A Mass of Christian Burial for Leo Gregory Dahlem, 82, Eudora, KS, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 21, 2012 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Eudora. Burial will follow at Holy Family Catholic Cemetery in Eudora. He died on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Leo was born on April 23, 1930 in Altus, AR the son of Joseph and Pauline Oechsle Dahlem. He was a resident of Eudora since 1965.
He served in the United States Army during the Korean War.
He worked in auto assembly for General Motors in Olathe, KS for 31 years before his retirement. After his retirement, he worked as a courier for Commerce Bank.
He was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Eudora, American Legion and was a past commander in 1974. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus where he served as a Grand Knight from 1975 – 1976 and on the Board of Directors from 1975 – 1982. For many years, he had served as the manager of the Knights of Columbus Hall in Lawrence.
He married Emmeline “Emily” Rinke on November 17, 1956 in Eudora, KS. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include two sons, Gregory (wife, Julie) Dahlem, of Eudora, KS, Gary (fiancée, Angie Hedges) Dahlem, of Kansas City, MO; two grandchildren, Michael Dahlem and Ashley Dahlem; and three sisters, Cecilia Taylor, Ozark, AR, Elizabeth Kramer, Ft. Smith, AR, and Agnes Rinke, Lawrence. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Wilson in 1987, Imelda Holloway in 1994; three brothers, Rupert Dahlem in 1997, Alfred Dahlem in 1985, and Herman Dahlem in 1995.
A parish rosary will be recited at 5 p.m. and visitation will follow until 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary – Eudora Chapel in Eudora.
The family suggests memorials in his name to the Holy Family Catholic Church Building Fund or to the Holy Family Catholic Cemetery in Eudora and may be sent in care of the mortuary.