Obituary of Verdon H. Dauben

Verdon Howard Dauben, age 82, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas went to meet his Lord and Savior Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.

He was born May 13, 1938, in Ft. Scott, the son of Howard Dauben and Edith Stephan Dauben.

Verdon graduated from the Ft. Scott High School.  He married Chelsa Travis on September 11, 1959, at Ft. Scott.

Verdon’s father passed away when Verdon was six.  As a result, Verdon was no stranger to hard work.  At a young age, he worked as a farmhand and often worked several part-time jobs.

Later, Verdon along with Gerald Boone owned and operated Boone & Dauben Drive-In located on National Avenue in Ft. Scott.  Boone & Dauben opened on July 15, 1963.  Verdon stayed active with the business until his retirement in 2003.

In addition, Verdon served for eight years with the Kansas Army National Guard.   He enjoyed camping and reading as well as spending time with his family.  He especially enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.


Survivors include his wife, Chelsa, of the home; his daughter, Joyce Larsen and husband, Steve, of Springfield, Missouri and his son, Joe Dauben and wife, Angie, of Colorado.  Also surviving are six grandchildren, Arlie Diederich (Ryan), Jarett Dauben (Whitney), Ty Larsen, Travis Larsen (Beth), Ben Gettler (Ashley) and Dakotah Gettler and eight great-grandchildren, Amaya, Mason, Maggie, Colt, Molly, Case, Gus and Patton.

Verdon was preceded in death by his parents, a great-granddaughter, Gabriella, two brothers, Billy and David Dauben and a sister, Mary Allen.


Private graveside services will be held Saturday, July 11th at the Clarksburg Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Ft. Scott Christian Heights or St. Mary’s Catholic School 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

3 thoughts on “Obituary of Verdon H. Dauben”

  1. Now this cat right here was one of th coolest . Hard workin from the beginning till he left for a better place ! Cud not have asked for a better neighbor or friend … I’m sure right now my old man amd several others are enjoying a honey Bunn with ice cream in th sky !! U was and will continue to be a fort Scott legend my friend ❤️

    1. Chelsea, I was very sorry to hear of Verdons passing. Our condolences and Prayers for you and the family.

  2. Verdon was one of the best cooks ever! Man could definitely sling the hash! Very much a hard worker, no nonsense. One of those guys as a young kid you think is pretty cool, but when you grow up a bit you really admire the work ethic in their ability to get up at o-dark-30 every other day to keep food on their own table. Gerald was always the front guy, make everybody laugh, while Verdon worked worked worked, but Verdon had a pretty sharp sense of humor too. He’d always get ya when you least expected it. And Skitch, my dad is right there for the honey bun… right after the jumbo with cheese and a cup of chili straight! RIP Verdon!

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