04.26.12

JAMES RAY “JIM” CLUTTER

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:47 pm by Sue Alexander

JAMES RAY “JIM” CLUTTER

James “Jim” Clutter, age 73, of Strong City, KS., died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Morris County Hospital in Council Grove, Kansas.
The son of Ralph and Maxine Hillman Clutter, he was born September 24, 1938, in Hooker, Oklahoma. He graduated from Hooker High School and attended Oklahoma State University. He served in the U.S. Army. He and Algene Blackmore were married December 19, 1972, in Sublette, KS. He owned and worked in farm equipment sales and service in various communities in Kansas.
Cremation has taken place and there will be no service.
He is survived by his wife, of the home; a daughter, Deedee Thompson of Strong City; and two grandsons: Bradley Clutter of Concordia and Devin Thompson of Strong City. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: Donald and Devon Clutter.
Memorial contributions to the Chase County Elementary School Library, to purchase books for the students, 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 brown-bennett-alexander.com.

03.28.12

KEITH VERNON HYNSON

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:18 pm by Sue Alexander

KEITH V. HYNSON
Keith Hynson, age 78, died Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Holiday Resort in Emporia, KS. There will be no service at this time. He has been cremated and there will be a private inurnment, in Prairie Grove Cemetery, at a later date.
The son of Eugene and Esther Stubenhofer Hynson, Keith Vernon was born July 20, 1933, at the farmstead where his mother and he were born. He graduated from Chase County Community High School and attended one year of college at Emporia State University. He served in the U.S. Army, as an Amphibious Vehicle Driver, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Private 1st Class. Keith and Colleen Hamilton were married December 31, 1964, at the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church in Cottonwood Falls, KS. He and Colleen have continued to live in that same house, in rural Strong City, since their marriage.
He worked for the Santa Fe Railroad, as a Signalman for 46 years. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He collected nails and attended the trade shows where he visited, sold, and bought nails. He spent hours working with the nails and mounting them for display.
He is survived by his wife, of the home; one daughter, Tracy Lynn Hynson of Houston, TX.; one step-daughter, Connie Pretzer, of Strong City, KS.; four step-brothers: Ted Passmore of Deville, LA., Alan Passmore of Little Rock, ARK, Tom Passmore of Boise, LA., and Chris Passmore of Cottonwood Falls, KS.; one brother, Eugene Hynson of Topeka, KS.; nine grandchildren; and one great granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions to the Strong City Depot Restoration Fund 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.

03.21.12

JOHN ALLAN LIND

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:43 am by Sue Alexander

JOHN A. LIND
John Lind, age 77, of Toledo Township, died Friday, March 16, 2012, at his farm in Toledo Township, KS. A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, at 11:00 A.M., at the Saffordville United Methodist Church in Toledo Township, Kansas. Pastor Laura Burnett will officiate at the service. Burial will follow in the Hillside Cemetery in Toledo Township, Kansas.
The son of Russell F. and Helen Faye Thomas Lind, Allan John was born March 9, 1935, in this grandmother’s home east of Saffordville. He attended Toledo Grade School and graduated from Toledo Township High School in 1953. He served in the U. S. Navy on the U.S.S. Antietam (CVS-36). He was a farmer/stockman in the Toledo Township all of his life. He was a member of the American Angus Association and the Farm Bureau.
He is survived by a brother, Derald A. Lind and his wife, Wilma, of Kansas City, KS. and two nieces: Lori Ann Lind and Anita Faye Lind. He was preceded in death by his parents.
The family will meet friends Wednesday, from 6:30 and 8:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Friends may call Wednesday, from noon from 8:00. Memorial contributions to the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association 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.

ALLEN SCHEIKOFSKY

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:39 am by Sue Alexander

ALLEN L. SCHEIKOFSKY
Allen Scheikofsky, age 78, of Wichita, formerly of Emporia and Matfield Green, died Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at Manor Care in Wichita, KS. A graveside service will be held Monday, March 19, at 1:00 P.M., at the Matfield Green Cemetery in Matfield Green, Kansas. Pastor Vern Richerson will conduct the service.
The son of Ernest “Jim” and Kathryn Elizabeth Deines Scheikofsky, he was born March 31, 1933, in Marion, KS. He attended school in Emporia. He married Becky Weaver in 1953 and they had one son. They later divorced. He married Katherine Potter and she preceded him in death. He worked for the city of Reno doing general services and maintenance.
He attended the Methodist Church in Emporia and in Neosho Rapids. He was an avid golfer and worked crossword puzzles. He loved his dog, Daisy.
He is survived by his son, Brent Scheikofsky, of Reno, NV.; a brother, Eugene Scheikofsky, of Wichita, KS.; and a sister, Helen Bennett, of Humboldt, KS. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: Irvin “Boots” and Vernie Scheikofsky; and an infant sister, Faye Mae Scheikofsky.
There will be no formal family visitation. The casket will remain closed. Memorial contributions to the Manor Care Activities Department or Hospice Care of Kansas 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.

03.13.12

DOROTHY H. MERRITT ODLE

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:22 pm by Sue Alexander

DOROTHY H. MERRITT ODLE
Dorothy Odle, age 95, of Eureka, KS., formerly of Homestead Community, Kansas, died Monday, March 12, 2012, at the Eureka Nursing Center in Eureka, KS. A celebration of life service will be held Friday, March 16, 2012, at 1:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls, KS. Pastor Rick Smith will conduct the service. Burial will follow in the Homestead Cemetery in Homestead Community, KS.
The daughter of Crosby L. and Ellian N. Caress Merritt, she was born April 19, 1916, in Clements, KS. She attended Chase county schools through the first year of high school. She and Vernon Odle were married November 5, 1933, in Cedar Point, KS. He died April 21, 1992. They were farmers/ranchers all of their lives. Dorothy raised big gardens and canned food for her family. She worked at the Cottonwood Falls Nursing Home for many years as a certified nurse’s aide and as a therapist. She was baptized, in the First Baptist Church in Cottonwood Falls, in 2001 and faithfully attended services until she moved to assisted living in the spring of 2009.
She is survived by a son, Larry R. Odle, of Howard, KS.; a daughter, Twila M. Northern, of Mesquite, NV.; eight grandchildren; and many great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, James L. Odle, a daughter, Valeta C. Allison; a brother, Howard Merritt; and five sisters: Myrtle Brumbaugh, Olive Jackson, Nettie Sidener, Ruth Jeffrey, and Eulah Van Buren.
There will be no formal family visitation. Friends may call, at the funeral home, Thursday, from 10:00 until 5:00 and Friday, from 10:00 until service time. Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association may be sent to the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Messages, for the family, may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

03.07.12

WILLARD EUGENE “BILL” BROWN

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:40 pm by Sue Alexander

WILLARD EUGENE “BILL” BROWN
Willard E. Brown, age 85, died Monday, March 5, 2012, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls, KS. A graveside service will be held Monday, March 12, 2012, at 3:00 P.M., at the Strong City Cemetery in Strong City, KS. Military honors will be conducted by a U.S. Navy Funeral Honors Detail.
The son of William T. and Maud A. Wilson Brown, Willard Eugene was born July 21, 1926, in Strong City, KS. His mother died and his father married Helen Green. He served in the United States Navy, in the Pacific, during World War II. He was a member of the crew on the USS Bataan Aircraft Carrier and was a ship’s cooks.
He and Marjorie Green were married in 1942. They, later, divorced. Mr. Brown never remarried.
He was a carpenter/roofer and spent many hours in the timber cutting wood to heat his home. He was a 69 year member of the American Legion and was proud to be a veteran. He loved to play cards and enjoyed teaching his grandchildren how to play. He was very proud of being “Gramps” to the grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is survived by three daughters: Mary Ann Kohls of Lincolnville, KS., Alice Brandon of Americus, KS., and Wanda Grimsley of Americus, KS.; one brother: Charles Brown of Carson City, NV.; one sister: JoAnn Brammell of Emporia, KS.; nine grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Rita Lou Gardner; a sister, Betty Kohlman; and six brothers: Bus Brown, Bub Brown, Dutch Brown, Short Brown, Max Gordon, and Bobbie Coffman.
There will be no formal family visitation and the casket will be closed. Friends may call Sunday from noon until 5:00 and Monday, from 10:00 until 1:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Memorial contributions to the Chase County All-Veterans Memorial may be sent to the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Messages for the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

WILLIAM MYRL “BILL” MCNISH

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:37 pm by Sue Alexander

WILLIAM M. “BILL” MCNISH
William “Bill” McNish, age 92, of Cottonwood Falls, formerly of Americus, died Friday, March 2, 2012, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls, KS. A graveside service will be held Friday, March 9, 2012, at 2:00 P.M. in the Topeka Cemetery, Topeka, KS. Military honors will be conducted by a Fort Riley Honor Guard.
The son of William L. and Della E. Draelants McNish, William Myrl was born December 28, 1919, in Cedar County, MO. He served, as a radio operator, in the United States Army during World War II in the Philippines. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal and a Phililppine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star.
He and Marjorie Lee Pendergraft were married in December of 1945 and she preceded him in death on November 7, 1979. He worked as a trucker driver for Graves Truck Line, Inc. and retired in 1975. He was a cowboy, working on a ranch in CO. in his younger years.
He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen, & Helpers of America. He received several Professional Truck Driver Safe Driving Awards. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veteran of Foreign Wars.
He is survived by his daughter, Geneva Centlivre, of Cottonwood Falls, two grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. He was preceded by three brothers: Thomas, Elmer and Eugene McNish; five sisters: Vera, Marie, Phyrn, Geneva, and Clara.
The family will greet friends Thursday, from 6:00 until 7:30, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorials to the Bird Aviary Project at the Golden Living Center of Chase County may be sent to the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

02.20.12

WILLIAM “WILLIE” HOLLIS PIERCE

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:40 am by Sue Alexander

WILLIAM “WILLIE” HOLLIS PIERCE
“Willie” Pierce, age 61, of Strong City, died Tuesday, February 14, 2012, near his residence. He has been cremated and no services are planned at this time.
The son of Boyd Hollis and Mary E. Smith Pierce, William was born January 13, 1951, in San Antonio, Texas. He attended school in San Antonio. He worked in maintenance at a hospital for a short time during his life.
He is survived by his previous spouse, Sharon; a son, William Hollis Pierce, II, of Missouri; two daughters: Rhonda K. Genoway of Bay City, TX. and Kimberly D. Pierce of TX.; three sisters: Shirley Haeber, Linda Sutton, and Mary Martinez all of TX.; and four grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home to assist with payment of the funeral expenses. These may be mailed to the funeral home at 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Messages for his family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

02.15.12

ROGER WILLIS KOHLS

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:15 pm by Sue Alexander

ROGER WILLIS KOHLS
Roger W. Kohls, age 68, of rural Chase County, died Monday, February 13, 2012, in the same home in which he was born. There will be no formal service. A visitation, to share memories and celebrate his life with his family, will be held Friday, February 17, 2012, from 3:00 until 5:00 P.M., at Grace Lutheran Church in Strong City, KS. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date in Elk Union Cemetery. At his request, he has been cremated.
The son of Alfred and Dorothy Lucas Kohls, Roger Willis was born July 29, 1943, at the family home, built by his grandfather, near Elk, in rural Chase County. He attended grade school in the Elk Union Schoolhouse. He graduated from Chase County High School in the Class of 1961. He served in the Seabees division of the U.S. Navy.
He and Mary Ann Brown were married June 29, 1964, at Grace Lutheran Church in Strong City, KS. He was a Lutheran.
He was a farmer/stockman. He was always ready to help others, sometimes before he got his work done. He loved his grandchildren and was proud to be called “Poppa.”
He is survived by his wife, of the home; his son, Roger W. Kohls, Jr., of Great Bend, KS.; his daughter, Karoly K. Bruch, of Emporia, KS.; his mother, Dorothy Kohls, of Salina, KS.; his brother, Alfred W. Kohls, of Salina, KS.; his two sisters: Sonja Maddox of Lincolnville, KS. and Barbara Reyer of Rose Hill, KS.; and two grandchildren: Darrian M. Bruch and Jayce T. Kohls. He was preceded in death by his father.
Friends may call at the funeral home, Thursday, from 10:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M., to sign the register book. Memorial contributions to a fund for his grandchildren’s education 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.

ARLENE FRANCES SCOTT MATTI

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:13 pm by Sue Alexander

ARLENE FRANCES SCOTT MATTI
Arlene Matti, age 52, of Cottonwood Falls, KS., died Monday, February 13, 2012, at the Flints Hills Care Center, Inc. in Emporia. She had fought cancer for many years. A memorial celebration of life will be held Thursday, February 16, 2010, at 2:00 P.M., at the First Presbyterian Church (USA), in Cottonwood Falls. The Rev. Pat Ireland and The Rev. Hal Lewis will co-officiate at the service. She has been cremated and the family will have an inurnment at a later date.
The daughter of Rollie O. and Florence McCabe Scott, Arlene Frances was born February 24, 1959, in Strong City. Her mother died shortly after her birth. She was reared by her adoptive parents, Ted and Louise Scott. She attended the Chase County schools and earned her GED while getting her Commercial Driver’s License in Fort Scott in August of 1995. She married Steven Kyle Matti on September 12, 1985, at the United Methodist Church in Cottonwood Falls. She and Steve farmed with his parents until 1994 when they started trucking together. She waited tables and cooked at the Flint Hills Truck Stop before 1994 and she was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Bazaar Methodist Church and played the piano for services before she transferred her membership to the First Presbyterian Church (USA) in Cottonwood Falls . As a youngster, she was in 4-H. She was a singer in a local band, “South Fork.” This band played for the opening of the Chris Ladeau concert in Emporia. She and Steve were members of the Kansas Old Time Fiddlers and Pickers and she was awarded first place in the singing division for the state of Kansas one year.
She is survived by her husband, Steve, of Cottonwood Falls; her son, Micheal D. Scott of Cottonwood Falls; her daughter, Amanda Rae Matti, of Strong City; her mother, Louise Scott, of Cottonwood Falls, and a grandson, Leland Seth Matti, of Strong City. Her father, Ted Scott, preceded her in death.
There will be no formal family visitation. Friends may come by the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home Wednesday, from 10:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. to sign the register book. Memorial contributions may be given to a fund which will help pay the funeral expenses and sent to the funeral home at 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 33845. Messages, to the family, may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

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