Gary E. Huss, 72, of Leavenworth, Kan., passed away Sunday, March 25, 2018, at KU Medical Center.
Gary E. Huss, 72, of Leavenworth, Kan., passed away Sunday, March 25, 2018, at KU Medical Center. Gary was born Aug. 3, 1945, to Alfred Mason and Leota (Clary) Huss of Troy, Kan.
Gary grew up in Troy and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force upon graduation from high school in 1964. In 1965, he married Kathleen K. Ulsh of Wathena and they were stationed at Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka. After leaving the service in 1968, Gary was employed by the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons as a correctional officer at the federal prison in Leavenworth. Through numerous promotions and moves around the country, Gary rose through the ranks with the Bureau, eventually returning to the federal prison in Leavenworth as the Associate Warden overseeing corrections. Gary retired from the federal government in 1995, after 28 years of service. After a short retirement, he joined the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 30, 1999, initially as a deputy and he also worked as a jailer, patrol and warrant officer, eventually being promoted to Sergeant on April 26, 2010. Gary spent 15 years with the Sheriff’s Office, retiring for the second time on Aug. 14, 2014.
Gary enjoyed his long association with the Masonic King Solomon Lodge #10 in Leavenworth, receiving his 50th year pin in March 2017. He was also affiliated with the Scottish Rite and Byington 177 OES and served as a Board Member for the USPLK Federal Credit Union in Leavenworth since 2015.
Gary is survived by his wife of 52 years, Kathy; son Quentin Scott, his wife Lynn and their children, Katherine and Samantha of Horseheads, New York; daughter Wendy (Acton), her husband Paul and their children Charlotte and Patrick of Sugar Land, Texas; brother Robert of Springfield, Mo., as well as numerous cousins. Gary was also very close to his brothers in the Sheriff’s Office and considered them to be members of his family.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents of Troy, as well as numerous aunts and uncles.
Kathy and her children would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the tremendous doctors and nurses who cared for Gary in his final months; your compassion will never be forgotten. We also want to thank Sheriff Andy Dedeke and the fine officers at the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office for your unwavering support and dedication to our family. We are so thankful to have you in our lives.
A visitation beginning with Masonic Rights will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 29, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Bellemont Cemetery in Wathena, Kan. The family welcomes donations in Gary’s name to the American Cancer Society or KU Medical Center.