Charles O. Leamon

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Charles O. Leamon, 86, of Fort Scott, Kan., formerly of Arma, Kan., passed away Thursday evening Aug. 24, 2006, at the Fort Scott Manor Nursing Home. He was born July 15, 1920, in Mound City, Kan., the son of Omer Orrendo and Morna Alvota Osburn Leamon. He married Mildred Lessen July 24, 1946, in Arma, Kan.

He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the U.S.S. Malabar and the U.S.S. Borras, and was a member of the Arma American Legion. He was a member of the Arma United Methodist Church, and was an avid gardener. Charles also enjoyed fishing and sports. He was a letterman on the 1939 Fort Scott Community College basketball team. He received his Bachelor of Science and Ed.S. at Kansas State Teachers College, his Masters of Science at the University of Colorado, and also attended the University of Kentucky and Oklahoma State University. Charles taught in LaCygne and Paola, Kan., and was principal and taught in Arma and Mound City, Kan., from 1955 until 1985. He also owned and operated Leamon's Variety Store in Mound City, Kan.

Charles is survived by his wife, Mildred; two daughters, Mary Ann Childers and her husband Robert of Fort Scott; and Nancy Brown and her husband Donald of Appleton City, Mo.; a sister, Elois Merrill of Willow Grove, Penn.; three grandchildren, Michele Lyon of Fort Scott, and Ben and Rachel Brown of Appleton City; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

The Rev. Don Foster will conduct funeral services 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Fort Scott National Cemetery, and Military Honors will be provided by the Olson-Frary-Burkhart Post No. 1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Memorials may be made to the Mound City Alumni Association and left in care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 West Wall Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, KS, 66701. Expressions of sympathy may be emailed to