Obituaries from February 2012
HARVE RUSSELL "TUFFY" WEST
Harve Russell "Tuffy" West, age 84, of rural Liberal, Mo., passed away Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, Mo. Tuffy was born Jan. 14, 1928, in Pittsburg, Kan., to James and Mabel (VanKirk) West. During World War II, he joined the U.S. Navy, serving in the Philippines and Hawaii, and was a longtime member of Liberal American Legion. On Sept. 3, 1949, at Bentonville, Ark.,...
Betty Jean Nelson
Betty Jean Nelson, 77, died Feb. 21, 2012. She was born April 11, 1934, on the family farm near Foster, Mo., to Walter and Wanda Zwahlen. Betty attended Rich Hill High School and graduated in 1948. In 1954, she married Lester guy Nelson and to this union three children were born, Terrea Reanee, Lester Guy and Malcolm Trent...
Lucille M. Johnston
Lucille M. Johnston, 92, of Liberal, Mo., died on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at the Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, Mo. Mrs. Johnston was born Feb. 19, 1920, at Oskaloosa, Mo., the daughter of John T. and Velta M. Apperson Wirt. Lucille was a homemaker who also had worked at the Sunset Manor in Frontenac and Western Insurance in Fort Scott, Kan. ...
Violet Daisy Adams
Violet Daisy Adams, 78, Nevada, Mo., died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at her residence. She was born Sept. 9, 1933, in Doniphan, Mo., to Richard McQuay and Delia Vance McQuay. She was married Aug. 6, 1969, in Miami, Okla., to Kenneth L. Adams and he survives of the home...
The Rev. Eldon C. Daniel
The Rev. Eldon C. Daniel died Jan. 20, 2012, from complications caused by Alzheimer's Disease at North Hills Hospital, in North Richland Hills, Texas. He was 89. The Rev. Daniel was born in Brockton, Mass., to the late Milton Daniel and Carrie (Fish) Daniel. He remained a New England man in spirit his entire life. The Rev. Daniel was the last living sibling of 14 brothers and sisters...
LUCILLE M. JOHNSTON
Lucille M. Johnston, 92, of Liberal, Mo., died at 10:50 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, Mo. Mrs. Johnston was born Feb. 19, 1920, at Oskaloosa, Mo., the daughter of John T. and Velta M. Apperson Wirt. Lucille was a homemaker who also had worked at Sunset Manor in Frontenac and Western Insurance in Fort Scott. She was raised in Oskaloosa, Mo., and graduated from Mindenmines High School. She had lived in the Oskaloosa area most of her life...
IVAN EDWARD BRILLHART
Ivan Edward Brillhart, 90, a resident of Fort Scott, Kan., died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at the Mercy Hospital emergency room in Fort Scott. He was born Jan. 10, 1922, in Mapleton, Kan., the son of Delphus S. "Delph" Brillhart and Maude Cook Brillhart...
LAVERTA W. ACKERMAN
Laverta W. Ackerman, 82, of Lawrence, Kan., formerly of Savonburg, Kan., passed away on Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at Presbyterian Manor in Lawrence. She was born on June 30, 1929, in Jonesboro, Ark., the daughter of Gullis Despain and Lennie Wyse Despain Hayes. She graduated from Richmond High School in Richmond, Calif...
DOROTHY DEANE WIMMER
Dorothy Deane Wimmer, 91, resident of rural Fulton, Kan., died Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at Fort Scott Manor, Fort Scott, Kan. She was born in rural Fulton, Kan., on Dec. 30, 1920, the daughter of Rolf Hurley Dawson and Nellie Edith Ray Dawson. She married Joseph Levi Wimmer on April 7, 1939, in Fort Scott, Kan. He preceded her in death on Nov. 16, 1994...
Ivadean Severy, 71, a resident of rural Fort Scott, Kan., died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at Fort Scott. She was born May 31, 1940, in Fort Scott, the daughter of Cecil John Feagins, Sr., and Dorothy Irene Bolden Feagins. She married Earl Severy on April 15, 1958, at Miami, Okla...
WILLIAM JAMES "BILL" SAMPSON SR.
William James "Bill" Sampson Sr., 54, a resident of Fort Scott, Kan., died unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at his home. He was born March 31, 1957, in Fort Scott, Kan., the son of Harry C. Sampson Jr. and Wilma June Burch Sampson. Bill married Mary Lynn Wiggans on April 5, 1975, at Fort Scott. She preceded him in death on Dec. 5, 2006...
ROBERT SHERWOOD COX
Robert Sherwood Cox, 84, of Fort Scott, Kan., formerly Pleasanton, Kan., died Friday Feb. 17, 2012, at Fort Scott Manor in Fort Scott, Kan. He was born at Pleasanton, the son of John Franklin and Barbara Ellen Jackson Cox. He served his country during World War II in the United States Army...
VIRGIL LEE WIEDNER
Virgil Lee Wiedner, 81, of Pleasanton, Kan., died Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at Fort Scott Manor, Fort Scott, Kan. Services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Schneider Funeral Home, Pleasanton Chapel. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Chapel. ...
Sue Bailey, 85, Nevada, passed away Friday, Feb. 17, at the Barone Alzheimer's Care Center in Nevada, following a lengthy illness. She was born Aug. 21, 1926, in Cotter, Ark., to Jonathan Calloway Beavers and Bertha Lena Bullen Beavers. She was married Feb. 6, 1946, in Harrison, Ark., to John Bailey and he preceded her in death Nov. 30, 1999...
Floyd Wilford Rich
Floyd Wilford Rich, 76, Nevada, passed away Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at the Nevada Regional Medical Center in Nevada. He was born June 24, 1935, in Nevada, to Floyd Jasper Rich and Mabel Elizabeth Kauffman Rich. He was married Nov. 27, 1955, in Nevada, to Sue Scott and she survives of the home...
Gilbert Douglass ("Doug") Sweetser
Gilbert Douglass ("Doug") Sweetser, of Frontenac, Kan., died unexpectedly on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012. He was 72. Doug was born at home in rural Walnut Township, Crawford County, Kan., on Aug. 2, 1939, to Glenn and Mildred (Huber) Sweetser. He attended primary schools in Walnut and Hepler and graduated from Girard High School in 1957. ...
GUADALUPE "LUPE" ALCANTAR
Guadalupe "Lupe" Alcantar, 80, resident of Moran, Kan., and formerly of Bronson, Kan., died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at the Moran Manor Nursing Home. She was born Oct. 5, 1931, in Waco, Texas, the daughter of Salbador Alcantar and Inasia Galvan Alcantar. Following the death of both parents at an early age, she was raised by her mother's sister and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Serrano...
RUBY MAE CLAY
Ruby Mae Clay, 71, of Blue Mound, Kan., died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at Mercy Health Center, Fort Scott, Kan. She was born July 8, 1940, at Blue Mound, Kan., the daughter of Theodore and Jessie Rosier Russell. She married Charles Clay on Oct. 29, 1960, at Mound City, Kan. He preceded her in death on July 1, 2006...
ETHEL JOSEPHINE "JO" KNOPP
Ethel Josephine "Jo" Knopp, 82, of Fort Scott, died early Tuesday morning, Feb. 14, 2012, at Fort Scott Manor. She was born June 6, 1929, in Hepler, Kan., the daughter of David Richard and Ethel Gertrude (Hardin) Huber. She married Willis Henry Knopp June 24, 1949, in Hepler, and he survives of the home...
DORIS LUCILLE COCHRAN
Doris Lucille Cochran, 91, of Pittsburg, Kan., died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, at Via Christi Village, Pittsburg, Kan. Services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Schneider Funeral Home, Pleasanton Chapel, Pleasanton, Kan. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until service time. Interment will be in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Mound City, Kan...
EDWARD NATHAN VAUGHN
Edward Nathan Vaughn passed away at the age of 84 on Feb. 10, 2012, at Christian Health. He was born on May 5, 1928, in Humansville, Mo. His parents were John and Nellie Vaughn. He married Wanda Clearwater on Nov. 4, 1945, in Ottawa, Kan. He farmed until he retired in 1987. He served as volunteer minister of Jehovah's Witnesses from 1957 until his death...
Esther Tassi, 94, of Arma, Kan., died at 7:22 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at the Girard Medical Center at Girard, Kan. Mrs. Tassi was born April 27, 1917, in Malito Cosenza Calabria, Italy, the daughter of Eugenio and Luisa Carpino Fioramante. Esther came to America through Ellis Island in 1920 on the USS America. She was a homemaker and lifetime resident of Arma. She had a great love of her family and was known as "Grams" to her grandchildren and "Great" to her great-grandchildren...
CATHERINE (KATE) EMERT
Catherine (Kate) Emert passed away at the home of her daughter Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. Kate and her family moved to Iola in 1961. She worked at H.L. Miller's and then was office manager at Columbia Metal Products for 24 years, retiring from there in 1993...
EMMA JEAN McINTYRE
Emma Jean McIntyre of Prescott, Kan., was born July 28, 1932, and died Feb. 10, 2012. Emma Jean was born near Prescott and received her education there. She married Leon McIntyre on Aug. 20, 1950. After serving a tour of duty with his National Guard unit at Fort Lewis, Wash., they farmed and ran a dairy near Prescott. Emma Jean was also employed by Western Insurance in Fort Scott for several years...
WESTON DUANE BRENNON
Weston Duane Brennon, 23-day-old infant, died unexpectedly, Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan. He was born one of triplets, Jan. 19, 2012, the son of Shelby Brennon and Orion Leigh. Survivors include his mother, Shelby Brennon, Fort Scott; father, Orion Leigh, Iola; brother Preston Joel Brennon and sister Madison LeAnn Brennon...
Willard Eugene "Red" Mitts
Willard Eugene "Red" Mitts, 83, of Fort Scott, Kan., formerly of Linn County, Kan., died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at Mercy Health Center, Fort Scott. He was born Oct. 2, 1928, at Amoret, Mo., the son of Robert and Eva Jewell Shaw Mitts. Willard "Red" spent most of his life in the Linn County area, graduating from Pleasanton High School. He married Wanda Grosshart who preceded him in death in 1962. He later married Mary McGoey on July 14, 1963, and between them they raised six children...
BARBARA HAYS SWANN
Barbara Hays Swann passed away Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at the Schneider Funeral Home LaCygne Chapel. Visitation will be held from noon to service time at the Schneider Funeral Home. Inurnment will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery, LaCygne, Kan. The family suggests contributions to the North Point Skilled Nursing Home in Paola, Kan., left in c/o Schneider Funeral Home, P.O. Box 304, LaCygne, Kan., 66040...
RAYMOND DALE SMUTLEY HOWARD
Raymond Dale Smutley Howard, 74, LaCygne, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2012, in Pleasanton, Kan. He was born May 22, 1937 in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Orville and Florence Morris Howard. He worked for Johnson County Wastewater and operated a tree trimming service...
MARCELINE "MARCY" JOHNSON
Marceline "Marcy" Johnson, 83, Lamar, Mo., passed away Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at Mercy Hospital Springfield, Mo. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at Konantz Warden Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at Konantz Warden Funeral Home. Contributions can be made to Methodist Church, Lamar, Mo., Iantha Methodist, Iantha, Mo., Christian Church, Lamar, Mo., or the American Red Cross...
ROBERT DOUGLAS "DOUG" INGRAM
Robert Douglas "Doug" Ingram, age 51, a resident of rural Bronson, Kan., died Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at his home. He was born May 6, 1960, in Lebanon, Ky., the son of Robert Ingram and Ada White Ingram. He had been a dairy farmer. Survivors include a son, Jared Ingram and wife, Jere, Bardstown, Ky., and a sister, Jada Fuhrman and husband, Dave, Bronson, Kan...
MARY ESTHER HAM
Mary Esther Ham, age 93, resident of Nashville, Tenn., died Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, in Nashville. She was born May 9, 1918. She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Dr. Howard M. Ham. Mary Esther was a loving wife and mother. Her life's work was teaching and she spent several years as a librarian at St. Bernard's Academy in Nashville. Her devotion to her church home at Belle Meade United Methodist Church was an important part throughout her life and especially in her later years...
WILMA FAYE ENDY
Wilma Faye Endy, age 81, a resident of Fort Scott, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at the Via Christi Health Center in Pittsburg. She was born Dec. 17, 1930, in Springfield, Mo., the daughter of Paul Jones and Cora Shoup Jones. Wilma first married Dwayne Cundiff in 1950...
CAROL SUE HUDSON
Carol Sue Hudson, age 58, resident of Uniontown, Kan., died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kan. She was born Jan. 2, 1954, in Iola, Kansas, the daughter of Kenneth Tinsley and Emily Donnell Brown Tinsley. In earlier years, she worked at Western Insurance and as receptionist for Citizens Bank...
Monte Pollock, 48, of Fort Scott, died early Thursday, Feb. 3, 2012, at the Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Overland Park, Kan.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home.
Robert Douglas "Doug" Ingram
Robert Douglas "Doug" Ingram, 51, a resident of rural Bronson, Kan., died Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at his home.
Funeral services for Doug Ingram will be announced by the Cheney Witt Bronson Chapel.
Mary Esther Ham
Mary Esther Ham, 94, resident of Nashville, Tenn., died Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, in Nashville.
Local services will be announced by the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott.
Barney W. Kohlenberger
Barney W. Kohlenberger, 80, resident of Fort Scott, Kan., died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at Fort Scott Manor. He was born Oct. 21, 1931, in Dupo, Ill., the son of Henry and Grace Kohlenberger. He worked for the Steel Union Workers of St. Louis, Mo. His wife, Alma Frances Kohlenberger, preceded him in death in 1991. In his earlier years he greatly enjoyed gardening and spending time outdoors...
Jack Orville McElwain
Jack Orville McElwain, 82, Nevada, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at Christian Health Care in Nevada. He was born June 26, 1929, in Garland, Kan., to Miles Orville McElwain and Alta (Banghart) McElwain. He married Pat Crawford on May 3, 1953, and she survives of the home...
Iris Fern Swan
Iris Fern Swan, 86, Nevada, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at her residence, following a lengthy illness. She was born Jan. 1, 1926, in Nevada, to Douglas Clyde Williams and Glady Almetta Peterson Williams. She was married in 1945 to Leo "Pete" Hord and he preceded her in death in 1971. She then married Neale Swan on June 29, 1973, in Nevada, and he survives of the home...
DOROTHY ANNIE SESSLER
Dorothy Annie Sessler, 86, formerly of Uniontown, Kan., passed away on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at St. Clare Meadows Care Center in Baraboo, Wis., with family at her side. Dorothy, daughter of Richard Herschel and Mabel Pearl (Richards) Coldren, was born on April 15, 1925, in Walnut Grove, Mo. She married Harold Sessler in Fort Scott, Kan., on June 15, 1944...
FRANCES L. WRATCHFORD
Frances L. Wratchford, 78, resident of Fort Scott, Kan., died Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at Fort Scott Manor Nursing Home. She was born May 18, 1933, in Fort Scott, Kan., the daughter of Everett Wratchford and Mable Manning Wratchford. Frances was raised on the family farm north of Hammond...