Category Archives: Obituary

Obituary For Kayden Samyn

Kayden Blaes Samyn, age 11, Mound City, Kansas passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018, as the result of an accident.

He was born at Olathe, Kansas on July 14, 2006, the son of Dale Samyn and Karrie Ortman Barnes. He was a student at Jayhawk Elementary School.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Jess Ortman.

Kayden is survived by his parents, four brothers: Freddie Barnes, Ethan Wettstein, Miles and Landyn Samyn, three sisters: Jessica Ortman, Alyssa and Kelsie Nelson, maternal grandmother, Jessie Ortman, paternal grandparent Edward and Debbie Samyn and seven nieces and nephews: Andrew, Camdyn, Aunika, Tristan, Fynleigh, Rowan, and Daniel.

Funeral service will be 10:30 am Saturday, May 26, 2018, at the Mound City First Baptist Church.

Burial will be in the Curry Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 pm Friday at the Church.

Contributions are suggested to Kayden”s Memorial and can be sent to the Farmers State, P.O. Box 158, Blue Mound, KS 66010 or Schneider Funeral Home, P.O. Box J, Mound City, KS 66056. Online condolences for the family can be left at www.schneiderfuenrals.com. Arrangements: Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel.

Obituary For Barbara Ivey

Barbara Rose Ivey, age 83, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Saturday, May 19, 2018, at the Mercy Hospital Emergency Room in Ft. Scott.
She was born February 12, 1935, in Frederick, Oklahoma, the daughter of James Davis and Josephine Harmon Davis.
Barbara married Loyd Alton Ivey on July 31, 1952, in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.  Barbara had worked in customer service for Ennis Business Forms for thirty years.
She enjoyed spending time with her family especially at Christmas.  She enjoyed writing poetry, tending her flowers and working on art projects.  She was an active resident of Ft. Scott Manor where she liked to play Bingo and participate in various activities.  She also served as President of the Resident’s Advisory Board.  She was a member of the Community Christian Church. 
 
Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Button, of Ft. Scott and a son, John Ivey, and wife, Teresa, of Wichita, Kansas; twelve grandchildren, Stacey Schramm, Jessica Bables, Kelley Tucker, Kimberly Coon, Kristy Sickles, Kaylee Button, Scotty Button, Brandon Ivey, Justin Ivey, Crystal Steinkirchner, Dylan Ivey and Quintin Ivey and twenty-six great-grandchildren.  Her husband, Loyd Ivey, Sr., preceded her in death on April 28, 2009.  She was also preceded in death by three sons, Loyd Ivey, Jr., Randy Ivey and Roger Ivey, who died in infancy; two great-grandchildren; two brothers and two sisters.
 
Rev. Kevin Moyers will conduct funeral services at 1:30 P.M. Wednesday, May 23rd, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 12:30 P.M. until service time at the Cheney Witt Chapel.  Memorials are suggested to the American Heart 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 Charlene Neel Hunziker

Obituary For Shirley Westcoat

Shirley Mae Wescoat, 85, of Fort Scott passed away Friday morning, May 11, 2018, at Cavalry Crossing in Fort Scott, Kansas.

She was born December 28, 1932, in Parkersburg, West Virginia the daughter of Clair John and Sarah Inez (Vance) Butcher.

She married Herbert Jacob “Jake” Wescoat February 17, 1951, in Sacramento, California. He preceded her in death on September 2, 2000.

Survivors include her children, Gary Wescoat and wife Susan, of Fort Scott, Dorothea Sipe, of Topeka, Kansas, Carol Lathem and husband Lawrence, of Durant, Oklahoma, and Sandra Gates of Fort Scott; a brother, Clifton Butcher, of Parkersburg, West Virginia; eight grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. In addition to her husband Jake, Shirley was also preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Lois Claar, and a brother, Gene Butcher.

Following cremation, memorial services were held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, with interment following at the US National Cemetery in Fort Scott, Kansas. Memorial contributions may be made to Care to Share or Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall 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 For Glen Eldon Dyer

Glen Eldon Dyer, age 96, resident of Clarksville, TN, went to be with the Lord on May 14, 2018, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after a brief illness. Pastor Larry Stevicks will conduct graveside services at 11:00 Monday, May 21st, in the U. S. National Cemetery.  Military honors will be provided by the U. S. Marine Honor Guard.  Local services are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main.

Obituary Of Alvin Metcalf

Alvin Wayne Metcalf, age 71, resident of Ft. Scott, KS, died Wednesday, May 16, 2018. He was born September 8, 1946, in Ft. Scott, the son of Wayne and Ellen Schubert Metcalf.

He graduated from Fort Scott high school with the class of 1964. He married Linda Lee Cox on November 10, 1964, in Ft. Scott.

Alvin served in the U. S. Army in Vietnam as Specialist 4th Class. He worked most of his career as a firefighter, retiring as Captain of the South Johnson County Fire Department.

He enjoyed coon hunting and raising greyhounds. He traded guns, knives, and dogs. He also drove the team bus for many out of town high school games.

Alvin was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife Linda of the home; a daughter, Kristen Metcalf, Lawrence, KS; a son, Clint Metcalf and wife Taira, Lawrence, KS; five grandchildren, Joseph Berkey, Keenan and Halle Gregory, and Amelia and Landon Metcalf; three great grandchildren, Emerald, Etain, and Eislin Berkey; two brothers, Delbert Metcalf, Ft. Scott, and Mike Metcalf and wife Debbie, Nevada, MO; a sister, Shirley Moberg and husband Henry, Melrude, MN; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two grandsons, Kyle and Ian; and his parents.

There was cremation. Rev. Chuck Russell will conduct memorial services at 12:30 PM Friday, May 25th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the U. S. Army Honor Guard. The family will receive friends from 11:30 AM Friday prior to the service. Memorial contributions are suggested to the KU Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or Lees Paws and Claws and may be left 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 For Jerry Wright

Jerry Garland Wright, Sr., age 74, a resident of Ft. Scott, KS, died Friday, May 11, 2018, at the Freeman West Medical Center, Joplin, MO. He was born August 19, 1943, in Newtonia, MO, the son of Felix and Essie Barker Wright. He was one of nine children born to the Wright family. He lived in Neosho, MO, and graduated from Neosho High School. Jerry married Norma Jean Jones in 1965 and moved to Fort Scott, KS. Two children were born to this marriage; Jay Wright and June Wright who survive. He served for several years on the Fort Scott Police Department. His greatest joy in life was when he become an ordained minister. He served as an elder at the Road Church, Webb City, MO. He spent the last years of his life spreading the gospel and could always be found with a book of sermons he had written in his pocket.

Besides his children, survivors include a brother, Erron Wright and wife Betty, Joplin, MO; and one sister, Norma Jean Parks, Neosho, MO; three grandsons, Jace, Nolan and Bryce; one granddaughter, Madison; and a multitude of nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and five sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, May 18th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Cremation will follow with private family burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery at a later date. The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until service time Friday morning. Memorials are suggested to the Jerry G. Wright, Sr. Memorial Fund and may be left in the care 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 for Wilda I. Insley

Wilda I. Insley, age 87, of Fort Scott, KS, more recently of Olathe, KS, passed away Sunday afternoon, April 29, 2018, at The University of Kansas Medical Center.

She was born January 22, 1931, in Fort Scott, KS, the daughter of Joseph Richard Crystal and Elva Pauline Beerbower Crystal.

Wilda graduated from Arcadia High School with the class of 1948. Following her graduation, she worked that summer as a nurse’s aide for Mercy Hospital.

She married Curtis Richard Insley on August 23, 1950, in Bentonville, AR.

She was later employed by The Western Insurance Company and Montgomery Ward. Her employment with the City of Fort Scott included 16 years as a clerk with the water department. Then on May 18, 1979, she became the City Clerk where she served for 13 years until her retirement in 1992.

Wilda, and husband Curtis enjoyed traveling and genealogy research. Their travels included the annual reunion of The Company A of the United States Army Fifth Combat Engineer Battalion. These trips included travels around the United States which were hosted by the former soldiers and their families. Wilda and Curtis hosted the event in Fort Scott on two different occasions.

She was a long-time member of the Fort Scott Lioness Club and a member of The First Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed playing card games and dominoes with family and friends and attending sporting activities for the grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

Wilda is survived by daughters Sondra Cowen and husband Larry of Fort Scott, KS, and Karen O’Bryan and husband Joseph of Olathe, KS; three grandchildren, Monica Harvey and husband David of Blue Springs, MO, Afton Brown and husband Chad of Fort Scott, KS, and Dustin Willard of Olathe, KS; three great grandchildren, Banks and Madison Brown of Fort Scott, KS, and Noah Harvey of Blue Springs, MO; one brother Frank Crystal and Yvonne Beck, and one sister Carolyn Crystal, all of Fort Scott, KS; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Curtis; an infant sister Darlene Faye Crystal; her brother James Dale Crystal; and sister-in-law Juanita Jo Crystal.

Pastor Jeff Dillow will conduct funeral services at 10:00 AM Friday, May 4th, at the First Presbyterian Church, Ft. Scott.

Burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 Thursday evening at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to either the American Diabetes Association or the First Presbyterian 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 Marjorie Greenfield

Marjorie Darlene Hudgen Greenfield, age 95, a former resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas and more recently from Denton, Texas, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Denton, Texas. 
She was born February 12, 1923, in Altamont, Kansas, the daughter of John Wesley Hudgen and Beulah Marjorie Kingsbury Hudgen.  She worked at the Western Insurance Company in Ft. Scott until her marriage to Ben C. Greenfield, Jr. on September 2, 1967.  After their marriage, Ben and Darlene lived in Jackson, Mississippi, and Parsons, Kansas.  They later moved to Irving, Texas where Darlene cared for her Aunt Ester until her passing.  They later returned to Ft. Scott where they retired.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ft. Scott. 
 
Darlene is survived by cousins, Bob Kingsbury and wife, Judy, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and Gary Cawood, of California.  Also surviving are a step-daughter; Pamela Marshall and husband, Terry, of Florida; grandchildren, Troy Marshall, and wife, Susan and great-granddaughter, Sienna, of Vermont, Brandon Marshall, and wife, Jennifer and great-grandchildren, Kelsey, Alissa and Aden of New York and a second step-daughter, Rhonda Nelson and grandchildren, Robbie and Aaron Nelson and great-grandchildren, Alyson, Trey, Alex, and Trevor, all of Texas. 
Darlene was preceded in death by a step-son, Ben W. Greenfield and is survived by his wife, Connie and grandchildren, Deborah and Carey Greenfield and great-grandchildren, Raymond and Skyla, of Texas. 
She was also preceded in death by a step-daughter, Eileen Marshall and is survived by her husband, Sam and grandchildren, Steve and Tammy and great-granddaughters of Washington State.
 
Rev. Steve Cole will conduct graveside services at 1:30 P.M. Friday, May 4th at the U. S. National Cemetery in Ft. Scott, Kansas. 
Family and friends will meet at the cemetery.  Services are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, Kansas.

Obituary Of Carol Welch

Carol Louise (Meme) Welch, age 77, a former resident of Fort Scott, and more recently of Overland Park, Kansas, died Sunday, April 29, 2018 at St. Luke’s South Hospital. 

She was born December 14, 1940, in Fort Scott, Kansas the daughter of Victor Carpenter and Lucille Willey Carpenter. 

Carol was a 1958 graduate of Fort Scott High School.  She attended Pittsburg State College.  She was previously employed by American States Insurance in Overland Park. 

She married Denny O. D. Welch Jr. on August 29, 1987, in Overland Park. 

Her joy was spending time with grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Denny O.D. (Papa) Welch; five sons, O. D. Welch III  and wife Melody, Chet Shellenberger, Stephen Shellenberger and wife Chris, Chuck Welch and wife Elizabeth, and Daniel Shellenberger; one daughter, Karin Shellenberger.  Also surviving are fourteen grandchildren; Lacey, Joseph, Lauren, Taylor, Kelsea, Phillip, Emma, Ashlyn, Victoria, Peyton, Charles, Meghan, Gabriel, and Oliver. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, CPL Nicholas Gomez.

Following cremation, memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 5th, in the Cheney Witt Chapel. 

The family will receive friends from 10:00 A.M. until service time at the Chapel.  Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warriors project and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com

 

Obituary for Pauline Stoughton Beeler

Pauline Stoughton Beeler, age 95, a resident of Ft. Scott, KS, died Sunday, April 29, 2018, at the Mercy Hospital Emergency Room.

She was born August 4, 1922, in Mapleton, KS, the daughter of Frederick and Mary Faulhaber Stoughton. She attended Mapleton grade school, Blue Mound High, and Ft. Scott Junior College.

Pauline worked in both the offices of Key Overall factory and Kansas Utilities.

She married Dale Warren in November 1942, one year after they met. From 1943 through 1947 they lived in Manhattan, KS, and their first two children, Gary and Pat were born. Dale graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dale’s father was a veterinarian and his son Stephen also received his veterinary degree from KSU 25 years later. Dale died in 1952 in a small airplane accident near Fulton, KS.

Pauline remarried Norbert Beeler (Bud) in 1953. Pauline’s fourth child, Rebecca, was born in 1954 on her mother’s birthday in Tacoma, WA, where Bud was stationed in the Army.

The family moved to Prairie Village, KS, where they lived 20 years. Bud spent that time employed by Stine & McClure funeral home. In 1973, they moved back to Fort Scott, owning and managing Cheney’s Chapel funeral home (now Cheney Witt Chapel). Bud retired in 1989 and died as a result of Parkinson’s disease in 2004.

Pauline is survived by her four children, Gary Michael Warren and wife Charlene, Patricia Pauline Morris and husband Jim, Stephen Dale Warren and wife Patti, and Rebecca Ann Beatson and husband Jim; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and five siblings; Bernice Lawrence, and Raymond, Milton, Sheldon, and Ellis Stoughton; two husbands, Dale Martin Warren and Norbert Joseph Beeler; and her granddaughter Frances Elizabeth Warren (1985).

There was cremation.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM Friday, May 25, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association and may be left in the care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, PO Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Obituary Of Rodney Paul Morter

Rodney Paul Morter, age 85, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away early Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Pittsburg Care and Rehab Center in Pittsburg, Kansas.

He was born February 21, 1933, in Ainsworth, Nebraska, the son of Paul Frederick Morter and Lila Thompson Morter.

At an early age, Rod enlisted in the United States Army. He faithfully served his country for twenty-two years. While with the Army he was stationed in Japan, Korea, and Vietnam as well as bases in the United States.

Following his retirement from the military, Rod settled in Newberg, Oregon. He worked as a truck driver for various trucking companies for the next six years.

In 2008, he relocated to Ft. Scott, Kansas. He enjoyed basketball and was a great fan of the Portland Trail Blazers. He also enjoyed being outdoors spending time fishing and horseback riding. He also liked to attend flea markets and auctions.

Survivors include his four children, Roderick Morter and wife, Janice, of Ft. Scott, Debra Morter-Womelsdorf and husband, Kevin, of Ft. Scott, Linh Sue Cady, of Vancouver, Washington and Joni Morter, of Lawrence, Kansas; twelve grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren and his former wife, Teresa Munroe, of Lawrence, Kansas. Also surviving are two sisters, Ramona and Eldoris.

He was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Elijah Doherty, a brother, Harry and a sister, Joann.

Rev. Kevin Moyers will conduct graveside services at 1:30 P.M. Monday, April 30th at the U. S. National Cemetery.

Full military honors will be conducted by the U. S. Army Honor Guard. Friends and family will meet at the cemetery. Arrangements 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.