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Leavenworth Area 2015 Obituaries Archives

December 2015 Obituaries

Austin Bietka

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Austin Tyler Bietka, 31, formerly of Leavenworth, died, Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. He was born Sept. 13, 1984, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Michael Dale Bietka and Donna Jo (Farmer) Tompkins.

Austin Bietka

After graduating from Leavenworth High School, Austin moved to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

He leaves behind to grieve his passing, his mother; a brother, Miles Bietka; his step-father, Bill Tompkins; an aunt, Diana Hartley; three uncles, Mark Bietka, Tim (Deb) Bietka and Randy Vossmer; three cousins, Bryon Quinley, Ciara Hartley and Keeton Hartley; many nieces and nephews; and last but not least, Zack Young and all of Austin’s island family, his Leavenworth buddies and all he has touched throughout his life.

Austin was preceded in death by his father; a grandmother, Shirley Vossmer; and a great-grandmother, Martha Ellen “Nano” Custer.

He enjoyed life with a most contagious spirit. There was no one Austin met that he didn’t give a great big laugh followed by one of his wonderful bear hugs.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A memorial service will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.

Daniel Malizzi

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Ret. U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Daniel Malizzi, 68, of Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, at St. Luke’s North Hospital. He was born on May 20, 1947, in Morristown, N.J., the son of Frank and Anna Malizzi..

On Nov. 11, 1967, Daniel married Laura Spridgen. She survives at the home. He is also survived by four sons, Daniel (Yvette) Malizzi of Gretna, Neb., John “Jack” (Lisa) Malizzi of Titusville, Fla., Anthony “Tony” (Kendra) Malizzi of Odessa, Mo. and James (Sara) Malizzi of Olivet, Mich.; a daughter, Wendy (John) McDermott of Thornton, Colo.; 19 grandchildren and one on the way; a great-grandson; a brother, Lawrence “Larry” (Ceil) Malizzi of Succasunna, N.J.; and many nieces and nephews.

Daniel was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday, at St. Francis de Sales Church, with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. Burial with military honors will be at a later date. Memorials are suggested to St. Francis de Sales Building Fund or Wounded Warrior Project.

Richard "Dick" Cameron

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Richard “Dick” B. Cameron, 63, of Lansing, passed away peacefully, Saturday, December 26 2015, at his home, surrounded by love. He was born January 19, 1952, in Sabetha, Kan., the son of Richard E. and Ellen (Armstrong) Cameron.

Richard Cameron

Dick was raised in Atchison, Kan., which he was always proud to call his hometown. He graduated from Atchison High School and earned his Bachelor’s degree at Kansas State University. He made it well known to all that he was a proud Wildcat supporter.

On Aug. 28, 1985, Dick married Tera Cliff, she survives at their home in Lansing. He is also survived by one son, Richard Andrew Cameron of Kansas City, Kan., who was Dick’s greatest source of pride and joy; two sisters, Jane (Don) Gray of Atchison, Kan., and Ruth Ann (Hal) Jackson of West Jordan, Utah; two nephews Cole (Tassie) Gray of Culver City Calif. And Kit Jackson of West Jordan, Utah; a niece, Jill (Shad) Crookston and their daughter, Samantha all of Herriman, Utah; along with in-laws and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Dick opened his State Farm Insurance office in 1984 and retired after 31 years in August 2015. He enjoyed serving his policyholders, who he considered friends, more than customers.

Dick was a man of faith and service. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Atchison throughout his childhood and young adult years. He joined the Leavenworth Presbyterian church in 1985, where he and Tera were married. He served in nearly every leadership capacity during those 30 years, including Clerk of Session, Elder, Deacon, Sunday School teacher, and Youth Group Leader.

He was a member of Atchison Kiwanis Club and transferred to Lansing Kiwanis upon his move to the Lansing community. He was a founding member of the Lansing Education Foundation and represented the Lansing business community in the establishment of an exchange program with China. He also served on the boards for Citizens Savings and Loan, the Leavenworth/Lansing area Chamber of Commerce and the Salvation Army. He spent many years supporting Boy Scout Troop 165 as an Assistant Scoutmaster while his son was growing up. He was an Eagle Scout and very proud to watch his son earn the rank of Eagle also.

Dick loved to hike and spent most family vacations in Estes Park, Colo., where he worked throughout his college summers. The mountains called him and he went as often as possible. He also loved cartooning and was published in the local newspapers, but mostly enjoyed handing out personal drawings to his friends and making them smile. In recent years, his favorite pastime was spending time at his son’s business, Daylight Donuts, greeting the customers with his friendly smile and shamelessly promoting the donuts. Dick did not know an enemy or stranger.

The family will receive visitors at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, in the church living room, at the First Presbyterian Church in Leavenworth. A Celebration of Life service will begin at 2 p.m., Saturday, at the church. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to the Lansing Education Foundation or the First Presbyterian Church of Leavenworth.

Mary Jo Bodde

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Mary Jo Bodde, 60, of Leavenworth, passed away, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015, surrounded by her family. She was born on July 4, 1955, in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of Laverne and JoAnn (Smith) Pfannenstiel Sr.

Mary Jo Bodde

On November 16,1974, Mary married Albert Arnold Bodde. After 41 years of marriage, he survives at the home. She is also survived by two daughters, Jennifer (Travis) Icke and Jaymee Bodde; two sons, Joseph (Rebecca) Bodde and Jason (Courtney) Bodde; nine grandchildren; four sisters; seven brothers; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Bikers for Babies that she participated in for the last few years.

Delores "Dee" Scanlon

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Delores M. Scanlon, 86, of Leavenworth, passed away Monday, Dec. 21, 2015. She was born April 27, 1929, in Iola, Kan., the daughter of William F. and M.E. “Peg” (Harris) Zink and was the younger sister of Darryl W. “Pete” Zink.

Delores Scanlon

Her father was a manager for Montgomery Wards and the family traveled with Wards until being transferred to Leavenworth. Her father left Montgomery Wards to purchase Cobb’s Ice Cream Parlor, where Dee worked throughout her high school years. Dee attended Leavenworth Public Schools and Immaculata High School where she converted to Catholicism her senior year at Imac.

She was top of her class all four years at Imac and received a full-ride, four year scholarship to St. Mary College, but instead on June 30, 1947, she married Thomas M. Scanlon at “The Old Cathedral”. To this union were born nine children. She was very proud of the fact that she and Tom were able to send all their children through Catholic schools on one income and a “whole lot of doing without!” After renting for a couple of years, Tom remodeled the old Abernathy stables at 110 Shawnee Street and that was “home” the last 60+ years. Through all her hospital stays, all she wanted was to “get me back inside those red bricks at 110 and I’ll be alright!”

Dee was a stay at home mom for her kids, where she decorated and sold cakes; she made the wedding cakes for hundreds of Leavenworth couples. She kept the books for Tom’s business, Scanlon Heating & Cooling. Through the years she also sold Tupperware and Sarah Coventry. At age 50, she went to work for First National Bank. She later transferred to Leavenworth National (Country Club) Bank, where she retired at age 75. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and Altar Society. Although humbled by the nomination, she was proud of the fact she was selected to the Immaculata High School Hall of Fame in 2012.

Dee loved to travel, watch baseball, and enjoyed playing farkle and joker at the Heritage Center. She loved to play Crazy 8’s with her kids and grandkids—but she HATED to lose—and made them VERY aware of that!!! She was proud of her Native American heritage—although it often took a ‘back seat’ to all things Irish. She was a positive and upbeat person with a perpetual smile, and even through her long, agonizing suffering, she was always trying to make sure that YOU were doing okay, as that was all that mattered to her.

Dee was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Debbie; husband Tom; sister JoAnn Williams; and her brothers Pete Zink and Jim Simms.

She is survived by her children, Pat (Susie) Scanlon; Mike “Whiz” Scanlon, Nancy Scanlon, Colleen (Rick) Rogers, Katie (Steve) Rainey, Tim (Beth) Scanlon, Mary (John) Wheaton and Rosie Spain (Joe Ilmberger); 17 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; her cousin, Peg Dodge; sisters-in-law Patricia Zink and Georgia Scanlon; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday Dec. 27, 2015, at The Church of the Immaculate Conception, 709 N. 5th Street, with recitation of the Rosary at 4 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at Immaculate Conception on Monday Dec. 28, 2015, at 10 a.m., with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Cavalry Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Immaculata High School.

Janett Louise Derzinski

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Janett Louise Derzinski, 72, of Leavenworth, died, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at her home. She was born on Oct. 1, 1943, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Foster and Della (Forbach) Harding.

Janett Derzinski

She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Gary Derzinski; two sisters, Bernice (Richard) Greenwald of Basehor, Kan. and Barbara Dalberg of Everest, Kan.; a sister-in-law, Margaret Harding of Leavenworth; and many nieces and nephews.

Janett was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Donna Jackson; a brother, Foster E. Harding.

A visitation will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A memorial service will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Luther "David" Barnett

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Luther “David” Barnett, 79, of Leavenworth, died, Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at his home, surrounded by family. He was born on Jan. 26, 1936, in Yell County, Ark., the son of Silas and Callie (Owens) Barnett.

Luther David Barnett

David is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Barnett; three sons, David, Michael and Christopher; a brother, Ronald Barnett; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by five brothers; three sisters; his beloved great-grandson, Jonah Wheeler; and four nephews.

David was a member of the First Baptist Church of Leavenworth. He was also a amateur HAM radio operator working under the call sign WB0RNP.

He was an avid Guitar player in the styling's of Chet Atkins and enjoyed playing and recording music with his brothers. David was an electronics engineer who worked in the communications industry most of his adult life and retired from civil service on Ft. Leavenworth.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society

Edith "Sam" Ernzen

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Edith “Sam” Ernzen, 87 of rural Easton, passed away Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at her home. She was born March 31, 1928, in Easton, the daughter of Clarence and Catherine (Higgins) Adamson.

Edith Ernzen

Edith graduated from Easton High School in 1946. On Oct. 8, 1947, she married Donald T. Ernzen. They were married for 68 years. He survives of the home. She is also survived by her children and grandchildren, Marcia (Mike) Robinson, Brian, Ben and Erin; Mark (Peggy) Ernzen, Jason, Justin, Chad and Jared; Bart (Karen) Ernzen, Danielle, Emily, Caleb and Cassie; Rick (Gwen) Ernzen, Christy, Stephanie, Anna and Jacob; Leigh Ann (Kenneth) Moore; Matthew (Deborah) Ernzen, Chelsea, Jennah and John; and Paula (James) Murphy, Colin, Ryan and Luke; 40 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Clarence “Mick” Adamson, Catherine Ann Farney, Fred Adamson and Linda Heim.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Delores Johnson; and her brother, James Adamson.

Edith’s passions were her faith, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a true farmer’s wife, keeping her husband and sons fed, gardening and canning and helping in any way she could. She loved KU basketball and telling her jokes to anyone who would listen. She cooked at Easton Grade School for over 10 years and was an excellent cook. Her love of God, family and spirit that she radiated with her beautiful smile will be greatly missed. Her favorite thing to do in these last years was to travel in their van through the country side and enjoy the place they called home for 68 years. She fought many illnesses these past 11 years. Her strength and perseverance for whatever she was given was done with courage and her faith sustained her and her family.

Edith served as Altar Society President, CCD Teacher, was a member of the church choir and served on the church council.

The family would like to acknowledge the special care givers who loved and supported her and Donald these past three years. Angela Rush PA, Encompass Home Health and Hospice System. St. Luke’s Home Health. A special gratitude to her daily caregiving staff, Candice Bruna LPN and Kelsey Tijerina LPN.

Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at St. Lawrence Church, Easton with Rev. Matthew Francis and Rev. Keith Lunsford as concelebrants. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph of the Valley – St. Lawrence Church.

Albert Fink

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Albert P. Fink, 91, of Leavenworth, passed away peacefully, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, at his home. He was born Sept. 11, 1924, in Leavenworth, the son of Leo and Edna (Terry) Fink.

Albert Fink

On June 17, 1949, Albert married Marjorie Abbey Peterson. She survives at the home. He is also survived by two sons, Dale (Cyndi) Fink of Leavenworth and Greg Fink of Canyon Lake, Texas; two daughters, Julia (Joseph) Matzeder of Leavenworth and June (Tim) Mallonee of Platte City, Mo.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Albert served in the US Army during World War II. He owned and operated AL's and Bills Radiator shop for many years. Albert always had a huge garden that he loved tending too. He also loved Country Dancing in which he was quite the dancer in his younger days.

He was preceded in death by his son, Alan Fink; a brother, Gerald Fink; two sisters, Evelyn Linaweaver and Regina Aaron; infant children, Theresa, Albert and Sean; grandchildren, Wesley D. Fink, Lindsey L. Fink and Michael Matzeder; and a daughter-in-law, Isabel Fink.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at St. Joseph Church. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, at the church. Burial with military honors will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials in his name can be made to the Council of Aging or St. Joseph Church. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Tanner McCombs

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Tanner Matthew McCombs, was born May 15, 1998, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Tony McCombs of Jefferson City, Mo and Joyce Darnell Holden of Lansing, Kan. Tanner walked into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Dec. 11, 2015, at the age of 17.

Tanner McCombs

Tanner was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandparents; Muril and Laura Osborn of Garnett, Kan., OB Darnell of Leavenworth, Kan. and Margie Herrera of Fruita, Colo.

Tanner is survived by his parents; Tony McCombs and Joyce Darnell Holden; his siblings, Laura Darnell of Nashville, Tenn., Brandon Darnell of Colby, Kan., Cameron McCombs of Lansing, Spec. 4, Dustin McCombs of El Paso, Texas and Joel McCombs of Lansing; his maternal grandparents, Tom and Linda Darnell of Leavenworth; a paternal grandmother, Donna Fletcher-Garrett of Lansing; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

While living in Lansing, Tanner attended Lansing High School and was an avid lover of sports during his young life. He exceled at football, baseball and wrestling, he also enjoyed music and was a skilled drummer and guitarist. Tanner an avid KU fan and swore he was destined to go to KU after graduation in 2016, since he was born at KU Medical Center.

Tanner accepted the Lord into his heart at the tender age of eight and the family is blessed to know as we mourn his loss, he is running free in heaven. Tanner will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him. He was the kind of young man that anyone would be proud to call son, grandson, and friend.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p. m. Thursday, Dec.17, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The celebration of his life will begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at the funeral home, with Pastor Brad Mann, of Westside Family Church will be officiating the services. Family is requesting everyone wear KU or Lansing High School apparel to the celebration of Tanner’s life.

Sue Ellen Guse

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Sue Ellen Guse, 70, of Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, at Kansas City Hospice House. She was born May 9, 1945, in Little Rock, Ar., the daughter of Ralph and Sarah (Harrod) Stanley.

On August 1, 1965, Sue married Steven D. Guse in Little Rock, Ar. He preceded her in death in July 2004. She is survived by two sons, Sam and Stan Guse; three grandchildren, Drake, Sarah and Hanna Guse; and a sister Phyllis Fischer.

Sue led an active and adventurous life traveling the world with her husband during his service in the Air Force. During which time she obtained her Master’s Degree in Education and taught elementary school for 30 years. Her next adventure took her to Ontario, Canada and Big Canon Lake Lodge for the last 28 years.

Her journey has now ended peacefully in the year of her 50th wedding anniversary. Together again.

There are no services planned at this time. She will be cremated. Arrangements provided by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

November 2015 Obituaries

Belva June Horton

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Belva June Horton, 65, of Topeka, Kan., died, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 at St. Joseph Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo. She was born Dec. 29, 1949 in Leavenworth, Kan. Her parents were Dana and Viola (Busey) Anderson. Belva was a lifelong resident of Leavenworth.

She married Marvin Horton in 1969, to that union they had a son, Zondel Horton. Belva had worked at several places taking care of the sick, she worked at the Leav. County Infirmary, Easton Nursing, and Medical Lodge, she later worked in individual homes as a caretaker. Belva is survived by her son Zondel (Nashame) Horton, three granddaughters, Zaqayla June, Lashay and Shayla Horton, her brothers, William (Lillian) Anderson, Lawrence and Jerry Anderson, plus a host of nieces and nephews and cousins. Belva was preceded in death by her parents, Dana and Viola Anderson, sister, Mary Gillom, her brothers, Dana Ellsworth and Joseph Anderson. Belva was cremated.

Gail Miller

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Gail Louise Miller,79, of Leavenworth, passed to her Heavenly Father, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, surrounded by her family, at the University of Kansas Hospital, after a courageous battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. She was born Oct. 9, 1936, in Maryville, Mo., the daughter of Robert William and Myrtle Blanche (Helzer) Medsker.

Gail graduated from Graham High School in Graham, Mo. She attended Northwest Missouri University, Platte Business College, Kansas City Kansas Community College, University of Saint Mary and the University of Kansas.

She was an Editor/Writer at the Command and General College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. She retired from there in 1999.

Gail was a member of Crossroads United Methodist Church in Lansing, Kan., United Methodist Women, Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, University of Kansas Alumni and the Jayhawk Society.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Roberta Logan, Evonne Holmes, Helen Logsdon and Barbara Sloan; and three brothers, Homer Medsker, Dean Eldon Medsker, and Donald Medsker.

Gail is survived by her husband Ray; two sons Jeffrey (Debbie) Miller and Mark (Karen) Miller; six grandchildren, Kevin (Cassie) Miller, John (Racheal) Miller, Jennifer (Spencer) Jacobs, Chad Miller, Ashley Miller and Paige Miller; and six great-grandchildren, Haddie Miller, Pearl Miller, Jude Miller, Brigham Miller, Ava Miller and Graeme Miller.

Gail was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved her Lord and family dearly.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Crossroads United Methodist Church.

Ralph C. Matzeder

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Ralph Charles Matzeder Jr., 92, of Leavenworth, died, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, at Medicalodge. He was born on March 2, 1923, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Ralph and Calla (Hartman) Matzeder Sr.

On Feb 1, 1943, Ralph married Kathelyn Pitts. She preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Margaret Frederick.

Ralph is survived by two sons, Gerald Matzeder and Donald (Dianna) Matzeder; two grandchildren, Kristi (Randy) Mayfield and Sarah Decker; five great-grandchildren, Christena Matzeder, Cade Decker, Heather Mayfield, Emery Mayfield and Isaac Mayfield.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

William "Bill" Garsow

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William “Bill” Garsow, 67, of Camden Point, Mo., passed away suddenly, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, at St. Luke’s North Hospital. He was born on Sept. 9, 1948, in Lodi, Wis., the son of Richard and Elaine (Hanson) Garsow.

William Garsow

Bill served in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles” and was awarded numerous medals including two purple hearts.

He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to fish. Bill was an excellent marksman and during his career was a firearms instructor. He was employed at KSP in Lansing, Kan. and USP in Leavenworth where he retired after 30 years in the UNICOR Print Factory.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; a step-mother, Marge; a son, Tim Garsow; and three brothers, Edward (Joanie) Garsow, Ronald Garsow and Tom (Mary Ann) Garsow.

He is survived by his longtime companion, Ann Stokes; brother and sister by choice, Don and Sandy Otting; a brother, Mike (Ruth) Garsow; two step-sisters, Peggy (Lee) Bitzer and Joyce (Don) Boese; a step-brother, Ron (Dorothy) Barton; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Bill was blessed with six more years after suffering a stroke in 2009. His smile and laugh would light up a room and oh how he loved to laugh.

A special Thank You to the VA in Leavenworth for their love and excellent care.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project in memory of Bill.

John Lewis

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John Marvin Lewis, 87, of Sunrise Beach, Mo., formally of Leavenworth, departed this life, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. He was born on Feb. 4, 1928, in Henry County, Mo., near Clinton, Mo., the son of Willie Harvey and Mildred (Parks) Lewis.

John Marvin Lewis, 87, of Sunrise Beach, Mo., formally of Leavenworth, departed this life, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. He was born on Feb. 4, 1928, in Henry County, Mo., near Clinton, Mo., the son of Willie Harvey and Mildred (Parks) Lewis.

On May 25, 1947, John married the love of his life, Bertha A. “Boots” Steuernagel in Leavenworth, Kan. She preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; Leroy Lewis and Charles Lewis; and two sisters, Nellie Headrick and Dorothy Hetherington.

John is survived by his loving children, Janie A. (Daniel) Sample, Jean M. (Kevin Harris) Lewis and John R. (Patricia) Lewis all of Leavenworth; a granddaughter, Steffanie L. (Michael) Honaker; three great-grandchildren, Galen A. Honaker, Levi N. Honaker and Zane E. Honaker; and six siblings, Anna Lee James, Ethel Lewis, Martha Minks, Helen Hatfield, Billie Dean Lewis and Edgar Lee Lewis.

He retired from Gould National Battery in Leavenworth. John was a carpenter and a general contractor for seventeen homes in the Leavenworth area.

After retirement he and his wife moved to Lake of the Ozarks where he became an avid fisherman.

John loved gardening, fishing, coaching baseball and hunting with his family.

He was loved by all his friends and neighbors and will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Lake Ozark Regional Hospital (54 Hospital Drive, Osage Beach, Mo., 65065)

Elmer W. Bailey

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Elmer William Bailey Jr., 88, of Leavenworth, died, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at Medicalodge. He was born Aug. 6, 1927, in Rowan, Iowa, the son of Elmer and Lucy (Ryder) Bailey Sr.

On April 28, 1956, Elmer married Donna Jane Ledet. She survives at the home. He is also survived by two step-sons, Blair Ledet, of the home and Jessie Ledet, of Thibodaux, La.; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Bailey; and many nieces and nephews.

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and a sister.

He served one year in the United States Army-Air Force. Elmer briefly worked at Wilcox Electronics. He retired from Fort Leavenworth in 1982 after 29 years as an Equipment Calibration Specialist.

Elmer was the President of the Buffalo Bill Days Committee for two years and he was a videographer.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to First Christian Church.

Virginia Augustine

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Virginia Mary Augustine, 102, of Leavenworth, passed away Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at Twin Oaks in Lansing. She was born Oct. 21, 1913, in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of Walter and Merle (Davis) Haffner.

On June 2, 1934, she married John Augustine in Topeka, Kan. He preceded her in death in September, 1977.

She is survived by her daughter, JoAnn Honeycutt; her granddaughters, Debbie Honeycutt, Terry (John) Beckerjeck and Lynn (Neil) Jacobson; and her great-granddaughters, Chelsea and Faelan Jacobson.

Virginia retired from civil service at the Fort Leavenworth Print Plant. She loved to travel, bowl and be with family. She bowled until she was 98, and said she quit because she didn’t want to see the other old people fall! She worked hard all her life and kept an immaculate house. She enjoyed her final days at Twin Oaks Assisted Living.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.

October 2015 Obituaries

Catherine "Cathy" Timmons

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Catherine M. Timmons, beloved mother and grandmother, 72, of Leavenworth, died unexpectedly, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, at her home. She was born Dec. 16, 1942, in Concordia, Kan., the daughter of Marion and Mary (Spellman) Gould.

Catherine Timmons

Cathy lived most of her life in the Leavenworth area and graduated from Lansing High School. On Sept. 25, 1965, she married Donald R. Timmons. She worked for many years for the Federal Government and the City of Leavenworth Court Clerk’s Office.

After her retirement, she devoted her life to her children, grandchildren, dogs and her many hobbies. She loved reading, walking, spending time with her family at her lake home in Southern, Mo., and traveling to enjoy quality time with her daughters and grandchildren.

Cathy knew that life was precious and short. She lost her husband Donny too soon to cancer and instilled in her loved ones the importance of family. “Family helps each other” were words she was fond of using and reminded us with her actions that she believed them.

Cathy is survived by three daughters, Jeanette Ashley, Lori Gunderson and Julie Krueger; and her sons by marriage, Jeff Ashley, Rob Gunderson and Paul Krueger; five grandchildren, Emily, Katie, Jace, Emma and Lauren; a brother, Frank Gould; and a sister, Margaret Wilkins.

Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A Memorial Service will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or KC Pet Project.

Gary Woodward

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Gary Martin Woodward, 82 of Leavenworth, passed away Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, at St. Luke’s in Kansas City, Mo. He was born March 16, 1933, in Liberal, Kan., the son of C.M. and Lorraine (Hazel) Woodward.

Gary served in the U.S. Army. After discharge he married Mary Lou Babski, on Nov. 1, 1955, in Nebraska. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his children, Terry M. Woodward, Gary Douglas(Deana) Woodward, Steven T. (Sheila) Woodward and Megan L. (Brian Higgins) Woodward; his grandchildren, Jason (Jessica) Woodward, Kelly (Chris) Ohlstein, Charlene Henshaw and Desma Henshaw; and his great-grandchildren, Shelby, Declyn and Leland.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Diane.

Gary retired from the TWA overhaul base in Kansas City. He was a charter member of the Cody Choraliers Barbershop Choirs and was also a member of the Heartland Harmony Quartet. Gary was a member of the Leavenworth Lions Club.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the service. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Trinity United Methodist Church.

Donald Ray Hampton Jr.

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Donald Ray Hampton Jr., 58, of Leavenworth, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, at Olathe Medical Center Hospice House. He was born on Oct. 28, 1957, the son of Donald Ray and Mildred Margarette (Mason) Hampton Sr.

Donald Ray Hampton Jr.

He graduated from Piper High School May 20, 1975.

Don joined the U.S. Army in August 1976. He graduated from basic training at Fort Leonardwood, Mo. He also graduated Advance Individual Training as Military Police in Fort McClellan.

On May 29, 1984, he married Unsun “Mindy” Kang. She survives at the home. He is also survived by two sons, Joel (Jeana) Chinn and Donnie R. (Emily) Hampton III; a daughter, Kimberly (Charles) Triplett; four grandchildren, Wyatt Danger Triplett, Troy Ace Triplett, Olivia Chinn and Shawn Eads; three sisters, Donna Jean Hampton, Connie Minton and Melinda McGregor; and three brothers, Gary Hampton, Dwaine Hampton and Daniel Hampton.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Don enjoyed music, fast cars and baseball. He loved spending time with his family.

He was a man who loved his wife, children and grandchildren. A giver to many and never asked for anything in return. His only wish in life was to love God, his family and help others whenever he could. He showed courage and inspired others while fighting his battle with cancer. He gave the ultimate gift by being a part of a national lung cancer trial. He hoped that this drug would help others down the road. He was only one of fifty-seven patients and had great success with it so that others will too. Three years and four months later he was ready to go home after seeing that his wife and kids were taken care of.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A private burial will be at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the Olathe Medical Center Hospice House.

Edward G. Weber

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Edward G. Weber, 86, of Leavenworth, died, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at St. Luke’s Hospice House. He was born on July 31, 1929, the son of George and Clara (Wacker) Weber.

He is survived by two brothers, Leo (Donna) Weber and Gerald (Doris) Weber; four nephews; and a number of great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Ed worked for the local John Deere dealer and Missouri Valley Steele. He was a farmer his entire life.

Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, at St. Joseph Church, with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Church or for Masses or L.A.W.S. (Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society).

Anna L. Hrenchir

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Anna L. Hrenchir, 79 of Leavenworth, passed away, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. She was born Feb. 2, 1936, during an ice storm in Marionville, Mo., the daughter of Walter and Irlie Jane (Treat) Selvey.

Anna L. Hrenchir

On Dec. 1, 1974, she married Raphael L. Hrenchir Jr., at St. Joseph Church in Leavenworth. He survives of the home. She is also survived by her children, Linda (William) Warne, Raymond (Cynthia) Beall, Debra (Edward) Ludwig, Joan (Damon) Pind, Ann Nitzchke and Teresa Morrison; 19 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Ann worked for the city of Leavenworth Police Department in the records division for many years. Ann loved her home, her family so much that you would find her being God’s humble servant helping whenever needed.

Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Sacred Heart Altar Society.

Pamela Hinton

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Pamela Lorene Hinton, 34 of Leavenworth, passed away suddenly Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, at Cushing Memorial Hospital. She was born Oct. 17, 1981, in Bethesda, Md., the daughter of Claude Hersal and Myong Cha (Cho) Hinton.

Pamela Hinton

Pamela is survived by her parents of Leavenworth; her sisters, Donna Louise (Scott) Neal, Deborah Sue Frey, Melissa Sue Hinton and Lisa Marie (Ryan) Kenny; and her nieces and nephews, Danielle J. Frey, David G. Frey, Michael C. Neal, Katie J. Neal, Christopher J. Frey, Matthew E. Stephens, Aubrey N. Williams, Isaiah D. Williams, Dexter A. Kenny, Michael C. Stephens, Jasmine E. McCoy and Maximus L. Kenny.

She worked at Armed Forces Bank for many years. She was the Assistant Director of the bank call center. Pamela loved to travel. She also loved to drive in her car and would take daily drives. She was a very caring person, who enjoyed caring for her nieces and nephews. She also had a fond admiration for turtles. Pamela was always very up-beat and had a contagious smile! Pamela always told you like it was, with only the persons best interest at heart.

A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

May Stiglmire

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May Pearl (Florence) Stiglmire, 103, went home to heaven, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, at Evergreen Nursing Facility in Olathe, Kan. She was born Oct. 4, 1912, in Wallula, Kan., the daughter of the late William and Mettie Florence.

She graduated from Lansing High School in 1930.

May married Carl Stiglmire Feb. 5, 1935. They farmed and raised three children during 63 years of marriage. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by a son, Carl L. Stiglmire; and a daughter, Carol Laris.

May was a member of the Fairmount United Methodist Church, Fairmount UMW, and the Merry Matrons. She spent her entire life in Leavenworth County. May lived the last six years of her life at Vintage Park of Tonganoxie Assisted Living.

May was a kind and gentle lady who touched the lives of all those she met.

May is survived by her daughter Florence Pouppirt; 4 grandchildren, Debra (Terry) Eaton, John Pouppirt, Ralph Laris, Jr. and Mary (Lonny Odom) Williams; 8 great grandchildren; 20 great-great grandchildren; 3 great-great-great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will greet friends Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. A private burial will follow the services at Mount Muncie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to Fairmount United Methodist Church.

Col. (Ret.) Kenneth A. Kleypas

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Col. (Ret.) Kenneth Allen Kleypas, 81, died, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015 in Lawton, Okla. He was born June 11, 1934 in Bryan-College Station, Texas to W.H. (Bill) and Johnnye Reese Kleypas.

Col. (Ret.) Kenneth Kleypas

He attended elementary school in Mineral Wells, Texas and moved to Hobbs, N.M.where he finished his schooling, graduating from Hobbs High school in 1951. Ken attended Texas A & M College and completed his undergraduate studies at New Mexico State University, earning his Bachelor of Science in Business Engineering. He later completed his Masters Degree in Psychology at the University of Kansas.

While at NMSU he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and went on to become a founding member. He was also very active in Student Government, serving as student body Vice president. His life was full of challenges and some said he had “Renaissance man” tendencies. He climbed telephone poles, dug telephone pole holes, built 5 strand barbed wire fences throughout New Mexico working for a county road crew, cleaned cattle guards,and worked in the oil fields as a rough-neck (where he was bitten by a rattlesnake). He also worked in the family electrical business “electrifying” the oil fields. At one point he and his best buddy were actually car hops. While in college he drove a school bus, washed dishes in the SAE house, assembled office furniture, attempted to sell freezers with food packages and many other interesting working opportunities. while a Junior at NMSU he married Joyce Green. They had 3 daughters together, and the marriage later ended in divorce.

After college Ken entered the US Army as a Distinguished Military Graduate and embarked upon his career in the Field Artillery. He ultimately served 28 years as an Army officer, being stationed at various posts in both the United States as well as abroad, living in Germany, Vietnam and Korea. Ken’s roles included many diverse and challenging capacities as a Commander and Operations officer. He served in the Pentagon as a legislative staff officer to the US congress. While in that position he was selected by the Army Chief of Staff to organize and direct the establishment of an office to direct the Vietnamese refugee relocation to the US. For this effort he was recognized by the Secretary of Defense for his leadership of this vital and important event that impacted thousands of people. Other assignments included the Defense Nuclear Agency, and commanding units in the XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery at Fort Bragg, Field Artillery units in Germany, Korea and California( a Nike Missile unit). In Vietnam he served on General Westmoreland’s personal staff, traveling with him and providing translation services and presenting the operational aspects throughout many countries that were supporting the war effort. Later Ken served as a Ranger Advisor to a Vietnamese unit and spent an abbreviated tour with Military Assistance Command Special Operation group. Ken spoke Vietnamese, German, Spanish and a smattering of others. He graduated from the Command and General Staff College, National War College and many other service schools.

After the NWC he served in United Nations Command Korea as Negotiator at Pan Mun Jom during some very tense and challenging times with North Koreans and Chinese across the table. His last military assignment was as Director, Counterfire Department, Fort Sill, Okla.

His military awards include: Combat Infantryman Badge, Legion of Merit (3), Bronze Star (2, one w/ V),Purple Heart (2), Air Medal (2), Meritorious Service Medal (3), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army General Staff Badge for Pentagon Service, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Republic of Korea Legion of Merit(presented by President Pak Chung Hee) and numerous service medals. Ken retired from active military service on December 1, 1981 at Fort Sill, Okla. After retirement he began a second career with Hughes Aircraft Company ( now Raytheon Co.) as Regional Director. He established offices in Lawton, Okla. and had offices in Leavenworth, Kan. and El Paso, Texas. In this position he travelled extensively worldwide. Some of the key systems he introduced into the Army include the Firefinder radar system, Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data system, Ground Launched Laser Designator , Howitzer Crew trainer.

Community involvement includes member of the Lawton Chamber of Commerce (twice), Chairman of the Cameron University Foundation, Chairman Lawton Airport Authority, Board of Trustee Southwest Medical Center, President Lawton Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow), member of the NMSU International Foundation, Salvation Army, YMCA Board, America Cancer Board, Military Order of World Wars, Military Officers Association, Boulevard of Lights, Boy Scouts Board, Association of US Army and the Field Artillery Association Board. In 1988 Ken was named NMSU Outstanding Alumnus of the Business College and a Distinguished Alumni. He also was recognized as one of the original President’s Partners from Cameron University and received the Distinguished Service Award.

In addition to these many achievements, Ken counted receiving a kidney transplant in 2001 as one of his greatest moments.

He was also an avid sportsman. He played baseball, basketball and football, ran track, was a member of the Army volleyball team, boxed Golden Gloves and was an excellent golfer, achieving the elusive hole-in-one in 1984. Although he enjoyed a variety of sports, he laughingly admits he was master of none.

Ken is survived by his caring and wonderful wife, Darlene, whom he was fortunate enough to marry in Leavenworth, Kan. in 1972. During their marriage, he and Darlene have shared an amazing love and life together. They have enjoyed many years of travel, seeing the world and enriching their lives with lasting memories and great friends. He is also survived by four daughter, Karen Brodsky (Richard), and her children: Christopher, Ryan, Sydney and Annie. Teri Best (Rob) and her son Michael as well as Michael’s daughter and Ken’s only great grandchild Londyn. Courtney (Vince) Coburn and her daughters: Lindsey and Hayley. Kiley McIlhaney (Trent) and their daughter Lily.

In his lifetime Ken was a warrior, athlete, father, grandfather, great grandfather, husband and above all a soldier and a patriot who believed in his country and God. Ken wanted to leave by saying “Adios and I just ran out of birthdays”.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, at Immaculate Conception Church. Burial with full military honors will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Ken and Darlene Kleypas Memorial Scholarship in Pre-Nursing at Cameron University. Your gift can be mailed to Cameron University, ATTN: Office of Advancement, 2800 West Gore Boulevard, Lawton Oklahoma, 73505 or to the Guardian Angel Fund for Immaculata High School, 320 N. Broadway, Leavenworth, Kansas 66048.

Sharon J. Ferritor

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Sharon Jean Ferritor, 62 of rural Leavenworth, passed away Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, at her home. She was born Oct. 29, 1952, in Atchison, Kan., the daughter of Eugene and Ernesta Mary (Falk) Handke.

On Oct. 29, 1983, she married John S. Ferritor in St. Joseph, Mo., he survives of the home. She is also survived by her children, Stephen (Andrea) Thorne of Perry, Kan., Eric (Susie) Thorne of Easton and Ann Magee of Leavenworth; her mother, Mary Handke; her grandchildren, Abigail, Kaylie and Addison; her brother, Steve (Paula) Handke; many cousins and two nephews.

Sharon was an amazing cook and baker. She enjoyed sewing and gardening.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Life Connection Ministries at 7th and Pawnee in Leavenworth. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Life Connection Church for Worship Ministries.

June L. Hall

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June Louise (Smith) Hall, 90, entered into her eternal rest on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, at Golden Living Center, Edwardsville, Kan.

June L. Hall

June was born on June 7, 1925, a daughter of the late Fredrick and Joyce Smith. She graduated from Ellwood City High School, Ellwood City, Pa., in 1942 and worked administrative jobs until 1949. She married Francis “Fritz” Hall in December 1946. She supported Fritz in his career as a U.S. Army Quartermaster Officer as they traveled the world for 21 years. June loved musical harmony and was a devoted member of local church choirs and also Sweet Adeline chapters for many, many years. June was a very kind and gentle soul; she had a loving and generous heart and was always giving to others.

She was preceded in death by a daughter Sandra Rae in 1954.

She leaves her loving husband, Francis (Fritz) Hall; son, DuWayne Hall of Colorado Springs, Colo., daughter, Victoria Davids; sister, Janice Smith of Pittsburgh, Pa.; brother-in-law Elmer Hall and his wife Betty; sisters-in-law Ella Mae Kimpel and Charlotte Colmery and her husband Samuel. She also leaves loving memories to be cherished by her four grandchildren, Andrew and Frederick Davids and their wives, Rachel Dawson and Amber Hall. She also poured her love and gentle spirit into the lives of her 10 great-grandchildren Jordan, Scott, Victoria, and Cassandra Davids, Noah, Eli, and Lucas Dawson; Trevor, Tyler, and Colin Davids and many nieces and nephews.

A private family service was held at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, Leavenworth, KS. She was buried in the Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association at http://www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp

Deborah Clauser

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Deborah L. Clauser, 59, of Leavenworth, returned home on her birthday, Oct. 6 and passed away Wednesday morning Oct. 7, 2015. She was surrounded by her loved ones, after a two-year fight with pancreatic cancer. Her journey with illness was taken on with the characteristics Deborah was known for throughout her life; courage, selflessness, compassion for others and grace. She considered herself not a victim, but a loving family member who chose to never give in for all of those who loved her. She was born Oct. 6, 1956, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Kenneth and Elizabeth “Betty” (Ross) Burge.

Deborah Clauser

On Dec. 20, 1978, she married, Donald F. Clauser, Jr. in Leavenworth. He survives of the home. She is also survived by her son, Chad, and daughter-in-law, Susan (McKim) of Omaha, Neb.; grandchildren, Samuel (4) and Anna Elizabeth (1); brothers, Kenneth Burge, Jr and Roland Burge; sister, Cheri Burroughs; sister-in-law, Susie Burge; her mother-in-law, Agnes Clauser; sisters-in-law, Angela Clauser and Bernadette Cothern; brother-in-law, David Clauser; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a younger brother, Ronald (Tony) Burge.

Deborah retired from the Veteran's Administration Medical Center in 2011 after over 35 years of service with the federal government.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Damian Snyder presiding. Burial will be private at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

September 2015 Obituaries

Howard "Hubbie" Lane

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Howard “Hubbie” J. Lane, 80, of Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, at his home. He was born on April 16, 1935, in Leavenworth, Kan., the son of Martin and Clara “Hazel” (Wilson) Lane.

Howard Lane

He spent most of his life in Leavenworth. He was employed at several places in his lifetime including Missouri Valley Steel, Mount Muncie Cemetery, Cushing Hospital and was most recently employed at Balls Price Chopper, where he formed lifelong friendships. Howard never met a stranger.

On Sept. 26, 1968, Howard married Phyllis “Nadine” Gillaspie. They were married for 47 years and she survives him. He is also survived by six daughters, Deborah (Gene) Poff, Karen Melton, Dawn Ekstrom, Connie (Harold) Poe, Penny (Bob) Barrette and Michelle (Mark) Hoag; and a son, Leo (Amy) Vanwey; two sisters, Dorothy Williams and Hazel “Torch” Moreland; a brother, William “Billy” Lane; two half-sisters, Betty and Bobbie; a half-brother, Gene; extended family, Gary and Gloria Nussman and Nancy and Tom Baughman; 19 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and many family and friends. Howard was extremely proud of each and every one of them.

Music was always a big part of his life. He started playing music at a young age along with his brothers. All of his brothers taught themselves how to play, teaching Howard, and helping each other along the way. He soon become a member of several country western band. He eventually started his own band, Hubbie Lane and the Ranch Hands.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jimmie, a granddaughter, Sarah Barrette; a grandson-in-law, Kevin Donald; a sister, Mary Sigford; and two brothers, Martin “Jim” Lane and Lee “Luke” Lane.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Mark Moore

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Mark R. Moore, of Lansing passed away Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, at Providence Medical Center, surrounded by family. He was born Dec. 11, 1957, in Wichita, Kan., the son of Bobby Roy Moore and Erma June (Vallis) Willcott.

Mark Moore

On April 25, 1986, he married, Cynthia Louise “Cindy” Wacker at the VA Chapel in Leavenworth. She survives of the home. They were married for 29 years. He is also survived by his daughter, Tiffany and her husband Jon; a brother, Bruce Moore and his wife Julie, of Salina, Kan.; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Gregg Moore; and sister, Mary Ellen Dobesh.

Mark worked as a bartender as a young adult, he later worked as a manager of Tire Town in Shawnee. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, playing with his grandchildren and building projects around the house. Mark attended Lansing High School for three years and graduated from Versailles High School in Missouri.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Frances de Sales Church or St. Joseph Church.

Dorothy Medill

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Dorothy Medill, 89, of Leavenworth, passed away, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, at the Villa St. Joseph long term care center in Overland Park, Kan., peacefully surrounded by family. She was born on March 4, 1926, in Grand Island, Neb., the daughter of Austin J. and Edna (Smith) Haddix.

Dorothy Medill

She was a Cadet Nurse during World War II and graduated from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in 1947. She spent 30 years caring for veterans as a supervising nurse at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital. After retirement, she worked at the County Infirmary (Long Term Care Center), until the age of 77. Dorothy enjoyed singing in the church choir and traveling. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and could often be seen driving around town in her favorite car, a PT Cruiser.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Joseph H. Medill in 1993.

She is survived by a sister, Jean Rauert; four children, Rose Moore, Rita (Mike) Greenamyre, Joseph J. Medill and Rhonda (Dan) Schoenleber. Dorothy is also survived by nine grandchildren, Laurie (Rich) Holden, David (Lesley) Sedlock, Michael Moore, Megan Moore, Katherine Moore, John Moore, Dr. Scott (Sammy) Schoenleber, John Schoenleber and Mike Schoenleber, as well as six great grandchildren, Matt Holden, Katrin Holden, Christopher Sedlock, Nicholas Sedlock, Emma Sedlock and Grace Schoenleber. These next generations were the joy of her life.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 12 p.m. Monday, at Immaculate Conception Church, with Fr. David McEvoy O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to The University of St. Mary nursing program.

Jay D. Workman

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Jay D. Workman, 72, of Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, at his home. He was born on Oct. 24, 1942, in Fort Smith, Ark., the son of Mable (Stephens) Workman and J.D. Workman, Sr.

Jay D. Workman

He is survived by a grandson, Richard (Lila) Mathes; a granddaughter, Patty (Robert) Hodges; a granddaughter in-law, Bonnie Mathes; a sister, Linda (Carl) Langley; 10 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews all of Leavenworth.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Tammy Godfrey; a grandson, Dick Mathes; and a granddaughter, Lynette Williams

Visitation will be from 12 to 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church or Hospice of Kansas.

Carlie Decarsky

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Carl Frederick Decarsky, 73, of Leavenworth, Kan., passed away peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, surrounded by loved ones in his home. He was born Dec. 24, 1941, in Leavenworth, where he lived for most of his life.

Carlie Decarsky

He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Inez (Jenrick) Decarsky, his brother, Jimmy Decarsky, his sister Margaret Decarsky Tuttle and his wife of 47 years, Pat (Workman) Decarsky.

He is survived by his wife of seven years, Rita (Tomlin) Decarsky; his three children, Brian Decarsky of Boston, Mass., Shelly Beckham (Todd) of Rose Hill, Kan. and Shannon Webb of Rose Hill, Kan., his brother, Charlie Decarsky of Kansas City, Mo., and his sister Charlene (Decarsky) Joyce of Bloomfield, Ind.

Carlie was known as “Papa” to his six grandchildren, Drew, Ashley, Cassidy, Chance, Chace, and Parker- and his great grandchild, Maci (Mutt).

After graduating from Leavenworth High School, Carlie served four years in the United States Army. Carlie was a passionate man who enjoyed life. He retired from Geiger Ready Mix after 40 years dedicated service to living up to the core values of on time and hustle, honesty and integrity and the Geiger Way!

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. In his spare time, Carlie enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, playing cards, watching sports and spending quality time with family and friends.

He was a humble man!

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p. m. Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home (4701 10th Ave. in Leavenworth). Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept.19, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (521 Lynn St. in Leavenworth). Private burial with military honors will follow at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the Leavenworth Public Schools Education Foundation.

Rosa Janette Finneran

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Rosa Janette Finneran, 54, of Leavenworth, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, at St. Luke’s in Kansas City, Mo., from a cerebral hemorrhage. She was born Nov. 6, 1960, in St. Joseph, Mo., the daughter of Andrew M. and Lila (Batye) Johnson.

On June 16, 1990, she married Ronald “Ron” Finneran at Calvary Baptist Church in Leavenworth. He survives of the home. She is also survived by her son, Jeff Finneran who is currently a student at the University of Kansas; her mother, Lila; and her siblings, Roger Johnson, Charles (Sue) Johnson and Linda Alexander.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Rosa worked at Fort Leavenworth as a Para-Legal for over 32 years and had plans to retire at the end of November.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to “LAWS” (Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society).

Ronald 'Dusty' Rhoads

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Ronald “Dusty” Rhoads, 91, of Lansing, died, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, at his home. He was born March 1, 1924, in Mesilla Park, N. M., the son of Githen Edd and Ruth P. (Ash) Rhoads.

The first most memorable moment in Dusty’s life was when he met Rita Lucille Hayes in the park in Denver, Colo., for the first time. They were married on Jan. 3, 1950, in Denver. She preceded him in death on Dec. 1, 2014. The second most memorable moment was guarding John F. Kennedy, on the day before he was assassinated. Dusty served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946, during WWII. He then served in the U.S. Air Force in the office of Special Investigation and retired in 1966. He worked as an investigator for the Department of Agriculture from 1966 to 1970. He served as the Lansing Police Chief from 1970 to 1972. He then served as a Deputy Sheriff for the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office from 1972 until he retired in the mid-1980s. Dusty was a Boy Scout Leader, a member of the American Legion Post 411 and served as city council member for the Lansing Fire Department.

He is survived by four sons, Joseph Rhoads, Robert (Leigh Ann) Rhoads, Randolph E. Rhoads, Russell A. (Donna) Rhoads; a daughter, Mary P.(Craig) Partin; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchild.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, at St. Francis de Sales Church with Fr. William McEvoy as celebrant. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Francis de Sales Church.

Velma Blanken

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Velma E. Blanken, 80 of Leavenworth, passed away, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born March 25, 1935, at Hanover Kan., to Herman and Mathilda Meyer.

Velma Blanken

She married Elmer Blanken on June 8, 1958, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Beatrice, Neb. He survives at their home, in Leavenworth, Kan. Their union was blessed with six children, Karen (Mike) Lauterbach, Randy, Scott and James Blanken, Lisa (Richard) DeMaranville and Mark (Beckey) Blanken. She had seven grandchildren, Tiffany (Jason Schneider) Schultz, Erica DeMaranville, Kevin Schultz, Tristan DeMaranville, Patrick Lauterbach, Joshua and Marshall Blanken; and two great grandchildren Joey and Sophie Schneider. She is also survived by one brother, Norbert (Tina) Meyer; and many brothers and sisters in-law and nieces and nephews.

Velma was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, Hanover Kan. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and was currently a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Leavenworth.

She was employed at St. Paul Lutheran School cafeteria, Bohm’s Department Store, Dairy Queen and was a homemaker. She was an excellent seamstress, cook and loved to knit and crochet. She also enjoyed square dancing for many years with the Hazel Nut Crackers. Later in life she enjoyed many adventures with Elmer as they traveled the continental United States, Hawaii and Alaska.

She was preceded in death by one son, Randy Blanken, her mother and father, two sisters, Erna Licht and Elnora Bauman and two brothers Ernest and Victor Meyer.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church.

Kathleen L. Sanders

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Kathleen Louise (Gallagher) Sanders of Leavenworth died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. She was born July 29, 1927, in Newburyport, Mass., the daughter of Timothy R. and Sarah A. (Dockery) Gallagher.

Kathleen Sanders

She graduated from Newburyport High School and Burdett Business College, Boston. In addition to being a loving military wife and mother, she spent the majority of her working life employed by the Federal Civil Service holding positions with the OSI in Japan and New Jersey, the Pentagon, and the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Ft. Leavenworth. At the time of her retirement in 1992, she was working as an editorial assistant with the Military Review at United States Army Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth. She was an avid sports fan rooting for her Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots and Notre Dame. She enjoyed reading, jigsaw puzzles and traveling with her husband.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 45 years, Charles G. Sanders of Leavenworth. She also is survived by her much loved children daughters, Donna (Gary) Greenwalt of Coralville, Iowa and Kathy Downes (Philip) Hersch of Wichita, Kan.; son, Timothy (Laurie) Downes of Naperville, Ill.,; stepson, Charles (Robin) Sanders of York, Pa.; and her four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Church in Leavenworth. Mass of Christian burial will celebrated at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at the Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials to a charity of your choice are suggested.

August 2015 Obituaries

Monique Dixon

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Monique M. Dixon, 80 of Lansing, passed away Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at her home. She was born March 27, 1935, in Bordeaux, France, the daughter of Hubert F. and Ameda (Lidia) Moreau.

Monique is survived by her children, son, Claude McKinney (Jodi) of Topeka, Kan,; daughter, Martine McKinney of Ottawa, Kan.; step-son, David Pitney (Rose) of Largo, Fla., step-daughters, Sheila Dixon (David) of Leavenworth, Theresa Mackey (Lolan) of Bentonville, Ark. and Linda Ford of Edwardsville, Kan.; and multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Eugene Wendell McEntee

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Eugene W. McEntee, 75, died peacefully at home in Kansas City, Mo., on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. He was born March 24, 1940, in Presque Isle, Maine, the son of Velora and Alton Black.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Susan (Kelsey); adored granddaughter, Danielle Perkey; two daughters, Michele Bills and Laura Picard; three sons, David Precht, Jason Bills and Ronald Bills II; a brother, Averil Black (Sandra); and a large extended family who loved him dearly.

He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and a dear friend to all who knew him. His generosity, hard work, fun-loving nature and commitment to family will never be forgotten.

Commemoration and visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 at R.L. Leintz Funeral Home in Leavenworth. Graveside services with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Oliana Dole Lemanua

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Oliana Dole Lemanua, was born, Feb. 26, 1939, in Fagatogo, American Samoa to Edwin Arthur Dole and Lemapu Tuku Dole. She was number 10, as mom would say, out of 15 children.

Oliana Dole Lemanua

She was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, great aunt, and great, great aunt. Mom was a woman of Faith, full of joy and had a caring heart. She touched many lives with her infectious laugh and smile.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her youngest daughter Dorcas Corena, and nine of her siblings.

She leaves behind her husband of 47 years Pale; her daughters, Marina, Tita and Lemapu; her sister, Amu’ula Dole Nakiso; brothers, Tarzan Dole, Reverend Dallas (Maria) Dole, Ray (Selena) Dole and Burton (Margaret) Dole; along with numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great, great nieces and nephews.

Mom went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 19, 2015. Mom’s visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, August 31, at the funeral home, 4701 10th Street in Leavenworth. Mom will be laid to rest at the Leavenworth National Cemetery. A reception will follow at June’s Northland Restaurant, 614 Pottawatomie in Leavenworth.

Mary Ann Frederick

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Mary Ann Frederick, 84, passed away, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. She was born in Leavenworth, Kan., June 29, 1931, the daughter of Leo D. and Francis M. (Morrison) Baragary.

Mary Ann Frederick

Mary Ann was a 1949 graduate of St. Mary Academy. In 1952, she married Edward Frederick. Together they established a family farm in rural Leavenworth that has endured now for sixty years. She was a member of Boling Canning Club, Little Stranger EHU, and secretary of the Little Stranger Church Board for many years. Her generosity, hard work, fun-loving nature and commitment to family and community will be remembered.

Edward Frederick and their infant daughter Pamela, preceded her in death. She is survived by two daughters, Debra (the late Timmy Howard) and Linda (Bernie) Bristow; four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She is also survived by her two brothers, Joseph Baragary and Bernard Baragary, sister Geraldine Howell and many nieces and nephews to whom she will always be “Aunt Mary Ann.” Her parents, infant brother William, and brother Leo Baragary preceded her in death.

The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27th at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home with a Rosary at 6 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m., Friday, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Patrick Joseph Rich

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Patrick Joseph Rich, 54, died peacefully at the University of Kansas Medical Center on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, surrounded by his family and friends.

Patrick Joseph Rich

Pat was born Feb. 3, 1961, in Lawrence Kan., the son of the late, Wayne Morris Rich, Sr. and Mary Jo (Schmidt) Rich. He was preceded in death by his brother, Wayne Martin Rich, Jr.

He became a native of Leavenworth in 1962. He was a 1980 alumni of Immaculata High School, student council member and scholar athlete. Pat was an avid sports fan and loved hunting, fishing and restoring his '68 HD and '70 Blazer. Pat shared a love of his Harley Davidson motorcycles with his wife and friends.

He was self-employed as Pat Rich Construction and Guttering, LLC. He was a master of his trade. He was a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus, the Leavenworth County Fish and Game Association, and Abate of Kansas. Pat was fun-loving, energetic, ingenious, and generous of heart and with his expertise.

Pat is survived by his wife of 30 years, Karen Supplee-Rich; his children, Megan E. Rich, Kansas City, Kan. and Adam Foster, Arkansas City, Kan.; one grandson, Jackson Dinges; his mother, Mary Jo Rich; additional survivors include his two brothers, Stephen Rich of Leavenworth and Michael (Patty) Rich of Boynton Beach, Fla.; as well as four sisters, Cynthia (Mike) Fraser of Leavenworth, Christine Perez of Rio Rancho, N. M., Mary Ellen (Martin) Mooradian of Richmond, Va., Elizabeth (Gordon) Sandercox of Lubbock, Texas and Veronica (Robert) Carroll of Weatherby Lake, Mo. He was an uncle to many nieces and nephews and he will forever be in our hearts.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to American Lung Association, Patient Access Network Foundation or Knights of Columbus Chapter 900.

Kenneth Joseph Fraser

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Kenneth Joseph Fraser Sr., 82, of Leavenworth, died Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at his home. He was born March 16, 1933, in Leavenworth, the son of Henry J. and Clare (Miller) Fraser.

Kenneth Joseph Fraser

Ken graduated from Immaculata High School in 1951. After graduation he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On July 21, 1953, he married Ruth E. Huycke in Lansing. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his children, Michael H. (Cynthia) Fraser of Leavenworth, William C. Fraser of Lansing and Lisa C. Fraser of Leavenworth; his grandchildren, Stephanie, Jeffrey and Ashley; his great grandchildren, Brandon and Zoey; and a brother, Robert Fraser all of Leavenworth.

He was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth J. Fraser Jr., on March 31, 2008, a brother, Donald Fraser and a sister, Rosemarie DiJoseph.

Ken worked for and retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons where he was a Superintendent of Industries when he retired, with 25 years of service. He was a very active member of Immaculate Conception Church. He was also a member of the Federal Prison Retirees Association, NARFE and AARP.

Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Immaculate Conception Church.

C.L. Lewis

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C.L. Lewis, 72, of Springfield, Mo., died unexpectedly, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in an automobile accident in Springfield, Mo. He was born on Feb. 19, 1943, in Marlin, Texas, the son of Cleo Lewis and Geneva (Sam) Logan.

C.L. Lewis

He served 20 years in the United States Army where he was a decorated Veteran of the Vietnam War. C.L. also retired from the Lansing Correctional Facility.

In 1967, he was united in marriage with his former wife, Cynthia Harris, from this union, survives four daughters, Stephanie (John) Thomas, Angelina (Alphonso) Hunley II, Rosalyn (Charles) Lewis-Burton and Reeshemah (Marq) Thomas; his mother, Geneva Logan of Littlefield, Texas; nine grandchildren, Charmaine, Stephanie, Chenavia, Leroy, Trevon, Rashayla, Sarai, Monece and Nishan; two sisters, Sarah Pouges of Grants, N.M. and Cora Logan of Littlefield, Texas.; two brothers, Bobby Dale Logan and Sammy Lee Logan both of Littlefield, Texas; along with a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Sam Logan; a sister, Mary Freeman; and two brothers, Mark Logan and Johnny Logan.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Rev. Donald A. Sprague

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Rev. Donald A. Sprague, 80, of Kansas City, Kan., went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. He was born on Sept. 18, 1934, in New Bedford, Mass., the oldest of eight children of William and Esther (Spencer) Sprague.

Rev. Donald A. Sprague

He moved to Quincy, Ill., at a young age and graduated from Quincy High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army and served in the 25th Infantry Division, with duty stations in Kansas, Maryland and Korea. On Dec. 11, 1953, Rev. Sprague married his high school sweetheart, Lois Jane Nixon.

He accepted his calling into the ministry in 1968, and served as interim pastor at several churches in Missouri, Illinois and Iowa. In 1970, he was ordained by the Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Quincy, Ill., to accept his first full-time pastorate at the Eighth and Center Streets Baptist Church in Hannibal, Mo.

In 1974, Rev. Sprague became pastor of the First Missionary Baptist Church in Leavenworth, where he served for 34 years. His wife, Lois, co-pastored along with him during the later years of his ministry. The couple mentored and licensed countless civilian and military ministers. He was requested to preach and instruct at military installations throughout the United States and Germany.

Rev. Sprague earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from St. Mary University in Leavenworth, and a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies from Lael College and Graduate School in St. Louis, Mo.

In addition to pastoring, Rev. Sprague worked full-time as a vocational counselor for the State of Kansas, and retired in 1998. His community involvement included prison ministry and he served as a volunteer police chaplain for the City of Leavenworth.

In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and watching classic westerns.

His pride and joy were his three daughters: Karen Reneé Sprague Crider, Karry Richardson and Dawn Ewing.

He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory, his wife of 62 years, Lois Jane Sprague of Kansas City, Kan.; two daughters, Karry (Cedric) Richardson of Hannibal, Mo., and Dawn Ewing of Leavenworth; five siblings, Betty (Luther) Rollins, Robert (Viola) Sprague, Kent (Gracie) Sprague, Janice Kaye Wigfall and Marvin (Katherine) Sprague; five grandchildren, Angel (Jon) Gullion, Raefeal Eric Crider, Jr., William Ewing, Jr., Joel (Stephanie) Richardson and Allison Ewing; seven great-grandchildren, Precious Gullion, Taleigha Crider, Araeyah Crider, Kaedon Crider, Ava Richardson, William Ewing, III and Anthony Ewing. He also leaves behind a loving host of nieces, nephews and other family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Karen Reneé Sprague Crider; a grandson, Trooper Jon Gullion; two brothers, Charles and William Sprague; and a sister, Gene Bailey.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at Independent Baptist Church. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, at the church. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

July 2015 Obituaries

Jack Richard Fulton

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

Jack Richard Fulton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials in Jack’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Donation forms will be available at both services.

Laura E. Stevenson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charles Robert Wood

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

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

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

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

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

Charles was active in the Elks Club and the Jaycees.

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

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

John Joseph Blume

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

John Blume

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

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

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

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

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. with the rosary prayed at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, July 19, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, at St. Joseph Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to American Veteran’s, Alzheimer’s Foundation or St. Joseph Catholic Church .

Marvin "Marv" LeRoy Burgess Jr.

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

Marvin Burgess

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

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Marv retired from the Leavenworth Stepkids Motorcycle Club.

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

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

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 17, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Burgess family for funeral and medical expenses.

Joseph Burton Matzeder

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

Joseph Burton Matzeder

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

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

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

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

Ronald Eugene Hale

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

Ronald Eugene Hale

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

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

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

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

Joy Dean Waters

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

Joy Waters

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

Joy worked for USD 469 for 20 years.

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

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

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

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

June 2015 Obituaries

Jaycee Jo Mickienzie Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gloria A. Inkman

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

Gloria A. Inkman

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anthony Patrick Reineke

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

Reineke

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

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

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

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

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

Kenneth Wayne Dugger

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jane Blazek

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

Jane Blazek

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

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

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

She was a dedicated and loving mother and grandmother.

Jane was also an organ donor.

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

Colleen Scott May

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

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

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

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

May 2015 Obituaries

George Bernard Harnish

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

George Harnish

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

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

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

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

Jeanne Moore

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

Jeanne Moore

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

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

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

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

Stephan Lively

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

Stephan Lively

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anneliese Marie Bauder

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

Anneliese Bauder

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

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

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

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

Randall Wayne Clark

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

Randall Clark

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

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

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

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

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Saint Lawrence Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Saint Lawrence Catholic Church.

John Michael Patrick

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

John Michael Patrick

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

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

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

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

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

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

John D. Chapman

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

John D. Chapman

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

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

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

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

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

John Burke

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

John Burke

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

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

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

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

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

Anna Lou Jackson

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

Anna Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 2015 Obituaries

Mary Ann Timmermann

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

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

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

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

Mary Sue Daniels

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

Mary Daniels

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

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

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

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

Donald J. Murray

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

Donald Murray

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

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

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

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

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

Marian L. Armstrong

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

Marian Armstrong

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

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

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

Leland "Buck" Keister

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

Leland Keister

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alice Marie Smith

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

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

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

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

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

Walter Lee Gum

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

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

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

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

Jeanette Roxanne Scrimsher

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

Jeanette Roxanne Scrimsher

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

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

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

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

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Hospital or Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Mary Eleanor Skahan

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

Mary Eleanor Skahan

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

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

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

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

Anthony A. Bielecki

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

Anthony A. Bielecki

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

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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

March 2015 Obituaries

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Andrew Gray Entwistle

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arlen Clark Davidson

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

Arlen Clark Davidson

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

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

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

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

Deborah Jane Clock

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

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

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

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

William Adams

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

William Adams

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

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

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

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

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

Herbert Keith Lutte

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

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

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

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

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

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

Miriam Blazier

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

Miriam Blazier

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

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

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

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

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church and St. Luke’s Hospice House.

February 2015 Obituaries

Catherine Lake

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

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

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

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

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

Kathelyn Matzeder

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

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

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

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

James Amason

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

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

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

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

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

Fukue "Ruby" Dominick

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

Fukue Dominick

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

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

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

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

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

Nancy Esher

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

Nancy Esher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

William Jeffrey West

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

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

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

Larry Henderson

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

Larry Henderson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robert Mitchell

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

Robert Mitchell

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

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

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

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

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

Stephen Wayne Traglio

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

Stephen W. Traglio

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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

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

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

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

Larry M. Armstrong

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

Larry Armstrong

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

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

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

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

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

Jesse F. Jones

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

Jesse F. Jones

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

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

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

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

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

Keith Lloyd Barker

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

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

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

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

Jimmy Lee Jones Jr.

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

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

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

 

 

Karin Barbara Lada

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

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

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

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

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

Lois M. Bacon

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

Lois M. Bacon

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

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

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

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

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

Later in life she enjoyed being a home maker.

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

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

January 2015 Obituaries

Robert Leslie Knopp

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

Robert Leslie Knopp

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marie V. Mlynarski

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

Marie V. Mlynarski

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

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

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

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

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

Patricia Spridgen

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

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

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

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

Berniece M. Caenen

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

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

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

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

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

 

 


 

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