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Leavenworth Area 2016 Obituaries

December 2016 Obituaries

Arthur William Gibson Jr.

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Chief Cryptologic Technician (Ret) Arthur William Gibson Jr., 66, of Leavenworth, passed away, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, at his home in Lansing, surrounded by family. He was born Sept. 8, 1950, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Arthur William and Alma Loraine (Sanders) Gibson.

Arthur William Gibson Jr.

Arthur married Karen Faye Legant. She survived at the home. He is also survived by two daughters, Stacey Gibson-Hoeltzel and Stefanie (Wayne) Johnson; a son, Arthur “Will” (Brittini) Gibson, III ; his father, Arthur Gibson ; two sisters, Diane (Steve) Skinner and Karen (Stuart) Rish; a brother, Keith (Doreen) Gibson; three grandchildren Samantha (Robert) Dickson, Alexandria Hoeltzel and Aidynn Johnson; four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Arthur was preceded in death by his mother and a sister, Nancy.

Arthur retired from the Navy in 1990 after 20 years of honorable service to the United States. Arthur was also active in the American Legion Post 41, 40 and 8 Post 1163 Kansas.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dan Edward Schilling

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Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dan Edward Schilling, 88, of Shawnee, Kan., went to be with his Lord on Dec. 3, 2016, at Shawnee Mission Hospital. He was born Nov. 16, 1928, in St. Joseph, Mo., the son of Leo and Ina (Bridges) Schilling.

Dan Schilling

He graduated from Wichita North High School in 1946. He received a bachelor’s degree in business management in 1951 from the University of Wichita and earned a master’s degree in business administration in 1977 from Northwest Missouri State University.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 17 and served for 32 years, including posts in Korea, Germany and Battalion Command in Vietnam. He was also stationed at the Pentagon, ending his military career at Fort Leavenworth in 1978. Following retirement he was the business officer for the Fort Leavenworth School District until 1990.

Dan also served his community as a member of Shawnee United Methodist Church, Rotary Club of Leavenworth, the board of the American Red Cross and the Master Gardeners Association.

There was none more devoted to family than Dan. He married Norma Lee Greene on March 6, 1948. She preceded him in death on Dec. 11, 1995. He was also preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Don; a sister, Kay Gilson Perks; and a grandson, Adam Snodgrass

On March 23, 2001, Dan married Shirley (Smoll) Mack of Shawnee, Kan., a former friend from high school. She survives at the home. They filled their days with traveling, visiting friends and family, gardening and fishing. Dan is also survived by a son, Dan Edward Jr. (Mary) of Leavenworth, Kan., and two daughters, Linda Ruth (Chris) Snodgrass of Bismarck, Ark., and Judith Ann Gray of Pittsville, Md.; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a sister, Ann (Don) Waldeier of Grant City, Mo.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at R. L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Leavenworth Rotary Club Foundation, P. O. Box 605, Leavenworth, Kan. 66048.

November 2016 Obituaries

Merlin J. Fink

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Merlin J. Fink, 86, of Eloy, Ariz., formerly of Atchison, Kan., passed away, Nov. 29, 2016, in Arizona. He was born March 9, 1930, to Leo Louis and Edna Louise (Terry) Fink.

Merlin J. Fink

On Sept. 14, 1955, Merlin married Mary Louise Jauernig. She survives at the home. They were blessed with three sons, Tony (Carol), Mark (Cheryl) and Michael (Janice); he had five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; two sisters, Eileen Wilk and Angela (Dale) Forge.

Merlin was preceded in death by two sisters, Evalyn Linaweaver and Regina Aaron; and three brothers, Gerald Fink, Albert Fink and Anthony Fink.

Merlin served in the U.S. Army during the Korean war. Merlin worked at Hawk’s Hatchery and LFM-Rockwell now Bradken in Atchison. A few years after retiring in 1992 from Rockwell, he and Mary Louise made their home in Eloy, Ariz.

Merlin loved life to its fullest and enjoyed every minute of it. He always had a laugh and a smile that would warm your heart. If you visited the park where they lived in Arizona as a stranger, you would leave a friend.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home (4701 10th Ave., Leavenworth, Kansas). Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, at St. Joseph of the Valley Church (31151 207th Street, Leavenworth, Kansas) Burial with military honors will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the VFW in Atchison or St. Joseph of the Valley Catholic Church.

Jane L. French

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Jane Louise (Papenberg) French, 71, of Leavenworth, Kan., passed away, peacefully Nov. 28, 2016, of renal failure in her home, surrounded by her sons. She was born April 8, 1945, in Belleville, Ill., to Victor Oscar and Elizabeth Mathilda (Parker) Papenberg.

Jane French

Jane grew up on the family farm in Hecker, Ill., with her older brother Dale. Jane moved to Wichita, Kan., to attend Sacred Heart College (now Newman University) in 1963. After graduating with a mathematics degree in 1967, she was employed by the Boeing Company. It was there that she met the love of her life, Carl A. French (d. 2012). They were married at the Newman Center Church on April 30, 1968.

Later that year, Carl and Jane were transferred to Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where they both worked on the Saturn V Project in support of the Apollo Program for NASA.

They were eventually transferred back to Wichita, where their eldest son Geoffrey was born. Life eventually took them to Fayetteville, Ark., where Carl pursued a postgraduate degree, and Chattanooga, Tenn., where their second son, Matthew, was born. A return to Wichita in 1979 saw them fully enveloped in the Blessed Sacrament Community, where she and Carl were active members of the Altar Society, Men’s Club, Sports Leagues, and Scouting Community. It was here that their third son, Michael, was born.

While in Wichita, Jane began her love affair with quilting, an art that she had seen her mother engage in as a young girl. She held various positions with the Prairie Quilt Guild, and built friendships that would last a lifetime. For a time she and Carl lived in Edmond, Okla., where she found great joy in working with children as a librarian’s assistant and reading specialist at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Elementary School.

Upon their retirement in 2008, they settled in Leavenworth, Kan., and quickly became a part of the community. They were the proud grandparents of nine wonderful children. Jane loved volunteering, quilting, puzzles, listening to the Cody Choraliers practice barbershop tunes in their living room, joking and laughing with friends new and old, and travelling to visit family.

Jane is survived by three sons, Geoffrey, his wife Melissa, their daughters Fiona and Molly; Matthew, his wife Oona, their sons Everett and Jack; and Michael, his wife Amanda and their children William, Elizabeth, Genevieve, Felicity, and Stephen. She is also survived by her brother Dale Papenberg, his wife Lois, and their five children, Todd, Brad, Jay, Jill and Mark, and her Aunt Cecilia Parker Fulte.

She was preceded in death by her husband Carl.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, at St. Casimir Church. A private burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Newman University Bishop Gerber Science Center.

Mattie Lorraine Finneran

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Mattie Lorraine Finneran, 90, of Wichita, Kan., formerly of Leavenworth, died, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. She was born May 12, 1926, in Leavenworth, Kan., the daughter of Renz and Louise (Ketter) Finneran.

Mattie Lorraine Finneran

On Sept. 18, 1946, Mattie married Louis Finneran. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parent and a son, Gary Finneran.

Mattie is survived by a son, James (Julie) Finneran; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren; and a sister, Effie (Gene) Skasick.

She enjoyed crocheting in her free time.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 12:30 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Michael Church.

Robert E. Keane Jr.

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U.S Army (Ret) CSM Robert “Bob” Edmunds Keane Jr., 57, of Lansing, passed away Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, at his home. He was born July 21, 1959 in Monroe, Mich., the son of Robert E. and Barbara (Darling) Keane.

Robert E. Keane Jr.

On Aug. 23, 1977 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He spent twenty three years proudly serving our country. He joined as a combat engineer and was a member of several Airborne and Special Forces units. His career gave him the opportunity to travel worldwide searching for the “best of the best” to join our military’s most elite special missions units. Throughout his career he received many honors, achievements, and awards for his leadership and dedication to our country. He retired as the Command Sergeant Major of the Kansas City Recruiting Battalion.

On Nov. 24, 1980 he married Maryann Doyle in Blackwood, NJ. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his children, Robert Ryan (Erica) Keane and Patrick Thomas (Britta) Keane; his grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Avery; his parents; Joanne (Jay) Noreika and Judy (Terry) Galvin; and several nieces and nephews.

Bob was a very proud husband, father and grandfather. He always loved to brag about his sons and granddaughters. He enjoyed spending time with his family watching the Royals, Chiefs, and Jayhawks games. Being the son of an engineer he could fix anything and was always willing to lend an extra hand if you had a project. He was a man of great wisdom and would love to share this with you and was an expert in just about every subject from cars, boating, firearms, politics, anything military, gardening, history, etc. Whenever you needed him you could most likely find him in his garden tending to his tomatoes or tinkering with something in the garage. He will be missed dearly by all the lives he touched but we will keep his memory alive and cherish the time spent with him.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Church of the Open Door. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Special Operations Warrior Foundation: www.specialops.org.

Elizabeth "Betty" Cord

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Elizabeth “Betty” Marie Cord, 86, of Leavenworth, died, Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, at Easton Country Care. She was born Nov. 20, 1930, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Henry and Victoria (Jamison) Wiehe. .

Betty Cord

Betty is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and great and great-great nephews.

On May 23, 1964, Betty married Julius Cord. They were the first couple to get married in the New Cathedral. He preceded her in death in 2013. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Mary Skahan.

Betty worked in the Missouri Valley Steel office. She moved to Michigan in the 1960’s where she worked at Knapp’s Department Store until they closed. She was an accounts receivable clerk for the comptroller’s office at Michigan State University. She retired from MSU in 1993.

She was a member of St. Martha Catholic Church in Okemos, Mich.

Betty enjoyed knitting, going out to eat, playing cards, hitting the casinos and drinking coffee. She lived her life for her family.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, at Immaculate Conception Church with Fr. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Leukemia Society or Toys for Tots.

Leland McDonald

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Leland Leonard McDonald, 91, passed away on Nov. 20, 2016, at St. John Hospital in Leavenworth.

Leland McDonald

Lee McDonald is survived by his wife Dorothy; four children, James P. McDonald, Cherie McDonald Smothers, Rosalee McDonald Thompson and Charles D. McDonald; 35 grand-children and 20 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Helen McDonald Cook of Fort Collins, Colo.

Lee served in the Navy during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was also the Head Usher at the First United Methodist Church and Treasurer of the local Lions Club.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at First United Methodist Church in Leavenworth. A funeral service will begin att 11 a.m. Saturday, at the church. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greeley, Colo.

Loren Mikkelsen

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Loren Dean Mikkelsen, 89, of Lansing Kan., passed away, Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. Loren was born Feb. 5, 1927, in Tonkawa, Okla. the son of Christian Elmer Mikkelsen and Mable Payne. He also was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Irma, Agnes, and Lois and his two brothers Gene and Dale and his grandson Adrian Deere.

Loren Mikkelsen

He had a long and interesting life as a survivor of the Dust Bowl in Western Oklahoma as a boy and later WWII serving in both Japan and Europe. He was drafted out of High School at age 18 and felt it was a privilege and honor to serve his country. He served in the Army for three and a half years during World War II, earning a “Good Conduct Medal”, “World War II Victory Medal” and “Army Occupation Medal”. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 4, 1948. He later attended the University in Florence Italy and the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. He worked until his retirement as an engineering technician for companies all over the US and in Germany. His last years of work were in the housing and engineering department at Fort Leavenworth. While serving in the army in Italy, he met and married, Maria Louisa Petraccone who was mother of two of his daughters. Maria passed away in 1987. He later married, Elfriede Mikkelsen in Germany and had another daughter.

Loren enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Daily outings to the local diner with family member Regina Ericson brought joy to his last years as well as time spent with his great grandchildren. He was passionate about his Christian Faith and his Country!

He is survived by his daughters Edie (Chris) Alford of Lansing, Kan., Marsha Deere of Savanna, Ga. and Barbara Mikkelsen of Derby, Kan.; his three granddaughters, Gwendolyn (Brett) Allen, Sarah (Graham) Dessert and Emma Stubby; his grandson, Aiden Stubby; and his six great-grandchildren Gianna, Isaac, Maria, Dean, Esme and Cecilia.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz funeral home. Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, at the funeral chapel. Graveside service and burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, at Balls Cemetery, Childers, Okla. Memorials are suggested to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or Wounded Warrior Project.

Daniel Parker

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Daniel L. “Dan” Parker, age 30, sadly ended his life on Saturday, Nov 19, 2016; ending his personal struggle with undiagnosed depression.

Daniel Paker

Dan was born in Nov. 1986, at Griffiss AFB, Rome, N.Y. to James “Jim” and Anita (Nene) Parker. Over the course of his dad's Air Force career, Dan and his family went through several military moves that took them to five stateside bases and one tour in Germany. After Jim retired from the Air Force in 2001, the family returned to Lansing, Kan., where they'd previously lived during a posting to Ft Leavenworth. Dan and his brothers were able to reconnect with their Lansing friends and life was good.

Soccer was Dan's sport and he played the beautiful game in recreational leagues, on traveling teams and in high school. During high school Dan worked as a carryout at the commissary and saved nearly every penny he made to buy his dream car, a 1998 red Mustang. Dan graduated from Lansing High School in 2005. Dan attended Kansas University on an ROTC scholarship; he was a member of the Arnold Air Society and a Big Brother volunteer with the Lawrence chapter. Dan had an interest in Law Enforcement and following an internship with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations knew this was the career field he wanted to pursue. Dan graduated from KU in 2009 with a degree in Sociology and an emphasis in Criminology; he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force following graduation and completed initial training at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas. Dan was then assigned as a Security Forces Flight Commander at F.E. Warren, AFB, Cheyenne, Wyo., where he supervised a 35-man flight providing security to remote missile sites in southeast Wyoming. While stationed at F.E. Warren, Dan lived in Ft Collins, Colo., where he was an active member of Timberline Assembly of God Church. Dan separated from the Air Force following his first assignment and was honorably discharged in 2014. Dan then moved back to the Kansas City area to reunite with family and friends and took a job as a Corporate Security Specialist with Bank of America until his passing.

Dan's hobbies and interests included cars, sport and recreational shooting and spending time with family and friends. He was blessed with many close friends from his years spent living in Lansing and attending KU. Dan's family and friends treasured his special place in our lives and are deeply saddened the depths of his despair eventually overcame him. We will miss him always and hold his memory in our hearts forever.

Dan is survived by his father Jim; his brother and sister-in-law, Chris and Stephanie (Ulrich) of Richmond Hills, Ga. and his brother, Steve, of Royse City, Texas; three aunts and one uncle.

Dan was preceded in death by his mother Anita Parker.

Dan will be remembered during a memorial service on Saturday, Nov . 26, at 3:00 p.m. at the R.L Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Avenue, Leavenworth, KS 66043 (913-351-0200); Pastor Ken Kendall will officiate. The family requests any memorials be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 120 Wall St, 29th Floor, New York, NY 10005 or online at afsp.org.

Margaret Rosebelle Lininger

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Margaret Rosebelle Lininger, 81, of Easton, died, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, at her home. She was born Jan. 16, 1935, in Burlington Jct. Mo., the daughter of Riley Byron and Mildred Noreen (Nowels) Smith.

Margaret Rosebelle Lininger

On Nov. 11, 1955, Margaret married Russell Dean Lininger in Clarinda, Iowa. He preceded her in death Jan. 10, 2016. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Donald Edwin Smith, Sr.; and her in-laws, Edna and Joe Yocum, Wilbur and Edna Lininger, Bud Totten, George Norris, Donald Lininger and Luella Lininger.

Margaret worked at Woolworth, Hallmark cards and Tom Parrish dealership for 20 years.

She is survived by a brother-in-law, Bill Lininger of San Leon, Texas; two sister-in-law’s, Ruby Totten and Lena (Ron) Rinehart both of Mission, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

Margaret and her husband owned Lininger gun ship in Easton, Kan., since 1967. They were avid hunters, fishermen and campers. Russell and Margaret traveled to Alaska for six months in 2000 with his brother, Donald and Laleatha, and his nephew, Donny and wife, Sue.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Easton Cemetery.

Karen Evelyn McMillen

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Karen Evelyn McMillen, 73, of Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, at her home. She was born May 31, 1943, in Richmond, Ind., the daughter of Roy and Geraldine Evelyn (Ellison) Ambrose.

She is survived by a daughter, Amy Jo (Jeff) Warren of Lawrence, Kan.; a son, Gregory (Sarah) McMillen of Salina, Kan.; a brother, Roger Ambrose of Tonganoxie, Kan.; and six grandchildren, Jacob Warren, Zechariah Warren, Abigail Warren, Alexander McMillen, Katrina McMillen and Ethan McMillen.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents and Mike McMillen.

She retired from Reilly and Sons Insurance.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, at Saint Francis de Sales Church. A funeral mass will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at the Church with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. Memorials are suggested to Saint Luke’s Hospice.

Beatrice Alberta Rush

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Beatrice Alberta Rush, 78, of Overland Park, died, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at her home. She was born Dec. 7, 1937, the daughter of Albert Leo and Lola Beatrice (Osborne) Redmon.

On Aug. 31, 1958, Beatrice married Robert Lee Rush in Leavenworth, Kan. He survives at the home. She is also survived by four daughters, Kimberley Torres, Sheri (Keith) Geary, Brenda Monk and Cindy (Brian) Collins; three siblings, Roberta, Debra Sue and Ron; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and her dog, Peaches.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Beatrice was a dedicated nurse for many years and she later became an Educator of Nursing. She loved helping people. She also enjoyed scrapbooking and reading mystery books.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society or American Business Women’s Association.

Kenneth L. Donald

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Kenneth “Ken” L. Donald (Phoneman) 69, of Leavenworth, Kan., died Nov. 8, 2016, in McAllen, Texas. He was born on February 2, 1947, to Beach L. and Katharn L. (Rice) Donald.

Kenneth L. Donald

On May 19, 1968, he married Carolyn Jean Metzger. To this union two sons were born; James E. Donald (wife Kenwin) and Kevin J Donald (wife Shannon). Kevin preceded him in death on April 28, 2009. Grandchildren are Justin Wisdom and Karleigh Donald to James and Kenwin, and Kaleb J. Donald to Kevin and Shannon; a great-grandson Jackson Wisdom and another great-grandchild along the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Juanita Vandruff, Virginia Dill, and Patricia Donald; and four brothers, Thomas Wells, Beach “Rusty” Donald Jr, Harold Donald, and Phelps “Bud” Donald.

Kenneth spent two years in the US Army, with one year of it in Vietnam. Kenneth worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone, Continental Phone, Sprint Phone, and he ran his own phone business. He also worked for NASA. He was a member of Prison City Radio Club. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all who knew him.

He will be laid to rest at Leavenworth National Cemetery at 11:00 am on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alliance Against Family Violence or your choice in care of the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

James Robert Padelli

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James Robert Padelli, 34, died, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, at his home, in Lansing. He was born May 19, 1982, in Leavenworth the son Cheryl L. Padelli and James M. (Kathleen) Padelli.

James Robert Padelli

Robert is survived by his parents; a daughter, Ruthie Padelli; a son, Landon Padelli; three brothers, Bryan Padelli of Edwardsville, Kan., Justin Padelli of Overland Park, Kan. and Anthony Padelli of Kansas City, Kan.; two sisters, Heather Padelli of Leavenworth and Jennifer Padelli of Merriam, Kan.; his maternal grandparents, Robert and Sharon Tavis; three nieces, Taylor, Allison and Maddison Padelli; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, James and Norma Padelli.

Rob graduated from Leavenworth High School. He was proud to have served in the United States Navy. After the Navy, Robert was employed at Casey’s General Store in Leavenworth.

He enjoyed reading and computer games.

A memorial service with military honors will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

October 2016 Obituaries

Michael D. Law

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Michael D. Law, 48, of Leavenworth, entered into eternal life, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. He was born Sept. 16, 1968, in Far Rockaway, N.Y., the treasured son of the late Hattie Marie Law and Michael (Skipp) David Hussey..

Michael D. Law

In June of 1986, Michael graduated from Beach Channel High School in Queens, N.Y., where he played football and basketball. He enlisted in the United States Army on Dec. 18, 1986 as an Armor Crewman.

On January 2, 1988, Michael met the love of his life, Lolita Williams, while stationed at Fort Knox, Ky., and they were married on April 16, 1988, in Louisville, Ky. She survives at the home. He also leaves behind two daughters, ShaRonda Rena Law and Morgan Breanya Law; his father, Michael “Skipp” Hussey; a sister, Carresa Hussey; three God Daughters, Jasmine Stewart, Jessica Stewart and Jackie Dorsey; a God Son, William “D.J.” Derell Jenkins II: a host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins; and many, many friends.

During his military service, he was stationed in Germany, Kentucky, New York, Colorado and Kansas. Michael served honorably for 20 years with combat tours in Operation Desert Storm in Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with five oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and the Army Recruiter Badge. He retired on September 30, 2007 as a Sergeant First Class. After retirement, Mike worked as a Military Training Analyst and as a Military Training Exercise Planning Specialist.

Mike held Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Public Administration from Upper Iowa University. He was an avid sports fan and was especially fond of the New York Giants. Mike was very active in his church, the Fort Leavenworth Gospel Service where he served in many different roles. He was the leader of the Men’s Ministry, was active with the Usher Board and was a member of the Parish Advisory Council. He was also a vibrant voice in the King’s Men Male Chorus. Along with Lolita, he served as a mentor, teacher, role model and confidant to scores of young men and women.

Mike was passionate about serving his community. He was initiated into the Pi Omicron Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in 2008 and served as Chapter Secretary, Chapter Vice-President and for three separate terms, as Chapter President. Michael was an active member of the Leavenworth Community Service Organization where he was instrumental in improving fundraising for college scholarships. In 2013, Mike was appointed by the Mayor of Leavenworth to a three-year term as a member of the Leavenworth Community Development Advisory Board.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. with a Fraternity memorial ceremony to take place at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the final viewing from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, at the Pioneer Chapel, 500 Pope Ave, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.

Calvin Brey

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Calvin Johnston Brey, 93, of Leavenworth, died, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, at Kansas City Hospice House. He was born Jan. 21, 1923, in Oskaloosa, Kan., the son of Robert and Ethel (Johnston) Brey.

Calvin Brey

On May 15, 1954, Calvin married Fern Ardell Shafer. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his grandson, Dr. Todd (Julie) McBroom of Leavenworth; his great-grandchildren, Baylee McBroom and Blaine McBroom; his sister, Norma Barnard; and several nieces and nephews.

Calvin was preceded in death by his parents and several of his siblings.

Calvin enlisted in the United States Army in 1943, where he served during WWII and the Korean War, where he was honored with the Bronze Star. After discharge from the Army he went to work at the United States Penitentiary where he worked as a lab technician. After retiring from the penitentiary he worked at St. Mary College as a security guard. He then retired and spent his time with his family.

Calvin was a loving husband and grandfather. He was loved dearly by his family and friends for his kindness and generosity. He will be greatly missed, by all who knew him.

A funeral service will begin at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial with Army honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Following the burial there will be a gathering at the Brey home. Memorials are suggested to Kansas City Hospice.

Jordan Michael Johnston

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Jordan Michael Johnston, 27, of Dallas, Texas, formerly of Leavenworth, died, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. He was born Sept. 18, 1989, in Leavenworth, the son of Kelly Lynn Johnston.

Jordan Michale Johnston

He is survived by his mother; two brothers, Jonathan Johnston and Joshua (Amanda) Johnston; his grandfather, Harold James; five cousins, Jay (Caitlin) Johnston, Brett (Jessica) Johnston, Stephanie Johnston, Justin Johnston, and Katie Johnston; an aunt, Julie Johnston; and two uncles, Jim (Debbie) Johnston and Joe (Sarah) Johnston.

Jordan enjoyed wrestling and football, where he was known for his speed. He loved spending time with his friends and family.

“We will miss him like winter misses the sun. It is winter in our hearts. When we see him again, then we will see the sun.”

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at noon Saturday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery. Following the services there will be a celebration of Jordan’s life at the VFW from 1 to 6 p.m. Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society (L.A.W.S.).

Patricia Marie Rye

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Patricia Marie Rye, 78, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, lost her battle to cancer, Oct. 16, 2016, at her home. She was born Feb. 7, 1938, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Walter and Beatrice (McCaully) Allen.

Pat is survived by her husband, James A. Rye, of the home. She is also survived by a daughter, Linda (Gene) Eldridge of Leavenworth; two sons, Charles (Ushi) Perry of Kansas City, Mo. and Jeremiah Perry of Leavenworth; four brothers, Charles, James, Thomas and Rick; two sisters, Beatrice Herold and Mary Jobes. six grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, eight brothers and a sister.

Pat was a successful business women. She owned and operated two private clubs in Leavenworth, most notable, Pat’s Club on Cherokee street. After retirement, Pat saw a move to Lake of the Ozarks. Building a waterfront home there, she and her husband spent 21 years there full of activities. Her main priority being entertaining her family and friends. It was a most enjoyable time of her life as she balanced “Lake Life” with travel throughout the United States.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to American Institute For Cancer Research.

Paul Arthur Dahl

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Paul Arthur Dahl, 56, of Leavenworth, died, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, at Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center. He was the first of five, born Dec. 1, 1959, in Tuscan, Ariz., the son of Donald and Minnie (Baylor) Dahl.

Paul Arthur Dahl

On Oct. 12, 2002, Paul married Kathryn Pennington. She survives at the home. He is also survived by two sisters, Caroline A. Wriston and Danielle M. Fellerhoff; two brothers, Donald W. Dahl Jr. and Joseph M. Dahl.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents.

He was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the 40 & 8. He was also the Chef De Gare of the Local Voiture 1163 of Leavenworth. Paul supported the American Legion 411, 94 and 23. He also supported the VFW Post 56.

Paul was an American Veteran and after serving his time in the military he spent much of his life continuing to serve his country by serving other Veterans. He was also a computer technician where he worked for Patriot Outreach organization, an international non-profit organization for Veterans.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home, with Rev. Jack Le Roy officiating. Memorials can be made at https://www.fundme.com/en/users/dashboard.

M. Daniel "Ol' Dan" Zeck

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Age 93, M. Daniel “Ol’ Dan” Zeck passed away peacefully, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Ol’ Dan was born Aug. 10, 1923, in Warren, Ohio to Daniel Rody and Rose (Roksandich) Zeck.

Daniel Zeck

Ol’ Dan moved to Leavenworth after serving as a B17 navigator during World War II flying 35 bombing missions as a member of the 100th Bomber Group. It was during the war that he met his future wife, the late Norda Zeck. They were married for 49 years prior to her death in 1996. He is also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Rudy Zeck and Mitch Zeck; and a sister, Melena Pavlich.

Dan graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Dairy Technology from Ohio State University.

He is survived by a son, Danny (Dinah) Zeck of Leavenworth; two daughters, Anita E. (Terry) Sullivan of Edina, Minn. and Norda Susan (Bob) Lee of Dillon, Colo.; three grandchildren, Derek (Ali) Zeck, Dustin (Anna) Zeck and Justin (Mae) Grant; seven great-grandchildren, Alec (Kylee) Zeck, Emma Zeck, Drew Zeck, Grace Zeck, Brandon Lee, Nino Williams (daughter, Milan Rose) and Khalil Bailey; as well as his companion, Connie Lord.

Dan was known for his sense of humor, love of sports, and was an enthusiastic KU Jayhawk and Ohio State fan. He served the Leavenworth Pioneer basketball and football teams as their official public broadcast announcer for over 30 years. Dan had many treasured friends and work colleagues gained from having spent over sixty years selling cars in the community. He started his career in 1949 after having purchased a Dodge dealership which he renamed Zeck Dodge. After 32 years he joined his son, Danny Zeck, at Danny Zeck Ford where he mentored younger salesmen.

He was also active in the community serving as President of the Jaycees, Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce, and Kansas Motor Car Dealers Association.

Dan’s family would like to thank the caregivers and staff at Twin Oaks. Due to their loving care, he was happy, comfortable, and safe during the final years of his life.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., Monday, at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church (11001 Greenwood, Lenexa, Kan.) with visitation one hour prior. Interment will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery in Lansing, Kan. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Leavenworth Public Schools Education Foundation or Grace Hospice of Kansas City.

Leon Findeisen

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Leon Findeisen, 81, of Leavenworth, Jesus took him to Heaven, Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. He was born May 29, 1935, in Holland, Texas, the son of Alfred and Leona (Poldtrack) Findeisen.

Leon Findeisen

He joined the United States Army in 1954, where he was stationed in Fort Leavenworth and met the love of his life, Elizabeth Siener.

On Aug. 25, 1956, Leon married Elizabeth Siener at St. Paul Lutheran Church. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a daughter, LeAnn (John Zappa) Glover; a son, Neal (Lisa) Findeisen; six grandchildren, Echo, Chris, Logan, Colton, Karisa and Leah; and four great-grandchildren, Ian, Daniel, William and Jaden.

Leon was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Deborah Jaster.

He retired from the United States Penitentiary and opened Leon’s small appliance. In 1971, he started L & R Refrigeration where he worked until retiring in 2004, and selling his business to his son Neal, who still owns and operates it.

Leon was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and mushroom hunting. He also loved country music.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, at Trinity Lutheran Church. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, at the church, with Rev. Damien Snyder officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery. Memorial are suggested to St. Luke’s Hospice. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

September 2016 Obituaries

Martha Russell

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Martha Ann Barnette Russell, 83, of Leavenworth, died, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, in North Kansas City. She was born in Bossier City, Louisiana on April 5, 1933, to John Barnette and Fannie Mae Collins.

On August 29, 1952, she married the love of her life, Buck Lavar Russell.

Martha was a proud military spouse during Buck’s 20-year career. She was a very gifted quilter and crafter. There was nothing she could not sew to create or repair. She served two missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) one in the Birmingham, England Mission and her second with the Nauvoo, Illinois Mission. She volunteered at the Leavenworth Assistance Center as well as being a Temple Worker at the Kansas City, Mo. LDS Temple. Martha absolutely loved cooking for her family. Every Sunday was “Lunch at Grandma’s house”. and she loved a mean Rook card game.

Martha is survived by five children; Buck Russell of Logan, Utah, Patti Edgin of Las Vegas, Nevada, Brenda King of Snellville, Georgia, John Russell of Cheyenne, Wyoming and Betty Welch of Leavenworth, Kansas. She has 21 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren (plus four more on the way).

She is preceded in death by her husband, Buck.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Viewing will be from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with a funeral service beginning at 5:30 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Burial will be in Robeline, Louisiana, Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Leavenworth Assistance Center.

Joanie E. Clark

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Joan E. “Joanie” Clark, 63, of Leavenworth, died, after a short battle with cancer, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, surrounded by loved ones. She was born June 30, 1953, in Lyndon, Kan., the daughter of Wayne and Velma (Parks) Allison Sr.

She graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1971.

On June 25, 1971, Joanie married her high school sweetheart, Michael R. Clark. They recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. Michael survives at the home. She is also survived by her best friend and daughter, Sarah (Jeremy) Ling; five grandchildren, Kailey, Riley, Colby, Chloe and Kaison; her mother; a sister, Janine Cordt; many nieces and nephews; an array of friends, especially her grandchildren’s aunt, Jen Nedwed whom she loved and adored and often referred to as her “adopted daughter”; and lifelong friends, Chuck and Linda Hutchens, Barb Porter, Tom and Maryanne Klompstra and Bill and Mel Baker. Joanie also leaves behind her loving lap dog, Katie.

Joanie was employed at A & W, where she met her husband. She was also employed at Augsburg Germany Military Base while Mike was stationed there for the Army. Joanie and Mike Owned and Operated Clark’s Body shop. Together they also had Clark’s racing of which her husband Mike raced at several different locations including I-70 Speedway and Lakeside Speedway. She made many memories working at Hallmark and AAFES on Fort Leavenworth where she met so many friends that quickly became known as her AAFES family.

She was preceded in death by her son, twin brother of Sarah, Jeremiah Michael Clark; her father; a brother, Wayne Allison Jr.; and a sister, Jackie Allen.

One of her many fun things in life was being the best grandma she could be to her five beautiful grandchildren. Joanie also enjoyed cross-stitching, reading, daily long phone conversations with her daughter and traveling all over the country with Mike selling junk.

The family of Joanie would like to thank Crossroads Hospice for their care and support over the last two months.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to The Clark Family for funeral expenses.

Paul Spencer Carter

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Paul Spencer Carter, 68, of Leavenworth, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, at his home. He was born Aug. 26, 1948, in Atchison, Kan., the son of Harlen Brooks Carter and Verda Pauline “Polly” (Vanderal) Thompson.

Paul Carter

Paul grew up the youngest of six and he attended Leavenworth High School.

In 1968, he married his high school sweetheart, Barbara A. Matzeder. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a daughter, Kimberlee (Morgan Swiler) of Lansing; a grandson, Kaden Swiler; two brothers, Carlen “Toolie” (Barbara) Carter of Platte City, Mo. and James “Dwight” (Barbara) Carter of Leavenworth; a sister, Kay (Noel D.) Jones of Weston, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.

Paul served in the United States Marine Corps. After returning home from Vietnam, Paul worked at Gould Inc., from 1970 to 1976 as a supervisor. From 1976 to 1980 he worked at the Veterans Administration in Leavenworth. Concrete Construction became his career and he worked for Kersten Construction Company for 20 years as a foreman. After working for Kersten he went to various other construction companies until he retired in 2011.

Paul was a great family man and loving father. His greatest achievement was being “Papa” to his grandson. It was his greatest joy in life. Paul also loved golfing, bird hunting, Royals baseball and cutting his grass. He excelled at playing softball and loved to ride his motorcycle. In 1990 he was first in the State of Kansas for the ATV 4 Stroke class. His family and friends will always remember him as an ornery, humorous person who loved life.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father, Ernest D. Thompson; and a brother, Harlen “Bub” Carter.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. A committal prayer service with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Children’s Mercy Cancer Center.

Diana Lynn Bowling

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Diana L. Bowling, 59, of Leavenworth, passed away, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at St. Luke’s Hospital, surrounded by family, after a courageous battle with illness. She was born May 1, 1957, the daughter of Joseph and Eileen (Morton) Clevenger.

Diana graduated from Immaculata High School in 1975.

On Oct. 4, 1978, she married William H. “Bill” Bowling. He survives at the home. She is also survived by a daughter, Kimberley and husband Ken Burge III of Leavenworth; a son, Joey and wife Allison of Lansing, Kan.; two granddaughters, Natalie Burge and Aubrie Burge; sister, Vickie Sokolik of St. Louis, Mo.; a brother, Joseph V. Clevenger of New York; and several brother-in-law’s, cousins, nieces and nephews and a sister-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Diana was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She had numerous hobbies which included crafting, sewing, playing bunko, watching the Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs.

A memorial service will begin at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A private burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to St. Luke’s Cancer Research in Diana’s name.

Marvin L. Thomas

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Marvin L. Thomas, 70, of Sugar Land, Texas, died, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. He was born July 10, 1946, the son of Wilbert Thomas and Earlina Haynes.

Visitation will be from 11 to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Alexis Skylar Walker

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Alexis Skylar Walker, “Lexi Lou Lou”, 8, of Leavenworth, passed away, Sept. 12, 2016. She was born Oct. 21, 2007, in Leavenworth, Kan., the daughter of Cory S. and Megan L. (Tarnawski) Walker.

Alexis Skylar Walker

Alexis was a third grader at Lansing Elementary School. She was also a student at David Brewer prior to changing to Lansing Elementary from Pre-K to 2nd grade.

Alexis was a very loving child and full of life. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Her hobbies were painting her nails, taking selfies, playing with make-up, swimming, playing dress up, singing, fishing, camping, arts and crafts among so many other things. She wanted to become a teacher and always dressed up and pretended she was teaching a class.

Alexis is survived by her parents; a sister, Kayden L. Walker; her maternal grandparents, John and Jennifer Tarnawski and John and Tina Schmidt; her paternal grandparents, Jim and Lisa Polaski and Rick Walker; her great-grandparents, Frank and Ruth Tarnawski, Darlene Leahy-Long and Ron Long, Roger and Kay Ulrich, Melvin and Kay Walker and Barbara Walker; along with several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Alexis is preceded in death by Frank Tarnawski, Sr., Gertrude Tarnawski, Bert Sprague, Iva Sprague, Carl E Rails, Margaret Polaski and Richard Polaski.

The family of Alexis Walker wishes to thank all those that have placed them in their thoughts and prayers at this special time of need. A special thank you to Alycia McLaren, Activities Director of Twin Oaks Health and Rehab for her help and support.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept.16, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home with Minister Keith Conrad officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to R.L. Leintz Funeral Home or the Go Fund Me account for Alexis Walker.

Donald G. Beaman

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Donald G. Beaman,76, of Leavenworth, died, Sunday Sept. 11, 2016, at NorthCare Hospice House. He was born May 19, 1940, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Allen T. and Alta M. (Neisler) Beaman.

On Oct. 9, 1965, Donald married Patsy L. Patzwald Beaman in Leavenworth. She preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his parents; his youngest son, Danny Beaman; a sister and three brothers.

He is also survived by his children, Donna (Kirk) Raymond of Leavenworth, Michele (Greg) Walden of Excelsior Springs, Mo. and Ron Beaman of Leavenworth; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and one on the way; a sister, Sandy (Carlos) deAltonaga; and a brother, Roy Beaman.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggest to American Diabetes Association or ASPCA.

Elizabeth "Betty" Ann Corriston

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Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Corriston, 84, of Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, at her home. She was born May 10, 1932, in Atchison, Kan., the daughter of Charles and Zetta (Sutlieff) Filbert.

Elizabeth Corriston

On March 20, 1949, Betty married Joseph C. Corriston Jr., in Leavenworth, Kan. He survives at the home. She is also survived by a son, Joseph “Chuck” Corriston III; three daughters, Connie Freeman, Sherry Lewis and Paula Bledsoe; two sisters, Peg Meyer and Barb Main; three brothers, Don Filbert, Ed Filbert and Mike Filbert; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Margie Farrell; a brother, Tobi Filbert; a granddaughter, Jolene Abbott; and a great grandson, Carson McGlothin.

She worked at Hallmark Card and Miller Pharmacy. Betty retired from Fort Leavenworth and then worked at Walmart.

Betty loved golfing, bingo, watching her favorite sports and visiting Arizona. She loved her family and she enjoyed spending time with them.

Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, at St. Casimir Catholic Church, with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Cremation will follow the services. Memorials are suggested to Children’s Mercy, Shriner’s Hospital for Children or St. Luke’s Hospice.

Maria Ventura Layton

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Maria Ventura Layton, 47, of Leavenworth, passed away, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, at her home. She was born on May 9, 1969 in Brooklyn, N.Y, the daughter of Anna Maria Ramsey and Louie Melendez.

Maria Ventura Layton

Maria grew up with her mother in El Paso, Texas, and was the oldest of three. She attended Coronado High School.

She relocated to Lansing, Kan., after meeting the love of her life, Robert Layton Jr. and they were married in 1991. He survives at the home. She is also survives by two daughters, Ventura Rangel and Valyssa Layton; two sisters, Sylvia Colbert and Jamie Allen; a brother, Louis Melendez Jr.; and her grandchildren Maeve Rangel, Atticus Rangel and Kaiden Mitchell.

Maria was a dedicated VA employee for 25 years.

Maria's family will be holding a celebration of life for her on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wyandotte County Lake. All family and friends are welcome to attend her celebration. The family is grateful for everyone’s condolences and prayers. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

August 2016 Obituaries

LTC (Ret.) Douglas R. Whiteside

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LTC (Ret.) Douglas R. Whiteside, 68, of Leavenworth, passed away, Aug. 28, 2016. He was born in Asheville, N.C. on Nov. 16, 1947, the son of Russell and Sara (Pinson) Whiteside.

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He graduated from A.C. Reynolds High School and then attended East Carolina University graduating with a B.S. in Geology and Webster University receiving a Masters in Management.

Following graduation, Doug joined the United States Army, eventually becoming a Master Army Aviator as a CH-47 Chinook pilot. Doug retired from the US Army in 1994 after 24 years of service, and filled his time working for USPA and IRA as a financial planner. Doug returned to government service as a civilian, working for C.A.L.L. at Fort Leavenworth.

In his spare time, Doug was a proud member of the Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed traveling, hunting, watching his grandchildren participate in sports activities and cheering on the Kansas State University football team as a season ticket holder. As often as he could, Doug loved spending time in Arizona, with his stepsons and their families.

Doug is survived by his wife, Lani Whiteside; two daughters, Jennifer (Craig) Weddle, Lisa (Joel) Colletti; three stepsons, Kirk (Amy) Gates, Grant Gates and Clark Gates; a sister, Carolyn (Lee) Wyatt; six grandchildren, Carson, Mia, Samuel, Camden, Dylan and Tyler; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, at Leavenworth First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Memorials may be made in Doug’s name to The Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

Robert Eugene Trimble

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Robert Eugene Trimble, 80, of Lansing went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, after a long hard battle with cancer. He was born on Dec. 27, 1935, to Henry and Dorothy (Chestnut) Trimble.

Robert Eugene Trimble

Bob, as his friends and family lovingly called him, graduated from Lansing High School and went on to serve in the Army until 1959 when upon the death of his father, he was given a hardship discharge in order for him to return home to care for his mother.

On Nov. 22, 1960, he married Lenora Ann Cardwell in Oklahoma. She survives at the home. Bob is also survived by a daughter, Terrie (Dennis) Wacker, two grandsons, Jason (Robin) Wacker and Christopher (Ashley) Wacker; three great grandchildren, Joshua Wacker, Lillianna Wacker and Zoie Wacker; a sister, Dorothy (Wesley) Jackson; and many nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his father Henry “Hank” Trimble and his mother Dorothy “Pearl” Trimble.

Bob owned and operated “Bob Trimble Construction Company” in Lansing for over 28 years then moved to Nemo, Mo., in 1988 where he and his wife owned and operated Nemo Bridge Resort for 14 years. They returned to Lansing in 2006.

Bob loved fishing and hunting. He also had a great love of music and enjoyed singing and writing songs. He played the drums in high school and while he served in the Army.

Bob loved his family unconditionally and they were only second to his love for his Lord and Savior. Bob served his church family at Calvary Baptist Church as a Trustee, a Deacon, and general handyman.

Bob had a huge heart and capacity to love and forgive others. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends but they rejoice in the knowledge that he is healed and again singing for his Lord.

Visitation with the family will be on Friday Sept. 2, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. followed by funeral services at 12:30 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 4451 10th Ave. Leavenworth, KS. Arrangements by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church Memorial Fund.

William E. Johnson Sr.

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William E. Johnson Sr., 76, passed away on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. He was born July 1, 1940, the third child of Staff Sr. and Beatrice Johnson.

William Johnson

He was educated in the Leavenworth School System and graduated from Leavenworth High School. He retired from NAF (Non-Appropriated Funds) at Fort Leavenworth after 30 years of service. He was a member of Bethel AME Church.

William was preceded in death by his parents and his oldest sister, Ann Marcelene.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lois Johnson of the home. He leaves behind four children Kim (Carl) Myatt of Stone Mountain, Ga., William Jr. of Leavenworth, Lois Ann Johnson of Visalia, Calif., and Laura Denise (William) Majors of Belgium, Germany. He is also survived by his brothers Staff Jr. (Ulu) Johnson of Leavenworth, Lionel (Doris) Johnson of West Covina, Calif. and Clinton Johnson of Livermore, Calif.; his sisters, Charlotte (the late Jimmie) Edwards of Gulfport, Miss., Palmeda Robinson of Leavenworth and Beatrice (the late Ollie) Boyd of Abingdon, M.D. He also leaves behind two others that he embraced as his brothers Pierre Ruffin of Chicago, Ill. and Derrick Hall of Las Vegas, Nev. His loving memory will also be cherished by his seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren; sister-in laws, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, at the R.L Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, at Bethel AME Church. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Mary Ann Boyle

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Mary Ann Boyle, 62, the daughter of Joseph and Helen Naylon, died on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. She was born Oct. 30 1953 and in 1975 married Paul R. Boyle Sr. She was a military spouse for 20 years, living in various worldwide locations, including Guam and Germany.

Mary Ann Boyle

Her father preceded her in death.

Mary Ann is survived by her husband Paul and four children, Kathy Boyle of Bella Vista, Ark. Paul Boyle Jr., of Fayetteville, N.C., Joe Boyle (Lindsey), Ft Worth, Texas and Christina Boyle, Las Cruces, N.M.; five grandchildren; her mother, Helen; and two sisters, Mary Lou Black (Jay) of Bellevue, Neb. and Patricia Washburn (Dell), Chantilly, Va.

She was a homemaker, a great Mom and worked 17 years for the Public Schools System in Warrensburg, Mo.

Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Leavenworth, Kan. on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Lansing. The family thanks Heartland Hospice Care for their kind support. Memorials may be made to St Joseph Catholic Church.

Shirley Ann Delano

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Shirley Ann Delano, 79, of Leavenworth, died, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, at Saint John Hospital. She was born July 30, 1937, in Mitchell, S.D., the daughter of David and Hazel (Adkins) Pickering.

Shirley Delano

On April 13, 1957, She married Dexter Delano, in Laverne, Minn. He preceded her in death in 2012. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a son, Bruce Delano.

Shirley is survived by two daughters, Lisa Delano of Kansas City, Mo. and Gina (Lenny) Delano Hill of Trimble, Mo.; her grandchildren, Mike (Maggie) Corriston, Shannon Eveland, Sarah (Nick) Brown, Ashley Kermashek, Dusty Delano, Kelly Delano and Ben Corriston; and 10 great- grandchildren.

She loved books. Shirley worked at Waldenbooks at the Leavenworth Plaza and Stars and Stripes bookstore in Germany. She enjoyed archery and bowling. She was also an avid volksmarcher in Germany. Shirley was a lifelong democrat.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 8 a.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Wayside Waifs.

Mary Katherine Finneran

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Mary Katherine Finneran,79, of Leavenworth, went to heaven, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, at her home in Easton, Kan. surrounded by family, after a short battle with cancer. She was born July 30, 1937 in Leavenworth, Kan., the daughter of Richard and Oka (Williams) Corriston.

Mary Finneran

On July 20, 1957, she married Walter Eugene VanDruff. He preceded her in death in June 1958. Mary then met the love of her life, John Lloyd Finneran Jr., and they married on April 30, 1960. He preceded her in death. She is also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Cynthia (Finneran) Pfannenstiel; a son in-law, Raymond Brune Jr.; a granddaughter, Ariel N. Porter; four brothers, Dick Corriston, Ted Corriston, George Corriston and Eddie Corriston; and a grandson in-law, Brian Conway.

Mary is survived by five children, Kathleen E. Brune of Leavenworth, Kan., John L. (Julie) Finneran of Stover, Mo., Genieva M. Rhodes of Easton, Kan., Deborah L. (John) Porter of Ozakie, Kan. and Andy J. (Eleasha) Finneran of Winchester, Kan.,; a son in-law, Loren Pfannenstiel; three brothers, John Corriston, Joe Corriston and Mike Corriston; six sisters, Dorothy Coats, Debbie Roediger, Helen VanDruff, Rosey Garrett, Nadine Price and Geraldine Lafontaine; 21 grandkids, 24 great grandkids; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She worked as a Medication Aide at Golden Age Lodge “Medicalodge” and St. Johns Hospital. Mary also worked at Bells Laundry. She owned and operated John and Mary’s Bait Shop, Mary’s Daycare Center, Mary’s Adult Care Home and Legend of Country Music Bar and Grill.

Mary enjoyed dancing and visiting her vacation home on the Lake of the Ozarks where she had a pontoon boat. She loved getting visits from family and friends and especially seeing her grandkids and great grandkids. Mary and John traveled to South Padre Island, Texas, Mexico, Tennessee and many other places.

She will be missed dearly by all her family and friends. We would like to give a special thank you to AseraCare Hospice for all the comfort care and support they gave to Mary and her family.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, at St. Joseph Church with Rev. Thomas Schrader, O.Carm. as celebrant. Burial will follow at

Rita Denton

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Rita Denton, 64, of Leavenworth, died, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at her home. She was born May 18, 1952, in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of Ralph Harold and Liselotte (Broenner) McGill Sr.

Rita graduated from Bartlesville Oklahoma College High School in 1970. She attended college at Central State University in Edmond, Okla. and Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, Okla., where she graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration.

On Sept. 15, 1979, Rita married Kelly Denton in Bartlesville, Okla. He survives at the home. She is also survived by her twin brother, Ralph H. (Janet) McGill Jr. of Wynona, Okla.; a brother, Joseph (Sheryl) McGill of Tulsa, Okla.; a sister, Mary Sutton of Copan, Okla.; her god parents, Mike and Judy Collins; and several nieces and nephews.

Rita lived in Berlin, Germany, Padadena, Md., Augsburg, Germany and Dieburg, Germany, before moving to Leavenworth in 2000.

She was a stenographer for the United States Army Berlin Commend from 1980 to 1989.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Joan Thomison.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, at St. Joseph Church with Fr. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Church.

Kylie Jade Concanon

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Kylie Jade Concannon, 3, passed away, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, at her home following a lifelong illness. She was born on Aug. 14, 2012, in Leavenworth, Kan., the daughter of David C. and Annette “Annie” R. Concannon.

Kylie Concannon

Kylie’s life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by her understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. Her infectious smile and beautiful blue eyes could melt the hearts of those around her and though she never spoke a word, her voice and thoughts could always be heard. She was lovingly called “Smiley Kylie”.

She is survived by her parents; her brothers, Kenneth and Christopher Concannon; her paternal grandparents, Sharon Concannon and David M. and Cheryl Concannon; her maternal grandmother, Nancy Pierce; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Kylie was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Charles Brock.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery. Memorials in Kylie’s honor are suggested to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care Carousel or Charity of your choice.

David Lloyd Keithley

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David Lloyd Keithley, 62, of Leavenworth, died, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, following a hard fight with kidney cancer. He was born on June 1, 1954, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Harold and Betty (Tolle) Keithley.

David Keithley

David leaves behind his wife Debbi; his only son, Tony (Lora); three grandsons, Cole Burton, Tucker Keithley, and Lane Keithley; his mother, Betty Keithley; three brothers, Dwain (Joan), Steve (Lisa) and Rick (Angie); and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold “Shorty” Keithley; his first wife, Linda Seber Keithley; a brother, Danny; and a sister, Nancy.

David was an avid bowler and proud to have shot a 299 game and 770 series while fighting cancer. He enjoyed Friday nights at Lakeside Speedway and any night at local school sporting events. He especially enjoyed watching his grandsons play. David and Debbi loved the movies and went every weekend they could.

He worked for Fairbanks Morse/Pentair for 42 years until his illness forced him to retire two years ago.

David’s gruff exterior hid a kind, big-hearted, loving man and he will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Kidney Cancer Association or Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society.

Michael Brian Chuning

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Michael Brian Chuning, 38, of Leavenworth, died, Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, at St. Francis Hospital. He was born July 14, 1978, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Steve Chuning and Veralyn Ellsworth.

Michael Brian Chuning

He served in the United States Air Force. He was stationed in the U.S., Aviano Air Base in Italy and Pakistan.

Mike is survived by his parents, a brother, Steven Craig Chuning of Kansas City, Kan.; and a sister, Aimee R. Thompson of Overland Park, Kan.

He enjoyed cooking out, spending time with his family and hanging out with his cat, George.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A graveside service with military honors will be at 12:30 p.m., Monday, at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to Chains of Hope Animal Rescue.

July 2016 Obituaries

Ralph E. Brown III

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Ralph Brown III, 59, of Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at his home. He was born on Feb. 13, 1957, the son of Ralph Brown Jr. and Anna Smith.

Ralph E. Brown III

 A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, July, 30, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

 

 

Patricia Anne Smallwood

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Patricia Anne Smallwood, 64, died, July 25, 2016, in Leavenworth, Kan. Patricia was born on March 7, 1952, in Oakland, Calif.

Patricia Smallwood

She is survived by her husband, Steve Smallwood; her son, Gregory Smallwood and Gregory’s wife, Tiffany; and her daughter, Megan Smallwood.

Patricia donated much of her time to volunteerism. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Birthright of Leavenworth.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30, 2016, at Mt. Muncie Cemetery.

Bernice W. Whiteside

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Bernice W. Whiteside, 83, of Lenexa, died, Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at Lakeview Village in Lenexa, Kan. The daughter of Floyd and Nora (Parks) White of Hobbsville, N.C., was born on Sept. 23, 1932, in Elizabeth City, N.C.

On Aug. 29, 1953, Bernice married Col. (Ret.) Billy M. Whiteside. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Edmond White.

Bernice is survived by two sons, Bill Michael Whiteside and wife Linda of Lenexa, Kan. and Barry Whiteside and wife Janice of Irmo, S.C.; and three grandchildren.

She attended Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C. earning a Bachelor of Science degree in music and voice.

Her life’s journey while accompanying her husband during his military career included assignments to many military installations in the United States; tours in Germany, Korea and Ethiopia before retiring and moving to the Leavenworth and the Kansas City area. During their tour in Ethiopia in the early 1970’s Bernice received the “Queen of Sheba” Award for her devotion and service improving community relations between the American Community of Kagnew Station, the Imperial Ethiopian Government and the local populace. She also contributed to the University of Ethiopia teaching music. Bernice received other awards of Excellence and accolades at other military installations in the U.S. for her contributions to the military and local communities.

Bernice’s enjoyment was being with her pride and joy, her grandchildren and music. She enjoyed playing the piano and teaching private lessons. Some of her students have gone on to major in music at universities and conservatories, leading into careers performing at Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and around the world.

A graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, July 18, 2016, at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Lakeview Village Resident Council: Employee Appreciation Fund or Crossroads Hospice. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Christopher Michael Finan

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Christopher Michael Finan, 39, of Parkville, Mo., died, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. He was born on June 30, 1977, in Fort Campbell, Ky., the son of John and Janice (Baldery) Finan Jr.

Christopher Finan

Chris graduated from Immaculata High School in 1997. After high school he earned a degree in Business Administration from the University of Saint Mary.

On May 11, 2013, Chris married Eva Ellen Hanson. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his two year old daughter, Ellen Christine Finan of the home; his parents; a sister, Jennifer Finan; his maternal grandmother, Henrietta Baldery; and a large extended family.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather and his paternal grandparents.

Chris was a loving husband to Eva and an amazing father to Ellen. He was devoted to his parents, John and Janice and his sister, Jennifer. He deeply loved his family. Chris was a loyal friend and blessed to have so many wonderful friendships. Chris had a passion for home brewing, enjoyed duck hunting, movies and his dogs, Brewer and Molly.

Chris has left a resounding impact on those that were graced by his strength, kindness, humility and humor.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 18, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, at St. Therese Catholic Church (7207 NW Hwy 9, Kansas City, Mo., 64152). In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Kidney Cancer Cure, Immaculata High School or St. Therese Early Education Center.

James "David" Richardson

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James David Richardson, 57, of Leavenworth, died, Saturday, July 2, 2016, at his home. He was born on Dec. 3, 1958, in Tulsa, Okla., the son of James and Rosemary (Chuculate) Richardson.

On June 27, 2002, David married Dolli Sue Paczkowski. She survives at the home. He is also survived by three sons, Mathew Richardson, Ross Richardson and Luke Richardson; a daughter, Sarah “Abby” Richardson; his father; a sister, Donna (Bob) Brorein.

David was preceded in death by his mother.

He received a Master’s Degree from the University of Oklahoma. David earned many career awards after 22 years in the United States Army. He also earned career awards during his 10 years working in civil service.

David had a passion for motorcycles. He liked vintage motorcycles, building motorcycle immatures, riding them and he had a love for Ossa motorcycles in general. He also enjoyed reading and bible study.

He was a man that loved his family and let God steer his life and that showed in his everyday actions. He will be forever missed.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Jerl "Jerry" Allen Montgomery

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Jerl “Jerry” Allen Montgomery, 68, of Leavenworth, died, July 4, 2016, after a long battle with Cancer. He was born on Dec. 15, 1947, in St. Joseph, Mo., the son of John and Clara (Burgess) Montgomery.

Jerl Montgomery

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Lynn Graves and two granddaughters, Dalace and Julianna all of the home. Jerry is also survived by two daughters, Janie (Hunter) Scarff of Owasso, Okla. and Melissa Smith of Leavenworth; six grandchildren, Chasity, Chandan, Jaicee, Jimmy, Jesse and Sasha; two brothers, Johnny Jones of Medford, Ore. and Al Montgomery of Leavenworth; three sisters, Francis Waters of Leavenworth, Dee Akers of Chillicothe, Mo., and Elaine Shuck of Lincoln, Neb.; and his brother by choice, Donald Hamilton of St. Joseph, Mo.

Jerry was preceded in death by their son, Jason Babcock in 2009. He was also preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

He enjoyed working on cars and traveling through the country. Jerry was very family oriented and enjoyed spending most of his time with his family.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the services. Memorials are suggested to the Montgomery family for funeral expenses.

June 2016 Obituaries

Timothy Pierre Hiatt

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Timothy Pierre Hiatt, 51, of Leavenworth, died, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at his home. He was born on Sept. 27, 1964, the son of Lloyd and Colleen (Bollman) Hiatt Sr.

Timothy Pierre Hiatt

On Nov. 7, 1987, Tim married Kim Kendall in Leavenworth. She survives at the home. He is also survived by three sons, Johnny Rosco, Kurtis Rosco and David Rosco all of Missouri; six brothers, Lloyd Hiatt Jr., Randy Hiatt, Steven Hiatt, Joe Edmiston all of Kansas, Alan Hiatt of Wisconsin and Charles Hiatt of Indiana; three grandchildren; and a friend, Scott Crystal.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Tim loved to barbeque.

Visitation will be from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday July 2, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the Hiatt family.

Odis "Odie" Emler

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Odie Emler, 87, of Leavenworth died, Sunday June 19, 2016, in Arizona. He was born Nov. 30, 1928, in Magic City, Texas, the son of Arlie “Tex” and Ardith (Phillips) Emler.

He was a Korean War Veteran and a lifetime member of the VFW Post 56. Odie was retired from Missouri Valley Steel where he was a welder.

In 1946, Odie married Rose Overfield in Leavenworth. From this marriage, he is survived by two daughters, Cindy Lanza and husband, Jaime, and Sandra Loar.

He married Elsie “Lee” Schimtz in 1966. From this marriage, Odie is survived by three step-daughters, Marie Hewitt of Leavenworth, Winifred Bard of Arkansas and Georgia Griffee and husband, Bob of Colorado. Odie is also survived by a brother, Claude Emler; five sisters, Nona Overfield, Wanda Davis, Lois Robertson, Phyllis Vance and Peggy Hitchcock; fourteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren and great great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his late wife, Elsie Emler.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2016, 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. Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Betty Elaine Malec

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Betty Elaine Malec, 81, of Leavenworth, died, Thursday, June 16, 2016. She was born Sept. 18, 1934, in Waldron, Mo., the daughter of Floyd and Mildred (Tennison) Jones.

Betty Elaine Malec

On Sept. 15, 1954, Betty married Michael Malec in Leavenworth. He preceded her in death. She is also preceded in death by her parents and two sons, James Howard Malec and Randy Scott Malec.

Betty is survived by three sons, Michael Malec, Glenn (Rita) Malec and Stephen Malec; four daughter, Jean Malec, Janet Cox, Judy (John) Knight and Carol (Steve) Perrin; a brother, Dennis (Claudia) Jones; a sister, Marion Weinke; and many grandchildren, great great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She worked as a medication aide at Medicalodge for over 30 years. After retiring, Betty worked at her daughters daycare where she was known as “Grandma Betty” to all the kids.

Betty loved spending time with her family. She also enjoyed playing cards and darts.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 19, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 12:30 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Special Olympics.

Edwin Kenneth Bleam

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Edwin Kenneth Bleam, 87, of Leavenworth, died, Monday, June 13, 2016, at Garden Terrace at Overland Park. He was born Nov. 7, 1928, in Leavenworth, Kan., the son of Dewey and Esther (Mischler) Bleam.

Edwin Bleam

On Dec.18, 1949, he married Ruth J. Buchannan in Fairmount, Kan. She preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Ruth Ann Bleam-Guise; and two brothers, Marvin Bleam and Wilbert Bleam.

Edwin is survived by two sons, Edwin K. (Cheryl D.) Bleam Jr. of Leavenworth and Howard D. (Connie G.) Bleam of Tonganoxie; a daughter, Carolyn M. (Keith) Hollingshead of Basehor; three brothers, Donald Bleam, William “Bill” Bleam and John Bleam; two sisters, Esther Bremer and Rachel Sears; 11 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

He was a lifetime farmer. Edwin was the first to own and sell Vermeer equipment in the state of Kansas. He was a member of the Eastern Star and the Victory Assembly Church in Bonner Springs. He was also a lifelong member of the Masonic Society. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a 33rd degree Scottish Rite.

Edwin served the United States Marine Corps from 1952 to 1960. He retired from General Motors in 1981.

Visitation beginning with the Masonic Service will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 16, 2016, 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 Hubbel Hill Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Mary Elizabeth Lemke

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Mary Elizabeth Lemke, 93 of Leavenworth, passed away, Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at Providence Place in Kansas City, Kan. She was born Aug. 27, 1922, near Horton, Kan., the daughter of Walter Brooks and Ethel (Render) Page.

Mary Elizabeth Lemke

She attended Mt. Pleasant Ridge Schools and graduated from Atchison High School.

On Aug. 12, 1941, she married Lawrence J. Lemke. He preceded her in death on April 12, 1983. She was also preceded in death by a son David Lemke.

Mary Beth is survived by her sons, Walter (Jane) Lemke of Leavenworth, Lawrence (Charlene) Lemke of Leavenworth, John (Cindy) Lemke of Leavenworth and Mike (Teresa) Lemke of Louisburg, Kan.; 26 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marjorie Hayden.

Over the years, Mary Beth worked at many department stores in the Leavenworth area. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She was an active member of the prime timers for many years in Topeka. Mary Beth was devoted to her family and loved spending time with her children.

Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, at St. Joseph Church with Rev. David McEvoy O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Ann’s Church Cemetery in Effingham; Kan. Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth Shelter of Hope.

Charles Fredrick Fields, Jr.

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Charles Fredrick Fields, Jr., 68, of Leavenworth, passed away, Monday, June 6, 2016. He was born Jan. 4, 1948, in Leavenworth, the son of Charles F., Sr. and Theresa E. (Walker) Fields.

Charles Fredrick Fields, Jr.

He was a member of the Independent Missionary Baptist Church.

Charles, Jr. was a 1966 graduate of Leavenworth High School. He attended The College of Emporia (Emporia, Kan.) before entering into military service. Charles, Jr. entered the United States Army in 1967. He served a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. After his release from active duty in 1970, Charles, Jr. attended Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Following college, Charles, Jr. worked for Hallmark Cards, Inc. In 1973, he began a 25-year career working for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He retired in 1998.

In 1978, Charles, Jr. married his best friend, Constance Adside. Over their 38-year marriage, they enjoyed weekly bowling leagues, traveling and spending time with their daughters and grandchildren.

He was arguably the biggest Kansas State University sports fan. He could be seen around town proudly wearing his Wildcat colors. He also enjoyed working in his yard and washing his truck, “Blue Thunder”.

Charles, Jr. was an amazing husband, a great father and the greatest grandfather. Family birthdays and anniversaries always included a heartfelt card, handwritten note and phone call from Charles, Jr.

Charles, Jr. was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ronald W. Fields; paternal grandparents, Frank S. Fields, Sr. and Agnes N. Fields; and maternal grandparents, George and Lucille Walker.

Charles, Jr. leaves loving wife, Constance; two daughters, Nichole (Will) Williams, Ginger (Christian) Frommer; his brothers, CWO3 (USA-Retired) Steven Sr. (Jackie); Randall Sr. (Rosalind); CDR (USN-Retired) Mark (Joyce); LTC (USA-Retired) Douglas (Kathy); a beloved sister, Cynthia; a special uncle, Joe W., Jr. (Mary) Oliver; a grandson, Julian Williams; two granddaughters, Lillian and Victoria Frommer; a host of nieces and nephews and many school and career friends.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 12 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Rev. George Outlaw will officiate the service. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society.

Catherine Rodenburg

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Catherine Ann Rodenburg, 91, of Leavenworth, Kan., passed away on June 5, 2016. She was born Dec. 27, 1924, in Leavenworth, to the late Guy and Maude Carnoali. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and Ladies Aid.

Survivors include her children, Dorothy (James) Ensor, Helen Rodenburg, Patricia (Jim) Dyson, Harold (Donna) Rodenburg and Virginia (Tom) Johnson; 13 grandchildren; two step grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Rodenburg.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, June 10, 2016, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 311 North 7th Street, Leavenworth, KS, with services following at 11:00 a.m. in the church. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church.

May 2016 Obituaries

Dollie Dougherty

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Dollie Lee Dougherty, 70, of Leavenworth, passed away, Tuesday, May 31, 2016. She was born on January 22, 1946, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Jesse Duckworth and Lucille McKoy.

Dollie Dougherty

On Feb. 19, 1966, Dollie married William M. Dougherty at St. Joseph Church in Leavenworth, Kan. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Archie Johnson, Alvester Duckworth and Nathaniel White; and a sister, Jessie L. Walker.

Dollie is survived by two sons, William M. (Elena) Dougherty Jr. of Fort Worth, Texas and Marcus Dougherty of Houston, Texas; two daughters, Cecilia Dougherty of Fort Worth, Texas and Ann Hinds of Leavenworth; three grandchildren, Devon, Ashley and Janell; five great grandchildren, Mya, Adrian, Aziah, Ariazel and Laila; three sisters, Helen Roberts of Fort Worth, Texas, Lillie Johnson and Jane Lane; and a brother Harlan Duckworth all of Leavenworth.

She graduated from Leavenworth High School.

She worked at Kroger grocery store, Fort Leavenworth Commissary and First National Bank. Dollie was a homemaker.

She enjoyed bowling and participated in various leagues. She loved to cook and spend time with her family and friends.

Dollie was a devoted mother, wife, sister, and friend. She had a big heart.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, June 9, 2016, at St. Joseph Church. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. at the church with Rev. David McEvoy O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Church. Arrangements by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Jacqueline "Jackie" Mikesich

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Jacqueline "Jackie" Mikesich, 80, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at the Twin Oaks Nursing Home. She was born on January 22, 1936 in Lebanon, Ore., the daughter of John and Ethel (Workman) Langley.

Jackie graduated from Leavenworth High School. She was employed at Hallmark, the Veterans Administration Medical Center and then went on to become a Home Health Caregiver for many years. She retired at the age of 70.

She was a former member of the Eagles Fraternity and enjoyed bowling, playing Bingo and visiting with her grandchildren. She was a sweetheart to many and will be deeply missed.

Jackie is survived by four children, Debbie (Gabrick) and husband Earl Varner of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Steven Gabrick of Leavenworth, John Pogue and partner John Jons Jr. of Kansas City, Kan. and Denise Brooks of Leavenworth; a sister, Wilma "Billie" Oertel and Fritz Walkenbach of Leavenworth; a niece, Kathy (Oertel) and husband Larry Wolter of Leavenworth; a nephew, Robert "Bob" and wife Kristen Oertel of Tulsa, Okla.; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; six great-nieces and nephews; and four great-great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 5, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. There will be no funeral to follow as Jackie's wishes were to be cremated. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jackie's life. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to Alliance Against Family Violence in Jackie's name. The family would like to thank the staff at Twin Oaks for their care and dedication.

Cecil Floyd Wallace

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Cecil Floyd Wallace, 85, of Leavenworth, passed away, Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Delmar Gardens in Lenexa. He was born in Coyle, Okla, April 19, 1931 the son of Ben and Lula (Lawrence) Wallace.

He was raised in Winfield, Kan., where he worked numerous jobs and attended Southwestern College before joining and serving as a Medic in the U.S. Air Force. Cecil was a Physician Assistant for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Leavenworth, Kan. After retirement, he enjoyed fishing, gardening and operating his firewood business.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Eloise Wallace; a son, Ryan Wallace; three brothers, Emmitt Wallace, Adron Wallace and Jack Wallace; and four sisters, Jewel Wallace, Vera King, Marjorie Cochran and Eulalia Greer.

Mr. Wallace is survived by a daughter, Felecia (Waddell) Smith of Allen, Texas; two sons, Rodney Wallace of Leavenworth and Randall (Ada) Wallace of Overland Park; a sister, Madge (Ike) Austin of East St. Louis, Ill.; a brother, Eugene Wallace of Kansas City, Mo.; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home after the visitation. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery.

Patricia R. Huycke

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Patricia R. Huycke (née Mitchell), 86, of Lansing, Kan., died May 25, 2016 at St. Luke’s Hospice House, Kansas City, Mo. Pat was born on June 30, 1929, in Mound City, Mo., one of nine children of Marion LeRoy and Katherine (Fitzmaurice) Mitchell.

Patricia Huycke

Pat graduated from the Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, St. Joseph, Mo., in 1948. She attended Platt-Gard Business School. Pat remained an active member of the Sacred Heart Alumni and enjoyed attending annual reunions with her friends and classmates.

On Nov. 24, 1951, she married Clarence P. Huycke at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. They settled in Lansing, Kan., where they raised their family. Pat worked for the US Postal Service.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Eugene, Paul, Charlie, Jim and Bob Mitchell; and sisters, Wanda Hindery, Charlyne Bell and Peggy Stone.

Survivors include her husband, Clarence; her children, Michele Huycke (Michael Griggs), Mary Pat Huycke (Randy Tolle) and Peggy Huycke (Tom Davis); her grandchildren, Mitchell and Noah Davis, Emma and Nathan Tolle; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pat was a strong, loving and supportive wife, mother and grandmother who was generous with her time and talents. She was devoted to her family, her church, and her friends. She will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, Leavenworth, Kan. The rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 2, at St. Francis de Sales Church, Lansing. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery at the Huycke family burial plot. Donations may be made to St. Frances de Sales church.

William "Bill" Brockenshire Jr.

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William “Bill” Edward Brockenshire Jr., 92, of Lansing, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2016, at Golden Living Center in Lansing. He was born Dec. 18, 1923, in Buffalo, N.Y., the son of William and Louise (McGowan) Brockenshire.

He married Joan G. Brant in Buffalo, N.Y. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a son, Dennis J. Brockenshire of Lansing, Kan.; four daughters, Debra L. (Art) Swieca of Lansing, Kan., Darlene A. Wheeler of Leavenworth, Dawn M. (Greg) Gable of Burnsville, Miss. And Susan (Dan) Brust of Hamburg, N.Y.; a brother, John “Jack” Brockenshire of Buffalo, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

Bill was preceded in death by a son. Don T. Brockenshire; and four sisters, Patricia Grabar, Norma Argo, Thelma Cain and Helen Montsano.

He served in the Marines during World War II. Bill was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion. Bill enjoyed camping and traveling with his family.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 19, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A graveside service with Marine honors, will begin at 9 a.m., Friday, at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Carol Bakian

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Carol Ann Bakian, 67, of Leavenworth, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2016, at her home. She was born Nov. 7, 1948, in Detroit, Mich., the daughter of Joseph and Genevieve (York) Higgins.

Carol Bakian

On Aug. 21, 1970, she married Gregory J. Bakian in Dearborn Heights, Mich. He survives of the home. She is also survived by her children, Joel G. (Carlye) Bakian of Little Elm, Texas and Lauren N. (Joe) Aaker of Brooklyn, N.Y.; her father, Joseph Higgins; her sister, Kathleen (Ralph) Acosta; and three grandchildren, Jake, Halle and Genevieve.

She was preceded in death by her mother.

Carol worked at the Frontier Community Credit Union for 25 years, where she earned the nickname "Martha" for her creativity and craftiness. She was also an avid Detroit Red Wings and Tigers fan. Above all, Carol loved being a grandmother and taking care of her family.

Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 19, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, at the funeral home with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Lorraine Medill

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Lorraine E. Medill, long time resident of Kansas City, Mo., died Sunday, May 8, 2016, at age 82. Lorraine recently lived in Mission, Kan. and was a faithful volunteer interviewer of people in need at the Redemptorist Social Services Center. She retired from Amoco Oil after nearly 30 years and was active in the Retirees Group. Lorraine travelled widely throughout the US, Europe, Russia and the Far East. She was an enthusiast of the local theatre and cultural scene, and a devoted Roman Catholic. She was a loyal friend and family member who loved and took an active interest in family.

Lorraine Medill

Lorraine was born near Tonganoxie, Kan., to George Tabor, Sr. and Julia Marie (Riordan) Medill. She attended schools in the Leavenworth area, graduating from Immaculata High School and attending St. Mary College, before beginning her career with Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Co, Midwest Research Institute and Standard Oil.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, brother, George Tabor Medill, Jr. and sister Charlotte Powell. She is survived by sisters Monica Russell of Libertyville, Ill. and Shirley Ruddy of Lawrence, Kan. and 11 nieces and nephews: George Tabor Medill, III, Deb Russell, Rheta Wagner, Lorrie Lawson, Julie Slater, Jennifer Edkins, Mike Medill, Rick Medill, Heidi McNally, William “Billy” Powell, and Tom Ruddy, their spouses and many grand nephews and nieces.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Sacred Heart Church, Leavenworth. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. at the church after the visitation. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Redemptorist Social Services Center, Kansas City, Mo. Arrangements by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Ida Jane Wacker

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Ida J. Wacker, 95 formerly of Leavenworth, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Raleigh, N.C. She was born May 22, 1920, the daughter of Harry Thomas and Elizabeth (Behne) Ryan.

Ida Wacker

On Oct. 16, 1940, she married Ralph J. Wacker. He preceded her in death in 1992. They were married for 51 years. Ida was also preceded in death by her siblings, Florence Klasinski, Bill Ryan, Mike Ryan, J.T. Ryan and Eugene Ryan.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda (Sam) Holcomb of Raleigh, N.C.; a son, Donald R. (Gerry) Wacker of New Market, Ala.; her grandchildren, Scott A. Holcomb, Kim Wacker and Jeff Wacker; and her great-granddaughter, Emily Jane Holcomb.

Ida was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She loved to sew and cross stitch. She was a member of the Boling Canning Club and was a 4-H leader. She raised a large garden and canned fruits and vegetables.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, at St. Joseph Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Transitions Life Care or St. Joseph Church.

Dixie Walkenbach

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Dixie L. Walkenbach, 78, of Leavenworth, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at Bonner Springs Nursing Home. She was born May 20, 1937, in Parkville, Mo., the daughter of Jesse and Gertrude (Montgomery) Porter.

Dixie Walkenbach

On Aug. 29, 1955, she married her soul mate, Donald F. Walkenbach. He preceded her in death on Nov. 7, 2008. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Betty Patton and her brothers, Kenneth Porter and Montgomery Porter.

Dixie is survived by her two daughters, Debbie (Rodney) Day of Leavenworth and Donna (James) Patroske of Leavenworth; her grandchildren, Chase Day of Franklin, Tenn. and Johnaton Patroske of Fulton, Mo.; her brother, Woodson (Ann) Porter; her sister-in-law, Helen (Raymond) Boyd; her brother-in-law, Fritzie (Billie) Walkenbach; and several nieces and nephews.

Dixie loved her family. She also loved birds, watching the sun rise, playing the slots at the casino, antiquing and watching the Royals and KU basketball. She worked at several business to include, Hallmark Cards and the Veterans Administration from where she retired in 1999.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Church. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 after the visitation at the church. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Immaculate Conception Church.

April 2016 Obituaries

Tillman L. Nester

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Tillman L. Nester, 85, of Leavenworth, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Twin Oaks Health & Rehab in Lansing. He was born March 25, 1931, in Fieldale, Va., the son of Harvey Wilson and Nancy (Puckett) Nester.

Tillman Nester

Tillman married Eileen VanVeghtan in Leavenworth, Kan. She preceded him in death. He later married Carol Scott, she also preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his granddaughter Michaelyn Resman, four brothers (Lloyd Nester, Raymond Nester, Marvin Nester, Fred Nester) and four sisters ( Avis Adkins, Elva Lampkins, Ora Jarrett, Virginia Campbell).

He is survived by four daughters, Elizabeth (John) Resman of Olathe, Kan., Carla (Dale Bieber) Nester of Coralville, Iowa, Karen (Chris Cataldi) Nester of Fredricksburg, Va., Paula Stafford of Leavenworth: two sons David (Michelle) Nester of Leavenworth, Michael Nester of Olathe, Kan.; 15 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Tillman worked for the Fieldale police department after his service in the Air Force. He then went on to be a firefighter at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he was promoted to Fire Chief. He transferred to Fort Huachuca, Sierra Vista, Ariz., as Fire Chief. He retired April 1, 1981. He loved to travel and to be outdoors.

A memorial visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to Smile Train Foundation or the American Heart.

Luella Hollis

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Luella Jewell Hollis, 88, of Leavenworth, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2016, at Medicalodge in Leavenworth. She was born July 22, 1927, in Delphos, Kan., the daughter of Jesse W. and Ella G. (Collins) McKain.

Luella Hollis

Luella married Ted C. Hollis in Delphos, Kan. After they married they lived in Wichita, Kan., where she lived until the last six years. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Jody L Wirth.

She is survived by her son, Jerry E. Hollis of Leavenworth; and her sister in-law, Jean Cleverdon of Mulvane, Kan.

Luella worked at Walmart into her 80s. She was a cancer survivor of the 1960s. She loved all animals, but especially cats. She enjoyed playing bingo and playing the piano.

Friends may call for viewing from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Graveside service and burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Delphos Cemetery in Delphos, Kan. Memorial are suggested to Hope Clinic (Spay-Neuter dogs and cats 728 Cherokee, Leavenworth, KS.)

James Dewberry

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James Earl Dewberry, 83, formerly of Leavenworth, passed away Tuesday, April 20, 2016, in Lansing. He was born Sept. 9, 1932, in Duncanville, Texas the son of John Marvin and Helen Lee (Allen) Dewberry.

James Dewberry

After high school, Jim served in the US Airforce for four years and was a veteran of the Korean War. While serving in the Airforce, he married Arlene Brzozowski in Leavenworth. After 35 years of marriage they divorced. She survives. After discharge from the Airforce, James went to work at Fort Leavenworth and worked in the telecommunications division. He retired in 1987.

On April 16, 1998, he married Janet C. (Poe) Wacker in Leavenworth. She survives of the home in Kuna, Idaho. He is also survived by his children, Daniel Dewberry, Rebecca (Bruce) Wiley, James M. (Sandra L.) Dewberry and Roxanne (Chris) Mason, all of the Leavenworth area; his step-children, Kenneth (Annie) Wacker of Kansas City, Kan. and Louann (Bart) George of Kuna, Idaho; nine grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his brothers, Wilbur (Lorna) Dewberry, Jimmy (Larue) Dewberry and Michael (Waunice) Dewberry; and his companion “Dollie”.

He was preceded in death by two siblings, Marvin Dewberry and Ola Nell Stoker.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 25, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at First Baptist Church. Burial with Airforce honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Judith Jackson DeMaria

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Judith “Judy” Jackson DeMaria, of Lansing, passed away peacefully at home on April 10, 2016, surrounded by her loving family, after a 15-year battle against cancer. Judy was born on Nov. 9, 1948, to Leonard Jackson and Eleanor (Michelotti) Jackson in Lansdowne, Pa.

Judy DeMaria

She married Matthew “Matt” DeMaria on Dec. 28, 1968, in Lansdowne. Judy, Matt and their children traveled the world for the 26 years Matt served in the US Army. During her caring and giving life, Judy actively volunteered with military wives organizations, military and local schools, Cushing Hospital and sponsored International students to the Command & General Staff College. She was always helping someone while raising two beautiful children. Judy was also an active member of Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph Parish in Leavenworth. She was an amazing example of courage, compassion, integrity and determination for all who knew her. Judy was a much loved and very special Wife, Mother, Nana and friend.

Her parents and Uncle Joseph Michelotti preceded her in death.

She is survived by her loving husband Matt; her son Michael, his wife Jenny and grandson Aidan of Woodbury, Minn.; her daughter Cara of Tampa, Fla.; her brother Joseph and his wife Joann of Oakland, Calif.; and her cousin Bruce and his wife Karen Michelotti of Rochester Hills, Mich.

Mass of Christian burial will begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 14, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Church, 711 N. 5th Street, Leavenworth, with Rev. David McEvoy O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to METAvivor – Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness, Research and Support (www.metavivor.org) in Judy’s name.

Rev. Edward M. Hays

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Rev. Edward M. Hays, age 84, of Leavenworth, Kan., died Sunday April 3, 2016, at St. Luke’s Hospice in Kansas City, Mo., after a fall in his home. He was born Sept. 8, 1931, in Lincoln, Neb., the son of Thomas and Margaret (Nye) Hays.

Edward Hays

He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas on May 31, 1958. He was an associate pastor at Christ the King Church, Kansas City, Kan. and Assumption Church, Topeka. In 1964 he became pastor at St. Dominic Church, Holton. After a year sabbatical in 1971 he was assigned as director of Shantivanam Archdiocesan House of Prayer (now Christ’s Peace House of Prayer). Beginning in 1996 he spent five years as the chaplain at the Kansas State Correctional Facility, Lansing. He retired from the active priesthood in 2001. He was a storyteller, artist and the author of more than 35 books on prayer and spirituality. He enjoyed most the gift of journeying with others as a spiritual companion.

He is survived by his brother Thomas (Annette) and sister-in-law Beverly; five nephews, three nieces, and their children. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Jane, and brother Joseph.

There will be a Prayer Vigil at 6:00 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Church, 306 N. Broadway, Leavenworth, with visitation from 6:00 to 8:00. Mass of Resurrection will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday with The Most Reverend Joseph F Naumann D.D. as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, St. Joseph of the Valley Church, 31151 207th Street, Leavenworth, Kan. Memorials are suggested to a fund that will distribute all contributions to the charitable causes dearest to Fr. Ed’s heart (learning programs/social justice outreach/the arts); “Edward Hays Charitable Giving” ~ 1336 Kiowa St, Leavenworth, KS 66048.

Kenny Young Sr

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Kenny Wilburn Young Sr., 89, passed away, Sunday, April 3, 2016, at Twin Oaks in Lansing. He was born July 22, 1926, in Satsuma, La., the son of Percy C. and Ella Mae (Travis) Young.

Kenny Young

Kenny enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944 and retired in 1972.

In 1952, he married Verna Lee Tate. She preceded him in death in 1977. He later married Gloria Mason. She also preceded him in death.

He is survived by his children, Deborah (Ralph) Kreutzer of Tulsa, Okla., Kenny Young Jr., of Angola, La. and Dwayne (Michelle) Young of Lansing; four grandchildren, Michael (Nichole) Kreutzer, Verna Kreutzer, Sara (Cory) Zellers and Matthew (Melissa) Young; and eight great-grandchildren.

Kenny served as a deacon at Leavenworth Baptist Church. He enjoyed wood working and gardening. He had a love for all children.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6. 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial with full military honors will be in Denham Springs, La., under the direction of Seale Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Children’s Miracle Network.

March 2016 Obituaries

Rev. George Bertels

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Rev. George Henry Bertels, 87 of Leavenworth, died Thursday, March 31, 2016, at Villa St. Francis in Olathe, Kan. He was born June 3, 1928, in Nortonville, Kan., the son of George and Marie (Forge) Bertels.

George Bertels

He attended St. Joseph Grade School in Nortonville and graduated from Nortonville High School in 1946. After graduation he attended Conception Seminary from 1948 to 1951. He then attended Catholic University from 1951 to 1955.

Father George was assigned to many parishes during his ministry; June 17, 1955, Asst. at St. Rose of Lima, Kansas City, Kan., Oct. 1, 1957, Studied Canon Law at Catholic University, March 29,1960, Admin. Pro.Tem. at St. Joseph, Kansas City, Kan., Jan. 20, 1961, Pastor at St. Joseph of the Valley, Leavenworth, Sept. 9, 1965, Pastor at St. Lawrence - St. Joseph of the Valley, Easton, March 30, 1966, Pastor at St. Casimir, Leavenworth, July 3, 1972, Chaplain at Leavenworth Penitentiary, July 15, 1981, Pastor at St. Gregory, Marysville, Oct. 1, 1991, Pastor at Prince of Peace, Olathe, July 13, 1996, Pastor at St. Gregory, Marysville, July 14, 2001, Pastor at Sacred Heart, Topeka, July 14, 2006, Pastor of the newly formed parish, composed of the current parishioners of Sacred Heart and St. Joseph Parishes, Topeka, and on July 13, 2007, he retired. He continued to serve as a Judge for Archdiocesan Tribunal and served at the SCL Mother House from 2007 to present.

Father George is survived by his sister and brother in-law, Dolores and Ralph Bolin of Goddard, Kan.

He was preceded in death in 2003 by a sister, S. Marie Ann Bertels SCL.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 4, 2016, with a vigil service at 7 p.m. at Annunciation Chapel Sisters of Charity Mother House, 4100 S. 4th St., Leavenworth. Mass of Resurrection will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, at Annunciation Chapel with The Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann D.D. as celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Nortonville, Kan. Memorials are suggested to Seminary Endowment Fund at the Archdiocese.

Emerenciana F. De Guzman

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Emerenciana F. De Guzman, 78, of Kansas City, died, Tuesday, March 29, 2016. She was born on Dec. 23, 1937, in the Philippines.

Emerenciana F. De Guzman

She is survived by 14 children and several grandchildren.

She is going to heaven to meet her husband and son.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. Burial will be at a later date in the Philippines.

Alexis Paige Thomas-Page

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Alexis “Lexi” Thomas-Page, 18, of Lansing, died in a car accident, Sunday, March 27, 2016. She was born on Jan. 21, 1998, in Kansas City, Mo.

Alexis Page-Thomas

Lexi attended Lansing Schools beginning in kindergarten and graduated high school a year early in 2015.

She loved to spend time with her mom shopping and getting her nails done. She also enjoyed spending time with her friends.

Lexi was preceded in death by her grandparents, Johnny Rocha and Frank and Mae Page.

She is survived by her parents, Bob and Sheila Page of Lansing; her grandparents, Jim and Sue Dugan of Leavenworth; four brothers, Jonathon (Kayla) Bruce of Kansas City, Kan., Shawn Morlan of Clinton, Mo., Tony (Niki) Morlan of Kansas City, Mo. and Robbie Page of Platte City, Mo.; a sister, Brandi (Dave) Smarr of Belton, Mo.; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and an abundance of friends. Lexi is also survived by her biological parents, Richard Thomas and Stacie Thomas.

Lexi’s big eyes and beautiful smile will be missed.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Wallula Christian Church. A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, at the church. Cremation will follow the services. Memorials are suggested to Wallula Christian Church. Services provided by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Leo Hattok Jr

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Leo Edward Hattok Jr., 76 of Leavenworth was taken from his loved ones on Sunday, March 27, 2016. He was born Jan. 26, 1940, in Leavenworth the son of Leo and Lillian (Becker) Hattok Sr.

Leo Hattok Jr

Leo is survived by his wife Patricia “Ann” Hattok; his brother Francis; his sisters, Donna Roig, Maxine Tucker and Dorothy Messer; his four children, Paul Hattok, Lee Hattok, Brian Hattok and Nancy Horton; his grandchildren, Ashley, Keven, Jessica, Jamie, Jeff, Carra, James, Jacob, Wes, Ariana, Hunter, Ellie, Grace and Xanthe; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Leo served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1967. He worked for Geiger Ready Mix as a mechanic for 42 years. After retirement he worked Baker Construction for 10 years, where he was employed at the time of his death.

He was an avid hunter and loved to fish. A special appreciation for the loving relationship he had with Bobby, Suzanne, Emily, Katie and Jake Heckman.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 Thursday], March 31, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial with Army honors will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggest to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Lois A. Clark

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Lois Audrey Clark, 89, of Lansing, Kan., passed away Monday, March 28, 2016, at Twin Oaks Health & Rehab facility in Lansing.

She was born in Leavenworth, Kan., on Sept. 29, 1926, the second daughter of Bentley B. Clark and Bertha Hazel Anderson Clark. She was a graduate of Leavenworth High School. After which she was employed in the Middle East by several military contractors and thereafter commenced her United States Department of State career. She lived and traveled all over the world including embassy assignments in Europe, South Africa, Middle East, Central America and the Far East, finally retiring in 1993 and returning to Leavenworth.

She was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Margaret Opal Taryma.

Memorials in her honor may be made to the Leavenworth Meals on Wheels Program. Private inurnment will be at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery beside her sister. Cremation provided by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Virginia Lybrand

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Virginia Pearl Lybrand, 85 of Leavenworth, passed away Friday, March 25, 2016, at St. Luke’s Hospice House. She was born Sept 15, 1930, in Easton, the daughter of Raymond and Marguerite (Holtmeyer) Hansroth.

She graduated from Easton High School. Virginia then attended Central Business College in Kansas City. After college she worked at; Hallmark Cards, the Glove Factory and Munson Army Hospital at Fort Leavenworth.

On Oct. 4,1958, she married Francis M. Lybrand at St. Paul Lutheran Church. He preceded her in death on Oct. 12, 1998. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Jason.

Virginia is survived by her children, Mark (Marla) Lybrand of Leavenworth county, Sandra (Patrick Humphries) Lybrand of Leawood, Kan. and David (Cheryl) Lybrand of Leavenworth county; her grandchildren, Ryan, Phillip, Lauren and Kate; and a great-granddaughter, Harper.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, at St. John Lutheran Church, 34771 243rd St., Easton. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Richard McCall

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Richard George McCall, 68 of Leavenworth, died Monday, March 14, 2016, at the University of Kansas Hospital. He was born, July 12, 1747, in Panama City, Fla., the son of Russell Lowell and Mary Nell (Wallace) McCall.

Rick is survived by his wife of 36 years, Ok Nam McCall; and four siblings, Russ McCall (Janice) of Mount Pleasant, S.C., Bill McCall (Mila) of Palawan Province, Philippines; Craig McCall of Taylors, S.C. and Lisa Thomas (Richard) of Spartanburg, S.C.

Rick retired from the US Army after 24 years of service during which he earned the rank of Sergeant Major. He served in the Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars with distinction. Throughout his career, Rick was awarded many medals and commendations including Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Navy Achievement Medal.

After his retirement from the Army, Rick worked at Fort Leavenworth as an Intelligence Senior Analyst for ten years. He retired in 2012 and enjoyed time at home with his beloved wife and collies, Missy and Tammy.

A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, March 21, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Inurnment with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mission to Haiti at missiontohaiti.org/donations.

Vera Mathis

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Vera Louise Mathis (McHughes), 67, of Leavenworth, Kan., passed away Thursday, March 10, 2016, while comfortably at her home. Vera was born June 29, 1948, to the late Ford & Bertha (Tye) McHughes. She spent her youth in Tracy, Mo., with close family ties and lifelong friends still residing there today. In this tightknit community she gained perspective and direction which allowed her to blossom into a personality that will never be forgotten but surely missed.

Vera Mathis

Vera was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and a dear friend whose unwavering resolve and infectious laugh set the foundation for a united family and lifelong friendships.

Vera was preceded in death by sister Elizabeth Mae McHughes, brothers Elmer Lee McHughes, and Robert Gene McHughes, husband LeRoy J. Mathis, & son Rodney Dwayne Mathis.

Vera took her journey to reunite with friends and family on the date of which she gave birth to her youngest son Rodney D. Mathis.

Vera is survived by her sisters Nina Cook of Tracy, Mo., & Alice (Don) Shepard of Springfield, Mo.; her children LeRoy (Teresa) Mathis JR of Linwood, Kan. and Ronda Satriano of Leavenworth; daughter-in-law Reginia Mathis; grandchildren Brandon (Stef) Mathis and their children Skyler Trenton Mathis, Alexa Palmgren and Gunner Palmgren of Junction City, Kan., Darren (Sara) Mathis of Leavenworth and Samuel Bryce Mathis of Leavenworth. Vera was a loving aunt as well as great grandmother. She loved unconditionally and lived life with a zest unlike any other to all her many nieces & nephews, step-grandchildren.

“The only way you couldn’t love Vera Louise Mathis, is if you have never met her” - A quote by her late husband LeRoy J. Mathis

A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery. If desired friends and family may make memorial contributions to the American Lung Foundation.

Melissa Lake

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Melissa A. Lake, 56, of Lansing, passed away Thursday, March 10, 2016, at her home. She was born April 28, 1959, in Hattiesburg, Miss., the daughter of Jimmie and Martha (Hays) Crosby.

Melissa graduated from Pleasant Ridge High School in 1977 and then received her nursing license in 1986.

On Jan. 19, 1983, she married Harley Lake in Leavenworth. He survives of the home. She is also survived by her daughters, Kelsea (Craig) Fisher and Sarah (Paul) Michael; her grandsons, Elias and Isaac Fisher; her mother, Martha Crosby; and a sister, Becky Crosby.

She was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Catherine Lake and her father, Jimmie Crosby.

Melissa enjoyed her career of nursing and caring for the residents of Leavenworth County Infirmary for 19 years and then working at Twin Oaks Assisted Living for 12 years. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and watching her grandchildren. During their 33 years of marriage she and her husband took pleasure in traveling and also taking long drives together. She will truly be missed by all.

A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City, 5960 Dearborn Street Ste. 100, Mission, KS 66202.

Joyce Howard

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Joyce D. Howard, 79, of Leavenworth, passed away peacefully, Thursday, March 10, 2016, at Garden Terrace in Overland Park. She was born on Feb. 27, 1937, in Leavenworth, the daughter of John and Arvella (Warden) Arnold.

Joyce Howard

On July 2, 1955, Joyce married Kenneth W. Howard. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Roland “Buddy” Arnold; a sister, Connie Cunningham; an infant daughter, Kim Lea; and a daughter-in-law, Jacqueline Wagner-Howard.

Joyce is survived by four daughters, Pam (George) Mitchell of Madison, Ala., Marsha (Jeff) Herken of Leavenworth, Kelley (Peter) Roper of San Diego, Calif. and Angela (Larry) Howard-Hahn of Lansing; four sons. Bill (Tracy) Howard, David (Peggy) Howard, Rob Howard, all of Leavenworth, and Doug (Candis) Howard of Lansing; two sisters, Carole Moran of Leavenworth and Donna Musgrave of Goldsboro, N.C.; 26 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and a large extended family.

She worked at Salt Creek Valley Schools as a cook and she was also employed at a local floral shop in town but her most cherished job was her role as a mother and homemaker.

Joyce spent many of her summers out on the farm on St. John Road in Easton with her “Country Grandma”, Grace Warden. She took pride in her children and loved spending time with her family.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant.. Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society (L.A.W.S.).

Deborah Ann Owens

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Deborah Ann Owens, 58, of Leavenworth, died, Thursday, March 10, 2016, at Cushing Hospital. She was born June 27, 1957, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Bruce and Donna (Harding) Jackson.

Deborah Owens

On Oct. 22, 1988, Deborah married Frank Owens in Easton, Kan. He survives at the home. She is also survived by a daughter, Wendy (Timothy) Murray; a granddaughter, Alyssa Murray; and two sisters, Theresa (Chuck) Benson and Diane (Kevin) Stephens.

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

Deborah loved bingo and crochet. She enjoyed taking trips to Branson. Deborah especially enjoyed spending time with her daughter and her granddaughter.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery.

Darrel Farmer

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Darrel Wayne Farmer, of Clay Center, Kan., passed away Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at the University of Kansas Hospital, after an extended illness surrounded by family and friends.

Darrel was born April 14, 1960, in Sacramento Calif., to Ronald and Maurine Farmer. He moved to Kansas City where at age 17 entered into service to his country. He joined the United States Army and after assignments in the US, Darrel was stationed in Italy where he met his first wife, Silvana. They had two children, Sandy and Gianluigi. After retiring from the US Army in 1997, he stayed in Italy until 2004 working for the Department of Defense in several capacities. He returned to the United states in 2004 and settled in Sacramento California where he met his wife Denise shortly after returning, marrying her in June of 2007.

They moved to Clay Center Kansas in 2009 with daughter Ashley, where Darrel went to work at Irwin Army Community Hospital, Civilian and Military Human Resource Division at Ft. Riley, Kansas where he worked until his death.

Darrel served 20 years in the US Army, serving with the Combat Engineers. His specialties included Atomic Demolition Munition Specialist and he worked extensively with EOD in clearing and neutralizing Iraq ammunition storage points, booby trapped vehicles, positions and equipment.

Darrel served in numerous deployments which included Desert Shield and Desert Storm. His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, 2 Army Commendations Medals, 3 Army Achievement Medals and numerous other awards.

Darrel was a Combat Veteran and sustained numerous service related injuries and illness that ultimately took his life.

Darrel was a Life member of the VFW and member of Post 7774 Wakefield. He was an active member of the American Legion Family, serving as Vice-Commander of his Post 227- Clifton Kansas and as District 1 Vice-Commander along with District Boy’s State/Cadet Law Chairman. He served on the American Legion Department Centennial Committee working to recruit and retain members.

He had a strong belief in supporting Veterans, Soldiers and their families. He and his wife Denise spent most of their free time promoting The American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary and their programs. Darrel especially liked the Boys State/ Girls State and Cadet Law programs. He felt it was important to educate and promote our young people.

Darrel enjoyed fishing, taking his boat out on the lake and listening to Johnny Cash. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle and participated in many rides to benefit and bring awareness to our Veterans. Darrel stood Flag lines for our Veteran heroes and spent his days honoring his fellow veterans with his words and his actions.

He was loved by his friends and family; he was honored to have maintained friendships with his fellow Soldiers long after his retirement. He cherished his time he could have conversations with them.

Darrel loved his children and grandchildren and enjoyed the times he could visit with them. Darrel is survived by his wife Denise; children, Sandy Farmer and Gianluigi Farmer and step children, Ashley Scheitler, Tonia Gonzales, Amy Gonzales, Michael Gonzales and David Gonzales; 18 grandchildren including his grandson Miguel Gonzales; his mom, Jerri Farmer; sister, Rhonda Florence; brothers, Dennis Farmer, John Farmer and Franc Alosi; numerous aunts and uncles, cousins and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his mother Maurine and father Ron, sister Kelly Farmer.

Darrel will be buried at Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth. Kan. Funeral arrangements are: Thursday April 28th. 5pm Clifton Post 227, 3070 Frontier Rd. Clifton Kan., there will be a Memorial Service and a meal to follow Friday morning April 29th 10am an escort beginning at Darrel’s home 723 parkway St. Clay Center, Kansas will begin ending at Leavenworth National Cemetery. (Details and route will be sent out at later date) Services at Leavenworth National Cemetery will be at 2:30pm Friday April 29th 2016. As Darrel was a staunch supporter of the Boys/Girls State and Cadet Law programs, we ask that you make a contribution to support those programs. Donations can be made in his name to The American Legion Auxiliary, District 1. Attention Darrel Farmer Memorial Fund. 723 Parkway St. Clay Center Kansas 67432. The fund will be used to assist young people from District One to attend these programs.

John Bester

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John A. Bester, 61, of Lansing, passed away, Friday, March 4, 2016, at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He was born Aug 1, 1954, in Petoskey, Mich., to Guy and Donna (Gillespie) Bester.

John graduated from Harbor Springs High School and continued at Michigan State University “MSU” receiving a Bachelors of Arts in History in 1976 and a Masters of Arts in Transportation from Florida Institute of Technology in 1980. After graduating from MSU, John served in the Army for 23 years and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

In February 1977, John married Cheryl Beckett and they raised one son, G. Sean Bester. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Cheryl; his son, Sean; two grandchildren, Liam and Arianna; a brother, Martin and an aunt, Joyce.

A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at Leavenworth National Cemetery. A celebration of life will follow at the Ft. Leavenworth Kansas VFW Post 56. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society.

February 2016 Obituaries

Dwayne Regnier

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Dwayne Evert Regnier, 58, of Leavenworth, passed away, Feb. 24, 2016, at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, in Kansas City, Mo. He was born on Aug. 2, 1957, the youngest of 5 children to Gerald H. and Kathleen E. (Johnson) Regnier.

He started his education at St. Paul Lutheran School. Dwayne then moved through the Leavenworth school system and spent his high school years at Lansing High School, graduating in 1976. He served 6 years with the United States Air Force (1976 – 1982) at Whiteman Air Force Base.

On Oct. 15, 1993, Dwayne married Patrice A. Jones. In 2000, his son Colby was born, making their family complete. They survive at the home. He is also survived by two sisters, Diane C. Barrett and Barbara L. Regnier; a brother, Dennis F. Regnier, all of Leavenworth; and many nieces and nephews.

Dwayne was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Betty J. Duree.

Dwayne made his career as a painter until his retirement in 2014. He took pride in his work.

He was a devoted fan of the KC Chiefs, KU Jayhawks and the KC Royals.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Dorothy Gann

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Dorothy Ellen Gann, 95, passed away peacefully, Sunday Feb. 21, 2016, at her home. She was born Jan. 11, 1921, in Berryville, Ark., the daughter of Everett and Bertha (Strimple) Williams.

Dorothy Gann

In 1942, Dorothy married her sweetheart, Delmar A. Gann. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Richard Williams and Raymond Williams.

She is survived by five daughters, Berti Gann of Bremerton, Wash., Mary Bacon, Elaine Gann, Avis (Jim) Anderson and Shirley (Jack) Hund all of Leavenworth; a son, Kenneth (Peggy) Gann of Atchison, Kan.; 19 grandchildren, Roberta, Peter, Rebecca, Anne, Sheila, Robert, Ellie, John, Curtis, Wendy, Jennifer, Scott, Kenneth, Rusty, Jimmy, Aaron, Jessica, Andrew and Hayley. She has 85 descendants; 43 great-grands, 17 great-great grands and 3 due this summer. She is also survived by two sisters, Delma Shahan of Las Vegas, Nev., and Doletta McNeley of Oakley, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.

Dorothy loved her family and life-long pals, Faye Smith, Dorothy Long, Hazel Hyde and Bessie Edwards.

She loved the Bible. Dorothy was baptized at 18 years old and was a member of the Leavenworth Church of Christ.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Winchester Wise Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Asera Care Hospice.

Inge Parr

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Inge M. Parr, 86 of Leavenworth, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, at her home. Inge was born March 31, 1929, in Coburg, Germany, the daughter of Adolf and Ida (Knauf) Weckel.

Inge Parr

She worked at the Leavenworth County Infirmary for several years as a housekeeper. After leaving the Infirmary she cleaned private homes until her retirement.

She married Walter Parr in Coburg, Germany, they were married for more than 50 years. He preceded her in death on March 11, 2001. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Hans Weckel and her daughter, Mary Ann Sutherland.

Survivors include her son, Walter Wayne Parr of Lansing: two daughters, Lillian (Gerald) Scott of Lansing and Lisa (Tom) Allen of Leavenworth; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery.

Angela Graham

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Angela Rudin Graham, 87, of Leavenworth, Kan., passed away Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. She was born Aug. 27, 1928, in San Jose, Costa Rica, the daughter of Fernando and Angela Rudin.

Angela Graham

She came to Ohio at 16 to study for three years and then went to Venezuela as the executive secretary for the President of TACA Airlines. While in Venezuela, she met and married David W. Graham. After a few years, they returned to Kansas City, where they had four children.

Angela is survived by sons, David Graham of Lenexa, Michael Graham of Leavenworth and Richard Graham and family of Monmouth, Ore.; and daughter, Suzanne Graham and family of Dallas.

In the 1980’s, she returned to education at KCK Community College, followed by the University of Kansas, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts. During this time, she studied drawing, painting, ceramics, jewelry-making, etching, textiles, wood and plastic sculpture. The form she most enjoyed was bronze sculpture, which she studied under well-known sculptor, Elden Tefft. Throughout her life, she was fortunate enough to have travelled extensively with her husband to many unusual places around the world. During her retirement years, she helped her son run Mike’s CDs in Leavenworth.

A memorial visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Inurnment will be at a later date.

Betty Lou Vannoy Quenstedt

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Betty Lou Vannoy Quenstedt, 85, of Leavenworth, was called home to Jesus on Feb. 3, 2016, at Country Care Nursing Home in Easton, Kan. She was born September 11, 1930 in Vannoy Holler in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Tazewell, Tenn. the daughter of Charles and Nell Evans Vannoy.

On Nov. 21, 1959, Betty married Robert Edward Questedt in Knoxville, Tenn. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Betty is survived by her daughters, Gretchen Quenstedt-Moe of Leavenworth County and Theresa Werner of Waunakee, Wis.; six grandchildren Kaley Moe, Emily Moe, Charlotte Moe, Christopher Moe, Jessica Werner and Jeremy Werner; and two sisters Norma Byrd and Nancy Cloud.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Betty graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics in 1955. She also completed courses towards a Master’s degree in dietetics. She was a veteran of the Korean War serving as a second lieutenant in the Army as a dietician. Betty worked for 33 years as a dietician retiring as Assistant Section Chief of Dietetics at the Leavenworth Veterans Administration Hospital in Leavenworth, Kan.

A funeral service was held in Knoxville, Tenn., at Gentry-Griffey Funeral Home. Burial followed at Berry Lynnhurst Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Country Care in Easton, Kan., or St. Luke’s Hospice.

Lorraine Zoellner

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Lorraine Zoellner, 92, of Leavenworth, passed away, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. She was born April 14, 1923, in Williamstown, Kan., the daughter of Arthur and Essie (Casebier) Cunning.

Lorraine Zoellner

On Aug. 7, 1943, she married Earl Zoellner in Leavenworth. He preceded her in death on Nov. 10, 1994.

She is survived by her two sons, Donald (Jan) Zoellner of Basehor and David (Janice) Zoellner of Leavenworth; her grandchildren, Doniaell Brandt, Kimberly Zoellner Russell and Kevin Zoellner; her great-grandchildren, Madison Brandt, Paige Brandt, Alex Russell, and Devyn Zoellner; her siblings Garold Cunning and Arlene Jones; and other family and friends, including the wonderful staff at Country Care.

Lorraine touched many lives, working in school kitchens and eventually as the Food Service Manager for the Leavenworth Public and Parochial school systems, before retiring in 1988. She enjoyed working in her yard and taking care of her beautiful flowers. Her ultimate joy was spending time with and taking care of her family by babysitting, shopping, baking and fixing delicious family dinners.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Memorials in her name may be directed to Country Care for resident activities.

Paulette Baker

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Paulette Baker, 60, passed away, Jan. 14, 2016, in Temple, Texas. She was born Jan. 27, 1955, in Chicago, Ill, to Harrison P. Baker, Sr. and Francis A. (Thomas) Baker.

Paulette Baker

The family moved to Leavenworth in 1960, where Paulette attended Lincoln Elementary and then St. Joseph Catholic School. She graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1973. After graduation, Paulette attended St. Mary College.

In the early 1980’s she moved to Tacoma, Wash., where she attended Boeing Aerodynamics Tech School and graduated as a computer programmer. Paulette was employed at Tacoma General Hospital from 1987 to 2009. She later retired and moved back to Leavenworth.

Paulette is survived by her son, Anjaneal Turner; three sisters, Robbin Baker of Killeen, Texas, Frances (Wilmer) Hill of Lafayette, La., and Norma Walton; two brothers, Harrison “Paul” (Maureen) Baker and Kevin (Janeice) Baker, both of Leavenworth; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Kortez C. Baker.

Paulette will be greatly missed for her smile, jokes, laughter and the time we have shared. She will be forever loved and greatly missed.

A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Ronald Wayne Fields

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Ronald Wayne Fields, loving brother, passed away Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. He was born in Leavenworth, Kan., on Dec. 3, 1960, the son of Charles F., Sr. and Theresa E. Fields. He was a member of the Independent Missionary Baptist Church.

Ronald Fields

Ronald was a 1979 graduate of Leavenworth High School. He attended Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications in 1983. In 1985, Ronald began his career as a photojournalist at a Las Vegas, Nev., television station. He continued his career as a Newscast Producer and Assignment Editor in various television markets throughout the country including Kansas City, Mo; Baltimore, Md.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Denver, Colo.; Cleveland, Ohio; and Rochester, N.Y.

Ronald was preceded in death by his father, Charles F. Fields, Sr.; mother, Theresa E. Fields; paternal grandparents, Frank S. Fields, Sr. and Agnes N. Fields; and maternal grandparents, George and Lucille Walker.

Ronald leaves behind his four brothers, Charles Jr. (Connie); CWO3 (USA-Retired) Steven Sr. (Jackie); Randall Sr. (Rosalind); CDR (USN-Retired) Mark (Joyce); LTC (USA-Retired) Douglas (Kathy); his cherished sister, Cynthia; his special uncle, Joe W., Jr. (Mary) Oliver, a host of nieces and nephews, and many school and career friends.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Services will follow the visitation at noon Friday at the funeral home. Rev. George Outlaw will officiate the service. Interment will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery.

James "Jimbo" Craig

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James “Jimbo” Rowe Criag, 56 of Lansing, passed away, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. He was born Nov. 14, 1959, in Leavenworth the son of Edward and Melba “Peggy” (Gwartney) Craig.

He is survived by his brothers, John (Della) Craig of Lansing and Dan (Karen) Craig of Lansing; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jimbo worked as carpenter his entire life. He was also a drummer for many years with various local bands. He was a member in good standing with the Royal Order of the Elephants.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. with a memorial service beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Linda Mooney

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Linda G. Mooney, 69, transitioned from this earthly life to her heavenly home on Feb. 5, 2016. Linda was born Jan. 10, 1947, in Sanford, N.C. the only child of Rodney and Josie Lee Wilson.

Linda Mooney

Linda leaves to celebrate and remember her life, her husband of 48 years, Joseph J. Mooney, Jr.; a son, Joseph J. Mooney, III; two daughters, Tiffany R. Mooney, and Deven R. Mooney; five grand-children, Aaliyah Atkins, granddaughter, Christopher Gomez, grandson, Imani Mooney, Maia Mooney and Alexis Meyer, granddaughters; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Linda was a faithful member of Bethel AME Church of Leavenworth, Kan. for over 36 years. She enjoyed participating in church activities and was a Sunday school teacher for several years. She religiously attended church and Sunday school until her failing health prevented her from attending.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Bethel AME Church, 4th & Kiowa. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

We will forever miss our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and a wonderful person.

Steven Scholtz

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Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steven R. Scholtz, 58 of Leavenworth, passed away, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at his home. He was born Aug. 7, 1957, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Richard and Carol Scholtz. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Steven Schultz

He is survived by his wife, Joana; his children, Jacquie Scholtz-Moody and husband Justin of Del City, Okla. and Alex Scholtz of Kansas City, Kan.; his grandchild, Jasmine Moody; siblings, Tricia Scholtz and Sharon Scholtz of Topeka; cousins, nieces, nephews, in- laws, and many friends.

He retired from the U.S. Army and as a Department of Army Civilian, with many awards and honors.

Graveside services with full military honors will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Followed by a memorial celebration at the Trails West Golf Course Club House on Fort Leavenworth. In Lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The American Brain Tumor Association; 8550 West Bryn Avenue; Suite 550; Chicago, IL 60631

Virginia Dolores List

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Virginia Dolores List, 82, of Leavenworth, passed peacefully into her eternal rest Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, surrounded by her family. She was born Sept. 7, 1933, in Maryville, Mo., the daughter of Earl and Helen (Walsh) Howard.

Virginia Dolores List

She attended a one-room elementary school and graduated from Horace Mann High School, Maryville.

On May 28, 1955, Dolores married Aloysius George List at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Leavenworth. He survives of the home. Dolores is also survived by her children, Marla (Mark) Lybrand, Chris (Theresa) List, and Suzanne (Charles) Morris; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; her sister, Nancy (Mike) Muessig-O'Connor; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son Aloysius Mark List, her parents, her sisters Mary Ellen Junk and Dorothy Malchow, her brothers, Paul Howard, Raymond Howard, Arthur Howard, Kenneth Howard, and Ronald Howard.

She was a homemaker and a retired travel agent with Leavenworth Travel. Dolores was an avid Royals, Chiefs and KU basketball fan. However, nothing gave her more joy than cheering on her children and grandchildren in their sporting events. She was a member of the St. Joseph Church Choir and Sweet Adelines. She enjoyed singing at family weddings, the Saint John's Follies and her brother Raymond's country music show in Atchison. Dolores' legacy is the strong Catholic faith, family traditions and values and her consistent and unconditional love she passed on to her family.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. An inurnment will follow at a later date. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Church, Alliance Against Family Violence, or LAWS.

January 2016 Obituaries

Ernest DeMaranville

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Ernest Roy DeMaranville, 75, of Leavenworth County, passed into his eternal rest on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born at home on a farm in Linwood, Kan., on April 18, 1940, the son of Ralph Ernest and Goldie Bernice (Hipsher) DeMaranville.

Ernest DeMaranville

He attended a one-room elementary school and graduated from Winchester High School in 1958. Ernest served in the Kansas National Guard for six years. He completed training at Missouri Valley Welding School and worked at Hallmark Cards for 34 years. He also farmed all of his life.

On June 27, 1960, Ernie married Carolyn Schmidling. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his children, Gail DeMaranville-Zule, Rita (Tim) Herken, Richard (Lisa) DeMaranville, Mark (Carol) DeMaranville, Paul (Sherry) DeMaranville and Joshua (Jenni) DeMaranville; 19 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; his mother in-law, Irene Schmidling; two brothers, Robert Daryl (Linda) DeMaranville and David (Kelli) DeMaranville; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his father in-law, Vincent Schmidling, his son in-law, Dean Zule, a great-grandson, Frankie DeMaranville and a niece, Melissa DeMaranville

He was an active member of St. Joseph-St. Lawrence parish, where he served on the parish council. He was a devoted Catholic, husband, father, brother, grandfather and uncle. His love of Jesus, family and farming were his life.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. with praying the rosary at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, at St. Joseph of the Valley Catholic Church with Rev. Keith Lunsford as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph – St. Lawrence Parish or Catholic Community Hospice.

Virginia Norris

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Virginia “Ginny” Norris, 74, of Leavenworth, died, Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at her home surrounded by family. She was born May 6, 1941, in Warren, Ohio, the daughter of Antonio and Marion (Augusto) Menendez.

Virginia Norris

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Kenneth Norris. She is also survived by four sons, Michael (Kerri) Rigdon of San Antonio, Texas, Mark Rigdon of Steamboat Springs, Colo., John (Lisa) Rigdon of Cibolo, Texas and Matthew Rigdon of San Francisco, Calif.; three daughters, Victoria Rigdon of Uvalde, Texas, Carla (Randy) Michna of Austin, Texas, and Alicia (David) Messer of Leavenworth; 25 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Ginny was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

A visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Francis X. Thorne

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Francis Xavier Thorne 90, of Lansing, passed away peacefully in his home Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, with his loving family at his side. Francis was born Dec. 20, 1925, in Hays, Kan., the son of Frank and Blanche Thorne. Francis grew up in Shawnee, Kan. and graduated from Shawnee Mission High School. After graduation he enlisted in The Naval Officer Training School located at St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minn. He served in the South Pacific during World War II. Upon returning from the service, Francis attended Rockhurst College where he attained a BA Degree in Business Administration in 1949. He married Kathleen (Katie) Keller of Fairway, Kan., on Feb.11, 1950.

Francis X. Thorne

In 1953 Francis and his wife, Katie, purchased a 120 acre farm in Basehor, Kan., where they lived until 1966. In 1966 they sold this farm and purchased a larger 350 acre farm west of Leavenworth. They lived and farmed this land until subdividing and selling it in smaller acre lots in 1972. Throughout their farming years, they raised cattle, hogs, sheep and planted numerous crops. Also, during these years of farming, Francis was employed by Ralston Purina from 1949 to 1972. Within this company he served as a Personnel Officer, Products Control Officer, and a Grain Buyer.

After subdividing their Leavenworth farm, Francis obtained his Kansas State Real Estate License and eventually his Kansas State Broker’s License. He established his own real estate company in 1983 called “Francis X. Thorne Realty” a franchise of ERA. He also sponsored a real estate school, in which numerous graduates worked within his growing company, eventually rising to include 62 active agents. Francis also expanded his business endeavors to include the following separate companies: Title; Insurance; Mortgage; and Property Management. These separate companies supported “Xavier Custom Homes”, Francis’ building company which was responsible for many of the homes constructed in the Sherwood Forest and The Meadows subdivisions in Lansing. In 1985 he merged Francis X. Thorne Realty with another Leavenworth real estate company, retaining the franchise and changed his company’s name to “Coldwell Banker Thorne-Larkin Realty”. This company thrived for many years, building, selling and developing 25 subdivisions in and around the Leavenworth and Lansing area. Also, in the 1980’s he hosted a local radio show devoted to the topic of farming, as well as, his own T.V. show called, “The Movers and Shakers”, which aired locally three times per week for several years. Later, Francis was a partner in the, “Lansing Development LLC” which developed a large subdivision in Lansing named The Maples and Willows of Woodland Hills.

Throughout his years in the real estate industry, Francis held the following titles: President of Sales and Marketing Council of the H.B.A. (1981); President of Leavenworth County Board of Realtors (1982); President of Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce (1982); Board of Directors of Kansas Association of Realtors (1984-1991); President of Leavenworth Area Development (1990-‘91); Board of Directors First State Bank of Lansing (1990-92); Leavenworth Council for Saint Mary’s College (1990-92); Chairman of Kansas Real Estate Commission (1991); Chairman of Professional Standards Committee of the Kansas Association of Realtors (1993). Francis also received the following honors: listed in the 19th Edition of “Who’s Who in the Midwest”; listed in the 23rd Edition of “Who’s Who in the Finance and Industry”; “1991 Citizen of the Year Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce”; and “1991 Kansas Realtor of the Year”.

Francis’ greatest accomplishment was in passing down his deep faith and love of God to his ten children. He did this in both words and deeds as he sent all his children through Catholic Schools (Xavier and Immaculata High School); gathered his children often for “spiritual talks” and to recite the rosary together as a family. He dedicated years of his life in helping countless men develop a greater love for God and the Blessed Virgin Mary through the Cursillo; performed Spiritual Works of Mercy by weekly visits to the sick and dying at the Leavenworth VA hospital; giving away countless blessed medals of the Miraculous Heart of Mary to nearly everyone he met, while explaining to them the mystery behind the gift of this medal; dedicating an hour a week before the Blessed Sacrament, thus honoring the practice of Perpetual Adoration and also attending daily Mass whenever possible. Finally, Francis, who was a member of St. Francis de Sales Church in Lansing, served as both Lector and Eucharistic Minister. He also was a 4th Degree of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the parish Steering Committee.

Francis is survived by his wife Katie, with whom he was married for 65 years, his seven daughters; Mary Charlton (Michael) Fort Smith, Ark., Beverly Rittenhouse (Rick) Green Bay, Wis., Christine Beck (Terry) Topeka, Teresa Oyler (Stan) Topeka, Anne Durst (Allen) Neillsville, Wis., Rosemary Thorne (Dusty) Topeka and Catherine Powell (Billy) Lansing; his three sons, Frank Thorne III (Jana) Arvada, Colo., Mark Thorne, Big Sky, Mont. and Joe Thorne (Jill) Leavenworth; Also surviving are his grandchildren, Bryan, Melissa, Mark, Kristin, Patrick, Sean, Kevin, Kathleen, Dan, Mary Beth, Brittney, Erik, Brett, Elise, Julie, Natalie, Thomas, Taylor, Emily, Jake, Jennifer, James, Mary, Mia, Eli, Heidi, Jason, Andrew, Ryan, Robbie, David, Haley and Zoey; great-grandchildren; Braden, Seth, Jonah, Thomas, Anna Claire, Emma, Molly, Taylor, Magnolia, Ellie, Abigayle, Calvin, Wyatt, Tiernan, Michael, Mia, Paige, Logan and Riley; his brother, Eugene Thorne (Claire); and his sisters, Pat Bumgarner, and Rosemary Probst.

He was preceded in death by parents, Frank and Blanche, his step-mother, Sally, his brother, Joseph and grand-daughter, Kimberly Horn (Charlton).

Francis left a legacy for all of us as to what it means to serve God, family and community. His smile, positive attitude, and dynamic personality will be cherished in our hearts, and he will be missed very much by his family and friends.

Visitation will be from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at St. Francis de Sales Church. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m., Saturday, at the church, with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. Private burial will follow. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those wishing to send condolences, consider having a Catholic Mass said for Francis or make a donation to St. Francis de Sales Church.

George B. Hildebrandt, Jr.

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George B. Hildebrandt, Jr., 74, of Leavenworth, passed away Saturday Jan. 23, 2016. He was born July 28, 1941, to George B. and Nina (Johnson) Hildebrandt, Sr.

George Hildebrandt

He married Patricia “Patsy” A. Campbell on Dec. 10, 1965, in Leavenworth. George leaves behind many who loved him; his wife, Patricia; his sons, Chris (Amy) Hildebrandt, Tyson (Pia) Hildebrandt, and Brandon (Cindy) Hildebrandt; his grandchildren, Brooklynn (Chad) Bunnell, and Spencer Hildebrandt, Dallas Carpenter, Dontay, Trenten and Keenan Hildebrandt, Arianna and Chanyce Hildebrandt; his great-grandchildren, Avah and Alijah Hildebrandt; his siblings, Georgia Mae Hester, Barbara Johnson, Rose Cook, Mary Williams, Loretta Potter, and Gary Hildebrandt; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and eldest son, George (Poncho) B. Hildebrandt, III.

George attended Leavenworth High School. He was a body and fender man for over 28 years at various locations in the Kansas City and Leavenworth areas. He was a full time crop farmer on his farm in Leavenworth County. George was also a bartender at the American Legion for many years.

George was an avid hunter and fisherman, including commercial fishing, and spent many hours along the Missouri River banks catching catfish. He enjoyed many hunting trips, including trips to western Kansas to hunt pheasant and quail, with family and friends. George enjoyed tending to his large garden and providing produce for the community. He spent a few years coaching youth baseball and enjoyed watching sports. He was an avid Kansas Jayhawks fan and a Denver Broncos fan. George enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren and had many good times with family and friends at the Ferguson family deer lodge.

George served as a county committee member (COC) for the USDA LV/JF/WY FSA Extension office and was a member of the Kansas Black Farmers Association for many years.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday after the visitation at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. There will be a reception following the burial at R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be given to the George B. Hildebrandt, Jr. family.

Diana Phillips

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Diana Marie Phillips, 49, of Leavenworth, died, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at Medicalodge.

She is survived by her parents, Larry and Jutta “Sissy” Phillips; a sister, Michele Boman and family; a brother, Michael Phillips and family.

A private internment will take place at a later date.

Charles "Tiny" Jaster

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Charles “Tiny” Edward Jaster, 82 of Leavenworth, passed away Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born Nov. 4, 1933, in Leavenworth, the son of Berthold and Anna (Hensley) Jaster.

Charles Jaster

Tiny served our country in the Navy from 1956 to 1958, on the USS Herbert J. Thomas DDR and on the USS Cushing.

Tiny spent most of his life creating custom built cabinets and building or remodeling homes. It was both his passion and his hobby. In the mid-1980s he purchased the Santa Fe Depot. He decided to restore it for the community to enjoy for years to come. It is proudly named on the National Historic Register. He also purchased the freight building at Broadway and Shawnee making it his “Shop”. His many friends and colleagues soon made it their gathering place, sharing decades of stories and memories together. His youngest sister, Joann became his nearly daily companion, reliving “the good old days”.

Tiny loved animals of all kinds, especially his beloved dog Buddy that spent years traveling from house to house with him.

He leaves behind his wife of over 60 years, JoAnn (Huffman) Jaster; daughters, Sherry Jaster-Brown and husband Don and Robin Jaster- Hungerbeeler and husband Lee; grandchildren, Aaron Krieger and wife Sarah, Nicole Hungerbeeler, Abigail Jaster and Josh Hungerbeeler.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Stephen Jaster; his siblings, infant- Bobby Jaster, Bert “Bud” Jaster, Louise Mitchum, Leonard Jaster, Lucille Dodson, Anna Marie Laurence and Lawrence Jaster.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan.27, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at noon Wednesday, at the funeral home with Rev. David McEvoy O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Tiny would want everyone to dress casually. All memorials should be directed to HOPE Spay and Neuter Clinic.

Jolene T. Roberson

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Jolene Thomas Roberson, 81, passed away peacefully in her home, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, after a long period of convalescence. She was born on Feb. 22, 1934, in Kansas City, Mo., and placed soon afterward in The Brown Foundling Home.

She was adopted as an infant by Jesse Polk and Grace Bryant (Stuart) Thomas of Leavenworth.

While in high school, Jolene moved to Southern California and graduated from high school in Los Angeles. She worked as a telephone operator and attended classes at California Polytechnic Institute, moving back to Leavenworth in 1953.

While working as a civil servant at Fort Leavenworth, Jolene met then-Lieutenant Thomas C. Roberson who was attending CGSG. They married in 1954 and spent the next 15 years as an army career family, eventually retiring in Leavenworth. She earned her bachelors in accounting from Troy State University (AL) in 1968.

Jolene was a seasonal tax accountant, active in Officers Wives Club and a Girl Scout troop leader.

The Robersons established a real estate firm in Leavenworth. Jolene worked as an accountant for the Leavenworth Times for over 20 years and established a ladies fashion boutique, The Sampler, in 1974.

She was also active in ABWA, the Republican Party and the Red Hat Society until recent years.

Jolene is survived by two daughters, Thoma (James) Parker of Nashville, Tenn. and Robin Stojanov of Kansas City, Mo.; four grandchildren, Piero (Krystyn) Pecora, Alex Stojanov, Molly Parker and Lili Stojanov. Her first great grandchild is due in 2016.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, 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 Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to The American Lung Association or the Leavenworth County Humane Society.

Russell Lininger

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Russell Dean Lininger, 78, of Easton, passed away, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at his home. He was born Oct. 3, 1937, in Quitman, Mo., the son of Lester Lee and Minnie Alyene (Harris) Lininger.

On Nov. 11, 1955 he married Margaret Rosebelle Smith in Clarinda, Iowa. She survives of the home. He is also survived by a brother, Bill of San Leon, Texas; his sisters, Ruby Totten and Lena Rinehart, both of Mission, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Donald, Wilbur; his sisters Edna Yocum and his in-laws, Edna Lininger, Joe Yocum, Bud Totten, George Norris and Luella Lininger.

Russell worked at Gould National Battery for 42 years, where he retired in April 2000. He bought gold and traded guns his whole adult life. He owned Lininger’s Gun Shop in Easton since 1967. Russ was an avid hunter, fisherman and camper. He loved anything outdoors. Russ and Margaret traveled to Alaska for six months in 2000, with his brother, Donald and wife Aleatha and his nephew Donnie and wife Sue.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan.14, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Easton Cemetery.

Samuel Hale Kiser

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Samuel Hale Kiser, III, 93, of Leavenworth, passed away, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, at Providence Medical Center. He was born Oct. 30, 1922, at Cushing Hospital in Leavenworth, the son of Samuel Hale Kiser, Jr. and Elizabeth F. (Carroll) Kiser.

Samuel Kiser

He attended Leavenworth public schools from kindergarten through senior year and graduated with the class of 1942. From 1942 through 1946, Hale served in the U.S. Army during World War II, earning four battle stars during his period of service. He spent 2 years overseas in Australia, New Guinea, The Philippines and served occupation duty in Kure/Hiroshima, Japan.

On July 10, 1954, Hale was united in marriage to Nancy L. Cockrum at the Old Cathedral Church of the Immaculate Conception. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, S. H. (Andra) Kiser, IV of San Antonio, Texas; Gerald Kent (Melissa) Kiser of Entiat, Wash.; Laurie Leigh (Zen) Kiser Daniels of Leavenworth; a granddaughter, Kayla Anne Veilleux of Woodinville, Wash; and a grandson, Austin Hale Kiser, of Entiat, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Katherine Lynn Kiser; and two sisters, Mary Elizabeth (Kiser) Rood and Ellen Carroll (Kiser) Weber.

In 1946 he returned to Leavenworth from overseas military duty and attended The University of Kansas. He also worked for J.C. Penney in their Management Training Program. In 1952 he advanced his career by taking employment with McGuire’s Clothing Store in Leavenworth. In 1956 a job opportunity came about with Emery, Bird, Thayer in Kansas City, Mo. where he became Men’s Department Clothing Buyer, advancing to the position of Merchandise Manager. In 1964 Hale decided to move back to Leavenworth and open Kiser’s Men’s Wear. He owned and managed this store for 15 years and raised his family in a wonderful small town environment. Due to economic challenges during this time Hale found it necessary to close his store.

Hale accepted an offer in 1979 from Dillard’s to manage one of their stores in the Dallas, Texas area. In 1981 he advanced his career by accepting an offer to manage another fine men’s apparel store in Tyler, Texas. He remained with Reynolds-Penland for 18 years. It was now time to retire.

In 2003, Hale and his wife decided to retire and move back to Leavenworth where he has made his home ever since.

During the years from 1963 to 1979 he was the First President of the Leavenworth Downtown Association, President of The Rotary Club, Campaign Manager for United Way and President of United Way. Hale also Served on the Leavenworth School Board, Board of Cushing Hospital and the Board of Chamber of Commerce.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to the Salvation Army or Disabled American Veterans.

William Gilbert Stewart

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William Gilbert Stewart, 72, of Leavenworth, died, Tuesday, Jan 5, 2016. He was born on Feb. 3, 1943, in Warren, Ohio, the son of John and Virginia (Emerson) Stewart.

William Stewart

On Jan. 17, 1963, William married Ursula Lehner. After 52 years of marriage, she survives at the home. He is also survived by a son, James (Teresa) Stewart; two daughters, Barb (Scott) Bastian and Jennifer (Mike) Johnson; nine grandchildren, Samantha (Louis) LaDuron, James Blalock III, Zachary Stewart, Billy Blalock, Lydia Stewart, Shelby (Chase) Gray, Shylea Kerns, Kelsey Bastian and Jordan Hall; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Barbara Dean.

William retired from the United States Army after 25 years of service and two tours in Vietnam. After retirement he worked for the Kansas State Penitentiary for 20 years.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #23 and the VFW of Leavenworth.

William was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Donald Stewart and Charles Stewart; and two infant brothers.

William was a dedicated father, grandfather and a wonderful husband.

A private burial will be at a later date.

Gladys Schulenberg

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Gladys Louise Schulenberg, of Leavenworth, passed away, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at St. Luke’s Hospice House, the day after her 85th birthday. She was born Jan 4, 1931, in Falls City, Neb., the third of nine children of Odin Kinnard and Ruth Evelyn (Robinson) Marteny.

Gladys Schulenberg

She was preceded in death by the love of her life, husband Robert W. Schulenberg in 1997, after more than a 25-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, during which she lovingly cared for him in their home.

Glady and Bud were married for almost 50 years and are survived by their three children, Cindy (John) Lemke of Leavenworth, Bob (Jeed) Schulenberg of Leavenworth and Brad (Jerrie) Schulenberg of Kansas City, Mo. She is also survived by her 10 year old grandson, Alex Schulenberg of Leavenworth; her sister, Peggy Munoz of Wellington, Kan.; brothers, Byron (Janice) Marteny of Custer, S.D. and Charles Marteny of Falls City, Neb.; five step-grandchildren; and 13 step-great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and others who knew and loved her as “Grandma Glady”.

Bud and Glady founded and operated Midwest Marine in Leavenworth, with long-time friends Jim and Rose May and the late Frank and Evelyn Clark, until Bud’s illness. Subsequently, Glady retired in 1988, as a Budget Analyst with the Engineering Department at Fort Leavenworth.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, at the funeral home, with Rev. Tim Hutabarat as celebrant. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery with her husband. Memorials are suggested to St. Luke’s Home Health and Hospice House of Kansas City, the Leavenworth Council on Aging, or St. Vincent Clinic.

 

 


 

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