Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Larry Burch

(From Derfelt Funeral Home)

Larry Lee Burch, age 77, passed away at 12:29 am, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Mercy Hospital, Joplin, Missouri following an illness.

Larry was born May 19, 1942 in Baxter Springs, KS. His parents were Harry Raymond and Audrey Mildred (Shanks) Burch. He was a lifetime resident of Columbus.

He graduated from Columbus High School with the class of 1960. He then entered the U S Air Force, serving for 4 years before returning to Columbus. For 43 years, he worked at the Columbus Daily Advocate.

He was a member of First Christian Church, Columbus, KS. He was also a member of the Sportsman Club. He enjoyed fishing and woodworking. He was an avid KC Chiefs fan and had coached the Rockettes Girls Softball team in Columbus.

Larry was married to Sharon Kay Beattie on September 28, 1967 in Miami, OK. She survives.








Additional survivors include three daughters, Becky Todd (Zane Jr) Overland Park, KS, Angela Degelman (Alan), Bryan, TX, and Lori Combs (Kevin), Columbus; one sister, Vivian Frost, Columbus, sister-in-law, Bonnie Burch; and eight grandchildren, Zane Todd III, Brittany Todd, Alexander Degelman, Austyn Degelman, David Combs, Korri Combs, Audrey Combs, and Sabrina Marten Combs, and many nieces and nephews. Several of his daughter’s friends affectionately called him “Dad”.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Ronnie Joe Burch and Harry Burch.

He was entrusted to Derfelt Funeral Home, Columbus, KS for cremation.

The family plans to host a memorial service at 1:00 pm, Friday, June 21, 2019 at First Christian Church, Columbus KS. Pastor John Warring will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Columbus Girls Softball Association.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Kenna Elliott

(From Cheney-Witt Funeral Chapel)

Kenna Kay Elliott, age 57, a resident of Ft. Scott, KS, passed away Friday, June 14, 2019, at the Via Christi Hospital, Pittsburg, KS. She was born March 24, 1962, in Ft. Scott, the daughter of Charles Raymond Wilson and Sharon Kay Simons Miller and George Kepley Miller.

She married Charles Ernest Elliott, Jr. on June 1, 1979, at the Nazarene Church in Ft. Scott. Kenna worked for many years as a nurse and later in life became a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening and maintaining her home and land with Charlie and took great pride in the beauty of their home. 








Survivors include her husband Charlie of the home; 3 daughters, Candace Martin and husband Anthony, Rachelle Smith, and Kayla Hall and husband Dustin, all of Ft. Scott; 8 grandchildren, Alyssa Martin, Konner Kim, Logan Smith, Gavin Smith, Mallorie Hall, Libbie Hall, Grayson Hall and MaKenna Martin. Also surviving are 2 sisters, Jennifer Lemley and husband Jeff, Arlington, TX, and Denise Miller and husband Bryan Baker, Tallahassee, FL; a brother John Miller and wife Lori Reesor, Middleton, WI; and her mother, Sharon Miller and adopted father George Miller. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Raymond Wilson; and a brother, Charles Raymond (Poncho) Wilson, II.

Rev. Chuck Russell will conduct funeral services at 1:00 PM Tuesday, June 18th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the Memory Gardens Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 Monday evening at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Hudson Bagnall

(From Cheney-Witt Funeral Chapel)


Hudson Crew Bagnall, 16-day-old son of Nathan and Lisa Bagnall, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2019, at the Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

He was born May 28,2019, in Overland Park, Kansas. 








Survivors include his parents, Nathan and Lisa Bagnall; his brother, Nathan and three sisters, Ashlynn, Addisyn and Bradleigh.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Wednesday, June 19th at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Cremation will follow services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, Kansas. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Joyce Downey

(From Brenner Mortuary)

Joyce Maria Downey, 66, of Pittsburg, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2019, at her home.

She was born on April 30, 1953 to Capt. and Mrs. John N. King in Japan where they were stationed. The family eventually settled in Leavenworth, Ks where after serving in the United States Air Force, Joyce became a nurse serving the community for twenty-five years.

In April 1979, she was united in marriage to Michael Downey. They later divorced.








She is survived by two daughters, Chloe Besperat and her husband Aaron of Pittsburg, KS, and Bryce Downey and Andy Palmer of Manchester, MN; two sisters, Suzanne Latimer of Jacksonville, FL, and Terri King of Kansas City, MO; several nieces and nephews, including Mandi Seiler of Austin, TX; and seven grandchildren, Lauren, Jenna, Lilly, Audrey, Brooke, Rachel, and Joshua Besperat.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Kaye King.

Graveside services are set for 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 17, 2019, at the Leavenworth National Cemetery with Father Jorge Lopez officiating. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary,114 E. 4th St, Pittsburg, KS 66762. Friends may leave condolences online at www.brennermortuary.com.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Leslie Delano

(From Derfelt Funeral Home)

Leslie Ann Delano, 60, of Baxter Springs, KS passed from this life peacefully on Monday, June 10, 2019 at her home in Baxter Springs.

Leslie was born September 5, 1958 in Renton, Washington to the union of Frank Eugene and Valerie Margorie (Cunningham) McKinzie. Leslie was united in marriage to James A. Delano in Baxter Spring, KS, they just celebrated 29 years of marriage. Leslie worked for the Baxter Springs School District for over 28 years, serving as School Board Secretary before her health wouldn’t allow her to work anymore.

Leslie is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Valerie McKinzie.








Leslie is survived by her husband James A. Delano of the home; one son, Joey Sparks and wife Allison of Baxter Springs, KS; daughter, Stacy Sparks of the home; two brothers, Kelly McKinzie of Everett, WA, and Keith McKinzie and wife Karen of Baxter Springs, KS; two grandchildren, Noah and Nolan.

Leslie has been entrusted to Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel for cremation. By honoring Leslie’s wish, there will be no formal services held. Online condolences may be expressed at www.derfeltfuneralhomes.com.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Don Sailors

(From Carson-Wall Funeral Home)

Don R. Sailors, 91, lifelong Erie area resident, died at 11:13 a.m., Monday, June 10, 2019 at Diversicare of Chanute.

He was born January 21, 1928, in Erie, to William A. and Hazel (Cummings) Sailors. He grew up on the family farm and attended Oak Grove Country School and Grant Township High School, graduating in 1946. He graduated from Chanute Junior College and attended Kansas State College at Manhattan. 

Don enlisted in the United States Navy in January of 1950 and served four years during the Korean War, receiving his discharge in 1954 with the rank of Petty Officer 3. After the war he returned to the farm and remained there the rest of his life. He was active in county, state and national pork producers associations, especially the Kansas Pork Producers. 

His other activities and memberships included the Stark United Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge at Savonburg, the Scottish Rite, Mirza Shrine and in past years the Neosho County Extension.

Don and Shirley Elder were married on May 18, 1956 at Nowata, OK. She survives of the home. 








Other survivors are four children, Thomas C. Sailors, of Erie, Lisa Maher (Steve), of Erie, D. Richard Sailors, of Erie and Heidi Sailors Steinman (Scott), of Olathe; four grandsons, Trevor Steinman, of Boulder, CO, Cooper Steinman, of Denver, CO, Hayden Maher and Evan Maher, both of Erie.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Monday, at the Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Erie. The burial, with military honors, will be at the Ft. Scott National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m., Monday.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Sunday.
Memorials are suggested to either the Stark Alumni Association or the Erie American Legion. They may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 182, Erie, KS 66733. Online messages may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Jack Scott

(From Cheney-Witt Funeral Home)

Jack Edward Scott, age 94, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Monday, June 10, 2019, at the Medicalodge of Ft. Scott. He was born January 22, 1925, in Ft. Scott, the son of William Marcus Scott and Mary Frances Buchanan Scott.

Jack attended Fort Scott Schools. His senior year of High School, he enlisted with the United States Marine Corps. During World War II, Jack was stationed in the South Pacific and served on the Marshall Islands, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. He was in special troops. On invasion, his regiment would separate native people from the Japanese. He also served on military police duty. 

Following his time in the Marine Corps, Jack returned to Kansas and continued his education at Kansas State Teachers College in Pittsburg. This is where he met the love of his life, Pauline Louise Moody. Jack and Pauline were married December 21, 1947, at Cherokee, Kansas. Jack went on to earn a Master’s Degree and Education Specialist Degree. He served as principal in several Kansas school districts, primarily Burlington, for twenty-seven years. 

Following his career in education, he served for three terms as the Coffey County Clerk; this was during the construction and completion of the Wolf Creek Power Plant. Jack and Pauline later moved to Ft. Scott and spent winters in Texas. Jack was a member of the Rising Sun Lodge #8 A.F. & A.M., the Scottish Rite Consistory and the Mirza Shrine. In earlier years, he was involved in Cub Scouts and later served as Scout Master. He attended the Presbyterian Church of Ft. Scott. 








Survivors include his daughter, Deborah Rhynerson and husband, Charles, Jr., of LaCygne, Kansas; and three sons, Jack Gregory Scott, of Colville, Washington, and David Louis Scott, of Thornfield, Missouri and Steven Edward Scott (Dunn) and wife, Kathi, of San Diego, California; a granddaughter, Kaysie Rhynerson; five grandsons, Rob and Matt Scott and Andy, Tim and Danny Dunn and two great-grandsons, Kia and Allen. His wife, Pauline, preceded him in death on December 3, 2014. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Glenn Oliver Scott and Frank William Scott.

Graveside services with Military honors and Masonic rites will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, June 13th at the U. S. National Cemetery. Family and friends may meet at the Cheney Witt Chapel on Thursday prior to leaving for the cemetery at 10:45 A.M. Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project 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 cheneywitt.com.