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Leavenworth Area 2017 Obituaries

March 2017 Obituaries

William Bacil Jones

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William ‘Wild Bill’ Bacil Jones of Laramie Wyoming and Easton Kansas passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. He was born to William and Frances Jones on October 10th, 1945 in Torrington, Goshen County, Wyoming.

William Bacil Jones

Bill graduated from Torrington High School in 1964 and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1969 from the University of Wyoming. While he was in college, he met his wife Susan Barnard of Evanston and they were married on August 26, 1967. Throughout the years while raising a family, Bill worked for Control Data, the National Engineering Laboratory, and the University of Wyoming where he retired in 2006 as an Associate Director of Information Technology. In 2010, Bill and Susan moved to Easton Kansas to be closer to family.

Bill loved his family, riding his motorcycle, hunting and fishing, helping others, welding, and listening to Rock. He was a ‘great’ grandpa and a trusted handyman that was loved so very much and will be missed by so many.

Bill was a Master Mason, member of Torrington Lodge No. 29 A.F. & A.M. of Wyoming and Past Associate Grand Guardian of Wyoming for Job’s Daughters. As a Mason, he impacted the lives of many young men and women throughout the state of Wyoming in Demolay and Job’s Daughters. He was also a Patriot Guard Rider, a member of ABATE of Wyoming and Kansas, and the Christian Motorcyclists Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his wife Susan, son Richard (Julie) of Keller, Texas, daughter Keira (Jerry) of Easton, Kansas, seven grandchildren, eight sibling in-laws, numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Cremation has taken place. A Love and Remembrance Dinner for Bill will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 for family and friends in Leavenworth, Kansas. A service will occur in the summer in Wyoming. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please make donations to Bikers for Babies, The Fisher House or Wounded Warriors in his name.

Rosetta Ann White

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Rosetta Ann White, 82, of Lansing, died, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Golden Living in Lansing. She was born Jan. 24, 1935, in Hannibal, Mo., the daughter of Jesse and Bernice (Robertson) Perkins.

Rosetta Ann White

On May 20, 1950 Rosetta married James White in Leavenworth, Kan.. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two sons, Jesse White and Kenny White.

Rosetta is survived by a daughter, Linda Martin, a son, Terry White; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and a large extended family.

She enjoyed sewing and quilting.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 26, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Kimberly Ann Metcalf

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Kimberly Ann Metcalf, 45, of Kansas City, Kan., died, Sunday, March 12, 2017, at her home. She was born Jan 22, 1972, in Rochester, N.Y., the daughter of Gerald and Bette (Bootsman) Yehling.

In 2004 she earned a PhD in Psychology from the University of Kansas. After completing her schooling she went on to work as a Research Psychologist for the United States Army.

Kim is survived by a son, Ian Metcalf; a daughter, Paige Metcalf; the father of her children, Mark Metcalf; her father, Gerald Yehling; a brother, Eric Yehling; and a sister, Michelle Verzak.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Bette Yehling, Oct. 15, 2007.

Kim was a dedicated mother who loved her children immensely. She will be remembered for her infectious smile and wonderful laugh. She was a kind and compassionate soul who always made others feel at ease. Kim had a lifelong passion for learning and was a lover of nature who reminded us to take the time to admire the beauty all around us.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 19, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth County Humane Society.

James Allen Jackson

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James Allen Jackson, 69, of Leavenworth, died, Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Providence Medical Center. He was born July 28, 1947, in Leavenworth, Kan., the son of Otis Jackson and AnnaLou Sanderson.

James Allen Jackson

James attended grade school at Sacred Heart and graduated from Immaculata High School in 1965. After high school, James served in the Air Force from 1967-1969. He also worked at Hallmark and Geiger after serving in the military.

On May 28, 1972, James married Beverly Nyhus, in Ivanhoe, Minn. She survives at the home. He is also survived by two sons, Brett A. Jackson and Geoffrey J. Jackson both of Leavenworth; a brother, Chris (Veronica) Jackson of Easton, Kan.; four sisters, Peggy (Mark) Ernzen of Leavenworth, Mary (Bruce) Adkins of Blue Springs, Mo., Regina (David) Santana of Overland Park, Kan. and Rita Jackson of Clearwater, Fla.; three grandchildren, Braydon, Ryleigh and Zoe; and one aunt and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and a grandson, Conner.

He enjoyed Ham Radio, Bow Hunting and Hot Rods.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 19, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, at St. Francis de Sales Church, with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Jackson Family for the grandchildren’s educational fund.

Deborah Rose Janas

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Deborah Rose Janas, 55, of Leavenworth, lost her courageous 5-year struggle with cancer, Friday, March 3, 2017. Debbie was surrounded by her loving family during her last days. Her family and friends will miss her smile, her quick wit, and her long text messages filled with emojis. Debbie was a beloved daughter, loving mother, devoted sister and aunt, friend and special BFF. She had a deep love for her family. She also loved her dogs and she missed them every day during her treatments and convalescence.

Deborah Rose Janas

Debbie was born on January 19, 1962, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Debbie and her military family moved several times over the years, but Debbie has called Leavenworth her home since 1982. Debbie attended Leavenworth High School and Immaculata High School. She graduated from Robert G. Cole High School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Debbie also received Early Childhood Studies Certification from San Antonio College and Offset Printing Certification from Salina Area Technical College. During her career, Debbie was employed at Fort Leavenworth Lodging, the Fort Leavenworth School District, the University of Saint Mary Ancilla Daycare Center, and Collateral Services Inc., from which she retired.

Debbie leaves behind her mother, Rosemary Janas; her daughter, Briana Janas; her family – Mike Janas, Cathy Ford , Margie Pike, Laura Gasbarre, Joann Bender and their families.

During her last days, Debbie was comforted by her family, friends, and the wonderful caregivers at St. Luke’s Hospice House.

Debbie’s life ended too soon. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends, but she is reunited with her father, Ed Janas, who passed away in 2003. They will be watching over the family until they are all reunited.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 24, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the KU Endowment, 3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Mail Stop 3012, Kansas City, KS 66160, to benefit clinical trials and research – focused on the work of Drs. Al-Kasspooles and Chapman at the University of Kansas Cancer Center (fund #40932). Online contributions may be made at www.kuendowment.org/give. Please indicate donations are for the Deborah Rose Janas Memorial. Donations may also be made to the Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society (LAWS), P.O. Box 498, Leavenworth, KS 66048.

Helen Bristow

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Helen L. Bristow, 96, Leavenworth, died peacefully on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at Homestead Assisted Living.

Helen Bristow

She was born August 5, 1920 on the family farm “Allen Winden” in rural Leavenworth, the daughter of Joseph Anthony and Gertrude Joan Leahy Hartnett Zeugin.

Helen married Joseph Bristow, her husband of more than 62 years, on June 27, 1942, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church where they remained parish members. He preceded her in death in 2005.

Helen led a full and productive life. She graduated from Immaculata High School in 1938 and then continued her education in nursing and graduated from St. John Hospital. As an RN, she worked in public health for the City-County Health Department and as a school nurse. She enjoyed reading, traveling, watching most sports on TV, attending Elderhostel courses, participating in league bowling, walking in the early morning hours with her husband, and playing cards with good friends. She was a member of the Boling Canning Club and Extension Unit, Marian Mothers, and the Saint John Hospital Guild. In her later years, Helen attended St. Francis de Sales Church and always appreciated the warm reception given to her there.

Survivors include one daughter, Pat and spouse John Moulden, Leavenworth; five sons and their spouses, Dick and Carol Bristow, Shawnee, Bernie and Linda Bristow, Ed and Pam Bristow, Rob and Barbara Bristow, all of Leavenworth, and John and Rachel Bristow, Topeka; 19 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren plus one more on the way. She is also survived by her sister, Margaret Zeugin Liebeno, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Sister Helen Bristow, SCL, parents, three sisters and three brothers.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday March 9, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 10, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are requested to Duchesne Clinic, Sacred Heart Altar Society, or the St. Francis de Sales Built on Rock Campaign.

February 2017 Obituaries

Donald "Donnie" Kyle Edmonds

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Donald “Donnie” Kyle Edmonds, 64, of Leavenworth, passed away suddenly from this world, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, as a result of a heart attack.

Donald Kyle Edmonds

Donnie is survived and fondly remembered by his wife of 42 years, Charlene (White) Edmonds; his son, Chad Edmonds and daughter-in-law, Lynn (Lancaster) Edmonds, of Lansing, Kan; four grandchildren, Hope, Grace, Belle and Cole; three sisters, Jeannette Filippi and husband Bruce, of Berryton, Kan., Leslie White and husband James “Jim”, of Baldwin, Kan. and Connie Whitmer and husband Dave, of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; a brother, Ellis Edmonds and wife Kathy (Fleenor), of Lansing, Kan.; as well as innumerable friends and loved ones.

Donnie was born and raised in Leavenworth, Kansas and was preceded in death by his father, Orville Edmonds and his mother, Norma Jean (Vigus) Edmonds.

Donnie grew up working the family dairy farm and attending Lansing schools, which established a lifelong pattern of both hard work and faithful commitment to the town of Lansing where he has watched both his son and his grandchildren go to school. As a young man, Donnie served in the Army as a Military Police officer. After his honorable discharge, Donnie returned to work on the farm and continued his habit of hard work and supporting Lansing schools and sports. Shortly after his discharge, Donnie married Charlene in Leavenworth, and the two of them worked hard together, while raising their son, Chad. At the turn of the century, Donnie and Charlene sold their cattle and Donnie went to work for the Lansing Correctional Facility, where he was well respected by coworkers and inmates alike. He worked for the Penitentiary until his death. In his later years Donnie and Charlene found a love for travel and thrived in their role as grandparents.

Donnie loved his Family, his friends, his town, the Kansas State Wildcats and the Kansas City Royals. He lived a simple life of hard work and commitment to family. He would want to be remembered the way he lived; with laughter and fond memories.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. Burial will be Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Donnie Edmonds Memorial Fund, which can be dropped off at the funeral home or sent to Citizen’s Bank, (5151 S. 4th St., Leavenworth, KS 66048).

Raietta Taborosi

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Raietta Annitha Taborosi, 66, of Leavenworth, passed away Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 at Lansing Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Feb. 24, 1950, in Bucyrus, Mo., the daughter of Raymond and Marjorie (Miller) Daugherity.

Raietta Taborosi

Raietta worked as a civilian employee for the Department of the Army at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and for the FAA at the Salina, Kansas Airport. She left to marry and raise her family.

She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Laszlo Taborosi, Jr.: twin son and daughter, Laszlo R. Taborosi and Marci I. Taborosi of the home: her mother, Marjorie Daugherity of Bucyrus, Mo.: her brother, Dell Daugherity and his wife Valerie of Chesterfield, Va.: sister-in-law, Karen Daugherity of West Fork, Ark.: her mother-in-law, Ilona Taborosi: her brother-in-law, Steven Taborosi of New Britain, Conn.: and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and numerous cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father and her brother, Brent D. Daugherity.

Her family would like to Thank all her care givers, nurses and doctors at Lansing Care, St. John Hospital, Providence Medical Center, Munson Army Health Center and KU Cancer Center, for their loving attention to her needs during Raietta’s battle with Melanoma. A special Thanks to all our family and friends for your prayers, visits and delicious meals.

Raietta’s strong faith in God and love of family sustained her with her struggle.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, at St. Casimir Church. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the National Ataxia Foundation or the Melanoma Research Foundation.

Roy Holland

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Roy Wayne Holland, 92, of Leavenworth, died, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, at Delmar Gardens of Lenexa. He was born April 28, 1924, the son of Roy J. and Doris R. (Brayman) Holland.

On Feb 2, 1943, Roy married Frances L. Maretoli. She preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Julie Holland; a sister, Jean Holland; a brother, William Holland; and a daughter-in-law, Jan Holland.

is survived by three sons, Robert Holland, Richard Holland and Tom Holland; a daughter, Terese Meredith; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Roy was a World War II veteran and survivor of Battle of the Bulge.

He retired from Fort Leavenworth after over 30 years as a mechanical engineer. After retirement, Roy and his wife Frances volunteered at St. John Hospital running the lifeline program.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, at Immaculate Conception Church, with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm. as celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to CASA of Leavenworth or St. Vincent Clinic.

Otto C. Ruebhausen Jr.

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Otto C. Ruebhausen Jr., 83, of Leavenworth, went peacefully to be with the Lord, Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born June 20, 1933, in Leavenworth, the first born of Otto and Dorothy (Buchanan) Ruebhausen Sr.

Otto C. Ruebhausen Jr.

Otto entered the National Guard and was called to serve in the Korean War while in high school. After graduation from Leavenworth High School, he worked for Missouri Valley until he was drafted into the United States Army. Upon discharge from the Army, Otto worked in the graphic arts department at Fort Leavenworth. He later began his own building business, “Ruebhausen Construction Quality Built Homes”. He continued building homes in Leavenworth until his retirement.

On June 7, 1953, Otto married Bonnie M. Wilber. She survives at the home. He is also survived by two daughters, Deborah Redford and husband David and Denise Hill, both of Leavenworth; a son, David Ruebhausen of Florence, Ala.; a sister, Shirley Ruebhausen; and seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Otto was preceded in death by a son Dennis Ruebhausen (wife Joyce), and two brothers Jerry Ruebhausen (wife Patty) and Douglas Ruebhausen.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Otto loved sports. He played football for Leavenworth High School and baseball well into adulthood. He was recruited by the Chicago Cubs to try out for their organization. Otto was an avid bowler, winning state tournaments for the Eagles. He was also an avid KU fan.

Fishing was a big part of Otto’s life. He was a founder of the Leavenworth Bass Club. He was a champion fisherman fishing with Bass Masters and BASS, representing the state of Kansas in the national championships.

He was a Boy Scout leader for many years taking his troop camping to Minnesota and Canada several times. At 70 years old Otto joined the elite “Polar Bear Club” by swimming in the Arctic Ocean north of the Arctic Circle.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday, at First Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery.

January 2017 Obituaries

Oliver Gene Gillom Sr.

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Oliver Gene Gillom Sr., 69, of Leavenworth, passed away, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at Cushing Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 1, 1947, in Oxford, Miss., the son of Willie B. and Fannie Mae (Van) Gillom Sr.

Oliver Gene Gillom Sr.

Oliver attended schools in Leavenworth. He loved most sports, but basketball was his passion. He played basketball throughout his school days and was a member of the Leavenworth High School Varsity Basketball Team known as “The Fabulous Five”. He received an Associate Degree from Coffeyville Community College, Coffeyville, Kan.

On Sept. 29, 1979, Oliver was united in marriage with Iceola Grigsby. She survives at the home. Oliver also leaves behind to cherish his memory a son, Oliver G. Gillom Jr.; a brother, Willie Gillom of Leavenworth; two sisters, Doris Ramos and Delores (Lonnie) Davis, both of Leavenworth; a grandson, Javarion; two aunts, one uncle, many nieces, nephews, cousins; special friend, William Davis; and a god-daughter, Rev. Syvette Davis.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Youla Brandt.

Oliver grew up in Independent Baptist Church. He was employed at Hallmark Cards Select Drive, retiring in 2007 with 39 years of service. Oliver was totally engrossed in technology. He was self-taught in computer programming and computer repairing.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at Independent Baptist Church. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, at the church. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery.

David Christopher Concannon

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David Christopher Concannon, 48, of Leavenworth, passed away at his home Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, from complications of diabetes. He was born Oct. 24, 1968, in Leavenworth, the son of David M. Concannon and Sharon (Williams) Concannon.

David Concannon

David retired from the United States Navy and was currently employed at the Veterans Administration in Leavenworth.

He is survived by his wife, Annette R. “Annie” Concannon; two sons, Christopher M. Concannon and Kenneth D. Concannon; his parents, Sharon K Concannon and David M. (Cheryl) Concannon all of Leavenworth; and a sister, Angela L. Smith of Lenexa, Kan.

David was preceded in death by his precious daughter, Kylie Jade Concannon; and his grandparents, Lloyd G. and Isabelle Concannon and Robert E. and Veda M. Williams.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery.

Gary Patrick Frantz

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Gary Patrick Frantz, 54, of Leavenworth, was greeted at the gates of heaven by three men who stood with open arms to welcome their father and brother home, Jan 27, 2017. He was born March 22, 1962, in Topeka, Kan., to Gary M. Frantz and Judy K. Smith.

Gary Patrick Frantz

He graduated from Shawnee Heights High school in Tecumseh in 1980. Gary retired from UPS.

So often referred to as a Gentle Giant with a heart of Gold, always willing to lend a hand and committed to the service of others because he felt he got back more than he gave. Gary volunteered ringing bells for the Salvation Army, placing wreaths on soldier’s graves for Wreaths Across America and serving soldiers and their families holiday meal on Fort Leavenworth. He was a regular fixture at events for Survivor Outreach Services (SOS), the Spouse’s Club, the Mobilization and Deployment Program and anywhere else he could volunteer through the Army Community Service (ACS). Gary also volunteered with the Missouri Remembering Our Fallen Exhibit, Celebration at the Station and the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall exhibit.

Every week Gary spent his time with local Veterans at the VFW listening to their stories and sharing some of his own. He would also help at the VA Hospital in Leavenworth where he worked with the education department staff setting up simulation training for the hospital medical staff.

In his spare time, Gary would cheer on the Chiefs, Royals or KU Men’s basketball team with friends. He was also a member of the Checkered Flag RC Raceway.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Michael Frantz and Corporal Lucas A. Frantz (Iraq War, 2005); a brother, Michael David Frantz; a niece, Jessi Welch; his father and stepfather, Billy Smith; and a grandmother Mary Hudson.

Gary is survived by a son, Patrick Casey Frantz of Leavenworth; his mother; one brother, Scott “Scotty” (Stacy) Smith; two sisters, Donna Meyer and Billie Welch all of Topeka, Kan.; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to any organization Gary volunteered for to ensure his legacy of kindness and compassion for others will continue on in his memory.

Leo Francis Weber

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Leo Francis Weber, 84, of Leavenworth, died, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at Hospice House of Olathe. He was born Nov. 11, 1932, in Leavenworth, the son of George Henry and Clara Catherine (Wacker) Weber.

Leo Francis Weber

Leo is survived by his wife, Donna Weber; a son, Robert (Katy) Weber; a brother, Gerald (Doris) Weber; and a number of nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Edward Weber. Leo served his country in the Vietnam War as a member of the Army National Guard of Kansas, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry. He earned a number of medals including the Bronze Star Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. He served his community as a rural postal carrier and clerk for the U.S. Postal Service for 32 years. Throughout his life, he was very dedicated to the family farm, which he lived on, in a home he built with his own hands next to that of his parents and brother Edward. His love of the family farm was born out in his deeds and actions, where he planted and harvested crops, raised livestock, and repaired and maintained the buildings, equipment, and grounds with care and attention to detail. Leo was a great problem solver and could fix just about anything. He was a skilled plumber, carpenter, welder and mechanic – a necessity as a farmer. The quality of his work in everything he touched is a testament to his legacy. Leo Weber’s actions spoke louder than his words. He was a quiet man who provided unwavering support for his wife, son, and family. He was a dedicated and loving husband and father to Donna and Robert, always putting the needs of others first. He gave his time unselfishly to his family, and the family farm. He loved and respected all animals including the family pets and shared those values with his wife and son. He was a great man whose loss will be felt by many. Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday Feb. 2, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m., Friday, at St. Joseph Church, with Fr. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society, the American Lung Association, and the American Heart Association.

Karl Werner Bardroff

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Karl Werner Bardroff, 79, of Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at his home. He was born Nov. 12, 1937, in Bad Neustadt, Germany, the son of Joseph Karl and Olga Catherina (Schafer) Bardroff.

Karl Werner Bardroff

In 1979, Karl married Margaret Winsor. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a daughter, Tammy (Rick) Wagner; a son, Karl II (Kerry) Bardroff; five stepchildren; Jeff (Melinda) Herrig, Stephen (Patsy) Herrig, Tammy (Steve) Reid, Ken (Katina) Herrig and Michelle (James) Wolk, 34 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

Karl came to the United States from Germany at the age of 10, living a short time in Washington, D.C. before moving to Leavenworth. He attended St. Paul Lutheran School and Leavenworth High School. He worked various jobs before owning his own filling station and eventually owning and operating his own body shop and wrecker service, Bardroff Inc. Karl’s passion was his business and he loved taking care of his black bears, cougars, llamas, potbelly pigs, goats, fish and his donkey, Lucy.

Karl was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Freddie Eisler.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, at Saint Lawrence Church. Burial will follow at Saint Lawrence Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to The Center for Advanced Heart Care at the University of Kansas Hospital, American Heart Association, Kidney/ Dialysis Foundation, American Lung Association or a personal choice.

Beverly Ruth Barker

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Beverly Ruth Barker, 79, of Leavenworth, died, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, at her home. She was born Feb. 7, 1937, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of Earl and Ruth (Krummel) Malotte.

Kristin K. Meek

On Nov. 24, 1956, Beverly married Keith Barker. He preceded her in death in 2015. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Beverly is survived by a daughter, Kathy (Don) Stinnett; a son, Gary (Diana) Barker; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Bill (Rita) Malotte.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at Maywood Community Church (11201 Parallel Pkwy, Kansas City, KS 66109). A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the church. Burial will follow at Maywood Church Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Maywood Community Church Vacation Bible School Program. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Sharon Rae Mowery

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Sharon Rae Mowery, 72, of Leavenworth, died, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, at her home. She was born Jan. 9, 1945, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Joseph and Nellie (Kelly) Panek.

On June 15, 1963, she married Charles W. Mowery. He survives at the home. She is also survived by a daughter, Bambi (Ray) Darrow of Leavenworth; a son, Chad (Robbin Ratcliff) Mowery of Winchester, Kan.; two granddaughters, Chelsey (John) Connors of Leavenworth and Kylee (Matt Demaranvile) Darrow of Atchison; a great-granddaughter, Colby Connors; and a brother, James (Joanie) Panek of Manhattan, Kan.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents.

She enjoyed art and making jewelry.

Sharon worked for St. Johns Hospital where she retired in 2009 due to health issues.

Her greatest joy was her great-granddaughter, Colby Lynn.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to American Diabetes Association or the Arthritis Association for Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Jean Marie Goetting

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Jean Marie Goetting, 84, of Topeka, went home peacefully to be with her Lord, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. She was born Dec. 18, 1932, the daughter of William and Jane (Manning) Bradley.

Jean Marie Goetting

On Dec. 17, 1948, Jean married Kenneth Goetting Sr. He preceded her in death in 1979. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Kenneth Goetting, Jr.; two daughters, Peggy Harvey and Deborah Kearney; two grandsons; and one great-grandson.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda (Kenny) Blaski of Leavenworth; a brother, Bob (Linda) Bradley of Topeka; a very special nephew, Ed (Miranda) Green; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Goetting; a special niece, Kathy Green; her lifelong friend, Leona Bradford; seven grandsons; one granddaughter; nine great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Jean retired from the Kansas State Penitentiary after several years working in Personnel.

She is best known for her kindness, selflessness and “Mom” to all.

Visitation will be from 11 to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Easton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to ALS in the name of her daughter, Deborah Kearney.

Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. George Louis Tupa

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Lt. Col. (Ret.) George Louis Tupa, 75, died, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. George was born July 30, 1941, in Larimore, N.D. the second of five children for his loving parents Ann and Edward Tupa.

George Tupa

George graduated from Larimore High School in 1959. He then attended Carroll College in Helena, Mont. Upon graduation, he joined the Army, served two tours in Vietnam and one tour in the Dominican Republic. During his time in the military he earned a master’s degree in European History from the University of North Dakota.

In 1972, George married Lonnie Maier from Emerado, N.D. During their time in the military in North Dakota, their three boys, Trajan, Yuri and Anton, were born.

Other duty stations included Fort Leavenworth, Kan. where George attended Command and General Staff College, Fort Lewis, Wash. where their daughters, Natasha and Alexia, were born, Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, West Germany, and a final assignment at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. George retired from the Army in 1987 making Leavenworth home. He then began his second career as a civilian contractor with the Army for the next twenty-seven years. During this time, he enjoyed travelling around the world, carrying out battle simulation training for units of the United States Armed Forces. In 2015, he proudly ended his fifty year career of service to his country.

George was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his beloved wife Lonnie Tupa; his sons, Trajan, Yuri and Anton Tupa; his daughters, Natasha and her husband Billy Burns; Alexia and her husband Dave Vondrachek; his siblings, Ed, Tom, Ron Tupa and Carol Malley; and his six grandchildren, Hannah, Lydia, Billy, Vince, Jake and Bobby.

As a devout Catholic, George was an active member of Saint Casimir parish, serving as lector. He enjoyed attending daily Mass during his retirement. He was a tireless supporter of the Leavenworth Regional Catholic School System, having all five of his children graduate from Xavier Catholic School and Immaculata High School.

His greatest passion was caring for his yard. He hand-made 22,000 concrete bricks over the span of a decade, laying them down for two patios and a sidewalk that looped around the yard. He also built four retaining walls, a deck, and planted over two hundred trees and shrubs. He and his family spent countless hours enjoying the environment he created. George will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Visitation beginning with praying of the rosary will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the church. Burial with full military honors will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be directed to the Leavenworth Regional Catholic School System for tuition assistance for any preschooler wishing to go on to Xavier Catholic School.

Leon Allen Torkelson

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Ret U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Leon A. Torkelson, CFP, 73, of Atchison County passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, at St Francis Hospital in Topeka. He was born on Aug. 17, 1943, to S. Albert and Ella C. (Tobiason) Torkelson in Horton, Kan. He married Glenda C. Sims on Aug. 25, 1963, in Kansas City, Kan.

Leon Allen Torkselson

Leon grew up in rural Everest, Kan. and after graduating from ACCHS, he attended Kansas State Teachers College where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He graduated from the Univ of Kansas with a Bachelors and Masters in Accounting and was headed to law school at the Univ of Florida when Uncle Sam came calling. In the Air Force as a fighter pilot, he flew the F-4, F-5, and F-16, served in Vietnam and was stationed all over the world, including five years in Germany. In 1987, after over 20 years of service, he retired and moved back to the family farm. He then worked with MetLife Ins Co as a Certified Financial Planner serving businesses and families throughout the mid-west up until his death. Leon enjoyed flying his 1942 Interstate Cadet WWII Trainer airplane in his off time. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, the Everest Lions Club, Everest Historical Society and numerous professional organizations. Leon enjoyed traveling with his wife Glenda, taking many cruises all over the world. They loved spending time with their family, especially in Winter Park, Colo. and Table Rock, Mo. Less than a week before he passed, he spent the holidays with his family in the Caribbean on a Disney Cruise.

Leon is survived by Glenda, his wife of over 53 years, son Kurt Torkelson and wife Amy of Basehor, Kan., daughter Kari Anderson and husband Brian of Leavenworth, and five grandchildren, Aubrey, Chase, and Brody Torkelson and Jonas and Anya Anderson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Eileen Herbert.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at the Zion Lutheran Church (1521 Prairie Rd., Everest, Kan. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial with military honors will follow at the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to the church, the Everest Lions Club, or the Leon Torkelson Education Scholarship, all in care of the Leintz Funeral Home (4701 10th Ave Leavenworth, KS 66048…913-351-0200).

 

 


 

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