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Leavenworth Area 2017 Obituaries

February 2017 Obituaries

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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