Obituary for Kenneth "Ken" Leininger
Kenneth “Ken” Charles Leininger, age 87, of Reseda California, died Monday, November 6, 2017. He passed quickly and peacefully with those that he loved and that loved him by his side.
Ken was born in April of 1930 in Westby Montana, the son of George Edwin and Mary Ellen “Nellie” (Knox) Leininger.
He was proud to be raised a simple farm boy from Montana who joined the Navy to serve. He returned from the Korean Conflict a decorated veteran.
After his duty to his country was completed he went home for a short period of time and then he moved to Santa Monica in1956 and that is where he met his bride, Louise, at Adelaide’s Boarding House. He married Louise Aileen (Goodall) Leininger in 1958, and enjoyed 50 years, she preceded him in death in 2009.
Ken worked for the Department of Defense as a civilian Quality Control Inspector and was true to himself, his family, and the government for which he worked for. He was a loving father to his daughters whom he taught to be honest and true to themselves.
He retired at 55 so that he could pursue his time with his home, his wife, and his hobbies.
He grew tomatoes and enjoyed wood-working and refurbishing old Volkswagens. He also enjoyed reading, playing cards, bike riding, hanging out with the boys at Zigs for coffee in the morning, traveling and going to exercise class at the church when they were home. He enjoyed staying in shape and was able to do more than the young grandchildren who took him to classes when his eyesight failed him. He made many friends and participated for the first time in his life in church activities. He was a popular fellow and after Louise’s passing he was blessed to find a companion in Marlene Frommer and the two enjoyed life together and took care of each other. Marlene loved him and appreciated him for the man that he was. Thank you, Marlene.
The family sends a Special Thank you to Janet Moyer, who came to stay as their caregiver, allowing them to be together at home safe and secure.
Thank you to all of you who knew Ken and helped him in times of need. We appreciate all those who enjoyed his candor and honesty, loving him for who he was.
He was the last of his siblings, preceded in death by his parents, his brother: Clifford “Duwayne” Leininger and sisters: Juanita Hensley, Carol Smith, Bernice Simpkins; and an infant sister, Betty Mae.
Ken is survived by his daughters: Patricia Anne (Leininger) Wood and her husband Col. Curtis A. Wood of Orem, Utah and Karen Marie (Leininger) Thomas and her husband, Tommy A. Thomas of Eighty Eight, Kentucky and 4 grandchildren: Tara Marie Granke-Logan and her husband Michael Logan, of Asheville NC, Kacee Lynn Granke, of Asheville NC. Jeffrey Ryan Haskin, of Charleston, SC and Sarah Michelle Haskin-Minert and her husband Daniel Minert of Atlanta, GA