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Leavenworth Area 2016 Obituaries

February 2016 Obituaries

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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