Herbert 'Chuck' Leininger Jr.


MONTPELIER -- Herbert "Chuck" Leininger Jr., 71, of Montpelier, died Wednesday afternoon, September 12, 2012, at the CHP Defiance Area In-patient Hospice Center in Defiance.

He was born on June 20, 1941, in Henry County, Ohio, to Herbert G.J. and Mary M. (Miller) Leininger. Chuck attended the Ayersville Local School system and Indiana-Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Chuck served his country in the Army National Guard. Chuck was a farmer in both Williams and Defiance counties. He also worked at B.F. Goodrich in Woodburn, Indiana, as a tire builder. More recently, Chuck worked for HADA construction in Pioneer. Chuck was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Burlington, the Montpelier Moose and the Pioneer American Legion.

He is survived by a daughter, Carol (Robert) Polter of Montpelier; a son, LaVon "Chuck" (Pat) Leininger of Reading, Pa.; two grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two stepgrandchildren, four great-stepgrandchildren; two brothers, Jay (Rita) Leininger of Defiance and Allen (Donna) Leininger of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; four sisters, Marlene F. Leininger of Defiance, Mary Jean (Lee) Hall of Fitzgerald, Ga., Rose (Bill) Wexler of Defiance, and Vikki and (Marvin) Mast of Archbold; and a brother in-law, Jim Sponsler of Montpelier.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rita Rose "Toots"(Sponsler); and a sister, Sharon Haines.

Visitation hours for Chuck will be today, September 14, from 4-8 p.m. at the Thompson Funeral Home in Montpelier. Services will be on Saturday at 2 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Burlington, Ohio, with Pastor James C. Strawn to officiate. Interment will follow at St. James Cemetery in Archbold.

Donations may be made to the family. Condolences may be sent online to www.thethompsonfuneralhome.com.

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