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Leavenworth Area 2008 Obituaries Archives

December 2008 Obituaries

Nora Lorain Alford

Nora Lorain Alford, 89, of Leavenworth, died Monday, December 29, 2008, at St. John Hospital.  She was born Aug. 1, 1919, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Ralph Wesley and Nora Margaret (Saunders) Boten.

alfordOn Oct. 29, 1936, she married William Alford in Platte County, Mo., he preceded her in death on June 28, 1986.

Lorain was a homemaker most of her life but in 1973 she started Alford’s Answering Service and continued this until 2000. She was an election poll clerk in Leavenworth city and county elections.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Parish.

Lorain is survived by sons, William Alford Jr., John (Suzy) Alford, Myron (Patti) Alford, and Chris (Edie) Alford all of the Leavenworth, Lansing area, Ed (Mary) Alford of Topeka; daughters, Regina (Jack) Ericson, Carol (Charles) Simpson, Margie (Lee) Jewell of Leavenworth, Rosemary (Francis) Peek of Watagua, Texas and Pat (Dan) Lingenfelser of  St. George, Kan.; 45 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Lorain was preceded in death by a son, Daniel Alford; one brother; four sisters; and two granddaughters.

  

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church. The Rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at the church with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Talking Books or Friendly Visitors.

 

Maryann Murphy

Maryann Murphy, 69, of Leavenworth, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. She was born Aug. 17, 1939, in Leavenworth, the daughter of John and Fannie (Metz) Hansen.

MurphyOn Aug. 21, 1954, she married Lyle R. Murphy in Leavenworth. He survives at the home. She is also survived by her children, Lyle (Jayne) Murphy Jr., Mary (Herb) Glenn, Sally Miller, Fannie (Dean) Crosby, Randy (Lori) Murphy and Linda (James) Sotomayor all of Leavenworth; her brothers, George, Donald, Albert, Jerry and Jimmy Hansen; 19 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

Maryann was preceded in death by her parents; two infant children, Terry Lee and John Charles; a brother, John; two sisters, Dorothy May and Janet; and a son-in-law, Bobby J. Miller.

She had a great love of bingo and loved her bingo buddies.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 am Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 am after the visitation at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery.

Verla A. James

Verla A. James, 59, of Leavenworth, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

imageShe was born Aug. 24, 1949, in Lexington, Ky., the daughter of John R. and Mildred (Breeden) James.

In 1972 she married Ken Reynolds in Lexington.  On April 22, 1989, she married Terry Cain in Leavenworth, Kan., “best man ever was.” He survives at the home. She is also survived by her father, John R. James and wife Frances of Lexington, Ky.; her sister, Roberta Long and husband Jim of Lexington; her daughters, Erika Cassel and husband David of Bremerton Wash., Lori Cain-Dossey and husband Tim of Lansing, Kan., and Jaimie Cain and fiancé Phillip Simanowitz of Leavenworth; her grandchildren, Elijah Dossey, 12, Alice Cassel, 10, and Abigail Dossey, 8.

Verla graduated from Lafayette High School in Lexington, Ky., in 1967. She received her bachelor of science degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 1972.  She was a member of   Kappa Delta Tau sorority. Verla obtained her masters of education degree from Kansas State University in 1993. She was a member of the Phi Delta Kappa professional fraternity

Verla worked for the Bureau of Prisons for 22 years. She retired in 1989 as the education administrator for the Kansas City regional office. She was the first female superintendent of education in a maximum security penitentiary. Following retirement Verla worked at Kansas City Kansas Community College from 1999 to 2001 as coordinator of adult education. She was the director of the Leavenworth Outfront adult education center from 2001 to 2005. In retirement Verla kept busy as a volunteer with the Friendly Visitor program. She was the president of the American Association of University Women. She was a proud member of the Bureau Belles.

She and her husband took many trips in their RV and enjoyed bluegrass festivals, canoeing, and spoiling their grandkids. Verla was especially proud to have been involved in the Leavenworth school bond issue and the presidential election.

She was preceded in death, by her beloved mother, Mildred James.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to the Verla A. James Adult Education Scholarship Fund.

 

Gregory “Greg” Owen Rawlings

Gregory “Greg” Owen Rawlings, 57, of Lansing, formally of Salina, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, at his home.  He was born Jan. 29, 1951, in Roswell, N.M., the son of Vernon Keith and Mildred Mary (Bowers) Rawlings.

Oimagen Oct. 26, 1985, he married Virginia Lee Murphy in Salina, Kan., she survives at the home. He is also survived by his daughter, Stephanie (James) Gregg of Overland Park, Kan.; two grandchildren, Alexis and Jack; and a brother, Keith (Kathy) Rawlings of Salina. Greg was preceded in death by his parents.

In 1973 he graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelors of science degree in education.  Formally he was a Middle School science and math teacher in Lawrence, Salina and Lansing, Kan. He was a multiple award winner of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers as well as Who’s Who in America. He was an agent for Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Project Esteem-Earth Science Teachers Exploring Exemplary Materials since 1990. He was a member of the National Science Teacher Association presenting at conferences in Kansas City and Boston. He currently was a professor of algebra studies, business ethics and professional development at Brown Mackie College of Kansas City where he recently received the Irene Carlson Award for outstanding service. He always taught with enthusiasm and instilled confidence in his students. He will be remembered as making a difference in many, many lives.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Ave., Leavenworth, KS 66048.  Memorials are suggested to Animal Haven, 9800 W. 67th Merriam, KS 66203, University of Kansas Chemistry Department in memory of Greg Rawlings, % KU Endowment, P.O. Box 928, Lawrence, KS 66044 or contributions to a scholarship fund for the Brown Mackie College Kansas City can be made online at edmcfoundation.org

Floyd “Butch” Lawrence Mattison

Floyd “Butch” Lawrence Mattison, 63, of Petaluma, Calif., died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, as the result of a heart attack.  He was born May 15, 1945, in Bemidji, Minn., the son of Floyd and Lois E. (Green) Mattison.  His father died while serving in the military prior to his birth.  Butch was raised by his mother and step-father Alphonse “Al” Herrig. 

He is survived by his step-father, Al Herrig of Leavenworth; his sisters, Carole Blaser of Sunrise Beach, Mo., Barbara Herrig of Leavenworth, Deborah Blockburger of Easton, and Joan Herrig of Baldwin, Kan.; four nephews, Stephen Blaser, Brent Blaser, Chris Blockburger and Ben Blockburger; and his companion, Barbara Wright.

Butch was preceded in death by his mother.

In 1963 he graduated from Immaculata High School.  After graduation Butch served in the U.S. Army as a medic.  After discharge from the Army he settled in Colorado and later moved to California.

A Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm.,  presiding. Private inurnment will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to American Heart Association.

 

Jerry D. Patton

Jerry D. Patton, 64, formerly of Leavenworth, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, in Lansing.  He was born Jan. 29, 1944, in Sulpher Springs, Texas, the son of R.M.” and Stella Faye (Wright) Patton.

Oimagen Oct. 26, 1963, he married Joanna E. Cattin in Leavenworth. She survives at the home.  He is also survived by his children, Debra Anne (Howard) Shoemaker of LaCygne, Kan., and Steven Anthony Patton of Seneca, Mo.; his grandchildren, Michael Shane (Amber) Knight, Christopher Knight and Isabel Knight; his step-grandsons, Brian Honeycutt, Robert Shoemaker and Paul Shoemaker; four great-grandchildren, Alexis, MaKayla, Carey Don and Michael Dale; his brothers and sisters, Joyce Wells, Marvin D. Patton, Bill Patton, Patsy Pempin and Michael Patton.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Carey Don; his brothers, Ronnie Joe, Marion Lynn and Charles A. Patton; and his sister, Helen Douglas.

Jerry owned and operated the Stables Lounge from 1975 to 1985.  He worked most of his life as an over-the-road truck driver.  During his truck driving career he taught his wife and both children how to drive semis. One of Jerry’s favorite things to do was travel the country with his dog “Puppy.”

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at the funeral home.  Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established at the funeral home for funeral expenses.

Francis M. ”Frank” Page

Francis M. ”Frank” Page, 89, of Lansing, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, at Saint John Hospital.  He was born March 25, 1919, in Holden, Mo., the son of Arthur C. and Audrey (Billingsley) Page.

imageHe served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. On Feb. 10, 1946, he married Gladys Mae Byler in Fort Scott, Kan.  She preceded him in death on Oct. 6, 2001. He was also preceded in death by an infant son, Francis M. Page Jr.

Frank is survived by his children, Patricia Ann (Allen) Minor of Leeton, Mo., Robert M. (Sheila) Page of Lansing and Daryl F. (Dorothy) Page of Clinton, Mo.; 12-grandchildren; 17-great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, William Page and Loren Page; and numerous, nieces and nephews.

Frank worked at Bendix in Kansas City from 1950 to 1973.  He enjoyed farming and fishing.

Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec 10, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. after the visitation at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Saint John Hospital.

 

Gerald F. Punteney

Gerald F. Punteney, 79, of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, at Kansas City Hospice House. He was born Feb. 11, 1929, in Norfolk, Va., the son of Archibald and Marie (Doyle) Punteney.

PunteneyHe graduated from Immaculata High School in 1946. Jerry then attended St. Benedict’s in Atchison and the University of Kansas. He later graduated from the University of Omaha.

Jerry served in the U.S. Navy for two years and then in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years as a fighter pilot.  He served two tours of duty in England, flying F-84s. He flew numerous missions in Vietnam, most notably from 1967 to 1968 flying the O-1 and O-2. During his military career he received 22 Air Medals, the Vietnamese Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross. After retirement, he worked as an insurance agent for Allmerica Financial Life Insurance Co. He earned a CLU designation in 1980.

On Dec. 27, 1952, he married Gertrude M. Mayer at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Leavenworth. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Mark Punteney of Leavenworth and Victoria (David) Black of Leavenworth; a brother, John A. Punteney of Boiling Springs, S.C.; his sisters-in-law, Delores Mayer, Marjorie (John) Owens, Jean Mayer and Marilyn Lynch; and a niece and nephew.

Jerry “Pu” was an avid golfer. He had three holes-in-one and was the 1986 Leavenworth Country Club Golf Champion. He was a sports enthusiast and enjoyed playing poker. He loved flying fighters and being a member of the 77th Fighter Bomber Squadron. His call sign was “White Lightning”. He enjoyed his friends and he loved his family.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at Saint Casimir Catholic Church with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Burial with Air Force honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth Catholic Schools or Leavenworth Catholic Charities.

 

Sharon M. Chmidling

Sharon M. Chmidling, 65, of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, December 3, 2008, at the University of Kansas Hospital after a courageous 15 year long battle with cancer.

 ChmidlingShe was born Nov. 11, 1943, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Francis “Butch” and Eleanor (Hund) Parr.

Sharon graduated from Immaculata High School in 1961 and went to work for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company which was directly across the street from her high school. On May 13, 1967, she married James L. Chmidling at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  He survives at the home.  She is also survived by her mother, Eleanor Parr; her children, Craig (Angela) Chmidling of Leavenworth and Tracy (Mark) Heim of Leavenworth; her grandchildren, Emily, Evan, Jacob, Andrew, Cody and Kayla; five siblings, Judy (Larry) Baker, Nancy McMurray, Ron Parr, Diana (Rick) Bright and Michelle Parr; and a brother-in-law, Lawrence E. Chmidling.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Sharon worked for many years in the retail flower business. She also worked at Baker’s department store. She enjoyed spending time outdoors and gardening. Sharon was very involved with her grandchildren and enjoyed watching them. She volunteered at St. Joseph church and was often involved in decorating the church for special events and seasons.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec.5 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 5:30 p.m. just prior to the visitation at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec 6, 2008, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. There will be a reception at the church following the interment. Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth Catholic Schools or to the University of Kansas Hospital Cancer Center.

 

November 2008 Obituaries

Rosemary (Kochanowski) Huhn

Rosemary (Kochanowski) Huhn, 85, of Leavenworth, died Friday, November 28, 2008, at her home. 

She was born April 23, 1923, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Pierchalla) Kochanowski. 

On June 11, 1945, she married Robert G. Huhn, he survives at the home.  She is also survived by two sons, Robert W. (Ruby) Huhn of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Richard P. (Terry) Huhn of Lansing; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Eleanor Sowder of Leavenworth and Lucille McLaughlin of Harrison Tenn.

Rosemary worked at Gould National Battery factory and also was a seamstress for many years. She enjoyed sewing and traveling.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Clarence and Francis; five sisters, Cecelia Morris, Barbara Ann Kochanowski, Louise Lane, Theresa Morin and Bernice Meyers

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  The Rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant.  Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery.  The family suggests memorials to Good Shepherd Hospice. 

Matthew James Hadock

Matthew James Hadock, 29, of Leavenworth, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, in a automobile accident in Pottawatomie County, Kansas.  He was born June 3, 1979, in Hanover, Pa., the son of Michael John Hadock II and Donna Rae Thompson Maiden.

RachelHe moved to Leavenworth in 1981.  In 1992 he moved to Warsaw, Mo., where he graduated from Warsaw High School in 1998.  Matthew has worked as a pipe fitter for Local Union 669 for the past eight years.

He is survived by his companion and infant son, Rachel Brinkman and Matthew James Korbin Hadock; his father and step-mother, Michael and Gayle Hadock of Leavenworth; his mother, Donna Maiden of Warsaw, Mo.; his sisters, Michaela (Jeff) Seeger and Teresa (Shawn) Hancock; his brother, Michael (Amanda)  Hadock; his brother, Rick (Jackie) Everett; and several nieces and nephews.

Matthew was preceded in death by, his step-father, Elgie Maiden.

All who knew Matthew knew that he lived to the fullest, he will always be sadly missed by his family and friends.  Matthews’s favorite thing to do was to go to the river with his brother, Michael.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 Sunday, Nov. 30 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, at the funeral home.  Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. In lieu flowers a memorials fund for his infant son has been established at the Frontier Credit Union.

Patricia C. Smoyer

Patricia C. Smoyer, 94, of North Kansas City, Mo., died Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, at her home.  She was born Aug. 16, 1914, in Islip Long Island New York the daughter of Joshua James and Julia (Talbott) Shadrick.

She graduated from Immaculata High School in 1933.  On Jan. 1, 1936, she married Lloyd Smoyer at the Cathedral in Kansas City, Mo.  He preceded her in death on June 30, 1990.

Patricia is survived by her children, William Smoyer of North Kansas City, Mo., and Catherine (James) Brooks of LaVerne, Calif.; and a grandson, Eric Smoyer.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.  Mass of Christian Burial will follow the visitation at the church at 10 a.m. with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant.  Burial will follow at Dooley Bend Cemetery in Hickory County, Missouri.  R.L. Leintz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wilfred J. Parr

Wilfred J. Parr, 92, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, at Golden Living Center in Lansing.  He was born Jan. 4, 1916, in the Kickapoo township area of Leavenworth County, the son of George and Mary (Reynolds) Parr.

On March 1, 1951, he married Helen M. Hastert in Leavenworth, she survives of the home.  He is also survived by his three daughters, Linda K. Parr of San Diego, Calif., Connie M. Parr of Bettendorf, Iowa, and Gale M. (Mic) Jarowitz of Leavenworth.

Wilfred was preceded in death by 11 siblings.

He served in the U.S. Army. Willie owned and operated Parr Sinclair Service Station.  He was a member of St. Joseph Church, Fraternal Order of Eagles and the VFW.

Visitation will be from 9:15 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10 a.m. following the visitation at the church, with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant.  Burial with military honors will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Church or Xavier School.

 

Donald F. Walkenbach

Donald F. Walkenbach, 75 of Leavenworth, died unexpectedly Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, while working at Fort Leavenworth.  He was born June 29, 1933, in Leavenworth the son of Fredrick C. and Clara (Monroe) Walkenbach. His mother died when he was very young and he was raised by his father and Mildred E. Walkenbach.

He graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1953.  He then served for two years in the U.S. Army. 

On Aug. 29, 1955, he married Dixie L. Porter in Leavenworth, she survives at the home.  He is also survived by his two daughters, Debbie (Rodney) Day of Leavenworth and Donna (James) Patroske of Leavenworth; his grandchildren, Chase Day and Johnaton Patroske; his two sisters, Helen Boyd and Blanch Goodrow; a brother, Fritzie Waklenbach; and several nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by a sister, Rita Hubbard; and a brother William Pastore.

Don was an active member of Immaculate Conception Church. He was a loving husband for 53 years and a wonderful father. He was an avid bowler for 55 years. Don enjoyed watching all sports and especially spending time with his family. He was a life-long member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.  He worked as a painter in Leavenworth most of his life.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  The rosary will be prayed at 3 p.m.  Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10, 2008, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Immaculata High School

 

October 2008 Obituaries

Edward J. Reardon

Edward J. Reardon, 84, of Leavenworth, died Tuesday, Oct.28, 2008, at Kindred Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.  He was born April 28, 1924, in Leavenworth, the son of John and Olga (Meinster) Reardon.

He graduated from Immaculata High School in 1943 and then joined the U.S. Army.  He served in the Philippines where he was wounded twice and received the Purple Heart.  On Oct. 9, 1954, he married Elizabeth “Betty” Marnell at Guardian Angel Catholic Church in Kansas City, Mo.  She preceded him in death on Dec. 14, 1996.

After discharge from the service, Ed went to work at the Fort Leavenworth Print Shop.  After retirement he went to work for the Kansas Turnpike Authority.  He enjoyed big band music, dancing and Notre Dame football.

He is survived by his children, Elizabeth (Jeff) Gauger of North Canton, Ohio and Kevin (Gail) Reardon of Leavenworth; his siblings, Betty Matzeder of Mission, Kan., and Clarence Reardon of Milton, Wash.; and his grandchildren, Katie, Rachel and Nathan Reardon, and Natalie and Shannon Gauger.

In addition to his wife Ed was preceded in death by five siblings, John Reardon, Mary Dyson, Frances Byrd, Anna Mae Williams and Catherine Reagan; and two grandchildren, Ben and Ryan Reardon.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008, at R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 3 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3, 2008, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant.  Entombment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Kansas City, Kan.  Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth Catholic Schools.

 

Dexter Edler

Dexter Edler, 82, of Independence, Mo., died Monday, Oct 27, 2008, at Menorah Medical Center.  He was born Aug. 1, 1926, in Fairfield, Iowa the son of Leonard LeRoy and Bessie Irene (Gilliland) Edler.

On Nov. 25, 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Army serving until Aug. 21, 1946.  After discharge he worked for many years as a heavy equipment operator.  He then started his own remodeling and home repair business.

Dexter had many hobbies; playing the organ, ballroom dancing, roller-skating, fishing and many types of sports.  He had a private pilots license and enjoyed flying.

He had been a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the American Legion post 91 Independence, where he was a past commander, he was also a 40 and 8 member.  He loved people and spending time with his friends.

Dexter is survived by his loving companion of many years, Lorraine Dunavan of Overland Park; twin cousins, Marvin Reeves and Barbara Vanderpool; a step-son, Kevin Reaves; and close family friends, George and Irene Miller, Brad and Cristi Miller and Chris Miller.

Graveside services with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31, 2008, at Leavenworth National Cemetery.  R.L. Leintz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Donald C. Ford

Donald C. Ford, 63, passed away peacefully in Leavenworth, on Friday, Oct. 24, 2008.  He was born Jan. 2, 1945, in Dallas, Texas the only child of Charles and Nelda (Bayans) Ford.  At his request there will be no services and his cremains will be scattered at the Tejas Ranch in his beloved Texas.  R.L. Leintz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Lee “Bob” Wagner

Robert Lee “Bob” Wagner, 78, of Lansing, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008, with his family at his side.  He was born Oct. 20, 1929, in Easton, the son of Peter M. and Mary E. (Domann) Wagner.

imageOn March 2, 1950, he married Phyllis J. Calvin in Platte City, Mo. She preceded him in death on Sept, 22, 2005.

He is survived by his children, Robert “Steve” (Inez) Wagner of rural Leavenworth and Deborah S. (Daniel) Diercks of Racine, Wis.; his grandchildren, Chad, Matthew, Brian, Jason, Katie, Benjamin and Jonathan; his great-grandchildren, Fiona, Emma, and Charlie; his siblings, Tony Wagner, Merlin Wagner, Marie Kenny and Clara Goetz; and his mother in-law, Nellie LaMont.

In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by five siblings, Clarita, Leo, Pete, Clarence, and Walt.

Bob went to work at the Fairfax General Motors Assembly Plant in 1952 and retired in 1982 with 30 years of service.  After retirement he started a yard grading and garden plowing business which he thoroughly enjoyed.  He was a longtime member of the Eagles.  Bob enjoyed playing Pitch and Schaskopf. He also enjoyed the time spent with his many friends.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at St Francis deSales Catholic Church.  Burial will follow at St Lawrence Cemetery in Easton.  Memorials are suggested to St. Luke’s Hospice or St. Francis deSales Church.

 

September 2008 Obituaries

Ada M. Herrera

Ada M. Herrera, 84, of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008, at Tonganoxie Nursing Center. She was born March 7, 1924, in Havana, Cuba the daughter of Pepe and Elisa (Garcia) Fernandez.

She married Galeno Herrera in Havana.  In 1962 they came to the United States. In 1964 they moved to Leavenworth. Ada accepted a position at St Mary College as a chemistry and physics professor. She devoted her life to educating young women for 36 years until she retired.

Ada is survived by her two sons, Edward Herrera of Tonganoxie and Thomas Herrera of Kansas City, Mo.; six grandchildren, Sara, Sage, Ada Paige, Kristen, Kayla and Ashley; and one great-grandchild, Sadie.  She was preceded in death by her husband on April 24, 1984.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, 2008, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church.  Mass of Christian burial will begin at 2 p.m. after the visitation at the church with Rev. Michael Stubbs as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. R.L. Leintz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to University of Saint Mary.

 

Mary "Pat" Deffenbaugh

Mary "Pat" Deffenbaugh, 80, passed away Sunday, Sept 14, 2008, in Tucson, Ariz.  Mary was born March 17, 1928, at Fort Leavenworth, the daughter of Thomas and May (Heintzelman) Hennessey.

She is survived by her husband, Howard Deffenbaugh; her children, Elaine (Tony) Raimondo, Jerry Deffenbaugh, John Deffenbaugh, and Julia (Carl) Powell; her grandchildren, Sean (Juanita) Samborski, Danielle Wysocki, Alessandro Raimondo, and Joshua Wysocki; one great-grandson, Raistlin Samborski; and her siblings, Katherine (Lee) Aaron, Terese Conlon, and Linus Hennessey.

She is a graduate of Immaculata High School and received her nursing degree from St. Margaret's Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. She will be greatly missed by many family and friends.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, at St. Joseph of the Valley Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m. after the visitation at the church with Rev. George Bertels as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. R.L. Leintz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Russell “Russ” R. Whitaker

Russell “Russ” R. Whitaker, 99, of Leavenworth, died Saturday, September 13, 2008, at St. John Hospital.  He was born July 13, 1909, in St. Charles, Ill., the son of Homer H. and Rosella (Reed) Whitaker.

On December 28, 1932, he married Ruth May Leffler in Kansas City, Mo.  She preceded him in death on Jan. 2, 2008.  They celebrated 75 years of marriage this past December.  He is survived by a son, Reed and wife Susan Whitaker of Overland Park, Kan.; and two grandchildren, Russell R. “Trey” Whitaker and Courtney Whitaker.  He was also preceded in death by a sister Erma Payne.

Russ was involved in many civic, historic, and cultural endeavors and was a great supporter of Leavenworth.  He was the owner of the Barlow Cigar Company.  He was a 55 year member of the Leavenworth Kiwanis Club where he had served as past president and was a recipient of the George F. Hixson Fellow award. Russ was also involved in the Leavenworth County Red Cross, Buffalo Bill State Park Committee, Jr. Chamber of Commerce, Leavenworth County Civil Defense, Boy Scout and Girl Scout fund raising, and was a 50 year member of the First United Methodist Church.  He had served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 17, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday after the visitation at the funeral home.  Entombment will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery Mausoleum.  Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth Kiwanis Club or St. John Hospital.

 

Mildred M. Mulcahy

Mildred M. Mulcahy, 85, of Leavenworth, KS., died Friday, September 12, 2008 at her home.  She was born July 8, 1923 in Brooklyn, NY., the daughter of Walter J. and Mildred (Samis) Barrett.  They preceded her in death.

On May 3, 1986 in Tucson, AZ., she married her childhood sweet heart Thomas B. Mulcahy.  He survives of the home.  She is also survived by her ten children, Peter Cook, Orlando, FL., Kathy Kunkle, Tampa, FL., Jeanie Ochoa, Tucson, AZ., Stephen Mulcahy, Leavenworth, KS., Christopher Mulcahy, Charlotte, NC., Virginia Kontnik, Englewood, CO., Terrence Mulcahy, Woodland, TN., Matthew Mulcahy, Cameron, MO., Monica Sommers, Ridgefield CT., and Bridget Pontbriand, Sierra Vista, AZ; 23 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.  

Mildred worked as a medical transcriptionist for over 30 years retiring from the University of Arizona Hospital.  She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, Elks Lodge in Tucson, and she enjoyed spending time with her dogs.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2008 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  The Rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Phil Winkelbauer as Celebrant.  Burial will follow at Mount Calvary.  Memorials are suggested to Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

 

August 2008 Obituaries

Edward L. “Buck” Shanks

Edward L. “Buck” Shanks, 72, of Weston, Mo., died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008, at his home. He was born March 7, 1936, in Platte City, Mo., the son of Virgil and Merriam (Farmer) Shanks.

Buck attended school in Dearborn and Weston. He served in the Army for three years from 1953 to 1956.  He worked at the Leavenworth Federal Prison for 12 years, and then worked for Graham Trucking for 18 years, until he retired.  Buck enjoyed playing golf, playing his guitar and blue grass music.

He is survived by his three daughters, Bambi Schlstzhour, Andrea Shanks, and Kelly Church; his long-time companion, Pat Edgman; two sisters, Carol Schreifels and Margaret Bishop; three grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.

Buck was preceded in death by his parents; and three siblings, Herman Shanks, Jackie Kirschbaum, and Dave Shanks.

A visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Inurnment will follow the visitation at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Weston.

 

Michael P. “Mike” Williford

Michael P. “Mike” Williford, 50, of Leavenworth, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, in Leavenworth.  He was born Jan. 12, 1958, at St. John Hospital, the son of WillifordJames R. and Florence C. (Jarowitz) Williford.

Michael served three years in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged.

He was preceded in death by his father on June 9, 2007.  Michael is survived by his loving mother, Florence; and his brothers, Robert, Gary, David, John, and Ronnie Williford.

Visitation will be from 10 to 10:45 Friday, Sept. 5, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Inurnment with Marine honors will follow at 11 a.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Council on Aging. 

 

Gerald Stephen “Steve” Lynch

Gerald Stephen “Steve” Lynch, 57, of Leavenworth, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, at his home.  He was born April 8, 1951, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Gerald N. and Mary Ann (Swinford) Lynch.

On Sept. 8, 1973, he married Judith Mohan in Miami, Okla. She survives at the home.  He is also survived by his son, Randy Stratton of Leavenworth; two daughters, Trish Kuhnhoff of Kansas City, Mo., and Angela (Ron) Morrison of Osawatomie, Kan.; five grandchildren, Cooper and Dakota Younkin, Brandy and Cody Stratton, and Matthew Morrison; his mother, Mary Ann Lynch; his mother-in-law, Betty (Poff) Mohan; his brothers, Patrick Lynch, Beric Lynch, and G. Daniel Lynch; and his sisters, Jeannie Cash, and Deborah Gaddie.

Steve was preceded in death by his father; his father-in-law, Joseph Mohan; a brother, Maurice Lynch; and his sisters, Diane Lynch and Saundra Throop.

He worked for Hallmark Card’s for 33 years.  Steve had a love for people and life.  He will be missed by all.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008, at R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug 29, 2008, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tonganoxie with Rev. Mark Goldasich as celebrant.  Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Cancer Action Center or a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

Helen Cummings

Helen Cummings, 83, of Lansing, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug 25, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008, at St. Casimir Catholic Church with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant.  Cremation will follow the services. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Helen L. Drake

Helen L. Drake, 76, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008, at Golden Living Center in Lansing.

DrakeShe was born Oct. 6, 1931, in Leavenworth, the daughter of William Harry and Emma (Tiedtka) Walden who owned a dairy farm at Basehor, Kan.  She attended grade school at Fairmount, Kan.  Helen was a 1949 graduate of St. Mary’s Academy and attended St. Mary College from 1949 to 1951.

She was a homemaker, an excellent cook, loved to tend her backyard flower garden, and watch the hummingbirds that came to the feeders she always set out each year.  She was a piano instructor for over 30 years.  Helen was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and former member of the Immaculate Conception Altar Society, VFW and DAV Auxiliaries, NARFE, and the Daughters of Isabella.

On June 16, 1951, she married Jean T. Drake, former treasurer of Mutual Savings and Loan Association, at St. Patrick’s Church in Basehor.  He preceded her in death on Jan. 22, 1999.  She married Joseph C. Kolb at Immaculate Conception Church in February 2001.

Survivors include her husband, Joseph C. Kolb of Leavenworth; three daughters, Theresa J. (Tom) Schmitt of Leavenworth, June M. (Greg) Hanna of Farmington Hills, Mich., and Karen E. (Paul) Denavit of Woodbridge, Conn.; two sons, David W. (Julie) Drake of Leavenworth, and Daniel P. Drake of Omaha, Neb.; one brother, Robert H. Walden of Basehor; three grandsons, U.S. Army Captain Matthew Drake of Honolulu, Christopher Drake of Kansas City, Mo., and Jeffrey Drake of Lawrence; one granddaughter, Alyson (Adam) Jones; one great-granddaughter, Ashley Jones of North Kansas City, Mo.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.  Mass of Christian Burial will follow the visitation at 7 p.m. with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant.  Private inurnment will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery.   R.L. Leintz Funeral Home is in arrangements. Memorials are suggested to Immaculate Conception Church, the University of St. Mary, American Stroke Association or St. Vincent Clinic.  

 

Gary L. Patzwald

Gary L. Patzwald, 60, of Leavenworth, passed away Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008, at St. John Hospital.  He was born June 10, 1948, in Leavenworth, the son of Richard and Fauna Mae (Myers) Patzwald Sr.

On Feb. 7, 1970, he married Elizabeth Johanna “Betty” Hamm in Leavenworth, she survives at the home.  He is also survived by his children, William Ray (Kimberly) Patzwald of Topeka, and Matthew (Arlyn) Patzwald of St. Joseph, Mo.; his grandchildren, Phillip Johnson, Austin Johnson, Nicholas Patzwald, William Ray Patzwald II, Thomas Patzwald, Madison Jacobs-Patzwald, Lucas Patzwald, and Cole Patzwald; one great-grandson, Adam Johnson; and his siblings, Richard Patzwald Jr., and Patsy (Don) Beaman.

He was preceded in death by twin daughters, Katherine and Kathleen Patzwald shortly after birth; his parents; his step-mother, Annette Patzwald; a sister-in-law, Pamela Patzwald; a niece, Tish McFadden; a nephew Danny Beaman; and his father-in-law, Joseph Hamm.

Gary was a hard working family man who was interested in helping others.  He worked for Lansing Correctional facility for approximately 20 years, as a maintenance engineer.  He retired in 1995.  He will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug, 13, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. after the visitation at the funeral home.  Inurnment will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Saint Luke’s Hospice. 

 

 Rudolph “Rudy” Jost IV

Rudolph “Rudy” Jost IV, 56, also known to his friends as “Rude Dog” lost his battle with cancer and died at home on Aug. 8, 2008.

image He was born June 15, 1952, in Leavenworth, where he lived his most of his life. Rudy was the son of Rudolph and Mary Jayne (Smith) Jost Jr.

Rudy was a Navy veteran and a self-employed painter.  He also worked preparing income taxes, home care nursing, roofing and general home repair.

He was married to Lu Ann Shane.  This marriage was later dissolved.

Rudy was preceded in death by his father, Rudolph Jost, Jr.; his step-father, Charles Nichols Sr.; his brother, Bruce Wayne; and a step-sister, Ginger Forge.

He is survived by his daughter and grandson, Jodi Jost and  Christian of Maryland; his mother, Mary Jayne Nichols of Leavenworth; his sisters, Floranne Long, Ardith Bequette, Bonnie Biehn, and Janith Williams all of Leavenworth; his brothers, John Jost of Leavenworth, and James Jost of Colorado Springs, Colo.; his step-brothers, Charles Nichols, Jr., and John Nichols both of Leavenworth; his step-sisters, Carolyn Hendrickson of Tampa, Fla., Candice Haislip of Tonganoxie, Kan., and Janelle Baughman of Noel Mo.; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008, 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 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Stubbs as celebrant.  Burial with Navy honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

 

Robert W. Neve

Robert W. Neve, 88, of Lansing, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2008, at Golden Living Center in Lansing.  He was born Jan. 20, 1920, in Marion, Kan., the son of Walter and Elizabeth (Sievers) Neve.

He served in the U.S. Army from December 1942 to January 1946. On Sept. 29, 1945, he married Ida May Hunt in Manchester, N.H. She preceded him in death on July 5, 2003.  He was also preceded in death by his son Michael J. Neve on Nov. 22, 2004.

Robert is survived by his sister, Doris (William) Sullivan of Bethesda, Md.; a daughter in-law, Marjean Neve of Lansing; two granddaughters, Jennifer Neve of Bryan, Texas, and Dawn (Brian) Healy of Shawnee, Kan.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. till noon Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  He was cremated.  Private inurnment will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the American Red Cross.

Keith Wayne Wheeler

Keith Wayne Wheeler, affectionately know as “Big Wheel” was born Sept. 18, 1956, in Leavenworth to Hosie and Mary Wheeler.  He passed into eternity early Friday morning, Aug. 1, 2008.  A native of Leavenworth, he was educated in the Leavenworth Public School system graduating from Leavenworth High School in 1975.  Keith accepted the Lord at an early age and was a member of First Missionary Baptist Church.

In high school Keith participated in football, track, wrestling and ROTC.  He took great pride in being a member of the ROTC drum and bugle corps.  After graduation he served four years in the United States Marine Corps receiving an honorable discharge.  He returned back to Leavenworth and began a long and respectful 26 year career at Kansas State Penitentiary retiring in January 2007.  He was well respected by both staff and inmates.

Keith was joined in holy matrimony to Evangeline Lange and from this union on son, Keith Wheeler Jr. was born.

Keith continued to be an avid sports fan and became a die hard fan of the Dallas Cowboys.  His life revolved around his family, extended family, his job, and close friends.

He is survived by two sons, Keith Wheeler Jr. of Okinawa, Japan and Robert Anderson of Los Angeles, Calif.;  granddaughter, Evangeline Rose Wheeler of Okinawa, Japan; his mother, Mary Butler; sister Pat Wheeler; niece, Francys “Franny” Bennett all of Leavenworth; special friend, Goldie Watkins; and forever best friends, Verse Cook and Leslie “Bobo” Wright ; and numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Keith was preceded in death by his father, Hosie Wheeler; step-father, Harry M. Butler; grandmother, Elnora Wheeler; and grandparents, Leon and Odere Mosley.

 

Viewing will be from noon until 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, 2008, with a funeral service beginning at 1 p.m. at the First Missionary Baptist Church.  Burial with Marine honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.  Services by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

 

July 2008 Obituaries

Zella Maye “Sue” Kindred

Zella Maye “Sue” Kindred, 84, of Leavenworth, died Monday, July 28, 2008, at Jefferson County Memorial Hospital in Winchester, Kan.  She was born Nov. 8, 1923, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of Frank George and Maye (Mock) Ross. 

imageOn Aug. 10, 1946, she married Dr. Kenneth Merle Kindred in Bethel, Kan. He preceded her in death on Sept. 11, 1993.

Sue is survived by her children, Dianna Jesmer of Leavenworth, Julie (Roger) Williamson of Mesa, Ariz., and Kent (Renee Logan) Kindred of Leavenworth; her grandchildren, Kyle (April) Trail, Emily (Tyson) Smith, Jamie (Michael) Mendoza, and Joshoa Williamson; and her great-grandchildren, Amanda, Christopher, Audrey, Sierra, Takoda, Isabel and Celeste.

Sue enjoyed working in her flower garden. She especially enjoyed her daily trip to Applebee’s restaurant where the staff became her second family.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 3:30 p.m. with a memorial service beginning at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society. 

 

Anna Louise Culp

Anna Louise Culp, 65, of Leavenworth, died Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at her home.  She was born Nov. 29, 1942, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Charles and Verna Louise (Warf) Peters Sr.

CulpOn Jan. 2, 1962, she married Leo “Nick” Culp in Leavenworth.  He preceded her in death.  She was also preceded in death by a son Leo Culp Jr., shortly after his birth; and her parents.

Anna is survived by her children, Theresa Culp, Rick Culp, and Tina (Scott) Dwyer all of Leavenworth; three grandchildren, Matt Allison, Taylor Bullock, and Sean Craig; and her siblings, Charles “Butch” (Marybeth) Peters, Gene (Kim) Peters, Cindy (C.C.) Clark, and Linda (Mark) Clyne.

She worked for 28 years at the Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Leavenworth.  After retirement she worked at the Mother House for the Sisters of Charity.

Anna enjoyed bingo, darts, and bowling.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will begin at 7 p.m. after the visitation at the funeral home with Chaplain Jack Divine presiding.  Cremation will follow the service.  Memorials are suggested to Kansas City Hospice.

 

June 2008 Obituaries

Jacob “Jake” W. Walkup

Jacob “Jake” W. Walkup, 16, of Lansing, joined his loved ones in heaven on Monday, June 30, 2008, as a result of an automobile accident.  He was born Sept. 7, 1991, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Greg and Trena (Edwards) Walkup.

WalkupHe was preceded in death by his father, Greg; and his grandmother, Donita Simons.

Jake is survived by his mother, Trena; his grandparents, Debbie Edwards, Ed Simons, Ronnie and Shirley Edwards, and Grant and Marsha Walkup; his great-grandparents, Dorothy Simons, and Gene Edwards; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Jake was looking forward to starting his junior year at Lansing High School.  He excelled academically and loved football, baseball, band, and jazz band.  He was very well liked by all who were lucky to have known him. He was the best at making your day by telling a funny story to make you laugh.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, keeping his car “red and shiny”, movies, and hanging out with friends and family.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, July 4, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will follow the visitation at 5 p.m. at the funeral home.  Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 5, 2008, at Leavenworth National Cemetery.  Jake will forever rest in peace and love with his dad.

A memorial fund had been established in Jake’s honor for the Lansing High School football, baseball, and band programs.  Memorials may be made at the funeral home or at Citizens Savings and Loan Assoc., FSB.  P.O. Box 489, Leavenworth, KS 66048., for the Jake Walkup Memorial fund.  www.leintzfh.com

 

Alice Irene Clay

Alice Irene Clay, 80, of Leavenworth, died Sunday, June 29, 2008, at Cushing Memorial Hospital.  She was born Nov. 10, 1927, in Pinewood, Minn., the daughter of Carl and Esther (Josefson) Aldal.

Alice is survived by her children, Kathy Rudolf of Roswell , Ga., Cheryl Parkinson of Abilene, Texas, and Steven Clay of Leavenworth.

No services are planned she was cremated.  Inurnment will be at a later date in Texas. 

 

Lewis William George

Lewis William George, 89, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, June 26, 2008, at Golden Living Center in Lansing.  He was born July 25, 1918, in Calhoun, Mo., the son of Lewis H. and Ollie (Combs) George.

LewisOn Oct. 28, 1969, he married Geraldine Melrose in Edwardsville, Kan., she survives at the home.  He is also survived by his children, Tina Conchola of Lawrence, Michael George of Keytesville, Mo., Patrick George of Georgia, Brian (Kathy) Wilson of Yuma, Ariz., and Billy (Josephina) Wilson of Mercedes, Texas; nine grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Lewis was preceded in death by two siblings, Lorene Gragg, and Maynard George; a son, Ronald Wilson; and a son-in-law, Alex Conchola.

Lewis worked for General Motors for over 20 years at the Fair Fax assembly plant.  He retired in 1979.  He was a member of First Baptist Church, he enjoyed woodworking, and hosting and attending garage sales.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 29, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 30, 2008, at First Baptist Church in Leavenworth.  Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church. 

Charles M. Gail

Charles M. Gail, 81, of Coral Gables, Fla., died Friday, June 20, 2008, at his home in Florida.  He was born Sept. 6, 1926, (Labor Day) the eldest of seven children of Charles B. and Frances D. (Thiel) Gail at St. John Hospital in Leavenworth.  Charles received his primary education at St. Joseph Carmelite School and his secondary education at Maur Hill in Atchison, Kan.  He then attended Immaculata High School in Leavenworth.

In June of 1944 he joined the United States Navy.  He was sent to the Navy Hospital in Great Lakes, Ill., where he received a crash course in field medicine and first aid.  In October of 1944, he was stationed in California and subsequently sent to the Pacific.  He spent the latter part of 1944 and almost all of 1945 on the islands of Tinian, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.  After the war he arrived back in the United States on Christmas Eve of 1945 on a long leave.  After his leave, Charles was sent to China where he served aboard the USS Repose and with the 6th Marine Division.  He returned to the States in September of 1947 and was discharged from the military.

Charles enrolled in the University of Kansas and after a short stint at KU he was hired to work on the Navy Petroleum Reserve #4 in Point Barrow, Alaska where he began his lifelong career in the petroleum industry.

He worked in Alaska from 1948 until 1951.  He started as a roughneck and worked his way up to a driller.  In August of 1951, Charles decided he needed more education and enrolled in Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif., where he studied Petroleum Technology.  After completing his studies, he was hired by Gulf Oil Corporation and sent to Venezuela as a mud engineer.  Subsequently, he was put in a drilling training program and finished as a drilling supervisor.  He stayed in Venezuela for roughly six years where he worked for Gulf, Exxon and then Gulf again.  He was involved in a joint operation with Gulf and Texaco.  Charles was hired by Texaco in 1960 and sent to Columbia as a drilling supervisor.

After a short time in Columbia, Charles met and married Aceneth Monrique. They were married for 46 years until she lost a 16 year battle with cancer in February of 2006.

Charles studied specialized petroleum courses over the last 25 years.  He studied at the Louisiana State University, the University of Oklahoma, and the Halliburton Research Lab in Duncan, Okla.  Charles was considered an expert in both on and off shore drilling and he was called on to assist with emergency situations in West Africa, the North Sea and many Latin American countries.  He was also loaned to foreign governments to assist in emergencies.  In September of 1986 Charles was awarded honorary doctorates in Geology and Geophysics from the National University and the Columbian Association of Geologists and Geophysicists for his contribution to the petroleum industry in Latin America.

Charles retired in January 1987 and after retirement he worked as a consultant for several major oil companies and foreign governments.  In 1989 Charles and Aceneth returned to the United States and made their home in Coral Gables, Fla.

On Nov. 21, 2007, he married Yeny Roque of Puno, Peru.

He was a 60 year member of the Knights of Columbus.  He has also belonged to the Elks, Eagles and the American Legion for at least 35 years.

Charles was preceded in death by his first wife, Aceneth; his parents; his brother, Peter; his sister, Dr. Martha Gail Kitson; and his nephew, Donald “Butch” Aaron.  He is survived by his current wife, Yeny; his sisters, Mary Ann Gail, Virginia Klasinski, and Charlotte Aaron; his brother, Anthony “Tony” Gail; and nine nieces and seven nephews.

Visitation will be from 2 until 3 p.m. Friday, June 27, 2008, at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Mass of Christian Burial will follow the visitation at the church at 3 p.m. with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant.  Burial with Navy honors will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church or St. Vincent Clinic. 

 

Charles Joseph Barber

Charles Joseph Barber, was born, April 7, 1951, in Johnstown, Pa., the son of Estelle Gladden and Moses Barber.  He graduated from Fairfield High in Winnsboro, S.C. in 1969.

He joined the United States Army shortly after graduation and retired from the Army in 1993.  Charles was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., at the time of his retirement.  He then worked as a corrections counselor at Lansing Correctional Facility until his retirement in Feb. 2008.

In March of 2008 Charles returned to Winnsboro, S.C. where he grew up.  He attended Bible Light Holiness Church in Ridgeway, S.C. God called him home on Sunday, June 15, 2008.

He leaves to mourn, his wife, Ronna; five step-children, LaRon Henderson of Omaha, Neb., Janelle Henderson of Leavenworth, Mika Henderson, Mikeal Henderson both of St. Joseph, Mo., and Cherri Benson of Leavenworth; and eight grandchildren; five sisters, Mary E. (James) Manning of Columbia, S.C., Earthene Milling of Hartford, Conn., Nancy (Isaac) Douglas of Great Falls, S.C., Catherine Waden (his twin sister) of Winnsboro, S.C., Maggie Jean Barber of Hartford, Conn.; one brother, Willie (Dorothy) Belton of Winnsboro, S.C.; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Graveside services with full military honors will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 26, 2008, at Leavenworth National Cemetery.  Memorials may be sent to Ronna Barber, 1905 S. Broadway, Leavenworth, KS 66048. 

 

John D. Stovall

StovallJohn D. Stovall, 54, of Leavenworth died Tuesday, June 17, 2008, at Medicalodge of Leavenworth. He was born Nov. 12, 1953, in Langdale, Ala., the son of Emmett Eugene and Claudia R. (Booker) Stovall.

He is survived by his mother; his children, John, Johnetta, Tammy, and Dominic; seven grandchildren; six sisters; two brothers; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

 Viewing will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 25, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday after the viewing at the funeral home.  Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. 

 

Dorothy P. Crawford

Dorothy P. Crawford, 76, of Lansing, went to be with her Lord on Friday, June 20, 2008, at her home.  She was born Feb. 4, 1932, in Montgomery County, Ky., the daughter of William Stanley and Ann Mae (Bradley) Wyatt.

On March 5, 1948, she married James Crawford in Mount Sterling, Ky. He preceded her in death on May 30, 1999.  She is also preceded in death by her parents; her two brothers; and three sisters.

She is survived by one brother, Omer Wyatt; one sister, Lillie Parker; and several nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was retired from Hallmark Cards with 34 years of service. She loved flowers, feeding the birds, reading, and working crossword puzzles.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. after the visitation at the funeral home. Pastor, Bill West of Leavenworth Community Mission’s Church will officiate. Burial will follow at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Weston, Mo.  Memorials are suggested to St. Luke’s Hospice. 

 

Brenda M. Toothman

Brenda M. Toothman, 49, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, June 12, 2008, at her home.  She was born Dec. 27, 1958, in Kansas City, Mo., the ninth child of Claude and Hazel (Bruce) Foster.

On Aug. 10, 1985, she married Ronald E. Toothman, in Kansas City, Kan., he survives at the home.  She is also survived by her four daughters, Wendy Wrisinger of Kansas City, Kan., Angel Toothman of Leavenworth, Sabrina Wrisinger of Lees Summit, Mo., and Stephanie (Gary) Annis of Kansas City, Kan.; her grandchildren, Alexis, Cameron, Tommy III, Xavier, Alex, Nadia, and Zachary; her brothers, Claude, John, Charles, and Donald Foster; and her sisters, Carmelita Foster, and Linda Goens.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, James Foster and Betty Pickering; and a granddaughter, Tess.

She enjoyed playing pool, crocheting, camping, being outdoors, and her pets.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 16, 2008, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to LAWS (Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society) or American Lung Association.

 

Glen A. “Red” Seifert

Glen A. “Red” Seifert, 63, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, June 5, 2008, at Providence Medical Center, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer.  He was born Sept. 8, 1944, in Leavenworth, the son of William Leroy and Margarete (Hanley) Seifert Sr.   He was raised by his grandparents, Roy and Lula Seifert after his parents divorced in 1946.  He graduated from Jarbarlo Schools.

SeiferIn 1962 he worked for Week’s Brothers which prepared him for his 21 year welding career at Kenworth-Dart plant in Kansas City, Mo.  The first day on the job he acquired the nickname “Red”.  When the Kenworth plant closed in 1984 he chose to stay near his girls and not interrupt their education in the Leavenworth schools.  Glen only knew hard work and often held a second job.  He taught the welding program for Platte County Vocational Technical School from 1984 to 1992.  Glen then opened his own business, Red’s Welding and Radiator Service in Leavenworth.  He was an exceptional welder whose skills included; fabrication, aluminum art and various welding processes.  He always enjoyed a challenge.

Glen was married three times and blessed with two children and three step-children.  He married Judy West in 1962 and had a son, Robert in 1969.  In 1972 he married Peggy Karpierz and had a daughter, Marie in 1974.  In 1982 he married Peggy Trum-Eagles and was a beloved step-father to her daughters.  He will be sadly missed by his daughter, Marie (Greg) Gillaspie; his wife Peggy; three step-children, Roxane (Tom) Turnbull, Dawn (Jon) LeBar, and Kimberly (Mike) Logan; the twelve grandchildren that will be missing him are, Amber and Reily Gillaspie, Michael and Heather McFarlin, Lauren and Matthew Turnbull, Jessie and Jason Eberth, Garrett, Abby and Gwen Logan and Michaela LeBar.  Glen is also survived by his brother, Leroy (Mary) Seifert Jr.; two half brothers, J.T. Janaz, and Ken Janaz; and his step-mother, Grace Seifert all of the Leavenworth area.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his son Robert.

Glen was a member of St. Joseph Church, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the Knights of Columbus.  He was a volunteer fireman for the Kickapoo Township Fire Department for 10 years while living in that area.  Glen was dedicated to his welding, but also enjoyed rock-and-roll dancing, fishing, gardening, watching hummingbirds and spending time with his grandchildren.  He often defended himself by saying “I’m just a shy, bashful country boy.”  But anyone who knew him knew he was a happy person who liked to tease and joke with his friends.  Although he is sadly missed by his family, we are consoled knowing that he is with God.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. with a vigil service beginning at 6 pm. Monday June 9, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2008, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant.  Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Church or a charity of the donors’ choice. 

 

Charles William “Bill” Cragg

Charles William “Bill” Cragg, 63, of Leavenworth, lost his five year battle with lung cancer, on Wednesday, June 4, 2008.  He was home with his family.

Bill was born Nov. 27, 1944, in Manhattan, Kan., the middle son of George and Jane (Mortimer) Cragg.

He graduated from Manhattan High School in 1963.  During his junior year of high school he met Beverly Rose.  They were married Nov. 21, 1964, she survives at the home.  They had no children.

CraggBill’s National Guard unit was activated in 1968 and was sent to Fort Carson at Colorado Springs.  He was discharged in 1970, and he and Bev moved to Leavenworth where he worked in the concrete construction industry. Two of the companies he worked for were Geiger Ready Mix in Leavenworth and Ideker Inc., of St Joseph, Mo.  He retired in 2003 from the Operating Engineers Local 101.

He enjoyed boating and attending car races.  Bill was fun loving and full of life. He and Bev loved to travel and Laughlin, Nev., was one of their favorite spots to visit.  He was a devoted husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend to many.  He was always there to lend an extra hand.

In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by his mother, Jane; two brothers, George Cragg and John (Linda) Cragg all of Manhattan.  Also left to miss him are his mother-in-law, Katherine Pride; sisters-in-law, Linda (John) Cragg and Patty (Rick) Jensen; Brothers-in-law, Ron (Liz) Rose, Kenny (Carolyn) Rose all of Manhattan; his nieces and nephews, Brenda, Mike, Ron Jr., Kathy, Stacy, Bob, Charlie, Denice, and Eric; 15 great nieces and nephews, and his two dogs Millie and Roxie.

He was preceded in death by his father George.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 6, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2008, with one hour of visitation prior to the service at Yorgensen-Meloan-Lodeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.  Burial will follow the service at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery near Manhattan.  In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or (LAWS) Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society of Leavenworth.

May 2008 Obituaries

John Bradley Hunt

Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. John Bradley Hunt, 72, of Leavenworth, died peaceably on Tuesday, May 27, 2008, at Golden Living Nursing Center in Spring Hill, Kan., with two of his children at his side.  He was born June 28, 1935, in Leavenworth the son of Gorman F. and Hortense (Sexton) Hunt.

imageJohn is survived by his children, Thomas (Kathey) Hunt, Laura (Shawn Weissenbach) Hunt, John (Diane) Hunt, Daniel (Kelly) Hunt, Charles Hunt, George Hunt, and Susanna (Gregg) Gean; his brother, Gorman Hunt; his in-laws, Roberta and James Sexton, Gene Forge and Fr. Michael Santa; and 12 grandchildren.

John received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas in 1957.  He married the late Ona Santa on July 8, 1961, at Immaculate Conception Church in Leavenworth.  A Vietnam War veteran, he served as defense liaison officer for the United States Embassy in New Delhi, India.  John also served at Fort Riley, Kan., the Pentagon, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., and Fort Bragg, N.C.  In the later part of his career, John returned to Leavenworth, where he taught at the Command and General Staff College on Fort Leavenworth.  After retiring from the military, John received his juris doctorate from the University of Kansas in 1982.  He briefly practiced law and served as assistant county attorney in Leavenworth until he returned to the CGSC as a civilian instructor and researcher into the conduct of Operations Other than War.

John never met a pie he didn’t like.

Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2008, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church with Rev. John Maier as celebrant.  Burial will follow with full military honors at Mount Calvary Cemetery.  A long-time member of the Leavenworth Lions Club, memorials will be accepted by the club on his behalf; Leavenworth Lions Club; P.O. Box 348, Leavenworth, KS 66048.

 

William “Smitty” James Smith

William “Smitty” James Smith, 78, of Leavenworth, died Friday, May 30, 2008, at his home. He was born Aug. 28, 1929, in Racine Wis., the son of Frank and Viola (Stada) Smith.

SmittyHe served in the U.S. Army for three years and was injured while serving in the Korean War. He received the Korean Service Metal, the Bronze Star, the National Defense Service Metal, the Good Conduct Metal, and the Purple Heart. 

After discharge from the Army, he married Margaret Parsons on March 6, 1954, in Racine, Wis., she survives in Leavenworth.  He is also survived by four daughters, Rita (David) Cowan of Pottsboro, Texas, Jane (Bijan) Tammehr of Olathe, Kan., Nancy Eveland and Janet (David) Young both of Leavenworth; 17 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

After discharge from the Army he worked in Racine as a machinist for Massey Ferguson Tractor Company.  In 1958 he moved to Leavenworth and went to work at the Leavenworth V.A. where he worked until he retired in 1985 as foreman of the National Cemetery.

A Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Inurnment with military honors will follow at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to American Heart Association or the Disabled American Veterans. 

 

Rose Mary Frietchen

Rose Mary Frietchen, 92, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, May 29, 2008, at St. John Hospital.  She was born July 14, 1915, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Andrew and Mary (Nowowiejski) Haas.  Due to the death of her mother at an early age, Rose was unable to continue school so she could care for her three brothers and two sisters. 

Rose was a life-long Leavenworth resident, she attended school in Leavenworth and worked at the Post Exchange, Munson Hospital and as a dental office receptionist for Doctors’ Burns, Grigsby and Phillips.

On Sept. 15, 1940, she married Raymond Mathew Frietchen in Leavenworth.  He preceded her in death on July 29, 1965. 

Rose is survived by her children, Kay Ann (Ted) Westerman of Calabasas, Calif., and Jerry (Mitzie) Frietchen of Leavenworth; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 2, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  The Rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at St Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. David McEvoy as celebrant.  Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Church or Leavenworth Catholic Schools. 

 

Tara Malayne Kinder

Tara Malayne Kinder, 26, of Lansing, died Sunday, May 25, 2008, at the University of Kansas Hospital from complications of Cystic Fibrosis. 

imageShe was born Feb. 25, 1982, at Fort Riley, Kan., the daughter of Terry and Margaret (Meggison) Kinder.  They survive at the family home.  She is also survived by her fiancé, Jim Cox of Lansing; a daughter, Dahlia Cox; a sister, Katrina Christensen of Topeka; three brothers, Tony (Sharon) Lawson of Colorado Springs, Colo., Mark (Valerie) Lawson and Cliff (Kathy) Lawson both of Lansing; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Tara graduated from Lansing High School where she was a cheerleader. She was employed at Fort Leavenworth Child Development Center. Tara enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest.  She will be remembered as being a good mother, daughter, sister, and dear friend.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 1, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

 

John Andrew Rector

John Andrew Rector, 60, of Cameron, Mo., died Saturday, May 24, 2008, as a result of a traffic accident.  He was born Dec. 29, 1947, in Leavenworth the son of John Christopher and Verneal Madelaine (Workman) Rector.

He attended Immaculate Conception grade school and graduated from Immaculata High School in 1965.  He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years reaching the rank of Sergeant.

John is survived by a son, John Christopher of Nebraska; two sisters, Katherine (Tony) Palmisano or Kansas City, Mo., and Rose (Dennis) Pletzke of Grandbury, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2008, 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 a.m. Friday, May 30, 2008, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant.  Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. 

Walter Thomas Belland

Ret. U.S. Army Col. Walter Thomas Belland, 96, of Leavenworth, died Saturday, May 24, 2008, at Golden Living Nursing Center in Lansing.  He was born Dec. 12, 1911, in White Bear Lake, Minn., the son of Philip J. and Minnie (St. Sauver) Belland. 

BellandHe joined the National Guard in 1932 and entered active duty as a Second Lieutenant on January 6, 1941.  He served with the 217th and 212th Artillery Group, participating in the Aleutian Campaign.  Col. Belland took a 10 month break to finish his studies at St. Thomas College in St. Paul, Minn.  He was then commissioned in the Regular Army and attended the Advanced Course at Fort Sill, Okla., and attended school at Fort Leavenworth and the U.S. Army & Missile School, Fort Sill, Okla.  Col. Belland served from 1948 to 1952 as G-4 of TRUST, a United Nations Command in Trieste (F.T.T.), and then returned to Fort Sill as the Executive Officer of the 17th Field Artillery Group and later as Commander of the 967th A.F.A. Battalion in 1953. In March of 1955 he was assigned to Vietnam as a logistical planner on a special planning staff. Col. Belland returned to Fort Sill for four years as an instructor in the Department of Target Acquisition and later from 1960 to 1961 as Secretary of the School. While serving an assignment in Izmir, Turkey, he was Commander of the Support Command and as Headquarters Commander for Allied Land Forces, Southeast Europe and Headquarters 6th Tactical Air Force. In 1963 on returning from Turkey, Col. Belland assumed command of the Artillery Training Center where he served until his retirement in 1967.

He was president of the Fort Sill Red Leg Flying Club, treasurer of the Fort Sill Golf Club, and served on other community organizations.  After retiring from the Army, he was Assistant and then City Planner of Lawton, Oklahoma for 10 years.

On Aug. 28, 1940, he married Florence Marie Colbert in St. Paul, Minn.  She preceded him in death on Sept. 5, 2006.

Col. Belland is survived by his daughter, Kathleen B. Glenn; two granddaughters and husbands, Catey and Dennis Edwards and Ann Austin and Bill Broeker; four great-grandchildren, Tilden Guy Edwards, Hayes Thomas Edwards, Layne Elizabeth Broeker, and Chase Michael Broeker all of Leavenworth. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service with burial in the Post Cemetery at Ft. Sill, Okla., will be Friday, May 30, 2008.  Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to Heartland Hospice, 1001 East 101st Terrace, Suite 180, Kansas City, KS 64131

Joseph Chester Anthony

Joseph Chester Anthony, 101, died Friday, May 23, 2008, at Catholic Care Center near Wichita.  He was born Oct. 5, 1906, in Leavenworth the son of Joseph Patrick and Edith (Vetterling) Anthony. 

He is survived by his twin sister, Josephine Charlotte Lamond, who also lives at Catholic Care Center.  Additional survivors are eight nieces, Elizabeth (Jim) flax of Wichita, Linda Arnold of San Antonio, Texas, Jane (Bill) Grove of Colorado, Lucille Scarborough of New York, Mary Forward of Pennsylvania, Marlene Hartmen, Lori Collum and Charlene Johnson all of Florida; four nephews, Jim (Shirley) Anthony of Tennessee, Bill Anthony of Colorado, Mike Anthony of Nebraska and Joe Sippel of Virginia; and numerous great nieces and nephews which include Bill Kirby of Leavenworth.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and eight siblings.

He lived most of his life in the Leavenworth and Kansas City area.  Joe started working at an early age for the Abernathy Furniture Company in Leavenworth and also worked at his dad’s butcher shop.

On July 30, 1942, he married Grace Vivian Ruffolo in Platte City, Mo.  They were married for four years when she died.  They had no children and he never remarried.  During the time he lived Kansas City, he worked at four major packing companies for a total of 30 years.  His last two jobs were at the Muehlebach Hotel and the Fairmount Hotel before he retired in his eighties.  After he retired he moved back to Leavenworth to live with his twin sister Josephine at her home where they both enjoyed gardening.  In his younger years he was an avid hunter and often fished in the river bottoms.  They moved to Wichita in 2004, to live with Josephine’s daughter.  In 2007, they both moved to Catholic Care Center.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  The Rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m.  Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, 2008, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant.  Burial will follow next to his wife at Forest Hill and Calvary Cemetery in Kansas City, Mo.  In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Catholic Care Center, 6700 E. 45th St. N, Bel Aire, KS 67226, Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S. Market, Wichita, KS 67202 or St. Joseph Church, 747 Osage St. Leavenworth, KS 66048.

 

Richard Alvin Huffman

Richard Alvin Huffman, 70, of Leavenworth, died Friday, May 23, 2008, at his home.  He was born Oct. 10, 1937, the son of Alvin and Mintern (Repp) Huffman, in Akron, Ohio.  He lived in Middlefield Ohio until retiring to Kansas in 2000.

HuffmanOn May 17, 1969, he married Katherine Endo in Middlefield, Ohio she survives at the home.  In addition to his wife of 39 years he is survived by a son, Mike (Gina) Huffman of Leavenworth; a grandson, Daniel; a sister, Ella Hall of Middlefield, Ohio; a brother, Eugene (Demi) Huffman of Pennsylvania; his sisters-in-law, Marty Huffman and Gayle (Ron) Brewer all of Ohio; his brothers in-law, Les(Marianne) Endo of Long Island, Roger (Jan) Endo of Oklahoma, and Ron (Chantal) Endo of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Huffman.

Richard worked most of his life in the plumbing and heating business.

Visitation will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2008, with a memorial service beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Chaplain John Divine will officiate.  Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association. 

 

Austin Russell Hough

Austin Russell Hough, 21, of Leavenworth, passed away on Monday, May 19, 2008.  He was born, Aug. 29, 1986, in Leavenworth the son of Dan and Shirley (Wetzel) Hough.

imageHe is survived by his mother and step-father, Shirley and Claude OyLear of Easton; his father, Dan Hough of Leavenworth; a sister, Niki (Tony) Hough of Kansas City, Kan.; a brother, Daniel (Tina) Hough of Leavenworth; three step-sisters Samantha, Sandra and Sheila; two nieces, Jozi and Delaney; his grandparents, Raymond and Margaret Hough of Medicine Lodge, Kan.; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Austin was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Dallas and Betty Wetzel.

Austin was an avid fisherman, he loved four wheeling, and camping trips to the lake.  Most of all the many canoe trips he took with his friends.  Austin leaves us with an imprint on all our hearts.  He was truly a very special young man.  We leave you in God’s hands and you are now our guardian angel.  May you rest in peace until we all meet again.

Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 23, 2008, at Cornerstone Church, 1001 N. 7th Street, Leavenworth.  A funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. after the visitation at the church.  Cremation will follow the service.  Memorials are suggested to the funeral home for funeral expenses. 

 

Charles Richard Turner

Charles Richard Turner, 81, of Leavenworth, died Saturday, May 3, 2008, at Cushing Memorial Hospital.  He was born Sept.1, 1926, in Hamilton, Ill., the son of Edward Jesse and Beulah May (White) Turner.

imageCharles attended Hamilton High School where he played football and was captain of the team. He graduated in 1944.  He entered the United States Navy in 1944, and served for two years.  Charles graduated from Gem City Business College in Quincy, Ill.  He then became a stenographer for the travel agent with Burlington Rail Road in Leavenworth.  After working for 10 years with the rail road he became the business manager for Goodyear Roofing in Leavenworth.  In 1961, he became Leavenworth County Clerk, a position he held for 16 years.  In 1976, he accepted a job as sales representative for Lockwood Printing Co., in Atchison Kan.  In this position he traveled extensively, selling school and election supplies.  He retired in 1991

On Sept. 25, 1948, he married Marveta Mowry at the First Christian Church in Leavenworth.  She survives at the home.  He is also survived by his children, Deborah Sue (Ricky Ray) Sherretts of Leavenworth, Gregory Wayne (Lynn) Turner of Easton, Jeffrey Dean (Teresa) Turner of Leavenworth, and Cheryl Ann (Ernest) Allen of Easton; a brother, Harold Edward (Kay) Turner; his grandchildren, Rachel Turner, Kim Jackson, Adam Turner, Margeruite Turner, Marcus Sherretts, Amanda Sherretts, Joshua Allen and Jacob Allen; and four great-grandchildren.

Charles was very active in the First Christian Church for 40 years, where he served as elder, deacon, sang in the choir, and served on the building committee for the new church.  In 1994, he joined the First United Methodist Church.  He was an active member of the Leavenworth Lions club for many years and had served as past president. He has been a member of the Easton Lions club for the last 30 years where he served as past secretary, and treasurer.  In 2003 he received the Melvin Jones Award. He also belonged to the Eagles, American Legion, and had been a Mason. He enjoyed bowling, gardening, fishing, camping and traveling.  He was an avid bird watcher.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, 2008, at the First United Methodist Church.  Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church or the Easton Lions Club.

 

Ruth May Reeves

Ruth May Reeves, 91, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, May 1, 2008, at Homestead Assisted Living in Leavenworth.  She was born July 10, 1916, in Leavenworth county near Bonner Springs, Kan., the daughter of Albert Bruce and Ruth Mary (Smith) Craddock.

imageShe is survived by her three daughters, Donna J. (Elmer) Bailey of Leavenworth, Nancy L. (Hale) Kiser of Leavenworth, and Judith K. (John) Benn of Bella Vista, Ark.; 11 grandchildren, Jessie Ledet of Buras, La., Blair Ledet of Leavenworth, Samuel H. (Beau) Kiser IV of San Antonio, Texas, Kent Kiser of Bothell, Wash., Laurie Milcherska of Sedona, Ariz., Lynne Rockers of Clive, Iowa, Ellen Wimsatt of Potomac, Md., Tom Swaney of Kingman, Kan., Pam Doering of Omaha, Neb., Rhonda Webb of Omaha, Neb., and Mark Brown of Omaha, Neb.; and 16 great-grandchildren.

On May 15, 1948, she married Larry Reeves in Bentonville, Ark.  He preceded her in death on March 31, 1990.  She was also preceded in death by three grandchildren and a step-daughter, Patricia Cole.

Ruth worked as chief deputy in the Platte County Collector’s office for 18 years.  She was elected to serve as Platte County Collector from 1971 to 1975.  She retired in 1975.  In 1975,  Ruth joined the Smithville Hospital auxiliary and began volunteering.  In 1997, she was awarded the Platte County Volunteer of the year award for more than 8000 hours of service at the Smithville Hospital.

She was a 42 year member of the Platte City United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher for 35 years.  Ruth moved to Leavenworth in 1998, and joined the First Christian Church.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 2008, at the First Christian Church at 6th and Seneca in Leavenworth.  A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at the church with Rev. Lynn Dickson presiding.  She was cremated.  The family requests no flowers. Memorials are suggested to First Christian Church, Homestead Assisted Living, or Kansas City Hospice. 

 

Loyde William Gillespie

Loyde William Gillespie, 58, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, May 1, 2008, at Cushing Memorial Hospital.  He was born Feb. 25, 1950, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of John Edwin and Edna Mae (Davis) Gillespie.

Loyde is survived by his sons, Phillip (Jessica) Gillespie and Jeremy (Lisa Real) Gillespie; his granddaughters, Gwendolyn Gillespie and Danielle Gillespie; three sisters, Alta (Jess) Gomez, Dorothy (Lee) Gonzales, and Margie Gillespie; three brothers, John Edwin Gillespie Jr., George Gillespie and Terry (Lisa) Gillespie; and a large extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son Loyde Gillespie Jr.

Loyde loved his granddaughters. He enjoyed playing poker and participating in dart tournaments. 

He was cremated.  There will be a gathering in remembrance of Loyde at noon Sunday, May 4, 2008 at 16762 Springdale Road, Leavenworth.

 

April 2008 Obituaries

Eleanor Irene Wagner

Mrs. Eleanor Irene Wagner, 79, of Easton, died unexpectedly at the University of Kansas Hospital on Sunday, April 27, 2008.  Eleanor was born June 6, 1928, in Wellsville, Kan., the daughter of Edna (Shawen) and Earl Doty.  She attended grade school at several one-room schoolhouses in the Jefferson County area.  She graduated from Rock Creek High School.

imageEleanor married Eugene (Bud) Wagner at St. Lawrence Catholic Church on April 12, 1950.  They were married for 31 years until Bud died of cancer in 1981.  They lived on the family farm in rural Easton all of their lives where she worked as a homemaker and farmer’s wife.  She and Bud spent many wonderful years together and acquired the hobby of collecting McCormick and Beam Decanters for several years.  After her husband’s death, she worked for approximately 12 years at Country Care Nursing Home in Easton as a cook for the facility.  She continued to raise Charolais cattle on the farm and remained very active on the farm, checking cattle and calves, and helping her son, Jim continue to run the farm operation.  She was an avid KU basketball fan, and although she was sick, she watched them win the Final Four this spring.  She also enjoyed gardening, checking fences while walking on the farm, and spending holidays with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Eleanor was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church and Altar Society for 58 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her brothers, Harold Doty, Alvin Doty, and Floyd Doty; her infant siblings, Louise and twins, Irma and Irvin; her son-in-law, Archie Griffee; her brother-in-law, Clarence Wagner; and her sisters-in-law, Cecilia Beying, Betty Doty and Rhinetta Doty.

Eleanor is survived by her daughters, Susan Griffee, and Peggy (Randy) Clark; her sons, Jim (Rheta) Wagner, all of Easton, and Kenny (Teresa) Wagner of Florida; her grandchildren, Michael (Wendi) Jones and  Tricia (Les) Jones-Molt of Atchison, Nick (Wendy) Clark, and Sara (Justin) Griffee-Green of Easton, Rachel Wagner and Paul Wagner of Lawrence, and Ashley (Robbie) Wagner-Mullins, and Brandy (Josh) Wagner-Nikes of Leavenworth; her great-grandchildren, Kaelan, Kirby, and Kamelia Jones, and Michele and Adison Molt of Atchison, Ronnie and Tristan Clark, and Austin Green of Easton; her siblings, Leland Doty and Evelyn Doty-Wagner; and a former daughter-in-law Marylee Wagner all of Easton.

 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2008, with a prayer service at 8 p.m. at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, May 2, 2008, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Easton with Rev. Keith Lunsford as Celebrant.  Burial will follow at St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery.  The family request that memorials in Eleanor’s memory be given to St. Lawrence Catholic Church.

Violet C. Bailey

Violet C. Bailey, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, 91, of Kansas City, Kan., formerly of Leavenworth, died Friday, April 18, 2008, at Kindred Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., from complications of pneumonia.  She was born Nov. 7, 1916, in Columbia, Mo., the daughter of David F. and Alcesta (Campbell) Conley.

Violet is survived by her son, Roger C. (Mary A.) Turner of Bonner Springs; four grandchildren, Todd (Amy) Turner, Lisa Bickle, Kathy (Alex) Poulter, and Kelly Gillespie; seven great-grandchildren, Ryan, Sara, Connor, Lindsey, Katelyn, Austin, and Haley; and a sister, Ida Lee Fay.

She was preceded in death by a daughter at birth, Karen Jo; and a brother, Irvin Robinson.

Violet retired from federal civil service at Fort Leavenworth in 1971, where she worked in the library at Bell Hall.  After retirement she enjoyed oil painting, especially scenery and old barn pictures. 

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. after the visitation at the funeral home.  Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

 

Mary Arlene Carty

Mary Arlene Carty, beloved wife, mother, sister, and aunt, died Saturday, April 12, 2008, at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.  She was 64.  Arlene was born Aug. 10, 1943, in Pittsburgh, Pa., the daughter of Stephen Michael and Anna Veronica (Strinic) Frenock, they preceded her in death.

She graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1965, and was commissioned in the United States Navy where she served for five years.  She served on the hospital ship USS Repose as a Navy Nurse off the coast of Danang, Vietnam.

On May 26, 1971, she married John L. Carty in Clairton, Pa., he survives at the home.  She is also survived by her children, Stephen Ryan Carty of Lansing, Sean Joseph Carty of New York, N.Y., and Anne Marie Carty of Toronto, Canada; her sister, Barbara Ann Parrett; her brothers, Stephen Michael Frenock, Jr., and Thomas Joseph Frenock; her aunt Emma Simkanich; her uncle, Edward Frenock; and many cousins.

Mary also earned a master’s degree in nursing from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. For the last ten years she worked as a Home Health Care Nurse.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, with Navy honors at the end of the visitation. Cremation will follow.  Memorials are suggested to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

 

March 2008 Obituaries

Kenneth J. Fraser Jr.

Kenneth J. Fraser Jr., 54, of Rio Hondo, Texas died Monday, March 31, 2008, in an automobile accident near his home.

He was born Feb. 25, 1954, at Camp Atterbury, Ind., the son of Kenneth J. and Ruth E. (Huycke) Fraser.  They survive in Leavenworth.  He is also survived by two brothers, Michael (Cynthia) Fraser of Leavenworth, and William C. Fraser of Lawrence; a sister, Lisa Fraser of Leavenworth; his nieces and a nephew, Stephanie, Jeffrey and Ashley Fraser; and numerous cousins and aunts and uncles.

Kenneth graduated from Milton High School in Milton, Penn., in 1972, where he was selected as a member of the National Honor Society.  After graduation he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he received training in the medical field at Lackland Air Force Base.  After discharge he worked in the same field at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas for several years before moving to Rio Hondo, Texas and continued work in a state hospital in that area.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  The Rosary will be prayed at 4 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, April 7, 2008, at Immaculate Conception Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as Celebrant.  Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Immaculate Conception Church.

Ret. U.S. Army Col. James Lester Moody

Ret. U.S. Army Col. James Lester Moody, 63, of Leavenworth, died Monday March 31, 2008, at Cushing Memorial Hospital.  He was born July 1, 1944, in Bentonville, Ark., the son of Lester Thomas and Amna (Daily) Moody.

imageOn Dec. 28, 1963, he married Alicia Fields in Bentonville, Ark., she survives at the home. He is also survived by two sons, James Marshall (April) Moody of Fayetteville, Ark., and Tom Lewis (Erika) Moody of Kansas City, Mo.; his grandchildren, Erin, Morgan, Adam, Allison, and Tate Moody; a sister, Jo Ella Kumpe.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dan Lewis Moody.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at the First United Methodist Church.  A funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2008, at the First United Methodist Church.  Military honors will follow the service at the church.  Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2008, at Bentonville Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church or Children’s of the Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund, P.O. Box 3968, Gaithersburg, MD, 20885   A complete obituary will appear in the Thursday’s edition of the Leavenworth Times

Nicolet “Nikki”E. Csizmazia de Somogy Bernard

Nicolet “Nikki”E. Csizmazia de Somogy Bernard, 57, of Lansing, died Saturday, March 29, 2008, at St Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.  She was born Aug. 28, 1950, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Nico E. and Victor Ann (Eisenring) Csizmazia de Somogy.  They preceded her in death.

bernardShe graduated from Lansing High School in 1969, Kansas City Kansas Community College in 1992 with an Associates of Arts degree, and from Park College in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in management.

On Aug. 29, 1981, she married Joseph E. Bernard.  He survives at the home.  She is also survived by a daughter, Kimberly Thomas-Marek and her husband Shawn Marek of Lansing; her stepchildren, Michael Bernard of Shawnee Mission, Kan., and Jodi (Moses) Arroyo of Shawnee Mission, Kan.; her sisters, Ilka Wrigley of Leavenworth, Susan Carter of Kansas City, Mo., Viki Csizmazia de Somagy of Leavenworth, and Luci  (Roger) Joyce of El Dorado, Kan.; her grandchildren, Chad and Olivia Marek, Haley and Manny Arroyo and Jason Bernard; and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Nikki worked at Hallmark Cards, and then for the Department of the Army at Fort Leavenworth where she retired with 30 years of service as a Leadership Specialist for the Command and General Staff College.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  The Rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2008, at St. Frances de Sales Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Stubbs as Celebrant.  Burial will follow at Mount Calvary.  Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. 

Elizabeth Howard

Elizabeth Howard, 85, of Leavenworth, passed away Sunday, March 30, 2008, at Medicalodge of Leavenworth.  She was born March 20, 1923, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Lee and Hattie Howard.

She is survived by her children, Eugene (Anna Belle) Howard of Leavenworth, and Donald “Fub” (Wilma) Howard of Liberty, Mo; her grandchildren, Rodney Howard, Marcus Howard, Tiffany Howard, Don C. Howard, Dustin Howard, Shaunte Childress, and Eugenie Howard; her siblings, Leo Howard and Evelyn Morgan; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth was a member of Independent Baptist Church where she frequently volunteered her time. She will be remembered as at “fan lady” at her church for passing out fans during the services. She also loved caring for the sick and infirmed.

Viewing will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at Independent Baptist Church.  A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday following the viewing.  Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery.

 

Steven Murry Dickson

Steven Murry Dickson, 60, of Tucson, Ariz., died Sunday, March 16, 2008, at his home in Tucson. 

He was born Jan. 13, 1948, in Leavenworth, the son of Murry Monroe and Julia Josephine (Wood) Dickson.  They preceded him in death.

He was baptized at the First United Methodist Church in 1961.  Steve graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1966.  After receiving a degree in Business Administration in 1971, from the College of Emporia in Emporia, Kan., Steve served as a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps, attending Officer Candidate School, Basic School and Ground Officer Supply School from 1973 to 1974.  He was honorably discharged in 1975.  After discharge Steve joined the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff and served in that capacity in 1976.  During that same year and until his retirement in 2005, Steve was a Recreational Specialist and Senior Correctional Officer with the Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons.  He served at the Leavenworth Federal Prison and then at the Tucson Correctional Facility.

Steve loved baseball, fishing, skeet, and target shooting.  He is survived by his sister, Donna G. Dickson of Overland Park, Kan.

A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Inurnment with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.  In Lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Foundation (Little League Baseball)

Sharon Darlene Hill

Sharon Darlene Hill, 71, of Leavenworth, formerly of Muskogee, Okla., died Thursday, March 13, 2008, at the University Of Kansas Hospital.

imageShe was born June 27, 1936, at Devils Lake, N.D., the daughter of Harry and Grace (Gordon) Gress.

Sharon was preceded in death by her husband, James “Mike” Hill on Jan. 12, 2004; and her sisters, Carol Kratochvil and Mae Hatten.

She is survived by her children, Duane (Kim) Pfleiger of Woodbury, Minn., Jackie (Danny) Roemer of Leavenworth, Cheryl (Kenny Cox) Hasche of Leavenworth, and Mark (Lori) Pfleiger of Prior Lake, Minn.; her precious grandchildren, Hillary (Tony) Garcia of Leavenworth, Christie (Chad) Brewer of Lamont, Penn, Heather Weidner of Burnsville, Minn., Michelle (Shane) Hamilton of Savage, Minn., Angie Pfleiger of Overland Park, Kan., Leah Pfleiger and Erica Pfleiger both of Prior Lake, Minn.; her great-grandchildren, Anthony Jr., Isabella, Henry, Charis, Chara, Caden, and Ellie Ann; her brothers, Don (Florence) Wallace of Metaline Falls, Wash., and Richard (Margie) Gress of Lynnwood, Wash.; her sisters, Beth Johnson of Big Sandy, Mont., and Ruth Terry of Malakoff, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

 

During her husbands 22 year Naval career Sharon was active in the Navy Ombudsman program, serving as the ombudsman for Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 8, Norfolk VA and for Navy Recruiting District in Oklahoma City, Okla.  Sharon was active in the Navy Wives Club and did volunteer duties at the Naval Dispensary at Norfolk, VA.  After Mike’s retirement Sharon enjoyed being a homemaker and kept herself busy with the grandchildren whenever possible.  She has been devoting her love and energy to her family and church

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at the funeral home.  Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to River City Vineyard Church.

 

Kay Frances Beck

Kay Frances Beck, 66, of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, March 12, 2008, at St Luke’s Hospital.

imageShe was born July 11, 1941, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Fred and Myrtle (Finneran) Hilscher.  Kay graduated from Immaculata High School. 

On May 6, 1961, she married Harold Francis Beck at Sacred Heart Church.  He survives at the home.  She is also survived by her children, Daniel S. and Christy Beck, Joanne M. Beck, Michael J. and Heather Beck, and James P. and Kelly A. Beck; her siblings, Lily Harris, Martha Harrington, and David Hilscher; her grandchildren, Sara E. Beck, Jeffrey M. Beck, Julie A. Beck, and Marcus Siolo; and many nieces and nephews.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 17, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  The rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2008, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Robert Traudt, O.Carm., as Celebrant.  Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph Church. 

 

David L. Shanks

David “Mad Dog” L. Shanks, 69, of Lansing, died Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at his home.  He was born Dec. 9, 1938, in Weston, Mo., the son of Virgil and Merriam (Farmer) Shanks.

imageAfter graduation from high school Dave served in the Air National Guard.  After discharge he married Judy Childs.  He later married Mary McBroom.

Dave is survived by his children, Robert “Boomer” Shanks and Jenifer Mittelstaedt of Gardner, Kan.; a step-son Todd (Julie) McBroom of Lansing; two sisters, Margaret Bishop and Carol Schreifels; a brother, Ed “Buck” Shanks; and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two siblings, Herman Shanks and Jackie Kirschbaum.

Dave worked in sales most of his life.  He worked at Rusty Eck Ford for 13 years and was currently employed at Olathe Ford where he has worked for the past 18 years.

He enjoyed bowling and playing golf.  He especially enjoyed spending time with two of his grandchildren, Cade and Kenna Mittelstaedt.

A memorial visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 16, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Private inurnment will be at a later date.  In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

Willard Depue

Willard Depue, 93, of Liberty, Mo., died Sunday, March 9, 2008, at North Kansas City Hospital. Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 13, 2008 at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

William M. Fairhurst

William M. Fairhurst, 80, of Leavenworth, died Sunday, March 9, 2008, at Eisenhower VA Medical Center.  Graveside services will be at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at Leavenworth National Cemetery. 

Kurt W. Mierau

Kurt W. Mierau, 93, died Wednesday, March 5, 2008, at Golden Living Nursing Center in Lansing.  He was born Jan. 23, 1915, in Danzig, Germany the son of Max and Elise (Meissner) Mierau.

On March 29, 1940, he married Kathe Edith Brehmer in West Berlin, Germany.  He served in the Luftwaffe during World War II.  In 1960, he immigrated to the United States from West Berlin, Germany along with his wife and their children.

Kurt is survived by a daughter, Barbel and her husband Ronald Grey Jr., of Leavenworth; three grandchildren, Anette B.(Murry) Mitchel, Diana L. (Brian) Kraft, and Chance A. (Christina) Grey; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife and a son, Dieter Detlef.

No services are scheduled, cremation is planned. 

 

February 2008 Obituaries

Josephine Gnip

Josephine Gnip, 98, formerly of Leavenworth, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008, in Sellersburg, Ind.

She was born Aug. 16, 1909, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Anton and Mary (Zielinski) Kubicki.

On May 3, 1942, she married John P. Gnip in Leavenworth.  He preceded her in death.

Josephine is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Thoeny of Clarksville, Ind.; a grandson, Michael and his wife Deborah Thoeny of Noblesville Ind.; and two great-grandsons, Brandon and Nicholas Thoeny.

She was a past member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Saint Casimir Catholic Church.

 Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008, at Leavenworth National Cemetery with Rev. Geroge Bertels presiding.  In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Saint Casimir Church. 

Roberta L. Noble

Roberta L. Noble, 63, of McLouth, Kan., passed away at her home on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

NobleShe was born Oct. 21, 1944, in Ottawa, Kan., the daughter of Burt and Roxie Vogler

On June 19, 1964, she married Robert Noble.  She leaves behind her husband of 43 years; two sons, Robert D. and Susan Noble of McLouth, and Brett D. Noble of Olathe, Kan.; one brother, Terry Vogler of Excelsior Springs, Mo.; and many relatives and friends.  She was loved and will be missed by all who knew her.

The family wishes to express a special thank you to St. Luke’s Hospice of Leavenworth, for helping Roberta, her family and friends through this difficult time.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. after the visitation at the funeral home.  Burial will follow at St. Thomas Cemetery in Springdale.

Henry D. Powell

Henry D. Powell, 81, of Leavenworth, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, at the University Of Kansas Hospital. 

imageHe was born Nov. 10, 1926, in Clarkton, N.C., the son of James and Anna (Smith) Powell.

He served in the U.S. Army.  Henry worked two full time jobs at, Kansas State Prison and Gould National Battery.  He retired from both.

Henry is survived by, Trudy Powell, Ruth Lee, Marion, Carmen and Bobby; his siblings, Willie, Vivian, and Benjamin; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Cleo and Glenwood

A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb.27, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Bela Samuel Hamilton

Bela Samuel Hamilton, 79, of Leavenworth, died Monday, Feb.11, 2008, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.  He was born Oct. 3, 1928, in Garrison, Kan., the son of Robert Waldo and Fay (Potter) Hamilton.  Bela was preceded in death by his father, mother Fay Connelly and step-father, Bill Connelly

imageIn 1946, he graduated from Immaculata High School. After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army serving in Korea.  He also played minor league baseball for the Chicago Cubs.  On April 23, 1948, he married Maxine Turpin, she preceded him in death.  In 1956, Bela went to work at Armed Forces Insurance Company where he served as vice president until his retirement in 1992. He also attended Rockhurst College to further his education during his employment with Armed Forces.  After retirement he continued to serve on the board of directors at Armed Forces.

On July 28, 1979, he married Mary Lou Butzin in Leavenworth and she survives at the home.  He is also survived by his children, Cathy (Don) Thomas of Hinesville, Ga., Nancy Hamilton of Norcross, Ga., Carol (Gary) Hamilton of Belton, Mo., Barbara Ferrara of Leavenworth, Philip Hamilton of Chicago, Ill., Laura Drennon of Austin, Texas, and Linda (Roy) Robertson of Kansas City, Mo.; his siblings, Patrick (Mary) Connelly, Suzanne (Jim) Geharty, Michael (Glenda) Connelly, and Mary Beth Winslow; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and  nephews.

Bela enjoyed watching sports, he coached 8th grade CYO sports from 1957 to 1972. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling and was an avid golfer.  He was a member of the Leavenworth Country Club, where he served on the board of directors.  He was a member of the National Insurance Claims Council and the Elks club.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, at St. Joseph Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm. as celebrant.  Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Immaculata High School.

LaRose K. Smith

LaRose K. Smith, 42, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
She was born March 3, 1965, at Cushing Memorial Hospital in Leavenworth, to the proud parents, Lucious Smith and Joyce L. Berry-Gayden.
Kathy graduated from Spingarn Senior High School in Washington, D.C., in 1983.


She was well known at Spingarn High School and Howard University for her excellent Soprano voice in singing gospel music. She was voted most popular in her class at Spingarn High School. Kathy had a life-long friend, Dan Johnson, who was also the father of her only daughter, Keona Smith.
While living in Annapolis, Md., she attended the CNA program at Meridian Nursing Facility, where she received her nursing certificate and became a certified nursing assistant.


She later moved to Leavenworth and attended Kansas City Kansas Community College to continue her education.
Kathy was a dedicated member of Apostolic Deliverance Tabernacle, where her mother, Prophetess Joyce L. Berry-Gayden, is the pastor. Kathy loved to sing the praises of God.


When the ³Anointing² fell upon her, she would begin to sing in tongues. She was an adult Sunday school teacher and loved teaching Bible class. Kathy had a love for Bible history. She also served as church secretary and treasurer, church nurse and choir member for many years.
Kathy had a love for cooking and trying new recipes. She loved watching the cooking channel on television, also known as the ³Food Network.² Kathy and her sister, Eva, had the opportunity to sing at the White House in Washington, D.C., for former President Ronald Reagan during the Christmas celebration in 1982.
She also sang for former Mayor Marion Berry of Washington, D.C.
She is survived by her mother, Pastor Joyce L. Berry-Gayden; her daughter, Keona Smith; five sisters, Eva Preston, Angenette Smith, Daveen Smith, Gerenda Smith and Ammya Smith, all of Leavenworth; and her grandmother, Lucy Galbreath of Emporia, Kan. She is also survived by a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Kathy was well loved by everyone. She was preceded in death by her father, Lucious Smith. Kathy will be greatly missed by family and friends. We know that God has chosen Kathy, this special ³La-Rose,² to be placed in His heavenly garden.
A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008, at the Pentecostal Church Apostolic Faith, 1701 Fifth Ave. in Leavenworth. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Bernice E. Brown

Bernice E. Brown, 95, of Leavenworth, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, at Twin Oaks Assisted Living.  She was born Feb. 24, 1912, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Joseph and Augusta (Gerkin) Wager.

imageIn July of 1931, she married Charles Smith. He preceded her in death in 1941.  In 1957, she married Archie Brown.  He also preceded her in death.

Bernice is survived by her children, Greta Inkman of Leavenworth, and Joan (Gary) Poss of Wichita, Kan; her grandchildren, Darren (Toni) Inkman, Kimberly (Rodney) Hayes, Deborah Hare, Dr. Bradley (Connie) Poss, Dr. Lisa Hale and Kevin (Marcie) Poss; a brother, Robert E. (Irma) Wager; and 13 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husbands, Bernice was preceded in death by four siblings, Clara Szczygiel, Joseph Wager Jr., Dr. Henry Paul Wager, and Mitzi Wager; and a son-in-law, Stanley Inkman.

Bernice worked for, B and G Hosiery, Leavenworth National Bank and Armed Forces Insurance where she retired from in 1978.

She was an avid Bridge player, she also enjoyed her friends and family.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the funeral home. Chaplain Jack Divine will officiate.  Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Kansas City Hospice or the American Cancer Society. 

 

Michael J. Waite

Michael J. Waite, 54, of Leavenworth, died Sunday, Feb.3, 2008, at the University of  Kansas Hospital.  He was born Oct. 1, 1953, at Fort Belvoir, Va., the son of Richard D. and H. Louise (Peace) Waite.

Michael graduated from Kansas University with a Bachelor’s degree in 1975.  He was awarded his Juris Doctor degree from Washburn University School of Law in 1978.  He was engaged in the private practice of law in Leavenworth following admission to the bar for 29 years. During his 29 years of practice he concentrated on criminal defense, appearing regularly before the District Courts of the State of Kansas as well as presenting cases before the Kansas Court of Appeals, the Kansas Supreme Court and The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Michael retired from private practice due to deteriorating health in 2007.

He was a past member of the, Kansas Bar Association (KBA); The Leavenworth County Bar Association; The Kansas Trial Lawyers Association (KTLA); and the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (KACDA).  He had been a member of the local contract panel of attorneys, appointed by Kansas District Court Judges to represent indigent criminal defendants charged with misdemeanors as well as minors charged with juvenile offenses and children who were found to be children in need of care.  He represented adults charged with more serious felony offenses in state courts.  He also was a court appointed defense attorney for Leavenworth Municipal Court for the past 10 years.

Michael was a key force in forming the Annual Leavenworth County Bar Association Golf Tournament. He was instrumental in establishing the tradition of giving the proceeds of this event to local charities.  His efforts helped to produce a regular annual contribution to the local charities selected by the Leavenworth County Bar Association.  The total financial contribution his efforts produced is incalculable.  His participation will be missed by the members of the Bar Association and the charities his efforts assisted

He was the unofficial “Welcoming Committee” to new members of the Leavenworth Bar.  Michael would take time to greet and welcome all new attorneys and would introduce them to other older more experienced members.  He was kind, not only in court, but also warm and charming at social occasions.  Michael was an outstanding member of the Bar in his personal interactions with those who needed his counsel and insight.

On May 28, 1977, he married Colleen E. Barry at Fort Leavenworth, she survives at the home.  He is also survived by a son, Zachary D. (Paige) Waite of California; his mother and step-father, H. Louise and Richard Poweska of Oklahoma; his siblings, Susan M. (Stephen) Brown, Joyce A. (Scott) Schwertfager, and Steven A. Waite; his nieces, Jerrica Waite, Erin Waite, Sarah (Michael) Susalla, and Megan (Jay) Whay; and a great-Niece, Kayla Susalla.

Michael was preceded in death by his father, Richard D. Waite; and a brother, Daniel Richard Waite.

Cremation is planned there will be no services.  Memorials are suggested to the Leavenworth County Bar Association Golf Tournament, c/o 118 Elm St. Leavenworth, KS 66048  The charitable recipient of the donations will be named by the Bar Association at the time of the tournament

 

January 2008 Obituaries

William C. “Bill” Pastore

William C. “Bill” Pastore, 75, of Leavenworth, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, at the Eisenhower VA Medical Center.  He was born Oct. 24, 1932, in New York, N.Y. the son of Henry and Mildred (Devepwerd) Pastore.

Bill attended Leavenworth schools and then served for four years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.  After discharge from the Navy, he worked for more than 10 years in California as a chef.  In 1970 he returned to Leavenworth and went to work for Price Brothers in Bonner Springs.  After he retired from Price Brothers he worked at the Leavenworth VA as a grounds keeper.

Bill is survived by his siblings, Donald (Dixie) Walkenbach of Leavenworth, Blanch Goodrow of Reno, Nev., Helen (Raymond) Boyd of Leavenworth, and Freddie (Billie) Walkenbach of Leavenworth; his nieces and nephews, Matthew Walkenbach, Bridgette Henry, Lt. Col. Raymond Boyd Jr., Brenda Nooner, Debbie Day, Donna Patroske, Kathy Wolters, and Robert Oertel; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Pastore and, Mildred Walkenbach; his step-father, Fritz Walkenbach; and a sister, Rita Hubbard.

Bill will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

 Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, with a funeral service beginning at 10 a.m. at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Burial with Navy honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart association or the Diabetes association.

 

Lyle Edward Monsell

Lyle Edward Monsell, 86, of Leavenworth, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008, at Select Specialty Care at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.  He was born Oct. 14, 1921, in Omaha Neb., the son of William and Ruth (Wilson) Monsell.

On Feb. 28, 1942, he married Helen Spindler in Papillion, Neb., she preceded him in death on April 7, 2006.

Lyle is survived by a daughter, Judy (Gary) Keller of Platte City, Mo.; a granddaughter, Stacey (Paul) Bequette of Lansing; three great-grandchildren, Kelsey, Taylor and Darian; and a sister, Lillian Sunclades.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Donald, James, and Theodore,

Lyle was a 60 year member of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Jointers of America Local 168.  He collected antiques for 40 years.  Lyle was a member of First Christian Church.

A memorial service will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, at the First Christian Church, 130 N. 6th Street, Leavenworth.  There will be a reception after the service in the friendship room at the church.  Inurnment will be at a later date at Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to First Christian Church, 130 N 6th Street, Leavenworth, KS 66048.  R.L. Leintz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Dorothy E. Nelson

Dorothy E. Nelson, 87, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, at Country Care Nursing Home in Easton.  She was born Dec. 14, 1920, in Oakland, Calif., the daughter of Frank and Mary (Swartz) Migalo.

Dorothy lived in Oakland most of her life. She was involved in the community and community development.  She worked for the city of Oakland.  After retirement she and her son Ron moved to Leavenworth.

She is survived by her children, Ronald Nelson Sr. of Leavenworth, Debbie (Rodler) Morris of Leavenworth, and Christine (Bill) Garvin of Apache Junction, Ariz.; her grandchildren, Ronald Nelson Jr., Cristopher Hawkins, Mari Hawkins, Kira Hawkins, and Brion Hawkins; and five great-grandchildren.

Dorothy loved old music and old musicals.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan, 22, 2008, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant.  Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.  R.L. Leintz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Elizabeth L. VanDruff

Elizabeth L. VanDruff, 77, formerly of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, at her home in rural Easton.  She was born July 3, 1930, in Omaha, Neb., the daughter of Alvie and Viola (Lancaster) Darby. 

On Dec. 31, 1954, she married Grover C. VanDruff Jr. he preceded her in death in 1990.

Elizabeth is survived by her children, Andrea (Clyde) Fields of Lansing, Billy Stewart of Leavenworth, Diane (Kevin) Last of Leavenworth, Russell (Jane) VanDruff of Leavenworth, Elizabeth (Dale) Fryman of Leavenworth, Donald (Kathy) VanDruff of Missouri, Brenda (John) Achord of Easton, Philip (Amanda) VanDruff of Leavenworth; 34 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Dale Darby; one sister, Shirley Brewer; and a close friend and aunt, Lillian Shrader.

In addition to her husband, Elizabeth was preceded in death by two grandsons, Christopher Achord and Clyde E. Fields; her great-grandsons, Austin VanDruff, Jacob Simpson, and Mavrick Simpson.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, after the visitation at the funeral home.  Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to St. Luke’s Hospice. 

 

SFC. John T. Hodge Sr. US Army, Ret.

SFC John Thomas Hodge Sr. US Army retired, 75, of Leavenworth, entered into rest Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008.  He was born on Nov. 20, 1932, in Bean Station, Tenn., the son of Gid and Fannie (Spires) Hodge.

imageHe entered the United States Army in 1951.  He was a veteran of both the Korean (1951-1952) and Vietnam (1969-1970) wars.  He also served in Germany from 1956 to 1960.  He supervised the USDB car wash, farm, and also worked in various other sections of the prison at Ft. Leavenworth for 22 years.  He was awarded many medals including; Army Occupation Medal, Korean Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, United Nations Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal (10LC) RVN Gall Cross Unit Citation with Palm, Merit United Commendation, RVN Camp Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Eight Good Conducts Medals, 2nd Korean Winter, Korea Summer-Fall 52, Vietnam Summer-Fall 69, Sanctuary Counteroff, Vietnam Counteroff PVII, Vietnam Spring 69.  He retired in 1976 after serving for 26 ½ years.  After retirement, he worked in civil service in the department of Entomology at Ft. Leavenworth until he retired again in 1996.  He will be remembered for his service to his country, which he was extremely proud of.

He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans organizations.

While he was stationed at Ft. Leavenworth, he met Ruth Marie Zobel at the old roller skating rink on Shawnee Street.  They were married on April 11, 1953, at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church.

His main hobby was working and playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom he loved dearly, and will be greatly missed by them.  He loved his family, Tennessee, mushroom hunting, fixing things and taking meticulous care of his home.

John was a member of the Riverview Missionary Baptist Church in Bean Station, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Clyde; two nephews; and his mother and father in-law, John and Ruth Zobel.

John is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Ruth; his daughters, Patricia (Randy) Asher of Leavenworth, and Brenda (Mark) Little of Leavenworth; his sons, John (Cindy) Hodge Jr. of Terre Haute, Ind., Mike Hodge of Leavenworth, and Darrell (Cindy) Hodge of Meridian, Idaho; his grandchildren, Jeffrey Asher, Megan (James) Vanek, Raechel Little, Dusty Little, Derek Hodge, Zachary Hodge, Sarah Sweet, Krissi (Greg) Dillion, John Hodge III., Brent Hodge, Kellen Hodge, Mike Hodge Jr., and Brittany Sweet; his great-grandchildren, Haylee, Jaden and Jillian Vanek, Callista and Carson Dillion, Brody Asher, Keagan O’Brien, and Joshua Hodge;  his siblings, Dolice (Carolyn) Hodge, Marie Bibbins, and Grace Johnson, all of Bean Station, Tenn.; and several loved nieces and nephews.

 

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be at 9 a.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Pastor Randy Hodge (nephew) of Bean Station, Tenn., will officiate.  Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Riverview Missionary Baptist Church, Lakeshore Drive in Bean Station, TN 37708, or American Diabetes Association or American Liver Foundation. 

 

Printice “Lee” Bowen

Printice “Lee” Bowen, 63, of Leavenworth, died suddenly Friday, January 4, 2008, in Inez, Kentucky.  He was born Nov. 8, 1944, in Martin County, Ky., the son of Chester and Lillian (Mullett) Bowen.  They preceded him in death.

imageLee served two tours of duty in Vietnam while serving in the U.S. Army.  After discharge from the Army, he worked for the VA Police Department.  After he retired from the VA Police Department he worked in security at Kansas City International Airport as manager of security.

On March 28, 1969, he married Anna Marie Ozorkiewicz in Leavenworth, she survives at the home.  He is also survived by two daughters, Angela (Richie Merkel) Myers of Leavenworth and Barbie (Sam) Walker of Olathe; two grandchildren, Devan and Trenton; a sister Maxine (Buck Canterbury) Bowen of Kermit, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 pm Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan 10, at the funeral home, with Chaplain Craig Scheidecker presiding.  Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. 

 

Ruth May Whitaker

Ruth May Whitaker, 94, of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, January 2, 2008, at Homestead Assisted Living in Leavenworth.  She was born May 3, 1913, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of Ira and Olga (Lange) Leffler.

On December 28, 1932, she married Russ Whitaker in Kansas City, Mo., he survives at Homestead Assisted Living.  They celebrated 75 years of marriage last Friday.  She is also survived by a son, Reed and wife Susan Whitaker Jr. of Overland Park, Kan.; two grandchildren, Russell R. “Trey” Whitaker and Courtney Whitaker.

Ruth was preceded in death by a sister, Martha Ohde; and two brothers, Del Leffler and Kermit Leffler.

She was a great supporter of Leavenworth.  Ruth also supported her husband in many civic, historical, and cultural endeavors he undertook promoting Leavenworth.  She was co-owner of Barlow Cigar Company.  Ruth was a 50 year member of First United Methodist Church.  She was an avid collector of antiques.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, January 5, 2008, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday following the visitation at the funeral home.  Entombment will be at Mount Muncie Cemetery Mausoleum.  Memorials are suggested to St. John Hospital or First United Methodist Church. 

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