Dr. Charles Edwin Brackett, Jr.

0616 obit brackett bwDr. Charles Edwin Brackett Jr., former resident of Lake Quivira, passed away on May 13, 2016, at the age of 96.
He was born Portsmouth, NH, on January 26, 1920, the son of Charles Edwin and Frances Randall Brackett.
He was a graduate of Portsmouth High School 1936, Hackley School in Tarrytown NY 1937, Harvard College 1941, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University 1944. He interned at Bellevue Hospital, NYC 1945; was a Research Associate New York Medical College 1948, and served a Residency in Neurological Surgery 1945-46 and 1949-1951 at the Neurological Institute of New York . He served as Assistant Surgeon, USN in Neurosurgery at St Albans Naval Hospital 1945-1947.
In 1952, he joined Dr William P. Williamson in the Section of Neurological Surgery at the Kansas University Medical Center, serving as Professor and Chairman from 1964 to 1987 and as Research and Emeritus Professor 1987- 1995.
In 1970-1971, he served as Provost, Dean and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs {Acting} at the KU Medical Center. During this 15 months period a detailed study of the health care needs in Kansas was made with the help of various state agencies and Kivett and Myers and Perkins Wills, architectural firms. On the basis of these studies, plans were made for a new hospital and expanded educational programs for physicians, nurses and other health care workers. Studies and recommendations were submitted to the Board of Regents November 1970 in a three volume report, Education for Health Care in Kansas. A Department of Family Practice was established in 1971 with Dr Jack
He served as Treasurer and Secretary of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons 1974-1980, Vice President of the Society of Neurological Surgeons 1979, member of the American Board of Neurological Surgery 1976-1981, and the Residency Review Committee for Neurological Surgery 1981-1987. He was the author of 48 papers on Neurological Surgery and Medical Education.
Awards included the Bowen-Brooks Fellowship of the New York Academy of Medicine 1949, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Bicentennial Commemorative Medallion for Outstanding Achievement 1967, KU Jayhawker MD Award “To the faculty member who has shown the greatest devotion to his primary duty as teacher of medical students” 1979, the KU Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching 1989, Honorary Alumnus of the Year awarded by the KU Medical Alumni Association 1989, and the Distinguished Service Award of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons 1985. He treasured his exposure to over 5,800 medical students and 35 Residents in Neurological Surgery, subscribing to the old axiom that “It is the duty of the University faculty to learn from the students.”
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years, Donna Reed Rogers Brackett and his sister Jean and brother Guy. He is survived by five daughters: Pamela Hennessey of Denver, CO; Rebecca Brackett of Santa Fe, NM; Deborah Sokol of Lenexa, KS; Beth Armstrong of Overland Park, KS; and Barbara Brackett of Phoenix, AZ., as well as eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. He also leaves close friends Dr. Paul O’Boynick, Larry McMullin, and Tom D’Andrea. As Mr. McMullin says, “His amazing professional accomplishments were exceeded only by his lifetime of love for Donna and his five girls. They loved him dearly.”
Donations in his memory may be made to Wilderness Inquiry, 808 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, 612-676-9400, Email info@wildernessinquiry.org.

Maxine Justice Becker Finlen – Obituary

0616 Maxine-Becker-Finlen bw sizedMaxine Justice Becker Finlen was born January 10, 1931, in Clyde, NC, and died May 7, 2016, in Tucson, AZ. She died peacefully following a courageous struggle with Parkinson’s disease. She was 85.
Maxine Pearl was the youngest of six children born to Hearst and Lyda Mae Penland Justice. She grew up on the family farm in North Carolina until 1941, when her father moved the family to Newport News, VA, so he could take a job in the shipyards during World War II.
She graduated from Newport News High School in 1949 and took a job working at the Langley Aeronautical Laboratory (NASA) in Hampton, VA. During those years, her parents operated a boarding house that served military personnel. While helping out in the kitchen, Maxine caught the eye of a boarder, August “Gus” Zigmond Becker, a Navy sailor from Chicago. On December 1, 1951, Maxine and Gus were married.
Maxine delighted in her role as a homemaker and soon after as a mother with the arrival of two sons, Chris in 1956, and Kurt in 1959. In 1971, the family moved to Lake Quivira. Maxine loved life at the Lake. She was an active member of the Garden Club, an avid golfer and angler, and an amazing cook and hostess. Gus passed in 1983. Maxine married James “Jim” Thomas Finlen in 1986 and opened her heart and home to Jim’s five children and their families. Sunday family dinners became a treasured event at their Lake Quivira home.
In 1993, Jim and Maxine became snowbirds and divided their time between homes in Tucson, AZ, and Polson, MN. Maxine and Jim embraced life in the West and enjoyed an active life together, golfing, fishing, boating, hiking and traveling, as well as gardening and cooking. Maxine realized the longing of her heart in 2005 with the arrival of granddaughter, Amelie Grace Becker.
Although she spent most her life far from North Carolina and the Virginia shore where she grew up, she always held onto her soft southern accent. A strong and beautiful woman on the inside and out, she lived with great passion to create beauty for others. For more than four decades, Maxine cultivated her artistic talents. She always had multiple creative projects under way at the same time, awe-inspiring works of art in pottery, needlework, sewing, quilting and her beloved beads.
Maxine is survived by her husband, Jim; sons Chris (Natalie Dempsey) and Kurt (Beth); and granddaughter Amelie; sisters Polly Bailey and Louise (Ross) Ramsay; and step-children, Mary (Tom) Hutchison, Pat (Denise) Finlen, Jim (Tammy) Finlen, Kathy (OJ) Simpson, and Susan (Doug) Hotzel; as well as eleven additional grandchildren: Mike, Julie, James, Jennifer, Nick, Erin, Kelsey, Miles, Ellen, Albert and Eddie.
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Virgil Hearst Justice, Jr., James Earl Justice and Charles Edward Justice.
The family wishes to thank the caregivers at Starfish Care Homes River Ranch for all their love and support over the last eighteen months. Contributions in Maxine’s memory may be directed to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, PO Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or online at http://bit.ly/24neTwt

Fred P. Braun, Jr. – Obituary

0616 obit fred bw sizedFred died May 27, 2016 in a hard-fought battle against pancreatic cancer. Born in Philadelphia on May 18, 1934, to Margaret (Peg) and Fred Braun Sr., Freddy was the eldest of four siblings: Diane, Bruce, and Janine. Their family was poor, but their morals were strong and spiritually sound.
Fred never considered himself a scholar, but was the first in his family to pursue a higher education by graduating from Lafayette College. He served the US Army Infantry by rowing a doubles-shell and competed for, but narrowly missed, a seat on the 1955 US Olympic Rowing Team. After his military obligation, Fred broadened his education by earning an MBA from Harvard Business School on a scholarship, where he was able to continue his love for rowing on the Charles River in Cambridge. Rowing was his passion; a near daily routine lasting his entire life. At Lake Quivira alone, he logged an impressive 21,504 miles. His final mile was achieved at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve, 2015, after enduring multiple rounds of chemo and surgeries.
Fred found his true love, Marguerite (Margie) Harcourt, and they wed on June 6, 1959. Together, they had four children, Bruce (Allyson), Randy (Anne), Eric (Sarah) and Christina (Charlie). In 1972, Fred bought his first bankrupt manufacturing company on a promise and a prayer and moved his family to a small, rural farm in Parsons, Kansas. There, he successfully turned the company (TecTank) around, provided jobs for many and made a profit. He moved the family back to Kansas City in 1977 and settled down in the small community of Lake Quivira, where he could continue his passion for rowing. He joined the governor’s task force on prison reform and created the Workman Fund. This fund financed his idea to allow inmates the opportunity to work; they reimbursed the state for their room and board, earned and saved money to support themselves and their families and developed the work ethic and skills needed to help them in their future endeavors. Fred’s companies–Zephyr, Heatron, and Henke–were not only profitable, they saved lives and provided the purpose in life he desired.
Throughout the years, “Pops” was blessed with nine grandchildren, William and Andrew Braun, Kiele and Jay Braun, Noah and Isaac Braun, and Abby, Josh, and Cassie Gomer. They brought him much joy and happiness and were a blessing throughout his fight.
Not only was Fred an entrepreneur, investor, volunteer, philanthropist, rower, ecologist, over-achiever and Godly man, he was also an avid outdoorsman. World travels, beat up backpacks, dehydrated foods, iodine tablets, naked dips in lakes and streams, campfire stories and lifelong hiking buddies brought him the needed break from his business world. He passed his passion along to his entire family through numerous adventures around the globe.
When Fred was asked about his successes in life, he was known to reply, “I’m just a dumb plugger, not a quitter.” Fred was a critical thinker, financial analyst and business strategist. He taught, inspired, challenged and pushed his family, friends and employees to the brink of frustration and exhaustion. He expected everyone to perform, do their best and then do more. If he gave praise, it was earned.
Fred’s generosity was endless, and he was often heard saying, “I started with nothing and I want to end with nothing.” In the end, “nothing” is a legacy of wisdom and knowledge, respect and admiration, and an indelible footprint on countless people fortunate enough to have crossed his path throughout his journey.
Donations may be made to the Lake Quivira Foundation; or better yet, plant a tree in Fred’s memory.

Fred Braun Day/Earth Day at Lake Quivira nets tons of trash

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Between work details, Fred’s grandkids catch some rays on the sailing dock. Photo by Leslie Treas









Margie Braun (left) reconnects with  former Quivira friend  and neighbor, Pat Wahlstedt. Photo by Leslie Treas
Margie Braun (left) reconnects with former Quivira friend
and neighbor, Pat Wahlstedt. Photo by Leslie Treas









Trolling for trash - Photo by Susan Hidalgo
Trolling for trash – Photo by Susan Hidalgo

















One team finds bundles of KC Star newspapers from  January 3 under a bridge. Photo by Susan Hidalgo
One team finds bundles of KC Star newspapers from January 3 under a bridge. Photo by Susan Hidalgo

Artist demonstrates ‘taste of what’s to come’ as Beach Grill undergoes transformation

By Bruce Rimbo, House Committee

What used to be the Beach Grill. Photo by Dieter Kinner
What used to be the Beach Grill. Photo by Dieter Kinner

Artist Michael Potts says, “The “true definition of art as I see it is a VERB!” Thanks to his efforts and those of the Lake Quivira Culinary Department and House Committee, there will soon be a lot of “action” in what used to be the Beach Grill.
Used to be the Beach Grill?
That’s right. The old Beach Grill will be renamed with the help of Lake Quivira residents, who will be asked in the near future to participate in a survey and submit ideas to give the Grill a new name to go with its new look and its new offerings.
Potts will be a big part of giving it a new look. He appeared on the Terrace on April 22 to entertain diners and give them a taste of what’s to come by painting three exciting, colorful, original art pieces while Matt Shoaf played his special brand of guitar. Potts will be painting several pieces to adorn the walls of the new-look Grill.

By Dieter Kinner
By Dieter Kinner

A former Army medic, Potts had no formal art training. He always liked drawing, but never dreamed he could do it. “My parents went through a divorce when I was young, and I can remember sitting in the court room and just drawing,” he recalled.
Potts eventually took that love for drawing into the world of art in a unique, fun and entertaining way. “Most people with no experience in art, fear it,” he said. “The world can be tough on the average joe who is interested in art, but has no experience in art at all.
“Art requires a level of commitment one takes in exploring their own creativity,” Potts said. “It’s the ability to dig deep down, express yourself through a plethora of medium, and have the courage to be confident in what you find there is genuine.”
Potts, who can be found at his website pottsgallery.com, has spent the past ten years traveling the country and performing his brand of creativity in front of guests just as he did on that beautiful evening on the Lake Quivira Terrace.
He placed a totally black board on an easel in front of all the guests and began creating with strokes of mostly muted tones. Soon it became apparent that it was a scene from the famous Muhammad Ali/Joe Frazier championship heavyweight boxing match entitled the “Thriller in Manila.” Eventually, Potts added splashes of color to bring out the true excitement. reflecting not only the original event, but also the richness of the art he had just created.
Forty-five minutes later, Potts brought out another black board and began a new piece that would become a local favorite–Kansas City Royals star Mike Moustakas. The third painting was a large piece, brilliantly colored, that turned out to be the great B.B. King, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, and the man known as the “King of the Blues.”
House committee member Bryan Albers was able to convince his good friend Potts to do several original pieces to transform the old Beach Grill into a “VERB.” “I’m not sure yet what we are going to do,” Potts said. “There was talk about a super hero theme, but we’ve also talked about themes of all the fun things that happen here at Lake Quivira. So I’m not sure which way we’ll go yet.”
There will be no surprise in what to expect in the way of food, according to House Committee Chair, Mary Linda Boling.
“A new frozen yogurt machine has been ordered along with some other modest equipment changes that will allow us to have a more varied and exciting menu,” she said. “Chef Michael has been working on some new ideas that will be refined over the next few weeks so we’re ready to hit the ground running when summer begins.”
Watch for more information in future weeks regarding the new Grill and what to expect from artist Michael Potts, Chef Michael and everyone associated with the culinary department at Lake Quivira.

By Dieter Kinner
By Dieter Kinner










By Ron Bower
By Ron Bower

















By Susan Hidalgo
By Susan Hidalgo

Marketplace – May 2016

DON’T LET YOUR BOTTOM GET SCUMMY THIS SUMMER:  Dock mounted floating boat lift for Whaler or other small boat.  Keeps your boat out of the water and clean.  $400. Call 913 461-4465 for details or to view.
FLYER DELIVERY to all black boxes in LQ (385), $35. Sam Welch, 901-7193 (better to text than call).
FOR SALE: BOSTON WHALER w/ motor and trailer. Call 9`13-631-2067. $3700. 5/16
HOUSE CLEANING, ALSO PET, HOUSE TENDING IN YOUR ABSENCE: 20 years experience, residential & commercial, Q references. Burma Mealor, supervisor. 913-579-4730. 12/16
HOUSECLEANING! Servicing the Johnson County area since 2002.  LQ references/licensed/insured.  Please call/text/email today! Virginia Burnham, Owner V’s Cleaning. 913-271-3181 or vrstewartop@hotmail.com. 6/16
LAWN MOWING & YARD WORK: College student home for the summer. Free Estimates. Able to start work May 9. Zach Nason, 913-648-8740. 5/16
NEW MEMBER WOULD LIKE TO RENT DOCK. Would like to buy a pontoon boat. Would like to rent golf cart storage. Call Scott Fuller, 913-268-3398.
OFF LAKE MEMBERS LOOKING TO RENT DOCK FOR SUMMER: References upon request. Please call Josh Heinrich at 816-868-1492. 5/16
PONTOON BOAT AND DOCK: 2007 Odyssey 20 foot pontoon fishing boat.  Very nice 9 passenger pontoon with fishing seats up front and livewell. It has been completely reupholstered 2 seasons ago and looks wonderful. It also has a new stereo, speakers, depth/fish finder, and mahogany table.  I put a very low hour, Mercury 4 stoke motor on it when I brought it to the lake 2 years ago and a new prop last season.  Fires up right away and runs great.  $9500 Contact Scott Harvey 913.710.0577
PIANO TUNING: Call Bob Lee, 913-488-5807.
PROFESSIONAL WINDOW WASHING: Over 40 years experience. Insured and bonded. Free estimates. Gene Jackson, 913-593-1495. 10/16
SUNFISH SAILBOAT: $750. (913) 631-6880. 5/16
SWALM’S ORGANIZING SERVICE: Let Me Help You Get ORGANIZED! Garage, Basement, Attic, Shop Spaces, Office, Storage Units. Items sorted, boxed and labeled. Trash bagged. Donations taken to donation centers, cardboard & paper taken to recycling. 20 years’ experience. Listed on Angie’s List. For photos of current work: www.swalmsorganizing.com  913-375-9115. Tillar Swalm. 8/16
WANTED- HOUSES TO MARKET.  Will help you professionally market & sell your home (smile). Call Ellen Kelley,  Kelley Real Estate Professionals/ReeceNichols. 913.488.8798

Lake Quivira Community Ministry: The Little Church with the Big Heart – May 2016

Bing Hull
Bing Hull

By Barb Prater
Do you know what a Good Sort is? In New Zealand, there is a television station that gives a weekly prize called the “Good Sort Award” for someone nominated by a neighbor for being an all ‘round really good person, living their life in a giving way and never tooting their own horn. When I saw this segment last week, I thought about Bing Hull.
Howard “Bing” Hull grew up at Lake Quivira and has lived at the Lake for the majority of his life. He has been a Christian man all of that life and has attended LQCM for over twenty years. A few years ago Bing invited Lake Quivira Community Ministry, his family and many friends, to his 90th birthday party. Being a nonagenarian does not slow his participation in every Bible Study or his contributed insightful comments. His life career in accounting and his astute financial mind have helped LQCM distribute mission funds to many needy organizations; local, national and international. Doing for others has led him to volunteer his time at both food kitchens that we serve, CrossLines and Lazarus Table. Now he dishes up the food or pours out milk for the children, always with a smile and true concern for his fellow man. He is my idea of an all ‘round Good Sort.
Although many people joke that Mother’s Day was established by Hallmark Cards to sell more product, it was actually first celebrated at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in West Virginia. In 1905, Ann Reeves Jarvis, who had been a peace activist, passed away. For three years, her daughter, Anna Jarvis, worked to create Mother’s Day as a holiday to honor all mothers. As you enjoy a day of relaxation, phone calls, beautiful cards, brunches, lunches, dinners and family time, take time also to give a little thought and time to someone whose son/daughter/husband/etc. isn’t here. What could you do to make a memorable Mother’s Day, May 8, for someone?
Rev. Pam and Rev. Ira are splitting the schedule this month. Rev. Pam has the first two weeks.
May 1: Scripture: Acts 16:9-15; Title: “Listening Lydia”
May 8 MOTHER’S DAY: Scripture: Acts 16:16-34; Title: “Thou Shall Not Block Commerce”
May 15: Scripture: Acts 2:1-20, Acts 2:41-47; Title: “The State of the Church”
May 22: Scripture: Romans 5:1-5; Title: “Optimism and Hope”
May 29: Scripture: I Kings 18:20-41; Title: “Showdown at Mt. Carmel”
Many blessings to you. For more information, contact David Simms, LQCM Lay Leader, 913-248-8400, davidmsimms1@gmail.com.