Charles J. “Chuck” Leitner, age 87, of Troy, passed away at 7:44 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at his residence.
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He was born February 5, 1932 in Edwardsville, IL, the son of the late Charles P. and Minnie (Dettmer) Leitner. He married Dolores Brakhane November 1, 1953 in Staunton, IL. She survives.
Besides his wife, Chuck is survived by two children: Kathy (Jerry) Fox of Staunton and Michael (Karen) Leitner of Glen Carbon; five grandchildren: Laura (Kevin) Ormsbee, Kristen Fox, Katelyn Fox, Anna Leitner and Emma Leitner. Three great-grandchildren: Zackary Fox, Kroy Ormsbee and Kylee Ormsbee.
Two sisters: Louise (Milton) Klaus of Troy and Shirley (Don) Meikamp of Glen Carbon.
Chuck rebuilt engines for Cassens Transport Company and was a mechanic for Cassens Automotive Dealership in Edwardsville. He also worked for Illinois Power Co.as Garage Foreman (now Ameren) in Maryville, IL. He was a US Army veteran of the Korean War, proudly serving his country and received a Medal of Commendation. He was an avid beekeeper for 55 years, receiving the Beekeeper of the Year Award and also the Illinois State Beekeeper Association’s Pioneer Award. He was well known for his production of pure, quality honey. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, sawing lumber, and restoring many old John Deere tractors, a Ford Model A car, and an old Ford truck. He also worked in his shop for many hours welding, fabricating and inventing things for his everyday life. But most of all, he loved spending time with his wife, with whom he had built a wonderful life, working side by side, dining out all over the St. Louis area, and traveling the United States, Canada and Europe.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 199, the Two-Cylinder Club and St. Clair/Madison County Beekeeper’s Association. He also wrote many stories and articles for the Bee magazines and John Deere Collector Magazines.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date for Family and close Friends.
The Family request No flowers and donations can be given to either St. Louis Shriner’s Hospital or St. Jude Children’s Hospital in his honor.