Services celebrating the life of Gary Leininger, age 58 of St. Cloud, will be 2:00 PM, Thursday, January 6 at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home Chapel. Gary passed away, peacefully into the arms of our Father at the Country Manor Health Care Center, on Sunday, after a long battle from the complications of a brain tumor. Burial will take place later in Buffalo, NY. Friends may gather after 1:00 PM Thursday at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home in St. Cloud.Gary was born July 13, 1952 in Buffalo, NY to Donald and Irene (Zamorek) Leininger. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Canius College in Buffalo, NY, and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice while working CID in the United States Army. Gary met and married Colleen Anderson while serving in the Army at Fort Bliss, TX. They were married on December 20, 1980 in Stewartville, MN. In 1988, Gary and Colleen relocated to St. Cloud where Gary accepted a job as the first evidence technician at the St. Cloud Police Department. He organized the first crime lab for the St. Cloud Police Department and worked there until 1999, when his health failed.. During his employment Gary attended the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA and became a latent finger printer. His meticulous nature and eye for detail earned him respect among his peers. Gary was a member of Redeeming Love Lutheran Church and the Country Manor Chapel. He was also a Ham Radio Operator and a member of the Ham Radio Operators Club.Gary is survived by his wife, Colleen Leininger, Waite Park; his children; David Leininger, Titusville, FL; and Audra Hermanson, Marinette, WI. He is also survived by his three grandchildren; Alea Hermanson, Maisy Irene Hermanson and Morgan Leininger; and his sister, Donna Davis, McKinney, TX.Gary is preceded in death by his parents and his son, Michael Leininger.In lieu of flowers, donations will be used to create a permanent memorial for Gary Leininger.
Schedule and Information
Visitation for Gary will be from 1:00 until 2:00 on Thursday, January 6, 2011
Miller-Carlin Funeral Home Chapel, 3013 Roosevelt Road, St. Cloud, MN
In lieu of flowers, donations will be used to create a permanent memorial for Gary Leininger