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To Helen and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of your husband Les.
May the Lord comfort you.
~ Armond and Rachel Landavazo - November 17, 2022
I’m so sorry for for your loss. Within a few days of losing Rhonda in 2006, I found myself in a comforting conversation with Les in his backyard. God bless all of you richly in the rough days ahead. S T U G.
~ Ken Keen - November 16, 2022
Les was a really nice guy and fun to be around. We played cards the last few years. He will be missed. P.S. Thanks for the scones. Rest in Peace Les
~ Marvin Burgett - November 16, 2022
I worked with Les at Troop K for 6 years and was his last supervisor. When I first started with Troop K, Les trained me in certain areas of the job. He gave me helpful tips and had the patience of a saint with all the questions I would ask him. I still remember every time I would see him it was never a negative interaction it was always, “Hey Buddy, how are you doing?” To his last day with Troop, Les was always willing to step up and help when he could and that was just the kind of man he was. Les was always willing to help when needed and always did so with smile. Les was a real genuine guy and loved his family. Les shared great stories with us about his family, travels and so much more. Les always would good give you great food recommendations when you were traveling anywhere. If you mentioned you were going on a trip, he would always tell you the best places to eat. I remember one time in specific when we were told that we were being "too loud" because we were laughing and talking about life, sharing stories and what not but I don’t regret that for a second and I would take that complaint a thousand times over again. Les will be deeply missed, and all his family are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for the memories 1057.
~ Neil Thompson - November 16, 2022
Les was one of a kind, always a thoughtful and caring person. During his 410th days working with the Motor Pool gang if we had an issue he was one our go to Soldiers and was always able come up with a workable solution. The summer camps were always great whether it was work or sharing good times playing softball, golf or dunking some officers in the water bladder. Our friendship grew during the many summer camps we shared together. After we both retired we would get together for lunch to catch up. The last meal we had together was with our wives, we had a great meal at a Mexican restaurant. He always stood for family, God and Country!
~ Steve Hansford - November 15, 2022
Sorry to hear about the passing of Les. He was a enjoyable person to work with at Capitol Police. I was his supervisor during his time he work there. He was a dependable employee. He was always willing to help out when and where he was needed. He was proud of his time in the military and proud of his family. He gave me some great bbq ideas he learned from his friend of a barbecue business. He also gave me advice on home repairs. You couldn't ask for a better person to be your friend or coworker. He will be missed by his family and friends. Rest in peace Les.
~ Gene Burgoon - November 15, 2022
Helen and I have been friends since third grade so I have known Les since they first started dating. When I lost my husband several years ago, they were there for me in so many ways. They frequently allowed me to tag along with them whether it was just having lunch out or going on an Alaskan cruise. Les was always so kind and generous making sure I had a good time.
Helen gave me permission to tell the following story. A few years ago I was with Helen and Les at a local flea market. If you’ve ever been shopping with Helen you know that she looks at EVERYTHING so Les and I had wandered ahead of her. He was looking at an antique secretary and asking questions of the owner. Several times he mentioned to the woman that he would need to discuss it with his wife while I’m just quietly standing there. The woman kept looking up at me so finally I said, “I’m not the wife. I’m the girlfriend.” The woman’s jaw dropped and Les broke out laughing. From that moment on it was a running joke between us that Helen was the wife and I was the girlfriend.
Les was such a dear and special friend. He will be greatly missed but always remembered.
~ Bobbi Hicks - November 15, 2022
I worked with Les off and on for several years with security for the State of Kansas. He was always and interesting guy to talk with, having many stories about travel and life experiences! We also shared our Date of Birth, December 2nd, with Les being exactly 1 year older than me! My sympathy goes out to all of the family! May God comfort you by reminding you of all of the good life experiences you shared with Les! Rest in Peace Les!
~ Gary Sandell - November 15, 2022
I work with Les at Troop K. He was a really nice guy and fun to be around. Rest in Peace Les
~ Marvin Smith - November 15, 2022
I met Les in 2013 at Troop K. He could always make us laugh from his Army stories or the pranks he would often pull on us. There was nothing the man couldn't do or hadn't done. One of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet, and he never knew a stranger. Rest in peace MSG. Derby.
~ Cade Sisson - November 15, 2022
Deepest sympathy for the loss of a truly great man. Continued prayers for all loved ones.
~ Eric Hageman - November 15, 2022
So sorry for your loss. Les was a special man, I enjoyed his humor and stories when I was his boss at KHP Capitol Police. I always looked forward to working with him. My husband worked with him also when he was assigned to the State Capitol with the officers.
May you rest in Peace Les.
Brenda & Terry Jones
~ Brenda Jones - November 15, 2022
Helen and family,
Jim and I are so very sorry for your loss. I used to see and visit occasionally with Les when he served as security in the Landon State Office Building. May God comfort, strengthen and supply each of your needs during this time.
Jim and Sherry Bukovatz, Topeka
~ Sherry Bukovatz - November 14, 2022
I served with Les for over 30 years in Military Service and on the Golf Course. He was a "Man of Extreme Integrity and Kindness". From what I know about Les, the (2) "Great Loves" in his life were his Family and his Country; of which he dedicated his life in support of. I feel Truely Blessed to have called Les Derby my "Friend and Military Brother". He will be missed by many Military and Golfing Friends. My Prayers and with Helen, and his entire family; and I thank you for sharing Les with us.
~ Gary Wenger - November 14, 2022
Les & Helen have been our neighbors & friends for 30 +yrs, while walking back from our many walks at Lake Shawnee my husband David & I would stop at their house & talk to Les & Helen about loving David's crappie he catches or what kind of meat they would be smoking or talking about our kids & grand kids or playing with Rosie or just life in general, you couldn't ask for better friends & neighbors we will truly miss Les. Our thoughts, prayers & love goes out to all the family.
~ Denise Bedore - November 13, 2022
I knew Les from serving in the Army Reserve with my husband,Gary, & I for many years. We attended many Christmas parties, various Military Balls, Annual Training, etc with him & his sweet wife Helen. We always had a great time together. They were so fun to be with. We knew each other for many years. Their 4th of July parties were so awesome. Les was a caring funny man with a gentle soul. We will miss him. We're so sorry for your loss. Will send prayers for you all. Love you.
~ Teresa Wenger - November 12, 2022
Served with Les for about 14 years, with the 410th, then with the 5047th and finally with the 6th brigade. We were good friends and played golf together many times. We lived close together on 33rd Terrace. He was a great guy.
~ Mac McElhinney - November 12, 2022
My heart goes out to you all. He is such a great man. I loved how ornery he was when I'd come over to visit Jennifer. Sending all my love and hugs your way.
~ Becky Segenhagen - November 11, 2022
Helen our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May Les rest in peace and may eternal light shine up on him.
Mike and Cheryl Herman
~ Mike Herman - November 11, 2022
I have known Les since he was stationed in Topeka, KS. I grew up with Helen from an early age. One of my memories was when Helen and I were "cruising the boulevard" and ran into Les and his buddies. That was when Les and Helen met and the rest is history. My thoughts and prayers are with Helen and the rest of the family.
~ Donna Ramskill - November 11, 2022
Everyone should know what a kind, generous friend Les was and is. I was fortunate to share with him golf,
Royals games, eating out, worship and stories about our kids, grandkids...and wives! I am proud and grateful
to tell anyone who will listen that Les Derby was my friend, and I miss him already. Blessings to Helen and
~ Jerry Myers - November 11, 2022
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