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Obituaries from August 2011

LACEY RAELYNN PAGE (08/23/11)
Lacey RaeLynn Page, 21, a resident of Fort Scott, died Friday evening, Aug. 19, 2011, as the result of a four-wheeler accident, east of Fort Scott. Lacey was born on July 18, 1990, in Fort Scott, Kan., the daughter of Harold Page and Cheryl Hall Page...
FREDA LAVERN TOEPFER (08/31/11)
Freda Lavern Toepfer, 87, resident of Fort Scott, died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, at Guest Home Estates in Fort Scott. She was born Nov. 26, 1923, in Fort Scott, Kan., the daughter of George Reno and Grace Koontz Reno. Freda first married Jay Fry on Nov. 21, 1943, at Fort Scott. He preceded her in death on Dec. 20, 1974. She later married Earnest Toepfer June 12, 1983, at Hiattville, Kan...
JULIA MARIE THOMAS (08/30/11)
Julia Marie Thomas, 86, of Coffeyville, Kan., formerly of Prescott, Mound City and LaHarpe, Kan., died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, at the Windsor Place in Coffeyville. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mound City, Kan...
JACKIE LEE BIRDSELL (08/30/11)
Jackie Lee Birdsell, 82, of Newaygo, Mich., died Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at home. He was born Jackie Lee Birdsell in Cato, Kan., the son of Francis (Brown) and Louis Birdsell on Feb. 9, 1929. He graduated from Arcadia High School in 1947. He married Grace Thompson in July 1949 in Missouri, and she preceded him in death in 2001...
Helen Juanita Combs (08/27/11)
Helen Juanita Combs, 90, of Independence, Kan., died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, at the Mercy Hospital in Independence, Kan. Helen was born Nov. 11, 1930, in Independence, to William Owen and Elizabeth (Alcorn) Combs. She grew up in Independence and attended the Independence school system...
Lola Marie Ritter (08/27/11)
Lola Marie Ritter, 57, of Pleasanton, Kan., died Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011, at Olathe Medical Center, Olathe, Kan. Services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 29, at the Liberty Worship Center, Pleasanton Kan. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m., Sunday, at the Coffel-Schneider Chapel, Pleasanton. The family suggests memorial contributions to the National Kidney Foundation. Interment will be in the Prescott Cemetery, Prescott, Kan...
JOAN G. GREENFIELD (08/24/11)
Joan G. Greenfield, 81, a resident of Fort Scott, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at her daughter's home in Ottawa, Kan. She was born Nov. 3, 1929, in Fort Scott, Kan., the daughter of Fredrick Joseph and Caroline Marie Reiter Karleskint. She married Frank Dwight Greenfield on Jan. 13, 1951, at Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Fort Scott. He preceded her in death on Aug. 26, 2009...
PEGGY G. PARKER (08/24/11)
Peggy G. Parker 75, of Fort Scott, Kan., died at 2:10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, at Heritage Nursing Home in Girard, Kan., following an illness. Peggy was born at home on Aug. 8, 1936, in Decatur, Neb., the daughter of Don Gerald Abbott and Alice Gertrude Mitchell...
OSCAR W. KROENKE (08/23/11)
Oscar W. Kroenke, 89, of rural Walnut, died at 5:25 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at the Prairie Mission Retirement Village in St. Paul. He was born on Dec. 22, 1921, at rural Hepler to Arthur C. and Lydia Dorthea (Weber) Kroenke. He grew up near Hepler and attended the Lutheran Grade School and Hepler High School...
ANDREW DANIEL "DREW" PELZER (08/23/11)
Andrew Daniel "Drew" Pelzer, 27, of Fort Scott, died at Mercy Hospital Friday evening, Aug. 19, 2011, following a four-wheeler accident. He was born Aug. 13, 1984, in Denver, Colo., the son of Brian Dean and Carol Michelle (Baird) Pelzer. He married Tausha Malone Dec. 6, 2006, in Eureka Springs, Ark. She survives of the home...
PEARL CONNER (08/23/11)
Pearl Conner, 96, of Fort Scott, died Sunday evening, Aug. 21, 2011, at the home of her son Larry in Grove, Okla. She was born Jan. 5, 1915, in Fort Scott, Kan., the daughter of James Richard and Rosa (Heitz) Crystal. She married Vessie "Bill" Conner Aug. 10, 1932, in Fort Scott. He preceded her in death Nov. 20, 1994...
JOAN G. GREENFIELD (08/23/11)
Joan G. Greenfield, 81, a resident of Fort Scott, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at her daughter's home in Ottawa, Kan. Funeral arrangements for Joan G. Greenfield will be announced by the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott.
Delores Lee (Weaver) Davis (08/20/11)
Delores Lee (Weaver) Davis, 84, of Nevada, passed away Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, in Moore-few Care Center, Nevada. She was born May 24, 1927, in Seligman, Mo., the daughter of L.F. "Buck" and Blanche (Roller) Weaver. In 1945, she was united in marriage to Lee Wayne Reed and to this union two children were born. In 1965, she married Dr. Braxton Davis, who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were her parents and one sister, Shirlene Voegle...
Debbie Vonne Mitchell (08/20/11)
Debbie Vonne Mitchell, 56, has left this earth to be with her heavenly father on Aug. 14, 2011. Daughter of Shirley and Bobby Glen Mitchell, Debbie was born Feb. 12, 1955, in Miami, Ariz. Survived by her mother, Shirley Mitchell; her four children, Brett, Ryun, Glen and Mindi; and one grandchild. ...
LESLIE EDWIN SEAVER (08/19/11)
Leslie Edwin Seaver, 92, a resident of rural Fort Scott, Kan., died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, at the Freeman Medical Center in Joplin, Mo. He was born March 1, 1919, in Fort Scott, the son of Charles Seaver and Mamie Klontz Seaver. He married Mary Johnston on Oct. 12, 1946, at Fort Scott...
EMMITT DAVID LEIHSING (08/19/11)
Emmitt David Leihsing, 73, of Paola, Kan., formerly of Pleasanton, Kan., died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, at his home. Graveside memorial service and inurnment will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at the Centerville Cemetery, Centerville, Kan. Friends and family will gather at 9:30 a.m. at the Coffel-Schneider Chapel, Pleasanton, until departure to the cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude's Children's Hospital...
JENNIFER LYNN ENNIS (08/18/11)
Jennifer Lynn Ennis, 31, a resident of Hiattville, Kan., died unexpectedly Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at her home in Hiattville. She was born May 31, 1980, in Bexar County, Texas, the daughter of Guy Ennis and Mary Earl Ennis. She enjoyed spending time on her computer as well as various outdoor activities...
RALPH O. WILLARD (08/18/11)
Ralph Owen (R.O.) Willard died on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at Fort Scott Manor following a recently diagnosed illness. He was born on Nov. 25, 1936, and was the son of Robert Olin Willard, eldest son of Ralph Oscar Willard and Mary Edith Johnson. His mother was Betty Ruth Penniman, daughter of James Brown Penniman and Kathryn Johnston Pratt. All were long-time residents of Fort Scott, and all preceded him in death...
JENNIFER LYNN ENNIS (08/17/11)
Jennifer Lynn Ennis, 31, a resident of Hiattville, Kan., died unexpectedly Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at her home in Hiattville. Funeral services for Jennifer Ennis will be announced by the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott.
RALPH O. WILLARD (08/17/11)
Ralph O. Willard, 74, of Fort Scott, died Monday evening, Aug. 15, 2011, at the Fort Scott Manor Nursing Home. Funeral arrangements for Ralph Willard are incomplete and will be announced later by the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home.
SUSAN ELAINE ANDERSON (08/17/11)
Susan Elaine Anderson, 56, of Springfield, Mo., passed away Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at Cox Medical Center South. She was born Nov. 12, 1954, in Jefferson City, Mo., to Richard and Mary (Ramsey) Dixon. Susan worked as a dental assistant and receptionist for over 33 years. She was a loving mother and sister. She loved camping and horseback riding. Susan was a campfire enthusiast "pyro." She enjoyed motorcycle rides with her friend, Monte, and will be greatly missed by all...
PAULA BAEZ DANLEY (08/16/11)
Paula Baez Danley, 76, a former resident of Garden City, Kan., died at her son's home in Fulton, Kan., Friday afternoon, Aug. 12, 2011. She was born June 26, 1935, in Cidra, Puerto Rico, the daughter of Eustoquio Cruz Baez. She worked for Peerless Products in Fort Scott, Kan., for several years in the early 70s before moving to Garden City. She worked for Finney County Feed Yard in Garden City for 20 years. She later worked for El Remedio Grocery in Garden City until she became ill...
DELBERT L. FRANKLIN (08/16/11)
Delbert L. Franklin, 62, of rural Farlington, Kan., passed away Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at his residence in rural Farlington. Delbert was born Oct. 14, 1948, in Girard, a son of Gilbert L. Franklin and Wilma N. (Carnall) Franklin. Delbert graduated from Girard High School. After graduation, Delbert worked as a mechanic for K.O. Sauer Implement in Girard...
Ruby Joan Singmaster (08/13/11)
Ruby Joan Singmaster, 75, Fort Scott, Kan., died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, at the Mercy Health Center in Fort Scott, Kan. She was born on Aug. 25, 1935, at Pleasanton, Kan., the daughter of Hughie U. and Margaret E. Norbury Black. She graduated from Pleasanton High School and worked at the Bank of Pleasanton for many years before retiring. She was a member of the Community Christian Church and was involved in the Women's Bible Study. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary...
Betty Ann Wolfe (08/13/11)
Betty Ann Wolfe, 81, of Liberty, Mo., passed away on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, at the Liberty Hospital in Liberty, Mo. She was born Betty Ann Bollman on Jan. 6, 1930, in Springfield, Mo., the only child of the late Alvan L. and Mabel H. (Mitchell) Bollman. ...
Jeffery Ray Taylor (08/13/11)
Jeffery Ray Taylor, 42, a resident of rural Wheatland, Mo., died Aug. 11, 2011, at the Cox South Medical Center in Springfield, Mo. He was born April 11, 1969, in Fort Scott, Kan., the son of Richard Eugene Taylor Sr. and Lucy Ann Garrison Taylor. Jeff graduated from Fort Scott High School and later served with the United States Marine Corps during Operation Desert Storm. ...
JEFFERY RAY TAYLOR (08/12/11)
Jeffery Ray Taylor, age 42, a resident of rural Wheatland, Missouri, died August 11, 2011, at the Cox South Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri. Funeral services for Jeffery Ray Taylor will be announced by the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott...
HOWARD RAY TRIPP (08/11/11)
Howard Ray Tripp, 84, of Pleasanton, Kan., died Wednesday, August 10, 2011, at the Assisted Life Styles Home in Olathe, Kan. He was born April 10, 1927, in Lawrence County, Tennessee, the son of William Tripp and Lena Smith Tripp. He served with the United States Navy during World War II. ...
V. MAXINE GEARHART (08/09/11)
V. Maxine Gearhart, 87, of Overland Park, Kan., passed away at home on August 1, 2011. Maxine was born November 26, 1923, in Fort Scott to Frank and Lilly Maude (Klontz) Wolf. Maxine graduated from Fort Scott High School and later from Pittsburg State Teachers College, now Pittsburg State University...
V. MAXINE GEARHART (08/09/11)
V. Maxine Gearhart, 87, of Overland Park, Kan., passed away at home on August 1, 2011. Maxine was born November 26, 1923, in Fort Scott to Frank and Lilly Maude (Klontz) Wolf. Maxine graduated from Fort Scott High School and later from Pittsburg State Teachers College, now Pittsburg State University...
George "Don" Sinn (08/06/11)
George "Don" Sinn, formerly of Merriam, Kan., passed away on Aug. 3, 2011, in Fort Scott, Kan. Born in 1931, Don married Shirley Louise Bowen in 1956. Together they raised two children, Terry Sinn (Janet) of Lane, Kan., and Sandy Smith (Russell Raines) of Platte City, Mo. They were the grandparents of Nick Smith (Shala), David Smith, Brandy Branstetter (Jon), Christina Sinn and George "Danny" Sinn (Jaime); and great-grandparents to Barrett, Hudson, Jacob, Colby and Alexa...
Darwin Raymond "Ray" Badders (08/06/11)
Darwin Raymond "Ray" Badders, 54, Nevada, passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2011, at his home in Nevada. He was born Feb. 27, 1957, in Iola, Kan., to Darwin Ray Badders and Pauline Ruth Bruner Badders. Ray was raised in Bronson, Kan., and attended Uniontown High School and graduated from Marmaton Valley High School. ...
Joseph A. Ida (08/06/11)
Joseph A. Ida, 96, of Fort Scott, Kan., passed away on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at home after a long illness. Joe was born on Aug. 2, 1915, in Philadelphia, Pa., the son of Matthew and Adele Ida. Joe lived his early life in Springdale, Pa., and graduated from Springdale High School in 1933. He received his bachelors of arts degree in Arts and Science (engineering) from Pennsylvania State University in 1938. He was active in the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and the Army ROTC...
Joan Marie Johnson (08/06/11)
Joan Marie Johnson, 79, Mexico, Mo., formerly of Nevada, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Mo. She was born May 11, 1932, in Leavenworth, Kan., to William Ross Gist and Anna Bolsenga Gist. She was married July 25, 1952, in Nevada, to William L. (Bill) Johnson, and he survives of the home...
Mark Lee Scharenberg (08/05/11)
Mark Scharenberg, age 59, a resident of Mapleton, Kansas, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, August 2, 2011, following a vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 69, south of Fort Scott. He was born April 16, 1952, in Marion, Kansas, the son of Orville Ray Scharenberg and Mary Anna Goertz Scharenberg. ...
MARK SCHARENBERG (08/04/11)
Mark Scharenberg, age 59, a resident of Mapleton, Kansas, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, following a vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 69, south of Fort Scott. Funeral arrangements for Mark Scharenberg will be announced by the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kansas...
MARK SCHARENBERG (08/04/11)
Mark Scharenberg, age 59, a resident of Mapleton, Kansas, died Tuesday, August 2, 2011, following a vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 69, south of Fort Scott. Funeral arrangements for Mark Scharenberg will be announced by the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kansas...
PARIS JUNIOR NEAL (08/03/11)
Paris Junior Neal, 86, of Mound City, Kan., died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, at his home. Services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 8, at the First Baptist Church, Mound City. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday at the Coffel-Schneider Chapel, Mound City. Memorial contributions are suggested to "Everybody's Trailer," c/o the funeral home...
NELLIE LUCILLE LEWIS (08/03/11)
Nellie Lucille (McKinnis) Lewis, 92, of Fort Scott, Kan., died Monday evening, Aug. 1, 2011, at the Mercy Health Center. She was born Feb. 9, 1919, in Uniontown, Kan., the daughter of Robert Roy and Ruth Marie (Kirker) McKinnis. She married Joe J. Lewis Aug. 7, 1943, in Olympia, Wash. He preceded her in death Aug. 23, 1991...
RUBY ELLEN KENNEDY (08/02/11)
Ruby Ellen Kennedy, 91, Nevada, Mo., died Saturday, July 30, 2011, at Medicalodges in Fort Scott, Kan., following a brief illness. She was born May 8, 1920, in Dederick, Mo., to David Leroy Scott and Selma Imogene Jackson Scott. She was married May 15, 1937, in Nevada, Mo., to Lester Vernon Kennedy, and he preceded her in death Feb. 18, 1992...
VIRGINIA GRACE SMITH (08/02/11)
Virginia Grace Smith, 84, a long-time resident of Bronson, Kan., died Saturday, July 30, 2011, at the Guest Home Estates in Fort Scott, Kan. She was born Dec. 21, 1926, in Uniontown, Kan., the daughter of Frank N. Weyant and Mary J. Holt Weyant. Virginia graduated from Uniontown High School and attended Pittsburg State University. She married Roy Edward Smith on Dec. 7, 1947, in Moran, Kan. He preceded her in death on June 5, 2005...
MOLLY ANN BRYANT (08/02/11)
Molly Ann Bryant, 68, a resident of Fort Scott, Kan., died Sunday, July 31, 2011, at her home. She was born March 4, 1943, in El Paso, Texas, the daughter of Morris Thirman and Garnett Carrillo. She graduated with her associate degree from Denver Colorado Community College, where she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She worked as an LPN at St. Joseph's Hospital in Denver...
PATRICIA RUTH PARKER (08/02/11)
Patricia Ruth Parker Wright, 88, of Girard, died at 4:20 a.m., Saturday, July 30, 2011, in the Heritage Health Care Center in Girard. She was born May 23, 1923, in Jefferson City, Mo., a daughter of Roy W. and Marie Louise (Fausell) Parker. She graduated from Jefferson City High School and received her associate degree in business management. She worked in Jefferson City before moving with her family to Wichita, Kan., where she worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad for 22 years...
FLORENCE LISETTA NAFF (08/02/11)
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BRIAN A. HONECKER, Lt. USN (Ret.) (08/02/11)
Brian A. Honecker, Lt. USN (Ret.) of Lorton, Va., died on Thursday, July 28, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Jessica Honecker; father of Ashley Honecker and Bryant Decker; son of Garda Jo and the late Duane G. Honecker; step-son of Deb Honecker; brother of Kevin, Kimberly, Duane Jr., David Honecker and Linda Honecker-Lang...