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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

James Gilbert Fleharty, Sr., age 71, a resident of Fort Scott, Kansas, died early Sunday, January 6, 2008, at his home. He was born June 1, 1936, in Sterling, Illinois, the son of George Henry Fleharty and Marion Evelyn Vipond Fleharty. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and was stationed in Guam. While in the Navy, he served with the Seabees, a naval engineering and construction group. He married Beverly VanKirk on November 29, 1961, at Miami, Oklahoma. Mr. Fleharty had worked for Gold Kist Poultry in Indiana prior to moving to Fort Scott where he worked for Bruce Marble and Granite Works. He was of the Methodist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly, of the home; four sons, Richard Lee Probis, Sr., James G. Fleharty, Jr., both of Fort Scott, Gary Nolan Fleharty, Parsons, Kansas, and John Trebian, Bronaugh, Missouri; a daughter, Margorie Evelyn O'Toole, Springfield, Missouri; two brothers, Joel Fleharty, New Plymouth, Idaho and Nolan Fleharty, Creston, Ohio. Also surviving are twelve grandchildren including Shane Wilburn whom he raised and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Connie.

The Rev. Jared Witt will conduct funeral services at 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 11, 2008, at the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.Thursday at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Services are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of sympathy may be emailed to the family at condolences@cheneywitt.com