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Leavenworth Area 2007 Obituaries Archives

December 2007 Obituaries

John H. Johnston III

John H. Johnston III, 74, retired publisher of The Leavenworth Times and author of numerous books on the history of Leavenworth, died of cancer at his home on December 22, 2007. He was born in Leavenworth on March 18, 1933, the son of John H. II and Mae Adams Johnston.

He attended the Leavenworth Catholic schools, graduating from Immaculata High School in 1951. After a year at St. Benedict’s College, Atchison, he joined The Leavenworth Times as a photographer and reporter in 1953.

JohnstonMr. Johnston was married to Marianna (Annie) Walker in 1958. The couple movedto Topeka where he worked for the Topeka newspaper. They returned to Leavenworth in 1960 when he became news editor of Times. Seven years later he became managing editor.

Mr. Johnston was a past state chairman of Kansas Associated Press Wire Editors. His photographs and reporting received awards in state and national competition sponsored by The Associated Press.

In 1973 he became Times general manager and publisher. He retired from the newspaper in 1990 and later worked at Forest of Peace Publishing, a religious publishing house, as assistant to the publisher. He retired from commercial publishing in 2003.

Mr. Johnston published his first book, Leavenworth, Beginning to Bicentennial, in 1976. He subsequently published nine additional histories and co-published a centennial history of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 1982. He also edited and published several books for local authors.

He was past president of the Leavenworth Jaycees and Leavenworth Lions Club; past chairman of the board of the Red Cross and Salvation Army Advisory Board; served on the board of the Fort Leavenworth Historical Society and was a member of the Leavenworth County Historical Society, the First City Museum and C.W. Parker Carousel Museum. He was a member of Eagles Aerie 55 and R.E.A.C., and wrote a centennial history of Aerie 55 in 2001.

Mr. Johnston was a 50-year member of Leavenworth Council No. 900, Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Associates of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. For many years he served on the board of directors of the Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce and received the Leavenworth Citizen of the Year Award in 1972. He served on a special Chamber of Commerce committee that assisted Hallmark Cards in acquisition of the property on Eisenhower Road for the Hallmark Cards Production Center.

On May 20, 2006, he was inducted into the Immaculata High School Hall of Fame, and on November 16, 2007, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Leavenworth County Historical Society.

He was a member of St. Casimir Church where he had served as a reader and communion minister to the homebound.

Surviving other than his wife Annie of the home are two daughters, Susan Marie Maguire and Carrie Johnston, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Sunday afternoon, December 30, 2007, from 2:00 to 4:00 at R. L. Leintz Funeral Home in Leavenworth and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Casimir Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 31. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Leavenworth Catholic Schools, Saint Vincent Clinic, Catholic Community Hospice, or a charity of the donor's choice.

 

Lt. Col. Paul A. Lucas

Lt. Col. Paul A. Lucas, U.S. Army Retired, 71, of Leavenworth, died Sunday, December 16, 2007, at his home.  He was born August 25, 1936, in Belmont, Ohio the son of Lloyd and Faye Lucas.

scan0020On September 26, 1973, he married Jody Patrick of Lansing, at Fort Polk, La.  Jody survives at the home.  He is also survived by his children, Christine (Joe) Calaustro of Honolulu, Hawaii, Jeff (Mitzi) Lucas of Spring, Texas, Jennifer (Rob) Wirtz of Manhattan, Kan., Ryan Lucas of Kabul, Afghanistan and Lee (Peridot) Lucas of Leavenworth; his grandchildren, Jazmyn, Justyne, Sarah, Seth, Josh, Kattie, Gavin, Hannah, Gabrielle, Reanna, and Noah; his sister-in-law, Nelda Lucas of Shelbyville, Tenn.; his brother-in-law, Mike (Donna) Patrick, Leavenworth; a niece and nephew, great nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.

His parents and his brother, Donald Lucas preceded Paul in death.

Paul received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education from Ohio University in 1958, and he was also commissioned a 2nd LT in the U.S. Army.  He proudly served his country for 26 years, and after retirement Paul was the director of high school JROTC for six years at Joplin High School, Joplin, Mo. and eight years at Leavenworth High School.  Paul received numerous awards, citations, and medals during his Army career.

Paul’s last retirement was to Lake of the Ozarks where he enjoyed six wonderful years.  Paul enjoyed woodworking, traveling in their motor home, and serving his community through Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church and Hurricane Deck Lions Club.

He was a member of Lansing United Methodist Church.  Memorials may be made to the Lansing United Methodist Church Building Fund, 107 E. Kay, Lansing, KS 66043.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, December 20, 2007 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Ave. Leavenworth.  His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at the First United Methodist Church, 422 Chestnut, Leavenworth. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery

 

Helen M. Layton

Helen M. Layton, 85, of Leavenworth, passed away, Sunday, December 16, 2007, at St. John Hospital with her daughters by her side. She was born June 19, 1922, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Victor F. and Helen M. Shalkoski.

She married the love of her life, Richard D. Layton, Sr. on October 2, 1943.

scan0016Helen attended Saint Casimir Grade School and graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1939.  She was a member of Saint Casimir Church, Saint Casimir Altar Society, VFW Auxiliary, and the Eagles Auxiliary.

She was a loving wife, mother, and “Nana”.  She was mom or nana to all her children’s friends.  She enjoyed sewing with her friends at church and watching the KC Chiefs, KC Royals, and KU Basketball.  She loved music and flowers, but most of all, she loved her family and having them all together.  She was a source of strength and inspiration to them all.

Helen is survived by her daughters,   Shirley (Bill) Lattimer of Wright City, Mo., Deanne Layton of Kansas City, Kan., Carol Knight, Pat Layton and Janice (Ronald Roemer) Layton, all of Leavenworth; her sisters-in-law, Dorothy Bernhardt and Nan Szczygiel of Leavenworth; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and many friends and relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard D. Layton Sr.; her son, Richard D. Layton Jr.; her daughter, Frances “Darlene” Marcum; her brothers, Victor Shalkoski, Jr., and Ed Shalkoski; a grandson, Joseph A. Rude Jr.; a great-granddaughter, Jill Hayes Brown; and a great-grandson, Kyle Lowe.

 Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 19, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  The rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 20, at St. Casimir Catholic Church with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant.  Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Saint Casimir Church, Saint Casimir Altar Society or Immaculata High School. 

 

Ralph E. “Pete” Dickson

Ralph E. “Pete” Dickson, 86, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, December 13, 2007, at Golden Living Center in Lansing.  He was born September 6, 1921, in Tracy, Mo., the son of Edgar and Ethel (Tate) Dickson.  During childhood, his family moved to Leavenworth and he has resided here since.

Pete was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army.  He worked for the railroad before training to become a carpenter.  He worked with his father and brothers building many homes in Leavenworth, as Dickson Bros. Builders.  He was a member of the Eagles, Elks, and local bowling Teams.

On May 8, 1943, he married Frances I. Martin, she died on October 3, 1961.  He later married Antoinette “Toni” Kersten Sprenkle on January 29, 1965, she preceded him in death on December 30, 2005.  He was also preceded in death by two brothers, William T. Dickson and Edwin “Buzz” Dickson; and a sister, Nadine Burke.

Pete is survived by his daughters, Gloria G. (John) Dills of Waynesville, N.C., and Rebecca S. (Gary) Bietka of Leavenworth; a step-daughter Mary Kay (Claude) Sprenkle Stults of Fairfax Station, Va.; five grandchildren, Kelly Bietka of Leavenworth, Ashley Brown Klumb of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Todd Lurker, Mike Holder and Neal Lurker all of Virginia; three great-grandchildren, Logan Klumb, Matt Holder and Chris Holder; and two sisters, Betty Lou Nakata and Dixie Dickson both of Leavenworth.

During retirement, he enjoyed taking road trips across the country with Toni and close friends, spending time in his workshop, fishing, and relaxing on his porch.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, December 17, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 18, at the funeral home, with Pastor Bruce Emmert presiding.  Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery.  The family suggests memorials be made to First United Methodist Church (422 Chestnut, Leavenworth, KS 66048). 

 

Diane T. Parrish

Diane T. Parrish, 64, of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, December 12, 2007, at St. John Hospital.  She was born August 16, 1943, in Wallace, Idaho the daughter of Gordon Anderson and Dorothy Iverson.

On December 15, 1990, she married Tom Parrish in Harrison Ark., he survives at the home.  She is also survived by her children, Fred (Diana) Cowing III of Lansing and Laura (Brian) Hill of Atchison; her grandchildren, Joey, Sarah, and Andrew Foderaro and Brittanie Cowing; her mother, Dorothy Archer of Redmond, Wash; and her siblings, Mike Sunski of Redmond, Wash and Kay (Rich) Evensen of Yakima, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Diane worked at Armed Forces Bank as branch supervisor.

A memorial visitation will be from 2 to 4 pm Sunday, December 16, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Diane requested no flowers.  Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth Assistance Center.

 

Frieda Elnora Epp

Frieda Elnora Epp, 70, of Leavenworth, died Monday, December 10, 2007, at The University of Kansas Hospital of acute Leukemia and complications.

She was born June 5, 1937, in Newton, Kan., the daughter of John and Marie (Harder) Epp.  She was raised on a farm home at Whitewater, Kan.  She was baptized on her profession of faith in her Lord Jesus Christ at the Emmaus Mennonite Church.

Her early education came at Brainerd Grade School and Berean Academy of Elbing.  Two college degrees were earned at Grace University, Omaha, Neb., in Christian education and at Goshen College (Ind.) in elementary education.  Later she completed a Masters degree at Emporia State Teachers College.

As a school teacher she taught in Leavenworth for more than 20 years at Lincoln, Muncie and Anthony schools.  Earlier she taught at Hillsboro, Kan., and in the Turner District of Kansas City, Kan.

Frieda was a cancer survivor of 17 years; she empathetically volunteered to lead the monthly cancer support group at the local St. John Hospital.

She was a member of the educational Beta Beta Society of Delta Kappa Gamma.  She currently served as their President.

At her church, Community Covenant of Lenexa, she was responsible for the monthly friendship luncheons.  She handled the organizations and decorations.  She was much appreciated.

She enjoyed traveling. At times she went with groups, other times she traveled with a sister or two, visiting various relatives as they crossed the country.

Frieda was preceded in death by her parents.  She is survived by her siblings, Paul and Hildegard Goossen, of Rhinelander, Wis., Martha Epp of Whitewater, Kan., Albert and Joann Epp of Bakersfield, Calif., Dave and Phebe Cressman of Scottdale, Pa., John and Ruth Epp of St. Louis, Mo., Phil and Justina Martin of Leavenworth, Kan., and Melvin and Sylvia Epp of Whitewater, Kan.

A Memorial service will be at Community Covenant Church of Lenexa at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 20, 2007, with Pastor Tom Anderson officiating.  Frieda was a faithful and devoted member. 

 

Retired MSgt. Donald Jesmer Sr

Retired MSgt. Donald Jesmer Sr., 88, of Leavenworth, died Saturday, December 1, 2007, at Kansas City VA Hospital.  He was born October 18, 1919, in Adams, New York, the son of Theron and Marion (Hancock) Jesmer.

scan000He enlisted in the U.S. Army serving in WW II and Korea.  He was awarded the Purple Heart after he was wounded in the Korean conflict.  Donald retired with 21 years of service.  After retirement he worked at the Leavenworth VA for 15 years.  Donald married Elizabeth Shea in March of 1941, she preceded him in death.  He was also preceded in death by a daughter, at birth, Frances; twin siblings, Alice Lippens and Robert Jesmer who also died this year. 

On October 12, 1985, he married Dianna Trail, she survives at the home; he is also survived by his children, Donald Jesmer Jr., of Leavenworth, Eileen Jesmer of Leavenworth, and Elizabeth (Garry) Neal of Lansing; a step-son, Kyle Trail of Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Donald was a member of Saint Casimir Men’s Society, VFW, American Legion, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and was the past Commander of DAV.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 pm Thursday, December 6, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 am Friday, December 7, at St. Casimir Catholic Church with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant.  Burial with full military honors will follow at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to LAWS (Leavenworth Animal Welfare) or St. Jude Hospital. 

 

Ishmael R. Hughes

Ishmael R. Hughes, 83, of Leavenworth, died Sunday, December 2, 2007, at Cushing Memorial Hospital.  He was born July 9, 1924, in Wilkins, Ark., the son of Fred E. and Viellillie (Jackson) Hughes.

 In 1962 he married, Alberta Perry in Edwardsville, Kan., she survives at the home.  He is also survived by a son, Clemence Edwin Hughes of Platte City, Mo; a sister, Ferdie L. Hughes; three grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two siblings, Mary Emma Kimbrough, and Clarence Hughes.

Ishmael served in the Navy.  He worked at Fort Leavenworth for 32 years.

Visitation will be from noon to 1:30 pm Thursday, December 6, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will begin at 1:30 pm at the funeral home.  Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

 

Stanley E. Inkman

Stanley E. Inkman, 77, of Leavenworth, died Sunday, December 2, 2007, at Saint John Hospital.  He was born January 28, 1930, in Leavenworth the son of Henry and Anna (Pranke) Inkman.

scan11He graduated from Immaculata High School in 1948.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.  He received the Purple Heart in July of 1950.  On September 18, 1954, he married Greta Smith at St. Joseph Church in Leavenworth.  She survives at the home.  He is also survived by his children, Darren (Toni) Inkman of Naperville, Ill., and Kimberly (Rodney) Hayes of Leavenworth; his grandchildren, Nicholas Inkman, Tyler Hayes, Andrew Inkman and Tabitha Hayes; two brothers, Albert Inkman and David (Gloria) Inkman; a sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Gary Poss of Wichita, Kan.

Stanley was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Henry Inkman and Leonard Inkman; and a sister Margaret Kruse.

For 22 years he owned and operated Inkman IGA Food Center at 7th and Pottawatomie Street in Leavenworth.  He was a member of the Elks, Lions, Eagles and American Legion.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 am Thursday, December 6, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant.  Burial with military honors will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth CYO or Leavenworth Special Education. 

 

November 2007 Obituaries

Mable Lee Gray

Mable Lee Gray, 58, of Leavenworth, died Friday, November 30, 2007, at Eisenhower VA Medical Center where she was a resident.  She was born July 17, 1949, in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Thurman Lee and Mable Irene (Palmer) Gray.

scan0014She graduated from Central High School in St. Joseph, Mo., and attended two years of college studying art.  She was an avid lover of the arts.  Mable served in the Air Force until she had to medically retire as a Staff Sergeant after serving her country for eight years.

Mable is survived by her daughter, Amber D. Gray of Crestview, Fla.; a grandson, Avadan W. Gray of Crestview, Fla.; three sisters, Shirley A. Maddock of Norfolk, Neb., Mary Jacklyn “Jackie” (Terry) Rubin of St. Clair, Mo., and Clara Sue “Susie” (Gary) Jackson of Osborn, Mo.; two brothers, Terry A. (Pat) Musser of Atchison, Kan., and Roger C. (Becky) Musser of Lees Summit, Mo.; and all of her “second family” at the VA Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 am Tuesday, December 4, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will begin at 11:30 am after the visitation.  Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to the VA nursing home recreation fund.

 

Dennis Howard Cole

Dennis Howard Cole, 74, formerly of Leavenworth, passed away Monday, Nov. 19, 2007, at Avow Hospice after two months in North Collier Hospital both in Naples, Fla.

Dennis Howard Colescan012Dennis was born Wednesday, Dec. 14, 1932, in Twist, Mont., the son of Forrest C. and Beulah B. (Crays) Cole.  He was raised in Broadus, Mont., and graduated from Powder River High School in 1950.  He joined the U.S Army in 1953, and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant Major in 1979.

 He married Dragica Djurasek from Yugoslavia on Aug. 16, 1956, who became a U.S. citizen and changed her name to Mary.  They had four children.  They traveled all over during Dennis’s military career until he retired in Leavenworth, Kan.  He also worked at the Fort Leavenworth Bowling Lanes for many years.  They divorced in 1986, and she survives in Leavenworth.

Dennis married Jacqueline (Dorkey) Evenson in 1988 in Naples, Fla., she survives at the home.  He worked in Naples until he retired, so they could enjoy traveling to visit family and friends. He is also survived by his children, Darlene (Jim) McCluskey of Leavenworth, Sherri (Scott) Parkison of Lansing, Denise (Derek) Driskell of Weston, Mo., and James (Vivian) Cole of Leavenworth; three step-children, John Evenson, Jeff Evenson of Naples, Fla., and Julie (Pat) Nagle of Minnesota; 12 grandchildren, Laura (Brian) Kellogg of Leavenworth, Jaime Burdette (fiancé Mark Euler) of Kansas City, Mo., Ashley (Steve) Perrin of Leavenworth, Liz Corker of Wisconsin, Lauren and Emily Driskell of Weston, Mo., Mitchell and Madison Parkinson of Lansing, Mackenzie Cole of Leavenworth, Michelle (Scott) Hillis of Topeka, Kan., Thomas and Andrew Nagle of Minnesota; three great-grandchildren, Alexander Phibbs and Aden Kellogg of Leavenworth, and Ashley Hillis of Topeka, Kan.; four sisters, Carmen Draine of Missoula, Mont., Bonnie Bigornia of Savage, Mont., Mary Cooley of Gillette, Wyo., and Linda (Tony) Bianco of Palm Desert, Calif.; two brothers, Larry (Linda) Cole of Vista, Calif., Gale (Sherry) Cole of Pocatello, Idaho; three sisters-in-law, Barbara (Jim) Briggs of Arizona, Peggy (Don) Barnhart of Wisconsin, Char (John) Kleber of Wisconsin, and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and friends too numerous to name.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Forrest and Beulah Cole; his brother, James C. Cole; brothers-in-law, Don Draine, Larry Cooley, Robert Knie, Don Kerckhove, Dick Canney; sisters-in-law, Norma Higgs, Joan Canney; a niece, Karen Knie; two nephews, Steve Cooley and Ron Cole, and parents-in-law, John and June Dorkey.

Dennis was a warm, gentle person who was also funny and quick-witted. He enjoyed good times with family and friends, bowling and gardening

Visitation will be from 4 to 5 pm Wednesday, Nov, 28, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will follow the visitation beginning at 5 pm with military honors at the funeral home.  Cremation will follow the service.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

 

Lea Miriam Marttinen

Lea Miriam Marttinen, 98, of Mechanicsville, Va., passed away Friday, Nov, 23, 2007.  Graveside services will be at 12:30 pm Wednesday, Nov 28, 2007, at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.

 

Judith A. “Judy” Boettcher

Judith A. “Judy” Boettcher, 56, of Leavenworth, died Friday, November 23, 2007, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center.  She was born April 19, 1951, in Milwaukee, Wis., the daughter of Frederick and Lucille (Hanke) Yauck, they preceded her in death.

JudyOn August 19, 1972, she married Dwayne R. Boettcher in Milwaukee, he survives.  She is also survived by her children, Eric (Kelly) Boettcher of Lansing, and Sarah (Montgomery) Sheckels of Leavenworth; her four grand-daughters, Alana, Megan, Lauren and Marin.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 pm Tuesday, November 27, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 am Wednesday, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant.  Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to St. Vincent Clinic.

 

Sandy Jeanette Cramer

Sandy Jeanette Cramer, 47, of Leavenworth, Kan., passed away Monday, November 19, 2007.   She was born April 10, 1960, in Sedalia, Mo., the daughter of Morley Edward and Betty Virginia (Bennett) Cramer.

She is survived by her children, Starlet Michelle Perry, Carmen Justice Grandfield, Rocky Ray Grandfield, Lisa Kay Grandfield, and Nickie Lee Grandfield; her grandchildren, Darius James Perry, Destiny Michelle Perry, Elias Grey Navas Grandfield, and Jimmy Ray Perry; her mother, Betty Cramer-Best; a brother, Ronnie Edward Cramer.

Sandy was preceded in death by her father and a sister, Carolyn Virginia Cramer-Barker.

Visitation will be 8 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, November 23, 2007, at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Graveside services with military honors will follow at 10:00 a.m. at the Leavenworth National Cemetery. 

 

Alex Anderson

Alex Anderson, 77, of Leavenworth, passed away Thursday, November 15, 2007, at his home.  He was born May 10, 1930, in Tyler, Texas the son of Alex and Mattie (Taylor) Anderson.  He served in the Air Force. 

scan001On June 24, 1989 he married Eva Mae Moore in Leavenworth, she survives at the home.  He is also survived by his children, Lucille Wilson, Juanita (Lewis) Williams, Patricia Whitley, Thomas (Tammy) Anderson Harlan Anderson, Dollie (Clifford) Robinson, Gloria (John) Childs, Alex Anderson Jr., Neva James, Valerie Anderson, and Audry Anderson; his aunt, Nellie Miles; 22 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; his step children, Marie (Vernon) Cook, Janice (Ronald) Washington, James (Jamie) Smith, Barry (Brenda) Smith and Deborah Patway; a close family friend, Lillie Johnson; his sisters in-law, Janice Williams, Mary McClue, and Margie Bearden; a brother in-law Walter Moore; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Alex was preceded in death by his mother and step father, Winifred Patterson; his aunt, Essie May Taylor; and his uncle, LeRoy Taylor.

Alex was a member of Sunflower Missionary Baptist Church for over 40 years, where he had served as trustee and usher.

Viewing will be from 10 to 11:30 am Tuesday, November 20, 2007, at Sunflower Missionary Baptist Church.  A funeral service will begin at 11:30 am at the church after the viewing.  Burial with military honors will be follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. 

 

Jane Ann Taggs

Jane Ann Taggs, 71, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, November 8, 2007, at her home.  She was born November 1, 1936, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of Thomas and Anna (Kasick) Roberts.

On January 11, 1957, she married Robert E. Taggs in Kansas City, Kan., he preceded her in death on June 29, 1983.

Jane is survived by her children, Jayne Wilson of Grandview, Mo., Robert (Lynn) Taggs of Lansing, and Bill (Stacy) Taggs of Leavenworth; her sister, Sue Patterson; her brothers, Tom Roberts and Harold Roberts; six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

She will be remembered as a devoted mother and supportive Army Majors wife.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 am Saturday, November 10, 2007, at Saint Casimir Catholic Church with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant.  Inurnment will be private at Leavenworth National Cemetery with her husband.

 

Eric Justin Cruce

Eric Justin Cruce, 34, of Lawrence, Kan., accidentally drowned while fishing, Monday, November 5, 2007, at Shawnee County Lake.  He was born August 2, 1973, in Leavenworth, the son of Charles F. and Sheryl R. (Steed) Cruce. 

scan07He is survived by his father and step-mother, Charles and Denise Cruce of Lansing; his children, Caitlyn Cruce of Lansing and Haley Cruce of Lawrence; his companion, Melanie Allison of the home and her children, Caleb Miller and Makaela Allison; and his siblings, Jason (Marae) Cruce and Chelsea Cruce.

Eric was preceded in death by his mother; his aunt, Sally Kenyon; his grandparents, William and Lucille Cruce, and Ray and Jean Steed.

He was employed at Midwest Graphic Inc. in Lawrence.

Visitation will be 6:30 to 8:30 pm Thursday, November 8, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be at 10 am Friday at the funeral home chapel.  Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Garden Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund for Eric’s children has been established at Citizens National Bank, 601 North Main, Lansing, KS. 66043. 

 

Hope Gillett

Hope Gillett, 76, of Leavenworth, died Monday, November 5, 2007, at Medicalodge of Leavenworth.  She was born May 18, 1931, in Mauldin, Arkansas, the daughter of Frank and Lillian (Moseley) Williams.

She married Onace Long on December 16, 1950, he survives.  She is also survived by her daughter and son- in-law, Janet and Rick Reichert of Lansing; her brother and sister-in-law, Ben and Laura Williams of Bentonville Ark; and a host of nieces and nephews.  She later married Lee Roy Gillett, he preceded her in death.  She was also preceded in death by parents; her brothers, John, Jim, Joe, Jack, WC and Frank Jr., Williams; her sisters, Dorthia Wisner and Mary Harter.

Hope was a member of Byington Chapter #177, Order of the Eastern Star and the Jaywalkers Volksmarching Club.  She enjoyed arts & crafts, knitting, crocheting, swimming, bowling, fishing, reading, and gardening.

She lived in Trona, California for over 15 years, where she enjoyed the beauty of the desert before moving to Ft. Smith where she met her husband Lee.  After his death she moved to Leavenworth.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 pm with an Eastern Star Service at 6 pm Thursday, November 8, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Grave side services and burial will be 2 pm Saturday, November 10, 2007, at Roselawn Cemetery in Fort Smith, Ark. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Medicalodge or Odyssey Hospice. 

 

Mary E. Murray

Mary E. Murray, 93, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, November 1, 2007, at Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth.  She was born August 7, 1914, in Leavenworth County, the daughter of Michael Henry and Theresa (Wiesinger) Hund.

scan004She graduated from Immaculata High School in 1933, and from St. John School of Nursing in 1936.  On May 3, 1938, she married Thomas L. Murray Jr. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Leavenworth.  He preceded her in death on December 23, 1985.

Mary worked at St. John Hospital and then worked for Dr. Graham for 29 years.  She retired from her nursing career in July of 1982, with 36 years of service.  She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church Altar Society and Friendship Club.

She is survived by her children, Marlene (Roger) Duffield of Columbia, Mo., Tom (Judy) Murray of Leavenworth, Jim (Kathy) Murray of North Carolina; a sister, Rose Didde of Kansas City, Mo; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Mary was preceded in death by her siblings; Anna Duffin, Tille Heintzelman, Theresa Hund, Clara Miller, Carl Hund, Henry Hund, Joseph Hund.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 pm Sunday, November 4, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  The rosary will be prayed at 6 pm. Mass of Christian burial will be 11 am Monday at St Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm. as celebrant.  Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Church or St. John Hospital Building Fund. 

 

October 2007 Obituaries

Robert E. “Bob” Scanlon

Robert E. “Bob” Scanlon, 77, of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, October 24, 2007, at his home.  He was born March 16, 1930, in Leavenworth the son of Edmund and Florence (Standiford) Scanlon.

Robert graduated from Immaculata High School.  He served in the Army during the Korean War.  On August 23, 1952, he married Georgia Shaffer at the Old Cathedral in Leavenworth, she survives at the home.  He is also survived by his children, Mickey (Susan) Scanlon of Merriam, Kan., Sue (Vince) Poff of Leavenworth, Shawn (Sharon) Scanlon of Leavenworth, Shelley (Brent) Beaudoin of Leavenworth, Kerry (Kathleen) Scanlon of Platte City, Mo., and Danny (Candi) Scanlon of Lansing; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Marion Scanlon, Jack Scanlon and Tom Scanlon.

In 1986, he retired from TWA where he worked as a sheet metal mechanic. Prior to working at TWA he worked with his father and brother Tom at Scanlon Heating and Cooling in Leavenworth.  He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and he was a past commander of the VFW

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 pm with a vigil service at 5:30 pm Sunday, October 28, 2007, at Immaculate Conception Church.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 am Monday at Immaculate Conception Church, with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm, as celebrant.  Burial with military honors will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Immaculate Conception Church.

 

Mary Catherine Shipp

Mary Catherine Shipp, 93, of Leavenworth, died Monday, October 22, 2007, at her home.  She was born March 22, 1914, in Lincoln, Ill., the daughter of Frances and Rose (Weber) Murray.

She is survived by her two children, Bobbi (John) Goetz of Leavenworth and Don (Maryann) Shipp of St. Louis, Mo.; her grandchildren, Wade Walckner, Wendy Dedeke, and Wrandi Shinkle; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Patricia Aper.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm Wednesday, October 24, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  The rosary will be prayed at 7 pm.  Burial will be in Lincoln, Illinois with her husband.

Louise M. Ostlund

Louise M. Ostlund, 88, of Leavenworth, Kan., died Friday, October 19, 2007, at Kindred Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.  She was born September 30, 1919, in Clyde, Kan., the daughter of Ephriam and Anna (Fredrickson) Ostlund.  Louise is survived by a brother, Karl H. Ostlund, of Bloomington, Minn. She was cremated.  No services are planned. R.L. Leintz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Bette Joyce Yehling

Bette Joyce Yehling, 62, of Tonganoxie, Kan., died Monday, October 15, 2007, at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.  She was born May 1, 1945, in Chicago, Ill the daughter of John L. and Mildred D. (Nathanson) Bootsman.

Bette is survived by her children, Michelle (Stephen) Verzak of Phoenix, Ariz., Kimberly (Mark) Metcalf of Lansing, and Eric Yehling of Rochester, N.Y.; her grandchildren, Ian and Alexandra; a sister, Barbara Diekman.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Beverly Skinner.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Wednesday, October 17, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home 4701 10th Ave., Leavenworth, KS 66048  Inurnment will be at a later date.  Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society. 

 

Jessie Rodgers

Mr. Jessie Rodgers, 84, of Leavenworth passed away Thursday, October 11, 2007, at his home after a long illness.  He was born September 2, 1923, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Fred and Margaret Rodgers.

Mr. Rodgers served in the U.S. Army during World War II.  He moved to Leavenworth after discharge from the Army and made Leavenworth his home for the remainder of his life.  He married Sarah Jane Letcher and they had 10 children; Jesse, Bruce, Ronald, Keith, Craig, Dennis, David, Mark, Teresa and Ray.  He has several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He worked at Fort Leavenworth until his retirement in 1982.  After retirement he worked for many years as a school crossing guard with his post located at the intersection of Fourth and Arch streets in Leavenworth.

Mr. Rodgers was a friend and confident ever willing to share his words of wisdom and provide comfort to any and all he came into contact with.  He always had a cheerful smile and a willingness to listen and talk about anything that someone wanted to discus. He will surely be missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah; his son, Ronald; his brother, Adolph; and his sister, Dorothy Dudley.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 pm Tuesday, October 16, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be at 11 am Wednesday at the funeral home, with Rev. William F. Anderson presiding.  Burial with military honors will follow at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. 

 

September 2007 Obituaries

Richard G. Noll

Richard G. Noll, 70, died Sunday, September 30, 2007, at the VA Medical Center Nursing Home in Leavenworth.  He was born February 20, 1937, in Winchester Kan., the son of Albert and Lucy E. (Chmidling) Noll Jr.

He graduated from Winchester Rural High School in 1955, and then attended Emporia State College for one year prior to going in the Army. He served in the Army from December 14, 1959, to February 15, 1962. He was honorably discharged.  Shortly after discharge in 1962, he was in a traffic accident that left him a quadriplegic.  He was a patient at the Leavenworth VA for 40 years.

Richard is survived by his siblings, Leonard A (Lois) Noll of Stock Port, Iowa, Lucille T. Noll of Winchester, Dorothy A. Beletsky of Shawnee, Kan., Joseph A (Shirley) Noll of Winchester, Rita A.(Richard)  Farmer of Olathe, Robert A. (Elizabeth) Noll of Winchester, and Harold A. Noll of Leavenworth; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Lloyd E. Noll, a sister in-law Norma Noll and a brother in-law Ronald Beletsky.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm Tuesday, October 2, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home 4701 10th Ave. Leavenworth, KS 66048.  The rosary will be prayed at 7:30.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Wednesday at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Mooney Creek with Rev. John Reynolds as celebrant.  Burial will follow at the church cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials contributions are suggested to Corpus Christi Church or to the DAV (Disabled American Veteran)

 

Helen E. Fuzi

Helen E. Fuzi, 89, of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, September 26, 2007, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.  She was born June 29, 1918, in Pittsburg, Pa., the daughter of Paul and Ethel Fuzi.

scan004She is survived by her daughter, Donna (Jim) Wiseman of Leavenworth; a granddaughter, Carrie (Mike) McGuire; two great-grandsons, Austin Baska and Matthew McGuire.

Helen retired from Hallmark Cards in 1987.  After retirement she worked in the cafeteria at Bell Hall at Fort Leavenworth.  In 2000 she moved in with her daughter and son in-law and became involved in their day to day activities, enjoying the time spent with all of their friends and family.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Altar Society.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 pm Monday, October 1, 2007, with a funeral service beginning at 2 pm at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Ave, Leavenworth, KS 66048.  Memorials are suggested to Safe Harbor Prison Dogs, 15395 Briar Road, Basehor, KS 66007.

 

Kenneth P. Rogers

Kenneth P. Rogers, 84, of Ferrelview, Mo., died Wednesday, September 26, 2007, at North Kansas City Hospital..  Visitation will be from 9 to 10 am with a funeral service at 10 am Monday October 1, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Ave. Leavenworth, KS 66048.  Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

 

Nancy Patricia Starman

Nancy Patricia Starman, 41, of Lansing, ascended to heaven to be with her Lord on September 22, 2007, as a result of breast cancer.  She had courageously fought breast cancer for two years.  During her two year battle with cancer she remained optimistic.  She passed at her home in Lansing surrounded by her family. 

scan0003Nancy was born September 30, 1965, in New Brunswick, New Jersey the daughter of Norman and Clare (Sullivan) Wollmann.  She graduated from East Brunswick High School and attended Kansas City Kansas Community College.  In June of 1988 she married Neil Starman in San Diego, Calif.  They have five children.  Nancy worked at Wallula Christian School in Lansing, where her three youngest children attended school.  She was active in school affairs and was a proud parent at local school activities.  Nancy was devoted to her family and will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her husband, Neil; her children, Celia, Carla, Caitlin, Nate and Noah all of the family home; her mother and step father, Clare and Edward Hanson of Rio Rancho, N.M.; her sisters, Margaret Brocklander, Laura Fowlston, Mary and Donna Wollmann; her brothers, Thomas, Richard, James, Norman, and Michael Wollmann.   Nancy joins her father, brother Robert  and father-in-law, James Starman in heaven. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Friday, September 28, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be 11:30 am Saturday at Wallula Christian Church with viewing beginning at 11 am at the church prior to the service.  Pastor Lance Coffman will officiate.  Cremation will follow the service with private inurnment at Mount Muncie Cemetery.  There will be a reception after the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Breast Cancer Society or Wallula Christian Church.  An educational fund has been established at First National Bank, 630 Delaware, Leavenworth, KS 66048, for her minor children.

 

Ralph J. Krattli

Ralph J. Krattli, 93, of Leavenworth, died Saturday, September 22, 2007, at Golden Living Nursing Home in Lansing.  He was born October 4, 1913, in St. Louis County in Missouri, the son of John and Ida (Altheide) Krattli. 

On September 16, 1951, he married Marjorie Swan at the Chapel at the V.A. Medical Center in Leavenworth.  She survives at the home.  He is also survived by two sons, Tom (Mary Ann) Krattli of Overland Park, Kan., and Bob (Becky) Krattli of Lenexa, Kan; his grandchildren, Skip Duckwall, Layla Duckwall, Bob Krattli, Mike Krattli, Sarah Krattli, Anna Krattli and Martha Krattli; and a brother, Jim (Barbara) Krattli.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Ella Jane Duckwall in 1991, and a sister, Virginia Murnan.

He worked teaching school prior to serving in the Army Air Corp in World War II after discharge he worked for 40 years at the VA Medical Center as a Corrective Therapists.  Ralph enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and spending time with his family.  He was a member of First United Methodist Church where he was active in the church by holding several offices and teaching Sunday school.

He was cremated. A Memorial service will be at 11 am Tuesday, September 25, 2007, at the First United Methodist Church, 422 Chestnut, Leavenworth, KS 66048.  Private Inurnment with military honors will be later at Leavenworth National Cemetery.  R.L. Leintz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society

 

Jana Dell Jones, M.D.,F.A.C.P.

Jana Dell Jones, M.D.,F.A.C.P. 45, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, September 20, 2007, at Kansas City Hospice House.  She was born May 28, 1962, in Topeka, Kan., the adopted daughter of Al and Rosalie (Bush) Jones, they preceded her in death.

JanaJana was married to Kansas Supreme Court Justice Robert E. Davis on August 22, 1997, he survives at the home.  She is also survived by her son, Brian Jones; her stepchildren, Edward Davis, Rachal Evans, Patrick Davis and Carolyn Davis; her natural mother and stepfather, Jaye and Karl McIntyre; two brothers, Harry D. Wood  and Tyler Wood.

In 1984 Jana graduated from Washburn University 13th in a class of 2700 with a B.A. in Chemistry, Magna Cum Laude; in 1989 she received her Medical Doctorate from the University of Kansas Medical Center; in 1997 Certificate of Fellowship from the American College of Physicians.  She was certificated by the National Board of Internal Medicine in September 1992 and the American Board of Internal Medicine in November 2006.  She was appointed to the Kansas Board of Healing Arts by Governor Bill Graves.  Jana was a diagnostic specialist for Kansas and Missouri, and was a Medical Consultant for Lansing Correctional Facility and for the Leavenworth Federal Prison.  She was in private practice in Leavenworth from 1992 to 2003.

Jana had received many awards, Magna Cum Laude; Graduate in Chemistry in 1984; Masters Studies in Piano Performance 1982 to 1984; Flute Performance-Undergraduate Studies 1979 to 1984; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society 1982 to present.

She was a member of The Pain and Policy Management Committee,  Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine of the University of Kansas Medical Center and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine of the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Sciences.  She belonged to many organizations, American Society of Internal Medicine; American College of Physicians; American Medical Society; American Academy of Family Physicians; American Medical Womens’ Association; P.E.O. Sisterhood and the Leavenworth Lions Club.

Jana was a published author of several books and professional articles. She was an active member of St. Francis deSales Catholic Church where she played the flute for Sunday Masses.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm Sunday, September 23, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Ave Leavenworth, KS. The Rosary will be prayed at 7 pm. Friends may call after 2 pm Sunday.   Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 am Monday, September 24, 2007, at St. Francis deSales Catholic Church, 900 Ida, Lansing, KS with Rev. Michael Stubbs as celebrant.  Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to St. Francis de Sales Church or Kansas Lupus Foundation, P.O. Box 12204, Wichita, KS 67277-2204

Sheree Renee Perry

Sheree Renee Perry, 43, of Leavenworth, passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2007, at her home.  She was born December 11, 1963, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Ollie Perry and David Johnson.  She attended Wendall Phillips High School in Chicago and became a resident of Leavenworth in 1988.

scan003Sheree was a person of faith who trusted and believed in the Lord and remained strong till the end.  She was loved by many.  She will always be remembered for her smile, joyful spirit and cheerful conversations that will remain everlasting in our memory and hearts.  Sheree was born with a beautiful character and will never be forgotten.

She leaves to cherish her memory two beautiful children, Darren Daniels and Olivette Daniels; her mother, Ollie Holmes; three sisters, Twanda Tolbert, Lahoma Holmes and Natalie Holmes; four brothers, Maurice Perry, Marquis Holmes, Clarence Holmes and Maceo Holmes; two step brothers, James Holmes and Nathaniel Holmes; a very special friend, Nathan Bell and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A memorial service will be 12-noon, Monday, September 17, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A reception will follow the service at the funeral home.  Sheree donated her body to science.

 

Harry L. Carter

Harry L. Carter, 81, of Leavenworth, died Monday, September 10, 2007, at his home surrounded by loved ones.  He was born May 3, 1926, in Leavenworth, the son of Herbert and Mary (Wake) Carter.

scan06On September 23, 1947, he married Lillian L.Visor in Platte City, Mo., she survives at the home.  He is also survived by his children, Harry L. “Chuck” (Ernestine) Carter of Leavenworth and Gloria (Tammy Schwartz) Carter of Leavenworth; his grandchildren, Troy Carter, Stacey (Trevard) Porter and Corey (Sherri) Carter; his great-grandchildren, Corey Carter II, Mackenzie and Jordan Porter; his sisters, Marybelle Gatlin, Janie Davis, and Virginia Holloway.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Herbert, Oscar and William Carter.

Harry served in the U.S. Navy where he received many awards.  He later worked at the Leavenworth V.A. Center where he retired with 36 years of service.  He was a member of Pentecostal Church Apostolic Faith.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 pm Sunday, September 16, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be at 1 pm Monday, September 17, 2007 at the Pentecostal Church Apostolic Faith,1701 5th Ave., Leavenworth.  Burial with Navy honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

 

William W. “Bill” Johnson

William W. “Bill” Johnson, 86, of Lansing, died Monday, September 3, 2007, at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.  He was born April 21, 1921 in Wyandotte County the son of James J. and Bertha (Blanz) Johnson.

On June 25, 1940, he married Helen R Schmitt in Basehor, Kan., she survives at the home.  He is also survived by his children, Mary Ann (Joseph) Oertel of Gulnare, Colo., Sister Eileen Marie Johnson SCL of Anaconda, Mont., and Linda (Robert) Powers of Lansing; his grandchildren, Charlene White, Darlene Iannone, Kevin Wiehe, Peter Wiehe, Dale Bohannon II and Dawn Hudson; 15 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Harold Johnson.

Bill served in the U.S. Army.  In 1948 Bill and Helen moved to Lansing.  For several years Bill owned and operated Johnson Plumbing.  In 1976 he retired from the V.A. Medical Center where he had worked for 31 years.  He retired as the supervisor of building maintenance.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm Thursday, September 6, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be at 11 am Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to St. Vincent Clinic.

 

August 2007 Obituaries

Tony G. “Gary” Reichling

Tony G. “Gary” Reichling, 54, of Shawnee, died Wednesday, August 22, 2007, at Wilson County Hospital from complications diabetes.  He was born November 26, 1952, in Leavenworth, Kan., the son of Tony and Donna (Heirschler) Reichling.

In 1980 he married Gloria Madrid they later divorced.

He is survived by his children, Virginia “Ginger” Andersen of Albany Ore., Michael Hicken of Shawnee, Kan., Heather Hicken of Raytown, Mo., and Jason (Tina) Hicken of Blue Springs, Mo; Seven grandchildren; his father, Tony Reichling of Chanute, Kan; and a brother, Thomas Reichling.

Tony was preceded in death two years ago by his mother, Donna Reichling.

He enjoyed bowling, fishing and playing bingo, he also enjoyed helping with elections.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm Wednesday, August 29, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Cremation will follow the visitation.  A memorial fund has been established at the Frontier Community Credit Union, 690 Eisenhower Road, Leavenworth, KS 66048.

 

Betty Jean Patton

Betty Jean Patton, 76, of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, August 15, 2007, at St. John Hospital.  She was born February 1, 1931, in St. Joseph, Mo, the daughter of Jesse and Gertrude (Montgomery) Porter.

In 1946 she married, Jake Porter in Spokane, Wash., he preceded her in death.  She later married Charlie Patton who preceded her in death.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Monte Porter; a granddaughter, Stephanie; great-grandsons, David and Skylar.

Betty is survived by her children, Ivy (Bill) Klingele of Leavenworth, April L. Crum of Lansing, Michael (Darla) Porter of Blue Springs, Mo., and Gloria J. (Jeff) Uptain of Leavenworth; her grandchildren, Stacey, Sara, Julianne, Nikki, Jake, and Cody; her great-grandchildren, Makenzi, Devin, Justice, Willow, Kiya and soon to be Michaela; her siblings, Dixie (Don) Walkenbach, Woodson (Ann) Porter and Kenneth (Lelia) Porter; and a stepson, Charles Wayne Patton.

Betty enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family and friends.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm Sunday, August 19, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be at 10 am Monday at the funeral home.  Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. 

 

Kimberly Sue “Kimm” (Upchurch) VanSchoelandt

Kimberly Sue “Kimm” (Upchurch) VanSchoelandt, 32, of Leavenworth, died Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at the University of Kansas Hospital from a chronic heart condition.

She was born August 27, 1974, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Michael E. and Kathy L. Upchurch.

Kimm was preceded in death by her grandparents, Harold and Minnie Upchurch, and Floyd and Francis Parsons.

She graduated from TAD Technical Institute and worked with CAD in the field of engineering.

Kimm had recently moved back to Leavenworth to be with her family and friends.  The last four months in Leavenworth have been some of the happiest in her life!

Kimm is survived by her three children, Samantha Messer, Daniel VanSchoelandt and Tosia Kolcz; her parents, Michael (Mary) Upchurch, Kathy (Bill Russell) Upchurch; a brother, Christopher Upchurch; her companion, David Messer and numerous aunts and uncles.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 pm Friday, August 17, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

A funeral service will be 10 am Saturday at the funeral home with Rev. Damien Snyder presiding.  Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to a fund for Kim’s children in care of USPLK Credit Union, 16055 Santa Fe Trail, Leavenworth, KS 66048

 

Elinor Rist Duffy Keller

Elinor Rist Duffy Keller died peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007, at the Golden Living Center in Lansing.

scan003She was born on Sept. 21, 1910, in the mining town of Zortman, Mont., and named Eleanor Duffy. She was abandoned at the age of 3 and placed on a train to an orphanage in Great Falls, Mont. The conductor of the train, George Rist, took her off the train to his home in Havre, Mont., where he and his wife, Alice, raised her. Elinor attended Havre schools for 10 years and graduated from high school at the Ursuline Academy in Great Falls, Mont., in 1929. She entered training to be a nurse at Sacred Heart Hospital in Havre. She then entered training in anesthesia at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., which she completed in 1934.

Elinor worked as an anesthetist at Sacred Heart Hospital in Havre for 20 years as an office nurse for doctors Franken and Lacy, and later at the Deaconess Hospital in surgery and obstetrics. She retired in 1966.

While working at Sacred Heart in Havre, she met Frank Keller. They were married on Sept. 1, 1936, at St. Jude’s Catholic Church. She gave birth to and helped raise five surviving sons, David (Sue) of San Jose, Calif., Richard (Mary Ann) of Leavenworth, Lear (Karen) of West Chicago, Ill., Patrick (Marcie) of Ridgecrest, Calif., and Christopher of Danville, Calif. She was blessed with eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Frank in 1986.

Elinor moved from Havre to Leavenworth in August 2005, where she was cared for by her son Rich and his wife in their home and later at the Golden Living Center in Lansing. Elinor loved her faith, family, music, reading, dancing, ice cream, pow-wows and rides to anywhere. She also had many friends, both neighbors and former patients.

Elinor’s cremation is being arranged by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home in Leavenworth. The funeral service arrangements are being coordinated with Holland and Bonine in Havre, Mont., where Elinor will be buried with her husband Frank. There will be no services in Leavenworth.

 

Mary C. Lingenfelser

Mary C. Lingenfelser, 83, of Leavenworth, died Sunday, August 5, 2007, at Providence Medical Center.  Mary was born August 10, 1923, in Atchison County the daughter of William and Louise (Haupt) Manthe.

On April 19, 1944, she married Max Lingenfelser at St Joseph Church in Leavenworth.  He preceded her in death on October 9, 1982.  She was also preceded in death by a son, Max Lingenfelser Jr. and five siblings, George, Rose, Emmagene, Catherine and Maxine.

Mary is survived by her children, Bill (Joan) Lingenfelser of Willard, Mo., Daniel (Patty) Lingenfelser of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., Mark Lingenfelser of Leavenworth, Mike (Diane) Lingenfelser of Leavenworth, Mary Ann (Doug) Robker of Cherryvale, Kan., and Jane Alford of Topeka; 20 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Bill Manthe, Freda Meyer, Polly Peyton, Eileen Quinley and Edna Moore.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Altar Society, a member of Daughters of Isabella, a volunteer at Leavenworth County Assistance Center and a long time member of the Cheerio Club.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 pm Thursday, August 9, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  The rosary will be prayed at 8 pm.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 am Friday at Immaculate Conception Church, with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm as Celebrant.  Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth County Assistance Center. 

Devin Slade “Cricket” Trapp

 

Devin Slade “Cricket” Trapp, age two, of Leavenworth, died Saturday, August 4, 2007, at Children’s Mercy Hospital.  He was born May 28, 2005, in Leavenworth the son of Alisha Trapp.

Devin is survived by his mother; a brother, Jason; and a sister Raya, all of Leavenworth.  He is also survived by a very large loving family.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm Wednesday, August 8, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Graveside services will be 10 am Thursday, August 9, 2007, at Mount Muncie Cemetery Mausoleum.

Anton Leo “Bud” Meyer

Anton Leo “Bud” Meyer, 80, of Easton, died Saturday, August 4, 2007, at Country Care of Easton.  He was born June 4, 1927, in Leavenworth, the son of J.C. and Bertha (Huhn) Meyer.

He is survived by his sisters, Louise F. Robinson of Easton and Agnes M. Finneran of Leavenworth; nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and cousins.

Bud attended Leavenworth Schools and graduated from Leavenworth High School.  After graduation he served in the Army.  After discharge he spent his life farming, he also worked part time at A&P grocery store.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm Tuesday, August 7, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Graveside services with military honors will be 10 am Wednesday, August 8, 2007, at Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery.

 

July 2007 Obituaries

Blanche Louise Navinsky

Blanche Louise Navinsky, 96, of Easton, passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at Country Care of Easton.  She was born May 17, 1911, in Leavenworth County the daughter of Joseph and Barbara (Diehl) Bodde.

Blanche graduated from Immaculata High School.  On October 10, 1939, she married Albert Navinsky at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Easton.  He preceded her in death on August 19, 1986.  She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Frances Heintzelman and Margaret Kreutzer.

 She is survived by her children, Barbara Enns of Wichita Falls, Tex., and Donald        (Shirley) Navinsky of Easton; six grandchildren, Gail Nelson, Mark Enns, Steve Navinsky, Laura Enns Wibracht, Matthew Enns and John Navinsky; five great-grandchildren, Sara, Emile and Andrew Nelson and Lauren and Tea Enns; and a sister Laurena Cantrell.

Blanche was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church and the Altar Society.  Her faith, family and friends were very important to her.  She passed her values to her children.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm Friday, August 3, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  The rosary will be prayed at 7:30 pm.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 am Saturday, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Easton, Kan., with Rev. Paul Johnston, SOLT as Celebrant.  Burial will follow at St. Lawrence Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to St. Lawrence Church. 

 

Theodore “Ted” A. Becker II

Theodore “Ted” A. Becker II, 65, of Leavenworth, died Friday, July 27, 2007 at his home.  He was born December 15, 1941, in Leavenworth the son of Theodore and Edna (Minney) Becker. 

On April 29, 1967, he married Jodi Irelan at Fort Leavenworth, she survives at the home.  He is also survived by his children, T.A. Becker III, Tina (Wyatt Segrist) Becker and Joe (Michelle) Becker all of Leavenworth; three grandchildren, Joseph, Tannim and Sean; and a sister Linda Becker.

Ted served in the U.S. Navy. After discharge he worked as a Barber for a few years and then accepted a job at Fort Leavenworth.  He retired from Fort Leavenworth after 25 years of service.

Inurnment with Navy honors will be 10 am Friday, August 3, 2007, at Leavenworth National Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Children’s Mercy Hospital for Diabetes research (Endocrine Clinic)

 

Donald W. Culbertson

Donald W. Culbertson, 71, of Easton, Kan., died Sunday, July 22, 2007, at University of Kansas Hospital.  He was born February 16, 1936, in Leavenworth, the son of Edward and Lola (Toothacker) Culbertson.

On February 18, 1956, he married Wanda Tully in Leavenworth, she survives at the home.  He is also survived by his children, Rob (Donna) Culbertson of Easton, Donald J (Nancy) Culbertson of Easton, John (Mary) Culbertson of Holt, Fla., Randy Culbertson of Easton and Lorie (Joe) Marschie of Valley Falls, Kan; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandson; and a brother, Lawrence (Alice) Culbertson.

Don was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Tonya Culbertson; a brother, Lewis Culbertson; and a sister, Juanita Robertson.

After graduating from Winchester High School, Don worked most of his adult life as a carpenter.  He was co-owner of Chmidling & Culbertson Construction Company, building homes and installing concrete foundations in the Leavenworth area.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm Thursday, July 26, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 am Friday at St. Joseph of the Valley Catholic Church with Rev. John Ayang, SOLT as Celebrant.  Burial will follow in Easton Cemetery.  In lieu flowers a memorial has been established with the funeral home.

Barbara J. Mitchell

Barbara J. Mitchell, 70, of Leavenworth, died Sunday, July 22, 2007, at her home.  She was born April 10, 1937, in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of James and Mina (Jordan) Reece.

On June 9, 1957, she married Robert J. Mitchell in Topeka, he survives at the home.  She is also survived by her children, Deborah Jenkins of Topeka, Daryle Mitchell of Leavenworth, Tamela Mitchell-Hamilton of Leavenworth, Mina Michelle (Terry) Versher of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Sherri Renee Mitchell-Carter of Jamaica, NY; her mother, Mina J. Reece of Topeka; grandchildren, Renaldo, Terry Jr., Shautario, Melisa, Andre Jr., Airmis, Anthony and Shamira; a great-granddaughter, Tiara.

Barbara was preceded in death by her father; a granddaughter, Andreika; a sister, Louise D. Bruce; a brother, Marvin Reece.

Barbara will be remembered as a dedicated wife and mother.  She was a member of Sunflower Missionary Baptist Church.

A Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 26, 2007, at Sunflower Missionary Baptist Church.  Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Daniel Charles Martin

Daniel Charles Martin, 58, of Lansing, died Monday, July 9, 2007, at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kan.  He was born May 23, 1949, in Jefferson City, Mo., the son of James and Beulah (Mason) Martin.

On June 1, 1968, he married Linda Sue White in Leavenworth, she survives at the home.  He is also survived by his four sons, Michael (Betsy) Martin of Kansas City, Kan., David (Holly) Martin of Bonner Springs, Cory (Sarah) Martin of Lansing, and Hunter Martin of Lansing.  Additional survivors are Seven grandchildren; Drake, Emma Rose, Joshua, Luke, Samantha, Madison and Abby;  two brothers, James Martin and Randall Martin, and many nieces and nephews.

Daniel was preceded in death by his parents, a nephew, Samuel Martin and a brother in-law Jesse White.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 12, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Cremation will follow the visitation with private family inurnment at Mount Muncie Cemetery.

Charles E. Martin

Charles E. Martin, 52, of Leavenworth, died Monday, July 9, 2007, at his home.

Graveside services will be at Elmore City Cemetery in Elmore City, Okla.

Phillip J. Salcido

Phillip J. Salcido, 51 of Lansing, died Sunday, July 8, 2007, at Medicalodge in Kansas City, Kan.  Graveside services with military honors will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 13, 2007 at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Joanne M. Giese

Joanne M. Giese, was an inspiration to everyone having lived with Cystic Fibrosis all her life.  She died Thursday, July 5, 2007.  She was 51 years old.

GieseJoanne was born November 9, 1955 in Leavenworth, the daughter of Don and Agnes (Duffin) Giese.  She attended Sacred Heart Grade School and was a graduate of Immaculata High School.  Graduating Magna Cum Laude, she received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Math and Business at the University of St. Mary and her MBA from Rockhurst University.

She worked for the FDIC for 27 years and retired as a special assistant to a director in the Washington DC office.  Living her life to the fullest, Joanne spent her time with family and friends traveling and participating in sports.  She was an avid supporter to the CF Foundation, her brother John’s Scholarship Fund, and various animal causes.

Recently after retirement Joanne moved back near her hometown of Leavenworth to spend time with family and friends and will always be remembered by the many lives she touched.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Dr. John P. Giese.  She is survived by her parents, Don and Agnes Giese of Leavenworth; two sisters, Donna Nolan and husband Phil, Shawnee, and Mary Kay Powers of Leavenworth; three nieces, Lisa Nolan, Chicago, Courtney Coffman of Tonganoxie, and Ashley Follas, Wichita; adopted sister Diane Hubert of Prosper, Tex., and most beloved cat Scruffy of Lansing.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, July 9, 2007 at Sacred Heart Church.  Mass of Christian Burial be at 11 a.m. following the visitation at the church, with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as Celebrant.  Inurnment will be at a later time at Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to the Heart of America Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or Dr. John P. Giese Scholarship fund at the Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. 

 

Thomas Joseph Herken Sr

Thomas Joseph Herken Sr., 77, of Easton, Kan., died Monday, July 2, 2007, at his home.  He was born July 31, 1929, in Leavenworth at the old St. John Hospital, the son of James Thomas and Agnes (Schmidt) Herken. He graduated from Easton High School in 1947.

scan0001 On August 23, 1950, he married Doris Jean Ernzen at St. Joseph of the Valley Catholic Church of rural Leavenworth.  She survives at the home.  He is also survived by his children; Brenda (Jon) Highfill of Leavenworth, Thomas Joseph Jr. (Bonnie) Herken of Leavenworth, Nicholas J. (Robin) Herken, of Easton, Timothy M. (Rita) Herken of Easton, and Scott (Stephanie) Herken of Easton.  Other survivors are 18 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.  Additional survivors are his siblings; Mary Gwartney, Kenneth “Dutch” Herken, James Herken Jr., Richard Herken, Robert Rowland, and Stella Herken.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, a son Daniel Herken, sisters; Helen Rowland and Bernadette Chmidling, brothers; James Herken, and Joseph Herken.

He was a life long dairy farmer.  He was known across the county and parts of Missouri as an avid, self taught mechanic of farm equipment. He drove a school bus for five years for the Easton school district. He drove a truck for Baker’s Rock Quarry.  He worked for the Leavenworth County bridge crew and the state highway department.  He worked eight years for Wright Truck and Tractor in Leavenworth and 21 years at J.W. Lewis and Son in Platte City, Mo.

Thomas was a lifelong member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church.  He was extremely proud that his father helped build the church.  He was a member of St. Lawrence Parish Council and the head of the Centennial Council in 1978.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 5, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2007, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Easton, with Rev. John Ayang SOLT as Celebrant.  Burial will follow at St. Lawrence Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to St. Lawrence Church, St. Lawrence Cemetery or Cystic Fibrosis.

June 2007 Obituaries

Randall L. “Randy” Blanken

Randall L. “Randy” Blanken, 44, of Leavenworth, died Saturday, June 23, 2007, at his home.  He was born February 13, 1963, in Leavenworth, Kan., the son of Elmer W. and Velma E. (Meyer) Blanken. 

Randy is survived by his parents of Leavenworth, his siblings; Karen (Mike) Lauterbach of Lansing, Scott Blanken of Leavenworth, Lisa (Richard) DeMaranville of Leavenworth, James Blanken of Leavenworth and Mark (Beckey) Blanken of Lansing.  He is also survived by his nieces and nephews; Erica, Tiffany, Kevin, Tristan, Joshua, Marshall and Patrick.  Other survivors are many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Randy was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church.  He attended St. Paul Lutheran School, West Junior High and Leavenworth High School.

He was well known and respected as a Master plumber.  He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed golf and mushroom hunting.  He enjoyed playing cards and spending time with his friends.  He was a member of the Eagles and Happy Hollow Lake.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Damien Snyder presiding.  Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church or the Eagles. 

 

James R. Williford

James R. Williford, 84, of Leavenworth, died Saturday, June 9, 2007, at Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth.  He was born September 4, 1922, in Brinkley, Ark., the son of Robert and Pattie (Barner) Williford.

He proudly served in the United States Army Air Corp., from 1940 to 1945.  James served in Europe, North Africa and Sicily.

On June 9, 1945, he married Florence C. Jarowitz at Dalhart Army Air Base in Dalhart, Tex., while the two of them were stationed there.  She survives at the home.  He is also survived by six sons; Robert of Leavenworth, Gary and his wife Laurie of University Place, Wash., David of Leavenworth, John of Chattanooga, Tenn., Michael of Leavenworth, and Ronald of Leavenworth.  Additional survivors are 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a brother, Clarence (Doris) Williford of Brinkley Ark.

Graveside services and inurnment with military honors will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2007, at Leavenworth National Cemetery.  Rev. Michael Stubbs will preside.  Friends may gather at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home at 9 a.m. prior to the graveside service.

 

Dante L. Joe

Dante L. Joe, 26, of Leavenworth, died Monday, June 4, 2007 at his home, after succumbing to juvenile diabetes. 

He was born March 29, 1981 in Riverside, Calif., the son of Darren and Terri Joe.

Dante is survived by his father Darren (Andrea) Joe of Leavenworth, his mother Terri Gulledge of Portland, Ore., his girlfriend Tynisha Davis of the home, and a daughter, Diasia Joe.  Other survivors are his grandparents, Darnell and Erma Jean Joe of Kansas City, Kan., and Samuel and Doris Gulledge of Portland, Ore.  Additional survivors are his sibling, Ashleigh Duke and Katelyn Woodson and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

In 1999 he graduated from Grant High School in Portland.  He participated in track and field, basketball, football and enjoyed writing.  He loved cutting hair and coaching youth sports.  He also loved music.

Dante excepted Christ as his personal savior, even though he was not yet Baptized. We are sure, he is singing with the angles and praising God.

Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 2007 at First Missionary Baptist Church. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. following the visitation at the church.  Burial will follow at Mt Calvary Cemetery.

 

William J. “Bill” Spinner

William J. “Bill” Spinner, 74, of Lansing, died unexpectedly Monday, June 4, 2007, at his home.

scan003He was born September 13, 1932, in Gilliam, Mo., the son of William J. and Alta Elizabeth (Maddox) Spinner Sr. 

On November 22, 1975, he married Barbara Christoffersen in Gilliam, Mo., she survives at the home.  He is also survived by his children; James R. (Barbara) Spinner of Olathe, Kan., Gene Spinner of Kansas City, Mo., Bobbi (Richard) Bartok of Leavenworth, Patrick (Michelle) Fletcher of Lansing, Kim Craig of Leavenworth, and Kelli Craig of Lansing.  Additional survivors are ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and a brother Robert Spinner.

Bill served in the United States Air Force for over 21 years retiring in 1973, after military retirement he worked in banking for several years. In 1981 Bill went to work for what is now Danny Zeck Ford as a salesman where he worked for 25 years.  The last few years he worked for Main Street Auto Sales as a salesman.

Bill was a life long member of the Eagles, American Legion, Graham Chapter of the Lansing Eastern Star, he was a third degree member of the Masons and belonged to the Air Force Sergeants Association.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 8, 2007, at the funeral home.  Burial with Air Force honors will be at Mt Muncie Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Lansing High School athletic department or American Cancer Society.

 

May 2007 Obituaries

Christopher M. Achord

Christopher M. Achord, 26, of Leavenworth, died Sunday, May 27, 2007, in a traffic accident in Moberly, Mo., while working in the area.  He was born November 5, 1980, in Leavenworth, the son of John and Brenda (VanDruff) Achord.

achordChris is survived by his parents of Easton, his fiancé Juliana Lynch of the home, an infant son, Christopher John Achord.  He is also survived by his siblings; Eddie (Liz) Bowman of Great Bend, Kan., Jennifer (Hans) Hoeltzel of Leavenworth, Jonnie (Doug) Fox of Jacksonville, N.C., Chrissy (Jim) Russell of Easton, Kan., Kimberly Kretzer of Jacksonville, N.C. Additional survivors are his grandmother,  Betty VanDruff of Easton, eight nieces and nephews who he dearly loved and many aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his grand parents; Grover C. VanDruff and Jay and Louise Achord.

Chris enjoyed music, all types of sports and was the number one Patriot fan.

 Visitation will be Saturday, June 2, 2007, from 11 to 12- noon at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will follow the visitation at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mt Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials may be sent to the funeral home for his son, Christopher John Achord.

 

Kenneth F. “Ken” Chmidling

Kenneth F. “Ken” Chmidling, 77 of Leavenworth, died Sunday, May 20, 2007, at his home with his family at his side.  He was born October 12, 1929, in Winchester, Kan., the son of Francis and Barbara (Beying) Chmidling.

chmidOn November 19, 1955, he married Evelyn Brownell at St Joseph Catholic Church in Leavenworth, she survives at the home.  He is also survived by his children; Ronald J. (Judy) Chmidling of Leavenworth, Gena M. Chmidling of Leavenworth, and Allen R. (Denise) Bailey of Leavenworth.  Other survivors are his grandchildren; Kyle, Kelli and Jeffrey, and a sister Retha M. Huppe of Shawnee Mission, Kan.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gerald Chmidling.

He worked for ten years for General Motors.  He then went to work in Leavenworth as a carpenter, and later started his own building contracting company, building 100s of homes around Leavenworth.  He retired in 1991 and moved to Warsaw, Mo., where he lived for ten years before returning to Leavenworth.

Ken was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, VFW and the Eagles.  He was an avid fisher man, he enjoyed clay target shooting and  won the state singles in 1971.

He will be remembered as always being willing to help someone in need, never turning his back on anyone.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  The rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m.  Friends my call after noon on Tuesday, at the funeral home.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at Immaculate Conception Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm as Celebrant.  Burial will follow at Mt Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Saint Joseph Church or Hospice of Leavenworth. 

 

Thomas A. “Tom” McCool

Thomas A. “Tom” McCool, 54, of Lansing, died Thursday, May 10, 2007, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., from injuries suffered in an accident at the Iatan Power Plant near Weston, Mo.

Tom was born July 31, 1952, in Kansas City, Mo., to Clifford L. Sr. and Alice D. Clason McCool.  He was a life-long resident of the Piper and Lansing areas.

Tom was an operations shift foreman at the Kansas City Power and Light Iatan Plant, having worked there since 1980.  He also served a union steward from 1980 to 2000.  He was a 1970 graduate of Piper High School.

He married Joyce E. Durham on Jan. 22, 1972, in Lansing.  She survives at the home.  Other survivors include three sons, Shawn McCool and Cody McCool of Nashville, Tenn., and Corey McCool of Alamagorda, N.M.; and two sisters, Martha Krumm of Edward, Okla., and Mary Tamayo of San Francisco, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Clifford “Butch” McCool Jr.

Memorial services will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, Leavenworth.  Visitation will be prior to the service from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Kansas Medical Center’s Burn Unit and sent in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, Oskaloosa, KS 66066.

Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, along with R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, is assisting the family with arrangements

Mary Ann Ring

Mary Ann Ring, 81, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, May 10, 2007, at her home.

She was born December 5, 1925, in Cold Spring, Minn., the daughter of Anton and Elizabeth (Biessner) Dockendorf.  On September 14, 1946, she married Kenneth G. Ring in Cold Spring, Minn., he preceded her in death on November 26, 2004.

Mary Ann is survived by her children; Louise Nichols of Atlanta Ga., Denise (Ben) Maliszewski of Glen Carbon, Ill., Patricia Ring of Hot Springs Ark., David (Bobbi) Ring of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Tony (Rosa) Ring of Waterford, Wis.  Other survivors include her sisters; Elizabeth Johnson of Aurora, Minn., and Delores “Dolly” Wilkens of Jonesville Wis. Mary Ann is also survived by eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

In addition to her husband, Mary Ann was preceded in death by a son, First Lt. Harold Ring who died in Vietnam on February 23, 1969. She was also preceded in death by six brothers and one sister; Harold, Cyril, Ralph, Clifford, Frances, Virgil Dockendorf and Ann Yanosko.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm Monday, May 14, 2007, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 am Tuesday, May 15, 2007, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church with Rev. Robert Traudt, O.Carm., as Celebrant.  Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to St. Francis de Sales Church building fund.

 

Agnes E. Bolewski

Agnes E. Bolewski, 84, of Leavenworth, died Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at Providence Place in Kansas City, Kan.  Cremation is planned with a memorial service at a later date. 

Darril D. Manderscheid

Darrel D. Manderscheid, 76, of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, May 2, 2007 in Lawrence at his daughter’s home.

scan002He was born May 6, 1930 in Seilling, Oklahoma the son of Lewis and Gladys (Bartell) Manderscheid.  In July of 1952 he married Florence Ella Burk she preceded him in death in 1980.

Darrel is survived by his children; Kathy (Mike) Bergman of Lawrence, James Lee (Mary Ann) Manderscheid of Leavenworth, Joey Glenn (Rebecca Marie) Manderscheid of Atchison, Johnny Duwane Manderscheid fo Bullhead City, Ariz., Jani Sue Durham of Lansing, Patrick Gene (Kay) Manderscheid of Cantonment, Fla., and Michael Lynn (Laura) Manderscheid of Leavenworth.  He is also survived by Lynn Lane and Janet Miller.  Additional survivors are his siblings; Darla (Willard) Bruner, Hallie Manderscheid and Larry (Karen) Manderscheid.  Darrel had 14 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

In 1981 he married Betty Jean Brittingham in Miami, Okla., she preceded him in death in February of 2006.  He was also preceded in death by three sisters; Norma, Verna and Georgia.

Darrel worked with his father farming and later worked in automobile and tractor sales.  After his retirement he enjoyed wood crafts.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 pm Sunday, May 6, 2007 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be at 11 am Monday, May 7 at the funeral home.  Burial will follow at Mt Muncie Cemetery. 

 

Helen Lorraine“Pinkie” Farrell

Helen Lorraine “Pinkie” Farrell, 86 of Leavenworth, died Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at Medicalodge of Leavenworth.

scan002She was born May 10, 1920 in Leavenworth the daughter of Anton and Anna (Wilson) Gausz.  On Aug 8, 1959 she married Charles Farrell at the Old Cathedral in Leavenworth.  He preceded her in death on Nov 30, 1979.  She was also preceded in death by her siblings; Wilbur Irelan, Sr. Mary Ann Gausz SCL, Dorothy Eagles, Rev. Tony Gausz, Gene Gausz Wilson and a sister who died at birth Margaret.

Helen is survived by two nieces, Mary Ann Messer and Toni (Leo) Fink of Leavenworth and two nephews, Jack (Carla) Eagles of Leavenworth and Billy Joe Irelan.  She is also survived numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Helen attended Cathedral grade school and graduated from Immaculata High School. She was a life long member of the Old Cathedral and Immaculate Conception Church.  She was a member of the alter society.  Helen retired from South Western Bell.

Visitation will be form 6 to 8 pm Friday, May 4, 2007 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  The rosary will be prayed at 7 pm.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 am Saturday, May 5, 2007 at Immaculate Conception Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant.  Burial will follow at Mt Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Immaculata High School.

 

April 2007 Obituaries

 

Archie H. Chance

Archie H. Chance 86, of Easton, died Friday, April 27, 2007 at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo.  He was born July 11, 1920 in Linwood, Kan., the son of Clint and Ida M (Pennington) Chance.

On January 1, 1941 he married Betty Gurss in Olathe, Kan.  She preceded him in death in May of 1999.  He was also preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Archie is survived by his two children; Ron (Pam) Chance of Easton and Susie (Larry) Beying of Easton.  He is also survived by a brother, Leonard Chance of Naples Fla., six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He had worked for Missouri Valley Shipyards as a welder and later worked for and retired from Meyer Dairy. For the past seven years he worked for Woody’s Car Wash a job he loved.  Archie was a devoted husband and family man he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be at 10 am Wednesday, May 2 at the funeral home. The Rev. Keith Lunsford will preside.  Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Cushing Memorial Hospital OB Unit.

 

Lillian G. Mishler

Lillian G. Mishler, 82 of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at Cushing Memorial Hospital in Leavenworth.

She was born July 25, 1924 in Springfield, Ohio the daughter of Roscoe and Stella M. (Bremmer) Smith.

scan05On December 26, 1947 she married Eugene “Gene” H. Mishler in Akron, Ohio. He preceded her in death on January 18, 1994.

Lillian is survived by her children; Rise Scott of Lansing, Ks., Lora Mishler-Stevens of Philadelphia, Pa., Paula Willett of Kansas City, Mo., Mark Mishler of Brighton Mich., and Arthur Jay (Lori) Mishler of Springfield, Ohio.  She is also survived by nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Additional survivors include her extended family; Vivian Blaski and family and Dawn Scaggs and family.

She served in the Navy for four years during World War II. Lillian was the past President of the Coronado Chapter and Springfield Chapter of American Business Women’s Association (ABWA).  She was a member of the Federal Prison Retirees Association.  She was the past President of the Oakhill PTA in Jacksonville, Fla.  Lillian was a volunteer for the American Red Cross in Ohio.  She enjoyed playing Bingo and Bunko. She was an active member of Leavenworth Baptist Church.

Visitation will be from 11 to 1pm Saturday, May 5, 2007 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 1 pm following the visitation at the funeral home.  Cremation will follow the service. Private inurnment with her husband will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the National Kidney foundation or the American Red Cross.

 

Dennis W. Burke

Dennis W. Burke, 82, died Monday, April 16, 2007 in Los Osos, California.  Graveside services with full military honors will be at 1:30 pm Tuesday, April 24 at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Margaret Marie Davis

Margaret Marie Davis, 72 of Leavenworth, passed away Friday, April 6, 2007 at her home.  She was born July 28, 1934 in Piper, Kansas the daughter of Mark and Grace (Huff) Tolbert.  On June 20, 1951 she married Floyd V. Davis in Leavenworth, he survives at the home.  She is also survived by her children; Wilma (Don)         Hscan04oward of Liberty, Mo., Debra (Kevin) Groomes of San Antonio, Tx., Gloria (Willie) Taylor of San Antonio, Tx., Christine Davis-Meeks of Leavenworth, Floyd Davis Jr. of London, and Iris (David) Arnold of Leavenworth. Additional survivors are 12 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren. Other survivors are her siblings; Grace Tolbert, Mary Rowlett and Charles Tolbert.

 Margaret was preceded in death by a daughter, Theresa Davis in 1975, her parents, her brothers; Mark, Sam, John, James and a sister, Josephine.

Margaret was a sweet adoring self-less woman, who loved her family.  She had a great love for beautifying her world with an array of plants and flowers.

She contributed to the Leavenworth community by rendering home health services to the elderly.  She was a faithful member of the C.B. Temple Pentecostal Church in Tonganoxie, Ks.

She will be remembered for her hot buttery rolls and for being the epitome of a virtuous woman.

Viewing will be from 9 to 11 am Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at Pentecostal Church 1701 5th Ave.  A funeral service will begin at 11 am at the church.  Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery.

 

March 2007 Obituaries

Carolyn K. Alexander

Carolyn K. Alexander 68, of Leavenworth died Friday, March 23, 2007 at her home.  She was born January 31, 1939 in Greenfield, Mo the daughter of Edward and Josephine (King) Ellis.  On October 1, 1960 she married Clarence Alexander in Leavenworth he survives at the home.  She is also survived by her daughters, Lisa scan0005Swaggerty of Leavenworth and Lynda (Robert) Hickmon of Westville, Okla.  Other survivors are five grandchildren, Audra Armstrong of Leavenworth, Megan Armstrong of Topeka, Ks., Derrick Swaggerty of Leavenworth, Brandy Hickmon of Fort Smith, Ark., and Alex Hickmon of Westville, Okla., she also had three great-grandchildren

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Rosemary Harris.

She was retired from Wal-Mart where she had worked for 12 years.

A Memorial service will be at 2 pm Monday, March 26, 2007 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Inurnment will be at a later date in Greenfield, Mo with her parents.

 

Douglas B.“Papa” Triplett

Douglas B, “Papa” Triplett, 62 of Leavenworth died Saturday, March 17, 2007 at Olathe Medical Center after a battle with lung cancer.

scan003He was born May 8, 1944 in Hardtner, Ks., the son of Claude and Phyllis (Garman) Triplett.  On July 13, 1983 he married Jean Guy in Leavenworth, she survives at the home.  He is also survived by his children; Brian (Val) Triplett of South Riding, Va., Roger (Kim) Hundley of Leavenworth and Shelley (Dan) Thomas of Shawnee, Ks., his mother, Phyllis Triplett, a sister, Brenda Triplett.  Additional survivors are his grandchildren, Daniel Douglas, Andrew Stanton, Rylee Margaret, and identical twin grandsons to be born Friday, Brett Douglas and Chase Vincent 

Doug was retired with 35 years of service at General Motors in Kansas City, he was a member of the Eagles, American Legion, King Solomon Lodge Number 10.  He enjoyed his grandchildren and was a wonderful Papa, he also enjoyed playing golf and was an avid Oklahoma football fan.  Doug was an organ donor. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be at 11am Wednesday, March 21 at the funeral home chapel.  Cremation will follow the service with Inurnment at Leavenworth National Cemetery.  The family suggests memorials in lieu of flowers be made to The American Lung Association. Please help a loved one stop smoking. 

 

Betty E. Lunsford

Betty E. Lunsford, 86, of Easton died Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at Saint Luke’s South Hospital.

 She was born February 27, 1921 in Tulsa, Oklahoma the daughter of Floyd and Eda (Carlson) Thomas.

scan001On December 7, 1940 she married E.O. “Jim” Lunsford in Independence Mo., he survives at the home.  She is also survived by her children; Kent (Cynthia) Lunsford of Taylor, Texas and Pam (Ron) Chance of Easton, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Additional survivors are a sister Grace Hontz of Grain Valley, Mo.

Betty was preceded in death by a sister Shirley Ames.

She had worked for Hallmark Cards until 1959 when she and her husband started Easton Bus Service, where she worked as a bookkeeper.  She enjoyed traveling, and was able to travel the world.  Betty was wonderful seamstress, a talented gardener and enjoyed watching things grow.  She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and will be remembered as a very giving person.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm Thursday, March 15, 2007 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be at 10 am Friday at the funeral home chapel.  Rev. Keith Lunsford will officiate.  Burial will follow at Easton Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Jefferson County Memorial Hospital or Easton Methodist Church.

 

Rosey C. Bailiff

Rosey C. Bailiff, 79, of Lansing died Saturday, March 3, 2007 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Rosey was born December 27, 1927 in Ness County, Kansas the daughter of Henry and Mary (Rahm) Fritzler.

scan000On July 30, 1950 she married Bill J. Bailiff in Wichita, Kan., he preceded her in death on January 25, 2006.  She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter Alyssa Ann Driscoll in 1998 and two sisters.

Rosey is survived by three children; Raymond L.Bailiff, Phyllis White and Aaron “Dale” Bailiff.  She is also survived by five grandchildren, two step grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, one step great-grandson, a brother, Richard Fritzler and a sister, Edna Blehm.

She was a 42 year member of Leavenworth Baptist Church.  She worked for the Lansing School district as a head cook at the Lansing High School for many years. For a short time just prior to her death, she enjoyed being a resident of Homestead Assisted Living Residence.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm Friday, March 9, 2007 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be at 1 pm Saturday, March 10 at the funeral home.  Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Children’s Mercy Hospital.

 

February 2007 Obituaries

Margaret E. Green

Margaret E. Green, 76, of Leavenworth died Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at St John Hospital with her family at her side. She was born July 15, 1930 in Leavenworth the daughter of Atlas and Margaret (Patterson) Letcher.

scan03On March 5, 1952 she married Albert F. Green in Leavenworth, he preceded her in death June 1, 1985.  She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Tanya Williams on January 26, 2007 and a sister, Sarah Rodgers.

Margaret is survived by her children; Carmen (Curtis) McLilly of Leavenworth, Albert (Gloria) Green Jr., of Leavenworth, and James (JoAnn) Green of Lawton, Okla., she is also survived by ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, a great aunt, Katherine Mace of Kansas City, Mo and a special friend Barbara Dixon of Leavenworth.  Additional survivors are many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Margaret was a very out going person who never met a stranger, she was affectionately known as Nonnie.  She had been a member of Sunflower Missionary Baptist Church for over 50 years.

Viewing will be from 10:30 to noon Monday, March 5, 2007 at Sunflower Missionary Baptist Church.  A funeral service will begin at noon at the church with Rev. Dr. Curtis McLilly presiding.  Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. R.L. Leintz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Marian I. Sanz

Marian I. Sanz, 89, formerly of Valparaiso, Indiana died Sunday, February 18, 2007 at Golden Living Nursing Home in Lansing where she was a resident.

She was born April 8, 1917 in Valparaiso, Ind., the daughter of Verner and Amanda (Ahlgrim) Gustafson.  On November 26, 1938 she married Robert Sanz in Valparaiso, he preceded her in death.

Marian is survived by two sons; Thomas (Nancy) Sanz of Florence, Ky., and Timothy (Sharon) Sanz of Leavenworth, Kan., five grandchildren; Robert Sanz, Laurie Proffit, Sandra Yates, Timothy G. Sanz and Katie Green. She is also survived by three sisters; Virginia Frame Scott of Hobart, Ind., Charlotte Adams of Portage, Ind., Maxine Wittmer of Valparaiso, Ind and a sister In-law Laverne Gustafson of Valparaiso, Ind.

Along with her husband, Marian owned and operated Sanz Electric in Hobart Indiana for 23 years.

She was cremated.  A memorial service will be at a later date in Valparaiso.  Inurnment will be at Graceland Cemetery in Valparaiso next to her husband. 

 

Paula G. (Shockey) Johnson

Paula G. (Shockey) Johnson, 44 of Leavenworth, died at her home Friday, February 16, 2007 surrounded by her family after a long battle with cancer.

scan02She was born November 27, 1962 in Leavenworth, the daughter of Paul and Joan (Ramey) Shockey. On August 30, 1986 she married Bryce Johnson in Kansas City, Kansas.  Together they created a family having two children, Breanne Johnson (17) and Heath Johnson (13).  Bryce and the children survive at the home.  Paula is also survived by her mother, Joan Shockey, her brother Jimmy Shockey and wife Shari, brother, David Shockey, her sister, Jodi Slapper and husband Jim, and sister in-law Brenda Pierce.  In-laws Marvin and Neva Johnson, and sister in-law Dr. Teresa Johnson.  Nieces and nephews, Josh, Tavi, Brent, Alyssa, Brent and Abby.  Paula was preceded in death by her father Paul Shockey.

Throughout her life, Paula was highly athletic – enjoying playing basketball and softball.  She also put her athletic talents to use by coaching sports her children were involved in.  She was also wise beyond her years, educated and willingly shared these gifts with friends and family alike.  An avid fisherwoman, Paula enjoyed the outdoors tremendously and it is outside she found great-pleasure in planning outdoor events for her favorite things in life friends and family.  Her keen sense of humor and infectious laugh will be truly missed.  Yet, Paula was also a dedicated public servant, working with Ft. Leavenworth’s DCA/MWR programs for 25 years.  Her service there created many friendships and benefited countless people.

A memorial service will be 3 pm Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Private family Inurnment will be at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested for a college fund for her children. 

 

Wilfred H.”Blondie” Rettele

Wilfred H.”Blondie” Rettele, 89, of Leavenworth died Thursday, February 15, 2007 at St. John Hospital.

He was born October 6, 1917 in Seneca, Kan the son of William M and Elizabeth (Hulsing) Rettele.

On November 24, 1942 he married, Catherine Ronnebaum in Seneca, she preceded him in death in March of 2000.  He was also preceded in death by a daughter Connie, in 1946, four brothers; Ignatius Rettele, Matthias Rettele, Anthony Rettele, and William Rettele, and three sisters; Marcella Mathewson, Irmena Weitharn, and Edith Bjelland.

Wilfred is survived by his children; Wilfred “Bill” (Carolyn) Rettele of Leavenworth, Jeanette (Kenneth) Duncan of Clinton, Mo., Alice (Van) Roberts of Gravois Mills, Mo.  He is also survived by four sisters; Aurelia Heinen of Seneca, Ali Rose Winterscheidt of Seneca, Dorothy Feichtinger of Johnson Neb., and Elizabeth Altenhofen of Seneca.  Additional survivors are 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

He retired from Great Western Manufacturing, he was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and had served on the Lansing City Council from 1965 to 1969.

Visitation will be 4 to 6 PM Sunday, February 18, 2007 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  The rosary will be prayed at 5 Pm.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 AM Monday, February 19, 2007 at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church, with Rev. Michael Stubbs as celebrant.  Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to St. Francis De Sales Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Michael F. Lange

Michael F. Lange, 52, of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, February 14, 2007 at Providence Medical Center.

He was born July 13, 1954 in Aurora, Colorado the son of Fredrick and Marie (Barker) Lange.

Michael is survived by his life long love, Nancy Messinger, two daughters, Veronica Thomas and Candace Howard. He is also survived by his mother, Marie Lange of Leavenworth, a brother, Bruce Lange of Leavenworth and a grandmother, Ethel King of Leavenworth.

He was preceded in death by his father, Fredrick Lange, a sister, Theresa Marie Lange, and a brother, Roger Lange.

Visitation will be 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm Friday, February 16, 2007 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will begin at 1:30 pm following the visitation. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery.  Memorials may be sent to the funeral home in memory of Michael. 

Norman Aaron Hund

Norman Aaron Hund, 74, of Leavenworth died Sunday, February 11, 2007 at Medicalodge of Leavenworth.  He was born July 4, 1932 in Leavenworth the son of John Aaron and Anna E. (Fellman) Hund.

He graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1949.  Norman loved fishing, playing tennis, he was an avid bowler, he also enjoyed watching basketball.  He was a past member of Happy Hollow 4-H Club.

Norman is survived by his siblings; Mary Alice Heim of Leavenworth, Dorothy J. Hund of Oakland, Calif., Anna Marie Todd of Leavenworth, Patricia L. Schwinn of Leavenworth, and a sister in-law Elaine Hund of Leavenworth. He also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John M. Hund.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 pm Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  The rosary will be prayed at 7 pm.  Mass of Christian burial will be 11 Am Wednesday, February 14, 2007 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant.  Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Church.

 

Thomas J. Gonterwitz

Thomas J. Gonterwitz, Sr., 93, of Leavenworth, died Friday, February 9, 2007.  He was born July 7, 1913, in Leavenworth, the son of Phillip and Agnes (Shudrowitz) Gonterwitz.  The last few years he has been a resident at Homestead Assisted Living in Leavenworth.

grandpaHe married Agnes Schmania in 1942. She preceded him in death November 18, 1988.

Tom was a lifelong Leavenworth resident who attended St. Casimir elementary and Immaculata High School.  He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps. He was a member of St. Casimir Church and the VFW.  

After his military service, he worked in the furniture manufacturing industry in Kansas City. In 1970, Tom started working at Ft. Leavenworth in the Quartermaster Shop putting his upholstering and furniture repair skills to work. While at Ft. Leavenworth, he was privileged to participate in the Presidential funerals of Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson by helping construct the catafalque for their funeral services.  He retired from federal service in 1986.  Tom enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing. He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, and grandfather who will be deeply missed.  

Survivors include a daughter Julie (Jay) Peters, Lenexa, KS;  a son, Tom (Ruth) Gonterwitz, Platte City, MO; one sister, Mary Larkin, Terre Haute, IN;  two grand-daughters, Jennifer and Kim Peters, one great grand-daughter, Ella Marie, and numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers: Frank Gonterwitz, James Gonterwitz, Phillip Gonterwitz; and four sisters: Frances Stevens, Genevieve Gonterwitz, Marguerite Bell, and Catherine Gonterwitz.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 pm Sunday, February 11, 2007  at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 am Monday, February 12, 2007 at St Casimir Catholic Church, with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as Celebrant.  Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to St. Casimir Church.

 

January 2007 Obituaries

Frankie Beatrice “Frankie Bea” “Madea” Smith Murphy Stone

Frankie Beatrice “Frankie Bea” “Madea” Smith Murphy Stone, passed away at St. John Hospital on January 29, 2007.  She was 73.

scan0008Frankie Bea was born June 6, 1933 in Camden, Texas the daughter of Jerry and Carrie (Turner) Smith.  After the death of her mother at age three the family moved to Camden, Arkansas where a host of aunts, cousins and other relatives helped raise her and her siblings.

At an early age she was baptized and remained a member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.  After moving to Leavenworth, Kansas she joined Bethel AME Church and remained under watch care.

She received her formal education in Camden, Arkansas and was a Licensed Practical Nurse.

In 1949 she married Cleveland Murphy Sr. and to this union three children were born; Brenda Highsmith, Leavenworth, Ks., Cleveland Murphy Jr., El Cajon, Calif., and Marcus Murphy Sr., formerly of Lawrence, Ks.

In 1983 she was preceded in death by Cleveland Murphy Sr.

Due to health reasons she retired from nursing after 33 years.  In 1989 she married Robert K. Stone.  They lived in Camden, Arkansas and Leavenworth until his death in 1996.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her older brothers, Oliver Perry Smith and Bill Turner and her son Marcus Murphy Sr.

Madea was a breast cancer survivor who enjoyed cooking and collecting cookbooks.

Madea is survived by her daughter, Brenda (Robert) Highsmith, son, Cleveland (Evelyn) Murphy, daughter in-law Rebecca Murphy, sister, Jerry Lee Flynn, sister in-law, Helen Smith, granddaughters Millicent Highsmith, Denise Smith, Crystal Smith, grandsons, Darius (Patricia) Highsmith, Damian Murphy, Roderick (Deonca) Highsmith, Marcus Murphy Jr., Brian Murphy, Ryan Murphy, two great-granddaughters, Ciara Potts, Ravyn Highsmith and one great grandson, Darius Highsimth II, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service will be 11am, Monday, February 5, 2007 at Bethel AME Church in Leavenworth. Rev. Dr. Betty Hanna-Whiterspoon will officiate. A second memorial service will be 11am Thursday, February 8, 2007 at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Camden, Arkansas.  Rev. H. Earl Anderson will officiate.

Tanya I. Williams

Tanya I. Williams, 50, of Leavenworth died Friday, January 26, 2007 at Cushing Memorial Hospital.

Tanya was born July 16, 1956 in Leavenworth, the daughter of Albert F. and Margaret (Letcher) Green.

scan000She graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1974.  On April 14, 1979 she married Kim Williams in Leavenworth.  After moving to Colorado they were blessed with two daughters, Tanichika Williams and Margaret Williams and a son, Kim Williams II all residing in Leavenworth.  Tanya was also blessed with a grandson Mar`quez Jones and a granddaughter Mar`cionna Jones of Leavenworth.  She also leaves behind two special daughters Ja`nae Curry and Liandrea Swindall both of Colorado, a special grandson, Ladavion West of Colorado.

Additional survivors include her mother, Margaret Green, Leavenworth, a sister, Carmen (Curtis) McLilly, Leavenworth, two brothers, Albert F.(Gloria) Green Jr., Leavenworth, and James (Joann) Green, Leavenworth, several nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends.

Tanya Williams received her wings on January 26, 2007.  She will be welcomed home by her father, Albert F. Green Sr., her grandfather, Atlas Letcher and her aunt Sarah Rodgers.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions should be sent to R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

No services are planned she will be cremated.

 

Gary A. McRill

Gary A. McRill, 65, of Lansing, died Sunday, January 21, 2007 after a heroic three year battle with cancer.

scan0004Gary was born August 17, 1941 in Leavenworth, Kan the son of Ralph A. and Mildred “Juanita” (Hawkins) McRill.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Col. Billy McRill.

On August 6, 1983 he married Deborah Wendleton, she survives at the home, other survivors are his children; Grant McRill, Olathe, Kan., Shannon McRill, Kansas City, Kan., and Michael McRill of Lansing, Kan., and a granddaughter, Paige McRill.  He is also survived by his best friend Richard “Dick” Murray.

Gary was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish and camp with friends and family.  He was also a part-time farmer, working the same land purchased in Jarbalo by his ancestors in 1854.

Gary served his country honorably in the Marine Corps Reserves.

His distinguished career with the federal government spanned some 34 years.  He received many awards of recognition for outstanding service, retiring in 1997 as a Supervisor Special Agent in Charge with the office of Inspector General Department of Health and Human Services Chicago Region.

Along with his son Michael, Gary was active in Boy Scout troop 173, serving as a leader.  He recently received an “Award of Service” from the troop.  He was an active member of the Lansing Lions Club and a 44 year member of Masons King Solomon Lodge #10.  Gary and his family are long time members of First United Methodist Church in Leavenworth.

Private graveside services will be Friday at Mt Muncie Cemetery.  The Family will receive friends at their home at 232 Oakridge St., Lansing from 11am to 2 pm Saturday, January 27, 2007.  Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society (LAWS) or Boy Scout Troop 173 in care of the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home 4701 10th Ave, Leavenworth, KS 66048. 

 

Norma Elizabeth Noll

Norma Elizabeth Noll, 78, of Winchester, passed away Thursday, January 4, 2007 at Jefferson County Memorial Hospital in Winchester, Kansas. Norma was born January 15, 1928 in Boston, Mass., the daughter of Arnold and Eleanor (Kershaw) Snell the oldest of five children. She graduated from McLean Hospital Nursing School in 1948, the last of the Nurse Cadet Corps.

scan01She married Lloyd E. Noll, Feb. 3, 1951 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Her nursing career spanned over 50 years. She worked for many years at Jefferson County Memorial Hospital and later as Director of Nursing at Valley View Nursing Home in Valley Falls, Ks. Her specialty was Psychiatric Nursing and she was a vocal advocate for higher wages for nurses. She retired in 1998. Norma also cultivated a literary career and wrote a column “Sense and Nonsense”, was published in Guidepost and noted for her annual Christmas letter. Her retirement was filled with devotion to her family, activities in the community and guest speaker at Relay for Life in Douglas, Jefferson, Leavenworth, Shawnee Counties. She was a member of the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Easton, Ks. She was loved and will be remembered for her sense of humor and sharp wit.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband, Lloyd E. Noll on Aug. 23, 2003.  She is survived by  her seven children; Sarah Jane and David Lebsack, Lakewood, Colo., Nedra and Craig Mitchell, Overland Park, Ks., Eleanor and John Hensley, Denton, Ks., Terry Kuhnert, Bendena, Ks., Lorene and Michael Stephan, Winchester, Ks., Cecelia Noll, Austin, Tex., and Brad and Cristi Noll, Winchester, Ks. 18 grandchildren; Tara Cline, Barbie Mountain, Shaun Lebsack, Sam Mitchell, Ellen Mitchell, Kristine Mitchell, Jessica Mitchell, Nichole Hensley, Andrea Hensley, Daniel Kuhnert, Ryan Kuhnert, Michael Stephan, Austin Stephan, Abigail Stephan, Kevin Sloan, Jeff Sloan, Tyler Noll, Christopher Noll, and four great-grandchildren, Tanner Cline, Trenton Ebert, Tatum Ebert and Addison Hensley. Norma is also survived by her four siblings, Evelyn Sherwood, Alvan Snell, Janet Nielson, and Joan Scott.  Additional survivors are her brothers and sisters in-law with whom she was very close, and more than 70 nieces and nephews.

Norma (Mom, Nana, Great-Nana, Aunt) was a unique and special lady. She was an inspiration to all who knew her. She lived a very full and caring life. She will be sorely missed by her family.

Visitation will be 4 to 6 pm Sunday, January 7 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Ave, Leavenworth, KS. The rosary will be prayed at 6pm. Mass of Christian burial will be 10 am Monday, January 8 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Easton, with Rev. John Ayang S.O.L.T. as celebrant.  Burial will follow at St Joseph of the Valley-(Mount Olivet Cemetery). In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Jefferson County Memorial Hospital or Jefferson County Home Health and Hospice in care of the funeral home. 

 

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