Archive for Tuesday, December 2, 1997


December 2, 1997


— Graveside services for Joseph A. Cleavinger, 79, Lawrence, will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin. Palmyra Lodge 23 will conduct Masonic services.

Mr. Cleavinger died Saturday, Nov. 29, 1997, at Presbyterian Manor Care Center, Lawrence.

He was born May 25, 1918, in Leavenworth, the son of Almon and Pearl Gwartney Cleavinger. He graduated in 1941 from Baker University, where he played football and was a member of the Hall of Fame.

He was principal at Linwood High School for several years before moving to Baldwin in 1960, where he was the high school principal and superintendent of schools until 1967. He then served as superintendent in Sabetha until his retirement in 1974.

He had lived in Lawrence since 1991.

Mr. Cleavinger served in the Navy during World War II.

He was a member of Ives Chapel United Methodist Church, Palmyra Masonic Lodge 23 and American Legion, all of Baldwin. He was also a life member of the National Education Assn.

He married Margaret Davison on May 25, 1941, in Baldwin. She died July 27, 1991.

Survivors include two sons, J.D., Lawrence, and Donald, Garland, Tex.; a brother, Asa, Topeka; two sisters, Pat Yonnley, Orem, Utah, and Betty Blakley, North Augusta, S.C.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends after the services at the Ives Chapel United Methodist Church in Baldwin.

The family suggests memorials to the Joseph Cleavinger Memorial Scholarship Fund at Baker University, sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, P.O. Box 64, Baldwin 66006.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.