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Leavenworth Area 2010 Obituaries Archives

December 2010 Obituaries

Steven D. Clark

Steven D. Clark, 53, of Leavenworth, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at his home Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, following a courageous battle with kidney cancer. 

Steve was born Dec. 19, 1957, in Leavenworth the son of the late Frank and Evelyn (Pearsley) Clark.

He is survived by his wife Regina: his children, Captain Raymond Hanson, 25 of Savannah, Ga., Samantha Clark, 19, and Rebecka Clark, 15, of the home. His family was most important to Steve. He was a wonderful father, who loved coaching his kids in sports and in life.

He is also survived by three sisters and one brother, Nancy Bauder, Janine Bell, Mike Clark, and Terry DeVore and many nieces and nephews.

Steve was a highly respected member of the Leavenworth Fire Department for 29 years. He served from Jan. 8, 1982, retiring as Battalion Chief on Nov. 1, 2010. His career began as a firefighter with promotion to Driver/Operator in 1985, Captain in 1995 and Battalion Chief in 1999. He served as a representative for the Leavenworth Fire Department on the City’s Employee Council. He was president of the Firefighter’s Relief Association from December 2002 to November 2010. He loved being a firefighter as well as his firefighter brothers.

He attended the Leavenworth public school system and graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1976. He was on the ROTC Rifle Team. He enjoyed boating and camping. Steve was always ready and eager to take on new challenges. Steve was a friend to many and did not know a stranger.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2010, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial with full firefighter honors will follow at Mount Cavalry Cemetery. Memorial donations are suggested to the Clark family for an educational fund or Bunkers for Brooke (towards the purchase of a fire safety trailer to better simulate the conditions that a child may experience during a fire).

  

Mildred "Milly" Margaret Keach

Milly Keach, 86, of Leavenworth, died peacefully at her home on Tuesday, Dec.21, 2010, surrounded by her family.

Mildred Margaret Keach was born June 18, 1924, in Powhattan, Kan., the daughter of Glenn L. and Margaret (Meisner) Hanson. 

On Jan. 1, 1942, she married Arthur C. Keach in Leavenworth. He preceded her in death on Oct. 4, 1997. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Robert Hanson, Raymond Hanson, and Warren Hanson; and her sisters, Opal Hanson, Maxine Leintz and Lola Kauth.

She is survived by her children, Vicky Japport of St. Peters, Mo, Jim Keach of Leavenworth and Arthur “Skip” Keach Jr., of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; and her grandson, Dalton Keach of Leavenworth. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and their families.

Milly was affectionately known as “Aunt Milly” in the community. She led a very active life. She enjoyed attending local sporting events and was a great supporter of her extended family while they participated.

She was a lifelong member of Leavenworth Women’s Bowling Association where she served as President, Secretary-Treasurer and State Delegate for many years. She was a familiar and friendly face at Skyway Lanes, working there for more than 40 years. During her time at Skyway Lanes she was involved in establishing and leading several senior bowling leagues. Milly bowled in 50 Kansas Women’s Bowling Association state tournaments and 40 national tournaments. She taught many of today’s bowlers through the Junior Bowling League at Skyway Lanes.

The family will receive friends for visitation from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, at the funeral home. A memorial service will begin at noon Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at the funeral home with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Inurnment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to Immaculata High School.

 

Charlotte E. Bates

Charlotte E. (McRoy) Bates, 79, of Leavenworth, passed away Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, at Golden Living Center in Lansing. She was born March 3, 1931, in Leavenwroth, the daughter of Andrew H. and Minerva (Love) McRoy. She will be cremated. Inurnment will be at a later date at Kickapoo Memorial Cemetery.

Gary Allen Zeto

August 28, 1951 to December 13, 2010

Lewis “Buddy” Edward McMillen

Lewis “Buddy” Edward McMillen, 62, of Leavenworth, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, from injuries sustained in an accident.

He was born May 9, 1948, in Leavenworth, the son of Lewis E. and Emogene V. (Kingler) McMillen Sr.

Buddy served in the U.S. Navy from March 15, 1966 to April 25, 1969.

On April 20, 1973, he married Teresa Untiedt in Leavenworth. She preceded him in death on Nov. 20, 2010. He is survived by his children, Michael (Loren) McMillen of Baldwin City, Kan., and Brandy (Carl ) Wilkens of Leavenworth; his grandchildren, Jack, Liam and Charlie McMillen of Baldwin City and Dustin Streetman and Carl “CJ” Wilkens of Leavenworth; his siblings, Lois “Bubbles” (Mike) Seeler and Jeanne Soligo; and his brother-in-law, Gary (Renita) Thomas.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Barbara Thomas.

Buddy worked at the General Motors Assembly plant in Kansas City Kansas for 15 years. He then went to work at Fort Leavenworth where he retired with 20 years of service.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.15, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the University of Kansas Medical Center, Surgical ICU.

Alan Doc Robinson

Alan Doc Robinson, 31, of Leavenworth, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010.

He was born Nov. 27, 1979, at Fort Meade, Md., the son of John H. and Palmeda F. (Johnson) Robinson.

Alan in survived by his wife, Amber (Cardinal) Robinson of Leavenworth; his mother, Palmeda F. Robinson of Leavenworth; his father, John H. Robinson of Baltimore, Md.; his children, Alan D. Robinson Jr., and Alana A. Robinson both of the home; his siblings, Zoraina (Derrick) Nunn of Lakewood, Wash. and John F. (Shaye) Robinson of Topeka, Kan.; his grandmother, Beatrice Johnson; his uncles, Staff (Ulu) Johnson Jr., William (Lois) Johnson, Sr., Lionel (Doris) Johnson Sr. and Clinton Johnson; his aunts, Charlotte (Jimmie) Edwards and Beatrice Boyd; and many nieces, nephews and a large extended family.

He attended the Leavenworth school system and graduated in 1998. He was a graduate of Kansas City Kansas Community College. Alan enjoyed, fishing, basketball, chess and was a collector of fish. He was employed at the Leavenworth VA Medical Center in the food service department.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, at Bethel AME church, 411 Kiowa, Leavenworth. A benefit account has been established for his children, Alan Robinson Jr. and Alana Robinson at First National Bank and Trust Co. of Leavenworth, in trust of Palmeda Robinson, paternal grandmother.

Gayle L. Enyard

Gayle L. Enyard, 61, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at Providence Medical Center.

She was born July 26, 1949, in St. Joseph, Mo., the daughter of Paul and Alma (Stewart) Wiederholt. They preceded her in death.

On Oct. 17, 1978, she married Harold Enyard Sr., in Topeka, Kan. He survives in Leavenworth. She is also survived by three sons, Michael (Marjorie) Wiederholt of Lansing, Harold (Dana) Enyard Jr., of Leavenworth and William Enyard of Leavenworth; her brother, Paul (Romona) Wiederholt; her sister, Connie Grove; and five grandchildren, Michael, Rachel, Haley, Cheyenne and Trey.

Gayle was raised a Catholic. She worked at St. John Hospital for 21 years as the secretary for the Emergency Room. Gayle enjoyed crafts and cooking.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Saint Vincent Clinic.

Josephine Lamond

Josephine Charlotte Lamond, 104, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great- great grandmother died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, at the Catholic Care Center, Bel Aire, Kan.

  She was born in Leavenworth on Oct. 5, 1906.  Josephine was a homemaker and seamstress her whole life, working at Dorothy’s Dress Shop and Bakers Department Store in Leavenworth. Her greatest joy in life was cooking for her family and taking care of her home.

Josephine was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Edith (Vetterling) Anthony, her husband Arthur, and her nine brothers and sisters.

She is survived by two daughters:  Elizabeth C. (Jim) Flax of Wichita and Linda L. Arnold of San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren, Bill (Sharon) Kirby, Michael (Susan) Kirby, Tim (Linda) Kirby, Cheri (Rex) Whiteside,  Brent Arnold, Tracy (Ron)Samson,  Susie (Steve) Babcock, and Sandy (Craig) Radzak; many great and great-great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews also survive. 

Her family mourns the passing of a gentle, sweet lady who was the center of our lives. She was a joy to be with to the very end.

She was a member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, at the funeral home. The Rosary will be prayed at the end of the visitation. Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Monday, Dec.13, 2010, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant.  Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Catholic Care Center, 6700 E. 45th St. N, Bel Aire, KS 67226 or St. Joseph Church, 747 Osage St. Leavenworth, Ks 66048. 

 

Lila “Pat” B. Zeugin

Lila ”Pat” B. Zeugin, 78, of Leavenworth, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at St. Luke’s Hospital.

She was born Jan. 3, 1932, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Lloyd Jay and Florence Marie (Chapman) Rounds.

Pat graduated from Leavenworth Senior High School in 1950.

On Jan. 6, 1950, she married John “Jack” R. Zeugin by the priest at the old Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. He survives at the home. She is also survived by her daughter, Deborah and husband Douglas Wood of Leavenworth; a granddaughter, Jennifer Vornholt also of Leavenworth.

She worked for Dairy Queen, Kresge’s, Bell Laundry and Kramer Mfg. Co. She later co-owned and operated Zeugin’s Book Store in downtown Leavenworth from 1960 to 1964 where she also taught knitting. She then went to work at the Command and General Staff College as a Draftsman and then with the Engineer’s help desk before her retirement.

Pat enjoyed quilting, cross-stitching, knitting, fishing and gardening. She loved nature being outdoors and animals. And above all, KU men’s basketball.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, 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. Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at Immaculate Conception Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Emergency Assistance Center, LAWS (Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society) or a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

Barry R. Sims

Barry R. Sims, 70, of Leavenworth, died Dec. 2, 2010, at Cushing Memorial Hospital. He was born March 4, 1940, in Pittsburg, Pa.

He is survived by his wife, Lucia Sims of the home. Barry is also survived by his children, Michael Sims of Georgia, Hunter Thompson of Stelle, Ill., Tahirah Mullen of Lawrence, Kan., Patricia Gant of Baltimore, Md. and Kent Thompson of Atlanta, Ga.; and his grandchildren, Juliette and Gabriel.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

David D. Holmes

David D. Holmes, 62, of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, at his home.

He was born April 4, 1948, in Quantico, Va., the son of Rex D. and Ramona Jean (Basore) Holmes.

On Nov. 23, 1968, he married Phyllis Hays in Red Oak, Iowa. She survives at the home. He is also survived by two sons, Rex D. Holmes II of Leavenworth and Karl E. Holmes of St. Louis, Mo.; his mother, Ramona Jean Holmes; and two brothers, Richard (Chris) Holmes and Dwight (Ingrid) Holmes.

David was preceded in death by his father.

He served in the U.S. Army for 23 years. He served in Vietnam in 1968. He retired in January of 1990 as Chief Warrant Officer II. David loved history especially civil war history. He enjoyed hiking and camping. He was a 24 year member of Leavenworth Baptist Church where he served as usher and was the chair person for the church financial committee. He was also a member of the American Legion in Red Oak, Iowa.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, at Leavenworth Baptist Church. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or any hospice organization.

 

November 2010 Obituaries

George Bell

June 18, 1928 ~ November 22, 2010

There were no local services. Burial was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Kansas City, Mo.

Teresa R. McMillen

Teresa R. (Untiedt) McMillen, 58, of Leavenworth, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, at Cushing Hospital as a result of an accident.

She was born Dec. 18, 1951, in Maryville, Mo., the daughter of Leonard Benedict and Agnes Marie (Nathman) Untiedt.

On April 20, 1973, she married Lewis E. “Buddy” McMillen Jr., in Leavenworth. She is survived by her children, Michael (Loren) McMillen of Baldwin City, Kan., and Brandy (Carl ) Wilkens of Leavenworth; her grandchildren, Jack, Liam and Charlie McMillen of Baldwin City and Dustin Streetman and Carl “CJ” Wilkens of Leavenworth; her siblings, Joseph (Carmelita) Untiedt, Charles (Margaret) Untiedt, Francis (Marie) Untiedt, William (Barbara) Untiedt and Leonard (Louise) Untiedt, Mary Ann (Victor) Keber, Rita (Jerry) Auffert, Elizabeth Weigand (Bill Inojos), Carol (Rob) Reidlinger and Janet (Martin) Meyer ; a sister-in-law, Sherry Untiedt; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Teresa graduated from Jefferson High School in Conception Junction, Mo., and then attended St. Mary College in Leavenworth. She worked at Hallmark Cards in Leavenworth. In 1974 she went to work at Fort Leavenworth and retired in 2008.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The Rosary will be prayed at 3 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

Shirley Babcock

Shirley Ann Babcock, 63, of Lansing, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at Providence Medical Center.

She was born Aug. 4, 1947, in Albany, Mo., the daughter of Delbert and Arlene (Johns) Kariker.

On Nov. 23, 1966, she married Clinton Babcock in rural Kansas. He survives at the home. She is also survived by her children, Brian (Josie) Babcock of Salem, Va., David (Linda) Babcock of Lansing and Linda (Aaron) Seiler of Wichita, Kan.; her grandchildren, Ian, Cohen, Alexander, Emily, Preston and Cara; and a brother, James (Jean Anne) Kariker.

Shirley enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sporting events, reading and crafts. She was a member of Church of the Open Door.

Her family will receive friends at their home from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, at 222 E. Lois, Lansing, KS. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at Church of the Open Door. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Florence M. Klasinski

Florence M. Klasinski, 85, of Leavenworth, died on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, at her home.

She was born July 6, 1925, the daughter of Harry T. and Elizabeth (Behne) Ryan. She was born and raised in the Fairmount community and graduated from Lansing High School in 1942.

On Nov. 28, 1946, she married John J. Klasinski at Saint Joseph Church. He preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 2001.

She is survived by her children, Mary Jo Ross of Tonganoxie and Mark John (Janet) Klasinski of Leavenworth; a sister, Ida Jane Wacker; a brother, Mike Ryan; five grandchildren, Jackie Forshee, Mollie Klasinski, Jennifer Schermbeck, Evan Klasinski and Jill Klasinski; and two great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Dessie  Forshee.

Florence was also preceded in death by a son, Michael; and her brothers, Eugene, Bill and John Ryan.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, with a prayer service at 8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, at St. Joseph Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be, Evan Klasinski, Tom Keeley, Bobby Forshee, Chris Schermbeck, Greg Schwartz, Wyatt Forshee and Charles Albrecht. Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth Catholic Schools or Odyssey Hospice.

  

Marie Yolonda Gardner

Marie Yolonda Gardner, 36, of Lansing, passed away Sunday, Nov. 7. 2010, at her home. She was born Nov. 3, 1974, in Beaufort, S.C., the daughter of Harry and Mary Witter.

She is survived by her husband Keith of the home; her five children, Jeremiah, Noah, Christian, Leah and Hannah; her sister, Sandra Witter; and her nephews,  Jahleel and Corey.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at Christian Life Worship Center 2601 S. 4th Street, Leavenworth. Burial will be in Beaufort, S.C.

October 2010 Obituaries

Mary Alice Heim

Mary Alice Heim, 94, of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010. She was born Nov. 21, 1915, in Leavenworth, the daughter of John Aaron and Eva Anna (Noll) Hund.

On May 26, 1937, she married Cloyd E. Heim. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents; her step-mother, Anna Hund; two brothers, John M Hund and Norman Hund; her son, John E. Heim and her son-in-law, James Stewart; and a granddaughter, Mary Terese Heim.

She is survived by her children, Alice Lou (Edmund) Theis, Carol Heim, Helen Stewart, Don (Gerianne) Heim and Eugene (Rita) Heim; 18 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Dorothy Hund, Anna Marie Todd and Patricia Schwinn; and a sister-in-law, Elaine Hund.

Mary Alice graduated from Immaculata High School in 1932 and from St. John School of Nursing in 1936. She was a devoted farm wife, a leader for Happy Hollow 4-H Club, a member of St. Joseph Altar Society, the Cheerio Club, and the Third Order Lay Carmelites.

 Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The Rosary will be prayed at 4 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 1, 2010, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm.,  as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Sacred Heart Church of Kickapoo, St. Joseph Altar Society or the American Heart Association.

Elizabeth “Liz” Ruth Kennett

Elizabeth “Liz” Ruth Kennett, 50, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, at Saint John Hospital.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Cremation will follow the visitation.

Travis Yantzi

Travis Millard Yantzi, 28, of Leavenworth, Kan., passed away at his home on Friday, Oct. 15, 2010.

He was born Feb. 18, 1982, in Leavenworth the son of David and Dayle (Smock) Yantzi. He graduated from Platte County R-III School in 2001 and from Northland Career Centers Welding program. After school he went to work as an Ironworker for Ironworkers Local Union NO. 10.

Travis is survived by his wife Rachael of Leavenworth; his parents, David and Dayle Yantzi of Platte City, Mo.; his mother and father in-law, Charles and Clarice Phillips of Leavenworth, Kan.; brother-in-law, Charles Phillips of Paducah, Ky.; sister-in-law, Kelly Phillips of Leavenworth; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and his beloved pit bulls, Precious and Harley.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Yantzi; his grandmother, Florence Prins; his uncle Donald Yantzi Jr.; and his aunt Janice Guthrie.

Travis enjoyed the outdoors, and spending time with his dogs. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, at the Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.

Kimberly Mason

Kimberly L. Mason, 31, of Lansing, Kan., died Saturday, Oct. 16. 2010, at Providence Medical Center due to complications form a long battle with diabetes.

She was born Dec. 26, 1978, in Chillicothe, Mo., the daughter of Donald L. and Victoria (Duncan) Harris.

On Aug. 30, 2006, she married James “Jimi’ Mason in Independence, Mo. He survives at the home. She is also survived by a step-son, Isaac; her mother, Victoria Harris; her father, Donald L. Harris and wife Debbie; two sisters, Rhonda (Scott) Barnard and Kristina Mauzy; a brother, Donald W. (LaDonna) Harris; and her grandmother, Valeria May Harris; her mother and father in-law, George and Pam Kipper; several nephews and a niece; best friend and honorary sister Stacy Davis; and numerous friends.

Kim was preceded in death by two infant children, Robert Harris on Aug. 6, 2005 and Cage William Mason on April 10, 2010; her maternal grandfather, C. Elzie Duncan; her maternal grandmother, Alice R. Duncan; and her paternal grandfather, Donald C. Harris.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, at the Household of Faith Church, 2021 Metropolitan, Leavenworth, KS. Memorials are suggested to Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Bess Bratcher

March 13, 1933 ~ Oct. 16, 2010

Bess N. Bratcher, 77, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, in Bella Vista, Ark. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, at the funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

LORIN ELLIS MEYER

Lorin Ellis Meyer, 80, died Saturday, October 16, 2010, at home after a brief but intense battle with cancer. He leaves his long-time companion, Frances Whitecotton; three children: Craig, Steve, and Kim; and four grandchildren: Michael, Max, Joshua, and Mason. His fifth grandchild is due any day, and his first great-grandchild will arrive around Christmas. Lorin's life will be celebrated at The Pilgrim Chapel, http://www.pilgrimchapel.org/Directions.htm, at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 19. Visitation will follow from 4-7 p.m., at Lorin's home. Lorin, a medal honored veteran of the Korean War, will be buried with military honors Wednesday at the National Cemetery in Leavenworth, KS. In Lorin's honor, the family respectfully asks you to donate to the Disabled American Veterans' rather than sending flowers.

Janet Sue Gosselin

Janet Sue Gosselin, 71, of Leavenworth, died Monday morning Oct. 11, 2010, at her home from pancreatic cancer.

She was born Feb. 16, 1939, in Soldier, Kan., the daughter of Lloyd and Marion (Ernst) Murray.

Janet graduated as the class salutatorian of Soldier High School. She received a business degree from Emporia State University. After graduation she worked for TWA. She met and married Milton Gosselin on June 29, 1963, in Kansas City, Mo.

 After she raised her children she returned to school to earn her masters degree in library informational science from the University of Missouri. She then worked as a medical librarian at St. Joseph Hospital and then at the Leavenworth VA Medical Center.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Marion Murray.

She is survived by her husband, Milton of the home; her three children, Michele Gerling of Leavenworth, Michael (Lisa) Gosselin of  Kansas City, Mo., and Lisa (Clay) Wombwell of Belton, Mo.; her brother, Darrel (Carol) Murray; and her most precious survivors her grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Zachary, Allison and Spencer.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Inurnment will be at later date in Soldier Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers Janet requests donations be sent to Soldier Methodist Church. P.O. Box 73 Soldier, KS 66540

 Mary Theresa (Doege) Dempsey

Mary Theresa Dempsey, 93, of Leavenworth, died Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, at Lake Point Nursing Center near Wichita, Kan.

She was born July 17, 1917, in rural Leavenworth County, the daughter of Conrad and Mary Katherine (Payeur) Wacker.

On Oct. 24, 1938, she married Joseph Doege. They resided in Tonganoxie where they raised two sons, Larry and Kenneth. Joe passed away Nov. 29, 1965. Mary Theresa married Ambrose Dempsey on Nov. 11, 1972. Ambrose passed away July 27, 1995.

In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Carl Wacker, Leo Wacker, Albert Wacker and Ralph Wacker; her sisters, Clara Weber and Ann Rothenberger; and her daughter-in-law, Trish Doege.

She is survived by her sons, Larry Doege of Palm Coast, Fla. and Ken and daughter-in-law, Jeanne Doege of Wichita, Kan.; her grandchildren, Joseph (Kim) Doege, Heather (Neal) Cololia, Kyle (Amy) Doege, Kelli (Lynn) Mackenzie and Kent (Darcy) Doege; and eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The Rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, 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 the Parkinson’s Foundation.

 

Sheir K. von Morrison

Sheir K. von Morrison, 53, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, at her home with her family at her side.

She was born Nov. 9, 1956, in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of Richard E. and Ruby (Inman) Boyd.

Sheri worked at Leavenworth V. A. Medical Center from 1981 to 1987. She transferred to Munson Army Hospital in 1987 and worked for Medical Surgery, CMS surgery clinic as well as the dermatology clinic.

Sheri traveled a broken road that led her to the love of her life, Mark. They were married on Sept. 15, 2007. Sheri von Morrison is survived by her husband Mark von Morrison of the home. She is also survived by her mother, Ruby Emge; a sister, Terri Alexander; a brother, Jere Boyd; three nephews, Corry, Tosh and Donavan; a niece, Tesia; her brother-in-law, Dirk von Morrison and his wife, Marry; her wonderful friends, Gina Summers and Linda and Chuck Huchens; and many other good friends who are to numerous to mention.

She was preceded in death by her father, Richard E. Boyd.

Sheri and Mark spent many wonderful hours riding there Harleys around the country and meeting new people. They enjoyed attending biker events or just heading out for an afternoon of riding with just the two of them.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 7 p.m. after the visitation with Pastor Gary “Sam” Sanford as celebrant. Cremation will follow the service. Inurnment will be at a later date at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society

September 2010 Obituaries

Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. James A. Fenlon

Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. James A. Fenlon, 71, of Leavenworth, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, in Honolulu, Hawaii while away on business. He was born Jan. 20, 1939, in Springfield, Ohio the son of Robert and Ruth (Grieb) Fenlon.

On Aug. 27, 1960, he married Mary Probst in Dayton, Ohio. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his three sons, Matthew J. (Maureen) Fenlon of Gladstone, Mo., Andrew J. (Ingrid) Fenlon of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Edward J. (Joyce) Fenlon of Woodland Park, Colo.; five grandchildren, Kara, Ashley, Christopher, Alex and Maryrosaleen Fenlon; a sister, Marianne Thompson; and two nieces, Claire and Elaine.

James served in the U. S. Army for 21years retiring on July 31, 1981. He served two tours in Vietnam. He also served in West Germany, Alaska, Okinawa as well as several posts state side. He was Airborne and Ranger qualified and served three separate tours with Special Forces. He currently was employed at Northrop Grumman at Fort Leavenworth.

James had a lifelong passion for American football. He coached on three levels; little league, high school and college. James also played football while in high school and college. He was very compassionate about animals and animal welfare.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

Eldrow O. “Jim” Lunsford

Eldrow O. “Jim” Lunsford, 93, of Easton, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. He was born May 7, 1917, in Pawnee City, Neb., the son of Lee and Willetta (Hood) Lunsford.

He served in the U.S. Army during WW II.  On Dec. 7, 1940, he married Betty Thomas in Independence, Mo. She preceded him in death on March 13, 2007. He was also preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

He is survived by two children, Kent (Cynthia) Lunsford of Taylor, Texas and Pam (Ron) Chance of Easton; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Carol (Don) Reynolds and Geraldine Stalcup.

In 1960 he and Betty started Easton Bus Service with three buses. This business grew into a much larger company with a fleet of over 100 buses. He provided transportation in several areas; KCI shuttle bus, over the road coach service and he provided the transportation for the presidential conference in Kansas City. He also was a dealer for Thomas Built buses for several years. They operated the bus service until 1984. He was very actively involved in the Leavenworth County Democratic Party.

Jim dearly loved his family and friends. He always wanted everyone around him to enjoy themselves.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at the funeral home with Rev. Keith Lunsford as celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow at the Easton Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Jefferson County Hospice, Easton Methodist Church and the St. Lawrence Catholic Church. 

 

Betty Jean Freeman

Betty Jean Freeman, 70, of Leavenworth, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, at Medicalodge of Leavenworth. She was born Feb. 3, 1940, in Lawrence the daughter of Donald and Maxine Louise (Rowland) Schroyer.

She is survived by a son, M. Todd Freeman of Leavenworth; two grandsons, Gunnar Freeman and Joshua Conard; her mother, Maxine Schroyer; two siblings, Robert R. (Marilyn) Schroyer of Lansing and Donna L. (John) Scanlon of Lansing; and many cousins.

Betty was preceded in death by a son, Robert (Robby) Freeman and her father.

She worked as a contracting agent at Fort Leavenworth for many years until she retired.

Betty was a member of Sweet Adeline’s. She loved watching her grandson in sports. She always cheered for the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. after the visitation with Rev. Gary Harms as celebrant. Cremation will follow the service. Inurnment will be at a later date at Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to American Diabetes Association.

 

Cleveland Montgomery Sr.

Cleveland Montgomery Sr., 53, of Lansing, Kan., passed away Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at the VA Medical Center in Leavenworth. He was born Nov. 20, 1956, in Atlanta, Ga., the son of Bill and Gilly (Crawford) Montgomery.

A visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Funeral services will be under the direction of Pollard Funeral Home in Atlanta, Ga.

 

Harry G. Cook

Harry G. Cook, 59, of Leavenworth, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, at Providence Medical Center. He was born Dec. 4, 1950, in Battle Creek, Mich., the son of Harrison G. and Margie (Goodwin) Cook.

Harry graduated from Leavenworth High School and then attended Kansas State University where he performed in the marching band and theater. He graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in theater.

He is survived by his siblings, Constance Cook-Peterson of Flint, Mich., Verse Cook of Leavenworth, Douglas Cook of Tallahassee, Fla., Tracy Cook of El Paso, Texas and William (LaDora) Cook of Leavenworth; 11 nieces; five nephews; a special cousin, Lucien Baker; and a large extended family.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

He is fondly remembered by his family for the care he provided for his mother the last 10 years of her life.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010, at Pentecostal Church of Apostolic Faith.

 

2nd Lt. Caitlyn Victoria LeClerc

2nd Lt. Caitlyn Victoria LeClerc, 21, died Monday, Sept. 6, 2010, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident when she was returning to school from a Labor Day vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks.

She was born Jan. 7, 1989, weighing only two pounds but proved she was a fighter from the beginning and became so strong that although she was only five feet two inches tall and weighed 110 pounds she could do 88 pushups in two minutes. She always made her own rules and brightened the lives of all she met.

Caitlyn was a 2007 graduate of Leavenworth High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society, the ROTC Drill Team Commander and Prom Queen. She was a 2010 graduate of Wentworth Military Academy where she excelled in both academic and military leadership skills. She was awarded the Outstanding Company Commander award for individual leadership and service. She commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the United States Army at her graduation in May. She was also a member of the Missouri National Guard 35th Combat Aviation Brigade.

Caitlyn had just begun classes at the University of Missouri to complete her degree in International Studies.

Caitlyn is survived by her father and mother, Dr. Byron and Teresa LeClerc; and her brothers, Alex age 23, Thomas age 11; and her little sister, Grace age 11

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 5:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at Immaculate Conception Catholic church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Inurnment will be at Resurrection Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project. 

 

August 2010 Obituraries

Sister Ann Donovan

The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth mourn the loss of Sister Ann Donovan, 88, who died on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010 at Ross Hall, Mother House, Leavenworth, Kan.

Ann Regina Donovan was born on Aug. 5, 1922, in Dorchester, Mass., the youngest of six children of William A. and Mary E. McGilvery Donovan.  She graduated from St. Ann School, Neponset, Mass., and St. Thomas High School, Jamaica Plain, Mass., and entered the religious community of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth on Aug. 20, 1953.  Given the name Sister William Mary, she made her profession of vows on Aug. 22, 1955. Later, she returned to the use of her baptismal name.

After profession, Sister taught at parochial schools in California, Kansas, and Montana.  After her teaching career, Sister engaged in secretarial work and as a clinical lab clerk typist.  Sister Ann received a B.S. in Education from Saint Mary College, Leavenworth, Kan.

Survivors include nieces, nephews, friends, and her SCL Community.

A vigil will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at Ross Chapel of the Sisters of Charity Mother House in Leavenworth where friends may call after 4:00 p.m.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Ross Chapel on Thursday, Sept. 2, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery on the Mother House grounds. R. L. Leintz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Retirement Fund, 4200 South 4th ST, Leavenworth, KS 66048.

 

 

Christel R. Weems

Christel R. Weems, 69, of Leavenworth, passed away peacefully Saturday morning Aug. 28, 2010, at Medicalodge following a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born, June 28, 1941, in Edigheim, Ludwigshafen, Germany the daughter of Rainald and Elisabet (Herder) Riede.

Christel was the wife of U.S. Army retired Sergeant Major Clyde Weems Jr., whom she married on Feb, 20, 1959. He survives at the home. She is also survived by her son, Lorenz C. Weems of the home; two daughters, Patricia A. Buselt and Shirley G. (Michael) Collins both of Leavenworth; three granddaughters, Samuela P. (Josh) Hebert of St. Paul, Minn., Elisabeth (Morris) Pointer of Leavenworth and Keturah F. Buselt of Leavenworth; two grandsons, Matthew Collins and Jonathan Collins both of Leavenworth; one great-grandson, Jordan Hebert; a great-granddaughter, Angelina Hebert of St. Paul, Minn.; and two sisters-in-law, Pastoria Weems and Vania Weems of Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Christel worked for the Army and Air Force exchange service for several years.

The family will receive friends from 11 till noon Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at noon Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the Weems family at cweems@lvnorth.com

 

Mary Jo Steger

Mary Jo Steger, 73, of rural Leavenworth, died peacefully at home on Friday, Aug. 27, 2010.

She was born in Washington, DC on June 19, 1937, the daughter of John and Emma Denise Butler. Her earliest memories were of life in the Dominican Republic where her father was a Naval Attaché. Her family returned to Quantico, Va., in 1943 where Mary Jo entered 1st grade. In early 1944 her dad was transferred to Camp Pendleton, Calif., where the 5th Marine Division was being prepared for action in the Pacific. The family lived in Coronado during her father’s deployment. When her father was killed in action on Iwo Jima, her mother resettled the family in Ft. Myers, Fla., with the help of Mary Jo’s maternal grandparents, Denise reared her four children on the Caloosahatchee River in a beautiful old riverside home surrounded by live oaks, hanging moss and palm trees. Their social life revolved around their parish and parochial grammar school, St. Francis Xavier. Mary Jo’s high school years were spent at Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach, Fla., where she graduated in 1955. Mary Jo met her husband to be, George Fletcher Steger, at Springhill College in Mobile, Ala. They were married at St. Francis Xavier Church in Ft. Myers, Fla., on December 28, 1957. They spent 27 years as an army family with their five children, 11 of which were in Europe. They came to Leavenworth for Col. Steger’s final assignment in 1980. They had a wonderful celebration of 50 years of marriage in 2007. While her husband began a second career as a professor at the University of Saint Mary in 1983, Mary Jo worked for St. Ignatius parish at Ft. Leavenworth for 10 years before becoming a caregiver for George’s mother and then later for her own mother. She was active in prison ministry with her husband for over 30 years. Family and friends provided her greatest joy.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, her mother-in-law Maude Steger, and her infant daughter Lisa Denise.

She is survived by her husband, George; her daughter, Angela and husband Gerhard Glomm of Bloomington, Ind., her son Stephen and wife Stacey Steger of Guatemala City, Guatemala, Kathryn Steger of Washington, DC, her son Timothy and wife Jane Steger of Lake Arrowhead, Calif., and son Benjamin Steger of Arlington, Va.; brothers, John Butler and wife Kathi, Morey Butler and wife Jeanette, Clinton Butler and wife Leigh; her six grandchildren, Matthew, Anthony and Claire Glomm, Jackson and Samantha Steger, and Vincent Steger.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, with a vigil service at 7 p.m., at St. Francis de Sales Hall. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010, at St. Francis de Sales Church with Rev. Edward Hays as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery at St. Joseph of the Valley Church.

Keirah Lynnae Pike

Keirah Lynnae Pike, stillborn daughter of Kerry A. Pike was born Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, at Overland Park Medical Center.

She is survived by her mother, of Leavenworth; her grandparents, Lisa and Michael Scott of Leavenworth and Robert Pike of Lawrence; her great-grandmother, Grace Brown; her aunts and uncles, Kevin and Jamie Pike, Katie and Brad Thomas and Kristopher Pike; and cousins, Preston and Evy Thomas.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home with a prayer service at the end of the visitation. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 27. 2010, at the funeral home with Msgr. Charles McGlinn as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

 

Matthew Brian Byrne

Matthew Brian Byrne, 26, of Leavenworth, died unexpectedly, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010. He was born Oct. 25, 1983, at Fort Leavenworth, the son of James “Jay” F. and Margaret “Peggy” (Powers) Byrne Jr.

He is survived by his parents of Leavenworth; two brothers, James Byrne III of Overland Park, Kan., and Devin Byrne of Lawrence; his grandparents, James and Marion Byrne Sr.; his aunts and uncles, Leslee and Randy Greene, Stephanie and Steve Ollis and Robert Powers; a great-aunt, Mary Byrne;  a great-uncle George Mallinckrodt; and several cousins.

Matthew was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents.

He was a 2001 graduate of Immaculata High School. He also attended Kansas State University, Kansas University and Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, at St. Casimir Catholic Church with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Immaculata High School.

 

Arthur L. “Red” Hastert

Arthur L. “Red” Hastert, 92, of Leavenworth, died Sunday, August 22, 2010, at Country Care in Easton. He was born May 25, 1918, in Greeley, Kan., the son of Joseph F. and Mary (Huss) Hastert.

He is survived by his children, Cheryl (Jerry) Quimby of Seattle, Wash., Joe (Janice) Hastert of Ottawa, Kan., Janette Kollett-Mainville of Leavenworth and Tammie Gillaspie and fiancé Gene Davidson of Basehor; his long-time companion, Irene Groves of Leavenworth; a sister, Rosie Stifter of Greeley, Kan.; his grandchildren, Teresa, Ricky, Cherie, Randy, Holly, Josh, Ryan, Rachael, Kimberly, Michael and Kolton; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was married to Dorothy Dunkle for 30 years. She preceded him in death in September of 1985. He was also preceded in death by three sons, Ernest “Buddy” Conley, Richard Conley and Jerry Hastert; three siblings, Leonard, Helen and Margaret; and a great-granddaughter, Emma Hastert.

Red served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the 82 Air Born Division with service in Europe.  Red owned A.L. Hastert Construction Company for many years in Leavenworth. He retired in 1983. He was a lifelong member of the VFW, American Legion and the Leavenworth Eagles. He was well known in the Leavenworth community having been involved in numerous construction projects involving commercial and residential properties. Much of the work he performed changed the landscape of Leavenworth from 1950 to 1980.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Salvation Army.

 

Clarence E. Alexander

Clarence E. Alexander, 70, of Lansing, died Friday, Aug. 6, 2010, at his home. He was born Sept. 9, 1939, in Atoka County, Okla., the son of Clarence Edgar and Della Ruth (Southerland) Alexander.

He is survived by his two daughters, Lisa Swaggerty of Lansing and Lynda (Robert) Hickmon of Westville, Okla.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Carolyn; and his sister, Carol Silver.

Clarence served in the National Guard and Navy. After discharge he worked as a police officer and truck driver. He retired in 1992 from Kansas Industries where he was a truck driver.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Bunce presiding.

 

Robert E. Davis

Former Chief Justice Robert E. Davis died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at his Leavenworth home surrounded by his loving family. Justice Davis is survived by his children, Edward Davis and daughter-in-law Tiffany Ghiglia of Los Angeles, Rachel Evans and son-in-law Ben of Seattle,  Patrick Davis of Seattle,  Carolyn Davis of Seattle and Brian Jones of the home; and one grandson, Sahale, son of Rachel and Ben Evans.

He was born in Topeka on Aug. 28, 1939, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Davis.

Chief Justice Davis had been a member of the Supreme Court since 1993. Before his appointment to the Supreme Court, he served eight years on the State Court of Appeals and before that as a judge of the Leavenworth County District Court. He also served a term as Leavenworth County Attorney. He announced his retirement from the Kansas Supreme Court Tuesday after 17 years of service, having been Chief Justice since January 2009.

After leaving military service, Chief Justice Davis engaged in private practice with his father, Homer, in the firm of Davis & Davis (later Davis, Davis, McGuire, and Thompson) in Leavenworth from 1967 to 1984, when he was appointed Associate District Judge of the First Judicial District of Kansas. While in private practice he served as Leavenworth County Attorney from 1981 to 1984. He also served as Magistrate Judge in Leavenworth County from 1969 to 1976. After serving as an Associate District Judge for two years, Chief Justice Davis was appointed to the Kansas Court of Appeals in 1986, where he served until appointment to the Supreme Court in 1993.

Prior to entering private practice, Chief Justice Davis served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, including foreign service as trial counsel in the Republic of Korea and as United States Appellate Counsel in Washington D.C. from 1964 to 1967.  He received a BA degree from Creighton University, Omaha, and a law degree from Georgetown University Law School, Washington, D.C.

Chief Justice Davis had a distinguished public career, but those who knew him well know that he took just as much pride in his history as an attorney with truly wide-ranging experience in the law, ranging from vigorously representing the humblest clients of the small town Davis Firm, to being a formidable prosecutor who never lost a trial, to culminating his career at its pinnacle in Topeka.  Beyond his professional career, Bob was prouder still of his children’s accomplishments, and of the close and nurturing relationships he maintained with each of them until his death.  In the months prior to his death his life was enriched by getting to know his active toddler grandson, Sahale, singing to him and telling him rhymes and stories.  Those fortunate enough to have known Bob Davis will remember his genuine warmth, compassion and down to earth wisdom.

Chief Justice Davis was active in numerous civic and professional organizations throughout his career.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jana D. Jones, M.D.

Visitation shall be from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Ave., Leavenworth, KS 66048. The Rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m.  Monday, Aug. 9, 2010, at the Immaculate Conception Church 711 N. 5th St. Leavenworth, KS 66048

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to:  ACS Hope Lodge. 1120 Pennsylvania Ave. Kansas City, MO 64105.

  

Kenneth Soberalski

Nov. 29, 1955 ~ Aug. 4,2010

Viewing will begin at noon Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, at the funeral home. Graveside services with Army honors will be at 2:30 p.m. following the viewing at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

July 2010 Obituaries

Roy L. Sparks

Roy L. Sparks, 70, of Leavenworth, died Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at Saint Luke’s Hospital. He was born March 6, 1940, in Emporia, Kan., the son of Roy W. and Margaret E. (Rich) Sparks.

On Oct. 21, 1966, he married Leona R. Jarvis in Eudora, Kan. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Anthony E. (Mary) Sparks of Grand Island, Neb., Cheri (Randy) Heim of Leavenworth and Lezlie J. (Robert) Lindsey of Pittsburg, Kan.; his grandchildren, Megan, Brad, Bart, Brandon, Joshua, Erik, Isaac and Seth; his great-grandchildren, Caryn, Taylor and Hailee; his siblings, Hazel M. Coleman, MaryBeth (Robert) Winters, Robert J. (Regina) Sparks and John P. (Marilyn) Sparks;  a daughter-in-law Kala Wengler; and two special friends, Nancy Crane and Sonny Honeycutt.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Thomas W. Sparks; and an uncle, William Drake.

Roy performed in dance bands all of his adult life. He had a strong faith and was very active in his church. While living in Lawrence, he was involved in a jail ministry for several years. In 1993 he retired from Hallmark Cards in Lawrence.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 31, 2010, at Cornerstone Church, 7th and Pawnee St., Leavenworth. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. after the visitation at the church. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Cornerstone Church, Valley Hope in Atchison, Essential Tremor Foundation or American Stroke Foundation.

 

Fred Blaser

Fred E. Blaser Jr., 69, formerly of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at his home in Sunrise Beach, Mo. He was born March 26, 1941, in Leavenworth, the son of  Fred and Eleanor (Schneider) Blaser.

From 1963 to 1995 he was married to Carole (Mattison) Blaser, she survives at Lake of the Ozarks. He is also survived by two sons, Stephen and wife Nichole Blaser and Brent Blaser and fiance Jessica Wilson both of Leavenworth; a grandson, Dallas Blaser; his companion, Billie Parker; and two sisters, JoAnne Luper and Geraldine Wacker.

For many years he owned and operated Fred Blaser Excavating. He retired in 2005 and moved to Sunrise Beach at Lake of the Ozarks.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 25, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 26, 2010, at the funeral home with Rev. Christopher Kulig, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Lake Regional Cancer Center.

 

Aloysius “Aloo” P. Mendes

Aloysius “Aloo” P. Mendes, 62, of Lansing, died Monday, July 19, 2010, at his home. He was born June 20, 1948, in Mumbai, India the son of Cajetan and Flory (Coutinho) Mendes.

On May 11, 1975, he married Marilyn Pereira in Mumbai, India. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a son, Maryk and wife Kim of Lansing; his siblings, John, Zenia, Carol, Margaret, and Ida; his sister-in-law, Dr. Cherilyn DeSouza; and his niece and nephew, Dr. Michelle DeSouza and Sean DeSouza.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Phyllis “Anjali”.

Aloo will be greatly missed and remembered as a loving husband and father.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 22, 2010, at St. Francis deSales Church with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. Cremation will follow. Memorials are suggested to St. Francis deSales Church or to Pancreatic cancer research.

Teri L. Siems

Teri L. Siems, 56, of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at the University of Kansas Hospital. She was born Oct. 2, 1953, in Corpus Christy, Texas the daughter of George and Charlene (Howard) Foster.

On May 31, 1980, she married Terry L. Siems in Pittsburg, Kan. He survives at the home. She is also survived by her children, Emily McGrew of Joplin, Mo., Buddy Siems and fiancé Samantha Underwood of Overland Park, Kan., Adam and wife Tara Siems of Leavenworth and Cameron and wife Shannon Siems of Knoxville, Tenn.; her grandchildren, Avalon, Aidan, Rilee and Colton; her mother, Charlene Foster; and a sister, Diana Rutledge.

Teri was preceded in death by her father.

In addition to her loving family she was also passionate about rescuing and caring for animals. Teri also enjoyed being outdoors, whether it be planting flowers, taking care of her fish pond or watching her children play soccer. Teri was a special education teacher for over 20 years, touching so many lives along the way. And let’s not forget about her frogs, from stuffed to real, she loved having them around.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 18, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be 10 a.m. Monday, July 19, 2010, at the First Baptist Church in Platte City, Mo. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to LAWS (Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society)

Alvin R. Crippen

Alvin R. Crippen, 65, of Leavenworth, died Monday, July 12, 2010, at the Kansas City Hospice House. He was born the oldest of 14 on Feb. 2, 1945, in Key West, Fla., the son of Roland J. and Margaret (Mearns) Crippen.

On Aug. 16, 1970, he married Linda S. Schneider in Garden City, Kan., she survives at the home. He is also survived by his two sons, Timothy A. Crippen of Leavenworth and David (Crystal ) Crippen of Arlington, Va.; his grandson, Nathaniel; his siblings, Terry (Joy) Crippen, Lanelle (Bill) Turney, Myretta (John) Hahn, Chad Crippen, Devany Crippen, Jamie (Renda) Crippen, Merrlie (Jerry) Wooledge, Verlene (David) Edwards, Laurilynn (Ed) Sims, Serena Crippen, Joel (Donna) Crippen and Willard Crippen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Alvin was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Susan “Susie” Crippen.

Alvin worked as a teacher in the Auborn Washburn school district and at Atchison High school. In 1974 Alvin and Linda moved to Chanute, Kan., where he worked as the veteran’s benefits counselor. In 1978 the family moved to Leavenworth where Alvin began working as a field examiner for the Veterans Administration. A position had until he retired in September of 2007.

Al was a longtime member of Leavenworth Nazarene Church where he taught Sunday school classes.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 16, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 17, 2010 at the funeral home with Pastors Rob Self and Keith Knaack presiding. There will be a reception after the service. Burial will follow in Osage County at Arvonia cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth Church of the Nazarene or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Mathias Lee Berg

Mathias Lee Berg came to this world too early and departed too soon. During Mathias’s 21 months on earth he overcame insurmountable obstacles. His courage enabled him to endure countless difficulties. It was sheer stubbornness that gave him the strength to love and be loved to the fullest. Treasured most of all was the joy in Mathias’s indescribable smile, the love and devotion he had for his favorite ball and the way he would just laugh and play in the arms of his mommy and daddy. But Mathias’s precious soul was too wonderful to stay here on earth. Now our sweet baby boy is smiling with the Lord’s Angels in heaven.

Mathias is survived by his parents, Dion and Josette (Garriott) Berg; his sister, Rhiannyn Berg, 5 of the home; his grandparents, Larry and Kathy Berg, Sonya and Gregory Karpe and George and Kay Garriott; his great-grandparents, Eleanor Ronnebaum and Floyd Parsons.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 15, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home with a vigil service at 6 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 16, 2010, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested for cemetery and funeral expences or to the March of Dimes.

Travis Leon Tolbert

Travis Leon Tolbert, 39, of Leavenworth, passed away as a result of heart failure, Sunday, July 4, 2010, at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo.

He was born Nov. 7, 1970, in Leavenworth the son of Charles L. and Mary E. (Smith) Tolbert.

Travis was preceded in death by his mother, Mary E. Tolbert in 2002.

He is survived by his father, Charles L. Tolbert of Leavenworth; and his brother, Michael E. Tolbert of Fort Worth, Texas.

Travis was a 1989 graduate of Leavenworth High School he also attended Wichita State University where he received his associate degree in 1991.

Travis traveled throughout the state of Kansas working in the restaurant business, which he loved dearly.

He was a member of the Church of God In Christ in Leavenworth, Lansing and in the Kansas City, Mo., area. Most of his 39 years he sang in choirs, played the keyboard and was a great soloist.

Viewing will be from 11 a.m. till noon Thursday, July 8, 2010, at Sunflower Missionary Baptist Church, Leavenworth. A funeral service will begin at noon after the viewing at the church. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery.

Ruth Carol Silver

Ruth Carol Silver, 66, of Lawrence formerly of Leavenworth, died Friday, July 2, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. No services are planned.

Eleanor C. Matzeder

Eleanor C. Matzeder, 76, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, July 1, 2010, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. She was born Aug. 31, 1933, in Macomb, Mo., the daughter of Ellis and Gertrude (Oetting) Hart.

Eleanor graduated from Drury College in Springfield, Mo., with a degree in nursing in 1954. After graduation she went to work at the Leavenworth VA Hospital where she met her husband of 54 years Joseph. She later worked at Cushing and St. John Hospitals.

On Aug. 1, 1955, she married Joseph B. Matzeder in Leavenworth. He survives at the home. She is also survived by her children, Joseph (Julia) Matzeder Jr., of Leavenworth, Vicki (Pat) Welch of Lansing and James Matzeder of Leavenworth; her grandchildren, Lindsey Welch, Casey (Nate) Coffey, Ashley Matzeder, Jeffery Matzeder; a great-granddaughter, Kayla Matzeder; two sisters, Judy (Dwayne) Summers and Valora Mayer.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Michael J. Matzeder; and a sister, Patsy Hart.

Eleanor enjoyed collecting rocks and fossils. She made several bug and insect collections with her grandchildren and helped with several science projects. Eleanor loved fishing with her husband and also enjoyed playing cards. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who never missed a school concert or sporting event.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 5, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at the funeral home with Rev. Joseph Trusty presiding. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

 

June 2010 Obituaries

Robert "Bob" Dale Brenneman

Robert “Bob” Dale Brenneman, 66, of Kansas City, Mo., formerly of Leavenworth, died Sunday, June 20, 2010, at his home. He was born April 22, 1944, in Leavenworth, the son of Edward Ray and Jean (Swisher) Brenneman.

On Oct. 13, 1993, he married Glenda L. Brown in Gladstone, Mo. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, John (Shannon) Cole of Paola, Kan., Curtis (Kim) Cole of Pueblo, Colo., Wendy (Todd) Weissenbach of Leavenworth, Jennifer (Lance) Brenneman-Tobey of Leavenworth and Ryan Cole of Denver, Colo.; his siblings, Glen Chaffin, Phil Chaffin, Verona (John) Chaffin Schmidt, Louise (Keith) Knox, Mary (Dan) Boone, Joe Brenneman, Jack (Stephanie) Brenneman and Charlotte (Terry) Helland; his step-mother, Betty Brenneman; and his grandchildren, Brandon, Zach, Christopher, Dustin, Jeremy, Devin, Tara, Abigail, Janai and Donnie.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Ray Brenneman and his mother, Jean Chaffin.

Bob worked at Lansing Correctional Facility for several years. Most of his life he was an entrepreneur, he owned many businesses. He will be remembered as a wonderful salesman.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the American Lung Association.

LaVerne V. Odegard

Dec. 26, 1921 - June 18, 2010

Donna F. Johnson

Donna F. Johnson, 59, formerly of Atchison, Kan., died Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at Planters II in Leavenworth.  

Donna was born on Jan. 20, 1951, in Blackwell, Okla., the daughter of Ivan C. and Evelyn (Collins) Johnson. 

Donna lived with her family in Lubbock, Texas, before moving to Salina, Kan., where she graduated from Salina Central High. She moved to Atchison in 1976 where she worked for McDonalds before moving to Leavenworth in 2002, residing at Planters II. 

Donna was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by three siblings, Larry Johnson of Shawnee, Okla., Peggy Peterson of Eureka, Mo., and Johnny Johnson of Overland Park, Kan.; and by two nephews and three nieces whom she loved dearly. 

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 26 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, Leavenworth, KS.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Leavenworth Humane Society.   

 

Linda Susan Harker

Linda Susan Harker, 55, of Kansas City, Kan., formerly of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at Kansas City Hospice House after a three and one-half year battle with cancer. She was born Feb. 2, 1955, in Spokane, Wash., the daughter of Alvin C. and Patricia A. (McLean) Krueger.

On Sept. 17, 1977, she married Keith Bryan Harker in Dover, Del. He survives at the home. She is also survived by her two sons, Christopher Harker of Piper, Kan., and Stephen and wife Amanda Harker of Clarksville, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Kyle and Owen; her mother, Patricia A. Krueger; and her brother, Steven and wife Nina Krueger.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Linda was a great crafter. Quilting was her passion. For many years she had an in-home quilting business. She lived for her family and the friendships developed within the Prairie Chicks Quilting Group.

 Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 20, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 21, 2010, at the funeral home with Rev. Richard Arnold presiding. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Kansas City Hospice House.

“Beetle” Allen R. Bailey

“Beetle” Allen R. Bailey, 59, of Leavenworth, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at his home.

He was born, Dec. 23, 1950, in Leavenworth, the son of Wade and Evelyn (Brownell) Bailey.

After graduation from West Platte High School he served in the U.S. Marines for three years. After discharge he became a fire fighter with the Leavenworth Fire Department. He later transferred to the Fort Leavenworth Fire Department where he worked until he retired.

Beetle is survived by his son, Jeffrey Bailey of Iowa; his former wife, Robin Scott Bailey; his mother, Evelyn Chmidling; his siblings, Ron (Judy) Chmidling, and Gena Chmidling; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Denise Bailey; his birth father, Wade Bailey; and his father, Ken Chmidling.

Beetle was an avid racing fan. He played softball for many years and loved playing pool. Beetle enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. He never met a stranger and had many friends. He was deeply loved by all and will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 11, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 12, 2010, at the funeral home. Burial with Marine honors will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to defray funeral expenses.

 

May 2010 Obituraries

Evan James Norwood

Evan James Norwood, 21, of Leavenworth, passed away Friday, May 28, 2010, at his home.

He was born Aug. 19, 1988, in Leavenworth, the son of James A. and Lori A. (Foster) Norwood.

Evan is survived by his mother, Lori A. Norwood of Leavenworth; his sister Jessica A. Norwood and fiancé Mike Frederick; his niece, Layla Frederick; his grandparents, Larry and Tegwin “Ann” Foster and Kenneth and Mary Norwood; and many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.

He attended Leavenworth High School where he was active in the Pioneer Band. He was very gifted with music. He played the piano, trumpet and trombone. Evan loved his family, especially his niece Layla. He also cherished his long-time friends.  Some of his fondest memories are of the time spent fishing with his dad who preceded him in death on July 9, 2006.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at St. Casimir Catholic Church with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. The family will receive friends for lunch at the church following the burial. Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth High School Pioneer Band, St Casimir Catholic Church or the Leavenworth Cruisers.

Eric Frederick Haag

Eric Frederick Haag, 32, of Leavenworth, died Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at a friend’s home in Kansas City, Mo., from natural causes.

A descendant of one of Leavenworth’s pioneer families, he was born Jan. 6, 1978, in St. John Hospital of Leavenworth, the son of Donald Richard and Barbara Louise (Krause) Haag.  He was preceded in death by his father in 2003 and his brother Michael Richard Haag in December, 2009. 

Eric is survived by his sister, Marcella Ann Haag Perez of Kissimmee, Fla; his brother, Peter Joseph Haag; and his mother, both of Leavenworth; and his sister-in-law Lauren Nave Haag of Manhattan, Kan. Although he loved Hawaii where he lived for more than four years, he returned to Leavenworth to be near family after the death of his brother.

Always interested in the performing arts, Eric began dance lessons at age 3 and piano lessons at 6.  The little boy joined in Verneil Searles’ annual Christmas production in downtown Leavenworth as a talking stage elf. He was a frequent cast member of the River City Community Theatre, appearing as Winthrop Paroo in The Music Man at age 6 before he could even read the script by himself! Among his favorite roles over the years were the title role in Oliver, Tom Sawyer in Big River, and Will Parker in Oklahoma, but he also loved Meet Me in St. Louis, Barnum, and many others. When Saint Mary University performed A Christmas Carol one year, then fourth-grader Eric was Tiny Tim. At the Carnegie Arts Center, he was Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew. He played Lucky Eddy in Hagar the Horrible at East Junior High School, and took on featured roles in Leavenworth High School’s productions of Waiting for Goudeau, Harvey, Fiddler on the Roof, Man of La Mancha, and others. Throughout high school, he choreographed and entertained as a member of the high school’s Power and Life performance choir.

At home in Leavenworth, he was a member of Saint Joseph Church where he was baptized, confirmed, served as an acolyte, and taught Kindergarten CCD classes.

Eric graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1996. For six seasons, he sang and danced on World’s of Fun’s Moulin Rouge and Tivoli stages. He was Mickey in Damn Yankees at Shawnee Mission’s Theater in the Park. 

He earned his bachelor’s degree in vocal music performance in 2000 from Pittsburg State University, writing music, performing in musical and theatre programs there such as the role of Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore, and Papageno in Die Zauberflote, graduating magna cum laude, and singing the National Anthem at graduation ceremonies.  Although he taught voice lessons on campus, on Saturday nights, he was the ever-present singing comic relief at the Jubilee Stage in Ft. Scott, Kansas. 

After college, Eric immediately went to work singing, dancing, and acting in dinner theatres around the nation starting with the Crown Uptown in Wichita where he was featured as Diesel in West Side Story, Doody in Grease (reprised in Lancaster), and appeared in many other Crown Uptown shows over the years.   Beef & Boards, Indianapolis; Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; the Red Barn Playhouse in Saugatuck, Michigan; the Kansas City Repertory Theatre; the Alanz Theatre of Kansas City; Hall Auditorium of Pembroke Hill in Kansas City, Mo.; and Branson, Missouri’s Blue Velvet Theatre with Bobby Vinton are just a few of the venues he in which he performed.  Re-introducing himself to the Kansas music scene, Eric was part of the vocal cast of the Topeka Symphony earlier this month and planned on earning a master’s degree in music theory and composition.

In his resume, Eric described himself as a “High Baritone” with brown, curly hair, brown eyes, standing 5 feet 10 inches tall.  He recently penned a poem which ended, “How can you know you’re in the light unless you’ve been through the dark?”

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 24, 2010, at St. Francis deSales Catholic Church with Rev. Christopher Kulig, O.Carm., as celebrant. Inurnment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Darnell Joe

Darnell Joe Sr. was born to the late Garlin Joe and Johnnie Mae Washington Eddy on

June 4, 1935, in Kansas City, Kan. He was raised and lived in Kansas City, Kan., with his beloved grandmother, Alice Jones until her death in November 1959. 

He attended and graduated from Sumner High School in Kansas, City, Kan. He was married to Erma J. Boyd and to this union three sons and two daughters were born.

Darnell was a hard worker and possessed a good work ethic during his lifetime. Throughout his life he worked a variety of jobs, at times working three jobs simultaneously; Owens Corning Fiberglas, driving a cab, painting and repairing houses. He believed that a person should create their own opportunity and not wait for someone to give you something. His life motto was "Make Something Happen." This is his legacy to his children and grandchildren.

In 1952 at the age of 17 he worked at the Drake Hotel in Kansas City, Mo., as a bell hop.

He worked at Swift Packing House, Kansas City, Mo., from 1954-1957.  He drove cab part time for Okay Cab, a division of Yellow Cab Company from 1954-1962 he eventually got his own cab. He worked for Morgan Foundry Company in Leeds, Mo., from 1958- 1961. He worked for National Compressed Steel from 1961-1962.  He worked at Owens Corning Fiberglas from August 1962 until August 1997 retiring with 35 years of service. He started his own house painting and repair business in 1963 which he worked until 2002. 

He loved listening to jazz, attending jazz clubs and concerts in the park. He had a fantastic jazz collection with some of the best jazz artists such as; Hank Crawford, Lionel Hampton, Eddie Harris, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Les McCann, Jack McDuff, Wes Montgomery and Dinah Washington. Some of his favorite jazz artists were Ramsey Lewis Trio, Jimmy Smith, Sarah Vaughn and Grover Washington. His favorite gospel song was Peace be Still by James Cleveland. 


Darnell accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and was a member of First Missionary Baptist Church of Leavenworth, Kan. God called him home on Thursday, May 6, 2010. 

Darnell was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Isaac Eddy and Isiah Eddy, Jr.; two aunts, Artrea Pickens and Florence Washington Evans; a sister, Alice Laura Mae Eddy-Woodson, and a grandson, Dante LaVance  Joe. 

He leaves to cherish his precious memory two daughters, Denise D. Morrison and husband, Cecil of Kansas City, Kan., and Donna Lynn Joe, of Kansas City, Kan.; three sons, Darnell Joe Jr. and wife Vanessa, of Kansas City, Kan., Darren Joe and wife Andrea of Leavenworth, Kan., and Dwayne Joe of Kansas City, Kan.; nine grandchildren, Darnell Joe III, Danielle D. Jones and husband Eddie, Dana Lynn Freeman, Darrell Dion Joe, Adrianna Hardy, Damani Jwanza Morrison, Katlyn

Joe,  DeKeisha Joe and Lorenzo Dre Joe; four great-grandchildren, DaiJah Danielle Jones, DeAnna Daisy Jones, DeAsia Joe and Danica Cecily Jones; and four brothers, Edward Alexander Eddy and wife, Joyce,  Robert Lee Eddy and wife, Robbie Jean, Melvin Eddy and wife Katherine, and Johnny Roynell Eddy; five brothers in Chicago, Ill.; five sisters, Virgie Lee Edwards, Janice Fay Allen and husband, Gene, Joyce Anita Williams, Priscilla Elaine Bradley and husband, Richard and Esther Bernadette Latham and husband, Ira; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  

Viewing will be from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, May 14, 2010, at First Missionary Baptist Church, 800 W. 7th St. Leavenworth, KS. A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. at the church after the viewing. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Clyde U. Fields

Mr. Clyde Udell Fields, 70, of Lansing, passed away, Thursday, May 6, 2010, at his home. He was born March 13, 1940, in Leavenworth one of eight sons and one daughter of the union of Frank S. and Agnes N. (Humbert) Fields.

Clyde married Nora Lee Lambkins and to this union four daughters and four sons were born. This marriage was dissolved and ended in divorce. On July 10, 1987, Clyde was united in marriage to Andrea Gauger.

Clyde retired from the VA Medical Center after 32 ½ years of federal service.

He enjoyed watching all sports and especially KU basketball. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He adored his grandchildren.

Clyde was preceded in death by his parents, four sons and his sister.

He leaves behind his loving wife, Andrea; his daughters, Clovece, Agnus, Angela, Paula and son-in-law Derek Collins; his stepchildren, Vickie Williams, Debbie Schmidt, Eugene Gauger Jr. III.; seven grandchildren; five great-granddaughters; his brothers, Frank S, Charles F, Floyd E, Ralph J, Leroy K, Donald R and George C.; and a host of nieces, nephews, family members and friends.

Viewing will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 14, 2010, at Independent Baptist Church. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday after the viewing at the church. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery.

 

Ruth Marie Hancock

Ruth Marie Hancock, 74, of Leavenworth, passed away Saturday, May 1, 2010, at Providence Medical Center. She was born Jan. 5, 1936, in Farmville, Va., the daughter of Ernest and Alda (Brown) Davis.

On Jan. 6, 1954, she married Ray Matthews Sr., in Amelia, Va. He preceded her in death on Sept. 1, 2002. She was also preceded in death by her parents and nine siblings.

Ruth is survived by her eight children, Ray (Jeanie) Matthews Jr., of Cumberland, Va., Linda (Richard) Davis of Johnson City, Tenn., Katherine (Wallace) Cutrell of Pine, Colo., Jewel (David) Vossmer of Sandusky, Ohio, Deborah Matthews of Leavenworth, David Matthews Sr., of Medina Ohio, Robert (Lisa) Hancock of Leavenworth and LeeAnn Hancock of Olathe, Kan.; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Douglas, Bud and Velden Davis; and her twin sister, Rose McAbee.

Ruth had been an active member of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church since 1972, and enjoyed the church immensely. Ruth was in the nursing field for many years and truly loved caring for the elderly. She never gave up on life and always had new ideas for career paths when obstacles came about. She attended college at the age of 60 and felt as young as her classmates. Ruth was a seamstress and worked out of her home which is one of the oldest documented homes in Leavenworth. She lived there for close to 40 years through many tough times. Ruth had a real love for the history of the house. She was a member of the Historical Society in Leavenworth for a number of years. Possessions were low on her list, but her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends were very dear to her heart.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 6, 2010, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

 

April 2010 Obituraries

John James Cooney

John James Cooney, 78, of Leavenworth, died Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at St. John Hospital. He was born Dec. 31, 1931, in Akron, Ohio the son of John Joseph and Julia (Sullivan) Cooney.

John graduated from St. Mary High School in Akron in 1950. After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army serving in the infantry. While serving he was awarded two Bronze Service Stars and the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged in 1954. After discharge from the Army he went to work at Fort Leavenworth. John retired from the printing plant with 31 years of service.

On Nov. 28, 1953, he married Jean Corriston at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Fort Leavenworth. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Teresa Barnett and husband Bob Krouse of Kansas City, Mo., Cathleen Cooney of Leavenworth and John and wife Lori Cooney of Leavenworth; his grandchildren, Sarah (Todd) Kappelmann, Chris Kiser and Damen Kenworthy; a great-grandson, Tristan Kiser; and two siblings, Christine (Garnold) Green and George (Laura) Cooney.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Tom Cooney.

Throughout his life John was very athletic. He enjoyed many outdoor sports; golf, swimming, bowling, baseball, softball and fishing.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 25, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The Rosary will be prayed at 5:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 26, 2010, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm.,  as celebrant. Burial with Army honors will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Immaculata High School.

Isaiah D. Medley

Isaiah D. Medley, 3, of Easton, died Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at his home as a result of brain cancer. He was born Sept. 22, 2006, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of John D. and Michelle D. (Marshall) Medley.

In addition to his parents Isaiah is survived by his three brothers, Christian 13, David 12 and Caleb 11; his grandparents, JD and Nancy Medley, Carlene Watkins, Todd and Nancy Marshall and Mary and Tim Defrees; and his great-grandparents, Carl and Gerrie Barksdale and Philip Branch.

A celebration of life ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, April 16, 2010, at the Medley home, 28846 251st Street, Easton, KS 66020. A pot-luck will follow the service. All friends and family are welcome. Please bring lawn chairs. Cremation services by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

 

Andres Hernandez-Burgos

Andres Hernandez-Burgos, 63, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, April 8, 2010, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. He was born Jan. 7, 1947, in Bayamon, Puerto Rico the son of Andres and Maria (Burgos) Hernandez.

Andres is survived by his two daughters, Victoria Hernandez and her fiancé Wil McCoy of Leavenworth and Nydia and husband Paul Green of Dublin, Ga.; four grandchildren, Anna Maria, Nico, Kysear and Deaqon; his father, Andres; and two brothers, Claudio Hernandez and Raphael Hernandez.

He served in the U.S. Army for 22 years and retired in 1988. Andres loved spending time with his family and friends.

Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Ave. Leavenworth. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. after the visitation at the funeral home, with full military honors. Cremation will follow the service. Private inurnment will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

 

March 2010 Obituaries

James W. Stafford

James W. Stafford, 53, of Leavenworth, died Monday, March 29, 2010, at St. John Hospital. He was born April 10, 1956, in Winchester, Kan., the son of Leonard and Ruth (Hansroth) Stafford.

On Oct. 10, 1987, he married Paula Nester at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Leavenworth. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his six children, Kate, Parker, Paul, Meredith, Alex and Abe Stafford; two sisters, Judy (Brian) Endsley and Susan (Keith) Trader.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Gary and Dean Stafford.

In 1983 he went to work for the Federal Prison in Leavenworth as an electrician. He medically retired in 2008 after a long battle with diabetes.

Jim loved his family. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking and watching cooking shows.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 1, 2010, at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the service. Memorials are suggested to American Diabetes Association.

Geneva Cheree' (Fischer) Coke

Geneva Cheree’ (Fischer) Coke, 27, of Leavenworth, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at St. John Hospital. She was born, March 30, 1982, at Fort Sill, Okla.

 She is survived by her husband, Ryan Coke of the home; her children, Colton (Cole) and CrissAnn Coke; her parents, Randy and Debora Palmer of Easton, Kan., and Roy and Leeia Fischer of Camden Point, Mo.; her brothers, Tony (Charlene) Fischer, Jason (Kinzie) Fischer, Ed Holmes and Eric Palmer; her grandparents, Calvin and Isabel Williams of Clayton, N.M. and Rosalie Palmer of Belton, Mo.; a large extended family; and many friends.

Geneva was employed at Fort Leavenworth. She loved making people laugh and could create almost anything. She loved making things for her children. She could play many instruments; clarinet, sax, guitar and piano to name a few. She was an avid reader, especially to her children. She was very smart and enjoyed learning new things. Her ability to learn quickly allowed her to accomplish anything she wanted.

Geneva was a great photographer. Everyday she took new pictures of Ryan and her children and shared them with all her Facebook friends. Geneva loved her life as a wife and mother. In every plan she made and everything she did, she included her family. 

Geneva accepted Christ into her life when she was 11 years old while spending the summer at her grandparents in Clayton, N.M. She was baptized at the Camden Point Baptist Church that fall. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 1, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 2, 2010, at the Main Post Chapel, Ft. Leavenworth. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to an account for Geneva’s children at Armed Forces Bank.

Boris Z. Bedjohn

Boris Z. Bedjohn, 74, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, March 25, 2010, at Cushing Memorial Hospital. He was born Jan. 26, 1936, in Russia, the son of Shawul and Sanam Bedjohn.

He is survived by Chong; his children, Stella, Shammiran and Michael Bedjohn; his grandchildren, Vince, Talon, Devyn and Meghan; and his caring friends, Susan and John Johnston and Theresa and Timothy Ritter.

He will be cremated. No services are planned.

Ednabel Elliott

Ednabel Elliott, 92, of Leavenworth, died Monday, March 15, 2010, at her home. She was born Edna Belle Chapple, on March 8, 1918, in Troy, Kan., the daughter of Edwin A. and Sarah Belle (Taylor) Chapple.

On Oct. 16, 1943, she married James “Jack” Austin Elliott.

She is survived by her children, Mary Melinda (Steve) Stitt of Mount Laurel, N.J., Jim (Cathy) Elliott of Leavenworth and Nancy (John) Thompson of Burnsville, Minn.; her grandchildren,

James A. Elliott III, Bret A. Elliott, Casey Marie Elliott, Susan (Matt) Stitt Rogers, John D. (Nichelle) Stitt, Barbie A. Thompson, Laurie Thompson, Mark Elliott, Mike Elliott, Steve Elliott and Brian Elliott; and her great-grandchildren, Sean and Jack Rogers.

Ednabel was preceded in death by her husband Jack on July 4, 1969; an infant  daughter, Melissa; a son, Jorge A. Elliott; a grandson, Brad Elliott; her sisters, Elizabeth Chapple Mell, Vera Chapple Harrison, Marie Chapple Green, Ava Chapple Rhue and Edith Chapple Croner; and her brothers, Gordon Chapple, William Chapple, John Chapple, and Jim Chapple.

She was a member of the Leavenworth Country Club, Whittier Club and the Saint John Guild. Ednabel enjoyed playing bridge and golf. She was an accomplished cook who authored two cookbooks and loved entertaining. In her early years she loved attending auctions and collecting antiques.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 18, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 19, 2010, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Christopher Kulig, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth Historical Museum.

James "Jimmy Lee" Leo Connelly

James Leo “Jimmy Lee” Connelly, 69, of Leavenworth, died Friday, March 12, 2010, at Medicalodge of Leavenworth, after an extended illness. He was born Feb. 22, 1941, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of James Leo and Mary Louise “Marie” (Aaron) Connelly.

 Jimmy was a resident of Leavenworth for most of his life and a member of Immaculate Conception Church “the Rock” Since 1997. He had been working in the sheltered workshop sponsored by Riverside Resources, where he met many wonderful friends. For most of the past 13 years he had also lived in a group home operated by Riverside Resources. In January, he moved to Medicalodge of Leavenworth and even though his tenure there was brief, he enjoyed the support of new friendships and wonderful care. For the past six months, he had been a dialysis patient at Da Vita Leavenworth and he had tremendous affection and appreciation for the staff there. In recent weeks, Jimmy’s care was augmented by Good Shepherd Hospice and he appreciated the care and support. Wherever Jimmy found himself, he reached out to others in a quiet way and established his own unique rapport with the people he met.  He would want everyone to know how grateful he is for the times he shared with them.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Marie (Aaron) Connelly; his nieces, Colleen and Taira Alexander; and his cousin, Mary Aaron Williams.

He is survived by his sister, Carol Anne Schmidt; his “brother”, Ben Schmidt; nieces, Kelly Alexander and Carrie Alexander Raaf and husband Mike Raaf; great-nieces, Georgia Marie and Natalie Raaf; and a great-nephew, Patrick Jones.

 In 1996 Jimmy’s family circle grew when his sister, Carol Anne, and Ben were married.  From that union he is survived by, Danny and Tracy Schmidt and their daughters, Danielle and Karli, Debbie and Mark Phillips and their sons, Jake and Luke and David and Vanessa Schmidt. Jimmy also leaves many cousins and dear friends. 

Jimmy helped us to realize that people with special needs are also people with special gifts. We are grateful for the wonderful music and wit that he shared with us. His life reminds us that faith, family and the friendships we nurture are the real sources of joy and fulfillment in this life. 

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Mass of Christian burial will begin at 11 a.m. after the visitation at the church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. A reception will follow the burial at the church. Memorials are suggested to Riverside Resources or Immaculate Conception Church. Arrangements by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

 

Gertrude "Gertie" E. Derezinski

Gertrude “Gertie” E. Derezinski, 79, of Leavenworth, died Saturday, March 6, 2010, at St Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., with her family at her side.

She was born Nov. 27, 1930, in Leavenworth, one of eight children of James J. and Lillie (Felix) Ramey. Gertie lived in Leavenworth all her life.

On Dec. 31, 1946, she married Peter J. Derezinski. She worked for the Leavenworth and Lansing public school districts in food service. She retired from the Lansing school district after many years of faithful service. Gertie was a charter member of the Baker’s Dozen Bunco Club for 50 plus years. She also enjoyed having lunch out with the retired cafeteria ladies.

She was preceded in death by two infant daughters, Patricia and Deborah; her parents; five sisters, Myrtle “Babe” Hooper, Molly White, Margie Winchell, Catherine Coleman and Florence Whittet; her great-grandson, David M Unger who was killed in Iraq on Oct. 17, 2006.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Pete of the home; her daughter, Kathie (Don) Echols; her grandchildren, Diana (Scott) Pitts, Thomas “Joe” Daniel, great-grandchildren, Jeremy Unger, Joani Unger, Shane Unger, Sadie Pitts, Jacob Daniel and Dallas Carpenter; her two great-great-grandchildren, Gage Unger and Laila Jacquez-Lopez; her great-granddaughter-in-law, Laura Unger and Lailas mother, Jennifer Lopez; her sister, Joan Shockey; and her brother James Ramey.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday March 10, 2010, at the funeral home with Rev. Joseph Trusty officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Fisher House.

Nijmeh E. Goss

Nijmeh E. Goss, 72, of Knoxville, Tenn., formerly of St. Joseph, Mo., passed away Saturday, March 6, 2010, at Mercy Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn. She attended All Saints Catholic Church in Knoxville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Goss; and her parents.

She is survived by sons, James E. Goss and wife Sarah of Knoxville, Tenn., Joseph H. Goss and his wife Jane of Kansas City, Mo., and Mark A. Goss and wife Debbie of St. Joseph, Mo. She also has nine grandchildren; Philip, Anna, Mariel, Lydia, Jonathan, Stephen, Jenny, Jordan, and Jeremy.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 11, 2010, at the Main Post Chapel, Fort Leavenworth. Burial will follow at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Arrangements by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home

Mary Ellen Clark

Mary Ellen Clark, 68, of Lansing, died Saturday, March 6, 2010, at her home. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 8, 2010, at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

February 2010 Obituaries

Ann C. Smith

Ann C. Smith, 84, formerly of Lansing, went home to her Heavenly Father and to be with her beloved parents on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, in Logan, Utah.

She was born on Nov. 24, 1925, in Kansas City, Kan., to Dewey and Gladys (Hall) Chaney. She and her family lived in Santa Monica, Ca., during her childhood. They moved to Phoenix, Ariz., where she graduated from high school at the tender age of sixteen. She went on to attend Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa for the next two years where she lettered in volleyball and soccer. After returning to Phoenix she was very active in the USO during WWII. 

While living in Missouri she graduated from Central Missouri State College with a BS in elementary education. In 1963 she relocated to Lansing, Kan., where she taught at several elementary schools including Nine Mile School (a two room school house). She began her career in social services in Leavenworth County until going on to quality control for the state of Kansas.

Ann had a strong love for God, family, helping others and reading, especially history and Native American information. She was a life long member of the Community of Christ Church.

Ann was preceded in death by her mother and father.

She is survived by her brother, Robert (Pat) Chaney of Vancouver, Wash.; five children,: Gladys (Wayne) Sutton of Leavenworth, Diane Jacobs of Depoe Bay, Ore., Ronald Smith of Denver, Colo., Rhonda Hardwick of Phoenix, Ariz., Sherry (Jim) Talty of Logan, Utah; 10 grandchildren, Mary (Sutton) Dixon, Debra (Sutton) Derleth, Chris Sutton, Mike Sutton, Allison (Raleigh) Lowe, Kellen Smith, Kira Smith, Jennifer (Hardwick) Thomason, Evangelina (Talty) Zeller and Carmelita (Talty) Mullins; and 11 great- grandchildren. 

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A Life Celebration will begin at 1 p.m. at the funeral home after the visitation. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Garden Cemetery. Memorials in her name are suggested to Community of Christ Church.

Arvella Irene Arnold

Arvella Irene Arnold, 93, of Leavenworth, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at her home. She was born Jan. 14, 1917, in Easton, the daughter of Floyd and Grace (Goff) Warden.

In 1935 she married John A. Arnold in Platte City, Mo. He preceded her in death on Oct. 6, 1974. She was also preceded in death by two children, Roland “Buddy” Arnold and Connie Cunningham; and two sisters, Dorothy Duree and Ruth Clinkenbeard.

Arvella is survived by her four daughters, Joyce Howard of Leavenworth, Carole Moran and her husband John of Leavenworth, Donna Musgrave and her husband Bob of Goldsboro, N.C. and Pam Mitchell and her husband George of Huntsville, Ala. Arvella was blessed with 25 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Robert Warden and her daughter-in-law, Diane Arnold.

Arvella was a member of First United Methodist Church. She also had been an active volunteer at Cushing Memorial Hospital.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery.

 

Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. John Dale Esher

Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. John Dale Esher, 79, of Leavenworth, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at Cushing Memorial Hospital. He was born April 20, 1930, in Philadelphia, Pa., the son of John Harry and Pearl Hipkiss (Wythe) Esher.

John attended Girard College and the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia, Pa., from 1947 to 1949 and studied chemical engineering. He attended the University of Louisville and studied law for one year, and then later earned his bachelor’s degree in 1968 from the University of Maryland. In 1972 he attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City and also the University of Kansas, completing his second master’s degree in 1973. John proudly served in the U.S. Army for 24 years. As part of his Army career he served as Chief of Army Group at the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay, and as Course Chief and Instructor at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. His military assignments also took him to Germany, South Korea, Vietnam, Mexico City, and Panama.

  On Sept. 10, 1949, John married Nancy Caroline Cocking in Upper Darby, Pa., and she survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Ret. U.S. Navy Reserve Capt. Mark R. Esher, Esq. of Shawnee Mission, Kan., Ret. U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael D. (Tracie) Esher, Esq. of Gig Harbor, Wash., Susan L. (Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Scott) Wilson of Leavenworth, and Barbara J. (Robert) Bristow of Leavenworth; and six grandchildren: Jonathan Wilson, Nicole Bristow, Robert Bristow, Andrew Bristow, Jennifer Esher and Jason Esher; and one great-grandchild.

  In accordance with his wishes, he was cremated and no services are planned. Private family inurnment will be at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery with full military honors. His family intends to celebrate his memory quietly and wishes to thank all family and friends for their kind thoughts. He was a dedicated family man and father who touched many lives, and he will be greatly missed.

John W. Vaughn

John W. Vaughn, 88, of Leavenworth, passed away Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, at Kansas City Hospice House.

John Vaughn was born in Nicodemus, Kan., on June 3, 1921, to the union of Charles S. Vaughn and Clementine (Napue) Vaughn. He was the fifth child and youngest son of 10 children. His parents; brothers, Norval Serene, Charles Thaddeus; sisters, Velva Arlene, Margaret Elizabeth, Alice Rodema and Odella Marie preceded him in death.

John was baptized at an early age at First Baptist Church Nicodemus.

John attended elementary school District #1, Graham County and High School in Bogue, Kan.  He was active in the Glee Club, Woodshop and excelled in all sports; taking all state in baseball, basketball and football. John played baseball at “Scruggs Grove”

in Nicodemus, with Satchel Paige, Pitcher for the Negro Baseball League (Kansas City Monarchs). He also had the opportunity to play baseball in Europe. Later in life his friends in Lincoln, Neb., nicknamed him “Jackie Robinson”.

After graduation, John enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served in World War II stationed in Europe and received an honorable discharge from service in 1945. After his discharge he moved to Lincoln, Neb.

John was employed by Burlington Northern Railroad for over 40 years retiring in 1982. 

He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Lincoln. He was very active in the Elks Lodge and served several positions. Upon the death of his brother Norval, John rose to Grand Exalted Ruler of Corn Husker Lodge #579. Later, John was elevated to Grand District Deputy for the Midwestern Region. He became a Mentor to the young and Teacher to all the brothers traveling extensively within the United States.

John was united in holy matrimony to Clara Alexander and shared 36 Years together. They were proud parents to one son, Philip and a special nephew, Stephen. Clara preceded him in death in 1988.

He moved to Leavenworth in 1990.  John united in holy matrimony to Phyllis Moman-Creighton. They embraced life to the fullest with children, Jimmy, Jerry, Gwen; friends and family. Phyllis preceded him in death in 1998.

John became a member of Independent Baptist Church and served on the Usher Ministry and was a member of the Male Chorus.

John made his transition into eternity on February 12, 2010 at Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care. His footprints of life will leave a lasting impression to all.

John leaves to cherish his memory his devoted children, Philip Alexander, Gwen Smith Alexander of Kansas City, Kan., James Creighton (Clarinda) of Leavenworth, Gerald Creighton (Linda) of Chicago, Ill.; sisters, Lee Anna McMurray of Pasadena, Ca., Ruth B. Finney of Chicago, Ill.; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nephews; niece; great and great-great nephews, nieces; cousins; and a host of friends.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at Independent Baptist Church with viewing one hour prior. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

 

Richard G. Jennings

Richard Glenn Jennings, 59, of Lansing, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, at Tonganoxie Nursing Center. He was born June 27, 1950, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of John R. and Geraldine A. (Harris) Jennings.

He is survived by his sister, Felicia A. (Don) Nead of Bonner Springs, Kan.; his nieces and nephews, Aaron Whitley, Andrea Jennings-Strathman, Lauren Jennings, Reid Jennings, Eric Nead and Bo Nead.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Carl J. Jennings.

Richard was a musician who played the bass drums in local bands. He enjoyed fishing and was a lifetime member of the North American Fishing Club.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A memorial service and military honors will follow the visitation at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at a later date at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

 Izora Alexander

Izora Alexander, 72, of Leavenworth, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, at St. John Hospital. She was born July 11, 1937, in Ada, Okla., the daughter of Brownie and Florena (Gilbreath) Clark.

Izora graduated form PCA International of Lancaster, Pa. She was a valued employee of Hallmark Cards. Izora was also a licensed daycare provider for many years. She was an active member of the “All Nations Seventh-Day Adventists Church”, in Leavenworth.

On Aug. 14, 1961, she married Thurman E. Alexander Sr.  To this union ten children were born, seven girls and three boys. Izora is survived by five daughters and one son, Debra Rodriguez of Atlanta, Ga., Linda Graham of Leavenworth, Thurman Alexander Jr. of Leavenworth, Sharon Brown of Lansing, Brenda Gibson of St. Robert, Mo., and Katina White of Leavenworth; three brothers, Otis Grayson of San Francisco, Ca., Dr. Lester Clark of Langston, Okla., and Rufus Clark of Ada, Okla.; two sisters, Ella Mae Briggs of Ada, Okla., and Ruby Ranson of Ada, Okla.; one aunt, Mable Frazier of Ada, Okla.; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; four sons-in-law,; and a host of adopted children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Florena and Brownie Clark; her husband of 25 years, Thurman Alexander Sr.; brothers, Augustus Brown, Chester Clark and Leon Clark; and four infant children.

Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb.15, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. after the visitation at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery.

 

Norma J. Bogart

Norma J. Bogart, 61, of Lansing, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, at her home. She was born June 30, 1948, in Ransom, Kan., the daughter of Edwin and Armella (Stegman) Graf.

Norma lived on her grandparents’ farm until she was three. She then moved to Great Bend, Kan., where she attended Saint Rose Catholic grade school and graduated from Great Bend High School. While attending college Norma had several jobs; most important was her employment at Hays Building and Loan where she learned the savings and loan business from the ground up. In 1969 she met Steven Bogart at her sister’s wedding. They courted by mail while he served in the U.S. Navy. On March 21, 1970, she married Steven Bogart in Great Bend, Kan. and became a Navy wife first stationed in New London, Conn., then Holy Loch, Scotland. In 1974, they moved back to Hays, Kan., and later settled in the Kansas City area in 1989.  Norma went to work for Franklin Savings in Ottawa, Kan., before she began working at Mutual Savings and Loan in Leavenworth, Kan. in 1995. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and medically retired with 15 years of service as Senior Vice President of Lending.

Norma is survived by her husband, Steven Bogart of the home; her three sons, Kevin A. (Kimberly) Bogart of DeSoto, Kan., Sean M. (Jennifer) Bogart of Richardson, Texas and Aaron M. (Amy) Bogart of Kirksville, Mo.; her grandchildren, Tristen, Tanner, Riley, Calvin, Taylor, and Stella Bogart; her father, Edwin (Jewell) Graf; her siblings, Janice (Lee) Burkhead, Jim (Kathy) Graf, Mike (Robbie) Graf, Tom (Shyrlene) Graf and David Graf; and several nieces and nephews.

 She was preceded in death by her mother.

Norma played an active part during her sons’ years of scouting.  Her passion was her six grandchildren and she was well known for her quilting. She made over 100 quilts and took pride in giving them to others.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb.11, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The family will pray the rosary at the end of the visitation. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 am. Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, at St. Francis deSales Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Stubbs as celebrant. Entombment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Kansas City Hospice or Pancreatic Cancer research.

F. Ronald “Ron” Wiseman

F. Ronald “Ron” Wiseman, 68 of Lansing, went home to be with the Lord, on Tuesday, Feb 9, 2010, at the University of Kansas Hospital.

He was born Jan. 30, 1942, in Leavenworth, the son of Floyd John and Ruby Lorraine (Rogers) Wiseman. Ron attended Leavenworth High School and graduated in 1960. After graduation he served in the U.S. Air Force where he attended Yale University and studied to be a Chinese linguist. After discharge from the Air Force he attended the University of Kansas and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Ron worked at Cochran and Head CPA firm and then worked for School Employees Credit Union as well as other credit unions in the Kansas City area. He was later employed as a computer programmer for International Software Systems. He also owned his own company F. Ronald Wiseman and Associates as a title abstractor until he retired in 2004.

He enjoyed traveling on family vacations. He also enjoyed entertaining family and friends by playing guitar and singing. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife, Diane of the home; one son, Ronnie (Anna) Wiseman; two daughters, Melissa (John) Menzel and Jenny (Jimmy) Johnson all of Lansing; ten grandchildren who loved their Papa very much, Dylan, Darren, Avery and Ryan Wiseman, Brett, Austin, and Maria Menzel, Brandon, Kaleigh and Tyler Johnson all of Lansing; one sister, Donna (Gary) Meyers of Leavenworth; one brother, Gary (Julie) Wiseman of Peyton, Colo.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Pamela Patzwald; and a niece, Tishe McFadden.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Brooke Alexandra Jacobson

Brooke Alexandra Jacobson, 5, of Lansing, passed away Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010, at her home.

She was born Dec. 11, 2004, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Mark B. and Denise E. (Dahlquist) Jacobson.

Brooke is survived by her parents of the home and her siblings, William F. Gering and Carley Elizabeth Jacobson of the home; and her grandparents, Joyce E. Dahlquist, Estelle Meyer, and Terry and Sharon Jacobson.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Karl Dahlquist.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, with a vigil service at 6 p.m. at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at St Francis deSales Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Stubbs as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established in her name at Bank Midwest, 1901 S. 4th Street, Leavenworth, KS 66048

Katharina J. Guy

Katharina (Jaud) Guy, 78, of Leavenworth, Kan., died on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo.

She was born in Bad Toelz, Germany on Sept. 4, 1931, the daughter of Josef and Maria Jaud of Ellbach, Germany. She married LeRoy Guy of Amberg, Wis. in Heilbronn, Germany in 1958 and came to the United States with her husband and daughter in 1959.  She was extremely proud of having become a citizen of the United States as soon as she was eligible. She was a staunch republican and was proud to have done her duty by voting in every presidential election since she was eligible. Although she lived in the United States for over 50 years and had an extremely good command of English, she never lost her delightful German accent.  Her hobbies were reading and sewing and in later years she took up machine embroidery which she greatly enjoyed.  She loved to travel, both visiting and living in new places and seemed to really enjoy the constant relocating required by her husband’s career in the US Army. Katharina was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 56 Ladies Auxiliary and Chapter 75 Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Maria.  She is survived by her husband, LeRoy (Roy) Guy of Leavenworth, Kan.; a brother, Josef Jaud of Ellbach, Germany; a daughter, Col. (Dr) Sonja Thompson of Fort Hood, Texas; a granddaughter, Kerry Doke of McKinney, Texas; a grandson, Jason Thompson of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; and a great grandson, Carson Doke.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 7 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Joseph Hannon as celebrant.

 

Billy M. Whiteside

Billy M. Whiteside, 76, of Lenexa, Kan., formerly of Leavenworth, died Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. He was born to the proud parents of Robert M. and Willie B. Howell Whiteside on July 6, 1933, in the rural area of Pineville, N.C. 

At the age of four his parents purchased a farm and moved to Lower Providence in Mecklenburg County when he attended school at Providence Elementary School.  He attended Pineville School from 1942 to 1950.  He graduated from East Mecklenburg High School in May 1951.  During this time he was well known in Pineville, N.C. where he delivered milk from his father's dairy farm.  Billy attended Brevard College, Brevard, N.C. from 1951 to 1953, transferring to High Point College, High Point, N.C. where he graduated in June 1955, with a BA Degree in Religious Education.  While attending High Point College he met Miss Bernice L. White from Elizabeth City, N.C.  Bernice graduated from Meredith College in June 1954, with a degree in Music. On Aug. 28, 1955, they were married and moved to Atlanta, Ga., where Billy attended the Candler School of Theology, Emory University.  He graduated in December 1957 with a DB Degree in Theology (Later upgraded to M. Div.).  Upon graduation they returned to North Carolina where Billy served pastorates in the United Methodist Church at Brooks Cross Roads and the Crabtree UMC near Waynesville, N.C.  Due to the Cuban Crisis and the Berlin Buildup, Billy was encouraged to enter the military chaplaincy by the former Retired Chief of Navy Chaplains, Chaplain (Rear Admiral) Thomas.  On April 27, 1961, Billy entered the US Army Chaplaincy.  Although his obligation was for only three years, the challenge and opportunities for ministry stretched his obligation into 30 years, retiring with the rank of Colonel on April 30, 1991.  He and his family were stationed on many installations throughout America to include; Ft. Eustis, Virginia, Ft. Sloccum, NY, Miami/Homestead AFB, Florida, Ft. Hamilton, NY, Ft. George G. Mead, MD, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., and Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala., as well as overseas tours in Germany and Ethiopia.  Chaplain Whiteside served unaccompanied tours to Vietnam (1967-'68) and the Republic of Korea (1980-'81). While serving in Ethiopia, Bernice received the Order of the Queen of Sheba Award for the many activities and services she rendered that benefited the local populace as well as the relations with the Imperial Ethiopian Government.  Upon our departure in June 1973, she and our two sons, Bill and Barry were presented commemorative gold coins by his Imperial Majesty, Haile Selassie. Upon completing his Clinic Pastoral Internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center he was assigned to the United States Disciplinary Barrack, the Military's only maximum security facility, for the purpose of developing a Holistic Pastoral Care Program based on the medical model.  The program was extremely successful and received many requests from Federal and State Confinement Facilities to be used as a model for their facility.  His research and development enabled him to receive his MA Degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in December 1983. Also, while serving at Ft. Leavenworth he became a member to the Kansas Association for Marriage and Family Therapist.  Upon retiring from the US Army he became a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist and established a private practice in Leavenworth, Kan., as well as serving local pastorates and as contract chaplain for the Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center.  Also upon retiring from the military he attended the St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Mo., where he received his Doctor of Ministry Degree on May 23, 1997. 

Billy's military decorations and wards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal w/5OLC, Army Commendation Medal w/1OLC, Presidential Unit Citation, Unit Citation w/1OLC as well as other medals and foreign decorations.

Chaplain Whiteside is preceded in death by his Mother and Father, Robert M. and Willie B. Howell Whiteside; one sister, Margie Whiteside Squires.

Surviving family members include his bride of 58 years, Bernice(White) Whiteside of the home; his  two sons, Bill M. and Linda (Hlavacek) Whiteside of Lenexa, Kan., and Barry D. and Janice(Cordray) Whiteside of Irmo, S.C.; three grandchildren, Jonah, Eric and Jordan; one sister, Mary K. Robinson of Charlotte, N.C.; and one brother, Robert W. Whiteside of Ft. Mill, S.C.

Chaplain Whiteside was a member of the Leavenworth Rotary Club and The Mustang Club of Greater Kansas City.

The family will receive friends from 12 to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb, 5, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will be at 1:30 p.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth Rotary Club.

 

January 2010 Obituaries

Ralph “Trapper” Vernon Brenneman

Ralph “Trapper” Vernon Brenneman, 67, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, at his home. He was born Jan. 22, 1943, in Leavenworth, the son of Ralph and Eleanora (Wells) Brenneman

After graduation from high school Trapper served in the Navy and was honorably discharged in 1966. On Dec. 24, 1984, he married Zandra Roderick in Texas. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his father, Norman Justus of Smithville, Mo.; his two sons, Ernest (Gena) Shikles of Humble, Texas and Aaron (Inez) Brenneman of Australia; five grandchildren; his sister, Nora Monroe; his brother, James Justus; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Trapper was preceded in death by his mother.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and time spent with his family. Trapper and Zandra moved back to Leavenworth in 2000

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, at the funeral home. Burial with Navy honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Dorothy E. Simons

Dorothy E. (Collins) Simons, 92, of Lansing, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at Golden Living Center. She was born May 16, 1917, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Edward and Ellen (Driscoll) Collins Jr.

Dorothy attended the Old Cathedral Grade School and Immaculata High School. She married Everett D. Simons in Leavenworth. He preceded her in death on July 13, 1983. She was also preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, Everett D. Simons, Jr.; her sister, Kathleen Kelley; a step-grandson, Greg Walkup; and a step-great-grandson, Jake Walkup.

She is survived by her son, Edward G. Simons of Lansing; her step-grandchildren, Teresa (Tom) Fliger of Basehor, Bart (Candace) Walkup of Shawnee, Kan., and Trena Gilfert of Lansing; five step-great-grandchildren, Avery, Carson, Landon Fliger and Sydney and Megan Walkup.

Dorothy enjoyed being a housewife. She was a life-long member of Immaculate Conception Parish. She also enjoyed traveling and the time spent with family and friends. She left her home of 56 years to live at Golden Living Center in Lansing. She was well-known for her smile, her appetite and her love and appreciation of those who visited her.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. after the visitation at the church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Immaculata High School.

 

Ellene Barnett

Ellene Barnett, 71, of Leavenworth, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at her home after an eight month battle with cancer. She was born Dec. 8, 1938, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Vernon F. and Rozina (Smith) Rogers.

Ellene attended Summer Grade School and graduated from Leavenworth Senior High School in 1956. She attended and graduated from barber college. Ellene operated an in-home barber shop for many years. At the age of 52 she graduated Metropolitan Community College. She retired from the Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center after 30 years of dedicated service. After retirement Ellene worked as a school bus monitor for Easton Bus Service.

Ellene was a life-long member of Sunflower Missionary Baptist Church. She worked with the Sunflower Missionary Baptist Church and the Northeast District association Sun Beams program. She also served as a Deaconess, church clerk and assisted in many of the church ministries when called upon.

Ellene leaves to celebrate her home going, her husband of 36 years, Robert L. Barnett; her sons, Frederick Joseph (Karla) Lambkins of Mesa, Ariz., Clarence Dean Lambkins of Norton, Kan., Thomas Phillip (Shelly) Lambkins of Colorado Springs, Colo., Gregory Allen Lambkins of Parsons, Kan., Randall Eugene (Shirley Ann) Lambkins of Littleton, Colo.; her step-children, Robert Jerome Barnett of Olive Branch, Miss., Linda Barnett of Cape Girardeau, Mo. and Janet Barnett, of Milwaukee Wis.; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; her sisters who are also celebrating her departure are, Rozella Brown of Palms Springs, Calif., Pauline Miller of Aurora, Colo., Carol Rathman and Betty Smith of Leavenworth and Emma Gatlin of Shawnee Mission, Kan.; her brothers, David Rogers of Aurora Colo. and Samuel Rogers of Kansas City, Kan.;  special friends, Floyd and Louise Ross; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Ellene enjoyed traveling with her sisters and niece on their annual trips and other activities with her family and friends. She had a special love for making ethnic dolls and giving them to special people in her life. She especially loved working in her yard.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon F. and Rozina Rogers; her sisters Mary L. Ward, Venitta Johnson and Anna Collins; and her brother, Vernon F Rogers Jr.

Visitation will be from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan, 29, 2010, at Sunflower Missionary Baptist Church, 1708 5th Ave. Leavenworth, KS. A memorial service will begin at 11:30 a.m. after the visitation at the church. Inurnment will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

 

Lawrence Wayne Spencer

Lawrence Wayne Spencer, 66, of Farley, Mo., died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at his home. He was born July 25, 1943, in Otterville, Mo., the son of David and Zelma (Cathon) Spencer.

On June 17, 1983, he married Barbara Moreland in Miami, Okla. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Peggy (Emery) Anderson of Weston, Becky Healey of Weston, Sherry (Danny) Mauldin of Farley, Regina (Gill) Forgey of Leavenworth, Anita (Dave) Uko of Shawnee, Kan. and Belinda (Chuck) McCardie of Farley; his mother, Zelma Copeland; his siblings, Earl (Pat) Spencer, Onnie (John)  Haddock, Laverne (Melody) Spencer, Walter Spencer and Major (Linda) Spencer; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Wayne was preceded in death by his father and two siblings, Peggy Elliott and Clarence Spencer.

On May 1, 1970, Wayne went to work at the Leavenworth Fire Department. He was promoted to Driver/Operator on Nov. 8, 1972. On March 26, 1977, he was promoted to Captain and on Jan. 13, 1984, he was promoted to Assistant Chief. He retired on Dec. 24, 1998.

He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Wayne was a history buff and particularly enjoyed the civil war era.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan.22, 2010, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Three Rivers Hospice, P.O. Box 1937, Platte City, MO 64079

Daniel J. Berkos

Daniel J. Berkos, 59, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, in Tucson, Ariz. Inurnment will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

 

Robert L. Lewis

Robert L. Lewis, 62, of Leavenworth, passed away, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at his home.

He was born Jan. 30, 1947, in Leavenworth, the son of Chester and Harvelene (Goodwin) Lewis Sr.

Robert  is survived by his former wife of 30 years, Vicki Lewis of Leavenworth; his daughter, Victoria Lewis of Leavenworth; his son, Adrien Lewis of Overland Park, Kan.; his brothers, Chester Lewis Jr., Douglas Lewis, and Terrence Lewis  all of Leavenworth; and his two grandchildren, Adora & Maleki Lewis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvelene & Chester Lewis Sr. and his brother, Harvey Lewis.

Robert enjoyed being around friends and family, especially his grandchildren, Adora and Maleki. He was always willing to help friends, family and even strangers.

 He served on the Leavenworth Police Department and retired as Sergeant.

Robert also worked at the VA Medical Center in Leavenworth as a Pharmacy Technician until his retirement.

 Robert will be sadly missed by his family, friends and all that knew him.

 Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at Independent Baptist Church with viewing one hour prior to the service. Burial with military honors will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

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