James Lee Zornes

August 20, 1912 ~ September 14, 2007

James Lee Zornes, age 95, resident of Arma, Kansas, died Friday, September 14, 2007, at Mercy Health Center. He was born August 20, 1912 in Bourbon County, Kansas the son of Robert Zornes and Myrtle Underwood Zornes. James married Doris Kendig in 1937. She preceded him in death. He married Georgia R. Houdashelt Toney on April 7, 1967, in Columbus, Kansas. She died on June 17, 2000. He farmed most of his life and also was manager of the Hudson Service Station both in Pittsburg and Fort Scott. James was baptized in the Cherry Grove Baptist Church. He was a past member of the Hiattville Masonic Lodge. His hobbies include gardening and fishing. Survivors include three sons; Eldon Zornes and wife Donna, Uniontown, Kansas, Donald Zornes and wife Carolyn, Arma, Kansas and Alan Dean Zornes and wife Yvonne, Siloam Springs, Arkansas; two step daughters, Josephine Davis and husband Mel, Crowburg, Kansas and Arttie Vilmer and husband Bill, Sarcoxie, Missouri. Also surviving is a sister, Ethel Laster, Topeka, Kansas; 21 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, one infant and John Zornes; 4 sisters, Ellen Zettl, Blanche McGhghy, Letha Zornes and Annie Keeney; and 4 grandchildren, Michael Zornes, Valerie Manwell, Becky Clay and William Vilmer Jr. Rev. Jared Witt will conduct funeral services at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday in the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in Memory Garden Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Shrine Transportation Fund and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701. Expressions of comfort may be sent to

Tue. Sep. 18, 2007
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Cheney Witt Chapel

Wed. Sep. 19, 2007
1:00 p.m.
Cheney Witt Chapel

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