Saturday, December 7, 2019

Nancy Miller

(From Parker Mortuary)

Nancy J. Miller, age 80, Galena, Kansas, passed away at 8:20 a.m. Friday, December 6, 2019.

Nancy was born August 17, 1939 in Baxter Springs, Kansas to the late Harold John Yust and Helen Rozella Mitchell Yust and had lived in the Galena area most of her life.

She was a homemaker.

Memorial services are planned for Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Riverton. The family will receive friends following the services at the church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Kenneth Roko

(From Derfelt Funeral Home)

Kenneth John Rokos, age 84 of Girard, Kansas passed away Wednesday, December 3, 2019 in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Kenneth was born September 2, 1935 to John Anthony and Elizabeth Michalik Rokos in Chicago, Illinois. He lived in Chicago for 30 years before moving to California, where he lived for 30 years, before moving to Kansas. He was an Engineer with ITT Federal Electronic Corporation, and worked at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Kenneth married Huong Nguyen on January 17, 2000. She survives of the home. Kenneth held membership with the Lion’s Club in Girard, and enjoyed bowling and playing at the Casinos.

Surviving are his wife Huong; one son John Rokos of Pittsburg; and two daughters Peggy Rokos and Mary Couch both of California.

Cremation arrangements are being handled through Derfelt Funeral Home of Columbus, KS. Memorial Donations may be made payable to the Girard Lion’s Club, in care of the funeral home.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Mildred Waring

(From Carson-Wall Funeral Home)

Mildred A. Waring, 101, of Parsons, died at 10:38 a.m., Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at the home of her daughter in Parsons.

Mildred Allean (Gilpin) Waring was born November 4, 1918 south of Edna, Kansas in Craig County, Oklahoma to B. F. and Emma (Davidson) Gilpin. The family lived in southern Labette County until January 1935 when they moved to Parsons. Mildred was a graduate of Labette County High School, class of 1936.

She attended Parsons Business College and Southwestern Bible School at Enid, Oklahoma. She worked as a receptionist for Dr. T. D. Blasdel before going to work at the former State Hospital for Epileptics in the Dietary Department. She moved to California during World War II and worked for the Department of the Navy in Alameda, California. After the war she worked for the California Pacific Title Insurance Company.

She married William L. Waring on February 20, 1945 in Oakland, California and they later divorced. She returned to Parsons in November 1955 with her three daughters. She went to work at the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center in March 1956 and remained there until she retired as the Dietary Supervisor in November 1983.

Mildred is survived by her caregivers, daughter Charlean and husband Keith Wilson of Parsons, Miriam and Doyal Saye of Dennis and Alice Smith of Bella Vista, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Michelle Heincker and husband Tim of Pittsburg, Jason Mansfield of Muskego, Wisconsin, Aaron Wilson of Lancaster, Ohio, Andrea Merrin and husband Steve of Bellefontaine, Ohio; 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She also is survived by a sister, Charlean Knogge, of Murrieta, California and numerous nieces and nephews and families.

Preceding her in death were two sisters, Naomi Wheat and Margie Gilpin and a brother, Madison Gilpin.

Mildred was an accomplished seamstress and an exceptional cook. In retirement she was active in the Women’s Ministry at the First Assembly of God Church. She was a caregiver for her aunt, Ruby Crowe and her sister, Margie Gilpin. She found time to piece over 100 quilts of all sizes and over 250 comfort pillows for friends. She supported the comfort pillow ministry of her grandson-in-law, Rev. Steve Merrin.

She was a charter member of the Southeast Kansas Audubon Society and held various offices over the years, including president. She was an active member of the First Assembly of God Church in Parsons since 1936.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in the Edna Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10 to 10:30 a.m., Friday.

Memorials are suggested to the Live Streaming/Video mission of the First Presbyterian Church of Parsons. They may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357. Online messages may be left at

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Babe Young

(From Cheney-Witt Funeral Chapel)

Jack Avery “Babe” Young, age 90, a resident of Leawood, Kansas, passed away Sunday, December 1, 2019, at the Glenwood Village in Overland Park, Kansas. 

He was born January 17, 1929, in Ft. Scott, Kansas, the son of Jack Young and Geneva Wollard Young. He graduated from the Ft. Scott High School with the Class of 1945. 

From an early age, Babe showed an interest in music. He played the clarinet and saxophone in the school band and often performed in a jazz band for area dances. He served with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. While in the Army, Babe was a member of the Signal Corps and also performed in army bands. 

He married Marilyn Phillips in July of 1954, at Ft. Scott. Babe and Marilyn later relocated to the Kansas City area where he was employed for many years for Bendix Corp. 

Following his retirement, his loved of performing was rekindled and he and some friends formed a jazz band which played for various occasions in the Kansas City area. In addition to playing music, Babe enjoyed hunting and fishing as well as reading Old West magazines.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn; his son, John Young and wife, Jeri, of Garland, Texas and a granddaughter, Lauren Minyard and husband, Kyle, of Lebanon, Oklahoma. A great-grandchild is expected in March. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Donald Young and a sister, Wilma Neaderhiser.

Graveside services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Friday, December 6th at the U. S. National Cemetery in Ft. Scott, Kansas. Military honors will be conducted at the cemetery. Family and friends may meet at the Cheney Witt Chapel prior to leaving for the cemetery at 1:15 P.M. on Friday. Memorials are suggested to the Disabled American Veterans and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Don Cummings

(From Cheney-Witt Funeral Chapel)

Donald Verne Cummings, age 82, resident of Fort Scott, KS, went to his heavenly reward Thursday, November 28, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family.

Don was born June 19, 1937, in Fort Scott at the old Mercy Hospital to Paul Verne and Delta Armour Cummings. He attended the one room schoolhouse at Godfrey and graduated from Fort Scott High School with the class of 1955. 

His first job was with JC Penney Company where he worked in the men’s department and learned that gentlemen always carry a white handkerchief which he did every day. He served as a Sergeant with the National Guard Military Police unit in Pittsburg, KS. 

On June 24, 1961, he married Peggy Pat Rose in the Sacred Heart Church in Mound City, KS. 

His career with the Western Insurance Company began in the supply department in 1957. In 1962 he accepted a transfer to the Lebanon, IN, branch office as a commercial lines underwriter. In 1976 he assumed management of the Kansas City, MO, branch office and in 1979 became manager of the office in Bettendorf, IA, the Western Insurance Companies largest branch office. He returned to Fort Scott in 1987 and worked as commercial lines manager for American States Insurance retiring in 1994 after 37 years in the insurance industry. He always appreciated the opportunities the Western Insurance Company provided him.

Don was an avid collector and trader and the couple owned Collectiques, an antique business in Iowa. Upon returning to his hometown he took great pleasure in restoring the Victorian home which had been in the family since 1955. He would tell everyone that his children came to see their grandparents in this home and now his grandchildren and great grandchildren came to see him in the same home. 

After retiring, his focus turned to gardening and landscaping to provide a proper setting for the home. He was a former member of Kiwanis, the Bourbon County Arts Council, the Western Block House Committee, a board member of CASA and served on the Bourbon County Strategic Planning Committee. Don was very proud of his membership in the Sons of the American Revolution and enjoyed traveling to research his patriot.

He is survived by his wife of 58 ½ years, Peggy; children Cara Gentry, Fort Worth, TX, Chris (Lori) Cummings, Dallas, TX, Todd Cummings (Brandi), Independence, MO, and Joey (Rachel) Cummings, Fort Scott; grandchildren Wyatt Gentry, Cari (Andrew) Oteo , Michael, Keli Jo, Caleb, and Jacob Cummings, Ashley (Greg) Garza, Sannam and Aamir Alaudin; and great grandchildren Charlee Rose Cummings, Quinn and Ana Oteo, and Kareena and Aubree Garza. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters Betty Joan Cummings and Mary Lou Brungardt.

Gene Payne will conduct memorial services at 1:00 PM Saturday, December 7th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to either Fort Scott Wreath Ride or E3 Ranch Foundation and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Doris Armstrong

(From Bath-Naylor Funeral Home)

Doris Lavon “Dodo” Armstrong, 86, of Pittsburg, Kan., died at 9:24 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, at Carrington Place in Pittsburg following an illness.

Doris was born on Feb. 15, 1933, in Pittsburg, the daughter of Clarence and Nettie (Miller) Curry. She was a lifelong resident of the community and graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1951. 

In Doris’s early years, she worked at the Colonial Fox Theatre. 

On May 29, 1954, Doris married Jack L. Armstrong in Pittsburg. They were joined in love for 65 years; he survives at the home.

Doris was a homemaker and provided in-home care. She belonged to the United Methodist Church, and she loved children, dogs, shopping, watching tennis and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Survivors include her husband; children Karla Armstrong of Pittsburg, Lisa Mooney and husband Bruce of Pittsburg, and Jason Armstrong and wife Leeann of Chicago; grandson Casey Mooney and wife Melissa of Pittsburg and two great-grandchildren, Jaxon and Dawsyn Mooney of Pittsburg.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.

Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Pittsburg, with Pastor Roger Brown officiating. Burial will be at a private date.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks expressions of sympathy to be in the form of memorials to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Friends may drop off or mail memorials to Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, 522 S. Broadway Pittsburg, KS 66762. Condolences may be left at

Arrangements and services are under the direction of Bath-Naylor Funeral Home of Pittsburg.

Mary Lou Gandy

(From Derfelt Funeral Home)

Mary Louise Gandy, age 68 passed away Sunday afternoon, December 1, 2019 at Mercy Hospital Joplin Missouri after a sudden illness.

Mary Lou was born July 17, 1952 in El Dorado Kansas. Her parents were Edwin Earl Gandy and Betty Louise (Lyster) Gandy. She graduated from Galena High School with the class of 1970. She had lived in Galena most of her life other than a living briefly in Trona, California.

She worked as a secretary at Doane Products, last working in 2003.

Surviving are two sons, Jared Earl Jarvis (wife, Shannon), Galena, and Zachary Blaine McLean, Galena; one brother, Kevin Dale Faulkner, Baxter Springs, KS; and one sister, Sandra K Gandy-Harvey, Leesburg, FL.

Mary was preceded in death by her father, Edwin Earl Gandy and her mother Betty Shindler.
She has been entrusted to Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena, KS for cremation. Mary was an organ donor and many people will benefit from her generosity.

The family invites friends and relatives to attend a Celebration of Life at 4:00 pm, Friday, December 6, 2019 at the Spring River Boat and Ski Club, Galena, KS.