Share |

Cora Marie Kellstadt, 89, resident of Fort Scott, Kan., died Thursday, July 3, 2014, at the Fort Scott Mercy Hospital. She was born May 7, 1925, in Bourbon County, Kan., the daughter of Edwin Homer Collins and Lucretia Murrow Collins. She was a graduate of Blue Mound High School. She married Harley Dean Kellstadt Dec.20, 1942, in Erie, Kan. He preceded her in death Jan. 30, 1986. 

Cora retired from J. C. Penney in 1988 after 26 years of service.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Olive Chapter #13 Order of the Eastern Star.  She had served as a Mother Advisor for Rainbow Girls. She enjoyed camping and was a charter member of the Old Forters Camping Club. 

Cora Marie had traveled to Texas and spent the winter for over 28 years.  She enjoyed crocheting and quilting as well as going out to eat and playing cards with her friends. She also liked to square dance and had been a member of the Iza Stompers Square Dance Club. 

Survivors include a son, Ernie Kellstadt and wife, Linda, Joplin, Mo.; a daughter, Jeanette Perry and husband, Paul, Fort Scott,; five grandsons, Eric Kellstadt, Toledo, Ohio, Michael Kellstadt, Joplin, Paul Christian Perry and wife, Donna, Fort Scott, Joshua Paul Perry and wife, Tracy, Joplin, and David Andrew Perry and wife, Amy, Joplin,; 10 great-grandchildren, Jared, Olivia, Gracie, Ryan, Kyle, Mia, Joshua, Millie, David and Emily. Also surviving is a cousin, Elton Murrow of Ottawa, Kan. and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Homer Collins.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 8 at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the U.S. National Cemetery. The family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, at the Cheney Witt Chapel with Eastern Star services at 6:30 p.m. 

Memorials are suggested to Care to Share and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at


Larry Sumners ~ 08-16-1953 to 08-01-2022


  Linn County News Published Aug. 10, 2022   Larry Sumners, age 68, of Centerville, Kan., passed away on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, at the Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Overland Park, Kan. Laurence A. Sumners was born on Aug. 16, 1953, at McPherson,... [More]

Michael Reinsch ~ 01-28-1947 to 06-22-2022


Linn County News Published Aug. 10, 2022   It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Michael Ekkehard Reinsch, a beloved brother, father, uncle and grandfather. Michael passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at Augusta University Medical Center. Michael... [More]

Rosetta May Beard ~ 06-02-1923 to 08-03-2022


Linn County News Published Aug. 10, 2022   Rosetta May Beard, age 99, La Cygne, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022. Graveside funeral service will be 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at the Oak Lawn Cemetery, La Cygne, Kan. Memorial contributions are suggested... [More]

More Obituaries

View All Obituaries


Non-revenue neutral budgets cost county/state $20,000


Following the governor’s recent approval of legislation created to show when taxing entities are increasing mill levies, additional costs to taxpayers are coming to the forefront, despite some holding taxes to the same level using revenue neutral rates. [More]

Pleasanton Council mulls enticements for restaurant


Following opening statements at Monday’s Pleasanton City Council meeting, public speaker Mike Higgins took the podium and told the council that he was talking to former Olive’s Hope building owner Brandon McGinnis concerning the sale of the building to a family that... [More]

Department heads working to keep county healthy and safe


Two of the county departments geared toward public safety are now under new direction. Missy Lancaster took over the Linn County Health Department as well as the position of Public Health Officer in November of last year and has made a few changes to the department since... [More]

More News


Total Effect Softball ready for action


Linn County has a new competitive softball team, Total Effect Softball, which will be based out of Mound City. Jayhawk-Linn head softball coach Kris Holt started the team and will be the head coach of Total Effect. Holt had multiple reasons on why he wanted to start a competitive... [More]

Recent KDWP fishing reports


Fishing has slowed down since the last reports on June 27, but fish are still being caught and can be even better in the coming weeks with some cooler weather and more rain. All the reports were last updated on July 18. La Cygne Lake Catfish, largemouth and crappie are the... [More]

More Sports

Business Directory


• May be mailed, e-mailed, faxed or hand delivered.
• Must be received by 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning in order to appear in that week's edition.
• Full obituaries submitted by individuals are required to be paid in advance.
• Obituaries submitted by funeral homes will be billed to the funeral home.
• Cost: $30 for 300 words or less. Each additional word over 300, 10¢. Photograph $5.
Call Barbara at 913-352-6235 or e-mail