Obituary of James Danley

James Roy Danley, age 82, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Saturday, February 24, 2024, at the Guest Home Estates in Ft. Scott.  He was born September 21, 1941, in Ft. Scott, the son of Marvin James Danley and Ruth Post Danley.

Jim graduated from the Fulton High School.  After graduation, he served with the United States Navy from 1960 to 1964.  He was stationed in Japan for a portion of his service where he was assigned to Helicopter Utility Squadron #1.

Following his military service, Jim married Paula Baez.  Jim and Paula along with Paula’s two young sons, Pedro and Hector, then moved back to the family farm near Devon, Kansas.  Jim continued to farm and raise cattle until 1976 when he purchased the Finney County Feed Yard in Garden City, Kansas.  He owned and operated the feedlot for several years.

Jim and Paula later divorced and Jim relocated to Springfield, Missouri.  At this time, he began working as a cattle buyer for the Joplin Regional Stockyard.

He later moved to Ft. Scott to be closer to his family.  Jim enjoyed playing golf and traveling.  He was able to take several trips including vacations to Canada for fishing as well as touring Australia and Ireland.  He was a past member of the Masonic Lodge.


Survivors include his sons, Pedro Morillo of Fulton, Kansas and Hector Morillo of Garden City, Kansas; six grandchildren, Carmen Hickman (Chris) of Garden City, Kansas, Alisa Morillo of Wichita, Tonya Chandler (Donnie) of Wichita, Kansas, James Morillo of Ft. Scott, Joshua Morillo of Perkins, Oklahoma and Jace Morillo (Alexandria) of Mound City, Kansas; twenty-one great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are extended family members, Henry and Patty Homan who helped provide for his care and an aunt, Yvonne Short.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 2nd at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial with military honors will follow in the Mapleton Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until service time at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to Mt. Carmel Hospice 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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