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Leavenworth Area 2015 Obituaries Archives

July 2015 Obituaries

Jack Richard Fulton

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Jack Richard Fulton, 71, passed away with his loving wife by his side on Friday July 31, 2015, in Leavenworth, KS, due to complications from multiple sclerosis and diabetes. He was born July 20, 1944, in Wichita, KS, to Bud and Ginger (Pence) Fulton.

Jack Richard Fulton

Jack was raised in southeast Kansas and attended schools in Fort Scott, before moving to Pittsburg prior to his senior year. He graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1962. Jack graduated from Pittsburg State University with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Political Science. He was President of the Student Body and was well known on campus by students and faculty alike. Of the various jobs Jack worked while in college, being a D.J. at a local radio station was his favorite. He later studied law at Washington University in St. Louis.

While attending PSU he met the woman who would become his wife, Judy Utes. After graduation, Jack enlisted in the United States Army and served as an officer in Vietnam. On May 30, 1970, Jack flew to Honolulu, Hawaii to marry Judy at Ft. DeRussy Post Chapel. He returned to Vietnam to complete his tour of duty and Judy returned home to Kansas to await the safe return of her husband.

Among the different jobs Jack held while he was young, he always had stories to tell about the White Grill in Fort Scott and about delivering milk to several rural communities in southeast Kansas.

Jack continued to support the military through his service in the National Guard where he attained the rank of Captain. Upon completion of his military service, Jack taught American History at Labette County Community College in Parsons, KS. He worked for General Services Administration in Kansas City, MO from 1973 until 1980, then went to work for Farmers Home Administration in St. Louis. In 1983, Jack and his family moved to Leavenworth where he began his 22-year career at Fort Leavenworth. He retired as Chief, Structure and Analysis, Force Design Directorate at Fort Leavenworth in 2005.

Jack was preceded in death by his mother and father, his in-laws, Harry O. and Rosalie Utes, and his sister-in-law, Rinda Utes Gilpin.

An amazing husband, father and grandfather, he is survived by his wife Judy and daughter Holly Fulton of the home, daughter Kimberly (Frankie) Wheeler, Lansing and daughter Kristen (Gahvin) Frey, Leavenworth. Jack also has 6 wonderful grandchildren, Jaylen and Alexis Shird, Ailey and Malachi Frey, and Nehemiah and Brooklyn Wheeler.

Jack loved his family and always enjoyed their antics when they were together. His grandkids were his pride and joy and he looked forward to each and every visit! Jay, Lexi, Ailey, Malachi, Nemo and Brooklyn loved their Papa and will miss him greatly. Papa’s jokes, songs and silliness will be treasured by all.

Jack was always willing to do everything he could for anyone and was always there to lend a hand when it was needed. He worked hard to build a wonderful life for his family. He enjoyed teaching Bible study and Sunday school, assembling model planes, and spending time with his family.

In addition to his immediate family, Jack is survived by brothers Jim Fulton, Olympia, WA, Jay (Cherrie) Fulton, Merrimack, NH, and sister Joyce (Kerry) Elkins, Klamath Falls, OR, sister-in-law Betsy (Larry) Koontz, Pratt, KS, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, 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 Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials in Jack’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Donation forms will be available at both services.

Laura E. Stevenson

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Laura Elaine Alexander Stevenson, 88, of Leavenworth, took flight to be with our Lord and Savior on Monday, July 20, 2015, having lived a full and blessed life. She was born on March 18, 1927, in Leavenworth, Kan., the daughter of Amos E. and Bertha (Townsend) Alexander.

Laura was blessed with two siblings, Romaine Branch Humbert and Amos E. Alexander, whose journey preceded hers.

She was a product of the Leavenworth Education System. She had various careers, and retired as Sgt. Stevenson from the Kansas State Department of Corrections after working there for 21 years. She was one of the founding members of the social club Les Noveletts, belonged to the Order of Eastern Stars, ABWA (Coronado Chapter) and a faithful member of Independent Baptist Church for over 68 years.

Laura united in marriage with Mr. Albert W. Stevenson and from this union, four children were born, Vicki, Lois “Jinaki” , Debra and Stevie.

She was preceded in life’s journey by Stevie, Jinaki, Debra, Albert, and a grandson, Anthony W. Clark.

Laura leaves to carry on her legacy a daughter, Vicki (Don) Clark Broaden of Los Angeles, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Charlann Hicks, Nikita Taylor, Dawn Clark, Cynthia Giles, Kianga Modupe, Lynda Ovando and Jocco Biley; great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren; two nieces, Judy Johnson and Audrey (John) Alexander; two nephews, Amos Alexander and Andy Alexander from Bay Area, Calif.; two very close cousins, Cornelia Brown and family and Enita Alexander and family.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, July 27, 2015, at Independent Baptist Church. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, at the church. Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Charles Robert Wood

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Charles Robert Wood, 81, formerly of Leavenworth, died, Friday, July 3, 2015. He was born May 25, 1934, in Lawrence, Kan., the son of Herbert and Rose (Owens) Wood.

On Feb. 14, 1954, Charles married Dixie Lou Davis. She survives him. He is also survived by a son, Mike (Jennifer) Wood of Leavenworth; a daughter-in-law, Mary Wood; a brother, Marvin Wood of Lenexa, Kan.; three grandchildren, Heather (Dominic) Britt, Scott (Abby) Wood and Natalie Wood; and a great grandson, Liam Britt.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Greg Wood; and a brother, Ralph McDougal.

Charles moved to Leavenworth in May of 1957, to open his first Charley’s APCO at 4th and Kiowa. Through the years he invested in many other things besides Wood Oil Co. He owned a Coast to Coast Hardware store in Atchison, Kan. He invested in oil wells, car washes and he owned a grapefruit orchard in Texas. Charles got most of his joy from investing in the stock market.

He loved to pilot his airplane or going fishing, boating, hunting, camping and traveling in his motor home.

Charles was active in the Elks Club and the Jaycees.

In 1989, he retired and moved to Palm Springs, Calif.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 23, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

John Joseph Blume

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John Joseph Blume. 77, of Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at Twin Oaks Health and Rehabilitation. He was born on Jan. 23, 1938, in Leavenworth, Kan., the son of John and Adelia (Miller) Blume.

John Blume

He graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1957. After high school, John joined the United States Army Reserves from 1958 to 1964. He also worked at the Leavenworth Times, the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks and Bell Hall Library before retiring in 2005.

John married Catherine “Kitty” Blume on April 11, 1964. After 25 years of marriage, John and Kitty divorced, but remained good friends and support to one another, sharing holidays and family activities. From that marriage, John is survived by two daughters, Mary (David) Moss of Parkville, Mo., and Michelle (Kevin) Manning of Topeka, Kan.; three grandchildren, Nicole Moss, Ashley Moss and Harlow Manning; and a sister, Lorraine Blanford of Evansville, Ind.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Buick Club.

John always enjoyed working the annual dinners at St. Joseph and Sacred Heart Catholic Churches. He was very handy, mechanical and crafty. He could see the value in repurposing and repairing many discarded items. His favorite motto was “One man’s trash is another’s treasure”. John loved working on his Ford Model A Roadster as a young adult. He was also a certified scuba diver, he took diving trips to Bonaire, Belize and Hawaii.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation for the loving care provided to John by the Twin Oaks Staff and Crossroads Hospice.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. with the rosary prayed at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, July 19, 2015, 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. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to American Veteran’s, Alzheimer’s Foundation or St. Joseph Catholic Church .

Marvin "Marv" LeRoy Burgess Jr.

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Marvin “Marv” LeRoy Burgess Jr., 56, of Leavenworth, died, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at Providence Medical Center. He was born Oct. 26, 1958, in Leavenworth, Kan., the son of Marvin and Beatrice (Robertson) Burgess Sr..

Marvin Burgess

On Dec. 16, 1989, Marv married Katherine “Kathy” Rice in Leavenworth, Kan. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a daughter, Corina (Brandon) Fryman; three sons, Jason Burgess, Chris (Holly) Runnells and Joshua (Ashley) Burgess; eight grandchildren, Joe, Mariah, Jayla, Mason, Jordan, Gabriel, Zayne and Joshua; a sister, Mary (Dirk) VonMorrison; two brothers, James “Jim” Burgess and Michael “Mike” (Briana) Burgess; brother and sister in-laws; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Marv retired from the Leavenworth Stepkids Motorcycle Club.

He enjoyed fishing, camping, riding his motorcycle and hanging out with good friends and family. He especially loved teasing his grandchildren, they were his pride and joy.

He struggled and fought a good fight with cancer for the past eight years.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 17, 2015, 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 the Burgess family for funeral and medical expenses.

Joseph Burton Matzeder

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Joseph Burton Matzeder, 88, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, July 9, 2015, at his home. He was born Sept. 20, 1926, the son of Frances and AnnaMae (Moore) Matzeder of Leavenworth, Kan.

Joseph Burton Matzeder

He was a standout athlete in his youth. Joe played football and basketball at Immaculata High School and Pony League baseball for the city. He performed so well on the baseball diamond, he attracted scouts in the early 1940s from the St. Louis Browns (now the Baltimore Orioles). Joe was an avid outdoorsman and loved nothing more than fishing and hunting deer or upland game with his family in his spare time. He loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren dearly and entertained us all with his lively stories of nights out in “old downtown” Leavenworth with his cherished wife Eleanor.

Following a brief enlistment in the U.S. Army, Joe worked at and retired from the Leavenworth VA after 36 dedicated years. While at the VA he met his wife, Eleanor, and the couple were married on Aug. 1, 1955. In between their shifts at the VA, they built the home where they would spend the rest of their lives. His beloved Eleanor precedes him death, along with his parents; brother, Al Matzeder; and a grandson, Michael J. Matzeder.

Joe is survived by his other brother, Andy (Clarice) Matzeder; his children, Joseph (Julia) Matzeder Jr., of Leavenworth, Vicki (Pat) Welch, of Lansing and James Matzeder, of Leavenworth; his grandchildren, Lindsey Welch (fiancé Kevin Baribeau) of Manhattan, Kan., Ashley (Bo) Blacketer, of Lansing, Casey (Nathan) Coffey, of Bonner Springs, Jeffrey Matzeder, of Leavenworth; and great-grandchildren Kayla, Declan and Hunter.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 13, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home in Leavenworth. A private family burial will follow in the coming week. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for a donation to the charity of your choosing.

Ronald Eugene Hale

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Ronald E. Hale, 55, CPA, Finance Director for the City of Leavenworth, died suddenly and unexpectedly, Thursday, July 2, 2015, at St. John Hospital. He was born on August of 1959, in St. Helena, Calif., the son of Robert and Willita (Erwin) Hale.

Ronald Eugene Hale

He grew up as an Army dependent. He attended Southern Adventist University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s in Science in Accounting. After receiving his CPA license, Capt. Ron became a veteran of the U.S. Army Medical and Finance Corp. While in the Army, Ron earned the Soldier of the Cycle and Expert Field Medical Badge because of his leadership skills. Governmental Accounting was a passion for which he earned State awards. His success can be directly attributed to his faith, honesty, work ethic and good nature.

He loved to travel, scuba, kayak, read and laugh. He chose to devote his life to his family and continued to give of himself through organ donation.

Ron is survived by his wife of 34 years, Dianne; two sons, Jason and Derek, and their wives, Leah and Lindsey; two grandsons, Jacob and Logan; Ron also leaves his parents; two brothers, Rick and Jimmy; and many other family members, inherited children, grandchildren and close friends.

A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Inurnment will be in Chattanooga, Tenn., at a later date. Memorials are suggested to American Red Cross.

Joy Dean Waters

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Joy Dean Waters, 80, of Leavenworth, died, Thursday, July 2, 2015, at her home. She was born on Nov. 16, 1934, in Platte City, Mo., the daughter of Thomas Perry and Mattie Dell (Bryant) Porter.

Joy Waters

On March 29, 1953, Joy married Vernon E. Waters at High Prairie Church in Leavenworth. He survives at the home. She is also survived by two sons, Gene (Sharon) Waters of Leavenworth and Greg (Judy) Waters of Lansing; two daughters, Cindy Waters of Grandview, Mo., and Sandra (Dean Johnson) Kinney of Easton, Kan.; two sisters, Joyce (Tootsie) Bakken of Christmas Valley, Ore., and Linda Kracht of Gladstone, Mo.; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Joy worked for USD 469 for 20 years.

She was involved in ladies bible study and the Jarbalo alumni association. She was also a Boling 4-H leader.

Joy enjoyed gardening and watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her in-laws, Frank and Gertrude Waters.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at High Prairie Church. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the church. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to High Prairie Church. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

June 2015 Obituaries

Jaycee Jo Mickienzie Johnson

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Jaycee Jo Mickienzie Johnson went to be with her Grandma Mickie and Jesus on June 30, 2015, at Children’s Mercy Hospital. She was born on June 29, 2015, the daughter of Jeremy and Amy Jo (Adams) Johnson. .

Jaycee was loved by many before she ever entered this world.

Jaycee was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Mickie Jo Adams; maternal great-grandfather, James Moody; maternal great-grandmother, Carol Adams; and paternal great grandmother, Haru Underwood.

Jaycee leaves behind her mommy and daddy; and two brothers Elijah and Jeremiah Johnson.

A big thank you to all the loving nurses and doctors at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to The Congenital Heart Defect fund at Children's Mercy Hospital.

Gloria A. Inkman

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Gloria A. Inkman, 82, of Lansing, died, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at St. Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza. She was born on Aug. 23, 1932, in Carthage, Mo., the daughter of Harry O. and Hallie (Meyer) Gaffin.

Gloria A. Inkman

Gloria graduated high school in Missouri at the age of 16 and went on to attend St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Kansas City, Mo. She then took a job as a Registered Nurse with the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Leavenworth, Kan., where she worked for 30 years before she was forced to retire due to Ovarian cancer.

After a brief respite from fighting and beating that cancer, Gloria was anxious to get back to the work she loved. She then joined the staff at Dr. Peter Cristiano’s office where she remained for 21 years, while fighting breast cancer and numerous other health issues.

On May 1, 1954, Gloria married David Inkman at St. Joseph Church in Leavenworth. He survives at the home after 61 years of marriage. She is also survived by two daughters, Lynn (Dale) Shinault of Junction City, Kan. and Cynthia (David) Palmer of Grandview, Mo.; two grandsons, Anthony Palmer and Corben Palmer; two sister-in-laws, Greta (Stanley) Inkman of Leavenworth and Jonnie (Harry “Bud”) Gaffin of Granbury, Tx.; many nieces and nephews; and several beloved friends and patients she has cared for throughout the years.

Gloria was preceded in death by her son, David Inkman II; a brother, Harry Gaffin Jr.; her parents; her mother and father in-law, Henry and Anna (Pranke) Inkman; along with 10 brothers and sister in-laws on her husband’s side.

She loved to travel and see new things. She also enjoyed decorating and taking craft classes, where she made things for friends and family. Her time was primarily spent working a job she loved, being with her friends and family and watching her grandsons grow into young men.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 6, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at St. Joseph Church, with Fr. David McEvoy O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice.

Anthony Patrick Reineke

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Anthony Patrick Reineke, 14, of Lansing, died peacefully, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at home in the arms of his parents after a long battle with illness. He was born May 29, 2001, in Fort Hood, Texas, the son of Myron John and Laurie Diane (Whitaker) Reineke.

Reineke

Anthony completed the 8th grade at Patton Junior High School, where he was a straight A student. His favorite classes were math and model design.

He enjoyed playing video games, catch, listening to 80's music and playing tricks on his loved ones. He loved baseball and his favorite team was the Texas Rangers. Anthony was quiet, sincere, brave, intelligent, witty and a prankster.

Anthony was preceded in death by his great grandparents, Jean and Warren Yackle and an uncle, James Whitaker.

He is survived by his parents; a brother, Andrew Reineke; a sister, Sarah Reineke; his maternal grandparents, Jerry and Cathy Whitaker, of Osawatomie, Kan.; his paternal grandparents, Charles and Jane Reineke of Spring Valley, Minn.; and many uncles, aunts and cousins that loved him immensely.

Visitation beginning with praying the Rosary will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at St. Francis de Sales Church. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the church, with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to the Children's Mercy Hospital Cancer Center in Kansas City, Mo. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Kenneth Wayne Dugger

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Kenneth Wayne Dugger, 70, of Leavenworth, passed away, Thursday, June 11, 2015, quietly at his home surrounded by family. He was born Dec. 6, 1944, in Atchison, Kan., the son of Martin and Lillian (Suritte) Dugger.

On September 9, 1987, Kenneth married Tracy Crook. She survives at the home. They had no children of their own, but were very involved in the lives of many nieces and nephews. Kenneth loved children and was known to many as Grandpa Uncle Kenny. He is also survived by three sisters, Carol (Larry) Meyer of Omaha Neb., Sherry (Jerry) Crane of Cocoa Beach, Fla., Linda Stahl of Atchison, Kan.; a brother Don (Marilyn) Dugger of St. Joseph, Mo.; his parent in laws, Ed and Patty Crook of Leavenworth and Velma Wood of Arcola, Mo.; four brother-in-laws, James (Beverly) Whalen of Orrick Mo., Joe (Stephanie) Whalen of Crosstimbers, Mo., Roger (Gloria) Wood of Louisburg Kan., Richard (Tina) Crook of Aloha, Ore., and Rodney Wood of Hillsdale Kan.; and a sister-in-law, Vicky (Doug) Evert of Leslie, Mich.

As a young man, he served his country in the United States Army from August 1968 to January 1970 and again from April 1971 to September 1973. He was a Master Transportation Operator. Kenneth traveled throughout Europe and was a chauffeur at WestPoint. He received the Sharpshooter and Code of Conduct Medals. He later worked at the Veterans Administration, Ft. Leavenworth Grounds, the City of Leavenworth and retired in 2008 from Kansas City Kansas Community College in Leavenworth.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, William Dugger and Ervin Dugger; four sisters, Shirley Black, Betty Bramble, Helen O’Trimble and Mary Kim Smith.

Kenny enjoyed riding motorcycles, fishing and camping. He also enjoyed his many pets. He will be missed by his little dog, Molly.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 19, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Easton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Better Opportunities Mentoring Program. Motorcycles are welcome if weather permits.

Jane Blazek

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Jane Elizabeth Blazek, 62, of Leavenworth, died, Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at St. Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza. She was born on Jan. 13, 1953, in Somerset, Penn., the daughter of Leonard and Audrey (Petri) Sechler.

Jane Blazek

On March 16, 1974, Jane married David L. Blazek in Indiana, Penn. He survives at the home. She is also survived by two daughters, Cynthia Atwood and Amanda (Donald) Huntington; three grandchildren, Kayla Atwood, Blake Atwood and Evelyn Huntington; three sisters, Barbara (Robert) Campbell, Linda Glessner and Sally Sechler; and numerous nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Austin Atwood.

Jane was a big supporter of the Patriot Guard Riders and the U.S.O.

She was a dedicated and loving mother and grandmother.

Jane was also an organ donor.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, June 12, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the services. Memorials are suggested to St. Luke’s Hospital Neuroscience Unit.

Colleen Scott May

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Colleen Scott May, 38, of Leavenworth, died, Monday, June 8, 2015, at her home. She was born on Aug. 25, 1976, in Hagerstown, Md., the daughter of David and Sharon (Maskill) Scott.

She is survived by four children, Scott Frymire, Gabrielle Frymire, Kennedy May and Beckett May; her father; a brother, Nick (Beth) Scott; a sister, Megan (Gary) Berlin; and multiple nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother and her grandparents.

Visitation will be from 10 to 12 p.m. Sunday, June 14, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the services. Memorials are suggested to the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home for funeral expenses.

May 2015 Obituaries

George Bernard Harnish

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George Bernard Harnish, 63, of Garden City, Kan., passed away Friday, May 29, 2015, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Kan. He was born Jan. 19, 1952, in Leavenworth, Kan., the son of George A. and Frances A. (Striegel) Harnish.

George Harnish

Bernie graduated from Easton High School in 1970. On Feb. 16, 1980, he married Emelina Tovar. They later divorced. He is survived by his children, Adriana (Bret) Heskett of Garden City, Kan., Kathleen (Curtis) Shephard of Wichita, Kan., and John Harnish of Topeka, Kan.; sisters, Kathleen Pryor of Vacaville, Calif. and Jeanie Lawrence of Leavenworth; a brother, Joe (Connie) Harnish of Leavenworth; six grandchildren, Emily, Palmer, Logan, Greyson, Alice, and Easton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-laws, Fred Pryor and Bob Lawrence.

After a long and dedicated career, Bernie retired from Southwestern Bell in 2003. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends. He was a member of Assumption Parish in Topeka. He loved his family dearly and will be greatly missed. His six grandchildren were the lights of his life.

Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, Leavenworth. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Easton, Kan., with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Lawrence Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Lawrence Cemetery or Homestead Health and Rehabilitation Nursing Home, Garden City, Kan.

Jeanne Moore

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Jeanne Morse Moore, 66, of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at her home surrounded by her loved ones. She was born Feb. 14, 1949, in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Ellsworth and Virginia (Garbison) Morse Jr.

Jeanne Moore

Jeannie attended East Carolina University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree. She then attended George Mason University and received a Master’s Degree in English. After college Jeannie taught English at Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, Va., for 15 years.

On March 24, 1984, Jeannie married James Merton Moore, III., in Alexandria, Va. She is survived by her husband, James, who lives in Leavenworth, KS. She is also survived by two sons, James David Moore and wife, Sarah Moore of Huntsville, Ala. and Scott Alexander Moore of Leavenworth, and a daughter, Kristen Jeanette Moore of Bogota, Colombia. She also leaves her husband’s children, who she loved as her own, and who loved her as a mother: Shawn Moore and wife, Gabrielle Moore of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Randall Douglas Moore and wife, Danielle Moore of Huntsville, Ala. and Cynthia Moore Curtis and husband, Matthew Curtis of Fort Mill, S.C. She is also survived by sister, Ellen Yokel and husband, Don Yokel of Dunnellon, Fla.

She was not only a talented English teacher and wonderful mother, but she was also an artist, seamstress, and quilter. Quilting was her favorite, of her many talents.

A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, in honor of Jeannie.

Stephan Lively

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Stephan Harley Lively, 71, of Leavenworth, died, Monday, May 25, 2015, at St. Luke’s Hospice House. He was born on Sept. 3, 1943, in Lynch, Ky., the son of John and Ethel (Mays) Lively.

Stephan Lively

He graduated from Bellevue High School in Bellevue, Ohio in 1962. Stephan was a mechanical engineer in the United States Navy from 1962 to 1966. In 1973 he went to work for Great Western Manufacturing where he retired after 35 years.

On Feb. 17, 1982, Stephan married Barbara Fowler at the Little Church of the West, in Las Vegas, Nevada. She survives at the home. He is also survived by two daughters, Stephanie (Ken) Britt and Staci Jane Lively both of Lugoff, S.C.; a granddaughter that he was exceptionally proud of, Sydney Jane Lively; a sister, Donna (Leo) Fuchs; two dogs, Quigley and Caesar; 17 nieces and nephews; and very good friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandparents.

He was proud of his award winning 1947 Mercury Convertible that he restored himself. He was an avid reader. Stephan also enjoyed fishing, woodworking and music.

He was a member of the VFW, American Legion and the Forty and Eight club.

Stephan had a great sense of humor and a love for animals. He loved his family more than anything.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Pulmonary Fibrosis Research or Leavenworth County Humane Society.

Anneliese Marie Bauder

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Anneliese Marie Bauder, 32, of Leavenworth, passed from this life to the next, Thursday, May 21, 2015, at St. Luke’s Hospital from a sudden unexpected illness. She was born on Feb. 16, 1983, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of Joseph and Leslie (Gausz) Bauder.

Anneliese Bauder

She attended Leavenworth schools as well as Sherwood Center for exceptional children where she was chosen Duchess of the 1993 Homecoming Royalty. She entered the Riverside Resources Day Program and Ottawa Group Home in 2002.

Anna will be remembered for her cheerful smile, affectionate manner and sense of humor. She made friends easily and brought out the best in those around her. She was blessed to have so many good people come into her life as family, caregivers, teachers and friends.

She is survived by her parents, several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Sacred Heart Church. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, at the church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Riverside Resources.

Randall Wayne Clark

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Randall Wayne Clark, 62, of Easton, Kan., passed away, Thursday, May 21, 2015, at his home. He was born on Sept. 21, 1952, in Camanche, Iowa, the son of Dale and Betty (Sanders) Clark.

Randall Clark

Shortly after graduating high school, Randy was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served with the 802nd Engineers, C-Company and was stationed at Camp Humphries, South Korea. Randall was honorably discharged in 1974 after finishing his military service at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. Immediately after discharge, Randy began his successful life long career of 34 years as a Correctional Officer at the Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary. For 11 years he proudly sponsored the Native American groups at the prison. After 34 years of respected service, Randy retired as a Correctional Counselor.

During his brief time at Ft. Leavenworth, he met his wife of 41 years, Peggy Wagner. She survives at the home. In the fall of 1975, Randy and Peggy had their only child, Nicholas. In 1996, Randy welcomed his daughter-in-law, Wendy Thrasher into his family whom he treated and loved like the daughter he never had. Randy became “Papa” in 1996 when his first grandson Ronnie came into his life. In December of 1996, he was blessed with his second grandson, Tristan. From this point on, these 2 boys were the most important part of his life. No obligations or destinations were important unless it involved his grandsons. He is also survived by two brothers, David and Alan (Linda) Clark; two brother in-laws, Kenny (Theresa) Wagner and James (Rhetta) Wagner; a sister-in-law, Susan Griffee; many nieces and nephews; and his cat, Patches.

Randy was a man of few hobbies, but was very proud of his 1958 Ford Fairlane, and his antique Auburn rubber toy collection. Most of all, Papa’s most important hobby was spoiling his two grandsons. Randy was most known for making anyone around him laugh. His social skills were very honed and he would always have a story to tell. But most of all he was known for his big heart.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his in-laws, Eleanor and Eugene “Bud” Wagner.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2015, 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 Saint Lawrence Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Saint Lawrence Catholic Church.

John Michael Patrick

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John Michael Patrick, 67, of Leavenworth, died peacefully at his home surrounded by family, Monday, May 18, 2015, after his battle with Melanoma and Lymphoma Cancer. He was born on Oct. 1, 1947, in Logan, Utah, the son of Eugene and Elizabeth (McIntyre) Patrick.

John Michael Patrick

John graduated from Lansing High School in 1966 and then attended Diesel Mechanic Trade School. After graduating, he went to work for Hym Michael Comp. dismanteling railroads until 1971. John then went to work for Kansas Correctional Industry as a truck driver after working there for 35 years he retired in 2006. After retirement, John became an independent truck driver.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gary Harrel.

John is survived by his wife of 45 years, Donna Patrick; a daughter, Tina (Dave) Hunter of Leavenworth; a son, Michael (Mary) Patrick of Butler, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Katrina (SSG Jesse) Pendleton, PFC Gary (Lacey) Flack, Wyatt Flack, Sierah Flack, Dayton Flack, Jutina Goodwin, Cheyenne Patrick and Micah Patrick; two great grandchildren, Braedyn Flack and Brayden Goodwin; a sister, Jody Lucas; and many nieces and nephews.

John loved spending time working on many different projects. He was well loved and will be greatly missed by many.

The Patrick Family would like to extend their appreciation to Twin Oaks and Crossroads Hospice.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. A private inurnment will be Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Citizens Savings and Loan, P.O. Box 489, in care of John M. Patrick for funeral expenses.

John D. Chapman

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John David Chapman, 59, of Leavenworth, passed away at his home Tuesday, May 12, 2015. John was born Sept. 19, 1955, at Ft. Benning, Ga. He was preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn.

John D. Chapman

John is survived by his father, Col. Hershel Chapman, U.S. Army Retired; his brothers, Charles and wife, Cinda and Robert; his nieces, Candace, Cathryn, Kristy and Rebecca; his nephews, Timothy and Christian; and a great-nice, Claire Evelyn.

John graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1975 and the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in Santa Monica, Calif., in 1978. Upon graduation from GIA as a Graduate Gemologist (GG) at the top of his class, he was hired be GIA as a diamond grader and rose to diamond grader team chief.

When his parents purchased Lavery’s Jewelry Store, a downtown landmark since 1892, he joined the family business as a gemologist. He soon expanded his credentials by attaining the title of Certified Gemologist (CG). John’s expertise with gems and his professional talent with diamond setting, jewelry design and repair was soon recognized locally and even across the country as a world class jeweler.

John loved the outdoors and enjoyed boating, gardening, hunting as well as playing baseball, football and basketball. He was well loved and will be missed by many.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Private inurnment will be at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.

John Burke

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John D. Burke, 89, of Leavenworth, died peacefully in his home on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. John was born Nov. 12, 1925, in Leavenworth, Kan., the son of Edward Edmond and Bertha Agnes (Harrison) Burke.

John Burke

He leaves behind his companion and best friend for over 13 years, Margaret Lien of Minnesota; his two daughters, Karen D. Burke of Basehor and Betty J. Burke-Comer (Jack) of Leavenworth; his two granddaughters, Rachel L. Johnson (Troy) and Kimberly K. Jackson; four great-grandsons, Kyler Williams, Tristan Jackson, Caden Monahan and Chance Johnson all of Leavenworth; his sister, Shirley Mustain of West Chapel, Fla; his sisters-in-law, Mary Helen Burke, Betty Nakata and Dixie Dickson; 11 nieces and 12 nephews currently living in California, Florida, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina and Tennessee; and many great nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, E. Nadine Burke and the mother of his children. He was also preceded in death by his two brothers, Edward Warren Burke and Robert Burke; three sisters, Elaine Mistler, Emmagene McEvoy and Ruth Parson; and his oldest nephew, Edward Burke of California.

John was a World War II Army veteran and prisoner of war in Mulhberg, Germany. He was liberated by the Russian Army in Prague, Czechoslovakia. In 2002, John met up with his Army buddy Jessie Hadaway after losing contact for over 57 years.

John retired from the Veteran’s Administration in 1971. He also worked as a plumber for Denney Plumbing for many years. He was a member of the Leavenworth United Methodist Church since his return from the war and recently joined the Southern Heights Methodist Church with his daughters. John loved to drive and crossed the country many times. He was a winter Texan for over 30 years. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. The family would like to extend their appreciation to St. Luke’s Hospice and Cushing Hospital for their continued care and friendship.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 18, 2015 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association.

Anna Lou Jackson

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Anna L. Jackson, 91, of Kansas City, Mo., formerly of Lansing, Kan., died, Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Little Sisters of the Poor. She was born on Feb. 7, 1924, in Mayetta, Kan., the daughter of Benjamin F. and Margaret E. (Marshall) Sanderson.

Anna Jackson

On Feb. 5, 1947, Anna married Otis “Bud” Jackson. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two grandchildren, Brianne Jackson and Connor James Jackson; three brothers and a sister.

Anna is survived by six children, James (Beverly) Jackson, Peggy (Mark) Ernzen, Mary (Bruce) Atkins, Chris (Veronica) Jackson, Regina (David) Santana and Rita Jackson; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Francis de Sales Parish and Sacred Heart Parish. Anna was involved in the Sacred Heart Altar Society, Daughters of Isabelle, Lansing Community Club, Quilt Club and Extension Homemaker Unit.

She worked at St. John’s Hospital as a nurse for 17 years.

Anna enjoyed quilting, sewing, reading, gardening and spending time with her family.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, at Sacred Heart Church, with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Little Sisters of the Poor.

April 2015 Obituaries

Mary Ann Timmermann

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Mary Ann Timmermann, 85, of Leavenworth, passed away Monday, April 27, 2015, at Twin Oaks in Lansing. She was born Dec. 26, 1929, in Wisner, Neb., the daughter of George and Alvina (Brehmer) Hollman.

On April 4, 1953, she married Fred W. Timmermann in Wisner, Neb., he preceded her in death on Dec. 7, 1981. She is survived by her children, Jane E. (Joe) Palmer of Newton, Kan., Sue M. Pippes of Indianapolis, Ind.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Elaine (Bob) Albers; and a brother, John H.(Dianna) Wubbenhorst.

Mary Ann worked as a hairdresser for 40 years. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Damien Snyder presiding. Burial will follow at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church.

Mary Sue Daniels

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Mary Sue Daniels, 68, of Leavenworth, was placed in the hands of our heavenly father, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at her home in the arms of her loving children. She was born Aug. 4, 1946, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Otto Henry and Blanche Josephine (Heintzelman) Wilk.

Mary Daniels

She is survived by her children, Carolyn Clayton and Brian Beaman; five grandchildren, Christopher (Lisa) Clayton, Dennis (Megan) Clayton, Mychal (Julie) Clayton, Gabrielle Beaman, Savannah Beaman and Colin Beaman; and 10 great-grandchildren, Camerone, Sedale, Tatyanna, Alexis, Neveah, Amaya, Alivia, Elijah, Amiya and Mychal Jr. Her family has been placed in the loving care of Barbara Meadors, her lifelong friend and mother to all.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Argusta Daniels.

Suzy will be missed beyond words as she touched the lives of so many.

Graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015, at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Services provided by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society.

Donald J. Murray

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Donald Joseph Murray, 77, passed away at his home surrounded by family on April 24, 2015. Don was born Nov 2, 1937, in Leavenworth the son of Robert William and Catherine Frances (Klimcak) Murray.

Donald Murray

He attended The Old Cathedral Grade School and graduated from Immaculata High School in l955.

On June 21, 1958, he married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Jo Knight and together they enjoyed 56 wonderful years together. They raised four children, Laura (Randy) Beeves, Pamela (James) Grosdidier, Brad (Laura) Murray, Bryan (Julie) Murray; and 11 grandchildren: Matthew, Kristen, Charissa, Lauren and Karah Beeves; Raymond and Robert Grosdidier; Meghan and Sean Murray; Will and Patrick Murray. He is also survived by brothers, Dale (Beth Ann) and David (Kathy) Murray; sister, Barbara (Ernie) Eller; sister-in-laws, Betty Pierron and Pat Knight; and several nieces and nephews.

Don served four years in the US Air Force and retired as a Department of Army civilian with 42 years of government service.

He was an active and dedicated member of his church and volunteered throughout his life. He was a member of NARFE, Knights of Columbus for almost 50 years and was the Grand Marshal of the 2013 St Patrick Day parade.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Church, 711 N. 5th St, Leavenworth, KS., with a vigil service led by Rev. William McEvoy. Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the church with Rev. David McEvoy O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial with Air Force honors will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Immaculate Conception Church or NARFE Alzheimer's research.

Marian L. Armstrong

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Marian L. Armstrong, 53, of DeSoto, Kan., passed away, Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Olathe Medical Center. She was born Dec. 4, 1961, in Pittsburgh, Pa., the daughter of George Dale and Margaret (Keener) Grant.

Marian Armstrong

On Oct. 13, 1984, she married Dennis E. Armstrong in Pittsburgh (Sheraden) and He survives. She is also survived by her children, Laine Armstrong of Houston, Texas, Grant Armstrong, Grayson Armstrong, Paige Armstrong and Brenna Armstrong all of DeSoto; her siblings, Dale (Deanie) Grant, Tom (Jean) Grant, Lynn (Bill) Maguire and Maura (Edward) Skiba; and many nieces and nephews.

Marian was preceded in death by her parents. She is a graduate of Canevin Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, and the University of Dayton. In addition to raising five children, Marian worked for H&R Block in Leavenworth Kan., and the Armstrong household in DeSoto also included two dogs and three cats.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at St. Francis de Sales Church with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. Inurnment will be at a later date. Memorials are suggested to Wayside Waifs, 3901 Martha Truman Rd, Kansas City, MO 64137.

Leland "Buck" Keister

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(Ret) U.S. Army Lt. Col. Leland “Buck” Keister Jr., 83, of Leavenworth, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Tonganoxie, Kan.

Leland Keister

He was born Aug. 14, 1931, on the family farm in Kenesaw, Ne., the son of Leland and Edna Mae Keister.

Buck graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1953, where he was a founding member of the UN Rodeo Association and was the All Around Champion Cowboy for Nebraska in 1953. He entered the Army after graduation and had multiple overseas assignments, including; Korea, Hawaii, Germany, Dominican Republic and Vietnam.

Buck was a nationally and internationally respected horseman, trainer, exhibitor and judge. He was on the National Board of Directors of the American Buckskin Registry Association. He was the founder of the “Rocking K Ranch” where he bred, raised, trained and exhibited foundation Quarter Horses, selling horses nationally and internationally.

He was preceded in death by son, David Keister and a sister Annie.

He is survived by his wife, of 63 years, Patricia; a son Kenneth; a grandson, David Jr.; four sisters, Bonnie, Lula Mae, Betty June and Caroline; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to American’s Vet Dogs.

Alice Marie Smith

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Alice Marie Smith, 71, of Easton, Kan., passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015 surrounded by her children. She was born on Feb. 25, 1944, in Leavenworth, Kan., the daughter of John and Anna (Zorn) Brose. She was a graduate of Easton High School and a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church.

After High School Alice went to work for Fort Leavenworth and retired from the Federal Service on Aug. 29th, 1997.

Alice is survived by two children from her first marriage to Dennis L. Lunsford (deceased); Denise Miller, Perry, Kan. and Jonathan Lunsford, Leavenworth. She later married John W. Smith on Feb. 17, 1982 in Leavenworth, Kan. who preceded her in death. He brought to their marriage four step-children: Susan Smith, Vale, Ore., Wayne Smith, Bozeman, Mont., Steven Smith, Belgrade, Mont. and David Smith, Four Corners, Mont. Two brothers, David Brose and Bernard Brose, both of Easton, survive as well as 5 grandchildren and 13 step-grandchildren.

Alice always enjoyed working in her garden, loved to cook, and was an avid reader.

Visitation beginning with the Rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. at St. Lawrence Church with Fr. Matthew Francis as celebrant. Inurnment will follow at St. Lawrence Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Lawrence Catholic Church or Good Shepherd Hospice.

Walter Lee Gum

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Walter “Butch” Lee Gum, 72, of Leavenworth, passed away, Sunday, April 12, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his boys. He was born on March 8, 1943, in Kansas City, Mo., the youngest of six children to Orval and Melba (Raulston) Gum.

He is survived by two sons, Matthew (Jennifer) Gum and Andrew (Jan) Gum; five grandchildren, Clayton, Kaylee, Jacob, Hayden and Hank; and two sisters, Margaret Calvert and Shirley Driver.

Walter served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1972. He was also an Eagle Scout.

Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Graveside Service will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Jeanette Roxanne Scrimsher

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Jeanette “Jenny” R. Scrimsher, 59, of Easton, was taken by the Lord, Thursday, April 9, 2015, after a two year courageous battle with cancer. She was born on July 20, 1955, in Grandview, Mo., the daughter of Virgil and Joyce (Leake) Horton.

Jeanette Roxanne Scrimsher

She worked for the United States Army on Fort Leavenworth for 26 years. Jeanette retired on April 1, 2015. For the last 16 years of her service she worked at the Staff Judge Advocate’s office in the Claims Division. She loved her job and enjoyed taking care of soldiers.

On Dec. 2, 1989, Jeanette married her soulmate, Steve Scrimsher. He survives at the home. She is also survived by four children, Zachariah (Holly) Chamberlin of Olathe, Kan., Avris (Phil) Flynt of Tulsa, Okla., SFC Joshua (Amy) Scrimsher of Killeen, Tx., Jason (Meade) Scrimsher of Lawrence, Kan.; five grandchildren, Danial Graham, Kirsten Graham, Sarah Flynt, Rebekah Flynt and Isabel Flynt; two brothers and two sisters; several nieces and nephews; two dogs, Molly and Dolly; and four cats, Buttons, Bows, Bootsie and Buddy.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandchild, Gabriel.

Jenny loved decorating her home for each holiday, traveling, fishing and taking care of her home.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 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 Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Hospital or Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Mary Eleanor Skahan

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Mary Eleanor (Wiehe) Skahan, 93, of Leavenworth, Kan., passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Mary was born July 15, 1921, in Toronto, Kan., the daughter of Henry J and Victor Marie (Jamison) Wiehe.

Mary Eleanor Skahan

She retired as a registered nurse and had worked for St John, Munson Army, and the VA Hospitals. She also worked with the US Army during World War II as a nurse. She was a member of the Saint Joseph Catholic Church.

Mary married John T. Skahan on Oct. 21, 1948, in Leavenworth. He passed away on Jan 1, 2004.

She is survived by her sons, John (Patricia) Skahan Jr. of Olathe and William Skahan of Leavenworth; daughters, Victoira (Gary) Meyer and Kathleen Lantz, both of Topeka; six grandchildren, Jennifer Brown, Rebecca Polok, Lelia Hayden, Bradley Lantz, Chandler Thomas Skahan and Amanda Skahan; three great-grandchildren, Garytt Brown, Westyn Brown and Jacob Polok; and her sister, Betty Cord of Okemos, Mich.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 12, 2015, at the R.L Leintz Funeral Home. The Rosary will be prayed at 2 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at the Mount Calvary Cemetery. The family suggests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to Meals on Wheels, St Judes Hospital, or the WW II Memorial.

Anthony A. Bielecki

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Anthony A. Bielecki, 83, of Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at Homestead Assisted Living. He was born on Feb. 20, 1932, in Leavenworth, the son of Anton and Philomena (Szczygiel) Bielecki.

Anthony A. Bielecki

Anthony is survived by five sisters, Clara Bogner, Helen Sachs, Ann Burchett, Elizabeth Hughes and Barbara (Ralph) Richardson; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Anthony was a member of Saint Casimir Church. He served on the finance council there for many years.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, April 13, 2015, at Saint Casimir Church. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, at the church, with Fr. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Casimir Church. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

March 2015 Obituaries

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Andrew Gray Entwistle

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Retired U.S. Army Maj. Andrew Gray Entwistle, 53, of Lansing Kansas, passed away, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, while out on his morning run, something he loved to do. He was born on March 21, 1962, in South Laguna, Calif., to Charles and Susan (MacDonald) Entwistle.

Andy was raised in Needham, Mass., with his mother, his sister, Jennifer and his loving grandparents, Gilbert MacDonald and Fannie Clapp MacDonald.

Upon completion of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps curriculum at Northeastern University in Boston, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Ordnance Branch. Andy was a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and retired from the Army in 2007 after 22 years of service. During his career, Andy served in Colorado, Maryland, Germany, Virginia, Egypt, Texas, and finally Albany, New York, where he retired.After his active-duty service ended, Andy continued in federal service first with the Albany Recruiting Battalion and then with the Command and General Staff College as a plans specialist.

In 2010, Andy married Tisha Marie Swart-Entwistle. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his mother, Susan MacDonald Entwistle of Albany; daughter, Heather Harrington of Nassau,N.Y.; son A.J. Entwistle and his wife Eden of Watervliet, N.Y.; son Liam Johnson of Lansing; daughter Zoe Hines of Lansing; sister Jennifer Entwistle and her husband Bill MacKay of Newburyport, Mass.; grandson Andrew Clapp Crawford of Nassau,N.Y.; grandson Caleb Shelton and granddaughter Ava Shelton both of Watervliet; an uncle and aunt, Doug and Marge MacDonald of Colorado; father and mother-in-law, Richard and Thelma Swart of Lansing; sister and brother-in-law, Stacy and Jerry Davis of Lansing; and three nephews Xzavier Holecek, Taylor Holecek, and Dakota Davis of Lansing. Andy is also survived by his close friends, Mark and Jane Wolfe of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Bill Burdick of Boston; and Brian and Jennifer Weets of St. Joseph, Mo.

During his military and federal careers, Andy also found time to volunteer with two fire departments, the Stratmoor Hills Fire Department in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the South Schodack Fire Department in N.Y. He also volunteered as an ambulance driver with the Castleton Ambulance Company. Once he moved to Kansas, Andy became active with Tisha in the local community theater, the River City Community Players.

A celebration of Andy’s life will be at noon on Saturday, April 4, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the funeral home. Following the service, a meal will be served at the Crossroads United Methodist Church on the corner of Gilman Road and 7 Highway in Lansing. Cremation will follow the services and he will be taken back to the family plot in Paxton, Mass., later this spring. In lieu of flowers, Andy asked that donations be made in his name to the South Schodack Volunteer Fire Company, 1567 Bame Road, Castleton-On-Hudson, NY 12033.

Arlen Clark Davidson

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Ret. US Army, Sgt.1st Class Arlen Clark Davidson, 67, of Leavenworth, Kan., passed away Monday, March 30, 2015, at his home. He was born July 9, 1947, the son of Clark and Anna Marguerite (Green) Davidson in Great Bend, Kan.

Arlen Clark Davidson

He served in the Navy from 1967 to 1972. He then joined the Army in 1987 and honorably retired from the military on March 31, 2001.

He was preceded in death by his father and brother, Ronald Davidson.

He is survived by his mother, Anna Marguerite Davidson of Great Bend, Kan; his four children, Sean (Elaine) Davidson of Dallas, Texas, Kelly Davidson of Kansas City, Kan, Kris (Sara) Davidson of Alexandria, Va. and Kari Davidson of Salina, Kan.; and his grandchildren, Britt, Savannah and Shaylee.

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. with the funeral at 10 a.m. Monday, April 6, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial with full military honors will follow at the Leavenworth National Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to “LAWS” (Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society).

Deborah Jane Clock

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Deborah Jane Clock, 70, of Leavenworth, passed away, Monday, March 23, 2015, surrounded by her family. She was born on Feb. 3, 1945, in Wayne County, Ind., the daughter of Eugene and Helen (Schroy) Miller.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Waldo Clock; and her two children, Ronald Clock and Michelle Clock Baker. Deborah leaves a legacy of love and humor through her three grandsons, Ronin Clock, Cosmo Clock and Kooper Baker. She also leaves deep tracks of love as one of seven siblings and a large extended family filled with cousins, nieces, nephews, and more.

As a wife of an Army man, Deborah traveled to many places and always developed meaningful friendships with those she met. She acted as an adopted mother and mentor to many young people offering them acceptance, patience, a listening ear and even a gentle rebuke. In her heart, she was a true caregiver and she will be deeply missed.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015, 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 Mount Calvary Cemetery.

William Adams

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Ret. USAF Lt. Col. William V. Adams, 94, of Leavenworth, Kan., passed away Thursday, March 19, 2015, at his home. He was born Nov. 29, 1920, the son of Floyd and Audra (Porter) Adams on a farm in Worth County, Mo.

William Adams

He attended Center East Country School and graduated from high school at Grant City in 1938. He then attended Northwest Missouri State Teacher’s College. In 1940 he enlisted in the Missouri National Guard. He was called up for federal duty in 1940. After one year, he went into the Army Air Guard for pilot training. After graduating as a Staff Sergeant Pilot, regular army, he returned to Gentry County and married Mildred M. Henderson on Aug. 13, 1942. They have remained married for 72 years. During WWII he flew many trips across the Atlantic to North Africa, England, Middle East and Alaska. After the war, he flew in the Berlin Airlift. He continued flying the KC-97 and the KC-135 re-fuelers in the Air Force (Strategic Air Command) during the cold war. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1971, after 31 years of service, logging just over 10,000 hours of flight time.

Col. Adams lived with his wife in Leavenworth, Kan., since retirement from the military. He was active in the Leavenworth Baptist Church and served as a Deacon and Trustee.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Alvin Porter Adams, an infant sister and two infant children.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred of the home; his children, Tom (Pam) Adams of Houston, Texas, Meta (Carl) Sampsel of Clarksdale, Mo., Rick (Penney) Adams of St. Joseph, Mo. and Terry (Cheryl) Adams of St. Joseph; 12 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at the Leavenworth Baptist Church. Burial with full military honors will follow at the Leavenworth National Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to the Leavenworth Baptist Church or St Luke’s Hospice.

Herbert Keith Lutte

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Herbert Keith Lutte, 76, of Farley, Mo., passed away, March 8, 2015, at Twin Oaks Nursing Home in Lansing, Kan. He was born on April 29, 1938, in Leavenworth, Kan., the son of Herbert F. and Margaret M. (Hendrix) Lutte.

Keith graduated from West Platte High School in Weston, Mo., in 1956. He then attended Central Technology College in Kansas City, Mo.

On June 7, 1969, Keith married Arabelita J. Flint at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Farley, Mo. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a daughter, Ava (Kent) Seeler of Leavenworth, Kan.; three grandsons, Kyle Seeler and Marcus Seeler of Leavenworth, Kan., and Justin Seeler of Kansas City, Mo.; a brother, Kent (Retta) Lutte; three nieces, one nephew, and many cousins and friends.

He was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Farley, Mo. where he held various offices over the years. He was also a little league baseball coach for 15 years.

Keith worked at Southern Bell Telephone Company as a cable splicer technician for 31 years. After retiring, Keith farmed the family farm until he became ill. He served in the Missouri Army National Guard 35th Division for six years.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Ave. Leavenworth, Kan., 66048. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m., Friday, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 98 Main St., Farley, Mo. Memorials are suggested to The Farley Cemetery or Crossroads Hospice.

Miriam Blazier

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Miriam F. Blazier, 94, of Leavenworth, died, Sunday, March 8, 2015, at St. Luke’s Hospice House. She was born Sept. 14, 1920, in Montclair, N.J., the daughter of James and Mary (Gergel) Higgins.

Miriam Blazier

On May 13, 1945, Miriam married Charles Blazier. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two grandsons, Greg Blazier and Mark Higley.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda (Jerry) Smith of Leavenworth and Joan (Charles) Poates of Middleburg, Fla.; a son, Charles “Bud” (Shelly) Blazier of Elizabeth, Colo.; eight grandchildren, Buffie Higley, Benjamin “Buddy” Smith, Chad Blazier, Drew (Ivy) Blazier, Dahn Crandall, Melissa McLaughlin, Jessica (Andrew) Morel–McLaughlin and Carolyn McLaughlin; and 10 great-grandchildren, Amber, Alex, Shelby, Austin, Lauren, Landen, Laney, Ayana, Aldric and Lyla and extended family, Gail Umscheid, Janie Morgan and Keith (Patti) Smith.

Miriam served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1945.

She enjoyed crocheting and reading. She also loved visiting the Ocean.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 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 Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church and St. Luke’s Hospice House.

February 2015 Obituaries

Catherine Lake

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Catherine P. Lake, 87, passed away peacefully, after a short illness, at the home of her son, Harley “Chub” Lake on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2015. She was born May 4, 1927, the daughter of John “Tot” and Olympia S. (Brzozowski) Panek.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Harley “Dusty” Lake, her son Roy John “Jay” Lake and her son-in-law, James Mallein, two sisters, Mary Benton and Cecelia Heckman and two brothers, Byron “Pooch” Brzozowski and Joseph Panek.

Catherine is survived by her sister, Martha Mumm; her children, Robert (Frannie) Lake, Marsha Birk, Harley (Melissa) Lake, Sandra (Thomas) Kowalewski, Cathy Sue Mallein; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She retired from Leavenworth County Infirmary as a C.N.A., in the mid-1990s. Later, she went to work at High Noon Saloon as a prep cook. Catherine “Taji” enjoyed her family, her beloved pets and will be sadly missed by all.

A memorial service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 11,2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Leavenworth County Humane Society in honor of Catherine.

Kathelyn Matzeder

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Kathelyn B. Matzeder, 90, of Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. She was born on June 22, 1924, in Copeville, Texas, the daughter of Wesley and Laura (Seay) Pitts.

On Feb. 1, 1943, Kathelyn married Ralph Matzeder. He survives at the home. She is also survived by two sons, Gerald Matzeder and Donald (Dianna) Matzeder; two grandchildren, Kristi (Randy) Mayfield and Sarah (Rick) Decker; five great-grandchildren, Christena Matzeder, Cade Decker, Heather Mayfield, Emory Mayfield and Ike Mayfield; and two sisters, Lynn Carmichael and Nancy Brewer.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Charles Pitts and James Pitts.

Visitation will be from 11 to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

James Amason

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James Alton Amason, 56, of Lansing, died, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. He was born on July 17, 1958, the son of Alton Virgil and Patricia Ann (James) Amason.

He is survived by a daughter, Sharon Lynn Amason; a son-in-law, Samuel Clinton Doty; two sisters, Deborah Ann (Rickey) Hicks of Little Rock, Ark. and Susan Elaine (Tommy) Miller of Lake Claiborne, La.; a brother, Jesse Michael “Mike” Amason of El Dorado, Ar.; and a large extended family.

James was a decorated rifle marksman with the United States Army and the German Military.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Sybille Amason.

A funeral service will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Fukue "Ruby" Dominick

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Fukue "Ruby" Dominick, 80, a resident of Lansing for 48 years, passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at St. Luke's Hospice in Kansas City, Mo. She was born May 9, 1934, in Nagasaki, Japan, the daughter of Tokiko and Yasuo Doi.

Fukue Dominick

On April 9, 1953, she married James. E. Dominick. He preceded her in death July 12, 1995. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and a grandson, Kevin Williams.

She was a long-time employee of Hallmark Cards and was the owner and cook of Fuji Restaurant Groceries and Gift Store in Leavenworth. She was also a military wife.

Ruby is survived by her children, Michael Dominick of Leavenworth, Judy (John) Martin of Lansing, James (Robin) Dominick Jr. of Leavenworth, Darryl (Sindy) Dominick of Kansas City, Kan. and Donald Dominick of Ottawa, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She loved her family, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren very much.

Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.

Nancy Esher

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Nancy C. Esher, 84, of Leavenworth, passed away peacefully, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, at her home. She was born on Aug. 29, 1930, in Camden, N.J., the daughter of Harry and Elsie (Carter) Cocking.

Nancy Esher

She lived most of her early life in upper Darby, Pa.

On Sept. 10, 1949, Nancy married John D. Esher in Upper Darby. Shortly after John began serving in the U.S. Army. Like many Army wives, Nancy raised a family while John was serving his country at various assignments across the globe. Nancy earned a Master’s Degree at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and began a teaching career. She also wrote a local newspaper column titled “Over the Coffee Cup.” She had a great sense of humor which she shared with all of her avid readers.

While her husband was assigned at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Nancy taught for many years at Nettie Hartnett until her retirement. Nancy was a member of DAR, Captain Jesse Leavenworth Chapter and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Nancy was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She touched many lives as both a loyal and supportive Army spouse and as an enthusiastic and caring elementary school teacher. She will never be forgotten by family and friends for all of her wonderful and unique qualities. We will always remember the many weekends spent having family cookouts and swimming in the pool.

Nancy is survived by her children, Ret. U.S. Navy Reserve Capt. Mark R. Esher, Esq. (Suzanne) of Fort Meyers, Fla., Susan L. (Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Scott Wilson) of Leavenworth and Barbara J. (Rob) Bristow of Leavenworth; and six grandchildren, Jonathan Wilson, Nicole Bristow, Robbie Bristow, Andrew Bristow, Jennifer Esher and Jason Esher.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. John D. Esher and her son, Ret. U. S. Air Force Maj. Michael D. Esher, Esq.

In accordance with her wishes, there will be a cremation and a private family inurnment at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Her family will cherish her memory in private and wishes to thank all family and friends for their thoughts and prayers. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the American Humane Association in memory of her beloved West Highland Terrier, Maggie.

William Jeffrey West

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William Jeffery West, 43, formerly of Leavenworth, passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in Overland Park, Kan. He was born Nov. 23, 1971, in Parkersburg, W.Va., the son of Reverend Bill and Wilma (Elder) West.

He is survived by his parents of Leavenworth; sisters, Amber (Matt) Wolfe and Kelly (Travis) Shoaf both of Overland Park; grandparents, Bill and Helen West of Parkersburg; uncle, Jeff West of Mineral Wells, W.Va.; nephews, Tyler, Tanner, and Adam Shoaf; and nieces, Taylor and Hayden Wolfe.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, followed by a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. all at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow in the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Lansing. The family suggests memorials be made to the American Diabetic Society or the American Cancer Society.

Larry Henderson

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Larry B. Henderson, 64, of Leavenworth, passed away, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at his home. He was born on Dec. 17, 1950, in Nuremburg Germany, the son of Harry Gibson and Norma (Ward) Henderson.

Larry Henderson

Larry grew up an Army “Brat” but spent most of those years in the Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. area, specifically Waynesville, Mo. Larry grew up in a big family including his three brothers, Harry “Gibby”, Steve and Jim and sister, Doris Jean.

In 1968 he graduated from Waynesville High School and in September entered the US Air Force, remaining until honorably discharged in August of 1972 as a Staff Sergeant. Larry served in South Korea and Vandenberg AFB, Calif.

On June 7, 1969, Larry married Linda Decker at Ft Leonard Wood, Mo. From that marriage came two children, Amanda and Bryan.

Shortly after completing his time in the Air Force he moved to Leavenworth, where he worked for the Department of the Army at Ft. Leavenworth until 1984. He moved to Copperas Cove, Texas, and worked at Ft. Hood, Texas, until 1989.

He received an Associates of Arts degree from Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Larry married Pamela (Bacon) Martin July 22, 1989, in Copperas Cove, Texas and he helped raise her daughter, Nicole. Pamela survives at the home. He is also survived by two daughters, Amanda (Dan) Winton and Nicole (Jason) Bell; a son, Bryan (Lindsay) Henderson; a special son-in-law, Jerry (Daneen) Bell; his grandchildren include Mary Beth and Christopher Winton, Allie and Nolan Henderson, Thorin, Issac, Haley, Julien and Liam Bell; a brother, Steve of Ft. Collins, Colo.; a sister, Doris Jean (Greg) Howard of O’Fallon, Mo. He was known as the “Handsome Uncle Larry” to many nieces and nephews.

Larry returned to work as an air conditioning equipment mechanic at Ft. Leavenworth, retiring in 2005 with more than 37 years of Federal service.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Harry “Gibby” Gibson Jr. and James.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb 19, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will being at 9 a.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Kendallwood Hospice.

Robert Mitchell

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Robert Louis Mitchell, 82, of Leavenworth, passed away, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at the VA Medical Center. He was born on Nov. 13, 1932, in Georgetown, Ky., the son of Joe and Lois (Penney) Mitchell.

Robert Mitchell

He is survived by five children, Deborah K. Jenkins of Topeka Kan., Daryle T. Mitchell and Tamela P. Mitchell Hamilton both of Leavenworth Kan., Mina Michelle Versher of Overland Park, Kan. and Sherri R. Mitchell of Jamaica N.Y.; eight grandchildren, Renaldo (Roshanda) Colbert, Terry Versher Jr., Shautario (Sylvia) Hamilton, Melisa (Eric) Versher Larue, Andre Carter Jr., Armis Carter, Anthony Carter, Shamira Brown; 12 great-grandchildren and a sister, Lillian Toliver of Dayton, Ohio.

On June 9, 1957, Robert married, Barbara J. Reece in Topeka Kan.,she preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Andreika T. Hamilton.

Robert enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served for six years. He also worked at V.A. Medical Center for 34 years.

Robert was an active member of the Leavenworth Church of God. He was a devoted husband and father. He enjoyed gardening, cooking and watching sports.

Visitation will be from 10 to 12 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at the Leavenworth Church of God. Funeral service will begin at 12 p.m. Wednesday, at the church. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Stephen Wayne Traglio

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Stephen Wayne Traglio, 59, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at Saint Luke’s Hospice House, with his wife Lisa by his side. He was born March 17, 1955, in Portland, Ore., the son of Command Sergeant Major Eugene E. Traglio and Yvonne M. (Massie) Traglio.

Stephen W. Traglio

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Stephen married Lisa Garrison on June 23, 1990. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his children, Lindsay M. Traglio and Michael W. Traglio both of Leavenworth and Brandon M. Garrison of Kansas City; his two brothers, Allen Traglio and Richard Traglio both of Portland, Ore.; his two grandchildren and their mother, Christofer N. Garrison, Alexander G. Garrison and Lilieth D. Garrison; his nieces and nephews; his brothers and sisters in-law; his church family; his brothers and sisters in arms with the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office, the Leavenworth Police Department and the Kansas Army National Guard.

After High School, Stephen enlisted in the United States Army, which eventually brought him to Leavenworth, where he completed his initial period of military service. He served as a Police Officer for the Leavenworth Police Department for 30 years and then concluded his law enforcement career as a Deputy with the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office at the time of his death. He received many awards and honors including and not limited to multiple medals of valor, as well as State and National Law Enforcement Awards. He loved his work and everyone he worked with and dedicated his life to it.

Stephen was devoted to the service of his country. He served in the United States Army for seven years on active duty and he re-enlisted with the Kansas Army National Guard in 2000. During his 22 years of military service, Stephen completed multiple overseas deployments, to include Bosnia, Kosovo, Ethiopia and Somalia.

Stephen dedicated his life to the service of others and loved people. Some of his greatest joys in life were spending time with his wife and family and being a mentor to others. He loved riding his motorcycle, the Kansas Jayhawks and the Kansas City Royals.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to "Traglio's Fund a Turkey". (This was organized by Steve, two years ago, so some of Leavenworth Counties less fortunate families, could have a Thanksgiving dinner.)

Larry M. Armstrong

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Larry M. Armstrong, 64, of Leavenworth, passed away, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at his home surrounded by family and friends. He was born on March 2, 1950, in Sioux City, Iowa, the son of Alfred E. and Mary R. (Charbonneau) Armstrong.

Larry Armstrong

On July 31, 1970, Larry married Deborah McLaughlin. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a daughter, Cary (Patrick) Collins; a granddaughter, Rachel Collins; a grandson, Zachary Collins; three sisters, Patty Harris, Diane (Dean Sr.) Johnson and Carol (David) Hicks; a brother, Allen (Sherri) Armstrong; his step-mother, Dee Armstrong; a brother-in-law, John (LouAnn) Williams; four sister-in-laws, Roberta Lough, Vicky McLaughlin, Janet (Kenny) Payne and Terry Williams; a large extended family and many friends.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; his loving kid sister, Debbie Marie Armstrong; father-in-law, Robert McLaughlin; mother-in-law, Virginia McLaughlin; and two brother-in-laws, Tom Williams and Samuel Lough.

He served in the Army on Active Duty from Feb. 1970 to Sept. 1971. Larry then served in the Army Reserves until 1976.

Larry worked for American Roofing for nearly 40 years. It was a “brotherhood” where lifetime friendships were made.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, at the funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Bikers for Babies, St. Luke’s Hospice or American Cancer Society.

Jesse F. Jones

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Jesse F. Jones III, 76, of Leavenworth, died, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at St. Luke's Cushing Medical Center. He was born on July 28, 1938, in Vicksburg, Miss. the son of Jesse F. and Josephine R. (Morissey) Jones Jr..

Jesse F. Jones

Jesse graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1961 where he was commissioned through the ROTC program into the United States Army as a Field Artillery Officer. He served two tours in Viet Nam, graduated from the Command General Staff College, and went on to serve with the Joint Airborne Command Post then concluded his career at Ft. Leavenworth, first as an instructor at CGSC and served as the director of the Nuclear Chemical Directorate. During his service, Jesse was recognized for his leadership and received various military honors, including the Meritorious Service Award, Combat Infantryman Badge and Bronze Star Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster) as well as numerous foreign decorations. Jesse retired from the Army in April, 1984, and was able to explore his lifelong fascination with technology when he opened Computers ASP which he operated until 1997.

After that time he was able to concentrate on what was important to him, his family and finally, grandchildren. Jesse was an active member of the community and served as Senior Warden of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. He was active in the Downtown Business Association, founded the Silverback Men’s Book Club, a member of the OB coffee group and was an active member of the Democratic Party. He was known for his booming voice and personality. Jesse enjoyed a lively debate, reading, playing on the computer, model trains and sharing a meal and a story or two with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Nina Jones Alvarez of Metairie, La. and Mary Jones Kavanaugh of Vicksburg, Miss.

Jesse is survived by his beloved wife, Jo Anne Nutt Jones; eight children, Julie Ann Marcus of Prairie Village, Kan., Steven (Katie) Marcus of Vicksburg, Miss., Jesse Fuller Jones IV of Weaverville, Calif., Miles (Angela) Marcus of Jackson, Miss., Belle (Michael) Morgan of Wichita Falls, Texas, Treadwell (Karin) Jones of Prairie Village, Kan., Thomas (Dr. Jill Urban) Jones of Dallas, Texas, Elizabeth (David) Karkosky of Portland, Ore.; eleven grandchildren, Don, Sara, Blanche, Emma, Forrest, Michaela, Sam, Rowan, Patrick, Anna and Catherine; Jesse leaves an extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews, including Mittie Towne and Josephine Pratt of Vicksburg, Miss. and friends who he would want to gather together, share a story and raise their glasses in celebration of his journey home.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in the Parish Hall. Memorial service with full military honors will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the church.

Keith Lloyd Barker

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Keith Lloyd Barker, 81, of Leavenworth, died, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at his home. He was born on Dec. 26, 1933, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Lloyd R. and Elsie M. (Scott) Barker.

On Nov. 24, 1956, Keith married Beverly Malotte. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a daughter, Kathy (Don) Stinnett; a son, Gary (Diana) Barker; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandchild; and a sister, Irene Cooper.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, at Maywood Community Church, 11201 Parallel Pkwy, Kansas City, Kan. 66109. Funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the church. Burial will follow at Maywood Church Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Maywood Community Church. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home

Jimmy Lee Jones Jr.

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Jimmy Lee Jones Jr., 77, of Leavenworth, passed away, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Medical lodge. .

He was born on Jan. 11, 1938, in Fairfield, S.C., the son of Jimmy and Bertha (Martin) Jones Sr.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial will take place in South Carolina.

 

 

Karin Barbara Lada

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Karin Barbara Lada, 72, of Leavenworth, passed away, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at Golden Living in Edwardsville, Kan. She was born on April 27, 1942, in Swiebodzice, Germany.

Karen came to the United States in her early twenties and worked as a caregiver for the Sisters of Charity at St. Mary College for 19 years. She then owned and operated a day care for over 20 years in her home. She was a loving caregiver and cared for many children.

Karin enjoyed sewing, especially for her children she cared for, crocheting, working in her garden and flower garden as well as caring for her cats. She had many friends and neighbors and will missed by all.

On Nov. 30, 1968, Karin married George A. Lada in Leavenworth Kan. He preceded her in death in 1993.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home. Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Aspera Care Hospice.

Lois M. Bacon

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Lois Maxine Bacon, 79, of Leavenworth, passed away, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at her home surrounded by family. .

Lois M. Bacon

She was born on Sept. 23, 1935, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Clifford and Irene (Sally) Walters

Lois married Albert Bacon on July 5, 1952 in Wolcott, Kansas. He survives at the home. He is also survived by a son, Dennis (Linda) Bacon, of South Carolina; a daughter Vickie Montgomery of Leavenworth; three grandchildren, Lashaun (Stephen) Oliver of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Danielle (Glen) Baker of Easton, Kan., and James (Shanna) Bacon of South Carolina; seven great-grandchildren including Kali Boydston, Ashlynn Boydston, Will Oliver, Tristen Baker, Wyatt Baker, Cody Bacon and Colten Bacon; three brothers, Calvin Thompson of Bonner Springs, Kan, Newton Thompson of Pensacola, Fla. and Wayne Thompson of Grain Valley, Mo.; and two sisters, Pearl Garvey of Leavenworth, Kan. and Gloria Curl of St. Joseph, Mo.

Lois was a member of the National Campers and Hikers Association from 1969 to present date. She was also a member of the Gateway Regional Retreads from 1980 to present date, where her and her husband, Albert, served as the Kansas State Representatives for the region.

Lois had many hobbies including shopping, crafts, games, and traveling. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is preceded in death by her parents, one brother and three sisters.

Later in life she enjoyed being a home maker.

Lois will be missed by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Funeral service will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the services.

January 2015 Obituaries

Robert Leslie Knopp

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Robert Leslie Knopp, 68, of Leavenworth, died, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at the University of Kansas Hospital. He was born on May 2, 1946, in Sidney, Mont., the son of Walter and Evelyn (Phillips) Knopp.

Robert Leslie Knopp

On Feb. 12, 1988, Robert married Christina Granberg. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a son, Matt Knopp of Lawrence, Kan.; and 3 sisters, Carol (Larry) Pierce of Sidney, Mont., Jean Steiner of Dickinson, N.D. and Sue (John) Klempel of Hazelton, N.D.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother in-law, Ronald Steiner.

Robert graduated from Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont. with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech. He then attended the University of Montana in Missoula, Mont. and received a Law Degree.

After 23 years of service, Robert retired in 2012 after working for the Department of Defense in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

He enjoyed garage sales, auctions and woodworking. He also enjoyed all KU sports. Robert loved technology and was a tech “whiz”

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. Cremation will follow. Memorials are suggested to the KU Med Palliative Care Unit (913-588-2800).

Marie V. Mlynarski

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Marie V. Mlynarski, 96, of Leavenworth, passed away, on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at Hillview Rehab in Platte City, Mo. Marie was born on April 17, 1918, in Brooklyn N.Y. the daughter of John and Martha (Maleski) Jurek.

Marie V. Mlynarski

Marie worked for Morehouse Gorham Publishing, NYC, N.Y., upon graduating high school and for the John F. Jurek Funeral Home in Brooklyn, N.Y., owned by her father.

After the war she met her husband of 62 years, John Mlynarski, a WWII veteran. He preceded her in death in May 2014. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a sister.

Marie is survived by two daughters, Martha (John) Minniti of Trumbull, Conn. and Joan (Randy) Ponder of Leavenworth; four grandchildren, Phillip J. Ponder of Scottsdale, Ariz., Nicholas J. Minniti of Lake Charles, La., Alexis M. Minniti of Morristown, N.J. and 2nd Lt. Gregory W. Ponder currently stationed at Ft. Benning, Ga.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed.

Mass of Christian burial will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers can be made to the Immaculate Conception Altar Society or Immaculate Conception Church in Marie’s name. Funeral arrangements in care of R. L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Patricia Spridgen

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Patricia Marillac Spridgen, 86, of Leavenworth, died, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. She was born on March 17, 1928, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Benjamin and Edna (Mays) Nipper.

Pat is survived by five daughters, Laura (Dan) Malizzi, Gloria (Jim) Buono, Karen (Frank) Nordmeyer, Barbara Bullard and Theresa (Randy) Pennington; four sons, Michael (Stacia) Spridgen, Roger (Holly) Spridgen, Vernon (Joan) Spridgen and Edward (Deanna) Spridgen; 28 grandchildren, 68 great-grandchildren, five great great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald R. Spridgen and a granddaughter, Patricia Benavente.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Francis de Sales Church with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Francis de Sales building fund, St. Jude Children's Hospital or St. Casimir's Altar Society.

Berniece M. Caenen

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Berniece M. Caenen, 75, of McLouth, Kan., passed away peacefully, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 6, 1939, in Olathe, Kan., the daughter of Edward and Emma (Leeker) Fanning.

On Nov. 7, 1959, she married, Arthur J. Caenen in Miami, Okla. He preceded her in death on Feb. 13, 2007. She was also preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and a sister.

Berniece is survived by her children, Art Caenen Jr., Debbie (Ron) Schmidt, Denise (Ron) Schuller and Charlie Caenen; her grandchildren, Jonathan, Ashley, Stefanie, Melissa, Nicole, Zachary, Tyler, Logan and Luke; her great-grandchildren, Mason, Anderson, William, Miles and Bennett; and a brother, Harold Fanning.

Berniece has been a proud member of the McLouth community for the past 30 years. She will forever be remembered and her spirit will continue to be alive in our hearts. We loved her dearly and will miss her.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday Jan. 6, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Graveside service and inurnment will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery. The family will receive guests for lunch, at the funeral home, after the graveside service. Memorials are suggested to the Heart of America Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

 

 


 

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