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Obituary: Jerry Lee Russell

Jerry Lee Russell, resident of Marionville, Mo., died early Friday, June 9, 2017, at Cox Medical South in Springfield, Mo.

He was born on March 23, 1940, in Natoma, Kan., the son of James and Ruth Selbe Russell. He drove a truck for most of his adult life. He also worked for the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Department for more than nine years. He married Linda Richardson on August 26, 1993, in Fort Scott, Kan. Jerry enjoyed fishing, line dancing, classic cars, playing guitar and his chickens and dogs. He was a great cook who made delicious lasagna. He was known to joke around now and then. He loved his family and was always ready to lend a helping hand when needed.

Survivors include his wife Linda of the home; nine sons, Steven King and Tina, Kansas City, Kan., Mark King and wife Jamie, Kansas City, Kan., Frank Russell, MS, Greg Russell, Lansing, Kan., Todd Russell and wife Michelle, Topeka, Kan., Shawn Shockley and wife Lori, Traverse City, Mich., John Saldivar, Fort Scott, Travis Shockley and wife Debbie, Fort Scott, and Dalton Russell, Marionville, Mo; four daughters, Sheila Kennedy and husband Tim, Chanute, Kan., Carla Glover and husband Bob, Chanute, Kan., Rhonda Roalson and husband Chad, Whitefish, Mt., and Rayma Gegg, Altamont, Kan.; eight brothers, Leo Russell and wife Vesta, Natoma, Kan., Jesse Russell and wife Mary, Newton, Kan., Dennis Russell and wife Judy, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Bob Russell and wife Linda, Leavenworth, Kan., Wayne Russell and wife Jean, Fort Scott, Don Russell and wife Linda, Fort Scott, Chuck Russell and wife Delene, Fort Scott, and Kevin Russell and wife Teresa, Fort Scott; 36 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Russell; three brothers, Les, Joe and Jim Russell; two sisters, Rita Russell and Louise Roy; and his parents.

Rev. Shawn Shockley and Rev. Chuck Russell will conduct funeral services at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery, Fulton, Kan. The family will receive friends prior to the service at 1 p.m. Thursday. Memorials are suggested to the Jerry Russell Memorial Fund 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: Euegenia Ronnette Vincent

Submitted by Cheney Witt Funeral Home

Eugenia Ronnette Vincent, resident of Hiattville, Kan., died Thursday evening, June 8, 2017, at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kan.

She was born July 7, 1967, in Fort Scott, Kan., the daughter of Ronald and Dorothy Ham Brown. She graduated from Pittsburg State University with an accounting degree. She married Pat Vincent on August 22, 1986, in Fort Scott. Ronnette worked in accounting for Key Industries for 13 years. In 2002, she began working for Mid-Continental Restoration until present. She enjoyed reading novels, taking walks and spending time with her family. She was Hiattville 4-H Community Leader, Bourbon County Farm Bureau Board, leader of Bourbon County 4-H Junior Leaders, Bourbon County Extension PDC and Uniontown FFA Advisory Committee member. She was a member of the Hiattville United Methodist Church, serving as church treasurer.

Survivors include her husband Pat of the home; a son Luke Vincent and Heather, Carl Junction, Mo.; a daughter, Katelyn Meiwes and husband Joe, Moran, Kan.; brothers Ronald Brown, Jr., Kansas City, Mo., and Keith Brown and wife Julia, Fort Scott; sisters Melinda Collins and Dave, Fort Scott, and Sheila Eastwood and husband Tim, Drexel, Mo.; her father, Ronnie Brown, Sr. and step-mom Beverly Brown; step-grandmother, Dora Page; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Ham-Moore; and an infant brother, David Brown.

There was cremation. Rev. Don Flanner will conduct memorial services at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 14, at the Hiattville United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Hiattville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 Tuesday evening at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to either the Hiattville United Methodist Church or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Patty LaRoche: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody

Once upon a time

There were four men named

Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done

And Everybody was asked to do it.

But Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.

Anybody could have done it.

But Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry about it

Because it was Everybody’s job.

Everybody thought that Anybody could do it

And Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody

And Nobody did the job

“That Anybody could have done in the first place.” Author: anonymous

When my husband, Dave, coached baseball in Brooklyn, N.Y., he found himself working with a few youngsters who had found ways around performing their duties. One such person, nicknamed “Eddie Haskell” after the troublemaker in the “Leave It To Beaver” sitcom, was notorious for expecting someone else to do his job.

Let me give you some context. In pre-game practice, it is expected that yesterday’s pitcher is “on the bucket.” That means that during batting practice that pitcher stands behind a screen at second base. When balls are hit to the outfield, those players throw the ball to the “bucket guy,” who fills the bucket. When the batting practice pitcher gets low on balls, the bucket guy refills his basket. On Eddie’s assigned day, he was M.I.A. and another pitcher was doing his job…until the end of practice, that is, when he sauntered out of the clubhouse. Dave asked where he had been. Eddie appeared surprised that Dave noticed. “Doing my weight work” was not the answer Dave hoped for. In his opinion, everyone was to do more than expected, never less.

Ephesians 6:5-8 makes that clear: Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.

Any work we do should be done with excellence, no matter if we are being watched or not. Rick Warren echoes this idea in “The Purpose Driven Life” when he writes, “Work becomes worship when you dedicate it to God and perform it with an awareness of his presence.” Mowing the lawn. Driving a semi. Teaching a class. Cleaning a toilet. Reading to a child. Being on the bucket.

No one respects the person who works only when the boss is watching. The day after Eddie failed to do his job, Dave called all the pitchers together before the game and told them they all needed to thank Eddie. “Eddie somehow missed the bucket yesterday, so he has volunteered to be on it for the next three days.” The players applauded and cheered.

Well, except for Eddie, that is.

Grass Carp and Algae Control for Ponds

Submitted by Christopher Petty

Grass Carp

Grass carp, a fish species native to Asia, feed on aquatic plants and filamentous algae. Grass carp are biological tools used to control nuisance growth. Grass carp stocked into Washington lakes must be certified disease-free and sterile. Fish farmers create sterile fish (called triploids because they have an extra set of chromosomes) by subjecting fish eggs to temperature or pressure shock. Testing verifies that grass carp are sterile. Lake managers use grass carp to control the excessive growth of aquatic plants. Grass carp exhibit definite food preferences and consume some aquatic plant species more readily than others. Grass carp may control filamentous algae, although filamentous algae is not a preferred food. Grass carp may eat aquatic plants before eating filamentous algae. Some reports indicate that adding grass carp to a lake may promote the growth of other algae.


Pond owners can remove filamentous algae from the water using a sturdy rake with a rope attached to the end. The operator throws the rake into the water and pulls the rake and filamentous algae to shore. Compost the algae and use it in the garden. Raking is effective for small areas of filamentous algae but is time consuming and labor intensive when controlling larger areas. In addition, filamentous algae grow back quickly and may move around the water body through wind and wave action. Sometimes raking becomes a never-ending chore during summer months. Also, raking cannot remove blue-green algae and many other types of algae.

For more information on pond weeds, join the K-State Research and Extension –Southwind District for an informational pond weed meeting at the Yeager Building, located on the Bourbon County fairgrounds, in Fort Scott, Kan. This meeting featuring K-State Research and Extension Wildlife Specialist Charlie Lee and sponsored by Miller Feed and Farm, will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday June 8. A ten dollar registration fee, payable at the door will cover meals and materials. Please preregister for a meal by calling 620-223- 3720 or e-mailing Southwind Extension District Agent for Livestock Production and Forage Management Christopher Petty at

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