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 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.
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.
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
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.
URSULA W. WIELDENMANN BATTEN
Ursula Batten, age 60, of Dwight, Kansas, died Wednesday, January 18, 2012, at the Morris County Hospital in Council Grove, Kansas. Services will be held Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 11:00 A.M., at the Living Word International Ministries, 1704 St. Mary’s Road, Junction City, Kansas 66441. She has been cremated.
The daughter of Werner and Louise Heidt Wieldenmann, Ursula was born May 5, 1951, in Mannheim, Germany. She married Kenneth F. Batten, Jr. on October 1, 1969, in Mannheim, Germany. She was a Lutheran and a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband of the home; two sons: Kenneth F. Batten, III. of Fort Carson, CO. and Sascha Allen Batten of Indiana, PA.; a daughter, Mona Louise Batten-Prickett of Kansas City, KS.; six grandchildren: Christopher Wallace, Tyler Batten, Mikayla James-Beard, Sarah Prickett, Kya Batten, and Kolby Batten; and one great granddaughter, Kira Beard. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845 is in charge of arrangements. Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
PHYLLIS ANN GRIZZARD SOUKUP
Phyllis Soukup, age 67, of Cottonwood Falls, KS., died Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at the home of her brother in Cottonwood Falls. The daughter of Curby and Helen Potocnik Grizzard, Phyllis was born July 12, 1944, in Savannah, GA. She and Raymond A. Soukup were married in 1975, in Minneapolis, MN. He died in 1981. She was a homemaker. Cremation has taken place.
She is survived by her son, Bradley A. Soukup of Cottonwood Falls, KS.; two brothers: Jim Grizzard of Cottonwood Falls, KS. and John Grizzard of Scottsdale, AZ.; MaryJo Menke-Grizzard of Virginia, MN.; and two grandchildren: James M. Soukup and Bradley A. Soukup, Jr. of Cottonwood Falls, KS. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls is charge of arrangements. Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
MARY A. SAMS SAWYER PIPER
Mary Piper, age 86, of Cottonwood Falls, KS., died Saturday, January 7, 2012, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County, in Cottonwood Falls. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, January 10, 2012, at 2:00 P.M., at the Greenwood Cemetery in Council Grove, KS. The Rev. Young-Gil Bahng, of the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church will officiate.
The daughter of Dewuain and Pearl Mae Mcdiffett Sams, Mary was born August 15, 1925, at Parkerville, KS. She married Roy Sawyer on January 30, 1941, in Cottonwood Falls. He preceded her in death in 1975. She married Milford Piper and he preceded her in death in 1989. She was a certified nurse’s aide and worked at Marion Manor for 12+ years. She, also, ran a restaurant and was a co-owner of a bar in Marion. She was a Baptist. She was a member of the V.F.W. and American Legion in Marion. She was an avid dancer and could do almost anything she wanted to do.
She is survived by a son, Robert D. Sawyer of Marion; a daughter, Sandra “Sandy” Miller Long of Cottonwood Falls, KS.; a step-son, William G. Sawyer of Prairie Village,KS.; a step-daughter, Carolyn Phillips of Olden, KS.; 21 grandchildren; and 20+ great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Randy G. Sawyer;a step-son, Clarence Sawyer, brother, Dewuain Sams; a sister, Valda Neumeyer; four grandchildren: Troy Sawyer, Chelsea Spicer, Brian Miller and Jaden Sawyer.
There will be no formal family visitation. Friends may call Monday, from noon until 6:00 P.M., and Tuesday, from 9:00 until noon, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Memorial contributions to the Florence United Methodist Church, Cottonwood Falls 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.
GEORGIA M. BROWN HAILEY
Georgia Hailey, age 68, of Elmdale, Kansas, died Monday, December 26, 2011, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia. A rosary will be held and conducted by Marvin Brown on Thursday, December 29, at 6:30 P.M., at St. Anthony Church in Strong City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, December 30, 2011, at 2:00 P.M., at St. Anthony Church. Father Harold Schneider will officiate. Burial will follow in Elmdale Cemetery.
The daughter of George M. and Mary Catherine Schneider Brown, Georgia Marie was born December 28, 1942, in Emporia, Kansas. She married Alvin Hailey on November 21, 1964, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olpe, Kansas. She worked as a secretary at Peoples Exchange Bank in Elmdale for 14 years. For 17 years, she and Alvin cared for 37 foster children, and she was the Elmdale Postmaster for 12 years. She worked with the Healthy Start Program through the Chase County Health Department.
She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. She was a member of the Altar Society, sponsored CYO, and taught catechism. She had the city books for Elmdale Cemetery and for Elk Cemetery. She was active in the Hymer Women’s Group who planned various celebrations for the Hymer community. She worked with 4-H and was a “crafter” who made rosaries, sewed, and helped out whenever there was a need. She was a ticket seller at the Flint Hills Rodeo for over 30 years.
She and Alvin attended their grandchildren’s activities as often as possible.
She is survived by her husband, Alvin, of the home; one son, Jeff Hailey and his wife, Kim, of South Sioux City, NE.; one daughter, Tonia Gonzales and her husband, Robert, of Wichita, KS.; four brothers: Marvin Brown of Emporia, KS., David Brown of Quinlin, TX., Virgil Brown of Olpe, KS., and Mike Brown of Redmond, WA.; five grandchildren: Cathryne and Stefanie Gonzales, Jordan Green, Dallas Gonzales, and Cody Ellis; one great granddaughter, Kendylle Green.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, George Brown.
The family will meet friends, following the Rosary, at St. Anthony’s Hall until 8:00 P.M. Friends may call at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home Thursday, from 9:00 until 4:30 P.M. and at St. Anthony Church from 5:00 until 6:30 and following the rosary until 8:00.
Memorial contributions to the St. Anthony’s Hall Renovation Fund 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.
LENA L. DEWOLFE
Lena Dewolfe, age 94, of Bonner Springs, died December 25, 2011, at the Bonner Springs Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Bonner Springs, KS. A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, December 29, 2011, at 2:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls, KS. Cremation will follow the service.
The daughter of Joseph M. and Iva A. James White, Lena was born July 8, 1917, in Strong City, KS. When she lived in Emporia, KS., she worked at the Broadview Hotel in the laundry and in the Reebles Bakery. She and Harold E. Dewolfe were married in Cottonwood Falls. He preceded her in death October 10, 1978.
She is survived by a son, George White, of DeSoto, KS.; one brother, Earl White, of Wichita, KS; one sister, Dorothy Martin, of Stockton, MO., four grandchildren; 16 great- grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by five brothers: Harold, Charles, Henry, Clarence, and Jack White; and four sisters: Dottie Nichols, Mildred Hale, Marguerite Jones, and Myrtle Aurvater.
There will be no family visitation. Friends may call Thursday, from 10:00 until service time at the funeral home. Messages may be left at /www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
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