Share |

Leroy M. Franklin, age 94, of Pleasanton, Kan., passed away Friday, June 3, 2016. He was born Sept. 10, 1921, in Hodge, Mo., the son of Manford R. and Lela (Register) Franklin.  He was united in marriage with Margaret M. Davis on July 21, 1946, in Olathe, Kan.

Leroy was a veteran of WWII, the recipient of five Bronze Stars and Good Conduct Medal. He fought in campaigns in Ardennes, Central Europe, Rhineland, Normandy, Northern France. He owned and operated Midwest Tree Experts in Kansas City, Mo., until retirement.

Leroy grew up around Richmond, Mo. He moved to Kansas City, Mo., after WWII then moved to Louisburg, Kan., to raise his family. There he was an active member of the Assembly of God Church. After retirement Leroy moved to Pleasanton. The most important things in Leroy’s life were God, family, hunting, fishing and gardening.

Leroy was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; son, Larry; and eight siblings, Addie Elnora Belt, Chester Monroe Franklin, Ollie Irene Doss, Eva Bernice Howell, Robert Irvin Franklin, Mildred Josephine Jordon, Jesse James Franklin and Basil L. Franklin.

He is survived by two sons, Gary Franklin, Louisburg, and Ricky Franklin, Pleasanton;  one daughter, Patti Endecott, Pleasanton; one brother, John (Dub) Franklin, Richmond, Mo.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

The visitation will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2016, from 10-11 a.m. at Penwell-Gabel Louisburg Chapel. Funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the chapel. Burial will be with military honors in the Louisburg Cemetery. 

The family suggests contributions to Mercy Hospice, 902 S. Horton St., Fort Scott, KS 66701.

To leave a special message for the family online, please visit


Arrangements: Penwell-Gabel Louisburg Chapel, 120 S. Broadway, Louisburg, KS , (913) 837-4310.


Victor Gene Clark ~ 08-23-1938 to 10-02-2023


  Linn County News Published Oct. 11, 2023   Our dear father, Victor Gene Clark, passed away at his home in Mound City, Kan., on Monday, Oct. 2, 2023. Vic was 85 years old. Vic was born in Medicine Lodge, Kan., on Aug. 23, 1938, to parents Mary Jane (Sharp)... [More]

Laverne C. Nelson ~ 06-13-1935 to 05-28-2023


Linn County News Published Oct. 11, 2023   On the afternoon of May 28, 2023, LaVerne C. Nelson (nee Smith), with her steadfast daughter Renee’ by her side, succumbed to the ravages of dementia just a few weeks shy of her 88th birthday. This determined woman... [More]

Vanetta Carol (Hardy) Sabine ~ 06-27-1944 to 09-29-2023


Linn County News Published Oct. 4, 2023   Vanetta Carol (Hardy) Sabine passed away peacefully at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Mo., at 5:42 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023. She was born June 27, 1944, in Garnett, Kan., to William Orland and Ella Bernice “Margaret”... [More]

More Obituaries

View All Obituaries


County P&Z board to review solar farm regulations


2-0 vote occurs after Commission chairman departs   Linn County commissioners have agreed to return comprehensive-plan solar farm regulations to its Planning and Zoning (P&Z) board for further consideration that will include a yet-to-be-determined open-hearing public... [More]

Sales tax hearing small, plans discussed


The Pleasanton Council’s normal every-other-week meeting began with a sales tax initiative hearing so patrons could ask questions of the council concerning the one-cent sales tax proposal coming on November’s ballot. No questions were asked from the small crowd;... [More]

General Pleasanton set for this weekend


Celebration theme is “Back to Our Roots”   The annual General Pleasonton Days celebration is set for this coming Saturday and Sunday and in many ways is stepping back. The theme for this year’s event is “Back to Our Roots” and with that... [More]

More News


Buff early defense ignites 21-0 shutout


Prairie View’s Buffalos have put Class 3-A, District 2 football on notice. They are in it to win it. In the shadow of their own goal posts thrice in the first half, the Buff defense each time held Girard from scoring and ignited a 21-0 road win over the district-favorite... [More]

Pleasanton football dominates Southeast Cherokee


The Pleasanton football team traveled to Cherokee on Sept. 29 to play Three Rivers League foe Southeast Cherokee. Pleasanton had no problems with the Lancers as they won the game 42-6. The Jays scored a total of six touchdowns on Cherokee. The first touchdown was a 27 yard... [More]

More Sports


• May be mailed, e-mailed, faxed or hand delivered.
• Must be received by 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning in order to appear in that week's edition.
• Obituaries submitted by funeral homes will be billed to the funeral home.
• Full obituaries submitted by individuals are required to be paid in advance.
• Cost: $40 for 300 words or less. Each additional word over 300, 10¢. Photograph $5.
Call Barbara at 913-352-6235 or e-mail

View Legals for Free Business Directory