Katherine Ketner Toynton, age 96, former resident of 2323 Jayhawk Road, Fort Scott, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at Fort Scott Medicalodge. She was born August 1, 1912, in Fort Scott, the daughter of Charles H. Einhellig and Margaret Fosel Einhellig.
Katherine was a 1931 graduate of Fort Scott High School. She married Harold L. Ketner on Jan. 11, 1936, in Joplin, Mo. He died on May 23, 1989.
She then married Dr. Earl Clair Toynton on Dec. 29, 1990, in Fort Scott. He preceded her in death on July 28, 2003.
Katherine was reunion chairperson for her class of 1931 for all reunions since 1961. In the '30s and '40s, she was active in county politics, working at the Bourbon County courthouse for 15 years and during four of those years, serving as county treasurer.
For five years, she worked for Roy and Paul Hammons in their Massey Harris, Case and Oliver farm implement and Mercury automobile dealerships, until moving to Cullor Limestone where she was office manager for 21 years, until her retirement in 1978.
Over the years she was an active bowler, and served as treasurer of the State Bowling Association. She was also the 1966 treasurer for the Fort Scott High School Alumni Association of Bourbon County. Katherine was a member of the First Christian Church, the Historic Preservation Association where she served as board member and treasurer for seven years. She was also active in the Lioness Club.
Survivors include two nephews: Bill Einhellig and John Einhellig; four nieces: Cath Crabtree, Mary Lou Steele, Charlene Turner and Helen Stump. Also surviving are her caregivers and special friends: Carol Welch, Overland Park, Kan.; and Jeanette Schweikert, Fort Scott. In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
Rev. Reed Hartford will conduct funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the First Christian Church. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. Friday until service time at the church.
Memorials are suggested to either the First Christian Church or Hospice Care of Kansas and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701.