Robert Peter Leinen was born March 26, 1937, at Wagner, S.D., the son of Ray and Clara (Conzemius) Leinen. To many of Bob's friends, he was simply known as "Grumpy". As a young child the family moved to Armour, S.D., and then to a farm near Remsen and Kingsley. He attended country school near his home in Henry Township. Later the family moved to Sibley.
Bob was united in marriage to Lois Tjepkes Sept. 28, 1957. To this union a daughter was born, Renee was born. The couple later divorced and Bob was married to Rita Hanson in 1966. To this union, two children where born, Jeff and Stacie. On July 18, 2007, Bob was reunited with the first love of his life, Lois.
Bob had worked as a route driver for the Sibley Creamery for several years. He also had worked at a lumber yard in Sioux City and for Affliated Foods in Norfolk, Neb.
In 1977, Bob established Grumpy's restaurant and bar in Kingsley. After selling Grumpy's in 1987, Bob moved to Le Mars and drove truck for Schuster's until retirement in 2003.
Bob enjoyed restoring cars from the 1940s and 50s. He loved to visit and spend time with his family and friends across the country. He will be greatly missed by many.
Survivors include the love of his life, Lois of Le Mars; three children, a daughter, Renee Galantine and her husband, Richard of Lodi, Calif., and their family, Jeremy (Becky), Joseph, Anthony, and Raymond; a son, Jeff Leinen and his wife Julia, and their family, Jacob, Alex, and Madchen; a daughter, Stacie Mahrt and her husband, Travis of Kingsley and their family, Kellsi, Levi, and Jayden; two great-granddaughters, Taylor and Alyssa; two stepchildren, Shawn Keleher and his wife, Cindy of Youngsville, La., and their family Mariyah and C'Ana, and Tara Gaines and her husband Anthony, of Stockton, Calif., and their family Chris, Curtis, Quinton, Jason, and Jaxson; three sisters, Joan Moritz, Norma Sparks, and Marlene Krogman, all of Le Mars; a brother, Noel Leinen and his wife Jeanne of Norfolk, Neb.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was proceded in death by his parents, Ray and Clara (Conzemius) Leinen; a brother, Michael Leinen; and two brothers-in-law, George Moritz and Bill Sparks.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. Kevin Richter officiating. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitations will be after 3 p.m. today (Monday) at the Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home with a 4 p.m. rosary service followed by a 7 p.m. vigil prayer service.
Pallbearers will be Terry Moritz, Chris Krogman, Mark Gotto, Jason Gotto, Sherry Mai, Tara Riemenschneider, Cindy Decker, and Julie Batenhorst.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.