Charles Leland Nutt

PITTSBURG — Charles Leland Nutt, 87, died Friday, March 20, 2020, at Ascension Via Christi Hospital following a long illness.

He was born Aug. 22, 1932, in Monmouth to Louis E. and Amanda M. Nutt (Green).

Charlie, as most people knew him, was raised around McCune and lived in the Parsons, Girard, Franklin and Chanute areas. His places of employment include Super Sweet Foods in Girard. He was employed as a Texas state trooper in Dallas, Texas, for about 10 years. It was a job he loved and he had many stories to tell. One of those stories included assisting in the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald. He had also worked at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant and at Beitzinger’s Hardware in Pittsburg.

Survivors include a sister, Juanita Bringle of Bremerton, Washington; a daughter, Sue Saunders of Pittsburg; three sons, Charlie Riggs (Bobbie) and Ray Riggs, both of Erie, and Ricky Martin of Columbus; grandchildren, Jake Barnett and Trevor Saunders of Oskaloosa, Tyeler Riggs (Cierra) of Erie and Marissa Riggs of Erie; six great-grandchildren; and a very special friend, Jean Robbins of Chanute. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Ernest Nutt and Melvin Nutt.

In accordance with his wishes, Charlie has been cremated. Because of the COVID-19 restrictions, a graveside service will be at Girard Cemetery at a later date.

Barnett Family Funeral Home, Oskaloosa, is in charge of arrangements.

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