Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Kyle Delphus Brillhart, age 98, former resident of Fort Scott, died Friday, April 9, 2010, at the Seven Acres Senior Care in Houston, Texas.

He was born Nov. 5, 1911, in Redfield, Kan., the son of Valentine D. Brillhart and Elizabeth Bettes Brillhart.

Kyle was a graduate of Fort Scott High School.

He married Lena Bailey on April 9, 1939, in Pawnee Station, Kan.

He worked for 44 years as a printer for Master Printers and 10 years for SeKan Printing.

He was a musician at heart and played for many bands throughout his life.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church. He was a past Master of the Rising Sun Masonic Lodge, past High Priest of the Royal Arch Masons, past Commander of Nights Templar, and past Master of Iola Council York Rite Masons.

Kyle was also past president of the Fort Scott Lyons Club, past Patron of Ideal Chapter of Hiattville Order of Easter Star. He was a lifetime member of the American Federation of Musicians.

Survivors include his wife Lena, also of Houston; one son, Dr. Larry Brillhart and wife Marion, Sugar Land, Texas; two daughters, Karen Brillhart, Houston and Kay Hoplins and husband Leo, Lake Jackson, Texas.

Also surviving are four grandchildren, Chris Brillhart, Tim Hopkins, Todd Hopkins and Marlena Dayton; three great grandchildren and one great great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert W. Brillhart and a sister, Rita Baker.

Rev. Timothy Davish will conduct funeral services at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 17, in the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m., Saturday until service time at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.

Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at