Daniel J. Pedziwater

Daniel Joseph Pedziwater, 75, of Leavenworth passed away Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at his home, after a courageous battle with lung cancer (even though he had never smoked). Daniel was born July 10, 1939, in Spring Valley, Ill. and grew up most of his life in Dolton, Ill. He graduated from Mendel High School in Chicago and Thornton College in Harvey, Ill. Dan was proud to have served in the United States Marine Corps. He retired from a career in architectural sales and marketing in 2000.

Daniel Pedziwater

On Feb. 17, 1968, he married Mary Kaye Townsend, in Raytown, Mo. Mary Kaye survives at the home. Other survivors include his son, James (Carleen) Pedziwater and grandchildren, Marek and Emily Pedziwater of Plainfield, Ill.; daughter, Christine Smith and grandchildren Ethan and Delaney Smith of Springfield, Mo.; brother, Michael (Kaye) Pedziwater of Bella Vista, Ark.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dan had a zest for life and always looked at the positive side of everything. He had a quick wit and unique sense of humor and delighted in playing jokes on his grandchildren. He always looked forward to seeing his children and grandchildren. His family was most important to him. He belonged to the Dr. Rabe tennis club in Leavenworth for over 30 years and would play tennis several times a week until his illness. He also loved nature, hiking, fishing, and working outside. He and Mary Kaye also loved traveling together and enjoyed numerous European trips and an annual Caribbean cruise where he would snorkel as much as possible.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Martha Pedziwiatr of Mark, Ill.

He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather and will be missed by his family and numerous friends including the Rabe Tennis Club and McD’s coffee group.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. with a scripture service at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Francis de Sales Church with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or St. Francis de Sales Church in Lansing, Kan.