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James Edward Leininger

October 29, 2020

Haviland- James Edward Leininger, 93, died October 29, 2020 in Hugoton, Kansas. He was born January 8, 1927 in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Charles and Catherine Leininger. He grew up on a farm in Mitchell, Nebraska. His mother died when he was 3. After graduating from high school, he worked as a farm hand, hospital orderly, and at a meat packing plant before being drafted to serve in the Korean War. He served in the newly integrated Army as a surveyor building air strips with a formerly black unit. He was promoted to sergeant during his tour of duty. After his return, he worked as a farm hand in Hay Springs Nebraska. He met Roberta Allen and they married on December 30, 1958. A back injury sent him to college, first Friends University, then Chadron State and finally to a Master of Science from Emporia State University. He taught high school science in Arthur and Valentine, Nebraska before moving to Haviland, Kansas to teach at Barclay College in 1972. He taught there until his retirement. He was known for his homemade jerky and sausage, creating science equipment out of junk, his sense of humor, his love of stories, his hospitality hosting foreign students and even people stranded by mechanical problems, and the fact that he never met a stranger. Most of all he was known for his love for the Lord and his willingness to be God’s hands and feet as he helped others. This continued even into his 90’s. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters: Ruth Leininger, Lucy Young, and JoAnne Stark; and his wife Roberta. He is survived by his 4 children, Charlotte (Sherman) Dance, Ruth Anna (Doug) Reiners, Philip (Becky) Leininger, Charles (Chelle) Leininger; his grandchildren, Caroline (Daniel Woeste), Susannah, and Del Dance, Tympani Skelton, Mitchell, Matthew, Michael, Kaitlyn, Zackary, and Nathan Leininger, Andreia (Jace) Moore and their children Tami, Toni, Alex and Travis; many nieces and nephews and many others who became family to him. To honor his life, tell a story and be God’s hands and feet to help someone. A memorial service will be held 1:30 pm on November 9, 2020 at Haviland Friends Church, Haviland. Memorials are suggested to Barclay College, Haviland, in care of Fleener Funeral Home, PO Box 41, Greensburg, KS 67054.

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4 thoughts on “James Edward Leininger

  1. I have many fond memories of Jim Leininger over the years.

    When I was a young kid in Haviland, Jim and Roberta Leininger were my Sunday school teachers and sponsored several youth crafting projects. I remember making may types of projects with them such as ceramics, rock polishing, etc …

    My fondest memory of Jim Leininger is of how he was able to use his love for science in his object lessons to really teach his students something in a fun way.

    When I returned to Haviland for college, Jim was my Math and Science teacher. I loved having the opportunity to learn from him again.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time of great loss.

  2. Sending our prayers to the family. Mr. L was very special to us. He will be greatly missed. We will be unable to come due to health but will treasure all the memories we have and how he helped us so many times. A great man of God! Carey called him his adopted dad. His love and kindness to others will never be forgotten.

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