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Linn County News

Published July 19, 2023


Harvalee Waltmire, 86, of Fulton, Kan., passed away Monday, July 10, 2023, surrounded by family.

He was born in Fort Scott, Kan., March 29, 1937, to the late Hollis and Alice Waltmire. Hollis passed before Harvalee’s birth, and he was lovingly raised by Alice and the only father Harv ever knew, Bill Fisher.

Harvalee met the love of his life, Janice Good, at Mound City High School in 1955 and the two were married on June 22, 1958. Harvalee found joy in simple pleasures, spending time in nature, hunting, fishing, gardening, and riding motorcycles with his family. He appreciated his work as a meat cutter for nearly 40 years, known for his skill and taking the time to share a smile and a story.

An avid handyman and craftsman, Harv spent many hours woodworking. There wasn’t a request, repair, or project he wouldn’t take on. Above all else, Harvalee will be remembered by family, friends, and neighbors for his loving kindness and generosity in all forms.

He is survived by his loving wife, Janice; children: Vera (Jeff) Heller of Houston, Texas, and Brian (Gina) Waltmire of Overland Park, Kan.; grandchildren: Rachel, Brooke, Samantha, and Max; seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, Bill Fisher, of Pensacola, Fla.

Rev. Chuck Russell will conduct funeral services at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 14, 2023, at the Fulton United Methodist Church, Fulton, Kan. Burial will follow in the Osage Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Fulton United Methodist Church and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, Kan. 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at


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