Obituary: Ralph J. Sluder, Jr.

Submitted by Cheney Witt Funeral Home

Ralph J. Sluder, Jr., age 95, a resident of Fort Scott, Kan., passed away Saturday, July 29, 2017, at the Guest Home Estates in Fort Scott.

He was born May 11, 1922, in Fort Scott, the son of Ralph J. Sluder and Julia Margaret Karleskint Sluder. Ralph served with the United States Army during World War II. Following his time with the military, he began a career with Eastern Kansas Utilities which later became K. G. & E. He worked as serviceman and agent and retired after 31 years of service. He enjoyed fishing and boating as well as listening to country western music and watching the Kansas City Chiefs. He was a man of faith who loved the Lord.

Survivors include his sisters, Anna Gibson and Erma Knight and her husband, Warren, all of Fort Scott, and a special friend Betty Clayton, also of Fort Scott. He will be lovingly remembered as Uncle Junior by his many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Mercelia Cox, Mary Moore and Ruth Helen Sluder and three brothers, William, Joseph and Charles Sluder.

Pastor Derry Gibson will conduct graveside services at 11 a.m. Friday, August 4, at the U. S. National Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post #1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars. Family and friends may meet at the Cheney Witt Chapel prior to leaving for the cemetery at 10:45 a.m. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’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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