Obituary Of Ronald Button

Ronald “Ronnie” Button, age 80, a resident of Ft. Scott, KS, died Friday, April 20, 2018, at his home.

He was born June 2, 1937, in Ft. Scott, the son of Merle and Mable Dunham Button.

He married Betty Jean Kutina on January 17, 1955, in Ft. Scott. Ronnie jointly owned and operated Button’s Salvage Yard for over 30 years. He also worked at Wal-Mart for 10 years. He could always be located by listening for his whistle.

In their younger years, Ronnie and Betty like to bowl. He collected antiques and pictures of people and places in Ft. Scott and Belltown. He also liked to visit the casinos. He loved spending time with family, especially the grandkids who called him “Poppy”.

Survivors include his wife Betty of the home; three children, Johnny Button of the home, Teresa Vanderpool and husband John, Uniontown, KS, and Cheryl Russell and husband Larry, Ft. Scott; seven grandchildren, Michael, Justin, and Nick Russell, Josh and Cody Vanderpool, Menda Candido, and Kayla Bunnel; eight  great- grandchildren; siblings Ralph “Pewee” Button and wife Charlotte, Ft. Scott, Merlene Button, Ft. Scott, Mary Button, Ft. Scott, Donnie Ray Button, Ft. Scott, and Judy Snow and husband Larry, Mapleton, KS; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Bobbie Button; five sisters, infant Patsy Button, Tammy Meriman, Shirley Armstrong, Bonnie Phillips and Patty Smith; granddaughter, Melissa Lynn Russell; and his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, April 25th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the Memory Gardens Cemetery. The family will receive friends from1:00 until service time Wednesday prior to the service. Memorials are suggested to the Ronnie Button Memorial Fund and may be left in the care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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