08.02.11

BRADLEY EUGENE POTTER

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:51 pm by Sue Alexander

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

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:45 am by Sue Alexander

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

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:10 pm by Sue Alexander

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

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:00 pm by Sue Alexander

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

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:42 pm by Sue Alexander

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.

05.09.11

GAYLAND “GAY” WAYNE PARK

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:59 pm by Sue Alexander

GAYLAND WAYNE PARK
Gayland “Gay” Wayne Park, age 76, of Cottonwood Falls, died Saturday, May 7, 2011, as the result of a vehicle/train accident, near Elmdale, KS. A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, May 12, 2011, at 11:00 A.M., at the First Presbyterian Church (USA) in Cottonwood Falls. The service will be conducted by The Rev. Pat Ireland. There will be a private family interment in Clements Cemetery, Clements, KS.
The son of Wayne Way and Hazel Broiles Park, he was born September 24, 1934, in his family’s log cabin home in Elmdale, KS. He attended Elmdale Grade School and graduated from Clements High School in 1952. He married Minnie Beth Dawson on June 17, 1956, in the Clements Presbyterian Church.
He worked as a construction inspector for the Kansas Department of Transportation for 40 years and retired in 1994. He then worked for Cook, Flatt, & Strobel Engineers in Topeka for 16 years. He was reared on the family farm and continued to farm throughout his life.
He was a member of the Zeredatha #60 A.F. & A.M. Masonic Lodge in Chase County. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being outdoors.
He is survived by his wife, Minnie Beth, of the home; a daughter, Tonya Kennedy and a granddaughter, Amanda Kennedy, of Overland Park, KS.; three sisters: Ginger Slabaugh of Altamont, Edna Ingalls of Strong City, and Esta Meade of Topeka. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son-in-law, David Kennedy.
There will be no formal visitation and the casket will remain closed. Friends may call, to sign the register book, Tuesday and Wednesday from noon until 6:00 P.M. at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Memorial contributions to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Emporia Rescue Mission/Abundant Harvest, or the First Presbyterian Church (USA) in Cottonwood Falls 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

05.01.11

MARY ELIZABETH GLASS ARCHER

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:43 pm by Sue Alexander

MARY ELIZABETH GLASS ARCHER
Mary Archer, age 76, died Friday, April 29, 2011, at her home in Cottonwood Falls, KS. A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at 2:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Pastor David Hatch of the First Baptist Church of Cottonwood Falls, will conduct the service. Burial will follow in the Bazaar Cemetery, Bazaar, Kansas.
The daughter of Roy and Hazel Rae Dyer Glass, Mary Elizabeth, was born August 24, 1934, in Burden, Kansas. She graduated from Burden High School. During her four years of high school, she was a star forward for the Burden High School basketball team. Before she was married, she worked as a dietary aide at Wm. Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield. She and William Bill” Archer were married August 29, 1954, at the First Baptist Church in Burden. He preceded her in death March 01, 2002.
She was a homemaker and worked as a card inspector for Hallmark Cards and as a hostess at Hardee’s on the turnpike. She enjoyed people and was a good friend, neighbor, and mother.
She was the last surviving charter member (since 1957) of the First Baptist Church in Cottonwood Falls and served as the church treasurer for some time. She loved the outdoors, had a large garden and flower beds, canned much of the produce, and baked (from scratch) delicious food for her family and friends. Her children said that one of their favorite memories of her was “cooking the ingredients to make homemade ice cream” and then each of them getting to crank the ice cream freezer. She went deer hunting with her husband and the family enjoyed fishing and camping at the lake and along the river bank. The family traveled across the United States and she and Bill went to Germany when their son, Tim, was serving in the military there. Bill worked on the railroad, and during the summer, the whole family would go and live wherever he was working (in boxcars provided by the railroad). They saw most of the “points of interest” in Kansas. She liked to crochet and made lap blankets for people who needed them. Her family was very important to her.
She is survived by two sons: Thomas Archer of Cottonwood Falls, KS. and Timothy Archer of Louisville, KY.; two daughters: Debra Cain of Fayetteville, N.C. and Pamela Archer of Diamond, MO.; a brother, John Glass of Burden, KS.; a sister, Lois Sayers of Florence, KS.; and eight grandchildren: Thaddeus Cain, Franklin Cain, Daniel Archer, Amanda Archer, David Craney, Allen Craney, Andrew Archer, and Ashton Archer. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister, Edith Glass.
There will be no formal family visitation. Friends may call Tuesday from noon until 8:00 P.M. and Wednesday, 9:00 A.M. until service time at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions to either the American Cancer Society or Cottonwood Falls First Baptist Church may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Condolences may be left at www.brown-bennettt-alexander.com.

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