RONALD B. REED
Ronald Reed, age 73, of Cottonwood Falls, died Monday, October 21, 2013, at Flint Hills Care Center in Emporia, KS. The son of B.A. and Wilmuth Mormon Reed, Ronald Benjamin was born August 17, 1940, in Marceline, MO. He served in the United States Air Force. He worked as a construction foreman for Daniels Corp. during the building of Wolf Creek Power Plant and then he worked as a truck driver for United Van Lines and Frito-Lay. He and Gail were married December 30, 1981, in Cottonwood Falls.
He is survived by his wife of the home; three sons: Scott Zaffarano of Upstate New York, Chris Zaffarano of Derby, KS and Tim Yette of Derby, KS; two daughters: Rhonda Potter of Strong City, KS and Melissa McElfresh of Wichita, KS; one brother: Gary Reed; one sister: Marjorie K. Risch; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: John Reed and Michael Reed.
Ron has been cremated and there will be no service. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
Gary Peterson, 73, of Bazaar, passed away early Tuesday, October 15, 2013, in Wichita at Oxford of Broadmoor where he was a resident.
Gary Eugene Peterson was born August 6, 1940, in Council Grove; his parents lived at Dunlap. He was born on his father’s 29th birthday. Gary graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1958 after attending grade school at the Bazaar Schoolhouse. Gary always bragged about being the smartest kid in his class when he was in grade school….but neglected to tell he was the only student in the class.
Gary went on to attend Bethany College where he played basketball. He then transferred to Kansas State University and became a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. He was a member of the KSU four-man National Championship Wool Judging Team. In 1963, he graduated with a degree in Animal Husbandry.
He married Virginia Jones, his high school sweetheart and bride of over 51 years, on June 10, 1962, at the United Methodist Church in Cottonwood Falls. They are the parents of three children and have spent their married life at Bazaar, KS, where Gary was a farmer and rancher. He was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Strong City and was confirmed on Palm Sunday 1982.
Gary was a member of the Bazaar 4-H club and later was a Bazaar 4-H Club leader with Ginny for many years. He was instrumental in getting the Chase County 4-H Fair Livestock sale started. In 1993, he was an instigator of planning and carrying out the layout of the Bazaar rock sign on Roniger Hill. Gary served on the ASC and SCS Boards.
Gary enjoyed watching and playing sports of all kinds including township basketball and slow pitch. He felt privileged to have attended a World Series game when the Royals beat the Cardinals. Until a year ago, Gary was still farming and ranching. He very much enjoyed teaching the grandkids the skills of the trade. Gary took great pride in his family. He loved the Strong City Flint Hills Rodeo and riding his horse in all the rodeo parades until a couple of years ago.
In his younger years, Gary enjoyed weekend hunting with cousins. Later, he and Ginny made several snow skiing trips to Colorado with family and friends. In recent years Gary enjoyed watching Randy compete as a contestant in the World Championship Ranch Rodeo in Amarillo, Texas. He was fortunate enough to vacation with Connie and Kelly and their families on three Caribbean cruises in the last few years. An additional vacation highlight includes a reunion trip to California with the Class of 1958.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Berthabelle (Mercer) Peterson. He is survived by his wife, Ginny, of the home; his brother Max of Strong City; his children: Randy & Cindy Peterson, Connie & Matthew Whitcomb, Kelly & Kevin Tastove; and his grandchildren: Nathan & Candice Whitcomb, Jared Eugene Whitcomb, Bryan Tastove, Bradley Tastove, Joshua Tastove, Sammy Jo Peterson, and Regan Peterson.
A celebration of life service will be held Friday, October 18, at 10:30 A.M. at Grace Lutheran Church in Strong City with Pastor David Hutson and Pastor Alan Stahlecker officiating. Burial will follow in Bazaar Cemetery at Bazaar, KS.
The family will meet friends Thursday, from 6:30 until 8:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Friends may come by the funeral home, to sign the book, Thursday, from noon until 8:00 P.M. Known to be thrifty, in lieu of flowers, Gary would appreciate memorial contributions to the Gary Peterson Memorial Fund which will be used to support Chase County USD 284 Ag Programs. These 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.
CHERYL A. (DALL) HOLDER
Cheryl Ann (Dall) Holder, 63, of Strong City, KS, passed away on Thursday, August 29, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, KS, after a long and courageous fight against cancer.
Cheryl, the daughter of Melvin and Betty Dall, was born January 22, 1950, in Burlington, KS. She graduated from Derby High School in 1968. She married her high school sweetheart, Mike Holder, on August 16, 1969, in Derby, KS. They graduated from Kansas State University and moved to Chase County where she taught middle school for 34 years. She found great joy in being the Student Council sponsor and the pep club sponsor for many years. She was an active member and past president of P.E.O. (Chapter BZ), member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, and the Altar Society.
Survivors include her husband, Mike, of the home; daughter, Kellie (Jake) Tindle; grandchildren, Hannah and Cooper of Windsor, CO.; son, Scott (Amanda) Holder of Wichita, KS.; mother, Betty Dall; brother, Jim (Carol) Dall; sister, Sandy (Frank) Barnett; and sister-in-law, Marilyn Dall. Preceding her in death were her father, brother, Randy Dall, and her special Aunt Melba.
Some things most of us did not know about Cheryl are that she was a freshman cheerleader at Emporia State University, was a member of the ESU gymnastics team and was named a varsity ESU Cheerleader before transferring to Kansas State University. Cheryl, later, tried out for the varsity cheerleading squad at KSU before being informed that she was ineligible because cheerleaders weren’t allowed to be married in those days. At KSU, while working on her master’s degree, Cheryl administered physical fitness tests to 4,000 freshman PE students for her master’s thesis. Cheryl graduated magna cum laude with her undergraduate degree in education in 1972 and her masters in 1973.
A Rosary will be recited Tuesday, September 3, at 6:30 P.M., at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Strong City followed by a time to share memories at St. Anthony’s Hall until 8:00 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, September 4, at 3:30 P.M., at the Chase County Elementary School (former Chase County Middle School) in Strong City. Father Theodore Khin will officiate at both services. Burial will follow in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in rural Strong City. Friends may come by the funeral home, Tuesday, from 10:00 until 4:00, to sign the register book. The casket will be closed. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, to the Cheryl Holder Student Council Activity and Scholarship Fund, 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.
VIRGINIA (YBARRA) EYE
Virginia Eye, age 76, of Warner Robins, GA., died Friday, August 23, 2013, in Warner Robins, GA. The daughter of Nasario and Juana Gomez Ybarra, Virginia was born April 21, 1937, in Cottonwood Falls, KS. She graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1955.
She worked as a Civil Servant with the United States Air Force for thirty-two years and was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. An avid exerciser, Virginia loved running, going to the gym, and doing water aerobics. She once ran the Mayor’s Race in San Antonio, where she won first place in the senior division.
Her memory will forever be treasured by her children, Kenneth L. Eye (Elizabeth) of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Sherryl Cicone (John) of Solana Beach, California; Gordon C. Eye (Kelly) of Albuquerque, New Mexico; eight grandchildren: Jacob, Nathan, Jordan, and Kenneth Eye, Leah and Jessica Richardson, and Marcus and Rory Eye; nine great- grandchildren: Brianne, Clayton, Jacob, Amaryllis, Lumidee, Nathan, Jr., Maverick, Jasper, and Zyan; brothers: Ralph Ybarra of Temecula, CA., Robert Ybarra, Detroit MI., Raymond Ybarra (Gloria) of Kansas City, KS., Edward Ybarra, Albuquerque, NM.; and sisters: Tommi Guardado (John) of Westminster, CA., Mary Johns (Jack) of Fallbrook, CA. and Connie Butter (Cecil) of Cottonwood Falls, KS.
Her parents, one sister, Dolores Ybarra, one brother, Fidel Ybarra, and two sisters-in-law, Angela Ybarra and Teresa Ybarra, all preceded her in death.
A Rosary will be recited Friday, September 6, at 7:30 P.M., and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, at 1:00 P.M., at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Strong City. Father Theodore Khin will officiate. Inurnment will follow in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in rural Strong City.
There will be no formal family visitation. Memorial contributions to St. Anthony Catholic Church 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.
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.
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