Leon Eugene France, age 77, passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at his home in Scott City, Kansas. He was born on March 22, 1942 in Scott County, Kansas, the son of Theodore and Violet France. He was resident of Scott and Wichita County, Kansas where he was a farmer and cattleman.
Leon was a Christian and was baptized in 1942. Growing up, Leon attended the Sunnyside Nazarene Church in Wichita County. As a child, he and his siblings attended a one-room schoolhouse 2 miles from their home. Leon took pride in being the one to light the fire every morning for the schoolhouse. He was a graduate of Scott Community High School in 1960.
Leon was an excellent horseman and cattleman and enjoyed time in the arena. In 1975, Leon and his friend and neighbor, Bob Wiles started the Wichita County Team Roping Association, in which he was president for 14 years. He was a member of the Wichita County Fair Board for seven years, a member and president of Leoti Rough Riders. Leon was also a member of the Kansas Livestock Association and the American Quarter Horse Association.
On July 19, 1991, Leon married his longtime friend, Cheryl K. Huseman-Martin, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Together they enjoyed traveling, spending time with their children, grandchildren, and friends and family. Leon treasured the life they had built together.
Survivors include his Wife – Cheryl France of Scott City, Kansas, One Daughter – Tracy France of Roeland Park, Kansas, Two Sons – Clint & Amy France of Marienthal, Kansas, Heath & Tara France of Hays, Kansas, Two brothers – Ted France of Scott City, Ron and Carrie France of Garden City, Sister-in-law – Joann & Jerry Riemann of Dighton, Kansas, Six Grandchildren – Caleb & Kennedie, Madison, Ivan, Delaney, Calli and Jury, One Great Granddaughter Prim. Leon also treasured his nieces, nephews as well as his great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his Parents, One Daughter – Lydia France, Two Sons – Justin Martin, Dallas & Kandace Martin, One Brother – Darrell France, Three Sisters – Zelpha, Margaret & Evelyn.
On October 10, 2019, at 10:30 am, there will be a morning of remembrance at the First Christian Church in Scott City, Kansas, with Steve Payne & Pastor Don Williams.
Internment will be in the Scott County Cemetery in Scott City, Kansas.
Memorials can be made out to the Wichita County Amusement Association or the St. Catherine Hospice in care of Price & Sons Funeral Homes.
Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Scott City, Kansas.