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Claud George Leinbach Sept. 6, 1949 - Dec. 2, 2016


December 6, 2016

Claud George Leinbach, 67, of Sweet Home, passed away Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. He is already greatly missed.

He was born Sept. 6, 1949 in Port Huron, Mich., to Claud Bertrum and Marguerite (Brogan) Leinbach.

Claud served in the Navy from 1968 to 1972. During that time he worked as an airplane mechanic, where he came into contact with Agent Orange in Vietnam.

Claud met and married his wife Carol while in the service, stationed at Mare Island in Vallejo, Calif.

They lived numerous places, but eventually returned to Vallejo, where he worked as a civilian at Mare Island after his honorable discharge in 1972.

There, they had two little girls; then moved to Sweet Home, where they made their home and memories for 34 years.

During those 34 years, Claud was a proud family man; he lived a life of integrity and deeply loved his wife Carol, his children Sarah and Jamie and later his sweet granddaughter, Veda.

He was always present for any and all activities they participated in. He especially enjoyed coaching and cheering on the girls’ involvement in softball and volleyball.

He was also a very proud dance team dad. Claud always took his role as a father very seriously yet regularly approached it with humor, love and understanding.

His most recent loves were watching Veda play soccer and acting in her school play. His favorite hobbies were working on cars, listening to music, cheering for his favorite sports teams, camping, traveling and visiting with friends and family.

Claud was a hardworking man and was employed by the Army Corp of Engineers as a power plant mechanic at Foster and Green Peter dams for 22 years, retiring in 2004.

Claud was passionate about many things, professionally and personally.

He was an activist as a congressional representative for the United Power Trades Organization and consistently fought for workers and family rights.

He was passionate about politics and enjoyed collecting political memorabilia. He consistently donated to his favorite organizations, including United Farm Workers, PBS and the Democratic Party of Ore- gon; he was a big supporter of Rep. Peter DeFazio.

Claud enthusiastically donated countless pints of blood to the American Red Cross for many years. He was well known for always being ready to help anyone, at any time.

Unfortunately, in the past four years his contact with Agent Orange produced cancer in his entire body and left him a paraplegic. He spent three months in care facilities and finally made it home for two days before his body gave in to the long, hard and painful fight.

Claud is survived by his wife Carol Leinbach of Sweet Home; daughters Sarah Leinbach of Albany and Jamie Leinbach of Portland; beloved granddaughter Veda Jade, also of Portland; his sister, who was instrumental in raising him, Jane Hummel, of Ontario, Canada; sister-in-law Linda Enault and her husband Mike of Yuma, Ariz.; and cousin Renee and partner Mike of Le- moore, Calif.

Claud is greatly loved and missed by several of his nieces, nephews and many friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. A short reception will follow at Claud and Carol’s home on the hill.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.


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