Obituary of James Belknap Jr.

James Hargraves Belknap, Jr., 84, of Fort Scott, Kansas, passed away Thursday evening, January 19, 2023, at his home surrounded by his loved ones. He was born March 3, 1938, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of James Hargraves Belknap, Sr. and Thelma Francine (Warwick) Belknap.


James graduated from Chetopa High School in 1956, and served in the US Army as a Radar Technician from 1958 until 1960. He was a Press Operator for Ennis Business forms from 1984 until retiring in 2003. He owned and operated Bronson Locker in Bronson, Kansas from 1974 until 1984, and Jim’s Lawn Mower Service and Repair for twenty years. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Chetopa, Kansas, a Lifetime Member of the Columbus Masonic Lodge, and a former member of the Bronson Ruritan.


James is survived by a son, Joseph Allen Belknap (Anita), of Chetopa, Kansas; two daughters, Deborah Kaye Fouts (Dean), of Mound Valley, Kansas, and Kimberly Diane Roberts (Tom), of Fort Scott; six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Robert H. Belknap, and a sister, Thelma Sue DeMent.


Following cremation, Darren McColm will conduct graveside services at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 30, 2023, at the Oswego City Cemetery in Oswego, Kansas, under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at


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