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An era ends at Bank of McLouth

Kathy and Ron Scott

Photo by Rick Nichols
Retirees-to-be Kathy and Ron Scott were all smiles the afternoon of Jan. 27, the day set aside by the Bank of McLouth for friends of the couple and other well-wishers to drop by and congratulate them on their imminent departure from the ranks of the bank’s employees. By the way, the quilt partially visible behind them was fashioned by Mrs. Scott’s mother, Fern Braksick.

 

 

by Rick Nichols
Now that they’re officially “Off the Clock” like the colorful decoration next to their colorful retirement cake said, Ron and Kathy Scott of McLouth have more time to hop in their Corvette and head off to see some of their grandchildren.
For the Scotts, retirement began Friday afternoon when they walked out of the Bank of McLouth as employees for the final time. He had been associated with the financial institution for more than 42 years, she even longer.
“I can’t wait (to retire),” Scott, the bank’s vice president of lending, told the paper the afternoon of Jan. 27 during a special pre-retirement event organized by the bank in honor of the couple. Perhaps that’s because he may have been thinking about that Corvette … or those grandkids … or, as is probably the case, both.
Mrs. Scott, the manager of what is now Union State Bank’s branch office in McLouth, was much more sentimental, but then again, her parents, Stan and Fern Braksick, used to own the Bank of McLouth. “It’s going to be different,” she said. “It (the bank) was like a second home to us. Everyone who works with us is like family. It’s hard to give that up.”
One has to go all the way back to 1962 to find a time when a Braksick was not associated with the bank. That’s the year the Braksick family – Stan, Fern and their children Kathy and Bob – moved to McLouth from Independence, Mo., upon the Braksicks’ purchase of the then 75-year-old financial institution.
Mrs. Scott remembers working at the bank in a janitorial capacity alongside her younger brother when she was barely a teenager. She initially put the year at 1964 but then changed her mind and said it had to have been 1963.
In time, Bob Braksick became the president of the bank, a position he held until his retirement in 2010. He was only 60 when he died the following year. Later in the year, Union State Bank, headquartered in Everest, acquired the Bank of McLouth.          Following her husband’s death in 2006, Fern Braksick continued to be associated with the bank until her retirement in April of 2014, which coincided, fittingly enough, with Community Bank Week that year.
Reared in McLouth, Scott began working at the bank in June of 1973. He started out as a loan officer.
Scott is a 1966 graduate of McLouth High School. Mrs. Scott graduated from there the following year. The two were married Jan. 9, 1971, so they recently observed their 45th wedding anniversary.
The grandchildren the Scotts are anxious to spend more time with are grandsons Brakson, 16, and Sumner, 11, and granddaughters MaKenna, 16, and Gracya, 12. The boys live in McLouth with their mother, Jennifer Scott Ping, the girls in Olathe with their parents, Jarrell and Sonja Scott Snowbarger.
Those who turned out for last week’s pre-retirement event were served cake and punch and given a silver-colored metal spatula engraved with the words “Thank You.” The “party table,” if you will, was flanked by a rack displaying an eye-catching quilt made by Fern Braksick.

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