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Obituary with surnames HARRISON, HERRIN, LICHTE, PARSONS submitted by Linda Odell. Date of death Tuesday, March 27, 1956
Obituary HARRISON,Dorothy
Leavenworth Times March 28th , 1956

Funeral Is Tomorrow for Miss HARRISON

Funeral arrangements were announced today for Miss Dorothy HARRISON, clerk of the district court and staunch supporter of the Republican party, who died yesterday following a heart attack. Miss HARRISON was 52 years old.

The Rev. Joseph LANE, pastor of the First Methodist Church, and the Rev. Robert L. HARVEY, pastor of the Michigan Avenue Methodist Church, will conduct the service at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Sexton Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Muncie Cemetery.

Miss HARRISON was completing her fifth full term in office. On March 1 she had filed again as a candidate. Only once, in 1946, did she have opposition at the polls.

She began her career at the Court House as a deputy of the late Miss Minnie COURTNEY, clerk of the court, who died in office in 1945. Miss HARRISON was appointed to complete the term. She had served for seven years as deputy to Miss COURTNEY.

Before starting her work at the Court House she had been employed after graduation from senior high school by local firms including Cramm's meat market, Hahn and Purcell grocery and Seber's hatchery.

She was born here Dec. 21, 1903, the youngest of nine daughters of the late Frank and Mary Josephine HARRISON. Throughout her life she had maintained an active interest in religion. She was a member of the Methodist Church.

Several years ago she served as vice president of the Business and Professional Women's Club. Last spring she was reelected to the post. She also was a member of the Bethany Club of the YWCA.

For nearly 20 years she had been afflicted with diabetes. Late last year she suffered a virus attack. Then on Washington's birthday, a holiday, she suffered a slight heart attack while working at her home, 519 Prospect.

Miss Harrison entered Cushing Hospital that day and remained there for 27 days. On release she went to the home of her sister, Mrs. Oscar LICHTE, near Lansing.

She felt she had recovered sufficiently from the attack to resume work and returned on Monday to her office at the Court House. She was there during the morning.

Tuesday she arose and decided to lie down for awhile before getting ready for her second day at work. Soon afterward she appears to have suffered another heart attack. She was taken to the hospital where she died at 2:30 p.m.

As word of her death reached the Court House small groups gathered in corridors and offices to verify reports and exchange information. Miss HARRISON was one of the most popular county officials.

To permit employes to attend the service tomorrow, the Court House will remain closed from noon until 3 p.m. James N. SNYDER, president of the Leavenworth County Bar Association, announced that all law offices in the city will also remain closed.

Other than Mrs. LICHTE, she is survived by five other sisters: Mrs Maggie PARSONS, 1219 Spruce; Mrs. Ida HERRIN, Mission, Kans.; Mrs. Grace PARSONS, 1520 Grand Avenue; Mrs Ellen WHITMAN, 1200 Grand Avenue, and Miss Minnie HARRISON, of the home, 519 Prospect, and several nieces and nephews.

Obituary with surnames DEWEESE, GORZKIEWICZ, MUNDAY, SPINDLER, TUTTLE submitted by Sue Rush 2007. Date of death Tuesday, May 22, 1956
Taken from the Leavenworth Times Wednesday, May 23, 1956 by Sue Rush

Mrs. Olive Gorzkiewicz Funeral Set

Funeral services for Mrs. Olive May Gorzkiewicz, 78, lifelong resident of Leavenworth who died in a Kansas City hospital Tuesday afternoon, will be Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at the Sexton Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Max Deweese, pastor of the First Christian Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Muncie Cemetery.

Mrs. Gorzkiewicz was born in Leavenworth Dec. 1 1878, the daughter of Fred and Mary Tuttle. She was reared in Leavenworth and attended schools here. On March 5, 1896, she married Joseph G. Gorzkiewicz, who was a well know police officer and merchant patrolman in Leavenworth for many years. Mr. Gorzkiewicz died Jan 30, 1934.

She was a member of the Christian Church and AOUW. She was made a life member of the Central Labor Union Auxiliary last year.

Her health began failing about seven years ago and she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. LaVera Munday, Kansas City, Mo., since that time.

Surviving her are Mrs. Munday, and two son, Louis M. Gorzkiewicz, composing room foreman at The Leavenworth Times, and Joseph J. Gorzkiewicz, pressman at the American Printing Co.; one sister Mrs. Alberta Spindler, 765 Olive; two brothers, Russell Tuttle, 920 S. 5th St., and Edwin A. Tuttle, Omaha, Neb.; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

The body is at the Sexton chapel.

Obituary with surnames KING, MYERS, PEARCE, WEBB submitted by Leavenworth County Coordinator. Date of death Friday, June 29, 1956
From the Leavenworth Times, 01-JUL-1956

Grant Myers, 87, McLouth, died early Saturday Morning at his home. He was born in Leavenworth County Jan 8, 1869 and was the son of Edward and Elizabeth Myers. He had been a resident of McLouth the past 58 years.
Mrs. Myers was a member of the Church of the Brethren at McLouth. He had attended Campbell University at Holton, Kas., and taught in rural schools of Leavenworth County for six years following his university work.
Surviving are his wife, Nita, of the home; four daughters: Mrs. ethel Pearce, Oroville, Calif., Ione Myers, Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. Mabel Webb, Wilber, Neb., and Mrs. Myrtle King, Nortonville; two sons: Kenneth Myers, Glasgow, Mo, and Leonard Myers, Lawrence; 16 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.
Funeral service will be Monday at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Brethren, with burial in McLouth Cemetery. The body will be at the Bradford Funeral Home, McLouth, until the time of service.

Obituary with surnames BURKE, COUGHLIN, WEBSTER submitted by Leavenworth County Coordinator. Date of death Friday, June 29, 1956
from the Leavenworth Times, 01-Jul-1956

Annie D. Coughlin, 96, widow of the late Patrick Coughlin, died Friday at her home in St. Louis, Mo.
She was born Dec 28, 1869 in St. Louis, a daughter of Thomas and Anna Burke. Her husband, Patrick, who died in 1926, was in the trucking business in Leavenworth County in the early 1900's.
Surviving is a brother, Joseph L. Burke of St. Louis, and one sister, Mrs. Mary Webster of Oklahoma City, Okla.
Funeral service will be Monday in St. Louis where a requiem High Mass will be celebrated. The body will be received Tuesday afternoon by the Sumpter Funeral Chapel and will be removed direct to Mount Calvary Cemetery for graveside service which will be at 3:45 p.m.

Obituary with surnames DRENNON submitted by Leavenworth County Coordinator. Date of death Friday, June 29, 1956
from the Leavenworth Times, Tuesday, 03-Jul-1956

Springfield, Mo. - A 13 year old boy said he built a crude shrine in a vacant lot before he obeyed an urge to kill his foster cousin here last Friday.

The boy, John Pat Drennon, became ill yesterday after admitting to police that he stabbed 14-year-old Carol Drennon to death in the yard of her home.

The boy showed officer the shrine. He had stacked about 30 bricks in a long pyramid shape resembling the top of a grave. There was a decorative tile for a headpiece. A wilted wild flower was in a hole of the tile. A fence of sticks and twine surrounded the shrine.

John Pat said he visited the spot before he went to Carol's house, and returned to it after the stabbing.

Sam Robards, assistant police chief, quoted the boy as saying the urge to kill had been building up inside him for a long time.

The boy's father, John Drennon Jr., told officers he feared his son was mentally ill. The father said John Pat had been a brilliant student until he recently began failing in his school work.

David Woodruff, juvenile officer, said a psychiatric study will be made of the boy, then the juvenile court and county prosecutor will decide how he will be prosecuted.

The slain girl's foster father, Lawrence Drennon, and John Pat's father are brothers and are partners in a machinery company.

Obituary with surnames CECIL, CLINE, COPELAND, ELAM, MOORE, SPINNER, THEIS, WOODSON submitted by Leavenworth County Coordinator. Date of death Saturday, June 30, 1956
Mrs. Fannie Copeland a native of Platte County, Mo., died at 3:15 p.m. yesterday at the home of here daughter, Mrs. Lora Woodson, 201 Shoemaker. She was 87 years of age
Mrs. Copeland's health had been tailing for the past two years. She had been confined to bed for the past month.
She was born April 21, 1869, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. e. Davis. She made her home in Platte County until moving in 1928 to Leavenworth. She was a member of the Chirstian Church of Farley, Mo.
She was married to John F. Copeland on March 20, 1889 at Beverly, Mo. He died April 23, 1942.
Mrs. Copeland is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Woodson, Mrs. Lottie Spinner, Kansas City, Kas., and Mrs. Lula Moore, Parkville, Mo.; three sons, Arah E. Copeland, La Crosse, Wis.; Raymond Copeland, Creston, Ia., and Byran Copeland, Jarbalo; four sisters, Mrs. Ina Theis, 612 Walnut; Mrs. Ida Cline, St. Joseph, Mo.; Mrs. Della Cecil, and Mrs Bessie Elam, both of Atchison; 12 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Christian Church, Farley. Burial will be in the family lot of Green Cemetery, East Leavenworth, Mo.
The body will be removed at 3 p.m. today from the Davis Funeral Church to the home at 201 Shoemaker. It will be taken at noon Monday to Farley for the service. The Rev. Walter Jones, pastor of the Church of the Open Door will officiate.

Obituary with surnames BRUNER, STRAHLE submitted by Leavenworth County Coordinator. Date of death Saturday, June 30, 1956
Funeral service for the Rev. Margaret Alicia Strahle, 48, who was killed in an auto accident four miles east of Casey, Ill., Saturday, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Davis Funeral Church. The Rev. Ralph Rhea of the Unity School of Christianity, Kansas City, will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Muncie Cemetery.
Miss Strahle was born Dec. 25, 1908, in Leavenworth County and was a former resident of the Wallula community. She was the daughter of Leonhardt Strahle, Concordia, Mo., and the late Mary E. Bruner Strahle.
She was returning from a conference at Unity Farm, Lees Summit, Mo., and a visit with her family at Concordia, at the time of the mishap. She was a minister at the Unity Truth Center in Indianapolis.
Surviving are her father; one brother, Leonard J. strahle; one niece, Miss Leonora Strahle, and two nephews, Doughlas and Roger Strahle; all of Concordia.
The Body will remain at the Davis Funeral Church until the hour of service.

Obituary with surnames BRIENER, ESTES submitted by Leavenworth County Coordinator. Date of death Saturday, June 30, 1956
from the Leavenworth Times, 02-Jul-1956

Emil E. Breiner, 40, a former resident of Leavenworth, drowned Saturday evening in Lake Sac-Osage, about a mile west of a dam at Osceola, Mo., when a boat in which he and another man were riding overturned. Briener was fishing with Dean Coon, 29, of Kansas City, Mo. Coon was pulled out of the water by two men in another motor boat.
Coon said he and Breiner saw the boat was turning over and jumped into the water. He said he told Breiner to stay near the boat and started swimming for shore which was about 60 yards away. He said he did not know whether or not Breiner could swim and that he did not see the man catch hold of the boat. Coon said Breiner was guiding the outboard motor on the boat in which the two were riding and apparently turned the tiller too sharply, causing the boat to capsize. The body was recovered after the lake was dragged for about two hours.
Breiner was born Jan 12, 1916, at West Frankfort, Ill., a son of Joseph and Martha Breiner. He was employed in Kansas City, Mo., as a sheet and metal worker. He was a veteran of World War II. On Aug. 20, 1955, in Omaha, Nebraska, he married Geralding Mowrey.
Mr. Breiner is survived by his wife of 1636 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo.; his mother, Mrs. Martha Breiner, 124 Kingman; four Brothers, William Breiner, 124 Kiingmans, Richard Breiner, 2010 S. 4th, Harold Breiner, 1130 Ironmoulders, Francis Breiner, Kansas City, Mo., and one sister, Mrs. Catherine Estes, 122 Kingman.
Funeral service will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Larkin Funeral Home. The Rev. Max C. Deweese, pastor of the First Christian Church will officiate. Burial will be in the < HREF="../library/cemeteries/mtmuncie.html">Mount Muncie CemeteryA HREF="../library/cemeteries/national.html">National Cemetery, Ft. Leavenworth. The body will remain at the funeral home.

Obituary with surnames ALIG, HARVEY, KELLER, UHLRICH submitted by Sue Rush 2008. Date of death Friday, August 31, 1956
Taken from the Leavenworth Times Sept. 2, 1956 by Sue Rush. Death date Aug. 31, 1956.

Mrs. Alig Was Resident Here For 67 Years.

Mrs. Louisa Alig, 88, widow of the late Peter J. Alig, died early Friday evening at St. John's Hospital following an extended illness. She was born Jan. 5,1868 in Columbia, Pa., a daughter of Ulrich and Barbara Keller. She was married to Peter J. Alig in Columbia, Pa., and in 1889 she and her husband came to Leavenworth. Mr. Alig died Dec. 30, 1947.

She was a member of the Old Cathedral of Immaculata Conception Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. T. W. Uhlrich, 819 N. 5th; two sons, Edward Alig, 831 Kiowa and Leo Alig, RR 1, and five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be Monday at 9 a.m. at the Old Cathedral of the Immaculata Conception with Very Rev. Msgr. A. M. Harvey pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Friends will recite the rosary tonight at 8 at the Sumpter Funeral Chapel. The body will remain at the Sumpter Chapel until time of services.

Obituary with surnames FETH, KAUFFMAN, LEHMON, WILDER submitted by Leavenworth County Coordinator. Date of death Wednesday, June 5, 1957
from the Leavenworth Times,Sunday, 09-Jun-1957

George P. Kauffman, 80, died of a heart attack June 5 at the home of a niece, Mrs. Richard Wilder, in Pennsgrove, N.J. He was born and reared in Leavenworth, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Kauffman. He was a brother of the late Mrs. William P. Feth.

Mr. Kauffman left Leavenworth as a young man and went to Denver. While there he married Miss Jeanette Lehmon. The couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary several years ago.

For the past 12 years Mr. and Mrs. Kauffman made their home with Mrs. Wilder and family in New Jersey. Besides the widow, niece and family, he is survived by a nephew, Myron K. Feth of Leavenworth.

Burial was Saturday at Pennsgrove.

Obituary with surnames LAUDEMAN, NEWMAN, WHITEHEAD submitted by Leavenworth County Coordinator. Date of death Thursday, June 6, 1957
from the Leavenworth Times, Sunday, 09-Jun-1957

Clarence Ray Newman, 50, 3302 Cleveland, Kansas City, Mo., S.Sgt. US Air Corps, Ret., died at the Kansas City Veterans Hospital Thursday following an extended illness. He was born April 24, 1907 in Iola, Kas., a son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Newman. He was married to Mrs. Rose Laudeman at Platte City, 14 years ago.

He was stationed at Ft. Leavenworth at the Sherman Air Base for 12 years and spent six years in the Pacific. He enlisted March 7, 1929 and retired in Okinawa March 31, 1950.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Rose Newman, of the home; one stepson, Robert L. Laudeman, Inglewood, Calif.; one sister, Mrs. Sophia Whitehead, LeMesa, Calif.; three brothers, Alfred S. Newman, Fort Worth, Tex., Russell Newman, Moran, Kas., and Earl L. Newman, Idaho.

Funeral service will be a 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Secton Funeral Chapel and burial will be in the National Cemetery at Ft. Leavenworth with full military honors. The body will remain at the Sexton Chapel until the hour of service.

Obituary with surnames ERMAN, LANDON, WALTER submitted by Leavenworth County Coordinator. Date of death Friday, June 7, 1957
from the Leavenworth Times, 09-Jun-1957

Charles F. Erman, 75, a retired barber and former resident of Leavenworth, died Saturday morning at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kas. He had been seriously ill for the past three weeks and had been in poor health for six months.
He was born Dec. 17, 1881, in Leavenworth, a son of Charles and Mary Erman. He was married to Miss Kate Landon in Omaha, Neb. Mrs. Erman died in 1940. He has been a resident of Kansas City for more than 40 years.
Surviving is one sister, Mrs. Henry C. Walter, 721 Michigan Ave.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the St.Joseph Carmelite Church. Interment will be in Mt. Muncie Cemetery.
All Rosaries will be recited Monday at the Sumpter Funeral Chapel at the following times: LCBA at 7:30 p.m., St. Joseph altar Society and friends at 8 p.m., the Daughters of Isabella at 8:30 p.m.
The body will remain at the chapel until time of services.

Obituary with surnames BACON, BENTON, GALL, LEONHARD submitted by Leavenworth County Coordinator. Date of death Friday, June 7, 1957
from the Leavenworth Times, 09-Jun-1957

Caroline A. Leonhard, 56, 400 Miami, died Saturday afternoon at Cushing Memorial Hospital following an extended illness.
She was born June 14, 1900, in Pittsburg, Pa., a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Gall. In 1927 in Leavenworth she was married to George L. Leonhard Jr. She has been a resident of Leavenworth for the past 30 years.
She is survived by her husband, George L. Leonhard Jr., of the home; one son, George J. Leonhard, 403 Garland; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Benton, Welborn, Kas., and Mrs. Vioila Bacon, Menominee, Mich., and three grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Sumpter Funeral Chapel.

Obituary with surnames ALEXANDER, JENNINGS, KENNEDY, SELF, VAUGHN submitted by Leavenworth County Coordinator. Date of death Friday, June 7, 1957
from the Leavenworth Times, Sunday, 09-Jun-1957

Mrs. Jane Jennings, 82, died Friday night. She was a member of the First Baptist Church. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Effie Kennedy, Chicago; nieces, Mrs. Esther Vaughn, Chicago and Lucille Self, 519 Dakota, and a nephew, George Alexander, Leavenworth

Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Holmes and Son Funeral Home. The body is at the chapel.

Obituary with surnames CLARNO, DRENNON, HARRISON, HAWKINS, JONES, LEWIS, THOMPSON submitted by Leavenworth County Coordinator. Date of death Friday, June 7, 1957
from the Leavenworth Times, Sunday, 09-Jun-1957

Funeral service for Mrs. Lucy Hawkins, 81, former resident of Leavenworth who died Friday at the Smartain (sic) Home in Topeka, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Sexton Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Walter Jones, pastor of the Church of the Open Door, will officiate and burial will be in the family lot in Bethel Cemetery, near Springdale.

Mrs. Hawkins was born April 22, 1876, at Maywood, Kas., and we the daughter of the late John and Lue Drennon. She was the mother of ten children, three still living. John Hawkins, her husband, died in October of 1938. She was baptized in the Christian Church at Bonner Springs at the age of 13. They left Leavenworth and had lived in Toopeka 46 years.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Grace Lewis, Sandstone, Minn., and Mrs. Vergie Clarno, San Antonio, Tex.; one son, Charles Varner, Topeka; two sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Thompson, Horton, Kas., and Mrs. Della Harrison, 814 Cherokee; two brothers, J.A. Drennon, Waynoka, Okla., and Cleveland Drennon, Leavenworth; 10 grand children and 17 great grandchildren and sever nieces and nephews.

Services will be at the McMichael Funeral Home in Topeka at 10 o'clock Monday and the body will arrive at the Sexton Chapel at 12:30 Monday to remain until the hour of services.

Obituary with surnames HALL, JACKS submitted by Leavenworth County Coordinator. Date of death Saturday, June 8, 1957
from the Leavenworth Times, Sunday, 09-Jun-1957

Milton C. Hall, 68, 1200 Spruce, whose grocery is at 1131 Spruce, died at 2 p.m. Saturday at his store following a heart attack. He was talking to a customer when he had the attack and died shortly afterwards. He had been in failing health for several months.

He was born in Steel City, Neb., on Oct. 1, 1889 and was the son of Fred and Anna Hall. He came to Leavenworth with his parents when he was ten years old and has lived here since. He operated an automobile repair garage at Broadway and Shawnee for many years. Twenty-seven years ago he opened a filling station and garage on Spruce street and about ten years ago started operations of his grocery store.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and Hiram Lodge No. 68 A.F.&A.M. He was married to Miss Ada Jacks in Leavenworth on Nov. 12, 1913.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ada Hall of the home, two sons, Milton Hall Jr., International pilot for Pan American Airways, and Milton C. Hall III of Massa Pequa, N.Y., and one brother, Gilford Hall of Miami, Fla.

The body has been removed to the Sexton Funeral Chapel where funeral arrangements will be announced later.

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