Dixie L. Walkenbach, 78, of Leavenworth, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at Bonner Springs Nursing Home. She was born May 20, 1937, in Parkville, Mo., the daughter of Jesse and Gertrude (Montgomery) Porter.
On Aug. 29, 1955, she married her soul mate, Donald F. Walkenbach. He preceded her in death on Nov. 7, 2008. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Betty Patton and her brothers, Kenneth Porter and Montgomery Porter.
Dixie is survived by her two daughters, Debbie (Rodney) Day of Leavenworth and Donna (James) Patroske of Leavenworth; her grandchildren, Chase Day of Franklin, Tenn. and Johnaton Patroske of Fulton, Mo.; her brother, Woodson (Ann) Porter; her sister-in-law, Helen (Raymond) Boyd; her brother-in-law, Fritzie (Billie) Walkenbach; and several nieces and nephews.
Dixie loved her family. She also loved birds, watching the sun rise, playing the slots at the casino, antiquing and watching the Royals and KU basketball. She worked at several business to include, Hallmark Cards and the Veterans Administration from where she retired in 1999.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Church. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 after the visitation at the church. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Immaculate Conception Church.
Tillman L. Nester, 85, of Leavenworth, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Twin Oaks Health & Rehab in Lansing. He was born March 25, 1931, in Fieldale, Va., the son of Harvey Wilson and Nancy (Puckett) Nester.
Tillman married Eileen VanVeghtan in Leavenworth, Kan. She preceded him in death. He later married Carol Scott, she also preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his granddaughter Michaelyn Resman, four brothers (Lloyd Nester, Raymond Nester, Marvin Nester, Fred Nester) and four sisters ( Avis Adkins, Elva Lampkins, Ora Jarrett, Virginia Campbell).
He is survived by four daughters, Elizabeth (John) Resman of Olathe, Kan., Carla (Dale Bieber) Nester of Coralville, Iowa, Karen (Chris Cataldi) Nester of Fredricksburg, Va., Paula Stafford of Leavenworth: two sons David (Michelle) Nester of Leavenworth, Michael Nester of Olathe, Kan.; 15 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Tillman worked for the Fieldale police department after his service in the Air Force. He then went on to be a firefighter at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he was promoted to Fire Chief. He transferred to Fort Huachuca, Sierra Vista, Ariz., as Fire Chief. He retired April 1, 1981. He loved to travel and to be outdoors.
A memorial visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to Smile Train Foundation or the American Heart.
Luella Jewell Hollis, 88, of Leavenworth, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2016, at Medicalodge in Leavenworth. She was born July 22, 1927, in Delphos, Kan., the daughter of Jesse W. and Ella G. (Collins) McKain.
Luella married Ted C. Hollis in Delphos, Kan. After they married they lived in Wichita, Kan., where she lived until the last six years. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Jody L Wirth.
She is survived by her son, Jerry E. Hollis of Leavenworth; and her sister in-law, Jean Cleverdon of Mulvane, Kan.
Luella worked at Walmart into her 80s. She was a cancer survivor of the 1960s. She loved all animals, but especially cats. She enjoyed playing bingo and playing the piano.
Friends may call for viewing from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Graveside service and burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Delphos Cemetery in Delphos, Kan. Memorial are suggested to Hope Clinic (Spay-Neuter dogs and cats 728 Cherokee, Leavenworth, KS.)
James Earl Dewberry, 83, formerly of Leavenworth, passed away Tuesday, April 20, 2016, in Lansing. He was born Sept. 9, 1932, in Duncanville, Texas the son of John Marvin and Helen Lee (Allen) Dewberry.
After high school, Jim served in the US Airforce for four years and was a veteran of the Korean War. While serving in the Airforce, he married Arlene Brzozowski in Leavenworth. After 35 years of marriage they divorced. She survives. After discharge from the Airforce, James went to work at Fort Leavenworth and worked in the telecommunications division. He retired in 1987.
On April 16, 1998, he married Janet C. (Poe) Wacker in Leavenworth. She survives of the home in Kuna, Idaho. He is also survived by his children, Daniel Dewberry, Rebecca (Bruce) Wiley, James M. (Sandra L.) Dewberry and Roxanne (Chris) Mason, all of the Leavenworth area; his step-children, Kenneth (Annie) Wacker of Kansas City, Kan. and Louann (Bart) George of Kuna, Idaho; nine grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his brothers, Wilbur (Lorna) Dewberry, Jimmy (Larue) Dewberry and Michael (Waunice) Dewberry; and his companion “Dollie”.
He was preceded in death by two siblings, Marvin Dewberry and Ola Nell Stoker.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 25, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at First Baptist Church. Burial with Airforce honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.
Judith “Judy” Jackson DeMaria, of Lansing, passed away peacefully at home on April 10, 2016, surrounded by her loving family, after a 15-year battle against cancer. Judy was born on Nov. 9, 1948, to Leonard Jackson and Eleanor (Michelotti) Jackson in Lansdowne, Pa.
She married Matthew “Matt” DeMaria on Dec. 28, 1968, in Lansdowne. Judy, Matt and their children traveled the world for the 26 years Matt served in the US Army. During her caring and giving life, Judy actively volunteered with military wives organizations, military and local schools, Cushing Hospital and sponsored International students to the Command & General Staff College. She was always helping someone while raising two beautiful children. Judy was also an active member of Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph Parish in Leavenworth. She was an amazing example of courage, compassion, integrity and determination for all who knew her. Judy was a much loved and very special Wife, Mother, Nana and friend.
Her parents and Uncle Joseph Michelotti preceded her in death.
She is survived by her loving husband Matt; her son Michael, his wife Jenny and grandson Aidan of Woodbury, Minn.; her daughter Cara of Tampa, Fla.; her brother Joseph and his wife Joann of Oakland, Calif.; and her cousin Bruce and his wife Karen Michelotti of Rochester Hills, Mich.
Mass of Christian burial will begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 14, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Church, 711 N. 5th Street, Leavenworth, with Rev. David McEvoy O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to METAvivor – Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness, Research and Support (www.metavivor.org) in Judy’s name.
Rev. Edward M. Hays, age 84, of Leavenworth, Kan., died Sunday April 3, 2016, at St. Luke’s Hospice in Kansas City, Mo., after a fall in his home. He was born Sept. 8, 1931, in Lincoln, Neb., the son of Thomas and Margaret (Nye) Hays.
He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas on May 31, 1958. He was an associate pastor at Christ the King Church, Kansas City, Kan. and Assumption Church, Topeka. In 1964 he became pastor at St. Dominic Church, Holton. After a year sabbatical in 1971 he was assigned as director of Shantivanam Archdiocesan House of Prayer (now Christ’s Peace House of Prayer). Beginning in 1996 he spent five years as the chaplain at the Kansas State Correctional Facility, Lansing. He retired from the active priesthood in 2001. He was a storyteller, artist and the author of more than 35 books on prayer and spirituality. He enjoyed most the gift of journeying with others as a spiritual companion.
He is survived by his brother Thomas (Annette) and sister-in-law Beverly; five nephews, three nieces, and their children. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Jane, and brother Joseph.
There will be a Prayer Vigil at 6:00 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Church, 306 N. Broadway, Leavenworth, with visitation from 6:00 to 8:00. Mass of Resurrection will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday with The Most Reverend Joseph F Naumann D.D. as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, St. Joseph of the Valley Church, 31151 207th Street, Leavenworth, Kan. Memorials are suggested to a fund that will distribute all contributions to the charitable causes dearest to Fr. Ed’s heart (learning programs/social justice outreach/the arts); “Edward Hays Charitable Giving” ~ 1336 Kiowa St, Leavenworth, KS 66048.
Kenny Wilburn Young Sr., 89, passed away, Sunday, April 3, 2016, at Twin Oaks in Lansing. He was born July 22, 1926, in Satsuma, La., the son of Percy C. and Ella Mae (Travis) Young.
Kenny enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944 and retired in 1972.
In 1952, he married Verna Lee Tate. She preceded him in death in 1977. He later married Gloria Mason. She also preceded him in death.
He is survived by his children, Deborah (Ralph) Kreutzer of Tulsa, Okla., Kenny Young Jr., of Angola, La. and Dwayne (Michelle) Young of Lansing; four grandchildren, Michael (Nichole) Kreutzer, Verna Kreutzer, Sara (Cory) Zellers and Matthew (Melissa) Young; and eight great-grandchildren.
Kenny served as a deacon at Leavenworth Baptist Church. He enjoyed wood working and gardening. He had a love for all children.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6. 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial with full military honors will be in Denham Springs, La., under the direction of Seale Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Children’s Miracle Network.
Rev. George Henry Bertels, 87 of Leavenworth, died Thursday, March 31, 2016, at Villa St. Francis in Olathe, Kan. He was born June 3, 1928, in Nortonville, Kan., the son of George and Marie (Forge) Bertels.
He attended St. Joseph Grade School in Nortonville and graduated from Nortonville High School in 1946. After graduation he attended Conception Seminary from 1948 to 1951. He then attended Catholic University from 1951 to 1955.
Father George was assigned to many parishes during his ministry; June 17, 1955, Asst. at St. Rose of Lima, Kansas City, Kan., Oct. 1, 1957, Studied Canon Law at Catholic University, March 29,1960, Admin. Pro.Tem. at St. Joseph, Kansas City, Kan., Jan. 20, 1961, Pastor at St. Joseph of the Valley, Leavenworth, Sept. 9, 1965, Pastor at St. Lawrence - St. Joseph of the Valley, Easton, March 30, 1966, Pastor at St. Casimir, Leavenworth, July 3, 1972, Chaplain at Leavenworth Penitentiary, July 15, 1981, Pastor at St. Gregory, Marysville, Oct. 1, 1991, Pastor at Prince of Peace, Olathe, July 13, 1996, Pastor at St. Gregory, Marysville, July 14, 2001, Pastor at Sacred Heart, Topeka, July 14, 2006, Pastor of the newly formed parish, composed of the current parishioners of Sacred Heart and St. Joseph Parishes, Topeka, and on July 13, 2007, he retired. He continued to serve as a Judge for Archdiocesan Tribunal and served at the SCL Mother House from 2007 to present.
Father George is survived by his sister and brother in-law, Dolores and Ralph Bolin of Goddard, Kan.
He was preceded in death in 2003 by a sister, S. Marie Ann Bertels SCL.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 4, 2016, with a vigil service at 7 p.m. at Annunciation Chapel Sisters of Charity Mother House, 4100 S. 4th St., Leavenworth. Mass of Resurrection will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, at Annunciation Chapel with The Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann D.D. as celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Nortonville, Kan. Memorials are suggested to Seminary Endowment Fund at the Archdiocese.
Emerenciana F. De Guzman, 78, of Kansas City, died, Tuesday, March 29, 2016. She was born on Dec. 23, 1937, in the Philippines.
She is survived by 14 children and several grandchildren.
She is going to heaven to meet her husband and son.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. Burial will be at a later date in the Philippines.
Alexis “Lexi” Thomas-Page, 18, of Lansing, died in a car accident, Sunday, March 27, 2016. She was born on Jan. 21, 1998, in Kansas City, Mo.
Lexi attended Lansing Schools beginning in kindergarten and graduated high school a year early in 2015.
She loved to spend time with her mom shopping and getting her nails done. She also enjoyed spending time with her friends.
Lexi was preceded in death by her grandparents, Johnny Rocha and Frank and Mae Page.
She is survived by her parents, Bob and Sheila Page of Lansing; her grandparents, Jim and Sue Dugan of Leavenworth; four brothers, Jonathon (Kayla) Bruce of Kansas City, Kan., Shawn Morlan of Clinton, Mo., Tony (Niki) Morlan of Kansas City, Mo. and Robbie Page of Platte City, Mo.; a sister, Brandi (Dave) Smarr of Belton, Mo.; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and an abundance of friends. Lexi is also survived by her biological parents, Richard Thomas and Stacie Thomas.
Lexi’s big eyes and beautiful smile will be missed.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Wallula Christian Church. A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, at the church. Cremation will follow the services. Memorials are suggested to Wallula Christian Church. Services provided by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.
Leo Edward Hattok Jr., 76 of Leavenworth was taken from his loved ones on Sunday, March 27, 2016. He was born Jan. 26, 1940, in Leavenworth the son of Leo and Lillian (Becker) Hattok Sr.
Leo is survived by his wife Patricia “Ann” Hattok; his brother Francis; his sisters, Donna Roig, Maxine Tucker and Dorothy Messer; his four children, Paul Hattok, Lee Hattok, Brian Hattok and Nancy Horton; his grandchildren, Ashley, Keven, Jessica, Jamie, Jeff, Carra, James, Jacob, Wes, Ariana, Hunter, Ellie, Grace and Xanthe; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Leo served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1967. He worked for Geiger Ready Mix as a mechanic for 42 years. After retirement he worked Baker Construction for 10 years, where he was employed at the time of his death.
He was an avid hunter and loved to fish. A special appreciation for the loving relationship he had with Bobby, Suzanne, Emily, Katie and Jake Heckman.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 Thursday], March 31, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial with Army honors will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggest to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Lois Audrey Clark, 89, of Lansing, Kan., passed away Monday, March 28, 2016, at Twin Oaks Health & Rehab facility in Lansing.
She was born in Leavenworth, Kan., on Sept. 29, 1926, the second daughter of Bentley B. Clark and Bertha Hazel Anderson Clark. She was a graduate of Leavenworth High School. After which she was employed in the Middle East by several military contractors and thereafter commenced her United States Department of State career. She lived and traveled all over the world including embassy assignments in Europe, South Africa, Middle East, Central America and the Far East, finally retiring in 1993 and returning to Leavenworth.
She was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Margaret Opal Taryma.
Memorials in her honor may be made to the Leavenworth Meals on Wheels Program. Private inurnment will be at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery beside her sister. Cremation provided by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.
Virginia Pearl Lybrand, 85 of Leavenworth, passed away Friday, March 25, 2016, at St. Luke’s Hospice House. She was born Sept 15, 1930, in Easton, the daughter of Raymond and Marguerite (Holtmeyer) Hansroth.
She graduated from Easton High School. Virginia then attended Central Business College in Kansas City. After college she worked at; Hallmark Cards, the Glove Factory and Munson Army Hospital at Fort Leavenworth.
On Oct. 4,1958, she married Francis M. Lybrand at St. Paul Lutheran Church. He preceded her in death on Oct. 12, 1998. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Jason.
Virginia is survived by her children, Mark (Marla) Lybrand of Leavenworth county, Sandra (Patrick Humphries) Lybrand of Leawood, Kan. and David (Cheryl) Lybrand of Leavenworth county; her grandchildren, Ryan, Phillip, Lauren and Kate; and a great-granddaughter, Harper.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, at St. John Lutheran Church, 34771 243rd St., Easton. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Richard George McCall, 68 of Leavenworth, died Monday, March 14, 2016, at the University of Kansas Hospital. He was born, July 12, 1747, in Panama City, Fla., the son of Russell Lowell and Mary Nell (Wallace) McCall.
Rick is survived by his wife of 36 years, Ok Nam McCall; and four siblings, Russ McCall (Janice) of Mount Pleasant, S.C., Bill McCall (Mila) of Palawan Province, Philippines; Craig McCall of Taylors, S.C. and Lisa Thomas (Richard) of Spartanburg, S.C.
Rick retired from the US Army after 24 years of service during which he earned the rank of Sergeant Major. He served in the Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars with distinction. Throughout his career, Rick was awarded many medals and commendations including Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Navy Achievement Medal.
After his retirement from the Army, Rick worked at Fort Leavenworth as an Intelligence Senior Analyst for ten years. He retired in 2012 and enjoyed time at home with his beloved wife and collies, Missy and Tammy.
A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, March 21, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Inurnment with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mission to Haiti at missiontohaiti.org/donations.
Vera Louise Mathis (McHughes), 67, of Leavenworth, Kan., passed away Thursday, March 10, 2016, while comfortably at her home. Vera was born June 29, 1948, to the late Ford & Bertha (Tye) McHughes. She spent her youth in Tracy, Mo., with close family ties and lifelong friends still residing there today. In this tightknit community she gained perspective and direction which allowed her to blossom into a personality that will never be forgotten but surely missed.
Vera was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and a dear friend whose unwavering resolve and infectious laugh set the foundation for a united family and lifelong friendships.
Vera was preceded in death by sister Elizabeth Mae McHughes, brothers Elmer Lee McHughes, and Robert Gene McHughes, husband LeRoy J. Mathis, & son Rodney Dwayne Mathis.
Vera took her journey to reunite with friends and family on the date of which she gave birth to her youngest son Rodney D. Mathis.
Vera is survived by her sisters Nina Cook of Tracy, Mo., & Alice (Don) Shepard of Springfield, Mo.; her children LeRoy (Teresa) Mathis JR of Linwood, Kan. and Ronda Satriano of Leavenworth; daughter-in-law Reginia Mathis; grandchildren Brandon (Stef) Mathis and their children Skyler Trenton Mathis, Alexa Palmgren and Gunner Palmgren of Junction City, Kan., Darren (Sara) Mathis of Leavenworth and Samuel Bryce Mathis of Leavenworth. Vera was a loving aunt as well as great grandmother. She loved unconditionally and lived life with a zest unlike any other to all her many nieces & nephews, step-grandchildren.
“The only way you couldn’t love Vera Louise Mathis, is if you have never met her” - A quote by her late husband LeRoy J. Mathis
A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery. If desired friends and family may make memorial contributions to the American Lung Foundation.
Melissa A. Lake, 56, of Lansing, passed away Thursday, March 10, 2016, at her home. She was born April 28, 1959, in Hattiesburg, Miss., the daughter of Jimmie and Martha (Hays) Crosby.
Melissa graduated from Pleasant Ridge High School in 1977 and then received her nursing license in 1986.
On Jan. 19, 1983, she married Harley Lake in Leavenworth. He survives of the home. She is also survived by her daughters, Kelsea (Craig) Fisher and Sarah (Paul) Michael; her grandsons, Elias and Isaac Fisher; her mother, Martha Crosby; and a sister, Becky Crosby.
She was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Catherine Lake and her father, Jimmie Crosby.
Melissa enjoyed her career of nursing and caring for the residents of Leavenworth County Infirmary for 19 years and then working at Twin Oaks Assisted Living for 12 years. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and watching her grandchildren. During their 33 years of marriage she and her husband took pleasure in traveling and also taking long drives together. She will truly be missed by all.
A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City, 5960 Dearborn Street Ste. 100, Mission, KS 66202.
Joyce D. Howard, 79, of Leavenworth, passed away peacefully, Thursday, March 10, 2016, at Garden Terrace in Overland Park. She was born on Feb. 27, 1937, in Leavenworth, the daughter of John and Arvella (Warden) Arnold.
On July 2, 1955, Joyce married Kenneth W. Howard. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Roland “Buddy” Arnold; a sister, Connie Cunningham; an infant daughter, Kim Lea; and a daughter-in-law, Jacqueline Wagner-Howard.
Joyce is survived by four daughters, Pam (George) Mitchell of Madison, Ala., Marsha (Jeff) Herken of Leavenworth, Kelley (Peter) Roper of San Diego, Calif. and Angela (Larry) Howard-Hahn of Lansing; four sons. Bill (Tracy) Howard, David (Peggy) Howard, Rob Howard, all of Leavenworth, and Doug (Candis) Howard of Lansing; two sisters, Carole Moran of Leavenworth and Donna Musgrave of Goldsboro, N.C.; 26 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and a large extended family.
She worked at Salt Creek Valley Schools as a cook and she was also employed at a local floral shop in town but her most cherished job was her role as a mother and homemaker.
Joyce spent many of her summers out on the farm on St. John Road in Easton with her “Country Grandma”, Grace Warden. She took pride in her children and loved spending time with her family.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant.. Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society (L.A.W.S.).
Deborah Ann Owens, 58, of Leavenworth, died, Thursday, March 10, 2016, at Cushing Hospital. She was born June 27, 1957, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Bruce and Donna (Harding) Jackson.
On Oct. 22, 1988, Deborah married Frank Owens in Easton, Kan. He survives at the home. She is also survived by a daughter, Wendy (Timothy) Murray; a granddaughter, Alyssa Murray; and two sisters, Theresa (Chuck) Benson and Diane (Kevin) Stephens.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her grandparents.
Deborah loved bingo and crochet. She enjoyed taking trips to Branson. Deborah especially enjoyed spending time with her daughter and her granddaughter.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery.
Darrel Wayne Farmer, of Clay Center, Kan., passed away Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at the University of Kansas Hospital, after an extended illness surrounded by family and friends.
Darrel was born April 14, 1960, in Sacramento Calif., to Ronald and Maurine Farmer. He moved to Kansas City where at age 17 entered into service to his country. He joined the United States Army and after assignments in the US, Darrel was stationed in Italy where he met his first wife, Silvana. They had two children, Sandy and Gianluigi. After retiring from the US Army in 1997, he stayed in Italy until 2004 working for the Department of Defense in several capacities. He returned to the United states in 2004 and settled in Sacramento California where he met his wife Denise shortly after returning, marrying her in June of 2007.
They moved to Clay Center Kansas in 2009 with daughter Ashley, where Darrel went to work at Irwin Army Community Hospital, Civilian and Military Human Resource Division at Ft. Riley, Kansas where he worked until his death.
Darrel served 20 years in the US Army, serving with the Combat Engineers. His specialties included Atomic Demolition Munition Specialist and he worked extensively with EOD in clearing and neutralizing Iraq ammunition storage points, booby trapped vehicles, positions and equipment.
Darrel served in numerous deployments which included Desert Shield and Desert Storm. His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, 2 Army Commendations Medals, 3 Army Achievement Medals and numerous other awards.
Darrel was a Combat Veteran and sustained numerous service related injuries and illness that ultimately took his life.
Darrel was a Life member of the VFW and member of Post 7774 Wakefield. He was an active member of the American Legion Family, serving as Vice-Commander of his Post 227- Clifton Kansas and as District 1 Vice-Commander along with District Boy’s State/Cadet Law Chairman. He served on the American Legion Department Centennial Committee working to recruit and retain members.
He had a strong belief in supporting Veterans, Soldiers and their families. He and his wife Denise spent most of their free time promoting The American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary and their programs. Darrel especially liked the Boys State/ Girls State and Cadet Law programs. He felt it was important to educate and promote our young people.
Darrel enjoyed fishing, taking his boat out on the lake and listening to Johnny Cash. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle and participated in many rides to benefit and bring awareness to our Veterans. Darrel stood Flag lines for our Veteran heroes and spent his days honoring his fellow veterans with his words and his actions.
He was loved by his friends and family; he was honored to have maintained friendships with his fellow Soldiers long after his retirement. He cherished his time he could have conversations with them.
Darrel loved his children and grandchildren and enjoyed the times he could visit with them. Darrel is survived by his wife Denise; children, Sandy Farmer and Gianluigi Farmer and step children, Ashley Scheitler, Tonia Gonzales, Amy Gonzales, Michael Gonzales and David Gonzales; 18 grandchildren including his grandson Miguel Gonzales; his mom, Jerri Farmer; sister, Rhonda Florence; brothers, Dennis Farmer, John Farmer and Franc Alosi; numerous aunts and uncles, cousins and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his mother Maurine and father Ron, sister Kelly Farmer.
Darrel will be buried at Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth. Kan. Funeral arrangements are: Thursday April 28th. 5pm Clifton Post 227, 3070 Frontier Rd. Clifton Kan., there will be a Memorial Service and a meal to follow Friday morning April 29th 10am an escort beginning at Darrel’s home 723 parkway St. Clay Center, Kansas will begin ending at Leavenworth National Cemetery. (Details and route will be sent out at later date) Services at Leavenworth National Cemetery will be at 2:30pm Friday April 29th 2016. As Darrel was a staunch supporter of the Boys/Girls State and Cadet Law programs, we ask that you make a contribution to support those programs. Donations can be made in his name to The American Legion Auxiliary, District 1. Attention Darrel Farmer Memorial Fund. 723 Parkway St. Clay Center Kansas 67432. The fund will be used to assist young people from District One to attend these programs.
John A. Bester, 61, of Lansing, passed away, Friday, March 4, 2016, at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He was born Aug 1, 1954, in Petoskey, Mich., to Guy and Donna (Gillespie) Bester.
John graduated from Harbor Springs High School and continued at Michigan State University “MSU” receiving a Bachelors of Arts in History in 1976 and a Masters of Arts in Transportation from Florida Institute of Technology in 1980. After graduating from MSU, John served in the Army for 23 years and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
In February 1977, John married Cheryl Beckett and they raised one son, G. Sean Bester. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Cheryl; his son, Sean; two grandchildren, Liam and Arianna; a brother, Martin and an aunt, Joyce.
A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at Leavenworth National Cemetery. A celebration of life will follow at the Ft. Leavenworth Kansas VFW Post 56. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society.
Dwayne Evert Regnier, 58, of Leavenworth, passed away, Feb. 24, 2016, at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, in Kansas City, Mo. He was born on Aug. 2, 1957, the youngest of 5 children to Gerald H. and Kathleen E. (Johnson) Regnier.
He started his education at St. Paul Lutheran School. Dwayne then moved through the Leavenworth school system and spent his high school years at Lansing High School, graduating in 1976. He served 6 years with the United States Air Force (1976 – 1982) at Whiteman Air Force Base.
On Oct. 15, 1993, Dwayne married Patrice A. Jones. In 2000, his son Colby was born, making their family complete. They survive at the home. He is also survived by two sisters, Diane C. Barrett and Barbara L. Regnier; a brother, Dennis F. Regnier, all of Leavenworth; and many nieces and nephews.
Dwayne was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Betty J. Duree.
Dwayne made his career as a painter until his retirement in 2014. He took pride in his work.
He was a devoted fan of the KC Chiefs, KU Jayhawks and the KC Royals.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Dorothy Ellen Gann, 95, passed away peacefully, Sunday Feb. 21, 2016, at her home. She was born Jan. 11, 1921, in Berryville, Ark., the daughter of Everett and Bertha (Strimple) Williams.
In 1942, Dorothy married her sweetheart, Delmar A. Gann. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Richard Williams and Raymond Williams.
She is survived by five daughters, Berti Gann of Bremerton, Wash., Mary Bacon, Elaine Gann, Avis (Jim) Anderson and Shirley (Jack) Hund all of Leavenworth; a son, Kenneth (Peggy) Gann of Atchison, Kan.; 19 grandchildren, Roberta, Peter, Rebecca, Anne, Sheila, Robert, Ellie, John, Curtis, Wendy, Jennifer, Scott, Kenneth, Rusty, Jimmy, Aaron, Jessica, Andrew and Hayley. She has 85 descendants; 43 great-grands, 17 great-great grands and 3 due this summer. She is also survived by two sisters, Delma Shahan of Las Vegas, Nev., and Doletta McNeley of Oakley, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.
Dorothy loved her family and life-long pals, Faye Smith, Dorothy Long, Hazel Hyde and Bessie Edwards.
She loved the Bible. Dorothy was baptized at 18 years old and was a member of the Leavenworth Church of Christ.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Winchester Wise Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Asera Care Hospice.
Inge M. Parr, 86 of Leavenworth, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, at her home. Inge was born March 31, 1929, in Coburg, Germany, the daughter of Adolf and Ida (Knauf) Weckel.
She worked at the Leavenworth County Infirmary for several years as a housekeeper. After leaving the Infirmary she cleaned private homes until her retirement.
She married Walter Parr in Coburg, Germany, they were married for more than 50 years. He preceded her in death on March 11, 2001. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Hans Weckel and her daughter, Mary Ann Sutherland.
Survivors include her son, Walter Wayne Parr of Lansing: two daughters, Lillian (Gerald) Scott of Lansing and Lisa (Tom) Allen of Leavenworth; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery.
Angela Rudin Graham, 87, of Leavenworth, Kan., passed away Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. She was born Aug. 27, 1928, in San Jose, Costa Rica, the daughter of Fernando and Angela Rudin.
She came to Ohio at 16 to study for three years and then went to Venezuela as the executive secretary for the President of TACA Airlines. While in Venezuela, she met and married David W. Graham. After a few years, they returned to Kansas City, where they had four children.
Angela is survived by sons, David Graham of Lenexa, Michael Graham of Leavenworth and Richard Graham and family of Monmouth, Ore.; and daughter, Suzanne Graham and family of Dallas.
In the 1980’s, she returned to education at KCK Community College, followed by the University of Kansas, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts. During this time, she studied drawing, painting, ceramics, jewelry-making, etching, textiles, wood and plastic sculpture. The form she most enjoyed was bronze sculpture, which she studied under well-known sculptor, Elden Tefft. Throughout her life, she was fortunate enough to have travelled extensively with her husband to many unusual places around the world. During her retirement years, she helped her son run Mike’s CDs in Leavenworth.
A memorial visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Inurnment will be at a later date.
Betty Lou Vannoy Quenstedt, 85, of Leavenworth, was called home to Jesus on Feb. 3, 2016, at Country Care Nursing Home in Easton, Kan. She was born September 11, 1930 in Vannoy Holler in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Tazewell, Tenn. the daughter of Charles and Nell Evans Vannoy.
On Nov. 21, 1959, Betty married Robert Edward Questedt in Knoxville, Tenn. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents.
Betty is survived by her daughters, Gretchen Quenstedt-Moe of Leavenworth County and Theresa Werner of Waunakee, Wis.; six grandchildren Kaley Moe, Emily Moe, Charlotte Moe, Christopher Moe, Jessica Werner and Jeremy Werner; and two sisters Norma Byrd and Nancy Cloud.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Betty graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics in 1955. She also completed courses towards a Master’s degree in dietetics. She was a veteran of the Korean War serving as a second lieutenant in the Army as a dietician. Betty worked for 33 years as a dietician retiring as Assistant Section Chief of Dietetics at the Leavenworth Veterans Administration Hospital in Leavenworth, Kan.
A funeral service was held in Knoxville, Tenn., at Gentry-Griffey Funeral Home. Burial followed at Berry Lynnhurst Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Country Care in Easton, Kan., or St. Luke’s Hospice.
Lorraine Zoellner, 92, of Leavenworth, passed away, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. She was born April 14, 1923, in Williamstown, Kan., the daughter of Arthur and Essie (Casebier) Cunning.
On Aug. 7, 1943, she married Earl Zoellner in Leavenworth. He preceded her in death on Nov. 10, 1994.
She is survived by her two sons, Donald (Jan) Zoellner of Basehor and David (Janice) Zoellner of Leavenworth; her grandchildren, Doniaell Brandt, Kimberly Zoellner Russell and Kevin Zoellner; her great-grandchildren, Madison Brandt, Paige Brandt, Alex Russell, and Devyn Zoellner; her siblings Garold Cunning and Arlene Jones; and other family and friends, including the wonderful staff at Country Care.
Lorraine touched many lives, working in school kitchens and eventually as the Food Service Manager for the Leavenworth Public and Parochial school systems, before retiring in 1988. She enjoyed working in her yard and taking care of her beautiful flowers. Her ultimate joy was spending time with and taking care of her family by babysitting, shopping, baking and fixing delicious family dinners.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Memorials in her name may be directed to Country Care for resident activities.
Paulette Baker, 60, passed away, Jan. 14, 2016, in Temple, Texas. She was born Jan. 27, 1955, in Chicago, Ill, to Harrison P. Baker, Sr. and Francis A. (Thomas) Baker.
The family moved to Leavenworth in 1960, where Paulette attended Lincoln Elementary and then St. Joseph Catholic School. She graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1973. After graduation, Paulette attended St. Mary College.
In the early 1980’s she moved to Tacoma, Wash., where she attended Boeing Aerodynamics Tech School and graduated as a computer programmer. Paulette was employed at Tacoma General Hospital from 1987 to 2009. She later retired and moved back to Leavenworth.
Paulette is survived by her son, Anjaneal Turner; three sisters, Robbin Baker of Killeen, Texas, Frances (Wilmer) Hill of Lafayette, La., and Norma Walton; two brothers, Harrison “Paul” (Maureen) Baker and Kevin (Janeice) Baker, both of Leavenworth; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Kortez C. Baker.
Paulette will be greatly missed for her smile, jokes, laughter and the time we have shared. She will be forever loved and greatly missed.
A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.
Ronald Wayne Fields, loving brother, passed away Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. He was born in Leavenworth, Kan., on Dec. 3, 1960, the son of Charles F., Sr. and Theresa E. Fields. He was a member of the Independent Missionary Baptist Church.
Ronald was a 1979 graduate of Leavenworth High School. He attended Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications in 1983. In 1985, Ronald began his career as a photojournalist at a Las Vegas, Nev., television station. He continued his career as a Newscast Producer and Assignment Editor in various television markets throughout the country including Kansas City, Mo; Baltimore, Md.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Denver, Colo.; Cleveland, Ohio; and Rochester, N.Y.
Ronald was preceded in death by his father, Charles F. Fields, Sr.; mother, Theresa E. Fields; paternal grandparents, Frank S. Fields, Sr. and Agnes N. Fields; and maternal grandparents, George and Lucille Walker.
Ronald leaves behind his four brothers, Charles Jr. (Connie); CWO3 (USA-Retired) Steven Sr. (Jackie); Randall Sr. (Rosalind); CDR (USN-Retired) Mark (Joyce); LTC (USA-Retired) Douglas (Kathy); his cherished sister, Cynthia; his special uncle, Joe W., Jr. (Mary) Oliver, a host of nieces and nephews, and many school and career friends.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Services will follow the visitation at noon Friday at the funeral home. Rev. George Outlaw will officiate the service. Interment will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery.
James “Jimbo” Rowe Criag, 56 of Lansing, passed away, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. He was born Nov. 14, 1959, in Leavenworth the son of Edward and Melba “Peggy” (Gwartney) Craig.
He is survived by his brothers, John (Della) Craig of Lansing and Dan (Karen) Craig of Lansing; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jimbo worked as carpenter his entire life. He was also a drummer for many years with various local bands. He was a member in good standing with the Royal Order of the Elephants.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. with a memorial service beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.
Linda G. Mooney, 69, transitioned from this earthly life to her heavenly home on Feb. 5, 2016. Linda was born Jan. 10, 1947, in Sanford, N.C. the only child of Rodney and Josie Lee Wilson.
Linda leaves to celebrate and remember her life, her husband of 48 years, Joseph J. Mooney, Jr.; a son, Joseph J. Mooney, III; two daughters, Tiffany R. Mooney, and Deven R. Mooney; five grand-children, Aaliyah Atkins, granddaughter, Christopher Gomez, grandson, Imani Mooney, Maia Mooney and Alexis Meyer, granddaughters; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Linda was a faithful member of Bethel AME Church of Leavenworth, Kan. for over 36 years. She enjoyed participating in church activities and was a Sunday school teacher for several years. She religiously attended church and Sunday school until her failing health prevented her from attending.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Bethel AME Church, 4th & Kiowa. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
We will forever miss our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and a wonderful person.
Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steven R. Scholtz, 58 of Leavenworth, passed away, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at his home. He was born Aug. 7, 1957, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Richard and Carol Scholtz. He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Joana; his children, Jacquie Scholtz-Moody and husband Justin of Del City, Okla. and Alex Scholtz of Kansas City, Kan.; his grandchild, Jasmine Moody; siblings, Tricia Scholtz and Sharon Scholtz of Topeka; cousins, nieces, nephews, in- laws, and many friends.
He retired from the U.S. Army and as a Department of Army Civilian, with many awards and honors.
Graveside services with full military honors will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Followed by a memorial celebration at the Trails West Golf Course Club House on Fort Leavenworth. In Lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The American Brain Tumor Association; 8550 West Bryn Avenue; Suite 550; Chicago, IL 60631
Virginia Dolores List, 82, of Leavenworth, passed peacefully into her eternal rest Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, surrounded by her family. She was born Sept. 7, 1933, in Maryville, Mo., the daughter of Earl and Helen (Walsh) Howard.
She attended a one-room elementary school and graduated from Horace Mann High School, Maryville.
On May 28, 1955, Dolores married Aloysius George List at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Leavenworth. He survives of the home. Dolores is also survived by her children, Marla (Mark) Lybrand, Chris (Theresa) List, and Suzanne (Charles) Morris; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; her sister, Nancy (Mike) Muessig-O'Connor; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her son Aloysius Mark List, her parents, her sisters Mary Ellen Junk and Dorothy Malchow, her brothers, Paul Howard, Raymond Howard, Arthur Howard, Kenneth Howard, and Ronald Howard.
She was a homemaker and a retired travel agent with Leavenworth Travel. Dolores was an avid Royals, Chiefs and KU basketball fan. However, nothing gave her more joy than cheering on her children and grandchildren in their sporting events. She was a member of the St. Joseph Church Choir and Sweet Adelines. She enjoyed singing at family weddings, the Saint John's Follies and her brother Raymond's country music show in Atchison. Dolores' legacy is the strong Catholic faith, family traditions and values and her consistent and unconditional love she passed on to her family.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. An inurnment will follow at a later date. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Church, Alliance Against Family Violence, or LAWS.
Ernest Roy DeMaranville, 75, of Leavenworth County, passed into his eternal rest on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born at home on a farm in Linwood, Kan., on April 18, 1940, the son of Ralph Ernest and Goldie Bernice (Hipsher) DeMaranville.
He attended a one-room elementary school and graduated from Winchester High School in 1958. Ernest served in the Kansas National Guard for six years. He completed training at Missouri Valley Welding School and worked at Hallmark Cards for 34 years. He also farmed all of his life.
On June 27, 1960, Ernie married Carolyn Schmidling. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his children, Gail DeMaranville-Zule, Rita (Tim) Herken, Richard (Lisa) DeMaranville, Mark (Carol) DeMaranville, Paul (Sherry) DeMaranville and Joshua (Jenni) DeMaranville; 19 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; his mother in-law, Irene Schmidling; two brothers, Robert Daryl (Linda) DeMaranville and David (Kelli) DeMaranville; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his father in-law, Vincent Schmidling, his son in-law, Dean Zule, a great-grandson, Frankie DeMaranville and a niece, Melissa DeMaranville
He was an active member of St. Joseph-St. Lawrence parish, where he served on the parish council. He was a devoted Catholic, husband, father, brother, grandfather and uncle. His love of Jesus, family and farming were his life.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. with praying the rosary at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, at St. Joseph of the Valley Catholic Church with Rev. Keith Lunsford as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph – St. Lawrence Parish or Catholic Community Hospice.
Virginia “Ginny” Norris, 74, of Leavenworth, died, Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at her home surrounded by family. She was born May 6, 1941, in Warren, Ohio, the daughter of Antonio and Marion (Augusto) Menendez.
She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Kenneth Norris. She is also survived by four sons, Michael (Kerri) Rigdon of San Antonio, Texas, Mark Rigdon of Steamboat Springs, Colo., John (Lisa) Rigdon of Cibolo, Texas and Matthew Rigdon of San Francisco, Calif.; three daughters, Victoria Rigdon of Uvalde, Texas, Carla (Randy) Michna of Austin, Texas, and Alicia (David) Messer of Leavenworth; 25 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Ginny was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
A visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.
Francis Xavier Thorne 90, of Lansing, passed away peacefully in his home Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, with his loving family at his side. Francis was born Dec. 20, 1925, in Hays, Kan., the son of Frank and Blanche Thorne. Francis grew up in Shawnee, Kan. and graduated from Shawnee Mission High School. After graduation he enlisted in The Naval Officer Training School located at St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minn. He served in the South Pacific during World War II. Upon returning from the service, Francis attended Rockhurst College where he attained a BA Degree in Business Administration in 1949. He married Kathleen (Katie) Keller of Fairway, Kan., on Feb.11, 1950.
In 1953 Francis and his wife, Katie, purchased a 120 acre farm in Basehor, Kan., where they lived until 1966. In 1966 they sold this farm and purchased a larger 350 acre farm west of Leavenworth. They lived and farmed this land until subdividing and selling it in smaller acre lots in 1972. Throughout their farming years, they raised cattle, hogs, sheep and planted numerous crops. Also, during these years of farming, Francis was employed by Ralston Purina from 1949 to 1972. Within this company he served as a Personnel Officer, Products Control Officer, and a Grain Buyer.
After subdividing their Leavenworth farm, Francis obtained his Kansas State Real Estate License and eventually his Kansas State Broker’s License. He established his own real estate company in 1983 called “Francis X. Thorne Realty” a franchise of ERA. He also sponsored a real estate school, in which numerous graduates worked within his growing company, eventually rising to include 62 active agents. Francis also expanded his business endeavors to include the following separate companies: Title; Insurance; Mortgage; and Property Management. These separate companies supported “Xavier Custom Homes”, Francis’ building company which was responsible for many of the homes constructed in the Sherwood Forest and The Meadows subdivisions in Lansing. In 1985 he merged Francis X. Thorne Realty with another Leavenworth real estate company, retaining the franchise and changed his company’s name to “Coldwell Banker Thorne-Larkin Realty”. This company thrived for many years, building, selling and developing 25 subdivisions in and around the Leavenworth and Lansing area. Also, in the 1980’s he hosted a local radio show devoted to the topic of farming, as well as, his own T.V. show called, “The Movers and Shakers”, which aired locally three times per week for several years. Later, Francis was a partner in the, “Lansing Development LLC” which developed a large subdivision in Lansing named The Maples and Willows of Woodland Hills.
Throughout his years in the real estate industry, Francis held the following titles: President of Sales and Marketing Council of the H.B.A. (1981); President of Leavenworth County Board of Realtors (1982); President of Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce (1982); Board of Directors of Kansas Association of Realtors (1984-1991); President of Leavenworth Area Development (1990-‘91); Board of Directors First State Bank of Lansing (1990-92); Leavenworth Council for Saint Mary’s College (1990-92); Chairman of Kansas Real Estate Commission (1991); Chairman of Professional Standards Committee of the Kansas Association of Realtors (1993). Francis also received the following honors: listed in the 19th Edition of “Who’s Who in the Midwest”; listed in the 23rd Edition of “Who’s Who in the Finance and Industry”; “1991 Citizen of the Year Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce”; and “1991 Kansas Realtor of the Year”.
Francis’ greatest accomplishment was in passing down his deep faith and love of God to his ten children. He did this in both words and deeds as he sent all his children through Catholic Schools (Xavier and Immaculata High School); gathered his children often for “spiritual talks” and to recite the rosary together as a family. He dedicated years of his life in helping countless men develop a greater love for God and the Blessed Virgin Mary through the Cursillo; performed Spiritual Works of Mercy by weekly visits to the sick and dying at the Leavenworth VA hospital; giving away countless blessed medals of the Miraculous Heart of Mary to nearly everyone he met, while explaining to them the mystery behind the gift of this medal; dedicating an hour a week before the Blessed Sacrament, thus honoring the practice of Perpetual Adoration and also attending daily Mass whenever possible. Finally, Francis, who was a member of St. Francis de Sales Church in Lansing, served as both Lector and Eucharistic Minister. He also was a 4th Degree of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the parish Steering Committee.
Francis is survived by his wife Katie, with whom he was married for 65 years, his seven daughters; Mary Charlton (Michael) Fort Smith, Ark., Beverly Rittenhouse (Rick) Green Bay, Wis., Christine Beck (Terry) Topeka, Teresa Oyler (Stan) Topeka, Anne Durst (Allen) Neillsville, Wis., Rosemary Thorne (Dusty) Topeka and Catherine Powell (Billy) Lansing; his three sons, Frank Thorne III (Jana) Arvada, Colo., Mark Thorne, Big Sky, Mont. and Joe Thorne (Jill) Leavenworth; Also surviving are his grandchildren, Bryan, Melissa, Mark, Kristin, Patrick, Sean, Kevin, Kathleen, Dan, Mary Beth, Brittney, Erik, Brett, Elise, Julie, Natalie, Thomas, Taylor, Emily, Jake, Jennifer, James, Mary, Mia, Eli, Heidi, Jason, Andrew, Ryan, Robbie, David, Haley and Zoey; great-grandchildren; Braden, Seth, Jonah, Thomas, Anna Claire, Emma, Molly, Taylor, Magnolia, Ellie, Abigayle, Calvin, Wyatt, Tiernan, Michael, Mia, Paige, Logan and Riley; his brother, Eugene Thorne (Claire); and his sisters, Pat Bumgarner, and Rosemary Probst.
He was preceded in death by parents, Frank and Blanche, his step-mother, Sally, his brother, Joseph and grand-daughter, Kimberly Horn (Charlton).
Francis left a legacy for all of us as to what it means to serve God, family and community. His smile, positive attitude, and dynamic personality will be cherished in our hearts, and he will be missed very much by his family and friends.
Visitation will be from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at St. Francis de Sales Church. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m., Saturday, at the church, with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. Private burial will follow. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those wishing to send condolences, consider having a Catholic Mass said for Francis or make a donation to St. Francis de Sales Church.
George B. Hildebrandt, Jr., 74, of Leavenworth, passed away Saturday Jan. 23, 2016. He was born July 28, 1941, to George B. and Nina (Johnson) Hildebrandt, Sr.
He married Patricia “Patsy” A. Campbell on Dec. 10, 1965, in Leavenworth. George leaves behind many who loved him; his wife, Patricia; his sons, Chris (Amy) Hildebrandt, Tyson (Pia) Hildebrandt, and Brandon (Cindy) Hildebrandt; his grandchildren, Brooklynn (Chad) Bunnell, and Spencer Hildebrandt, Dallas Carpenter, Dontay, Trenten and Keenan Hildebrandt, Arianna and Chanyce Hildebrandt; his great-grandchildren, Avah and Alijah Hildebrandt; his siblings, Georgia Mae Hester, Barbara Johnson, Rose Cook, Mary Williams, Loretta Potter, and Gary Hildebrandt; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and eldest son, George (Poncho) B. Hildebrandt, III.
George attended Leavenworth High School. He was a body and fender man for over 28 years at various locations in the Kansas City and Leavenworth areas. He was a full time crop farmer on his farm in Leavenworth County. George was also a bartender at the American Legion for many years.
George was an avid hunter and fisherman, including commercial fishing, and spent many hours along the Missouri River banks catching catfish. He enjoyed many hunting trips, including trips to western Kansas to hunt pheasant and quail, with family and friends. George enjoyed tending to his large garden and providing produce for the community. He spent a few years coaching youth baseball and enjoyed watching sports. He was an avid Kansas Jayhawks fan and a Denver Broncos fan. George enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren and had many good times with family and friends at the Ferguson family deer lodge.
George served as a county committee member (COC) for the USDA LV/JF/WY FSA Extension office and was a member of the Kansas Black Farmers Association for many years.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday after the visitation at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. There will be a reception following the burial at R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be given to the George B. Hildebrandt, Jr. family.
Diana Marie Phillips, 49, of Leavenworth, died, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at Medicalodge.
She is survived by her parents, Larry and Jutta “Sissy” Phillips; a sister, Michele Boman and family; a brother, Michael Phillips and family.
A private internment will take place at a later date.
Charles “Tiny” Edward Jaster, 82 of Leavenworth, passed away Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born Nov. 4, 1933, in Leavenworth, the son of Berthold and Anna (Hensley) Jaster.
Tiny served our country in the Navy from 1956 to 1958, on the USS Herbert J. Thomas DDR and on the USS Cushing.
Tiny spent most of his life creating custom built cabinets and building or remodeling homes. It was both his passion and his hobby. In the mid-1980s he purchased the Santa Fe Depot. He decided to restore it for the community to enjoy for years to come. It is proudly named on the National Historic Register. He also purchased the freight building at Broadway and Shawnee making it his “Shop”. His many friends and colleagues soon made it their gathering place, sharing decades of stories and memories together. His youngest sister, Joann became his nearly daily companion, reliving “the good old days”.
Tiny loved animals of all kinds, especially his beloved dog Buddy that spent years traveling from house to house with him.
He leaves behind his wife of over 60 years, JoAnn (Huffman) Jaster; daughters, Sherry Jaster-Brown and husband Don and Robin Jaster- Hungerbeeler and husband Lee; grandchildren, Aaron Krieger and wife Sarah, Nicole Hungerbeeler, Abigail Jaster and Josh Hungerbeeler.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Stephen Jaster; his siblings, infant- Bobby Jaster, Bert “Bud” Jaster, Louise Mitchum, Leonard Jaster, Lucille Dodson, Anna Marie Laurence and Lawrence Jaster.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan.27, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at noon Wednesday, at the funeral home with Rev. David McEvoy O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Tiny would want everyone to dress casually. All memorials should be directed to HOPE Spay and Neuter Clinic.
Jolene Thomas Roberson, 81, passed away peacefully in her home, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, after a long period of convalescence. She was born on Feb. 22, 1934, in Kansas City, Mo., and placed soon afterward in The Brown Foundling Home.
She was adopted as an infant by Jesse Polk and Grace Bryant (Stuart) Thomas of Leavenworth.
While in high school, Jolene moved to Southern California and graduated from high school in Los Angeles. She worked as a telephone operator and attended classes at California Polytechnic Institute, moving back to Leavenworth in 1953.
While working as a civil servant at Fort Leavenworth, Jolene met then-Lieutenant Thomas C. Roberson who was attending CGSG. They married in 1954 and spent the next 15 years as an army career family, eventually retiring in Leavenworth. She earned her bachelors in accounting from Troy State University (AL) in 1968.
Jolene was a seasonal tax accountant, active in Officers Wives Club and a Girl Scout troop leader.
The Robersons established a real estate firm in Leavenworth. Jolene worked as an accountant for the Leavenworth Times for over 20 years and established a ladies fashion boutique, The Sampler, in 1974.
She was also active in ABWA, the Republican Party and the Red Hat Society until recent years.
Jolene is survived by two daughters, Thoma (James) Parker of Nashville, Tenn. and Robin Stojanov of Kansas City, Mo.; four grandchildren, Piero (Krystyn) Pecora, Alex Stojanov, Molly Parker and Lili Stojanov. Her first great grandchild is due in 2016.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to The American Lung Association or the Leavenworth County Humane Society.
Russell Dean Lininger, 78, of Easton, passed away, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at his home. He was born Oct. 3, 1937, in Quitman, Mo., the son of Lester Lee and Minnie Alyene (Harris) Lininger.
On Nov. 11, 1955 he married Margaret Rosebelle Smith in Clarinda, Iowa. She survives of the home. He is also survived by a brother, Bill of San Leon, Texas; his sisters, Ruby Totten and Lena Rinehart, both of Mission, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Donald, Wilbur; his sisters Edna Yocum and his in-laws, Edna Lininger, Joe Yocum, Bud Totten, George Norris and Luella Lininger.
Russell worked at Gould National Battery for 42 years, where he retired in April 2000. He bought gold and traded guns his whole adult life. He owned Lininger’s Gun Shop in Easton since 1967. Russ was an avid hunter, fisherman and camper. He loved anything outdoors. Russ and Margaret traveled to Alaska for six months in 2000, with his brother, Donald and wife Aleatha and his nephew Donnie and wife Sue.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan.14, 2016, 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 Easton Cemetery.
Samuel Hale Kiser, III, 93, of Leavenworth, passed away, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, at Providence Medical Center. He was born Oct. 30, 1922, at Cushing Hospital in Leavenworth, the son of Samuel Hale Kiser, Jr. and Elizabeth F. (Carroll) Kiser.
He attended Leavenworth public schools from kindergarten through senior year and graduated with the class of 1942. From 1942 through 1946, Hale served in the U.S. Army during World War II, earning four battle stars during his period of service. He spent 2 years overseas in Australia, New Guinea, The Philippines and served occupation duty in Kure/Hiroshima, Japan.
On July 10, 1954, Hale was united in marriage to Nancy L. Cockrum at the Old Cathedral Church of the Immaculate Conception. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, S. H. (Andra) Kiser, IV of San Antonio, Texas; Gerald Kent (Melissa) Kiser of Entiat, Wash.; Laurie Leigh (Zen) Kiser Daniels of Leavenworth; a granddaughter, Kayla Anne Veilleux of Woodinville, Wash; and a grandson, Austin Hale Kiser, of Entiat, Wash.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Katherine Lynn Kiser; and two sisters, Mary Elizabeth (Kiser) Rood and Ellen Carroll (Kiser) Weber.
In 1946 he returned to Leavenworth from overseas military duty and attended The University of Kansas. He also worked for J.C. Penney in their Management Training Program. In 1952 he advanced his career by taking employment with McGuire’s Clothing Store in Leavenworth. In 1956 a job opportunity came about with Emery, Bird, Thayer in Kansas City, Mo. where he became Men’s Department Clothing Buyer, advancing to the position of Merchandise Manager. In 1964 Hale decided to move back to Leavenworth and open Kiser’s Men’s Wear. He owned and managed this store for 15 years and raised his family in a wonderful small town environment. Due to economic challenges during this time Hale found it necessary to close his store.
Hale accepted an offer in 1979 from Dillard’s to manage one of their stores in the Dallas, Texas area. In 1981 he advanced his career by accepting an offer to manage another fine men’s apparel store in Tyler, Texas. He remained with Reynolds-Penland for 18 years. It was now time to retire.
In 2003, Hale and his wife decided to retire and move back to Leavenworth where he has made his home ever since.
During the years from 1963 to 1979 he was the First President of the Leavenworth Downtown Association, President of The Rotary Club, Campaign Manager for United Way and President of United Way. Hale also Served on the Leavenworth School Board, Board of Cushing Hospital and the Board of Chamber of Commerce.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to the Salvation Army or Disabled American Veterans.
William Gilbert Stewart, 72, of Leavenworth, died, Tuesday, Jan 5, 2016. He was born on Feb. 3, 1943, in Warren, Ohio, the son of John and Virginia (Emerson) Stewart.
On Jan. 17, 1963, William married Ursula Lehner. After 52 years of marriage, she survives at the home. He is also survived by a son, James (Teresa) Stewart; two daughters, Barb (Scott) Bastian and Jennifer (Mike) Johnson; nine grandchildren, Samantha (Louis) LaDuron, James Blalock III, Zachary Stewart, Billy Blalock, Lydia Stewart, Shelby (Chase) Gray, Shylea Kerns, Kelsey Bastian and Jordan Hall; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Barbara Dean.
William retired from the United States Army after 25 years of service and two tours in Vietnam. After retirement he worked for the Kansas State Penitentiary for 20 years.
He was a member of the American Legion Post #23 and the VFW of Leavenworth.
William was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Donald Stewart and Charles Stewart; and two infant brothers.
William was a dedicated father, grandfather and a wonderful husband.
A private burial will be at a later date.
Gladys Louise Schulenberg, of Leavenworth, passed away, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at St. Luke’s Hospice House, the day after her 85th birthday. She was born Jan 4, 1931, in Falls City, Neb., the third of nine children of Odin Kinnard and Ruth Evelyn (Robinson) Marteny.
She was preceded in death by the love of her life, husband Robert W. Schulenberg in 1997, after more than a 25-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, during which she lovingly cared for him in their home.
Glady and Bud were married for almost 50 years and are survived by their three children, Cindy (John) Lemke of Leavenworth, Bob (Jeed) Schulenberg of Leavenworth and Brad (Jerrie) Schulenberg of Kansas City, Mo. She is also survived by her 10 year old grandson, Alex Schulenberg of Leavenworth; her sister, Peggy Munoz of Wellington, Kan.; brothers, Byron (Janice) Marteny of Custer, S.D. and Charles Marteny of Falls City, Neb.; five step-grandchildren; and 13 step-great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and others who knew and loved her as “Grandma Glady”.
Bud and Glady founded and operated Midwest Marine in Leavenworth, with long-time friends Jim and Rose May and the late Frank and Evelyn Clark, until Bud’s illness. Subsequently, Glady retired in 1988, as a Budget Analyst with the Engineering Department at Fort Leavenworth.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, at the funeral home, with Rev. Tim Hutabarat as celebrant. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery with her husband. Memorials are suggested to St. Luke’s Home Health and Hospice House of Kansas City, the Leavenworth Council on Aging, or St. Vincent Clinic.