, the Virgin Islands, Arizona and Texas.

 He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Albuquerque, NM and of Project Defending Life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; John and Mary Gamer, and siblings; Edward Gamer, Eleanor Blair and Clara Ringo.  He is survived by siblings; Margaret Haney of Eureka, KS and Joseph Gamer of Mora, MN.

A Rosary was held at 7:00pm on Monday, January 10, 2011 at Salazar & Sons Mortuary.  A Funeral Mass was held at 10:30am on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 619 Copper Ave. NW, Albuq, NM.

Graveside Service will be at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Strong City, KS. at 3:00pm on Saturday, January 15, 2011.  Father Theodore Khin will officiate.  Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls, KS. is in charge of arrangements.   Messages may be left at brown-bennett-alexander.com.

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