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Obituary with surnames BIETKA, DOWELL, GOODACK, LASSITER, SIENKOWSKI, SWANSON submitted by Linda Darity. Date of death Thursday, January 17, 1963
from the Leavenworth Times, Friday, 18-Jan-1963

Earl F. Dowell, 73, Dies at VA Center

Earl F. Dowell, 73 Kansas City, Kan., and a former resident of Leavenworth, died Thursday night at the VA Hospital. Born Oct. 31, 1889 at Omaha, he was a son of James and Martha Dowell. A veteran of World War I, he served as a corporal in Company A 12th Engineers.
On May 17, 1938 in Kansas City, he married Mary Bietka. He was employed as a conductor for the Missouri Pacific Railroad until his retirement in 1959. He was a member of Leavenworth Masonic Lodge No. 2.
Mr. Dowell is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Dowell of the home in Kansas City; two daughters, Mrs. Earleen Goodack, Kansas City, Kan., and Mrs. Elizabeth Swanson, Sharon Springs; one son, Dudley Dowell, St. Joseph, Mo.; two stepsons, Joseph Sienkowski, New York City, and Edward Sienkowski, Los Angeles; two sisters, Miss Gladys Dowell, Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. Fay Lassiter, Missions, and four grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Va Chapel. Burial will be in the VA Cemetery. Friends may call at the Larkin funeral home after 4 p.m. Saturday.

Obituary with surnames HERBECK, SCULLEY, STUDDARD, WESTHORPE, YOUNG submitted by Sue Rush 1960-1969. Date of death Wednesday, February 6, 1963
from Leavenworth Times Wed. February 6, 1963

FRANK YOUNG, 78, DIES EARLY TODAY

Frank T. Young, 78, Lansing, died this morning at the VA Hospital. He had been a patient two weeks.

Born March 13, 1884 at Litchfield, Kan., he was a son of Thomas and Margaret Jane Young. Coming to Lansing with his parents from Pittsburg at the age of 14, he had lived in Leavenworth County for 64 years.

He was employed at the Kansas State Penitentiary for 44 years as a hoisting engineer and custodial officer. He retired seven years ago. He was a veteran of World War I.

On May 12, 1920 at the Old Catherdral, he married Miss Edith Westhorpe. He was a member of the St. Franacis de Sales Church, Lansing.

Mr. Young is survived by his widow of the home; three sons, Arthur Young, Denver; Eugene Young, Lansing, and William Young, Goff, Kan; one brother William M. Young, Pittsburg; two sisters, Mrs Rachel Studdard, Lansing, and Mrs. Maxine Herbeck, Burlingame, Calif.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis de Sales Church. The Rev. D. A. Sculley, pastor will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Recitation of the Rosary will be at the Larkin Funeral home at the following hours; members of St. Francis de Sales Altar Society, 8 p.m. Friday, and friends, 8:30 Friday. Friends may call at the funeral home after 10 a.m. Thursday.

Obituary with surnames BIETKA, BOLEWSKI, DOWELL submitted by Linda Darity. Date of death Monday, April 22, 1963
from the Leavenworth Times, 4/22/1963

Memorial Obituary

Xavier J. Bietka Rites Wednesday

Xavier J. "Solly" Bietka, 58, a former resident of Leavenworth, died Sunday morning at St. Margaret Hospital, Kansas City, Kan., where he had been a patient for two days.
Born Nov. 22, 1904 in Leavenworth, he was a son of Vincent and Veronica Bietka. He received his education in the Leavenworth schools and had lived in Kansas City, Kan., for the past 17 years.
He was employed as a steamfitter for the Phillips Petroleum Co. for 26 years, until ill health forced him to retire on Dec. 1, 1962. A veteran of World War II, he served as a Chief Petty Officer in the Seabees.
On Aug. 12, 1944 at Providence, R.I., he married Miss Josephine Bolewski. He was a member of Christ the King Church in Kansas City, Kan.
Mr. Bietka is survived by his widow of the home, three brothers, John Bietka and Alex Bietka, both of 2108 S. 5th, and Vincent Bietka, 536 Michigan; and one sister, Mrs. Mary Dowell, Kansas City, Kan.
Funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Casimir's Church. The Rev. Frank M. Krul, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Larkin funeral home.

Obituary with surnames ABBY, FINK, PETERSON submitted by Sue Rush 2010. Date of death Saturday, June 22, 1963
Taken from the Leavenworth Library (Lv Times) June 22, 1963

Albert P. Fink Jr. Services Pending

Albert P. Fink Jr. infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert P. Fink Sr., 214 E Vilas, died Saturday morning at St. John's Hospital. The infant lived but one hour. Surviving other that the parents are two sisters, Julia and June Fink, both of the home, and three brothers, Alan, Dale and Gregory Fink, all of the home; the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frances Peterson 729 Metropolitan, and the maternal grandfather, Ray Abby., Burlington, Kansas. Services are pending and will be announced by the Sumpter Funeral Chapel.

Obituary with surnames COLBY, KLINGELE, KNAPP, SCHWANDT, SMITH submitted by Sue Rush 1960-1969. Date of death Sunday, July 7, 1963
Taken from the Leavenworth Times July 8, 1963, Death date July 7, 1963, by Sue Rush

EVERETT G. KNAPP SERVICES PENDING

Everett G. Knapp, 74, 421 Central, died suddenly Sunday night at his home. Although he had been in failing health for five years, his death was unexpected. Death was thought to be due to a cerebral hemorrhage.

Mr. Knapp was born at Leavenworth, June 10,1889, a son of Everett D. and Addie Colby Knapp. He attended Leavenworth schools and at an early age began working as a core maker for the Great Western Foundry, where he worked for 28 years. After its closing he worked for 12 years for the Abernathy Furniture Co. as a furniture inspector, retiring in 1952.

At Kansas City, Mo., on Dec. 7, 1908, he was married to Miss Martha Schwandt. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1958.

Besides Mrs. Knapp of the home, he is survived by one son, Everett G. Knapp Jr., Bethel; one sister, Mrs Ethel Smith, St. Joseph, Mo., a niece, Mrs. Willis Klingele, 402 9th Ave., and one grandson.

Funeral service will be held at the Davis Funeral Chapel at a time to be announced. Burial will be in Mt. Muncie Cemetery. The body is at the chapel.

Obituary with surnames LINAWEAVER, RUSH, WIEHE submitted by Sue Rush 1960-1969. Date of death Monday, December 30, 1963
RANDY DEAN RUSH

A 18 month old boy died today from apparent carbon monoxide asphyxiation. His mother, Mrs. Terry Rush, RR2, was in critical condition this afternoon with carbon monoxide poisoning.
Mr. and Mrs. Rush and their son Randy, were taken to the hospital this morning, Dec. 30, 1963, after they were overcome by gas fumes in their home south and west of the Country Boy Meat Co. on U.S. 73.
A hospital spokesman said this afternoon that the father is in fair condition.
Jerry Linaweaver, a brother of Mrs. Rush, discovered them unconscious in the home. He had been notified by another RR 2 man, Dewey Wiehe, who had planned to take his children to stay at the Rush residence. When Wiehe was unable to rouse the rushes, he notified Linaweaver. The brother told Deputy sheriff Bill Adams that when he reached the house he could hear his sister moaning. He broke a window and entered finding all three unconscious in their beds.
The baby was carried to Linaweaver's home about 100 yards distant. Linaweaver then returned to the Rush home and removed the father. Wiehe helped remove Mrs. Rush
We only had one resuscitator to use on all three, was the comment of one Lansing volunteer fireman on the scene. An ambulance took the three to the hospital.
The family had moved to their new bungalow last Sunday.
The fmaily dog, also overcome by the propane gas fumes, revived when placed outdoors.
Funeral arrangements for the infant are pending. The Sexton Funeral Chapel will be in charge.

Obituary with surnames GOETZ, KENNY, WAGNER submitted by Sue Rush 1960-1969. Date of death Saturday, March 7, 1964
from The Leavenworth Times

Leo Wagner is Killed at Delia

LEO L. WAGNER, 31, a resident of Easton, died Saturday, March 7, 1964, afternoon fom injuries received in a grader accident at Delia, Kan. He was a heavy equipment operator for the Lexeco Co. of Leavenworth.
He was born Aug. 14, 1932 in Leavenworth County, a son of Peter M. and Mary Wagner. He has been a lifetime resident of Easton. On Nov. 26, 1955, at Easton, he was married to Miss Nancy Lawrence. He was a member of the St. Lawrence church at Easton, a member of the Easton City Council, the Lions Club and the Volunteer Fire Department.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Nancy Wagner of the home; five daughters, Karen, Linda, Vicki, Barbara and Jacquelin Wagner, all of the home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Wagner Sr., RR 1 Easton; two sisters, Mrs. Marie Kenny, 206 Limit and Mrs. Alfred Goetz, RR 4 Leavenworth; six brothers, Peter Wagner Jr., RR2 Leavenworth, Clarence Wagner, RR 1 Easton, Robert Wagner, RR 2 Leavenworth, Walter Wagner, RR 4 Leavenworth, Anthony Wagner, Easton, and Merlin Wagner, 1008 N. Broadway.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the St. Lawrence Church with the Rev. Thomas Culhane, pastor, officiating.
Burial will be at the St. Lawrence Cemetery at Easton.
All Rosaries will be recited at the Sumpter Funeral Chapel at the following times; Friends at 8 p.m. tonight; Daughters of Isabella at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, the St. Lawrence Altar Society and members of the parish at 8 p.m. on Monday and the Knights of Columbus at 8:30 p.m. on Monday.

Obituary with surnames ALLINGTON, BIART, HOFFMAN, OZMUN, SCHNEIDER, SMITH, WEST submitted by Lv1964. Date of death Sunday, July 5, 1964
reprinted from the Leavenworth Times,Monday Evening, July, 6, 1964, page 5, column 5.

Mrs. Charlotte A. Smith, 88, 221 Miami, a life resident of Leavenworth, died Sunday morning at her home. Born Feb. 5, 1876, in Leavenworth, she was a daughter of Herman and Celiva Biart Hoffman.

On Feb. 29, 1896 in Leavenworth, she married Frank W. Smith. Mr. Smith died July 19, 1933. For 43 years she operated the Smith Antique Shop at 220 Delaware. She was a member of the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

Mrs. Smith is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Alilda H. West of the home; an adopted son, Vincent Schneider, Weston, Mo.; two sisters, Mrs. Crecesent Ozmun, El Reno, Okla., and Mrs. Helena Allington, Albany, Calif.

Funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception. The Rev. Michael Mullen, assistant pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Muncie Cemetery. Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Larkin funeral home.

Obituary with surnames BELL, GONTAREWITZ, LARKIN, SHUDROWITZ, STEVENS submitted by Lv1964. Date of death Tuesday, July 7, 1964
reprinted from the Leavenworth Times, Wednesday Evening, July 8, 1964, page 5, column 6.

Agnes Gontarewitz, 79, 1420 Olive, died unexpectedly Tuesday evening at her home. She had been a lifetime resident.

She was born Jan. 3, 1885, in Leavenworth, a daughter of Louis and Catherine Shudrowitz. In 1905 at St. Casimir's Church, she was married to Phillip Gontarewitz. Mr. Gontarewitz died March 13, 1949.

She was a member of St. Casimir's Church and the St. Barbara Society.

Surviving are five daughters, Miss Genevieve Gontarewitz of the home; Mrs. John Bell, 1423 Olive; Mrs. Frances Stevens, Brentwood, Mo.; Miss Catherine Gontarewitz of the home; Mrs. Robert Larkin, Texarkana, Tex; four sons, Frank Gontarewitz, 1428 Olive; James Gontarewitz, 514 Columbia, and Philip E. Gontarewitz of the home; one brother, John Shudrowitz, 313 Ottawa; 23 grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren.

Funeral service will be held on Friday at 9 a.m. at St. Casimir's Church with the Rev. Frank Krul, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Obituary with surnames EISLER, HARTMAN, MESSINGER, SCHAUFLER submitted by Lv1964. Date of death Friday, July 10, 1964
reprinted from the Leavenworth Times, Friday Evening, July 10, 1964.

Mrs. Anna Schaufler, 92, 131 Montezuma, a lifelong resident of Leavenworth County, died early today at Cushing Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Schaufler had been failing health for several years.

She was born in Leavenworth County on Sept. 19, 1871, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John G. Messinger. She attended local public schools and was married in Leavenworth County to Jacob Schaufler in 1893. He died on May 10, 1939.

Surviving are one son, Frederick Schaufler, Omaha, Neb.; two sisters, Mrs. Edith Eisler, 600 9th Ave., and Mrs. Lena Hartman, Chicago. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Sexton Funeral Chapel. Rev. Dale Van Meter, pastor of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Muncie Cemetery.

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