Category Archives: Obituary

Obituary for Robert Otis McCutchen

Robert Otis McCutchen, age 55, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away early Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at the Mercy Hospital in Ft. Scott.

He was born November 29, 1962, the son of Robert James Cork “Bobby” McCutchen and Ila Carolene Faught McCutchen.

Robert graduated from the Fort Scott High School. He had worked as a carpenter.

Survivors include two children, Dylan and Shyla McCutchen, both of Kincaid, Kansas. He was preceded in death by two sons, and his parents, Bobby McCutchen and Carolene McCutchen Scott.

There was cremation and no services are planned at this time. Arrangements were handled by Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott.

Obituary Of James Eastwood

James Lewis Eastwood, age 81, a resident of rural Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away early Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at the Mercy Hospital Emergency Room.
He was born March 27, 1937, in Fort Scott, the son of Harold Lewis Eastwood and Verda Leola Thomas Eastwood.  Jim graduated from the Fort Scott High School with the Class of 1955.  He married Patricia Ann Hoggatt on February 10, 1957, at Fort Scott.
In earlier years, Jim had been employed by various Ft. Scott Grocery Stores including, Gunsolles Grocery, Foodtown, and Safeway.  In 1963, Jim began a career with Peerless Product and worked there until he retired as a supervisor.  He later worked as a part-time custodian for the Bourbon County Courthouse.  Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping.
He was a member of the Community Christian Church as well as the Ft. Scott Masonic Lodge, the Mirza Shrine, and the Scottish Rite.
Survivors include his wife, Pat, of the home; a son, James Eastwood, and wife, Paula and two daughters, Susan Carnes and husband, Mike and Shelly Brennon and husband, Kenny, all of Ft. Scott as well as nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are a brother, Kenneth Melvin Eastwood, and wife, Carolyn, of Fulton, Kansas and a sister-in-law, Mary Eastwood, of Ft. Scott.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Marion Eastwood, a sister, Phyllis McLain and a great-grandson, Weston Brennon. 
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, August 18th at the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Burial will follow in the Clarksburg Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 9:00 A.M. until service time on Saturday at the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association and may be left in the 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 Virginia McKenna

Virginia Marie Gillen McKenna died Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott, Kansas at the age of 80.

Virginia was born July 14, 1938, in Harper County, Kansas, to Arnold P. and Margaret A. (Goetz) Gillen. She grew up on a farm near Willowdale where she and her eight siblings played hide-n-seek and red rover outside on the wide prairie. Because the family could not attend daily mass, they added the phrase, “All for the honor and glory of God today” to the end of their daily meal prayer. This is a tradition that continues to this day in the Gillen and McKenna families.

Virginia graduated from Kingman High School in 1956 and married Michael J. McKenna at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Kingman, Kansas on December 29, 1959. They lived in Mishawaka, Indiana and in Kansas City, Kansas while Mike attended Notre Dame and then the University of Kansas Medical School. They had three children: Jennifer Ann, Edward Christopher, and Michael Joseph, before settling in Fort Scott where Dr. McKenna worked with Dr. James Basham at the Basham McKenna clinic before starting his own practice. When her husband was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, she became his sole caregiver. Virginia and Mike were married for 41 years before he died in 2000.

The simple things in life gave Virginia the most joy. Each day, she looked forward to her daughter Jennifer and grand-dogs coming to say hello. She doted on her granddaughter Maude. In past years, she loved spending time at the McKenna cabin in Kingman with family members. She was an avid reader who also enjoyed birdwatching, sketching, and playing bridge with friends. A lifelong gardener, she could often be found puttering in the yard. She loved spending time on her front porch visiting with family, neighbors, and friends. Virginia was a member of P.E.O. and the St. Anne Altar Society. For years, she participated in the 24-hour adoration at Mary Queen of Angels. Most recently, she particularly enjoyed her daily drives with her son Ed (Chris) to Lake Fort Scott and Gunn Park.

Virginia is survived by her children Jennifer McKenna of Fort Scott, Ed McKenna of Fort Scott, Mike McKenna and wife Steph, and her granddaughter Maude of Boise, ID; her sisters Rosella Thissen and husband Bob of Augusta, KS, Lorraine Yalong of Fresno, CA, and her brother Fred Gillen and wife Margaret of Kingman, KS. She was preceded in death by her husband Michael, her parents Arnold and Margaret Gillen, sisters Esther Ross, Louise Steffen, Catherine Lauener, and Mary Odell, and her brothers James Gillen and Robert Gillen.

Following cremation, Father Robert Wachter will celebrate the Funeral Mass 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Rosary at 9:30 a.m., under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Burial will take place on Thursday at the Walnut Hill Cemetery in Kingman, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation at msfocus.org, the National Breast Cancer Foundation at nationalbreastcancer.org, or the St. Mary’s school in Fort Scott. Memorial contributions 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 for Jennifer Lyn Houston

Jennifer Lyn Houston

Jennifer Lyn Houston, age 30, a resident of rural Arcadia, Kansas, passed away Sunday, August 5th at the Cox South Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri, following injuries received in an automobile accident in Cedar County, Missouri.

She was born September 28, 1987, in Fort Scott, Kansas, the daughter of Richard Allen Barnard and Connie Patricia Price Barnard.

Jennifer graduated from the Fort Scott High School and had been an FSHS cheerleader. She had worked in various restaurants in both Fort Scott and Nevada and was currently being trained as a manager for Wendy’s in Ft. Scott. She enjoyed spending time with children, being outside and fishing as well as listening to music.

Survivors include a son, Aidyn Allen Barnard and a daughter, Lyza Renee Houston. Also surviving are her parents, Richard and Connie Barnard, of Arcadia; three brothers, Michael Allen Barnard and Chester Ray Barnard, both of Ft. Scott and Randall Eugene Barnard, of Las Vegas, Nevada; and a sister, Rebecca Dawn Barnard, of Arkansas City, Kansas as well as her grandparents, Don and Barbara Barnard of Pharr, Texas and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Pastor Larry Stevicks will conduct funeral services at 10:30 A.M. Monday, August 13th at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the Sheffield Cemetery near Arcadia. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 P.M. Sunday at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Jennifer Houston Memorial Fund and may be left in the 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 Angela Delaney

Angela Kay Delaney, age 52, resident of Ft. Scott, KS, died Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at her home.

She was born on June 14, 1966, in Ft. Scott, the daughter of James and Linda Dunlap Marshall. Angela lived in Germany for two years and enjoyed her time there.

She enjoyed collecting movies, skulls, and jewelry. Her favorite drink was a suicide. Her favorite things to eat were mac and cheese, Peeps and Twizzlers. She worked as a clerk for Pump-N-Pete’s Convenience store where she was in management training. Angela was willing to help anyone in need and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include a son, James Delaney, of the home; a brother, Brian McDaniel, Ft. Scott; a sister, Melissa McDaniel and husband Michael, Bella Vista, AR; her father since she was 1 year old, Darrell McDaniel, Bentonville, AR; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother, Linda McDaniel; and a sister, Tammy Baglin.

There was cremation, with memorial services at 10:30 AM Friday, August 17th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Private family interment will take place at a later date in the Centerville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 AM until service time Friday morning.

Memorials are suggested to the Angela Delaney Memorial Fund and may be left in the 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 Patricia Lee White

Patricia Lee White, age 85, a resident of Devon, KS, died Saturday, August 4, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, MO.

She was born August 27, 1932, in Appleton City, MO, the daughter of Paul, Sr. and Edna Deeds Adamson.

She attended Uniontown schools, having lived most of her life in the Devon area.

She worked as a waitress for many years at various area restaurants, the last 10 years of her career at the Colonial Restaurant in Ft. Scott. She was a loving mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed.

Survivors include two sons, Delwin Mumbower and wife Lolita, Devon, KS, and Jeff Leslie and wife Debra, Girard, KS; a brother, Jack Adamson and wife Mary, Ft. Scott; two sisters, Beatrice Alt, Ft. Scott, and Marilyn Harrington, Paola, KS; 8 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, Roscoe Mumbower; a grandson, Shawn Mumbower; and 3 brothers, Paul, Jr., Richard, and Frank Adamson.

Pastor John Warring will conduct funeral services at 2:00 PM Wednesday, August 8th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the Centerville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 until service time Wednesday at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to the Patricia White Memorial Fund and may be left in the 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 for Debra Lynn Dohle

Debra Lynn Dohle

Debra Lynn Dohle, age 62, a resident of Arcadia, Kansas, went to be with the Lord at 12:20 AM, Friday, August 3, 2018, at the Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Missouri.

She was born March 9, 1956, in Hayward, California, the daughter of Jess H. Thompson and Beverly L. Titze Thompson. She grew up and attended school in Canon City, Colorado. Her family moved to Englevale, Kansas in 1972. She graduated from Northeast High School in Arma, Kansas in 1974.

She married Ronald Swezey in 1974, and they had three children together. They later divorced. She married Robert Bechdolt in 1991, they too divorced. She then married Marion “Jerome” Dohle on August 10, 2001, in Arcadia, Kansas. He survives of the home.

She enjoyed fishing, camping, crocheting, and cross stitching. She also loved the mountains in Colorado and family get-togethers. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #35 of Cherokee, Kansas and the Order of Eastern Star, Olive Chapter #13 of Ft. Scott, Kansas.

She has worked as a housekeeper for Crestview Nursing Home and Arma Mobile Transit. She had also worked as assistant city clerk for the City of Arcadia and medical records clerk for Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas.


She is survived by her husband, Jerome; a daughter, Angela (Swezey) Salts and her husband, Mike; and two sons, Chad Swezey and Brad Swezey and his wife, Stephanie, all of Franklin, Kansas; five grandchildren, Dylan Salts, Evan, Mason, Madelyn and Weston Swezey, all of Franklin; four step-children and ten step-grandchildren, all of Pittsburg. Also surviving are two brothers, Jerry Thompson and wife, Sharon, of Ft. Scott and James Thompson of Selma, California; three aunts, Jane Burns and June Bloomfield, both of Ft. Scott and Caroline Titze of South Dakota and several nieces, great-nieces and great-nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, several aunts, and uncles; a niece, Terry Prestley and a great-niece, Alivia Prestley.


Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 8th at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery in Ft. Scott.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 P.M. Tuesday evening with Eastern Star services at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to Autism Speaks or the American Lung Association and may be left in the 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 for Christopher John Allen

Christopher John Allen, age 48, of Jasper, Indiana passed away at 10:25 AM on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at home.

Chris was born in Eureka, Kansas on February 19, 1970, to J.L. and Sadie (Howard) Allen. He married Melissa Bass on May 24, 1997, at the First Christian Church in Pittsburg, Kansas.

He received a B.S. Degree in Wood Technology from Pittsburg State University in Kansas.

He was the owner and operator of Creative Storage in Ireland, Indiana.

Chris was an active member of the Redemption Christian Church in Jasper, where he served on their security team. He previously served as a Cub Scout Leader for Pack 130 and a Boy Scout Leader for Troop 185 in Jasper, and also served as a facilitator for Financial Peace University.

He enjoyed scuba diving, flying Ultralight planes, was an accomplished woodworker, a car fanatic, and Halloween was his favorite holiday. He was a stay at home dad for 12 years and was devoted to his family.

Surviving are his wife, Melissa Allen of Jasper, one daughter, Chloe Allen, and one son Kyle Allen, both at home, his father and step-mother, J.L. and Shirley Allen, Pleasanton, KS, two sisters Nicole Murphy (Steven), Lee’s Summit, KS, Megan Brixey (Chris), Lee’s Summit, KS, and one brother, Jay Allen (Tana), Ft. Scott, KS.

Preceding him in death was his mother, Sadie Allen.

Rev. Chuck Russell will conduct a Celebration of Life at 11:00 AM Tuesday, August 7 at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Redemption Christian Church and may be left in the 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 Joanne Grassi

Joanne Grassi, 81, of Fort Scott, passed away Wednesday morning, July 25, 2018, at Guest Home Estates. She was born May 3, 1937, in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Louis and Verna Rose (Carroll) Grassi.

Joanne worked for many years in housekeeping for the Sisters of Mercy Convent, and she was a Past Matron, Order of the Eastern Star. Her hobbies included crocheting, arts and crafts, reading, and jewelry-making.

Joanne is survived by a nephew, Alex Grassi, Jr.; her friend and conservator, Ida Ford, as well as her friends from the Highrise and her years working at the convent. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Alex Grassi, and her sister-in-law, Avadell Grassi.

Rev. Oliver “Bill” Hawk will conduct graveside services at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 30, 2018, at the Hume Cemetery in Hume, Missouri, under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home.

Friends will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home for a visitation until time to leave for the cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Highrise Activity Fund and 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 Doris Jones

Doris Irene Jones

Doris Irene Jones, age 101, a resident of Ft. Scott, KS, died Friday, July 27, 2018, at Guest Home Estates, Ft. Scott. She was born January 30, 1917, in Rockville, MO, the daughter of Isareal and Nancy Emmaline White DeLozier.

Larry Jones and Pastor Paul Rooks will conduct funeral services at 2:00 PM Thursday, August 2nd, at the Grace Baptist Tabernacle, Ft. Scott.

Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 until service time Thursday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Grace Baptist Music Department 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 Tex Crutcher

James Samuel “Tex” Crutcher, longtime business and community leader of Fort Scott, passed away July 26, 2018, in Springfield, Missouri.
He was born February 1, 1929, on a cotton farm and cattle ranch outside of McKinney, Texas, second oldest in a family of 11, the son of Joe Louis Crutcher and Nell (Gilbert) Crutcher.
 
Crutcher graduated from McKinney High School in 1948, a standout player on the state championship-winning football team. He was recruited to play for Pittsburg State University, then known as Kansas State Teacher’s College, where he played at the position of tackle from 1948 to 1949.
After a stint working in the oil fields of West Texas, Crutcher was drafted into the Army in 1951. After basic training in Camp Chaffee, Arkansas, Crutcher deployed to Tokyo where he served as an MP guarding a U.S. supply base during the Korean War.
Crutcher returned to Pittsburg after an honorable discharge in January 1953, where he went back to school and played football for two more years under legendary Kansas coach Carney Smith.
 
He married Audrey Elaine (Golden) Crutcher November 25, 1953, in Pittsburg, Kansas, and graduated with a Bachelor’s in physical education. He earned a Master’s degree in education in May 1955.
Crutcher taught science and history and was assistant coach of football, basketball, baseball and track at Columbus (Kansas) High School from 1955 to 1958.
 
In 1958, Crutcher and his family, which now included son Greg and daughter Kim, moved to Garland, Kansas to help manage the Golden Farm and cattle operation with his father in law Walter B. Golden. Crutcher continued farming but moved to Eddy Street and later East National Avenue in Fort Scott where the farm and ranch operation was headquartered
 
In the late 1960’s, while still farming, he took a job at Fort Scott Junior High School as coach and teacher of physical education, where he was influential in the development of many outstanding young athletes.
 
Crutcher began his long career with Citizen’s National Bank when, in 1970, he was recruited to become agricultural loan officer there. He went on to serve as president and chairman of the board. Under his leadership, the bank opened branches in Pittsburg, Mound City, and Iola. He oversaw the first automatic teller machines at Citizens Bank, as well as the first ATMs on the campus of PSU.
Crutcher officially retired from the bank in 1994 but continued to serve on the board of directors and keep an office there. In his retirement, he established and managed a popular travel club for seniors called Funseekers for another 20 years until he was 85. The group traveled regionally and to countless destinations around the world.
 
Crutcher was also respected for his civic and professional engagement. He served on the board of directors of the Kansas Bankers Association for years, representing the 17 counties in Southeast Kansas. He was a longtime member of the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce, served on the Bourbon County Economic Development Council and on the board of the Bourbon County Soil and Water Conservation District, as well as the board of trustees of Fort Scott’s United Methodist Church. Additionally, he was an instrumental force in fundraising efforts for the initial development of the new Mercy Hospital.
 
Crutcher was elected to the school board of Unified School District 234 and served for eight years. His tenure saw much change, including the building of a new wing to Fort Scott Senior High School. He also served for six years as president of the alumni association at Pittsburg State University.
 
On a state level, he was active over a three-year period in the early 1970s in helping to craft reclamation laws regulating the strip mining of coal, which he regarded as a central economic and agricultural issue for Southeast Kansas. His efforts were successful but were later superseded by more comprehensive federal legislation, which he welcomed.
 
Crutcher and his wife Audrey moved to Springfield, Missouri in June 2015, in order to be closer to their daughter.
 
Survivors include his wife Audrey of Springfield; daughter Kimberley Hart and her husband James of Willard, Missouri; a son, Greg Crutcher, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; three grandsons, Aaron Hart and wife Kristi of Jefferson City, Missouri; Justin Hart and wife Sarah and Tyler Hart and wife Kayla of Republic, Missouri. He is also survived by seven great-grandchildren: Trysten, Mason, Grayson, Abe, Remington, Viv and Marion James.
 
Additionally, he is survived by sister-in-law Bernita Hill and nephew John Hill, both of Fort Scott and Robb Hill of Des Moines, Iowa. In Texas, Crutcher is survived by brothers Paul DeWitt Crutcher, William Donald Crutcher, Diane Margaret Crutcher and Judy Jane Crutcher and numerous nieces and nephews.
 
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 AM Monday, July 30th at the First United Methodist Church.
  Burial with military honors will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery in Ft. Scott.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 P.M. Sunday at the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Memorials are suggested to either the First United Methodist Church of Ft. Scott, the LIVE Church of Republic, Missouri or the Ft. Scott Community Foundation and may be left in the 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 George Leslie

George Leslie, Jr., age 70, a resident of rural Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away early Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at his home.
He was born July 20, 1948, in Ft. Scott, the son of Harry George Leslie, Sr. and Emma Lou Ball Leslie.  George first married Wanda Payton on March 10, 1967.  They divorced.  He later married Sharon Reed on September 2, 2014.
George had worked for Mid-Continental Restoration for over thirty-five years.  He was a member of Community Christian Church.  He enjoyed ham radio, camping, fishing, hunting and drag racing as well as watching Western movies. 
 
Survivors include his wife, Sharon, of the home; a son, Brent Leslie and wife, Brandy, of Ft. Scott; two daughters, Lisa Hoffmeier and husband, Mark, of Derby, Kansas and Amber Leslie and fiancé, Chris Bulino, of Ft. Scott; and a step-daughter, Karrie Cocroft and husband, Don, of Ft. Scott; eleven grandchildren, Jacob, Alexis and Josh Hoffmeier, Danyelle Daly, Alyssa and Breanna Leslie, Grace Fritter, Fenton Reeves, Allie Reeves, Presley Cocroft and Dylan Peterson.  Also surviving are three sisters, June White, of Ft. Scott, Candy Davis and Honey Lou Dahns, both of Lawrence, Kansas.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry George Leslie, Sr. and Emma Lou Leslie Davis and a brother, Trick Davis. 
 
There was cremation.  A memorial visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. Friday, July 27th at the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, Kansas.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.