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Obituary: Robert Eugene Colvin

Submitted by Cheney Witt Funeral Home

Robert Eugene “Bob” Colvin, age 73, of Wichita, Kan., passed away Saturday June 3, 2017, at his home.

He was born on August 28, 1943 in Fort Scott, Kan., the son of George and Ruby Riley Colvin. Bob was a Veteran serving his country with the United States Navy for four years and with the United States Air Force for twenty two years. He married Ursula Knittel on April 12, 1974, in Lakeland, Ga., they were happily married for 43 years. After retiring from the military, he went to work for Boeing working and modifying airplanes. He was a member of the V.F.W Post 3115, Wichita, Kan.

Bob was survived by his wife, Ursula of the home; a daughter, Janice Enitla of Wichita, Kan.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Jerry Colvin; and a sister, Linda Adams.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday June 8, 2017, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the U.S. National Cemetery, Fort Scott, Kan.. The family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society in care of the Funeral Home P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the guest book at

Obituary: Joyce Irene Peterson

Submitted by Cheney Witt Funeral Home

Joyce Irene Peterson, age 78, resident of Rural Fort Scott, Kan., died Saturday, June 3, 2017, at her home.

She was born February 17, 1939, in Fort Scott, the daughter of Carl and Christine Low Knox. She graduated from Fort Scott High School with the class of 1957. She married Frank Peterson on September 21, 1958, in Fort Scott. She worked as a key punch operator for Western Insurance Company for several years. She then cleaned houses on her own for over 20 years. She also worked for R&R Building Supply. Joyce enjoyed sewing and crocheting in her spare time, as well as riding horses in her younger years. She never missed a Mound City Craft Festival with her daughters. She loved watching the grandkids play ball. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband Frank of the home; four children, Frank Wesley Peterson and wife Laura, Erie, Kan., Linda Jolene Wade and husband Steven, Mapleton, Kan., Flint William Peterson and wife Shannon, Nevada, Mo., and Tina Herrin and husband Gary, Devon, Kan.; 10 grandchildren, Kerri, Seth, Evan, Lindsey, Taylor, Draven, Sydney, Ry, Landry and Cooper; four great grandchildren, Bridget, Cole, McKenzie and Brooke. She was preceded in death by a brother, George Knox and her parents.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 7, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the Centerville Cemetery, Devon, Kan. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time at the Chapel. Memorials are suggested to Big Brother/Big Sisters of Bourbon County and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Obituary: Bill Eugene Kramer

Submitted by Cheney Witt Funeral Home

Bill Eugene Kramer, age 87, a resident of Fort Scott, Kan., died at his home Sunday June 4, 2017. He was born December 2, 1929, in Fort Scott, the son of James F. Kramer and Mamie Taiclet Kramer.

He married Norma Joyce Madison on September 30, 1954, in Fort Scott. He joined the United States Army in 1951 and was a Paratrooper. He worked for 17 years as a bus driver for the Fort Scott school district. Bill enjoyed listening to country music and raccoon hunting with friends and grandchildren. He was a sports fan and loved watching his kids and later his grandchildren play sports.

Survivors include his wife, Norma of the home; three children, Mike Kramer and wife, Patty, Larry Kramer and wife, Grace, and Dolores Pruitt and husband, Jim, all of Fort Scott; eight grandchildren B.J. Pruitt and wife, Kayla of Arma, Kan., Brett Kramer and wife, Erica of Fort Scott, Jake Kramer of Fort Scott, Megan Crosier and husband, Clint of Memphis Tennessee, Cole Pruitt and wife, Jaclyn of Atchison, Kan., Cody Kramer of Fort Scott, Patricia Kramer of Fayetteville, Ark., and Michael Kramer of Fort Scott; three great grandkids, Easton, Mason, and Rhett Pruitt; a sister Mary Lou Marberry; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, Jim Kramer, Charlie Kramer, Les Kramer, Bob Greene, and John Kramer, two sisters, Dorene Murrell, and May.

Rev. Chuck Russell will conduct funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday, June 9, 2017. Burial will follow at the U.S. National Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post #1165 V.F.W. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorial are suggested to Mercy Hospice may be sent to the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main St., P. O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS. 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Obituary: William Harold Thesing II

Submitted by the Cheney Witt Funeral Home

Dr. LTC Ret. William Harold Thesing II, age 80, resident of rural Fort Scott, Kan., died Monday, May 29, 2017, at Medicalodge of Fort Scott.

He was born February 11, 1937, in Hays, Kan., the son of William and Frances Honas Thesing. He was a graduate of Trego-Wakeeney High School. He obtained his B.S.N. degree in 1963 from Saint Mary’s of the Plains College in Dodge City, Kan. He served in the United States Army as a Nurse Anesthetist, retiring after 20 years of service. William was a Vietnam Veteran and received the Legion of Merit Medal, which was presented to him by President of George W. Busch. He obtained his PhD. in Healthcare in 1993 and another PhD. in Education in 1997 both from Cambridge International University, Rainbow City, Ala. In 2004, he received his Legal Nursing Consulting Diploma.

In addition to all his years in the health care field, Dr. Thesing was an accomplished pipe organist with many performances throughout the United States and Europe while on active duty. He also played for church services and was a vocal tenor for church music performances. While in Oklahoma, he also co-owned Jim’s Restaurant for 15 years. In Fort Scott he was involved in several organizations including a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, and the V.F.W.

Survivors include two sisters, Eleanor Skroh and husband Wilbur, Montpelier, Idaho, and Berniece Shank, WaKeeney, Kan.; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Beatrice Thesing; two brothers, Henry and Leonard Thesing; and his parents.

Father Robert Wachter will conduct the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 5, at the Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Fort Scott. The Rosary will be prayed at 10 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Ellis, Kan. Military Honors will be provided by the United States Army Honor Guard. Memorials are suggested to the Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

FSCC Hosts Volleyball Camps, Competes in National Rodeo Finals

Submitted by Heather Browne

FSCC Volleyball Program to Host Summer Camps

The Fort Scott Community College Volleyball Program will host several camps this summer to help students who wish to develop or enhance fundamental volleyball skills. The camps will be held at Arnold Arena at the FSCC campus.

Kids’ All Skills Training Camp

The Kids’ All Skills Training Camp, open to students grades 3 – 6, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon June 20. Emphasis will be placed on form and movement training for passing, hitting, setting and other skill areas. The campers will work in small groups with a great camper-to-coach ratio. The fee is $15 and includes a t-shirt.

7th – 12th Grade Skills Training Camp

The volleyball camp for students in 7th-12th grade will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20. The camp will focus on fundamental skills, mental training and efficient ball control skills during game situations. The fee is $15 and includes a t-shirt.

College Prep Camp

The College Prep Camp is designed for high school athletes who would like to play volleyball in college. This camp will take place 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21. Emphasis will be placed on fundamental skills, mental training and efficient ball control skills during game situations. The fee is $30 and includes a t-shirt.

Payment is due at the beginning of each camp. Camp shirts will be guaranteed only for those who preregister. To preregister, please visit For more information, please contact Lindsay Hill, FSCC Head Volleyball Coach, at 620-223-2700, ext. 7220 or

FSCC Students to Compete at College National Finals Rodeo

Members of the Fort Scott Community College Rodeo Team will compete at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in Casper, Wyoming, from June 9 to 17.

FSCC Rodeo Team. Submitted by FSCC

More than 400 students from universities and colleges across the United States will compete at the CNFR. Representing FSCC will be Cooper Belt (steer wrestling), Cory Brown (bareback riding), Colton Delgado (bareback riding), Layne Graham (bareback riding), Wyatt Miller (team roping and calf roping), Mat Swaim (saddle bronc riding), and Trey Ahring (bull riding).

“It’s exciting to take this group of students to the national competition this year. We knew it would be a tough year for us to take a team, and this group really pulled together and motivated each other,” said Chad Cross, FSCC Head Rodeo Coach.

Going into the last rodeo of the season, the men’s team was in third place in the Central Plains Region. The weather that weekend ranged from snow to rain. Despite these challenges, the team persevered and earned the reserve championship title, qualifying them to advance to compete at the national level.

“The students had to work hard and push each other during the last few rodeos so that they could place in the top two teams to qualify,” said Cross. “I’m glad to see these students compete in Casper. It has truly been a pleasure to see them grow and achieve their goals.”

For more information, please contact Chad Cross at 620-223-2700, ext. 7020.

Kansas State Extension Newsletter: A Great Meeting

Submitted by: Carla Nemecek, Southwind Extension District Director & Agent

One of K-State Research & Extension’s signature methods to disseminate information and to evoke learning is through “having a meeting.” We’ve all put on, or attended, lots and lots of meetings. And, if I’m being honest, those meetings haven’t all necessarily been successful, great meetings. Over the years, I have attended my share of meetings, and today I am going to share what I believe makes for a “good meeting.”
Having the right topics would seem rather obvious, and for that reason, I am not going to go down that track. I will assume that you have the appropriate topics and the right people to make presentations. So, given that, what else can one do to make for a great meeting?

Publicize. Make certain the right people know about the meeting. Tell those people who come in contact with your target audience about the meeting. Even if you don’t expect a professional within your community to attend, you still want them to know about it so that they can pass it on to their clientele. Good examples might be the banker, implement dealer, clergy, social worker or anyone who tends to come in contact with those you hope to see at your meeting. Make sure those individuals have all the info they need to promote your upcoming meeting to their clientele. Make a list of persons you believe the meeting will be most beneficial to, and then stick your neck out and make a personal contact with those individuals to let them know that you want them there. Putting an article in the paper or an announcement on the radio may not be enough. Personal contact is so much more powerful. And, to do these things, you have to believe in your work, and be enthusiastic about your bringing this information or learning opportunity to your intended audience.

Meeting place. Make sure you have chosen the best place for the meeting. Can the room be set up for the best possible learning environment? Does your intended audience find the meeting place to be inviting and comfortable?

Setting the stage. Is the emcee fully prepared to welcome the audience and to introduce the speakers? Giving strong introductions for a speaker and the topic can set the stage for that speaker to have an even better learning experience. Letting the audience know why they made the right decision to be there on that day, and that they will be learning about topics of importance to them also sets the stage for a great meeting. Make certain you know how to pronounce the speaker’s name. It is less embarrassing to ask the speaker before the meeting, than to mispronounce a name in the introduction. And know something about the speaker in introducing them. Again, helping the audience to become familiar and excited about the speaker is the most important job of the person making the introduction.

Be positive. Above all other things, as a speaker or as the emcee, you should be totally positive. No matter if the visual equipment breaks down, or the PA system acts up, great speakers find some way to remain positive and enthusiastic for why they are there. They do not lay blame on others, but rather search for solutions. No matter what happens, people expect positive.

And, if you are the emcee or organizer, you have to be as interested as anyone with the content of the program. As courtesy to the speaker and to those you invited, you too must exhibit an interest in the information being presented. When it is time for questions, you should be prepared with a couple questions if no one in the audience is willing to speak up.

This column is intended to get you thinking about the things you can do to set the stage and create great meetings. As much as some would like to believe technology could replace the need for a meeting, humans will always have that social need for learning together. As professional educators, we have the obligation to make those learning experiences the best they can be. For more information, find Southwind Extension on the web,

Obituary: Dorothy Ellen Todd

Submitted by Cheney Witt Funeral Home

Dorothy Ellen Todd, age 87, a resident of Fort Scott, Kansas, passed away Friday, May 26, 2017, at her home.

Dorothy Ellen Todd

She was born February 11, 1930, in Fort Scott, the daughter of Clarence B. Sackett and Mary Jane Crystal Sackett. She married Allan Todd on November 2, 1946. Dorothy had worked as a nurse for Mercy Hospital for many years. Dorothy was known for her kind and generous personality. In earlier years, she had volunteered her time for the Red Cross, CASA and Mother to Mother Ministries.

Survivorss include a daughter, Linda Toepfer, of Fort Scott, one son, Matthew A. Todd, and wife Ellah, of Independence, Mo.; three granddaughters, Shelly Edwards, of Leawood, Kan., Kerri Bohlken and husband, Randy, and Kendell Mason and husband, Steve, all of Fort Scott; five great-grandchildren, Alex and wife Holli, and Ashton Mason, Lane and Max Bohlken and Jessica Amico and husband, Joey; and a great-great-granddaughter, Lucy Mason. Also surviving are three brothers, Billy Sackett, of Rocky Ford, Colo., George Sackett, of Olathe, Kans., and Kenneth Sackett, of Park City, Kans. and three sisters, Bonnie Reid, of Topeka, Kans., Fran Brillhart, of Tampa, Fla., and Lorrene Henningsen, of Fort Scott. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Leroy Sackett, and three sisters, Ally Faye Sackett, Pansy Hill and Betty Sackett.

At Dorothy’s request, her body has been donated to the University of Kansas Medical Center. A celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held at a later date. Burial will take place in the Paint Creek Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at