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Leavenworth Area 2015 Obituaries Archives

April 2015 Obituaries

Alice Marie Smith

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Alice Marie Smith, 71, of Easton, Kan., passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015 surrounded by her children. She was born on Feb. 25, 1944, in Leavenworth, Kan., the daughter of John and Anna (Zorn) Brose. She was a graduate of Easton High School and a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church.

After High School Alice went to work for Fort Leavenworth and retired from the Federal Service on Aug. 29th, 1997.

Alice is survived by two children from her first marriage to Dennis L. Lunsford (deceased); Denise Miller, Perry, Kan. and Jonathan Lunsford, Leavenworth. She later married John W. Smith on Feb. 17, 1982 in Leavenworth, Kan. who preceded her in death. He brought to their marriage four step-children: Susan Smith, Vale, Ore., Wayne Smith, Bozeman, Mont., Steven Smith, Belgrade, Mont. and David Smith, Four Corners, Mont. Two brothers, David Brose and Bernard Brose, both of Easton, survive as well as 5 grandchildren and 13 step-grandchildren.

Alice always enjoyed working in her garden, loved to cook, and was an avid reader.

Visitation beginning with the Rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. at St. Lawrence Church with Fr. Matthew Francis as celebrant. Inurnment will follow at St. Lawrence Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Lawrence Catholic Church or Good Shepherd Hospice.

Walter Lee Gum

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Walter “Butch” Lee Gum, 72, of Leavenworth, passed away, Sunday, April 12, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his boys. He was born on March 8, 1943, in Kansas City, Mo., the youngest of six children to Orval and Melba (Raulston) Gum.

He is survived by two sons, Matthew (Jennifer) Gum and Andrew (Jan) Gum; five grandchildren, Clayton, Kaylee, Jacob, Hayden and Hank; and two sisters, Margaret Calvert and Shirley Driver.

Walter served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1972. He was also an Eagle Scout.

Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Graveside Service will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Jeanette Roxanne Scrimsher

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Jeanette “Jenny” R. Scrimsher, 59, of Easton, was taken by the Lord, Thursday, April 9, 2015, after a two year courageous battle with cancer. She was born on July 20, 1955, in Grandview, Mo., the daughter of Virgil and Joyce (Leake) Horton.

Jeanette Roxanne Scrimsher

She worked for the United States Army on Fort Leavenworth for 26 years. Jeanette retired on April 1, 2015. For the last 16 years of her service she worked at the Staff Judge Advocate’s office in the Claims Division. She loved her job and enjoyed taking care of soldiers.

On Dec. 2, 1989, Jeanette married her soulmate, Steve Scrimsher. He survives at the home. She is also survived by four children, Zachariah (Holly) Chamberlin of Olathe, Kan., Avris (Phil) Flynt of Tulsa, Okla., SFC Joshua (Amy) Scrimsher of Killeen, Tx., Jason (Meade) Scrimsher of Lawrence, Kan.; five grandchildren, Danial Graham, Kirsten Graham, Sarah Flynt, Rebekah Flynt and Isabel Flynt; two brothers and two sisters; several nieces and nephews; two dogs, Molly and Dolly; and four cats, Buttons, Bows, Bootsie and Buddy.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandchild, Gabriel.

Jenny loved decorating her home for each holiday, traveling, fishing and taking care of her home.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 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 Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Hospital or Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Mary Eleanor Skahan

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Mary Eleanor (Wiehe) Skahan, 93, of Leavenworth, Kan., passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Mary was born July 15, 1921, in Toronto, Kan., the daughter of Henry J and Victor Marie (Jamison) Wiehe.

Mary Eleanor Skahan

She retired as a registered nurse and had worked for St John, Munson Army, and the VA Hospitals. She also worked with the US Army during World War II as a nurse. She was a member of the Saint Joseph Catholic Church.

Mary married John T. Skahan on Oct. 21, 1948, in Leavenworth. He passed away on Jan 1, 2004.

She is survived by her sons, John (Patricia) Skahan Jr. of Olathe and William Skahan of Leavenworth; daughters, Victoira (Gary) Meyer and Kathleen Lantz, both of Topeka; six grandchildren, Jennifer Brown, Rebecca Polok, Lelia Hayden, Bradley Lantz, Chandler Thomas Skahan and Amanda Skahan; three great-grandchildren, Garytt Brown, Westyn Brown and Jacob Polok; and her sister, Betty Cord of Okemos, Mich.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 12, 2015, at the R.L Leintz Funeral Home. The Rosary will be prayed at 2 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at the Mount Calvary Cemetery. The family suggests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to Meals on Wheels, St Judes Hospital, or the WW II Memorial.

Anthony A. Bielecki

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Anthony A. Bielecki, 83, of Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at Homestead Assisted Living. He was born on Feb. 20, 1932, in Leavenworth, the son of Anton and Philomena (Szczygiel) Bielecki.

Anthony A. Bielecki

Anthony is survived by five sisters, Clara Bogner, Helen Sachs, Ann Burchett, Elizabeth Hughes and Barbara (Ralph) Richardson; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Anthony was a member of Saint Casimir Church. He served on the finance council there for many years.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, April 13, 2015, at Saint Casimir Church. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, at the church, with Fr. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Casimir Church. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

March 2015 Obituaries

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Andrew Gray Entwistle

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Retired U.S. Army Maj. Andrew Gray Entwistle, 53, of Lansing Kansas, passed away, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, while out on his morning run, something he loved to do. He was born on March 21, 1962, in South Laguna, Calif., to Charles and Susan (MacDonald) Entwistle.

Andy was raised in Needham, Mass., with his mother, his sister, Jennifer and his loving grandparents, Gilbert MacDonald and Fannie Clapp MacDonald.

Upon completion of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps curriculum at Northeastern University in Boston, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Ordnance Branch. Andy was a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and retired from the Army in 2007 after 22 years of service. During his career, Andy served in Colorado, Maryland, Germany, Virginia, Egypt, Texas, and finally Albany, New York, where he retired.After his active-duty service ended, Andy continued in federal service first with the Albany Recruiting Battalion and then with the Command and General Staff College as a plans specialist.

In 2010, Andy married Tisha Marie Swart-Entwistle. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his mother, Susan MacDonald Entwistle of Albany; daughter, Heather Harrington of Nassau,N.Y.; son A.J. Entwistle and his wife Eden of Watervliet, N.Y.; son Liam Johnson of Lansing; daughter Zoe Hines of Lansing; sister Jennifer Entwistle and her husband Bill MacKay of Newburyport, Mass.; grandson Andrew Clapp Crawford of Nassau,N.Y.; grandson Caleb Shelton and granddaughter Ava Shelton both of Watervliet; an uncle and aunt, Doug and Marge MacDonald of Colorado; father and mother-in-law, Richard and Thelma Swart of Lansing; sister and brother-in-law, Stacy and Jerry Davis of Lansing; and three nephews Xzavier Holecek, Taylor Holecek, and Dakota Davis of Lansing. Andy is also survived by his close friends, Mark and Jane Wolfe of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Bill Burdick of Boston; and Brian and Jennifer Weets of St. Joseph, Mo.

During his military and federal careers, Andy also found time to volunteer with two fire departments, the Stratmoor Hills Fire Department in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the South Schodack Fire Department in N.Y. He also volunteered as an ambulance driver with the Castleton Ambulance Company. Once he moved to Kansas, Andy became active with Tisha in the local community theater, the River City Community Players.

A celebration of Andy’s life will be at noon on Saturday, April 4, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the funeral home. Following the service, a meal will be served at the Crossroads United Methodist Church on the corner of Gilman Road and 7 Highway in Lansing. Cremation will follow the services and he will be taken back to the family plot in Paxton, Mass., later this spring. In lieu of flowers, Andy asked that donations be made in his name to the South Schodack Volunteer Fire Company, 1567 Bame Road, Castleton-On-Hudson, NY 12033.

Arlen Clark Davidson

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Ret. US Army, Sgt.1st Class Arlen Clark Davidson, 67, of Leavenworth, Kan., passed away Monday, March 30, 2015, at his home. He was born July 9, 1947, the son of Clark and Anna Marguerite (Green) Davidson in Great Bend, Kan.

Arlen Clark Davidson

He served in the Navy from 1967 to 1972. He then joined the Army in 1987 and honorably retired from the military on March 31, 2001.

He was preceded in death by his father and brother, Ronald Davidson.

He is survived by his mother, Anna Marguerite Davidson of Great Bend, Kan; his four children, Sean (Elaine) Davidson of Dallas, Texas, Kelly Davidson of Kansas City, Kan, Kris (Sara) Davidson of Alexandria, Va. and Kari Davidson of Salina, Kan.; and his grandchildren, Britt, Savannah and Shaylee.

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. with the funeral at 10 a.m. Monday, April 6, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial with full military honors will follow at the Leavenworth National Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to “LAWS” (Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society).

Deborah Jane Clock

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Deborah Jane Clock, 70, of Leavenworth, passed away, Monday, March 23, 2015, surrounded by her family. She was born on Feb. 3, 1945, in Wayne County, Ind., the daughter of Eugene and Helen (Schroy) Miller.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Waldo Clock; and her two children, Ronald Clock and Michelle Clock Baker. Deborah leaves a legacy of love and humor through her three grandsons, Ronin Clock, Cosmo Clock and Kooper Baker. She also leaves deep tracks of love as one of seven siblings and a large extended family filled with cousins, nieces, nephews, and more.

As a wife of an Army man, Deborah traveled to many places and always developed meaningful friendships with those she met. She acted as an adopted mother and mentor to many young people offering them acceptance, patience, a listening ear and even a gentle rebuke. In her heart, she was a true caregiver and she will be deeply missed.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015, 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 Mount Calvary Cemetery.

William Adams

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Ret. USAF Lt. Col. William V. Adams, 94, of Leavenworth, Kan., passed away Thursday, March 19, 2015, at his home. He was born Nov. 29, 1920, the son of Floyd and Audra (Porter) Adams on a farm in Worth County, Mo.

William Adams

He attended Center East Country School and graduated from high school at Grant City in 1938. He then attended Northwest Missouri State Teacher’s College. In 1940 he enlisted in the Missouri National Guard. He was called up for federal duty in 1940. After one year, he went into the Army Air Guard for pilot training. After graduating as a Staff Sergeant Pilot, regular army, he returned to Gentry County and married Mildred M. Henderson on Aug. 13, 1942. They have remained married for 72 years. During WWII he flew many trips across the Atlantic to North Africa, England, Middle East and Alaska. After the war, he flew in the Berlin Airlift. He continued flying the KC-97 and the KC-135 re-fuelers in the Air Force (Strategic Air Command) during the cold war. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1971, after 31 years of service, logging just over 10,000 hours of flight time.

Col. Adams lived with his wife in Leavenworth, Kan., since retirement from the military. He was active in the Leavenworth Baptist Church and served as a Deacon and Trustee.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Alvin Porter Adams, an infant sister and two infant children.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred of the home; his children, Tom (Pam) Adams of Houston, Texas, Meta (Carl) Sampsel of Clarksdale, Mo., Rick (Penney) Adams of St. Joseph, Mo. and Terry (Cheryl) Adams of St. Joseph; 12 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at the Leavenworth Baptist Church. Burial with full military honors will follow at the Leavenworth National Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to the Leavenworth Baptist Church or St Luke’s Hospice.

Herbert Keith Lutte

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Herbert Keith Lutte, 76, of Farley, Mo., passed away, March 8, 2015, at Twin Oaks Nursing Home in Lansing, Kan. He was born on April 29, 1938, in Leavenworth, Kan., the son of Herbert F. and Margaret M. (Hendrix) Lutte.

Keith graduated from West Platte High School in Weston, Mo., in 1956. He then attended Central Technology College in Kansas City, Mo.

On June 7, 1969, Keith married Arabelita J. Flint at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Farley, Mo. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a daughter, Ava (Kent) Seeler of Leavenworth, Kan.; three grandsons, Kyle Seeler and Marcus Seeler of Leavenworth, Kan., and Justin Seeler of Kansas City, Mo.; a brother, Kent (Retta) Lutte; three nieces, one nephew, and many cousins and friends.

He was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Farley, Mo. where he held various offices over the years. He was also a little league baseball coach for 15 years.

Keith worked at Southern Bell Telephone Company as a cable splicer technician for 31 years. After retiring, Keith farmed the family farm until he became ill. He served in the Missouri Army National Guard 35th Division for six years.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Ave. Leavenworth, Kan., 66048. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m., Friday, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 98 Main St., Farley, Mo. Memorials are suggested to The Farley Cemetery or Crossroads Hospice.

Miriam Blazier

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Miriam F. Blazier, 94, of Leavenworth, died, Sunday, March 8, 2015, at St. Luke’s Hospice House. She was born Sept. 14, 1920, in Montclair, N.J., the daughter of James and Mary (Gergel) Higgins.

Miriam Blazier

On May 13, 1945, Miriam married Charles Blazier. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two grandsons, Greg Blazier and Mark Higley.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda (Jerry) Smith of Leavenworth and Joan (Charles) Poates of Middleburg, Fla.; a son, Charles “Bud” (Shelly) Blazier of Elizabeth, Colo.; eight grandchildren, Buffie Higley, Benjamin “Buddy” Smith, Chad Blazier, Drew (Ivy) Blazier, Dahn Crandall, Melissa McLaughlin, Jessica (Andrew) Morel–McLaughlin and Carolyn McLaughlin; and 10 great-grandchildren, Amber, Alex, Shelby, Austin, Lauren, Landen, Laney, Ayana, Aldric and Lyla and extended family, Gail Umscheid, Janie Morgan and Keith (Patti) Smith.

Miriam served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1945.

She enjoyed crocheting and reading. She also loved visiting the Ocean.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 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 Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church and St. Luke’s Hospice House.

February 2015 Obituaries

Catherine Lake

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Catherine P. Lake, 87, passed away peacefully, after a short illness, at the home of her son, Harley “Chub” Lake on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2015. She was born May 4, 1927, the daughter of John “Tot” and Olympia S. (Brzozowski) Panek.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Harley “Dusty” Lake, her son Roy John “Jay” Lake and her son-in-law, James Mallein, two sisters, Mary Benton and Cecelia Heckman and two brothers, Byron “Pooch” Brzozowski and Joseph Panek.

Catherine is survived by her sister, Martha Mumm; her children, Robert (Frannie) Lake, Marsha Birk, Harley (Melissa) Lake, Sandra (Thomas) Kowalewski, Cathy Sue Mallein; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She retired from Leavenworth County Infirmary as a C.N.A., in the mid-1990s. Later, she went to work at High Noon Saloon as a prep cook. Catherine “Taji” enjoyed her family, her beloved pets and will be sadly missed by all.

A memorial service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 11,2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Leavenworth County Humane Society in honor of Catherine.

Kathelyn Matzeder

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Kathelyn B. Matzeder, 90, of Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. She was born on June 22, 1924, in Copeville, Texas, the daughter of Wesley and Laura (Seay) Pitts.

On Feb. 1, 1943, Kathelyn married Ralph Matzeder. He survives at the home. She is also survived by two sons, Gerald Matzeder and Donald (Dianna) Matzeder; two grandchildren, Kristi (Randy) Mayfield and Sarah (Rick) Decker; five great-grandchildren, Christena Matzeder, Cade Decker, Heather Mayfield, Emory Mayfield and Ike Mayfield; and two sisters, Lynn Carmichael and Nancy Brewer.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Charles Pitts and James Pitts.

Visitation will be from 11 to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

James Amason

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James Alton Amason, 56, of Lansing, died, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. He was born on July 17, 1958, the son of Alton Virgil and Patricia Ann (James) Amason.

He is survived by a daughter, Sharon Lynn Amason; a son-in-law, Samuel Clinton Doty; two sisters, Deborah Ann (Rickey) Hicks of Little Rock, Ark. and Susan Elaine (Tommy) Miller of Lake Claiborne, La.; a brother, Jesse Michael “Mike” Amason of El Dorado, Ar.; and a large extended family.

James was a decorated rifle marksman with the United States Army and the German Military.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Sybille Amason.

A funeral service will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Fukue "Ruby" Dominick

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Fukue "Ruby" Dominick, 80, a resident of Lansing for 48 years, passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at St. Luke's Hospice in Kansas City, Mo. She was born May 9, 1934, in Nagasaki, Japan, the daughter of Tokiko and Yasuo Doi.

Fukue Dominick

On April 9, 1953, she married James. E. Dominick. He preceded her in death July 12, 1995. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and a grandson, Kevin Williams.

She was a long-time employee of Hallmark Cards and was the owner and cook of Fuji Restaurant Groceries and Gift Store in Leavenworth. She was also a military wife.

Ruby is survived by her children, Michael Dominick of Leavenworth, Judy (John) Martin of Lansing, James (Robin) Dominick Jr. of Leavenworth, Darryl (Sindy) Dominick of Kansas City, Kan. and Donald Dominick of Ottawa, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She loved her family, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren very much.

Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.

Nancy Esher

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Nancy C. Esher, 84, of Leavenworth, passed away peacefully, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, at her home. She was born on Aug. 29, 1930, in Camden, N.J., the daughter of Harry and Elsie (Carter) Cocking.

Nancy Esher

She lived most of her early life in upper Darby, Pa.

On Sept. 10, 1949, Nancy married John D. Esher in Upper Darby. Shortly after John began serving in the U.S. Army. Like many Army wives, Nancy raised a family while John was serving his country at various assignments across the globe. Nancy earned a Master’s Degree at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and began a teaching career. She also wrote a local newspaper column titled “Over the Coffee Cup.” She had a great sense of humor which she shared with all of her avid readers.

While her husband was assigned at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Nancy taught for many years at Nettie Hartnett until her retirement. Nancy was a member of DAR, Captain Jesse Leavenworth Chapter and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Nancy was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She touched many lives as both a loyal and supportive Army spouse and as an enthusiastic and caring elementary school teacher. She will never be forgotten by family and friends for all of her wonderful and unique qualities. We will always remember the many weekends spent having family cookouts and swimming in the pool.

Nancy is survived by her children, Ret. U.S. Navy Reserve Capt. Mark R. Esher, Esq. (Suzanne) of Fort Meyers, Fla., Susan L. (Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Scott Wilson) of Leavenworth and Barbara J. (Rob) Bristow of Leavenworth; and six grandchildren, Jonathan Wilson, Nicole Bristow, Robbie Bristow, Andrew Bristow, Jennifer Esher and Jason Esher.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col. John D. Esher and her son, Ret. U. S. Air Force Maj. Michael D. Esher, Esq.

In accordance with her wishes, there will be a cremation and a private family inurnment at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Her family will cherish her memory in private and wishes to thank all family and friends for their thoughts and prayers. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the American Humane Association in memory of her beloved West Highland Terrier, Maggie.

William Jeffrey West

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William Jeffery West, 43, formerly of Leavenworth, passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in Overland Park, Kan. He was born Nov. 23, 1971, in Parkersburg, W.Va., the son of Reverend Bill and Wilma (Elder) West.

He is survived by his parents of Leavenworth; sisters, Amber (Matt) Wolfe and Kelly (Travis) Shoaf both of Overland Park; grandparents, Bill and Helen West of Parkersburg; uncle, Jeff West of Mineral Wells, W.Va.; nephews, Tyler, Tanner, and Adam Shoaf; and nieces, Taylor and Hayden Wolfe.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, followed by a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. all at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow in the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Lansing. The family suggests memorials be made to the American Diabetic Society or the American Cancer Society.

Larry Henderson

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Larry B. Henderson, 64, of Leavenworth, passed away, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at his home. He was born on Dec. 17, 1950, in Nuremburg Germany, the son of Harry Gibson and Norma (Ward) Henderson.

Larry Henderson

Larry grew up an Army “Brat” but spent most of those years in the Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. area, specifically Waynesville, Mo. Larry grew up in a big family including his three brothers, Harry “Gibby”, Steve and Jim and sister, Doris Jean.

In 1968 he graduated from Waynesville High School and in September entered the US Air Force, remaining until honorably discharged in August of 1972 as a Staff Sergeant. Larry served in South Korea and Vandenberg AFB, Calif.

On June 7, 1969, Larry married Linda Decker at Ft Leonard Wood, Mo. From that marriage came two children, Amanda and Bryan.

Shortly after completing his time in the Air Force he moved to Leavenworth, where he worked for the Department of the Army at Ft. Leavenworth until 1984. He moved to Copperas Cove, Texas, and worked at Ft. Hood, Texas, until 1989.

He received an Associates of Arts degree from Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Larry married Pamela (Bacon) Martin July 22, 1989, in Copperas Cove, Texas and he helped raise her daughter, Nicole. Pamela survives at the home. He is also survived by two daughters, Amanda (Dan) Winton and Nicole (Jason) Bell; a son, Bryan (Lindsay) Henderson; a special son-in-law, Jerry (Daneen) Bell; his grandchildren include Mary Beth and Christopher Winton, Allie and Nolan Henderson, Thorin, Issac, Haley, Julien and Liam Bell; a brother, Steve of Ft. Collins, Colo.; a sister, Doris Jean (Greg) Howard of O’Fallon, Mo. He was known as the “Handsome Uncle Larry” to many nieces and nephews.

Larry returned to work as an air conditioning equipment mechanic at Ft. Leavenworth, retiring in 2005 with more than 37 years of Federal service.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Harry “Gibby” Gibson Jr. and James.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb 19, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will being at 9 a.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Kendallwood Hospice.

Robert Mitchell

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Robert Louis Mitchell, 82, of Leavenworth, passed away, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at the VA Medical Center. He was born on Nov. 13, 1932, in Georgetown, Ky., the son of Joe and Lois (Penney) Mitchell.

Robert Mitchell

He is survived by five children, Deborah K. Jenkins of Topeka Kan., Daryle T. Mitchell and Tamela P. Mitchell Hamilton both of Leavenworth Kan., Mina Michelle Versher of Overland Park, Kan. and Sherri R. Mitchell of Jamaica N.Y.; eight grandchildren, Renaldo (Roshanda) Colbert, Terry Versher Jr., Shautario (Sylvia) Hamilton, Melisa (Eric) Versher Larue, Andre Carter Jr., Armis Carter, Anthony Carter, Shamira Brown; 12 great-grandchildren and a sister, Lillian Toliver of Dayton, Ohio.

On June 9, 1957, Robert married, Barbara J. Reece in Topeka Kan.,she preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Andreika T. Hamilton.

Robert enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served for six years. He also worked at V.A. Medical Center for 34 years.

Robert was an active member of the Leavenworth Church of God. He was a devoted husband and father. He enjoyed gardening, cooking and watching sports.

Visitation will be from 10 to 12 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at the Leavenworth Church of God. Funeral service will begin at 12 p.m. Wednesday, at the church. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Stephen Wayne Traglio

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Stephen Wayne Traglio, 59, of Leavenworth, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at Saint Luke’s Hospice House, with his wife Lisa by his side. He was born March 17, 1955, in Portland, Ore., the son of Command Sergeant Major Eugene E. Traglio and Yvonne M. (Massie) Traglio.

Stephen W. Traglio

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Stephen married Lisa Garrison on June 23, 1990. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his children, Lindsay M. Traglio and Michael W. Traglio both of Leavenworth and Brandon M. Garrison of Kansas City; his two brothers, Allen Traglio and Richard Traglio both of Portland, Ore.; his two grandchildren and their mother, Christofer N. Garrison, Alexander G. Garrison and Lilieth D. Garrison; his nieces and nephews; his brothers and sisters in-law; his church family; his brothers and sisters in arms with the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office, the Leavenworth Police Department and the Kansas Army National Guard.

After High School, Stephen enlisted in the United States Army, which eventually brought him to Leavenworth, where he completed his initial period of military service. He served as a Police Officer for the Leavenworth Police Department for 30 years and then concluded his law enforcement career as a Deputy with the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office at the time of his death. He received many awards and honors including and not limited to multiple medals of valor, as well as State and National Law Enforcement Awards. He loved his work and everyone he worked with and dedicated his life to it.

Stephen was devoted to the service of his country. He served in the United States Army for seven years on active duty and he re-enlisted with the Kansas Army National Guard in 2000. During his 22 years of military service, Stephen completed multiple overseas deployments, to include Bosnia, Kosovo, Ethiopia and Somalia.

Stephen dedicated his life to the service of others and loved people. Some of his greatest joys in life were spending time with his wife and family and being a mentor to others. He loved riding his motorcycle, the Kansas Jayhawks and the Kansas City Royals.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to "Traglio's Fund a Turkey". (This was organized by Steve, two years ago, so some of Leavenworth Counties less fortunate families, could have a Thanksgiving dinner.)

Larry M. Armstrong

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Larry M. Armstrong, 64, of Leavenworth, passed away, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at his home surrounded by family and friends. He was born on March 2, 1950, in Sioux City, Iowa, the son of Alfred E. and Mary R. (Charbonneau) Armstrong.

Larry Armstrong

On July 31, 1970, Larry married Deborah McLaughlin. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a daughter, Cary (Patrick) Collins; a granddaughter, Rachel Collins; a grandson, Zachary Collins; three sisters, Patty Harris, Diane (Dean Sr.) Johnson and Carol (David) Hicks; a brother, Allen (Sherri) Armstrong; his step-mother, Dee Armstrong; a brother-in-law, John (LouAnn) Williams; four sister-in-laws, Roberta Lough, Vicky McLaughlin, Janet (Kenny) Payne and Terry Williams; a large extended family and many friends.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; his loving kid sister, Debbie Marie Armstrong; father-in-law, Robert McLaughlin; mother-in-law, Virginia McLaughlin; and two brother-in-laws, Tom Williams and Samuel Lough.

He served in the Army on Active Duty from Feb. 1970 to Sept. 1971. Larry then served in the Army Reserves until 1976.

Larry worked for American Roofing for nearly 40 years. It was a “brotherhood” where lifetime friendships were made.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, at the funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Bikers for Babies, St. Luke’s Hospice or American Cancer Society.

Jesse F. Jones

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Jesse F. Jones III, 76, of Leavenworth, died, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at St. Luke's Cushing Medical Center. He was born on July 28, 1938, in Vicksburg, Miss. the son of Jesse F. and Josephine R. (Morissey) Jones Jr..

Jesse F. Jones

Jesse graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1961 where he was commissioned through the ROTC program into the United States Army as a Field Artillery Officer. He served two tours in Viet Nam, graduated from the Command General Staff College, and went on to serve with the Joint Airborne Command Post then concluded his career at Ft. Leavenworth, first as an instructor at CGSC and served as the director of the Nuclear Chemical Directorate. During his service, Jesse was recognized for his leadership and received various military honors, including the Meritorious Service Award, Combat Infantryman Badge and Bronze Star Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster) as well as numerous foreign decorations. Jesse retired from the Army in April, 1984, and was able to explore his lifelong fascination with technology when he opened Computers ASP which he operated until 1997.

After that time he was able to concentrate on what was important to him, his family and finally, grandchildren. Jesse was an active member of the community and served as Senior Warden of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. He was active in the Downtown Business Association, founded the Silverback Men’s Book Club, a member of the OB coffee group and was an active member of the Democratic Party. He was known for his booming voice and personality. Jesse enjoyed a lively debate, reading, playing on the computer, model trains and sharing a meal and a story or two with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Nina Jones Alvarez of Metairie, La. and Mary Jones Kavanaugh of Vicksburg, Miss.

Jesse is survived by his beloved wife, Jo Anne Nutt Jones; eight children, Julie Ann Marcus of Prairie Village, Kan., Steven (Katie) Marcus of Vicksburg, Miss., Jesse Fuller Jones IV of Weaverville, Calif., Miles (Angela) Marcus of Jackson, Miss., Belle (Michael) Morgan of Wichita Falls, Texas, Treadwell (Karin) Jones of Prairie Village, Kan., Thomas (Dr. Jill Urban) Jones of Dallas, Texas, Elizabeth (David) Karkosky of Portland, Ore.; eleven grandchildren, Don, Sara, Blanche, Emma, Forrest, Michaela, Sam, Rowan, Patrick, Anna and Catherine; Jesse leaves an extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews, including Mittie Towne and Josephine Pratt of Vicksburg, Miss. and friends who he would want to gather together, share a story and raise their glasses in celebration of his journey home.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in the Parish Hall. Memorial service with full military honors will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the church.

Keith Lloyd Barker

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Keith Lloyd Barker, 81, of Leavenworth, died, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at his home. He was born on Dec. 26, 1933, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Lloyd R. and Elsie M. (Scott) Barker.

On Nov. 24, 1956, Keith married Beverly Malotte. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a daughter, Kathy (Don) Stinnett; a son, Gary (Diana) Barker; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandchild; and a sister, Irene Cooper.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, at Maywood Community Church, 11201 Parallel Pkwy, Kansas City, Kan. 66109. Funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the church. Burial will follow at Maywood Church Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Maywood Community Church. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home

Jimmy Lee Jones Jr.

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Jimmy Lee Jones Jr., 77, of Leavenworth, passed away, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Medical lodge. .

He was born on Jan. 11, 1938, in Fairfield, S.C., the son of Jimmy and Bertha (Martin) Jones Sr.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial will take place in South Carolina.

 

 

Karin Barbara Lada

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Karin Barbara Lada, 72, of Leavenworth, passed away, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at Golden Living in Edwardsville, Kan. She was born on April 27, 1942, in Swiebodzice, Germany.

Karen came to the United States in her early twenties and worked as a caregiver for the Sisters of Charity at St. Mary College for 19 years. She then owned and operated a day care for over 20 years in her home. She was a loving caregiver and cared for many children.

Karin enjoyed sewing, especially for her children she cared for, crocheting, working in her garden and flower garden as well as caring for her cats. She had many friends and neighbors and will missed by all.

On Nov. 30, 1968, Karin married George A. Lada in Leavenworth Kan. He preceded her in death in 1993.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home. Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Aspera Care Hospice.

Lois M. Bacon

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Lois Maxine Bacon, 79, of Leavenworth, passed away, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at her home surrounded by family. .

Lois M. Bacon

She was born on Sept. 23, 1935, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Clifford and Irene (Sally) Walters

Lois married Albert Bacon on July 5, 1952 in Wolcott, Kansas. He survives at the home. He is also survived by a son, Dennis (Linda) Bacon, of South Carolina; a daughter Vickie Montgomery of Leavenworth; three grandchildren, Lashaun (Stephen) Oliver of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Danielle (Glen) Baker of Easton, Kan., and James (Shanna) Bacon of South Carolina; seven great-grandchildren including Kali Boydston, Ashlynn Boydston, Will Oliver, Tristen Baker, Wyatt Baker, Cody Bacon and Colten Bacon; three brothers, Calvin Thompson of Bonner Springs, Kan, Newton Thompson of Pensacola, Fla. and Wayne Thompson of Grain Valley, Mo.; and two sisters, Pearl Garvey of Leavenworth, Kan. and Gloria Curl of St. Joseph, Mo.

Lois was a member of the National Campers and Hikers Association from 1969 to present date. She was also a member of the Gateway Regional Retreads from 1980 to present date, where her and her husband, Albert, served as the Kansas State Representatives for the region.

Lois had many hobbies including shopping, crafts, games, and traveling. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is preceded in death by her parents, one brother and three sisters.

Later in life she enjoyed being a home maker.

Lois will be missed by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Funeral service will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the services.

January 2015 Obituaries

Robert Leslie Knopp

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Robert Leslie Knopp, 68, of Leavenworth, died, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at the University of Kansas Hospital. He was born on May 2, 1946, in Sidney, Mont., the son of Walter and Evelyn (Phillips) Knopp.

Robert Leslie Knopp

On Feb. 12, 1988, Robert married Christina Granberg. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a son, Matt Knopp of Lawrence, Kan.; and 3 sisters, Carol (Larry) Pierce of Sidney, Mont., Jean Steiner of Dickinson, N.D. and Sue (John) Klempel of Hazelton, N.D.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother in-law, Ronald Steiner.

Robert graduated from Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont. with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech. He then attended the University of Montana in Missoula, Mont. and received a Law Degree.

After 23 years of service, Robert retired in 2012 after working for the Department of Defense in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

He enjoyed garage sales, auctions and woodworking. He also enjoyed all KU sports. Robert loved technology and was a tech “whiz”

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. Cremation will follow. Memorials are suggested to the KU Med Palliative Care Unit (913-588-2800).

Marie V. Mlynarski

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Marie V. Mlynarski, 96, of Leavenworth, passed away, on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at Hillview Rehab in Platte City, Mo. Marie was born on April 17, 1918, in Brooklyn N.Y. the daughter of John and Martha (Maleski) Jurek.

Marie V. Mlynarski

Marie worked for Morehouse Gorham Publishing, NYC, N.Y., upon graduating high school and for the John F. Jurek Funeral Home in Brooklyn, N.Y., owned by her father.

After the war she met her husband of 62 years, John Mlynarski, a WWII veteran. He preceded her in death in May 2014. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a sister.

Marie is survived by two daughters, Martha (John) Minniti of Trumbull, Conn. and Joan (Randy) Ponder of Leavenworth; four grandchildren, Phillip J. Ponder of Scottsdale, Ariz., Nicholas J. Minniti of Lake Charles, La., Alexis M. Minniti of Morristown, N.J. and 2nd Lt. Gregory W. Ponder currently stationed at Ft. Benning, Ga.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed.

Mass of Christian burial will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers can be made to the Immaculate Conception Altar Society or Immaculate Conception Church in Marie’s name. Funeral arrangements in care of R. L. Leintz Funeral Home.

Patricia Spridgen

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Patricia Marillac Spridgen, 86, of Leavenworth, died, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. She was born on March 17, 1928, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Benjamin and Edna (Mays) Nipper.

Pat is survived by five daughters, Laura (Dan) Malizzi, Gloria (Jim) Buono, Karen (Frank) Nordmeyer, Barbara Bullard and Theresa (Randy) Pennington; four sons, Michael (Stacia) Spridgen, Roger (Holly) Spridgen, Vernon (Joan) Spridgen and Edward (Deanna) Spridgen; 28 grandchildren, 68 great-grandchildren, five great great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald R. Spridgen and a granddaughter, Patricia Benavente.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, 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 Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Francis de Sales building fund, St. Jude Children's Hospital or St. Casimir's Altar Society.

Berniece M. Caenen

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Berniece M. Caenen, 75, of McLouth, Kan., passed away peacefully, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 6, 1939, in Olathe, Kan., the daughter of Edward and Emma (Leeker) Fanning.

On Nov. 7, 1959, she married, Arthur J. Caenen in Miami, Okla. He preceded her in death on Feb. 13, 2007. She was also preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and a sister.

Berniece is survived by her children, Art Caenen Jr., Debbie (Ron) Schmidt, Denise (Ron) Schuller and Charlie Caenen; her grandchildren, Jonathan, Ashley, Stefanie, Melissa, Nicole, Zachary, Tyler, Logan and Luke; her great-grandchildren, Mason, Anderson, William, Miles and Bennett; and a brother, Harold Fanning.

Berniece has been a proud member of the McLouth community for the past 30 years. She will forever be remembered and her spirit will continue to be alive in our hearts. We loved her dearly and will miss her.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday Jan. 6, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Graveside service and inurnment will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery. The family will receive guests for lunch, at the funeral home, after the graveside service. Memorials are suggested to the Heart of America Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

 

 


 

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