ROBERT BRUCE PASSMORE
Robert B. Passmore, age 78, of Rogers, Arkansas, formerly of Chase County, Kansas, died Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at his home in Rogers, Arkansas. A celebration of life service will be held Monday, January 7, at 1:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Eichler conducting the service. Burial will follow in Strong City Cemetery, Strong City, Kansas.
The son of Ted R. and Josephine Waidley Passmore, Robert was born August 12, 1934, in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. He graduated from Elmdale High School in Elmdale, KS. and from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 until 1958 when he was discharged with the rank of Private 1st Class. He transferred to USAR XVI USA Corps Reserve until 1963. He and Andrea Fritze were married January 30, 1960, in Strong City. He was a heavy equipment construction operator and was an instructor of the heavy equipment operations at the North Central Kansas Vocational Technical School in Beloit, Kansas. He worked for P & M Coal Co. and later for Chevron as a reclamation supervisor. He retired in September of 1996.
He liked to read and to be outdoors. He enjoyed his family, especially his daughter, Melanie. He, also, had a love of animals.
He was a member of the Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife, Andrea, of the home; a daughter, Melanie Ann Kapke of Kansas City, Missouri; a sister, Norma June Shanbour of Fountain Valley, California; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Harold Passmore.
The family will meet friends Sunday, 4:00 until 5:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Contributions to Parkinson’s Disease Research or Grace Lutheran Church may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845.
Messages may be left as www.brown-bennett-alexander.com. Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home and Croy Funeral Home of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.
LINDA SUE (JOHNSON) GARR
Linda Sue Garr, age 65, died Friday, December 28, 2012, at her home in Cottonwood Falls, KS. A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, January 3, 2013, at 2:00 P.M., at the First Baptist Church in Cottonwood Falls. Pastor David Hatch will conduct the service. Burial will follow in Strong City Cemetery in Strong City, KS.
The daughter of Roy and Bernice Pritchett Johnson, Linda Sue was born September 14, 1947, in Strong City. She graduated from Strong City High School in 1965. She and Edward Garr were married June 27, 1966, in the First Baptist Church in Cottonwood Falls. They later divorced. She worked as a housekeeper, for about 10 years, at the nursing home in Cottonwood Falls and later as a clerk at the Flint Hills Convenience Store in Strong City.
She was a proud mother and grandmother.
She is survived by three sons: Christopher William Garr of Cottonwood Falls, Brian Kent Garr of Cottonwood Falls, and Lester Thomas Garr of Strong City; her mother, Bernice, of Strong City; her brother, Roy Douglas “Doug” Johnson of Emporia; and six grandchildren: Joshua Wade Garr, Linda Mae Christine Garr, Christopher Edward Robert Garr, Connor Thomas Lester Garr, Christina Elizabeth Jane Garr, and Johnathon William Thomas Garr. She was preceded in death by her father, Roy, and two sisters: Myrla Nigh and Lela Smith.
The family will meet friends Wednesday, January 2, from 6:00 until 7:30, at the First Baptist Church in Cottonwood Falls. Memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church 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.
LYNN MARIE (LUTT) POTTER
On December 27, 2012, Lynn Marie Potter passed away in Dallas, Tx. She was born May 5, 1951, in Marion, KS., the second daughter to John W. and Lela May Lutt. She grew up in Chase County, Kansas. She was a tomboy most of her life. She had traveled from coast to coast and from Canada to Mexico. She had lived in several states. She finally settled in Utah in 1976. Lynn started working for NCR in 1977 and retired in 1997 in California after which she returned to Utah. She worked, after her retirement for English Corsair Furniture and Loft house foods until her health made her permanently retire in 2001. She moved to Texas in 2004. She married David L. Potter on May 29, 2005, in Texas.
Lynn is survived by her husband, David; her step-son, Tony and his wife, Deb and Justin and Stacey; four step-grandchildren and one great grandson; a sister, Leola K. Conklin, her daughters and family, Deanna Conklin and her daughter, Janna Conklin, Frances and husband, Brian Potter, and their sons, Rusty and Zack Potter; Linda L. Potter and husband, Donald Wayne, their son and family, Donald W. Potter II and wife, Kerry and their daughters, Kelsey and Alyson. She leaves behind several friends, Milo and Becky Porter and Buck and Nola Hesselgesser of Ogden, UT., Mike and Rosie Roberts of Springfield, MO., brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and their families, which have always been like her blood family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, John W. and Lela May Lutt; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Fred and Marge Potter, one step-son, David L. Potter, II, brothers-in-law: Doug Potter, Pete Conklin, and Sam Weikle; and sister-in-law, Gary Potter’s wife, Linda.
The funeral service will be held Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at 10:00 A.M., at Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls, KS. Lynn has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in her name. There will be no formal family visitation. Friends may call, at the funeral home, Tuesday, from 10:00 until 6:00. Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
HAROLD EDWARD TRUSSELL
Harold Trussell, age 88, of Cottonwood Falls, KS. died Wednesday, December 18, 2012, at his home. Services will be held at a later date. He has been cremated.
The son of Gilbert and Mabel Payne Trussell, Harold Edward was born November 5, 1924, in Strong City, KS. He graduated from Strong City Rural High School. He and Christa Schmage were married May 14, 1965, in BadHersfeld, Germany. He was serving in the United States Army at that time. They returned from Germany and he retired from the army, with the rank of Platoon Sgt., after serving 26 years. He worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation, in Chase County, after his retirement from the armed forces. He was a member of the Association of the U.S. Army and had been a member of the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife, Christa, of the home; three daughters: Lana (Rick) Church of Oklahoma City, OK., Cheryl (Earl) Whittington of Yukon, OK., and Christine (Craig) Clark of Emporia, KS.; one brother: Gilbert (Libby) Trussell, Jr. of Newton, KS.; six grandchildren: Herbert, Jr. and John Franks; Earl and James Whittington and Carmen and Callie Clark; and 14 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert “Bob” Trussell and two sisters: Thelma Petersen and Hope Bullock.
There will be no formal visitation. Memorial contributions to Hand in Hand Hospice 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.
DELLA CORRINE (HULL) LAWRENCE
Della Lawrence, age 84, of Newton, KS. and formerly of Guymon, OK., and Matfield Green, KS., left this world for her heavenly home on Friday, November 16, 2012, in Newton, KS. A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at 2:00 P.M., at the Matfield Community Church in Matfield Green, KS. with Rev. Billie Blair officiating. Burial will follow in the Matfield Green Cemetery.
She was born November 3, 1927, to Horace Leslie Hull and Bernice Irene (Watchous) Hull in rural Chase County.
Upon graduating from Matfield Green High School ,with the class of 1945, she went to work as a telegrapher for the Atchison Topeka Santa Fe Railroad. She married Robert E. Lawrence on April 6, 1947, in her parents’ home in Matfield Green. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary prior to his death on August 5, 2007. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker. They both had a love for animals and through the years many stray dogs and cats were blessed with their compassionate care.
She was a member of the Straight Christian Church in rural Guymon, OK. and attended Matfield Community Church prior to moving to Newton in 2007. Newton Christian Church was her church family at the time of her death.
She is survived by two daughters: Terri Lawrence of Wichita and Sherri Funk of Newton; a granddaughter, Stacy Thomas; a great grandson, Vance Thomas of Newton; a brother, Dale and his wife, Ginger Hull of Eldorado.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son-in-law, Roger L. Funk, a brother, Delmar Hull, and a sister, Mary L. Danby.
The family will meet friends Monday, November 19, from 6:30 until 8:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. Memorials have been established with the Matfield Community Church and Lifeline Animal Place and Protection at 310 W.45th St. N, Wichita, KS. 67204. Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
MARK ALLEN SPAIN
Mark A. Spain, age 60, of Strong City, died at his home in Strong City on Thursday, November 15, 2012. A memorial visitation will be held Saturday, November 24, 2012, from 1:00 until 3:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. He has been cremated. Inurnment, in Strong City Cemetery, will be held at a later date.
The son of Herbert L. and Bonnie Lee Betty Spain, Mark Allen was born October 25, 1952, in Strong City. He attended and graduated from Strong City Rural High School. His first employment was as a heavy equipment operator for the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad and his latest employment was as a jailer at the Chase County Detention Center.
He is survived by his parents of Strong City; one son, Adam Wade Spain of Elmdale; two daughters: Lacie Raean Spain of Wichita and Julie L. Raynor of Elk City, KS.; a sister: Pamela Zimmerman of Oklahoma City, OK; two grandsons: Shelvin and Payton Raynor; and three granddaughters: Tierney Raynor, and Dionne and Leilani Payne. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Memorial contributions to the Chase County Recreation Commission may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Messages of support and sharing of memories may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
MILDRED “MILLIE” MARIE (MOCK) PINKSTON
Millie Pinkston, age 90, of Cottonwood Falls, died Sunday, September 16, 2012, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. She has been cremated. There will be a memorial visitation on Thursday, September 20, 2012, from 6:30 until 8:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Inurnment will be at a later date in Cedar Point Cemetery near Cedar Point, Kansas.
The daughter of Charles and Lulu Lutt Mock, Mildred Marie was born July 27, 1922, in the Homestead Community, Kansas. She worked as a telephone operator prior to her marriage to Hugh Ellis “Cobby” Pinkston on June 10, 1943, at the Qualley Memorial Church in Kansas City. He died in November of 1981.
They operated a Skelly gas station and she answered the phones and did the office work. She was the head cook for the Cedar Point schools and she was a good cook. She made the best cinnamon rolls. She went to cosmetology school in Wichita and opened a shop in Elmdale. She, later, moved her shop to the main street of Cottonwood Falls. She retired at age 75. She kept several head of cattle and cared for them. She enjoyed being a homemaker, keeping her yard mowed and growing many kinds of flowers.
She is survived by two daughters: Linda Yette and Jolene Heathman, both of Cottonwood Falls, KS., one brother: William “Bill” Mock, of Kansas City, Kansas; one grandson: Steve Fillmore; two step-grandsons: Jason Robison and Jacob Kampff; and one great granddaughter: Taylor Marie Fillmore.
She was preceded in death by two brothers: Lloyd and an infant, and two sisters: Alice Auerbach and Wilma Benjamin.
Memorial contributions to the Elmdale United Methodist Church or to an Animal Fund of your choice may be sent to the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas 66845. Messages, to the family, may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
WANDA LEE “JIM” CAHOONE
“Jim” Cahoone died Saturday, September 8, 2012, at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas. A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at 10:00 A.M., at the First Presbyterian Church, USA, in Cottonwood Falls. The Rev. Pat Ireland will conduct the service. Burial will follow in the Bazaar Cemetery, Bazaar, Kansas.
The daughter of Walter T. “Windy” and Helen “Brownie” Russell Pinkston, “Jim” was born August 27, 1927, in the family home in Bazaar, Kansas. She graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1945. She worked as a telephone operator before her marriage and for Eshbaugh Hardware. She and Sidney “Sid” Cahoone were married May 22, 1948, at the Chase County Courthouse in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. He died April 10, 2002. She worked as a secretary at Scribner’s Insurance Agency in Cottonwood Falls for over 50 years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, USA, and the Presbyterian Women’s organization. She loved to read and dance. She learned to dance as a child, when her father and his brothers played for dances in the surrounding community. She was always busy taking care of her family and doing something for others. She was a good cook. She made the best fried chicken and always had, at a moment’s notice, plenty of food on hand to feed anyone who happened her way. She enjoyed her houseplants.
She is survived by her two daughters, Terri Jo Bek, and her husband, Warren, of Curtis, NE. and Vicki Ann Cahoone of Curtis, NE., one sister, Wilma L. Giese, of Bazaar, KS., and a granddaughter, Paige Wood, and her husband, Scott, of St. Paul, NE. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a son, Jess Cahoone.
The family will meet friends Tuesday, September 11, from 7:00 until 8:30 at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Memorial contributions, to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit at Newman Regional Health or to the Presbyterian Women’s organization, may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Messages for the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
DOROTHY ELIZABETH WHITCOMB
Dorothy E. Whitcomb, age 95, of Emporia, formerly of Cedar Point, died Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at the Emporia Presbyterian Manor.
She willed her body to the School of Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. There will be no services. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Prairie Grove Cemetery west of Cottonwood Falls, KS.
Dorothy Elizabeth Whitcomb, the daughter of George L. and Enid Alzine Redden Whitcomb, was born October 25, 1916, at home on the farm on Cedar Creek near Cedar Point, Kansas. For a short time she owned and managed a general store in Cedar Point. She graduated from Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Library Science. After she finished her bachelor’s degree she taught science and math and spent time in California where she attended college. She was a librarian in the Kansas City, Kansas Library for 11 years. When she returned home to help with the family farm, in 1976, she “retired.” She was in charge of the farm accounting (Corporation Accountant) from 1936 until 1988. She did this accounting even when she was in California and Kansas City. When the family home was sold in 1996, she moved to Emporia to be closer to her sister, Virginia. They lived in the duplexes at Presbyterian Manor.
She was a member of the Methodist Church in Cedar Point and spent many hours doing volunteer work there. She transferred her membership to First United Methodist Church in Emporia when she moved to Emporia. She enjoyed working in the garden and the flower beds at the Manor.
She is survived by three brothers: George Whitcomb of Botthel, Washington, Gerald Whitcomb of DeWitt, Arkansas, and Marcus Whitcomb of Lincoln, Nebraska; one sister, Rhoda Whitcomb of Forney, Texas; a sister-in-law, Lorene Whitcomb, of Marquette, Kansas; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by two brothers: Robert and Warren Whitcomb, one sister: Virginia Whitcomb; and a brother and sister in infancy.
There will be no formal family visitation. The family is grateful to the staff at Presbyterian Manor for making the later years of her life pleasant. They became her family here. Memorial contributions to the Presbyterian Manor may be sent in care of Presbyterian Manor, 2300 Industrial, Emporia, Kansas 66801 or Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas 66845. Messages for the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
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.
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