BOURBON COUNTY, KANSAS

Obits and Death Notices

BROPHY, FRANCIS
Stephen Brophy, of this city, this morning received a telegram from the Graves Registration Service, stating that the body of his brother, Francis Brophy, was sent from New York, on its way to Fort Scott, on January 5, at 10:05 am.  Mr Brophy believes it is due to arrive in Fort Scott tomorrow morning.  Francis Brophy, a soldier of Company G, died in France from blood poisoning resulting from a wound in the leg, sustained in action.  Prior to enlistment, he worked at the Parker Greenhouse.  After the war ended, his brother, Stephen, came here to take his place at the greenhouse.
(Fort Scott Daily Tribune and Daily Monitor, Fort Scott Kansas, January 5, 1922)

CAMP,  CLARENCE  D.
FORT SCOTT --- Clarence Dale Camp, 43, of Cherryvale, died Thursday at Mercy Hospital in Independence.  Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. in Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel, Fort Scott, with burial in Maple Grove Cemetery.  The Rev. R. B. Shoemaker will officiate.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until service time. Memorials can be sent to Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS  66701.  Mr. Camp was born Nov. 5, 1960, in Fort Scott to Floyd and Betty (Wiggins) Camp.  He married Paul Ball in Parsons in 1982 and they later divorced. Mr. Camp was a self-employed contractor and a contract mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.  He was a member of the Cherryvale Christian Church. Survivors include his father and stepmother, Floyd and Doris Camp, Easton, Kan.; two sons, David Camp, Cherryvale, and Adam Mehl, of Missouri; two brothers, David Camp, Fort Scott, and Dewayne Camp, Independence, Mo.; two stepbrothers, Charles Gruver, Cumming, Kan., and Darrell Parker, Fort Scott; a sister Ruth Elsworth, Cherryvale; three stepsisters, Cheryl Thrasher and Jean Russell, both of Easton, and Elizabeth Russell, Shawnee; and three grandchildren. (Unknown Newspaper ~ Date of Death:  Feb. 12, 2004 ~ Submitted by FOFG)  

CHAMBERS, HARRY WAYNE
The day old infant son of Mr and Mrs James W Chambers of near Godfrey, died this morning at 8 o'clock.  The little boy was named Harry Wayne and he leaves besides his parents, a sister, Lela May and two brothers, James Warren and John Harvey.  The services will be held from the home Thursday at 1 o'clock and burial will be made in Pleasant View, known as the Large Cemetery.  (Fort Scott Daily Tribune and Daily Monitor, Fort Scott Kansas, January 4, 1922)

COESTER,  MARVIN  W.
FORT  SCOTT --  Marvin Walter Coester, 73, of Fort Scott died Sunday, Sept. 23, 1990, at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.  He was born May 12, 1917, at Brazilton to William and Clara (Bidwell) Coester.  He was married to Ellen McElvain on Feb. 20, 1955, at Mound City.  She survives of the home.  Mr. Coester was a member of the First Baptist Church of Fort Scott, the American Legion and for many years was a member of the Fort Scott Auxiliary Police.  Other survivors include:  two brothers, Leland Coester of Newton and Herschel Nix of Kansas City, Mo.; two sisters, Veneta Finch of Parsons and Eileen Coester of Wichita; a stepbrother, Raymond Klintworth of Clayton, ind.; and a stepsister, Irma Osburn of Independence.  The service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Fort Scott with the Rev. Charles Clinkerbeard officiating.  Burial will be in the Fort Scott National Cemetery.  The Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home of Fort Soctt is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests memorials to the First Baptist Church of Fort Scott.  (Unknown Newspaper ~ Submitted by FOFG)

DAWSON,  PATRICIA
Patricia Lee Dawson, 48, Bronson, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 1990, at her home.  She was born Nov. 23, 1942, at Kincaid, the daughter of Perry L. and Ethel Mae Coffman Johnson.  She married Joe Dawson Feb. 17, 1967, at Bronson.  She was a member of Bronson Baptist Church.  Survivors include her husband, of the home; two sons, Stacey Dawson, Bronson, and Doug Kober, Moran; two daughters, Peggy Hammond and Tammy Dawson, both of Bronson; six brothers, Ralph John, Loveland, Colo., Gilbert Johnson, Anderson, Texas, Perry Johnson, Jr., Amity, Ore., Paul Johnson, Houston, Terry Johnson, Iola, and Clyde Johnson, Osawatomie; four sisters, Betty Clayton, Fort Scott, Mary Meffort, Bronson, Glory Jean Decker, Bronson, and Shirley Bolin, Fredonia; and eight grandchildren.  The funeral was Wednesday at Bronson Baptist Church, the Rev. Rob Mauk officiating.  Burial was in Bronson Cemetery.  (Unknown Newspaper ~ Submitted by FOFG)

ELLIOTT,  GLADYS  
Gladys Elliott, 94, of Topeka, formerly of Independence, died Friday at 8:15 p.m. at a retirement community where she had been living.  She was the widow of Cress E. Elliott and had moved to Topeka after his death to be near her son. Services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Potts Chapel with the Rev. Jim Stovall, pastor of the First Christian Church, officiating.  Graveside services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Scott.  Friends may call at Potts Chapel from noon until 8 p.m. Tuesday, and after 8 a.m. Wednesday. Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church and they may be left with the funeral home or at the church office. Gladys Alice Elliott was born Aug. 8, 1907, in Fort Scott, to Judson and Jennie (Salts) Ferris.  She graduated from Fort Scott High School and a Fort Scott business college. On May 4, 1930, in Fort Scott, she married Cress E. Elliott and they moved to Independence following their marriage.  Mrs. Elliott had worked as company bookkeeper for O.E. Woods Lumber Co. of which her husband was the managing partner.  He died in 1996 and she continued living in Independence until moving to Topeka in 1998. Mrs. Elliott was a member of the First Christian Church for over 70 years and was active in the Christian Women's Fellowship, taught Christian education to children in the kindergarten classes for over 25 years, and later helped in the church. Survivors include a son, Stuart Elliott, Topeka; four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. (Unknown Newspaper ~ Date of Death: Nov. 30, 2001 ~ Submitted by FOFG)

FINNERAL,  SISTER  MARY
FORT  SCOTT --- Sister Mary Stella Finneral, 93, a resident of Mercy Convent, died Thursday at the convent. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 9 a.m. in Mercy Convent Cemetery by Monsignor Vincent Hogan.  Rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. today in the Convent Chapel.  Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Sister Mary Stella was born Oct. 17, 1906, in Lowell, Mass., to John and Mary Catherine (Healy) Finneral.  She became a registered nurse during her educational career. Sister Mary Stella entered the convent in 1930 and took her Perpetual Vows in 1936.  She served as a registered nurse in Independence, Hutchinson, Fort Smith, Ark., Springfield, Mo., Vicksburg, Miss., and Fort Scott. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. (Unknown Newspaper ~ Date of Death: July 27, 2000 ~ Submitted by FOFG)

GRAY, JOSHUA L.
Word has been received here of the death of Joshua L. Gray at Fort Scott, Kas., dying on Feb. 21, and interment made on Feb. 27 in the Evergreen cemetery at Fort Scott. Mr Gray formerly lived in this city and was one of the best known people in the vicinity. Deceased leaves a number of relatives here, among them being a brother, P. W. Gray, and three daughters, Mrs. Chas. Bireley, and Nellie and Nettie Gray. (The Alexandria Times-Tribune, Alexandria Indiana, March 1, 1905, page 1 submitted by  FoFG)

HIDY, ABEL W.
Many friends will be grieved to learn of the death of Abel W Hidy, who passed away last night at 11:30 at the home, 901 South Barbee Street.  The immediate cause of his death was congeston of the brain, although his illness dates back ten months ago when he was stricken with pneumonia fever.  The deceased was born in Fayette Coutny, Ohio, March 18, 1953, and would have been 69 years of age had he lived to his next birthday.  He came to Bourbon County in 1905 and settled on a farm three miles northwest of town.  About seven years ago he moved to Fort Scott.  He is survived by a wife and three daughters, they being Mrs B H Clay, of Havana Cuba; Mrs S P Moomau of Garwood, Mo, and Mrs Elizabeth Carney of Fort Scott.  Three brothers and one child also survive. (Fort Scott Daily Tribune and Daily Monitor, Fort Scott Kansas, January 5, 1922)

LAWSON,  WAYNE  E.
Wayne E. Lawson, 68, of 801 East Eighth, died at 4:10 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 14, 1990) in Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.  He was born June 14, 1922, in Sherman, Texas, to Charles F. and Bertie M. (Scrivner) Lawson.  He attended school in Sherman.  Mr. Lawson moved to Wichita in 1943.  On May 13, 1944, he married LaVena M. Lane in Wichita.  They moved to Fort Scott in 1945 where he worked for the Frisco and Katy railroads before going to work for the Missouri Pacific Railroad on April 2, 1947.  Mr. Lawson was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 106 of Eureka.  Mr. and Mrs. Lawson had lived in Coffeyville since 1967.  Survivors include his wife; a son, Darrell W. of Overland Park; a daughter, Anita Scott of DeSoto; three grandchildren and two sisters, Lucille Crook of Van Alstyne, Texas, and Dorothy Latham of Tempe, Ariz.  Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Mount Orum Cemetery near Fort Scott.  The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today in the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home in Fort Scott.  A memorial has been established with the Bible Baptist Church.  (Unknown Newspaper ~ Submitted by FOFG)

MORRIS, DAVE
Bronson - Dave Morris, 31 years of age, died at Colorado Springs, Colo., Saturday, after a lingering illness of tuberculosis.  His remains were brought here Monday evening.  Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church here Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Lewis of Uniontown.  The remains were laid to rest here in the Bronson Cemetery.  He leaves a wife and two children, besides a number of relatives, to mourn his loss.
 (Fort Scott Daily Tribune and Fort Scott Daily Monitor, Fort Scott Kansas, January 28, 1915)

O'BRIEN,  LOYDELL  "BOB"
Loydell "Bob" O'Brien, 65, of 605 S. Wald, died at 12:38 p.m., Wednesday, at Mercy Hospital, where he had been a patient since Oct. 11. Graveside services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Bronson Cemetery with Rick Kemp, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Independence, and the Rev. Dennis Matthews, of the United Methodist Church of Bronson, officiating. Friends may call at the Potts Chapel from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday, and at the cemetery in Bronson after 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Mr. O'Brien was born June 28, 1929 at Prague, Okla., to Ennis and Ola (Gist) O'Brien.  He attended schools in Oklahoma and was active in the Golden Glove Boxing Program as a youth and with professional boxing until 1972.  He enlisted in the U.S. .Marine Corps in 1946 and served for several years.  He lived most of his adult life in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he was employed as a general contractor.  He moved to Independence in 1989 following his retirement. On Nov. 11, 1950, he married Aileen Boolin and they later divorced.  In 1972, he married Judy Smithers, and they divorced.  He was married to Shirley Windors in 1976 and she died in 1988. Survivors include two sons, Herman R. O'Brien, Grandview, Mo., and Michael J. O'Brien, Moran; five brothers, Glendale O'Brien and Denney G. O'Brien, both of Grover City, Calif., Earl R. O'Brien, Shafter, Calif., Ed O'Brien, San Diego, Calif., and Leonard A. O'Brien, Escondido, Calif.; a sister, Margaret Allen, Bronson; four stepchildren; eight grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren. (Unknown Newspaper ~ Date of Death: Oct. 20, 1993 ~ Submitted by FOFG)

PEUGH,  BILLY  A.
CHERRYVALE --- Billy A. Peugh, 65, Cherryvale, died Monday at the Veterans Administration Regional Medical Center, Topeka. Graveside funeral services are set 2 p.m. for Thursday at the Fort Scott National Cemetery. Friends may call at the Potts Chapel of Cherryvale from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday with the family receiving visitors from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Additional information will follow later. (Unknown Newspaper ~ Date of Death: June 11, 2001 ~ Submitted by FOFG)

PLATT, Infant Child
Bronson - The little five months old child of Mr and Mrs Platt died here Saturday morning, after only a few hours illness.  Funeral services were held Monday.  Their other child is quite ill, though some hope is entertained for its recovery.
 (Fort Scott Daily Tribune and Fort Scott Daily Monitor, Fort Scott Kansas, January 28, 1915) [Upon further research this would be Colyer R Platt (Aug 31, 1914 -  Jan 22, 1915)]

RESER,  SISTER  MARY  L.
FORT  SCOTT --- Sister Mary Lorraine Reser, 75, a resident of Mercy Convent in Fort Scott, died Monday at Fort Scott Mercy Hospital. Funeral Mass will be conducted Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Mercy Hospital Chapel with Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted assisted by Monsignor Vincent Hogan and the Rev. Brian Bebak officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Rosary was recited at 4 p.m. today at the convent.  Services are under the direction of Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel. Sister Reser was born March 28, 1926 in Independence, Mo., to Byron and Louisea (Parker) Reser.  She attended schools in Kansas City, Kan., and graduated from the Mercy School of Nursing in 1948.  She later graduated with a degree in nursing from Avila College. Sister Reser had ministered in nursing in Arkansas, and at hospitals in Kansas including Mercy Hospital in Independence and the former St. Margaret's Hospital in Fredonia.   Her last eight years of ministry were at Independence Regional Health Center in Independence, Mo. Survivors include a brother, Byron Reser, Jr., Blue Springs, Mo.; a sister, Mary L. Cashier, Harrisonville, Mo. (Unknown Newspaper ~ Date of Death: Feb. 21, 2001 ~ Submitted by FOFG)

ROSS, "Grandma"
Bronson - Grandma Ross, aged 92 years, died at her home here Saturday, after an illness of several months.  Funeral services were held at the home Monday by Rev. Oliver and the remains were laid to rest beside that of her husband, in the Bronson Cemetery.  (Fort Scott Daily Tribune and Fort Scott Daily Monitor, Fort Scott Kansas, January 28, 1915) [Note: upon further research, this would be Mary C. Ross (1823-1915) husband of John M Ross (1826-1906)]

SEARS,  WILLIAM  ALVA
William Alva Sears, 74, of Coffeyville, died Thursday morning (Nov. 9, 2000) at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center. Mr. Sears was born June 25, 1926 in Savonburg, Kans., to Burton and Milie (Warren) Sears.On Oct. 30, 1955 he married Rita a. Townsley in Bronson, Kans., where the couple made their home.  In 1968 they moved to rural Independence and later Cherryvale.  The couple later divorced. Mr. Sears worked for the Layton Oil Company in Independence, working throughout southeast Kansas as a driller-pumper.  He retired in 1985 and moved to Coffeyville. Survivors include a son, Philip A. Sears of Coffeyville; three sisters, Joan Wells of Langley, Okla., Mae Aldridge of Eugene, Ore., and Mamie Moores of Patagonia, Ariz.; two step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held 12:30 p.m. Monday at Bronson Cemetery, Bronson, Kans. Friends may call at the Ford-Wulf-Bruns Edgewood Chapel, Coffeyville, Sunday noon until 9 p.m. The family would welcome memorials to the World of Faith Church, Coffeyville. (Unknown Newspaper ~ Date of Death: Nov. 9, 2000 ~ Submitted by FOFG)


SHEPHERD, NANCY AMANDA
Mrs Nancy Amanda Shepherd, widow of Louis C Shepherd, an old resident of the Centerville neighborhood, who has been visiting her daughter, Mrs F S Cronk at Waxahachie, Texas, died at that place Friday, at 5:40 pm, December 30th, as the result of apoplexy.  She had been suffering for a long time from creeping paralysis.  Nancy Amanda Jones was born at Sardonia, Ohio, April 30th, 1841, and at the time of her death was 80 years, and 8 months of age.  She came to Kansas in an ox team, the family settling near Devon.  She was an early day school teacher.  The body arrived here Sunday and the funeral party went direct to the Centerville M E Church, where services were held by the Rev Hamm of Bronson.  Burial was made in Centerville Cemetery.  (Fort Scott Daily Tribune and Daily Monitor, Fort Scott Kansas, January 2, 1922)

STEWART,  GARY  A.
COFFEYVILLE --- Gary Allen Stewart, 63, of rural Coffeyville, died Tuesday (Jan. 19, 2005) at his home.  Graveside services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. in Bronson Cemetery in Bronson, Kan.  Friends may call at Penwell-Gabel-Ford Wulf-Bruns Chapel from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday.  Memorials are suggested to the Kansas State University Cancer Research Center and they may be left with the funeral home.  Mr. Stewart was born Jan. 18, 1942 in Xenia, Kan., to Glen B. and Elizabeth (Robb) Stewart.  He graduated from schools in that area.  He worked as a machinist for Funk Manufacturing Co., retiring in 1994.  On Nov. 4, 1962 he married Joan Jackson, and she survives.  Mr. Stewart was a member of the Red Castle Gun Club.  Other survivors include a son, Curtis Stewart, Coffeyville; his mother, Elizabeth Stewart, Coffeyville; and a granddaughter.
(Unknown Newspaper ~ Submitted by FOFG)

STEWART,  JOAN  C.
COFFEYVILLE --- Joan Colgin Stewart, 65, of rural Coffeyville, died Thursday (May 7, 2009) at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla.  Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Penwell-Gabel Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel in Coffeyville with Evangelist David Bycroft officiating.  A commital service will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Bronson Cemetery in Bronson.  Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.  Mrs. Stewart was born Feb. 18, 1944 at Iola, the daughter of Raymond Jackson and Bertha (Colgin) Jackson.  She grew up in the Bronson area and attended country schools and Moran High School.  She married Gary Allen Stewart on Nov. 4, 1962 and they lived in Iola until 1964.  They they moved to Coffeyville for six years until moving to the Fawn Creek area.  Mr. Stewart died in 2005.  Mrs. Stewart owned and operated Fawn Creek Kennel from 1988 to 1999.  She is survived by a son, Curtis Stewart, Coffeyville; three brothers, Paul Jackson and Darrell Jackson, both of Mound City, and Leroy Jackson, Bllue Mound; four sisters, Marebelle Pruitt, Aurora, Colo., Jesse Ross, Moran, Evelyn Larkey, Chanute, and Valva Pearman, McPherson; two grandchildren and one great-grandson.  (Unknown Newspaper ~ Submitted by FOFG)

THOMPSON,  MILLICENT  A.
BRONSON --- Millicent A. Thompson, 78, Bronson, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 1990, at the Marmaton Valley Home, Uniontown.  The daughter of Edwin Monroe and Sarah Ethel Bales Sutterby, she was born Aug. 14, 1912 at Mapleton.  On March 24, 1934 she married Kenneth Glenn Thompson at Fort Scott.  He preceded her in death on May 21, 1988.  She was a homemaker.  Survivors include a son, LaVerne, Bronson; a brother, George Sutterby, Blue Mound; two sisters, Marianna Smith, Blue Mound, and Ruth Ridge, Humboldt; a grandson and a great-grandchild.  She was preceded in death by two brothers.  Graveside service is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Bronson Cemetery, Pastor Chub Bolling officiating.  Kunkel Funeral Chapel of Moran is in charge of arrangements.  (Unknown Newspaper ~ Submitted by FOFG)

UTTINGER,  CLIFFORD  L.
FORT  SCOTT --- Clifford Loyd Uttinger, 79, of Fort Scott, died Tuesday in Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott.  Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel, with the Revs. Kevin Moyers and Charles Clinkenbeard officiating.  Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to the American Red Cross, and may be mailed to the Cheney Witt Funeral Home, 201 S. Main.  Mr. Uttinger was born Jan. 9, 1911, in Fort Scott, the son of Andrew and Eva (Gardner) Uttinger.  On Nov. 3, 1934, he married Alberta Pryor in Nevada, Mo.  He was a retired plumber.  Mr. Uttinger is survived by a daughter, Charlene Wallace, of Fort Scott; a son, Kenneth Uttinger, of Independence; two brothers, Claud Uttinger, of Fort Scott, and Elzie Uttinger, of Kansas City, Kan.; three sisters, Mary Briley and Flossie Watson, both of Kansas City, Kan., and Dora Godsey, of Garland; and seven grandchildren.  (Unknown Newspaper ~ Date of Death:  Aug. 14, 1990 ~ Submitted by FOFG)

VILLAMARIA,  HENRY
Henry Villamaria, 83, Pittsburg, died at 1:44 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 1998, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a six-month illness.  Mr. Villamaria was born March 17, 1914, at Carona, the son of Eugene and Saveria Florie Villamaria.  He attended schools at Carona and Columbus.  He married Helen Lanning Bigando on Feb. 28, 1947, at Oswego.  She died Aug. 2, 1984.  He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army during the Pacific Theater.  He served with the 25th Division Jungle Fighters that landed at Guadalcanal.  He returned to the states in 1943 and was assigned to a POW camp with the military police to guard prisoners.  He worked for the Cherokee Flour and Feed Co., the coal mines on West Quincy for the Wilberts and 1941 began working for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, where he worked for 33 years.  He retired in 1974.  He was a member of the First Christian Church, the Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion Post No. 64, the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Railway Employees for more than 50 years, the Heart of the Railroad Club and the American Association of Retired Persons.  Survivors include a daughter, Carol Burney of Kansas City, Mo.; a step-son, Bob Bigando of Scammon; a step-daughter, Nancy Bigando of Kansas City; a sister, Elizabeth Gannaway of St. Paul; a grandson; three step-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and a friend, Doris Dial of Pittsburg, who helped provide for his care.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Villamaria; and four sisters, Loretta Maurizzi, Mary Sandburg, Emma Villamaria and Amelia Villamaria.  Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, with the Rev. Geoff Moran officiating.  Flag-folding services will be conducted by the Benjamin A. Fuller Post No. 64 Pittsburg American Legion after the services.  The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary.  Following the services the body will be cremated, and burial of the cremains will be at National Cemetery No. 1, Fort Scott, at a later date.  Contributions may be made to the First Christian Church Memorial Fund, in care of the mortuary.  (Unknown Newspaper ~ Submitted by FOFG)


 
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