LaMar Jay Leininger, age 76 of Defiance, passed away on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at ProMedica Toledo Hospital.
He was born on May 7, 1943 to Mary (Miller) and Herbert Leininger, Sr. in Fulton County. On August 18, 1962 he married Rita (Mast) Leininger, who resides in Defiance. Jay was a truck driver, and he worked at Johns Manville for over 33 years until his retirement in 2009. He was a farmer, and he loved to mow grass. He enjoyed NASCAR, and being with his family was his greatest joy. He will be sadly missed by his family and many good friends.
Jay is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Rita Leininger of Defiance, three sons, Donald J. (Rhonda) Leininger of Archbold, Ronald R. Leininger of Defiance, and Michael L. (Jan) Leininger of Ft. Pierce, Florida, three daughters, Beth (John Jr.) Marcellus of Defiance, Jane M. Leininger of Ft. Pierce, Florida, and Theresa Leininger of Defiance. He also leaves behind eleven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, with one on the way, brother, Allen (Jody) Leininger of Defiance, and three sisters, Mary Jean Hall of Fitzgerald, Georgia, Rose (William) Waxler of Defiance, and Vikki (Marvin) Mast of Archbold.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Scotty Leininger, daughter, Ann Marie Leininger, sisters, Marlene Leininger and Sharon Leininger, and brother, Herbert Leininger, Jr.
Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at Schaffer Funeral Home South / Lawson-Roessner Chapel (1753 S. Clinton St.), and from 10:00 to 11:00 am on Friday morning prior to the service. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 22, 2019 at the same location, with Pastor Timothy Reynolds officiating. Burial will be held at Riverview Memory Gardens.
Memorials are suggested to ProMedica Toledo Hospital, or The American Lung Association. Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com.
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