Charles Arthur Gift, 98, of rural Fort Scott, died Thursday afternoon, Jan. 3, 2012, at Mercy Hospital Fort Scott. He was born Aug. 31, 1914, in rural Fort Scott the son of Arthur Samuel and Anna May (Taylor) Gift. He married Mae Ellen Large Sept. 1, 1940 in Centerville, Kan. She survives of the home.
Charles was a farmer and lifelong resident of the Bourbon County area and graduated from Fort Scott High School and Fort Scott Community College where he played the trombone in the band for both schools. He taught school and also did electric work on many homes -- it was his passion. Charles enjoyed farming and passing on his knowledge to his great-great-grandson Dakota.
He was a member of the Hiattville United Methodist Church, where he served as song leader. He also served as the church treasurer since 1950. He was a member of the Hiattville Masonic Lodge, Ideal Chapter Order of the Eastern Star and Fort Scott Consistery Scottish Rite. Charles served on the school board for Pleasant Valley and Pawnee schools, and he also served on the Pawnee Township Board, as well as the Bourbon County Farm Bureau.
In addition to his wife Mae Ellen, Charles is survived by his two daughters, Donna Sue Endicott, and Sandra Kay Wheeler, both of Girard, Kan.; four grandchildren, Wanda Wheeler and husband Barry, Shawn Wheeler and wife Deb, Kevin Endicott and wife Cecelia, and Curtis Endicott; seven great-grandchildren, Jennifer Sampson and husband Bill, Nicholas Leighty, Matthew Wheeler, Sam Endicott, Jeanne Endicott, Tiffany Endicott, and Luke Wheeler; and seven great-great-grandchildren, Dakota Wiley, Kaitlynn Sampson, Alexis Leighty, Isabella Leighty, Olivia Leighty, Allisyn Wheeler, and Hadisyn Wheeler. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Ralph Gift and Francis H. Gift.
Joni Raymond will conduct funeral services at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home with burial following in the Large Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hiattville United Methodist Scholarship Fund and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall St., P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.