Soldotna resident, Robert William Leininger, 71, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, at his home in Soldotna.
Memorial services will be held Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at The Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1904 Wyatt Way, in Kenai. Please call the church for the service times, 907-283-3474.
Mr. Leinginer was born March 4, 1939, in Marinette, Ohio. He graduated high school and served in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Leinginer was a resident of Soldotna for the last 15 years. He was an ambulance driver, import/exporter, fire safety, was a furniture/cabinet maker, horse trainer, circus performer, deep sea fisherman and Wildlife reserve officer. Making cabinets and furniture was what he retired from recently. Mr. Leinginer was an active member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. He loved fishing, wood working, hunting and working with animals.
The family wrote, "Loving memories as a husband, father, brother and uncle. He was a Unforgettable person who touched many lives. We love you! Robert was born to Margaret Whear & William Treadway. Soon after his arrival he was adopted by Ethel and Edwin Leininger who gave him a loving home filled with three sisters and a brother. Time flew by and in very recent years he was reunited with his birth family (The Daughtery's). Robert and his new found family bonded and the Daughtery sisters became extended family who loved Robert even though they had only met recently. Robert will be missed by a lot of people but by his big family the most!"
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ehtel Mae Bower Leinginer, and father, Edwin Howard Leinginer; sisters, Medeia Banta and Opal B. Hall; and brothers, Lyle Leininger and Ray Price.
He is survived by his wife, Charlene Leininger, of Soldotna; sister, Zellettia Streit, of Lucedale, Miss.; sons, Phillip Leininger and his wife, Renee, of Hampton, Ga.; Robert "Bobby" Leininger, of Reno, Nev.; Raymond Leinginer and his wife, Rossa, of Groosbeck, Texas; and Robert "Tito" and his wife, Kim, of Humble, Texas; daughters, Yolanda Landry and her partner, Jeff Bugge, of Rockford, Ill,; Janie Marler and her husband, Jimmy, of Grossbeck, Texas; and Veronica Hale and her husband, Adam, of Cleveland, Texas; the Daughtery sisters, Ruth Hinton, Mary Westerling, Helen Haley, Leora Ronney, Judy Smith, Millie Bowers and Peggy Ahearn; step-daughters, Connie Grudzinski, of Texas; and Charce Dunn, of Texas; step-sons, Calvin Peck, of Indiana; and Cecil Peck, of Soldotna; nieces, Ladana Banta Turner, of Soldotna; and Jacklynn Banta Thrasher, of Oklahoma; step-grandchildren, Tracie Golver, of Wasilla; Cindy Barnette, of Tomball, Texas; and Will Howard, of Soldotna; 25 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel and Crematory.
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