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Leavenworth Area 2018 Obituaries

June 2018 Obituaries

Stephen Payeur

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

Stephen Payeur

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

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

Stephen worked at Great Western Manufacturing for many years.

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

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

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

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

Sherman L. Harvey

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

He graduated from Leavenworth High School.

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

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

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

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

Melvin Blankenship

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 2018 Obituaries

Debra Honeycutt

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

Debra Honeycutt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geoffrey "David" Hill

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

Geoffrey David Hill

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

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

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

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

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

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

Jeffrey Fraser

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

Jeffrey Fraser

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

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

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

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

Patricia Ann Maggio

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

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

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

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

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

David Lee Trottman

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

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

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

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

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

He enjoyed woodworking, yard work and gardening.

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

Cecil Kenneth Simmons

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

Kristin K. Meek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rosemary Cornforth

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

Rosemary Cornforth

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

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

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

April 2018 Obituaries

Betty Jean Martin

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

Betty Jean Martin

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

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

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

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

Melanie Lochow

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

Melanie Lochow

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 2018 Obituaries

Tracy Lahiff Howard

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

Tracy Lahiff Howard

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

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

Gary Huss

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

Gary Huss

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

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

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

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

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

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

Darryl Delano Carter

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

Darryl Carter

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

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

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

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

Elizabeth Joan Cook

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

Joan Cook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rodney Floyd Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

Catherine Traynham

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

Catherine Traynham

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

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

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

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

Robert J. "Bob" Powers

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

Robert Powers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Daniel Michael Duffin

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

Daniel Michael Duffin

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 2018 Obituaries

John "Jack" F. Kraft

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

John Kraft

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

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

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

Robert Allan Wilson

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

Robert Wilson

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

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

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

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

Tana Marie Mayhugh

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

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

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

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

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

Margaret "Peggy" Ellen Jerrit

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

Margaret Jerrit

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

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

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

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

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

Gayle Elaine Meredith

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

Gayle Elaine Meredith

She graduated from Leavenworth High School.

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

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

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

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

Arthaniel Johnson

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

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

Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

 

Marveta Maxine Turner

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

Marveta turner

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mary Lou Pepper

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

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

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

 

 

Alfred Thomas "Tommy" Dulin

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paul Martin Zeps

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

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

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

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

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

Zachary Alyn Williams

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

Zachary Alyn Williams

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robert Bernard Highsmith

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

Robert Highsmith

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

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

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

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

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

January 2018 Obituaries

Harold A. Schermbeck

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dawn Marie Lacey

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

Dawn Marie Lacey

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

Dawn was preceded in death by her grandparents.

She worked for Hallmark Cards for 24 years.

Dawn loved reading and traveling.

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

Phyllis Nadine Lane

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

Phyllis Nadine Lane

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

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

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

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

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

Lonnie Ray Seglie

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

Lonnie Ray Seglie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. John C. Hammeke M.D.

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

John Hammeke

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

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

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

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

Francis "Fritz" Gail Hall

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

Francis Hall

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marvin "Bones" Baxter Richards

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

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

 

 

Sr. Mary Lillian Landauer

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gilbert “Craig” Neidig

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

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

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

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

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

Donald Eugene Magee

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

Donald Eugene Magee

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

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

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

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

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

Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Leavenworth County Humane Society.

 

 


 

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