Share |

Willis Pettit

mugshot

Will Pettit passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday morning, April 26, 2013. He was 77.
A resident of Kansas City since 1960, Pettit’s career was devoted to the field of fashion. Starting as a fashion illustrator at Harzfeld’s and then Macy’s advertising department, he later joined the Jones Store Company. Upon retirement as advertising director for the Jones Store Company, where his responsibilities ranged from creating newspaper advertisements, catalogs and fashion photography set up, he began painting again at the age of 72. He donated a number of his paintings to support local charities.
Will was born March 6, 1936, to George W. and Opal Pettit in Humboldt. He was raised in Iola, where he was educated. He graduated from Wichita East High School and then from Wichita State University in 1958. He was president of his junior class at Wichita State and a member of Pi Alpha Pi fraternity. He loved to travel and especially enjoyed trips with Roger Ward and the Nelson Atkins Society of Fellows, as well as with Beth Ingram and Lisa Sicola guiding the Lyric Opera Guild. Some of his favorite places were Italy, France, Turkey, San Francisco, New York and Chicago. He especially enjoyed a trip to Venice at the Gritti Palace at Christmas 2001 with Scott Lindsay and Marcia Garvin. He traveled to San Miguel de Allende for more than 25 years to relish the artistic community, the food, the pace and the company of friends.
Will was a great cook, who loved to entertain and was a wonderful sought-after dance partner at many balls. There will be fabulous souffles, baked Alaskas and dancing in heaven. Will enjoyed many wonderful dinners and trips with the International Wine and Food Society and trips to New Orleans with Scott and friends, Tom and Connie Black. He attended Russell Patterson’s Buzzards Bay Musicfest every year, then traveled on to Boston, Gloucester, and Essex, Mass., for antiquing. He took many trips to Santa Barbara and Laguna Beach, Calif. He loved planting and caring for flowers and his mint. He fed the birds all winter. In addition, he loved to iron beautiful linens. He found it relaxing and rewarding.
Will was very generous with his time and talents to his many friends. He was a member of the Kansas City Club, Rockhill Club, Carriage Club, Lyric Opera Guild and the Society of Fellows at the Nelson-Atkins Museum. Will is survived by his friend of over 50 years, Scott Lindsay; his sister, Virginia (Pettit) King, Idaho Falls, Idaho; numerous nieces and nephews; and countless friends.
At Will’s request, there was a cremation with no services. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

OBITUARIES

Blanche Boman

thumb

  Blanche N. Boman, 85, Las Cruces, N.M., died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, at University Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. Blanche was born July 28, 1929, in Moran, to Archie E. Sr. and Ocie E. Dickenson Boman.  Blanche attended business school in Topeka, and in 1960... [More]

David Cannon

thumb

  David A. Cannon, 60, Parsons, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Labette Health. Survivors include his wife, Teresa Cannon, of the home. Following cremation, family visitation will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral... [More]

Stanley Miller

thumb

  Stanley A. Miller, 66, died on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Grove, Okla.  Stanley was born on June 27, 1948 in Iola, to father Samuel A. Miller and mother Freda Del Miller. Stanley was preceded in death by his father in 1985 and mother in 2000, and a twin brother,... [More]

More Obituaries

NEWS

Lack of funds will force ACARF to close

thumb

Photo after photo of abandoned animals appear on a computer screen in the front office of the Allen County Animal Rescue Facility. Robyn Porter, vice president of the shelter’s board of directors, wipes away tears as she clicks on each photo and explains an animal’s... [More]

Mom changes ways for son

thumb

There was a time when illicit drugs were a daily preoccupation for Katrina Beatty. Now, her six-month-old son Cyrus Ryver is the apple of her eye day and night — and, Beatty likes to crow, she has been free of drugs for 11 months. “In two weeks I’m going... [More]

Neighboring parents weigh in on school bond issue

thumb

With local voters headed to the polls Nov. 4 to determine whether to build new elementary and high schools here, the Register has been asked on occasion to find out how parents regard new schools in Garnett and Chanute. So we did. Garnett Elementary School opened its doors... [More]

More News

AP Video

SPORTS

Mustangs gallop to first district win of season

thumb

GARNETT — After a convincing 42-13 win over Anderson County, Iola High’s football team is one week away from possibly making it to the Class 4A Division-II State Football Playoffs for the first time since 2008. “What I really liked that we did the... [More]

Iola volleyball looks for revenge

thumb

(Note: I had written that Iola won a three-set match against Anderson County in Thursday’s paper. Iola lost the match. Sorry, for the inconvenience. -Spencer Michelson) Iola High’s volleyball team will be looking for the sweetest kind of revenge against... [More]

More Sports

Register Online Edition Renew your subscription