Obituary of Jolene West

Jolene Wanett West, age 82, a former resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas and more recently of Garnett, Kansas, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2024, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Jolene was born January 22, 1942, in Hillsboro, Kansas, the daughter of Henry Gaede and Mary Lou Gibson Gaede.  She married Harold A. West on August 30, 1963.  They were married for fifty-eight years until Harold tragically passed away in a car accident on December 15, 2021.

Jolene had a talent for crocheting and enjoyed making afghans for friends and family members along with numerous southern bell-style doll dresses.  She also enjoyed fishing, collecting all types of decorative birds, playing cards and playing Wahoo.

Jolene will be remembered for the love she had for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Area families might remember seeing Jolene from her years of working at the Ft. Scott Medicalodge.


Jolene is survived by her three children, Harold A. West II (Shaun), Cindy Brubaker (Troy) and John West along with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are two brothers and two sisters.

In addition to her husband, Harold, Jolene was preceded in death by her daughter, Kay Ratzlaff in 2008, and also by two brothers and two sisters.


Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, April 11th 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, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, Kansas.

Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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