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Joe Bailey, 87 of rural Fort Scott, died Thursday evening, April 30, 2015 at the Medicalodge Nursing Home. He was born March 20, 1928 in Fort Scott, Kansas the son of Cody and Lois Margaret (Simpson) Bailey. He married Margaret Lucille Johnston January 29, 1950 in Garland, Kansas, and she preceded him in death in February of 1992.
Joe graduated from Fort Scott High School with the class of 1946 and attended Fort Scott Community College, and then went on to Kansas State University. He served in the US Army during WWII with the rank of Staff Sergeant while serving in Japan with HQ’s Troop 2nd Squadron, and 7th Cavalry Regiment, performing duties of Supply Sergeant. Joe received the Army of Occupation Medal serving in Tokyo, Japan, and the WWII Victory Medal. He was a member of Olsen Frary Burkhart VFW Post 1165 of Fort Scott.
Joe was a farmer and rancher and owned and operated a 3,000 head commercial feedlot in the 1960’s near Garland, Kansas. He also farmed many acres of row crops including soybeans, corn, wheat, and milo.
Survivors include his son Roger Bailey of Fort Scott; a brother, Robert L. Bailey of University Park Florida, and a granddaughter, Taylor Nicole Bailey. In addition to his wife Margaret, Joe was preceded in death by his parents.
Following cremation, Lela Simpson will conduct Graveside Services for Joe 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 4, 2015 at the Memory Gardens of Bourbon County Cemetery under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral home. Military Honors will be conducted at the cemetery by the Olson-Frary-Burkhart Post 1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Detail. The family will receive friends Sunday evening May 3, 2015 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, PO Box 309, Fort Scott, KS, 66701. Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.
Aiden James Osborn, six months, passed away late Tuesday night, April 28, 2015 at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. He was born October 14, 2014 in Pittsburg, Kansas the son of Keira Dawn Lamb.
In addition to his mother, Aiden is survived by grandmothers, Angela Gode and Marie Gode of Fort Scott; great-grandmother Patricia Cowan, also of Fort Scott; two aunts, Katelynn Cowan and Danielle Gode, both of Fort Scott, and a great uncle, Joseph Cowan III.
Graveside services for Aiden will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, May 4, 2015 at the Oak Grove Cemetery, Fort Scott under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home.
Mary Alice Wescoat, 93, of Fort Scott, died Wednesday morning, April 15, 2015 at the Fort Scott Manor Nursing Home. She was born May 12, 1921 in Hiattville, Kansas and was the daughter of Jay and Gracie Marie Cnzial (Koppa) Phillips. She married Clifferd Wescoat March 29, 1938 in Girard, Kansas, and He preceded her in death April 11, 1985.
Survivors include her son James Albert Wescoat and wife Darlene of Hanford, California; two brothers, Dee Ward of Pittsburg, Kansas and, Murrel Phillips of Baldwin City, Kansas, one sister, Alpha Swaim of Webb City, Missouri; two grandchildren, Susan Borges and husband Johnny, and Steve Wescoat and wife Melissa; five great-grandchildren, and seven great-great grandchildren. In addition to her husband Clifferd, Mary was also preceded in death by her parents, a son, Harold Frances Wescoat, three brothers, Fred Phillips, Clarence Phillips and Darrel Phillips, and two sisters, Erlene Phillips and Wanda Spence.
Pastor Don Flanner will conduct funeral services for Mary at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home with burial following at the Hiattville Cemetery. The family will gather for a visitation prior to services beginning at 1:30 p.m. Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julie A. Townsend, 54 of Fort Scott died Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Missouri. She was born March 9, 1961 in Fort Scott, Kansas the daughter of Richard Donald and Norma Jean (Wilson) Fitzsimmons. She married Matthew A. Townsend May 29, 1982 in Fort Scott, Kansas, he survives of the home.
If you live your life right, you end up with an excellent story, filled with the things that brought you joy, the things you overcame, the things that made you laugh. Let’s start with the laugh. The Laugh. It was omnipresent, as if her cells couldn’t contain all the happiness inside, so it came bubbling out in the most infectious, room-filling laugh anyone has ever heard. She was simply joyous, all the time, in every situation.
They say babies cry at birth, but one has to wonder if page one of her story began with a laugh instead. Julie grew up in a three story house shaped like a wedding cake. Her parents, Richard and Norma Fitzsimmons, raised her and her brothers, David, Mike, and Kevin there, in a house that looked as happy as she was.
The things that brought her joy. Everything seemed to bring Julie joy. To choose just a handful—Matt, her husband of 32 years. They started dating in high school and never stopped looking at each other with the softness of brand new love. Mindy—her first born. A daughter who papered her walls with stars and planets, who today writes and works with insistent passion that justice is for all people. Evan—her son who inherited her easy laugh, who on the saddest day can have you guffawing, who spends his days helping people who can’t do a thing to repay him. Her family—that’s a legacy.
Some might say she couldn’t overcome cancer. In one way that’s true; her body finally said “enough.” But are you really defeated if you wake up each day determined to focus on the good in front of you?
Mustn’t forget to add stories to her list of joys. “Story Time” in particular. Julie was Fort Scott’s Children’s Librarian long enough for the first kids she read to, to have kids she read to. So many people living in this town were delighted by the stories and crafts Miss Julie prepared for them, by the hugs she wrapped them in coming and going. That is a legacy too.
Every good story contains foreshadowing—events that point to something yet to come, moments that you usually don’t notice until later. About a week before Julie left her body behind, she went to the hospital, and we all thought it was the end. So we climbed in our cars, drove to Fort Scott, sat in her room, and miracle of miracles, she got better. We visited, told stories, laughed (of course), and said all the sweet things we too often put off for another time. For a week, for the first time in a long time, it was Matt, Julie, Mindy, and Evan back in the house. It was a gift. She got to go to Easter Mass. She had a final birthday party. She had been 54 for exactly one month when she placed the final period on her final sentence. Her story however, stays. And it’s a good one.
In addition to her husband, Matt, she is survived by her daughter, Mindy Townsend of Topeka, Kansas, her son, Evan Townsend of Tulsa, Oklahoma, her Mother, Norma of Fort Scott, and 3 brothers, David Fitzsimmons of St. Robert’s, Missouri, Mike Fitzsimmons of Dallas, Texas, and Kevin Fitzsimmons of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her father, Richard D. Fitzsimmons.
Father Robert Wachter will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial, Wednesday, 10:00a.m., April 15, 2015 at the Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church, burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery. Father Wachter will pray the Rosary, 7:00p.m. Tuesday evening, April 14th at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home with a visitation to follow. Memorials may be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic School and may be sent to or left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall St., P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701. Condolences to the family may be sent to email@example.com.
Uta Ruth Natter, 52, of Fort Scott, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015 at St. Lukes Medical Center on the Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. She was born February 6, 1963 in Schweinfurt, Germany the daughter of Horst and Gabriela Khrista (Six) Natter.
Uta was the kindest, sweetest soul with the greatest heart and energy for life. She had an unrivaled capacity for unconditional love. This untimely death has taken us all by surprise but let us find comfort in knowing she was truly happy before she left this world. She was achieving her goals, living in the moment and dreaming of a beautiful future. In honor of this wonderful spirit may we all approach our days and each other with open arms and an open heart.
While you live, shine.
Don’t suffer anything at all;
Life exists only a short while
And time demands its toll.
-Song of Seikilos
Uta is survived by her children, Monica Salas, Straton Hunziker, and Devon Hunziker; two brothers, Uve Natter, and Christopher Dial; her mother, Gabriela Tuley, a grandson, Jack Salas, and her fiancé, Rick Bohlken. She was preceded in death by her father.
Uta’s request was to be taken to Harney Peak in South Dakota for her farewell so there will be no funeral service. Following cremation, friends and family are encouraged to stop in at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral home during business hours to pay respects and write in her Memory Journal. Monday, April 6 - Wednesday April 8, 2015. Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mildred Lee Lager, 78, of Fort Scott, Kansas, passed away Sunday, December 7, 2014 at St. Luke’s South in Overland Park, Kansas. She was born March 1, 1936 in Fort Scott, Kansas the daughter of Charles Lewis and Ola Marie (Williams) Lager.
Mildred graduated from Mercy School of Nursing and then received her BSN from Pittsburg State University. She worked for Southwest Missouri Mental Health Center as a Registered Nurse for eight years, and later worked at the V. A. Hospital. She was a member of Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church, and the American Legion.
Survivors include a brother, Francis Traxler of Montezuma, Kansas; and a niece, Meleia Carter, of St. Louis, Missouri. She was preceded in death by her parents, an aunt, Faye L. Williams, and long-time friend Judy Carter.
Following cremation, Father Robert Wachter will celebrate the Funeral Mass for Mildred 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church with the Rosary just prior to services at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at the Memory Gardens of Bourbon County Cemetery in Fort Scott. Services are under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, Fort Scott, Kansas. Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.
Dorcas Elizabeth Adams, 90, of Fort Scott died Monday evening, March 23, 2015 at the Fort Scott Manor Nursing Home. She was born November 16, 1924 in Fort Scott, Kansas the daughter of David and Nellie (Owen) Wilkerson. She married John H. Adams September 17, 1952 in Fort Scott, Kansas and he preceded her in death September 28, 1980.
Dorcas a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church, now known as United Missionary Baptist Church. She was a Chiefs fan and loved to watch NASCAR.
Survivors include her children, Hugh Wilkerson and wife Ramona of Mexico, Stanton Wilkerson of Las Vegas, Nevada, John D. Adams, Claude Adams, both of Fort Scott, Danny Adams and wife Michelle of Spokane, Washington, Laurence Adams of Pittsburg, Kansas, Aileen Adams Boyington of Kansas City, Kansas, and Brian Adams of Buffalo, New York; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband John, Dorcas was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Paula Sims, and Virginia Smith; three brothers, Wyatt, Skylar, and Dan Wilkerson; and a great-granddaughter, Amiyah McClenton.
Pastor George Proctor and Pastor David Lee will conduct funeral services at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at the United Missionary Baptist Church with a Visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Church, under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Burial will follow the services in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Missionary Baptist Church, and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, PO Box 309, Fort Scott, KS, 66701. Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steven A. Lotterer passed away peacefully on the morning of March 8th, 2015 after a courageous battle with liver disease at his home in Washington, D.C. Steve was born August 10th, 1957 in Fort Scott, Kansas to George S. Lotterer and Ernestine Bilyew Lotterer (Basel).
Steve graduated from Fort Scott High School with the class of 1975. Even before he graduated from FSHS, Steve was involved in the press. Steve began working in 1974 for the Fort Scott Tribune and the Marmaton Valley Sun and continued that work from Washington, D.C. until 1979 when he graduated from Georgetown University. Also during that same time, Steve served as an intern for Congressman Joe Skubitz R-KS. This work with Representative Skubitz led Steve to a longstanding career as a servant to those in public office. In 1979 Steve continued that service when he served Congressman Robert (Bob) Whittaker R-KS as Press Secretary and Legislative Assistant until 1982. Steve then began a long standing work relationship with Congressman Guy Vander-Jagt R-MI who was the Chairman of the National Republican Committee. Steve joined the Committee in 1982 where he served primarily as the Director of Chairman’s Operations and as National Committee Press Secretary.
One of Steve’s earliest and most prominent achievements was to fulfill a role as Editor of the newly created Republican Information Network which was under the direction of then President Ronald Reagan. As his work progressed over the years with the NRCC, Steve tirelessly gave his time and talent to see that many Republican candidates for Congress were successfully elected to office. This service gained Steve access to the highest in public service, including in-person interactions with President Ronald Reagan, and then Vice President George H.W. Bush as well and many others. Steve worked and attended every Presidential Inauguration from 1980 until 2004. His life work also extended internationally as he worked for the U.S. Department of State in numerous roles abroad organizing and leading citizen diplomacy programs for the Department of State and the United States Information Agency. His love of his country was how Steve made his living, and his passion for life was not only his greatest asset to the Nation but his most endearing quality to his family and close friends.
Steve’s greatest accomplishment was as a loving son, brother, uncle, and friend. Steve was preceded in death by his parents George and Ernestine. Surviving is Steve’s long-time friend of more than 30 years Ted Anderson of Arlington, VA, brother Jeff Lotterer and wife Wanda of Salina, KS, sister Shelly Minton and husband Phil of Pittsburg, KS and brother Jay Lotterer and wife Crystal of Pittsburg KS as well as many nieces and nephews.
Steve’s wishes were to be cremated. A memorial service honoring his life will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Steven A. Lotterer Memorial Fund to Benefit Debate and Forensics Students at Fort Scott High School. Contributions may be left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, PO Box 309, Fort Scott, KS, 66701. Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.
Myla O. McKenney, 84, of Fort Scott, passed away Monday morning March 23, 2015 at Mercy Hospital. She was born November 4, 1930 in Carthage, Missouri the daughter of Larkin and Huldah (Fogerson) Marshall. She married Jim McKenney March 31, 1950 in Rogers, Arkansas. He preceded her in death February 9, 1996.
Myla graduated from Carthage High School and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and PEO.
Myla is survived by her children, Mike McKenney and Pauline Hart, Craig McKenney and Dana, Mark McKenney and Cindy, Tim McKenney and Deb, all of Fort Scott, Kansas, Pat McKenney and Kathy of McAlister, Oklahoma, and Lisa McKenney-Proctor and Keith of Nevada, Missouri; a sister, Maxine Marshall-Burks of Carthage, Missouri; nineteen grandchildren, Angela McKenney, Reece McKenney, Drew Suddock, Melissa Steib, Kristina McKenney, Julie Daly, Shane Wood, Shannon Pulliam, Jami Campbell, Jayci McKenney, Lincoln McKenney, Jacob McKenney, Kenny Carpenter, Kelly Carpenter, Clinton Carpenter, Courtney Carpenter, Brandy Proctor, Samantha Proctor, and Coleman Proctor; and twenty-four great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband Jim, she was preceded in death by her parents, and a granddaughter, Parker McKenney.
Rev. Jared Witt will conduct funeral services 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, PO Box 309, Fort Scott, KS, 66701. Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pauline left this world to be with her heavenly father on Monday, March 16, 2015 at the Centerpoint Hospital in Independence, Missouri.
She was born June 18, 1922 the daughter of Bertha Alice (Moody) Bowman and Earl William Bowman. She was born near Fort Scott, Kansas and spent most of her childhood in and around Prescott, Kansas. She graduated from Prescott High School in 1939.
She was united in marriage to Kenneth Dwayne Elliott on August 6, 1939. They had four daughters and twin sons: Shirley Ann (Elliott) Hildebrand, Wanda Lou (Elliott) Vaughn, Sandra Kay (Elliott) McCollam, Cynthia Sue (Elliott) Vanarsdall, Terry Wayne Elliott, and Jerry Dwayne Elliott.
She had nineteen grandchildren, forty-six great-grandchildren, and thirty-two + great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; one son, Jerry Elliott; granddaughter Paula (Vanarsdall) Poe; a great-grandson Matthew Cubley; her mother and father; four sisters, and two brothers.
Left in passing are her four daughters, Shirley Hildebrand and husband Frank, Wanda Vaughn and husband Jimmie, Sandy McCollum and husband James, Cindy Vanarsdall and husband Jim; her son Terry Elliott; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, other family members, and many friends.
Rev. Paul Rooks will conduct funeral services for Pauline at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Grace Baptist Tabernacle with burial following at the Evergreen Cemetery, under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 1:00 p.m. prior to services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Baptist Tabernacle and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, PO Box 309, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.
On Wednesday, March 18, Richard Dale Hall passed from this life into eternal fellowship with the Heavenly Father. He was born June 3, 1922, in Fort Scott, Kansas the son of Omer J. Hall and Grace Amelia (Seaman) Hall.
A life-long resident of rural Bourbon County west of Fort Scott, he attended Bethel Grade School and graduated from Fort Scott High School in 1940.
October 14, 1945, Richard was united in marriage with Helen Marie (Moyer) at Girard, Kansas. To this union, eight children were born: sons Jerry Richard, Rex Dale, Brett Alan, Herbert William, and Damon Matthew and daughters Loretta Marie, Rhonda Lea, and Michelle Luann. There are fourteen grandchildren: Nicole Hall, Angela Hall, Leasha Galvis, Tammy Cassell, Troy Arnold, Trenton Arnold, Caleb Deck, Tyana Maiseroulle, Katie Hall, Matthew Long, Kristen Long, Ryan Long, Colby Hall, and TJ Hall, and sixteen great-grandchildren.
Richard was a farmer and rancher. He was also employed with Peerless Products of Fort Scott, retiring after twenty-seven years of employment. In addition, he was employed for over fifty-five years with the Fort Scott Sale Barn Company. After retirement from Peerless, he worked a circuit of other area cattle sales, including Paola, Gas City, and Chanute. He had served as a school board member.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; an infant son, Brett Alan; his mother and father; four brothers, John, Donald, Bill, and Everett; and two sisters, Louise Saker and Luella Brooks Martin. Those left in passing are son Jerry (wife Alice) of Decatur, Indiana, daughter Loretta Arnold (husband Dale) of Fort Scott, daughter Rhonda Deck (husband Mike) of Pittsburg, Kansas, son Rex (wife Karen) of Fort Scott, daughter Michelle Long of Pittsburg, Kansas, son Herbert of Fort Scott, and son Damon (wife Jill) of Lamar, Missouri, as well as grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other family members and many friends.
Pastor Greg Stine will conduct funeral services 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 23, 2015 at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home with burial following at the Centerville Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday March 22, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethel Community Church or Care to Share and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, PO Box 309, Fort Scott, KS, 66701. Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elizabeth Josephine Gooding, 90, of Fulton, died Wednesday morning, March 18, 2015 at the Medicalodge Nursing Home. She was born March 19, 1924 in Kansas City, Missouri the daughter of Jerome and Rose Manfredi. She married Clarence Gooding June 1, 1957 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death June 21, 2011.
Elizabeth is survived by her sons, Craig Gooding of La Cygne, Kansas, and Brent Gooding of Chesapeake, Virginia; three grandchildren, Chad Gooding and wife Amanda, Heather Wilson and husband Christian, and Christopher Gooding and wife Julie; and seven great-grandchildren, Caden, Carter, Liam, Jackson, Caroline, Eliza, and Amelia. In addition to her husband Clarence, Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Jerry, John, Nat, and Frank Manfredi, and a sister, Rosie Centonze.
Rev. Reed Hartford will conduct graveside services 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Evergreen Cemetery under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home beginning at 10:00 a.m. and will leave for the cemetery at 10:45 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, PO Box 309, Fort Scott, KS, 66701. Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.
Frank Leslie Hazlip, 52, of Fort Scott, died Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Mercy Hospital. He was born September 27, 1962 in Cushing, Oklahoma the son of Robert Monroe and Betty Joan (Sawyer) Hazlip. He married Janneane Thurlow August 19, 1989 in Olathe, Kansas and she survives of the home.
Frank worked for AT&T doing installation and repair, retiring after 32 years in December of 2013. In April of 2014 he began delivering parts for O’Reilly’s Auto Parts. Frank enjoyed spending time with his family, and was a member of the Fort Scott Nazarene Church.
In addition to his wife Janneane, Frank is survived by his sons, Benjamin Gregory Hazlip, US Marine Corps, Camp Pendleton, CA, Chad Leslie Hazlip, of Joplin, MO, and Trevor Douglas Hazlip of the home; his mother, Betty Hazlip of Cushing, OK; two sisters, Amarlis Hazlip of Cushing, OK, and Marquita Mosher and husband David of Drumright, OK; and two brothers, Monty Hazlip and wife Pam, and Trent Hazlip and wife Valerie of Stillwater, OK. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Monroe Hazlip.
Pastor Scott Moore will conduct funeral services 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the Fort Scott Nazarene Church under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday evening March 9, 2015 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Fort Scott Nazarene Church and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, PO Box 309, Fort Scott, KS, 66701. Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
June Royston, 91, of Fort Scott, died Wednesday afternoon, March 4, 2015 at Mercy Hospital. She was born June 3, 1923 in Redfield, Kansas the daughter of Glenn Gilbert and Goldie Ann (Mangold) Ruthrauff. She married John E. Royston in 1943 in Uniontown, Kansas and he preceded her in death December 14, 1988.
June graduated from Uniontown High School, and lived her entire life in the Redfield and Uniontown area. She was a farm wife and also worked for Mercy Hospital as a Nurses Aide for twenty-five years, the last ten in the OB Department. Following her retirement, she volunteered her time and talents as a member of the Mercy Auxiliary. She was a member of the Paint Creek Church of the Brethren, and the Ladies Aide & Quilting Group.
June is survived by her children, Carol Richard of Fort Scott, Martha Guilfoyle, also of Fort Scott, and John E. Royston, Jr., of Cunningham, Kansas; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. In addition to her husband John, June was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Donna Stark and Mary Shank; two sisters, Frances Beasley and Wilma Smith; a brother, Virgil Ruthrauff; a granddaughter, Desiree Royston, and Grandmother Alta Kistler, who helped the family through hard times.
William James Schafer will conduct funeral services 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 9, 2015 at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home with burial following at the Marion-Paint Creek Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy auxiliary and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, PO Box 309, Fort Scott, KS, 66701. Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.
Carson Freeman, 95, of Fort Scott, died Thursday morning, March 5, 2015 at Hillside Guest Homes. Private family services were held.
Nancy Myrick, 76, of Mapleton, Kansas died early Thursday morning March 5, 2015 at her home. A memorial service was held at the Community of Christ Church in Mapleton Tuesday, March 10, 2015 1:30 p.m.
If you ask someone who loves a person to write their obituary, it’s a struggle to stick with the usual form.
Yes, she had a name – Alice Marie (Cronk) Townsend.
Yes, there was a birth date – 29 November 1927.
And a death date, of course – 22 February 2015.
She was raised by her mother and her stepfather, Harry Easter.
And children. Six who grew up in her presence. Two miscarriages. Two who died after only hours on Earth. One who lived for 16 glorious months before the terrible fire.
Joys and sorrows, like every human life.
And you’re supposed to mention grandchildren – ten.
And great-grandchildren – thirteen.
The usual stuff that doesn’t differentiate her much from any other woman on the planet.
But what I’d like you to know is she made beauty out of scraps; out of leftovers. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren have comforters she pieced and quilted with tiny, even stitches. Her shed is filled with file cabinets filled with fabrics sorted by color. She went back to work at age 70 after her husband died. She felt left with a scrap of a life and she needed to live since she was alive. So she made new friends, sewed with old ones, drove 30 miles every week to meet with them. They sat around a quilt frame, stitched, talked, created symmetry out of squares left over from somebody else’s blouses or skirts.
And she prayed. Constantly. If someone went on vacation, she didn’t get a t-shirt. She got a rosary. Rose quartz from Taos. Koa wood from Oahu. Crystal from Alabama, Pearls from Atlanta. These would hang from her bedpost or a cross on the wall, or sit in her jewelry box. Usually, she used a plastic one that slid easily through her fingers. She loved to pray. She loved the rituals of Catholicism. She loved her God. To sum her up: she loved.
Her cancer was fast. From diagnosis to death: one month. The pain was unbearable. It is good that it is over. One day, about a week before the end, she sat in her chair and told me “I wish my mother were here.” Yes. Me too.
The Funeral Mass will take place 11:30 Friday, February 27, 2015 at Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church with burial following at the Fort Scott National Cemetery, under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. The Rosary will be 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening, February 26, 2015 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic School and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, PO Box 309, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charles Wesley Bruner, 88, of Uniontown, Kansas, died Wednesday evening, February 18, 2015 at the Medicalodge Nursing Home in Fort Scott. He was born September 4, 1926 in Uniontown, Kansas the son of Clarence Orville and Dorothy (Barnhard) Bruner. He married Mary Jane Atchison November 21, 1982 in Uniontown, and she survives of the home.
Charles was blessed to be able to maintain and operate the oldest continuous family farm in Kansas. He also was a Farmer’s Representative with the Kansas Farm Bureau for twenty-six years. He Served in the US Navy during WWII, and graduated from Missouri University. He was a member of the First Missionary Baptist Church in Uniontown, was on the Marmaton Watershed Board for fifteen years, and was a Gideon for twenty-six years.
In addition to his wife, Mary, Charles is survived by his children, Reatha Leann Juden and husband Bob of Winfield, Kansas, and Gary Clarence Bruner of Paola, Kansas; four grandchildren, Jacey R Smith, Eli Bruner, Erin Weathersbee, and Ivy Poetter, and six great-grandchildren. Charles was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Tyler Juden, who was killed in Afghanistan.
Pastor Marty DeWitt will conduct funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 23, 2015 at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Uniontown, with burial following at the Paint Creek-Marion Cemetery under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at 9:30 a.m. prior to the services until time of service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideons International or First Missionary Baptist Church and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall St, PO Box 309, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701.
Matilda Pierce (Over) Reynolds, 90, of Wichita, Kansas, died Saturday, February 14, 2015 in Wichita.
She was born on November 23, 1924, in Hagerstown, Maryland, to Ira Earl Over and Ruth (Wiebel) Over. She married George Stanford Reynolds on June 22, 1946, in Hagerstown, Maryland, and they were married for 68 years when George passed away on June 15, 2014. She was preceded in death by her brother, Ira Earl Over, Jr., and is survived by: a sister, Julia Ruth Over of Sarasota, Florida; a daughter, Dr. Sylvia Eckes and husband Alfred of University Park, Florida; six sons, Mark Reynolds and wife Virginia of Wheaton, Illinois, Dr. Nathaniel Reynolds and wife Charlene of Haven, Kansas, Daniel Reynolds and wife Carol of Wichita, Kansas, Eric Reynolds and wife Nancy of Overland Park, Kansas, Zackery Reynolds and wife Leslie of Fort Scott, Kansas, and Aaron Reynolds of Union, Washington; eleven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Matilda “Tillie” Reynolds attended Frostburg State Teachers College in Frostburg, Maryland and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1945. As a coloratura, Tillie often performed opera works as well as other classical and religious music. She later completed graduate work in education at Emporia State University. Tillie taught grade school and middle school classes in both Maryland and Kansas, and served as music teacher in several Kansas schools, while also raising a family of seven children. She sang in the choir at the First Baptist Church in Eureka, Kansas, was a member of Eastern Star and the Eureka Music Club, volunteered as a Cub Scout den leader, and was a frequent soloist in community events. She enjoyed travel throughout the United States as well as Western Europe and Russia.
Private services will be held at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home in Fort Scott, Kansas on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. Online condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.
Kenneth Eugene Milburn, 90, of San Diego, California and Fort Scott, passed away Saturday, February 15, 2015 at the Fort Scott Medicalodge. He was born December 14, 1924 in Fort Scott, the son of Aubrey Glen and Ruby Elizabeth (Gunsolley) Milburn. He married Ruth Vera Leady and she preceded him in death December 25, 2004.
Kenneth is survived by his nephew, Darrell Parker and his wife Jean, of Fort Scott, and two sisters, Lucille Arnold, of Fort Scott, and Joann Shoemaker of Minnesota; a sister-in-law, Dalea Milburn of Rolling Hills, California. In addition to his wife Ruth, Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Don Milburn and Dale Milburn.
Kenneth will be interred in the Greenwood Memorial Park in San Diego, California. Local arrangements were under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, PO Box 309, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701.