Category Archives: Obituary

Obituary Of Gerald “Nate” Beaman

Gerald O. “Nate” Beaman, 93, passed away Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at A Country Place Senior Living in Fort Scott.

He was born August 7, 1924, in Uniontown, Kansas, the son of Ray and Ruth (Turner) Beaman. He married Mary Kathryn “Kay” Henson on January 11, 1947, in Fort Scott, Kansas, while attending Fort Scott Junior College, and they recently celebrated their 71st Wedding Anniversary, January of 2018.

Nate was a Hall of Fame Athlete, both at Fort Scott Junior College and Pittsburg State University, and he played semi-pro baseball as a catcher and outfielder after serving in the US Navy, a WWII Veteran. He was a coach, math teacher, and High School Principal for thirty years in Imperial Valley, California. When he retired, he and Kay moved back to the farm where he was born in Uniontown, Kansas.

He is survived by his wife Kay; four children, Jan Beaman, Curt Beaman, both of Uniontown, Kansas, Michael Beaman of Riverside, California, and Ty Beaman, of San Diego, California; six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Ina Nicolini, Ethel Olsen, Lula Shull; and two brothers, Harold Beaman, and Curtis Beaman.

Rev. Connie McKee will conduct graveside services, 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 26, 2018, at the Uniontown Cemetery under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon February 25, 2018, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Harry Hynes Hospice 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 Sue Ann Cannon

Sue Ann Cannon, age 65, a former resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, and more recently of Edwardsville, Kansas, passed away early Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. 
She was born July 6, 1952, in Ft. Scott, the daughter of Delbert Lowell Smith and Cathern Armatha Ward Smith.  Sue graduated from the Ft. Scott High School with the Class of 1970. 
She married Charles Melvin Harper and they later divorced. 
She later married Carlos Cannon on February 20, 1999. 
While living in Ft. Scott, Sue worked at Key Work Clothes, Master Printers and later for Ward-Kraft.  After moving to Edwardsville, she was employed by Midwest Bus Sales. 
She was a member of the Eastern Star and the American Legion Auxiliary of Ozawkie, Kansas. 
She enjoyed quilting and spending quality time with her family.  She especially enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sporting events. 
 
Survivors include her husband, Carlos, of the home; her daughter, Tammy Phillips (Kenny); two grandchildren, Kennda Major (Curtis) and Timmy Phillips (Jami Morgan) and a great-granddaughter, Kenzi Phillips, all of Ft. Scott.  Also surviving are a brother, Raymond Smith (Tawnja), of Ft. Scott and a sister, Janet Kovacic (Ernie) of Stark, Kansas.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Donald Smith. 
 
Funeral services will be held at 10 A.M. Saturday, February 24 at the Cheney Witt Chapel.  Burial will follow in the Centerville Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M. Friday 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 Michael Owen True

Michael Owen True, age 71, a resident of Fort Scott, Kansas, died late Friday, February 16, 2018, following a heart ailment.

He was born December 11, 1946, in Kansas City, Kansas, the son of Warren D. True and Lucille Leach True. He married Joyce Haller on June 15, 1968, in Shawnee, Kansas.

Mike was retired as trainmaster with the Burlington Northern Railroad. He served in the United States Marines from 1966 to 1969. He was an active member of the MG Club and owns two MG cars. He also loved target shooting and was a member of the Bourbon County Sharpshooters. Other hobbies include fishing and remote-control airplanes.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce, of the home; one son, Steve True and wife Victoria of Ottawa, Kansas; one daughter, Julie True of Topeka; two brothers, Dave True and wife Beverly, Shawnee, Kansas, and Brad True and wife, Mary, Olathe, Kansas. Also surviving are four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Scott True.

Following cremation, the family will receive friends from 11:00 A.M. until noon, Wednesday in the Cheney Witt Chapel.

The celebration of life and memorial service will be announced at a later date to be held at his favorite fishing location. Memorials are suggested to a Grandchildren Scholarship Fund and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Obituary of Mary Elizabeth Stoughton

Corrected Obituary

Mary Elizabeth Stoughton, age 95, a resident of Ft. Scott, KS, formerly of rural Mapleton, KS, died Sunday, February 18, 2018, at Country Place Living in Ft. Scott. She was born January 16, 1923, in rural Bourbon County, the daughter of Nixon and Eula Hutcherson Blair. She married Ellis Stoughton. He preceded her in death on November 24, 2011. Mary worked for the Postal Service in Mapleton, Redfield, and the Devon office until it’s closing. She then transferred to Ft. Scott until her retirement. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, bowling tours, fishing, crafts, and antique auctions. She played the organ at church for many years, lastly the Mapleton Methodist Church. She was a member of Eastern Star.

Survivors include a daughter, Karen Sue Peery and husband Ed, Mapleton, KS; grandchildren Kristian Fowler and husband Sid with sons Wyatt Ellis Fowler and Jesse Lee Fowler, Olathe, KS; Andy Peery, Grove, OK, and children Ian Peery and wife Brandee with son Barrett, Mapleton, and Andrea Peery, Joplin, MO, Susan Bancroft and husband Adam with children Bailie Elisabeth Brown, Gunnar Joe Brown, Allie Nacole Brown and Kynleah Claire Bancroft, Ft. Scott, Matt Martin, Ft. Scott, Troy Stoughton and children Laura Wray, Pittsburg, KS, and Sabra Stoughton, Ft. Scott, Drew Stoughton, Mapleton, Amy Stoughton and daughter Jandyn Stoughton, Ft. Scott, and Christina Logue and husband Jason with children Brayden and Emma of Ohio. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by sisters Wilma Kendrick Slick and Betty Nethercot; five brothers James, Marion, John, Robert, and Warren Blair; and a son, James Raymond Stoughton.

Pastor Joe Perkins will conduct funeral services at 11:00 AM Tuesday, February 20th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the West Plains Cemetery, Ft. Scott. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 Monday evening at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to support Alzheimer’s research by contributing to KU Endowment – Alzheimer’s Research sent in 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 Sandra Sue “Sandy” Rylander

Sandra Sue “Sandy” Rylander, 75, passed away Wednesday afternoon, February 14, 2018, at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. She was born October 16, 1942, in Fort Scott, Kansas, the daughter of John C. and Nettie Caroline (Townsend) Stanbro.

She married Gary Rylander June 4, 1961, in Fort Scott, and he survives of the home.

Sandy graduated from Uniontown High School with the class of 1960. She was a member of Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church and the Old Fort Genealogy Society.

In addition to her husband Gary, Sandy is also survived by her daughters, Susan Hedge, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Cheryl Huffman of Darien, Connecticut; a sister, Martha Murrow of Jupiter, Florida; and six grandchildren, Isabelle, Emily, Benjamin, Andrew, Nick, and Jane. She was preceded in death by her parents, and an infant daughter, Kelli Sue Rylander.

Following cremation, memorial services for Sandy will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home with interment following at the Deerfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Old Fort Genealogical Society 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 for Lois Wanda Moseley

Lois Wanda Moseley, age 85, a resident of Wichita, Kansas, passed away Monday, February 12, 2018, at the Family Health and Rehab in Wichita, Kansas.

She was born on March 29, 1932, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma the daughter of Jessie and Lillie Jose Pulliam. She married Darol Moseley on December 19, 1950, in Girard, Kansas.

He preceded her in death on August 25, 2016. Lois was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile and the Ladies Oriental Shrine.

Survivors include three sons, Michael Moseley and wife, Bobbie, of Rogers, Arkansas, Patrick Moseley and wife, Marilyn, of Goddard, Kansas, and Joseph Moseley, of Wichita, Kansas; a sister, Ruth Braack; nine grandchildren, Michael Moseley, Mark Moseley, Jeremy Moseley, Steven Moseley, Patricia Moseley, Brian Moseley, Nicholas Moseley, Kurt Cox, and Trisha Taylor; and numerous great-grandchildren. Lois was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Calvin Pulliam and Franklin Pulliam; and two sisters, Maudie Robertson and Dorothy Adams.


Graveside services will be held at 11:30 AM Saturday, February 17, 2018, at the Hiattville Cemetery under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel.

The family will receive friends from 10:30 am until leaving for the cemetery at the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Fort Scott Design Review Board Will Meet Feb. 15

The Design Review Board will meet on Thursday, February 15th, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at the City Hall Commission Meeting room at 123 S. Main Street, Fort Scott, Kansas. This meeting will be held to discuss a Certificate of Appropriateness for the installation of bicycle racks in the downtown area, discussion of fencing in the downtown area, and review of the Gordon Parks sign on the Iron Star Building. This meeting is open to the public.

Obituary Of Helen Clark Rhodes Sexton

Helen B. Clark Rhodes Sexton, a former resident of Pittsburg, Kansas and more recently of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Friday, February 9, 2018, at the Guest Home Estates in Ft. Scott. 
She was born January 28, 1925, the daughter of Edward D. Clark and Dora Anna Whiteside Clark, at Moundville, in Vernon County, Missouri.  She moved with her parents to Kansas in 1941.
  Mrs. Sexton worked at Key Work Clothes in Ft. Scott for ten years.  In 1958, she completed a course in cosmetology and owned and operated her own salon on South Main Street in Ft. Scott for thirteen years.  She closed her salon and went to work at Day and Zimmerman, KAAP, at Parsons, Kansas, as an explosive operator, and in quality control.  She was a graduate of the Medical Self Help Training Class at the plant. 
Her hobbies covered a large territory.  She loved sewing, arts, and craft shows, and making homemade candies, cookies, and cakes for her family and friends during the holidays.  She kept several scrapbooks and family picture albums from when she was in her teens.  In 1997, she wrote and had published, The Ninth of Twelve from the Usta Place, the story of her life.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ft. Scott.
  In 1945, she was united in marriage to Hubert A. Rhodes at the old First Christian Church in Ft. Scott by the Rev. Wilbert Dunlap.  To this union, two children were born. 
On May 17, 1970, she was married to Harley Sexton.
Survivors include her children, Gary Allen Rhodes (Carolyn Butler), of Ft. Scott and Sherri Rhodes Stenseng (Russell), of Eldorado, Kansas; three grandchildren, Trenton Rhodes (Summer), of Ft. Scott, Rusty Stenseng, of Eldorado, Kansas and Kristi Evans (Blake), of Wichita, Kansas and four great-grandchildren, Nova and Easton Rhodes, Logan Stenseng and Isabel Roark and numerous nieces, nephews. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harley, a grandson, Marcus Rhodes, three brothers and eight sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, February 14 at the Cheney Witt Chapel.  Burial will follow in the Memory Gardens Cemetery. 
The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 1:00 P.M. until service time at the Cheney Witt Chapel.  Memorials are suggested to Care to Share 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 Shirley Mae Soto

Shirley Mae Soto, age 79, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas passed away Thursday, February 8, 2018, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

She was born December 30, 1938, in California, the daughter of Lee Wurtz and Pauline Sharp Wurtz. Shirley married Paul Soto. Shirley lived the majority of her life in California where she worked in a poultry plant and later as an inspector for the U. S. D. A.

Following her retirement, she moved to Ft. Scott. She then provided care for elderly. She enjoyed her cats.

Survivors include her two children, James Bentley of Ft. Scott and Paula McClurg (David) of Fresno, California; and two step-children, Paul Soto and Cindy Soto, both of California; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a brother, Jerry Wurtz, of Oklahoma. Her husband, Paul, preceded her in death on March 11, 2017.

Family and friends may meet at the Cheney Witt Chapel at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, February 13 before going to the West Liberty Cemetery for burial. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, Kansas.

Obituary for Junior Eugene Lawrence

Junior Eugene Lawrence, age 89, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away early Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at the Medicalodge of Ft. Scott. He was born May 9, 1928, in Deerfield, Missouri, the son of Edward Samuel Lawrence and Nellie Zimmerman Lawrence.

He was firsts employed by the Lawrence and Son Saw Mill in Deerfield. He later joined the United States Navy where he served in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

Following his service with the Navy, he married Marie Turner on June 4, 1948, at Deerfield. He then was employed in Ft. Scott by Bryden Auto Supply and then for Herrman Lumber. He later worked in the mail room for the Western Insurance Company.

He was a member of the Olson Frary Burkhart Post #1165 V. F. W. Junior enjoyed working with wood, fishing, and hunting as well as gardening.

Survivors include his daughter, Jeanie Parker and husband Darrell, two grandchildren, Clint Parker and wife Michelle and Brandi Pitts and husband, Brandon; and three great-grandchildren, Clayton and Katlyn Parker and Cash Pitts, all of Ft. Scott. His wife, Marie, preceded him in death on December 13, 2013. He as also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Sonny and Chet Lawrence and three sisters, Arlene Lawrence, Lorene “Sis” Shepard and Nellie Carpenter.

Randy Handly will conduct funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Monday, February 12, 2018, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the Memory Gardens Cemetery where military honors will be provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post #1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The family will receive friends on Monday from 10:00 A.M. until service time at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorial are suggested to Mercy Hospice or the Medicalodge Activity 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 Thomas Bowerman

Thomas P. Bowerman, age 72, a resident of Ft. Scott, passed through the gates of heaven Thursday, February 1, 2018, at his home.

He was born May 17, 1945, in Fayetteville, AR, the son of Jess and Hazel Bowerman. He attended South Side Grade School and Rogers High School in Rogers, AR.

He met his wife, Edith Diana Keehler, May 29, 1964. They have been married 53 years.

Tom was a master electrician for Loark Electrical.

They moved to Ft. Scott, KS, in 2001 to care for their oldest son Dana, who was battling M.S. He enjoyed his family and friends. He loved to work on cars with his friend and retired co-worker in the electrical trade. Tom’s life revolved around his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was greatly loved by all his family and friends and will be missed by all.

Survivors include his wife Diana, of the home; a son, Wesley Bowerman and wife Kalee, Ft. Scott; a daughter, Rebecca Bowerman and Mathew Gavin, of the home; a sister, Mary Reed, Rogers, AR; a grandson, Damion Gavin; four granddaughters, Essance Bowerman, Allain Tureskis, Madison Smith, Ft. Scott, and Dana Jean and husband Jeremy, Louisiana; a great-grandson, Tanner Jean. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Dana Bowerman; and two sisters, Virginia Chaney and Ann Jouett.

There was cremation. Memorial services will be conducted at 3:00 PM Friday, February 9th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Thomas Bowerman 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 Mildred Bortzfield

Mildred Katie Bortzfield, age 86, formerly of Pleasanton, KS, died Sunday, February 4, 2018, at Pinnacle Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation, Olathe, KS.

She was born on October 26, 1931, in Fulton, KS, the daughter of Robert and Hazel Wurtz Clendening. She married LeRoy Bortzfield on June 8, 1949, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He preceded her in death on December 31, 1986. She later married Curtis Owenby on August 31, 1988. He preceded her in death on November 15, 2016.

Katie worked in her early years for the telephone company. She later worked for Braemore Coat Factory in Pleasanton. She then worked for Western Insurance Company in Fort Scott, KS, until her retirement. She was an avid hunter and fisherman. She also enjoyed bowling and attending Pickers and Fiddlers. She was a member of the West Liberty United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Vickie Zugelder, Kansas City, MO; a son, Rick Bortzfield and wife Robin, Pleasanton, KS; five grandchildren, Chris Zugelder, Riki Barr, Eric Zugelder, Rylan Bortzfield, and Griffin Bortzfield; four great-grandchildren, Nicolas, Mackenzie, Alyssa and Zander; a sister, Elenora Courtois, Pleasanton, KS; and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides both husbands, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Bill, Cecil, Frank and John Clendening; two sisters, Dorothy Nichols and Rosemary Ward; and her parents.

Pastor Tom Mullins will conduct funeral services at 2:30 PM Thursday, February 8th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the West Liberty Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until service time at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to Good Shepherd Hospice and may be left in the 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.