Jerry Lee Sowder, 64, of Fort Scott died at his home Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010.
He was born March 31, 1946 in McKinney, Texas, the son of Ross and Doris (Proctor) White.
Jerry's early schooling was in Texas. He received his high school diploma from Toronto, Kan., schools.
He was a starting member of the football, basketball, and track teams, in addition to being a winning member of the pole vaulting team.
As a member of the Presbyterian Church, he was selected, during his senior year, to attend a Youth Congress in Washington, D.C., where he visited the capitol and met congressional leaders.
He was awarded a football scholarship to attend the local junior college, but was unable to continue playing after a knee injury during his freshman year.
He later attended Fort Scott Junior College for a brief period.
Mr. Sowder was also a Mason.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Edna May(Taylor) Sowder; his mother, Doris Wimberley, a daughter, Retha Ross and husband David of Fort Scott; three step-sons, Russell Page, Jerry Page, and Jimmie Page; four step-daughters, Linda Armstrong and husband Tom, Cindy Doherty and husband Brian, Sue Dauben and husband Mike, and Margaret Metcalf and husband Bill; two sisters, Dr. Jill Bardwell of Plano, Texas; and Wanda May, of Dallas, Texas; an uncle, Jewell Proctor; two nieces, Angela Neale, and Sue White, 13 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ross White and a brother, Wayne White.
Following cremation, the family will hold private services at a later date.
Services are under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home,15 W. Wall St., P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, KS 66701.