Charlie P. Leiner, 88, of Tiffin, passed away Saturday evening, March 29, 2014, at his home, following a brief illness.
Charlie was born Feb. 17, 1926, in Tiffin. He was the only son of Karl T. and Ernestine L. (Miller) Leiner.
Charlie lived in Tiffin his entire life. He was a 1944 graduate of Tiffin Columbian High School and enlisted in the Army Air Corp July 26, 1944, honorably serving his country for two years. He returned to Tiffin and graduated from Heidelberg College in 1950 with a bachelor of arts degree.
Following his graduation from college, Charlie worked side by side with his father at Leiner and Son Menswear, Tiffin, for more than four decades. He used to joke that he could not retire until his father did. Charlie officially retired in 1991 when the store closed after 139 years and four generations of Leiner ownership, making it one of the longest running businesses in the state of Ohio.
Charlie's lifelong passion for music began with high school musicals and continued at Heidelberg, where he sang in the choir. Throughout his life, Charlie also enjoyed singing in choirs around Tiffin and at Lakeside, where he spent his summers as a child and after he retired.
Charlie was a private pilot for more than 10 years and also enjoyed boating, fishing and traveling. Charlie's friendly nature and great sense of humor earned him many friends wherever he traveled. He enjoyed taking his nieces and nephews boating on Lake Erie, especially when they were old enough to visit Put-In-Bay.
Charlie was a long-time member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Port Clinton Yacht Club and American Legion Post No. 169.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by his sister, Carolyn Bage, Feb. 23, 2014.
Survivors include his two sisters, Suzanne Jackson of Defiance and Jane Schulz Jones of Billings, Mont.; four nieces; five nephews; and two cousins.
His memorial service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2014, at Trinity United Church of Christ, Tiffin, followed by interment of his ashes and those of his beloved sister, Carolyn, at Greenlawn Cemetery, Tiffin. Military honors will be performed at the gravesite.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Trinity United Church of Christ, Heidelberg University or Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-2424.
Condolences may be sent and the guestbook signed at www.hgmackfuneralhome.com.