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Kenneth W. Leister

Kenneth W. Leister

Male 1921 - 2008  (87 years)

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  • Name Kenneth W. Leister  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born 14 Feb 1921  Hanover, York Cnty, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Business - Furniture co. owner 
    Died 26 Dec 2008  Hanover, York Cnty, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4
    Buried 3 Jan 2009  Rest Haven Cem, Hanover, York Cnty, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    Person ID I9515  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 27 Nov 2014 

    Father Edgar Rinehart Leister,   b. 21 Mar 1896, New Windsor, Carroll Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1969, Hanover, York Cnty, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Helen M. Rebert,   b. 1896, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 7 Dec 1919  Hanover, York Cnty, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F3426  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ruth A. Humbert 
    Married 1940  [1
    Children 
     1. Rebecca Leister
     2. Sally Leister
    +3. Thomas Leister
     4. Jacqueline Leister,   d. Bef 2008
    Last Modified 27 Sep 2011 
    Family ID F3445  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The Social Security Death Index records that Kenneth W Leister (SSN 166-12-7693; issued by PA) was born 14 Feb 1921 and died 26 Dec 2008 while residing in Hanover, York Cnty, PA.

      Obituary, The [Hanover, PA] Evening Sun (30 Dec 2008):
      "HANOVER - Kenneth W. Leister died on Friday, December 26, 2008, after being surrounded by his family during the Christmas Holiday. The last of his silver dollars were passed out to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
      "He was the loving husband of Ruth A. Humbert Leister, his wife of 68 years. Born February 14, 1921, in Hanover, he was the son of the late Edgar and Helen Rebert Leister.
      "Ken was the founder and CEO of Leisters Furniture until his retirement. His business, which he started in his basement, was his joy and his hobby.
      "Ken loved Hanover, and he served it well. He was a Charter Member of the Hanover YMCA, a past president of its Board of Directors, was on the Board of Trustees, and a member of the National YMCA Book of Honor. In 1980 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the YMCA., and in 2007 he was awarded for his Outstanding Service to the Hanover Area YMCA. Ken was a past president of the Hanover Jaycees and served as the State Vice President. He also served his community as president of the Hanover Chamber of Commerce, District Chairman of the Boy Scouts' Conewago District, spent many years as a member of the Hanover School Board, several of them as president, and was a member for 44 years of the Patmos Masonic Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons 348.
      "His faith was important to him. Ken served his church in his youth as a piano player. He was a Sunday School teacher, served on the Consistory, and supervised Youth Fellowship. He was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church.
      "Ken graduated from Eichelberger High School and was an active and proud member of the Class of '39. He attended the yearly reunions, including the 69th, held this past October.
      "In addition to his wife, Ruth, he is survived by his daughters, Rebecca Albrecht and her husband, David, Sally Howe and her husband, John; one son, Thomas Leister and his wife, Vicki, all of Hanover; eight grandchildren, Debra Littleson, David and Joshua Forsythe, Lisa Mauss, Jessie Brairton, Katie Heird, and Megan and Matthew Leister; five great-grandchildren, Amy and Jacqueline Littleson, Clayton and Brooks Forsythe, and Alexis Brairton; and three brothers, Roger Leister, Rev. Dr. Elwood Leister and his wife, Shirley, and Dr. Glenn Leister and his wife, Nancy. A daughter, Jacqueline, and a grandson, Michael Forsythe, preceded him in death.
      "The celebration of Ken's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 3, 2009.... Burial will be private at Rest Haven Cemetery.... 'A turtle doesn't get anywhere until it sticks its neck out'...." (Accessed via www.GenealogyBank.com.)

  • Sources 
    1. [S40] Obituary|, Anonymous, "Obituary", (Kenneth W Leister: 30 Dec 2008).

    2. [S783] Woody-2011 |, Woody Rush, "Descendants of Caspar Beier", (Woody Rush, 102 Alto Ave, Westminster, MD 21157-5708; Email: woody.rush550@gmail.com; Report published [2011]), p. 78.

    3. [S471] Social Security|, U.S. Social Security Admin., Social Security Death Index, (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3693).

    4. [S103] FindaGrave|, FindaGrave.com, (www.FindAGrave.com).

    5. [S783] Woody-2011 |, Woody Rush, "Descendants of Caspar Beier", (Woody Rush, 102 Alto Ave, Westminster, MD 21157-5708; Email: woody.rush550@gmail.com; Report published [2011]), pp. 77-78.