Category Archives: Obituary

Obituary of Angela Clark

Angela Jo Clark, age 50, a resident of Chanute, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.
She was born November 25, 1968, in Ft. Scott, Kansas, the daughter of Richard Francis Pent and Janice Ilene Smith Pent.  Angela graduated from the Ft. Scott High School with the Class of 1987.
She married Kevin Clark on June 3, 2006, in Ft. Scott.  Angela worked as an insurance customer service representative for Epoch Group and then Cobalt.  She was currently employed by Cognizant.
She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren and trying to beat her husband, Kevin, at Phase 10.  She also liked to read romance novels and make regular shopping trips to Wal-Mart.
Survivors include her husband, Kevin, of the home; her son, Mitchell Pent and wife, Rebecca and their daughter, Kairi, of Park City, Kansas; her two daughters, Kelsey Grubb and husband, Sam, and their child, Sammy, of Ft. Scott, Kansas; and Amber Ripple and husband, Steven, and their children, Olivia and Maverick, also of Ft. Scott; two step-sons, Jerry Schultz and wife, Lisa, and their children, Hunter, Haydon, Libby, Jessica, Jordan, Mercedes and Koltan, of Ft. Scott; Steven Schultz and his daughter, Danyelle, of Chanute and a step-daughter, Amanda Wolfe and her children, Breana, Chloe, Caleb, Tanner and Mason, of Chanute, Kansas.  Also surviving are her mother, Janice Pent, of Ft. Scott, a brother, Patrick Pent, of Gardner, Kansas and two sisters, Ronda Eastwood of Overland Park, Kansas and Tracy Jordan, of Hamilton, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her father and a brother, Richard Pent, Jr.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Monday, April 29th at the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 P.M. Sunday afternoon at the Cheney Witt Chapel.  Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association 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 David Bird Ashcraft

David Bird Ashcraft

David Bird Ashcraft, age 72, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at his home following a brief cancer illness.  He was born April 23, 1946, in Wichita, Kansas,  the son of Jay Ashcraft and Helen Ashcraft.  He married Sharon Colvin on January 25, 1978.  Dave owned and operated his own business, Ashcraft Pest Control, for over fifty years and which continues on today.  Dave grew up in Silverton, Colorado where he participated in cowboy reenactments for tourists and loved all things western and Native American including collecting arrowheads and Indian artifacts and watching old westerns on tv.   He also enjoyed hunting, especially elk hunting during his many trips to Silverton and Durango, Colorado.  Dave was known for his kindness, generosity and friendly personality. He loved people and never met a stranger.  Dave especially loved his family and spending time with them.  We will miss our dear Papa.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon, of the home; five children, Margie O’Dell, of Pittsburg, Kansas, Jocie Clary and husband, Tim, of Smithton, Missouri, Shelly Shelton and husband, Dale, of Ft. Scott, Kansas, Tammy Pruitt and husband, Terry, also of Ft. Scott and David Allen Tauber and wife, Casey, of Rogers, Arkansas; thirteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are two brothers, Dan Ashcraft, of Wichita, Kansas and Richard Ashcraft, of Topeka, Kansas and his loyal canine companion, Tug.  He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Becky Tauber and Ruth Ann Ashcraft.

Following cremation, a memorial service will be held at 1:30 P.M. Monday, April 22nd at the Cheney Witt Chapel.  A graveside service will be held at a later date in the Centerville Cemetery near Devon, Kansas.  Memorials are suggested to Care to Share 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 Suzanne Street

Suzanne Street, 72, of Fort Scott, passed away at her home Saturday evening, April 13, 2019.

She was born June 27, 1946, in Fort Scott, Kansas, the daughter of Carl S. and Martina D. (Kirker) Street.

Suzanne graduated from Fort Scott High School with the Class of 63. She also attended and graduated from Pittsburg State University, and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She held a BA in Foreign Languages, and an MA in Spanish. She taught for forty years in Rich Hill, Missouri; Chanute, Kansas; Holden, Missouri; Tonganoxie, Kansas; Iola, Kansas, and Fort Scott, retiring in 2013.

Suzanne managed the bookstore at the Fort Scott National Historic Site and did volunteer work. She was a member of Area Women Educators (AWE), Iola Symphony Orchestra, and Fort Scott Area Orchestra. She traveled to several European countries with students and family.

Suzanne is survived by her sister, Carla J. Felt, of Fort Scott; nephew Carson Felt and wife Morgan, and great-niece Ryker Felt, all of Fort Scott.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Following cremation, the family will have a Celebration of Life Visitation Thursday evening, April 18, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home.

A private family interment service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Care to Share, and 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 submitted to the online guestbook at konantz-cheney.com.

Obituary of Mary Alice Wallace

Mary Alice Wallace, age 92, a resident of Forsythe, Missouri, passed away Friday, April 12, 2019, in Forsythe.

  She was born January 21, 1927, in Hartville, Missouri, the daughter of Efton Newton and Velma Gladys Fuge Newton.

 She married William Arthur Wallace on December 14, 1945, in Springfield, Missouri.

Bill and Mary made their home in Wichita, Kansas for several years.  Bill’s job with KG&E moved their family to Ft. Scott, Kansas in 1961.  While in Ft. Scott, Mary worked for Rosebrough’s Shoes and later for Newman Young Clinic.  She was a member of the Community Christian Church in Ft. Scott.  Following Bill’s death on August 8, 1988, Mary moved to Wichita where she made her home for nearly thirty years.  She recently moved to Forsythe.

Survivors include her son, Bill Wallace and wife, Cheryl, of Forsythe; and two daugthers, Jeanette Boggs, of Wichita and Janelle McCormack and husband, Eddie, of Hays, Kansas; five grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild due in September.  Also surviving a sister-in-law, Marianna Newton, of Tulsa, Oklahoma and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Geneva Newton; a brother, J. C. Newton and a granddaughter.

Rev. Leon Weece will conduct funeral services at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, April 17th at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Private burial will take place in the U. S. National Cemetery in Ft. Scott, Kansas.

Memorials are suggested to Community Christian 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.

Obituary of Ralph Anderson

Ralph Lee Anderson Jr., age 68, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2019, at the Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

He was born September 13, 1950, in Ft. Scott, Kansas, the son of Ralph Lee Anderson and Dorothy Irene Goddard Anderson.

Ralph attended grade school at Redfield, Kansas and later graduated from the Uniontown High School with the Class of 1968.

  Ralph first worked in farming and construction.  In 1986, he began a career with Dayco which later became Carlisle and then Timken.    In earlier years, he enjoyed drag racing.  He also enjoyed collecting toy tractors and going to garage sales.

Survivors include a daughter, Kate Anderson, of Orlando, Florida; a sister, Deanne Bloesser and husband, Don, of Redfield, Kansas; a niece, Sarah Sisseck and husband, Barry, of Oronogo, Missouri and two nephews, Seth Bloesser and wife, Melanie, of Redfield and Silas Bloesser and wife, Serini, of Park City, Kansas; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Brady, Bolton, Kennedy, Maddie, Kendyl, Makinlee and Rheason with one more arriving in August.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Dorothy Anderson.

Pastor Ben Heffernan will conduct graveside services at 10:30 A.M. Friday, April 19th at the Mt. Orum Cemetery near Redfield, Kansas.

Family and friends will meet at the cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 P.M. Thursday evening at 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 John Harryman

John Evans Harryman, age 74, resident of Ft. Scott, KS, died Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Via Christi Hospital, Pittsburg, KS.

He was born on October 10, 1944, in Metz, MO, the son of Guy Franklin Harryman, Sr. and Irene Dulcina McClintock Harryman.

John served our country in the Navy, joining at age 17. He graduated from Pittsburg State University with a bachelor’s degree in automotive engineering.

He married Linda Harper on October 4, 1969, in Devon, KS.

John worked as a quality control manager for Kenworth in Kansas City, MO. He then worked for Shepherd Team Auto Plaza in Ft. Scott as parts manager. He later worked for Superior Wheel in Pittsburg, KS, as quality control manager until retirement.

In his spare time, John enjoyed fishing, bowling, race cars, motorcycles and all types of good music. He loved spending time with his family, especially attending all the grandkid’s activities and sports. He was a member of Diamond Community Church.

Survivors include his wife Linda of the home; a daughter, Michelle Harrison, Ft. Scott; and a son, Johnny Harryman and wife Molly, Ft. Scott; five grandchildren: Eddie Harryman, Lucas Harryman, Corina Harrison, Ellen Harrison and Jennifer Harrison; one great granddaughter, Charley West; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Guy Franklin, Jr.; two sisters, Frances Threatt and Margaret Myers; and his parents.

Rev. Jimmy Tucker will conduct funeral services at 11:00 AM Thursday, April 18th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the Centerville Cemetery, Devon, KS.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until service time Thursday at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to the Diamond Community Church 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 cheneywitt.com.

Obituary of Sandra Wrench

Sandra T. Wrench, age 78, resident of Kansas City, MO, formerly of Ft. Scott, KS, passed away on Friday, March 29, 2019, at home.

She was born to Emma Perry of Plymouth, Massachusetts on November 28, 1940.

Sandra, who went by the name of Sandy, was adopted at a young age and was raised by a group of nuns in SF Harbor N.Y.

Sandy began her formal education at Tuller School of Tucson, Arizona. She continued her education and graduated from the University of Arizona, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Theater and Drama.

Later, Sandy attended Fort Scott Community College and received her nursing RN degree.

Sandy had a heart for working with children and a passion for building the future leaders of tomorrow. She expressed that passion through her professions as a principal in Anchorage, Alaska, a teacher in Westbury, New York, and a Deputy Juvenile Officer in Kansas City, Missouri.

After her tenure as a Deputy Juvenile Officer, Sandy and the love of her life, Morris, moved to Arizona where Sandy was a Registered Assessment Nurse for the State of Arizona. She held that position for ten years until she retired and began her next passion in life, which was to travel. Sandy traveled all over the world! She loved an adventure along with her “partner in crime,” her husband Morris, who is now deceased.

Sandy loved to read and do crossword puzzles and did a lot of volunteering in her spare time.

Sandy was a member of the St Augustine Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Missouri, where she loved attending service and looked forward to morning coffee and fellowship with the ladies of the church.

Survivors who cherish her memory are (1) Sister-In-Law Winnie, (2) Brother-In-Laws Kim and Edmond, (5) Step-Children Morris, Terry, Larry, Rene, and Sherry, (13) Grandchildren, (18) Great-Grandchildren, (1) Great-Great Grandchild, (3) nieces, a host of cousins, and many loving family members and friends.

There was cremation. Rev. Jerry Miller and Rev. Daryl Gaddy will conduct memorial services at 11:00 AM Saturday, April 20th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, KS.

The family will receive friends from 10:30 AM until service time at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Scott. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Obituary of Edward Byerley

Edward Blair Byerley, 91, passed away peacefully on December 24, 2018, at Country Place Senior Living Center, Fort Scott, KS.
Ed was born in Mapleton, KS, on 20 April 1927. He was the only child of Blair D. “Sandy” Byerley and Myrtle P. Byerley (Brown).
Ed graduated from Fulton H.S., KS, in 1945 and joined the U.S. Navy shortly thereafter.

Ed married Eva M. Byerley (White) on April 27, 1947.

He worked his adult career for The Western Insurance Companies from September 1946 through 1986, supervising the computer room operations at the time of his retirement.

Ed and Eva moved from Fort Scott to Sun City West, AZ in the 1980’s, where he enjoyed golf, bowling, and the warm weather.

Ed is survived by his wife, Eva, three sons, six grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

There was cremation. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, April 12, 2019, at the U. S. National Cemetery.

Military honors will be provided by the United States Naval Honor Guard. Words of remembrance may submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Obituary of Michael Gene Cooper

Michael Gene Cooper, age 68, resident of Fort Scott, KS, died Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Mercy Hospital Joplin, MO. He was born on February 23, 1951, in Fort Scott, the son of Thomas Gene and Betty JoAnn Rye Cooper. He graduated from Nevada, MO high school with the class of 1969. He married Judy Marshall on May 19, 1969, in Fort Scott. Mike worked for Westar Energy as a designer. He loved his work and had been with the company for 38 years. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing video games. He was a devoted husband who loved spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife Judy of the home; two daughters, Stacy Leachner and husband Chad, Olathe, KS, and Cambria Scharenberg and husband Jeremy, Garland, KS; a son, Matt Cooper, Fort Scott; two sisters, Pam Speer and husband John, Redfield, KS, and Debbie Ebersold and husband Dennis, Cameron, MO; a brother, Thomas Cooper, Deerfield, MO; six grandchildren, Shana Marra, Madison Leachner, Kalen Thompson, Blaine Thompson, Taylor Cooper, and Tyler Cooper; two great grandchildren, Aubreigh Thompson and Solloman Davis; a brother-in-law Shawn Marshall and wife Chana, Fort Scott; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 PM Friday, April 12th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the Memory Gardens cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 Thursday evening at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

 

Obituary of Jackie Darell Link

Jackie Darell Link

Jackie Darell Link, age 78, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, died Sunday, March 24, 2019, at his home at Lake Ft. Scott.

He was born February 11, 1941, to Merry Grace (Maxwell) Link and Thomas E. Link of Northeast Kansas City.

At the age of fourteen he started working at the Benton View Drug Store where he met Koyle June Kern. Her mother worked with Jack. He worked at the drug store all through high school and graduated from Northeast High in 1959. While in high school he was a member of the choir and the Northeast High School ROTC program where he served as the Lt. Commander his senior year.

After high school he joined the Air Force where he served for four years and learned the technical training that got him a job at IBM in 1966. He worked for IBM for thirty years.

He married Koyle Steele on July 20, 1991, in Lincoln, Nebraska. He enjoyed coaching his sons’ little league basketball and baseball teams, and photography.

Koyle owned and operated a home day care. Jack often taught her day care children to swim. Koyle had rules, but when Jack was in charge her rules did not count. He loved children. He and Koyle moved to Lee’s Summit in 1991.

Jack was a 32nd degree Mason and joined the Shrine where he served in the patrol unit. That was where he developed his love of guns and became a sharp shooter. He was a stickler for gun safety. He won the ARRAT Shrine Temple CSSA sharp shooter championship in 2003.

He taught his five grandchildren gun safety and how to shoot and Koyle knew he had made an impression when the kids came back from going shooting with him and each one grabbed a dog and sat them down and gave them a shooting lesson.

Jack and Koyle moved to Lake Fort Scott in 2007. He loved playing cards and dominoes with his Lake Fort Scott neighbors. He joined the First United Methodist Church where he helped with Feeding Families in His Name serving drinks and continuing his soda jerk career. He enjoyed singing in the church choir.

He loved the nature and wildlife at the lake and enjoyed taking pictures. He also enjoyed traveling and seeing new places.
He is survived by sons, Scott Steele (Alison), and daughters, Krishelle Steele Sims (Brian) and Cynthia Steele; five granddaughters, Susan Lynn Steele, Rena VanDeusen, Madeline Allen (Kenny), Samantha Steele and Abigail Bennett; one grandson, Gavin Sims; two great-grandsons, Knox Allen and Nolan Rada and one great-granddaughter, Charlotte Heine; brother-in-law, James R. Kern and a host of friends, Jack and Keith Link.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, April 13th at the First United Methodist Church in Ft. Scott, with the Rev. Steve Cole officiating.

Honorary pallbearers will be Scott Steele, Brian Sims, Christopher Gilchrist and Kenny Allen.

Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church Feeding Families in His Name or the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS S66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Obituary of Sandra Wrench

Sandra T. Wrench

Sandra T. Wrench, age 78, resident of Kansas City, MO, formerly of Ft. Scott, KS, passed away on Friday, March 29, 2019, at home.

She was born to Emma Perry of Plymouth, Massachusetts on November 28, 1940. Sandra, who went by the name of Sandy, was adopted at a young age and was raised by a group of Nuns in SF Harbor N.Y.

Sandy began her formal education at Tuller School of Tucson, Arizona. She continued her education and graduated from the University of Arizona, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Theater and Drama.

Later, Sandy attended Fort Scott Community College and received her nursing RN degree.

Sandy had a heart for working with children and a passion for building the future leaders of tomorrow. She expressed that passion through her professions as a principal in Anchorage, Alaska, a teacher in Westbury, New York, and a Deputy Juvenile Officer in Kansas City, Missouri.

After her tenure as a Deputy Juvenile Officer, Sandy and the love of her life Morris moved to Arizona where Sandy was a Registered Assessment Nurse for the State of Arizona. She held that position for ten years until she retired and began her next passion in life, which was to travel.

Sandy traveled all over the world! She loved an adventure along with her “partner in crime,” her husband, Morris, who is now deceased. Sandy loved to read and do crossword puzzles and did a lot of volunteering in her spare time.

Sandy was a member of the St Augustine Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Missouri, where she loved attending service and looked forward to morning coffee and fellowship with the ladies of the church.

Survivors who cherish her memory are a sister-In-Law, Winnie;  two Brothers-In-Law. Kim and Edmond; five Step-Children Morris, Terry, Larry, Rene, and Sherry; 13 Grandchildren, 18 Great-Grandchildren, one Great-Great Grandchild, three nieces, a host of cousins, and many loving family members and friends.

There was cremation.

Rev. Jerry Miller and Rev. Daryl Gaddy will conduct memorials services at 11:00 AM Saturday, April 20th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, KS.

The family will receive friends from 10:30 AM until service time at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Scott. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Obituary of Orville Wayne Heyer

Orville Wayne Heyer

Orville Wayne Heyer, age 59, a resident of Mapleton, Kansas, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2019, at his home in Mapleton. He was born July 10, 1959, in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Alvin Dean Heyer and Phyllis Ann Hammack Heyer. He married Lori Hilderbrand on November 8, 1984. He worked as a carpenter. He also enjoyed working with horses, hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Lori; five children, Becky Taylor (Layard) of Sedalia, Missouri, Billy Heyer (Tracy) of Mapleton, Kansas, Greg Hilderbrand, of Springfield, Missouri, Zach Heyer (Jenny) and Elizabeth Heyer (Cody), all of Chilhowee, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Skylor, Chase, Kiel, Lee, Logan, Lynlee, Ally and Sammy with one more on the way and two great-grandchildren, Remi and Merlena with one more great-grandson on the way. Also surviving are three brothers, Bert Troy Parker (Debbie) of Smithton, Missouri, Donald Parker (Sherry) of Augusta, Kansas and Alvin Dale Heyer (Sherry) of Allville, Missouri; two sisters, Cathy Rodriguez (Johnny) of Kansas City, Kansas and Shelley Garrison (Rusty), Greenridge, Missouri and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Anthony.