Obituary of Justin Calvert

 Justin James Calvert, age 45, of Madison, WI passed away on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. He was born on Sept. 21, 1974, in Girard, Kansas, the son of Douglas Calvert and Marcia (Hughes) O’Neal.

Justin graduated from Caney Valley High School in Caney, Kansas in 1993.

He served in the U. S. Marines from 1995-1999.

He moved to Wisconsin in 2003 and married Dr. Mindy Haseleu on May 1, 2011.

Justin worked as a finance manager at Smart Motors for the last 12 years.

Justin was a big, tall and muscular guy with an incredibly loving heart. He was very protective of his family and friends. He loved spending time with them and especially relished teasing his nieces and nephew.

Justin was very generous, caring and sweet. He was very hard working, dedicated and successful in his job.

He loved classic cars and started his collection with a red 1967 Chevelle. His pride and joy was a Verdoro Green 1968 Pontiac GTO, owned by his father-in-law since 1971 and restored in 2017 by his high school friend Scott Mills. Justin and his GTO won numerous awards including Best of Show at multiple shows.

He enjoyed working out, watching football, going to car shows, swimming in his pool, collecting anvils and vises, and eating home cooked meals.

Many who knew him may not have guessed how much he loved his cats, Bibi and Vitto.

Justin was very patriotic and extremely proud of his service in the Marines. He was thrilled to reconnect with his Marine Corps brothers after 20 years.

Justin is survived by his wife, Dr. Mindy Haseleu; his mother, Marcia (Hughes) O’Neal and her husband, Dan; his father, Doug Calvert and his wife, Ilana; his brother, Matt Bowersock; niece, Madison; in-laws, Bob and Beth Haseleu and Vance and Teppy (Haseleu) McCaw; and niece, Rowan and nephew, Lane. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Mari-Katherine Bowersock; and grandmother, Mary Hughes.

A funeral service will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CARE, 5203 Monona Dr., Madison, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 12 p.m. until the time of service on Sunday. Online condolences may be made at

Following services for Justin in Madison, WI, there will be Cremation, then, services with burial at the Fort Scott National Cemetery will be announced by the KONANTZ-CHENEY FUNERAL HOME, 15 W. Wall St., Fort Scott, Kansas.

Obituary of Shirley Stephens

Shirley Lorene Stephens, 84 of Fort Scott, passed away Friday evening September 27, 2019, at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas.

She was born April 17, 1935, in Fort Scott, the daughter of Dan and Edith Amelia (Tucker) Freer. She married Roger Boyles on September 19, 1952, in Piggett, Arkansas, he preceded her in death. She married John Albert Stephens on June 19, 1972, in Girard, Kansas, he preceded her in death on October 20, 2007.

During her life Shirley had several jobs one of which was nanny/cook/housekeeper for several different families including her own.

She is survived by four daughters, Gail Byrd of Webb City, Missouri; Leanna and Mike Burke of Blue Springs, Missouri; Moria and Darrin Gauthier of Fort Scott; and Michelle and Doug Walton of Mildred, Kansas; four sons, Gus and Heidi Boyles of Frontenac, Kansas; Chuck and Holli Boyles of Pittsburg, Kansas; Mike Stephens of Westphalia, Kansas; and Matt and Jennifer Stephens of Milton-Freewater, Oregon; a sister, Raylene Freer of Fort Scott, and a brother, David Freer of Fort Scott; 15 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husbands, Roger Boyles and Johnnie Stephens, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Roger Burke, a sister, Joan Collins and her parents.

Funeral Services for Shirley Stephens will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Hawk officiating, burial will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery. The Family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, September 30, 2019, at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Condolences may be submitted to the online guest book at

Obituary of Rex Bryant Moore

Rex Bryant Moore

Rex Bryant Moore, age 56, a resident of Redfield, Kansas, passed away Thursday, September 26, 2019, surrounded by his loved ones at the Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas.

He was born on April 22, 1963, in Lawrence, Kansas, the son of William Lee Moore and Shirley Jean Rogers Moore.

On May 21, 2004, Rex married the love of his life, Stacy.

Rex and his father traveled across the United States so he could pursue his dreams of racing professional motocross. Although his career was cut short, the love he had for the sport never stopped. He enjoyed watching his favorite rider, Austin Howell. He lived week to week to watch this young man aspire at his dreams.

He also played his motocross video games and took pride in them knowing that “Rocket Rex” was still out there whooping everyone even though it was not in person.

His favorite thing to do was attending his daughter, Hannah’s activities. He enjoyed every minute of watching her in action. She was his pride and joy and he loved her very much, just as she did him. They had an unbreakable bond. Hannah was his “baby girl.”

Rex loved being around his family and friends. Rex will forever be remembered for his beautiful smile, gentle eyes, caring heart, loving embrace and unconditional love.

Rex loved so many and was loved by so many more.

He had an energy that with just one encounter with him you would remember for life; he definitely left his mark.

He made friends everywhere he went including Hannah’s friends which all adopted him as their dad.

He brought so much joy to our lives and those around him. Although our hearts are heavy, we will celebrate his life and find comfort in knowing that he has no pain and is in heaven watching over us. Yet, we continue to hurt as he has left us. He yearned for that place in which he could breathe. Now he sits with God in the natural beauty and astounding light of heaven and he can finally breathe.

Survivors include his wife, Stacy, of the home; six children, Hannah Moore, of Redfield, Kansas, Sarah Powers, of Eldorado Springs, Missouri, Austin Moore, of Boliver, Missouri, Shelby Morillo, of Bronson, Kansas, Tyler Wilkerson, of Kincaid, Kansas and Dalton Church, of Coleman, Alabama and six grandchildren. Also surviving is a brother, Ronald Moore, of Shawnee, Kansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.


Fairness With Out-of-State Retailers

Secretary Burghart’s statement on Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s opinion of the collection of taxes from out-of-state retailers

The following statement is from Secretary Mark Burghart regarding AG Schmidt’s opinion of KDOR Notice 19-04.


“For the past 29 years, there has been overwhelming legislative support for re-establishing fairness in the obligation to collect and remit Kansas taxes between out-of-state retailers and Kansas retailers. Notice 19-04 simply informs out-of-state retailers of the law that overwhelmingly passed the Legislature in 2003 that ensures the obligation of out-of-state retailers to collect and remit the taxes that are due and owing. The Notice does not reflect a change in policy, but only restates long-established statutory provisions regarding the duty to collect and remit Kansas taxes.

Prior to the Wayfair decision, Kansas retailers were at a competitive disadvantage with out-of-state retailers. This Notice informs out-of-state retailers of the Wayfair result, which merely removed the constitutional physical presence requirement for such out-of-state retailers and thus leveled the playing field between in-state and out-of-state retailers.


Since the Wayfair decision, more than 3,200 out-of-state businesses have registered with the state to collect and pay taxes to Kansas. Almost 600 of those have registered since August 1, 2019 when the Notice was published.


The Department of Revenue cannot select which laws it enforces. Kansas statutes are presumed to be constitutional, and unless deemed otherwise by a court of competent jurisdiction, the Department is obligated to enforce the statutes enacted by the Legislature.”

Bourbon County Commission Agenda Oct. 1


Bourbon County Commission Room

1st Floor, County Courthouse

210 S. National Avenue

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Tuesdays starting at 9:00

Date: October 1st, 2019

1st District-Lynne Oharah Minutes: Approved: _______________

2nd District-Jeff Fischer Corrected: _______________

3rd District-Nick Ruhl Adjourned at: _______________

County Clerk-Kendell Mason

9:00-9:45-Jim Harris

10:00-10:15-Will Wallis-LED Sign

11:00-12:00-Justin Meeks

12:00-1:30-Commissioners gone to lunch

1:30-1:45-Carla Nemecek-Extension Update

2:00-2:15-EMS Update

Justifications for Executive Session:

          Personnel matters of individual non-elected personnel

          Consultation with an attorney for the body or agency which would be deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship

          Matters relating to employer-employee negotiations whether or not in consultation with the representative(s) of the body or agency

          Confidential data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts and individual proprietorships

          Preliminary discussions relating to the acquisition of real property

          Matters relating to the security of a public body or agency, public building or facility or the information system of a public body or agency, if the discussion of such matters at an open meeting would jeopardize the security of such public body, agency, building, facility or information system

Downtown Meet and Greet Oct. 1

Join the Chamber of Commerce
for the
Quarterly Downtown
Meet & Greet
TOMORROW, October 1st
Quarterly Downtown
Meet & Greet
TOMORROW, October 1st
Papa Don’s Pizza
The Chamber of Commerce hosts Quarterly Downtown Meet & Greet at a different location for Downtown business owners or representatives, or anyone in the community with an interest in Downtown to attend and share thoughts and ideas related to Downtown, and to stay current on new happenings.
For more information,
call 620-223-3566
or visit the Chamber’s website
by clicking HERE.

FSHS Thespians Host 2nd Annual Royal-Tea Party


Local youth are invited to attend a royal celebration with all of their favorite storybook heroes at the Royal-Tea Party from 10 a.m.-noon, Oct. 5, at the Fort Scott High School commons.

Fort Scott High School Thespians will entertain youth of all ages with special treats and activities and party guests will win door prizes throughout the event. Some royal party hosts set to attend include Cinderella and her Evil Stepsisters, Maleficent and Sleeping Beauty, Moana and Maui, Ariel, Elsa, Princess Tiana, Tinkerbell and Peter Pan, and Jasmine and Aladdin, among others. The party includes tea with the Queen of Hearts, Alice, the Mad Hatter, and the March Hare. Kids can also enjoy Yoda Soda with Princess Leia.

Buddy the Elf from the FSHS production of Elf: the Musical will make a special appearance to build toys with the children.

Tickets are $10 at the door and benefit programs and activities for Thespian Troupe #7365, the Fort Scott High School theatre honor society.

For more information, contact Angie Bin, FSHS Thespian Director at 620-719-9622 or [email protected].

Gordon Parks Celebration: Get Your Tickets!

The16th Annual
Gordon Parks Celebration
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Film The Learning Tree
begins THIS WEEK, October 3rd-5th
at the
Gordon Parks Museum
for special events at the
16th Annual Gordon Parks Celebration! Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Film The Learning Tree
Karole Graham, Stephen Perry and S. Pearl Sharp, cast members in The Learning Tree film by Gordon Parks, will receive “Gordon Parks Choice of Weapons Award” at the annual celebration THIS WEEK,
October 3-5, 2019 in Fort Scott, Kansas. The celebration is in honor of Fort Scott Native Gordon Parks, noted photographer, writer, musician, and filmmaker. This year’s celebration is a special one as we will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the
Gordon Parks-directed film The Learning Treethat was filmed in Fort Scott.
The celebration events will take place at the Gordon Parks Museum, located at the Danny and Willa Ellis Fine Arts Museum at Fort Scott Community College,
2018 S. Horton St., in Fort Scott.
There are 3 special events during the celebration that require ticket reservations:
“A Night of Jazz”
“Picnic at the Park”
“Celebration Tribute Dinner”
(Tickets also available from the Chamber of Commerce, 231 E. Wall St.)
For a printable copy of the event schedule and the registration sheet, clickHERE
For a printable copy of the
“Night of Jazz” flyer, click HERE
For a printable copy of the
photo contest flyer, click HERE
Questions? Call us at
620-223-2700, ext. 5850 or email: [email protected]

Diehl, Banwart, Bolton Celebrate 70 Years In Business

Employees of Diehl, Banwart and Bolton, CPA’s: front from left Donna Banwart CPA, Monica Mullins, Kelli Bryant, Karla Cox, Carol Hill CPA, Amanda Lancaster CPA, 2nd Row, Allison Ramsey, Grace Sweat, Tawny Pool, Kelly Burrows, Mark Bolton CPA, Jim Regan, 3rd Row, Randall
Phillips CPA, Leon Chesnut, Vicky Mueller, Jamie Pollmeier, Matthew Keys, Daryl Eagon CPA, Jim Banwart Jr CPA, and Terry Sercer CPA. Submitted photo.

Not many businesses can claim to be still providing services in their community after 70 years.

But Diehl, Banwart, Bolton CPA’s PA has been serving southeast Kansas since 1949.

Through the years the certified public accountant firm has seen many changes in business, Jim Banwart Jr. said.

Banwart is a partner in the business.

John Diehl. Submitted photo.

When Jim, Sr. applied to work for John Diehl in 1963, “John was excited to show him their new copier—a dry paper copier, a great improvement over what had been available previously,” Banwart said.

Jim Banwart, Sr. Submitted photo.

“In 1966, the firm became the first accounting firm in Southeast Kansas to install what was in those days a room-sized, punch card computer to be able to offer computing services,” Banwart said.

“Larry Dixon was the first programmer at the firm, and in 1971, James Regan arrived to become the IT officer at the firm. He was joined by Don Casida, Allen Ward and numerous other programmers over the years,” he said.

“In 2000, the firm became one of the first accounting firms to post compilations to the web for client viewing. In 2017, we converted from our own inhouse general ledger software to a cloud-based software. The firm continues to stay on the cutting edge of technology,” Banwart said.

John Diehl Starts Is All

“In 1948, following his service as a United States Marine pilot in World War II, John E. Diehl came to Fort Scott to work for the Winchell Manufacturing Company, bringing with him his young wife, Ina Mae,” he said.

Diehl then opened an accounting office for Senderson, Little and LaChelle, a Kansas City firm.

In 1949, Diehl purchased the business and renamed it John E. Diehl and Company.

Maurice Fletcher joined the firm and it became Diehl and Fletcher.

“The company was located in several buildings in what is now the downtown historic district,” Banwart said. “In 1974, the shareholders purchased the Milrose Block at Wall and National where they continue today.”

In the fall of 1963, James L. Banwart joined Diehl and Fletcher. followed by Mark Bolton joining the firm in 1973. Jim Banwart Jr. joined in 1991, according to the firm’s website.

In 1976, the firm became Diehl, Banwart, Bolton, CPA’s.

“Mr. Diehl died in 2017 at age 99, having retired some years earlier,” Banwart said. “He was a much-involved member of the community and a much loved and respected employer and partner.”

Currently, there are nine Certified Public Accountants at the firm- Jim Banwart Sr, Mark Bolton, Randall Phillips, Daryl Eagon, Donna Banwart, Jim Banwart Jr, Terry Sercer, Carol Hill and Amanda Lancaster.

There are two IT people, Jim Regan and Tawny Pool.

“James Regan, the long-time information technology officer, joined the firm in 1971,” Banwart said.

In addition, there are ten more experienced accountants and a number of support staff, he said.

The business started in Fort Scott, then branched out to Pittsburg and Girard.

Services offered at the business:

-Business design and development

– Municipal and commercial auditing

– Preparation of monthly compilation reports

– Payroll processing

– Estate planning and estate tax services

– Income tax planning and income tax services

-Retirement and succession planning

– Software training and support


“The future is bright,” Banwart said. “As talented young people stay and return to Southeast Kansas, Diehl Banwart Bolton will continue to support entrepreneurs in their business endeavors.”

The firm currently has business clients in virtually every state in the country, he said.

“Technology has made it possible to communicate and advise people regardless of where they are located and our expertise continues to help them succeed in their businesses,” he said.

Diehl Banwart Bolton CPA, 7 1/2 East Wall Street, Fort Scott, KS