Marland Highbaugh

Marland C. Highbaugh, 91, a former resident of Presbyterian Village in Fort Scott, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, at Fort Scott Medicalodge.
He was born Jan. 18, 1918, in Wellington, the son of Martin Cleveland Highbaugh and Zoe Walker Highbaugh.
He married Annabel Louise Martin on May 12, 1940, in Bronson. She preceded him in death on Jan. 18, 2002.
In his earlier years, Marland was an avid athlete who played semi-pro baseball and was invited to play for the St. Louis Cardinals. With encouragement from his father, Marland took up farming instead. He worked as a farmer and stockman for several years prior to going to work for the Production Credit Association. He served as senior vice president at both the Cha-nute and Garden City offices. He also was a real estate agent and performed appraisals. Marland had his pilot’s license and enjoyed flying in addition to golfing, boating, fishing, hunting and playing cards. He was a member of the Fort Scott United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a son, Martin L. Highbaugh, and his wife, Linda, Payson, Ariz.; two daughters, Joan Ermel and her husband, Elwin, Bronson, and Louise Montague and her husband, Fred, Scottsdale, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Teresa Smith, Jimmie Ermel and Sandra Markoski; and nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Moore, and a granddaughter, Kelly Montague.
The Rev. Paul Babcock and Pastor David Shrum will conduct funeral services at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel in Fort Scott. The family will receive friends from 5 o’clock until service time at the chapel. Cremation will follow funeral services.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice Compassus or the Fort Scott or Bronson United Methodist churches. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at www.cheneywitt.com.