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Leonard Buddie Gardenhire

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Leonard Buddie Gardenhire, 80, of Leavenworth, Kansas, formerly of Alma, Kansas, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Aldergate Village in Topeka after an extended illness. He was a life-long resident of the northeast Kansas area.

Leonard was born June 22, 1933, in Alma, Kansas, one of eleven children to Leslie and Bertha Hall Gardenhire. He attended Alma schools. He then served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed in Germany.

Leonard worked twenty years for the Leavenworth School District. He was the head custodian and retired in 1998. Prior to moving to Leavenworth, Leonard worked in Alma for the Rock Island Railroad and Haller's Chevrolet Garage. He was a member of the American Legion. He loved to tinker and was always taking apart or putting something back together. He was known for joking around, and he enjoyed taking daily walks.

Leonard is survived by his sisters; Lena Rhodeman, Salina, Leslie Johnson, Topeka, and Ester Redmon, Topeka; numerous nieces, nephews and great and great-great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Goldie, Ethel, Florence, George, Edward, Henry and Kenneth.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, April 25, 2014, at Alma City Cemetery in Alma, Kansas. Reverend Dr. Tony Mat-tia will be officiating.

The family will receive friends prior to the service, starting at 12:00 p.m. at Campanella-Gentry Funeral Home. They suggest memorial contributions to the American Legion, and those may be sent in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at

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Original Publication Date: April 24, 2014

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