FRONTENAC — Leon H. Jursche, 90, of Frontenac, a former Parsons resident, died Tuesday, May 25, 2010, at the Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg.
He was born June 29, 1919, at Ringo to Pongrac and Mary Jursche. He graduated from the Frontenac High School in 1937 and earned his bachelor of science, master of science and education specialist degrees from Pittsburg State University. He spent 37 years in the field of education as a business teacher, coach and administrator. He taught in Arcadia, McCune, Parsons and Frontenac schools. He served as football coach and later principal at Parsons High School.
From 1942 to 1945 he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Frontenac United Methodist Church, American Legion, P.S.U. Alumni Association, Pittsburg Masonic Lodge, Mirza Shrine and Order of Eastern Star. He was a former Rotarian and served as president of the Parsons Rotary Club in 1965-66.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 68 years, Marie (Rudolph) Jursche of Frontenac, a niece and a nephew.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, JoAnne Jursche; and three sisters.
A graveside service was May 28 at the Garden of Memories Cemetery at Pittsburg.
Memorials are suggested to the Frontenac Educational Foundation or the Frontenac United Methodist Church. They can be sent to the Friskel Funeral Home, P.O. Box 907, Frontenac, 66763.
Online condolences may be left at www.friskelfuneralhome.com.