Obituary of Robert Daylong

Robert Earl “Bob” Daylong, age 94, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away early Friday, April 28, 2023, at his home.

He was born May 19, 1928, on the family farm north of Moran, Kansas, the son of Sile R. Daylong and Violet L. Hayes Daylong.  At the age of two, the family moved to the Dry Ridge Community where Bob attended the Dry Ridge School.  The family later moved to Bronson, and Bob continued his education there until he enlisted with the United States Army Air Force.

He proudly served his country from 1945 to 1953 where he was stationed in both Germany and Korea.  Following his military service, Bob married Ruth Joan Cochran on November 14, 1954, in Denver, Colorado.

Bob and Joan settled into their home in Ft. Scott.  Bob worked as a mechanic for Ray Shepherd Motors for twelve years.  He later took a position as a heavy equipment operator for P & M Coal Company which later became Chevron.  He worked there for twenty years and retired in 1991.  Bob took great pride in what he did.

Bob enjoyed working in his yard and tinkering in his shop.  He often did mechanic work for his friends and neighbors.  He was a longtime member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite Consistory and the Mirza Shrine of Pittsburg as well as the V.F.W. and the United Mine Workers.

He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Joan, of the home in Ft. Scott, his daughter, Kathy Drenick (Mike) of Pittsburg, Kansas and two granddaughters, Amy Maksimovich (Alex) of Wildwood, Missouri and Kelsey DeGraff (Lucas) of Carl Junction, Missouri and two great-grandchildren, Ayla and Arlo Maksimovich.  Also surviving are a sister, Marie Saville of Lenexa, Kansas, two brothers-in-law, Jerry Cochran (Shelly) and Dale Cochran and numerous special nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, James Daylong and an infant sister, Hazel Daylong.


Pastor Tim Woodring will conduct funeral services at 11:30 A.M. Tuesday, May 2nd at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial with military honors will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 10:30 A.M. until service time at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to the Mirza Transportation Fund or St. Jude’s Hospital 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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