Orlo Guy Leininger

Orlo Guy Leininger
birth: 4 June 1917 in Rockford, Mercer, Ohio to Edwin Anton and Lola May Landfair Leininger
death: 10 December 1996 in Portage, Porter, Indiana
burial: Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso, Porter, Indiana

marriage: 25 June 1955 in St. Marks Roman Catholic Church, Gary, Lake, Indiana
Dorothy Elizabeth Koss
birth: 14 April 1918 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois to Mara “Mary Violet” and Ivan “John” Kos[s]
death: 4 October 2001 in Dunedin, Pinellas, Florida
burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Glen Park, Lake, Indiana

Children of Dorothy Elizabeth Koss and Orlo Guy Leininger:

  • Living

Ancestor here lived in:

Lake County, Indiana

Other Information:

Orlo Guy Leininger was the oldest of three children born to Edwin Anton and Lola May Landfair Leininger on 4 June 1917 in Rockford, Mercer, Ohio. By 1920, the family had relocated to Blue Creek, Adams, Indiana. The following year they were living in Pleasant Mills, Decatur, Indiana. The family moved often as his father managed farms. The family settled in Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana where Guy, as he liked to be called, attended the South Wayne Bethel United Brethren Sunday School in 1926, being promoted from the primary to the junior department. Guy attended Wayne Township schools where he received an honor roll certificate on 20 May 1927. After that school year ended the family relocated to 106 South Washington Street, Hobart, Lake, Indiana where Edwin had found work as a railroad car inspector. Guy joined the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Sunday School. He was baptized on 29 January 1931 at the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Hobart. On 5 May 1933, Guy successfully completed 8th grade. He matriculated the following year to Hobart Senior High School where he received a diploma on 26 May 1939. His World War 2 Draft Card, completed on 16 October 1940, shows he was living with his parents in Hobart and he was employed at Carnegie Illinois Steel Corporation. He had brown hair, hazel eyes and a ruddy complexion. Guy served in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman in Alaska between 4 June 1942 and 6 November 1945. His parents had bought the Arvilla Dairy in the mid-1940s, around the time his father began working for the post office in Hobart. When Guy returned from the service he found work at US Steel and helped his father farm. It was at US Steel that he met Dorothy Elizabeth Koss; the two were wed on 25 June 1955 at St. Marks Roman Catholic Church in Gary, Lake, Indiana. They resided in an apartment in downtown Gary and relocated with their infant to one along Lake St. George in Hobart. In fall 1956 they purchased a home at 816 South Main Street. The cottage has been raised. The union was short lived, after one child, the couple separated in May 1962 and Guy returned to live at his parent’s farmhouse on R.R. 2. After his mother died in 1964, Guy’s father decided to sell the dairy and move back to Fort Wayne. Guy purchased the property, working at farming and at U.S. Steel. He married second to the widowed neighbor, Myrna Elizabeth Allgor Schavey on 26 November 1965in Hobart. They had no children together, though she had four from her first marriage and two step-children. He then rejoined the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hobart and received his first communion on 26 June 1966. In 1980, after 40 years as a Loader and a member of USW Local 10, he retired. Guy loved dogs, especially collies. He also operated a pony ride business in the late 1950s through the 1960s. He often was seen driving a surrey in a local parade. By 1984 he was renting his farm land and using the cow barn to hold auctions. He developed Parkinsons Disease and resided at Fountainview Place in Portage where he died on 10 December 1996. He is buried in Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso, Porter, Indiana, beside his parents.

m. 2nd Myrna Elizabeth Allgor (1922-2011) no children together

Submitted by:
Lori Samuelson
Email: genealogyatheart@gmail.com


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