Obituary of Francis Wayne Neden

Francis Wayne Neden, age 90, a former resident of Forsyth, Missouri and more recently of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away early Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at the Medicalodge in Ft. Scott.

He was born February 18, 1928, in Iola, Kansas the son of Joseph Neden and Beulah Bessie Dozer Neden. Wayne graduated from the Iola High School and later from Kansas City College and Bible School in Overland Park, Kansas. He married Margaret Elizabeth Cowen on May 23, 1950, on the campus of KCCBS.

Throughout his life, Wayne had worked in a variety of jobs. He enjoyed aviation and had worked as a pilot and as a mechanic. While living in Ft. Scott, he worked with sheet metal in heating and air. He had also served as a police officer for both Littleton, Colorado and Ft. Scott, Kansas police departments. While in Ft. Scott, Wayne enjoyed assisting with the gospel music tent at the annual Good Ol’ Days celebrations. After moving to Forsyth, Wayne became a member of the Faith and Wisdom Church in Branson. He enjoyed spending his retirement fishing almost daily and was proud to be an honorary member of the Forsythe Men’s Bass Club.

Survivors include his three sons, Kerry Neden and wife, Machale, of Brenham, Texas; Terry Neden and wife, Beverly, of Richardson, Texas; and Joe Neden, of Ft. Scott; a daughter, Debbie Baumgartner and husband, Dave, of Castle Rock, Colorado; and a daughter-in-law, Karren Neden, of Carthage, Missouri. Also surviving are thirteen grandchildren and thirty-six great-grandchildren with two more on the way.

His wife, Margaret, preceded him in death on August 30, 2013. He was also preceded in death by a son, Michael Neden and a grandson.

Rev. Gary McSpadden will conduct funeral services at 1:30 P.M. Tuesday, November 27th at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 12:30 P.M. until service time at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to Ft. Scott Christian Heights School 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

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