Friday, June 11, 2010

William Joseph "Joe" Van Leeuwen, age 76, resident of Uniontown, Kan., died Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at the Baptist Regional Hospital in Miami, Okla.

He was born Oct. 24, 1933, in Walnut, Kan., the son of Anthony "Tony" Van Leeuwen and Eugenia Smith Van Leeuwen.

He first married Josephine Borello on May 4, 1957. They were later divorced.

He later married Lynne Carnevale on Feb. 24, 1980, at Uniontown, Kan.

Joe had owned and operated Van's Grocery and Locker in Uniontown for nearly 40 years.

He was a member of the Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church, the Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a past member of the Uniontown Ruritan Club.

He enjoyed collecting antiques, going to auctions and spending time at the casinos. He also enjoyed Louis L'Amour western novels.

Survivors include his wife, Lynne, of the home in Uniontown; two daughters, Debbie Elliott and husband, Bob, San Diego, Calif.; and Kim Pendill and husband, Ron, Spencer, Ind.; two step-daughters, Christine Carnevale, Fort Scott, Kan.; and Maria Norman and husband, John, Belmont, Mich.; and a step-son, Martin Carnevale, of Fla.

Also surviving are three brothers, Rod Van Leeuwen, Hot Springs, Ark., Ben Van Leeuwen, Bloomington, Ind.; and Father Joe Van Leeuwen, Cochin, India; a sister, Clara Ann "Sis" Frederick, Kansas City, Mo.; two grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Father Darrin May will conduct Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., Monday, June 14, 2010, at the Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church.

Burial will follow in the U.S. National Cemetery where military honors will be provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The Rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m., Sunday at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Visitation will follow the Rosary from 6 until 8 p.m., at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to the Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701.

Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at www.cheneywitt.com.