Sandra Sue “Sandy” Rylander

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Sandra Sue “Sandy” Rylander

Sandra Sue “Sandy” Rylander, 75, of Fort Scott, Kan., passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 14, 2018, at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. Sandy was born Oct. 16, 1942, in Fort Scott, Kan., the daughter of the late John C. and Nettie Caroline (Townsend) Stanbro.

Sandy graduated from Uniontown High School, Uniontown, Kan., with the class of 1960. Following completion of high school, she married the love of her life, Gary Rylander, on June 4, 1961 in Fort Scott. Early in their marriage Sandy and Gary lived in Detroit, Mich.; Lebanon, Mo.; and Versailles, Ky., before returning to Fort Scott in 1981. Later they moved to Carmel, In. and following Gary’s retirement in 1999 returned once more to Fort Scott.

Throughout her time in Fort Scott, Sandy left a mark on the community with her passion for history and genealogy. She was the corresponding secretary and primary researcher of the Old Fort Genealogical Society, assisting many people with ancestral research. In addition, she was past regent of the Molly Foster Berry Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This local chapter was on the verge of closing its doors after 100 years in Fort Scott until Sandy took over as regent and helped to increase its membership. She enjoyed visiting and spending time with her family and was an avid animal lover, always rescuing stray cats and dogs. She was also a member of Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church.

Sandy will be remembered for her selfless qualities and true devotion to her husband, children and grandchildren. She was greatly loved by her family and friends and will be missed by all.

Sandy is survived by her husband of 56 years; her daughters, Susan (Rylander) Hedge and her husband, Dennis Hedge, of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Cheryl Rylander Huffman and her husband, Edward “Teddy” Huffman of Darien, Conn.; a sister, Martha Murrow of Jupiter, Fla.; and six grandchildren, Isabelle and Emily Hedge and Benjamin, Andrew, Nicholas, and Jane Huffman; and many other cherished relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, and an infant daughter, Kelli Sue Rylander.

Following cremation, memorial services for Sandy will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home with interment following at the Deerfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Old Fort Genealogical Society, and may be left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall St., P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at