WILLIAM JERRY LONG
Jerry Long, 79, died Thursday, August 11, 2011, at his home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 22, 2011, at 1:30 P.M., at the Christian Church in the Elmdale Cemetery, Elmdale, Kansas. The Rev. Pat Ireland of the First Presbyterian Church, in Cottonwood Falls, will conduct the service. Inurnment will follow.
William Jerry Long was born October 21, 1931, to Roy James and Francis Maurine Shumate Long, in Konawa, OK. Soon after Jerry’s birth, the family relocated to Pauls Valley, OK. where Jerry’s brother, Joseph Edward was born. However, tragedy soon struck when Roy died from a massive heart attack on December 12, 1939, the day before his 34th birthday. Following his death, Maurine and her sons lived with various family members while Maurine attended secretarial school in Oklahoma City. At a very young age, Jerry took on the responsibility of looking after his mother and youngest brother. As he matured, he earned money by mowing lawns and delivering newspapers.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army on March 13, 1953, and completed basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. before being shipped over to South Korea to serve in the Korean War.
Following the Korean War, Jerry was released from active military service and transferred to the Army Reserve to complete eight years of service under the Universal Military Training & Service Act. He was accepted, under the GI Bill, to attend the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering (with distinction) and he was a member of the Pi Epsilon Tau Honors Society.
Marl Edward was born on September 28, 1958, in Norman, OK.
Following college graduation, Jerry gained employment with Cities Service Gas & Oil and his family moved to Great Bend, KS. where their second son, Gary Davis was born on April 18, 1960. Jerry’s technical and analytical skills were applied toward computer systems at Cities Service which began a long career in the computer and technology industry.
Jerry held other positions at Cities Service in Bartlesville, OK. and Warren Petroleum in Tulsa, OK, before employment with IBM where he worked until retirement. IBM relocated Jerry and family to Ponca City, OK., where Jerry worked for eight years. During this time, Jerry became active in marketing of IBM computer system products with Conoco as his major account.
While working with Conoco as a client, Jerry met Helen Caroline Dawson and the two dated for over two years before wedding on March, 10, 1973. Helen’s daughter, Melissa Ann, was born on April 15, 1968, in Houston, TX. Helen continued to work at Conoco for a total of 14 years, before the family moved to Germantown, TN. as part of an IBM job transfer. Following two years in Tennessee, Jerry, Helen, and Ann moved to Dallas, TX., where Jerry became an instructor in IBM’s Executive Briefing Program.
After all of the kids were out of the household, Jerry and Helen took a three year assignment in Hong Kong where Jerry held the position as Program Manager in the IBM Data Systems Marketing group. During this assignment, Jerry and Helen traveled to numerous Asian destinations including Kaula Lumpur, Singpore, Thailand, Jakarta, India, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Japan.
Jerry retired from IBM in 1989, after 23 years. Jerry and Helen retired at Grand Lake, OK., on a 20-acre property where Jerry could focus on his hobbies. Throughout his life, Jerry enjoyed buying and working on cars, fishing, hunting, traveling, snow and water skiing, and helping others.
Jerry was a very dynamic individual and leaves behind a strong legacy including his wife, children and grandchildren:
Mark Long and his wife, Terri, and their son, Matthew, and daughter, Emily, of Jenks, OK., Gary Long and his wife, Rebecca, and their son, Hunter, of Overland Park, KS.; and daughter, Mattie Ann Jones and her husband, Ben, and their son, Benjamin, of Mexia, TX.; and step-daughter, Ann Stokes and her husband, Lee, and daughter, Stephanie, and sons, Jordon and Tanner, of Andrews, TX. Jerry will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, Cottonwood Falls, KS. is in charge of the arrangements. Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
WILMA S. HAMILTON
Wilma S. Hamilton, age 91, formerly of Augusta, KS., died Saturday, October 1, 2011, at the Morris County Hospital in Council Grove, KS. A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, October 5, 2011, at 10:00 A.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. The service will be conducted by Pastor Young-Gil Bahng. Interment will be at 2:00 P.M., at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Buxton, KS.
The daughter of Paul and Rachel Irene Cheesman Stackley, Wilma was born on December 14, 1919, near Whitewater, KS. She graduated from Cedar Point High School and a business school. She was married to Oren Hamilton who preceded her in death in 2003. She worked for Cessna Airplane Company for over 40 years. She started as a secretary, worked as an Assistant Administrator, and served as a bookkeeper.
She was active at the Senior Center in Augusta. She and Oren were members of the Kansas Race and Game Commission and raised several race horses. She enjoyed tole painting, quilting, embroidery, and sewing and taught many classes. She made quilts for many people. She was, also, a gardener, small-time farmer, and a lover of animals. She had various livestock and small animals. She, also, enjoyed camping and fishing. She attended many barn dances.
She is survived by her brother, Richard Stackley of Cottonwood Falls, KS.; three sisters: Paula Fruci of Londonderry, NH.; Mary Rachel Van Buren of Clements, KS.,, and Marjorie Louise Scobee of Strong City, KS., and numerous nieces and nephews, and great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
There will be no family visitation. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday, 10:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. and Wednesday 9:00 until service time. Memorial contributions to the Morris County Hospital 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.
Verne Fankhauser, 83, of Elmdale, died Wednesday, September 21, 2011, at his home. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, at 10:00 A.M., at the Elmdale United Methodist Church in Elmdale. Pastor Warren Olson will officiate at the service. Burial will follow in the Elmdale Cemetery.
The son of Clarence F. and Lydia Emch Fankhauser, Verne was born August 18, 1928, at Lamont, KS. He graduated from Lamont High School in 1946. He worked in the oil fields of Greenwood County. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 until 1953. Following the service, he worked as a mechanic for Tom’s Motor Co. in Emporia before returning to the farm.
He married Betty Wilson on June 5, 1955, at Nash, OK, and they moved to a farm near Elmdale, KS., where they lived and continued to farm.
Mr. Fankhauser was a member of the Elmdale Methodist United Church in Elmdale, serving as a chairman of the board and treasurer of the trustees. He was a district director of the Kansas Farmers Union, was a member of National Farmers Union, and Chase County Farmers Union where he served as president and vice president. He served as a Chase County Commissioner, director of the Chase County Cattleman’s Association and on the ASCS board. He was a volunteer with the Elmdale Fire Department and he was a vice president and director of the Mesa Roadrunners Motorcycle Club. He served on the Chase County Water Drainage District #2 and was Republican committee chairman for the Diamond Township.
He is survived by his wife, Betty, of the home; a son, Darrell Fankhauser of Overland Park, KS.; a daughter, Carol Ann Fankhauser Kohr, of Elmdale, KS.; a brother, Loy Fankhauser, of El Dorado, KS; four grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gene Fankhauser.
The family will meet friends Friday, September 23, from 6:30 until 7:30, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Memorial contributions to the Elmdale United Methodist Church or the Chase County Senior Center 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.
J.R. “BILL” FOSDICK
J.R. “Bill” Fosdick, age 85, of Cottonwood Falls, formerly of Elkhart, died Thursday, September 15, 2011, at Holiday Resort in Emporia, Kansas. A celebration of life service will be held Sunday, September 18, 2011, at 2:00 P.M. at the First Christian Church in Emporia, KS. The Rev. Bob Colerick will officiate at the service. Burial will be Monday, September 19, 2011, at 2:00 P.M.,. at the Elkhart Cemetery, Elkhart, Kansas.
The son of Ira and Alda Parnell Fosdick, J.R. was born September 30, 1925, in Hominy, OK. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a motor machinist’s mate third class and was awarded the Point System Victory Medal, the American Area Ribbon and the Asiatic-Pacific Area Ribbon.
He married Betty Louise Matal and she died in 1982. He married Barbara Jean Thornton on June 1, 1985, in Liberal, Kansas. She survives. He worked as plant superintendent at Anadarko Petroleum at Elkhart and Liberal for 24 ½ years before retirement. He continued working, after he moved to Cottonwood Falls, as a custodian at the Flint Hills Vo-Tech School and the First Christian Church in Emporia. He was a member of the First Christian Church and the VFW in Emporia.
He is survived by three sons: J.R. Fosdick, Jr. of Spring, TX., Ira Lee Fosdick of Denver, CO., and Steven Bruce Fosdick of Liberal, KS.; two daughters: Evelyn Louise Lucas of Border, TX. and Pamela Marie Toney of Turpin, OK.; a step-son, Robert “Bob” Burright of Strong City; a step-daughter, Patti Boyer of Geneseo, IL.; two sisters: Mary Walters of Chase, KS. and Esther Thul of Ellinwood, KS.; and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John “Bus” Fosdick and two sisters: Lorene Johnson and Alta Mae “Toots” Snow.
There will be no formal family visitation. Friends may come by the funeral home Saturday, from 10:00 until 4:00 P.M. Memorial contributions to the First Christian Church in Emporia 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.
JOHNNY T. FLY
Johnny Fly, age 82, formerly of Cottonwood Falls, died Saturday, September 10, 2011, in Council Grove, Kansas. A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, at 10:00 A.M., at the Cottonwood Falls Country Club south of Cottonwood Falls. Pastor Rob Clausen will officiate. Military Honors will be presented by a U.S. Army Fort Riley Honor Detail. Johnny has been cremated. Private inurnment will be held after the service.
The son of Hubert B. and Karon E.Tansil Fly, Johnny was born September 9, 1929, in Memphis, TN. He served in the U.S. Army, during the Korean War, as a Medic, and was awarded the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Service Medal, and a Combat Medical Badge.
He married Mary Buffum on March 17, 1962, in El Dorado, Kansas. She preceded him in death on Nov. 13, 2002. He worked as a custodian/maintenance man for USD #284, until his retirement in 2001. He was a member of the Cottonwood Falls Country Club. He enjoyed golf and played on “mens’ night” weekly and anytime he had a chance. He enjoyed being outside.
He is survived by two sons: Terry A. Fly of Gallatin, TN. and Kasey A. Fly of Lexington, Kentucky; two daughters: Robin A. Ybarra of Wichita, KS. and Michele Zimmer of Junction City, KS.; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
The family will meet friends Tuesday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Friends may call Tuesday, 2:00 until 7:30, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions to American Cancer Society or to the Cottonwood Falls Country Club (golf club to place a bench in his memory) 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.
CHARLES ALBERT ROGLER
Charles A. Rogler, age 83, of Las Vegas, Nevada, died August 19, 2011, at the home of his daughter in Las Vegas. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, August 27, 2011, at 10:00 A.M., at Pioneer Bluffs, near the homestead where his great-grandfather, Henry Rogler was raised, north of Matfield Green, Kansas. Burial will follow in the Matfield Green Cemetery.
The son of Charles C. and Carmen Canino Rogler, he was born April 8, 1928, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was a self-made man, world traveler, and successful businessman. He began his long career selling international Silver and Ronson products to jewelry stores all over Latin America, then worked for Diebold, Inc. in their international operations. He was an expert pistol shooter and an excellent marksman with all types of weapons. He was a life member of the NRA, Canton McKinley Rifle and Pistol Club and a member of MENSA. He was an airplane pilot and volunteered many hours with Search and Rescue in Ravalli County, Montana. He loved the outdoors and moved west to “God’s Country” where he spent the last 25 years in Montana and Idaho. Charlie loved bird hunting, fly fishing, and floating on the river. He was happiest outdoors with his dog by his side. Charlie was a shooter from a very young age. He was on his high school rifle team at Iowa City High School in Iowa. As an adult, he set several national pistol records. Through shooting, he met and became close friends with Bill Ruger, President of Sturm, Ruger & Co. In the early 60s, Charlie was an export representative for Sturm, Ruger, selling firearms to foreign government agencies, U.S. military, rod and gun clubs, and wholesalers all over the world. Charlie was very proud of his spotless reputation a an exporter, the success of his company and the many friends he gathered in his travels.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Patricia Molinari of Montana, his six daughters: Diane Rogler of Maryland, Deborah Rogler of Maryland, Dr. Ginene Rogler (Jaime Acevedo) of Las Vegas, ShariLu Rogler (Steve)Dobson of Utah, Ylva Sofi Rogler (David Spencer) of Uniontown, Mary Ann Rogler (Kenny Brown) of Maryland; a step-daughter, Jenell (Brad) Semple of Montana; grandchildren, Charles H. Rogler-Brown, Brianna Rogler-Brown, Sierra Dobson, Lauren Grasinger (Steve Latimer), Margaux Spencer, Kelsey Spencer, Jordan McCoin; step-grandchildren: Emmett Semple, Ivy Semple; great grandson, Braiden Michael Latimer; and his brother, Lloyd (Susan) Rogler of Maine. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Carmen Canino Kormanik.
The casket will remain closed. There will be no family visitation.
Memorial contributions to the NRA Foundation’s William B. Ruger General Endowment may be sent to NRA Office of Advancement, 11250 Mill Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030, marked in memory of Charles A. Rogler.
Messages to the family may left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
BRADLEY EUGENE POTTER
Bradley “Brad” Potter, age 48, of Reading, died Sunday, July 31, 2011, at home. A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, August 4, 2011, at 10:00 A.M., at the FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH in Cottonwood Falls. Pastor Rick Smith will officiate. Brad has been cremated. Inurnment will follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery west of Cottonwood Falls.
The son of William Harold and Cecile B. Graham Potter, Jr., Bradley Eugene was born July 18, 1963, in Emporia, Kansas. He was a truck driver/mechanic most of his life. He enjoyed fishing, hunting deer, and observing/driving car races.
He is survived by his mother, Cecile, of Emporia, KS.; two brothers: William Potter of Fulton, MO. and Brian Potter of Reading, KS.; a sister, Julie Potter, of Emporia, KS.; seven nephews, two nieces; and numerous great nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his father June 17, 2003; paternal grandparents: William H. Potter and Katherine Potter; and maternal grandparents: Jim and Mary Graham.
The family will meet friends Wednesday, August 3, 2011, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the funeral home. Friends may come by to sign the book Wednesday, 10:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society and Hand in Hand Hospice 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.
DARWIN F. BAILEY
Matfield Green, KS. Darwin Bailey, age 66, died Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at Stormont-Vail Health Care Center, in Topeka, Kansas. A celebration of his life, with scattering of his ashes, will be held Saturday, August 6, 2011. Since this will be held in a pasture, the family requests that you meet them at 1:30 P.M., at the Hitchin’ Post in Matfield Green so everyone can follow them to the location. There will be a wake Saturday afternoon from 4:00 until 6:00, to share stories and visit with his family, at the Hitchin’ Post.
The son of Derward M. and Opal A. Little Bailey, Darwin was born October 12, 1944, in Strong City, Kansas. He grew up in the Matfield Green area and graduated from Matfield Green High School. At the age of 19, he was appointed, as the Matfield Green Post Office Postmaster. At that time, he was the youngest person ever appointed to that position in the state.
He married Arlene Wheat on August 14, 1970, in Cottonwood Falls, KS. and they divorced. He married Joan Stuck on September 20, 2003, at the Chase County Courthouse in Cottonwood Falls, KS.
He served in the U.S. Air Force, in the Philippines, during the Viet Nam War .
He was currently a jailer at the Chase County Detention Center in Cottonwood Falls. He worked on the Rogler and Bailey ranches He, also, had worked with his father-in-law, Harold Wheat, as a carpenter. He had been a Chase County Unified District #284 school bus driver. He participated in amateur rodeos, riding bulls and broncs, was a volunteer with the Flint Hills Rodeo for years, and was a member of a Ranch Rodeo team. He was a member of the American Legion, Carpenters’ Union, and the National Rifle Association. He was a volunteer with the Matfield Green Fire Department, played softball and was the driving force in developing the “Bailey Ball Field” in Matfield Green. He had continued to play co-ed softball with the Chase County Recreation Center. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing blackjack, and being with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Joan, of the home; a daughter, Cheryl Bailey, of Strong City; his mother, Opal, of Strong City; a brother, Wayne R. Bailey, of Eureka; two step-sons: Rick L. Baldwin, Jr. of Emporia and Randy D. Baldwin of Topeka; three grandchildren: J.D. Sheets, Alex Baldwin, and Sidney Baldwin; his first wife, Arlene Bailey, of Matfield Green; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father.
The family will meet with friends Friday, August 5, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. Friends may call Friday, from 9:00 until 7:30, to sign the book. Memorial contributions to the Flint Hills Rodeo Association and Chase County Recreation Commission 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.
DONALD “YOGI” YOAKEM
Don “Yogi” Yoakem, age 74, of Cottonwood Falls, died Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Stormont Vail Health Center in Topeka, KS. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, July 9, at 10:00 A.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. Pastor Warren Olson will officiate. Don has been cremated and his ashes will be scattered at a later date.
The son of Elmo R. and Ruby V. McCabe Yoakem, Donald Ray was born March 7, 1937, in Strong City, Kansas. He graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1956 and attended one year of college. He was a mechanic at the family-owned Yoakem Garage in Cottonwood Falls, KS. He married Anita Dewitt on April 22, 1989, on the river bridge in Cottonwood Falls, KS.
He was an avid fisherman and hunter. During his lifetime, he was a certified scuba diver (Chase County Search and Rescue), Fire Chief for Cottonwood Falls, and owned and flew his own plane. He was one of the best bowsers at “witching” (finding) water to drill a well and he would go wherever he was needed. He was a past member of the Lions Club and was baptized at First Presbyterian Church in Cottonwood Falls. He enjoyed country music.
He is survived by his wife, Anita, of the home; a son, Lance Yoakem of Dallas, Georgia; a daughter, Elexia Yoakem-Goff of Acworth, Georgia; a sister, Lucille Robinson of Burns, Kansas; and seven grandchildren: Allyson Goff, Daniel Goff, Ashlyn Goff, Madison Yoakem, Olivia Yoakem, Kinsley Yoakem, and Noah Yoakem. He was preceded in death by his parents and his twin brother, Ronald Yoakem.
The family will greet friends from 10:30 until 11:30, after the service, on Saturday. Friends may call Friday, 10:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M., at the funeral home.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Stormont Vail Foundation Care Line (provides funds to pay for housing in a hotel for families of Stormont Vail patients) or to the Chase County Emergency Services. These may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845.
HELEN J. HINERMAN WILLHITE
Helen Willhite, age 81, of Cottonwood Falls, died Saturday, June 25, 2011, at Wesley Medical Center, in Wichita, Kansas. A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at 10:00 A.M., at the Elmdale United Methodist Church in Elmdale, Kansas. Pastor Warren Olson will conduct the service. Interment, following the service, will be at 1:30 P.M., in the Blankenship Cemetery near Rosalia, Kansas.
The daughter of Orville H. and Edna R. Prather Hinerman,. Helen J. was born January 23, 1930, in Salyards, Kansas. She received her Associate Degree in Business from Emporia State Teacher’s College. She worked as a secretary for Santa Fe Truck Line in Wichita before her marriage to Lowell E. Willhite on September 13, 1953, at the Reece Christian Church in Reece, Kansas.
He died May 15, 1979.
She worked for Charles Rayl and Associates as a legal secretary from 1978 until 2009, when she retired. She was a member of the Elmdale United Methodist Church.
She is survived by a son, Gordon E. Willhite of Sedan, Kansas; two daughters: Lisa K. McLean of Newcastle, Oklahoma, and Lori R. Danler of Wamego, Kansas; seven grandchildren: Lucas Willhite, Dayna Draper, Hayley Sparks, Megan McLean, Erin McLean, Jeremy Danler, and Jessica Danler; and four great grandchildren: Ty Willhite, Reece Willhite, Mallory Draper, and Taylor Draper. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a brother, Orville H., Hinerman, Jr.
The family will meet friends Tuesday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Friends may call Tuesday, 9:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M., at the funeral home. Memorial contributions to the Chase County 4-H Council or Elmdale United Methodist Church may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas 66845. Messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
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