Marietta Gregor, 77, of Leavenworth died, Sunday, March 2, 2014, at her home. She was born Dec. 28, 1936, in Versailles, Ky., the daughter of Lewis and Lillian (Carlton) Foraker.
Marietta grew up in Versailles. She was a graduate of the University of Kentucky and then earned her Master Degree in English at the University of Kansas. She was an instructor at St. Mary’s College where she was the program coordinator for over 22 years. Marietta was a beloved teacher at McLouth High School and then taught at Immaculata High School for decades. During her time at Imac she taught; English, drama, directed school performances, and coached forensics and debate teams.
She was a wonderful caring and loving mother to her children.
Marietta is survived by her daughter, Anne; her son, Jonathan; her grandchildren, Thomas, Madilyn, Joshua, Sarah, Tyler, Chase and Isaiah; and her great-grandchildren, Eonna, Vitorio, Benicia Donovan and Dalton.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, March 10, 2014, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Immaculata High School.
Staff Sgt. Patricia Ann Leihy, 45 of Leavenworth, died Monday, March 3, 2014, at North Kansas City Hospice. She was born July 17, 1968, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of Alan and Barbara (Smith) Leihy. Tricia was raised by her mother and step-father, David Laws.
Patricia was currently serving with the Kansas National Guard assigned to the 35th Infantry Division. She was a woman full of vigor and adventure. Tricia was a self sacrificing mother who cherished her children and her family. She was a loving mother, wife, sister and grandmother.
On Dec. 1, 1988, in Olathe, Kan., she married Claude Joseph “Joe” Williams. He survives of the home. She is also survived by their five sons, Brandon, Justin, Joey, Anthony and Jacob; her sister, Charlene; two grandchildren, Kinsley and Evan; and her step-father, David.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Leavenworth Baptist Church. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Louisburg, Kan. Arrangements by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.
Sharon E. Scott, 64 of Leavenworth, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Having slipped the bonds of this fragile mortal existence, my loving princess bride has stepped out for her incredible journey with her personal savior, Jesus Christ, says her husband David Scott. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Sharon leaves behind her husband, David; her children, Megan(Gary) Berlin, Colleen (James) and Nicholas (Beth); and 11 grandchildren, Scott, Samantha, Gabrielle, Zacary, Jared, Kennedy, Beckett , Brandon, Conner, Kole, and Camilla. She is also survived by her brother, Robert (Mary Alice) Maskill; numerous nieces, nephews and friends too numerous to count.
Sharon was preceded in death by her mother, Theodota Cresse and her sisters, Janet(Lyle) Croisant and Margaret Maskill.
Through her participation in her church and community theatre, she always showed her love and compassion for life.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to Relay for Life of Leavenworth County.
Clifford William Searcy Jr., 65, passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at the University of Kansas Hospital, with his family at his side.
Cliff was born April 23, 1948, the son of Clifford and Helen (Paris) Searcy. He grew up in Independence, Mo. He attended and graduated from Truman High School in 1966. After graduation, Cliff was drafted into the Army where he served in Vietnam in Charlie Co 1-501, 101st Airborne Division from 1968-1969. Upon his return Cliff was married and to this union two sons were born.
When his boys were young, Cliff enjoyed coaching their little league football and baseball teams. He continued to enjoy watching them play sports as they grew up and later watching his grandchildren.
Cliff worked at Armco Steel, retiring in 2001. While working at Armco he was heavily involved in the union, and upon served as the grievance chairman.
Cliff, along with his brother, Namon, enjoyed taking Chad and Jeremy on hunting trips for quail and pheasant. He also enjoyed cooking, specifically BBQ. Cliff was a member of the Elk’s Club in Blue Springs, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clifford Searcy.
He is survived by his mother, Helen; two sons, Chad and wife Karli, and Jeremy and wife Kelly; two grandsons, Chase and Kolt Searcy; three granddaughters, Hannah, Claire and baby Searcy; his brother, Namon and wife Connie Searcy; his sister, Debbie and husband Jerold Lafferty; aunts, uncles, nieces, great nieces and great nephews.
Visitation will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service begin at 1:30 p.m. after the visitation at the funeral home. Burial and military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Alan Lindman, 71, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. Alan was born Dec.17, 1942, in Olympia, Wash., to parents, Erick LeRoy Lindman and Blanche Anna (Ashton) Lindman of Seattle, Wash.
He is survived by his son, Christopher Erick Lindman; grandchildren, Ashton Lindman and Frank Propst III; his brother, Erick LeRoy Lindman, Jr.; and his sister, Valerie Lindman Kerrisk.
Alan graduated from University High School in Pacific Palisades, Calif. In 1965 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley and in 1975 he received a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. At Berkeley he was president of his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
Alan was commissioned into the Regular Army (Infantry) upon graduation from Berkeley’s ROTC program June 28, 1965. He became qualified as a Green Beret and was assigned to Fifth Special Forces Group in Vietnam as a Ranger Parachutist. He participated in the training of the Army’s newly stood up Long Range Reconnaissance and Patrol units (LRRP) and also participated in the TET counteroffensive. After completing his second tour in Vietnam, he was transferred to Germany where he served as a company commander for five years.
In Vietnam, Alan was an aide-de-camp to Major General Keith Ware. On Sept. 13, 1968, MG Ware’s helicopter was shot down and all aboard were killed. Alan had been reassigned to Germany the week before.
During his service in the Regular Army, Alan was awarded; Bronze Star (2 awards), Purple Heart, Air Medal (14Awards), Air Medal with Valor Device, Army Commendation Medal (4 awards), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm (3 awards), Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation (3 awards), Combat Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, Republic of Vietnam Jump Wings, German Army Parachutist Badge (Bronze).
Alan was discharged from the Regular Army on Feb. 1, 1978, as a Captain (O3) and was immediately transferred into the active Army Reserve. He became a battalion commander (PsyOps) and retired from the army as a Lieutenant Colonel (O5).
In 1978 he joined Fort Leavenworth’s Information Management Section as a full time senior systems analyst. He considered Leavenworth his home.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Graveside service with military honors will follow at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Mary Alice (Selph) daSilva, 73, of Kansas City, Kan., formally of Leavenworth, died, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Kansas City. Although in poor health for many years, her death was unexpected. She was born Aug. 23, 1940, in Milan, Ga.
On October 15, 1960, she married Raimundo N. daSilva, in Leavenworth, they later divorced.
Mary is survived by her children, Curtis (Debbie) daSilva, Theresa (Chris) List, Regina Clark and Richard daSilva; two brothers, David (WillaRee) Hulett of Milan, Ga. and William Jerry Hulett of Dublin, Ga.; four sisters, Leola Mickie Piper of Thomaston, Ga., Jeannette Kinchen of Alamo, Ga., Rachel (Thadys) White of Dublin, Ga. and Nina (David) Gregory of McRae, Ga.; 10 grandchildren, Micki (Brandon) Miller, Kristen daSilva, Raymond Hanson, Jessica (Gavin) Hampton, Kaitlin List, Samantha Clark, Greg List, Rebecka Clark, Jonah daSilva and Jacksen daSilva; five great-grandchildren Jenna Miller, Anna Miller, Keegin Hampton, Madison Hampton and Mason Hampton; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alice Lee (Selph) Hulett and David Hulett; her granddaddy, William Reese Selph; and a son-in-law, Steve Clark.
Mary worked at Hallmark Cards and then changed careers to be a homemaker and raise her children. She was active in Immaculate Conception and Sacred Heart Alter Societies and PTOs. She also volunteered in the schools as a tutor. Her life was centered around her children.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday, at Sacred Heart Church. Cremation will follow the services. Memorials are suggested to the Arthritis Foundation or Sacred Heart of Jesus Church.
Sirl Myhand, 92, of Easton, Kan., passed away Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at his home after a year-long battle with leukemia. He was born Jan. 22, 1922, in Coleman, Ark., the son of Joe Keener and Jesse Vaden (McGehee) Myhand.
On Aug. 5, 1942, he married Dorothy Jean Kaylor in San Diego, Calif.Sirl was an aviation mechanic in the U.S. Navy, where he was severely injured. After his medical discharge he was in the first class of disabled veterans hired by the Federal Prison Service. His career in corrections began at Alcatraz in 1947 and he retired as a Captain at Terminal Island, Calif., in 1974 after 27 years of service.
He was a Mason and a member of Hancock Lodge #311 at Fort Leavenworth.
Sirl is survived by his sons, Joe Myhand of Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii and Brad (Lyn) Myhand of Easton; his daughters, Sirleen (Norm) Ghigleri of Aptos, Calif. and Teresa Myhand of Spotsylvania, Va.; a daughter-in-law Cheri Myhand of LaVerne, Tenn.; a brother-in-law, Robert Kaylor of North Hollywood, Calif; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, a great-great granddaughter, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife; a son, Steven Dean Myhand; a grandson, Tyson Hill; his brothers, Sterling Rollie, Garvin and Marvin; and a sister Elsie.
Graveside service will be at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.
Frances Yvonne (Johnson) Kitchens, 76, of Lansing, Kan., died, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at her home. She was born April 3, 1937, in Lanett, Ala., the daughter of George and Nettie (Bailey) Johnson.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Frances is survived by her children, Deborah Southard of Leavenworth, Carol Waldrop of Houston, Texas, Michael Kitchens of Leavenworth, Lisa Smith of Lansing, Kan. and Patrick Kitchens of Leavenworth. “Memom” loved all of her grandchildren, Brian, Chrissy, Cami, Kevin, Preston, JT, Wyatt, Jack, Riley, Josie and Katie; and her great grandchildren, Jaxson, Brayden, Elliott, Marley and one on the way “Kevin”!
The family will have visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, 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.
Vicky Gayle (Keach) Japport, 71, of Saint Peters, Mo., died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Chalevoix Healthcare center in Saint Charles, Mo., with her brother, Skip at her bedside. She was born Sept. 26, 1942, in Leavenworth, Kan., the daughter of Arthur Clarence and Mildred Margaret (Hanson) Keach. They preceded her in death.
She is survived by her brother, Arthur Clarence “Skip” Keach Jr of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; and James Keach and Dalton Keach both of Leavenworth.
Graveside service and inurnment will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Cremation provided by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Immaculata High School.
Dale Joseph Noll, 74, of Basehor, Kan., died, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at his home. He was born on Sept. 22, 1939, in Winchester, Kan., the son of Henry J. and Margaret D. (Navinsky) Noll.
He attended St. Joseph Elementary School and graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1957.
On Oct. 22, 1966, Dale married Gayle Glessner. She survives at the home. He is also survived by two sons, Dale (Ellen) Noll Jr. and Todd (Jennifer) Noll; a daughter, Shalese (Brian) Lindsay; two sisters, Eileen (Eugene) Kramer and Alvera Olson; a brother, Vernon (Pat) Noll; seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Dale worked at Kaaz Woodworking Company for 10 years. He also worked at the United States Penitentiary Woodworking Industry for 27 years retiring from there in 1995.
He was a lifelong member of the Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph Parish.
Dale enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting activities throughout the years.
He is preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, Donald Noll.
Visitation beginning with the Rosary will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at St. Joseph Church. Burial will follow at Corpus Christi Cemetery on Rogers Road. Memorials are suggested to Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph Parish.
Joseph Henry Harper, 65, of Leavenworth, passed away, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Joe had 15 wonderful years added to his life as a kidney transplant recipient from a dear sister. He was born on June 13, 1948, in Nevada, Mo., the son of Raymond C. and Clara Mae (Chatterson) Harper.
Joe spent most of his life in Southern California where he enjoyed softball, sports, and visiting Huntington Lake. He graduated from California State L.A. in 1974 with a Bachelor’s Degree in U.S. History. Joe later attended Bible college at Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, Tx., where he graduated with an Associates Degree in Practical Theology.
He spent many years working with Nationwide Insurance in California and most recently served as a Subrogator for Armed Forces Insurance in Leavenworth.
On March 28, 2008, Joe married Mary “Kathie” Fitzwater. She survives at the home. He is also survived by four stepsons and their families who considered it an honor to know him; two sisters, Bonnie (Walter) Barthuly and Ruth (Jeff) Brewer; a brother, Tommy (Rosie) Harper; and many nieces and nephews.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents.
He loved his family and friends dearly.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A small service will begin at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. A second visitation will be from 12 to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at Sheldon Funeral Home in Osceola, Mo. Funeral service will begin at 1p.m. Saturday. Burial will follow at Humansville Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to L.A.W.S. or Great Plains SPCA.
On the wings of God’s love came a precious Baby Boy, Eldon Ray May, on Sept. 16, 1933, in Plattsburg, Mo. to Sherman Edward May Jr. and Verna Lee (Stone) May.
In 1953, Eldon married Doris May, to this union one child was born, Michael May.
On Jan. 12, 2014, the same wings came back and received him at the age of 80, at Golden Living Nursing Facility in Lansing, Kan.
Eldon was a Master Sergeant in the United States Army as a chef. He worked at Sammy’s Barbeque Restaurant in Kansas City, Mo., until his illness, Eldon also worked at Black Angus in Kansas City.
Eldon was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Carrie May; a son, Michael May; step-mother, Sally May; a brother, Roy (Claudia) May; and step son, Edward.
He leaves to mourn, Doris May and children; a brother, Clifford (Christine) May; a sister, Margaret May and Mr. Lawrence; one grandson, Michael May Jr.; a granddaughter, Christine Hayes; five great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be from 11 to 12 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Apostolic Deliverance Tabernacle (116 East Kay St. Lansing, KS. 66043). Celebration of Life will begin at 12 Saturday, Prophetess Joyce L. Berry-Gayden, Pastor will be officiating. Burial will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements made with R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.
Kenneth W. Goetting Jr., 63, of Leavenworth, died, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at St. Luke’s Heart Institute. He was born July 1, 1950, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Kenneth W. and Jean Marie (Bradley) Goetting Sr.
On Aug. 18, 1979, Kenneth married the love of his life, Nancy Plumberg, in Leavenworth, Kan. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his mother of Tecumseh, Kan.; two sons, Joshua B. (Renee) Goetting and Justin W. (Alicia) Goetting; and a sister, Linda (Ken) Blaski.
He is preceded in death by his father; a son, Jeremy Goetting; and two sisters, Deborah Kearney and Peggy Harvey.
Kenneth was a cement mason at Leavcon for many years and he retired from the VA in November of 2007. He was a Veteran of the United States Navy.
He coached various sports including little league, football and wrestling. Kenneth was a proud Jayhawks, Royals and Chiefs Fan. His proudest accomplishments were his two sons.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Easton Cemetery.
Christopher Lee Nenninger, 36, of Leavenworth, died in his sleep, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. He was born on Nov. 21, 1977, in Fort Knox, Ky., the son of Alan H. and Carol A. (Frentzel) Nenninger.
Chris grew up in a military family giving him the opportunity to see different parts of the country to include Albany, N.Y., Tampa, Fla. and Montgomery, Ala., before arriving in Leavenworth in 1985.
He received his education in the Leavenworth parochial school system and graduated from Immaculata High School with honors in 1996. Chris went on to attend the University of Kansas majoring in computer technology and engineering.
Chris is survived by his father, a brother, Brett (Valerie) Nenninger; a grandfather, Melvin Frentzel; and two nieces, Maddy Nenninger and Reilly Nenninger.
He is preceded in death by his mother and three grandparents, Ann Frentzel, Al and Gertrude Nenninger.
He was currently employed at the American Teleconferencing Services in Olathe, Kan. as a member of their technical services team. Chris was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, M.E.N.S.A. and the Knights of Columbus.
He loved to travel and took many trips throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe with his family and friends. He especially loved visiting his two nieces in Seattle, Wash.
Chris was a loving son and will be missed by everyone who shared in his life.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant.
Stephen Joseph Polizzi, 54, of Basehor, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. He was born Nov. 8, 1959, in Rochester, N.Y., the son of Joseph and Nancy (Roffe) Polizzi.
Steve was a loving husband to his wife of 27 years and a caring father and grandpa.
Steve is survived by his wife, Hellen; two daughters, Amber Downing and Kristen Polizzi; son-in-law, Victor Downing; grandson, Trey Downing; parents; sister, Laura (Tim) Anderson; and two brothers, Dave (Linda) Polizzi and Matt (Shannon) Polizzi.
Steve was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.
Steve retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving 24 years in the U.S. Army. He was a proud graduate of the Ohio State University…GO Buckeyes!
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home in Leavenworth, Kan. The funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. There will be a reception after the burial. All services are open to friends and family. Memorial contributions in Steve's name can be made to the Rock of Ages Church in Leavenworth.