Jack Matthews, age 90, of Fort Scott, died Sunday morning, April 1, 2007 at the Fort Scott Manor. He was born on January 7, 1917 in Joplin, Missouri the son of Richard and Annie Virginia Chancellor Matthews. He attended Fort Scott Schools and graduated from Fort Scott High School with the class of 1935. He married Maxine Logan on December 18, 1938 in Fort Scott. She preceded him in death on August 29, 1980. He married Carolyn Blankenship-Christy on February 16, 1984 in Fort Scott, she preceded him in death on June 10, 2000.
Jack served in the United States Navy in WW II as a Pharmacist's Mate and again during the Korean Conflict as a Hospital Corpsman. He was a member of the Olson-Frary-Burkhart Post 1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is survived by a son, John Matthews and his wife, Luisa of Lone Tree, Colorado, two daughters, Jackie Bryan and her husband, Fred of Tabernash, Colorado and Charlotte Williams and her husband, Marvin of Fort Scott, a step-daughter, Patricia Coleman of Ashville, North Carolina, three grandsons, David Williams, Brian Williams and his wife, Becca, and Ryan Matthews and his wife, Jodi, two granddaughters, Lisa Melberg, and Missy McCormic, and four great-grandchildren, Catherine and Logan Melberg, Addyson Williams, and Chandler Matthews. In addition to his wives, he was preceded in death by his parents.
Bishop James McNeley will conduct graveside rites at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at the Fort Scott National Cemetery. Olson-Frary-Burkhart Post 1165 V.F.W. will perform Military Honors. Friends and family will meet at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home at 10 a.m. on Wednesday for a Visitation and leave for the Cemetery at 10:45 a.m. The Family suggests memorials to either the American Cancer Society or the Fort Scott Manor Activity Fund. Donations may be left in care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall St., P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, KS 66701. On-line condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.