Jerome John Leininger

Jerome John Leininger, age 86, of Lincoln, formerly of York, NE died Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Lincoln, NE. He was born October 31, 1930 in Hardy, NE to John and Christena (Nevin) Leininger.

Jerry graduated in 1947 from Sutton High School where he lettered in football and boxing. He was the Nebraska Prep Boxing Champion for his weight class two times, and Sutton won six state titles in seven years in the early to mid1940’s.

On September 3, 1951, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Elaine Anderson at St. Joseph Catholic Church in York, and to this union, three children were born: Mike, Jeri, and Dan.

Jerry was a long time farmer in York County. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing. Jerry was in Army National Guard and a member of St Joseph Catholic Church, where he served as an acolyte. Jerry was also a member of the York Elks Club and the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his son, Mike (Rita) Leininger of Sidney, NE, daughter, Jeri (Mike) Cunningham of Lincoln, and son Dan (Mary Jo) Leininger of York; grandchildren Angie (Phil) Johnson of Omaha, Kristin (Corey) Minchow of Omaha, Daniel (fiancé Alyssa Wenzl) Cunningham of Lincoln, Patrick (Ali) Leininger of Omaha, Tom Leininger of Atlanta, GA, Tim Leininger of Hastings, Kelly (Matt) Whipple, of Sidney, NE; and step-grandchildren, Jameson and Jared Rupert of Lincoln, NE. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren Jacob Darling, Emily and Olivia Johnson, Elsie and Nathan Minchow, all of Omaha, Violet Cunningham of Lincoln, Preston Leininger of Omaha, with another Johnson great granddaughter on the way, along with his sister Marilyn (Tanny) Reinsch of Geneva, NE and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sister and brother-in-law Marcella (Vernon) Heinz, brother in-law and sister-in-law Harold and Lois Anderson, three nephews, Ronn Anderson, Chuck Heinz and Patrick Reinsch.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:00 AM Wednesday September 13, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in York with the Reverend Monsignor James Reinert officiating. Interment followed at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, York. A Rosary service was held at 6:00 PM, Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at the mortuary. Memorials may be directed to St. Joseph Catholic Church or to the family for later designation.

Condolences may be emailed to Metz Mortuary Messages will be given to the family.