Leavenworth County, Kansas Obituaries

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Obituary with surnames CARGILL, DILSAVER, GRETENCORD, KINNEY submitted by Lv2002. Date of death Tuesday, October 22, 2002
reprinted with permission from Tonganoxie MirrorWednesday, November 13, 2002

Sidney Michael Kinney, a former Tonganoxie, Kan., resident, died Oct. 22, 2002, in Battle Creek. Burial was in Newton Cemetery, Newton Township, Calhoun County, Mich.

Mr. Kinney, 81, was born April 10, 1921, in Douglas, Wyo., the son of Michael H. Kinney and Belle Leah (Cargill) Kinnery. The family moved to Tonganoxie and then to Lawrence, Kan.

In 1999, Mr. Kinney moved to Ceresco, Mich., from Kansas to marry Helen Mae Dilsaver. She survives.

After graduation from Oread High School in Lawrence, Mr. Kinney was employed by the Windsor Review of Windsor, Mo., and published a weekly newspaper.

He worked for the Topeka Daily Capitol newspaper and then the State of Kansas printing office, retiring in 1981.

Mr. Kinney served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was a member of the Medical Detachment of the 243rd Engineer Combat Battalion in the European Theater of Operations.

Survivors in Kansas include a sister, Mildred Williams, Topeka; niece and husband, Sharon and Danny Farmer; and nephew and wife, Gary and Wanda Williams, Tonganoxie.

Mr. Kinney was previously married to Ines M. (Gretencord) Kinney. She died in 1997.

Obituary with surnames HOOTER, SAXER submitted by Jana Stanley. Date of death Sunday, October 27, 2002
Date of death is unknown.

Herman Saxer Dies; Was a Retired Cigarmaker

Herman Saxer, 79, a life-time resident of Leavenworth, died at 1:30 pm Sunday at Cushing Memorial Hospital. He entered the hospital Dec. 15 after fracturing a hip. His home was at 602 Shoemaker.

Mr. Saxer was born May 6, 1875, at Leavenworth, the son of George and Marie Hooter Saxer. He worked for more than 30 years as a cigar maker for Rothenberger and Schloss Cigar Co., in Kansas City, MO. He retired about 25 years ago.

Mr. Saxer never married. He is survived by a nephew, Joe Saxer, 1224 Spruce.

Funeral services will be at 2 pm Tuesday at the Davis Funeral Church. The Rev. Joseph Lane, pastor of the First Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Muncie Cemetery.

Obituary with surnames HOGE, JAHN, WATSON submitted by Jana Stanley. Date of death Sunday, October 27, 2002
This was on the same page as Herman Saxer's obit, date unknown:

Dr. S.F. Hoge, was Physician at VA center

Dr. Solomon F. Hoge, 68, a retired physician, died last night at the VA hospital following an illness of nine months. Intermittently for the past 13 years he had been a resident of Leavenworth. The home is at 228 Vine.

He was born June 26, 1886, at Waynesburg, PA., a son of Mr. and Mrs. William R. H. Hoge. He was educated at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and served internships at Blockley Hospital and City Hospital, both at Philadelphia.

For 20 years he engaged in private practice at Little Rock, Ark., and served as a consultant to the VA hospital at Ft. Root, Ark. He then became a full-time employee of the VA and was assigned as director of the laboratory at the hospital here in 1940.

He remained here until transferred in 1945 to the VA installation at Fayetteville, Ark., where he was head of the laboratory until retirement from the federal service in 1951.

That year he went to Elkins, W. Va., where he served as the laboratory director of Golden Clinic until health forced his retirement.

He was a founding fellow of the College of American Board of Pathology.

Surviving are his widow, the former Mary Helen Watson of the home; one daughter, Mrs. Howard Jahn, 715 Michigan; one son, Frank Hoge, 766 Ottawa; one brother, six sisters and four grandchildren.

The body will be at the Sumpter Funeral Chapel after 6 pm tonight. Tomorrow it will be shipped to Little Rock for funeral service and burial.

Obituary with surnames BISHOP, BROOKS submitted by Lv2002. Date of death Tuesday, December 17, 2002
reprinted with permission from the Tonganoxie Mirror, Tuesday, December 31, 2002.

Gary Bishop, 51, Basehor, died Dec. 17, 2002, at his home after fighting a long battle with cancer.

Mr. Bishop was born Sept. 20, 1951, in Lawton, Okla., the son of Bob and Lois Bishop. He spent his early years on his family's Hereford operation in southwest Oklahoma. He attended Oklahoma State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in animal science in 1973. He married Vickie Brooks on May 22, 1982, in Big Horn County, Montana.

Bishop first began working for the American Hereford Association in 1973, his first responsibilities being in the total performance records department serving as assistant director. Bishop also served as the director of youth activities.

Bishop left the AHA in 1983 to manage his family's purebred and commercial Hereford ranching operation in south central Montana. He was actively engaged in the Hardin, Mont., community where he held an elder position in his local church. He also served his community for many years as a 4-H leader where he coached several successful livestock judging teams and was a mentor to numerous young people in the Hardin community.

In 2002 Bishop rejoined AHA as the director of breed improvement and field service. Under Bishop's leadership the whole herd reporting program was launched.

He is a former president of the AHA State Presidents Council, American Junior Hereford Association National Advisor, and vice chairman of the Montana Stockgrowers Seedstock Committee.

Survivors include his wife, Vickie; three daughters, Jodi, Tami and Kristi, a Tonganoxie High School senior; and a sister, JoAnn Bishop-Dees.

Memorial services have been held at Tiffany Fellowship, Kansas City, Mo., and in Custer, Mont.

Obituary with surnames EDLIN, NEW, PIKE, SAUNDERS submitted by Lv2002. Date of death Friday, December 27, 2002
reprinted with permission from the Tonganoxie Mirror, Tuesday, December 31, 2002.

Tuesday, December 31, 2002.

Services for Mildred V. New, 89, Leavenworth, were Monday, Dec. 30, 2002, at Barnett-Larkin-Brown Funeral Home, Leavenworth. Burial was in Sunset Memory Cemetery.

She died Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, at St. John Hospital. She was born May 20, 1913, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Oliver F. and Carrie A. (Saunders) New.

She was a missionary for more than 20 years for the Kentucky Mountain Mission before returning to Leavenworth to take care of her mother for 16 years.

She was a member of the High Prairie Gospel Tabernacle Church of Leavenworth, the church Bible Study, and enjoyed leading the Bible study groups.

Survivors include two sisters, Viola L. Pike, Kansas City, Kan., and Idabelle C. Edlin, Topeka; and a brother, George S. New, Leavenworth.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Richard F. New and Jack O. New.

Obituary with surnames DOMANN, DOTY, GOETZ, KENNY, MAURO, WAGNER submitted by Sue Rush 2002. Date of death Tuesday, December 31, 2002
From Leavenworth Times: Thursday, January 2, 2003


Clarence John Wagner, 74, Easton, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis.

He was born July 9, 1928, in Easton, the son of Peter M. and Mary E. Domann Wagner. On Jan. 24, 1959, he married Evelyn A. Doty in Easton. She survives at their home.

He was a farmer. He was a member of the St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Easton; Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 55; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; and the Disabled American Veterans. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He is also survived by one daughter; Diane Mauro, Kansas City, Mo.; three sons, David Wagner, Easton, Douglas Wagner, Winchester, and Dan Wagner, Platte City, Mo.; four brothers, Robert Wagner, Lansing, Walt Wagner, Easton, Anthony Wagner, Leavenworth, and Merlin Wagner, Easton; two sisters, Marie Kenny, Wheaton, Mo., and Clara Goetz, Leavenworth; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Leo and Peter Wagner, and a sister, Clarita Wagner.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Easton. Burial will be in the St. Lawrence Cemetery, Easton.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Davis Funeral Chapel and from 4 to 8 p.m. at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Easton. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday at the church. Memorial contributions may be given to the St. Lawrence Catholic Church.

Obituary with surnames HILL, THOMAS, ZOLL submitted by Lv2003. Date of death Saturday, January 25, 2003
reprinted with permission from the Tonganoxie Mirror, 05-Feb-2003.

Obituary: Peggy Ann Hill


Services for Peggy Ann Hill, 69, Leavenworth, were Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003, at the First Christian Church in Leavenworth. Burial was in Mount Muncie Cemetery.

Mrs. Hill died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. She was born April 9, 1933, in Leavenworth County, the daughter of Benjamin E. and Lela O. (Thomas) Zoll.

She was a member of the First Christian Church in Leavenworth and was active in the Christian Women's Fellowship at the church. She also was a member of the Order of Eastern Star.

She married Jack Hill at the Wallula Christian Church in Leavenworth County. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include a daughter, Nancy McDougal, Leavenworth; four sisters, Betty Russell and Margaret Amos, both of Shawnee, and Frances Kraft and Loretta Kimball, both of Leavenworth County; and a grandson.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the University of Kansas Cancer Center, sent in care of Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee, 10801 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, 66203.

Obituary with surnames BAKER, THOMAS, WYRICK submitted by Lv2003. Date of death Sunday, January 26, 2003
reprinted with permission from the Tonganoxie Mirror, 05-Feb-2003.

Obituary: Gertrude Olivette Wyrick


Services for Gertrude Olivette Wyrick, 79, Tonganoxie, were Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003, at Quisenberry Funeral Home, Tonganoxie. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery.

Mrs. Wyrick was born Sept. 3, 1923, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of William and Gladys (Baker) Thomas. She married Albert O. Wyrick on Dec. 25, 1941, in Kansas City, Kan. He survives of the home.

Other survivors include eight sons, Albert O. Wyrick Jr., Kansas City, Kan., Billy Wyrick, Edgerton, James Wyrick, Shiner, Texas, Richard Wyrick, Langdon, N.D., John Wyrick, Independence, Mo., Floyd Wyrick, Ronald Wyrick and Thomas Wyrick, all of Eudora; seven daughters, Dixie Lattin, De Soto; Doris Eastland, Kansas City, Kan., Sharon Beggs, Landgon, N.D., Virginia Wyrick, Lawrence, Bonnie Jacobs, Tonganoxie, Margie Wheeler, Independence, Mo., and Cindy Ramdorsingh, Tonganoxie; two brothers, James Thomas, Hutchinson, and Charles Thomas, Bonner Springs; one sister, Margie Sowers, Kansas City, Kan.; 34 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Obituary with surnames ENGLE, MULLER, WALDEN submitted by Lv2003. Date of death Thursday, January 30, 2003
reprinted with permission from the Tonganoxie Mirror, 05-Feb-2003.

Obituary: Claire Edith Walden Engle


No services are planned for Claire Edith Walden Engle, 100, Tonganoxie, who died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003, at her home.

She was born Oct. 22, 1902, in Fairmount, the daughter of William and Agnes Muller Walden. In 1978, her husband of 54 years, Stuart W. Engle, died.

Survivors include a son, James S. Engle; and two grandsons, Stuart W. Engle, Tonganoxie; and Steve W. Engle.

Obituary with surnames CLAGGETT, FUNKHOUSER, KNEISLEY submitted by Lv2003. Date of death Sunday, February 2, 2003
reprinted with permission from the Tonganoxie Mirror, 05-Feb-2003.

Obituary: Helen Claggett Funkhouser


Helen Claggett Funkhouser, 99, Baldwin, formerly of Tonganoxie, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003, at Baldwin Care Center, Baldwin. No services are planned, and Mrs. Funkhouser donated her body to the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Mrs. Funkhouser was born March 30, 1903, in Dayton, Ohio, the daughter of Dr. Wilson G. and Elsa-Mae (Kneisley) Claggett. She married James Alexander Funkhouser on Aug. 14, 1925, in Dayton. He died March 4, 1994.

Mrs. Funkhouser graduated from Steel High School in 1923; attended Ohio State University and Carnegie Institute of Technology drama department, Pittsburgh, Pa. She became well-known as a concert singer and teacher of voice and was a news reporter for the Manchester Union Leader for 10 years.

She was elected to the New Hampshire Legislature in 1952. She was president of the New Hampshire Roadside Improvement Association and president of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs from 1946 to 1948.

She moved to California in 1961 where in 1963 she was elected to the Las Virgenes Resource Conservation District. Mrs. Funkhouser was the president and first woman elected to the resource conservation districts. For 14 years she served on the Los Angeles Citizens Planning Council. She was president of Malen Corporation and ran the "House of Star," the largest beauty salon in the San Fernando Valley.

Mrs. Funkhouser taught at California Lutheran University and received the Pearl Buck National Award for civic work presented to national by the Kappa Delta Alumna Association of San Fernando Valley.

She moved to Tonganoxie in 1986 and was a member of P.E.O. She was a life member of National Council of State Garden Clubs, of American Forestry, of Save the Redwood League, of Las Virgenes Historical Society and the Tonganoxie Historical Society. She was a member of the National Order of Women Legislators and a member of First Congregational Church, Tonganoxie. She was listed in "Who's Who of American Women," as a writer, singer and teacher. She wrote "Autobiography," published in 1991.

Survivors include a son, James Claggett Funkhouser, Baldwin; a daughter, Elsa-Mae Jensen, Cincinnati, Ohio; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Obituary with surnames KOWALEWSKI, SPINDLER submitted by Sue Rush 2003. Date of death Thursday, February 27, 2003
Sunday, March 2, 2003 in the Leavenworth Times

William J. Kowalewski, 76, Leavenworth, Kan., died Thursday, February 27, 2003 at his home.

He was born Dec. 27, 1935 in Leavenworth, Kan., the son of Joseph W. and Marybelle Klein Kowalewski. On March 19, 1955, he married Donna J. Spindler in Hiawatha, Kan. She survives at the home.

He was a farmer, he was retired. He was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Other survivors include: Two sons, Craig A. Kowalewski and Scott W. Kowalewski, both of Leavenworth; one brother, Joseph A. Kowalewski, Clinton Tenn; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

No services are planned. There will be a memorial service held in the spring. Davis Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements. Cremation.

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