Share |

Ottis Wayne Allen, 75, resident of Fort Scott, Kan., died Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, at the KU Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan. He was born May 4, 1940, in Pleasanton, Kan. He married Minnie Lou Holt Oct. 8, 1961, in Farlinville, Kan. He served in the U.S. Army for six years, stationed in Heilbronn, Germany. After his service, he graduated from Emporia State University with a BS in Business Administration. He began working for the Western Insurance Company in 1969. After transitioning to American States Insurance, he moved to Pittsburgh, Pa., and later Montgomery, Ala. He then moved back to Fort Scott with Safeco Insurance.
Ottis enjoyed traveling, antiquing, photography, hunting, deep sea fishing and vegetable gardening. He was a former member of the Jaycee’s and Kiwanis Clubs in Fort Scott. He was a member of the American Legion and the V.F.W., serving in the color guard. He was a member of the S.E.K. Area Agency on Aging Board and the Silver Haired Legislature, both in Chanute, Kan. Ottis also volunteered for many community service projects through the years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife Minnie Lou of the home; a brother, Cleland Allen, Fort Scott; two sisters, Vada Casteel and husband Max, Clinton, Mo., and Joyce Allen, Fort Scott; mother-in-law, Maxine Holt, Prescott, Kan.; brothers-in-laws, Larry Holt and wife Linda and Bruce Holt and wife Meg, all of Mound City, Kan.; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins; as well as his dog, Bruce Almighty and cat, Abby. He was preceded in death by a brother, Morris Allen; a niece, Kathy Wyatt; and his parents.
Rev. Steve Cole will conduct funeral services at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28, at the First United Methodist Church, Fort Scott. Burial will follow in the U.S. National Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post #1165 V.F.W. The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. until service time at the Church.
Memorials are suggested to either the First United Methodist Church, the V.F.W. or the American Legion and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at


Adeline Joy Weien 12-30-2020 to 06-13-2021


Linn County News Published June 23, 2021   Adeline Joy Weien, infant daughter of Cody Weien and Jennifer Younger of La Cygne, Kan., passed away on Sunday June 13, 2021. She was born on Dec. 30, 2020, in Overland Park, Kan. She was preceded in death... [More]

Robert Dale Hopkins 08-18-1949 to 05-22-2021


Linn County News Published June 16, 2021   Robert Dale Hopkins, age 71, Prescott, Kan., passed away on Saturday, May 22, 2021. Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 19, 2021 at the Prescott Cemetery. Contributions are suggested to Disabled... [More]

David R. Jackson 08-11-1939 to 06-10-2021


  Linn County News Published June 16, 2021   David R. Jackson, age 81, of rural La Cygne, Kan., passed away suddenly at his home Thursday, June 10, 2021. He had been in ill health the past few months. David was born Aug. 11, 1939, in La Cygne... [More]

More Obituaries

View All Obituaries


Straight-line winds leave damage in Blue Mound


Friday, June 11 started off like a typical late spring day but once afternoon hit, it was no typical day. Blue Mound experienced what locals estimated to be 80 to 90 mph straight-line winds, four to six inches of rain in 20 minutes and the ensuing damage created from the quick... [More]

Change order issue comes to an end with agreement


Linn County Commissioner Rick James announced during the meeting of the county commissioners on Monday, June 14 that he had spoken with Larry Goldberg of the Goldberg Group in regards to the $196,000 change order that had been discussed at several meetings. Change Order No.... [More]

Parker to decide street plan next month


Parker city leaders are scheduled to decide at next month’s 7 p.m. July 8 meeting their plan for chip seal maintenance of city streets. At their monthly meeting last Thursday, Mayor Cody Adams said two factors need to be decided prior to next month’s meeting, the... [More]

More News


Linn County’s top high school track athletes


Once again the Linn County high schools had a good track season and each school sent multiple athletes to the State track meet in Wichita. In this article we will look at some of the top high school track athletes from Pleasanton, Prairie View and Jayhawk-Linn. Isaiah Bates... [More]

Jayhawk golf has record of continued success


In Linn County high school sports there are several teams that stand out. The track and wrestling teams usually send multiple people to State. Both Prairie View softball and Jayhawk softball have been very good the past few seasons, and the football teams have had some good years,... [More]

More Sports

Linn County News Political Primary Forum
Regional Roundup