March 2019

George R. Raach was born to Dr. Mary Taylor Raach (PhD) and Dr. John Howard Raach (PhD, MD) in Chicago, Il on July 27, 1945. He grew up in the Chicago suburb of Wheaton, where he attended St. Michael’s school. In 1956, he was enrolled at Howe Military School, Howe, Indiana, and there completed his elementary and secondary education. He then attended the University of Iowa as a recipient of a Hearst Journalism Scholarship.

In February 1967, he was commissioned in the United States Army, retiring with the rank of colonel in March 1994. He served in the United States, Germany, Vietnam, and Korea in the 2nd, 3rd, and 11th Armored Cavalry Regiments, the 2nd Armored Division, and the 194th Armored Brigade. He was a faculty member at the Army’s Command and General Staff College (CGSC), and the Naval and National War Colleges where he taught strategy and policy. In addition to the Command and General Staff College, he was a graduate of the National War College, from which he also received a Masters of Science in National Security Studies, and was a National Security Fellow at Harvard University. In the early 1990’s, he was a member of the staff of the Secretary of Defense, where he was involved in the development of the post-Cold war national security strategy and analyzing the lessons of the 1990-91 Persian Gulf crisis.

Following his retirement from the Army, he was a member of the professional staff of the Congressional Commission on the Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces and, later, the staff of a member of Congress. He also managed a Carnegie Corporation project focused on peacemaking. In 1997, he joined the firm of Booz Allen Hamilton where he contributed to many projects dealing with national security, including development of the Department of Homeland Security. He was the author of numerous books and professional articles on peacemaking, conflict prevention, and interagency processes.
He is survived by his wife, Linda J. Raach, of Leavenworth Kansas. Five children: John Raach and Sarah Lambie both of Austin, Texas, Michael Raach of Galveston, Texas, Barbara Hindman of Easton, Kansas, and Shannon Johnson of Leavenworth, Kansas. Twelve grandchildren: Patrick, Colton, Andrew, Julia, Cheyenne, Cory, Noah, Max, Ethan, Mac, Hope, and Vanessa. Two sisters: Dr. Stephanie A. Raach of Sun Lakes, Arizona and Gretchen E. Gravely of Richmond, Virginia.


He valued intellectual curiosity, physical and moral courage, the arts, and the marvels of nature. He wanted it said of him only that he loved God, his family and his country.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the funeral home at 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Rosary will be said at 3:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, March 11, 2019 at 10:00 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father David McEvoy, officiating. A private burial will be at Ft. Leavenworth National Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be directed to the Blood and Marrow Transplant fund at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. Payable to the University of Kansas Health System and mailed to Fund Development, 2330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Ste 305, Westwood KS 66205 or visit to donate online, or to the Leavenworth Interfaith Community of Hope .

July 27, 1945 - March 3, 2019

Brent V. Cooper Jr. was born in Rixeyville, Virginia, on May 3, 1950, to Brent V. Cooper, Sr., and Edna Iris (Hitt) Cooper.


He married Barbara Gail Eagan on February 2, 1980. They were blessed with two daughters, Brandie Cooper (Jason Henry) and Bethanie McLaughlin (Kyle).


Brent is survived by his wife, two daughters, and two brothers: Sandy Cooper of Culpeper, Virginia, and Kevin Cooper of Front Royal, Virginia.


Brent was very interested in history, especially military history. He spent many happy hours playing his beloved wargames. He was especially proud of his southern heritage and was a member of the local Sons of Confederate Veterans. Brent looked forward to their monthly meetings.

Brent was a great lover of all animals. When his daughters brought home stray kittens and puppies, they often would become part of the family.


Brandie and Bethanie, though 5 years apart in age, share the same fond memories of their father. Both remember dancing around the living room standing on their father’s shiny, black Army boots and going to Daddy/Daughter dances. Memories of their Dad’s homemade Chicken Fricassee and Lasagna will be etched on their minds forever.


The Cooper family were very close and did lots of things together. At each duty station, it was always a priority to visit local historical sites and nearby museums. Whether they were walking the streets of Paris or walking the halls of Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, it was done together as a family.

Brent will be greatly missed by his family. Barbara will always be thankful that Brent showed his daughters what a husband and father is supposed to be. He set the standard for what to look for in a lifetime mate. In his final days, Brent saw that Brandie and Bethanie had chosen men that were loving and faithful to them…just as their mother had done 39 years earlier when she married him.

Gathering of family and friends will be Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at the funeral home from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Memorials in his name may be forwarded to the American Cancer Society or ASPCA.

May 3, 1950 - March 6, 2019

Richard James Everett Sr, 71 of Leavenworth KS died peacefully at home on March 7th 2019. He was born February 12th 1948 in Leavenworth Kansas the son of the late Hayes and Ella Everett.


He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.


Richard worked at the Leavenworth VA fire department until retiring after retirement he worked multiples jobs.


Richard is survived by his wife of thirty one years, Phyllis Everett,; his six children, Ricky Everett and wife Jackie of Leavenworth, Kansas, Teresa Hancock and husband Shawn of Leavenworth, Kansas, Missy Douglas and husband Brandon of Tonganoxie, Kansas, step-daughter, Teresa Simonis and husband John of Leavenworth, Kansas, step-daughter, Alicia Rose and husband Tracy of Leavenworth, Kansas, step-daughter, Desiree Bailey and husband Brian of Leavenworth, Kansas; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Richard enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, and going to the casino.


Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. March 13th 2019. A funeral service will follow immediately after. In lieu of flowers Richards family suggest memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

May 5, 1930 - February 11, 2019

Lester ”Junior” J. Koch, 80, of McLouth, KS passed away on Monday, March 11, 2019 at his residence. He was born on June 2, 1938 at Taylors Falls, MN to Lester Thomas and Ina (Davison) Koch.


On November 23, 1961, he joined the US Army and received the Good Conduct Medal and a letter of Commendation. He married the love of his life, Shirley J. Culp on November 19, 1966 in Easton, KS.

Lester enjoyed reading, going to the casino to play the slots, going out to eat, and spending time outdoors. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. He was a known farm laborer and worked for several years with Jeannin Farms of Leavenworth, KS.


He was preceded in death by his Mother Ina, Father Lester, Brother Oliver Koch and Sister Shirley (Koch) Dombrock.


Lester is survived by his wife, Shirley of the home. Son Dean Johnson of Cumberland WI, daughter Tammy (Jesse Trader) Koch of McLouth, KS, and son Bobby (Carrie) Koch of McLouth, KS. Sister Elenor Dollery of New Richmond, WI, Brother Ernie (Karen) Koch of McLouth, KS, Brother Donnie (Jackie) Koch of Leavenworth, KS, Sister Carlene (Steve) Christensen of Grantsburg, WI and Brother Harold (Cheryl) Koch of MN. Six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Arrangements have been entrusted to Belden Larkin Funeral Home. A visitation will be on Thursday, March 14, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. A funeral service will be Friday, March 15, 2019, at 10 a.m. with Pastor Cape Rust officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at the Easton Cemetery. Memorials in his name may be directed to The Pointman Ministries (c/o The Rock of Ages Church, 1017 Randolph St, Leavenworth, KS 66048) or Donor’s Choice.

June 2, 1938 - March 11, 2019

Linda M. Hund, 64, of Leavenworth went home to her Lord and Savior on March 14, 2019 at her residence after a long battle with COPD. Linda was born in Leavenworth on August 11, 1954 to John Joseph Kroll Sr and Dorothy Lee (Sanders) Kroll. She is one of 7 children.


On March 3, 1973, she married Richard Joseph Hund. Other than a short time in Cameron MO, Leavenworth was always Linda’s home. Linda was a strong, fun loving and faith filled Christian wife, mom, Nana, sister, Aunt and friend. She worked for Leavenworth County in the Registrar of Deeds office, the City of Leavenworth in the City Clerk’s office, then moving into Municipal Court as court clerk and at Leavenworth High School as the school accountant. In 2002, Linda lovingly chose to stay at home with her mother in law and be her care taker during her illness, until her death shortly after. As Linda’s father in law’s health began to deteriorate, she again stepped up to be his care taker until his death.

Linda has always put her family and friends above herself. She felt that her purpose in like was to love and care for the family our Lord entrusted to her. She was the strongest, most loving and unselfish woman to all those around her. Her hobbies included anything with family. In her earlier years she bowled, played soft ball, loved camping and fishing.

Linda’s family would like to thank Crossroads Hospice for the amazing care they provided. Her nurse, Sheena, who had been a gift from our Lord and a bright light during this part of Linda’s journey. She will forever be family now.

Linda was preceded in death by her loving husband, Richard (Rick) Hund, parents John and Dorothy Kroll, infant brother Joseph Lee Kroll, father and mother in law Joseph and Helen (Schneider) Hund, sister Judy Naipo, sister in law Janice (Barnett) Kroll, brother John (Jack) Joseph Kroll, Jr and brother in law Alan Naipo.

Linda is survived by daughters Brenda (Chuck) Driver, Leavenworth and Theresa (Bob) Conroy, Tonganoxie. Grandchildren SPC Ronald (Ronny) Jarred III, Ft Lewis WA, Nicholas Jarred, Cheyann Jarred, both of Leavenworth, Kelsie Driver, Leavenworth, Abbie Bialik, Leavenworth, Robert (Bobby) Conroy and Michael (Mikey) Conroy, Tonganoxie. Siblings, Dorothy Naipo, Leavenworth, Donna (Danny) Lee, Leavenworth, Marvin (Helen) Kroll, Leavenworth and Dennis (Joyce) Kroll, Topeka, numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Linda was looking forward to being a great-grandma in May.

A visitation beginning with a rosary will be on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at the funeral home at 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 10:00 am, with Father David McEvoy, O.Carm officiating. Burial will be immediately afterwards at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials in her name be to St. Joseph’s Church (Restoration of the Glass Windows) or Crossroads Hospice, or Mission 22, which supports Veteran’s treatment and works to eliminate the 22 a day who don’t get the help they need.

August 11, 1954 - March 14, 2019

Joan R. Leslie, 64, of Leavenworth, passed away, Monday, March 18, 2019, at St. Luke’s Cushing Hospital. Joan was born on February 20, 1955, in Leavenworth, to Raymond Earl and Geraldine (Lunsford) Leslie.

She is survived by her mother, Geraldine Stalcup; a daughter, Mikka Leslie, both of Leavenworth and a brother, Larry Leslie of Kansas City, MO.

Joan enjoyed going to the casino, spending time with her grandson, Cameron and cats. Per her request,


Joan was cremated and a celebration of life will take place and announced at a later date with burial of her ashes in the Winchester Cemetery.

February 20, 1955 - March 18, 2019

Virginia L. Klingler, 88, Leavenworth, passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at the Medicalodges of Leavenworth.

To honor her wishes, a private burial for immediate family will be at a later date. 

January 3, 1931 - March 27, 2019

Charles Edward Gerard Harding, son of Charles Edward and Anna Josephae Harding. Went to heaven March 27, 2019. He was born March 3, 1962. He just turned 57 years old. He attended St. Casimir’s grade school and graduated at Immaculata High School in 1980.

He worked for the Lansing schools in the 1980’s as a maintenance man. He then worked for Savior Pastoral Center as a maintenance facilities supervisor until 2016.
He loved his family very much and really loved to sing. He enjoyed traveling. His favorite vacation was going to Germany. He loved to joke around. He was a jack of all trades, fixing things and all items referring to HVAC.


He married Lisa Ann Wendel on September 18, 1982. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his sisters Margit Zuber, Ogden UT, Monika Jewell, Atchison KS, Judith Hadock, Leavenworth KS, Barbara Warden, Atchison KS, and brother, James Harding, Linn MO. Numerous nieces and nephews.

He will be deeply missed every single day. Visitation will be Friday, April 5, 2019 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Funeral services will be at Belden Larkin funeral home chapel, Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 10:30 am, with Pastor Cape Rust officiating. Burial will take place at a later date.

March 3, 1962 - March 27, 2019

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