Category Archives: Obituary

Obituary of Otis Wayne Atkins

Otis Wayne Atkins of Nixa, Missouri, passed away peacefully on April 15, 2021, surrounded by his loving children and grandchildren. Wayne was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, on January 11, 1944, to Ola Wilma Owens and Otis F. Atkins. He had one sister, Coleen Leavel. Wayne attended public schools and graduated from Appleton City High School in Appleton City Missouri in 1961.

Wayne earned a football scholarship and attended Fort Scott, Kansas Community College from 1961-1963. From Fort Scott, Wayne attended Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Missouri, on a football scholarship from 1963-1965. Wayne returned to Fort Scott in 1965 after college and went to work for Mid-Continental Restoration Company. He had loved the time spent in Fort Scott while going to college and was happy to return. He worked in the waterproofing industry from 1965-2018 when he retired from Atkins Weatherproofing, a family business.

In 1971, Wayne met and married Karen Mabery, a hometown Fort Scott girl. They had two children: Karalee Michelle Taylor and Frank Dewayne Atkins, both of Nixa, Missouri. Wayne was a loving father to both of his children. He never missed a school function or sporting event for his kids. They will always remember their father as their biggest cheerleader. He was a doting grandfather to Madison, Tru, and Kelby. AND, an adoring great-grandfather to Sophie, Taxen, and Asher. He took pride in everything his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren did and accomplished.

Wayne had a special relationship with Karen’s family. He considered Frank and Faye Mayberry as his other parents. He loved them dearly. He felt a special bond with the entire Duncan “clan.” He had loving aunts in Lois and Ruth and hunting buds in uncles Hurschel and Livian.

Wayne Atkins was a hard-working man who dearly loved his family. They WERE his life and his greatest accomplishment. All he achieved was for his family. Wayne was a man who didn’t ask for much and appreciated all he had. He was a great example to the men who he worked with in his younger years and to his employees in his later years. He worked hard and taught by example. He was a gentle man who never raised his voice to make his point. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Graveside services for Wayne will be 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at Memory Gardens under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Center and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W Wall St., P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at konantz-cheney.com.

Obituary of Raymond McIntosh

Raymond Claude McIntosh, age 83, was born at home, December 9, 1937, in Freedom Township, Bourbon County, Kansas, and died April 10, 2021. He died in a car crash returning to Buffalo, KS where he lived.

He married (1), Ida Rae Staten, December 18, 1959 in Pleasanton, KS, later divorcing. Their 4 sons were: Donald Ray and Daniel Dean, both of Bourbon Co., KS; David Scott and Debbie of Buffalo, KS and Cecil Earl of Phoenix, AZ. Raymond married (2), Delores Elaine “Hamilton” Owen, June 18, 1994. She brought to the marriage three children: Janet Sue Owen, Jeff Ronald Owen and Jack Allen Owen. Raymond was especially close to Jack Owen and his son.

Raymond was a high school graduate of Blue Mound, KS High School and took many educational and technical classes through the years. He was known to read advanced math books in his leisure. His intelligence, love of music, keen insights and love of all animals greatly impressed those around him, though he was a bit of a recluse. Raymond held various jobs (selling sewing machines, building boats and farm work) before his long-term job with the prison system of Phoenix, AZ. He then moved to the Los Angeles area of CA, building bridges, and finally worked with the Water Dept. of Buffalo, KS. Raymond was a member of the Carpenters Union of St. Louis-Kansas City.

He is survived by his first wife and their four children and two stepchildren of the second wife; many grandchildren and nieces and nephews; his brother: Gary McIntosh of Iola, KS and his sister: Linda Lou Heidner of Lawrence, KS and his first cousin of Mapleton, KS: Edith “Chaplin” Post and Howard. Passing before him were his brothers and a sister: Robert Louis, Richard Earl; William Edwin and Patricia Ellen Schwepker; and his parents: Nora Ellen Atherton and Earl Edwin McIntosh; and first cousins: Iren, Charlie, George and Cecil Chaplin. At life’s end, Raymond’s dog, Ellie, who survived the accident, was his constant companion. He will be greatly missed.

Cremation has occurred and a Graveside Service is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. May 1, 2021, at the Maple Grove Cemetery under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, Fort Scott, Kansas. Memorials should be directed to, ‘Your Community Foundation’ for the benefit of animals (a special account established by Raymond); Box 44, Iola, KS 66749, or may be left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701. Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at konantz-cheney.com.

Obituary of Agnes Post

Agnes Post, 96, of Fort Scott, passed away Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Diversified Care in Chanute. She was born September 22, 1924, in Moran, Kansas, the daughter of Elmer E. and Susie Agnes (Judge) Norman.

Agnes worked as a Nurse Aide for Mercy and also at area nursing homes.

Survivors include her daughter, Vickie K. McWilliams, of Redfield, Kansas; three sisters, Thelma Main, Bernice Bryson, and Faye Yockey; two grandchildren, Norman Bockover, and Robin Kerr; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Harold Norman, Glen Norman, Marvin Norman, and Tommy Norman; two sisters, Marvelle Blackburn, and Othie Norman; and a grandson, Robert Kerr.

Chub Boling will conduct graveside services at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 10, 2021, at the Uniontown Cemetery under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at konantz-cheney.com.

Berta LIdia Rodriguez-Sanchez

Berta Lidia Rodriguez-Sanchez, age 71, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Saturday, April 3, 2021, at the Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas.

She was born April 28, 1949, in Morazan, El Salvador, the daughter of Elijio Rodriguez and Antonia Sanchez.

Berta immigrated to the United States in 1983. She lived in Georgia and worked in the area’s poultry processing facilities.

In 2010, she moved to Ft. Scott, Kansas to be near her family who own and operate La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant.

Berta was a woman of faith and a devout Catholic.

She enjoyed playing cards and dominos. She also enjoyed watching the news and keeping up with world events as well as watching soccer games.

Survivors include her daughter, Mirna Santana and husband, Jose and her son Melvin Castillo, and two grandsons, Roger and Allen Rodriguez, all of Ft. Scott.

Also surviving are three brothers and five sisters.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Ramon Rodriguez.

Funeral services and burial will take place at a later date in Gainesville, Georgia.

Local arrangements are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, Kansas. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Obituary for Ivan “Big Ivan” Gary Folsom Sr.

Ivan "Big Ivan" Gary Folsom Sr.

Ivan “Big Ivan” Gary Folsom Sr., of Deerfield, Mo passed April 2, 2021. Ivan was born on June 7, 1946, the son of Isom and Viola Folsom.
Big Ivan was a family man that enjoyed spending time out in the wilderness.
He was in the West Gate Lodge No. 438 as a Worshipful Master.
He is preceded in death by both his parents, Isom and Viola Folsom; six brothers; one sister and grandson Nate D. Folsom.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Becky Folsom; daughters Tammy (Brian) Miller, Samantha (Carl) Bebee and Christine (Richard) Folsom-Fleig Sr.; son Ivan Gary (Stacey) Folsom Jr.; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one foster grandchild, two brothers and one sister.
There will be a Visitation Saturday, April 10 from 9-10 AM, with a funeral service starting at 10 AM at Maple Hill Funeral Home, Kansas City, KS. Burial will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery.

Obituary of Elsie Sellen

Elsie Jean Sellen, 93, of Fort Scott, passed away Monday morning, April 5, 2021, at Guest Home Estates, Fort Scott, Kansas. She was born June 16, 1927, in Whiting, Kansas, the daughter of Clifton and Grace (Koger) Belden. She married William Walker Sellen July 13, 1947, in Topeka, Kansas, and he preceded her in death June 14, 2015.

Elsie graduated from Whiting High School in 1945. She graduated from Clark’s Business School in Topeka, Kansas and went on to manage a restaurant, a deli, and a hearing aid company. She was a member of the Wakarusa Presbyterian Church, and attended the First United Methodist Church in Fort Scott. Elsie served as Worthy Matron of the Beulah Chapter of O.E.S. of Carbondale, Kansas, and she sang with the Sweet Adelines in Topeka until she was 80 years of age and sang with them at Carnegie Hall.

Elsie is survived by her children, Patricia Harry and husband Steve of Fort Scott, Kansas, Richard Sellen of Olathe, Kansas, Marcia Sellen and husband Richard DeVoe of Gladstone, Missouri, and Pamela Miller and husband Ross of Houston, Texas; six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband William, she was also preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Minnie Belden, and a brother, Walter Belden.

Following cremation, Rev. Steve Cole will conduct memorial services 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 12, 2021, at the First United Methodist Church in Fort Scott under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home.

Elsie will be buried with her husband William in the Spring Hill Cemetery in Whiting, Kansas.

Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at konantz-cheney.com.

Obituary of Edward E. Coulter

Edward “Ed” Earl Coulter, age 72, resident of Farlington, KS, died Monday, April 5, 2021, at his home. He was born July 3, 1948, in Greenfield, MO, the son of Clarence Earl Coulter and Mary Elizabeth Call Coulter. Ed lived in Ft. Scott, KS, for 55 years working as a mechanic and tree trimmer. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to the races, and working on cars.

Survivors include 5 children, Tammy Eaton and Dennis, Mariann Mackley and Norman, Eddie Joe Coulter and Kelly, Lance Coulter and Erin, and Tony Ogle; 19 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; 6 siblings; and special friend Wilma Wittenberg. He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Coulter; daughter Tonya Belle; 5 siblings; and his parents.

Pastor Randy Coulter will conduct graveside services at 10:00 AM Friday, April 9th, in the Rosebank Cemetery, Mulberry, KS. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 Thursday evening at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Ed Coulter Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main St., Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Obituary of Thora Shinn

Thora May Shinn, age 94, a former resident of Iola, Kansas, and more recently of Uniontown, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at the Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas.  She was born March 5, 1927, at her grandparents’ home south of Bronson, Kansas, the daughter of Roy Nichols and Mabel Watson Nichols.  Thora graduated from the Bronson High School with the Class of 1944.  Following high school, Thora took the train to Kansas City and worked for a time at Fred Harvey’s Restaurant in Union Station.  She married her high school sweetheart, James O. Shinn on January 24, 1946, after he returned home from serving in World War II.  They later settled in Iola, where Jim worked as a barber and Thora worked as a phlebotomist at the Allen County Hospital.  Thora enjoyed genealogy and compiled several books of family history on both her family as well as her husband’s side of the family.  She also enjoyed bowling.  Following Jim’s death on October 30, 2011, Thora moved to Uniontown to be near her son, Alan, and his family.  She attended the First Missionary Baptist Church of Uniontown.
Survivors include her sons, Alan Shinn and wife, Becky, of Uniontown, Kansas and Jack Shinn, of Pittsburg, Kansas, six grandchildren, Kevin Shinn (Diana), of Uniontown, Kansas, Melissa Gage (Jason), of Louisburg, Kansas, Crystal Shinn, Brett Shinn (Miriah), Tabitha Shinn and Amber Sanchez (Matt), all of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and ten great-grandchildren, Emily Jefferies (Austin), Holly Richwine (Dylan), Lauren Shinn, Brayden, Bryce and Brock Gage, Blade and Aiden Feather, Nichole Schwermer and ShiAnne Sanchez.  Also surviving is a brother, Don Nichols of Wichita, Kansas.    In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Mark Shinn, and two sisters, Reta Jones and Margaret Ruckman.
Rev. Marty Dewitt will conduct graveside services at 2:30 P.M. Wednesday, April 7th at the Turkey Creek Cemetery north of Uniontown.  The family will receive friends at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Uniontown on Wednesday from 1:00 P.M until leaving for the cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to the First Missionary Baptist Church or the Bronson Alumni Association at FSCC and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Obituary of Kevin Bryan Shelton

Kevin Bryan Shelton, age 56, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, March 30, 2021, at his home.

He was born May 14, 1964, in Arlington Heights, Illinois, the son of John Newton Shelton and Geraldine Marsh Shelton.

Kevin had been employed by Smico Norvell, Klein Industries and later for Ft. Scott Greenhouse.

He liked tinkering with electronics and enjoyed HAM radio.  He also enjoyed woodworking and fishing.

 

Survivors include his mother, Geraldine Shelton of Ft. Scott; four brothers, Larry Shelton (Cathy) of Ft. Scott, Steven Shelton (Roxanne), of Woodstock, Illinois, Darryl Shelton (Deb), of Gardner, Kansas, and Don Shelton (Terri) also of Ft. Scott and a sister, Sharon Shelton of Ft. Scott.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Shelton and two brothers, Michael Shelton and James Shelton.

 

There was cremation.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to the Kevin Shelton Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Obituary of Edward Dalton

Edward Everett “Ed” Dalton, age 87, passed away on March 30, 2021 in Louisburg, KS.  He was born on February 3, 1934 in Mapleton, KS to Ruth (Cook) Dalton & Thomas W. Dalton.

He attended Fort Scott Schools and worked at the Western Insurance/American States Insurance Companies, retiring in 1989 after 31 years.

He married Shirley I. Robinson in 1954.  She passed away in 1969.  He married Gloria A. (Stanley) Huff in 1974.

Both Ed and Gloria had 2 children, so they became a family of 6.

While living in Fort Scott, he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving as both a deacon and an elder.  He was a former member of the Masonic Lodge and the Lions Club.

He was proud of his military service having been in the Army and stationed in Germany and France from 1956-1958 as part of a heavy equipment battalion to rebuild Europe after World War II.

He was small in stature but big in heart and loved by many.  Upon retirement, he and Gloria moved to Olathe, KS to be near their children and grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time with his family and supporting his grandchildren in various sports and activities.

He is survived by his children Suzanne Hughes and her husband Mark of Monument, CO: Brenda Douglas and her husband Mark of Edgerton, KS; Greg Dalton and his wife Shelly of Louisburg, KS, and grandchildren Chris (Moira) Beveridge, Jake (Amanda) Douglas, Jared (Chloe) Douglas, Amberly (Aaron) Ramsey, Hannah Dalton and Thomas Dalton, as well as his brother Ron Dalton of Olathe, KS and several nieces and a nephew.

He was preceded in death by his wife Gloria, his daughter Penny Wicken, his brothers Robert, Charley and Floyd and sisters Margaret and Roberta.

Rev. Chuck Russell will conduct funeral services at 12:30 AM Friday, April 2nd, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Private family burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery, Ft. Scott, KS.

The family will receive friends from 11:30 until service time Friday at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials may be made in Ed’s honor to Olathe Health Hospice or the American Lung Association and left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main St., Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Obituary of Marilyn Barker

Marilyn Margaret Barker, age 76, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 26, 2021. She was born on January 17, 1945 in Parsons, KS to Roy Emil Tarvin and Alice “Evaleen” Duffield Tarvin.

Marilyn is survived by her husband, Melvin Eugene Barker of Fort Scott, KS; two sons and one daughter, Mark Eugene Barker and wife Renea of Johnston, IA, Paul Leroy Barker and wife Tammy of Peculiar, MO, and Ruthanne Renee Arace and husband Mike of Kansas City, KS; two sisters, Edwina Brennon of Erie, KS and Jackie Cross and husband George of Parsons, KS; four grandchildren, Ethan William Barker, Ellie Elizabeth Barker, Tessa Margaret Barker, and Isaac Eugene Barker, and numerous nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Betty Jo Collins and Carolyn Evel, brother David Tarvin, two brothers-in-law, Dale Evel and Jim Sexton; and two sisters-in-law, Gwen Tarvin and Mary Allen.

Marilyn was devoted to her earthly home and her faith. She combined her love of Jesus and children in owning and operating the Sunbeam Christian Preschool for over 30 years. In addition, she worked with children and youth in church. She was a member of First Sothern Baptist Church. During her walk on earth, Marilyn modeled living her life for the Lord with devotion and love to her family who look forward to being reunited with her in heaven.

Matt Hamilton will conduct the Celebration of Life service at 11:30 AM Friday, April 9th, at First Sothern Baptist Church, Fort Scott. Private burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:30 AM until service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to First Southern Baptist Church and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, KS 66701. With respect to the families wishes please wear a mask or face covering if attending and refrain from attending if you are experiencing any COVID symptoms. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Obituary of Rosa Buras

Rosa Marie Buras, age 86, a resident of Fort Scott, Kansas, passed away Saturday, March 27, 2021, at the Medicalodge of Fort Scott.

She was born November 27, 1935, in Liberal, Missouri, the daughter of George Garrison and Ruth Arline Harper Garrison.

She graduated from Fort Scott High School.

Rosa married George Anthony Buras III, on July 28, 1990 in Fort Scott.

She worked at White Grill and later as a nurse’s aid at Fort Scott Manor.

She was a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, and the Cherry Grove Baptist Church.

Rosa enjoyed flowers, gardening, and loved to travel.

She is survived by her sister, Marilyn Gerhardt, and husband Jerald Sr., of Miami, Oklahoma, and four nephews; she is preceded in death by her husband, George, her parents, three brothers, Melvin, Claude, and Roy Garrison, and two sisters, Lucy Taylor and Alta Kramer.

Rev. Ken Ansell will conduct graveside services Monday, April 5, 2021 at the U.S. National Cemetery.

Memorial are suggested to the Cherry Grove Baptist Church and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.