Robert J. Leining, 59, a longtime Rushville resident passed away April 8, 2014 at his home with his loving family at his side. Bob was born in Middletown, Conn., on Dec. 3, 1954 to Herbert K. and Alva (Olsen) Leining Sr., both deceased.
Bob grew up in Durham, Conn. He graduated from Coginachaug Regional High School in 1972 and Career Trades Institute for small engine repair in 1973. Bob married his high school sweetheart, Deborah Sue Goad on June 15, 1974 and she preceded him in death on Oct. 22, 2011.
Deb and Bob moved to Rush County in 1986 and opened Deb and Bob’s video which lasted 18 years. Bob has worked at SMC of America for the last 12 Years. Bob was an avid UConn mens and womens basketball fan and a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan.
Bob is survived by his sons, Alvin H. and Troy C. Leining of Rushville; grandchildren, Paige (Bob), Ian, Kain, Marlee, Promise and Pacey Leining, Micheal and Siarria Smiley. All of Bob’s grandchildren call him Bob. Also surviving are two loving and caring sisters, Linda and husband Richy Footit of Middlefield, Conn., and Donna and husband Rick Lambertson of Middletown, Conn.; nieces, Kristine and husband Free Frank Foligno of Middletown, Conn., Karen and husband Guy Vecchitto of Killingworth, Conn., Amy and Andy Carter of Indiana, Jennifer and Tom Lang of Indiana, Tara Brown of Ohio and many more nieces and nephews; one very special cousin, John and Madeline Leining of Connecticut and many more cousins; mother-in-law Theda Hawkins; extended family the Egielskes, the Markleys, Jim and Kathy Linville; all his friends at SMC; two very special friends who were always there for him, Jackie Day and Debbie Collier; and his caregivers from Decatur Hospice, especially Beth West.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife Deborah (Goad) Leining; mother and father Herbert K. and Alva (Olsen) Leining; brothers Herbert K. Leining Jr. and Harry W. Leining; and nephew Eric Brown.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Moster Mortuary, Rushville. Chip West will preside. Friends are welcome to visit from noon to 2 p.m. that same day at the mortuary. Cremation will follow services.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rush County United Santa Helpers, Rush County Food Bank or Rush County Boys and Girls Club.
Services entrusted to Moster Mortuary.