Joseph Eugene Fearn

Joseph Eugene Fearn, 84 of Leavenworth, succumbed peacefully to complications associated with post-polio syndrome surrounded by his family at Providence Medical Center on Saturday, June 2, 2012. He was born Aug. 11, 1927, in Bartley, Neb., the son of Ernest Edward and Rachel Marie ( LeDou) Fearn.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Fearn; children, Connie Aaron, Ken Fearn, Theresa Fearn, Danny Fearn, David Fearn Sharon Karczewski and Kari O’Rourke; brothers and sisters, Rose Marie Fearn, Therese “Tess” Armstrong, Joan Comiskey, and Bernard Fearn; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters, Evelyn Harrison and Ruth Daley.

All who knew him and those who just met him knew that he loved to make people laugh. Although he was stricken with polio at the age of three, he never let it slow him down. He was sent to the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth farm when he was orphaned as a young teen. He had incredible internal fortitude. The story goes that he was putting up hay with the guys at the farm and was unable to keep up; instead of quitting, he threw down his crutches and abandoned his braces in the field where they reside to this day.

In 1949, he married Mildred Parsons and together they had six beautiful, smart and kind children. In 1972, he married his second wife, Evelyn (Huonker-O'Rourke) and adopted a seventh child, Kari O'Rourke. Recently, he was talking to Sister Paula Rose and told her that he loved his children more than anything in the world. He was passionate; no one ever had to guess what he was thinking. He was the owner of Fearn's Furniture and Appliances at 6th & Cherokee for the majority of his adult life and had The Farm west of town. There was not a more loyal Royals, Chiefs or KU fan ever born.

The visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth.