Francis Wenzel Lesch 1922 - 2011 Lawrence
A Mass of Christian Burial for Francis Wenzel “Frank” Lesch, 88, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Mr. Lesch died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community.
He was born Aug. 21, 1922, in Westphalia, the son of Joseph F. and Rosalia Habiger Lesch.
Mr. Lesch attended Kansas University from 1941 to 1942. After college, in 1942, he entered the U.S. Army Air Corps. He trained in Ogden, Utah, from 1942 to 1943, when the 319th Depot Repair Squadron was activated. He served in North Africa and Italy during World War II and was discharged in 1945.
Mr. Lesch wanted to have a career in coaching. He worked many jobs: farmhand, grocery clerk at Kroger, Sunflower ammunition plant employee. He also worked in a radio shop, he was a barber for Downtown Stadium Barbershop, and he retired from KP&L in 1984 after 15 years of service.
He was a member of the American Legion Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14, a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and a former member of Knights of Columbus.
He married Violet Virginia “Jean” Brewer on Sept. 19, 1947, in Lawrence. She preceded him in death April 12, 1990. He married Doris Ray McDaniels in September 1990. They lived in Bountiful, Utah, for 20 years. She preceded him in death in March 2010.
Survivors include four daughters, Linda Rose Eckman, Baldwin City, Shirley Jean Wittebort and husband Ron Hagedorn, De Soto, Michelle Sisam and husband Mark, Centerville, Utah, and Melonie Nelson and husband Dan, California; five grandchildren, Lisa Setty, David Eckman, Mike Eckman, Crystal Volk and Doug Wittebort; and seven great-grandchildren, Cameron, Kira and Courtney Setty, Lindsay and Nathan Eckman, Ethan Eckman, and Trinity Volk.
Friends may call from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
The family suggests memorials in his name to Mount Calvary Cemetery, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St, Lawrence, KS 66044.
Online condolences may be sent at warrenmcelwain.com.