He was born April 20, 1923, in rural Mound Valley to Elmer H. and Mildred (Ealy) Fouts. He was a lifelong resident of Labette County and graduated from Mound Valley High School in 1941.
During World War II, he was employed at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant. He also drove the Altamont Grade School bus for 34 years and farmed.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Oswego, where he also served as an elder. He enjoyed his family, farming and raising cattle.
He married Lola Mae Hope on May 23, 1942, in Labette City. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include two daughters, Brenda McKinney and her husband, John, of Anaheim, Calif., and Joy Trotnic and her husband, Ronald, of Wichita; two sons, Gerald R. "Dick" Fouts and his wife, Kay, of Miamisburg, Ohio, and Dean Fouts and his wife, Deborah, of Mound Valley; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Erma Duckworth and her husband, Dale, of Bartlesville, Okla.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, June Smith, in 1977; and an infant granddaughter.
The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Altamont. Burial will be in Mound Valley Cemetery. Friends may call at their convenience after 1 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the Oswego Presbyterian Church or the American Heart Association and may be left at or sent to the funeral home, P.O. Box 325, Altamont, 67330.
Arvid L. Laurila
KATY, Texas -- Arvid L. Laurila, 90, of Katy, Texas, died on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008.
He was a longtime dentist in Conneaut, Ohio, from the 1940s to 1980, he then retired to Parsons, where he and his wife owned and operated Ceramics Unlimited for 20 years.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis, of Katy, Texas; three children, Sharon Wiegand of Katy, Texas, John Laurila of Denver and Don Laurila of Winchester, Mass.; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.
No service was held at this time. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Schmidt Funeral Home in Katy, Texas, was in charge of arrangements.
Robert L. 'Bob' Shearhart
MOUND VALLEY -- Robert L. "Bob" Shearhart, 81, a lifelong resident of Mound Valley, died at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at his home. He is survived by his wife, Louise Shearhart, of the home.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Mound Valley Cemetery. Friends may call at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Altamont after 1 p.m. Sunday.
Complete obituary details will be announced.