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Richard Leinfelder
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Richard C. Leinfelder, 80, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005.

Born May 29, 1924 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, he is survived by his wife of 55 years, Anita Stewart Leinfelder. They met in 1945 when Richard sailed into the Port of Stockton with the Navy, marking the beginning of their life together.

They married four years later in 1949 and moved to Dallas, Texas where Mr. Leinfelder had previously attended SMU. He started his own successful homebuilding business, which continued over three decades. They returned to Stockton in 1975 and farmed locally for the past 29 years.

He served on the Escalon Unified School District school board from 1976 to 1985. His family attended St. Michael's parish and, for the past 12 years, the Cathedral of the Annunciation. He gave his selfless support and love to his entire family attending their events, performances, and fundraisers, however, always enjoying "family-time-at-home" the most - gathering walnuts with grandchildren, sharing the joys of farming, and simple gardening and yard work. His family and many dear friends will remember him as a hard worker, loyal to his family and commitments, and a man of great humility.

He is also survived by five children and their spouses and 12 grandchildren, Donald and Linda Leinfelder and children Matthew, Michelle and David; Dennis and Pauline Leinfelder; Belinda and Dave Squires and children, Ryan, Andrew and Emily; Lynette and Dave Magnino and children Ryan, Brenden, Madeline and Dalton; Renelle and Harold Hood and children Jake and Ben; and two brothers, Edward Leinfelder of Dawson, TX and Lucien Leinfelder of Dallas, TX.

He was preceded in death by parents Cyril and Lucia Leinfelder.

Private family services. Donations may be made to the Cathedral of the Annunciation Parish or to your favorite charity.

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Feb. 9, 2005