Raymond Earl Pfeiffer
Raymond Earl Pfeiffer died December 9, 2006 at the home of his daughter in Owasso, Oklahoma. Ray was born August 26, 1924 in Swarts, Missouri, the son of Ella Mae (Wilson) Pfeiffer and Lester Artie Pfeiffer. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Opal and Viola; and his wife Pauline. Ray's family moved to Garland when he was very young where they operated a hardware store. He graduated from Fort Scott High School in 1942 and served in the US Navy during World War II. He married Rachael Pauline Johnston, of rural Garland, on September 26, 1944. Following military service, Ray worked for the Frisco Railroad. He and Pauline owned and operated the Pfeiffer Produce business in Garland. Later, Ray became a farmer, stockman, and rural mail carrier, serving at Garland, Girard, Fort Scott and Arcadia for over 25 years until his retirement in 1984. His postal appointment was signed by John F. Kennedy. Ray was well known as an accomplished baseball player throughout the area in his younger days. He loved to hunt quail and pheasant and was a keen wingshooter. He became an avid golfer after age 50 and could frequently be found on the golf course on weekdays after his retirement. He had three separate hole-in-ones during the period January 2005 to June 2006 when he was 80-81 years old. Ray was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1165 in Fort Scott. He was a 60-year member of the Memphis Masonic Lodge AF&AM No. 108 and Kansas Order of the Eastern Star, Garland. Raymond is survived by three children and their spouses, Ronald of Leavenworth, Donald of Washington, Iowa, and Connie Leonard of Owasso, Oklahoma; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Other surviving family members include eight nephews and nieces, including Roger Bailey of rural Fort Scott. Following their retirement in 1984, Ray and Pauline traveled extensively throughout the United States and enjoyed spending winter months in southern Texas. Ray moved to Mission, Texas permanently in 2001.
A family visitation is planned from 12-2 p.m. Friday, Dec 15, at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall, Fort Scott, Kansas, with Masonic services at 1:40 p.m. Burial services will be conducted at the Fort Scott National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. with Military honors being conducted by the Olson-Frary-Burkhart VFW Post 1165. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Ray may be sent to the American Cancer Society or to VFW Post 1165, c/o Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 85, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Memorials may also be left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701. Online expressions of sympathy may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.