Wesley Louis Browning

Wesley Louis Browning, 78, of Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at KU Medical Center. He was born Oct. 24, 1939, in Gatesville, Texas, the son of Wesley and Lillian (Stockton) Browning.

Wesley Browning

He graduated high school from California and joined the United States Army at 17 years old. During his first tour in Germany he met his wife in 1961, Melitta Kunz. He married Melitta on Dec. 12, 1964, in Friedberg, Germany. She survives at the home. He is also survived by their five children, Edith (Rheinhardt) Schmidt of Friedberg, Germany, Gerda (Carlos) Ayala-Pagan, Fred Browning, Brenda Miller all of Leavenworth and Donna Browning of Lansing; thirteen grandkids, Fred Mortenson, Petra Semmler, Sandra Bruck, Carlos Ayala-Pagan Jr., Aileen Ayala-Pagan, Savannah Vogel, Joshua Parker, Sierra Parker, Michaela Haskins, Wesley Browning, Patrick Browning, Hannah Miller and Noelle Miller; his honorary granddaughter, Kimberly Ayala-Pagan; thirteen great-grandchildren, Annabelle, Tyler, Rylan, Everly, Audrey, Emily, Gage, Emma, Adaline, Mia, Felizia, Avery, Hunter; two nieces, Genna McKinnley and Tammy Lambert; and his lifelong Army friends, Carl Arnold and Carl Goff.

Wesley was preceded in death by his parents; ; three brothers, Lonnie Browning, Ronald Browning and Rick Browning; a sister, Brenda Kay Browning; and a son-in-law, Brett Miller.

He served over 23 years in the Army where he lived across the U.S. and overseas. He had many duties during his time in the military his proudest being Tank Commander, Drill Sergeant and serving time in Vietnam. He received many awards during his time including the Combat Infantry Badge, Navy Marine Service Medal (Vietnam), Army Commendation Medal, Unit Citation Medal, Republic of Vietnam Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross), four Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal and two Awards for High Tank Crew for Table 8.

After retiring from the military, Wesley worked for and retired from the Fort Leavenworth Department of Defense. He also took a part-time job at Olympic Carwash which quickly turned into over 25 years of employment where he became a well-known figure at the Carwash and very close friends with the owners, Don and Nancy Grey.

Wesley was a member of the VFW and the American Legion. He was a hardworking honorable man who believed in family values. Wesley was also proud and patriotic and he believed in his country and all that it stands for. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 12 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project.