John J. Leimer, 92, of Rochester, Minnesota, passed away on Friday, November 29, 2019, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.
John Joseph Leimer was born November 27, 1927, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of John and Anna (Broschart) Leimer. He graduated high school at East New York then served in the United States Navy until his honorable discharge in 1949. John returned to school and earned an undergraduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Master's degrees in electrical engineering at Syracuse University and the University of Vermont-Burlington.
John married Joan Hearn on June 4, 1949, in Brooklyn, New York. In 1963 they moved to Rochester where he worked for IBM for over 35 years. John was an active member at Mount Olive Lutheran Church; KIWANIS and past president of the Golden "K". He volunteered at Mayo Clinic and Meals on Wheels and enjoyed golfing, bowling, bridge, traveling, and his true passion flying as a private pilot. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Joan of Rochester; son, John (Nancy) Leimer of Rochester; daughter, Jude Leimer (Paul Strommen) of Madison, WI; four grandchildren (Jaime Decker [Brian], Beth Cooper [Scott], Max and Peter Strommen); four great grandchildren (Landon, Melanie, Paige, and Elise); and nephew Mark Kreiling. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Madeline Kreiling, and niece Dorian Kreiling.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, December 5, 2019, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2830 18th Ave. NW, Rochester. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Mount Olive Lutheran Church Columbarium. Memorials are preferred to Mount Olive Lutheran Church.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Leimer family; to share a special memory or condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
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My sympathy to all of John’s family. I remember John as a kind, patient, generous man who was also fun to be with. When I started my career at IBM, John was my team leader. It was mostly just the two of us working on a project. He was a wonderful mentor, patient, understanding and supportive. Before long, he had me bowling in a league with him and another couple. Fun and laughter was the agenda on those nights! John also took me for a ride in his plane to see my childhood home. What an experience for a small town/small farm girl! He was a wonderful man! May God shower all of you with peace and comfort. Maureen Bhaskaran
More than a dear friend, John was like a dad to me. Could always count on a hug and kiss whenever we met and some great conversation over breakfast at HyVee! His deep faith and caring for everyone was a clear message of how to live and pass it on!
What a remarkable man who lived a life of service to many. He made a difference. I will miss him at Sunday service at Mount Olive Lutheran Church.
My sympathy to you, Joan, and your family. I recall many years ago, we were in the same bowling league.
I met John many years ago in the IBM billiard league, and always enjoyed his company and his love of the game. Even though it has been 30 years since I talked to John, I can still hear his New York accent, touched with humor and intelligence. So sorry for your loss.
My thoughts and prayers are with John and the rest of the Leimer family on the loss of your father.
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