Clarence Harold Nation, 76, a resident of Fort Scott, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, at the Mercy Health Center following a brief illness. He was born Dec. 20, 1931, in Mound City, Kan., the son of Delbert Ottis Nation and Bertha Jane Coffeen Nation. Clarence graduated from the Mound City High School. He married Irma Jean Wallace in May of 1953. They were divorced. He later married Kathleen Denton on Sept. 1, 1989, in Fort Scott. Clarence had served as Linn County Probate Judge for eight years prior to becoming general manager of Nation's Implement Company. He later owned and operated Frop's Drive-In, in Mound City. He moved to Fort Scott in 1977 and worked as bookkeeper for Bill's Coal Company and later for Big Sugar Lumber Company in addition to Stewart Auction Co. He was a member of the Community Christian Church. Music was a major part of his life, and he played the trumpet for the Senior Swingers Band for more than 20 years. He also enjoyed fishing, baseball, square dancing, genealogy, and tinkering with his Model A car.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen, of the home; two sons, Danny Nation and wife, Linda, Mound City, Kan., and Norman Nation and wife, Laura, Fort Scott; a stepson, Kevin Denton and wife, Jeanette, Pocatello, Idaho; a stepdaughter, Sandy Smith, and husband, Darrell, Fort Scott; a brother, Ralph Nation and wife, Ruby, Mound City, Kan.; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Nation, Mound City, Kan. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Michael Nation, Anthony Nation, Jeffrey Nation, Katie Chipman, April Stock, and Elise Nation; three step-grandchildren, Sarah Causey, Julie Davis, and Kurtis Denton; seven great-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Leslie Nation and Olen Nation.
The Rev. Kevin Moyers assisted by the Rev. Paul Rooks will conduct funeral services at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow in the Linnville Cemetery north of Mound City, Kan. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 to 8 P.M. at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Friendly Circle Club or the Senior Swingers Band and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of sympathy may be emailed to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.