Category Archives: Obituary

Obituary of Charles Hull

Charles E. Hull, age 81, a resident of Ft Scott, Kansas, passed away Saturday, January 15, 2022, at the Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas. He was born November 28, 1940, in Ft. Scott, the son of James I. Hull and Ruby Terrill Hull.  Charles was a man of honor, integrity and dignity.  He lived his life loving his wife, children and grandchildren with all his heart and soul.  There was nothing his family needed that he didn’t make sure they had.  No one every went hungry or thirsty when he was around.  His love for chicken was known by all.  To most, he was a quiet force, not saying much but everybody listened when he spoke.  He was a man of steel, a Superman, the John Wayne of westerns, but his family called him Dad and Grandpa.  He was born a man but died an angel.
Survivors include his wife, Leta, of the home; four children, Charles, Jim, Jeff and Gina; fifteen grandchildren and twenty-two great grandchildren. Also surviving are four brothers, Robert, Earl, Harold, and Leland and a sister, Beulah.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Joe and two sisters, Virginia and Liz.
Private funeral services with burial in the Evergreen Cemetery will be held Monday, January 24th.  Friends are welcome to pay their respects during the week at the funeral home.  Cards and other expressions of sympathy may be left in care of the funeral home or submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.  Services are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, Kansas.

Obituary of Violet Magee

Violet Marie (Nardelli) Magee, age 97, passed peacefully, surrounded by family and caregivers, at her home, in Baldwin, Kansas, on January 11, 2022. Violet was born in Gross, Kansas to Mario Nardelli and Johanna (Zanona) Nardelli, October, 6, 1924. She graduated from Arcadia High School in 1941, completed her teaching certificate at Kansas State Teachers College of Pittsburg and began her first job in a one room schoolhouse at St. Paul, Kansas, on the “island”.

Violet’s life spoke music, like a tapestry. It was woven through her journey and defined her being. Using voice lessons to learn the English dialect, it was discovered that she was blessed with being a quick learner. Violet was most notably a talented pianist who could embellish music and teach others, piano and voice.   So gifted, her instructor accompanied her to Chicago for a debut of her talent and a musical tour.  Earlier, she had rekindled a friendship with a schoolmate; a pilot returning from World War II, so she came home for her true love.   She was married to Raymond Edward Magee on June 20, 1948 at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Mulberry, Kansas, during a rainstorm. A tornado followed the ceremony, so the reception was held in the family basement by the light of church candles.

Violet and Raymond celebrated 52 years of marriage and “were proud and grateful for five children and were honored that God had entrusted them to be their parents.” They spoke of goodness and their actions showed care and kindness. Their home was filled with cappellettis, cinnamon rolls, pies, meatballs, and handmade breads that were available to family and anyone that needed a place for the holidays. There were piano students of all ages, often 30 a week, along with scout meetings, homemade dance costumes, student recitals, voice lessons, and choir practice for mass and weddings.

Music made the moment, making every occasion better, as Violet played at graduations, civic symphony, community choir, school plays, as well as participating and judging piano and voice competitions. She volunteered her time at St. Mary’s as a music teacher. As the organist at Mary Queen of Angel Catholic Church for fifty years, generations remember Midnight Mass and Easter. She played at many weddings as well as funerals. Hundreds of thank you cards lined her scrapbooks, recalling her contribution to their ceremonies. Music was a large part of her life, and she was thankful for the opportunity, but most importantly she credited God for her talent.

Violet was a friend, a neighbor, a teacher, and a mentor. Most importantly, she was a wife, a mother to 5 children, a grandmother to 14 grandchildren, a great-grandmother to 6 great-grandchildren, and a loving dog owner to her loyal O’Riley.

Violet was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond.

Survivor’s include one daughter, Sharon Magee-Minor and husband, James, of Baldwin, Kansas; four sons, Dr. Raymond Daniel Magee, and wife Connie, Topeka, Kansas, Dr. Lawrence Marion Magee and wife, Michelle, Lawrence, Kansas, Mark Edward Magee, and wife Cabrina, DeSoto, Kansas, and Dr. Shawn Michael Magee, and wife Shirley Dawn, Topeka, Kansas.

What a wonderful difference she made in the lives of many. “Always in our Hearts”

 Because the Funeral Mass is for family only, friends and neighbors may view Violet on Wednesday, January 19th thru Friday, January 21st, from 8:00 am until 7:00 pm at Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, Fort Scott, Kansas.

A private family service will be held at Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church, on January 22nd, 2022, where she was the organist for 50 years.

A private family graveside service will follow at Garden of Memories, Pittsburg, Kansas.

Expressions of sympathy in memory of Violet may be made to Mary Queen of Angels Music Ministry or Engineering Scholarship at Kansas University, Raymond and Violet Magee. Memorials may be left in care of Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 West Wall, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701. Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at konantz-cheney.com.

Obituary of Karen Stout

Karen Sue Stout, age 81, resident of Ft. Scott, KS, died Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at her son’s residence in Frontenac, KS.

She was born April 5, 1940, in Ft. Scott, the daughter of Jack Willard Phillips and Kathryn Marie Williams Phillips.

She graduated from FSHS with the class of 1958. Karen married Robert Ray Stout on July 14, 1965, in Ft. Scott. He preceded her in death on August 23, 2019.

Karen worked for the Western Insurance Company in Ft. Scott. She later worked at the laundry mat where she enjoyed visiting with people.

She enjoyed flowers, fishing, dining at Max’s Way Station, reading the Tribune, and local sports. She was a fan of both the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs. Karen was very interested in American Indian culture. She loved spending time with her family.

Karen was baptized in the Nazarene Church.

Survivors include a son, Steven Ray Stout and wife Courtney, Frontenac, KS; 5 grandchildren, Alexia Lang, Victoria Fortenberry, Kendra Stout, Joran Stout, and Garrison Stout; 11 great-grandchildren; and a niece, Jeannette Ramsay-Query.

Besides her husband, she was preceded by a brother, Kirk Phillips; a sister, Beverly Ramsey; stepmother Virginia Herre; aunt, Louise Bell; and her parents.

There was cremation.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 Noon until 1:15 PM Wednesday, January 19th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery.

Services are under the direction 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 Lois Parks

Lois Marie (Duncan) Parks, age 93, of Fort Scott, passed away peacefully at home on January 6th, 2022. Lois was born on September 17, 1928, to Richard and Alma Duncan. On December 1st, 1946, she married Floyd Donald Parks. They had one daughter, Clara (Parks) Dunn and one granddaughter, Hannah Dunn.

A life of 93 years made Lois witness so much change in the world. She grew up on the Duncan Farm near Cherry Grove Church. She worked at the Crown Drug Store as a young girl. As an adult she worked at the Western Insurance Company. Later she and Floyd owned Bruce Marble Granite until they sold it.

Woewoe or O-Woe, as she was affectionately known by her loved ones, loved spending time with her family and friends. She was known for her quick wit and contagious laugh and smile. She loved her “grand dogs” and enjoyed spending time with them. One of her favorite things was sneaking them snacks when no one was watching. She also enjoyed visiting the chickens at Hannah’s house. Lois lived life to the fullest and was always down for a game of bingo or a trip to the casino. She was also an avid fan of the Chiefs and Royals and never missed watching a game.

She is survived by her daughter, Clara Dunn; her favorite son-in-law, Mike Dunn, granddaughter, Hannah Dunn; along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Parks; her parents Richard and Alma (Frye) Duncan; her sisters: Thelma Felt, Ruth Embry, and Faye Mabery; and her brother, Hurchel Duncan. Lois was the last of her Duncan generation.

The visitation will be held on Thursday evening, January 13, 2022, 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home and there will be graveside services at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 14, 2022, at Memory Gardens.

The Family suggests memorial contributions to Care to Share or Fort Scott City Dog Pound.

Obituary of Robert Stone

Robert (Bob) Lee Stone passed away on January 7, 2022, in Overland Park, KS from Parkinson’s disease. Bob was born September 22, 1941, in Louisville, Kentucky to Robert Thomas and Elsie Burr Payne Stone. His siblings include twin sister Beverly Ann Stone Felton, and brother Stephen Bruce Stone.

 Bob graduated from Bartlett High School in Memphis, TN.  He continued his education at Northwest Mississippi Community College and Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Business Administration and Industrial Arts.

Inducted into the Army in May 1966, Bob served in Korea during the Vietnam War.   He was honorably discharged in May 1968

. He was married to Virginia Ann Vincent May 10, 1968, to August 1989.  They had twin sons, Robert Bryant, and Vincent Barrett. 

  On January 1,1996 he married Pamela Sue Vineyard.

 Bob spent the majority of his working career in the garment industry in various locations and finished his career with Key Industries in Fort Scott, KS.    

Bob loved Jesus and was active in the Baptist church in the various communities he lived as a Sunday School teacher, camp counselor, and participated in mission trips.   

He leaves behind his wife Pam, son Bryant of Muscle Shoals, AL and son Barrett and wife Katherine of Florence, AL, and three grandsons, Rett, Ren, and Rowan, his sister Ann, two nieces and a nephew, several great-nieces and nephews, and great, great-nieces and nephew. 

His loved ones who preceded him in death were his parents, Bob and Elsie, his brother, Steve, and his nephew Johnny Felton. 

Celebration of Life service will be held at Cheney Witt Funeral Chapel, Fort Scott, Kansas at 9:30 a.m. Friday, January 14th, with burial service at Fort Scott National Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. 

  Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church of Overland Park, KS, First Baptist Church in Fort Scott, KS, or charity of donor’s choice and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main St., Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Obituary of John Rodabaugh

John L. Rodabaugh, age 74, a former resident of Pittsburg, Kansas and more recently of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Thursday, January 6, 2022, at the Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Missouri.

He was born February 17, 1947, in Pittsburg, the son of Roy Rodabaugh and Anna Mae Westerlin Rodabaugh.  John graduated from the Pittsburg High School and then served with the United States Army during the Vietnam War.  He had worked for the Union Pacific Railroad as a track foreman for thirty years.

John married Hope Hall Gage on July 6, 1996, at Ft. Scott.  He was a member of the Marvin Armstrong Masonic Lodge #187 of Pittsburg, the Scottish Rite and the Mirza Shrine.

John enjoyed coon hunting, fishing and raising fighting roosters.  He attended the Open Door Church in Pittsburg.

Survivors include his wife, Hope, of the home; a daughter, Johanna Strum (Joshua) of Walnut, Kansas; two step-sons, Troy Gage (Barbara) of Columbus, Kansas and Jason Gage (Melissa) of Louisburg, Kansas and ten grandchildren, Tommy, Pixie, Brayden, Danielle, Johnathan, Bryce, Devin, Brock, Danny and Deacon.

John was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Roberta Hurlbert and a step-son, Tom Gage II.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, January 12th at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial with military honors will follow in the Centerville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M. Tuesday at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to the Shrine Transportation 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 Wolf

Edward Theodore Wolf, age 61, resident of Fort Scott, Kansas passed away peacefully on Christmas Eve in Fort Scott, Kansas.

He was born February 13, 1960.

He attended and graduated from Fort Scott High School, USD 234.

Ed was a member of Mary Queen of Angels Catholic  Church

He was a master carpenter who framed many homes and a very organized and hard-working person who wanted his work done correctly the first time.

Ed loved to be outdoors with nature and animals.

He is survived by his mother Erma Knight of Fort Scott, his Step-Father Warren Knight and Step-Mother Helen Wolf of Valley Falls, Kansas.

Ed’s sister Brenda Savage of Fort Scott. Also a niece Kelsa Jo Savage, and a great-niece Charlie Jo.

Ed also leaves a step-daughter Jill Cochran of Olathe, her husband Trent, and 3 granddaughters, 2 grandsons.   In addition a step-son John Cronin and 2 step-grandsons.

Also his close friend Chris Cronin the mother of Jill and John.

One of Ed’s best friends was his cousin Joe Wylie.

Ed was preceded in death by his Father Theodore Melvin Wolf on April 25, 2019.

There will be a Graveside service at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be left to Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 705 S. Holbrook , Ft. Scott, Kansas 66701 and/or Ft. Scott Animal Shelter, 600 N. Barbee, Ft. Scott, Ks 66701

 

Obituary of Anna Rose

Anna Marie Rose, 100, of Uniontown, Kansas, passed away, Monday evening, January 3, 2022, at the Medicalodge Nursing Home in Fort Scott.  She was born December 23, 1921, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the daughter of Rupert Marcus and Clara Alma (Price) Warren.

 

At the age of five, she and her family moved from Muskogee to McCune, Kansas where she attended Idell Grade School and McCune High School, graduating in 1941. After graduating she attended the Coffeyville School of Cosmetology. She had her own business for a short time in McCune.

 

She married Floyd Rose on February 2, 1944, and lived in the Girard, Kansas area for a short time before moving to the Uniontown area. She was a farmer’s wife for many years. In 1968 she went to work at the IMP Boat Plant where she was an upholsterer for ten years. After retiring from there she started sewing for other people and did alterations for the Boot Jack in Fort Scott. She altered wedding dresses and made bride’s maid dresses for many people in Fort Scott and the surrounding area. In her later years she made quilts and hand quilted them. She was very proud of the many quilts she made.

 

Anna was a member of the First Missionary Baptist Church of Uniontown. For many years she was an active member of the ABW and held office in the District Organization. She was a member of the Uniontown Red Hat Society for many years. They ventured out to many places of interest and enjoyed restaurants in the surrounding area for their monthly excursions. She always enjoyed the luncheons and visits with friends.

 

Anna is survived by son, Merle Rose and wife Betty of Uniontown, daughter Linda Inkelaar of Derby, Kansas, daughter Carol Cameron and husband Mike of Muskegon, Michigan; eleven grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, and fifteen great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Floyd, son Gary, and infant son, an infant daughter, two grandsons, Jeff and Greg Shriver, brothers, Bill and George Warren, and son-in-law, Leo Inkelaar.

 

Rev. Marty DeWitt will conduct funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Uniontown with burial following in the Uniontown Cemetery, under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, January 10, 2022, at the Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are suggested to Alpha Christian Children’s home and 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 Melissa Hays-Mitchell

Melissa Lynn Hays-Mitchell, 48, left our world unexpectedly on Dec 21, 2021.

Melissa was born on July 4, 1973, to James Hays and Joann Sipe Hays in Fort Scott, Kansas.

She graduated from Fort Scott High School in 1991, and continued her education at Pittsburg State University, earning her bachelor’s degree in social work.

She was preceded in death by both of her parents.

Melissa’s beloved spouse, Dean Zimmerman also left our world on December 21, 2021. Continued prayers for both families are appreciated.

She was previously married to Jerald Mitchell (Fort Scott) for 18 years, they raised three children together. Dayton, Dawson, and Katelynn Mitchell were always their mother’s world. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers while they navigate through this difficult time.

Left behind are her three children: Dayton Hays (Jessica Powers) Mitchell, Dawson James Mitchell, and Katelynn (Taylor Harrison) Mitchell.  She also leaves behind a brother Jason Hays, and sister Sheila Hixon (Robert Hixon).

Besides her own children, Melissa’s pride and joy lay with her grandchildren. This Mimi never missed a beat and will be missed by them all: Bryant, Bentley, Kinsley, Hayden, Brayden, Kase, and Dylynn. She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews.

As a caring mother, wife, and grandmother, Melissa never knew a stranger and lived on her own terms. Her funny wit, intelligent comments, and unique personality are what those who knew her will miss the most. She was one of a kind, unapologetically being herself when it came to what she believed in.

A celebration of Melissa’s life will be at Buck Run Community Center on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at noon. Please feel free to stop by and share your memories of Melissa with her family and close friends.

 

Obituary of Carol Jean Carter

Carol Jean Carter, 77, of Fort Scott Kansas passed away on January 1, 2022, in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Carol was born in Fort Scott, Kansas on April 3, 1944, to George and Sophia Sinn in Fort Scott Kansas.

 

Carol was raised on a small farm outside of Fort Scott. She graduated from Fort Scott High school and was married, living in Wichita, Kansas, where she started her family, raising her three children. She lived in Indiana for a few years but moved back to Wichita.  Her dream, however, was always to move back home to Fort Scott to be closer to her church and family which she fulfilled in the fall of 2000. She bought a small piece of land, built a house and small barn for her grandchildren to play in when visiting. Carol enjoyed spending time with her grandkids, gardening, and was an avid quilter. In 2014 she was diagnosed with dementia and ultimately moved to Minnesota and then Illinois to be closer to family.  

Carol is survived by her three children Sheryl (Dale) Toews; Tim (Michelle) Carter; and Darren (Michele) Carter; a brother Delbert Sinn; a sister Joyce Sinn; seven grandchildren, Blake and Chelsea Toews, Kara and Keith Carter, Cole, Mackenzie, and Tyler Carter; and former spouse, Earl Carter.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers, Don, Dick, and Kenny Sinn.

Ministers Larry Bahr and Jeff Fischer will officiate funeral services for Carol at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 7, 2022, at the Apostolic Christian Church with burial following at the Evergreen Cemetery, under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening January 6, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

Obituary of Larry Neville

Larry Merle Neville, 69, passed away in Nixa, Missouri late Thursday evening, December 30, 2021.

He was born on July 19th, 1952 in Girard, Kansas; the son of Merle Eugene and Jessie Mae (Ausemus) Neville.

Larry graduated from Fort Scott High School in 1970. While attending classes at FSCC, he met and soon married his devoted wife Linda. They had 47 wonderful years of marriage.

He was “Dad” to four children as well as “Papa” to eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Larry was extremely committed and thorough in his work.  Over the years, he had many places of employment including Merle’s Service Station, Boone and Dauben’s, Dorwin Jackson Drilling Company, Bruce’s Monuments, Dayco/Carlisle Products, and Dale Jackson Oil Production Company.

He was also very giving of his time and devoted to community service. His activities included the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star, Bronson Ruritan and Ball Association, City Library, Mayor, and City Council Member, School Board Member/President for Uniontown USD 235, as well as accounting work for the cities of Uniontown and Bronson.

While he lived the majority of his life in Southeast Kansas, he had spent the past eight years living in Nixa close to his family.

Larry is survived by his wife Linda, mother Jessie Mae, mother-in-law Edna Marie, brothers Jerry and David, and sister Julie; four children:  Darcy and husband Doug Sinn, Chelle and husband CJ Lear, Levi and wife Joey, Jeremy and wife Megan; Grandchildren Skyler, Drew, Danielle, Austin, Mercedes, Kinley, Ansley, and Ruth; Great Grandchildren Serenity, Mikenzi, Linkin, and Oakley; several cousins, nephews, and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father, Merle Neville; father-in-law, Dorwin Jackson; and brother-in-law, Gary Jackson.

Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Marty DeWitt of First Missionary Baptist Church in Uniontown, Kansas on Saturday, January 8th, 2022 at 1 pm.

The family invites all to fellowship at a reception at the church immediately following the service.

Larry will be laid to rest at the Turkey Creek Cemetery, north of Uniontown, at 4 pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the care of Linda Neville for incurred medical expenses.