Ted T. Lagoski
Sept. 22, 1922 -- Jan 1, 2020

Teddy Thomas Lagoski,97, died after a brief illness, in the early morning of January 1, 2020, while a patient in Kansas City Hospice House.

Ted was born September 22, 1922 to Walenty and Agnes(Jaskot) Lagoski in Kansas City, Kansas. He was a resident of Kansas City, Kansas attending St. Joseph Catholic Grade School and Bishop Ward High School. Following graduation in 1941, he work in the automotive parts industry.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Ted joined the Marine Corps, leaving for San Diego on December 11, 1941. Ted served as a cook. In 1942, he was promoted to chief cook for the paratrooper training school at Camp Gillespie, San Diego. He continued his Marine career in the Pacific offensive and completed his tour of duty in Tientsen, China in December 1945.

Returning to civilian life, he resumed working in the automobile industry.

Ted finally met his war time pen pal, Betty Jane Valentine in February 1946 and they married on May 4,1946. This union produced 8 children. He often remarked in his later years, that she was the love of his life.

Ted, who always dreamed of owning a farm, moved his family to Leavenworth in 1966. He was a "gentleman" farmer who split his time with farming and his job with CF Bender, Co. He and Betty worked together on the small farm, and over time started a small Grade A dairy. Although it was hard work, it was a prideful accomplishment. Betty died in 1979.

Ted married Rosemary Myszka in 1985. He retired as VP of CF Bender in 1987. Rosemary and Ted enjoyed his early retirement years traveling to different locations, both foreign and domestic. They often traveled with a group of Polka loving friends enjoying dances with Don Lipovac. She introduced him to the world of book reading, something he never had time to do raising 8 children and working on his farm. The Public library had a list of his favorite authors and would call if a new one had arrived. He especially loved murder mysteries.

RoseMary and Ted moved to Piper, Kansas in 1999. Rose Mary died in 2011. Ted filled his loneliness in the last six years with another companion, Piper. She was his four legged “buddy”. She would wait for him in the morning, hop on his walker and enjoy aride as he made his way into the kitchen to make breakfast for the two of them. He would talk to her and laugh out loud with her silly antics. His house was filled with cat toys for her amusement as well as his. When the family decided Ted might function better in a senior living environment, the one chosen allowed Piper to move with him. It made him smile to see her watch through a window overlooking the walkway to see when he was coming back home to her.

Besides his wives, he was preceded in death by his mother and father, brothers, Joseph and Louis, Half-sister Anna Rose, and sisters, Stella Hoytal and Helen Gorman, daughter-in-law Kathy, grandson Sean Michael and, son Ted, Jr.(2015).

Ted is survived by sons, Joseph, Overland Park, Michael(Mary Jo),Lubbock, Texas, Edward(Marla), Greenville, Wisconsin, and Herbert(Christy), Overland Park, and daughters Christina Steger(John), Overland Park, Antonita Walton(Dean), Lenexa and, Margaret Evrard (Scott), Leavenworth.

His stepchildren Edmund Myszka, Jan Butcher, and David Myszka.

His “adopted” daughter Cathy Gergick(Fern Park, Florida) and her family.

Ted leaves behind 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Numerous step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and his beloved Piper.

A cremation is planned.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Holy Angels Catholic Church, Basehor, Kansas. A rosary will be recited at 9:00, followed by visitation. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30. He will be interred in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Lansing, Kansas following the service.

In lieu of flowers donations, in his name, can be made to the Holy Angels adoration chapel, Basehor, Kansas.

The family would also like to thank Phyllis Billups and Mary Jury, who assisted him with his home care for the past few years. These lovely ladies allowed Ted a sense of independent living before moving to his Senior living apartment. Also, a thank you to the entire staff at the Atriums Senior Living Residence, as they helped Ted settle into his new apartment.



Condolences

Tony & Ginny Torchia Jan 03 ,2020

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. How fortunate you were to have your Father for so many years. That was a wonderful gift. Love, Tony & Ginny

Karen Donaldson Jan 04 ,2020

Friend ,Lansing ,Kansas

Peggy,My heartfelt sympathies to you and your family.

Debbie J Hesser Jan 04 ,2020

Friend ,Leavenworth ,Kansas

My Deepest Sympathy Peggy to you & your Family. May GOD hold you in the palm of his hands and give you some comfort. Many caring thoughts and prayers. Rest in Peace Mr. Lagoski and Thank You for your Service with the Marines.

Pat Miller Jan 04 ,2020

Friend ,Lansing ,Kansas

Peggy, many hugs and prayers for you and your family at this time. I know you will miss your daily morning phone calls from your Dad, but know he is with you all the time now. He was so proud of you and the relationship he had with you. You were a daily ray of sunshine for him. Love ya!

Joyce and Larry Johnson Jan 05 ,2020

I'm so sorry to hear of your father's death and it is so fun to read of what an amazing person he was and what a special family you have.

Marty Harre Jan 05 ,2020

Friend ,Box Elder ,South Dakota

Sorry for your loss Herb

Brian and Chris Sanders Jan 05 ,2020

Friends of Peggy ,Lansing ,Kansas

So sorry for your loss Peggy. Prayers for you and your entire family. We appreciate Ted’s service to our country. What a remarkable life your father had. May you find comfort being blessed to have so many happy memories together. Hugs and prayers. 🙏

Brian and Chris Sanders Jan 05 ,2020

Family Friend (Peggy) ,Lansing ,Kansas

So sorry for your loss Peggy. Prayers for you and your entire family. Thank you Ted for service to our country. He had a remarkable life. May you find comfort and happiness being able to recall so many memories of happy times together. RIP. Hugs and prayers.

Liz (Gaspers) Monger Jan 06 ,2020

So sorry to here about you dad. He was a good friend to my dad.

Rob & Kathleen (Myszka) Morrow Jan 06 ,2020

Ted was a great guy and pleasure to be around family functions the last 25 yrs... Rest in peace sir... Prayers from our family... The Morrow’s ... Rob, Kathleen, Zayne, & Blake...❤️

Robert Gergick Jan 06 ,2020

Friend ,Leavenworth ,Kansas

OK: Lost track of my old friend Ted after he sold his farm, went over many times when we both had cows to milk,wife made all the wedding gowns and brides made gowns for his daughters wedding.we told many jokes to each other and had good time. I,m sorry he is gone but he made it a long time and was a darn nice person. BOB

Mitch Jan 06 ,2020

friend ,leavenworth ,Kansas

Sorry for your loss Chris and John. Ted was the best.

Event:
Rosary
Location:
Holy Angels Catholic Church
Address:
15410 Leavenworth Road
City:
Basehor
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66007
Date:
Jan 06 ,2020
Time:
9:00 AM
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Event:
Funeral Mass
Location:
Holy Angels Catholic Church
Address:
15410 Leavenworth Road
City:
Basehor
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66007
Date:
Jan 06 ,2020
Time:
10:30 AM
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