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Leavenworth Area 2011 Obituaries Archives

December 2011 Obituaries

Melissa A.D. Sifford

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Melissa A.D. Sifford, 45, of Atchison formerly of Leavenworth, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at her home. She was born Oct. 12, 1966, at Fort Leavenworth, the daughter of Samuel and Alicia (Miller) Sifford.

Melissa A.D. Sifford

Melissa graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1984. She enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1991 and served until 1996. After discharge she worked for the department of defense as a Metrologist.

In 2005 she met Kenneth V. Parris and they were married in 2009. He survives at the home. She is also survived by their three year old son, Samuel Edward Parris of the home; her parents Alicia Sifford of Leavenworth and Samuel Sifford of Lansing; her sisters, Deborah Sifford-Lindstrom, Belinda Sifford; her brothers, Timothy Sifford and Jeffrey Sifford.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Saint Joseph of the Valley Church with Rev. George Bertels as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Saint Luke’s Hospice.

Mary Lee Haas

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Mary Lee Haas, 68, of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, at Homestead of Olathe. She was born Feb. 28, 1943, in New Boston, Texas the daughter of Leonard and Ouida (Roberts) Cranford. After the death of her father, Mary Lee was raised by her mother and step-father, Roland Whisler.

Mary Lee Haas

On June 15, 1963, she married Joseph Haas Jr. at Saint Joseph Church in Leavenworth. He preceded her in death on Nov. 8, 1983.

Mary Lee is survived by her children, Rosalie (Charles) Ratledge of Zephyrhills, Fla., Rhonda (Jeff) Culbertson of Easton and John (Carla) Haas of Leavenworth; her grandchildren, Tyler (Kayla) Haas, Brittney Haas and Sami Jo Culbertson; her step-grandchildren, Jennifer Hays and Jeremy Culbertson; her great-grandchildren, Collin Joseph Haas and Landon Lewis Hayes; and her siblings, Peggy Oldham, Norma Jordan, Shirley Lantrip, Lenny Rae Barnes and Bernice Garnett.

Mary Lee worked at Armed Forces Insurance for several years and later worked for Easton Bus Service.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Deacon Tim McEvoy as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Kansas City Hospice.

Richard Grissom

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Richard Grissom, 77, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at Providence Medical Center, with his wife, Fredonia and his niece, Sandra Woodard at his bedside.

He was born March 3, 1934, in Chattanooga, Tenn., the son of Leonard and Dovie (Roe) Grissom. After enlisting in the U.S. Air Force, Richard married Fredonia Hawkins. They were married for 52 years. Upon retirement from the U.S. Air Force, he worked in food service and retired from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center.

Richard is survived by his wife, Fredonia of the home; two sister-in-laws, Charlene Briscoe and Drusilla Hawkins; a brother-in-law, Ronnie Hawkins Sr.; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and long-time friends.

Graveside services with full military honors, will be at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at Leavenworth National Cemetery with Rev. B.J. Landrum Sr. officiating.

Teresa Joan Pence

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Teresa Joan Pence, 63, of Leavenworth, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at Providence Medical Center. She was born March 9, 1948, in Lincoln, Neb., the daughter of Elmer and Loretta (Nobles) Hurren.

Teresa Joan Pence

Teresa was a graduate of Presentation High School in Berkley, Ca. On Dec. 22, 1979, she married Robert “Bob” R. Pence in San Francisco, Ca. He survives at the home. She is also survived by two sons, Robert (Lynn) Nemeth of Leavenworth and Christopher Nemeth of Kansas City, Mo.; three grandchildren, Erica, Zsofia and Kaz; her sister, Patty Finnegan; and many cherished female friends.

Teresa enjoyed counted cross stitch, gardening and was an animal lover especially her cats.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to the Humane Society of the US.

Betty L. Young

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Betty L. Young, 84, of Leavenworth, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. She was born Sept. 9, 1927, in Parsons, Kan., the daughter of Earl and Alice (Treadwell) Trout.

Betty L. Young

Betty worked at Hallmark Cards for over 20 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Leavenworth. On Mar 24, 1958, she married Donald L. Young in Fredonia, Kan. He preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 2005.

She is survived by her three children, Mark (Jeanette) Young of Scottsdale, Ariz., David (Janet) Young of Leavenworth and Sharon (Philip) Tompkins of Spring Hill, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two sisters, Lois Emery and Nola Fisher.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Graveside services and burial will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Parsons, Kan. Memorials are suggested to Shawnee Mission Medical Center.

Patricia A. Bradley

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Patricia A. Bradley, 68, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. She was born Jan. 14, 1943, in Monterey, Calif.

Patricia A. Bradley

As her father was in the US Army, she had fond childhood memories from his service abroad, especially Japan. She spent her teen years living in western Kansas. She was a creative and talented artist and later attended the Kansas City Art Institute before settling in the Leavenworth area. She retired from Lansing Correctional Facility as its first female Captain. She continued to serve the community at Lansing High School until the fall of 2008.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kristen B. Davis in 2003 and her parents, Donald R. Miller and Beth Miller-Harrison.

Pat is survived by her sons, Wayne G. Bradley of Kansas City, Kan. and Dallas D. Bradley of Lansing, Kan.; and a brother, Robert W. Miller of Ft. Worth, Texas; she was Grammy to seven grandchildren, Dustin, Christopher, Josh, Jake, Kalyn, Zach and Tana. In recent years, Pat came to know several more biological siblings and family members.

A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Ave., Leavenworth, KS. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The National MS Society - Mid America Chapter, 7611 State Line Rd, Suite 100, KCMO, 64114.

November 2011 Obituaries

Edna F. Miller

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Edna F. Miller, 92, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, in Hilo, Hawaii. She was born Sept. 14, 1919, in Leavenworth, Kan., the daughter of James M. and Nellie (Baker) Jones.

Edna F. Miller

On Dec. 24, 1940, she married Edward Charles Miller. He preceded her in death Dec. 17, 1992. Edna lived in Kansas City for 57 years. She moved to Hilo, Hawaii to be near her daughter and son-in-law, Lois and Jerry Bragdon, where she has lived for the past 13 years. Lois also preceded her in death on Nov. 9, 2011.

Edna is survived by her daughter, Shirley (Dick) Mansfield; grandchildren, Kenny and Keith Bragdon and Michael Mansfield and Sherry Gilmore; and great-grandchildren, Tara, Aaron, Matthew Gilmore and Eddie and Reba Mansfield.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery.

Christina Elizabeth Naething

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Christina Elizabeth Naething, 56, passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at her home on Fort Leavenworth, Kan., following her 18-month battle with brain cancer.

Christina Elizabeth Naething

Chris was born Nov. 5, 1955, in Coshocton, Ohio, the daughter of Leo and Hedy (Loos) Ormesher. She was a 1974 honor graduate of Madison High School in Mansfield, Ohio. She married Robert R. Naething of Mansfield on March 21, 1976, in Sentinel, Okla. Chris was a homemaker and enjoyed running, yoga, cooking, and spending time with her family. Married to a career Army officer, she was very active in numerous Army spouses clubs and support organizations. These included various International Clubs as both a club officer and as a sponsor of visiting foreign officer families, Family Readiness Groups working with families of deployed soldiers and officer wives clubs assisting new spouses with the unique demands of Army life. Chris homeschooled her children for fourteen years and assisted homeschooling organizations at each post they lived during that period. She also was a Post Chapel Youth Group sponsor and leader at various posts. A woman of great faith and kind heart, she was well known throughout the Army community for her work ministering to those in need.

She is survived by her husband Robert Naething; her son, Richard M. Naething and his wife Windsor of Albuquerque, N.M.; her daughter, MacKenzie L. Limesand and her husband Craig of Barnhart, Mo.; her youngest son, Benjamin W. Naething, a student at Texas A&M; one granddaughter, Lucy E. Limesand; her parents, Leo and Hedwig Ormesher of Mansfield, Ohio; three sisters, Margrit Bautz of Mansfield, Ohio, Edna Steinhour of Mansfield, Ohio and Patricia Merrill and her husband Richard of Katy, Texas; two brothers, Leo Ormesher of Columbus, Ohio and Richard Ormesher and his wife Lori Parrott of Albuquerque, N.M.; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday Dec. 1, 2011, at R.L. Leintz Funeral Home at 4701 10th Ave., Leavenworth, KS. Funeral services will be begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at the Frontier Chapel on Fort Leavenworth. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Saint Luke’s Hospice of Leavenworth or your favorite charity in Chris’ name.

HENRY L. LAY

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Henry Londal Lay, nickname affectionately called "Hank" angels of God took flight, and he entered into Heaven with God, and loved ones that have gone before on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011.

HENRY L. LAY

He was 52 years of age and passed away from a short illness that he bravely fought.

Henry was born in Atchison, Kan., to Marian L. (Hyman) Lay-Morgan, and Orlo Henry "Bud" Allen. He attended Leavenworth Public School System, and graduated Class of 1977 from Leavenworth High School. After high school he proudly served the United States Army, as a 12-B-10 Combat Engineer, receiving the Firefox training certificate. He was employed from over 20 years at Fort Leavenworth, at the Officer's Club in various roles, including cook, supply, maintenance and supervisory. He then worked at the former Hoge Barracks, now called Intercontinental Hotel Group Army Hotel as the Supply Clerk. He took great pride in his work and went the extra mile for the employees, and customers. He was a CDL licensed driver. He was rewarded with the Fort Leavenworth Garrison employee of the Month, as well as numerous employee and customer service awards. He worked formerly in Denver Colorado, California, and Kansas City, Mo.,

He loved God, the Lord Jesus Christ, where he was baptized at a young age by the Former Rev. Robert L. Strange at Independent Baptist Church. He attended several churches during the years and loved when someone prayed with him, or to hear the Word of God, or an uplifting song. He lived by example.

He was a loyal Raiders Fan in Chief's territory. He loved California, and especially the beach of San Diego and the entire California coast. His dream was to live in California. He loved all types of music, including Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac, Tears for Fears and other artists. He was a body builder, and enjoyed exercising, and physical fitness. He would enjoy a good game of pool, or watching and playing any type of sport. He loved to cook and enjoyed a good meal. He love laughter and had the greatest since of humor. He loved sports and could recall sports history spanning decades. He loved movies and had a collection of Star Wars. He enjoyed movies and the flying in "Top Gun." His favorite breakfast was bacon and eggs, a meal that was on the tray the day he was born. His mother told him, "You like bacon and eggs so much because it was sitting on a tray and you couldn't eat it, the day you were born."  He was loved by many and didn't meet a stranger. He did not see color and loved each person equally. He would do whatever he could for others. Most of all he was a humble man, who helped many. Heaven just received God's example of a good man!

Henry is survived by two children, Shanna Hiebert (Don) and Raylene Williams (Nick); his nine grandchildren, Kasper, Korbin, Zavian, Reagan, Riley, Dominic Londal, Savannah, Addison, Avery; his three maternal siblings, Karen R. Griffin (Thomas) (KS), Michael L. Lay (Brenda) (KS), Lisa M. Lay PhD (KS); paternal siblings, Carl H. Tucker (NE), Larry Allen (Chris) (MO), Leona (Sister) Allen, (KS), Orlando (Chab) Allen, (KS). Maternal aunt, Charlotte Morgan (IL), Paternal Aunt's Katherine Ross, and Graceline Cluke (KS); a special Aunt, Naomi Hutchison (John) (KS) ; special cousins, Vanessa May (CA), and Connie Robinson (NE), Michael (Mick) Dukes (MI); his co-workers and friends Janice and Denise; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He sacrificed much and most important was family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marian Morgan and Orlo Allen, His maternal grandparents Clara (May) Hyman, and Charles Hyman, his paternal grandparents, Kirby Rogers Sr. and Evelyn Rogers and Daisy Allen. His Aunts, Jean Hasten, Betty (Fernandez) Nelson, Uncles Robert “Hawk” Hyman, Charles M. Hyman, and Millard Allen Sr. and Warren Ross.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Donations can be made to American Cancer Research for Male Breast Cancer Research in Henry's name. Flowers, monetary gifts can be made in care of Leintz Funeral Home.

The family would like to express a heartfelt thank you for all your acts of love and kindness. Henry loved life, and loved each of you! We celebrate his homecoming and his life!

Willis W. “Bill” Klingele

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Willis W. “Bill” Klingele, 67, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, at this home. He was born June 25, 1944, in Leavenworth, the son of Willis S. and Nella E. (Gnolfo) Klingele.

Willis W. “Bill” Klingele

After graduation from high school in 1962, Bill joined the U.S. Navy. On Feb. 2, 1968, he married the love of his life, Ivy Porter in Leavenworth. She survives at the home. He is also survived by two daughters, Stacey (Jim) and Julianne (Jamie); and four grandchildren, Cody, Cole, Makenzi and Devin.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Stephanie.

Bill worked for the Leavenworth Fire Department from 1966 to 1969. He medically retired from the Leavenworth Police Department after working for the city for 19 years. He later worked security at the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant until it closed. He obtained a private investigators license and did investigation work for several local attorneys. Bill also worked security at Leavenworth High School.

He was a member of the VFW, DAV and was a charter member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #19. His hobbies were fishing, camping and having his grandkids around him. He also enjoyed keeping in touch with all of his high school classmates over the internet.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial with police honors will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Sunflower Hospice or the American Heart Association.

Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Stanley Carroll Johnson

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Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Stanley Carroll Johnson, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, at Olathe Medical Center, Olathe, Kan.

Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Stanley Carroll Johnson

Stan was born Sept. 6, 1931, in West Point, Neb., the son of Paul and Ethel Johnson. At an early age he and his parents moved to Gregory, S. D. due to business.

In 1955 he graduated from the University of Missouri with BS in Business. Stan was then commissioned as a second lieutenant and served his first duty assignment at a Nike Hercules site in Rouge Park, Detroit, Mich. His duty assignments include, Ft. Sill, Okla., Ft. Bliss, Texas, McCord AFB, Tacoma, Wash., Ft. Lewis, Wash., Inchon, Korea, Buamholder, West Germany, Heidelberg, West Germany and a one year tour in Vietnam. He received his MBA from Northwest Missouri State University upon his retirement from the Army in July, 1976. He subsequently managed the Collard R.V. Center in Lansing, for 16 years and then became a sales person for Wilcox R.V. in Topeka, Kan.

On Dec. 26, 1956, Stan married JoAnn Williams in Gravois Mills, Mo. She survives at their home in Leavenworth. They were the proud parents of two children, Steven M. Johnson and Carol A. Johnson. Steve and his wife Valerie and two children Katie and Eric live in Great Bend, Kan. and Carol Johnson lives in Lenexa, Kan. He is also survived by his brother, Richard Johnson (Rita) and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be celebrated at the First United Methodist Church in Leavenworth, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. Military honors and inurnment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church, Leavenworth, KS.

Frank L. Rohrbach

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Frank L. Rohrbach, 87, of Leavenworth, passed away Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at Medicalodge of Leavenworth.

He was born Feb. 10, 1924, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Frank H. and Ida Myrtle (McCully) Rohrbach.

On Sept. 28, 1946, he married Georgia Kyle in Kansas City. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his daughter, Kyle Ann Darby of Weston, Mo.; two grandchildren, Clayton Roy Darby and Anna Beth Darby; a great-grandson, Aiden Lee Darby; and a brother, Donald K. Rohrbach.

Frank was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Leavenworth, the Delaware Lodge #96, Ararat Shrine of Kansas City, Mo. and a former member of York Rite Bodies and ROJ Court #54. He was very well known in the Kansas City area for his 41 year involvement in the automobile industry where he worked in sales, co-owned and owned dealerships.

The family will receive friends for visitation from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, at the First United Methodist Church, Leavenworth. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 2 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Children’s Hospital % Ararat Shrine 5100 Ararat Drive, Kansas City, MO 64129-1998 or the First United Methodist Church. Arrangement entrusted to R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Louise McRoy

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Louise V. Bell McRoy was born in West Point Mississippi to Cedar and Maeliza Bell.

Louise McRoy

She worked for over 30 years before retiring as a senior Accountant from Trans World Airlines. After retirement Louise spent much of her time enjoying her grandchildren and as an active participant in her faith (Seventh Day Adventist) and church (Shiloh Seventh Day Adventist Church). Louise was truly loved by countless people around the country and had the ability to light up a room with her presence, she will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband Elmer McRoy. Three children, Veda McRoy, Tiffany McRoy Jack and Kareem McRoy. Two sisters and seven grandchildren; Cherry Ruth Sparks, Siera Sparks, Nehemiah Sparks, Samuel Sparks, Nathaniel McRoy, Tyrone Jack and Kalil McRoy.

Viewing will be from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial will follow at 10 a.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Thomas S. Johnson Jr.

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Thomas Sanford Johnson Jr., died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011.

Thomas S. Johnson Jr.

He was Born Sept. 28, 1927, in Leavenworth, the son of Thomas S. and Flora M. (Thomas) Johnson Sr. Who proceeded him in death.

 On Nov. 18, 1954, in Miami, Okla., he married Betty Jean Bird of Winchester, Kan.

 Tom was a 1945 graduate of Leavenworth High School. He served in the Army Ai r Force during World War II. He worked for t he U.S. Federal Penitentiary at Leavenworth for 25 years retiring as a Correctional Counselor in 1977.

 Tom was a self taught carpenter and electrician and built three houses with assistance from his brothers and friends. He enjoyed 20 years of fishing at his homes on the Lake of the Ozarks. When he was younger he fished on Stranger Creek. He also enjoyed many years of hunting.  Tom was a lifetime member of the American Legion and the National Rifle Association.  He believed in keeping his home in good repair and enjoyed his garden, yard and it's wildlife. Until the end he was telling his family and friends what to do to keep it shipshape. He was a strong protector of his family and loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

 Tom is survived by his wife; children, William D. (Sharon) Johnson of Easton, Kan., B. Joan Johnson (Bob Slater) of Overland Park, Kan., Pamela G. (Lawrence) Tuttle of Leavenworth, Candace L. Johnson, Aurora, Colo., Thomas S. (Virginia) Johnson III of Indianapolis, Ind. and step-daughter, Georgia A. (Gary) Vestal of Easton; grandchildren, Jenny (Robert) Guarino, Andrew Slater, Matthew Slater, Sandra (Nate) Tuttle Kiehne, Amanda Lockwood, Laura Lockwood, Tiffany (Gavin) Johnson Stead, Brittany Johnson, Christopher Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson and step-grandchildren James Vestal and Jill (Alan) Vestal Shoup; great-grandchildren: Kiersten, Stephen, Kylee and Kameryn Guarino, Benjamin and Kendal Kiehne; step-great-grandchildren, Christian Kiehne, Kaitlin, Cory and James Vestal and David and Zachary Shoup.

 Tom is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Donald (Mary) Johnson, Dean (Diane) Johnson, Wanda Nash, Betty (Larry) Gardiner and Peggy (Kenny)  Heintzelman and sister-in-law Judy Johnson.

 Tom was proceeded in death by his granddaughter, Melissa Tuttle, brother, Robert Johnson, and sisters, Shirley Joseph and Flora "Sis" Byrd and step-daughter, Jeanie Wright and step-great-granddaughter, Hollie Vestal.

Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow the visitation at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Graveside services and burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Mount Muncie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider memorials to the Shriner's Children's Hospital or the American Cancer Society.

Verna L. Malcuit

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Verna Luella Doelz Malcuit, passed from life to life eternal surrounded by family, friends and Hospice staff members at her home in Lansing, Kan., on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011.

She was born Dec. 2, 1945, in Leavenworth, to Robert and Cornelia Doelz.Verna attended local schools and graduated from Immaculate High School in 1963. She married Renee Malcuit in 1966. After graduating from high school, Verna went to live and work at Meyer Remount Farm and started down a road that she would remain on for the rest of her life. While at Meyer Remount Farm, she showed around the Midwest in Hunter/Jumper shows with an emphasis on the Jumper.

In 1973, she went to work at English Squire Farm and with her brought the same dedication and tenacity that she instilled in her students. Many that rode there with her went on to become valued members of the horse industry, including a member on the US Olympic equestrian team.

Verna was a charter member of the Kansas Hunter Jumper Association and a longtime member of the Ft Leavenworth Hunt. She enjoyed introducing her students to the joys of foxhunting.

Long before Nike used it as their slogan Verna coined the term, "Just do it!" as all the students she coached throughout the years can attest. After leaving English Squire Farm, Verna went to work in the various other occupations but continued to instruct and inspire. Later in life Verna become an active and devout member of the Cornerstone Church of Leavenworth. She found comfort in her renewed faith and the friendships she made there. She will be greatly missed by those that knew her and loved her. She is survived by her sons, Ray Malcuit of Leavenworth and Marc Malcuit of the home; a brother, William Doelz and his wife Vonda. of Warsaw, Mo.; a sister, Mary Madison and brother-in-law, Harold Kelly of Leavenworth; and many cousins, nephews and their families. She was proceeded in death by her parents, one brother, Edward Madison, and her companion of 23 years, Lonnie Rush. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home followed by a luncheon. Contributions can be made to the Leavenworth Foxhunters Association c/o 25192 187th St. Leavenworth, KS 66048

Jimmy L. Rowe

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With his family by his side Jimmy L. Rowe lovingly known as Skip, of Topeka KS. peacefully drifted off to be with the Lord on November 3 2011.

He was born May 10, 1955, in Leavenworth, to Jimmy L. and Naomi Rowe Sr. Skip attended Elementary School West Middle School and Leavenworth High School. He also attended Kansas City Community College and Washburn University in Topeka.

He worked at Hallmark Cards Inc for 20 years in Topeka and spent the past 10 years employed at Terracon Consultants Inc. Skip was an unwavering enthusiastic supporter for the KU Jayhawks and Kansas City Chiefs. He enjoyed shooting pool, fishing, watching movies, listening to music and socializing with his friends.

Skip is survived by his daughter, Evelynn McIntosh of Topeka; his brothers, Caleb G. (Jackie) Rowe of Leavenworth and Edward(Celestine Beverly) Pruett of College Park, Ga.; a nephew and several nieces; and his extended family and a multitude of dear friends.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider donations to NorthCare Hospice and Palliative Care at North Kansas City Hospital.

 

October 2011 Obituaries

Marie Hoffman

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Marie Hoffman, 86, of Leavenworth, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, at Kansas City Hospice House.

Marie Hoffman

She was born July 10, 1925, in Potter, Kan., the twin daughter of Clinton and Agnes (Noll) Hoffman.

Marie was a graduate of Immaculata High School. She was employed for nearly 40 years with South Western Bell Telephone Company in Kansas City, retiring in 1984. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Marie had many hobbies; painting, needle work, wood working, fishing, bowling, golf, playing the piano and was a long-time St. Joseph CYO coach. Marie was also an avid KU basketball fan. She was a devoted, selfless care giver for many people.

She is survived by her nieces, Patti Miller of San Diego, Calif., Janie Harris of Kansas City, Mo., Irene “Bootsie” Laboda of Sunrise Beach, Mo., Mary Lou Evans of Plano, Texas, Claudia Goldak and Helen Snow both of Overland Park, Kan. and Vickie Hill of Gladstone, Mo.,; a nephew, Larry Hoffman of Overland Park, Kan.; a sister-in-law, Marcedes Hoffman of Atchison, Kan.; her great nieces and nephews; her great-great, nieces and nephews; and her wonderful neighbors, Darwin and Margaret Vermulm and Dr. John and Gail Zillman.

Marie was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Hoffman; two sisters, Marian Aaron and Irene Hoffman.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed a 6 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Saint Joseph Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Corpus Christi Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Church or Kansas City Hospice House.

Robert LeVerne “Shorty” Rogers

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Robert LeVerne “Shorty” Rogers, 85, of Leavenworth, died unexpectedly Friday, Oct. 21, 2011.

Robert LeVerne “Shorty” Rogers

He was born April 17, 1926, in McLouth, Kan., the son of DeLafayette and Nancy Mary (Ulhrich) Rogers

On Jan. 15, 1947, he married Frances Ross in Leavenworth. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Sharon and husband Steven Griffin of Cotton Wood Falls, Kan. and Rick and wife Colleen Rogers of Lansing; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his sister, Margaret Domann; and a large extended family.

Shorty worked for Decoursey Creamery for 38 years as a door to door milk man. He later delivered ice cream to local stores and the company became All Star Dairy. After retirement from the dairy business he worked for the Leavenworth Public School system for 10 years as a grounds keeper.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, the Eagles and on October 27 he would have been a Mason for 60 years.

Visitation will be 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church. Entombment will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church or Meals on Wheels.

John M. Martens

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John M. Martens, 90, of Leavenworth, died peacefully Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, at home surrounded by his family as Deacon Tim McEvoy lead them in prayer.

John M. Martens

John M. Martens, 90, of Leavenworth, died peacefully Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, at home surrounded by his family as Deacon Tim McEvoy lead them in prayer.

He was born Dec. 13, 1920, in Leavenworth, the son of the late John and Augusta (Kern) Martens.

He grew up farming with his father when a team of horses was the mode of power.

On April 8, 1947, he married the love of his life, Bernice Frederick. Side-by-side they farmed in Leavenworth and Platte counties throughout his life. She survives at their home. He is also survived by his son and daughter-in-law Don and Laura, his daughter and son-in-law Elaine and Greg Hohensinner; grandchildren, Greg Opfer, Jonathan and Sarah Martens and Troy and Nichole Hohensinner; his sister, Ruthie Martens O’Hara; and his nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday 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 Grace Hospice.

Lorraine A. “Bub” Hathorn

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Lorraine A. “Bub” Hathorn, 86, of Leavenworth, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at Country Care, Inc. in Easton, where she was surrounded by love and compassion the last six years of her life.

Lorraine A. “Bub” Hathorn

She was born March 11, 1925, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Walter S. F. and Mary A. (Beyer) Kane. A graduate of Immaculata High School, she worked in the Transportation Office at Ft. Leavenworth. She was a member of St. Joseph Church and was active in the Altar Society and Daughters of Isabella, as well as St. John Hospital Guild. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Friendship Club.

An avid bowler and golfer, Mrs. Hathorn was a member of LCBA and enjoyed traveling to several national tournaments with her teammates. She and her friends also met weekly at the Senior Center to play cards. Mushroom hunting was a special hobby she shared with her husband.

She married Earl R. “Buddy” Hathorn on Jan. 25, 1947. He preceded her in death on April 22, 1992. She was also preceded in death by brothers, Walter Jr. and John Kane and sister, Mary Margaret Zimmerman.

Survivors include two sons, Ron (Cathy Crispino) of Lawrence and Ken of Overland Park.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday Oct. 21, 2011 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, with Rev. David McEvoy, O. Carm., officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. A light lunch will be served at the funeral home. The family suggests memorials to St. Joseph Church, Immaculata High School or Odyssey Hospice sent in care of the funeral home.

Rose Bietka (Song Yung Sun)

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Rose Bietka (Song Yung Sun), 75, of Topeka, formerly of Easton, Kan., passed away Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, in Topeka, Kan.

Rose  Bietka (Song Yung Sun)

She was born Dec. 10, 1935, in Seoul, Korea, the daughter of Kyung Yun and Jung Suk (Pak) Song. It was in Korea she met and married Vincent J. Bietka.

Rose worked many different jobs, most recently at HOST Inc in Kansas City, Mo., where she retired in 2007.

She is survived by her children, Robert Bietka of Leawood, Kan., Susan Wagner and her husband, Tim of Tonganoxie, Kan. and Linda Jackson and her husband, Ryan of Topeka; her sister, Song Yung Ja of California; a grandson, Brody Jackson; and several nieces and nephews.

Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent J. Bietka, and a son, James Bietka.

Graveside service and inurnment will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Lansing with Rev. Mark Goldasich as celebrant. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Tonganoxie, Kan., or Midland Hospice Care, Topeka, Kan. Arrangements have been entrusted to R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

George L. Mackordes

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George L. Mackordes, 73, of Easton, died Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, at Kansas City Hospice House.

George L. Mackordes

Graveside service will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at Mount Calvary Cemetery with Rev. William McEvoy presiding.

 

 


September 2011 Obituaries

Theodore J. “Ted” Yates

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Theodore J. “Ted” Yates, 77, of Topeka, Kan. and formerly of Hot Springs, Ark. and Leavenworth, Kan., died Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, at the Lexington Park Nursing Home, Topeka, after a lengthy illness.

Theodore J. “Ted” Yates

Theodore J. “Ted” Yates, 77, of Topeka, Kan. and formerly of Hot Springs, Ark. and Leavenworth, Kan., died Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, at the Lexington Park Nursing Home, Topeka, after a lengthy illness.

He was born March 26, 1934, in Leavenworth, the son of John H. and Martha (Symington) Yates.

He is survived by his children, Camille Yates of California and John Drisco of Worth, Ill.; a brother, John Yates of Lansing, Kan.; two sisters, Kathryn Yates McDonald of Leavenworth and Bette Yates Anderson of Meriden, Kan.; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, James H. Yates.

Ted grew up in Bain City, Kan. and attended grade school there and also Leavenworth High School.

Ted was married to Sally Butler in Leavenworth. She is deceased.

He married Margaret “Maggie” Crippen in Leavenworth. She is deceased. Ted and Maggie moved to Hot Springs, Ark., where they lived for many years.

He married Barbara Davis in Hot Springs and she is also deceased.

Ted formerly worked at the Ft. Leavenworth Printing Plant as a cartographer and at the Veterans Administration Center, Leavenworth, where he retired.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Ave., Leavenworth, KS. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. following the visitation at the funeral home with the Rev. Charles P. Eddins of Grace Missionary Baptist Church, Topeka, officiating. Burial beside his wife, Maggie will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery, Lansing, Kan.

John R. “Jack” Zeugin

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John R. “Jack” Zeugin, 85, of Leavenworth, passed away Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at Country Care Nursing Home in Easton, Kansas.

John R. “Jack” Zeugin

John was born Oct. 30, 1925, in Leavenworth the son of Carl J. and Nellie (Larkin) Zeugin. He attended Leavenworth Catholic Schools and graduated from Immaculata High School in 1944.

Following graduation from high school, John enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving on active duty for nearly a year. Following his discharge from the Army, he began working as a Civil Service employee in the Finance Office at Fort Leavenworth, holding a variety of positions before retiring as the Non-Appropriated Funds Accounting Officer in the mid-1980’s.

Jack married Lila Belle “Pat” (Rounds) Zeugin in 1950, and together, they operated Zeugin’s Bookstore in downtown Leavenworth in the early 1960’s. Jack and Pat enjoyed many activities as a couple in addition to running their bookstore. They bowled in a Leavenworth bowling league in the early 1960s, played cards and spent many hours enjoying their campsite at Heim’s Lake in Easton. They were members of Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph Parish in Leavenworth.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Gladys (Zeugin) Huggins, and his wife Lila.

John is survived by his daughter, Deborah M. Wood and his granddaughter, Jennifer S. Vornholt, both of Leavenworth. Jack was a dedicated and loving husband, father, and grandfather. His family will always be grateful for his presence in their lives.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept.29, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Capital Campaign Fund at Immaculate Conception Parish, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Gary L. Aus

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Gary Aus, 64, died on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, while on the trip of a lifetime rafting down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

Gary L. Aus

Gary resided in Leavenworth, building Ausome homes for you. He was born in Fullerton, Ca., on Aug. 28, 1947, the son of Millard and Margaret (Sinnings) Aus.

Gary married Christine Tank on Feb. 16, 1985, in Colorado Springs, Colo. he graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Business and he continued his education later in life when he achieved a Master’s Degree from Webster University. He had a distinguished Army career of over 20 years. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and received many awards and honors as a helicopter pilot. Gary retired from the Army in 1992 while stationed at Fort Leavenworth. After retirement he went on to become a respected member of the community where he was involved in several business partnerships most recently with Wayne Domann. Gary is a past president and member of the Kiwanis of Lansing. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Leavenworth, where he served as elder and deacon.

Gary was a loving husband to Chris Aus and a loving father to Michael Rosenbaum, Meredith (Aaron) Hunt, and Maggie Aus. He was an adoring grandfather “Papa” to Ella and Kaylin Hunt. Additional survivors are his nieces, cousins, and aunt and uncle who will miss greatly.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church of Leavenworth.

Memorials are suggested to First Presbyterian Church, the Lansing Educational Foundation or Carnegie Arts Center.

 

Robert “Bob” L. Papkow Sr.

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Robert “Bob” L. Papkow Sr., 57, of Leavenworth, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, at his home.

Robert 'Bob' L. Papkow Sr.

He was born July 25, 1954, in Elizabeth, N.J., the son of Karp and Frances (Gabrick) Papkow.

After graduation from high school Bob served in the U.S. Army for three years and three years in the reserves.

On Oct. 19, 1979, he married Janet M. Blakley in Leavenworth. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a son , Robert L. Papkow Jr., of Leavenworth; a brother, Charles Papkow of Leavenworth; a sister, Charlotte Schenck of New Jersey; and many nieces and nephews.

Bob worked for Great Western Manufacturing as a machinist for 20 years. He was a member of the Patriot Guard and served on many missions. He was a life-time member of the Harley Davidson Owners Group and the Salvation Army Church.

A memorial service will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at the Salvation Army Church.

Beryl McRoy

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Beryl Blanche Henry Hidren Arnold McRoy, 83, passed away, Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, at the Golden Living Center.

Beryl Blanche Henry Hidren Arnold McRoy

She was born Feb. 7, 1928, in Jamaica the daughter of William and Edda (James) Henry.

Beryl is survived by two sons, Calvin M. Hidren Jr. (wife Renee) of Houston, Texas and David Arnold (wife Iris) of Leavenworth; a daughter in law, Shelrol Arnold of Huntsville, Ala.; 11 grandchildren, Jason and Jonathan Mann (wife Dayna) of Houston, Texas, Tessa Carrera of Houston, Texas, Calvin Monroe Hidren III (wife Tiffany), Savannah, Ga., Alexandria and Shawn Arnold, Huntsville, Ala., Renissa and Michael Arnold, Leavenworth, LaShona Sudduth (husband Brandon), Columbus, Ga. and Kedia Jordan, Leavenworth; two great-grandchildren, Cayla and Trintin Hidren, Savannah, Ga.; over 50 foster children, and countless nieces, nephews, and friends.

Viewing will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. after the viewing at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting you make a tax deductable contribution to the Leavenworth Mission Food Distribution Center at 1140 Spruce Street to help Leavenworth County Residents.

Michelle Medley

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Michelle Medley 34, of Easton , Kan., passed away Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, at Cushing Memorial Hospital.

Michelle Medley

She was born Aug. 23, 1977, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Todd Marshall and Carlene (Barksdale) Watkins.

A loving wife, a caring mother, a beautiful daughter, a big sister, a precious granddaughter, an awesome niece, the bestest aunt and a wonderful friend.

She followed her beloved son, Isaiah, in death.

She leaves behind her husband, John Medley, Jr.; their three sons, Christian Lanter, David Medley and Caleb Medley; parents, Todd Marshall and Carlene Watkins; grandparents, Carl and Gerrie Barksdale, and Kurt and Lori Marshall; brothers, Danial Marshall, and Sean Marshall; uncle, Grady Barksdale; aunts, Anita Duke and Leigh Reeve; her loving cousins, Dustin Thomas, Crystal Reisig, Katherine Barksdale, Shaun Barksdale, Nicholas Loreti, Natalie Loreti, Shannan Reeve and Charles Reeve; all extended cousins; nieces, Elijah and Kendall Marshall and Desirae and Kyla Shackleford; father and mother-in-law, J.D. Medley, Sr., and Nancita Medley; brother and sister-in-law, Jason and Michelle Shackleford; sister by heart, Samatha Kennett; stepmother, Mary Defrees; stepbrothers, Michael Sprinkle, James Marshall, Christopher Marshall and Stephen Marshall; and all her loving friends.

She loved working with the children at Leavenworth Guidance Center and Leavenworth County Co-op. Her heart’s passion was bound to the children at New Beginnings. Michelle's tough-love approach to life helped anyone she came into contact with. Michelle’s special gift of working with children will be remembered in all those children she touched.. She was a loving mother tigeress to all children in her life.

Michelle was an amazing woman, who didn’t know a stranger. She could and has touch the lives of so many people and will continue to do so even in her passing. Her strong personality was her greatest strength. The world has lost a wonderful gift, she gave to life. She will be missed by all that have known and loved her.

There will be an open viewing from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral. All family, friends and associates are welcome. A Celebration Of Life will be at their home Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, from 10am to 4pm. More information will be available at the viewing. Donations for a Memorial Bench can be sent to their home or memorial donations may be sent to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.


August 2011 Obituaries

Jackson Lee Jurina

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Jackson Lee Jurina, son of Anthony and Shannan Lee (Wingert) Jurina, died at birth on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, at Irwin Army Community Hospital at Fort Riley, Kan.

Jackson Lee Jurina

He is survived by his parents of Westmoreland, Kan.; his siblings, Joshua, Caleb, Elizabeth and Noelle of the home; his grandparents, Debra and Jeffrey Lakin, James and DeAnna Jurina and Marge Rogers; his great-grandmother, Doris Collins; and a large extended family.

A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

 

Virginia Mary Fevurly

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Virginia Mary Fevurly, 91, formerly of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, at Vintage Park of Atchison where she had been a resident for the past three years.

Virginia Mary Fevurly

She was born Aug. 9, 1920, in Easton, Kan., the daughter of Robert and Stella (Abel) Thornburgh.

Virginia graduated from Easton High School. In 1937 she married Scott Fevurly in Leavenworth. He preceded her in death in 2000. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Ceola Ruff.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law Jack and Ellen Fevurly of Kansas City, Mo.; a granddaughter, Julie Fevurly of Baton Rouge, La.; and a step-grandson, Steven Nichols of Phoenix, Ariz.

Virginia worked at various jobs in and around Leavenworth through out her life.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. She will be cremated after the visitation with private inurnment at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Carl A. Wilk

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Carl A. Wilk, 86, of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, at Providence Medical Center.

Carl A. Wilk

He was born Sept. 10, 1924, in Leavenworth, the son of Karl G. and Mary (Miller) Wilk.

After graduation from Immaculata High School, Carl entered the military service during World War II becoming part of the 8th United States Army Air Force (USAAF), 385th Bomb Group, 548th Bomb Squadron, where he served as the ball turret gunner on the B-17 bomber depicted in the book McCallister’s Last Mission by Bernhard Rodig, the “Always Ready”. His plane was shot down over Germany during their 30th mission, a bombing run over Schleissheim, Germany, and he was captured, becoming a Prisoner of War held at Stalag VII A near Moosberg Germany. During his WWII active duty, Carl was awarded the Purple Heart, Air Medal with three bronze clusters, and the EAME ribbon with three bronze stars. He continued his service to the nation in the United States Army Reserves after discharge from the USAAF, ultimately achieving the rank of Command Sergeant Major and receiving numerous commendations and awards. On the civilian side, he went to work at Fort Leavenworth, where he first worked as a dispatcher at the transportation motor pool. He worked his way up to the maintenance facility shop foreman supervisor, and after many faithful years of government service, retired from civil service. One of Carl’s loves and enjoyments was the game of baseball. The love for the game started early as he made it to baseball’s AAA level, playing catcher. He continued his involvement with baseball through coaching at the local level from T-ball through the American Legion Leagues, ultimately coaching both his sons and winning the local American Legion Post 23 league championship in 1979.

On July 12, 1951, he married Mable Scharer in Leavenworth. She preceded him in death on Aug. 21, 2006. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Elizabeth (Betty) Maxwell and Jean Sharp.

Carl is survived by two sons, Carl A. Wilk Jr., and Kenneth L. and wife Laurie Wilk; three grandsons, Carl III, David and Eliott Wilk all of Leavenworth; a brother, William and wife Eileen Wilk; a brother-in-law, Walter (Buster) Sharp and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and coaching. Carl was a member of the Eagles, American Legion, VFW and the Leavenworth County Fish and Game Association. He was a past Commander of the Leavenworth VFW.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Heart and Lung Association.

 

Jay Dee Battenberg

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Jay Dee Battenberg, Sr. peacefully passed away Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at his care facility Sunrise of Lenexa, Kan., at the age of 82.

Jay Dee Battenberg

Jay was born on July 3, 1929, in Chicago, Ill, to Jay Donald and Bernice Agnes (Gilbert) Battenberg. Growing up in DePere, Wis. Jay graduated from DePere High School in 1947 and then attended prestigious Columbia University in New York City. There, he met his future wife, Margaret Elizabeth Gordon of New York City, who he married shortly after graduation in August 1951.

He was Korean War veteran who served as a Marine Corps field officer. He pursued a successful business career after military service, initially working for Fort Howard Paper Company in Green Bay, Wis. He was recruited in 1962 by Hallmark Cards, to establish and be the first President of Hallmark’s new subsidiary venture, Osage Paper Products, in Osage City, Kan. Jay remained with Hallmark taking on various executive responsibilities at Hallmarks production facility in Leavenworth Kan., and corporate headquarters, Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo. He retired from Hallmark in 1982 as Executive Vice- President of Crown Center Redevelopment.

Jay Dee was preceded in death by his daughter, Peggy Ann Whitaker, in 1996 and his wife, Margaret "Peggy”, in 2001.

He is survived by a brother, Donald Battenberg of Johnson Creek, Wis.; three children and their spouses, Jay Dee, Jr. (Susan), Jon Gordon, (Karyn) and Elizabeth Jane Laningham, (Scott); 18 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Following cremation, a public memorial service is planned in Leavenworth, Kan., at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Ave. on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at 10:30 am. Following the service, the family will have a catered reception at the facility for any family and friends attending. The family would also like to say how compassionate and loving the staffs at Sunrise as well as the hospice staff with Vitas were in Jay’s final days. The family suggests any donations be made to the United Way chapter in your community.

James Doyle Wilkins

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James Doyle Wilkins, 75, of Lansing, died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Lansing.

Mary Frances Butler

He was born Aug. 29, 1935, in Marshall County, KY., the son of James A. and Melba (Crass) Wilkins. Jim was a veteran of the U.S. Army. After discharge he worked as a sheet metal worker and retired in 1989.

Jim was never more happy than when he was cooking or going fishing with his friends. He was a loving husband and father. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara of the home. He is also survived by his son Jimmy Wilkins; daughter, Shelly (Scott) Angello; three grandchildren, Lisa, Lori and Lacey Angello all of Lansing; two sisters, Carol (Jim) Holland, Norma (Joe) Nimmo; one brother, Hollis (Sherry) Wilkins all of Benton, KY.

He was preceded in death by his son, Barry Wilkins; his parents; and his brother, Gary Wilkins.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with Chaplain John Divine presiding. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Following the burial there will be a reception at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Bill Powell Memorial Volleyball Scholarship Fund or Kansas Children with Challenges.

July 2011 Obituaries

Mary Frances Butler

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Mary Frances Butler, 79, of Leavenworth, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Kansas City Hospice House.

Mary Frances Butler

She was born Sept. 10, 1931, in Elrod Ala., from the union of Leon and Beatrice (Nixon) Mosley. From this union eight children were born. After Beatrice Mosely passed, Leon Married Odere and two sons were born.

Mary married Hosea Wheeler and to this union come two children. Keith and Patricia Wheeler. The marriage dissolved and she married Harry Butler in 1979. Their were no children to this union.

Mary accepted Christ at an early age and has been a member of the First Baptist Church for 53 years. She was an active member in the church; Sunday School teacher, a Deaconess, a Mission member and also worked in the kitchen.

She loved serving the community. She helped initiate the community Thanksgiving dinner for the local churches under the Black Ministerial Alliance, involving the Salvation Army and the other local churches. Mary received gratification in helping join the community together and because of her love of church and community, she was presented with the PBJ Missionary Hall of Fame Award in October, 2007.

Nursing was her passion, as Mary worked at the VA Hospital in Leavenworth as a registered nurse and retired after 30 years of service.

Mary was introduced to Western Baptist Bible College in 2005. She began taking classes in 2006. She completed her Associate degree and continued to achieve her next goal, a bachelor’s degree. Mary received a Bachelor’s degree in May 2011 “to God be the glory”.

She was preceded in death by her parents; stepmother; son, Keith Wheeler; husband, Harry Butler; siblings, Bertha White, Burton Mosely Sr., Hollis Mosely Sr., Michael Mosely, Mellonee Mosely, Sophie Foster and Luxineer Williams.

Mary is survived by her “favorite” daughter, Patricia Wheeler; granddaughter, “her sunshine” Francys Bennett; favorite and special brother, W.C. Mosely; grandson, Keith Wheeler Jr., Robert Anderson and Eric Lyons (by marriage); godson, Alton Jordan “A.J.” Payne; lifelong friends, Naomi Griffin and Dorothy Murray; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at Independent Baptist Church 601 Pottawatomie, with Rev. Thomas Cobbs officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior at the church. Burial will follow at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Arrangement are entrusted to R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to K.U.M.C. palliative care education fund.

Gerald J. Amos

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Gerald J. Amos, 93, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2011, in Leavenworth.

Gerald J. Amos

He was born Sept. 12, 1917, in Platte City, Mo., the son o f Jesse and Nancy (Blackstone) Amos.

He served his country during World War II in the Pacific. On July 8. 1946, he married Lillian L Thompson of Dearborn, Mo.

Gerald started working as an auto mechanic at Boling Motor Co., in Leavenworth and worked until retirement for Rusty Eck Ford. After retirement he enjoyed several years of working on the farms in Missouri with his close friend. In his earlier years his passion was hunting and fishing. His favorite thing to do in the last few years was spend time with his family and tell stories from his years growing up in Missouri.

He is survived by his daughters, Marlene Filley of Leavenworth and Judy Norman of Kansas City, Mo.; his grandchildren, Shelly Parks, Michael McCoy, Timothy Honey and Makala Doran; his great-grandchildren, Tabetha, Caleb, Brianna, Caeley, Caiden, Ashley, Adam, Jacob and Matthew; and two great-great-grandchildren, Garrett and Chloe.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian on June 10, 1991. He was also preceded in death by a son, Jerry L. Amos; brother, Dothard Amos; and a grandson, Tony Martin.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Graveside services with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Eugene V. “Gene” Fleek

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Eugene V. “Gene” Fleek, 91, of Leavenworth, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Golden Living Center.

Eugene V. “Gene” Fleek

He was born April 10, 1920, in Sedgwick, Kan., the son of Ira B. and Minnie L. (Trowbridge) Fleek.

Gene served in the Army during WWII. After discharge he attended and graduated from Kansas State University. He taught and coached in the Leavenworth school system for 31 years beginning in 1949. He was teaching at West Middle School when he retired.

In 1942 he married Ruth Keener. She preceded him in death in 1965. He was also preceded in death by four brothers who also all served in WWII, and two sisters.

He is survived by two children, Mary Jeanne (Ronald) Wolf of Columbus, Ind., and William Fleek of Lansing; his grandchildren, Scott Wolf, Ruth Wolf, Melissa Blohm, Leah Kappeas and Kelly Fleek; and two great-grandchildren.

Gene was a world class horse shoe pitcher. He was a member of the American Legion, Lions Club, Eagle and Elks.

A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home with a reception following. Burial will be private at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Legion.

Bethany R. McGhee

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Bethany R. McGhee, 23, of Omaha, Neb., passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at her parents home in Leavenworth County.

She was born Aug. 5, 1987, in Atchison, Kan.

Bethany is survived by her parents, Eric and Deborah (Crook) McGhee of Leavenworth County; her sister, Rebecca (McGhee) Trechter and husband Daniel of Manhattan, Kan.; a niece, Hannah Faith Trechter; her maternal grandmother and husband, Donna and Jack Rogers; her paternal grandparents, James and Lorraine McGhee; and a large extended family.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Dale Crook.

Bethany graduated valedictorian of her class at Pleasant Ridge High School in 2005. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Creighton University in May 2009 with a BSBA in Accounting and Finance. She worked very hard pursuing her college degree and achieved a 3.87 - 4.0 grade point average. While in college she was very involved in extra curricular activities and community service. Beta Alpha Psi, Bata Gamma Sigma, Campus Intramurals, French Club, Habitat for Humanity, Sienna-Francis House Volunteer, Big Brothers & Sisters of Omaha and Sudanese Refugee Assistance Program. Bethany was currently employed with Deloitte and Touche Accounting Firm in Omaha.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 15, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Saint Lawrence Church in Easton with Rev. Keith Lunsford as celebrant. Inurnment will follow at St. Lawrence Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to the Bethany R. McGhee memorial scholarship fund that has been established at Mutual Savings P.O. Box 274 Bonner Springs, KS 66012.

Peggy Jane Harvey

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Peggy Jane Harvey, 59, of Leavenworth, passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2011, in Leavenworth.

She was born Feb. 23, 1952, in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of Kenneth W. and Jean M. (Bradley) Goetting Sr.

On Sept. 2, 1995, she married Schuyler “Sky” Harvey in Leavenworth. He survives at the home. She is also survived by two sons, Daniel Carney of Lincoln, Neb. and Timothy Carney of Leavenworth; her grandchildren, Jade, Neves and Loki Carney and Austin Jefferson; her mother, Jean Goetting; and her siblings, Kenneth (Nancy) Goetting Jr. and Linda (Kenny) Blaski.

Peggy was preceded in death by her father, grandson, Telle Carney and sister, Deborah Kearney.

She worked for Armed Forces Insurance Company for 15 years. Peggy enjoyed camping, fishing. She loved to travel and always wanted to be the driver.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 10, 2011 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with Chaplin John Divine officiating. Burial will follow at Easton Cemetery.

Cornelius “Neil” Aaron Dougherty

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Cornelius “Neil” Aaron Dougherty, 50, died Tuesday, July 5, 2011, unexpectedly in Indianapolis, Ind.

Cornelius “Neil” Aaron Dougherty

He was born April 14, 1961, in Leavenworth, the son of Alonzo D. and Ellen M. (Jackson) Dougherty.

Neil graduated from Leavenworth High School where he was a stand-out athlete. He was an all-state guard as a high school senior. He also earned honorable mention All-America status. Following graduation, he attended the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. where he played for Mike Krzyzewski. Neil graduated from Cameron University with a bachelor's degree in education and earned his master's degree in education at the University of Oklahoma.

Neil’s coaching career began with short stints at Ottawa University, Cameron University and Drake University before joining Eddie Foglers staff for several seasons at Vanderbilt University and The University South Carolina. After seven seasons on Roy Williams’ staff at Kansas University, Neil’s coaching career culminated at Texas Christian University (2002-2008). He currently was working as the director of athlete and coach programs for iHoops, a partnership between the NBA and NCAA.

He was a man of great integrity who’s dedication, loyalty and commitment has impacted many. He will forever be remembered as an exceptional coach, mentor, friend, husband, father, grandfather, brother and son.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Patti Dougherty of Fort Worth, Texas; his children, Megan and husband Nile Murry of Fort Worth, Neil Patrick Dougherty of South Carolina and Ryan Dougherty of Fort Worth; his grandchildren, Mykel and Maddox Murry; his parents, (Ret.) Brigadier General and Mrs. Alonzo Dougherty Jr. of Leavenworth; and five siblings and their children, Kenneth (Jeffrey, Brandon), Michael (Tony and Colin) all of Leavenworth, Larry (Tanja, Payton and Mya) of Yukon, Okla., Dr. Lisa of Loganville, Ga., and Kelly Stallworth (Jay, Jordan and Jaron) of Lawrenceville, Ga.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 15, 2011, at Sacred Heart Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Burial will be in Fort Worth Texas. Arrangements are entrusted to R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Hope Farm, 865 E. Ramsey Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76104

Goldie R. Carpenter

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Goldie R. Carpenter, 86, of Easton, passed away Monday, July 4, 2011, at Country Care of Easton.

Goldie R. Carpenter

She was born July 22, 1924, in Thayer, Kan., the daughter of Paul and Ruth (Bower) Barnhart. She attended school in Thayer. She married Clyde Carpenter on July 19, 1942, in Thayer. They moved to their farm in Easton, Kan., in 1956 where they raised cattle and crops.

Goldie was preceded in death by her husband Clyde; her parents; brothers, Ray, Earl and Everett; and sisters, Vera and Irma.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Lloyd and Janice Carpenter; two grandchildren, Amy Carpenter and husband, Chris Hildebrandt and Chris Carpenter and wife Jennifer; four great-grandchildren, Dallas, Kelsey, Christopher and Nicholas; and several nieces and nephews.

Prior to her illness, Goldie was active with the Heritage Center, the Council on Aging and various senior citizen groups. She enjoyed gardening, attending senior citizen gatherings and baking pies.

The family will receive friends for visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 7, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, at the Easton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kirk Lewis and Rev. Elizabeth Young officiating. Burial will follow at the Easton Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Easton United Methodist Church.

June 2011 Obituaries

Edward L. Frederick

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Edward L. Frederick, 83, of Leavenworth, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2011.

Edward L. Frederick

Ed was born Aug. 15, 1927, near Topeka, Kan., the son of Frank and Nellie (Noonan) Frederick. He moved with his family to Leavenworth when he was 6 months old.

Ed was a lifelong farmer and steward of the land. As a young man, he proudly worked along side his father and brothers at Frederick & Sons Feed and Implement Company in Leavenworth. Ed inspired all with his patience, light-heartedness, work ethic and appreciation of the natural beauty of the land.

He married Mary Ann Baragary on Aug. 23, 1952. She survives at the home. He is also survived by two daughters, Debra (the late Timmy) Howard and Linda (Bernie) Bristow both of Leavenworth; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Bernice (John) Martens; and many nieces and nephews to who he will always be “Uncle Eddie.”

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Pamela; his parents; sisters, Lotas Frederick and Virginia Hutchinson; and brothers, Francis Frederick, Ralph Frederick, Virgil Frederick and Henry Frederick.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 1, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Sacred Heart Church.

Roger Joseph Olson

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Roger Joseph Olson, a man who loved to golf, sing and tell stories, died Monday, June 27, at Leavenworth Medicalodge. He was 84 years old and a Leavenworth resident for 46.

The story he enjoyed telling most started with his Army regiment marching up the Alcan Highway over the Alaskan tundra to the finale in Fort Richardson: his marriage to his wife, Nancy Wilson Olson, in May 1952.

Olson loved his wife and his family, but his passion was golf. He was a member of the Ft. Leavenworth Golf Club, where he had a 16 handicap at the height of his game. He made his first hole-in-one there in 1990. He took time out from golf to serve as announcer at horse shows where his wife and two daughters competed. But he never played another round after a 2003 knee-replacement surgery led to the amputation of his left leg.

The loss gave him another story line. “Titanium,” he would exclaim, when telling a new acquaintance about his computerized prosthesis. This third event in a string of health setbacks led to his motto: Never, never, never give up. A friend who visited him the day before he died told him: “You have a warrior’s heart.”

A retired Army lieutenant colonel, he was a Leavenworth Rotarian for more than 35 years and honored with a Paul Harris Fellowship. He liked to refer to himself as Rotary’s emeritus sergeant major at arms. He served on the Leavenworth City Planning Commission and was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the Cody Choraliers. He followed his 28 years in the Army with 33 as a New York Life insurance agent.

Olson was born Sept. 26, 1926, in Mason City, Iowa. His love for music started as a child, when he played piano duets with his twin sister, Shirley. He was an Eagle Scout and played football for Davenport, Iowa, High School and Iowa State University. His college education was interrupted when he was drafted during World War II. After graduation, he returned to his Army career. He later served as company commander of the 8th Army/United Nations Honor Guard in Seoul, Korea. In recent years, he attended its reunions and had planned to be at its September event.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years; his daughter, Ann, and her husband, John Pancake, of Virginia; his daughter, Janie Caudle, her husband, Roger of Prairie Village, Kan.; two grandchildren, Becca Caudle of Prairie Village, and Joseph Caudle and his wife, Morgan; two great-grandsons, Thomas and John Caudle of Texas; a sister-in-law, Jane Cooper of Seattle; and several nieces.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 30, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Ave. The rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at noon Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery at the Eisenhower Veteran’s Administration. A buffet reception at the church will follow. Instead of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Joseph Catholic Church, the American Heart Association or Leavenworth Catholic Charities.

Bernard Howard Trombley II

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Bernard Howard Trombley II, 52, of Lansing died Thursday, June 23, 2011, at St. John Hospital in Leavenworth.

He was born Aug. 5, 1958, in Columbia City, Ind., the son of Bernard Howard and Augustina J. (Vigneaux) Trombley.

On Aug. 28, 1993, he married Myong Kuk in Junction City, Kan. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Crystin Seo and Brian Hyun Seo of the home; his parents; and his siblings, Judy Hartman, Ina Martz, Laurie Trombley, Connie Trombley, Tina Trombley, Tammy Watts, Paul Trombley and Stacy Stephens.

Bernard served in the U.S. Army for 26 years. He currently was employed with Northup Grumman.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 27, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service with military honors will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the service with private inurnment at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Blanche (Becher) Lippman

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Blanche (Becher) Lippman, 85, of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at her home.

She was born May 30, 1926, in Leavenworth the daughter of John and Blanche (Meeker) Becher. The Becher family was a founding family of St. Josephs parish in Leavenworth. She attended St. Mary’s Academy and College in Leavenworth.

She is surviving by her husband of 64 years Raymond J. Lippman of the home. She is also survived by her children, Ray Lippman of Texas, Mary Edmund of California and John Lippman of Ohio; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was proceeded in death by two daughters, Paula and Ann Louise.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 27, 2011, at St. Joseph Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Celebration of life luncheon will follow at the Leavenworth Riverfront Community Center. In lieu of flowers please send Memorials to Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas or The Special Olympics. Arrangements entrusted to R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Juanita R. Forge

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Juanita R. Forge, 77, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend, was born on April 28, 1934. Devoted to her family and faith, she passed from this life on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at home surrounded by family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Leona (Hundley) Kemmerle; and sister, Cherrelyn Kemmerle.

She met her husband of 60 years, Edward Joseph Forge, and they were married on May 19, 1951, in Leavenworth. He survives at the home. She is also survived by her three children, Steve Forge and his wife, Paula of Lansing, Vicki Wells and her husband, Eric of Leavenworth and Misty Bull and her husband, Richard of Leavenworth. She leaves behind seven grandchildren, Jason (Rhonda), Lauren, Justin (Lisa), Garrett, Evan, Jake and Sam; five great-grandchildren, Kamari, Luke, Pierce, Jackson, and Ethan; her brother, Chester "Chet" Kemmerle and his wife, Joyce of Omaha, Neb.; and several nieces and nephews.

She enjoyed many hobbies in life including ceramics, putting together puzzles, watching soap operas and cooking. She was known for her beautiful smile, warm heart and love for her grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2011 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, friends may call after 2 p.m. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Trinity Lutheran Church officiated by Pastor Jim Jobst. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church or Crossroads Hospice.

Bryan Alderman

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Bryan Alderman, Sr., 50 of Leavenworth, died Monday, June 13, 2011, at his home.

A memorial service will be at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at The Rock of Ages Church. Cremation provided by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

 


Raymond B. Smith Jr

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Raymond B. Smith Jr., 64 of Leavenworth, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2011, at his home.

He was born Feb. 19, 1947, in Erie, Pa., and grew up in Buffalo, N.Y. He joined the Navy at 17 years old on June 29, 1964, serving two tours in Vietnam. He was discharged Feb. 10, 1967. Ray moved to Leavenworth in 1982 and work at the Leavenworth VA as the “Bug Man” exterminator until his retirement in 2000. He was a lifetime member of the VFW. For several years he played Santa Claus at the VFW for all children including the children of deployed service men and women. He loved seeing how excited the children would get and the smiles on their faces.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Smith of the home; two daughters, Stacy Spaeth of Hamburg, N.Y. and Christina Smith of Buffalo, N.Y.; a step-son, Christopher Dykes of Leavenworth; and three very special and much loved grandchildren, Ashley and Michael Smith and Alex Spaeth.

Ray was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Smith Sr., his mother, Maxine Smith, and a brother, Vincent Smith.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 24, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home with Chaplain Gary Sanford presiding. Inurnment with Navy honors will follow at 11 a.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Following the services there will be a celebration of Ray’s life at the VFW Post 56, 519 Cherokee St. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the family in Ray’s honor.

Diane Kay Dougherty

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Diane Kay Dougherty, 49, of Lansing, died Saturday, June 11, 2011, at her home with her family and friends at her side after a two year courageous battle with cancer.

She was born Sept. 2, 1961, in Seattle, Wash., the daughter of Lloyd A. and Lenora “Len” (Housman) Hawkins.

On Nov. 10, 1983, she joined the U.S. Army and served her country for 28 years both active duty and with the National Guard. Some of her duty stations were Fort Bliss, Fort Leavenworth and Germany.

She is survived by a son, Brandon Lee Dougherty of the home; her mother, Lenora “Len” and husband, George Hoss; two siblings, Mark (JoDee) Hawkins and Sherry (Jon) Aufdenkamp; and her extended family and very good friends.

Diane was preceded in death by her father and a brother, Larry Hawkins.

She was a member of Body of Christ Outreach Ministries. Diane will be remembered as a devoted mother, a very good friend and an inspiration to others.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at10 a.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to Body of Christ Outreach Ministries or the American Cancer Society.

Robert “Bob” L. Smith

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Robert “Bob” L. Smith, 48, of Leavenworth, died Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at the University of Kansas Hospital after being diagnosed with cancer a short time ago.

Robert “Bob” L. Smith

He was born Robert Lushen Smith on March 17, 1963, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Lushen Lee and Effie Lucille (Shirley) Smith.

Bob served in the U.S. Army in the 205th Military Police Company. On Feb. 1, 1985, Bob joined the Leavenworth Police Department as a patrolman. Throughout his career at the police department he worked in most of the divisions of the department and was promoted several times. In 1989, he was promoted to detective, to sergeant in 1990, to lieutenant in 2004 and to deputy chief in 2008. In 1995 as a police sergeant he was instrumental in forming the first formal traffic unit. He had extensive training in accident investigation, accident reconstruction, occupancy protection and could be called on as an expert witness. Bob was a graduate of the 230th class of the FBI National Academy. He earned a bachelor of science degree in management, organization and leadership from MidAmerica Nazarene University.

On Aug. 7, 1982, he married Marcelle Cappel. From this marriage two daughters and one granddaughter survive; daughters, Samantha Smith and Amanda Smith and granddaughter, Allika Wolfe all of Leavenworth. On Nov. 21, 1991, he married, Elizabeth Williamson. From this marriage two daughters survive, Alison Pendley of Roeland Park, Kan. and Amy Smith of the home. He is also survived by a brother, Clarence “CJ” and wife LaDonna Cooper of Jonesboro, Ark.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and a infant brother, Timothy Smith.

He will lie in repose at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home and friends may call from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 2011. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. He will be transported to Cave City, Ark. Viewing will begin 2 p.m. Tuesday at Qualls Funeral Home with a funeral service at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Maxville Cemetery near Cave City. Memorials are suggested to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, www.nleomf.com.

Claudia Rea Stovall

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Claudia Rea Stovall, 77, of Leavenworth, passed away in Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday, June 4, 2011.

Claudia Rea Stovall

She was born the daughter of Roy and Ethel Lee Booker in Fairfax, Ala., on Jan. 12, 1934. She married Emmett E. Stovall Sr. on Jan. 7, 1950, in Tupelo, Miss.

Claudia retired from the Fort Leavenworth Lodging Operations Branch after 30 years of service. She received numerous awards for her outstanding work performance including Employee of the Year on several occasions. She was a dedicated worker who was committed to serving the military service men and women who were stationed at the Army Base.

Claudia’s warm hospitality and caring ways was always there for those in their time of need. She was there to listen, mentor, and provide guidance to others when needed. She always welcomed people with open arms into her home and into her heart. Her home became a place of love and comfort for those to live in during their trying times.

She is survived by her sons, Emmett E. Stovall Jr. and wife Kathie, Lawrence, Kan., and Al David Stovall and wife Lisa, Emporia, Kan., daughters, Danna Fay Taylor and husband Ron, Kansas City, Kan., Sharlene Rochester and husband Richard, Garland, Texas, Carol Yvette Stovall, Dallas, Texas, Carolyn Yvonne Staten, Shreveport, La., Gracie Ann Stovall, Pensacola, Fla. and Peggy Lee Malone and husband Garrett Sr., Atlanta, Ga.; daughter-in-law Lori Houston; brother, Al Davis Booker and wife Martha, Fort Wayne, Ind.; sisters, Betty Smith and husband Claude, Leavenworth, Sarah Ann Dunn and husband Willie, Lanett, Ala.; brother- in-law, Tommie Lee Madden and wife Teena, Huntsville, Ala.; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Stovall, Decatur, Ala; 32 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Roy and Ethel Lee Booker; sisters, Carrie Booker, Christine Jones and Catherine Dunn; husband, Emmett E. Stovall Sr.; and sons, Daniel Stovall, Grayson Stovall, Victor Stovall, and John Stovall.

Claudia was lovely inside and out, and will truly be missed. Her love will always stay in our hearts.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 9, 2011, at Independent Baptist Church, 601 Pottawatomie Street, Leavenworth, KS. Burial will follow at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Mrs. Callie Howard

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Mrs. Callie Howard, 81, of Leavenworth, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at Cushing Memorial Hospital.

She was born June 20, 1929, in Hattiesburg, Miss., the daughter of Andrew and Neller (Stribling) Harrison. She attended school at the Earl Travillion Attendant Center in Hattiesburg. Callie was a member of Independent Missionary Baptist Church where she served on the Mother Board of the church. She lived a Christian life.

Callie went home to join her family who preceded her in death, her parents; a son, Richard McLain; a sister, Jessie Lee Logan; and two brothers, Leon Harrison and A.D. Harrison.

She leaves behind a daughter, Louise Charlton and husband, Willie of Leavenworth; two sons, Mark Whitney of Dallas, Texas and Marvin Howard and wife, Ericka of Leavenworth; two granddaughters, Dee Anna Howard and Ariel Cheatham; five grandsons, Marvin Howard Jr., Kenyo McLain, Reginald McLain, Stephen Charlton and Robert Peoples; a host of great and great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends. She loved all of them and she will be missed. She will especially be missed by her children.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 9, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Independent Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.


May 2011 Obituaries

Patsy L. Beaman

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Patsy L. Beaman, 61, of Leavenworth, died Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at her home with her family at her side.

Patsy L. Beaman

She was born July 13, 1949, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Richard Theodore and Fauna Mae (Myers) Patzwald.

On Oct. 9, 1965, she married Donald G. Beaman in Leavenworth. He survives at the home. She is also survived by her children, Donna (Kirk) Raymond of Leavenworth, Michele (Greg) Walden of Lawson, Mo. and Ron Beaman of Leavenworth; her daughter-in-law, Paula Beaman; eight grandchildren; and her brother, Richard Patzwald.

She was preceded in death by her youngest son, Danny Beaman on Nov. 18, 2006 and a brother, Gary Patzwald.

Patsy worked for USD 453 for 32 years in the child nutrition program. She was a member of the Leavenworth Cruisers Car Club and the United in Christ Church.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 5, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with Rev. Joseph Trusty presiding. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to United in Christ Church.

James Edward Reilly, Jr.

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James Edward Reilly, Jr., 63, of Leavenworth, died Saturday, May 28, 2011, at the University of Kansas Hospital after a short battle with kidney cancer.

James Edward Reilly

Jim was born March 11, 1948, at the old St. John Hospital in Leavenworth. He was the oldest of six children born to James Edward and Mary Nell (Whitlock) Reilly Sr.

He attended Sacred Heart Grade School and was active in Boy Scouts, attaining the highest ranking of Eagle Scout. Jim started working at the age of 14 at the old A&W Drive-In. He graduated from Immaculata High School in 1966 and attended Draughns Business College in Kansas City, Mo.

Jim was a Vietnam veteran, serving in the United States Naval Air Reserve from 1969 to 1974. In 1971, after returning from two tours aboard the USS Ranger, Jim (J.R.) began his 30 year career as the manager of A&W Family Restaurant. During that time he trained thousands of young people and made lasting friendships with many of his employees and customers.. After his retirement from A&W in 2001, Jim worked for Lance Cracker Company for several years. He spent the last four years working part time as a toll collector for the Kansas Turnpike.

On July 12, 1975, Jim married Deborah Ann Atkins at Immaculate Conception Church in Leavenworth. Together they spent the last 35 years raising their family and working with the young people of Leavenworth.

Jim is survived by his wife Debbie, of the home; his children, Angela Reilly-Harden and her husband Matt of Lawrence, Kan., Diane McCutchen and her husband Jason of The Woodlands, Texas, Missy Konig and her husband Michael of Napa, Calif., Chris Reilly of Lawrence, Kan, and Becca Reilly, of the home; two grandchildren, Sam Harden and Xavien Konig and one soon-to-be-born grandchild, Baby McCutchen.

He is also survived by his mother, Mary Reilly; his siblings, Kathy Lowe and husband Terry, George Reilly, Mike Reilly and wife Judy, Tim Reilly, Sue Chartier and husband David; an uncle, Ray Whitlock and wife Lois; and many nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, James Reilly, Sr., and his beloved Aunt Martha Sparling.

In his spare time, Jim was an avid collector and gardening enthusiast. He also enjoyed playing with his grandchildren and tracking his family genealogy. Jim was a very kind and loving son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. He was also a great friend to many.

Visitation beginning with recitation of the rosary will be at 6 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 4, 2011, at Immaculate Conception Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Lansing. Memorials in his name may be directed to Immaculate Conception Church, the American Cancer Society, or an Education Fund for his daughter.

Frances L. Beckerjeck

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Frances L. Beckerjeck, 80, of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at Country Care of Easton.

She was born Sept. 20, 1930, in Portage, Wis., the daughter of John and Frances (Schneiter) Wenger.

She married Walter “Walt” Beckerjeck on April 15, 1950, in Portage. A dedicated wife, mother and homemaker, Frances, was happiest when in the company of her family. He preceded her in death on Aug. 29, 2003. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Bob and Don Wenger; and two sisters, Marcella Schultz and Betty Schultz.

She is survived by four daughters, Barbara Spaulding and her husband Alan, Cathy Elliott and her husband Jim, Sally Goodliff all of Leavenworth and Jean Scheid and her husband Rodney of Cummings, Kan.; two sons, John Beckerjeck of Leavenworth and David Beckerjeck and his wife Julie of St. Louis, Mo.; 13 grandchildren, Kerry Spaulding, James III, Bret and Casey Elliott, Brent Sellers, Wade and Emily Beckerjeck, Joseph and Katherine Beckerjeck, Matthew Scheid, Joshua Goracke, Heather Goodliff and Carl Brooks; one great-granddaughter, Hayleigh McCarter; and several nieces and nephews.

She was a member of St. Casimir Church and was very active with her children's lives.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Casimir Church. Private burial will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Barnes Jewish Hospital Foundation Attn: Organ Transplant Fund, Code 5616 1001 Highlands Plaza Dr. West, Suite 140 St. Louis, MO 63110

Mary Anita Archer

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Mary Anita Archer, 93, of Leavenworth, died Monday, May 16, 2011, at Bonner Springs Nursing Center.

She was born Aug. 10, 1917, in London, Ontario, Canada the daughter of Albert Wesley and Gwladys (Baker) Hayman.

In 1940 she graduated for the University of Western Ontario. She joined the British Mechanized Transport Corps during WWII and served in London, England during the blitz as a jeep driver. Mary was a very active volunteer though out her life. She volunteered for "Welcome to Washington" in the 1960s, helping embassy spouses new to the Washington DC area. Mary was a long-time member of the Leavenworth Philomatean Club. For 20 years along with her husband, they were civilian sponsor for visiting foreign military officers and their families while they were attending the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. She was a founding volunteer and board chair for the Leavenworth hospice program. Mary attended and served on the board for the Leavenworth-Lansing Leadership Course of the Chamber of Commerce. She was active with Saint Mary College, including the Community Cultural Council and the Scholarship Friends Executive Board as well as a mentor to numerous students. She also volunteered for the Leavenworth County CASA and was a Leavenworth Court Appointed Special Advocate for children for several years

In April of 1940 she married William L. Archer just prior to his deployment with the Royal Canadian Regiment for World War II. He preceded her in death in 1985. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Cathleen Archer on October 16, 1977.

Mary is survived by her three sons, Gwilym Archer, David Archer and Barry Archer; her grandchildren, Layla Barbur, Katie Archer, David Archer, Jr., Muzna Archer and Katrina Archer; and her great-grandchildren, Zoe Barbur and Lucas Barbur.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 4 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2011, at St. Francis deSales Church, Lansing, KS. Inurnment will be at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Hospice of Leavenworth, 920 6th Ave. Leavenworth, KS 66048, Scholarship Program-University of St. Mary, 4100 S. 4th Street, Leavenworth, KS 66048 or the American Cancer Society.

Tammy Stevens Stamatakis

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Tammy Stevens Stamatakis, 44, Leavenworth, passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at her home in Leavenworth after a long battle with cancer.

She was born Nov. 16, 1966, in Winchester, the daughter of Larry and Sharon (McAfee ) Stevens and was a lifelong resident of the Winchester/Leavenworth area.

She was a 1985 graduate of Jefferson County North High School and a 1987 graduate of Highland Community College. She worked as a management analyst for the Department of the Army at Ft. Leavenworth for 24 years and was still actively working from her home. As an Army wife, she was a past president of the family readiness group of the 705th MP battalion.

She married Thomas “Tom” S. Stamatakis on May 20, 1989, at Ft. Leavenworth, he survives at the home. She is also survived by a daughter, Jennifer (Stamatakis) Richardson and son-in-law, Douglas Richardson and a grandson, Alexander, all of Leavenworth, her parents, Larry and Sharon Stevens, Winchester, one brother, Jeff Stevens, and a “special niece”, McKenzie Stevens, Tonganoxie, other survivors are her mother-in-law, Alma Stamatakis, Harper Woods, MI., brothers -in-law, Barry and Butch Stamatakis, sister-in-law, Kathy Allard, all of Michigan, a sister-in-law, Marina Makris, Las Vegas, NV., and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Tammy was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Lacey and Marie McAfee and paternal grandparents, Oscar “Tic” and Irene Stevens all of Winchester.

Funeral Services will be at 10:00 AM, Monday at R. L. Leintz Funeral Home in Leavenworth. Burial will be at the Winchester-Wise Cemetery, Winchester. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, Sunday at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Kansas City Hospice and Pallative Care in care of R. L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Ave., Leavenworth, KS. 66048.

Tracy Lynn Gayden

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Tracy Lynn Gayden, 52, of Leavenworth, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, May 4, 2011, in Leavenworth.

She was born Sept. 16, 1958, in Honolulu, Hawaii the daughter of Thomas C. and Novella (Curry) Gayden.

Tracy is survived by her children, Codell (Tamara) Gayden stationed overseas with the Air Force; Kamilah Gayden of Shawnee, Kan. and Mercedez Gayden of Leavenworth; her grandchildren, Grant, Rah'jah, D'Ahja, Dimitius, Caitlin, Q'iante; her three sisters and five brothers, Lavada, Ronald, Reginald, Gregory, Anthony, Jacqueline, Stephanie and Kenneth.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at noon following the viewing at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to the funeral home.

April 2011 Obituaries

Jo Ann Williams

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Jo Ann Williams, 78, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, April 28, 2011, at Country Care of Easton.

She was born Josephine A. Simms on Sept. 21, 1932, in Leavenworth, the daughter of James J. and Margaret (Ward) Simms.

Jo Ann graduated as a registered nurse from Providence Hospital in 1953. She worked as a nurse at the V.A. Hospital from 1954 to 1965.

On Feb. 5, 1955, she married John T. Williams at the Old Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Church. He preceded her in death on March 18, 1999.

Jo Ann is survived by her three children, John M. Williams of Leavenworth, Timothy J. and wife Lisa Williams of Leavenworth and Tracy and husband Dave

Wagner of Easton; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Jean Simms; and two siblings, Dee Scanlon and Pete Zink.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Sarah E. Simms; and a brother, James J. Simms.

She and John owned and operated J.T. Williams Liquor Store in downtown Leavenworth for 33 years. She was a life time member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2011 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 5 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2011, at Immaculate Conception Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Immaculate Conception Church.

Glenn Evan Koele

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Glenn Evan Koele, 54, of Parkville, Mo., died Monday, April 25, 2011.

He was born Sept. 25, 1956, in Sheldon, Iowa the son of Harold and Muriel (Vande Garde) Koele.

On Sept. 11, 1995, he married Jung S. Yi in Waterloo, Iowa. She survives. He is also survived by his sister, Carolyn (Robert) Spitznagel; his uncle, George Meendering; many cousins; and special friends, Dr. Roy Doorenbos, Missy Salmon and her family.

He graduated from the University of Nebraska in May of 1982. Glenn served in the U.S. Army for 10 years. After discharge he worked for the U.S. Postal Service.

Glenn will be remembered as a very talented, goal oriented person who could fix anything. He loved books and enjoyed his job at the Postal Service, as well at the time spent in the Army.

A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 5, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, Leavenworth. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Wayne Sutton

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Paul Wayne Sutton, 69, of Leavenworth, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2011, at St. John Hospital after a long battle with a chronic illness.

Wayne Sutton was born, Sept.13, 1941, in Piedmont, Mo., the son of William Paul and Minnie Lee (Scaggs) Sutton.

Wayne was a loving husband to Gladys Ann (Smith) they were married July 14, 1973. A proud father of four children, Mary Elizabeth (Shawn) Dixon, Debra Ann (Matt) Derleth both of St. Louis, Christopher Wayne Sutton and Michael William Sutton; a beloved grandfather to, Josh Derleth, Mandee Sutton, Dillard and Katlyn Sanberg. He is also survived by his sister, Shelby Wodarek; and his many nieces and nephews.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents and older sister, Sue Griggs.

After graduating from high school, Wayne joined the U.S. Army in May of 1961. He served two tours in Vietnam and Germany. Wayne was awarded the Bronze Star in Vietnam. He retired with 20 years of service. Following his military service he worked at Ft. Leavenworth for 24 years. After retirement from civil service, he and Gladys continued to live in Leavenworth.

He was an avid Dallas Cowboys football and Kansas Jayhawk basketball fan. Wayne enjoyed playing golf, bowling and fast pitch softball. He was the starting pitcher on several league championships. He coached numerous youth sports teams. Wayne was also active with the Boy Scouts. He was an avid motorcycle rider and muscle car enthusiast. In his teens, Wayne was a member of the Gospel Four Quartet. His sister Shelby was the pianist. The quartet sang Southern gospel. His parents took them to perform in various places in Illinois and Missouri, including the old Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis. They opened for some of the well-known gospel groups of that time such as the Statesmen and Blackwood Brothers.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Contributions may be made in his name to the Annapolis Nazarene Church, Annapolis, MO., 63620

David Brian Bowles

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David Brian Bowles, 43, of Leavenworth, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2011, at his home.

He was born Nov. 18, 1967, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Charles and Sandra K. (Cernech) Bowles.

On Jan. 31, 1990, he married Susan Martello in Leavenworth. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a son, David Bowles Jr., of the home; his mother and step-father, Sandra and Mitch Hollingsworth; his father, Charles Bowles; and a large extended family.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth Bowles.

David was a very loving, tender husband. His proudest accomplishment in life was being a loving father to his son. The two of them were inseparable. David’s heart of gold and charming personality touched the lives of many. He truly cared about giving all of himself to others. David was the most compassionate and loyal friend anyone could ever have.

David enjoyed life to the fullest each and every day. There was nothing he couldn’t do. He was a fun loving guy who gave everything in life and in death. He will be truly missed, but will always be the life of the party and his light will always shine down on us.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Inurnment will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to a college fund for David Jr. Arrangements entrusted to R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Arlen E. Flanagan

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Arlen E. Flanagan, 65, of Leavenworth, died Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at his home.

He was born April 28, 1945, Kansas City, Kan., the son of Harold J. and Norma M. (Hudgens) Flanagan.

On July 8, 1966, he married Patricia K. Quackenbush at St. Paul Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Kan. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a son, Aaron E. (Jeanie) Flanagan of Raymore, Mo.; two grandchildren; and a brother, Dennis C. (Donna) Flanagan.

Arlen owned and operated A.E. Flanagan Realtors in Lenexa, Kan. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and researching family history and genealogy. He taught English as a second language to many children of Japanese officer while they were stationed at Fort Leavenworth.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 14, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 15, 2011, at Mount Muncie Cemetery Mausoleum. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or Pennhouse of Lawrence.

Ruth Arceal Thrall

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Ruth Arceal Thrall, 81, of Leavenworth, died Friday, April 8, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Lansing.

She was born Aug. 1, 1929, in St. Joseph, Mo., the daughter of Roscoe and Gladys (Adkins) Smith.

Ruth is survived by her children, Phyllis (Robert) Carrasco of Leavenworth, Kathy (Dennis) Whisler of Kansas City, Kan., Stan Thrall of Fairfield, Iowa and Garry (Teri) Thrall of Leavenworth; her grandchildren, Jami, Kari, Holli, Adam, Abbi, Sophie, Eric, Chad and Caitlin; her great-grandchildren, Kaihli, Konner and Kendyl; her siblings, Helen Wood, Roscoe Smith, Bobby Herring and Beverly Creal; and a close friend, Theresa Clavin.

She was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Kooper Mitts.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. after the visitation at the funeral home with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Ruth’s family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Golden Living Center for the compassionate care received by our mother and the comfort provided to her family during this difficult time. Memorials are suggested to Multiple Sclerosis Society or Epilepsy Foundation.

Donald Francis Aaron Sr.

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Donald Francis Aaron Sr., 82, of Leavenworth,, died Sunday, April 3, 2011, at Country Care of Easton Nursing Home.

He was born, Nov. 21, 1928, in Leavenworth, the son of Clarence Augustus and Florence Marian (Vogler) Aaron.

On May 29, 1954, he married Charlotte Louise Gail at St. Joseph Church in Leavenworth. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Gail A. Doetzl of Leavenworth, Stephen (Susan) Aaron of Leavenworth, Joan (James) Calway of Nashville, Tenn., and Frank X. Aaron of Madison Ala.; 10 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; twin sisters, Mary Louise Didde and Ann Marie Aaron; and his oldest son, Donald "Butch" Aaron Jr.

Don joined the Air Force in 1947, and received an honorable discharge for health reasons. After his discharge from the Air Force he returned to Leavenworth and worked as the Driver Training Officer at Fort Leavenworth. He worked for Commerce Acceptance, The Reilly Agency, sold insurance for the Kelly agency, ran a Sinclair gas station, owned and operated Leavenworth Battery Supply and Don Aaron Realty Company. He served three separate terms as the First District County Commissioner. He loved the county life and enjoyed raising cattle.

Don was a strong supporter of Catholic education sending his five children to Catholic school. He was the athletic director at Immaculata High School in the 1950s. He worked many fund raisers and was the voice of Immaculata football while his son's played.

He was a life-long member of St. Joseph Church, Eagles Aerie # 55, Past President of Leavenworth Board of Realtors, past member of the Knights of Columbus and served on the Mid America Regional Council during his years as County Commissioner.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The Rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 7, 2011, at Saint Joseph Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart of Kickapoo Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Myastheria Gravis Association 6400 Prospect Ave. East Ste. 300A, Kansas City, MO 64132 or County Care 515 Dawson, Easton, KS 66020

Charles William Simpson

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Charles "Bill" William Simpson, 83, of Leavenworth, died Monday, April 4, 2011, at St. John Hospital.

He was born July 18, 1927, in Leavenworth, the son of Theodore and Nellie Frances (McMillen) Simpson.

On Sept. 18, 1949, he married Delores Shockey at St. Paul Episcopal Church in Leavenworth. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Debbie R. Nelson of Hammond, La. and Daniel (Cheryl Hasche) Simpson of Leavenworth; grandchildren, Michael Simpson, Rebecca Nelson, Steven Nelson and Jenny Simpson; great-grandchildren, Ava and Skye Simpson, Lillian Simpson and Chandler Melton; brothers, Tony (Bonnie) Simpson and Allan (Pat) Simpson.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Richard Simpson; sister, Ilene Gillespie.

Bill graduated from Leavenworth High School and served in the U.S. Navy. After discharge he returned to Leavenworth where he owned and operated Trader Bill's Used Cars. In the mid-1960s he went to work at Collard Chevrolet and worked there until he retired. Bill enjoyed selling cars and the many friends he made. He had been a member of the Elk's, Eagles, VFW and the American Legion. Bill was an avid bowler and loved to watch the Royal's he also coached baseball for eight years.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 7, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, April 8, 2011, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Eric McKenzie

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Eric McKenzie, 39, of Leavenworth, died Friday, April 1, 2011, at his home.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at St. Francis de Sales Church. Arrangements entrusted to R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

 


March 2011 Obituaries

Laurel Anne Davidson

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Laurel Anne Davidson, 36, of Lansing, Kan., died Thursday, March 31, 2011.

She was born March 12, 1975, in Lansing, Mich., the daughter of Gordie and Sue Davidson.

Laurel is survived by her parents of Lansing, Kan.; son, Christian Davidson of Olathe, Kan.; sister and brother-in-law, Amy and Wayne Williams of Schweinfurt, Germany; grandmother, Bea Dornbos; aunts and uncles, Bill and Sherine Dornbos, Bob and Deb Dornbos, Sally and Denny Grimm, Cathy and Michael Forrest and Dianne and Ambrose Biondo who all reside in Michigan. Also many wonderful cousins and friends who showered her with love!

A Celebration of Life service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2011, at Wyandotte County Christian Church, 13700 Leavenworth Rd., Kansas City, KS. Rather than flowers please consider memorial contributions to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care. Special thanks to the compassionate team that provided Laurel's hospice care, especially our angel flight nurse, Aunt Cathy. Arrangements entrusted to R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Donald L. Otting

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Donald L. Otting, known to friends as “Bones” of Lansing, Kan., died Friday, March 25, 2011, at home with his family.

He was born Jan.19, 1930, in Belleville, Ill and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio with parents Louis and Mary Otting.

Donald joined the Army at age 17, served in Korea and Vietnam receiving three Bronze Stars and various other medals. He retired as Sgt Major in 1977.

He was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and The Legion of Mary in Lansing.

Donald married Maria Resch on April 4, 1952, in Salzburg, Austria.

He is survived by two daughters, Mary and Bill Biondi, of New York, and Maria and Dave Morning of Texas; two sons, Henry and Faye Otting of Leavenworth and Donald Jr. and Sandy Otting of Platte City; and a daughter in law, Therena Otting.

He was preceded in death by his wife, and son Louie Otting.

He was a proud grandfather of 17 and great grandpa of 29, a comedian at heart, he will be missed forever.

Visitation was Monday March 28, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home in Leavenworth. Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 29 at St. Francis de Sales Church. Burial with full Military Honors was at Ft. Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Vincenta A. Simmons

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Vincenta A. “Tootsie” Simmons, 58, of Leavenworth, passed away Monday, March 21, 2011, at her home.

Vincenta A. Simmons

She was born July 24, 1952, in Leavenworth, the daughter of William Howard and Eleanor (Coleman) Jackson.

On Sept. 30, 1977, she married Earl Simmons Sr. He preceded her in death June 15, 2001. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Vincenta is survived by her five children, Carolyn, Terrie, Earl Jr., Brandon and Mari; a child she reared Christopher; four brothers, Anthony, Eugene, Edward and David; 13 grandchildren; a great-grandchild, Key’Arah; and a host of nieces, nephews and four sisters-in-law.

She worked at the Leavenworth County Infirmary for 20 plus years and then at Medicalodge for nine years.

Viewing will be from 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, March 25, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at noon after the viewing at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery.

Michael James Martin

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Michael James Martin, 58, of Santa Clara, Calif., died at his home March 7, 2011.

Michael James Martin

He was born Sept. 3, 1952, at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., the son of Lloyd J. and Maria E. (Mussner) Martin

Michael attended Immaculate Conception grade school in Leavenworth, Mannheim American grade school and high school while living in Mannheim, Germany and graduated from Immaculata High School in Leavenworth in 1970. He then attended Missouri Institute of Technology in Kansas City, Mo., graduating in 1973.

He is survived by his parents, Lloyd J. and Maria E. Martin of Leavenworth; two brothers, Robert G. Martin of Leavenworth and Patrick D. Martin of Leonardtown, Md.; and a sister, Patricia J. Martin-Shamley of East Wenatchee, Wash.

Michael worked for Lockheed Missiles and Space Company of California, Phillips Electronics and then worked for 20 years at Tektronix all in the Sunnyvale, Calif., area.

As part of technical sales Michael achieved Tektronix Masters Status (Highest award for sales, leadership and innovation conferred by Tektronix executive board to outstanding individuals.) Tektronix “100% Club” – an exclusive club for individuals achieving over 100% of sales targets. He also was awarded Tektronix Executive Master in 1999 – Conferred to distinguished achievers attaining three years of Master Status.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at Immaculate Conception Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. following the visitation at the church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Inurnment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the renovation of Immaculate Conception Church or the Xavier Elementary Capital Campaign.

Kristin K. Meek

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Kristin Kay Meek, 42, of Kansas City, Mo., died Wednesday morning, March 9, 2011, at the University of Kansas Hospital. Kristin was born March 3, 1969, at Mountain Kristin K. MeekHome A.F.B. Idaho.

Kristin had a bachelor of fine art degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and was an accomplished painter and jewelry designer.

She is survived by parents, Stephen and Ysleta (Beall) Meek of Leavenworth; her sister, Chanda Meek of Fairbanks, Alaska; and long time boyfriend, Jason Beason of Kansas City, Mo.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 19, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 3 p.m. at the funeral home after the visitation with Rev. Richard Arnold presiding. Cremation will follow the service. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Melvin “Red” Taylor

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Melvin “Red” Taylor, 62, of Lansing, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at the Eisenhower VA Medical Center.

Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial with full military honors will be at Mound Cemetery in Charleston, Ill.

 

 

Agnes M. Scharer

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Agnes M. Scharer, 70, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, March 3, 2011, at Providence Medical Center.

Agnes M. Scharer

She was born Dec. 2, 1940, in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of Rollie and Vera (Marshall) Hudson.

On Sept. 5, 1958, she married Charles Scharer at St. Joseph Church in Leavenworth. They later divorced.

Aggie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth “Lisa” and Crescencio Figueroa of Lansing; her siblings, Maureen (Gary) Fox, Ray (Mary Kay) Hudson, Jerry (Sally) Hudson and Lowell (Carolyn) Hudson.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Sheila Beaman on Jan. 9, 2009.

Since 1976, Aggie worked as a local florist making many friends along the way.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 7, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at St. Joseph Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm.,  as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to LAWS (Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society)

February 2011 Obituaries

Ruth Malotte-New

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Ruth Malotte-New, 98, of rural Leavenworth, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at Tonganoxie Nursing Center.

Ruth Malotte-New

She was born, June 30, 1912, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of Harry A. and Leonora (Felch) Krummel.

In 1930, she married, Earl W. Malotte in Kansas City, Kan. He preceded her in death in 1977. On June 30, 1987, her 75th birthday she married Richard New. He also preceded her in death in December of 1993.

Ruth is survived by her children, Bill (Rita) Malotte and Beverly (Keith) Barker all of Leavenworth. She is also survived by, six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

She was a longtime member of Maywood Community Church in Kansas City, Kan.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at Maywood Community Church, 11201 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, KS. A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 2, at the church, with Rev. John Bryden presiding. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to Maywood Community Church.  

Kathryn Ann Smith-Daniel

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Kathryn Ann Smith – Daniel died Wednesday night Feb. 16, 2011, at the age of 75.

Kathryn Ann Smith-Daniel

She was born Sept. 23, 1935, the youngest daughter of the late Willie Joe Smith Sr. and Artie Lou Stone - Smith. Kathryn was born and raised in Augusta, Ga., and was baptized at the Mt. Calvary Baptist church in Augusta. She taught Sunday school, and attended C. T. Walker Grammar School and Lucy Laney High School. Mom met and married the late Rev. Claude A. Daniel on Dec. 9, 1951. To this union eight children were born. 

Most of her life, mom was known for her cooking, working at the Truesdell Dining facility at Fort Leavenworth and then became one of the cooks for Hallmark Cards working on the night shift. After leaving Hallmark Cards, Kathryn worked at the CCA Detention Center as a supervisor in the kitchen. The inmates fondly referred to her as “Mom”. She worked there as long as she could until her health became an issue. Later mom worked part time at Food-4-Less and she worked as a caretaker taking care of the elderly in their homes.

Kathryn joined the Independent Baptist Church during the mid 1970’s. She was a member of the Usher Board, and sang in the choir for a short period. Kathryn was a member of the Eastern Star Fidelity Chapter #9 and served as worthy matron from 1984 - 1985. Faithfully she read her bible every morning, studying the word of God. She loved going to Bible study on Wednesday’s and she loved the choir. Mom collected the decorative spoons from all over the world. She also collected candle sticks and brass knick-knacks. Her favorite hobbies were “junkin’” going to the local thrift stores and garage sales. Even as a child, she was well known for her “feisty attitude” and had “a way with words” that some people didn’t understand, but it was all in love. We will miss her famous biscuits and her rice pilaf. 

She leaves to cherish her memories, two daughters, Denise J. Moore (Allen) of Lansing and Lois McFadden of Topeka, Kan.; five sons, David T. Daniel and Jeffrey K. Daniel, both of Long Beach, Ca., Ron C. Daniel and Michael A. Daniel both of St. Joseph, Mo., and  Kenneth W. Daniel (Martha) of La Habra, Ca; one sister, Mrs. Dorothy Chapman of New York, NY; three brothers, Albert L. Smith (Nancy) of Augusta, Ga., Roy H. Smith (Clara) and Claude J. Smith (Betty) both of Leavenworth; 35 grandchildren;  57 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grand children; nieces; nephews; cousins; a special grand daughter, La’Naile Rainey-Duckett of Leavenworth; her dearest friends, Mrs. Callie Howard, Mrs. Luvenia McDaniel, Mrs. Alberta Hughes, Mrs. Ethel Scott and many other loving friends.

She was preceded in death by, her parents, Willie Joe and Artie Lou Smith; two brothers, Mr. Willie Joe Smith Jr. and Mr. Jesse Smith; one sister, Mrs. Leola Comer; two sons, Mr. Milton B. Smith and Mr. Donald C. Daniel; and one great granddaughter, Kamilah Daniel. She will be missed by all knew her. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home 4701 10th Ave., Leavenworth. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, at the Independent Baptist Church, 601 Pottawatomie St. Leavenworth, with Rev. James F. Lambert officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery.

Sidonio Ramos, M.D.

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Dr. Ramos, 88, went to his Heavenly Home on Feb. 12, 2011.

Sidonio Ramos, M.D.

He is survived by his wife, Elvira (Lily) Ramos; his sons, Sidonio P. Ramos, M.D. and Carlos Ramos; his grandchildren; his great-grandchildren; and by his sister, Fidencia Ramos of Havana, Cuba.

Dr. Ramos was born July 10, 1922, in Pontevedra, Spain, the son of Manuel Ramos and Palmira Gosende. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Havana, Cuba. He grew up in Cuba attending Los Escolapios and the University of Havana School of Medicine where he received his Medical Degree. He Specialized in Ophthalmology. He worked at the Hospital Militar (Military Hospital) in Havana Cuba, serving Cuba’s Veterans and the O.N.R.I. - Organizacion Nacional de Rehabilitacion de Invalidos - (National Organization for the Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons.)

After graduating from Medical School, he married his longtime sweetheart, Elvira (Lily) Perez.  He and his wife had the honor and pleasure of celebrating their 59th Wedding Anniversary this past November.

Moving to the United States after the Communist Revolution in Cuba, Dr. Ramos and his Family settled in Leavenworth, Kan., where he became the Ophthalmologist of the then Veterans Administration Medical Center now known as Dwight D. Eisenhower Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He became Chief of Ophthalmology and just as he dedicated his life to serve Veterans in Cuba, he dedicated his life to serve America’s Veterans. While he had numerous opportunities to enter Private Practice he always said his calling was to serve those who sacrificed for the Defense and Service of their Country. His second family was indeed, the Veterans he served until his retirement in 1997. To them we give thanks for having given my Father, his purpose in Life.

People like my Father, come by only a few in a lifetime. Few remain that show such Love and Devotion to their Profession and Patients. To those, God Bless You!

God gave us a Father like no other. No one could not have asked for a Better Father or Husband.  He was someone to whom Family came first but was also there to help others in need. He would do without so others could have. His friends were and still are, part of our family and we thank them for being there for us. God also gave My Father the Honor to serve his other Family, His Veterans. God saw fit to say, “Sidonio? Job well done. Time to come home.”

We love you Dad. We Always Have and Always Will. Your Memory will live with us Forever.  You will me missed. Rest in Peace. 

A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, with Rev. Christopher Kulig, O.Carm., as celebrant. Visitation will follow the service. In his memory we ask that Memorials please be sent to those Organizations that care for those he served:  Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Paralyzed American Veterans.

Joseph T. Snow

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Joseph Thomas “Joe” Snow, 69, Leavenworth, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.

Joseph T. Snow

He passed away peacefully in the presence of his family after quietly battling cancer with courage and dignity for over three years.

Joe was the model man. He was an inseparable and immensely loyal husband, a selfless and reliable father to seven children, a tender grandfather to fourteen grandchildren, and beloved uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. He was a dedicated leader and irreplaceable mentor in the eyes of thousands and his personal influence was beyond measure. He was highly respected for his philosophical teachings, often affectionately referred to as “Socrates” by his students.

The epitome of a renaissance man, he devotedly served his church, family, country, and community. Until the end, Joe fully believed that despite a few bad hours, he never had a bad day in his life. Beginning with the paper route that he maintained through college until the day he passed away as a self-employed businessman, Joe was always proud of the fact that from third grade on he was unemployed only three days of his life.

Joe was born March 24, 1941, in Boston, Mass., the youngest of three children of Edward F. and Mary Kelly Snow.

Joe attended Newton Preparatory School and Boston College where he graduated with a BSBA in 1964. A member of Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, Joe received an MBA from Babson College in 1975. In 1985, he authored a published textbook on leadership and management for middle level managers that was adopted into the curriculum for the US Army’s Command and General Staff College.

Designated an ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate, Joe began an exemplary military career when he commissioned as a United States Armor officer in 1964. After serving two years as a reconnaissance scout with the 7th and 9th Cavalry Regiments along the DMZ in South Korea, Joe volunteered for service in Vietnam. From 1966-1967, Joe served as a reconnaissance advisor to the 8th Vietnamese Cavalry Regiment. Joe’s units fought with valor despite often being separated from friendly support and under constant heavy contact with the North Vietnamese Yellow Star Division. Under his leadership, Joe and his Vietnamese counterparts performed exceptionally and consequently received several commendations including the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Silver and Bronze Stars and the US Presidential Unit Citation. Joe returned to Vietnam and served as a special reconnaissance officer for XXIV Corps from 1969-1970.

Over the course of his career Joe served numerous other assignments including a company command in 1st Battalion 69th Armor Regiment, battalion command of 3rd Battalion 66th Armor Regiment, and action officer for Strategic Plans, US Army Headquarters, Washington D.C. His last assignment was senior instructor at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Among his personal awards and decorations: Bronze Star with 2 oak leaf clusters and valor device, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters and valor device, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Gold Palm, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Aircraft Crewman Badge.

After retiring from the Army in 1986, Joe was recommended by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management and Personnel to construct a personnel leadership training curriculum for Department of Defense civilians. In response, Joe developed and instituted the Executive Leadership Development Program, a course he subsequently led and directed and is now in its 25th year of existence. Joe also managed training programs for the Department of Justice, Central Intelligence Agency, and Defense Intelligence Agency. In recognition for his meritorious service to the intelligence community, Joe received the National Intelligence Medallion from the Director of National Intelligence in 2008.

Joe was deeply involved in every community he resided in both as a leader and a volunteer. Joe served as president of the Xavier Catholic Schools Board, and was a member of the Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Board. The Girl Scouts of America acknowledged him with the President’s Award for decades of service to the Fort Leavenworth Girl Scouts. He was a member of many organizations including the Military Officers Association of America, American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars who awarded him a Silver Award for his efforts in helping veterans’ causes. Joe devoted many hours volunteering as a little league umpire. He fulfilled his civic duty serving as a juror several times and even recognition as an Honorary Deputy Sherriff of Norfolk County, Massachusetts. A passionate giver, Joe was known for the countless gallons of blood he donated to the American Red Cross and Community Blood Bank.

The most important aspects of Joe’s life were his faith and his family. A devoted Catholic, Joe was a fixture at daily mass and served as a lay Eucharistic minister and financial committee member for Sacred Heart Parish in Leavenworth. He was extremely proud of his service as Knight Grand Cross in the Order of the Holy Sepulchre. Additionally, Joe served as president of the Fort Leavenworth Saint Ignatius Parish Council and was Fourth Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus.

Joe’s virtues were many and his vices were few. Despite his notoriously awful jokes, Joe’s sense of humor and laugh never failed to draw smiles. He more than compensated for lack of dancing and singing skills with constant energy and humor. His ongoing clashes with squirrels and raccoons in his birdfeeders became legendary and his daily devotion to working out at the gym earned him the admiration and respect of both young and elderly athletes.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter Virginia “Ginny”.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 44 years, Rosemary, who resides in Leavenworth and six children, Joseph, Jr. “Jay” (Tricia), Omaha, Neb., Rosemary (Chris) Jacobs, Tampa, Fla., Patricia “Patti” (John) Meade, Stuttgart, Germany, Daniel “Dan” (Erin), Pittsburgh, Pa., Margaret “Meg” (fiancée Danny, Harrisonburg, Va.), McLean, Va., and Jacqueline “Jacque” (Anthony) Ralston, Baghdad, Iraq & Fort Riley, Kan. He is also survived by a brother, Edward, Huntsville, Ala.; a sister, Anne Marie Noonan, Dedham, Mass.; 14 grandchildren, Bridget, Megan, Caitlin, Jason, Sean, Alex, Katie, Evie, Tori, Kayleen, Caroline, Henry, Vivian, and Edwin; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be Friday, Feb.18, 2011, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Leintz Funeral Home and a wake will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb 19, 2011, at Sacred Heart Church, Leavenworth. Burial with full military honors will be at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Leavenworth Catholic Regional Schools in support of the Xavier School library, Sacred Heart – Saint Casimir Church Parish, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Charles S. Brown

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Charles “Charlie” Sydney Brown, 76, was born in Leavenworth, Oct. 13, 1934, to Lucy Elizabeth “Betty” Bromell Brown and Ralph C. Brown, and died Feb. 11, 2011, at his home in rural Leavenworth.

Charles S. Brown

He married Regina Mary “Jean Marie” Theis Brown, on June 29, 1957, at Corpus Christi Church, Mooney Creek; she survives.

Charlie began school at an early age at Bell School in rural Leavenworth. In 1951, he graduated from Leavenworth Senior High School, where he was a member of the ROTC Leavenworth Unit for two years. Charlie served in the Army of the United States in the infantry as a mechanic and chauffeur for two years of active duty, two years of active reserve and because of the Cuban Missile Crisis, two years of active stand-by and was honorably discharged in 1963. He was a mechanic at various Leavenworth new car dealerships, he was the first operator of the Lansing Coop Service Station and was the operator of other service stations in Leavenworth. He worked at several used car dealerships in Leavenworth, eventually owning his own, Charlie Brown Motors. He was last employed as owner/operator of his gas station, retiring in 1986.

Charlie was a member of Bell 4-H Club; it was through 4-H he met Jean Marie. In retirement, he enjoyed growing and selling produce and was a Master Gardener. He was always a farmer at heart and loved to work outdoors. Charlie enjoyed family occasions to celebrate birthdays, holidays, and his granddaughters’ accomplishments. He also liked driving his tractor, listening to country music, and watching old westerns.

Always very curious and mechanically talented, from a young age Charlie took objects apart and put them back together again. He was an honest, kind and generous person who always tried to help those in need. He gave away his time and mechanical abilities, the products he sold, or whatever would best help the situation. Charlie always took everything in stride, even when he struggled with illness, approaching the tasks of life with determination. He smiled with his whole face and it was infectious.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Jean Marie; daughter, Linda K. and son-in-law Kevin L. Jones; twin granddaughters, Kyra and Isla; daughter Melissa and son-in-law Brian Bitter; granddaughter, Julie; sister, Joanne Ochs; cousin, Jerry Moschini; God-daughter and niece, Teresa Lee; and many sisters-and-brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and great-nieces-and-nephews, as well as his beloved cat Duke.

Charlie was raised by his mother and his and grandparents, Mary Caroline Chapin Bromell and Sydney George Bromell, Sr., who preceded him. His father, his aunts, Jayne Esther Bromell and Caroline Olivia Bromell Moschini, uncles, Charles Merlyn Bromell and Sydney George Bromell, Jr., brothers-in-law, Vernon R. Ochs and Richard C. Theis, and sister-in-law, Carol Theis also preceded him.

Charlie’s family offers special thanks to his therapists Marci and Stephanie at Sweet Life and Tara at Cushing.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. with the rosary prayed at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.15, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Ave., Leavenworth. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb.16 at Immaculate Conception Church, 711 N. 5th Leavenworth.  Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Lansing. The family suggests memorials to the Immaculate Conception Church renovation project, Catholic Community Hospice, The Master Gardeners, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

John Gary Powers

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John Gary Powers, 69, of Leavenworth, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at his home.

He was born Nov. 17, 1941, in Pittsburg, Kan., the son of Clifford Earl and Mary Eileen (Hassett) Powers.

He attended Immaculate Conception Grade School, two years at Immaculata High School and graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1959.

After graduation John was employed by Union Pacific Railroad Co. as a telegraph operator/ depot agent. In 1964 he resigned to accept a position with the Bureau of Prisons at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth. During his career with the prison he transferred ten times returning to Leavenworth three times. He retired in 1989 as a prison system controller. After retirement he owned and operated private clubs in Leavenworth and was self employed as an income tax preparer with Jost Personal Tax Service.

In June 1960, he married Connie R. White. They had seven children. They divorced in 1978. In July 1979, he married Mary Patricia (McCune) Fleshman. She preceded him in death in January 2006. He was also preceded in death by a son, John Gary Powers, Jr.

John is survived by his children, Jeffrey Dennis Powers of Farmville, Va., Brigette Renee Powers of Hurst, Texas, Tracy Rae (Dave) Sumpolec of Spotslyvania, Va., Jamie Odas (Martha) Powers of Paradise, Texas, Presley Ann Villegas of North Richland Hills, Texas, Jade Garrett (Stephanie) Powers of Arlington, Texas; 15 grandchildren; and a step-son, William E. Fleshman II.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Fraternal Order of Eagles, BPOE (Elks), Knights of Columbus, AARP, Federal Prison Retiree Association, and AAA.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at the funeral home with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

James R. "Jim" Wacker

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James Richard Wacker, 70, of Fairplay Colo., died at his home on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, from Leukemia.

James R. 'Jim' Wacker

He was born Sept. 12, 1940, in Leavenworth, the son of Leo and Frances (Mura) Wacker.

He married Barbara Theis on April 16, 1983.  She survives at the home.  They lived in Leavenworth until 2005 when they moved to Fairplay Colo.

Jim served in the Navy for six years.  He worked at the VA Medical Center as an electrician until his retirement in 2000.  He was a member of the IBEW Local union 124, American Legion, Fraternal Order of Eagles - Golden Eagle. Jim served as president of the Senior Center in Fairplay, Colo., for five years.

He was blessed with many children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and siblings.  His children, Dennis (Terrie) Wacker, David (Melissa) Wacker, Thomas Wacker, Susan (Ken) Neef and Craig Theis; his grandchildren, Jason (Robin) Wacker, Christopher (Ashley) Wacker and Erin Neef.; great-grandchildren, Joshua Wacker, Lillianna Wacker and Zoie Wacker; and his brother, Leo (Ginny) Wacker. 

Jim was preceded in death by two brothers, George Wacker and Robert Wacker.

He will be remembered for his humor, friendship, enjoyment of bowling, gardening and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at Leintz Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. The family suggests in lieu of flowers a donation or memorial to Calvary Baptist Church, The Leukemia Foundation, The American Heart Association or Freemont Regional Hospice in Cannon City Colorado.

January 2011 Obituaries

Dennis Zawodny

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Dennis John Zawodny, 61, of Leavenworth, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at Overland Park Medical Center from injuries received in an automobile accident.

He was born June 13, 1949, in St. Joseph, Mo., the son of John and Priscilla (Boy) Zawodny.

On Oct. 24, 1985, he married Alberta “Bert” A. Austin in Leavenworth. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his two children, Scarlett (Louie) Martin of Leavenworth and Jeffery Zawodny of Leavenworth; his mother and step-father, Priscilla Fleek and Floyd Smith Shawnee, Kan.; numerous grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Ray Zawodny.

Dennis has been employed at Lexeco Inc. (Leavenworth Excavating and Equipment Company) since 1968. When not at work his favorite hobby was riding his Harley Davidson motor cycle with his friends.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday after the visitation at the funeral home. Entombment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Joseph, Mo.

Agnes M. Finneran

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Agnes M. Finneran, 87, of Leavenworth, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at Country Care of Easton.

She was born May 22, 1923, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Julius C. and Bertha H. (Huhn) Meyer.

On Aug. 2, 1948, she married Robert E. Finneran. He preceded her in death on July 23, 1995. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Louise (Meyer) Robinson; and a brother, Anton Meyer.

Agnes is survived by a daughter, Diana Farmer of Riley, Kan.; her sons, David (Sandi) Finneran of Derby, Kan., Ron (Rosa) Finneran of Leavenworth and Robert “Whipp” (Lanell) Finneran of Lawrence; three grandchildren, Daniel, Amanda and Jeff; and a great-grandson, Keevon.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, 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, Feb. 3, 2011, at St. Joseph Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm.,  as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. A special thanks to all of the staff at Twin Oaks Assisted Living, Country Care of Easton and Odyssey Hospice. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Margaret Ann Glynn

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Margaret Ann Glynn, 81, of Lansing, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at Twin Oaks Assisted Living.

She was born Feb. 24, 1929, in Leavenworth the daughter of John and Leona (Ferguson) Glynn.

Margaret worked for the Leavenworth Veterans Administration as a computer specialist retiring with 27 years of service. Prior to working for the VA she taught college at Quincy College in Illinois and at Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa. She is a graduate of Saint Mary College in Leavenworth. She was President of Pineview Golf Club in Atchison, Kan., for many years and was instrumental in promoting the youth golf program there.

She is survived by a nephew, John VanderMeer of Leavenworth; her adopted family, Mary and Jon Fallesen of Lansing, Matt and Jaime Fallesen and son, Jaden of Wildomar, Calif., and Jon and Kelsey (Fallesen) DeWeerd of Burbank Calif.; as well as many friends.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, John W. Glynn; her twin sister, Mary Jane “Buzz” Glynn; and their beloved dog, Sophia.

She was an avid golfer and Chiefs fan.

No services are scheduled. Cremation is planned. Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth County Humane Society Inc. P.O. Box 308 Basehor, KS 66007

Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Dwight Hunter Fuller

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Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Dwight Hunter Fuller, who was born Jan. 23, 1936, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at his home in Leavenworth, Kan.

At the time of his death it was 16 minutes after midnight eastern standard time. Dwight was born at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C. and left his physical existence to be with God minutes after his 75th birthday. He left us, as it should be, singing happy birthday in celebration of his life.

Dwight graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1959. Dwight went on to become an airborne ranger and served two tours in Vietnam. He met his spouse Frieda while on his first assignment in Ulm, Germany. His career included several assignments in Germany, which allowed Frieda to be close to her family and their children to expand their life experience beyond the ordinary. After retiring, Dwight went to work at Ft. Leavenworth for a defense contractor in the battlefield simulation business where he helped trained senior Army officers in military tactics.

Dwight's life was defined by three pillars:  Family, Country, Faith.

As a father and husband he set the standard for strength, integrity and compassion. Confident but never too proud, stern but never angry, and always, always, putting his family before himself.  As an Army officer he dedicated himself to the cause of his country. "Duty, Honor, Country," was a guiding principle to Dwight, not a fanciful catch phrase. His Catholic Faith was about living as Christ commanded.  He wasn't a "good Catholic," he was a "great Catholic," having lived by the principle that good works were his obligation to others in exchange for God's gift of free will to him.

These three pillars were the purposes for Dwight's existence and always stood in front of his own self-interest. His mission in life was to build and strengthen these pillars. His mission has been accomplished. He now joins God on the high ground where he will continue to guide and inspire us.

Dwight is survived by his wife, Frieda; their five children, Mike, Dwight, Margaret, Joseph, and Dean; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Dwight lived selflessly, with the utmost dignity and respect for others. We will miss him on this earth, cherish our memories of him, and always look to his spirit for guidance.

He was cremated. Inurnment will be in Arlington National Cemetery.

Charlotte Louise (Butler) Mondero

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Charlotte Louise (Butler) Mondero, 80, of Leavenworth, passed away Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at St. Luke’s Hospital from a long, valiant fight with cancer, with family by her side.

Charlotte Louise (Butler) Mondero

Charlotte was born Nov. 5, 1930, in St. Joseph, Mo., the daughter of Hugh and Irene (DeFreece) Butler.

Charlotte was preceded in death by a daughter, Carla Ann and her brother, Kenneth Butler.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Joe Mondero; daughters, Lynne (Mo) Morris, Leah (Steve) Friend; sons, Dennis Mondero, Tim Mondero and Norm Mondero; and five grandchildren, Brandon, Jimmy, Joey, Tanner and Jessica.

She attended Saint Francis Xavier grade school and Sacred Heart Convent High School. She married Francis “Joe” Mondero on Dec. 29, 1951. She worked at St. Joe Furnace and Supply Co. and the BF Goodrich Store in Leavenworth. After marriage, Charlotte became a homemaker and loving mother to six children and five grandchildren. She was a member of St. Francis de Sales Church, the Lansing Community Club, and the Lansing Historical Society. She was a caretaker and helped anyone in need. She will always be remembered by others who knew her, as being a kind and loving person. She always had a heart in supporting the various mission fields and organizations, which has been a legacy to her family. 

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at St. Francis deSales Catholic Church with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Luke's Hospice of Leavenworth or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Steven Michael Henchek

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Steven Michael Henchek, 61, of Leavenworth, passed away at home in his sleep and went to be with his Father, Friday, Jan. 14, 2011.

Steven Michael Henchek

He was born Nov. 10, 1949, in Leavenworth, the son of J.M. and Kathleen (Hall) Henchek.

He is survived by his mother, Kathleen Gaffney; daughters. Erica Jones and Brandi Carter; grandchildren, Makaila, Gavin, Luke, Jessie, Steven and Abigail; sisters, Susan Dean and Sharon (RL) Henley; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and best friend, Vicki Higley.

Steve was preceded in death by his father, J.M. Henchek; step-father, James Gaffney; grandson, Hayden Stewart; grandparents, Jacob and Helen Henchek Sr. and James and Lela Hall; great-nephew, Nicholas Campbell; uncles, Jack Hall, John Banner and Cecil McBee.

Steve was a graduate of Lansing High School. He attended college at Emporia State University and served in the U.S. Army. He owned a successful appliance and repair business retiring after injuring his back.

Steve was a giving man. He loved being with his children, grandchildren and helping them along the way. His mother played a special part in Steve’s life and enjoyed spending time with her. He will be deeply missed by all.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 7 p.m. after the visitation at the funeral home with Rev. Gary “Sam” Sanford officiating.  Cremation will follow the service with inurnment at a later

Donald Richard Mitsdarfer

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Donald Richard Mitsdarfer, 76, of Leavenworth, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.

Donald Richard Mitsdarfer

He was born Feb. 16, 1934, in Philo, Ill. , the son of Charles and Cecilia (Hausmann) Mitsdarfer.

Don attended Alexian Brothers Hospital School of Nursing. He served in the U.S. Army for 20 years serving two tours in Vietnam. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Don graduated from Drury College in Springfield, Mo., with a Bachelor’s degree in nursing. He worked as a C.R.N.A. for 44 years.

On Aug. 1, 1970, he married Velma Allen in Fort Smith, Ark. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Gina Marie Mitsdarfer and husband David Wright of San Antonio, Texas, Marie Terese Tuccori of Dixon, Calif., and John Michael Mitsdarfer and wife Tracy of Broken Arrow, Okla.; his five grand children, Alex 13 and Chloe 9 Tuccori, and Bryce 7, Jenna 5 and Claire 2 Mitsdarfer; his siblings, Bernadine Spannagel, Mary Ann (Bernard) Hammel, Joseph Mitsdarfer, Edmund (Ann) Mitsdarfer and Robert (Ramona) Mitsdarfer; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Don was a lifetime member of the VFW, DAV and MOAA. He was also a member of St. Casimir Catholic Church and the church men’s society. He was an avid fisherman.

 Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The Rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at St. Casimir Church. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Casimir Church or Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 811 W. Evergreen Ave. Ste. 303, Chicago, IL 60642 www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org

Joseph A. Greenwell

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Joseph Adam Greenwell, 91, Overland Park, Kan., died peacefully, Jan.2, 2011, surrounded by his loving family.

Joseph A. Greenwell

Joe was born in Baltimore, Md., on May 4, 1919, to George and Carrie Greenwell.

Joe is survived by Arlene, his wife of 66 years; his brother, George of San Diego, Ca., ; his children, Gregory Greenwell of Marietta, Ga., Terri Greenwell of the home, Joe Greenwell of Richmond, Texas,; his granddaughters, Catherine Ring McCullough of Pasadena, Texas, Suzanne Ring of the home, Theresa Greenwell Mullins of Lake Jackson, Texas, Christy Greenwell Bloem of McKinney, Texas, Lt. Grant Greenwell of Washington, D.C., Jeannie Greenwell Foster of Marietta, Ga., and Joseph R. Greenwell of Richmond, Texas.; he is also survived by four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Olivia Greenwell Hermann.

During World War II Joe was part of the Fifth Air Forces 43rd Bomb Group stationed in New Guinea, He was a combat veteran awarded four bronze stars and campaign ribbons for the American Campaign, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign and World War II Victory. 

Joe retired from Trans World Airlines after 39 years. He was active in his church as a member of the Knights of Columbus and the VFW.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011 at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Leawood, KS. Mass of Christian burial will follow the visitation at the church at 10 a.m. Burial with military honors will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to America’s Vet Dogs, www.Vetdogs.org.

Lieseolot Tuchalska

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Lieselotte Tuchalska, 92, of Leavenworth, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2011, at Medicalodge of Leavenworth.

Lieseolot Tuchalska

She was born March 22, 1918, in Breslau, Germany the only child of Karl and Else (Tilch) Kiesewetter.

She is survived by her three children, Wolfgang G. Kretschmer of Werlte, Germany, Barbara A. Tuchalska of Long Beach, Ca., and Evelyn Kitarogers of Leavenworth; four grandchildren, Gregory S. Towsley of Lenexa, Kan., Pamela M. Evans of Topeka, Kan., Michael Kretschmer of Graevenwiesbach, Germany and Joachim Kretschmer of Graevenwiesbach, Germany; four great-grandchildren, Lauren Towsley, Daniel Towsley, Alissa Towsley and Preston Evans.

In November of 1955, she married Felix W. Tuchalska. He preceded her in death in 1981 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Lieselotte enjoyed crocheting afghans, bargain hunting and going to the casino. She also enjoyed playing bingo, scrabble and chess. She was a generous person, always thinking about ways to make others happy. She loved dogs and enjoyed spending time with her family.

She will be cremated and inurned at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Memorials in her memory are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association or Cushing Memorial Hospital.

 


 

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