Cover photo for Leonard J. DeVader's Obituary
Leonard J. DeVader Profile Photo
1931 Leonard 2022

Leonard J. DeVader

November 10, 1931 — June 15, 2022

St. Marys

 

Leonard Jules DeVader, 90, of Topeka, passed away June 15, 2022.  He was born November 10, 1931, in Delia, Kansas.  He was the seventh of ten children of Edward, Sr. and Marie (DeWilde) DeVader and grew up in Emmett/Delia area.  Leonard was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the United States Air Force. After discharge, he worked at Goodyear Tire & Rubber until retirement. Pursuing his love of flying, Leonard obtained multiple pilot’s licenses, ending with twin-engine certification.  In his retirement years, Leonard was the proprietor of a local fireworks stand, Crazy Carl’s Fireworks, on Goodyear Road. You always knew there was a “cold one in the fridge.” He loved day trips to St. Mary’s and play pitch with his brother Hank. Leonard thoroughly enjoyed time spent with family, especially the great-grandchildren, the littles. All in all, a “life well lived and loved.”

 

Mr. DeVader married Geraldine Vap in January 1957 and together they had four children, Diana, Bruce, Cindy and Curt. They later divorced. In 1977, Leonard married Joyce (Feyh) Bahner.  In recent months, he was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church.  Leonard was preceded in death by his son, Bruce, his parents, three brothers, Edward, Jr., Joe, and Ray, and four sisters, Anna, Helen, Mary Kay and Theresa.  He is survived by his children, Diana/David Murray, Show Low, AZ; Cindy/Greg Sleeper, Topeka, KS; and Curt DeVader, Port St. Lucie, FL and stepchildren, Tammy/Keith Karlan, Topeka, KS; Delbert “Del”/Denise Bahner, Overbrook, KS, and Jere/Leslie Bahner, Lone Jack, MO. Grandpa Leonard will be deeply missed by grandchildren, Christopher, Stacey, Tyler, Morgan, Ashley, Candace, Curt, Zach, Shanda, Waylon, Caleb, Jessie and Danny plus 14ish great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Henry “Hank” DeVader of St. Marys, KS and Donald “Butch” DeVader, Burlington, CO along with many nieces/nephews and father-in-law Harold Feyh, Topeka, KS., And last, but not least, Buddy, his faithful canine companion.

 

 

The family invites relatives/friends to Mr. DeVader’s services at Sacred Heart Church, Topeka, KS. Visitation, 10:00 A.M. followed by a Rosary and Mass of Resurrection will be at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, June 20, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. Inurnment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the DeVader family requests memorial contributions to Ascend Hospice, 5020 Bob Billings Parkway, Suite D1, Lawrence, KS 66049. We are grateful for Ascend’s staff and support.

 
To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Leonard J. DeVader, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Monday, June 20, 2022

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Rosary

Monday, June 20, 2022

10:30 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Mass

Monday, June 20, 2022

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Guestbook

Visits: 174

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree