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A rosary for Gene Francis Leininger will be 10 a.m., Saturday, January 10, 2015, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sutton, Nebraska. A mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., following the Rosary Father William Holoubek will officiate. The Burial will be held at the Sutton Catholic Cemetery. Gene passed away on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at the age of 91. Gene Francis Leininger was born May 14, 1923, in Clay County, Nebraska, to Frederick Daniel and Henrietta Barbara (Lohmeier) Leininger. Following his schooling, Gene enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country during WWII in the Liberation of the Southern Philippines. On September 9, 1947, he married Dona Marie Robare at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sutton, and the couple was blessed with eight children. Gene enjoyed being outdoors and helping Dona with the vegetable and flower gardens. He was a member of the VFW and liked watching his favorite sports teams and rodeo events in person and on TV. Those family members that survive include his children, Janet Harden of Lincoln, Nebraska; Jeanette Anderson and husband, Wendell, of Pryor, Oklahoma; Theresa O’Neill and husband, Lloyd (Mick), of Omaha, Nebraska; Jerome Leininger and wife, Cherrie, of Alpine Meadows, California; Joseph Leininger and wife, Gwen, of Tahoe City, California; Mary Leininger and Kathy Culshaw of Roswell, New Mexico; John Leininger and wife, Kim, of Shenandoah, Iowa; James Leininger and wife, Becky, of Aurora, Nebraska; 19 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Lynn (Olive) Leininger of San Francisco, California; Max Leininger of Sutton, Nebraska; Alyce Leininger also of Sutton, Nebraska; Joan Rasby of Sutherland, Nebraska; and Steve Leininger of Sutton, Nebraska. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Henrietta, his wife, Dona, brothers, Kenneth Leininger and Leo Leininger, sisters, Marguerite Rodgers and Jacqueline Ochsner, and grandson, Daniel. In lieu of flowers and other condolences, please consider making a memorial contribution in Gene’s name to the Claremore Veterans Center Alzheimer’s Division, 3001 W. Blue Starr Drive, Claremore, Oklahoma 74017, or Alzheimer’s Research Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, Illinois 60601.
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