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Leavenworth Area 2019 Obituaries

April 2019 Obituaries

Alford Endlsey Jr.

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Alford Raymond Endsley Jr., 64, of Basehor, died,Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Medicalodge. He was born November 13, 1954, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Alfred and Rosalie (Albright) Endsley.

On Nov. 23, 1973, he married his loving wife of 45 years, Holly A. Passler in Craven County, N.C. She survives at the home. He is also survived by two daughters, Jennifer (Shawn) Marvel and Patricia McCann both of Basehor, Kan.; two sons, Alford (Katie) Endsley III of Bonner Springs, Kan., and Andrew (Amanda) Endsley of Edwardsville, Kan.; four sisters, Patricia (Joel) Weiner, Linda “Katie” (Gilbert) Moore, Ruby Wyatt, Rebecca (Richard) Ariaga; four brothers, August “Gus” (Jane) Endsley, Richard (Teresa) Endsley, Randy (Lisa) Endsley, and Albert Endsley; and ten grandchildren.

He served in the United States Marine Core from 1971-1977. He also worked at a sheet metal worker for the Local 2 where he retired in 2004.

Alford loved riding his Harleys. He always had more than one! He was a member of the Masonic Lodge where he was a Master Mason 32nd degree and served as worshipful Master in 1996.

A visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 22, 2019, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorial donations are suggested to the funeral home for funeral expenses.

Douglas G. Walker

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Douglas G. Walker, 62, passed away Sunday, April 14, 2019, at Providence Medical Center. He was born Sept. 11, 1956, in Leavenworth, Kan., the son of Plummer E. Walker Jr. and Lucy B. Green.

Doug Walker

He is survived by two brothers, Plummer E. Walker III, of Yukon, Okla., and Danny E. Walker of Vacaville, Calif.; four sisters, Marsha A. Taylor of Clarksville, Tenn., Debra M. Walker-Wake, Vanessa M. Walker-McNeill and Evelyn L. Walker-Buford all of Leavenworth; a very special aunt, Evelyn M. Branch; a nephew, Marcus Wake; three great nieces, Ge-Aunna, Gabby and Geniah McNeill; and a great nephew, Gevon McNeill.

Vanessa was truly her brothers keeper, helping take care of him alongside her sisters Debra and Evelyn.

Douglas loved animals. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, riding motorcycles, working on automobiles, woodworking and making birdhouses.

A funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 19, 2019, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

William James "Bill" Schrandt

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William James “Bill” Schrandt, died, Thursday, April 11, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospice House. He was born March 31, 1944, to William and Beatrice (Vodrazka) Schrandt in Delphos, Kan.

Bill spent his youth on the family farm. and was a lifelong member of the Bohemian Lodge near the farm.

On Sept. 16, 1967, Bill married the love of his life, Betty Rogers, and they celebrated 51 years together. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Shawna Mazeitis (Drew), Stephanie Boone (Mordecai), William Joseph and Suzanne Schrandt (Jay Sumner); nine grandchildren, Jake, Kallen, Cole and Paige Mazeitis, Elijah and Dempsey Boone, Harper and Etta Schrandt and Braden Smith; a sister, Mary Alice; a brother, Robert Schrandt; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Early in his youth, Bill enjoyed playing the trumpet while his mother accompanied him on the piano. From that experience grew his love of music, and he went on playing the trumpet in high school, with the Kansas State Wildcat band and for many years with the Marvin Prochaska Polka Band.

Bill graduated from Glasco High School in 1962. He began college at Kansas State, but that was interrupted by his commissioning as a Lieutenant in the Army during the Vietnam war. He served in Vietnam for a year, then opted to go back to finish his degree in industrial engineering at Kansas State and make the Army his career.

Bill spent 24 years in the Army, both stateside and in Germany and in a 6-month special project in Liberia. His family became accustomed to moving and making new friends in duty stations in Bamberg, Germany, Ft. Belvoir, Va., Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., Ft. Riley, Kan., Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., and his favorite the US Army Corps of Engineers in Kansas City, where he was Deputy Chief of Engineers for military construction. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1992.

Following his first retirement, Bill returned to school, this time at the University of Kansas to obtain a degree in civil engineering. He then accepted the position of Public Works Director for Lansing, Kan., and went from there to a stint with an engineering firm in Lawrence, Kan., and finally to the position of Director of Engineering and Planning in Louisburg, Kan. After his second retirement, he fulfilled his ambition to be a farmer and spent several years working the family farm near Glasco.

Wherever they went, Bill and Betty were recognized for their beautiful and seemingly effortless dancing. Bill’s love of dancing was passed on to his kids and it wasn’t unusual for an impromptu dance party to occur in the kitchen of their home in Lansing on any given Saturday afternoon. Bill also loved to cook and entertain, and while not the most outspoken, he loved a room full of family and friends enjoying each other’s company and laughing together. His role as grandpa or “Papa” was also one he cherished and every Schrandt grandchild enjoyed “tractor” rides and many, many bowls of ice cream.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; a younger sister, Margaret Ann; and a younger brother Steven.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. with the rosary at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at St. Francis de Sales Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St Francis de Sales Built on the Rock.

Gilbert Joseph Porter

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Gilbert Joseph Porter, 81, of Leavenworth, died, Monday, April 8, 2019, surrounded by his family. He was born July 30, 1937 in West Springfield, Massachusetts, the son of Warren and Alita (Delphy) Porter.

Gil is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Linda. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Michele (Matt) Porter Will of Burke, Virginia, Susan Porter Hoins of Leavenworth, Kansas, Bridget (Jeff) Porter Synk of Denver, Colorado, Jeffery Porter of Leavenworth, Abby (Darren) Walker of Leavenworth, Jodi (Steve) Thiel of Austin, Texas, and Rachael (Mike) Fitzgibbons, of Gardner, Kansas; ten grandchildren; a sister, Marilyn Horton of West Springfield, Massachusetts; one aunt, Lorraine Masotti of Springfield, Massachusetts.

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

Gil graduated from West Springfield High School and in 1959 was drafted by the U.S. Army. Gil trained at Military Police School in Ft. Gordon, Georgia and was then stationed at Ft. Leavenworth where he served in the 205th Military Police Company. During his time there he served on the Honor Guard and was selected as Soldier of the Month in 1960. After completing active duty at Ft. Leavenworth he served in the Army reserve for four years.

In 1963, Gil began his firefighting career in Ft. Leavenworth. Gil was a firefighter from 1963 to 1967 for the Ft. Leavenworth Fire Department and the Leavenworth Fire Department. In 1967, he began working for Sadtk’s Furniture where he was in management for nine years. In 1973, Gil and Linda opened Porter’s Retail Liquor Store and ran a successful business for forty years. In 1976 Gil returned to the Ft. Leavenworth Fire Department where he served until his retirement from the department in 1995.

Gil was well known in the Leavenworth community.

He enjoyed vegetable gardening and working in his yard. He learned farming growing up helping his father and uncle on the farm in Massachusetts and later operated the farm with his uncle. Gil carried that passion throughout his lifetime and faithfully grew tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers in his home garden. He was known for never sitting still and would always be on the go maintaining his home and the business.

After retirement one of Gil and Linda’s favorite things to do was to visit Branson, Missouri. Gil cherished his children and grandchildren and brought joy to his family. He will be deeply missed by family and friends.

A celebration of life will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at the Leavenworth Riverfront Community Center. A private burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Council on Aging Meals on Wheels.

March 2019 Obituaries

James Noel

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James “Bud” Marshall Noel, 52, passed away, Friday, March 29, 2019, at his home. He was born Sept. 10, 1966, to James and Norma Noel.

James M. Noel

Bud was preceded in death by his parents; and his late love, Susan Corbett.

He is survived by three children, Jacob (Melissa) Noel, Samantha (CJ) Garrett and Lacy (BJ) Gorrel; Jennifer VanGorder his wife of 15 years before they divorced and mother of Jacob and Samantha; four sisters, Julie Noel, Jamie (Terry) Saldivar, Janice (David) Van Parys and Geneva (Robert) Rush; Robert and David Doelz, who were thought of as brothers; seven grandchildren; and Katy Mauricio whom he was adored by.

Bud was a painter by trade but was considered a jack of all trades by those who knew him. He was an outdoorsman who loved collecting rocks and globes and had hopes of taking a cross country trip one day. Bud was a great friend to all and a loving father and grandfather who will be missed by all who knew him.

A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A celebration of life dinner will follow at the Funeral Home.

Mark Duane Ramsden

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Mark D. Ramsden, 52, of Leavenworth, died unexpectedly, Saturday, March 30, 2019, at his home. He was born Sept. 12, 1966, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Howard Ramsden and Vicky (Tripp) Ramsden.

Mark Ramsden

He graduated from Desoto High School in 1985 and attended Johnson County Community College. Mark served his country honorably in the U.S. Army as a signal soldier in Korea and at Ft. Hood, Texas, before settling in Leavenworth. He worked at AT&T for over 23 years.

On March 3, 2003, Mark married Janet Wilsbacher. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his parents; two brothers, Marty (Kym) of Basehor, Kan., and Morgan of Golden, Colo.; his mother-in-law, Mildred Albert; three brothers-in-law, John (Shawna), Mark and Richard (Sandy) Wilsbacher; two sisters-in-law, Alice (John) Price and Joan (Don) Edelman; and several nieces and nephews.

Mark was an avid cyclist and a frequent ride designer and leader for the Santa Fe Trails Bicycle Racing Team. He was known as a strong rider, but more – a great rider – who would often ride with others to motivate and encourage. He became an advocate of gravel riding – getting out into the counties around Leavenworth and taking in the scenery from the seat of his bike. He was also a bike commuter; braving even the worst weather going back and forth to work.

He was also a big NASCAR fan. He was especially a Dale Earnhardt Sr. fan. Mark spent many weekends at the track and in the infield camping with his family and enjoying the races. Mark also enjoyed Chiefs games with friends and family.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2019, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. A funeral Mass will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church (407 Cherry St, Weston, MO 64098). Burial will take place at a later date. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to St. Vincent’s Clinic or Operation Wildlife (OWL).

Raymond Dennis Jackson

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Raymond Dennis Jackson, 91, of Lansing, died Saturday, March 30, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospice House.

On October 27, 1956, Ray married Wanda Maurine Bietka. She preceded him in death.

He is survived by his daughter, Pam Jackson; and a nephew, Joe (Barbara) Bietka and his two children.

Ray had numerous hobbies including motorcycles, duck hunting and playing when he was younger.

A graveside service will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2019, at Mt. Muncie Cemetery Mausoleum. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Robert "Bob" Lee Winterscheidt

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Robert “Bob” Lee Winterscheidt, 84, of Leavenworth, died just shy of his 85th birthday, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Louisburg, Kan. He was born April 7, 1934, in Seneca, Kan., to Roy H. and Marcena C. (Duckers) Winterscheidt.

Bob Winterscheidt

Bob spent his childhood on the family farm six miles south of Fairview, Kan. He graduated from St. Peter and Paul Catholic High School in Seneca. Bob was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served two years.

He owned and operated “Bob’s Market” at 5th and Pawnee in the early 60’s. He later worked for the federal prison system and retired from there in 1989.

On April 22, 1957, Bob married Elaine A. Scanlan in Chapman, Kan. She survives at the home. He is also survived by two sons, Dan (Debi) Winterscheidt of Johnston, Penn., and Larry Winterscheidt of Olathe, Kan.; thee daughters, Ann (David) Lord of Leavenworth, Lori (John) Youngworth and Teresa (Mike) Lemke both of Louisburg, Kan.; a brother, Glen Winterscheidt of San Diego, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Jean Scanlan and Bernice Scanlan; 19 grandchildren, Patrick (Melissa), Randy and Shawn Lord, Jenny (Dave) Valazquez, Evan, Hannah, Aidan and Meredith Winterscheidt, Aaron (Kendall), Aric and Adam Youngworth, Aimee (James) Campbell, Matthew (Ashley), Emily, Curtis, Megan, Erin and Catie Lemke and Sarah (Mike) Ragan; and 17 great-grandchildren, Lyndon, Reagan, Carter, Grant, Isabelle, Clint, Emmett, Heston, Amelia, Grant, Eleanor, Allister, Eilish, Elaina, Avery, Josie and Vivian.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Carroll and Lawrence Winterscheidt.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. To his family he was “Mr. Fix It”. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, woodworking, cooking and grocery shopping.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. with the rosary prayed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2019, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. at St. Joseph Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Because of his strong belief in catholic education memorials are suggested to Xavier Catholic School.

Anneliese Moreland

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Anneliese Moreland, 89 of Leavenworth, died Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Twin Oaks in Lansing. She was born, Oct. 31, 1929, in Nurnberg, Germany, the daughter of Johann and Anna (Kolb) Friedrich.

On March 6, 1959, she married James “Jimmy” Moreland in Los Angeles, Calif. He preceded her in death.

She is survived by her siblings, Charlotte Popp, Hans Friedrich and Else Bauer, all of Nurnberg, Germany. She is also survived by her nephew, Hans Friedrich and a niece, Birgitta Popp; her friends, Ben Melick, Mike and Robin Johnson and family, Bill and Mary Bentley, Al Prospero and many stitching friends.

Anneliese was a former Vice President of Marketing for Pioneer Chicken (Now Popeye’s) and was the owner of L.A. Stitching Store.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mount Muncie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to “LAWS” (Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society).

Robert Eugene Gillette

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Robert Eugene Gillette, 89, of Galesburg, Ill., passed away Sunday, March 17, 2019.

Robert was born Dec. 25, 1929, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Halbert and Vinada Gillette. He graduated from Galesburg High School in 1948 and joined the Navy. He married Rose Edna Boyd in 1951.

He leaves as his legacy four children: Andrea Frymire (Randy), Anita Scheer, Robert M. Gillette (Roberta), Rose Marie Gillette. He also leaves to cherish his memory three siblings, 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Chief Petty Officer Gillette served his country as an Aviation Electronics Technician for the United States Navy for 20 years. After moving to Leavenworth, Kan., in 1996 he served over 7500 hours as a volunteer at the Department of Veterans Affairs and was affectionately known as “Mr. Coffee.”

No services are planned. The family requests donations be made to the Volunteer Services at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Janice Koch

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Janice Lynn Koch, 74, of Leavenworth, Kansas, passed peacefully in her home, Friday afternoon, March 15, 2019.

Janice Koch

Jan was a loving and cherished daughter, wife, mother and wonderful friend as well as an active respected volunteer within the community. Born Janice Lynn Furtado August 2, 1944, at Wareham, Massachusetts, she grew up on Cape Cod residing in Falmouth. Jan was the only child of Manuel Vargas Furtado and Emily Freitas Costa. She recalled Franklin D. Roosevelt was President and the U.S. was at war with Germany and Japan. Frank Sinatra was wooing the girls at Rockaway Beach in New Jersey and in New York City; radio was the world's communication line to current events and entertainment. Families gathered in the evening to listen to Amos and Andy, Nelson Eddy, Jack Benny and the swing of the Big Bands.

Jan was fond of her 100% Portuguese heritage descended from Fayal, Azores. Her immigrant parents and relatives spoke Portuguese in the home and English as a second language. Her childhood experiences fueled a lifelong passion for family history connecting family in Europe, America, and even South America. She was fond of reading, writing and continuous learning.

Jan loved her family. She married Henry S. Koch of Manchester Missouri in 1970 and started a wonderful family of two girls and two boys which grew to be 15 including grandchildren Grammy, as she liked to be called, loved her children dearly and loved to send custom made birthday cards and holiday greetings to each never failing. Though never wealthy, she and her husband Hank found ways to occasionally travel worldwide and even served for 12 months as missionaries together in Buenos Aires, Argentina 2011-2012. She was a stalwart example of faith and spirituality to all those who knew her and often had uplifting words of advice and love for those around her. She was an amazing friend. Her acts of spiritual service touched countless people. She loved visiting those who needed a kind word or a material need. Beyond church service she volunteered in Leavenworth as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children for several years and served as clerk for the Kickapoo Township.

Jan is survived by her husband Henry, her daughter Erica L. Koch-Wight, Son, Stephen H. Koch, daughter Susanne E. Koch, and son Henry A. Koch and eight grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2019, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday with visitation an hour prior, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (1020 Limit Street, Leavenworth). A private family graveside service will be at a later time.

Claudine Dennison-Hathaway

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Claudine Dennison-Hathaway, “The Little French Lady”, passed away peacefully, March 11, 2019, at Twin Oaks. She was born February 7, 1936, in Paris, France, the daughter of Nissem and Suzanne (Frangie) Benezra.

Claudine Hathaway

As a six-year-old, Claudine was a French Jew and she survived the Nazi invasion of France by being hidden away on a rural farm in France where she was separated from her family for two years.

In 1960, Claudine married SGM G.L. Dennison in Tours, France. From this union she had two sons. They divorced in 1982 and she moved to Sun City West, Ariz., to start a new life where she lived for 25 years.

In 2000, she met and married Gary Hathaway. He preceded her in death in 2010. She was also preceded in death by her parents of Poitiers, France; and a granddaughter, Michelle Suzanne Dennison.

Claudine is survived by two sons, Gerald (Linda) Dennison of Hutchinson, Kan., and Patrick (Catherine) Dennison of Leavenworth, Kan. Of Leavenworth; two granddaughters, Christina (Justin) Albee and Chelsea Michelle Dennison; two great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Alex Albee; two brothers, Maurice Benezra of Poitiers, France, and Alain Benezra of Nantez, France; and many nieces and nephews through France.

She was a long-time resident of Leavenworth. She worked retail at JC Penney and at First National Bank as a teller for many years.

Claudine loved sewing, arts and crafts, dancing and winning at Scrabble at all costs. She loved her life, her family and had an infectious laugh.

By her request there will be no formal services. She will be cremated and escorted back to France by her family. Claudine will be sorely missed but never forgotten. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Au revoir pour l’instant maman.

Lawrence Joseph Eddy

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Lawrence “Larry” Joseph Eddy, 56 of Leavenworth, passed away, Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at the University of Kansas Hospital. He was born Feb. 22, 1963, in Fort Leonard wood, Mo., the son of Walter Ebert and Doris Jean (Crow) Eddy. .

On April 19, 1995, he married Roberta G. Snellings in Leavenworth. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his children, Madison Leigh Eddy and Abigail McLean Eddy; his sister Debra L. (Jim) Powell; his brother, William E. Eddy; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Walter E. Eddy Jr. and Andrew S. Eddy.

Larry was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he served as an elder.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Cremation will follow the service. Funeral arrangements provided by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the funeral home.

Ingeborg Cochran

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Ingeborg “Inge” Cochran, 83, of Leavenworth, passed away, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. She was born June 20, 1935, in Stuttgart, Germany, to Hans and Elsa Potenberg.

Ingeborg Cochran

Inge was united in marriage to Thomas V. Cochran in 1963, at the Evangelische Gemeindshafts Kirche in Stuttgart, Germany. As a devoted and loving military wife, Inge supported all her husband’s endeavors in the United States Armed Forces, which included two tours in Vietnam.

Inge was a bi-lingual (German/English) executive secretary for over 20 years. As a young woman, Inge translated a movie for American film producer Andrew Solt, in Stuttgart. Upon transfer to Fort Leavenworth in the early 1980s with her family, Inge began her illustrious career in real estate as a realtor associate and relocation specialist with both Century 21 and Reilly and Sons. She served two terms as Director on the Leavenworth Board of Realtors and one term on the Leavenworth Board of Realtors MLS Committee. Her outgoing personality touched many people and continued as she started her third career as a fine artist. Painting became her passion. Inge participated in juried art shows in both Kansas and Missouri, receiving numerous awards for her paintings and photography. Her artwork is displayed around the world.

Inge was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church in Leavenworth, having served on the Board of Trustees, Finance Committee and Administrative Committee. She was also a member of the Leavenworth County Artists Association, Leavenworth Arts Council, Greater Kansas City Artists Association, Missouri Water Color Society, American Business Women’s Association – Lady Liberty Chapter, Leavenworth/Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce – Women’s Division and National Association of Professional Women. Her community service included working with the Leavenworth Election Board, community clean ups, and wherever needed. In 1987, Inge was named “Woman of the Year” by the Lady Liberty Chapter of ABWA, the same award received by her daughter, Barbara, 25 years later from the ABWA Sterling Chapter of Jefferson City, Missouri.

Traveling around Europe and the United States was an exciting aspect of Inge’s life. She loved to experience different cultures and Inge’s love for people was a wonderful addition to her family life. She lived a full, exciting and rewarding life, and has peacefully gone Home to her Heavenly Father.

Left to celebrate Inge’s life and mourn her passing are her husband, Thomas of Leavenworth; and her daughter, Barbara Cochran of Jefferson City, Missouri.

A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church in Leavenworth with Rev. Dr. Dave York officiating. Burial will follow at the Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church of Leavenworth. Arrangements entrusted to R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Ronald H. White

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Ronald H. White, 70, of Leavenworth, Kan., passed away peacefully, March 4, 2019. He was born August 23, 1948, in Suffolk, Va., the son of the late Rupert T. White, Sr. and Goldie Byrum White.

Ron White

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Rupert T. White, Jr. “R.T.” in 2012.

Ron worked as a U.S. Army civilian employee for 40 years, working at Ft. Monroe, Va., from 1970 to 1976 and at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. from 1976 to 2010. At the time of his retirement, Ron was the Director of the Network Enterprise Center (NEC).

He was a member of Leavenworth First United Methodist Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher, a Disciple class leader and chaired and served on various committees. He was passionate about God, the church and the people.

Ron is survived by his wife of 45 years, Cindy Nelson White; two children, Brian J. White and wife, Kellie and their children Willem and Jenna, of Platte City, Mo. and Brandon C. White and wife, Sarah and their twin daughters, Claire and Paige, of Gardner, Kan.

He loved his family and received great joy from raising a family. He was blessed and so happy to be a Grandpa.

The family will receive friends for visitation at Leavenworth First United Methodist Church, 422 Chestnut, Leavenworth, KS, on Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leavenworth First United Methodist Church. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

February 2019 Obituaries

Irene Elizabeth Schmidling

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Irene Elizabeth Schmidling, 92, of Leavenworth, died, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital. She was born June 24, 1926, in Leavenworth, Kan., the daughter of Marion Francis and Bessie Irene (Flint) Crook.

Irene Schmidling

On Dec. 27, 1941, Irene married Vincent Eugene Schmidling. He preceded her in death in May of 1977. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Mervin Crook; two sisters, Donna J. Moyle and Cleo M. Bird; and an infant great great grandson, Frank E. DeMaranville.

Irene is survived by two daughters, Carolyn I. DeMaranville of Leavenworth and Darla K. Gwartney of Lansing, Kan.; three sons, Vincent E. Schmidling of Leavenworth, Dan C. Moyle of Oregon and Duane A. Schmidling of Leavenworth; 24 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Darlyne Pape of Boise, Idaho, Helen Schmidling of Leavenworth and Wilma Kirschner of Scotts Bluff, Neb.; a brother-in-law, Donald Schmidling (Dorothy Klamm) of Basehor, Kan.; numerous nephews and nieces; and her beloved furbaby, Sunshine.

She worked as a checker at both A&P and Kroger grocers in Leavenworth. She later worked at Gould Battery Factory, Hallmark Cards and the E-Z Shop before retiring.

Irene’s passion was all the grandchildren, including both family and children of the community, who she loved and babysat for 40+ years. She was affectionately known as “Granny” to the entire community. When she wasn’t preparing delicious meals, Irene enjoyed working jigsaw puzzles, bird watching and playing games such as Dominoes, Bunco and Yahtzee. She also loved flower gardening, traveling and fishing with her family.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, at St. Joseph of the Valley Church, with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to Saint Joseph of the Valley Catholic Church.

Petra Tillman

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Petra Theresia Tillman, 57, of Leavenworth, died, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at Providence Medical Center. She was born Oct. 6, 1961, in Frankfurt, Germany, the daughter of Wilhelm and Annelie (Aumann) Boes.

On Sept. 20, 1984, Petra married Carl Tillman in Denmark.. He survives at the home. She is also survived by a daughter, Denise Tillman of Leavenworth; a son, William Tillman of Leavenworth; and two friends, Audrey Small and Birgit Burggraf – Barron.

She was an active member of “S.N.A.P.” Special Needs Advocacy Partnership and she enjoyed volunteering for the Special Olympics.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2019, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A memorial service will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the “S.N.A.P.” Special Needs Advocacy Partnership.

Robert Mark Honeyfield

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Robert Mark Honeyfield, 82, of Lansing, died, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at his home. He was born June 5, 1936, in Raton, N.M., the son of Verne and Irene Honeyfield.

Robert Honeyfield

He is survived by a son, Joel Mark Honeyfield of Leavenworth, Kan.; a daughter, Laurie (Keith) K. Hable of Lansing, Kan.; two grandchildren, Austin (Rachel) Hable of Kansas City, Mo.; and Kaitlin Hable of Independence, Mo.

Robert was in the United States Army and then served as Chief of Social Work Service at the VA in Leavenworth.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Georgia Joelene Honeyfield; and a brother, Vern Honeyfield.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home. A memorial service with military honors will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to “H.E.L.P.” Health Environment Learning Program (P.O. Box 10885, College Station, TX, 77845).

Bradley Wayne Nolan

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Bradley Wayne Nolan, 22, of Leavenworth, died, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. He was born Aug. 24, 1996, in Leavenworth, the son of Thomas Solobrimo and Ronnita Nolan.

He is survived by his parents; his maternal grandmother, Annette Paden; his paternal grandmother, Laura Solombrino; ten siblings, Rayvn, Zia, Kayana, Juan, Thomas, Qaleel, Rakim, TJ, Maleeq and Sasha.

Brad enjoyed drawing, being with his friends, taking selfies and music.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the service.

Joseph Jauernig

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Joseph William Jauernig, 80 of Lansing Kan., passed away at his home, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. He was born in Louisburg, Kan., March 13, 1938, the son of Paul and Rose (Noll) Jauernig.

Joseph Jauernig

Joe spent most of his life in Lansing and was an active member of the National Guard. He owned and operated Joe’s Excavating Inc. He loved tractors of any kind and participated many times in the local tractor pull contest. He also was a regular racer at the Lakeside Speedway. His greatest love was his pets and all animals. Teasing his nieces and nephews was a full-time job at all family gatherings, as well as taking them for rides on his tractors. His large gardens each year allowed him to supply the family and neighborhood with fresh produce.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Rose Jauernig.

He is survived by two step-daughters, Billie Sue Conklin and Sheryl Kelly, both of Clearwater, Fla; three brothers, Edward Jauernig (Ruth) of Leavenworth, John Jauernig (Sandy), of Leavenworth, Francis Leo Jauernig (Sandy) of Lenexa; and four sisters, Mary Louise Fink of Eloy Ariz., Rose Marie White (Albert), of Leavenworth, Sister Paula Rose Jauernig, Sister of Charity of Leavenworth and Helen Irene Schalipp (Clifford) of Tijeras, N.M.

Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, at St. Francis de Sales Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials suggested to St Francis de Sales Building Fund.

Pauline Belford

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Pauline Opal Belford, 99, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at Homestead Assisted Living Facility in Leavenworth, Kan., of natural causes surrounded by her children. Pauline was born on Feb. 8, 1920, in the small town of Byron, Okla., to Paul and Inez Rader. She grew up in Blackwell Okla. She married COL (Ret) Jack F. Belford and had five children; Janice, Kathy, Matt, Patricia and Mark; 13 Grandchildren and 15 Great- grandchildren.

Pauline Belford

She will be fondly remembered by all who knew her as an elegant, refined lady who infused style and a touch of class in all that she did. Additionally, her friends will remember her as a person that they could always rely on, being there for them in both the good times, as well as the bad times. Pauline’s children will remember her as a devoted Mother and a dedicated Army wife who always provided for them during the ever-changing military life and who, in her own unique way, helped each of them as they lived their lives.

As a member of the Greatest Generation, she lived through the Great Depression, the Oklahoma Dust Bowl, World War II, the Cold War and the turn of the 21st Century---all momentous events in world history. During her life, she experienced her Mother feeding Hobo’s traveling the rails; the dust blowing through every crevasse of her home; working for the Boeing Aircraft Company, during the War; marrying a professional Army Officer, traveling the world for 30 years while raising a family; retired life on a beautiful lake in Kentucky; and finally settling in Leavenworth, enjoying her Golden Years with family and friends. While living an exciting and challenging life, she also had numerous accomplishments which included; successfully running various small businesses from her home, leading numerous military wives’ organizations which assisted Army families, volunteering in a variety of charitable organizations which supported the local civilian communities and actively participating in her beloved Southern Baptist Churches. Even with all her experiences and accomplishments, she most fondly remembered the little moments that truly gave her pleasure: eating watermelon on her Uncle Johnny’s family farm near Byron; gardening in her yard; sewing clothes for both herself, her daughters and her granddaughters; entertaining her friends in her home and living her faith in Jesus. A LIFE WELL LIVED.

A funeral service will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Cremation will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, please send denotations to “The Wounded Soldiers’ Program.”

January 2019 Obituaries

Margaret New

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Margaret M. New, 97, of Leavenworth, Kan., died peacefully Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at Twin Oaks Nursing Home following an illness. She was born in Des Moines, Iowa on July 15, 1921, the daughter of Earl J. and Ethel A. (Wood) Burgess.

Margaret New

She married the love of her life, Jack O. New on Dec. 25, 1940, a U.S. Army soldier in Des Moines, Iowa. They moved to California where he trained for an overseas assignment to the South Pacific. She then moved back to the mid-west with their daughter, while Jack was deployed to the south seas. She bought a home in Kansas City, Kan. and worked at the Fairfax B-25 assembly plant as a Rosie the Riveter. After her husband's return from WWII, they moved to a farm where they expanded their family. They later bought a farm in Leavenworth County where her husband built a house big enough for their five children. In 1962 they bought a house in Leavenworth and she lived there until 2018. Margaret worked at Hallmark Cards, the Glove Factory, Leavenworth High School and as a packer at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.

Margaret loved exercising and swimming. She swam at the Leavenworth Community Center until she was 92 and exercised every day of her life. She was a strong advocate for eating healthy and being physically active.

She is preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two brothers, Connie and Bob; sons-in-law, Kenneth King and George Corriston.

She is survived by her children, Jackie (Mike) Beebe of Kingston, Okla., Joyce King of Griffin, Ga., Judy Corriston of Sherman, Texas, Jerry (Linda) New of Leavenworth and Jim (Gigi) New of Griffin, Ga.; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandchild.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Crossroads Hospice.

Leo Forge

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Leo M. Forge, of rural Leavenworth, died Wednesday Jan. 30, 2019, at Country Care Nursing Home in Easton. He was 80. Leo was a farmer for most of his life and enjoyed working with the land and animals. He served in the Kansas Army National Guard and United States Army.

Leo was born September 3, 1938 in Leavenworth, KS the son of Leo F Forge and Irene Culp Forge.

He is survived by a brother Walter Forge of Leavenworth; a sister, Margarete (Joe) Kowalewski of Clinton, Tenn.; one nephew, Brian (Tina) Kowalewski of Fredericksburg, Va.; three nieces, Marilyn (Ken) Jones of Lenoir City, Tenn., Shawna (Keith) Herd of Pontiac, Mo. and Nancy Forge of Leavenworth; and several great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Raymond Forge.

Visitation will be held at R.L. Leintz funeral home Tuesday February 5, 2019 6 to 8 pm. A grave side service will be held Wednesday February 6, 2019 at 1:30 at the shelter at the Leavenworth VA National cemetery.

Marjorie Krattli

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Marjorie S. Krattli, 96, of Leavenworth, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at Twin Oaks Health and Rehab in Lansing, Kan. She was born April 13, 1922, in Manhattan, Kan., the daughter of Robert B. and Irene (Hoffhines) Swan.

In 1944, she graduated from Kansas State University. On Sept. 19, 1950, she married, Ralph J. Krattli in Leavenworth. He preceded her in death Sept. 22, 2007. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Ella Duckwall.

Marjorie is survived by two sons, Bob (Becky) Krattli and Tom (Mary Ann) Krattli; her grandchildren, Skip Duckwall, Layla (Tim) Barrington, Bob Krattli, Michael (Liz) Krattli, Sarah (Austin) Collins, Anna Krattli and Martha Krattli; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at First United Methodist Church. Inurnment will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Patricia Gachet

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Beloved sister, Patricia Gachet, 58, Leavenworth, Kan., departed life Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at Hickory Pointe Care & Rehabilitation Nursing Home Center, Oskaloosa, Kan. Patricia was born May 11,1960, in Leavenworth, the daughter of George D. Gachet Jr. and Alice V. Gachet.

Patricia Gachet

Left to cherish her memory are her siblings, George D. Gachet III, Mary L. Gachet, Vanessa Spellman, Jefferey J. Gachet, Marcus P. Gachet, Cleve Gachet, Rachel Gachet; her uncle, Jefferson (Mary) Gachet; the McGruder family and the Gilmore family. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Gregory Gachet. She was a long-time member of Independence Baptist Church, of Leavenworth. She attended all local schools and was a graduate of Leavenworth High School.

Patricia was employed by Riverside Resources in Leavenworth, as a Craft Assembly worker. She was also a 20-year resident of Planters II Apartments in Leavenworth, where she enjoyed serving some of the guests and residents’ meals from the service kitchen. She had a hobby for electronics and enjoyed working on numerous small electronic projects. She had a deep loving affection for children, cats, dogs, animals and all things beautiful. She loved and enjoyed watching Turner Classic Movies (TCM), Cartoons, Children’s movies, and binge-watching Nickelodeon movies.

Patricia was very religious, had a deep loving devotion to God and her family. Despite having a debilitating physical handicap, she never complained about her disability, she kept a very positive vision looking toward her life’s future. She was very self-reliant and an inspiration to her fellow peers, which was a blessing from God. She was a very loving supporting sister and friend. We are very proud of all her life’s achievements and the time we spent together here on earth. As family and friends, we are all honored and proud to have called Patricia Gachet our friend and sister. Patricia will truly be missed.

A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery.

Brian K. Elliott

February 6, 1967 - January 11, 2019

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Brian K. Elliott entered the gates of Heaven to be joined with his mother and Lord and Savior on January 11, 2019, at the age of 51, surrounded by his loving family. Brian’s mother, Teri Elliott, preceded him in death in March 2005. Father Ronald Elliott is still living. Brian leaves behind a sister, Rhonda Croft; three brothers, Jeff Elliott, Scott Elliott and Lance Elliott. Brian has six nieces and nephews; and 12 great-nieces and nephews.

Brian Elliott

Brian graduated from Olathe South High School and proudly entered the US Army to serve his country in 1987. Following a training accident in 1988, Brian was retired from the US Army and resided at his home in Olathe, Kan.

Graveside services will begin at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, with a procession from R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Ave., Leavenworth, KS to Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Rd. Following the memorial graveside service, we will go to Medicalodge of Leavenworth, 1503 Ohio St., Leavenworth.

The family desires to complete Brian’s final wish to complete the remodeling on his home. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting the donation be made to an account set up at Frontier Community Credit Union, Leavenworth, noted as “Brian Elliott Construction Account” so Brian’s last wish can be completed. The family wishes to give our deepest gratitude to Medicalodge of Leavenworth for the compassion and care that Brian and his family received in Brian’s final days.

Herbert E. Glenn II

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Herbert E. Glenn II, 46 of Leavenworth, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. He was born Sept. 8, 1972, in Leavenworth, the son of Herbert E. and Mary (Murphy) Glenn.

Herbert Glenn

On April 13, 1996, he married Julie A. Fenton at the VA Chapel in Leavenworth. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his children, Zachery Glenn and Ashley Glenn of Leavenworth; his parents; four sisters, Jennifer (Corey) Blair, Becky (Josh) Dennis, Rosie Montgomery and Michelle Glenn; his mother in-law, Betty Fenton and his brother in-law, Eddie Fenton.

Herbert worked for the Leavenworth County shop for the past 18 years.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Cremation will follow. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.

Juliet Mary Tjaden

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Juliet Mary Tjaden, 77 of Leavenworth, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, at the Piper in Kansas City, Kan. She was born Sept. 14, 1941, in Cottonport, La., the daughter of Filtz and Mable Marie (Ducote) Laborde.

She met Richard “TJ” Tjaden in Louisiana, where they were married in 1965. He preceded her in death on Aug. 15, 2013. She was also preceded in death by a son, Duane Tjaden.

Juliet is survived by her daughter, Melissa (Willie) Lough of Leavenworth.

Visitation will begin at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow the visitation at 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Charles David Huntington

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Charles David Huntington, 71, of Kasnas city, Kan., died, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, at his home. He was born July 27, 1947, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Lowell Lindberg and Ida Marie (White) Huntington.

He is survived by a son, David Huntington of Leavenworth; two brothers, Donald Huntington and James Huntington of Kansas City; and two sisters, Linda McGuire and Anita McGuire of Lebanon, Mo.

Charles was preceded in death by a sister, Bonnie; and a brother, Jeff Huntington.

Charles enjoyed Hot Rod Cars, car shows, drag races, music, photography and four-wheelers. He was a member of the N.H.R.A.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Donald Dwain Dodd

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Donald Dwain Dodd, 84, of Leavenworth, died, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. He was born March 2, 1934, in Leavenworth, the son of Theodore and Anna (Finneran) Dodd.

Donald Dodd

Donald grew up in Leavenworth County attending Sacred Heart and Bell grade schools. He worked for many neighboring farm families during his early teen years. After earning a welding degree, Donald worked at the Missouri Valley Ship Yards in Leavenworth before entering the U.S. Navy at the age of 19. Upon enlisting he enjoyed many ports of call while serving as a welder on the USS Roanoke for four years. After his honorable discharge he worked as a welder for various companies in western Kansas and eastern Colorado.

In September 1958, Donald married June Nuss Foster. For many years they operated a foster home in Riverside, Calif., and Wilson, Kan., caring for many babies and small children, three of which they adopted.

Donald was preceded in death by his wife, June, in 2009. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Jenny Dodd-Conner; a step-daughter, Patricia Elton; three sisters, Dorothy Bemis, Florence Haling and Helen Marie Dodd; and four brothers, Theodore, Charles, Lloyd and Raymond Dodd.

He is survived by a daughter, KiAnn Caprice Dodd; a son, Roby Dodd; a step-son, Steve Foster; four sisters, Jeanette Zielinski, Margaret Long, Alice Schneider and Delores (Joe) Urban; a sister-in-law, Judy Dodd; 13 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at St. Joseph Church, with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm. as celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Paul John Kalowski

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Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Paul John Kalowski, 77, of Leavenworth, Kan., went to be with the Lord, Jan. 1, 2019. He was born Feb. 28, 1941, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Ted and Pauline (Stelmachowski) Kalowski.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Barbara (Raven) Kalowski; a son, Paul John Jr. and wife, JoAnn of Wichita, Kan.; a daughter, Patricia Jean of Olathe, Kan.; a sister, Alice of Chicago, Ill.; a brother, Joseph and wife, Donna of Pleasanton, Calif.; two nephews and three nieces.

Paul graduated from St. Patrick High School in Chicago, IL in1959. As an active member of the Boy Scouts he attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

Ret. Lt. Col. Kalowski served honorably in the United States Army from 1963 to 1988 in many capacities including two tours in Vietnam and two tours in Greece as a Foreign Area Officer. He earned numerous awards including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (with 4 device), Army Commendation Medal (with OLC), Vietnam Campaign Medal (with 7 Stars), Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Overseas Ribbon (with 4 Device), Combat Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Paratrooper Badge and Graduate of Hellenic Army War College (Greece). He worked with Northrup-Grumman from January 1989 until his retirement on December 2018.

He also worked for Northrup-Grumman from January 1989 until his retirement in December 2018.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 9, 2019, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St Vincent's Clinic in Leavenworth in his name.

 

 


 

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