Obituaries from September 2011
CARL E. WILLARD
Carl E. Willard, 78, former resident of Fort Scott, Kan., died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, at the Harmony Gardens Home in Warrensburg, Mo. Funeral arrangements for Carl E. Willard will be announced by Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main.
WILMA PAULINE NEAL
Wilma Pauline Neal, 85, Mound City, Kan., died Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at her home. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Mound City First Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Coffel-Schneider Funeral Home, Mound City. The family suggests contributions to Everybody's Trailer, c/o, Coffel-Schneider, Box J, Mound City, Kan., 66056...
RUBY T. PARRISH
Ruby T. Parrish, 97, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at Truman Healthcare and Rehab in Lamar, Mo. She was born April 14, 1914, in Vernon County to Carl Fredrick Meyer and Louisa Gross Meyer. She married Darrell Monroe Parrish on July 4, 1940, in Jefferson City, Mo. He preceded her in death on Jan. 29, 1952...
WILLIAM F. NIENSTEDT
William Frederick Nienstedt, 82, went home to be with the Lord and his beloved wife Bette Lou on Sept. 27, 2011, while at the University of Kansas Hospital undergoing treatment for cancer. Bill is the father of former city manager Richard U. Nienstedt and visited Fort Scott often during those years...
LENA (TUCKER) RITZ MORROW
Lena (Tucker) Ritz Morrow, 98, of Parsons, Kan., died at 2:22 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, at Elmhaven East Nursing Home. She had been in failing health. She was born Sept. 6, 1913, in Fort Scott, Kan., to Henry and Lenita (Morrison) Tucker. As a young girl, she grew up and attended school in Fort Scott...
Albert Pike, 83, of Girard, died at 12:20 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at his residence in Girard. He was born Aug. 18, 1928, in Mulberry to Andrew and Mary (Eichorn) Pike. He grew up on a farm north of Frontenac and attended schools in Cockerill and Arma and mechanics school at Pittsburg State University. He served two years in the U.S. Army Company G-30th Infantry, 5th Army in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Fort Benning, Ga...
RALPH EARL FRANKLIN
Ralph Earl Franklin, 46, of Hume, Mo., died Saturday Sept. 24, 2011, at Mercy Health Center, Fort Scott, Kan. He was born on Sept. 8, 1965, at Fort Scott, the son of Charles and Jeannie Miller Franklin. He graduated from Hume High School in 1983 and attended welding school at Fort Scott Community College...
KENNETH WILSON SIMONS
Kenneth Wilson Simons, 88, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at Fort Scott Medicalodges. He was born Dec. 23, 1922, in Fort Scott, Kan., the son of Arvy R. Simons and Lenora Mae Wilson Simons. Kenneth married Veda Fern Wheeler on Oct. 5, 1942, at Fort Scott. She preceded him in death on Oct. 21, 2000...
ESTHER ROSA PRIDEY
Esther Rosa Pridey, 72, a resident of Fort Scott, Kan., died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at Medicalodges of Fort Scott. The Rev. David Tucker conducted graveside services Monday, Sept. 26, at 9 a.m. in the U.S. National Cemetery, Fort Scott. Memorials are suggested to Christian Heights School and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel P.O. Box 347 Fort Scott, Kan., 66701...
Ruby Arlene Hoover
Ruby Arlene Hoover, 81, resident of Fort Scott, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Mercy Heath Center of Fort Scott. She was born Oct. 20, 1929, in Arcadia, Kan., the daughter of Oliver and Laura Perrin Hoover. She was a graduate of Arcadia High School. She worked for 43 years as a sewing machine operator for the Key Overall Factory in Fort Scott, later renamed Key Industries...
Patricia J. Crawford
Patricia J. Crawford, 68, Nevada, passed away on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Moore-Few Care Center, in Nevada, following an illness of several months. She was born April 12, 1943, in Brazil, Ind., to Norl E. "Tommy" Thompson and Eva Ellen Price Thompson...
Law Enforcement Reports
Sarah Lynn McIntyre, 19, 1009 E. 14th, Lamar, Mo., was arrested by the Bourbon County Sheriff's Office on Sept. 21, at 3:29 p.m. on a Bourbon County warrant for purchasing and consuming liquor by a minor and released the same day at 4:07 p.m. on a $1,500 bond...
WALTER "ALLEN" MILLER
A memorial service with full military honors will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, at Konantz-Warden Funeral Home, Lamar, Mo., for Walter "Allen" Miller, 67, Carthage, Mo., a former Lamar resident who died at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at McCune Brooks Hospital in Carthage, following a short illness. Burial will be held at Oakton Cemetery on a later date...
EDWARD ALLEN "ED" MAKI
Edward Allen "Ed" Maki, 65, of Pleasanton, Kan., died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at Miami County Medical Center, Paola, Kan. Cremation Memorial Services will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness, Butler, Mo. Memorial contributions: Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.coffelschneider.com...
NANCY IRENE HARTMAN
Nancy Irene Hartman, 59, of Blue Mound, Kan., died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at Blue Mound. Services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23, at the Federated Church, Blue Mound. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Coffel-Schneider Chapel, Mound City, Kan...
MABLE CHARLENE MORILLA
Mable Charlene Morilla, 88, former resident of 730 S. Horton, Fort Scott, went home to be with our Lord Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at Guest Home Estates. She was born Jan. 7, 1923, in Santa Anna, Calif., the seventh of 17 children born to Rudolph Edward Franke and Evanella Juden Franke...
MARJORIE ALICE WIGGANS
Marjorie Alice Wiggans, 103, a former resident of Bronson, Kan., and more recently of Fort Scott, Kan., died Sept. 19, 2011, at the Medicalodges in Fort Scott. She was born Aug. 23, 1908, in Allen County, Kan., the daughter of Edward Lawrence Gibson and Anna Olive Long Gibson...
Walter "Allen" Miller, 67, of Carthage, Mo., died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at Carthage following a short illness.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, at 3 p.m. at the Konantz-Warden Funeral Home, Lamar, Mo.
Freda Irene Courtois, 88, of Pleasanton, Kan., died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at Country View Nursing Home, Prescott, Kan. Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 23, at the First Baptist Church, Pleasanton. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Thursday at the Coffel-Schneider Chapel...
WINFRED "WIN" JENT
Winfred "Win" Jent, 94, of Fort Scott, died Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 13, 2011, at the Medicalodges Nursing Home. He was born June 17, 1917, in Hume, Mo., the son of Edward Raymond and Dollie Leona (Bloomfield) Jent. He married Florence Marie Plain on Aug. 16, 1940, in Fort Scott, Kan. She preceded him in death March 4, 1999...
HAZEL NADINE BARNETT
Hazel Nadine Barnett, 86-year-old "Grove Icon," passed away Sept. 17, 2011, at home and surrounded by her loving family. Hazel was born Dec. 4, 1924, to Karl and Anna Belle Flickinger. She graduated from high school in Fort Scott, Kan., in 1942 and also attended junior college and worked in Wichita, Kan., helping with the war effort by welding on the Beechcraft Trainer...
LINDA CHARLENE TOWNSEND
Linda Charlene Townsend, 63, a resident of rural Fort Scott, Kan., died unexpectedly, early Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at her home. She was born Aug. 14, 1948, in La Cygne, Kan., the daughter of Omar Runyan and Hazel Hinson Runyan. She married John Townsend on June 10, 1975, at Miami, Okla...
BRIAN LEE SHELTON
Brian Lee Shelton, son of John and Martha (Poore) Shelton, was born Oct. 12, 1974, in Lawrence, Kan. He went home to be with Jesus on Sept. 16, 2011, and had obtained the age of 36 years, 11 months and four days. Brian graduated from Drexel High School in Drexel, Mo. He attended Fort Scott Community College and Missouri State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice administration...
YVONNE C. FERRIS
Yvonne C. Ferris, 90, of Central City, Neb., died at her home on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. Funeral services will be Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 10:30 a.m. at the Fairview United Methodist Church near Central City with Rev. Janet Burgel officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Solt Funeral Home in Central City...
MABLE CHARLENE MORILLA
Mable Charlene Morilla, 88, a former resident of 730 S. Horton, more recently of Guest Home Estates in Fort Scott, died Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at the Guest Home Estates. Funeral services for Mable Morilla will be announced by the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott...
Gwendola Joyce (Von Wedell) Hildebrandt
Gwendola Joyce (Von Wedell) Hildebrandt, 84, of Pittsburg, Kan., passed away, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at Via Christi Hospital, Pittsburg, following a short illness. She was born Aug. 7, 1927, in rural Cherokee County, to Harry W. and Audrey M. (Thomas) Von Wedell. She grew up in rural Hepler, Kan., and attended Immanuel Lutheran School. She graduated from Hepler High School in 1945. Following high school, she attended a school of cosmetology in Wichita, Kan...
Woodrow M. "Woody" Kramer
Woodrow M. "Woody" Kramer, 92, of Hutchinson, Kan., died Sept. 15, 2011, at Elm Grove Estates in Hutchinson. Woody was born Dec. 10, 1918, at Fort Scott, the son of William and Gertrude Payne Kramer. He graduated from Olathe High School in 1936, Fort Scott Junior College and Pittsburg State Teachers College. ...
Mary Lucille (Wells) Gilmore
Mary Lucille (Wells) Gilmore, 84, the daughter of Francis Marion and Lillie Edith (Gamble) Wells was born Aug. 29, 1927, in Walker, Mo., and passed from this life Tuesday, Sept. 13. 2011, at the Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Overland Park, Kan...
Georgia Eleanor Knight
Georgia Eleanor Knight, 59, Nevada, formerly of Rich Hill, Mo., passed away Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at Nevada, Regional Medical Center in Nevada. She was born Dec. 27, 1951, in Shreveport, La., to William Edward Jobron and Netty Eleanor Hargrove Jobron. She was married to Charles Hoyle Knight and he preceded her in death December 2009...
Robert J. Hancock
Robert J. Hancock, 75, Nevada, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, Mo., following a brief illness. He was born Oct. 18, 1935, in Thayer, Mo., to Harold V. Hancock and Elsie Coose Hancock. He was married Feb. 5, 1954, in Kansas City, Mo., to Charlene Hanke and she survives of the home...
WINFRED "WIN" JENT
Winfred "Win" Jent, 94, of Fort Scott, died Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 13, 2011, at the Medicalodges Nursing Home. He was born June 17, 1917, in Hume, Mo., the son of Edward Raymond and Donnie Leona (Bloomfield) Jent. He married Florence Marie Plain Aug. 16, 1940, in Fort Scott, Kan. She preceded him in death March 4, 1999...
JOHN MICHAEL "MIKE" LAIR
John Michael "Mike" Lair, 79, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at the Guest Home Estates, 737 Heylman, Fort Scott, Kan. He was born Oct. 20, 1931, in Piqua, Kan., the son of Otto Lair and Anne Josephine Bux Lair. Mike graduated from Kansas State University in 1955 where he played baseball for the Wildcats. He married Barbara Decker in 1965. She preceded him in death in 1982...
Winfred "Win" Jent, 94, of Fort Scott, died Tuesday evening, Sept. 13, 2011, at the Medicalodges Nursing Home. Funeral arrangements for Win Jent are incomplete and will be announced later by the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home.
RUTH ILENE CARPENTER HINES
Ruth Ilene Carpenter Hines, 88, of Salem, Ore., passed into the arms of the Lord on Sept. 9, 2011. She was born on Nov. 17, 1922, in Moundville, Mo., to Jess F. and Nora E. (Dickey) Carpenter. She married James Hines on Oct. 6, 1941, in Liberty, Mo. They resided for many years in the Arcadia, Kan., area before moving to Sheridan, Ore., in the spring of 1962. In August 1963 they relocated to Salem...
She was born Nov. 24, 1953, at McPherson, Kan., to Jake and Florence (Balzer) Penner. The family lived in Inman and then in Salina, where she graduated from the El-Saline High School. She also attended the Calgary Bible College at Three Hills, Alberta, Canada...
THOMAS A. MILLER
Thomas A. Miller, 69, of North Little Rock, Ark., passed away Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. He was born Oct. 17, 1941, in Fort Scott, Kan., to the late Joseph Donald and Shirley Casebier Miller. Mr. Miller was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during Vietnam. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1963 with a degree in journalism, where he was also a member of Phi Delta Theta...
SARA SUE WILSON McCLURE
Sara Sue Wilson McClure, 24, died Thursday afternoon Sept. 8, 2011, as a result of a public transportation bus accident on Hwy. 3, Uniontown, Kan. Sara and her fiancée, Jonathan (Jo) Joyal were residents of Fort Scott, Kan. Sara was born on May 16, in Fort Scott, the daughter of Bryan Anthony Wilson and Paula Sue McClure. She is the step-daughter of Pam Wilson...
ELVA VIRGIE (KASTL) ROBINSON
Elva Virgie (Kastl) Robinson of Blue Mound, Kan., born May 9, 1918, passed away Sept. 3, 2011. Elva married her beloved Truman on Sept. 4, 1942 (who passed away Jan. 21, 2001), and was a devoted mother to Dianne, (who passed away Sept. 3, 1968) and to Richard (Rick)...
WARREN KENNETH HARRIS
Warren Kenneth Harris, 90, of Blue Mound, Kan., passed away Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at the Mercy Health Center in Fort Scott, Kan. He was born Nov. 14, 1920, northwest of Blue Mound the son of John and Beulah Ingram Harris. He attended Prairie Valley and Blue Mound schools, graduating from Blue Mound High School in 1941. He then attended Blue Mound Trade School for Welding...
MAURICE WILLIAM (BILL) WERNER SR.
Maurice William (Bill) Werner Sr., 75, of Winston-Salem, N.C., died Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, at his home. He was born Oct. 22, 1935, in the family home near Fidelity, Kan., the son of Martin and Mary Grewing Werner. At a young age, Bill moved with his family to southeast Kansas. He attended country schools until the family moved to the Kincaid school district. He graduated from Kincaid High School in 1954...
Linda Marqueling, 68, died Sunday, Sept. 4, at Hospice House of Reno County, Hutchinson, Kan. Born Aug. 26, 1943, at Fort Scott, Kan., she was the daughter of Ralph and Edna (Talbot) Whiteside. She married Bob Marqueling Aug. 7, 1976, at Hays, Kan. Mrs. Marqueling taught physical education in Scott City and then was employed by Sunflower Diversified Services after moving to Great Bend...
Jimmy "Jim" Dean Carr
Jimmy "Jim" Dean Carr, 65, of Blue Mound, Kan., died Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, at his home. Services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the Coffel-Schneider Funeral Home Pleasanton, Kan. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. ...
Pauline Swink, 93, formerly of Bronson, Kan., died Sept. 1, 2011 at Louisburg Care Center. She was born June 18, 1918, at the home of her parents, Ernest and Mary (Payne) Cox about three miles southwest of Uniontown and graduated from Uniontown High School in 1937...
JILL RENEE KASSELMAN
Jill Renee Kasselman, 36, formerly of Pratt, Kan., died Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, at her home in Fort Worth, Texas. She was born Aug. 22, 1975, in Wichita, Kan. Jill was an honor student and cheerleader at Pratt High School and a cheerleader at Pratt Community College for one year...
SHIRLEY JEAN KNOTTS MERRIOTT
Shirley Jean Knotts Merriott, 81, of North Kansas City, Mo., and formerly of Fort Scott, died at the North Care Hospice House in the North Kansas City Hospital, North Kansas City, Mo. She was born Dec. 11, 1929, in Fort Scott, Kan., the daughter of James Perry and Laveta (Strode) Knotts...