May 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

Georgina C. Clark “Gean” , 75, Leavenworth died Wednesday May 8, 2019 from prolonged illness.

Born on February 1, 1944 to George and Audrey (Sparks) Hensley. Gean was preceded in death by her parents, brother William Campbell, sister Juanita (Hensley) Haddock, and life partner Henry J. Lohman.


She was fortunate to have had love in her life and is survived by her siblings Shirley Hensley and George (Gene) Hensley of Leavenworth, Kenneth Hensley of Wisconsin, 4 children; Richard Bartok and Georgina (Gina) Jones of Leavenworth, George (Tony) Bartok of Plano, TX, and Sarah Rodgers of Shawnee KS, 7 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.

Gean graduated from Park University and worked for Sears Repair Center Kansas City for 22 years. Gean crocheted and donated afghans to many charities.


A gathering of family and friends will be Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Belden-Larkin Funeral home from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Memorials in her name may be directed to Leavenworth Council on Aging or Alliance Against Family Violence.

February 1, 1944 - May 8, 2019

Wilma Jean (Berger) Johnson, 78, of Basehor KS passed away on 5/16/19.


Born 3/21/41 to Reinold & Cora Berger in Newton KS- she was the 9th of 10 children in a house with only one bathroom. Always the independent, she birthed her first child alone stating, “Your dad was asleep! I left a note.” Countless hours were spent driving across states to visit siblings and attend family reunions. If she wasn’t outside in the garden, or in the kitchen, you could probably find her at Cardiac Rehab- which she enjoyed for over 11 years. An incredible painter and seamstress, she also loved thrift-shopping and driving sleek cars (most notably the T-top Camaro). She was a woman of strong opinions and even stronger Faith.


She leaves her loving memory to her husband of 59 years, Jack H. Johnson, her children, Judy L. Romero and Joe B. Johnson, granddaughter Kaitlyn M. Mohrmann, and great-grandchildren Judy and Jack.

March 21, 1941 - May 16, 2019

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