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Leavenworth Area 2009 Obituaries Archives

December 2009 Obituaries

April L. Crum

April L. Crum, 55, of Leavenworth, died Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at Golden Living Center. She was born April 19, 1954, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Alois and Betty Porter.

 

She is survived by her children, Sara (Greg) Wiley of Leavenworth, Mary Crum of Leavenworth and John Crum of Overland Park, Kan.; her siblings, Ivy (Bill) Klingele, Michael (Darla) Porter, Gloria (Jefty) Uptain and Charles Wayne Patton; four grandchildren, Justice, Kiya, Willow and Michaela; her nieces and nephews, Stacey, Julianne, Nikki, Jake and Cody; her great-niece and nephew, Makenzi and Devin; her aunts and uncles, Dixie Walkenbach, Woody Porter, Verda Baker and Kenny Porter; and a special friend, Elizabeth Patzwald.

 

April was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, David Alan.

 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Hampton Cemetery.

Jack G. Eagles Jr.

Jack G. Eagles Jr., 64, of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at Kansas City Hospice House. He was born April 10, 1945, in Leavenworth, the son of Jack George Ward Eagles and Dorothy May (Gausz) Eagles.

eaglesJack graduated from Immaculata High School in 1963. After graduation he enlisted in the U. S. Air Force and served with the Air Police in S.E. Asia and DaNang Air Bases in 1964.

From 1967 to 1970 Jack was a deputy sheriff with the Leavenworth County Sheriff Department. He then worked at the Leavenworth Federal Prison until 1983. Jack worked with the U.S. Coast Guard for three years and worked with the department of the Army for twelve years. He served in Desert Shield/Storm from 1990 to 1991. During his military career he received many awards to include expert marksman. In 1996 he retired from the Army Reserves as a Brigade Sergeant Major. After his military retirement he worked at several security jobs to include 10 years at Saint Mary College as a Security Supervisor.

On Oct. 2, 1965, he married Peggy Trum. During their marriage they had three daughters. They divorced in March of 1978. He will be sadly missed by his three daughters, Roxane (Tom) Turnbull, Dawn (Jon) LeBar and Kim (Mike) Logan; 10 grandchildren who will miss him are, Michael and Heather McFarlin, Lauren and Matthew Turnbull, Michaela LeBar, Jessie and Jason Eberth, Garrett, Abby and Gwen Logan; his sisters, Mary Ann Messer and Toni (Leo) Fink; and many nieces and nephews. He will also be greatly missed by his “spoiled” white German shepherd, Casper.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, William “Willie” Eagles; and his nephew, Daniel Fink.

Jack was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Vietnam Security Police Association, the National Rifle Association, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Smith and Wesson Club. He loved his motorcycle, going camping, spending time at the lake and the time spent at the shooting range. He enjoyed teaching others how to shoot, especially his daughters and nephews. Jack loved teasing and tormenting his grandchildren. He also loved to travel and meet new people. No one was ever a stranger to him. He will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 5 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at Immaculate Conception Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, Immaculate Conception Church or the Vietnam Security Police Association.

 

Theodore “Ted” Keith Higgins

Theodore “Ted” Keith Higgins, 67, of Leavenworth, died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at his home. He was born Sept. 29, 1942, in Leavenworth, the son of Walter and Helen (Snodgrass) Higgins.

HigginsAfter graduation from high school Ted served in the U.S. Army for two years. On May 27, 1966, he married Gail Helm in Leavenworth. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Brian Higgins of Leavenworth and Ann (Jeff) Blockburger of Leavenworth; his brothers, James, Edward, Dennis, Roger, Gary, Terry Higgins; and a sister, Janice Dill.

Ted worked for many years at Missouri Valley Steel until it closed. He then went to work at Fort Leavenworth and retired from civil service five years ago. He also owned and operated an income tax preparation business from his home for 40 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to the casino and traveling.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of his mother.

Eugenia "Jean" L. Ralston

Eugenia “Jean” L. Ralston, 91, formerly of Leavenworth, died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at Country Care of Easton. She was born Sept. 18, 1918, in Leavenworth, the daughter of John Antonio and Josephine (Mayer) Ruga.

In 1953 she married Clifford Ralston. He preceded her in death on Oct. 13. 1994. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Catherine Clift and her twin sister Carmen Gabrick, who died Dec. 1, 2009; and a brother, Edward Ruga.

She is survived by, two step-children; seven step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; two nephews, Lucien Gabrick Jr. and wife Ann of Olathe, and Mark Gabrick and wife Annette of Lawrence; and a niece, Gloria Gabrick of Charlotte, N.C.

Jean worked at Gould National Battery for 38 years. She retired in 1980. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the church altar society, Daughters of Isabella, Friendship Club, the Eagles Auxiliary and Eagles R.E.A.C.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at St. Joseph Church. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Church.

Carmen Gabrick

Carmen Marie Gabrick, 91, of Leavenworth, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. She was born Sept. 18, 1918, in Leavenworth, the daughter of John Antonio and Josephine (Mayer) Ruga.

On April 16, 1942, she married Lucien P Gabrick Sr., at St. Joseph Church. He survives at the home. She is also survived by two sons, Lucien Gabrick Jr. and wife Ann of Olathe, Kan., and Mark Gabrick and wife Annette of Lawrence, Kan.; one daughter, Gloria Gabrick of Charlotte, N.C.; three step-granddaughters, seven step-great-grandchildren; and her twin sister, Eugenia Ralston.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Catherine Clift; and a brother, Edward Ruga.

Carmen was a lifetime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She was also a member of the church altar society, Daughters of Isabella, Friendship Club, Eagles Auxiliary and Eagles R.E.A.C.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The Rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at St. Joseph Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm.,  as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Church.

 

 

November 2009 Obituaries

Mary Jane "Buzz" Glynn

Mary Jane “Buzz” Glynn, 80, of Lansing, died Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, at Cushing Memorial Hospital. She was born Feb. 24, 1929, the daughter of John and Leona (Ferguson) Glynn.

Buzz worked for 27 years for Kansas Power and Light Company as an accounting specialist. She retired in 1991. Prior to working and KP & L she worked at Hallmark Cards for 15 years. She also owned Mary Jane’s Bakery in Leavenworth for six years.

She is survived by her twin sister, Margaret Glynn of the home; and a nephew, John VanderMeer.

Buzz was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, John W. Glynn.

She enjoyed bowing, playing golf and playing cards.

No services are scheduled. Cremation is planned. Arrangements by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Cushing Hospital ICU.

Mary Ann Garsow

Mary Ann Garsow, 56 of Leavenworth, passed away, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born July 12, 1953, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Herman C. and Irene M. (Ross) Schultz Jr.

garsowMary Ann graduated from Leavenworth High School. On Aug. 13, 1971, she married Thomas F. Garsow. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her father; a niece, Dawna Zwickel; a nephew, Tim; and two brothers-in-law, Edward and Ron Garsow.

She is survived by her two sons, Brian (Jennifer) Garsow of Lansing and Brad (Aimee) Garsow of Leavenworth; her mother, Irene M. Schultz; a sister, Sharon L. (Don) Zwickel; her grandchildren, Kyle, Jared, Cora and Joseph Garsow; her nieces and nephews, Leigh Ann, Diane, Elaine, Alan, David and Brandon; and two brothers-in-law, Mike and Bill Garsow.

Mary Ann worked for more than 20 years for the Leavenworth School system. She was devoted to her grandchildren and family.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

DeAnn Margaret Huhn

DeAnn Margaret Huhn, 53, of Beaumont, Texas died Monday, November 23, 2009, at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth in Beaumont.

HuhnA native of Iola, Kansas and a resident of the Beaumont area for twenty-seven years, DeAnn taught 1st grade at Pietzsch MacArthur Elementary for seventeen years.

Survivors include her husband, Michael J. Huhn of Beaumont; daughters, Barbara Forquer and her husband Sean of Robinson, and Michelle Johanningsmeier and her husband Benjamin of Albuquerque, New Mexico; grandchildren, Caitlin Amanda Forquer, and Gillian Marie Johanningsmeier; brothers, Stephen St. Clair, and Kenneth St. Clair; sister, Susan Owens; and many loving nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her sister, Judith Grittman; and her parents, Freda and Cecil St. Clair.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 25, 2009, at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, 6825 Gladys Avenue, Beaumont under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. 

A graveside service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 28, 2009, at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Lansing, Kansas under the direction of Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Avenue, in Leavenworth, Kansas. A gathering of her family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. with a Christian Vigil at 5:30 p.m. Friday, November 27, 2009, at the Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265-0309 or to Humane Society of Southeast Texas, P.O. Box 1629, Beaumont, Texas 77704.

Complete and updated information may be viewed at www.broussardsmortuary.com.

 

 

Bruce James Rodgers

Bruce James Rodgers, 55, of Leavenworth, died Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at the Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Leavenworth, after battling cancer.

scan6He was born March 1, 1954, in Leavenworth, the son of Jessie and Sarah Jane (Letcher) Rodgers. Bruce attended Leavenworth schools and graduated from Leavenworth High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1973 to 1976.

He was previously married to Glenda Jackson. They remained friends and she survives in Leavenworth. He is also survived by his brothers and sister, Jesse, Keith, Craig, Dennis, David, Mark, Teresa and Ray; several nieces and nephews; and his extended north-side second family who took excellent care of him until his death.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ronnie.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov 25, 2009 at the funeral home chapel. Cremation will follow the service with a private family inurnment at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

 

Loretta J. Rogacki

Loretta J. Rogacki, 84, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., formerly of Leavenworth, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at her home. She was born March 7, 1925, in Leavenworth the daughter of John and Annastasia (Cahill) Bartlett.

On May 29, 1942, she married John Rogacki in Leavenworth. He preceded her in death on Sept. 27, 1972. She never remarried because she said no one could take his place. Loretta was also preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, David and Bonnie Bartlett who lived in Ormond Beach, Fla.

Loretta is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Lynda Rogacki of Lake Lotawana, Mo.; her precious granddaughter, Gentry (Rico) Scavuzzo; and her two great-grandsons she adored, Cooper and Rossi.

She worked for over 20 years at Russell’s Drug store in Leavenworth in the stock department. She was a member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church. In 2006 she moved from Leavenworth to Lee’s Summit to be closer to her son and granddaughter.

Visitation will be from 11 to noon Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at noon at the funeral home after the visitation with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Church.

Michael Eugene Satterly

Michael Eugene Satterly, 54, of Leavenworth, died of natural causes Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, at his residence. Mike was born Dec. 29, 1955, in Baumholder, Germany, to Eugene C. and Lavern P. Wallentinson Satterly.

satterlyMike attended schools in Leavenworth and graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1973. Mike married LeAnn Findeisen on Aug. 1, 1980, and from their union had one daughter, Echo A. Satterly. Mike had various jobs throughout his life, predominantly in the retail music industry.
Mike was an animal lover and a companion human to one or two cats for most of his life. In his early adult years, Mike enjoyed softball and basketball and played on various city league teams. He was a huge University of Kansas fan. A lifelong collector of comic books, as well as music of all types, Mike was a walking music and movie trivia dictionary. He was a voracious reader and a very familiar face at the Leavenworth Public Library, visiting almost daily.


Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Lavern, and his brother, Gordon Satterly.


He is survived by his daughter, Echo A. Satterly of Lawrence, Kan.; his father, Eugene C. Satterly of Indianapolis, Ind.; his brother, David P.
Satterly of Boise, Idaho; a grandson, Ian E. McCullough of Spring, Texas; and his nieces, Devan B. Satterly Penrod (Casey) and Alixe H. Satterly of Idaho.
Mike was loved and will be sorely missed by his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mike’s name to the Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society or the Leavenworth Public Library.

 

Roger Andrew Hartshorn

Roger Andrew Hartshorn, 21, of Lansing, died Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, in Lansing. He was born May 28, 1988, in El Paso, Texas the son of Robert and Soe (Poksun) Hartshorn.

He is survived by his parents; his sisters, Stephanie (David) Bell of Lansing and Michelle Hartshorn of Leavenworth; his grandmother, Honora Hartshorn; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; 14 nieces and nephews; two step-sisters, Christina and Robin; a step-brother, Robert; and his step-mother, Sandra Hartshorn

Roger was preceded in death by his grandparents and his uncle, Roger Hartshorn.

He will be remembered as being kindhearted and always willing to help. He was a wonderful son, brother, uncle and friend. Roger attended Leavenworth Public Schools and worked at several area restaurants. He will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. after the visitation at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the service. 

 

Thomas W. Graham, MD 

Thomas Warne Graham, MD, 82, died peacefully, at his home in Leavenworth County, Kan., on Monday, November 9, 2009, after battling cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease. In attendance was his wife of 54 years, Eunice Dare Graham.  He was cremated.

Doctor Graham was born in Cleveland, Ohio on Nov. 29, 1926, to the late Beatrice Warne and Perry L. Graham. Residing in the state of Ohio up through his college years at Ohio State University, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and won the prestigious award of The Ohio State Scholar. He continued his schooling at Ohio State, earning a Doctor of Medicine degree, when he was only 23 years old.  

After returning from Africa in the 1950s where then Captain Graham served in the Army Medical Corps at Kagnew Station, Asmara, Eritrea, he collaborated with his brothers Ken and Malcolm to open a medical clinic in Leavenworth. Retiring from the practice of medicine in 1989, Dr. Tom, as he was known, had served his patients for 35 years. 

During this time Doctor Graham served as staff president at both Cushing Memorial Hospital and St. John Hospital as well as president of the Leavenworth Health Department. 

Accomplished in the art of wood working and the cultivation of orchids, he was best known for his love of the land and could be seen in any weather tramping over the acreage, clearing brush and mending fences, most lately accompanied by his faithful canine companion, Samantha. His brush of white hair could be seen curling from under his old straw hat and if you should stop for a minute along the road there was always a ready smile and a bit of dry wit. 

He is survived by his wife, Eunice Dare Graham of the home; his children, Thomas Warne Graham II of Columbia, Md ., and Andrew Kevin Graham of Leavenworth; and his grandchildren, Perry T. Graham of Blacksburg, Va., and Alex Graham of Elon College, N. C. Also surviving are a dozen nieces and nephews.

Friends and former patients are invited to a reception to honor Doctor Graham’s memory, from 2 to 4 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at June's Cottage, 216 North Broadway, Leavenworth. 

The family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association, 5375 W. 7th Street, Topeka, KS 66606 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

Joseph B. Goodwin Sr.

Joseph B. Goodwin Sr., 52, of Lansing, passed away Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at Kansas City Hospice House. He was born July 27, 1957, in Leavenworth, the son of Julius Alfred and Ruby Marie (May) Goodwin Sr.

scan3Joseph served in the U.S. Army from 1978 to 1981. While serving in the Army he earned the sharp shooters medal, the aircraft crew members badge and the good conduct medal. Joseph enjoyed playing drums and baseball. He was a proud employee of FedEx Corporation with many years of loyal service.

On July 4, 1998, he married Marilyn Denise Simien in Lansing. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Joseph B. Goodwin Jr. of Leavenworth, Phillip C. (Lashay) Goodwin of Overland Park, Kan., and Tiffany Krystal Marie Goodwin of Leavenworth; a granddaughter, Desiree Shelly Goodwin; his siblings, Julius A. (Kathy) Goodwin Jr., James W. Goodwin, Deborah K. (Paul) Moore, Margaret E. (David) Rainey, Lloyd N. (Pamela B.) Goodwin Sr., Sharon D. Davis and Keith A. (April) Goodwin; his Canaan Worship Center family; his FedEx Family; and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents; two siblings, Franklin S. Goodwin and Ruby L. Hill; and the mother of his children Shelly D. Buchanan Goodwin.

 Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, at Canaan Worship Center, 5333 Bannister Road, Kansas City, MO 64173. Burial with military honors will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

October 2009 Obituaries

Janet Schaefer King

Janet Schaefer King, 67, of Lansing, died Oct.16, 2009, at her home.

imageJanet was preceded in death by her son, Steven King; her brother, Craig Schaefer; and her sister, Edna Mae Schaefer.

She is survived by her husband, Lowell; her son, James King; her daughters and their husbands, Bethany (Gilbert) Stevenson and Carrie (Scott) Allan; her brother, Bradford (Sandy) Schaefer; one granddaughter, Sarah; and seven grandsons, Matthew, Bradley, Gregory, Robert, Zachary, Nicolas, and Ezekiel.

 Private burial will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery. A memorial service will be at the Bonner Springs Church of the Nazarene at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009.  Arrangements entrusted to R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lansing Kansas Scholarship Fund Incorporated, 1128 E. Kansas, Lansing, KS 66043.

 

Gertrude M. Collins

Gertrude M. Collins, 83, of Lansing, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at Saint Luke’s Northland hospital. She was born, June 22, 1926, in West Orange, N.J. the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Murphy) Bonnell.

On Oct. 28, 1950, she married Harry Edward Collins Jr., in West Orange, N.J. He preceded her in death on Nov. 4, 1976. She was also preceded in death by her son, Dennis Collins; and eight brothers and sisters.

Gertrude is survived by her children, Stephen and wife Josette Collins of Philadelphia, Pa. and Eileen Hunt of Lansing; her grandchildren, David Hunt, Derek Hunt, Devon Hunt, Matthew Collins and Sarah Collins; and many nieces and nephews.

She lived most of her adult life in the Cleveland, Ohio area. In 2006 Gertrude moved to Lansing to be near her family.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct 22, 2009, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery.

Jean Olive Lonergan

Jean Olive Lonergan, 95, a lifelong resident of Leavenworth County, died Thursday morning Oct. 8, 2009, at her Leavenworth Home.

lonerganShe was born Jean Olive Aaron on Aug. 6, 1914, in Leavenworth, the daughter of John Patrick and Eleanor Vista (Frank) Aaron of the Boling community. She attended rural Central Grade School and was a 1932 graduate of Immaculata High School. She earned a bachelor of science degree from Saint Mary College.

Jean married Michael Roth Lonergan at Sacred Heart Church in Leavenworth on Aug. 23, 1938. He preceded her in death on Dec. 25, 1986. Prior to her marriage, Mrs. Lonergan taught four years in elementary schools in rural Leavenworth County. She was also an elementary school teacher in the Fort Leavenworth School System from 1953 to 1976. While there she served a term as president of the Fort Leavenworth Education Association.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church for over 71 years and was active in the Altar Society, serving twice as president. She was a member of the Saint Mary College (University of Saint Mary) Alumni and Women’s Associates. She served many years in the St. John Hospital Guild, volunteering many hours in the hospital gift shop and she served two terms as guild president. She was named St. John Hospital volunteer of the year in 1989.

Jean was a member of the Leavenworth Association of Retired School Personnel. For many years she was a member of the Leavenworth Country Club and played an active part in the LCC Women’s Golf Association. She also was an avid bridge player and belonged to several bridge clubs.

Along with her husband she was a lifetime member of the Democratic Party and was active in the Democratic Women’s Club of Leavenworth.

She is survived by her two sons, Michael Roth (Marianne) Lonergan of The Villages, Fla., and Lee Patrick (Lucinda) Lonergan of Iola, Kan.; a daughter, Martha (H. James) Allen of Leavenworth; eight grandchildren, John Patrick (Monica) Lonergan of Peoria, Ill., Julianne (Jason) Edwards of Cibolo, Texas, James Lonergan “Lon” Allen of Dallas, Texas, Meredith Timmons of Leavenworth, Michael John (Cara) Lonergan of Overland Park, Kan., Katherine Jean “Katy” Lonergan of Mission, Kan., Ryan Patrick (Katie) Lonergan of Olathe, Kan. and Mary Colleen “Molly” Lonergan of Gardner, Kan.; her great-grandchildren, Jacob Michael Lonergan, Grace Erin Lonergan, Elizabeth Marie Lonergan, Caleb Patrick Lonergan, Austin Anderson Bolt, Emily Kate Lonergan, Anthony John Lonergan, Joseph Michael Lonergan, Kathleen Brigitte Edwards, Dylan John Edwards and Olivia Jeanette Timmons; her niece Lyn Aaron Dixon of  Charlotte, N.C.; and nephew, J. Patrick Aaron, of San Francisco, Calif.; and many cousins and friends.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her brother, Frank Edwin Aaron; her sister Grace L. Cellier; her great-granddaughter, Avery Elizabeth Lonergan; and a nephew, Michael Aaron.

The family will receive friends at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, 2009. A vigil service will be begin at 6 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct 13, at Immaculate Conception Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm.,  as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Immaculata High School, Immaculate Conception Church, Saint John Hospital Building fund, the University of Saint Mary or to the donor’s choice.

Lucy A. Walter

Lucy A. Walter, 95, of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009, in Leavenworth. She was born Feb.14, 1914, in Cleveland, Ohio the daughter of John and Mary (Ryan) McDonough.

She graduated from Ursuline Academy in Cleveland, Ohio and attended Ursuline College for two years. On July 19, 1941, she married Albert R. Walter. He preceded her in death on Oct. 1, 1961. Lucy was also preceded in death by her parents; a sister; and three brothers.

She lived in California for 48 years.  In 1994, she moved to Kansas when she was 80 to be closer to her two daughters.

Lucy is survived by her two daughters, Sister Lucy Walter and Sister Noreen Walter both Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth; and a niece, Mary Ellen Jensen of Colorado.

She cherished her two daughters and loved and enjoyed her many other daughters she adopted through her long relationship with the extended community she enjoyed through the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth.  She was an Associate of the Sisters of Charity.

Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009 at Ross Hall Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12, 2009, at Ross Chapel, Mother House of the Sisters of Charity. Burial will take place in California. Arrangements are entrusted to R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested in lieu of flowers to the Sisters of Charity or to the University of Saint Mary.

James C. “Jim” Shockey

James C. “Jim” Shockey, 51, of Leavenworth, passed away, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, at his home surrounded by his family.

shockeyJim was born Feb. 2, 1958, in Long Beach, Ca., the son of Paul and Joan (Ramey) Shockey.

He is survived by his wife, Sharie of the home; his son Joshua (Whitney Jaster) Shockey; his daughter, Tavi (Jeremy) Wydicks; his mother, Joan Shockey; his brother, Paul David Shockey; his sister, Jodi (Jim) Slapper; his mother and father in-law, Laurie and Mike Doty; his brothers in-law, Rob (Carrie) Racicot, Kevin Racicot and Michael Doty Jr.; his grandchildren, Jenna, Connor and Caleb; and his nieces and nephews, Brent, Alyssa, Breanne, Heath, Kalyn, Jill and Sarah.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, Paul Shockey; and his sister, Paula (Shockey) Johnson.

He was a loving husband, son, father, brother and true friend. For 33 years Jim worked for Hallmark Cards where he made many lasting friends with his knowledge, expertise and good-natured personality. He will be greatly missed by his fellow employees.

Outside of work Jim was a member of the Leavenworth County Club where he could often be found playing rounds of golf, one of his favorite sports. He was very athletic throughout his life. He loved watching, Tony Stewart in the Sprint Cup Series; the KU Jayhawks; and the Kansas City Chiefs. He played, softball, volleyball, bowled and fished throughout his life. During the summer, he could be found enjoying friends and family at the lake or on a canoe trip. Spontaneous, with good sense of humor, great smile and contagious laugh, he was the life of the party. Jim was probably best known for being the captain of his throne and the commander of his remote. Jim Shockey was loved by many, will be missed by all and always remembered.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the funeral home. Inurnment will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or to the Lincoln statue.  

Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. John H. Cole

Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. John H. Cole, 62, of Leavenworth passed away peacefully on Oct. 5, 2009, at the University of Kansas Hospital surrounded by his wife of 40 years and his two daughters. 

John was born Jan. 21, 1947, in Syracuse, N.Y. the son of Harland and Albertina Cole. They preceded him in death. He grew up in Camden, N.Y. and attended Camden Central Schools. John graduated from Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., in 1969 and was commissioned as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army. He was a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War and served 24 years in the military with time served in Special Forces. John was a hero to many but referred to himself as “just a simple old soldier” and will be sadly missed by comrades that knew and loved him.

John married Pamela Banghart on Oct. 25, 1969, in Weston, Mass. They enjoyed lots of laughter and many adventures during their forty years together. John is survived by Pamela and their two beloved Golden Retrievers. John and Pam had two daughters and raised them as “Army Brats” moving every couple of years over three continents. Connie and Pat Martin live in Olathe and Tammy and Richard Moeller reside in Leavenworth. John was adored by his five grandchildren, Katherine Anne, Jamison, Sarah, Annelise and Aubrey. He enjoyed reading, cooking, music, telling jokes and playing games with his family.

John is also survived by his father and mother in-law, Charles and Phyllis Burgess, as well as his brother and sister in-law, Russell and Penny Theall, all of Weston, Md.  He was preceded in death by his father in-law Perry Banghart. John enjoyed his last trip to the family cottage in Maine where he was able to spend time with his nieces, Crystal and Wendy, and his nephews, Tripper and Seth.

John’s second career was with Northrop Grumman in Leavenworth. He leaves behind many colleagues who will miss him sorely. John enjoyed international travel and “holding court” with many of the young men he mentored. He was a “man’s man” and enjoyed spending time at Ten Penny Restaurant with other Norwich Alumni.

Through the years John was active in Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A and was an avid supporter of animal welfare efforts. He was a military sponsor of International Students at Fort Leavenworth, he was member of the Special Forces Association, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Association of the United States Army. John dedicated his life to God, his country, the military, his family, comrades, friends and his pets.  “....I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty. .......old soldiers never die, they just fade away.”  (Gen. Douglas MacArthur)

A celebration of his life will be held at Ten Penny Restaurant in Leavenworth on Tuesday, October 13, 2009, at 5 p.m. A private inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society (LAWS), 728 Cherokee, Leavenworth, KS 66048.

September 2009 Obituaries

Jeffrey W. Brundy Sr.

Jeffrey Wayne Brundy, Sr., 48, of Leavenworth, took flight to heaven to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at Kansas City Hospice House after succumbing to a 22 month journey with Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cancer.

bundyHe was born June 26, 1961, in Leavenworth, the son of Msg. US Army (Ret) Joseph and Dorothy (Bradford) Brundy, Jr. Jeffrey was an exceptional student and athlete at Leavenworth High School. He shattered the single season assist record with 110 assists on the varsity basketball team. After graduating in 1979, Jeffrey went on to attend Kansas City Kansas Community College on a basketball scholarship. He later graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas.

He pursued his entrepreneurial spirit by establishing Intimately Yours Boutique, located in downtown Leavenworth. He spent well over a decade in the telecommunications industry working with Sprint PCS, until his health failed.

Jeffrey was a God fearing man, who enjoyed spending time with family, talking on his cell phone, sports, traveling, and inspiring others in a positive light. He also loved coaching basketball and mentoring youth.

He was united in marriage to Danna Hildebrandt in 1980. Later he was united in marriage to Patreece Morris.

Jeffrey is survived by his devoted mother, Dorothy Brundy of Leavenworth; two sons, Jeffrey W. Brundy, Jr., of Fayetteville, N.C. and Samuel J. Brundy of Leavenworth; his five sisters, Pat (Lindley) Brooks of Centennial, Colo., Joan (Lloyd) Coubarous of Arlington, Texas, Rebecca Brundy-Young of Tacoma, Wash., Michele McRoy of Leavenworth, and Cheryl Brundy-Sanford of Leavenworth; his three brothers, Donald (Pat) Hatcher of Detroit, Mich., Michael (NaOra Horton) of Mansfield, Texas and Sgt Maj. U.S. Army (Ret) Joseph (Roselind) W. Brundy III of Chester, Va.; nine nieces and nephews; one great-nephew; one great-niece; his aunt Gerilyn (Michael) Coubarous of Arlington, Texas; his uncle William “Billy” Davis of Leavenworth; his granddaughter, Keiyanna Brundy of Leavenworth; two brothers in-law Scott Sanford of Leavenworth and Fred McCleary of Spanaway, Wash.; several cousins; and a large extended family and special friends.

Jeffrey was preceded in death by his father; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, at Independent Baptist Church. At Jeffrey’s request the casket will be closed. R.L. Leintz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to an educational fund.

 

Brandon Michael Thomas McLilly

Brandon Michael Thomas McLilly, 16, of Leavenworth, passed away on Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. He was born Oct. 10, 1992, in Manhattan, Kan., the son of Curtis and Carmen (Green) McLilly.

BMcLillyrandon is survived by his parents of the home; his sister, Briana McLilly of Leavenworth; his brother, C. Brian McLilly of Leavenworth; his paternal grandmother, Rose Pilgrim; his maternal great-aunt, Jacquellyn Scott; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Albert and Margaret Green; a maternal aunt, Tanya Green-Williams; and his paternal grandfather, Daniel McLilly.

Brandon was an angel unaware, he demonstrated unconditional love for all. He loved life and lived each day to the fullest. He will be remembered as a warrior who fought to make each day the best it could be. Brandon was a great brother to his siblings. He was currently a student at Leavenworth High School.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28, at the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Lyle R. Murphy Sr.

Lyle R. Murphy Sr., 78, of Leavenworth, left to be with his beloved wife Maryann, on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009. Lyle was born Sept. 6, 1931, in Canton, Ill., the son of Charles and Mary Murphy.

LMurphyyle is survived by his children, Lyle (Jayne) Murphy Jr., Mary  (Herb) Glenn, Sally Miller, Fannie (Dean) Crosby, Randy (Lori) Murphy and Linda Sotomayor all of Leavenworth.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two infant children, Terry Lee and John Charles.

Lyle was a wonderful father and grandfather. He served a tour of duty during World War II. He retired from the city of Leavenworth after 43 years of service. He will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. after the visitation at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery.

William A. “Bill” Berg

William A. “Bill” Berg, 77, of Elk Grove, Ill., passed away peacefully, Tuesday, September 15, 2009, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born was born September 14, 1932, in Leavenworth, the son of Walter and Mildred (Morton) Berg. 

In 1956 after serving in the Air Force during the Korean War, Bill returned home to Leavenworth to marry Brenda Laura Brendlinger. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Jeffrey W. Berg of Chicago, Ill., and Kathryn A. (Berg) Kaya of Elk Grove, Ill.; his grandsons, Nicholas W. Berg and Alexander M. Kaya; his younger sister, Betty Ann Hoppe and her husband Raymond of Leavenworth; and their children whom also mourn the loss.

 Bill worked for Aeronautical Radio, Inc., until his retirement in 1993. After retirement he was able to spend more time on the golf course, at the bowling alley and on the road traveling.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 26, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or Hospice.

Frances A. Harnish

Frances A. Harnish, 91, of Easton, died Thursday, Sept. 10. 2009, at Country Care of Easton. She was born Jan. 14, 1918, in Easton, the daughter of John W. and Alice Mary (Stevens) Striegel.

scan9On July 23, 1938, she married George A. Harnish at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on July 12, 1992.

Frances is survived by her children, Jeanie (Bobby) Lawrence of Leavenworth, Kathleen Pryor of Dixon, Ca., Joe (Connie) Harnish of Leavenworth and Bernie Harnish of Topeka; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Steve Striegel of Lawrence, Alice Priddy of Lawrence and Kathleen Wistuba of Valley Falls.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Helen Hundley, Loretta Henderson and Mary Ford; and three brothers, Ted, John and Bernie Striegel.

Frances was born and lived all of her life in Easton. She was a life-long member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church and Altar Society.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, 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, Sept. 14, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Easton with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm and Rev. Paul Doh, SOLT as con-celebrants. Burial will follow at St. Lawrence Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Lawrence Church.

Dorothy Jean Myhand

Dorothy Jean Myhand, 86, of Easton, passed away Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, at Cushing Memorial Hospital after an extended battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

 She was born Aug 6, 1923, in Livingston, Mont., the daughter of Robert Francis and Alta Clella (Jackson) Kaylor.

On Aug. 5, 1942, she married Sirl Myhand in San Diego, Ca. He survives at the home. She is also survived by her sons, Joe Myhand of Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii and Bradley (Lyn) Myhand of Easton; her daughters Sirleen (Norm) Ghigleri of Aptos, Ca., Teresa Myhand of Spotsylvania, Va.; a daughter-in-law, Cheri Myhand of La Verne, Tenn.; a brother, Robert Kaylor of North Hollywood, Ca.; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Steven Dean Myhand; a sister, Frances Howell; a brother, Gyme Joe Kaylor; and a grandson Tyson Hill.

Dorothy enjoyed cooking, gardening, traveling, spending time with her family and meeting new people.

Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

 

Elmer G. McCune

Elmer G. McCune, 73, of Leavenworth, died Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, at his home. He was born July 6, 1936, in Leavenworth, the son of Theodore Medill and Myrtle (Batchelor) McCune.

Elmer attended elementary and junior high school in Atchison. He graduated from Potter High School in Atchison County in 1954. Elmer entered the U.S. Navy in October of 1954 and served in the western Pacific on the cruiser U.S.S. Manchester as a machinists mate. He was employed at Hallmark Cards for 32 years retiring in 1991. He was a charter member of the Leavenworth U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla 31-8 as communications officer. He was a original member of the Leavenworth Roadrunners motorcycle club.

Elmer is survived by his long-time companion, Jean Arlene Mears of Leavenworth; his siblings, Irma (Gale) Pardee of Topeka, Marvin (Nancy) McCune of Leavenworth and Jennean (Leonard) Reed of Lansing; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Theodora Marie Blankenship in 1954; and his parents in the 1980.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow at Fall Creek Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Southern Heights Methodist Church.

Kevin J. Last

Kevin Jerome Last, 49, of Leavenworth, passed away suddenly Thursday, September 3, 2009, from a stroke. He was born September 16, 1959, the son of Herbert E. and Marilyn J. (Bollin) Last.

Kevin Kevin was a sensitive and caring person. His passion was spending hours in his barn collecting and creating his "unique treasures." He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and hanging out with family and friends. But most of all he loved being with his daughter, Sophie. Kevin worked as a boiler maintenance mechanic for over 25 years at Con Agra Foods and Uni-Lever, both in the Kansas City area.

Kevin is survived by his wife, Diane of 22 years and daughter, Sophie Louise, both of the home. He is also survived by daughters, Kara (Todd) Bullock of Leavenworth and Kelly Higgins of Leavenworth; a son, Franky (Keri) Gauger of Lansing; his grandsons, James (Michaela) Bergman, Perry Bergman, Dustan Higgins and Will Gauger; his granddaughters, Chelsea Bergman and Payge Gauger; his great-granddaughter, Makenzie Bergman; his siblings, Linda (John) Tesar,  Barbara Opfer, James (Cyndie)Last and Brenda (Kurt) Scharig; five nephews; three nieces; four great-nephews; and three great-nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Family and friends will be welcomed at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Ave., Leavenworth, KS, 66048, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2009. Graveside service with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., presiding will follow the visitation at 1 p.m. at Kickapoo Memorial Cemetery. Diane will welcome family and friends at her home immediately following the burial. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to an education fund for Sophie at Frontier Community Credit Union, Leavenworth, KS, 913-651-6575.

 

 

Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Jack Clarence McClary Sr.

Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Jack “Mac” C. McClary Sr., 83, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, at his home. He was born Nov. 25, 1925, in Charleston, S.C. the son of Lucius and Lanora (Donely) McClary. Mac lived in Walterboro, S.C. until the age of five. He spent about nine years in an orphanage in Charleston, S.C. He moved to California in 1938 when he was 13 years old with his mother and step-father Marshall H. Barrett and his siblings.

scan8Mac entered military service on Jan. 24, 1944. Mac was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam conflict. He was on foreign duty in the European Theater of Operations; the Pacific Theater of Operations; Japan, Korea; and Vietnam where he took part in six combat campaigns. Among his decorations are the, Bronze Star Medal; the Combat Infantry Badge; 10 awards of the Good Conduct Medal; the WWII Victory Medal; the United Nations Service Medal; the Korean Service Medal; the Vietnamese Service Medal; and the National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. He also earned the Expert Marksman Medal for the 45 caliber weapon.

Mac was an avid sportsman as well as holding several records for his hunting and fishing skills. He belonged to the NRA and was a Hunter Safety instructor while stationed at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.  Mac and family returned to Leavenworth in 1973 when he retired with 30 years of active duty and lived here until the time of his passing.

On May 7, 1949, he married Rose Stafford at St. Ignatius Catholic Chapel, Fort Leavenworth. After Mac’s retirement Rose and he enjoyed traveling, spending time with their grandchildren and gardening. They were married for 60 years. Rose preceded him in death on May 19, 2009. He was also preceded in death by his parents; step-father; and brothers, Alford McClary and Gilbert McClary.

Jack is survived by his five children, Marshall K. McClary of Leavenworth, Michael D. McClary of Linwood, Kan., Marie A. McClary of Lansing, Jack C. McClary Jr. of Leavenworth and Helen A. and husband Col. Dominic E. Pompelia of Fort Leavenworth; two grandchildren; and a sister, Anna Platner of San Diego, Ca.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Graveside services with full military honors will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the VFW.

 

August 2009 Obituaries

Rita M. Schuler

Rita M. Schuler, 69, of Leavenworth, died unexpectedly Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, at St. John Hospital. She was born Nov. 2, 1939, in Atchison, Kan., the second youngest of eight children of Felix and Frances (Domann) Ernzen.

schulerShe graduated from high school in Effingham, attended Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison and graduated from Kansas State University in Manhattan with a bachelor’s degree in business education. She taught high school business for three years, two at Lansing High School. On June 20, 1963, she married Alan Schuler at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Atchison. After her children were born, she left teaching to become a full-time mother. She considered raising her children to be her greatest accomplishment. After her youngest child entered kindergarten, she became a substitute teacher in the Leavenworth, Lansing and Easton school districts. When her youngest child entered college in 1989 she began volunteering at St. John Hospital and continued until her death. She loved being a volunteer and considered it as a way to give back to the community. Rita was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Casimir Church and Altar Society. She loved sports, traveling, playing social bridge and spending time with her grandchildren whom she enjoyed so much. She was an exemplary wife, mother, grandmother, sister, sister-in –law and aunt who will be terribly missed.

She is survived by her husband and best friend, Alan of the home; a daughter, Lisa Schuler Wagner and husband Chad of Shawnee, Kan.; her sons, Lt.Col. Mark Schuler and wife Michelle of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Todd Schuler of Leavenworth; her precious grandchildren, Matthew Wagner, Zachary Wagner, Megan Schuler, Morgan Schuler, Dylan Schuler, Carly Schuler and Lindsay Schuler; her brothers and sisters, Dorothy McDermed of Atchison, Marie Landwer of Henderson Nev., Tom Ernzen of Lorena, Texas, Patsy Penning of Atchison, Shirley Ernzen of Overland Park, and Ron Ernzen of Leavenworth; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rita was preceded in death by a brother, Dan Ernzen.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, The rosary will be prayed at 5:30 p.m. prior to the visitation. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at St. Casimir Catholic Church with Rev. Christopher Kulig, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Casimir Church or St. Vincent Clinic.

Carol (Jansen) Elwell Theis

Carol (Jansen) Elwell Theis, 69, of Leavenworth, died on Aug. 29, 2009, after a battle with cancer. She was born April 19, 1940, in Sweet Springs, Mo., the daughter of William and Anna Louise (Hartman) Jansen.

theisShe married Russell Elwell on June 13, 1959, they moved to Leavenworth in 1967. Carol worked for many years at Kansas Power and Light. She retired in 2001. She was a life-long Lutheran and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Russell preceded her in death on Jan. 22, 1981.

On April 5, 1986, she married Kenneth Theis. He survives at the home. Carol was blessed with many children, grandchildren and siblings. Her children; Gregory (Ann) Elwell, Michelle “Shelly” (William) Mahood, Matthew (Cassandra) Elwell, Craig Theis and Susan (Ken) Neef; her grandchildren, Simon Elwell, Liza Elwell, Kristen Mahood, Kellen Mahood, Campbell Elwell, Anna Paige Elwell and Erin Neef; her siblings, William “Henry” Jansen, Merle (Connie) Jansen, Donald Jansen and Betty (Bill) Strawn.

Carol was preceded in death by two siblings, Dorothy Smith and Orville Jansen; and her granddaughter, Grace Elwell.

We will remember Carol for her deep faith, gracious hospitality, enjoyment of playing cards and quilting. She loved hosting holiday dinners and the neighborhood Easter egg hunt. Carol and Kenneth enjoyed traveling to Hawaii and Europe, taking cruises and impromptu road trips with friends and family.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept 3, at Trinity Lutheran Church. A graveside service and burial follow at 2:30 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery, Sweet Springs, Mo. The family suggests memorials to Christ Lutheran Church, Sweet Springs, Mo., or Trinity Lutheran Church, Leavenworth

Thomas “Art” Clarke

Thomas “Art” Clarke, 69, of Leavenworth, passed away Aug. 22, 2009, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family.

clarkeArt was born Jan. 31, 1940, in Essex County, Va., the son of Clarence and Virginia (Davis) Clarke.

At the age of 18 Art joined the U. S. Army. During his 20 year Army career Art was stationed in; Korea, South Vietnam, several locations in the U.S. and Alaska. Art was awarded the; Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, four good conduct ribbons, four campaign awards and a Drill Sergeant Badge. He retired from the Army on August 31, 1981. Art also worked for the; Roanoke, Va., Sheriff Dept., Vinton, Va. Police Dept. and was a correctional officer in Saluda, Haynesville and Moneta, Va., and Lansing Correctional Facility until his retirement in 1998.

On Aug. 17, 1973, he married Joan Spraker-Little. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Robin (Jeff) Howery of Roanoke, Va., Mark (Brenda) Little, Scott (Kim) Little  both of Leavenworth  and Lecca (Don) Goode of Stillwell, Kan.; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his brother, Billy Clarke; his sisters, Christine Jones, Virginia Nichols, Mary Jane Brown and Ann Brown; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; foster parents; his brothers, John Clarke, Clarence Clarke and Latney Clarke.

Art was a member of the VFW, GWRRA touring association, National 4th Infantry (Ivy) Division Association, American Legion and the Eagles React. Art will be remembered for his love of animals, Gold Wings, his love and memories of being in the Army.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. A reception will follow the burial from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the VFW.  In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to St. Luke’s Hospice of Leavenworth, Pet Rescue Mission, or Leavenworth VA veteran’s activity fund.

 

 

Timothy Lee “The General” Shugrue

Timothy Lee “The General” Shugrue, 61, of Leavenworth died Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, at his home. He was born Feb. 20, 1948, in Fort Belvoir, Va., the son of Bill J. and Gertrude Venita (Childress) Shugrue.

shugruekHe served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After discharge he worked as a journeyman plumber. He also worked on his aunt Nomi “Skip” and uncle Gordon’s chinchilla ranch in California and on the Alaska pipeline. In the mid 1980 he returned to the Kansas City area and started his own business Three Phase Construction. In 1995 he had surgery for throat cancer and retired to Leavenworth. Timothy was loved by all who knew him. He had a playful whit and sense of humor. He leaves this earth still claiming “I never saw a bad day but the nights were often rough”

Timothy is survived by his siblings, Marsha J. (Kevin) Myers, Michael T. Shugrue, James P. (Sandy) Shugrue and Billy J. (Mary) Shugrue; his aunt, Nomi “Skip” Childress; three cousins, Gail, Larry and Margene; his nieces and nephews, Alissa, Cody, Matthew, Anna, Jeremy, Joey, Sean, Molly, and Sydney; and his great-nieces, Lindsay, Bridget, Elizabeth, Mikaela, Marissa, Makenzie and Kara.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Ave., Leavenworth. A funeral service with military honors will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday following the visitation at the funeral home. Burial will be private at Leavenworth national Cemetery.

 

Sue S. Elliott

Sue S. Elliott, 83, of Lansing, formerly of Genoa, Texas died Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, at Golden Living Center. She was born Sept. 26, 1925, in Flomont, Texas the daughter of Allen and Mary Idella (Jones) Stevenson.

On Feb. 17, 1943, she married Ray Terrell in Anadarko, Okla. He preceded her in death in October of 1976. She later married David Elliott in Mansfield, Texas. He also preceded her in death. Sue was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Suzanne Wiggins in 1999; and a brother, Billy Joe Stevenson.

She is survived by her two children, Stephanie (Tommy) Moore of Leavenworth and Forrest (Jan) Terrell of Lansing; two brothers, Donald Stevenson and Oscar Hall; a sister, Doretha “Polly” Evans; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

In 1993 Sue moved to the Leavenworth area to be near her children. She was a member of Open Door Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kan. She was involved in church activities such as Sonshiners, and community activities including TOPS.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug, 7, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow the visitation at the funeral home at 7 p.m. Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery in Pasadena, Texas. Memorials are suggested to Open Door Christian School in care of Open Door Baptist Church, 3033 N. 103rd Terr. Kansas City, KS 66109

July 2009 Obituaries

Patricia Jean Rue

Patricia Jean Rue, 51, of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at St. John Hospital.

Cremation is being provided by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A memorial service will be at a later date.

 

Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer, Thomas Coleman Gayden

Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer, Thomas Coleman Gayden, 81, of Topeka formerly of Leavenworth passed away, Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at the Topeka VA Medical Center. He was born July 28, 1927, the son of the late Staff Sgt. Garland P. and Catherine B. (Smith) Gayden. He was the first gaydenchild in a family of four. He grew up in Leavenworth and was educated in the Leavenworth School system. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1946 serving for 22 years on active duty. He retired in 1968. Thomas became a member of Glad Tiding Assembly of God and was a faithful supporter.

Left to celebrate his life include his wife, Roberta Gayden of Topeka; his brothers, Winthrop Gayden, and Garland P Gayden Jr.; his sister, Sylvia Dulin; his children, Lavada Starr of Leavenworth, Ronald Gayden of Topeka, Reginald Gayden of Phoenix, Ariz, Gregory Gayden of Phoenix, Ariz Anthony Gayden of Kansas City, Mo., Tracy Gayden of Leavenworth, Jacqueline Gayden of Boynton Beach, Fla., Stephanie Gayden of Manassas, Va. and Kenneth Gayden of Poteau, Okla.; his grandchildren, Stacy Starr, Codell Gayden, Kamiliah Gayden, Anthony Gayden II, Gerian Terry, Craig Gayden, Ciciley Gayden, Mercedez Gayden, and Trenita Rosalie Gayden; and nine great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. untill noon Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 12-noon at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Emerson Joseph Bródis, Jr.

Mr. Emerson Joseph Bródis, Jr. 72, of Leavenworth passed away on July 15, 2009, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. God called Emerson home to his Kingdom.  He will be dearly by those who were connected to him in life.

He was born on June 26, 1936, in Topeka, Kan., to Emerson J. Bródis, Sr. and Freda Cushinberry, they preceded him in death.  He was also preceded in death by one brother, Alvin Bródis; two sisters, Delores Hamilton and Audrey Wakes. He is survived by two additional sisters, Brenda Vandoski of Denver, Colo. and Patricia Kurabatchew of Herndon, Va.

Emerson accepted Christ at an early age and lived a full life.  He attended schools in Kansas.  After graduating from school, Emerson Joined the U.S. Marine Corps. After receiving an honorable discharged from the U. S. Marine Corps., Emerson re-located to Los Angeles, Ca. were he met and married Ruby Augborne, who preceded him in death. 

To this union, Emerson leaves behind five children, all living in California, Step-son Ronaldo R. Monroe, son, Lance D. Bródis, I, son, Antone L. Bródis, son, Rodney D. Bródis and daughter, Rochelle D. Bródis-Moore. Emerson has 10 grand-children and two great-children.  He is also survived by a very dear friend, Anita Brown.  Emerson has a host of close family members and friends throughout the United States.

Emerson moved to Omaha, Neb. and lived there for several years.  Emerson departed Omaha and returned to Kansas to be closer to family members and his state of birth. The family of Mr. Emerson J. Bródis, Jr. would like to thank everyone for the many acts of loving kindness shown to us during our bereavement.  Your thoughtfulness is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow at 11 a.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

 

David Michael Poer

David Michael Poer, 60, of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at his home. He was born Nov. 20, 1948, in St. Joseph, Mo., the son of Fred Martison and Clovis Poer.

PoerOn April 19, 1970, he married Jequetia Sproul in Oskaloosa, Kan., she survives at the home.

He is also survived by a son, Michael Poer of Leavenworth; a brother, Jerry Ray Kopp; his aunts, Janey (David) Visocsky and Georgia Visocsky.

David started working in the concrete business for his uncle David Visocsky who owned Allied Construction, he later went to work for Lansing Construction Company and in the early 1990s David and Mick Lansing started their own concrete construction company M and M Construction.

David enjoyed fishing and hunting. He loved his family and the time spent together.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 19, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 20, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Shawn Duran Rodgers

Shawn Duran Rodgers, 26, of Leavenworth, passed away Sunday, July 12, 2009, at Saint John Hospital after battling cancer. He was born Feb. 22, 1983, in Leavenworth the son of David A. and Gloria A. (Green) Rodgers.

RodgersShawn graduated from Leavenworth High School and accepted a football scholarship from Drake University. Shawn graduated from Drake with a journalism and communication degree. After graduation he went to work for Metro Sports in Kansas City, Mo as a field sports photographer. He also was a freelance photographer and made video recordings.

In addition to his parents of Leavenworth, Shawn is survived by his sisters, Jaylan Rozier, and Sarah Jean Rodgers; his maternal grandmother, Florence Dixson; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jessie and Sarah Rodgers and Andre Dixson; and a cousin, Ricky Rodgers.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 17, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 18, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

 

Terry R. Brosius

Terry R. Brosius, Sr., 57, died Wednesday, July 8, 2009, in Gardner, Kan. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, Leavenworth. Graveside services with military honors will follow at 10 a.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

June 2009 Obituaries

Garrett Michael Trexler

Garrett Michael Trexler, 26, of Leavenworth, died Monday, June 29, 2009, in an automobile accident. He was born July 1, 1982, at the University of Kansas Hospital and lived all of his life in Leavenworth.

trexlerHe is survived by his parents, Ron and Katie (Gorrell) Trexler of Leavenworth; his sister, Amy Trexler; his brother, Rob Trexler; his grandmothers, Mae Gorrell who he cherished and Jeanine Schultz; his aunts, Jayne Knight, Brenda Gorrell, Mary Brooks; his uncles, Rob Gorrell, Pat Trexler, Jerry Trexler; a cousin, Travis Kincaid; and many other cousins.

Garrett enjoyed music, sports, fishing, his family and most of all hanging out with friends. All though his life was short he made a huge and great impact on many peoples lives. Garrett worked at A-One Auto Repair and had hopes of furthering a career in automotive repair.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Bill Gorrell; his great-grandmother, Betty OnDeck; and his best friend, Chris Accord.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 3, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Alcoholics Anonymous.  

 

 

Gerard “Gerry” A. Dvorsky

Gerard “Gerry” A. Dvorsky, 84, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., passed away Saturday, June 20, 2009.

He was born in Duquesne, Pa., on March 12, 1925, the son of Andrew and Anna (Kosik) Dvorsky.

He graduated from Duquesne High School in 1943 and enlisted in the United States Navy. He served on the USS Charr with his beloved submarine group during World War II. After his Navy service, he attended and graduated from Vanderbilt University. Gerry was an avid photographer, gardener and a member of the National Audubon Society.

He is survived by his trusty companion, Zach the cat; three sons, Garret “Butch” (Cindy) of Suwanee, Ga., Christopher of Olathe, and Andrew (Suzanne) of Overland Park; nieces, Susan (Tae) Kim of Lee’s Summit, Lynn Vargo of Lee’s Summit; two great nephews; and five grandchildren.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 27, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Ave., Leavenworth, KS 66048. Friends may call on the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home chapel. Burial with Navy honors will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 29, 2009, at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to The National Audubon Society or the Salvation Army.

  

Edward “Eddy” M. Heintzelman

Edward “Eddy” M. Heintzelman, 82, of Leavenworth County died Monday, June 22, 2009, at Olathe Medical Center. He was born Feb. 11, 1927, in Leavenworth, the son of Ralph and Ottilia (Hund) Heintzelman.

HeintzelmanHe was a Navy veteran serving from 1943 to 1946. He served on board the USS Hyman during World War II.

On June 9, 1949, he married Theresa Aaron of Leavenworth at Sacred Heart of Kickapoo Church. She preceded him in death on Sept. 19, 2004, at their home.

Eddy lived on the farm most of his life. He worked at Abernathy and Kaaz woodworking before going into civil service. He retired from Fort Leavenworth on July 3, 1984, after 30 years of federal service. He worked at the federal prison, Wadsworth and at Fort Leavenworth. He was a boiler plant operator and steam pipe fitter. Later in life he started quilting with a sewing machine. This was a hobby he thoroughly loved. Eddy was a Golden Eagle Aerie 55, a member of the American Legion and a member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church.

He is survived by his siblings, Michael (Mary) Heintzelman of Leavenworth, Irene (Fred) Frey of Suwanee, Ga., Sarah Nunn of Townsend, Mont. and Mary Ann (Howard) Kennedy of Leavenworth; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 25, 2009, 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. Friday, June 26, at Saint Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm.,  as celebrant. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart of Kickapoo Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Church or Immaculata High School.

Dale E. Butler

Dale E. Butler, 57, of Leavenworth, died Saturday, June 20, 2009, at St. Luke’s Hospital. He was born Sept. 9, 1951, in Batavia, N.Y. the son of James and Esther (VanOrden) Butler.

On June 8, 1973, he married Leslie Snyder in Lancaster, N.Y. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Angel (George) Abbott of Leavenworth, Crystal (Nathan) Figueroa of Leavenworth, Sherri (Jeff) Lanter of Lansing, David (Rebecca) Butler of Leavenworth and Ashleigh Butler of the home; and a large extended family across the nation.

He served in the U.S. Army for 21 years retiring in 1991. Dale enjoyed woodworking, fishing and playing the computer game WOW.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at Grace Fellowship Church, 107 East Kay St., Lansing. Inurnment will be at a later date at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

 

Donald Raphael Floyd

Donald Raphael Floyd, 80, of Leavenworth, died Saturday, June 20, 2009, at the Eisenhower VA Medical Center. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. A funeral service will be at 1:30 pm. Wednesday, June 24, at the funeral home chapel with Rev. George Bertels as celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Walter Masterson

Walter Masterson, 89, of Leavenworth County, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren on Thursday, June 18, 2009.

scan2Walter was born on April 8, 1920, in Spiro, Okla., the son of Robert and Cora (Radcliff) Masterson.

He served his country in the U.S. Army during W.W. II. After the war he married Joanna Strain who preceded him in death in 1999. Walter ran a cattle feed lot in Piper, Kan., until he was 59 years old. After that he worked for the Sisters of Charity in Leavenworth as a gardener. The roses became his specialty. He retired from there at the age of 80. Walter was a member of St. Martin Lutheran Church. He also was involved in the 4-H activities of his children and grandchildren, helping them pick out their calves and giving good advice on how to feed and care for them.

Walter is survived by his children, Joyce (David) Lindblad, Ginger (Ed) Lindblad and Patty Masterson; his grandchildren, Austin Lindblad, Adrienne (Kenny) Lynch, Rachel Gardner, Royce Gardner and Clayton Gardner; his great-grandchildren, Addison Lynch, and Nolan Lynch; and his sister, Bonnie Corley

Walter will always be remembered by his family for the love and care he provided for them throughout his life. He was the best dad.

 Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 21, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 22, 2009, at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s association or St. Martin Lutheran Church.

D. Arnold Bailey

D. Arnold Bailey, 54, of Leavenworth, died Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. He was born Sept. 18, 1954, in South Bend, Ind., the son of Arnold and Eva (Raper) Bailey.

D.A. enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served from 1973 to 1977. After discharge from the Air Force, D.A. attended South Western Texas State University. He graduated in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree. He then joined the U.S. Army and went to officer’s candidate school. He served in the Army until he was medically discharged in 1995.

He is survived by his wife, Jayne C. Knight of the home.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1998.

D.A. was a Nascar fan, he also enjoyed football, always rooting for the underdog. He was a very dedicated solider and was especially dedicated to the soldiers’ serving with him. D.A. loved to research on the computer. He also enjoyed spending time with his wife, Jayne and her granddaughter, Alannah.

Friends may gather at the R.L. Leintz Funeral home on Monday, June 22, 2009, 11:30 a.m. Burial with full military honors will follow at 12:30 p.m. Monday at Leavenworth National Cemetery.  

Lieselotte “Lilo” Jansen Gorski

Lieselotte “Lilo” Jansen Gorski, 85 of Lansing, died Monday, June 8, 2009, at St. John Hospital. She was born Jan. 26, 1924, in Koln, Germany the daughter of Johan Heinrich and Rosa Johanna (Horschel) Jansen.

GorskiShe married her only true love, Tony Gorski in November of 1947 in Germany where he was serving in the U.S. Army. She traveled by boat, train and bus to reunite with Tony in Leavenworth. She became a U.S. citizen on June 15, 1990. She and Tony had two sons, John and Kenneth. Tony preceded her in death on June 11, 1987. She missed him dearly until her death. Lilo retired from the Leavenworth VA Medical Center where she worked in the x-ray department.

Lilo is survived by her sons Kenneth and wife Debra of El Paso, Texas and John and wife Cindy of Kansas City, Mo.; and her grandchildren, Bryce, Rozlyn and Cole.

Her sense of humor and kind nature will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Graveside services were on Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Alyssa Ray Seeler

Alyssa Ray Seeler, died at birth Monday, June 1, 2009, at St. Luke’s Hospital. She was the daughter of Matthew and Dana (Lorenz) Seeler of Leavenworth. In addition to her parents she is survived by her twin sister, Riley Ann Seeler; her maternal grandparents, Dick and Peggy Coppinger; her paternal grandparents, Mike and Bubbles Seeler; and her maternal great-grandmother, Marge Domann.

Graveside services will be private at Mount Calvary Cemetery. R.L. Leintz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

May 2009 Obituaries

Christopher Young Jr.

Christopher Young Jr., 73, of Leavenworth, died Monday, May 25, 2009, in his wife’s arms. He was born June 6, 1935, in Leavenworth, the son of Christopher and Wanda (Baker) Young Sr.

youngHe served in the U.S. Air Force. After discharge he married Sylvia Lange in Leavenworth on July 7, 1958. They celebrated fifty years of marriage last July. Christopher is survived by his wife Sylvia of the home; his children, Harris Thomas of O’Fallon, Mo., Vikki (Nathaniel) Friends of Kansas City, Mo., Lisa (Ganzy) Ingram of Kansas City, Mo., Kimberly Hall of Leavenworth and Jeffrey (Angela) Young of Shawnee, Kan.; a former daughter in-law, JoVonna Thomas; a brother, George E. Young; 15 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Christopher was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Maurice Young.

He retired from Munson Army Hospital in 1993 and then spent several years working as the operations manager for a large local ministry. He has since volunteered in the prison ministry. He was an avid golfer, but most importantly a beloved husband, father, grandfather and a friend, who touched the lives of many. Christopher was a member of Sheffield Family Life Center in Kansas City, Mo.

 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 31, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 1, at Sheffield Family Life Center. Burial with military honors will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. James William Hubbard Jr.

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. James William Hubbard Jr., 57, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, May 21, 2009, at Saint John Hospital. He was born Feb. 4, 1952, in Hamtramck, Mich., the son of James William and Lucille (Flanders) Hubbard. James was raised in Dublin, Ga.

scan7In 1972 he was drafted into the U.S. Army. James served eight years on active duty. After discharge he joined the Army Reserves. He completed the Sergeant Majors Academy course in 1995. He was the Command Sergeant Major of the 450th movement control battalion in Manhattan, Kan., during operation Iraqi freedom from 2003 to 2004. He then served with the 139th medical group out of Independence, Mo., as part of task force Med-Falcon KFOR-9 Kosovo from 2007 to 2008. James graduated from Wichita State University in 1988.

On April 7, 2007, he married Katie Moody in Topeka, Kan. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his two sons, Ja’Vaughn Hubbard and Ashton Hubbard both of Wichita, Kan.; his grandson, Keegan Bissell; his mother, Lucille Hubbard of Dublin, Ga.; his siblings, Gloria Hubbard, Margie Wright, Nellie Hubbard, Patricia Hubbard and Brenda Hubbard.

He was preceded in death by his father; and a brother, Anthony Hubbard.

Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow the visitation at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to VFW Post 56 or to the family for a college fund for his grandson, Keegan Bissell.

Rose Marie McClary

Rose Marie McClary, 81, of Leavenworth, died Tuesday, May 19, 2009. She was born Jan. 17, 1928, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Lyle K. and Anna Marie (Ringlesby) Stafford.

Rscan5ose graduated from Immaculata High School in 1946. On May 7, 1949, she married Jack C. McClary at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Fort Leavenworth.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, William Stafford.

Rose is survived by her husband, Jack of the home; her five children, Marshall K. McClary of Leavenworth, Michael D. McClary of Linwood, Kan., Marie A. McClary of Lansing, Jack C. McClary Jr. of Leavenworth and Helen A. and husband Col. Dominic E. Pompelia of Fort Leavenworth; two grandchildren; and her sister, Helen Alig of Tonganoxie.

She was a long-time member of St. Joseph Church in Leavenworth. In 1989 she retired from Saint Mary College Mother House.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 22, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Church or Alzheimer’s Association.

Elikia Yasmine Immaculee King

Elikia Yasmine Immaculee King, 9 years old of Pearl City, Hawaii died, May 4, 2009. She was born in Columbia, Mo. She was a home school student.  Elikia is survived by parents, John C. and Aurore E. King; sisters, Nyjah G. and Ayana N.; paternal grandparents, Mary V.B. and Melonie Simples; and maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wambi's and Marcelline Kibodi. Graveside services will be 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2009, at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please donate to the leukemia and lymphoma society www.leukemia-lymphoma.org.

 

 Daniel “Dan” Craig Fletcher

Daniel “Dan” Craig Fletcher, 77, of Leavenworth, died Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. He was born Feb. 7, 1932, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of John and Dolly (Pete) Fletcher.

He graduated from Immaculata High School in 1951. After graduation he served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

On Oct. 18, 1952, he married Ann Lee Edgell. She preceded him in death on Jan. 1, 2005.

Dan is survived by his children, Dana (Mark) Harrison, of Topeka and Kevin C. (Debbie) Fletcher of Sioux City, Iowa; his grandchildren, Samantha and husband J Kennedy, Danielle Harrison, Kyle Fletcher and Shawn Fletcher; his great-granddaughter, Olivia Ann Kennedy; his siblings, Jack (Virginia) Fletcher, Marge (Glen) Schley and Sandy (Jim) Walker; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 18, 2009, 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, May 19, at Immaculate Conception Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Following the graveside service friends and relatives are invited to a luncheon as a time of fellowship in the community room at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Lois C. Hansen

Lois C. Hansen, 76, of Basehor, Kan., died Monday, May 11, 2009, at Saint Luke’s Hospital. She was born March 26, 1933, the daughter of James and Clara Mathews.

HansonOn Oct. 20, 1956, she married Raymond T. Hansen in Kansas City, Kan., he survives at the home. She is also survived by her son, Kurt and wife Catherine Hansen of Easton, Mo.; and her granddaughters, Marlena Hansen, Stephanie Barber and Rachel Hansen.

Lois was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. She and her husband taught RCIA for many years. She was also an active volunteer. Lois enjoyed arranging flowers and home decorating.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 2009, 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. Friday, May 15, at Saint Francis de Sales Church with Rev. Michael Stubbs as celebrant. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Catholic Charities.

Daisy Elaine McDonald

Daisy Elaine McDonald, 87, of Lansing, Kan., died Saturday, May 9, 2009. She was born Dec. 19, 1921, the daughter of Stanford and Mary (Berger) Watkins in Key West, Fla., where she lived most of her life.

 Daisy was a long time member of Key West Baptist Temple in Stock Island, Fla. She worked as a Librarian at the Monroe County Library in Key West for over 27 years.

She is survived by her son, Mark K. (Eiko) McDonald of Lansing; a granddaughter, Debbie (Ken) Arthur; a grandson, Scott (Kathryn) McDonald; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Elizabeth Sands of Key West; and a brother, John Watkins of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 14, 2009, at Southern Keys Cemetery in Big Coppitt Key, Fla.

 

Joyce Madrene Johnson

Joyce Madrene Johnson, 70, of Overland Park, Kan., died Monday, May 4, 2009, at Menorah Medical Center.

She was born Dec. 4, 1938, in Fort Scott, Kan., the daughter of Ivan Louis and Alice Faye (Embry) Smith.

In the late 1960s she married Charles Johnson. He preceded her in death on June 26, 1990.

She is survived by her siblings, Bill (Linda) Smith of Twain Harte, Calif., Gary (Wanda) Smith of Austin, Texas and Janice Pent of Overland Park, Kan.; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, Leavenworth. Graveside services will follow at 2:30 at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.

April 2009 Obituaries

Helen Rose Johnson

Helen Rose Johnson, 87, of Lansing, died Friday, April 24, 2009, at her home. She was born Oct. 1, 1921, in Basehor, Kan., the daughter of Frank J. and Mary Anna (Antoni) Schmitt.

On June 25, 1940, she married William W. “Bill” Johnson in Basehor. He preceded her in death on Sept. 3, 2007.

Helen is survived by her daughters, Mary Ann (Joseph) Oertel of Gulnare, Colo., Sister Eileen Marie Johnson SCL of Anaconda, Mont., and Linda (Robert) Powers of Lansing; six grandchildren, Charlene White, Darlene Iannone, Kevin Wiehe, Peter Wiehe, Dale Bohannon II, and Dawn Hudson; 15 great-grandchildren;  one great-great-grandchild; and her sisters, Mary E. (Bill) Griffiths of Merritt Island, Fla., Edna Curry of Eagle Rock, Mo., and Eugenia Wadley of Tulsa, Okla.

In addition to her husband Helen was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Schmitt; and a sister, Margaret Cotter.

Helen was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and the church Altar Society. She was the past president of the Marion Mothers, and the Lansing Lioness.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Stubbs as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Francis de Sales building fund.

 

Betty Matzeder

Betty Matzeder, 77, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, April 23, 2009, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. She was born May 12, 1931, in Leavenworth, the daughter of John and Lena (Schneider) Lippert.

matzerderShe attended and graduated from Immaculata High School. On June 14, 1952, she married Alva “Al” Matzeder. He preceded her in death on May 16, 1987.

Betty is survived by her children, Debbie (John) Petzold of Olathe, Kan., Mark A. (Cheryl) Matzeder of Leavenworth and Nancy (Larry) Theis of Leavenworth; her grandchildren, Megan (Marcus) Waters, David Matzeder, Kalyn Petzold, Allena Theis, Amy Theis, Mary Theis, Kayce Petzold and Joshua Matzeder; one great-grandchild, Marshall Waters; and a cousin, Gary Schneider.

She was a long-time member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church and Altar Society. Betty was a very active volunteer giving much of her time to the church and altar society. She was also a bookkeeper for Saint Vincent Clinic.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 26, 2009, 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 27, at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Msgr. Gary Applegate as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Immaculata High School, University of Saint Mary or Sacred Heart Altar Society.

 

Theresa Marie McCoy

 Theresa “Tedie” McCoy, 55, of Leavenworth, died Sunday, April 19, 2009, at the University of Kansas Hospital after battling a long illness.

MccoyTheresa was born Nov. 11, 1953, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of James L. and Letha M. (Woods) Polk. She was a lifetime member of Bethel A.M.E. Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents and a sister.

Theresa is survived by her sons, Wilton D. McCoy Jr., and Joseph B. McCoy both of Leavenworth; Seven grandchildren, Joseph McCoy-Colon Jr., Brandon McCoy-Colon, Naomi McCoy, Eryca Paschal, Noah Avery-McCoy, Kysear “KJ” McCoy, and Deacon McCoy; her devoted companion, Antonio Jolly; four sisters, Gloria (Clark) Armstead, Linda Boyd, Pat (George) Outlaw, and Joann (Tyrone) Mason; two brothers, Michael (Tracey) Polk and Edward (Rochelle) Davis Jr.; a host of nieces and nephews; and her great-nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 23, 2009, at Bethel A.M.E. Church with Rev. George Outlaw and Pastor Betty Hanna-Witherspoon officiating. Cremation will follow the services. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Kidney Foundation.

 

Max R. Roemer Sr.

Max R. Roemer Sr., 88, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2009, at his home in Leavenworth, surrounded by his loving family.

RoemerHe was born Nov. 6, 1920, in Kansas City, Mo., the only son of Robert E. and Ida Emma (Roth) Roemer. He attended and graduated from East High School.

During World War II he served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. He was a combat photographer in the 5th regiment of the 1st Marine division and spent most of his service time in the south pacific. His unit was involved in the campaigns on Peleliu, Palau and Okinawa Islands. Towards the end of the war he was stationed in China, working for Marine Corp intelligence. He liked to say that “Uncle Sam paid for him to walk the Great Wall and take pictures”. He was very proud of his Marine Corps service. “Semper Fi” to the end.

Max returned to Kansas City where in 1948 he met and married his first love Gertrude Irene Farnan. They moved to Leavenworth and established their home. Max continued his love of photography working for the U.S. Government at the Army Field Printing Plant at Fort Leavenworth as an offset print lithographer. He worked there until his retirement in 1973. During this time Max and Irene established a rambunctious family of ten children. To help support his large brood Max bartended (Moonlighting for over twenty years) at various Leavenworth establishments. His wife Irene preceded him in death on March 22, 1968.

He married Genevieve Krueger “a brave and special lady” in 1968 and enlarged his family by three stepchildren. Genny died on Sept. 22, 2002.

During his semi-retirement he worked on the old Centennial Bridge taking tolls and visiting with every single person to cross back and forth from Missouri. Max never met a stranger. He had a great talent for remembering faces and stories if not names.

Max loved to fish. He spent many enjoyable days with his sons and friends wetting a line and their whistles. He also loved to putter in his yard. Gardening and flowers were his passion. He won several yard awards for his beautiful flowers.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Julia Corley; one daughter, Stacy Lynn Roemer; two grandchildren, Noah Joseph Ezell and Ray Krueger Jr.

Max leaves as his legacy his loving children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

His children are Tom (Kathy) Roemer, Karen (Bart) Ernzen, Daniel (Jackie) Roemer, Marsha (Bob) Patzwald, Mary (Joe) Ezell, Max (Krystal Pexton) Roemer, Ron (Janice Layton) Roemer, Don (Margie) Roemer, and Laura (Don) Martens; his step-children, Laura (Jerry) Spitz, Carl (Venita Krueger and Ray (Carol) Krueger Sr.; his grandchildren, Danielle (Jason) Nichols, Emily (Rod Adams) Ernzen, Cassie (Kevin) Miller, Caleb (Meredith Koss) Ernzen, Hillary (Tony) Garcia, Josh (April) Patzwald, Katie (Chris) Couvillon, Jordan Patzwald, Devon Ezell, Max R. Roemer III, Brandon Erickson, Paige Rude, Michelle Roemer, Bethany Roemer, Colton Roemer, Sarah Martens, Jonathan Martens, Jamie Carter, Abby Barajas, Robert Krueger, and Kayla Krueger; his great-grandchildren, Abby, Zach and Max Nichols, Braeton and Kalen Davidson, Jaeda and Justen Adams, Breanna Patzwald, Anthony, Henry and Isabella Garcia and Tylor, Trevor Roemer and Logan Barajas.

 Max will be especially missed by his loving sister, Elenora Meyers, 91, of Oceanside, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

This family and his many friends will sorely miss his wonderful smile his dry sense of humor and sharp wit. Our memories of his love and strength, wisdom and courage will be with us throughout our own lifetimes. They will serve as a great example of a long life wonderfully lived.

At this time our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the very special caregivers, Jane Akins, Krystal Pexton and Schatzie Wisdom whose love and dedication allowed us to keep our father at home with his beloved companion Silkie.

The rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at St. Joseph Catholic Church the visitation will follow until 8 p.m. at the church. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 23, at the church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth Catholic Schools or John Knox of Leavenworth. Arrangements by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

 

Deborah S. Kearney

Deborah S. Kearney, 54, of Nortonville, Kan., died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Medicalodge of Leavenworth. She was born Sept. 8, 1954, in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of Kenneth W. and Jean M. (Bradley) Goetting.

KearneyOn Nov. 3, 1989, she married Samuel Kearney in Leavenworth. He survives at the home in Nortonville. She is also survived by her children, Jason (Erin) Glenn of Topeka, Fawn (Chris) Gross of Baxter, Minn. Samuel Kearney Jr. of Mora, Minn., and Jessica Kearney of Nortonville; her mother, Jean Goetting; her siblings, Kenneth (Nancy) Goetting, Peggy (Sky) Harvey and Linda (Kenny) Blaski; and seven nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her father.

Deborah worked at the Leavenworth VA Medical Center. She retired as Chief of Medical Services with 35 years of service. She enjoyed camping was a Nascar fan, enjoyed needle, and was a K-State fan.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 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 Easton Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the ALS Association.

 

Joyce J. Winkler-Mayfield

Joyce J. Mayfield, 67, of Easton, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Cushing Memorial Hospital while surrounded by her family. She has been in failing health since her retirement in 2005.

mayfield She was born March 1, 1942, in Leavenworth the daughter of Floyd E. and Gertrude (King) Winkler.

Joyce attended Leavenworth schools graduating in 1960 from Leavenworth High School. She also attended one year of business school in Kansas City.

She worked five years for Hallmark Cards in Leavenworth and also worked five years for Russell’s Pharmacy on Broadway. Joyce then went to work for the VA Medical Center where she retired after 28 years of service.

On Sept. 17, 1960, she married Dale Helm at the First United Methodist Church in Leavenworth. He preceded her in death on Oct. 30, 1999.

Joyce was a very loving and compassionate person who gave willingly of herself as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother.  She leaves behind her mother, Gertrude Ford; her two sons, Bruce (Cindy) Helm of Easton and Mike (Christie) Helm of Easton; her grandchildren, Matthew, Tyler, Haley, Lance, Bryce and Allison Dale Helm; and two brothers, Robert (Bobbie) Winkler and Terry Winkler.

Friends may call after noon on Thursday, April 23, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30. A funeral service will begin at 7:30 at the funeral home after the visitation. Cremation will follow the service. Memorials are suggested to Country Care of Easton recreation fund.

Emma Darlene Donelan

Emma Darlene Donelan, 76, died Sunday, April 12, 2009, at Kansas City Hospice House.

She was born Dec. 9, 1932, in Esmond, S.D. the daughter of E.A. “Jack” and Elsie (Davis) Dunn.

darleneOn July 3, 1950, she married C.P. “Pat” Donelan at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Montrose, S.D. He preceded her in death on Feb. 26, 2001. She was also preceded in death by a grandson.

Emma is survived by her children, Candi (Danny) Scanlon of Lansing, Dana (Randy Lynch) Doss of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., Dawn (Charlie) Olds of Joplin, Mo., and Brent (Angee)Donelan of Olathe, Kan.; seven grandchildren, Amy Yancey, Pete Weber, Scott Jacobs, Dillon Scanlon, Patrick Donelan, Anna Donelan and Rylee Donelan; two great-grandchildren, Samuel and Madigan Yancey; her sisters, Bonnie Hay, Delores Fischer, Donna McCorkell and Evelyn Pletan; and her brother, Clarence “Stub” Dunn.

She enjoyed bowling and bowled in several state tournaments. Emma was a member of the Kansas City Chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 16, 2009, at the Kinzley Funeral Home, in Salem, S.D. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday April 17, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Canistota Cemetery. A reception will follow the burial in the community room at United Church of Christ. Memorials are suggested to “Emma D’s Darlings” her team that will participate in the June 27, 2009, Vision Walk thru the Kansas City Chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Local arrangements were provided by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. 

Eddmond “Eddie” Eugene Dobbins Sr.

Eddmond “Eddie” Eugene Dobbins Sr., 76, of rural Tonganoxie, died on Sunday, April 5, 2009, at his home. He was born Dec. 20, 1932, in Linn, County, Kan., the son of Robert Eddmond and Hazel Lorene (Baker) Dobbins.

On Sept. 23, 1950, he married Jessie Dale Melton in Harrison, Ark. She survives at the home. He is also survived by three daughters, Peggy (Earnie) Folsom, Paula (Larry) Hunsaker and Patti (Daren) Leach; a son, Eddie (Brenda) Dobbins; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great- grandchild; one brother; and two sisters.

He was preceded in death by four brothers; and four sisters.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, Leavenworth. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 9, at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the service. Memorials are suggested to Kansas City Hospice.

Wallace A. Jackson

Wallace A. Jackson, 89, of Leavenworth, passed away, Saturday, April 4, 2009, at The Groves, Rosewood Health Center in Independence, Mo.

scan4He was born Jan. 28, 1920, in Indianapolis, Ind., the son of Cleveland and Lula (Welch) Jackson. He lived most of his young life in Louisville, Ky.

On Sept 17, 1942, he married Donna Virginia Murray after meeting her at a church conference while on furlough.

Wallace graduated from Male High School in Louisville, Ky., in 1939 and entered the University of Kentucky. His education in music was interrupted by four years in the U.S. Army Air Corps serving from 1941 to 1945. He was an instructor and tactical administrator training cadets for U.S. involvement in World War II at Michigan State University. He also served in India and China with the 14th Air Corp. In 1946 he entered the field of banking taking courses with the Institute of Banking for two years.

Wallace was an ordained minister in 1944 and in 1948 accepted General Church Appointment and traveled as a fulltime missionary all over the United States and Canada for the Community of Christ Church (also known as the RLDS Church).

In 1957 he and his family moved to Leavenworth. His wife Donna completed her teaching degree at St. Mary College. In 1961 Wallace finished his teaching certification at Emporia State Teachers College.

Wallace and Donna graduated together with their MBA’s and Master’s degree in education at the University of Kansas in 1971.

He taught for the Leavenworth school system for 18 years and his wife Donna taught at Ft. Leavenworth school system for 24 years before they retired together.

During his teaching career Wallace continued serving his Lord in numerous ways, always doing for others. His whole life was devoted to his Heavenly Father and doing his will. He had a humble heart and lived the gospel life he loved sharing.

He loved the operettas and would sing them to his wife Donna before and during their marriage. She was the love of his life for 51 years.

During his entire life his daughters say he never said an unkind word to their mother or them. He was always kind and loving and leaves behind so many family members and friends and a void that only the Holy Spirit can fill.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, William and Karl Jackson; a sister, Kathleen (Jackson) Stacey; and his beloved wife Donna on Dec. 13, 1993.

Wallace is survived by three daughters, Donna (Don) List of Leavenworth, Charlotte (Pat) Landry of Leavenworth, and Phyllis (Keith) Olson of Tampa, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, Mike, Debbie, Andrea, Patricia, Pauline, John, Angeline, Eric, Jason and Steven; 15 great-grandchildren, Brianna, Heidi, Bobby, Aimee, Amber, Joshua, Hannah, Logan, Reilee, Colton, Morgan, Brett, Ava, Jack and Bryce; one great-great-granddaughter, Jayden; a niece Joan Lee (Stacey) Oxley; a nephew, Billy Stacey who are children of his sister, Kathleen; and many nieces and nephews from his wife’s family.

Wallace was an honest and honorable man all his life. He was a good and faithful servant who will be welcomed to his heavenly home by the loved ones who went before and have been waiting to greet him.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 9, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 10, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Community of Christ Outreach International. 

 

Mary Kay Pape

Mary Kay Pape, 62, of Lansing, died Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at Golden Living Center. She was born June 3, 1946, in Leavenworth the daughter of Otto J. and Lois E. (McAlexander) Tiedtka.

PapeOn July 29, 1972, she married Larry B. Pape in Leavenworth. He preceded her in death on Dec. 7, 1999.

Mary Kay earned a masters degree from Emporia State University. After graduation she taught music in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She then returned to the Leavenworth area and taught music in the Easton schools from 1972 to 1982 and in the Lansing Schools from 1982 to 1999 as well as teaching privately. She also worked at Manufactures State Bank as a teller from 1974 to 1985. Mary Kay later worked at First National Bank as a receptionist from 2000 until her health failed.

She was a member of Saint Casimir Catholic Church where she was a past choir director.

Mary Kay is survived by her cousins and many close friends.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 5, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 4 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 6, at Saint Casimir Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Gary Applegate as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Casimir Church or Lansing Educational Foundation Fund.

Jean Evelyn (Hopp) Ryan

Jean Evelyn (Hopp) Ryan, 87, was born Jan. 5, 1922, at the home of her grandparents in Hiawatha, Kan. She was the middle daughter of Everett C. and Hallie E. (Krammer) Hopp. Jean passed away at her home in Lansing on April 1, 2009, and was reunited in heaven with her husband “J.T.” and infant daughter, Alice

scan1The family lived on the grandfather Hopp’s farm southwest of Hiawatha where she attended a rural school. In 1934 the family moved to a farm just north of Highland, Kan. After she completed 8th grade, she attended Highland High School and graduated in 1939. Jean then enrolled and graduated from Highland Junior College. Jean taught school in rural Brown County before moving to Leavenworth County to teach elementary school at Jarbalo in 1942. She also taught in rural Leavenworth County in Sallie M. Zoll School and in Leavenworth city schools. She raised her family and went to Saint Mary College in the summer and at night to earn her teaching degree in 1959. She was a great teacher, so much that all three of her daughters followed in her footsteps and became teachers.

Jean met her future husband John T. Ryan at a friends wedding. They were married at the home of her parents in Highland on Jan. 2, 1944. They moved to the present farm in 1950. To this union were born four daughters, Mary Beth Chadwell of Powhattan, Kan., Helen Marie Rettie of Chapman, Kan., an infant Alice Jane (deceased) and Dr. Betty J. Ryan of Chapman. This marriage was blessed for 65 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Everett and Hallie Hopp; two sisters, Elizabeth Deane and Frances Ruth Hopp; her beloved husband John on Jan. 24, 2009; and infant daughter, Alice Jane.

Jean will be greatly missed by her three girls, Mary, Helen and Betty; four grandchildren, Bryan Chadwell, Rebecca Winckler, Hallie Rettie and Ryan Rettie; seven great-grandchildren, Courtney Chadwell, Kaylie Winckler, Cole Winckler, Jake Winckler, Ashleigh Rettie, Samantha Rettie and Cheyenne Rettie; a half brother, Tom Hopp of Highland; and many nieces and nephews.

Jean loved to make homemade quilts and holiday decorations for her family. She was a 4-H leader and worked on the election board. She was a member of the Lansing United Methodist Church; United Methodist Women; Retired Teachers Organization; Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority; and Line Quilt Guild.

Jean’s love will be missed by all that had the chance to know and love her in return. She was a hard working woman who cherished her days on this earth and with her family. Jean was a 30 years cancer survivor.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Lansing United  Methodist Church.

March 2009 Obituaries

Robert C. Chain

Robert C. Chain, 67, of Kansas City, Kan., died Monday, March 30, 2009, in St. Louis, Mo. The family will receive friends from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, April 3, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, Leavenworth. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Karl William Zart

Karl William Zart of Leavenworth died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at the age of 60. He was born Dec. 29, 1948, in Fennimore, Wis, the son of Karl Adam and Rosemarie (Droessler) Zart.

Karl held a Bachelors degree in Chemistry and a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering. He served in the U.S. Army for twenty years before retiring in 1992 as a Major. After retiring Karl worked for several civilian contractors at Fort Leavenworth. He was a member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church and the American Legion. He led a very active life that included both playing and officiating sports as well as keeping up his home and yard. He had a love of cars, computers, John Deere tractors and lending a helping hand to his family and neighbors.

Karl is survived by his wife Carol Marie (Prather) whom he married at St. Mary’s Church in Platteville, Wis., on April 1, 1970. He is also survived by his son, Matthew Karl, his daughter-in-law, Leilani, and his grandson, Zachary Karl – his pride and joy. He is survived by his siblings Ann Snodgrass, Dan (Dawn) Zart, Darrell (Rhonda) Zart, Jane (Al) Jones, Keith (Julie) Zart, Bernadette Zart, Phyllis (Bill) Doan, Deanna (Greg) Smith and Donna (Todd) Reynolds as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Additionally, Karl will be greatly missed by a host of friends and coworkers.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 3, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Inurnment with military honors will be at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Church or Kansas City Hospice.

 

Jerry Alan Hastert

Jerry Alan Hastert, 53, of Leavenworth, died Sunday, March 22, 2009, at St Luke’s Hospital. He was born Dec. 21, 1955, in Leavenworth the son of Arthur L. and Dorothy (Dunkle) Hastert.

HastertOn April 4, 2008, he married Tarri L. Gardner. She survives in Leavenworth. He is also survived by his children, Kolton Hastert, Rachel Turner, Kimberly Jackson all of Leavenworth and Michael Hastert of Germany; three grandchildren, Tristan Jackson, Kyler Turner and Caden Monahan; his father, Arthur “Red” Hastert of Leavenworth; his siblings, Cheryl (Jerry) Quimby of Seattle Wash., Joe (Janice) Hastert of Ottawa, Kan., Janette Mainville, and Tammie Gillaspie both of Leavenworth; and many nieces and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by two brothers, Ernest “Buddy” Conley and Richard Conley; and his mother, Dorothy.

He worked most of his life as a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of  Operating Engineers Union Local 101. He has worked in many locations over his career, including, Anchorage Alaska, Guam, Virgin Islands as well as for Kissick Construction and George Shaw Construction both in Kansas City. Jerry was an accomplished blade operator.

Jerry loved playing golf, fishing and bicycling with his best friend, his son, Kolton. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He will be remembered as having a great sense of humor and a very quick wit.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 27, at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the service.

 

Mary Elizabeth (Shrum) Moore

Mary Elizabeth (Shrum) Moore passed from this life into glory on Saturday, March 21, 2009, at her home in Leavenworth. She was born Nov. 11, 1924, in Cassville, Mo., the daughter of Homer and Bessie (Bradford) Shrum.

She was the wife of Joe D. Moore. He preceded her in death Oct. 16, 1980. She was the last remaining member of her birth family.

Mary is survived by her children, Judy Moore, Jerry (Ellen) Moore both of Leavenworth and Patty (Pete) Moore Mirakian of Olathe, Kan.; her grandchildren, McKayla Moore, Caci Moore, Peter (Michelle) Mirakian and Mike (Laura) Mirakian; her great-grandchildren, Joe Mirakian, Daniel Mirakian, David Mirakian and Noelle Mirakian.

She lived a full life and will be missed by her family and neighbors. She is in the Lord’s presence now and reunited with her dearly loved husband, parents and siblings.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Ave. Leavenworth, KS 66048. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at High Prairie Church 26480 187th Street, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Burial will follow at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to High Prairie Church or Leavenworth Catholic Charities.

John Roger Sharp

John Roger Sharp, 61, of Topeka, Kan., died March 9, 2009, at his home. He was born July 19, 1947, in Kansas City, the son of John Ezra and Minta Fay (Jones) Sharp. He spent his youngest years in Lenexa, Kan. He attended Shawnee Mission West High School graduating in 1965. He also attended the University of Kansas and was an avid fan of the Jayhawks.

sharpJohn was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the Marine Corps.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Chris. He is survived by a daughter, Lena Marie Sharp of Fairway, Kan.; a son, Justin Matthew Sharp of Las Vegas, Nev.; a brother, Bill (Connie) Sharp of Grass Valley, Calif.; a sister, Karman (John) White of Lenexa, Kan.; and other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at the Leavenworth VA chapel. A funeral service will begin at 1:30 p.m. after the visitation at the VA chapel. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Living Memorial Program, Johnson County Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee Mission, KS 66219. Funeral arrangements entrusted to R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. “Until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

Kenneth Cox

Kenneth Cox, 44, of Leavenworth, died Monday, March 9, 2009, at the University of Kansas Hospital after a long battle with injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

coxHe was born June 25, 1964, in San Jose, Calif.

He is survived by his companion and best friend of 16 years, Cheryl A. Hasche of the home; his mother, Donna Dump of Brandon, S.D.; his step-daughter and grand-daughter, Heather and Ellie Ann Weidner of Burnsville, Minn.; his brother, Jeff (Sue) Cox of Albert Lea, Minn.; his sister, Kim (Curt) Lettier of Rockford, Ill.; several nieces, nephews and other loved ones; and his dog Harley.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Dump.

Kenny loved fishing, carpentry, motorcycles and spending time with his family and friends.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14, 2009, at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the service. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.

Thomas “Jerry” Osborne Jr.

Thomas “Jerry” Osborne Jr., 51, of Lansing, died Thursday, March 5, 2009, at the University of Kansas Hospital.

OsborneHe was born Sept. 25, 1957, in Indianapolis, Ind., the son of Thomas J. and Edna (Burleson) Osborne.

Jerry is survived by his parents of Powhatan, Ark.; his children, Elana Osborne and Elizabeth Jackson-Osborne both of Lansing; his sister, Terri (Gary) Brown of Alva, Okla.; a niece, Ashley (Devin) Tebow; and a nephew, Blake Brown.

He served in the U.S. Army for 13 years. After discharge he went to work for Northrop Grumman where he has worked for the last ten years. Jerry was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also collected Coca-Cola memorabilia.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 9, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A eulogy will be given at 7 p.m. following the visitation. A funeral service will be in Walnut Ridge, Ark., at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Old Lebanon Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to an educational fund for his minor daughter.

 

Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ray V. Smith

Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ray V. Smith, 69, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, March 5, 2009, at the University of Kansas Hospital.

smithRet. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ray V. SmithHe was born June 11, 1939, in Lisbon, N.D. the son of Frank and Mathilda (Ellingson) Smith.

On Jan. 29, 1961, he married Phyllis Ann Odegard in Buxton, N.D. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Eric (Vicki) Smith of Topeka, Allison (David) Johnson of Overland Park, Kan., and Ross Smith of Nashville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Alexander Johnson, Mackenzie Johnson and Christina Johnson; his siblings, Vern (Lucy) Smith, and Frances (Ben) Busche; and his in-laws, Clifton and LaVerne Odegard

Ray was preceded in death by two sisters, Beatrice Jordet and Marie Larson; and a brother, Bud Smith.

He graduated from Fargo High School in Fargo, N.D. Ray received a basketball scholarship and graduated from the University of North Dakota. He earned a bachelor degree in social work and psychology. He earned a master's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He was enrolled in the ROTC program while attending college. Upon graduation he was commissioned in the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant where he served for 26 years including serving his country in the Vietnam War. He graduated from the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. Ray served most of his military career working in the field of mental health. While stationed at Fort Leavenworth he served as Director of Mental Health Services at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks and served in comparable mental health capacities while stationed at Fort Riley and Heidelberg, Germany. He taught social work at the University of St. Mary. He was a past member of the board of directors of the Northeast Kansas Mental Health and Guidance Center and for the Alliance Against Family Violence. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He was also a  member of Civil War Round Table, member of Sons of Norway and member of  The Westerners. Ray was an avid golfer, played tennis and was an outstanding athlete. He enjoyed history, genealogy, music, learning and traveling. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Ray fought through cancer with all his strength, courage and competitive spirit. He possessed an eternal light of hope and incredible will to keep on going with purpose, faith, dignity and grace.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 9, 2009, at Trinity Lutheran Church. A funeral service with military honors will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at the church, with Rev. Damian Snyder officiating. Cremation will follow the service with private inurnment at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Alliance Against Family Violence or Trinity Lutheran Church.

 



February 2009 Obituaries

Stephen P. Jaster

Stephen P. Jaster, 56, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. He was born April 28, 1952, in Leavenworth.

JasterStephen worked most of his working life at Lansing Correctional Facility where he was still employed as armory chief. A job he thoroughly enjoyed. He collected guns and had a large collection. One of Stephens favorite past time was watching movies, and had an expansive movie collection.

He is survived by his only daughter and her mother, Abigail and Joy Jaster of Mountain Grove, Mo.; his father, Charles E. “Tiny” Jaster of Leavenworth; two sisters, Sherry Krieger (Don Brown) of McLouth, Kan., and Robin Light of Leavenworth.

Stephen was preceded in death by his mother, Gloria Diane Kempin; his first wife, Debbie (Feindesen) Jaster; and two uncles, Van Kempin and Marvin Kempin.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, at the funeral home chapel. Entombment will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery Mausoleum. A reception will follow the entombment at the funeral home. An educational memorial fund for his daughter has been established at Commerce Bank.

 

John Cecil Mustard

John Cecil Mustard, 68, of Lansing, went to meet his Lord, Creator, Redeemer on Feb. 15, 2009. He was born Dec. 12, 1940, in Ottawa, Kan., the son of John Cecil and Elaine (Moyer) Mustard.

MustardHe graduated from Topeka High School in 1959. He graduated from the University of Kansas with degrees in engineering physics in 1963 and in education in 1964. John married Annette Ilene Simon on Aug. 2, 1964, in Washington, Kan. She survives at the home in Lansing.

John and Annette moved to Leavenworth in 1965 where John taught math and science in the Leavenworth public schools for 17 years. He then decided on a major career move and became an agent with Farm Bureau Insurance and Financial Services for 21 years. He retired from the work force in 2003.

John was a member of Southern Heights United Methodist Church for over 30 years. He served in the church in numerous capacities including chairman of the administrative council, finance committee and served on many other committees. For many years he taught adult Sunday school classes and led many Bible studies. He also headed up one of the mission trips to Mississippi in the cleanup efforts following Hurricane Katrina.

He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Leavenworth for 44 years. He served on the board for most of his membership years, including a term as president. He flipped thousand of pancakes and became an expert in how to make the perfect pancake. He participated in nearly all of their fund raising activities and service projects. He was the recipient of the George F. Hixson Fellowship in 1996.

John was a member of Gideon International of Leavenworth for many years. He served on the Board of Directors several terms as president and as Church coordinator. He greatly enjoyed distributing the Holy Bible and placing the Lord’s word in the hands of as many people as possible.

John became a mentor as a part of the Life Connection Program with the United States Penitentiary. He loved teaching the Word of God and leading others to Christ. He believed that he could make a difference as a part of this program and help to turn some lives around.

John is survived by his wife of 44 years; a son, Eric Mustard and his wife Joni of Overland Park, Kan.; a daughter, Kelli Davis and her husband Tom of Forestdale, Mass.; three grandchildren, Alex Mustard and Melanie and Kylie Davis; his mother, Elaine of Leavenworth; and a brother, Neal and wife Leslie of Princeton, Ind.; and many in-laws and nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb.18, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, at Southern Heights United Methodist Church, 726 Muncie Road, Leavenworth. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Southern Heights United Methodist Church, Gideon International or Kansas City Hospice.

 

Marian Lee (Lay) Morgan

Marian Lee (Lay) Morgan, 77, of Leavenworth, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. She was born June 28, 1931, in Holton, Kan., the daughter of Charles L. and Clara (May) Hyman.

MorganShe served in the U.S. Army for two years. After discharge she went to work at the VA Medical Center in Leavenworth. She retired after 32 years of service.

Marian is survived by her faithful loving husband of 11 years, Eugene “Papa Gene” Morgan; her children, Karen R. (Thomas) Griffin, Henry L. Lay, Michael L. (Brenda) Lay, Lisa M. Lay, Orlando E. Allen, Leona L. Allen, Larry Allen, Carl H. Tucker, Peter Morgan, Jeffrey Morgan, Michael Morgan, Lisa Scoville, Jason Morgan, Daniel Morgan, Kathryn Morgan, Steven Morgan and Stacy Morgan; her siblings, Jean Hysten, and Charlotte Morgan; 40 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a great number of nieces and nephews; a multitude of young people that loved her as “Momma Lay”; a god-son, Fred Wilson; and life-long friends who were like siblings, Naomi Hutchison, Evelyn Roper, Arthur Bratton, Dorothy Brundy, Wanda Dickerson, Nadine Grafe, Juanita Gnip and Dora Baldwin

She was preceded in death by her parents; three siblings, Robert “Hawk” Hyman, Charles M. Hyman and Betty L. Nelson.

Marian was vice commander of post 93 Andrew Newton American Legion, North East district Lt. Governor of the Optimist Club, daughter ruler of the Elks of Leavenworth, active in NAACP, volunteered for many years at Cushing Memorial Hospital, she delivered the Chronicle Shopper for ten years and was very active with the young people in NAACP, Optimist Club and Boy’s and Girl’s club. She never met a stranger. She was a faithful member of Village West Assembly of God Church, Perry Martin pastor. Her favorite past times were spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and traveling with her husband.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Clare M. Obloy

Clare M. Obloy, 90, of Lansing, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, at Golden Living Center. She was born June 16, 1918, in Cleveland Heights, Ohio the daughter of Arthur and Minnie (Miller) Geiger.

On July 4, 1940, she married Frank Obloy in Cleveland, Ohio. He preceded her in death in August of 1992.

Clare is survived by her children, Louise (Harry) Bannister of Leavenworth, Gary (Patricia) Obloy of Cleveland and Patrick (Darlene) Cease of Parma, Ohio; her siblings, Genevieve Geiger, Agnes Johnson and Charles Geiger all of Cleveland; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Prior to moving to Leavenworth Clare lived in Florida where she was very active in her catholic parish. She was a devoted CCD teacher. She founded Vision Inc., a charitable organization to help people with poor vision. She enjoyed sewing, painting and gardening.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb.14, 2009, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Stubbs as celebrant. Inurnment will be at a later date in Cleveland.

January 2009 Obituaries

Michael John Rowland

Michael John Rowland, 35, of Kansas City, Kan., died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, at his home.

He is survived by his daughter, Ashlyn Rowland of Kansas City, Kan.; his mother and step- father, Linda and James Tarwater of Kansas City, Mo.; his father and step-mother, Dennis and Ruth Rowland of Kansas City, Mo.; and his brothers, Robert Rowland of Lee’s Summit, Mo. and James Hamilton of Oak Grove, Mo.

Michael served with honor in the U.S. Marines Corps. He was honorably discharged in 1995.

Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, Leavenworth. Graveside services with military honors will be at 1:30 pm following the visitation at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

John T. “J.T.” Ryan

John T. “J.T.” Ryan, 93, was born on September 25, 1915, in rural Leavenworth County at the home of his grandparents. He was the second son of Harry T. Ryan and Elizabeth H. Behne Ryan. He passed away January 24, 2009, at home on the farm where he had lived and farmed the past 59 years.

ryanJohn attended Fairmount Elementary school in the 1920’s and 30’s. He enrolled in Lansing High School and graduated with the Class of 1934. He then started farming during the drought and depression of the 1930’s and worked for the Government program. In 1940 J.T. went to California to work for Douglas Air Craft. He was an inspector on the B-25, a two-engine fighter bomber used during World War II. In 1944 John was drafted into the Army at Fort Leavenworth. He served in the Army Air Corp in England, France and Germany. On June 19, 1946, John was discharged as a Technical Sergeant. On September 15, 1947, he started work at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth. He retired as Assistant Dairyman on June 28, 1973. He continued to work on the farm and raised registered Angus until 2007.

On January 2, 1944, he married Jean E. Hopp at her parent’s home in Highland, Kan. She survives at the home. John and his bride just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. To this union were born four daughters: Mary Elizabeth Chadwell of Powhattan, Kan., Helen Marie Rettie of Chapman, Kan., Alice Jane (deceased) and Betty Jean Ryan of Chapman, Kan. John was very proud that each of his girls graduated from college and became teachers like their mother. John will also be sadly missed by two sisters, Ida Jane Wacker and Florence Marie Klasinski and one brother, Harry T. Ryan; four grandchildren, Bryan Chadwell, Rebecca Chadwell Winckler, Ryan W. Rettie and Hallie E. Rettie; and seven great-grandchildren, Courtney Chadwell, Kaylie, Jake and Cole Winckler and Ashleigh, Samantha, and Cheyenne Rettie.

John was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Alice Jane; two brothers D. Eugene, and Edward William “Bill” Ryan.

John was a lifetime member of the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars, honorary member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and the Lansing United Methodist Church. John was a very caring and giving person who enjoyed life and was very, very thankful for his blessing and family.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28. 2009, at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Lansing United Methodist Church.

Florence Timm

Florence Timm, 79, of Leavenworth, died Saturday Jan. 17, 2009, at the University of Kansas Hospital.  She was born Sept. 1, 1929, in Brooklyn, N.Y. the daughter of Claude and Florence (Gray) Gibbs.

She is survived by her daughter, Coreen Danielson of Leavenworth; a grandson, Damon (Marcia) Danielson; four great-granddaughters, Jerusalem, Zion, Israel and Celeste; two great aunts; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Florence was preceded in death by two husbands, Raymond Fernandez and James Timm; an infant daughter, Carol Fernandez; her siblings, Octania White, Claude Gibbs Jr., Claudette Green and Theodore Gibbs.

She enjoyed building doll houses. She loved reading mystery stories (specifically Agatha Christie)

Visitation followed by a funeral service will begin at noon Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.  

Gilbert Cantu Sr.

Gilbert Cantu Sr., 61, of Olathe formerly of Leavenworth, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at Olathe Medical Center. He was born Sept. 1, 1947, in Corpus Christi, Texas.

He is survived by his wife, Abby Cantu of the home; one son; and three brothers. He served in the U.S. Army for 20 years. After he retired from the Army he worked at and retired from Lansing Correctional Facility.

Graveside services and inurnment with military honors will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Services by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Lillian Emma Payne

Lillian Emma Payne, 88, of Leavenworth, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, at her daughter’s home. She was born April 20, 1920, in Langdon, North Dakota the daughter of James Donald and Chancetta (Keating) Graham.

On Nov. 14, 1942, she married Percey Orville Payne Jr. He preceded her in death on Jan. 20, 1987.

She is survived by her daughter, Rita (Christopher) Jensen of Leavenworth; her daughter-in-law, Sonia Payne of Pensacola, Fla.; her grandchildren, David Payne, Kimberly (Luis) Ortiz, Amy (Christian) Crumpacker, Mark (Maria) Jensen, Paul (Sara) Jensen and Suzanne (Hans) Stephensen; and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband Lillian was preceded in death by her son, Darryl V. Payne with whom she lived the last ten of her 50 years in Pensacola. After his death in July of 2007, she moved to Leavenworth to live with her daughter.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Stubbs as celebrant. Burial will be with her husband at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola Fla. Arrangements by, R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to St. Francis de Sales building fund, Catholic Community Hospice or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Brandon James Cook

Brandon James Cook, 23, of Leavenworth, died Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, at Cushing Memorial Hospital as a result of an acute illness. He was born May 27, 1985, in Leavenworth, the son of Michael G. and Tessa (Sullivan) Cook.

brandonIn addition to his parents, Brandon is survived by his step-mother, Lorie Cook; his siblings, Geoffrey Cook, Marissa Cook, Michael Cook, Philip Sullivan-Barnett, Andrew Sullivan-Barnett, Daniel Sullivan-Barnett; his step-siblings, Kaleb Ketchum and Amber Ketchum; his grandparents, Richard “Dusty” and Margaret Ann Cook all of Leavenworth; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Brandon was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents.

He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He also enjoyed playing guitar, computer games, creative drawing, camping and fishing.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan.15, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, the Rosary will be prayed at 5:30 p.m. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, at the funeral home, with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested for funeral expenses.

 

Sheila Rose Beaman

Sheila Rose Beaman, 62, of Leavenworth, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, at her home.  She was born Sept. 10, 1946, in Holton, Kan., the daughter of Rollie and Vera (Marshall) Hudson.

She is survived by her children, Michael (Osey) Beaman, Suzy (James) Stewart and Theresa Beaman all of Leavenworth; and 18 grandchildren.

Sheila enjoyed bowling, spending time with her friends and she loved to cook

A memorial service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan.14, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Inurnment will be at a later date at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the funeral home to defray funeral expenses.

 

Norma Lee Brown

Norma Lee Brown, 78, of Lansing, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at her youngest sons home in Leavenworth, with her family at her side. She most recently was a resident of Golden Living Center in Lansing, where she received excellent care and made many friends. She was born July 4, 1930, in St. Joseph, Mo., the eldest daughter of the late Robert Lee and Agnes Fern (Bibbins) McGaughy.

brownOn Dec. 8, 1949, she married Warren G. Brown of Tonganoxie, Kan. He preceded her in death in 1983. She is survived by her children, Richard Brown of Ft. Worth, Texas, Maurice Brown of Casper, Wyo., Gary Brown of Leavenworth, Sandra Clark of Parkville, Mo., Ella Brown of Ft. Worth, Texas, Mark Brown of Leavenworth, and Steve (Carol) Brown of Leavenworth; a daughter-in-law, Norma Brown of Leavenworth; her siblings, Robert (Cecilia) McGaughy, Arthur (Marion) McGaughy, Frances Thomas, Rozetta Gray all of St. Joseph, Mo., Mable (Gordon) Brown, Carolyn (Ralph) Harris and Carrie (Albert) May;  a sister-in-law, Ceola McGaughy all of Denver, Colo.; 30 grandchildren; and 51 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by three children, Frank Dennis Brown, Michael Harding Brown and Cynthia Marie Lockhart; and a brother, Thomas McGaughy.

Norma worked in nursing for many years, retiring from the Leavenworth VA Medical Center. She enjoyed helping others, taking care of her grandchildren, and she loved to care for the elderly. She was affectionately known as “Grandma Brown” in the Midwest, “Tappy-Tappy” in Texas, and as “Downtown Norma Brown” at the Golden Living Center.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

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