Richard Carswell, 90, Quenemo: Feb. 5, 1926 – Sept. 13, 2016 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Richard Carswell, 90, Quenemo: Feb. 5, 1926 – Sept. 13, 2016

QUENEMO, Kan. – Richard Carswell, 90, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, at Osage Nursing Center, in Osage City, Kan.

Richard was born on Feb. 5, 1926, to Edwin and Juanita (Bloyd) Carswell. He grew up on a farm near Alton, Kan., and graduated from Alton High School in 1944. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, fighting in France and Germany. While still overseas, he was badly burned in an accident and spent months in hospitals before being discharged. In 1952, Richard and his parents moved to Quenemo, Kan., and continued farming there.

Richard married Mary Jo Lewis on June 1, 1956. He worked as a barber and a napkin printer operator for Hallmark in Osage City to support his love of farming. He was a member of the Quenemo United Methodist Church.

Richard enjoyed celebrating two special occasions this year with many family members present: his 90th birthday in February and 60th wedding anniversary in June.

Richard is survived by his wife, Mary Jo, of Quenemo; four sons, Roger, of Iola, Kan., Russell, Wichita, Kan., Ryan, Topeka, Kan., and Rex and Diane, Ottawa, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; a foster grandson; three sisters, Verla and Darrell LaRue, Eudora, Kan., Lola DeForest, Olathe, Kan., and Retha Lewis of Carthage, Mo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter-in-law, Kris.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Quenemo United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, at Quenemo. The family will receive friends 6:30-8 p.m. Friday at the Feltner Funeral Home, in Lyndon.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Osage County Help House or the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be left at

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