Leonard Frank Kainer
September 15, 1931 – May 14, 2018
Leonard Frank Kainer, of Houston, Texas, passed peacefully from this world on May 14, 2018. Born on September 15, 1931, to Erwin Frank Kainer and Mary Ann Muenster Kainer, Leonard and his 3 brothers enjoyed an active childhood in Schulenburg, Texas. There, he attended Schulenburg High School, as a proud Shorthorn, and with his advantageous height and outgoing personality, he excelled in football, basketball, and track & field. He was a proud member of the class of 1950. Following graduation, he enlisted in the Army, proudly serving his tour in Alaska. As a member of the esteemed 457th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, Battery A, his leadership capabilities led to him rising to the rank of Corporal. After his honorable discharge in 1953, he moved to Houston, Texas. His combination of determination and joviality led him to a successful career with Patterson Dental. A gifted and talented salesman, Leonard’s knowledge and charm earned him numerous awards. As Top Salesman of the Year for multiple years, Leonard was both a good-natured example to his peers and a model for newcomers. On June 22, 1957, he married the love of his life, Joyce Cernoch Kainer, of Houston, Texas. Joyce and Leonard recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Together, they started a family and built a life filled with love, friends, casino trips, weekly poker nights, and the occasional practical joke.
A man of great stature, with a heart to match, Leonard held close his family and those he considered family. Once he brought you into his orbit, you were there for life. He leaves behind his loving wife, Joyce; his son, Darrell, daughter-in-law, Cheryl, and beloved grandchildren, Christy and Jared, of Katy, Texas. Leonard also leaves behind his brother, Erwin Kainer, of Northfield, Minnesota, numerous treasured nieces and nephews, and countless friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Erwin and Mary Ann Kainer and his brothers, Robert J. Kainer and Leo J. Kainer, with whom he is no doubt reunited and swapping stories.
The visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm with a rosary following at the Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home on 12800 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas, 77077. The funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at 10:30 am, with lunch following, at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church at 5356 11th Street in Katy, Texas. His burial will follow at 2:00 pm at the Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery in Houston, Texas.
Leonard is dearly loved and will be greatly missed. We are grateful for him and the time that we shared.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial gifts may be made to St. Bartholomew Catholic Church 5356 11th Street Katy, Texas.
- John Campbell
- Daniel Cernoch
- Gene Greensage
- Jordan Harris
- Eric Kainer
- Jared Kainer
- Greg Messina
- Charlie Williams
- Visitation Tuesday, May 22, 2018
- Rosary Service Tuesday, May 22, 2018
- Visitation Wednesday, May 23, 2018
- Funeral Service Wednesday, May 23, 2018
- Committal Service Wednesday, May 23, 2018
- Reception Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Leonard Frank Kainer
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Dr W Kenneth Horwitz
May 29, 2018
Leonard was the first salesman that I encountered after returning from the Military in 1963. He was instrumental in helping me set up my first office and continued to help me over the years of my practice. We lived on the same street, about a block or so away, ( on Yarwell) and maintained a friendship all these years. My sympathy and condolences go out to his family and I will remember his kindness and help forever.
Sincerely, Ken Horwitz
May 20, 2018
Soon after graduating from dental school in 1985 I met Leonard through the Wilburn Hollas family. Leonard was kind enough to spend a day driving me around Houston and introducing me to established dentists who were looking to hire an associate dentist. He was instrumental in getting my first job in the private practice of dentistry but it didn't stop there; even though I did not always do business directly with him due to geographical locations, he was always available with good advice for my next several moves and finally into purchasing my own practice. I had not seen him in some years but was greatful for the chance to reconnect and chat at the funeral of his friend Wilburn Hollas. Farewell to a fine gentleman and may god bless you all.
Frank M. Bonno DDS Santa Fe Texas
May 17, 2018
I was introduced to and became a member of the Kainer family at a very young age. I was only 4 years old when my mother, (Melba) Joyce, married Leo J. Kainer, Leonard's brother. I don't recall the exact moment I called Leonard "uncle," but I vividly recall all the enjoyable time spent with Uncle Leonard together with Aunt Joyce, and I regret that we couldn't have had more.
I happily looked forward to each time we got to visit them both. Uncle Leonard was always warm, welcoming and fun! After Darrell was born, there were even more good times to look forward to and enjoy. Uncle Leonard had such a wry sense of humor and easy going personality that there were always lots of giggles when he was around.
Although I and many feel the heartbreak of your loss, Uncle Leonard, I know we all wish you a peaceful, eternal rest.
May 17, 2018
May 15, 2018
My heartfelt sympathies go out to family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise found in 1 Thessalonians 4 : 14 “For if we have faith that Jesus died and rose again, so too God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in death through Jesus.” It is my hope that this can bring you some comfort. Knowing that there is a future for the ones we have lost in death, and you can see your loved one again when they too will be resurrected on the last day.