Leland Earl Clyburn

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Leland Earl Clyburn, 86, Fort Scott, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at the Mercy Health Center. He was born Nov. 23, 1923, in Deerfield, Mo., the son of Joseph Ray Clyburn and Edna Pauline Weber Clyburn. He married Alice Ruth Murray on May 30, 1947, in Girard, Kan. She preceded him in death on Jan. 22, 1990. Earl had served with the United States Army during World War II. Earl had worked for Norvell in Fort Scott from 1947 to 1995 and had served as plant manager for many years. He was a member of the Brethren Church and had recently been attending the Cherry Grove Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Memphis Masonic Lodge No. 108 of Garland, the Mirza Shrine of Pittsburg and the Scottish Rite Consistory as well as the Eastern Star and the V.F.W. Earl enjoyed woodworking and HAM radio.

Survivors include two daughters, Janice Morter and husband, Rod, Fort Scott and Joyce Medved and husband, Steve, Louisville, Ky.; two brothers, Donald "Bill" Clyburn, of Wichita and Joe Clyburn, Kansas City, Mo.; two sisters, Marjorie Martin, Tulsa, Okla., and Rose Mary Bailey, Fort Scott; four grandchildren, Matthew Morter and Megan Wilson, both of Fort Scott, and Kelly Richardson and Kristyn Clark, both of Louisville, Ky.; and seven great-grandchildren. Also surviving is his special friend and caregiver, Catharine Brooker, of Fort Scott.

The Rev. Dale Cummins will conduct funeral services at 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 23, at the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel. Masonic rites will be conducted by the Masonic Lodge. Burial will follow in the Clarksburg Cemetery, where military honors will be provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Scottish Rite Rose Croix services will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the Mirza Transportation Fund or the Diabetes Association c/o the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701.

Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at www.cheneywitt.com.