Harry W. Backhus, 96, passed away on June 6, 2018, at his home in Leavenworth, Kansas.
Harry W. Backhus, 96, passed away on June 6, 2018, at his home in Leavenworth, Kansas. He was born April 19, 1922, to John and Helena (Ottensmeier) Backhus in a farm home near Tampa, Kansas. He attended St. John’s Academy, Winfield, Kansas, and graduated from Tampa High School. He was a star high school basketball player.
He served in WWII as a radio operator (Morse Code) in the U.S. Army. He served in
New Guinea, Philippines and Japan. He was employed by Leavenworth Implement Company as a mechanic and salesman of John Deere equipment. He was a partner in the business, D.B. Ditching. He and Elaine operated the Backhus Real Estate Agency in Leavenworth from 1961–1985. Harry retired in February 1985.
As a charter member of Trinity Lutheran Church, he held many offices, served on multiple committees, taught Sunday School and sang in the Senior Choir. He was an
Elder Emeritus. Harry’s favorite bible passage was Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
He said it helped him keep his priorities straight.
Harry was a member of the Lions Club, American Legion and Board of Realtors.
In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, woodworking and bowling. He was an avid
fan of the Kansas City Royals.
On April 17, 1949, he married Elaine Kuhn in Herington, Kansas. She survives. He is also survived by two daughters: Nancy (Michael) Heine, Galena, Missouri and Janet Anderson, North Kansas City, Missouri, three granddaughters: Dr. Rebecca (Jared) Dobbins, South Coffeyville, Kansas, Rachel Eble, Panama City Beach, Florida, and Dr. Rosalyn (Tyler) Price, Overland Park, Kansas, two great grandchildren: Connor Dobbins and Maria Price, one brother: Wilbert Backhus and one sister: Frieda Bentz, both of Tampa, Kansas.
His parents, six brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.
Celebration of life service will be held Monday, June 11, 2018, 11 a.m. at Trinity
Lutheran Church, Leavenworth, Kansas. Burial with military honors will be 12:30 p.m. at
the Leavenworth National Cemetery, with lunch afterward at the church.
Visitation will be Sunday, June 10, 2018 from 6–8 p.m. and on Monday, June 11, 2018, 10 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church or Vitas Hospice. Condolences may be left online on the guestbook at www.davisfuneralchapelinc.com. Arrangements entrusted to Davis Funeral Chapel.