Obituaries from October 2012
Thomas Winston Bewley
Thomas Winton Bewley, passed away Oct. 22, 2012, at St Luke's Hospital in Kansas City. Tom was born March 14, 1928, in Oklahoma City, the son of Winton and Jane C. Bewley who preceded him in death, as did his favorite brother-in-law, Joe Kraft. He leaves his sister, Dorothy Kraft, Springdale, Ark.; his nephews and nieces, Clint Kraft and wife, Janet, Sally Kraft, Sandy and husband, Frank, and Paula Kraft Neal; along with nine grandnieces and nephews...
Pearl Spurlock, 80, Nevada, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at Nevada Regional Medical Center in Nevada. She was born Dec. 9, 1931, in Tribbey, Ky., to William Robinson and Mary Ellen Combs Robinson. She was married April 30, 1949, in Bulan, Ky., to Albert Spurlock and he preceded her in death Oct. 5, 1994...
Retired Colonel Robert Wayne Bennett
Retired Colonel Robert Wayne Bennett, 79, St. Joseph, Missouri died Oct. 24, 2012 at Heartland Regional Medical Center. He was born in Garnett, Kan., the son of Thomas and Lorene Tucker Bennett. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Monday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home and Crematory. ...
John Joseph Becker
John Joseph, 71, Nevada, died as a result of an accident on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Nevada. He was born Nov. 4, 1940, in Princeton, Ill., to William Joseph Becker and Gloria Jean Goodale. There are no local services planned. Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, was in charge of cremation arrangements...
Wilbur Hubert Leonard Jr. of Fort Scott, Kan., passed from this life on Oct. 18, 2012, at the age of 80. Hubert, as he was known to all his friends and family, was born on March 18, 1932, in Eve, Mo., to Wilbur and Hattie (Francis) Leonard. Raised in the Deerfield, Mo., area, Hubert graduated from Nevada High School in 1950. ...
William "Billy" Joseph Counterman
William "Billy" Joseph Counterman, age 36, resident of Pleasanton, Kansas, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, at the Mercy Hospital emergency room in Fort Scott. He was born Dec. 20, 1975, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of John Counterman Sr. and Nancy Clark Counterman...
Veronica Ruth Jones
Veronica Ruth Jones, age 69, resident of Pleasanton, Kan., died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott, Kan. She was born May 10, 1943, in California. She married Gary Jones on April 24, 1965. He preceded her in death on May 10, 2009. She enjoyed working puzzles and playing bingo. She also had a large collection of stuffed animals...
Nancy Carol Decker
Nancy Carol Decker, age 74, resident of Foster, Mo., died Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at her home. She was born May 19, 1938, in Parkville, Mo., the daughter of Sam Clark and Nettie Bryan Clark. She married Lester Hobbs in 1956. He preceded her in death on Nov. 16, 1973. She married John Counterman in 1974. They later divorced in 1985. She married Joseph Decker in 1986...
Wayne L. Leek, 97, of Fort Scott, died early Wednesday morning, Oct. 10, 2012, at Mercy Hospital. He was born near Bronson, Kan., on May 26, 1915, the son of Ross A. and Hazel G. West Leek. Wayne graduated from Richards High School. After high school, Wayne attended Fort Scott Junior College. ...
BOYD EUGENE "B.E." Eichhorn II
Boyd Eugene "B. E." Eichhorn II was born Feb. 19, 1963, in Oswego Hospital, Oswego, Kan., to Parents Boyd and Donna (Gilbreath) Eichhorn. He died Oct. 9, 2012, at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Mo., after suffering a heart attack. B.E. grew up on the family farm east of Altamont, Kan., and attended school in the 506 District. He graduated from Labette County High School in 1981...
Denver Lee Reagan Sr.
Denver Lee Reagan Sr., age 60, of Blue Mound, Kan., died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at his home. He was born of April 18, 1952, at Wheaton, Kan., the son of Curtis and Lily Laney Reagan. Denver married Lori Marker on Feb. 15, 1974, in Bronson, Kan. He owned and operated Reagan Logging Co. He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother Roger Reagan, and a sister Mary Eaggleston...
Kathleen Price passed away Oct. 9, 2012, at Kansas City Hospice House after a long bout of cancer. She was born Dec. 10, 1939, in Fort Scott, Kan., to Thomas R. and Marianne C. Porlier Cooney. She was a Catholic and attended St. Mary's Grade School and graduated from Fort Scott High School in 1957. ...
Wayne Leek, 97, of Fort Scott, died Wednesday morning, Oct. 10, 2012, at Mercy Hospital. Services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home with visitation prior to services beginning at 12:30 p.m. A full obituary will appear in the Friday edition of the Tribune...
Alfred "Al" Leroy Hanan
Alfred "Al" Leroy Hanan, 72, of Mound City, Kan., passed away on Oct. 9, 2012, at the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at the First Baptist Church in Mound City. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. ...
DONALD LEE BURNETT
Donald Lee Burnett, age 88 of Ozark, Missouri formerly of La Cygne, Kan., died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at the Elfindale Manor in Springfield, Mo. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at the La Cygne United Methodist Church. ...
GEORGIA ESTHER SPURGEON
GEORGIA ESTHER SPURGEON Georgia Esther Spurgeon, age 94, former resident of LaHarpe, Kan., died Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at the Argent Court Assisted Living in Brenham, Texas. She was born Oct. 5, 1918, in LaHarpe, Kan., the daughter of Charles Spurgeon and Blanche Shorter Spurgeon. Georgia moved following graduation from LaHarpe High School to Houston where she worked for the Houston Astrodome...
BARBARA JEAN MAY
Barbara Jean May, age 72, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at the home of her niece following a lengthy illness. She was born April 12, 1940, to David and Ruth Jump Kramer. Barbara was a graduate of Fort Scott High School. She was retired as a nurse aide from local nursing homes...
GEORGIA E. COMBS
Mrs. Georgia E. Combs, 93, of Branson, Mo., died Oct. 4 at the Point Lookout Nursing and Rehab Center in Hollister, Mo. Georgia was born on , Sept., 6, 1919, at Colorado Springs, Colo., the daughter of Arthur and Mabel (Armentrout) Haynes. Georgia married Ralph Combs, Jan. ...
Helen Elaine Thomas
Helen Elaine Thomas, 76, of Fort Scott, Kan., passed away Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Mercy Hospital. She was born Nov. 27, 1935, in Theresa, N.Y., the daughter of Leslie E. and Margaret (Hall) Gillett. She married Otis "Otie" Thomas March 31, 1956, in Briar Hill, N.Y...
Freda Elaine Cowen
Freda Elaine Cowen, 86, of Fort Scott, Kan., died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at the Medicalodges Nursing Home, Fort Scott. She was born May 4, 1926, in Laverne, Okla., the daughter of Roy Sylvester and Anna Lula (Thompson) Bentley. She married Glenn Richard Cowen July 31, 1948, in Fort Scott, Kan., and he survives of the home...
Janice Carol Johnson
Janice Carol Johnson, age 78, a former resident of Fort Scott and more recently of Kirbyville, Texas, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at her home. She was born Oct. 16, 1933, in Kingman, Kan., the daughter of Lester Dennett and Gladys Pavey Dennett. She married Edgar L. "Red" Johnson on Oct. 20, 1956. He preceded her in death on May 9, 1999...
BETTY L. MILLER
Betty L. Miller age 82 of Louisburg, Kan., died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at the Olathe Medical Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Louisburg, Kan. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery. Rosary will be said at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, LaCygne Chapel followed by visitation until 4 p.m...
Freda Elaine Cowen, 86, of Fort Scott, Kan., died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at Medicalodges, Fort Scott.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home.
Richard Leo "Dick" Sinn passed from his earthly life on July 6, 2012, in Gainesville, Fla. Dick was born Sept. 2, 1935, in Fort Scott, Kansas, the third child of George Alfred Sinn and Sophia Muriel (Cordill) Sinn. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, George Donald Sinn and Kenneth Eugene Sinn, and is survived by siblings Delbert Lee Sinn, Carol Jean (Sinn) Carter, and Joyce Ann Sinn...
Albert Merlin O'Dell
Albert Merlin O'Dell, age 85, resident of rural Fort Scott, died Saturday evening, Sept. 29, at his home. He was born March 22, 1927, in Arcadia, Kan., the son of Albert Milton O'Dell and Anna Mable Carpenter O'Dell. He worked most of his life as a farmer and rancher. ...