Published 11/15/2012 in ObituariesCOFFEYVILLE — Dwight W. Leopold, 88, of Coffeyville, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.
He was born Dec. 18, 1923 to V.A and Mildred (Burney) Leopold in Kirksville, Mo.
Mr. Leopold grew up and attended schools in Garden City, where he graduated high school in 1941. While growing up, Mr. Leopold worked for his dad, who owned the Leopold Hospital in Garden City.
After high school, he continued his education at the Went Worth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo.
In 1943, Mr. Leopold joined the Air Force and served 40 years, retiring as a major in 1983.
He married Hazel Biehn in Enid, Okla., in 1944. During their marriage, they moved to various places due to him serving in the military.
Mr. Leopold attended Kansas State University from 1946 to 1947, when he went on to Kansas City Oesteopathic Medical School.
In 1948, Mr. and Mrs. Leopold opened up a bowling alley in North Kansas City, Mo. In 1952, they opened a motel in Hutchinson. In 1963, they opened up a chain of five Gibson Discount stores in Coffeyville, Independence and Bartlesville, Okla. The Leopolds later expanded the Gibson Discount store chain into Cherokee and Storm Lake, Iowa.
Mr. Leopold was a member of the Coffeyville Municipal Band where he played the drums. He was also a part of the Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Auxiliary. He loved playing tennis and repairing clocks.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Kent W. Leopold, who preceded him in death Feb. 3, 1993.
Survivors include his wife; one brother, Dick Leopold and wife Lil of Bartlesville, Okla.; three granddaughters, Kitten Leopold (Strahan) of Texas City, Texas, Heather Leopold of Katy, Texas, and Allison Leopold of Houston, Texas; five nieces; one nephew; and seven great-grandchildren.
A private memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research at Kansas State University. Contributions may be left at the funeral home or mailed c/o David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.
To leave a message for the family, visit www.dwbfh.com.
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