Leland E. Trickett, age 90 of Ottawa, Kansas passed away Tues., Dec. 28, 2010 at the Ottawa Retirement Village. Services are 11:00 a.m. Mon., Jan. 3 at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home in Paola, with visitation Sun. from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial in Paola Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Ottawa Faith Lutheran Church or Donors Choice. To leave condolences, please go to www.penwellgabelpaola.com
Leland was born July 14, 1920 to William E. and Bessie Woolsey Trickett in Paola, Kansas. He was raised on the family farm and did his farm chores growing up, including milking cows early in the mornings. Leland graduated from Paola High School in 1939. On Aug. 30, 1939 he was united in marriage to Geneva Carter. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1943 and served until Feb. of 1946 when he was honorably discharged. Leland went on to work for the Utility Van Corporation in California for several years; later moving the family back to Paola where he worked as a mechanic for the Paola Truck and Tractor International Harvester for many years and then worked construction for a local contractor before moving the family to Alaska in 1958. Leland retired in 1976. His wife, Geneva, passed away in May of 2000. On June 8, 2001 he was united to Ruth Prothe Barnes in Ottawa, where they made their home until his passing. Leland enjoyed traveling to Alaska and throughout the country in his motor home; he also enjoyed gardening, woodworking and working with his hands.
Preceding him in death were his parents, first wife, two brothers, Bill and Charles Trickett and one sister, Shirley Potter.
Surviving is his wife Ruth of the home, 3 step daughters, Glenda Johnston and husband Mike of Gardner, Lynda Sader and husband Brant of Olathe, Brenda Bluma and husband Jeff of Burlington, 10 grandchildren, Nathan and Taylor Glessner, Connor and Corey Johnston, Casey, Cody and Carson Sader, Jessica , Dustin, Breanna Bluma. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.