Category Archives: Obituary

Obituary for Ruth Ann Sickles

Obituary for Ruth Ann Sickles

Ruth Ann Sickles, age 55, a former resident of Ft. Scott, and more recently of LaHarpe, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at her home in LaHarpe. She was born October 27, 1962, in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, the daughter of Ralph A. Crawford, Sr. and Hazel Ellen Webber Crawford. Ruth married Roger L. Sickles on February 14, 1983. While living in Ft. Scott, Ruth had worked as a waitress for Boone and Dauben and also the Sale Barn Café. She later did spraying work for Green Touch.

Survivors include a brother, Ralph A. Crawford, and wife, Shelly, of Excelsior Springs, Missouri; a half-sister, Candie Horton of Topeka, Kansas and Adryan and Landen Nading who affectionately called her Aunt Ruth.

Rev. Trena Cooper will conduct funeral services at 7:00 P.M. Monday, January 22 at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Following funeral services, there will be cremation. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 5:00 P.M. until service time at the chapel. Services 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 Karen Marise Young

Obituary for Karen Marise Young

Karen Marise Young, age 61, a resident of Joplin, Missouri, passed away Friday, January 19, 2018, at her home in Joplin.

She was born September 24, 1956, in Ft. Scott, Kansas, the daughter of Will Henry Sharp and Alta Mae DeMoss Sharp. Karen attended Ft. Scott Schools and later went on to receive a bachelor degree in Social Work from Missouri Western. She had been employed as a correctional officer at a youth detention center in Atchison, Kansas, for twenty years. She enjoyed reading and doing crafts and will be remembered for her fun-loving personality.

Survivors include her three children; Ezell Douglas Young, of Arlington, Texas, Cypress Shawon Alexander, of San Diego, California and Wade William Young, of Tacoma, Washington and six grandchildren, Keegan Alexander, and Wade Andrew, Elisha, Benjamin, Jonathan and Marcus Young.

Also surviving are her mother, Alta Sharp Cummings of Ft. Scott; a brother, Kirk Sharp of Ft. Scott and three sisters, Margaret Holt of Joplin, Missouri, Zsa Zsa Williams of Springfield, Missouri and Debra Salami of Ft. Scott. She was preceded in death by her father.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Tuesday, January 23 at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Services 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 Of David Richard McArthur

 
David Richard McArthur, age 72, a resident of Fort Scott passed away Monday, January 15, 2018, at his home.
He was born February 16, 1945, in Pratt, Kansas, the son of Kenneth McArthur and Crystal Colby McArthur. David was in the Navy and served his county during Vietnam. He married Janice Vaughn in Manteca, California on February 16, 1985.
He was an avid stamp collector and loved to read, watch movies, and play video games. He enjoyed doing cross stitch, working with his hands, telling jokes and tease. David loved spending time with his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife Janice, of the home; son Matthew McArthur, and wife Holly, of Reno, Nevada; two step-daughters, Darlene Hallford, and husband Dennis, of Eldorado Springs, Missouri, and Melissa Smith, and husband Paul, of Nevada, Missouri; a sister Cindy Spink, and husband Russell, of Norman, Oklahoma; ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a step-daughter, Lisa Vaughn.
 
There was cremation. Pastor Ben Heffernan will conduct memorial services at 1:00 P.M. Thursday, January 18, 2018, at the Bethel Community Church. Burial will be held later at the U. S. National Cemetery. Memorial are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association and may be left in the 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 cheneywitt.com.

Obituary Of Jake Underwood

Jacob H. “Jake” Underwood, age 98, a former resident of Uniontown, KS, and more recently of Ft. Scott, KS, died Monday, January 15, 2018, at Medicalodge of Ft. Scott.  He was born on July 6, 1919, on the family farm in Uniontown to Jay and Hazel McKinnis Underwood.

Mr. Underwood graduated from Uniontown High School in 1936 and Fort Scott Community College two years later.

In July of 1941, he was called to serve in the military.  For three years he was stationed at Camp Polk in Louisiana with the 7th Armored Division.  Before leaving to fight the war in Europe, he married Doris Patterson on May 9, 1944.  They were married until her death in 2002.

He was shipped to Belgium in 1944 with the 106th Infantry and was captured in the Battle of the Bulge.  He was a prisoner of war in Bad Orb Prison Camp in Germany from December 1944 and was liberated in April of 1945.

After returning to civilian life, he began his career as the County Clerk and later became the business manager for the Fort Scott School District where he faithfully served for 35 years.

Mr. Underwood was an active community member both in Fort Scott and Uniontown.  At the time of his death, he belonged to the Uniontown United Methodist Church and Ruritan.  Jake was proud to be a lifelong Democrat.  He was truly an example of the “Greatest Generation” – proud veteran, devoted family man, and dedicated civic leader.

He is survived by two daughters: Susan Karleskint, Uniontown, and Mary Gregory and husband Brad, Bolivar, MO; sister-in-law’s Janice Patterson of Fort Scott, and Erma Patterson of Atlanta; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, and a niece in Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Doris Underwood, daughter, Ruth Ann Burleson, brother, Gilbert Underwood; and brother-in-law’s, John and Byron Patterson.

Rev. Connie McKee will conduct funeral services at 10:30 AM Saturday, January 20, at Uniontown United Methodist Church.  Burial will follow in the Uniontown Cemetery.  Military honors will be provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post #1165 V.F.W.  Memorial are suggested to the Uniontown United Methodist Church and may be left in the care of Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S Main, Fort Scott, KS.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

 

Obituary Of Oka Clinesmith

 

Oka Ola Hare Clinesmith, age 98, of Fort Scott, passed away on January 13, 2018, in Columbia, MO.

Oka was born to Andrew Jackson Hare and Mae Johnston Hare in 1919 on a Bourbon County farm south of Fort Scott. She attended Katt School and Fort Scott Junior High before moving with her family to Tribune, Kansas. She graduated from Tribune Senior High School and married Carl Benjamin Clinesmith. They moved to Emporia, Kansas, where she attended Emporia State for one year while Carl taught music in Pretty Prairie. When Carl was called to duty in the Army Air Force Oka moved to Wichita and worked for Boeing. After the war, they returned to Fort Scott where she lived for over 70 years. Here they raised two children, Carl Benjamin Clinesmith, Jr. and Kaye Adele Clinesmith Miller.

Oka worked as the secretary and was assistant to the pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Fort Scott, from 1951 – 1985 while Carl taught band, choir and orchestra for Fort Scott Public Schools and Junior College. Oka served as a deacon and elder of the church, sang in the choir and was a member of the United Presbyterian Women. She was a private clarinet teacher and later enjoyed playing clarinet in the Fort Scott Civic Orchestra. She was a member of P.E.O.

Oka was a textile artist creating remarkable treasurers including braided rugs, English smocked music boxes, eggs and bells, and elegant petit point angels and Santas. And anyone who knew Oka will miss her practical and indispensable scrubbies.

Oka is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Carl, and her three sisters Eda Ruth Hare, Leta Mary Hare and Georgia Anne Hare Chesney. She is survived by her children Carl Benjamin, Jr. and his wife Kathleen of New York, NY; Kaye Adele Clinesmith Miller and her husband Bill of Columbia, MO; and their families including grandchildren Ellen Clinesmith (Jon Carr) of Uncasville, CT; Sarah Miller Coats (Kourtney Coats) of Enid, OK; Karen Miller Lutgen (Keith Lutgen) of Minneapolis, MN; and great-grandchildren Ryan Clinesmith, Wesley Coats, Wyatt Coats, Lucy Lutgen and Greta Lutgen.

Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. with a memorial service following at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Fort Scott, Kansas, on Saturday, January 20, 2018, with Rev. Dr. Jared Witt officiating.

Interment will be at the Fort Scott National Cemetery at a later date. The family suggests memorial contributions to First Presbyterian Church, Fort Scott, Kansas, or the Fort Scott Presbyterian Village Good Samaritan Fund. Donations may be sent to or left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, PO Box 309, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at konantz-cheney.com.

 

Obituary Of John David McTheeney

John David Mc Theeney, age 67, a resident of Fort Scott, passed away Thursday, January 11, 2018, at Mercy Hospital Fort Scott, Kansas.
 
He was born on November 21, 1950, in Neelyville, Missouri, the son of Andrew Washington Mc Theeney and Elise Mae Curtis Mc Theeney.
John married Aletha Kyle on May 28, 1988, in Garnett, Kansas. 
He worked as an over the road trucker, enjoyed working on cars and restoring buildings. He especially loved spending time with his family and had a way that made each one of them feel like they were his favorite. 
He is survived by his wife, Aletha of the home, two sons, David Andrew Mc Theeney of Mound City, Kansas, and Herbert Mc Theeney of Fort Scott, Kansas, three daughters, Tanya Mae Kilgore and husband Mitchell, Brenda Mc Theeney, and Lisa May Mc Theeney, all of Fort Scott, Kansas, two brothers Ernie Roberson and Carlene of Joliet, Illinois, and William Roberson, of Seguin, Texas, six grandchildren, Tyler Roberson, Patients Roberson, Madison Roberson, Natalie Roberson, Kimberly Mc Boone, and Kyrain Logan, and one great grandchild.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Rob Roberson, a brother Johnny Roberson, and three sisters, Fay Nickelson, Annie Favorite, and Connie Shelton. 
Rev. Chuck Russell will conduct funeral services at 2:00 pm Monday, January 15, 2018, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. 
Cremation will follow with private family burial at a later date. 
The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 3:00 pm Sunday at the Cheney Witt Chapel. 
Contributions are suggested to the Sharing Bucket and may be left in the care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347 Fort Scott, Kansas 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Obituary Of William Andrew Heckman

William Andrew “Bill” Heckman, age 85, a resident of Bronson, Kansas passed away Thursday, January 11, 2018, at his home in Bronson. 
He was born January 17, 1932, in Hepler, Kansas, the son of Andrew Joseph Heckman and Mamie Leah Dunbar Heckman.  He married Pat Judd on August 17, 1972. 
Bill constantly kept busy.  He did farm work as well as mechanic work for many years.  He also mowed yards. 
 
Survivors include his wife, Pat, of the home; a son, Dustin Heckman of Lansing, Kansas and a daughter, Stacy Moore and husband, Rex, of Redfield, Kansas; five grandchildren, Alisa, Tyler, Dalton, Shelby and Hannah and a great-granddaughter, Kendall.  Also surviving are two brothers, Ether Spencer, and wife, Marsha, of Girard, Kansas and James Heckman and his wife, of California; two sisters, Frances Tewell, of Girard and Thelma Koons of Huntington Beach, California. He was preceded in death by an infant son, William Heckman, Jr., two brothers, Newton Spencer and Albert Heckman and a sister, Elizabeth Judd.
 
Rev. Marty Dewitt will conduct funeral services at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, January 17 at the Cheney Witt Chapel in Ft. Scott.  Burial will follow in the Paint Creek Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M. Tuesday at the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, Kansas.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.