Obituary of Merle Mayfield

Merle Mayfield, 80, resident of Fort Scott, passed away Friday, March 24, 2023. He was born December 16, 1942, in Fort Scott, Kansas, the son of Wayne and Leona (Bean) Mayfield. He married Betty L. Jack on August 12, 1967, in Arcadia, Kansas. They later divorced. He later married Judy Shankle, and they divorced.


Merle worked for The Western Insurance Co. for six years before going into law enforcement, in which he spent twenty years. He retired in 1996, after working for Ward Kraft Printing for four years, due to health problems.


Merle is survived by Margaret Parker, his companion of twenty-five years, and two sons, Jason “Jay” Mayfield (Jonna), of Pensacola, Florida, and Joel Mayfield (Nicki), of Nevada, Missouri; a sister, Janice Mayfield, of Fort Scott; a sister-in-law, Diane Mayfield; three grandchildren, Trey Mayfield (Karen), Trenton Mayfield (Kasie), and Bethany Mayfield, and his step-grandchildren, John Varner (Kathryn), Matthew Varner (Paige), Lauren Meyers (Ben), Kris Varner (Katie), Samuel Varner, Morgan Trujillo (Jeff), and Myla Manly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Gary Mayfield.


Pastor Dusty Drake will conduct funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 1, 2023, at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Friday evening, March 31, 2023, 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Private burial will take place at a later date, following cremation.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fort Scott Police Department and may be left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701. Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at


One thought on “Obituary of Merle Mayfield”

  1. Merle was a great neighbor. He always had a smile and an encouraging word. He and I shared
    the love of reading westerns and I will miss
    walking by the house and seeing him on the front porch smiling and enjoying the day.
    Margaret took good care of him and he appreciated it. Merle you will be missed my friend.

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