Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Howard Leo "Red" Albright, age 79, resident of 1807 Indian Road, Fort Scott, Kan., died Sunday, Feb. 08, 2009, at Mercy Health Center.

He was born Oct. 30, 1929, at Galena, Kan., the son of Raymond Carl Albright and Ina Mildred Hill Albright.

He married Norma Jean Layton on Dec. 16, 1977, in Miami, Okla.

Howard joined the United States Navy in 1947. He worked as a Conductor and Brakeman on the Missouri Pacific Railroad and retired after 34 years.

As well as being a lifelong member of the American Legion, he was a member of the V.F.W., the American Quarter Horse Association and supported the Disabled Veterans and Paralyzed Veterans. He was an avid reader, enjoyed collecting coins and was a supporter of several wildlife causes.

Survivors include his wife Norma Jean of the home; two sons, Raymond Howard Albright and wife Wendy of Effingham, Kan.; and Roi Carson Albright of Atchison, Kan.; daughter Nicole Williams of Las Vegas, Nevada; and step-daughter Cheryl Petesch and husband Mike of Atchison, Kan.

Also surviving is one brother, Donald Albright and wife Debbie of Peru, Nebraska; and a sister, Gayle Kottman of Weston, Mo.; in-law's Mary and Rick Davidson and family, Milton and Dorothy Layton and family, Wilson and Mary Layton and family, Thomas and Jean Layton and family, James O. and Sharon Layton and family, Edward A. Layton and family, Angela Layton and family, Peggy and Bob Jackson and family, and Nancy Shade and family; as well as twelve grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Roy G. Layton.

V.F.W. Chaplain James R. Stradley will conduct memorial services Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m., in the Cheney Witt Chapel. Military Honors will be conducted at the funeral home by Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 V.F.W.

Memorials are suggested to the Friends of Fort Scott Humane Society and may be left with the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main.

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