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Pauline Bloom, 94, formerly of Fort Scott, died early Sunday morning, October 11, 2009, in Mesquite,
Texas. She was born October 12, 1914 in Claremore, Oklahoma the daughter of Abner Baker and
Nancy (McAtee) Lunsford.
Survivors include her daughter; Shirley Culp and her husband Harold of Balch Springs, Texas, a
grandson; Kevan Culp of Mequite, Texas, eight grandchildren; Nathan Culp, Sam Culp, Monica
Brockman, Kylee Culp, Dusty Scott, Raven Culp, Mike Book, and John Irwin, and a great-great
granddaughter; Alexa Culp. She was preceded in death by two husbands; Lawrence Cowan and
John Bloom, four brothers; Lawson, Ray, Roy and Harry Lunsford, three sisters; Alpha Dellert, Flora
Ham, and Helen Bruton, two grandsons; Pete Culp and Darryl Culp, and a granddaughter; Sherise
Graveside services for Pauline will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 18, 2009 at the Uniontown
Cemetery. Family and friends will meet at 1:00 p.m. at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall
Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701, prior to service. Online sympathies may be emailed
to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JoAn Elouise Knodel, 75, of Fort Scott, Kansas, died Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at the Fort Scott
Manor. She was born January 2, 1934 in Watson, Minnesota, the daughter of Alton Alexander and
Edna Adella (Minsaas) Hinn.
She is survived by her son; Anthony ‘Tony’ Knodel, Fort Scott, Kansas, her daughter; Stefanie
Elwood, Torrance, California, three sisters; Patricia Hinn, Fort Scott, Linda Moen, Fort Scott, and
Sheila Godade, Minot, North Dakota, a brother; David Hinn, St. Cloud, Minnesota, and a grandson;
Following cremation, memorial services will be held in Granite Falls Minnesota at a later date,
with interment at the Saron Lutheran Cemetery. Local arrangements are under the direction of the
Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701.
Online sympathies may be emailed to the family at email@example.com.
Delbert Readinger, 74, formerly of Fort Scott, more recently of Nevada, Missouri, died
Wednesday afternoon, October 14, 2009 at the Nevada Regional Medical Center.
Father Darrin May will recite the Rosary at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2009 at the
Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:30
p.m. until 8:00 p.m. following the Rosary service.
Harold George Stevens, 86, formerly of Fort Scott, died Sunday morning October 18, 2009 at the
Garden Terrace Nursing Home in Overland Park, Kansas. He was born March 21, 1923 in Rapid City,
South Dakota the son of Jesse Lloyd and Mary Etta (Zenor) Stevens. He married Dorothy Mae Ann
Kirkpatrick September 14, 1946 in Klamath Falls, Oregon. She preceded him in death September 18,
Harold served in the US Navy Seabees from 1943 until 1946. He Owned Mid America Welding
Supplies and retired from there in 1978, and then owned Stevens Golf Carts and Equipment until his
retirement in 2005. He was active in Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, and VFW. He was an avid
golfer and was a member of the Fort Scott Country Club, and he was a member of the Presbyterian
He is survived by his two daughters; Randy Reed of Shawnee, Kansas, and Robin Cope of New
York City, New York, four grandchildren, two sisters; Opal Wagner of Broomfield, Colorado, and Grace
Corbin of Klamath Falls, Oregon, and a brother; Kenneth Stevens of Bethel Island, California. In
addition to his wife Dorothy, he was also preceded in death by a son; Roger Stevens, a sister; June
Olsen, and two brothers; Larry Stevens and Clement Stevens.
William James Schafer will officiate funeral services 1:30 p.m. Friday October 23, 2009 at the
Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, with a visitation beginning at 12:30 p.m. prior to services. Burial will
follow at the Fort Scott National Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted at the cemetery by the
Olson-Frary-Burkhart Post 1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Detail. Online sympathies may
be emailed to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOROTHY MAY TRITES
Dorothy May Trites, 82, of Fort Scott, died Friday night, October 23, 2009 at the Guest Home
Estates. She was born February 12, 1927 in LaHarpe, Kansas the daughter of Albert L. and Etta
Lou Tinsley Alumbaugh, and was raised in the Bayard and Moran, Kansas area. She graduated
from Moran High School and worked at Aeroparts at Wichita, waiting for her fiancé, Edwin John
Trites to return from service overseas, in the China, Burma and India area. In March 1945 he
returned to his home in Moran on a thirty day leave and on March 9, 1945 they were married in Iola,
Kansas. He preceded her in death May 31, 2005.
She was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since April 17, 1957 and
served on the Board in various capacities and on the Finance Committee for several years. She
was active in the Anna Bender Guild and the Disciple Women’s Fellowship and was treasurer for
several years. She worked for the Western Insurance Company for 29 years, retiring in June 1986
from American States Ins. Co.
She is survived by a son, Don Trites and his wife, Venita of Lenexa, Ks., a daughter, Vicki Brown
and her husband, Mike of Fort Scott, four grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. In addition
to her husband Edwin, she was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, Roy Cecil, Russel
Howard, Verle Albert, Verne Eldon and Paul Donald Alumbaugh and two sisters, Edna Fay
Alumbaugh Sayer, and Helen Opal Dell Bolin.
Rev. Reed Hartford will conduct funeral services for Dorothy Trites at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October
27, 2009 at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Fort Scott National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church and sent to or left in the care of the Konantz-
Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall St., P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Ks. 66701.
Terry Dwayne Feldhut, infant son of Delbert Ray and Crystal Suzanna (Keith) Feldhut, of Fort Scott,
was stillborn early Saturday morning, October 31, 2009.
Survivors include his parents, his maternal grandparents; Bill and Ruby Keith, of rural Fort Scott,
paternal grandmother; Bobbi Burtness of Shelby, Montana, paternal grandfather; Roy Feldhut of
Mulberry, Kansas, and several aunts and uncles.
His uncle, Brian Keith, will officiate graveside services 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 4, 2009
at the Centerville Cemetery. Family and friends will meet at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home at
10:00 a.m. and leave for the cemetery at 10:30.
Shirley Geraldine VanMeter, 88, of Walnut, Kansas, died Wednesday morning, November 4, 2009 at
the Fort Scott Manor. She was born November 11, 1920 in Redfield, Kansas the daughter of George
Garfield and Clara Mae (McCollum) Neth. She married Charles Francis VanMeter July 26, 1941 in Fort
Scott. He preceded her in death April 24, 1979.
Shirley owned and operated the Porterville Upholstery Shop and the Porterville Machine Quilting
Shop. She loved her family, and loved to garden, fish, read, sew, and do needlework, as well as quilting.
She enjoyed crafting and woodburning also.
She was the secretary/treasurer for the Porterville Community Center, and the Porterville Help-A-
Hand Club. She also was on the board for Rosedale Cemetery Association as Secretary/Treasurer for
She is survived by her children; Charles J. VanMeter and Marie of Walnut, KS, Linda L. VanMeter,
also of Walnut, KS, and Judy Micus and Michael of Neodesha, KS, six grandchildren; Jeffery Glen
VanMeter of Morrow Bay, CA, Christian Michael VanMeter of Joshua Tree, CA, Katrina Marie Guindon of
Riverside, CA, Maria Christine Hailey of Lakeville, MN, Amber Jean Billquist of Tonganoxie, KS, and Amy
Jo Marlow of Wichita, KS, and fourteen great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Charles, she
was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters; Beulah N. Holt, Dora E. Hall, and Echo Mae
Russell, one brother; Holland Neth, and a son; Tony Mack VanMeter.
Rev. Paul Babcock will conduct funeral services 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 7, 2009 at the
Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home with burial following at the Rosedale Cemetery. The family will receive
friends from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday evening November 6, 2009 at the funeral home. Memorial
contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association and may be left in the care of the Konantz-
Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701. Online condolences
may be emailed to the family at email@example.com.
LaDonna Maxine DeLaney, 63, of Fort Scott, Kansas, died Wednesday, November 04, 2009 at the
Medicalodge of Fort Scott. She was born September 13, 1946 in Independence, Kansas, the daughter
of Donald Bengerman and Nora Madeline (Ewing) DeLaney.
Survivors include a daughter; Donna Jean Carson of Fort Scott, a son; Stephen Allen Foss of Fort
Collins, Colorado, a sister; Jean Nicoles of Fort Scott, four brothers; Martin Claspill of Seattle,
Washington, Larry DeLaney, of Nevada, Missouri, Douglas DeLaney, of Louisburg, Kansas, and Donald
DeLaney of Fort Scott, and three grandchildren; Megan Smith, Malachi Foss, and Shané Carson. She
was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers; Eugene Claspill, Ronald DeLaney, and Marvin
Claspil, and one sister; Virginia Ewing.
Jim Casselman will conduct funeral services 1:30 p.m. Monday, November 9, 2009 at the
Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, with burial following at the Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial
contributions may be made to the LaDonna DeLaney Memorial Fund and left in the care of the
Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701. Online
condolences may be emailed to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.