Friday, July 20, 2018

Fred McClelland

(From Carson-Wall Funeral Home)

Fred Orval McClelland, 92, of Girard, died at 7:02 am Thursday, July 19, 2018 at WestRidge Assisted Living in Girard where he lived since September 6, 2017.

He was born February 8, 1926 at rural Girard, the son of Harry and Gertrude (Ware) McClelland. Fred attended Lone Elm and Ozark Rural Grade Schools and the Girard High School.

Fred enjoyed farming until he was called to serve his country, as a Corporal, in the US Army during the Korean Conflict from 1951 until 1953.

He married Donna L. Wilkerson on May 7, 1955 at the First Baptist Church in Cherokee, Kansas. She survives at WestRidge.

Fred worked for the City of Girard and at the Girard Cemetery from 1955 until retiring in 1979. He owned and operated McClelland and Son Sanitation in Girard, retiring in 1989.

He was a member and one of the founders of the Girard Bible Church in Girard and a member of the George C. Brown Post No. 26, American Legion of Girard.

Fred enjoyed his family and his church family, picking up cans, visiting with people, and working.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, Donna, are a son, David McClelland, and his wife, Candi, of Girard; his granddaughters, Amy Klaassen, and her husband, Chris, of Omaha, Nebraska and Marla Kraft, and her husband, Jeremy, of Girard; his great-grandchildren, Kaylee Klaassen, Lauryn Klaassen, and Gracyn Kraft; numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by a sister, Fannie Cheney.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Saturday, July 21, at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard with Pastor Noah Hartmetz officiating. Burial will be in the Girard Cemetery with Military Honors.

The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home in Girard where friends may call after 3:00 p.m., Friday.

Memorials are suggested to the Girard Bible Church and these may be left at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 518 N Western, Box 258, Girard, 66743.

Condolences may be sent to

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Shirley Swallow

(From Brenner Mortuary)

Shirley Jean Swallow, 65, of Pittsburg, passed away at 7:31 p.m., July 17, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, MO.

She was born November 15, 1952 at Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Lyle and Dawn Christensen. She graduated from Baldwin Park High School in California in 1971.

On May 18, 1985, she was united in marriage to Terrance Swallow at LaCygne, Kansas. He preceded her in death November 16, 2014.

Survivors include two daughters, Amy Bartley and Tina Vanderpool; three sons, Ryan Bartley, Terry Swallow and his wife, Tina, and Chris Swallow; three sisters, Linda Marrero and her husband, Raymond, Arlene Boatman and her husband, Dale, and Robin McCracken; and six grandchildren, Christopher Bartley, Jonathan Bartley, Breanna Swallow, Ashleigh Swallow, Brandon Swallow, and Devin Swallow and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by parents, her husband, Terry Swallow, and brother-in-law, Danny Swallow.

She was loved by her family.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday, July 20, 2018, at the Brenner Mortuary, where friends may call after 10:00 a.m. Friday. Private burial will be in the Mt. Olive Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to themselves to cover various expenses. These may be left at or mailed to Brenner Mortuary, 114 East 4th Street, Pittsburg, KS 66762. Friends may also leave condolences online at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, KS.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Thelma Schneider

(From Simpson Funeral Home)

Thelma L. Schneider age 92 of Pittsburg, Kansas passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Via Christi Village. 

 She was born on February 3, 1926 in Asbury, Missouri to Clarence Jackson and Rachel (Davis) Jackson. She was a member of the Asbury First Baptist Church. 

 Thelma married Therwin Schneider on June 27, 1946 in Pittsburg, Kansas and he preceded her in death on August 25, 2015. She was also preceded in death by her son, Terry Schneider; and brothers, Clarence Jackson, Ray Jackson, Lloyd Jackson and Lester Jackson. 

 Thelma is survived by her son, Tommy Schneider and wife Terri of Seneca, Missouri; daughter, Kristy Swartz and significant other, Kenny Lynch of Pittsburg, Kansas; 5 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. 

 Thelma will lie in state on Tuesday, June 17, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Simpson Funeral Home in Webb City for viewing. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 AM in Crocker Cemetery. 

 Services are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home in Webb City. Visit for online condolences.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Steve Johnson

(From Bath-Naylor Funeral Home)

Steven Brice Johnson, 67, of Pittsburg, died July 14, 2018 at Girard Medical Center.
He was born December 12, 1950 in Pittsburg, Kansas, the son of Frank and Marian (Hurst) Johnson, long time owners of Otto’s Cafe in downtown Pittsburg.

Steven graduated College high school in 1968. His dad retired from Otto’s in 1977 and Steve took ownership of the cafĂ©, retiring in 2015 due to his health.

He loved his family, Friends, Otto’s, all animals and sports.

Steve is survived by his wife; Sherry Johnson of the home, mother; Marian Johnson, brother; Darryl and his wife Doris Johnson, his little dog “Picco”, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father Frank and sister Beverly Largent. 

In honor of Steve’s wishes no services are planned. 

Memorials may be left to the S.E.K Humane Society or The Wesley House; these may be left or mailed to the funeral home.

Condolences may be left at Arrangements are under the direction of the Bath Naylor Funeral Home of Pittsburg.

Wilma Kent

(From Derfelt Funeral Home)

Wilma N. Kent passed to her eternal home on July 16, 2018 at 9:20 AM in Galena, KS.

Wilma was born on July 30, 1920 to James Arthur Russell and Gladys Viola (Lindsey) Russell. She was a graduate of Galena High School. Wilma was a lifelong member of First Christian Church in Galena where she taught as a Sunday School Teacher for many years.

She married her beloved husband Harry Hagen Kent on August 23, 1940 in Baxter Springs, KS. They shared a 69 year union and were totally devoted to one another. He preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur Eugene Russell and Harold Leon Russell; a niece Shirley J. Newman; and a nephew, Harold Leon Russell, Jr.

Surviving is one sister, Mary Colleen Jarvis; and three nephews, David Russell (wife, Janet), John Jarvis, and Glen Arthur Russell.

She will be laid to rest with a graveside rites at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at Hill Crest Cemetery of Galena. Online condolences may be expressed at

Friday, July 13, 2018

Dale Higginson

(From Carson-Wall Funeral Home)

Dale D. Higginson, 82, of rural Parsons, passed away at 9:25 p.m., Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at the Cherryvale Nursing and Rehab Center at Cherryvale. Among his survivors is his wife, Wymetta Higginson, of the home.

Private family services will be held at a later date. The family will receive friends at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday evening where the casket will remain closed. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Harry Haynes Memorial Hospice or to the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center Endowment Fund and these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942 Parsons, KS 67357. Online condolences may be left at Further obituary information will be announced.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Carla Myers

(From Carson-Wall Funeral Home)

Carla Myers, 56, of rural Parsons, died at 6:12 a.m., Thursday, July 5, 2018 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near St. Paul. 

She was born on January 3, 1962 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Ira Joe and Robbie Jean (Lattier) Draughon.

Carla attended Oklahoma State University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and later attended Tulsa Community college receiving an Associate’s Degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant. She had worked various places as a Physical Therapy Assistant and in earlier years had worked as a computer programmer and analyst.

She enjoyed fishing, gardening, and reading and was a devout Christian.

On Nov 23, 1985 she and Robert Myers were married in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Myers of the home; daughter, Amy DeNies (Sam) of Fayetteville, AR; brother, Barry Draughon (Jeanne) of Broken Arrow, OK; twin sister, Lisa Elledge (Mark) of Cleveland, OK; two nephews; mother-in-law, Ruth Myers and her family in Columbus, OH.

No services are planned at this time. Memorials are suggested to the Salvation Army and may be left at or mailed to the Carson-Wall Funeral Home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357. Online condolences may be left at