Leroy Michael Wientjes Obituary

Leroy Michael  Wientjes
Leroy Michael Wientjes

August 26, 1928 - January 14, 2014
Born in Cleveland, OH
Resided in Wilmington, OH
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Leroy Michael Wientjes, 85, passed from this life on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at home with his family. Mike was born August 26, 1928 in Cleveland, OH the youngest child of John and Thearesa Baker Wientjes.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jeanette Rude Wientjes; son, Ronald (Debra Herman) Wientjes, Xenia, Ohio son, Donald (Heidi Davis) Wientjes, Wilmington, Ohio two grandchildren, Christy (Tim) Fielding and Elissa (Justin) Thrasher, two great grandsons, Jake Fielding and Nolan Thrasher. Also surviving is one brother Robert Wientjes of Columbus, Ohio, a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Joann and Marvin Chamberlin, Midland, Ohio, brother-in-law Felix Rude, Whitehouse, Ohio and several nieces and nephews. Also surviving are special friends, Stacy and Shadrack Dvorak and family.

Predeceasing Mike are four sisters, Marcella Grosse, Estella Schwanks, Loraine Gray and Regina Wientjes who died as a child; three brothers and five sister-in-laws; John and June Wientjes, Joseph and Lita Wientjes, Norbert and Grace Wientjes, Ruth Wientjes and Jane Rude.

The Wientjes family moved to Blanchester during the Depression and began farming on a farm on State Route 123 south of Blanchester. Mike and his four brothers all served honorably in the United States Military. Mike joined the U.S. Navy after graduating from Blanchester High School and served at the end of World War II and in the Korean Conflict. During the Korean Conflict Mike served aboard the U.S.S. Gen. G.M. Randall.

After being discharged in 1951 Mike returned to Blanchester and studied at the University of Cincinnati and worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. Mike and Jeanette were married on August 21, 1954 in Blanchester, Ohio. Mike retired from Wright-Patterson in 1983 having worked for several years in the AFOG Division where he built displays and special projects for the Air Force.

Mike's life revolved around his family, home and church. He was a member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church, Wilmington, Ohio for over 50 years. Mike was extremely talented in woodworking, gardening, art and photography. He was a master woodworker creating beautiful pieces of furniture, cabinetry, decorative items and wonderful toy boxes. Several remodeled kitchens and projects in the Wilmington area were the product of his talents. His photography of flowers was outstanding and one of his pictures of a yellow rose from his garden, was chosen by Mead Corporation to be on the cover of a three-ring notebook. In his off-time from work and in his retirement, Mike could always be found in his workshop or in the garden and in the wintertime, he would be planning next year's flower gardens and projects. Mike loved to laugh and being light-hearted. He will be missed by all those whose lives he touched.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, 73 N. Mulberry St. Wilmington, OH at 10:00 A.M. with visitation at the church beginning at 9:00 A.M. Burial will be at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Fayetteville, Ohio.

Contributions, if desired, may be made in Mike's memory to Community Care Hospice, P.O. Box 123 Wilmington, OH 45177.




St. Columbkille Catholic Church
73 N. Mulberry St.
Wilmington, OH US 45177
Saturday, January 18, 2014
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
St. Columbkille Catholic Church
73 N. Mulberry St.
Wilmington, OH US 45177
Saturday, January 18, 2014
10:00 AM
St. Patrick Cemetery
Fayetteville Rd.
Fayetteville, OH US 45118
Saturday, January 18, 2014


Community Care Hospice
PO Box 123
Wilmington, OH US 45177