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Charles E. Lanzrath

May 28, 2021

Charles E. Lanzrath, 71, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 28, 2021, while on vacation at Beaver Lake (AR). Charlie was born in Wichita, KS on November 23, 1949, son of Duane and Rosemarie (Faber) Lanzrath.


Charlie attended St. Patrick Grade School, Bishop Carroll High School and graduated from Wichita State University. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971. Charlie was a lifetime member of the VFW and a member of the American Legion Post #2. Charlie worked for Santa Fe Railroad, Central Kansas Railroad and retired from Westar Energy.


He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Betty (Elizabeth) Lanzrath of Newton, daughters Jill (Slade) Engstrom, Benton, KS; Nancy Lanzrath, Lihue, HI, and Kelsey (Trey) Cleaveland, Wichita, KS; four grandchildren who know him as Bobo, Tessa, Teagan, Michael and Saylor; exchange student/daughter Tami Gongora, São Paulo, Brazil; brother Donald (Sandie) Lanzrath, Newton, sisters Beverly Klag, Mary Lou (Tom) Beskett, Andover and Virginia (Tom) Zackula, Wichita,  and numerous nieces and nephews.  Charlie was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Kenneth.


He loved his children and grandchildren unconditionally. He could fix most anything and was skilled at moving furniture; learning it as a child with his dad and brothers.  He was an expert storyteller and driving instructor. He loved finding people the perfect gift to fit their personalities. Garage and estate sales were all about the thrill of the hunt. He loved fishing and hunting or any adventure as long as you were willing to wake up before sunrise to get a head start. He could find common ground with anyone.


The Rosary Vigil will be celebrated at 6 pm Thursday, June 3, 2021, and the Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 am on Friday, June 4, 2021 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Newton, KS. Services arranged by Petersen Funeral Home, Newton, KS. Services will be available to be viewed online.


Memorials can be made in Charlie’s name to Kansas Honor Flight by mail to Petersen’s Funeral Home or online, KansasHonorFlight.org.  Please list memorial in honor of Charles Lanzrath.


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19 thoughts on “Charles E. Lanzrath

  1. Prayers for all of Charlie’s family. Glen and I loved visiting and telling stories at the Legion. Miss You Charlie. Glen and Becky Davis

  2. I am so sorry to hear of Zcharlies death Betty. My heart goes out to you. Be assured you will be in my thoughts and prayers. HUGS!

  3. So sorry for your lost. Charlie was a good Steward at St. Mary which is how I met him. Rest in peace Charlie 🙏

  4. Charlie was a storyteller and liked to prank people, I especially remember Christmas gifts at family Christmas with grandma and grandpa, live mice, we were all afraid to open his possible gift. He loved to laugh and get others to laugh. He was a loving, kind man and will be missed. I bet he will be hoping to hear stories about the pranks he did and stories he told and how much people enjoyed them. Love you guys, I wish I was there in person.

  5. It was with great sorrow and sadness that we received the news of the Charlie’s passing, we were quite shocked. Leila and I would have liked being there for this moment so we could hug everyone and thank the whole family, but in particular my brother and friend Charlie, for everything he has done for our daughter, Tami, who was considered his daughter from the heart (as we would say in Brasil). I would also like to say that when Charlie and I hung out we had a lot of fun together, always laughing, despite of neither one speaking the other’s language; somehow we managed to communicate because our hearts spoke for us instead.
    Thank you, GREAT Charlie
    We will miss you,
    Pedro and Leila

  6. Betty and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you! May Charlie Rest In Peace.

  7. So sorry to read this, Betty. My heart goes out to you and your family. May Charlie and all the faithful departed rest in Peace. Will be in touch.

  8. My prayers go out to your family, Betty, as you all grieve a really neat, caring, kind guy. I don’t ever remember seeing him without a smile. May God give you comfort through this difficult time.

  9. Betty, and all the Lanzrath family.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sudden time of loss.

    Charlie & Marty Burroughs

  10. Betty, I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for God to hold you in his loving arms.

  11. I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Charlie’s death! He was a great man and so much fun to visit with! He will be missed so much. Prayers for Betty, the girls and all their families!

  12. Rest Charles, until you hear at dawn, the low, clear reveille of God.

    Thank you for your service to this nation. U.S. Army, Vietnam.

  13. I will miss seeing him and talking to him. every estate sale and auction he was there. my he rest in peace.

  14. Betty – so sorry to hear about Charles’ passing. You and your family are in my prayers.

  15. Read of your husband’s unexpected death. I’m so sorry. Thinking of you and your family.

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