Richard “Dick” Leines

Dick Leines was born in Willmar, MN, on July 8, 1937, to Arthur and Hattie Leines. He was baptized on August 8, 1937, and confirmed on July 16, 1950, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Atwater, MN. Dick graduated from Willmar High School in 1955, and attended college at St. Olaf in Northfield, MN, St. Cloud State and Mankato State. He was a member of bands and orchestras throughout his college days, playing tuba and drums.

Dick worked at many jobs throughout his life starting in grade school as a farm hand, and then working at gas stations, fuel-oil-bulk plants, a grocery store, a residential dairy route, a soft ice cream business, a music store, helping to repair band instruments, a cafeteria (in college), as well as painting houses, doing highway construction and driving a taxi.Through working at a Nursing Home in college, he ended up leasing and operating a Nursing Home in Madelia, MN, where he met and married the love of his life, Janis Madson, in 1959. He went on with Health Care Administration in a small hospital in Minnesota and later opened several new Nursing Homes in Kansas, the last being a Medicare-approved facility in the mid-60s.

Dick was in sales for 15 years. He then worked for Cottonwood, Inc. in Lawrence, for 24 years, the last 20 of which he was the Human Resources Director. He retired in 2011. During retirement, Dick spent many hours transporting handicapped individuals to church, doctor appointments, etc.

Dick and Jan raised three children who were their pride and joy. He is survived by his wife, Jan: three children – daughter Terry (Greg) Burris, Garland, TX, son Rick (Shirl), Lenexa, KS, and son Jon (Elyce), Colorado Springs, CO: and six grandchildren – Amy Leines, Parker, CO, Eric Leines, Overland Park, KS, Bryan Leines, Ashburn, VA, Elle and Matthew Leines, Colorado Springs, CO, and Zane Burris, State College, PA. Dick is also survived by his sister, Beatrice Devereaux of Litchfield, MN, and several nieces and nephews.

Dick enjoyed spending time with his family. He enjoyed music, driving, traveling, woodworking, and reading. Other interests and hobbies included involvement with his church, Immanuel Lutheran, where he held several positions over the years. He also served as the first president of the Haskell LIGHT Board of Directors in Lawrence. He was a charter member of the Salina Barbershop Chorus, and after moving to Lawrence, sang with the Heart of America Barbershop Chorus in Kansas City for several years.

Additionally, the family of Dick Leines would like to send a special thank you to A Helping Hand and Visiting Nurses for the care and assistance they gave Richard.

Memorial services will be held at 11 am on Saturday, December 2, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2104 Bob Billings Parkway, Lawrence. Visitation 10-11 am at the church, prior to the service. Inurnment will be at Rosendale Lutheran Church, Madelia, MN, at a later date.The family suggests memorials in Dick’s name to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Cottonwood,Inc., or Haskell LIGHT, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Messages & Condolences

From Jennifer Cash...

I am so sorry to hear of our friends father passing. May God comfort you all in the loss with all the wonderful memories of a well journeyed life. May God Bless you all!

From Christian R. Rickmers...

My condolences to the family. I knew for a short time while at Cottonwood years ago–great guy! Also, a shoutout to Terry who i worked with at Wendy’s while at Lawrence High School. RIP!

From Sharon Reynolds...

Know that I am thinking of you Jon, Elyce and family and sending prayers for comfort and peace.

From Jill Baker...

I have so many wonderful memories of Dick from his years of employment at Cottonwood. He will always be a part of the Cottonwood family. He pretty much created the job of HR Director and helped us maneuver through all kinds of initiatives and changes in our workforce, in our field, in employment law, and stayed current with the ever changing compliance and regulatory demands. He professionalized the position and, while he could be firm when needed, he was loved for his humor, his dedication, and his profound humanity to employees who may have been struggling in their personal or professional lives. Such a kind and interesting man who made a difference. My deepest sympathy to the family.

From Julie Boyle...

Thinking of you, Jan, and your family and hoping that sharing wonderful memories comforts you.

From Aynsley Anderson Sosinski...

Dear Jan: I was so sorry to read that Dick had passed away. I worked with him on events at Cottonwood and he was just so welcoming, friendly and kind. Then when you both attended Senior Supper and Seminar at LMH Health, he was exactly the same and I enjoyed renewing acquaintances with him (and you). Sending my deepest condolences. He was a wonderful man.

From Kathy Buffington...

To Jan and family: I always enjoyed seeing Dick and visiting with him at exercise class and Immanuel. He was always so friendly and positive. Prayers are with you for comfort and peace. Hugs
Kathy and Gary Buffington

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