Obituaries from May 2012
DORIS BEATRICE MACK
Doris Beatrice Mack, 100, Fort Scott, passed away Sunday, May 27, 2012, at Mercy Hospital. She was born at the family home in Kansas City, Kan., on Sept. 30, 1911, the daughter of Arthur Green and Lena Joe (Horner) Simpson. She married Devney Mack Sr. Aug. 10, 1940, in Kansas City, Kan. He preceded her in death Dec. 25, 1985...
CHET "SONNY" SMITH
Chet "Sonny" Smith, 67, Lee's Summit, Mo., passed away on May 24, 2012, at home due to complications of pancreatic cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester Price Smith and Sarah Ellen (Brown) Smith. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Bette, and his granddaughter, Dakota of the home; his son Chad and wife Cheri and two stepsons, Brandon and Gage; his daughter Kelley Trammell and husband Dean and two stepsons, Morgan and Carson; his sister Marlene Hollis and her husband Frank of Lee's Summit, Mo.; his brother Richard Smith and wife Lynn of Fort Scott, Kan.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.. ...
MYRLE DEAN PURDY
Myrle Dean Purdy, 78, of Pleasanton, Kan., died Sunday, May 27, 2012, at the Louisburg Healthcare and Rehab. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, May 31, 2012, at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Pleasanton Chapel. Burial will be in the Pleasanton Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Pleasanton Chapel...
JAMES ELLIOTT MOORE
James Elliott Moore, 65, resident of rural Fort Scott, died unexpectedly Saturday, May 26, 2012, at Mercy Hospital Emergency Room. He was born Sept. 12, 1946, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Joseph N. Moore and Dorothy Elliott Moore. He received his bachelor's of arts degree from Southeast Missouri State at Cape Girardeau, Mo. ...
Johnny Lee Fishback
Johnny Lee Fishback, 58, is remembered as a cherished father, husband, grandfather, brother, uncle and dear friend. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Katie Mae Fishback; and his sister, Gwen Vogt. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Teresa (Dean); three children, Stacey and Shaun Fishback of Topeka and Gloria Carrell of El Dorado; six grandchildren; and 12 siblings...
Martha Maxine Bunton
Martha Maxine Bunton, 97, Nevada, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2012, at Barone Alzheimer's Care Center, Nevada. She was born Oct. 27, 1914, in Ethel, Mo., to Drew Montgomery Lindley and Della Souther Lindley. She married Richard Lee Bunton on July 27, 1941, in Bucklin, Mo., and he preceded her in death in 1999...
Larry T. Dahmer
Larry T. Dahmer, 77, of Lee's Summit, Mo., passed away May 11, 2012. He was born in Milo, Mo., on June 3, 1934, to Tommy and Mildred Dahmer. Larry was raised on the family farm and graduated from Nevada High School in 1952. He married "Katie" Riggs on Sept. 1, 1956, and was drafted and served in the Army at Fort Benning, Ga., for two years...
Maybelle Rabon (Warner), 91, Palos Heights, Ill., passed away May 23, 2012. She was born May 5, 1921, in Stockton, Mo., to Ford Warner and Lottie (Jones) Warner. She was the beloved wife of the late Estel Rabon, who died in 1976, and the late William Boyd, who died in 1945...
Jack Curtis Yeazle
Jack Curtis Yeazle, 60, Nevada, passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at Moore-Few Care Center in Nevada. He was born Feb. 13, 1952, in Nevada, to James Edgar Yeazle and Gloria June Snelson Yeazle. Jack had lived in Nevada for the past 30 years Survivors include his mother, Gloria Yaezle, Stockton, Mo.; one sister, Patricia Fuchs, Glen Carbon, Ill.; one nephew and one niece...
Sister Terence Fitzgerald
Sister Terence Fitzgerald, a Sister of Mercy, died Friday, May 25, 2012, at McAuley Convent. She was born Feb. 15, 1917, in Kingman, Kan. Sister Terence entered the Sisters of Mercy community at Webster Groves, Mo., on Feb. 1, 1944, and made her first vows on Aug. 16, 1946...
MADGELENE MARIE ROBERTS
Madgelene Marie Roberts, 85, resident of Medicalodges of Fort Scott, Kan., died Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo. She was born March 22, 1927, in Blackwell, Okla., the daughter of Lee Stevens and Viola Mae Puckett Stevens. She married Justin Earl Roberts on July 14, 1944, in Las Vegas, Nev. He preceded her in death on July 28, 2005...
CORA ESTHER FOSTER
Cora Esther Foster, 78, of Pleasanton, Kan., died Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at Mercy Health Center, Fort Scott, Kan. Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 26, 2012, at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Pleasanton Chapel, Pleasanton, Kan. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Interment will be in the Prescott Cemetery...
JACK A. VENDER SR.
Jack A. Vender Sr., 78, a resident of rural Fort Scott, died Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at his home following a brief illness. Jack was born Oct. 7, 1933, in Irwin, Mo., the son of John Vender and Mildred Spurling Vender. Jack married Patsy Brown and to this union were born four children, Jack Vender Jr., Pam Vender Wiggans, Danny Vender and Gayle Vender Woody...
JOHNNY LEE FISHBACK
Fishback, Johnny Lee, 58, from Andover, Kan., is remembered as a cherished father, husband, grandfather, brother, uncle and dear friend. He was preceded in death by his parents Charlie and Katie Mae Fishback and his sister Gwen Vogt. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Teresa (Dean); three children, Stacey and Shaun Fishback of Topeka, Kan., and Gloria Carrell of El Dorado, Kan.; six grandchildren and 12 siblings...
FRANCIS ELMER LINDELL
Francis Elmer Lindell, 70, from Pleasanton, Kan., died Sunday, May 20, 2012, as the result of a tractor accident. He was born on June 9, 1941 at Fort Scott, Kan., the son of Elmer and Ada Goodenough Lindell. He graduated from Pleasanton High School and attended Kansas State University...
CLAUDETTE OLIVE VETETO WRIGHT
Claudette Olive Veteto Wright was called home by her Lord on Sunday, May 20, 2012. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 24, at 2 p.m. at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 9333 West 159th Street, Overland Park, Kan., with burial to follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery immediately adjacent to the church...
CATHY NELSON COX
Cathy Nelson Cox, 82, a long-time resident of the Walnut, Kan., area, and a resident at the Moran Manor, died Monday, May 21, 2012. She was born March 27, 1930, in Catawba, Wis., the daughter of John and Christine (Raab) Herber. She grew up on the family dairy farm and graduated from high school at Catawba...
CLAUDETTE OLIVE VETETO WRIGHT
Claudette Olive Veteto Wright, was called home by her Lord on Sunday, May 20, 2012. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 24, at 2 p.m. at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 9333 W. 159th Street, Overland Park, Kan., with burial to follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery...
JOHN KEMPER "J.K." GRAHAM
Memorial services for John Kemper "J.K." Graham of Fort Scott will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 25, 2012, at the Gordon Parks Museum located inside the Fine Arts Center at Fort Scott Community College, 2108 S. Horton, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701
Jesse Lee Holman
Jesse Lee Holman, 18, died on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at the Allen County Hospital, Iola, Kan. He was born April 8, 1994, in Fort Scott, Kan., the son of Mike and Lori (Nelson) Holman. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, at the Marmaton Valley High School New Gym. ...
Teresa Lynn Garren
Teresa Lynn Garren, 47, Nevada, passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at her home in Nevada, following a brief illness. She was born Sept. 3, 1964, in Kansas City, Mo., to Junie "Duane" Kerns and Martha Renae Baldwin Kerns. She married Arthur Garren on Aug. 27, 2010, in Miami, Okla., and he survives of the home...
Corla June Houchin
Corla June Houchin, 74, Walker, Mo., passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at Nevada Regional Medical Center, following a sudden illness. She was born Aug. 29, 1937, in Lowry City, Mo., to Floyd A. Bauer and Dora D. Taylor Bauer. She married James Houchin Sr. on Feb. 19, 1954, in Kansas City, Kan., and he preceded her in death...
Faye Covey, 90, formerly of 752 Lowman in Fort Scott and most recently Guest Home Estates, passed away Thursday, May 17, 2012. Faye was born Oct. 6, 1921, in Everton, Ark., on the family ranch on the prairie. Her parents were Robert Alex and Minnie Myrtle (Barger) Simmons...
Eleanor N. Hergert
Eleanor N. Hergert, 87, Nevada, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at Christian Health Care in Nevada, following a lengthy illness. She was born Dec. 6, 1924, in Arcadia, Kan., to Steven Corder Stephan and Dessie Fern Smith Stephan. She married Leon E. Hergert in 1947 in Great Bend, Kan., and he preceded her in death in 1988...
Gerald "Link" Hughes
A celebration of life service for Gerald "Link" Hughes, 83, Perry, Kan., will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 24, at Mustard Seed Church, 700 Wakarusa Drive in Lawrence, Kan. He died on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at his home. He was a member of the Mustard Seed Church and the Alpha Course at the Mustard Seed. He was also a member of the 9th Street River City AA Group and Bricklayers Union for more than 30 years...
Faye Covey, 90, of Fort Scott, died Thursday morning, May 17, 2012, at Guest Home Estates. Funeral arrangements for Faye Covey are incomplete and will be announced later by the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home.
BONNIE MAE CALLAHAN
Bonnie Mae Callahan, 93, Nevada, Mo., passed way May 16, 2012. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2012, at Lefler Cemetery, Schell City, Mo., under the direction of Konantz-Warden Funeral Home.
Morris J. "Jack" Hayward
Morris J. "Jack" Hayward, age 88, died Friday, April 13, 2012. He was born October 14, 1923, at Needmore, MO, the son of Morris and Mary Hayward. Since September 2011, he was lovingly cared for at the Ash Grove Healthcare Facility where he made many new friends. ...
GENEVA FRANCES BLAKE
Geneva Frances Blake, 88, a resident of rural Redfield, Kan., died Tuesday May 15, 2012, at the Mercy Health Center of Fort Scott. She was born Oct. 3, 1923, in St. Clair County, Mo., the daughter of Charles Edward Hall and Virgie Thompson Hall. She first married Joseph Marvin Taylor. They were divorced. She later married Kenneth W. Blake on Nov. 5, 1951, at Bentonville, Ark. He preceded her in death on May 15, 1993...
RUBY MAE BUSH MATLOCK
Ruby Mae Bush Matlock, 87, of Mound City, Kan., died Tuesday May 15, 2012, at the Saint Luke's Hospital in Lee's Summit, Mo. She was born on Sept. 9, 1924, at Cassville, Mo., the daughter of Willard and Lucy Cline Farris. Ruby married Edward Bush and to this union six children were born. She then married Ken Matlock and he preceded her in death on August 6, 2008...
RUTH DOREEN BANWART
Ruth Doreen Banwart, 82, former resident of Fort Scott, died Sunday, May 13, 2012, at the Innisfree Health and Rehabilitation Center in Rogers, Ark. She was born July 30, 1929, in Bourbon County, Kan., the daughter of Earl Ivan Ater and Birdie Lillian Judy Ater. ...
Jim Powell, 83, a resident of rural Fort Scott, died Monday, May 14, 2012, at the Guest Home Estates following a cancer illness. He was born Sept. 13, 1928, in Mapleton, Kan., the son of James Powell Sr. and Carrie Schmitz Powell. He married Hazel L. Lovell on June 5, 1954, at Fort Scott. She preceded him in death on July 20, 2004...
John A. Gier, 90, of Chanute, Kan., passed away Monday, May 7, 2012, at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute. John was born in Crawford County on May 25, 1921, the son of John Asberg and Millie Mae (Goff) Gier. John served in the US Army during WWII and was stationed in the Central Pacific, Ryukyus and the Philippines. He married Norma Joy Johnston in Hepler, Kan., on Dec. 20, 1945...
JOHN KEMPER "J.K." GRAHAM
John Kemper "J.K." Graham, 96, of Fort Scott died Thursday, May 10, 2012, at the Medicalodges Nursing Home. He was born April 12, 1916, in Fort Scott, Kan., the son of John William and Mary Lucy (Kemper) Graham. He married Juanita M. Cummings Dec. 25, 1935. She preceded him in death in 1968. He married Loretta M. Karleskint in Fort Scott in 1977 and she survives of the home...
HOWARD LEE SNYDER
Howard Lee Snyder, age 88, resident of rural Fort Scott, Kan., died Friday, May 11, 2012, at Mercy Hospital. He was born Nov. 22, 1923, in Harding, Kan., the son of Emeral Brant Snyder and Nondus Emma Townsend Snyder. Howard married Lucile Edna Augur on June 23, 1943, at Nevada, Mo...
JOHN A. GIER
John A. Gier, 90, of Chanute, Kan., passed away Monday, May 7, 2012, at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute, Kan. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 14, 2012, at The First Christian Church in Chanute, Kan. Burial will follow in Walnut Cemetery...
Iva Eathel Price, 99, of Fort Scott, Kan., died Wednesday morning, May 9, 2012, at the Franklin House Care Home. Iva was born Oct. 13, 1912, in Fort Scott, Kan., the daughter of Alfred Henry and Grace Matilda (Hixon) Hencey. She married John Ray Price Oct. 29, 1932, in Fort Scott. He preceded her in death Feb. 12, 2000...
IVA EATHEL PRICE
Iva Eathel Price, 99, of Fort Scott, died Wednesday morning, May 9, 2012, at the Franklin House Care Home.
Funeral arrangements for Iva Price are incomplete and will be announced later by the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home.
WANDA LOUISE SLEIGHTHOLM
Wanda Louise Sleightholm, 70, of Fort Scott, passed away early Monday, May 7, 2012, at Mercy. She was born Nov. 30, 1941, in Robstown, Texas, the daughter of Reece L. and Bernice L. (Weeks) Wallis. Wanda moved to Wichita, Kan., from Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1990 and then to Fort Scott in 1993. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution...
Margaret Johnson, 51, Moundville, Mo., passed away at her home on Friday, May 4, 2012. Family information and funeral arrangements will be announced later by Ferry Funeral Home, 301 S. Washington, Nevada. View obituary and send condolences on line at www.ferryfuneralhome.com...
Vivian Anne Bloesser
Vivian Anne Bloesser, 69, a resident of rural Richards, Mo., died Friday, May 4, 2012, at Fort Scott Mercy Hospital. She was born Jan. 28, 1943, in Nevada, Mo., the daughter of Otis H. Nichols and Sylvia McDaniel Nichols. Vivian married Larry Dean Bloesser on July 23, 1961, at Richards, Mo. ...
Robert E. "Bob" Hess
Robert E. "Bob" Hess, 72, passed away May 2, 2012, in Benton, Kan., after losing his fight with pancreatic cancer. He was born in Fort Scott and graduated in 1959 from Uniontown High School. He was a retired aircraft painter. Survivors include his wife, Beverly; daughter, Phyllis (Mark) Robertson of Wichita; son, Bryan of Andover; grandchildren, Matt Robertson of Wichita, Taylor Hess of Andover, Paige Hess of Galesburg and Logan Robertson of Wichita; and his dog, Cody...
JOHN FRANKLIN "FRANK" HAYNES
John Franklin "Frank" Haynes, age 95, a longtime area carpenter, died Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at his home. He was born Feb. 4, 1917, in Pueblo, Colo., the son of Arthur M. Haynes and Mable Armintrout Haynes. He married Margie S. Besaw on May 29, 1954, in Nevada, Mo...
GEORGE JUNIOR SNYDER
George Junior Snyder, age 79, resident of Fulton, Kan., died Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Mercy Health Center. He was born March 28, 1933, in rural Fulton the son of George Franklin Snyder and Mary Townsend Snyder. He was a 1951 graduate of Fulton High School. ...
FREDA RAE "FREDDIE" KRULL
Freda Rae "Freddie" Krull, 66, resident of Fort Scott, died unexpectedly Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at Mercy. She was born May 2, 1945, in Fort Scott, the daughter of Raymond Krull and Mary Frances Byerley Krull. Freddie was a 1963 graduate of Fort Scott High School...
MARY LOUISE FOSTER
Mary Louise Foster, 65, resident of Fulton, Kan., died Tuesday, May 2, 2012, at the Prescott Country View Nursing Home. She was born June 20, 1946, in Olean, N.Y., the daughter of Robert and Margaret Storm. She married Wayne Foster on Jan. 25, 1991, at La Junta, Colo.While living in Colorado, Mary had been employed as a nurse's aide. She was of the Lutheran faith. Mary enjoyed gardening, fishing, bowling and horses...
ROBERT ALVIN "BOB" GRAY
Robert Alvin "Bob" Gray, 79, was born Oct. 26, 1932, in Fort Scott, Kan., the son of Alvin B and Bertha Opal (Graves) Gray. He passed away April 24, 2012, at his home in Yukon. In 1965, Bob and his family moved to Yukon from Wichita, Kan. He was a flight engineer and flight line mechanic with the United States Air Force during the Korean War era. ...
Max Nitcher, 88 of Watsonville, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus, Friday, April 27, after an illness. He was born Feb. 21, 1924 in Pomona, Kan. Max grew up in Kansas until the age of 18 when he and his new bride, Ruth, made their way by bus to Salinas, Calif. Shortly thereafter, Max was drafted into the Army Air Force and he proudly served as a staff sergeant and gunner aboard a B29 bomber during World War II...
FREDA "FREDDIE" KRULL
Freda "Freddie" Krull, 66, resident of rural Fort Scott, died Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at Mercy Hospital following a brief illness.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main.
LYLE J. FISCHER
Lyle J. Fischer, 88, resident of rural Fort Scott, finished his work and entered his eternal rest Sunday, April 29, 2012. He was a Marine and was true to their motto, Semper Fi, Always Faithful. Although he was trained to fight, this Marine's occupation of Japan was to bring about peace. He owned and operated a dairy farm where he resided for nearly 60 years...
LYLE J. FISCHER
Lyle J. Fischer, 88, resident of rural Fort Scott, died Sunday, April 29, 2012, at Medicalodges of Fort Scott. Funeral arrangements for Lyle Fischer will be announced by Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main.