Earl E. Scobee, 61, of Baxter Springs, died Saturday, December 27, 2008 at Freeman Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Earl was born in Great Bend, on February 5, 1947 to Earnest E. and Mona Hope (Poor) Scobee.

He was an avid John Wayne fan. He loved fishing, camping and listening to books on tapes.

As a teenager, he started Dodson Mfg., in Wichita, building grain silos, and in 1976 he began his truck driving career with Bingham Transportation. From 1979 he drove over-the-road, first for MCI and then Sitton Motor Lines, Joplin, Mo., retiring in 1996 due to health.

His greatest joy was spending time with, and caring for his large family. If anyone, family or friend needed anything they knew they could go to him for help.

On June 13, 1970, in Doniphan, Mo. he married Gloria J. Allen. She survives.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, Booby Houchins, David Poor, Earnest Scobee, Carl Scobee, and Dewey Scobee, as well as his grandparents, and countless other loved ones. 

He is survived by two daughters, Laurinda Metz and husband Captain Shane Metz, Hope Hills, NC., and Tara Scobee, Wichita, KS. His three grandsons, Spencer and Parker Metz, and Carter Scobee, were his pride and joy! He is also survived by seven brothers: Chet Scobee, Gary Smith, Michael Scobee, Lee Scobee, Albert Scobee, Bill Scobee, and Ben Scobee. Six sisters: Betty Hopkins, Kathryn Eastling, Lois Summers, Ethel Mays, Joyce Turner and Maggie Pennington. One aunt: Virginia Black, and hundreds of other relatives and friends also survive.

After his body was taken for tissue/organ donation, it was his wish to be cremated. A memorial service was held Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the Nazarene Church in Columbus. Rev. Jim Shipley will officiate the services. Arrangements are under the direction of Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs.

Earl’s family suggests that memorial gifts be directed to the Johnson Public Library, Baxter Springs, in his name to be used to purchase additional books on tape for the facility.