William M. “Larry” Land, 97, of Leavenworth, passed away, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at his home.
William M. “Larry” Land, 97, of Leavenworth, passed away, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at his home. He was born, June, 20, 1915, in Iola, Ill., the son of Amos L. and Maude (Jones) Land.
On Dec. 22, 1939, he married Margie Summers in Platte City, Mo. Four children were born from that union. Margie preceded him in death on Sept. 29, 1992.
He married Ellen Winchester in Miami Okla., on Nov. 5, 2001. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his daughter, Lavena Farmer of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; two sons, David (Linda) Land of Easton and Gordon (Vicky) Land of Guthrie, Okla. Many step-children; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; step-grandchildren; and step-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his oldest son, Larry R. Land; four sisters and their husbands; and a brother and sister-in-law.
Larry served in the Civilian Conservation Corps from June 21, 1935 to March 31, 1938. He enlisted in the Army on Oct. 5, 1942 and served as a Medical Technician with the Med Det. 697th Field Artillery Battalion. Larry saw duty at Luzon in the Philippines. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant before he received an honorable discharge on March 2, 1946. His decorations and citations include; Victory Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, APT Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star and Good Conduct Medal. He enlisted in the AMEDS-USAR on March 9, 1948 and was honorably discharged on Nov. 6, 1950. Larry retired from the Ft. Leavenworth Fire Dept., in 1969 and enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and riding his moped.
Larry held the honor of being the oldest Leavenworth County veteran in the Veteran’s Day Parade for the last two years.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Kickapoo Memorial Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Luke’s Hospice, St. Paul Lutheran Church or American Legion #23.