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Leo P. Kleine, age 98, was called home on Monday April 1, 2019. Leo was born on August 1, 1920 to the late Frank and Clara (Weis) Kleine at 12719 Calumet Avenue, Cedar Lake. Leo was a longtime farmer at the homestead where he was born and died. He married Janet (Fedler) on June 23, 1945 till her death December 2, 1972 (27 years) and later married Mae Lucas April 24, 1991 till her death on September 6, 2009 (18 years). Leo is survived by his six children Francis (Roxanne Schroeder)Lowell, Thomas (Rusty)Jacksonville Oregon , Robert (Cheryl Misch) Cedar Lake , Donald (Christina Neal) San Diego California, Susan (Michael) Casey Marysville Washington and Paul (Rose) Kleine Cedar Lake, sister Elizabeth (Kleine) Marks San Francisco California and 4 step children Frank (Barbara), Sandra (Mike)Lucas, Lorie (Riki) Lucas and Margaret Lucas; has 12 grandchildren, 8 step grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, 5 step great grandchildren and 2 great, great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by both wives; siblings: Lawrence Kleine, Cecilia (Kleine) Glueckert, Marie (Kleine) Poppe, Agnes (Kleine) Carmody, Leonilda Kleine, and Edward Kleine and 1 step son David Lucas.
Friends are invited to meet with the family from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 31, 2019, at Holy Name Catholic Church, 11000 W 133rd Ave, Cedar Lake, IN 46303. A Funeral Mass will be held at the church at 11:00 AM, immediately following visitation. Leo will be cremated by Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Highland, Indiana.
Leo loved his family and farming. He was a lifetime member of Holy Name Catholic Church in Cedar Lake serving on the Church Board and Credit Union Board. As a boy, he helped build Holy Name Catholic Church and, with his wife, solicited funds to build St. Anthony Hospital. He was active in the Indiana Farm Bureau, a Lifetime member of the National Farmers’ Organization, and was an innovative farmer providing services for other farmers such as raising and selling certified seed for 42 years and spreading lime as Kleine Seed and Fertilizer. He was also an original Lake County 4H-er showing livestock.
He was lovingly known as Uncle Leo or Grandpa Leo by all the children of Brunswick.
For additional information, please contact Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center Konnie Kuiper-Kevin Nordyke by calling us at 219-838-0800, or visiting us at www.hillsidefhcares.com
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