Hillside Funeral Home West

2929 West 13th Street North, Wichita, KS


John L. Cushenbery

March 5, 1932February 1, 2020
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Cushenbery, John L., 87, of Wichita, Kansas passed away on Saturday February 1, 2020 in Wichita. John was born the son of Henry and Ellen Cushenbery on March 5, 1932 in Sharon, Kansas. John and Laveta Cushenbery were united in marriage on February 3, 1952 in Manchester, Oklahoma. John served in the United States Army as a Staff Sergeant operating heavy equipment. He retired from Boeing after 37 years. John enjoyed working on cars and being a great friend to all who knew him. During his early years John worked along with his six brothers doing farm work and custom cutting. He was a Cub Scout Master and Boy Scout Leader. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson; Brett Cushenbery and 5 brothers; Dewey, Dale, Floyd, Roy and Herb, infant sister; Alma. Survivors include his loving wife; Laveta Cushenbery, children; Larry (Yvonne) Cushenbery, Dirk (Julie) Cushenbery, brother; Charles (Carol) Cushenbery, grandchildren; Chad (Danyelle) Cushenbery and 4 great-grandchildren; Hannah, Layson, Hayden and Everett and extended family and friends. Visitation will be Thursday February 6, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Hillside Funeral Home, 2929 W. 13th St., Wichita, Kansas. Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. on Friday February 7, 2020 at Antioch Christian Church, 3741 W. 15th St. N., Wichita, Kansas 67203. Burial will be held at Harper Cemetery, Harper, Kansas. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Antioch Christian Church.


  • Larry Cushenbery, Son
  • Dirk Cushenbery, Son
  • Chad Cushenbery, Grandson
  • Layson Cushenbery, Great-Grandson
  • Hayden Cushenbery, Great-Grandson
  • Brent Cushenbery, Nephew
  • Rusty Hollingsworth, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jeffrey Cullop, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Mike Cushenbery, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitaiton Thursday, February 6, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 7, 2020


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Larry Cushenbery

February 8, 2020

Pop you were the best. I hope I can be half the man you were. I am going to miss being able to get solid advice from you, your hugs, hand shakes and bits of priceless wisdom. Even though I am going to miss you immensely I am proud and comforted in knowing that you no longer have any aches, pains, or physical restraints and are being comforted by being in the presence of the Lord. Thank you for all the hard work you did over the years to provide the best possible for all of us. Know that you have touched many lives and been a positive role model for all. I will cherish all the memories I have of all we did together from washing cars when I was barely over toddler age to working on cars, boats, and farming, Cub Scouts, Webelos, Boy Scouts, and collecting aluminum cans to help pay for trips in the Explorers, camping, learning to operate equipment and mostly for instilling in me the desire and ability to seek out the truth and to stand up for what's right without concern of circumstances. I hope that I successfully communicated how special you were to me and how much you were respected and loved. I look forward to following you to meet Jesus and to reunite with Brett and grandparents. Hold me a good spot, meantime I will try to improve and strive to set a better example than I have. Love You and Miss You Pop, you were my Hero.

Daryl Cushenbery

February 5, 2020

John is a distant relative of mine and I only saw him two or three times but I was genuinely struck with how friendly he was. Between he and his wife Laveta, they were an amazing storehouse of Cushenbery family stories. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting with them at family reunions. I hope that Laveta and her family can find comfort and peace from a lifetime of good memories of John. I know he will be missed.

Del & Lorraine Crawford

February 5, 2020

We loved John and send our sympathy to the whole family.

We have such memories of meeting them in Laughlin, CA. They were such fun & interesting people to be with!! Del still feels bad about celebrating his birthday there & ended up giving everybody his flu bug!! We were VERY close to his brother Herb & wife Charmaine who introduced us! Even visited them in Wichita,KS!!

Christal Weers

February 5, 2020

John was an amazing man! We lived across the street from them and became very close. John and Leveta became like second parents to us and like grandparents to my children. John was always smiling and gave the best hugs. Some of my best memories are talking to the two of them. We moved out of town about 7 years ago and have not got to see them as much as we would have liked. We know John lived long happy life. Now he can fly with the angels. We love you!!!! Love always, Donnie, Christal, Sarah and Dylan Weers

Harry Simpson

February 5, 2020

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

Thank you for your service to this nation.

Yvonne Cushenbery

February 4, 2020

Pop's you were one of the good guys, honest and hard working all your life and one of the most generous men I have ever known.. You were always willing to lend a hand and help anyone who needed it. You were the best father in law a girl could ask for. I wonder how many dish rags I gave you in the last 41 years. You were always surprised when you got them which made it funnier. Save a spot for all of us up there in heaven and don't have too much fun with our Brett. I bet he was so glad to see you. He always loved all his grandparents. We sure are going to miss you but I know I will see you again. Much love to you,. Yvonne. (Your favorite daughter in law )😉💔💗💖💞😉


February 4, 2020

We will always remember our fun times at the Butz Reunions. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Knowing that John is with the Lord will be a great comfort to Laveta and her entire family. God bless each of you and know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Randy and Linda Coombs

Athena Spillman

February 4, 2020

Larry and family. My prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow. Its been years since I seen Mr. Cushenbery. Back when Larry and I where in High School. Was the last time I seen him but was always the most sweetest man. He will be missed my many. God Bless you. R.I.P.