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Leavenworth Area 2018 Obituaries

November 2018 Obituaries

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James E. Reno

James E. Reno, 79, of Leavenworth, died, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 at Mid-American Heart Institute in Kansas City, Mo., with family by his side. He was born on Aug. 3, 1939, in Slater, Mo., the son of James Ralph Reno and Maxine (Duren) Douglas.

On June 21, 1970, James married Marjorie “Marge” Nielsen. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a daughter, Melissa (Terry) Parkison; two grandchildren, Kira (Zack) Parrett and Ethan Chain; a great-grandson, Lucas James Parrett; two sisters, Daytha (Jim) Heintzelman and Vickie (Dan) Ryan; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jim was a captain on the Leavenworth Fire Department for 27 years. He thoroughly enjoyed life and had many hobbies including racing, trap shooting, fishing and flying model airplanes with the SomeTimers Club.

James was preceded in death by his parents and his step parents, Marjorie N. Reno and Kenneth Douglas.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations are suggested to St. Luke’s Mid-American Heart Institute or a charity of your choice.

October 2018 Obituaries

Kenneth George Weimer

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Kenneth George Weimer, 70, of Leavenworth, went to his heavenly home, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. He was born Nov. 15,1947, in Moline, Ill., the son of Kenneth Howard and Lorraine Marcella (Foley) Weimer.

Kenneth Weimer

On Jan. 10, 1970, Kenneth married Patricia Jensen. She survives at the home. He is also survived by two sons, Kenneth “Andy” (Maia) Weimer and Matthew (Teresa) Weimer; two brothers, Jerry (Angie) Weimer and David Weimer; three sisters, Christine (Ed) Leighty, Kathy Hamor and Patty Ann (Dan) Olson; five grandchildren, Cidnye, Miles, Jada, Sophi and Aubri; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He served in the U.S. Army in Germany and Vietnam. Following his service, Kenneth was active in the Hays VFW and served as post commander. He was honored by President Jimmy Carter as a young Vietnam Veteran for his community service. Boy Scouts and young athletic activities occupied his time while the children were growing up.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Mark Weimer; a sister, Merry Keith; and a daughter, Amy Jo.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at the Pilgrim Community Church (500 Arch St., Leavenworth, KS). A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, at the church. Burial will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at 9 a.m. Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

James Morgan

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James LeRoy Morgan, 68, of Leavenworth, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, at St. John Hospital.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, following the visitation at the funeral home. Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

 

 

 

Joseph Patrick McEvoy

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Joseph Patrick McEvoy, 82, of Leavenworth, died, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, at his home. He was born Aug. 17, 1936, the son of LeRoy and Corine (Gallagher) McEvoy.

Joseph Patrick McEvoy

On Oct. 28, 2000, Pat married Penny McEvoy in Leavenworth, Kan. She survives at the home. He is also survived by two children, Cheryl McEvoy of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Shawn McEvoy of Leavenworth; two step-children, Michelle Walker of Lansing, Kan., and Lee Dancer of Leavenworth; two sisters, Mary L. Gast of Maryville, Mo., and Betty Ann McEvoy of San Diego, Calif.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pat was preceded in death by his first wife, Rosemarie Heintzelman McEvoy; his parents; and a brother, Edward McEvoy.

He served as President for the F.O.E. 55.

A special thank you to Jessica, Christina, Shay, Jennifer and all of Asana Hospice.

Visitation beginning with the Rosary will be from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m., Monday, at Sacred Heart Church at Kickapoo, with Fr. David McEvoy, O.Carm. and Fr. William McEvoy as celebrants. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart at Kickapoo Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Asana Hospice and Palliative Care or Sacred Heart Catholic Church at Kickapoo.

Edward Godfrey

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Edward Earl Godfrey, 72, of Leavenworth, died, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at his home. He was born Dec. 29, 1945, in Omaha, Neb., the son of Lynnford Nathan and Naomi Ruth (Laduke) Godfrey.

Edward Godrey

He grew up in Leavenworth. Ed attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School and graduated from Leavenworth Senior High School.

After graduation. Ed served in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam until 1968. In 1969 he joined the Leavenworth Fire Dept. After 26 years, he retired as Captain in December of 1995.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Sarilu; and three brothers, Paul, Ray and Joseph Godfrey.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, June (Hopkins) Godfrey; a daughter, Brenda Godfrey-Freeman; a son, William “Bill” Godfrey; three grandsons, Tyler (Ashley) Godfrey, Gunnar Freeman and Joshua (Tabby) Conard; five great-grandchildren, Trinity, Naomi, Felicity, Madison and Henry; brother-in-law, Terry Hopkins; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ed was loved and respected by all who knew him. He was a kind and loving man who always made others feel welcome. He enjoyed attending his grandsons’ sports activities and loved taking them fishing.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery.

James "Bud" Hegarty

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James D. “Bud” Hegarty, 86, of Leavenworth, died, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at Twin Oaks, after a long illness. He was born Oct. 17, 1932, in Leavenworth, the son of James and Dorothy (Christ) Hegarty.

Bud Hegarty

He graduated from Immaculata High School in 1950 and the Kansas City School of Watchmaking in 1952.

Bud was a Veteran of the Korean War. He was employed at Trans World Airlines for 41 years.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Pat; his three children, James (Patty) Hegarty, Anne (Craig) Schmidling and David (Sarah) Hegarty; four grandchildren, Maura, Connor, Megan and Daniel.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents.

He was an avid golfer and traveled the world until illness limited his activites.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A memorial service will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home, with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. Memorials are suggested to Safe Haven Hope House or the American Cancer Society.

George Kobulnicky

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George William Kobulnicky, 76, of Leavenworth, died, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. He was born May 27, 1942, in Pittsburgh, Pa., the son of George R. and Helen (Ondovchik) Kobulnicky.

George Kobulnicky

On Feb. 2, 1990, George married Carol Kobulnicky. She preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his parents.

George is survived by two sons, Michael Kobulnicky and Steve Kobulnicky; three sisters, Grace Mussomeli of Pittsburgh, Pa., Marion Taylor of Cranberry, Pa., and Sandy Edwards of Export, Pa.; three grandchildren, Ryan, Tyler and Justin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was involved in his church choir. George served in the United States Army. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus Council #875 in Crafton, Penn., Council #256 in Douglasville, Ga., and Council #900 in Leavenworth, Kan.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, at Schepner-McDermott Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, at St. Philip Catholic Church in Crafton, Pa. Burial will follow at St. Marks Cemetery in McKees Rocks, Pa. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the American cancer Society.

Celeta Marcene Hopkins

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Celeta Marcene Hopkins, 80, went to be with the Lord on October 12, 2018. She passed peacefully at home, lovingly surrounded by family. Celeta was born in Topeka, Kansas on February 21, 1938 to F. Warren and Sally E. Olander. Her family moved to Leavenworth, Kansas when she was quite small and she remained a resident throughout her formative and adult years.

Celeta Hopkins

Celeta graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1956. While in school, she was a member of the choir and sang in the June Bug Jamboree. She did a special solo performance of “If I Knock The L Out of Kelly”, a song she often sang to family and a memory she was proud to share. She was also proud to be Bo Peep in “Babes In Toyland.” She loved singing and watching live performances. After high school, Celeta remained actively engaged with her local classmates and helped plan the class reunions. Celeta was a member and past Honored Queen in Job’s Daughters Bethel 28. Upon graduation, Celeta attended Baker University and pledged Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She moved back home to Leavenworth and after a two year courtship, she married William David Hopkins on April 12, 1958. They were married 55 years until his passing in early 2014.

Celeta worked throughout her youth at Kresge’s and Jahn’s grocery store, building the foundation for her impeccable work ethic. She started her career at the hospital currently known as Munson Army Health Center on Fort Leavenworth. Family was always very important to Celeta and as she began bringing children into the world, she took a few temporary positions with the Post Engineers, working for the Visitor’s Bureau and Visiting Officers. When she returned to the work force permanently, Celeta became a Publications Clerk for the Command and General Staff College where she remained for 37 ½ years until her retirement. Her work allowed her to interact with many of the departments in the college. She welcomed the incoming students and was able to offer a maternal presence to those young officers who were far away from their families. It was her wish that they never felt alone and her hope that if her own children were far from home, someone would do the same for them.

After retiring from her distinguished years of civil service for the United States Government, Celeta did some traveling with her husband. Branson, Missouri was always a favorite. Memphis and Nashville stood out in her mind as worthy travel experiences as well. Her husband’s unexpected stroke in 2001 rendered her a caregiver for him. She took care of him with great compassion and attentive focus for 13 years.

Celeta was a faith driven, prayerful woman who embodied the Golden Rule she cherished. She loved God, her family and friends. She enjoyed holidays, parties and celebrations of all kinds, infusing them with her genuine joy and enthusiasm. She especially loved birthdays and often called to sing to those she loved on their special day. She always thoughtfully remembered to send cards for special occasions and newspaper clippings when an article mattered to someone she knew. She loved to cross stitch and sew. She often cross stitched very special pillow cases for her family at Christmas which became a beloved tradition. She loved show tunes, plays and musicals, especially Showboat. She had a passion for art and loved drawing, painting and doing block lettering. She loved playing board games and cards.

Celeta was one of kind, a rare soul who genuinely loved and appreciated every person she met. In her 80 years, she had never said an unkind word about a single soul.

Celeta is survived by her three children: Debbie Flaspohler, Mark Hopkins (Cindy) and Lisa Hopkins, all of Kansas City; five grandchildren: Ashley Rice (Jeremiah), Jennifer Hill (Michael), Allie Frederes (AJ), Stephen Flaspohler and Brandon Flaspohler; five great grandchildren: Jeremy, Kailey and Aubrey and twin babies, a boy and a girl, who are on the way; and numerous grand pets whom she enjoyed. She is also survived by a beloved cousin Donna (Ken) Phillips, Houston, Texas and close friends, who are more like family, among her many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, October 22, 2018 at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Leavenworth. Interment following the service at Sunset Memory Gardens. Memorials may be made to the Council on Aging, First United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor’s choosing.

Linda Sue Ford

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Linda Sue Ford, 71, of Bonner Springs, died, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, at Overland Park Regional. She was born July 24, 1947, in Wamego, Kan., the daughter of Charles and Wilma (Rock) Dixon.

Linda Sue Ford

On June 6, 1964, Linda married Willard Leo Ford in Edwardsville, Kan. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her son, Rodney Dale Ford.

Linda is survived by her two daughters, Tracie (Terry) Sparks and Kelly (Robert) Purduski; two sons, Don (Carri) Lane and Jason Ford; a brother, Dave Pitney; two sisters, Theresa Mackey and Sheila Dixon; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and lifelong friends, Pat Arnold, Jean Reynolds and Sandy Walton.

She retired from J.C. Penneys.

Linda loved family get togethers and spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed being outdoors, gardening and her flowers. She always wanted a burnt hotdog at cookouts. She loved cooking and dancing around the kitchen while she was cooking.

Visitation will be from 11 to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the funeral home for funeral expenses.

Albert Lee Bacon

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Albert Lee Bacon, 86, of Leavenworth, died, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He was born July 14, 1932, in Fairfax, Mo., the son of Alva B. and Fostine (Gullege) Bacon.

Albert Lee Bacon

Albert served in the U.S. Army from 1949 to 1952.

On July 5, 1952, Albert married Lois Maxine Walters in Wolcott, Kansas. She preceded him in death Feb. 4, 2015. He was also preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Nelda Sue DesPain and Phyllis Jean Duncan; and two brothers, Alva B. Bacon Jr. and George Bacon.

Albert was a lifelong resident of Leavenworth. He was a mechanic for TWA and retired after 35 years of service in 1988.

Over the years, Albert enjoyed countless hobbies including woodworking, traveling on his motorcycle with his wife Lois by his side. He was an active member of the Retreads Motorcycle Club. He also enjoyed driving the school bus for Lansing School District #469 and taking all of the kids to their afterschool activities.

Albert is survived by a son, Dennis (Linda) Bacon, of South Carolina; a daughter, Vickie Montgomery of Leavenworth; three grandchildren, Lashaun (Stephen) Oliver Jr. of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Danielle (Glen) Baker of Easton, Kan., and James (Shanna) Bacon of South Carolina; eight great-grandchildren; Kali and Ashlynn Boydston, Will Oliver, Tristen, Wyatt and Laney Baker and Cody and Colten Bacon; three brothers, Eddie (Irene) Bacon, Bill (Donna) Bacon and Bobbie Bacon; and two sisters, MaryAnn Anders and Beverly Gregory.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 3 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Albert will be cremated and laid to rest alongside his wife, Lois, at Leavenworth National Cemetery at a later date.

Thomas Lewis

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Thomas P. Lewis, 79, of Kansas City, Kan., died, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, surrounded by family just as he was on life, at Providence Medical Center. He was born June 6, 1939, in Waynesburg, Penn., to Preston and Rebecca (Ingram) Lewis.

On Nov. 27, 1974, Tom married Deborah J. Sutherland in Kansas City, Kan. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his sister, Carol (Duane) Lewis Heck; two sons, Thomas E. (Cindy) and Timothy P. (Bea) Lewis; three daughters, Tear (Guy) Moore, Teresa (Steve) Noland and Kathy McEndree; 17 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Connie Lewis Geary; a daughter, Shirley Eichost; and a great-granddaughter, Haylie Boatwright.

Tom was a strong believer in family, he loved trees and nature. He was a lifelong member of the IBEW #278.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Inurnment with military honors will be Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at 9 a.m., at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

September 2018 Obituaries

Jane Lemke

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Jane Lemke, 79, of Leavenworth, died, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at her home. She was born Oct. 9, 1938, in Leavenworth, Kan., the daughter of Paul and Mary (Ober) Mayne.

Jane Lemke

She graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1956.

In Sept. of 1989, Jane married Walter Lemke in Leavenworth, Kan. He survives at the home. She is also survived by six sons, Brian K. Hannigan, Bruce K. Hannigan, Brett K. Hannigan, John Lemke all of Leavenworth, Kan., Edward Evenson of Pheonix, Ariz., and Keith Lemke of Burlington, Kan.; three daughters, Diane R. Hannigan of Topeka, Kan., Sharon Strein and Serphina “Kitty” Evenson both of Leavenworth, Kan.; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and her lifelong friend and grade school pal of almost 69 years, Joan Riddle of Epping, Victoria, Australia.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Bart Kevin Hannigan.

She lived in a community that she loved and enjoyed. Jane volunteered many hours of services to her community. She retired from the Veterans Administration Center at Leavenworth after 38 years of service. She also devoted 20 years to the Veterans Day Parade in Leavenworth as the Secretary and Treasurer.

Jane was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge 55. She had the chance to serve as Auxiliary President.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Kansas State School for the Blind.

Jill Carroll

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Jill E. Carroll, 75, of Leavenworth, passed away, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, at her home, surrounded by family. She was born Dec. 1, 1942, in Leavenworth, to Harry E. and Opal E. (McCue) Smith.

Jill Carroll

Jill graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1960, while attending high school she worked at her parent's pharmacy; Smith Rexall Drugs, formerly located at the corner of 5th and Delaware in Leavenworth.

In 1973 Jill was an honor graduate of the Electronics Institute in Kansas City, Mo., with a diploma in Solid State Servicing. She went on to work for Southwestern Bell as a Lineman and later as a Frame man. Jill continued her electronics communications path working for the US Department of the Army partnering with the Core of Engineers in telecommunications work and was officially commended for her exceptionally meritorious service for providing assistance in an outstanding manner. Jill received many other outstanding employee awards before her retirement from the US Government in 1995.

Jill married James L. Bailey in 1961. He preceded her in death in 1980. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Sharon Nelson; and a brother, Larry Smith.

On May 14, 1988, Jill married Donald P. Carroll in Leavenworth. Between them, they have five children; Karen Carroll (Mark Godding), Stacey (Brian) McCaughey, Jim Carroll, Donald W. (Sue) Carroll and John Carroll. Jill is also survived by her twin brother, Jack E. (Linda) Smith; a sister, Judy (Bob) Schies; a sister, Linda (Larry) Sandlin; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and her loving caregiver, Barbara Warden.

Jill was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She had a huge passion for Genealogy, documenting her family history back to the early 1600’s. She also loved animals, having many beloved pets of her own over the years. She enjoyed working part-time for the Lowemont Veterinary Clinic.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at St. Lawrence Cemetery in Easton. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the Leavenworth County Special Olympics or Leavenworth Catholic Charities.

Randy G. Asher

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Randy G. Asher, 64, of Leavenworth, died, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. He was born November 14, 1953, in Moberly, Mo., the son of Oren and Doris (Bohanon) Asher.

Randy G. Asher

On December 21, 1974,Randy married Patricia Hodge in Leavenworth, Kan. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a son, Jeff (Liz) Asher of Leavenworth; a daughter, Megan (James) Asher-Vanek of Lansing, Kan.; parents, Ross and Doris Perkins of Lansing, Kan.; his mother-in-law, Ruth Hodge; four brothers, Danny (Darla) Asher, Owen Asher, Greg Asher and Gordon Asher; two sisters, Clella Rice and Misty Mae Asher; six grandchildren, Haylee Asher, Jaden Vanek, Jillian Vanek, Jason Slicker, Braksten Saim and Brooklyn Saim; and his dog, Nick, whom he loved and spoiled.

Randy was preceded in death by his father, Oren Gordon Asher; his maternal grandparents, Howard J. and Maxine Bohanon; his paternal grandparents, Rozwell R. and Maggie Perkins Sr.; his father-in-law, Ret. Sgt. John T. Hodge; his friend who he took care of in many ways, James (Gomer) Hershley.

Randy owned and operated Main Street Auto Body and Tow Inc. since 1989.

He was a very fun, loving person. Randy had a passion for cars. He enjoyed building street rods, watching races at the tracks and on TV, and going to Lakeside every Friday night with his son. Randy was part of the original group that started Leavenworth Cruisers where he also served as President for the first two years. He attended many car shows with the street rods they built locally and statewide with his brother, brother-in-laws and friends.

Randy was devoted to his family. In his daughters’ words, “I lost my first love, but that love will never fade and he will forever be guiding me. He was the perfect DAD!”. His son Jeff lost his hero, best friend and mentor. There was not a day that he didn’t show how much he loved all of them, especially his grandchildren. He attended many sporting events, gymnastics events and school programs. It made him smile so big when they got new vehicles. He was incredibly proud of all of them. Randy also loved to take his family on vacations to Branson and on many cruises. Anywhere they wanted to go, he was ready and willing to go.

In June 2017, Randy retired and took the love of his life traveling through the state of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Arkansas, Missouri and to the lake to spend time with friends and family.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the University of Kansas Hospital Neurology Unit.

Garry Miles Stephens

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Garry Miles Stephens, 66, of Leavenworth, died, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at his home. He was born June 7, 1952, in Chattanooga, Tenn., the son of Miles and Josephine (Owenby) Stephens.

On Aug. 13, 1977, Garry married Linda Jo Cook in Chattanooga, Tenn. She survives at the home. He is also survived by two sons, Josh (Alexandra) Stephens and Zach Stephens; and five grandchildren, Isabella, Benjamin, Nicholas, Julianna and Timmothy.

Garry was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Larry Stephens.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Garry was a longtime member of the Ft. Leavenworth Rod and Gun Club, serving as their Secretary and Business Manager for many years.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital or the Cumberland Youth Foundation.

Mary Jo Garner

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Mary Jo Garner, 86, of Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, at Bethel A.M.E.

Church. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at the church.

Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Iola, Kan. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Robert M. Bayless

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Colonel Robert Marion Bayless, 90, of Kansas City, Kan., died, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, at Providence Place. He was born Oct. 23, 1927, in Monmouth, Ore., the son of Walter and Agnes (Clark) Bayless.

Robert Bayless

On July 28, 1951, Robert married Elizabeth “Betty” McBride of Ottumwa, Iowa. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a son, Robert (Peggy) Jr.; a daughter, Karen L. (John) Van Vleet; three grandchildren, Steven (Raquel), Sara and Michael; and two great-granddaughters, Alexis and Anna.

Robert graduated high school in Blaine, Wash., in 1945. He went to Washington State University where he played varsity basketball for one year prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1946. He left service in 1948 to enroll in the University of Washington ROTC program. Upon graduation in 1951 he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the infantry. Robert has tours of duty in Alaska, Germany, Fort Benning, Ga., Fort Ord, Calif., Ft. Hood, Texas, and Reno, Nev., before being deployed to Vietnam in 1962 as an advisor to a South Vietnamese Infantry Brigade. His experiences in Vietnam had a lasting impact on him throughout his life by what he felt were misguided political decisions that kept us in the war. It impacted him so much that in 2005 he wrote a book on his experiences titled: Vietnam – Victory Was Never An Option. Upon returning from Vietnam he had tours of duty at Fort Bragg, N.C., Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Washington, D.C., a second tour in Vietnam, Saudi Arabia and Fort Harrison, Ind. His final two tours of duty were as the Director of ROTC at North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D. and the regional ROTC Commander at Fort Lewis, Wash. He retired from active duty in June 1980. His service to his country did not end as he put his uniform back on and went to serve in the DODDS system providing JROTC instruction in Nuremberg and Heidelberg to the sons and daughters of service members stationed in Germany for over 7 years. Robert and Betty then settled in Lacey, Wash., until 2004. At that time, they moved to Sun City, Ariz., where they resided until 2015. In 2015 they moved to the Kansas City area to be close to family.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents and his two sisters, Florence Preder and Marjorie Quarles Sandsted.

A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all donations be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America at https://vva.org.

August 2018 Obituaries

Charlotte J. Schwenk

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Charlotte J. Schwenk, 90, of Leavenworth, passed away Aug. 30, 2018, at Twin Oaks Health and Rehabilitation. She was born Sept. 29, 1927, in Lansing, Kan., to Walter and Elizabeth (Swiderski) Eisenring. .

Charlotte Schwenk

She attended Richardson Grade School and Lansing High school, stopping before she graduated to help out with the family income.

Charlotte went to work for Southwestern Bell as a telephone operator in her late teens. She also worked for Bakers Baby Shop and JC Penney as a sales associate.

On Nov. 3, 1951, Charlotte married Walter J. Schwenk at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Lansing, Kan. He preceded her in death Jan. 6, 1989. She was also preceded in death by her parents; eight brothers and sisters; and a son.

Charlotte enjoyed dancing to swing music and went to many dances in which her husband played in the The Gentlemen of Notes. After getting married she quit working to become a full-time wife and mother. While her daughter was at Saint Joseph Grade School, Charlotte became a Red Cross nurse. She enjoyed working with all the children. For over 50 years and until her death she was an Avon Representative. She had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people doing this. When her grandson was born she became a full-time babysitter, spoiling him any way she could.

In 1990, Charlotte began working at The Towne Pub (owned by her daughter and son-in-law) as kitchen help during the day and behind the bar at night. At the Pub she was known as grandma to many children, often holding them while their parents ate.

Charlotte is survived by her daughter Sharon A. (Bill) Kirby; a grandson, Jonathan P. (Elizabeth) Kirby; a great grandson, Oliver W. Kirby; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Upon the birth of her great grandson she often told people that was her reason for living.

The family would like to thank Dr. Samuel Dandar and all of the nurses and staff at Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital and Twin Oaks Health and Rehabilitation.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, 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 will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The family asks that any memorial donations be made to the Saint Joseph Catholic Church stained glass window fund or Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church.

Mark Gerald Ayres

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Mark Gerald Ayres, 58, of Leavenworth, passed on to the next life, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, after being hospitalized a very short period of time at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.

Mark Ayers

He was born April 22, 1960, in Lansing, Mich. Mark attended schools in Michigan and graduated from Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois in 1979. He attended College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois where he was a standout in football and earned his associates. He also attended Illinois State University. Mark began his experiences in Leavenworth, Kansas in 1985, working for several home construction companies. He ultimately began his employment with his present employer, Julius Kaaz Construction Co. Inc. as a Union Superintendent. Mark was loved by many that he worked with, his family and friends. Mark maintained a reputation of being easy to work with and well respected. Many describe him as a 'great guy'.

Mark leaves behind his loving wife, Lisa, whom he married in 2001 in Leavenworth, Kansas. Mark and Lisa raised four children; Nicole Katherine Regenold, age 27, hairdresser, Kyle Matthew Regenold, age 25 who is in his fourth year as a pharmacy student at Kansas University, Haily Riane Bartlett, age 25, graduated from Pittsburg State University and resides in St. Louis, Missouri as an art director and Tyler Cole Ayres, age 23, who also graduated from Pittsburgh State University and is presently a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army assigned at Ft. Carson, Colorado.

He also leaves behind his parents, Jerry and Sally Ayres of Lansing, Kansas; and a sister, Midge Simmons, her husband Tom and their children Lexie and Niko of Derby, Kansas; cousins, and a wealth of friends.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the services. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the Melanoma Research Foundation.

Roy H. Smith Sr.

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Roy Herbert Smith Sr., 78, of Leavenworth, passed into the presence of God early Saturday morning, Aug. 25, 2018. He was born March 11, 1940, in Augusta, Ga., to the late Willie Joe and Artie Lou (Stone) Smith Sr.

Roy Smith

He attended Lucy Laney school in Augusta. During his early years, Roy along with his first cousin Ervin Smith, grew up almost as “besties” twins and they were always dressed alike. They were inseparable.

In 1961 Roy met the love of his life, Clara Thurston. They married in 1961 in Key West, Fla. To this union 6 children were born.

Roy loved playing golf! He certainly enjoyed caddying during the Masters while in Augusta. One of his favorite past times was watching cowboy and western movies. Later in life they moved to Leavenworth where his sister and brother resided. Roy was employed at the battery factory and later worked at the golf course at Fort Leavenworth. He attended the Independent Baptist Church until his health began to fail. Roy loved his family dearly. He was a very talkative man with a unique sense of humor.

He leaves to cherish his memories, his loving wife of 57 years, Clara Smith; four daughters, Marcia Campbell of Atlanta, Ga., Rosalind (Anthony) Chapman, Illewellyn “Ellie” (Jonathan) Ogletree both of Leavenworth, Kan. and Artie Allison of Fort Meyers, Fla.; three sons, Roy Smith Jr., Charlton Smith and Sean Smith all of Leavenworth, Kan.; a sister, Dorothy Chapman of New York, N.Y.; a brother, Claude (Betty) Smith of Snellville, Ga.; a sister-in-law, Nancy Smith of Augusta, Ga.; 24 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren; his “childhood cousin-twin” Ervin Smith of Ghana, Ohio; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Kathryn Daniel, Leola Comer and Claudette Smith; three brothers, Willie Joe Smith Jr,. Jesse Smith Sr. and Albert Smith; and a daughter, Lois Sanders.

He lives on in our hearts and will be missed.

A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, at the Independent Baptist Church. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Errol Logue

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Errol Lee Logue, 77, of Leavenworth passed away, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, at his home, surrounded by his family. Errol was born March 9, 1941, in Glendale Calif., the son of Paul Arthur and Olive Vivian (Whittle) Logue.

Errol Logue

Errol lived in Glendale for a short time, before moving to his parent’s hometown of Bentley Kan., where he spent his childhood. He enjoyed holidays, especially Christmas as his mother made many time-honored tasty desserts. Their family upbringing reflected WWII heritage, as the family lived simply. Other family traditions included doing a family bible study and prayer each day, going to drive-in movies and swimming in the Arkansas river.

Errol began his education at Bentley Elementary School. Although Errol struggled in school, his parents did not tolerate not having good grades and his mother helped him through fifth grade. Errol attended Allison Junior High and then Wichita West High School where he pursued his dream of playing sports. His junior year he decided to become a cross-country manager to earn a letter. His junior year in track, he worked hard and take track seriously as he qualified for state. When college rolled around, Bob Moore coach of Friends University offered him a books scholarship. While at Friends, he met the love of his life, Claudia Wright. Errol and Claudia were married in 1965. They moved to Greenleaf Idaho where he began teaching social studies and coach. In 1969 they moved to Lansing Kan., where he began continued teaching and coaching at Lansing High School. Here he was a three-time state champion cross country and track coach as a Lion for 40 years. Errol accomplishments were being honored by the Kansas High School Activities Association as a member of their 2014 Hall of Fame class and in 2015 he was inducted into the Kansas Coaches Hall of Fame and in 2016 Friends University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Errol is survived by his wife, Claudia; sons, Andrew M. (Gina) Logue of W Des Moines Iowa and Matthew A. Christie) Logue of Erie Kan.; his sister, Paulette (Mark) Schlegel of Kingman Kan.; and three grandchildren.

Errol was preceded in death by his parents, a son Timothy S. Logue in January 1970.

A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 at 10:00 am at the funeral home with Pastor Lance Coffman, officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Lansing.

Barbara Miller

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Barbara Ann Boots Miller, aged 77, passed away Friday, August 10, 2018 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Barb was born to Nancy and Roger Boots in St. Louis September 26, 1940. She attended Christian College and the University of Kansas, then married Fredrick E. Miller on February 9, 1963, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Leavenworth, KS. Barb and Fred raised three children in San Diego, CA, moving to Ames, IA in the 1980s.

Barb was a true co-pilot, charting the course for her family, always navigating and at the ready. She once took a “right-seater” course, taking off and landing a single-engine plane on her own, so that she could be there for her husband if he ever needed back-up during flight. Fred was her pilot—deployed with the U. S. Navy in Vietnam at the beginning of their family journey together—but Barb lovingly governed the family day in and day out. Family, school, work, church . . . she embodied exceptional values for her children. She spent many hours in loving service work for her church, especially the Mission San Diego de Alcala.

Barb loved to read, and she was a skilled crafter, known for her sewing and dozens of quilting projects. Many of those quilts are on display in her own and her children's homes. She loved music (her favorites included her son's drumming, the new-age genre and all things Pink Floyd). She was a dedicated companion animal rescuer, advocate and forever-mom. Barb always had a greenhouse full of plants and some form of garden in every home she shared with Fred, as well as plenty of birdhouses and feeders (woe to the squirrels who tried to take advantage of them!). She never would have admitted it, but she was an amazing hostess for family, friends and neighbors.

For the last several decades of Barb’s life, she and Fred anchored at Lake of the Ozarks, MO, a perfect venue to experience nature’s beauty. Barb was especially enamored with eagle birdnest cams; she wiled away many an hour watching hatchlings grow up to fledge, and she and Fred visited the Southwest Florida and Decorah, Iowa nests in person several times.

Barb is survived by her husband, Fred, her children Lisa, Mindy (Sandy), Brandon (Diana), grandchildren Fiona and Johnny; brother Tom and sister Linda, and beloved dog, Max.

Mass of Christian burial will begin at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm as celebrant. Visiation will begin at 10 a.m. prior to the funeral at the church. Inurnment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. All are welcome to gather over a meal afterwards at St. Joseph Church.

The family is especially grateful for the loving care and support in her last months from her caregivers Lori Kimble and Liz Voltmer, and for the incredible staff in her last week at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St Louis.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, the Raptor Resource Project, or the Ozarks Kat and K9 Shelter. These were all close to Barb and support life in a way that meant a great deal to her. She will be missed so very much.

July 2018 Obituaries

Robert "Bob" Lahiff

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Robert “Bob” Lahiff, 73, of Lansing, died, Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He was born Aug. 10, 1944, the son of John “Jack” and Peggy (Luther) Lahiff.

Robert LAhiff

He attended Sacred Heart grade school before moving to Lincoln, Neb., where he attended St. Theresa and St. Pius X schools. He returned to Leavenworth in 1960 and attended Immaculata High School and Rockhurst College.

Bob loved sports. He was a member of the Imac 1962 Championship basketball team and was inducted into the Imac and Kansas Hall of Fame. He refereed high school basketball and high school and college football. He enjoyed golf and was a member of Dan’s Duffers until his health forced him to retire. As Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge, he was chairman of the Hoop Shoot Contest for over 25 years. Bob was the owner-operator of Robinson Outdoor Advertising, a family business that he ran for over 30 years.

Bob enjoyed plays at the Heartland Theater and the Dinner Theater. He truly enjoyed playing cards with his poker buddies. He had a great sense of humor and was always telling jokes. He always saw life from the glass half full perspective and was the sunshine in any room he entered.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John Lahiff; and his daughter, Tracy Howard.

His is survived by his wife, Brenda; a daughter, Jackie (Scott) Mills; sister-in-law, Jacquie Lahiff; son-in-law, Bill Howard; three grandchildren, Ryan, Connor and Brett Mills; two step-grandchildren, Alison and Blake (Lesley) Howard; four step great-grandchildren and his nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at St. Francis de Sales Church. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to L.A.W.S. or St. Francis de Sales Building Fund.

Carolyn Stein

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Carolyn G. Stein, 83, of Leavenworth, died Sunday, July 29, 2018, at Lansing Care and Rehabilitation. She was born Nov. 23, 1934, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of Harry and Vera (Gorthy) White.

Carolyn Stein

In 1950, Carolyn married George E. Stein of Leavenworth. He preceded her in death.

Carolyn is survived by three children, Rick G. Stein, Brenda G. Edlin and Ronald L. Stein; two brothers; a sister; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and a large extended family.

Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p. p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Asana Hospice.

Harold Gilbert

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Harold Wayne Gilbert, 71, of Leavenworth, went to Heaven, July 23, 2018. He was born Oct. 12, 1946, in Bluffton, Ind., the son of Robert and Lorine (Culp) Gilbert.

Harold Gilbert

He is survived by a brother, Samuel Dean; two sisters, Lela Thompson and Leah Shaw; and three children, Brenda, Wayne and Pamela.

Harold is preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Isabelle Swygart May; five brothers, Robert Lee, William Robert, James Edward, Richard K. and Donald May; and three sisters, Mary Virginia, Norma Jean and Judith L.

He served in the Army from January 1964 to November 1967.

Harold loved working on cars, trucks and heavy-duty equipment. He worked for his brother William “Bill” as a mechanic and they managed their own repair shop. He was an active member of the Four Townes Moose Lodge in Debary, Fla. He was also an active member of the Elks Club.

He will be deeply missed by those who knew him and loved him.

Inurnment with military honors will be Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, at 1:30 p.m., at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Rodney Kent Breeden

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Rodney Kent Breeden, 60, of Shawnee, Kan., died Monday, July 23, 2018 in Basehor, Kan. after a short but fierce battle with cancer. He was born Jan. 12, 1958, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Melvin and Dorothy (Flock) Breeden.

Rodney Breeden

He graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1976 and attended the University of Kansas where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

Rodney is survived by his mother, Dorothy McDonald of Lawrence; a brother, Randy Breeden of Lawrence; and two nieces. He will also be greatly missed by his girlfriend Karen Burke of Basehor.

Rodney worked as a concrete construction foreman and the project he was most proud of was a condominium complex in Key West, Florida. He developed a great passion for the Key West area. He loved classic cars and cooking and will be remembered for his kind heart.

A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home in Leavenworth. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Becky Jo Ard

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Becky Jo Ard, 64, of Leavenworth, died, Friday, July 6, 2018, with her family by her side. She was born Sept. 7, 1953, in Harveyville, Kan., the daughter of Dale and Lora (Thompson) Crisler.

On May 28, 1977, Becky married Allen. K. Ard, in Harveyville, Kan., on her parents farm. He survives at the home. She is also survived by her daughters, Tracy Hagan of Lansing, Kan., Kelli (Keith) Lober of Leavenworth and Ashley (Jeremy) Parr of Little Elm, Texas; three siblings, Joyce Crisler of Carbondale, Kan, Rex Crisler of Stephenville, Texas, and Terry Crisler of Highland Ranch, Colo.

Becky was active and lived life to the fullest. She enjoyed mowing, fishing and four wheeling. Her four grandchildren were her true passion.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to honor her memory to St. Luke’s Cancer Foundation (4225 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, Mo. 64111) or online at saintlukesgiving.org

June 2018 Obituaries

Robert Rush

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Robert Lon Rush 28, of Atchison passed away at home, June 27, 2018. Robert was born in Leavenworth, Kansas on June 28, 1989 and is the son of Robert and Geneva (Noel) Rush.

Robert Rush

He is survived by his parents of Atchison; a sister, Melissa (Jeremy) Head; nieces and nephews, Aubree, Adelyn, Luke and Wyatt Head of Atchison; his paternal grandmother, Theresa Rush of Lansing, maternal grandmother, Norma Noel of Lansing; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Lonnie Rush and James Noel.

Robert liked to hunt, trap and fish. He loved working on cars. Most of all he loved spending time with his family. Family is what was most important in his life. He was a hard worker with a huge heart. He could make anyone laugh and was a great listener. All while having many struggles of his own. may his soul now be at peace. He will be terribly missed but never forgotten.

Graveside service will be at Bethel Cemetery, at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 14, 2018. Services provided by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Cheryl K. Matzeder

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Cheryl K. Matzeder, 58, of Leavenworth, passed away at her home, June 27, 2018, from health complications. She was born Aug. 10, 1959, in Kansas City, Kan. the daughter of Robert Kevin and Jeanette Gayle (Rush) Hardwick.

Cheryl K. Matzeded

The family moved to Basehor, Kan. when she was young. Cheryl graduated from Basehor High School. She was a server at Lansing Pizza Hut for the last five years.

Cheryl enjoyed cooking, crocheting and started into quilting. She thoroughly enjoyed her grandson, Lucas.

On June 8, 1984, Cheryl married Mark Matzeder. He survives at the home. She is also survived by her two sons, Mark David and Joshua Derrick Matzeder; four siblings, Karen Breuer of Basehor, Kan., Tammy (Mike) Hampton of Mapleton, Kan., Kevin (Christie) Hardwick of Kansas City, Kan. and Kenny (Chrystal) Hardwick of Lansing, Kan.; several nieces, nephews and cousins: and her one grandson, Lucas.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 30, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home.

Jo Ann Johnson

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Jo Ann Johnson, 84, of Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at Twin Oaks Health and Rehab. She was born the youngest of nine, Sept. 17, 1933, the daughter of Ira and Lucetta (Holz) Williams.

She is survived by a son, Steve (Valerie) Johnson; and a daughter, Carol Johnson; two grandchildren; a sister-in-law; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

On Dec. 26, 1956, Jo Ann married Stanley C. Johnson. He preceded her in death in 2011. She was also preceded in death by her parents; and her eight older siblings, Henry Williams, Margaret Williams, Howard Williams, Marie Williams, Lige Williams, Ira Lu Huff, Bill Williams and Camille Radford.

She was a member of the Lions, First United Methodist Church and the Philomatheans.

A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, June 25, 2018, at First United Methodist Church. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church.

Stephen Payeur

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Stephen Victor Payeur, 49, of Leavenworth, died, Friday, June 15, 2018, at his home. He was born Dec. 11, 1968, in Winchester, Kan., the son of Bernard Clovis Payeur and Mary Lucille Steed.

Stephen Payeur

On Aug. 2, 1991, Stephen married Lori Ann Lee, at St. Joseph of the Valley in Easton. Kan/ She survives at the home. He is also survived by his son, Ethan Payeur; and a daughter, Emily (Clint) Corpstein.

Stephen was preceded in death by his mother and father; and his step-mom, Joanne Payeur.

Stephen worked at Great Western Manufacturing for many years.

He loved to do wood work and build fence. Stephen was a perfectionist and he drove his family crazy by taking out hedge posts that weren’t straight enough. He also loved to travel and was able to visit the 48 continental states. In 1991 he started his farm and by 1996 he called it the “S.L.E.E.P. Farm” to reflect the people he loved most and that helped build it.

After Stephen was diagnosed, there are three things he wanted to do; See his son, Ethan, graduate from KU; to see his daughter get married, although he was unable to make the ceremony, he had the honor of giving his blessing to Clint, when Clint asked for Emily’s hand in marriage; and to move into the house he built for Lori.

He prayed every night for peace, love and joy not for himself but for his family. He was an honest and hardworking man.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, at St. Joseph of the Valley Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Sherman L. Harvey

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Sherman LeRoy Harvey, 73, of Leavenworth, died, Saturday, June 9, 2018, at his home. He was born Dec. 2, 1944, in Leavenworth, the son of Sherman L. and Hortense L. (Williams) Harvey Sr.

He graduated from Leavenworth High School.

Sherman is survived by his wife, Cynthia (Harris) Harvey of the home. He is also survived by three sons, Tyrone (Wanda) Harvey, Sherman (Jessica) Harvey and Steven (Ellie) Harvey; six daughters, Stephanie Harvey, Stacie Oliver, Stephanie (John) Thomas, Angelina Hunley, Rosalyn Lewis and Reeshemah (Bruce) Richards; two sisters, Charlotte Berry and Shirley (John) Stillman; a brother, Carl L. (Deborah) Patton; 23 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a multitude of nieces, nephews and friends.

Sherman was preceded in death by his parents, his maternal grandmother; and two sisters, Angela Duncan and Linda Patton.

He worked at Hallmark Cards, Select Products and Tension Envelope as a graphic designer and printer. Sherman also worked as a school bus driver after retirement until he became ill.

Visitation will be from 12 to 1 p.m. Friday, June 15, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery.

Melvin Blankenship

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Melvin L. Blankenship, 91, of Kansas City, Kan., died, Thursday, June 7, 2018, at The Piper Assisted Living. He was born March 4, 1927, in Robinson, Kan., the son of Orvil and Hatti (Hedrick) Blankenship.

On March 3, 1947, Melvin married Patricia Lee Gaston at her parents’ home in Kansas City, Kan. Together they raised three sons and enjoyed five grandchildren. Patsy preceded him in death in 1994. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his oldest son, Michael; and youngest grandson, Clinton Shane Blankenship. Melvin is survived by two sons, Patrick (Nancy) and Kelly (Donna); a daughter-in-law, Alice; four grandchildren, Storme, Brandy, Heather and Zachary; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Lou served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He also worked as a meat department manager for Milgram’s Grocery for 41 years.

On Nov. 23, 1996, Lou married Sidney McCue. She preceded him in death in 2012. Melvin is also survived by Sidney’s daughter, Shawn McCue; her granddaughters, Ryann and Brandy; and two great-grandchildren.

The family is thankful to The Piper family for the kindness and support to Lou and to the compassionate tender care from The Catholic Community Hospice.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Church. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m., at the church, with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Hubbel Hill Cemetery in Tonganoxie, Kan. Memorials are suggested to Catholic Community Hospice (9740 W. 87th St., Overland Park, KS, 66212).

May 2018 Obituaries

Debra Honeycutt

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Debra Leigh Honeycutt, 62, of Burlington, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at her home at the COF Miller House in Burlington.

Debra Honeycutt

Debbie was born April 21, 1956, at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. She was the daughter of Dirk and JoAnn (Augustine) Honeycutt.

Debra has been blessed to be a part of the COF family for over 40 years. She loved cowboys, John Wayne and Johnny Cash. Debbie would play her guitar and would sing one of her favorite songs, “Ring of Fire”. She would also sing “Happy Birthday” to her house mates and staff on their birthday. Over the past few years, Debbie was able to attend several concerts.

She loved all holidays and enjoyed decorating her house, going around town looking at other people’s decorations and putting on performances for everyone’s enjoyment. Some of her favorite activities were competing in Special Olympics, watching football, bull riding, and Channel 13, drawing, going on carriage and hay rack rides, parades, and plays.

Debbie loved all people but her favorite people were those in uniforms, especially policemen and firemen.

She participated in volunteer work throughout her life, including recently making Santa Bags for all the boys and girls in Lebo, handing out candy at the Trunk or Treat in Burlington and making cakes for special functions.

She is survived by her mother, JoAnn Honeycutt and her sister, Terry Honeycutt-Beckerjeck and husband John, all of Leavenworth, Kansas.

She was preceded in death by her father, her maternal grandparents, John and Virginia Augustine and her paternal grandparents, Floyd and Christine Honeycutt; her uncle, Tobe Honeycutt; and her boyfriend, Bill Martin.

There was a celebration of Debbie’s life, at 11 a.m. Monday, June 4, 2018, at the COF workshop in Burlington. Graveside service and inurnment will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Friends attending the graveside service, are encouraged to meet at R.L. Leintz Funeral Home 4701 10th Ave., Leavenworth, KS., to process to the cemetery.

Geoffrey "David" Hill

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Geoffrey “David” Hill, 29, of Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. He was born June 11, 1988, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Geoffrey Hill and Debra “Debbie” Ayers.

Geoffrey David Hill

He is survived by his parents; a brother, James Hill of Leavenworth; his four-legged fur baby, Uno; his mother’s fiancé, Ed Bergman Jr.; and a large extended family.

David graduated from Leavenworth High School in 2006. After high school he attended Highland Community College and Western Illinois University.

He started playing baseball at the age of 3. David played for many Leavenworth teams, traveling teams and then went on to play for college. He would play any position asked of him. David also liked to read, to listen to music, surf the internet and go to the Casino. His favorite TV show was “F.R.I.E.N.D.S.” He was a walking book of knowledge.

David was a “Simple Man” and did not want much. He will be remembered as kind hearted and always willing to help you if he could. His kindness and love will be missed dearly.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Cremation will follow the services. Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth Interfaith of Hope or L.A.W.S.

Jeffrey Fraser

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Jeffrey Michael Fraser, 35 of Leavenworth, passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. He was born Feb. 22, 1983, in Leavenworth, the son of Michael H. and Cynthia A. (Rich) Fraser.

Jeffrey Fraser

Jeffrey is survived by his parents of Leavenworth; his sisters, Stephanie Fraser and Ashley Fraser; his grandmothers Ruth Fraser and Mary Rich; his niece and nephews whom he cherished, Zoey, Brandon and Amir; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Karen, his grandfathers, Kenneth Fraser Sr. and Wayne Rich Sr. and many beloved uncles.

Jeffrey graduated from Leavenworth High School in 2001. He worked as a maintenance man at Canyon View Properties in Kansas City, Mo.

Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O. Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Liver Foundation.

Patricia Ann Maggio

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Patricia Ann Maggio, 68, of Lansing, Kan., passed away peacefully, Monday, May 28, 2018, at her home. She was surrounded and supported by her loving family and caregivers during the last days of her life. She was born July 2, 1949, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Charles and Patricia (Keegan) Schweiker.

Patricia grew up in Queens, N.Y. On Nov. 28, 1970, she married Robert M. Maggio, a career military officer. She spent 25 years as an Army spouse managing a household of three boys and traveling the world. Patricia has lived in Lansing for the past 27 years.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Robert; three sons; Bobby (Julie) of Rockville, Md., Chris (Rebecca) of Liberty, Mo. and Steven (Danielle) of Dallas, Texas; and seven grandchildren, Caroline, Lindsay, Braden, Chase, Amanda, Michael and Alexander.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Charles Schweiker Jr.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 3, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, at St. Francis de Sales Church with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions are suggested to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care (https://www.kchospice.org/donate-now/).

David Lee Trottman

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David Lee Trottman, 74, of Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. He was born Oct. 7, 1943, in Parker, S.D., the son of Lester and Maybelle (Phelps) Trottman.

On July 16, 1966, David married Linda Kay Meyer in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a daughter, Dawn Trottman of Leavenworth; a granddaughter, Christina Petersen; five brothers, Kenneth, James, Roger, Dennis and Charles; and a sister, Leslie Murray.

David was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Billy Trottman; and a sister, Gloria VanZiteren.

He was a member of the Gideons, American Legion Post #411, a Sunday School Teacher at the DB and he was involved in Men of the Chapel.

David retired as a Sergeant Major from the United States Army in 1984. After retirement he worked for the Federal Civil Service.

He enjoyed woodworking, yard work and gardening.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at Calvary Baptist Church. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Gideon’s International.

Cecil Kenneth Simmons

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Cecil Kenneth Simmons, 84, of Leavenworth, died, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Easton, Kan., with his wife and daughter by his side. He was born Nov. 4, 1933, in Hillsboro, Texas the son of Cecil Thomas and Mildred Lorraine (Maxwell) Simmons.

Kristin K. Meek

On Aug. 3, 1957, Cecil married Marilyn Jean Storey. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a daughter, Laura (Brad) Murray; and two grandchildren, Meghan (Spencer) Alyssa Johnson and Sean Worth Murray.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Cecil Kenneth Simmons, Jr.

He graduated from Texas A & M in May of 1957. After graduating, Kenneth was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in June of 1957, where he served 24 years in the United States Army and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1981. His military career included two tours in Vietnam both in the Mekong River Delta. From May 1964 to May 1965 he was an advisor to a Vietnamese Infantry Battalion, from Dec. 1970 to July 1972 he served as the Deputy Province Senior Advisor in Dinh Tuong Province. Ken earned a Combat Infantryman’s Badge, a Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit.

He played a role in a historic moment in the year 1962. As commander of Company D, 327th Airborne Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division he deployed from Ft. Campbell, Ky., to Oxford Miss., where his unit helped to quell the riots that erupted when James Meredith attempted to enroll in the all-white University of Mississippi. His last duty assignment was at Ft. Leavenworth where he was an instructor in the Dept. of Tactics at the Command and General Staff College.

After his retirement from active duty he joined the faculty at Benton High School in St. Joseph Mo. for 14 years as the Senior Army Instructor in the J.R.O.T.C. program. After his second retirement, in 1995, he and his wife spent 10 years enjoying many trips together in their Lazy Daze R.V.

Ken and his wife have attended Northwest Baptist Church in Leavenworth for many years.

He loved his family; his Alma Mater and he was proud to serve his country. The nickname his wife gave him “Complimentor-in-Chief” was well earned. Ken’s friendliness and his positive attitude were obvious to all who knew him.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 18, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer’s Disease Research or to honor Ken’s love of music, the family wants to continue funding monthly entertainment at Country Care provided by “Shermie at the Piano” (checks payable to Shermie Wiehe.)

Rosemary Cornforth

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Rosemary Cornforth, 88, of Leavenworth, died, Sunday, May 6, 2018, at her home. She was born Jan. 19, 1930, in Atchison, Kan., the daughter of Frank and Gladys (Jenkins) Shockey.

Rosemary Cornforth

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald Cornforth; five brothers, James Shockey, Lewis Shockey, Jack Shockey, Paul Shockey and Bill Shockey; three sisters, Loretta Dunster, Bessie Simpson and Margaret Baker.

Rosemary is survived by two sisters, Betty Nelson and Dee Simpson.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery.

April 2018 Obituaries

Betty Jean Martin

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Betty Jeanne Martin, 72, of Topeka, died, Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at St. John Hospital. She was born Feb. 18, 1946, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Irwin Benefiel and Joy (Brown) Stanley.

Betty Jean Martin

On June 5, 1971, Betty married Tom Martin in Garnett, Kan. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her father, Irwin Benefiel; her mother, Joy Stanley; her step-father, Glenn Stanley; and a sister Joyce Hastert, of Garnett, Kan.

Betty is survived by two sons, Jeff and Christa (Willcott) Martin of Lansing, Kan., and Pat and Amy (Godsey) Martin of Garden Ridge, Texas; five grandchildren, Zach, Nate and Lizzie Martin of Lansing, Kan., and McKenna and Cooper Martin of Garden Ridge, Texas; and a sister, Gayle Powell of Seattle, Wash.

Betty enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s activities, crocheting, trying her luck at slot machines and her many friends who reside at Twin Oaks Independent Living.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Betty Martin Breathe Easy Memorial Fund.

Melanie Lochow

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Melanie Deborah (Lee) Lochow, 27, of Leavenworth, died, Saturday, April 7, 2018. She was born July 26, 1990, the daughter of Howard and Maureen (Story) Lee.

Melanie Lochow

On May 31, 2014, Melanie married Paul A. Lochow, in Leavenworth. She is survived by her husband, Paul; her parents, Howard and Maureen; a younger brother, Brian; her in-laws, Helen and Jeff Lochow; her grandfather, Byron Story; and her grandparents, Donald and Ann Lee.

Melanie was a baptized believer in Jesus and held a strong faith in her Lord and Savior, an unwavering confidence in the hope of eternal salvation. She loved to pray and praise her savior and will be remembered by many at Wallula Christian Church for the wonderful way she would offer up worship using sign language while the church sang songs of praise. We know that Melanie is now with her Lord, Jesus, and we look forward to that hope in the resurrection, to a future together with her again, a great reunion where there will be peace and light and joy.

Melanie was an intelligent, hardworking young woman and a natural leader who readily assumed duties supervising and organizing activities at her church and school. She was an active member of her church youth group, she served as a bible study teacher and was often called upon to coordinate youth group activities. Melanie also participated in many activities during her high school years with her interests spanning drama, dance and bible clubs. She participated and acted in several plays and musicals, was a member of the Power and Light Show Choir, served as a JROTC Sponsor, was an officer in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and also served an officer in the National Honor Society. She received further recognition by the faculty of Leavenworth High School when they selected her as their 2008 Female Student of the Year.

Following her graduation from Leavenworth High School, she attended a joint program of study at Kansas State University and Manhattan Christian College. Melanie was active on the MCC traveling drama team, served on the student council and taught swing dancing. She graduated Magnum Cum Laud in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Manhattan Christian College and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Kansas, awarded in 2014. She worked as a nurse at several locations in Leavenworth and Wyandotte County and was most recently serving as a receptionist at the Smile Centre in Leavenworth.

Melanie enjoyed scrapping booking and made marvelously intricate cards and gifts, she loved English dramas, like Downton Abbey, which reflected her great interest in history and she enjoyed watching and attending musicals. Melanie also loved to travel and sightsee, she spent many a vacation driving with her family visiting various national parks and historical sites. Despite being a Kansas girl, she loved the ocean and always savored those opportunities to spend time at the beach.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Wallula Christian Church. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., Saturday, at the church. Burial will follow at 2 p.m., Saturday, at Mount Muncie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to the Saint Vincent Clinic, Leavenworth, Kansas, where Melanie would volunteer on occasion as a nurse.

March 2018 Obituaries

Tracy Lahiff Howard

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Tracy Lahiff Howard, 50, of Leavenworth, went to heaven in the arms of her Lord, March 30, 2018, surrounded by family and friends. She was born April 4, 1967, in Leavenworth, Kan., the daughter of Robert “Bob” and Brenda (Walter) Lahiff..

Tracy Lahiff Howard

On July 9, 2001, Tracy married Bill Howard in Ft. Carson, Colo. He survives at the home. She is also survived by her parents; a sister, Jackie (Scott) Mills; three nephews, Ryan, Connor and Brett Mills; two step-children, Alison Howard and Blake (Lesley) Howard; four grandchildren, Rylan, Ikaika, Ka’enaaloha and Nanea; an aunt, Jacquie Lahiff; many nieces and nephews; a loving extended family; and three of her four-legged babies whom she loved dearly.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 5, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, at Immaculate Conception Church. Memorials are suggested to Xavier Catholic School Capital Fund, Immaculate Conception/St. Joseph Parish or Leavenworth Animal Welfare society (L.A.W.S.).

Gary Huss

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Gary E. Huss, 72, of Leavenworth, Kan., passed away Sunday, March 25, 2018, at KU Medical Center. Gary was born Aug. 3, 1945, to Alfred Mason and Leota (Clary) Huss of Troy, Kan.

Gary Huss

Gary grew up in Troy and enlisted in the US Air Force upon graduation from high school in 1964. In 1965, he married Kathleen K. Ulsh of Wathena and they were stationed at Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka. After leaving the service in 1968, Gary was employed by the US Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons as a correctional officer at the federal prison in Leavenworth. Through numerous promotions and moves around the country, Gary rose through the ranks with the Bureau, eventually returning to the federal prison in Leavenworth as the Associate Warden overseeing corrections. Gary retired from the federal government in 1995, after 28 years of service. After a short retirement, he joined the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 30, 1999, initially as a deputy and he also worked as a jailer, patrol and warrant officer, eventually being promoted to Sergeant on April 26, 2010. Gary spent 15 years with the Sheriff’s Office, retiring for the second time on Aug. 14, 2014.

Gary enjoyed his long association with the Masonic King Solomon Lodge #10 in Leavenworth, receiving his 50th year pin in March 2017. He was also affiliated with the Scottish Rite and Byington 177 OES and served as a Board Member for the USPLK Federal Credit Union in Leavenworth since 2015.

Gary is survived by his wife of 52 years, Kathy; son Quentin Scott, his wife Lynn and their children, Katherine and Samantha of Horseheads, New York; daughter Wendy (Acton), her husband Paul and their children Charlotte and Patrick of Sugar Land, Texas; brother Robert of Springfield, Mo., as well as numerous cousins. Gary was also very close to his brothers in the Sheriff’s Office and considered them to be members of his family.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents of Troy, as well as numerous aunts and uncles.

Kathy and her children would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the tremendous doctors and nurses who cared for Gary in his final months; your compassion will never be forgotten. We also want to thank Sheriff Andy Dedeke and the fine officers at the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office for your unwavering support and dedication to our family. We are so thankful to have you in our lives.

A visitation beginning with Masonic Rights will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 29, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Bellemont Cemetery in Wathena, Kan. The family welcomes donations in Gary’s name to the American Cancer Society or KU Medical Center.

Darryl Delano Carter

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Darryl Delano Carter, 50, of Independence, Mo., died, Thursday, March 15, 2018, at his home. He was born June 19, 1967, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Melvin and Janet (Yates) Carter Jr.

Darryl Carter

Darryl married Molly McClain on Feb. 14, 2002, in Kansas City, Kan. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his son, Darius DeShawn Carter; his mother, Janet Carter; his step-children, Johnathon (Michelle) McClain, Deborah (Mandell) Graham and Christopher (Tiffany) Miller; and his siblings, Pamela (Jerell) Lark, Shawn Carter and Crystal (Frank) Richardson.

He was preceded in death by his father and a son, Darryl Delano Carter Jr.

Darryl served in the US Army. After discharge he worked as an electrician.

A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, March 26, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Elizabeth Joan Cook

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Elizabeth Joan Cook, 91, of Leavenworth, died, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at Twin Oaks Health and Rehab. She was born November 21, 1926, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Charles and Regina (Thayer) Schindling.

Joan Cook

Joan attended the university of Kansas where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and Theta Sigma Phi, honorary Journalism sorority. Joan received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism, a Master of English Education Degree and a Teacher’s Certificate from St. Mary’s College.

After college she was Associate Editor of a trade magazine and won the “Cy Fraley Award for Clear and Concise Writing”. Joan taught English at East Junior High School, Leavenworth High School and Composition at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

On June 10, 1950, Joan married Reginald F. Cook. He preceded her in death Oct. 2, 1994. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Jane Holliman; and two brothers, Richard Schindling and Robert Schindling.

Joan is survived by a daughter, Nancy (Ben) Farrar of Rock Island, Ill.; three sons, Charles (Candace) Cook of Shiloh, Ill., Richard (Ann) Cook of Houston, Texas, and Jeff (Cynthia) Cook of The Woodlands, Texas; nine grandchildren, Amy, Jessica, Matthew, Michael, Nathan, Eileen, Erika, Elliott and Anna; and one great-grandchild, Sebastian.

Joan was a member of the Whittier Club, the Saturday Club, Chapter EN of PEO, DAR, St. Mary’s Women’s Auxiliary, St. John’s Guild and the Patrons of Leavenworth Library Board.

She enjoyed her family, traveling, reading and playing bridge.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday March 21, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth County Historical Society :Reclaiming History Project” or St. Vincent’s Clinic.

Rodney Floyd Wallace

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Rodney Floyd Wallace, 59, of Leavenworth, died, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. He was born July 1, 1958, in Salina, Kan., the second oldest child of Cecil and Eloise (Lee) Wallace.

He graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1976 and went on to attend The University of Kansas where he studied Engineering. He worked miscellaneous jobs in Lawrence, Kan.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Cecil and Eloise (Lee) Wallace; his brother: Ryan Wallace; his uncle: Eugene Lee; his aunt: Colleen Lee; and both sets of grandparents: Ben and Lula (Lawrence) Wallace and Thomas and Essie (Flowers) Lee.

Rodney is survived by his sister, Felecia (Waddell) Smith of Allen, Texas and brother, Randall (Ada) Wallace of Overland Park.

Rodney was a man who did not waste his words. He was a hard worker, who could fix just about anything. He had a place for everything and everything was always in its place. You could count on him to have his pants ironed, shirt tucked in with a belt. His kind heart and willingness to help others has touched many lives.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery.

Catherine Traynham

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Catherine Traynham, 93, of Leavenworth, formerly of Simpsonville, S.C., died, Sunday, March 11, 2018, at Homestead Assisted Living in Leavenworth. She was born Jan. 4, 1925, in Pelzer, S.C., the daughter of John Calvin and Lizzie Thomas Browning.

Catherine Traynham

On October 12, 1942, Catherine married Wister B. Traynham in Greenville, S.C. He preceded her in death in 2012. Catherine was also preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and four brothers.

She is survived by one sister, Doris Simmons of Greenwood, S.C.; two sons, William B. Traynham (Pixie) and Jerry W. Traynham (Maria); two grandsons, two granddaughters; one step grandson and granddaughter; eight great-grandchildren and four step great grandchildren.

She was first and foremost a mother, a lifetime homemaker, enjoyed collecting antiques, and working puzzles with family.

A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 16, 2018, at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Robert J. "Bob" Powers

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Robert Junior Powers, 92, a lifelong resident of Leavenworth, died, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at his home. He was born Nov. 10, 1925, in Leavenworth, the son of Robert C. and Cora C. (Shaughnes) Powers Jr.

Robert Powers

Bob was known for his sense of humor, willingness to help others and his indefatigable spirit.

After graduating from Leavenworth High School, Bob joined the Army and served in the combat infantry division during World War II. After the war, Bob returned home and married Betty Stevens. He worked at Wadsworth Hospital and then Ft. Leavenworth for 30 years. He always had two or more jobs. Bob was involved in work at the Eagles Area 55 branch most of his life. He served as secretary for 27 years, was previously president of the local organization and state president for the Eagles.

In 1960, Bob married Geneva Tomlin, a widow, and Bob inherited a family of five. He helped hold the family together and filled a huge gap in all of their lives. Geneva preceded Bob in death in 1998. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a step-daughter, Kathy Slack.

In 2000, Bob married Linda Bohannon and once again enlarged his family. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a brother, Eugene Powers of Sacramento, Calif.; a daughter, Cathy Long of Leavenworth; six step-children, Lawrence (Deb) Tomlin of Overland Park, Mike (Jayme) Tomlin of Shawnee, Rita Decarsky of Leavenworth, Russ Tomlin of Montrose, Colo., Dawn (Doug) Hudson of Leavenworth and Dale (Cindy) Bohannon of Leavenworth; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 4 great great-grandchildren.

Even after retiring, Bob continued to work for 16 years as a crossing guard at Lansing Schools, a job that he enjoyed so much that he kept it until he was 85 and no longer able to do the job. Bob loved spending time with his family and friends and more than 80 people gathered to celebrate his 90th birthday. He also loved to share memories of growing up without an automobile and having the opportunity to walk or bicycle everywhere. Perhaps the daily exercise contributed to his long life and unfailing work ethic. Bob will always be remembered for his happy spirit, quick wit and his love of family.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, at St. Francis de Sales Church, with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Francis de Sales Church Building Fund.

Daniel Michael Duffin

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Daniel Michael Duffin, of Leavenworth, passed away, Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the age of 73. He was born June 29, 1944, in Leavenworth, the only child of Daniel L. and Margaret Eileen (Donovan) Duffin.

Daniel Michael Duffin

Dan grew up in a loving faith-filled family, attended Sacred Heart grade school and graduated in the class of ‘62 from Immaculata High School. He was a graduate of Rockhurst College and began his accounting and business career at Arthur Andersen, moving on to KUMC where he eventually became the Comptroller. In 1976, Dr. Pierre Keitges, a pathologist and Director of Laboratories at KUMC convinced Dan to leave KU to start a medical laboratory business. The deal was made that Dr. K. would oversee the medical component and Dan would manage the business, always putting patient care first. He loved his work and his co-workers at Physicians Reference Laboratory (PRL). He enjoyed and valued the personal and business relationships formed as PRL flourished. As a result, he served in numerous organizations and on several boards, in both the secular and Catholic communities.

Also in 1976, Dan met the love of his life, Judy A. (Mahlman) Jaqua. They married in 1980 in Olathe, Kan. and moved to the farm in Leavenworth County. She survives of the home. A beloved husband, he became a proud loving father to Jeff (Karen) Jaqua, Julie Lesniak and her husband John, and an awesome “Pa” to Lauren (Aaron) Hannon, Ryan Jaqua and Alexandria Lesniak. More recently he became a grandfather to Karen’s children, Jonathan, Hayley, Courtney and Trevor Finch. He sincerely cared about his family and friends. Judy’s Minnesota families, Gary, Ron and Charlie (Marcia) Mahlman and their families became his.

In 2008, after 32 years at PRL Dan retired to enjoy more time with his family and interests. He loved everything outdoors, he was a gardener, hunter, fisherman, golfer, sports fan, and wanna-be heavy equipment operator.

Dan was preceded in death by his birth father, his mother and step-father, Glenn Jackson, grandparents, aunts and uncles and a sister-in-law, Cheryl Mahlman.

He will be missed but never forgotten by his family, friends and business associates. Truly a gentle-man.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. William McEvoy and Rev. Richard Storey as celebrants. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Xavier Catholic School Capital Fund, American Heart Association or American Lung Association.

February 2018 Obituaries

John "Jack" F. Kraft

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John “Jack” F. Kraft, 89 years old, passed away, February 27, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family. Jack was born December 7, 1928 in Kansas City, Kansas to John and Frances Kraft.

John Kraft

Jack proudly made his living as a dairy/beef farmer with his brother Bill.

Jack is survived by his loving wife, Frances of 61 years, children, Pam (Verlin) Dunlap, Peggy (Jeff Gilliland) Mance, Brian (Diana) Kraft, seven grandchildren; Jason, Darin, Travis, Justin, Katie, Taylor and Meghan, eleven great-grandchildren and brother Bill Kraft. Jack was preceded in death by his parents and brother Charles Kraft.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 2, 2018 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial will take place at Mount Muncie Cemetery in Lansing, Kansas. Memorial Contributions in Jack’s name may be made to Leavenworth County Extension - 4-H, 613 Holiday Plaza Lansing, Kansas 66043. Online condolences may be expressed at: www.amosfamily.com (The Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee, 913-631-5566).

Robert Allan Wilson

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Robert Allan Wilson, 56, of Leavenworth, died, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at St. John Hospital. He was born May 31, 1961, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Calvin Wilson and Marion (Browne) Brune.

Robert Wilson

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Rickie R. Wilson.

Robert is survived by his mother; his step-father, Zeno Brune; two step-children, Shana George-Haynes of Mound City, Mo. and Anthony “Tony” George of Little Rock, Ark.; a brother, Randy (Connie) Wilson of Tonganoxie, Kan.; two sisters, Lynn (Mike) Rilinger and Debra (Dale) Beurman both of Oskaloosa, Kan.; seven nieces and nephews, Delight Jones, Bobi Jo Palacio, Holley Hackathorn, Ashli Coffey, Randal Wilson, Sean Berry-Brune and Danielle Wilbur; four step-grandchildren; and numerous great nieces and nephews.

He enjoyed hunting, riding his Harley, KU Sports and hanging out with his friends.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral home. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.

Tana Marie Mayhugh

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Tana Marie Mayhugh, 64, of Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at her home. She was born Jan. 20, 1954, in Leavenworth, Kan., the daughter of Lawrence LeRoy and Mary Lee (Faber) Schlonga.

Tana graduated from Immaculata High School in 1972. She worked for Hallmark Cards. She also worked in real estate until retirement.

On Feb. 14, 1991, Tana married Donald Mayhugh in Las Vegas, Nev. He preceded her in death in 2013. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Tana is survived by a son, Kyle (Jill) Doelz; three grandchildren, Nathan Doelz, Hailey Doelz and Holley Doelz; a sister, Terry (Jim) Bogner; and two brothers, Keith (Paula) Schlonga and Henry (Cheryl) Schlonga.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Margaret "Peggy" Ellen Jerrit

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Margaret “Peggy” Ellen Jerrit, 94, of Leavenworth, died, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, at Twin Oaks Health and Rehab. She was born Oct. 5, 1923, in Leavenworth, Kan., the daughter of George R. and Margaret M. (Rafter) Bergman.

Margaret Jerrit

On Nov. 22, 1945, Margaret married Harry W. Jerrit in Leavenworth. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents, etc.

Peggy is survived by a son, John E. (Sandi) Jerrit; a daughter, Margaret “Peggy” (Dick) Hammersmith; five grandchildren, Shelly (Wes) Hammersmith-Brooks, Amy (Jeff) Yallaly, Brian (Brandy) Jerrit, Lisa (Lenn) Stacey and Jason (Marina) Hammersmith; eight grandchildren, David Schmidt, Heather Schmidt, Sarah Schmidt, Ashleigh Yallaly, Aiden Hammersmith, Dillon Hammersmith, Kara Stacey and Gwen Stacey.

She was a lifetime resident of Leavenworth. Peggy was a southwestern bell pioneer working as one of the first women’s telephone operators until her retirement in the business office in 1973. She was a member of St Joseph Church, a member of the fraternal order of Eagles auxiliary 55, Ladies auxiliary to veterans of foreign war, American legion auxiliary and Daughters of Isabelle. She volunteered many years at St. John and Cushing Hospital.

Peggy enjoyed bowling on local leagues and she loved playing cards with all her friends. She traveled visiting friends, family and many exiting places while living life to the fullest.

Visitation beginning with the Rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, at St. Joseph Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to National Alzheimer’s Research.

Gayle Elaine Meredith

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Gayle Elaine Meredith, 66, of Leavenworth, died, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. She was born Sept. 22, 1951, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Francis and Dorothy (Wilk) McCune.

Gayle Elaine Meredith

She graduated from Leavenworth High School.

Gayle is survived by two sons, Larry Meredith Jr. and Francis L. Meredith; two sisters, Shirley Morris and Barbara Thomasson; a daughter-in-law, Ashley Hattok; a granddaughter, Harley Hymiller; and her partner of 17 years, Paul Hattok.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Mary Patricia Powers and Dorothy Timmons; and a brother, Francis Henry “Buddy Boy” McCune.

Gayle loved horseback riding. She rode cutting horses, competed in pole bending and barrel racing. She also showed them and was Miss Deb Lee Bar. Gayle also enjoyed camping and fishing but she wouldn’t bait her own hook.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Greater Kansas City or American Cancer Society Hope Lodge.

Arthaniel Johnson

Arthaniel Johnson, 85, of Lansing, died, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018.

A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

 

Marveta Maxine Turner

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Marveta M. Turner, 89, of Leavenworth, died, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at Saint John Hospital. She was born April 2, 1928, in Graham, Mo., the only child of Marvin and Blanche (Younger) Mowry.

Marveta turner

She graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1946. After high school she worked at the Dairy Maid restaurant in Leavenworth where she met her future husband, Charles.

On Sept. 25, 1948, Marveta married Charles R. Turner at the First Christian Church in Leavenworth. He preceded her in death in 2008 after 59 years of marriage.

She worked at Leavenworth High School as an attendance clerk and guidance secretary. After retirement, Marveta and Charles enjoyed traveling the United States on many bus tours, while wearing sunflower patches so everyone would know they were from Kansas.

Marveta was a member of First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed bowling, bird watching, sewing, playing cards with her many friends and making dolls. Marveta loved animals and flowers.

She is survived by two daughters, Debbie (Rick) Sherretts and Cheryl (Ernest) Allen; two sons, Gregory (Lynn) Turner and Jeffrey (Teresa) Turner; eight grandchildren, Kimberly (Brian) Anderson, Rachel Johnson, Marcus (Sarah) Sherretts, Amanda Sherretts, Adam (Jenny) Turner, Margeruite (Clinton) Culbertson, Joshua Allen and Jacob Allen; 18 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society (L.A.W.S.) or First United Methodist Church.

Mary Lou Pepper

Mary Lou Pepper, 73, of Piper, Kan., died, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery.

 

 

Alfred Thomas "Tommy" Dulin

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Alfred Thomas “Tommy” Dulin Jr., 83, of Leavenworth passed away Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital. He was born Nov. 17, 1934 in Lawrence, Kan. to Alfred T. and Mildred R. Dulin Sr.

At age 11, Tommy moved to Leavenworth with his mother and siblings.He graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1953 and attended the University of Kansas to pursue studies in the Arts.

On March 2, 1957, Alfred married Sylvia True Gayden in Leavenworth. She survives at the home.He is also survived by a son, Brian K. Dulin; a daughter,Carmen R. Dulin; a grandson, Brandon M. Dulin; 12 sisters, Barbara Hayden, Verna Jackson, Dickie Dulin, Sharon Brown, Patricia Enalien, Linda Ealey, Wanda Anderson, Judy Handy, Rita Moppin, Mary Scott, Luella Huff and Norma Reynolds; three brothers: James Huff, Larry Huff and Charles Huff; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Alfred proudly served and retired from the Army Reserves, then pursued a career as a Graphics Artist in Civil Service at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas where he retired after 43 years. He was always very active in the community to include participating on the Leavenworth Planning Commission and various other endeavors.

Alfred was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Charles Dulin; his stepfather, Lester L. Huff Sr.; and a step-brother, Lester L. Huff Jr.

Family visitation will be from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, at Independent Baptist Church. A funeral service will follow the visitation at 11:30 a.m. at the church. Burial with military honors will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Arrangement by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made in the name of Alfred T. Dulin, to the Richard Allen Cultural Center, where he dedicated his time and resources because of his passion and desire to preserve African American history in Leavenworth, Kan., for current and future generations.

Paul Martin Zeps

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Paul Martin Zeps, 79, of Leavenworth, died, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at Twin Oaks Health and Rehab. He was born Feb. 17, 1938, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Paul Bruno and Josephine Anne (Kotes) Zeps.

On Sept. 11, 1980, Paul Married Anita Kay Wardick in Titusville, Fla. She preceded him in death by 6 years. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Jo Anne.

He is survived by his son Paul (Laura) Zeps Jr. and two grandchildren, Paul and Sophia.

Paul retired as a Configuration Management Specialist with nearly 50 years working on America's space program.

Visitation will be from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at St. Francis de Sales Church. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, at the church. Burial will follow at Gates of Heaven Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Zachary Alyn Williams

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Zachary “Zac” Alyn Williams 30, of Overland Park, Kan., was called to heaven Feb. 3, 2018, to be with his grandfather, Laville Joseph Van Waart. He was born Dec. 12, 1987, in Topeka, Kan. the son of Cindy and Michael Williams.

Zachary Alyn Williams

Zac was a free spirit up until his last breath but would always make time to stop and smell the roses. He was a spiritual guy who believed in the good Lord. He was also the life of the party with a clever joke and a cheerful smile, blue eyes that melted your heart and a warm and grateful hug.

On July 12th, 2012, life took on a whole new meaning when his son, Aden Alyn was born and his life became truly blessed. Zac was a loving father and Aden was the pride and joy of Zac’s short life. What he enjoyed most in life was to spend time with Aden and his cousins in Iowa.

Zac’s spirit, stubbornness, amazing eyes, ears and amazing personality will live on in his son.

He is survived by his son Aden Alyn Williams; mother Cindy Williams and Ray Bailiff; his brother, Joe and sister-in-law, Tracy Williams; nephews, Hunter, Logan and Daxton Williams of Topeka; his grandmother, Donna Van Waart Wendel; and numerous loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Zac was preceded in death by his loving grandfathers Laville and Joseph Van Waart of Sioux City, Iowa.

Visitation will be from 12 to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery.

Robert Bernard Highsmith

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Robert Bernard Highsmith, 70, of Leavenworth, died, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at his home. He was born April 21, 1947, in Camden, Ark., the son of George Williams and Robert J. and Effie (Armstrong) Highsmith.

Robert Highsmith

On July 5, 1969, Robert married Brenda Dyann Murphy in Camden, Ark. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a daughter, Millicent Highsmith; two sons, Darius “Marc” (Patricia “Vicki” Highsmith Sr. and Roderick (Deonca) Highsmith; five grandchildren, Ravyn, Darius II, McKayla, McKenzy and McKenna “Riley” Highsmith; five sisters, Ruthie Starling, Donna Williams, Judy Williams, Danielle Williams and Lisa Rhodes; four brothers, Eugene Hawkins, Harold Highsmith, Darin Williams and Sean (Yolanda) Bradford; a brother-in-law, Cleveland “Rip” (Evelyn) Murphy; a sister-in-law, Rebecca Murphy; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Georgia Baugh; and a brother-in-law, Marcus Murphy.

He was post commander of the Andrew Newton post 94. Robert was a Deacon at Pentecostal Church of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. He was the project manager for the church, the “Kitchen Chief” (head of the kitchen committee), on the pantry staff and involved in several community organizations. He was also a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church for 15 years.

Robert was an M.P. in Fort Bragg, Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley where he retired as a SFC in 1991. He also retired from Lansing Correction Facility in 2007.

A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at Pentecostal Church of the Apostolic Faith, Inc.

January 2018 Obituaries

Harold A. Schermbeck

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Harold Alfred Schermbeck, 94 of Leavenworth, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. He was born Aug. 12, 1923, in Leavenworth, the son of Edward and Helen (White) Schermbeck.

He was baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Leavenworth and publicly confessed his faith in Jesus as his Lord and Savior through his Confirmation at St. Paul on April 15, 1936. His Confirmation verse was, “Delight yourself also in the Lord and He shall give them the desires of thine heart.” Psalms 37:4. Harold’s life reflected that delight. He faithfully attended church and was active at various times as an officer.

On Aug. 14, 1949, he married Anna Hermine Cowling at First Presbyterian Church in Leavenworth. They were members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Leavenworth. Harold and Anna lived their entire married life on their farm in Leavenworth County where they raised four children.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Clarence Schermbeck and a granddaughter, Lindsey Nicole Knapp.

He is survived by his wife Anna of Leavenworth; brother, Edward and Betty Schermbeck of Leavenworth; his children, John (Linda K.) Schermbeck of Leavenworth, Linda R. (Danny) Schwinn of Easton, Robert (Robin) Schermbeck of Elk Creek, Neb. and Carol (Robert) Knapp of Madison, Neb., 13 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and one on the way.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church with son, Rev. Robert Schermbeck and grandson, Rev. Andrew Schermbeck presiding. Casket bearers will be; Randy Schwinn, Timothy Schermbeck, Andrew Schermbeck, Cody Knapp, Ethan Knapp and Rick Schwinn. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Paul Lutheran Chruch or Mission Central LCMS World Mission, 40718 Hwy East 16, Mapleton, IA 51034.

Dawn Marie Lacey

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Dawn Marie Lacey, 51, of Leavenworth, died, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, at St. Luke’s Northland. She was born Feb. 5, 1966, in Chanute, Kan., the daughter of April Elder Bridges and Lyle (Charline) Bridges.

Dawn Marie Lacey

On Aug. 18, 1984, Dawn married Steven Lacey in Osage City, Kan. He survives of the home. She is also survived by her parents; two sons, Justin Lacey and Daniel Lacey; a sister, Wendy (Dave) Vallone; a brother, Adam Bridges; a half-sister, Rebecca (Ryan) Claxton; a step-brother and step-sister; 14 nieces and nephews; and a large extended family.

Dawn was preceded in death by her grandparents.

She worked for Hallmark Cards for 24 years.

Dawn loved reading and traveling.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth County Humane Society (LCHS).

Phyllis Nadine Lane

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Phyllis Nadine Lane, 84, of Leavenworth, died, Friday, Jan. 18, 2018. She was born Dec. 26, 1933, in Leavenworth, the daughter of George and Gladys Gillaspie.

Phyllis Nadine Lane

On Sept. 26, 1968, Phyllis married Howard J. Lane. After 47 years of marriage, Howard preceded her in death Sept. 30, 2015. She was also preceded in death by her parents; four sisters and three brothers; a granddaughter, Sarah Barrette; and a grandson-in-law, Kevin Donald.

Phyllis is survived by a son, Leo (Amy) Vanwey; six daughters, Deborah (Gene) Poff, Karen Melton, Dawn Ekstrom, Connie (Harold) Poe, Penny (Bob) Barrette and Michelle (Mark) Hoag; her extended family; 26 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren; Gary and Gloria Nussman; and many more family friends. She was extremely proud of each and every one of them.

She spent most of her life in Leavenworth where she and her husband “Hubbie” formed lifelong relationships.

Phyllis had numerous jobs over the years to include nursing, volunteer aid work and she was a daycare provider. She was also an active member of the VFW Women’s Axillary and the First Christian Church in Leavenworth.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery.

Lonnie Ray Seglie

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Lonnie Seglie, 70, passed away peacefully, Jan. 18, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was born March 25, 1947, in Pittsburg, Kan., to John and Mary (Signorino) Seglie.

Lonnie Ray Seglie

He had two older brothers, John Charles and Floyd Ronald. He grew up in Franklin, Kansas, and graduated from Arma High School in 1965.

At an early age he played accordion and later enjoyed playing in several rock and roll bands in high school and college.

Lon received his undergraduate degree from Pittsburg State University in 1969 where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He earned a Master’s degree from Wichita State University, and an Education Doctorate from the University of Kansas.

He proudly served in the active U.S. Army from 1971-1977 in Kentucky, Germany with the 3rd Armor Division, Arizona and North Carolina in the Armor and Military Intelligence Branches. After serving in the Army Reserve, he retired as a Lt. Colonel. He was very patriotic and loved his country.

He worked for Center for Army Lessons Learned at Ft. Leavenworth for 26 years until his retirement in 2010. He was very proud of the work he did to benefit deployed soldiers.

In 1970, Lon married the love of his life, Jill Vance. They had two children, Nicholas and Scott with Zhanna (daughter-in-law) and Rowan (grandson) later welcomed with love into the family.

He loved talking to people—all people, and sharing stories. He was most happy connecting with people and had a gift for genuine conversation whether you were already a friend or a hiker going the opposite way on a trail.

Sigma Chi provided an opportunity to build a foundation for lifelong friendships that have now lasted over 50 years. He always enjoyed remembering those bonds and the adventures with friends that have now become family.

His greatest joys in life were his beloved family and friends, his patriotism, traveling, cycling, hiking, pasta, beer and ice cream. He lived life to the fullest. He was quick to break up a serious moment with a funny face to make you smile. He leaves a legacy of kindness and laughter.

Even late in his life he was able to form a special bond with his grandson, Rowan, through a child-like joy for the world with playful grunts and giggles.

“I love you” and “God bless” were quick off his tongue under any circumstance, and he was well known for the quality of his hugs.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23. 2018, at St. Francis de Sales Church. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, at the church. Burial will follow at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or St. Francis de Sales Church.

In memory of Lon, make someone smile today if you have the power to do so.

Dr. John C. Hammeke M.D.

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Dr. John C. Hammeke M.D., 90, of Leavenworth, died, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at St. Luke’s Cushing Hospital. He was born in Ellinwood, Kan., the son of John Thomas and Mary Helen (Schartz) Hammeke.

John Hammeke

He joined the Navy at the age of 17 and served on an aircraft carrier in World War II. Dr. Hammeke graduated from St. Benedicts and then attended the University of Kansas where he studied microbiology. He received a Medical Degree from the University of Arkansas and completed his residency in Ophthalmology at St. Vincent’s Clinic in Little Rock, Ark. He was also honored to attend Harvard Medical School the last three months of his residency.

Dr. Hammeke served the communities of Atchison and Leavenworth for many years as an Ophthalmologist. He also traveled to Moscow and Russia to observe ophthalmic laser surgery.

He is survived by a daughter, Mondeen Snyder; two sons, Mark Hammeke and Greg Hammeke; five grandchildren, Heather Mosbacher, Heidi Mosbacher, Justin Hammeke, Damon Hammeke and Cassie Fisher; eight great-grandchildren, Lucia Mosbacher, Mia Mosbacher, Aris Mosbacher, Rylee Hammeke, Kaiden Hammeke, Taylor Heim, Tallulah Fisher and Corbin Fisher. Dr. Hammeke is also survived by his former wife and friend, Geri Hammeke; two sister-in-laws, Delores Christianson and Catherine Hammeke; and his two sisters, Sister Imelda Rose and Coleen Younger.

There will be a private family burial. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Francis "Fritz" Gail Hall

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It is with great sadness that the family of Francis “Fritz” Gail Hall, 90, announces his passing away Jan. 9, 2018 in Edwardsville, Kan. He was born March 12, 1927, in Ellwood City, Penn., the son of Harry Lee Hall, Sr. and Helen Marie (Sias) Hall.

Francis Hall

Fritz attended Lincoln High School in Ellwood City. Penn. He enlisted in the United States Navy in January 1945 and served as a Radar Operator on U.S.S. Herbert J. Thomas, D.D. 833. He served as a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve until September 1948.

On Dec. 27, 1946, Fritz married June Louise Smith, in Ellwood City. She preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Harry Jr., Jim, Elmer and Fredrick (his twin); four sisters, Catherine Britton, Jean Raybould, Ruth Arkett and Shirley Britton; and an infant daughter, Sandra Rae.

He left the reserves to enroll in the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Pittsburgh where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps, June 14, 1950. He retired from the Army in 1970 as a Lieutenant Colonel after quartermaster and field artillery assignments in the United States, Europe, Taiwan, and Vietnam. During his career, LTC Hall received numerous awards and decorations including the Legion of Merit. Fritz pursued a second career selling insurance in Colorado Springs, Colo. and Deland, Fla.

Wherever he lived he was active in Sertoma International Chapters as well as local Southern Baptist church congregations. Fritz was always a jovial conversationalist and a morning person – often breaking into song at the breakfast table. He enjoyed spending time with family, fishing, gardening, coconut crème pie, PeeWee’s hotdogs, and the outdoors.

Fritz is survived by his sisters, Ella Mae Kimpel and Charlotte (Samuel) Colmery; daughter, Victoria (Ron) Davids; son, DuWayne Hall; four grandchildren, Andrew Davids, Frederick Davids, Rachel Dawson and Amber Hall; eleven great-grandchildren, Jordan, Scott, Victoria, Cassandra, Andrew Michael, Trevor, Tyler, and Colin Davids and Noah, Eli and Lucas Dawson.

A graveside service will begin at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215. Condolences may be left in Fritz’s online guestbook at www.yourtribute.com.

Marvin "Bones" Baxter Richards

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Marvin “Bones” Baxter Richards, 69, of Leavenworth, passed away, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, at Medicalodges of Leavenworth.

A memorial service will begin at noon Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at the Riverfront Community Center - Men’s Room. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

 

 

Sr. Mary Lillian Landauer

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Sister Mary Lillian Landauer, 97, a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth (SCL) for 76 years, died on Jan. 6, 2018 in Ross Hall at the SCL Mother House, Leavenworth, Kansas.

Dedication to her religious vocation, commitment to the profession of nursing, and love of her family and heritage characterized Sister’s life. Mary Regina (nicknamed Marie) was born July 21, 1920 in Ellis, Kansas, the third of 11 children of Joseph and Sophie C. Gilsinger Landauer. A child of the Depression, she attended rural public schools in western Kansas, and was a graduate of Tonganoxie High School, Tonganoxie, Kansas. Eager to attend college, Marie worked a year then began the nursing program at Saint Mary College, Leavenworth. During her first retreat, she felt called to religious life. She entered the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth on June 15, 1941, and professed vows as Sister Mary Lillian on Dec. 19, 1942.

The next month, Sister Mary Lillian resumed nurse’s training at St. John’s Hospital, Helena, Montana, graduating in 1945. In 1971, she received her bachelor’s in nursing education at Saint Mary College. Her health ministry spanned several nursing specialties at SCL hospitals in Colorado, Kansas, Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming. She was a nurse or nurse supervisor throughout her active ministry except for two brief assignments as a hospital administrator. Sister Mary Lillian remained grateful for the opportunity to care for patients, especially those who were poor and elderly in hospitals and nursing homes. She concluded her health ministry at St. Joseph Home, Kansas City, Kansas, and the SCL Mother House. She retired in 1993 and moved to Ross Hall, the SCL skilled nursing facility, in 2006.

Sister Mary Lillian had great devotion to the Blessed Mother. She credited several SCLs who taught her at Saint Mary College with supporting her religious vocation and influencing her life as a woman religious. Known for her cheerfulness and helpfulness, Sister Mary Lillian summed up her life as “a very full, rich and rewarding experience.“

Preceding Sister Mary Lillian in death were her parents; her brothers Joseph, Robert, Eugene and Aaron; and her sister Anna Terry. Survivors include her sisters Marcella Wyatt, Alton, Missouri; Agnes Shepherd, Rocklin, California; Margaret Smith, St. Louis, Missouri; and Laurena Seymour and Kathleen Keylon, Tonganoxie, Kansas; her sister-in-law Anna Mary Landauer, Basehor, Kansas; nieces, nephews and cousins, and the SCL Community.

A vigil will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 in Ross Chapel, SCL Mother House, Leavenworth. Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated in Ross Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Mother House grounds. Memorial contributions can be made to the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, 4200 S. 4th St., Leavenworth, KS 66048. Arrangements by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home

Gilbert “Craig” Neidig

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Gilbert “Craig” Neidig, 67, of Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, after a battle with cancer. He was born May 10, 1950, in Ponca City, Okla. to George Neidig and Norma Jean Neidig (Who later married Darrell Joseph Sinette).

In 1996, Craig married Aida Basil. She survives at the home. He is also survived by their combined family including his son, Derek Neidig; Aida’s daughter and sons, Jacqueline Nugent and partner Bryan Messick, Chris Strnad and wife Jelena and Ricky Streight; his stepchildren from a previous marriage, Donna Charpia and Brenda Robertson; a brother, Jeff Neidig; nine grandchildren Sophie Marie Messick, Iva Strnad, Leah Strnad, Theo Neidig, Nathan Robertson, Michael Robertson, Maranda McCauley, Chelsea Charpia and Brelind Charpia; nephew, Brian Neidig; sister-in-law, Judy Morgan and husband, Kevin; niece, Cheryl Lemon and husband, Dan; and two great-nieces, Corrine and Kelela Lemon.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Kevin Neidig.

Craig received numerous military decorations while serving in the U.S. military. After retiring from the Navy he continued in civil service to the U.S. government. Craig enjoyed walks on Coronado Island, traveling, sailing, computers/technology and spending time with grandkids.

A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Disabled American Veterans Charity (D.A.V.).

Donald Eugene Magee

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Donald Eugene Magee, 76, of Leavenworth, died, Tuesday, Jan 2, 2018, at his home. He was born Jan. 11, 1941, in Pittsburgh, Penn., the son of Eugene and Sadie (Truflex) Magee.

Donald Eugene Magee

On Aug. 26, 1966, Donald married Flora May Banks in Leavenworth. She preceded him in death April 25, 2017. He was also preceded in death by his parents.

Donald is survived by two sons, Patrick Andrew Magee of Junction City, Kan., and James Bryan Magee of Leavenworth; six grandchildren, Austin Magee, Brett Magee, Cody Magee, Abbie Magee, Alex Magee and Logan Magee; two brothers, William P. (Kay) Magee of Butler, Penn. And John F. Magee of Waynesburg, Penn.; and a sister, Margaret (Joe) Tomsey of Butler, Penn.

He served honorably in the United States Army and Air Force. During his time in the military he did two tours in Vietnam. He retired after 35 years of service from the Federal Bureau of Prisons and Veterans Administration.

Donald enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, gardening and woodworking. He loved softball and played for over 40 years.

He was a member of Shriner’s, Masonic Lodge #245 and Senior Softball U.S.A.

Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, 2017, 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. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Leavenworth County Humane Society.

 

 


 

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