Gloria A. Inkman

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.