Leland B. Flachsbarth

Memorial services for Leland B. Flachsbarth, 80, Lawrence will be announced at a later date once the public gathering restrictions are lifted. Services will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lawrence. Inurnment will take place at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Atchison, KS. Leland passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at LMH Health.

Leland was born on January 20, 1940 in Atchison, KS, the son of Joseph Russell and Kathryn (Braun) Flachsbarth. He married the love of his life, Sandra Lee Lohr, on December 29, 1962 in Quincy, Illinois. She survives of the home. Other survivors include, Joel (Missy) Flachsbarth, Lance (Leslie) Flachsbarth, Heather (Guy Ornes) Flachsbarth, Brett (Annie) Flachsbarth, and Emily Flachsbarth; ten grandchildren, Mackenzie, Kyle, Kaylen, Kennedy, Joseph, Hadley, Audrey, Sydney, Molly and Emma; two sisters, Alnoma Flachsbarth, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kathleen (John) Puffer, West Chicago, IL.

Prior to retirement, Leland was a Radio Account Executive with KLWN/KLZR. While working for the radio, Leland became the color commentator for Lawrence High School Football, a position he truly loved.

He was a member of the K Club (KU football and basketball letterman), the Williams Fund, and a lifetime member of the KU Alumni Association. Leland enjoyed cheering on the Jayhawks and Lawrence High School Football. He especially loved spending time with and bragging about his grandchildren. Leland was also a proud graduate of Atchison High School and relished keeping in touch with classmates and attending reunions.

The family suggests memorials in his name to the American Diabetes Association and Immanuel Lutheran Youth and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

20 Condolences

  1. Reece Wiley on March 31, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    What a good man. What a good family. I especially enjoyed knowing the apple of his eye–Emilie. He is truly ‘the end of an era’.

  2. Victoria Kotich on March 31, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    “Coach” was a great man and mentor to me when I worked in radio at KLZR and KLWN in 2004 to 2009. He was always there to give me advice when I needed it. My condolences to the Flachsbarth family.
    Victoria Kotich

  3. Warner Lewis on April 1, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    So sorry to hear about Lee. He had great enthusiasm and mentored many throughout the years. Blessings to the entire Flachsbsarth family.

  4. JD Cleavinger on April 2, 2020 at 11:31 am

    Sharon & I send our condolences & blessings to the Flachsbarth Family
    Lee Coach Flachsbarth was a good Man & will be missed by All

  5. Bill Shepard on April 2, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    Lance, I’m thinking of ya Brother, prayers for the family

  6. Vic Perry on April 3, 2020 at 10:58 am

    Found memories of a great person, family man, coach and wonderful friend. Blessings to the entire Flashbarth family ❗

  7. Mike Viebrock on April 3, 2020 at 11:56 am

    Lance and family,
    Please accept my sympathies regarding of your dad. I didn’t know him well, but he always had a kind word and smile. I hope you are able to be uplifted by your many friends. The memories will get sweeter as time passes, trust me. My prayers for your family!

    Best wishes,


  8. FOP Chaplain on April 3, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Fraternal Order of Police, Lawrence Lodge #2 wishes to express our condolences to the Flachbarth family for the loss of Leland. We especially want to give our support to our brother Lance at this time of grief.

  9. Jeff Bigs on April 4, 2020 at 8:50 am

    Sorry to hear of Lee’s passing. He was a great man and enjoyed the times I spent with him. May your memories carry you thru this time. Prayers for you and your family.

  10. Barbara Braun Caniglia on April 4, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    Oh so many memories with the Family in Atchison very special time. The Lord bless you and keep you the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. You are all in our thoughts and prayers God bless Barb Braun Caniglia and family

  11. Ann Wilhelm on April 5, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Rest well, dear cousin. All your pain is over. I have lots of memories growing up with the family and school together at Trinity. Blessings to the family. Ann Allen Wilhelm

  12. Al & Connie Negen on April 5, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    To the Flachbarth family, Sandy, Lance, Heather, (you are the 3 our family remembers best), our ❤s go out to all of you. May God hold you close. We have many fond memories and we ???????? that your family’s life memories will help overcome grief for a loved husband & dad in time to come. Al & Connie Negen & family

  13. stuart siegfreid on April 6, 2020 at 7:15 am

    I would like to express my condolences to Lee’s family for the passing of your husband and father. I know he will be missed.

  14. Uncle Boss and Aunt Jane on April 6, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Dearest Joel, Missy and Kenner,
    Our hearts hurt for of you. Please know that we are sending love and prayers for you and the entire Flachsbarth family. ❤️

  15. Mickey and Berta Woolard on April 6, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Dear Sandy and Family,
    Mickey and I were so sad to hear about Lee. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We know your hearts are hurting now and hope that your memories will bring you peace in time.
    Love to you

  16. Marsha Genail Durkin on April 7, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for the Flachsbarth family.

  17. Joan Wells on April 8, 2020 at 8:57 am

    Joan Lundstrom Wells:

    I will always remember my first memory of Lee. I was in grade school at Trinity Lutheran in Atchison. Lee would walk through the playground on his way to AHS. He was usually wearing his letter jacket—and he was so tall. He certainly made a lasting impression on me. I never imagined that one day I would have the privilege of teaching and coaching some of his children. My condolences to Heather and the entire Flachsbarth family.

  18. John Williams on April 17, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    I am very saddened to hear of Lee’s passing. I may be mistaken, but I recall that it was because of an injury to Lee that John Hadl had to step into the quarterback position to fill in for him. To show his talent and versatility, when Dick Harp found himself needing inside strength during the 1961-62 season, Coach Harp went to Lee for help and he filled his role admirably. Known to almost everyone at KU as “Flash”, he will be sorely missed. My sincere condolences to the family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. Audrey Ornes on November 11, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Hi I am Audrey and my mom is Heather flashbarth .I was sad when I found out that he passed away and I am happy you remember what he did.

  20. Jim Ellis on April 6, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    Flash was a true friend and mentor. I had the privilege of rooming with him in college.

    Sandy was the apple of his eye then and I know his children were cherished as well.

    He lived his life with dignity..he will be missed and Rest In Peace.

    Jim Ellis

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