VERNON E. EBERHART
Vernon E. Eberhart, age 93, of Valley Center, died Sunday, December 18, 2011, at the Newton Medical Center in Newton, Kansas. A graveside service will be held December 30, 2011, at 10:30 A.M., at the Valley Center Cemetery. The Rev. Dennis Livingston will officiate. There will be full military honors by a Fort Riley Funeral Honor Guard.
The son of Frank and Anna M. Schmidt Eberhart, Vernon was born March 2, 1918, in Preston, Kansas, in Pratt County. He married Laveta Hartsell on November 8, 1941, in Topeka, Kansas. They celebrated their 70th Anniversary this year. He attended Kansas State University and graduated with a degree in Agricultural Economics. He was employed as a county agricultural agent in Kearny County. He served with the 2nd Tactical Air Communications Squadron in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was an Administrative Specialist 502 and was qualified as a carbine marksman. His squadron served in Rome-Arno, Northern and Southern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe. They made nine invasions in Europe. He separated from the Army with the rank of Sergeant.
When he returned, he and Laveta farmed in Kearny County until 1970 when they moved to Garden City. They moved to Valley Center in 2000. He was a 50 year member of the Lions Club and served as SW District Governor of the International Lions Club. He made canes and walking sticks and gave one to everyone who needed them including those in Joplin and Greensburg and to veterans in the Seattle, WA. area. He was a member of the Valley Center United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife of the home; two sons: Franklin LaVern Eberhart and his wife, Joyce, of Buena Vista, CO. (formerly of Deerfield, KS.) and Dr. Keith Eberhart and his wife, Carol, of Edgewood, WA; one daughter, Susan Stratton and her husband, Bill, of Valley Center; 6 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters: Glenda Branscom Adams and Lorene Bright and a great-granddaughter, Tosha Reese.
Memorial contributions to the Valley Center Library or “Talking Books” may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Condolences may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
RUSSELL EUGENE BAKER
Russell Baker, age 70, of Emporia, formerly of Chase County, died Thursday, December 15, 2011, at Stormont Vail Health Care, in Topeka, Kansas. A celebration of life service will be held Monday, December 19, 2011, at 2:00 P.M., at the Bazaar Community Schoolhouse. Rev. Jeremiah Lang will officiate. Cremation will follow the service and his ashes will be scattered at a later date.
The son of Arthur E. and Johnas Russell Baker, he was born February 13, 1941, at Matfield Green, Kansas. He served in the U.S. Marines.
He and Nell Clark were married on February 16, 1969 in Ulysses, KS. She preceded him in death.
He was bull hauler truck driver and retired in 2010.
He was a member of the VFW in Emporia and enjoyed the Flint Hills Rodeo.
He is survived by a son, Tom Varelman of Brush, CO.; three daughters: Karen Baker and Sue Parker of Emporia, KS., and Nancy Yoho of Bartlesville, OK.; two sisters: Irene Swift of Cottonwood Falls, KS. and Mary Alice Harrison of Lousiana; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and a son, Dennis Varelman.
The family will meet friends Sunday, from 4:00 until 6:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Friends may call Sunday, from 1:00 until 6:00 P.M., at the funeral home. Friends may call Monday, after 10:00A.M. until service time at the Bazaar Schoolhouse.
Memorials to the Flint Hills Rodeo Association 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.
BONNIE JEAN OSBORN SHORT
Bonnie Short, age 88, of Cottonwood Falls, KS., died Thursday, December 8, 2011, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls. A celebration of life service will be held Monday, December 12, 2011, at 2:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home with Pastor Rick Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery west of Cottonwood Falls.
The daughter of Harvey and Ethel Lenora Myers Osborn, Bonnie was born May 28, 1923, at Cottonwood Falls, KS. She graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1941.
She and William “Bill” Short were married April 6, 1945, in Wichita, KS. They spent most of their married life as ranchers/farmers in Chase County. He preceded her in death on June 30, 2005. She worked in three Chase County offices: Extension, Triple A, and Soil and Conservation District, all in Cottonwood Falls. She was president of the Chase County Historical Society for eight years as well as serving as a Director of the Kansas State Historical Society in Topeka for 12 years. She was on the State Board of Extension Home Economics and has a pin which says ”Past President: Home-Family-Community Cooperative Extension Service.” She was, also, State Citizenship Chairman and a Director of the Southeast district of that organization.
She was diagnosed with diabetes in June, 1930 and started taking insulin injections in August of that same year. The Joslin Diabetes Foundation and The Diabetic Fund, both of Boston, awarded her medals in 1981 for having taken insulin for 50 years. She also received a medal for 54 years from the Kansas American Diabetes Association of Wichita in 1985. In 2007, Bonnie received three medals, one bronze for 25 years, one silver for 50 years, and a gold for 75 successful years of “Insulin Therapy” from the Eli Lilly Company in Indianapolis, Ind.
She is survived by one sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Jane Pinkston of rural Cottonwood Falls, KS., nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by two sisters: Helen Maxine Osborn and Juanita Faye Miser and two brothers: John “Jack” Wesley Osborn and Harvey “Roy” Osborn.
There will be no formal family visitation. Friends may call Sunday, 1:00 until 4:00 P.M. and Monday, 9:00 until service time. Memorial contributions to the Cavalry Barn Preservation Fund or Hand in Hand Hospice 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. She would tell you that “ you can live a long and healthful life as I have done.”
ANTHONY “TONY” PIETROWSKI
Tony Pietrowski, age 46, of Cottonwood Falls, KS., died Friday, November 25, 2011, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia, KS. He has been cremated. A celebration of life memorial service will be held Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at 11:00 at Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. Pastor Rick Smith will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date.
The son of Anthony and Sharon Kreiling Pietrowski, Anthony A. was born May 27, 1965, in Bristol, PA. He and Brenda Mahon were married February 20, 2004, in Cottonwood Falls, KS. He worked as a laborer at CT Systems in Cottonwood Falls.
He is survived by his mother, Sharon of Strong City; two daughters: Jean Marie Pietrowski and Jessica Lynn Pietrowski of Cottonwood Falls, KS.; five brothers: Tom Pietrowski, Gene Pietrowski, and Billy Pietroweski of PA., Jim Pietrowski of S.C.; and Charles Pietrowski of KY.; and one sister, Shari Fisher of PA. He was preceded in death by his father.
There will be no formal family visitation. Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 until 6:00 P.M. and Wednesday, from 9:00 until service time at the funeral home. Casual dress, please. Memorial contributions for an Education fund for his daughters 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.
ROBERT W. FILLMORE
Robert W. Fillmore, age 71, of Strong City, KS., died November 23, 2011, at the Morris County Hospital, in Council Grove, KS. A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, November 29, 2011, at 2:00 P.M., at the First Baptist Church in Cottonwood Falls, KS. Pastor David Hatch will officiate at the service. Interment will follow in Bazaar Cemetery at Bazaar, KS.
The son of Edward W. and Zelda Spain Fillmore, Robert Wayne was born February 26, 1940, in Cottonwood Falls, KS. He and Carol Jean Garr were married July 16, 1967, in Cottonwood Falls, KS.
He was a truck driver/rancher/farmer. He drove a truck for years,
worked at the Z Bar Ranch, managed Fox Creek Ranch for several years, and worked for Chase County Road & Bridge Department as a road grader. After his retirement in 2005, he drove a truck for Murphy Agri, and Palenski Ranch. He worked with rodeos most of his life and served as director for the Flint Hills Rodeo Association Board.
He is survived by his wife, Carol, of the home; son, Roy Wayne Fillmore, of Strong City, KS.; two daughters: Marilee Jean Brittain of Matfield Green, KS. and Lisa Marie Fillmore of Emporia, KS.; a brother, Bill Fillmore of Cottonwood Falls, KS.; six sisters: Peg Kent of Smackover, AR., Pat Donelson of Cottonwood Falls, KS., Betty Yoakem of Kennesaw, GA., Carol Sue Talley of Rockport, TX., Carla Gibb of Charlotte, NC., and Kay Kleinsorge of Buda, TX.; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and two brothers: Hop Fillmore and Gene Fillmore.
There will be no formal family visitation. The family requests casual attire for those attending the service. Friends may call Monday, from 10:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home and Tuesday, from 10:00 A.M. until service time at the church. Memorial contributions to the American Lung Association may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Messages to the family may be sent to
VICTOR L. BASTIN
Victor Bastin, 88, of Matfield Green, died Tuesday, November 22, 2011, at Medicalodge in Wichita, KS. A graveside service and interment will be held Friday, November 25, 2011, at the Matfield Green Cemetery in Matfield Green, KS.
The son of Roy L. and Victoria Mercer Bastin, Victor L., was born May 15, 1923, in Matfield Green, KS. He attended Matfield Green Schools and graduated from high school in the class of 1941.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Rhineland Battle/Campaign- Central Europe. He received the WWII Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, and three Bronze Service Stars.
He and Katherine “Kate” Yeager were married July 27, 1968. She preceded him in death in 1973.
He worked at Boeing Aircraft for years and retired after 40 + years.
He raised and raced greyhounds. His first “greyhound truck” was a two-door Model A and the dogs rode in the back seat. He liked to hunt coyotes. He and his wife traveled across the United States until she was no longer able to travel. Together, they raised a big garden and enjoyed tending to it. He was kind, but gruff, had a good sense of humor, and liked Coca Cola. He loved to play cards and meet with friends at the Hitchin’ Post in Matfield.
He is survived by his brother, Robert M. Bastin of Wichita, KS. a sister, Jean Swanson of Pawhuska, OK, a step-son, David Jeffery of Wathena, KS., two nephews, and three nieces. He was preceded in death by two sisters: Doris Cox and Hope Foose.
There will be no formal family visitation. Memorial contributions to Chase County Emergency Services Memorial Fund may be sent to Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Condolences may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
WILLIAM JERRY LONG
Jerry Long, 79, died Thursday, August 11, 2011, at his home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 22, 2011, at 1:30 P.M., at the Christian Church in the Elmdale Cemetery, Elmdale, Kansas. The Rev. Pat Ireland of the First Presbyterian Church, in Cottonwood Falls, will conduct the service. Inurnment will follow.
William Jerry Long was born October 21, 1931, to Roy James and Francis Maurine Shumate Long, in Konawa, OK. Soon after Jerry’s birth, the family relocated to Pauls Valley, OK. where Jerry’s brother, Joseph Edward was born. However, tragedy soon struck when Roy died from a massive heart attack on December 12, 1939, the day before his 34th birthday. Following his death, Maurine and her sons lived with various family members while Maurine attended secretarial school in Oklahoma City. At a very young age, Jerry took on the responsibility of looking after his mother and youngest brother. As he matured, he earned money by mowing lawns and delivering newspapers.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army on March 13, 1953, and completed basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. before being shipped over to South Korea to serve in the Korean War.
Following the Korean War, Jerry was released from active military service and transferred to the Army Reserve to complete eight years of service under the Universal Military Training & Service Act. He was accepted, under the GI Bill, to attend the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering (with distinction) and he was a member of the Pi Epsilon Tau Honors Society.
Marl Edward was born on September 28, 1958, in Norman, OK.
Following college graduation, Jerry gained employment with Cities Service Gas & Oil and his family moved to Great Bend, KS. where their second son, Gary Davis was born on April 18, 1960. Jerry’s technical and analytical skills were applied toward computer systems at Cities Service which began a long career in the computer and technology industry.
Jerry held other positions at Cities Service in Bartlesville, OK. and Warren Petroleum in Tulsa, OK, before employment with IBM where he worked until retirement. IBM relocated Jerry and family to Ponca City, OK., where Jerry worked for eight years. During this time, Jerry became active in marketing of IBM computer system products with Conoco as his major account.
While working with Conoco as a client, Jerry met Helen Caroline Dawson and the two dated for over two years before wedding on March, 10, 1973. Helen’s daughter, Melissa Ann, was born on April 15, 1968, in Houston, TX. Helen continued to work at Conoco for a total of 14 years, before the family moved to Germantown, TN. as part of an IBM job transfer. Following two years in Tennessee, Jerry, Helen, and Ann moved to Dallas, TX., where Jerry became an instructor in IBM’s Executive Briefing Program.
After all of the kids were out of the household, Jerry and Helen took a three year assignment in Hong Kong where Jerry held the position as Program Manager in the IBM Data Systems Marketing group. During this assignment, Jerry and Helen traveled to numerous Asian destinations including Kaula Lumpur, Singpore, Thailand, Jakarta, India, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Japan.
Jerry retired from IBM in 1989, after 23 years. Jerry and Helen retired at Grand Lake, OK., on a 20-acre property where Jerry could focus on his hobbies. Throughout his life, Jerry enjoyed buying and working on cars, fishing, hunting, traveling, snow and water skiing, and helping others.
Jerry was a very dynamic individual and leaves behind a strong legacy including his wife, children and grandchildren:
Mark Long and his wife, Terri, and their son, Matthew, and daughter, Emily, of Jenks, OK., Gary Long and his wife, Rebecca, and their son, Hunter, of Overland Park, KS.; and daughter, Mattie Ann Jones and her husband, Ben, and their son, Benjamin, of Mexia, TX.; and step-daughter, Ann Stokes and her husband, Lee, and daughter, Stephanie, and sons, Jordon and Tanner, of Andrews, TX. Jerry will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, Cottonwood Falls, KS. is in charge of the arrangements. Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
WILMA S. HAMILTON
Wilma S. Hamilton, age 91, formerly of Augusta, KS., died Saturday, October 1, 2011, at the Morris County Hospital in Council Grove, KS. A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, October 5, 2011, at 10:00 A.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. The service will be conducted by Pastor Young-Gil Bahng. Interment will be at 2:00 P.M., at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Buxton, KS.
The daughter of Paul and Rachel Irene Cheesman Stackley, Wilma was born on December 14, 1919, near Whitewater, KS. She graduated from Cedar Point High School and a business school. She was married to Oren Hamilton who preceded her in death in 2003. She worked for Cessna Airplane Company for over 40 years. She started as a secretary, worked as an Assistant Administrator, and served as a bookkeeper.
She was active at the Senior Center in Augusta. She and Oren were members of the Kansas Race and Game Commission and raised several race horses. She enjoyed tole painting, quilting, embroidery, and sewing and taught many classes. She made quilts for many people. She was, also, a gardener, small-time farmer, and a lover of animals. She had various livestock and small animals. She, also, enjoyed camping and fishing. She attended many barn dances.
She is survived by her brother, Richard Stackley of Cottonwood Falls, KS.; three sisters: Paula Fruci of Londonderry, NH.; Mary Rachel Van Buren of Clements, KS.,, and Marjorie Louise Scobee of Strong City, KS., and numerous nieces and nephews, and great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
There will be no family visitation. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday, 10:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. and Wednesday 9:00 until service time. Memorial contributions to the Morris County Hospital Foundation 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.
Verne Fankhauser, 83, of Elmdale, died Wednesday, September 21, 2011, at his home. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, at 10:00 A.M., at the Elmdale United Methodist Church in Elmdale. Pastor Warren Olson will officiate at the service. Burial will follow in the Elmdale Cemetery.
The son of Clarence F. and Lydia Emch Fankhauser, Verne was born August 18, 1928, at Lamont, KS. He graduated from Lamont High School in 1946. He worked in the oil fields of Greenwood County. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 until 1953. Following the service, he worked as a mechanic for Tom’s Motor Co. in Emporia before returning to the farm.
He married Betty Wilson on June 5, 1955, at Nash, OK, and they moved to a farm near Elmdale, KS., where they lived and continued to farm.
Mr. Fankhauser was a member of the Elmdale Methodist United Church in Elmdale, serving as a chairman of the board and treasurer of the trustees. He was a district director of the Kansas Farmers Union, was a member of National Farmers Union, and Chase County Farmers Union where he served as president and vice president. He served as a Chase County Commissioner, director of the Chase County Cattleman’s Association and on the ASCS board. He was a volunteer with the Elmdale Fire Department and he was a vice president and director of the Mesa Roadrunners Motorcycle Club. He served on the Chase County Water Drainage District #2 and was Republican committee chairman for the Diamond Township.
He is survived by his wife, Betty, of the home; a son, Darrell Fankhauser of Overland Park, KS.; a daughter, Carol Ann Fankhauser Kohr, of Elmdale, KS.; a brother, Loy Fankhauser, of El Dorado, KS; four grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gene Fankhauser.
The family will meet friends Friday, September 23, from 6:30 until 7:30, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Memorial contributions to the Elmdale United Methodist Church or the Chase County Senior Center 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.
J.R. “BILL” FOSDICK
J.R. “Bill” Fosdick, age 85, of Cottonwood Falls, formerly of Elkhart, died Thursday, September 15, 2011, at Holiday Resort in Emporia, Kansas. A celebration of life service will be held Sunday, September 18, 2011, at 2:00 P.M. at the First Christian Church in Emporia, KS. The Rev. Bob Colerick will officiate at the service. Burial will be Monday, September 19, 2011, at 2:00 P.M.,. at the Elkhart Cemetery, Elkhart, Kansas.
The son of Ira and Alda Parnell Fosdick, J.R. was born September 30, 1925, in Hominy, OK. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a motor machinist’s mate third class and was awarded the Point System Victory Medal, the American Area Ribbon and the Asiatic-Pacific Area Ribbon.
He married Betty Louise Matal and she died in 1982. He married Barbara Jean Thornton on June 1, 1985, in Liberal, Kansas. She survives. He worked as plant superintendent at Anadarko Petroleum at Elkhart and Liberal for 24 ½ years before retirement. He continued working, after he moved to Cottonwood Falls, as a custodian at the Flint Hills Vo-Tech School and the First Christian Church in Emporia. He was a member of the First Christian Church and the VFW in Emporia.
He is survived by three sons: J.R. Fosdick, Jr. of Spring, TX., Ira Lee Fosdick of Denver, CO., and Steven Bruce Fosdick of Liberal, KS.; two daughters: Evelyn Louise Lucas of Border, TX. and Pamela Marie Toney of Turpin, OK.; a step-son, Robert “Bob” Burright of Strong City; a step-daughter, Patti Boyer of Geneseo, IL.; two sisters: Mary Walters of Chase, KS. and Esther Thul of Ellinwood, KS.; and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John “Bus” Fosdick and two sisters: Lorene Johnson and Alta Mae “Toots” Snow.
There will be no formal family visitation. Friends may come by the funeral home Saturday, from 10:00 until 4:00 P.M. Memorial contributions to the First Christian Church in Emporia 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.
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