Bobby Jay Jennings, 54 of Leavenworth, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, at Cushing Memorial Hospital. He was born Aug. 30, 1960, in Leavenworth, the son of Jack and Linda (Workman) Jennings Sr.
Bobby was married to Patty Marshall, she survives in Leavenworth. He is also survived by his daughter, Amber M. (Gene) Sirabella of Shawnee, Kan.; his parents, Carl and Linda Langley and Jack Jennings Sr.; his siblings, Jack (Julene) Jennings Jr., John (Gayla) Pendleton, Russ (April) Pendleton, Carla (John) Haas and Brenda Harding; and many nieces and nephews.
Bobby worked at Kansas Home Insulation for many years.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. after the visitation at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Brian Scott Abramovitz, 58, of Leavenworth, passed away, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, peacefully at his home. He was born Aug. 2, 1956, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Thelmen A. and Peggy J. (Wood) Abramovitz.
Brian graduated from Lansing High School in 1974 and then attended Neka Vocational Technical School in Atchison, Kan. where he received certification in Industrial Electricity. He worked at Armed Forces Insurance, Lansing Correctional Facility as a guard, and St. John Hospital as an engineer, where he received employee of the year award. He later started his own business, A ta Z Sandblasting.
On May 29, 1982, he married Susan Barkyoumb in Manhattan, Kan., she survives of the home. He is also survived by his two daughters, Rebecca Sue (Matthew) Benoit of McCracken, Kan. and Laura Kay (Andrew) Yunghans of Kansas City, Kan.; his two grandchildren Brayden Zane Yunghans and Brooke Noelle Benoit; his brother Terry (Jan) Abramovitz; and his nephew Alex Abramovitz. As well as numerous other nieces and nephews in Missouri, Oklahoma, and California.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Brian was a charter member of the Lansing Education Foundation Board from 2004 to present. He was president of the Lansing Band Booster Club and worked in the band booster concession stand. He served as president of the Leavenworth Cruisers. He was a member of the KSU Equestrian Executive Board. Brian was a Leavenworth County Fair Board Member and was the voice of the draft horse pull and the demolition derby. He was also a Leavenworth County 4-H horse leader.
Brian loved his girls and was very involved and supportive throughout their high school and college days, attending many track meets and horse shows.
His last two years were filled with the love and laughter of his two grandchildren. The warm summer months were Brian’s favorite! Polishing his ’40, hanging out at car shows and going to cruise nights with his second family The Leavenworth Cruisers was such a joy for him. Brian you will truly be missed.
Visitation will be from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Lansing Education Foundation or St. Vincent’s Clinic.
Dorothy Jane Hund, 95, of Oakland, Calif., passed away, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. She was born on Sept. 28, 1918, in Leavenworth, Kan., the daughter of John Aaron and Eva Ann (Noll) Hund.
She graduated from Immaculata High School in 1936 and went on to receive her nursing degree from Cushing Memorial Hospital in 1942. From 1943 to 1946, Dorothy was a Captain in the Army Nurse Corps serving in England and France. She was discharged in March of 1946.
After completing a Post Graduate course in surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., Dorothy moved to Oakland, Calif. in Sept. 1947. She worked at Children’s Hospital for 33 years. She was on the surgical team and helped start the Open Heart Surgery Program in 1958. Dorothy retired in 1980. After retirement she spent much of her time doing what she enjoyed, traveling.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Alice Heim; two brothers, John M. Hund and Norman A. Hund.
Dorothy is survived by two sisters, Anna Marie Todd and Patricia Schwinn; a sister-in-law, Elaine Hund; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, beginning with recitation of the rosary, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, at St. Joseph Church with Fr. David McEvoy, O.Carm. as celebrant. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Kickapoo, Kan. Memorials are suggested to Children’s Hospital of Oakland, Calif. or St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Oakland, Calif.
Patricia Josephine Fink, 78, of Leavenworth, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born June 5, 1936, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Ned and Josephine (Sherley) Rush.
On March 2, 1954, she married Gerald Fink at St. Francis de Sales Church in Lansing. He preceded her in death on May 13, 1996. She was also preceded in death by a baby sister, a brother, Lonnie Rush, a sister, Kathy Fink and a grandson, Daniel Fink.
She is survived by her children, Terri Moritz of Leavenworth, Leo (Toni) Fink of Leavenworth, David (Amy) Fink of Paola, Kan., Kenny (Becky) Fink of Leavenworth, Debbie Fink of Leavenworth, Janet Hensley of Leavenworth, Diana (Fred) Cowing of Lansing and Chris (Sandi) Fink of Lansing: 26 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Bob (Bea) Rush, Sherley (Leo) Baragary, Loretta (Jim) Murphy, Terry (Sue) Rush and Ed (Sharon)Rush.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at St. Francis de Sales Church, with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Kansas Special Olympics or the American Cancer Society.
Nicholas Anthony Mowery, July 6, 1991-August 25, 2014. Beloved son of Kimberly Dahmer, husband Brett, William ‘Bill” Mowery, wife Loreen. Passed on to eternal life on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.
Nick was a 2009 graduate of Lansing High School. He was currently working as an apprentice electrician in Kansas City with the IBEW Local 124. Nick was an avid outdoorsman, fishing, riding ATV’s with friends and family, or his favorite, camping at the lake. Nick was always on the go, whether to see his mama and family or hanging with his friends, attending concerts in the city, or going to the Friday night races with friends. Nick could light up the room with his beautiful smile. He was always the life of the party. He lived his life, his way and to the fullest, always in the moment. He will be greatly missed by everyone that knew and loved him.
He is survived by his parents; brother, Matthew Mowery and wife, Aimee; sister and brother Elaina and Luke Knott; grandmother, Donna Malquist; grandparents, Steve and Judy Kroll; grandparents, Bill and Jeanie Nash; grandmother, Ginny Mowery; uncles, Richard Zielinski and wife, Nancy, Eric Zielinski, Mike Zielinski and wife Lori, Michael Mowery and wife Mary, Michael Kroll and wife Mary Jane, Kevin Kroll and wife Vanessa, Matthew Kroll and wife Katie, Father Keith Lunsford, Kevin Lunsford and wife Carolyn, David Lunsford and James Lunsford; aunts, Tracy Schmidt and husband Danny, Kim Kroll, Jessica Williams and husband Teague, Cary Meixner, Vicky Boone and husband Tom, Kim Brushwood, Cindy Strunk and husband Jerry; a niece, Adriana; several cousins; his girlfriend, Kirsten Wheeler; and many friends who he loved to, “hang out and do stuff” with.
Nick was preceded in death by his grandparents, Richard and Jean Zielinski, Gary and Barbara Dahmer; and two grandfathers, Orvis Mowery and Court Malquist.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, at St. Francis de Sales Church, with Rev. Keith Lunsford as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Leavenworth Animal Shelter or the Lansing High School Alumni Association.
Daniel Joseph Pedziwater, 75, of Leavenworth passed away Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at his home, after a courageous battle with lung cancer (even though he had never smoked). Daniel was born July 10, 1939, in Spring Valley, Ill. and grew up most of his life in Dolton, Ill. He graduated from Mendel High School in Chicago and Thornton College in Harvey, Ill. Dan was proud to have served in the United States Marine Corps. He retired from a career in architectural sales and marketing in 2000.
On Feb. 17, 1968, he married Mary Kaye Townsend, in Raytown, Mo. Mary Kaye survives at the home. Other survivors include his son, James (Carleen) Pedziwater and grandchildren, Marek and Emily Pedziwater of Plainfield, Ill.; daughter, Christine Smith and grandchildren Ethan and Delaney Smith of Springfield, Mo.; brother, Michael (Kaye) Pedziwater of Bella Vista, Ark.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dan had a zest for life and always looked at the positive side of everything. He had a quick wit and unique sense of humor and delighted in playing jokes on his grandchildren. He always looked forward to seeing his children and grandchildren. His family was most important to him. He belonged to the Dr. Rabe tennis club in Leavenworth for over 30 years and would play tennis several times a week until his illness. He also loved nature, hiking, fishing, and working outside. He and Mary Kaye also loved traveling together and enjoyed numerous European trips and an annual Caribbean cruise where he would snorkel as much as possible.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Martha Pedziwiatr of Mark, Ill.
He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather and will be missed by his family and numerous friends including the Rabe Tennis Club and McD’s coffee group.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. with a scripture service at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Francis de Sales Church with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or St. Francis de Sales Church in Lansing, Kan.
Ronald D. Thompson, 75, of Leavenworth, passed away Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Saint John Hospital with family present. Ron was born Oct. 15, 1938, in Decatur, Ill., the son of Vernon and Neva Marie (Henton) Thompson.
At the age of 17 Ron enlisted in the US Army and served with great distinction for more than 20 years. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam prior to retiring in 1975. He was known to many as a dedicated soldier, a leader with unfathomable courage, and a gentle soul. He never portrayed himself as anything more, while securing his duties in the Army. Many who served alongside him, know him as a true hero. While in the service he obtained a Bronze Star (with V device) for Valor, the Purple Heart, First Oak leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Award, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnamese Cross and Honor Medal. These awards definitely portray a wonderful story, all on their own. Upon retirement, he never stopped in his love for serving today's Army having worked 20 additional years as a Civil Servant at Fort Leavenworth, more recently as a private security guard at the Mission Training Complex at Fort Leavenworth. Ron's life was characterized by serving, and above all by loving his family, his wife, daughters, grandchildren, friends, country, and the US Army. Over the years you would find him meticulously constructing and painting Army tanks, trucks, and model trains, along while working to the beat of his doo wop music, and making them come to life. He also enjoyed lounging while watching his beloved war movies. Above all, he loved life and all the greatness it brought. He has forever imprinted on many hearts of all who knew him. He will be greatly missed yet never forgotten. To some he will forever remain a cloak of armor over us, to keep us safe and warm.
His family strongly believes by the faith of GOD that he has been reunited with those who have preceded him in death; his parents, his daughter, Shannon, brothers Bobby, Frances, and Sonny, his father-in-law, Joseph S. Zielinski and his recently deceased brother- in-law James “Jimmy” Zielinski.
He is survived and will be greatly missed by his wife of 29 years Janice; daughters, Kelly Hammons, Colleen (Michael) McTeer, Stephanie (Mike) Bellar, Amy (Ryan Davis) Garnett and Shawnda (Sarah Hunter ) Garnett; grandchildren, Stephen, David and Daniel McTeer, Kristen Milbourne, Collin Garnett, Brady Davis, Rachel Hammons, Kingston and Charlize Hunter; mother-in-law, Jeanette Zielinski; sisters-in-law, Joette (John) McKenzie and Judy (Rob) Robinson; brother-in-law, John (Debbie) Zielinski; and many nieces, nephews, extended relatives and friends.
Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Saint Casimir Church with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow at the Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials may be made in his name to Wounded Warriors Fund.
Allen Louis Finnell, 75, of Leavenworth passed away, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at the University of Kansas Hospital. He was born Nov. 27, 1938, in Leavenworth, the son of George and Mary (Schreiber) Finnell.
Al served in the US Army and retired with 24 years of service. He served as a Deputy Sheriff for the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office. He Opened Pullman Place Dinner. He was a member of the American Legion and the American Legion Riders.
He is survived by a son George Finnell of Leadville, Colo.; and a brother, John Finnell.
Graveside service with full military honors will be at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Arrangements provided by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.
Betty A. Heintzelman, 91, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 at Twin Oaks in Lansing. She was born, Sept. 13, 1922, in Atchison, Kan., to Ira and Alta (Widmayer) Hammond.
Betty graduated from Atchison High School in 1940 and attended Mount Saint Scholastica College. On Sept. 8, 1943, Betty married Lawrence E. Heintzelman in Nashville, Tenn., at St. Mary Church. She and Larry lived in Leavenworth since 1946. Larry passed away Dec. 22, 2001, after 58 years of marriage.
Betty is survived by her daughter, Judy (Dan) Shaffer of Leavenworth; her son, Tom (Cyndy) Heintzelman of Overland Park, Kan.; she has five grandchildren, Brandan (Ebony) Shaffer, Tandace (Rodney) Bell, Molly (Jacob) Latta, Ashley (Derek) Wiedenmeyer and Corinn (Jake) Kauzlarich; and she is also blessed with six great-grandchildren, Nicholas (Brandan) Shaffer, Madison (Tandy) Scholdberg, Harper Latta, Everett (Molly) Latta, Liv (Ashley) Wiedenmeyer and June (Corinn) Kauzlarich.
In addition to her husband, Betty was preceded in death by a brother, William Hammond; and two sisters, Florence Harrison and Mary Gentry.
Betty was a member of Sacred Heart Church and their Altar Society. She was a member of the Friendship Club, her Bridge groups and the Red Hat Ladies Club.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Sacred Heart Church or to Hospice Partners of Kansas.
Maynard Maurice Hall, 89, of Leavenworth, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Providence Medical Center. He was born Nov. 15, 1924, in Walpole, Canada, the son of Clayton Foster and Aletha Gertrude (Park) Hall.
He is survived by his son and daughter in-law, Mike and Cindy Hall of Leavenworth; and by two brothers and a sister.
Maynard served in the US Army from April 16, 1943, until Jan. 8, 1946. After discharge he worked at the Leavenworth VA and later went to work for the US Postal Service from where he Retired in 1988, with 46 years of service.
He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 56 and was a Golden Eagle.
Graveside service with military honors will be at Noon, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.
Daniel P. Drake, 58, passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at Twin Oaks in Lansing. He was born, July 21, 1956, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Jean T. and Helen L. (Walden) Drake.
Dan graduated from Immaculata High School in 1974. After high school he began his plumbing supply career at Tholen Brother’s Supply Company. He then went to work for US Supply and later Ferguson Plumbing Supply in Kansas City. From there he moved to Omaha Neb., and went to work Briggs Plumbing Supply, until his early retirement due to health issues.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grand parents.
He is survived by his siblings, Theresa (Tom) Schmitt of Leavenworth, June (Greg) Hanna of Farmington Hills, Mich., David (Julie) Drake of Leavenworth and Karen (Paul) Denavit of Woodbridge, Conn.; and a niece, Alyson; three nephews, Matthew, Chris and Jeff.
Dan had many friends and colleagues that have stayed in contact with him since high school and during his working career. This is quite a tribute, to be well loved by so many people in addition to his family.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Inurnment will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at the Grand Army Republic Cemetery in Miami, Okla. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or Grace Hospice.
George J. Mennesson, 94, of Leavenworth, passed away Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at Twin Oaks in Lansing. He was born Aug. 10, 1920, in Missouri and was the adopted son of Mai Mennesson.
George was a lifelong resident of Leavenworth. He graduated from Leavenworth High School and immediately afterward enlisted in the Merchant Marines. He was active during World War II. After the war ended, he returned to Leavenworth and began working for the Alster's at their clothing store. When the original owners died, George was given the opportunity to purchase the store. He did so and retained the Alster's name. He was supportive of Boy Scouts and always made sure the store carried a good supply of uniforms and other Boy Scout supplies. He was described as a good businessman, a great storyteller, a perfect gentleman, and a good friend to everybody.
George was received into membership at the First Baptist Church through baptism on May 1, 1928. He was an active and life-long member of the church where he served as usher, sang in the church choir and taught an all boys Sunday School class. George would tell the boys when they came into his class that he was, “old, tired and can’t put up with much.” He would take his Sunday School boys on boating trips and was known to let them drive the boat. In 2007 he was recognized by the church for his many years in the choir. He was once asked to sing a solo at Twin Oaks and it was reported that he had a lovely voice.
George is survived by his nieces and nephews, Norman (Dorothy) Beck of Des Moines, Iowa, Vickey Beck of LaHarpe, Kan., and Barbara Lang of Glendale, Ariz.; his great-niece and great-nephews, Cathy (Eldon) Beck-Cross, Alec Beck-Cross and Ian Beck-Cross all of Des Moines, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Vina Louise Coffin and an aunt, Victoria Mennesson.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, at First Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to First Baptist Church for youth programming.
Sharon Sue Childers, 66, of Leavenworth, passed away, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., with her family and loved ones at her side. She was born March 28, 1948, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Daryl V. and Leola (Stephens) Oroke.
On Nov. 25, 1972, she married Larry Childers in Basehor, Kan. He survives of the home. She is also survived by her five daughters, Kimberly (Tony) Kiehl of Nicholasville, Ky., Sandy (Mark) Reno of Atchison, Amanda Johnson of Weston, Mo., Carrie (Darrell) Lust of Atchison, and Paige Chalfant of Kansas City, Kan.; 13-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; her siblings, Dean (Debbie) Oroke and Rhonda (Dannie) Phillips; numerous nieces and nephews; and her dog Puff.
Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Sandra Jane Oroke and her mother-in-law, Venita Schreiber.
She retired from Hallmark Cards with 38 years of service. Sharon enjoyed camping and spending time with her family. She loved the Kickapoo area and the people who lived there.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug13, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Kickapoo Memorial Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to Kickapoo Township Fire Department.
Linda Christine Graham, 58, of Leavenworth, was called home, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, at Providence Medical Center. She was born on Aug. 17, 1955, in Ada, Okla., the daughter of Tollie Gray and Izora (Clark) Alexander.
Linda is survived by her husband, Bruce Robinson. He survives at the home. She is also survived by four daughters, Mickala (Thomas Solombrino) Graham, Deitra (Reginald) Epps, Anjell (Jamar) Mitchel and Naya Robinson; two sons, Ramone (Ryia) Graham and Lorenzo Graham; her ex-husband and close friend, Edward Graham; her father; ten sisters, Debra Rodriguez, Sharon (Gerald) Brown, Brenda (Matthew) Gibson, Katina (Derick) White, Angela Vinson, Tina Gray, Gerlinda Gray, Robin Gray, Tolena Gray - Washington and Cheryl Lynn Jackson; a brother, Thurman Alexander; her in-laws, George and Ruth Robinson; two fur-children (dogs) Baby and Spirit; 23 grandchildren and two on the way; and a large extended family.
She was preceded in death by her mother and step-father, Thurman Alexander Sr.; her maternal and paternal grandparents; a sister, Glenda Marie Alexander; three brothers, Lorenzo Alexander, Kirk Gray, Tollie Gray Jr. and Gregory Gray; 3 infant siblings; and a host of aunts and uncles.
Linda was a proud owner of Graham Cakes & Café. She was also a Licensed Practical Nurse and she served in many facilities in the metro area. She was most recently employed at the Leavenworth Veterans Hospital.
Linda loved baking cakes, entertaining her family and helping people. She was most passionate about gardening. She quoted, to her family “God is so good, look how plentiful my garden is. I would love to have enough to feed the hungry. I think gardening is my calling. In one of the ways I will be serving the Lord by feeding people. Do I sound excited!!
A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery.
Robert Jessie Jefferson, Jr., 58, Leavenworth, Kan, passed away Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at Providence Medical Center. He had been sick for a short time and passed surrounded by his family.
Bob was born May 18, 1956, in Newport News, Va., to Robert and Josephine Jefferson. Bob's father preceded him in death. His mother married, Joe Donaldson and the family moved to Tennessee where Bob lived until graduating from Flintville High School and joining the United States Army.
Bob married Annette Bates in 1975. Together they traveled to many places while Bob served his country, their favorite being Naples, Italy. Bob was a strong protector of his family and had many hobbies and interests. He was teaching himself to play the guitar and most recently had enjoyed canning vegetables from his garden. Bob also enjoyed fishing, woodworking, going to the firing range, traveling and reading.
Bob and Annette lived in Leavenworth, Kan., when Bob received an honorable discharge from the Army. He began working at YRC Freight in 1988 as a computer/network operator until his passing. Bob also graduated from Kansas City Kansas Community College while working.
Bob is survived by his wife, Annette and grandson, Austin, of the home and two children, Robert J Jefferson, III and Chrissy Cosgrove. Bob was loving called "Big Daddy" by all the grandchildren, Aleeyah, Dawson, Matthew, Kylea, and Jayace Jefferson, Paislea and McKenna Murphy, Amaya Boyd, Shyloh and Anthony Cosgrove, and great grandchild Elijah McCord. Other survivors are his parents, Joe and Josehpine Donaldson, brothers Steve (Brenda) Jefferson and Mike (Michelle) Donaldson, sisters Jean (Jerry) Benson, Robin Phelps, and Michele (Darin) Rutledge, and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his best friend, co-worker, and neighbor, Mike McCormick.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Leavenworth Church of Christ located at 3911 S. 10th Ave on August 23, 2014, from 10am -noon. There will also be a memorial service on Aug. 30, 2014, in Fayetteville, Tenn., at the West Fayetteville Church of Christ located at 24 Boonshill Rd., visitation at 10am with services at 11am. Bob was cremated, so there will not be a burial at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations/memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Howard DeWayne Browning, 79, of Leavenworth, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Howard “Mr. B” Browning was born March 3, 1935, in Galveston, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a sister.
Howard met and married, Virginia King in September 1963. Of that union they raised three children. He is survived in death by his children, Leslie Morris (Jerry) of Leavenworth Kan., Benjamin Morris (Joyce) of Pueblo, Colo. and Raechl Browning Stillman (Gregory) of Raytown, Mo.; a brother, Melvin Simmons (Judy) of Leavenworth; a sister, Laurie Sowell (William) of West Texas City, Texas; and a host grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the service with inurnment at a later date.
Jerry Blaine Linaweaver Sr., 71, of Leavenworth, died, Monday, July 14, 2014, at Olathe Medical Center. He was born on July 17, 1942, the son of Glenn L. and Dorothy M. (Tuttle) Linaweaver Sr.
On Sept. 16, 1960, Jerry married Betty Jean Hill in Leavenworth. She survives at the home. He is also survived by three sons, Jerry Linaweaver Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz., Mark Allen (Lisa) Linaweaver of Lansing, Kan. And Blaine Allen (Michelle) Linaweaver of Irvine, Calif.; a brother, Glenn Leo Linaweaver Jr.; a sister, Karen Sue Rush; eight grandchildren, Kyle, Kaitlin, Clay, Kory, Marcus, Ashley, Haley and Aiden; and a great-grandson, Rhett.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In 1970 he started Jerry Linaweaver Construction that is still in operation today as Linaweaver Construction Inc. Jerry was a long-time member of the National Cutting Horse Association.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Elkine Hailey, 42, of Fort Leavenworth passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014, at her home. She was born April 20, 1972, to Fortune and Lavanie Metellus in Port de Paix, Haiti. She was the second of five children raised in a very close and God-centered family.
Elkine received Christ Jesus at a tender age and enjoyed life and the fullness of her faith. Kiki, as she is affectionately known to her loved ones, graduated from North Miami Senior High School in 1991. Upon graduation, she attended the University of Florida before deciding to serve the United States of America and enlisted in the Army in 1993.
Elkine received an ROTC scholarship and continued her undergraduate education at New Mexico State University majoring in English and Literature. Upon completion of her degree and commissioning as a second lieutenant in 1999, she earned the rank of Captain and served honorable tours of duty at Fort Hood, Texas, Korea, and participated in Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti. She and her husband, Jermaine, were blessed with three children, Noelle (2007), Selah (2009) and Joseph (2011). In later years, Elkine continued her education and pursued her teacher’s certification in early child educational development in both California and Georgia.
Our beloved Elkine was an extremely loving, caring, immensely intelligent, talented, committed, determined, and generous family-oriented woman of faith and virtue. It is the combination of these qualities that endeared her to so many loved ones and friends. Her incredible strength, courage, and steadfast belief in Jesus Christ in the mist of the fight of her life, is truly an inspiration to all.
Viewing will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014, at Grace Christian Fellowship, 7230 Quivira Rd, Shawnee, KS. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Arrangements by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The Elkine Hailey Memorial Fund has been established for those wishing to contribute. Contributions may be sent to: The Elkine Hailey Memorial Fund, Navy Federal Credit Union, 301 Cheyenne Street Ste. B., Leavenworth, KS 66048.
Daniel William Hawes Jr., 49, Leavenworth, Kan., died July 12, 2014. Mr. Hawes was born Aug.17, 1964 in Leavenworth, the son of Daniel William Hawes Sr. and Charlotte Louise Hawes. He graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1982. Dan married Arlene L. Castello on June 12, 1987 in Leavenworth.
Dan owned and operated Mid America Recovery and Tow. He enjoyed working with law-enforcement and helping people in need in his community. He worked in the automotive body repair industry at various companies in the Kansas City and Leavenworth area. He enjoyed car racing, fishing, boating, mushroom hunting, good food, and his many friends. Dan was known for his generosity and being there any time you needed him.
He was preceded in death by his father in 1994.
He is survived by Arlene Castello of the home; step son, Shawn Kiper; son, Max LeHew; mother, Charlotte Hawes; three sisters, Sharon (Jim) Houppert of Shade Gap, Pa., Donna Noll of Lansing, Kan., Cathy Hawes of Gilbert, Ariz.; brother, David (Dee) Hawes of Kansas City, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 18, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. Inurnment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society, 728 Cherokee St., Leavenworth, KS 66048 (phone: 913-651-5297).
Dennis Michael Mondero, 57, passed away, Sunday, July 6, 2014, at St. Luke's Hospital after battling complications from lung cancer.
Dennis was born Dec. 14, 1956. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Charlotte Mondero and a sister, Carla Ann. Dennis enjoyed fishing, playing the guitar and was an avid sports fan.
He is survived by his companion, Debbie Bell, his longtime friend, Debbie Larison; a daughter, Jessica Saunders; brothers, Tim and Norm Mondero; sisters, Lynne Morris and Leah Friend and several nephews.
The family would like to extend an invitation to stop by and share memories at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 10, 2014.
Tommie T. Thomas, 65, of Leavenworth, passed away, Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at his home, surrounded by family. He was born Feb. 24, 1949, in Leavenworth, Kan., the son of Earl and Sarece (Kenyon) Thomas.
He was employed by Leavenworth Unified School District 453 for 22 years. Tommie underwent a successful liver transplant in October of 2007.
On March 14, 2008, Tommie married Pamela J. Cordt. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his daughter, Tiana McElroy of Oswego, Kan.; three brothers, Jimmie (Becky) Thomas, Ronnie (Mary Kay) Thomas and Kenneth “Pete” (Marsha) Thomas; two granddaughters, Ella and Claire; an uncle, Kenneth (Pat) Kenyon; an aunt, Silva Kenyon; three nieces, one nephew and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a half brother, Earl Thomas Jr.; a half sister, Jean Ann Jordan; and a nephew, Daniel Thomas.
Tommie was a kind and loving person. He enjoyed playing guitar and woodworking.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 29, 2014, 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 are suggested to the University of Kansas Hospital Center For Transplantation Fund or Heartland Hospice.
Leo F. Wacker, 80, of Leavenworth passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born June 11, 1934, in Leavenworth, the son of Leo Conrad and Frances Theresa (Mura) Wacker.
On Jan. 15, 1958, he married, Genevieve Yvonne “Genny” Price at St. Joseph Church in Leavenworth. She survived of the home. They were married for 56 years. He is also survived by his seven children; Teresa and Mark Smith of DeSoto Kan., Cindy and Mark Moore of Lansing, Kan., Joan and Chris Hockenbarger of McLouth, Kan., De Harper of Lansing, Kan., Mary Wacker of DeSoto, Kan., Mike and Konda Wacker of St. Joseph, Mo. and Mark Wacker of Florence, Colo.; Leo has 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his three brothers, Robert Wacker, George Wacker and Jimmy Wacker; and a grandson, Neil Hockenbarger.
Leo was a member of the Eagles Aerie 55 in Leavenworth, American Legion, and Knights of Columbus. He was a past-president of the local Eagles Aerie and past-President of the Kansas State Eagles.
He served in the Navy. After discharge Leo worked for Leavenworth County as a surveyor and building bridges and later as a Finish Carpenter. He had his own TV Repair shop for a while, then went to work for Directorate of Public Works at Fort Leavenworth as a Maintenance Engineer and was a certified electrician when he retired from DPW.
He loved growing tomatoes, grapes, mowing his lawn and feeding and watching the birds that flocked to his yard. He also enjoyed fishing, bowling and trips to Colorado. He made wood-working crafts and projects that he donated for charity fund raisers at different organizations.
Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 22, 2014, 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. Private burial will be Tuesday at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to St Joseph Church, Alzheimer’s, or to Hospice Advantage of Overland Park.
John Michael Schubert, 55 of Leavenworth, passed away Fathers Day, Sunday, June 15, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo., after a nine month battle with brain cancer. He was born Dec. 22, 1958, in Bethpage, N.Y., the youngest child of Russell and Sally (Taggart) Schubert.
John grew up on Long Island. He was Baptized and had his First Communion and Confirmation all at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Hicksville N.Y. He graduated from Hicksville High. John served in the U.S. Navy for six years where he received several commendations. After discharge he worked for several airlines as an aircraft mechanic, including New York Air and Continental Airlines. John was always a New Yorker at heart. John and Sara met in Florida where they both worked for Continental Airlines. John never imagined living in Kansas, although it became home. In recent years he worked as a small engine mechanic and was an owner-operator of The Small Engine Shop.
On Nov. 26, 1994, he married Sara R Gronquist in Alma, Kan. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his children, Sadie Elizabeth Schubert and Colin Taggart Schubert of the home; his two siblings, Russell Schubert and Patricia Accardy; his favorite mother-in-law, Edith Ann Gronquist; two brothers in-law, David (Linda) Gronquist and Paul (Susan) Gronquist; several nieces and nephews; and beloved pets.
John loved God, his family, his animals, watching hockey and tinkering on his Volkswagens. His faith in God was amazing, he never complained about the path God chose for him. He was very faith filled, strongly believed in Catholic Education.
Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be at 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, at Sacred Heart Church. Burial will follow at Peace Church Cemetery in Alma, Kan. Memorials are suggested to the Leavenworth Catholic School System in support of the John Schubert Memorial Scholarship Fund to be awarded to Immaculata and Xavier Students or to his children’s education fund.
James A. Zielinski, “Grinnin Jimmy,” 59, of Leavenworth, passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at his residence.
Jimmy was a life-long resident of Leavenworth. He was born May 29, 1955, in Leavenworth to Joseph S. and Jeanette (Dodd) Zielinski. Jimmy retired after 29 years of service from the Leavenworth Water Department. He worked his way up the ladder from meter reader to an Assistant Plant Operator at Water Plant #1.
Over the years, Jimmy enjoyed his hobbies of the many he had. He went from racing motor-cross dirt bikes, to remote control vehicles, to pony stock cars at Lakeside Speedway. He loved being a rebel and going fast. Later in life Jimmy enjoyed the leisure life of riding his motorcycle through town, his time out on the lake water, as well as his time hitting the green out on the golf course. He was a member of Knights of Columbus as well as The Fraternal Order of the Eagles, #55.
He is survived by his two daughters, Lashaun (Steve) Oliver Jr., of Lee’s Summit, Mo. and Danielle (Glen) Baker of Easton, Kan.; his grandchildren, Kali and Ashlynn Boydston, Will Oliver, Tristen and Wyatt Baker; his mother, Jeanette Zielinski; brother, John Paul (Debbie Kerr) Zielinski; sisters, Joette (John) McKenzie, Janice (Ron) Thompson and Judy (Rob) Robinson; Lynn Zielinski spouse of the late, Joseph S. Zielinski II; Vickie Bacon Montgomery (mother of Lashaun and Danielle); and by many nieces, nephews, extended relatives, and friends.
He was preceded in death of his father, Joseph S. Zielinski and his brother Joseph S. Zielinski, II.
Jimmy will be cremated and laid to rest alongside his father and oldest brother. On behalf of the family we would like to thank the Honorary Pallbearers and Golfing Buddies: Jim Alspaugh, Mike Fitzgerald, Dennis Hund, Mike Malec, Steve Malec, Gary Mattingly, Dave Wallsmith. Jimmy whether he is known as son, brother, daddy, papa Jimmy, Grinnin Jimmy, or Cupcake, he will be greatly missed by all. He has forever imprinted on our hearts.
A memorial services will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Leonard Webster Wilkens, 29 of Leavenworth, died Thursday, June 5, 2014, as a result of a motorcycle accident in Atchison County, Kan. He was born July 4, 1984, in Leavenworth, the son of Carl Edward and Margaret A. (Gould) Wilkens.
Leonard is survived by his two daughters, Kayla Marie and Mallory Layce Wilkens; his parents of Leavenworth; two brothers, Millard Wilkens and Carl E. (Brandy) Wilkens; two sisters, Elizabeth Louise (William) Wilkens-Fleshman and Katherine Matilda (Andrew) Wilkens-Leon; grandmother, Ellen L. Wilkens; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Millard E. Wilkens and his maternal grandparents, Marion and Mary Gould.
Leonard graduated from Leavenworth High School. He worked for Tim White at Final Vinyl as a carpenter. Leonard loved spending time with his two girls and his family. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, playing freebie golf, Nascar Races and watching the Chief’s play football. Leonard was a fun loving person who would give you the shirt off his back. He will be greatly missed by anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 9, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at St. Joseph Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Bikes for Babie
(Ret.) Brig. Gen. Alonzo “Lonnie” David Dougherty Jr. went home to be with the lord on May 31 2014. He was born July19, 1936, in Leavenworth, Kan. He attended Holy Epiphany grade school, Immaculata High School and earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in General Studies from Columbia University. He also received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Benedictine College in May of 1991.
General Dougherty entered the military on May 12, 1955, where he enlisted in Company A, 174th Military Police Battalion, Kansas Army National Guard. By February 1959, he advanced to the rank of Sergeant when his unit was reorganized as Infantry. In June 1962, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. He continued his career advancing to Captain in February 1968. In May 1968, with the mobilization of the 69th Infantry Brigade, he reported to the Republic of Vietnam, where he served with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry 199th Brigade; commanding D Company and later as S-3 Air for the same Battalion. Upon returning from his tour in Vietnam, he was assigned to various positions within the Kansas Army National Guard which included Company Commander, Battalion and Brigade Staff Officer positions. He was promoted to Major in May 1973, left the 69th Infantry Brigade to serve on state Headquarters Staff as Equal Opportunity Officer and later as Assistant G-3. He was promoted to LTC in May 1977 still serving as Assistant G-3. He assumed Command of the 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry where he served until December 1981, was promoted to Colonel and served as the Assistant G-3 in the State Area Command Headquarters (STARC) until September 1983. In November 1984 he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General (BG) and became the first graduate of the Kansas Army National Guard Candidate School Program to attain the rank of General Officer. In November 1985, he assumed the duties of Assistant Commander of the 35th Infantry Division at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., where he remained until his retirement in September 1987 after 32 years of service.
General Dougherty has always had a two-track career (both military and civil service). He retired from Competitive Civil Service in May 1988 where he served as a Management Analyst with the Combined Arms Combat Development Activity. His third career was that of real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Reilly & Sons until he retired in July 2009. He was also very active within the Leavenworth community, serving on the Leavenworth School Board, President of the Leavenworth Board of Realtors; The Kansas Governor’s Board of Directors for the 125th birthday celebration of Kansas statehood as well as 15 years as a youth basketball, baseball and football coach. He was an essential part of the plan in executing and dedication of the Buffalo Soldier Monument in 1992. He was inducted into the Kansas Army National Guard Hall of Fame in November 1993. He was also inducted into the Kansas Army National Guard Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame in September 2003.
General Dougherty leaves behind a loving family including wife Ellen of the home; son Kenneth (Mary) of Leavenworth; son Michael (Adrienne) of Leavenworth; son Larry (Tanja) of Yukon, Okla.; daughter Lisa of Snellville, Ga.; daughter Kelly Stallworth (Jay) of Lawrenceville, Ga.; Trent Richardson of Leavenworth; daughter-in-law Patti Dougherty of Fort Worth, Texas; brother Patrick (Pearlie) Dougherty of Memphis, Tenn.: grandchildren Megan Murry (Nile) with three great-grandchildren Mykel, Maddox and Myles; Neil Patrick (Mallory); Ryan (Abby); Jeffery, Brandon, Tony, Colin, Payton and Mya Dougherty, Jordan and Jaron Stallworth; honorary grandchildren, Xavier and Christopher Young; sisters-in-law, Emma and Dollie Dougherty; very special aunt Matilda Chase and very special friends Paul (Sandy) Bates of Bella Vista, Ark., as well as host of other close relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie Sr., and Frankie Dougherty; brothers Bobbie and William Dougherty and son Neil.
The Dougherty family epitomized the meaning of family earning them the distinct honor of “The Great American Family.”
Visitation will begin at noon Friday, June 6, 2014, at Sacred Heart Church. Mass of Christian burial will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at the church, with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Arrangements by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the Alonzo David Dougherty Jr. Scholarship Fund at Citizens Savings and Loan Association, FSB, 5151 S. 4th Street, Leavenworth, KS 66048.
Argusta “Pete” “Pa” Daniels, was called to our Heavenly Father on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.
He is survived his loving wife Sue of the home. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
A Memorial graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at Leavenworth National Cemetery. The family asked that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the American Heart Association. Arrangements by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.
John J. Mlynarski, 89, of Leavenworth, formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y., passed away, Saturday, May 24, 2014. He was born on April 30, 1925, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of immigrant parents Francisezek and Jozefa (Brzustowski) Mlynarski.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and three brothers.
John is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marie (Jurek) Mlynarski; two daughters, Martha (John) Minniti of Trumbull, Conn. and Joan (Randy) Ponder, of Leavenworth; four grandchildren, Phillip J. Ponder of Scottsdale, Ariz., Nicholas J. Minniti of Columbus, Ohio, Alexis M. Minniti of Fair Lawn, N.J. and 2nd Lt Gregory W. Ponder currently of Leavenworth, Kan.
John was a United States Army veteran of WWII. He served in the Pacific Theater of Operations, participated in the liberation of the Philippines and was part of the Occupation Army in Japan. After the war, he met his wife and worked for National Cash Register Co. John later joined the Jurek Funeral Home in Brooklyn as a funeral director.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed.
Mass of Christian Burial will begin 11 a.m. Thursday, May, 29, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Robert Earl Miller was suddenly called home Saturday, May 17, 2014, to be with his Lord. Robert was born May 5, 1932, in Leavenworth, Kan., to the late Henry Miller Sr and Clifton Davis.
Robert retired from the U.S. Army in 1974. Upon retirement he worked as a government employee at Fort Leavenworth until his retirement. He was co-owner of Miller’s BBQ located at 3rd and Dakota Street. He was an avid cook and his hobbies included drawing and woodworking all of which he did out of love. He was a pillar in his community helping when needed, including acting as an advocate for justice often attending court sessions. He graduated from Leavenworth High School and began his boxing career in Leavenworth as a young man in the winter of 1949. He won the Golden Gloves Boxing Championship in Kansas City and went on to the Nationals in Chicago. He boxed in the International Golden Gloves Championship and won the heavy weight championship. He held a 39 and six record in Golden Gloves. In the summer of 1950 he turned pro. In the fall of 1950 he fought Joe Louis in an exhibition match in Kansas City, one of his three losses as a Pro Boxer. He moved to New York City, where he lived in Harlem and worked out everyday in Sugar Ray Robinson’s gym where he spared with Sugar Ray. He won his first pro fight in Fresno, Calif., in six rounds. He was drafted into the Army in 1951 and coached the 4th Army Boxing Team.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Henry Miller, Thomas Miller and daughter, Shirley Pearl Clayborne.
Mr. Miller is survived by his wife, Gertrud Miller of Leavenworth; daughters, Angelitta Miller-Mason of Leavenworth, Biancia Miller-Whitfield of Smyrna, Ga., Michelle Miller of Florida and sons Robert E. Miller Jr. and Arthur E, Miller of Leavenworth; He also leaves behind many grandchildren, great grandchildren and several beloved nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery at 10 a.m. A celebration of his life will be in the South Wing Room of the Leavenworth Community Center after the services at 11:30 a.m.
Mary Alice Ann Tolbert Rowlett, 81, of Lansing, passed away, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, after an extended battle with cancer. She was brought into this world on October 31, 1932, in Piper, Kan., the daughter of Mark and Grace Emma (Huff) Tolbert.
Mary was a resident in Lansing and the wife of Frederick Rowlett Sr., he survives her at the home. She is also survived by five children, Stanley (Trainier) Rowlett of Colorado. Frederick (Jan) Rowlett Jr. of Overland Park, Kan., Louise Bowers of Leavenworth, Diane Griffin and William Rowlett of the home; six grandchildren, Brooke Rowlett, Alisha Rowlett, Eugene Rowlett and Antionette Rowlett of Colorado, Garrett Griffin of Idaho and Michael Baldwin of the home; one sibling, Charles Leon Tolbert of Leavenworth.
She is preceded in death by Frances Josephine Tolbert Haines, Mark Tolbert II, James Matthew Tolbert, John Wesley Tolbert, Margaret Marie Tolbert Davis, Samuel David Tolbert and Grace Jean Tolbert.
Mary worked for Saint Mary College for over 30 years. She had the biggest heart of gold She was known for her cooking at large events and invited any and everyone she knew to have a seat at the dinner table. Mary will be sadly missed by all who knew her. She was a wonderful wife and mother to many.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 23, 2014, at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home. A private burial will be observed by the family at a later date. The family requests flowers to the funeral home or a donation to the American Cancer Society in the name of Mary Alice Ann Rowlett.
Maria Ann Morris, 71, of Leavenworth, died, Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Medicalodge. She was born March 30, 1943, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Walter H. and Mildred P. (Stacy) Morris.
Maria is survived by two daughters, Lisa M. (Mike) Dunagan of Leavenworth and Angela A. (Jeff) Cranor of Leavenworth; two sons, Gerald E. (Lisa) Jose of San Antonio, Texas and John D. Jose of Saint Joseph, Mo.; two brothers, Pat (Carol) Morris and Charles (Pat) Morris; three sisters, Gloria (Terry) Kelly, Louise (Jerry) Burke and Loretta Beard; 15 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren and one on the way.
She is preceded in death by her parents and a great granddaughter, Ruby Marie.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday May 20, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 12 p.m. A private burial will follow the services.
Billy M. Blackwell, 61, Mayor of Lansing, Kan., passed away Saturday, May 10, 2014. He was born April 8, 1953, in Gaffney, S.C., the son of victor and Betty (McKinny) Blackwell.
On April 8 1973, he married Paulette A. Fussell in Gaffney SC. She survives of the home. He is also survived by a son, Billy Blackwell II and wife, Hollie; grandsons, Joshuah Blackwell and Watt Blackwell; brothers, Victor Blackwell and Jesse Laughlin; and a sister, Lucy Crocker.
Billy graduated from the university of Kansas with a double masters degree. He served in the U.S. Army for 29 years. Nine years as an enlisted soldier and 20 years as an officer. During his military career Billy served as a drill sergeant and as an airborne ranger. He retired in 2001 as a Lieutenant Coronel. After retirement from the military, Billy was active in his community. He served reserve Police Officer for the city of Lansing. He was elected to the Lansing City Council and served for eight years. In 2012 he was elected Mayor of Lansing. Billy was also a member of the Rotary Club.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 18, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Lansing Veteran’s Memorial.
Alonzo Ray McCaully Jr., 62, of Lansing, died, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at his home. He was born April 3, 1952, in Leavenworth Kan., the son of Alonzo R. and Alberta L. (Davis) McCaully.
Alonzo enlisted in the United States Army on April 25, 1969. He served in Vietnam from February 1971 to January 1972. After discharge he worked at the V.A. Medical Center in Leavenworth and retired in April of 2007, with 35 years of service.
On April 14, 1972, Alonzo married Donna Monshower in Atchison, Kan. She survives at the home. He is also survived by two children, Richard McCaully and Christie McCaully; five grandchildren, Zachary Howard, Shyann McCaully, Brycen Jones, Kurrin McCaully and Trevon McCaully; two step-grandchildren, Brittany Smith and Kevin Ware;; and a brother, Raymond McCaully Sr.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a great-grandson, Lonnie Ray McCaully.
Alonzo enjoyed fishing, softball and watching football.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Sally Anne Logan, of Lansing, suddenly, but peaceful died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the tender age of 48.
She was a loving and doting wife, mother and grandmother. Sally was born, Sally Anne Furrow to Carolyn Sue Furrow and Bob Furrow in Cherokee, Okla., on July 31, 1965.
She is survived by her loving husband, Arlen Wayne Logan; her daughters, Khristen McLaughlin and Cheyenne Logan; son, Levi Logan; son-in-law Jody McLaughlin; granddaughter, Hayley McLaughlin; sisters, Carla Sanborn and Julie Furrow Whiteman.
She joins her mother Carolyn Furrow in heaven.
We are celebrating and memorializing her amazing life at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014, at the Memorial Chapel, Fort Leavenworth. The family is not accepting floral arrangements, however they are accepting donations to Autism Research in her name, a cause close to her heart.
Mark Lee Higley, 50, of Lansing, entered heaven, Saturday, April 12, 2014. He was born March 20, 1964, in Fall City, Neb., the son of Ted and Evelyn (Stanley) Higley.
He graduated from Atchison High School in 1982 and attended Dodge City Community College.
On Oct. 19, 1991, Mark married his love and best friend, Buffie Smith. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a daughter, Amber Higley; a son, Alex Higley; two brothers, Glen (Sharon) Higley and Kevin (Katie) Higley; his nieces and nephews, Andrew, Dinera, Collin, Derek, Michael, Colby, Aiden, Lauren, Shelby, Austin, Landen and Laney; a great niece, Emery; and his beloved dogs, Leo, Simba and Nala.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mark worked at TWA and Winning Ways but his passion was music. He wrote songs and played guitar, piano and keyboard in several bands including Disco Dick and Mirrorballs. He also enjoyed fishing and snowboarding with his family.
He loved dogs and was a volunteer with L.A.W.S., Leavenworth Humane Society and Missouri German Shepherd Rescue. He fostered a number of dogs and helped them get adopted into forever homes.
In November of 2013, Mark full filled his longtime dream of owning his own business. He opened Roverwood Ranch for dog boarding and daycare. Some of his happiest days were spent playing with his four-legged friends at Roverwood.
Mark was an amazing and talented man who deeply loved his family and he will be greatly missed.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Private family inurnment will be at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery, Atchison. Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society.
Barbara M. Hart, 63, of Lansing, died Thursday, April 10, 2014, with her family at her side in Binghamton, N.Y., from complications of pneumonia. She was born April 7, 1951, in Trenton, N.J., the daughter of Robert and Ethel (Harrison) Donson.
Barbara received her Nursing degree from Muhlenberg Hospital’s School of Nursing in 1972.
On May 18, 1974, Barbara married Joel Hart in Springfield, N.J. He preceded her in death after 32 years of marriage and she felt his loss deeply. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Deborah Redeker.
Barbara is survived by her three children, Brian (Amanda) Hart of Rochester, N.Y., Caroline (Barrett) Bowlin of Vestal, N.Y. and David (Kelly) Hart of Great Bend, Kan. She is also survived by her eight grandchildren, James, Dana, Meredith, Sierra, William, Zachary, Addison and Cormac; and two brothers, Ralph (Renee) Donson and Jeff Donson.
Barbara enjoyed celebrating holidays with her family and regular visits to Walt Disney World. She will be remembered with love by her family.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Mount Muncie Cemetery Mausoleum.
Roy “Lamb” Lambert, 67 of Leavenworth, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at his home.
He is survived by his wife, Bernice Lambert; his sons, Carl (Rebecca) Burton of Manhattan, Kan., Charles (Rosalyn) Burton of Leavenworth and Christopher Burton of Emporia, Kan.; his daughter, Elise Burton of Leavenworth; and two brothers, Billy Ray Hogue and Roman Lambert both of Kansas City, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Theoplas Lambert and Maurice Hogue and his sisters, Thelma Jackson and Romanetha Hall.
Viewing will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2014, at Independent Baptist Church. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. after the viewing at the church. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. There will be a repast at the church following the burial. Arrangements by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.
Debra Rae Stevenson-Jefferson, 63, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Saint Joseph, Mo. She was born Jan. 16, 1951, in Leavenworth, Kan., the daughter of Albert W. and Laura E. (Alexander) Stevenson.
Viewing will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Independent Baptist Church. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. at the church after the viewing. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery.
William Michael Dougherty Sr., 70, of Leavenworth, passed away Monday, March 31, 2014, at St. John Hospital. He was born on Sept. 22, 1943, in Leavenworth, Kan. The son of Alonzo and Frankie (Gilliand) Dougherty Sr.
He graduated from Immaculata High School in 1962. William attended Independence Community College where he won the NAIA National Championship. He then continued his education at Emporia State University.
Feb. 19, 1966, William married Dollie Lee Duckworth in Leavenworth, Kan. She survives at the home. He is also 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; 3 grand children, Devon, Ashley and Janell; three great grandchildren, Mya, Adrian, and Aziah; and two brothers, Alonzo Dougherty of Leavenworth and Francis P. Dougherty of Memphis, Tenn.
liam served in the United States Army and he was machine operator at GMB batteries for three years. He retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Leavenworth after 26 years. William is a Kansas State and Immaculata High School Hall of Famer. He enjoyed bowling and watching his favorite sports and western movies. William loved spending time with his friends and family.
He wass preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert Dougherty.
Viewing will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014, 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 with military honors will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Saint Joseph Church, Immaculata High School or Davita Dialysis Center. Arrangements by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.
James Andrew Kenny, 77, formerly of Leavenworth, Kan., passed away peacefully, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 7:35 p.m. after a hard fought battle with lung cancer, with his family by his side. James was born March 28, 1936, in Leavenworth, the son of John and Emmeretta (Hallaux) Kenny.
James graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1954. He then served four years with the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1958.
On April 18, 1959, James married Marie Elizabeth Wagner. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Kathy L. (Rob) Smith of Kansas City, Mo., Christopher Kenny of Shawnee Mission, Kan., Kelly M. (Larry) Schneider of Kansas City, Kan.; grandchildren, Scott and Victoria Fladung of Tonganoxie, Kan., Tonya Fladung of Kansas City, Mo., Cody Mohan and Cole Mohan of Lansing, Kan., Kendra Schneider of Kansas City, Kan.; great-grandchildren, Skylee Meadows, Olivia Fladung and Claire Fladung; siblings, Joan Seymour of Springfield, Mo and Mike Kenny of Leavenworth.
James grew up in Leavenworth and was well known throughout the Leavenworth Community. He retired from the United States Penitentiary of Leavenworth in August of 1991 and relocated to Wheatland, Mo., in 1998. James was a life long member of the Knights of Columbus. As well as a member of the Eagles and American Legion. He was also an avid lover of golf, gardening and the KU Jayhawks.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Kenneth and Gene Kenny; two sisters Louetta Baskas and Darlene Mann.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2014, at Saint Joseph Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church with Rev. David McEvoy O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family ask that you donate to Community Living Opportunities or Hospice.
Kenneth Edward Allen Sr., 66, of Leavenworth, died, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. He was born on Oct. 7, 1947, in Leavenworth Kan., the son of Walter E. and Beatrice L. (McCaully) Allen.
On Oct. 5, 1994, Kenneth married LeeAnn Harris in Leavenworth, Kan. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a son, Kenneth Allen Jr.; a daughter, Lesley Allen and significant other, Stefanie Burton; a step-daughter, Erica Buchanan; a step-son, David Partridge; four brothers, Charlie (JerryAnn) Allen, Tom (Lisa) Allen, Jim Allen and Rick (Ruth Ann) Allen; three sisters, Bea Harold, Patricia (Jim) Rye and Mary (Homer) Jobes; eight grandchildren including four he helped raise, Kena Ellington, Kristopher Danner, Kassie Barber and Tiffany Allen; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Carolyn Moore; a daughter, Kimberly Allen; seven brothers, Walt Allen, Jerry Allen, Bill Allen, Bob Allen, Jack Allen, Terry Allen and Dave Allen; and a sister, Mary Catherine Allen.
He was an avid hunter and fishermen. He loved spending time with his family and working on lawn mowers.
Kenneth worked at Kramers and the City of Leavenworth. He retired from the City of Leavenworth after 33 years.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery.
Donna M. Jackson, 72, of Leavenworth, passed away, Sunday, March 23, 2014, at her home, after a long illness. She was born August 1, 1941, in Leavenworth, Kan., the daughter of Foster D. and Della B. (Forbach) Harding.
Donna was married to Bruce Jackson for over 43 years until his passing in April of 2000. She was a member of the Eagles Lady Auxiliary. She retired from Bonner Springs Wal-Mart after 25 years of service. Donna enjoyed being with her family, traveling, playing bingo and bowling.
Donna was preceded in death by her father; and a brother, Gene Harding.
She is survived by her mother; four daughters, Deborah (Frank) Owens of Leavenworth, Brenda Jackson-Osborne of Lansing, Kan., Theresa (Chuck) Benson of Basehor, Kan. and Diane (Kevin) Stephens of Kansas City, Mo.; five grandchildren, Wendy (Tim) Murray, Kathy (Kevin) Malott, Elizabeth (Eddie) Silva, Elana Osborne, Matt (Vann) Benson; two great grandchildren, Alyssa Murray and Gabriel Benson and one on the way; three sisters, Janett (Gary) Derzinski, Bernice (Richard) Greenwald and Barbara Dalberg; a sister in law, Margaret Harding; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Entombment will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. A lunch will be at the Eagles after the services.
Earl Dwight Kendall, 80, died Sunday, March 16, 2014, at Golden Living Center in Lansing. He was born, March 15, 1934, the oldest of 11 children of Emil and Nellie (Wilson) Kendall.
On April 16, 1956, he married Georgia Louise Barker, she survives. He is also survived by his four daughters, Debra Kendall of Denver, Colo., Earlene Gillespie of Leavenworth, Kim Hiatt of Leavenworth and Vicki Kendall of Platte City, Mo.; five brothers, Emil Kendall, Carl Kendall, Harold Kendall, Robert Kendall and Jervey Kendall; three sisters, Thelma Queen, Roberta Kendall and Patricia Ray;13 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Earl Jr.; a daughter, Tammie McCallum; a brother, Jerry Kendall; and a sister, Mary Dressler.
Earl was the patriarch of the family and loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting and tinkering with old cars.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Jon Peterson, 53 of Lansing, died Saturday, March 15, 2014, surrounded by his family at his home. Jon was born Jan. 30, 1961, the son of Ernest “Pete” and Barbara (Smith) Peterson.
On Feb. 12, 1983, he married, Glenna Sanders, his wife of 31 years, his best friend and dance partner. They have three children, Christina (Ben) Wetzel, Gregory (Maggie) and Matthew. Also surviving are his parents; his siblings, Pat, Anna (Donald) and Amy (Ed); and many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, dance partners and seven nieces and nephews.
Jon has been a long time resident of Lansing. He graduated from Lansing High School in 1979. During school he was active in sports and extracurricular activates. That enjoyment carried on through out his adult life. In May of 1984 he graduated from St. Mary's College with a Bachelor's in business.
He has been an active member of the community, serving on boards and committees to help improve his hometown. He has been recognized for his hard work with in the Lansing community with awards such as volunteer of the year.
He was President of Lansing Lumber. He started his career at Lansing Lumber in 1983. He enjoyed working with in the local community, as it gave him the opportunity to stay connected to friends and family.
Jon loved athletics of all kind. He was the voice of the Lansing Lions for 22 years. He has coached softball, baseball, football, soccer, and basketball for his three kids- and as well coached many kids in our community. He also has participated and ran in many 5k races. He was loved by the dance community. He started dancing seven years ago in West Coast swing. He has travelled the country to compete all over the United States.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at St. Francis de Sales church, with Monsignor Gary Applegate as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Colon Cancer Coalition, St. Francis de Sales, or St. Luke’s Hospice.
Kenneth “Chub”Alfonzo Richards, Sr., 63, of Leavenworth, passed away, Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Golden Living Center in Lansing. He was born April 2, 1950, in Leavenworth, the son of George Earl and Mildred A. (Cavens) Richards.
He married and later divorced, Eartha R. Williams. From this union three sons were born, Kenneth Jr., (Kim) of Leavenworth, James (Cassandra) and Earl (Risa) both of Wichita.
Kenneth attended Leavenworth Public Schools and worked as a auto mechanic and detailing specialist. He loved and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
On Nov. 27, 1986, he married Debbie Williams in Leavenworth. She survives of the home.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Debbie Williams; sons, Kenneth Jr., James, Earl and Fred; his brothers, Marvin “Butch” Richards, Mike (Anita) Richards of Oklahoma City; his sisters, Agnes “Josie” Williams of Chicago, Ill., Gladys “Jenny’Richards-Davis, Mary Hall, Geraldine Giles, Joan Garrett and Carol Richards; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters in-law and many loving friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Gail Wimbish and Mildred “Emmie” Wright and three brothers, Hayden Watkins, Norville Watkins and Earl Richards Jr.
“Chub” was truly loved by everyone and will be greatly missed. The Lord blessed and breathed the breath of peace into his soul and now he is at rest.
A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.
Marietta Gregor, 77, of Leavenworth died, Sunday, March 2, 2014, at her home. She was born Dec. 28, 1936, in Versailles, Ky., the daughter of Lewis and Lillian (Carlton) Foraker.
Marietta grew up in Versailles. She was a graduate of the University of Kentucky and then earned her Master Degree in English at the University of Kansas. She was an instructor at St. Mary’s College where she was the program coordinator for over 22 years. Marietta was a beloved teacher at McLouth High School and then taught at Immaculata High School for decades. During her time at Imac she taught; English, drama, directed school performances, and coached forensics and debate teams.
She was a wonderful caring and loving mother to her children.
Marietta is survived by her daughter, Anne; her son, Jonathan; her grandchildren, Thomas, Madilyn, Joshua, Sarah, Tyler, Chase and Isaiah; and her great-grandchildren, Eonna, Vitorio, Benicia Donovan and Dalton.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, March 10, 2014, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Immaculata High School.
Staff Sgt. Patricia Ann Leihy, 45 of Leavenworth, died Monday, March 3, 2014, at North Kansas City Hospice. She was born July 17, 1968, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of Alan and Barbara (Smith) Leihy. Tricia was raised by her mother and step-father, David Laws.
Patricia was currently serving with the Kansas National Guard assigned to the 35th Infantry Division. She was a woman full of vigor and adventure. Tricia was a self sacrificing mother who cherished her children and her family. She was a loving mother, wife, sister and grandmother.
On Dec. 1, 1988, in Olathe, Kan., she married Claude Joseph “Joe” Williams. He survives of the home. She is also survived by their five sons, Brandon, Justin, Joey, Anthony and Jacob; her sister, Charlene; two grandchildren, Kinsley and Evan; and her step-father, David.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Leavenworth Baptist Church. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Louisburg, Kan. Arrangements by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.
Sharon E. Scott, 64 of Leavenworth, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Having slipped the bonds of this fragile mortal existence, my loving princess bride has stepped out for her incredible journey with her personal savior, Jesus Christ, says her husband David Scott. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Sharon leaves behind her husband, David; her children, Megan(Gary) Berlin, Colleen (James) and Nicholas (Beth); and 11 grandchildren, Scott, Samantha, Gabrielle, Zacary, Jared, Kennedy, Beckett , Brandon, Conner, Kole, and Camilla. She is also survived by her brother, Robert (Mary Alice) Maskill; numerous nieces, nephews and friends too numerous to count.
Sharon was preceded in death by her mother, Theodota Cresse and her sisters, Janet(Lyle) Croisant and Margaret Maskill.
Through her participation in her church and community theatre, she always showed her love and compassion for life.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to Relay for Life of Leavenworth County.
Clifford William Searcy Jr., 65, passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at the University of Kansas Hospital, with his family at his side.
Cliff was born April 23, 1948, the son of Clifford and Helen (Paris) Searcy. He grew up in Independence, Mo. He attended and graduated from Truman High School in 1966. After graduation, Cliff was drafted into the Army where he served in Vietnam in Charlie Co 1-501, 101st Airborne Division from 1968-1969. Upon his return Cliff was married and to this union two sons were born.
When his boys were young, Cliff enjoyed coaching their little league football and baseball teams. He continued to enjoy watching them play sports as they grew up and later watching his grandchildren.
Cliff worked at Armco Steel, retiring in 2001. While working at Armco he was heavily involved in the union, and upon served as the grievance chairman.
Cliff, along with his brother, Namon, enjoyed taking Chad and Jeremy on hunting trips for quail and pheasant. He also enjoyed cooking, specifically BBQ. Cliff was a member of the Elk’s Club in Blue Springs, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clifford Searcy.
He is survived by his mother, Helen; two sons, Chad and wife Karli, and Jeremy and wife Kelly; two grandsons, Chase and Kolt Searcy; three granddaughters, Hannah, Claire and baby Searcy; his brother, Namon and wife Connie Searcy; his sister, Debbie and husband Jerold Lafferty; aunts, uncles, nieces, great nieces and great nephews.
Visitation will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service begin at 1:30 p.m. after the visitation at the funeral home. Burial and military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Alan Lindman, 71, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. Alan was born Dec.17, 1942, in Olympia, Wash., to parents, Erick LeRoy Lindman and Blanche Anna (Ashton) Lindman of Seattle, Wash.
He is survived by his son, Christopher Erick Lindman; grandchildren, Ashton Lindman and Frank Propst III; his brother, Erick LeRoy Lindman, Jr.; and his sister, Valerie Lindman Kerrisk.
Alan graduated from University High School in Pacific Palisades, Calif. In 1965 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley and in 1975 he received a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. At Berkeley he was president of his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
Alan was commissioned into the Regular Army (Infantry) upon graduation from Berkeley’s ROTC program June 28, 1965. He became qualified as a Green Beret and was assigned to Fifth Special Forces Group in Vietnam as a Ranger Parachutist. He participated in the training of the Army’s newly stood up Long Range Reconnaissance and Patrol units (LRRP) and also participated in the TET counteroffensive. After completing his second tour in Vietnam, he was transferred to Germany where he served as a company commander for five years.
In Vietnam, Alan was an aide-de-camp to Major General Keith Ware. On Sept. 13, 1968, MG Ware’s helicopter was shot down and all aboard were killed. Alan had been reassigned to Germany the week before.
During his service in the Regular Army, Alan was awarded; Bronze Star (2 awards), Purple Heart, Air Medal (14Awards), Air Medal with Valor Device, Army Commendation Medal (4 awards), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm (3 awards), Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation (3 awards), Combat Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, Republic of Vietnam Jump Wings, German Army Parachutist Badge (Bronze).
Alan was discharged from the Regular Army on Feb. 1, 1978, as a Captain (O3) and was immediately transferred into the active Army Reserve. He became a battalion commander (PsyOps) and retired from the army as a Lieutenant Colonel (O5).
In 1978 he joined Fort Leavenworth’s Information Management Section as a full time senior systems analyst. He considered Leavenworth his home.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Graveside service with military honors will follow at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Mary Alice (Selph) daSilva, 73, of Kansas City, Kan., formally of Leavenworth, died, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Kansas City. Although in poor health for many years, her death was unexpected. She was born Aug. 23, 1940, in Milan, Ga.
On October 15, 1960, she married Raimundo N. daSilva, in Leavenworth, they later divorced.
Mary is survived by her children, Curtis (Debbie) daSilva, Theresa (Chris) List, Regina Clark and Richard daSilva; two brothers, David (WillaRee) Hulett of Milan, Ga. and William Jerry Hulett of Dublin, Ga.; four sisters, Leola Mickie Piper of Thomaston, Ga., Jeannette Kinchen of Alamo, Ga., Rachel (Thadys) White of Dublin, Ga. and Nina (David) Gregory of McRae, Ga.; 10 grandchildren, Micki (Brandon) Miller, Kristen daSilva, Raymond Hanson, Jessica (Gavin) Hampton, Kaitlin List, Samantha Clark, Greg List, Rebecka Clark, Jonah daSilva and Jacksen daSilva; five great-grandchildren Jenna Miller, Anna Miller, Keegin Hampton, Madison Hampton and Mason Hampton; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alice Lee (Selph) Hulett and David Hulett; her granddaddy, William Reese Selph; and a son-in-law, Steve Clark.
Mary worked at Hallmark Cards and then changed careers to be a homemaker and raise her children. She was active in Immaculate Conception and Sacred Heart Alter Societies and PTOs. She also volunteered in the schools as a tutor. Her life was centered around her children.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday, at Sacred Heart Church. Cremation will follow the services. Memorials are suggested to the Arthritis Foundation or Sacred Heart of Jesus Church.
Sirl Myhand, 92, of Easton, Kan., passed away Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at his home after a year-long battle with leukemia. He was born Jan. 22, 1922, in Coleman, Ark., the son of Joe Keener and Jesse Vaden (McGehee) Myhand.
On Aug. 5, 1942, he married Dorothy Jean Kaylor in San Diego, Calif.Sirl was an aviation mechanic in the U.S. Navy, where he was severely injured. After his medical discharge he was in the first class of disabled veterans hired by the Federal Prison Service. His career in corrections began at Alcatraz in 1947 and he retired as a Captain at Terminal Island, Calif., in 1974 after 27 years of service.
He was a Mason and a member of Hancock Lodge #311 at Fort Leavenworth.
Sirl is survived by his sons, Joe Myhand of Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii and Brad (Lyn) Myhand of Easton; his daughters, Sirleen (Norm) Ghigleri of Aptos, Calif. and Teresa Myhand of Spotsylvania, Va.; a daughter-in-law Cheri Myhand of LaVerne, Tenn.; a brother-in-law, Robert Kaylor of North Hollywood, Calif; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, a great-great granddaughter, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife; a son, Steven Dean Myhand; a grandson, Tyson Hill; his brothers, Sterling Rollie, Garvin and Marvin; and a sister Elsie.
Graveside service will be at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.
Frances Yvonne (Johnson) Kitchens, 76, of Lansing, Kan., died, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at her home. She was born April 3, 1937, in Lanett, Ala., the daughter of George and Nettie (Bailey) Johnson.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Frances is survived by her children, Deborah Southard of Leavenworth, Carol Waldrop of Houston, Texas, Michael Kitchens of Leavenworth, Lisa Smith of Lansing, Kan. and Patrick Kitchens of Leavenworth. “Memom” loved all of her grandchildren, Brian, Chrissy, Cami, Kevin, Preston, JT, Wyatt, Jack, Riley, Josie and Katie; and her great grandchildren, Jaxson, Brayden, Elliott, Marley and one on the way “Kevin”!
The family will have visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery.
Vicky Gayle (Keach) Japport, 71, of Saint Peters, Mo., died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Chalevoix Healthcare center in Saint Charles, Mo., with her brother, Skip at her bedside. She was born Sept. 26, 1942, in Leavenworth, Kan., the daughter of Arthur Clarence and Mildred Margaret (Hanson) Keach. They preceded her in death.
She is survived by her brother, Arthur Clarence “Skip” Keach Jr of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; and James Keach and Dalton Keach both of Leavenworth.
Graveside service and inurnment will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Cremation provided by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Immaculata High School.
Dale Joseph Noll, 74, of Basehor, Kan., died, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at his home. He was born on Sept. 22, 1939, in Winchester, Kan., the son of Henry J. and Margaret D. (Navinsky) Noll.
He attended St. Joseph Elementary School and graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1957.
On Oct. 22, 1966, Dale married Gayle Glessner. She survives at the home. He is also survived by two sons, Dale (Ellen) Noll Jr. and Todd (Jennifer) Noll; a daughter, Shalese (Brian) Lindsay; two sisters, Eileen (Eugene) Kramer and Alvera Olson; a brother, Vernon (Pat) Noll; seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Dale worked at Kaaz Woodworking Company for 10 years. He also worked at the United States Penitentiary Woodworking Industry for 27 years retiring from there in 1995.
He was a lifelong member of the Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph Parish.
Dale enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting activities throughout the years.
He is preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, Donald Noll.
Visitation beginning with the Rosary will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at St. Joseph Church. Burial will follow at Corpus Christi Cemetery on Rogers Road. Memorials are suggested to Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph Parish.
Joseph Henry Harper, 65, of Leavenworth, passed away, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Joe had 15 wonderful years added to his life as a kidney transplant recipient from a dear sister. He was born on June 13, 1948, in Nevada, Mo., the son of Raymond C. and Clara Mae (Chatterson) Harper.
Joe spent most of his life in Southern California where he enjoyed softball, sports, and visiting Huntington Lake. He graduated from California State L.A. in 1974 with a Bachelor’s Degree in U.S. History. Joe later attended Bible college at Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, Tx., where he graduated with an Associates Degree in Practical Theology.
He spent many years working with Nationwide Insurance in California and most recently served as a Subrogator for Armed Forces Insurance in Leavenworth.
On March 28, 2008, Joe married Mary “Kathie” Fitzwater. She survives at the home. He is also survived by four stepsons and their families who considered it an honor to know him; two sisters, Bonnie (Walter) Barthuly and Ruth (Jeff) Brewer; a brother, Tommy (Rosie) Harper; and many nieces and nephews.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents.
He loved his family and friends dearly.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A small service will begin at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. A second visitation will be from 12 to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at Sheldon Funeral Home in Osceola, Mo. Funeral service will begin at 1p.m. Saturday. Burial will follow at Humansville Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to L.A.W.S. or Great Plains SPCA.
On the wings of God’s love came a precious Baby Boy, Eldon Ray May, on Sept. 16, 1933, in Plattsburg, Mo. to Sherman Edward May Jr. and Verna Lee (Stone) May.
In 1953, Eldon married Doris May, to this union one child was born, Michael May.
On Jan. 12, 2014, the same wings came back and received him at the age of 80, at Golden Living Nursing Facility in Lansing, Kan.
Eldon was a Master Sergeant in the United States Army as a chef. He worked at Sammy’s Barbeque Restaurant in Kansas City, Mo., until his illness, Eldon also worked at Black Angus in Kansas City.
Eldon was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Carrie May; a son, Michael May; step-mother, Sally May; a brother, Roy (Claudia) May; and step son, Edward.
He leaves to mourn, Doris May and children; a brother, Clifford (Christine) May; a sister, Margaret May and Mr. Lawrence; one grandson, Michael May Jr.; a granddaughter, Christine Hayes; five great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be from 11 to 12 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Apostolic Deliverance Tabernacle (116 East Kay St. Lansing, KS. 66043). Celebration of Life will begin at 12 Saturday, Prophetess Joyce L. Berry-Gayden, Pastor will be officiating. Burial will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements made with R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.
Kenneth W. Goetting Jr., 63, of Leavenworth, died, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at St. Luke’s Heart Institute. He was born July 1, 1950, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Kenneth W. and Jean Marie (Bradley) Goetting Sr.
On Aug. 18, 1979, Kenneth married the love of his life, Nancy Plumberg, in Leavenworth, Kan. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his mother of Tecumseh, Kan.; two sons, Joshua B. (Renee) Goetting and Justin W. (Alicia) Goetting; and a sister, Linda (Ken) Blaski.
He is preceded in death by his father; a son, Jeremy Goetting; and two sisters, Deborah Kearney and Peggy Harvey.
Kenneth was a cement mason at Leavcon for many years and he retired from the VA in November of 2007. He was a Veteran of the United States Navy.
He coached various sports including little league, football and wrestling. Kenneth was a proud Jayhawks, Royals and Chiefs Fan. His proudest accomplishments were his two sons.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Easton Cemetery.
Christopher Lee Nenninger, 36, of Leavenworth, died in his sleep, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. He was born on Nov. 21, 1977, in Fort Knox, Ky., the son of Alan H. and Carol A. (Frentzel) Nenninger.
Chris grew up in a military family giving him the opportunity to see different parts of the country to include Albany, N.Y., Tampa, Fla. and Montgomery, Ala., before arriving in Leavenworth in 1985.
He received his education in the Leavenworth parochial school system and graduated from Immaculata High School with honors in 1996. Chris went on to attend the University of Kansas majoring in computer technology and engineering.
Chris is survived by his father, a brother, Brett (Valerie) Nenninger; a grandfather, Melvin Frentzel; and two nieces, Maddy Nenninger and Reilly Nenninger.
He is preceded in death by his mother and three grandparents, Ann Frentzel, Al and Gertrude Nenninger.
He was currently employed at the American Teleconferencing Services in Olathe, Kan. as a member of their technical services team. Chris was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, M.E.N.S.A. and the Knights of Columbus.
He loved to travel and took many trips throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe with his family and friends. He especially loved visiting his two nieces in Seattle, Wash.
Chris was a loving son and will be missed by everyone who shared in his life.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant.
Stephen Joseph Polizzi, 54, of Basehor, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. He was born Nov. 8, 1959, in Rochester, N.Y., the son of Joseph and Nancy (Roffe) Polizzi.
Steve was a loving husband to his wife of 27 years and a caring father and grandpa.
Steve is survived by his wife, Hellen; two daughters, Amber Downing and Kristen Polizzi; son-in-law, Victor Downing; grandson, Trey Downing; parents; sister, Laura (Tim) Anderson; and two brothers, Dave (Linda) Polizzi and Matt (Shannon) Polizzi.
Steve was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.
Steve retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving 24 years in the U.S. Army. He was a proud graduate of the Ohio State University…GO Buckeyes!
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home in Leavenworth, Kan. The funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. There will be a reception after the burial. All services are open to friends and family. Memorial contributions in Steve's name can be made to the Rock of Ages Church in Leavenworth.