Obituary of Kenneth LeRoy Davis

Kenneth LeRoy Davis, age 91, a resident of Ft. Scott, KS, passed away peacefully at his home in Happy Hollow, surrounded by his family and love. He was born July 27, 1927, in Ft. Scott, the son of John Kenneth Davis and Sylvia Opal Sluder Davis.

Kenny had numerous occupations throughout his life beginning with helping his granddad dig coal and sell it on Market Square. Other jobs included working at the Pottery Plant, owning Davis Tree Service, painting and roofing, the Fort Scott Brickyard, owning Ft. Scott Speedway, owning Ft. Scott Trading Post and Museum, owning the go-cart track, working as a picker and antique dealer as part owner in Mill Creek Antiques, and was the proud owner of Happy Hollow Zoo.

He volunteered his time cleaning up around Ft. Scott streets and Bridal Veil Park where he had the go-cart track. He raced cars, drew cartoons and enjoyed playing pool. He liked yard sales and going to the casino. He loved music and played the guitar for a short while. Kenny loved all animals, but especially cats, dogs and lions.

He enjoyed doing yard work and planting trees. He was always active and loved his hometown of Ft. Scott. He lived almost his entire life at the end of South Horton Street. Kenny had a fun-loving sense of humor and liked to play tricks on family members. He was kind, loving, and generous with his family, always willing to help.

Survivors include three daughters, Belinda Richardson and husband Mike, Ft. Scott; Donna Galvin and husband Tracy, Ft. Scott, and Lisa Payne and husband Mike, Girard, KS; a sister, Johnna Kay Ballou and husband Larry, Ft. Scott; a step-sister, Juanita Sinn, Ft. Scott; six grandchildren, Donna Wilson, Adam Hayden, Sunnye Hayden, Mike Payne, Jr., Tina Payne, and Hether Sponsel; 14 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; special friend, Karen German; and his faithful little dog, Mikki.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Joe Davis; and his parents.

Rev. Dusty Drake will conduct funeral services at 1:00 PM Friday, December 7th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 Thursday evening at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to Lee’s 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

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