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Obituaries from January 2008

ALVIN EUGENE MELCHER (01/31/08)
Dr. Alvin Eugene Melcher, 76, passed away at his home Monday January 28, 2008. Dr. Melcher was born May 19, 1931 in Franklin County Kansas to Elmer Clyde Melcher and Cora (Staley) Melcher. He graduated in the class of 1949 from Ottawa Kansas Senior High School where he served as Vice President of the student body...
JAMES REGINALD 'REGGIE' WELLINGTON III (01/29/08)
James Reginald "Reggie" Wellington III, age 38, resident of Tri-Valley, Fort Scott, Kansas died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, at his home. He was born Dec. 16, 1969, in Spokane, Washington the son of James R. Wellington Jr. and Mary Alice Wellington Clark. Reggie moved from Spokane to Fort Scott in 1991. He enjoyed working with retired race horses, solving puzzles and working with wood...
HAROLD LEWIS (01/29/08)
Harold Arthur Lewis, 92, of Fort Scott, died Monday morning, Jan. 28, 2008 at Mercy Health Center. He was born Oct. 3, 1915 in Soloman, Kansas, the son of Harry Arthur and Lucile Gatchett Lewis. He married Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Shaffer on May 17, 1948 in Fort Scott. She preceded him in death on Sept. 26, 1998...
MELVIN EUGENE McREYNOLDS (01/28/08)
Melvin Eugene McReynolds, age 68, resident of Weir, Kansas, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008 at Mt. Carmel Medical Center in Pittsburg, Kansas. He was born July 28, 1939 in Fort Scott, the son of Herbert McReynolds and Hazel Lucille Bolin McReynolds. Melvin married Ida Mayberry on Nov. 16, 1957 in Miami, Okla. He operated a wood cutting business in Olathe, Kansas prior to being disabled and retiring to Weir, Kansas. His enjoyment was spending time with children and grandchildren...
DORIS IRENE PURVIS (01/28/08)
Doris Irene Purvis, passed away Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008 at Palm Grove Healthcare, Beaumont, Calif. She was 93 years old and had been in failing health for the past few years. Doris was born June 29, 1914 in Edna, Kansas to Sidney Harlow Hunziker and Freda Edna Massey Hunziker. ...
William B. "Bill" Neill (01/26/08)
William B. "Bill" Neill, 84, Nevada, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008, at Barone Alzheimer's Care Center in Nevada following a lengthy illness. He was born July 19, 1923, in Modena, Mo., to Byron Allen Neill and Ona Hickman Neill. He married Harriet Ellen Hargrove on Nov. 10, 1946, in Columbus, Kan. She preceded him in death on Oct. 7, 2002...
Elmo Neal Gerster (01/27/08)
EImo Neal Gerster, age 91, the son of Charles Otis and Daisy Ethel (Scott) Gerster was born Sept. 7, 1916, in Walker, Mo., and passed from this life on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, at his home in Schell City, Missouri. Elmo attended school in Dederick and then graduated from El Dorado Springs High School, in 1934. ...
Eugene "Gene" Gray (01/27/08)
Eugene "Gene" Gray, 55, of Schell City, Mo was welcomed into Heaven on Jan. 23, 2008, from the Elleitt Memorial Hospital, in Appleton City, Mo., after a long struggle with cancer. Gene was born on Dec. 29, 1952, at Walnut Ridge, Ark., to Aileen Gray. ...
Doris Irene Purvis (01/27/08)
Doris Irene Purvis, passed away Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008, at Palm Grove Healthcare, Beaumont, Calif., She was 93 years old and had been in failing health for the past few years. Doris was born June 29, 1914, in Edna, Kan., to Sidney Harlow Hunziker and Freda Edna Massey Hunziker. ...
DOROTHY ANN ADAMS (01/25/08)
Dorothy Ann Adams, age 77, resident of 1724 Indian Road, Fort Scott, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, at her home following a lengthy illness. She was born March 12, 1930, in Seminole, Okla., the daughter of Jesse Pulliam and Lillie Jose Pulliam. Dorothy married Donald Adams on Aug. 30, 1957, in Nevada, Mo...
GARY LEE MARSHALL (01/25/08)
Gary Lee Marshall, age 51, longtime resident of Fort Scott, Kansas and more recently of Springfield, Missouri, died unexpectedly Tuesday, January 22, 2008, at the Cox Medical Center South in Springfield. He was born April 25, 1956, in Fort Scott, the son of Everitt and Bonnie Marshall...
CLYDE HIGGINS (01/25/08)
Clyde Richard Higgins, age 75, a resident of Fort Scott, Kansas, died unexpectedly Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, at his home of an apparent heart attack. He was born Sept. 23, 1932, in Richards, Mo., the son of Charley Edgar Higgins and Jennie Victoria Tucker Higgins. ...
BILLY RAY SIMONS (01/24/08)
Billy Ray Simons, 47, of Fort Scott, died Wednesday morning, Jan. 23, 2008, at Mercy Health Center. he was born on March 19, 1960, in Fort Scott, Kan., the son of Robert Gire and Mary Eva Dauben Simons. He is survived by three sons, Landon Simons and Jayce Simons, both of Fort Scott, and Dakota Simons of Maysville, Ark.; a granddaughter, Kinsey Simons; his mother and step-father, Mary and Cleland Allen of Fort Scott; two brothers, Gary Simons of Kearney, Mo., and Larry Joe Simons of Fort Scott; five sisters, Janice Briggs of Bushton, Kan., Connie Simons, Diane Uray, Pam Riedel and Sondra Newton, all of Fort Scott; and a step-brother, Rodney Allen of Texas.. ...
DOROTHY KASTILAHN (01/24/08)
Dorothy Mae Kastilahn, 93, of Fort Scott, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008, at Mercy Health Center. She was born Aug. 4, 1914 in Fort Scott, Kansas, the daughter of Ralph Oscar and Edith (Johnson) Willard. She married Earl George Kastilahn Nov. 1, 1942 in San Diego, Calif. He preceded her in death April 25, 1995...
CAROLYN KAY CANON (01/24/08)
Carolyn Kay Kepley Canon, 69, of Fort Scott, passed away Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 22, , at the St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., with her family be her side. She was born Aug. 13, 1938, in Fort Scott, Kansas, the daughter of Ephraim and Gladys (Carnes) Kepley. She worked at Cowen's Country Corner for 17 years...
MARY AILEEN BEATRICE FARLEY (01/23/08)
Mary Aileen Beatrice Farley, born on a farm northwest of Pleasanton, August 30, 1908, passed away in Butler, Mo. on Jan. 21, 2008. She was the daughter of Wiley Fletcher Long and Cora Etta (Peterson) Long. Beatrice (known as Bea) grew up on a farm north of Mound City, Kansas, attending Mount Carmel Grade School and graduating from Pleasanton High School in 1927. She had one brother, Arthur, who preceded her in death...
MARIE ROSEBAUGH (01/22/08)
Marie Rosebaugh, age 86, of Moran, passed away Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, at the Moran Manor. Marie was born July 28, 1921, the daughter of John William and Maye (King) Lantz in Bedford, Iowa. Marie grew up in the LaHarpe and Iola area, graduating from Iola High School. ...
LEONA MAYFIELD (01/22/08)
Leona Mayfield, 88, of Fort Scott, died at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, at the Arma Care Center in Arma. Mrs. Mayfield was born Oct. 29, 1919 in Gross, Kansas, the daughter of Ralph Maxwell and Bessie Mae Brown Bean. Leona was a homemaker who lived in the Arcadia-Fort Scott area all her life. She was raised in Crawford County and attended Corinth School in rural Arcadia. She married Wayne Mayfield on Nov. 23, 1940 in Fort Scott. Mr. Mayfield preceded her in death Nov. 30, 2003...
KATHERENE JAN NEIL (01/22/08)
Katherene Jane Neil, age 88, a resident of Girard, Kansas, died Sunday, January 20, 2008, in the Girard Medical Center. She was born December 18, 1919, in Hepler, Kansas, the daughter of Joseph Rolland Gintzell and Pearl Evans Gintzell. She was raised by her paternal grandparents, Henry and Miverva Gintzell. ...
JAMES REED WOODY (01/21/08)
James Reed Woody, age 83, a resident of Bronaugh, Mo., passed on to his heavenly home on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, at the Mercy Health Center emergency room. He was born Feb. 8, 1924, in Vernon County, Mo. to Leslie and Mabel Hartzfield Woody. Jim was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. ...
John Raiden-Gauge Hill, (01/19/08)
John Raiden-Gauge Hill, infant son of Lamai and John Hill, of Twentynine Palms, Calif., died Jan. 16, 2008, at the Naval Hospital, in Twentynine Palms, Calif. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Wed. Jan. 23, at the Schell City Christian Church, in Schell City. Burial will be at Green Mound Cemetery, in Harwood...
Marie Rosebaugh (01/19/08)
Marie Rosebaugh, age 86, of Moran, Kan., passed away Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, at the Moran Manor. Marie was born July 28, 1921, the daughter of John William and Maye King Lantz, at Bedford, Iowa. Marie grew up in the LaHarpe and Iola area, graduating from Iola High School. ...
Clinton (Jerry) H. Biggs (01/19/08)
Clinton (Jerry) H. Biggs, passed away on Jan. 6, 2008, at his home 840, E. Wooter, in Nevada, after a lengthy illness. He was born on Nov. 5, 1940. He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Leona Biggs Sr., and a son Clinton (Toby) Biggs Jr. Surviving the home are his wife Cheryl, a son Troy and grandson Bryston. ...
EUGENE VANATTER (01/18/08)
Eugene Russell "Gene" Vanatter, born Aug. 17, 1932, died peacefully in his sleep Jan. 16, 2008. Gene was born in Burbank, Calif., to James Russell Vanatter and Alberta (Knox) Vanatter. His father died of cancer when Gene was in the second grade. Alberta married James Truman Barlow, and when Gene was eleven, they moved to Uniontown, Kansas. He attended Goff Country School. In 1951, Gene graduated from Uniontown High School and joined the Navy...
ELIZABETH LILLIAN STEWART (01/17/08)
Coffeyville resident Elizabeth Lillian Stewart died on Monday, Jan. 14, 2008 in Coffeyville. She was 93. Elizabeth was born on August 14, 1914 in Xenia, Kansas to Jesse Fidelis Robb and Geneva Jean (Stevenson) Robb. She grew up and attended school in Xenia and graduated from high school in Bronson, Kansas in 1932...
GARY DUANE TEBBETS (01/17/08)
Gary Duane Tebbets, age 59, resident of 1701 E. First Street, Fort Scott, Kansas, died Wednesday, January 15, 2008, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas following a brief illness. He was born April 2, 1948 in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Dean and Bernice Belks Tebbets...
JACK L. ESHELBRENNER (01/15/08)
Jack L. Eshelbrenner, 84, a long time resident of Fort Scott, died Monday morning, Jan. 14, 2008, at Garden Terrace of Overland Park, Kansas. He was born July 22, 1923 in Kansas City, Kansas, the son of Carl W. and Sophia M. (Leitz) Eshelbrenner, Sr. He married Sara Viola Handly on March 16, 1945, in Wichita, Kansas. She preceded him in death April 19, 2007...
Henry Joseph "Sonny" Karle Jr. (01/12/08)
Henry Joseph "Sonny" Karle Jr., age 85, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, in Mena, Ark. Services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the First Presbyterian Church, in Pleasanton, Kan. Interment will be in Pleasanton Cemetery. Arrangements made by Coffel-Schneider Funeral Home, Pleasanton, Kan. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.coffelschneider.com...
Goldie May Andrews (01/12/08)
Goldie May Andrews, age 80, of Trading Post, Kan., died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, at The Residencies, Pleasanton, Kan. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Brooklyn Cemetery, in LaCygne, Kan. Visitation will be from noon until the time of service at Coffel-Schneider Chapel, LaCygen, Kan...
EDNA L. MILLER (01/11/08)
Edna L. Miller, age 78, a former resident of Uniontown and more recently of Valencia, California, died Friday, January 4, 2008, at her home in California following a brief illness. She was born March 1, 1929 on the family farm near Uniontown the daughter of Loran Edward Ramsey and Eva Wilson Ramsey. She married Joseph Miller. He preceded her in death in 1979. Mrs. Miller had worked for the telephone company in California for thirty-five years...
WILLIAM 'BILL' K. LEITZ (01/11/08)
William (Bill) K. Leitz, age 67, of Billings Mo., passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2008, in St. John's Regional Health Care Center in Springfield, Mo. with his family by his side. He was born October 10, 1940, the son of William H. and Leta M. (Wilson) Leitz of Fort Scott, Kansas. ...
EDNA L. MILLER (01/09/08)
Edna L. Miller, age 78, a former resident of Uniontown and more recently of Valencia, Calif., died Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, at her home in California following a brief illness. She is survived by Don Sauer, the love of her life for 19 years; a son, Steve Miller and wife Cyndi; three grandchildren, Angela Davidson, Dustin Miller and Nina Sauer. Also surviving are two step-sons, Frank Sauer and Dennis Sauer and two sisters, Julia Blythe and Nancy Loveall...
PAULA ELAINE JOHNSON (01/08/08)
Paula Elaine Johnson, age 71, resident of Prescott, Kansas, died Saturday, January 5, 2008, at the Mercy Health Center Emergency Room. She was born October 5, 1936, in Fort Scott, the daughter of Benjamin Frank Boyd and Mary Ellen Neeley Boyd. Paula worked for many years at Key Industries...
WILLARD HOUSTON (01/08/08)
Willard Lafayette Houston, 86, formerly of Fulton, Kansas, died Saturday, January 5, 2008, at the Joplin Health Center, in Joplin, Missouri. He was born October 15, 1921, in Bagnall, Missouri, the son of Andrew Jackson and Ida Mae (Snelling) Houston. He married Margaret Ann Barnes April 30, 1947, in Fort Scott, Kansas. She preceded him in death March 1, 2006...
BARRY RICHARD ELLIOTT (01/08/08)
Barry Richard Elliott, age 75, resident of 124 S. Holbrook, Fort Scott, died early Monday, January 07, 2008, at the Mercy Health Center Emergency Room. He was born September 26, 1932, in Centerville, Iowa the son of Harry Elliott and Carmella Dezorzi Elliott. ...
JAMES GILBERT FLEHARTY SR. (01/08/08)
James Gilbert Fleharty, Sr., age 71, a resident of Fort Scott, Kansas, died early Sunday, January 6, 2008, at his home. He was born June 1, 1936, in Sterling, Illinois, the son of George Henry Fleharty and Marion Evelyn Vipond Fleharty. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and was stationed in Guam. ...
ROBERT SWENDER (01/07/08)
Robert E. Swender passed away Dec. 28, 2007, at the age of 84 at his home in Downey, Calif. He was born in 1923 in Kincaid, Kan., where he lived until serving his country from 1944 to 1946. In 1948 Robert and his family moved to California to begin a new life. ...
CHARLES LEONARD CUTHBERTSON (01/07/08)
Charles Leonard Cuthbertson, age 65, resident of 25 Golfview Drive, Fort Scott, died unexpectedly Saturday, January 05, 2008, at his home. He was born July 12, 1942 in Pittsburg, Kansas the son of Leonard J. Cuthbertson and Mary Gibson Cuthbertson. Charles was disabled due to a motorcycle accident at the age of 14. He lived his entire life in Girard prior to moving to Fort Scott in 1995. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church...
AUGUST RASMUSSEN JR. (01/04/08)
August Rasmussen Jr., 88, Fort Scott, Kan., formerly of Moundville, Mo., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, at Mercy Health Center in Fort Scott, following a brief illness. he was born Feb. 25, 1919, in Arthur County, Neb., to August Rasmussen Sr. and Nanna Marie Christiansen Rasmussen. he married Avis E. Morrell on Sept. 27, 1941, in Alameda, Calif. She preceded him in death on May 19, 1998...
THOMAS EDWIN LAND (01/03/08)
Thomas Edwin Land, 79, of Smithville, Mo., formerly of Fort Scott, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008. Survivors include his children, Wayne Land, Houston, Mo., Vicki Thomas and husband Richard, Smithville, Mo., Debbie Shook and husband John, Houston, Mo., and Tom Land and wife, Glenda, Omaha, Neb., Lori Barnard and husband Michael, Bolivar, Tenn., and Stacy Wheeler, Kearney, Mo.; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; brother, Donald Land, Kimberling City, Mo., and sister Mary K. ...
AMBER ELSIE WILSON (01/03/08)
Amber Elsie Wilson, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at Neosho Memorial Hospital. She was born in Freeburg, Illinois on Aug. 27, 1922, the daughter of Ernest and Ella Ebel Bauer Kriegeskotte. She married Loren Wilson on NOv. 13, 1945 in Carthage, Mo. Together they owned and operated Wilson Service in Blue Mound. ...
PEGGY GOOD (01/03/08)
Margaret "Peggy" Boyle Good, 84, died at her home in rural Fort Scott, Kansas, Dec. 31, 2007. She was born on the family farm at Boyle, Kan., Feb. 6, 1923, to her parents Charles Grant Boyle, farmer and lay preacher, and Grace Elizabeth Irwin Boyle. ...
ERNEST EARL McGEE (01/02/08)
Peggy Good (01/02/08)
Margaret "Peggy" Boyle Good, 84, died at her home in rural Fort Scott, Kansas, Dec. 31, 2007. She was born on the family farm at Boyle, Kan., Feb. 6, 1923 to her parents Charles Grant Boyle, farmer and lay preacher, and Grace Elizabeth Irwin Boyle. Her mother died 18 months after her birth and she was raised and cared in her early years by her mother's cousin, Scott and Louise Spencer. ...
JOE HALL (01/02/08)
Joe Hall, age 83, a resident of Bronson, Kansas, died Monday, December 31, 2007, at the Mercy Health Center. He was born November 15, 1924, in Devon, Kansas, the son of Chase Edgar Hall and Dottie Josephine Calvin Hall. He married Marybelle Snyder on June 28, 1947, at Fort Scott, Kansas. ...
MARY LOU SMITH (01/02/08)
Mary Lou Smith, age 82, a resident of Fort Scott, Kansas, went home to be with the Lord early Monday, December 31, 2007, at the St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Missouri, as a result of a head injury from falling on the ice. She was born December 26, 1925, in Fort Scott, the daughter of William Jones and Martha Norris Jones. ...