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John Michael Schubert, 55, of Leavenworth, died Sunday, June 15, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo., after a nine-month battle with brain cancer.

The family provided the following information.

He was born Dec. 22, 1958, in Bethpage, N.Y., the youngest child of Russell and Sally (Taggart) Schubert.

John grew up on Long Island. He was baptized and had his first Communion and Confirmation all at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Hicksville N.Y. He graduated from Hicksville High. John served in the U.S. Navy for six years where he received several accommodations. After discharge he worked for several airlines as an aircraft mechanic, including New York Air and Continental Airlines. John was always a New Yorker at heart. John and Sara met in Florida where they both worked for Continental Airlines. John never imagined living in Kansas, although it became home. In recent years he worked as a small engine mechanic and was an owner-operator of The Small Engine Shop in Alma.

On Nov. 26, 1994, he married Sara R Gronquist in Alma. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his children, Sadie Elizabeth Schubert and Colin Taggart Schubert of the home;  his two siblings, Russell Schubert and Patricia Accardy; his favorite mother-in-law, Edith Ann Gronquist; two brothers in-law, David (Linda) Gronquist and Paul (Susan) Gronquist; several nieces and nephews; and beloved pets.

John loved God, his family, his animals, watching hockey and tinkering on his Volkswagens.

His faith in God was amazing, he never complained about the path God chose for him. He was very faith filled, strongly believed in Catholic education.

Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, at Sacred Heart Church. Burial will follow at Peace Church Cemetery in Alma. Memorials are suggested to the Leavenworth Catholic School System in support of the John Schubert Memorial Scholarship Fund to be awarded to Immaculata and Xavier Students or to his children’s education fund.

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