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Leavenworth Area 2003 Obituaries Archives

December 2003 Obituaries

Willard Robinson, Jr.

Willard “Robby” Robinson, Jr. was born July 22, 1951 in Chidester , Arkansas to the late Willard Robinson Sr. and Etta Mae Rigsby Robinson. He departed this life at 10:20 AM on December 13, 2003 at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City , KS . Willard gave his life to Christ at an early age and was baptized at Union African Methodist Episcopal Church in Chidester , Arkansas by the Reverend A. V. Utsey. Due to frequent movement around the globe, he was subsequently affiliated with other Methodist Churches until he settled in Leavenworth Kansas and joined Bethel A.M.E. under the current leadership of Pastor Mark A. Smith. Willard received his elementary and secondary education in the Chidester School District . Graduating with honors in 1969, he received an academic scholarship to attend A M & N College (now the University of Arkansas ) in Pine Bluff , Arkansas . Willard majored in History and Political Science with a minor in Military Science. Upon graduation, he was commissioned to the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant. Over a twenty-five year span, Willard served in combat immaterial and aviation combined arms operations. He served in a variety of different levels of command and administration where he eventually attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He retired from the Army on September 30, 1999 . Subsequently he worked part-time for Northrop Grumman and Kansas City International Airport . Willard met his soul mate and life partner Dora D. Taborn in 1972 and they were united in holy matrimony on May 17, 1975 . Their life together exemplified the vows they exchanged: For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish until we are parted in death. And to this joyous union, five years later, their only daughter Deah Danielle was born. Willard's selfless nature, charismatic personality and jovial spirit will be forever cherished by his loving and devoted wife Dora Robinson of Leavenworth, KS, a daughter Deah Jackson (Troy) of Manhattan, KS; his mother Etta Mae Robinson of Chidester, AR, a sister Gladys Stuart (Cledis) of Decatur, IL; a sister Joyce Flowers (Rodell) of Camden, AR; a brother Herschel Robinson of Chidester, AR; a sister Linda Wyrick (Otha) of Pine Bluff, AR; and a sister Gwendolyn Robinson, Chidester, AR. Also surviving him are aunts and an uncle and a host of nieces and nephews, special family friends to cherish his memory. Visitation for family and friends will be from 6 to 8 pm Thursday, December 18, 2003 at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday, December 19, 2003 at the Bethel A.M.E. Church , 411 Kiowa, Leavenworth , KS burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery . Memorials are requested to the E. M . Lawson Scholarship Fund at the Bethel A.M. E. Church in care of the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be forwarded using the condolence page at www.leintzfh.com.

 

November 2003 Obituaries

Lucille M. Culp

Lucille M. Culp, 63, of Leavenworth died Thursday, November 27, 2003 at the Liberty Terrace Care Center in Liberty , MO. She was born July 26, 1940 in Leavenworth the daughter of Elmer”Dutch” and Dollie Bell Culp.

She worked as a clerk for several businesses in Leavenworth and lastly for Hallmark Cards. She enjoyed playing Bingo and collecting bells. She was a member of the Eagle's Aux. #55 in Leavenworth.

She is survived by 2 daughters Candi Ruechel, Kearney, MO, and Sharon Kay Bell, Claycomo, MO., 4 grandchildren 1 brother Richard Culp, Gladstone, MO. 3 sisters Shirley Koch, McLouth, KS, Ethel Stevenson, Highlandville, MO, and Kathryn Kinkeade, DeLand, FL. She was preceded in death by 1 brother Nick Culp, 2 sisters Dorothy French and Patti Rozinski.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Tuesday at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home with Rev. Brad Reed of the Kearney Methodist Church , burial will follow at the Bethel Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 5:00 PM Monday with a visitation from 6-8 pm. Memorials are requested to the American Cancer Society.

Raymond W. Dunlap

Raymond W. “Babe” Dunlap, 81, of Leavenworth died Tuesday, November 18, 2003 at Broadway Heights . He was born Dec. 26, 1921 in Farley , MO the son of William R. and Edith Mae Jordan Dunlap. He married Alice Fels on August 31, 1962 in Leavenworth . She preceded him in death on January 27, 1997 . He served in the U. S. Army during WW II as a medic and served in the Pacific. Every occupation Ray had was in service to others. He was an employee of Lansing Correctional Facility as a prison guard; he worked as an animal control officer with the City and later spent time as a crossing guard at Lansing Elementary School . His entire life was occupied with Service to Country, State, City and children. Ray was a very passionate man. He was either your friend or your enemy. There was no middle ground with him. If you were his friend, there is nothing he wouldn't do to help you. He always had a kind word for the kids, and was very loving of his pets. He would talk to you for hours, regaling you with stories of his youth, of Branson, or some S.O.B. that he knew. If you were his friend, he had no trouble telling you. His temper would rise and you'd soon know how he felt. In his last moments he asked Patti if it was ok for him to go. He was thinking more about how his passing would affect Patti and the kids, than concern for himself. Imagine a man at the very end of his life still more concerned with others than himself. There can only be three words to describe him, Passion, Service and Respect. Private funeral services were held with burial in the Leavenworth National Cemetery . Memorials are requested to the DAV in care of the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10 th Ave. Leavenworth , KS

Marian C. Aaron

Marian C. Aaron, 78, of Leavenworth , KS died Tuesday, November 4, 2003 at her home. She was born July 10, 1925 near Potter, KS the daughter of Clinton and Agnes Noll Hoffman. She married Louis A. Aaron on November 9, 1946 at St. Joseph Church in Leavenworth. He preceded her in death on July 23, 1973 . She was employed at Ft. Leavenworth , KS for many years and retired after 25 years of service. She was a member of the St. Joseph Church, was an active volunteer at Cushing Hospital and a former member of the ABWA. She is survived by six daughters Patti Miller and husband Bob, San Diego , CA., Janie Harris and husband Lynn, Kansas City, MO, Irene “Bootsie” Loboda and husband Joe, Sunrise Beach, MO., Mary Lou Evans and husband Bob, The Colony, TX, Claudia Goldak and husband Paul, Helen Snow and husband Dennis, both of Overland Park, KS. Her best friend Snookie, the Yorkie of the home.

She is also survived by eleven grandchildren, Craig, Jill, Keith and Kyle Miller, Jeff, Abby and Anne Harris, Marie Evans, Matthew and Evan Goldak, and Ryan Snow, one great-grandchild Allison Harris, 2 sisters a twin sister Marie Hoffman, and Irene Hoffman both of Leavenworth , KS. She was preceded in death by 1 brother Robert Hoffman.

Friends may call at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home from 6-8 PM Thursday with a parish rosary being recited at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father David McEvoy, O. Carm officiating. Burial will follow at Ft. Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are requested to Hospice of Leavenworth or to the St. Jude Shrine. Written condolences may be forwarded to the family using the condolence page.

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October 2003 Obituaries

Betty Suit

Betty Suit, 79, of Leavenworth died Saturday October 18, 2003 at her home. Edna Elizabeth “Betty” Thompson was born December 19, 1923 in St. Louis , MO the daughter of John Riley and Maggie Thurman Thompson. She married Robert Monroe Suit in Rolla , MO on November 14, 1942 and they were married for over 60 years. He was career Army and they lived in the Phillipines, California , Texas , Okinawa and Virginia . He retired in 1964; he preceded her in death in Feb. 2003.

Betty retired from Civil Service in 1978 and was employed part-time at Armed Forces Bank for 7 years. Surviving are a son W. Riley Suit and his wife Louise of Denver, CO; two daughters Margaret McBride and her husband Dale of Eugene, OR and Bonnie Herken and her husband Tommy of Leavenworth, KS; two granddaughters Joan Suit Hahn and Amy Suit Schell; three grandsons Bryan Herken, Nathan Suit and Blair Herken; two great-grandsons Taylor and Kyle Schell; three sisters, Jean Worland, Winnetka, IL, Shay Mitchell, Olympia, WA, and Jane Hutchison, Richlands, VA; and two brothers T. Gale Thompson, Bethany, W.VA and G. Wayne Thompson, Independence, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother John Riley Thompson, Jr. and a sister Mary Louise Mudd and a grandson Jeffrey Suit. She was a member of Church of Christ in Leavenworth.

Friends may call at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home from 6-8 PM , Monday. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Tuesday at the Funeral Chapel, 4701 10th Ave. Leavenworth , KS. Private burial services will follow at the Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are requested to the Leavenworth Church of Christ or Hospice of Leavenworth in care of the funeral home. Written condolences may be forwarded to the family using the condolence page

Kristen B. Davis

Kristen B. Davis, 37, of Lansing , KS died Tuesday, October 8, 2003 at St. John Hospital . She was born July 31, 1966 in Kansas City, KS the daughter of Dallas and Patricia Miller Bradley. She had worked for a time as a correctional officer at the Lansing Correctional Facilty, Food 4 Less and later for Kraft Tools in Kansas City , KS .

She is survived by 1 daughter Kalyn Godard, Lansing, KS and 2 sons Dustin and Christopher Davis both of Leavenworth , KS, 2 brothers Wayne Bradley of Kansas City, KS and Dallas Bradley of Lansing, KS, her father Dallas O. Bradley of Cleburne, TX and her mother Pat Bradley of Lansing , KS, her paternal grandmother Mary Bradley of Merriam, KS.

A memorial service will be from 1-3 PM Sunday at the Emmanuel Chapel, Eisenhower Veterans Administration Hospital with Hospice of Leavenworth Chaplain Glenda Kermode officiating. Memorials are requested to the American Cancer Society in care of the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home. Written condolences may be forwarded to the family using the condolence page.

 

William “Bill” Conway, Sr.

William “Bill” Conway, Sr. of Leavenworth died Friday, October 3, 2003 at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City , KS . He was born October 2, 1922 in Kickapoo Township of Leavenworth Co., the son of Will and Florence Gallagher Conway. He attended Mount Olivet School in Kickapoo. He was self-employed as a farmer for a time, and later a machine operator for Missouri Valley Shipyards from 1950 to 1975. He then was employed by the Lansing School District No 469 from 1975 until his retirement in 1984.

He was a member of St. Joseph Church , the St. Joseph Men's Society where he was serving as president until his death, and served as an usher for many years as well. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus where he served on the Board of Trustees for many years and active in Bingo for many years. He was active in CYO Basketball, Football, and Baseball. He was a member of the Eagles and was serving as Union President of Missouri Valley until it's closing in 1975.

He married Donna Laymon on June 21, 1944 at St. Joseph Church, she survives at the home. Other survivors include 2 sons Bill Conway Jr. and wife Carolyn, Dave Conway and wife Sarah all of Leavenworth, 4 grandchildren Rick, Ron and Lisa Conway and Christie Helm, 4 great-grandchildren Lance, Bryce, and Allie Helm, and Christopher Conway, and 1 sister Katherine Finneran of Leavenworth. He was preceded in death by 4 sisters Florence Holtgraver, Loretta Filbert, Charlotte Patzwald, Laura Guenther, and 1 brother Jim Conway.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:30 PM Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Leavenworth with Fr. David McEvoy, O. Carm officiating. Burial is to follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery . Friends may call from 5-7 PM Sunday at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home with a parish rosary being recited at 6:00 PM. Memorials are requested to the St. Joseph Church.

Written messages may be forwarded to the family using the condolence page.

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September 2003 Obituaries

John D. Stucker

John D. Stucker, 65, of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at his home. He was born Nov. 5, 1937, in Leavenworth, the son of Howard A. and Mary C. English Stucker.

He married Jane M. Miller on Nov. 5, 1955, at St. Joseph Church in Leavenworth. She survives at the home.

He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years and then began a career in electronics and computer processing at Fort Leavenworth. He was a member of the St. Joseph Church and the St. Joseph Church Choir for many years. He achieved the level of Eagle Scout as a youngster and worked with Scouting for 25 years as an adult. He was active in the Barbershop Singing Chorus in both Leavenworth and Kansas City. He was on the judging team for many years and served on several international panels. He was bestowed the level of Judge Emeritus by the S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A., the highest honor they can bestow.

Other survivors include two sons, David L. Stucker, Irmo, S.C., and Matthew D. Stucker, Larned; two grandchildren, Jackie and Eliza; one step-granddaughter, Kelda; two step-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Maryann McAfee, Leavenworth. He was preceded in death by one stepsister, Violet Grote.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Church with the Rev. David McEvoy, O. Carm., celebrating. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call after 3 p.m. Friday at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home with a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. and a parish prayer vigil at 7 p.m.

Memorials are requested to the S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A. Harmony Foundation or the St. Joseph Church. To send the family written condolences click here.

August 2003 Obituaries

Walter E. “Walt” Beckerjeck

Walter E. “Walt” Beckerjeck, 75, of Leavenworth died Friday August 29, 2003 at Country Care in Easton, KS. He was born January 1, 1928 in Portage, Wisconsin, the son of Walter and Gladys Norris Beckerjeck. He attended St. Mary’s School in Portage and received his high school diploma while serving in the U. S. Army. He married Frances L. Wenger on April 15, 1950, she survives at the home. He served twenty-two years in the U.S. Army and retired in 1968 at Ft. Lee, VA as a Sergeant First Class. Following his retirement he began a career with U.S. Government Civil Service and went on to further his education at Kansas City Kansas Community College and received a degree in recreational therapy. He worked with Army Prisons and was in charge of sports at the USDB at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. He was stricken with Multiple Sclerosis and was forced to retire in 1976.

During his military career and healthy years that followed he was active as an official in most sports. He was one of the founding members of the Leavenworth Officials Association and served as Past President. He was a member of St. Casimir Catholic Church, The VFW, American Legion, Knights of Columbus, St. Casimir Men’s Society the Disabled Veterans Assoc., the Leavenworth Officials Assoc. and a past member of the Eagles.

He is survived by his wife Frances, 4 daughters Barbara Spaulding and her husband Alan, Cathy Elliott and her husband Jim, Sally Goodliff and her husband Bruce all of Leavenworth, KS. Jean Scheid and her husband Rodney of Cummings, Ks. 2 sons John Beckerjeck of Leavenworth, KS and Dave Beckerjeck and his wife Julie of St. Louis, MO. 12 grandchildren Kerry Spaulding, James III, Bret and Casey Elliott, Brent Sellers, Wade and Emily Beckerjeck, Joseph and Katherine Beckerjeck, Matthew Scheid, Joshua and Heather Goodliff and several nieces and nephews. 1 sister Mary Vosen and her husband Don of Largo, Fl and a cousin Jerry Doughty, Gary, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents 2 brothers Jerry and John and 1 sister Beverly Groener.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM Tuesday at St. Casimir Catholic Church with Fr. Phil Winkelbauer as celebrant. Burial with Full Military Honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Friends may call at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home 4701 10th Ave., Leavenworth, KS from 6-8 Pm Monday with a parish prayer vigil at 7:00 PM. Memorials are requested to the St. Casimir Men’s Society or to Catholic Charities Hospice in care of the funeral home. Written condolences may be forwarded to the family.

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