09.12.11

JOHNNY T. FLY

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:55 pm by Sue Alexander

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.

08.24.11

CHARLES ALBERT ROGLER

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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.

08.02.11

BRADLEY EUGENE POTTER

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BRADLEY EUGENE POTTER
Reading
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.

07.28.11

DARWIN F. BAILEY

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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.

07.06.11

DONALD R. “YOGI” YOAKEM

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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.

06.27.11

HELEN J. HINERMAN WILLHITE

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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.

06.21.11

MILDRED ANN CAMPBELL PHILLIPS

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MILDRED ANN CAMPBELL PHILLIPS
Mildred A. Phillips, age 97, of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, died Sunday, June 19, 2011, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls. A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, June 23, 2011, at 2:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. The Celebrant will be Susan Alexander. Burial will follow in the Phillips Cemetery near Reading, Kansas.
The daughter of George Thomas and Lida Thomas Campbell, Mildred Ann was born December 5, 1913, in Council Grove. She attended and graduated from Americus High School. She worked at a hardware store in Americus and for a telephone service in Council Grove before she was married. She and Walter W. Phillips were married on March 17, 1934, in Americus. He died June 1, 1991. They moved to Chase County in 1952. She was a homemaker, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was a member of the First United Methodist of Cottonwood Falls, United Methodist Women, Kensington Club, and morning coffee group.
She is survived by her children: Gerald W. “Gary” Phillips of Elmdale, Sharon Phillips Dupuis of Cottonwood Falls, and Sonda Phillips Bruce of Branson, Missouri; ten grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, Warren Phillips; three brothers; and six sisters.
The family will meet friends Wednesday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls.
Friends may call Wednesday, from 9:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. and Thursday, from 9:00 until service time, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions to the Chase County Tech Center 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.

06.06.11

ALMA JEAN SHELTON ATKINS

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ALMA JEAN SHELTON ATKINS
Alma Jean Atkins, age 91, of Strong City, KS.,died Saturday, June 4, 2011, at Morris County Hospital in Council Grove, Kansas. A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at 2:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. After the service, she will be cremated and inurned at a later date in Strong City Cemetery.
The daughter of Charles and Alma Knapenburger Cowden, Alma Jean was born May 25, 1920, at Lawton, OK. She graduated from high school and attended one year of college. She married B.P. Shelton in Madill, OK. and they, later, divorced. She and Kenneth Atkins were married November 2, 1946, at Dubuque, IA., and he died in 1986.
She was proud of her American Indian background and was a card-carrying member of the Choctaw Tribe. Her family moved to Chase County in 1974. She was a homemaker and washed dishes at the Flint Hills Truck Stop in Strong City when it was open 24 hours a day. She was a member of the Veterans’ of Foreign Wars Auxillary. She enjoyed playing Yahtzee, watching Jeopardy and spent many hours working crossword puzzles.
She is survived by a son, David Shelton of Strong City; two daughters: April Pike of Ventura, CA., and Gloria Skaggs of Prescott Valley, AZ.; and over 60 grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands; a son, John Atkins; two sisters: Maxine Maynor and Betty Jo Waley; a grandson, Robert Michael Shelton; a granddaughter, Lori Dannatt; and a great grandson, Jacob Shelton.
The family will meet friends Tuesday, from 6:30 until 8:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Friends may call at the funeral home, Tuesday, from noon until 8:00 P.M. and Wednesday, from 9:00 A.M. until service time. Memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association 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.

05.27.11

BEAU ROBERT WALLACE

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:05 pm by Sue Alexander

BEAU ROBERT WALLACE
Beau R. Wallace, age 30, died, as the result of a motorcycle-vehicle accident, Thursday, May 26, 2011, on Highway 50 in Lyon County, Kansas. A rosary will be held Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at 6:00 P.M., at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Strong City, KS. The family will meet friends, following the rosary,at St. Anthony’s Hall. A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at 11:00 A.M., at the Chase County Jr.-Sr. High School in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. Father Kelley Lackey of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church will conduct the service. Inurnment will be at a later date. The casket will remain closed.
The son of Robert “Bob” E. and Connie Ybarra Wallace, Beau was born May 28, 1980, in Emporia, Kansas. He graduated from Chase County High School in 1998 and attended Emporia State University for four years. He and Elizabeth Green were married and later divorced.
He attended and graduated from the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy in 2003. He was a Master Trooper working the Turnpike. He was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Emporia, Kansas.
He is survived by his father and step-mother, Bob and Danielle Wallace, of Emporia, KS; his mother and step-father, Connie and Cecil Butter, of Cottonwood Falls, KS; his brother, Daniel Wallace of Columbia, MO.; four step-brothers: Patrick Carathers of Cottonwood Falls, KS., Tommy Butter of Strong City, Ian Sadler of Fayetteville, AK., and Private Lance Sadler in Germany; three step-sisters: Tammy Jellison of Topeka, KS., Zila Welsh of Tonganoxie, KS., and Autumn Irwin of Emporia, KS.; his grandmother, Helen Wallace of Waverly, KS.; and his companion, Tegan Fanders of Emporia, KS.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Nasario and Juana Ybarra and grandfather, Bill Wallace.
The family will meet friends, following the rosary, at St. Anthony’s Hall until 8:00 P.M. Memorial contributions to the Kansas Trooper’s Foundation may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Condolences to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

05.16.11

DENNIS A. “PETE” VARELMAN

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:17 pm by Sue Alexander

DENNIS A.”PETE” VARELMAN

Dennis A. Varelman, age 51, died Saturday, May 14, 2011, at his home in Strong City. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at 11:00 A.M., at the Chase County Lake Shelter House, west of Cottonwood Falls. (Casual dress.) Inurnment will be held in Prairie Grove Cemetery at a later date.
The son of Charles A. and Carrie Nellora “Nell” Clark Varelman (Baker), Dennis was born April 22, 1960, in Emporia, KS. He graduated from Chase County High School in 1978. He worked for local ranchers and farmers while growing up in Chase County. He worked for the Chase County Road and Bridge Department, for 14 years, as a road grader, until he was forced to retire, due to his health, in 1998.
He and Margaret L. Mize Hughes were married March 5, 2010 in Emporia, KS.
He loved to hunt and fish. He really enjoyed teaching anyone’s children to hunt and fish. He was a very good and patient teacher. He enjoyed reading and spent hours reading books on various subjects.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret, of the home; one daughter, Penny Kemph and granddaughter, Kadria Belle Kemph, of Fort Supply, OK.; a brother, Tom Varelman, of Brush, CO.; four sisters: Sue Parker and Karen Baker of Emporia, KS., Nancy Ramirez of Pawhuska, OK., and Lenora Varelman of Council Grove, KS.; his step-father, Russell Baker, of Emporia, KS.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister, Vicki Sue Varelman.
There will be no formal family visitation. Memorial contributions to the Chase County Recreation Commission, to be used for the 2012 Kids’ Fishing Derby, may be sent in care of the 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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