Eva Hildegard Helmling Fye of Lansing Kan., passed from this life to eternal life on Dec. 29, 2012. Eva was born in Reisen, Germany in 1926 to parents, Franz and Katerina Helmling. She married Gunter Kutzner in 1943. Gunter was killed in World War II. In 1947, she married Robert Phillips Fye (U.S. Army) and came to the United States.
Eva was a woman of many talents, arriving in the United States, she worked as a seamstress in Maryland, Virginia, Iowa and Texas. Eva also operated her own sewing businesses while living in Heidelberg, Germany and DeRidder, La. She and Robert also operated dog kennels in DeRidder, La and Easton, Kan. In the late 1940s, Eva began a career with the J.C. Penney Company where she was employed off and on for over a span of forty years. Eva retired from J.C. Penney Co. in 1992.
A graduate of St. Mary University, Leavenworth. Eva was an accomplished artist. Her collection includes still life works, many of which hang in the homes of her children. Eva was both a quilter and a weaver. Eva was gifted with a natural talent to make and do anything with her hands. For many years, she was an active member of the Leavenworth County Artists Association. Eva’s greatest joy and hobby was working outdoors in her many gardens or in her yard.
Eva was a devoted mother! She is survived by five children, Falko Kutzner Fye (Caroline), Samuel Fye (Janet), Jay Fye, Kim Fye Didde (Dale), Roberta Fye Etzel (James); eight grandchildren, Linda Fye, Erica and Erin Fye, Blasé, Zachary and Eva-Marie Etzel, Stephen and Brooke Didde; and one great grandchild, Landon Long (Erica Fye Long and James Long); and one of her three sisters, Henrietta Helmling.
Preceded in this life by Gunter Kutzner, Robert Phillips Fye, Catherine Rebecca and Nancy Roberta Fye (twin daughters), Sue Fye (daughter-in-law), her parents: Franz and Katerina Helmling, Horst Helmling (brother), and Isolde Helmling (sister).
A funeral service was held on Jan. 2, 2013 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Interment will be at Arlington National Ceremony where she will lie in rest with her husband Robert and her two twin daughters: Nancy Roberta and Catherine Rebecca Fye.
In lieu of flowers the family asks for prayers for the repose of the soul of Eva and for those desiring to send sentiments recommends donations could be sent to Porto Charities, Arlington, VA. http://porto104.org/
Lydia Harrison, 85, of Leavenworth, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She was born Jan. 24, 1927, in McLouth, Kan., the daughter of Archie and Goldie (Laster) Allen and attended Lansing Schools.
In November 1943, she married Neal Harrison. He survives her at the home. She is also survived by a son, Neal (Cathy) Harrison Jr. of Towanda, Kan.; a daughter, Janice Sifford of Leavenworth; three grandchildren, Neal (Karen) Harrison III, Todd Harrison, Rev. Amy (Todd) Seifert; four great-grandchildren, Emily Seifert, Joshua Seifert, Corrin Harrison, Sophie Harrison; a sister, Goldie Miesner of Leavenworth; and several nieces.
She was a loving and nurturing wife, mother, and homemaker who enjoyed crafts and needle work. She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church, where she remained active in the White Cross Ministry. She was honored as the American Baptist Women’s Mother of the Year in 2010.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son-in-law David Sifford, sisters Velva King, Clara Bentley, and Frances Flynn.
At the request of the deceased and her family, private services were held with internment at Mt. Muncie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the First Baptist Church or the American Lung Association. Services by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.
Patrick Ernest Garrett, Sr.,77 of Leavenworth, went to be with his Savior on Dec. 26, 2012, after an extended illness. He was born to James and Augusta Garrett on Aug. 23, 1935, in Leavenworth.
On July 10, 1956, he married Rose Corriston, who survives him.
He worked for Mount Muncie Cemetery for several years and retired from there in the early 1990’s. Patrick was a long-time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Leavenworth. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and spending time with his family.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children; Achsah Dicks (Mike), Patrick Garrett, Jr. (Susan), Escie Kallmbah (James), James Garrett (Gail) and John Garrett (Janie); seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Nathan Garrett (Denise); and three sisters; Mary Caswell, Debbie Briscoe and Dixie Orr (Bob).
Patrick was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and a sister.
Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, at St. Joseph Church. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.
William H. Novak, 59, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at his home. He was born Nov. 17, 1953, the son of Leo L. and Marguerite M. (Vanlanker) Novak.
On Dec. 6, 1980, he married, Karen M. Herrmann in St. Louis, Mo. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his son, Louis W. Novak (fiancée Lauren); grandson, Carter W. Novak, all of Leavenworth; mother, Marguerite Novak, of Kansas City, Mo.; and brothers, John Novak (Kay) of North Port, Fla., Michael Novak of Kansas City, Mo., Stephen Novak (Margaret) of Lees Summit, Mo., Gregory Novak of Kansas City, Mo., Stanley Novak (Jaylene) of Overland Park, Kan., Edmond Novak of Kansas City, Mo., Thomas Novak, Albuquerque, N.M., and Robert Novak (Ann) of Lees Summit, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his father and brother Richard Novak.
William had worked with the Coalition for Independence and was a volunteer at the Cushing Hospital. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, a reception of his body will be held at the Sacred Heart Church followed by a visitation. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in the Mount Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials are made to the Immaculata High School scholarship fund in care of the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.
Dean William Zule, 57, of Winchester, passed away, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, after a courageous two year battle with cancer. He was born Feb. 1, 1955, in Leavenworth, the son of William and Dorothy (Capesius) Zule.
In October 2000, he married Gail L. DeMaranville in Jefferson County. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Christopher Zule of Leavenworth, Josh (Jenni)DeMaranville of Leavenworth and Amy DeMaranville of Winchester; his siblings, Diane (Mike) Watkins, David (Theresa) Zule and Greg (Sherry) Zule; and five grandchildren, Seth, Bre’Ella, Wyatt, Cameron and Shyann.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Victoria.
Dean worked for KLM Exploration for over 20 years, a job he truly enjoyed. He enjoyed the outdoor’s, gardening, farming, raising cattle and hunting mushrooms. He also loved to play with his grandchildren.
Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, at St. Lawrence Church, Easton, with Rev. George Bertels as celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Lawrence Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society, Alliance Against Family Violence or a memorial for the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.
Sidney Louise Blankenship, 81, of Leavenworth, passed away, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at Providence Medical Center. she was born Sept. 26, 1931, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Sidney Maurice and Mary Agnes (Leding) Johnston.
Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, at Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery.
Russell Hill Jr., 87, of Olathe, Kan., and formerly of Leavenworth, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at Olathe Medical Center surrounded by loved ones. He was born, Nov. 18, 1925, in Platte County, Mo., the son of Russell and Minnie C. (Searcy) Hill Sr. Russ was one of nine children which included; Elwood Reynolds, Raymond Hill, Bob Hill, Clyde Hill, Della Porter, Nida Campbell, Mary Jesse Cloud and Dorothy Thomas.
Russ had five children three with his first wife Beulah Pike; Mike Cindy Roger and two with his current wife, Judith Ann Hill; Bryan and Brandi; Russ had 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mary Jesse Cloud and Dorothy Thomas; and a brother, Elwood Reynolds.
Russ graduated from Weston High School in 1943 and immediately joined the Army Air Corp. Russ became an aerial gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress with the 385th Bomb Group. His aircraft was named “Madam Shoo Shoo” and he completed 30 combat missions from October 1944 to May 1945 in the European Theater of Operations. Holding numerous awards and decorations Russ retired from the Air Force on July 31, 1966, as an E-9 Chief Master Sergeant.
After his military retirement Russ worked for two years in Atchison, Kan., for Rockwell Inc. He then went to work for Hallmark Cards in Leavenworth and retired in 1989, after 20 years of service with the company, as the Technical Services Manager.
Russ is a past president of the Leavenworth Kiwanis Club, he served on the Aviation Technical Committee of the Mid-American Regional Council and was a past member of the City of Leavenworth Uniform Building codes board.
Russ has also owned and operated Hill’s Flight Service out of Sherman Airfield at Ft. Leavenworth. He was an FAA Flight Instructor and Examiner for years with over 39,000 flight hours.
Russ’s loves were his family, flying, traveling the country and the outdoors.
The Hill family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the nursing staff and physicians at Olathe Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Inurnment with full military honors will follow at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Disabled Veterans or the Wounded Warrior Project.
Robert L. Hardy, 70, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at Twin Oaks Assisted Living. He was born Oct. 19, 1942, in Long Beach, Calif., the son of Leroy Beecher and June Louise (Coffield) Hardy.
Graveside service with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Darlene J. Kenny, 68, of Leavenworth, passed away, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., with her family at her side. She was born May 12, 1944, in Washington, Mo., the daughter of Thomas H. and Helen E. (Hornbuckle) Viessman.
On June 17, 1972, she married Michael Kenny in Leavenworth, he survives at the home. She is also survived by two sons, Bill Stout and John (Stacey) Kenny both of Leavenworth; three grandchildren, Bailey, Emma and Kyle; her sister, Sharon (Shawn) Scanlon; brother-in-law, Larry Thibault; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Dona Thibault.
Darlene moved to Leavenworth with her family in 1957. She attended Immaculata High School and proudly served as captain of the cheer squad in 1962.Darlene worked at Fort Leavenworth and the Veterans Administration for over three decades, retiring in 1998. In retirement Darlene worked as hard as she did during her working career. She donated countless hours to charities and to helping others. She was a member of the Lady Knights of Columbus, Sacred Heart Church, the Immaculata Alumni Association, the VFW Women's Auxiliary, the Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society and the Sacred Heart Altar Society. Darlene spent most of her time volunteering with her husband Mike by her side at the VFW Post 56. She cooked meals for VFW events and gave of her time freely to help and support veterans and active duty military personnel that returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Darlene was a founding member and organizer of the Leavenworth St. Patrick's Day Parade. She worked hard to make the parade better each and every year for 29 years. Darlene was very patriotic, she loved God, her family and her country. She was so proud of her father's service in the Army during WWII and her husband Mike's service in the Navy during Vietnam. Darlene was the leader of her family, she will be remembered fondly as a devoted wife, loving mom, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend. Her family mourns her passing but knows that Darlene leaves behind a legacy of giving to charity and helping those who were less fortunate than her. She touched hundreds of lives and we are all better from having known and loved her.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth Catholic Schools (for scholarships’) or LAWS (Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society)
Ninfa Marie Garza, of Ninfa’s Tortilla’s and Taqueria, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at the home of her daughter Nancy, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was born, Jan. 22, 1933, in Brady, Texas, to Miguel and Maria Dejesus Contreras . She was the 4th of 10 children.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Riley Garza, grandson Isaiah Bond, and two sisters.
She is survived by her children, Yolanda Garza, Riley Garza, Linda Garza Bond (husband, Lonnie), Nancy Garza Burch (husband, Larry) and Michael Garza (wife, Michelle), 16 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, three brothers, and four sisters.
Ninfa was a coordinator for the Senior Citizens of Guadalupe Center named Casa Felize for 20 years. She was one of the original founders of the Hispanic Festival that is still celebrated today at Barney Allis Plaza. Joined by her husband she began a little restaurant 24 years ago called Ninfa’s Tortillas and Taqueria in Kansas City, Kan. which is still operated today by her family. Only two years ago she was taking tortillas out to tables joyfully sharing conversations with customers. We will forever have the memories of Ninfa’s exemplary life. Ninfa praised Jesus with her entire being, she was cherished for her service to others, respected and admired her husband, lived her life for her family, prayed abundantly for her community, which all brought blessings on her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Visitation will be at Cure’ of Ars Catholic Church of Leawood (9401 Mission Rd.) from 6-8 p.m., with the Rosary at 6 pm, on Monday, Nov. 19th. Mass of Christian burial celebrating her life will be at 1:30 p.m. Cure’ of Ars on Tuesday. A family burial will be on Wednesday at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Catholic Community Hospice, Alliance/Nurse Aid’s and all who took the time to give their loving care to their mother particularly in her final days. In lieu of flowers the family ask that any memorial donations be made to Catholic Community Hospice, 9740 w. 87th Street, Overland Park, KS 66212. We thank you for your generosity.
Helen L. Blanche, 82, was lifted up by Jesus, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at Shawnee Gardens, Shawnee Kan. She is now pain free and standing tall with her dancing shoes on. She was born Aug. 31, 1930, in Leavenworth, Kan., the daughter of Walter and Dorothy (Shortridge) Stiglmire.
Helen had retired in 1979 from the Department of Defense in Fort Leavenworth, Kan. She was a member of the First Christian Church and Lansing Community Club. Her greatest pride was in her children and grandchildren and she was a talented and wonderful seamstress and cook. She had published three cookbooks because her family thought that she should be sharing her love and talent for cooking with everyone.
She is survived by a daughter, Jean Triplett; two sons; John Guy and Bob (Lynn) Blanche, all of Leavenworth; eight grandchildren, Roger (Angie) Hundley, Shelley Thomas, Brian (Val) Triplett, John Marcus (Velda) Guy, Jessi Guy, Jordan (Jon) Benning, Brook Blanche and Betsey Blanche; two sisters, Mary K. Ramsay of Kenosha, Wis. and Dorothy (John) Cravens of Cherry Hill, N.J. She is also survived by 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Walter Stiglmire Jr., granddaughter, Lisa Annette Hundley and son-in-law, Doug Triplett.
Helen will be remembered as a strong, independent, hard working, fun loving lady who was full of love and knew how to show it.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Arthritis Foundation, Hospice Care of Kansas, Lenexa, KS. or a charity of you choice.
Anita (Nene) Louise Parker (Hammonds), age 54, passed away peacefully at her home in rural Lansing, Kan., on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012.
Anita was born Feb. 14, 1958, at Little Rock AFB, Ark., to Porter and Laura Hammonds. When Anita's father retired from the Air Force in 1964, the family settled in Orlando, Fla., where she lived until 1981. Anita graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1976; music was her passion and she sang in numerous vocal groups while attending Oak Ridge, Contemporary Ensemble was her favorite. Anita's music teacher, Mr. Rawls, was her inspiration and mentor; he encouraged her to pursue her passion. After graduation Anita went on to sing professionally for the next five years.
Anita married Jim Parker on Oct. 21, 1981, at the McCoy AFB chapel Orlando, Fla. and embarked on the next phase of her life as an Air Force wife and mom. Over the course of the next 21 years, Anita and her family lived in ten different locations as diverse and interesting as Keflavik, Iceland and Kalkar, Germany. Following Jim's retirement in 2001, the family settled in Lansing, Kan., where they have lived for the past 11 years.
After moving to Kansas, Anita worked as a para-educator in the Lansing Middle School; in this position she assisted special education students to reach their full potential. Her students learned quickly Mrs. Parker was a teacher ready to be their biggest supporter but also a tough cookie; as the mother of three boys, she had seen it all and you weren't going to get away with anything!
Anita was a devoted military mom with two sons currently serving on active duty and a third son a former Air National Guardsman; she was very proud of her boys!
Anita dearly cherished her family and her pets, Charlie a golden retriever and Zoey a calico cat. Her hobbies and interests included gardening, antiques, walking and exercise. One of Anita's favorite activities was her exercise class where she enjoyed the exercise almost as much as the love and support of her "exercise gals". Anita raised wonderful tomatoes and went so far as to cover all of her 21 tomato plants with burlap during the hot summer afternoons. She loved vacationing in the Adirondacks and hiking in the mountains. Anita had a heart for the Lord and was an active member of every military chapel where she and her family were stationed, most recently the Ft. Leavenworth Main Post Chapel.
Anita is survived by her husband James “Jim” of Lansing, Kan.; three sons, Christopher of Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., Daniel of Ft. Collins, Colo. and Steven of Greenville, Texas; her mother, Laura Hammonds (Mizzell) of Orlando, Fla.; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Wanda Gerry of Orlando, Fla. and Yvonne (Bonnie) and Charles (Chuck) Gallagher of San Antonio, Texas; one brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Rita (Hamon) Hammonds of Oviedo, Fla.; four nephews, one niece, one great-nephew and three great-nieces. Anita was preceded in passing by her father Porter Hammonds.
Anita will be remembered during a memorial service on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the R.L Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Avenue, Leavenworth, KS 66048 (913-351-0200); Chaplain (MAJ, USA) Donald Carrothers will officiate. The family requests any memorials be donated to the American Cancer Society Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer: American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or online at www.cancer.org.
Anita Louise Brown, 73, flew away on angels wings Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at Cushing Hospital. Anita was born on Feb. 28, 1939, in Leavenworth, Kan., the daughter of Lawrence (Curly) and Rosa Lee (Pierce-Connelly) Lange.
On March 7, 1955, Anita married Eugene E. Brown. She was preceded by him in death. She is also preceded in death by a daughter, Bonnie Sue.
She is survived by her daughters, Audrey D. (Jorge) Caraballo, Patricia Y. (Joseph) Brinkley, Tina M. (Terry) Bulla; Sons, Eugene E.(Patricia) Brown Jr. , Gerald R. (Sharon) Brown; siblings, James (Pick) Lange, Lawrence (Pat) Lange, Sylvie Young, Donald Lange, Grace Coates, Gary Lange, Vincent Lange, Michael Lange, Evangeline Fanning, Frank Lange, Phillip Lange, and Arithea Porter; seven grandchildren, Genita Brown, Keisha Brown, Anthony Brown, Brandon Caraballo, Contessa Caraballo, Anjoylus Brinkley, Celestine Brinkley, Cheyanne Bulla, Taneka Bulla, Isaiah Bulla and Jordan Bulla; four great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Anita was known as “Mother B” “Mother Brown” “Nanny” and her childhood name “Teeter”. No one was a stranger to her, she shared her biggest love with all she met and that was her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She worked over 35 years with USD 453 in child nutrition. Every child that she served she felt was her own. She just recently retired in may due to health issues but, she wasn’t ready to go.
Viewing will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow the visitation at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery.
Francis Joseph “Joe” Mondero, 85, of Leavenworth, passed away Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at The Sweet Life of Rosehill in Shawnee, Kan., where he had been a resident the last four months. Joe was born June 22, 1927, in Russell, Kan., the son of John and Regina (Dreiling) Mondero.
On Dec. 29, 1951, he married Charlotte Butler in St. Joseph, Mo. She preceded him in death on Jan. 17, 2011. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Carla Ann Mondero and two sisters, Rita Ricketts and Clara Hinckey. He is survived by his daughters, Lynne (Mo) Morris, Leah (Steve) Friend; sons, Dennis Mondero, Tim Mondero and Norm Mondero; five grandchildren, Brandon, Jimmy, Joey, Tanner and Jessica; and a sister, Ada (Gene) Young.
He attended Lansing Grade School and Lansing High School in which he served as high school Class President and Captain of the basketball team. After graduating in 1945, he was inducted into the U.S. Navy during WW II where he served on the USS Marcus Island, receiving the World War II Victory medal, American Theatre medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre medal. He also served during the Korean war conflict on the USS Benham (DD796) Destroyer. He worked for Kaaz Woodwork Company for over 25 years building cabinets and then continued his carpentry skills working for UNICOR, the Furniture Factory of the federal prison industries at the United States Penitentiary for 17 years before retiring in 1990. He was a member of St. Francis de Sales Church, Knights of Columbus, the Elks, the Nocturnal Adoration Society, Eagles, the Federal Prison Retirees Association and the Lansing Historical Society.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. by the Knights of Columbus. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9 a.m. Saturday Nov. 10, 2012, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Francis deSales building fund or a charity of the donor’s choice.
LeRoy Junior Mathis, 68, of Leavenworth, passed away, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at Leavenworth V.A. Medical Center. He was born July 27, 1944, in Leavenworth, the son of LeRoy and Naomi (Minny) Mathis.
He is preceded in death by his son Rodney DeWayne Mathis; his sisters, Ethel Jones and Irene Holmes; and his brother Jessie Ray Mathis Sr.
LeRoy is survived by his lovely wife, Vera Louise Mathis of Leavenworth; daughter, Ronda Satriano of Leavenworth; son, LeRoy J. Mathis III and his wife Teresa Mathis of Linwood, Kan.; daughter-in-law, Reginia Mathis of Leavenworth, Kan.; brother, Dickie Gay Mathis of Leavenworth; brother, Lawrence Eugene Mathis and his wife Rosie Mathis of Valley Falls, Kan.; sister, Judy Kay Schmidt of Farmington, Mo.; grandsons, Brandon Mathis and wife Stephanie Mathis; and their children Alexa Palmgren, Gunner Palmgren and Skyler Trenton Mathis; and two other grandsons, Darren LeRoy Mathis and Samuel Bryce Mathis.
Visitation will be from 6 to7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Graveside service with military honors will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Maureen A. Fox, 69, of Leavenworth, passed away, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born Jan. 18, 1943, in Holton, Kan., the daughter of Rollie R. and Vera M. (Marshall) Hudson.
On April 28, 1962, she married, Gary A. Fox at St Ignatius Catholic Church on Fort Leavenworth. He survives at the home. She is also survived by two sons, Scott (Virginia) Fox of Leavenworth and Stephen Fox of Leavenworth; grandchildren, Zachary, Chelsea, Jessica and Chase; and three brothers, Ray Hudson, Jerry Hudson and Lowell Hudson.
Maureen was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Sheila Beaman and Aggie Scharer.
Maureen and her siblings owned and operated Carousel Floral and Gifts in downtown Leavenworth for several years. She was born to be a caregiver and took pride in caring for her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all those who knew her. She also enjoyed spending time with her dogs, Buttons and Jiggs. She was known by many for her open heart and listening ear. She made all feel loved and welcomed around her.
Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Jason Alan Medland, 44, went to be at rest with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. He was born June 12, 1968, in Cornwall, Great Britain the son of David John and Margaret Jane Ann (Tippett) Medland.
He is survived by his parents; his wife, Nancy C. Medland; two step-sons, Terrin and Daniel; two sisters, Teresa Zilmer and husband Jeff and Annamarie Cooley and husband Clint; his niece and nephew, Amber and Jacob; and his dear friend Stephanie Livonia.
In 1986 he graduated high school in Apopka, Fla., and then served in the U.S. Army for four years. He also served in the Army Reserves and was currently working for Garmin.
He was loved and will be missed by his co-workers, family and friends from Great Britain, Florida and Kansas.
Graveside services with military honors will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Arrangements by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.
Darrell D. Morton, 82, of Easton, passed away, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at Providence Medical Center. He was born Dec. 9, 1929, in Abilene, Kan., the son of Tandy and Katherine (Poister) Morton.
Darrell served in the Navy and later in the Air Force. After discharge Darrell worked for Santa Fe Rail Road for 31 years. After retirement he volunteered at the VA Medical Center.
On Aug. 17, 1958, he married Donna D. Vestal in Miami, Okla. She survived at the home. He is also survived by a son, Brett “Sam” Morton of Easton.
Darrell was preceded in death by a brother, Dwight Morton.
He was a member the American Legion Post 23, the VFW and the DAV.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday Oct. 29, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. after the visitation at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Glenwood Cemetery in Basehor. Memorials are suggested to American Legion Baseball or a charity of the donors choice.
Richard Joseph Walsh, 70, of Leavenworth, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at Cushing Memorial Hospital. He was born Oct. 23, 1941, in Oil City, Pa., the son of William and Helen (Geltz) Walsh.
On June 11, 1966, he married Dawn Wilson in Titusville, Pa. She survives at the home. He is also survived by three daughters, Kimberly (Danny) McGovern, Kristine (Scott) Dennett and Kathleen (Ronald Goodstein) Walsh; four grandchildren; sister, Shirley (Raymond) Henry; and brother-in-law, Frank Mazeitis.
He was preceded in death by his mother and sister, Patricia Mazeitis.
Richard was a long-time employee of the Leavenworth VA Hospital.
Graveside service with military honors will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, October 25, 2012, at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Services provided by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.
Mary Ellen Junk, 93, formerly of Leavenworth, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at Sunrise of Lenexa. She was born Oct. 8, 1919, in Maryville, Mo., the daughter of William “Earl” and Helen Rose (Walsh) Howard.
On June 20, 1946, she married John Alois Junk in Maryville, Mo. He preceded her in death on May 22, 1992. She was also preceded in death by four brothers, Paul, Ray, Art and Kenny Howard; and a sister, Dorothy Malchow.
Mary Ellen is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, John Michael and Pam Junk of Lenexa, Kan.; two granddaughters, Lesleigh M. (Tolga) Cetinguc and Katie E. (Garrett) Drake; a brother, Ron (Lisa) Howard; and two sisters, Dolores (Al) List and Nancy (Mike) Muessig O’Connor.
She was a member of St. Joseph Church and Altar Society, Eagles, Federal Prison Guard Retirees. She enjoyed playing with her bridge club, caring for her beloved dogs and volunteering at the local schools and assistance center.
Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Church or Leavenworth Assistance Center.
Nell Franklin Briggs, 66, of Lansing, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. She was born Dec. 23, 1945, in Leavenworth the daughter of Robert H. and Laura E. (Allee) Hinz.
She was married to William O. Broeker from Feb. 19, 1965 to May 1976. She was then married to Donald TenEyck Briggs until Oct. 2000. She is survived by her children, Anna Buffo and William (Ann) Broeker, Jr. both of Leavenworth; step-children, Anne (Briggs) Hattok of Leavenworth and Donald T. Briggs Jr., of Lexington, Mass.; grandchildren, Cole and Logan Buffo and Layne and Chase Broeker; and step-grandchildren, Abby, Scott and Lindsay Hattok, and Thomas, Carly and Michael Briggs.
Nell was very active in her community serving with many organizations; Santa Fe Trail Council of Girl Scouts, Cushing Hospital Auxiliary, Parent organizations at Third Avenue, Nettie Hartnett and Howard Wilson Schools. She was also involved with Parent Curriculum Group, Military Dependents Scholarship Fund, Leavenworth Performing Arts Council, Cub Scout Den Mother, Candy Striper Coordinator at Cushing and was a West Junior High School teacher’s aide volunteer.
From 1982 to 1995, she was co-owner of Leavenworth Paper Supply and continued to work there until 2008.
She was a member of DAR, Whittier Club, PEO, Rotary Club, First Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, vice-president and then president of the Woman’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce and later served on the executive board. She was a Charter member of the National Association of Women in Chamber of Commerce. Nell was the president of the Leavenworth Country Club Women’s Golf Association, she served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board, was a member of the Heart of America Paper Association where she served on the board of directors and was a Women’s associate of St. Mary College.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to Hospice Partners of Kansas (419 Shawnee St. Leavenworth, KS.)
Harry Lawrence Randall, 80, of Kansas City, Kan, passed away, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at the University of Kansas Hospital. He was born April 19, 1932, in Rochester, Minn., the son of Harry L. and Pearl (Opreicht) Randall.
On March 13, 1964, he married Martha Sieger in St. Charles, Minn. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his three sons, Steven Randall of Waterloo, Iowa, Vincent (Mary) Randall of Alamogordo, N.M. and Loren (Diana) Randall of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and sister, Donna Stalson.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Ann Randall; and two children, Michael Randall and Tina Randall.
Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at the Leavenworth Church of God, 2114 S. 2nd Leavenworth, KS. A funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. at the church. Burial with military honors will be at 9 a.m. Monday at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Jason Patrick Gibbens, 53, of Olathe, died unexpectedly Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Olathe Medical Center. He was born June 24, 1959, in Andrews, Texas the son of Jack Wayne and Patricia Lynn (Robinson) Gibbens.
Jason is survived by a son, Mathew Gibbens of Kansas City, Mo.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, at Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Kevin J. Rygaard, 47, of Leavenworth, died unexpectedly Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in Atchison, Kan. He was born Feb. 4, 1965, in Port Angeles, Wash., the son of Wayne and Janet (Worrel) Rygaard.
On Nov. 10, 2006, he married Erickha Sheldon in Potter, Kan., she survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Joshua Sheldon and Deaven Sheldon; his parents of Effingham, Kan.; siblings, Mary (Gerald) Flynn of Carbondale, Kan., Mark (Regina) Rygaard of Hiawatha, Kan., Eric Rygaard of Elkhart Ind. and Bonny (Mark) Cassella of Topeka, Kan.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Kevin was a part of the Kansas City Barbeque Society along with his team Can’t Stop the Smoke. He enjoyed playing darts with his team “Bent Tips” and he enjoyed playing golf.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to Rheumatoid Arthritis Association.
Leanna M. Giles, 80, of Leavenworth, passed away, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at the Country Care of Easton. She was born March 23, 1932, in Leavenworth, the daughter of William Henry Harrison and Lydia Marie (Berry) Curtis.
For more than 35 years she had worked as a nurse’s aid at the Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center. She was a member of the Pentecostal Church Apostolic Faith of Leavenworth.
She is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Johnson (Henry) of Leavenworth; sons Rickey Giles (Bridgette Sutton) of Leavenworth, Ronald Giles (Jonnita), Las Vegas, Nev., and Charles Giles of Oklahoma City, Okla.; sister, Louise Cole, Odenton, Md,; brothers, George Curtis, Sacramento, Calif., Ronald Curtis of St. Joseph, Mo. and Louis Curtis, Oklahoma City, 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; numerous extended family members; and many loving friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Elois Jean Grayson and daughter-in-law Dian Giles.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. at the Pentecostal Church Apostolic Faith (1701 5th Ave). Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in care of the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home (4701 10th Ave.).
David E. Mark, 66, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Kansas City Hospice House. He was born Aug. 11, 1946, in Leavenworth, the son of Marion and Lura E. (Taylor) Mark.
David resided in Shawnee, Kan. with his wife, Barbara A. (Seitz) Mark, she survives. Other survivors include his first wife, Emily (Robbins) Mark of Manhattan, Kan.; their daughter, Sarah (David) Parker of Galesburg, Ill.; three grandchildren, William, Anna and Alexander Parker; two sisters, Gayle (Mike) Haddock of Leavenworth, Brenda (Ed) Pierce of Sunset Beach, Mo. and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Lois A. Jenkins.
David was a graduate of Leavenworth High School in 1964, served in the United States Army and Air Force as a communication center specialist from 1964-72 and then received his B.S. in Education from the University of Kansas in 1977. He was employed for 31 years in marketing and as a rate analyst with Kansas Gas Service. David was an avid reader, loved history and a faithful Kansas Jayhawks fan.
The family will receive friends at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home, followed by graveside service and military honors at 2:30 p.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the School of Education at KU or Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care.
Carl A. French, 68, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at his home. He was born Aug. 20, 1944, in Wamego, Kan., the son of Carlton and Vivian (Squires) French.
For more than 30 years Carl was employed as a stress analyst by the Boeing Company in Wichita, Kan., and Oklahoma City, Okla. In 2001 he was named an Associate Technical Fellow, recognizing his expertise in the field of aging aircraft.
On April 30, 1968, he married Jane L. Papenberg in Wichita, she survives at the home. His other survivors include three sons, Geoffrey (Melissa) of Alexandria, Va., Matthew (Oona) of Anchorage, Ark., Michael (Amanda) of Atchison, Kan.; eight grandchildren, Fiona, Molly, Everett, Jack, William, Elizabeth, Genevieve, and Felicity; two sisters, Sylvia (Ron) Moore of Maryland Heights, Mo., Vivian (Glen) Kochanowski of Salina, Kan.; and many nephews and nieces.
Carl enjoyed music, both as a trumpet player and singer. He was a member of the Cody Choraliers, the local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. He volunteered as a Boy Scout leader in Wichita for many years.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 pm, beginning with a prayer service, on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am Tuesday, at St. Casimir Church (715 Pennsylvania) with Rev. Phillip Winklebauer as celebrant. Cremation will follow. Burial will be at a later date at Fall Creek Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to the Cody Choraliers (Education Fund) or a charity of your choice.
Kevin James Holder, 55, of Lansing, died Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at his home. He was born Aug. 15, 1957, in Leavenworth the son of James Frederick and Wanda C. (Coder) Holder.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth "Liz" Holder; mother, Wanda Holder; father in-law, Bill Hicks; sisters in-law, Patty (John) Stevens and Mary Shipman; nieces, Amber Shipman and Rachel Shipman; and a nephew Alex Shipman. Kevin was an avid drummer being a member of numerous bands in the Leavenworth and Kansas City area such as Hundred Proof, Ossian and Edge of Forever. Kevin worked for the Kansas City Star for over 15 years.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. A celebration of Kevin’s life will follow at the American Legion. Memorials are suggested to the Hemophilia Foundation or a charity of the donors choice.
Clidy M. Neal, 82, went to rest on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, after a long fight with heart disease. She was born July 13, 1930, in Harrison County, Texas
She was a dutiful doorkeeper at the Sunflower Missionary Baptist church for over 20 years . She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Mary Ella Roberson; two brothers, Ardies and Bradies Roberson; one Sister, Stella Roberson; her Aunt, Katie Willie. She leaves her cousin, Minnie Wheat of Palm Dale, Calif.; Friend and caregiver, Marcia Payne and to all other friends she made along the way, See you in the rapture!
Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.
Virginia Lee Chaar, 95, of Leavenworth, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at Cushing Memorial Hospital. She was born July 31, 1917, in Dearborn, Mo., the daughter of Lee Robinson and Margaret May (Brown) Norris.
On Oct. 20, 1945, she married John Charles Chaar in Kansas City, Kan. He preceded her in death on Jan. 6, 1995. She was also preceded in death by nine of her siblings.
Virginia is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Margie Chaar of Prairie Village, Kan.; her grandchildren, Nathaniel (Greta) Chaar, Rebecca (Matt) Gietzen and Sarah (David) Gil; her great-grandchildren, Deidre, Robert, Henry, Trixie, John, Trent and Owen; and her sister, Peggy Lyons.
She worked for many years at J.C. Penney and Bohm’s Department store. Virginia was a member of St. Joseph Church.
Visitation will be from Noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, afternoon Sept. 12, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, where the rosary will be prayed at 12:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 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 in lieu are suggested to St. Joseph Church.
Shirley J. Smith, 64, of Leavenworth, passed away Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Cushing Memorial Hospital. She was born April 23, 1948, in Platte City, Mo., the daughter of Warren and Ruth Ella (Browing) McDaniel.
. She is survived by her children, Karen Smith & Ramone Smith.
Viewing will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at Independent Baptist Church. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery. Arrangements by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.
Gary Wilson Bradley, 68, passed away suddenly Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at his home in Kansas City, Mo.
Gary was born Oct. 12, 1943, in Tucson, Ariz., reared in Cassville, Mo, graduating from Cassville High School in 1961. He attended Southwest Missouri State University, served in the United States Army and was self-employed most of his adult life. He was currently employed at Volvo and Ranch Mart Hardware. Gary was an honorary Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. Dad was not only a father to us but a second father to countless other kids in our lives! Buddy Blackman, a family friend, stated: 'Gary was the patriarch of a wonderful family. He left behind nothing but warm memories and big shoes to fill. He seemed to have a love for life that I pray I can experience someday. All I know is that the world would be a better place if more people lived like Gary Bradley.'
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Cindy; his son, Jason and wife Candace of Louisburg, Kan.; daughter, Jennifer and her fiancé Paul Carroll, of Los Angeles, Calif., Jennifer and Paul are to be married Sept. 21, 2012, in Winters, Calif. He is also survived by sons, Jonathan Bradley (Cristina) of San Diego and Jordan Bradley (Nichole) of Kansas City. He leaves four very special grandchildren, Kieran, Olivia, Samuel and Abigail Bradley of Louisburg, Kan., his sister, Frantine Shepherd of Joplin, Mo, nieces, nephews and numerous other family and friends.
Visitation will begin at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home. Graveside service and military honors will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Howard Bohanon, 99, of Lansing, died, Sept. 8, 2012, due to age related difficulties from a life well lived. Howard was born, the forth of five children born to Lucy (Daniels) and John Bohanon in Aurora, Mo., on June 25, 1913.
He was a principled, sociable, and spiritual man-- a life long member of the Baptist faith and a member of First Baptist Church, Leavenworth. He served as Sunday School teacher and in various other church positions during his life. In his youth, he was a stellar baseball player and along with his two brothers Leonard and Leo, were semi-pros with teams in the South West Missouri area. He also served as sergeant in the Missouri National Guard for a number of years and one of the leaders of the local Boys Scouts.
Howard married Myrtle Maxine Ashlock, now deceased, on Aug. 29, 1932. At a young age, Howard delivered telegrams for Western Union. Mechanically inclined, Howard was an employee of the Juvenile Shoe Company in the Aurora, MO area, achieving Assistant Superintendent; the Dahner Shoe Company, Omaha, NE; the United Business Machines Corp., and, in that capacity traveled from site to site maintaining equipment used in the shoe industry. Brown Shoe Company in Moberly was one of the sites where the family located and remained for approximately 10 years. For a period of time thereafter, Howard and Maxine moved to different locations in MO and Kansas. In 1963, Howard and Maxine moved to Leavenworth, KS, where he joined the Federal Penitentiary System as a Foreman in the prison shoe factory. He retired from the Prison System with 12 years of service. They moved to Springfield after retirement to assist in the care of Maxine’s elderly mother until her death, after which they once again moved back to Leavenworth to be closer to family.
Howard and Maxine enjoyed life –Church family and activities, dancing, fishing and visiting with friends, neighbors and relatives. They enjoyed entertainment both at Branson and Silver Dollar City. They were well traveled having gone to the West with their Kansas family, returning to Moberly to visit their family there and to Tennessee , New Jersey and the Eastern Seaboard for reunions with family members. Howard was especially thrilled to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY where the game originated, as well as Mystic Seaport in Connecticut. They were loyal KC Royals fans. Throughout his life, Howard had a strong commitment to family and worthwhile social causes building prototype shoes for the disabled during his years at Dahner, and restoring cast-off bicycles that he donated to Boys Town, Omaha, Neb.
Howard leaves behind his three children, their spouses and families, and nieces and nephews. Doris and Rozwell Perkins Family; grandchildren, Danny Asher (Darla), Randy Asher (Patty); great-grandchildren, Bryan Asher (Debi); Kevin Asher (Megan); Jeff Asher (Shelly); Megan Vanek (James). Donald Gwartney (Ashley). Great-great-grandchildren are: Nicholas Asher and Desi Asher; Cameron Asher; Brodie Asher, Blake and Ryan Gwartney, Haley, Jillian and Jaden Vanek. Jimmy and Bonnie Bohanon Family: Grandchildren are: M. Shawn Bohanon (Sheila), Christian Shane Bohanon, Michael S. Bohanon (Deanne). Great-grandchildren are: Jason Bohanon, Julie Bohanon, Kevin Farrell, Catherine Bohanon, Amanda Bohanon and Brandon Bohanon, Great-great- grandchildren are: Tatum, Jessica and Gianna Bohanon, Joann and Wenc Jira Family: Grandchildren are: Robyn Damgaard, Rhoda Damgaard. Great-grandchildren are: Kelly Gittemeier, Kim Wilmsmeyer, Joshua Wilmsmeyer (Sarah), Aimee Connor. Great-great grandchildren are: Avery and John Wilmsmeyer, Tyrek Hayes and Gage Embree.
He encouraged his grandchildren in their chosen pursuits and avocations, assisting them with their businesses whenever possible. In his later years, he was dedicated to his home and the care of succumbed to Alzheimer’s. He cared for Maxine both at home and at the Beverly Manor Home until her death in July 19, 2001. Howards last years were spent at his home in Lansing, at the Midwest Homeplace West Assisted Living Center, and the Golden Living Center in Lansing. The Midwest Homeplace West Center, the Golden Living Center and St. Luke’s Hospice-Leavenworth are commended for provided quality care to our loved one during the time he spent with each of them.
Howard’s families invite friends, neighbors and relatives to join them in celebrating Howard’s life at visitation from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home. Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, September 13, at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Chaplain Doug Overall will officiate. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to the following organizations: St. Luke’s Foundation, Attn: St. Luke’s Hospice, 4225 Baltimore, Kansas City, MO 64111 or The ALS Association Keith Worthington Chapter, 6950 Squibb Rd, Ste 210, Mission, KS 66202
Ronda Lynn Wagner, 34, of Leavenworth, passed away, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at her home after a long battle with leukemia. She was born Dec. 23, 1977.
She is survived by her son, Hunter Wagner of the home; her companion and caregiver, John Kendall of the home; her parents, Ron and Lynne Wagner of Leavenworth; a sister, Megan Wagner; her grandparents; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Ronda loved the outdoors. She enjoyed fishing, camping and spending time at the lake.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Rev. Deacon, Tim McEvoy as celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Lawrence Cemetery, Easton. Memorials are suggested to Hope Lodge of Kansas City.
Ret. U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Michael John Howell, 64, of Lansing, passed away at his home on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, following a long battle with heart and lung disease. Mike was born Oct. 9, 1947, the son of John P. and Kathryn (Beek) Howell, in Hampton, Iowa.
He lived in multiple small towns in North Central Iowa until they settled in Clarion, Iowa in 1951. Mike attended the Clarion Public School until 1966, when the family moved to Webster City.
He was wed to his soul-mate, Mary (Stommel) Howell, on March 30, 1968. Together they had four children; Shelley (Smith) of Leavenworth, Tricia of Lansing, John of Lansing and Misty Price of Topeka, Kan. Mike is also survived by 13 grandchildren; one great-grandson; a sister, Diane Pontius of Fort Dodge, Iowa; a brother, Mark of Seekonk, Mass.; and a niece and nephew.
He was proceeded in death by his parents and a baby daughter.
On Jan. 4, 1966, Mike entered the Army and found the profession that he had a calling and a great love for. Always a NCO, he held assignments, of Drill Sergeant, US Army Recruiter, Senior ROTC Instructor and Logistics Inspector for the Inspector General. But his great love was his time spent as a First Sergeant.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Warren Leroy Miller passed away on Aug. 31, 2012, at 91 years of age. Warren was born in Jeffersonville, Ind. on Jan. 29, 1921, to the late Edward S. and Hester L (Osborn) Miller. He married Ruth Laverne Mann at Howard Park Christian Church in Clarksville, Ind., on Dec. 15, 1951. Over the past seven years, Warren and Ruth were cared for and resided in Leavenworth, Kan., with their youngest daughter, Judith, and her husband, Gregory, where Mrs. Miller now survives.
Warren was predeceased by his brother, Shirley Miller, in 1931. He was the devoted father to five: Geri Miller and wife, Maril of Coolidge, Ariz., Stephen Miller and wife Kathy of Midwest City, Okla., Karen Hollinsworth and husband, Bob of Mustang, Okla., John Miller and wife, Marie-Therese of Salt Point, New York, Judith Beck and husband, Gregory of Leavenworth, Kan. Warren was the loving grandfather to seventeen and great grandfather to two: William Miller, Jennifer King and husband, Austin, Stephen Miller, wife, Rebekah and great granddaughter Kayden, Brenda Miller and great grandson Jason, Kathryn Smith and husband, Drake, Stephanie Miller, Crystal Miller, John Coppock and wife, Hillary, April Coppock, Tara Jiminez and husband, Craig, Michelle Miller, Meghan Miller, John Vincent Miller, Erin Miller, Elizabeth Miller, Lisa Burris and husband, Joe, and Warren Beck.
Warren attended Jeffersonville High School in Jeffersonville, Indiana. He joined the United States Air Force and piloted B-17 and B-25 bombers in the European Theater during World War II. He continued to serve his country first as a Strategic Air Command B-52 pilot and then as a C-123 pilot in Viet Nam. He completed his active service as a B-52 and KC-135 test pilot and chief of flight test, being stationed his last 12 years at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He retired from the USAF with 28 years of service, the rank of Major. In addition, Warren worked in the Civil Service. In 1972, Warren realized his dream of moving to farmland and raising cattle in Wellston, Okla. There, he volunteered as a firefighter with the Southwest Lincoln County Fire Department. He and his wife were longtime parishioners of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Harrah, Okla. and where Warren was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
The family will welcome visitors on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, for vistation with Rosary Service at 1845 at Smith Parks Funeral Home in Harrah, Okla. A funeral Mass will be offered Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. Sept. 5, at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Harrah, Okla. Father Lucas of St. Teresa will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Theresa Cemetery. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to either St. Teresa Catholic Church, the USO, the Wounded Warrior Project or the VFW.
Thomas Paul Ryan Jr., 58, died tragically andls are suggested to the funeral home.
Louis P. “Pat” Tucker, 81, of Leavenworth, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at Providence Medical Center. He was born Aug. 26, 1930, in Beatrice, Neb., the son of Casimir A. and Mary Margaret (Carmichael) Tucker.
On Oct. 18, 1952, he married Flora Fern Bump in Atchison, Kan. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Michael P. (Deborah A.) Tucker of Olathe, Beth Tucker of Leavenworth, Mark S. (Vicki) Tucker of Kansas City, Mo., Joan (Carl) Biastock of Leavenworth, Edward J. Tucker of Leavenworth, Janet E.(Bill) Joest Sr., of Leavenworth and Daniel Tucker of Harrisonville, Mo.; his two brothers, James C. (Mary) Tucker of Oceanside, Calif. and William (Marian) Tucker of Sioux Falls, S.D.; his sister, Sister Seraphine Tucker OSB of Atchison; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and was a grandfather figure to many children.
He was a life-time educator, teaching at Leavenworth High School for many years from where he retired. After retirement he taught at Immaculata and Padre Pio School as a volunteer. Pat was an active member of the St. Philippine Duchesne Latin Mass community, he enjoyed spending time with his family, woodworking and gardening. He was a life-time member of the Knights of Columbus and VFW.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at Saint Joseph Church with Rev. John Fongemie as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to St. Philippine Catholic Church.
Dorothy Rose Wacker, 90, of Leavenworth, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at Providence Medical Center. She was born March 17, 1922, in Kansas City, Kan., the oldest daughter of William B. and Cecilia (Begley) Martin.
She graduated from Bishop Ward High School in 1940. Dorothy was a 1944 graduate of St. Mary College with a degree in music education. On Aug. 4, 1945, she married Gerald H. Wacker in Kansas City, Kan., at Blessed Sacrament Parish. He preceded her in death in October 1986.
Dorothy is survived by her children, Janice (Dave) Zoellner of Leavenworth, Martin (Sue) Wacker of Lansing, Joan (Larry) Wilson of Santa Clarita, Calif., Marla (Hank) Spellman of Lansing, Gerald Wacker Jr., of Leavenworth and Greg Wacker of Kansas City, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Doris Juhl; a brother-in-law, Dr. James B. Pretz; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Bernadine Pretz.
She was a long-time organist for Immaculate Conception Church where she was a member. Dorothy also was a pianist at Pullman Place Restaurant for 10 years and played the piano at Medicalodge. Over a 40 year period of time, she played for countless funerals at several churches and funeral homes in the area.
Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Immaculate Conception Church.
Merlyn Kenneth Archer, 65, of the Lansing, died Sunday, April 8, 2012, at his home. He was born Aug. 19, 1946, in Saskatchewan, Canada.
He will be cremated. The family is planning a remembrance gathering at a later date.
Rita M. Miller, 59, of Lansing, died Wednesday, April 4, 2012, after fighting a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer and complications thereof. Her indomitable spirit, zeal for life and sweet disposition shone through right until her final days.
Rita was born May 1, 1952, in Reedsburg, Wis., the youngest daughter of Harold H. and LaVera L. (Lopau) Schroeder. As the youngest of six siblings, Rita quickly became the favored one and all of her older brothers and sisters enjoyed taking care of her and showing her off to their friends. Little Rita seemed to enjoy all of the attention constantly being showered upon her. Rita attended St Peters Lutheran School in Reedsburg, until her high school years, where she attended Herbert H. Webb High School, also in Reedsburg. It was there where she met her future husband and life’s companion, Dan Miller. Rita was active in many clubs and activities throughout her high school years and was the premier saxophone player in the marching, concert and pep bands. After high school Rita earned an Associate’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin at Baraboo, Wis. She then attended and graduated from the Madison (Wis) Vocational-Technical Institute, in the clerk-typist program; skills which served her well throughout her professional career.
Rita and Dan [Miller] were married on June 22, 1974, at St Peter’s Lutheran church in Reedsburg and immediately moved to LaCrosse, Wis., where Dan was completing his Bachelor’s Degree requirements and Reserve Officers Training Corps training at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. On Dec. 20, 1975, Dan was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and Rita became a proud “Army Wife.” Days later they moved to Fort Benning, Ga. During their 24-year military career, Rita worked outside the home at nearly every duty station; whether stateside or overseas. She expertly managed the Miller household and most importantly, gave birth to and raised (almost single-handedly) two children; a son, Kristopher, and a daughter, Nicole. Motherhood was a special calling for Rita. Despite working outside the home, she always tended to every need of her two children, as well as many of their friends; who affectionately referred to Rita as “Momma Miller.” Rita took great pride in immediately transforming every set of government quarters or local house, into a warm, nurturing and inviting “home.”
Rita was a true patriot and loved this country dearly and what it stands for. Part of that was inspired in her by her family and how she was brought up; but it was raised to an even higher level by her own service to the Nation as a U.S. Army wife for nearly a quarter century. Throughout the Miller home there is an unmistakable “Americana” theme. From 1994 to 2011 Rita worked for the Leavenworth (Kan.) Police Department (LPD); first as the secretary to the Detective’s Division, then as the Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police. Rita retired from the LPD in March 2011, after a distinguished 17-year career.
Rita is survived by her husband, Dan of the home; her children, Kristopher of Kansas City, Mo. and Nicole of Overland Park, Kan.; her beloved Brittany Spaniels, Amber and Jeni of the home (and back yard); her three brothers, Dick and wife Shirley of Longview, Texas, Jerry and wife Rosemary of Whitefish Bay, Wis. and Encinitas, Calif.; Kent and wife Judy of Stoughton, Wis.; her two sisters, Karen and husband Bill of Chicago, Ill. and Vera of Bonita, Calif.; and 11 nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Ave, Leavenworth, KS. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at the Pioneer Chapel on Pope Ave, Fort Leavenworth, KS. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. Their website is located at: http://www.pancan.org/index.php Donations can be made electronically from their homepage or can be mailed to the address above. Make checks payable to “Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.” Please stipulate that your donation go toward early detection and diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
David L. Lindblad, 65, of Leavenworth, died Sunday, April 1, 2012, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Even through his last days, he remained cheerful and loving, making the most of the life he had.
David was born Oct. 9, 1946, in Chanute, Kan., the son of George A. and Helen Marie (Walters) Lindblad. His family later moved to Piper, Kan. and he graduated from Piper High School in 1964. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968. His overseas duty was with Tuslog Detachment 74 near Istanbul, Turkey.
After discharge from the military, David married his high-school sweetheart, Joyce Masterson. He owned and operated a sub-contracting company in housing construction until his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s in 2007. David was a member of St. Martin Lutheran Church where he served several years as a trustee and enjoyed an “acting career” in dinner theater.
David enjoyed traveling and took many trips with family and close friends. He especially loved going to Maui, Hawaii to watch the Jayhawks play basketball. He and his brothers played several years together on the Santa Fe fast pitch softball team. Fishing and hunting with his brothers was another favorite past-time. Snow skiing became a passion for David and he was the one who taught the rest of the family from his five year old niece to his oldest brother-always with patience and kindness – especially with his athletically challenged wife and two sisters in-law.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Paul and Tommy.
David is survived by his wife, Joyce of the home; his brothers, Ed and wife Ginger and Jeff and wife Joslin; his sisters in-law, Patty Rushing and husband Brent and Kathy Lindblad. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews who knew that whenever they had a problem that their parents didn’t “need to know about” Uncle David was their man. They are Cindy Moore, Paula Fanning, Troy Lindblad, Austin Lindblad, Adrienne and Kenny Lynch, Ethan Lindblad, Rachel Gardner, Royce Gardner, Clayton Gardner and Scott Lindblad; his great nieces and nephews are, Sara Murrah, Jon Moore, David Moore, Paul Lindblad, Trent Lindblad, Aaron Fanning and especially “the babies’ as David always called them, Addison Lynch and Nolan Lynch.
David was known for his fun loving ways and enjoyed the laughter of others. He had no shame in playing the fool if he got a laugh. The joke was always on him – never at the expense of others. David brought laughter and happiness to all who knew him. Wherever David was, there was a party and today there is a party in Heaven.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Ave. Leavenworth, KS. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Martin Lutheran Church, 13849 Hollingsworth Road, Kansas City, KS. Burial with military honors will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Vincent Clinic, 818 N. 7th St. Leavenworth, KS 66048.
Colleen Kay Hardy, 64, of Leavenworth died Saturday, March 31, 2012, in Overland Park, Kan.
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012, at Saint Francis deSales Catholic Chruch.
Judith Jayne Boultinghouse,72, of Lansing, passed away March 22, 2012, following a seven month illness.
Judy was attended by her husband, mother and brother. A Memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, March 26, 2012, at Westside Family Church, Lenexa, Kan.
Miles Andrew Fratzel, beloved son of Stacy and Kyle Fratzel, joined the angels in heaven at his birth on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center.
Miles is survived by his parents, Kyle and Stacey Fratzel; his grandparents, Paula Thrasher and Bob and Peggy Fratzel; his maternal great-grandfather and step great-grandmother, Richard and Bessie Haraldson; an uncle, Chris Fratzel; two aunts, Kelly Fratzel and Katie Fratzel; and many caring great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Alice Bell Fratzel, and his great-grandparents, Elise Belle Haraldson, Warren and Kathryn Hanson and Stan and Mary Ann Fratzel.
A graveside service was Saturday, March 17, 2012, at Mount Calvary Cemetery with Deacon Tim McEvoy as celebrant.
Charles S. Allen Sr., 88, of Leavenworth, died Friday, March 16, 2012, at Cushing Memorial Hospital. He was born Oct. 7, 1923, in Dallas Texas, the son of Hubert and Josephine ( Stewart) Allen.
Graveside services with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 19, 2012, at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Cletus Hugo Seber, 92, of Leavenworth, died peacefully, Thursday, March 15, 2012. He was born Dec. 8, 1919, in Leavenworth, the son of John E. and Theresia H. (Kuester) Seber.
In the early 1950’s Clet was the manager of the Seber Hatchery one of the largest chicken hatcheries in the Midwest. After the hatchery closed in 1955, Clet became a well tooled union carpenter. He worked for C.A. Dickson of Kansas City, Kan., Kaaz Construction of Leavenworth and many other contractors. After retirement he worked at Homestead Nursery.
On March 1, 1946, he married the love of his life, Mary Zeola Davisson. She passed away Sept. 27, 2005. Mary’s ashes will be buried with Clet. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Sue (Seber) Keithley on April 5, 2000; his parents; his brothers, John A. Seber, Ernest Seber and William Robert Seber; and his sister, Theresia “Dolly” Seber Ryan.
He is survived by five children, Kathryn M. Seber of Leavenworth, Patricia A. Seber-Bradley (Dennis) of Bonner Springs, Kan., Robert C. Seber of Leavenworth, Lee Ann (Seber) Holm (Carl) of Salinas, Calif. and Sharon L. Seber of Cedaredge, Colo.; his grandchildren, Nicole E. Seber of Leavenworth and Anthony C. Keithley of Turner, Kan.; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews who were dear to his heart.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 5 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Saint Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. David McEvoy as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Church.
James Edward “Jim” Duffin, 65, of Leavenworth, Kan., passed away late Tuesday afternoon, March 13, 2012, from natural causes. He was born Dec. 24, 1946, in Leavenworth, the son of Gerard Daniel and Faye Ann (Smoot) Duffin.
He graduated from Leavenworth High School and attended college at the University of Kansas.
In September 1967 he married, Virginia Giese, also of Leavenworth. He was employed as an agent for Prudential Life Insurance for many years and was later employed as a claims adjuster for Armed Forces Insurance. He was an avid golfer, wood-worker, tinker, intellectual, music-lover and movie buff. He was active in scouting and youth sports and served as an elected member of the Leavenworth School Board.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Gerard Duffin, Jr.; and father and mother-in-law, Charles and Della Giese.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia (Giese) Duffin; daughter and son-in law, Jessica and Patrick Kitchens; son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Shannon (Hart) Duffin and grandchildren, Jack and Josie Kitchens and Cael and Bridgit Duffin.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 18, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral ceremony and reception will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the service with inurnment at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to: Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute, Integris Baptist Medical Center, 3300 N.W. Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK 73112, Attn: Mary Wilson.
Wister B. Traynham Jr., 90, passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2012. He was born Nov. 4, 1921, in Laurens County, SC., the son of Wister B. and Nellie (Ballinger) Traynham. He attended school at Saint Albans in Greenville County, S.C.
Wister Traynham entered the U.S. Army Air Corp in 1942 and became a bombardier on a B-24 Liberator. He was sent to England and during his first combat tour his crew was selected to fly night missions supporting the OSS and resistance forces flying low-level night missions behind enemy lines dropping supplies and agents into the European Theater. During a second combat tour in England, he flew with the Royal Air Force as the lead radar bombardier. Upon completing his second tour, he returned to the U.S. and entered Aviation cadet pilot training in 1947. Upon graduation, he transitioned to the C-119 Flying Boxcar troop transport. He served a full tour during the Korean conflict flying troops and supplies into and around Korea. After returning to the States, he transitioned to C-124 Globe Master cargo aircraft and soon upgraded to aircraft commander. He flew to Antarctica, across Europe, South America and on some “around the world” embassy runs. Additionally, he flew support missions in the Belgian Congo conflict.
During his Air Force career, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Legion of Service Award with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Metal, Distinguished Unit Citation, World War II Victory Medal, Korean Service Medal, NATO Service Medal and UN Service Medal. After 22 years of service, he retired from the Air Force and returned to his family home in Greenville County, South Carolina, where he became a Sales Representative for Prudential Insurance earning a Charter Life Underwriter Certificate. He retired from Prudential after 20 years. He then focused on serving his church and hunting. He raised beagles for field trials and rabbit hunting. He also hunted deer and mentored many young hunters and dog trainers. During his years in S.C. he served Reedy River Presbyterian Church as a Deacon and an Elder and as a representative to the Enoree Presbytery; he was also active in forming the Presbyterian Church of America. He was a 32nd degree Mason, Scottish Rite in the Empire 213 Lodge of Maudlin S.C.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Catherine Browning Traynham; his two sons, Bill (Pixie)Traynham and Jerry (Maria) Traynham; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and his sister, Nellie (Dwayne) King of Mauldin S.C. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ballinger Traynham.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 3 p.m. after the visitation at the funeral home. Cremation and inurnment at Leavenworth National Cemetery will be later in the week. Memorials are suggested to Reedy River Presbyterian Church in Conestee, SC or Disabled American Veterans.
Charles E. “Chuck” Wilson, 67, of Leavenworth took his journey home with Jesus Christ his savior, after a bravely fought four year battle with cancer, Monday, March 12, 2012.
On March 14, 1944, in Salem, Ohio Chuck was born the fourth of eight children of Edward M. and Sara E. (Woodburn) Wilson.In 1962, Chuck graduated from West Branch High School in Damascus, Ohio where he was inducted into their Hall of Fame several years ago.
On Sept. 25, 1963, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in Richmond, Va. He spent four years in the Army with over one year of service in Vietnam and Korea for which he was proud.
In 1966, while stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Chuck met and married, Sandra Novotney who survives at the home. From the union four children were born who also survive, Wende (Britt) Butler of Lenexa, Kan., William (Kim) Wilson of Leavenworth, Jaime Wilson of Leavenworth and Shawn (Tracy) Wilson of Atlantic Highlands, N.J.; eight grandchildren, three brothers; one sister; and a large extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.
Chuck worked as a journeyman Meat cutter for over 30 years. He retired in 2006, to enjoy golf and his family. He was a member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Leavenworth and was adopted by The Joy Sunday School Class. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America. Through out his life Chuck was a coach and mentor to many young adults and children.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to First Christian Church or St. Luke’s Hospice of Leavenworth.
Harry M. Ryan, 94, of rural Leavenworth, died Sunday, March 4, 2012, at Golden Living Center in Lansing. He was born Jan. 3, 1918, in Leavenworth, the son of Harry T. and Elizabeth H. (Behne) Ryan.
On Nov. 22, 1942, he married, Ruth E. Means in Basehor, Kan. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Ed (Susan) Ryan of Hoyt, Kan., Ruth Ann (Mike Swindell) Ryan of Brentwood, Calif. and Harold (Mary) Ryan of Lansing; his grandchildren, Amanda (Dustan) Ridder, Michael (Audrey) Ryan, Joel (Kathryn) Ryan and Lane (Chelsea) Ryan; great-grandchildren, Emma Ryan, Megan Ryan and Nathanael Ryan; and his sister, Ida Jane Wacker.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings, D. Eugene Ryan, J.T. Ryan, Bill Ryan and Florence Klasinski.
Harry was a life-long dairy farmer and stockman. He served on the Fairmount Grade School board for several years and the Fairmount United Methodist Church board. He and Ruth were past members of several square dance clubs.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at McLouth Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Fairmount United Methodist Church.
Arlene F. Park Greenwell, 88, of Overland Park, Kan., died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. Arlene was born in Kansas City, Mo., to Arlie and Theresa Park on Feb. 13, 1924. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; and brothers, Donald Park and Jerry Park.
Arlene is survived by her sister, Rose Scheepbouwer of Vernon, BC; sons, Gregory Greenwell of Marietta, Ga., Joseph Greenwell of Richmond, Texas; daughter, Terri Greenwell of the home; grandchildren, Catherine Ring McCullough of Pasadena, Texas, Dr. Suzanne Ring of the home, Theresa Greenwell, Cristy Bloem, Lt. Grant Greenwell, Jeanie Foster, Joseph Greenwell; and four great-grandchildren.
Arlene was active in the Crosby, Texas, community and church, holding offices in Catholic Daughters and St. Vincent DePaul Society.
The rosary and visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Leawood, Kan. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. following the visitation. Burial in Leavenworth National Cemetery. Arrangements by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.
Betty Jean Johnson, 85, of Leavenworth passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. She was born, June 15, 1926, the daughter of Willard and Blanche (Dubois) Bird. Betty often recalled her wonderful childhood in Winchester, Kan.; she had many happy stories of "always having something to do” with her many relatives and friends.
In August 1942, she moved to Leavenworth with her family and graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1944. She was involved in many school activities, including playing the bass drum in the school band.
On Nov. 18, 1954, in Miami, Okla., Betty married the love of her life, Thomas S. Johnson, Jr. Together, they made a happy home in Leavenworth until he passed in November 2011. Betty was an avid reader, enjoyed bowling on Thursdays, loved long Sunday drives and in later years sitting on the front porch enjoying the outdoors while visiting with friends and relatives. Betty will forever be remembered for wearing an apron anytime she entered a kitchen, even when she would go for short visits to family, she would take along an apron.
Betty was a hard worker. As a child, her first job was as a paper carrier for the Topeka Daily Capital, her earnings went to purchase her first bike, she was so proud. In 1949, Betty went to work at Fort Leavenworth and retired in 1974 as the Chief of Commercial Accounts for the Defense, Finance and Accounting Service. She was well respected for the job she performed, her relationships with co-workers, and always suggesting new ways of doing things. From a very early age, Betty loved playing, listening and watching sports of all kinds. She was a staunch KU fan; she cheered the Jayhawks onto many a victory from her chair in the kitchen. Betty was the anchor of her family with a big heart; she loved and supported her husband, children and grandchildren in every way possible.
Betty is survived her children, Georgia A. (Gary) Vestal, William D. (Sharon) Johnson, B. Joan Johnson (Bob Slater), Pamela G. (Lawrence) Tuttle, Candace L. Johnson and Thomas S. (Virginia) Johnson III.; grandchildren, James Vestal and Jill (Alan) Vestal Shoup, Jenny (Robert) Guarino, Andrew Slater, Matthew Slater, Sandra (Nate) Tuttle Kiehne, Amanda Lockwood, Laura Lockwood, Tiffany (Gavin) Johnson Stead, Brittany Johnson, Christopher Johnson and Elizabeth Johnson; great-grandchildren, Kaitlin, Cory and James Vestal, David and Zachary Shoup, Kiersten, Stephen, Kylee and Kameryn Guarino and Benjamin and Kendal Kiehne, Madilynn Johnson and a step-great-grandchild Christian Kiehne, She is also survived by her long-time best friend, Mary Ioerger.
Betty was preceded in death by daughter, Jeanie Wright; her brother and sisters, Amos, Dorothy, Rose and Patty; her granddaughter, Melissa Tuttle; great granddaughter, Holli Vestal.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 4, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to KidsTLC in Olathe or Kansas City Hospice House.
Ronald Max Davidson, 74, of Leavenworth died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at his home. He was born July 14, 1937, in Bolckow, Mo., the son of Ray and Bessie (Bare) Davidson.
Graveside services with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Carl Huey Lee Barksdale,74, of Lansing, Kan., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at St. John Hospital. He was born, June 1, 1937, in Clayton, La., the son of Grady O. and Ruth I. (Allred) Barksdale.
Carl leaves behind his loving wife of 55 years, Geraldine (Harris) Barksdale;his children, Grady A. Barksdale, Carlene Watkins, Anita (Eric) Duke, Linda Loreti and Sherry Wells; his grandchildren, John Medley, Danial Marshall, Dustin (Jana) Thomas, Crystal (Jason) Reisig, Katie (Daniel Sheehan) Barksdale, Shaun (Ashley) Barksdale, Nicholas Loreti, and Natalie Loreti; great-grandchildren, Christian Lanter, David and Caleb Medley, Elijah and Kendall Marshall, Dylan, Ethan and Wyatt Thomas, Annabelle Reisig, Aydan, Garrett and Dallas Sheehan, and Mackenzie Barksdale; his siblings, Armon (Don) Hartman, James (Linda) Barksdale and Deloris (Jim) Thorndike; and his foster sons, Mickey Garrison, Tom Trimble, Doug Milner, Jack Okamoto, Charles Williams and Ted Martin.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Michelle Medley; great-grandson, Isaiah Medley; nephew, Carl L. Barksdale; and niece, Shelly Barksdale.
Carl served in the U.S. Air force for 10 years He medically retired and served 20 years civil service with department of the Army. He retired in 1987 as Director of Information Management at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
He and his wife enjoyed travelling in their RV, visiting family throughout the winter and staying summers in Leavenworth with their children and grandchildren. Carl LOVED golfing, teaching his son and grandsons how to play. He also instilled a love of fishing in all his grandchildren, letting them spend weekends with him and Gerrie on their boat. He was an active member of the church of Christ, often sheparding those who needed it most. His strong ideals and commitment to what was right is a gift he gave many people. His church will miss his commitment to seeking the Truth, his children will miss his advice and counseling and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren will miss his silly songs he always sang to them!
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service with military honors will follow the visitation at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Lois June Doolin, 86, formerly of Leavenworth, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at Sunrise Senior Living in Lenexa where she was a resident. She was born June 21, 1925, in Grenada, N.D., the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Frank) Fleming.
On July 29, 1951, she married John C. Doolin in Great Falls, Mont. He preceded her in death on April 6, 1999. She was also preceded in death by four siblings.
Lois is survived by her three children, Sherrie Ray of Lansing, Carol (Robert) Harner of Overland Park, Kan. and John (Diane) Doolin of Shawnee, Kan.; her grandchildren, Kelly Clevenger, Robby Harner, Natalie Harner, James Doolin and Neal Doolin; and her great-grandchildren, Delaney Branton and Kyle Branton.
She was a wonderful mother who was very devoted to her family. Lois was very accomplished at many types of needle work.
Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, 2012, at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
J.L. Gaume, 60, of Leavenworth, Kan., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at Cushing Memorial Hospital of natural causes. He was born Feb. 5, 1952, in Manhattan, Kan., the son of the late Robert and Nina (Hayter) Gaume.
He graduated from Manhattan High School in 1970 and received a B.S. in Accounting from Kansas State University. He was the owner and operator of Professional Tax in Leavenworth for the last 25 years.
J.L. had a passion for hot rod cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles. He was an animal lover, who particularly enjoyed wildlife and the outdoors. His love of the outdoors began with scouting where he earned the Eagle Scout award.
He is survived by three sons, two daughter-in-laws and a daughter, Derek Gaume and Rose England, Chris Gaume, David and Elizabeth (Fiser) Gaume and Lisa Gaume; six grandchildren; his partner, Mary B. Dunlap; and two siblings, Robert “Jerry” Gaume and Virginia “Joyce” Joyce. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A gathering of food and fellowship for family and friends will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Ave. Leavenworth, KS. Memorial contributions may be made to Operation Wildlife, 23375 Guthrie Road, Linwood, KS 66052 or online at www.owl-online.org.
Robert “Bob” Cline, 86, of Leavenworth, passed away Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at Saint John Hospital. He was born Dec. 24, 1925, in Bethel, Ky., the son of Walter and Susan (Jones) Cline.
On March 24, 1945, he married Kathryn E. Roberts in Lansing, Kan. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Sandra K. Wiehe of Tonganoxie, Robert “Bob” D. Cline of Basehor, Linda S. (Ron) Harrod of Leavenworth, Paula E. (Steve) Forge of Lansing, Ronald E. Cline of Leavenworth and Sharon L. Cline of Prairie Village, Kan.; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; his sister, Lila Ruth (Larry) Struble; a sister-in-law, Wilda Cline; a brother-in-law, Jim (Janet) Roberts; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two children, Barbara Ann Cline and an infant son, Kenneth Cline; his parents; four brothers, Floyd Cline, Ray Cline, Walter “Pete” Cline and Omar Cline; and five sisters, Bessie Northern, Opal Welch, Rose Pennington, Annabelle “Annie” Chartier and an infant, Betty Cline.
Bob served in the U.S. Army in the infantry during World War II. He was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed blue grass music and could play several musical interments. Bob loved spending time with his family. He retired from the Lansing Correctional Facility with 30 years of service.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Prestige Home Care of Kansas or the American Red Cross.
Jay’d Antoinette Griffin, 21, formerly of Leavenworth, passed away Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at her home in Shawnee Mission, Kan. Jay’d was born Oct. 29, 1990, in San Francisco, Calif., the daughter of Derrick and Sonja (Johnson) Griffin.
She is survived by her parents of Leavenworth; her three sisters, Keisha Lee, Shaniqua Griffin, and Diamond Gibson; a nephew, two nieces and many more loving family members and friends.
Jay’d was a graduate of Leavenworth High School in 2008 and had many inspirations and dreams for her life. She had recently moved to Shawnee, Kan., to pursue a new start toward those dreams.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 11 am Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at Faith Christian Center International. Jay’d will be laid to rest at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Lansing Kan, following the funeral. Memorial contributions may be given to the Jay’d Antoinette Griffin Family in care of Faith Center International.
Nellie Lydia Kreutzer, 95, of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at Homestead of Leavenworth. She was born April 15, 1916, in Leavenworth, the daughter of George Hussey and Ocie (Morey) Hewitt.
Nell attended Leavenworth schools and graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1933. After graduation from Templemen Beauty School in Kansas City, Mo., she owned and operated the Martin Beauty Parlor until 1946.
On Dec. 7, 1940, she married Eugene “Gene” Kreutzer in Leavenworth. He preceded her in death on June 26, 1979. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Gayle Kreutzer Richwine on Dec. 18, 2006.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School and she and her husband served as MYF sponsors. Nell attend Weaver School of Real Estate and worked with her husband at the Gene Kreutzer Agency until her retirement in 1979. She enjoyed membership in the Philomathean Club and Chapter EO of PEO. She was on the board of the YWCA. In 1984 she was President of the Leavenworth Pilot Club and served on the board of directories at Cushing Memorial Hospital for nine years. Nell held a Life Membership in the Cushing Auxiliary and was selected Cushing’s Volunteer of the Year in 1992.
Nell is survived by her two sons and their wives, Kent and Donna Kreutzer and Bart and Kelley Kreutzer of Leavenworth; seven grandchildren, Heather Richwine, Carrie Richwine, Kristi Kreutzer, Heidi Kreutzer (Dan) Shaffer, Brit Kreutzer (Beau) Spangler, Max Kreutzer and Haley Kreutzer; and three great-grandchildren, Kaydence and Brennan Shaffer and Ocie Spangler; her son-in-law, Dave Richwine; other survivors include, John Arnold, Janet and Jake Smith, Betty and Richard Saeger and Barbara Morey.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. at the funeral home after the visitation. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Friends of Leavenworth High School, Leavenworth First Methodist Church’s MYF fund or to Cushing Memorial Hospital.
Mary Ruth Alvesteffer, 43, of Leavenworth, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born June 25, 1968, in Burbank, Calif., the daughter of John William and Nettie Margeurite (Warren) Hardin.
Mary is survived by her husband, Keith Alvesteffer of the home; her sons, Michael Alvesteffer, Daniel Alvesteffer and Richard Alvesteffer; her daughters, Amanda Alvesteffer and Cassandra Alvesteffer ; her grandchildren, Adee Alvesteffer, Coltonn Alvesteffer and Jordan Alvesteffer all of the Leavenworth-Lansing area; her brother, Fred Shilling; and her sister, Kathy Ethridge.
She enjoyed a wide variety of crafts including quilting and sewing.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at Saint Casimir Church with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Cremation will follow the funeral mass. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
Richard R. Garnett II, 43, of Leavenworth, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at North Care Hospice. He was born Dec. 30, 1968, in Leavenworth, the son of Richard R. and Patricia (Woodward) Garnett.
He graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1987. He worked at McDonalds and then at Little Caesars Pizza where he met his wife Bernice. They were married May 18, 1990, in Kansas City, Kan. They adopted their daughter in 1998. Rich decided he wanted to be part of his wife’s religion, so after attending RCIA classes Richard was baptized, confirmed, received Holy Communion and renewed their wedding vows in the Catholic Church on Feb. 2, 2002. He was a third degree Knight of Columbus.
Richard worked many jobs in his life before losing his sight in 2008. His favorite job was caring for his grandson Michael, who was the love of his life.
He was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents, Donald and Birdie Humphreys, Walter Woodward and Ruth Blowers.
Richard is survived by his wife; his mother; his brother, Donald (Denise) Garnett; his daughter, Melissa A. Garnett of Kansas City, Kan; his grandchildren, Michael Garnett of Lansing and Joseph Beck of Kansas City, Kan; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday 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 Immaculate Conception Church or the American Cancer Society.
Dexter A. Delano, 75, of Leavenworth, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at his home. He was born Oct. 6, 1936, in Long Beach, Calif., the son of Howard and Beatrice (Coffey) Delano.
Dexter served in the Marine Corps and U.S. Army for 30 years retiring as a Sergeant Major. After retirement from the military he worked in civil service at Fort Leavenworth for 20 years and retired with a total of 50 years of federal service.
On April 13, 1957, he married Shirley Pickering in Laverne, Minn. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his two daughters, Lisa Delano of Kansas City, Mo., and Gina (Lenny) Delano Hill of Independence, Mo.; his grandchildren, Michael (Maggie) Corriston, Sarah (Nick) Brown, Ashley Kermashek and Ben Corriston; four great-grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Bruce Delano.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Private graveside services with full military honors will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Saint Luke’s Hospice of Leavenworth.
Mrs. Eloise Lee Wallace, 75, of Leavenworth, passed away Sunday Feb. 5, 2012, in Leavenworth. She was born on April 26, 1936, in Montgomery, Ala., the second child of Thomas and Essie (Flowers) Lee.
She attended school in Montgomery, Ala. and graduated from Carver High School in 1954. She also attended college at Alabama State.
Eloise met and married Cecil F. Wallace, four children were born from this union. Eloise is survived by her husband, Cecil; her children, Felicia (James) Smith of Allen, Texas, Rodney F. Wallace of Leavenworth and Randall (Ada) Wallace of Overland Park, Kan.; her brother, Thomas Lee, Jr. of Overland Park; seven grandchildren, Janell Smith, Tayler Wallace, Drew Wallace, Tiara Stegall, Alyssa Wallace, Kayla Wallace and Ryan Wallace, Jr.; and a great-grandson, Jaden Hutchinson.
Eloise was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Colleen Lee and her son, Ryan Wallace.
She was a faithful member of the Leavenworth congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses for many years. She was a devoted mother. She had a great love of working in her yard and growing flowers. She will be dearly missed by family and friends.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. after the visitation at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery.
Narcisa Hernandez, 94, of Leavenworth, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at St. John Hospital. She was born Dec. 27, 1917, in Caguas, Puerto Rico, the daughter of Joaquin and Fransisca (Oquendo) Negron.
In 1939 she married Enrique Hernandez. He preceded her in death of Nov. 20, 2004. She was also preceded in death by two sisters and five brothers.
She is survived by her daughters, Alicia (Hector) Terron of Leavenworth, Norma (Donnie) Runnebaum of Leavenworth, Gloria Spence of Leavenworth, Rose Mary Cruz (Frank Conces) of Leavenworth and Irma (Jim) Searcy of Weston, Mo.;16 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
Narcisa was a very devoted member of St. Francis deSales Catholic Church. She enjoyed gardening and cooking for her family and guests. She worked as a homemaker her entire life.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 1:30. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, at St. Francis deSales Church with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. A parish luncheon will be served at noon prior to the funeral mass. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Francis deSales Church.
Barbara H. Wacker, 71, of Leavenworth passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 after a long battle with kidney disease. She was born, April 6, 1940, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Leonard and Helen (Simanowitz) Robinson.
She worked for over 30 years at the Conference Center at Fort Leavenworth and was a member of Kansas City Chapter of Sweet Adelines for over 20 years.
Barbara was blessed with three sons, Dennis (Terrie) Wacker, David (Missy) Wacker and Thomas Wacker who survive her. She is also survived by two grandsons, Jason (Robin) Wacker and Christopher (Ashley) Wacker; three great-grandchildren, Joshua Wacker, Lillianna Wacker and Zoie Wacker; and five siblings, James (Dolores) Robinson, Leonard (Doris) Robinson, Marjorie (Frank) Sullivan, Patricia (Robert) Meyer and Michael (Marsha) Robinson.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Betty Hosler and Alice Gonzales.
Barbara will be remembered for her gentle spirit, her strong faith in God, her love of sports especially the Kansas City Chiefs and the KU Jayhawks and her dedication and love for her family.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to the American Kidney Foundation or DaVita Leavenworth Dialysis.
Victoria “Vicki” J. Carrico, 52, passed away peacefully at Kansas City Hospice House, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, following an arduous battle with cancer. She was born Oct. 23, 1959, in Basehor, Kan., the daughter of Robert and Dorothy (Hughes) VanTuyl.
Vicki lived most of her life in the Basehor area and was highly involved in the community though charity work. She dedicated her life to serving others as an officer of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie Wyandotte #87 where she was instrumental in raising donations for the Diabetes Association and Little People of America, “Just to name a few”. Throughout her life she was also very involved with 4-H, Ronald McDonald House, mentoring underprivileged children and many more organizations. For the last 26 years Vicki was employed as a legal assistant of Lathrop and Gage. She was proud to be a member of their team.
Vicki is survived by her caring husband, Steve Carrico; her loving daughters, Sherri Breen and Jessica (Neil) Highfill; her grandchildren, Victoria “Tori”, Maykayla, Norman, Ben and Steven; her sisters, Darlene (Jim) Bailey and Linda (Rick) Mabry; her mother-in-law, Shirley Munn; and a very large supportive extended family and group of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister-in-law, Cheryl Braun.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, Leavenworth. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Basehor Community Library or Pleasant Ridge Elementary Music Program.
Mary Gertrude Louisa Baker Jackson, 84, of Leavenworth, passed away Sunday night, Jan. 22, 2012, in Leavenworth. She was born Sept. 18, 1927, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Aldon and Gertrude (Taylor) Baker.
Gertrude is survived by three children, Rev. Marcia Jackson, Richard E. “Rik E.” Jackson and Valerie G. Jackson; four grand children, Diallo Jackson Williams, Jamar Jackson, Kredeise (Jariane) Jackson and William Dempsey II; five great grand children; two nieces; two nephews; numerous great nieces and great nephews; her adopted daughters, Joyce Williams and Laura Coaxum; and her adopted son, Hosea Morgan Jr.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. An Order of Eastern Star Service will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 7 p.m. all Thursday evening at the funeral home. Graveside services and burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Mount Muncie Cemetery.
Mary Florence (Wrisinger) Noble, 81, went to her Lord Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at her home with family at her side.
She was born May 28, 1930, the daughter of Willie and Katy Emily (Holloway) Wrisinger. She was married to Edward Eugene Noble for 64 years. He survives. She is also survived by three children, Joyce E. Moya and Glen Wardlow who cared for her with love and devotion, Judy K. (Jerry) Makin of Kentucky and Joseph E. (Debbie) Noble of Virginia; seven grandchildren, Mike, Angela, Matthew, Jerry E., Paul C., Kassandra L. and Shaun; three step-grandchildren; six great-granddaughters; one great-grandson; three step-great-grandchildren; a sister, Mamie M. Trainer; and two brothers, Forest “Duke” (Harriet) Wrisinger and Willie Wayne (Ann) Wrisinger.
Mary was preceded in death by three siblings, Helen Barr, Harold Wrisinger and Ina M. Martin.
Mary was a loving caring person who enjoyed gardening, crafts and her husband and family. She will be missed but will live in our hearts and memories until we can join her.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 12:30 p.m. after the visitation at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. A celebration of her life will be at the Moya-Wardlow home after the burial. All friends and family are invited. In lieu of flowers donations in her name are suggested to Hospice Partners of Kansas, 419 Shawnee, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Rest in peace.
Beverly Ann Franken, 76, of Leavenworth, passed away Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. She was born the daughter of Laurence E. and Fleta M .(Larkin) Willmore on Oct. 3, 1935, in St. Joseph, Mo.
On Sept. 27, 1954, she married John P. Franken in Clarinda, Iowa. They were happily married for over 50 years until his passing on Jan. 11, 2005. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Keith Willmore.
Beverly was a member of the St. Joseph of the Valley Catholic Church in rural Leavenworth, Kan. She was especially active with the alter society there. She was also a member of the Springdale Homemakers Club. Besides raising six children, Bev worked for a number of years at the Hallmark Cards facility in Leavenworth. In later years she became a member of the Red Hat Society which she truly enjoyed. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister, and will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.
She is survived by her daughter, Karen S. Silverwood and her husband, Allan, St. Louis; five sons and their wives, David P. and Paula Franken, Lenexa, Gregory L. and Peggy Franken, Wichita, William R. and Marie Franken, Shawnee, Laurence J. and Kim Franken, Kansas City, and Mark E. and Robyn Franken, Stilwell; sisters, Donna Reed, St. Joseph, Mo., Connie Reynolds, Faucett, Mo., and Deborah Minnis, Derby, Kan.; and 12 grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday Jan. 19,2012, 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. Friday, at St. Joseph of the Valley Church, 31151 207th. St. Leavenworth, KS., with Rev. George Bertels as celebrant. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Mount Olivet Cemetery Fund or Kansas City Hospice.
Robert G. Huhn, 98, of Leavenworth, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at St. John Hospital. He was born Dec. 9, 1913, in Leavenworth, the son of Robert L. and Ethel (Rader) Huhn.
On June 11, 1943, he married Rosemary Kochanowski at Sacred Heart Church Rectory. She preceded him in death on Nov. 28, 2008. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Elmer Huhn.
He was a life member of the Iron Workers Union, the Eagles and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Robert was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the 88th Infantry, 313th Combat Engineers during World War II in the Apennine and Po Valley engagements. Bob loved to travel and took many trips with his wife Rosemary in their RV across the United States and Mexico. They also traveled to Spain and Morocco. In his later years he could be seen with his brother, Wid, throughout Leavenworth and Lansing area “inspecting” different construction sites.
He is survived by two sons, Robert W. (Ruby) Huhn of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Richard P. (Terry) Huhn of Lansing; four grandchildren and their spouses; eight great-grandchildren; his brother, Wilfred Huhn; his sisters-in-law, Eleanor Sowder and Lucille McLaughlin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Larry W. Peters had lived a rich life. Last week he passed quietly in his sleep. The celebration of his life will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Gerald “Jerry” Richard Sullivan, 71 of Leavenworth, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, in Leavenworth. He was born Dec. 15, 1940, in Detroit, Mich., the son of Richard Francis and Dorothy (Cross) Sullivan.
He grew up in New Boston, Mich., where his life-long love of horses and riding began. He completed his undergraduate studies at Michigan State and went on to earn a Masters in Public Administration later in life. Jerry entered the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant in 1963. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years – completing two tours of duty in Vietnam and commanding the first Air Defense Rapid Deployment Battalion out of Fort Bragg, N.C. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1983 and began his second career as a Realtor in Leavenworth, Kan. In his later years, Jerry enjoyed trail riding and spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his three children, Debbie Sullivan Couch, Richard Fitzgerald Sullivan, Kristine Sullivan Ruedebusch; their mother, Jacqueline Sullivan Egli; as well as his two sisters, Elizabeth Anne Sullivan and Dorothy Lynn Sullivan, both of Michigan; and his grandchildren, Hunter Couch, Connor Couch, Trevor Couch, Tyler Couch, Briana Couch as well as Taggert Ruedebusch and Jager Ruedebusch.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 7p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, at St. Francis deSales Catholic Church with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. Jerry’s passion was helping people and animals in need. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please send donations to any of the following organizations;- Capuchin Soup Kitchen - Detroit, Michigan http://cskdetroit.org/ - Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary - http://www.wildmustangs.com/supportingthewil.html - Wounded Warrior Project - https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org
Pearl Becker, 101, formerly of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at Neosho Hospital, Chanute, Kan.
She was born April 2, 1910, in Oldsburg, Kan., the daughter of Ira and Ina (Johnson) Williams.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 7, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Private burial will be at Mount Muncie Cemetery.