Obituary of Olive Eudora
From the Kingfisher Free Press, January
Obituary of O. E. Leonhardt.
Between the dates of September 22, 1864, and December 22,
1906, the world beheld the earthly life of Olive Eudora
Leonhardt, the loving wife of Henry L. Leonhardt; age 42
years, 3 months, these two were united in the holy bonds
of matrimony June 4th, 1891, at Manhattan, Kan., her
parents were W. M. and S. M. Rudy. The place of her birth
was Springfield, Illinois. She found the Lord Jesus
Christ as a personal Savior early in life. She was
converted in her early childhood at Manhattan, Kansas,
her conversion was plain, and positive and a favorite
theme of conversation.
Her life has been marked by conscientious Christian
devotion, it was a noble life, the motto of which was the
great Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have
others do to unto you," The gold of her life
revealed itself in her affliction. She realized the last
few weeks of her sickness that physicially she was
suffering defeat from a spiritual standpoint. She was
more than conqueror through the power of a personal
Christ who had sustained her from the days of her youth.
We know that all things work together for good. What I do
thou knowest not, but thou shalt know hereafter, the
Lord's will be done, though I walk through the valley of
the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.
Her last few weeks of life on earth were filled with
intense suffering, and yet she endured it all with
christian parience. She leaves behind her blessed
heritage of a well spent life, and the precious memory of
a good name. Her life has not been lived in vain.
We shall always remember the dark and sad midnight hour,
of December 22, when the spirit of this loving wife and
mother, was ushered into the brightness of a never ending
She leaves to mourn her untimely departure a kind and
devoted husband; four daughters, and one son, father and
mother, and four sisters. Her mother, and two sisters
were here in her last weeks to care for her, and minister
to her few wants. Besides her relatives, she leaves to
mourn her loss, unnumbered hosts of friends. But our loss
is her eternal gain, to live in Christ, to die is gain.
Though he leadeth me through the valley of the shadow of
death, I will fear no evil.
Cause of death was cancer after four years of suffering.
Obituary of Henry Lewis
From the Kingfisher Weekly Free Press, August 21, 1952
Obituary of Henry Lewis Leonhardt
H. L. Leonhardt, son of Gen. Charles F. W. and Esther
Lewis Leonhardt, was born Dec. 25, 1863, at Muscatine,
Iowa. He died Aug. 17, 1952, at the age of 88.
He was the eldest son of a family of seven. When eight
years of age he moved with his parents to Riley county,
Kans., and from there to Louisville and then to Paola,
Kans. He attended public schools in that state.
As a young man, he worked at stone masonry in Manhatten,
Kans. It was there that he met and married Olive
Martindale in 1884. Two years later tragedy struck when
he lost both his wife and infant daughter by death.
He continued to work in Manhatten for a few years and
then on June 4, 1891, he married Olive Eudora Rudy. To
this union five children were born. Two of them, Mrs. Joy
Baker and Mrs. Jeannette Tennis, preceded him in death.
In the fall of 1892 he came by covered wagon to the newly
opened territory of Oklahoma and settled on a farm, which
he purchased as a relinquishment, southwest of
Kingfisher. A short time later, he was joined by his wife
and daughter, Joy, who came by train from Kansas.
In addition to farming in the early days of his life in
Oklahoma he also did stone masonry work in Kingfisher and
El Reno. One of his first jobs here was on the Conley
building; he also worked on the telephone and postoffice
It wasn't long before he and his neighbors saw the need
of a church in this pioneer community and they organized
in 1893 what is still known as Park Congregational
church. When the present building was erected, Leonhardt
did all of the mason work and plastering. In 1941 he was
elected honorary trustee, after having actively served in
that capacity for 47 years. He was the last of the
original 15 charter members of this church.
In 1906, his wife died.
After being father and mother to his children for several
years he married Jennie Johnston. She died in 1916.
In 1921 he was married to Emma Hobson of Kingfisher, who
was his helpmate until her death in July 1944. Since 1946
he had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Charles
Leonhardt was active in community affairs, having served
on the school board and the precinct election board for a
number of years. He was an active participant in church
services as long as his health permitted.
Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Trindle, and Mrs. Fred
Weiland of Dumas, Texas, a son, Paul of Kingfisher,
brother Fred of Reseda, Calif., two sisters, Mrs. Mary
Rehfield of Edmond and Mrs. Fannie Persinger of Oklahoma
City, 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grand children, and
Funeral was Wednesday morning at the
Methodist-Congregational church in Kingfisher, with Rev.
Esra Vornholt and Rev. R. A. Anderson officiating. Burial
was in Kingfisher cemetery, with Smith funeral home in
Obituary of Joy
From the Kingfisher Weekly Free Press, April 11, 1938
Obituary of Mrs. Herman Baker
Joy Ruth Leonhardt was born August 15, 1892, at
Manhatten, Kans., and passed away after a brief illness
at Enid on April 8, 1938, at the age of 45 years, 7
months and 24 days.
Her parents came to the newly opened territory of
Oklahoma when she was but an infant and bought a
relinquishment in the Park community. She resided in that
community all her life.
She was married June 4, 1913, to Herman Baker. To this
union four children were born, Mrs. Olive Hart of Enid,
Charles, Helen and Marvin of Kingfisher, all of whom
Mrs. Baker's parents were charter members of the Park
Congregational church and she was always in its services
as a child. She united with that church in 1908 and held
her membership there until her death. She was very active
in all its work, being president of the Missionary
society, and always busy with helping with the Women's
Helpers' Union. She also served as pianist and sang in
the choir. She taught in the Sunday School. The church
will feel that one of its most loyal supporters has been
called to the aid of a triumphant church above.
Not only in the home and church will Mrs. Baker be sorely
missed, but throughout the entire community, where she
was active in every good work. Her many neighbors and
friends, having known her all her life, feel the loss of
one who was ever ready to do and to serve both in time of
responsibility and in the little unobtrusive acts of
kindness which smooth the path of life.
In addition to her husband and children, she is also
survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Leonhardt;
one brother, Paul L. Leonhardt; and three sisters, Mrs.
Everett Tennis and Mrs. Fred Weiland, of Clayton, New
Mexico and Mrs. Charles Trindle of Kingfisher.
So many associations and good works which carry the
inpress of her life continue to speak of her influence.
The spirit of Mrs. Baker is still living and is still
felt and will be throughout the Park community.
Obituary of Henry Paul
From the Kingfisher Times & Free Press,
April 21, 1979
Obituary of H. Paul Leonhardt
KINGFISHER - Funeral for H. Paul Leonhardt, 84, who died
Wednesday, April 18, in an Oklahoma City hospital, will
be at 10 a.m. today at the Sanders Funeral Home Chapel.
The Rev. Forrest Woodward will officiate and burial will
be in the Kingfisher Cemetery.
Leonhardt was born August 31, 1894, to Henry Lewis and
Olive Eudora Leonhardt, at Kingfisher and lived most of
his life in this area. He was a retired carpenter and
painter and also farmed and was supplier of firewood for
residents of Kingfisher for many years.
He married Florence Wrobbel at Guthrie on July 1, 1939.
She preceeded him in death.
Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Fred (Lorena) Weiland,
Dumas, Texas; two step daughters, Mrs. Alfred Duffy and
Mrs. Calvin Geis, both of Kingfisher, and several neices
Obituary of Emma
Rohlfing Hobson Leonhardt
From the Kingfisher Times, July 13, 1944
Obituary of Emma (Rohlfing) Leonhardt
Mrs. Henry Leonhardt of the Park community suffered a
heart attack Monday morning while in Kingfisher.
Emma Louise Rohlfing, daughter of Frederick and Sofia
Rohlfing, was born January 25, 1864, in Indianapolis,
Ind., and died at the Kingfisher Clinic Hospital on July
11, 1944, at the age of 80 years, 5 months and 16 days.
She was reared by guardians, and was educated in German
schools in Indiana. In 1884 she was married to Lafayette
Hobson in Illinois, and they lived in Ashland, Kansas and
in Oklahoma as pioneers until his death in 1899. She then
moved to St. Louis and worked in a confectionery for 13
years. Returning to El Reno, she cared for her
sister-in-law until her death in 1917. She was then
employed as a drug store clerk and a practical nurse.
On September 21, 1921, she was married to Henry
Leonhardt, and lived in the Park community until her
At an early age she was confirmed in the Lutheran church,
later transferring her membership to the Park
Congregational church, where she loved to attend and was
a faithful and active member, having attended services
only a week before her death. She was an honorary member
of the Park Women Helpers' union.
She leaves to mourn her passing her husband of the home;
four (step) children, Paul Leonhardt of Vallejo, Calif.,
Mrs. Jeanette Tennis of Sweetwater, Tex., Mrs. Charles
Trindle of Kingfisher, and Mrs. Fred Weiland of Clayton,
New Mex., 14 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren;
and a host of friends.
Funeral service was held this Thursday afternoon at the
Christian Church in Kingfisher, following which interment
was made in the family lot in the Kingfisher Cemetary.
Rev. W. A. Roberts of Lawton, a former minister of the
Park Congregational church and an old friend of the
family, officiated, with the Bracken funeral home in
charge of arrangements.
Jeanette (Leonhardt) Tennis
From the Kingfisher Times, October 4, 1949
Obituary of Jeanette Gladness (Leonhardt) Tennis
Mrs. Jeanette Tennis was born in Kingfisher, Okla on
September 6, 1896 and died in Sweetwater, Texas on
September 29, 1949 at the age of 53 years and 23 days.
Her parents were Henry and Olive Leonhardt who came to
the newly opened territory at Kingfisher, Okla., in 1889
where she spent her girlhood days and received her
education. She was converted at the age of 13 and was a
devoted member of the Congregational church in her former
She was married to Everett A. Tennis on September 6, 1914
at Kingfisher, Okla. To this union were born six
children: Glen Tennis of San Angelo, Texas; Marjorie
McLaughlin of Folsom, N.M.; Anna Zinck of Hayward, Calif;
Laura McVean of Ft. Worth, Texas; Bill Tennis of Odessa,
Texas; Bettye Haggerton of Kingsville, Texas, all of whom
were present at the time of her death.
She was very active in church work wherever she lived.
Not only in the home and Church will she be sorely
missed, but throughout the community where she was active
in every good work. Her neighbors and friends having
known her through the years feel the loss of one who was
ever ready to do and to serve wherever she could. So many
associations and good works which carry the impress of
his life continue to speak of her is still living and is
still felt and will be throughout the lives of those who
knew and loved her.
She leaves to mourn her passing beside her children, her
husband E. A. Tennis of San Angelo, Texas; nine
grandchildren; her father Henry Leonhardt of Kingfisher,
who is 85 years old and who was unable to be present; two
sisters, Mrs. Charles Trindle of Kingfisher and Mrs. Fred
Weiland of Clayton, N.M. and one brother Paul Leonhardt
She lived in Sweetwater, Texas for eleven years. Funeral
services were held from the First Baptist Church at that
city under the direction of the Wells Funeral Home.
Obituary of Anna
From the March 31, 1977,
Kingfisher Times & Free Press
Obituary of Anna Dora (Leonhardt) Trindle
Anna Dora (Leonhardt) Trindle, daughter of Henry Lewis
and Olive Eudora (Rudy) Leonhardt, was born on January
22, 1898, southwest of Kingfisher on the family farm that
Mr. Leonhardt had purchased as a relinquishment in 1893.
She passed away Sunday, March 27, at the Hukills Nursing
Center in Kingfisher at the age of 79. Her funeral was
Tuesday, March 29, in the First United Methodist Church,
with Rev. Luman Cockerill and Rev. Stephanie Tucker
officiating. Burial was in Kingfisher Cemetary under
direction of Hackney Funeral Home.
Anna's first year of elementary education was spent in
the public schools near Fresno, California, where she,
her mother, and sister, Lorena were visiting the William
Rudy family. One of her fondest memories of that winter
spent in her grandfather's home was that each morning on
the way to school she would pick an orange for her lunch
from one of the trees in the Rudy orchard. She completed
her elementry education at the Park School southwest of
Kingfisher. She attended high school at Hammon, Okla.,
and at that time, she was living with her aunt and uncle,
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Rehfield.
She was employed for a time at Bridgeport, Okla., while
there, she lived with another aunt and uncle, Mr. and
Mrs. Frank Carpenter. It was necessary for her to return
to her father's home at Kingfisher to give him assistance
on the farm as there was a critical illness in the
Anna's parents were charter members of the Park
Congregational Church, and naturally, were in regular
attendance. As children, she and her sisters served as
janitors of this church for a number of years. Anna was
baptized in the Kingfisher Creek in the Christian Faith
on June 14, 1914, and became a member of the Park Church.
Before this rural church closed its doors in 1962, she
served in numerous official positions - ranging again
from janitor to pianist, to Sunday School Superintendent.
She served this church as its clerk for over 20 years.
After the closing of the Park Church, Anna transferred
her membership to the First Congregational Church of
Okarche on April 4, 1963; she was a regular attendant
there as long as her health permitted.
On February 20, 1920, Anna was married to Charles Edward
Trindle. They established their home in the Park
Community, where they continued to live until their
deaths. Into this family three children were born: Claude
of Kingfisher, Edward of Joliet, Ill., and Gladys of
Clearwater, Kans. In addition to these survivors, are two
grandsons, Claude Trindle, Jr., and Warren Trindle, and
three great grandchildren, Curt Jason, Amy Renee, and
Clint Ryan Trindle, all of Kingfisher, a brother, Paul
Leonhardt, of Kingfisher and a sister, Mrs. Fred (Lorena)
Weiland of Dumas, Texas; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Anna was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, who
died June 1, 1970; her parents, and two sisters, Mrs. Joy
Baker and Mrs. Jeanette Tennis..
Mrs. Trindle was always active in church and community
affairs, always ready to give a helping hand to friends
and neighbors who were ill or in sorrow. In former years,
she was a member of a home demonstration club, the Park
Women's Helpers Union, and she worked for a short time as
a nurses' aide in the Kingfisher Hospital. She was for
many years, a news correspondent for the Kingfisher Times
for the Park Community with her weekly column entitled
"Park Pickups." At the time of her death she
was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the
Anna's Christian faith sustained her throughout her life;
and in the latter part of her illness, her unwavering
faith was a definite source of strength and inspiration
Obituary of Mary
From the Kingisher Times and
Free Press, July 14, 1996
Obituary of Mary Leonhardt Weiland
Word has been received of the death of Mary Lorena
Leonhardt Weiland, 95, formerly of Kingfisher. She died
Sunday, July 7, at Bossier City, LA.
She was born April 8, 1901 at the home of her parents,
Henry Lewis and Olive Eudora (Rudy) Leonhardt, who
settled in the Park Community near Kingfisher in 1892.
She attended Park school and Kingfisher College. She
moved to Clayton, N.M. in 1925 and was married to Fred B.
Weiland on July 27, 1930, at Raton, N.M. They moved to
Bossier City in 1992.
She was a member of the Daughters of the American
Revolution and the First Families of the Twin Territories
(Oklahoma) and was active in her church.
Survivors include a son and his wife, Herman and Veretta
Weiland, Bossier City; five grandchildren; 10
great-grandchildren; three neices, including Helen
(Baker) Barrackman, Kingfisher and two nephews, including
Claude Trindle, of Kingfisher.
She was preceded in death by her husband, a brother and
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