Archive for Friday, April 22, 2005

William Wano


April 22, 2005

Services for William Wano, 72, Lansing, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Ave., Leavenworth. Pastor and lifelong friend Forrest Tuter will officiate. A private burial service with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Mr. Wano died Tuesday, April 20, 2005, at his home.

He was born October 2, 1932, in Oklahoma City, the son of Eugene and Lucille Wano. He was raised by Ben and Velma Ruth Flaming, Denison, Texas.

Mr. Wano was a retired police officer who served 39 years at the Veterans Administration in Leavenworth, where he received numerous awards. He received a commendation in 1974 for saving a young boy's life.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1949 to 1953 as a flight engineer. He was a proud member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Mr. Wano's favorite pastimes were spending time with his sons, coin collecting, and, when he was able, he enjoyed woodworking with his best friend. He loved working on motorcycles, which became a passion for him in the 1960s.

He was married to Carolyn Anderson from 1965 to1983.

Mr. Wano is survived by three sons, Jerry, of the home, Bill, Gladstone, Mo., and Steve, Springfield, Ohio; a brother, Donald, Stockton, Calif.; a sister, Mary McCarty, Oklahoma City; wife Vi, Lansing; best friend Jim Cuer; nine grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. He was preceeded in death by his parents and Mr. Flaming; a son, Ronald; and a sister, Mildred Etheridge.

Memorials are requested to the City Union Mission or Forrest Tuter in care of the funeral home. Friends may forward written messages using the condolence page at


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