June 2019

Ella M. Biczak, 95, of Leavenworth passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at Homestead Assisted Living.

She was born on January 28, 1924 in Leavenworth KS to William and Josephine (Nowowiejski) Ketter.  She attended Leavenworth schools and received her GED diploma at age 65.   On August 3, 1943 she married Charles (Charlie) Biczak at St. Casimir’s church.   He preceded her in death.  


She is survived by her daughters Helen and husband Wes Stillian and Mary and husband John Kersten Jr. all of Leavenworth.   Four Grandchildren, Mary Therese Stillian Foster and husband Michael, Lenexa KS, Kristina Marie Kersten Meseke and husband Michael, Winfield KS, Charles Stillian and wife Leslie, Garden City KS, and Janet Marie Kersten Moorehead and husband Chuck, Lansing KS. Six great grandchildren, Wyatt Michael Meseke, Brett Caroline Stillian, Mitchell Ryly Moorehead, Charles Alexander Stillian, Ella Elizabeth Meseke, and Jackson Charles Moorhead.  A special niece Shirley Cook and several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Charles, parents, two sisters Ann Derzinski and Eva Conway and brother, Robert Ketter.


Ella worked at Bell Laundry, the Glove Factory before she married.  She was a wonderful loving Mother and homemaker.   She was a lifetime member of St. Casimir church, St. Casimir Altar Society, St. Johns Guild (making thousands of Teddy Bears for the sick children), AARP, NARFE, Friendship Club, Schaafskoff Club, Fraternity of Eagles #55 auxiliary, VFW auxiliary #56, American Legion auxiliary, Retired Eagles Activity Club.   Enjoyed going on trips with Rainbow Express and playing cards.


Visitation will be on Thursday, June 6, 2019 5:00 to 8:00 pm with a prayer service at 6:30 pm at the funeral home.  A Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, June 7, 2019 at 10:00 am at St. Casimir Catholic Church with Father Marianand Mendem, officiating.  Burial will be at Mt. Calvary cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in her name to Lansing Alumni Scholarship Fund or St. Casimir Altar Society. 


A special thank you to Dr. Christiano, Valorie Watts and all their wonderful staff of Faith Home Care, Compassionate Care Hospice, and Homestead Assisted Living staff for the excellent care you gave to our Mother.   Mom was an Angel and she will be greatly missed and loved forever.

January 28, 1924 - June 4, 2019

Jerry J. Everett Sr., 93, Leavenworth passed away on June 1, 2019 at The Medicalodge of Leavenworth.


He was born on March 3, 1926 in Simmons Texas to Bruce H. and Jeanie T. (Cockrell) Everett.  He grew up in Kansas, California and Oregon, and attended high school in Gaston OR. He attended the University of Arkansas, in Fayetteville Arkansas with a BSM degree. 

He served in the US Army in 1945.


He also attended the University of Arkansas and graduated in 1950 with an M.D. degree.  He interned at Baltimore City Hospitals in Baltimore MD.  He served his residency in Radiology at Kansas City MO.  Dr. Everett was Certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Radiology in 1954.


He was in the private practice in Radiology in Savannah Georgia and Brownwood Texas until 1969 when he was employed by the Veteran’s Administration in Leavenworth Kansas.  He retired from this agency as Chief of Radiology in November 1990.   He continued semi-retired, working as a locum tenens in Texas and Arkansas until August, 1996.


He was married in May, 1950 to Mary Lou Binz who died in August 1982.  One son, Jerry J. (Karla) Everett Jr., was born in 1952 and resides in California.  Daughter, Elizabeth Ann was born in 1955 is deceased in 1985 and there is one granddaughter, Amber Klassen.  Jerry Sr., remarried in 1985 to Dolores Henchek, widow of James Henchek, and he has two step-sons, Christopher (Brenda) Henchek, Overland Park KS and Michael (Paulette) Henchek, Easton KS.   Seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


A visitation will be on Friday, June 14, 2019 at the funeral home 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  A funeral service will be on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the funeral home at 10:00 am with Fr David McEvoy, O.Carm officiating.  Burial with military honors will follow at Mt. Calvary cemetery.

March 3, 1926 - June 1, 2019

Marvin Eugene Biddle, 70, Leavenworth Kansas formally of Rhome Texas passed away on June 20, 2019 at St. John’s Hospital.


Marvin was born on December 20, 1948 in Wichita KS to Lawrence E. and Hattie L. (Littlejohn) Biddle.  Marvin married Mary Ann Moppin and from that union a daughter, Joannie was born.  She preceded him in death in 2017.   Marvin married Marita A. Demientieff and from this union was born a son, Marvin William Biddle.   Marvin and Marita divorced. 


Marvin is survived by his son, Marvin William Biddle, Wasilla Alaska, Brother John (Sunny) Biddle, Florida, sister Sadie (Ron) Blockburger, Easton KS, three grandsons, two nieces, 2 nephews, 2 great nephews, one great great nephew and a great great nephew due in July.

Marvin was in the United States Air Force for 23 years and retired in 1991, with a tour in Vietnam and a tour in support of operation desert shield/storm, 1990-1991.    


A visitation will be on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Belden Larkin funeral home. A funeral service will be on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 115 South 17th St., Leavenworth KS. Burial will be immediately with military honors at Leavenworth National Cemetery at 12:30 pm.

December 20, 1948 - June 20, 2019

Melvin Eugene Rice, 67, died on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at his residence. Mr. Rice was a native of Woodruff, SC, and the son of Boyce and Donnie Faye Rice. He graduated from North Georgia College in Dahlonega (now the University of North Georgia).

 Anlon MacMatha was a long-time member of the Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA) serving as former kingdom Chirurgeon of Calontir and proprietor of Cornucopia (the Lilies Corner Store)


As an active blacksmith, Mr. Rice enjoyed teaching this hobby with the Institute for Historic and Educational Arts (IHEA) at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival site.

 A retiree from the American Red Cross, Mr. Rice’s last assignment was as Station Manager at Fort Leavenworth. After retiring from the Red Cross, he spent ten years working at Sears in Overland Park in the lawn and garden department. He later served as an instructor for the Adult Education Program at Kansas City Kansas Community College where he taught mathematics and social studies.


Survivors include his wife, Martha R. Rice (Caitlin nicRaighne of the SCA) of Leavenworth, son Matthew E. Rice (Laura) of Mission, Kansas; granddaughter Shelby Mapes and great grandson Jayden Mapes-Kernunos of Topeka, Kansas; mother Donnie Fay Rice of Athens, Georgia; aunt Brenda Hardeman of Winterville, Georgia, and a number of cousins.


Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. with services following at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29 at Belden-Larkin Funeral Home.


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Smithsonian Institute.



James Smithsonian Society, Smithsonian Institution, PO Box 37012, MRC 712, Washington, DC 20013-7012

March 1, 1952 - June 29, 2019

Mary N. Reilly, 92, a lifelong resident of Leavenworth, passed away, Thursday, June 20, 2019, at her home in the presence of her loving family.


Mary was born in Leavenworth on December 15, 1926, to Leo J. and Emily (Pisha) Whitlock.  She graduated from Immaculata High School in 1945. On May 10, 1947, Mary was married at the old Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to James E. Reilly, who passed away, June 15, 1979. She was also preceded in death by her oldest son, James E. (Jim) Reilly Jr., and her sister Martha B. Sparling.


Mary is survived by five of her six children, George L. Reilly and Timothy J. Reilly of the home,  Mary Sue (David) Chartier and son Michael J. (Judy) Reilly of Lansing, Kan., Kathryn A. (Terry) Lowe of Basehor, Kan.; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Atkins Reilly of Leavenworth; a brother, Raymond (Lois) Whitlock of Tracy Calif.; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


Mary was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Daughters of Isabella. She was a homemaker and worked for a number of years after her husband's death at A & W Family Restaurant with her sons Jim and Tim. Mary loved to read, work puzzle books, travel with George, and spend time with her family. She will be lovingly remembered as a woman of unshakeable faith, a cherished Mom and Grandma, and a dear friend.


Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. with the Rosary prayed at 5:30 p.m, Friday, June 28, 2019, at Belden Larkin Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O. Carm, as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.


The family suggests memorials to Sacred Heart-St. Casimir Parish, Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph Parish in Leavenworth, or to Holy Angels Catholic Church in Basehor, for the new Mary Queen of Angels Adoration Chapel, or the donor's choice.

December 15, 1926 - June 20, 2019

MaryEllen Irene Guliford, 70, of Leavenworth passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at her residence.

She was born on January 12, 1949 in Paola Kansas to Donald E. and Eleanor (Oyster) Manly.   She went to school in Paola KS and graduated with the class of 1968.   MarryEllen met and married Herbert Earl Guliford Sr on September 16, 1971 in Leavenworth KS.  


MaryEllen had worked as a hair stylist and also worked at Pizza Hut for many years.  She also worked at Price Chopper in the bakery.


MaryEllen is survived by her husband of almost 48 years, their sons Herbert Earl (Naomi) Guliford III, Leavenworth KS, Floyd Eugene Guliford Guliford, Overland Park KS, and five step sons, Louis Walker, Orlando FL, Wesley Harris, Lee’s Summit MO, Hurbie (Kathy) Guliford Jr., Osowatomie KS.  Six step daughters, Angela Walker, Marilyn Berry, Lillian Berry, all of Osawatomie KS,  Hope Thurman Cynthia Walker and Wanda (Terry Sr.) Freeman all of Kansas City, MO.  Sister Majorie (Greg) Powell, Gardner KS and three step sisters Tina Cook, Brenda (John) Greving, and Patti Ray of Osawatomie, KS.  Numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Donna Manly Stewart, a grandson and great grandson.


A visitation will be on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm with a funeral service to follow noon at Belden Larkin Funeral Home, with Rev. Troy Walker Sr, officiating.

January 12, 1949 - June 25, 2019

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