Category Archives: Obituary

Obituary: Euegenia Ronnette Vincent

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Eugenia Ronnette Vincent, resident of Hiattville, Kan., died Thursday evening, June 8, 2017, at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kan.

She was born July 7, 1967, in Fort Scott, Kan., the daughter of Ronald and Dorothy Ham Brown. She graduated from Pittsburg State University with an accounting degree. She married Pat Vincent on August 22, 1986, in Fort Scott. Ronnette worked in accounting for Key Industries for 13 years. In 2002, she began working for Mid-Continental Restoration until present. She enjoyed reading novels, taking walks and spending time with her family. She was Hiattville 4-H Community Leader, Bourbon County Farm Bureau Board, leader of Bourbon County 4-H Junior Leaders, Bourbon County Extension PDC and Uniontown FFA Advisory Committee member. She was a member of the Hiattville United Methodist Church, serving as church treasurer.

Survivors include her husband Pat of the home; a son Luke Vincent and Heather, Carl Junction, Mo.; a daughter, Katelyn Meiwes and husband Joe, Moran, Kan.; brothers Ronald Brown, Jr., Kansas City, Mo., and Keith Brown and wife Julia, Fort Scott; sisters Melinda Collins and Dave, Fort Scott, and Sheila Eastwood and husband Tim, Drexel, Mo.; her father, Ronnie Brown, Sr. and step-mom Beverly Brown; step-grandmother, Dora Page; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Ham-Moore; and an infant brother, David Brown.

There was cremation. Rev. Don Flanner will conduct memorial services at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 14, at the Hiattville United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Hiattville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 Tuesday evening at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to either the Hiattville United Methodist Church or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation 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: Robert Eugene Colvin

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Robert Eugene “Bob” Colvin, age 73, of Wichita, Kan., passed away Saturday June 3, 2017, at his home.

He was born on August 28, 1943 in Fort Scott, Kan., the son of George and Ruby Riley Colvin. Bob was a Veteran serving his country with the United States Navy for four years and with the United States Air Force for twenty two years. He married Ursula Knittel on April 12, 1974, in Lakeland, Ga., they were happily married for 43 years. After retiring from the military, he went to work for Boeing working and modifying airplanes. He was a member of the V.F.W Post 3115, Wichita, Kan.

Bob was survived by his wife, Ursula of the home; a daughter, Janice Enitla of Wichita, Kan.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Jerry Colvin; and a sister, Linda Adams.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday June 8, 2017, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the U.S. National Cemetery, Fort Scott, Kan.. The family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society in care of the Funeral Home P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the guest book at cheneywitt.com.

Obituary: Joyce Irene Peterson

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Joyce Irene Peterson, age 78, resident of Rural Fort Scott, Kan., died Saturday, June 3, 2017, at her home.

She was born February 17, 1939, in Fort Scott, the daughter of Carl and Christine Low Knox. She graduated from Fort Scott High School with the class of 1957. She married Frank Peterson on September 21, 1958, in Fort Scott. She worked as a key punch operator for Western Insurance Company for several years. She then cleaned houses on her own for over 20 years. She also worked for R&R Building Supply. Joyce enjoyed sewing and crocheting in her spare time, as well as riding horses in her younger years. She never missed a Mound City Craft Festival with her daughters. She loved watching the grandkids play ball. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband Frank of the home; four children, Frank Wesley Peterson and wife Laura, Erie, Kan., Linda Jolene Wade and husband Steven, Mapleton, Kan., Flint William Peterson and wife Shannon, Nevada, Mo., and Tina Herrin and husband Gary, Devon, Kan.; 10 grandchildren, Kerri, Seth, Evan, Lindsey, Taylor, Draven, Sydney, Ry, Landry and Cooper; four great grandchildren, Bridget, Cole, McKenzie and Brooke. She was preceded in death by a brother, George Knox and her parents.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 7, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the Centerville Cemetery, Devon, Kan. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time at the Chapel. Memorials are suggested to Big Brother/Big Sisters of Bourbon County 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: Bill Eugene Kramer

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Bill Eugene Kramer, age 87, a resident of Fort Scott, Kan., died at his home Sunday June 4, 2017. He was born December 2, 1929, in Fort Scott, the son of James F. Kramer and Mamie Taiclet Kramer.

He married Norma Joyce Madison on September 30, 1954, in Fort Scott. He joined the United States Army in 1951 and was a Paratrooper. He worked for 17 years as a bus driver for the Fort Scott school district. Bill enjoyed listening to country music and raccoon hunting with friends and grandchildren. He was a sports fan and loved watching his kids and later his grandchildren play sports.

Survivors include his wife, Norma of the home; three children, Mike Kramer and wife, Patty, Larry Kramer and wife, Grace, and Dolores Pruitt and husband, Jim, all of Fort Scott; eight grandchildren B.J. Pruitt and wife, Kayla of Arma, Kan., Brett Kramer and wife, Erica of Fort Scott, Jake Kramer of Fort Scott, Megan Crosier and husband, Clint of Memphis Tennessee, Cole Pruitt and wife, Jaclyn of Atchison, Kan., Cody Kramer of Fort Scott, Patricia Kramer of Fayetteville, Ark., and Michael Kramer of Fort Scott; three great grandkids, Easton, Mason, and Rhett Pruitt; a sister Mary Lou Marberry; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, Jim Kramer, Charlie Kramer, Les Kramer, Bob Greene, and John Kramer, two sisters, Dorene Murrell, and May.

Rev. Chuck Russell will conduct funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday, June 9, 2017. Burial will follow at the U.S. National Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post #1165 V.F.W. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorial are suggested to Mercy Hospice may be sent to the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main St., P. O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS. 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Obituary: William Harold Thesing II

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Dr. LTC Ret. William Harold Thesing II, age 80, resident of rural Fort Scott, Kan., died Monday, May 29, 2017, at Medicalodge of Fort Scott.

He was born February 11, 1937, in Hays, Kan., the son of William and Frances Honas Thesing. He was a graduate of Trego-Wakeeney High School. He obtained his B.S.N. degree in 1963 from Saint Mary’s of the Plains College in Dodge City, Kan. He served in the United States Army as a Nurse Anesthetist, retiring after 20 years of service. William was a Vietnam Veteran and received the Legion of Merit Medal, which was presented to him by President of George W. Busch. He obtained his PhD. in Healthcare in 1993 and another PhD. in Education in 1997 both from Cambridge International University, Rainbow City, Ala. In 2004, he received his Legal Nursing Consulting Diploma.

In addition to all his years in the health care field, Dr. Thesing was an accomplished pipe organist with many performances throughout the United States and Europe while on active duty. He also played for church services and was a vocal tenor for church music performances. While in Oklahoma, he also co-owned Jim’s Restaurant for 15 years. In Fort Scott he was involved in several organizations including a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, and the V.F.W.

Survivors include two sisters, Eleanor Skroh and husband Wilbur, Montpelier, Idaho, and Berniece Shank, WaKeeney, Kan.; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Beatrice Thesing; two brothers, Henry and Leonard Thesing; and his parents.

Father Robert Wachter will conduct the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 5, at the Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Fort Scott. The Rosary will be prayed at 10 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Ellis, Kan. Military Honors will be provided by the United States Army Honor Guard. Memorials are suggested to the Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Obituary: Dorothy Ellen Todd

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Dorothy Ellen Todd, age 87, a resident of Fort Scott, Kansas, passed away Friday, May 26, 2017, at her home.

Dorothy Ellen Todd

She was born February 11, 1930, in Fort Scott, the daughter of Clarence B. Sackett and Mary Jane Crystal Sackett. She married Allan Todd on November 2, 1946. Dorothy had worked as a nurse for Mercy Hospital for many years. Dorothy was known for her kind and generous personality. In earlier years, she had volunteered her time for the Red Cross, CASA and Mother to Mother Ministries.

Survivorss include a daughter, Linda Toepfer, of Fort Scott, one son, Matthew A. Todd, and wife Ellah, of Independence, Mo.; three granddaughters, Shelly Edwards, of Leawood, Kan., Kerri Bohlken and husband, Randy, and Kendell Mason and husband, Steve, all of Fort Scott; five great-grandchildren, Alex and wife Holli, and Ashton Mason, Lane and Max Bohlken and Jessica Amico and husband, Joey; and a great-great-granddaughter, Lucy Mason. Also surviving are three brothers, Billy Sackett, of Rocky Ford, Colo., George Sackett, of Olathe, Kans., and Kenneth Sackett, of Park City, Kans. and three sisters, Bonnie Reid, of Topeka, Kans., Fran Brillhart, of Tampa, Fla., and Lorrene Henningsen, of Fort Scott. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Leroy Sackett, and three sisters, Ally Faye Sackett, Pansy Hill and Betty Sackett.

At Dorothy’s request, her body has been donated to the University of Kansas Medical Center. A celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held at a later date. Burial will take place in the Paint Creek Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Obituary: Candise Faye Larson

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Candise Faye “Candy” Larson, age 67, died Thursday, May 25, 2017, at the Arrowood Lane Assisted Living in Humboldt, Kan.

She was born January 21, 1950, in Iola, Kan., the daughter of George and Mary Martin Likely. She graduated from Enterprise Academy in 1968. She then attended college in Hinsdale, Ill., obtaining her nursing degree. While in college, she met her future husband, Ed. They were married on February 28, 1969. They moved back to the Bronson, Kan., in the early ‘80s. They later divorced. Candise was a gardener who possessed a true green thumb. She loved her horses and dogs. She enjoyed simple country living.

Survivors include five sisters, Georgia Ramsey and husband Frank, Bronson, Kans., Susan O’Nele and husband Kevin, Aurora, Colo., Margaret Peters and husband Bob, Meeker, Okla., Annette Jarvis, Walton, KS, and Mary Alice Abbott, Bronson, Kan.; one brother, Joe Likely and wife Brenda, McPherson, Kan.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Graveside services will be held at 11:30 Tuesday, May 30, in the Bronson Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Muscular Dystrophy Association and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Obituary: Shirley Ann Howell

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Shirley Ann Howell, age 65, a resident of Fort Scott, Kans., passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017, at her home.

She was born November 3, 1951, in Fort Scott, the daughter of Herbert Lee McReynolds and Rosie Virginia Gibson McReynolds. She graduated from the Uniontown High School. Shirley married Robert Lee Howell on May 1, 1987, at their home in Fort Scott. He preceded her in death on December 22, 2016. Shirley worked as a cook for Ben Franklin, Red Barn, Fort Scott Manor and McDonalds.  She had also been employed by Peerless Products. Her main passion, however, was operating her own in home daycare. She was a member of the Bethel Community Church.

Survivors include her three children, Sebrena L. Pattison and husband, Jess, of Hume, Mo., Bridget Hartman, of the home in Fort Scott and Jeremiah Reasoner and wife, Emily, also of Fort Scott; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Oren and Gerald McReynolds, both of Fort Scott; three sisters, Sue Ford, of Virgil City, Mo., Ida Ford, of Fort Scott and Fannie Roark of Kansas City, Mo.; and a half-sister, Kathy Blair, of Oklahoma. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a half-brother, Kenny Duncan and an infant brother, Charlie McReynolds.

Following cremation, Pastor Ben Heffernan will conduct a memorial service at 10 a.m. Friday, May 26, at the Bethel Community Church. Burial will follow in the Woods Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bethel Community Church. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society 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: Lois Darlene Houston

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Lois Darlene Houston, age 86, a resident of rural Richards, Mo., passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo.

She was born December 14, 1930, in Enid, Okla., the daughter of William Burton “Burt” Cooper and Ruth Rudd Cooper. Lois graduated from the Richards High School and attended Fort Scott Junior College. She first married Ivan Ater in 1949. They divorced. She later married Wayne Houston on July 20, 1981, at Fort Scott. Lois had worked for many years as a claims adjustor and as an underwriter for the Western Insurance which later became American States Insurance. In earlier years, she enjoyed sewing and crocheting. She was an excellent cook and will be remembered for her wonderful homemade pies. She was a member of the Community of Christ Church.

Survivors include her husband, Wayne, of the home; three sons, Ron Ater of Olathe, Kans., Tim Ater and wife, Pam, of Nevada, Mo., and Gregory D. Houston and wife, Linda, of Richards, Mo.; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Gary Houston; three brothers, Tom, Jay and Herb Cooper and a sister, Carrie Lawson.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 25, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Community of Christ 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: Melvin Higgins

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Melvin Higgins, age 88, resident of Richards, Mo., died Friday, May 19, 2017, at the Moore-Few Care Center, Nevada, Mo.

He was born March 2, 1929, in Richards, Mo., the son of Charley and Jennie Tucker Higgins. He graduated from Richards High School with the class of 1948. He married Sandra Joan Cameron on December 11, 1957, in Girard, Kans. She preceded him in death on January 10, 2011. He served our country in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Melvin worked for the Missouri State Highway Department for 33 years, retiring in 1992. He enjoyed fishing, raising chickens and turkeys, watching football on television, and attending dirt track races and tractor pulls. He spent most every Saturday at the Sale Barn. He was a past member of the American Legion in Arma, Kans. He was a very hard working and devoted family man who loved spending time with his grandchildren. Melvin could often be seen driving his riding lawn mower around Richards. He accepted Jesus two weeks before his passing.

Survivors include a grandson, Earl Higgins and wife Kari; two step-grandchildren, Rebecca Stinnett and James Stinnett and wife Lisa; a great grandson, Lukas; 11 step great grandchildren, Alexandra, Nathaniel, Syllvin, Jaylee, Ray Ray, Heather, Jacob, Chloe, Toni, Dalton, and Braden; a daughter-in- law, Joy Higgins; long-time family friend, Mary Jones; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his wife, Melvin was preceded in death by a brother, Clyde Higgins; seven sisters, Jennie Bell Burch, Gladys Goddard, Lenora Higgins, Arlene Winship, Thelma Wolfe, Ida Lee Daniels, and an infant; two sons, Ed Higgins and an infant; and an infant daughter, Venita Lenora Higgins.

Nephew Ed Tyler will conduct funeral services at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 24, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery, Fort Scott. Military Honors will be provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post #1165 V.F.W. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 10:30 until 11:30 AM. Memorials are suggested to the Richards Park Fund 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: James Oliver Baker

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James Oliver Baker, age 85, passed away Monday, May 15, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family.

James Oliver was born August 4, 1931, in Fort Scott, Kans., the son of Clyde and Ada Minnie Baker. He attended Eugene Ware and graduated from Fort Scott High School with the Class of 1949. While in High School, he was President of the Freshman Class and as a senior was President of the Student Council and at this time, he also worked at the Western Insurance Company. J. O. attended Fort Scott Junior College and as a freshman was Vice-President of the Student Council and his sophomore year was elected President of the Student Council.

He resigned his office in October of 1951 to enlist as a recruit in the infantry. He took his basic training at Fort Polk, La., then was deployed to Hokkaido, Japan, before going to Korea. He was a member of the 45th Infantry Division that fought on Old Baldy during the Korean War. In eighteen months, he earned his way from a recruit to a First Sergeant. At that time, he was the youngest First Sergeant in the 45thInfantry Division. In later years, he was chaplain of the Combat Infantryman Association.

Upon his return from service, he married Kara Jeneane Wood on February 14, 1953, at the First United Methodist Church in Fort Scott. They began their married life in Beulah and Pueblo, Colo., for 18 months. During that time, he graduated from Pueblo Junior College and worked at the Pueblo Star Journal. He completed an ICS course in advertising. They returned to Fort Scott in August of 1954, where he worked for the Fort Scott Tribune in the advertising department. J. O. returned to the Western Insurance Company as manager of their newly formed printing department, where he was employed for 39 years until he retired in 1986.  He was an avid fisherman and hunter and also raised bird dogs and game birds for a few years.

Survivors include his wife, Kara Jeneane; two daughters, Linda Baker and Connie Malone and husband, Brent, and a son, Dr. Michael Pierce Baker and wife, Becky.  Also surviving are five grandchildren, Adam Malone and wife, Megan, Aaron Malone and wife, Amber, Alyssa Glades and husband, Matt, Bethany Baker and Jordan Baker and five great-grandchildren, Londyn, Trey Oliver, Lucas and Dayton Malone and Bishop Glades.  Another great-grandson is due to arrive in June. Also surviving is a brother-in-law, Dr. Robert Wood and wife, Julie of Moundville, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents Clyde and Minnie Baker and his brother, Walter Lee Baker.

Rev. Dallas Peterson will conduct graveside services at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 18, at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Scott. Military honors will be provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post #1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars. Friends and family will meet at the cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Farlington United Methodist Church where he was a member or to the 45th Infantry Division Museum 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 atcheneywitt.com.

 

Obituary: Jerry Patrick Heffernan

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Jerry Patrick Heffernan, age 58, a former resident of Fort Scott, Kans., and more recently of Nevada, Mo., passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at his home in Nevada.

He was born February 11, 1959, in Fort Scott, the son of Jerome Patrick Heffernan and Billie Joann Brown Heffernan. He married Caline Funk on May 31, 1986, at Pleasanton, Kans. Jerry had worked for Bourbon County for thirty-four years.  During his time with the county, he had worked on the bridge crew, the sign crew and at the landfill. When he retired in 2013, he was working as bridge foreman.  He enjoyed watching football and spending time with his granddaughter.

Survivors include his wife, Caline, of the home; a daughter, Shelby Bogart and husband, Mike, of Nevada and a granddaughter, Kimber Lynne Bogart.  Also surviving is his mother, Joann Heffernan, and a brother, Tom Heffernan, both of Fort Scott; his sister-in-law, Linda Hafer and husband, Lee, of Holly Springs, N.C.; an aunt, Viola Brown, of Fort Scott and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father.

Rev. Paul Rooks will conduct funeral services at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.  Burial will follow in the Clarksburg Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Cheney Witt Chapel.  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 atcheneywitt.com.