Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home

120 West Mill Street, Ossian, IN


Lavon E. "Betty" Leininger

November 20, 1923July 24, 2019

Lavon E. “Betty” Leininger, 95, of Yoder went home to be with her Lord on July 24, 2019. She was born on November 20, 1923 in Whitley County, a daughter of the late Howard and Mildred (Spear) Hougendobler. She was a homemaker who loved planting flowers and vegetables every spring. She loved sewing clothes for her daughters when they were young. Betty loved to “refresh” the house by constantly painting the rooms. She was a lifelong member of St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, Thiele Road, and always a willing helper in church activities. Surviving are her daughters, Karen (Hugh) Littleford, Janice Leininger, Arlene (Leonard) Gallmeyer, Patty (Mark) Collier; brother, Virgyle (Kathy) Hougendobler; six grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and her first great great grandchild due in February. She was preceded in passing by her husband, Clyde B. Leininger; sons, Paul, Terry, and an infant daughter; sisters, Marie Scheiman, Ruth Dickerson, Louise Double, and Noreen Hougendobler; and brothers, Argyle, Weldon, and Orville. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 29, 2019 at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 16933 Thiele Rd., Fort Wayne with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at the church. Burial will be in St. Mark Lutheran Church Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Mark Lutheran Church or Lake Luther. Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home, Ossian is handling arrangements.


  • St. Mark Lutheran Church
  • Lake Luther


  • Visitation Sunday, July 28, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, July 29, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 29, 2019
  • Final Resting Place: St. Mark Lutheran Church Cemeter Monday, July 29, 2019


Lavon E. "Betty" Leininger

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