G. ELAINE FULTON
Elaine Fulton, age 83, of Emporia, KS., formerly of Strong City, died Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at the Midland Care Hospice in Topeka, KS. The daughter of Roy R. and Goldie Smith Rankin, Gladys Elaine was born March 19, 1930, in Jetmore, KS. She completed beauty school and owned and operated her own beauty shop in Newton for many years. When she came to Strong City, she owned and operated the Quik Shop until she retired.
She is survived by a daughter, Ginger L. Dody, of Emporia; a son, Terry L. Fulton and his wife, Tana, of South Fork, CO.; a sister, Iolene Turner, and her husband, Melvin, of Hutchinson; a sister-in-law, Joyce Rankin, of Larned; six grandchildren: Jason Dody, and his wife, Tamara; Aron Dody, and his wife, Blythe; Brandi Fulton, Liz Fulton, Brandon Fulton, and Devon Fulton; 10 great-grandchildren: Destiny, Cahaya, and Landon Dody; Paxton, Peyton, and Prycen Dody; Kody, Kyler, and Kayston Cox; and Samuel Fulton. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers: Roy Rankin, Leon Rankin, and Leland Rankin; a sister, Marie Hammer; her husband, Robert Fulton; and a great-grandson, Lawson Dody.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 24, 2013, at 1:00 P.M., at the Twelfth Avenue Baptist Church in Emporia. Pastor Al Areheart will conduct the service. She donated her body to the Kansas University School of Medicine to be used for teaching and research purposes. She hoped this would help find a cause/cure for Cystic Fibrosis.
Memorial contributions to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Landon Thomas Dody’s name may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
DON J. EVANS
Don J. Evans, age 89, of Cottonwood Falls, died Friday, August 16, 2013, at St. Francis Health Center in Topeka, KS. The son of Delma and Sabra Willhite Evans, Don Jay was born December 12, 1923, in rural Elmdale, KS. He graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1941. He worked for Paul Evans Trucking Line prior to serving as a “tail gunner” (air crew) on the USS Makin Island CVE-93 escort carrier during World War II. He was awarded several medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross.
He and Helen Beedle were married June 26, 1944, in San Diego, CA. She preceded him in death July 27, 1997. When he returned to Chase County, he worked for Paul Trayer at the Chevrolet Garage in Cottonwood Falls until it closed. He worked for Midway Garage in Cottonwood Falls, as a bookkeeper/accountant/parts manager, until he retired in 1998.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, USA and served in numerous capacities, including Elder, head usher, and volunteer. He and Helen were active members of Prairie Schooner Mariners. He was a member of the Cottonwood Falls Country Club, American Legion Post #78, Chase County All-Veterans Memorial Board and Color Guard (flag bearer), Alcoholics Anonymous, and VFW Post #9728. He was the Treasurer for many of the organizations. He served on the Board of the Directors of the Cottonwood Falls Housing. He was a 64-year member of the Zeredatha #80 A.F. & A.M. Masonic Lodge and held an office each of those years. He loved to play golf and spent hours with friends and his grandson, Noah at the golf course. He was a dedicated blood donor who donated 149 times which equals a total of more than 18 gallons of blood. He, also, provided transportation for those who were unable to drive themselves to appointments, etc. He was known for baking and sharing his “chocolate chip cookies.”
He is survived by his daughter, Diane Lock, of Strong City, KS.; and his grandson, Noah Lock, of Lincoln, NE. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife; a brother, Paul Evans; and two sisters: Elma Steward and Gene McCallum.
A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at 11:00 AM, at the First Presbyterian Church, USA in Cottonwood Falls. The Rev. Pat Ireland will officiate and burial will follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery near Cottonwood Falls. The Chase County All Veterans Color Guard will escort the casket from the church to the coach and a U.S. Navy Honor Guard will conduct military honors at the graveside.
The casket will be closed. The family will meet friends Tuesday, from 6:00 until 7:30 PM, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home and friends may come by to sign the book Tuesday, from 10:00 AM until 7:30 PM. Memorial contributions to the Chase County All-Veterans Memorial and to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
ROBERT F. “BOB” FINUF
Robert F. “Bob” Finuf, age 63, of Emporia, formerly of Strong City, died Sunday, August 11, 2013, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls, KS. The son of William Boyd and Esther Lee Ballew Finuf, Robert was born April 6, 1950, in Emporia, KS. He graduated from Strong City High School in 1968 and completed some college classes. He served in the United States Army and his last assignment was as part of the Color Guard, for military veterans’ funerals, in Washington, D.C. He lived in Las Vegas for 32 years and was last employed as a pit boss at the Rio Casino. He loved golf and played every chance he could. After returning to the Chase/Lyon County area, he was a member of the Patriot Guard Riders.
He is survived by his daughter, Kara S. Friedmann and her husband, Tim of Las Vegas, NV.; two sisters: Linda Kieffaber and Patricia “Patty” Schalla of Emporia, KS.; and a step-son, Kylan S. Gerard of Portland, OR. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, William Thomas “Tom” Finuf.
A graveside celebration of life service will be held Saturday, August 17, 2013, at 11:00 A.M., at the Strong City Cemetery. The Rev. George Bosche will officiate and a Fort Riley Honor Guard will present military honors. Bob has been cremated. The family will meet friends Friday, from 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Friends may come, by to sign the book, Friday, from 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions to the Patriot Guard Riders may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
ELAINE E. (SELVES) JUDD
Elaine E. Judd, age 94, passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at her home in rural Bazaar, KS. The daughter of William B. and Emily Becker Selves, Elaine and her twin brother, Bill, were born October 28, 1918, on the family farm on Rock Creek in rural Cottonwood Falls. She graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1937. She and Easter Heathman were married April 16, 1938. They raised three children: Gordon, Tom, and Sue Ann. Elaine and Roland Judd were married on September 23, 1978. He preceded her in death October 24, 1991.
She was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church in Cottonwood Falls, the Presbyterian Women, Bazaar Bridge Club, Rainbow Garden Club, and the Wednesday Bridge Club. She was active in 4-H and the Chase County Fair.
She is survived by her three children: Gordon (Jolene) Heathman and Tom (Gerre) Heathman of Cottonwood Falls and Sue Ann (John) Brown of Emporia; a step- daughter, Jeanie (Woody) Beeley of Protection; a brother, Jim Selves of Cottonwood Falls; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers: Bill, Jack, and Dean; and three sisters: Virginia Bush, Kate Burton, and Anna Lucy Hailey.
A celebration of life graveside service will be held Friday, at 11:00, at the Bazaar Cemetery. The Rev. Pat Ireland will officiate. There will be no family visitation time. The casket will be closed. Friends may come by, to sign the book, Thursday, from 10:00 until 6:00 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions to First Presbyterian Church, Bazaar Community Building Fund, and Hand in Hand Hospice 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 SCOTT GIBB
John Scott Gibb, age 67, of Strong City, formerly of Elmdale, KS., died Sunday, July 21, 2013, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls.
The son of Keith William “Bill” and Mildred Edith Thompson Gibb, John Scott was born June 18, 1946, in Marion, KS. He graduated, in 1967, from the School for the Deaf in Olathe, KS. where he played on the football team. He received his Eagle Scout badge in 1964.
John was an avid KU fan! He served on the Flint Hills Rodeo Board for more than 20 years and was honored as the Grand Marshall of the Flint Hills Rodeo Parade on June 8 of this year. He was a member of the Elmdale United Methodist Church.
He worked as a shipping lead man at Fanestil Meats and retired after 39 years.
He is survived by two brothers: Dennis William “Pete” Gibb of Liberal, KS. and Stanley Dale Gibb of Latham, KS.; and a sister, Susan A. Bradford of Wichita, KS.; and numerous relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration of life service will be held Friday, July 26, 2013, at 11:00 A.M., at the First Presbyterian Church USA, in Cottonwood Falls. The Rev. Kim Shank, minister of Elmdale United Methodist Church, will conduct the service and burial will follow in Elmdale Cemetery, Elmdale, KS.
The family will meet friends Thursday, from 6:00 until 7:30, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Friends may call Thursday, from 10:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M., at the funeral home and Friday, from 9:00 A.M. until service time, at the First Presbyterian Church.
Memorial contributions to Chase County Senior Center or Elmdale United Methodist Church 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.
EDNA M. (MEAD) VANDEGRIFT
Edna Vandegrift, age 80, of Strong City, Kansas, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. A celebration of life service will be held Monday, July 22, 2013, at 11:00 A.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. The Rev. Kim Shank, minister of the Strong City United Methodist Church, will conduct the service. Burial will follow in Strong City Cemetery.
Edna Marie, the daughter of James and Myrtle Knapp Mead, was born April 8, 1933, at Burkett, Kansas. She and Francis Vandegrift were married May 10, 1958, in Miami, Oklahoma. After their marriage, he was in the service so they lived in the Topeka area. After his discharge, they moved to his family farm near Chanute until 1971 when he took a job with the Kansas Turnpike Authority and they moved to Strong City. He died January 6, 1989.
She was a school bus driver for Unified District #284-Chase County for 28 years. She was an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars in Strong City. She was active in the community and in the Strong City United Methodist Church. She was an organizer and helped with many funeral dinners and special events. If she saw a need, she was there to help. She enjoyed working at Doug’s Flowers & Gifts, helping and delivering flowers, and helping with the Christmas Open House each year.
She is survived by two sons: Richard Vandegrift of Strong City, KS. and Jerry Mead of Chanute, KS.; eight grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and numerous relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two children: Rex Vandegrift and Norman Mead ; five brothers: George, James, Virgil, Vernon, and Glenn Mead; three sisters: Iola Everly, Effie Mead, and Lucy Wilhoit; a grandchild, Elleen Clark; and a great-grandchild in infancy.
The family will meet friends Sunday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the funeral home. Friends may call Sunday, 1:00 until 8:00 P.M., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Strong City United Methodist Church or Hand in Hand Hospice may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
SHIRLEY M. SCHOAP
Shirley M. Scott Schoap, Cottonwood Falls, died June 24, 2013, in her home, at the age of 87. A Requiem Eucharist Service will be held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 9th & Commercial St., Emporia, Saturday, July 6th, at 10:00 AM. The visitation will be held Friday, July 5th, at Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry St., Cottonwood Falls, from 5-7 P.M.
Shirley was born in Garden City, Kansas, on October 23, 1925, the daughter of Jesse and Margaret Buck Scott, Sr. She married Henry R. Schoap, Jr., on June 11, 1950, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Garden City. He died in July, 1975.
Surviving family members include three daughters: Janet Ayers, Cottonwood Falls, KS., Margaret Schoap, Germantown, MD., and Larie Schoap, Manhattan, KS.; two granddaughters: Emily Ayers, Mission, KS. and Madeleine Schoap, Germantown, MD.; and a brother, Ronald Scott, Cedaredge, CO.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a sister, Melba Thomas, and a brother, Jesse Scott, Jr.
Shirley graduated from Kansas State University in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics Education. She worked in the Chase County Courthouse as the Home Economics Extension Agent from 1949 until 1952. She and Henry owned Schoap Poultry and Egg Co., later known as Valley Foods, Inc. They raised their family on a farm southeast of Cottonwood Falls. Shirley was a home economics teacher at Emporia High School from 1970 until she retired in 1992. From 1992-2009, Shirley volunteered in Janet’s classroom at Cottonwood Falls Grade School. She, also, taught GED courses and facilitated independent study classes for Butler Community College in Chase County.
Shirley was a club leader for Gladstone 4-H Club, a member and past-president of Altrusa International of Emporia, a member of YWCA, and a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. She was, also, a judge for the Miss Rodeo Kansas Pageant.
Memorial contributions may be made to either St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Altar Guild or Chase County Fair Association and sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
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.
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