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Richard B. Leinbach
(October 29, 1926 - June 20, 2014)

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87 years of age, a year-round resident of Grand Lake, Colorado, recent resident of Arvada, Colorado where he died after an extended illness. Born and raised in West Reading, Pennsylvania. Attended Kutztown University where he obtained his Baccalaureate degree in art education and met the love of his life, Cleta who preceded him in death in 2011. Had a lifelong passion for teaching and the arts and was a mentor to many. He obtained his Masters and Ph.D degrees in art education from Pennsylvania State University and was widely known for his artistry, especially his watercolors and pen/pencil drawings. He taught high school art and shop at Harriton High School in suburban Philadelphia and later taught design, perspective and history of furniture at Penn State University and Eastern Michigan University. He loved life in Grand Lake surrounded by the beauty of nature and special friends. He was very active in the Grand Lake Community as a dedicated volunteer at the Kaufman House/Grand Lake Area Historical Society and actively involved with the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre and his church, Trinity Church in the Pines. He also served on the board of Columbine Lake for many years. He and Cleta were honorary members of the Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club of Grand Lake. He recently enjoyed his new friends at the Meridian of Arvada, Colorado. Honorably served in the Army and stationed on Okinawa late in World War II. Survived by sister Mary Lou (Bob), daughters Karen and Susan, grandchildren Jeffrey, Alison and Christina and numerous grand pets. Private internment at Fort Logan National Cemetery with a memorial service at Trinity Church in the Pines in Grand Lake Colorado, September 13th at 11 am. Memorials or contributions may be made to the Kaufman House Museum/Grand Lake Area Historical Society, PO Box 656, Grand Lake, Colorado, 80447 or the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre PO Box 1682 Grand Lake, Colorado 80447 or the American Cancer Society

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