Merlin Boyd Messer

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Merlin Boyd Messer

Merlin Boyd Messer, 80 of Fulton, Kan., died Saturday evening, March 8, 2014 at the Prescott Country View Nursing Home. He was born April 21, 1933 in Fulton, Kan., the son of William Boyd and Opal (Campbell) Messer. He married Betty Jo Shafer Sept. 14, 1952 in Fulton and she survives of the home.

Merlin was a life-long resident of Fulton and graduated from Fulton High School, and attended Fort Scott Community College. He was a member of the Fulton Methodist Church. Other memberships include Fulton Masonic Lodge, (Royal Arch Mason), Scottish Rite, Olive Chapter No. 13 Order of the Eastern Star, the Mirza Shrine Temple at Pittsburg, and he served as Rainbow Dad for the Order of the Rainbow for Girls.

Merlin began working in the trucking business as a young child. His dad, Boyd, had a charter authority from the Interstate Commerce Commission to haul mules and fuel for the WWII effort. He rode with his mother to supply parts and tires for trucks as needed. By age 14 he was driving trucks with his dad hauling petroleum products. The Boyd Messer Transfer Co. became Messer Transfer Inc. Merlin served as an officer of the Kansas Motor Carrier Association and was an active member for several years.

Merlin was also a grain and cattle farmer and served two terms on the Farm Service Agency. His bedtime stories were history lessons. He loved baseball and basketball; the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas Jayhawks. He rarely missed the games of his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife Betty, Merlin is survived by his children, Millie Karleskint and husband Larry of Fort Scott, Margie Brown and husband Rod of Fulton, Marty Messer of Prescott, Kan., Matt Messer and wife Susan, and Scott Messer and wife Brenda, all of Fort Scott; a sister, Marie Sears, of Liberty, Mo., 14 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mildred Smith and husband Robert, and Mable Mayhugh and husband Wesley, an infant brother, and two nephews, Donald Mayhew and Kevin Sears.

Rev. Chuck Russel and Rev. Gary DeMott will conduct funeral services 11 a.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the Fulton United Methodist Church under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Burial will immediately follow at the Barnesville Cemetery with Masonic and Scottish Rite Services taking place at the cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening March 12, 2014 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Prescott Country View Activity Fund or the Fulton United Methodist Church and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, PO Box 309, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Condolences may be emailed to