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Leavenworth Area 2017 Obituaries

November 2017 Obituaries

Timothy J. Ault

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Timothy J. Ault, 61, of Olathe, Kan., (formerly of Leavenworth, Kan.), passed away Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, surrounded by his beloved family.

Tim Ault

Timothy was born April 1, 1956, in San Marcos, Texas to William and Marguerite (Vandal) Ault. Tim graduated from Leavenworth Senior High School in 1973 where he was a member of the football and wrestling teams and the National Honor Society. He attended Kansas State University and remained a loyal fan. After college, Tim took up running, biking and swimming and participated in many marathons and triathlons. Tim was a valued employee of the Leavenworth VA for over 35 years. His job brought him great joy and he was an exemplary employee receiving numerous commendations from his employer. Tim was loved by his family and always looked forward to family get-togethers.

Tim is survived by his parents, William and Marguerite Ault; his brother, Mark Ault (Marilyn); his sisters, Mary Bennett (Gary) and Elizabeth Nelson (Patrick); 15 nieces and nephews; and 14 great nieces and nephews.

Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Immaculate Conception Church. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at noon, Saturday, at the church, with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm, as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Catholic Charities or Catholic Community Hospice.

October 2017 Obituaries

Kathleen Marie Thorne

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Kathleen “Katie” Marie Thorne, 88, of Lansing, Kan., passed away,Oct. 30, 2017, surrounded by her family, in Topeka, Kan. She was born Oct. 5, 1929, in Hastings, Neb., the daughter of the late Karl and Mary Keller.

Kathleen Thorne

She lived in the Johnson County and Leavenworth County areas all her life. She attended Hickory Grove School and Overland Park Grade School; Shawnee Mission North High School, and KCKC College.

She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 66 years, Francis X. Thorne; her parents; a brother, Charles A. Keller; a sister, Sr. Charlotte Keller of the Ursuline order; and a granddaughter, Kimberly Ann Charlton Horn.

Survivors include seven daughters; Mary (Michael) Charlton, Fort Smith Ark., Beverly (Rick) Rittenhouse, Green Bay Wis., Chris (Terry) Beck, Topeka Kan., Teresa (Stan) Oyler, Topeka Kan., Anne ( Allen) Durst, Neillsville Wis., Rosemary Thorne (Dusty Griffin), Topeka Kan. and Catherine (Billy) Powell, Lansing Kan.; and three sons, Frank (Jana) Thorne, Arvada Colo., Mark Thorne, Scottsdale Ariz. and Joe (Jill) Thorne, Lenexa Kan. She is also survived by 34 grandchildren: Bryan, Melissa, Mark, Kristin, Patrick, Sean, Kevin, Kathleen, Dan, Mary Beth, Eric, Brett, Elise, Julie, Natalie, Thomas, Taylor, Emily, Jake, Jennifer, James, Mary, Mia, Eli, Heidi, Jason, Andrew, Ryan, Robert, David, Haley, Zoey; and 26 Great-Grandchildren; and her faithful poodle, Buddy.

Katie and her husband farmed in and around Basehor and Leavenworth for 23 years. Katie was also a writer and had numerous articles published in various magazines as well as a book titled “One Tall Tree” about her life with her husband and family.

Katie was a member of St. Francis de Sales Church in Lansing Kan. She taught religious education there and in other parishes for forty nine years and was Master Catechist. She served on the pastoral council, was a lector, eucharistic minister, money counter and office volunteer.

She had been a former Regional Link for the Co-workers of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and had been active in forming the first Birthright program in the Leavenworth area.

Katie obtained her real estate license in 1974 and also had a broker’s license for 12 years. Together with her husband she worked as secretary and bookkeeper for Caldwell Banker and Thorne Realty for many years. She was an officer in American General Mortgage Company for 7 years before returning to school to become a registered nurse, she graduated at the age of 61.

Katie was employed at St John Hospital as a registered nurse for 19 years and retired from nursing at the age of 80. She also served on the board of St John Guild, where she had been president, vice-president, candy striper chairperson and secretary. She was on the board of directors for the Leavenworth assistance center since its inception and had been president and secretary several times. Katie had driven for Red Cross, delivered Meals on Wheels and volunteered for Hospice of Kansas City serving the patients of the Leavenworth area. She also served on several committees for Immaculata High School and the Greenway Auction.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at St. Francis de Sales Church. The rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, at St. Francis de Sales Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers Katie expressed a desire for Masses to be said or a donation to St Francis de Sales Church. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral home.

Fern Ardell Brey

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Fern Ardell Brey, 92, of Leavenworth, died, Friday, Oct. 27 2017, at Twin Oaks Health and Rehabilitation. She was born June 22, 1925, in Guymon, Okla., the daughter of Gus H. and Julia E. (McIlroy) Shafer.

Fern Brey

On May 15, 1954, in Kansas City, Kan., Fern married Calvin J. Brey, they were married 63 years. Calvin preceded her in death Oct. 24, 2016. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.

Fern is survived by her grandson Dr. Todd (Julie) McBroom of Leavenworth; her great-grandchildren Baylee and Blaine McBroom; and several nieces and nephews.

Fern was a receiving clerk at the VA medical center for several years and then she went to work for the Hallmark store Hatch’s at the Leavenworth Plaza for 23 years from which she retired. After retiring from work Fern enjoyed living her life for her husband, which whom she loved dearly and has missed greatly since his death, and her family and friends. Fern was a very giving and generous person who was always the optimistic about life and she will be missed greatly by those who knew her and loved her.

Many thanks of appreciation are given to her friends and neighbors who visited her and checked on her welfare during this last year since Calvin’s death. Also want to thank the Meals on Wheels program and volunteers who visited and delivered meals to Fern daily.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A private burial will be at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the Leavenworth Meals on Wheels Program.

Violet Donovan

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Violet C. Donovan, 96, of Leavenworth, passed away, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in the care of hospice. She was born Jan. 4, 1921, in Woodstock, Va.

Violet Donovan

Violet married Edward H. Lavery, Jr., and of that marriage was born two sons, Jim and Hank Lavery. They later divorced and Violet married William Donovan.

Violet’s career began at the Leavenworth U.S. Penitentiary as the Secretary to the Assistant Warden. She later transferred to the federal correctional facility in Miami, Fla., where she and William lived in Homestead, Fla., until William’s death in 1987. She retired from the federal system in the 1980’s and moved back to Leavenworth.

Violet enjoyed gardening, quilting and being active in church up until she was 90 years old.

She is survived by her two sons, Jim Lavery of Lansing, Kan. and Hank Lavery of Leavenworth; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Mt. Muncie Cemetery. Arrangements in care of R. L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Nancy Lee Kiser

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Nancy L. Kiser, 83, of Leavenworth, died, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, at Twin Oaks Assisted Living. She was born Jan. 23, 1934, in Kansas City, Kan., to Donald B. Cockrum and Ruth M. (Craddock) Cockrum Reeves.

Nancy Lee Kiser

She attended schools in Kansas City, Kan., Kansas City, Mo., Platte City, Mo. and graduated from Leavenworth High School with the class of 1952. After graduation, she worked several years at Fort Leavenworth in the Transportation Office, Ordinance Office and the Outpatient Clinic at Lowe Hall Station Hospital.

On July 10, 1954, Nancy married Samuel Hale Kiser, III at the Old Cathedral Church of the Immaculate Conception. She is survived by a sister, Donna Jane Bailey; her children, S. H. Kiser, IV of San Antonio, Texas, Gerald Kent Kiser and wife Melissa of Entiat, Wash., Laurie Leigh Kiser Daniels and husband Zen of Leavenworth; and one grandson, Austin Hale Kiser, of Entiat, Wash.

She is preceded in death by her husband; parents; a sister, Judith Kay Benn; and one infant daughter, Katherine Lynn Kiser.

Nancy was known by her friends and family as a lover of music. She studied guitar as a young child and enjoyed performing in the Kansas City/Leavenworth area. Her instructor formed an orchestra, composed of all of his students, and they played music for dances The money they earned was used to take the group on trips all over the United States and Canada. When Nancy was seven, she was part of the group that went to Niagara Falls, N.Y. Two years later, the group took another trip to Chicago, Ill., where they performed on a radio program. This was the last trip they could make because it was during WWII and all means of travel was reserved for our friends in the military.

In 1965, she and her family moved back to Leavenworth. While living in KC she was encouraged to teach guitar lessons. It was her pleasure to resume teaching after returning to Leavenworth, Kan.

She was a member of PEO, PTA and a den mother for the Leavenworth Cub Scouts.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, 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 Mt. Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to a charity of your choice.

Bailey Andrew Culbertson

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Bailey Culbertson, 20, passed away, Friday, Oct, 20,2017, in Easton, Kan.. He was born Aug. 22, 1997, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Kirk and Toni (Berres) Culbertson.

Bailey Culbertson

He graduated from Pleasant Ridge High School in 2015 and was working on a degree in Nursing at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Bailey is survived by his wife, Katelyn (Kittrell) Culbertson; daughter, Paislee Kittrell; his parents; his best friend and brother, Devin Culbertson; mother and father in-law, Erik and Stacey Kittrell; a grandmother, Janey Berres; seven uncles, Jeff, Rey, Jon, Michael, Zach, James and Allen; seven aunts, Rhonda, Marilyn, Tammy, Joelie, Andrea, Sabrina and Katja.;and lots of loving cousins and extended family.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Lewis and Loretta Culbertson; and his maternal great-grandparents, Charley and Mary JoAnn Johnson.

Bailey was a family man, a loving husband and father. He married Katelyn Kittrell in July 2017 and officially accepted the position to be a father to Paislee.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, four-wheeling and spending time with his baby girl. His family and friends will always remember him as a man who fought for ones he loved and spent every day showing them how much he cared. Bailey had an infectious smile and a great sense of humor.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Easton Cemetery. Donations can be made to R.L. Leintz funeral Home for funeral expenses.

Duane Joseph Tjaden

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Duane Joseph Tjaden, 50, of Leavenworth, died, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, at his home. He was born Sept. 14, 1967, in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., the son of Richard Duane and Juliet Mary (Laborde) Tjaden.

Duane Tjaden

He attended Fort Leavenworth and Easton schools. Duane served four years in the Unites States Marine Corps after graduating high school. While serving he went to Panama, Japan and the East Coast.

Duane is survived by his mother and a sister, Melissa (Willie) Lough.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Duane was a very good man and nice to anyone he met. He enjoyed time with friends and family.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Laura Eddie Seay

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Laura Eddie Seay, 102 of Leavenworth, passed away Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, at Twin Oaks Health and Rahab.

A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Arrangements provide by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

 

 

 

Linzi Mae Walls

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Linzi Mae Walls, 37, of Leavenworth, died, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. She was born Dec. 14, 1979, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Larry Max and Mary Alice (Russell) Walls.

Linzi Mae Walls

She is survived by her mother; a sister, Larryssa (Michael) Jessup; a brother, James Walls; nine nieces and nephews; two great-nieces; several aunts, uncles, cousins, a multitude of friends and her precious pets, Juliet and Max.

Linzi was preceded in death by her father, a step-sister, Francie Cormican; a cousin, Tom Russell; and the love of her life, Elliott Ward.

She was a pure and kind soul who made friends easily. She volunteered often at her church and at Lansing Library. Linzi helped lead her nieces Girl Scout Troops where she also served as cookie leader for several years. She loved sending greeting cards to people, white poodles, the Indianapolis Colts and spending time with her friends and family.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 12 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Walls Family for funeral expenses.

Phyllis Ann Bass

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Phyllis Ann Bass, 87, of Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She was born Nov. 5, 1929, in Iola, Kan., the daughter of Vernon Henry and Gladys Lillian (Williams) Garner.

Phyllis Bass

On Feb. 26, 1950, Phyllis married Wendell M. Bass, Sr. He preceded her in death. She is also preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, Vernon Garner Jr., Ronald Garner and Richard Garner.

She spent most of her days in Iola, Kan., where she was an advocate for Christ at Ward Chapel A.M.A. Church and did a lot for the community of Iola. Upon leaving Iola, Phyllis moved to Leavenworth, Kan., where she also contributed to the community. She was a strong member of Bethel A.M.E. Church and initiated the Richard Allen Cultural Center. Phyllis was also involved in getting the Buffalo Soldier Monument on Fort Leavenworth.

Phyllis leaves behind to mourn her three sons. Wendell (Angela) Bass Jr., of San Diego, Calif., Dr. Elliott Bass of Junction City, Kan. and Ralph (Christe) Bass of Tulsa, Okla.; a sister, Janice (Harold) Lane of Everest, Kan.; eight grandchildren, Wendell III, Joanna, Michael, McKensie, Maryn, Matthew, Melanie and Michael; great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

She touched the lives of many and will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home (4701 10th Ave., Leavenworth, KS) . A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Bethel A.M.E. Church (411 Kiowa, Leavenworth). Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Iola, Kan. Memorials are suggested to the Sumner School Restoration of Pentecostal Church, Apostolic Church of God in Christ (1701 5th Ave., Leavenworth).

Paul Phillip Henry

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Paul Phillip Henry, 67, of Leavenworth, died, Friday, Oct. 5, 2017. He was born Oct. 13, 1949, in Lawton, Okla., the son of Eddie and Helen (Woods) Henry.

Paul Phillip Henry

On March 22, 1974, Paul married Sandra Hunter in Tulsa, Okla. She survives at the home. He is also survived by two daughters, Susan (Chris) Bell and Kim (Robbie) Hooper; four grandchildren, Madison and Marlee Bell, Megan (Shawn) Spears and Philip Hooper; and two great-grandchildren, Jacee and Piper.

Paul served four years in the United States Marine Corps. He was a Vietnam War Veteran. He also worked as a freight manager for over 20 years.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to Noon Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

September 2017 Obituaries

Harold Francis Beck

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Harold Francis Beck, 82, of Leavenworth, died, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at Lansing Care and Rehabilitation. He was born Jan. 7, 1935, in Leavenworth, the son of Howard E. and Mary Rose (Wiesinger) Beck Jr.

Harold Beck

On May 6, 1961, Harold married Kay Frances Hilscher. She preceded him in death March 12, 2008. He was also preceded in death by his parents.

Harold is survived by a daughter, Joanne M. Beck of Leavenworth; three sons, Daniel (Christy) Beck of Dallas, Texas, Michael J. (Heather) Beck of Lansing, Kan. and James P. (Kelly) Beck of Cummings, Ga.; four grandchildren, Sara E. Beck, Jeffrey M. Beck, Julie A. Beck and Olivia Beck; two sisters, Mary Ann (Charles) Raney of Camdenton, Mo. and Rose M. Phillips of Leavenworth; a brother, Howard E. (Sandy) Beck III of Kansas City, Kan.; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, at St. Joseph Church, with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm. as celebrant. Memorials are suggested to Asana Hospice or St. Joseph Church.

Barbara Ann Miller

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Barbara Ann Miller, 61, of Leavenworth, died, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. She was born April 3, 1956, the daughter of Ray H. and Rosemary (Heiler) Miller.

She graduated from Immaculata High in 1974. Barbara then attended Kansas State University receiving a Master’s Degree in Music Education in 1980.

Barbara taught Junior and Senior High School for 17 years in St. Louis. She also worked at Harrah’s Corporation in several different positions, she was a promotional product demonstrator and salesperson and a licensed pharmacy technician.

She spent most of her adult life in the St. Louis, Mo. area before returning to Leavenworth in January of 2016 for medical reasons.

Barbara is survived by four sisters, Marilyn A. Carney of Tucson, Ariz., Nancy S. (Pat) Moran of Leavenworth, Peggy Miller of Leavenworth and Linda M. (Alan) Brugman of Leavenworth; two brothers, Frederick E. (Barbara) Miller of Sunrise Beach, Mo. and Raymond Neill Miller of Las Vegas, N.V.; her longtime partner, Terence Wulff of St. Louis, Mo.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was a member of the St. Louis Symphony. Barbara traveled to Europe many times including, Austria, Russia and Poland. She enjoyed music, canasta, dogs, reading and all things Paul McCartney.

Visitation will be from 12 to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

Derek Jacob Drennon

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Derek Jacob Drennon, 19, of Gardner, Kan., died, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. He was born April 15, 1998, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Michael Drennon and Teresa “Tessa” (Mullins) Henshaw.

Derek Jacob drennon

He graduated from Lansing High School in 2017.

He is survived by his parents, a brother, Ryan Drennon; a nephew, Cash Drennon; his grandmothers, Hazel Mullins and Jo Drennon; five aunts, Sandra, Karen, Denise, Rachel and Stephanie; his uncle, Barney; and a large extended family.

Derek was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Bobbie G. Drennon and Gary Mullins; and a cousin, Samantha Showalter.

He was an avid weightlifter. Derek enjoyed fishing, off-roading and anything outdoors.

Derek made sure that everyone he loved knew how much he loved them.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, 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 Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Ret. Lieutenant Michael Beck

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Ret. Lieutenant Michael Warren Beck, 75, of Lansing, departed from this life, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. He was born Aug. 17, 1942, in Olney, Ill., the son of Harvel and Esther (Baldwin) Beck.

On June 14, 1969, Michael married the love of his life, Lynda Piggott. He is survived by his devoted wife and daughter, Desiree, of the home; two sons, Steven (Lisa) Beck of Basehor, Kan. and Scott (Kelly) Beck of Leavenworth; a sister, Martha (David) Jordan of Grayville, Ill.; four grandchildren, Gunner Beck, Ryan Gean, Catherine Gean and Morgan Beck; and two great-grandchildren, Isabella and Jon.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Michael served in the U.S. Air Force. In 1974, Michael and Lynda moved to Leavenworth, Kan. Soon after, Michael joined the Leavenworth Police Department. During his time with the department, Michael started the Kansas Juvenile Officers Association, Fraternal Order of Police and the Big Brothers Big Sisters programs for Leavenworth. In addition, he was sent to numerous schools for police studies and trained in hypnosis. In 1996, Michael retired and was inducted into the Police Officers Hall of Fame.

Over the years, Michael and Lynda fostered, loved and cared for many children and help several families throughout their community. To many he was known as their “Hero” to them, as well as to his family.

He was an exceptional man who dedicated his life to raising his family and watching it grow from children, to grandchildren, to great-grandchildren. He will truly be missed by all and will never be forgotten.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. Burial with honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Beck family for funeral expenses.

Steven Whiteaker

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Steven Lee Whiteaker, 74, of Leavenworth, died, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. He was born Dec. 2, 1942, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of John and Faye (Ruch) Whiteaker.

Steven Whiteaker

On Nov. 30, 1968, Steven married Donna Marie Danzebrink at St. Lawrence Church in Easton, Kan. She survives at the home. He is also survived by two daughters, Laurie Whiteaker and Mandy (William “Bill”) Cavalieri; two grandchildren, Amanda Carter and Anthony Cavalieri; three brothers, John W. (Neva) Whiteaker, Richard (Therese) Whiteaker and Mark (Ann) Whiteaker; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Steven enjoyed hunting, fishing and yard work. He also loved playing and entertaining his grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 11 to 12 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 12 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mooney Creek Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to a charity of your choice.

Clarence Johnson Jr.

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Clarence “Mannie” Johnson Jr., 57, of Leavenworth, passed away, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. He was born April 26, 1960, in Castleberry, Ala., to the union of Clarence and Annie M. (Jernigan) Johnson Sr.

Clarence Johnson Jr.

He attended St. Louis Public Schools where he graduated from Halter Senior High School in 1978. Clarence confessed his faith in Christ at an early age. After graduating high school he joined the United States Army and served two terms.

Clarence leaves behind to cherish his memories his father, Clarence Johnson Sr.; his wife by common law, Almetrice Jackson-Goodwin; two children, Franklin S. Goodwin and Tylena Goodwin; two grandchildren, Taije’lah R. Jackson and Da ‘Von C. Jackson; two sisters, Jannie (Kevin) Trice and Lucertia Fentress; two nephews, Bryant Johnson and Nicholas Trice; two nieces, Erica Johnson-Boykin and Shannon Montgomery; his “favorite” aunt Patricia Harris; and a host of great-nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Clarence was known for his big smile and his willingness to help anyone. He had a charismatic personality. He loved his family and friends dearly. He always said that Almetrice, his children, grandchildren and family were the loves of his life.

Visitation will be from 12 to 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Raymond Williams Jr.

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Raymond Williams Jr. 89, of Lansing, Kan., passed away Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Raymond was born in Leavenworth, Kan., on Jan. 19, 1928, to Raymond V. Williams & Cecil (Cunning) Williams.

Raymond Williams Jr.

Raymond married Virginia Sacks in Leavenworth, on March 2, 1954. She preceded him in death on Aug. 9, 2015. Raymond was also preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Darlene (Woody) Peters and two brothers, Robert Williams and Norman Williams.

He is survived by a sister-in-law, Jean Williams of Kansas City; brother-in-law, Robert Sacks (Vivian) of Sunnyvale, Calif.; and four children, Lisa Riedinger of Kennewick, Wash., Cindy Jackson (Richard) of Lansing, Kan.; Todd Williams (Melinda) of Basehor, Kan. and Kim Buchanan (Mark) of Mc Louth, Kan.; 10 Grandchildren, Rebecca, Scott, Brandie, Lindsay, Ashley, Eric, Kyle, Melanie, Mallory and Russell; nine great-grandchildren, Isabella, Temperance, Christopher, Kaylee, Hank, Jesse, John, Olivia and Trevor.

Raymond graduated from Leavenworth High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He spent 25 years of service working for the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan. After his retirement in 1981, he served as City Clerk of Easton, Kan., for a number of years. Raymond was a member of the Easton United Methodist Church, a Lifetime member of the Easton Masonic Lodge, the Byington Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, Abdallah Shrine Temple, and the Scottish Rite. He also served as Past Commander of the Leavenworth American Legion.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 12, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at the Easton United Methodist Church in Easton, Kan. Burial to follow at the Easton Methodist Cemetery. The family would like to express our appreciation for the dignity, love and care provided to our father by Twin Oaks Independent Living, Saint Luke’s-Cushing Hospital and K.U. Medical Center. Memorials may be given to the Easton United Methodist Church.

Arnold Wallace Jr.

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Arnold Wallace Jr., died, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. He was born the second of seven children, July 12, 1944, in Leavenworth, the son of Arnold and Arlene (Jones) Wallace Sr.

Arnold is survived by his wife of 37 years, Loraine Jeanette Wallace; four children, Crystal Stallard, Bridgette (Patrick) Alexander, Lynnette Brown and Kenneth Bell; three brothers, David (Sharon) Wallace Sr., Eugene (Eula) Wallace and Larry (Deborah) Wallace; two sisters, Arlene Sawyer and Evelyn Merritt; and a large extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and a brother, Bradley J. Wallace.

A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Independent Baptist Church. Cremation will follow the services. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral home.

August 2017 Obituaries

Charles "Butch" Nelson Fitzhugh Jr.

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Charles "Butch" Nelson Fitzhugh Jr., 68, of Leavenworth, died, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at his home. He was born March 13, 1949, in Leavenworth, the son of Charles Nelson and Virginia (Dixon) Fitzhugh Sr.

Charles Nelson Fitzhugh

On Sept. 2, 2005, in Las Vegas, Nev., Charles married Virginia Conley. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Charles (Maggie) Fitzhugh III of Leavenworth, and Angela Fitzhugh of Kansas City, Mo.; three step children, Tamika Conley of Columbia S.C., Shanika Conley and Cameron Richards both of Leavenworth; two sisters, Helen (Larry) Haley of Three Rivers, Mich., and Val Doris (Tom) Payne of Lake Havasu, Ariz; two Brothers, Kenneth Fitzhugh of Dallas Ga., and Eric (Anna) Fitzhugh of Leavenworth; his step-mother, Pauline Taylor Fitzhugh of Leavenworth; eight grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, step-siblings, in-law's and other extended family.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Karen Green; a brother, Darryl Fitzhugh Sr.; and a granddaughter, SaVonna Fitzhugh-Collins.

On Feb. 20, 1968, Charles joined the United States Navy, ending his career as an Navel Airman, E-3 on Dec. 1, 1971. After the military he worked as a cook for the Veterans Administration in Leavenworth. Charles retired from the VA on June 3, 2004, after 32 years of service.

Charles loved fishing, camping and spending time with his family and friends.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 12 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Earl Dean Campbell

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Earl Dean Campbell, 87, left this world to join his parents and God in heaven, on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. He was born Feb. 6, 1930 to Earl Campbell and Katherine Callen of Parsons, Kansas.

Dean is survived by his wife Wilma; their three children, Kathy, Jim (and wife Connie), Steve (and wife Le-Thu); and two grandchildren, Sydney and Jordan.

Dean and Wilma were married on March 30, 1957 in Parsons, KS. They relocated to Leavenworth with Hallmark Cards in 1958. Dean and Wilma decided to go into business for themselves and opened the first coin-operated laundromat in Leavenworth in 1959. Realizing that was likely not their path to wealth and prosperity, they sold the business and Dean went to work at the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing in 1961. Dean was a loving and devoted family man who often worked two or three jobs in support of his wife and kids. His part-time jobs over the years included positions at Kroger’s grocery, Layton’s Gas Station, and Manufacturers State Bank. After 27 years at the State Prison, Dean retired from there and went to work full-time at Manufacturers, later, Commerce Bank. He retired from the bank in 1998.

Dean served his country in the army from 1948 – 1952. He later was a Mason in the Leavenworth community. Dean enjoyed old country music, going for ‘rides’ in the car, and occasionally picking on one of his mandolins. He also loved fried chicken but his greatest joy was watching his kids and grandkids grow up. He had an unparalleled sense of humor and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Special thanks to the staff at Tonganoxie Nursing Home.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at First United Methodist Church. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial with military honors will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials are sent to the First United Methodist Church or Meals on Wheels care of the Leavenworth County Council on Aging.

Ret. U.S. Army LT. Col. Paul Allison Stuart III

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Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Paul Allison Stuart III, 67, of Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at his home. He was born Feb. 3, 1950, the son of Paul and Geraldine (Lindimore) Stuart Jr.

Paul Allison Stuart III On Nov. 5, 1971, Paul married Deborah “Debbie” Lynn Slease. She survives at the home. He is also survived by two daughters, Andrea Marie (Scott) Gilman of Sumter, S.C. and Jennifer Marie (Jeff) Honey of Leavenworth; a son, Donald “Donnie” (Lauren) Stuart of Springfield, Mo.; three sisters, Francile (Larry) Shock of Kissimmee, Fla., Diane Stuart of Midwest City, Okla. and Linda Adam of Texoma, Texas.; 12 grandchildren, Loren, Allison, Miriam, Joshua, Karra, Daniel, Sadie, Hannah, Samuel, Obadiah, Caleb and Samson; several nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins and many friends.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, at the Pioneer Chapel, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Charis Kingdom Church, P.O. Box 2172, Shawnee, KS 66203

Roger Joseph Spiller

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Roger Joseph Spiller, 72, one of America’s foremost military historians and theorists, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, at his home in Leavenworth, after a long bout with cancer. He was born Oct. 19, 1944, on a ranch near Bonham, Texas, to Joel Leath and Verna Oliver Spiller.

Roger Joseph Spiller

From his Texas Ranger father, he learned a hatred of injustice; from his mother, a love of reading. Graduating from Bonham High School in 1962, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving for three and a half years on missions around the world as an air rescue medic. After military service, he returned to Texas to pursue his education, completing a B.A. in English literature and international relations and an M.A. in history, both from Southwest Texas State College in San Marcos. There he met and married Irene Nicholis in 1971. That same year they moved to Baton Rouge, La., where he began his doctoral studies at Louisiana State University. In 1974 they returned to Southwest Texas State where he taught history and completed his dissertation, earning his Ph.D. in history from LSU in 1977. In 1978 he began his 27-year association with the Army as a visiting associate professor in military history at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.

Professor Spiller was one of the founding members of the Combat Studies Institute of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth. His leadership and innovation helped turn CSI into the Army’s in-house think tank for the study of warfare. His was a multi-faceted talent. In addition to his scholarship at CSI, he wrote a prize-winning novel, worked as an advisor to documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, translated and analyzed a French military classic, and authored numerous oft-cited articles for various journals. He was a contributing editor for American Heritage and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Society for Military History.

His monumental three-volume Dictionary of American Military Biography (1984) received the American Library Association’s award for best reference work of the year.

Much of what this historian wrote was of contemporary significance. Sharp Corners: Urban Operations at Century’s End (2001) presented a history of urban warfare, and was carried by officers into Iraq. In 2010 the University of Nebraska Press published In the School of War, a collection of his most influential essays on the teaching and writing of military history. Another critical contribution is his introduction to Between War and Peace: How America Ends Its Wars (The Free Press, 2011). “Six Propositions” shows Spiller the theorist at the apex of his craft, offering one of history’s first philosophical expositions of the necessary conditions for the termination of wars.

His best known literary work, An Instinct for War: Scenes from the Battlefields of History, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2005, received a number of national book awards. Instinct is a compelling work of fiction that examines the nature of warfare over three millennia by imagining the combat experiences of individual soldiers and leaders.

From 1982-1985 he served as Special Assistant to the Commander in Chief, United States Readiness Command in Tampa, Fla. In that capacity he turned theory into practice, advising two four-star commanders on policy and strategy.

As a member of the Fort Leavenworth faculty he was Professor of Combined Arms Warfare, Director of the Combat Studies Institute, and then became the first George C. Marshall Distinguished Professor of History. For three years of that time he also served as Personal Historian to the Chief of Staff, United States Army. But his most important work as an educator was to expand the intellectual horizons of two generations of military officers, many of whom went on to high command in all branches of the armed forces.

Professor Spiller received awards for distinguished civilian service from the Department of the Army and the Department of Defense, and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas State University in 1998.

Upon retirement from the Staff College, he was named professor emeritus. He later became an affiliated Professor of History at the University of Kansas, advising many doctoral candidates. In 2007-2008, he was the Ewing Distinguished Visiting Professor of Military History at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

It was during this period of his life that he began working with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. Over several years he consulted with Burns and Florentine Films on their 2009 series, The War, a path-breaking treatment of World War II. Burns engaged him again as a consulting historian on Vietnam, which will air later this year on PBS. His last work, Battle Studies: Charles Jean Joseph Ardant du Picq, which he translated, edited, and introduced, was published earlier this year by the University Press of Kansas. It is already considered the seminal treatment of its subject, a renowned soldier and theorist of the nineteenth century.

To his hundreds of colleagues in America’s military history community, Roger Spiller was not just a towering intellect, but a cherished friend and mentor. Dozens of his fellow historians sought his counsel, and he graciously, gently, and insightfully edited their works.

Roger was an avid cyclist. He participated in 15 Bike Across Kansas rides and 12 Hotter’n Hell Hundred rides near Wichita Falls, Texas. He made many friends on these rides, fell in love with the small towns of Kansas, and delighted in telling stories and spinning yarns in the evenings. He was especially happy when his son Galen joined him for those adventures.

He had a talent for friendship. He was warm, attentive, generous, irreverent, and hilarious, often profanely so. At the same time, he was a keen judge of character, and he had no patience for hypocrisy, cruelty, stupidity, or arrogance. He was progressive, both in his thinking and his politics. And he was fiercely loyal. If you made his grade, he would say, “I’d ride with you.” You never quite knew if he was referring to the horses of his Texas youth or the bicycles of his Kansas maturity, but you knew that you had received the highest compliment he had to bestow.

Above all, he reserved his greatest love for his wife of forty-six years, Irene Spiller, and their son, Galen Spiller.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by several older siblings, including Howard Spiller and Roy Dean Winkler.

The family is deeply grateful for the love and kindness of our dearest friends and neighbors. We also wish to thank Dr. Kathleen McBratney, and St. Luke’s Homecare and Hospice, especially Megan and George.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no funeral service. A simple visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Women’s Community Y Child Development Center in Leavenworth. But the greatest honor to this extraordinary man’s memory is to be kind to one another, stand for truth, and inspire others.

Hunter Lee Van Bogart

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Hunter Lee Van Bogart, 23, passed away due to injuries sustained in an accident on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Chandler, Ariz. He was born Jan. 14, 1994, at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Cathleen (Troy) Lewis of Leavenworth, Kan. and Damon (Sandra) Van Bogart of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Hunter Lee Van Bogart

Hunter is survived by his parents, three brothers, Cody (Jonathan) Van Bogart of Las Vegas, N.V., Brett Lewis of Chandler, Ariz., and Michael Long of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; A sister, Marissa Lewis of Chandler, Ariz.; his grandparents, Ruthann Van Bogart of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Zoretta Hernandez of Las Vegas, N.V., John and Barbara Lewis of Waterloo, Iowa, and Perry and Becky Arnold of Webster City, Iowa, his beloved pets, Chloe and Disco; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Dennis Van Bogart; his maternal grandfather, Jesse G. Hernandez, Jr.; and an uncle, Jesse G. Hernandez, III.

Hunter enjoyed playing pranks on everyone, competing on XBOX Live Battlefield 1, painting, woodworking, listening to different types and eras of music and traveling.

All who knew Hunter loved him. His smile would light up a room and he was always up for “spontaneous” adventures. Hunter was a 2012 graduate of Douglas Byrd High School in Fayetteville, N.C.. Hunter was a proud member of the United States Army Reserves. He graduated Army Basic Training on Aug. 11, 2011 at Fort Jackson, S.C. After graduating high school, Hunter trained for and completed his Advanced Individual Training (AIT) as a 68E, Dental Technician, on Sept. 19, 2012 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Throughout the next two years, he was promoted twice, earning the rank of Specialist. He proudly wore the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. Prior to that, Hunter was a cadet in the Junior ROTC program at Leavenworth High School where he was a member of the prestigious Raiders team as well as the Drill and Ceremony team. He also attended St. John’s Military Academy in Salina, Kan. from March through May 2010. During his short time there, he earned the Best Company Drill Ribbon, Honor Company Ribbon, the Leadership, Education, and Training (LET) Service Ribbon, the Bronze Lamp, and a JROTC award.

Losing Hunter has been extremely difficult for his family, but they are comforted by and thankful for the outpouring of condolences from the numerous friends and family Hunter’s life touched. It’s not how long he was with us, but the impact he had on us while he was alive. Hunter has gone home and is now at peace in the arms of our Lord.

Services are pending with R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Wayne Lovelace

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Wayne Stephen Lovelace, 67, of Bonner Springs, died, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in Leavenworth. He was born Oct. 22, 1949, in Ponca City, Okla., the son of Mearl and Eulili (Miller) Lovelace.

Wayne Lovelace

On May 15, 1999, Wayne married Donna Rae Martin in Overland Park, Kan.. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a stepmother, Luella Lovelace; a brother, Charles Lovelace; three daughters, Stephanie (Scott) Mortsolf, Carla Martin and Cynthia (Eric) Giesen; and three grandchildren, Madison Lovelace, Cameron and Emma Giesen.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Wayne was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served in the Army

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A graveside service will begin at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

David Christopher Visocsky

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David Christopher Visocsky, 83, of Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at his home. He was born Dec. 13, 1933, in Oak Mills, Kan., the son of Steve and Edith (VanFleet) Visocsky.

David Visocsky

On June 13, 1970, David married Janey Poer. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a daughter, Theresa Aufdemburge; two step-daughters, Renee (Kent) Logan and Ronda Hilton; a step-son, Kenneth Nichols; three brothers, Steve Visocsky, Leo (Verda) Visocsky and Dennis (Dorothy) Visocsky; a sister, Elm Siderwitz; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a step-daughter, Clovis Nichols; five brothers, Robert, Ed, George, John and Ron; and two sisters, Louise Pickman and Rita Cortney.

Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Janey Visocsky.

James Michael Eidemiller

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James Michael Eidemiller, 47, died of natural causes Thursday, July 20, 2017, in Springfield, Mo. James was born April 4, 1970, the son of Donald Roy and Sharon Kay (Alexander) Eidemiller.

James Eidemiller

At the age of six, James’ birth mother passed away as a result of complications from Lupus. James was a graduate of Olathe South High School in the class of 1988. Following graduation, James met and married the love of his life, Janean Ann (Wilson) Eidemiller. James and Janean lived briefly in Fayetteville, Ark., before moving to Springfield, Mo. While in Fayetteville, James adopted the Arkansas Razorbacks as his team and could always be recognized in his University of Arkansas hat. James also maintained his allegiance to the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals.

During his marriage, James led a rough-in crew building homes and duplexes in Springfield. Following Janean’s death in an auto accident in 2006, James worked for Engineered Packing Company in Springfield.

James is survived by his father and step-mother, Don and Sandra Eidemiller; his brother, Jeffrey (Diane) Dale Eidemiller as well as his step-siblings. James is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.

A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at Louisburg United Methodist Church, 249 N. Metcalf Rd., Louisburg, KS., with a private inurnment at Shawnee Mission Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers suggested charities include: Congenital Heart Defects Families Association P.O. Box 46744 Kansas City, MO 64188-6744 www.chdfamilies.org or OAR (Organization for Autism Research) 2000 N. 14th Street, Suite 240 Arlington, VA 22201

July 2017 Obituaries

Mary Hall

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Mary Elizabeth Hall, 75, of Leavenworth, died, Sunday, July 23, 2017. She was born Dec. 16, 1941, the daughter of George Earl and Agnes Mildred Richards Sr.

Mary Hall

Mary married Robert. A. Hall. He is left to cherish her memories. Mary is also survived by her daughter, Norma M. Morris; two sons, Norman L. Hall and Robert “Bert” E. Hall; her sisters, Agnes “Josie” Williams, Gladys “Jenny” Richards, Geraldine Giles, Joan Garrett and Carol Richards; two brothers, Marvin “Butch” Richards and Michael W. Richards Sr.; two grandchildren, Andrew and Ariana Morris; and a host of cousins, nephews, nieces and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George E. Richards Sr., two sisters, Mildred “Emmie” Wright and Gail P. Richards Wimbish; a brother, Kenneth “Chubb” A. Richards Sr.; and a niece, Carmen L. Richards.

Mary was brave and she held on to the end of her journey with her husband, children and her family by her side. Mary will always be “The Maverick”.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 30, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.

Faye Otting

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Faye Bercaw Otting, 64, passed away Friday, July 21, 2017, surrounded by family.

Faye Otting

She is preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Wanda Bercaw, and granddaughter Madison Oktay.

She is survived by her husband Don Otting of Leavenworth; sisters Lucille Johns of Yulee, FL, Sharon Lloyd and her husband Larry of Middleburg, FL, Cathy Griffin of Hoboken, GA and Sandy King of Hilliard, FL; brothers Charles Bercaw of Jacksonville, FL, Randy Bercaw and his wife Maureen of Murfreesboro, TN, Larry Bercaw and his wife Fran of Billings, MT; daughter Wanda Oktay, her husband Ray and their son Shae of Leavenworth; daughter Teresa Buckley, her husband John and their children Craig and Clarice of Broken Arrow, OK; son Jerrold Harden of Folkston, GA and his daughter Kayla Lasher, her fiancé Jesse Richardson and their daughter Adeline of Blue Springs, MO; and many other family members.

Faye blessed our lives with her love, fun spirit, humor, care and compassion for all things living and her amazing beauty inside and out. She loved all of her animals, working in her garden and of course spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and her great grandchild. She showed amazing courage and strength during her battle with cancer. While we will miss her dearly we know that she will be an amazing angel in Heaven.

Family will welcome visitors at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017, followed by services at 3 p.m. at R. L. Leintz Funeral Home in Leavenworth. In lieu of flowers, you may send donations to the American Cancer Society or the Humane Society.

Richard “Earl” Domann

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Richard “Earl” Domann, 77, of Easton, Kan., died, Thursday, July 13, 2017, at his home. He was born Oct. 23, 1939, in McLouth, Kan., the son of Louis A. and Theresa (Ketter) Domann.

Richard Domann

On June 11, 1960, Earl married Patricia A. Wiesinger at St. Joseph Church. After 57 years of marriage, she survives at the home. He is also survived by his three daughters, Joetta (Bill) Terrell, Darlene (Kenny) Wilk and Sharon (Steve) Lacy; a sister, Delores Langley; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Harlan Langley.

He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. Earl truly enjoyed his lifelong career as a farmer. His passion in life was taking care of his crops and animals on the farm. He also had his own excavating company for many years.

Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Immaculate Conception Church or Meals on Wheels.

Robert Layton

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Robert John Layton, 70 of Leavenworth, died Sunday, July 9, 2017, at this home. He was born Aug. 14, 1946, in Leavenworth, Kan., the son of Woodrow and Eleanor Layton.

On June 15, 1968, Robert married Donna Dyche, she survives at the home. He is also survived by two sons, Robert (Maria) John Layton Jr., of Lansing and Danny Layton of Lansing; a sister, Joan (Jim) Manning of Lansing, Elaine (Bill) Layton of Rhode Island; three grandchildren, Brookelynn Layton, Valyssa Layton and Ventura Rangel; and three great-grandchildren, Maeve Rangel, Atticus Rangel and Kaiden Mitchell.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, William Layton, a nephew, William Layton Jr. and a daughter-in-law, Maria Layton.

Robert served in the Navy from 1964 to 1967 as did his father and brother. He worked for Hallmark Cards and then worked for the Veterans Administration until his retirement in 2005. Robert loved fishing and tried to go as often as possible.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, July 17, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Cremation will follow the visitation. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to the American Heart Association or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Mary Louise Gwartney

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Mary Louise Gwartney, 94, of Easton, Kan., passed away, July 9, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 24, 1923, the daughter of James and Agnes (Schmidt) Herken.

Mary Louise Gwartney

On June 30, 1942, Mary married her high school sweetheart, Donald Charles “Pete” Gwartney. They just recently celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary. He survives at the home. Mary was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Mary was a dedicated mother. She is survived her four children, David (Juanita) Gwartney, Kathy (Ben) Tarbe, Douglas (Jacque) Gwartney, and Dennis (Cheryl) Gwartney.; and “Nana” to her 13 grandchildren, and 22 great grandchildren.

Mary’s life was guided by her Catholic faith, her devotion to our Blessed Mother, her husband, her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and her community. She was always one to be of service to others. She and her husband enjoyed many years as members of the Jim Beam Bottle Club. They loved the fellowship and the many places throughout the United States they traveled. Their high school friendships were ones that span a lifetime filled with many treasured “good time” memories. She was an avid KU basketball fan. She was a lifetime member of St. Lawrence Church and St. Lawrence Altar Society.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be Thursday, July 13, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Lawrence Church. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, at St. Lawrence Church. Burial will follow at St. Lawrence Cemetery. Memorials in Mary’s memory are suggested to St. Lawrence Church, Remembering Justin, Inc. or Remembering Alyssa, Inc.

David V. Adamson Jr.

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David V. Adamson Jr., 74, of Leavenworth, died Friday, July 7, 2017, at Kansas City Hospice House. He was born July 20, 1942, in Leavenworth, the son of Lt. Col. (Ret.) David V. Adamson Sr. and Mary Virginia (Galvin) Adamson.

He is survived by his daughter, Christina ( Doug) Crawford; two grandchildren, Colin and Dylan Crawford; five cousins, R.J. Galvin, Clark Galvin, Douglas (Patricia) Waters, David Waters, Patrick Waters; and a nephew, William “Billy” Adamson.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, 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 Church.

June 2017 Obituaries

Dorothy Collins

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Dorothy Marie Collins, 89, of Easton, Kan., died, Friday, June 30, 2017, at Twin Oaks Health and Rehab. She was born July 29, 1927, in Jarbalo, Kan., the daughter of John and Elsie (Grafe) Blaser.

On July 22, 1946, Dorothy married Lester O. Collins in Leavenworth, Kan. He preceded her in death on May 30, 2004. She was also preceded in death her parents; two sisters, Louise Cade and Frances Hyde; two brothers, Jack Blaser and Jim Blaser; and a granddaughter, Elicia Collins.

Dorothy is survived by two daughters, Carol Cain of Topeka, Kan., and Lynette (J.L.) Day of Easton, Kan.; a son, Gene (Machelle) Collins of Atchison, Kan.; grandchildren, Johnathan (Allison) Day, Amanda (Andrew) Horn, Carrie Anne Robertson, Tracy (Ted) Claiborne, Aimee (Kevin) Wattenbarger, Christopher Cobleigh, Alicia Cobleigh, Courtney Birkinsha, Kevan Birkinsha, Gene Collins Jr., Brandt Collins, Cherrie L. (Scott) Robertson and Roy A. Cain; 17 great-grandchildren and three on the way.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 2, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral home. A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Easton Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association.

Judy Pritchett

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Judy Darlene Pritchett, 75, of Leavenworth, died, Thursday, June 29, 2017. She was born Nov. 13, 1941, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Robert Reed Smith Jr. and Kathleen R. (Haling) Logan.

Judy Pritchett

On Aug. 3, 1967, Judy married Donald M. Pritchett, in Muskogee, Okla. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Kelly Borneman; her father; her step-father, Ernest Logan; two brothers, Robert Reed Smith III and Clyde Dennis Smith; and a son-in-law, William Starkey.

Judy is survived by her mother; ; her twin sister, Trudy A. (Richard) Bolewski; two daughters, Michelle R. (John) Steele and Kimberly A. (John) Jacobson; a son, Gene (Rene) Pritchett; fifteen grandchildren, Douglas, Justin, Haley, Gena, Cage, Anthony, Missy, Adam, Heather, Patricia, Patrick, Joshua, Jacob, Tomy and Jessica; and five great-grandchildren.

She worked at Fort Leavenworth for 28 years for the Department of Army, CGSC.

Judy was devoted to helping others and she cherished time with her family.

A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, July 3, 2017, at Mount Muncie Cemetery.

Mark Evans Nicholson

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(Ret.) Lt. Col. Mark Evans Nicholson, 65, of Leavenworth, died, Sunday, June 18, 2017. He was born Nov. 16, 1951, in Clarksburg, W.V., the son of Melvin and Patricia (Evans) Nicholson.

Mark enlisted in the United States Army at age 17 and served 4 years with the 82nd Airborne. He went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree from West Virginia University and a Master’s Degree from SUNY Oswego New York.

He then returned to the Army and served 26 years as an Infantry Officer and Army Ranger. Most recently, Mark served as Deputy Warden at Lansing Correctional Facility.

Mark is survived by his wife of 40 years, Patty; a son, Chris Nicholson of Roeland Park, Kan.; a daughter, Kim Nicholson of Lawrence, Kan.; his mother, Patricia of West Virginia; a granddaughter, Cora Nicholson of Roeland Park, Kan.; a sister, Dona and two brothers, Paul and Eric, all of West Virginia.

He was an avid bicyclist and died doing what he loved, riding his bike.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 25, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A graveside service with full military honors will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made at Armed Forces Bank in Mark’s name to promote bicycling for youth in cooperation with Santa Fe Trails Bicycle Shop.

Bill J. Stewart

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Bill J. Stewart, 67 of Leavenworth, passed away Thursday, June 8. 2017, at Gardner Rehabilitation facility, after a short illness. He was born Nov.13, 1949.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth I. VanDruff and his father, Grover C. VanDruff.

Bill is survived by his son, Billy J. Stewart Jr.; three brothers and four sisters; a hos t of nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

He will be cremated and a celebration of life service will be at a later date.

Barbara Hamilton Thomas

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Barbara was born Oct. 19, 1934, in Leavenworth, Kan., the daughter of John Max and Helen Louise (Parsons) Hamilton.

Barbara graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1952. On July 13, 1952, she married Alvin "A.P." Thomas. He preceded her in death in 2013.

Barbara worked at Ft. Leavenworth and then the Federal Bureau of Prisons from which she retired as Secretary to the Warden in 1990.

Barbara loved and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed traveling and reading. She was an active, lifetime member of Congregational/Pilgrim Church in Leavenworth. She also volunteered at the YWCA, Friends of the Library, the ARC Thrift Store, and Special Needs Advocacy Partnership (SNAP).

Barbara is survived by her children, Mark Thomas (Annie), David Thomas (Jacki) and Kelly Kouns (Tim); grandchildren, Sara and Jordan Thomas, Katie Correa (Jorge), Stephen, Jason (Sarah) and Ryan Kouns; nine great grandchildren; one sister, Greta Sharp (Bill); and niece Deonna Sharp.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 18, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Pastor Greg Teague will officiate the ceremony. In honor of Barbara's wishes she was cremated. Memorials are suggested to Special Needs Advocacy Partnership in Leavenworth (SNAP).

Ellen Dougherty

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Ellen Marguerite Dougherty,79, went home to Heaven, June 8, 2017. She was born Oct. 22, 1937, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Landon Jr. and Mable Louise (Johnson) Jackson.

She attended Lincoln grade school, Leavenworth High School, and Emporia State Teacher’s College. Her lifelong work was a Civilian Personnel Specialist on Fort Leavenworth. Her lifelong passion was mentoring, teaching and coaching. Through this passion she positively impacted the lives of so many in Leavenworth, teaching valuable life lessons on and off the playing field.

As reflected by her license plate that reads “FAMILY”, Ellen Dougherty was the heart and soul of the Dougherty family. Her powerful example of love, inclusion, service to others, and ability to empower young people touched the lives of so many in the community. Her legacy of family extends well beyond her six children and will be forever felt through her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and every person she has ever breathed belief into.

She is survived by her siblings, Ludie Hubert, Arlene Johnson and James Jackson. She leaves behind a loving family including her son Kenneth W. Dougherty (Mary) of Leavenworth; son Michael E. Dougherty (Adrienne) of Leavenworth; son Lawrence D. Dougherty (Tanja) of Yukon, Okla.; daughters, Lisa M. Dougherty and Kelly J. Dougherty of Buford, Ga.; Trent Richardson of Leavenworth; daughter-in-law, Patti Dougherty of Fort Worth, Texas; sister-in-law, Emma Dougherty; brother-in-law, Patrick Dougherty (Pearlie) of Memphis, Tenn.; grandchildren, Jeffrey and Brandon Dougherty, grandchildren, Megan Murry (Nile) with four great-grandchildren, Mykel, Maddox, Myles and Mason; Neil Patrick Dougherty (Mallory) with two great-grandchildren, Willow and Isla; Ryan Dougherty (Abby) with one great-grandchild, Nyah; Tony, Colin, Payton and Mya Dougherty; Jordan and Jaron Stallworth; honorary grandchildren, Xavier and Christopher Young; very special friends Paul and Sandy Bates of Bella Vista, Ala., as well as a host of other close relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Brigadier General Alonzo Dougherty; her parents; a sister, Jean Elizabeth Jackson; a brother Landon Jackson III; and son Corneilus Aaron Dougherty.

The Celebration of Life will be 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial will be 12:30 p.m. Friday, at Leavenworth National Cemetery. All are welcome to come and fellowship. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you make a contribution to the Brig. Gen. Alonzo and Ellen Dougherty Scholarship Fund (c/o Citizens Savings & Loan Association, P.O. Box 489, Leavenworth, KS 66048)

Austin King

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Austin John King, died in Memphis, Tenn., on June 1, 2017. He was born in Kansas City, Kan. on Aug. 2, 1984, to David J. King and Debra L. Heidgen.

Austin King

He attended the catholic grade schools in Leavenworth and graduated from Leavenworth High School in 2002. Kansas State, the University of Kansas and the University of Memphis all contributed to his degree in Psychology. He enjoyed skiing, scuba diving and bicycling. After graduation , he worked in the restaurant business in Memphis.

He leaves behind his parents, his grandfather, his Omi and older brother J. Dylan King, sister in law, Jennifer King, nephews; Jameson and Roland and niece; Vivienne. He also leaves his cousins, aunt and uncle of Las Vegas. His beloved cat, Sheba and numerous friends in Memphis will miss his too.

In lieu of flowers, donations on his behalf can be made to L.A.W.S. in Leavenworth. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Gerald Schneider

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Our Cowboy, Gerald William Schneider, 68, of Leavenworth, rode into his final sunset, Thursday, June 1, 2017. Cowboy Jerry was born July 11, 1948, in Leavenworth, Kan., the son of William and Cecilia (Strueby) Schneider.

Gerald Schneider

He graduated from Lansing High School.

On April 8, 1972, Jerry married Joyce Noll. From this loving union came two beautiful children, William Justin Schneider and Amanda LeAnn Schneider. Although they have since parted, they have always maintained the love needed to be fantastic parents and grandparents.

In 1995, Jerry met his faithful loving sidekick and dance partner, Sue Newell. Where they enjoyed riding Mules, watching westerns and being avid fans of the Royals and Jayhawks. She survives at the ranch. He is also survived by his children; Justin (Katie) Schneider, Mandy (Bill) Klinedinst and Dusty (Stephanie) Newell; his mother; a brother, Jim Schneider; and his grandchildren, Grant, Kyndal, Jenalee Paige, Luke, Hank, Brandon and Ashley.

Since his youth, Jerry helped run the family farm, Schneider Brother’s. For many years he worked in construction, running his own business, Schneider Construction and working as a contractor for Fort Leavenworth. Being the country bumpkin that he was, his roots led him back to work at the Leavenworth County Co-Op. He will watch over many friends and family.

A very special thanks to the team at Olathe Hospice House. They were amazing.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, at St. Francis de Sales Church with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials contributions may be made to the Schneider family to assist in funeral expenses.

May 2017 Obituaries

Charles Russell Henshaw

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Charles Russell Henshaw, 67, of Leavenworth, died, Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at Olathe Medical Center. He was born April 28, 1950, in Leavenworth, Kan., the son of Russell Eugene and Frances Irene (Bosker) Henshaw..

On March 17, 2012, Charles married Teresa “Tessa” Mullins in Gardner, Kan. She survives at the home. He is also survived by three sons, Charles K. Henshaw of Leavenworth, Jeff Henshaw of Olathe, Kan., and Wayne Henshaw of Denver, Colo.; a daughter, April Richter of Easton, Kan.; six grandchildren, Clayton Richter, Desma Henshaw, Charlene Henshaw, Faith Henshaw, Averee Henshaw and Ryder Henshaw; two great-grandchildren, Leland Ford and Declyn Henchaw; two step-sons; Ryan Drennon of Grand Saline, Texas, and Derek Drennon of Lansing, Kan.; two brothers, Jim Henshaw of Lincoln, Neb., and Gordon Bosker of San Antonio, Texas; and two sisters, Velma Riddle of Tonganoxie, Kan., and Debbie Mortsolf of Leavenworth.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 2, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Kansas Hospice.

Myron Vincent Hund

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Myron Vincent Hund, 84, of Leavenworth, died, Friday, May 26, 2017, at Providence Medical Center, after a three year long battle with Lung Cancer. He was born Sept. 13, 1932, in Leavenworth, Kan., the son of Francis Joseph and Mary Catherine (Schmania) Hund.

On Sept. 2, 1963, Myron married Mary Alice Haas, at St. Joseph Church in Leavenworth. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a daughter, Geri (Gary) Simanowitz; two sons, Tim (Becky) Hund and Fred (Rebecca) Hund; four grandchildren, Courtney (Jacob) DeMaranville, Cameron Simanowitz, Elizabeth Hund and Timothy Hund; two brothers, Ed Hund and Bob (Pauline) Hund; and a sister, Rita Dahl.

Myron was preceded in death by his parents; three infant sons; two sisters, Monica Fink and Eleanor Parr; and a brother, Lawrence Hund.

He was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Church. He also farmed his family farm his entire life.

Myron retired from the Leavenworth County Shop after 24 years. He also worked at Leavenworth Steel, Missouri Valley and he was a Dozer Operator at for Kickapoo Township at one time.

He enjoyed farming, watching his cows and taking care of his cats. Myron loved his grandchildren. He enjoyed visiting with his friends and family.

Visitation beginning with the Rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, 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 Church for Elijah’s Supper.

David R. Talley

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David R. Talley, 79, of Leavenworth, died, Friday, May 19, 2017, at his home. He was born March 28, 1938, in Anderson, Mo., the son of William F. and Esther (Boring) Talley.

On Feb. 5, 1959, David married Freda Lee Johannsen, in Anderson, Mo. She preceded him in death, April 22, 2017. He is also preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mabel Snowden; and a brother, Woodrow Talley.

David is survived by a son, David Alan Talley of Leavenworth and a brother, Louis Talley of Anderson, Mo.

He was known by friends wherever he went. Many knew him as “Uncle David”.

David will be cremated. No service are planned at this time. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Leo Danzebrink

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Leo Francis Danzebrink, 84, of Leavenworth, died, Friday, May 19, 2017, at Country Care of Easton. He was born July 7, 1932, in Winchester, Kan., the son of Louis H. and Frances C. (Herken) Danzebrink.

He is survived by a sister, Donna M. (Steven) Whiteaker; two nieces, Laurie Whiteaker and Mandy Cavalieri; a great-niece, Amanda Carter; and a great-nephew, Anthony Cavalieri.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, at St. Lawrence Church. Burial will follow at Mooney Creek Cemetery.

Anita L. Hamler

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Anita L. Hamler, 85, of Lansing, died, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Evergreen Community of Johnson County. She was born Oct. 27, 1931, in Lansing, Kan., the daughter of Arthur and Frieda (Roach) Borchardt.

On Feb. 27, 1950, Anita married Edward G. Hamler. He preceded her in death in 2010. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Anita is survived by a daughter, Rita and husband Randy Reeves of Gardner, Kan.; two grandchildren, Amy (Jason) Reeves and Kevin (Jennifer) Reeves; a brother, Dean (Sarah) Borchardt; two nephews and six great-grandchildren.

She retired from Fort Leavenworth in 1979. Anita enjoyed fishing, bowling and slots.

A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, May 15, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Evergreen Hospice.

Florence W. Williford

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Florence C. Williford, 93, a lifelong resident of Leavenworth, Kan., died, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. She was born Nov. 2, 1923, to Frank and Anna (Biczak) Jarowitz in Leavenworth, and was a faithful Catholic her entire life.

Florence C. Williford

She graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1941. She worked at Fort Leavenworth prior to enlisting in the Women’s Army Air Corps in 1944 and served honorably until the end of WWII in 1945. While in service to our Nation, she met and married James R. Williford, SSG, U.S. Army Air Corps, on June 9, 1945, in Dalhart, Texas. She is survived by five sons, Robert, Gary, David, John and Ronald; a sister, Rose May (James); ten grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; a special cousin, Carol Dykes; and nine loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; a sister, Virginia Inkman; two brothers, Raymond and Frank Jarowitz, Jr;. and her son, Michael.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, May 19, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow with military honors at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Leavenworth Council on Aging or Catholic Charities.

Richard L. “Catfish” Powell

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Richard L. “Catfish” Powell, 76, of Leavenworth, passed away Monday, May 1, 2017, at Providence Medical Center. He was born Aug. 25, 1940, in Denison Texas, the son of Paul and Mildred (Weinmann) Powell.

Richard Powell

Catfish is survived by his children, Renee (Curtis) Kitchens of Durant, Okla., Rhonda (Clint) Bates of Durant, Okla., Matt Powell of Leavenworth and Tim Powell of Leavenworth; his grandchildren, Damon Powell, Brittany Jackson, Tasha Huddleston, Janey Powell, Tanner Powell and Taya Brown; his sisters, Linda Powell and Mary Ann Powell; brothers, Billy Powell and Ray Powell; and numerous great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and several brothers and sisters.

Catfish started Powell Roofing in 1958 and actively worked to make it a business devoted to quality work and fairness. He loved to fish and garden He took pride in growing vegetables and sharing his harvest with his friends and family. He dearly loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was a friend to many and enjoyed making people smile.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 5, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Memorial are suggested to the American Heart Association.

April 2017 Obituaries

Robert F. Wineinger

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Robert Ford Wineinger, 71, of Leavenworth, Kan., formerly of St. Joseph, Mo., died, Sunday, April 30, 2017, at his home. He was born Aug. 13, 1945, in Fort Scott, Kan., the son of Jack H. Wineinger Sr. and Margaret (Herring) Wineinger.

Robert F. Wineinger

Bob graduated from Lafayette High School in 1964.

He leaves behind his wife, JoAnn; two daughters, Amy Aydogan and Michelle Ray; two sons, Bob Wineinger and Scott Wineinger; two brothers, Jack H. Wineinger Jr. and Richard L. Wineinger; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Bob was an avid golfer and fisherman. He enjoyed watching Andy Griffith, Red Skeleton and other comedians on T.V. Bob’s idol was Barney Fife. He also enjoyed going to lunch every Thursday with three friends/co-workers.

A celebration of life will be from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the VFW (519 Cherokee) in Leavenworth.

Flora May Magee

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Flora May Magee, 72, of Leavenworth, died, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at her home. She was born Oct. 16, 1944, in Leavenworth, Kan., the daughter of Alfred and Viola (McMillen) Banks.

Flora Magee

Flora graduated from Lansing High School in 1962.

On Aug. 26, 1966, Flora married Donald E. Magee in Leavenworth. He survives at the home. She is also survived by two sons, Patrick Andrew Magee of Junction City, Kan., and James Bryan Magee of Leavenworth; two brothers, Lloyd Banks of Lansing, Kan., and Herbert Banks of Sun City, Ariz.; and six grandchildren, Austin Magee, Brett Magee, Cody Magee, Abbie Magee, Alex Magee and Logan Magee.

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

Flora retired from the Leavenworth Bureau of Prisons. She served as a board member for the USPLK Credit Union for 26 years. She was also a member of the Eastern Star.

She enjoyed sewing, reading, camping and fishing, antique furniture and glassware and her beloved Pekingese dogs.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 1, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth County Humane Society.

Freda Lee Talley

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Freda Lee Talley, 79, of Leavenworth, passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017, at St. John Hospital. She was born Dec. 19, 1937, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Elvin C. and Letha Marie (Jordan) Johannsen.

On Feb. 5, 1959, she married David Ray Talley, in Anderson, Mo. He survives of the home. She is also survived by a son, David Alan Talley of Leavenworth.

Freda worked for the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth for over 31 years.

Freda will be cremated. No services are planned.

Wanda Mae Dickerson

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Wanda Mae Nash Dickerson, 87, peacefully succumbed to pancreatic cancer at home surrounded by her family, April 22, 2017. Wanda was born on Sept. 11, 1929, in Wright City, Okla., the first-born daughter of Leroy and Saluda (Wilson) Nash.

Wanda Dickerson

She attended school in Kansas City, Mo., prior to moving to Leavenworth. Wanda worked as a Nurse's Aide, and retired from the Veteran's Administration Medical Center after over 30 years of employment.

In 1950, she married the love of her life, James Dickerson, and they spent over 31 years together until his passing.

She had many interests and hobbies, to include attending church, family dinners and celebrations, collecting and giving away seashells, traveling, sports, estate and garage sales, plants, collecting rocks, gardening, going to the casino when she could get a ride, playing spades, shopping at thrift stores, and hanging out with her friends. Wanda also loved to decorate, and she could see beauty in things others considered trash, and turn it into a cherished treasure. Her friends were also important to her, and she had friendships that lasted over 50 years. To say she loved plants was an understatement. She had a green thumb and she could resurrect just any dead plant someone gave her. Wanda had an avid hat collection. Her favorite teams were the Leavenworth Pioneer boys and girls teams, the Royals, the KU Jayhawks, and any team her children and grandchildren played on. Even with all of her hobbies, spending time with family was what she cherished the most. She loved each and every one of them unconditionally. She usually worked two jobs to provide the very best for her family. She loved being a senior citizen and all the benefits that came with it: getting in free at the Pioneer games, being able to eat for $1.50 at the Bethel AME Nutrition Site and discounts at restaurants. She also secretly enjoying being a little deaf, because then she could hear what she wanted to. She was the oldest member of Sunflower Missionary Baptist Church, and she served on the Mother Board and in the Beautification Club. She blessed our family with so many great memories. Wanda truly touched everyone she met with her great sense of humor, her brutal honesty and advice, her spankings, her famous quotes and her genuine care and concern for everyone regardless of who they were.

She raised 11 biological children, two grandchildren and three great-nephews as her own. She leaves to mourn her children, James Jr., Ronda, Richard (Serena), Durand (Stephanie), William "Bingo", Robert, Patricia, Saluda CD Kitt, Leroy, Carmelnita Fossum (Randall), Laurice, April, and Crystal; she also leaves over 100 grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren; and her two dogs, Elmo and Bo.

It is very hard to say goodbye, but we know she is now at rest, and she is "together forever" with God, departed family and friends, and her beloved husband. Her life was a life well-lived, and she definitely received her flowers while she could enjoy them. Wanda was truly favored by God, and he blessed her with three of her greatest wishes: that she would have a daughter (she had four), that none of her children would die before her, and that she would not die in the wintertime. God is so good! Whenever you see a little red robin, consider that as a personal visit from Wanda, and rest assured that she is still near.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 28, 2017, at Sunflower Missionary Baptist. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, at Independent Baptist Church. Arrangements are entrusted to R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St Luke's Home Care and Hospice.

Ruth T. Todd

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Ruth T. Todd, 91, of Leavenworth, died, Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Homestead Assisted Living in Leavenworth. She was born Sept. 21, 1925, in Yonkers, N.Y., the daughter of Henry and Cornelia (Xiques) Quinn.

On Nov. 21, 1942, Ruth married William T. Todd, in Hollywood, Calif. He preceded her in death Oct. 5, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents; three daughters, Kathie Mae Todd, Theresa Eibes and Linda Werner Whetstone; and two sons, John Todd and Joseph Todd.

She is survived by her children, Susan (Darius) Contractor, Beth (Al) Morgese, Laurie (Jerry) Hess, Bill Todd Jr., Mary Schowengerdt, Anthony (Linda) Todd, Peggy Todd, Patty Todd, Michael Todd and Annie (Jeremiah) Nichol; 49 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren.

Ruth was a professional mom who with her husband Bill, raised their family for over seventy years. Her unwavering moral compass greatly influenced their kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. Ruth’s passion was sharing her faith with others. She was a CCD teacher for 17 years, a Eucharistic minister and was actively involved in the pro-life movement. Ruth was a faithful member of St. Agnes Parish, Roeland Park, Kan., St. Joseph of the Valley and St. Casimir’s in Leavenworth.

Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, at Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Birthright.

Betty Jean Linaweaver

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Betty Jean Linaweaver, 74 of Leavenworth, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017, at Providence Medical Center. She was born April 4, 1943, in St. Joseph, Mo., the daughter of Charles and Elsie Frances (Huntsmen) Hill.

Betty Jean Linaweaver

On Sept. 16, 1960, she married Jerry Blaine Linaweaver in Leavenworth. He preceded her in death on July 14, 2014. She was also preceded in death by eight siblings.

She is survived by three sons, Jerry Linaweaver Jr. of Leavenworth, Kan, Mark Allen (Lisa) Linaweaver of Leavenworth, Kan. and Blaine Allen (Michele) Linaweaver of Irvine, Calif.; eight grandchildren, Kyle, Kaitlin, Clay, Kory, Marcus, Ashley, Haley and Aiden; and two great-grandsons, Rhett and Lawson.

In 1970 she and Jerry started Linaweaver Construction. The company incorporated in 1985, as Linaweaver Construction Inc. Betty served as President until her death.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Bruce T. Sparks

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Bruce T. Sparks Jr., 79, of Leavenworth, died, Friday, April 7, 2017, at St. John Hospital. He was born Aug. 25, 1937, in Leavenworth, the son of Bruce T. and Esther (Wandmaker) Sparks Sr.

On July 22, 1960, Bruce married Darlene M. Gambill, she survives at the home. He is also survived by three sons, Tom (Ellen) Sparks of Lansing, Kan., Tim (Connie) Sparks of Clarksville, Tenn. And Terry (Tracie) Sparks of Savannah, Ga.; a daughter, Missy (Mike) Beach of Oskaloosa, Kan.; two brothers, Paul Sparks and John Sparks; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Gary Sparks; and a sister, Donna Sparks.

Bruce worked for Hallmark Cards for 36 years. He was a member of the Henry Leavenworth Antique Car Club and he loved fishing.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.

Anna Jo Tevebaugh

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Anna Jo Ferris Tevebaugh, 66, of Leavenworth, succumbed to a highly aggressive and unexpected cancer on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. This was the date of her 42nd wedding anniversary to her beloved husband, Ernie Tevebaugh. She was born to Walter and Patricia (Tarvin) Ferris on October 29, 1950 in Leavenworth.

Anna Jo Tevebaugh

She was born again Feb 8, 1975 at the Resurrection Inn coffee house where she and Ernie met. Fun fact, her son Salem was born on the 2 year anniversary of her spiritual birth and meeting Ernie and her son Luke was born on the 1 year anniversary of her marriage to Ernie.

Anna Jo is survived by her husband, Ernie Tevebaugh; a brother Rick Ferris; two sons, Sean (Colleen) Carney and Luke (Lindsay) Tevebaugh; eight grandchildren, Nick, Walter, Jayde, Lily, Salem, Carter, Pax and Sean aka Spud; and her dearest friend, Debi Bond.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Salem Tevebaugh.

Her favorite activities included memorizing scripture, Bible study, listening to Bob Dylan, watching and quoting Tombstone, playing board games, handmaking custom greeting cards, working crossword puzzles, playing with her grandkids, creating Lego sculptures, playing the guitar and singing, gardening, fellowshipping with her church family at Rock of Ages and generally encouraging her friends and loved ones.

She graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1968 and then worked for the City of Leavenworth and the VA Medical Center until she decided to stay home and spend more time in her gardens, on her hobbies and with her grandkids.

Her family isn’t looking at her passing primarily as their loss, though they miss her dearly, but rather as Heaven’s gain. Because of the blood of Jesus shed on Calvary’s cross to forgive Anna Jo’s sin and because of His resurrection from the grave to give her His life, she has entered into a newness of life God had intended for her from before the foundation of the earth. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 7, 2017, at First Baptist Church (340 N. 13th St.). A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, at the church. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Women’s Ministry at the Rock of Ages. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Phyllis Green

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Phyllis Kay Green, 64, of Basehor, Kan., passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at her home. She was born Feb. 15, 1953, the daughter of William L. and Rosemary (Steward) Welsh in Kansas City, Kan.

Phyllis Green

Phyllis married Earnest “Ernie” Green II on Sept. 3, 1971. He survives of the home. She is also survived by three daughters, Angela “Angie” M. (Marc) McCarty, Amy S. (Ryan) McCarty, both of Basehor and Julie A. (Mike) Hawkins of Omaha, Neb.; six grandchildren; Camyrn McCarty, Bryce McCarty, Nash McCarty, Audrey McCarty, Drew Hawkins, and Mallory Hawkins; her mother, Rosemary Welsh, Kansas City, Kan.; a sister, Charlotte Alderson; a brother, David (Unsuk) Welsh both of Basehor; several nieces and nephews, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her father and brother, Larry Welsh.

Phyllis had worked for over 24 years as a teacher at the Chris Tots Montessori School in Shawnee and the Tots n Tales Montessori School in Kansas City, Kan. and was known as the “potty training guru of Wyandotte County”. She loved her Jayhawks and she was a very artistic woman who loved to draw. She was a sweet, tender soul that brought joy to all she encountered. Phyllis loved spending time with her family and especially enjoyed holding onto the back of Ernie as they cruised on their Harley!

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m., Friday, April 7, 2017, followed by a service at 11 a.m., both at the Sunset Hills Christian Church, 6347 Leavenworth Rd., Kansas City, KS. There will be a lunch after the service in the reception hall where the friends and family can share their memories of Phyllis. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorials to the Chris Tots Montessori School in care of the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home (4701 10th Ave Leavenworth, KS 66048 913-351-0200).

March 2017 Obituaries

Gerald Weber

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Gerald Joseph Weber, 81, of Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at Saint Luke’s Hospice House. He was born March 15, 1936, in Leavenworth, Kan., the son of George Henry and Clara Cathryn (Wacker) Weber.

On Feb. 7, 1959, Gerald married, Doris E. Brammell in Edwardsville, Kan., she survives at the home. He is also survived by three sons, David (Nancy) A. Weber, Darren (Tina) J. Weber both of Leavenworth and Dale (Cheryl) J. Weber of Atchison, Kan.; six grandchildren, Tony Weber, Ashley Sanchez, Shelby Weber, Lance Weber, John Weber and Madison Weber; and two great-grandchildren, Kegan Sanchez and Emily Sanchez.

Gerald loved farming and restoring antique John Deere tractors.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 2, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or St. Luke’s Hospice House.

William Bacil Jones

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William ‘Wild Bill’ Bacil Jones of Laramie Wyoming and Easton Kansas passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. He was born to William and Frances Jones on October 10th, 1945 in Torrington, Goshen County, Wyoming.

William Bacil Jones

Bill graduated from Torrington High School in 1964 and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1969 from the University of Wyoming. While he was in college, he met his wife Susan Barnard of Evanston and they were married on August 26, 1967. Throughout the years while raising a family, Bill worked for Control Data, the National Engineering Laboratory, and the University of Wyoming where he retired in 2006 as an Associate Director of Information Technology. In 2010, Bill and Susan moved to Easton Kansas to be closer to family.

Bill loved his family, riding his motorcycle, hunting and fishing, helping others, welding, and listening to Rock. He was a ‘great’ grandpa and a trusted handyman that was loved so very much and will be missed by so many.

Bill was a Master Mason, member of Torrington Lodge No. 29 A.F. & A.M. of Wyoming and Past Associate Grand Guardian of Wyoming for Job’s Daughters. As a Mason, he impacted the lives of many young men and women throughout the state of Wyoming in Demolay and Job’s Daughters. He was also a Patriot Guard Rider, a member of ABATE of Wyoming and Kansas, and the Christian Motorcyclists Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his wife Susan, son Richard (Julie) of Keller, Texas, daughter Keira (Jerry) of Easton, Kansas, seven grandchildren, eight sibling in-laws, numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Cremation has taken place. A Love and Remembrance Dinner for Bill will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 for family and friends in Leavenworth, Kansas. A service will occur in the summer in Wyoming. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please make donations to Bikers for Babies, The Fisher House or Wounded Warriors in his name.

Rosetta Ann White

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Rosetta Ann White, 82, of Lansing, died, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Golden Living in Lansing. She was born Jan. 24, 1935, in Hannibal, Mo., the daughter of Jesse and Bernice (Robertson) Perkins.

Rosetta Ann White

On May 20, 1950 Rosetta married James White in Leavenworth, Kan.. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two sons, Jesse White and Kenny White.

Rosetta is survived by a daughter, Linda Martin, a son, Terry White; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and a large extended family.

She enjoyed sewing and quilting.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 26, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Kimberly Ann Metcalf

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Kimberly Ann Metcalf, 45, of Kansas City, Kan., died, Sunday, March 12, 2017, at her home. She was born Jan 22, 1972, in Rochester, N.Y., the daughter of Gerald and Bette (Bootsman) Yehling.

In 2004 she earned a PhD in Psychology from the University of Kansas. After completing her schooling she went on to work as a Research Psychologist for the United States Army.

Kim is survived by a son, Ian Metcalf; a daughter, Paige Metcalf; the father of her children, Mark Metcalf; her father, Gerald Yehling; a brother, Eric Yehling; and a sister, Michelle Verzak.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Bette Yehling, Oct. 15, 2007.

Kim was a dedicated mother who loved her children immensely. She will be remembered for her infectious smile and wonderful laugh. She was a kind and compassionate soul who always made others feel at ease. Kim had a lifelong passion for learning and was a lover of nature who reminded us to take the time to admire the beauty all around us.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 19, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth County Humane Society.

James Allen Jackson

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James Allen Jackson, 69, of Leavenworth, died, Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Providence Medical Center. He was born July 28, 1947, in Leavenworth, Kan., the son of Otis Jackson and AnnaLou Sanderson.

James Allen Jackson

James attended grade school at Sacred Heart and graduated from Immaculata High School in 1965. After high school, James served in the Air Force from 1967-1969. He also worked at Hallmark and Geiger after serving in the military.

On May 28, 1972, James married Beverly Nyhus, in Ivanhoe, Minn. She survives at the home. He is also survived by two sons, Brett A. Jackson and Geoffrey J. Jackson both of Leavenworth; a brother, Chris (Veronica) Jackson of Easton, Kan.; four sisters, Peggy (Mark) Ernzen of Leavenworth, Mary (Bruce) Adkins of Blue Springs, Mo., Regina (David) Santana of Overland Park, Kan. and Rita Jackson of Clearwater, Fla.; three grandchildren, Braydon, Ryleigh and Zoe; and one aunt and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and a grandson, Conner.

He enjoyed Ham Radio, Bow Hunting and Hot Rods.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 19, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, at St. Francis de Sales Church, with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Jackson Family for the grandchildren’s educational fund.

Deborah Rose Janas

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Deborah Rose Janas, 55, of Leavenworth, lost her courageous 5-year struggle with cancer, Friday, March 3, 2017. Debbie was surrounded by her loving family during her last days. Her family and friends will miss her smile, her quick wit, and her long text messages filled with emojis. Debbie was a beloved daughter, loving mother, devoted sister and aunt, friend and special BFF. She had a deep love for her family. She also loved her dogs and she missed them every day during her treatments and convalescence.

Deborah Rose Janas

Debbie was born on January 19, 1962, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Debbie and her military family moved several times over the years, but Debbie has called Leavenworth her home since 1982. Debbie attended Leavenworth High School and Immaculata High School. She graduated from Robert G. Cole High School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Debbie also received Early Childhood Studies Certification from San Antonio College and Offset Printing Certification from Salina Area Technical College. During her career, Debbie was employed at Fort Leavenworth Lodging, the Fort Leavenworth School District, the University of Saint Mary Ancilla Daycare Center, and Collateral Services Inc., from which she retired.

Debbie leaves behind her mother, Rosemary Janas; her daughter, Briana Janas; her family – Mike Janas, Cathy Ford , Margie Pike, Laura Gasbarre, Joann Bender and their families.

During her last days, Debbie was comforted by her family, friends, and the wonderful caregivers at St. Luke’s Hospice House.

Debbie’s life ended too soon. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends, but she is reunited with her father, Ed Janas, who passed away in 2003. They will be watching over the family until they are all reunited.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 24, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the KU Endowment, 3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Mail Stop 3012, Kansas City, KS 66160, to benefit clinical trials and research – focused on the work of Drs. Al-Kasspooles and Chapman at the University of Kansas Cancer Center (fund #40932). Online contributions may be made at www.kuendowment.org/give. Please indicate donations are for the Deborah Rose Janas Memorial. Donations may also be made to the Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society (LAWS), P.O. Box 498, Leavenworth, KS 66048.

Helen Bristow

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Helen L. Bristow, 96, Leavenworth, died peacefully on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at Homestead Assisted Living.

Helen Bristow

She was born August 5, 1920 on the family farm “Allen Winden” in rural Leavenworth, the daughter of Joseph Anthony and Gertrude Joan Leahy Hartnett Zeugin.

Helen married Joseph Bristow, her husband of more than 62 years, on June 27, 1942, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church where they remained parish members. He preceded her in death in 2005.

Helen led a full and productive life. She graduated from Immaculata High School in 1938 and then continued her education in nursing and graduated from St. John Hospital. As an RN, she worked in public health for the City-County Health Department and as a school nurse. She enjoyed reading, traveling, watching most sports on TV, attending Elderhostel courses, participating in league bowling, walking in the early morning hours with her husband, and playing cards with good friends. She was a member of the Boling Canning Club and Extension Unit, Marian Mothers, and the Saint John Hospital Guild. In her later years, Helen attended St. Francis de Sales Church and always appreciated the warm reception given to her there.

Survivors include one daughter, Pat and spouse John Moulden, Leavenworth; five sons and their spouses, Dick and Carol Bristow, Shawnee, Bernie and Linda Bristow, Ed and Pam Bristow, Rob and Barbara Bristow, all of Leavenworth, and John and Rachel Bristow, Topeka; 19 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren plus one more on the way. She is also survived by her sister, Margaret Zeugin Liebeno, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Sister Helen Bristow, SCL, parents, three sisters and three brothers.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday March 9, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 10, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are requested to Duchesne Clinic, Sacred Heart Altar Society, or the St. Francis de Sales Built on Rock Campaign.

February 2017 Obituaries

Donald "Donnie" Kyle Edmonds

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Donald “Donnie” Kyle Edmonds, 64, of Leavenworth, passed away suddenly from this world, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, as a result of a heart attack.

Donald Kyle Edmonds

Donnie is survived and fondly remembered by his wife of 42 years, Charlene (White) Edmonds; his son, Chad Edmonds and daughter-in-law, Lynn (Lancaster) Edmonds, of Lansing, Kan; four grandchildren, Hope, Grace, Belle and Cole; three sisters, Jeannette Filippi and husband Bruce, of Berryton, Kan., Leslie White and husband James “Jim”, of Baldwin, Kan. and Connie Whitmer and husband Dave, of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; a brother, Ellis Edmonds and wife Kathy (Fleenor), of Lansing, Kan.; as well as innumerable friends and loved ones.

Donnie was born and raised in Leavenworth, Kansas and was preceded in death by his father, Orville Edmonds and his mother, Norma Jean (Vigus) Edmonds.

Donnie grew up working the family dairy farm and attending Lansing schools, which established a lifelong pattern of both hard work and faithful commitment to the town of Lansing where he has watched both his son and his grandchildren go to school. As a young man, Donnie served in the Army as a Military Police officer. After his honorable discharge, Donnie returned to work on the farm and continued his habit of hard work and supporting Lansing schools and sports. Shortly after his discharge, Donnie married Charlene in Leavenworth, and the two of them worked hard together, while raising their son, Chad. At the turn of the century, Donnie and Charlene sold their cattle and Donnie went to work for the Lansing Correctional Facility, where he was well respected by coworkers and inmates alike. He worked for the Penitentiary until his death. In his later years Donnie and Charlene found a love for travel and thrived in their role as grandparents.

Donnie loved his Family, his friends, his town, the Kansas State Wildcats and the Kansas City Royals. He lived a simple life of hard work and commitment to family. He would want to be remembered the way he lived; with laughter and fond memories.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. Burial will be Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Donnie Edmonds Memorial Fund, which can be dropped off at the funeral home or sent to Citizen’s Bank, (5151 S. 4th St., Leavenworth, KS 66048).

Raietta Taborosi

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Raietta Annitha Taborosi, 66, of Leavenworth, passed away Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 at Lansing Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Feb. 24, 1950, in Bucyrus, Mo., the daughter of Raymond and Marjorie (Miller) Daugherity.

Raietta Taborosi

Raietta worked as a civilian employee for the Department of the Army at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and for the FAA at the Salina, Kansas Airport. She left to marry and raise her family.

She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Laszlo Taborosi, Jr.: twin son and daughter, Laszlo R. Taborosi and Marci I. Taborosi of the home: her mother, Marjorie Daugherity of Bucyrus, Mo.: her brother, Dell Daugherity and his wife Valerie of Chesterfield, Va.: sister-in-law, Karen Daugherity of West Fork, Ark.: her mother-in-law, Ilona Taborosi: her brother-in-law, Steven Taborosi of New Britain, Conn.: and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and numerous cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father and her brother, Brent D. Daugherity.

Her family would like to Thank all her care givers, nurses and doctors at Lansing Care, St. John Hospital, Providence Medical Center, Munson Army Health Center and KU Cancer Center, for their loving attention to her needs during Raietta’s battle with Melanoma. A special Thanks to all our family and friends for your prayers, visits and delicious meals.

Raietta’s strong faith in God and love of family sustained her with her struggle.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, at St. Casimir Church. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the National Ataxia Foundation or the Melanoma Research Foundation.

Roy Holland

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Roy Wayne Holland, 92, of Leavenworth, died, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, at Delmar Gardens of Lenexa. He was born April 28, 1924, the son of Roy J. and Doris R. (Brayman) Holland.

On Feb 2, 1943, Roy married Frances L. Maretoli. She preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Julie Holland; a sister, Jean Holland; a brother, William Holland; and a daughter-in-law, Jan Holland.

is survived by three sons, Robert Holland, Richard Holland and Tom Holland; a daughter, Terese Meredith; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Roy was a World War II veteran and survivor of Battle of the Bulge.

He retired from Fort Leavenworth after over 30 years as a mechanical engineer. After retirement, Roy and his wife Frances volunteered at St. John Hospital running the lifeline program.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, at Immaculate Conception Church, with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm. as celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to CASA of Leavenworth or St. Vincent Clinic.

Otto C. Ruebhausen Jr.

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Otto C. Ruebhausen Jr., 83, of Leavenworth, went peacefully to be with the Lord, Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born June 20, 1933, in Leavenworth, the first born of Otto and Dorothy (Buchanan) Ruebhausen Sr.

Otto C. Ruebhausen Jr.

Otto entered the National Guard and was called to serve in the Korean War while in high school. After graduation from Leavenworth High School, he worked for Missouri Valley until he was drafted into the United States Army. Upon discharge from the Army, Otto worked in the graphic arts department at Fort Leavenworth. He later began his own building business, “Ruebhausen Construction Quality Built Homes”. He continued building homes in Leavenworth until his retirement.

On June 7, 1953, Otto married Bonnie M. Wilber. She survives at the home. He is also survived by two daughters, Deborah Redford and husband David and Denise Hill, both of Leavenworth; a son, David Ruebhausen of Florence, Ala.; a sister, Shirley Ruebhausen; and seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Otto was preceded in death by a son Dennis Ruebhausen (wife Joyce), and two brothers Jerry Ruebhausen (wife Patty) and Douglas Ruebhausen.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Otto loved sports. He played football for Leavenworth High School and baseball well into adulthood. He was recruited by the Chicago Cubs to try out for their organization. Otto was an avid bowler, winning state tournaments for the Eagles. He was also an avid KU fan.

Fishing was a big part of Otto’s life. He was a founder of the Leavenworth Bass Club. He was a champion fisherman fishing with Bass Masters and BASS, representing the state of Kansas in the national championships.

He was a Boy Scout leader for many years taking his troop camping to Minnesota and Canada several times. At 70 years old Otto joined the elite “Polar Bear Club” by swimming in the Arctic Ocean north of the Arctic Circle.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday, at First Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery.

January 2017 Obituaries

Oliver Gene Gillom Sr.

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Oliver Gene Gillom Sr., 69, of Leavenworth, passed away, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at Cushing Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 1, 1947, in Oxford, Miss., the son of Willie B. and Fannie Mae (Van) Gillom Sr.

Oliver Gene Gillom Sr.

Oliver attended schools in Leavenworth. He loved most sports, but basketball was his passion. He played basketball throughout his school days and was a member of the Leavenworth High School Varsity Basketball Team known as “The Fabulous Five”. He received an Associate Degree from Coffeyville Community College, Coffeyville, Kan.

On Sept. 29, 1979, Oliver was united in marriage with Iceola Grigsby. She survives at the home. Oliver also leaves behind to cherish his memory a son, Oliver G. Gillom Jr.; a brother, Willie Gillom of Leavenworth; two sisters, Doris Ramos and Delores (Lonnie) Davis, both of Leavenworth; a grandson, Javarion; two aunts, one uncle, many nieces, nephews, cousins; special friend, William Davis; and a god-daughter, Rev. Syvette Davis.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Youla Brandt.

Oliver grew up in Independent Baptist Church. He was employed at Hallmark Cards Select Drive, retiring in 2007 with 39 years of service. Oliver was totally engrossed in technology. He was self-taught in computer programming and computer repairing.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at Independent Baptist Church. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, at the church. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery.

David Christopher Concannon

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David Christopher Concannon, 48, of Leavenworth, passed away at his home Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, from complications of diabetes. He was born Oct. 24, 1968, in Leavenworth, the son of David M. Concannon and Sharon (Williams) Concannon.

David Concannon

David retired from the United States Navy and was currently employed at the Veterans Administration in Leavenworth.

He is survived by his wife, Annette R. “Annie” Concannon; two sons, Christopher M. Concannon and Kenneth D. Concannon; his parents, Sharon K Concannon and David M. (Cheryl) Concannon all of Leavenworth; and a sister, Angela L. Smith of Lenexa, Kan.

David was preceded in death by his precious daughter, Kylie Jade Concannon; and his grandparents, Lloyd G. and Isabelle Concannon and Robert E. and Veda M. Williams.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery.

Gary Patrick Frantz

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Gary Patrick Frantz, 54, of Leavenworth, was greeted at the gates of heaven by three men who stood with open arms to welcome their father and brother home, Jan 27, 2017. He was born March 22, 1962, in Topeka, Kan., to Gary M. Frantz and Judy K. Smith.

Gary Patrick Frantz

He graduated from Shawnee Heights High school in Tecumseh in 1980. Gary retired from UPS.

So often referred to as a Gentle Giant with a heart of Gold, always willing to lend a hand and committed to the service of others because he felt he got back more than he gave. Gary volunteered ringing bells for the Salvation Army, placing wreaths on soldier’s graves for Wreaths Across America and serving soldiers and their families holiday meal on Fort Leavenworth. He was a regular fixture at events for Survivor Outreach Services (SOS), the Spouse’s Club, the Mobilization and Deployment Program and anywhere else he could volunteer through the Army Community Service (ACS). Gary also volunteered with the Missouri Remembering Our Fallen Exhibit, Celebration at the Station and the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall exhibit.

Every week Gary spent his time with local Veterans at the VFW listening to their stories and sharing some of his own. He would also help at the VA Hospital in Leavenworth where he worked with the education department staff setting up simulation training for the hospital medical staff.

In his spare time, Gary would cheer on the Chiefs, Royals or KU Men’s basketball team with friends. He was also a member of the Checkered Flag RC Raceway.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Michael Frantz and Corporal Lucas A. Frantz (Iraq War, 2005); a brother, Michael David Frantz; a niece, Jessi Welch; his father and stepfather, Billy Smith; and a grandmother Mary Hudson.

Gary is survived by a son, Patrick Casey Frantz of Leavenworth; his mother; one brother, Scott “Scotty” (Stacy) Smith; two sisters, Donna Meyer and Billie Welch all of Topeka, Kan.; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to any organization Gary volunteered for to ensure his legacy of kindness and compassion for others will continue on in his memory.

Leo Francis Weber

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Leo Francis Weber, 84, of Leavenworth, died, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at Hospice House of Olathe. He was born Nov. 11, 1932, in Leavenworth, the son of George Henry and Clara Catherine (Wacker) Weber.

Leo Francis Weber

Leo is survived by his wife, Donna Weber; a son, Robert (Katy) Weber; a brother, Gerald (Doris) Weber; and a number of nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Edward Weber. Leo served his country in the Vietnam War as a member of the Army National Guard of Kansas, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry. He earned a number of medals including the Bronze Star Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. He served his community as a rural postal carrier and clerk for the U.S. Postal Service for 32 years. Throughout his life, he was very dedicated to the family farm, which he lived on, in a home he built with his own hands next to that of his parents and brother Edward. His love of the family farm was born out in his deeds and actions, where he planted and harvested crops, raised livestock, and repaired and maintained the buildings, equipment, and grounds with care and attention to detail. Leo was a great problem solver and could fix just about anything. He was a skilled plumber, carpenter, welder and mechanic – a necessity as a farmer. The quality of his work in everything he touched is a testament to his legacy. Leo Weber’s actions spoke louder than his words. He was a quiet man who provided unwavering support for his wife, son, and family. He was a dedicated and loving husband and father to Donna and Robert, always putting the needs of others first. He gave his time unselfishly to his family, and the family farm. He loved and respected all animals including the family pets and shared those values with his wife and son. He was a great man whose loss will be felt by many. Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday Feb. 2, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m., Friday, at St. Joseph Church, with Fr. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society, the American Lung Association, and the American Heart Association.

Karl Werner Bardroff

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Karl Werner Bardroff, 79, of Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at his home. He was born Nov. 12, 1937, in Bad Neustadt, Germany, the son of Joseph Karl and Olga Catherina (Schafer) Bardroff.

Karl Werner Bardroff

In 1979, Karl married Margaret Winsor. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a daughter, Tammy (Rick) Wagner; a son, Karl II (Kerry) Bardroff; five stepchildren; Jeff (Melinda) Herrig, Stephen (Patsy) Herrig, Tammy (Steve) Reid, Ken (Katina) Herrig and Michelle (James) Wolk, 34 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

Karl came to the United States from Germany at the age of 10, living a short time in Washington, D.C. before moving to Leavenworth. He attended St. Paul Lutheran School and Leavenworth High School. He worked various jobs before owning his own filling station and eventually owning and operating his own body shop and wrecker service, Bardroff Inc. Karl’s passion was his business and he loved taking care of his black bears, cougars, llamas, potbelly pigs, goats, fish and his donkey, Lucy.

Karl was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Freddie Eisler.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, at Saint Lawrence Church. Burial will follow at Saint Lawrence Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to The Center for Advanced Heart Care at the University of Kansas Hospital, American Heart Association, Kidney/ Dialysis Foundation, American Lung Association or a personal choice.

Beverly Ruth Barker

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Beverly Ruth Barker, 79, of Leavenworth, died, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, at her home. She was born Feb. 7, 1937, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of Earl and Ruth (Krummel) Malotte.

Kristin K. Meek

On Nov. 24, 1956, Beverly married Keith Barker. He preceded her in death in 2015. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Beverly is survived by a daughter, Kathy (Don) Stinnett; a son, Gary (Diana) Barker; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Bill (Rita) Malotte.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at Maywood Community Church (11201 Parallel Pkwy, Kansas City, KS 66109). A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the church. Burial will follow at Maywood Church Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Maywood Community Church Vacation Bible School Program. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Sharon Rae Mowery

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Sharon Rae Mowery, 72, of Leavenworth, died, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, at her home. She was born Jan. 9, 1945, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Joseph and Nellie (Kelly) Panek.

On June 15, 1963, she married Charles W. Mowery. He survives at the home. She is also survived by a daughter, Bambi (Ray) Darrow of Leavenworth; a son, Chad (Robbin Ratcliff) Mowery of Winchester, Kan.; two granddaughters, Chelsey (John) Connors of Leavenworth and Kylee (Matt Demaranvile) Darrow of Atchison; a great-granddaughter, Colby Connors; and a brother, James (Joanie) Panek of Manhattan, Kan.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents.

She enjoyed art and making jewelry.

Sharon worked for St. Johns Hospital where she retired in 2009 due to health issues.

Her greatest joy was her great-granddaughter, Colby Lynn.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to American Diabetes Association or the Arthritis Association for Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Jean Marie Goetting

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Jean Marie Goetting, 84, of Topeka, went home peacefully to be with her Lord, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. She was born Dec. 18, 1932, the daughter of William and Jane (Manning) Bradley.

Jean Marie Goetting

On Dec. 17, 1948, Jean married Kenneth Goetting Sr. He preceded her in death in 1979. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Kenneth Goetting, Jr.; two daughters, Peggy Harvey and Deborah Kearney; two grandsons; and one great-grandson.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda (Kenny) Blaski of Leavenworth; a brother, Bob (Linda) Bradley of Topeka; a very special nephew, Ed (Miranda) Green; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Goetting; a special niece, Kathy Green; her lifelong friend, Leona Bradford; seven grandsons; one granddaughter; nine great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Jean retired from the Kansas State Penitentiary after several years working in Personnel.

She is best known for her kindness, selflessness and “Mom” to all.

Visitation will be from 11 to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Easton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to ALS in the name of her daughter, Deborah Kearney.

Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. George Louis Tupa

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Lt. Col. (Ret.) George Louis Tupa, 75, died, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. George was born July 30, 1941, in Larimore, N.D. the second of five children for his loving parents Ann and Edward Tupa.

George Tupa

George graduated from Larimore High School in 1959. He then attended Carroll College in Helena, Mont. Upon graduation, he joined the Army, served two tours in Vietnam and one tour in the Dominican Republic. During his time in the military he earned a master’s degree in European History from the University of North Dakota.

In 1972, George married Lonnie Maier from Emerado, N.D. During their time in the military in North Dakota, their three boys, Trajan, Yuri and Anton, were born.

Other duty stations included Fort Leavenworth, Kan. where George attended Command and General Staff College, Fort Lewis, Wash. where their daughters, Natasha and Alexia, were born, Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, West Germany, and a final assignment at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. George retired from the Army in 1987 making Leavenworth home. He then began his second career as a civilian contractor with the Army for the next twenty-seven years. During this time, he enjoyed travelling around the world, carrying out battle simulation training for units of the United States Armed Forces. In 2015, he proudly ended his fifty year career of service to his country.

George was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his beloved wife Lonnie Tupa; his sons, Trajan, Yuri and Anton Tupa; his daughters, Natasha and her husband Billy Burns; Alexia and her husband Dave Vondrachek; his siblings, Ed, Tom, Ron Tupa and Carol Malley; and his six grandchildren, Hannah, Lydia, Billy, Vince, Jake and Bobby.

As a devout Catholic, George was an active member of Saint Casimir parish, serving as lector. He enjoyed attending daily Mass during his retirement. He was a tireless supporter of the Leavenworth Regional Catholic School System, having all five of his children graduate from Xavier Catholic School and Immaculata High School.

His greatest passion was caring for his yard. He hand-made 22,000 concrete bricks over the span of a decade, laying them down for two patios and a sidewalk that looped around the yard. He also built four retaining walls, a deck, and planted over two hundred trees and shrubs. He and his family spent countless hours enjoying the environment he created. George will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Visitation beginning with praying of the rosary will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the church. Burial with full military honors will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be directed to the Leavenworth Regional Catholic School System for tuition assistance for any preschooler wishing to go on to Xavier Catholic School.

Leon Allen Torkelson

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Ret U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Leon A. Torkelson, CFP, 73, of Atchison County passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, at St Francis Hospital in Topeka. He was born on Aug. 17, 1943, to S. Albert and Ella C. (Tobiason) Torkelson in Horton, Kan. He married Glenda C. Sims on Aug. 25, 1963, in Kansas City, Kan.

Leon Allen Torkselson

Leon grew up in rural Everest, Kan. and after graduating from ACCHS, he attended Kansas State Teachers College where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He graduated from the Univ of Kansas with a Bachelors and Masters in Accounting and was headed to law school at the Univ of Florida when Uncle Sam came calling. In the Air Force as a fighter pilot, he flew the F-4, F-5, and F-16, served in Vietnam and was stationed all over the world, including five years in Germany. In 1987, after over 20 years of service, he retired and moved back to the family farm. He then worked with MetLife Ins Co as a Certified Financial Planner serving businesses and families throughout the mid-west up until his death. Leon enjoyed flying his 1942 Interstate Cadet WWII Trainer airplane in his off time. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, the Everest Lions Club, Everest Historical Society and numerous professional organizations. Leon enjoyed traveling with his wife Glenda, taking many cruises all over the world. They loved spending time with their family, especially in Winter Park, Colo. and Table Rock, Mo. Less than a week before he passed, he spent the holidays with his family in the Caribbean on a Disney Cruise.

Leon is survived by Glenda, his wife of over 53 years, son Kurt Torkelson and wife Amy of Basehor, Kan., daughter Kari Anderson and husband Brian of Leavenworth, and five grandchildren, Aubrey, Chase, and Brody Torkelson and Jonas and Anya Anderson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Eileen Herbert.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at the Zion Lutheran Church (1521 Prairie Rd., Everest, Kan. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial with military honors will follow at the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to the church, the Everest Lions Club, or the Leon Torkelson Education Scholarship, all in care of the Leintz Funeral Home (4701 10th Ave Leavenworth, KS 66048…913-351-0200).

 

 


 

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